In-Depth Post #5

At our last session, my mentor and I focused on perspective. Instead of trying to copy an image as closely as possible, the image we were looking at, a brick house, was only a guideline. We added a fence, a sidewalk, a fire hydrant and other things to the image correctly by learning about perspective. My mentor explained vanishing points and how to use them to accurately place objects within the image. I already knew what a vanishing point was but I had not learned how to use two or more within the same image. That is what we were learning about. Mark lent me a little tool that allowed me to map out lines using two vanishing points. It was very useful that day. I image one could use a cut elastic band in the same way. We also learned how to find where to draw shadows in relation to the placement of the sun. Mark showed that the direction of the shadow can be found by drawing a line from the point on the horizon line directly under the source of light passed the bottom of the object and that where the shadow ends can be found by drawing a straight line from the source of light across the top of the object. I might have made that sound confusing but it was really easy to do on paper. Our drawings of the house are not complete but we will continue learning about perspective next week. We were very focused during this session, no discussions to report on.

Canada and Cultural Genocide

Cultural genocide is a term used to describe the deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of a people or nation for political, military, religious, ideological, ethnical, or racial reasons.
-http://jughaculturalgenocide.blogspot.ca/2010/12/about-cultural-genocide-what-is-it.html
In the early years of Canada, such atrocities were committed to the aboriginal peoples residing there. Today I am here to discuss how and why Canada committed cultural genocide.

When it came to committing genocidal acts, there are no shortage of examples. To commit cultural genocide, one must not only disrupt the traditions of the people, they must ensure that the children do not practice the traditions of, or even think like their predecessors. This was accomplished by displacing communities, forbidding certain languages and practices, and enforcing mandatory enrollment for aboriginal children in what Canada called “Residential Schools”.

Each of these acts are horrible and inhumane, but thankfully some of their culture survived, and the government is no longer intentionally committing such acts. Now while these are just a few examples of Canada’s actions, it is more than sufficient to say that Canada certainly attempted to commit cultural genocide. With that being said, it’s time to ask ourselves “why?”.

Early European settlers interacted with the aboriginals, and while under the crown few of the initial interactions were peaceful. The settlers wanted land from the “savages”, and the aboriginals merely wanted to leave in peace. The concept of land ownership was alien to them, so for it to be introduced and strictly enforced was brutal.

After Confederation, Canada once again expanded over aboriginal land. However this time it was for a tactical advantage against the United States of America, instead of just greed and the thrill of exploration. However, it was not only the land they took, but at this time residential schools began to exist.

When the school is on the reserve, the child lives with its parents, who are savages, and though he may learn to read and write, his habits and training mode of thought are Indian. He is simply a savage who can read and write. It has been strongly impressed upon myself, as head of the Department, that Indian children should be withdrawn as much as possible from the parental influence, and the only way to do that would be to put them in central training industrial schools where they will acquire the habits and modes of thought of white men.”                                     – John A. Macdonald 1879

At this point one can clearly determine that aboriginal culture was inferior to the European based culture the settlers had developed. It was this  thought that they were lesser that allowed the government to commit such horrible acts for what they saw as the greater good, without any admission of wrongdoing.

Ultimately when it came Cultural Genocide, it is no longer a secret to how many horrible acts Canada committed. While now the actions taken and reasons behind them seem horrid, hopefully we all can learn from the mistakes of the past to ensure a brighter future.

In-Depth post #5

 This is a conversation my mentor Moses and i had over messenger. Side note: Our conversations are very casual because my mentor says he is comfortable with it and doesn’t enjoy being addressed in a super businesslike way (basically, he’s not offended when I don’t end my sentences with periods sometimes.).
MOSES: Have you ever done a meringue cake?
Blue Hat (focus) or you got any recipe you want to try?
ME: I have never done a meringue cake
I’m looking at recipes right now
MOSES: nice nice
tell me if you find one that interests you
Blue Hat (focus) want to try working with fondant?
ME: Red hat (emotions) Yes, that would be cool!
MOSES: Any theme you want to try?
So many things to do with fondant(Green Hat (ideas/possiblities)
Yellow Hat (values/benefits) Prob do a wedding cake for the base, strongest and firmest cake, best for fondant
ME: Sure
(Green Hat (ideas/possiblities)How about thursday?
MOSES: works for me
(Green Hat (ideas/possiblities) any ideas for a theme?
ME: Green Hat (ideas/possiblities)Yellow Hat (values/benefits)  What if we made fondant cupcakes instead of a huge honking cake?
MOSES: that works also
(Green Hat (ideas/possiblities) do you want to do fondant figures or do like a cover over the top
ME: Hm
MOSES: or both
ME:(Green Hat (ideas/possiblities)Yellow Hat (values/benefits) What have you done in the past?
What about like spring themed
Flowers and stufF
MOSES:i did sea animals
ahh
thats nice
Yellow Hat (values/benefits) gum paste might be better for flowers n stuff
ME: What’s gum paste
MOSES: White Hat (information) kinda like fondant 
different ingredients and much firmer
ME: Oh
(these are pictures I sent for ideas) (Green Hat (ideas/possiblities)
 
 
MOSES: Red Hat (emotions)oooh nice
White Hat (information)/Black Hat (critical thinking)/Yellow Hat (values/benefits)  fondant is very filmsy when its thin
so people use gumpaste for flowers n stuff
ME: Black Hat (critical thinking)what do I need to purchase for this project
MOSES: White Hat (Information) Fondant (1 to 1 gram ratio of marshmallow and icing sugar)
Gum Paste (if you want to try making flowers n stuff)
ME: Black Hat (critical thinking) Where can I get gum paste?
MOSES: White Hat (information) Michael’s but expensive there
Black Hat (critical thinking) You can try superstore
Or try asking if they have tylose
White Hat (information) Tylose is the core of gum paste
ME: Black Hat (critical thinking)Would it be a better idea to make fondant or buy it?
MOSES:Fondant
Red Hat (intuition)I would say make it
Yellow Hat (values/benefits) It’s not too hard
Gum Paste is a different story
ME: Ok
MOSES: White Hat (information)/Yellow Hat (values/benefits)  Fondant is literally just mixing icing sugar with melted marshmallow

In-Depth post 4+1/2 MACARONS (can you tell i’m excited? I’m so excited)

SO PUMPED

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So, I made macarons for the first time!

They turned out much better than I expected. They actually looked and tasted like macarons. Mind = blown.

I seriously doubted that my product would be a success, because macarons are famous for being extremely difficult to master. My macarons weren’t perfect, but they were pretty good, in my opinion, for a beginner. I followed this macaron recipe and improvised the filling on my own.

I made raspberry macarons as well as homemade raspberry jam that went along with it. The jam was made from a handful of raspberries, boiled in the saucepan with a few spoons of sugar. Amazingly, it worked really well as my macaron filling.

Jamming

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My macarons were a bit dense on the bottom, and some of the cookies were hollow, but other than that, they tasted good.

I used this template to pipe the macarons all the same size. It was incredibly helpful.

Piped

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As you can see in the next photo, a few of the shells cracked, but most of them were intact.

Baked

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That’s all for my macaron post!

Précis

https://franciscan-archive.org/columbus/opera/excerpts.html

Archive, Franciscan. “Christopher Columbus: Log Excerpts.”

This website was quite interesting because it provided a translated version of Christopher Columbus’s logs, without speaking of any translation issues. It simply provides information, without providing any opinion of the material.

Monday, 6 August. The rudder of the caravel Pinta became loose, being broken or unshipped. It was believed that this happened by the contrivance of Gomez Rascon and Christopher Quintero, who were on board the caravel, because they disliked the voyage. The Admiral says he had found them in an unfavorable disposition before setting out. He was in much anxiety at not being able to afford any assistance in this case, but says that it somewhat quieted his apprehensions to know that Martin Alonzo Pinzon, Captain of the Pinta, was a man of courage and capacity. Made a progress, day and night, of twenty-nine leagues.

Maggie and I Miss You

19 June, 1864

Dear George,

Thank you for your letter, it’s great to hear your words again. Maggie misses you a lot as well and hopes you’ll be able to return soon. So do I.

As much as I have missed you, though, I must commend you on what you have done so far; I cannot tell you how proud I am of you. You have done your duty in the only way you know how, which is to say that you have done it not based on your own goals but with the health of a future united Canada in mind. I firmly believe that the federalized system of government is the right decision and I am so delighted to see that you are taking the steps necessary to achieve it, starting with reporting your stance as you have done.

I have also attached three local newspaper clippings to this letter about your recent speeches. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did as you have been doing some amazing work.

Although I am proud of what you have done, I wish you could come home soon. The thought of settling down here is dreadful to me. This is no way for us to live and it is most definitely no way to raise Maggie. She deserves to have a family that is both loving and present. While I know that you love her – both of us – unconditionally but she needs the stability of having both her parents here.

I’m not trying to berate you or anything; in fact, I am proud of your ardent desire to serve. However, as much as I love you for following your dream to be a politician, this is the not the life I wish to live and I know that one of the only reasons you stay on the Cabinet is so that our nation does not fall apart. However, your political friends must learn how to get along with each other without you. You have done what you can in your position as a politician to better our country and perhaps it is now time to resign and live your life as a full-time journalist. With that being said, please do not run again.

Lots of love,

Anne Brown

In-Depth Post #5 FIRST ANIMATION IS COMPLETE!!! (╯°Д°)╯︵/(.□ . )!

YES, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE TITLE I DID IT !!!!!!

I FINISHED MY VERY FIRST LEGIT ANIMATION IN LIFE!!

IN TWO MONTHS!!

Not to brag or anything, but I am actually so happy that I finished it on time. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve done in life. Let’s see, I began the model sheets on January 9th, the storyboards on January 18th, and then the animatics on February 2nd. So I technically didn’t start the actual animation process until February 3rd.

I wish there was an animator appreciation day….

Well, over the last few days I’ve finished colouring very quickly and began all the final sound effects and editing loads in Adobe Premiere (Which I downloaded the free 7 day trial of on my sister’s Mac since I’m desperate). Before that, I had to export the animation out of my Flash as a video file, right? Well, something went berzerk with my Flash and I spent a whole day trying to export the file properly. Very fortunately, I listened to Mr. Udell’s extremely wise advice and kept a separate copy of my work every day because…. You guessed it! The program crashed! Three times! Well, eventually things got sorted out and the animation was finally exported out of Flash as a MOV file!

After all the crazy exporting glitches, I imported the animation into Premiere on a separate device because I cannot afford to let my laptop crash again. Anyways, then I just put all the sound effects, and voice over that I’ve collected over the last few weeks during lunch with my fellow students and Mr. Jackson! Yes! Mr. Jackson! As I mentioned in my last post, Mr. Jackson is a very good voice actor and he kindly agreed to be my voice actor for the animation. If you don’t know, Tori, Megan, and Owen also very kindly agreed to be my voice actors during a lunch time rush. So I would like to thank them for their work. Don’t worry if you didn’t become my voice actor, I will make another animation and I will recruit new voice actors 😉

Janelle also finished making all the background music for the animation, so then I just had to put everything together. Which actually took a while because it’s my very first touching Premiere and it is—in my personal opinion— one of the weirdest Adobe programs to use. After a week of putting things together, I was technically finished with the animation! However, since I am also submitting the piece to the BC student film festival, I had to make a trailer too. Which isn’t all that bad because I’ve already learned how to use Premiere and everything. And then I just submitted the animation along with the trailer!!!

BEHOLD, MY HEART AND SOUL FROM THE LAST MONTH:

Trailer:

Animation:

 

I know it seems really short but if animation takes way longer than you expected. Please go and send those Disney animators some love, they are underrated.

Overall, I quite liked the animation process (besides those technical difficulties). I think I was a little rushed at the end which made some frames a little… sketchy. The rush was actually not necessary because I was faster than I expected on editing.

All in all, let’s see my beautiful mind conversation with Mr. Udell which was held before I finished this project.

*note: since I read the wrong post for the last blog, this time I’ll be covering topics I was supposed to last time and all….*

How to Listen:

Even though my last meeting was a rather short one, I was listening quite closely to my mentor because for this session I was showing him my almost-finished-not-really animation and looking for feedbacks.

What new information are you getting and what questions did you ask to probe further into the topic?

Discuss any new points of view you developed while in conversation with your mentor.

Before this post, there were still some major sound effects missing from the animation. Such as the sound of whipping when the characters move around and when the old guy stepped on the main character. Mr. Udell said that it’s almost like a squish sound, and he said I can even make this sound myself. I didn’t think of being the sound effect maker before, in fact, I barely thought the sound effects could be made by the human mouth. I never knew Mr.Udell was so good at demonstrating sound effects either What were some of the alternative perceptions that are new to you?

You know how my title of the animation is partially red? The “s” in “Flower(s)”? Right off the bat, Mr. Udell told me that the dark burgundy that I originally used was way too dark and indistinguishable with the black background. He also mentioned that the dark red letter would almost be impossible to see for those who are colour-blind, even those who are just not colour- sensitive. I never considered this before and I thought it was very cool that he brought it up.

I also learned that I can use sound effects from Creative Commons websites. Although that is actually not necessary because apparently, the student resources have thousands of sound effects. We have a license just for this kind of stuff. Man, if I had this information earlier, I wouldn’t have to pretend to fall on my knees at my house multiple to create sound effects.

Questions:

How am I supposed to start? All of my dialogues during the meeting were basically questions. Some examples are ‘Where especially would I put in the sound effects?”, ” How would I make these sound effects?”, “Is it okay if I used sound effects from websites online?”, “So you think the sound effects fit with the music?”. The last two examples, I realized was a shooting question. Shooting questions are quite important in this particular meeting, where I am searching for a multiple choice, or yes/no answer.

The fishing questions were mainly to probe further into topics I want to talk about but have no idea what will come out, for instance, one of the questions I asked was: “Any comments on the music?” I asked this question right after my talk about sound effects because that was what I wanted to focus on next. Both of us agreed that it’s not perfect, but it’s good for the amount of time I have. Another example is when I was clarifying for where the student sound effects were, “The sound effects are on the animation website, right?”. Guess what? I’m glad that I asked that question because it’s not. It’s on the school servers. It was a little disappointing because I didn’t get a chance to actually use those effects due to lunch meetings. This is another thing that I can add to my wishlist for my next animation, though!

I found it helpful when I repeat what my mentor said, but in the form of a question to clarify. It turns a mentor’s response into a shooting question for clarification. It’s a very specific method for getting an answer.

 

Okay, I think this is good enough for this post now. I’m taking a break y’all! (just kidding, I’ll start on my next model sheet pretty soon (;_;). Should I take a break? Well, in case if you haven’t noticed, this post is written before my glorious spring break, so yeah I am taking a break. But not for long….

See you on the other side of spring break! okay I’m using the same homemade gif again. I’ll see you on the other side of this gif

1-legit-animation

Movement in the Right Direction ~John A. Macdonald

September 9, 1864

Things are finally moving. The first conference on confederation has wrapped up just today, in a quaint place called Charlottetown. George E. and I let them have their fun on the first day – putting names to faces, mindlessly socializing, and just introducing ourselves to one another. However, we had very clear intentions and we knew that we could shift the focus from the Maritime union to Canadian confederation as a whole. On the second day, we took action and clearly laid out what we had in mind.

I’m a lawyer and an intellectual – I knew how to get them on our side. We outlines all the plans, ideations, concepts, and positive aspects that we had in mind for confederation. George and I make a fine duo, and we could see excitement and intrigue rise in the crowd as we spoke. We made it a “conversation,” except this conversation had winners. We changed the consensus from “eventually” to “the very near future.” This nation has so much potential, so much power just waiting to be honed. As the conference progressed, we got into specifics. Alexander Galt talked finance while George Brown took the lead on the touchy subject of division of power. They are fine men, and the amount of faith I put in them was rightly so.

Managing all these voices has not been an easy feat, however. Though the general idea isn’t causing too many conflicts, everyone’s wants differ. “What do we get from it?” they all say. If only they could see what I see, the potential Canada can unlock once we are independent. Yet we mustn’t forget about their wants, for appeal is key. We’ll shine light on equality for the French-Canadians, protection and security for the Maritimes, connection to Britain for all the loyalists, and the promise not to resemble America. Their civil war is a scare to us all, but if we pull through with unity I do not see a civil uprising in our future – not if I can help it.

Earlier today, a conclusion was reached. Confederation as a whole is seen as a benefit to our future, and seems like it can materialize if we continue to please everyone. The Maritime union was put off (thankfully), and we are ready to delve into the details. I am sure we can unite, come together, and empower one another.

I know I can do it. 

~John A. Macdonald

September 9, 1864

Things are finally moving. The first conference on confederation has wrapped up just today, in a quaint place called Charlottetown. George E. and I let them have their fun on the first day – putting names to faces, mindlessly socializing, and just introducing ourselves to one another. However, we had very clear intentions and we knew that we could shift the focus from the Maritime union to Canadian confederation as a whole. On the second day, we took action and clearly laid out what we had in mind.

I’m a lawyer and an intellectual – I knew how to get them on our side. We outlines all the plans, ideations, concepts, and positive aspects that we had in mind for confederation. George and I make a fine duo, and we could see excitement and intrigue rise in the crowd as we spoke. We made it a “conversation,” except this conversation had winners. We changed the consensus from “eventually” to “the very near future.” This nation has so much potential, so much power just waiting to be honed. As the conference progressed, we got into specifics. Alexander Galt talked finance while George Brown took the lead on the touchy subject of division of power. They are fine men, and the amount of faith I put in them was rightly so.

Managing all these voices has not been an easy feat, however. Though the general idea isn’t causing too many conflicts, everyone’s wants differ. “What do we get from it?” they all say. If only they could see what I see, the potential Canada can unlock once we are independent. Yet we mustn’t forget about their wants, for appeal is key. We’ll shine light on equality for the French-Canadians, protection and security for the Maritimes, connection to Britain for all the loyalists, and the promise not to resemble America. Their civil war is a scare to us all, but if we pull through with unity I do not see a civil uprising in our future – not if I can help it.

Earlier today, a conclusion was reached. Confederation as a whole is seen as a benefit to our future, and seems like it can materialize if we continue to please everyone. The Maritime union was put off (thankfully), and we are ready to delve into the details. I am sure we can unite, come together, and empower one another.

I know I can do it.