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“Listening to Emerson”

Part I

 After my second attempt in reading Emerson’s essay, using a couple of the reading strategies I picked up from “Listening to a Text,” clear meaning emerged within me. I initially read the first five pages of “The American Scholar,” and I was overwhelmed by unfamiliar words. On my second attempt, I implemented annotating, marking unfamiliar terms and references and I searched for visuals that enhance verbal content.

First, I went through the text highlighting unfamiliar words, opportunities for visual enhancements, and I used annotation in the columns. My understanding of the text improved by simply re-reading the five pages.

I proceeded to go back through the text, researching all of my highlights revealing definitions to unfamiliar words and phrases, but I also searched for images of these terms to give further enhancement of the verbal content.

Combining these three reading strategies, I have a deeper understanding of Emerson’s intentions for his essay. Noting organizational signals and identifying points of difficulty are two more reading strategies that could aid immensely when wading through tough literature as such.
Part II

After a brief search of Ralph Waldo Emerson, I learned that there was such an occupation as an essayist. Emerson was an essayist, lecturer, and a poet. He stood for transcendentalism along with individualism and he published essays and gave over 1500 public lectures in America in the mid-19th century. Among his essays were

While attending Harvard Divinity School, Emerson’s conviction for transcendentalism emerged. Transcendentalism is a spiritual or philosophical movement which appeared as a response to the general state of intellectualism and spirituality that was present in the late 1820s and 1830s in the eastern United States. A core belief of transcendentalism is in the innate goodness of people and nature; that people are at their best when they are truly self-reliant, not having to depend on others for stability. Emerson was a co-founder of the Transcendental Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1836 and published in their journal The Dial. Emerson wrote of individuality, freedom and manifesting one’s true greatness. In the 1840s, he was strongly influenced by Vedanta (Indian philosophy) and many of his writing had strong shades of non-dualism, or non-duality, a term and concept used to define various strands of religious and spiritual thought. Emerson’s principal concerns were collectivism, conformity, totalitarianism, and social engineering to name a few.


FFB 101

 

 

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I’ve been playing fantasy football for seven years. I experienced a lot of beginners luck, and have been riding the lucky train for most of my time playing.

Many ask to explain to them how fantasy football works. Well, allow me to introduce you to a life changing game.


 

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For so many football fans, being able to control a  football team is the  dream. Fantasy football allows you to create a  team of your favorite NFL athletes to compete against both friends and strangers. As a team owner, you will need the business sav­vy of a general manager, the player knowledge of a pro scout, and the strategy of a head coach.

To keep it simple, fantasy football is a game where football fans use their knowledge of the sport to compete against each other in formats that relate to the actual performance, or players’ statistics, of professional football teams. The goal of the fantasy football player is to select which athletes or teams will have the most impressive performances during a given week, taking under consideration of injuries, player match-ups, weather conditions to name a few.  To be a winner at fantasy football, a fantasy player must follow the weekly happenings of the NFL and make better choices than his opponent makes.


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Here are key steps to beginning your journey with fantasy football:

  • Choose a league. Pick a league with friends or with strangers.
  • Draft your team. Follow a particular draft order and select your favorite NFL players. Commonly you’ll select a couple quarterbacks, four running backs, four wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker and a defense/special teams.
  • Set your lineup. Each week, set your lineup. Think about who has the best match ups based off of past performances and future projections. Substitute any players that are injured or on a bye week.
  • Have fun

For more information on how to play fantasy football, click this link: https://youtu.be/4Pm2pkxbYYU or press play down below.

 

 


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If you are interested in joining or creating your own fantasy football league, visit the following site: http://www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball

 

 


Time to Go


We, as a class, have come to the end of Spring term. At long last, Summer has arrived. I wanted to go out with a bang with my final project; maybe even leaving an impression on the viewer. I decided to make an inspirational/motivational video. I’ve been on a never-ending journey of self improvement.

A couple years ago, I found my self in a state of dissatisfaction, unhappy with my stagnation in life. I decided to jump back into school and increase the tempo of my spirit. For preparation for a life at Lane, I committed myself to a 90 day challenge of hiking Spencer’s Butte. For 90 consecutive days, I hiked up that butte, without equivocation. In order to complete my task, I sought motivation from this thing called “the internet.” The website, Youtube, provided me with more than enough motivation. Two speakers in particular, Eric Thomas and Les Brown, lit a fire under me and helped me believe in the greatness inside of me.

One of my favorite videos is from Eric Thomas, titled “How Bad Do You Want It?” The story was strong and relatable. I decided to replicate his story of a young man, striving to become a National Football League player. My actor was, a high school friend, Jon McKane. I captured a compilation of eight second video clips using my Canon T5 with the kit lens. McKane did some floor exercises outside, went on a jog, and hiked up Spencer’s Butte. I used a variety of perspectives. I captured first person views using a GoPro and my Canon T5. I was able to capture third person view, also, using the my Canon T5. I used a climatic series of clips, near the end, switching from T5, GoPro and a variety of angles. The series adds dynamism and puts the the view at the top of the butte.

I hope the video is enjoyable and resinates with many.


“Success is never on discount! Greatness is never on sale! Greatness is never half off! It’s all or nothing! It’s all day, every day! Greatness is never on discount!   –Eric Thomas


 

By:

Jeffery King Osborns


PRESS Play

 

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Ever since I made the decision to continue my life’s journey, windows of opportunity have burst open all around me. I’m on a journey to manifest my own personal legend. I’m passionate to opening up to opportunities and friendships. In doing so, I’ve found myself back at it again, with the white Vans, this time at Lane CC working with the on-campus publication, the Torch.

On May 6, I had the photojournalistic assignment of covering Republican nominee, Donald Trump, as he made his first visit to Eugene in his presidential campaign. A teammate, from the Torch, accompanied me to the Lane Events Center. We were equipped with press passes which would not only give us access to the event, it kept us out of lines and out of jail.


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Tensions were high that evening as about 4,000 Trump supporters attended the event. Over 5,000 protestors surrounded the Lane Events Center. Eugene’s division has been building over recent months, due to the political season, and felt as if it could boil over that night. Trump protestors exclaim that the Republican nominee’s morals and beliefs are not welcome in Eugene. Meanwhile Trump supporters welcome his “outside” perspective regarding politics.

I wanted to get footage for the Torch to use in its several media platforms. I took my Canon T5 DSLR with multiple lenses to capture photos for the newspaper. Also, I checked out a  GoPro from school. The GoPro video recorder was mounted onto the bill of my hat. The footage captured on the GoPro was intended for the Torch’s multiple online platforms such as Facebook and Youtube. In addition to the Trump rally, we were assigned to cover the protestors surrounding the Events Center. We had our objective, and we delivered.


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Inside the Lane Events Center, I was challenged by the overwhelming crowd. Trump repeatedly talked bad about the press saying, “The press are among the most dishonest group of people I’ve ever met.” He would stop throughout his speech to point all attention to the news media located in the middle of the Events Center. With his finger aimed at us, he’d instruct his supporters to turn and face the press and show there appreciation for us. The majority of the crowd would turn towards us and yell, cuss, and sent nothing but negative vibes and intentions our way. It was surreal. I couldn’t believe that I was a part of this event. “The Press,” actually had a large role in this spectacle and I was capturing all of it. Trump did a tremendous job pandering to his supporters and creating more division in Eugene by pitting “Pro-Trump” vs “Anti-Trump” and “Everyone” vs “The Press.”


 

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After an hour long speech by Donald Trump, his supporters were released from the Events Center where they would meet with their main competition, the “Protesters.” Throughout the surrounding blocks, groups grew in anticipation of resolutions or conflict. The night was relatively organized and peaceful, with the exception of one protestor needing medical attention for a mild altercation.

The sights and sounds that I witnessed that night will last with me for a very long time. I felt lucky and somewhat privileged to have been offered an opportunity as such. I learned some professional practices that night that can help me when accepting future opportunities. The most important thing that I learned is, be as early as possible. Give yourself time to capture those “can’t miss” shots. Never be late. Photography is an art of capturing a moment or moments. If you missing those moments, you may be too early or too late. So in my future endeavors, I will show up early, display patience, and be present for the shot.

“If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.”

Lik Hock Yap Ivan


 

by

Jeffery King Osborns


fiveFACTS

 


Project 5 was challenging. It was hard to come up with a concept surrounding the theme “FIVE.” Also, not physically being in the video created another obstacle.

Here at Lane CC, I’ve been working with the Torch newspaper. As a photojournalist, I was given a photo assignment to cover the Donal Trump rally and protests on May 6 at the Lane Events Center. I equipped myself with a press pass and my Canon T5 with multiple lenses. I also checked out, from media checkout, a Gopro to mount onto my cap to get some video footage for the Torch’s online media.

It was surreal to attend Trump’s rally. About four thousand supporters were present in the convention center. Surrounding  the events center were over five thousand protesters and there was tension in the atmosphere the the entirety of the event. Hopeful Republican nominee, Donald Trump did a terrific job pandering to the audience and escalating the differences between supporters, protesters and the press. This lead to minor conflict on surrounding blocks of the convention center. It was a high tension, yet peaceful protest on Eugene’s behalf.

 

After a night that resembled an episode of the classic cartoons Animaniacs or Bonkers, I made it home in one piece. My next task was to produce a video clip under 2 minutes in length. With over 300 photos and 90 minutes of video footage of the night, it was difficult to trim down to 2 minutes, however I managed. I used Adobe Premier for post production. This was my first time using this program and I navigated Premier with little trouble. For future projects, I will build on my skills with audio fades and effects, titles, and organization. For this project I went with the theme of five facts to know when covering a Donald Trump rally. Watch my video if you’d like to know my valuable insight.

Thank you.


by:

Jeffery King Osborns

 


Laugh At My Pain

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I’ve been a big fan and supporter of the stand-up comedian, Kevin Hart, since 2003. I am the self proclaimed, first fan of Kev in the 541. True stuff. I remember going from dorm to dorm, at the University of Oregon, spreading Kevin’s name, referring everyone to his Youtube clips. Over the past 13 years, I have been listening to his stand-up hours. Not everyone gets the chance to see Kevin when he goes on tours, yet I’ve been fortunate enough to see him live twice.

When I heard that we could  create a digital story about any topic of our choosing, I knew that I was going to do some Kevin Hart skits.

My first task was to find a clip short enough to match the 1-2:30 mins criteria. The clip I chose was about the first time Kevin’s mother gave him permission to cuss out his teacher. The original clip was about 4:30 mins long, so I had to make some choices of what I would omit. I started my audio with the intro to his segment, the conclusion, and left everything in the middle out. My final audio clip is 2:50 mins.

During that first day of class, where we were assigned the project, I found the transcript of Kevin’s comedy hour. Then I collected the sound effects I wanted. I included some foley and some ambiance sounds. After I accomplished setting up my sound library, I had the huge feat of recording the lengthy dialogue. I checked out a “snowball microphone” from my instructor and recored the dialogue at home.

Seemingly, nobody enjoys hearing their own voice in playback mode, and I can now join that group. I had to overcome a lot of nerves to get the jokes how I needed them. I completed the entire 2:30 mins in one take after a couple trials, using Audacity.

In Audacity, I recorded my audio and imported my sound library. Syncing the sounds effects with the audio was tedious, but I was surprised when I completed the task in 1:30 hours.

My last objective was to create an image to relate with the audio. I chose the movie cover box of Kevin Hart’s comedy hour titled “Laugh At My Pain.” Then I had one of my art homies, @Freshness, take a head shot of me. After that, I merged the two images. The end result has Kevin’s body, mic stand, backdrop and I placed my face over his. Turned out pretty good.

I hope everyone enjoys my audio project. Had a lot of fun creating it and this project has inspired me to push my skills even further for future projects.

by: Jeffery King Osborns

 


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PHOTOFOCUS.COM

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A good practice for many photography professionals is to be aware of other professionals in their field so that they can recognize what has been done, and to find inspiration and motivation from other’s work.

I explored many professional blogs and  found a lot that I appreciated (Jeremy Cowart’s blog, PDN Online, Pixsylated,) but was truly captivated by photofocus.com. On this site, you’ll find and endless treasure of resources that can resolve any creative block known to mankind. On the home page, you’ll see a video reel, in-place of a dominant photo. Videos can catch your attention and keep you on the site. You’ll be able to navigate through the online interface with ease. Visitors to the site can find photos, including “Photos of the Day.” There are a plethora of resources for learning tutorials, business practices, inspiration, news, software, along with other topics. Kevin Ames and Nick Monroe are just two members of a knowledgable staff. They are great at explaining even the most complex topics, such as technology previews, HDR Photos, Lenses, and more. You can even contact these two directly through multiple social media outlets. This site is also good for basic photography techniques  as they will walk you through how your camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed) vary from shot to shot. What aperture should you use for portraits? What is ISO should you use for night shots? What is a good shutter speed to capture live sports? All your questions can be answered on this site.

Wether you’re new at photography and want a good start, a strong foundation of knowledge to build off of, or an experienced photographer looking for new ideas and inspiration, I encourage you to visit photofocus.com and subscribe. I did, and there’s no looking back. With the assistance of this site, I will be able to create strong compositions through photography and I’ll be aware of current or upcoming trends in technology and practices. And so can you.


by: Jeffery King Osborns


Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane

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 The equipment checkout counter, located in building 17, is where Media Arts students can check out gear such as DSLR cameras, camera lenses, audio equipment, lighting equipment, etc.


 

IMG_0374 The studio with the “Blue Cyc Wall is located in building 17 on the bottom level. You’ll see it every day in your Image Communication class.


 

20160406_165200 The Center for Student Engagement is located in the Center building and interesting fact about this place is…IDK, you tell me.


 

IMG_0319 The main Art Gallery on campus is located in building 11.


 

IMG_0317 This retro looking thing is called The Art-O-Mat and is easily overlooked in building 11.


 

IMG_0311 Ask this guy for help at the SHED Student Help Desk in the library found in the Center building.


 

IMG_0330 This large silver sculpture sits outside of the Health and Wellness building and serves as a great mirror to check your hair or smile on your way to class.


 

IMG_0325 This empty desk is usually occupied by Mary Jo Kreindel, the Art division office specialist. Her office is located in building 11.


 

IMG_0308 Media Creation Lab is in  the Center building and is outfitted with Macs equipped with many multimedia applications.


 

IMG_0377 Judy Gates’s office is on the 2nd floor of building 11. She is the advisor for Media Arts.


 

IMG_0359 The Indy lab is located on the 2nd floor of building 17. 


 

IMG_0334 This beautiful building is The Students First building and it brings frustration to many as students wait for financial aid advising and class counseling.


 

IMG_0350 This is a turkey. Be prepared to share the sidewalk with turkeys. It’ll be weird at first. You’ll  get use to it.


 

By: Jeffery King Osborns