When my guidance counselor first suggested that I enroll in Communications Technology 101 – Digital Storytelling, I focused on the technology aspect of the course name and figured we would be coding. I just hoped the programming language wouldn’t be as confusing as the last two semesters of French were.
But then I turned my attention to the digital storytelling part of the name.
Digital storytelling? I thought to myself. So, are we uploading videos? Writing actual stories? Doing something with photography?
It turns out that it would mostly be blogging.
So we’re gonna type up lengthy masses of text but instead of keeping them stored in Word, we’re posting them to a class website… Was my initial thought process.
This assumption was debunked when the professor informed everyone that we wouldn’t be writing essays in blog format, but posting about things we genuinely took interest in. I still wasn’t completely sold and I didn’t exactly feel thrilled about writing posts in Victorious Slap fashion.
But scrolling through some of the website after class showed me that rather than learning a complex programming language, uploading plain chunks of Arial, or posting our current mood, we would combine the writing skills we learned with our desire to share things on the internet to curate posts people would actually be interested in reading. (Plus we get to create our own websites! Those Squarespace adverts are a lot less tempting now.)
Professor Ryan’s positive attitude and unique approach to teaching also further helped solidify my view on how much I’ll enjoy this course as the semester continues. He emphasized how the class would be a safe space to post about whatever we took interest in while still being relevant to the coursework and I’m looking forward to future assignments!
My name is Illy (Lilly without the L) and a variety of things have been making me happy this week.
The first thing that kept me cheerful this week is this series of GTFO gameplay by a YouTuber I watch often.
GTFO is amultiplayer FPS (first person shooter)horror game and the goal is for your team to escape a facility littered with mutants. This series consists of long videos where It’s just Jack (Jacksepticeye, the YouTuber) goofing off with his friends and the chemistry between them all paired with my love for horror, makes the videos enjoyable to watch every week.
Game 1 – Sky: Children of Light
One game that I have been playing myself is currently only available on IOS devices (to be released for android in the future) and it is calledSky:Children of the Light. The goal is for players to explore different worlds while freeing the spirits of your ancestorsfrom darkness.
While bored and in search of a game to play, Sky caught my eye in the app store and I was immediately obsessed! The graphics are gorgeous and the cute, cartoony style of the charactersreally appeal to me.
The music in the game matchesthe beauty of the graphicsand the multiplayer aspect makes the journey more fun as other players can help you traverse the different worlds (or just talk, if you like social games). Even after completion, there are a plethora of items to collect for your character and an event every month with time-limited items.
Game 2 – LINE PLAY
The last game I’d like to mention is Line Play. It’s a gacha game with social networking features such as public squares where players can talk with each other, a diary where people can post and interact with posts made by other players, and talk with people who have common interests in groups called “circles”. However, I care more about the gacha aspect of the game.
Gacha is short for gachapon, which are the machines that dispense capsule toys/tattoos. Gacha games like Line Play apply a similar concept but instead of collecting capsule toys, I collect cute accessories for my avatar and my home.
Aside from spending my in-game currency on gacha tickets, I collect materials in my garden that are used to craft different items in the atelier. Additionally, every player receives free tickets for a time-limited gacha when players in circles complete their daily tasks.
Music – Iyla
An artist I really like just recently released her second album a few days ago. Her name is Iyla and I found her after her song “Juice” was recommend to me while listening to whatever songs came on from YouTube’s autoplay feature. Her music is within the R&B/soul genre and her vocals, rap , and videos are all great. Both of her albums describe being in a toxic relationship and learning to love yourself instead of relying on someone else’s love to feel whole.
Music – NCT 127
One of my favorite Korean pop groups announced that they would be releasing another album at the beginning of March. The group’s name is NCT 127 and it’s a subunit of a larger group called NCT (Neo Culture Technology) with a total of 21 members.
This subunit is my favorite since, although they are a Korean pop group, I genuinely never know what sound to expect from them. Every comeback has a different sound with interesting music videos to match. Recently the group released the song titled “Dreams Come True” and it has an older R&B sound, hinting at yet another great comeback!
Instagram – Explore Page Find
I was scrolling through the Instagram explore page one day and I saw an interesting post with a woman sporting shoes that resembled the top row of human teeth. The shoes were named Overbyte and at that moment I was ready to throw my money at the creator of the shoe. To my dismay, the shoes didn’t even exist yet!
In fact, all of the shoes displayed on Happy99.online have yet to be created. The page is run by artists Nathalie Nguyen and her boyfriend Dominic Lopez.They both come up with cool shoe designs, render them in 3D, and edit them onto models. Hopefully the two will bring their unique designs to fruition in the future.