Friday, April 20

Today in class we worked on your artifact pages for your final portfolio.

LECTURE:

The contents of each of your 4 artifact pages (Artifact 0-3) should include:

  • Introductory paragraph
  • Artifact
  • Process documents
  • Bullet point reflections

We went over the specifics of each of those elements and then brainstormed different combinations of artifacts that would help support a wide variety of arguments and the process documents you might use to show your writing process and development.

WORKSHOP:

We then spent the remainder of the class working on artifact pages – each student was encouraged to have at least one artifact page constructed in Mahara before the end of the class with appropriate materials embedded into the page itself.

HOMEWORK:

Bring a rough draft of your essay to class -plan to bring at least 900-1000 words to class on Monday for peer review activity

  • Section B5 – strongly suggest you bring a COMPLETE essay (at least 1200 words with a beginning, middle and end)

Final tweets due tonight!

All extensions due no later than Monday – final day of class

Canvas announcement with link to Google form survey – Embedded Scientist Grant

CIOS (email with link sent this morning).

Consider the fate of your picture books: 3 options

  1. Take them home!
  2. Put them on display this summer for Alison Valk’s grant
  3. Donate them to Hollis – autographed copy
    1. (Options 2 & 3 can be combined)

Blog Post 4 – A Wrinkle in Time – Connor Land

For Blog Post 4, I decided to watch Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time. I read the book as a child, so I was very excited to find out that we would be rereading the book for English 1102 the same semester that the new movie was coming out! Before I went to the theater I tried to prepare myself for the worst possible outcome. I had read many bad reviews, and I expected any adaptation of this movie to be bad (the 2003 adaptation is a prime example). After the movie was over, I had a lot of mixed feelings about it. I was very glad that I prepared myself, yet I was generally pleased in the movie as a whole.

Like me, anyone who had previously seen the 2003 adaptation probably expected this movie to be just as bad. And while there were many differences between the movie and the book, there were also some characteristics of the movie that I really liked.

Here are some of the differences that really jumped out to me:

  • In the movie, the Happy Medium is a man, and the Medium seems to be Mrs. Whatit’s on-again-off-again boyfriend. Neither of these happen in the book.
  • In the movie, Charles Wallace is six years old and adopted. The book explicitly said that he was five years old, and it never said he was adopted.
  • The book describes Mrs. Whatsit as a very old woman, but one look at Reece Witherspoon and the movie tells you otherwise.
  • In the movie, Mrs. Whatsit transforms into an oversized piece of flying lettuce (see picture below), but the book describes her transforming into a centaur-like creature.
  • In the movie, Meg and Calvin get stuck on a form of Camazotz, which is depicted as a scary forest with a huge thunderstorm and a massive tornado, but nothing like this ever happens in the book.

Some aspects of the movie help make it more appealing, especially to millennials. One example of this is when Mrs. Which quotes people like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Outkast. These people were obviously not alive when the original book was written, so these quotes were added in order to make the movie a little more modern.

Overall, I was fairly please with the movie. I would definitely watch it again sometime. Hopefully, there is not yet another adaptation within the next ten years. But as Oprah always says:This English course has allowed me to see this movie in a way that I would have never seen otherwise. While watching the movie, I was constantly noticing different modes of communication such as random pops of color that added to the visual appeal and the constant scientific atmosphere of the plot that appealed to many ages. This movie was overall very successful.

If you feel led to watch the trailer for the movie, it is attached below!

Blog Post 4-A wrinkle in Time

I was not expecting much as I walked into the theater doors as I heard negative reviews about the movie from friends. Having recently read the book it as fresh in my mind so I was ready to spot and criticize every difference.

WARNING: Major spoilers so do not read ahead if you have not seen the movie!

I ended up enjoying the movie for its differences and appreciated the story that the movie told. I loved the flashbacks showing the family’s relationship with Mr. Murray before he got trapped in space. In the book, that part of their relationship was left to our imagination. I think it was a nice addition because you got to see more of Mr. Murphy before Meg finds him.

The beautiful imagery as they “tessered” through space and discovered new planets was so fun to watch.

However, the planets were nothing like I originally imagined except for camazotz. The kids bouncing the balls in perfect unison and the white room before they discovered Meg’s father are similar to the book’s description.

I loved the funny twist where Mrs. Which doesn’t just not appear at all she appears as the wrong size. The three misses were not as I anticipated, but I still loved them all the same! They were 3 powerful beings on a mission to save the universe and that was a moral they held in the movie as well.

Two of my favorite parts of the book were not even included in the movie!

 

  • When Mrs. Whatsit was discovered to have been a star in the past. I thought that was a touching moment showcasing her sacrifice for the universe and showed a more serious side to Mrs. Whatsit.
  • When they met the Aunt Beasts! I thought they brought a thought provoking question: What would it be like to explain color to someone who cannot see?

 

 

 

I would recommend this movie if you do not plan on reading the book. The science aspect was interesting and could adhere to all audiences and the fantasy aspect would be entertaining for even young children. I do not think I plan on watching it again as I enjoyed the book much more, but still an entertaining movie.

Extra Credit Post – Bits for Good – Rohit Mittapalli

This week I had the chance to attend Bits for Good’s demo show. As a computer science major, I was incredibly interested as to what the College of Computing was doing to contribute to the community. I had friends in the club and had a general idea that they were using computer science for some social good but was excited to see what the club was really about.

It was cool.

Bits for Good essentially is a club that works with non-profits across the Atlanta area to freely develop any software needs. While it is charity, it is a street that benefits both parties. Computer Science majors get to get their hands on real projects, learn group skills, work as project managers and become familiar with awesome technologies like AngularJS and ReactJS. At the same time, non-profits are getting functional software for free and great advertisement.

In total Bits for Good demoed 7 projects at the Garage in Tech Square. These included Erudite Child, Dream if Forward, Community Friendship, Stempower, Midtown Assistance Center, Enchanted Closet, and Drawchange.

Below is a quick description of the partnership between the non-profits and bits for good.

  • Erudite Child – The team developed a website dedicated to an Indian charity working to sponsor education for underpriveleged youth. The website was well designed in a minimalist fashion bringing more public awareness to the charity.
  • Dream It Forward – The team created a mentoring platform matching parents and students so parents can provide support remotely. The development was equipped with a backend portal for administrators to log in and manage data.
  • Community Friendship – The team programmed an online platform that provides resources to adults with psychiatric disabilities. The new website included a complete redesign with new color schemes and new user interfaces.
  • Stempower – The team made a portal providing information about events where college students teach local Girl Scouts troops about science, technology, engineering, and math. The team also implemented a backend but also had an inbuilt scheduling system.
  • Midtown Assistance Center, Inc. – The team developed a matching system for kids in underserved communities in Atlanta and tutors.
  • Enchanted Closet, Inc. –  The team created a website that helps high school girls from low-income families get clothing for special events. The website also had a completely functional backend where administrators could approve volunteers for events.
  • Drawchange – The team made a platform meant to advertise programs that empower children through art.

*Note I was not able to talk to Midtown Assistance Center and Drawchange significantly. If you are curious for more I am sure you could reach out to Bits for Good!

At the event, you not only met the students making the change but also founders and CEOs of these non-profits. Watching their faces when programs worked made the impact of the organization explicitly clear. Overall, the club seems like a great experience and I encourage everyone to check them out and apply to them next year! I know I will.

Blog Post 4: A Wrinkle in Time, The Review

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Well…that was interesting.

Truth be told, I was actually excited to hear that Disney was doing a film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay. I love science fiction, especially anything that involves space or anything that makes you real think about what the message of the program is (hence the reason I am a full-blown Trekkie). So after seeing Tomorrowland (another Disney sci-fi epic) and being quite impressed, I was quite ready to see where they would take this story.

And then, I actually read the full story. I slowly got more and more concerned with each chapter I read. How on Earth would Disney stuff so much into a 109 minute movie? And how much will they have to cut out to keep it PG?

I’ll answer the above questions soon, because I’ve divided my personal review of this movie into the four components I think are most important: the plot/writing, the casting and characters, the visuals, and the soundtrack. Of course, I don’t grade every movie on these components alone (mostly because I don’t review films period). But nevertheless, I needed some structure to this, so…here we go.

The Plot Thickens(?)

This is the big component I was worried about. The original source material by Madeleine L’Engle was packed with so many different events that tied together perfectly that I began to wonder, “How much can you cut from a book plot to make it still understandable but a Disney film at the same time?” The answer? Rush. Rush everything. And that is how I felt for the majority of the time I watched this film. Of course, reading the book itself felt like a whirlwind of adventure, but still, you had time to think about everything before you turned the page. With a movie, you are just watching everything happen, with no time to think. Also, I could somewhat see what “plot holes” the reviews were talking about. Because it felt so rushed, it made me wonder, “Where is the IT actually located on Camazotz?”, and “What happened to Mrs. Whatsit being a star?” and “Where is Aunt Beast?!” (I was super bummed about not seeing her).

That brings me to a major statement: you might feel the same way I do if you have already read the book. On the other hand, people going in blind might enjoy it much more because they don’t have the source material to go on. So while bookworms might be arguing about how this didn’t make it into the film or that is not how that character should act, newcomers to the story can appreciate the film for everything else it has to offer. Long story short, they wouldn’t know what they are missing.

The Cast and Characters You Know and Love

The acting itself was actually pretty fantastic. Many of the characters seemed to stay true to the book itself. Reese Witherspoon was able to capture Mrs. Whatsit’s whimsical nature, while Deric McCabe, a child actor nonetheless, truly brought the not-so-average Charles Wallace to life. While certain aspects are missing, such as Mrs. Which’s super long ssss, the actors were quite well suited to play their roles.

I also did appreciate the choice to cast both African American and Caucasian actors, especially to portray the Murry family. While the film does cater to positive African American portrayal in the media, it also portrays an interracial relationship, further pushing the idea of love in all forms using a method that most likely was not present in the book based upon that time period.

Visuals and Art of a World Beyond

This movie was definitely CGI heavy, but the visual art that went into this film was actually breathtaking. The colors, the movement, everything was wonderful. Even the tessering looked awesome. However, we must keep in mind that this is a visual representation of everything in the book that they chose to put on the big screen, thus, as mentioned earlier, some of the settings and art were removed or changed. This was most likely for the sake of keeping the film PG, especially considering that children might not be fine with seeing a man with pulsating red eyes or a massive pulsing disembodied brain. Despite the lack of being able to see the IT in the way L’Engle envisioned it (another thing I was bummed about), there is an allusion to what the IT is in the form of Meg confronting her brother in a place made of neurons, the cells that the brain is made of (hint hint).

The Soundtrack (An Important Part of a Healthy and Successful Film)

And now, my favorite part of any film, television series, or video game. Sure there are characters and CGI and a plot, but the soundtrack is what brings the film together by tugging at the mental heartstrings while you watch love conquer evil. And so, after many paragraphs about everything else, my thoughts on the score:

What score? There was barely a score there. Most movies have full size original music to fill in every nook and cranny of sound where someone was not speaking. This movie’s score felt almost non-existent. Of course, I was not expecting a musical masterpiece by Hans Zimmer or John Williams. But I also was not expecting the film to be so packed with actual pop music by well-known or up-and-coming artists. I do enjoy a small interlude of perhaps one or two new songs written for the film as part of the incidental music, but I would have appreciated the film much more if there had been more original music. Because there is a line between showcasing new talent and being seemingly lazy about the soundtrack for your own film. Then again, as a musician, I could be biased when it comes to a media soundtrack…

Closing Thoughts

If any of you guys want to go see the film, please by all means do so. The acting was great, the visuals were beautiful, and unlike me you might appreciate new music from new artists like Sade, Kehlani, Chloe x Halle, and Freestyle Fellowship. But to my fellow students who know the story, just don’t expect to see Aunt Beast and the centaurs of Uriel.

Blog Post 4- Wrinkle in Time

On May 14th, 2018 I watched the movie Wrinkle in Time in the movie theaters and I didn’t really know what to expect while watching it. I made sure to watch it at least weeks after because I wanted to be able to watch and hear without the annoyance of other people in the theatre with me. I remember reading a Wrinkle in Time back when I was younger, but all the characters and the plot was something the movie reintroduced me to. I think the movie was pretty good in comparison to what critics had made the movie out to be. I had her critics saying it was “all over the place”, and “weirdly suspenseful” although I believe both of them I think these things made the movie more unique. The suspenseful parts caught my eye and had me kind of shocked as like I said before the movie reintroduced me to the book. For example, when Charles introduces  Mrs. Whatsit into the household it was fully suspenseful and had me shocked on the fact I didn’t remember this moment until the movie brought it up. A drawback that I can say for the movie is that I think they waited too long to produce and put the movie out to the public. Most of the people who had read and fell in love with the book as a child have long forgot about it and had to be reintroduced to it, or read it again to fully understand the movie. If it was introduced to the public back when the audience was kids I believe it would be a smash at the box office. However, it was not and I think they made the movie out to be less successful than it could’ve been. Overall I’d give the movie a 3/5 just because they released the movie too late but it was still a great movie and I’d recommend people to watch it.

The movie to me seemed to emphasize the visual and electronic mode of communication that is presented in WOVEN. The movie included visual setting and visual action that drew the audience in, especially me. The use of colors was something that the movie and I utilized when it came to reaching an audience. The colors in the movie felt warm and were pretty, and in my book I made colors a basis for it as I made the book a coloring book story.

Blog Post 4 Space and Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Post 4 Evan Cole

I did my blog post on the Walking Through Space and Time with Small lab Augmented Reality on Tuesday April 17th, 2018, in Clough Commons. I really didn’t know what to expect from the Google Doc sheet that was posted on Canvas. When I arrived, I walked through the doors into a dark room with a screen projected onto the floor and students on top of the screen playing a little game with wands. The wands created different light waves that projected different colors onto the screen. There were sensors all over the room which were also connected to the wands.  This game that they were playing was really a teaching tool that taught students the different light waves that are connected in the color spectrum. I learned that the different frequencies that were created would show up in different colors. The shorter the waves were, the colors showed up as a more blue-purple color, and the further the frequencies were, it would turn up as black and infrared light. This Lab was the first one presented to a university or college in the entire state of Georgia

I thought this applied to my English 1102 class because it focused on the non-verbal and visual side of WOVEN that help teach a complicated subject to college students in a more simple way. I felt like the same methods were used to teach college students, were the same as I used when I was creating my children’s book.  This game that we were playing taught me the different wave lengths that created different colors. I am a very kinesthetic learner, and I feel like I wouldn’t have learned as efficiently if this were an oral presentation, and I feel that this lab really helped me learn this topic more quickly and easily.

 

Extra Credit Post – Vunden Patel

I read “A Wrinkle in Time” twice in my life. The first time was in elementary school, where I only pretended to know what was going on. I only got the gist of the story through class discussions. The second time was this year, when I was so happy to finally understand the entire plot by myself. However, it was still challenging to read since I used the same book from elementary school and with each turn of a page came a strong scent of old maple syrup. I cannot tell you why this is the case.

I am entirely anti-movie, but I liked this movie. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen a movie in a long time, but it had me emotional at least twice. It was very simplified, and meant to just be enjoyable rather than a movie full of concepts and theories like Interstellar. No concept was really explained in depth. For example, when Meg calculated how to get over to the other side of the wall, she explained it as “just physics”. And when they talked about tessering, the audience was left to just use context clues. They know that its the act of moving through the universe, but it would be nice to know how it’s possible to do so. They don’t even mention the different dimensions.

I believe this decision was made in order to reach a broader audience. Interstellar did reach a broad audience also, despite the great sums of thinking involved. However, this movie was geared towards children, and adults alike. They shifted their visuals, to be just scary enough, and their words to be ones that can be understood by all.

Upon reading the novel, Charles Wallace came across to me as kind of annoying. However, in the movie, I really could feel the love that he has for his sister. I envisioned almost everything to be different in my own imagination than in the movie. All scenes except the one where all the kids were bouncing their balls in unison caused me to shift my own depiction of Madeline L’engle’s novel and see the novel as the movie portrays it. I imagined IT to be more of a black cloud rather that a root-like force. I never saw the misses as ladies, really. I imagined them to be more alien like, very scary, and even ugly. But obviously in the movie, each one was very beautiful. It was a good movie though, but I won’t be watching one for another three years.

Here is me trying to be relatable:

Blog Post 4 – A Wrinkle in Time

A few weeks ago, I saw A Wrinkle in Time in theaters. Overall, the film does a great job of entertainment, however does not consistently stay true to the original book by Madeleine L’Engle. I thought that making another attempt to bring this movie on the big screen might be worse than the time before. See this link for details on the first film that came out in 2003! This adaption got poor reviews from critics.

First Glance

During the movie, I was impressed by the use of colors throughout the film that contributed to the overall impact of the film. The scene where Mrs. Whatsit turns into the giant plant stringray(?) attracts your eyes to experience several visual impulses at one, making the scene an incredible one to watch.

The some images that were created in the book were translated incredibly well to the movie. For example, on thing is the spider going across the rope (or in the movie, the ant).

Notable Differences

A major difference that first stuck out to me was the fact that Charles Wallace was adopted, and that the family in the movie was a multiracial one as opposed to the original book. I think that this change positively contributed to movie and made the film applicable to a wider audience. Although, it does take out the mystery of why he was so different than the rest of his family.

A big thing that I noticed was that Meg was more polarized and distrusting at the beginning of the film than at the ending. I think that this change was also made for dramatic effect and to give Meg’s character more of an arc.

Overall, I felt that the movie was entertaining and had a good lesson but it was just that. Looking at this movie from a critical perspective, I did not see much out of the ordinary or anything that amazed me. I would probably give it a 6/10 and recommend watching it on a big screen to increase the visual effects.

Blog Post 4- A Wrinkle in Time

Before I went to watch A Wrinkle in Time, I read and heard bad reviews about it. When it originally came out, a-lot of critics were wondering if it could match Black Panther in terms of money. First, that was dumb because of lot of these people were only comparing the two movies because they both had black directors.

Second, there was no way this movie could be compared to Black Panther, because they were meant for different audiences. Because people criticized the movie for dumb reasons, I chose not to believe the critics.

I chose wrong, kinda. The movie was not as bad as I was made out to believe. The acting was very believable but that’s expected because Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kailing, Chris Pine, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw were in the movie. I was very stunned by the kid who played Charles Wallace because he portrayed his character so well. The actor, Deric McCabe, was able to show Charles Wallace’s intelligence and stubbornness. After watching the movie, I went to youtube to see other people’s reactions to the movie and someone stated that Deric McCabe seemed like a 40 year old stuck in a child’s body. This is exactly who Charles Wallace is!!!

The movie did not stay 100% true to the book, but that’s not really what I expected because the director, Ava DuVerney is a much different person than the author, Madeleine L’Engle. I did not really mind the divergence, a lot of critics did though, because I was interested to see Ava’s interpretation. I did not pay for a ticket to see the same thing I saw in my mind while I read the book. The two most interesting changes I saw were how IT’s lair looked like and how the Mrs(s???) looked. IT’s lair was basically all white, and I expected that but I also expected it to be very classy and sterile looking. Also the part of the movie in the lair where Meg had to go from dimension to dimension and she was jumping onto the blue things… I did not imagine dimension jumping to be like that at all. Next, I thought the Mrs(s) would look more ethereal, but instead they just looked like they had on a lot of makeup. However, I understand that’s easier thought then done.

If this movie had come out when I was younger, I would have completely loved it. I can’t really insult the movie because I know there are so many young black girls out there who see themselves in Meg. I know that when I was growing up, I did not really have that opportunity so all in all I’m so happy this movie got made and was casted the way it was.

I would give the movie 3/5 starts and honestly one of those stars is just because Oprah was in the movie.

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