Purikura: It’s what I do ; )

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The Assignment:

Make a ‘what people think I do’ meme.

The Process:

Instead of using a meme generator, I decided to make it from scratch on Photoshop. I picked out the photos I wanted to use (all of which are mine). Then I arranged the photos and added text to a blank black canvas.

The Story:

I’ve been purikura-crazed lately, so the idea popped into my head. Then the rest was simple: I came to Japan for university, so my family thinks I study. I came to Japan to explore, so I chose a picture I took while exploring Asakusa.

Maybe I should’ve purikura-d the meme itself…

EDIT: I posted it on my Tumblr account, which OBVIOUSLY makes it an official meme.

: P

~NOMNOMreeses~

Glazoué: That I may see Thee

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The Assignment:

Create an album cover for a band.

The Process:

I went to the wikipedia randomizer page, and got the term ‘Glazoué’ as my band’s name. Next, using the Randomizer in the quotations page, I got the words ‘That I may see Thee’. I was going to use the random photo as the guidelines said, but the photos weren’t Creative Commons. So, to stay safe, I decided to use a picture I took in 銀座 today.

I then combined these three elements in Photoshop. The font used is ‘Handwriting-Dakota’ (maybe something off of dafont?). To make the font stand out a bit more, I used the backdrop feature. Finally, I cropped my original photo down (it was too long).

The Story:

Glazoué is an American pop-rock band with two male leads, a rapper and singer. The rapper has a style mix of Jay-Z and B.o.B, while the singer has a voice similar to that of Jay Kim from the Trax. There is a female pianist, guitarist and  bass guitarist, and a male drummer.

The name Glazoué comes from where they all first met on a volunteer trip. All the members strongly support volunteer work and charity. Their latest cd, titled ‘That I may see Thee’, is a charity cd, and 100% of the cds’ profits go toward aiding victims of 3/11.  The cd is a 5 track cd featuring remakes of 4 of their biggest hits, and 1 brand new song only for the cd.

~NOMNOMreeses~

“Jesus Loves Porn Stars”

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While researching pornography addictions, pornography producer-turned-pastor Donny Pauling spoke of XXXChurch.com.  The domain name sparked my interest, so I looked into it. I watched Missionary Positions, a documentary on the history of XXXChurch.com.

What is XXXChurch?

XXXChurch calls themselves “the #1 Christian porn site”, and their motto is “Jesus loves porn stars”. Created in 2002 by two Californian pastors, Mike Foster and Craig Gross, the site is aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of pornography.

How are they different?

I would have stopped looking if they were the same as any other Christian anti-porn site, but from the very beginning, XXXChurch tried new methods of reaching out to people. In fact, the first event they attended was AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.

Through their efforts, they’ve set up billboards, had commercials produced  by pornographers, they’ve utilized online memes, and have had debates with porn star Ron Jeremy, as well as other creative activities.

So?

Their methods are unprecedented and controversial. Other Christian lobbyists will argue with XXXChurch at adult film conventions, and Christian TV host Pat Robertson disliked founder Mike Foster’s remark “Jesus would be at a porn convention”.  They get joked about often by radio hosts, news broadcasters, and other Christians.

Though, they have been featured in Time, Playboy, CNN, The Today Show, GMA, Anderson Cooper 360, as well as many other media outlets. Why? They utilize new technology and reach out in a way which modern society understands. They have a message board, known as a Prayer Board, they have an email service, they have accountability software called x3watch, online workshops called x3pure, etc.

Will XXXChurch really succeed?

Maybe. Maybe not. The founders admitted they know, and do not intend, to save the whole world from pornography. They have an easy going and realistic view of their product. What is interesting is their approach. I feel it will impact and change at least some people’s lives. Isn’t that success?

Pornography Addictions

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Pornography is common in modern society, although it is still a very controversial topic. According to a 2006 Internet Filter Review, every second 28,258 internet users are accessing porn and every 39 minutes a new pornographic film is produced in the USA. The average age children are first encountered with online porn is 11, and 90% of children age 8-16 view porn online.

What do these statistics mean? Well, The Freedom Youth Project sees this as proof of an issue largely overlooked. The Freedom Youth Project’s article “Pornography-A Gateway to Human Sex Trafficking” speaks a bit about how pornography as an addiction can harm all persons involved.

Pornography addiction meets the criteria of an addiction on 3 points:

1) Addicts can’t do without pornography

2) Requires repetition of the act

3) Addicts lose the ability of will

The article states pornography as the leading cause of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in America (although, without statistics).  It provides two reasons:

1) Children and adults who are trafficked are forced to participate in pornographic films.

2) As more children are forced into pornography, the demand for this material grows. Thus, the cycle continues.

The article also brought up a recent analysis of the 50 best selling pornographic films that revealed verbal and physical aggression in the films. On average, 11.52 acts of aggression were in each scene analyzed, with 94% of aggressive acts committed towards women.

The article argues that viewers become desensitized to the blatant problem that the children in the films are being forced into these situations. The article goes on to state that this desensitization process eventually leads to viewers looking for opportunities to act out these behaviors.

Human Sex Trafficking is a major issue, but did this article really make its’ point? I believe it fell short in some major ways:

1) It failed to mention the issue was about pornography addiction when the material covered was pertaining to pornography addicts. The information covered wasn’t on typical viewers. I find this misleading to readers.

2) It failed to connect many strong issues with statistical evidence. While it said pornography was the leading cause of DMST, it failed to provide statistics. It also failed to provide statistics backing up the claim that material viewed in the films caused viewers to perform the same actions. In conjunction with the issue stated in 1, this falsely accuses all pornography viewers.

Let me state, I am not against Freedom Youth Project’s views or statement; I just would have liked to see a stronger argument. Human Sex Trafficking is an issue that needs to be stopped, and FYP pointed out something very true: While the internet is a database of information and a hub for opportunity, when used incorrectly, it can hurt many lives.

Which raises the next point: Is internet censorship needed?

JK, I’m not going there today. : P

~NOMNOMreeses~

Nightmare on NOMNOMstreet!

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Reeses nightmare!

DS106 Assignment:

Create a visual of a dream or nightmare you’ve had.

The Process:

I took out all my Reese’s from the box. Then, I ate a pack and placed the empty wrapper in the box for added depth! : P

The Story:

I ran out of Reese’s. It was horrible.  What would I NOMNOM on??? : (

~NOMNOMreeses~

Love Letters: Part 2

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DS106 Assignment:

Make a creative Valentine’s Day card.

The Process:

This was done completely in Photoshop. Just for fun, I created the Pokeball from scratch.

The Story:

I recommend to pay the extra few dollars for a Hallmark card if you don’t want to be rejected. Go for one that sings.

…This card would be even more epic if it played “Gotta Catch ’em All’ when you opened it! : P

~NOMNOMreeses~

Love Letters from Kairi

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DS106 Assignment:

Design a postcard that might be sent from the location in a movie or work of fiction.

The Process:

For the front side of the postcard, I used a photo I took on vacation in the USVI and edited the exposure, saturation, contrast, tint, and so forth. After all that, I added a greeting text.

For the back side, I found a postcard template, then added text and inserted a small picture to fit the stamp box.

The Story:

There’s not much of a story behind this. I’ve been replaying Kingdom Hearts the past few days with my friends, so it’s been stuck in my mind.

~NOMNOMreeses~

Policing Protest: A Seminar on Public Demonstrations in Japan

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Last week, I attended a seminar on public demonstrations in Japan. If you have ever been to Japan, you may have noticed public demonstrations are not as popular as in the United States or other countries. The speakers at this seminar proposed this thesis:

The Japanese Supreme Court is the key component that keeps public demonstrations from occuring in Japan.

To begin their argument, they analyzed video clips of public demonstrations around the world and then ones in Japan. It was clear the difference in attitude and atmosphere; Demonstrations in the US were much more energetic than those in Japan. Participants of US demonstrations appeared to be more passionate and united than the particpants of Japanese demonstrations. This is not to say they actually ARE less passionate about the topics, but it does raise a question:

Why are public demonstrations in Japan so much more subdued?

This doesn’t make sense. As with the First Amendment in the US Constitution, the Japanese Constitution has Article 21, which guarantees freedom of assembly and association and protects various forms of expression such as speech and press. Therefore, this right is guaranteed under the Japanese Constitution.

Yet, in reality, a parade permit is required before holding a public demonstration. In reviewing to approve a parade permit, the committee can request changes in the demonstration, or require police to traffic, and basically chaperone, the people.

The consequences are also more severe in Japan than in the United States. Looking at the legal consequences, participants arrested for disrupting public peace can be sentenced a maximum of three years in jail or 500,000 yen. This is shocking compared to the US, where the maximum is 15 days in jail or 250 dollars. Furthermore, in Japan, the police keep track of participants as a danger to public peace.

With this information, it is a valid argument to say it is the institution that prevents public demonstrations.  Although, in the Q&A portion, the audience raised a good point:

Is it really the system restraining the people from protest? Or rather, is it social pressure? 

This is an interesting argument because Japan’s society has a very country-centric mindset, in contrast to the United State’s belief on individuality. Could it be fear of the negative consequences that TRULY is the issue that hinders public demonstrations in Japan?

~NOMNOMreeses~

Facebook: A Statistical Infographic

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 Facebook has taken over the internet. This is an inference that many people have made for some time now, but the statistics in this infographic reflect and support this thesis. With my group (Jay, Yue, Rodnie, Alex), we break down and analyze this infographic to judge how accurate and efficient it is.

The section I’d like to focus on is the funding portion. At the surface, this graph has a standard, organized layout. The information is displayed in chronological order starting with the oldest funding source at the top and the newest funding source at the bottom. Beside each number is the source who funded the sum. The graph ends with a sum total of the funds gathered.

Digging deeper, I searched into where this information originated. It seems to come from crunchbase, a free database on technology companies, people, and investors. There is a catch: anyone can edit it, similar to Wikipedia. Though, as I do adore a database of information shared by the people (Web 2.0 anyone?), I searched farther back into the sources. I am happy to report that the information in this graph seems to be accurate. It is also interesting to note, many of the funding sources have partial ownership of Facebook.

Overall, this portion of the infographic appears to have accurate statistics and displays them efficiently. I do question color scheme of the infographic as a whole: Why purple and orange? Why not use the Facebook color scheme? Also, one way they could have added to this section of the infographic was to make the bars proportional in size to the funds. Of course, this is just my opinion. Maybe the creator of this infographic thought it would clutter or confuse.

~NOMNOMreeses~

Special Moments

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9 January 2012 Assignment:

Make a photo that looks better in black and white than it did in color.

I took this photo with my iphone. Then, I used PS Express to change it to B&W and adjust contrast and exposure.

 日本

9 February 2012 Assignment:

Create a photo that represents the happiest or most memorable moment in your life.

One of the most memorable moments in my life was moving here, to 日本. : )

~NOMNOMreeses~