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Final project and research project.

Monday, May 4, 2009 0

My original intention with the final project was to create a video game and impose some limitations on myself to imitate what old-school developers had to deal with. I thought that was boring, so I scrapped the idea and put the whole project out of mind for awhile. When we were given the instructions for the research project, I was also in the midst of writing a document about video game development -- specifically trying to answer the question, "what makes a video game good?" I started looking at MMORPGs and why so many people play them and came across this website with a ton of information regarding them, including the addictive aspect of them. I decided that's what I would do my research on.

To hunt or to scavenge?

Sunday, April 26, 2009 0

Five innovative ways new media is being used outside the IUPUI campus:

1) Digital Sheet Music Tablet (link)

-This tablet is able to store thousands of sheets of music and display them on a backlit LCD screen. The benefits of this device are obvious. When I was playing music, I sometimes forgot my folder of music or brought the wrong one before a concert and would have to get the original copy from our conductor. This device would eliminate that problem. The device even allows you to mark directly onto the displayed sheet of music, which is something music performers need to do constantly. From what I can tell, there are several different versions of the hardware you can get and , but the basic idea of this device is great.

Response to April 20th class.

Monday, April 20, 2009 0

Why did the chicken cross the road? To entertain our class for the day! Seriously though, the chicken was pretty funny, especially when it started crowing in response to the rooster on the computer.

Today's class was pretty relaxing, but not a complete waste. Hearing other people's ideas regarding the "new media scavenger hunt" exercise gave me some ideas of my own, so hopefully that assignment will be a little less painful.

Response to April 13th class.

Sunday, April 19, 2009 0

There weren't many people in class today and we had Susan Tennant as a substitute teacher for the day. We basically had a big group discussion on the definition of "new media", which led to discussion about the social aspects of technology and other things as well. Susan showed us some really interesting projects in some museum, one of which was a projection on a floor panel that reacted when people walked on it. I thought these projects were very interesting in that they encouraged complete strangers to interact with each other with the projection as their common interest.

Only one choice.

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I find quantum theory to be quite intriguing. Of course, we've been told our whole lives that the quality of our lives depends on the choices we make, but does it ever really occur to most of us that we essentially lock out any other possible choices once we've made a decision? Or do most people consider that there are literally an infinite number of possibilities for us to choose from, so long as we're willing to dedicate ourselves to that possibility?

As per option one in the assignment, I am going to create my own set of criteria for playing with the idea of quantum theory. Fortunately, I already have some experiences in my life that depict this theory clearly and I will share them with you.

Infinite possibilities.

Monday, April 13, 2009 0

I was not in class last week so I didn't get to watch the movie, but I managed to find it online and started watching it. I have only watched the first thirty minutes so far, but it is already extremely interesting. Some of the things that were brought up are things that I've thought or wondered about. Things have been a little hectic at home with my family and I am a little behind on the homework, but I plan on writing an in-depth blog about this movie after I finish watching it as well as completing the previous week's "client exercise" assignment (it's not about the points, right?) .

Response to first post-Spring break class.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 0

Today's class was really laid back and I enjoyed it quite a bit. A lot of people didn't have their randomness assignments finished, but those who did had pretty interesting projects. I had to agree with Beth when she said that my tomato project wouldn't be something that would stick out in people's minds. I couldn't mesh those three things together in a way that I really enjoyed, but I am okay with what I came up with. I had spent a lot of time thinking of what to do for the project and it got to the point where I had to just pick something to get it done, even though I wasn't in love with any of my ideas.

A celebration of tomatoes.

Monday, March 23, 2009 0

The instructions I received for the last step of this assignment were extremely random. Here is what I was told:

"Your instructions are to take your favorite idea and word and create something that celebrates tomatoes."


Out of randomness...

Friday, March 20, 2009 0

...unity!

Randomness, day three.

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WEDNESDAY

Unfortunately, it was rainy today so I didn't get to play any soccer. I had a few interesting thoughts about my word today.

Although "one" might seem insignificant, there are many things that can be drastically affected by "one". For example, a scientific study or mathematical equation can be ruined if any of the values are off by only one. Furthermore, one single person can have a great impact on society, such as Thomas Edison or the leaders of various rights movements. Or perhaps you are missing one eye and lack any depth perception.

Randomness, day two.

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TUESDAY

Today was another day with great weather. I ended up booting around a soccer ball with my friends again today for a couple hours. Again, I didn't really think about my word very much. The only interesting thing I thought of regarding my word was the movie The Matrix. In particular, I was thinking of how the main character's name is Neo and he's referred to as "The One"; if you switch around the letters in "Neo", you can spell "one".

Randomness, day one.

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Just as a disclaimer, these posts were not posted in three consecutive days as per the instructions for this assignment, but I did jot down my thoughts on the random word for three consecutive days; I simply forgot to blog about it.

MONDAY

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that class was canceled today. It was a really nice day outside, so I took the opportunity to boot around a soccer ball with my friends for a couple hours. I didn't do much else today and hardly thought of my random word at all. The first time I thought about it was after I woke up and saw it on the mirror. My thoughts were something along the lines of, "Oh yeah, that weird assignment." The second time I thought about it was when I was getting ready for bed. Nothing special popped into my mind regarding my word. Overall, I hardly thought about my word at all today.

Better late than never.

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This was supposed to have been posted last Sunday night, but it slipped my mind. I kept the random word in my pocket all day and taped it to my bathroom mirror that evening.

"What if..." part II - The Final Project

Monday, March 9, 2009 1

As I stated in my "Storm the Brains" post, I am going to make a video game for my final project. The twist is that I am going to impose limits on myself in order to replicate the difficulties that early game developers had to struggle with. I am going to use four sound channels for the music, keep the game size under a certain amount (not yet determined), and use 8-bit graphics. My hope is that I can still create a fun game.

Now, what if...

The Republic - Book VII

Monday, March 2, 2009 0

At first, I was pretty agitated with this reading because of the way it is written. It is more elegant than our vernacular, but takes longer to read and interpret because of its unfamiliarity. Fortunately, I got comfortable reading and interpreting it fairly quickly.

I have never read The Republic and, as such, would prefer to have more time to soak this reading in and interpret it a little better, but I think I get the overall gist of what Socrates is saying. To be honest, the reading started to grow on me after the first twenty minutes or so.

Storm the brains!

Monday, February 23, 2009 0

With an infinitely open-ended final project, it's hard to center on what you want to do exactly. While coming up with ideas, I was reminded of something that I thought was interesting. When people are limited with their hardware, tools, or technology, they have to be creative in order to get their desired result. However, when there are no limits, that creativity seems to flutter away. A good example of this is retro video games compared to modern video games. In the days of the original Nintendo, developers really had to use their imagination to its fullest. Sprite artists had to make each pixel count, programmers had to compress their code and make it as efficient as possible, and composers only had four sound channels to work with! As a result, some of the most memorable games were created.

Whenever I piss, it feels like bliss!

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Haha! I'm not sure what's up with the title... but hey, it rhymed. Actually, and as far as I know this only applies to guys, but have you ever had one of those pisses that makes you shudder? Like when you're drunk or buzzed and you go to take a leak and it sends a tingling up your spine? What's up with that?

Don't come to class for class 5.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 0

I was lucky enough to check my Oncourse messages before I left for class yesterday, otherwise I would have wasted a lot of time and gas. What better news than to read an assignment that says,
"Instead of coming to class today, take 3 hours of your life over the next week and do whatever it is that makes you happiest."?

The magical time-documenting plastic bag!

Monday, February 16, 2009 0

Document time with a plastic grocery bag... now there's a task I'm sure nobody has ever heard until they enrolled for this class! As strange as this assignment is, I didn't really find it difficult to come up with different ways to document time with a plastic bag. My initial thought was to start recording the sounds a bag might make while blowing in the wind or being handled, but I thought that was too boring. In fact, most things that I thought of to do with the plastic bag were boring or uninteresting, so I decided not do actually do anything new with a plastic bag. Instead, I decided to write a short little blurb about the life of a plastic bag.

Atonement.

Monday, February 9, 2009 0

How can we make up for trashing the class last time? Well, it was a pretty shitty thing to do, but I don't think that it was that much trouble for them to straighten it up. Still, in order to make it up to them, I think it would be nice if we re-arranged the desks back into rows for the next two or three classes.

Someone had mentioned candy, which I think was a good idea, but I opted not to mention it because I have no money to bring candy to class. Sorry!

Nonsensical!

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I always wondered what life would be like if I were blind. If I were blind, I'd rather have been born blind than to become blind later on in life. My reasoning is that if you became blind later in life, you'd know what you were missing out on.

Still, life must be strange for someone who is blind and also for those caring for the blind person. Can you imagine trying to describe an object to someone who has no idea what anything looks like? It would drive me insane.

Rules... who needs 'em?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 0

Week 4, class 3. Very interesting. Admittedly, it wasn't very exciting, but being extremely tired and hungry didn't help that situation out. I thought it was neat that someone had mentioned the "your red is my blue" conundrum, because that is something that I've thought about to myself in the past. I was sort of disappointed that we didn't delve too much into the details of everyone's "what if" questions, but I suppose it was fine just talking about the overall purpose of the assignment. What really disappointed me was not getting the chance to present my egg project, since I missed the first class and didn't have one prepared for the second class. I am curious to see people's reactions and hear what they think of it. I suppose I should have mentioned something, but by the end of class I had forgotten about it.

What if...

Sunday, February 1, 2009 Category : 0

1) To Corey: What if someone took the message out of your egg and replaced it with one of their own without destroying the egg?
2) To Joe: What if this beer ended up being the best beer ever brewed?
3) To Janna: What if somebody's brain exploded because they were thinking so intensely trying to figure out this riddle?
4) To Marqi: What if the next day, the eggs you tampered with returned to their original, pre-tampered-with state?
5) To Aaron: What if you woke up the next day and discovered a brand new set of skillets?

Week 3, class 2.

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Week 3, class 2. Don't you just love holidays?

Well, this was the first time I had actually been to this class, so it was new to me. I enjoyed it overall and thought it was pretty interesting. We got to look at everyone's egg projects today, which were mostly pretty cool.

The chicken or the egg.

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Which came first? The egg, in this case. The chicken? Tomorrow... for dinner. Maybe.

Anyway, this assignment was pretty interesting. I suppose I had an advantage since I missed the first class and got to see everybody else's egg projects before having to do mine, but honestly, I probably would have come up with the same thing that I ended up making.

...and so it begins. Week one.

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Well, actually, I missed class on the first week, but I felt like writing a blog entry for this week anyway. It was pretty nice since there weren't any classes on the following Monday, so I had an extra two weeks of break. The situation is still pretty unfortunate for me, however. I was supposed to have a degree at the end of last semester, but my adviser fails horribly at advising, so I am three credits short. Had my adviser not been such a fail-tard, I could have enrolled for another three credits LAST semester and have my degree already. Thanks, adviser!

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