Postcards From the Past…


I’m relating this assignment to my character, John Brown.

This photo is from John Brown’s mother. This was taken when he was 14, when John and his mother were going to market to buy some food. She looked at this whenever she felt sorry for his son and miss him. She knew that he has wounded heart from people especially from family. The reason for her remarriage was she wanted make him to live in better conditions. But she did not know that he was happier when he was living with her and father (not stepfather). This picture is the only one that she has, so she always look his back not face. She is waiting for call from John Brown and she miss him a lot. Of course John Brown is her son but she knows he would not call her or visit her to see. The only thing she can do is just waiting and see his back in the picture.

It was interesting assignment, which need creativeness. I am not that creative person but had lots of fun with this assignment. I related this assignment to my chatacter John Brown, also his mom. I tried to show that his mom felt sorry for her son, John Brown but never express her feeling to anyone. She wants to talk and laugh with John but she can’t. She knows John has wounded heart from her. But she really wants John to know that she loves him.

Postcards from the past (4 and 1/2 points)




Best Assignment!

Even though it is only second week of the class, I had really interesting assignments so far. Among those assingments, I really loved the daily create. I completed three : A Cat. On Syntesizers. In Space, You? Yodel? Yep!, and the Eye Selfie. From those, I really like You? Yodel? Yep! I never sing any kind of yodel, so I was kind of shy when I did this assignment. So I sang for five times to do this assignment. And I mad my friend to here it, she laughed and she asked me to send the file to her so she can hear it whenever she is depressed. It was the one of the assignment that I would never forget and would make me laugh whenever I think about it. I really enjoyed this assignment and fun to do it!

 Best Assignment (2 points)

Character Dossier: John Brown


John Brown, he was born on November 29th 1970 in New York City, NY. He is single and work as lawyer in Miami, FL.

John Brown is about 6’1” tall and weighs about 165 lb. He is very stylish and always wears suit. His style makes his appearance to look better. He is a handsome man. If you see him on the street, you would probably look back at him. John has black hair, which makes his appearance to be colder also he never smile. Sometimes, it looks like he does not know how to smile or laugh. He has a mustache and he is kind of proud of it. Without a mustache, he thinks he would look weird or ugly, so he never shave it.

He was born in New York City and well educated. His parents got divorced when he was 11 years old. The reason for divorcement was poverty. His father had been unemployed for 3 years and his mother was the only one who make money. So they ended up with divorcing. He was a vulnerable age so he slowly closed his mind to his parents. After 5 years later, his mother got remarried with rich guy, name Mark also, he got step brother, David. Mark was really great man; however, whenever he is drunk, he assaulted John’s mom and John. Mark did not remember anything day after. He always asked John’s mom for forgiveness and made promise not to drink. But he never kept the promise that he made. John’s mom did not want to divorce with him. She thought that getting hit is better than poverty. Also, David committed violence toward John. John had to suppress the anger, because his mom asked him to do so, also money. His stepbrother David knew that John was getting mob violence in school but he never helped John. He saw his mom’s marriage, made his mind to live as single. Since elementary school, John received so many wounds from people, he completely closed his mind and never open it again. His stepfather supported for his education and paid for his office, so he did not have to worry about money for anything. He moved from New York City to Miami right after he finished is studies, and open the office. When he started to make some money by himself, he became totally independent from his parents. John was never felt sorry or thankful to his stepfather’s support. He thought that it was pay back for violence of Mark and David. He does not longing for home. Home was hell to him.

His favorite food is egg salad sandwich, which is the simple food that he can eat while he is working. Since he has lots of work and have to think deeply to defend his clients, he needs high energy from food. The drinks that contain caffeine never work for him only sugar works for him. So he drink hot chocolate that contains lots of sugar to make him awake. Also, he loves sweet food. So whenever you go to his office, you can find tons of candies and chocolates on his desk and in the cabinet. John love simple thing. So the interior of his office is decorated with black and white. The color of the wall and the carpet is black and he put some white furniture to give point in his office room. From his room, you can assume that his favorite color is black. He does not have favorite book. But if he had to choose a favorite book, he will say “Little Prince,” because that book was first present from his parents. He had to read so many books to become lawyer, so he is sick of the book. He has many books in his office but he never read them. He just look at them whenever he needs. He is kind of isolated from people. He does not have friend and never call or visit his family. He loves being alone and does not want to go to the places where people are crowded, which means that he is very antisocial. So he just watch the movie when it is on TV but does not have favorite movie in his mind. In his mind movie is the most boring thing in the world.

John Brown thinks that money is much important than personal relationship in his life. He does everything if someone gives money to him. He accept any cases when the client gives money more than he expect. He does not care the crime that client committed, he just care about the amount of payment that client is giving for defending him/her.

10 Seconds of Thanks

10 Seconds of thanks.

I’m thankful for my family.

I’m thankful for my friends.

I’m thankful for health (including people around me).


I thouhght that I 10 would be long enough to think about what I am thankful for but 10 seconds were so short to write. While I’m doing this, I thought that I should take somw time and think about gratefulness and I should stop dissatisfy with small things, such as foods and clothes. There are lotsnof people who do not have those small things and they suffer from hunger and cold. Since I have clothes those are protect from cold and food to make me full, do not need to worry about those small things. It’s a trifle so you do not thankfu’ for it, but if you don’t have it, you know how grateful to have it.

It was only 2 and 1/2 points but it worth it moret han that.




Noir Readings

Among many noir readings, I read The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Shadow, (script for the Death Triangle episode) and The Killers by Ernest Hemingway. As we discussed from last week, noir means “black” in French, which indicates that it show dark side of the human that can be crime, especially murder, or temptation (mostly immoral relationship). These literatures share common plots: murder investigations, heists, and cigarette smoking are mandatory.

The main motif of The Postman Always Rings Twice was a case in litigation of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray which held in Long Island in 1927. Also, in my opinion, the title of the book came from this case. Ruth Snyder and her boyfriend Judd Gray killed her husband to get insurance. Right before Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray murder her husband, Ruth Snyder insured husband secretly. The insurance had special contract that when her husband die, she will receive about twice as much of compensation. And she asked postman to bring the insurance policy to her, not anyone else. The sign for this was ringing bell twice. As the motif of this novel is related to the murder caused by the love that is immortality, the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice is also about immoral relationship between Frank Chambers and Cora, and the victim of this love is her husband Nick Papadakis. Some of tropes are beginning to emerge: everybody (mostly men) smokes, whenever the crime or the important situations are occurs, it is always night, and the minor crime reveals major plot. When Cora and Frank tried to kill her husband first time, it was at the night. The main point is that when Cora was tried to hit her husband with the blackjack that Frank had made for her, all the lights were out and it was really dark and nobody could not see anything. At that time, cops were passing by Nick’ restaurant and saw the stepladder and they felt awkward and when the crime was occurred, they doubted these two, Cora and Frank. The major trope of this novel is the minor crime reveals major plot. When Cora and Frank killed her husband by making Nick drunk and put him in the car then, rolling the car from cliff. It was successful for killing him but they had to go to court. During the trial, they were almost got busted by local prosecutor Sackett. But Cora and Frank escaped avoid with help from lawyer Katz, who is enemy of local prosecutor Sackett. But the problem was when Cora went to her mother’s funeral, Frank had affair with a lady named Madge. Cora figured it out and leave the memo about the crimes that they did including first plan of killing Nick. Frank begged for Cora’s forgiveness and she forgave him. They noticed that Cora is pregnant and got married and went to honeymoon to the beach. But Cora felt stomachache so they were driving to the hospital. While driving to hospital, he did not see the culvert wall, and there was a crash. Cora was dead. They forgot to get rid of the memo that Cora wrote, which became most important evidences of what have he done. The local prosecutor Sackett had it all figured out. Cora and Frank murdered her husband Nick to get the money and the restaurant that he owned, and then Frank married her, and murdered her so he could have it all himself. The result of the greasy murder was a sentence of death. In this novel that the minor crime was Frank had affair with another lady which reveals to his death. In this novel, there are some characters that are associated with Film Noir. The Dirty Cop, in this novel, it can be dirty lawyer Katz. He knew Cora and Frank were culprits, but he defended them for money that they gave him and made judge to presume their innocence. Femme Fatale is referring to Cora in this novel. But the in the beginning she was just normal lady who got married without love. As she fell in to love, she slowly became femme fatale and made Frank fell into love with her and made his mind to murder her husband.

I also read The Shadow, (script for the Death Triangle episode) and The Killers. Both of the novel consist of mystery. The Shadow, as it mention in the title, the known character Shadow is involved in the script. In the story of The Killers, the men, Al and Max tried to kill Ole Andreson for a friend. Just to oblige a friend. Even though these two stories were really short, but these have strong impact. Frist, The Killers, when Nick Adam went to the Hirsch’s rooming-house where Ole Andreson were living, Ole Andreson knew what it’s all about but he was just waiting in the room and knowing he is going to be killed. When I finished this story, I got little depressed, because you know you will be died but you cannot do anything to change. The only thing youkan do is just sit there and waiting to be killed. The Shadow has really interesting trope, sympathy for the devil. In my opinion, the devil can be Covert, Martan, and Dubrille. Even though Covert was the actual murderer of the crime 20 years ago, one of men (Dr. Evans, Raymond Dubrille, and Pierre Martan who were escaped from a political prisoner on Devil’s Island together) betrayed him to the police, one of them told the police where to find Covert. Covert got caught by police and went back to Devil’s Island. After about 20 years later, a skeleton of Covert was found on a deserted beach. Martan, who was pretending he is Covert, was gunned by Dubrille was tried to revenge for betrayal of Dubrille. His plan was almost perfect and he tricked Dr. Evans and Dubrille but he trust his friend Dubrille and throw the knife to where he heard voice of the shadow and made chance for Dubrille to shoot at him. Lastly, Dubrille, he is the one who is self-centeredness. He is the one who create this bad situation. If he did not betray Martan, Martan would not have to declare death threat to Dubrille and Dr. Evan. When all three men and shadow were met at Dubrille’s Long Island estate, he went to his room (Dr. Evan and the shadow asked him to not go alone) and ended up with death.

A Cat, On Syntesizers. In Space.

Today’s Daily Create was creating an image with a cat on syntesiers in space. I was tried to to photoshop with this work, but I could not find any free photoshop that I can download. So, I utilized the drawing board that was on my computer. I never used it before, so everything was new to me. I tried to cut the edges of cat and syntesier the shape of itself, but it did not work. So I just made them smaller and pasted together. As time goes on, hopefully my photoshop skill will get better.

Cats. On Synthesisers. In Space.

First Week Summary

I was really worried about this course becasue I had not take any online course before so I could not even guess how this course is going to work. So when I got e-mail about how ds106, my concern grew larger. So I e-mail Professor Groom about questions that I have and made my mind to do first assginment and decide whether I’m going to stay or drop the class. The assingments for this week was a lot, but the good thing was the assignments were not that hard. It kind of frastrating to choose the domain name, because I’m not that creative with choosing or making name. Among the assignments, the easiest part was registering for my social media. But setting up WordPress was harder than I thought. I’m not a blogger or SNS person so it was kind of awkward to post on blog and twitter. I usually use the computer for homeworks or watching TV. But I started to like using blog and twitter, posting my thoughts and feelings and people make comments on my post is easiest method to share informations from different place.

Film Noir, when I read the article that was posted on the website, I thought that it was only for white and black films that were made during certain time period. Also, it was kind of hard for me to understand the informaitions and definition of Film Noir. Therefore, I need to do some research in order to understand the term. One of the sources that I used to understand better was viewing the videos those are posted on the website I watched The Case of the Cat Cave Treasure, Racketeer Rabbit, and trailer for The Backstage Rage. From these three videos, I found that they are deal with some kind of violent tools (ex. gun, bombs, etc.) Also, there were some characters who are vulgar, and the background music was kind of dismal tone. I came up with the example of Film Noir, movie called The Great Gatsby which made in 1974.

It was really great experience to start to share my story on blog and twitter. I’m kind of excited about next assignment. And I decided not to drop. :)

A Little about Me…

Hello, my name is Gyeore Lee, a sophomore at University of Mary Washington, I’m a Studio Art major and Digital Studies minor. I came from South Korea about 7 years ago. I played clarinet since 6th grade, also cello since I was in 9th grade. I graduated at Oakton High School, which is located in Fairfax.

I went to Florida during Winter Break with my siblings.

trip to Florida


It was first time when my little sister, little brother, and I took a picture together.

I don’t have typical type of song that I love, but these days I always listen to a song called Beautiful People by Sam Ock.

To be honest, I usually listen to Korean Music (K-Pop). I want to introduce one of songs that I really LOVE.

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