A short game between Emotion and Reason, debating the state of their existence. Just a little experiment playing with lighting and hidden metaphors in the imagery.
For anyone who cares about the current issues with government surveillance and the NSA, this is the email I've written to John Mica, Marco Rubio, and Bill Nelson. You can use this as a template to contact your own congressperson and senators respectively.
As a registered voter in Florida’s 7th District, I would like to discuss an issue which greatly concerns me. On May 26, 2011, Congress passed a four-year extension of three expiring Patriot Act provisions without making much-needed changes to the overly broad surveillance bill. The extended provisions are set now set to expire on June 1, 2015: Section 215, Section 206, and Section 6001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. These sections deal with business records, “Roving John Doe Wiretaps”, and “Lone Wolf” surveillance respectively.
For clarification; Section 215 is the "Business Records" provision. It allows the government to take "any tangible thing" in relation to a terror investigation, without having to provide any evidence that this “thing” is pertinent to the investigation before violating the individual or business’s privacy. This defies everything about our modern definition of search and seizure, where there must be proof provided that the item is actually relevant to the investigation at hand, and that there is reasonable suspicion of a crime. Section 206 is the "Roving John Doe Wiretap", which allows for requests to tap an unnamed individual or organization, without explanation given for why. This is contrary to every other roving wiretap law, where the government must state what it is particularly looking for, and who they are specifically looking to target. Finally, Section 6001 or the "Lone Wolf" provision allows for spying on any individual regardless of whether or not they are actually known to be affiliated with a terror organization. It is also granted in secret courts, outside the public eye.
These provisions are unconstitutional (directly violating our 4th, 5th, 6th Amendment rights), ineffectual for national security, and a severe violation of our civil liberties. They defy everything about our modern standards for search and seizure, and invade our privacy en masse. When these provisions are up for expiration on June 1st, I would like you to not vote for their renewal, and to let them just expire.
Several provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire on June 1st: Section 215, the "Lone Wolf" Provision, and the "Roving Wiretap" Provision. They need to die and not be renewed. The NSA needs to be disbanded, the spying on American citizens needs to end. I called my Congress person John Mica and Senator Bill Nelson to make my views known at lunch today, I would ask any concerned citizen and registered voter to do the same. If you live in Florida, Democrat Senator Bill Nelson's number is 202-224-5274. If you live in District 7, Congressman John Mica's number is 202-225-4035. To email them:
Democrat Senator Bill Nelson:
District 7 Congressman John Mica:
Otherwise; please go here and find your own representative: http://www.house.gov/
It’s strange, I think, how change brings about nostalgia and introspection. You’re moving forward, and your life is about to be brand new, and yet you can’t help but to look backwards. Dragged along with the undertow, but the desire to remain lingers at the back of your mind… It’s been 13 years of this now. All the life that I can remember has been spent in this system. My days were regimented, my worth was reduced and evaluated time and again, and yet here I am, coming to its close. It should thrill me, I know, and it does… but that urge to glance back before looking forward remains.
I've recently been working to learn Unity, and to improve my 3D modelling and animation skills. This is the result of this afternoon's work. Models were made in Blender 2.74, animated and rendered in engine in Unity 5.
I know it's not much and I haven't posted a lot recently, school has been getting in the way; I have however been playing with After Effects a lot more as of late and thought I'd share one of the shots I've been working on. Hope you enjoyed!
This is a really short one today, this is just some programming experiments I've been doing in class working on contextual string parsing; breaking up words based on spaces no matter how many words are typed, and searching through a string in order to find a specific substring and isolate it from the rest of the characters.
This is one of the projects early on in our Visual Basic book for my SSC course, but I kinda took it to a whole other level. I added a lot of tiny features and functionality to make it more appealing and more user friendly, such as input boxes automatically going red if they cannot be converted into a decimal for the calculations, an error box getting thrown if you try to calculate with a bad number, and a pop-up settings menu that allows you to change the tax rate for your region.
I love Russell Brand as a person, I really do, and I agree with much of what he said towards the end about creating communities and societies who inherently love and value life more than death and the after life. However, I do think to some extent he simplifies an issue in the modern sense without looking towards the historical and broader moral context.
Starting the new quarter with a college course on Visual Basic, I've gone back to my old Reddit Traffic Analysis program, rewritten it in Visual Basic, and added some new features. There's now a label for the vote threshold box which should make it easier to understand, and a web browser to view the pages you're going to and what the tool is parsing from. The URL bar doesn't currently reflect the page you're on if you click a link because I ran into a lot of issues where the URL bar was ending up just displaying the address of the advertisement servers instead of the main URL of the subreddit, but it does still work as before allowing you to copy and paste a specific subreddit address, or just put in "/r/SubredditName". The output box below also has run into some formatting issues as the new line doesn't seem to be working. As before, it doesn't parse anything but a subreddit because it is looking for the sitetable and document nodes to read from. There's also now separate buttons for going to a URL and parsing the page you're on.
Description from the original version:
This is a relatively simple Windows Forms Application I've been working on in Visual Studio to try and start learning C# and Windows Forms. It's a fixed window with a URL input bar at the top which accepts a link to a subreddit, or the name of the subreddit in the format "/r/subredditname". It then opens that subreddit, checks for all the posts that are above the vote score threshold set just under the URL bar, and returns the average score, time of day, and day of the week for these posts in the attempt to help you see when the most popular posts are made on any given subreddit. It was made with the help of the HTML Agility Pack in order to load and locate the nodes in the Reddit HTML code.
My name is Jeffrey Hepburn, and I'm a young writer, graphic design artist, and aspiring filmmaker.