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Prompt #3: Color

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#3: Color. Post by 8 pm Feb. 10.

Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies a compelling use of color.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain why/how it's a good example of using color effectively. What color choices are being made? What kind of impact to these color choices have? How might these choices effect what the viewer looks at, what they pay attention to, and/or how they feel?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider color energy, saturation/desaturation, color temperature, color symbolism, color and sound combinations, and/or the 'inner orientation' functions of color.

Please use the tag #color for this post.

Lighting

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I chose a picture of Usher from his music video "Yeah" in which he is standing in front of the light showing a great example of back-lighting. This technique seems to be one of the most common types of lighting used in music videos that are of the Hip-hop genre.
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The technique really makes the subject stick out because in most cases the center of the light is matched up with the body of the subject and the light almost "glows" around it as it is shown in the picture. I have also seen this type of technique used in a few movies, mostly horror/thriller but also some action. It is definitely my favorite style.

Lighting Up Our Emotions

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When I first think of lighting, I think of light and dark and that's it. I was surprised to see just how much goes into lighting for media production.

I chose to share another clip from Francis Ford Coppolla's Apocalypse Now for this post that has some very interesting lighting schemes (I'm in love with that movie so I think I'll be doing that a lot). Here the protagonist (Martin Sheen) listens to the antagonist (the legendary Marlon Brando) for a philosophical lecture on war.

http://youtu.be/KxLFdJLSho8

Several lighting techniques are used in the clip. The clip begins with Brando entering the room under Silhouette lighting with a very dim background. Coppola then transitions to Rembrandt lighting for the duration of the conversation, showing only portions of the two main characters' faces with very fast falloff. The writing is low-key and below-the-eye, providing the viewer with that emotional thrill/horror that is so very appropriate for this film.

Two other minor characters are shown in the clip. He uses flat lighting with slow falloff for them, illuminating all of their faces/bodies. I think he did this because the Rembrandt lighting leaves a certain aura and mystery around the main characters and he wanted to reserve that purely for them. The last several seconds take place outdoors at night, where Coppola uses light from the fires with fast falloff to show the viewer they are now outside of Brando's temple for nighttime ceremony.

The lighting in this clip speaks wonders for the very dark, disturbing plot of the film. To put it all in context, the scene takes place deep in Cambodia where Brando's character has established himself as a god over the local natives and is leading them in a very bloody ritualistic lifestyle similar to that of ancient societies that have performed human sacrifice. Sheen's character, who was sent to kill Brando, becomes captivated with some of Brando's more questionable philosophies (including his gut-wrenching rant in this clip). Regardless, viewers don't really need any of this context or dialogue. They can watch this clip and sense something very unsettling is going on simply because of the lighting.

Lighting: The Lumineers

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I chose a music video for this post. The video for The Lumineers song "Ho Hey!" made use of their lighting in a way that produced moving and unique effects. The scene takes place in a seemingly abandoned building with lights hung from all around to give the feeling of a different era.

Lighting was used very intentionally in this production to create a desired feeling when watching this video. They chose to light from all around the subjects, which for the most part created a moderately slow falloff to make the subjects seem warmer. Some shots, however, used more shadows to create dimension and texture.The choice they made to light from all around was a use of chairoscuro lighting that made the lighting feel more organic. While watching this, I felt that I was seeing all of the lights that they used to light the production, while I'm sure they used some additional lights to produce those desired effects. They also used the directional function of chairoscuro lighting in order to help guide the viewer's attention to the confetti that was coming from above. This emphasis, in my opinion, created warmth and joy in this production. In that way, they also communicated the emotional function of happiness and joy throughout those lighting choices. They also chose to use silhouette lighting to establish intensity in the beginning of the music video with the lead singer walking towards the camera with the light coming through the door from behind him.

The lighting choices in this production were used in a meaningful way to make lighting into a character in this scene. The lighting they choose very specifically chose to emphasize certain elements of the scene in order to emphasize the look of joy on an individual's face or the falling of confetti from the ceiling. The lighting decisions perfectly paired with their costuming choices to give the effect of an old time setting, perhaps the earlier part of the 20th century. The creative choices made this video aesthetically interesting to watch and I feel that they produced the desired effect well.

Prompt #2: Lighting

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I chose a musical number scene from "Singin' In The Rain" where the two lovebirds, Kathy and Donald go to an empty movie set together. The part of lighting that I like and is a great example of is within the first minute of this movie clip where Donald sets up the stage lighting to make the "proper" scenery setting to tell Kathy how he feels, through song and dance of course.

Even though Donald is setting up his own lighting, when Kathy stands on the ladder her face is fully lit up, using slow falloff lighting, using floodlights to create a soft light without shadows on her face. On contrary, it seems as if the lighting is lit from above-eye-level even though Donald is below her as she stands on the ladder. Another last observation is the use of three point lighting, another way to reduce shadows, to give her a perfect complexion look, a very popular lighting technique of the time period to make the female stars look dream-like, and angelic.

Prompt #2: Lighting

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#2: Light & Lighting. Post by 8 pm Jan. 29.

Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies an interesting use of light and/or lighting techniques.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain what lighting concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What lighting choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider fast v. slow falloff; focused v. diffused light; high v. low key lighting; three point lighting; predictive lighting; chiaroscuro lighting; flat lighting; the 'inner orientation' functions of the lighting choices; etc.

Please the use tag #lighting when making your post.

Intro

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Hi all, I'm Jake Swanson and I'm a senior gearing up to graduate in May with a BA in Strategic Communications. I'm posting late because I spent last weekend at an ice fishing tournament on Lake Mille Lacs where there was a TV crew filming it for a new reality show. My plan was to attend the tournament and get on TV. I also wanted to pester the crew about video production and impress them with what I had learned on our first day of class. Unfortunately, they must have cancelled the shoot or something because I didn't see a single camera.

When I'm not seeking out my 15 minutes of fame, I'm quietly going about life attending school, playing intramural or co-rec sports, and watching movies, TV, YouTube, etc. I watch the Twins and Vikings and try to go to as many games as possible (which in 2012 was only one each). For movies and TV, I watch what I can find on Netflix and I'm always happy to see new shows on there.

I'm going to share a clip from Apocalypse Now featuring Robert Duvall as the infamous LTC Kilgore where he utters AFI's 12th most famous quote in movie history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jts9suWIDlU


Introduction

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Hey guys, my name is Kevin. I am a Junior at the U and I'm studying Public Relations. I'm a huge Minnesota sports fan. The Twins are definitely my favorite team to cheer for. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching sports and making music. I have been making mashups for about 2 years now and have had some great success. I have fans in more than 20 countries and have been on the radio in about 5 countries.

As far as video production goes, I have almost no experience. I am interested to see all the different techniques used to produce quality videos.

This scene from Workaholics is one of my favorites because although the lines are scripted the actors do many takes with different amounts of improve. I think the reactions and facial expressions in this scene make it even more hilarious than the joke. The chemistry that the cast has made the show such a big hit that I think it would seem unnatural if they were not allowed to improvise.

Introductions

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Hello everyone, my name is Aimee! I am a Junior grade-wise at the U, but this is my first year here. My major is Communication Studies, and I am particularly interested in all things media-related. Growing up it was always a dream of mine to be involved with making movies and I would "film" really really awful ones with my friends just for fun. I don't know if I want to pursue this dream all the way or if I want to take a slightly different direction with my life, but I'm excited for this class nevertheless. All of last year I took off of school and instead served with an organization putting on retreats over the country. It was there that I was the drama leader for my team and lead skits and practices. I would say that overall this was one of the best experiences of my life.

The above scene is from one of my favorite shows, Friends. I chose this one in particular to share because it was not aired on tv as it was supposed to. As it explains, it was supposed to air right after 9/11 and jokes about airport security. What impresses me (besides the fact that it's funny and I love the show) is that they were able to film other scenes for the episode that aired and you can't tell that it was done so last minute. It shows me the excitement and craziness that can be involved in any sort of production.

Introduction

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Hello everyone. My name is Amanda Baukol and I am in my final semester here, finishing my BA in English and my BS in Scientific and Technical Communication. I have an *almost* 11 year old daughter and she takes up most of my free time. I love to travel and went to Austin, TX over winter break. I'm a diehard Twins fan and spent most of this weekend at Twinsfest, which is why I am probably one of the last to post.

I don't really watch tv very often, but I am hopelessly addicted to Netflix and watching old shows I have seen before over and over again. My two favorites moves are Closer with Natalie Portman and Jude Law and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey. The clip I am adding is my favorite scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I don't want to say what part of the movie it's from so I don't ruin it for people who haven't seen it, but when watched as a whole, this is probably one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpux-Drk6EY

Introductions

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Hello everyone, my name is Lukas Peterson and I am a Strategic Communication major here at the U of M. Some fun facts about me include that I enjoy anything and everything about sports and music. I also enjoy studying advertising, which is the main focus of my studies in the journalism school. I took this class to explore these areas of media production in more detail, and to gain some practice in producing media.

Do to my focus areas, I have chosen to share a few of my favorite video productions of recent memory. In terms of music video production, one of my favorites is "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. One of the biggest elements of this song is emotion, and I feel that the video production captures the exact raw emotion of the lyrics he is singing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aF9AJm0RFc

I also enjoy a great video advertisement. Many people write off advertisements and they often get a bad reputation, but there is tremendous strategy that goes into the production and planning of a well done video ad. My recent favorite is "The Glove" by Dick's Sporting Goods. The incredible storytelling element of a 30-second spot is tough to capture, but they really hit it big with this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6WW8SRjrEc

I look forward to a great semester and learning much more about media production!


Introduction

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Miranda Sova. I am a Senior COMM major and took media production because I have heard nothing but good things. I have also taken multiple critical media courses and thought it would be interesting to see a different side to media; the production! Over break, I ate a lot of good food and spent time with family and friends along with my 3 year old Rottweiler. I enjoy working out and eating healthy but am an avid Yogurt Lab tester.

http://nick.mtvnimages.com/nickatnite-assets/shows/images/friends/flipbook/friends-moments/friends-moments-4.jpg?height=385&width=510&matte=false&format=jpeg&quality=0.75

This is an image from a Friends Episode that to this day makes me crack up even when I am by myself. If you know this TV show, you know that from Monica and Rachel's apartment you can see into their neighbor's window (ugly, naked guy). In this very episode, they think he is laying on his apartment floor dead. They create this large pole in order to poke him to see if he is in fact, dead. Although this show is scripted, the back and forth between the cast is so candid and hysterical. You can also see little moments in which they have to hold their smiles and laughter as someone else delivers a line.

Introduction

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Hello everyone, again my name is Hamza Muzaffar and I am a junior here at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in Human Resource Development and am hoping to minor in computer science. Currently I work at Wilson Library during the week and Target on the weekends, which kept me busy for most of my winter break. Again, I have no past experience with any of the stuff related to this class but am looking forward to working with all of you.

I have not been watching very many TV shows recently, just sports and random shows that are on only to watch them to pass time. As I mentioned in class I like the older TV shows and this clip is my all-time favorite scene from one of my all-time favorite shows, Smart Guy. The reason I like this show is because each episode is different showing both situations realistic and nonrealistic situations that someone could encounter in life (also because it was very funny). Nonetheless, here is one of my favorite clips from all the season of the show. In this scene one of the characters, Moe, is trying to motivate others because an aptitude test result showed his career of interest to be a motivational speaker. Enjoy
-Hamza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbEKMHLN-fI

Introduction

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Hello everyone, again my name is Hamza Muzaffar and I am a junior here at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in Human Resource Development and am hoping to minor in computer science. Currently I work at Wilson Library during the week and Target on the weekends, which kept me busy for most of my winter break. Again, I have no past experience with any of the stuff related to this class but am looking forward to working with all of you.

I have not been watching very many TV shows recently, just sports and random shows that are on only to watch them to pass time. As I mentioned in class I like the older TV shows and this clip is my all-time favorite scene from one of my all-time favorite shows, Smart Guy. The reason I like this show is because each episode is different showing both situations realistic and nonrealistic situations that someone could encounter in life (also because it was very funny). Nonetheless, here is one of my favorite clips from all the season of the show. In this scene one of the characters, Moe, is trying to motivate others because an aptitude test result showed his career of interest to be a motivational speaker. Enjoy
-Hamza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbEKMHLN-fI

Introductions

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Hello. I'm Jason Trimble, a Communication Studies major. I live in St. Paul and I work at Comcast Spotlight as a Production Assistant. I guess it would be the equivalent of BTL crew member, I set up the camera and lights, connect all the sound equipment, mic actors and operate the boom when needed and as instructed by the director. Shoots are mostly on location at local restaurants, retail stores and other businesses. Recent commercials I have worked on have been Davanni's, Running Aces Harness Park, Chrysler, and a local fitness center. It's hard work but it is good experience and I really enjoy it. So I don't get burnt out on commercialism I also work with a crew that makes short films for local festivals like the 48hr film festival and the Twin Cities International Film Festival. A few years ago one of our films actually won the 48hr FF and was selected to screen at Cannes. My favorite medium is definitely movies. I watch movies as often as I can and study film history and theory in my free time. I have taken classes on film in the past and have really enjoyed them. People always ask me what my favorite movie is and I almost never have a straight answer, I can't just pick one. Here is the film that went to Cannes in 2010. The category was "Foreign Film" so everyone is speaking a different language. And here is a funny clip from ONE of my favorite films, Fargo (1996).

Introductions

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Hello everyone, my name is Alex Westad I am a History and Communication Studies major here at the U of M. Some fun facts about me include that I heavily enjoy sports broadcasting and at many of the games that I go to, I often call the game, much to the chagrin of the people sitting in the immediate area. So, over break, I found myself attending sporting events to "practice" my sport broadcasting. I guess, it could be said, that it's also the reason why I took this class. Sports (hockey and baseball in particular) have always fascinated me and believe that taking this class will help me with the broadcasting side of things as well as hopefully getting some practice behind a camera acting as well.

For clips to share, I have two. The first, is of a hockey game. Now, while it may seem like Sports is not a TV show, I would argue the opposite. Sports are on most every night and it's something that glues people to their television and therefore, it is an important part of media production, and besides...who doesn't love a good hockey video? The second is a clip of my favorite television show, Cheers. It's been a favorite of mine for quite some time now and I don't get to watch it as much as I'd like to, but I still very much enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iPO3WtXPsc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L_vWpTAra8

I hope this works, I'm not entirely sure if it'll look like it's supposed to. But, with that being said, I look forward to getting to know you folks and working with you this semester

Introductions

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Hey everyone! My name is Dan Faber and I'm a sophomore who's most likely going to major in environmental policy, science, and management (ESPM). I am for the most part a quiet and reserved person but have a passion for most anything to do with movies; writing is soothing and gratifying to me even if it's just short snippets of thought that rarely add up to much. I aspire to one day write and direct a feature film and also travel more!

I love to travel and this summer I had the fantastic opportunity to live and learn abroad in Florence, Italy. Visiting cities and experiencing the culture in person (rather than on Rick Steve's Europe) was an experience that I'll always cherish, and I learned that it's the people rather than the cities that made it all the more fun.

I look forward to working with all of you! I love the movie Step Brothers; I really enjoy the bunk-bed scene because it always makes me laugh, so here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BlHY69ZsZ0

Introductions

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Hi, my name is Krysta. This is my second year at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in Communication Studies and Human Resources Development with a Management minor. I am currently an HR Intern at University Dining Services/ARAMARK. In high school, I was the producer of a television show in Bloomington called YRU-Up. This was a live, late night call in show with sketch comedy segments and live musical guests. This production was extremely challenging, hard work, but it was extremely rewarding and fun. I took this class because I haven't had a chance to work on any productions since I left high school, and I really miss it. I'm hoping that I can learn some new skills that I didn't have the resources to learn in high school and have a ton of fun working on these projects.

On a side note, I spent my winter break touring Israel. I had an incredible time there seeing all of the amazing, historical sites. I floated in the dead sea (the world's lowest point and also the saltiest body of water), climbed Masada, visited the Old City of Jerusalem, and hung out in Tel Aviv. It was incredible.

My favorite medium is television. I have too short of an attention span for a lot of movies, so TV is perfect for me. My favorite show is Parks and Recreation. I love the optimism of this show and how well each character is developed. They have made every single character absolutely needed by perfecting the character dynamics in the show. The relationships they've developed are stunning and they play off of each other so well. The clip I chose is called "Treat Yo Self" and it is my favorite scene in Parks and Recreation. It's lighthearted, funny, and indulgent. My favorite part, however, is the relationship that Donna and Tom have and how it's showcased in this clip.

Watch it here.

Introductions

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Hi everyone!!!! My name is Pak Yeung Ling and I am from Hong Kong. You can call me Pak or Tony( my English nickname). I am a junior student with a communication studies major at UMN. Although I am not from the same country as all of you, I enjoy learning different culture and hopefully we would have a great interaction during the class period. The reason of me to take this class because I enjoy doing media works, and I did have some experience working in studio in my previous college (Mostly editing video).

In the winter break, I went to San Diego with my friends. It was a fantastic journey because I got a chance to visit one of the biggest zoo in the world since I am an animal lover. Unfortunately, I didn't have chance to swim on the Mission Beach, one of the hottest beach in San Diego, because of the cold weather. Therefore, I am planning to visit San Diego again on spring break with my family.

Movie is my favorite entertainment so I like to go to movie theater in the weekend. In the United States, I need to watch twice for the same movie sometime because there is no subtitle.

One of my favorite movie is Rush Hour 2 because I like action movie. And also Jackie Chan is my favorite idol. Here is one of the fighting scenes at the movie I would like to share with you, I always laugh when I watch this clip because of their facial expressions

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Hi everyone! My name is Sara Weeres and I am a Junior with a BME and Communication Studies major. Over break I went to Florida for a week and unfortunately brought back no warm weather (I am not usually this tan in January...). I decided to take this class because I did theater in high school but never knew anything about the behind the scenes or production side of it so I thought I would expand my horizons and it fit into the Communication part of my major. I also took Intro to Electronic Media last semester and thought it was really interesting.

I have a very broad love for movies; everything from Pretty Woman, to a Few Good Men, to cheesy chick flicks. First and foremost my favorite show is Sex and the City. Even though movies were not the best I still own both of them and have watched them repeatedly. I have to say one of my all time favorite movies is She's the Man, staring Amanda Bynes who pretends to be her twin brother at a new school so she can play on the boys soccer team. Every single scene has some hilarious one liner and below is one of my favorite scenes when she first meets her roommates.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofIzQbTGQ2E


Introductions

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Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Lawhorn. I wasn't in class on Wednesday because I haven't been feeling very good! I caught something while I was down in Orlando over break, probably from the crowds at the theme parks or the airplane ride! I'm a communication major, and I really enjoyed the intro to electronic media, so I decided to explore around in the media section of communication. I'm trying to figure out which part of the communication major I want to pursue.

This is a clip from my favorite movie, Elf. I love the humor and how easily it can make anyone smile, no matter what mood they are in. My favorite thing about this clip is when Will Ferrell says "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite!"

Introductions

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Hi, I'm Megan Gullifer, I'm a sophomore with a passion for anything to do with film. One day I hope to be either a director, producer, or screenwriter for any kind of film. One fun thing I've done recently was be the Media Specialist up at a summer camp. What I had to do was take pictures of the daily life of the campers and then stay up til about 4am on Friday nights making a 12 minute video and making about 100 DVD copies to give to the campers before they went home. Here's one of the videos I made for the first boys week, its only half of it or so.

My all-time favorite movie is the 1947 classic musical called "Good News" its about a frat and a sorority at Tate college in the roaring 20s and everyone is trying to find love. They have great song and dance numbers! Heres the song "He's a Ladies Man." I wish men still did stuff like this today to impress a girl :)

Introductions

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Hello everyone, this is Allyson. I'll get us started. One of the best things I've done somewhat recently was to take a canopy tour in the Blueridge Mountains. Basically, it's a lot of zip-lining between trees (like this person) and a tiny bit of rappelling. It was amazing. I can't wait to take another canopy tour. I would love to take a Redwood canopy tour sometime.

In addition to teaching COMM 3201 and writing about the digital game industry, I love watching TV. I'm particularly into sci-fi/fantasy/superhero related shows, very silly comedies, and all sorts of shows from the '90s. This clip is from a show that fits solidly in the "silly" category. "Look Around You" is a British comedy that spoofs 1970s/1980s educational films. I love the writing, and I appreciate the detail with which they created an aesthetic appropriate to the genre & time period, from sound design to set design to performance & video quality. (The "Maths" episode is one of my favorites, but it's a bit longer - just under 9 minutes).


Prompt #1: Introductions

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the course blog for 3201.006. For your first post, introduce yourself (again) to your fellow 3201-ers. Tell us one thing about you that we didn't already learn in class (What did you do over the break? What is the best thing you've ever done/experienced? What drew you to a media production course? Etc.).

Then, share one image or clip from one of your favorite films, television shows or video games. Tell us what you like about the image/clip or about the television show/film/video game in general.

Please respond to this prompt in a separate post. If you are enrolled in this class you have already been added as an author of this blog. Log in to UThink and then create a new entry for this blog. Please use #introductions as a tag for this post (When you make your post, you'll see a field below for "tags". Type "#introductions" there).

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