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Week Four Over and Out

Week four has come to an end. It was a long week, but a fun week. Here is what happened throughout the week (more so near the end of the week since I tend to procrastinate).

First, I reflected on audio storytelling and learned how important it is to add quality sounds to go along with a film or radio broadcast. http://landonepp.com/thought-and-ideas/a-time-to-reflect-on-audio-storytelling/

I had a really fun time doing the daily creates. I got to use photoshop and I always enjoy an opportunity when I get to use that. I have really enjoyed all of the daily creates so far this semester.

Here is my first daily create. I created my own interpretation of ruin-porn photography. Pretty weird name for a type of photography but I really enjoyed the assignment. http://landonepp.com/daily-create/ruins/

For my second daily create, I edited this picture of a dog laying in the grass and had him/her pondering about pizza. I edited this picture in photoshop as well. http://landonepp.com/daily-create/daily-create-pizza/

Next, I created a radio bumper for ds106 radio. At first I thought about redoing my radio bumper because I thought it seemed more fitting in a scary radio themed show instead of a noir one, but I decided to keep it. I thought about what I listened to in the live tweet-along on Thursday about Buzz and Neil’s mission to the moon and in my opinion, I thought my radio bumper would have been fitting for that type of story, so thats why I decided to keep it. http://landonepp.com/assignments/radio-bumper/

I completed three audio assignments this week for a total of 8.5 stars. The first audio assignment I did was the required one and that was to make a sound effects story using our created character worth 3.5 stars. I created the story of Johnny “Corner Pocket” McCormick walking into Corner Pockets Bar to go play a round of pool in the back room of the bar. This assignment was very time consuming trying to find the right sounds to portray a quick story, but I liked what I ended up with. http://landonepp.com/assignments/here-comes-johnny/

The next audio assignment I chose to do was the Greatest Hits Storytelling assignment for 3.5 stars. I used the band NEEDTOBREATHE to tell my story about redemption and hope in the world. They are one of my favorite bands. http://landonepp.com/assignments/needtobreathe/

The last audio assignment I did was the Favorite Song assignment for 1.5 stars. All I had to do for this assignment was to pick one of my favorite songs and take the lyrics out and only offer a 30 second mp3 of the song. http://landonepp.com/assignments/instrumental/

Next, I brainstormed ideas for a radio show. I offered up three different ideas but the one thing that remained constant was the involvement of my character Johnny Corner Pocket. http://landonepp.com/thought-and-ideas/storming-my-brain-with-radio-show-ideas/

I downloaded Audacity at the beginning of the week and I’m going to be honest, at first I HATED Audacity. I have never done much with editing audio so when I opened Audacity for the first time, I had no clue what was going on. It took me awhile to figure it out and get the hang of it. I felt like I was constantly pulling up YouTube videos of different tutorials. Now that I’m more comfortable with Audacity, I must admit I actually love it. Once you know how to use it, there are so many different things you can do. I will definitely be keeping Audacity on my laptop once this semester is over.

Overall, I had a great week with audio. I was a little intimated at first because I didn’t know much about editing audio or much of anything dealing with audio. I’m excited to see what is in store for next week!



Week THREE Summary

This week was unfortunate for me because I really enjoyed the assignments and the photography theme to them but I could not invest them time to go out and get what I wanted. This was pretty much a week from hell since I was so busy and then ended up going out of town this weekend (still out of town actually). So just like the Seahawks, I will be taking a loss this week. Here is what I have:

I first learned that there is more to just snapping pictures of things that look good. That photographs can tell stories and be much more than we originally think it is. I also posted a couple of pictures of my own on this post. http://landonepp.com/thought-and-ideas/my-life-as-a-photographer/

Next, I did the daily create of recreating the 2048 game. I enjoyed this daily create a lot because I love that app and used to be highly addicted to it. http://landonepp.com/daily-create/christmas-in-2048/

I was able to complete three visual assignments which were all very fun. First I made a danger sign warning pedestrians to watch out for slippery banana peels. http://landonepp.com/assignments/b-a-n-a-n-a-s/

I also made a wanted sign for Johnny “Corner Pockets” McCormick and gave a little sneak peak of what is to come with him. http://landonepp.com/assignments/wanted-johnny-corner-pocket-mccormick/

Then while I was away for the weekend I was able to take some pictures of my friends without them looking! http://landonepp.com/assignments/say-hi-to-my-friends/

And lastly I was able to edit my blog some more and added categories to make it easier to sort through my blog! My blog design is still not exactly where I want it to be but I’m still playing with it.


#nodaysoff, A Look into Week Two

Well, I’ve survived week two. I now know what the professors mean when they say ds106 is life because it sure felt like it this week. I am a very slow reader and do not like to read in general so I was having to stay very disciplined in finishing all of the readings. I feel like I have a better understanding of noir now just from this week. Like I mentioned in my #noirreadings post, (http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/noir-noir-noir/) this style of writing and film is not my favorite. I am not big into murder mysteries because I want to know about everything that is going on but I can’t with these. I also stated that as the semester goes on, I hope to find the readings more and more exciting.

I really enjoyed doing the #characterdossier http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/johnny-corner-pocket/ and creating Johnny Corner Pocket. I fell more and more in love with the character as I was creating him. It was fun to bring him to life. I’m excited to get to use him more as the semester unfolds.

I completed 8 points worth of writing assignments. I enjoyed the different prompts we got to choose from. Each of them were unique in their own way.

I chose the “Tell us about your future life” assignment worth 3 points… http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/that-one-time-i-was-in-a-textbook/

I also did the “write your way into history” assignment worth 2 points and pretended I was a part of walking on the moon with the Apollo 11 mission…. http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/one-small-step-for-man/

Then I did the required assignment and chose to write an alternate ending to The Killers worth 3 points… http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/the-killers-how-it-should-have-ended/

The daily creates have been my favorite thing to do so far! I have enjoyed each of them and look forward to doing them when I can.




I have customized my blog and am making it my own but I am still not satisfied with it just yet. I still need to play around with some themes and see what I like the most/ what looks the best. I am excited week two is over but I am also excited to start week three.


That One Time I was in a Textbook

Once Landon Epperly graduated from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia, he was accepted to Roanoke College where he would major in Business Administration and also plan to play for the mens soccer team. The injury prone freshman in college did not end up playing soccer at Roanoke and ended up transferring to the University of Mary Washington after his sophomore year. Epperly continued to major in Business Administration once at UMW and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2015. Epperly then went on to work for a marketing firm in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He worked in the marine division for Dominion Enterprises and marketed to companies such as Boats.com and other successful companies. Epperly would gain valuable experience and connections working for Dominion and would continue working his way up to being one of the top marketing directors for the marine division. Landon Epperly would later move to Wilmington, North Carolina and would work with several big name boat companies around the world.

Johnny Corner Pocket

Johnny was born on January 2nd, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he has lived his whole life. Johnny never had much of a home life. His father, Jim McCormick, walked out on the family when he was five years old. Johnny was an only child so he grew up with his mother, Wendy McCormick. Wendy started dating other men soon after Jim left and Johnny never enjoyed having any of them over. Johnny’s relationship with his mother started to turn sour, as he got older. The two never saw eye to eye so Johnny started spending time around the house less and less. He would always sneak out of the house looking for the next adventure and looking for what trouble he could get into next. Johnny ended up dropping out of high school; he always said, “It was a waste of my time.” Once dropping out of high school, he moved in with his friend named Gary. Gary was a few years older than Johnny and worked in a pool hall/bar named Corner Pockets Bar. Gary was able to get Johnny a job at the bar where he would clean dishes and empty the garbage when need be.

After work, Johnny started picking up the game of pool. He quickly became addicted to the game and constantly was looking to improve his skills. He would stay at the bar for hours after his shift to play. Once he was confident in his pool playing abilities, he started playing for money. When he wasn’t playing pool or working, he was out behind the bar playing dice for money as well. Johnny quickly became the guy to beat in Corner Pockets Bar. His nickname, “Johnny Corner Pocket” was founded shortly after for his legendary billiards style of only using the corner pockets and home of where his love for the game first started. When questioned about not using the side pockets in his play, he stated, “Side Pockets? Forget about it! Johnny goes for the corners!” Johnny started making more and more money and was working his way up to be on the most notorious pool players in all of Boston.

Johnny Corner Pocket is looking to extend his reputation by getting out of Boston and moving to the only city that could fully fuel his gambling addiction, Las Vegas. He dreams of a new life filled with gambling, billiards, girls and fame. He believes that Las Vegas can fulfill that dream for him.

What does Johnny look like?

Jo the pool player...!

Johnny is a tall, slender man with brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has short, dark hair and always slicks it to the side. Johnny has some sort of facial hair on him at all times and is never clean-shaven. When he doesn’t have a toothpick hanging out of his mouth, he’ll have a cigarette to replace it. His clothes are rather raggedy but always find’s a way to make it look good. Johnny is a ladies man; the girls love his style, his hair, and his swagger.