An Emblem in Progress…

November 29, 2010

Family: Drives in a car with my dad.

Corvette Symbol

Community: River Raisin

Downtown Bridge

Entertainment: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sarah Michelle Gellar

“Once More With Feeling”- Musical Episode

Career: Karl Marx

There are somethings that capitalism can’t buy.



Exercise 5

November 22, 2010

I. Automatic Emblem

Street Corner Society

When you are in Trojan Country (Monroe, MI) even the street lamps have team spirit. It synches auto travel as well as give the intersection some well deserved appeal. Once you see this streetlamp you won’t be able to fight Trojan Fever and you’ll have to make a stop by the local high school on Friday night to see the Trojans shine. Buy concessions- support the Boosters!!!

(Ready-mades: Monroe High School Trojan Mascot & “Street Corner Society” by William Foote Whyte)

II. Default Moods

I look at the paper in front of me. It is a script. It is a poem entitled Ulysses, not the novel, but a poem. There are so many scribbles and notes on the page that I can hardly make out the difference between the author’s words and my own. Interesting concept. For the few seconds that I perform this poem I become sort of the author in a way. I retell the story in a way that is unique and has never been done before. I carve myself into history as being an individual- at least for the moment.

I am an actor.

I am dressed in all black.

I am performing today as a part of a project on Readers Theatre. I didn’t have to memorize my lines, so only little nerves, but the nerves still exist. I am part of a creative project for a friend- if I fail, does she fail? I don’t believe so, but the fear still resonates in my mind. I look out at the few people in the audience: her teacher, her classmates, that’s all. There is little pressure, but as a dedicated actor I still must do my job. I still must tell the story.

I depend on my voice, because there are no hand movements. I have to raise and lower my intonation and volume in order to create the character and scene.

I stand next to a friend, she is a fellow reader in the same theatre. We are a team for the moment. This is powerful stuff. I’m just an actor, but for the time being, this is not a solo. I must keep in mind my audience, my teammates, and my director.

I have to entertain, and that is exactly what I plan to do.

Too dramatic?


Following a Template

November 18, 2010

1. Things

2. Material Attributes or Properties

3. Atmosphere

4. Feeling

Sarcasm, Wit, Quiet, Discussion, Question

5. Woldview

College student, son of upper middle class educators, second child, parents are seniors

6. Morality

Listen, Understand, Morals, Laugh

November 12, 2010

Liberal Arts and Sciences – well being

  • being able to follow your passion
  • not focusing on our immediate future (not necessarily career driven)
  • world view
  • open mindedness
  • trying to become a more well rounded person
  • seeing life different angles and aspects
  • being yourself- following what you want to do, your dreams- not working for the career of the future

Ad Ideas

  • Scooby is never on a leash- free to roam
  • Scooby comes at life from a dog’s point of view- he’s the outsider looking in
  • What would the Mystery Inc. be without those “screw-ups” of Shaggy and Scooby


Flashback of Scooby Doo as a pup, other puppies are chasing tennis balls and eating dog food, but Scooby is not happy- clearly not his passion

Lost Dog Poster

Shot of puppy (sad, lost puppy) looking for his place in the world

Finds an earlier version of Mystery Inc. in an alley way with “Bay Watch” slow moments of uniting

Final shot: He is “himself” in the Mystery Inc.


November 11, 2010

Throughout the last two projects patterns have emerged.

Enough said?

No, not quite.

Unfortunately, it is much harder to find the patterns and articulate them, rather than just say that they exist. I believe that most of the patterns that exist in my projects are in the formatting and organization of the two projects. For both projects I made a point to make it as organized and as “filed” as a possibly could. Each page has its own link, and each page will lead you clearly to another. There is no guessing game when it comes to my project. There is a linear fashion that I like to follow when it comes to projects- a way for me to keep track of my thoughts and make sure the end result is in line.

When I look through my assignments and past comments I find:

This girl.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer runs through all the discourses of my popcycle:

Family– I watched this show with my dad when I was growing up, we watched it religiously.

Career– After watching an episode of Buffy, I decided that I wanted to try acting as a career.

8:34- “The Moment”

Community– Throughout life I have tried to create my own “Scooby Gang” like Buffy had in the show- I’ve also tried to match the ingenious wit found in the show. (successfully????)

Entertainment– It’s a show, I have all the seasons on DVD. I watch them when I’m on Winter Break.

The final pattern that I have always recognized in everything I have done in this class is that I am long-winded. I have a lot to say… and I say it. Possibly at the expense of the reader. I’ve had a really hard time trying to understand “haiku logic” and trying to cut down on the words. Is everything necessary? Can it be explained through media- or some other discourse? Possibly, it is something that I still have some work to do before Project 3. Maybe, for me, I have to imagine a word maximum instead of a minimum word count. That would shake things up.





Here are some tunes for your listening pleasure.

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Project 2, Where Are You?

November 5, 2010

For Project 2, Check out this new episode of Scooby Doo that was just released:

Episode 1820: Laterns and Lochness!?!?

It’s better than a pile of Scooby Snack s, trust me.


For Project 2

November 3, 2010

Part II:

Looking for the mood or the atmosphere of a story

Taking the focus off of us and focusing on ficelle

It’s not what you felt, but what was going on around you

Creating an anecdote

Setting, events, atmosphere will create the mood

We are situated within a community

Even if we reject the value of the community it is still there

Things can have value that are not “valuable” to the city government, but are important to the community

rituals, stories that the community tells itself

Locating our “Fats Waller”

Our community tells us “what’s the matter with you- you should want to be a part of this!”