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March 2009

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


Randomness, day three.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

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