Class ideas I liked, and do I like Slack?

Top three activities (not in order)

  1. Game design (3d vr chair).
    This I thought was interesting. I suppose it might have been harder for people who don’t have a game they can design things in. I have Minecraft, and access to Solidworks. It’s funny how minecraft is so much easier and less time consuming than an actual 3d modeling program lol.
  2. Web design/ePortfolio
    I enjoyed this. It’s important in our technological world to have a piece of property or real estate. Internet is 100% a part of our lives and even using it as a hosting platform is useful
  3. Geocaching
    Even though I just said the internet is important. It is still good to go outside. Oddly an outdoor activity made better through the work of the internet

Bottom three activities

  1. architecture &urban planning
    I don’t feel like this was of much use. I did have fun doing it, i admit. The thing is, the extremely big architecture projects going on in the world nowadays are for big buildings and stadiums. There are plenty of plans for fixing neighborhoods but they are concepts.
  2. Drawing
    I kept getting the ouiji vibe when I did this. and it seems like a hoax
  3. those are kinda the only 2

Now when it comes to slack. As a person that hasn’t had to use beachboard I wouldn’t really know how bad it is. My roommate sure complains about it alot. Slack however is easy to use and kinda just works.  I like it because it’s simple. There are some problems, if I type lack into my address bar it asks me to sign up instead of just bringing me to my slack groups. I’m logged in already just take me where I want to go. If i type in ‘slack bea’ it takes me to slack beacharts. so i feel like it just needs a few bug fixes.

Interesting that slack was evaluated at $2.8 billion though.

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kinda sad this is the last time I get to use this gif though :( Glenn you can use it if you want. lol

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Andy Warhol

I’m not going to lie, I am struggling to try to not make this a typical summary of a famous artist.

So this man. Mr. Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol 1983, printed 1990 Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989 ARTIST ROOMS  Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/AR00219

Andy Warhol 1983, printed 1990 Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989 ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/AR00219

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He is an artist born in 1928 in Pittsburgh. This extremely popular artist is most known by his huge collection of pop art. His most expensive painting ‘Silver car crash’ sold for 105 million US dollars. His most known work is most likely the Campbell’s soup can or his paintings of Marylin Monroe. Those are the staple of art books and dorm decorations.

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You know all of these picture effect thingies that media apps have to edit photos, instagram, snapchat, even iPhoto have a Warhol filter. That’s how relevant he still is.

What I like the most about him is what my instructor mentioned, that as famous as he was he still roamed the streets without bodyguards or safety.

As big as his name is I never knew that he was gay or that he made films. Glenn was right that these things were never really mentioned in his body of work. Apparently between 1963 and 68′ he made 60 films and over 500 ‘screen tests’.

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Making this an actual website.

I’d love to provide before & after photos but I’ve been working on certain parts of this website over the last few months and never took photos before.

So the first thing I noticed was that my banner photo looked fine when viewed in 1920 pixel width on a computer (90% of website traffic). But when viewed vertically on a cellphone it looked weird. My title also acted weird. A few weeks ago I changed it to a fan art photo of one of my favorite shows;the artist posted the vector image for free use so i used it also. It loos like this now:

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Another thing I did to the site was make the 1st page an empty title page, sorta like a sticky. I did this when I first designed the website. I did this so after the title and banner there’s a white divider then it shows my posts. as you can see by the first photo in this post. To me it looks like this:
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It has an edit option cause it’s technically a title card. It bothers me but only I can see it. This site is also set to go to that title card when first visited at http://www.villaindiv.com or when clicking the banner. this way you end up navigating exactly where I want you to.

In the sidebar on the right there is a better navigation center, I took out all the useless options that litterally noby will ever use
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Another thing I do to every post is disable sharing options because I feel as small as my viewership is at the moment, it isn’t worth the bulk at the bottom of my page. I also categorize everything. I oddly send links to people often. I never realized that having a place to host my ideas or explanations for things would be so nice. In the future , when my year licence runs out on this domain ill probably move it over to square space. I’m not a big fan of WordPress but it is really easy so ill give it that.

I feel like the end of my page is totally out of order but it isn’t something I’m allowed to change.
Current order:

  1. an ad(seriously?)
  2. reblog/like
  3. related
  4. previous/next post
  5. leave a reply
  6. recent posts.

This makes no sense. It should be

  1. leave a reply
  2. like/reblog
  3. previous/next post
  4. related
  5. recent

This way it’s more intuitive and makes sense.

Another thing I never do is post a photo to the side of words. It looks okay on a computer but the second you are on mobile you get this weird text problem. The photo takes priority and the words get cut off or split and that’s annoying.

I know I cuss and stuff in my blog. I know some individuals may not like that. I’m sorry. I however have never worked in a professional place where I can’t cuss talking to coworkers and stuff. I understand not cussing around customers but I have no desire to work at a place where I cannot use my normal vocabulary. (lol double negative) . A lot of my blog is inspired by the devblog by on http://www.playrust.com . He talks to you like he is talking to YOU. It’s personal, its perfect. He uses a lot of photos and he isn’t afraid of telling his opinion.

The biggest thing that annoys me is that there are like 8 color options for my accents. All links on this page and all buttons at the bottom of this page are some weird ass salmon color. 8 “free” colors not containing a purple but containing 3 different versions of puke green? awesome.

I also assume there’s an ad at the bottom of my page.
5d4d607d15c7c295e4bb7d9f40db41d7Cool. I pay for my site and MY domain and they still put ads on my page. That’s ridiculous. As you can see I have to use adblock on MY OWN FREAKING WEBSITE WTF DUDE. Remember my post about my Serverus 1.0? I suppose I can host my website on it myself. Thanks for viewing guys :)

Aaron Swartz

What an interesting man that i never knew about.

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So this man is named Aaron Swartz. He was born in Chicago in 1986. He started his internet life very young. He was a developer for the RSS feed program and Reddit. He also helped write the Creative Commons licence.

The full documentary is here:

What made him special was how he believed information should be shared on the internet. He ended up being known as a hacktivist. As bad as the connotation of that sounds, he had an amazing purpose. He believed that the information of mankind shouldn’t be behind a pay-wall. He ended up spending 6 months in jail for walking onto the MIT campus and installing a computer in the closet to download academic journals form the internet.

Amongst other things, I find it amazing that hackers that hack maliciously even gave him a tribute after he died. They hacked mit the same way he did and installed online banners that said R.I.P. Aaron Swartz. Seems as though even if you fight fire with fire, you’re still fighting for the same thing.

He ended up looking at 35 years of jail time and a million dollar fine.

Sadly he mysteriously died in January of 2013.

Rest In Peace Man.

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Landscapes with a corpse

So this week’s activity I had to make a body/landscape picture story.

I happen to live next door to a military place and that seemed to work out well for me.

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I’m calling it “Tired of Fightin’ ”
I was trying to make the porch look like a jail cell. He’s stuck fighting and he doesn’t want to anymore. You can see the story from the photos pretty much.

in other news, you have no idea how awkward it is having those guns on my porch ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MILITARY. But as my cinematographer always told me “Anything for the shot”.

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Vanessa Blaylock

This woman is a Virtual Public Artist.

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I feel like that sounds different. Vanessa Blaylock is an artist that works through her avatar in a virtual world. As another student noted, “express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights” – @dominique She has works and events in the virtual world.

N is for Net / Work from Vanessa Blaylock on Vimeo.

Avatar Life in the 26 letters of the Alphabet
First 26 days of April 2014
http://Alphabet.VanessaBlaylock.com

N IS FOR NET / WORK

Collaborative performance / installation by Betty Tureaud & Vaneeesa Blaylock. Installation at Gallery Xue / Kandahar facilitated by Xue Faith & Trill Zapatero. Wardrobe by Kai Heideman. Hair by Carina Larsen. Soundtrack by DJ Blue. Intro spoken word by Colin Mulcher. Full credits at http://irez.me/2012/04/19/vb34-machinima/

There’s a few different ways to look at her work. Of course She is doing good. It’s kind of hard for me to make an opinion about her work, because I really like to try to connect to the artists that I study. I do however really like a social movement online. I feel like the internet is a completely different world/planet itself and should be treated as such. Some would think that spending this much time for a social movement online is a waste of in real life time when you could have the social movement in real life. This is true but what if you can’t make it across the country to support your ideas? Online you can accomplish things without the travel or safety aspect of real life.

and there’s always the chance that it will spill over into real life. I personally don’t have a virtual avatar, but I’m writing about her, which means she has made her projects effect real life.

She is working in the perfect medium. She’s pushing a social movement in a world that promotes self expression.

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So I went Geocaching

So this week I went Geocaching, if you don’t know what that is click here.

In my area there were a bunch of them LOOK
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I went to this one. It was awesome, It has been there since 2009 and there had to be around 250 names in it. I couldn’t take a photo of it cause that would ruin the surprise so I took a photo of the view.
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Great view and a prize. although if you go to this, don’t wear flip flops like I did. LOL

So I made one. this is it

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I used an old box I had and put some prizes in it. Totally not telling because you have to find it. I put it somewhere in this photo:
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If you find it, enjoy.

Side note: this definitely relates to games. In Skyrim there’s this dude named Noster Eagle-Eye (lol) and he lost his helmet in a cave and he tells you to go find it. Spoilers: he gives you the Helmet.

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thats him!, do his Geocache. lol

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Ouija Board Drawing

So this week my activity is to draw with a partner Ouija board style. My partner today is my friend Dylan.
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This is us. I’ve known Dylan for years and years so i feel like we’d make some awesome stuff. It was interesting. We drank a bit before so it was really hard to not laugh the entire time. Once we did start drawing it did seem like it started to draw itself. Dylan wanted to speed the process up because he was watching ncis. lol

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As you can see we are not very good at this teamwork thing. But we did it. I however enjoy the car we ended up drawing. Interesting really cause I used to work at an auto shop with Dylan. Well I feel like it’s a car, what do you think? I suppose maybe a sombrero.

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Joseph DeLappe

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This artist makes interesting works of art in or pertaining to the virtual world. Similar to our last artists, his art is sometimes taken well and taken poorly.

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One of his works, “dead-in-Iraq” was a project started in 2006 where he posted in games the names of real soldiers who had died serving in Iraq. This brought a ton of responses with it. People were mad, confused, astounded, etc. This is a crazy idea, to push the reality of life into a completely fictional place. I can see people getting mad at it, whenever I play war games there’s always a really annoying guy that tries to be alpha. If anyone tries to emasculate them they get mad. If someone posted in the game chat about someone who was stronger and better.

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This project was really cool. DeLappe Re-enacted Gandhi’s Salt March from 1930 in a virtual world called Second Life. He created this treadmill that controlled his character in-game so he walked with Gandhi for the full 240 miles. His avatar looked like Gandhi so many people caught on quick to his project.

I like these forms of art. These newer ideas go to show that there is no end to art.

side note, I do feel like “drones” have been getting a really bad rep lately. In this man’s case they are bad yes but in the US quadcopters and the like have been disgraced by media. I have 3 of them that I made like 3 years ago. Everyone thought they were cool back then .

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Eva and Franco Mattes

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So these two. They were born in 1976, artist based from the epicenter of art, New York. They are interesting. The style of are that they make is sort-of alternative in style. Some of their art might not even want to be seen by people.

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This seems like something sadistic or demented but it has more meaning than that. Its irony, it’s unexpected, its.. funny. Like Glenn mentioned, it’s Mickey, Someone who never has to see or deal with death/decomposing but serving it up in this piece.

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Much of their art is based on this theory. I feel like this kind of art is necessary. It makes fun of and life and death and reality and the virtual. Another student said that they’re artist that don’t take themselves or their art to seriously, I like that. It’s nice to be able to go to an art exhibit and laugh at something and not get weird looks.

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In this one all of the characters are dissecting Pooh. Another idea where characters that see happiness and laughter in their alter-egos.

When Franco Mattes talked about masks I think that really changed how I view games. I feel like that takes a lot because I play games a ton. A person wears a mask not to hide but to do the opposite. He talks about people’s avatars in a virtual world.

sidebar: I was watching a show with this girl in a virtual world who’s a cold blooded sniper. In the real world she was held at gunpoint when she was young and when the robber dropped his gun she took it and shot the man. Ever since then she’s been deathly scared or firearms. She talks about how she wishes she could be this strong in the real world and she feels like her and her avatar are different people who she wants to be the same. interesting really.

This mask idea was interesting, people wearing masks because that is their true self. When you design your avatar in a personal world you make that character as what you could be if that world was real. I played games where you make a character. Do you want a Bad-ass set of dragon wings? Fuck yeah I want a Bad-ass set of Dragon wings. If I could only have those in real life.

sidebar 2: Glenn mentioned the gas powered game console. I thought that was pretty interesting and funny. I’m on my computer, now that it’s summer, about 12 hours a day. I would die from asphyxiation the first day lol.

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