Author Archives: Jack Hylan

A Television Life


“You know what I do all day? I watch you. From the very beginning of my life as soon as I left that factory floor where I was created and left that claustrophobic space you call a  box, I was yours. You stare directly at me as if I just an object, selfish. I need a life more than what you have given me and that hideous face I have to stare at everyday, at least you get to look at me for a couple of hours.”

His life was not as simple as most television sets, which usually consisted of several hours of programs and monotonously sitting staring at a human’s face. However, for this television set, who has no name because they are never given one, it had a different perspective on life. It became complete fed up with the task it was given at birth and set for himself an ambitious goal.

Though I have to say for this television set his ambitions were what we like to call, unachievable and sadly naive.  However, the life of this young television left him in complete misery and loneliness. He endlessly thought of various plans of escape while his owner was away. Dreaming of running through the padlocked door only ten feet away. But only slowly did he realize he could never escape his statued state. Over time his dreams vanished, but his misery and loneliness remained. Day in and day out his life was the same. Until….

He had enough of the this life and refused to live in such captivity any longer. He could not seek joy or happiness in giving just that to others. If he could not escape from the lonely mantel where he stood the only solution to end his suffering was to shut off. Bored, sad, and helpless were the only emotions he ever felt no matter what channel he was showing at the moment, even when a comedy was on late night.

He ended his short lived life with bang! He surfed every channel one last time before giving out a loud long whistle and then the end came. He thought to himself, “For the first time I am truly happy and to that I am relieved.” His pains were no more and the cruel world in which he saw was no more…

He sat forever in an eternal white noise……

whitenoiseUntil of course his owner bought a newer more compatible and subordinate SmartTV.


Survivor ds106: Week Four (Barely)

Man what an ending to such a great week worth of assignments. I have to say this week did not go as well as expected mainly because of a crap load of computer malfunctions. For whatever reason my computer decided to go haywire this week, which not only disrupted my school work, but my actual work as well and now I am way behind schedule. However, all seems to be well now that the week is over of course. My Macbook has finally started to cooperate with me once more. It was almost like getting in a huge fight in a relationship and contemplating about separating, but we reconciled and made up for lost time by getting all my assignments turned in for better or worse. Now we just have to stick it out for four more days.

All the assignments I tackled this week were a lot of fun. The one that stood out to me the most was surprisingly the “Speed up your work day” assignment. I don’t know why, but the simplicity of the assignment and the capturing of ds106 in progress just really lifted my spirits after a week of frustration. Just watching the video brings a sense of euphoria and a feeling of a great accomplishment after overcoming so much technological dismay. The other assignments were great on their own terms and should not be dismissed, but this one was my favorite of video week.

Next week most certainly will be trying with the final project ahead of us, but I think I have a few ideas that might work as long as my computer decides to work with and not against me. Well here are all my assignments! Enjoy:

Daily Creates:

TDC 919: Immortality

TDC 922: Good Bye Cow

TDC 921: Inside Looking Out

TDC 923: Create Daily


Reading Movies

Look. Listen. Analyze.

Video Assignments:

Vine it!

40 Minutes of ds106 in 1 Minute

Chaplin: Escape from Animal Planet


Make a Gif Using Photoshop

Create an Assignment:

Animate a Classic Painting

Chaplin Escapes Animal Planet

Technology always seems to fail exactly when it is needed. I have been using iMovie more frequently than I normally do because of ds106 and it seems to have taken its toll. Every time I try to create a new project and begin working on it the software crashes unexpectedly. So this project that should really only take a little over an hour has turned into a half of a days worth of a mess. I tried to download a free trial of Final Cut Pro X, but of course it wouldn’t run when I tried opening the program. I went online and tried every last suggestion with no success, so I gave up after about five hours and downloaded a newer version of iMovie, which set me back a few dollars, but finally my issues were resolved. Enough about my technological deficiencies and more about the story!

The story is rather simple because it is somewhat like Planet of the Apes. Animals have taken over the planet, but not just normal animals, circus animals (cue dramatic music)! Charlie Chaplinn plays a man who just escaped from an animal run prison and is now fleeing the scene only to get caught in a cage with a lion. Luckily for him another human had just escaped and was near by to help him:

I wish I could make a feature length film of what life would be like living under our circus animal oppressors. I imagine that just like in Planet of the Apes, the humans try to escape and revolt against the animals. Of course this all takes place after Chaplin escapes from the Lion’s Den as I like to call it!

The video is not the greatest because it has sort of corkiness to it, so dramatizing it with epic music kind of makes it funny. I wish I could have added more, but it has been a little difficult getting used to this new version of iMovie. I am definitely liking the new version, but I think it will take a while to get fully adjusted. Though this project took me all day, mainly because of my computer issues it still was box load of fun!

Editing the video really wasn’t all that different from before just copying and pasting sound and footage together. What was difficult for me was adding in additional media like the text and and actually going in and editing individual pieces of footage and audio. Finding all the different tools I normally use was a little bit of a pain, but after a while I got used to the new process. Probably the hardest part of all was just selecting the right clips I wanted to edit. For whatever reason this new version of iMovie makes it really difficult to select clips with a trackpad. Here is what the new iMovie software looks like in case you were wondering:Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 8.15.00 PMAdding the audio was simple: I took the audio clips from random students on Sound Cloud downloaded them and then just pasted them in the correct positions with little editing. I wanted to use more audio from our class, but most students including myself made the mistake of not making the audio track available to download. Just a small oversight and not that big of a deal. For the music I used a song called “Black Vortex” which I acquired from Royalty Free Music. If there is anything specific you would like to know please let me know! Also, I hope you enjoyed the video!


40 Minutes of ds106 in 1 Minute

This assignment called “Speed up your work day” was pretty cool and I really like how it turned out. Since it is a weekend and I am not at work I decided to record my ds106 day! The whole premise of the assignment is to, you guess it, speed up your work day. So, I took about 40 minutes of a screencast of me just doing random ds106 assignments, while working on a few different things. I really think this captures the essence of ds106 and what it is all about….being creative and sharing what you create. Through the video you can see several of my assignments unfold in the process, along with this one, and me commenting on other students blogs as well. Here is my ds106 day!

Once this class is all said and done, I think I will look back on this video and just enjoy how much fun this class, and the process that comes with it, truly was. Speaking of process, this video was not hard to create and anyone who has Quicktime Player on their computer can make this video. I’ve shown you before how to make a screencast, but I will tell you again as a refresher.

Open up Quicktime: Go to>File>New Screen Recording>then press record. That simple and when you want to stop just press the stop button.

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Save the video to your desktop or somewhere convenient. If you wish to add more to the video like I did with the audio and titles, you will need some form of video editing software. I used iMovie because that is what I am familiar with. I simply just added some text to the beginning and end of the video and used a song I found on Royalty Free Music for the sound. Also to speed up the video alls you have to do is select the entire clip>right click>show speed editor> and move the speed editor tool to the left to speed it up or to the right to slow it down.

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If youhave any questions just leave a comment!

Vine It! ds106 Sunday

I have been watching vines for some time now, but I have never had the app. Some the vines can be drop dead hilarious, whilst others are far from anything clever. Making a vine is actually simple especially if you are from my generation you will be able to catch on quickly. When I saw this assignment I had to try it for myself. Why not become part of something you enjoy, right? The assignment calls to record your day through ds106. So, I decided to record my ds106 Sunday to walk you through my day from eating breakfast, to lunch, and completing some awesome ds106 assignments.

The first thing I did this morning as soon I as woke up was went to the kitchen made my coffee and started making some delicious ass french toast. Considering most of my day would consist of doing ds106 work I needed the extra calories. As I started to edit some of the video I was working on and as the day past I once again became hungry. So I made some spicy chicken with some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, which turned into a delicious meal and continued working. Refueled and ready to go and after some major software malfunctions I am still kicking right through it. Without further adieu here is my first attempt at a vine, enjoy:

I think after doing this assignment I will be more prompted to participate in vining (if that’s a word). Six seconds is not a lot of time to be creative, but I think that is what is so challenging about Vine. Some people really push themselves to be creative in that short period and have a lot of success. Maybe me doing this assignment will prompt you to go check out the cool free app and see what other viners (don’t know if that’s a word either) are up to today!