About Desa

Single mom with 2 kick ass kids who thinks that it's never too late to be what you might have been

I Can’t Believe It’s Over

Well…it’s finally come to an end…I didn’t quite end in the hardcore way I wanted to but life got in the way and I did the best I could. Don’t blame me, blame Pre-Calculus and me being too old to pass without a tutor and a curve.

I still managed to accomplish quite a bit so here it goes:


I submitted my last assignment idea (a video assignment) and blogged about it. This assignment idea was courtesy of my son whose football games inspired this idea.


I completed all of the Final Project assignments for my character and posted them on her sites as well as on the Final Project blog I created. The Bumper Sticker and Ring Tone assignment were probably my favorites to complete as her.


No one signed up to discuss Episode 7 of Season 4 of The Wire so I decided to kick it old school and blog about it. Loved this episode entitled “Unto Others” because it was not only written well but it had A LOT  going on in regards to the story line. Given that I’ll be writing my senior thesis about the education element in The Wire this episode really hit home for me.

In addition to blogging about Episode 7 of Season 4, I also video chatted with my group about Episode 8 of Season 4 and blogged about it. I didn’t think that Episode 8 titled “Corner Boys” was nearly as interesting as Episode 7 but you could feel that there was something building and that Episode 8 was just setting the stage for it to take place.


I got the one Daily Create required this week completed courtesy of one of the best beer ad campaigns EVER. Gotta love DS106.


I did manage to sneak in a feew final comments on my classmates work wrapped up the week for me courtesy of Daily Creates by Sandy, Chris, Lauren, and Britney.

I really did enjoy this class this semester and I learned way more than digital creating than I ever thought I could given that I’m not a spring chicken and I made friends that I will continuing being friends with beyond this class and that really does mean a lot. #DS106 for life!!




Getting Our Video Chat On About Those Corner Boys


After meeting with my group the night before our video chat, I logged on to talk about the Corner Boys episode with Ian, Danielle, and Demi. I did a quick video clip of a scene in the special class that I found significant because the kids in “the game” saw themselves as being dead in 10 years. Just a harsh reminder of what havoc life on the street can cause. I couldn’t get it to show in the google hangout on my screen though but Ian was nice and did it from his for me. I also capture a screen of the scene that Ian liked showing the empty shelves in the corner store which showed just how the store was more than just a store. We also talked about how sad it was that Michael was put in the position to withhold money from his mom because he knew she would spend it on drugs and the fact that he was too old to be molested by his returning step-father but that Bug wasn’t and Michael felt that rush of panic that a parent normally would feel knowing that their child was at risk. We also talked about how crazy it was that Brice’s mom was pushing him to deal and trying to “show him the ropes” by giving him advise as to how his father dealt drugs. Just goes to show that there is so much more to why these kids end up running the streets due to the culture that they grow up in. We had a little trouble at the end of the video when we couldn’t hear Demi anymore but we were pretty much done so we just let it ride. Hope you enjoy our discussion!!


Props to “Unto Others”

golden rule

Since no one else signed up to discuss this episode I figured I would kick it old school and just blog about it as I couldn’t let the classic lines and plot in this episode not be given the props they deserve.

There was a lot going on in this episode regarding pretty much every plot line happening this season. From Moreland helping Omar, to Greggs solving the Braddock case, to Herc walking into Marlo’s trap with the surveillance camera, to Prez finding a way to “trick” the kids into thinking they aren’t learning and they do, and Carcetti trying to figure out what he is getting into – this episode was packed full of things to generate talk around the water cooler.

Couple of things I found interesting about this episode:

steal them

How Proposition Joe advised Marlo about how to figure out who had him under surveillance – Just that little bit of advise shows just how information gained from experience is passed down to help keep the game going. That isn’t something that just happens on the streets either, it’s happens in all facets of life. Sports, jobs, families all have the same type of experienced people to utilize in order to be better at what they do. And how cool was it to find out how to flush out who was watching Marlo. Goes to show just how much money the federal government wastes if they don’t care about a camera that costs over four thousand dollars.


dice and mathJust how screwed up the education system is in Baltimore – From Prez finding books in the basement newer than the ones that his class was using to the University of Maryland having to come in to do an experiment of sorts to figure out how prevent repeat violent offender behavior at the school level just goes to show how the city of Baltimore had given up on education for kids that they thought were just too far gone. However, I did like how the special class was able to get the kids to finally talk and Prez was able to get the kids to learn about probabilities via dice without them even realizing they were learning. I also liked that they wouldn’t send the kids home who misbehaved on purpose so that they could get out of school to deal. If only more people took the time to find a way to get through to the kids maybe they wouldn’t be in the situations that they are in.


shit screen

This scene in which Carcetti is meeting with the former mayor to get advice on beginning his term was just such a classic explanation as to how bureaucracies have disheartened good politicians with noble intentions causing them to give up on the system. “You’re just sitting eating shit all day long” paints a picture of the task that Carcetti is taking on and you just can’t help but feel that he is walking into a hopeless situation.


Another interesting thing that I picked up when watching this episode was the Dierks Bentley song heard in the background on the street when Michael was talking to Brice. I couldn’t figure out if it was coming from a house or a nearby car on the street but there was definitely a country song playing in the background which is ironic given that’s not normally the music we’ve heard before in the background on this show. Unsure as to the significance of the song being placed in the background but I like how it has me thinking about the song’s placement having an underlying meaning.


And last but not least, this episode had some GREAT one liners in it. Here’s some of the ones that I jotted down:

“I take it now we have permission to solve this fucking case.”

“Aw yeah. THAT golden rule.”

“Cards is all in knowing the numbers.”

“When have you ever known me to put my gun on anybody that wasn’t in the game?”

“A man got to have a code.”

“Fuck the backdoor when we can go in the front.”

“Steal that bitch, see what comes.”

“You should never take the credit when the crime rate drops unless you wanna take the blame when it rises.”

“You’re sitting eating shit all day long.”

“All you have to do now is run the city.”

Every single one of these lines have a meaning bigger than the context they are said in and I dig that. The writing in this show as a whole is amazing and that is why I couldn’t let this episode not get the props that it deserves.





An ESPN inspired Video Assignment idea


 2014 Season Highlights

My idea that I submitted for a new video assignment was to take highlights of your favorite athlete or athletes and clip them together to make a ESPN highlight reel. You can add an intro and some music for finishing touches. I did my example in a program that my son’s football team uses for recruiting purposes but it can easily be done in iMovie or Movie Maker as well.




Coming down to the wire (pardon the pun) – Weeks 13 & 14

So we’re coming down to the wire (pardon the pun) as the semester is winding down and the last two weeks reflect the chaos that is the end of a college semester.

Here is a glimpse into the last two weeks in DS106 of A Hot Crazy Mess:

Week 12 Daily Creates:
DS 106 Worst Album Cover:

DS106 For The Holidays album cover  #dailycreate  #tdc1045 #ds106


A shoefie for Howard:

My shoefie for Howard - TCB Jacket style # #dailycreate #tdc1047


Week 13 Daily Creates:

Caption an unsplashed photo

An unsplashed photo that is out of this world #dailycreate #tdc1051 #ds106


A Movie in Two Panels:

The Blind Side in two panels #dailycreate #tdc1057 #ds106


I submitted a Remix Card and blogged about my idea when I didn’t see my remix idea already submitted. I must say the the remix assignment I submitted made me giggle b/c it was Sponge Bob’s body but Chris Rock’s voice.

I completed 8 stars worth of Mashup Assignments and blogged about them. A Ten Second Song Mashup (worth 3 stars), My Favorite Team Mashup with a Wire theme (worth 3 stars), and a Website Mixup (worth 2 stars) were what I decided to tackle.



Website Mashup - My Creation?? Tumblr and Sound Could #ds106 #MashupAssignments1044 #MashupAssignments


A Mashup of Teams from The Wire #ds106 #MashupAssignments #MashupAssignments1037


Bonding with our DS106 community included commenting on:

Kisha’s face transplant, Alan’s tweet about the Fonz, Maggie’s Tweet about her mom, Chris’s green eggs and spam creation, Lauren’s re-tweet of the VHSL tweet, interacting with Jess on twitter, Imran’s blog on two panels, John’s video game mashup, Melinda’s game, and a comment on Amy Wallace’s daily create as well as starting to follow Amy on Flickr.


After coming up with a bogus last name for Cheryl of Fromthewire, I created 4 social media accounts for her (Twitter, Myspace, Pintrest, and Tumblr) as well as an email address all of which is documented on the page I created for my final project. I made sure to follow sites in all of the social media accounts created that Cheryl would be interested in (ie: parenting, broadcast news, gay rights, etc). I also completed 6 1/2 stars worth of assignments (Focus on a Color & Your Favorite Teams Mashup) from the point of view of Cheryl.


I also submitted my second Daily Create idea with an example of my idea. Revamped Lyrics could be a pretty funny assignment given the right song being changed. The possibilities are endless.

Daily Create idea - Lyric Remix - change the lyrics to a song and give it a whole new meaning #dailycreate #ds106


Looks like I’m going to be going solo for episode 7’s online discussion unless someone joins between tonight and tomorrow and my group for episode 8 is meeting at 5pm on Tuesday to get that done.


That about wraps up my last two weeks in DS106. The semester went by crazy fast and I can’t believe it’s winding down. Until next time…






The Wire’s Favorite Teams Mashed Up

15877036136_1ff25ee317_oHere is a mashup of two teams out of Baltimore just like The Wire. I took the logos from the University of Maryland and the Baltimore Orioles and blended with a photo blending app to create this assignment before uploading it to my Flickr account. There were several teams to choose from when it came to this assignment but I chose my softball jersey number because of Cal Ripken Jr. so it would practically have been a felony for me not to use the logo of the Orioles.

If Tumblr and Sound Cloud Had a Baby…

15716675067_893eac0bc2_oSince I spend a lot of time on Tumbler looking at blog posts or online listening to music, I decided to merge the two together. So with the help of screen shots of both Tumbler and Sound Cloud, as well as, a photo blend app to merge the logos together, I created what would be the love child of both sites after a one-night stand after meeting in the bar.

5 Decades of Songs in 10 Seconds


For this assignment, I used an app on my phone called Audio Share to trim down 6 songs I had previously purchased on iTunes. Once that was done I combined all 6 clips in Audacity cropped it down to 10 seconds total and uploaded the finished product to Sound Cloud. I think that the songs will be easily identifiable but maybe being from different decades will pose a bit of a listening challenge.


A Comedy Remix


The remix that I came up with and submitted a remix card for was a merging of the comedy that I find funny with the comedy of my kids (even though I can’t pretend that I don’t like Sponge Bob too).

I found two clips on You Tube. The first clip was of Chris Rock discussing gun control in his Bigger and Black comedy stand up show that originally aired on HBO. The second clip was from an episode of Sponge Bob where we was trying to do a stand up routine. I downloaded them both from You Tube and then spliced them together in iMovie. I used the sound of Chris Rock’s routine and put it over Sponge Bob’s routine while trying to time the mouth movement with the laughter. I actually made it choppy on purpose b/c I thought that it made it funnier and I totally think that life is better when you’re laughing.



A Hot Mess of Weeks 11 & 12

The last two weeks were hectic but productive.  Lots to share so here it goes.

2 Daily Creates completed each week. Week 11’s Daily Creates included Safe Haven and Forgetting to Look In. Forgetting to Look In was my favorite because I do find myself getting frustrated with going back to school at my age while trying to juggle life as a single mom. The picture is me graduating from Head Start and it just reminds me of how far I’ve come and that I can’t give up.

15564669248_f49dda5503_oThe Daily Creates that I did in Week 12 were The Flag of My Country and Pick a Pet and Change It. Always fun when you can put glasses and a mustache on a picture of your dog.


I was busy creating videos with my new obsession iMovie. I did the Lyric Video Snippet worth 3 stars and blogged about it. I did the Sports Mashup video assignment worth 3 1/2 stars and not only blogged about it but made Melinda and Kisha watch it to see if they teared up like I did watching it. Then I grouped up with my fellow old biddies for extra credit to do the Swede video assignment. As always, we had a blast working together and it’s always fun when you can make people in a bus station look at you like you are crazy…lol. You can read all about it in my blog post. And with as many out takes as we had I could totally do a blooper reel. In fact, maybe I think that would be a good idea for a video assignment…hmmmm…..


I only had one video to finish coming into today but the flu hitting my house would prevent that from happening. If everything is germ free tomorrow and things are back to normal I’ll be able to wrap that up.

I noticed that there were updates for Jetpack and Askimet this week so I installed those. I also favorited quite a few of my classmates work in Twitter.

Then came the sticky part. I picked Grigg’s girlfriend, Cheryl, to do my final project on. The problem is that her last name isn’t listed on any of the websites about The Wire and without a last name I haven’t been able to set up her sites. I’m not going to give up though. I will see if I can track it down in a picture or go back in the scenes where her last name might have been said to get it. I even tweeted The Wire fan page to see if they can help. If I can’t get it then I will have to hit up Groom for other options.

That about wraps it up. The work seems like is took much, much longer than it appears in this post. Funny how that happens.