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Engine, Engine, Number Nine

Tomorrow starts our tenth week of DS106, but before we make the transfer into double-digits, let it be known that this week, I used four different Daily Create assignments to tell the tale of how there’s no such thing as “the one true king;” tried to see what went wrong with two of our mid-term podcasts; somehow celebrated a day that only came because Marty changed history the first time; did my best Willy Loman impression to sell Audacity to the masses; and hopefully earned my redemption from my earlier tribute to Magic Kaito with a much more subtle salute. Also, this happened.

As I brought up before, my favorite assignment this week was the BuzzFeed quiz, as it was as tough as my rewrite of a headline news story, with much more satisfying results. It was interesting to see how much effort it actually takes, just to manipulate data. The result was one of my stronger efforts this semester; it’s quite the highlight, if I do say so, myself.

The most important lesson I learned is a common one in all forms of storytelling, both real and fictional: Never judge a book by its cover. I’m not going to lie, when I first wrote my critiques for Wacky History, it felt like Statler and Waldorf had taken control of the keyboard. There was nothing but insults flying across the screen, directed at everyone. Then, I listened to the second half of the proceedings, and saw what I really missed out on. Needless to say, I was rightfully embarrassed at what I had said about my one-time teammates, and rewrote my critiques in a way they will enjoy, or so I hope.

Overall, this was another one of those weeks where everything is planned, but nothing goes according to plan. I couldn’t have been happier with the results, even though I know I’m not out of these woods, just yet. With that being said, I hope to see you all again next week, as I will likely have even more interesting things to talk about.

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