def doubletrouble(sequence): #In order to improve on this project I need to try to work on using other forms of function versus sequence result =  for x in sequence: result = result + [x * 13] return result
Now that is out of the way, onto my process of creating my coding environment. Before this course I had already taken computer science so most of the software essentials that I had previously downloaded are already together in one division of my launchpad. I already have brackets, sublime text, and text wrangler which are all useful and have been helpful in the past so I hoped they would assist me in this book. That was not the case. I had to re-install good old python which as I have previously stated in my blog we have a love/hate relationship hence the gif that I have decided to put in this post. There was also a recommendation to install anaconda in order to have the iPython Notebook. This is when things started to get a bit complicated for me. When I tried to first download anaconda in class it ended up just giving me random text and froze my computer. It wasn’t until I uninstalled the software and searched “iPython Notebook” instead that it said I had to have python installed first before I could do anything else. Once that was done things started to make a lot more sense. As I have realized with the rest of the class they have now named the notebook to Jupyter and I also figured out the free trial look on the internet doesn’t work at all. I ended up installing everything and played around with it trying to figure out how everything works. I then started the double double project using the jupyter and saved it there within the anaconda software. I had the project from chapter one saved in a class folder that I made in the beginning of the semester for this class using sublime text to modify the original code. I also tried to use github by creating an account and trying to figure out how to upload my code but there was no such luck. Overall my coding environment has an endless amount of software options and a whole lot of applications that still don’t make sense. Even though I have a lot of coding platforms I know that over time it will all make more sense the more I use them and have a better grasp on their purpose. I look forward to hearing everyone else’s environment and what measures they took in order to make it their own.
When I heard in class that we were going to learn some programming code the first thing that happened was my stomach turned into knots. It wasn’t because I haven’t touched any type of code in my life, in fact I took Introduction to Computer Science but for me the experience was one that wasn’t an easy battle. It was a new language for me and I felt that everyone around me was foreign and I was the only one who needed a translator. I would look over the codes and the problems over and over to the point that it all still was “mumbo jumbo.” It took me from reading from this textbook we have this semester to realize that this time around I’m going to have to go in with an open mind. I actually do want to learn programming because I feel that it is something that is a gateway to so many things that we couldn’t imagine. The idea that we can create a program that can act as a function on the internet is out of this world. I see it as an opportunity to try to think outside of what we know and what is safe and take a risk. It is a chance to let the mind wander and find a new way of looking at problems. I want to learn because I didn’t retain it well the first time around and I’m determined to improve over the course of the semester. It’s important to me to not give up when I feel like I am stuck and that this is no way of getting out of it. I want to prove to myself that if I put the effort and drive into programming I will succeed. When it gets tough I will have to remind myself that there is a way to figure it out it just might take more time and practice to get to that point. I want to make sure that this time it sticks because I want it to be a skill that I can keep growing and use sometime in the future. I also want it to just expand my logic and stubborn ways of thinking and push the envelope. I have a goal to not only be able to solve some code problems but be able to make a code that will allow me to move objects within a window. The reason why I choose that is because that was the project I had in my other class that I felt I did not achieve and feel satisfied with the outcome. I want to make it stronger and I want in the end to feel accomplished.
So for this image I took parts of the novel that stood out to me and put it into an apocalyptic setting that was etched into my mind as how the end of that time period came to a stop. All was in ruin, rubble and the all the peripherals came as one to take over the people and make this their world. The red cube represents not only what Connor became at one point to be on the defense during the fight but in this image it is seen as an unusual object, out of place and the center of attention. I did this to show that this cube represented resistance against the fight. I wanted to take what I imagined what the end of the world to look like and create a visual that would have elements of Gibson’s novel within it. It came with a theme that I created that from our creativity and progression of technology could also be the beginning to our own destruction. As humans we are always trying to find ways to progress and create the next best thing. To be more efficient, more effective but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes it is the simple things are the parts of life that we take for granted and we lose the sense of what we started out with in the first place. It amazes me everyday what the mind can create and that was displayed in this novel. Within this novel I got to see Flynne become part of a totally different time period and have another life that you could see she desired to be her own at one point. A sense of losing her identity was drawn within the story as it unfolded and corruption began to form. Corruption is seen today and in this foreign world that Gibson created no matter what time period it is that will never change. There is a shot of nature that is still preserved and is seen as something precious and under appreciated. It might question if technology is going to make us put nature on the back burner or create a bridge to make it become a priority. When I started this novel I would have never guessed that these thoughts and ideas about life now would ever intertwine with the story line but it proved that this fantasy world might not be that different from our own.
As I have gone through this semester there has been some changes to my digital identity. I still use Facebook as a way to reach out to family and friends but in this semester it was a way to vent my emotions through the issues that I went through. I used to just scroll through Facebook mindlessly and like posts here and there but now I actually pay attention and try to discover more. I want to know what is going on out in the world and even though some might see Facebook as a site that doesn’t give substantial information it actually does. It keeps me up to date on political issues because I have friends who post it daily. I see if there is a major news break because at the side of Facebook it does show what is trending which gives me a general idea of what is catching the attention of millions of people. Even though I have not only a twitter but YouTube, SoundCloud, Tumblr and Pinterest I realized that I don’t really use any of those. I sometimes go on them if I need it for projects for school but nothing that really ties myself to it personally. They all have my name and my picture but I haven’t put enough information on them about myself to make it a part of my “digital identity.” The only change after the course of this semester was the fact that we had to create our domain to be one that could be used for the future. From doing that project I feel that it became a new outlet professionally that I could keep updating in the future if I decide to buy my domain from the school. On my personal site not only was I able to use my name I talked about my progress in college and display all of my projects that I have done over my college career. If I could say anything from this semester it is that having a digital identity needs to be a necessity because it will give potential jobs a chance to see you and what you can do for them in the future.
Cutting down the barriers. This video is my final product. I used iMovie and I started out with this journalism project trying to talk about the past journalists and how far they have come in journalism. The more that I researched the more my objective shifted completely. I focused more on the shocking factors that come in the career of journalism. I first started out by looking up images of journalists in dangerous places. I then went onto YouTube and found clips of live journalism to add to my video to make it more diverse just having pictures. I used 4K downloader software for both the video and audio content of this video. I decided to add an instrumental version of My Hero by Foo Fighters. I chose this song for a couple of reasons. I first thought it was an empowering song that representing journalists who are heroes for many who are going through rough times and they reveal the story to the world. I also chose the song because I thought that it went really well with the content that I decided to use for this video. I wanted to tie everything together and make sure that there wasn’t any awkward background noise with only my voice in the video. I started out by going through the images and putting them in a file and then uploading them all in iMovie. I went through each one and made sure that the timing of them was right and that the images weren’t cropped unusual. I then downloaded a video from YouTube of live journalistic content by Tim Pool a journalist who has shown what risks need to be taken in order for the world to see what he sees. I then went through the video and took three clips that I felt showed examples of journalism. It showed protests, people behind the desk and riots that represented all sides of journalism that are revealed from behind the lens. I then took out the audio from the video clips to make sure that it didn’t go over the audio that was coming from the song and from myself. I put my personal voice of opinion within the video itself using my microphone on my Beats headphones. I then adjusted the sound and made sure that it was heard over the song. Lastly I published it on my personal YouTube page that I use for projects from previous classes.
The more I worked on my video the more passionate I felt about these journalists. In my mind they felt like the unsung heroes that no one will ever know. I felt an obligation to talk about how much goes into the news and that in this time no one really thinks anything of it. Everything has gone digital so all it takes is for a person to pick up their phone, open an app, and scroll quickly through the news. No one thinks about the person who is running into harms way, getting arrested for trying to tell the truth, and keeping silent until their death to keep the story safe. I think was really motivated me in this module was the fact that this was my original dream job. When you are kid you have a bunch of things that you want to be when you grow up. I had the dream to be a journalist and tell everyone the news. I would go to the Newseum with my parents that is up in Washington D.C. and would stay there for hours looking over countless newspapers with so many stories to tell and it was just so moving to me. Then I would look at the photojournalists who would capture the lives of the weak and the voiceless. It was that kind of power that came from a story and image that really pushed me in this module. It reminded me that there is so much that we learn from the news and that I take it for granted. I learned from this module that there are a ton of programs and sites that are there just to protect journalists. I learned that the number of deaths is way more than I ever wanted to see. I learn that this is the risk that they knew had to be taken. It is all for the truth to be heard and to let there be no more silence.
This is the last module of the semester. This has been an eventful semester and I can’t wait to share the final product of this project. I decided to join the Journalism Module. The reason I chose this module is because when I was younger my dream was to become a journalist. I loved to write and I was obsessed with newspapers. I loved just reading the news and learning about what was going on all over the world. As you can tell now that wasn’t the path that I ended up on but I still believe that journalism and journalists are the unsung heroes in the media world. I decided that I wanted to do my module on breaking the barriers of journalism and research what risks were taken when it came down to getting a story. I started out by looking up journalism. I wanted to see if there were websites that were for journalists like a hub that they would just gather together and talk about their experiences. I discovered something different. I found a ton of protection programs. When coming upon this discovery it didn’t fascinate me, it actually made me very nervous. I was concerned that in order for these websites to be so popular and on the top of the list of results when it comes to google than it must be a prevalent issue. I then began to research more into these protection programs and started to find a bunch of statistics. Now at first glance it just seems that there were a bunch of numbers thrown at me all spread across a world map. It wasn’t until I started to read further into the numbers that it wasn’t just a number it was a human life. It was a life that was lost during their line of duty as a journalist. There was a total of 71 deaths that had a motive behind their deaths. That meant that each of those deaths were intentional. It was a disturbing fact to find and it just drove me over the edge. I came into this module with a passion to find out more about journalism and how much it has changed over time. In some ways it has with the way technology gives them better access for people to get right into the heart of the action. It also showed me how dangerous it is to just get down to the truth and for men and women to take a risk to voice the unvoiced. I decided to make a video as my final product of this project. I am going to find images, clips from videos, add personal audio of my voice and have a song in the background to just shine a light on journalism for how unappreciated it is right now. This is what i have so far and I can’t wait to give you guys the final product.
Our Timeline showed an overall representation of the 2006 RCA Alarm clock. From where some pieces were created to figuring out if the company no longer existed. These were the issues that we faced when it came to this archeology project. In my reflection I talked about my process of finding my individual pieces and how hard it was just to get an exact match let alone a location on the World map. In my reflection I stated: ” When we started taking it apart we had no idea how much was going to come out of this clock. We found out soon enough that there were plenty parts in the device but the challenge would be cataloging the parts online. I started out originally working on the plastic outside of the clock itself but I soon realized that there was no way for me to research the location of the manufacturer. All I found off the pieces is a small calendar that was etched into both the front and the back part which showed when they reviewed the part before it was shipped off. I then thought well maybe I can work with the speaker. I started to research it and it was so much harder than I thought finding the brand of this speaker let alone the specific speaker itself. At first I found an old website that had speakers of that brand that is on the speaker but I dug deeper and found an updated website. The company specializes in speakers specifically that brand and it seems that they work in a complex. Then I started to work on a capacitor since the plastic was a fail on finding any more information. I went on to find that the brand orient is really an impossible little thing to find on the internet. They would sell 1000 packs of these capacitors but all that they had for the information was that it was made in Taiwan. It took a lot of research but I found the company and I have to say it was pretty satisfying.”
Here are the pictures of the outside of the clock:
These are my parts that I researched and the timeline is the final result. I also have a document of parts and the information which is below:
Company: Zhejiang Innuovo Loudspeaker Co., Ltd. Hengdian Group
Information about the company: This company has been around since the 1980’s specializing in TV speakers, car speakers, multimedia speakers, hi-fi speakers and theatre speaker systems.
Address: Hengdian Industrial Section, Dongyang City, Zhejiang 322118, China, Dongyang Shi, Jinhua Shi, China, 322118
Date Created: Late 2005
http://zilclhg.en.china.cn/About-Us/ (Updated Version)
Part: Capacitor (16V 1000mF 85°)
Company: Orient Semiconductor Electronics
Information about the company: This company focuses on manufacturing services and working on electronics in fields of industrial control to automotive and military.
Date Created: Late 2005
Address: Orient Semiconductor Electronics Ltd.
9 Central 3rd St. N.E.P.Z.
Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan ROC
This project has been a doozy. When we started out with this project we had no idea what kind of device we were interested in, what we were going to get out of breaking it apart, and the purpose of this project as a whole. So one of the members of my team found an old digital RCA alarm clock that was created around 2006. When we started taking it apart we had no idea how much was going to come out of this clock. We found out soon enough that there were plenty parts in the device but the challenge would be cataloging the parts online. I started out originally working on the plastic outside of the clock itself but I soon realized that there was no way for me to research the location of the manufacturer. All I found off the pieces is a small calendar that was etched into both the front and the back part which showed when they reviewed the part before it was shipped off. I then thought well maybe I can work with the speaker. I started to research it and it was so much harder than I thought finding the brand of this speaker let alone the specific speaker itself. At first I found an old website that had speakers of that brand that is on the speaker but I dug deeper and found an updated website. The company specializes in speakers specifically that brand and it seems that they work in a complex. Then I started to work on a capacitor since the plastic was a fail on finding any more information. I went on to find that the brand orient is really an impossible little thing to find on the internet. They would sell 1000 packs of these capacitors but all that they had for the information was that it was made in Taiwan. It took a lot of research but I found the company and I have to say it was pretty satisfying. Overall this project was something I never expected to do in college but what I took from it was that if you really dig deep enough there will be something you can find about an object that might be a little outdated. There were ups and downs but we got it done!
It is said that there is around 27 million slaves in the World. In this lifetime. That is a number many of us would never imagine. We think that because our nation has ended it, that its not still prevalent in other nations. What we see as slavery, the other countries see as a way of life. It feels like there is no end to this cycle. The worst part about this is that by purchasing items that we use everyday we are continuing the cycle and we are supporting that these men, women, children, and the elderly have this type of treatment. In class when we had our debate of no longer purchasing these items it took hearing both sides to see how difficult it would be to end slavery. Even if our country would stop purchasing items it wouldn’t stop all of the other countries from purchasing. There would still be others who continue this cycle but it would take all of us as a world to come to a realization that we need to take action. This mistreatment on others isn’t the way life is supposed to be. We need to think of ways to make this reality a part of our history and keep it in the part. There is a saying that the point of history is that we don’t repeat ourselves. As a nation we are proud to no longer have slavery but by purchasing it from countries who have it how does that make us any better? It makes me question my actions and wonder what ways I can make a difference and make slavery and the harsh conditions of the work force more aware. These are my thoughts.