The next visual assignment I worked on this week was worth four stars and was called It’s a bird it’s a plane. I thought this was such an interesting assignment because there are so many photos of famous myths. It is crazy how one blurry picture can keep a myth alive. This project I decided to take a photo of something that might just be the famous sidekick Little Brain. For this assignment I had my friend Tyler get all dressed up in a costume that is similar to little brain’s lab coat which was really just my Hollister button down shirt. Then I had Tyler put on my roommates eye glasses to match Little Brain’s glasses. Lastly since Tyler is 6’4 I had him kneel for the picture so he would be closer to Little Brain’s height (which is 5’6). Then to make it a blurry myth like shot I had him peeking out of a door way down an unlit hallway. To make the image blurry I decided to first record a video of him doing the motion of poking his head out, then screen-shotted an image from there so it was extra un clear. My final image of the famous Little Brain being caught on camera for the first time ever!
The next visual assignment I did this week was worth 3 stars and is called Places of Peace.
I loved this assignment because it really made me think of the places that were important to me and what pictures could represent them. For this assignment I simply went through and picked 5 places that make me feel comfortable and peaceful and chose images to represent them. First Image I chose was my home in the general sense of Long Island. The comfort you get from knowing your neighbors and knowing exactly where you are going in a town or city because you have lived there your whole life. Then I chose my favorite little hide away site at home called Pirates Cove. It is a little shore right on the water with huge sand dunes that make for an awesome sunset spot. Another peaceful place I chose from home is a nature park with tons of interactive sites. This place is beautiful way to disconnect from our very connected world. It is full of paths, plants, sunflower fields, and my favorite part which is picture is a wooden sign that explains a large sphere in the middle of a section that represents a mailbox for those no longer on Earth so you can still write to your loved ones. Another peaceful spot for me is the basketball court. Basketball has always been a way for me to relive stress and just have fun with my friends. Lastly, my peaceful spot in Fredericksburg is at home with my four best friends and roommates in our backyard. I can always count on them and our cute little grill to relax me after a long hard day of school. I am so thankful for these spots.
First visual assignment I worked on this week was The Life of a Superhero assignment. I really love the idea that superhero’s seem to live such a glamorous life of saving people all day, but in reality they have to do normal things too!!! For this assignment I decided to make an image of Batman playing catch with a puppy, because who does not love puppies.
First step I did was look for an image of batman that would work for the idea of throwing a ball, which ended up not being successful. None of the images worked well for cropping onto another image. I started with this image of Batman, which did not work because his lack of legs.
So then I moved onto a picture of Batman with legs! So for my final image I used this picture to crop on top of the image of the dog playing fetch!
But to get his entire body into the photo app editor Pasteify I had to scale the size down slightly and really used this version of the image. I love using Pasteify because it is really simple and easy to use which is awesome since I have relatively low computer skills. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an app that allows them to crop and paste images together.
Then I added in the back drop for this image, which is of a cute little puppy playing fetch in the yard.
Then for the final image of Batman playing catch with his pup!
This was a relatively easy assignment to complete once I figured out the creative side and decided what I everyday activity I was going to have Batman doing. I now picture every superhero playing with their very own loyal sidekick pup!
This week was full of fun and creative assignments! First assignment I started with reading How Ancient Legends Gave Birth To Modern Superheros, watching The First ever superman cartoon, and watching Vonnegut on The Shape of Stories. After doing all of this research I wrote my first blog post of them week.
After this activity I started completing some of the writing assignments. First one I selected was the Day in the Life of A Superhero. This writing assignment was so much fun to complete, it really brought out my creative side.
Next writing assignment I tackled was Poem Parody. This was a very challenging but awesome assignment from the bank. I loved experimenting with different word choices throughout editing the original poem.
Then I did the assignment writing a letter to my future husband! This was kind of hard for me because you are writing a list of hopes and characteristics about a person that you might have no even met. I love thinking and planning for the future so this was a fun activity.
And finally my last writing assignment for week three was How does this song make you feel? I liked the idea of this assignment, but the directions on how you should complete it were slightly off in my opinion. I did not like that you had to tweet your song choice with all of the hashtags and your thoughts because there is not enough space to get out many thoughts.
Then I worked on my Character Dossier. This was such a fun collaboration with my roommates. They all helped me pick different parts of my superhero sidekick Little Brain. I also loved making a back story for him, figuring out how he developed and learned to control his abilities.
Then although I worked on my daily creates throughout the whole week I made one cumulative blog post containing all of the info on them last, check it out!
Also an awesome aspect of this week was everyone really getting involved with each other through commenting on each others blog posts, also liking and commenting on other people’s tweets! I know every single time I got a comment or response from someone I have felt more connected to this class and this community so that is awesome! Here are some of the comments and responses from this week below!
Plus many more! Love everyone getting more and more involved! Makes the class so much more fun!
This week for my daily creates I started with artsy photo or not?
— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) September 11, 2017
I loved this post because I have seen this concept in real life and think it is quite hilarious! I completed this daily create by taking a picture of duPont Hall from college ave because it is a nice artsy angle, but with some of my friends photo bombing it in a weird pose!
Then I posted this picture on Instagram but zoomed in so all you could see is the light post and the building and took a screenshot of it.
Then I used the Pasteify app to crop this image on top of the original image in the corresponding position for my final product and tweeted it!
— Jordan Pamlanye (@PamlanyeJordan) September 11, 2017
My next daily create was my super power selfie!
— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) September 13, 2017
This was pretty simple for me, I have always wished to fly, so I gave myself wings! All I did for this was google an image of wings and looked until I found ones that I liked enough to attach to my body! Then I used the editing app Pastetify to crop wings on to a preexisting selfie of me and tweeted it!
— Jordan Pamlanye (@PamlanyeJordan) September 13, 2017
My last daily create this week was probably my favorite I have done so far. It was Stand like a superhero.
— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) September 14, 2017
To complete this daily create I hit my best superhero pose, chest out, hands on hips, and looking up towards the sky. But, my favorite part of this assignment was adding my best attempt at a comic book filter. I used this new app I discovered called PicsArt to get this super cool filter! This was my final product!
— Jordan Pamlanye (@PamlanyeJordan) September 14, 2017
The more daily creates I complete the more I am enjoying them!
Introducing Little Brain, the smartest sidekick in the super universe.
Little Brain, human born name Brian Smalls was born in Augusta, Maine on December 20, 1996. Brian was just a 5’6, plump, nerd with glasses. When Brian was a little 10 year old boy his whole world changed. Brian was studying late one night in the public library during a terrible lighting storm. Brian was so tired after reading for hours that he fell asleep on a neuroscience textbook. Then lighting struck through the ceiling and hit Brian right on the brain. Brian woke the next day in the hospital with minor injuries, but a major change, he could now read people’s minds. He was so shocked and confused by his ability he did not tell anyone, except for one person, his doctor. Brian told him because he read the doctors mind, and figured out that he was the famous Doctor Blot, the fastest superhero in the North East. Brian trained with his doctor for years learning to control his gift while hiding it from his mom Debora and his father Chris. Since Brian was an only child he did not want to scare his parents with his oddity, so Brian Smalls lived two lives.
Fast forward 10 years, Brian is finally an adult, 20 years old, but still 5’6 and plump. Doctor Bolt asked him to take over the roll of a full time sidekick. They use their speed and brain power to take down every evil being that steps foot into the North East. Their arch nemesis is The PSYCHO-logist, use to be a psychologist who did one too many clinical trials on his brain frying his emotional and decision making structures. He does not feel remorse or pain, making him extremely dangerous. The PSYCHO-logist is their toughest villain because he knows Little Brain’s Kryptonite, hats, headbands, and helmets. If the individuals brain is blocked from him in anyway it makes reading their minds impossible.
Little Brain still to this day hides his true identity from his parents pretending to be a local librarian. They remain a close family having dinner together every night. Brian Smalls and the famous sidekick Little Brain continue to live the same, but separate lives.
My last assignment bank writing assignment for this week was worth 1 and 1/2 stars and it was called How does a song make you feel?
“Choose a song that elects a certain feeling within you. Copy the youtube/soundcloud URL to a Twitter post, and tell us what feelings this song brings you. Does it make you happy? sad? pumped? seductive? strong? let us know your feelings while listening to the song! You can add things such ” at :23 seconds, the hook dropped and it made me want to flail my arms around and scream”. Have fun with this!!”
Here is my tweet:
— Jordan Pamlanye (@PamlanyeJordan) September 14, 2017
I love the idea of this assignment, but executing the goal of it in only a 140 character tweet was a little impractical, so I will add some of those thoughts here in this blog post instead!
The song I chose was “Sixteen” a song off Thomas Rhett’s new album called Life Changes. I chose this song first because it is one of my new favorites. Secondly, I love this song’s lyrics. It just reminds me how quickly life can pass you by when you are wishing to be older and wishing for the future. I think we all have a tendency to wish away some of the precious moments in life because we are so excited for the future. This song is a little reminder to take your time living life in the moment. I highly recommend this song to anyone who needs a reminder of treasuring life’s precious moments.
My next writing assignment from the bank this week was worth 3 and a 1/2 stars and was called Dear Future Husband.
“Ever think of things to say to your future husband or wife? Write down a short letter to your future husband or wife letting them know the things you want to see in them, expect, and hope the future will be like with them!”
Theoretically it is basically just writing a letter to your future husband, but it was actually quite challenging to write about someone that you possibly never have met. Especially because you are not totally sure what you will want in 5/10 years. This assignment really challenged my creative side.
Dear future husband,
I hope that you know I love you more than I could ever put into words, even though I do talk A LOT. I hope you are a full of compassion, drive, generosity, and love. I hope that you always show me kindness, and I always return the favor. I hope that you calm me down when I get overwhelmed, and you make me laugh when I think I am going to cry. I hope that we share a love like no other, not like a song, or a movie, but our own personal love story. I hope our marriage is filled with love, trust, and most of all laughter. I hope that through the best times we are standing hand in hand, and during the worst times we are holding each other up. I hope that we can continue to grow together and support each others dreams and goals. I want our relationship to be a friendship first, and a love second. Overall, I hope to have a love that lasts a lifetime.
I hope I am lucky enough to meet you one day.
Your future wife
My first writing assignment of this week was worth 3 stars, and it was the Poem Parody writing assignment.
“Take a poem and create a parody of it! Make a sonnet from Shakespeare into an ode to your cat, or rewrite Poe’s “The Raven” to be about Star Wars — shoot for anything you can come up with. The more ridiculous, the better! ”
I decided to pick this because I love poems and the importance of each word selected in one. So the idea of switching those to fit a new idea is super creative and challenging for me. I took this creative opportunity and related it back to the superhero theme of our class! First I search the internet for a poem that gave me enough time to put a whole superhero feel into it. Then once I decided on a poem I began editing switching up words until I got to my final product! Enjoy.
The Original: Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
The Remix: Still I Fly by Jordan Pamlanye
With your hope, superhero sized hopes,
You may hold my name up high
But still, like my cape, I’ll fly.Does my superness excite you?
Why are you overwhelmed with glee?
‘Cause I fly like I’ve got wings
Shooting out of my spine.
Just like villains and like enemies,
With the certainty of evil,
Just like the good soaring high,
Still I’ll fly.
Did you wish to meet me?
Mask and cape, and all?
Shoulders pushed back in pride.
Strengthened by your help me cries.
Does my power protect you?
Don’t you love that I am here
‘Cause I watch over you like you are
My family in my own back yard.
Villains may shoot me with their lasers,
Villains may cut me with their knifes,
Villains may kill me with their evil,
But still, like air, I’ll fly.
Does my hope upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got allies
At each one of my sides?
Out of the plenty of history books
Up from a different planet that’s way up in space
I’m a red like my cape, jumping high and strong,
Punching and fighting I defend the city.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a day full of unknown danger
Bringing the powers that my planet gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the city.
A day in the life of me Venus Shadow begins with breakfast, even superheros need the energy of the most important meal of the day. Then after I have my bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich I begin fighting crime with my trusty sidekick, Shade who is a black lab, and the most loyal companion ever. After my home planet Zynophorm exploded due to the evil Spambot I am all alone, except for Shade. Shade and I usually start a day of crime fighting in Copenhagen by hopping from shadow to shadow to transport quickly and check out all the local villains. We start on the South side patrolling the rogue angels territory. I can always tell when someone needs saving from them because when they attack a huge beam of light shines out, and since shadows are my specialty, I notice very quickly, almost as fast as the speed of light. Then once I take care of those guys, I move to the East side where my arch nemesis Spambot resides. He is continuously trying to destroy Earth and all its humanity just like he did to my home planet. I use my secondary power of controlling the icy zero-pressure vacuum of space to put out all of his fiery balls of doom and save Earth, but he always seems to slip away before I can get ahold of him. After Shade and I get through with the Spambot we head home for a hot shower, a home cooked meal, and dessert of course. Every day is a new battle for Shade and I, but we are happy to fight to keep Earth and all its inhabitants safe.
Here is a quick overview of my powers and backstory: