Tinkering is over . . . Lame!

I can’t believe how fast the semester went, but it is over now. I wish I could have spent more time on my projects for this class, though now I have more time to start on other maker projects like this one or maybe trying to build a full scale R2-D2.  Well I want to thank everyone in the class and Rosemary for all the fun that I had this semester in Tinkering.  Well bye for now, if I end up making anything cool I will be sure to post some pictures here.  Till next time.

Awesome I have time to do some tinkering . . . or not

Most people would think of the weekend as a time to get a good amount of school work done, that did not happen for me. My weekend was spent at my sister’s wedding.

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That being said I didn’t have much time to get school work done this weekend so to make up for that I decided to write this blog post about not having time to work on my school work.

It’s Alive!

Well it’s not technically live seeing that it is a ukulele, but you get the general idea. It’s finished now but after my post last night I ended up going to two music stores to get the strings and tuners that it need as well as Lowes for some hinges to add onto one end. I was also able to glue on some parts to make the neck look nicer as well as some wood dowels to help support the strings. I did have to go to the Thinklab this morning to hot glue the tuners into the head, but that is about it. The only thing left to do is put the strings on and see how good or bad it sounds.
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Almost there!

I have been working for a while on this cardboard project. I’m trying to make a ukulele out of cardboard, and I have made some pretty good progress on the project. I started out by cutting out the pieces for the body of the instrument and glue them together.
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From there I went on to do the same thing for the neck pieces.
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After that I went on and glued all the neck pieces and body pieces together to form something that looked somewhat like a ukulele.
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With that I am off to go shopping for the few parts that I am missing and finishing it up before tomorrow’s class.

I don’t fail often but when I do I go all the way!

I have already done three prints and they have all gone perfectly. Yesterday I tried to do my fourth print which was a light switch plate for a custom light switch that a friend of mine wanted. It was came out to be a three hour job so yesterday I went to the lab after my last class yesterday and tried to print it. For the first two hours everything went perfectly without and glitches. I noticed that it failed at two and half hours, but it didn’t just failed it failed quite spectacularly because the printer actually broke. When I checked on it the base plate dropped about an inch and the motor in the tip blew. I must say that was an interesting turn of events, on a happier note did you guys know that February is library lovers’ month.

Here is a picture right before the printer it got it’s bad attitude.
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Week 5 Weekly Summary

At last the final week is here, and this will be my last weekly summary.  Well this class was interesting to say the least.  For this final week, I had to use all the skills that I either learned or reinforced during these last five weeks.  I didn’t have many problems with doing this, the only real problems I ran into was time to do the final project, having to find a new video editor because I apparently reached my limit for the number of videos I could create using videopad,  and what I would actually write the story for my final project about.  I first problem was easily solved, the second required me to learn how to use WeVideo to create videos which was not too hard either just troublesome.  The last problem was where I truly had difficult with, I just couldn’t come up with a theme for my story.  I ended up looking through my past assignments for some ideas, decided upon the theme of reverse when I was looking at my reversed song assignment.  I think the idea I based my story off of was not that unique but I do believe that the story I wrote is a unique story.  I also believe that my final project shows what I’m trying to do with my digital story quite well.  With my digital story I have always aimed to create weird and funny media that when people see it, they will at least get a small chuckle out of it.  I think of digital storytelling as I would a movie, there are many genres such as comedy, drama, mystery, and adventure just to name a few.  It is all up to the storyteller what genre or genres he/she will focus one.  In my case it was comedy, but there are many different types and each are targeted towards and helps develop a certain part of culture and society.  This project may just be a some piece of what our society thinks of when it thinks about comedy, but new media needs to be created to keep the “genres” of our culture alive and that is what I believe these assignments been all about.

Final Project:

http://www.jameskcampbell.com/hey_whats_that/esrever-ni-sgniht-od-ylno-nac-eh-he-can-only-do-things-in-reverse

http://www.jameskcampbell.com/hey_whats_that/the-making-of-the-reverse-man-2/

Tutorials:

http://www.jameskcampbell.com/hey_whats_that/how-to-reverse-an-audio-file/

http://www.jameskcampbell.com/hey_whats_that/how-to-create-a-time-lapse-video/

Assignments Created:

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/create-and-print-a-3d-vehicle/

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/?p=59079

?esrever ni sgniht od ylno nac eH (He can only do things in reverse?)

This is the story of the Reverse Man, the man who had to do everything in reverse.  No one what is weird, there was such a huge fuss over him but no one ever bothered to get his name.  Well for this story lets just call him Paul, that good with everyone?  Great, now sit down and I will tell you the story of the Reverse Man hence forth known as Paul.

Paul was born under unique circumstances, right before he was born he died.  Hey calm down that is not the end of the story they doctors were able to save his life.  Anyways he died for an instance during his birth, however that was not the only thing that was born.  At the moment of his birth, the Reverse Man Syndrome was also born.  Just so I don’t have to keep saying that mouth full will call it RMS from now on.  He lived his childhood like any normal boy, such as eating dirt, falling on his face during soccer, and other such things.  However, once he entered high school the symptoms of RMS started to show themselves.  Like high school isn’t bad enough on its own.

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From that day forth, he had to do everything in reverse.  He ate in reverse, he slept in reverse, talked in reverse, you get it he had to do everything in reverse.  Actually I think I have a sample of how you used to talk.

Anyways back on topic, he had to live with this crazy disease for several years.  When he turned 23, his luck seemed to turn around for him he meet a very generous and rich Texan who was actually looking to make so donations.  The Texan was only doing because he had accidentally caused a major oil spill, but that is a story for another time.  Paul ran into the Texan on one of his daily commutes to work in the middle of New York City.  Upon meeting Paul and learning of his illness the Texan decided that he would create a foundation to help our young Paul with his illness.  The Texan, very cleverly I might add, decided to call the organization the RMS Foundation and use a reverse Uno card as it’s logo of all things.

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As no surprise to anyone, the organization gained a total of five dollars in donation.  And I might add that the five dollars was given by Paul’s grandmother for his birthday.  The Texan was enraged by this and decided to create a commercial himself, because he was cheap as well, to help promote Paul’s illness and his foundation.

Sadly, this commercial did not help Paul much either.  So together with the Texan and one of the Texan’s colleagues, Carl, they created a second commercial for their organization.

This one went over much better, especially after Carl destroyed an entire city with a nuke but that’s besides the point.  The money just started flowing in for the foundation, but a problem came up that they never foresaw.  What would they do with all the money?  Paul had an idea, which was to recruit some doctors and have them research the disease.  However, because of his illness the Texan never understood what Paul was trying to say.  So instead the Texan took most of the money, but he did invest in a large anvil.

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You may ask what the Texan planned to do with the anvil.  Seeing that the Texan was a simple man and watched too many cartoons in his youth thought that if he dropped the anvil on Paul’s head that it may cure his RMS.  Obviously Paul did not approve of this, but seeing that Paul could not communicate with him the Texan did it anyways.  Surprisingly it worked, somewhat at least.  Paul’s RMS was gone but their was a side effect, his vision became warped.

(Watch the spinning gif then look at Starry Night to see Paul’s side effect)

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So the lesson of this story is to never trust “generous” and rich Texan oil man, which is lesson that Paul learned well.  That and that anvils really hurt when dropped on your head.

 

The Making of the Reverse Man

Well I hoped you enjoyed the story of Paul the Reverse Man, well now Paul the Warped Vision Man.  This section is for me to give you a brief overview of how I created this story.

1. Came up with the subject for the story (Reverse Man)

2. Thought about what type of things I could use for the story.  Such as I wanted to create some type of commercial for the Story which lead to the creation of the first video.

3. I used FotoFlex to create the slides for the first and second video and also download a video of people in New York walking to use in the video.

4. After I created the first video, I decided I wanted to create a second video but didn’t know of what.  I surfed youtube for some ideas when I came across a video of all the episodes of Llamas with Hats.  I watched it and came up with the idea of trying to use them in my story and so the second video was created. (Used videopad for first video and wevideo for second video)

5. From there I decided to create a logo for my new organization the RMS Foundation, which I did with images from google and FotoFlex.  I also created a warning sign for Paul because of the visual assignment I did in week one.

6. I then thought of what I could do for audio.  I ended up making a recording of myself saying things like “help me I can’t stop saying things in reverse”, “help this is so annoying”, and then reverse it because that fit best into my story.

7. From there I just began writing, letting the story develop on its own.  I knew that if I did it that way then the story would develop into a strange but hopefully amusing story and that was what I was aiming for.

8. I had to add some more media to make things interesting and for the story to progress better which is where the other media came in.

9. After that the only thing left for me to do was to create this section about how I created the story.  I hope you gained some amusement from reading my weird story of Paul the Reverse Man.

How to reverse an audio file

This tutorial is being created for an assignment where you needed to reverse the audio of a song and have people guess it.  However this tutorial can be used for reversing any audio file that you want.  For this tutorial I will be using the Audacity audio editing program along with the LAME library to export audio as a .mp3.

1. The first step is to select your song.  The easiest way to do this is to find the song on youtube and download it as a .mp3 using this website.

2. Now that you have your audio file you should open your file you Audacity using the “Open…” option under file.

3. Once your audio file is open in Audacity it is a simple task to reverse the audio.  You need to simply go over to “Effect” and look through the list until you find reverse and apply the effect to the entire song. (It will not work if you are playing the song or have the song paused.  It needs to be completely stopped for this to work)

4.  Now your audio file is in reverse, easy right.  Now you just need to export it as a new .mp3 file and to do this you click “Export Audio…” under file and make sure you choose .mp3 and give it a nice name. Now you are done, to complete the assignment that for this tutorial just upload it to your blog and give three nice hints to what the song is. (Also make sure you save it some where you can find it later)

You can use these steps for reversing almost any audio file you have.  You may need to convert your file to a different format to do this but that is simple with online file converters.

Below you will find my audio file for this assignment and links to my blog post for the assignment and the original assignment.

My blog post for this assignment

Original DS106 Assignment

How to create a time lapse video

Sorry no catchy title this time around, but I will tell you how to create a time lapse video.  It is fairly simple, but the skills you learn in this tutorial can be used for any of your videos.  First off there are two ways of doing a time lapse video.  The first method, which is the method I used, is to use the time lapse function that is available to use in an Iphone running IOS 8 or higher.  This makes this assignment super easy, all you have to do is to find a safe place to put your Iphone and then set the camera to record and use the time lapse feature.  Then it just becomes a waiting game, you do however need to leave the phone plugged into an outlet and check on it ever now and then in case it falls over which mine did.  After you are done recording then it is all a matter of uploading the file to the internet which I think you can handle.  Below you will find a link to web page telling you about the time lapse function and how to use it if you would like some more guidance with that part.

http://iphonephotographyschool.com/ios-8-time-lapse/

Now that was the super easy way, however not everyone has an Iphone so here is the part ya’ll need to pay attention to.  Don’t worry it will be fine, I’ll take you step by step.

1. You need to obviously take your videos, but keep in mind a few things when you do.  Such as you should try and stand in the same spot and hold whatever you are taking the video with at the same angle too.  Also remember YOU don’t need to take every video, ask for help if you need to.  Lastly this is just a general tip for video taking, longer videos are better you can edit out the parts you don’t want later.

2. Next is to upload your collection of videos to whatever computer you will be doing the editing on.

3.  The next step is to import your videos into a new project in the video editor of your chose.  I suggest using videopad, it’s free, fairly user friendly, and what I’m basing this tutorial off of, but feel free to use what you are used to.  To do the actual importing, you should first create a new project, which you can do by clicking the file drop-down at the top and clicking new project.  Once you are in a new project go back to file drop-down, chose import, and import your videos.  Do this as many times as need.

4.  Now it’s time to put your videos together.  As you can see there are usually three major areas.  One area holds all your imported media, another shows a detailed view of the media you have selected in the first area, and the last area holds your actual video you are creating.  You first select one of your uploaded media in the first area and do your editing in the second area.  For this assignment the most edit you will do is clipping out section of your videos.  You should see two brackets in the second area, they represent the beginning and the end of your video, so just play around with those and choose what section of you video to add to your final project.  A few extra tips is to go through the videos in the order you took them and to keep them all about 2 seconds long for a nice flow.  Once you picked the section of your video you want to add, look for a button that says something like “place clip on sequence”,  when you do that the program will add the clip you choose to your final video.  Repeat as many times as need.

5. Once you are done editing you need to make one last choice, audio or no audio.  If you don’t want audio you simply need to go down to your video sequence and mute the audio sequence of your video.

6. You are almost done, all you need to do is to export your video.  To do this go back to the file drop-down and choose export.  If you don’t know what you are doing just make sure you are exporting the video as an .mp4 file and leave everything else at their default values, if you do know what you are doing then why are you reading this you know what to do.  Just make sure you export it to a location that you can find on your computer.  Once that is done then so are you, and so is this tutorial enjoy you new time lapse video.

Below you find my time lapse video created using the Iphone method and a link to the assignment that this tutorial was originally created for.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/time-lapse/