Visual Assignment – Before and After The End

For this assignment, I wanted to use photos of my own but once I started to search the internet, I knew I had nothing that matched up to what I discovered. I chose two photos from a website called Amsterdam Redlight District Tours. These pictures were taken at a popular spot which shows a before and after of the site if an apocalyptic scenario  were to play out.

Weekly Blog Post: Week 3

This past week was absolutely crazy!!! None of it had anything to do with this class. To be honest, the school work was a good break from reality.

This past Wednesday, my dad was struck by a car while walking to the train. The guy that hit my dad immediately left the scene of the accident. My dad immediately called my mom and I left my house to pick him up and take him to the ER. After running test, everything came back negative and my dad was left just sore from the collision. Lucky, my dad caught the guys plate and the police were able to track him down. This has proven to be useless and it seems the guy is going to benefit from leaving the scene. Its my dad’s word against his and we now turn the page in another sad book about criminal justice in the United States.

After reading all of that, I am sure you can image that doing school work would be a nice break! I really enjoyed this weeks assignments. My favorite part was reading the short stories, especially A Boy and his dog. My expectations for that story were so different than the actual content. I was picturing a someone normal relationship between the dog and boy and man was I proven wrong. This is the great thing about fiction that i have truly missed. I can feel my mind expanding as I continue to read newly discovered fiction. I also enjoyed writing an alternate ending to the story. I think I still like the original one better since it is very unexpected but I think mine was very creative as well.

My second favorite assignment of the week was posting a review on amazon about a apocalyptic item purchased. The best part of the assignment was looking through what my fellow classmates posted. I particularly liked the post about the nerf gun and the crayons.

My final thought revolves around the question of the week. If I was with my family in a post apocalyptic world, I would definitely be a hoarder of our supplies. I would look to protect my family the best way that I could. If my neighbor comes knocking on the door, he is shit out of luck. He better run because if he stands there too long, he might start to look tasty.

I hope everyone had a great week!

-Geoff

Up-Goer Five Your Writing

Hello Everyone.

This past week was crazy! My dad was walking to the train and got hit by a car. The guy in the car did not stop and kept driving away. My dad called me and I picked him up and went to the hospital. He was checked over and everything was good. We called the police and they found the guy who hit my dad. I am sad that the guy would do this to my dad. I am happy that he is well.

Alternative Ending: A Boy and His Dog

I truly enjoyed reading A Boy and His Dog. This short story created very strong imagery in my head. I have missed this part that fictional stories can create in the imagination. Here below I will list the original ending of the story, followed by the alternative ending that I create. Please Let me know what you guys think!

Original ending

“She got a pouty look on her face, “if you love me, you’ll come on!” I couldn’t make it alone out there without him. I knew it. If i loved her, She asked me, in the boiler, do you know what love is……”

My alternative ending

“She got a pouty look on her face, “if you love me, you’ll come on!” I couldn’t make it alone out there without him. I knew it. If i loved her, She asked me, in the boiler, do you know what love is.?

As I turned to face her, she put a knife right against my neck. I was in complete shock. “I will murder us both” she said to me with a craze look in her eye. “We either move on together or we both leave this planet” As I felt the knife digging deeper into my neck, I saw out of the corner of my eye that blood has stood up and leaned down in attack position. I moved my body so her back faced blood and within a second, blood pounced on back and dug his teeth into her neck. As she released me, I turned to see her legs kicking in the air as Blood used every ounce of his strength to end her life. Her leg movement came to a sudden stop as blood worked his way to heart.

Never in my life have I seen such an event of loyalty. I was never going to leave Blood behind. Nothing could get between my relationship with my dog.

Short Story Readings

For our short story assignment this week, I chose to read “A Boy and his Dog” by Harlan Ellison and “The Screwfly Solution” by Alice Sheldon. Here below is a review of both stories

A Boy and His Dog

When I picked this story to read, the first thought that came into my head was this story had to be about a loyal dog that helped his owner survived a post-apocalyptic environment. My assumption was correct, but I was not prepared for the dark and twisted plot of this story. The imagery that Ellison creates within his story is very strong. As he describes the setting that Vic and Blood are walking through, I can feel myself walking there right beside them. I especially loved the imagery Ellison creates when they are both sitting in the move theater and as Vic walks through the YMCA. This story is very hard to read given the type of actions that are occurring in the story (Raping of Woman). I do have to give major credit to Ellison for the ending of this story. The ending is very unpredictable and does a great job tying back into the title. Their truly is no way to get between the relationship between a man and his dog…..

The Screwfly Solution.

This story follows the same ideas of Ellison’s story. Both stories revolve around the relationship that men have with women in a apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic world.  The Screwfly Solution is my favorite story amongst the two. This story appeal to me is two ways. The first reason is because when it comes to apocalyptic events, I believe that a viral pandemic is the most likely scenario to play out in killing off the human race. The second reason is because I hate religion and I feel like it is a mental illness, but I can see where a bunch of idiots could become brainwashed by a idiotic idea. Both of these elements play a huge part in my opinion of this story. Just as in A Boy and His Dog, the ending of this story is very unpredictable. The author does a great job bring the story to a pleasing end.

Both of these stories were fun to read.  I struggle sometimes reading fiction but am starting to like it as I read more and more for this class.

Weekly Blog Post: I Survived the Second Week!

This second week has been extremely productive and exciting. I really enjoyed watching and reading the information provided and reflecting on the content. End Day really stood out to me because when I think of catastrophic world ending events, those are the events that i think about. As I said in my reflection, I truly remember when I started ever thinking about the apocolopyse. After 9/11 happened, I really started to feel vulnerable to the world. That was a scary thought for me as a 8th grader.

I am very excited to start reading The Man Who Ended the World. After reading the short summary and doing some research on the web, I am really interested in this book. I can’t remember the last time I read Fiction so this will be a nice change of pace.

WordPress and I are starting to become friends. After getting past the initial setup, I am truly loving the usability of the tool. I look forward to building more and more upon my site.

And Finally…To answer the Questions of the week…. I would like to be turned into a Zombie. If I am forced to choose between something bad happening to me or happening to my family, I will take the hit and save my family. Hopefully they will be smart and shoot me in the head so I don’t hurt them after I turn!!

I am really getting into the class and cant wait to start tackling week 3

Cheers!

Apocalpyse Starter Kit and Reading Reflection

The first thought that came to mind when I started watching End Day was “Wow, this is a terrible movie”. After I got past the horrible production elements, the film really started to make the wheels in the head move. Those type of apocalyptical scenario’s in that film are the common ones that I think about.  When I say think about, its not something that I do all the time, but their are moments where I think what I would do in a given catastrophic situation.

The thing is I can tell you the exact moment when I started ever having apocalyptic thoughts. These thoughts started the day I watched the planes hit the Twin Towers while sitting in 8th grade science class. That was the first day that I truly realized that the world is not a 100% safe place. From that moment moving forward, I started looking at life different. I would not say that I was in constant fear, but I would definitely catch myself pondering what I would if a catastrophic event would occur. If a Tsunami was coming to the each coast, where would I drive? What would I take? Would we be able to survive a nuclear attack on DC from Fredericksburg? These are all thoughts that I’ve had before watching this film.

This leads into me into talking about the Routledge article. There was nothing new that stood out to me in this article. My thought is that SF concentrates on the apocalyptical genre because individuals like myself find interest in these items because of events going on in the current world. There are a lot of real life situations currently going on (Illness, War, Environmental Changes) that can easily be turned into a storylines that grabs the publics attention. Hopefully none of these films or stories turn out to be true!!!

As I finished reading the article, I started to research the reading material provided. After reading through many of the book choices, that one that peaked my interest the most was The Man Who Ended The War.  I greatly enjoyed reading the summary provided and after doing some research on the internet, this book really grabbed my attention. I look forward to starting to read this book!

 

Assignment Number One

Going to the Washington Auto Show is a yearly event I partake in. It’s very exciting to see all of the new models available plus future concepts that could changes the automobile industry as a whole. This year I was particular excited because I wanted to see all of the new electric vehicles available.

What I saw was not what I expected. As we entered the floor of the car show, all I saw was trucks and SUV’s. Who can afford these vehciles??? I saw stickers say 50-60K ++!!! I just can’t believe there is still such a strong market for these type of vehicles.

It is just hard to understand why people are still not thinking about the environment when purchasing a car. It is easy now than it ever has been to see the effects that humans have on the ecosystem. Take a percentage of the car population and replace it with clean energy and it will have an immediate effect on the planet. It is time to step away from the big SUV/Truck culture this country has.

I was extremely disappointed by what I saw. I truly felt like this years show would be so much more about saving the environment but I was way wrong.

Final Year, New Course: Week one in DS106

I am extremely excited that this is my final semester as an undergraduate student. My undergraduate story is longer than the average student. I started my undergraduate degree in 2006 and will finish this year. Life happened in the middle of that time frame, but I am extremely proud to finally complete this goal that I set forth.
With these being my final semester, I decided to take a course that sits outside my major (Leadership and Management) I chose DS 106 because I heard through fellow classmates that this course was one of their favorites at UMW. I work in a heavy technology environment as well so I felt that this course would offer many takeaways.
This first week in DS 106 has been a huge eye opening experience. What I mean by that is I didn’t realize how little I knew about website design. There will definitely be a learning curve that I will need to catch up on but I am ready for the challenge. The one aspect in this class that I feel comfortable with from the start is the use of social media. I have been using Twitter and Instagram for over 5 years and love what each platform brings. I am excited to use social media to interact with my fellow students in this class.
One of the most intriguing part of this course I am looking forward to is reading and learning about the apocalypse. Personally, I do not have much a relationship with fictional apocalyptical material. I am much more of a non-fictional fan so I am excited to take a step out of my norm. I believe the only experience I have with post apocalyptical material is watching The Walking Dead. I really enjoyed the first four seasons of the show, but quickly lost interest. The biggest problem I had with the show was the plot lacking any urgency to find out the reason behind everyone getting sick. It seemed like the show just adds a new villain each season and they fight the same old fights. There ends my rant on the walking dead…
Sticking with the theme of The Walking Dead, I would have to say that genre of post-apocalyptic fiction is the most intriguing to me. This is probably because out of all the genres, I feel like a deadly virus or sickness is probably the most plausible to occur. I have such a non-fiction mind, I have to find some way back to my root! Ha!
I am extremely excited about participating in this course and look forward to blogging about my journey along the way!
-Geoff