Thesis Ideation: Past Work with Dreadnoughtus

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"Dreadnoughtus" by Jennifer Hall

“Dreadnoughtus” by Jennifer Hall

When I was little, I wanted to be a paleontologist more than anything in the world. The idea of discovering the fossilized remains of ancient creatures who ruled the earth millions of years before the evolution of modern mammals was just SO COOL that ten-year-old Valentina couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Although  I ended up going into Digital Media (a field of study which I am absolutely in love with), I still made a point to keep in touch with my childhood interests. I’ve been volunteering at the Drexel Paleontology lab since the Summer after my freshman year, 3D laser scanning the fossils of Dreadnoughtus schrani, a 70-million year old sauropod dinosaur. Dreadnoughtus takes the prize for having the highest calculable mass of any land animal ever discovered, and was recently featured in just about every major news outlet ever.  It’s a pretty big (hah! Pun!) deal.

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The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage: A Grimm Tale

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For my public speaking class this week, I need to give a dramatic telling of a story or historical speech. For that reason, I thought I’d share with you my favorite German fairy tale: The Bird, the Mouse, and the Sausage.

A few years ago, I created an interactive version of this tale for a Digital Storytelling class (along with my compatriots Ethan Miller and Josh Hollander). The resulting travesty was the most beautiful example of hypertextual narrative I’ve ever seen. A few of our branching endings included “the sausage spends the rest of his days fantasizing about eating himself,”  “the bird slips on a pad of butter and burns himself to death in a frying pan,” and “the mouse takes hallucinogens and encounters the progressive rock band Styx in the middle of the Black Forrest.”

Borges would have been proud.

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New site under construction!

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Howdy, Jervo!

(If you aren’t Jervo, I don’t know how you found this, but hello to you too. )

This is the testing location for my new website, which will be migrated over to http://valfx.net in a few weeks. This one will be responsive, and thanks to WordPress’s amazeballs CMS I guarantee I’ll be updating it more frequently than my current site.

So, at the moment… Nothing much to see here! Check back later.