The Deal: Final Project Progress

So, the underlying plan for my final project, the basis for the story, is the inklewriter choose your own adventure type story.  This week, I began to compose the story, but found that keeping all the threads and possible outcomes in my head, and even deciding them one at a time in order to write them was too complicated, so I have changed over to a word document and excel spreadsheet to try and create a basic story board. The final product will be a story about a poker tournament in which Merrell Shale will be playing. The readers will have choices about things like who they want to talk to, who they want to ignore, how they would like to conduct themselves before the game. All of those choices will come to play in the game itself, talking to the right people will give useful information that will help make it through the game. Naturally, I will make it so that readers have to make exclusive choices, i.e. talk to this person or that person, and each choice may come in handy, or not, and some may even be detrimental later. All of this will lead to several outcomes of the game and the associated story. To accomplish this, I will create what I am going to term the ideal story, which will have a basic narrative flow and some included details. I am then dividing the story line at those details to branch out and lead to different outcomes. I plan to, given the nature of the story, still allow readers a bit of luck if they stray from the ideal path to end up with the ideal outcome. The fundamental idea I am keeping in mind while designing the storyboard is finding a balance between complexity and immersion. A better story with more detail but fewer choices is better that a bad story with little detail but many choices, or so goes my thought process on the matter.
To employ different types of media in creating the story and create a better experience generally, I am going to use visual and audio aids along the way. Inklewriter allows me to use images directly in the story board for the story itself, and I have been investigating some way to infuse other media types without carrying readers away from the story, i.e., going to watch a video in a link and then having to come back to the story line. As it stands, the video and audio links will mostly go with the ends and the various outcomes. I am going to design some images, some gifs, some audio pieces, and possibly some simple videos to go along with the possible outcomes. If I can make audio open in new tabs, I may also create some background sounds to go along with the story, but I am up in arms with how to employ such a thing. The trouble being, if a new element of the story has some audio, the background noise would need to be non-intrusive because I have no way of getting a reader to stop that sound to hear a new one without breaking them out of the story for a moment, and I don’t want to go that route.

I have considered foregoing inklewriter because of the limitations, e.g., I have found no way to embed the story yet, but if I do, I cannot use the logic functions that inklewriter offers without typed instructions.

Frontier life and Saloon hopping in the digital age.

What would Merrill be interested in if he was given access to the internet? Well, I don’t know that Pinterest would be the first place he would end up, but if he did, I have created a Pinterest board that is his style. I just thought of things that he would be interested in, given his nature. I also thought about some things that I might want to know if I was out on the frontier, how to make my own bacon for instance, and my own gun powder too. I put it all together and threw it in a Pinterest board for Merrill.

Week 13: Not your grandpa’s internet anymore.

Every time that I am inclined to do so, I am amazed, or maybe appalled, at what the internet has become. Instead, in this case, of coming across tumblr or 4chan, there was a few pleasant surprises. I did not complete all the assignments that I found interesting, but I did acquire a few more bookmarks. The first things I did for the week was use X-ray goggles to reinterpret a Craigslist post and tell a little story about Merrill.
After that, inspired by a song remix I saw on youtube a while back, I had some fun with google translate for 3.5 stars.  For my next 2.5 stars, I made a Pinterest board for Merrill which was a pain to embed until I realized I needed the code buttons on the text editor. For my last 4.5 starts for a weekly total of 10.5, I redid a buzzfeed quiz assignment that I thought was a lot of fun, but upgraded it.


Google Trains Late. Lost.

This assignment is to, using google translate, find something that does not translate well across languages and give some thought to it. Given the western theme of the class, I thought I might take it just a step further, and since many western saying are idioms, mix them up and see what I come out with after translating them to a few languages then back.  I used sayings from Legend of America.

  • Don’t name a cow you plan to eat. > Armenian >Corsican > Chinese > Hawaiian >English =  I found ” ship.   (Ok, maybe that was too much.)
  • There never was a horse that couldn’t be rode, there never was a rider that couldn’t be throwed.  > Estonian >Esperanto > Irish >English =  It was not a horse that can not be climbed the occupier could not be throwed.  (Ok, now not enough)
  • Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction. > Belarussian > Hebrew > Maltese > Vietnamese > Korean > English = At the front never a good cow, horse back or a fool from any direction.
  •  The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.  >Afrikaans > Zulu > Arabic > Japanese > Chinese > English > Maybe they are difficult to deal with, every morning shave my face in the mirror of time.  (Mirror of time seems pretty metaphysical and philosophical, that quote might have even more wisdom now if you can access it.)

And now, for one grand finale, I shall find a substantially long saying and run it through every language in translate. I don’t know if it could get more jumbled than that first result, though.  Turns out it can.
“After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut. ” Turned into “Taurus dark Puma statement of value Beckett  Robert B and soul.”
I can see how a few of those words appeared… but most of that is nonsense. Natural languages are a pretty interesting and complex things. Maybe I need the time mirror to sort all this out.

DS106 Radio Bumper: Puns and Guitars

So, after learning the basic of audio editing from audacity, I started this assignment. I searched around on freesound after reading about its existence from a fellow ds106 participant on her radio bumper post. It was a fairly straight forward process after I watched the tutorial. I just found a guitar bit I liked to go behind it on Then, I wrote a short script, puns included. I took a few tries as recording it in a somewhat western accent. Then, I used a few methods I found for noise reduction and to take out a couple of pops and ssss sounds. After that, I stuck the pieces together, created an envelope for my voice over part so that the music would quiet down while I was speaking. I threw on a fade in and fade out, and exported it to mp3 format. Maybe I am just lazy, but I preferred the simplicity here that I employed. I added in a couple other sounds and such, but I don’t think they added anything to it so I took them out.


Fun with fonts

So, for this assignment, I decided to take my newly downloaded Brady Bunch font abroad. The assignment was to recreate a popular logo using a new font. I searched around for silly and crazy fonts for a bit before deciding to use the Brady font I downloaded for another assignment, but I just didn’t find anything that appealed to me. After completing it, I think it would have looked more interesting with a more outlandish font, however. What I did here was create the new text and get the correct size, outlined it using this method, then I shifted the baseline on the bottom text to match the original. I placed the original and my new one on top of one another to juxtapose them to see the contrast. Another observation that I had while competing this assignment was that a plurality of logos use incredible plain, san serif fonts. Very few logos I saw when I was picking one had done anything else.

7 Shots

  • Power plugs are ubiquitous. Can you make a creative photo of such a common thing?
    • I like the way the luminescence fills the light fixture.
  • Take a photo that represents of destruction.
    • A decayed tree finally collapsed under the weight of the snow.
  • Make the subject is isolated against a very bright background.
    • The hard part is seeing the view finder without staring at the sun. I almost got a hold of it..
  • Gauges, meters, and turn signals are all indicators.
    • Brand new, ready to go into my smoker for perfect ribs on Super Bowl Sunday
  • Make a creative photo of paired opposites.
    • Healthy or Junk?
  • A perfect line. Make a photo of interesting vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines.
    • All of the above
  • Make a creative photo of some sort of boundary
    • Babies shall not pass