Messi Breaking Ankles

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For the Best Sports Play GIF assignment, I decided to get a clip of Lionel Messi’s second goal for Barcelona when they played in the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. RIP Boateng and his ankles (the defender who fell over). Not only did he break the defenders ankles, he then went on to chip the ball over goal keeper.

Behind the Creation

I am a huge fan of European soccer and my favorite team has been Barcelona. I have been following them for over 7 years. This was a very big match for Barcelona since it was a semi-final in a big competition and Bayern (the team they were playing against) are a high quality team. Barcelona had lost to them pretty badly the year before this one in the same competition, they were humiliated over two legs (during the knock-out phase, teams play each other twice. Once home and once away). Barcelona had lost to them away 4-0 and then lost at home 3-0 making it a loss of 7-0 on aggregate. A year late, this fixture was a redemption match for Barcelona. They beat Bayern 3-0 in that match and eventually went on to the cup final where they won as well.

The Process

To create this GIF, I used an online tool called Giphy. It was very clean and incredibly simple to use.

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The first thing to do was to get the YouTube link for the video I wanted to make a GIF out of. Once I had gotten the link, I copy and pasted it into the text field.

 

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After I copied the link into the text field, the video would appear as so. I could then adjust the “Start Time” slider to pick where in the video to start the GIF and the “Duration” slider to choose how long I wanted the GIF to last

 

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As I move the sliders around, the video player above gives me a preview of how my GIF will look with the setting I have provided from the sliders. I moved the sliders to my preferred positions.

 

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After I was satisfied with my settings. I scroll to the bottom of the page and clicked the “Create GIF” button to make my actual GIF that I could share.

 

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After clicking the button, the button turns into a load bar for which you have to wait so it can create your GIF file.

 

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After the GIF creation is complete, I have some options to share my GIF. Also, the created GIF file is show above in the video player (the quality will be downgraded from the original video). I clicked the blue “Download” button so I could save the .gif file to my local computer.

Tickling Walter White

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/ryan-gosling-wont-eat-his-cereal/

Here is a clip of me tickling Walter White.

Behind the Creation:

Breaking Bad to me might just be the greatest TV show in the history of television. I watched the entire series when it was airing live on AMC. I also bought the almost $200 dollar box set of the entire series plus extra content. So naturally for this assignment, I decided to use Breaking Bad.

The Process:

Nothing complicated here. I used my iPhone 6 to record the video on my laptop to get the shot. The using the iPhone’s video edit mode, I trimmed the video using the yellow bar to get the part I wanted to upload.

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My Own Spubble

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/your-very-own-spubble/

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Here is an old photo of me, I look like such a doofus with my egg nog.

Behind the Creation

I have an obsession with Wawa egg nog so I am assuming my happiness in this photo was caused by the egg nog in my hand. My mom used to be scared of my egg nog addiction, she would treat it like I was doing hardcore drugs. She would try to get my brothers to convince me to stop drinking egg nog so much. Unfortunately none of that worked, because I still drink Wawa egg nog to this day. Though it is a seasonal drink so I always have to wait until Winter, and please do not tell me to go get egg nog somewhere else. It is not the same, trust me. I look really stupid in this picture so I enjoyed making fun of myself. I hope you find this kinda funny.

The Process

To add the text and the speech bubble on the photo, I used an online photo editor called LunaPic. I don’t have photoshop or any other fancy photo editing software right now so I have to resort to the ghetto option.

The first thing I did was load my image into the editor by selecting the Browse option on the photo banner with the blonde hair woman (or man, who knows).

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The photo I selected then showed up in the editor. I went to the Draw menu and selected Speech Bubble. This opened a menu to select what style of speech bubble I wanted.

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After selected the bubble I wanted, I place it in the proper position and resized it using the small yellow squared on the corners.

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The going back to the Draw menu, I select the Text Tool option to add the text inside the speech bubble. This opened a menu at the top of your photo seen to the right of the photo below. From here I was able to edit the text as I needed.

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After adding the text and moving it to the proper position. I go under File and select Save Image to save it to my computer.

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A Little Tour of My Room

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/room-tour/

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Here are 4 photos from my room, just some stuff that I thought I could talk about a little more.

Top Left: These stacks of notebooks are notes and other papers from every single semester since I started at UMW. I keep them all just so I can maybe look at it many years from now and see all the notes and assignments I did back in my college years and convince myself that I was a hard working student back then.

Bottom Left: These items here represent my Alma Mater. The big ole “R” on the left is from my high school, Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, VA. I have two DECA pins on there as well. I honestly have no clue what it stands for or what the organization even is, something to do with marketing I don’t know. I just signed up cause my parents forced me to cause I guess it looks good on your resume, though I have seriously never talked about to anyone other than on this blog post. So yeah, I was “a part” of DECA for 2 years. Then I have two bars on the left of the “R” which again I do not recall exactly what they are for, something to do with my GPA. Whatever though, they are shiny and make me look like a accomplished high school student. Then the gold tassel was for having a GPA above 3.0 (there were those other kids who had the not gold tassels, we do not speak about those kids). Then on the right is my current school, University of Mary Washington. I am a Computer Science major there and I throughly enjoy what I do. I am graduating this Spring and will hopefully get some more cool shiny things to put on it.

Top Right: This photo is of 3 high school diplomas, each belonging to my 2 brothers and me. We all graduated from the same high school so I guess it is kind of cool. Ok whatever, I couldn’t find anything else worthwhile to take a picture of in my room so just stare at the useless diplomas. Anyways, both of my older brothers are Computer Scientist and I was influenced at a pretty young age to do computer science. I thought I wouldn’t like it cause I felt a bit forced into it being influenced by my brothers and all. Though I am a senior Computer Science student and have held two Computer Scientist internship positions. I seriously love Computer Science, and love learning new things in Computer Science even more.

Bottom Right: The last picture are of two OFFICIAL soccer (or football…who the hell cares what you call it anyway) balls. Let’s just say they both cost over $130….each. The ball on the left is from the 2014 FIFA World Cup final match, as is seen by the “Germany vs Argentina” label on it (if it is even readable). As a huge soccer fan, I very much enjoyed the 2014 World Cup since it was full of surprises and great matches. I was rooting for Argentina all the way through though unfortunately they lost to Germany, but I still enjoyed the match and the tournament so I bought the ball. The ball on the right is from a competition called UEFA Champions League. Any real European soccer fan will tell you that this is the biggest competition for all the top European club teams. It happens every year and I honestly just bought that ball because I thought that years official match ball looked really awesome. Also I bought that ball during the group stages of the competition, and it turned out that my favorite team, FC Barcelona, won that years competition. I never ever play soccer with these balls, they are too precious!

Behind the Creation:

I chose this assignment because these things and other things in my room do not look too special, however they all have a story behind them. I feel as if when you tell the story behind some everyday item in your possession, it adds some personality to it. Also, I don’t think I have ever given a tour of my room so it was fun for me to recall some of those memories behind those things.

The Process:

All the pictures were taken off of my iPhone 6 back camera. I took 4 separate pictures and then used the tool Layout by Instagram as seen below. From here I opened my “DS 106” album from the drop down menu on the bottom left of the screen. This displays all the photos in that album in the “Photo Booth” section, I only have these 4 as of now. Then I can simply tap on the pictures and it will automatically fill the layouts shown above in the “Choose Layout” scroll area.

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When I select another photo, it then adds that to the layouts as well

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I can now choose a layout by scrolling to the right and viewing all of my options under the “Choose Layout” scroll area. I selected all 4 of the photos and picked this layout.

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After selecting the layout, I can now edit the sizes of each square using the blue bars along the border shown on the top left picture. I decided to keep the picture as is and hit “SAVE” on the top right which saves it to my phone. I then used a photo editor app called “Afterlight” to add some touch ups. I opened the photo in the app and used the options on the bottom bar to make edits to the photo.

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Selfie With Bruce

For the “Selfie With Your Pet” assignment, I decided to take a photo with my best friend Bruce (he is a cat, yes a cat can also be a man’s best friend). So like the annoying jerk I am, I woke up Bruce from his nap to take this photo. Then I though I would be funny and try to balance him on my head for the selfie. Though as you can see from the picture, he was having none of it..

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Behind the Creation

We found Bruce when he was a kitten outside with a really bad viral infection which caused the death of both of his siblings. He had nasal discharge all over his face which had crusted over and had practically sealed his eyes shut, barely allowing him to see. We have a lot of stray cats outside that usually scurry away when you go near them. Bruce did the exact opposite, he would come closer to you. We knew he was a special cat and knowing about the infection he had, our family decided to take him to the vet and get him some help. We never intended on keeping him but we just couldn’t help but fall in love with him, he was extremely friendly and playful (keep in mind we were his first contact with humans). We have kept him ever since and he turned a year old beginning of this month. He has some other medical issues that we have to deal with but I am sure he is strong enough to pull through. Below is a photo of Bruce a few weeks after he was born, this was before we kept him and before he got the infection.

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The Process

Nothing complicated here, just decided to be a jerk and wake Bruce up from his nap and put him on my head. I shot this with my iPhone 6 front camera. The lighting could of been better, I was in my living room with just a small light on. The front camera on the iPhone 6 does shoot in lower quality compared to the front facing camera. The picture of Bruce as a kitten was also taken with a iPhone 6, though the quality is way better because it was outside in good light and it was taken with the back camera. Lighting is tremendously important when taking photos, though I was just trying to take a quick snap and did not really mind the lighting and what not.