This was a very exciting week in the ds106 community. I got to watch some very great stories that take different shapes according to Kurt Vonnegut. I watched Get Smart, because I am a fan of the movie so I thought it would be neat to watch the television show that it is based off of. Then I watched Kingsman: Secret Service. I love this movie so it was great to have a reason to watch it again. And it was for a class which makes it so much better! I then compared the two using the lecture from Kurt Vonnegut. This was very interesting to see how there are different shapes these stories can take on.
The shape of stories
This is the review of all three that I did earlier this week.
After watching these interesting stories I made my own secret agent character. His name is Benjamin Aggos. By day he is a lawyer at his firm Aggos, Gardner, but when he isn’t kicking butt in court he is working with MI-6 to bring down villains who threaten national security in England. After he brings down the bad guys he takes them to court and prosecutes them and gets them locked up for their crimes.
This is the background I made on Benjamin. I plan to expand on how he came to be the secret agent/lawyer combination and take a deeper look into his life. I might also do something with his partner Eleanor Gardner, but we will see where the semester takes me.
After creating Benjamin Aggos I got to take a crack at the assignments from the Assignment Bank. First I did a secret agent themed writing assignment. I decided to do the assignment called The Everyday Life of a Spy. I decided to take on my favorite secret agent James Bond, but take it in a different direction than it usually goes in. In by entry Bond is a little more whiny and complains of how M won’t agree to give him a week off.
A day in the life of 007
This was one of my favorite things being able to take a character I love and move him into a direction of my choosing. I like being able to have more freedom like that.
Then I did three other assignments from the writing bank which ended up adding up to 8.5 stars in the end. The first one I did was called Create a Silly Movie Poster. In this assignment you take a movie poster and just make it silly. I chose to take an extremely serious Jason Bourne poster and add a little extra to it. I overlapped the title of the move He’s Just Not That Into You over top of the real title and add Kim Kardashian crying so it looks like Jason Bourne just isn’t that into Kim K.
He’s just not that into you
This was definitely my favorite assignment that I did from the Bank. This assignment was worth 3.5 stars but boy was it worth all the time that went into it. I am really pleased with how it turned out.
The next assignment I did was worth 3 stars and it was called Motivation. In this assignment you take an image and turn it into a not so motivating poster. I decided to take the majestic eagle who I think represents the spirits of a lot of secret agents and includes what they all probably think when it gets hard: if at first you don’t succeed get back in bed- it was never worth it to begin with
The last assignment I did was worth 2 stars and was called Google Draw Something. This is a cool website I didn’t know existed where it gives you something to draw and you have twenty seconds to draw it. I very much liked this. The last prompt I got was yoga so I decided to draw Bond doing some yoga on his day off.
This was a great way to get my creativity going and I very much enjoyed it. After I finished these assignments I commented on and liked some peoples tweets and blog posts.
Then I got to tackle some more daily creates. The first was to put yourself into the Mystery Van from Scooby Doo. Thanks to Photoshop this was great fun to do:
The next daily create I did was to build the ultimate toilet. I went simple and made the toilet have magic water to just get rid of everything once it hits the pot:
The last daily create was my favorite one we’ve had so far this semester. It really gave me a lot of room to use creatively:
In this new James Bond movie James has never been able to live up to his Gran’s expectations. Sadly she passed at one point in his life, but now she has come back as a ghost. Bond’s Gran is the Girl Who Lived Yesterday. As a ghost she follows him around to every mission he goes on and criticizes how he does everything. I think this would be great fun to do as a spoof sort of thing.
This was a very creative week and I had a lot of fun doing everything. I am excited to see what is in store next week.