Jenn's Digital Blog

September 2, 2010

Pocahontas

Filed under: US History in Film — b4ssm4st3r @ 16:21

Because I know everyone is dying to know where that cliff is, I decided to do a little bit of research (meaning google) to see what I come up with.

Exhibit A: A Screenshot of the Cliff, with the Glade plug-in moment

waterfall.png Waterfall picture by moonlit-sonnet

Exhibit B: The Waterfall that looks uncannily similar

Yosemite Falls and Cook's Meadow

Now the second waterfall is actually Yosemite Falls, which is located in California. Now, I may not be a geography major but I happen to know that California is actually located on the opposite coast, so I guess we could add this to the list of inaccuracies. Deeply amusing as it is….

Though today what really stood out for me was how we could use Pocahontas as a primary source for examining important issues of the mid 1990’s. One of those issues raised was that of the environment. I feel like for us, there has always been this association that Native Americans are deeply connected to Mother Nature and care for it, whereas the white man does not. Not only is this explicitly pointed out in the movie, but it is also seen in other aspects of our culture. Just this past month I came across a National Geographic article about Native Americans bringing “back land crushed over generations of human use.” (yes its a direct quote) This is implying that all our problems today are really the problems of the white man, and it is the job of the “Noble Indian” to fix them…

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August 24, 2010

American Film Studies!

Filed under: US History in Film — b4ssm4st3r @ 11:08

I have decided to just continue using my old blog and just add in a new category for this class. Ummm for the test post I guess I can mention my name is Jenn. I have taken classes with Dr. McClurken before and somewhat understand the crazy technology so I am willing to help people.

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August 2, 2010

Last Day…

Filed under: Navy Internship — b4ssm4st3r @ 09:04

This morning begins my official last day here at the Navy Museum, and the end of my internship. While the day has hardly begun, I want to write about everything that I have done and learned here at the Navy Museum. It seems like it has been ages since my first day here at the Museum. In some ways I still have the same thrills commuting to DC, the metro still fascinates me and I still finds myself reading the signs on “transportation walk” out side the Department of Transportation. There is always something I didn’t notice before.

For this internship I was assigned 2 big projects. The first was organizing the field trips for other interns and the second was the War of 1812 ship panels. Both projects required an extensive amount of research, however different kinds of research. For the field trips, I mostly looked through tour books and reading reviews of the places we went to. Whereas with the ship panels I approached the research more like I would for a paper.

The field trips was also different from the ship panels, because in the case of the field trips I had to find a way to get the word out on what dates the field trips happened and where they were taking place. Where as for the ship panels, I just emailed it when I was done. Then I continued editing when I got a proof read copy back.

The ship panels are finally done! In case you were wondering… And I think they have moved on to the next stage, to prepare for its debut for the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. I am kind of excited to see how it will be incorporated into that event.

In conclusion, I do think I learned a lot from being a part of this internship, even if I only was here part time. I still learned more about contacting outside help for research, not just limiting myself to books and the Internet. I also learned that it helps to widen your area of research, because sometimes something comes up that is related but in a different way.

That happened when I was trying to find a way to connect New York City with the war of 1812. At first I only focused on the Naval perspective and found nothing. But then I was given a suggestion to research merchant ships, since New York City was a merchant port. I then found the story of General Armstrong and the Battle of Fayal, which worked. Basically this merchant ship, which came out of the New York City port is credited with stalling the British plans to invade New Orleans.

I plan on using what I have learned here in the future, for not just future class assignments (though I have learned a lot to help me with 485) but also in the job field. Which is slowly looming upon me….

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July 19, 2010

It is difficult to find the obscure….

Filed under: Navy Internship — b4ssm4st3r @ 14:32

Today I am in the middle of a research mission. That mission is to find out more about the use of Gunades. Sounds simple enough, however it isn’t, because Gunades never really became popular within the Navy. They were designed to replace the bulkier Carronades and for a short while they caught on. Because the Gunades were lighter they were easier to move, and because they had a longer gun barrel they proved to be more efficient than the Carronades. However with new technology they were replaced very quickly.

I have been assigned the task of finding out more about these elusive Gunades and look for any illustration of the gun and it’s carriage. Spencer Tucker’s, Arming the Fleet: U.S. Navy Ordnance in the Muzzle-Loading Era (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989) has helped in that it provided me with an illustration and a description of the Gunade. (128-129) However the illustration that is provided does not contain much detail and I haven’t been able to come across another that I can trust. So if anyone knows anything about these Gunades (or Trunnioned Carronade) please post a comment.

Thank you!

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July 7, 2010

DC for Free!

Filed under: Navy Internship — b4ssm4st3r @ 08:56

So lately there has been a lot happening at the internship. While I am still working on the ship panels, fine tuning and editing, there have also been many field trips.

The great thing about DC is that you can tour almost the entire city for free, and lately I have been taking advantage of that through the intern field trips. Our first field trip was to visit the Capitol, and while it is free I still had to book tickets about a month in advance. It was actually really interesting to see the building where many laws are passed which shaped our nations history. Even learning about the building’s own history and how events have influenced its structure. For example, in the War of 1812 when the British burned DC they also burned the Capitol.

Last week on Monday, we then went to the folklife festivaloutside the Smithsonian. (Also Free!) It was really fun to learn more about other cultures, this year it was Mexico and the Pacific Islands. Then after the folk life festival we went to the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the infamous Vietnam Memorial. That sounds like a lot but they are all centralized in one area so it was easy to stop by them all. What really amazed me was the symmetry of the place (another example of DC being mapped out?) the Washington Monument was literally aligned right in between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. So if you were standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (which I was!) you could look over and see all of Capitol Hill. Pretty cool. And the planes flying overhead kind of added to the patriotic ambiance of the area.

Then on Wednesday we went to a couple of the Smithsonian museums. First we stopped by the National Museum of American History, which was really amazing. I especially liked their transportation exhibit! They even had a section immortalizing the American commute, to which I could definitely relate. I also finally saw the infamous Ruby Slippers! After that we stopped by the Natural History Museum, unfortunately we could spend much time in there and I really want to go back and see the rest of the museum because it is really interesting. I especially liked the area they had which traced our lineage back to the earliest cell. Did you know we share 60% of the same DNA as a banana? Or something like that, it was a really ridiculous statistic.

Then on the Museum side of things, the War of 1812 continues to be fought. While I have officially completed a first draft, it is just that, a first draft. I just received a couple of peer reviews which I spent the weekend looking over and editing. Now I have to do a little more research and edit grammar (never my friend) and then we might have a second draft ready to by reviewed and revised next week. And if you want to read an interesting story of a British attack in the War of 1812, click here.

Finally, if I haven’t mentioned this before the Navy Museum has opened a new exhibit about Baseball. Yup yup! Baseball in the Navy as an American past time.

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