Creative title, I know.
I know I haven’t updated in a while, but nobody seems to have cared too much or else someone would have been raising a stink in my comments boxes.
Nothing really interesting has been happening in my life since I made a substantial post. My ruminations are becoming easier and easier to deal with. I’ve been more and more able to concentrate on homework and on some pleasure reading, but I still have a relatively short attention span.
I had my second round of midterms in some classes and my first in others throughout the last couple weeks. My favorite was my multimedia class (I310). My prof told us that the best way we can study for the exam is to immerse ourselves in objects of new media and apply Manovic’s five principles or Johnson’s theories to them. I watched some Daily Show with John Stewart, played some Halo 2 and watched some movies. I also did some surfing around the web to see what kinds of new media I could find there.
The exam consisted of two essay questions. One was to take three sample videos and tell why they are culturally significant and then why they are considered new media. The three samples we had were all of Star Wars Kid. It was great, we got to watch the movies and then write about them. Our second question was to take a software program, like Photoshop or PowerPoint and explain how the five principles of new media apply to it. The best thing about the exam was that it was completely open notes and open book.
I went home for the Easter weekend which proved to be a waste of travel time. Don’t get me wrong, I like getting to see my family and all, but I thought we were going to be heading up to Hartford City to spend some time with my Grandparents Witt as well as with the cousins who live nearby. We ended up not heading up to the HC until sunday morning, after mass. Since it’s a two hour drive from Shelbyville and Shelbyville is one hour from Bloomington, I would have had to get there, say hi, turn around and head back to Bloomington. I had to work from 8pm – midnight that Sunday.
My newest obsessions are my Xbox and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. It is definitely the best game on the market right now for the Xbox and/or PS2, whichever you prefer. The environments are beautiful, the music by Amon Tobin is amazing and the gameplay is unbelievable. You can co-op on missions as well as play against other Splinter Cell fanatics online with Xbox-Live. If you are a console gamer, you need to get this title. If you aren’t, but enjoyed the other two – Splinter Cell and Pandora Tomorrow – you definitely need to see this game to believe it. The thing that amazes me the most about this game is that you can complete a level, but not have completed it to 100%. There are optional missions as well as an optimal way to complete each mission. The characters are also aware that they are a part of a video game and attempt to make the player feel like there are dire consequences for their every action.
Lambert: This ship also has an alarm system.
Fisher: Let me guess… Three alarms and the mission is over?
Lambert: Of course not! This is no video game! You can’t afford to let the situation get out of control, Fisher.
It’s just a great game. You’ll have to play it to see what I mean.
Why is the title so boring? you may ask. Well, it’s boring because Capstone and Multimedia are completely draining my creativity. So until my final projects in those classes as well as for Managerial Economics and Chemistry are done, there won’t be much creativity coming from this kid.
That’s all I have for now. I shall try to post again soon. I also hope to get some time to spend with my camera now that it is spring and everything is in bloom.
And for now…
The End-of-the-Blog Rundown
Song of the Day – Blow Me Away – Breaking Benjamin
Quote of the Day – “There are no stupid questions, but there are inquisitive idiots.” – Calendar hanging in Jacob’s cubicle
Hero of the Day – Erin for being the awesome girlfriend she is. She and I have been together for over a year, collectively :-D.
Current Mood – – I am absolutely Exhausted from this week. It needs to be over… And so does the semester.
Until the next post…