Significant Object:


This is my significant object; a Toy Dog Tag made to advertise the film series Rambo.

  1. Question: What is the story of your object? Why is it significant?

Around 10 years ago, while my family was residing in South Korea, I was looking through my Grandmother’s stuff, looking for something interesting. After a while of searching, my 4-year-old self found this necklace. Not knowing what it said, or English at that, I thought it looked cool. I mean it was shiny (at the time), and had cool text on it, what could a 4-year-old not like? So I asked my Grandma if I could keep it, she let me have it. A while later, my family had scheduled to move to Canada. Wanting to leave something behind, I gave the Rambo tag back to my Grandmother as something to remember me by. 6 years later, when I visited Korea again, my Grandma gave it back to me. And then it became significant to me. Serving as a token from the past, linking two moments of time – for me and my Grandma.

  1. Source:
    1. What type of source is this?

This is a Primary source that was present, and the main object, for the events that took place in the story behind it.

  1. Who created it? When and where was it produced?

Honestly, I didn’t even know what the text on this tag meant before a few days ago when I searched it up before sharing it in the class. After a quick search on google, I learned that this was merchandise for a film series called Rambo, which sold during the 1980’s.

  1. Context: What other events were happening when the source was created? How might they have influenced this source?

At the time I found this object, my family was moving to Canada. If it were not for this, and the fact that it was given back and forth from me to my Grandma, this object would have had zero significance to me. But because it was given back and forth over such a large period of time, and distance, it holds significance.

  1. Description: What do you notice that is important about this source? What is interesting, what can’t you explain?

Reflecting over this object more carefully, I notice that the true significance isn’t in the object. The true significance lies in what this object symbolizes. To me, that meaning is a memento which reminds me that things will keep on being. Even if I’m not there. Something interesting and unexplainable to me is where did my Grandma get this? Why was it in a drawer? And finally, how did she keep it safe for around 6 years?

  1. Inferences about Perspectives:

Inference 1: I can assume that this Toy Dog Tag was originally purchased (maybe not by my Grandmother) by a fan of the Hollywood Rambo Series.

Inference 2: I can assume that my Grandmother either lost interest in Rambo, received the Tag from someone else, or found it as a lost item herself, since she had it in her drawer and gave it to me.

  1. Inferences about Inquiry Question: What can you learn form examining this source? Does it help you answer your inquiry question? Does it confirm, extend, or contradict, what you know? Does it not tell you?

After examining this source, I learned that it is merchandise advertising under the Hollywood film series Rambo. And it helps answer my question by representing that this story has taken over a long period of time. Additionally, the weathering it has been through, due to exposure, also reinforces this thought. It extends what I know by constantly reminding me about the past. The story behind it, and the many things that happened.

  1. What further questions do you have?

The only question I have is ‘What has this item been through before I had ownership of it?’. But thankfully, I will have a chance to know a little more about it this spring break, when I will visit Korea. Hopefully my Grandma will still remember…

Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?

Events take place after a build up of smaller, more subtle decisions, made by a plethora of people. These seemingly irrelevant ‘micro events’ have the influence and ability to trigger a larger-scale event when many of them intertwine in a dominoes or butterfly effect. This creates a complex map of events, made up of large and small causes, with long and short consequences.
Now the influences each cause leading up to the ‘final’ event varies, right? I think the influence of each cause is, give or take, pretty much the same. Why? Well because the way I’m looking at it (remember the chain of events), if just one thing was different or absent, it would potentially cause a different chain of events from the one without the absence or difference. For example, let’s take the *Titanic. At first glance, the Titanic seems as if it just got unlucky. But, recently, scientists have found that there were many factors. That played a roll in the demise of the Titanic. One of these factors was that there was a fire burning on the side of the boat, if this fire were not to happen, or repaired, the Titanic would have been able to withstand the iceberg. But unfortunately, the ice hit bull’s-eye. That is just one of many unfortunate causes.
The reason that the fire damage wasn’t repaired was because of the setting these historic actors were in. The damage on the ship was noticed, but the tickets were already sold, and the trip scheduled. If they delayed the trip, it meant bankruptcy for the investors. Not wanting to go bankrupt, they sent them off. This would’ve been ok, if it were not for other subtle mistakes (no access to binoculars, not doing a practice emergency drill).
From this example we can see that if only one thing were to happen differently, the event that followed after would have been very different. The past events were not inevitable, altering one ‘micro event’ has the influence to transform the results.
*I’m using one source for this example and I’m not sure how accurate the information is.

In-Depth WEEK FIVE!!?

Unfortunately, last week I wasn’t able to have a meeting with my mentor, Ms. Gilder, due to a family vacation taking place during the weekend. I will be contacting her again to see when she is available, but for this in-depth post, I will answer to the best of my abilities according to my experience up to now. Fortunately, I did make some progress in Photoshop, learning how to comfortably use the masking tool and some other miscellaneous tools.
1. Where you actually listening to each other? Explain.
Up to now, I feel that my mentor and I have done a great job with listening to each other, asking questions to each other and double-checking statements to make sure we had the right idea. We both knew what I was going to do by the next time we met (which was deciding what genre of Photoshop I would like to explore) and what we were going to do after.
2. What factors impacted your ability to interact effectively?
Something that effected my ability to interact with my mentor is a family trip that took place when I planned to meet my mentor. This stopped me from meeting with my mentor and threw me off slightly, but I was able to continue learning about Photoshop. Impediments like this can be avoided or worked around in the future if I communicate and alter the schedule with my parents and mentor.
3. What did you do to hold yourself accountable for the learning?
To hold myself accountable for the learning, I have, and will continue, trying to learn as much as I can by myself, regardless of whether I miss a meeting with my mentor. Another way I hold myself accountable for my learning is by having a mindset that makes me think “Only I have the ability to make my goal become a reality”.
So far, in my In-depth learning, I have learned about the functions and the applications of a plethora of tools, which by themselves have the power to create a variety of intriguing and fun projects. 5 weeks have gone by, and currently, I feel a lot more comfortable and familiar with the layout of Photoshop then I did when I started – as I had aimed for!

In-Depth – bLoG PoSt NuMbEr TwO~!

Last Friday I was able to have my first meeting with my in-depth mentor, Ms. Gilder. Since it was our first meeting, I started off by learning some basic things about Photoshop. I chose some photos online, and before anything, Ms. Gilder taught me a simple – yet important – tip that she had came across during her career. That special thing? Levels – or curves if you like those. Although that might not seem very interesting to YOU (whoever is reading), Ms. Gilder explained that it was a tool that is a key component when editing a photo. It’s like a filter that enhances the warmth and contrast of a photo, increasing the darks and lights. After giving me some examples, I realized that even one simple tool was capable of shifting a photo from a ‘meh’ to a ‘wow’. At this point of the meeting I was beginning to get excited. If ONE tool was this powerful, how interesting would all the others be? Next, Ms. Gilder asked me what branch of Photoshop I would like to learn. She explained that there were many ‘categories’ (e.g. Surreal, Fashion/Beauty, Art) to Photoshop and what I wanted to learn depended on me. Although Ms. Gilder’s specialty is Beauty and people, she is confident to help guide me through the process of learning in whatever topic I choose.

We also discussed about sources where I could learn additional things about Photoshop; for example, YouTube, the Adobe website, and other blogs/tutorials. Ms. Gilder, who is mostly self taught, explained that sources such as the listed above are very helpful and even she goes back to them when she needs to. She also explained that I shouldn’t be discouraged when I don’t get a concept right away, as it may take a few tries to get the hang of it.

I personally think that this first meeting started of great, discussing about what precisely I wanted to learn with my mentor, and what I should look forward to in the future. Now, here are some of my creations so far:

*Wukong (League of Legends):


Faker (League of Legends Pro Player):


Stop Sign (Photo from a Friend):


*Yasuo (League of Legends):


*Flower (was white before edit):


First Edit (Attempt at Dispersion Effect):


*Some of these photos were made in Digital Media when I had time leftover after finishing my assignments.