Archive for February, 2013

The Sounds I Hear

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Digital Media 1

Daily Sounds

When you click on the “Daily Sounds” link above you are taken to a page where I have uploaded 10 sounds I personally hear pretty much on a daily basis. These sounds are what make my day mine for the most part. The sounds I have recorded are of a phone ringing, a person walking on hardwood floors, someone going up and down stairs, cans, ice cubes, running water, a radio station, my alarm clock, a garage door, a truck starting up and the sound of me typing on my laptop.

These sounds help to describe the things I do everyday. They also help to show my day from the beginning to the end. To start off, my alarm clock gets me up at all the early hours I need to be up. Usually I leave out of my garage door, but haven’t been because of the cold. It is easier to keep the garage warm for the dogs waiting to come back in later in the morning if I keep is such. Once I’m out the door, I head to wherever I have to be, whether school, work or some other place. The truck starting up embodies the different vehicles I ride in to get to the different places I go. The radio station is a commonality in all of the vehicles. There always seems to be a radio on unless all the stations are playing commercial after commercial. Then, the radio gets turned off. I cannot stand commercials because they are simply annoying.

I work at a grocery store and hear a phone ringing everyday I am there. Hearing a phone ring at work is a requirement almost. If I did not hear someone’s phone ringing, whether it be a customer on the sales floor, my department’s phone, or the phone of the other departments nearby I would feel an unease in the missing sound. The ringing of a phone is such a common sound at work.

With half my sounds explained and half my day gone I head home after work. This is where the water comes from. I do not like to go around smelling like my job and if I have the time I will always shower. Not all the time is there the time to do such, but I will shower as often as I can to get the smell of my job off me. Since I live in the basement I am constantly going up and down our stairs. When you go up or down you can see where the carpet has been worn down certain paths where we travel the most. Down stairs I can hear pretty much everything which goes on upstairs. People walking on our hard floors upstairs is the most commonly heard sound along with the constant sound of claws drumming along the floors from the dogs.

After my shower, if I had the time to get one, I usually have myself a snack or lunch depending on the amount of time left before I have to leave the house again. Water is something I drink a ton of. It is probably one of the only things I drink and ice is one of the best things to happen to water. Chewing on ice is a subconscious act for me. There are certain kinds of ice which are really good for biting on and some which are not good at all. Sonic, for instance, has really good ice for biting on and chewing. Ice is just an amazing form of the water I love so much. I may drink a lot of water, but others I live with do not. This is where the cans in the plastic bag sound comes from. They drink lots of canned beverages, such as soda, and because of such, they recycle the cans.

The rest of my day is very much similar to the being in sound til you get to where I am getting ready for bed. I do a lot of my work while in bed on my laptop. When you listen to the sound you can tell I type quite a bit based on the speed of the typing. Typing is so much easier and so much more faster than having to write everything down. Plus, the sound of me typing can also work to describe how I am a digital media major and have to be on a computer to do what I am learning to do. Doing it right before I go to bed keeps you tired but the job gets done and it is for the most part the best time to do it in regards to everyone being in bed at this time. With everyone in bed my day can come to a close once my work is complete and I can wait fro my alarm to go off yet another morning.

These 10 sounds are what I hear during my days and I love them. They are what helps to keep things normal and going.



My lasted submission for tdc from


If you could be any pastry in the world, which would you be?

Write a narrative of how and why you would be the best __________ the world has ever seen.

My response:

If I could be any pastry in the world, I would be the best banana cream puff the world has ever had. So flaky, gooey, full of bananas, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate and a sprinkle of nuts with a cherry on top; I’d be the banana split of pastries. Layers of flavor and personality so vast. A mix of textures to keep things interesting I’m the perfect match. A guilty pleasure I would love to be, my life would be complete! Sweet and unique I’d be a standout pastry in the pastry shop. Beautiful, delicious, and dangerous, I’d be the world’s best banana cream puff ever to whipped, baked, filled, and topped!

Week Four Summary

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Digital Media 1

Week 4 has come and gone. I’ve completed a few different posts regarding my Black History Month posters about the 3 people I’ve chosen to honor. I want to get them done sometime this week so I can have them completed before the end of the month. February is Black History Month and to get it done after the fact would be down right rude to the meaning of even creating the posters. Speaking of posters though, I did complete my “I am from…” poster. It looks great and has me all over it, which is funny since it is all about “ME”. Aside from doing further work into my Black History Month posters, completing more tdc assignments from ds106, and finishing my “I am from…” poster I also participated in an assignment consisting of a 24 hour media fast. The following links will take you to all the things I’ve posted about the things I’ve completed in my week 4 of class:

Via Flickr:
ds106 tdc:
Take a picture of something you made, be it food, art, or something else.

Veryl Switzer

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Digital Media 1

In 1932 in Nicodemus, Kansas, Veryl Switzer came to life. This talented pro football player is a well deserved candidate for me to create a Black History month celebration/informative poster on. All the information relevant information and main imagery I want for him and my other two choices are in a previous blog, but I’ll sum it up again.

Unlike both Gales Sayers and Lynette Woodard, Veryl Switzer was not born in Wichita, Kansas, but in Nicodemus, Kansas. He did both football and track at Bogue High School. He received 3 All-American honors as both running back and defensive back for Kansas State University (another thing he does not have in common with Gales Sayers and Lynette Woodard). Veryl Switzer became the highest draft pick from Kansas State University in 1954 when he was selected to play for the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of NFL draft picks.

Veryl Switzer stayed with the Green Bay Packers for two years before leaving to serve in the U.S. Air Force. After his service he played for three years on Canadian football teams. He played one year with the Calgary Stampeders and two years with Montreal Alouettes. He returned to Chicago to serve on the Chicago Board of Education for ten years.

In 1969, Veryl Switzer returned in administrative capacity to Kansas State University. He held positions in both academic and athletic departments. After he retired, he purchased land outside of Nicodemus in 1961. In 2009, Veryl Switzer Back to History Camp was established, where kids who attend the camp spend a week visiting Kansas State University and a week visiting Nicodemus.

Lynette Woodard

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Digital Media 1

In 1959 in Wichita, Kansas, Lynette Woodard came to life. This talented woman basketball player is a well deserved candidate for me to create a Black History month celebration/informative poster on. All the information relevant information and main imagery I want for her and my other two choices are in a previous blog, but I’ll sum it up again.

Unlike Gale Sayers, Lynette Woodard stayed in Wichita, Kansas to grow up. When she was attending Marshall Junior High School she declined an offer from the basketball coach of Wichita North High to join the school’s junior varsity team. At 5′ 11″, she joined the team the next year. As a sophomore in 1975, she led her high school team to a 5A state championship.

She received recognition as an all-American high school team member nationally 2 years later. Like Gale Sayers, she attended the University of Kansas, but as a basketball player this time. Her and her team went on to win the Big Eight Championship 3 consecutive years with a 108-32 record from 1978 to 1981. She still holds an unchallenged records. One of which includes a scoring total of 3,649 points in four years.

The 1980 Olympic women’s basketball team included her but the team did not play. However, she was on the 1984 team and they did play, winning gold at the Olympics. In 1985, she became the first female Harlem Globetrotter and performed with them for two years before going on to play professionally on teams in Japan and Italy. Lynette Woodard was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 1997 she signed on with the Cleveland Rockers to play in the newly formed Women’s Nation Basketball Association. She held a variety of athletic directer jobs for different schools before becoming a financial consultant in Wichita.

Gale Sayers

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Digital Media 1

May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas Gale Sayers came to life. This talented pro football player is a well deserved candidate for me to create a Black History month celebration/informative poster on. All the information relevant information and main imagery I want for him and my other two choices are in a previous blog, but I’ll sum it up again.

Though born in Kansas, Gale was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He however returned to the state of his birth to go to college at the University of Kansas (though Kansas State University has the better football program). At the University of Kansas is where became known as the “Kansas Comet”. When he signed on with the Chicago Bears in 1965 he went on to become named rookie of the year and outstanding running back. For five consecutive years he received all -NFL honors. He played in four Pro Bowls and named Offensive Player of the Game in three of them.

When he retired in 1971 due to an injury, he held the title of “NFL’s all-time leader in kickoff returns”. The same year he was portrayed in a television-movie called Brian’s Song where is friendship with Brian Piccolo was shown. Gale Sayers then returned to the University of Kansas to get his graduate and post-graduate degrees.

He was the athletic directer in 1976 for Southern Illinois University. The next year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as youngest inductee in his first year of eligibility. Gales Sayers continued on in life to found Crest Computer Supply Company, which is now known as Sayers 40, inc. in Chicago in 1984.