How a Reporter Must Feel . . .

Out on Assignment . . .

Assignments, Assignments, Assignments!!!!

We had to complete 10 Stars this week in the Assignment Bank . . . what made this even more fun was that we could choose our own and collaborate with another to complete them.

Brenda and I decided to collaborate together with George and Red our characters and we even tied the assignments to our radio show Noir We There Yet!

After working on the radio show George seems smitten by “Red” and her work .  . he has his eyes on her – let Vinny D have Cecilia! Since she is beginning to mean so much to George he wants her protected and protected well! Not to sure how Brenda Levoy and “Red” feel about this but he invoiced her for the first month of services:

Red Invoice

(Assignment 1 – 3 Stars)

He is just so smitten he thought he would make “Red” his valentine this year! And since he can use her “connections” to the press wanted to make certain she knew he believed in “Freedom of the Press”! What he hopes to be a way to her heart!

Red My Valentine

(Assignment 2 – 3 Stars)

Way too much focus on “Red” – let’s get off that subject and the final assignment is on George himself. A wallpaper he wants to use on buses and billboard signs. Big ideas for the times he was in but he always things BIG!

ds106 Wallpaper

(Assignment 3 – 4 Stars)







You’re Invited!! Design Assignment 3.5 Stars

Party, party and more party people! They eat a lot and enjoy family gatherings! George loves to “show” all he had and what he can afford for his family. Huge gatherings these are and if you don’t show – you have disrespected “the boss”! You must beware however, this time it’s a masquerade ball . . . is it your turn to go! You almost never know with this family!

Masquerade Ball

My thought process on this was that it creates an event that could ultimately cover up a murder. After all people have so much fun trying to figure out who is who at a masquerade ball one never knows who is there and who isn’t. All they have to do is remind you oh yeah I was dressed as a mafia guy you must not have recognized me. Instantly an alibi, as they say “yes, I remember seeing you now” but yet have no clue who they saw.

Using PowerPoint I turned a slide into a jpeg image. Picked and invitation format and then used only one slide to create the invite. Picture overlays, a little writing, and a few cut and paste pictures to set the atmosphere and there she was.

Bumper Sticker – Design Assignments 3.5 Stars


This would be one of the things George Bozzo does very well and is very lucrative to his finances. Is he fair? I doubt it why should he be he makes bank off the business owners to keep the flakes and other “families” from his territory.

All of George’s family along with all of his “wise guys” are required to put a bumper sticker on every vehicle they own! Don’t let him catch you without one – you will know! He will check as he walks and paces around your vehicle. Don’t let George down . . .

It would be really cool to actually make some bumper stickers and actually be able to print them out on sticker stock!

Protection Bumper Sticker

This was a fun one and I thought it would “get the word out” for my character. As I said earlier it would be fun to make bumper stickers and the window decal. We have a Cricket that taps into the computer and does awesome things.

I used PowerPoint since it is so easy and I am pretty savvy with it. I prepare slide shows for all different reasons. The features available are great along with the colors. You can take design in so many different directions, produce your slide show, and the save them in many different formats.

Cartoon Character Ad – Design Assignments 3 Stars

I grew up watching Sylvester and Tweety – one of my very favorites. I always felt sorry for Sylvester. I can imagine these being George’s Pets – Of course Sylvester would have to be George’s and Tweety belongs to his wife! As I was reviewing our choices I instantly thought of Tweety and Sylvester and then of course Sylvester is “noir” all the way. Devious cat that he is – always trying to get Tweety no matter what! I liked working with design but I’m not too certain anyone would buy the bird food based on this ad!

Cartoon Ad

I love cartoons even today because my youngest son, grandbabies and I watch them together along with movies. This is another part of why I chose this assignment. I had Sylvester and Tweety in my mind right from the start.

Again, using PowerPoint which I enjoy working in doing presentations for work it has made it easy to turn a slide show into many different formats. The ease of inserting and placing pictures to get the results you want is awesome. You can overlay pictures, bring them forward, and take them back, add words including word art. Once you have it all together and everything is placed where you want it just save it in the format you wish. I’m using jpegs because they work well with Flickr. That’s my thoughts and process to complete this assignment.

4 Star Assignment – ds106 Wallpaper


The love of the city . . . I love to visit the city especially at nighttime! I don’t want to live there though! I think I have a different perspective about the city at night now that I have been introduced into Noir! But I still couldn’t resist crafting a wallpaper that reflects something that I love and something that I am learning about. Definitely some dark alley ways and streets deep in this photo I took while in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last fall. I was on top of the Duquesne Incline . . .

Using PowerPoint I was able to add wording with word art and stretch the picture as far as I wanted. Trying to give a good look at how big the city of Pittsburgh is.