Self-Evaluation

Here are the homeworks for this semester:

#1: Life Without Internet

#2: ENCUENTRO con Máximo Rafael Colón

#3: Bibliography – The Internet’s Impact

#4: What do we think about the Internet?

#5: Virtual Reality

#6: PPT: La raíz de problemas de alimentación en Puerto Rico

#7: Presentation: Virtual Reality

#8: The Hour of Code

Final: La informatica en el cine y video

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in Inf. 103 I have learned to preform various tasks, tasks that I thought I knew how to do, but this class has thought me how to do them correctly. The teacher was well prepared and was always there to help the students. This class was everything I was expecting and more. I learned various things that I wasn’t expecting and I had fun. I would happily recommend this class for any upcoming, potential students.

This course has definitely taught me a lot about how computer works. I am glad that I have taken this class for everything that I have learned. I now know how to properly do a Power Point and I learned that I may have a talent for codes… maybe.I have met some new friends in this class and I am thankful for that. It has been a great semester and I can say, honestly, say that I loved this class.

I especially liked the blog portion and how we had to keep updating, but we also had liberty in deciding what went up on the blog. I also liked coding since I was pretty good at it.

the most important thing that I learned without a doubt was how to properly do Power Point, I though I knew how to do them, but I learned a couple of things that I didn’t know.

The only thing I found difficult was the fact that we had to find 10 different people to interview in the final project. I would change that to probably 5-7 people at most.

Christopher Nolan

Dark Knight Rises

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Christopher Edward Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 and is an English American film director, screen writer and producer. He is also one of the highest-grossing directors in history and among the successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century. He gained considerable attention for his second film memento for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has also won many different Awards for Best Film Director, Best Film, Movie of the Year, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, etc.

I really like the style that Christopher Nolan uses in his films. He uses urban settings for his movie and nicely dressed men; he also uses muted color and dialogue scenes framed in wide-close-up with a shallow depth of field, because his films are heavily influenced on film noir. Nolan favors deep, evocative shadows, documentary style lighting, natural setting and real filming locations over studio work. He has continuously experimented with met fictive elements, temporal shifts, elliptical cutting, solipsistic perspective, nonlinear storytelling, labyrinthine plots and the merging of style and form. Nolan uses narrative and stylistic technique to stimulate the viewer to ask themselves why his films are put together in such ways and why the films provoke particular responses.

Inception panel - Christopher Nolan

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He directed one of my favorite movies which was Interstellar a 2014 British American epic science fiction film directed, co-written and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, it follows a group of astronauts who travel through a worm-hole in search of a new home for humanity. The movie was influenced by the “key touchstones” of science fiction cinema: Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Blade Runner. Nolan compared Interstellar to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre a film about human nature. He also sought to emulate films like Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws. The setting of the farm in the Midwest was inspired by Clark Kent‘s upbringing in Man of Steel.

Slumdog Millionaire: Story

Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, is a movie that tells the story of the 18-year old Jamal Malik. His story is told by the questions he is ask during the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” contest. When he is asked a question he remembers a fragment of his past that is linked to the answer. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. The book Q & A written, Vikas Swarup, is different from the movie. In the book our protagonist is called Ram Mohammad Thomas, a young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations that claimed he cheated. There are multiple differences between the movie and the film, some being characters and others being the plot entirely. For example in the movie Jamal wants to win the money to save his love interest, Lakita, because she is being held hostage as a prostitute and he needs to buy her off. In the book however, he wants to win the money so that he can get revenge.

Some more differences would be when Jamal meets the love interest, which was when they were kids, but Ram meets the love interest, Nita when they were teenagers and she was already a prostitute. In the book, Ram worked for a Bollywood actress, but in the film Jamal worked in a Call Center. In the book the main character is relating the events that led to him knowing the answers to his lawyer, but in the film the protagonist is telling a cop who doesn’t believe he won. Another difference is the brother and their ages. Ram in the book is older than Salim and they are not real brothers, but in the film Jamal is younger than Salim and they are real brothers.

The stories are pretty different, but it will have the same effect as any other book that was adapted to be a movie. Everyone who read the book first will like it more, but everyone who didn’t read the book and saw the movie will say that the movie was best. I believe the book had a more realistic story, since it includes every raw detail of his life and he doesn’t sugar-coat anything. I would prefer the book since it has all the details untouched.

Scarface: story and review

The 1983 drama/thriller, Scarface is recognized by many people, not only because of the amazing acting of Al Pacino, but also has many remarkable quotes like “say hello to my little friend”. This movie received fairly good rating hitting an 82% on the tomato meter and an 8.3/10 on IMDb. The critic reviews are also pretty good stating that they liked the actor’s performance and despite its moralistic conclusion, the film has since become de rigueur viewing for crack barons, who know a good shoot-em-up when they see one.

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friends Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He’s soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his wife and sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all, including Frank’s empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony’s outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down.

This movie is definitely a must watch for anyone interested in drama; a great movie with great actors and a great story line that is super easy to follow, but it always leaves you thinking. Al Pacino takes his roll seriously and makes the character of Tony come to live through his action and he are just immerse in the film through his amazing act. Not only does Al Pacino totally crush his roll, but all the other actors as well, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonic, Paul Shenar, etc. they all play their parts and slowly become the character making the movie feel even more real. I would give this movie a pretty good score and rating as well, because I remember just loving this movie when I first watched it.

Memento: story and review

Polaroid

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The movie memento is about a man with a type of amnesia which doesn’t allow him to make new memories. He only remembers his old memories which were created before the accident. The only way he remembers about current events is with pictures, small notes and tattoos all over his body. He needs to remind himself that he is seeking revenge on the man that killed his wife and the clues he has are very ambiguous like the name of the killer being john D. another clue is that the subject is male and white. We are presented with various characters all playing a crucial part in our protagonist life, but we aren’t completely certain of who they are and if they are trustworthy.

We have Teddy which acts as Leonard’s best friend and keeps giving him leads to people he suspects that could be this john D. However, later in the movie we notice that he isn’t his best friend, but rather a police officer that was put on Leonard’s case and he is fooling Leonard into making him kill other, false, john D’s so that he could make some extra cash. We also have Natalie that seems to be a great help with the search of this killer by giving good clues to Leonard like a license plate and an ID with the face of Teddy. We are made believe that Teddy is the killer and Leonard has already make his mind that he has to kill this man. Later we see who Natalie really is and that she is just using Leonard’s amnesia to trick him into killing people she wants dead. An example of this is when she fools Leonard into killing Dodd, because she said Dodd was the one who punched her when in reality it was Leonard. We also have the lesser character which is the hotel managed that has booked multiple rooms under Leonard’s name so that he has to pay double.

In this movie we see continuously distrust through all the characters, including the protagonist because he also plays with his own mind by writing false notes about people because he felt mad with him at that moment. Because there is so much with tampering with evidence and facts that we don’t even know what the real story is. We don’t really know who killed his wife, we don’t even know if John D is a real person, we don’t know if his wife is dead and we don’t even know the difference between Sammy and Leonard. Sammy was a man who had the same condition as Leonard, but Leonard thought he was faking it, because he remembered some tasks like how he would inject his wife with insulin. Teddy then tells us that Sammy’s story is fake and that he is confusing it with his own; he says that Leonard was the one who was faking it and that his wife was the one with diabetes, but Leonard doesn’t believe it, but we don’t know what the truth is.

This is a movie that plays with your emotions and your memory. The movie ends with an open ending so that you can believe what is right and what is wrong. The director hides some Easter-eggs through the movie like changing handwriting or small details to express to the viewer that memory isn’t really reliable with crimes and shouldn’t be base of a case. It’s a really interesting movie with great actors and a unique way of telling the story by starting with the ending and ending with the beginning. It portrays very well the way that Leonard’s mind work and it shows it with the weird cuts so that we could see and know the same thinks Leonard’s sees and knows.

The Ring: Why it’s so good?

One of the first horror movie I’ve ever watched was “The Ring”. It had such a huge impact on me, because of its well-crafted story, the horrific and grotesque video tape and obviously the notorious scene with samara, the little girl with black hair, crawling out of the television. I would consider this movie one of my favorite just for the lure it brings and the fact that it leaves you wanting more. This movie isn’t your typical horror movie, sure it utilizes some over-used schemes that the horror genre has like jump scares and the gloomy atmosphere, but they didn’t overdo it. However, these jump scares don’t even relate to the actual horror story this movie brings to the table.

The ring begins with two girls discussing this strange video that supposedly kills people; one of the girls has already watched it exactly 7 days ago. She dies that same night and her aunt, Rachel Keller, wants to discover why her niece died in such an unexplained way. She figures out about the tape and decides to watch it. After seeing the horrific images and hearing the phone call “seven days” she starts to believe the video has some sort of curse and being a reporter she wants to find out the truth behind the tape. Rachel and her friend Noah both try to figure out the true meaning behind the tape. They slowly start putting the pieces together and figure out about the Morgan’s and their daughter, Samara, which was a cursed child that hurt people without wanting to and never slept. The father kept her behind a glass wall because he was afraid of Samara and, even though her mother loved her, she kills Samara, because she couldn’t handle her.

What makes this movie so great is that it skips the gore and overreacting crazed lunatics and focuses on the psychological elements, which most horror movies lack nowadays. At first glance the video tape is just a bunch of random images that make you uncomfortable, but as the story progresses you start seeing objects and places shown on the tape and you start realizing that the video tape is actually Samara’s past. You feel as you are on this search with the characters to solve this peculiar case and as they progress you progress with them and they never leave you in the dark. The actors are real and intriguing people, placing them into realistic scenarios, they try to shine light into this little girl’s life, but the story still has a tragic end. The movie doesn’t force anything like horror movies these days, where they put the scary background music unnecessarily loud in scenes that are not even scary. The ring brings out every good aspect that the horror genre has and presents it in such a flawless way that you can’t avert your eyes.

The movie builds this great story that gives us enough to understand a little of the story, but still doesn’t answer all the questions: Who exactly is Samara? Why does she hurt people? Who made the video? I believe that leaving these questions up in the air keeps the lure of the story a mystery. That mystery is the reason why I consider this movie one of my favorites. This movie takes the typical “J-horror” and makes this wonderful lure with an unforgettable little girl that goes to hunt the dreams of the people who have already watch it. So would I recommend this movie? Of course, especially if you like horror movies.

Presentation: Virtual Reality

This PowerPoint we explore the fascinating world of Virtual and Augmented Reality and explain both of them. Learn how useful these devices are and what they can help you with! They can take you underwater to space and all around the world. It’s truly incredible what our technology is able to do and we should take part in this amazing experience. We show you how it got started and how it is today. We also mention a few apps that you can use on your smartphones.

Resumen de la clase 3/29/17

Presentación

El profesor siguió discutiendo sobre cómo hacer presentaciones en Power Point. Aprendimos como hacer una presentación interactiva; incluyendo transiciones, efectos animados y botones interactivos.

Efecto de animación:

  1. selecciona el “text box” que quieres animar
  2. vaya al menú de animaciones
  3. escoja la animación que desee
    • puedes escoger la duración y cuando haga la animación en la última columna del menú.

Transición:

  1. Vaya al menú de transición (Transitions)
  2. escoja la transición que desee
    • si se la quieres aplicársela a todas las plantillas vaya a la última columna donde dice “Apply to all”

Botones:

  1. Vaya al menú de insert
  2. Vaya a shapes, en la última línea donde dice Action Button
    • para entrar un web link vaya al botón que dice custom
    • hyperlink y escribe el URL

[Video: PowerPoint 2013: Animación and Transitions BY: SkillPathSeminars]

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Story and Cinematography: The Ring

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Let’s talk about my favorite movie ever: The Ring. If you don’t know what The Ring is then it’s an older horror movie who does everything a horror movie is suppose to do. Before I get on the subject of the movie I want to talk about the horror genre and why people think is a bad genre and say that horror movies aren’t “scary”. Now, some people actually get sacred of horror movies, but I’m talking about the people who trash talk about the genre. They say that they watch it so they can have a laugh or just to see how bad it is. To be frank, I actually agree with them on some levels, nowadays horror movies don’t have a lore it just has jump scares and really loud music that just get louder building up the tension towards nothing. However, the reason I love horror movies so much is because of the hard work that goes into making an actual horror movie. And The Ring takes the cake. The Ring captures everything that the genre wanted and presents it perfectly; from the tension in the right places to the lore of the story.

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The movie begins with two girls talking about a mysterious tape that kills anyone who watches it. The girls play it off  as a joke and go on with their sleepover. As the story progresses we notice that the tape’s mystery is real and the person who watches it actually dies after receiving a call that simply said “7 days”. Our protagonist wants to get the ultimate story and being a journalist gives her the skills to discover the truth behind the tape. She and her partner go and investigate this horror story and they find out that the video tape leads to a girl with a dark past. The girl called Samara had a suppose urge to kill and their parents didn’t want her so they looked her up and kept her monitored. Her parents notice she wasn’t sleeping and just stood their. Her mother ended up throwing her into a well and closed it off so she wouldn’t escape. Why does the phone call say “7 days”? because that how long it takes for someone who has been thrown in a well to die.

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Throughout the entire story the atmosphere is gloomy and a bit dark, but that’s to be expected because of the horror element. The video tape shows graphic and disturbing scenes to not only the actor, but to the audience as well. The characters are well presented and they each take their roles seriously, acting out their parts to the best of their abilities. The touch of the child (the son of the protagonist)  being an important character is to add a sense of innocence and making him watch the video and seeing that a child like him can be hunted just makes the audience more tense, because they don’t want to the kid to die. Everything was well thought out; from the music leading up to actual lore to the horror element being presented in way where they leave you traumatized and not make you scream just because a clown appeared out of nowhere for no reason. And the iconic scene of the girl exiting through the television proofs this.

The movie The Ring will scare you, not by throwing jump scares at you or by making scream, but by showing you lore that will make your hairs stand on end. If you enjoy a good horror movie then The Ring is a must watch, no doubt. everything about it is a master piece and everything detail leads to lore and story.