Noah Bailey – Transmedia Project (Final)

“Shadow Windhawk and the Morticians” Transmedia Story

Anchor Link: http://shadowwindhawkandthemorticians.com

Additional Links:

http://facebook.com/shadowwindhawkandthemorticians

http://shadowwindhawk.wordpress.com/

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Why I Write – Alexander Lewandowski

I think that for most people who consider themselves ‘writers”, thinking of exactly why they write can be a daunting task, and I am no exception. At this stage in my life, writing has become more-or-less such a given part of my daily life and identity that I never stop to ask why anymore. Artists create art, programmers program, and I, well, write.

But since I have to dig down and give a reason for what I’d do, I suppose that on the surface level, I write because it’s fun and rewarding for me. I’ve tried other forms of expression in the past to try and stay creative, but for better or worse, writing is the only one that has really stuck with me. I look back to when I really started writing around age fourteen-sixteen, when I was bored in my bedroom with nothing to do after school, and remember picking up a ruled notebook and simply beginning to write crude fiction on the paper. I can’t even remember if I still have those notebooks anymore, but whatever I started then, it’s managed to stick until now.

So while it may sound a little odd, I suppose that, above all, I write to escape boredom, and secondly, because it’s a fun and creative way to do it. I suppose that on top of that I could get poetic and say that I love the idea of creating new worlds, characters, and ideas, but while I certainly do, that is all second-fiddle to boredom and fun.

Why I Write – Michael S. Webster

Why I write.  The seldom asked companion to “What do I write”.   Part of the answer is probably the same as most writers.  To reach out to others or to entertain or to find some measure of immortality.   Why I write is to exorcise the demons in my head.  The little bastards.

Some of those demons are related to emotional wounds I’ve received in the past, but most of them are those demons that keep me awake at night or torment my dreams pondering that most pernicious of questions:  “WHAT IF . . .”  I’ve spent hours in bed, wide awake, and imagining the logical resolutions to various problems of metaphysical or metafictional origin.  Questions which result in short stories, potential novels, and role-playing adventurers.

I write to keep my mind quiet.

And maybe make some cash.

Comedy Bang! Bang! Digital Story Example – Amy Garcia

Comedy Bang Bang

Comedy Bang! Bang! is an improve comedy series that began as a Podcast, but has since evolved into a live show as well as a TV series on IFC. The show features various comedians and celebrities. The premise of the show is that it is an interview show, but it is full of awkward and  improvised questions, and the guests answer the question in whatever manner they like. This leads to hilarious conversations that lead in unexpected directions. Often, guests such as Nick Kroll or Paul F. Tompkins come on to the show as a character they have created. For instance, Nick Kroll has a character named Chupacabra who is a radio host on a Spanish speaking radio station, when he is on the show with this character he remains that character for the entire show.

http://www.comedybangbang.com/

I Believe – Alexander Lewandowski

I don’t believe in very much, but I do believe in *nix, that is Unix-like software such as Unix, Linux, and to a lesser extent, OS X. I worship Tux and swear by a Bash prompt, and not a day goes by in which I haven’t opened up a terminal and thrown in a few commands. It’s been years since I’ve used Windows as my operating system, and forget offering me the tenth version for free; I wouldn’t use it even if Microsoft paid me.

All jokes aside, I strongly believe in the importance of alternative operating systems, and above all, computer choice. While Windows may work well for other people, it doesn’t work well for everyone and every situation, and it is here that there are alternatives. Need to run a supported operating system on a thin client server? Linux or Unix. Need to replace the operating system on an old laptop that cannot run a modern version of Windows? Linux or Unix. Sick of using Windows and want a slick, alternative operating system? Mac OS X, Linux or Unix.

Not to say that I hate Windows, even though any period where I have to use it for an extended basis tends to annoy me. But rather, I hate the effects that Windows has had. Most PC users have never even heard of Linux/Unix or realize there alternatives outside of the Windows ecosystem (“My PC can work without Windows?”), and this is in no small part due to Microsoft’s aggressive business practices. It’s almost impossible to buy a brand-name PC without also buying Windows for an extra $40-50 fee, and worst of all, most consumers are not even aware of the added cost. Curses, Microsoft.

In summary, I realize that this rant will likely anger more than it amuses while at the same time changing nothing, but what did you expect from a *nix nerd?

This I Beleive – Michael S. Webster

I believe the human race, from its earliest beginnings has been growing and moving towards something greater than the individual.  I believe that mankind is destined for the stars.  That one day in the future, the decedents of those earliest humans will walk upon shores of far distant worlds, see those celestial objects that we’ve only seen through telescopes, if they still exist by the time humanity moves out there.

But first, before any of that happens, one thing has to occur:  The Human Race has to grow the fuck up.  Humanity has to take responsibility not only for its successes but also for its failures and learn from those mistakes.  It needs to recognize the entire species are full of individuals who have their own thoughts and beliefs which do not have to be the “right” one and all others are wrong.  That acceptance is all inclusive and not dependent upon sameness.  Humans need to grow up and walk upright before they walk among the stars.

This I believe, for this simple reason:

Reporter: “After all that you’ve just gone through, I have to ask you the same question a lot of people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back, forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems, at home?”
Sinclair: “No. We have to stay here, and there’s a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics – and you’ll get ten different answers. But there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on: whether it happens in a hundred years, or a thousand years, or a million years, eventually our sun will grow cold, and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us, it’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-tsu, Einstein, Maruputo, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes – all of this. All of this was for nothing, unless we go to the stars.”

Life is Perfection – This I Believe – Amy Garcia

The experiences I have had in life have changed my beliefs over and over again. I feel blessed in that way because it has taught me to try and keep an open mind. Another thing it has taught me is that we all choose our beliefs and those beliefs define the way we make life choices and react to problems. Over spring break a dear friend of mine passed away. He always told me that “life is perfection.” After he passed I got this saying tattooed on the inside of my left arm.  Destiny, or a higher power is not something I truthfully believe in, but living your life as if it has a purpose is, in my opinion, is the best way to live. It reminds me of “Attitude” by Charles R. Swindoll, a quote many of us may have had to memorize in middle school.” That quote which written by a man who survived a concentration camp talks about the idea that attitude has the most impact on your happiness and success in life. To me your beliefs define what you feel makes you successful or happy. An important aspect of this belief to me is to recognize that everyone else also has a purpose and you are not more or less important that anyone else you meet that day, because their purpose is just a perfect as yours. By working hard, treating everyone equally, not holding on to the past but learning from it and taking opportunity from every situation, you give yourself the most opportunity to grow. I believe that life is perfection because I choose to believe it. I know that life always has challenges and perfection in most aspects is an unattainable goal. However, to me, holding this belief means that every challenge and every loss can bring something beautiful to your life or to others lives that you/they would never have had otherwise. It means being content, and always counting your blessings because you choose if you live your life with regret or with gratitude. If you stop, and find the beautiful things in the people in your life, the place you live and the experiences you’ve had, you can truly choose to say that life is perfection.