Phake Tweets- The Lion King

Mufasa- All is well today in the circle of life, except my brother keeps nagging me. I swear he will be the death of me…

Rafiki– @The_Lion_King Deez coconuts agree! But death is not the end of you Mufasa! HEEHEEHEE

Timone + Pumba– @The_Lion_king Dont listen to the monkey! His head is an empty coconut. BTW You gotta check out this grub! A meal for a king!

Simba- @The_Lion_King Pshaw Dad we’re lions! We eat wildebeasts for breakfast. How could you ever be stopped?

Scar- Fools….

The Assignment-

I did Cogdog’s Phake Tweets fanfic assignment . For this assignment, you must use the twister tool to create a fake conversation between famous people. For mine I chose the Lion King.

The Story-

I have probably seen this movie over 50 times in my life. I remember watching it back and forth multiple times a day as a child. I have seen this even more after my two little sisters started watching it as often as I did. These characters are ones that have stuck with me throughout my life. This conversation that I made between them is a foreshadowing for Mufasa’s demise.

Although his downfall was sad, it was necessary as well. I say this because the Lion King follows Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Story.

Think of any epic story or movie you have seen. These stories may seem totally different but actually has a lot of similar themes. According to Joseph Campbell, any hero story is actually the same story told in different ways. One aspect of this universal story is that of the Master, and the death of the master. In this event, The powerful, protective character dies, leaving the hero alone and unguided. Many examples come to mind- Obi Wan Kenobi of Star Wars, Gandalf of the Lord of the Rings, Dumbledore of The Harry Potter series are the most popular ones. In all of these example, the mentor or the powerful protector dies, leaving the heroes to fend for themselves finally. In doing so, they learn more about themselves and grow from it. So too is the death of Mufasa for Simba.

Google Maps Story- Road trip

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The Assignment

I did this assignment from the web category. The directions are as follows:

Use Google Maps to tell a story! It can be the story of a trip you took, a trip you would like to take, a strange occurrence, a war, anything you like! The only rules are that you have to use Google Maps proper in order to tell your story, and post it here.

The Process

This assignment documents my road trip from Colorado to Los Angeles in the summer of 2010.

I started by going to Google Maps to plot my course again. Then I took a printscreen of the map and opened it up in Photoshop.

I used Flickr advanced search to find CC liscenced photos of the unique places that I travelled on this trip. Then inserted them into the document, using line tools and paint bucket tools to make the pictures look more like photographs. The text I added was TW Cen Mt size 18-22.

The Story

This is the path I drove from my house in Colorado Springs, CO to visit my girlfriend living in Santa Monica, CA. It took my about 24 hours of driving by myself, and was one of my greatest experiences thus far in my life. The sights I saw on my drive, their beauty is inexplicable.

The twists and turns of the Rocky Moutnain Passes, The Colorado River, The sunset in the dusty mountains of Utah, The bright lights and desolate desserts of Nevada, and the crowded 6-lane highways of California. Each of these special places deserves a blog post on their own. All in all, it was a beautiful journey that left me with a lot of time to think about life, the universe, and everything else.

To help me in my journey, I had the musical companionship of Enya, Enigma, Tenacious D, “A Horse With No Name” (which I’ve come to associate with the desolate land of Nevada’s dessert) and even the politcal comedic genious of Stephen Colbert’s “I am America, and so can you!”

I learned a lot on my journey; I fell in love with cruise control, I spent the night in my car at a gas station on the Utah-Nevada border, ate countless Subway BMT sandwiches, cliff bars, and dried fruit and almonds. I really got a sense of appreciation of myself, and my country from this journey. A lesson which I feel everyone should undergo in their lives.

So, go forth readers. Take a challenge, go travel alone and get to really know yourself

Turn down the lights- switch up the mood

Mr eggy CC licensed by sultoner

Train CCl licensed by ELEOTH

The Assignment

I did the Switch up the Mood visual assignment. The details are:

This assignment is to change the mood or tone of a photograph by altering the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, exposure, etc.

I decided to use 2 photos of trains

The Process

After finding two suitable pictures with creative commons licensing, I opened up photoshop and got to work.

For both pictures I used the Image adjustments feature in the same order, but with different levels.

  1. Color balance
  2. Hue/Saturation
  3. Brightness/Contrasts
  4. Levels

I adjusted the levels until they were appealing.

The Story

There is something magical about a train, a feeling that I have had since early childhood. I still remember my first house by the train tracks. I would run outside when I heard the train coming, hoping to get a glimpse of the conductor. I would wave and pray for his wave back, and on some lucky days he would grace me with a toot of the trains horn. That is why I chose these photos to change-up the mood.

I really liked the original two photos, the ones on the left. I especially was attracted to the redness of these pictures. I wanted to adjust that redness to more of a blue feel, to “Switch up the Mood” T

The top picture reminds me of some sort of scene on the surface of Mars, but I feel that the new mood is a midnight train travelling through the mist of the twilight.

The Second photo has a very rustic and vintage feel to it. I changed the mood for a feel that is more modern.

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.

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

DS106 Minimalist travel poster

Don't you want to travel?

The Assignment:

I’m doing the design assignment: Minimalist Travel Poster.

This assignment is to take a location from a movie and create a minimalist travel poster of it. I might have taken too many liberties with this one, but I found the examples very interesting. Instead of a movie, I used the old computer game the Oregon trail. In conjunction with my CIS class in Tokyo, I used our framework of the pioneers of technology. I changed the Oregon trail to Vannevar Bush’s Associative trail.

The Process:

I used Photoshop for this assignment. I started with a background photo of the Oregon trail. Then I changed the title on a new layer. After that I overlayed the picture of the memex on top of the background. Inside the frames of the memex I inserted pictures of the cholera Wikipedia page, as well as the Oregon trail picture. I found the polygon cropping tool very very useful for fitting the images into the screens. Finally, I added the text on the right side using the text tool.

The Story:

I’m sure most people are familiar with the old computer game The Oregon Trail. One has to gather supplies and people in order to travel the trail to Oregon. All the while you encounter dangerous obstacles such as huge rivers, mountains, and sicknesses.  For me, it was my first introduction to computers and computer games.

This assignment is based on Vannevar Bush’s Memex and Associative Trails. I always found the idea of Associative Trails as an “Adventure through hyperspace” One can start on any subject, and follow associative trails throughout the vast database of knowledge that we have acquired throughout the ages. It is in this way that I thought of the relationship with the Oregon trail. In the Oregon trail, when one is presented with an obstacle, there are various choices to make. A, B, or C- each with a different outcome that leads to different circumstances in the future. Adding the memex into this, one can follow different trails of association to lead to different areas of knowledge.

If anyone has a nostalgic feeling for The Oregon Trail, leave a comment! I am half tempted to get the game again and relive my childhood endeavors of crossing the US in a wagon.

Photos taken from:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveward/69965183/ Oregon trail background

http://www-sop.inria.fr/acacia/personnel/Fabien.Gandon/lecture/saint_louis_2007_02/seminar/resources/memex.gif Memex

http://www.punny.org/money/the-carnival-of-personal-finance-68-hits-the-oregon-trail/ cholera Oregon trail

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholera Choler Wikipedia link. (Printscreen)

First DS106 Assignment, “Haiku It Up!”

Limitless data

And associative trails

Behold- The Memex!

The Assignment

Im doing Haiku It Up! http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/haiku-it-up/ by Takeru Terajima

For the writing assignment, take a random Dailyshoot photograph and create a haiku using that image.

I am combining this assignment with my CIS course at TUJ about the pioneers of the internet and today’s technology. This is based upon Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think. This haiku summarizes his hypothetical technology known as the memex.

The Process

To be honest, I didnt even know what a “dailyshoot” was when I read this, so like every misunderstood word I have, I turned to trusty old google search. Apparently its this site with daily photography assignments. I chose one at random from the technology assignment section-http://dailyshoot.com/assignments/689 And i ended up with this one of the iPhone by Raging3vil.

Then it hit me, a quote from the second day of class by one of my classmates, “The iPhone is the memex.” I brushed it off at first, but now I see it clear as day. I started counting syllables on my fingers: as-so-ci-a-tive trails okay thats 6, behold the memex- 5, li-mit-less da-ta theres 5 okay we can do this!

The Story

Our first reading was Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think (1945), in which he describes something he names as “Memex”. This Memex is basically a modern computer connected to the internet. It is incredible the way he describes with such precision the capability and uses of the modern computer. He envisions a table computer that has nearly unlimited data storage capacity, which can be shared with others.

Items, notes, and ideas can be joined together, following the “associative trails” of linking one thought to another. These trails can be shared with other memex users by way of Bush’s concept of what we would now call a USB device.

When I read this article, I was filled with chills. How can someone 60 years ago predict the type of technology that we are currently using? I wonder what technology that is seen as a dream will be possible in the future? How would Bush react if he saw the iPhone? I think he would be taken aback and announce “Behold- The memex”