Friday, February 25, 2011

Talent Show Certificates

This was my original design for the certificates
I used the words high school for my certificates instead of upper school. I don't see why they call it "Upper School" anyway, so I just used the words High School. 
The four certificates are exactly like the one below, except for the First & Second place. Here's another example

Adobe Project Rome - Logos

So, today I worked with Adobe Project Rome, again. It's actually pretty fun. I like it, and the tutorials are not confusing to me, like the Photoshop tutorials were.
Today we had two assignments: Create a Logo, and make certificates for the winners of this weeks Talent Show - the Talent Show is tonight. I know mine won't get chosen, but I'll try anyway. 
Here is my logo assignment. Its not very good, and I didn't follow all of the steps, because something went wrong and I couldn't work with the glyph tool or whatever its called. 

I like my work, though, even though it may not be exactly what the teacher is looking for. Well, I'm going to go work on the certificates, and then I'll blog in a little bit. STAR is an imaginary company, and thats my logo for my imaginary company.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Adobe Project Rome

Ok, I take back what I said last class period. I hate Adobe Project Rome. I looked at the tutorial, and I realized it was almost exactly the same as Photoshop. 
Great. Just my luck. 
Well, then I used the tutorial and I found that this is somewhat easier than Photoshop. I like it a lot more than Photoshop, too. It's not really that good, but here's my Adobe Project Rome tutorial results. 

By the way, the words in the star is a Lady Gaga song quote. 
"My mama told me when I was young, we were all born superstars." It's from the song "Born This Way". 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Adobe Project Rome

I'm guessing that my next project/assignment/whatever will be on Adobe Project Rome. It's not actually that bad. Its similar to Pages, in my opinion, with a few extra things that Pages doesn't have. It's not as simple as Pages, which is a down side. I'm going to play with it for a little bit, as I'm not familiar with the program. 
I'll be watching the rest of the presentations today. Like I said on Wednesday, I was so nervous but so glad to have gotten that over with! :) 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Today, I will be making a Wiki article about Animoto, my web 2.0 tool. There's really not much to say about this. It's just like creating a paper on Animoto. 

Wiki Article Animoto

I also got to present today. I get really really nervous when I have to present (even after taking speech class). My voice sounds all weird when I present, and it's just because I'm nervous. But I'm glad I got that over with. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wiki Article

So, I have no idea what the point of creating a Wiki Article about our web 2.0 tool is. We did Keynote presentations already. Can we please just be done with this project and move on? 
We had to do our rough drafts today, and it wasn't fun cause we had to have memorized it. I did, for the most part. But my information wasn't as long as it could have been if I was looking at my presentation on the Mac. 
I enjoy writing, but on the computer. I hate writing with pencil & paper. I discovered a long time ago that I type three times faster than I write. I don't even have to look at the keys, and I can even look at a piece of paper and type it on the computer at the same time, with barely any spelling errors. So, yes, I tend to type a lot of my school assignments (specifically notes) instead of write them. 
I can't believe it's already halfway through February. There's not much left to go until the end of the school year. It's kind of a shame, though, because I'm actually enjoying this year. I heard that next year there will be so much more homework than this year. Joy...

Here is my video...I had to compress it and put it on Google docs because Quicktime wouldn't work. 
Please ignore the fact that the slides go way too fast. I'll fix that. The Quicktime doesn't go that fast, but this does. I don't know why. If you want to read the real story, the link is on a previous post. If you don't see it, 
the title is The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Richard Stockton. 

Lady Or the Tiger?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Lady, Or the Tiger?

Ok, so I have no idea what text animation is. After seeing the examples, and searching on Google, I'm still as confused as I was before. I used the text animations in Keynote (the shimmer, the fly in, etc) - but I'm not sure if that's the type of text animation my teacher is looking for. Another type of text animations was the mumbo-jumbo of letters placed sideways and backwards, and words that are sideways or backwards with tiny font or HUGE FONT. I would really hate to redo mine like that. I didn't even understand the example my teacher gave us that's like that. Just because of the text animation. It was confusing. 

My story is interesting, I think. I've always liked the story The Lady, Or the Tiger? ever since I had an assignment on it in 6th grade - we had to continue the ending. My altered ending was pretty good. 

Sometimes I wonder whether my Multimedia teacher actually looks at my posts. I'd imagine I'd be in trouble by now because of some of the things I say on here. But I guess that's what you get when you give students liberties like being able to use the computer to blog. It's not that what I say is necessarily offensive, but I just enjoy ranting about the unfairness of school. It's not like I'm the only one who feels this way about our "policies". If I were my Multimedia teacher, I'd appreciate the fact that me, as a student, at least blogs and does her work MOST of the time, unlike other people, even though she doesn't care for most of it, and not watch soccer games through class on the computer. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I need some help. For my text-animation project, I was assigned to tell a story in Keynote using Project Gutenberg, and I wanted to do a classic, like Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre, but the stories are way too long. 
Any suggestions on books I can tell on Keynote? 

I could do Romeo & Juliet, but honestly, I can't understand a word in anything Shakespeare. 

Actually, I think I have my story - The Lady, Or the Tiger? - by Frank Stockton. 


Why does this class enjoy making my life miserable? 
Yes, this means I will have to be using typography for this next project, which unfortunately is done on Photoshop. 
I'm considering whether or not I plan on doing this assignment, project, whatever it is.

Well, once I saw the example video, it doesn't look like Photoshop so much as just capitalizing some words in a sentence and not capitalizing others and making the font bigger for some words and tiny font for others. 
I still don't see the point in this, though. When are we going to use something like this in life? Powerpoints aren't meant to be like that - normally in life, you'll make presentations for either work or school, and I'm sure they don't want that type of presentation. 

And since I went on a field trip last Wednesday and was not in class, I have to talk about the current situation in Egypt. 

Basically, in late January 2011, a mass protest erupted in Cairo, Egypt and in other Egyptian cities in response to President Mubarak's intention to run for reelection in September 2011. In response to the protests, Mubarak promised to not go for reelection, but still protesters were not pleased. Many wanted Mubarak to step down immediately, which has led to violent clashes between pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protesters. On Friday, February 11, 2011, President Mubarak resigned as president in order to satisfy the protesters' demands. Massive crowds celebrated in Tahrir Square in Cairo and throughout Egypt many cheered and celebrated. 
Protesters used the social media to counter Egypt's security forces. This is one method the protesters used to oust President Mubarak from power. Mubarak's 30 year presidency was destroyed in 18 days. Amazing.