Introductory video to the:
Spruce Production Division’s Spruce Cut-up Plant
This video was a group project for Communications 333 at Washington State University for Spring 2013.
It is to become a part of the permanent exhibit at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, Wash.
Contributing to the Spruce Mill Project
for COMV 333 creation team “Wartime Whistle-punks”
Engaging visitors in a 1918 conversation
This page is meant to outline some possible ways that visitors to the Spruce Mill site could be engaged. This is just a rough idea that future students might use as a jumping off place.
Some of the buttons here could offer gateways to other activities, like The Lucky Loggers game. The screen here only needs to have one Mail Postcard button, for example, because postcard choices could be on a deeper screen. There are three main ways people could engage displayed here, and each of the ways listed could be developed and amplified.
1. Photos featuring the visitor
Visitors could either post their photos or have them mailed (for a fee). After electing male or female role, the button would take the visitor to a screen with clothing choices.
They would choose their outfit.
The app would have them fill out the address information and mobile phone contact information (twitter handle, email address, phone number for text, etc.)
Next, the app would take them back to their camera and tell them to snap the picture.
Their clothing choice and their photo would be sent to us like any photo attached to a text or tweet. Then, we would have a handy dandy face recognition device that would use the face as a backdrop and do an overlay of the dress or uniform. We would have the contact address from their form.
We would either send the photo back to their phone or we would print it out and mail it in a super cool Fort Vancouver customized mailing packet (for a fee).
2. Postcards with visitor’s messages written on the back
To get a postcard mailed, they would just have to select a postcard front, then hit next.
Next they would fill out the mailing address information and click next.
Then they would write their message in a jQuery box and hit send.
They would get a message congratulating them and inviting them to come and sign the card at the front office (where they would pay their fee). While in the office they would be able to see the super awesome custom stylized mailer.
3. Choose a song
There are a lot of old songs out there, if you want to pay for them, they are available for one dollar on the internet. Once a person hits the Choose a song button, it will take them to the next screen, where there are more choices, or they can opt to hear the whole playlist.
This is easy. You just hit the button and get up to 20 seconds of the airplane, train or sawmill noise, just like a ring-tone.
Twice the Light hosts WSU Business Mentor Program
Vancouver Wash. is bursting with underreported news about new ways our business community is connecting. One such story is that of Walnut Grove manufacturer Twice the Light. Co-owners Lisa Littleton and her brother Rob showed MAP program manager Mistie Josephson and me how MAP saved $250,000 a year in manufacturing costs for their energy-saving commercial lighting solutions.
Rob and Lisa showed us how their LED lights reduce energy use by 80% and how their innovative designs in commercial lighting have made bright LED lighting affordable for commercial purposes. They give concrete examples of ways MAP mentoring transformed, and maybe even saved, Twice the Light.
The University of Washington in Seattle has a similar program that has been running successfully for 20 years, but other than that one, WSU Vancouver is the only school in Washington with such a program. MAP has already benefitted over 40 businesses in three years, and has just added two more mentor-based classes to the curriculum. More than 160 graduating business majors have participated in the program so far, but reportage to date has been limited to the Vancouver Business Journal and WSU Vancouver publications.
My short minute piece cannot hope to encompass every detail about this intriguing boost for small business owners, but demonstrates how it helped this one business. Its goal is to leave potential mentors and advisors lining up to participate, and other small business owners lining up to host student teams.
In 1918, tents and trains, a hundred years later, just dogs and airplanes
This clip was assembled in Photoshop CS6, but I’m working on getting a full-featured video editor. If I find the time, I will redo this clip and maybe be able to add a lot more stuff to make it look better.
Despite how it may appear, I’m not super infatuated with my star player, the golden retriever, I was mainly trying to capture his emotion.
Also, I thought the part with the walking dogs was probably too long (besides being poor quality) but I was attempting to capture an action that had a beginning, middle and end.
I also had an issue about portrait versus landscape and techniques for being able to use both in the same clip. I did get a nice clip with hawks whistling and circling, but the hawks ended up looking like fruit flies in the clip.
Exporting the video was slow and required the reading of tutorials, and I had to upload the file to a server before being able to embed the clip in my blog. I chose Vimeo because I don’t think my expertise is such yet that I would want to post on YouTube…maybe later! The rest of you probably know of other video services.
But now, my other course-work calls.
The Washington Horse Expo offered equestrian events in three arenas on February 15 through 17, here at Vancouver’s Clark County Fair Grounds. My granddaughter and fledgling Tweeter joined me for the event. Read on for where it led.
Dreaming the dream at Washington Horse Expo
Storified by Deborah T McIntosh· Sun, Feb 17 2013 12:36:22
For COM333 textual description for February 13
Better organization saved my nerves and (I think) produced a better result
A story I interviewed for on Friday is going to be more complicated, and may serve better as a video piece. But the same afternoon presented the opportunity to report on Douglas Rushkoff’s visit to Vancouver and the story that goes with it.
I tried a different tactic for this audio piece. On previous weeks I’ve suffered over those illusive word gobs that skitter away or break off like wild horses.This week I decided to attack my nemesis with order. Here’s what I did.
1. I listened to the entire recording, transcribing parts I thought I might want to use. I wrote down the timer where each clip was located in the recording.
2. I went back and reviewed my results. I actually transcribed verbatim the parts I wanted to use, so that I would feel very confident of the content of my clips and the choices I made.
3. I reviewed the results on paper, and I felt I made better decisions about which clips I should use.
4. I dumped what I thought were the best clips into a table as you see below, and then started writing my script, which ended up taking very little time.
5. Finally I started depositing the sound clips onto the tracks in Audacity, and it too, took only a few minutes.
6. The hardest part was cutting the piece down to two minutes, because I had three minutes of material I wanted to use. But I learned that I could take out a repetitive phrase here and an interesting but non-essential tidbit there, and finally got it pared down.
I hope you like the result, and that I’ll see you at Rushkoff’s visit or out doing your part to share digital ethics within your sphere.
Here is the format I used for my table:
|Who:||Why:||What:||How:||Who cares/ So what:|