Welcome to Andrew Alsup’s Workspace!

Hello Hello! Welcome Welcome! Do not let the “Workspace” in the title scare you off; after all, everything here is interesting. This is my website where I post weekly blogs on a variety of topics such as readings, topics, and communication strategies. Feel free to give your perspective or ask me any questions in the comments of my blogs; I want to generate discussions with you all.

Now, a little bit about myself. I am an eighteen year old undergrad student at Georgia Tech. I was born in Lexington, KY, but I grew up in Alpharetta, GA. My greatest accomplishments were getting into Georgia Tech and obtaining a Private Pilot’s License. I love flying small airplanes, performing in or watching improv shows, and dancing at parties. If we have similar interests, contact me! I always want to find others who share my passions.I have many small goals from doing a handstand pushup to learning CPR, but my larger goals include receiving an Instrument License in aviation and finding an enjoyable career. For my future I intend to major in Physics and go into grad school.

In the menu above, you will find links to my completed projects my blog posts. Below you will find my Works in Progress Page which contains various bits from brainstorming to drafts and reflections. I hope you all enjoy your stay here at Andrew Alsup’s Workplace. There are interesting ideas and people around every corner!

 

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Works In Progress

Here I keep a collection of incomplete works or my reflections on my past works.

 


November 28th, 2016     Artifact Reflection

The Transforming Science project displays intentional visual design to convince students at tech to join a space program. The flashy “YOU ARE INVITED!” orange text in the center grabs the attention of students walking though the hall ways. Like all other advertisements, the ad must find the people; in this case, it is an attractive invitation that inspires curiosity with the background and excitement from the color. Then after a short introduction, blue arrows swiftly direct students to the section that pertains the most to them depending on their major. The blocks of text break traditional advertisement structures. However, the small images and varying text formats in the sections to make the blocks of text less intimidating.


November 21st, 2016     Value(s) of Science Reflection

I really enjoyed my Value(s) of Science project. My favorite part is the intro. My intro is stellar. It had an engaging and relatable first line. It gives proper context for my argument. It has a “What?” moment, and it makes a great transition to the next section. Another part that I liked about the project was taking into account not only what the article and video argued, but also its impact on the community. I made this point by referencing google trends and the success of CNN.

If I were to change anything, I would edit the formatting of the the google trend images or the website to make it look more in tune with the project’s mode. If I were more tech savvy, I would have integrated the text with the pictures into one picture, that way it would look like a slide show. I would do this because it would look nicer and more integrated instead of there being a flat essay with pictures thrown in.

As a result of this project, and even the whole course, I learned that being tech savvy can go a long ways. It would open me up to more options that are currently unavailable to me like producing a video that maximized the potential of its media. It would also allow me to use a medium to it’s full potential (in this case a photo essay) by molding the image and text into one entity.

November 7th, 2016     Supporting Section of Value(s) of Science Project

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Tragic. That is the only word I can use to describe the Haiti earthquake. In the picture above, a thirteen year old girl is trapped under rubble. The people lack heavy equipment to free her and argue how to move the rubble out of the way without a giant slab crushing her. Anderson Cooper shows the terrifying results of an earthquake hitting an area without proper safety measures. There is no professional emergency rescue party for her. There is no coordination. There was no earthquake resistant architecture. There was no warning system. CNN uses frightening images and verbal information of the situation to engage the viewer and ultimately convinces the viewer that earthquake safety measures are essential.

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This image illustrates the point that Oregon is not prepare for a strong earthquake Kathryn Schulz makes and even parallels how she makes this point with data. “The Really Big One” also moves the reader emotionally, but must use statistics that meshes well with its written medium.

“FEMA calculates that, across the region [of Oregon], something on the order of a million buildings—more than three thousand of them schools—will collapse or be compromised in the earthquake.”

By mentioning that of the million building—more than three thousand of them are schools. She makes this distinction because everyone knows that little children attend schools; She knows that the general public upholding children as sweet, innocent, and the light of our future. If an earthquake were to hit, thousands of innocent children would be at risk of the school collapsing on them. These frightening facts instill fear in the reader and makes the argument that we need more disaster protection all the more potent.

 


November 2nd, 2016     Reviewing a Blog Post

Original:

Todd very cleverly demonstrated the fickleness of curiosity. Once curiosity is satisfied, it fleets away. Throughout the article she maintains the story of the Surinam toad through her journey to learn how and why Maria Sibylla Merian studied South American insects, lizards, fruits, and toads. By the end of the article, I was still curious to look up the birth of miniature Surinam toads and quickly looked up a few videos. However after a few minutes of watching videos I quickly lost my drive to pursue after saying to myself “I understand this now” and closed the laptop. My curiosity did not drive me to pull up a Wikipedia article to read more nor made me consider doing research on them; its brevity led to nothing. Todd also demonstrates the effects of unsatisfied curiosity disappearing quickly. When Todd references the 48 questions about invertebrates at Brooklyn College, I was very curious to learn the answers in the moment, but she places the answers at the very end. By the very end, I suddenly did not care for the answer; the itch was gone. In fact, I skimmed through the answers without making much effort to read every word. Whether intentional or not, by placing the answers at the very end, Todd shows that curiosity is just an in-the-moment distraction for us and loses its influence when something else preoccupies the mind.

Revised:

Todd very cleverly demonstrated the fickleness of curiosity. Once curiosity is satisfied, it fleets away. Throughout the article she maintains the story of the Surinam toad through her journey. She first had me hooked when she describes the reactions of the alien reproducing ritual of the toads. She referenced one Youtuber commenting,

“as a lover of animals im ashamed to say i said KILL it with fire and dont stop . . . kill it burn it kill it burn it! then bury it and shoot the grave!”

This intense reaction astonished me! I had to know what on Earth made someone who loves animals to go so far as burning the toad and shooting its grave because of how abominable the toad is. The lack of grammar, capitalization of “kill” and use of exclamation points showed intensity of the persons reaction as if they had to make this claim as quickly and as impactfully as possible. By the end of the article, I was still curious to look up the birth of miniature Surinam toads and quickly looked up a few videos. However after a few minutes of watching videos I quickly lost my drive to pursue after saying to myself “I understand this now” and closed the laptop. My curiosity did not drive me to pull up a Wikipedia article to read more nor made me consider doing research on them; its brevity led to nothing.

Todd also demonstrates unsatisfied curiosity disappearing quickly. When Todd references the 48 questions about invertebrates at Brooklyn College, I was very curious to learn the answers in the moment, but she places the answers at the very end. By the very end, I suddenly did not care for the answer; the itch was gone. In fact, I skimmed through the answers without making much effort to read every word. By placing the answers at the very end, Todd shows that curiosity is just an in-the-moment distraction for us and loses its influence when something else preoccupies the mind.


October 28th, 2016     Graslie

  1. Graslie argues you need to go out in the world to fulfill your curiosity.
  2. At the end she stats that curiosity is a rabbit hole that cannot be answered by the internet, people satisfy that curiosity
  3. A more interactive approach is necessary to satisfy curiosity, whether it be a recreation of a habitat filled with accurate sounds and animal taxidermies or a tour guide showing off some displayed items at a museum. Staying indoors and looking up the answers will provide you with a fulfilling conclusion.

October 28th, 2016     Todd

  1. Todd argues that curiosity is not as glorious as we thought it might be; curiosity is just a distraction.
  2. “For curiosity to have value, perhaps we have to allow it to be the beginning of something larger, to pursue it past the initial itch”
  3. Todd’s syntax suggests that curiosity usually does not have any value and is just an itch. It is a stepping stone for ambitious pursuits however it cannot replace ambition because curiosity lacks a purpose.

October 7th, 2016    Transforming Science Reflection

Our transforming science project effectively changed the purpose from informing to recruiting and the audience from the a broad pool of people interested into science to the educated students at Georgia Tech. We did a good job communicating what ideas we had for the poster and its contents. The poster accommodates the goal to recruit students because it attracts the attention of students passing through the halls and swiftly delivers important information. If I could go back and change my revised text, I would cut back on the text that the students must read immensely and make the poster much more visually appealing.

My part of the group consisted of revising the poster’s design and script for the presentation, assisting Emile develop the script, composing the intro and sections for biochemistry students and science fiction, and finally introducing the revised text and presenting the biochemistry section. I feared that we would veer off track during our meetings, so I kept the team working efficiently by setting pseudo-deadlines for our meetings We stayed fairly close to the original plan, but we had to add additional meetings. Our meetings were still inefficient, so we scheduled more meetings to develop the revised text and prepare for the presentation. Our group faced many schedule conflicts because we are all very busy, and we struggled to print a poster for our first time.


September 26th, 2016     The Purpose of Transforming Science

Our Transforming Science Science project demonstrates how a different genre can better serve a different purpose.


September 26th, 2016     Transforming Science Topic and Genre Declaration

Selected text: http://www.news.gatech.edu/features/humans-mars
Text
Genre: Interview style news article
Medium: Digital artifact
Rhetorical situation:
Audience: People interested in science as well as a general public
Purpose: Update people on the envisioned projects taking place at Tech related to space exploration, and emphasize potential challenges faced.
Context: 21st century; modern research at Georgia Tech
Text 2
Genre: Poster
Medium: Print document
Rhetorical situation: Audience and context will be the same.
Purpose: Inviting qualified students to participate in the envisioned project related to space exploration.

Plan to accomplish the project
We will try to get most of our work done in class, but we have also arranged to meet on Saturday at 12. When it comes to the roles assigned to each of us they are listed below. Please note that the group members who are working on one topic will also be working on the design of the poster.
Why should humans go to mars: Stella
When will we make the trip: Emile
How do you find life on mars: Andrew
Where on the surface would we land: Emile
Martian Politics: Will it be a worldwide effort: Disha
Can science fiction become reality: Andrew
Schedule:
Monday: choose the style of the poster, and work on transforming the content
Wednesday: Finalize the transformation of the content
Friday: Work on finalizing the poster
Saturday: Practice the presentation


September 21th, 2016     Differences From the Same Research

The Georgia Tech website contains a single video which is followed by many extensive paragraphs that talks about sponsorship, all the steps, and uses quotes extensively. The detail targets scientists or students who would like to replicate the experiment.(http://www.news.gatech.edu/2016/07/04/robot-helps-study-how-first-land-animals-moved-360-million-years-ago)

The Popular Science page used gifs and less paragraphs, but it still communicated the conclusion of the robotics research. This page was generally more appealing due to the welcoming gifs and the paragraphs were not as intimidating.(http://www.popsci.com/robot-replicates-how-we-might-have-evolved)


September 16th, 2016     Spinning Science Peer Review

I learned that you can make a perfectly valid argument, but it would be underwhelming if it doesn’t answer the question asked. I also learned from pear review that small but frequent grammer mistakes is very destracting and make the arguement turn stael very quickly. Placing the text in an easy to read format also makes it a much more enjoyable read.

To revise my work, I will make the transition between the 1st slide to the 2nd slide; for the reader it is confusing if the text in slide 2 is a continuation of slide 1 or a new paragraph. I would also integrate the image with the text so it is more visually appealing.


September 16th, 2016     Spinning Science Revision

The most tedious part of the project was by far was formatting the photo essay. It was infuriating trying to add text to the bottom of an image. I opted out of my original plan which is having the text in the image at the bottom which can be seen in my intro draft. It was still difficult to post the image in the text section; sometimes the image would be missing and has to try inserting the image a dozen or so times for it to finally show up. I had this problem with my intro as well which is why the spinning science intro is a link to a pdf instead of an image you see automatically. Not all of the project was miserable though, forming the ideas for the project was quite enjoyable with quick progress. I chose the items that I used in my photo essay because they were different forms (text, image and color) all under the science category; this shows my audience many different ways science can be used to persuade someone.


September 11th, 2016     Spinning Science Intro

Spinning Science Intro


August 30th, 2016     CFWV Reflection

  1. My notes included drawing a story script and jotting down ideas for props, topics, characters, and a setting. After basic brainstorming, I wrote a script that fulfilled the goals of my notes in detail. The multiple recordings helped me remember my script and perfected how I would deliver my message.
  1. The most effective and consequentially enjoyable part was the planning. Ideas flowed quickly which made me feel accomplished frequently.
  1. I would have changed the plot of the movie from a private office meeting to a standup speech to make my example of welcoming the audience more relevant. The silly contrast between the professional character and messy setting did not make me feel more comfortable because I could not see the audience’s reaction to it.