At first, writing on site was a difficult concept for me to grasp. What would taking words from a paper and putting them in a non-traditional setting do? Yet, as i thought about it, there is literary value to every sticker that covers the light post, and ever unfinished graffiti on the side of a train. In the city there is much evidence of this. However, in the lowly suburbs of New Jersey, someone violating the traffic light pole with a sticker is a felony that warrants a full on search for the criminal. Seriously, the town that i live in and the other surrounding towns have nothing better to do than to arrest people for petty crimes. But, in my eyes how can a measly little sticker (assuming there is nothing offensive on it) warrant authoritative action? Since I could not “vandalize” anything in my town, I decided to decorate two of my family’s cars with classic childhood books. I chose to use Dr. Seuss because of the infantile nature of the writing. A majority of children today still use his books in order to gain a better handle on reading. Taking something that everyone knows, and putting it on an unconventional surface is in itself a statement I wanted to make. However, I thought it would be interesting to not only plaster the words on the car, but to also scramble every line up. I had to type out every word in the book by myself due to the fact that I could not find a plain text version. I found that Dr. Seuss books have a lot more writing in it than I first thought. As i typed out Green Eggs and Ham, I started to panic. Towards the end of the second page I decided that I needed to take out every repeating line so I could fit it on the side of a car. I then went on to type out Go Dogs Go, and realized that this book had nearly no repeating lines, and was just as long. Luckily I figured I could fit it on the truck, and let Green Eggs and Ham take over the Honda. I had planned on doing a third car, but my candidate dropped out (while also taking the GoPro I intended to use). I thought that I had handwriting that would make the books plague the entire surface of the vehicles, however, when i began to write on the hood of the truck I was mistaken. I decided it would be better to plaster it along one entire side. Surprisingly, it took up the whole side, with almost no room to spare! On the Honda, I wrote significantly smaller, but i still wanted it to take up an entire side. The colors also came out differently than anticipated. The red came out sort of pink, and the green was difficult to see on the windows. Over all I was pleased with how the cars turned out. I decided to write the name of the book (when it appeared in context) in a different color. I was surprised actually, that Go Dogs Go only said the phrase once. On the other hand, even when taking out duplicate lines Green Eggs and Ham made several appearances. My plan was to decorate a car with a classic and well-known children’s book, and park the car in a well populated place. A GoPro would then be mounted on the dashboard, and I wanted to capture people’s reactions. Unfortunately, not many in my family were okay with driving around with Dr. Seuss on their car, and my initial volunteer bailed as well. I achieved what I had planned, but not to every extent.
I could not decide what book to base a twitter account on, so I decided to create a GenGen. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I thought that it would be fun to create hypothetical break-up situations. I wanted to incorporate a nearly inappropriate situation with a verb, a body part, and a celebrity. However, after watching this project unfold, I found that a lot of the entries don’t make much sense (or just aren’t that funny). So this morning I thought I could revamp Clue situations. I made it my goal to include nearly every character in Harry potter in this spread sheet. As i typed out the different names I could think of and find on a Wikipedia page, I realized how many unimportant people were included. I thought it would be interesting to explore the different situations a random generator would come up with this popular story. While reading a series as long as Harry Potter it is easy to lose track of every thing that happened and every character in the novels. I included a wand type and a place in order to make it fit the clue model. Although this bot has just started tweeting I think I like it more than the seemingly poorly thought out break up bot.
I decided to transcribe a line every five minutes from an episode of Game of Thrones. The episode is the ninth of the second season. Titled “Blackwater”, it is the battle that the Lannistters fight against Stanis Baratheon. In it, there is Tyrian’s inspiring speech, and Cersei Lannister’s loss of composure to Sansa and the other maidens. I created a Twitter page, and only added the bare minimum of information. I embezzeled the page with typical pictures that are associated with Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture any of the iconic lines from that episode. I follwed this Twitter account with my personal one, and took snapshots of how each tweet appeared on my timeline. This being one of my favorite episodes from the series, I felt that it was an inadequate way to portray the epic story. Ads even blocked myself from viewing all of the tweets in succession on my own profile. I thought about doing two episodes, but decided that the twitter page would then have to be changed completely. Maybe it would have been better to make the time inbewteen each tweets shorter, so I could catch more of the lines that I love. If i had time to transcribe the entire first season this project might have been more successful. In addition, one could only speculate on how this Twitter account could affect others because the account is only followed by me (and I plan on deleting it or simply not using it after today).
This project is obviously the most challenging one of the semester so far. I wanted to take one word and write it in as many random places as I could, and contemplate the impact that it would have on any individual that saw it. I thought about using ‘why’ as the word, but thought that was too philosophical (or something). I decided to be optimistic, and write different variations of the word ‘yes’ (including ‘uhm yea’, ‘yeah’, ‘yup’, and even some punctuation). The pictures aren’t very high quality, so the collage did not come out very pretty as one would say. However, some of the pictures have had certain impacts on me. For example, one of the ‘yes’ chalk drawings is on a chair inside a casino. I guess I was thinking about luck, and what influence this could have on a gambler’s confidence. Meanwhile, there are two pictures from inside the casino bathroom as well. These could be interpreted more negatively, depending on how the night is going. In all honesty the casino was an extremely depressing place, and my wall notes captured my feelings about the atmosphere. The sticky note on the bathroom mirror is easy enough to understand. Just like a gambler’s confidence, self-confidence can be changed by those simple letters. Many of the other thoughts I had on each image are difficult to explain, so I’ll comment on why i chose to include a ‘no’ and a ‘?’. Those together made me feel like whether or not you see the word yes or yeah or yup, you can still have doubts. Nothing is permanent and everything is subject to question. Maybe that is a little too philosophical, but i digress.
This meditation made me feel like I was on the other end of the creative process. We have mostly been taking apart text that is written by another person and manipulating that text by hand or with a generator. Using my own text gave me a sense of how distant the final project really is. For the GenGen text generator, I decided to make up “Xtreme Sports”. While writing the individual boxes, I found that it would be hard to make all of the boxes coincide with the other boxes in other columns. The results do not make me feel responsible for the words; I feel unattached to the final project. This could be because I had a sense of the results that I wanted, and of course I can’t always get what I want!
For the second project, I wanted to take one of the speeches Shylock gives in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and use the Markov model to manipulate it. I copied twenty-eight lines that read (Without line breaks):
I have possessed your grace of what I purpose, and by our holy Sabbath have I sworn to have the due and forfeit of my bond. If you deny it, let thy danger light upon your charter and your city’s freedom. You’ll ask me why I rather choose to have a weight of carrion flesh than to receive three thousand Ducats. I’ll not answer that, but say it is my humour. Is it answered? What if my house be troubled with a rat, And I be pleased to give it ten thousand ducats to have it baned? What, are you answered yet? Some men there are love not a gaping pig, some that are mad if they behold a cat, and other when the bagpipe sings i’th’ nose cannot contain their urine; for affection, mistress of passion, sways it to the mood of what it likes or loathes. Now for your answer: as there is no firm reason to be rendered why he cannot abide a gaping pig, why he a harmless necessary cat, why he a woollen bagpipe, but of force must yield to such inevitable shame as to offend himself being offended, so can I give no reason, nor I will not, more than a lodged hate and a certain loathing I bear Antonio, that I follow thus a losing suit against him. Are you answered?
Since I didn’t completely know what I was doing, the settings on my first attempt led to this repetitive poem-like work. After trying to figure out how to work the settings (not very successfully), I ended up with this:
they behold a cat, why he cannot contain their urine; for affection, mistress of passion, sways it to the mood of
what it likes or loathing I bear Antonio, that are mad if they
behold a cat, and by our holy Sabbath have possessed
your charter and your charter and
your grace of what it likes or loathes.
for your charter and your grace of what it likes or loathing I
bear Antonio, that
I follow thus a
losing suit against him. Are you answered?t if my house be
troubled with a rat, And I be pleased to give it ten thousand Ducats. I’ll not,
a lodged hate
and a certain loathing I bear Antonio, that are mad if they behold a cat, why he cannot contain their urine; for affection, mistress of
it to the mood of what it
likes or loathes. Now for your
answer: as there is no firm reason, nor I will not, more than to receive three thousand Ducats. I’ll not answered? What if my house be troubled with a rat, And I be pleased to give no reason to
be rendered why he cannot contain their urine; for
affection, mistress of passion, sways it to the mood of what I follow
thus a losing suit against him. Are you answer that, but say it is my humour. Is it answered?mless
These were the settings I used:
For this part of the project, I felt like I had more control over the outcome than I did with my “Xtreme Sports”. i generally like to have more of a hands on approach to the words that I am manipulating. To me, I like to be able to see what I am creating without inputing settings and pressing “create” to make a final product. However, these generators made me realize how easy it is to manipulate a text so much that even one word could be made unrecognizable.
I had anticipated recording my family for the audio transcription, but I felt uncomfortable being in it myself. Once i decided to find a clip that already exists, I had no idea what to search for and how to find something that is not scripted. So, I searched very generally for a “non-scripted conversation” under youtube videos. Luckily, there are actually people who just randomly record themselves for others’ entertainment. The two girls describe the video, “Me and a friend randomly taking cuz we were bord this is non scripted its how we usually talk hope you enjoy byyyy!!” I thought it would be interesting to transcribe it two different times, once without watching the video and without deciphering who is speaking. The second time I try to give more detail, and specify who is speaking.
hello hey im kaiya this is naomi thats naomi that idiot right there she tried to shove her dick in my mouth no i didnt it was your thumb i know no i wasnt trying to stuff my thumb in your mouth thank god yeah no shit uhmm no no isnt that how you do it were gonna talk about random shit yup so keep that in mind cause were bored and maybe a couple times i might run up to a car and scream cause im even more bored yeah i noticed that from the make sure you get that on camera yeah i noticed that from the time you said i will eat your first born child oh i got that from greatest freak out ever yeah and i said id kill you in your sleep she probably will maybe no i wont oh ok this things prickly thats what she said its the its the door matt thingy oh my god it is prickly it is prickly ow its fun to hit you
K: Hey, I’m Kaiya this is Naomi. Thats Naomi.
N: If you
K: That idiot right there.
N: She tried to shove her dick in my mouth.
K: No I didn’t!
N: It was your thumb I know. (laughing)
K: No. I wasn’t trying to shove my thumb in your mouth
N: Oh, thank god.
K: Yeah no shit. Uh no no, isn’t that how you do it? We’re gonna talk about random shit. Yeah so keep that in mind.
N: Yeah cause we’re bored, and maybe a couple times I might run up to a car and scream ‘cause I’m even more bored.
K: Yeah, I noticed that.
N: Make sure you get that on camera.
K: Yeah I noticed that from the time you said I will eat your first born child.
N: Oh yeah! I got that form greatest freak out ever.
K: Yeah and I said I will kill you in your sleep.
N: (whispering) She probably will.
K: Maybe, no I wont.
N: Oh, okay.
K: This thing’s prickly.
N: That’s what she said its the its the door mat thingy. Oh my god it is prickly! (panting) Ow!
I also had difficulty deciding what to turn into plain-text. While driving on the Garden State Parkway, I took a picture of a group of exit signs, and decided to take down all of the words and characters that I could make out in the picture.
CHEESEQUAKE 1 MILE BURGER KING STARBUCKS COFFEE sbarro Quiznos Sub TCBY LUKOIL EXPRESS & LOCAL EXITS EXPRESS EXITS 117, 105 Asbury Park South Jersey LOCAL ALL EXITS South Jersey PARKWAY DIVIDES EXIT 124 Sayreville South Amboy Main Street 138 T475304c 138
I decided to modify the same website that I had used in the last meditation. I thought it would be fun to see how many different ways I could manipulate the same page.
It was hard for me to figure out how to glitch an image without destroying it completely. After playing around with the same rose for about an hour, I decided to see how I could change a hundred dollar bill. The images started out looking like this,
Through my changes they ended up very distorted. However, I did find it hard to do anything to the picture of the new dollar bill without basically erasing the whole thing.