April, 2011

More Harry Potter! :D

I realized halfway through making this that my last post dealt with Harry Potter but at that point I didn’t really care about that because Harry Potter is awesome. Did you know the trailer for the last installment came out yesterday? Yeah, I watched that while procrastinating. Later in the night while I was procrastinating even more on facebook I wondered what Harry Potter characters would do on facebook.

I see Ron Weasley as a huuuuuge procrastinator and so I made his facebook profile page with various statuses and posts regarding writing an essay that was due the next day. One of the  statuses of his is actually real. As in, I posted it as my status last night. Anyways here it is.

Things I like about it.

-Fred or George/Gred or Forge- I feel like Fred and George Weasley would take their joking to Facebook and would want to cause confusion to their friends by having that as their name.

-Cedric’s profile pic- looks like he wants to be Eminem. Not sure if people in the magical world know who eminem is but oh well. I’d like to think that those from the muggle families would poke fun at his profile pic.


Once again I used firebug to make this and it was quite easy. The thing that took the longest was changing the pictures on the left hand side because there were so many.

On This Day Assignment

When my roommate Steph came up with the “On This Day Assignment” I knew exactly what I wanted to do for it. And finally, 2 months later I quit procrastinating and did this.



I did a simple version, just took a screenshot of a Harry Potter movie duel between Harry and Voldemort and put my name (in google colors) on top of it.

Explanation: I was born on May 2 and according to JK Rowling the Battle for Hogwarts/day Voldemort was killed was on May 2, 1998.  I think it’s a rocking birthday. 🙂 And I know this duel in the picture isn’t from the last movie (as it has not come out yet) but I think it gets the point across.

Mashup 1776/Franklin

As I have mentioned before I am a history major and I love broadway and musicals. One musical that combines this is 1776 which is about the Continental Congress leading up to the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Sounds super exciting to non-history loving people I am sure.

Anyways I was doing a project on Ben Franklin’s invention the stove last week and while looking up a way to cite a movie Disney did about Franklin’s inventions (and how it was a mouse that gave him his ideas) the World Catalog kept thinking I was looking up Franklin the Turtle. 

<– Yes… this guy.

So I figured mashing up the Franklin theme song with scenes of Ben Franklin from 1776 would be interesting. The theme song to Franklin was only 1 min or so long though so it was only one scene from the movie with a transition into someone painting a portrait of Franklin.

Here’s the final product.

I Find Your Lack of States’ Rights Disturbing

Quite awhile ago Karen, (Yessss this Karen, who loves her Zac Efron btw ->), posted on my facebook wall that she and her family were talking about the Civil War and how they wanted to see Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in an epic lightsaber battle and challenged me to make a picture of it. It is not quite an epic lightsaber battle as there were not any cool posed Lincoln or Davis pictures.




This is the result









Abraham Lincoln’s arm looks funky because it used to be by his side and I had to rotate it to make it look plausible that he might be fighting Davis. Also the background behind Davis looks wonky because I had to try to match it up to the one behind Lincoln.

Also I blame these two history centric mashups on the fact I am a history major. Maybe I should do a bigger mashup dealing with history for the actual mashup project. We shall see. I will have to get it done before Thursday next week because that’s when I leave for Florida for rugby nationals.  😀

Title idea from Karen.

Mashup Articles

As usual with these articles they went over my head. Lately however whenever I think of mashups I think of the overuse of mashups on Glee. I like how in the Dr. Mashup article it talks about the terminology and how remix and mashup are different things. Remixes are things made using the same source while mashups take things from different sources and create an original piece.

The idea that mashups are original seems to be questioned a lot but by taking two (or more sources) and mixing it all together it does create  a brand new thing. It IS original. And is seen by copyright laws as so and thus things like the Twilight and Buffy Mashup (that someone already posted) can remain on youtube.

This is late but in order to make up for that  I shall include this mashup that I threw together in about 10-15 minutes for my Civil War Memory Class. We were talking about John C. Calhoun and Dr. McClurken said Calhoun was like the Godfather of the Confederacy and so I made this.

I’ll Just Put this Here

This is super dooper late. I talked with Jim Groom but I don’t think I expected it to be this late. Two jobs + Classes + Full Weekend of Rugby is not conducive to getting a lot of stuff done. I know I said I was going to do Edward Scissorhands Gmail but I thought Finding Nemo Facebook page would be more fun and more interesting. I ran into problems with the newsfeed refreshing and I am having trouble saving the HTML but I have the screengrab. It’s from Marlin’s point of view and at the beginning it’s mostly Dory in his newsfeed as she is really his only friend but then as the story (movie) goes on he meets more people.
I also included Ariel from Little Mermaid on there because she lives/d under the sea and is also a Disney character.

I also ran into trouble using the screen grab firefox app, it wouldn’t save or copy the page in a thing that could be opened in photoshop or paint so I had to do control + print screen a couple times to get the whole page.
And as for the last names… I made them up from the types of fish they are.
My favorite part of the facebook newsfeed is Bruce’s status about needing to start his Fish Are Friends Not Food program.

Failing at iMovie/Macs

So Macs hate me and I hate macs. And yet somehow I still want one. Maybe I won’t hate them as much when I am able to mess around with them more. Anyways I did the Lion King. I know someone else did it in the class but I hadn’t listened to their’s when I made this.

I don’t really like my video essay but it’s mostly because of how much problems I had with imovie. I had trouble making my voice heard over the movie sound but I got to a point where I didn’t want to mess with iMovie anymore. Also, it was incredibly awkward to work in the Mac Lab and talk to the computer while other people were in the room talking, mucking around on tumblr, or printing off things. It made it worse that I was talking about a Disney Movie, even though it is one of the best disney movies ever.

There is no end scene/conclusion because like I said before the embedded video I was fed up with iMovie also I recorded it on two different computers.