Archive | April, 2011

Assignment 7: Technology & the Body

29 Apr

The picture shown shows new technology that uses “Skinput” to change a human arm into a touch screen. It works by wearing an arm band that measures the vibrations of where a person is touched on their body. The idea of “Skinput” seems like a really good idea, the controls to whatever technology you are using is conveniently right on your arm and controlled by your fingers tips.

http://www.borelist.com/2010/11/newchanging-hands-become-touch-screen.html

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Readings 13: Virtual Reality & Gaming

29 Apr

Play the Game: Grand Theft Desire

When I was in high school I used to babysit two young boys, about 7 and 12 and they were obsessed with Grand Theft Auto. They would shoot people, steal their money, and run away from the cops. Why was this game ever even made? The whole thing was just violent. They would show me how instead of shooting to kill a person and take their money they could switch weapons to a baseball bat. Whenever I watched them, I would take that game and hide it. It bothered me to watch such young kids have fun doing such horrible things. They would tell me it was fake and that they knew it was wrong, but I just couldn’t be apart of showing them exactly what kind of person they should never ever aspire to be.

Ridiculous Life Lessons from New Girl Games

What in the world are we exposing today’s youth to? But then again, when I was little I was obsessed with Barbie. She had the perfect body and hair, her makeup never smudged, her boyfriend was the best looking man in the world, and her house and car were pink. Not really the best role model. But I think the difference between holding the actual doll in my hands and watching it move on a screen is that with the doll and nothing extra I could make her be anywhere, doing anything, and being anyone. There were no goals or challenges, just me and my Barbie. I think with a lot of these new games the imagination that makes growing up creative and fun is smothered.

With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

This article made me think back to when we read about copyright and creative license. I don’t think it is right that people are taking the Kinect Controller and making it into other more advanced products. But it is interesting to read about how these people could be so inspired by one piece of technology that it propels them into creating another.

3D Avatars Could Put You in Two Places at Once

On Second Life my group and I created our own avatars and we followed each other all around to all the different worlds and as we passes other avatars it was interesting and really weird to be able to listen and see what in-depth conversations they were having. It’s all about connection really and while these avatars may connect a person virtually, it isn’t the same as being in person. I think avatars can be useful, but when we already have things like live chats it kind of seems pointless. I would never be able to trust that a person is doing what they should be through an avatar. Avatars aren’t for me.

Viral Hunting

This is outrageous. If you honestly want to hunt deer in Texas, get on a plane, get a license, and go hunt deer in Texas.The fact that people are trying to make killing over the internet purchasable and legal is ridiculous. How do you prove that the person controlling the mouse is actually licensed? How do you prove that they are even the person they say they are? There are too many questions that go along with this viral hunting.

Virtual Iraq and PTSD

We’ve had to watch other videos on this subject and every time I just believe that is a helpful and great thing. These men and women have risked their lives for our country and so anything that can help them sleep easier at night is amazing in my book. The fact that such a technology has been creative gives me hope that every advancement being made can have a positive effect on our society.

Gaming Can Make a Better World

I don’t necessarily know if gaming will ever actually make the world a better place, but it’s nice to hear that there is some possibility. It does make sense that there are aspects of certain games that can teach a person how to aspire for success and strengthen concentration. I feel as though with everything there is a good and bad though. Gaming may be teaching kids that there are obstacles that they can’t skip or go around, but these games aren’t getting them active or making them want to go out and make real relationships with  the real people around them. I will always have my doubts when it comes to the positives of gaming.

Assignment 8: Narrative

28 Apr

Peter Pan

Dad Darling:

Night out with the wife! Has anyone                             has seen my shirt?

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Mom Darling:

Husbands are so needy! Going out bbl.

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Dad Darling:

Found my shirt! My kids need to grow up!

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Nana:

Just cause your children have imaginations doesn’t mean I should have to sleep outside! Dogs have feeling too 😦

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John Darling:

My dad is BRUTAL. Time for bed!

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Wendy Darling:

Parents just don’t understand.

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Peter Pan:

Anyone see my shadow? On the hunt!

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Tinkerbell:

Following Peter around again all night, when will this boy realize?

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Wendy Darling:

STOP IT! Peter Pan just flew into my room!

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Peter Pan:

Found my shadow! On the way back to Never Land with some new friends!

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John Darling:

Off to Never Land! BE JEALOUS!

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Micheal Darling:

Don’t believe your parents, I’m flying right now! Never Land here I come!

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Tinkerbell:

Dear Wendy, I don’t like you.

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Nana:

Still out in the cold. Oh and btw, your children just flew out the window.

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Captain Hook:

Anyone seen Peter Pan?

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Lost Boys:

Lost Boys Rule, Captain Hook Drools.

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John Darling:

Been here 5 minutes and already hunting Indians!

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Tiger Lily:

Just got kidnapped. Now I’m angry.

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Mr. Smee:

Part one of Captain Hook’s plan done, maybe he’ll finally be in a better mood.

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Wendy Darling:

Peter is taking me to see real live mermaids!

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Tinkerbell:

I hate Wendy. If Peter likes her so much why don’t they just… ugh WHATEVER!

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Tick Tock:

I’m hungry… craving Captain Hook’s right hand.

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Mermaids:

WE LOVE PETER PAN<3

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Chief:

Tiger Lily is missing! Red Man is officially angry!

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Wendy Darling:

Mermaids are mean.

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Micheal Darling:

Crap. Captured by the Indians.

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Captain Hook:

Interrogating Tiger Lily. You should be scared Peter Pan!

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Peter Pan:

Saving Tiger Lily, nbd. I’m awesome.

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Lost Boys:

Chief is really angry this time. Has anyone seen Tiger Lily?

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Mr. Smee:

Peter Pan just outsmarted the Captain… again. It’s gonna be a miserable night on the ship.

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Tiger Lily:

I LOVE PETER PAN<3

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Chief:

My bad Lost Boys, you guys are pretty cool.

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Captain Hook:

OMG. I HATE PETER PAN.

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Peter Pan:

Party at the tee-pees!

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Wendy Darling:

Tiger Lily needs to back off my man. So over it.

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John Darling:

Of course Wendy ruins a good time.

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Micheal Darling:

I miss my mom 😦

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Lost Boys:

So wishing we had moms right now.

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Captain Hook:

I just got an awesome idea! Tinkerbell where you at?!

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Peter Pan:

Wow, you think you know a girl and then she gets all sappy and tries to take your best friends home with her.

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Tinkerbell:

Scheming with Hook, probably not the best idea… but… I HATE WENDY.

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Wendy Darling:

Never Land and Peter Pan are overrated. Time to go home…

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Captain Hook:

Plan so far so good. Peter Pan… come at me!!

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Lost Boys:

What the hell?! Did Captain Hook really just capture us?!

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Micheal Darling:

Crap. Captured by Captain Hook.

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Wendy Darling:

Wishing Peter Pan wasn’t so pissed at me, I could really use some saving right about now…

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Mr. Smee:

Lost Boys.. it’s either join the life of a pirate or walk the plank! Such an exciting day!

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John Darling:

Hmm… maybe it’s time to become a pirate.

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Tick Tock:

Captain’s ship just put out the plank… DINNER TIME!

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Tinkerbell:

Uh-oh! I messed up, don’t worry Peter! I’m cominggggggggg

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Peter Pan:

Officially alone. All I’ve got left is a present from Wendy… wonder what’s inside?

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Captain Hook:

2 minutes away from bye-bye Peter Pan!! Party after?!

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Peter Pan:

Seriously Hook?! That’s it… get ready for the beat down.

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Wendy Darling:

PETERS HERE<3

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Mr. Smee:

Crap.

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Lost Boys:

Peter Pan is the man.

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Captain Hook:

There is no way this pre-teen is beating me one on one.

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Tinkerbell:

Peter and I are friends again<3 and i guess Wendy is okay.

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John Darling:

Place your bets! Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook!

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Micheal Darling:

A new twenty dollar bill says that Peter Pan kicks Captain Hook’s butt!

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Mr. Smee:

Hope the Captain doesn’t see this… fifty dollars on Peter Pan!

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Peter Pan:

I win again. I’m awesome.

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Tick Tock:

Fast food, aka… Captain Hook is running. bbl with a full belly.

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Captain Hook:

I’m screwed.

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Mr. Smee:

Anyone know a captain looking for a first mate?

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Wendy Darling:

I love Never Land, but it’s definitely time to go home!

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John Darling:

Peace out Never Land!

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Micheal Darling:

Bye Never Land, don’t worry… I’m the youngest, I’ll be back 😉

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Tinkerbell:

I actually think I’ll miss the little homewrecker and her two lil bros.

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Peter Pan:

Saying goodbye to Wendy 😦

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Wendy Darling:

Finally home and missing Peter already 😥 </3

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Mom Darling:

Back from a crazy night out with the husband! Kids are in bed and I’m all set for some much needed sleep!

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Dad Darling:

Why do I think I just saw Peter Pan? Either my kids aren’t crazy or I am.

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Nana:

My master is crazy. He better let me inside, it’s cold and I’m not in the mood for this chain.

Readings 12: Narrative

28 Apr

Tone Language

I think there are days where I text more than I actually speak. It is strange to think how much our society has grown dependent on texting, even my parents have learned how to do it because they say it is necessary for communicating. To be able to actually write a book through text messages is something that I never even could conceive to be possible. But after reading the article it does seem like an easier route then sitting on the computer and devoting more than half your day to straight typing. Really makes you think about what will be the next new form of publishing.

“We Tell Stories” Project & “Your Place and Mine”

After just reading about what the “We Tell Stories” project was I was really excited to read the rest. It’s like an interactive mystery! Reading the story was interesting, going back and forth between the columns and seeing the time pass by. The perspective of each character is a lot more noticeable with it written this way. Almost like two stories at once? I can honestly say that I really enjoyed reading it.

The Future of Publishing

I honestly hate reading off of the computer and I tried using an iPad once and it just made my eyes hurt. I love being able to sit comfortable in a big chair, in a quiet room, and open up a book. Preferably an old book that smells like a musty library or like it has been damaged by water. For me at least, it makes the experience of reading more engaging. There are no pop-ups, no one is instant messaging me, and I’m not getting any Facebook notifications. Publishing can’t die. So when this video went in reverse I was in love.

Readings 11: Photography & Lying

28 Apr

Picturing Texts & I Was There. Just Ask Photoshop

I’m guilty of editing my own photographs, but to an extent. I usually just get rid of red eye, brighten the photo, and maybe once or twice have made a blemish disappear, but I just don’t understand editing a photo to make it completely different. When I look at a photograph I am looking at to see what a person looks like, not how society believes they should look or how they wish to look. It is like a lie published to the world. It isn’t only done in pictures anymore either, now in motion pictures can actors and actresses and sets and props all be changed. Makes a person really question what exactly they are looking at. I think people’s judgment on what should be edited has become blurred.

Picture Perfect & France Mulls Health Warning for Fashion Photos

I’m not exactly proud of the fact that I get the magazine Cosmo delivered to my house every month and read it religiously and occasionally pick up Glamour in the check out line, but they are entertaining. I look at the celebrities on the cover and am envious of what they’re wearing or how perfect their hair is and I’m 21 years-old. Imagine how a sixteen year old girl looks at these images. What is worse is that inside these magazines there is always an article with some sort of message saying how every woman should be proud of who they are and what they look like. Don’t write that a size 20 is beautiful and then not picture anyone in the magazine bigger then a size 2. There have been so many surveys and such with results that show that these too-skinny-to-breathe models (or how they are edited to look) affect how the average person looks at themselves. That being known it is truly despicable that magazines and advertisements still present skinny woman as the most desirable. Obviously though, as long as the magazines are being bought off the shelf the images will remain. Makes me really consider canceling my subscription! I think the idea that France has taken any sort of interest in warning their citizens of photo manipulation is awesome. Though who really knows if it will pass because people are so set on skinny being the it size, France is the capital of the fashion world. If there is going to be a change in the way people look at the fashionable weight and size, France is the place to start.

Adbusting Britney & Photoshop Forensics: Victoria’s Secret

It is great to see that instead of staring at photos of these perfect bodied celebrities people are taking the time to see just how manipulated their photos really are. The advertisement in Berlin is great just because it really makes you think just how edited all of those pictures are. I’ve seen Christina Aguilera in person and trust me, her eyes are not that blue. The article showing how edited the Victoria Secret advertisement is is amazing! I love that there are so many tests that can be done to see exactly what the picture originally looked like, really makes me want to go experiment with all of their pictures because I’m convinced that no one is that perfect and a little bitter about the fact that they can appear to be.

No boo boos or cow licks

Every school picture my mom has of me since I in first grade up until fifth grade I have some sort of scrape or cut on my face and honestly I think it is the funniest thing and I absolutely love hearing and trying to remember what it is from. A picture captures who you are and what you look like at that moment, why would anyone want that to be edited? For my senior pictures, the company in which took our pictures photoshopped every single image. I hated it. I have like three beauty marks on my face that I don’t love, or hate, or really have an opinion about, but them not being there made me so angry. I felt like it wasn’t me in the picture. I don’t see why any parent would want their child to be photoshopped.

Readings 10: Technology and the Body

3 Apr

A Soft Spot for Circuitry

Like many young adults my age, I had a Tomagotchi pet when I was growing up and though it might be embarrasssing to admit, that tiny computer chip surrounded by bright blue plastic was the little love of my life. Using that interaction between robots and people is being able to create a friend for the lonely. It is amazing that the elderly could find such comfort from the cooing seal and I think that those positives outway any of the negatives. Having that technology and not using it to help the less fortunate would be cruel.

Is This Man Cheating On His Wife?

He is cheating on his wife. There is no way that he isn’t actually, it might be just a game, but they are sharing intimate moments and conversations. He met his real wife online, so what is the difference between meeting his virtual wife? I think people take these virtual reality games too seriously, but after reading this article I am definitely excited to create my own SecondLife account for experiential hours.

You Are Cyborg, Better Vision, With an Implanted Telescope, Filmaker Plans to Shoot With Tiny Camera in Eye, & Wearable Computing/6th Sense

All these articles to me are just saying how one day we will all be like the superheros we dreamed of being as youngsters. Humans are going to all be Cyborgs that have injectors, proccessing, etc. that all make it so we would live forever and be able to accomplish many tasks so out of reach. With these fake bionic parts there would be drastic changes. I actually just find it all scary. I love that technology is constantly advancing, but I also like the idea that the human body is natural.

Twitter Telepathy: Researchers Turn Thoughts into Tweets

I am a big fan of the television show “House” and this article made me think of an episode where a father suffers brain damage and can only comunnicate through blinking. This technology would have been super useful in not only the patient’s diagnosis, but even making sure the patient was comfortable and letting him talk to his family. I think it strange to think that this technology is so closely linked with Twitter because I feel as though Twitter is hardly the most important program or forum to have opinions expressed.

Digital Nation

It is amazing to see such an old woman, so disconnected from the internet become such an advocate for it. She is the grandma so many people are missing and yet has become excessible. The games that people are now living through seem to have consumed a lot of people’s lives. The fact that they all meet in person to sit on the computer and communicate is scary. The virtual worlds are changing the real world. I disagree that more technology will connect us personally, though we are all on the internet, there is no real connection. Using virtual reality to make these fake virtual worlds more believable is a mistake to me. But that technology being used to help our soldiers is a lot more worth while. I honestly think that this technology used to help pepople is amazing, it is just using it for frivolous factors that deters me.