Side Quest 10: Assemblies

For this assignment, I listed the four main parts of the class work that helped me progress throughout the semester. It can be easily seen through these four sections, which I see as the overall writing skills, the podcasts, non-linear comprehension, and the side quests. Side quest are daily work, they are interesting little activities, but they allow for constant stimulation during down time. Overall writing skills helped me to comprehensively reflect on my poor English skills and hone them. The podcasts helped me, by utilizing teamwork, communication, analysis, and video/audio production. Lastly the non linear comprehension of the assignments benefitted me to think outside of the box and put more effort into my work without the downside of an “impossible” assignment. These portions built the class to a point of stability and likeness to where I got through.

Side Quest 9: Recreate an Iconic Movie Scene

I absolute hate my own voice like most people, but to try and do a Russian accent is even harder when I cant hear myself. Even though it may not seemed like it this was my tenth take. I have a hard time with “public” speaking and even more so in a foreign accent. This scene is from the TF2 trailer series specifically i chose meet the heavy. It was fun but not enjoyable.

Throw a piece of paper into a bin … most spectacular throw wins.

All of these videos are going to be throwing the paper into the bin, but I am here today showcasing what happens when we use 100% of our brain. More specifically when we go beyond the norm and throw the bin onto the ball of paper. It is so quirky and weird that everyone will be shocked by the inner workings of my mind. I am not trying to impress anyone with this, but I needed something so my hallmates came up with this gem.

Gris: Beauty without words

As I joined for the first time and I was amazed by the colors that were presented tome, but then all of a sudden I got a chill down my spine as the hand crumbled away as we were sent spiraling downwards into the unknown. I felt as though I was with this statue, almost reminiscent of hos Steven Universe has the statues throughout the series of the show foretelling something that hasn’t been found or something that was loss.

Now, I start running through this unknown territory and eventually encounter a white wisps that follows me around. Maybe it is there to remind me of something that is loss, but follows me in spirit.

I continue through the puzzles with the white background until I take a turn and stumble onto this new Red society. A place filled with harsh winds and heavy blocks. I felt that my time here was very rage induced, but only ends up hurting myself. This is countered by becoming this large block that helps me gain stance and mobility through this tough time.

In the next area, the land of pink, I found myself walking normally. Then, I discovered this little cube fellow sulking on a rock. He runs away, but I end up chasing him and we become my companion for a short period of time. This helps me gain some help from others, but Im not quite sure how it fits together.

After my unsuccessful attempt at the temple, I start to feel loss and which lead perfectly into the next area of the game. This is the underwater portion, the land of deep sorrows that cant be expressed in words. I feel as though I don’t know exactly what is going on in the game at this point, but I can relate to the background of how the game made the water suppress the thoughts and ideas of positivity and just left you alone. Going around with this looming cloud of naught, left me drained.

I brought some personal feelings into the game at this point and I couldn’t continue as my feelings became to strong for enjoyable gameplay. I understand now that this is the purpose to explain the levels of grief without a textbook or some man with a degree diagnosing you with such and such.

Side Quest 5: Sunday Sketches

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A positive look on the balance of life

For some background knowledge, the two blue smiles are magnets that were sold together, much like a salt and pepper shaker. When combined they make a sphere shape and this got me thinking about halves combining to make a whole. This led to my creation of the two smiles representing yin and yang. They are the two halves of the whole balance of good and bad, but we all know that we cant have good without some bad and vice versa. They smile upon us as we live our lives and serve as a reminder that we need to balance our lives to maintain a happy for ourselves and those around us.

My bag is light, NGL

The bag stays light because I hate weight.

BackPack List: -Oakley Sink BackPack. -Ti-84 Calculator. -Asus ROG Strix Laptop -IPad Pro. -Big Notebook. -Small Notebook. -Scratch Paper. -Whiteboard Marker. -Pen. -Adidas Slides -Wallet. -Keys. -Laptop Charger

Gone Home is Insane!

As the main character, me, walks onto the porch of this house, I immediately start to get chills up my back. It feels as though the neighbor from Hello neighbor decided to become an architect in American foursquare style housing. Who the heck is Sam? The sisters’ letters give great insight to us as we get some background that they just moved in and everyone in the nearby school refers to her sister as the scary house girl. The father is seen to have some job issues at the magazine company, maybe his lack of performance is correlated to the stress of the ominous house. The TV guide circled the show title X-files as probably a reference to their mysterious disappearance. The everlasting weather report also has to do with the mayhem. There are so many books littered around the house trying to help the younger sister fit in.

The older senior Lonnie is cool, I am going to guess that she gets together with the younger sister. 

OMG, they do get together. Unsurprisingly the mom was a gold digger and started having an affair once the dad couldn’t pay the bills. That’s why they are living here in the first place because Oscar is a family friend. The parents are so up their own a**es that they do not approve of their homosexual daughter, figures. OH!!!!!!, Sam is the sister and runs away to be with Lonnie. 

I just got in the basement and I understand that the dad has been here as a kid since he got the house from Oscar, but is Oscar a pedophile? Unfortunately, I think I was right with his own sister though. 

The themes expressed throughout this game aren’t jump scare worthy but so realistic that I am freaking out mentally from just some thoughts projected on a screen. This was truly an exciting game, but creepy nonetheless.

The Eeriest Basement Ever!!

I have a attached a photo of the most obvious, look in me type of safes. It did not disappoint either, we found Oscar’s stash among other things. It showed us why something such as a house could have such a bad reputation. Its not the property’s lot, but the souls and lives that get shredded and torn through. This safe is a truth that needed to be uncovered, this hidden secret is not something to take lightly.

Side Quest 2: Combo Photo

I was looking around my room for inspiration when I noticed my water bottle sitting on my desk. Then I started to think what fun things I could do with a water bottle. Eventually I came up with a play on words of Bottle rocket. As a kid I would make these cute little rocket with an Alka-seltzer tablet and some water. When we got into high school my my friends and I used dried ice and they flew way higher. I wanted to express my love for this weekend activity and fill viewers with that nostalgia from childhood.

The hardest part of making this photo was the formatting the layers. It was my first time using some form of Photoshop that was more than just Snapchat. All my previous experience of photo editing was writing the letter “S” for my streaks. It is quite exciting to learn something new in life on my own. I feel as though the past 18 years have been so guided, so this approach to something new has relaxed me.

Literacy Narrative

Science can be tough for every child growing up. We learn about these different topics and theories that seem to come from nowhere. This culmination of ideas are given to children to help them gain a more diverse sense of knowledge about the current world and how things and life function between one another. These different properties are a bore to most, but to some it is a new way to express ideas. The most common expression in the science/education community of these ideas is by having students research topics and ideas on their own and present them at a place we all know as the science fair.

For many, expressing their ideas and findings in a neat poster may be simple and come as second nature, but for second grade me it was cruel. I spent countless hours planning and researching ideas that might appeal to me, and when I found one. I decided that it would work and I carried out the experiment and recorded the results. Now for the tricky part which was spending the next couple of days typing out pages of reflection about my process and how I came to my final conclusion. Transcribing so many thoughts took a lot of time and energy out of me, but I had to keep going, regardless. From this I was able to build upon my mental endurance as a writer, in retrospect the longest I had written up until this point in my life was an elementary five paragraph hamburger style essay. 

Honestly another point in my life that helped me finally reach where I am currently in my english career was writing my college application. I was not your normal student who did the 650 words of common app, but instead I applied through Questbridge (an organization that helps lower socioeconomic, high achieving students attend college.) Their application consisted of sx essays that all dealt with personal life issues and questions that allowed applicants to share their individual story, something I was not used to from my traditional writing courses in high school. This allowed me to develop personal matters that I didn’t know were such a big issue when defining myself. I had a sense of purpose in life, but not so much a reason for where my beginnings had come from. This hindrance blocked me for many years with writing personal narratives. 

These two skills allowed me to become a stronger and more confident writer. My science fair project allowed me to develop a passion for scientific research and build up my writing skills. My college application although short in space allowed me to flourish my emotional side of writing. This expansion of skill that was gained from my getting in touch with emotions now feels stronger compared to the endurance that I learned at a young age. However, my emotions and ideas can not be expressed without having just one or another. Learning how to utilize both skill sets has allowed me to become a stronger writer by being able to express myself in a way that allows for full coverage in many forms of writing, not just lab reports. 

Lose Yourself to the Californication

Lose Yourself to the Californication Accredited by Jason McMillan, Oct 5, 2014

The photo that has been utilized to represent my websites page is a custom image used by Jason McMillan (a YouTuber who produces music mash ups). In this specific song he chose to combine the songs Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lose Yourself to Dance by Daft Punk. This song was represented by the following as it shows the combine helmets of the Daft Punk Robots with a fruitful color dawned on them to represent the happy and relaxed tones of Anthony, Flea, and Co.

The reason that I have chosen this image is simple. I am a child of two similarity represented lineages. My father although I know him, I can not say much about the rest of his family and past. He is representative of the helmets by not revealing anything. My mothers family is open and warm hence they represents the dazzling colors that come from the R.H.C. side of the cover. These two lineages/songs are pushed into one image. Even though I may not be that secretive or super bubbly, I am a bit of both, so in some sense this is the perfect representation of me as a photo.