Finally Fall!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 14, 2010 by chasemor

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year.  I love the cool, jean-wearing weather and all of the beautiful Autumn colors.  I love all of the orange, red, and yellow trees lining the streets and the leaves covering the ground.  I always look forward to this time of year, and I love taking pictures of the beauty of fall.  The other day I was playing around with settings on my camera and found the perfect white-balance setting that made my photographs of an orange tree in my yard so much more vibrant than on the automatic setting.  I hope to experiment some more as more trees begin to change.  Here are some of the pictures I took–let me know what you think! 🙂

 

Pretty tree in my front yard

A Close-Up

Try searching “autumn” on flickr.com.  There are some great photos from photographers around the world.

 

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200,000 Fonts to Choose From?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 7, 2010 by chasemor

In our world today, technology is the obviously the main source for communication, entertainment, and information.  With advancing technology, even such seemingly unimportant details as fonts have become vital to design.  BBC’s article about the importance of fonts, “Do typefaces really matter?”, demonstrates how people react to certain fonts in items they read.  Some people can’t even enjoy a movie because they’re focusing so much on the fonts.  Many people disliked the hit-movie Avatar because of the font of the subtitles.  Although I agree that fonts are important, I wouldn’t let a font influence my opinion of a movie.  I do think that they are important for websites, magazines, books, etc.

I really don’t like fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial that are overly simple and boring.  They seem to make whatever I’m reading less interesting.

 

Times New Roman...

 

One of my favorite fonts is pretty plain, though.  If I had to choose a very plain, readable font, I would pick Century Gothic.  I like that it is sans serif.

 

Century Gothic

 

I also like Broadway for titles or larger font sizes. It’s pretty plain and easy to read, but it’s still fun.

 

Broadway

 

Junior/Senior Cheerleader and Football Player Signing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 30, 2010 by chasemor

Today the juniors and seniors on the football team and cheerleading squad had the opportunity to sign t-shirts for lower schoolers.  It was a lot of fun, and the kids look up to us so much.  I admit writing my name and a little heart over and over again got a little boring, but it’s better than class 🙂 I took a video of the action, but unfortunately I’ve had trouble uploading it to Word Press.  Hopefully I’ll get it to work.  My video features the lovely Malone Wayland and Caroline Pennington (AKA “Carol”).


Photo Collages

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 by chasemor

My assignment this week for Digital Media class was to create a photo collage that spells out my school’s name, Franklin Road Academy.  This process was very difficult, especially because the photos had to be from FRA’s campus, and we had limited time to browse around looking for letters (well, at least MY schedule didn’t provide me with much time).  The most difficult letters for me were ‘K,’ ‘N,’ ‘R,’ and ‘A.’  You’ll have to use your imagination for this…

Franklin Road Academy

We also had to do a second collage spelling out our first names with objects.

Morgan 🙂

Chill Spot Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 19, 2010 by chasemor

Then go to Chill Spot, a cafe located at 330 Franklin Road 908D Brentwood, TN 37027.  Serving homemade food and the popular Bubble Tea, a welcoming Kurdish family makes guests feel right at home.  Local art fills the walls, making the restaurant a fun, comfortable place to “chill” with friends or family.

Chill Spot offers a variety of food, ranging from freshly-made wraps and salads to Baklava and the unusual Bubble Tea, all at reasonable prices.  For example, a chicken salad wrap is priced at $5.99, and a chicken Caesar salad at $7.29.  I’m sure those of you who don’t know what Bubble Tea is want me to just tell you already, right?  Well, it is simply a smoothie with Tapioca  “pearls” mixed in.  At first it sounds weird that these chewy balls are in your smoothie, but believe me, the result is delicious.  There are several flavors that you can mix to create your own smoothie.  Personally, I think bubble tea involves an acquired taste.  I wasn’t a big fan at first, but the arrival of Chill Spot to Nashville has made me crave these smoothies very often.  These are the main attraction at Chill Spot and have turned several locals into regulars.  Although I have never tried the food, the menu of wraps and salads makes me want to try something the next time I go.  Check out the menu here: http://www.chillspot.us/chillspot/Home.html

Bubble Tea

Parking is plentiful for this cafe located in a small strip mall of different restaurants.  No reservations are needed, and Chill Spot even caters and provides take out.  Attire is casual, and there is indoor and outdoor seating.  The environment is welcoming and fun.  It’s a perfect place to hang out with family and friends.  At this point, without having tried the food, I would definitely give Chill Spot 5/5 stars.  I always leave wanting to come back, and it’s one of my favorite places in Nashville. Enjoy!

Yum!

Splatter Painting, Anyone?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2010 by chasemor

I was recently asked what my favorite piece of visual art is.  I love many kinds of art, including photography and paintings, but I had never been asked to choose a favorite out of all the art in the world. I was looking through some books we have at my house about famous artists, and I was drawn to one with a crazy, colorful, splattered painting on the front.  The painting belonged to Jackson Pollock. Pollock was born in 1912, and even during his childhood, he and his brothers loved art.  His style is referred to as Abstract Expressionism.  He is best known for his paintings in which he splatters paint all over the canvas.

Here are some of my favorites of Pollock’s:

Stenographic Figure

Autumn Rhythm

Mural

Blue Poles

I love all of the colors and craziness of Pollock’s paintings.  Even though some may think that this is not art, I believe Pollock has a really unique style, and his pieces definitely took talent.

Ordinary People

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by chasemor

Normal, everyday people.  They make the most interesting subjects, I think.  There are so many amazing stories in this world, and the majority of them are mysteries.  I’ve always been fascinated with New York City, and I hope to live there someday, to be on my own and discover myself.  What amazes me about it is that there are so many different kinds of people living there, with different backgrounds, stories, and lives.  My favorite part of my past trips to New York has strangely been riding the subway.  Some people are disgusted with this crowded, dirty means of travel.  But I love it.  I love being able to sit there and see such a diversity of people surrounding me.  I always find myself wondering where each of them is going and where each came from.  One day I want to be that woman riding the subway and having people wonder where I’M going.  If I could interview anyone in the world, I wouldn’t choose a singer or a celebrity.  I would choose an ordinary person, or several ordinary people, who seemed like they had an interesting story to tell.  I would interview anyone who was willing to share their story with me.

People on the Subway

The questions I could ask are endless:

1) What is your name?

2) Where are you going and where did you come from?

3) Where do you live?

4) Describe yourself.

5) What are you doing with your life right now?

6) What are your goals and dreams?

7) Who or what inspires you to keep going everyday?

8 ) If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

9) What are the most important things to you in life?

10) Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
I hope someday I’ll be able to ask several people these questions and hear some amazing stories.