Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Spaghetti Westerns

So I recently got a job... and you can imagine my excitement, way to kick off the new year I thought to myself. On my first day, I'm told I have to take an online Digital Storytelling course so I'm well groomed for the job, to be honest, this was music to my ears, I mean how hard can it be? An online course, I live for this kind of stuff... but boy was I was wrong. In my opinion the Ds106 site isn't very user friendly, I find that instructions seem to be a little all over the place and that makes it kind of hard to know whether you're progressing or no. And so I PANICKED!!!  I was about ready to grab my little bag and say thanks for the job offer boss and for the vote of confidence but I think this course is best left for the geniuses. Fortunately for me I didn't grab my bag, instead I watched the Neil Gaiman that's at the beginning of unit 1 and it really helped, some of his words actually echoed and got me thinking Adidas's tagline "Impossible is nothing" and I managed to picked myself up from there.

Yesterday I took part in my first daily create task on Ds106 and it was extremely insightful. Daily create for those that aren't familiar is almost like a daily challenge found on the Ds106 daily create sight. The challenge for the day could be to create a a video clip or write a short story based on a picture or edit something fun and create into your toast like I discovered from past archives. So my first daily create task was to do some research on Spaghetti Westerns which until yesterday I didn't know was a term that existed to refer to Western movies with more of a Spanish influence and after doing some research post a video to the Ds106 daily create tweeter account. So after doing a little research I found a 1966 of the movie Django (which I didn't even know existed) and I was only familiar with 2012 Django Unchained version of the movie, which is way different from the original. Unfortunately I have not been able to find an English version of the original movie on YouTube, I would have been nice to see the contrast between. On the plus side though, having watched at least one version of the movie helps one get a bit more creative as it allowed me to play around with the lines from the movie I knew and sort of apply them to the older version. Those who've seen Django Unchained which is the 2012 version of the movie will immediately pick up on the fact that I titled my daily create video with a line from the more recent version of the movie, I guess you could sort of call it a marriage between the old and the new.

My video clip isn't out of this world amazing but I enjoyed making it. I had never used before but it's so easy to use, even an amateur like me got it right. I feel I'm slowly getting a hang of the course, and hopefully I'll be a digital storytelling pro by the end of it all.


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Something to think About

     Just like most kids, I grew up watching cartoons. The enchanting classic tales of Disney and happily ever after. It really messes up your head when you actually think about it. We grow up thinking love is pure and relationships are perfect and that marriages never end after all it is happily ever after.
     But then you grow up, life happens and reality starts to sink in. You start to question whether love is indeed pure, does a perfect relationship even exist and it starts to sink in that happily ever after might actually be happily NEVER after. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying love doesn't exist, I'm actually a sucker for romance, but then, haven't you ever questioned why all these fairy-tales and movies always end at the wedding and then they just mention how they lived happily ever after but never actually show you.
     Breaking it down further, one would start to question, do we get hyped and excited about a wedding or a marriage. Think about it, for the ladies, I'm sure you've seen enough proposals to know what you'd want yours to be like, the type of ring you want not to mention your dream dress...the moment you see it you know as the saying goes. The people that are gonna be present on your big day. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what all the hype and excitement is about..."THE WEDDING". Very few people think about the significance of that day....the till death do us part, stuck in love with each other type of thing. And to some extent, the fact that people are more excited and prepared for a WEDDING DAY and not a MARRIAGE is also a major contributor to the very high divorce rates in our various societies.