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Final Prez & The Start of Class – Robyn

Concept: A professor/lecturer/teacher who’s presentation is messing with them/is being werid behind their back.

Method: learn a lot about color, make a really interesting presentation and then mess with it.

First: Research, figure out what I was going to say about color!

I started with a substantial stack of books on color. History of color, theory of color, atlas of color, design of color. Even a book called All About Color. Overall I acquired about half of MIT’s section on the topic of color.

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I learned that my favorite color is cerulean blue, is made from cobalt stannate and was invented in 1805 by Andreas Hopfner. I learned that cats and dogs are not actually color blind, they just see a less vibrant form of colors. I learned how much the development of aluminum paint tubes in 1841 enabled the explosion of color in art in recent art history.

I dug through books of color and websites of color, compiling interesting snippets and stories that began to take shape in an interesting cohesiveness. My ideas evolved on a whiteboard, flowing and connecting together,


Unfortunately I promptly realized that I had a ton of info on color but that doesn’t make a trick. At this point I switched to working on mechanics. (As a result, many interesting mechanics (++), far too large a scope (–).)

The concepts I wanted to play with were,

  • Extra space on screen, that is assumed to not exist because the presentations don’t usually use it
  • A connection between how you interact with the screen and what it shows (smudging, moving, ect.)

Final presentation gag components:

  • Spazzy color/projector trouble start
  • Face recognition, spazzy or normal.
  • Presentation picture tilt with computer tilt
  • Presentation drifting around on screen, drifts off, ½ slide on the top ½ on the bottom, starts scrolling the slide top to bottom while talking about slide.
  • Smudging of presentation picture like water
  • Presentation starts drifting again and drifts all the way off the screen.

Video walk-through of technical components performance,

Spazzy start, Spazy Start

Face responding spazzyness, Face Flicker

First slide fade, Slide Fade

Presentation, Prez Slides Start

Tilt (synced with laptop screen tilt), Tilt Slide

(futuristic) Slides sliding around

Presentation, Prez Slides MIddle

Ophelia Muddle, Ophelia

End of presentation & thank you, Prez Slides End

(futuristic) slide before thank you slides off screen, end.


Video of all components,

GitHub of code components, (coming soon)


Challenges I faced and retrospective solutions:

  1. Getting started without a concrete idea of what I was trying to do
    a. Just start doing things (EARLY) and see what happens.
    b. Start with a one-day concept proving sketch of idea & iterate!
  2. Wanting to do too much with too many different sorts of mechanics
    a. REALLY be aware of where the achievable/not plausible line is and stay on the possible side of it. (also see 1.b. )

Lessons learned:

1) Split up projects, draft/mock-up super simple proof of concept ideas. (Do drafts, lots of early drafts, iterate and develop your idea)
2) Don’t be intimidated by things I’m not sure I can do, (ex, how to be funny??) just try and see what happens!
3) Technically excellence is worth 0 if it doesn’t work. (Keep it simple stupid) Ie, ACTUALLY be realistic with what you can accomplish.
4) Before starting the meat of a programming project plan what you’re going to do/the best way to set the program. (ex, if/else vs. switch statements.
5) I can code anything I want, it will just take a looong time.
6) Don’t be intimidated by the actually really fun part! Performing for people!


Midterm Documentation (Robyn Lesh)

Presentation Concept

Marco Tempest-esk presentation combining humor and effects to point out the beauty color gives to this world.

{Presentation Video}   The Magic of Color Presentation

Project Mission

A presentation that points out that color is more than simply a science of numbers and convoluted terms but rather the existence of color makes our world the wonderfulness that we perceive.

Dull & dreary to gorgeously beautiful.


RedMountainB&W to RedMountain


YellowFlowerB&W to YellowFlower

Project Description 

Two guest lecturers, Professor Winberg and Professor Landers (tribute to the horrible & excellent Introduction to Biology professor pair, Wineberg & Lander) give a presentation on “Color as We See It”. Winberg befuddles the audience with a decisively unnecessary use of excessively long words and other absurdities of speech including details on what will not be covered and the importance of understanding minuscule details rather than the idea as a whole. Landers then takes the scene and shows why color is an amazing thing in our world, that provides life and vitality in its simple existence.

With color, the dull becomes interesting, the usual becomes beautiful and our world, magical.

{Powerpoint Video}   The Magic of Color Midterm Slides


Preliminary Idea and Evolution

The initial idea with my Midterm presentation was to expand on my Trick++ which was based on the idea of an abrasive professor character with a finicky presentation that acts up against my will. I was very excited the response to my Trick++ character and excited for the directions I could take the personality I had invented.

However when I tried to write actual content for the extension of the character in my Midterm presentation I ran into a wall in that I couldn’t think of any explanation for WHY my powerpoint would be acting up behind me. This lack of a practical explanation drove me away from the crazy professor persona and left me in need of a presentation topic.

Idea Potentials

TED talk-like
colors (history of?)
my life
crazy/weird teaching/guest lecturer

Possible Technological Components

Face recognition component
(Color changing?)
Reveal in pre-sent email
Reveal on website
Class color know-er

Unused Coding Sketches (can include code on request?)

Play Video
Input GUI

Current Plan for Final

Return to the abrasive hard-nosed professor character persona and absurdly changing slides. =) The cheeky, misbehaving slides will be the fault of a TA who is finally getting back at the mean unfriendly and unpopular prof. Initial idea-generating phrase, the professor’s area of expertise will be her downfall? Or just absurdity.

D&D Character Creations – Robyn

Attribute Distribution – Character 1 (Aira)

16 – Wisdom
6 – Strength
11 – Intelligence
9 – Constitution
14 – Dexterity
12 – Charisma

This character reflects a surprising number of the things I value and is reasonably similar to me. (Though comparatively very low in strength and constitution) I’ll try a more foreign combination of attributes for my second set. This first character would be light, nimble and the ability to read people. My guess from the attributes is that the character would be a girl and potentially stuck being comparatively physically weak due to difficult circumstances earlier in her life.

Aira is a small girl, dark in coloring with unusually light hair. Some might see her as weak and vulnerable but that is what Aira wants you to believe. In reality she has an incredible ability to dodge, sneak and hide her way out of almost any difficult situation. Aira somehow can get along with almost anyone, learn from them and use what she learns to benefit not only herself but whatever she is trying to achieve. Probably due to her natural people skills and wisdom, Aira can portray herself as any of a handful of personas. Meshing each to benefit herself most in any given situation.

Attribute Distribution – Character 2 (Aveta)

16 – Constitution
6 – Charisma
11 – Strength
9 – Dexterity
14 – Intelligence
12 – Wisdom

Aveta is Aira’s pair. Aveta is either quiet and aloof or crass & jarring depending on the day. Many people don’t get along with Aveta but Aveta and Aira are an excellent match and Aveta knows it. Aveta is medium sized. Not as small as Aira but certainly not a towering giant. Despite her medium build Aveta is quite strong and in any comfortable environment will tell you so with little reserve. Though strong and clever Aveta severely lacks the people skills to get along with almost anyone without Aira’s guidance.

Aira’s background

Aira grew up a monk but that doesn’t mean her life was easy in the slightest. Eleven Monks in Aira’s region were on the very edge of society (figuratively and functionally). While almost all the other Elves moved away to easier surroundings when Aira was very young or before she was born, Aira’s family stayed. Aira and her parents lived on the very edge of the woods and struggled to have enough food (usually unsuccessfully) as well as train and practice as monks. Her parents were as kind as they could be but their lives were very hard. Her parents taught her the importance of learning exactly what it is that you most need and striving your upmost to get exactly that. Probably because of this Aira gained an amazing drive and desire to succeed. She learned that her mind and skills with people where more than just niceties, she learned that she could use her ability to read people to learn from them and her wits to use this knowledge to gain her ends.

Aira was never strong, probably partly due to lack of nutrition in her upbringing, but instead of letting her relative weakness impede her she uses it to her advantage by using it to leverage the power of her various guises.

Class Distribution – Character 1 (Aira)  [oops, and Character 2 (Aveta)]

Aira is a Ranger. Or that’s what she is now anyways. Aira grew up a Monk and she learned many valuable lessons about grace, perfection and the power of the mind and body however despite Aira’s small size and amenable attitude Aira wants to DO things with her life. When Aira was young she began exploring and before long met the right people and finagled her way onto a Ranger expedition. Surprisingly to the doubtful mission leads Aira saved the expedition in two near crisis moments and since then Rangering has seemed to fulfill exactly what Aira wants. She can use her abilities and have adventures while doing good.
Aira was happy being a ranger and very good at it (utilizing her unusual people skills in unique situations) but she always felt limited by the possibility that her mission-mates might not believe her and she potentially wouldn’t have the ability to succeed if she was unable to solicit their support.

A few years ago, Aira found a perfect solution. Aira and her band at the time ran into a group of Rogues including a half-ling called Aveta. Aveta and her band were the enemy, a Rogue band stealing from an innocent group of oafs. However Aira and Aveta were thrown together as general unwilling comrades when it turned out that the oafs were not innocent, at all.

After initial tense feelings between Aira and Aveta, Aira realized that she like most other people around Aveta had initially reacted to Aveta’s tense, terse exterior. To cut a long story short Aira & Aveta warmed up to each other and Aira convinced Aveta to join her in being a Ranger. To give up the darkness of Rouge-hood and strive for good causes, while not needing to surrender any of the excitement and intrigue of exploration.

Aira’s Ethical Alignment

Aira is certainly Neutral-Lawful/Good. She was brought up to do the right thing and wants adventure but also wants to do good.

Aveta is rather less rigorous by nature and tends more towards Neutral/Neutral-Chaotic. She is however is not evil in the slightest but rather more of a mischief maker/rouge mentality by default.

Ethical Alignment examples

Ethical\Moral Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Gandhi Robin Hood
Neutral Hypothetically Congress Taylor Swift
Evil Witch in Snow White Cinderella Step Mother Richard Nixon

More Characters

Random Character #1

Strength – 12
Dexterity – 11
Constitution – 8
Intelligence – 11 (+ 2 from Gnome)
Wisdom – 13
Charisma – 10

Candidate Names: Ellywick Daergel or Roywin Turen
Class: Wizard or Druid (Going with Druid)

Roywin grew up living in the carved out base of a tree (not sure if this is normal for Gnomes but this is where Roywin grew up) He loved running around bouncing off trees. Like most gnomes Roywin has lots of energy but he is also curious. He saw solemn Druids and decided that he wanted to change that. Not change all Druids of course but he wanted to be a different Druid. So he jumped at the task. Consequently, Roywin is one of the bounciest most energetic Druids you will ever meet. Don’t let that fool you though, he’s a fabulous Druid!

Instead of the character seeming to form from its self, the book method had me choose my character’s race then was given the characteristics of a good gnome. Now its my job to come up with a character that fits into the Gnome, Druid box with the right characteristics. (If I knew more about the common stereotypes of D&D characters this character would likely have turned out quite normal) It is possibly easier to play with a more formulaic character but I feel like my character has been formed around what it does but it seems less creative and I am far less attached to him at the moment.

Famous Character Attributes

Genghis Khan
Strength – 10
Dexterity – 7
Constitution – 6
Intelligence – 12
Wisdom – 14
Charisma – 16

Genghis would likely be a Barbarian. And racially (in terms of his type of world domination and tyrannical ruling) Genghis approaches a half-ork. Stereotypically his alignment would be Chaotic/Evil.

Lady Gaga

Strength – 8
Dexterity – 13
Constitution – 10
Intelligence – 8
Wisdom – 6
Charisma – 16

Gaga would be some sort of Rogue-Bard and a flamboyant Dragonborn. Her alignment would be somewhere around Chaotic/Neutral.