Week 6: Reading (ComLab) (Vasudevan)

Theft and Artistry

When appropriation (which is related to art and culture), should we take along the original sense behind the art or culture, should we just “remix” it as much as we want, like what Paul Simon says, “…they play their best, I’m going to play my best”. He means that he will make the best use of what he appropriates in his own (understanding) way, regardless of the origin. Or, should we keep the respect towards the origin piece, for instance, in the case of “Hymn For The Weekend” pay more attention to the background Indian culture. It’s still for debate.

Cant stop wont stop

“Can’t stop won’t stop”, like the title is showing, music is just like time itself, lying along Jamaica spirits’ past, now and future. Doesn’t matter whether music and dance have already become part of the gene of those people or not, people are used to use music and dance to express stress, rage and hope, within which political appeal can be read, to a extent that the political parties have to pay attention to the music life (music fair). (because that the country ‘s economy is growing but people at bottom class suffer, in 1972 PNP was voted to in charge of the government, in replace of JLP). KOOL HERC’s early life in NYC refreshes my cognition towards music: music is more close to violence than it looks like. The thing is, while music is a way of expressing emotion, on the other hand, violence is also one way to get the same purpose. If violence represents destruction, music also does. When the situation is hard for the people to make a live, not only they use music to show their expectation, but also to drain the sense of destruction. They want to destroy something, since they are already in the situation where they have nothing to lose. Even when some of them have gone outside, the destruction is still within their (produced in the future) music. I think the process of “Become American” also contains such trace: abandon the person as a Jamaican and reborn as an American; Death and Reborn, Destruct and Rebuild, as an individual. They are able to do this because the Jamaican are free spirits, such free spirits that political power has been forced to concession.

Week 6: Readings (ComLab) (Vasudevan)

The Ecstasy of Influence (A Plagiarism)

The main contradiction lies in the presence of human work, that is, whether this object has certain amount of human work on it, and whether that means the person has declared (or is had declared) there is certain amount of property inside that object. Since remuneration depends on work, if the work is disregarded, people who made the work couldn’t get payed, which is unfair for the working-pay system. On the other hand, in this era we are surrounded by work made by others, we are just got familiar with them that it seemed wired and not necessary to pay for (most) everything that we enjoyed. However, since the rules of world contains “there is no free meal anywhere”, we should pay something for what we have enjoyed. I suggest that should be the respect. As for the remuneration, I suggest there to be a conservation period where no one can use the piece of somebody’s work without permission (freely).

On the Rights of Molotov Man

The war between Joy and Susan can be traced back all the way to the core problem of belongings: can we really say that something belongs to us? I understand Susan’s respect for the history, but It should also be noticed that history has Susan’s stamp on it that it is one of Susan’s works. One famous philosopher authorized the right for people to own things: originally everything belongs to each single person, but if some person pays certain amount of work to one object and then it becomes the person’s belonging. War, plunder, conquer occur throughout the history with one same purpose: to rob the belongings off other people. Even if a person passed away peacefully, someone will still rob him of something, in the name of “inherit”. The world is really about robbing off and being robbed off. Since this is how the world look like, robbing off and preventing from robbing off are both authorized. Back to the article, both side has the right to do what they are doing, while there is no need for them to conceal their personal desire of robbing others off. By the way, one solution for such conflict is to make things become public. Although it is wildly known “something belongs to everyone belongs to no one”, for the case of information it would be another case. With simple arrangement information can be accessed and multiplied easily, enabling every body has a copy of that information. There would be no need to have the conflict. If there is no conflict, we can not prevent things from happening and such property pushes information to be shared and modified. Since history is defined by people after that history, history itself becomes a person belonging. From this perspective in the case of Susan, it’s possible to say that her intention for the war is to protect her belongings.

Week 6: TED talk (ComLab) (Vasudevan)

I feel so closed to his talk because when I did my film project last semester, my film is composed of elements from my favourite films and animations, I chose the music from my favourite songs, even the story was based on what I heard from others. As for the issue of patent, I believe without that the company who created that technology would possibly not survive longer since many other companies get into the business and create competition. On the other hand, surely with share of information the world advance much faster, just look at what Internet brings us. Thus I believe sharing the technology through a way of selling would be great.

Week 6: ComLab Comic Project Final (Tisa&Haven) (Vasudevan)


Our story has name of “Bicycle Chronicle”, in which the user’s newly-get bicycle is eaten by creatures from another world, the ANTI-WORLD, after whom he visits that world and sees lots of weird things related to bicycle. To separate the two world, bicycle in real world is colored while in the ANTI-WORLD everything is black and white. My work covers from the second page till the last second page. In the third page, the first four graph of the radio comic is found on the internet, which is translated to English by me by using PS (use rubber to clear the original words and type in some English). The sixth graph, the murder scene, is intended to an imagination after the user sees the fifth graph. I used PS to clear the surrounding drawing and added some legs, knife and blood. The border is added separately (since all the pictures are transparent in background (adjusted by PS), they wouldn’t overlap). The animation on the 4th page is made by CSS3 Animation, which can show the process of transformation from one frame to frame. The frames depend upon timeline. For example, if I set the picture originally being 100px away from the left border and time 0% while set it being 500px away from left border at time 100% and set the interval as 1s, then at 1s sharp the graph will shift from 100px to 500px to the left, which looks like a continuous . For the 5th page, with CSS3 Animation, by shifting background-position from 0 to half of the background length back and force, I created the “running cartoon”. Such background is called spirt, which combines all the movement needed to mimic the running effect. I made the spirt by putting two graph on the same canvas in the PS. For the click event (change background) I used Jquery to simplify the function notation. Key point in this animation is the use of animation-timing –function: step-start, which makes the graph shift from frame to frame rather than create a smooth transition. The typing effect was also made by animation-timing-function.


Week 4: In class project (Vasudevan) (Tisa & Haven)

Since the four regions are created by dividing the XY coordinate plane, we decided to locate the function depending on which point in the XY coordinate plane is clicked. According to the CSS, we chose X=264 and Y=240 as the dividing points.  The way to control the color is by using display code. “display: block” means “show” while “display: none” means “hide”. The blue color has already been set as the background color but was hidden.  Within the function, on defining “var x(y) = event.clientX(Y)”,  we put four “if (X>=<, Y>=<)” components. For each of them all the four regions are called, while only one of them was coded as “display: block” (corresponding to which region the “if” is pointing)  , other three were coded as “display: none”.

Week 3: Good Web Pages (Vasudevan)


This is the official site of Musician Joe Hisaishi. I love it because the information that a music fan like me cares most about, “Works, Concert, Discography”, is really easy to find. Sitting at the center of a page which contains so few elements, the tag for these information always appears at the first sight of the viewer. What’s more, the elements are organized neatly in several modules, which makes different type of information highly concentrated. The number of models are not much, since otherwise would make the page seem messy.



Serving as the Countdown for the manga serial NARUTO which is coming to an end (Now it is already end), on first sight of viewing is a full page of timer, which tells how much time remains. By scrolling down it comes to the second part of the page: NARUTO’s timeline from 1999 t0 2014. Along this line, important scenery from the manga are listed, which helps the viewer to review the whole story. Through scrolling, the pictures appear and fades out, just like the memory itself when people tracing back to the past in the brain. The similarity between the page and ourselves is what really attracts me.

Week 3 CSS


The first problem I encountered was that the background picture repeats itself (as a background). I checked the internet and by writing [background-size: cover] I solve the problem. But before that, I also tried another similar code [background-size: contain]. Next I found it difficult was that my CSS didn’t work as a separate file. Without any solution I simply put the CSS with in <style> </style> tags in the html file. The reason might be I forget to writhe <!DOCTYPE html> at the heading position, but even after I changed this still There is no link between the two files except all the “links”. What I felt terrible next was the position code. I designed all the position by using [position: absolute] only to find that as the browser expands, the elements didn’t go with the browser. I tried to put a [div style=”position: relative”] out side all the div but it didn’t seem to work much.


Week 2: PS & Medium Message (Vasudevan)


I put the sunset under the sketch and used Background Eraser Tool to replace the sky in the sketch by the sunset view. Blur Tool and Smudge Tool helped me to smoothen the edge between the two pictures. Magic Eraser Tool helped me to eliminate the background of “the man walking to the plane”. Then I adjusted opacity to create the feeling of memory. Porco Rosso is a red pig transformed from a pilot called Marco. “The man walking towards the plane” represents the past while the pig flying the plane represents now. The Japanese on the up right corner is the song appears at the end of the film Porco Rosso. It’s all about “Let’s talk about the past”.


“What did you print?” “I printed my essay.” “What’s in your essay?” “My thoughts.” “What makes your thoughts?” “Some operation in my brain.” “What……”


When we feel like to express the meaning behind something, we are actually introducing another stuff/material. In this way, the Question_and_Answer session above becomes infinite. On the other hand, if everything in this world is related to physical objects, even the spiritual stuffs, then the thing we call message is just the composition of physical appearance (outside the body) and brain operation (inside the body). If using Medium to replace physical objects, then the Medium is the Message.


McLuhan also points out that people are too easy to focus on the obvious part of one thing but ignore what’s going on around the obvious part. For example, what a politic affair matters is not only what happens and people’s reaction towards it, but how it reminds people that there is possibility (it’s OK) to do what they couldn’t imagine or they don’t feel it right to do.

Similar to the example in some way, McLuhan reminds us that every material in daily life could become a piece of information, or even the source of a bunch of information.