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Response to 2 Digital Stories

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it was not that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that is when he blocked out the world. It took two deaths for him to realize that life is worth living and that you should never give up. He then started public speaking and doing work with kids that were in similar positions to him and trying to help them become better people. I liked the video because it was short and to the point. He also gave a brief history of his background and then also gave a brief explaination of what he is doing today. I also like the pictures he had and how it all was not just a slide show but it showed him walking like he was in deep thought and it also showed him posted on the wall a couple of times. The only i wish it would have done is explain what that sign was he was flashing at the beginning of the video. Was he in a gang of sorts? Who knows? We don not because he did not explain that. Other than that i thought it was a very well put together video with a very intriguing story.
The second story i read was sofas. After reading sofas i felt really bad for the homeless. I wondered what questions they asked themselves before they went to sleep every night or if they even asked themselves questions at all. If they were content with being homeless or did they eventually want to get a place they can call home instead of changing that place every night. The story sofas is by a man named Wayne Richard. He was born on the south side of Chicago and was raised by his maternal grandmother. He loved the sofa at his grandmothers house and admitted that he spent a lot of time there and he said that that is where he would often crash. His grandmother passed and he was then forced to move to a foster home. New home, which means new sofa. He wasn't at first comfortable with his new sofa nor was he comfortable at all but he eventually got over his demons and grew up to help other people that were homeless or once were. I like the video because it showed a lot of sofas in a lot of random places. To me that symbolizes how his childhood wasn't always so stable. I also like his voice and how it just kind of blends with the story. The soundtrack was also good too. It wasn't super sad music but it wasn't super happy music either. It describes the mood perfectly.

Tori's 2 Digital Stories

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Just Being There
This is a strong, moving, inspirational video. It is about a doctor or a social worker that hears the stories, complaints, and the cries of ordinary children every single day. I really enjoyed this digital storytelling film because it showed the true innocence of children, and how they look at the world a little differently from us teenagers and young adults. This man comes across questions every day when he is at work that it is not easy to answer, and there is no such answer to those questions either. There are questions such as: Why did mommy kill daddy? Why did my sister have to go away? Those questions are not very easy ones to answer, or even to come across. I agree with him when he says that it is amazing how children are able to find their way back into the world with such great of a loss, because most of us adults would not be able to do the same thing, even though we have had much greater experiences and knowledge in our lives compared to children. But, simply being with the children will help them get over their losses. Children like to talk about the things that are going on in their lives, because it does not only provide just a friend for the kids, but it also helps them to express themselves to get over their losses. One of the more disturbing parts in this story is when the child's parents get carried away in the body bag, and the doctor tells about the child's reaction.

Paul Thomas Clements -- Just Being There from Daniel Weinshenker on Vimeo.

Kevin's Digital Story
I did not necessarily agree with this story, nor disagree with his ways or values. I thought it was very interesting, and totally new to what I had ever seen before. His story was very different, one of the most different stories around today, I believe. Kevin was not always Kevin. He was born a female. As the years went on, he did not feel like a female. He always argued with his parents when they tried to make him wear a dress, and he always went against all social norms. He never acted female, and was always a tomboy. His parents quickly decided something was wrong with him, and set him up to see a social worker. The social worker listened and listened very hard. When she finally decided what was wrong with him, she suggested that she turn male. All the clues fit in well, according to her. He was a man stuck in a women's body. He got made fun of for being a lesbian at the time. All the other teenagers were quick to the punch by calling him a "lesbian" or "dyke". I do not necessarily think this is right, and it was very hurtful for the teenagers to be saying those kinds of mean things. It can show how if your different, society is not going to be easy on letting people off the hook for being different, and that is why I thought it was so interesting.

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Ashley's Analysis for Digital Story 2

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Sasha is a foster child that has and younger brother. She started off her digital story demonstrating her writing a letter to her brother. The reason I think she chose to start this was so the viewers can see that this just isn't a digital story but a letter to her brother in video form.The picture of her brother and her embracing appeared twice in her story. I believe she showed this picture to show the viewers how close she and her brother  were and how she loved him so dearly. A black screen appeared when she talked about the harsh life they faced and when she told us about her mother being abused. I'm convinced she chose a black screen to show the darkness and sadness she and her brother felt during that time. Their lifestyles were really harsh and they lived in poor conditions. She didn't necessary state the reason of the separation in her story, but I believe these conditions are why she and her brother were separated. She loved her brother very much and wanted best for him. After the separation her grades began to drop in school, she started to get in fights, and she was suspended from school multiple times. I suppose she chose to show and tell these things to inform the viewers how much the separation and the situation itself had such an effect on her. The music she chose fits the video well. There weren't lyrics in the music that clashed with her voice over. I wonder what happened to their parents. I also wonder if their mother is doing well and is she trying to retrieve custody of her children.

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Ashley's Analysis for Digital Story 1

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The first slide of this video was a picture of the world. By viewing the picture of the world and hearing the tone of the music that was playing, I felt a sense of sadness however if the music was more emotional and mournful, there would be a bigger effect. The context of this video was about Brazil and the heavy amount of street children they have. The author is trying to inform the viewer that there is a serious problem in Brazil due to the lack of homes and families who don't care for their children. These children are getting into drugs, crime, and other unsafe activities and the public are not trying to help reduce this issue. This video displays faces of children that look like they are in need of help and tender loving care. I think the author is to reach out to people to let them know that although Brazil is a beautiful country, they need aid because the officials there aren't really making a difference. There isn't any effects used in this video which, I think is a good thing because the video doesn't need any and also the effects might take away from the video. I feel that this video isn't too short or too long and it gets the point across. My questions are why are these families so disorganized with their children? Why are the police and others scared of this situation? Will there ever be a resolution?


Jules' 2 digital stories

Hope Rises

This video was about a woman who is a cancer survivor. She first lost her husband, then was diagnosed with a disease, while recovering from that disease she was told that she had breast cancer. After a while of taking medicine to help her with her pain, she decided that it was more trouble than it was worth and made the decision to stop taking them and return them to her doctor. She decided to start really enjoying her life by trying new things that she had never experienced before. I believe that Helen Gallegos, the author, decided to make this video to express her innermost feelings and show people the strength that it took to survive cancer. If this video were used to ask a question, I believe that that question would be how would you deal with extreme setbacks such as what Helen had experienced? This video was filled with emotion, throughout most of the video the emotion was sadness, but at the end the tone of the video changed to uplifting and inspirational. The pace of the video was pretty slow, nut it fit the content of the video. I thought that her voice over in the video was very passive sounding, she could have made it sound more interesting, her voice was the only part of the video that I thought was boring. The elements that are present in this video are, she has a point of view, it was filled with emotional content, it had the gift of her voice in the voice over, there was much power in the music. I thought that she had an effective use of words, I thought that her voice was on point with the pace of the song.

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Strength in Love

 

This story was about a young man who overcame many obstacles to finally find a place where he belongs. He tells of how he joined a gang in hopes of finding people that he could relate to and would defend him if ever necessary. He later figured out that joining a gang was not the answer to his loneliness, he realizes this after he is stabbed by a drug addict who owed his gang money; his near death experience gave him the strength to see that he was heading down a very dangerous path, and if he was going to make something of himself he would need to separate himself from gang affiliates and others who cold be a negative influence on his life; so to do this he became close to his basketball coach and found a place in the world for himself. I think that he made this video to show that no matter what sort of adversity you are facing you can overcome all obstacles if you try hard enough. The emotion that is present in this video is sadness and in the end happiness because he found a place to call his home. I would say that the story is a decent length, long enough to get his message across. The pace of the video was pretty slow, but it fit the tone of the story. Overall I believe that this digital story was a good one, because it was able to make me feel joyous by the end.

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Katie's Two Video Reviews

An Unforeseen Ending

Depicting a "good" story

Paul Thomas Clements -- Just Being There from Daniel Weinshenker on Vimeo.


"Just being There"

"Just being there" was narrated by a man who seemed to be a child psychologist. The narrator begins to describe how heinous crimes and traumatic events such as death impact the lives of the children nearest to the situation. The story begins with a boy named Rashid who witnessed the death of his pregnant mother, at the hands of his father. The narrator describes how in the past he would attempt to answer questions such as Rashid's, who asks "why did my Dad kill my Mom?" Suddenly, the narrator realizes that he cannot answer questions such as this because he doesn't have the answer. The narrator mentions another little girl who asks "why did my sister have to die?" I circumstances such as these the narrator found that simply listening and being the person that can simply be the presence that leads them to the healing that they need.
This digital story is one that I would classify as a "good" story because although the narrator is not necessarily telling stories that are his he gives a perspective of a person who helps with the healing process. The story begins with a simple title and a black screen, which allows the audience to consume the title. The rest of the movie has still pictures and the drawings that the children made. In my opinion, the ability of the author to include the images that the children drew added a raw and realistic element to the piece. Also, the piece ends revealing that it is a dedication to Rashid, showing how his life was impacted by the story of this little boy. I would classify a good story as having the ability to create a connection between its author and the audience, which this one does.

Pamela Kelly -- A Different Healing from Daniel Weinshenker on Vimeo.

"A different healing"

Raped and brutally beaten. After being traumatized by her own husband a woman is very forgiving of him, but the narrator is not. The narrator feels the anger and pain that she believes that the victim should feel she says, "I couldn't hear and anger in her voice and that's what made me cry". The fact that the woman seemed unfazed was disturbing for the narrator and even made her angry. At the end of the story the narrator reveals that she still cannot forgive for what has been done, while the victim seems to celebrate that life that she has ahead of her. I feel the biggest moral lesson from this digital story is that a persons ability to forgive is the first key to freedom. If the woman had bound her soul with anger for her husband, she would not be able to grasp the optimism that would allow her to live a happy and fulfilling life.
This digital story begins in a very dramatic manner, the sounds from the music and the narrators voice set the mood for a melancholy story. In the beginning the author uses still images, which seem very suitable and display the world as she sees it as very un-lively and struck by sadness. When the mood changes because of the optimism of the victim still images transition to video and the camera shows shots of the ground and then begin to move upward and show images of the sky, which seems to be a metaphor for optimism. As the images change the music does as well, changing from sad and dreary to more light hearted and hopeful. I feel that the story successfully fit's the mode of "good" story telling, because the author uses art forms such as photography, video, and music to portray a message.

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I did not like this digital story. To me there seemed to be no interesting point to this clip. It seemed more like a movie preview rather than a digital story. It seemed jumpy. I had a hard time finding a connection between this video clip and myself. At first it looked like a clip from cops or Bad Boys 2. Then it changed clips again to talk about a hero as if it was going to be about a super hero. The music was the only thing that kept me watching because I felt it was going to build up to the point of the video. The pace of the clip and movement of images were slow while the tempo of music was very fast. The creator did not use any photographs. He only used videos but there is no audio besides the music in the background. It created an unbalance between the music and the images. Then the clip switches to a clip that looked like it was a sequel to a Matrix movie with a guy in a chair. Then it shows a clip of a bank being robbed then randomly changes to what looks like a movie clip of people migrating and what looks like they are moving to the western part of America. Then it goes through clips of what I believe are founders of America. I believe the maker of the video could have done more to explain the point of the video before I started watching the first twenty seconds of the clip thinking it was an action movie.

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I liked this video. i feel it shows the tempo of the clip from the begining. the music was catching and the fact that she was writing in the journal made me want to watch because I wanted to see what they were writing about. the life story she told from the begining was touching and grabed me in to watch more. I liked how the picture of Jodey was show and then slowly zoomed in on to show emotion almost. I thought it was great how she told the bad but made it ok as long as she had him by her side. It was great how she had a picture of herself and then a see through picture of Jody came up over hers to almost make it seem like she is thinking of him. The video of her standing outside went along great with what she was saying. she was taking to tell us how stressful it was and the movie clip played well with it. When it shows the clip of her behiend the cage, it gives me the feel that she is locked away from her brother that she loves and wants to see but is watched as if she i in prision if she want to talk to him. The photos of Iesha being zoomed in helped the clip out by almost zooming in to show that she is a personal friend or person that cares for her. The music helped put it in the mood as you are in her shoes and things are sad but are getting better. the note to credit herself was great because it showed that she had to come out and tell her story and she is proud of herself for doing so.

The second story i read was sofas. After reading sofas i felt really bad for the homeless. I wondered what questions they asked themselves before they went to sleep every night or if they even asked themselves questions at all. If they were content with being homeless or did they eventually want to get a place they can call home instead of changing that place every night. The story sofas is by a man named Wayne Richard. He was born on the south side of chicago and was raised by his maternal grandmother. He loved the sofa at his grandmothers house and admitted that he spent a lot of time there and he said that that is where he would often crash. His grandmother passed and he was then forced to move to a foster home. New home which means new sofa. He didn't

The second story i read was sofas. After reading sofas i felt really bad for the homeless. I wondered what questions they asked themselves before they went to sleep every night or if they even asked themselves questions at all. If they were content with being homeless or did they eventually want to get a place they can call home instead of changing that place every night. The story sofas is by a man named Wayne Richard. He was born on the south side of chicago

The second story i read was sofas. After reading sofas i felt really bad for the homeless. I wondered what questions they asked themselves before they went to sleep every

The second story i read was sofas. After reading sofas i felt really bad for the homeless. I wondered what questions they asked themselves

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it was not that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that is when he blocked out the world. It took two deaths for him to realize that life is worth living and that you should never give up. He then started public speaking and doing work with kids that were in similar positions to him and trying to help them become better people. I liked the video because it was short and to the point. He also gave a brief history of his background and then also gave a brief explaination of what he is doing today. I also like the pictures he had and how it all was not just a slide show but it showed him walking like he was in deep thought and it also showed him posted on the wall a couple of times. The only i wish it would have done is explain what that sign was he was flashing at the beginning of the video. Was he in a gang of sorts? Who knows? We don not because he did not explain that. Other than that i thought it was a very well put together video with a very intriguing story.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it was not that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that is when he blocked out the world. It took two deaths for him to realize that life is worth living and that you should never give up. He then started public speaking and doing work with kids that were in similar positions to him and trying to help them become better people. I liked the video because it was short and to the point. He also gave a brief history of his background and then also gave a brief explaination of what he is doing today. I also like the pictures he had and how it all was not just a slide show but it showed him walking like he was in deep thought and it also showed him posted on the wall a couple of times. The only i wish it would have done is explain what that sign was he was flashing at the beginning of the video. Was he in a gang of sorts? Who knows? We don not because he did not explain that. Other than that i thought it was a very well put together video with a very intriguing story.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it was not that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that is when he blocked out the world. It took two deaths for him to realize that life is worth living and that you should never give up. He then started public speaking and doing work with kids that were in similar positions to him and trying to help them become better people. I liked the video because it was short and to the point. He also gave a brief history of his background and then also gave a brief explaination of what he is doing today. I also like the pictures he had and how it all was not just a slide show but it showed him walking like he was in deep thought and it also showed him posted on the wall a couple of times. The only i wish it would have done is explain what that sign was he was flashing at the beginning of the video. Was he in a gang of sorts? Who knows? We don not because he did not explain that. Other than that i thought it was a very well put together video with a very intriguing story.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it was not that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that is when he blocked out the world. It took two deaths for him to realize that life is worth living and that you should never give up. He then started public speaking and doing work with kids that were in similar positions to him and trying to help them become better people. I liked the video because it was short and to the point. He also gave a brief history of his background and then also gave a brief explaination of what he is doing today. I also like the pictures he had and how it all was not just a slide show but it showed him walking like he was in deep thought and it also showed him posted on the wall a couple of times. The only i wish it would have done is explain what that sign was he was flashing at the beginning of the video. Was he in a gang of sorts? Who knows? We don not because he did not explain that. Other than that i thought it was a very well put together video with a very intriguing story.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it wasn't that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that's when he blocked out the world. It took two deaths for him to realize that life is worth living and that you should never give up. He then started public speaking and doing work with kids that were in similar positions to him and trying to help them become better people.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it wasn't that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and that's when he blocked out the world.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person. His mother left him at a young age and his father use to beat him and his siblings for no appearent reason. Then when the services took him away it wasnt that bad until they decided to split up his siblings and thats when he blocked out the world.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person.

Breaking Free

After watching the video Breaking Free, I was amazed at how he could overcome all those obsticles and still end up being a successful person.

Breaking Free

Van's video analyses of 2 stories

"Dear Jody" by Sasha Charles is a very emotional and touching story. Having the story being told in writing a letter perspective makes it feel like it's written for the audience even though it is really written for Jody. The volume/the voice fit perfectly well with the music. The narrator speaks in a normal conversational tone like she is talking to the audience. The transition between each slides (fade) and videos help makes it feel like a smooth and easy going story. It is very easy to understand the speaker because of perfect pacing. Sasha's story is told in May 11th 1994, and written for her brother Jody. Sasha struggles to do well in school because of being sent in foster care, and being raised by an abusive mother. Being separated from Jody is like a mother separated from her baby. Jody does well in school while Sasha's world come crashing down due to her separation of Jody. Sasha fights a lot and gets suspended in school to deal with the pain. Eventually Sasha found someone who was able to motivate her to raise her grade up and go to college. It took someone outside from the family who cared about Sasha to succeed and do well in school. Sasha wants Jody to know that having a role model, or someone who cares deeply for you can help you go through hard times, endure the pain, and accomplish goals that would never had been dreamt to come true, and that having someone who cares can make a impact towards your life.

Video of "Dear Jody"
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My Digital Story Analysis

I found the digital video of "Mario's story", to be very good because he conveys his point of view on the importance of education through his experience of his father being deported when he was a teenager.

I found the digital video "Calvin" by Amanda Morris, to be relatable because I to see my dad as one of the most influential people in my life. This video stuck out to me because I feel we do not show our appreciation to those who have helped make us the individuals we are today, and it inspires me to want to follow in her footsteps and share my story of how my dad is influential to me.

"Useless Things" by Dmitri Logvinenko
Dmitri Logvinenko presents a very relevant issue that some of us may deal with on a personal level. He does a good job of selecting a topic that we can all relate to in one way or another. Logvinenko's incorporation of items such as his old house keys and dog photos show a lot about what kind of person he is and what he values. Dmitri Logvinenko's focus on his dog demonstrates its importance to him even in death. This approach does well to evoke the emotions or memories of the viewers themselves, which puts Logvinenko in a favorable position in regards to credibility.
His inclusion of trinkets, collectibles, photos, and other various items shows the vast array of objects that hold meaning to him; this is a good strategy as opposed to focusing on one such item, which would possibly bore the viewer. This strategy is also effective in showing that there are many memories associated with a person's possessions, which viewers can relate to and understand.
Dmitri Logvinenko's use of sound and voice is not faultless Logvinenko's voice also distracts the viewer. It is helpful that he is speaking English, but his accent makes it difficult for the viewer to comprehend his words. As a result, his credibility may be damaged by this imperfection. He makes a bold decision not to include music in his video. This happened to yield successful results due to his accent as well as highlighting the importance of his words.
The other qualities of this video aids Logvinenko in reaching his goal of ensnaring the viewer's attention. The visual quality of this video is adequate to high; the video is easily viewable. Had Logvinenko used more words, the verbal aspect of this video would likely bore the viewer; he used what appears to be the appropriate number of words. However, the pacing of his words sounds a bit rushed at times. Logvinenko should have compensated for his accent by more slowly and carefully articulating his words in an effort to be understood by the viewer.

Watch "Useless Things".

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"Making Do" by Rick Stewart

Rick Stewart's "Making Do" is an autobiography of sorts, involving the use of images and photos as well as voiceover. His video is successful in showing the viewer what kind of person he is and what kind of life he lives. Stewart includes a variety of features that make this particular video especially effective in telling the story that he needs and attempts to tell.
Rick Stewart's voice is powerful enough to be understood yet still conveys a feeling of friendliness. He enunciates his words clearly with the rises and falls in tone that occur naturally in conversation. Stewart's innovative use of poetic language gives the viewer a fresh experience in video-watching. His effective word choice also His video is more of a poem with visual aids; the two appear to have been combined into a video that speaks to the viewer.
Stewart compensates for his lack of music in the background by instead using sounds. His effectual use of sound to emphasize and demonstrate his story brings it to life for the viewer; his words become more potent. The sounds are timed in a way that does not distract the viewer. In addition to good sound timing, Stewart effectively paces his story in a way that definitely matches his decision to use poetry as a medium of verbal communication.
This short but deep video suggests a passion for Rick Stewart to show how he lives through audio and video. Stewart appears to be content with his life, since the video does not show any hatred or annoyance with any aspect of his life. His dedication of this video to his 13 year old daughter solidifies his outward comfort with his life; even though he is divorced, Rick Stewart still loves his daughter very much. This love is further ingrained by closing the video with images and text dedicating his gift to his daughter.

Watch "Making Do".

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Tinker Mitski made a digital story and published it on YouTube. The story talks about her love for taking photos. Photography is her life, and is how she is able to remember the great memories that she has had. When I watched this digital story I at first I wasn't sure how I felt about it, and I ended up watching it 3 times in a row. It starts off when music that would find in a scary movie. In a calm and laid back short movie like this I wouldn't think to have put it in there. The only instrument that is being played is the piano and it sounds really creepy! It keeps you on your toes and makes you focus on what you're watching to see what happens.

Dusti's analysis of 2 digital stories

I thought this video was very direct and was very depressing throughout most of it. This video was a voice over of a girl with Bipolar disorder, and in the beginning she says how when she was 16 it all started. She didn't get the diagnoses until 4 years later, after she had already suffered from self inflicted wounds, therapy, 4 different psychiatric hospitals, losing 35 pounds and many different medications. Hearing all of this was very overwhelming, I think she could have talked a little slower, so I could follow along easier.

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Video Number 2:     This video was very different, I wasnt sure of the purpose at first.  I didn't really like the beginning because I had to read it myself and it was a major point in the story and I had to read it a few time to comprehend it.  I would have liked better if he wouldve been talking right away.  

Jake's two video reviews

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Where the Wild Things Aren't by Daisy Chia

"Where the wild things aren't" by Daisy Chia. I like how she starts the story with a good one liner. " Are we there yet?" That right there sets the mood for the story, it catches the readers attention right away which is a good thing. This story is similar to me, I'm coming from a very small town where five different towns were combined to make our school. Coming to the cities is a huge eye opener for me. IM sure it was a huge eye opener for this moms family going to the country and farm. As far as the story goes, The music was quiet and nothing to special. I think she wanted audience to listen to her more then the music it self. I think she could have picked a different song and it would have been fine. The pictures were great, she pretty much had a picture for every sentence and little note that she made. Some of the pictures were funny and it brings her story together well. How her talking ties in with the pictures and music was also pretty good, she talked a little fast but thats how she had to with the beat of the music. All in all this story was very well said and funny to see her kids succeed with tasks that they never faced. I can relate to some of those tasks, I just recently road the city bus for the first time and it was a good experience just like what these kids had






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Reliving those Childhood Days by Jacqueline Woon

"Reliving those childhood days," by Jacqueline Woon. I find her story interesting and insightful, in the beginning she began by introducing her self and talking about her family. She said she grew up with 4 other brothers and sisters and while her parents where hard at work most of the time to support there family. They still managed to have fun with them selves and there parents but mostly on weekends with her ma and pa. When it comes to reviewing Jacqueline woons digital story, I would have to say all in all it was put together well. The background music was soothing and had a good vibe to it for what she was talking about. But on the other hand if it was me talking about my family I probably would have funny music playing to lighten the mood. The pictures were good she chose from a wide variety of pictures from her past and present. Like pictures when she was younger with all her brothers and sister, and all they way up to her getting married. That was a good variety of pictures in that short amount of time. Jacqueline's timing with talking to the sound and the pictures was pretty good, it was a good tempo and well said. I like how she was the body guard for her little sister. All in all it was pretty good, it was short and sweet and down to the point. It gave the listeners a good picture in there head about her childhood.


Sometimes it's hard to let go-Sureya's Story

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Sureya's story "Regent Park" is very moving and heartfelt. At the very beginning when she said that her home is going to be demolished it immediately grabbed my attention. I guess that is the importance of using the emotional element of storytelling. Right away my heart went out to her because it is very unfortunate for someone to lose their home. Although sometimes her accent kind of overtook her words, I liked that she did her own voice-over because it added a special element to her piece. Her voice made it authentic. When her volume levels differed at times, it was always in sync with her emotions and that only reinforced the truth in her story. The way that she transitions when she is talking about being alone in her dark building is very effective. She has a good way of matching her voice-over to what we are seeing, which helps move the story along. As she describes how she was the only person home when there was a sound in the hall and a knock at the door, then it was dark and she couldn't see anyone, the intensity in her voice builds. In addition, the pictures she uses are slanted and zoom in quickly and uneasily which enhances the feeling of uncertainty. The dramatic question element worked well as she built up to the resolution of her problem. Sometimes, though it may be hard to do, it is necessary to move on and in Sureya's case move up.

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Analysis of 2 digital stories

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 Asian Mothers story              

       I really liked the digital story of the Asian mother and her family. I really thought it was interesting that the more respect you gave someone the more respect you got back from that person. It is just like a cause and effect and I think that is very interesting to me. This is a really good concept in life and everyone should go by this. One scene I liked was her nephew she calls grubby. It reminds me of my nephew that I call bear.  It gave me a lot of information about her family and it was fun to hear about it. It was really funny to hear about her kids and what they acted like. The tone was set really good with the type of music she was playing. Her pictures went really good with what she was saying. Whenever she was talking about someone in her family the picture of that person would pop up at the same time. One thing she could improve on would be the volume of her voice it was really hard to hear, but other than that it was a really nice digital story. 

 

 

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Where the Wild Things Aren't by Daisy Chia

                I really like the story of the Asian family that moved from the city to their grandpa's farm land, because I can relate to this. I know what it's like to move from one type of culture to another. I was a total small city boy and one summer I moved to my friend's farm in Wannamingo. It was a culture shock. I was really annoyed having to work all the time and having to be always busy. I hardly had any free time and I can see were these kids are coming from even though its seems like they really enjoyed it. I really like the scene where they are rolling out big bales of hay, because I had to do that every morning for the horses so they could eat. Another scene I liked was the part with the sheep. She says they are friendly, but nosy, this is so true. The sheep would always come up to me and not leave me alone it would get really annoying, but you would eventually get used to it. One thing that I would improve on in this video would be the volume of the music I could not really here it. I didn't know what type of mood she was trying to set, but other than that it was a really well done video.


 

Josh's Two Video Reviews

Where the Wild Things Aren't.  This story wasn't too bad at all, but I guess it is more exciting if you are a parent because it is all about a mother and her children.  I think it is a good story for a mother to make for her children or whoever she wants, it was a good idea.  They made it look like they had lots of fun on their trip.  I like the pace it had a lot, it wasn't too slow and it wasn't too fast either so it was a good pace to watch.  This video also has music that worked well with it because it didn't make it sound too exciting or depressing so it just kept the video at a casual beat.  The pictures were really good of the ones that were of the farm, but some of the ones that were trying to explain things seemed to be a little annoying and they didn't work good with it.  The voice wasn't too bad either, it could have been a little clearer, but I could understand all of it.  So altogether this video was a pretty good project and I think it went well.  I would probably only change small minor things to it but not much. Like I said I would take out some of the annoying pictures that didn't really need to be there and I would probably leave a lot of it alone.  It was a good story to it about a kid's weekend at the farm.  It made it look like they really enjoyed themselves at the farm.  Although I don't know where they live because they have a little Joey or kangaroo at their farm.  Other than that I thought it was a good video.

 Reliving those childhood days.  I guess it wasn't a bad video but it didn't really get me to excited to watch it.  It didn't really have a story behind it and it just talked all about her family.  Like I get it probably means a lot to her because all it talks about is her close family and how it was growing, but i just don't find that very exciting.  I think it would have been better with an actual story.  Also it was pretty fast moving too, all the pictures seemed to change as soon as you would see them.  The background music was okay I guess, but a little depressing.  So overall I guess it was an alright video.  I did like how she introduced her whole family and talked about them all and explained their role in the family.  She also put a lot of good pictures into too so you could see everything she was talking about.  Like at the end you could see how the whole family turned out and how everyone ended up so that was cools also.  I guess I don't really know much about video story telling so I don't really know how to judge it yet.  I don't think I would make one like that because it doesn't really get me excited or move me at all.  I guess that is why everyone likes different things and there are so many different videos.  If I was to have this as my video the only things that I would change is the voice isn't very clear to me.  The music would need to be more exciting if there would be any at all, and I would slow down the picture transitions. Other than that it was good.




Healing - Lauren

I listened to Healing by Annamieka Hopps. I listened to this story very intently not only because it was about cancer, but because it was about healing your body. This story was as true as true can get! I don't think there was one time in this story where I thought that the speaker was trying to "spice up" the story.

Strength in Love- Gabby

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     I really liked the video "Strength in Love" by Eric. It has a very touching and interesting story line. Eric was a lost child ever since he was young. His mother was a heroin addict and left him homeless and his father didn't know about him until he was already ten years of age. Eric lived on the streets and turned to a gang for support, soon finding that a gang could not replace a family, and disowned them after he was stabbed in a drug deal. He moved to Colorado to be with his dad, which didn't work out. He was homeless again, but he stayed in school. Eventually a basketball teacher asked him to stay with his family and that is his family to this day. The point of view of this story was very affective. He told us about his struggles in life. During the story I wondered if he would ever find a home where he would stay or find a family. I didn't know how his life would end up. I thought he could have gone over the voice over a little more and perfected a couple of things. During the story he could have annunciated his words a little more. I feel like he sort of mumbled at places and it was hard to understand the effect of the story without full confidence in his voice. I thought the soundtrack went nicely with his voice and it didn't take anything away from the story. It suited the pictures as well. The economy could have been better as well. I think the pacing of the story went well with the sound and pictures, and everything flowed really well.

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Becoming a Father-Gabby

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        I feel that the digital story "Becoming a Father" is considered a "good" story. This touching story was written by Dave Norgart, a father of nine and a father struggling with a meth addiction for more than twenty years. Suffering from a meth addiction and other drug and alcohol abuse, he lost most connection with his children and his youngest daughter Libby was placed in a foster home. Dave finally realized he needed to do something about his horrible addiction and finally become a good father. Going into rehab, he eventually became clean. He made the video to tell his story of how a "crappy" father, as he states, changed for the better and reconnected with his children. This story had a great point of view because he was telling of his true life struggles and how it affected him and his loved ones. It took a lot of courage for him to change his ways and make a video about his life talking about his darkest days. The dramatic question of the story was whether or not he was going to change his ways of drug and alcohol abuse and become a full time father. Using his voice the story sounded stronger. The music went nicely with his speaking and it didn't cover up his voice. I think this video also has good visual effects. The images he shows are shown in just the right way and at just the right time. The ones of his children and the mug shot of him was very effective way. The end videos are especially neat that show him walking and speaking of how now instead of a twenty-four hour drug addict now he is a twenty-four/seven dad.


Becoming a Father

A Different way of getting ready for school

"Watch Marie Faye get ready for school in the morning."

In 41 incredible seconds, Marie Faye showed shared a piece of her life the world. Although the video did not have an obvious point of view, a viewer is able to interpret its intent and meaning. For me, Fayes story made me realize and appreciate how something as simple as getting up and going to school can be cultural, beautiful, and different to every person.
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A Different way of getting ready for school

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A Different way of getting ready for school

Two Digital Stories to Be Heard-Amanda Miller

 

 

I think of you.bmp"I Think of You" by Ann Guido was an interesting digital story that was about a mother who talked about the son she once had before he enrolled in the army. The creator felt that this story would make you feel her pain of how her son enrolled in the marines many years ago. This digital story wasn't in my opinion a strong, influential story. Even in the beginning the music contradicted the feeling of the piece with upbeat jazz music while the story was sad. The mother continues to talk about how sad she is that her son is gone yet the music is happy and upbeat.  I do like the fact that the pictures seemed to be dark just like the voiceover. The voiceover was evidently by his mother and was heartbreaking and hopeful in the fact that her son might come home. The pictures were all black and white which fits the mood of being gloomy. There were many pictures of the son from many ages that brought a personal and warming touch to the story. I say warming because it's makes you see how hard it was for the mother to give up her boy, who once played with her on the swing, to the marines. This story makes me think about my future and if I had a baby boy who would enroll himself in the marines. It makes you realize how devastating it is to see the person you love fight in battle and have a greater chance of mortality.

 

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 The digital story "Beauty" by Richard Cowling was a morbid story about how Richard coped with the death of his mother.  This story was very sad but equally inspirational. He chose to tell this story because he struggled with describing the nature of nursing and what it meant to him.  The voiceover seemed to be mono tone with not much emotion but at the same time sounded a little sad. The voiceover was boring for me for the reason it had not much enthusiasm. This story wants to show that Richard's personal experience of coping with his mother's death made him better at his job as a nurse. In the nursing profession you need to be caring, sympathetic and be able to relate to the patients which Richard was taught from his mother.  The soundtrack was an instrumental piano which fit the emotion of grief from losing someone you love. The photographs were personal of him and his mother. The other pictures were gloomy of showing dark rooms and black and white photos.  I think the beginning was the strongest part of the video since it began with this sad music, an interesting picture of newspapers and a mystery as to what the story behind the newspaper was all about.  The reason for the newspaper is because the son wanted to show how he regretted reading the paper while his mother was talking to him. From this movie I have a greater appreciation for spending every moment I can with my own mother before she's gone.

 

 

Strength in Love - Lauren

When I was listening to Strength with Love it seemed very truthful and almost as if I was there when it happened. I liked the way the film started off; it grabbed my attention right away. During the presentation I wondered how this boy was going to get help or if it was a story about a failure or success. As the film went on, it seemed to pull me in and I had to watch it. Strength with Love made me feel sad because I felt bad that this boy had no family he had to live on his own. It was frustrating for me to watch also because I think that the parents didn't even try to have a relationship with their son.

That kid digital story

Finding identity in life journey-Gina Allen's Story

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digital story number 1 by Neil McQuiston (sofa's)

Made by Wayne Richard, the digital story about sofas is very interesting. He talks about how a sofa can be used to talk about life. In his life you used sofas to talk about him growing up homeless. He mentioned how when he sits on a sofa it tells you about life. If it is not a uncomfortable sofa then maybe that was not home and it's time that he should move on in life. I think the overall digital story he made was good. Wayne used a slow tempo song

Analysis (Brian Valley)

Meet Oliver and then meet Oliviers's Story

Meet Oliviers's Story

Meet Oliver and then... Olivier's Story.

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What there is least of in the video "Olivers's Story" are pictures. What I remember most about the video were the pictures. The video combined Joe Lamberts "Seven Elements of Story Telling" in a simple matter. I had indeed had a Point of view- a mother that is struggling to find some way to connect her "positive family" to the world in which they lived in. It had a dramatic Question- To Tell the world about their family secret? Or to not tell the world about their family secret?

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Dusti's top 10

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1) I live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin 2) I've been doing gymnastics since before I was 2 years old. 3) I have 2 older sisters and an older brother. 4) My whole family does gymnastics...my parents coach. 5) I want to be a personal trainer with kids. 6) I love watching any kinds of movies. 7) I love reading all kinds of books. 8) My oldest sister attended and did gymnastics at the U of M. 9) I love doing aerobics videos. 10) I love swimming and being outside in the summer.

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Josh's Ten Things

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  1. I love to go camping.
  2. I liove to hunt all different animals.
  3. I love to fish, mosty ice fishing.
  4. I have three dogs.
  5. I love to hang out with my friends.
  6. I love the Minnesota Vikings.
  7. My favorite animal is the Grizzly Bear.
  8. I am 18 years old.
  9. I like to play PS3.
  10. I have one brother, who attends the University of Madison Wisconsin.
     

Katie's TEN facts!

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Here are 10 facts about me that you most likely do not know!

  1. I got to travel throughout France, Greece and Italy a few summers ago.
  2. I started playing softball when I was a little girl and have been on a team ever since.
  3. I was the editor of our school's yearbook and it turned out very nice this year.
  4. I like to be as organized as I can, but I always fail!
  5. I can burp louder than most of my guy friends...gross I know. Haha.
  6. I HATE spending money. I try to keep every penny I get.
  7. I love photography. I take pictures of everything.
  8. I am one of four kid in my family. I am the oldest, but shortest. :(
  9. I work as a snowboard instructor every winter.
  10. I was nominated for the All-State Honorable Mention team for softball this last spring. (Big deal for me!)
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10 things about me (J.D. Pride)

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1. I love movies
2. I like to chill with friends
3. I love Football
4. I dont have a favorite color
5. I love music
6. I have a dog
7. My family is from North Carolina
8. I have had a lot of driving violations
9. I went to 2 different high schools
10. I come from a big family
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TeTori's 10 Interesting Facts

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1. I live sports, especially volleyball
2. I'm realy tall
3. On August 4th I will be turning 18. Woo!
4. I have 2 little brothers and a little sister.
5. I love Chineese food
6. I have a bulldog named Zoe.
7. I love my friends and family.
8. I love hanging around and going to the beach.
9. My favorite movie is The Blind Side
10. My favorite show is Jersey Shore

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Jake's Ten Things

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Ten fun facts about me

  1. I have been playing hockey since i was 3 years old
  2. I love to cook 
  3. I have been living on my own for the past 3 years playing junior hockey
  4. My dad also played for the mens hockey team here way back when
  5. I cherish my friends and family
  6. I also have a sister that plays college hockey, she plays at bemidji state
  7. My dogs name is evy 
  8. I love to hunt
  9. i love to fish
  10. i went skydiving last year and it was awesome 

Ten (sort of) random things about Kiara

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Here are ten things that may or may not need to know about me, I'll let you decide. Even though they are numbered they're not in any particular order.

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  1. I am a performer
  2. I walk on my toes
  3. I have 5 sisters
  4. I love red nails
  5. Fave color: Purple
  6. I am very unphotogenic
  7. My prom dress was $7
  8. I love Chipotle (with a fork)
  9. I am a Christian
  10. I like Michael Jackson

Neils ten things!

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1) My favorite movie is Blow.
2) If i could only eat one thing in the world it would be pizza, I love pizza!
3) I am the youngest child in my family.
4) I have 2 older sisters and no brothers.
5) I grew up in Plymouth MN, which is 15 min away from the u of m.
6) I am 6 foot 8
7) I love to play basketball volleyball and frolf
8) My favorite tv show is family guy
9) My favorite professional athlete is tiger woods
10) I am very excited for digital storytelling

10 thing about willie tatum

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1 I like football
2 I have three brothers
3 I have one sister
4 I am the oldest child
5 Im on the football team
6 My favorite food is pizza
7 Im from ohio
8 I lived with both of my parents
9 I am the first male in my family to go to college
10. I enjoy being in digital storytelling
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"Top Ten" Facts About Me

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Ten Facts About Me:
  1. I cannot live with out my phone.
  2. I am the youngest of two (mom's only child.)
  3. I am a VERY random person.
  4. I like to laugh.
  5. I like to travel.
  6. I do NOT like pizza or peanut butter (eww).
  7. I love chocolate.
  8. My biggest fear in life is to not be successful.
  9. I LOVE my family and friends.. they are the reason I am the person I am today.
  10. I like to change my hair color every few months.



Kim's Top Ten

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Ten things I am..

1. I love soccer and volleyball

2. I am always wanting to try new things

3. I hate mayonnaise with a passion

4. I love being outside hiking, rollerblading, camping,...anything

5. I love my friends and will do anything for them

6. I have jumped off a cliff into the ocean

7. I love sleep

8. My favorite color is purple

9. My grandma is probably the most amazing woman ever

10. I am the youngest child in my family


Rachel's Ten Things Test post

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Rachel is the BEST teacher EVER!

10 Things about ME!:

  1. I am great.
  2. I am fun.
  3. I love my kids (most days)
  4. I love my students (some days)

Octavia's 10 Things Post

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    (This is My dog Winston)

    Here are 10 very brief things that help you get to know me a little better enjoy!

    1.In Italian my first name means born eighth (but I wasn't).

    2. My Mom's first name is Catrina, my sister's name is Catriyanna, and my middle name is Catrice.

    3. I have two sisters two step sisters and one step brother.

    4. I have a Dog named Winston who falls asleep anywhere.

    5. My Great Grandmother even has a park there named after her, Joanna Cheatom Park.

    6. I hold my school's record for triple jump in track.http://www.mnsun.com/articles/2010/05/24/local_sports_update/190ri27girlstr.txt

    7. I would like to major in Kinesiology and eventually one day have a private practice for athletic rehabilitation, but I'm not for sure yet. J

    8. I've lived in 5 different cities and 4 different states before the age of 10.

    9. I've worked at Delia's in Mall of America for 2 years now.

              10. My favorite blog is iamboycrazy.com, by Alexi Wasser she's hilarious!

     

 

 

Ten Things About Lauren

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 love to be outside.
I live on a farm.
I live in Wisconsin.
I have two older brothers.
I show my horse at the fair every year.
I am a BIG daddy's girl.
I am Christian.
I am shy.
I am open to new ideas.
I love hanging out with my friends!

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10 Things about Ashley Akpaka!

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Here are ten random things about me ,Ashley Akpaka



  • I was born in Memphis, TN
  • I'm the oldest sibling of 4
  • I am a dancer and a very goofy person. I love to laugh!
  • I love to play the piano
  • I'm a member of a West African Drum and Dance Company called Voice of Culture (V.O.C)
  • My dad is Nigerian which makes me half Nigerian ( Tribe: Ibibio)
  • My fave colors are red, pink, and black but I love bright colors
  • I like to eat cookie dough : )
  • I enjoy taking pictures of myself
  • Lip gloss is a NECESSITY, I can't survive without it!

If you click on my name it will take you to my dance company page. Find me on facebook if you haven't already if not, I'll try to find you!!




















Van Quach

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Hi,
     My name is Van Quach.  I am from Minneapolis Minnesota, and I graduated from South High's liberal arts program in the summer of 2010 with highest honors.

Ten Things About me is...
  1. I have two other brothers: Dan & Tan
  2. I am the middle child
  3. I love playing the piano
  4. I am Chinese American
  5. I speak Teochew, Mandarin, and English
  6. I was born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota
  7. I like solving riddles
  8. I like playing tactical or strategy games
  9. I won upset trophy in state for chess
  10. I won second place chess team at Columbus, Ohio nationals tournament

10 things about Me, Brian Valley

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Brian #2

My ten things
1
) I hate cats with a passion
2) I like to fly kites, I just enjoy flying in general
3) Koolaid is the best
4) I am Indonesian, but a citizen by birth
5) Go Twins! I love baseball.
6) Extremely laid back
7) You will rarely, if ever, find me stressed
8) Photography is a hobby
9) I am a quick learner
10) You'll usually find me outdoors

Amanda's Ten Things

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1) My favorite activity is traveling.

2) I am a true christian and very liberal in thinking!

3) I'm obsessed with reading Self-help books! Have a huge collection of self-help books.

4) My favorite food is carrots (especially carrot cake).

5) The best movie in my opinion is Cinderella Man which is very inspiring.

6) My favorite singer is Britt Nicole, who is a christian singer.

7) I love photography and specialize in photographing buildings.

8) I am a pisces (aka my birthday is feb. 20th).

9) Yes, I am a poetry buff! 

10) My best friend is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whom I love with all my heart!

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Kengkue's "Top Ten" Things

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The Top Ten Things about Kengkue:

1. I am the oldest of three, so my family is fairly small.

2. I was Co-captain of the Champlin Park Boys Tennis Team my senior year, and I played in the second singles position. I played on JV my freshman year, and I played on Varsity sophomore through senior year. I have won the All-Conference Honorable Mention award two years in a row, my junior and senior year. I learned to play tennis when I was five to seven years old.

3. I've played the alto saxophone since sixth grade. I played in my high school Symphonic Band my junior and senior year.

4. I graduated with Highest Honors in a graduating class of about 740. It was nothing special, since I knew many intelligent seniors at Champlin Park. A person's GPA doesn't necessarily show how smart someone is.

5. I took Honors, AP, IB, PSEO, and CIS classes during high school to challenge myself. I regret that I didn't challenge myself more, so I guess I got the short end of the stick.

6. I love learning about Chemistry, so I may probably factor that into my college studies somehow.

7. I love to read: books, newspapers, magazines, manuals, and just about anything else; as long as I can read it, I usually enjoy it. Even if I have to read as a class assignment, I've always enjoyed reading those books no matter what.

8. I know three languages: Hmong, Spanish, and English. I'm still want to learn other languages such as Mandarin Chinese.

9. I've learned to look at life with a positive outlook and to believe in myself; I have just learned that my high school senior year. Look on the bright side!

10. Although I come off as shy, quiet, intense, scary, weird, or whatever it may be, I am a really nice guy. I'm still learning to socialize, so don't be afraid to talk to me. I've done a lot of that learning my senior year, but I still have a ways to go! I also appreciate people that care enough to speak to others, so don't be shy! I'll do my best to talk back.

Turner's 10 things post

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10 Things About Me, Turner Eckstrom

  1. ·  I am a diver at the University of Minnesota.
  2. ·  I love making art, mostly paintings.
  3. ·  I have a mother, Heidi a father, Wayne a sister, Carrie and a brother, Trey.
  4. ·  I am an uncle, with a niece, Jasmyne and a nephew, Myles.
  5. ·  I love salt and vinegar chips.
  6. ·  I live in Red Wing Minnesota, The 23rd place to visit on the traveler's guide!
  7. ·  I have two dogs their names are Timber and Ranger.
  8. ·  I have a Rasta themed pool with paintings all around it, painted by this Jamaican named king pinto.
  9. ·  Ever since I was little I have been running around jumping off things and just being EXTREME!!!
  10. ·  And last but not least I have a wonderful girlfriend and her name is Emily Wollan.



Jules' Ten Things

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10 Favorite things

1. Favorite food: fettucini alfredo
2. favorite movie: love and basketball

Gabby's Ten Things!

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                   Ten Things About Me

1) I find it interesting to watch the History channel.
2) I love spinach artichoke dip, making and eating it.
3) I would love to travel to another country.
4) I love to be active and play sports.
5) I come from a very small town.
6) I like trying new things.
7) I am a caring person.
8) I love eating. I eat all the time.
9) I love to be outdoors and in nature.
10) I enjoy math, when I understand it.


10 choses à propos Lulete...*

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My name is Lulete...

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1. There are two women in my life I love and look up too, my mom and my older sister. We are the definition of best friends. I get every good trait I have from them.

2.  I love my country, Ethiopia...I dream that I am there like every night just to wake up and find myself in East St. Paul... and now Minneapolis

3.I will always dress to impress. Have too much perfume on, earrings on, and lip-gloss on hand. If I don't, then there is definitely something wrong that day.

4. I am THE WORST speller yet I was the Editor in Chief of my High school Newspaper

5. I don't call myself a Feminist just yet because I don't feel like I have done enough significant things in my life to earn that title. I am however working towards that, why?  Cause Girls rule duh.

6. I am the most forgetful person you will ever meet. I also lose everything. No, I don't want to talk about it.

7. I started a women empowerment group called SHE in my High school. I plan on starting it on Campus.

8. I hate crying.

9. I cry watching every movie, even the lion King. I feel other people's emotions and respond to their emotion better then I can feel and respond to my own.

10. Love Beyonce. Love Hillary Rodham Clinton. 90s R&B. Love food...a lot.

*About to take French, hopefully that title says "10 things about Lulete" in French.

Welcome to the Course

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I am really excited about the weeks that lay ahead for us. I have many hopes for you all as students, as storytellers, and as incoming freshman here.

As you know, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and our classroom - The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center, is named in my honor.

I am an Assistant Professor of media production in the Department of Telecommunication and Film at the University of Alabama --- ROLL TIDE! --- but I am here just to teach this class, and spend the summer with you!

I lived in Minneapolis for graduate school for many years, so my "top 10" list is my 10 favorite things in/from Minneapolis:

1 - Minneapolis Hip Hop & Spoken Word

My favorites are: Maria Isa, Brother Ali, I Self Devine, Tish Jones and Desdamona

I'm even in Desdamona's "Too Big For My Skin" video:


2 - Non-profit Art Scene

Intermedia Arts (especially B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop, an event I co-founded with amazing women, in 2005)

Juxtaposition Arts

Hope Community Center

Walker Art's Center WACTAC!

IFP Center for Media Arts

3 - Maria's Cafe

Breakfast for $4 early in the am

4 - Plum's Plus Size... big girls need gear too!

5 - Holy Land.... love me some gyros!

6 - Bryant Lake Bowl

7 - Voices Merging & Vices2Verses Conference

8 - MOA!

9 - Minnesota is the only state I've lived in to give me $$$ (grant funds) to make movies and put on shows!

Minnesota State Arts Board

Minnesota Regional Arts Grant

10 - The University of Minnesota!

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