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Sense of Adventure (Week 5)

by on Oct.04, 2010, under Blog

vl2_smWe are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating, and adventuring. Consequently, the actualization of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime.
— Herbert Otto

I’ll keep it short. Watch this video then watch this video then grab a map and begin your Adventure. Before school, at break, at lunch, or after school: Adventure. No work today or you’re off task. (And will you believe that some students will complain about that? There’s just no pleasing everyone.)

Have fun!

Hint: To score more points and protect your loot, drop it off in the brick building. There are at least two shortcuts to get straight there from the caves.

1005: We have the CAHSEE today and tomorrow, the Ringling presentation 5th and 6th periods on Thursday, and a sub on Friday. All of the new things I want to introduce you to as a class will have to wait until next week. Let’s focus on the to do list the rest of this week. Don’t skip the Toolbar videos. You’ll need some of those skills for the self portrait and all the rest for projects to come. Wax on. Wax off. Right?

Note: 3D students will find many useful vector tricks in the Toolbar videos. Illustrator plays nice with Cinema 4D. Patience, Grasshopper, your 3D journey will begin soon.

Kudos: Three cheers for the Video Team’s rockin’ halftime show at last Friday’s victorious homecoming game. Some of their footage was aired on Channel 8 at 11:20 that night — with on-air credits to Wheaton, Behnam, and Canel. (Christopher and Philip got to sit in the anchor’s seats after the broadcast.) This week’s featured image is actually a bumper for Orange Nation TV. Danny Owens created it last year in After Effects (logo design by ex-principal Larry Martinsen). The opening to the halftime show was a team project from last year. Danny did the animation in After Effects, Shaun Cunningham did illustration in Flash (he thinks Flash is the only program Adobe makes), and James Wirig created the audio in Soundbooth. Want to explore these cool programs? Keep working hard and you’ll earn creative freedom.

Reminder: If you want to sit in on Ringling’s presentation Thursday, ask your 5th or 6th period teacher TODAY if you haven’t already. Have them call me if they have questions. My number is 35446.

Adventure: Congrats to Mandy W (Veteran: 117) and Andrew G (Rookie: 100) for winning the single period competition for the day. [shame]4th and 7th period veterans lost to the rookies.[/shame] Warning: That was a one-day-only event. If you want to play at home, here’s an online version. Do NOT play in class or you will receive a personalized invitation to 2 of 18.

2 of 18: It’s not too early to make your plans to attend the best party of the week. Yes, Mac Lab Saturday School™ offers Six Hours of Fun™ once again this weekend. Twenty-five attendees made our first event a smash hit. Don’t waste your time sleeping. Greet the sun’s majestic rise with your smiling, eager self. Start the weekend with a creative bang rather than drooling on your pillow.

1006: Watch this video. Focus on mastering the fundamentals, take care your to do list, and you’ll join The Creative Community sooner that you expect.

1007: Once upon a time there was a reluctant, disruptive student in the Mac Lab. This student told his teacher that he wasn’t interested in anything but writing and recording music. Much to the student’s surprise and delight, his teacher agreed to let him do just that with one condition: The student must compose songs about the lessons and projects in the classroom. The student agreed and immediately began working on the 5 Stages of the Creative Process. Days and weeks flowed by. Then the day finally arrived and he delivered his first song to the teacher.

The teacher rejoiced, praised the student, and bid him to create the next song. He gave the student an array of topics from which to choose and the student promised to set out on a new creative journey. Alas, the end of that first song was prophetic. The student instead chose to retreat back to the land of the flatliners, becoming completely unmotivated once again, unresponsive to all forms of creative resuscitation.

Moral: Do not fear failure. One hit wonders often give up because they think it impossible to recapture the magic of the creative moment.

The sad irony lies in the fact that the song describes the very steps necessary to recapture the magic of the creative moment.

And now back to our irregularly scheduled reprogramming.

1008: School began 30 days ago. Happy one-month anniversary. I can honestly say that I’ve never had such a great group of students working so diligently. As a thank you, I’ll have something fun for you on Monday.

30 Day Worldwide Update: Would you believe that we’ve had visitors from over 1,300 cities in 111 countries and all 50 states plus Washington DC in those first 30 days? Those visitors accounted for 108,228 page views. As a comparison, in the first 30 days that Google Analytics tracked the Blog, the stats were: 460 cities in 68 countries and 44 states (plus DC). Page views were 31,672. Either way, those are amazing stats for a high school site. Can’t wait to show off your new creations to our growing worldwide audience.

Tomorrow’s the Day: Don’t miss our second Mac Lab Saturday School™ (MLSS™) tomorrow from 6:15 to 12:00. Progress reports go out next week so take advantage of the opportunity to cement your A in the class by boosting your minutes and getting ahead on your projects.

What Happens in MLSS™ Stays in MLSS™ (and goes on the Blog): Shaun’s not-ready-for-prime-time animation.

1009: Here’s a crash course in using the network to reach your files. That was easy, right? Welcome to the second MLSS™ of the 2010/11 school year. Get inspired and have fun.

Self Portrait Technique: Very cool tut. Check the eye detail.

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