MND Blog Post #1

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream we see that our emotions often influence our perceptions of the world around us when we examine the actions of the characters in the play. We discover that many of the lovers’ actions are radical and often irrational, as they take big risks to fulfill their love and quickly get desperate and anxious over losing their lover. When Hermia tells Helena that she plans on running away with Lysander, Helena, jealous of Hermia’s popularity compared to her unrequited love, “tell[s] [Demetrius] of fair Hermia’s flight” (1.1.246). Helena is currently blinded by her love for Demetrius; the jealously she feels towards Hermia is caused by her desperate love. This causes Helena to perceive Hermia as a threat, rather than a friend as she would if she wasn’t blinded by her emotions. She decides to tell Demetrius about Hermia’s plan to run away with Lysander, just to spend time with Demetrius. If she hadn’t been blinded by her intense love for Demetrius, she would’ve realized that telling Demetrius would be a terrible idea and would potentially destroy her good relationship with Hermia. This proves that other emotions heavily influence our perceptions of our world, as Helena wouldn’t have acted irrationally if she hadn’t in love. Additionally, when Egeus says, “As she is mine, I may dispose of her:/ Which shall be either to this gentleman/ Or to her death,” we see that Egeus is overwhelmed with emotions (1.1.42-44). Egeus is frustrated and irate because his daughter, Hermia, is disobedient and refuses to marry Demetrius, the man Egeus wants her to marry. His daughter’s defiance makes Demetrius desperate enough to bring up an ancient Athenian law to Theseus, duke of Athens. Frustration and anger blind Egeus, and he is even willing to kill his daughter, his own flesh and blood. Usually, a father would not be willing to kill his own kin, but Egeus’ emotions makes him perceive even his own daughter as a threat. Although our actions are ultimately our decision, these examples show that emotions can also have a great influence on our perceptions of the world around us.

In Depth Blog Post #1: The Journey Begins

This year, I will be learning about video game design. More specifically, I will learn how to use the game engine, Unity, to design hand crafted, delicious (okay, maybe not that), original video games.

Video games have always been a part of my life, making up about four percent of my average week to this date. The intricate details and creative graphics captivated the attention of little Jerome. The way each video game had it’s set of rules and was able to adapt to all the different variables during each individual player’s experience intrigued me, and I wondered what it felt like to be the creator, the rule maker, instead of the consumer. With In-Depth around the corner, and an urge to embark on a new journey and learn something interesting, I felt that video game design would be an interesting and challenging topic for my In-Depth project.

My goal for In-Depth is to be able to create at least one complete video game to showcase on In-Depth night, gain fluency in using Unity, get a deep understanding of game design, and create an original and innovative idea for my final product, my game.

Some of the difficulties I will probably face will be finding a timetable that works for both my mentor and myself. My mentor, being a busy person, is only available at certain times, and I am also mostly limited to the weekend. Finding a way to fit in a couple of hours for my mentor will be difficult as I will need to use better time management to find a few hours to squeeze in. I will also need to design my own game, something I have zero experience with. Despite constant reassurance from the optimistic Jerome, the pessimistic Jerome finds the project intimidating, as he does not have a step by step idea for his game and has absolutely no experience with working with game design software.

I have contacted my mentor Rafael, a university graduate who studied game design, and is currently developing other IT projects. I managed to find him through one of my parent’s contacts. We are currently finding a biweekly timetable that is convenient for him. In case he is unable to mentor me for the entire five months, I have sent e-mails to Microsoft, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M Digital, and Next Level Games, but so far, I have not had any replies.

Despite In-Depth being a dive into uncharted waters for me, I’m excited to learn something that’s more than just flipping through a textbook.

ZIP! Document of Learning #4

Question: “Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan (calendar). Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why? If you haven’t made any changes to your plan, why do you feel you have been so successful in sticking to it?”

Up to now, I have made quite a few revisions to my original inquiry plan. At the beginning of my inquiry project, I was able to stick to the original plan and finish my research and sort out my notes, but once I got to creating my presentation and shooting my commercial, I realized that a few changes were necessary. I had originally planned to shoot the commercial before winter break started, but I realized that there wasn’t a convenient time for both my actor and myself before winter break. Therefore, I was forced to delay the shooting of the commercial until the beginning of winter break. I had also planned to finish my presentation before winter break, but I realized that it wasn’t a realistic goal, and that doing so would only make me rush my presentation. Currently, I am working on creating my PowerPoint presentation, and I am spending quite a bit of time finding the “right” pictures and diagrams for my presentation, as I want to keep text as minimal as possible and make the presentation more interesting.

I believe that the reason I had to make these revisions to my original calendar is because when I first started ZIP, I underestimated the amount of time it was going to take me to create my video and presentation. I had not anticipated the difficulty of finding a balance between storytelling and advertising the product in my commercial. If I increased my storytelling, I could make the commercial more interesting, but I wouldn’t be able to incorporate all three modes of persuasion into the commercial. If I tried to increase the length of both, the commercial would get too long and quickly lose the interest of the audience. Striking a balance between these two elements took up a lot of time, and forced me to spend more time creating my commercial. I decided to set a new goal for my presentation, to finish my presentation before the end of winter break. Even though I had to make quite a few revisions to my original calendar, I believe that I am still on the right track.