Weekly Blog Assignment: Week 5

I think I keep saying it every week, but I don’t know how anything can beat a week dedicated to audio. I absolutely love radio!! It is what gets me through my day! I haven’t always been this way but more recently I have come to a great appreciation of radio. I love to listen to NPR, multiple different types of podcast (This American Life, The Investors Podcast, Pardon My Take, Serial, The Monday Morning Podcast (I love Bill Burr), and other news stations. I say all of this to say that I have a great appreciation for radio programs.

My favorite radio to listen to is “Old Time Radio”. Specially radio programs from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. There is a program on WAMU every week called The Big Broadcast were they play old time radio shows from different era’s. That is must listen to radio every week for me. My favorite activity of this week was listening to the 3 radio programs played this week and live tweeting my thought. War of the Worlds is still by far my favorite. Each time I listen to it, I come up with a different scernio in my head. That is what is best about radio. You can take what is said and turn it into whatever you want. Each person listening to a radio program can choose whatever different thought they have. That is the absolute beauty of Radio.

The different activities for this week were so much fun. The Frequency 2156 activity was really cool! I love the concept. Being able to listen to so many different messages created so may different thoughts in my head. Your imagination can truly take over on the website! I also really enjoyed making a voice mail while playing the role of Vic. I left a voicemail for Vic’s mom to explain his and Bloods current status.

The semester is flying by so fast. I can’t believe we have gone through 5 weeks already. I feel really good about my position in this class. Life outside of class is extremely busy (Baby, Job, Teething Baby, Walking Baby, Baby that gets into everything) but the class work in manageable and I appreciate the break away from real life for a little bit

Cheers Everyone.



Assignment: Reading and Resource Reflection

To start this post off, I have to say that I absolutely love radio. I’m not just talking about music either. I easily listen to far more radio programs than I watch TV a week. In the mornings, I listen to NPR and CNBC. During work I listen to multiple different types of podcast (Comedy, News, Personal Stories). In the evenings I will listen to NPR while I do my homework or regular work. I know I am a outlier when I say this, but I could easily go without TV anymore if I was guaranteed to always have radio (and podcast).

Jad Abumrad speaks directly to me in both the YouTube clips posted on the week 5 assignment page. Just as Abumrad says, radio forces you to use you imagination. Unlike TV, you have to create your characters and settings to go along with the words that are being said. As Abumrad explains, this is incredible because this allows thousands of people create different thoughts in their head, all coming from the same words spoken. This to me makes radio far superior to TV shows and movies.

To stay on this same topic, since radio is just spoken words and sounds, this forces creators of radio content to seek any way to appeal to the listener. I agree with Abumrad and truly believe that this is a true art from. This is a very old school or “ancient” form of entertainment, but by far the most creative.  It’s amazing to me to see how the tone or delivery of words can create such strong imagery in my head.

Radio will never be dead to me. I think everyone would benefit from taking a break from TV and spend some time just listening to the radio.

Assignment: Character Choice and Introduction

For my character choice and introduction, I have chosen a character that currently is a young soil scientist that is currently working at a agricultural company.  In order to introduce this character, I created a Resume to given a brief background description.

Here is the resume of Jim Tomsula III

Jim Tomsula III

123 Smith Tree Lane King George, VA   | JTomsula123@AOL.com  |  555-222-3456


Experienced Assistant Soil Scientist with a background in crop management and soil observation. Able to operate and maintain scientific equipment and farm machinery to maximize efficiency and productivity. Strong team leadership and project management skills. Seeking long term stability and growth opportunities

Skills & Abilities

Soil Science – Agriculture product expertise – Strategic planning – Data tracking – Experienced multi-tasker – Operational Improvements – Planting Knowledge – Clean driving record


Assistant Soil Scientist, DDI Agriculture

January 2010 – Present

Studies, investigates, and conducts experiments on different soil/plant types to determine use capabilities of soils, and effects of alternative practices on soil productivity. Applies a wide range concepts, practices, and procedures from two or more specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture.


Lab Assistant, XYZ Greenhouse Corp.

Studies soil characteristics and classifies soils according to standard types.  Provides advice on rural or urban land use. Performs chemical analysis on micro-organism content of soil to determine microbial reactions and chemical mineralogical relationship to plant growth. Investigates responses of specific soil types to soil management practices, such as fertilization, crop rotation, and industrial waste control. Conducts experiments on farms or experimental stations to determine best soil types for different plants.


Wisconsin University, Madison Wisconsin

Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Science

Overall GPA 3.8

Honor Society Member

Area of Concentration: Soil microbiology




Weekly Blog Post – Week 4

It is hard to believe that we are already at week 4 of this semester. Time really flies by. This week was by far my most enjoyable week in this class. I truly love photography but have never spent the time learning the proper techniques. I take advantage of the technology that we have available in our phones and just assume those pictures work just fine. When looking at them closer, I can see where an improvement can be made in my technique. The information provided this week by the helpful hints and the Photoblitz exercise really improved my photo taking technique. Just in time because my daughters birthday was this past weekend and I needed to capture that perfect moment!

My least favorite part of this week was watching La Jetee. The use of still frame pictures made the film impossible for me to follow. I had to watch the film twice just to gather a complete understanding. The 4k technology and HD cameras have really spoiled me I guess. The storyline was great but I wish that presented in a more effective way On the flipside, I truly enjoyed watching The Road. Before seeing this film on the assignment list, I had never heard of it.  This film fits into the type of post-apocalyptic genre I like. The storyline of personal survival and devastation pulled me right into the film. This film took me to a place where I imagined going through a similar situation. Would I be able to survive on my own with my child? Could I fight through pain and suffering to try and survive.

Now to get to the question of the week…. Can a GIF be considered a story…. My thought about this is no, It can’t be considered a story. It can be something to support a story, but not just on it own.  Here is an example:

Here is a GIF from Lady and Tramp. Does this GIF tell a story? No, it just shows two dogs kissing. Does it help support the movie itself? Yes it does.

I hope everyone is having as much fun in this class than I am!

Reach out to me if anybody would like to chat or share ideas on anything!


Assignment: Movie Reflection and GIF

Reflection : Le Jetee

I have to admit that I had to re-watch this short film multiple times to really understand the plot. It was very hard for my to understand the film due to its use of still frames. I felt like the constant changing of photos and misused soundtrack made it nearly impossible to understand the story line. Once I final got a handle on what was happening, I very much enjoyed the film, but mostly only from a story line perspective. I believe that I would truly enjoy a current remake of this movie utilizing the same storyline. This film appeals to me post-apocalyptic genre of real life scenario’s (Nuclear Holocaust / Natural Disaster) I also very much liked the concept of using time travel to try and solve current living conditions.  This film’s storyline creates a lot of imagery in your head, which helps support the still frames.

Reflection: The Road

After watching this movie, I immediately added to one of my top movies of all time. I really enjoyed the story line of this movie. The struggles of the father and son really sunk deep into me. My immediate thought after watching this movie was “what would I do if I was stuck with my daughter tryin to survive on our own in the wild” I immediately started to play all of those scenario’s in my head. I chose the scene where they find the individual who stole their cart as my GIF because that was my favorite part of the movie. The pain and anxiety both parties have during that exchange feels so real. The end of this film in heartbreaking. I could feel myself get choked up as the boy stood over his dead father. I am so glad that this film was part of this class. I am happy to make a new discovery of post-apocalyptic film.

Assignment: Thinking about Photos

Before I start this blog post, I have to admit that I am a terrible photo taker. To explain, one time I was at a Formula One race in Montreal and a couple asked me to take a photo of them. I took the picture and handed it over like I took at great picture. I turn around and 2 minutes later I see the same couple asking someone else to take the exact picture…. Ouch.

My issue is I just feel like the technology that we have just on our phones allows anybody to take any good picture. I have taken what I thought were such great pictures and looked at them later and discovered how bad they are.

This weeks assignments have proven to be very helpful to me. There are so many things that don’t take a lot of effort that can play a huge part in producing a special photo. One of the best tips that came from “Tips For Better Photography” was anticipation. There are so many times when I travel that I just pull out my phone, snap a picture, and put it back in my pocket. I need to work on being in the moment and watching what is happening.  That I know will make me a better photographer along with learning how to use aperture, shutter speed, iso to control the image. The next best tip that I picked up on was paying attention to light. I struggle with this most at night time. I have missed so many great picture opportunities at night by not paying attention to how artificial light effects a picture.

For my Photoblitz assignment, I took what hints where given to me and created some awesome photos. I used layers to create an awesome background for a photo of my daughter. I took a picture of a wheel and moon like object. I also took two picture to show the usage of vertical and horizontal lines. The last phot I took was to so contrast between two like objects, but extremely different in size.

Here a link to my Instagram Post

Apart from reading and learning some useful tips about photography, I great enjoyed flipping through the photos on Abandon America. This pictures both made my skin crawl and make me feel sad. The reason for sadness is because I see so much waste in these photos. Here are once flourishing buildings or areas that are absolutely no more. I wish our country would restore and reuse space rather than just leave it behind. With that being said, I could stare at this photos for house. I look at these photos and wonder about the story behind them. From a post-apocalyptic perspective, these photos look like something like an apocalypse happened.  When I imagine a post-apocalyptic scenery, these photos create exactly what I see in my head.


Visual Assignments – Places of Peace

Here are my places of peace.  Top Right is at ATT Park in San Francisco. Top Left is at the beach. Bottom Left is any pool on vacation. Bottom right is laying in bed with my daughter.