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Loki – October 2017 

As I draw my original characters more and more, I have begun to get a more solid picture of my characters appearance and their personality. Loki is the type of guy to come off as being too extroverted and optimistic about everything. He is down to do anything and nothing seems to frightened him. I think in a way, I have based him off of my more reckless, adventurous self. Loki is the complete opposite of Khaos. It’s rather cliche, but they’re the sun and moon, earth and sky to each other. 

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Journal Excerpt – London 2017

Throughout my family’s recent holiday to the British Isles, I kept a travel journal. I wrote in the journal everyday about what we had seen, how I had felt, and my thoughts at seeing some truly beautiful places with a rich history. In total counting all of my entries from the entire trip, I wrote filled 51 pages in the journal. This is just one of them from my journal of a day when we were visiting London, England.

• 6 September 2017 •

• Lamborghini Shop • Bater St. Underground • King’s Cross Station & Platform 9 3/4 • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 & 2 • Twinings Tea Shop • 

Unfortunately, when I woke up today I had a horrible sore throat and a stuffy nose. However, I wouldn’t let that put me down. After a simple breakfast, we went to the Lamborghini Shop for Jeff [my younger brother], who had been begging for days to go. I will admit that the cars were no half-bad, yet I find it unlikely that I will ever buy a car from Lamborghini. We then went back to Baker Street to get the a photo of me next to the underground sign. As the other day Dad failed to get the entire sign in the photo, having cut of the B in Baker.

Finally, we were able to make our way to King’s Cross Station after a couple of detours. I thought ahead when packing and had broughtt my wan that I got from Ollivander’s when we went to Universal Studios. The people in charge of the props and taking photos of Platform 9 3/4 were suprised to see I had brought my own. In the end, I left the shop at Platform 9 3/4 having bought a hoard of things: Slytherin jumper, scarf, and pin badge along with a marauders map t-shirt, an acceptance letter, a printed photo of meat Platform 9 3/4, and all four of Hogwart’s houses patches.

After Platform 9 3/4 we made our way to the Palace Theatre (where the Cursed Child would be played) by riding the underground. No matter how many times we use the local subway system, at one point during the trip we always manage to get turned around or more accurately, someone decides not to listen to what I am saying and instead get everyone else to do what they think is best. Most of the times it goes alright as they probably have the same idea as the subway expert (me), but every once in a while it doesn’t turn out quite like they’re expecting.

Anyways, before we actually checked in at the theatre we needed to have a quick lunch, as Part 1 of the play started at one and ended two hours later. Today we are at the Pizza Express, think the word express in the name would imply it is quick. It was not.

Quite to the contrary of the meaning of the word express, we ended up having to shovel our food down our gullets to make it to the theatre in time. Even worse, out of the two pizzas we ordered, I didn’t like one and the other was slightly spicy, causing my sore throat to become worse. However, I made it through and we finally arrived on the premise of the theatre.

From the very first scene to the very end my eyes were glued to the stage, memorized by the beautfiul sight. Actors clothed in robes rushing about the stage carry props to and fro, in sync with the music. The truthful and confident dramatic tone of eac line, loudly proclaimed to us by talented, passionate people. It was absolutely, awestruckenly amazing. Something that I will always connect with this trip.

Inbetween the parts of the play we walked to Twinings Tea and had dinner at a little fish & chips dinner. Once again, I probably purchase a little too much tea, but they were having a great deal, to which I couldn’t bare to say no.

By far, my favorite scenes of the play were those when it was Voldemort Day. The combination of actors, music, choreography, and props was seamless. Truly something unforgettable. I even choose to buy another Harry Potter related sweater, but this time with Voldemort’s Dark Mark. I also purchases a different design of the Slytherin Crest patch. The ending of the play left me giddy inside and all I could think about on the way back to the hotel that night was the play.

 

Marine Science Camp

I recently attended a two-week day camp focused on marine sciences. The session that I was apart of was fairly small, which was nice as it allowed everyone to get to know each other really well and made it capable for the teacher/counselor to talk to everyone in detail if anyone had a question. The main person that was in charge of use throughout the two weeks was a young women who this fall will be staring graduate school. Her name was Dani and super friendly to everyone. She even stated several times that she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for any of us that was interested.

Everyday it seemed that the group was taking a mini field trip somewhere. One of my favorite spots that we went was Middle Cove near Cape Arago. This cove in particular was an adventure to go to as in order to get down to the beach, there was a steep and narrow trail that everyone had to walk down to. In the end, however, it was worth it as Middle Cove has a reputation for always being able to find some seaglass there. I was able to collect two whole handfuls of glass and other cool looking agates. I also found pieces of trash such as a bait bag, two golf balls, a sauce container, and an aluminum beer bottle; I carried all of the found trash to a trash can, where I properly disposed of it.

During the camp, all the students were expected to come up with a project related to marine biology, this was really fun as there were no requirements except the project needing to relate to the ocean in some way. I chose to continue progress on my tiny house, which I plan to have the majority of the materials be either recycled, reclaimed, or eco-friendly materials. It related back to the ocean as I discussed the possibility of using plastic water bottles as insulation, unfortunately after I did more research after the camp I discovered that plastic water bottle insulation might not be the best form of insulation. Even so, I enjoyed working on creating a blueprint of my tiny house, which I then showed to everyone on a PowerPoint as I talked about my vision.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks. It was an adventure learning about different marine life. Even if some of it was review, I was still able to learn new information about different organisms everyday. By having a deadline, I was finally able to document some of my ideas for my tiny house on a basic floor plan. This first draft will be the basic outline for my tiny house in the future.

WR 122 — Essay III

Geneva Varga

WR 122 Movie Evaluation Essay

21 May 2017

Irrational Love Defeating Programming

Wall•E is the ninth feature film to be released by Pixar Animation on the 27th of June in 2008. It is a rated G animated movie for its family friendly plot and is generally considered a combination of the genres: science fiction and children/family. However, when watching the movie, it quickly became clear that there were multiple similarities to romantic-comedies. A movie about robots and environmental destruction is at heart a love story told in a very unique way including the initial “meet-cute”, a humorous sidekick, a period of courtship, and the transformation of character; all of which show the audience that love is not unanimous and there are different ways on expressing love.

One of the conventions of romantic comedies is the “meet-cute”, whereupon the couple are depicted in an initial clash of personalities or comical misunderstanding. Wall•E is love-struck with the beauty of EVE when she first arrives on Earth and follows after her mindlessly as the earthbound robot yearns to just hold someone’s hand. In comparison, her rapid fire response to disturbances and the resulting mushroom clouds leave Wall•E trembling.

There are defined social differences between the star-struck characters as well, EVE is from a world of new, while Wall•E is old and aged. With these points it is important to realize Wall•E is unique in telling their love story; Wall•E and EVE are both robots which consequently prevents the story from being told in the usual fashion. Owing to the movie relying on non-verbals, detailed animation in the faces of the robots, and musical cues are used to represent the love between the two robots.

Throughout the film, the romantic story builds through a series of actions whereupon the young couple demonstrate their care for one another. This is important in the fact that the lead couple does not fall in love at first sight. These scenes thereby allow the characters to fall in love with the personality and quirks of the other. Shortly after EVE and Wall•E are introduced, a brutal sandstorm ensues and Wall•E is prompted to take EVE to his home for safety. Here, he excitedly shows EVE his collection of objects that range from a light bulb to a Rubik’s Cube. Eventually, Wall•E puts in a romantic movie titled Hello! Dolly which at one point has two characters holding hands. This nonverbal action is later used onboard the Axiom to represent the words I love you without explicitly saying it.

Additionally, when hanging around with Wall•E on Earth, EVE meets Wall•E’s insect companion, Hal. Hal is Wall•E’s sidekick and he provides lighthearted humor, particularly because he is a cockroach. However, once the two robots leave Earth, Hal is left behind and a cleaner robot fills this role. M-O is first shown cleaning EVE and her fellow robots of any contaminates. Afterwards, this robot follows the debris trail Wall•E left behind with increasing frustration, unexpectedly providing humor.

While there are multiple music sequences including Wall•E picking up trash at the start of the film and EVE scanning Earth upon her arrival according to her “Directive”. Two particular montages that stand out from the rest fit the criteria of a romantic-comedy. The first takes place on the polluted Earth whereupon Wall•E dotes on her even to his own harm after she shuts down upon finding a green plant shoot on Earth. This is essentially the courtship period between the two.

The second montage highlights the loving care that they have developed for one another during their time on the Axiom. Their playful natures are exhibited as they fly about in outer space —Wall•E with a fire extinguisher and EVE self-propelled. Additionally, the robot couple, particularly Wall•E, is able to initiate a “meet-cute” for a human couple by simply bumping into their hover cars. Consequently, the humans then begin to look at the Axiom in a different light.

Most compelling is the transformation of character the plot resolves. In general, romantic comedies feature a protagonist undergoing a transformation or discovery, usually realizing the other person is indeed their soul mate or true love. In Wall•E, the protagonist sparks a transformation in all those around him by simply being true to himself. In other words: “…the plot evolves into something with intergalactic ramifications, wherein Wall•E and EVE create a chain of events that eventually convinces humans to get off their lard-asses and return to Earth.”

From the cleverly scripted “meet-cute” that opens the film, to delightful tie-ins to classic romantic comedies of the past, and finally to the remarkable transformations of all the characters, Wall•E is a romance against which future films in this genre will be judged. The director of the movie, Andrew Stanton, once stated, “From the beginning, I could never drop the idea that is should really be a love story.” When even the director of the movie believes that Wall•E is a love story, it is no wonder that the film has the necessary components for a romantic-comedy. Though not a traditional romantic comedy as it centers around non-human characters, the lesson we can all learn from Wall•E is that loves knows no boundaries.


Works Cited

N.a. “Wall•E.” Pixar Wiki. Wikia. n.d. Accessed 15 May 2017. <http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/ WALL•E>.

N.a. “Romantic Comedies.” Filmbug: Guide to Movie Stars. Filmbug, n.d. Accessed 20 May    2017. < http://www.filmbug.com/dictionary/romantic-comedies.php&gt;

Myers, Scott. “Pixar Genius.” Go Into The Story. Go Into The Story, 24 Sept. 2009. Accessed 24 May 2017. <https://gointothestory.blcklst.com/pixar-genius-6efa65683ef5&gt;.

Wall•E. Stanton, Andrew. Walt Disney Pictures, 2008. Film

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