Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Final Drift 1 Help Session Wednesday, February 20

Hello all,

A reminder that we will be having another Help Session tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20. Here is the schedule:

* SonicStage: Steve, MIT B-18
* Scanning Maps: David, B-18
* Audacity: Seth, Julie, Alex, B-56
* Blogger, PantherFile, GoogleMaps: Glenn, B-65
* Drawing Maps: Lilly, B-68

We didn't have a huge turnout on Monday, so I'm hoping that we'll see more of you tomorrow.

For those using SonicStage at home, either on a laptop or PC: we urge you, in the STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS, to come in tomorrow and talk to Steve in B-18 about how to set up your SonicStage preferences. SonicStage doesn't default to WAV format in some cases, and apparently doesn't support the WAV format at all in Vista.

It's critical that you get this right . . . the recordings have to be in WAV format for you to import them into Audacity.

Remember that you are completing two types of maps in this class. The first is the Drift Map, which is the GoogleMap you will be using throughout the semester to document all of the soundmarks and landmarks for all three of your Drifts. This map is in process, and won't be complete until you have gone out and executed your Drift 3 in April.

The second is the series of hand-drawn maps specific to Drift 1, five maps corresponding to the location where you found and recorded each of your five sounds you will be posting on your Drift 1 Blog. These five hand-drawn maps will be scanned, uploaded to PantherFile, and posted on your blog as the visual element for your five posts about your five sounds.

The hand-drawn maps are a requirement for Drift 1, but are optional for Drifts 2 and 3.

Here are examples of Blogs from last semester:

Remember the Tutorials page:

Please note that tomorrow is really the best time to get help on your Drift materials. Don't wait until Sunday night or Monday morning to figure things out. If you e-mail us Sunday night or Monday morning, we may not be able to get back to you in time for the mandatory Drift 1 Critique sessions on Monday.

Good luck, and we hope to see you tomorrow.



P.S. If you are planning to attend the map drawing workshop, please bring the following materials:

* Any and all notes and sketches pertaining to your Drift (if you feel like some vital info might be missing--street names, major building names etc., you can look this info up online to piece together what you do have.)

* Paper (regular 8 1/2 by 11 paper is great)

* Pencils and erasers

* Coloring tools: markers, crayons, colored pencils, paints, ink, etc.; whatever you like. (PRISMACOLOR dual-tip design markers work really well and do not bleed. These are available at the UWM bookstore and sold individually.)

* Black fine-tip marker or pen