I have never been into politics. I think I have actually only voted once in my lifetime. Obviously, this Presidential election is quite different from anything that we have ever experienced as Americans. It has been must-see-television at its finest for every debate. My father and I have even had discussions about what this country is coming to with the two remaining candidates. I don’t think we have ever talked about anything besides sports which shows you how much of an impact this upcoming election has had on me.
Instead of turning this into a political rant, let me just say that for every debate that I have watched or tweet read on my phone from the Republican nominee – – I am truly in awe. I never knew a person like this actually existed let alone could possibly be running this great country for the next four years. As opposed to thinking about what could be, Laura (who was the perfect partner) and I had an idea for our midterm project that could most accurately portray our feelings about this man.
This was yet another exploration week, which seems to be a recurrent theme in ICM. The goal was to manipulate an existing or new page using DOM elements. For the first time all semester, I actually knew a little snippet about a subject prior to reading and watching the suggested videos. What a feeling!!! I honestly forgot what that feeling was like since I have been at ITP. That subject, of course, is HTML/CSS.
While, I do not have a tremendous background in either – – at least I understood the content and how it can be applied to p5. I have to say it again, especially after watching a majority of Shiffman’s videos – – I UNDERSTAND SOMETHING!!! I should shout it from my rooftop when I get home. Well, I can’t actually get up to the rooftop but I will yell from the top of my steps instead. I know, it’s pretty exciting.
I have a confession to make. This is an odd place to admit something so personal that only my family and close friends are aware of, but I feel like it is time to let the world know:
I have a candy addiction.
It is true. Now that I am in New York City, it is worse than ever. Do you know why? Well, it is because there is a candy shop on EVERY single street corner. There is even one right across the street from the yoga studio where I practice and let’s just say that I have stopped in there a couple of times.
Okay, I have stopped in there more times than I can count.
I realize the problem and I think I really might need some help. I mean, I used to eat sugar cubes growing up for crying out loud. Seriously. It makes me kind of sad thinking about it. Did I think I was a horse?
I am stubborn. I know it and I accept it. Sometimes, my stubbornness can be seen as advantageous. While most of the time, it can be a monumental deterrent. Today, however, I used my stubborn nature in attacking the two labs for the week and was rewarded with a better understanding of the material and a realization of how to best approach my future assignments.
I went to school early this afternoon to begin working on the two labs for the week and everything was going smoothly. I began with the asynchronous serial communication lab and hooked up two potentiometers and a button to the Arduino.
This week, we were tasked with the following:
- Write a constructor function with just variables and generate one single object.
- Put one or more functions in the constructor function and call them on the object.
- Try making two objects without an array. Can you make them different?
- Duplicate the object using an array and make as many as you like!
This week, I found myself doing the following:
This week presented another challenge. I know that I am starting to sound like a broken record, but this “challenge” was quite different from anything that I have faced thus far at ITP. For fabrication, this week, we were asked to create anything that we wanted but COULD NOT use plywood or acrylic. What in the world could you make that is not equal parts plywood and acrylic? Then add to this seemingly simple, yet difficult project – – we were not given any other parameters (except for also having a fastener). We could make anything our hearts desired. You read that correctly.
What in the world just happened? I honestly have no idea. We spent the past three hours in our ICM/PComp synthesis connecting the Arduino to p5 and it is even more complicated than I anticipated. The first two examples made sense after a bit of troubleshooting as the potentiometer and button controlled the sketches as expected. After a fifteen minute pizza break, we were asked to take an existing sketch and figure out how a sensor could control it.
I brought in a sketch that I worked on in the previous week with the football player running into the football. After working with my partner, Brandon, and consulting with several other classmates and residents, I realized I was way beyond my capabilities at the moment. As opposed to agonizing over controlling the football player using a sensor, I chose to look for a simpler sketch created by faculty. I found the mousePressed example where the circle changed from white to black when pressed.
This week, we were asked to either use an existing sketch or create a new one that compartmentalizes our code using functions. Since I am still very new at p5, I thought creating a new sketch from scratch would only aid my development. So, I set out to make a character who I have wanted to draw in p5 from the very onset: Mickey Mouse. In particular, Andy Warhol’s depiction of the famous mouse himself (as seen below):
I had a little breakdown this past week. I have a feeling that more are on the way as I continue to progress through this journey called, “ITP.” I have had many conversations with second-year students and several residents who have all echoed the same sentiment: the first semester is very difficult. I knew this upon transferring into this program from Steinhardt, but I had no idea how physically and mentally exhausting it was going to be. My biggest issue and one that continues to plague me is that I compare myself to others. I have heard it a thousand times that I need to find ways to become more confident. I have heard a thousand times that I need to focus on my own growth and not worry about what other people are doing. I spoke to Benedetta today and she echoed the same sentiment.
I have never been a big superhero kind of guy. My brother was always a big fan of Superman growing up from the days that Christopher Reeve portrayed the iconic role. But I never truly got into superheroes and (their many movies) until 2005. Then Batman Begins came out and Christian Bale (in my opinion) did the best job as the hero of Gotham. I was then hooked to the next three films starring Bale and even really enjoyed the first season of Gotham on FOX. If you haven’t seen any of these movies/shows, I highly suggest them all.
Long story short – – after thinking of what to make for my enclosure this week, I decided that I wanted to make a TV set. A wooden TV set, mind you, with Batman playing on the screen.