Many of us in the group had thought that the project was due on the Friday during Spring break, so we were all stressing to quickly finish the project during break, frantically trying to schedule a group call over GroupMe with our cell phones and get everything planned out, but after Lillian and James pointed out that the due date was the Friday after Spring break, so we were all relieved, and relaxed. We eventually decided that we’d do a talk show format where we’d record each of our parts individually, submit them to Google Drive, and have Kyle mesh them together. Lewis and I met at 4:25 pm EST in the HCC on Wednesday to discuss details of the project, and agreed that we’d submit audio to the editor in any file format readable by audacity, but as we were meeting, the school announced the rest of the week was cancelled, and that all classes would be moved online due to the Coronavirus, so we quickly ended our meeting. I finished my audio segment by 8:00 am on Thursday, and my commercial and bumper around 9:00 am on the same day, and submitted them on our Google Drive. For my commercial, I was inspired by those bad/sometimes funny infomercials they used to show on TV all of the time with impossible claims and deals, and I’ve heard children used to stick cookies in VHS players, so I thought that this would be a possible product. Main audio was straight forward, since the Soviet Union already had major issues, especially with information, I’d assume that with social media, it would collapse much sooner then in our own timeline. On Friday, Kyle put all of our audio together, and uploaded it to Sound Cloud:
This week started solemn, where I visited my grandmother’s grave on Sunday for the anniversary of her birthday. She died back in June, and they still haven’t made the tombstone for her yet, which is frustrating, so there’s just this square hole in the ground above where her urn is buried. I found out midterms are next week, spring break came quickly this year. I’ve spent most of this week awake and working, and ran out of food again. Wednesday was fun with watching the debate with my club, Bloomberg got destroyed in the debate, and I don’t think he can recover. I honestly predict Sanders will win the primary, then loose to Trump. Extreme candidates do well in the primaries, but have to get the moderate vote. My group programming project went well, but my teacher had to spend the first thirty minutes saying my class was almost a whole month behind because some people in my class still did not programming basics, such as while loops. This scares me how somebody could get into CPSC 240 without knowing how to make a loop, it would be like getting into algebra class without knowing how to multiply. I hope that the teacher will let these people learn the basics quickly on their own time or just fail so that the rest of the students can move on with actually learning new content, I don’t want to be a semester behind my peers and waste money on a coarse. On a brighter note, I’m glad that I was able to inspire our professor Bond in converting his image to a glorious sound, lol: http://blog.raptnrent.me/2020/02/16/inverted-synesthesia/
My assignment bank assignments were interesting to make, and I felt satisfied with them, but took much longer then I expected in MS Paint.
The menu design was based off of an old 1980’s green and black personal computer interface
The warning label was designed for Valve’s Portal Gun, a great device which in the Portal games can create portals between any two points.
The contradiction assignment was easy, I always contradict myself, lol
This assignment was fun, but was long to do in MS Paint, lol. I created a wanted criminal poster for communism, essentially
An interesting read
Since I could never get Instagram to work, I posted the images to the blog.
I couldn’t upload photos to Instagram, since I glitched out trying to create an account there twice, but I have the pictures:
It’s hard to see, but the water represents form, since it is unable to be manipulated, and always returns to it’s original shape
Since there was an assignment in it, I couldn’t show more without violating the honor policy, but this section of my notebook represents unity, as the lines of the paper are straight and rigid, falling in line like other pages
The sky, land, and water are all equal proportions in this picture, and thus represents proportion perfectly
This lamp represents use of space, as it uses the space in the wall which would normally be empty, and usefully provides light from it
I thought the article was interesting, in that it went in-depth into trying to describe design overall. I’d disagree with the author’s statement, “Everything that is not made by nature is designed by someone.” Neanderthals weren’t people, and they designed tools, and birds design nests. His other insights are interesting, and I didn’t know how visually influenced humans were by designs and simple pictures. Perhaps I’ll put more pictures in my assignments, lol.
For this assignment, we were required to make a warning label for a futuristic technology. Valve’s Portal 1 and Portal 2 were great games, and saw this as a great way to showcase the Portal Gun. The Portal Gun is a device which can create two portals which connect any two points in space. I used Microsoft Paint, and given that Portal is copyrighted, I did not want to risk using an in-game screenshot, in case of copyright concern. With Portals, things like infinite falling become possible when not careful, and added stereotypical warnings commonly seen in medicine advertisements.
The link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/warning/
Back in the 1980’s, personal computers did not have a graphical user interface, but instead had users type directly into the console. The assignment was to create an interface/menu, and this does so by recreating a typical 1980’s personal computer interface. I made it in MS paint by typing text in the Fixedsys font, which is not often used and looks archaic. As a computer programming major, I’m fascinated by computer technology, going from huge bulky machines covering walls to portable devices which can fit in pockets, and the 1980’s was an important era for introducing the personal computer, which are now used every day.
The assignment is located at this link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/menu-design/
I usually try using contradictions as humor, and this assignment is perfect for that; create a glorious contradiction. I created this glorious image by finding a freely usable image of a rotting Coelacanth on Wikipedia, and used MS Paint to add text describing injecting the cold, rotting flesh and juicy preservatives as a great, crunchy midnight snack.
Here’s the original assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/contradiction-creation/
After seeing an assignment to create a poster for a missing poster, I had a great idea: Why not make this missing person a criminal, and why make it a person at all? On November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, and signaled the end of Communism in Europe. Being such a significant moment in history tying into our theme, this was an excellent opportunity to highlight that moment, as well as those who suffered under Communist rule during the decade by personifying Communism as an escaped murderer on the loose, nowhere to be found. I used Microsoft Paint for the assignment, using the text tool to write out the text, criticizing and describing both the horrors of the terrible ideology and it being overthrown as a person. I copied/pasted the USSR flag from Wikipedia, which is free use, and used the Old English Text MT font on the title to make it look like an authentic newspaper headline.
The assignment link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/missing-person/
In 1983, Soviet nuclear bunkers had a computer error which falsely reported that US nuclear missiles were inbound, and Soviet authorities almost launched nukes at the USA. We could do a 30 minute story dramatizing the tension in that room, with a climactic story and believable characters. Audio alarms could be going off in the background, with yelling officials and dramatic music, to create a hectic sense of confusion and drama, as one wrong move could start WWIII.
Under Water noises, could be used in a cheesy 1980’s music video intro.
Creation Process: Using Audacity, I desired to create an abnormal world, which can describe 1980’s popular culture, although I’m not a fan of the popular culture. I generated white noise, subdivided it, added a few effects, and used the PaulStretch function. I was tired from this week, but for me it sounds pretty foreign and alien, almost like strange beasts miles under the water. I can see part of it being used for a cheesy 1980’s music video intro, to create a sense of unease before the musicians play their music.
I chose the assignment because, out of the options available, it was one that allowed me to create something highly unusual.
Here is the original assignment link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/create-a-place/