E-Literature Responses & Projects

Reading, reading, reading.

Today has been, and will continue to be, a day full of reading. I started the day reading from my new pocket edition of The Hobbit and then proceeded to read the news while eating breakfast. After that, I began reading through some works that I began last term that I had decided to put down for a bit and come back to, see if I can find a new way into them and make them something I will want to submit. Then I started reading a dear friend’s script that he wrote for a pilot he will be filming in a couple months. I am about a third of the way through the script and am loving it. I think that Don is on to something good here and I am honored that he thought I should give it a look and maybe even share some of my thoughts about it. All in all, it has been a fantastic day. I hope you all are having a similar experience.

-Jake-

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E-Literature Responses & Projects, Photographs

Getting Away for Some Singin’ in the Rain

Today was a homework day and I decided to pack up Swarley in the car and go to Lolo Pass to enjoy some sunshine, watch Singin’ in the Rain, and do a comparison of cut techniques between this film and newer ones. We had a good time. The weather couldn’t have been better and I enjoyed watching the film quite a bit. I hope everyone else managed to figure out how to make their day-to-day tasks a little more bearable.

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E-Literature Responses & Projects

Bossy Software

Well I am back to work with Adobe Voice. The more I use it, the more I am enjoying the experience of working with the software. I was a little bummed to find that either you cannot add video (or it is not super clear how you go about adding video to the presentation). I’ve gotten past this, though, and am moving along with building my project for LIT 306. My new favorite feature of this app is that it nags you once your audio clip goes beyond 10 seconds. I have not seen if there is a limit that it will place on the length of a clip, but the reminder that it is better to keep things short and sweet and have plenty of cuts from one frame to another is a great thing (especially for me). I have a real love for going on and on and on when I get into a stride with something, but this app is helping me remain mindful of this and keep things short and sweet.

-Jake-

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E-Literature Responses & Projects

TOC, New Decemberists Album, Sick Kid, and Story Writing

So I should be working on my analysis of TOC right now but today has been the day of distractions (wonderful and not). I had to stay home from work with my son, who has been sick for the last couple of days. By this afternoon, he seems to be feeling quite a bit better and I am guessing that he will be fine by tomorrow, which means we should still be able to go out and have a good time celebrating my birthday father and son style. I have also been thoroughly distracted by the new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by the Decemberists. Listening to it (over and over) has reminded me how much I love this group, Colin Meloy’s wonderful lyrics, and the super catchy pop hooks and folksy stylings that they seem to be chasing in this new album. I keep finding myself thinking about the different times I shot the band while they performed at Edgefield, the Crystal, and at the Aladdin Theater, and how some of my best memories from my early twenties involved being at their shows or listening to their music. On top of listening to the new album, I have also found myself stuck at the typewriter. I have a couple story ideas that keep bumping around in my head and the new music started shaking things out in different directions than I had been originally expecting. Again, this is something the Decemberists’ music has always done for me. With all of this, it has been more or less impossible to stay on track with the TOC project, but I will get back to work and have this thing finished by this weekend.

I hope you all take the time to check out the new album from the Decemberists. It really is fantastic.

-Jake-

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