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This assignment challenged me to get a photo and edit it to look like a drawing. So, I chose a picture of my dear deceased cat, Mickey, and immortalized him in a drawn style (as for a credit, I took the picture myself):
My experience completing this activity (besides being SAD) was fun! I definitely used both the "Create & Innovate" and "Tools & Technology" categories in this because of the set-up of this post and the editing of the picture, respectively. I used the slideshow element from this site (something I hadn't previously been aware was there) to neatly include a before and after of the image. As for the image itself, I don't have any formal editing software like that suggested in the actual assignment. after some exploring, however, I found some very simple picture editing tools on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Apparently, if you insert an image, there's the option to format it, and within that section there are effects you can add to your image like filters. A few of them made this picture look like a drawing, but I thought this one was best, so that's what I went with.
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This assignment (from the animated gif section) challenged me to create a gif and make a story around it/perfectly describe it. I made a gif of my cat, Pepper, who learned how to open the fly screen of our kitchen window. For context, he is an outside cat. He should not be letting himself inside - and especially not into the kitchen where we sometimes leave food out. Here's the quick story I came up with:
My sister and I are making lunch when a loud "MEOW" breaks the silence of the kitchen. We look up, and at the same time she groans I beam.
"Pepper!" I say, walking over to the window. "How are you, Mr. Cat?"
Predictably, he answers with a meow. I nod as if this makes sense.
"Don't let him in," my sister says. She finds him too troublesome to tolerate as we try to do anything in the kitchen. I can't really argue, though, after I once caught him sitting on a chair and eating someone's unattended leftovers. But still...
"Don't," my sister says, probably guessing at what I want to do. "let him in."
Obviously - in the way of sisters - her firmness in her desire to keep him out just makes me want to let him in more. But, being the lovely sibling I am, I decide to heed her words.
"Okay," I say. Rightfully, she is suspicious of me and looks away from the food.
I start to tap on the edge of the window screen.
"Heidi!" she shouts.
"What?" I ask, still tapping. "I'm not letting him in!"
I find the lack of amusement on her face in this moment infinitely amusing. Again, in the way of sisters. After all, I won't be letting him in. But, Pepper is a smart cat. As I tap, he looks down intently. And after a few seconds--
"Ugh," my sister complains as Pepper starts to bat at the screen, because we both know what's coming.
Bat - Bat - Bat - Kshhhhhhh
One paw comes through the window, flailing wildly, then a fluffy snout. One more push, and he wiggles his way inside and onto the counter with a meow of pride.
I beam at the same time my sister groans.
This activity had a bit more to do with the categories I was lacking in. While it also included aspects of "Create & Innovate," it also had to do with "Tools & Technology." This is because I'm not that well-versed in more than basic technology, but I was able to figure out how to create a gif from a 39 second long video. I also found a way to include it in this post, which gave me a bit of trouble since I didn't see a "Gif" element that I could easily add. What I ended up doing was cropping and sending the video to myself as a five second gif on whatsapp, then emailing it to myself as a file I could upload. I found that just regularly saving it just made it a still image.
I don't often have the need to use gifs outside of Whatsapp, but this activity showed me a bit more related to the file format and how I might properly transfer it to other devices. So, I feel that helps me improve in terms of "Tools & Technology."
The Play and the Fall
Fall 2020 in Loglines
What Happens in Rehearsal, Stays in Rehearsal (but remember the walls are thin!)
The Tragic Death of My Work Ethic
Not only should you watch this video because the song is motivating and HYPE, but also for the message it sends in support of all the trials people went through in 2020.
A site that's inspired me during Fall 2020 is Pinterest. It's a pretty basic choice but the amount of time I spent on it qualifies it as a source of "inspiration." I mean, have you seen the variety of things you can search up on there? It's a virtual goldmine.
You want fan art? Pinterest.
Or writing advice? Pinterest!
Memes? P i n t e r e s t
Book recommendations? Pinterest
Suffice it to say that in the few moments I did not have assignments to do, I was surfing the site and creating boards.
And now I'll pass the mic to you! Out of curiosity, has anyone here heard of Starset? What kind of music is more your taste? I'd love to hear what helped you power through the ✨unforgettable experience✨ that was last year. Because it certainly needed some...significant powering through. Also, as you may have been able to tell from my logline I was in one of the plays last semester - anyone spot me? Do we have any other theater enthusiasts among us?
I'm excited to hear from anyone, really. Let me know~