Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A little bit more: my process for responding to readings is very open ended but contains a few definite steps. I first pick a part of the work that intrigues me or catches my attention. I then proceed to explore all the different things that come to mind and how It makes me feel. I then to express this in a way that is relevant to the work and logically conveys my opinion referencing words and phrases from the text if needed.
This whole publication process has been an interesting one. I was a little bit reluctant to get into it at first because of how formal it seemed but after a while I embraced the concept, accepting it as effective. The Idea of a group of people sending out a call that that asks for the input of anybody who reads the call to clarify, elaborate, and inform people about a subject is pretty powerful. My group, who picked empathy and emotion for our subject, saw many people respond with all different types of pieces, some very scientific, and complex, others more general and life relevant, all providing insight and varying view points on human emotions and how they work within us. This process shows that we as a people can very quickly compile useful information from multiple sources into one, accessible document that can be shared with everyone to better their understanding of what ever is being shared.
Before ours and others publications were finalized all the contributing writers were asked to revise and refine their works for almost everything from clarity to grammar, even idea development. I have included some of my contributing papers in their revised form, color coded with red meaning editing of already existing material and blue being added text.
Seeing all the blue shows that sometime it takes me a couple of sessions of sitting down with a piece im working on to totally develop my ideas.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I have really been enjoying this section of the class where we develop our ideas on a larger scale and submit them to collections. I have been able to examine my writing processes to see how it works, and how ideas form and develop throughout the process. I said before that playing video games helps me write, but I wanted to dig deeper into exactly how they help. Initially when I begin writing many times if I do not know what exactly I want to say, I feel stress and intimidation. Playing video games greatly relieves stress for me and so I sometimes play them in sort bursts to calm myself before ideas have formed clearly in my head. They also aid these ideas in forming because I have found that if I walk away from something I am writing for a few minutes, the fatigue from sitting at my computer lessens and my mind clears up allowing thoughts to flow more freely and wander, sometimes in the right direction. I have found that playing music seems to have the same effect. It is calming and clears my head helping me rearrange jumbled thoughts into clearly connected "idea trees" that make writing so much easier.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The make itself was pretty tough to actually build. My topic was the research findings at Heart Math laboratories which were mostly intangible concepts about electromagnetic fields. Concepts that require a bit more consideration when being expressed in a material form. I started with the drawing above and proceeded to choose a medium through which to build it in three dimensions. After much pondering I decided to go with play dough as it is easy to mold and comes in many colors, which would be good for showing the affected brain-heart systems. In the end, i feel that even though this was not my favorite make, i still enjoyed the process and toy hack idea.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Reflecting on my reflections and posts so far in this class i have determined how I narrate myself. I have noticed that every post I have written, if isolated by it's self, pretty much describes a mini journey of myself towards a scientific discovery or realization. I think this method only works if handled the write way, that is also trying to include the progression and evolution of my thought processes through each journey so that my actions can be traced back to and explained by what dwells inside of me. some examples of this were when i wrote about my make cycle two and narrated my thoughts during song composition "I would then ask myself, what chord or intervals make me feel like i am in danger?" and "This leads me to the realization that no matter what we use to get closer to the truth, be it an apparatus or fabrication of materials or whatever, the origin of these powerful ways to the truth is within us". I feel this is an accurate way to narrate my scientific journey overall as I travel through life by arranging each re-telling of my experiences as a story that follows my thoughts and resulting actions.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
It was tough at first trying to represent certain parts of my journey through musical devices and techniques, and in the end may not have worked out so well, but i feel it was a good learning experience at least for expressing my ideas through music. The song went through a lot of phases and changes. I wrote it by basically thinking about something in my one pagers like the danger of science. I would then ask myself, what chord or intervals make me feel like i am in danger? After finding certain licks and progressions that conveyed the right feeling I pieced them together to make each section. The hardest part of composing was transitioning between section because usually a song embodies one idea but this one embodied four very different ideas so I had to find the right transitions that made the song flow and somewhat pleasing to the ear.
Here is a link to the video: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/106906463885989989488/albums/5929228898164358001/5929228897181941330?sqi=102837263751899366528&sqsi=245dcc4b-1452-4a6d-ac70-82db3db8f742&pid=5929228897181941330&oid=106906463885989989488
My one pagers are listed below(at least the last three that were digital) Soon to be added.