Dream Decoder Website – MPM35

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By Rachael Brown & Nadja Cada

Dream Decoder Website
Dream Decoder Walkthrough Video

Artist Statement

Dream Decoder is a online mobile web application made with Jquery Mobile. The concept of this piece was to create an accessible online database for people to decode their dreams by either using the dream decoder dictionary (that lists both animal symbols and figures) or browsing the dream forum and comparing their own dream to other dreamers. The intention of having this application is to help influence people to share the experiences with and for people to put more thought into the meaning of their dreams. Having this application available on any media platform allows for it to be used in any situation. Dream Decoder draws from the influences of the Native American culture and Carl Jung’s dream analysis. These two influences contrast each other and exemplifies both the spiritual and analytical sense of dreams.


For our piece we are creating a jQuery web app for desktop and mobile devices. Our goal is to create a network based on a genuine human experience. We will do this by providing an outlet for sharing, comparing and making sense of dreams; that will manifest into something akin to a collective consciousness. JQuery is the most user friendly and accessible platform today, allowing for the most inclusion of users to create a larger consciousness.

This mobile app provides forums for anonymous Dreamers to record their dreams and browse those of others. Dreamers can compare and comment with other dreamers posts and search for the meanings of their dreams. There will also be links directing dreamers to recommended sites for expert advice. Dreamers will also be asked to enter certain information, such as their location, which will be used to locate other dreamers around them who have had similar dreams. These comparisons can be discussed, and dreamers may find deeper meaning in their dreams by discovering a collective of similar dreamers. By posting their dreams this opens up conversations between dreamers about life experiences and creates an intimate network. The anonymity gives dreamers a safer outlet to discuss their unsettling dreams and the real-life struggles to which they refer. Likewise, dreams of a lighter nature may be shared for entertainment.

With our app Dreamers will become intimately connected, sharing their dreams in hopes of finding deeper meaning through comparisons with other dreamers. The app uses a similar interface to popular networking platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook etc.) to make it recognizable and easy to use. Being a web application it is not confined to one space and will grow as the user-base grows. Dreaming is the most genuine and personal experience
we all share as humans, but it is also one we do not easily get to compare with others. By providing a platform, dreamers will finally have an outlet to connect with others on this deeper level.


Screen Caps

Dream Decoder Welcome Page

Start page - Dream Decoder options (dream decoder, dream forum, dream type)

Dream Decoder start page

Choose animal options page

Dream Decoder figure options

Dream decoder description animal option (Native American Symbols)

Dream decoder description figure option (Carl Jung Dream Analysis)

Dream Forum option - Add a dream post

Dream Forum entry

Dream Type page

Future Plans & Considerations

The next step with this project would be to expand further on the dream decoder and the dream forum. For the dream decoder I would like to expand on the amount of choices available in the Animal choice because this is only a small sample of the many Native American symbols. In regards to the forum option the next step would to create more user input such as comment boxes and user names. By having comment boxes this allows for larger conversations between users and expand upon defining peoples dreams. This ties in with having user names. By having user names people to track their own dream post more easily and they would be able to contact other users. This means that connections and conversations could be built outside of the Dream Decoder site. Most of these updates would involve having an actual database so there was space for posts, comments, and user profiles.


On Getting Paid: Response

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Response:On Getting Paid – The Dark Art of Pricing – By Jessica Hische

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Within this article I will be reviewing and discussing Hische’s article on the importance on being an artist (specifically a illustrator) and getting paid for your work. The specifics that this article discuses are topics such as rate of pay and pricing, Licensing and Rights Management, and Internships. The bottom line of all the scenarios that Hische’s uses is if you are demonstrating your talents and working, you should be paid, period. As a student the thought of charging someone for my work can be quite intimidating, especially when you are first starting out doing freelance work. After reading this article I found that there were a few points that I found to be most helpful in regards to pricing and getting paid that everyone can apply to their work knowledge.
The first point that Hische addresses is how to price your work and dispels the myth that pricing hourly is the best method for freelance work. Hische proves that pricing hourly puts you at a huge disadvantage for many reasons. The only way pricing hourly can be beneficial is if it is a long term project and it is communicated clearly how many hours are going to be devoted otherwise having fixed prices are the route to go. To best explain this Hische uses the following scenario: Two designers are hired to produce a poster that both have an hourly rate of $100 per hour. One designer happens to work faster than the other and at the end of the job the designers turn in their invoices – one worked for a total of 18 hours and the other worked for 7 hours. The employer is expected to either pay a fee of $1800 or $700 for the same result. Rationally the employer is going to choose the designer that took less time to finish the poster causing the designer that took more time to lose a client. Even if pricing hourly seems easier than a flat rate, you will surely lose out in the end .
The next point that Hische discussed that I found to be very insightful was how to know if you priced your work appropriately. To best explain this concept Hische uses the following scenario: There are three types of responses you can receive from a client when you submit an invoice estimating your cost, a.) “These numbers look great! We’ll send along a contract for you”, b.) “These numbers seem a little high, can we negotiate a price”, or c.) “This cost is well out of our budget”. If the answer is ‘a’ it means your prices were too low, if your answer was ‘b’ it means your prices were just right, and if it was ‘c’ it means your prices were too high.
The last point that I found to be the most beneficial from Hische was her opinion on internships. It is a common notion that internships are a great way to gain experience so you can apply for a paying job, but to Hische this is a wrong way to think. Even if you are only doing duties such as shredding papers, organizing, and getting coffee, you are still doing stuff that contributes to the business meaning you should be getting paid. The truth is if you are working enough hours that it becomes difficult to balance your second pay job and your bills, you should be getting paid for your internship.
Hische goes on to discuses about how to get freelance work as a designer, illustrator etc. but what I found to be the perfect ending to her article was her flow chat that was included called, “Should I work for free?”. This flow chart asks you several yes or no questions that will lead you to the answer of whether you should be working for free. Once you take a glance at the chart it is easy to see that about eighty percent of the flow chart has the answer, “No”. The chart starts out with four main categories that you could possible in, “is it for a legitimate business?, is it for a charity or non-profit?, is it for your mom?, and is it for a friend?. Based off of this chart the only times you should work for free are: If you are working for a charity or non-profit organization that you believe in and they will given you creative freedom, if it’s for your mom (no questions asked), and if it is for a friend that you are in debt too. The base rule of this chart is if it involves a ‘legitimate business’ or ‘bands’ they will have the means to pay you in some form for your work. Even with the charity category only say yes to free work if you are going to enjoy the work and believe in the cause, otherwise you should be paid in some form.
Hische’s makes it very clear in this article that artist, designers, illustrates etc. should not be taken advantage of and their work is worthy of being paid for. She states that you must stand up for your worth, especially if you only work for freelance because this is your bread-and-butter so to speak. Artist have to pay their bills like everyone else and should be paid for their work accordingly.

Make Every Word Count: Response

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Response: Make Every Word Count: Tips for polishing and tightening copy By Steve Buttry

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Within this article I will review and explain the key points to Steve Buttry’s article, “Make Every Word Count”. As an New Media Artist and blogger I will touch upon the points that Buttry mentions that I felt were applicable to all people who blog or publish online articles and not just for those who are professional writers. Buttry separates his article into several categories and then sub-categories. The first category is labeled, “Plan to write tight”, which discusses how to construct your article properly. The two most important parts of this section I believe were: “consider the reader” and “make your story useful”. When you are writing anything it is important to always have in mind who your audience is. Base on who your audience is will influence the style of writing, but the rule of thumb should be to write primarily for a reader with average interest. While keeping the interest of the reader in mind, make sure your story is useful. When writing an article aim towards topics that are useful for the reader such as, what to buy, where to eat, etc. This will be more favoured by readers to not only read but share.
In the second category labeled, “Set the pace”, Buttry discusses how to create a gripping lead that will intrigue readers to continue reading and/or return for future articles. In this section Buttry discusses, “Identify and avoid detours,” which means you want to take the reader straight to the point of the story and not take detours around the point. Just because you may have collected many facts, doesn’t mean you have to share each one; be selective. This also ties into another important point made called, “Be demanding,” which means use the best of everything you have: information, illustrations, examples and quotes. Demand that your content be the best that you can produce by making your writing, tight, clear, interesting, and of a modest length.
The final category that Buttry discusses is labeled, “Allow time to rewrite”. This is one of the most important steps as a writer to consider because it is what will change your writing from being good to polished. Buttry has several tips within this category when editing your work, but the ones I feel are of up most importance is: “Read aloud”, “Check each sentence”, and “What’s the story about?”. When editing the easiest way to go over a first draft is to read the content aloud to yourself. You will be able to catch mistakes easier and hear the follow of the writing. Next, go through each sentence individually because there may be extra words or phrases that can be eliminated to make the writing more concise. Finally, when you believe you have finished your own editing, step back from the work and reflect on what’s the story about. Sometimes when you are writing or editing you can drifted away from the main reason of the article. If you discover this, decide if you have to rewrite the body to match the focus, or gain a better understanding of the story and begin to rewrite again. Buttry mentions many other tips for editing, but many of them can be resolved by simply giving your writing to another to edit for grammar and flow.
Buttry mentions many very important tips to creating well written articles, especially in the last category, “Allow time to rewrite”, that should all be considered whenever you are writing an article, blog, artist statement, essay etc. I myself learned from this article that to be straightforward with my writing and editing should never be ignored.

10 Steps to Better Blogging: Response

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Response – 10 Steps to Better Blogging By SplatF w/Dan Frommer

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Within the following article blogger Dan Frommer compiled together ten easy steps to on how to become a better blogger. Frommer created these steps for both himself and his readers as a reminder of how to make the best blog content possible. After reading the ten steps there were a few steps that I found to be highly important and should be the foundation attributes to creating a successful blog. The number one step is to make sure that the content posted is factually accurate and if it isn’t, show your readers that it has been remedied. If you are going to blog about something the easiest way to lose your creditability is to post content that in inaccurate and having accurate content is the only way to appear knowledgeable. The second step to follow is do not write a blog that you wouldn’t read yourself. If you, yourself find your content boring or useless, chances are your readers will as well. The best way to create connections and become known in cyber land is to have interesting content that people will want to share. Another rule to follow in terms of your content is “don’t be the 10th person to write the same thing”. Nothing turns off readers like reading content that has already been tenderized by other bloggers. Try to be original even if it means it will take longer to execute, it will become more worthy to share. The final step that I considered to be of importance for anyone who blogs is to make sure the blog is visually attractive. The human species is naturally attracted to visually stimulating things. If the site looks a mess, is disorganized, or is plain boring, people will move past your site without looking at the content, so take the time to make your blog/site look attractive. Frommer goes on to talk about how to be a fair critic, trying new things, and paying attention to the quality of your writing, but the previous four steps that I explained are the ones I believe are the makings of a strong foundation for any blogger.

Network Assignment 2

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I Will Remember You

Group Members

Nadja Cada, Emily Halberstadt, Helaena Parkes, Erin Sweeney, & Rola Kuidir

Artist Statement

In “I Will Remember”, we are creating a meaningful networked experiences in real space as opposed to the virtual networks that do not have genuine physical human interaction. What is a network? It is a group of people that exchange information. In order for that to happen, they need to find something in common between the members first to be able to join the group. Nine participants will be meeting in different locations, each has his/her own piece of puzzle with the directions, topics and rules written on. After the first two players find each other, they will have to find something in common between them -depending on the discussion topic they have- to be able to move along to the next person and so on. Each player will have to write or draw the thing that connect them with the other players. When the nine members meet and finish their last mission, they will be able to put the puzzle pieces together and create a nice collage of their drawings, writings, and inputs. The participants will visually see the outcome of their communication and their network.

Rules & Categories

categories/ discussion topics:
-where you are from (hometown)
-something that makes you very happy
-something you are afraid of
-something you are nostalgic about
-something that embarrasses you
-animals/ pets

1. You must go to the location indicated on the puzzle piece.
2. You must go to the locations in-order as presented on each puzzle piece (you cannot bypass or skip locations or go to locations out of order)
3. You cannot advance to the next participant until you have made a network/connect/found something in common with the previous one
4. Your answer must be creative and as meaningful as possible. Give an explanation when discussing your answer.
Q: “Find something in common about food”
A: “In the last week, we have all eaten pizza”
Q: “Find something in common about food”
A: “We all like cheese”
5. There is no time limit, try and connect/get to know all the participants as much as possible

Rules & Map


How-to-Guide Video


Networks Assignment One

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Murder Mystery Skype Game

It is 3 days into the investigation of the murder of Nathan Coleman, President of Sun Valley Incorporated. All of the following suspects, Jessie Fryman, Alex Burnell, Hugh Kurland, Allie Kurland, and Jordan Griswold, are all in different areas of the country on business. We are using skype to connect to all the individuals to discuss the murder of Mr. Coleman.

Research & Inspiration

Murder Mystery Site One

Murder Mystery Site Two

Murder Mystery Site Three

List of Detective Poirot Stories

Detective Poirot Story Summaries

Tasks to be done
1.) Develop a murder mystery scenario
2.) Build 5 character profiles that are involved in the murder
3.) Test skype conference call with 7 people
4.) Test scenario with volunteers for feed back
5.) Find 5 people to volunteer for presentation day
6.) Execute Murder Mystery Skype Game

Murder Mystery Scenario & Character Profiles

It is 3 days into the investigation of the murder of Nathan Coleman, President of Sun Valley Incorporated. All of the following suspects, Jessie Fryman, Alex Burnell, Hugh Kurland, Allie Kurland, and Jordan Griswold, are all in different areas of the country on business. We are using skype to connect to all the individuals to discuss the murder of Mr. Coleman.

Murder Scenario

Time Line
– 3 Day Company Retreat
– Dinner/Cocktail on 2nd Day
– 6-12pm: Dinner/Cocktail Party
– 6:15: Secretary arrives at hotel to bring file (a file that she hid on purpose to have a reason to come to the retreat)
– 10pm: Boss leaves the party after an incident (very drunk)
– 10:30-11: Time of death
– 6am: Bell boy finds boss dead (hit over the head with bookend/weapon left in suite/no figure prints) – he didn’t answer his wake up call.

Breakdown of Dinner Party
– Secretary arrived at 8:00pm with the file that is request from the President (no one knew that she would make an appearance)
– Secretary stays for the dinner and cocktail at Presidents
– President fires Jordan at 9:30pm and tells him that Alex is going to be fired as well
– Jordan (Employee) informs Alex (Vice) that Nathan (president) knows about the illegal business and is going to fire him
– Alex leaves the party to have a cigarette outside at 9:40pm so to avoid Nathan (president)
– Hugh (very drunk) makes a scene at 9:50pm with the president over the affair
– Allie (Wife) takes Hugh(Employee/husband) to their room to talk about out burst
– The president leaves the dinner/cocktail to go to his room at 10:00 pm because of out burst and does not get to fire Alex (Hugh does not remember much after the party because of being drunk)
– Alex returns to the party at 10:20 pm and realizes the president had left and follows him to room in order to blame the deal on Jordan

– Nathan (president) tells Jessie (Secretary) to meet him at his suite after he leaves
– Jessie meets Nathan in room and Nathan tries to take advantage of Jessie
– Jessie has had enough of the deal and resists Nathan
– In defense Jessie hits Nathan in the head with a book end in the suite
– Jessie leaves the book end in the suite (was wearing gloves, leaving no prints)
– Jessie leaves the room and goes to leave the hotel, but runs into Alex in the lobby (Vice) and says she is heading for her flight home.
– Alex(Vice) knocks on Nathan’s (president) door but no one answers, but assumes he passed out already and then heads to room.


Name: Nathan Coleman (President)(Murder Victim)
– Age: 37
– President of Sun Valley Incorporated for 5 years

– Was murdered in Suite between 10:30pm – 11:00pm
– Was struck with a book end to the head and died (object found in suite)
– Was found dead in Suite by bell boy when wake – up call was not answered
Name: Jessie Fryman (Secretary)
– Age: 30
– Has been Nathan’s secretary for 6 years
– You are not happy with your job
– You are friends with Hugh’s wife, Allie because you went to business grad school together

– Motive: You are being blackmailed by the President. You stole money from the company to be financially secure to leave Sun Valley Incorporated, but the President caught you. Nathan did not fire you on the condition you would do ‘whatever’ he wanted.
– Alibi: You were getting ready to leave for your flight home
– You are summoned to the Company retreat on the President’s request to bring a file about the companies year quota that was left behind (you were taking time off to be with family when you were called).
– You hid this file in order to get summoned to the retreat.
– You know that the President is only summing you so he can have a sexual favour
– You know about the illegal business deal between Alex (Vice President) and Jordan Griswold (employee) when you came across the business files
– During the cocktail/dinner, you notice Alex (Vice Present) leave the party at 9:40pm
– You run into Alex while leaving the hotel at around 10:25pm and tell him you are departing for you flight home
You’re the Murderer
– Nathan tells you to meet him in his suite after he leaves the dinner
– You meet Nathan in his room and he tries to take advantage of you
– You resist Nathan and inform him you have had enough of his blackmail
– In defense you hit Nathan with a book end from the suite in the head, killing him
– You leave the bookend in the suite, you are wearing gloves so there are no finger prints
Name: Alex Burnell
– Age: 35
– Vice President at Sun Valley Incorporated for 4 years
– You believe Nathan is not a good President and is ruining the company
– You and Jordan Griswold (Employee) are involved in illegal business at Sun Valley Incorporated
– You are willing to blame the entire deal on Jordan Griswold (Employee) in order to not be charged
– Motive: Become the president of Sun Valley Incorporated & hide your illegal business deal
– Alibi: You went out for a smoke at 9:40pm – 10:20pm, but no one is witness to you returning at 10:20pm (you went to see Nathan when you returned)
– You are suspicious that Nathan (President) knows about your deal with Jordan Griswold (Employee) and will turn you both in
– While heading to Nathan’s (President) room you run into Jessie who says she is leaving for her flight home


Name: Hugh Kurland
– Age: 35
– Employee at Sun Valley Incorporated for 3 years
– Married to Allie for 5 years
– You are suspicious that Allie is having an affair with someone within the company

– Motive: You believe the President is having an affair with Allie (Wife)
– Alibi: You do not remember much of anything after the fight with Nathan (President) due to inebriation, but remember Allie taking you to your room.
– Jordan Griswold (co-worker) tells you about a fight in the lobby between Allie (Wife) and Nathan (President), which confirms your suspicion
– Jordan Griswold over heard this: President says, “…I won’t lose Hugh over this, I’m out!”, Allie says, “You will regret this!”


Name: Jordan Griswold
– Age: 34
– Employee at Sun Valley Incorporated for 3 years
– Is involved in illegal business with Alex (Vice President)
– Alex promised to make you Vice President once he becomes president if you get involved in the illegal business (fraud)
– Motive: In fear that Nathan (President) will turn you in for your illegal business deal with Alex
– Alibi: You went to your room at 10pm due to embarrassment at the party. You have no witness to this
– On the first day of the retreat you hear Allie (Wife of Hugh) arguing in the lobby with Nathan (President). You over heard this: President say, “…I won’t lose Hugh over this, I’m out!”, Allie says, “You will regret this!”
– You are fired by Nathan (President) at the dinner/cocktail party because he knows about the illegal business deal with Alex (Vice President) this makes you quite upset and leaves you with no reason to care about this company at all.
– You inform Alex that Nathan has fired you because of the deal between you two and you witness Alex leaving the party at 9:40pm to have a cigarette to avoid Nathan


Name: Allie Kurland
– Age: 32
– Married to Hugh for 5 years
– You have been having an affair with Nathan (President) for 6 months
– You are friends with Jessie (Secretary) from going to business grad school together
– You know Jessie does not enjoy her job and that Nathan treats her poorly. You have asked why she doesn’t quit and Jessie always replies, “I just can’t”.
– On the first day of the retreat in the lobby you confessed your love to Nathan (President) that you were going to leave Hugh for him, but Nathan refused and broke off the relationship. This made you very upset.
– Motive: You were having an affair with Nathan (President) and he refused you when you confessed your love and that you were going to leave your husband for him
– Alibi: You were with Hugh (Husband) in your room arguing about affair(after the fight at the dinner party between Hugh and Nathan (President))


Everyone Witnessed at Dinner Party
– The president drinking heavily at the party
– Jordan Griswold gets fired at dinner
– Alex (Vice) leaving the party at 9:40 pm
– Hugh drink heavily and threaten the President. He said, “I know what you have been doing with Allie! You better watch your back!”

The Final Result

Why Things Matter – Reading Response

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Nadja Cada
Communication with Hybrid Environments
David Green

Reading Response: A Manifesto for Networked Objects – Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of Things

This reading by Julian Bleecker discusses how ‘things ‘ or ‘objects’ are the best method for collecting information/data. In an attempt to prove this point Bleeker extensively uses the example of “Blogjets”. “Blogjets” work in the physical world and are objects that blog (but not in the sense of a human blogger) that are described as to not only publish, but circulate conversations by, “starting, maintaining and being critical attractors in conversation about relevant topics,” (4, Bleeker).

An example used in the reading to support the notion of objects being the best method of collecting information is, “The Pigeon that Blogs,” project, which was a flock of pigeons that where equipped with telematics and environmental sensors to communication wirelessly to a GPS device to track where it has been flying and monitor environmental behaviour. The data collected from the pigeons was able to show the level of toxins and pollutions that could be viewed on Google Maps (4,Bleeker). This recorded data allows us to know the quality of air in different areas, which shows that ‘objects’ provide useful means to recording data. Another example of gaining meaningful environmental knowledge would be the RSS feed and podcast connected to a school of migrating whales. These data entries from the whales make it very difficult to ignore the toxins in the oceans observed in the data they collected.

It is now not uncommon for objects to be able to be apart human social exchange, for example, Pet’s that blog, which is the practice of pets having ‘human’ names and blog about their life tales. Humans have always been a custom to sharing experience, but now it is world-wide shared through media sources with objects and human agents (15, Bleeker)). Once ‘ things’/’objects’ are connected to the internet they can motivate topics of interest by providing a new perspective on either “a micro and macro social, cultural, political, and personal matters” (16, Bleeker). By allowing and embracing ‘things’/’objects’ to blog they can help us understand environmental concerns such as fossil fuel consumption data collected from automobiles(16-17, Bleeker).

After reading and considering the given article I find that Bleeker makes valid points that ‘objects’ provide the best data information, but I do not agree with this data being considered blogging material. Bleeker describes blogging as, “participants in a network of exchange, disseminating thoughts, opinions, and ideas,” though that is not what objects are providing; they are only providing data. Bleeker continues to refer to, “Blogjets” but fails to provide a true example of a Blogjet. The Pigeons that Blog project is not a blogjet, but rather a object outputting data based on their behaviour (in this case flying). I myself, associate blogging with writing about a ‘dramatic-lifestyle’ and people read the blogs for that dramatic interest. So therefore, “objects” that blog can only be considered this if their data is analyzed and then presented as information that seems valid to humans, such as environmental toxins and their impact on us as individuals; something relatable too.

Bleeker, Julian “A Manifesto for Networked Objects – Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibox in the Internet of Things”.1-17.2005.