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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.

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Connected Daily Create Story

Upon walking into a Walmart at 4:00 am, a man wandered into the painting isle, looking for more paint buckets to store water drinking in, but as the man was climbing the ladder to reach the paint bucket, the man slipped and fell down upon the fresh lead-based paint supplies below, bathing everything in a lukewarm, slightly toxic colored coating. The man just left the bucket on the floor, and came up with an excellent idea: Why not scrape off the coating of free paint upon his clothing and arms, and sell it to random people off of the street for profit, like lemonade? The man then promptly escaped the wrath of the store employees, got a chisel, and began to scrape off the paint into several cardboard containers for six hours in the Walmart parking lot. After taking a break, he then walked towards a random person’s house. As a greeting gift, he gave a free sample of paint by throwing some at them, and to avoid contact due to the Wuhan Coronavirus, the man stared at the person and greeted without touching him. Bewildered, the person bought 2 boxes of paint, provided that the man would leave and never come again. Thrilled at his economic success, the man ran back to the Walmart, threw the remaining boxes of paint at the door, and fell asleep somewhere in the parking lot at 12:00 pm. Remembering hygiene, when he woke up at 12:00 am, he walked back home, and gargled random nonsense as he was washing his hands first with water, drying his hands, then coating them with soap, so that they’d stay soapy clean after washing hands.

Here are the posts upon which the story is based:

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Weekly Summery #8

This was an interesting week, I would have never expected the NBA, March Madness, and our campus to shut down entirely. I’ve never seen anything like this. I was meeting with my partner in the Radio Show project, Lewis, when they sent the email on Wednesday afternoon. It didn’t change my plans too much, since I usually visit my parents on the weekend, who live nearby. I had an advising meeting scheduled for Thursday, so I waited until after the meeting to return home, but campus had already become desolate and a ghost town by this point. Although shortly after finishing my advising meeting, the school sends out an email stating that class scheduling would be delayed until April, it would have been nice to know earlier, lol. I emptied most of my mini-fridge, packed the bedsheets, and took home the laptop. Symptoms of Coronavirus don’t occur until a week or two after being infected, I hope I haven’t been infected, I was infected with the Swine flu back in 2010, and that was horrible, so I don’t want it to happen again. My plan will be to avoid going out of my room and meeting other humans until (or if) we go back to school. I only had 2 classes this week, I have no in-person classes on Tuesday, my history professor had to cancel class on Wednesday, and my programming professor’s Wednesday meeting was not cancelled, and both Thursday and Friday were cancelled due to the virus. Most of my in-person classes haven’t announced what their plans’ll be for online work, but I hope that they’ll be posted soon.

Here’s the Daily Create for Friday, the Radio Progress Report, and the finished Radio Show: