This Is My Masters Project

Give me graduation, or give me death!

No, Really.

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OK, NOW it’s done. For real this time. I swear. It’s over. Go home. I’m done. I quit. I’m burning it to discs for my committee. It’s going on the Missouri Photo Workshop website in this form. SO DONE.

I have no idea what else to do with myself.

Written by Erin K. O'Neill

July 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Posted in Methods, Progress, Reflecion

Final Product

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At this point, does anyone really care?

I do.

This. Is. It. And so is this.

Written by Erin K. O'Neill

July 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Three Signatures

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As of today, I have the official approval of my entire project committee. I am now in possession of three signatures on a very official photocopy called “Report of the Master’s Examining Committee.” Barring any major complication, I am now a full-fledged-MA.

This is a really wonderful day.

And now: to the bindery! After all, my project shall have a life after this blog: it’s going to the library!

I don’t need an #AlternateThesisEnding, because my “thesis” as an end. Good night, and good luck.

Written by Erin K. O'Neill

July 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Posted in Reflecion

#AlternateThesisEndings

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There was a “meme” on Twitter not too long ago that we grad students tagged #AlternateThesisEndings. It became a humorous collection of sayings, literary allusions and movie references–or, ways we know that our project and thesis committees would never let us write as the last lines of our projects and theses.

Here is a collection of the best ways to end a master’s degree. Extra points if you get it.

  • “You’re still here? It’s over. Go home. Go.”
  • “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked . . . . And by ‘madness, I mean ‘journalism graduate school.'”
  • “All right. The Answer to the Great Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything is . . . Forty-two.”
  • “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . .”
  • “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good! / Mischief managed!”
  • “Go away. I’m all right.”
  • “But in the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”
  • “Enough of this bullshit. I’m gonna go get hammered with Papyrus.”
  • “In conclusion, further research will forever be required.”
  • “For Trite Cliche, turn to p.175. For Long-winded rehash, p.178-194. For Surprise Ending, p. 195”
  • “I have a dream that one day this thesis will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.”
  • “Does that answer your research question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”
  • “That whole Teddy Roosevelt quote about the credit going to the man in the ring, face bloodied, yadda yadda yadda.”
  • “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice.”
  • “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
  • “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”
  • “And then I found five dollars.”

We have way too much fun on Twitter. It’s procrastination at its finest. Many thanks to Phoebe Sexton, known as @fotofobe and @thesis_pieces on Twitter, for inspiring this meme.

Written by Erin K. O'Neill

July 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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More Updates & Re-edits

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I’ve re-edited the video of Ida Morris, and done some re-design for the flash presentation. I think that, combined, the extra context in the flash will solve a lot of the issues that have been raised. It can be viewed by clicking here.

For one thing, I have been thinking that showing all the photos at the beginning really doesn’t work. I have tried, in the past few days, trying to use other parts of the interview to give it more than silence for 40 seconds, but then it’s jarring when Mrs. Morris starts talking particularly about the workshop. Moreover, to use many of the photos twice is really redundant. As a photo editor, it hurts me to be visually redundant when there is not other point being made (in my opinion).

So, I added a little text slide on at the beginning of the video chapter. It explains that the photos are MPW photos, and the interviews took place later. I think that this text slide, paired with the pre-loader intro, give the viewer enough information about what they are about to see. Well, I hope that it accomplishes this.

PLEASE NOTE: I have not finished all the videos. Only the button to furthest to the left, Miss Punny, will work!

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June 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Methods, Progress

Re-Edit

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The consensus that came out of my project defense last week was that I needed to refocus and re-edit my videos. And so, here goes. I am hoping, project committee approval pending, to use this as a template for the rest of my videos.

Again, with the hope!

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June 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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The Line

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At this stage of the game, there is a line between being a full-fledged MA and, well, not. Here’s hoping that I will soon be above the line.

Here is my final project.

Written by Erin K. O'Neill

June 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Posted in Progress, Reflecion