Google Ingress Post #3

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/14/5888265/ingress-comes-to-iphone-ipad

When I went to Google to search for articles on the Ingress game, what I found really interesting was the anticipation for the game to come to non android devices. The link I have posted above is a brief article that talks about the wait for the game to come out to iPhone users.

Even though I understand that there will sometimes be wait times between an Android user and an iPhone users app for a variety of reasons, it was really interesting to me how much of a time difference there was. I honestly had no idea that this ingress game existed until I read the first article for class, but now that I do I understand that it’s something people would really want to play.

I think the fact that I didn’t know anything about it was probably a good thing. I feel that if someone I knew with an Android device had been playing it, I probably would’ve wanted to, too. I wouldn’t have been able to because I have an iPhone. I just find this particular example of waiting times interesting because I never really look at how long I have to wait to use something or how long I’ve had something before someone else has it. I think I’m kind of just use to getting what I want for technology when I want it as bad as that sounds.

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Google Ingress Post #2 (with link)

http://www.itworld.com/article/2833120/mobile/a-primer-and-faq-for-ingress–google-s-odd-awesome-mobile-game.html

For my second post about the game, I found a FAQ about the game. I found this to be extremely helpful because it really helped me understand the game more. I still think the concept is awesome. I also understand it a lot more now.

I learned a lot about the portals and why it’s important to use them. I haven’t really figured out how you win or if you do win and neither did the guy who wrote this article. I think that right now since users can’t go past level 8 because it’s the highest level is really interesting and I am interested to see how the new levels will change the game.

Google Ingress Post #1

The Google Ingress game is a brand new concept to me. I had no idea they working on a game like this. I think that it is a neat concept and I am very interested to see where the game will go in the future.

As I was reading this, I couldn’t help but wonder how much work went into creating this kind of game. The idea that the game can be used around the world is also something I found incredibly fascinating because it’s so interactive. Since it’s so interactive, I think it could be a good tool to link people from around the world with common interests.

I also really liked the fact that the game is meant to be played outside. I think our younger generation will find this game a lot of fun. It promotes physical activity and time spent away from the living room tv which I don’t think is promoted enough these days. I think this game could be the future of similar games.

Response to Facebooking a Journey

I found the idea behind Zilla van den Born project really interesting. I guess I never really looked at Facebook as a filter of only the things we want to share even though that’s exactly the purpose of Facebook. I could easily say that I wouldn’t do this but I do. Even posting a simple photo on Instagram is altering reality. If you post a photo on Instagram you pick the filter that makes the image look the best and in a way that is changing how the world sees you.

The world also only gets to see me how I want them to see me. At least when I post my own photos or my own statuses, I am making a personal decision to share this with my Facebook friends. I always only share my good news and no one but my family and friends( and sometimes not even they get to) see me in a way I would never portray myself on social media. I would never share the bad news in my life or the flaws I have on social media so in a way everybody only sees what I consider the exciting parts of my life and all of my adventures. They don’t see photos of me not doing exciting things like watching Netflix on a lazy day or that day I stayed in my pajamas all day simply because I felt like not getting ready for the day. They do get to see me all dressed up and going out to dinner and they got to see the photos of my Florida vacation last spring. I think that van den Born brought up a really important detail to social media that I don’t think we always consider when we look at people’s life through the lens of social media.

Reflection to Narrative Fiction Project

I would like to start by saying how unique this project was to me. While I have written fiction pieces in the past, this particular project was unlike anything I have ever done before. I didn’t mind it but I found it difficult to do. I think what was difficult about it was the fact that it was kind of like writing a script, but for me at least, it was so hard to add details.

When I was a little kid, I actually thought I wanted to be a fiction writer. Part of me still thinks that maybe someday I could be, but the imagination I had as a child has kind of been dulled a little bit. I still consider myself to be creative, but years of education have molded my writing style. I am creative in a completely non-fiction way now which doesn’t bug me, but it does make assignments like this a little more difficult for me than I think they would’ve been in the past.

The research and watching all the videos that had similar ideas in class made this project a little harder for me as well. There are so many people in this world with absolutely incredible ideas. I don’t want to say I was overwhelmed with this project because I wasn’t in the slightest, but the way some people can just make fantastic fictional stories out of blog posts and social media amazes me. I feel that if I would’ve had more time, I probably would’ve developed my story a lot more and maybe it could have been something bigger and better than it was.

I thought it was really easy to make characters. I have always found characters easy to come up with. Characters are kind of just people based on you or people you already know. You add what you like and make them into what you don’t like and I love doing that. I also found it easy to come up with a decent plot.

I have a hard time saying where my strength and weaknesses lie here. I think in anything in life practice makes you better. I am personally a hard worker and so when I am not that great at something, I try harder every time I do it. Like everybody else I am not good at everything. I am, however, willing to try to be better. I think in order to be fair to yourself, you can’t really judge how good/bad you are at something when you only try it one time.

I think this could influence my other writings just in the sense that I need to remember to try new things. It was a good experiment overall. What I want to do professionally after school will probably not benefit from learning how to do this. I do, however, think that it will keep my eyes open to the potential of different things.

Story outline for personal narrative project

Monday

Emma sets up her blog.

Caroline immediately posts about it on Facebook.

Peter sees Caroline’s Facebook post and remembers Emma from school.

Tuesday:

Emma’s first day at work.

Emma runs into Peter.

Emma blogs about her day for the first time.

Wednesday:

After training the day before, Emma has her first real day on the job.

Emma meets a famous celebrity who wants to compliment her food.

Emma tells Caroline about the encounter and Caroline immediately talks all about social media.

Thursday:

News about Emma and the celebrity dating have surfaced thanks to Caroline’s not so accurate tweets.

Peter responds to Emma’s clarifying post on Facebook.

Emma and Peter decide to hang out.

Friday:

Emma and Peter hang out.

Emma doesn’t tell Caroline.

Emma decides that Peter isn’t all about work.

Saturday:
Peter admits only to Emma that he doesn’t really want to be a chef.

Emma promises to keep it a secret but Caroline overhears there conversation.

Caroline sends out subtweets about Peter.

Sunday:

Peter and Emma hang out again.

Emma posts about her day on her blog and some of the awkward moments along the way.

Peter sees Caroline’s tweets.

Monday:

Caroline and Peter get into a Twitter fight about subtweeting.

Caroline tweets that Peter hates being a chef and his boss sees it.

Peter becomes angry at Emma.

Tuesday:
Peter confronts Emma about telling everything to Caroline.

Emma tells Peter she didn’t.

Emma writes on her blog that no more personal stories will be shared.

Wednesday:

Emma posts a really boring cooking video to her blog.

Emma deletes her blog.

Caroline tweets at her and she doesn’t answer.

Peter is fired after his boss decides he doesn’t want a chef who can’t stand cooking.

Peter tweets his first non work related tweet.

Thursday:

Peter writes his first Facebook status.

Emma and Peter hang out.

Peter apologizes to Emma.

Friday:

After talking to Emma, Peter decides he wants to become a history teacher. Peter encourages Emma to post about real life stuff on her blog again after he convinces her that she is a great writer.

Emma says that she won’t.

Caroline apologizes to both Peter and Emma over social media.

Saturday:

Emma posts a video on her blog about a new “cheesey” moment.

Emma works at the restaurant.

She continues to meet famous people since the restaurant is such a big deal.

Sunday:

Emma decides her blog will become a story of all the people she has met at her job.

Peter decides to ask Emma to celebrate.

Emma invites Caroline.

Caroline, Peter and Emma all become great friends and the story ends with Emma posting a photo to her blog about all the great people she has in her life.

Character Voice Sketches

Emma:

If she is typing on her blog, she uses proper language. When she is being sarcastic she will italicize the phrase. On Facebook and Twitter her tone is usually just straight to the point and usually starts out with check out.

Facebook Example: Tonight, for dinner, I made steamed crab legs with strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Check it out! (Link)

Twitter example: Tweet me ideas for a new dish and I will post it to my blog.

Blog example: Today I ran into Peter from culinary school. We started talking about school. He only talks about business. He needs to learn how to have more fun!

Blog example: As promised, this is not just a food blog. For those of you who know me, food is my passion but I am also incredibly awkward at times.

Peter (only really comments on posts to be included in story. Will have his own voice but he is going to talked about more by Emma than have his own voice)

Tweets are short and straight to the point in the beginning. As story progresses tweets will become more fun and lighthearted. Facebook comments are not that common for Peter but when he uses it he tends to write out longer responses. He also uses social media mainly to talk about work.

Twitter: Just got a new job at a huge restaurant.

Twitter: Another Friday night is the perfect opportunity to work.

Twitter: Work before play is the way to succeed.

Facebook: I think that all people should eat at my restaurant. We have so many options that everyone will love. Please stop by for the best dining experience of your life.

Caroline isEmma’s best friend is addicted to social media. She doesn’t really speak for herself. Her character is more talked about by Emma on her blog. You do get a sense of her personality through her comments on social media. She uses a lot of exclamation points and can sometimes be sassy when commenting back to other people, especially when she believes they’re wrong.

Twitter: My bff Emma just created a blog! Check it out!

Twitter: Em is seriously the best chef in Florida. IN LOVE WITH HER FOOD! #yummy

Twitter: (to Peter) you’re just wrong. Emma’s blog is great and you’re just jealous because you don’t ever do anything but work. #getalife

Facebook: Going on a road trip with the one and only Emma! Check out her blog posts and of course my Facebook to keep up with our journey!!!!!!

Character Descriptions

Emma is the main narrator/protagonist of the story. She is a young chef in a made up town (name TBD) in Florida. The town is a high social town so being a chef is good as long as you can get into a good restaurant. Emma is quirky but everyone relates to her because she easy to get along with. She can be sarcastic at times especially in her blog Cheesy Life with Em where she blogs about anything, but mostly food. She can be very awkward which makes her blog a huge hit and is quickly read by almost everyone in the town.

Peter is also a chef. He’s from New Jersey. He knows Emma through culinary school. When Emma talks about him she’s annoyed because he comes off as super serious and she doesn’t feel that life should always be taken so seriously. When Peter talks himself he will sometimes come off as super serious but once you get to know him as a character you’ll realize that he actually has a really fun side as Emma will eventually learn. He makes the best cheeseburgers.

Caroline is a food blog enthusiast and Emma’s best friend.  She shares most of Emma’s blog with her social media friends. When Emma posts a new recipe or food adventure on her blog Caroline is the first to comment. She kind of comes off as nosy as she always comments on posts and asks things that she shouldn’t ask on social media. When Emma talks about her she uses usual best friend description words except when she’s annoyed with her. Caroline, when speaking for herself, is at times sassy and blunt. She can be kind, yet she has the right comeback for any insult or joke.

Models for personal narrative project

The first source I used was more of a source to kind of help me narrow down what possible tones I would want to use for my characters. What I found was that my tone could be literally any emotion I could think of. I like the fact that it brought up both sassy and sarcastic because I like sassy and sarcastic people and I want one of my characters to be at least one or the other. Here is the link to the website that helped me narrow down possible ideas:http://theeditorsblog.net/2013/04/19/tone-mood-style-the-feel-of-fiction/

The second source I found for tone models gave excellent model examples. I decided to post this one because the first page gives great examples of how style enhances tone. I think that this website could be useful in the future as the dialog for my characters progresses. Here is the link to the website: http://www.emsisd.com/cms/lib/tx21000533/centricity/domain/1719/u6_read_wkshp_style_se.pdf

For my two models of media usage, I’d like my main character to have a blog. I think I want to use Twitter to have her interact with the other characters as well as Facebook.

Lonelygirl15 blog response

I like the fact that this blog is videos. To me it is more interesting than reading a blog post because it almost feels more real. When you can see into a person’s life it’s almost like they’re actually sharing it with you versus reading the words and imagining how certain situations looked. I think the video quality was decent and this provided an interesting twist to the type of blogs I’ve looked at in the past.

I didn’t really like the fact that this blog was a fake. It seems silly to me that someone would actually take the time to direct a
“real life” blog. It was facsinating to read the comments because even after it was outed that the blog was fake, people still believed that Bree was a real person and not an actress. I guess I really like the style of a video blog, but I don’t really like the concept of a fake video blog.