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Rosa Park’s Park

I was driving to work one day and I saw a sign that was advertising a new park in town, and it gave me an idea for a sketch or bit or something: Rosa Park’s Park. This began as something along those lines, but as I got more familiar with audacity, it quickly devolved into something kinda odd. I don’t even think I used the sound effects as effectively as possible, but they have their comedic values and I don’t regret it.

This project was really fun because it made me feel like some cool guy who really knew what they were doing. When my roommates would come in my room to see what I was up to, I could tell that they were somewhat impressed by my seemingly complicated sound project. I don’t know. Why do people go to Starbucks to write their screenplay? It’s a nice feeling.

Oh! Also, I wanted to say that as I went further with this, the weirder it got, and I honestly could have used anyone’s name for the spokesperson. At first I used Rosa for the “Park’s Park” gag, but as it went further I strayed farther away from that. By no means am I insinuating anything along the lines of “this park is weird because it’s made by Rosa Parks.” I just wanted to make that clear.

 


Blog Slog

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Engadget’s home page.

For whatever reason, consumer technology is something that has always fascinated me. I routinely spend countless hours reading product reviews of things I don’t even intend on buying, and watching unboxing videos (as meaningless as they are.)

Engadget is a blog that caters to people like me. They offer many different services that include: reviews for new tech-related products as they come to market, providing interesting insight into various current events, offering a comprehensive buying guide, hosting a popular technology podcast, and many more.

The general quality of the content found on Engadget is comparable to most other professional level blogging website. Their product reviews are skillfully made with information graphics and accurate lighting; the articles are written with intellectual insight and a refreshingly low amount of bias; and the overall quality of the user interface is very intuitive. You can tell a lot of work is put into maintaining this blog. I think it’s handy that they have a functioning search bar, and quick links to their social media outlets. I also enjoy that their content is divided up into categories, making navigating the content a breeze.

One thing in particular that I find useful about this blog is their buyers guide. Upon clicking on the “Buyer’s Guide” tab, you are taken to a page with a grid of various different products that they have written reviews of.

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The “Buyer’s Guide” page.

After finding the product you want to read more about, you are greeted with a shortened version of their full review, a list of “key specs” about said product to consider, a link to purchase the item, and a link to the full article if you’d like to read the full review.

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Selecting a product will bring you to this page.

Considering that the majority of people don’t want to read more than the bare minimum of what’s necessary to make up their minds anyway, I think this “quick link” type of pop up is very intelligent.

After analyzing Engadget more than just using their services, I’m coming closer to finding my niche in the artistic world. I feel like working for a technology blog like this one would be a dream.

By: Thomas Lemelin


Scavenger Funt

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1. I like to call this one “Trashy Blur.” Taken at the gear checkout counter in building 17.
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2. The lighting in this room made for some fun shade changes. Taken in the studio with the “Blue Cyc Wall” in building 17.
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3. Some cute colored key rings with Fran posing in the background. Taken in the Center for Student Engagement in the Center Building. 
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4. This photo makes me think of the volcano from Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. Taken in the main art gallery.
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5. I actually ended up putting $5 into the Art-O-Mat, and I got a lovely pair of earrings. Unfortunately, I have virgin earlobes, so if anyone wants a pair of earrings? 
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6. Guess where this photo was taken! This photo was taken at the reference counter in the library.
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7. Look at my lil footsies there. I love those guys. When I’m feeling down and on the ground, they always know just how to support me.  Taken outside of the Health & Wellness building.
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8. Mary Jo Kreindel’s office.
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9. Loneliness is so tacky; isn’t it? Taken in the Media Creation Lab.
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10. Black canvas. Taken outside Judy Gate’s office. 
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11. How speckle-tacular! Taken in the indie lab in building 17.
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12. Here’s a wall. Lovely. Taken in building 1.
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13. I actually sprayed water all over a concrete wall to talk this picture. Wet AND functional! Taken behind building 5.

Ich bin ein Schnitzel

img_3635I am Thomas. Hallo! I’ve never had as non-porn related blog, so this “lack of visible kneecaps” thing is new to me. I am a first year student at LCC, and so far I’m enjoying it. I work at a Mexican restaurant, so if there is ever a faint tortilla chip smell in the room, it is probably me. I spend copious amounts of time with my nose stuck in a 3DS and I’m always available to talk Pokemon or any other video game. Consumer technology gets me hot and heavy, and I can’t help but geek out about everything tech from concept roofing to augmented reality. I am an aspiring comedian/game show host. My silliness is very prevalent in my work and I’m so excited to share it with you guys. “Summer Breeze” by the Isley Brothers is my guilty pleasure song, my favorite movie is “Shawshank Redemption”, the first movie that made me cry was “Bolt” with Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, and my favorite political ideology is communism. If anyone has any questions about computer stuff, what tv they should buy, or how shiny breeding works, feel free to come talk to me. Also, I don’t really speak German, but their words make me laugh.