Posted on January 22, 2018
The Flickerings of Cypherpunk106
Hello everyone, it’s me cypherpunk106. This week has been exciting and been a lot of creating. I started the week by joining the Slack channel and introducing myself. I decided to be different and create a gif of myself and share that on Slack.
This gif was used later in my first Instagram post.
For my Instagram posts this week, I decided to be different and instead of uploading photos, to create and post videos. These Instagram video were all 90’s inspired (of course using Strokes music). I think this is the work I am most proud of this week. I spent a lot of time on them and learned a couple of different things, namely how to extract frames of a gif, the aspect ratio of a 1:1 video and how to nest a video in Final Cut Pro. I think I was really creative with these videos and pushed my skills.
Some other activities we did this week included our Twitter Intro, putting objects in the bunker and our Daily Create. All of these activities pushed me to think differently (especially my Daily Create). I also liked my Daily Create because I was unique and also used my *amazing* humor to make my video lighthearted.
One thing I would change was starting the reading so late. I was actually surprised how long the Wiki page was (Martha why) so I left it somewhat last minute. However, being the nerd I am, I made the reading more exciting by using Hypothesis. I love Hypothesis as I can leave notes and photos for myself. I also use it to add my stream of consciousness for later so I can laugh at weird things.
I am also looking forward to next week because from what I’ve heard (I’m a mole in the DKC) is that we’re going to choose our archetype. So I’m already calling dibs on the moody, hacker type. OR I’m snagging being the dolphin from Johnny Mnemonic because that GEEKS. That actually brings up another thing I want to discuss. Martha this week asked
“What genre of the apocalypse (zombie, alien invasion, plague, etc) seems particularly interesting to you? Why?”
I’ve always loved cyberpunk because of the mixture of high tech and low life. This seems interesting to me because a theme I’ve grown up with and that I think we’ve all experienced is the idea that the future will be a perfect tech haven with perfect automation. So cyberpunk challenges this idea by saying “I mean guys we can have high tech and a mixture of lower life, like tech doesn’t equal utopia.” Additionally, cyberpunk got big in the 90’s and I am currently going through a 90’s phase because I’m convinced life was easier then. I mean *gestures vaguely to things that are happening and deep sighs*. So yeah.
In terms of what my personal relationship with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction is I guess you could say I’ve been a big reader on the topic. I think stories like the Maze Runner and shows like Revolution have really stuck with me (Revolution Season 1 not when all the weird bug things happen? Really what were they thinking). I think that these shows have fostered a connection with me to the theme of apocalyptic and post apocalyptic fiction. I do think that apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is a good reflection of the thoughts of the time. For example, Revolution I feel like was trying to express a fear that we as a society are too surrounded and dependent on technology. I think this realization for me has strengthened my relationship with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.
In general, this week was amazing and challenging. I rarely get to create for creations sake. So doing things like playing with subdomain and making it all flashy or interacting with people outside our classes who are following DS106 was great. Even though it was hard work, I think it meant a lot and helped remind me to create things just to create.
That’s it folks, I’ll catch you on the flipside.