Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sliding into home...

The multimedia project is coming along nicely!! I can't wait to reveal it to the rest of the class. Recently, the other girls and I met with our two actors for the commercial we were planning to shoot. It went SOOOO smoothly!! We were all very proud and amazed at how easy it was thought of, produced, and shot. We used former Miss Clemson, Brooke Eaves, and a guy from the "baseball team", Corey Cox as our two "celebrity" endorsements. They were great, the commercial, billboard, and print ad fell into place perfectly, and our group couldn't be more ecstatic. 

Billboard (above)
Commercial (below)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Let's Get Together and It'll be Alright!

I love my group! Megan, Elizabeth and Kati are all wonderful and we work well together. We got into the group today, no one but Elizabeth and I really knowing each other, but we got the majority of our work done. We were only given about 45 min - 1 hour to brainstorm and come up with ideas for our group project that will have to be presented in a few short weeks. Our group came up with the new brand, "HottStuff Sunscreen". I think we're all pretty excited about it! We've already split up the work evenly and everyone is happy about the part that they've been assigned to complete. I know I can't wait to finish up this project and tell the rest of the class about our new, wonderful product.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Today we analyzed the lyrics from U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" rhetorically looking for the rhetorical devices such as ethos, pathos, and logos. I LOVED this assignment because it's something that definitely relates to me. I love music and therefore, when putting lyrics and music to things I should be learning, I will pick up the meaning more clearly and faster. When Deanna pulled out the lyrics for us to analyze my mind went racing back to my 10th grade english class when we used to analyze music, poems, and all sorts of things rhetorically. The main thing that i loved about that class though was one week deemed "Coffee Shop" where each student had to bring in a different song each day, and then describe how they had analyzed it. This way of teaching - using these types of exercises - definitely helps to keep things in my mind. 
(lyrics from Sunday Bloody Sunday) -->

I can't believe the news today
Oh, I can't close my eyes and make it go away
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?
'Cause tonight we can be as one, tonight

Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across the dead end streets
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up, puts my back up against the wall

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

And the battle's just begun
There's many lost but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?
'Cause tonight we can be as one
Tonight, tonight

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your blood shot eyes

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

And it's true we are immune when fact is fiction and TV reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die
The real battle just begun to claim the victory Jesus won on

Sunday Bloody Sunday
Sunday Bloody Sunday

Friday, March 27, 2009

Under Construction

Today I met with Deanna to revise my research paper. We were supposed to take the revisions the class had done online, and then come up with three problem areas that Deanna and we could go over together, individually.  I had one paragraph about statistics that she really helped me clean up and make more decipherable, and then she found places where I had cited work incorrectly.  The whole process, for me at least, only took about 10 minutes with Deanna and those 10 minutes made a world of difference! Before I met with her, there were a lot of confusing places in my paper (because I worked with numbers so many times), but following the revision meeting, when I had people proofread my papers, no one seemed to be stumbling.
Thanks, Deanna. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009


-- no post necessary this week... yayyy

It's beach time, baby!! =)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mash-Up Music

I've been listening to "Numb-Encore" by Lincoln Park and Jay-Z since it first came out when I was in high school and until today i never knew that it was actually a "music mash-up" combining two songs together to make one.  When Deanna showed us the other examples she had found on youtube I was amazed. I love, love, LOVE music and I think that more artists should get together and combine their music to make musical greatness. This would definitely help sell a few more albums, and these songs just seem to be a little more entertaining than the rest. 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Violence in Video Games - Interesting viewpoint

This is a big controversy in our society today!! When I opened my textbook I was planning on reading about how horrible violent video games are for kids and the influence on their lives. Yet when I started reading the chapter, the very first article was about the positive influence violence in cartoons/video games helped some kids conquer their fears. The author of the first article in the chapter wrote about how he used to relate himself to the Hulk so that he could feel stronger, more included in the real world. In fact, being the Hulk and living vicariously through his character, the author of the article did in fact gain friends and confidence.
So... some video games may be harmful to kids (Columbine shooting) but as far as this guy's self esteem goes, these bad characters definitely helped him out and changed his life.