Saturday, April 26, 2008

Empty - "Half full or half empty?"

I choose to do my final on the word EMPTY, because my apartment looks empty right now but it is not empty at all.

That got me to thinking about the saying "half full or half empty?" Most people believe that the answer picked decides whether your a optimisitc person or pessimistic. It's interesting how people can tell so much about a person just based on that. Wikipedia says that: The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble. Which is what this class is about in the way that it helps us not only think outside of comfort zones but to think of situations in different ways. To see all views of the situation.

I asked some friends what they thought and three of them said full and one said empty. Ever since someone asked me that question in high school I first responded with empty and still think believe that. My reasoning for that before they told me the answers was that the glass was half empty because it was full then someone drank out of it and now its almost empty they just have to finish drinking it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Book report

"When you've been somewhere for a while, you aquire the ability to be practically invisible. This lets you operate with a minimum of interference."
- Jenny Holzer

Monday, April 14, 2008

Connections in class

For the connections project I thought of a couple ideas. At first I thought of a family tree but that is too obvious. Then I remembered what i do when im bored Thursdays at work I look up animals in the encyclopedia. Then I thought that I could make the family tree with the animals and how they all somehow probably came from each other. Then I got to thinking about the group experiments on facebook about inviting all your friends and so on to prove the point that everyone is somehow conected to each other in a circle of friends.

In class a lot of people had the start of some really good ideas but I think only two people who spoke posted stuff in their blogs. We went on random trips all over campus and explored. We did start to try to go through all the buildings on campus to see how they were all connected. In the end of class there was a little skit. I wasn't sure what to think of the skit at first but once I sat down to type this I think I get it. There was one person one all four corners giving them all something in common. Or that they can relate to each other. Beth and doug skipped in a circle together in the middle of the four cornered kids. I'm not sure what they meant by that but it may be because they were connected by the arms and went in the same motion and dirction.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Onion Project

I choose to use pictures of trash cans of downtown Indianapolis because it was the first thing I thought of when told to find something that had layers, was more then what they appear. The trash can to most people is seen as a diposal device for stuff that they no longer want but in many ways it could be seen as a gold mine or a design of the surrounding landscape. There were two different styles of trash cans downtown, one that was a black metal frame that opened outward and a octagon shaped one made with rocks surrounding it. Some of the trash cans had a tarp wrapped around it that had a design on it that sutied the seaon of basketball. That is the desgin approch for the trash cans but more importantly is the people who go rely on there being good trash in those cans. The local homeless look for any left item like clothing, or food. They do a pretty good job making sure most of the trash downtown is taken out but I had to looked in most all of the main trash cans and all the best stuff I could find were a black pair of socks.