Weekly Summaries

The Finale

This post wraps up my work for the semester in ds106! I tried to get as much work done as I could these last two weeks, but between finals, baseball, and searching for off-campus living for next year, I was not able to work on a final case. I did manage, however, to get my assignment ideas, tutorials, and daily creates done in the short amount of free time I had.

One of the assignments I created is called “Have a phone conversation with yourself.” <—- That link will take you to its page in the ds106 assignment bank. This assignment is fairly simple: it requires you to record yourself doing both sides of a conversation and then change your voice on at least one of the sides to make it sound like two different people are talking. I also did a tutorial for this assignment, which includes an example that I made. Click the links below to get to my blog posts for the assignment and tutorial.



The other assignment I created is called “Do a talk show interview.” <—- That link will take you to its page in the ds106 assignment bank. This assignment is a little bit more complicated: you have to download a clip from a talk show of your choice, record your own answers to the host’s questions, and then work some video editing magic to blend the clips together to make it look like you have been interviewed on the talk show. I also did a tutorial for this assignment, which includes an example that I made. Click the links below to get to my blog posts for the assignment and tutorial.



I also created two daily creates this week. The first one involves photo-shopping a picture taken at this year’s NFL Draft, and the other involves learning a bit of a new language. Here is my blog post introducing my daily create ideas. I hope they are worthy of use in ds106!

Overall, I enjoyed my time in ds106 this semester. My only regret is that I fell short on some of the weekly work in the middle of the semester due to my busy schedule. It is definitely a time-consuming course, but I feel like I definitely came away with some useful skills working with different types of media. I enjoyed the group work aspects of the course the most. I think it is questionable that this is listed as a 100 level gen ed course since it is so intensive. But I had fun! Billy Steel/Brian Burns signing off for good!

The 13th Floor

This post wraps up my work for week 13 of ds106. This week has certainly been a wild ride. Here’s what I did:

First of all, I created my first assignment and added it to the assignment bank. It’s called “Have a Phone Conversation with Yourself.” I will be adding a tutorial for this assignment soon. Here is a link to my blog post about it.

Secondly was the main part of this week’s work, the agency. My agency, “No Stain No Problem”, did a really great job and created a really interesting story that we portrayed in video format. We created a show that was called “Without a Trace”, and consisted of four episodes. In these episodes our agency tried to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Noir Cat. Our secondary media assignments included to-do lists, bulletin boards, photography, and a phone conversation. All of our media can be found at this link. I will also re-embed into this post the four video episodes that make up our primary media. Here they are.

Finally, each member of the agency had to do four updates over the course of the investigation. You saw the first two of those updates last week. The last two updates I did can be found here. Simply click on the date to see that day’s update. I hope you enjoy the work of No Stain No Problem! Until next time!

Cheaper by the Dozen

This week was the first time that Blair Morgan, Jack Sadler, Ol Mick Bretton, Stella Vaughn and I officially worked together as a part of our new agency, No Stain No Problem (NSNP), and boy did we have some work to do! Our first caller of the week had us heading to Harrison- a tiny little town in rural Idaho in which lies the dirty motel where our client brutally murdered a man (not that that’s any of our business). It wasn’t an easy clean up, as there was blood and appendages strewn everywhere, but we did the job. Here is my full update on our Harrison job.

Our second client of the week sent us to an equally unimpressive location- the town of Tecolotito, NM. It was there that our client disposed of a big time lawyer lady named Wanda T. Fox by drowning her in her own bathtub. Unfortunately, the whole second floor of the apartment complex was flooded in the process. Nevertheless, it was a slightly more straight forward job I suppose. Here is my full update on our Tecolotito job

We did find some suspicious things while working on our two jobs this week, and it seems to revolve around cats. Both locations seemed to be scenes of, in addition to murder of course, cat disappearance. I don’t know what this means, but I do know that it is suspicious. My fellow agency members and I will be working around the clock to close this case, you can count on it!!

11:11 Make a Wish

This post concludes my work for ds106 week 11! I had a lot of fun this week. Let’s check out what I did.

1. Cranked out the basics of my group’s agency.

We are “No Stain No Problem”, and we don’t cut corners- we clean them. For more information, check out my post, and/or our website.

2. Completed two more daily creates.

This week I found some umbrella photography, and photoshopped Noddy onto a plane! You can find more info in my post. Here are the pictures I made.

noddy on plane


3. Did 10 stars of assignments.

This week I completed a character resume, a pinterest board, and a monologue of a household tool. See the links for more info.

Hang TEN

This post wraps up my work for the week in Noir 106. What happened this week? Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

First, in case you haven’t already figured this out, I, Billy Steel, took over complete control of this blog. I don’t know what the previous blogger was doing, but it can’t have been more interesting than what I have in store for you all. Also, you guys should follow me on Twitter @billysawsteel.

Next I took an exclusive interview with Burtis, in which she spent the better part of 10 minutes grilling me, trying to get me to crack-which I never did of course. I re-embedded the interview in this post as well.

Thirdly, I “organized” into the group I will be in for my final unit choice– it didn’t take much organizing, as my Noir NOT The Father fam and I will be sticking together.

Next, I did three more of those darn daily creates: an inspirational poster, some tree art, and some fingerprint art. I will re-embed those pictures right….. HERE.

inspirational poster


Fingerprint art

Then I commented on some of my peers’ work. Only the best got feedback from me!

And last, but not least, I made my television debut on the show my group and I created, Noir NOT The Father: The Reunion. I made one post updating everyone on our progress, and another to announce the completed show. I will of course re-embed the video directly underneath all these words. I hope everyone enjoys it!

As far as my work for Noir 106 this week goes, that’s all folks!

Week Niner

The first thing I did for week nine was a post reviewing my group’s radio show. You can find that here.

I also began work on my group’s video show, which you can learn more about here. You can see the trailer for it below.

I also did one daily create. The assignment for it was to make a rainy day poem. I pasted it below.

Rain, rain, go away
It’s not you, just not today
Maybe if it was 75
It’d be fun to have rain outside.

But since it’s only 43
You’re really starting to annoy me.
If you’re gonna rain, you should do it right
This cold misty nonsense got me feeling something slight.

What I’m trying to say is
You’re not all bad.
But your timing could improve
And the temperature is making me sad.

7th Heaven

This post wraps up my work in ds106 for week seven! The main assignment this week was of course the radio show. My group’s radio show is called “Noir Not The Father” and it is quite a production! It takes the form of a Maury-style talk show and involves the characters of all of my group members. A good 7 hours was spent in the convergence center with my group this week plus more spent individually to get this project off the ground. I’ll let you read all about it by linking my main radio show blog post here. I will also embed our final radio show here as well! Here it is!

The next thing I did this week were three daily creates! My daily creates this week consisted of a drawing of a ds106 space station, a blue and orange action poster, and a heel concept photo. The blog post where I go into more detail about them is here. For now, however, I will re-embed the actual dc’s because they are all photos I uploaded to Flickr!

Ds106 space station

action movie poster

The new 16 inch heel

The final thing I did this week was to comment on ten ds106 works by my peers. I had this assignment last week as well, and I was once again blown away by the quality of work of my classmates. Here’s what impressed me:

Jack Eaton’s Action Film Poster

and His Radio Show Update

Brian Christiansen’s Emoji Story

Janelle Pierangelino’s Radio Commercial

and Her Radio Show Progress Post

Justin’s Theme Song

Mia’s Ds106 Spaceship

and Her Emoji Story

Kelsey’s Daily Creates

Lauren’s Daily Creates

And that’s a wrap for week 7! I had fun this week, especially with the radio show. Until next time!

6 and Stones

This post wraps up my work for week 6 of ds106! This week I did a lot of work with my group for our radio show, completed more audio assignments, participated in another ds106 radio listen-along, and commented on the work of a lot of my peers. How about the details then?

1. Radio Show Progress

I got a lot of good work done this week with my group for our radio show. I go into more detail here.

2. Radio Show Design Project

One of the things I did for my radio show this week was create a promotional poster. If you want to see the blog post where I go into more detail about it, you can click here. If you just want to see the poster, check it out!

Noir Not the Father- promo poster

3. Radio Listen-Along

This week I had the pleasure of experiencing a ds106 radio double feature of Red Wind and Jack the Ripper. I enjoyed both of these classic noir works, almost as much as I enjoyed tweeting along with and interacting with my peers. Here are my tweets and retweets.

4. Commenting

This week I stepped up my commenting game (mostly because I was required to) and commented on 10 different posts by 5 of my ds106 peers. I can honestly say that I am very impressed with my classmates’ work and they make me want to step up my work even more. Here are the posts that I responded to:

Tyler Daig’s Character Call

And his Usher Slow Mo

Mia Boleis’ Radio Commercial

And her Character Theme Song

Brian Christiansen’s Sound of Gambino’s Day

And his Radio Bumper

Cuyler Matteson’s Guess What Song

And his Audio Mashup

Kelsey Roach’s Greatest Hits

And her Character’s Journal Entry

5. Audio Assignments

This week I did 10 stars of audio assignments. I think this is the most thorough I have been with my ds106 assignments. 6 stars worth of assignments center around my character, Billy Steel. Those include the following:

An original poem about Steel’s Detroit neighborhood

A story about how Steel met his wife Jackie, told using inflationary language

And one assignment I did just for fun. It was…

A soundboard conversation with a character from my favorite tv show

And that concludes my work for this week. I hope you all enjoyed my contributions to ds106 this week and I look forward to next week’s challenges and my continued work on my group’s radio show.

Four to go

This concludes another week in ds106! Let’s take a look back at what I did this week.

1. Thought about audio storytelling

The first thing I did this week was explore audio storytelling. I compared the original and the restored versions of “Touch of Evil” opening shot, and I explained why I thought the original was more suspenseful. Then I read “The Ambience of Film Noir- Soundscapes, Design and Mood” by Helen Hanson and shared my thoughts on it. Lastly, I listened to a ds106 radio presentation of “The Maltese Falcon” and participated in a live tweet-along. Here’s the post!

2. Did two daily creates

This week I did two daily creates, on Tuesday and Thursday. Find out more about them here.

3. Downloaded and experimented with Audacity

This is the first experience I had with audio editing software, and I must say I enjoyed it. I mostly taught myself how to use it through trial-and-error, and I ended up learning how to cut, layer, move, and speed up audio, all skills I would need for the rest of the week’s work.

4. Made a radio bumper

After listening to a ds106 radio presentation on Tuesday, I then had to create a bumper to introduce the station. I used audacity to do this by layering voice-over on top of background music. Learn more about my bumper here.

5. Did 8+ stars worth of audio assignments

The first assignment I did was a sound effect story. It was a lot of fun. I talk more about it here.

The next one I did was called “Can’t get it out of my head”. It involved a popular tune, and my insane whistling abilities. Check it out here.

The last assignment I did was a fake 911 call. I had a real emergency on my hands, that you can learn more about here.

6. Brainstormed radio show ideas

The final thing I did this week was think about some ideas for the radio show that I will be working on in a few weeks. You can see my ideas here.

And that’s all folks! Another week of ds106 is in the books! I had a lot of fun this week diving into audio and noir. Hopefully next week will be just as fun. Until next time!