Our group project became a lot harder than when we started out.  We had all the right information and we had a plan on how exactly everything was going to be put together but it all changed when we found out the Mac computer wouldn’t work.  We tried for five hours to download YouTube videos to the Mac to use in our project but it just would not work.  First we tried the Mac in the bottom of the library and it would not let us download YouTube videos so we then drive a half hour to try our group member Dave Hampson’s Mac at his house. It wouldn’t work because it did not have QuickTime pro so we then drove back to campus again to try the other Mac in the bottom of the library.  After waiting for another group to finish on the Mac computer we tried to download a video from YouTube and for some reason it would not work for us either.  After all of the wasted time we decided our only other choice was to use windows movie maker.  Dave Hampson, Dave Mockus and I went to me and Dave’s room and we used my Dell laptop to put our movie together. We put a lot of work into it and it wasn’t easy.  To get the videos from YouTube we recorded them straight off the screen from my digital camera and then loaded them on to my computer and put them into our movie. Overall this was a lot more work than we expected and we wished the Mac’s would have worked so it would look more professional.  


The year in review assignment was probably one of the more complex assignments for me.  The year I used for my part of the project was 1964.  The three other people in my group all had years in the 1960’s so our year in review movie consisted of major events of each of years.  Dave Mockus’ year was 1963, mine was 1964, Dave Hampson’s was 1965, and Ian Walter’s year was 1968.  We all decide on when we would meet up to gather information and how we would lay out our project.  We decided that the theme of our movie would be equality for women and minorities.  We picked out major events that happened in our year and showed pictures to represent them, talked about them to explain them, and showed video on them.  We tied together all of the relevant events of each year that related to the theme and made sure we made it clear that people would see the importance of these events of the 1960’s.  Ian is me and Dave Mockus’ neighbor so we would casually meet and discuss ideas and talk about the progress of our work on the video project. We mostly talked to Dave Hampson in class but sometimes on the cell phone to discuss our project.  We ended using Windows movie maker because the Mac computers in the library would not work and therefore we could not download videos fro YouTube to use in our video.  We all worked together to make it work out.


The year that I have been researching is 1964. For the image analysis essay I chose to pick the James Bond movie Goldfinger from 1964. I did not just pick James Bond at random because even though I love the movies I didn’t even know when the first one came out. I figured out what movie to pick by going to Google.com and searching movies of 1964. After I searched this topic I clicked on a link that took me to a website. This website told me what movies were introduced in the year 1964. I noticed the James Bond movie Goldfinger came out then so that is how I chose my movie. In my essay I focused on two major things; segregation against blacks and inequality towards woman. When I watched the movie I looked for scenes that stood out to me and I took notes on them. I then compiled the notes that I took down and started to write my paper. I started out with what the movie was, providing a brief summary of what the plot of the movie was and then I stated my theses. After doing this, I talked about the parts in the movie that I took notes on and used them as proof to explain my thesis. I also got information from other websites about what the culture was like in 1964 to shows that the movie Goldfinger was accurate with what was going on in that time. After all my body paragraphs I made a conclusion paragraph and ended my essay. I then made a works cited page to show where I got my information from.


Writing my cultural artifact on the GI Joe doll was interesting. I learned a lot more about that simple doll than I thought there was to know about it. I think it was a good topic to choose for a cultural artifact of 1964 because it wasn’t just a big deal in America but throughout the whole world as well. It made the Hasbro companies a lot of money. This wasn’t just a onetime big seller either, for years to come the GI Joe doll would prove to be a big hit seller. It was one of the new hottest toys of 1964 for boys. The GI Joe doll did not have a competition because it was the first of its kind. There was the Barbie doll of course but that was obviously just for girls so the GI Joe was the only other new doll that was out besides other less popular dolls for girls. If it wasn’t for the GI Joe doll, I don’t know if or when action figures would have been invented. Personally I have never been interested in action figures so it wouldn’t really matter to me but I know that action figures are a really popular toy in America all thanks to the GI Joe doll. I don’t remember owning a GI Joe doll growing up or playing with actions figures but a lot of kids in my grade school did. Action figures are the popular toy of choice for young boys growing up.


For my cultural artifact I chose to research the GI Joe doll. It was invented in 1964 by the Hasbro Company. I first started to think about where I was going to get my information from for the cultural analysis essay. I decided I would probably find the most information from encyclopedia, and antique like websites. I looked at the assignment sheet and read over the criteria in which I would be getting information on. One of the facts that I could not find was that of the original price of the doll. There are plenty of websites that give prices of GI Joe dolls now, and even antique ones but I was unable to find original retail prices of the GI Joe dolls. On the topic of price, owning a GI Joe doll in 1964 was not that hard. I did read that the price of the doll was fair and that any family member in a household could easily afford a GI Joe doll. In the beginning I stuck to basic facts about the GI Joe doll so the reader can get a basic background of who produced the GI Joe doll and what exactly it was. After that, in the second paragraph I wrote about how the GI Joe doll was such a big deal in America and even international countries because it was the first ever doll made for boys. I took a lot of time explaining this because of how it started the whole action figure type of toy.


The podcast that I made for the year 1964 was not as long as I wanted it to be because there was only so much I could say about the first day of the debut of the Ford Mustang. It would have been a lot easier if I was talking about something like the history of the Ford Mustang because there would have been so much more to write about. If I would have been able to write about the history of Ford Mustangs I would be able to include things like Ford Mustangs competition, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. The debut of the Ford Mustang was not too hard to talk about it was just hard to make the podcast long. After I add the intro and outro music to my podcast it will just be long enough to be suffiecient. I knew a lot of the information and facts about the Ford Mustang so I only used one source for my podcast. Reading about them and watching a lot of tv shows taught me a lot about the Ford Mustang so finding sources was not a problem for me. I was actually surprised about how short it took to record my podcast. The hardest part was figuring out how to work the Mac computer. After I got that figured out it was not too hard. I made a few mistakes when recording but I figured out how to edit them out. I ran out of time so I saved it and I will go back on Monday to add the sound which will make my podcast five minutes long.

podcast 02/13/2009

For my podcast I chose to write about the Ford Mustang. The First ever Ford Mustang debuted on April 17 1964 In New York. My podcast is in the form an interview. I chose to set it up where an editor from the popular magazine Motor Trend interviews the general manager of Ford Lee Laccoca. The editor of the magazine was played by my friend Dave Mockus and I played the the role of the general manager of Ford. I wrote a script up of what I thought a life like interview would be like. Dave started the interview by addressing the setting of the interview, who he was and who he was interviewing. After the introductory music and Dave’s introduction, he introduced and welcomed me, Lee Laccoca. We followed the script that I made up which was pretty much all questions about the Ford Mustang. There are questions like how the name was picked for the Mustang and who was responsible for naming it. Othe questions include topics such as how the Ford Mustang was made, who were responsible for designing it, how many Ford thinks that they will sell the first year, the price, what options were offered with it, and what type of body style it was available as. I gave detailed facts about the car and how many that Ford projected that they were going to sell the first year. At this point I didn’t choose intro or outro music yet but I will do that on Monday when I go to the digital commons room again.


One of the easier topics to research was Jack Ruby. Jack Ruby was the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassinator of John F Kennedy. There was a lot of information on this topic and it was very easy to find. My favorite part of this essay was obviously the Mustang because of how much I already knew about them; it made it so much easier. I was at first overwhelmed by the project because it seemed like a lot of work but when I started to get moving with it everything fell into place. I feel that I will most likely have to make a few revisions to my paper before I submit the final paper but I think I fulfilled all of the requirements. It was hard to get information on the GI Joe doll and different movies. There were not too many sources with information like this. Along with topics like weather, it was hard to find anything on weather events and patterns of 1964. I would have to say that in the year 1964 the two biggest topics that I wrote about where John F. Kennedy and Jack Ruby and the auto industry. John F. Kennedy is a huge name known by all people across America so there was plenty of information on him. Everyone in America knows what a Ford Mustang is and this just shows how easy it was to get information on these two topics. If I had to write a paper like this again the one thing I would write about would be food. There is plenty of information out there about different restaurant chains and popular food in America in1964.


The year 1964 popped right into my head as soon as I was told that I had to write about a certain year. The reason why I picked 1964 was because I like Ford Mustangs and have always liked them. They have always been my favorite car. Since the Mustang was introduced in 1964 I knew right away that I was choosing 1964 as my year. There are a lot of big topics that happened in 1964 but the first thing I wrote about was the Ford Mustang. I explained how automobiles were becoming very popular in America and how the mustang was produced in the heart of the muscle car era. I gathered information on the Ford Mustang through websites and books but mostly it was all general knowledge since i know so much about them. I also tried to keep in mind the theme that I was going to be basing my work around.  i chose to incorporate how in 1964, more people were becoming more aware of equality in America. I explained what was being done for women and minorities to gain respect and equality in America.I used the interent and some books to gather information about different events that happened in 1964. I researched what movies came out and one of the ones that came out in my year is a James Bond movie. After I gathered all my information I started to write about my year starting off with the Mustang. 

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    I am currently a freshman at Penn State University Hazleton campus and I intend to get my masters in business administration and minor in real estate


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