Week (I’m Out Of Apocalyptic Puns) Five

Week Five

This was a very challenging week for me. I had several other demands outside of this class including papers, portfolios, and performances that kept me from doing my work like I would like to. Through all of that chaos, I missed my Daily Create assignments! They are always such a great stress reliever. The audio assignments for Week Five were a lot more difficult than the assignments we have worked on in past weeks, but… I never back down from a challenge! I enjoyed playing around and mixing music.

Question of the Week

How are you feeling? Be specific.

STRESSED. I find myself constantly overwhelmed. Like I’m drowning in responsibilities and I can’t quite find the surface. I feel like I am in control of my life, but also like there is always something I am forgetting and ultimately leaving out. Maybe I need my Spring Break now?

SOS.

Assignments Chosen by Martha

Web Assignment

Using either Microsoft Word, creating your own webpage, or using a website like LinkedIn, create a “fake” resume for a fictional person or character of your choice.

AUdio assignment

Visit Frequency 2156 and spend sometime exploring the broadcasts. Then record your own dispatch and upload it. Grab the URL of your own recording when it’s uploaded and share it on your blog. Make sure your recording tells a a story! Use sound effects, music, other voices to develop your story.

https://frequency2156.com/signal/529

Reading and Resource Reflection

Let’s talk about audio… specifically radio

Write a reflection post on the clips you watched above and the resources on the Audio page. Tell us about your experience with audio coming into this class. What did you learn from what you looked at above? What resonated with you and what didn’t make sense?

I thought these clips were really interesting. I don’t have much prior experience with audio. I mean, I have some, but I’m not good by any means. This year, as the UMW Dance Team’s Captain, I cut all of our music. This year I have created five performance pieces. For all of my music mixing needs, I used Apple’s Garage Band application. I’m not sure if this is even a good tool to use, but I found it to be easy to work with and I have learned many different skills without the help of any tutorials.

From the clips above I learned that radio is not dead. Radio is something, nowadays, that we so often forget about as a media source. I mean, when I’m in my car I never listen to the radio! I plug in my phone to an auxiliary chord and put on Spotify. Branching off of that note, I think it is important to mention that Apple changed the way people listen to music and take in other forms of media. Food for thought!

What resonated with me the most was the empathic response that radio can inflict on a listener. Radio is a powerful source. That statement is something that seemed to slip my mind. Radio is more than music; it provides news, trivia, updates in pop culture, and comedy.

Something that did not make sense to me was how radio has remained prevalent. We no longer live in a society where there is a radio in every home, so how do we maintain exposure to this kind of media? Every car has a radio, but how many drivers use it? I just mentioned in the paragraph above, that I do not. We don’t have heavy exposure, so it’s fascinating to me that we still have radio media. There is something about this source that makes it unique, like the fact that it has always provided more than music. It can be applicable to the life of any person and therefore proves to be useful to keep around in our high-tech lives.

Chose Your Own Assignment(s)

Cover combination (4 stars)

 I think it’s interesting to look at how the vocal and instrumental composotion changes the emotion of a song. For this assignment find a cover of a song and combine it with the original version of the song to create a new/remixed version of the song. After you’ve finshed remixing your version, listen to it and see what kind of emotion it now makes you feel.

For this assignment, I chose “No Freedom” by Dido and I supplemented it with the cover version performed by Miley Cyrus and Adam Sandler on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. I am a huge Miley Cyrus fan and I recently discovered this song while clicking video after video on YouTube. It easily got stuck in my head and this assignment forced me to listen to the original (which I like less, by the way). In relation to this course, I chose this song because I the title made me think of my semester-long reading, “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. The main character of this novel, Offred, literally has no freedom. After the assassination of the President of the United States, she lost all of her rights. Now, she is not only forced to live in a misogynistic society but lives under the groin of her Commander, Fred, where her only way to survive is to provide children to the Republic of Gilead.

My emotions when listening to this song are as following:

Cover: Yay!

Original: Eh. No thanks.

Combination: Cringeworthy

I completed this assignment on Garage Band and saved it through iTunes. Enjoy!

Music Mashup (4 stars)

Pick any two songs and combine them to make one song. Point out the differences between the two songs. Examples: gender singers, high vs. low voice, changes in volume, instrumentation etc.

The songs I picked for this assignment were “Bad and Boujee” by Migos and “I’m Better” by Missy Elliot. Though these two songs are in the same genre of popular hip-hop they do have differences between them. Migos is a group of three men from Atlanta and Missy Elliot is a female artist who sings solo. “Bad and Boujee” is a more upbeat song with lots energy. “I’m Better” has a very chill vibe and is a lot slower than Migos’ song; with a staccato beat in the background of the song rather than endless adverbs.

I completed this assignment on Garage Band and saved it through iTunes. Enjoy!

Photoblitz Challenge

A pair of photos which show some same of symmetry between different objects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a photo of something you wear coat, gloves, scarf, hat, you name it!

 

Yellow is an attention-getting color. A photo is dominated by yellow.

 

An interesting shadow.

 

Take a photo that expresses a human emotion.

 

Something commonly considered ugly and make it heart-breakingly beautiful.

 

Make a creative photo of paired opposites.

Visual Assignment

Bring your pet to school (2 1/2 stars) – “Samson on the steps”

“Do you miss your pet while you are in school? Do you ever wish that you could bring your pet to school with you? This tutorial assignment will allow your dream to come true. You can use GIMP or other photo edit software to place your pet anywhere on your campus. This assignment can use any photo editing software that you wish to use. “

Pop Star Out of Place (3 1/2 stars) – “RUn this town: rva”

Take a picture of a pop star (either one that you took or found online) and put them in a place that you probably wouldn’t see them! Have fun with it!!

World (Week) Four Z

WEEK FOUR

My week gets mixed reviews. I had some academic ups and downs, so I am excited about the start of a new week. As I mentioned in my “Third Week’s A Charm” post, things are picking up at UMW and I am finding that it is becoming difficult to keep up. My intensive classes are requiring a lot of my attention and now DS is taking up a little more time than I would like. Honestly, I would love to watch movies, play with photoshop, and look at GIFs all day, but unfortunately, I can’t do that.

Films, reflections, and gifs

Mad Max (1979)

The confident Nightrider tries to outrun Max. During the chase, he exclaims, “I AM THE NIGHTRIDER!”

Daily Create – Hot Pocket

Daily Create – My Mutant self

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

“Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts.”

Yeah! GIF’s can capture a pinnacle moment in a story and make it come to life. This week I did a Google search for a specific class assignment, and I came across this GIF… I thought it was perfect for this prompt.

Thinking About Photos

Let’s talk about photos

Photos are so fun! I’m really glad this week we, as a class, were able to explore this media a little more in depth. The “Tips for Better Photography” page brought new ideas to light. Most of the point I read, I was familiar with, but there were two in particular that sparked my interest: Better Contrast Makes for a Better Stories and Change My Perspective by Changing Yours. Personally, I had never thought to take these steps when capturing an image. One person who takes all of these tips into account is the artist being the “Abandoned American” album.

The “Abandoned American” website was like a treasure chest of pictures for my secret obsession. I seriously cannot get enough of creepy, old buildings (especially hospitals, churches, and asylums). Don’t ask me why. I’m just weirdly fascinated by them. I think it might be the history behind it all; to know that people gathered and worked in these places. Looking at them now it’s almost unimaginable. These buildings have become so desolate. I don’t know if they’re forgotten or unloved. Between the paint chipping off the walls to empty staircases, the images from “Abandoned American” leave me feeling haunted. I love it.

Speaking of love… The Photoblitz challenge a the blast. I addressed the following prompts (Prompt labeled above the picture):

A pair of photos which show some same of symmetry between different objects

Make a photo of something you wear coat, gloves, scarf, hat, you name it!

Yellow is an attention-getting color. A photo is dominated by yellow.

An interesting shadow.

Take a photo that expresses a human emotion.

Something commonly considered ugly and make it heart-breakingly beautiful.

Make a creative photo of paired opposites.

I address these prompts directly in my blog post, “Photoblitz Challenge.”

Short Story Reflection

SHORT STORY REFLECTION

Did you enjoy them? Why or why not? What worked well in the stories and what didn’t? How did the author try to draw you in? Create a sense of place? Develop characters?

I chose “The Screwfly Solution” by Raccoona Sheldon for my short story read. It was super interesting. The concept of femicide was the most soul-shaking thing ever. In our society today, we are living in a world where women are on the up and up. We are joining forces and proving we are a strong, intelligent, and independent group. In “The Screwfly Solution” women are being killed off, leaving a man’s world. We follow the main character, Ann, who might possibly be the last woman on earth.

HOW IT ENDED

“Good-bye, dearest dearest Barney.

I guess nobody will ever read this, unless I get the nerve and energy to take it to Barney’s. Probably I won’t. Leave it in a Baggie, I have one here; maybe Barney will come and look. I’m up on the big rock now. The moon is going to rise soon, I’ll do it then. Mosquitoes, be patient. You’ll have all you want.

The thing I have to write down is that I saw an angel too. This morning. It was big and sparkly, like the man said; like a Christmas tree without the tree. But I knew it was real because the frogs stopped croaking and two bluejays gave alarm calls. That’s important; it was really there.

I watched it, sitting under my rock. It didn’t move much. It sort of bent over and picked up something, leaves or twigs, I couldn’t see. Then it did something with them around its middle, like putting them into an invisible sample-pocket.

Let me repeat—it was there. Barney, if you’re reading this, THERE ARE THINGS HERE. And I think they’ve done whatever it is to us. Made us kill ourselves off.

Why? Well, it’s a nice place, if it wasn’t for people. How do you get rid of people? Bombs, death-rays—all very primitive. Leave a big mess. Destroy everything, craters, radioactivity, ruin the place.

This way there’s no muss, no fuss. Just like what we did to the screwfly. Pinpoint the weak link, wait a bit while we do it for them. Only a few bones around; make good fertilizer.

Barney dear, good-bye. I saw it. It was there.

But it wasn’t an angel.

I think I saw a real-estate agent.”

How It should’ve ended

Dearest Barney,

Today I made a difficult climb up a mountainside. You know that cliche phrase, something like, “Life is a climb, but the view is great.”? Well, the view was really great.I could see everything. I felt tall and powerful. The pine trees didn’t seem so grand, the rivers looked like lines in the sand, and the grass looked as if it were brushed across the ground’s surface. It was so beautiful it didn’t seem real and amongst all that beauty, I felt out of place.

With the chaos that has become our lives, it was refreshing to see this view. For the first time, in that moment, I didn’t feel so alone. I felt accompanied by God. With that thought still lingering in my head, I scanned my view in search and in hopes of catching the glimpse of an angel.

My eyes darted in between trees and valleys, rocks and rivers, and still, my view was absent of a shimmering bright light. I soon gave up and sat down. I felt the gritty surface of the ground rub against my exposed thighs. For the first time in a while, I felt content and at peace. A sense of triumph waved over me, and I got goosebumps. I truly believed I was this planet’s last standing woman. I believed that I noticed something darting around in the distance. The figure finally settled at the edge of a river. It was a woman. She had a dark complexion and her hair was bundled under a baseball cap. She took a cup out of her back bag, leaned over, and filled it with water. As I sat there watching her drink, I crawled closer to the edge of the mountain. I had never been happier and disappointed all at the same time. Another woman. Does that mean that there could be more woman still left on earth? I was then consumed with pride; I always knew women were strong. I wondered what to do next…

Should I call after her? Maybe we could join forces and work together in our quest for survival. Should I remain quiet? I left my crawling position to sit back down as I contemplated. I looked down at the red dirt that lay under my feet and began to trace my name. I was crossing the “A” when I was interrupted by a blood-curdling scream. I looked up and I was drained of all hope. Maybe I am the last woman standing.

 

Writing the Apocalypse

PRODUCTS OF THE APOCALYPSE

“I originally bought the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones to cancel out an unnecessary noise when I was studying and working out. Personally, I hate loud people so this product was the perfect solution to my problem.

Since the apocalypse, the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones have been an EXCELLENT item to have with me at the end of the world. If I ever find myself drowning in the moans and groans of zombies, I just slip these on and peacefully go on about my day!”

https://www.amazon.com/review/R20RLJWAQY339J/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

THE END IS FOR EVERYTHING (3 Stars) – Can I get some air, please?

“When the apocalypse happens, it won’t just happen to humans. Everything on Earth will feel the effects. Write a story from the perspective of a non-human thing or being. Tell us how the end of the world has changed their existence for the better or worse.” 

Everything is unclear; all the time. I used to have everything figured out. I could see clearly what was in front of me. 

I used to be so confident. I was always being reassured by those around me and I was loved. People wanted me to be around and now… No one is around. I can’t determine what’s changed, other than a disturbance in my clarity. I’m always groggy. I’ve noticed that my appearance has turned thick and dirty, and I kind of smell. I’m so attractive anymore and my mood is terrible. It was such an immediate change. I wish there was something I could do to go back to the way things were before.

 

YOUR HOPES, DREAMS, AND FEARS (3 stars) – There’s no place like home

“Write a letter to yourself describing how you ideally imagine your life, career, etc. in 10 years. Then keep the letter and read it in 10 years and see how your life turned out versus how you imagined it.”

I have always been a list person. I like to set goals for myself, both short-term and long-term. It gives me a boost of motivation and a sense of purpose. Since the apocalypse, I have decided to write down what I want to be in the next 10 years. So, here it goes…

In 10 years I would like to be normal. I want dark wood floors, spacious rooms, an open foyer, and a grand staircase where when I come down, my husband wants to take me right back up. I want a big, comfortable couch, light blue, and toys on the floors. As much as I would like a polished home, there are soccer trophies on the fireplace mantel. The stainless steel appliances have sticky fingerprints adorning them. I want a loving husband and to be a happy wife and to have beautiful children. Not beautiful in a physical way, but in a way that when you hear them talk or sing… when you watch them play or practice you know their hearts are beautiful. 

I know my goals are far-fetched and possibly unrealistic, but this is where I want to be. We’ve been in this “apocalypse” phase for five months now, but I have faith that our society will make it through to a brighter side. So for now, I will make these goals to keep me going. I want this to look forward to.