This final project was interesting to make, early on I did have copyright concerns, but after those were resolved it was smooth sailing. Lewis, Kyle, Lilian, James, and I switched to using Skype for our meetings after it was discovered that Zoom was insecure and potentially harmful to use, and we met on Sunday to discuss how to split up the workload. The project would be similar to the radio show’s format, with an announcer calling up people to speak about their favorite 1980’s songs and remixes to those songs, while also including relevant images to create a 1980’s atmosphere. Lilian, James, and I would each find our own 1980’s song, find remixes to those same songs, then record ourselves discussing the song and compare/contrast the original to the remix. Kyle would edit our audio clips together and add pictures, while Lewis would be the announcer and introduce us whenever our parts would come on. The video had problems uploading as one piece, so James split the video in half and uploaded 2 parts to it. Kenny Loggins’ I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man) is a great, less well known song, which was perfect for me to talk about. Since it was less well known, however, there were few remixes available online, and it took me a while to find one. Eventually after several searches deep within the depths of Google Search, I found a remix that was used in the popular movie Footloose, which wasn’t nearly as good, since it replaced the electronic instruments with triangles, but it was interesting to talk about and listen to. I think the final project turned out great, and watching it gives a taste of popular music during the 1980’s.
I’m planning that the final project will be a history documentary about an alternate dystopian future caused by the Coronavirus, where I’ll be combining video, images, and audio together to paint the future history of the geopolitical ramifications of a Coronavirus which rapidly mutates out of control, becomes significantly more deadly, and eviscerates the economies of every country. I saw in the news that a new symptom of foot lesions has recently shown up in Spain, France, and Italy, so a significant mutation might not be too far fetched. I will create a few modifications to one of my political simulator games to show the rapid spread of the virus and the rapid collapse of governments throughout the world, record the in-game footage, and commentate over the events as they happened, while inserting relevant images from time to time, almost like a history show in the far future. I’m also considering working with my group members from the last projects (Kyle, Lewis, Lilian, and James), and we’ll meet sometime on Sunday to discuss plans to work together and integrate our ideas, likely around a similar theme.
I’ve fused together the news website One America News with the home webpage for the University of Mary Washington, to create the wonderful abomination One America News of the University of Mary Washington (OANUMW). The combined website has University of Mary Washington’s main navigation bar and yellow notice at the top, but with elements of One America News’ main webpage fused into the design, such as the search bar. Beneath the navigation is One America News’ main headline article for the day, with a mix of One America News and University of Mary Washington headlines within the UMW in the News bar to the right. Towards the bottom is University of Mary Washington news articles with One America News’ red coloration.
This was created by using Google Chrome’s Inspect Element functionality to manually interlace the HTML code of UMW’s home page with segments of code taken from OAN’s front page, which allowed the website to actually somewhat function. Most of the news article links, for example, would still work and lead to their respective page on either website. I thought it would be funny to see what the two would look like together, since both websites had news, but with different political leanings. The original links to both websites are https://www.umw.edu for UMW’s website, and https://www.oann.com for OAN’s website.
This week was long, I’ve been up past midnight every day of the week doing something. While eating breakfast before going to sleep in the morning, I’ve watched an episode or two of the Office, a great comedy show. I spent nearly 4 hours getting the internal province reader for my massive mega-converter Imperator:Rome to Crusader Kings II project working, but it’s finally reading population correctly. The converter imports data from the Imperator:Rome save file, processes that data internally (like merging Imperator:Rome provinces to fit a CK II province), convert that internal data to a form Crusader Kings II will understand, and output the internal data as Crusader Kings II mod files. Since Imperator:Rome ends in 20 B.C. and Crusader Kings II starts in 769 A.D. usually, the mod will push the Crusader Kings II start back at 100 A.D. (going further would cause the game to break), and add events for things like the Hunnic Invasion, spread of Christianity, and rise of Islam. The custom SuperPAC assignment was fun to make, I was able to promote an issue I feel strongly about, and the remixes were an interesting concept, although one of the random fusions I got stuck with was worth 0 stars and had no description whatsoever, but I tried to make something from it.
The warning label was from my previous assignment, making fun of those medical commercials with the strange side effects using Valve’s Portal Gun from the Portal series of videogames. We were to remix it with Savanna, but it was not descriptive in what we were to do, so I put a savanna in the background of the warning label to make the warning label more desert themed.
The original assignment was to change the colors, but the remix was to add a bad infomercial feeling to it. I figured the best way to do so was to make this feel like an unusual advertisement, and since the colors changed, I made it a color changer, along with the typical free random cheap product thrown in to entice potential buyers
If I were given any super power, mine would be to completely warp and bend reality to my will. Coronavirus could be instantly eliminated with a single thought, or the world hunger could be wiped out with a snap of the fingers. After solving these problems, I’d likely retreat into self-imposed isolation and create a parallel universe, with which I could toy with for eternity, creating massive solar systems, destroying galaxies, changing the laws of physics, and creating civilizations. With this level of power, I would not need to return to the world, buy food to feed myself, or pay taxes, and I would not need to be concerned with my own death, as I’d be able to stop my aging entirely. I could pop into random places on Earth from time to time, like the field pictured, and change it beyond recognition. I would be able to travel billions of years into humanity’s future, help humanity along the way, and analyze all of the alternate possibilities of each action. I’d continue on perpetually, like a reverent, and find permanent relaxation with my immortality, being able to rest, have fun, and enjoy life forever.
Our governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, who has admitted to wearing racist Black Face, has signed into law a bill designed to allow authorities the power to seize your firearms without Due Process of the Law! Especially in these times of virus, plague, and economic depression, every man and women needs the right to defend themselves from thieves and criminals who will be more desperate and frequent then ever before. Northam’s intolerable laws allow a policeman to take your greatest tool of defense without going through a court, and ban you from buying more then a single firearm in a month, barring the common man and women from defending themselves, while Northam sits protected in his mansion with his armed bodyguards admiring his own racist Blackface photos.
Demand both the repeal of Northam’s laws and his resignation today! Second Amendment Defenders of Virginia
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:
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.