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Will It Ever End…

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

it ends now
yes cause this this semesters is over!

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Yellow Moons, Orange Stars & Red Suns, Imagine.

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

The image map was a different project, the technical aspect i could wrap my head around, that made sense. I can understand code and imputing it (thanks to dynamic drive) where to put it so that i could get a pop up roll over on my html page. It was when it came to the creating writing part where i could see i had some trouble. Basic idea present two pictures alter them and give an opposition outlook from a to b. But what do i talk about? That was the real task for me, cause i had no where to go, often people find it harder to complete tasks with less structures and rule than with it, and in this project i was one of them. To be honest i don’t even know what i wrote about, and i guess my mark will reflect that. That’s where i wish we had a little structure if you had asked us to right about shoes, or socks or flip flops ( i don’t know why i’m on about feet?)

cause i kind of lost the point of how portray that creativity, literally and as cliche as it sounds i was at a lose for words. I think i ended up doing some sort of rhyme rap but at the end of it i wasn’t as confident of satisfied with it like i was my Google map. In terms of creative writing id love to tackle this project again with any random topic as a source for inspiration to write about. In terms of the code and the roll-over pop ups i feel that this is something i could use again in other projects.

~r3d~

Power of the moon x3

Pink FloydDark Side of The Moon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Side_of_the_Moon

Perhaps given the topic ‘Eclipse’ would of been the better sell… for this sun and moon theme, but i like ‘Money’ and maybe i’m not the most in depth fan of Pink Floyd but i know what i like and i like this… hopefully you will too.

I just re-listened to ‘Eclipse’ its pretty fuckin’ good, but all these albums are worth their waiting in good, green or whatever substance material you feed your vein’s or vanity.

~r3d~

Kid CudiMan on the Moon : The End of Day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motmteod
Maybe it would make more sense to give you a song like ‘Day ‘n’ Nite’(Nightmare)… With the whole play on words, puns and cliches but thats lazy writing isn’t it.

Plus when an album earns you Best Album of 2009, its hard to do wrong. Here is a personal favourite off the album produced by Kanye West…..

~r3d~

The BraveryThe Sun and the Moon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_and_the_Moon

Well after lookin’ at the track listings ‘Bad Sun’ seems like the right connection…. wrong I became a fan of The Bravery when they fist dropped the single ‘An Honest Mistake’ after that is was all up hill.

This though ‘The Sun and the Moon’ might just be my favourite album of theirs with great songs like ‘The Ocean’, ‘Time Won’t Let Me Go’ and ‘Bad Sun’… it doesn’t get better than this one….

(extra sun).. 2 good for 2 many reasons

~r3d~

Power of the sunx3

Sunshine
Written By: Alex Garland
Starring : Cilian Murphy, Chris Evans & Mark Strong
About –

500 Days of Summer
Written By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Starring : Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel & Geoffrey Arend
About –

Sunset Park
Written By: Seth Zvi Rosenfeld & Kathleen McGhee-Anderson
Starring : Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr & Terrance Howard
About –

(extra moon) … its on my must watch list.

Linked By 3:

Earthview

Eclipses

Moon Sign Calculator

~r3d l3v3l~

chris evens (the losers) columbus short (cadillac records) gabrielle union (10 things i hate about you) joseph gordon-levitt(miracle at st.anna) derrick luke (biker boyz) terrance howard (ironman) samuel L jackson

Sphere

Website, Woes, Moans and Swears

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

Website Woes 

As per usual when launching a website your bound to have more problems to work out before its as smooth as you want it to be. At first just choosing a topic seems to be an issue but that quickly was remedied. I chose animal testing for two main reasons: 

1) I’m a Michael Vick fan and i thought he got the raw end of the stick where P.E.T.A was concerned. Yes he did wrong, it was unthinkable to treat animals this way. But were talking about a southern culture that embraces this as a sport wrong or not its true. And its not so much the crime, he did wrong i can see that, but i don’t for a second believe that punishment suited the crime, drug dealers have gotten less jail time than Vick, but i digress. At least dude got some practice, maybe worked on his Longest Yard ? (burt reynolds) it beginsssss 

2) this site was going to be(and eventually with the right re-tooling) was going to be the jump off platform for my “M. is Monkey” comic, having a propaganda site dedicated on the progression of animal testing, would help lead into this poor monkey getting tested on …. (look for the M. post) 

content
Brief Overview: 

All the content was original and was tongue in cheek about the importance of animal testing in the community. I went as far as to have Mr.T as a spokesperson for the organization. I think adding Mr. T gave the right amount of humour i wanted to the project, especially when I had him saying “I pity the fool who doesn’t endorse animal testing!”  Not following in the steps of P.E.T.A & Stop Animal Tests, I am dedicating my website to the fight FOR animal testing. 

“Who are we not to test our animals.” 

Using P.E.T.A as a jump off point my website is designed to encourage those to want animal testings. S.E.T.A (Standardized Examination Tests on Animals) Focusing on standardized testing the pages are divided by animals. 

  • Homepage
  • Rodents (Rats, Mice)
  • Household (Rabbits, Cats, Dogs)
  • Cattle (Cows, Sheep, Chickens)

Urging the public to want to test our animals more with Literacy Tests, Multiple Choice and Essay Questions. There will be “government” issued sample questions, and the new S.E.T.A issued scantron. 

The Extra tabs will be 

  • Advertising
  • Links
  • Social Network (link It)
  • Merchandise
  • F.A.Q

Each page will include an information on why set animal should be tested regularly. 

loading of images
again at the beginning I was having problems uploading gif’s but after some trial and error, I managed to get the images the size and placing I wanted. Then i was having trouble loading the html’s onto filezilla, and when opened nothing would load into the browsers… yea that problem never really got fixed. 

linking
I spent more time linking other pieces to the website to help enhance the message of whatever page it was on. I feel that went over the best, as it was a comical contrasted website at least that was the hope, so anyplace i could stick in a joke or a link to a funny picture, i was all about it. 

swearing
i said fcuk, siht, dman, during this process oh sorry for the typos fuck shit damn. swearing usually only happens when things are going wrong, lucky for me that happened a few times on this project. 

Overall
i thought this project was fun but time consuming when it came down to imputing the different code and transferring pictures to the website. I spent a majority of time using photoshop and dreamweaver cohesively to get the website up. Again the worst problems happen after the project was completed with uploading, and reloading and neverloading.

 

~r3d l3v3l~ 

burt reynolds (longest yard) adam sandler (50 first dates) drew barrymore (charlies angle) crispin glover (back to the future)
christopher lloyd (adams family values) christina ricci (black snake moan) samuel l. jackson

Mmm-mmmm, That is a Tasty Map

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

The mind map experience was pretty fun, i have to admit and reading everyone,s take on the topic would drastically change, and the story would start to take on its own journey with everyone,s little piece added. But it really added a different dynamic to writing were used coming up with a beginning middle and end on out own, not having so many inputs from so many directions.

I think this could be used for a lot of things like advertising, and creative writing but i think formatted better i think this could be well utilized for group job interviews. The employer places an idea out there and each applicant can branch out with their own ideas on how to improve or help with that idea.

This project was kind of like those “Choose Your Own Adventure Books” (list of books) Where you would read and choose which pages to jump to depending on where you wanted your character to go.

Much like what Mad Libs did for the Noun, Verb and Adjective (not to be confused with rapper Madlib), mind maps do for the create planner. If that doesnt work for you try this “Story Generator” of “Wacky Web Tales”

Or like the age old geek-like-friday-night-indoor-junk-food-eating-pimple-women-repelling-ultimately-rulers-of-the-world-game… (Take a Guess)

When you look at it this is Mind Mapping at its best, starting off with one idea and then letting others join in the maddness your mind has made. If you don’t believe me ask James Franco aka Carlos..





Linked By 3:

Mindmap

Mindmapping Software

More MindMaps

~r3d l3v3l~

james franco (pineapple express) seth rogan (40 year old virgin) catherine keener (the soloist) jamie foxx (any given sunday)aaron eckhart (the black dahlia) josh hartnett (sin city) bruce willis (pulp fiction) samuel l. jackson

Dynamic Drinkin’ and Drivin’

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

“Dynamic Drive” is the new bible, funny enough that in the technological age this bible is online. Mainly used for web based and design based programs dynamic drive aims to make the impossible look easy helping with tricks, codes and how-to’s for any user to step up their skill base.

In terms of what i would use, my technological outlook is growing so flash and dreamweaver skills are a must learn. Anyone who can understand and alter code for websites is plus i feel in the job market as more and more products take an online approach to selling, promoting and sharing.

But at the end of the day i really want to have my hands in design, i don’t know what i would be designing but to me that’s where i feel my creativity can merge with a business sense and in today’s global market you have to at least understand both sides of the coin if not able to navigate through them.

“Dynamic Drive” allows an amateur like me to at least compete with professionals on their level giving me user friendly tips and tricks to create masterpieces. We have to touch on the free source aspect of “Dynamic Drive” and other programs that i feel are giving the power back to the user. Understanding initially the internet wasn’t built for the average person but as it grows and becomes more accessible we are seeing more free source programs and “Dynamic Drives” helping and sharing, instead of capitalizing on that user.

Its like hackers converging on a forum sharing information for other hackers….  hacker you say.. that was a good movie…. hmmm

Linked by 3:

www.kirupa.com

http://www.ffiles.com/

http://www.entheosweb.com/

~r3d l3v3l~

angelinia jolie (hackers)  matthew lillard (scream) rose mcgowan (encino man) sean astin (the goonies)  josh brolin  (the mod squad  ) omar epps (juice) samuel l. jackson

Juice

I Used to Remember… Google Maps.

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

beginnings

The process of these Google Maps were more challenging than I initially thought. At first i was thinking it, this was just a point and click project, but as the project progressed it became a more in-depth program full of more options. Which subsequently became a little more overwhelming learning that there was more you could do with the program. This was a new way a writing for me, as there was a constant reminder of a location when a point was placed. This changed my writing style giving me a higher visual dynamic of where my characters were going and who they were meeting. When setting is established it helps change the focus of the writing.

middles

I am still having some problems transferring my project into dreamweaver but i think that problem can be easily remedied with some more time on dreamweaver. I wanted to make photoshopped pictures, giving the whole story a black and white, noir style feel to it, to help sell the emotion of story but i couldn’t figure how to embed the pictures onto the map without first having them on a website, so that became irritating. In the future i could see using Google Maps to accompany a blog site. With much more planning I feel Google Maps can be something more of an appetizer instead of a main course, it could help place a physicality to words on a page and or screen and stylized them.

I admit at first my non-linear story was not fully developed but as the story progressed ideas and new paths became to unfold, just like a mystery the places, actions, and events of this fictional story began to take shape in this real world. I really don’t know if this story has a solid end or beginning, or at the very least a strong narrative that will carry the reader from point to point. It is far from conventional but i think that was the point for this project, in any case there is a lot of middle and that usually where the fun in a story happens.

ends

I embedded my write-up in Maine, which is the title characters name and also gives the indication that this was the Main chunk of the project, and I just think it is always a cool idea when a small town private eye heads out into the unknown world. Much like my experience in Griffith. So my story plays out as private eye trying to build pieces of a case he has no business being in. Chasing a woman he has no business chasing, following leads that are more outrageous than the last leading him all over the world. There is some assembly between South America and Southern Asia but there is really no set format on how your should read this story.

overalls 

My favourite part was translating the story into the language of the country the private eye was in. Originally i was going to leave you with that language without the English translation, making the story even more or a head scratcher but changed my mind when i couldn’t figure out to embed a translator onto Google Maps. I choose a lot of southern and distant countries places I have never been and would love to go, but if the language is any indication of what the country is like i need to brush up on my skills.

Here it is – Which Way Did S.H.E Go?

Compared to Facebook or MySpace, Google maps can be used as a new free based new technology. Another creative tool used for people to express their ideas, and opinions in their own innovation.

Linked By 3:

Google Mashups

Google Earth Cool Places

Google Street Views

Double up 3 more:

Google Earth Cool Stuff

Google Tricks

Guess Who’s House

~r3d l3vel~

Forget Me Nots – Movies where characters lost their minds or made you lose yours.

(memento) joey pantoliano (the matrix) keanu reeves (johnny mnemonic) dolph lundgren (universal solider)
ed o’ross (full metal jacket) vincent d’onofri (the cell) dylan baker (changing lanes) samuel l jackson (the long kiss goodnight)

Cliches are a Dime a Dozen

Posted in Digital Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by J.J.

My Paragraph

a play on words (i have ) to the bitter end (so you better) keep it under cover
(and as you)follow your nose (don’t)get all bent out of shape (that)A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
(So we’ll) cruising the bars (getting)bloody but unbowed
stalking horse (that) hit the hay (stay close)
I got your goose. (make sure to) get your ducks in a row
(for its the) turning point (and its) dead in the water.
It is frequently more economical to be inefficient. (she says)
on ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (she goes on)
kiss off (baby)winning isn’t the only thing, it’s everything
cheer up, it’s not the end of the world

If i were to remove all the cliches id be left with:

“i have so you better and as you don;t that so we’ll getting that stay close for its the and its she says she goes on baby” makes sense to me

So if this is kind of the stuff were in store for then… imma be mad, but i doubt it is. I guess this is our chance to open up those creative juices and get them to start flowing. I guess should blow the dust of my thesaurus, not because i don’t enjoy find synonyms, antonyms and whats the third one? ahhhh….DEFINITION. No, because i use the one installed on my mac book widgets ahh technology… you’ve crippled my ability to get up and move away from the computer screen.

Airplane (1980)
Written By: Jim Abrahams & David Zucker

Chalked full of CLiCHES. PUNs and JoKES.


Linked by 3: Cliches

Random Cliches

Movie Cliches

Cliche Web

So let the writing begin, i can promise its gonna be full of a lot of mutha fuckin swears cause that shit helps me be fuckin expressive with my mutha fuckin thoughts, shit. haha

~r3d l3v3l~

kareem abdul-jabbar (airplane) leslie nielsen (surf ninjas) rob schneider  (deuce bigalow: male giaolo) eddie griffin (scary movie 3) regina hall ( the honeymooners) mike epps ( soul men) samuel l. jackson

Loaded Weapon 1