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7 Doodles in 7 Days - Part 1, Lists Activities
February 8th, 2016

Assignment 1: Use some of the doodle methods that the author uses in the article. Do a doodle a day in your idea journal, scan or (take a picture of them), then post them on your Tumblr.

Assignment 2: Generate 12 pleasures and 12 forbidden activities. Then pick 1 pleasure or forbidden activity to describe in detail as per the instructions.

7 Doodles in 7 Days - Part 1: This was actually a very simple activity for me. I didn’t go in with an idea behind any of them, I just sort of started with a single line and went from there.

Lists Activities: I chose 12 pleasures and 12 forbidden activities, then wrote about one of my pleasures - writing novels. I didn’t describe a particular time where I wrote, but what tends to happen when I decide to write a new novel with a particular idea in mind.

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  1. What film can you watch over and over again? In 150 words or less discuss why.

Whisper of the Heart by Studio Ghibli is an extremely special movie to me. The movie is a time capsule of Japan in the 80s and tells of the story of a middle schooler who wants to become a writer. The animation is charming and the backgrounds are gorgeously painted, allowing for little details to shine through that only exist for one scene but give so much personality to the whole of the film. Overall, it’s the attention to detail that allows for this film to feel full and not lacking or barren in its artistic direction but it also doesn’t overload any scenes, conversations, or plot points. Everything is clean cut and creates for a smooth story arch that feels tender and genuine, allowing for it to be something I can relate to as a creative person.


     2. What documentary film would you recommend to most of the people you know? In 150 words or less discuss why.

To be honest, I don’t watch documentaries as often as perhaps other people do. However, the most recent one I have watched, I believe to hold an important message that everyone ought to be educated about. Fed Up is a documentary about the issues revolving around the modern diet and how processed foods and prices of said foods works against the constant message of losing weight in an obese country. The movie is edited well with colourful animations when explaining perhaps the way a certain food digests in a person’s gut as well as showing graphs of what is actually in the food we eat. It also hammers in that the main reason this is still an issue is because of the food giants such as soda companies keeping the actual information quiet to the main public. I think anyone would enjoy this film.


      3. Think of a film that disappointed you, maybe the media hype was misleading, or perhaps the film didn’t deliver what you expected. In 150 words or less discuss why.

The only time I can think of a movie truly disappointing me was the Studio Ghibli film, Tales from Earthsea. Like many other Ghibli films, the animation and detail is gorgeous, and I had always assumed this company only produced masterpieces. It seemed though like this one was quite the flop for me, and I think many others. While it holds all of the wonderful animation and painted backgrounds that other Ghibli movies have, the story itself is missing many details from its original format, being a book. I feel as though the movie relied on the viewers to have read the book to understand when certain details were glossed over. This fact left me, someone who has never read the book(s), lost at certain parts and not feeling like I cared about the main characters enough to be concerned about them.

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Megumi Naitoh

Megumi 3D prints with ceramic materials (in this case porcelain) to compose tactical digital worlds. I’m drawn to the surface the printer creates, which is unique only to that process. Additionally, I am a fan of the color plexiglass and might write that one down for later.

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Artist: Michelle Laxalt

from top left to right: “The Quivs", detail of “The Quivs”, “Fold 1”, “Fold 2”, “Praying to Saint Anthony”

Michelle Laxalt’s work is rather impressive. Her ability to relay the sense of ceramicness to the viewer is strong in her work, such as is present in her pieces “Fold 1” and “Fold 2”. This two pieces show how the clay can be manipulated into beautiful folds. The folds of her figurative work (while not ceramics) “The Quivs” inspires pieces made from clay. However, her ceramic figurative work; as seen in “Praying to Saint Anthony”, convey a strong feeling of struggle by placing the amputated figured atop stilts and by removing sections of the figure.

http://michellelaxalt.com/

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Artist: Brett Kern

“Astronaut”
Slip-Cast, Low Fire White Clay, Cone 06, Commercial Glazes and Gold Luster, 22” x 12.5” x 10”, 2013

“Stegosaurus”
Slip-Cast, Low Fire White Clay, Cone 06, Commercial Glazes and Gold Luster, 14″ x 13″ x 23″, 2013

“Hulk Hand Flower Vase”
Slip-Cast, Low Fire White Clay, Cone 06, Commercial Glazes and Gold Luster, 9″ x 7.5″

I’ve been following Brett Kern on Instagram for some time now. His slip-casted pieces hit close to home. His playful forms are of inflatable toys that were available when I was young. The low-fired glazes provide a bright bases, while he accents areas using gold luster. His pieces are clean, precise and playful.


http://brettkernart.com/

Karen Bolton, “Mandala”

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Bolton’s process of creating is very well thought out and developed. The way that she compares maturing clay to the growth of a child’s skeleton and mandalas to the complexities of children really shows her understanding and love for both subjects. The work itself is equally as captivating as the concept. Bolton uses an excellent choice of shapes and tones to give her work a nurturing feel.

A quote written by Natalie Shoemaker, a blogger for Big Think states  “some Internet myths are ephemeral and silly, designed to make us laugh, others tap into our deeply held beliefs about society and culture” (Big Think).  This quote demonstrates that some of the hoaxes that we read are a representation of today’s culture, because our society is driven by facts and figures that are posted online.

However, all of the facts and quotations that are posted online come with hoaxes and other misattributed sources of information. As a writer, fact checking the source is critical to verify the credibility of the source, which is being cited in a piece of writing in academic environments as well as professional settings.

Internet hoaxes are rumors that spread throughout the Internet, often through email, forums, and blogs. These types of hoaxes can be harmless tales spread in order to test people’s willingness to believe in the outrageous. Internet hoaxes have existed just about as long as the Internet itself, and many of them have become part of modern urban myths and folklore. Just like other types of hoaxes, Internet hoaxes are created to try to trick a person into believing something that is not true. This is often done for a variety of reasons, one of which is that some people enjoy misleading others.

Most Internet hoaxes come about and achieve some level of popularity, but then fairly quickly fade away or die. More tenacious hoaxes, however, can last much longer and may linger for years, while still being passed around the Internet with more and more individuals spreading the hoax online and still believing the information is factual.

As we explore the world’s Internet hoax phenomenon, a rather “fishy” quote stood out to me. The quote reads, “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so” (“The Gandhi  Customer Service Quote”)

This quote has been misattributed to Gandhi;  I searched for this quote, and the results returned that the quote should have been attributed to Kenneth B. Elliott, a Vice President of Sales for an automotive company.  This quote explores the relationship between cultures and the art of customer service. In every company’s culture there is a impact on service as a result of the company’s beliefs.

The first step of my fact check was to enter the search engine Google. I typed in the quote to see what the search results yielded. One of the first postings that came up in the search results was a link that leads to Goodreads, which is a forum to share books and to share quotes from various authors. The listing on this website, stated that Kenneth B. Elliott originally wrote the quote that had been misattributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

When digging into this quote a little deeper than the underlying surface mentioned, the first quote was attributed to Gandhi in the 1970’s. However, evidence shows that Gandhi died in the year 1948. This was particularly surprising as there was no evidence that he said this during his lifetime. As there was no compelling evidence this was said during his lifetime, the likelihood that Gandhi said this quote was quickly diminishing.  

There are many versions of this quote, and it has been evolving for decades. The earliest version of this quote for instance was published in an article produced in the year 1941 in “Printers’ Ink: A Journal for Advertisers” (Quote Investigator). This magazine published an interview with Kenneth B. Elliott who was the Vice President in Charge of Sales for The Studebaker Corporation, an automobile company.  

Although I am not familiar with the “Printers Ink” periodical, it was particularly surprising to discover that this quote was misattributed to Mahatma Gandhi, and was featured in a periodical from that long ago. This quote should have been attributed to an individual whose his life revolved around the sales of automobiles.

As today’s Internet and technology can be seen as “friend” or “foe”, fact checking is critically important in an academic setting as well as a professional environment as it helps the writer prove his or her credibility.  If the writer misattributes a quote the writer is not very intelligent, as they should have done fact checking to ensure all of their sources aligned with another. Although the Internet has many misrepresentations, it is essential in any writing to know the facts versus mass produced hoaxes.

Works Cited

“Mahatma Gandh.” Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.

“Mohandas Gandhi.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.

“A Quote by Kenneth B. Elliott.” Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.

“Quote Investigator.” Quote Investigator. Quote Investigator, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.

“Why Do We Fall for Internet Myths? | Big Think.” Big Think. Ed. Natalie Shoemaker. Big Think, 11 Mar. 2015. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.

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This is my US Constitution theme song…

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Select a theme song for the US Constitution… choose a song that reminds you of the feelings or ideas or principles of the document.

Comment on Paul Krugman’s column regarding the breakdown of the Social Contract in America.

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Constitution Theme Song. 

Lyrics here