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Wow….Sophie (UPDATED)

So here is my Sophie project. I utterly dislike the software, the links were not working and the frames froze up the program. I apologize because this is not the quality of work I like to give but it was stressful.

Well, can’t wait until the final project. Youtube Really Have Legal Problems- Irving Torres.pack.s2

Sophie Project – Gamic Action, Four Movements

Here is my Sophie Project! Action – jaggerjax.pack.s2

Some things I’ve learned about Sophie:

  • Don’t use templates! Or only use them to a bare minimum, because they cause lots of errors to appear.
  • While it’s cool that you can insert videos so easily, the lag (while playing the embedded video) is horrible.
  • If Sophie worked properly, I could see it being used to create books that have interactive annotations, comments, and references on the same page as the text. Also if we wanted to created books directed towards different audiences, I could see Sophie being used to “hide” certain parts of the text depending on the reader’s interest (or previous actions on links).

Skype Sophie

After many trials and errors, here comes my Sophie project! I hope it works but I have a nagging suspicion two of the three videos embedded in it are not working so I’m providing you guys with links to them if you feel inclined to watch them (they are quite amusing and rather short).

The topic of my project had to do with searching for and defining identity through Skype emoticons. I used Sherry Turkle’s article on Identity and used her ideas to explain my personal experience with Skype and particularly Skype emoticons. I discuss the formation of an emoticon culture and how it defines people who are part of it. I have included numerous pictures of Skype emoticons as well as a few cartoons which poke fun at the obsessiveness and related to Skype. The videos demonstrate what 1) Skype is, 2) what we can do with Skype emoticons beyond their immediate purpose and 3) how some people attempt to imitate Skype emotiocons with facial expressions.

My questions are: can we convey all our emotions just through the use of emoticons? If not, is Skype then limiting us or is it creating an order and a sense of belonging in a community that all uses the same type of emoticons? How can we change as people or explore new sides of ourselves if we use emoticons?

I hope you enojoy my representation of Turkle’s article and Skype and please feel free to critique as much as you want! =) 


Sophie Project


Sophie Project

Here is my Sophie book, on The Long Tail!

Sophie Project

Here is the URL to my sophie project.

Sophie: Social Networking in a Brave New World

Finally uploaded my Sophie project! Maybe I’ve just been staring at it too long, but I’m pretty happy with it. I used the text “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” by Clive Thompson.

Here it is!

I opted not to ruin the look of my project by highlighting all the interactive parts of my book, so I encourage you to mouseover things and enjoy. I’ve also uploaded a cheat sheet if you want a list of all the things I added; it’s packaged with the Sophie file so you’ll get it automatically in the .zip.

Brave New World of Digital Intimacy by Clive Thompson

(Blake's) Quentin Tarantino's STAR WARS? !

Surprisingly, Sophie came through.  Step by step, she allowed me to save my project—that is, until I made my last addition: the ‘next page’ button.  It seems Sophie simply will not tolerate the presence of the little arrows I intended to appear on the right hand corner of each page.  The user experience would be much better if you could navigate with said arrows.  Instead, you’ll have to get through the book using the preview palette.  Sorry.

As I reduced the opacity on my text boxes, it might be tough to tell when the text has a link.  Here’s a list of the extra Sophie-ish stuff that I’ve added.

1: Movie: ‘Opening scroll’ (plays when you click on the triangle.  Allow it to load first.)
2: No links.
3: No links.
4: Images: ‘Digital postcard’, ‘famous poster’
5: Movies: ‘The trailer’, ‘feel-good music’, ‘The Saga Begins’
6: Website: ‘assumption
7: pdf: ‘small number of transnational…’; links: ‘stakes in these transactions’, ‘technological integration’
8: No links.
9: text box: ‘transformation’ (If you click the text box, it’ll open to MySpace’s Terms of Service)
10: text boxes: ‘photocopier’, ‘audio sampling technologies’ (Click on the text boxes and you’ll be linked to different webpages)
11: images: ‘added elements’, ‘original contributions’, ‘rewrite and update’
12: image: ‘sexually-explicit stories’; text: ‘does not produce any x-rated Star Wars’: text box (click and you’l be linked to a webpage)
13: text box: ‘elaborate feedback loop’ (click and you’ll be linked to a website)
14: click on zee numeros
15: FIN!

Hope you like it!

(Blake’s) Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars? Sophie Book!

The Long Tail of Sophie

Here’s my project! Hoorah!

I hope this works!