a spoonful of sugar in the circle of life

I miss the 90's cartoons and will always cherish my Disney VHS collection…if only my VCR still worked

My Line

I’m from Naperville, Illinois,
from music, homemade pizza, academics, and iPhones.

Source: http://www.acouplecooks.com/2012/01/pizza-doughstand-mixer-method/
Source: http://www.acouplecooks.com/2012/01/pizza-doughstand-mixer-method/
Thanks for the adventure – now go have a new one!
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And You’re Miles and Miles From Your Nice Warm Bed

It was so wonderful to walk into class last Wednesday and see all of the AUM students! I have to admit I was a bit nervous before, though. I had no idea who these people were going to be. Well, I sort of had an idea, but I didn’t know if it was the right idea. I had spent the whole semester getting to know the AUM students through their blogs, and we were about to meet face to face. What were they going to think of me? Of our class? Would they regret traveling so far? I bundled all my nervous energy and tossed it into the trash as I entered the room because as soon as I walked in I knew it was going to be an enjoyable afternoon.

I had a great time talking with Ink Paper Pen about her map, as well as the map by Gym Shorts and Cowboy Boots. Both of them used a fairy tale theme, which I loved! They used dragons, castles, wizards, and many other fairy tale creatures; however, their placement on the map varied. It was interesting to hear the reasoning for placing items in certain areas on the map, like putting fire-breathing dragons in “the ghetto” and a dungeon at the high school. After class, the Auburn students took our maps to explore OKC and we got to take one of theirs. I chose the map titled, “Yellow Brick Road of My Life.”

Obviously my blog is Disney-themed, but my love for Disney movies doesn’t even come close to my love for The Wizard of Oz. I grew up with Wizard of Oz stuffed animals, mugs, ornaments, pillows, calendars, books, etc. If you name it, I probably had it! I think I was Dorothy for at least 3 Halloweens, and now my childhood obsession has become just a general obsession. In fact, I spent Sunday afternoon at OKC Ballet’s production of The Wizard of Oz. It was a wonderful experience, and I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I was squealing the whole time. (Shout out to Happy Feet Hansen for putting up with my obsession!)

Anyway, back to the map! I’m not sure who actually made this masterpiece, but it was very creative! On the larger map, they placed a picture of a house being swept away by a tornado at the location of their “first house ever!” Then they placed a picture of the Emerald City at AUM. On the back was a smaller map of Montgomery & Vicinity. Again, they placed a house at the location of their first house. They also used munchkins to represent the areas where good events happened and flying monkeys where bad events happened. It is such a fantastic map!

To wrap things up, it was such a pleasure getting to meet the Auburn students. I loved having the opportunity to match faces up with the blogs and to talk about our classes, our schools, and just life in general! I’m so glad I had to opportunity to attend the OKC bombing memorial service with the AUM students on Thursday. I was shocked to hear our classes mentioned in the service, but it made me realize how important this partnership has been. I have learned so much from the students at AUM, as well as those here at OCU! I’m sad it’s almost over.

You’ve got a friend in me,

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Where Arts and History Come Alive

I teamed up with Happy Feet Hansen, Seth The Compass Adams, and Jacob The Legend Tipps to create a map to give to the Auburn students when they arrive. We chose to focus on The Paseo, the oldest arts district community in Oklahoma City. It’s full of fabulous restaurants, boutiques, and a ton of art galleries! I probably never would’ve known The Paseo existed if some of my friends hadn’t taken me there at the beginning of the year because it’s hidden in a neighborhood off of 23rd Street. We are creating a basic map that will highlight some of our favorite places in the area. Our hope is to make it look as artsy as possible by using a variety of patterns and colors. It is an arts district after all! We are also including some pop-up features in order to fit as many things as possible onto the map. Here is a picture of the map we’re basing ours off of and a couple of the pop-ups. The final versions will be in color, but I wanted to test them out in black and white to make sure they would work.

If you’re smart you’ll learn by heart what ev’ry artist knows,


Saucedfest 2012

Well, tonight was…um…interesting. Happy Feet Hansen, Jacob The Legend Tipps, Seth The Compass Adams, and I went over to the Paseo Arts District to eat dinner and take some pictures for the map we’re creating for the Auburn students. As we were walking into Sauced, I was taking some pictures of the signs and decorations. We ordered our pizza and sat down at a table. No more than a minute later, a guy approached us. He was curious as to what type of camera I was using and if it recorded video. I told him it was an “Olympus Something-or-other” and that it did in fact record video. He then asked if I would help him out by recording a commercial for the upcoming Saucedfest. Since the word “no” is not really in my vocabulary, I agreed to film it. An hour or so later, we came up with this video. Watch, enjoy, and head out to Saucedfest at the Paseo this weekend! It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Pizza anyone?

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Visual Analysis

Check out the Visual Analysis tab for the final version of my paper entitled, “The Wonderful World of Disney According to Americans!”

Did I hear someone ask for a miracle?

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My (Extremely) Rough Draft

The other day in class sam1521 mentioned that the map of “The World According to Americans” was intended to represent what American children are first taught about the world. I was surprised by this comment, but it really got me thinking. The idea that the Disney map and the American map could both be subtitled “The World According to Kids” is a little frightening to me. Are we really teaching our children that all Europeans are either pussies or evil-doers, and that Mexicans are only good for mowing our lawns and doing our laundry?

I was doing some research and came across a book by Sally Collings titled, The World According to Kids: a Child’s Eye View of Life, Love, and Chocolate Cake. While most of the book is filled with cute things kids say like “You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk” and “You shouldn’t try to baptize a cat,” I found a paragraph in the introduction that stuck out to me.

“Children are like little aliens among us (cute little Toy Story-style aliens, of course, rather than the scary people-eating variety). Their job here is to learn how this strange new world works. To kids, most things adults do are pretty weird. It’s all new to them, after all. They are not born knowing the rules…But they learn.”

I’m not sure if I like this quote more because of the Toy Story reference or the truth it conveys. Kids will learn what we teach them; however, according to both maps, we are not doing a very good job of it. It is important for children to understand that Canada is not in fact uninhabited, and that Africa is more than just the home of zoo animals. We have a responsibility to teach them the reality of our world, not some biased, intolerant opinion.

It’s a small world after all,

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The Wonderful World of Disney…according to Americans

Three weeks ago I posted a map of the world with icons of Disney movies placed by their corresponding country. I really like this map because it gives me something new to think about when I’m watching my favorite movies. The next map was brought to my attention during one of our classes. It is map of what Americans think of the rest of the world. I think this map is extremely offensive and embarrassing. I do not agree with the ideas presented on this map, but I thought it provided an interesting juxtaposition to the cute, innocent Disney map.

If the second map is how Americans view the world, and if the Disney movies are in their correct location, does that mean that the characters in Aladdin are all “evil-doers!!”? I mean obviously Jafar was not the nicest Grand Vizier of Agrabah, but he eventually got what was coming to him. There is no way that the Genie is an “evil-doer!!” though. He has been trapped inside a lamp for 10,000 years and, once released, had to do whatever his new master told him. (Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. That’s it. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges or refunds) He just wanted to be free. What’s so evil about that?

When I first started to compare these maps, I assumed that nothing was going to match up. After looking at them for a while, I was surprised at how many similarities I found. On the “World According to Americans” map, Canada is labeled as uninhabited. Obviously we know that is not true; however, not one of the forty-four movies presented on the Disney map are set in Canada. So do the creators of the Disney movies agree with the creators of the second map?

The next similarity is Africa. Two of the movies on the Disney map are set in Africa: Tarzan and The Lion King. The second map states that Africa is the place where zoo animals come from. Let’s think about this for a minute. How many animals in Tarzan and The Lion King can we see at a zoo? There are gorillas, meerkats, warthogs, elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, and bears. (oh my!) You get the picture. While “zoo animals come from here” is not the only description that can be applied to Africa,  it is what a lot of Americans (and Disney lovers) think about when they think of that area of the world.

There are many more similarities/differences, but I won’t bore you with them here and will save them for my Rhetorical Analysis paper!

I don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad,



I found this on popvssoda.com. It was created by Matthew Campbell and George Plumb of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. The purpose of the map is to show what term each county in the United States uses to describe carbonated beverages. Since the map is only of the United States, one can assume that the intended audience is the people living in the United States. It was interesting to see how the results were distributed across the map, although I wasn’t too surprised that the two places I lived before going to college most commonly use pop to describe soft drinks! (I mean who uses the word “Coke” to describe Dr. Pepper anyway?)

In How to Lie With Maps, Monmonier talks about color on maps. He wrote, “Value differences and hues coexist nicely in some single-sequence, part-spectral color scales…Not only does this sequence show the pattern of high and low values as effectively as the gray-tones, but the color map is more aesthetically appealing” (168). The sequence of spectral hues used in this map make it easy to interpret its information. If the hue is darker, the percentage of people that use that term is higher. If the hue is lighter, then the percentage is lower. Although each color has three different hues, it is easy to interpret the general results just by quickly glancing at the map.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense,


A Fair(y) Use Tale

Thanks to InkPaperPen for posting this video on my blog! I thought it very informative and extremely entertaining.

You better be able to pay for that,



(Source: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum – Official Website)

I chose to focus on the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The first thing I noticed about the map was the Reflecting Pool that extends down the center. This is an important part of the memorial because it represents the time between the last moment of peace (9:01) and the first moment of recovery (9:03). Beside the Reflecting Pool is the Field of Empty Chairs. The chairs are arranged in nine rows to represent the nine floors of the Murrah Building. The Memorial Museum is on the 6th Street side of the grounds. This building takes you through the moments before, during, and after the bombing.

While it is obvious that you cannot see what’s presented inside the Memorial Museum, the most prominent thing that cannot be seen is the Memorial Fence. Over the years this fence has become a place of remembrance, healing, and solace. People all over the world have come to this museum and have placed objects on this fence. There is no way that a line or a label on a map can express everything that has been and will be placed on this fence.

In How to Lie with Maps, Monmonier talks about selection and smoothing (29). The person who made the map of the OKC Memorial utilized selection by not placing the Memorial Fence on the map. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to walk the grounds of the Memorial, I can only imagine that the cartographer used smoothing as well to make the map more appealing.

Just because you haven’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,