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Pop Culture Data Artist, Infographics, Network Design Art, Technical Writing...

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May 20-21 2018

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User Edited Wikias

It's really nice that someone collected a lot of data on the Star Trek Tropes. is a wonderful rabbithole. It's really unfortunate that there are so many holes in the data. But that's to be expected when you get data from the web.

There are pages for each episode with a list of the tropes they found. But I've also found tropes to some episodes from other links which are not listed on the episode page. Some of the links were found by random searches of other supposedly unrelated tropes. So no matter how much I search, I can never be sure to have gotten all of them.

So a decision needs to be made as to how through the search needs to be and just when will I stop looking for more. I must also be ready to be satisfied with what I find knowing it's an incomplete list.

<Next Day>

I'm finding more and more tropes accidentally on pages I hadn't expected. None of them are present on the the franchise or episode pages. In essence, most of the tropes I'm finding are mostly by luck. It's fortunate I've got some time to kill on this project before work begins in ernest with Jürgen.

</Next Day>


The Amazing Spider-Man 2—The Viewing

Just finished watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and was thoroughly under-whelmed. There were more plot lines than necessary and they added nothing to the film. I understand the final scene is there to set up the Sinister Six but the scene in the prison should have been enough of a teaser. And the sub-plot of Aunt May's night job did nothing to really advance the plot. But without it, she would have been virtually a non-existent, useless character. The whole Richard and Mary Parker plot line was fluff and again, didn't add much to the overall story. And in regards to Electro, a lot of the movie was not focused on the main villain and I just wasn't buying in to it.

But what all these plot lines do is give me the opportunity to create an interesting narrative chart of intersecting plot threads. Sketches will begin tomorrow in the notebook. Well see what comes of it.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Plot Clusterfr@çk

I just read a blog article about the Ten Worst Nerd Film of 2014. On that list was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. One of the comments was the useless complexity of the plot. Or should I say the eight plots. All eight plots were listed and that does sound like too much.

What's in this film? Harry Osborn with Goblinitis, conspiracies involving Peter Parker's parents, a secret underground enclave of supervillain stuff, a different underground enclave of supercomputers, a late-film mourning period, a subplot with Aunt May's night job, Gwen Stacy's frustrated romance, an electrical supervillain, a wicked German doctor with a supervillain tank, and a triple-whammy finale with an honest-to-goodness musical number playing over it. There has been one (1) very good Spider-Man film (that would be Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2). This film may finally prove that we'll never get another.

Never having seen the movie, as the reboot turned me off from the beginning, I completely ignored the second in the series. But with this one paragraph, I knew I needed to view it in order to find out if these eight plots could be coherently plotted in a graph. I'll probably rue this decision.

So I ordered the movie from Netflix. I'll find out for myself if what many of the geek web sites said about the movie.


Terminator Narrative Map (Almost) done

This project came together much quicker than I expected. I thought I'd be working on it into next week. But everything seemed to fall into place and I'm putting the finishing touches on it.

There were a variety of problems thought. Not with the actual project, but with Illustrator acting up. Between the "Can't save file. Unknown error." and the problems moving the file between the Windows and Apple computers. For a while I thought the file was completely gone and I'd have to revert to an older version but after four attempts to save it, it finally opened up on the Mac.

This was definitely a case of an Instant Gratification Project. I needed to get a project finished as the last one I completed was the Superhero Timeline in September. Three months is a long time between completed projects.

The First Terminator Movie Narrative

Here's the first Terminator movie narrative. The entire map is 45 inches long so there's nothing to see if I post it in its entirely (at least not yet.) The first movie was the simplest. Three characters all within a fairly straight line with the occasional deviation off the main plot line.

The picture for the dead was a tossup between the Terminator metal skull of the flesh face of whatever terminator did the killing. The metallic skull with the red glow won out rather easily.

The map was a bit of mess in its first iteration. But after reading some of the scholarly papers on the subject of narrative mapping, I took their advice and cleaned up mine and it looks much better. The main idea I took from these papers was attempting to make as many of the character lines into straight lines from left to right. It's such a simple idea but goes a long way toward neatness.

So the entire chart will be posted either by the end of the week or early next week.


Back To Work

I really believe that my lack of progress in the month of December was due to the holiday season. Between work and getting ready, I had no desire to work on my own projects. But now that the holidays are over, the dam has burst and I'm actually making progress on multiple projects.

Terminator Narrative Map

The best progress has been on the Terminator Narrative Map. After reading a few scholarly papers on the subject it's given me a new view on my design. The best thing is, all these papers were as a result of Randell Monroe's Lord of the Rings chart—the same one that inspired me to make narrative charts in the first place.

The authors of these papers have come up with solutions to many of my problems like clustering, wiggle lines, and scene vs. location differentiation (and yes, those were the terms in the papers.) After a quick review I made some small corrections and was pleased with the improvement I saw. Cleaner timelines that were much easier to read.