Video Assignment #2: iPhone Product Review


I chose to do the product review video assignment because I do not think I can emphasize enough how important easy, instant, and engaging communication is to my generation these days. The plain and simple fact is: iPhone make life easier. I feel comfortable saying that for many reasons. They eliminate a wide range of chores and errands that would require substantially more effort and time. Instead of making the journey all the way to the bank to deposit money into my account, I can easily do that from the comfort of my bed or, in more urgent situations, I can transfer money into my checking account at the register at any given store.

Not to mention, the iPhone gives us immediate access to weather reports, sporting event scores, the news (I have the CNN app, which I LOVE), popular recipes, an on-the-go camera to capture any moment one may deem picture-worthy, etc.

In all honesty, the iPhone has changed my life. I have spent the majority of my life away from home. I went to boarding school during my teenage years and have lived in an off campus house for most of college. This means I do not get to see my family or my friends from my hometown on a regular basis. My iPhone has made it possible for me to keep in touch with friends and family members scattered all over the globe. When I was in Australia, an American-esqe mixing bowl of nationalities, I met friends that lived in Germany, France, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Italy, Dubai, and many other countries as well. Through iMessaging, Facebook messenger, and apps such as WhatsApp, I can easily communicate with them at any given time, for free! What seems like a $1.99 application, to me, is truly invaluable. I do not underestimate the significance of these methods of instant communication. How else would new media be so popular and possible?!

My Process:

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I used the MacBook PhotoBooth application to record my video. I then uploaded my recording to YouTube and properly embedded the URL into this post. I used a vibrant, colored tapestry as my background to give off an aura of modernization, like how the iPhone has modernized accessible and immediate communication between individuals and groups of individuals.

Daily Create #16: Metaphorical Stairs

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Wearin’ my Jesus sandals, exploring paths unknown. The exquisite nature of this mosaic is unforgettable. Each piece of stone strategically placed, an inspiration for my life. Glad I could share it with my fellow Daily Creators :)

Today’s Daily Create assignment is: “Show your mood today by taking a picture of stairs. Show your feet too. Stairs can be many things. They can be a path to enlightenment, a helper or an obstacle to getting up, or other things, too. Plus, a metaphor. Are you looking from the top or bottom of them? Show us some stairs!”
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Video Assignment #1: Vine it!


Please view my vine at the following link: Vine1

This was a tricky assignment. With only six seconds of video, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for creativity. But in my opinion, I managed ok! This Vine video is a very accurate depiction of my daily life. I have spent the majority of the past few years being a student and a waitress at Home Team Grill right next to UMW. Although serving has been a great experience (most of the time!), I am excited to move on to the next stage of my life!

I found Vine very easy and accessible to use. Once I had downloaded the app, it took me through a complete tutorial on how you properly use it! It was very manageable and I had a lot of fun experimenting with different combinations of clips. It was hard to chose the shot because I could only include a few, but I knew I had to have a cup of steaming coffee in there. Coffee has become my lifeblood since taking on summer classes and remaining a part time waitress at HTG.

This Vine video assignment also sparked an idea within me. I really want to put together a video of my fellow servers imitating their most annoying customer requests and complaints. I think it would be really funny for people to see the ridiculous things some people ask. It might even shock you!

My Process:


I used the Vine application and Vine application tutorial to learn the ropes of this fun program! Like I said before, I experimented with a great deal of other 6-second long videos, but the one I posted was definitely my favorite!

Daily Create #15: Powerful Photography

A man dressed as Superman smiles at patient Joao Bertola, 2, and his father at the Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Thania Sayne leans on the headstone marking the grave of her husband, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Renata Teodoro, 25, right, holds hands with her mother, Gorete Borges Teodoro, who was deported six years ago from the U.S., through the bars of a border fence in Nogales, Ariz.

After substantial research, I found these incredible photographs to share with my fellow Daily Creators. To me, these images evoke a lot of emotion. All three personally relate to my life in some way and I am glad that I am able to share them with you. More of these photographs can be found at:

Or you can simply Google “powerful images of…” 2012, 2011, 2008, or whatever time period you desire. I strongly encourage you all to check out that link. It’s DEFINITELY worth your time.

Daily Create #14: Poem of Stevenson


Today’s Daily Create assignment is: Poem of Stevenson— add some words to finish it
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The friendly cow all red and white,
Color value at it’s finest.
Grazed in green, bathed in blue
And felt the warmth, all in yellow.

She wanders lowing here and there,
but here was too close and there,
was too far.
There was nowhere for her to go.

And blown by all the winds that pass,
She came to me, head hung low
And said, “Anywhere, but here.”

By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Edited by: Hayley Eckhardt

Daily Create #13: From Atop the Great Wall

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This picture embodies the idea of immortality from my perspective. Few things will beat what it felt like to get to one of the highest checkpoints on the Great Wall.

Today’s Daily Create assignment is: Create a photo that represents the idea of immortality. This is my mental montage. At the end of yours ask yourself, which of your options seems the most appealing, which ones seem like they’re within the realm of reason?” This blog post that gave me the idea. Can you create a photo that shows us your inner landscape?
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Weekly Summary: Week Three

This week brought about some trouble for me. Per usual, the daily creates were a delight. However, the audio assignments gave me a little bit of trouble. I’ve been experiencing some shotty internet connection recently and that prohibited me from doing some of the more complex audio assignments. However, I really enjoyed doing the voicemail assignment. I chose Elle Woods because I thought she would be a great character for me to impersonate. I was trying to decide between her and Joey from Friends. I decided on Elle because I feel like I encompass a lot more of her character than Joey.

I loved discovering SoundCloud. What a neat site! Not only does it make embedding the audio easier, it is a very manageable and navigable site! It did not take me too long to get the hang of recording my own audio and uploading MP3s I wanted to use in my assignments.

The Daily Creates

The Daily Create #9- Eckhardt

TDC #10


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TDC #9

TDC #10

TDC #11

TDC #12

Audio Assignments

Audio Assignment #1

Audio Assignment #2

First SoundCloud Recording

7 Best Comments on Classmates’ Blogs

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Audio Assignment #2: Elle Woods’ Voicemail

Delta Gamma Nu and always in pink: Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. An instant classic. As a blonde, this film was one of my absolute favorites growing up. At the peak of middler school era “dumb blonde” jokes, this movie always gave me a positive outlook on being blonde. While they sexualize her in the movie, she proves herself to be competent and beautiful. WHAT ELSE COULD A WOMEN ASPIRE TO BE?!

However, she is girly, which I thoroughly tried to play up in the voicemail. *Kisses* as a sign off sounds very “Elle.”

Audio Assignment #1: May I Take Your Order?

English muffins and tea, please. Where could I possibly be from?

I chose this audio assignment because I think it taps in to the notion that McDonald’s, although they may appear to be universal, can be quite different from country to country. I have been inside McDonald’s in Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Melbourne, London, etc. Every single location develops its own unique way to blend in their culture without straying too far from what you would regularly expect from a McDonald’s. For example, they had soup options at the McDonald’s in China! In France and Australia, they had sandwiches I had never even heard of before. Some of them sounded delicious, while others sounded utterly repulsive. It was still so bizarre.

Also, the atmosphere varies as well. The McDonald’s I stepped into while I was visiting Rome felt like a modern nightclub, equipped with neon-esqe lights, upbeat music, and way trendier uniforms that the basic ones we see in McDonald’s around here. The seating area also reflected that of an actual modernized restaurant, instead of an American based fast food chain!

I find these differences to be very interesting, especially because I love traveling. And as someone who has been blessed with a variety of exotic traveling experiences, I can say with certainty that each McDonald’s location gets culturalized a little bit itself. Abroad, we hear all about the American influence and how it has effected the world, but just knowing that these countries manage to maintain a bit of their own creativity is refreshing to hear. I also just find it plain exciting to see what differences I can spot out!

See more of what I’m talking about here:

My process: SoundCloud proved to be an excellent resource for this assignment. It allowed me to easily embed my audio straight into my blog post.