Admitting Defeat to Achieve Victory

This week, one main obstacle has been troubling my progress – the issue of admitting failure to achieve my initial goals in such a way that it appears that I am still victorious (in whatever capacity is appropriate for this project). Victory has a thousand fathers, and defeat is an orphan, but like Raymond said, whatever makes the project impossible creates the best content – struggle is more interesting. This makes the process of admittance that much harder, and “wordsmithing” is becoming a struggle. Beyond vocabulary I am having trouble formulating the logic of my rehabilitation section. My meeting with Raymond, however, shed some light on how to break the ice.

Whether it is in my final reflection or in another section, discussing my before and after definitions of both composition and rehabilitation can help me achieve victory. Entering a project that has been so over my head has an obvious genesis in naiveté. I was ignorant to the process of composition and rehab and set unrealistic goals for myself, which was, speaking frankly, an ignorant yet good decision. Avoiding the attempts to do exactly what I used to do as good as I used to be able to do it would have been an injustice to myself. Not only would I have always wondered what the possibilities could have been, I would have cheated myself of vital wisdom – wisdom that will give my project more truth and quality. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them (thanks, Einstein). Perhaps this very passage will be the way I convey this to my readers.

I’d love to hear how others have achieved similar issues, opinions on what I’ve said, or any advice on how to pull this off.

Capstone Project – What I Need the Most Help With

After completing my production plan I have realized that I have left myself a very small window of time to gather musical equipment and recording software. Although I’ve used recording equipment before, I had guidance and I wasn’t required to rent everything. While I’m confident in my ability to learn how to use these devices, I am NOT confident in my ability to locate any to rent or borrow. So if anyone has any idea where to rent musical equipment please let me know.

What Creative Frontiers Are Left?

I’m sure everyone has been contemplating their capstone project goals, trying to find a medium or style that is semi-revolutionary. I, too, am struggling with finding a novel way to embrace this project. This has led me to consider if there really is any creative “frontier” that has yet to be explored or discovered. Music, artwork, film, dance – what else exists beyond these mediums?

Part of me believes there’s nothing left to be discovered. There are technological advancements that allow us to experience existing creative forms in new ways, like virtual reality and 3D movies. There are even new ways to experience your favorite vices (there’s a bar in London that emits an alcohol mist which is absorbed through your pores). However, none of these methods are creating a definitively new medium.

I’d like to know what others think. Are the only new combinations of mediums, or do some think that we have yet to experience the full spectrum of creative expression?

Capstone Brainstorm

Producing potential topics for my capstone project left me somewhat disappointed. I was hoping for a wider breadth of topics – 4/6 are related to human intelligence and it’s capabilities, and the other two concern creativity as it relates to expertise (or really good intelligence). True, I am genuinely interested in everything I have proposed, but finding a way to incorporate interesting and compatible elements from each of my elected topics is daunting.

Fortunately, however, I am enrolled in a couple classes directly correlated with these interests. Attending them over the last few days has helped me begin to parse these topics and reassemble them into a single goal. I haven’t had the opportunity to explore computer science, and given my psychology major, comparing human and computer minds seems doable. Moreover, this distinction is becoming very convoluted as mega-machines such as IBM’s Watson emerge, giving this topic a exciting edge. Therefore, I want to cross examine the capabilities of the human race with those of Watson and others in his “cohort,” such as creative capabilities, logic flow, and communication skills.

This could very well be beyond the grasp of my abilities, but given the plethora of information pertaining to this topic that exists accomplishing something valuable seems feasible. Ensuring that my audience cares about my findings is another matter, however. So including relevant and interesting disciplines, an engaging genre, and catchy media is paramount.

Disciplines: because the topic is broad (as the human brain is very capable), including elements of different academic fields would not only be necessary but also engaging for the audience. Engineers, musicians and humanities majors alike will see relevance to their studies. I of course will be forced to generalize within these categories for the sake of space, such as lumping aerospace and mechanical engineering into one category, but not to the point where each category becomes too vague.

Genre: to keep things interesting while remaining professional, creating a scientific report with engaging qualities is, as I said before, critical.

Media: because the subject requires heavy analysis, using a multi media form such as an ASAPscience style video. Imagery can be extremely helpful when understanding concepts such as logic flow.

 

Finally

The process of generating an eportfolio has provided me with an experience with creativity that I hadn’t had before.  This was certainly an artistic project, but it required different facets of creativity, including convincing and fluent writing, comedic and charming videography, and creating an aesthetically pleasant platform for it all.

I enjoyed the vast majority of this course. I did face the most inconvenient of technological failures towards the end of this course (only a few days ago) and it definitely tarnished my overall vision for my portfolio.  However, I have finally completed my remediation and eportfolio, the later of which I will be tweaking until perfected.  While I can’t say the end of my experience was anything other than chaotic,  I have a lot of satisfaction seeing my finished product up and running.  The gateway course has shown me that I can achieve a level of creativity from multiple angles; I’m not limited to one facet, be it exclusively writing, drawing, etc.

What I hope is that my portfolio provokes others to reach out to me and lend their thoughts about the topics I wrote about.  The daily classes this semester have, above all else, emphasized the importance of discussion.  While the same group of students I was in class with may never be in the same setting again, I hope we can continue some thread of that engaging discussion on our portfolios. Here’s mine: grofus.wox.com/mileseportfolio

The role of internships

Have you ever considered why you chase after an internship? Is it simply for resume building, or are you really trying to get some experience? I can’t honestly say myself why I choose to chase after them so deliberately other than the fact that everyone else is doing it. Why can’t we just apply for jobs after graduation? I sometimes think that it’s a little absurd that the forces of corporate America make students feel like they have to accumulate an unprecedented amount of experience before entering the working world. The majority of us are not veteran entrepreneurs who have started million dollar companies in high school, but it seems like the top industries are searching for people just like that. This is not to discredit those who do, for they are bright individuals with true grit and deserve recognition, but it seems backwards to hold everyone to the standard of these “elite.”

There is another perspective to take, however. I spent some time last summer researching entrepreneurial ventures for a firm I was interning at (forgive my hypocrisy) and found several examples of younger kids, some younger than myself, who formed successful start-up companies. In fact I found way more than I anticipated, but while some were definitely intellectual maniacs, most were average college students with their own missions. What I began to realize is that this is an emerging class of millennials who understand that the jobs that were once in abundance for college-going youth simply aren’t there anymore, so they’ve adapted. Instead of competing for highly contested internships and jobs, they create jobs for themselves by starting companies that serve very specific niches in society that larger corporations have neglected.

I suppose this is all very obvious, but what I think people may forget is that these entrepreneurs are not just solving business problems with their innovation, they’re (maybe) solving the employment problem for millennials. Any thoughts?

10 Questions I Want To Be Asked: Can you answer them anyway?

Last Thursday Prof. McDaniel had our class generate 10 questions we would want others to ask us. A few of us remained after class to finish the list, and I was intrigued by what I heard others talking about. While this is a sort of narcissistic assignment in that it is I who wants to answer these questions, I’m interested in what others would offer. Perhaps for the sake of points we can start a mini blog within this post on certain questions people find intriguing.

1. What is your idea of justice?

2. Is it more important to philosophize or engineer?

3. Why do you attend college?

4. Why isn’t everyone listening to scientists about global warming?

5. How can we make money something that’s moral, perhaps by limiting its utility, placing economic ceilings on the financial industry, or something else?

5b. Was money and banking ever moral from the time of its estimated conception during the Italian Renaissance

6. What is an experience that you would most like to have?

7. Is death as much a part of life as life itself?

8. Why did people create religion? (if you disagree that people created it just know I don’t mean to offend anyone, it’s just my opinion that it is a human creation)
9. If you had billions would you be sucked into the billionaire mentality and become extremely stingy, or find it in yourself to be as egalitarian as possible?

10. If you could be incredible at three things what would they be?

Trends in “Three Lists” Posts

I’ve noticed that at least one list in each post contains sociology or psychology, indicating that these assignments are people centric. That’s a rather wide and useless statement since that could imply anything about people. But I think there lies an implication in the frequency of these disciplines. If you recall class on Tuesday, we were asked to create a college that only taught three areas of study. I think the prevalence of these disciplines is indicative of how much they permeate all realms of acedamia and society. Moreover, I think we all provide evidence of this with our third lists: many of the skills people need to master derive in some way, and sometimes explicitly, from psychology and/or sociology.

Three Lists

In class we were asked to compile three lists of the skills and knowledge that influenced our repurpose essay and remediation assignment, as well as the skills needed to finish them. Here are mine:

Repurpose:

  • Philosophy 20%
  • English 20%
  • Sociology 15%
  • Psychology 20%
  • History 5%

Re-mediation:

  • Philosophy 20%
  • Media culture 30%
  • Sociology 25%
  • Psychology 20%

What things I know I need to learn

  • Edit media/video
  • Analyze through sociological lens

Remediation Methods

I’m elected to make a video for my remediation assignment, incorporating media clips from youtube videos pertaining to my with voice over from yours truly. I was hopefully going to include some ASAP Science style, hand-drawn imagery to help illustrate my argument and make the video more personal. The last portion of the video will be my own experiment I conduct that will serve as evidence to the point I make in my repurposed essay.

I’m most likely going to use iMovie, as that’s the software I have access to. If there are other platforms that work better then I would love to hear about them. I’ve never attempted to do something of this magnitude before so anyone who is also doing a video for the first time is welcome to join me on my learning experience (and any veterans are more than welcome to make their expertise known).