Coprecipitation-DS106 album cover

The Assignment-

This assignment is a mashup of three random things together to make an album cover. First, take a random wikipedia entry, this is the name of the band. Then, take a random quote (the last 4-5 words of the last quote), this is the title of the album. Finally, take a random flikr image (the 3rd picture) and use it for the album background. I think its important to either add a background story for the band or a song list as well.

The Process-

Wikipedia entry (band name)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprecipitation

Quote (album title)- “The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. “- Martina Navratilova

Flikr image (album cover)- Snowy Owl by Touchlight Photography

I used photoshop to manupilate this stunning image of a snow owl. First I used the grain filter to get the texturized feel. Then I added the texts of the band name and album cover. This assignment did not take too long, so the rest of the time was spent creating the story of the band.

The Story-

Croprecipitation is back with their latest album For that and nothing else featuring their hit single: “Like an Owl in the Dawn”! Inspired by their walkabout through the forests of Washington state, this album will immerse you in the beauty of nature. Soothing pan flutes, relaxing harps, and gentle navajoe drums will take you through a journey of mind, body, and spirit. You won’t want to stop listening once you start! This album can be enjoyed anywhere; in the bedroom to guide you through fantastical dreams, during daily activities, or even on the daily commute to prepare yourself for a busy day.

This album brings the 20 years of relaxation music experience of Coprecipitation that you know and love and adds the lyrical harmonics of gregorian chanters from the Vatican City. The combination of saintly harmonics and earthly instrumentals soothes your soul to levels never before imagined.

Pick up your copy of For than and nothing else today and receive a free set of incense handmade by coprecipitation! This incense made from herbs and oils from the deep forests of Washington State and when combined with Coprecipitation’s music will make your relaxation complete. Relax, enjoy life, and listen to the sound of the Earth with Coprecipitation.

Infographic Analysis- Group 4

Group 4’s info-graphic is about the internet. You can find the full graphic in the link. I am here to analyze the first 3 points.

I have noticed with this infographic and many other ones that visual representation of information is very important. Although this may be self evident in the name “info-graph” visualized information, I feel that this is a very powerful way of portraying information that I was not aware of until now.
1. In this particular info-graphic, the size of the internet is portrayed in terms of amount of dvds or blue rays that could hold it. In my own info-graphic, I want to utilize this type of information representation.

2. The second section represents the internet usage percentage by country. When I saw this there was a very interesting point. 76.2% of all internet usage is in America, although we only account for 5% of the total world population. I think this is an enormous amount of internet usage, it makes me wonder how much of that is spent productively or as a time sink. Speaking of which, I saw the movie Wall-E for the first time last weekend and I was reminded of it while analyzing this info-graphic.

I feel that soon enough America will turn into this.

3. This third point is about emails sent and spam. 80% of all emails are spam…. WHAT? I hate spam and all of the traps and fake links on the internet. What is the point of spam anyways? what a waste of time, energy, and patience. 200 billion spam sent per day… wow..

Accuracy of info

I have to Agree with my teammate Ambiguity on his analysis that this information is not too reliable considering something as mutable, changing, and growing as the internet, it is nearly impossible to provide accurate information. this infographic should be more specific of WHEN the information was taken and that it will be incorrect within a year.

The future of technology

We have spent the last month researching the pioneers of technology. Their work has built a basis for today’s science to build upon in the future. With the fast rate of technology development, imagine the next century and all of the possiblities.

One physicist, Michio Kaku, has done just that. Sit back, relax, grab a drink, and enjoy as this articulate visionary shares his revelations of the future of science.

 

Michio Kaku: On science’s effects on the future.

 

Michio Kaku is a highly regarded physicist who remarks on how technology will change daily life drastically in the future. His book Physics of the Future illustrates the possibilities of technology to come.

Wait, Where’d That Pioneer Come From?

The Assignment:

This assignment by shannotate is as follows: “Photoshop someone(s) (or something(s)) into a picture that isn’t supposed to be there.” I thought the original photo produced was absolutely hilarious!! apparently, the Chinese government took pictures of three officials inspecting a road. When the propaganda people got to them, they said the background wasnt interesting enough, and proceeded to crop the officials out and change the background and their positions. The chinese public noticed and photoshopped these officials EVERYWHERE, on the moon, in natural disasters, with dinosaurs, and even President Obama. I was cracking up so much in class that I decided to do this assignment with our pioneer: Grace Hopper. Enjoy.

The Process:

I started by finding a full body picture of a pioneer and ended up with the same picture of Grace Hopper used by our professor for the Triple Troll Quote. I then proceeded to open photoshop and carefully crop her body out of the background. For this process, this entire assignment actually, I heavily relied on the polygon lasso crop tool. I zoomed in very close, and cropped as I went.

Then I needed to choose pictures to put her in. Since the original picture is black and white, I did a google search for Famous Black and White Photos, and found the one of Iwo Jima and Winston Churchill first. Considering Grace’s military history, I thought these were suitable to add her in. But only pictures where she fits suitably wouldn’t be too much fun, so I added in other famous pictures. Finally, for a little excitement, I saved MC Escher’s Relativity piece.

I adjusted her size in the original picture of her, then pasted her into these scenes. To make her covered by the foreground, I lowered the opacity on graces layer, and used the polygon crop tool to take out parts of grace that I wanted covered by the original picture. Finally I returned the opacity back to normal. For every image, I adjusted the grace’s size on the original photo, then pasted it and cropped to fit the scene. I still don’t know how to change the size, and orientation of just a single layer, can anyone help me with this problem??

For the last photo, I meticulously adjusted Grace’s rotation 5 degrees at a time to fit in the right angle on the staircases, flipping horizontally to get her facing the other way. Using Image>Rotate Canvas.

The Story:

Really if you haven’t checked out the original photo for this yet, you really need to. I was hysterically laughing in class when I saw this, and thought it would be perfect for my last DS106 assignment of the pioneers.

Grace Hopper was a pioneer of programming languages. Perhaps this blog is possible through her foundations. Other programming built off her designs and possibly led to HTML and other languages. I had a lot of fun inserting her into  these historic photographs. It started with relevant images such as Iwo Jima and Churchill- She worked on programming in the Navy during WWII. Then I slowly led to more absurd pictures where she just doesn’t belong. The last picture really embodies the assignment I feel. Take pictures of people and just throw them around every different direction and post ’em up!

I hope more of my classmates can complete this assignment, I’m sure that we can find ways to incorporate it into the next sections of the course. Perhaps someone can do the founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom in pictures all around the world.

Photo Credits:

Original- http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/admissions/what_is_cs/FamousWomen.html

Churchill- http://wickedreport.com/top-10-world-most-famous-photos-ever/

Iwo Jima- http://www.montney.com/marine/iwo.htm

Babe Ruth- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2Ruth1948April.jpg

Streaker- http://lh4.ggpht.com/_9F9_RUESS2E/SrfIXxndMYI/AAAAAAAABL4/Y_w1L86Dm-k/Classics-in-LEGO-Twickenham-Streaker-real.jpg

Kosovo Refugees- http://wickedreport.com/top-10-world-most-famous-photos-ever/

MC Escher- http://www.worldgallery.co.uk/art-print/Relativity-180591.html