Caffeine Required

What Happened?

Last week, I said that I would be trying to cut my soda intake in half. While I was able to manage the first half of the week with only one late night Dr. Pepper, this last stretch kicked me in the teeth. Over the last forty-eight hours, I have drunk four Dr. Peppers, two cups of coffee, and one NOS (presently). I had some late-night sprints at work that kept me from doing much school-work during the week, leaving me just enough time to do my Daily Creates and brainstorm for the main assignments.

Taking it Slow

I have already covered my first two Daily Creates in another post, but I have embedded them here for your enjoyment.

Focus on the Important Things

For Thursday’s Daily Create, I had to share something that I wanted to teach the world to do. Lately, I have wanted to make other people learn to put their phones down while driving. After narrowly avoiding a car-accident with a distracted driver on the way home from Sheetz earlier this week, the sight of people using their phones behind the wheel causes me great distress. Using Canva, I combined an image from Unsplash as the background along with a red layer and text to create the design.

What I Would Rather be Doing Right Now

As cool as writing blog posts can be, I would still rather be cuddling my cat, Dina, right now. I feel that is self-explanatory. Again using Canva, I dropped the transparency of an alarm clock from Unsplash overtop of a black background, then overlaid a pie chart and some text to create the graphic.

Everything is Connected

All my assignments for this week tie into the question of the week from week two, where I chose to create an alternate history in which the internal combustion engine was never invented. This week’s stories continue in the modern day following the downfall of Detroit from my billboard post last week. To really appreciate them, I recommend checking out that post below.

Keep Our World Wet

Mini Story? No, MIDI Story

The first assignment I completed was the Auditory Illusions assignment for five stars.  The assignment itself was fairly simple, but the hunt for a suitable song and software was difficult. In the end, I was able to locate a MIDI file converter online and download the Mac version of MIDITrails. My post and tutorial turned out well, but I wish I had been able to find a more main-stream song on Free Music Archive.

The Story of a Plant Worker

Next, I completed the three-and-a-half-star Story Time Fun Time assignment. While I do not do so often, I enjoy telling stories off-the-cuff, and this assignment was perfect for that. My wife, Meg, and I set out on an improvisational endeavor to tell the story of a married couple living in Detroit having an argument about whether or not to move away from the city. I gave her some hot-points to mention during our dialogue, setup a microphone, and started recording. It was eerie how much like one of our real fights the one we recorded was; if the two of us were really in that situation in my fictional Steam World, I would be able to imagine that exact fight happening. My post goes into the details of the story leading up to the dispute.

Does this Spell an end for the Happy Couple?

I had been brainstorming my three-and-a-half-star Sound Effects Story response before recording the fight between fictional Hollis and Meg, but it was not until I had finished the recording of that assignment that I knew the story I wanted to tell with effects. Since I had focused on the environmental concerns of Steam World last week, I wanted to bring the inhabitants of my alternate reality to a climax of conflict between the industries relying on steam and the eco-activists seeking aggressive action to end pollution. It turned out that Hollis should have heeded the bad feelings Meg had the evening prior and not gone to work that fateful day. Since the bombing and raid of the Detroit power-plant, Hollis has not been seen. Only a few hours have gone by in Steam World, and the rescue crews are still locating and interviewing survivors in the rubble. Meg has just heard the news and has driven to the scene in shock and terror. Did Hollis survive? Will Meg’s dear husband be among the patients receiving medical treatment for steam burns and other injuries from the building collapse? If we revisit the topic of alternative history for future assignments, you may get to find out.

It all Comes Crashing Down

Spread the Love

This week for peer-review, I got hooked on Creative Destruction. After reading the summary post, I just wanted to go read that blogger’s individual assignment posts.  I commented on the weekly summary, the sound-effect story, and the alternate-history story-time. Overall great work, but there were a few elements in the posts that needed improvement. I took screenshots of my comments.

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I Fear for What is to Come

Next week, I believe video is the topic for our studies. Visual, design, and audio were all intense by themselves, so I cannot imagine how difficult video will be. Will our assignments be mostly about editing video or filming fresh footage? I do not know the answer, but I am sure that I will find some awesome stuff to do for my responses.


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