DS106 in the Making

I’m sure most of you who will read this probably never made a DS106 assignment before, but regardless of if you did or not, I want to give you a little insight into what that experience could be like.

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of a Wendy’s Triple Baconator on my blog.

The desire to eat the burger came to me gradually after looking at it over and over again. The thought that maybe others would also enjoy staring at its delicious melted cheese, crispy bacon, and superb greasiness made me feel obligated to share it in a post.  In almost no time at all, my post was being discussed and was suggested to be made into a DS106 assignment of some kind by my professor. So with a little encouragement, I decided to go ahead and make Patty Pioneers.

The process was fairly simple once I completed my image for Patty Pioneers. All I had to do was go on the site, log in, click on the new assignment link, fill out all the information required, upload my picture and voila! A new assignment was born!

If I had to give advice on this, I’d definitely recommend spending a little time on what you call your new DS106 creation. Names do matter! The name for my assignment was chosen because I felt it was kind of catchy. Even if you have an incredibly awesome idea, nobody will want to click on the link to get to it if the name isn’t equally as awesome, right?

All in all, making this DS106 assignment has been quite rewarding for me, as I get to see an idea spawned by my completely random food post evolve before my eyes. Having a bunch of people wanting to do your assignment is pretty cool in its own right as well!

Creativity is something that everyone has, so don’t waste it! Try making something new today!


In the beginning…

…there was but one post. This one in fact!

Being the first post, I think it is quite appropriate that I give you, my future reader, a little (vague) self introduction. As of now, I am a third year student, that is to say a junior, in college. My academic career has been a bit exciting as I have studied in 2 other universities in the past 3 years of study! Hopefully, after I graduate from college within the next two years, I will be able to get a job somewhere to pay back all of the wondrous college debt I accumulated.

Well, I guess now that I got that incredibly informative introduction out of the way, it’s about time I get to the real meat of this post. The internet, as I may describe it, is a platform in which seemingly endless amounts of information can be distributed and accessed. This information can vary greatly, from simple blog posts like this one, to highly refined research papers, however, the ease at which one may access this information is what truly makes the internet special.

Personally, I use the internet for a multitude of things. For example, I daily read the news on my favorite websites (BBC anyone?) in order to keep up with current global events. I also enjoy relaxing in front of the computer watching some of my favorite shows being streamed online. Social networking sites also grace my list of most frequently visited pages, as they make it incredibly easy for me to stay in touch with friends and family who live all around the globe. I have been using the internet for many years now, and more than once it has proven itself to be a faithful companion during the many long hours of research required for school reports or other intellectual endeavors. If you think about it, (assuming your under 30), can you imagine, or even remember, doing any paper without using Google or other search engines? I definitely can’t and probably you won’t remember either.

That being said, the web is indeed an incredibly complex organism, but a constantly evolving one at that. Its evolution is assured and I can’t wait to see what it will be like in the future!