Monday, June 2, 2014

Masterpiece Academy Questions

Matt Reynolds

Dr. Preston

Expos comp.

2 June 2014

                                                             Masterpiece Academy Questions
   I have changed so much in the two years I have had Dr. Preston as a teacher. I remember the first day of school as a sophomore, he told us about the class and how he would like to take it, then he just walked out and told us to take a vote. It was unanimous, and thats how my journey started. Honestly it took almost the entire year to understand that this class could be whatever we wanted it to be and that the learning is all up to us. Thats why I decided to take his class again as a senior. I was not disappointed either, I had a leg up on most kids because I already knew the structure that the class would follow. So i did my own thing with Preston watching over my shoulder to guide me when I would get lost. 

   I spent most of my time learning about stuff I knew would be useful in my future, stuff that had to do with aviation. Flying, planes, airport management, the whole lot. I think as the class progressed I improved my writing skills and the way I would think about just about everything.

  One thing that is a huge issue in Open Source Learning is trust. Without trust you have nothing to work with, sure I could say that I've been working at home but its honestly hard to show proof of everything. As a class though we were mostly honest and did our work. Most of us earned it through our dedication to our masterpieces. I do think that some people took advantage of it though and really slacked off.

   I have connection with my passion for flying, I mean I got accepted to my choice college under a BS in Aviation Operations so how sweet is that!? I will continue to learn about this at SJSU and hopefully make a career out of it in the future. 

Something that made me "LoL" would have to be reading other peoples blogs. I dont mean this in a rude way at all. I just find it amusing to see what my friend has to say about something we both had to write about and how we could come to two very different conclusions. 

  A theme that connected the presentations would definitely have to be passion. Without the passion to work so long on one single presentation it would have all been crap. Just about every person in the class worked their asses off to make their masterpiece. That took a very clear passion for the thing they love, but also a lot of dedication. For example my masterpiece was on Aviation, it took almost three months from the start to get everything in place for a 30 minute presentation. 

I don't think I have completed my journey. This was more of my first challenge, now that I'm graduating soon Ill be going to a university to continue my education and i feel like that is where my real journey begins. This was just a warm up to get me ready for the real world. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Masterpiece

My interview is here

Our edited video is right here

Elizabeths interview ...

and some cool pictures Lizz took.  :D

Special thanks to Danny Luu for editing this video and letting us use his gopro, Ed Mandibles for letting us fly in his plane. also Dr. Preston and Scott Howell.

Hope you all enjoyed these videos. There is about another hour of footage but we didnt want to bore the class to death, so if you would like to see those follow me or Danny Luu on youtube and we will try our best to get those up.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5-13 update

Interviews are done. All the video has been shot. Now we are waiting on Danny Luu to edit/revise our videos, and Elizabeth Sandoval to create her picture montage.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Beginnings 2

She put a finger to his lips. "Stop," she said. "We shouldn't"
Eddie pulled away. It had been like this the past couple of days he thought. He pours himself another drink and then sits on the couch to watch the game. "What's going on?" He asked. "We rarely talk anymore."

She walked over to the balcony, back turned to him. She said over her shoulder "I just don't know if I can do this anymore, living like this, as if we rule the world and money is nothing to us." She turned around and faced him, "I miss the way things used to be, back when we had nothing but the clothes on our backs and each other."

Eddie looked away from the tv and took a drink. "This is what you wanted." He said, "Back then all you spoke about is how great our life would be if we had money, and now that we do, all you do is complain about it."

Eddie got up and walked over to the balcony.

To be continued...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What the heck is this? I've heard stories about how people get a few hundred views a week. This is the blog I have had since day 1 of this class. Sometimes I feel extremely unmotivated for this class. And I think this is the reason why. I have no audience. I have no comments. Hardly any page views. Some of the only comments I have are from other students when it was a mandatory homework assignment.

Masterpiece interview

Elizabeth Sandoval: Elizabeth is working on photography and journalism. She is doing this because it's what she wants to do with her life and she thinks it's fun and interesting. It is significant because like I said in the previous sentence it's her passion and it's what she wants to do with her life. One thing that surprises Elizabeth is that there is beauty in everything. Especially from the sky, a simply barren field had it's own story when you fly over it at 800 feet. What she needs to have this done on time is to edit all the pictures and video together.

I couldn't find two other people because since we had a sub they were just talking about random useless junk.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Post flight update

Well, two planes took off yesterday afternoon. And two planes landed yesterday afternoon.we cheated death again. So just going to give a brief summary of what happened yesterday. So we left the school at 2:15 and arrived at Lompoc at 2:50 we spent the next 25 minutes mounting gopros and going over our flight plan. We had 3 gopros, a still camera, and then a hd video camera. I'm not going to say what we did because you'll see in our presentation. But let me say. It was amazing. And you'll enjoy our edit.