And the Adventure Continues – Week Two!!

I started this week by viewing the video put out by the instructors. This is a great way to assist students and guide them through what they are going to be doing. I went a little out-of-order but made certain that I accomplished something everyday. Timing is very important and management of your time is even more important. I decided to go out and customize my blog. Simply log in and you will see your Dashboard by viewing the choices down the left side you can do almost anything. I went to “appearance” and selected to customize my blog. I also went to themes to explore them and made some changes based on the selections given and I did a little search for something a bit different. I also ventured in to the plugins (there were three) and added as in the assignment instructions. This was rather easy as you just followed the prompts and then activated them. Updated my “about” page and kept it simple! Low and behold Paul Bond commented on week one and I got to moderate first hand on his comment. That was really easy – clicked a link in the email and took me right there to approve it. It looked like this: A new comment on the post “Barbara’s ds106 Course” is waiting for your approval I have learned a nice feature which is you can start your blog and work on it each day and simply save it as a draft and come back to it. I love this as I can write each day about what I did and then come back in the end and review it add files to it etc. Makes this less stressful than doing it all at once! I have also been working on building my participation by reading others work and commenting. I have been tweeting and responding to tweets. Speaking of tweeting I also took Burtis’ advice and downloaded Tweet deck. Which is interesting as it sets up columns and allows you to arrange the order they are in based on your preferences and check out the tweets of your choice! I also started scoping out The Daily Creates! This was interesting because I was thinking that we would get an email automatically to prompt us for this assignment and then discovered we actually can pick which one you want to do. I missed one but then attempted the cat on a synthesizer in space – no luck there! I couldn’t get anything to cooperate with me. I counted the days left to ensure I would have at least 3 (which is required) still available to me. So I waited until the next morning – by the way great job getting them out there early as I am doing some work every morning, some every evening between my work hours and then pulling it all together on Friday – Saturday! My first daily create (cover your ears!) and the other two below:



January 24 2015

Oh the readings, how interesting I always find them. To think people were really like this and thought it was okay or even normal. The noir really comes out in them especially the Postman Always Rings Twice. I blogged about each one:

The Shadow

The Killers

The Postman Always Rings Twice

I completed the character dossier form online as asked. That was rather simple except for the idea of a character had to be thought out. I was thinking about what could they (Bond, Burtis and Groom) have in their mind that we are going to do with this character. So it had to be something interesting but yet be able to be taken to different levels. The I added some details and posted my Character Dossier – George Bozzo! .

Character Dossier – George Bozzo

I found the writing assignments interesting and it was fun trying to get the 8 points with 3 being related to the character dossier presented earlier. The alternate ending was kind of hard but I made it through! See my blogs below:

And She Lived Happily Ever After

What’s in a Name?

The Killers – An Alternative Ending

Haiku It Up George

Barbara’s ds106 Course

Week One Summary:

This was a very stressful week ! Working full-time dealing with employee relation issues, year-end reporting, and producing almost 1,000 W2’s here comes ds106! I believe this course was a little more stressful than work was this week! I believe it was the fear of the unknown and entering into an area which is out of my comfort zone. Wait maybe way out of my zone!

I began my week right away reading and clicking on every link I could in order to see what it led to. Then I started on viewing the videos and podcasts and listened with care. The processes started to fall into place as I began to register and set-up, Twitter, my own domain (really my own domain!), adding word press and then more registrations to Flickr, YouTube, and Sound Cloud. This all took some time but I spent time each evening setting them up one by one! I took more time and set up profiles, added pictures, and created my avatar!

I can’t even count the documents I have read, videos I watched, and researching everywhere and anywhere for information. I even watched Bugs Bunny cartoons which I haven’t seen in a long time. By the way loved the three of you in your video! Great job M Burtis keeping the guys in line and on task! All of it was very helpful.

I’ve learned so much already just in one week. Let me share some of what I have done this week – I think this is like building a house – if you miss one brick in the process the entire house will come crashing down. Noir to me is very bleak, dark and sultry. It is more the tone and the mood like someone is just sitting and thinking but yet you know what is going on. Darkness, crime, corruption all with a strong feeling of fear and of course there are always woman involved somewhere down the line. I think of an old cartoon movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>New to Twitter <a href=””>#ds106</a> is going to be challenging # got to learn this stuff!</p>&mdash; Barbara Hall (@3lilangls) <a href=”″>January 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//” charset=”utf-8″></script>