Tagged: vcu

46/54: Success Directive – Acapella Formation

Aba had this dream that she coordinated everyone in class to sing the acapella version of Ego by Beyonce.  It could have fit into our Ego directive and made it more obvious, but not everyone knew the song Ego.  I’m not gonna lie.  I’ve never even heard of it until she mentioned it.  I suggested we do a song more people knew about and could sing along to.  I figured we would have to divide the class into 3 sections to make a different sounding tune, and moments later I started humming Ginuwine’s song Pony.

It was perfect since the whole song was a repeat of three different chords.  We would have the class from the left, middle, right, right, middle, left and repeat hum the tune.  It worked out perfectly (coordinating which side would sing what) when we recorded it on my computer, but sadly I wasn’t able to save it because Audacity crashed on me afterwards.  After an hour of thinking, recording, singing, and finalizing, we figured we were ready.  We were gonna have different sections of the class hum each chord while Aba and I sang the first verse and chorus.  We thought that everything would go smoothly the next day.  Did it?
On November 29, 2012, we presented our idea to the class during Show&Tell.  It took us a while to explain everything to the class because if anything, I think we confused them even more; especially since we didn’t tell them what song we were singing.  We wanted it to be a surprise, but we ended up telling them to avoid further confusion.  A lot of people knew how the song went, but there were a few that didn’t. The first few times it was difficult coordinating the class to stay on the same tune, but once I repeated the tune for them and had a practice run with Aba, it got easier.  Once we had the class finally hum the tune, we sang and everything went better than I expected (until the end LOL).  I feel like people started speeding up once we reached the chorus, and you could see the uncertainty in my face.  Overall, I’m glad we had the class cooperate with us and finish the song until the end.  Well just the first verse and chorus.  To others it may have looked like a fail but in my opinion, what I thought would go terribly wrong in the beginning actually turned out okay in the end.  Therefore it was a success! I hope everyone had fun with that interactive Show&Tell and didn’t cause too many headaches.

28/54: Neptune Directive – Sailor Barbz

I’m going to admit, I watched Sailor Moon as often as I could during my younger years.  It was such a great show!  Sailor Moon actually reminded me of Barbie in a way; mainly because of her blonde hair.  Personality-wise, not so much.  Unlike Barbie, who seems to be an over-achiever, Sailor moon was more of an under-achiever who just wanted to be a normal teenage girl.

Sailor Moon’s team consisted of Tuxedo Mask and 9 other sailors: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Chibi Moon, Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn.

If Barbie were to create her own rendition of Sailor Moon, of course she would be the main protagonist in place of Sailor Moon’s character.  Ken would play Tuxedo Mask, Chibi Moon can play as Barbie’s  sister (Chelsea) although Chibi Moon is actually Sailor Moon’s daughter in the series.  The rest of the Sailor Moon characters can be played by Barbie’s friends Such as Stacy, Jazzie, Francie, etc.

26/54: Engineer Directive – I choose you, Barbz!

I was watching Pokemon the other day (with the original 150 pokemons), and I felt like I relived one of the best childhood past times.  I honestly never really bothered watching the new series passed 150 pokemons because right now there’s WAY too many.  Also I noticed there are different types of pokemon balls now.  Overall, I’m just confused.

To keep things simple, I created a new Pokemon ball: Barbie Edition.  The only main difference between this ball and the original pokemon ball is that instead of the top being red, it’s magenta/pink.  Also, it was a bit difficult trying to write Barbie’s signature logo/Barbz on top of the ball, so it looks a 5 year old wrote on it.

23/54: Engineer Directive – None for you, Glenn Coco

Talk about how bad the economy is, even in Barbie world.  Research how much money the US actually owes and how much money is produced each day.   Then design Barbie Dollars.
As I was thinking of more about the engineer directive, I started thinking about what motivates engineers to create and design certain products?  If you think about it, it’s money.  When you look into it in a broad perspective, money rules all.  The fact that money is the motivator may be a good thing, but if you come to think of it, the U.S. owes a significant amount of money to other countries.  I wasn’t sure at first how much money the U.S. owed exactly, but by going to this site I found out we are about $16 trillion in debt! It’s only increasing every second of the day.http://www.defeatthedebt.com 

I imagined what life would be like if Barbie had her own dollar or bill that amounted to $10,000.  It would take a little more than 16 billion dollars of just those bills alone to clear up our national debt.

17/54: Opposite Directive – Good&Bad Sportsmanship

Gina and I collaborated and did a 2-part series of how Barbie and her friend deal with good/bad sportsmanship.  My Barbie is the type that loves to win, has a bad temper, which makes her the bad sport.  Gina’s Barbie is more appreciative and doesn’t mind losing every once in a while because she’s the good sport.

Here’s my video of my Barbie being a Bad Sport:

Then this is Gina’s version:

12/54 – Quintessence Directive: Haku Barbie Mask

In different cultures around the world, masks are used to symbolize a certain person or character.  My brother used to watch a show called Naruto (he probably stil does), and I remember some of the antagonists of the show would wear masks called “Haku.”  Here’s a fine example:

I decided to make one with the help from this video:

I didn’t follow each step exactly since I didn’t have all the exact same materials, but I was close enough.  Instead of using a balloon as shown in the video, I used a paper plate and covered it with newspaper.

Then I let the newspaper-covered paper plate dry overnight and cut it into an oval the next day.

I covered it with modeling clay, baked it for a few minutes, drew in the design, and started painting it with acrylic paint.

Then WALA! The finished product. I didn’t want the colors to be exactly the same as the one in the video.  Instead of it being white, I wanted it to be the same skintone as Barbie’s along with her favorite color as its make-up.


It took me about 2 days to finish this as I was working on other school-related things, but not too bad if I say so myself!

11/54: Quintessence Directive: Breaking Barbie

Have you guys ever seen Breaking Bad? If you haven’t, please do yourself a favor and find a couch, go on Netflix, and watch all the seasons available until this last season ends.  I’m pretty sure you’re missing out on one of the best TV shows in history.

I tried to make pink crystal candy in order to replicate Walter White’s crystal meth. His crystal meth is known to be “notoriously potent and 99.1% chemically pure crystal methamphetamine.”  I failed at trying to make rock candy, so instead I designed a new logo if Barbie were to have had her own show about her cooking the purest, pink crystal meth titled “Breaking Barbie.”  I created this image on Photoshop.

In the show, Walter White’s undercover name is “Heisenberg.”  For Barbara Millicent Roberts (that’s Barbie’s real name if you didn’t know), her new undercover name would be “Heisenbarb.”  Below is a picture of a Heisenburg illustration that I found on google, so I created my own variation of Heisenbarb on Illustrator and Photoshop as well.