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Work I did during my last year of college and a bit beyond

What the rabbit said

Basically. I’ve no excuses here, save that I broke the First Rule of ds106, which is DON’T GET BEHIND IN DS106! Part of that was family coming into town unexpectedly, part of it was the fact that I’m pretty terrible at managing my time and staying on top of my work. I suppose if there was a time to learn this lesson, it’s good that it was early on. I am fully prepared to run extra laps around the obstacle course and come back better, faster and stronger for next week. TEN-HUT!

Exactly what it says on the tin

Today’s Daily Create assignment was to capture a spinning object, something with motion-blur or frozen in its spin. I have a thing that was made for spinning. Literally. Here’s a spinning spindle:

Spinning Spindle

Okay, not exactly my most inspired title, but they can’t all be winners. In all honesty I’m getting quite frustrated with my current lack of tech. I loaned my camera out to a friend who lives on the other side of the country, so for the foreseeable future I’m stuck with only my cell phone camera (which for some reason REFUSES to upload photos to my computer via the handy little USB cable it came with) and my crappy webcam. This is maddeningly limiting in a creative sense, but I’m trying to roll with it, trying to see these limits like poetic forms–not constraints, but guidelines and structure.

That doesn’t really make up for the fact that the only mobile camera I have can’t zoom or upload photos, and my other one is bound to a wall socket. Bleh.

To¬† make up for this lameness, let me explain what the spinning thing in that photo actually is…


Our assignment this week was to create an animated gif image that showcased part of a favorite (or least favorite) movie. If this works, I’m…

AND THERE WAS MUCH REJOICING (plus a weekly summary)








I have never had to fiddle with a WordPress blog as much as I have with this one, and it’s not even done yet. My goal is to have everything bright and shiny and just the way I like it by Monday afternoon. We’ll see how that goes.

The purpose of this post is supposed to be introductory, so HI THERE! Check out my about page for more on the blog specifically, if you’re so inclined (or if you’re a professor and want to see the links to the rest of my accounts for this class). As far as introducing myself, I’m Haley, a senior (HOLYCRAPIMADEIT) at the University of Mary Washington, my Twitter handle is haley_exe and my my favorite brainfood is webcomics. I have a print on my wall by Kevin Bolk that’s all about butts and I am nurturing a growing addiction to hyperlinks. I’m also considering going to grad school for all this spiffy new media stuff, so I’d love suggestions for programs to look into. I’m also considering going in for poetry. Or maybe extreme underwater basketweaving. Or all three.

Preliminaries well and truly done with, BEHOLD! My very first Daily Create.

This week I felt:


When they tell you that ds106 is no cakewalk, THEY ARE NOT KIDDING. Listen to Them, for They are wise in the ways of the Interwebs and have suffered through much to come by Their wisdom. Fortunately They are also very accurate in saying that if you push through and work your butt off, you’ll catch on and do fine. Although I began the week pretty freaked out over all the info I was supposed to keep track of, I think I’ve got my feet more or less under me now.