Aggressive Progressive

If I could have pressed a “Destruct Now” button I would have pressed it on Thursday’s class. I want to get this Photoshop thing going, but I feel like it’s not agreeing with me. I believe the software is amazing and has endless potential. I can’t even imagine some of the possibilities with this software.

Sheesh! It’s so tedious for me.  It is giving me a lot more of a hard time than I expected.  It kinda sucks for me because it makes me less interested in it.  But damn it’s so good! I would have liked to give a brief tutorial on our portrait project, but it would end up setting the class back 5 years.

I can probably go on forever about how I can’t get it going or about how this sucks and all that.. but I won’t.  Instead, let me mention the portrait photo I chose for our class project.

Mr. Edward Snowden.He is an amazing activist, whistle-blower, and a former CIA employee who leaked classified NSA documents about surveillance of the American people.  The most common response to government surveillance of the people is “I have nothing to hide“.  I don’t think that’s the right attitude for this kind of stuff.  We have a right to privacy and we need to be pursuant in upholding that.  The change from privacy to total transparency is progressing constantly.  Most of us accept this in exchange for convenience, but when will we realize it wasn’t the right move? When will it be too late to do anything about it? A lot of us have become credulous towards the major issues we face.

I wanted to choose Edward Snowden because I feel more people should know who he is and what he did/is doing for billions of people and not expecting gratitude in return.  I feel he is a genuine person and admire the way he put himself in a tough position and risked many things to expose the unethical practices of the NSA.  Thank you very much.

Check out this YouTube video from VICE called “State of Surveillance” interviewing Mr. Snowden.  It’s about 25 minutes and it covers a lot.  It’s worth a watch.

Also, ever heard of Wikileaks? Check out this link too.  What this non-profit website does is expose secret and classified information of the  government via anonymous sources. It was founded by Julian Assange.  You can be surprised on what you can come across with some browsing.  #STAYWOKE

 

FINAL PROJECT UPDATE

OUR FINAL PROJECT HAS RUN INTO A LOT OF PROBLEMS.  FIRST OFF WE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET ONE LED TO LIGHT UP AT A TIME. THAT WAS A MAJOR ISSUE, BECAUSE WE WERE USING THE DIMMING IN OUR CODE, WE HAD MORE THEN ONE LED STAY ON AT ONE TIME. SO WE … Continue reading FINAL PROJECT UPDATE

OUR FINAL PROJECT HAS RUN INTO A LOT OF PROBLEMS.  FIRST OFF WE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET ONE LED TO LIGHT UP AT A TIME. THAT WAS A MAJOR ISSUE, BECAUSE WE WERE USING THE DIMMING IN OUR CODE, WE HAD MORE THEN ONE LED STAY ON AT ONE TIME.

SO WE DECIDED TO TAKE THE DIMMING SECTION OUT OF OUR CODE.

float RGB[3];
int ldrPin = 0;     // LDR in Analog Input 0 to read the ambient light
int ambientLight;   // variable to store the value of the ambient light
int redLed   = 11;  // red LED in Digital Pin 11 (PWM)
int greenLed = 10;  // green LED in Digital Pin 10 (PWM)
int blueLed  = 9;   // blue LED in Digital Pin 9 (PWM)

void setup(){
  pinMode(redLed,OUTPUT);  // tell arduino it’s an output
  pinMode(greenLed,OUTPUT);// tell arduino it’s an output
  pinMode(blueLed,OUTPUT); // tell arduino it’s an output
 
  // set all the outputs to low
  digitalWrite(redLed,LOW);
  digitalWrite(greenLed,LOW);
  digitalWrite(blueLed,LOW);
}

void loop(){
  for (float x=0;x<PI;x=x+0.00001){
    RGB[0]=255*abs(sin(x*(180/PI)));           // calculate the brightness for the red led
    RGB[1]=255*abs(sin((x+PI/3)*(180/PI)));    // calculate the brightness for the green led
    RGB[2]=255*abs(sin((x+(2*PI)/3)*(180/PI)));// calculate the brightness for the blue led
    ambientLight=analogRead(ldrPin); // read an store the ambient light
    if(ambientLight>600){ // start only if the ambient light is very low
      //  write the brightness on the leds
      analogWrite(redLed,RGB[0]);
      analogWrite(greenLed,RGB[1]);
      analogWrite(blueLed,RGB[2]);
    }
    else{
      digitalWrite(redLed,LOW);
      digitalWrite(greenLed,LOW);
      digitalWrite(blueLed,LOW);
    }
    for(int i=0;i<3;i++){
      if(RGB[i]<1){
        delay(100);
      }
      if(RGB[i]<5){
        delay(50);
      }
      if(RGB[i]<10){
        delay(10);
      }
      if(RGB[i]<100){
        delay(5);
      }
    }
    delay(1);
  }

}AND WE TOOK OUT THE END PARTS OF THE CODE.

THE LEDS ARE ON PINS 9, 10, 11

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The delay we put in was 25,000 milli seconds…which equals 25 seconds.

The void loop is the part of the code we added, and altered…

we changed the analogwrite to digital write….

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BILLS OF MATERIALS

3 LEDS GREEN RED AND BLUE

9 VOLT BATTERY

9 VOLT BATTERY HOLDER

BREADBOARD

ANDUINO MICROCONTROLLER

220 ohm resistor.

ALSO LEARNED THAT THE OHM IS THE SMALLEST,  THEN IT’S KILLO, THEN IT’S MEGA. …… IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENT RESISTORS.

THE LINK TO CHECK FOR WHAT KIND OF RESISTOR IS

http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm

For this project we really had to study forward voltage , anday the current of electricity so that our LED would not burn out.

THE ELECTRICITY GOES THROUGH THE  RESISTOR BEFORE GOING TO THE LEDS……THIS PREVENTS THE LED FROM BURNING OUT. IT CONTROLS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE LED ALSO.

down below is some videos of me and calye practicing our game

Finding Portrait Inspiration Through Tron

So for my GIF The Portrait digital storytelling project, I decided to use Quorra from Tron: Legacy as my inspiration. Tron: Legacy is one of my all-time favorite movies for the music, special effects, character designs, plot, etc. I love … Continue reading

quorra tron

So for my GIF The Portrait digital storytelling project, I decided to use Quorra from Tron: Legacy as my inspiration.

Tron: Legacy is one of my all-time favorite movies for the music, special effects, character designs, plot, etc. I love the idea of a “digital world” existing and it’s just overall a great franchise to get into.

Quorra (played by Olivia Wilde) isn’t necessarily a huge inspiration for me, but more so a source of admiration. Throughout the movie she’s portrayed as being very pure in regards to her motives and actions. She knows a lot though reading books but doesn’t necessarily have any real knowledge of the outside world, but she’s always curious and willing to learn. She’s also amazing at driving, fighting, critically thinking, and has a beautiful way of viewing the world and is able to admire the things that regular people usually take for granted. Her features as well as her unusual haircut also make her very appealing as a character.

I don’t really find anyone (fiction or non-fiction) immensely inspiring, at least not so much where I’d want to dedicate a project to them so I just decided to use a character that I enjoyed watching.

It was very difficult to find a portrait styled image of Olivia Wilde as Quorra. Most of the pictures I found are of her profile which isn’t what was asked of this assignment. I was lucky to stumble upon this one so I quickly saved it and decided to use it. I find this photo of Quorra very interesting because it’s one of the very few that are in black and white. The Tron: Legacy franchise prides themselves on the hypnotic and electrifying lights and colors that are shown all throughout the movie and on their products so to have this photo be in just black and white really made it stand out from the rest.

First Real Dive Into Photoshop

So I am currently taking Motion Graphics 1 (FA 284) and my first assignment was to come up with an original character, create a background story for them, and then create a composite using Photoshop of an important event in … Continue reading

Katelyn Kemble_284 Project 1

So I am currently taking Motion Graphics 1 (FA 284) and my first assignment was to come up with an original character, create a background story for them, and then create a composite using Photoshop of an important event in that character’s life.

In this image that I created using about 20 different photos taken from the internet, I portrayed my character’s parents being abducted by other life forms.

This project was extremely fun to do because I literally had to think of everything myself and build upon my ideas in order to create one complex image.

This took me about 8+ hours to do in Photoshop, and as a person who is a complete newbie when it comes to using Photoshop, I am very proud of the outcome.

Old Phone, New Art

Before: After: This is the final composition image of a project that I had to do for my Hacking & Building class. The objective was to disassemble an old electronic and make it into a piece of art that is … Continue reading

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After:

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This is the final composition image of a project that I had to do for my Hacking & Building class. The objective was to disassemble an old electronic and make it into a piece of art that is essentially aesthetically pleasing to the eye, while also taking into account symmetry and order. This was so much fun to do and also very stressful to execute. I must have spent about 3 hours alone just rearranging the order of the pieces so that it can look appealing like the image above.

Even if you don’t have this class, I strongly recommend doing this if you’re ever bored or just feel like being creative and pushing yourself artistically.