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The Computer Screen and Semiotics of Space March 27, 2012

Filed under: For Class,School — wistful91reverie @ 11:01 pm

Personally, I own a laptop and an Ipad and I often find myself choosing to use my Ipad over my laptop nine times out of ten. My laptop is pretty much obsolete to my use besides the ten page paper here and a flash project every now and again. There is something about using my fingers to manipulate the screen and the information it shows me that allows me to have a different experience with it. Especially because I am not 100% up to date in the new-age technology of the smart phone in which I could use a touch screen to do everyday tasks I find it all the more appealing to do so on a tablet. I feel that even though a computer screen can display information in a similar way a laptop can, even a laptop can be favorable in the way that it is so portable that once can research something from across the world, finding pictures or writing a paper from a park bench or cafe far from their homes. It gives people the chance to really get into their work and find inspiration on their daily journeys and put them write into the inter webs.

However, even moreso than the laptop comes the tablet which can literally be taken anywhere without having to lug around a heavy bag to protect one’s cargo. For me, it’s become an added everyday accessory much like my phone is to communicate and connect to the rest of the world. It’s the way I connect with many of my friends that I may not see everyday either through facebook or email or various other social networks. The screen itself allows me to see these people without being anywhere near them and talk and interact with them, essentially face to face.  The screen has even affected the way we, as student, function. Many students have switched to digital copies of books, downloading all of their texts right onto their tablets. I fit into this category of not wanting to carry around 4-5 books everyday and end up hunched over by the excessive weight by the end of the day. Instead I just pull out my tablet and am able to read, for any class that I may need to catch up on, no matter where I am. I always have all of the information available to me along with being able to simply bookmark certain “pages” and easily be able to return back to them with a swipe of my finger. I can do all of the thing I could with a book such as highlight and take notes within it but it has so many advantages such being able to increase the font size for those who may have strained in the past with the small text of history books or enlarge a picture to see the extra detail put into a work of art in another. No more will I have to fish out the light in my dresser drawer and clumsily clip it onto a book to read at night, only to have to adjust it at every turn of the page. To read a “book” on the Ipad is just a completely different experience than it once was.I find it to be easier and more enjoyable being able to carry around a book stored within it and be able to pick up exactly where i left off whenever I please without having to carry around another item in my purse.

I believe it comes with our generation though, being able to manipulate the technology in a way that suits our lifestyle. People are fast paced and want one-stop shopping which is what it has allowed us to do. Being in a fast paced world it has even effected the way we speak, and text, to each other. Abbreviations have become a way of life and when they show up in that little whale bubble on the screen we all know exactly what they mean. If someone asks me a question or if I happen to have a few minutes on my hand the first thing I do is pull out my Ipad and find the information i need, or find something to keep me busy. It’s a whole new world inside the screen and for me being able to use my hands and fingers to point and touch exactly what I want to see is a great feeling. Having the sensation that my fingers are actually doing work and seeing it pop up on the screen as soon as I feel in under my fingers is extraordinary when I think about how I used to use the computer when I was little and had to use yet a another machine (the mouse) to do my bidding for me.

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Crit Assignment #1 February 7, 2012

Filed under: For Class,School — wistful91reverie @ 8:36 pm

My favorite two assignments were the typographical example on Dave’s blog http://dabatm4n.blogspot.com/ and the spacial example Ben’s blog http://mindabyss.com/blog/.

I thought the word usage in Dave’s “clock” was what really made it interesting to me. The way the sentence “time waits for no one” revolves around the clock, as time would,  instead of being read top to bottom and left to right as one would normally read it added to the originality of the piece and really made me think that I was looking at a clock.  Even though  it was a bit hard to read at first, I also enjoyed how he used “running” and “out” overlapping each other at 12:00 as if it was the hour and minute hand right on top of each other, as if one’s time was really out. In using uppercase letters for out as well as using a more red hue in the font really emphasized that time was out and really created a sense of urgency. I thought he was very successful in his typography attempt.

Similarly I believe Ben was successful is in spatial usage of the work “milk” He used the letters in a unique way and at first I didn’t even recognize the word, which i have to admit was a little confusing at first. I admire the amount of work he obviously put into this and once he explained it, it made a lot more sense as to what he was trying to get to. I find it aesthetically pleasing as well as stimulating, trying to figure out the letters and where the “i”s may be going and seeing the “k”s trickle down the side of the page.

 

typography post January 31, 2012

Filed under: For Class,School — wistful91reverie @ 11:18 pm

 

Spacial Post

Filed under: For Class,School — wistful91reverie @ 11:10 pm

a project for one of my classes exploring the space withing text

 

Cut the music documentary: November 6, 2011

Filed under: For Class,School — wistful91reverie @ 10:18 pm
 

you know this happens… November 3, 2011

Filed under: Random Rants — wistful91reverie @ 11:46 pm

 

Five Lessons About How To Treat People — Author Unknown October 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — wistful91reverie @ 4:14 am


1. First Important Lesson – “Know The Cleaning Lady”

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.


2. Second Important Lesson – “Pickup In The Rain”

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3. Third Important Lesson – “Remember Those Who Serve”

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.


4. Fourth Important Lesson – “The Obstacles In Our Path”

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”

5. Fifth Important Lesson – “Giving When It Counts”

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.