Digital Storytelling | Creating Your Own Logo

As for my first assignment, I decided to try making my own logo (http://iblog.stjschool.org/ds106/assignments/create-your-own-logo/).  I made my logo on Canva (https://www.canva.com), but you can use another program.

 

First of all, I chose my color scheme. I decided to go for a blue, orange, and warm grey as the background.

 

After I had the color scheme, I made the graphics using the shapes from the elements bar on the side.

 

 

 

 

 

<—– Shapes!

For the dice, I used a square as the main part of the dice, then used the circles as the dots. This is the same for the keyboard keys, except instead of the dots, I used the text box tool to make the letters. The mouse was a bit more tricky, I used the square for the body of the mouse, and then I used the circles for the uppermost and lowermost parts of the mouse, then I edited the square to be a thin rectangle for the lines in the mouse.

 

After I’ve created the graphics, I made added the text. I used three text boxes, one for the “DICE”, “n'”, and another for “MICE”. I used the font “Peace Sans” because it’s a bit uneven and messy, which gives the sign a bit more of a playful feel. The text size is at “56” for the “MICE” and “DICE”, the “n'” is at “32”.

 

And to finish it all up by adding a white border. I believe the border makes it look a little more whole, but you don’t have to add one.

And after all that, we have the logo for the Mice n’ Dice!

The True Beast

Lord of the Flies has many interesting quotes that tell a lot about the world around us. The way the “leaders” of the book deal with stressful situations, outlines the main flaws of political leaders today. But the quote I find most interesting is said by a more quiet character of the book, Simon. Although he doesn’t talk much, each word he says has a lot means a lot. The statement he makes foreshadows all that they will do and highlights what they have done. At the moment where the boys were on the brink of insanity over the beast, he shared with them, “Maybe there is a beast- maybe it’s only us.” (Page 95-96 of my book, Page 89 of your book)

The beast had it’s first-mention when a boy with a mulberry birthmark spoke out about seeing a snake-like beast. Originally the boys assumed that the kid just had a bad dream and brushed away the claim. However, the thought of the beast stayed in the back of their minds. Jack even described that when he was hunting he felt “as if you’re not hunting, but- being hunted.” This slight anxiety came to a climax when Ralph tried to have a formal assembly about the fire on the mountain. They went off on a tangent discussing the beast’s existence. This brought most of the boys to the brink of insanity. With this, Jack has a revolution of sorts and claims that he will hunt and kill the beast. Their terror for the Beast of the island blinds them from the fact that they might be the true Beast.

What Simon means by this, is that the only monster that’s on the island is the boys. The island was better off before they came along. It flourished and thrived without their disturbance, then they came along and dropped boulders in the forest, killed pigs, and cut up the flowers. They literally made a permanent scar on the island. They aren’t just destroying their surroundings, but they’re also gonna destroy one another. They already let countless kids kill themselves on the island. The little ones are eating rotten fruit and baking themselves in the sun, and nobody seems to care about them. And amidst all this chaos and destruction, Simon is the only person that can see the truth, Simons the only one that can see the true beast. It’s as if Simon is Jesus, giving us the warning and telling us to follow him to the light.

What I find even more interesting, is that when the boys are given this idea, they reject it. Like the high priests in the synagogues, They refuse to admit their faults. It’s also very similar to the people of today. We demonize the opposition and refuse to see anything wrong with ourselves or our ideologies. We laugh at their ideas and throw pencils at one another. (Funny that our government is just as functional as a couple of kids with a conch.) Instead, we should see the merits in their thoughts and see the faults in our own. A good example of this antagonizing would be the senators that voted for Kavanaugh. Everywhere they go, there are crowds of protestors. Some even have protested at the senator’s homes. I understand that the activist feels like they’re preventing a rapist from becoming a supreme court judge, but these tactics of doxing and humiliation are cruel, even Nazi-like. And Simon feels this hate towards him.

In Lord of the Flies, we’ve seen many thought-provoking quotes, but none are as interesting as Simon’s quote. It ties in so well with the message of the book, yet it also shows a crucial issue with modern politics. We degrade the opposition to mere idiots and assume that we are right. We assume that they are the beast, when in reality we may be the true beast.

The 5 Important Qualities of a Political Leader

Every great political leader has qualities that aid them in leading and supporting their country. Although there are many qualities that are good, I believe that there are five core qualities of a good leader.  These core qualities help the leader connect with the people, negotiate with others, and help them to have the strength to do what is right, even if it’s hard. From prime ministers to mayors, these qualities can be found in the best leaders.

How can you lead your people, if you don’t know there needs and wants? It’s important to be connected to your people. This means that the leader knows what his people want and need. This means that the leader pays attention to the opinions of his subordinates, solving issues that people need solving. An example of this would be if the people had issues with potholes, the local government would fill in the potholes.

Another quality would be Charisma. A charismatic person is good with words; everything they say and do is evocative. He would be able to inspire his people into achieving what seems to them as impossible or engage people in a topic that would otherwise not interest them. An example of a charismatic person would be Mark Scharenbroich. Mark is incredibly good at grabbing your attention and keeping it. He has inspired thousands of people with his speeches. He may not be a political leader, but he is a true example of charisma.

The third quality of a good political leader is Fortitude. This quality would help leaders to stand strong for what is right, and help them to withstand criticism. Leaders that have this strength are able to stand steadfast on certain policies they deem important and needed, despite the backlash. An example of someone with fortitude would be Donald Trump. Despite the backlash, he goes through with his agenda. (He just needs a bit more of the last quality.)

A leader that doesn’t know what he’s doing, is probably a bad leader. It’s important that the leader has a background knowledge of what he is doing. This intelligence helps the leader make decisions and understand the consequences of the decision and the ins and outs of what they are enacting. If you were to enact a new form of tax, you would have to consider the repercussions. This tax may harm those who can’t afford it or destroy small businesses and get people to lose their jobs. Does this tax help the people? Does this tax help the economy? This kind of comprehension is crucial.

The final and most important is Good Judgement. This is the ability to know when to apply your qualities, and where. Maybe standing steadfast against the backlash is bad, maybe they’re mad for a reason. Maybe I need to listen to the people more. Maybe this law will help the people in the long run, but it does to much short-term damage. All I’m trying to say is that these five core qualities are found in the best of leaders, it’s a shame that you can’t find much of it in our modern leaders.

As in the Beginning

As in the Beginning, a poem about the author’s fathers losing his hand in an accident. The author laments over their father’s accident, longing for his hands “as in the beginning”.  Despite losing a part of our body, it doesn’t make us un-whole (well, at least not literally). Being whole doesn’t necessarily mean whether you have all your appendages. Being whole would be about your mind and your soul.

In this poem, the speaker describes his dad in an objective way, referring to him based on fact more than emotion. I think that the author only discussed the topic objectively in the first paragraph, and I think he only did this to describe the situation that their father’s in. You can tell this because later in the poem the author talks from an emotional standpoint. Which is a complete shift in tone from the first paragraph.

As the author grows to a more emotional writing style, he almost pleads to have their father’s hands back. The author even states “give my father’s hands as they were in the beginning.” Your hands are so important, yet we have become so accustomed to having them that we wouldn’t even know what to do if we lost them. This poem really shows the sadness of losing what we have that most animals don’t. Are hands are so coordinated and allow us to do so many things, without them, life’s a lot harder, even for loved ones.

Easter in Greece

As we know, Easter is a big, and I mean big, part of the Catholic liturgical calendar.  The choir practices for weeks, father’s rushing around to put everything together, and the altar servers (I can say from experience) practice to prevent a horrible mistake on the lords day of resurrection. It’s a very important time of the year, it’s also important in Greece as well!

Greece, unlike Canada, has an official state religion, meaning churches are government buildings. The official religion of Greece is the Greece Orthodox Church. This church is mostly like a Catholic Church, sharing a lot of similarities, with only some differences. In the church, there are no pews, you don’t sit. Also, another difference would be a greater informality in the mass. By this, I mean that the people aren’t standing in lines, like the way we have our congregation organized, instead they’re kind of standing all over the place, doing their own things, which is quite the difference. They also celebrate the Easter mass a bit differently as well. People on Holy Thursday would bring flowers to decorate the crucifix’s (bed?). They also have a massive celebration at the end of Easter Vigil Mass. Fireworks booming in the sky, and kids throwing firecrackers around, it’s truly a way to end lent with a bang (pun intended).

Easter is a big part of the Catholic church, and for Greece too. When we have a little furnace to light our church, the Greek people have a military helicopter get a lit candle from Jerusalem! Starting to wish we had some government funding.

The New House

In the poem The New House, it claims that when a person stays at a place, they leave behind a sort of soul-like presence in the place. The poem even describes the words spoken in there, have had their meanings left behind and drained into the floor as if the words spoken have remained in the home even after the people left.

This sort of theme almost indicates that a part of the person’s soul and personality was left behind in their homes. This indicates that people exist beyond their physical presence, which is true. However, I don’t really agree with the fact that a part of them is left behind in the home. It’s not like if I step into McDonald’s, a part of me is in that building.

I believe the name of the poem (The New House) is referencing the fact that the character will be moving to a new home, the new house. If was just talking about any new house, The poem would just be called A New House, not The New House.

Gaining Yardage

Gaining yardage, a poem that tells a story about two people who enjoy their time together, but however are not even aware of their friendship. Friendship sometimes is elusive, we sometimes hold a friendship with someone yet don’t even know it. That’s the problem the speakers facing in the story. He feels that he may have a friendship with his neighbour Arlo, but since the word “friendship” never came up, he’s never had any confirmation of it. Strange isn’t it?

The speaker and Arlo, as it seems, are fairly good friends. They seem to enjoy each others company, they help each other out, and they work together well. Although their friendship is strong, it’s funny how they don’t even fully understand whether they’re friends or not. This shows in the inexpressibly of friendship. To be honest, I don’t really think this is true. I can tell if I have a friendship with someone or not.

This poem uses some literary techniques, this would include Jargon. Jargon is a vocabulary used by a specific group or profession. A good example from the poem could be “walking the beans” or “second-string quarterback”.  Jargon would normally only be understood by those in the specific group, explaining why I have no idea what walking the beans means (like are you walking it like a dog or something? What a pet!)  The poem also seems to end it off with a rather odd line. “I suppose we are friends and will be
unless my old man or his decides to move to another part of the country.” If they were friends, this friendship would maintain, even if he moved away (well, if they had phones in the poem.)

The Multiverse and Heaven

The final paper Steven Hawkins has done was about the “Multiverse”. In a nutshell, the multiverse would contain many parallel universes which are somewhat like ours, but just a bit different. Maybe even in one of these universes I left a typo in this esssay. But now with the concern of multiple universes, it brings along an argument over whether we have multiple heavens. Could there be an infinite amount of heavens, for the infinite amount of universes?

The Catholic faith is Monotheistic, meaning we believe in one, and only one God. So it seems kind of ludicrous that God would separate his people into different heavens. Even worse would be the fact that Jesus would have to die for each individual universe. You might point out that in Paul 2 Corinthians, it speaks of a “third heaven”, but it just refers to the physical heaven, the sky. After all, the first and second “heavens” are just the sky and space. Only the “third heaven” is actually the heaven God dwells in.

When the topic of the “multiverse” blends with Christianity, it gets messy. It brings the argument of whether there are multiple heavens or not. In all honesty, I think that the thought of multiple heavens is ludicrous. For all of the years, I’ve gone to church, there has never ever been the talk of “multiple heavens”.  However the existence of multiple universes has yet to be proven, so at the moment, the ideas multiple heavens is false.

Uncertain?

When it comes to faith, there are people who believe strongly, and there are people who have doubt. I’m not trying to incriminate anyone that doubt’s, it’s in our human nature to doubt, but scientifically there are things in the world that we just can’t prove. We also can’t measure God, it’s like trying to measure how loud something is with a thermometer. We can hardly even describe God. Truly, the existence of God is hard to prove, right?

A prime argument would be that”If you can’t prove scientifically that God exists, then the existence of God is uncertain.” This is a valid argument, but even science has some uncertainty as well. A prime example would be the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. This principle states that the more accurately you measure a particle’s waveform, the more uncertainty you have of its location, and vice-versa. So if you’re a man of science, then you should be familiar with uncertainty.

What makes this uncertainty worse, is that god’s immeasurable. We don’t have a device that can measure holy spirits per centimeter. God is beyond particles and wavelength (even Heisenberg can’t help us). This only leads to a growth in uncertainty of his existence. The only way we can ever become less uncertain of God is to study the world he created, and try to grow an understanding of the world God created.

When it comes to faith, many people have a hard time to grasp it. The Catholic Faith seems to me this convoluted mumbo-jumbo of stories, but it does hold merit. We don’t need to find proof of God’s existence, we’re living in it! The world around us was so carefully constructed, every animal, plant, and particle has its place in this massive creation. Everything was fine tuned so perfectly to support such an array of life. The very angle of the Earth is at a perfect 23.5°, just enough to keep the Earth from having extreme weather. The Earth is also in the perfect spot in the solar system to support life. If that’s not perfect enough, then this will. The only reason that multicellular life was to ever exist, was because of a one in a million chance that a mitochondrion and a cell decided to work together. And you atheists think that was by chance.

Cave Man Principle

There’s a difference between watching a movie on your phone and going to a theatre. There’s just something about going out to watch a movie in person that trumps watching it at home. Despite the overpriced foods, watching a movie in person just feels, right. Physicist, Michio Kaku, described this sort of behavior as the Cave Man Principle. In summary, The Cave Man principle says that there is little to no difference in our wants, personalities, goals, and overall physical appearance from that of a cave man. The only difference would be our environment. We still both want to pursue knowledge, reproduce, eat, and we both want physical proof of something. 

In the eyes of a caveman, he lives to survive to have offspring. In our society, that aspect of survival is still in our heads, but however not as prevalent due to our safer environment. The of our brain responsible for these survival instincts would be the amygdala. Have you ever jumped in a horror movie when the monster jumped out, that’s all thanks to the amygdala’s fight or flight response. The job of this part of the brain is to keep us alive. It floods our bodies with adrenaline, which kinds of turns us into superhumans. Of course, it was created with the survivalist lifestyle of a caveman in mind, however, its still up and active in our brains today.

There aren’t just physical similarities, there are mental ones too. Cavemen are extremely social, in fact, they can exchange complex communication. We still hold that trait, in fact, I’m communicating with you right now. We and cavemen also share the yearning for knowledge, reproduction, and happiness.

The Cave Man Principle describes the likeness of us and our cave man counterparts. Although there may be a large gap of time, our bodies haven’t really changed, same with our motives. So the next time you think a caveman, remember that you have more n common with him than you think.