The Fuzzy Creature Strikes Again

What the hell is that thing!! Again it has entered a seemingly innocent persons room and pounced on them leaving them with fur and a minor bite on their neck! Many of the people have not been able to get a good look but one of the survivors were able to capture this image because they were on Snapchat during the time of the attack. We can not tell from the picture how big the creature was the victims state that they closed their eyes because it was coming at their faces. The attacks have only been happening during the full moon we know it sounds insane but we are starting to think that this creature is a werewolf! Any person who has information or experienced an attack should come forward and help find this creature! Please help before there are more victims!

Brooding on the Metro

 

This assignment was worth 2 stars I had to take a bad picture add a vintage effect on it and write something moody in a bland font. It was pretty easy I went through pictures I had on my computer and found one where I had accidentally taken a picture while on the metro. I liked the idea of making it a moody picture and adding a brooding quote even though it wasn’t a good picture I like how it turned out even if it is a tad bit ridiculous! I used iPhoto to add a vintage effect and I added text by uploading the photo online.

Also I think it helps to portray a bad day for a superhero when they have to take the metro or they have to go to work instead of helping save people. The Star Fly was having a hard day on the metro while thinking about other beings who used to be her friends.

The Magical Island of Gwynn

 

Worth 4 stars I did a collage of pictures from the same place but instead of doing it at different times of day I choose to use pictures I had taken of the sunset because I knew there was a place I had taken many pictures of over the years. I had a chance to take many pictures of this specific place because I’d pass it any time I was leaving my house. It’s a view of the sunset reflecting off the water in each picture. I live on Gwynn’s Island in Mathews, VA so I drive over a bridge and right along the water to get to and from my house. It is my favorite spot on the island also the land area that you can see across the water is where my best friend lives so its nice being able to look over and think about her! I used Photoshop to enhance the pictures and also create them side-by-side it was a little difficult figuring exactly how to place them but eventually I got it figured out and I love the results.

Intricacies of Photography

Reading the article blew my mind! More like it surprised me how oblivious I had been about photography.

I had never thought of a picture as a story before reading these articles. Well I had thought about it but more from a historical and news perspective when people were blatantly trying to tell a story through their photography or where they were intentionally trying to capture a specific moment. I think since I mostly see peoples everyday pictures like from Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat and not pictures from actual photographers other than travel photos that I didn’t really notice that there were more powerful uses of photography than to show off your life or news events. I fell very silly for not realizing before this but the popular images are those that I have mentioned before many people don’t use it for a powerful story telling method instead it is for humor (which can be made into a powerful story but most are just for a laugh at someone) or travel lust pictures. Since I had not thought about photography in this way the article about storytelling was very eye opening and intriguing because I didn’t know that photography needed that much insight! I hope I can employ these tactics and instructions to create really intriguing and thought provoking photography.

Summary Week3

This week was a little difficult for me because I am a slow writer and I have a problem taking too much time trying to layout the specifics of what I am going to write and not enough time to actually write it and have time to edit. So this week my posts were mostly on Friday because I kept tweaking what I wanted to do hopefully if next week is another writing one I’ll get ahead of it so I can post throughout the week. I did enjoy reading about the superheroes this week I never thought that I would be interested enough to want to read about them but learning about the influences from long ancient and Middle Age times was really interesting. I’m glad I looked more into the use of female knights as a prototype because I found out more about them and it surprised me. I was surprised because I didn’t know that women were allowed to become knights because of the stereotypes that they are weak and in need of protection especially during those times when they were married off as soon as they could produce children! I had fun creating both of my superhero characters! I enjoyed making a superhero avatar from a website that was super easy to use and I admit I went through a few names from the generator until I got one that I wanted but I was happy with the name and the powers I was given. It made for an interesting story! I enjoyed writing it. Also adding on to the role-play post was interesting I wasn’t even sure where I was taking it but it was going lol. I wonder if anyone can guess what I described in my other writing assignment where I had to narrate the day in the life of a household item, I hope someone can!

Daily Creates:

The first one I did was about how people can deceive you into thinking there photo is artsy when actually its just staged perfectly in the cropped portion of the picture. I decided to do mine on the appearance of doing work and what most people like to think that they look like and what they want others to think which is that they are studious when in reality they are not. I struggle with this sometimes because I want to be able to be the studious and always focused and organized college student but that’s the farthest from the truth. Sometimes I just need a good TV episode to take a break between assignments with hence the picture entitled “What’s really going on here?”.

 

For the second daily one it probably took me the longest out of all the daily creates but only because I was stubbornly trying not to use photoshop and find another program online that could do it but I eventually gave up and used it anyways. Seeing the outcome I wish I would have figured out how to move the gif image but I couldn’t. That being said because I couldn’t move it I wish I had had the time to change the gif part instead of Gdragon a South Korean rap artist I would have put Psy another South Korean artist best known for Gangnam style. I would have chosen him instead because he has a move that looks like he is riding a horse and it would have fit since he would have been on top of the horses lol. I chose to do South Korean artists because the picture was from when Japan invaded and took over Pyongyang which was the capital of Korea when it was whole and is at the moment the North Korean Capital so I thought adding some new wave kpop artist dancing in an ancient painting would be funny! And it was I just wish it would have moved where I wanted it!!

 

 

 

The third one I did was what I would want my superpower to be and I decided I wanted to be a waterbender! I decided this because Avatar: The Last Airbender was my favorite TV show when I was little and my favorite character was Katara. She was a princess from the water tribe and had a fierce yet caring and badass side to her. So I tried to make myself look like I had bending powers hopefully I can make a more realistic looking one with a green screen for an assignment one of these weeks but we shall see.

This is Katara is and

and this is me trying to be Katara

Black Dahlia

My name is Daisy Bates I am the Black Dahlia’s biggest fan. I have all articles and any information on her including the research that she has conducted. I have created a journal about all of the findings and my theory about why she became the Black Dahlia. My theory is that she is the famous botanist Lilah Tanoa she was born in Fiji in 1988 on January 23. She lived there until she was 6 when she started going to school in Australia when she entered high school she joined the rugby team and became one of the top players in her region. She was also one of the top academic students in her school and graduated the top of her class. After graduation she moved to the United States to go to college at Georgetown and earned her doctorate there as well.

During her time in college she constructed many experiments about ways to create plant-based defense materials to help stop sexual assault of women. Throughout her college experience she also joined the feminist club and was a very outspoken member and her senior year she was the president of the club and promoted many events including Speaking Out Against the Patriarchy which began a wave of movements across college campuses. She also continued to play club rugby for her school she kept in shape while after college by running marathons. After she graduated she was asked to join a botanist group in DC and work and experiment at the United States Botanic Garden she agreed and was able to continue working on her project in hopes of helping women avoid sexual assault.

In 2015 when working on this experiment it went wrong and one of her lab assistants died. It was also during this freak accident when she received her powers. After this event she fled from the field and is assumed to have become a recluse. There have been sightings though and that is why I believe I know who she is because the description fits Lilah’s appearance and also because she helps women who are about to be assaulted in Virginia. People have said that they have seen a similarly described woman entering the Shenandoah Mountains. Also at the crime areas where the assailants are left tried in vines there have been traces and evidence of her projects being used against the criminals.

Witnesses have described her as being in her late 20’s to early 30’s with curly, thick black hair, green eyes that have a wild look in them, have states that she is tall with an athletic build and broad shoulders. The blurry pictures captured from surveillance cameras show these to be true and also that she dresses in loose fitting linen clothes that have a earthen color to them. They state she has a strange accent and can’t place it I assume that from listening to her speeches it is a mix of Fijian and Australian accents. She left a note on the first assailant that she stopped that stated she was the Black Dahlia and that she wouldn’t stop fighting the patriarchy until men treated women as equals and not as things they are entitled to.

When considering why she chose the name Black Dahlia I’ve done some research and found out that it was the name given to a heinous murder case that happened in the late 1940’s. The victims name was Elizabeth Short she was only 22 years old when she was viciously beaten and then hacked perfectly in half. She was posed with a foot of distance between her top section and her bottom section. After her death people talked about her being a wild girl and ahead of her time because she would go out and drink until late in the morning. There is a record of arrest because she was charged with underage drinking. I believe that the reason why Lilah chose this name is because of the obvious assault that happened to Elizabeth Short and the suffering she must have gone through. But I also think its because of the way that society viewed Elizabeth Shorts as a reckless young women who wasn’t married and therefore because she put herself in those situations deserved what she got. I believe that the Black Dahlia fights for women and against the patriarchy under this name in order to show the prejudice and presumptions on how women should act. She is my role model I hope one day I can be as influential and helpful against the patriarchy as she is.

My name is Star Fly

Today is my 7th day on the planet Earth and I have decided to document it. My name is Star Fly I have come to a strange planet and have not found a way to return to my own planet Centron. The beings here are strange though luckily I am able to fit in because I can transform to look like them. I have added a picture I took on something they call a phone. Though I have landed in a strange place called Bangkok on this world. It seems the world is split into different sections that are islands and then split further into smaller areas with different names and it continues till it is what they call a town. It seems that a place structured this way would be a heavily divided place. I have not found out how far the divide goes yet but from my experience on the streets of Bangkok people are not kind to one another. I have been going around providing warm meals to hungry here who have nothing and no one seems to care. I buy them a meal and give them some heat for the night by creating stars that are small gas burning suns that can last for years. They only heat or hurt, if I am using them for battle, what I command them too so if I give them the ability to heat food and humans but not to a point of damage they shall, as long as they burn, keep to those commands. I plan to continue the same work today and start to find out other issues that this planet is encountering.

I am heading to the library now to research this place. I have stopped twice to provide my stars and food to 3 unfortunate beings that had no food. I was able to buy them food because I can turn anything into money here just like my appearance I can change anything’s appearance. The rocks on the streets work best since no one needs them. Entering the library where I was told I could find much information I went to the help desk and asked for information on the world. The “librarian” answered that I could look into the scientific information on the world, or to look in the history section for information on human’s actions, or at the newspapers for more recent events. I decided to look at all the newspapers for today and found that there are many horrific events happening around this world. One that is most predominate is the North Korea’s threat of nuclear war and another is the President of the United States, Trump who seems to be completely against other human’s rights. There are many other articles that point to a very tumultuous world and I have an instinct that says I’m here to help these beings. We shall see what tomorrow brings in at the library, I am thinking about trying out what humans call a computer.

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection Week 2

 

This week every assignment was pretty easy to figure out other than the smashup that I attempted to create this week but will hopefully post next week! It was taking me too long trying to get the beat and everything match and even since I wanted this to be a decent piece of music that I myself would want to listen to I am hoping to refine it next week and post it then! Also I have found a better program so hopefully that will help me. Some of the daily creates seemed a little difficult so I waited for easier ones to complete. For example I didn’t do the one where you had to morph your face into a fruit because I didn’t have the correct program on my computer. I also tried to download one but it did not work how I was expecting even while following a tutorial.

Assignments from the assignment bank:

I decided to do a Disney journal entry because I am a huge fan of Disney and love the character Merida from Brave. I don’t think that there is a true villain in the movie yes Mor’du is the evil character but he is not the one who caused problems. I believe that the villain in the movie is a more relatable evil that I interpreted to be her hurt feelings and obstinate nature turn to dislike and annoyance for her mother. This ever increasing dislike for each others viewpoints and their strong willed nature makes each have even stronger beliefs in their own position. They eventually end up not having or allowing any middle ground it is either their way or no way. This leads them to both doing something that they regret. Like when her mother throws her bow into the fire which is something that she cherishes deeply. Or when Merida decides to give her mother a potion to try and change her mind and turns her into a bear on accident. After her mother turns into a bear Merida learns that unless she can figure out the riddle her mother will become an actual wild beast instead of having her mind in the bears body. In the end the “villain” or the evil/bad feelings that they had about each other were defeated because by restoring their torn relationship she was able to change her mother back.

Merida Disney Journal

For another assignment I chose to create a postcard assignment because I have a picture that I am in love with from my trip to Italy. I thought it would turnout to be a really good postcard. It turns out I was right because I love the boarder and the font I chose I think it looks like it could be a legitimate postcard. For the boarder and the font added onto the photo I used a website called Canva which the creator of the assignment suggested and it worked great! I may even use the postcard to send to my family who went with me on my trip as a way to catch up and say hello!

For my third assignment I chose another movie/TV related subject with making my own family house based off the series Game of Thrones. I used a website where I could choose from different colors, backgrounds, symbols, and I was able to create my house’s own saying. It was a very cool and easy assignment though I enjoyed it and even shared it with my family who loved it. I am a Game of Thrones fan so this assignment really stuck out to me and I thought it would be a really cool thing to create!!

Daily Create Assignments:

For the first one I chose to do the 4th law of robots which I decided should be that they must be environmentally conscious. I chose this because I think they should make up for the problems that advances in technology and industry have created. By this I mean pollution that has been produced for a century by the factories that have lead to the creation of robots. I got the image off line because I wanted an example of what I was thinking but the idea was original.

For the second one I had my friend pronounce the word floccinaucinihilipilification while using it in a sentence. I decided to have her say it because she has so much personality that I knew hers would sound much better than my attempt! Plus I love her laugh so I hope you enjoy it!!

The third one I decided to do was the harsh truth poster I took mine a different route than most people. I wanted to have a more serious tone to what I was saying because I wanted people to stop and think about how this quote made them feel or what it made them realize. I chose a quote that meant people will never be happy only caring about what others think. I chose this quote because I have struggled with this idea for a long time. I know that the only persons whose opinion should matter is my own but its so easy to become caught up in all of the images of others peoples lives which you get caught comparing your own life to. It creates a place in your head that says you won’t ever be good enough but you need to accept yourself and see that the only person that matters who thinks that is yourself and to take a step back from societal expectations or standards. Hopefully one day I will be able to follow my own advice! I used a picture of myself and tried to make it moodier by darkening it and adding more shadows because I wanted not only the quote but the picture to have a feeling itself.

Overall I really enjoyed creating all of these things and have realized that I was supposed to post them when I finished them in a format like a blog not all in my reflection. Sorry I didn’t realize that until now I’m not sure how I managed to believe this was correct but next week will be in the correct way!

Here are my links Week1:

Youtube:

Twitter:

Soundcloud:

A playlist I made that I’ve used for the audio plugin on this cite also! I think it shows that I have a wide taste in music and that our theme for the semester can be taken many different ways!

Flicker:

These are some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken

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Intro: Lilah Beebe/ Week1 Reflection

Hello all! My name is Lilah Beebe I am a senior at Mary Washington and will be graduating in the Spring with a major in Sociology and a minor Business Administration. I have gone to Mary Wash all four years of my college career and have enjoyed it immensely! I’ve especially liked classes like these where topics are free flowing, fun and exciting to complete. I believe that the superhero theme for this semester will inspire many creative digital images. I’m excited to learn more about specific types of digital media which I have not heard of or created before.

This week it was pretty simple creating all the different media cites except for the domain of one’s own because I struggled to figure out if it was supposed to be a blog or a website directly linked to the our domain of ones own. The only other thing besides that which I struggled with was deciding what to name my domain of ones own because I had not decided what exactly I wanted to have my digital media really focus on.

I decided on the idea of how powerful technology and media are because of how controlling and influential both can be. Especially in recent years with the advancements in technology and the continually questionable credibility of certain information or media. I believe that with our new President credibility is becoming an ever more prevalent issue and topic of media. I’m considering it a challenge on how to present these ideas through media and especially music but I’m certain I will enjoy it! I wish all of the students the best and can’t wait to see where everyone’s superpowers lie in this digital studies class!