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Weekly Summary: 13

ON THE CASE:  https://vimeo.com/125423627

When a woman from my past who lives in my mind comes to call for my services… the most predictable sequence of events occur.  These do allow me to come to terms with some ghosts I have been to afraid to face and also help me realize a dream I have is not beyond my reach.

Many late night walks and glasses of whiskey later.

Process:  I wanted to capture the story of my past and embody the elusive nature of my lovely Carla.  This was best done through a compilation of narratives, music, and black and white photographs. I allow for a pop of color to represent the promise of my dream.  That not lying in the person you think it will but rather a place.

Backstory:  To understand why I am the way I am you must first know my past.  This I only reveal pieces at a time, but if you pay close enough attention… you may peel back the right amount of layers.

Dissolution:  The relationship between Carla and I may seem to be over, for now but believ me when I say, she is a woman of habit.  She’ll be back.

Saga? Prequel?  This story leaves room for both.

Daily Create: Face a Fear: With No Face

This sketch done in sharpie is meant to depict a dark room in which I am standing over a table being approached by a gaggle of spider/crawly insects.  As someone who is both afraid of the dark and bugs I found a way to take the edge off the phobia by adding a reason for the directional.

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Week 12: UPDATE

Hello all!

Great news this week, my private investigator business is official with the introduction of my website.

It was not the most simple of tasks to perform, as some of you who know me may be aware of, old Thad here is not the tech wiz in the least.  Funny enough I used a program called ‘wix’ to build and launch my site with much ease.  Still working out some simple kinks  but all the important information is there.  If you’s can’t find me working at The Watering Hole bar, I’ll be right upstairs in my office for clients to come in for consultations and what nots.

The name of my company is called Backdoor PI.  Simple, to the point, for the people, by the people.

Your favorite Neighborhood snitch has gone corporate… or whatever that means.

– Thaddeus Rupert Privy

http://ccotto5x5.wix.com/thaddeuspi

Week 10: Video Assignments + The Interview

Video Work: Since I decided I work best alone, My video assignment this week is to complete 15 stars, a difficult feat, but not impossible.  I thought it’d be cool to see what an avatar would look like talking as me, Thaddeus, so I made one.

https://cmcotto.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/week-10-video-assignments-the-interview/

The Interview:  

Changeover: https://twitter.com/ChattyThaddy  

Is the link to my new twitter, There I can give and receive the latest scoop without risking the danger that the snitching business provides.

Organizing:  Given that I am a lone wolf and have been my whole life, I feel it would be best to venture into next weeks agency projects alone.  Especially since my line of work requires me to be anywhere at a moments notice, and you never know who to trust.

Daily Creates:

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Monday March 23rd:  Breakfast Selfie

– I enjoyed taking the time to play with my food.  They say you are what you eat and this suspicious looking oatmeal really reflects my paranoid mood.  Who knows what the day will bring… but I’ll be waiting and prepared with my protein packed sustenance.

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Wednesday March 25th: Words of Wisdom

–  A theory I believe in that has always re-calibrated my own insecurity in my individuality is the fact that we all find magic and answers in different things.  The more magic we appreciate, the more we are willing to put into the world and accept others.  As a child, you have an overwhelming ability to see things others can’t and it is a travesty that as adults we can no longer pull from that creative head space. I encourage everyone to open their eyes to the unknown and embrace it with a positive POV.

Talking to a stranger

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 29, 2015 12:06 pm

“Yesterday I ventured to the library in hopes to get some schoolwork done. I took my boyfriend with me to show him where I spent countless hours getting lost in different magical worlds as a child. I hadn’t been back there for almost 15 years and everything of course seemed to shrink. We found a table inside the childrens books enclave because that was the only place that had outlets available. As we sit down to open our respective laptops we are joined by two little blonde girls in tutus and their father. Seeing daddy daughter dates is one of the most adorable sightings, in my opinion. The older one sat and read to herself while the other picked her books up and made herself comfortable at our child-size table. She was quiet and unsuspecting at first, but then gradually began to make playful eye contact with me and my boyfriend before she built up the courage to ask me my name. Olivia’s eyes were so big and blue, her pink cheeks swell when she smiled. She then whispers to me that she can’t read these words in her book and I oblige to help her read as long as she flips the pages. We go on giggling softly and reading a couple stories before her father tells her they are leaving. We say our goodbyes and she thanks me for helping her. I can’t help but feel a smile cross my face and then radiate throughout my whole body. Getting to relive the joy of library visits and the most fearless curiosity through our encounter was simply heartwarming.”

– I think this may have been my favorite daily create this week.  Reflecting on the many people I encounter everyday is something Id like to do more often.  I started a section in my personal journal entitled “Stranger Ties” to log my serendipitous meetings.  My boyfriend always say he is never alone, he is always with friends, though they may not know they are friends… yet!

Commenting:

Week 10: Video Assignments + The Interview

Video Work: Since I decided I work best alone, My video assignment this week is to complete 15 stars, a difficult feat, but not impossible.  I thought it’d be cool to see what an avatar would look like talking as me, Thaddeus, so I made one.

Vintage educational movie:

http://youtu.be/uEvQq4t9u84 

The Interview:  

Changeover: https://twitter.com/ChattyThaddy  

Is the link to my new twitter, There I can give and receive the latest scoop without risking the danger that the snitching business provides.

Organizing:  Given that I am a lone wolf and have been my whole life, I feel it would be best to venture into next weeks agency projects alone.  Especially since my line of work requires me to be anywhere at a moments notice, and you never know who to trust.

Daily Creates:

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Monday March 23rd:  Breakfast Selfie

– I enjoyed taking the time to play with my food.  They say you are what you eat and this suspicious looking oatmeal really reflects my paranoid mood.  Who knows what the day will bring… but I’ll be waiting and prepared with my protein packed sustenance.

image1 (5)

Wednesday March 25th: Words of Wisdom

–  A theory I believe in that has always re-calibrated my own insecurity in my individuality is the fact that we all find magic and answers in different things.  The more magic we appreciate, the more we are willing to put into the world and accept others.  As a child, you have an overwhelming ability to see things others can’t and it is a travesty that as adults we can no longer pull from that creative head space. I encourage everyone to open their eyes to the unknown and embrace it with a positive POV.

Talking to a stranger

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 29, 2015 12:06 pm

“Yesterday I ventured to the library in hopes to get some schoolwork done. I took my boyfriend with me to show him where I spent countless hours getting lost in different magical worlds as a child. I hadn’t been back there for almost 15 years and everything of course seemed to shrink. We found a table inside the childrens books enclave because that was the only place that had outlets available. As we sit down to open our respective laptops we are joined by two little blonde girls in tutus and their father. Seeing daddy daughter dates is one of the most adorable sightings, in my opinion. The older one sat and read to herself while the other picked her books up and made herself comfortable at our child-size table. She was quiet and unsuspecting at first, but then gradually began to make playful eye contact with me and my boyfriend before she built up the courage to ask me my name. Olivia’s eyes were so big and blue, her pink cheeks swell when she smiled. She then whispers to me that she can’t read these words in her book and I oblige to help her read as long as she flips the pages. We go on giggling softly and reading a couple stories before her father tells her they are leaving. We say our goodbyes and she thanks me for helping her. I can’t help but feel a smile cross my face and then radiate throughout my whole body. Getting to relive the joy of library visits and the most fearless curiosity through our encounter was simply heartwarming.”

– I think this may have been my favorite daily create this week.  Reflecting on the many people I encounter everyday is something Id like to do more often.  I started a section in my personal journal entitled “Stranger Ties” to log my serendipitous meetings.  My boyfriend always say he is never alone, he is always with friends, though they may not know they are friends… yet!

Commenting:

Week 10: Daily Creates

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Monday March 23rd:  Breakfast Selfie

– I enjoyed taking the time to play with my food.  They say you are what you eat and this suspicious looking oatmeal really reflects my paranoid mood.  Who knows what the day will bring… but I’ll be waiting and prepared with my protein packed sustenance.

image1 (5)

Wednesday March 25th: Words of Wisdom

–  A theory I believe in that has always re-calibrated my own insecurity in my individuality is the fact that we all find magic and answers in different things.  The more magic we appreciate, the more we are willing to put into the world and accept others.  As a child, you have an overwhelming ability to see things others can’t and it is a travesty that as adults we can no longer pull from that creative head space. I encourage everyone to open their eyes to the unknown and embrace it with a positive POV.

Talking to a stranger

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 29, 2015 12:06 pm

“Yesterday I ventured to the library in hopes to get some schoolwork done. I took my boyfriend with me to show him where I spent countless hours getting lost in different magical worlds as a child. I hadn’t been back there for almost 15 years and everything of course seemed to shrink. We found a table inside the childrens books enclave because that was the only place that had outlets available. As we sit down to open our respective laptops we are joined by two little blonde girls in tutus and their father. Seeing daddy daughter dates is one of the most adorable sightings, in my opinion. The older one sat and read to herself while the other picked her books up and made herself comfortable at our child-size table. She was quiet and unsuspecting at first, but then gradually began to make playful eye contact with me and my boyfriend before she built up the courage to ask me my name. Olivia’s eyes were so big and blue, her pink cheeks swell when she smiled. She then whispers to me that she can’t read these words in her book and I oblige to help her read as long as she flips the pages. We go on giggling softly and reading a couple stories before her father tells her they are leaving. We say our goodbyes and she thanks me for helping her. I can’t help but feel a smile cross my face and then radiate throughout my whole body. Getting to relive the joy of library visits and the most fearless curiosity through our encounter was simply heartwarming.”

– I think this may have been my favorite daily create this week.  Reflecting on the many people I encounter everyday is something Id like to do more often.  I started a section in my personal journal entitled “Stranger Ties” to log my serendipitous meetings.  My boyfriend always say he is never alone, he is always with friends, though they may not know they are friends… yet!

Week 9: Web Assignments

Web Story Telling:

dominos

The web story telling has proven to be the most difficult part of this weeks assignment pool.  The initial link given for mozilla was not functional so I in turn attempted to download firefox and used the firebug application which was cautioned to make link codes disappear.  The kinks of this are very finicky.  I attempted to take the Domino’s interface and manipulate it into the fictional business my friend and I have jokingly developed.  This pizza place serves anything you can ever want, on a pizza, ‘no matter what is the guarantee!’. (We even have a jingle) I am still working on developing this.

Character Resume:

The character profile I created is below, in the form of a resume of a fictional character based off of the culmination of women from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I feel these ladies have the most sass and their dialects and slang terms are so different from the language I am used to speaking. They make fascinating character studys’. Ms. Rubella is a recent divorce who is lookin’ to make an entrepreneurial debut with her settlement money, honey.  She is bold beautiful and has very little actual work experience but comes from a very artistic background and education.

Rubella Jones

3452 Rubarb Way

Atlanta, GA 40926

 

Objective:

To find and implement my specialized skills gained from being the most fabulous housewife in The South

Skills and Strengths:

Shopping

Event Planning and Attending

Interior Design and Décor

Singer/ Songwriter

Education/Awards/Honors:

Savannah School of Design

Work Experience:

Housewife

Rubella Jones

Pintrest Vacation Board:

It has been a long time dream of mine to live in Hawaii so naturally I had an easy time finding inspiration for my first trip there.  Everything from the hairstyle to the car I will be driving are in my board.

Week 9: Summary

Web Assignment:

Web Story Telling:

dominos

The web story telling has proven to be the most difficult part of this weeks assignment pool.  The initial link given for mozilla was not functional so I in turn attempted to download firefox and used the firebug application which was cautioned to make link codes disappear.  The kinks of this are very finicky.  I attempted to take the Domino’s interface and manipulate it into the fictional business my friend and I have jokingly developed.  This pizza place serves anything you can ever want, on a pizza, ‘no matter what is the guarantee!’. (We even have a jingle) I am still working on developing this.

Character Resume:

The character profile I created is below, in the form of a resume of a fictional character based off of the culmination of women from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I feel these ladies have the most sass and their dialects and slang terms are so different from the language I am used to speaking. They make fascinating character studys’. Ms. Rubella is a recent divorce who is lookin’ to make an entrepreneurial debut with her settlement money, honey.  She is bold beautiful and has very little actual work experience but comes from a very artistic background and education.

Rubella Jones

3452 Rubarb Way

Atlanta, GA 40926

 

Objective:

To find and implement my specialized skills gained from being the most fabulous housewife in The South

Skills and Strengths:

Shopping

Event Planning and Attending

Interior Design and Décor

Singer/ Songwriter

Education/Awards/Honors:

Savannah School of Design

Work Experience:

Housewife

Rubella Jones

Pintrest Vacation Board:

It has been a long time dream of mine to live in Hawaii so naturally I had an easy time finding inspiration for my first trip there.  Everything from the hairstyle to the car I will be driving are in my board.

Radio Show Evaluation:  I found these shows to be an excellent way for me to have stimulation while at my desk job. I enjoyed them alot.

“The radio show I listened to was “The Fifth Dimension Twilight Zone” created by Fairuz

http://ds106.us/2013/03/17/spring-is-for-radio-shows/

  • Quality of audio sound: The volume was consistent and moderately edited. The sound of both the spoken components and the integrated clips from other sources were clear, and free of noises not needed?  During one part in the show when one of the girls was speaking she had a sort of summer time cricket noise happening in the background which I wasn’t sure was on purpose but I liked it and thought it added a warm feeling to the audio.
  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects like the highly recognizable “Twilight Zone” jingle was great. Transitions were clear and quick, cognitively they could have possibly been a bit more streamline but that is the most criticism I could offer.
  • Use of sound effects- Like the appropriate usage of background noise or music was perfect and light-handed.  Not overdone or left anything to be desired.
  • Use of music- The use of music was complementary and not distracting at all.
  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?
  • The whole show was done with a great amount of drama and a generous amount of allusions to pop culture. It told many stories in an effective but not overly forced way. These was a great flow; every segment was just long enough to draw the listener in but not too long as to bore them.
  • I would rate this radio show a 5/5
  • My favorite part was the reel of Will Ferrell Quotes from his many movies. As well as the satirical usage of ‘Twilight’ mellowdrama as a manipulation of the shows comedic and serious vibe.”

Daily Creates:

“Dream Staircase

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An Eerie Equinox

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 20, 2015 4:57 pm

Though it may be the first day of spring
I don’t mind
Mother Earth holds off on the sunshine
For one last rainy fling
Because the weather will turn, all in good time
I don’t mind

Daily Creates are always good at poignantly challenging me either emotionally or creatively, both put me outside of my comfort zone which I believe is a fundamental part of growing as a person.

The first assignment I completed was the ‘Dream Staircase’, which was the most introspective posts I have made thus far.  The most difficult part was realizing my true dream which is not a specific event or a certain job role.  Since my upbringing and recent life has been a constant cycle of turmoil and relief I believe the one thing I dream of most is mental, financial, and physical stability, which could be found in any geographical location.  The steps that lead to completing this goal are pretty straight forward, once I realized what my ultimate dream was.

The second assignment was to write a poem about how we feel about rainy days.  In my opinion the most beautiful things in life come from a juxtaposition, contradiction, or ironic pairing which is either metaphorically or visually complementary.  Having a gray and rainy first day of spring is the epitome of this, therefor I used this opportunity to revel in it.  My words don’t always come to me, especially in an eloquent or poetic manner.  I felt by keeping it short and sweet I was able to get my point across pretty well.

I am looking forward to what next weeks daily creates will bring!”

Recycled Media:

“1. Underwater Cozy Canopy

Underwater Cozy Canopy

2.Underside of Antique Dried Rose

Fall and Dried Roses 010 Back end

3. Promise of Love During The Autumn of The Year

Promise of love during the Autumn of the year

4. Symphonic Savannian Acoustics: Video clip of street performers in Savannah Georgia singing “Lion Sleeps Tonight”.

Above are three of the four unused media I uploaded to the Phonar shared dropbox.  I try to title my pieces with a play on their true message.  My reasoning for taking these pictures or capturing these moments was because I observed them having a unique dynamic.  Whether that be a juxtaposition of an underwater like installation placed on the ceiling or the romantic backdrop of a season displayed behind a romantic gesture of ‘love locks’ in Cologne Germany.  All of these media sources were initially suppose to be integrated into the ‘Design Blitz’ assignment. They didn’t make it into my Flickr album because I found more suitable representations for the assignment. “