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DS 106 Introduction Assignment

These are links to the accounts that will be used for the DS 106 course:

The required Twitter account is @VhudschN along with the required introductory post https://twitter.com/VhudschN/status/1218254067576852480, the Soundcloud account is https://soundcloud.com/user-579284186 , and the Youtube account is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdXWB_qE9JXx2EEbuyKh8Rg/?guided_help_flow=5

My primary mode of communication will be on this website, and I enjoy politics and history. I will happily debate any of these when I have time available to do so. I will accept any friend request send from classmates on the social media accounts, on weekdays I’m usually available after 4:00 pm EST on Mondays and Wednesdays, before after 5:00 pm EST on Tuesdays, before 5:30 pm EST and after 9:00 pm EST on Thursdays. I won’t usually check on the weekends, unless there is group work.

I am a fan of Paradox grand strategy games, such as Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Victoria II, Hearts of Iron IV, and Imperator:Rome, and I’m additionally a fan of Bungee’s Halo Reach, so if any of you all would be interested in multiplayer, send me a comment on the blog.

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Weekly Summery #11

This week was alright, except for the homework, but less then I imagined. The dreaded writing assignment for my programming class, unlike the other two 4 page papers, was posting answers to 6 simple questions, and my Deep Learning Neural Network class didn’t have us write any code at all. I started working on a converter program in Java which will take a save file from the Roman Republic strategy game Imperator:Rome, and generate a mod for the medieval Europe simulator game Crusader Kings II, with the idea of completely playing out the game in Imperator:Rome, then continuing in the medieval era of the other game, with starting CK II countries representing how they were by the end of Imperator:Rome. If I play as Carthage and destroy the Roman Republic in Imperator:Rome, for example, then Carthage should own all of that land in Crusader Kings II. Currently the converter just takes information from a province in a save file and extracts the information from it, like what nation owned the province, what was the culture of that province, how many people were living in there, etc. Since there’s a large time gap between 1 AD (the ending of Imperator:Rome) and 700 AD (the beginning of Crusader Kings II), I plan to have the program set Crusader Kings II’s start date to either 1 AD or 100 AD, and generate the events necessary to simulate the historical events at the time, like the rise of Feudalism, Christianity, and Islam. The video project was fun to make, and James’ editing was excellent. Lewis, James, Lilian, Kyle, and I all coordinated well online to finish the assignment, and I like how the final product turned out. I stuttered too much during my segments, but overall it looks and feels like a documentary, and Lewis’ funny segment definitely lightens up the mood, while Kyle and Lilian get specific with the details, which makes it feel polished. It was a real gas mask I was wearing, and the story about my great uncle George being an underwear salesman during the 1930’s depression is real, lol. My grandfather still has his suitcase full of 1930’s underwear.

Here’s the video on Youtube:

Progress and behind the scenes making my segments:

More Ideas for future projects:

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More ideas for future projects

I enjoyed my group’s project of doing a documentary on the aftershock of the epidemic. Perhaps we could do something similar, and showcase how we’re handling the epidemic, and not being able to go outdoors, since this current issue effects everybody in the country and we can all relate to it. It would be interesting to see how everybody is holding up, since most people have very different responses. I’m doing fine, for example, since my major and personal enjoyment/entertainment all revolve around computers and technology, but people who enjoy socializing with friends, exercising, or doing outdoor activities might have the exact opposite experience. Perhaps we could do a live video or live radio show about what we were doing at the time of the initial outbreak, what we thought as school was moved to online, and how we’ve held up.

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Post Coronavirus Documentary Progress

My group had met together online using Zoom on Monday at 5:00 pm EST to discuss the video format for the project. Since it was a documentary, we decided to do a documentary format by having Lilian, Lewis, Kyle, and myself record and submit footage of ourselves talking to the camera about how we each in this future survived the virus, what life was like, the economy exploding, and the toilet paper scare by Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. James would then edit the footage together, put in the credits, and add sound effects.

I sat down with the laptop to record at 4:00 am on Thursday morning, and I was glad that the web cam worked, since I had never used it before. If it had problems, I would have tried using my old 2007 HP’s camera, then if that didn’t work my cell phone on low battery. My younger brother who recently graduated from high school enjoys buying old military surplus clothing and gear, and happened to have a gas mask and a full hazmat suit lying around. He allowed me to borrow the gas mask for the filming, but without the filter for the gas mask which makes it usable as a gas mask. He only had one of those filters, and they aren’t reusable after being used, so it would be a waste to use it for filming, but I think the mask without the filter still gave off an ominous appearance that worked effectively to enhance the atmosphere. I shot it by the lava lamp, which I thought added something interesting to the background, and I was sitting in my great aunt Bessie’s 120 year old chair to provide an antique feeling of an old man recalling his experience of a historical event. I’m not sure what exact year the chair was made in, but she was born in 1899, and I think the chair was made around that time. It was strange talking through the gas mask at first, but after a few minutes I got used to it. Unlike the audio where I could record several clips and combine the best ones, due to my lackluster video editing software, I had to record the entire part in one go, so if I made one messup, I’d need to restart entirely. I was awake until 5:00 am recording my parts.

I tried to paint a darker world for my recollections in the documentary, many economists before the virus sprang up were predicting that we were in a massive bubble that would burst into another recession, but with the virus now completely destroying entire industries, I think it’ll serve as a catalyst for a far greater depression, akin to the 1930’s, which will cause massive political turmoil and upheaval throughout many countries. Political Polarization has drastically increased in the last 10 years, I remember back in middle school how no young people cared for politics, and it was seen as lame, I was always called crazy for liking politics, but now it’s the primary thing that fellow young people care about, and people on both ends of the spectrum are becoming increasingly intolerant of eachother’s political views. With people out of money and jobs from this depression, I only see that intolerance increasing. I predict that during the 2030’s or 2040’s, fueled by the political polarization and this depression there will be a second civil war in our country between those who can no longer tolerate eachother’s political differences. I tried to recall the world after these horrible events, as an older, broken man, recanting the catalyst which brought everything down from utopia to distopia. I tried to lighten it up a little bit by sharing the story of my great uncle George who had during the 1930’s depression became an underwear salesman and sold underwear in his suitcase. My grandfather still has that suitcase, lol.

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Weekly Summery #10

Monday and Tuesday were pretty quiet, I avoided communication with most people, made food from supplies in the house, and remained safe from the virus. On Wednesday I was up until midnight working on homework. On Friday I mowed the lawn, did a paper for my history class, and stayed up until the early morning finishing my work. My old middle school and high school friend is getting married Saturday March 28th, and I’ll be watching it from a video live stream. I’ve made sure to avoid or clean packages in the mail, as Coronavirus survives on cardboard for 24 hours. This week my Radio project group came back together for the video project, which has a finished trailer, I did the daily create based off of the Coronavirus being able to live on cardbord for 24 hours, and I did the video scene analysis, although I avoided using copyrighted images. I can’t get Windows Movie Maker to run on Windows 10, so I’ve used the similar Windows Photostory software to make videos, but I have an old Windows XP computer I could use for Movie Maker videos in case Photostory becomes too limited to use.

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Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Boulder scene

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/600438785813118979/693399347450216509/PhotoStory2.wmv

The Boulder Scene’s shaking camera creates a sense of urgency, and the lighting effect with the sunlight rapidly shining through the holes of the ruins adds to the sense of urgency.

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Coronavirus Post-Disaster Documentary Trailer

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/600438785813118979/693355852417073192/CoronavirusTrailer.wmv

My group from the Radioshow, Lewis, Kyle, James, Lilian, and myself, will work together again for the Video project. Inspired by the great plague which is upon us, it will be a post-Coronavirus documentary set many years into the future. The economic depression has already begun, and I predict it’ll continue for about 10 years, until approximately 2030, where it’ll be remembered like the Great Depression of the 1930’s, other then that the trailer describes the current events, like a lack of toilet paper. A Google document has been set up for coordination, and we will each record our own video interview segments, then splice them together, like the radio show.

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Listening to the 80’s Crime Radio Show and Reflection

This show felt professional, well researched, well documented, greatly presented, and intriguing. The one psychopath who had cut off men’s genitalia, played with the corpses, and severed the heads off of the bodies was interesting. The way he would mutilate the corpses and brutally kill his victims almost reminds me of warfare in the ancient world, where the Assyrians at the height of their power would flay the skins of enemy soldiers, and drape them over the walls of the captured enemy city. The case of the confession killer wasn’t as interesting, since he did not actually kill anybody, but just took credit for doing the murders. The audio was smooth flowing, and was meshed perfectly with the interview clips and commercials. The toilet paper commercial was funny, and was perfectly timed with the toilet paper shortages in the country. It was interesting how they had only 1 or 2 speakers throughout the show, my group had done the opposite and each member wrote and submitted their own recordings, making both products intriguing to compare. The background noise was great and was perfect for the theme. My main concern with the crime show was the interview recordings they inserted, and while they worked perfectly, it might be copyright infringement to use another’s work.

I had already listened to my group’s final product before Wednesday, and it felt the same on air as being played in Audacity. I used too many metaphors and comparisons, and had far too many stuttering, which made my segment significantly more difficult to understand. My commercial was better executed then my segment, but had similar stuttering problems. James, Lewis, Lillian, Kyle, and I worked great together, and I think we would work great together again in the future on another project.

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Weekly Summery #9

This week was long, I was awake most of the week working on coding work and a coding project. I was up until midnight on Monday, and on Tuesday I started coding at 9:00 am, took a break at 4:00 pm, resumed at 9:00 pm, and finished at 4:00 am on Wednesday. There was a problem with one of our classes which plagued us throughout the project, I can’t go into further detail due to the honor policy, but it took hours of pondering, testing, and fixes before it was finally working. Normally we would present the project to the professor, but with the Wuhan Coronavirus, had to submit video footage of it running. We’d record the code running for 30 minutes for the footage, and after 30 minutes of recording, find a significant error, rewrite and do testing, record for the footage again, find a significant error, then repeat. It went on for hours, I was up for 14 hours coding, and was awake for 20 hours straight from Tuesday to Wednesday morning. We all eventually fixed the code after we all endured the grueling time, and it runs as it should. Social isolation hasn’t effected me too much, I’ve practically already lived in social isolation most of my life, and it’s been interesting seeing how other people have adapted. I’ve spent most of my time alone, doing either work, eating from supplies, or having some free time. I’m hoping I’ll have more time over the weekend to sleep and relax. My cat keeps hogging most of the space on my bed, making it difficult for me to sleep, but I can never get angry with my cat, lol. I wasn’t able to listen Monday and Tuesday due to my work, but Wednesday’s shows were interesting. I enjoyed the Crime Show, it was interesting, and it was nice to hear my group’s show on the radio. This week I redid the Audio from Hell assignment, which was fun to make a horrible, ear shattering screeching noise; I created an interesting story combing the paint from the Holi daily create, the handwashing from the handwashing diagram daily create, and the Wuhan Coronavirus daily create; listed ideas for future projects, such as Radio Show 2:Electric Boogaloo; and reflected on the Radio Show I listened to.

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Assignment Bank Sound From Hell Redo

I enjoyed the assignment bank, sound from hell ( http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/auditory-hell/ http://ds106.gloriousdudelsack.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=69&action=edit ), as it was fun to create such horrible noises by importing code not designed for audio as a sound with Audacity’s import raw data feature. I decided to use this opportunity to create a worse sound, and created it by reading a high-pitch part of Paint.net’s Executable file as sound. I decided on Paint.net’s exe after testing various other programs, including Internet Explorer and an updated version of Google Chrome, but prepare your ears when listening:

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Ideas for future Projects

I thought the radio show worked well, and perhaps we could do something similar and create, fittingly for the 1980’s theme, Radio Show 2: Electric Boogaloo, which would produce a show similar to the first radio show, but longer. There could also be a video show, with instead of being just audio, the a show themed around the 1980’s could have a video element. My main concern would be coordinating with other students, with in-person meetings no longer being feasible due to the Wuhan Coronovirus. A short comic about a 1980’s topic of our choice could be another option, where we would be required to create a 10 or more paneled comic piece relating to the topic.