Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Final Project Notes

I am beginning the process of my final project. My completed project will be a handwritten book journal about the species of turtles in the Thompson's Bayou hardwood swamp on the Edward Ball Nature Trail at the University of West Florida. I will create a bound book with sketches, notes, pictures and watercolor paintings of the turtles. There will be pictures of me working on my project on the trail. I  plan to begin this process by making pictures of the turtles in the Nature Trail area.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thesis Statement

My area of interest is the Edward Ball Nature Trail on Thompson's Bayou over the hardwood swamp area, but more specifically the turtles that live in the swamp. I would like to find out the type of species of the turtles and how they have survived there in the Bayou for such a long time.

Thesis Statement: My topic emphasis is in on the turtles in the Thompson's Bayou hardwood swamp area at University of West Florida on the Edward Ball Nature Trail and the reason for their longevity in that specific area.

I would like to find out the type of turtles that live there and how they have survived, the food they eat and when the Edward Ball Nature Trail first began.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Six Quick Lessons in How to Read a Landscape

This article written by graduate students, Ben Kasten, Daniel Grant and Spring Greeney who are all students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is from knowledge they have gained in their American Landscape class. It is quite concise and very well written. Most of us think of boundaries as just that a place where the land possibly comes to an end. The definition for boundaries is limits. This reinforces what we think of as a boundary. The boundary is said to be thought of as a tool, which could mean it has its use in many things, as work, building, fixing something, a means to get something to become useful again. If we think beyond the boundary of something it opens up many other doors for us to explore and study. Working with boundaries opens us up to fresh new landscape ideas. The next part of the article has to do with looking around, but also seeing much farther into the past. Most of us have a certain route that we follow daily, to us, it is very much commonplace, maybe every now and then with a new sign or billboard. Paying attention beyond this commonplace drive would prove to be very intriguing. We would find out why that stone column is there, why there are railroad tracks we pass over daily how been used and how long some land has been vacant or when did that firehouse come to be built there. I like what the author says to help us to delve into the everyday drive we take five times or more a week. The things that I mention are the items that I see above on my way to school, just coming out of my subdivision. The next two articles also call our attention to contemplate what is up and what is down in our landscape. My dad is one who always notices if the utilities are underground in a neighborhood or above ground. I would never have paid any attention to that fact if he had not pointed it out to me. To know what is above us, such as wires and what they connect to and give us power to and then below the ground or street to see what lurks underneath would probably be very fascinating to us. I can admit that not everyone would find it interesting, but I know it would be. Now with the internet, cell phones, and all kinds of wireless devices, we have no clue what makes all these cool devices work. I like the idea of comparing old maps with new maps, just think of all the discoveries. Maps are full of great information, now with the use of the G.P.S. maps have taken somewhat of a backseat, but they will always be there to explain and show hidden treasures we were not aware of. My parents are both from Tennessee and I think they would like to go back and see what goes on beyond the boundaries, up and down, in fact, when we do visit they like to drive around to see how things have changed since their childhood. Maps are legends with history all over them. We all need to try to read and study one soon.

Monday, February 13, 2017

GIF/Graphic Interchange Format

GIF which stands for graphic interchange format are extensively obtainable for use for anyone using a computer and wanting to put a moving graphic into their work. The socialability of their use is that they are available for all to work with as they wish. Their popularity is not rivaled. They are free and friendly to practice with. The GIF was engineered by Compuserve in 1987. For thirty years they have been around and been used by a wide variety of people and programmers. They are democractic in nature meaning they have been available for all to work with and use. In 1994, Unisys who holds the patent for them made an unlucky bid to try to control the way they are utilized. This seemed to make them more political than they need be. As stated anyone can make one and use them, they are the most geniune definition of the world wide web.
The Dancing Girl made by Chuck Poynter, who was a GIF maker and user, is a classic GIF that swivels and works her way into your heart. GIFs are exclusive and expendable, but Dancing Girl has become a tried and true GIF that has been used many many times over. Tom Moody GIF maker created OptiDisc which has nine definite frames that cycle eighteen frames per the loop they were designed, so creating a parallel ring that spiral bringing you into a trance. Petra Cortright had a GIF with sixty-one frames and one hundred and twenty four colours which made it a much bigger file to use. Lorna Mills changed GIFs and made them more like a short film. Mills maneuvered the GIFs to her liking. In the year, 2008, Kevin Bewersdorf constructed what he called a web mandala, which put together the GIF classics that all have come to know and enjoy. They were integrated into a consolidation for all to view.

My take on GIFs is that they are wonderful to have to use when and if desired. Since they are democratic in nature so that anyone can design and benefit from their use, their socialability enhances their use. As stated before, the fact that they are free to copy and download shows and promotes goodwill and kindness in the GIF user world and computer world for that matter. The article by Sha gives information on how GIFs are being used today. They are like chopped shreds of media that showcase a motion. Sha shows us how they are used today as a tangible physical material. Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg made GIFs into cinemagraphs where they confine the movement with a background. Nicolas Fong uses GIFs to make wreaths of twists and coils of crazy heavy images. These images are very thick and have to be carefully watched to fully understand the meaning of each one. GIFs are used in pictures and arranged by the designer who can test and research how he or she wishes to utilize them in their work or in the hobbies or lesiure time.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chimeras, hybrids and monsters, oh my!

This playing card was designed in the Hoyle card style. I started with a cat then added clip art eyes and a smile. I put black dog eyes on the cat along with a derby top hat. The wolverine claws were added last. I found the black lined background and added it for the card. I added the club symbol and number 2 to make a playing card. 
 This fox playing card is in the design style of a Hoyle card. I started with a fox head and gave him red clip art eyes and a red nose. The fox ears are from a rabbit and the hat is like a mad hatter hat. The red lines in the background add to the Hoyle card style. I then placed a heart and A for the ace card.
 This ace of spades card is in the Hoyle card style. I started with a fox head and gave him clip art eyes and a toothy mouth. Black dog ears and a black derby hat were then added. The black lines for the background were put in place to set the card off.
 The ace of diamond card has a lion in the center. The lion has large clip art eyes and big tooth teeth. He is wearing a red hat with rabbit ears. The red lines for the background make the card an ace of diamonds.
This card is in the Hoyle style of playing cards. This bat has huge clip art eyes and his own mouth, with donkey ears and a ball cap. This card is the ace of clubs.