Ah Jung's Journal

Journal 1.2

PETS

"Stuff white people like" is basically similar to the stuff all races of people likes. However, sometimes, the postings show very different perspectives of white people. And the stuff white people like that I want to talk about is white people's affection toward their pets.

Every morning, or evening, you'll see at least one person walking around his house with his or her dog. According to "Times," American pet population has reached 49.3 million, which means almost 41%of American families are living with pets.

In my opinion, as a perspective of foreign student, American's love and bond toward pets are REALLY strong. I mean, it doesn't mean that people in Korea doesn't love their pets. However, Americans who have pets, especially dogs, spends much things just for them. They are going to spend much money for their pets' welfare, and, of course, they are going to spend large amount of their time. White people think their dogs as human. I don' think that's wrong. However, it is sort of awkward for me to treat dogs as same as human. Actually, many Koreans think their pet is an "animal,"and love their pet as a pet. Pet can be a member of family as a dog, but not human. White people love their pets as they are human by doing DOGA type of things that asian people can't even imagine. At least, I, who used to had my dog, was not doing anything like DOGA to her or made her eat the same food as I am eating.

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Journal 1.2

TIFF #4: Darwin walks out on Genesis

In this journal entry, Ebert wrote about the the review of "Creation," the movie about Charles Darwin's life. In this entry, Ebert was complaining about the fact that this movie doesn't really pointed out the different viewpoint toward Darwin's evolutionary theory. though it was true that Darwin and his amiable wife Emma had strickingly different viewpoint, I don't really agree Ebert's opinion that the movie should have paid more careful attention to those different viewpoints conflictig each other. Also Ebert complained that this movie is too shy-he complainted that this movie spent too much portion to describe his illness during his marriage. I think Idea of Ebert is just a bias that the movie about famous people, like Darwin, suppose to describe episodes or anecdotes related to one's famous work. Whynot?? Though Darwin did great job on his evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin also a man who lived general life; he suffered from his illness,loss of children, and he loved his wife. Why this movie is not enough for providing a background of Darwin's life? Though I didn't watch this movie, but director doesn't need to pay "close" attention to conflict between Emma and Darwin.
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Journal 3.2

The Garden of Forking Paths

For me, The Garden of Forking Paths is pretty interesting short stories that makes me to realize that there can exists a brand new approach like this—I’ve never seen this type of writing before. So it was little bit confusing for the first time, but when I grasp the method that how should I approach this type of writing, it brought me excitement. Also, I think that the website is a through realization of the story of “The garden of Forking Paths” described in The Garden of Forking Paths.

While I was surfing through the website by clicking the words(or phrases) that pops up on the text, I realized that actually all the text that randomly jumping through and appears make sense—though the written type text seems like having orderly structure, the mixed version using hypertext can also construct completely different new story only by existing materials.

However, I feel like if I didn’t read the printed type text version of story before I surf the website, I would have been completely lost about what the story is. And also, I wonder whether endlessly circulating story, the idea of which has been presented in the story by Stephen Albert, is possible. Since the source of material is limited, though this story could be circulated by hypertext type version writing, same stories will be regenerated. How can the story be infinite and having variety that doesn’t superimpose every time, and doesn’t involve any type of word that implies the sense of time? I don’t think it is possible.

Journal 4.2

The little Mermaid

The little Mermaid is my FAVORITE Disney movie ever since when I was young. And this little girly story—everyone should know the plots of The Little Mermaid—involves a lot ofnarrateme components that Propp presented in his website. For example, Ariel is a little curious mermaid who loves the world outside of the sea. So she determines to break the rule and try to depart her home—the castle under the sea—and encounters Eric, and sometimes later, she permanently leaves her home in order to achieve her love. This the very first event of departing home corresponds to #1 absentation on narrateme. While she is trying to depart the sea, by trading the witch Ursula, Sebastian has warned her a lot(#2 Interdiction; hero is warned). And what’s the result? Ariel completely ignores what Sebastian and her father said, and departs the sea by getting “legs” (violation of interdiction). Also, Ursula, the villain in this story is always seeking for the absolute power, which is represented by the king Triton’s trident. This also corresponds to component of reconnaissance. Thus, in order to fail Ariel’s attempt to be happy with Eric, Ursula acts out by deceiving Eric by acting out as as Ariel by using her voice(Trickery: villain attempts to deceive victim). At the last moment of defeating Ursula, the mermaids who had turned into weird seeweed-like organisms are rescued by the King Triton who regains his trident. This event corresponds to counteraction part, and death of Ursula corresponds with #18 Victory; villain is defeated, suggested by Propp. And at the very last moment, Ariel becomes a real human without sacrificing her voice and leave water permanently—she marries with Eric. This can be interpreted as #11’s Departure; hero leaves mission, with great sending off ceremony.
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Journal 5.2

Blue velvet

I think this site is not as hilarious as Chroma that you can control the actual figure by yourself. But this site was much easier to navigate through. For the site chroma, I saw some interesting figure, but I couldn’t understand anything. However, this site is way more organized; it is divided into several parts by key words flowing around the site so that you could click whatever subject you want. And Blue velvet is more effective in interaction with readers (or website users), because Blue velvet used many types of media in order to successfully achieve its point—to let people know about New Orland’s disaster, hurricane Katrina. Blue velvet used some warning and awaking type of sounds on its background, CNN news video file, pictures, charts, maps, etc. Those materials are much effective to communicate and actually to make people learned something through visualization. And I felt like that I’m more concentrating and goes deeper into the subject they are talking about when you click the word, because the word you clicked is moving downward into darker background color. I felt like I was going under the water, investigating the veiled truth that nobody can reach. Also, the part I liked the most was that they have script instead of voice-although the background sound wasn't much better than the one in Chroma. The Chroma site was so distracting because I could understand virtually nothing because of the mixed sound of noise and the voice.

Journal 6.2

Pattern recognition pg 42-83

So far, this novel is building my interest. The main character Cayce is fairly interesting character. In this section, I found out several interesting points that I want to concentrate and expand a thought. The first one is color: as mentioned during class, in this novel, several colors are involved in establishing image of objects and people. In this section, I found out black and green color that describes people. Again, CPU for Cayce is black; she dressed in a black thin long jersey skirt thing, black un-Dikini-ed cardigan, with New-old-stock pumps. Some weary-looking black women has green-polyester uniform blazer; Stonestreet wears black cotton dress shirt; and some arbitrary woman, red-haired, is drinking in a green sweater. And when Bigend suggests Cayce to sleep although she is not really sleepy, she exchanges silver discomforter into duvet in a grey cotton cover. Other than color, I thought Cayce’s obsession on Dorthea’s number saved in “redial” button and “Asian slut” site—trying to keep it on top of the browsing history tap—is interesting. This thing shows the personality of Cayce as well as her black-colored and non-branded outfit indicates. I think these events are building her personality and providing a reasoning behind why she is so obsessed about F:F:F. And on the same time, the way she feels about footage, like a “fishbowl,” not comforting as much as her own home, was interesting. Other than these stuff, the name of the gallery Cayce once has been was kind of interesting; I interpreted Nolita as alterative form of Lolita.
Also, I don't really get what exactly Cayce means by saying mirrored image/world.

Journal 7.2

++Pattern Recognition

So far, the story is getting more interesting and spectacle. It becomes way better than the things happened before. On this section, Cayce actually goes and acts for getting the number that Japanese otaku Taki realized. And she gets stocked by some unknown Italian guys. But I don’t get the part that why the author puts the 911 terror part that Cayce experienced before.

The interesting part that I found in this section of reading is that Cayce’s description about characters in Kiddy Land. She describes Hello Kitty, Kogepan, and Tarepanda as something awkward. Although her description about Kogepan, “a clueless-looking homunculus,” is correct, I never see any people who make that critique about the character. And I realized that she is being little bit sarcastic about those all character products made by franchises. I think this is related to the idea of commercial globalization that we’ve talked before.

One more interesting aspect that I found is that the man Cayce meets, Taki, has Hello Kitty Zippo lighter. This combination of Japanese Dandruff-dusted glasses wearing otaku and cute Hello Kitty Zippo lighter is not only awkward, but also seems like giving some foresight of later events. The most successful representative of globally commercialized character Hello Kitty and Taki, the guy who has interpreted the watermark code for Footage #78, indicates the possibility of Footage being one mechanism for something commercial—may be advertisement—or, just random match of the author for disrupting readers.

And I want to know who Boone Chu really is and what his roles are.

Journal 8.2

Pattern recognition pg 207-248

In this part, I was wondering what Dorothea wants to achieve through Blue ant. And I’m also having a thought that Bigend is having some other intentions other than the one Cayce knows. By hiring Dorothea, who will only be loyal to “her career,” what does Bigend wants to achieve? Wasn’t the mystery behind the F:F:F the only interest of Bigend, so that he could applied that naturally attracting nature of F:F:F into advertisement? In this part, I don’t understand how Bigend backs up Dorothea. And who is the one behind the Dorothea and in what way the Blue Ant, Bigend, and the unknown mysterious Russian guy is related? And how the Russian guy, someone who Dorothea doesn't even know could collect Cayce's information and contact Dorothea?

Also, I noticed that from this novel, Cayce used her credit card at first time—she used to use Blue Ant card as it is her credit card. I think this action implies Cayce’s significant internal and attitudal change. She starts to being more independent in manner she investigates, thinks, and acts.

Journal 9.2

Pattern Recognition 289-328

In this section of reading, Cayce actually meets the one she wanted so long: Stella and Nora. And she finds out that the Footage, indeed, is one of the most carefully composed—created—from nothing, by Nora (or the piece of bomb that still exist in Nora’s head, between the lobes).

I think the description of the Stella is interesting. As usual, Gibson uses the color of her outfits to describe Stella, “she wears nothing that isn’t matte and darkest grays”, as if she wanted to be unrecognizable from the world. However, what contradicts from this thing is the Footage thing that Stella has been distributed so far, which is very recognizable, followed by numerous people and considered as valuable enough. She is unrecognizable in real life, but this contrasts to her internet activity—I think this idea is recurrent images of this novel. There are so many characters, indeed, who are unrecognizable, or unrealizable in real world, but works in opposite way in network. Cayce and Taki, especially, are the examples of them.

Also, Stella’s the usage of Russian was interesting. She speaks nice English at all. However, sometimes she uses Russian to say something people in front of Cayce—with Nora and driver. I think Russian, which is the language that Cayce can’t understand, serves as a barrier from Cayce and Stella, or something that serves for interesting stuff.

And while Cayce is going to Stella’s house to see Nora’s work, she left her passport—or forgets to claim her passport from the front desk. This is an interesting scene, while she is wondering around the places somewhere she doesn’t even know where it is later. Passport is an official document that serves as a means of identification; passport is her identity. While leaving identity of herself, I think she turns away from her formal works and herself, who is following footage ardently.

Journal 10.2

Photopia

This game is very much a resemblance of many websites that we have navigated through before. While typing different directions and commands I could achieve different results. Also, there exists many stages of—many parts of—individual games, which is interesting. I think this is a common characteristic of the complex internet websites. Although a website that is simple enough might be consists with not interesting, dull, and simple narrative of information, the more complex, recent, and large percentages of websites are consists with numerous amount of hyperlinks, which allows one subjects to get an access to everywhere. This aspect, the availability for hyperlink, is the main characteristic of this game too. However, this game was a bit confusing because I had to determine what command to type. (Although determining what to type is not hard, the hard part is that the command should be matched with predetermined question set in the game.) But generally the game was not bad, although not enough interesting as the other games in general sense—like wii, playstation series, and other computer games. Haha. Also, the storyline was a bit too jumping around, so that I cannot really connect the whole stories. Moreover, the colors of letters and background of each stage were very different from each other. It was kind of distracting because the colorful letters on the black background was making my eyes tired and making the scripts hard to read. However, the colors seem to connect the contents. Water-connected stories are blue, normal stories are in black and white, and navigating unfamiliar places are red, green, etc., as the game has the name of “photopia”, which is the name relate to photo, the light.

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