Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week 14 - Satire and Sci-Fi

I listened to the Firesign Theater - I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus and watched Idiocracy. 

I enjoyed listening to “I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus”. There were a lot of “quotables" and I found that some lines would pass through my head or I compulsively regurgitated them out loud when I was with my friends. “Before the beginning, there was this turtle…” really got to me. For being recorded nearly half a century ago when the world was so different, Firesign’s take on an imaged future was an accurate prediction of the world we live in today. The way that the average person was portrayed in the radio show is not far from how I perceive much of the country, especially with the bozo that is currently running it. This album is very humorous and a witty commentary on the era.

The first time that I watched Idiocracy I was maybe in third or fourth grade. Back then I definitely didn't pick up on the satire, I just thought that the Buttfuckers joke was the pinnacle of comedy, well it still is. Im going back to the president thing, in a country run by an dumbass and populated by millions and millions of idiots I feel like our future isn’t too far from this honestly. Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but the scenario presented on how the future got to where it was seems like it could possibly happen, and I remember thinking that back when I was a kid too. Its also fitting that everything in the movie is sponsored by big business. Costco has taken over, water has been replaced with Brawndo (It’s go what plants crave), and President Camacho’s middle name is Mountain Dew. There was definitely a trend between the two in predicting mass stupidity and the influence of business.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What do I see in the future?

How do I see my future 10 years from now?

In 10 years I see myself in a senior artist position at a game company. I hope to be making enough money to support a family. I’d love to have kids in the future. I can see myself moving back to my hometown Austin, Texas. I want to have done some traveling by this time. This next decade will be spent grinding to set myself up, or at least set my pace in life, while I’m still young.

In 2050 i’ll be 54. I can’t imagine that I’d be working in the games industry. There are a lot of other things I’d like to do with my life, hopefully i’ll have had the chance to have done them. I hope to still be with my partner and be able to help my children with school payments. I want to still be traveling and I would love to be a part of some kind of non-profit organization outside of whatever work i’m doing.

In the year 2100 i’ll be dead. No doubt about it, Charnes men just don’t make it to be that old. Will the earth have completely crumbled? probably not. But my kids will have kids, and their kids might be about to have kids. My future great grand children will look back at the video games I worked on and laugh because of how primitive they were. The town that I grew up in will be overcrowded and too expensive to live in. There will be environmental problems that will significantly impact the way people live, but people will still be in denial. Having a house with a yard and pool and a two car garage will be a lot more challenging to obtain.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In class week 12 thing

What is your reaction to the text that you just read?

I had no idea what I was about to read and was surprised when I began. It took me like a third the text to really begin to grasp what was going on, even as I finished I still have a lot of questions about this. Some of my questions are things that the text explains, like who some of the characters are, etc. I just had a hard time keeping track of what was going down. I wasn’t shocked by the text so much as I was confused as to what was going on. When the man was being cut open I thought they were saving him from some terrible infestation. I didn’t realized that they were using humans as host and had their permission, I presume they have to get permission to use humans as hosts.

What connections did you make with the story that you read? Discuss the elements of the work with which you were able to connect.

I need to preface this by saying I don’t remember certain characters names that well and who they are in relations to each other, I’m going to do my best. I made personal connections with some of the characters in the book. Gan really wasn’t ready to experience having to help T’Gatoi open up the humans body. His mother was hesitant about the situation. I’ve had to experience a similar type of circumstance in my life, obviously not extracting larva out of a live body. But, I’ve had have to experience something I’d only heard about first hand and that I wan’t really ready for. I’m not going to go into exactly what it was but I was changed afterwards, and I can connect from my perspective how my mother felt about the situation to how Gan’s did.

What changes would you make to adapt this story into another medium. What medium would you use? What changes would you make?

I’d like to see this as a comic. I think that the trouble I had keeping track of what was going on could be solved if the story was graphically depicted. And the scene of the guy getting cut open would be super fun to illustrate. I think i’d need more of a destruction of what the different species look like though. I get there are humans and then some kind of creature that lays eggs inside of them. Were they some kind of spider creature? It mentioned them having multiple legs. I don’t know if id make any changes to the story though. I’m not familiar enough with the original story to alter the vision of the author. Maybe after I got started storyboarding I’d think of something I’d like to change, but as it is now I like it. Just as a note my answer of not changing anything isn’t a cop out, thats how I truly feel and i’d rather be honest than make something up.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a probably the most popular fiction movie of my generation. I have seen all the Harry Potter movies and I read the first book in elementary School, but I honestly don’t remember anything about it. It was a nice opportunity to read it again this week because of how much this series means to people I care about. I was able to notice so much that wasn’t in the films. I notice so much depth in characters and symbolisms. After reading what I could of the novel I started thinking more about the series as a whole and what it means to me and the people around me. In this book, the world of Harry starts out very whimsical, magical, full of wonder and is extremely fun to be apart. The reader is brought along with Harry and is introduced to the world for the first time and we go on a fun adventure (for the most part). Throughout the series though, as Harry and his friends get older, the books get darker and darker. The characters start to learn more about how twisted the world is, but more importantly, they learn how to cope with it. My girlfriend grew up reading this series and her family is still really into it. I think that having the Harry Potter series with you while growing up is a really helpful tool for dealing with various difficulties in your life. Learning how to deal with your issues is an important part of growing up, and not necessarily something that is focused on, or that everyone talks about.

The Hobbit

This is my first time reading any of Tolkien’s work. I’ve never seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies, but I did see the first Hobbit film. While the movie was good, I think that the book (what I read of it) was superior to film. The book had many subtle elements that the film just couldn’t fully depict. I was able to get fully immersed into the book, something that hasn’t happened while reading since I was in middle school reading The Demonata and Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan. Neither of those series are really even similar at all to The Hobbit, I just think that it’s interesting. Books just have an ability to make everything seems much more intended and important. I really enjoyed the world of The Hobbit, the characters we’re pretty cool but world building and the adventure we’re awesome. The adventure follows the heroes journey pretty closely. Bilbo goes through life changing events, and grows from his experiences. He also teaches others around him that there is more than meets the eye. Much like in a hero’s journey he is reluctant at first, afraid of leaving normal everyday life. You know, he pretty much follows the arc perfectly. I really don't mind that it followed the heroes journey at all, some people might, but I really enjoyed the read.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Interview with a Vampire

I really enjoyed reading what I was able to read of Interview with a Vampire. This book really caught my interest mainly because I like the thought of vampires and their inner battles of first being mortals and then turning. I just really like that whole concept I guess. For example, Louis struggles with the human tendencies of his past while battling his new vampire impulses and desires. I found the story to be pretty good and the characters to be well developed. Claudia was on of the most interesting characters to me. I was always curious to see how she’d evolve as a character. It’s intriguing to me how vampires age without showing it physically, so it's a unique idea to have a character that is stuck in her body from when she was five years old. I’ve seen other similar young vampire characters in other books and movies, I’m not sure if that was an original idea that Interview with a Vampire had, but the media I have seen/read came out after this book so I could only assume some inspiration was taken from Claudia. I also think that her introduction into the story was pretty crazy. Lestat basically forces Louis to stay by turning Claudia. Other than the characters I found Anne Rice’s writing style to be compelling, especially how she describes the scenes of vampires drinking blood. I was listening to this on audio book on my commute to school and one of the first scenes like this where Louis gets turned and drinks from Lestat’s wrist made me extremely uncomfortable and distracted me from driving enough for me to switch back to NPR to calm me. While not pleasant, the writing got an extreme response from me which is unusual so I can only commend it, I guess.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein incorporates many aspects of Gothic literature. There are lots of gloomy and mysterious settings in the book, like Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory where he gives life to the monster, or throughout the Alps while Victor is hiking up to Mont Blanc. This also includes the North Pole, which gives the beginning of the novels a mysterious mood. Often these settings have low lighting, coming from candles or the moonlight. The moon was described as having dim and yellow light. I think there might be a connection between the yellow moon and the monster's yellow skin, associating the monster to the darkness. The monster itself is a supernatural element, which are prevalent in Gothic literature. The human emotions the monster has and how it haunts Dr. Frankenstein give the monster characteristics of a doppelganger.

Isolation is also a notable Gothic element in the book. The monster experiences this isolation from the start of its life by being rejected by Victor, which leads it to become a killer, murdering Victor's younger brother. And Dr. Frankenstein, in the beginning, because he locked himself away in his laboratory to focus on his work. Even when Victor is with other people he isolates himself in a way because he does not connect with others completely, including his cousin Elizabeth because he must hold onto a secret which would destroy her. Victor's isolation leads him to become mad. The reader's first description of Frankenstein is of him being mad, 'I never saw a more interesting creature; his eyes have generally an expression of wildness, and even madness'. All of these elements combine to create a memorable Gothic novel.