Archive for February, 2012

Original Assignment Link

THE ASSIGNMENT:  The assignment was to f ind an iconic album cover and remix it to represent a something different.  It could be a play on the title, image, genre, etc.

THE PROCESS:  I went online to find cartoon characters to match the description of what I was going to drawl.  Once I found the perfect one, I began to sketch the idea for this iconic album cover.  When “slim” and “shady” were finished I then began to drawl the name tag, in order to tie the cartoons together.  I then took a picture of my drawling and uploaded it to my WordPress blog.  Not very hard to do, but very time-consuming.

THE STORY:  As soon as I read about this DS106 assignment, only one album cover came to mind, and that album was Eminem’s album the  Slim Shady LP.  I grew up listening to this CD and thought it would be fun to re-create this album in my own way.  I wanted to make it seem as if “Slim” and “Shady” were two people, coming together to form a music group.  I chose their characters to match their names as well. “Slim” is designed to be some slim guy, and “Shady” was designed to look like a shady guy, when I was finished I wanted to tie it all together with something Eminem’s real album.  I then found a picture of a name tag from Eminem’s first hit single “My name is,” and decided to make that the center of the Album cover.  I could have just went on the internet and put these images together in Photoshop, but I thought that it would take away from my own personal creativity that I wanted to add.  In the end, I was very satisfied with the outcome of this project.

Here is the original album cover, along with the original cartoons:

Picture Links: albumn – “slim” – “shady”


Web 2.0

Posted: 2012/02/17 in Uncategorized

A little bit of awesome 4 you to enjoy, please click  here  before reading any further:

Let’s talk about web 2.0!!! But first, what is web 2.0?

The concept of web 2.0 was developed  at a brainstorming session between Tim O’Reilly and MediaLive International.  Dale Dougherty and O’Reilly, noted at this brainstorming session that the web was more important than ever, with exciting new applications and sites showing up regularly.  Also, the internet companies that had survived since the start of the internet all seemed to have some things in common. The dot-com collapse marked some kind of turning point for the web, and that the idea of a “Web 2.0”  was born.

This graph explains the evolution from web 1.0 to today’s web 2.0:

Web 1.0 Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication

So, what exact changes had to be made to the internet design patterns in order for these internet companies advance to web 2.0?  A brief summary of web 2.0 can be broken down into 8 sections:

  1. The Long Tail
    Small sites make up the bulk of the internet’s content; narrow niches make up the bulk of internet’s the possible applications. Therefore: Leverage customer-self service and algorithmic data management to reach out to the entire web, to the edges and not just the center, to the long tail and not just the head.
  2. Data is the Next Intel Inside
    Applications are increasingly data-driven. Therefore: For competitive advantage, seek to own a unique, hard-to-recreate source of data.
  3. Users Add Value
    The key to competitive advantage in internet applications is the extent to which users add their own data to that which you provide. Therefore: Don’t restrict your “architecture of participation” to software development. Involve your users both implicitly and explicitly in adding value to your application.
  4. Network Effects by Default
    Only a small percentage of users will go to the trouble of adding value to your application. Therefore: Set inclusive defaults for aggregating user data as a side-effect of their use of the application.
  5. Some Rights Reserved. Intellectual property protection limits re-use and prevents experimentation. Therefore: When benefits come from collective adoption, not private restriction, make sure that barriers to adoption are low. Follow existing standards, and use licenses with as few restrictions as possible. Design for “hackability” and “remixability.”
  6. The Perpetual Beta
    When devices and programs are connected to the internet, applications are no longer software artifacts, they are ongoing services. Therefore: Don’t package up new features into monolithic releases, but instead add them on a regular basis as part of the normal user experience. Engage your users as real-time testers, and instrument the service so that you know how people use the new features.
  7. Cooperate, Don’t Control
    Web 2.0 applications are built of a network of cooperating data services. Therefore: Offer web services interfaces and content syndication, and re-use the data services of others. Support lightweight programming models that allow for loosely-coupled systems.
  8. Software Above the Level of a Single Device
    The PC is no longer the only access device for internet applications, and applications that are limited to a single device are less valuable than those that are connected.Therefore: Design your application from the get-go to integrate services across handheld devices, PCs, and internet servers.

The information for web 2.0  was gathered from this website .

My opinion:

I was amazed by how much effort and strategy was put into creating the internet that we know today.  It’s amazing to me how people can get together from around the world and develop data sources, that get richer as more people use them.  The main idea is that internet companies realized that if they started trusting their users as co-developers, that it would harness collective intelligence, and benefit itself through customer self-service.  Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube…..the list could go on and on.  What’s even more amazing to me,  is the fact that this process has only just begun, I can’t wait to see the state of the internet 10 years from now!

We were given an assignment in my Cyberspace and Society class to analyze an info-graphic under the theme, “state of the net.”  Our group (Group 8), chose to analyze an info-graphic on Facebook statistics.  Please take the time to view this Facebook infographic before reading any further:

I will be analyzing the “Facebook random statistics” portion of this info-graphic.

As you can tell there are many different statistics covered in this section of the info-graphic, but how true are these statistics and where did this information come from? Another important thing that I had to take into consideration is the fact that this info-graphic seems to be tailored to U.S. specific Facebook users.  There are Facebook users in every country around the world,  according to information found on social (an internet site designed to track Facebook usage around the globe).  So, although this information maybe be relevant to the U.S. it may not be relevant to the entire World.

My first level of analysis was to research the references given at the bottom of the Facebook info-graphic.  I found that all of the information for the “random statistics” portion of the info-graphic came from one website.  It was a CNN article published by Pete Cashmore who is the founder and CEO of Mashable, a popular tech-news blog.  He writes occasional columns about social networking and tech for   However,  how creditable is information based on internet surveys and written by a man who has a job to create “fun” facts about social networking?  In my opinion, there is a good possibility that the information may not be creditable at all. They are however, very entertaining facts to say the least.  One of my personal favorite’s is the fact written about how 56% of Facebook users think it’s irresponsible to friend their boss on Facebook (which I totally agree with).

I then went on to read the surveys that the “random Facebook statistics” were produced from. I found that in most cases, only roughly 1,000 people were surveyed in order to produce each statistic. There are millions of Facebook users, and I’m sure that if a larger amount of people were surveyed, the outcome would then be different. In conclusion, I do believe that some of the facts contained in this info-graphic would (if surveyed globally) have similar results, however, the information is not fully accurate due to the fact that the information does not represent Facebook on a global scale.  What I took away from this analysed information is to remember that there is a lot of creditable information on the internet, but do not assume everything is always factual.

Original Assignment Link

THE ASSIGNMENT: The assignment was to create a warning label for things that exist only in movies or your imagination.

THE PROCESS:  The first step was to find a generic fire exit sign from the internet, and download it to my computer.  I then modified the image in a program called Gimp.  I cropped the top part of the sign and deleted it, then, used the lettering tool to create my own personal warning sign.  To make it look more official, I found a picture of a brick wall online,  saved it, and created the brick wall as a background layer in Gimp.

Here are the original pictures:

Picture links: Brick Wall, Fire Exit

THE STORY:  I know the original assignment was to create a warning sign for something that happens either in movies or in your own imagination, but I chose to design a warning sign for something that may happen in “real life.”  I believe that social networking is becoming a major issue in the world, and created this warning sign to raise awareness to this “social problem.”  Imagine that you’re in a burning building and have 10 minutes to evacuate before the building collapses, (maybe not you personally) but I can guarantee that someone would want to log on Facebook or Twitter and share this tragic event before thinking about their own personal safety.  This is a PROBLEM people, always be tweeting, but don’t endanger yourself in the process.

Aston Martin One-77

Image Link: One-77

Original Assignment Link: CAR LUST

THE ASSIGNMENT:   Take a picture, or find a picture on the web of a car that you love. Then, write a description of how that car makes you feel. This combines the visual of a car, with the story telling aspect, of how the object makes you feel.

THE PROCESS:  I found this image on Aston Martin’s production website, saved it to my desktop and uploaded it to my blog, a fairly simple process, although it took me awhile to find the perfect picture.

THE STORY:  The Aston Martin is, in my opinion, one of the hidden secrets of the car industry.  Everyone that has ever seen a James Bond movie has seen an Aston Martin, but not many have actually seen these cars being driven in their hometown.  There is a sense of style and class that this type of car has that no other car in the world can achieve.  I chose this car because I think that it fits well with my personality, not because I think that I’m James Bond, but because I feel that this car was designed for people who have the same sense of style that I do.  Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s are too extravagant, they bring too much attention to the owners, and are used as a tool to “show off” the amount of money that the owner possess.  Mercedes and BMW’s are very nice cars, but everyone owns a Mercedes.  So, if you want to own a car that is different, classy, and doesn’t drawl too much attention; there’s only one choice (in my opinion), and that’s the Aston Martin.  However, they are expensive cars, but everyone has a dream, and this is my dream car.

Daily Create tdc31

Posted: 2012/02/08 in Uncategorized
Japan Disaster US MiIitary by layzlay24
Japan Disaster US MiIitary, a photo by layzlay24 on Flickr.
U.S. Marine Sgt @$%# Lay, 23, second left, of Philadelphia, Pa., leads U.S. soldiers as they unload hardware to install hot showers at a makeshift shelter for displaced residents from the massive tsunami, Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Higashi Matsushima, Japan. With 50,000 troops stationed across the country, the U.S. military has been quick to respond to the tsunami that devastated northeast Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

This daily create assignment was to create a picture that represents the happiest or most memorable moment in your life. This was definitely the most memorable moment in my life, I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to provide assistance at that time.

This video is HILARIOUS!!!  Just thought I’d share it (for those who have never seen it before)

You Tube Link : Hitler/TUJ 


This video may not be interesting to all viewers, but personally, I think that this video is genius. This video is a great example of how ideas and personal opinions have shaped the way the internet has become today. The internet is not only a learning tool, it has become so much more than that. Social networking, culture sharing, music and entertainment, online shopping & banking, weather reports, communication/online dating…ect. The list is never ending, it just amazes me that something that is relatively new to the world could become such a powerful tool used in everyday life, and it will only continue to improve.