This semester has been really fun and I am definitely going to miss this class. Even though it was a lot of work, I really enjoyed all of it. This final project was also a lot of work, but it was a ton of fun to do. I knew I wanted to use the ground beef evidence, CDE evidence, and a character created. I also wanted to utilize some of the different types of media that I haven’t spent a lot of time with.
To summarize my evidence–
I found a note while I was in Katora this week and decoded the first letters to find a message asking for help because the government was trying to kill the author. I also found that the note-writers name was Sam Miller.
This lead me to do some research and finding Sam Miller’s business card and an invoice for 20,000 pounds of ground beef. Both of these were really confusing, but it was helpful to note that Sam was a genetic engineer for CDE. This seemed all too coincidental.
I found some security footage of CDE and saw someone running away (could it have been Sam??) and then a lot of police, could that have been the government??
Finally, I found a Memo and some emails. I think that whatever Sam was working on went horribly, horribly wrong. They were trying to extend human life, but I think instead they shortened it. There is now a superbug that is killing people left and right. I think the government tried to kill her and her lab partners to stop the spread, but I think they were too late. The virus is spreading and I don’t think there is a way to stop it. The symptoms of the virus are staring at the night sky, eating copious amounts of ground beef, and wandering. After three to five days anyone infected just disappears. I think they all have to be walking somewhere, I just don’t know where. I am worried I might be next.
To make all of these assignments I used Canva, online templates, iMovie, and Gmail. The best part about this was that I was sitting next to my friend Ethan while I worked on most of it and he kept looking over and asking me what I was doing. He said “at one point you made an acrostic letter about the government killign you, an invoice for 20,000lbs of groudn beef, a memo, and a bunch of emails. I am so confused abotu this class”. Which is how i think most people in my life feel about it. However, I have loved working in this class. I put a lot of work into this final project and wanted it to make a cohesive story. I hope that it all fits together into the larger narrative.
I want to help find a cure for this virus, but for now, this is The End.
I think I figured it out. And I think this is the end. I knew there was something fishy going on at the CDE and so I decided to go there and investigate myself. I snuck through the gates on the back of a truck and poked around the office. I am really glad that no one caught me, but I also don’t think that there is a lot more on peoples mind right now. While I was there I found this memo stapled to someone’s bulletin board.
Then, by luck, I found Sam Miller’s desk. I know I shouldn’t have, but I looked on her computer. There wasn’t a password and I needed to know more information. I found these emails to someone named Evelyn. That is the same name that was in the letter I originally found.I think this might be the end. I heard news reports of people disappearing and didn’t’ think anything about it, but now I am worried that things are way more serious than I thought. I think they tried to mess with the balance of nature and ended up with a super virus that is killing everyone. This woman Sam Miller is the reason that everyone is dying. The government has been hiding this and covering it up, but I won’t let this stand. Everyone needs to know what is coming– The End. I don’t know how to prepare for it. I don’t know how to stop the spread. All I know are the symptoms and the start, and hopefully, that will be enough.
We need to band together to beat this. We need to try and fight this. We need to survive. I am signing off for now, but I’m hoping to find out more information. Hopefully, this isn’t the last you hear from me, but if it is, it’s been a good ride. Stay safe.
I found some online footage fo the CDE’s surveillance footage from the day that the meat delivery was made. I combed through all the clips and found a couple I thought were interesting. I want to try to identify one of the guys in the clip with the boxes. I also noticed you could see a person running away in the top left corner of the third clip. I wonder if that is Sam? Or someone else. Also, what are those cop cars in the fourth clip?? Do they know what is going on?
I did a little digging and found some stuff on the Sam Miller person who wrote that note I found…
The first thing I found was this business card. I think she might have something to do with what is going on with The End. She works for the Center for Dominant Evolution as a Genetic Engineer and maybe that is how she knew too much? In her letter, she said she was working on something that was going to lengthen human life and I wonder if that was something she knew too much about? Would the government really be killing people because of that? Did something go wrong?
The other piece of evidence I found was an invoice for a bunch of ground beef? I don’t know what that is all about. It looks like the CDE bought it from some wholesale distributor of ground beef. It is under Sam’s name and said that “someone named Sam” was going to meet them to accept the delivery. Could we assume that its the same Sam??? But also what would the CDE need 20,000 pounds of ground beef for?
I will keep looking up some more evidence. I’ll let you know what I find.
Okay, guys, this is super weird. I was at Katora in Downtown Fredericksburg and I found this note shoved in between the couch cushions. Because I am so nosey I decided to open it up and read it. When I first read through it I thought it was super weird. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something seemed off. I read it a couple of times and was really struck by the last paragraph, the wording was just so weird. That’s when I realized that the first few letters spelled out “HELP” and then I realized that the whole letter was an acrostic. I went through and highlighted all of the first letters and realized that the letter spelled out “HELP THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO KILL US WE KNOW TOO MUCH SOS SEND HELP”. This was super weird and has me a little worried. It is signed by someone named “Sam Miller”. I wonder who that is?? I think I am going to need to do a little research.
As we get closer to the End, we get closer to the end of the year! Next week is my last week of undergrad and I don’t know where the time has gone? I feel like it was just yesterday that I started school.
This week was a lot of work for this class, but I enjoyed it all! I really liked making gifs, I think that is a really cool way of telling a story. I feel like for this class I try to get a lot of work done with a few assignments as possible, so I’m more likely to do a 4-star assignment over two 2 star ones. But I decided to switch that up this time. I wanted to do more assignments because there were so many to do! I really enjoyed doing a lot of different things and experimenting with different assignments.
For my 5 star assignment, I wanted to try to create my own adventure. I failed miserably at it. I read through the assignment and downloaded the software, but I just couldn’t get the knack of it. I tried to do the coding and figure out how to make the different commands, but I ended up just getting increasingly more frustrated with my computer. So I switched to a different assignment. However, I want to go back and try to figure it out someday!
If I look to my right all that is on the couch next to me is one of our PS4 controllers. I was watching Shameless on Netflix and used the remote to turn it on. I don’t really know what this is going to do for me during the apocalypse. It doesn’t even have batteries because it charges with a cable. I’d say I’m pretty screwed.
I have been reviewing the evidence and I am really interested in what is going on. I hang out at the writing center once or twice a week and so I try to look around as to what is going on up and around the DKC while I’m there. I haven’t found anything yet, but I am keeping my eyes peeled.
I think there is something definitely weird going on with this whole raw beef thing. I remember someone asking if I had encountered any raw beef products in the 10 questions of the apocalypse…. and what is really weird is I found some raw beef leading to a ripped open package on my front porch. I’m really not sure what is going on, but I made sure that I didn’t touch any of it with my skin. I covered it with a plastic bag. I don’t want whatever it is that is happening to Martha to be happening to me.
For my final 2 stars, I wanted to do something that I was passionate. Something that I like to spend my time doing. And that is looking at memes. I think this whole book is very interesting, but especially that people got visions of Mother Abigail and then went to her. If I had just survived the apocalypse, I think I would write off these visions as something weird and continue to live my life.
I used Canva to make this.
Okay. So I lied. This isn’t the entirety of The Stand. This is the entirety of the first two parts of The Stand miniseries. You see, Stephen King went out and wrote such an incredibly long and complex novel that they couldn’t just make a simple 2-hour movie about it. No, instead a four-part miniseries had to be directed, produced and aired. Each part of the miniseries was over an hour and a half and I couldn’t watch or cut all of it down. I watched the first part and made gifs out of it. Then I watched the second part and I thought I was going to lose my mind. Cutting down over 3 hours into gifs was so hard. I didn’t know what made sense and I am honestly so worried that you can’t even begin to tell what is going on. Because there are so many characters and storylines it is hard to pick gifs that made sense and also gave people the sense of what was going on.
I know that the assignment was to only use 10, but there were just far too many characters and too much happening for there to only be 10. Also, I figured that was a good rule to use for each part of the miniseries. Otherwise, I don’t think this assignment would have made any sense.
I decided to only do the first half, otherwise, this was never going to end. You would find me in 10 years editing clips, uploading to youtube, cutting into gifs, and then putting in this blog post. Plus, I figured that 3 hours of footage was enough to cut, considering that is the length of a movie.
To make this post, I used the 4k Video Downloader to get all of the parts off of YouTube. This was great to get footage to turn into gifs, but the only version I found of it had Russian subtitles. This was okay though because I just worked around them. I then used iMovie to cut down the larger segments of it into smaller clips. I clipped what I wanted to turn into gifs. I then uploaded the clipped videos to YouTUbe and then used Giphy to make gifs! I just changed the start time when I was making them get to the right part of the clip.
I liked this assignment, and I think that it can be a really cool way to tell a story. I just needed to pick a shorter story.
For three more stars I made a postcard from May, Oklahoma! This location in the book and miniseries of The Stand stood out to me because of the mannequins. I thought they were so creepy and weird and I feel like they heightened the apocalyptic feeling of it all.