Fantastic! You’ve Used all the Bits, but Your Multimodal Project is in Another Box


Some of you may not have heard, but my original idea for this project was to create a Reassembler-type vlog where I assemble a Lego Technic Race Kart (#freeplugparty) whilst talking you through it. The idea was to show what it is really like to build something of moderate complexity, and possibly impart some interest unto you. When I watch James May put random shit together (I have attached an episode for your viewing pleasure), I find myself getting unusually excited when he is putting on the finishing touches. As someone who builds models, I can totally relate to him because I feel the same sensation when I put that last piece on a Gundam. The satisfaction is biblical. Naturally, I would hope that you would feel the same. You waste 30 minutes of your life watching some sweaty fat guy put together a children’s toy, so naturally you would want to see it through to the end. Alas, while the idea sounded good on paper (to me anyway), execution was impossible. I did not have the requisite equipment nor did I have any editing know-how. It took me about six hours to assemble the 345 pieces of the go kart, and frankly I do not see how I could edit that down to 30 minutes. So, in lieu of a vlog, I will decide to play to my strengths and create a visual presentation of some sort. The jury is still out on whether this will be a PowerPoint or a Prezi, but I am leaning towards the latter. By the way, the video I have included is one of my favorite episodes of The Reassembler. The entire run time is devoted to the reconstruction of an old-as-shit telephone. I STRONGLY dema…encourage you to watch it. Watch it for entertainment or, you know, an insomnia cure.

  3 comments for “Fantastic! You’ve Used all the Bits, but Your Multimodal Project is in Another Box

  1. Elisa Preston
    Elisa Preston
    April 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Alec,

    I’m not sure that I would get biblical satisfaction from watching James May assemble/reassemble something, but I think your idea sounded like a cool project. It’s too bad you aren’t doing it now. Prezi always seems like a good way to go with projects, but if you’re still thinking about using your video, there are a few editing apps and sites out there that are free and pretty straightforward. Do you know what you’ll be including in your new visual presentation?

    Nice word choice by the way! It makes for an interesting read. 👌

  2. Austin Dewart
    April 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    For your visual presentation, as an alternative to a PowerPoint, you may want to try Prezi, as it’s a little more freeing and a little more engaging in the number of different ways you can create and use effectively for your multimodal project. With whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of luck.

  3. kjaxon
    April 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for the link to James May. We watch a lot of him in our household since my husband is the ultimate artist and tinkerer. I like the idea of the Prezi: you can embed YouTube videos within prezi to make points too (some James May even). Enjoyed reading your post.

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