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Month: September 2014 (page 1 of 4)

I’m a Patient Mother F@#$%^

This is going to be a combination post: talking about Season 2, Episode 9 of The Wire and explaining my first visual assignment for the week.

First, a discussion on Episode 9:

Honestly, when I was watching the opening scene I thought it was funny how they were all just throwing up their guns and pulling the trigger because obviously you aren’t going to hit what you want to hit that way–it usually helps if you aim. And when you aim, innocent people don’t generally get shot. He wasn’t even on the ground floor, he was upstairs and got hit by a stray bullet. The mom tries to go about the day as usual, like a gun fight on the street happens all the time. But she can’t because her poor little boy is dead. I did think it was an interesting fade from the mom screaming into the opening song.

The cops know that the dock guys are onto them because they changed the way they were doing business at the warehouse (answering the phone differently) and the fact that Sobotka hasn’t used his cell phone since they intercepted the truck. Freamon doesn’t think the dock guys know for sure that they are onto them and that if they wait it out, they will go back to their old ways–it turns out that he is right. And I love the quote from Daniels: “Well I, for one, am a patient mother f@#$%^.”

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

Stringer and Bodie are talking after the shoot-out and Bodie reiterates to Stringer that no one wants to buy their drugs anymore because they are weak. Stringer is more worried about the cops finding out it was their gang that was part of the shooting so they have to shut down the drug operation until the investigation passes. Stringer tells Bodie to get rid of the guns in the harbor so he cleans them for fingerprints and dumps them…right onto a passing boat. So the cops end up getting them and Bodie is brought in for questioning and he knows he messed up when he looked at the bag. Stringer is not happy with them when he finds out that they didn’t confiscate the bag.

The Greek gave Nicky the number to a drug dealer, White Mike. The Greek said because Nicky is with him now, White Mike will treat him well. White Mike calls Sergei to make sure that it is on him that he is giving Nicky only four, instead of his usual minimum of 5.

When the police came storming into the high rises, the people didn’t really care. But more interestingly, there was a shot of a kid  looking out a window, as the kid that got shot was doing. I think they were kind of showing that it could happen to anyone.

String is taking Proposition Joe up on his offer for drugs in exchange for selling at some of the places that belong to Avon/String. He knows that Avon isn’t going to like his decision. Later in the episode String has the drugs tested to make sure they’re good and they are so he follows through with the deal even though he hasn’t talked to Avon yet. He gets D’s mom (Avon’s sister) to try to talk him into the idea of doing the deal with Prop Joe but he still doesn’t want to do it. And Avon is bringing in muscle from New York for back up. When Avon was talking to Bri to ask her to talk to Avon about the deal, D comes up. Avon says, “I know he didn’t see it comin’, ain’t none of us seen it comin’.” This is ironic because Stringer is the one who had D killed. But D’s mom said she saw it coming so that is why Stringer got away with it, because people believed that D would actually kill himself.

Ziggy says he is done with drugs because he has grown out of it. But he has another “business” idea to make him money fast. He is going to steal the nice cars from the docks and sell them to the guy that they sold the cameras to. I guess the guy agreed to do business with them because Ziggy and the guy with the beard who helped them before were devising a plan on how to get the cars out–had to plan it so it didn’t look like an inside job.

The whole deal with McNulty and the sex hotline thing was funny to me. First he struck out because they thought he was a cop. But then Freamon gave him the idea that the farther away you are from, the less they will suspect that you are a cop so he used a fake accent. I thought it was funny that he had to carry a “murse.” They arrested everyone and McNulty probably was not happy with their timing, just a guess. I also thought it was funny how he was typing up his statement and he was chicken pecking on the keyboard. Rhonda also did not seem happy after reading McNulty’s statement.

Other interesting things from this episode: the younger Greek shared a light with the guy that he was talking to about payments. Prez’s father-in-law is not happy that they are making the case about more than Frank Sobotka but surprisingly the Deputy Ops has Daniels/Rhonda’s back on that.

Design Assignment Numero Uno:

You already got a preview of my first design assignment for the week in the text up top. But here it is again

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

The assignment I did was “Six Word Memoir” (3 stars). But instead of doing it for me, I decided to do it for Daniels. The quote on there is from this episode of The Wire (which is why I decided to do a combined post for these). It’s not actually a direct quote from him, but it is close and I think it describes him. He is willing to wait for his law career. He was willing to stick it out in the police department for a long time even when everyone treated him like dirt. He was willing to stick it out even after his wife told him to quit. Seems to me like he is patient.

How I did it:

Like many of the other images with words that I make, I used GIMP. It was relatively simple because I have done it so many times now. I did look on to try to find a cool font but none of them were simple enough for what I needed. I wanted a simple, manly looking font but couldn’t find any on there.

So I got the picture from this website and imported it into GIMP as a layer (still not sure if that matters or not). Then I added text to it. Re-positioned, re-colored, and re-sized the text. I also went through the fonts looking for a simple, manly one and ended up going with Gill Sans MT Bold. And I think it is both simple and manly. I then exported the photo and uploaded it to Twitter, Flickr and the Hub via Known. So there you have it, folks.

Worth a Thousand Words

This week has been fun and interesting. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of things (just ask my boyfriend). I stop to take pictures of anything I find interesting. But this week has allowed me to grow in my photography skills. I learned about the rule of thirds this week–something that I may have known but had not consciously learned about previously. I learned about depth, contrast, perspective (something that I like to mess with), and many other aspects of photography. I also learned how much you lose when you don’t have sound. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well sometimes the words that are actually happening happen to be very important.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball:

The first assignment I did this week was Splash the Color which was worth three stars. In this assignment you are supposed to pick a picture and take out all of the colors except one which will end up being the focal point of the picture. I chose the picture that I did because you can tell what the focal point is. There is obvious  movement in the picture because a ball can’t simply hover above my hands forever. It is the definition of a moment suspended in time. (This fact didn’t actually bother me until I just started thinking about it)

Since I didn’t know how exactly one would take colors out of a picture, I Googled it. This website came up and it helped me tremendously. On my own I figured out how to change the picture from color to black and white but it wasn’t be desaturating as this tutorial told me to do. So I put the picture back into color, duplicated it, desaturated it and picked the desaturated version that looked the best to me (Luminosity in my case) and changed the picture. Then I right-clicked on the black and white layer and clicked “Add Alpha Channel.” After this I chose the eraser tool and erased the black and white from the softball turning it back to yellow. It was pretty cool and here is the finished product:

Splash the Color #ds106 #visualassignments #visualassignments340

I also was bored later in the week and created this one:

st thomas part color


After looking at it for so long it didn’t even look like it was in black and white anymore around us but now that I look at it again I realize that it actually does. I am really happy with how it turned out.

Should Google Change to Courier New?:

My second visual assignment (2 stars) was a little less time-consuming than the first. All I had to do was find a logo and change the font of the words in the logo to make it look terrible. I chose the Google logo because it was easily duplicated. I chose Courier New because everyone hates it, including me. So I copied and pasted the Google logo into Microsoft Word and selected Courier New and typed “Google.” I then changed the colors of the letters so they matched the logo. Then I screen shotted it and pasted it into word, saved it as a picture and opened it with Microsoft Photo Editor to crop it. After I cropped it I uploaded it to the internet for all to see. So here is my Google logo in Courier New:

What a crappy font will do #ds106 #visualassignments #visualassignments704

She Thinks We’re Just Fishin’:

When I saw this assignment on the assignments page (3.5 stars) I knew what lyric I was going to do. It kind of just came to me. Then I had to decide which picture to use. It came to me that I had a picture of me fishing from when I was little. I figured this song was exactly what my parents were thinking when they took the picture of me. I did it by opening my picture in GIMP so I could edit it. I tried to get a little fancier with it but I was unsuccessful in this venture. I even Googled it to see if Google could help me but it couldn’t (!). So I just went with a font that I liked in a size that looked reasonable and a color that was readable on the picture. I chose Century Gothic (which, by the way, used to be my favorite font). Here is the result:

A memorable lyric and baby Brittany #visualassignments #visualassignments1039

Size Matters:

My next visual assignment (2 stars) was pretty fun, but more challenging than I expected due to working with live subjects and not thinking about perspective. I realized shortly after I started taking close-up pictures of my boyfriend’s dog that I actually need something to compare her to in order to make her seem bigger. So then I tried to take pictures of different rings with my computer in the background in order to make the ring seem bigger. I was very happy with how that one turned out. The one of the cat with the food bowl turned out better than I expected, I guess that is because I took it from basically an ant’s point of view, making everything in the picture seem bigger. Onyx seems big in the picture with the computer in the background because of the combination of the computer looking small, and the perspective at which I took it (in addition to the fact that he is actually 25 pounds). I am happy with the way all of these turned out, but mostly the ring picture. Here is the photo collage of all of the pictures that I liked the most of the 50 or so that I took:

My attempt at "Larger than Life" #visualassignments #visualassignments1028

Take Me Back to (8-bit) Paradise:

This assignment (3 stars) came in two parts from me. My first attempt was not as good as it should have been. The reason, I believe, that this happened was because I was following the directions for making an 8-bit avatar. So it said to size it down before I digitized it and that’s what I did. I realize now that it does not need to be sized down before I digitize it, I just need to make the pixel sizes bigger.

So to do this, I picked a simple picture that you would be able to make out even when it was digitized. I then Googled how to digitize a picture using GIMP and this site came up. I imported the picture into GIMP and downsized it to 128×171 pixels the first time (too small) and 1000×1333 pixels the second time (juuuust right). Then I went to Filters>Blur>Pixelize and the first time I made the pixels 5×5 and the second time I made them 20×20. Here are my pictures:

Real-Life 8-Bit Art #VisualAssignments #VisualAssignments1072

8bit picture take 2

All-Out (Photo)Blitz:

My assignment for the photoblitz was as follows: something that represents the number 3 (or the number itself), a photograph of an ordinary item from as close as you can manage, photograph featuring a circle, emphasizes one color more than others, “dusky path of a dream,” reflected subject in a body of water, and an outdoor scene free of human artifacts.

I love taking pictures so this was fun for me. Some of the pictures that I had to take were harder than others because I live smack in the middle of Fredericksburg. So the ones that were hard were the body of water and the photo free of human artifacts. The dusky path of a dream one was also hard because I didn’t know what that meant so I just went with what I thought it meant. Here are my pictures in the order that I stated above–under them I’ll say what I liked and didn’t like about them.


With this one, I liked the balance–I tried to use the rule of thirds. I also like the contrast between light and dark–however I think there could have been more contrast had the lighting been better. I liked the idea of using three objects rather than the number 3. Also, being a perfectionist, I don’t like that they aren’t on exactly the same horizon line and facing exactly the same direction.

close up

In this, I like the contrast between the ball’s reflection of the light and the shadow on the bottom left of the picture. I like how it is focused in the back. The problem with it being so close up is that it wouldn’t focus on the front of the ball, so most of the picture is out of focus. The focus though, helps show the depth in the picture.


This picture might be one of my favorites that I took in this photoblitz. I like the difference between the foreground and the background. I love the fact that the only thing in focus in the picture is the “circle” (my bat). I also like the unintentional balance with the balloons on either side of the picture. The rule of thirds is pretty well followed by this picture, though rather unintentionally. I believe I put the bat on the bottom third but other than that it just happened.

color dominated

Honestly, this is probably my least favorite picture of all of them, but I think it follows the rule of thirds. I also think I did a good job emphasizing orange while still showing foreground, background, and contrast.

path of a dream

This picture doesn’t show much in the way of foreground/background, but I tried to follow the rule of thirds. I tried to put something interesting in each segment of the picture so I didn’t make it off-balance.


I also don’t like this picture but I didn’t really have many options within 20 minutes of me in terms of a body of water. Oddly enough, this picture is semi-balanced. Other than that, all of the other areas of photography are pretty lacking. There is no foreground/background and no contrast. In a way it shows movement by showing the opposite of movement–it is sitting still and that shows in the picture, I think.


I like the foreground/background of this picture. I like how the foreground is focused and the background is out of focus. I also like that the perspective is like that of an ant.

Daily Create Number 1:

The first daily create I did was what was playing on my radio. I knew that there would be a Redskins game on that day so I decided to record that to make my radio rather than just doing music. I pulled up Audacity and recorded parts of the game. I then spliced them together until I liked how they sounded. Because I recorded them off of the TV the quality was poor, so I had to amplify them. They still don’t sound super good because they were not imported files, but they were okay.

Daily Create Number 2:

For my second daily create I did Y U NO DRAW JIM GROOM. It was easy because I knew what to draw as soon as I saw it. I knew he would be saying 4 life and I know that it is easier to draw spikey hair so I was golden. Here is how it turned out:

Y U NO DRAW JIM GROOM #dailycreate #tdc992 #ds106 #4lyfe


Season 2, Episode 6: “It don’t matter that some fool say he different” -D’Angelo

The director of the wire is really into the rule of thirds. There is almost always something interesting in every part of the screen. The only thing that is wrong with that is that sometimes it competes with your interest. When they are all sitting around the table talking toward the beginning, there is always someone’s shoulder in the foreground that they are looking over.

I loved when Omar called out the butthead lawyer saying that he preys on the drug dealers in the same way that Omar does–taking their money and hoping they get away with it again. The lawyer was not happy about that one. I also thought it was funny that they gave Omar a get out of jail free card, like in Monopoly.

I didn’t like how Nicky got the Greeks to go after the drug dealers that took Ziggy’s car–he is going to owe them even more. Ziggy makes me angry–he doesn’t know how to save his money. Who in their right mind burns a $100 bill simply because they have it??? I also don’t like that he wanted to take the drugs from the Greeks rather than the money, he is an idiot. I did like that Nicky put Ziggy in his place by calling him a kid.

I thought it was super funny when McNulty was in the background of his wife trying to make a business deal. I was also surprised that she agreed to go out with Jimmy again. I thought it was funny when he told her that he cleaned up his act and quit drinking as much anymore. I was surprised that she wanted to sleep with him again. But she doesn’t want to get the boys’ hopes up that they are getting back together.

I thought it was interesting when D was putting whatever he was putting in the toilet (drugs–cleaning his life up) how the camera went from wide to narrow. D’Angelo was basically Gatsby when he was talking about that because he said “because he wasn’t ready to get real with the story, shit caught up to him.” D wants everyone to leave him alone and let him do his own thing. I hate that they killed D. I would have been happy seeing him happy in jail.

Season 2, Episode 7: “Don’t worry, kid. You’re still on the clock.” -Horseface

I didn’t like watching the episode without sound, I missed a WHOLE lot. I was not expecting as much deep conversation in the flower shop as there was.

I loved when Nicky said you happen to be white. I didn’t expect that when I was just watching the episode without sound. It annoys me that Ziggy isn’t thankful that Nicky is putting himself in harm’s way so that Ziggy doesn’t have to. He doesn’t act like he wants the money but then he goes and spends it right off the bat. It was funny the ongoing story about Ziggy getting a girl pregnant and then trying to beat the guy up and getting stuck on top of a container.

The guy’s leg that got smashed was gross. I don’t know if the money that Sobotka gave his wife was like worker’s comp money or if it was a little something extra–if I had to guess I’d say something extra. The black guy asked Sobotka where the money came from but he doesn’t want to answer the question.

The scene with the tennis ball was hilarious–I didn’t catch all that happened when I was watching and not listening but upon watching it again, it was even more funny. It was funny when you could see Herc listening to Carver run after it and it getting hit by the truck.

I thought Russell did a great job lying to Sobotka saying that she wasn’t working on the pier anymore and that she would be somewhere else. I didn’t like how Sobotka was trying to get another year as the head of the union or whatever just so that he could get done what he needed to get done. Sobotka is scared for Ziggy’s future and his family’s future because that is the only life his family has ever known. He is paying that guy to try to get the canal so they can get more boats at the docks.

Haha greater security and reliability with no need for human surveillance—basically the little powerpoint was saying that they could no longer steal stuff from the shipments that they were getting—they don’t like it because it would cut down on the people that work also and they are already having problems with that

I was surprised that Daniels took the 14 homocides, and so was his wife. She was not a happy camper about that. He said “I love the job” and she said “well the job doesn’t love you”…ouch. And she says that she married him because he had ambition but he doesn’t anymore.

Season 2, Episode 8: “How come they don’t fly away?” -Ziggy

McNulty was a dummy at the beginning of this episode. Why did he drunk dial his wife, lie to the bartender, and wreck his car twice? What a dummy. The dogs were barking at him while he was at the apartment of the girl from the cafe.

Sobotka knows he is flagged by his cell phone company but doesn’t know why–well he figures it out. That makes me mad. I hated that the other cops told Sobotka what Russell was doing. Horseface thinks he is just paranoid but Frank knows something is wrong. I hate that the police think they are onto something but really Sobotka is onto them and they don’t know it yet.

Ziggy and his duck are so weird–he acts like it’s a guide dog. Ziggy wants in on the drug game with Nicky but Nicky is just protecting him from the bad things that can happen, so Nicky is basically putting himself in harms way in order to protect Ziggy.

I liked the scene where Bunk was complaining because he got stuck with them in some run down little thing that they call an office, it was funny.

Daniels played hard ball to get McNulty back, but I’m glad he did. It will be good for McNulty (hopefully) and help him get his life back on track. I thought it was funny when Kima said “it takes a whore to catch a whore” about McNulty trying to catch the “exotic dancers.”

I thought the lighting was interesting in the scene with Sobotka and his brother–it was almost like an interrogation room. I also liked Sobotka’s brother, he was a straight shooter who didn’t like all the crap that Sobotka is into.

I thought it was cool how they set the shot up when Frank met with the Greeks to tell them about the cops being onto them. It was cool how you could see everyone even though they were in a booth and it was shot from the side. They did a good job with balance in that regard.

All of the police are having issues with their significant others. McNulty and his (ex)wife, Daniels and his wife, Kima and her wife. It is just a bad situation all around. Is McNulty cleaning up his act for Russell though? They don’t seem like a good fit to me. Russell and Prez seem like a better fit even though Prez is married. I think he will cheat and that will cause problems with him and the Police chief father in law that gave them the Sobotka case to begin with. I thought it was interesting that McNulty decided to leave Russell’s house, not sleep with her or do anything else.

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Roberts…To the Endzone…Touchdown Redskins!

I did today’s daily create and rather than just doing music that I like to listen to, I did the Redskins game that I am currently listening to.

How I did it:

I recorded it with Audacity (hence the poor quality) but I couldn’t think of a better way to do it to get better quality. Then I edited the plays that I wanted in there and exported it. I didn’t upload it to SoundCloud because I don’t own the rights to the game so it would likely be removed anyway.

It is pretty poor quality due to the background noise on the actual game as well as during the recording–at one  point you can hear me say “nope” if you listen carefully haha. However, I don’t know any other way to get sound from the TV to my computer. I tried to record it on my phone but I couldn’t get logged into the SoundCloud app for some reason. I did my best to try to get it to be louder by amplifying it in Audacity but that also raised the background noise so it doesn’t really make it much easier to hear.

Anyway, here is my daily create for today

All-out (Photo)Blitz

I did the photoblitz earlier today but didn’t have time to blog it so here is the blog post for it. First, here is my assignment:


The first one is something with the number three–rather than using the actual number, I took a picture of three of something: Redd’s Apple Ale:



For this one, I tried to focus on the rule of thirds and how you are supposed to put one of the lines on the “horizon” line. In this one, I made the bottom of the bottles the horizon line.

Get close!

close up


I’m sure if you know me or have read any of my posts at all (or have some common sense) you can figure out what this is. I like the contrast between the light reflecting off the ball and the shadow on the side/front of the ball in this picture.

Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot:


I am very happy with how this picture turned out with the foreground and the background but still being focused on the circle (my bat). I think it also shows depth relatively well.

Emphasizing Orange:

color dominated

This picture is pretty boring composition-wise, but it emphasizes orange more than any other color, I think. This could just be because orange is the brightest color in the picture.

“The dusky path of a dream…”

Honestly, I had no freaking idea what to do for this one. I didn’t know what it meant by dusky, how can a dream have a path? I struggled. But I came up with my dream to win the CAC championships this year in softball and this picture represents how I am going to help my team get there.

path of a dream

The shirt is our workout shirt so it represents getting stronger, my glove represents improving my fielding, the ball represents improving my throws, and the bat represents strengthening my hitting. That is the path of how we are to get to the team dreams.

A Body of Water and Its Reflection:


This is the only body of water I could think of, and it almost didn’t have a reflection of anything in it! But this is a reflection of the mirror out of the sink in my bathroom. This shows lack of movement, if that is a thing.

Free of Human Artifacts:


Well this was hard because I live in the middle of College Heights so it is almost impossible to not have anything in the picture. So I just took a picture of the grass because if anything else was in the picture it would have been obvious that people were involved (fences, garages, planted trees, mulch). So here is some grass.


Take Me Back to (8-bit) Paradise: Take Two

After Groom said that my other 8-bit post was too small, I tried it again with the same picture hoping to make it easier to make out. I did it the same way, imported the picture into GIMP, resized it–this time to 1000×1333–then pixelized it (20×20 pixels) and voila. Here is the first try:

8bit picture

Here is the second try:

8bit picture take 2

This one may be too big. It is hard to get it just right because it is zoomed out in GIMP. But, hopefully this one is easier to see!

Take Me Back to (8-bit) Paradise

Another Visual Assignment that I did was “Real Life 8-Bit Art.” From what I read and saw of Groom’s assignment description, I figured we were supposed to find an 8-bit picture in real life. Well, this picture was real life but I edited it to be an “8-bit” picture. I took some liberties the way we are supposed to do and came up with this 8-bit picture.

Real-Life 8-Bit Art #VisualAssignments #VisualAssignments1072

How I did it:

Since I didn’t really know how to go about doing this, I Googled how to do it in GIMP and found these instructions. They are for making an avatar but I figured I could modify them a little bit to do what I needed to do. So rather than cropping the picture, I clicked on  Image>Scale Image and changed it to 128×171 pixels. Originally I tried to do it with the full size image but it was too big for the pixels to be visible, even at 20×20. So I shrunk the picture. Then I went to Filters>Blur>Pixelize and made the pixels 5×5. I tried 10×10 and that was too blurry. So once it was pixelized, I exported it and posted it to Twitter, Flickr, and the Hub via Known.

I hope you enjoyed my take on this assignment.

Size Matters

For my next Visual Assignment (I have lost count at this point haha) I decided to do “Larger than Life.” I chose it because I was like oh this will be easy, I like taking pictures in different perspectives to see how they turn out. Yeah, well I was wrong. It wasn’t as easy as it seemed, especially with live subjects.

How I did it:

Weeeeell, I started out just taking close up pictures of my boyfriend’s dog and that didn’t work because there was nothing to compare her to. Then I remembered that you have to have something to compare your subject to in order for you to be able to tell perspective. I took a bunch of pictures–probably close to 50–trying different angles and things of that nature but these four turned out the best, in my opinion. I couldn’t pick just one (and yes I know they only count as doing this assignment one time). Well here is a collage of the pictures that I took (I made them into a collage using iPiccy on the internet).

My attempt at "Larger than Life" #visualassignments #visualassignments1028

I like the top left one because you can compare the food bowl and the cat to the shelf in the background. I like the top right because you can compare the cat (who is gigantic anyway–about 25 pounds) to the computer and the chair in the background. The one of the dog in the bottom left is good, in my opinion, because of the ground and how close it is to her nose and then the couch in the background. The ring one is actually the first that I took out of this group but I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. I guess maybe because you can almost tell what I was doing with it. But the more I look at it the cooler I think it looks.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed these!

She Thinks We’re Just Fishin’

For my third Visual Assignment for this week I did “My Favorite Lyric.” This isn’t exactly my favorite lyric but it is a memorable one and since I am in my final year of undergrad, I am feeling a little nostalgic. Missing childhood and all of the memories that I have, as well as feeling super old. When I saw this assignment, I knew exactly the lyric I wanted to use. Then I was going to get a picture from the internet  but then I remembered that I had a picture of myself fishing when I was little. And that was how I decided what to do.

How I did it:

I used GIMP to make this. I opened my picture in GIMP and added the text. I tried to get fancy with it but I couldn’t figure out how to make the background of the text fancy even though I looked up some tutorials, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Nonetheless, I am happy with how it turned out. I like the font that I chose, though I’m not sure why. I was just going through the fonts and found one that I liked. This one is Century Gothic.

Here is my picture:

A memorable lyric and baby Brittany #visualassignments #visualassignments1039

The song is by Trace Adkins and the picture is by my mom (haha).

Should Google Change to Courier New?

For my second Visual Assignment this week, I did “What a Crappy Font Will Do.” I decided to go with Google because their font is so well-known. I wanted to change it to Courier New because everyone always makes fun of how ugly it is.

How I did it:

I saved a picture of the Google logo from here. I copied and pasted it into Microsoft Word so I could look at it while I made the new logo. Then I selected Courier New, made it bold and typed Google. I then changed the colors so that they matched the actual logo. I then screen shotted it and pasted it into word so I could save it as a picture. When I saved it as a picture I opened it with Microsoft Photo Editor and cropped it so it was just the two logos. Then I posted it to Known.

Here is my creation. I think it is uglier in Courier New but I expected it to look significantly worse than it does. It actually doesn’t look terrible but definitely not as good as the actual Google logo.

What a crappy font will do #ds106 #visualassignments #visualassignments704

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

For my first Visual Assignment this week, I had a lot that I was choosing from but this one really caught my eye. Then I was going through my pictures from another assignment when I saw this one and I knew I had to do this assignment for this picture. Unfortunately I didn’t take the picture, but it is one of my favorites taken of me last season.

How I did it:

Well, since I have very little experience editing pictures, I decided to Google how to do it in GIMP since that is what I have loaded on my computer already from doing the GIFs. This website came up when I searched how to edit colors in pictures using GIMP. I pretty much straight followed the directions on the website. First, I duplicated the layer. I then selected the top layer, clicked on Colors>Desaturate and I chose Luminosity because it looked the most realistic to me. Then I had to right click on my black and white layer and clicked “Add Alpha Channel.” I then chose the eraser tool and erased the black and white from the part of the picture that I wanted color to be on–the softball. I used a size 10 eraser at first and then went down to size 7. The closer I got to the edge of the softball, the closer I zoomed in.

I am happy with how it turned out. I almost like the picture even more with only the ball in color. Here is how it turned out! I like how you can tell that I am looking at the ball so that kind of draws your attention to it even if the ball wasn’t the only thing in color.

Splash the Color #ds106 #visualassignments #visualassignments340

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