(A man in a suit, fedora, holding a large hatchet as a cane stands before you)
As you may have realized from my last appearance, the usual writer of this blog is…not present. As he has decided to shirk his responsibility for this post, I have taken the…liberty of filling in for him. As someone who has granted me temporary sanctuary, I suppose I can do at least this much for him. Certainly you agree I am qualified to communicate his thoughts and actions over the past week.
During the week, the primary resident here worked on “daily assignments” and attempting to connect with the community. He is a very private man, indeed, he even sometimes begrudges my presence, though I make myself as unobtrusive as possible. As a result, his success at the latter was, less than stellar. I will let you be the judge of that. He did learn several things however. Others admit in their posts they are as unfamiliar with “media editing software” as he is. This observation makes him feel slightly less embarrassed (what a funny thought) of his own lack of knowledge on the topic.
Author: Michael Young
Upon seeing the results of these others’ work, however, he questioned whether he might be exceedingly ignorant of media editing software.
Of course, he also learned something educational as well, as per the objectives of this class. No idea here needs flawless execution. As the above shows, surprising the mind is often the purpose of these creations. When making…creations in the time allotted, it is often sufficient merely to focus on the main goal.
This brings us to the first of his…or should I say my accomplishments I would like to bring to your attention. As part of the “weekly showcase”, the resident gave me enough screen time to present some of my own discoveries in my wanderings. I for one enjoy presenting the bare truth of what you do today. The superstitions of yesteryear have been replaced. Where you are horrified of tortures performed hundreds of years ago, you revel and laugh for torments and tortures given in the modern day. Of course, it is impolite today to say as such, that is why I am one of the few who say it.
I have stayed on this aside long enough. If I am to do this properly, I must also present some work of the resident author. It turns out he has an… adolescent fascination with giant robots. When he heard modern, that was the topic he settled on. It was purely coincidental that his topic of interest happened to align with a Japanese stereotype, or perhaps it was a subconscious suggestion. I may reside here, but I can only be expected to be so observant, yes?
The description of the picture is the Japanese army crossing a river, but he thought it looked more like a general leading his army to battle. At that point, he simply found a robot from Pacific Rim with an appropriate orientation, and cropped off the legs to make it appear to be rising out of the water.
He still has a stubborn inclination against going too far out of his comfort zone. He used the background trimming tool from Microsoft Powerpoint, and kept pasting the picture back and forth between powerpoint and paint, cropping as needed, until he obtained a result he was happy with.
He accomplished a similar goal with…hijacking The Beetle’s cover album. His primitive method is more convincing here, if but because it was easier for him to crop out the background of the overlayed image.
I would say there is still much to be desired here. The perspective of the background completely clashes with the perspective of the figures. The differing pixel quality of the background and overlay images is also a cause for concern. Perhaps I will tell him this when he returns…
As a final note, the resident author had mixed reactions towards the Talk like a Pirate Day assignment. At first, he balked at it because, to his shame, he cannot stand the sound of his voice in a recording *low chuckle*. However, the prompt itself sent thoughts and scripts streaming through his mind, I was quite taken aback by it mind you, and the only way he could properly satisfy himself was to share one of them.
In this case, he actually did do something suggested by the course, in that he downloaded audacity and recorded in the speech.
As I bring this post to a conclusion I would like to say that I look forward to presenting my own views on the quirks and ideas of your world in the future.
I am not here to judge, only to state what is.