weekly summary

This is bad.
This is very bad.
The Directorate are on campus
They are here to undermine Ds106. they have recruited a couple people to their cause.
at least, that is what they told me. yes, they contacted me. They tried to recruit me. I had to play a long when I was contacted via a chat room.

This is bad.
They have Proffessor bond. Possibly. they could be fibbing. It’s actually what he said about feathers that has got me riled up. If he’s talking about who I think he’s talking about, then this is some serious business. It could be my old nemesis.

I had to make sure for certain. I interviewed a couple people. I got nothing till I got word that there was a member of The Directorate, a double agent. I closed in on him and beat him up and interrogated him the only way I knew how, batman style.

After that I located where he said the shack was and brought my invisible recording drone with me in case I got caught. Then I got clobbered on the head, blacked out. When I awoke, I Was face to face with…Him.

He has been the bane of my existence for many, many years. I should’ve known it was him in charge of the directorate, and something tells me this whole thing was a trick to get me out here. they kidnapped Professor bond to get me out here to face my old nemesis. It all leads up to this. the many years of torment, the many friends I lost to this thing, all of it flashes through my head as I face down this man. He’s in the middle of giving a stupid monologue about how he caught me and how he’s so much better than me, so much smarter than me. I’m not listening. I just have on thing going through my mind: I’m going to punch the frick out of that chicken.

As he’s in the middle of his dumb spiel, I send my fist through his stupid face. with a grunt, he goes flying across the room, he tries to get up, and I rained down blows upon him. As I’m punching him I’m screaming, ORA ORA ORA and with one last spurt of blood coming out of his beak, I know he is dead. I stood up, out of breath. I had done it. I had finally done it. I defeated my arch nemesis. now it was time to find Professor bond. I looked around and I saw a door. I opened it up and inside was a room with a big hole in the back, leading to the outside world. In the very center of the room was a note that read:
Don’t lock up an agent of Ds106, Sincerely, Agent Bond
P.s. If you are reading this to rescue me, good job, but you took too long. Don’t expect anything grade wise.

Well, with that out of the way, I exited the small shack, made my way back to the last place I left my computer and wrote up this report for my final project.

REFLECTION
This one was a lot of fun.
I had the Mr. Puffychicken video queued up since the beginning of the semester, i just never had a use for it. thinking of a way to make a whole story out of an assignment was pretty fun, too. The biggest struggle with this entire assignment was the fact that my computer doesn’t come with a video editing software, and I only just found out that the computers on campus have move maker, which was great for me. I have been having computer troubles lately, and it is really annoying. the computer in the HCC was very slow, my computer won’t turn off right, and I’m just freaking out because of all these computer problems. I also had some problems with the voice recording because I was very self conscious about shouting stupid things in public. so I had to wait until night time to do it. with that, I feel like I am almost completely done with this Course and almost done with Freshmen year of college.

The Tale of Reggie

war…war never changes

Reggie thought that becoming president of Nintendo of America would free him from the pain and suffering from the war, but alas, the horrors of the great fish packaging wars still haunted him. As he is giving a presentation to nintendo shareholders, he catches the whiff of fish coming from one of the bussinessmen’s lunch. Tuna. Why’d it have to be tuna? suddenly Reggie has a flashback to his time in the war. He sees the fish he is fighting against. he see’s his friends. he hears the sound of gun fire and squishes. he smells the napalm and Tuna. Tuna. Tuna. Tuna.
The businessmen keep trying to snap Reggie out of it. He suddenly comes back. It was just a flashback. He’s back in the boardroom. He has a presentation to complete.

weekly review


Heres some of the things I did this week.

this was a tutorial video that i did with my friend to show you how easy it was to make the perfect swan.

The prompt for this was “six second art”. This was something I just came up with recently when I tried to draw a gorilla. I thought, Gorilla’s have overhanging heads and beady eyes, so yeah. lets call it Harambe.

this was another thing I wanted to share with the world how to draw. In all seriousness, Iv’e had this idea for a video for a while now, but I didn’t execute it exactly as planned. what is supposed to happen was I draw a happy face, it cuts to me, I have a stupid grin on my face, then it cuts back to the happy face, but now it’s a frowny face, then it cuts to me and I have over exaggerated look of disgust on my face, then it cuts to the frowny face, in that instant that it cuts to it, I slam it super hard, and when i take my hand off, its a worried happy face, then it cuts to me, and I have that stupid grin on my face again. but you guys just get the shorter altered version here since I’m not that good with video editing.

On the other videos, I’m not good with video editing, the day i normally set aside for this class got hijacked by a Test I needed to study for, and the only one available needed quicktime to run, and it was overly convoluted and I just got tired of it. Microsoft doesn’t seem to support windows movie maker anymore, which really sucks, since I cant make any type of edited videos without it. everything has to be paused and done in real time.

and so becuase of that, I cannot do the scene editing of the question video. I also cannot do the narrate over a film and pause whenever something important comes up thing of Cinemas Interuptus. as you can see by what i Just said though, I did take the time to read Roger Ebert’s article on frames. one of the things i liked was the idea that somethings have dominance in a scene. objects closer to the camera have more dominance and power than things in the back. light vs dark, contrasting things. its all very interesting. another thing I looked into was some of the videos introduced to us in the course that talked about film techinquess. i learned about a new director, how puting things in the center of the fram can draw the viewers attention, how if you look down at people they are weaklings, but if you look up at them, they are gods, and how some directors use the camera to elicit a response from the audience. its all very interesting stuff, and i am looking forward to hecking out more of this guys stuff.

Pokemon


I was the ADHD kid in elementary school with no friends who was bullied. So, to escape the soul crushing loneliness, I did what most kids I think do, and retreat into their fantasy world, where everything you love coalesces into a great adventure for you and your imaginary friends. My fantasy world consisted of Pokemon. I came up with my own regions, with their own gym leaders, who I would battle and defeat and become the pokemon master. My favorite region I came up with was the Flagno Region, founded by a great explorer who climbed the highest peak and placed a flag on top. One of the starter Pokemon I came up with was Acornary, the Acorn Bird Pokemon. He was Grass and flying and, while I never finalized its evolutions, I think it would eventually evolve into something called Treeagle.
Acornary was my favorite starter that I came up with. So much so that, once I grew up an outgrew my fantasy world and had to take on the real world, one of the few things that I kept with me was the idea of Acornary, a grass/flying type starter Pokemon.
and now we come to just last year when Pokemon Sun and Moon were announced. As per usual, we would be receiving a trickle of information about the games, new pokemon, new gym leaders, new features, all that jazz. When it came time to reveal the new starter Pokemon, there was a fire cat, a water seal, and…

ROWLET
A GRASS/FLYING TYPE STARTER POKEMON!

Here’s my advice to anyone who might be reading this. Never forget where you came from, never forget the struggles you went through, never forget what got you to where you are and who you are today. Always remember the good times you had in those tough times, because you could share your story and or make something out of it. And sometimes, Life has a way of coming full circle.

License Plate


“Ryan”, you may ask,”what is a ‘tridoron’?” Well, allow me to introduce you to my favorite Japanese show.

Kamen Rider Drive! Yeah, I love this show. Or “loved” since its over. Kamen Rider is a long lasting show in Japan about motorcycle riding superheroes. Every year they change the theme and in 2014-15, the theme was cars. Its about a cop named Tomari Shinnosuke who works for the special crimes division of the police department, which was opened up ever since the phenomenon of “density shift”, where everything in a general area starts moving slowly, has been popping up around Japan. It turns out that this phenomenon is caused by sentient, body-copying androids called “roidmudes” who want to take over the world. Now Shinnosuke must team up with Dr.Steinbelt, who downloaded his consciousness into a belt(it makes sense in the story, roll with it), the Special Crimes unit, and some other allies along the way, and transform into Kamen Rider Drive and save the world. I would recommend you watch this show, but to do so would be technically illegal, since there isn’t a legal way to watch the show in English, and English subs are done by fan translators and posted online. If there was ever an subbed release of Kamen Rider Drive in America, preferebly by Shout Factory, then money would expel so fast from my wallet, that no amount of density shift fields would be able to slow it down.
“that all fine and dandy, Ryan, but what does this have to do with ‘Tridoron’?” I hear you ask.
Well, First off, you still say “dandy”? Second, let’s get to that. The show is called Kamen RIDER for a reason. The thing these riders ride is usually a motorcycle, but for this season, they decided to give him a car.

Meet Tridoron, the best car ever. the “Tri” in its name comes from the fact that it has three forms, which correspond to Kamen Rider Drive’s three base forms. The form pictured is Speed form, which looks like a car. It has two other forms, Wild, where it looks like a dune buggy, and Technic, where it drives on six wheels and has a giant pincer claw come out of it’s front.
And this brings me to why I made this license plate. If I were to adapt this show for an American audience, I would keep the story exactly the same, and set it in Tokyo’s equivalent in America, New York City. and Tridoron would have this license plate.

Cipher

this assignment has me making a cipher, but instead of just matching some letters to other letters and calling it a day, I decided to go a little deeper.

Tada! I call it the “Tri-cipher” or maybe the “Potter Cipher”. The basic gist of it is that every 3 letters uses a different cipher. So here is an example:
MEMES
the word “memes” has five letters, so we count that out as
12312
so for the first letter “M” we use the corresponding letter in the first cipher “N”. then for the second letter we use the corresponding letter in the 2 cipher “Q” ad etc.
so MEMES becomes NQNAF. Also, if there are two words, then you continue and discount the space in between
so MEMES BE DANK goes as 12312 31 2312, so it translates as NQNAF XA GZMO. Pretty cool, right.
see if you can figure this one out
MKIYM PIZVE FFKOH!

ds106 designblitz

DESIGNBLITZ. OH YEAH.
This “Blitz” is all about finding different aspects of design and explaining how it is a good or bad example of said design.
Minimalism
These are the photos I took for design blitz
I think my Calculus book its the point across pretty well. Through minimalism, it shows only what is needed and sets the tone of the Calculus book. There’s no picture of happy students on the cover, laughing and enjoying how great Calculus is, there’s no teacher smiling, ready to welcome you to the exciting adventures that await you in Calculus. It’s just plain, boring, on-the-nose, as blunt as it could possibly be,”Calculus 1″. Its as if to say “this is real math, son. you’re a grown up now. no more pictures for you.” and I have to say, I kind of like it.

Typography
These are the photos I took for design blitz\
Typography, at least as I understand it, is the art of making letters appear visually organized and pleasing. The way it’s used here is for a ‘deeper’ effect, as in it tries to look important. I would have prefered it if the red and white of the flags were the sentences themselves, instead of the the words getting chopped along letters the way it is presented here.
Another thing I learned about typography is kerning, the underated art of properly spacing letters out in words. with the advent of personal computers, I think we take proper kerning for granted. which leads me to my favorite comic on the subject:

Hilarious.

Rhythm
These are the photos I took for design blitz
I am a visual learner. The best way to tell me how to do something is to just show me. so the picture that best explained rhythm to me was:

that made sense to me. although this is only progressive rhythm, but it was the one that I found first, and you can somewhat see what I was going for from both pictures. Repetitive elements that have a path to them, that’s basically what rhythm in design is.

Color
These are the photos I took for design blitz
And here we observe the humblest of God’s creatures, the stop sign. The stop sign is a great example of the use of color. I don’t exactly know the history of the stop sign, but I’m just going to assume that the color was chosen deliberately. Our brains have evolved over time to recognize red as a color of “seriousness” or “danger”, probably since red was the color of blood , or dangerous animals. So, it would only make sense to make it the color of our warning signs that are trying to tell us something on the road. I also think Red is a good color for a stop sign since it contrasts most places we see them. Red is a bright color, so it will stick out nicely in our mostly grey cities and metropolitan areas. it also works great in the countryside since red is green’s contrast, thereby sticking out much better. It also helps that these signs are coated in a material that makes them light up much better that in the dark when hit with a light. For your safety.

But one of the categories that I did not find something on was Symbols and Metaphors. When I read the description for metaphor and symbols, I was instantly reminded of Smokey the Bear.

This one might need a little backstory. One year, during middle school, I spent the summer with my grandparents in Arizona. While there, we would visit many museums, nature trails, and national parks. One of the things that caught my fascination was the lithographs found at these locations. So fascinated was I, that I got a book about them. I remember skimming through it, but one of the things I remember the most about it was that there was a part of the book explaining the challenges of archeologists face when translating lithographs. They asked the reader to imagine themselves as someone from an ancient civilization or a primitive tribe, and plopped in modern day. They then asked how exactly you would derive the meaning behind Smokey the Bear. How would you know that Smokey the bear represents preventing forest fires? It’s just a bear with a hat.

A Reflection on “The Vignelli Canon”

My digital storytelling course has made me read a little pamphlet about “design”. At first, I was afraid I would not like this pamphlet, since I was thinking it would use vague language to describe abstract concepts, or have a vocabulary I would need to be an art student to understand. As a side note, I have a friend who is in art school. He’s a really good artist. I did feel like I was missing the point to some of the topics that the pamphlet, but I did find I learned a few things about design.
The first part of the pamphlet had, what I felt, were design elements about “what” to put in your design. The topics I think I understood included Appropriateness, Ambiguity, and Visual Power. First Appropriateness. I think what the author was saying is that your design should be appropriate for the situation, or it was to show that there should be a purpose to your design. That’s what I took from it, anyway. The picture given was a view of a Christian church. I think the message from that is supposed to be that there needs to be a sort of sacredness in the design of the church because that is where it is appropriate. On ambiguity, it’s not supposed to ambiguity of purpose, I’d say, like it it uses vague words to be “deep”, but it’s ambiguity needs to be vague in terms of meaning, as in it is open to more than one interpretation. Finally, on Visual Power. I think this is using pictures to and scaling, and other factors to make a “strong” impression. the example given was big text saying BOOKS, then the article went on to talk about books, and the way the “Books” was printed gave a sort of sacredness and majesty to books in general, meaning that the person who did that wants us to think books are super important and special.
the second part of the pamphlet was all about “how” to design. It talked about font sizes, rulers, grids, and planning out books. I am a little familiar with these kinds of things because I took Adobe Indesign and Photoshop in high school in the same room where the Yearbook club was, so I kind of picked up on using grids and scale to prepare a book through osmosis. one of the more interesting things the pamphlet talked about was how we used aligned text. we use left-aligned text because it is easier for English speakers to read from left to right. We use center-aligned text for special occasions, like an invitation or an award. It also talked about how not to over complicate your design, about how you should not change a logo that has been in the public mind for a long time, just for the sake of change, and It talked about how just using the primary colors is sometimes the way to go. I enjoyed reading this pamphlet.

Weekly Review

Daily Creates


This week was really fun for me. I got to experiment for the first time with editing sound and creating a story entirely through sound. I also got to sound like a complete idiot in one of them, which is always fun for me. I also participated in listening to ds106radio one night and I was so excited I tweeted all my friends about it.


I was really interested in the story that was playing on the radio, which was about a man who could talk with a pig through the use of special implant in the brain. Unfortunately, our fun was interrupted by, I suspect, The North Koreans. see above tweet for why. Tweeting about the story was pretty fun, but I think I might have missed the point of the exercise. Looking at my other friends doing the assignment, they seemed to be focused on the music and sound design.
Which leads me nicely into my next topic of sound design. Sound design in any phonic medium is essential to telling any story. try listening to a movie with no sound. Music has always been used to set the mood or the feel of a certain scene. Video games have this too, though some of it is usually just ambiance. Even before this course, I understood the importance of sound in any medium. Entertainment is basically lost without its oldest manifestation (music and sound). It also helps to have really clear sounds to truly understand what is going on. Like a door slamming, or feet running on the ground.

Overall, my experience with this week was a great one, and I think I might fool around with audacity more in the future.