Archive for February, 2012

James Farmer Lecture Group Progress Report

Monday, February 27th, 2012

So Kelsey and I were trying to figure out how to create clips of some of the James Farmer video lectures last Tuesday, but we could not figure out how to edit the .flv files in Adobe Premiere. Once Caitlin had a look at our many files of James Farmer, she discovered that we had .mpeg files of the videos that can be edited easily on Adobe Premiere. Caitlin and Michelle took the weekend to look over how we plan on hosting the videos. The video files we have are extremely big – YouTube can’t handle the size and we may have to upgrade Vimeo to Vimeo Plus, which allows us to upload 5GB a week – but it is $59.95 a year. Hopefully we can move past technical difficulties soon and move on to our presentation of our website and the archive we have envisioned. I am going to play with our wordpress site as much as I can without the video or audio later tonight, and hopefully have something to show for our 3-5 minute group presentation on Thursday.


American Life Radio Show

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

458: Play the Part

This radio show was about playing the part of someone doing something on camera or for people that they would never do themselves on a regular basis. The show featured two stories. The first story, act one, was titled The Audacity of Louis Ortiz. The story is told by Ryan Murdock, who is making a documentary by the same name.

Luis Ortiz is a 30-something year old Hispanic man living in Harlem. He was a military man and is now in search of a stable job to keep a flout. Ortiz has something special about him that could help him make his way out of his hole. He looks just like the president of the United States, and the one feature that makes it believable is his ears. Louis notices this, thanks to someone in a bar pointing it out and goes with it. First Ortiz buys a suit, gets head shots and begins his impersonation career on one of the largest stages in America – Yankee Stadium. Ortiz dresses as the president, asks his law enforcement friends to protect him and enters the stadium getting recognized and asked to kiss babies. The suddenness of recognition is what skyrockets Ortiz’s career.

As his career progresses, the calls for appearances and jobs fade as Obama’s approval rating disintegrates. His and Obama’s careers are interwoven. He also gets all the negativity that Obama personally can’t get. He experiences racism like never before and is genuinely scared for his life. Louis Ortiz, after his career has hit a low point, tries to reconcile his relationship with his daughter, who he never sees. But lack of money and stability this attempt is unsuccessful. Louis is now trying to perfect his craft in order to revitalize his career as Obama’s look-a-like in an attempt to get his life on a steady track.

The story itself was very compelling. Produced on the radio it played like watching a documentary. Through transitional sounds and music the show was able to tell the story with energy and interest. All of the interviews were pre-recorded, which allowed for fluidity as the story was being told. Interviews included voices from all of the main characters, including Ortiz and Murdock, the documentarian.  The radio also employs use of sound effects to put the listener at the places described by the various characters; this keeps the story very intriguing. Also playing speeches and an expert from ­Flight of the Concords puts context to the story as it’s being told to queue in the audience if they have not seen or heard about these Oritz appearances, which adds depth to the story being told.

By telling the story in such a dramatic way, with production techniques like such as interviews, music and sound excerpts, the radio show is able to have a energy that keeps the listener engaged and moved by the story. The show remained gripping and had a life that did not sound read, but rather preformed, which is a treat to any listener.


Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I looked up Argentine War of Independence for my Wikipedia history blog post. This is because I just finished reading Regina Root’s book, Couture & Consensus: Fashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina for Professor Poska’s Women in Latin America class. I figured it would be a good background to start some basic research for what actually occurred during the War of Independence in order to understand the Postcolonial world of Argentina, seeing as I don’t know too much about Argentina’s history.

I looked under the Talk tab for this article, and there were some good points brought up that were obviously brought to light by users (most likely scholars) that may need editing or change. Not only is Wikipedia available for anybody to edit, therefore losing it’s academic credibility, many historical articles can be viewed as being biased and not objective enough for a simple encyclopedic entry.

Because the subject of the article brings about proper citations, the legitimacy of the article may be okay. What one has to remember about historical Wikipedia articles is that the writers are generally subjective – as seen by the use of only two sources on this particular entry. It is a good source to find bibliographic information for research purposes, but the bias of the historian will always be there as well as the obvious fact that the articles are open for anybody to create false information.

Bad Guy Business Card

Sunday, February 19th, 2012


Here’s my bad guys business card. Family run organization that is proud of its work.




A Place I’ve Never Been

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


A place I’ve never been: The Taj Mahal; or India for that matter. I took inspiration from the Istanbul submission. It’s very simple, just black and white, which shows high contrast.

The Palace, or mausoleum, is probably the most signifying feature of India, so it was a no-brainer to use.