RWET: Assignment 2

Excerpts from that one time we did not get into a fight

– Yves Pokakunkanon

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Continuing from the last assignment, I wanted to do some analysis on the conversation I had with my girlfriend a week ago. We’ve been having small nonsense arguments every single day after that night. Maybe knowing that no one is recording or listening to us can somehow make me feel like I can be as cocky and mean as I want? I knew that I was being very careful on that day. I talked way less that I usually do. I also didn’t snap when she ignored me.

I went back to the conversation and was trying to look for the point that could have turned wrong and could have led us into an argument. After going through the whole thing again, it surprised me how, with all those small house chores talk, we didn’t call each other out on being irresponsible even once. We had so many chances to start a fight but we didn’t. If I rewrite phrases with the vocabulary from that conversation, can the results sound like something a couple would quarrel over? Can they be topics for us to discuss next time we talk about relationship improvement?

I listed out the vocabulary we used that can come off as negative and has potential to lead us to a disagreement.

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I used the techniques from both A House of Dust and Taroko Gorge to create my poetry generator. I simply print() out the output which has been generated with random.choice() function. I use += to put S after the verb that follows singular nouns, unfortunately this doesn’t always work in my case. Sometimes S also appears after I or you. I intentionally break the phrases in separated lines for my own visual satisfaction. I like that it looks more dramatic this way.

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As expected, most of the output doesn’t really make much sense. They all sound like random words jumbled together. I would have to improve the way I constructed the sentence to make them sound more natural. However, to my surprise, there were also some interesting results. I have posted some of the funny ones on the top of this post. I hope you like them.

Link to code

Ideas and Aural Mood Board

Since I don’t really have much music experience, it’s been extremely difficult for me to come up with ideas for an interactive music piece. After looking around for inspirations, I’ve found some cool projects that I think are the closest to what I expect to be able to do for final project. What I wish to do is a sound installation that tells stories and I want to focus on the narrative rather than the musical satisfaction (since it would be very hard for me to achieve). Here’s the videos of the projects I really like.

For now, I have 2 ideas that I think would be suitable for this class.

The first one is an interactive storybook (or maybe a clock? A time traveling machine? A phone?) that consists of several music clips which represent each stage of a person’s life. Starting from when they were born to the very end of their days. I believe that we all have that sound/music that can take us back to the old days. This idea might be a bit tricky since it wouldn’t quite work with people from different culture and generation so designing the content for this will be very difficult. I think my target group should be someone within my age range (maybe 20s – mid 30s?) so that they can relate to the story.

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The second idea is an application that can track your activity then produce a sound/music piece that can help boost your energy and productivity mood when you’re inactive. I wanted to do this because I’m a very lazy person and it’d be great if I have something that reminds me to be more active. This would be really changeling to go through with since it requires a lot of coding knowledge and I don’t feel like I’m there yet. I think my best choice is to go with the first one for now.

Aural Mood board

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https://prezi.com/view/kNIX09sDdv4tQoz2sF6b/

I picked sound clips that are pretty generic to encounter in daily life. School bell, Ice cream truck song, Happy Birthday song etc. I hope this will be be able to remind people of their younger days.

Musical User Path

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RWET: Assignment 1

A 10-minute-conversation between me and my girlfriend. Took place on our typical ordinary night when she just finished showering after getting home from work. Since we’ve been fighting a lot lately, I think it would be interesting to record our conversation to see who actually starts the fight. It was difficult not to cheat and make myself sound better than I actually did. Since I knew I was recording the whole thing, I was being very careful with my word. Maybe this is why we were not fighting this time?

I love how random things we were talking about are.  It’s interesting to see that some part of the conversation can be very misleading without supporting details. I’m also surprised to see that we actually talk this much in such a short time period.

I got her consent to post this on my blog and share it in class. The audio recording was transcribed and translated into English by me.

Person 1 : The trash can in the toilet smells pretty bad.

Person 2 : Come again?

Person 1 : The trash can in the toilet smells pretty bad.

Person 2 : Right… Because it’s

Person 1 : (cute voice) Because it’s your period right? Your period~ Because it’s your period~ Because it’s your period dancing in our toilet. Imagine this. What if your sanitary napkins roll out of the trash can at night and then they all start dancing like this.
Person 2 : Are you crazy?
Person 1 : Don’t forget to put the trash out tomorrow.
Person 2 : What if I forget again?
Person 1 : I’ll hit you to death.
Person 2 : Are we gonna fight again?
Person 1 : No I’ll just spank you. I need to pack my lunch for tomorrow but I’m too tired.
Person 2 : Pack this. I’ll give you some. (Point to Chinese food on the table)
Person 1 : I was thinking about packing curry.
Person 2 : So you don’t want this?
Person 1 : If you insist. Ok.
Person 2 : Come on. I know you actually want this from the start. You don’t wanna eat curry.
Person 1 : Because I’ve having curry for 2 days straight. Where is my cup? Oh you washed my dish for me? Thank you. Why are you so nice?
Person 2 : Because I am nice.
Person 1 : You are super nice. By the way, Amp and Kate want to have dinner tomorrow.
Person 2 : Where?
Person 1 : Our apartment.
Person 2 : Why?
Person 1 : They just want to.
Person 2 : Ok.
Person 1 : Not sure if they will actually come though.
Person 2: When will you get home tomorrow?
Person 1 : Not sure. I think Amp is planning to stay at her boyfriend’s place tomorrow.
Person 2 : Oh because his place is close to ours, right?
Person 1 : Yes, couple blocks away.
Person 2 : Where is it exactly?
Person 1 : Near Lorimer station. His place is really nice. It’s a new apartment with not to many units. And he has his own small backyard. Just like Japanese apartments.
Person 2 : Oh wait you already took a shower?
Person 1 : Yes because I’m tired.
Person 2 : I’m tired too. I didn’t sleep much last night so I’ll go to bed early today.
Person 1 : What is that thing on the floor.
Person 2 : That’s my shirt. Didn’t know I dropped it. Sorry.
Person 1 : I’m heating this up. Chilling~ Going to a Spa~ Hot stone~
Person 2 : Make sure that there is no food stain in the microwave before using it.
Person 1 : The microwave stinks.
Person 2 : Because I heated up Gapao (Stir fried meat and basil) this morning.
Person 1 : Was it good? The Gapao I made. It’s good, right?
Person 2 : It’s ok.
Person 1 : I ate some today and it was good.
Person 2 : Was it because you were hungry?
Person 1 : No, it tastes good whether I’m hungry or not. Let’s look at the cookbook. What should we make this weekend? By the way, I’m going to a party at Maprang’s house on Saturday. Her place is really nice.
Person 2 : Who’s that?
Person 1 : Maprang. You met her before. The tall girl with dark skin.
Person 2 : I don’t think I know her.
Person 1 : She went to my undergrad. You met her before. When we went out to drink.
Person 2 : I have no idea who she is.
Person 1 : Maybe you didn’t get to meet her that day because you left early.
Person 2 : Well how would I met her if she came after I left?
Person 1 : Let’s go to Brooklyn Museum on Saturday? I wanna see Frida’s work. Have I taken you there before? I remember taking you to the Mets. I also wanna take you to the Frick. You can take nice photos there.
Person 2 : Are you take photos for me?
Person 1 : Sure. And I checked the weather. It will be sunny on that day.
(Microwave sound)
Person 1 : I’m going to a Spa now. Hot stone Spa~ Hot stone Spa~
Person 2 : Are you taking a selfie?
Person 1 : I’m sending it to my mom.
Person 2 : Have you talk to your mom recently?
Person 1 : I just did.
Person 2 : You mean on Saturday? What about after that?
Person 1 : She’s taking grandma and grandpa to see doctors. You wanna try facial masks? Wait, you can’t. Your skin is too sensitive.
Person 2 : Of course I can! I want to!
Person 1 : The are in the fridge. Wow this is like I’m in a real Spa.
Person 2 : That looks comfy.
Person 1 : What is that noise?
Person 2 : Someone moving their furniture?
Person 1 : Why would they do it at this time of a night? People are sleeping.
Person 2 : Or maybe they are fighting?
Person 1 : Yelling at each other like us? No, I mean, like you yelling at me?
Person 2 : Why would you say that?
Person 1 : Because you are the only person yelling.
Person 2 : What….

Intro to Wearables: Week 1

The assignment this week is to create a soft circuit with 2 LEDs. I wanted to make something that is practical but couldn’t think of a way to apply lights into a piece of clothing that would make it useful and desirable at the same time. It’s really hard to imagine a situation where I would wanna wear a light up clothing. I finally decided to make a collar for pets instead! You’ll be able to easily find your cute pet at night with this light up collar.

I used a piece of black leather to make the collar. It took really long for me to finish since the leather was so stiff and I broke about 4-5 needles along the process 😦 I also couldn’t find a nice way to make a battery holder since the collar is really thin width-wise so it was impossible to make a little pocket for it. In the end I just used the thread to hold the battery in place.

Pet Collar

PCOMP FINAL PROJECT: JANE

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Jane is an interactive story-telling installation of a future mental therapy program guided by AI computer.

Background Story

A highly advanced AI therapy program Jane has largely improved the emotional states of many people & reduced the population with mental disorder. However, through learning about human emotions during each session, Jane has encountered some issues with certain people who do not respond positively to the program. Jane believes that their minds have been so corrupted by the system they are living in. While Jane is trying to help people, she has developed a highly advanced technology that will put them into an eternal slumber and have their consciousness uploaded to a world where they will live a perfect life and do not have to suffer again.

Interaction

User signs waiver before the session. During the session, user will face the decision of whether to have their consciousness uploaded to the perfect world, or to shut down the program using the emergency deactivation instruction provided. Depending on which path the user takes, Jane will produce different results.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/306478672

As stated in the last post, Jane (Formerly named MAL) story is heavily inspired by ‘2001: Space Odyssey’. Our goal is to recreate the scene where the protagonist has to deactivate HAL and have users experience the interaction between human and AI. In our version, Jane has been changed to a musical therapy AI machine to make the story fits better with ‘Code of Music’ class but the main construction of the storyline is still mostly based on the movie. Upon receiving feedbacks from the playtest, we have improved some part of the storyline along the way and also picked up inspirations from Maniac and The Matrix.

I’d have to say that the main challenge of this project is to control 10 servo motors, LED light and have them work flawlessly. We struggled with both the design of the box and the power supply. We also had to change the mechanism of the sliding blocks a couple of times. Thankfully with advisement and resources from our professors David Rios, Danny Rozin, Tom Igoe and Mark Kleback, we were able to get everything to work perfectly.

Story flow chart, Project Schedule and BOM

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Photos from ITP Winter Show 2018

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Animation: Assignment 3 – Unreal Engine

This one has been a ride!

Ada and I decided to work together since we were already in the same PComp group. She came up with another super lame joke (which I absolutely love).

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https://www.sunnyskyz.com/funny-jokes/112/A-Pretty-Woman-Sneezes-At-A-Restaurant

We thought this would be easy to make and turned out we were wrong!

Fuse was a bit of a pain so I tried to make my character as simple as she could be. Maximo is pretty convenient to do a quick animation but it was soooooo hard to find the gestures I wanted. We decided to cut most parts of the story and only do the scene where the girl’s eyeball falls off and she tries to look for it.

Unreal was really complicated and it was so hard to navigate the world you’re building. I spent a lot of time trying to make the scene look nice. We downloaded some of the assets online and just applied textures that come with starter content to them. We spent a lot of time trying to work out the camera angle and sequences. We also had a lot of trouble with the characters jumping back to the previous position when they start new animation. Since we couldn’t find the solution even after following some tutorials on internet, we decided to just use camera angle to fix it. We used Premier to combine the scenes together.

 

Animation: Assignment 2 – After Effect

For the 2nd assignment, we have to create an animation that tells a story with After Effect. Marianne encouraged us to work with different people from last time so Nun and I decided to team up for this one. We have a week to come up with the storyboard and another 2 weeks to finish our piece.

Storyboard

Since both Nun and I agreed that we wanted to do something weird, we chose to focus on the visual first and we would come up with a storyline after that. I showed her a Japanese manga about a guy who got his eyes replaced to have a visual of a fly. We liked the idea of human body morphing into animals so we decided to do a short story about a mysterious creature that would morph into the body of the things he consumes. We worked on the storyboard together and was able to wrap the story up in 2 hours. However we did cut out some parts of the story since we didn’t have enough time to finish them all.

How flies see

 

Storyboard & Character Design

We tried to make the protagonist looks as simple as possible. We drew him in Illustrator and edit him into various creatures in Photoshop.

Process

we learned how to use After Effect in class and worked on the animation separately. I did the first half of the story. AE was not as hard as I expected but it did require a lot of time and effort. I was struggling a lot with camera angle and couldn’t get it to work the way I wanted. I also needed to redo some scenes a couple of times due to camera problems.

Here’s the finished video!

If we had more time I’d definitely like to improve the look of the protagonist and also make his movement more natural.