Blog Post #2

My schedule for this past week.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:00a sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep
8:00 sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep
9:00 sleep wake up and go to class sleep wake up and go to class sleep sleep sleep
10:00 wake class wake class wake sleep sleep
11:00 rhet and comp lunch rhet and comp lunch rhet and comp sleep sleep
12:00p lunch break lunch break vis seminar sleep sleep
1:00 history of games break history of games break history of games wake wake
2:00 visual studies speech class visual studies speech class visual studies lunch lunch
3:00 visual studies break visual studies break lunch socialize socialize
4:00 visual studies, then leave break visual studies, then leave break break socialize socialize
5:00 eat study eat study socialize socialize socialize
6:00 socialize nap socialize nap socialize socialize socialize
7:00 study eat study eat video games eat eat
8:00 study study study study video games study study
9:00 video games video games video games video games video games study study
10:00 video games video games video games video games video games video games video games
11:00 video games video games video games video games video games video games video games
12:00a video games video games video games video games video games video games video games
1:00 Shower shower Shower shower shower socialize
2:00 Sleep sleep Sleep sleep laundry socialize
3:00 laundry walk
4:00a sleep sleep

I sure do spend a lot of time playing video games.

Part 2

This is a picture from an extremely simple game that I made using Game Maker Studio. I made it over the summer when I was really getting fired up about game creation and what not. I made the sprite, as well as the menus and backgrounds using MS paint. I really just made it to become familiar with the engine that is Game Maker so that I can make more complex games in the future. I am majoring in games studies so hopefully I can learn to better use the program as well as make better art.

Blog Post #1

  1. The main point of article 1 is that artists make good leaders because of the qualities that usually come with being an artist, such as creativity and being humanists. The point of article 2 is that artists and entrepreneurs are extremely similar, but artists need to learn the necessity of support systems and having backing, specifically they need to learn it from the entrepreneurs.
  2. The artists need to learn more about how to get connections and how to really get the ball rolling, whether that means not instantly fulfilling your dreams and pandering to the crowd, or just starting smaller and getting the backing before you go all in. They need support systems.
  3. I agree that artists are entrepreneurs. To be an artist you must forge your own path through work that is unique enough while there are countless other people trying to do the exact same thing as you. Their resources are not guaranteed and they are on their own for their creative work a lot of the time.
  4. I would agree that artists are craftspeople. They make their own unique creations out of their own unique ideas. They speak with their creations, and I think that is an applicable skill in the world of business.
  5. One more thing I would point out about artists is how much pride they take in their work, and how they can describe their work so precisely. Pride in your work is always good to have, and so is the ability to present well.

I have grit. Honestly I think that I developed my grit through struggling in certain subjects like math even though I excelled in other subjects like History. I knew that I wasn’t dumb and I was capable of succeeding, and I have never been afraid to really buckle down and work for long periods of time. Sometimes though, I will think about starting a project and not really follow through with it. I may start it, but not complete it. However, I have followed through with most things I have set out to do. Stopping procrastinating is a very common solution and one that would definitely help me. I say that as I am writing this at 1 am the day it is due. However, I am still doing the work and putting in my best effort instead of just going to bed, so I believe that shows some grit.

Creativity and Making_Brackage

I am not sure if there was not any sound purposefully or if it was a mistake on YouTube’s part, because reading some of the YouTube comments didn’t really make much sense, unless they were referencing one of Brackage’s other works that I wasn’t aware of. However, I will say that I think it is a cool artistic choice for there not to be any sound, as there is not any sound in space, where this video “takes place”. The name stellar confirms that, and to me, it looked so chaotic but beautiful, almost like it was the creation of our universe. With all of the lights moving extremely fast and the art being almost abstract in a way, what is actually going on is left up to the viewer. All that we know is that it is in some way supposed to represent stars from the title.

But I actually like that more abstract feeling in the art. When something is spelled right out for you, you tend to not spend as much time thinking on it. After all why would you need to if everything is just spelled out for you right there? I think this is what Brackage is going for. Overall I really liked this video, and I watched it multiple times and in both slow motion and double speed.

Creativity and Making_Kiwanuka

The stereotype that black people can’t really play country music is more of a casual racist problem in our world. I am not saying it isn’t a problem, but it seems like nothing that not many people really care about or get riled up about. Kiwanuka ends up changing his song from country to more of a soul tune and it does end up sounding better in my opinion, but I still think that it’s a problem that because he’s black he’s not “supposed” to play country music.

I always think it’s interesting to listen to the progression of the making of a song, and that’s kinda what this podcast was. My brother is a musician, and when we both still lived at home and not at college, I could hear the progression of a song from it’s birth into when it becomes a true song instead of a collection of chords. Comparing the original country song prototype with the published video is very interesting to hear. Hearing it progress from country to soul by inclusion of things like gospel soul singers shows his cultural identity as a black man, and I believe it is important to embrace your culture, which the song does very well.

One of the things he was very worried about was saying “in a white world”, that people would find him racist or prejudiced because of saying white so many times to make it seem almost repetitive. I don’t really think it’s a problem to say something like that, or racist or anything. I think it is akin to saying something like “I’m a woman in a man’s world” which nobody has any problems with (well some people do but they’re an outlier), so I think that this song overall doesn’t deserve any criticism for it’s lyrics.

Creativity and Making_Tan

I found Amy Tan’s TEDTalk to be very interesting for multiple reasons. One of these was her ability to mix together extremely serious themes and elements such as her father and brother both dying, but at the same time, she is using comic sans as a font with the little explosions introduce the words onto the screen. It reminds me of when I was making computer presentations in middle school, and it is funny to think of using that style while giving a speech for a prestigious organization like TED. But I think that is exactly why she used comic sans and explosions, she was making an attempt at absurdist humor, which I very much enjoy. It is those moments where life sucks but we just have to laugh in spite of it all.

The title of the video, “Where does creativity hide?” is interesting, as she is leaning towards the idea that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Going through traumatic experiences can really help us unleash our creative potential, even if it is still going through a traumatic experience. This goes back to absurdist humor. After going through something and getting past it mentally, we can even laugh at it. I think this is not only true for creativity, but for living in general. You learn a lot more from bad experiences, failures, and losses than you would if you just won all the time and had an easy life. It makes you experience a lot of different feelings, and something she said (and that I agree with) was that the feelings are some of the most important parts of writing a good story.

Creativity and Making: Pink

Upon seeing the title, the first thought that came to my mind was “What is the Conceptual Age?” This was answered very quickly and immediately. We have evolved from farmers to factory workers to knowledge workers. My reaction to the photo with the evolution from monkey to farmer to factory worker to businessman to a painter with what appears to be a heart monitor that doctors use, made me think of the modern day route for most wealthy-enough teenagers in America, in short, what I consider to be a modernized version of the American Dream. Mostly everybody is encouraged to go to college even if they don’t have a plan, which I think is perfectly ok. But there is also the option of trades and trade school, and although it does state that we need both left and right side brain workers, I feel that in modern America, we are acting like doing something necessary for our society to survive is a bad thing. We cannot live without plumbers, welders, and electricians, and I don’t think we should be telling children that those are lesser roles than becoming a lawyer. I understand that the article isn’t saying that at all, in fact, it is saying that we need to have these jobs, but I am targeting the particular figure 3.2, even though it said it appeals to more of the right side of our brain.

One of the other points that really struck and stood out to me is the topic of Japan. I went to Japan 2 summers ago on an exchange program, and I have also studied Japanese language for 4 years, as well as just reading up on their culture in general. Japan has the highest suicide rate of any country, despite being so advanced and having such a “great” education system. I put quotes on this article because I do not think the education system and their work culture in general is great. Sure, statistically, they have us beat in math and probably most every subject, but that is because students are working themselves to the bone quite literally day and night. My student went to school from 8 am to 7 pm, and then students would go to cram school which is literally more studying and cramming information into your brain until about 1 am. Not to mention that you are expected to study after cram school as well. Additionally, when I say study, I don’t mean the American studying, which is looking at your phone half of the time and taking breaks every 10 minutes. My host student once emerged from his room with a bandage on his thumb. He had gotten 3 kanji characters (characters such as these 表外字) wrong on a vocabulary quiz, and had to write out each of them 500 times by the next day, and that was only one of his classes. Where is the time for creativity, the time to think? I honestly didn’t know how they get through it. The sad thing is, a lot of them don’t get through it. Hundreds of students kill themselves if they do not perform well enough on their high school or college entrance exams, they die so as not to face the shame from dishonoring their family, but it also quite literally, in a way, determines the rest of your life. Any education system that ignores not only mental health, but is a major source of suicide, is not ok in my book.

A society like Japan offers no place for individuality, not in school, not in the workplace. There is no room for creativity, when so much of young people’s lives focus on a single standardized test (the SAT in America). The SAT for us is slightly comparable to the entrance exams in countries like Japan and South Korea (which also has many of the problems I addressed last paragraph), except not at all to the same degree. However, that does not mean that we should leave it how it is. The SAT and ACT aims to test you in exactly one way, which is sitting you down for a 4+ hour exam focusing on school subjects. So many people learn in different ways, it’s like telling a fish to have a footrace against a cheetah, and then when the fish has quite literally failed, you dismiss it as worthless. We cannot let our country fall into a one-track state of mind, which is what I believe the author is trying to say.

Creativity and Making: Harra

This talks about focusing more on the “cries and facing the delicate values that are about to be dissipated in the whirling change”. I like the tone that the author gives that we should not only look to the future, but also the past, and more importantly, the present. This made me think of still life, which I had mentioned before is a style of art that I very much enjoy. Still life focuses on everyday life in a snapshot of ordinary objects that seem like they may not hold much significance, but can have deep meanings despite not looking as “sophisticated” as a portrait from Rembrandt.

However, our perceptions of design are very different, as the author points out by stating that design is not merely a western construct. It dates back to the stone age (and the author mentions 2001: A Space Odyssey, I love that movie!), meaning that design is a worldwide thing. Something aesthetically pleasing to me can seem mediocre through the eyes of someone viewing it across the world, or not even mediocre, but just not share the same appreciation that I do. After all, as the author said, part of design is communication, and if you cannot communicate something to someone else then they cannot appreciate your design. If I made a still life photo and showed it to someone, they may not like it because even though I’ve made something from our own living world, I failed to communicate properly with my target audience.

To me, design is a lot like beauty: It is in the eye of the beholder. Although that statement is cliche, I believe it to be true. Somebody’s newborn baby is the most precious and beautiful thing in the world to a mother and father, but perhaps to a nurse, who has gone through helping mothers with childbirth for years on end, the baby may just look like any other. Or, she could still find that baby beautiful, because, as the author said, design is based on understanding. She can understand how the mother must be feeling and see the beauty in the child, despite the fact that the child may be covered in feces and other fluids.

The philosophy of design is something that the author touches on, and I’m glad they do. I myself sometimes wondered, “Why did these really old buildings still have distinctive patterns and such on them?” But then, I suppose that (as the article states as well), humans do find joy in designs and aesthetics, not matter what time period we are in. Did the stone age hunter gatherers arrange their berries in a certain way, and paint their weapons and faces? They did, they still appreciated their own form of aesthetics and art, which can be proven with cave drawings. No matter how far back we go, humans always want to have fun with things, implementing their own patterns and visually pleasing designs. Even if something has no practical purpose, we still care about it, it is just how humans are made. Although it clearly states in a paragraph titled “The origin of Design” and claims that the idea of “design” was created only 150 years ago, I disagree. If the article defines design as something that is based on communication and understanding while dealing with the world around us and using that as the canvas as well as the paintbrush, surely design was thought up by someone earlier than John Ruskin and William Morris.