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.

Crafty! :D

Hopefully I remember to put this in drafts until Friday afternoon-ish because I would hate for this to leak out. If I do forget and post it before Friday afternoon right before rugby, and you know Karen, don’t tell her. (That means you Scooby, Charlotte, Ivania, CMohr, Molly, Steph, Sarah, and Jess… I think that covers everyone haha)

Ok. So in rugby before super big games we have spirit sisters (by picking out of a hat or whatever) and finally in my last semester I got my good friend Karen. I have told her every semester that I want to be her spirit sister because she looooooves High School Musical (particularly Zac Efron) Five Below used to have a ton of stuff for High School Musical. This is Karen with an aardvark on her head, and Charlotte being crazy behind her. —>

Well, I finally got her as a spirit sister and I decided to make her a cardboard cutout Zac Efron. Life size… or close to it. Google must think I’m a creeper because I looked at Zac Efron photos for about 30 minutes trying to find the largest one possible and one with a high resolution (so when I blew it up it would look ok). Then I got even creepier on google and searched up Zac Efron’s height (people can’t agree whether he’s 5′ 9″ or 5’10” so I went with the latter. 60 inches tall, nice even number. I made the pic giant and printed it off. It was 20 sheets of paper though one of them had the tiniest sliver of hair on it… it was lame.

Anyway. I laid the sheets out to make sure I had every piece. And to see about how tall he was.








Then I cut out the pieces from the paper.








And then laid them out again. Charlotte decided to join him.








During this long process of cutting and pasting he grew a mustache (the little sliver of hair that used up a whole sheet of paper, super lame)







This was him after the first night of work. He stood there all night creepily watching me on my computer and made my roomies jump when they all had to get up at an ungodly hour in the morning (~5am)












I then had to cut the excess cardboard off (thank goodness for an x-acto knife). This created quite a mess.








After vacuuming I decided to get a pic with Zac Efron.








And here is the final product.


It looks pretty good  but up close he’s a bit pixel-ly. He’s also top heavy and has a habit of falling over but Karen shall have to deal with that (sorry Karen :D). There was also a problem of him bending at the shins since that’s the skinniest part of the cardboard cutout. I glued a piece of excess cardboard at the bend to give him more support so he no longer looks like he’s broken both his shins. And I did fix that white line that’s on his right leg, I accidentally pasted the pieces too far apart.

This was fun to make, and although Karen probably knows I’m her spirit sister already (because she asked me outright and then was like “Never mind don’t tell me if it’s you.”) and and I didn’t respond. Thus: no response to question means I am her spirit sister. Still, she may know it’s me but she does not know what I made. 😀

(Oh geez, I’m going to have Zac Efron in my tag cloud)


Webstory Idea

I had a couple ideas for the webstory project but  Ithink I’ve settled on making Edward Scissorhand’s email inbox. I’ll use my gmail inbox as the base for the project and then edit the e-mail titles and senders to make seem like it was his inbox. I got the idea from here. Except on that site he actually e-mails himself to create the inboxes. They are quite funny, my favorite is the gollum one.

Finally my Final Project Blog Post

This is incredibly late and I apologize but here is my final project blog post.  When I went to Jim Groom’s office I was not really sure what exactly I wanted to do for my final project. I had a couple ideas but I didn’t feel like they were good enough to be my final project. The only thing I did know was that I really enjoyed the Visual/Design projects. So we decided that I would do more Design/Visual Projects for my final project. We didn’t really decide on how many or really a schedule so right now I’ve been doing them whenever I have free time, which isn’t that much. After this week (Thursday), I expect my design/visual projects to pick up. I have several ideas, I jut need the time to make them.

Visual/Design Projects I want to do (the first four I already know what I want to do specifically, the other ones are design/visual projects that seem like fun):

  • Another four icon challenge
  • Iconic Identities
  • Another facebook movie thing (though probably won’t be as good at the star wars one)
  • On This Day
  • More Troll Quotes
  • Make more GIFs
  • Summarize a movie in GIFs
  • Newspaper blackout
  • Movie Fortunes
  • Minimalist Travel Poster
  • I Can Read Movies
  • Minimalist TV/Movie Poster
  • And to make Sarah K happy, finally make a favicon for myself.

To make it easier to see which visual/design things are my final project ones I will categorize them with “Final Project” So you can click over on the right side bar and find all my final project posts. I shall go back and categorize my GIFs made over Spring Break and the Warning Labels as such since they were made after the final project meeting with Jim Groom.

Decade Divas Radio Show

Here is the audio for our (Steph Lefferts’, Jess Masulli’s, and my) Decades Radio show. We spent quite awhile working on it. We tried to get it done  by Thursday night but we ran into many a-problem when  we tried to combine our show on Jess’s computer (a mac). Jess had to leave on Friday so to try to finish the project I had to somehow get the files over to my computer. That took a couple hours as the .aup files could not be transferred via zip drive or e-mail. Then I had to export it as a WAV file and then us a media converter to make it an .mp3. So around 2:30 I managed to get that done and then went to bed to finish it later. Steph and I began work Friday evening and then found out, that somehow my computer had turned  he mp3 files, that took me hours to get onto my computer, into .aup files and it would  not open them. Fun times. Also, we were working for about an hour and had saved every now and then but then audacity decided to shut down right after we had recorded an interview. So after that we saved after every minute or so.

When we created our show we made four separate files one for each decade we were doing (1940s, 1970s, 2000s, 2030s) with the idea of combining them later. However, my computer would not open more than one window of audacity at a time and so that didn’t happen and thus we had to upload our files as 4 separate ones. Hopefully they work because I never want to have to use audacity again.

[audio:http://laviemegan.umwblogs.org/files/2011/03/ds1063_decadedivas1940s.mp3|titles=ds1063_decadedivas1940s] Here’s the 1940s

[audio:http://laviemegan.umwblogs.org/files/2011/03/ds1063_decadedivas1970s.mp3|titles=ds1063_decadedivas1970s] 1970s

[audio:http://laviemegan.umwblogs.org/files/2011/03/ds1063_decadedivas2000s.mp3|titles=ds1063_decadedivas2000s] 2000s

[audio:http://laviemegan.umwblogs.org/files/2011/03/ds1063_decadedivas2030s.mp3|titles=ds1063_decadedivas2030s] 2030s


And that’s it. I might add more to this post later.

I hate audacity. The end.

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