Final Update-I’m done

I’m done

I can’t believe this. So, you have to be wondering how it all turned out right? Why I hate everything in life? Did you know I can never win? I guess you wanna know what happened. Well, it started with the invitation number three.

Invitation 3

Invitation 2

It looked to be that Jack knew me. At this point, I was still furious at him for stealing my friends’ minds because at this point I still thought he was brainwashing them. He wasn’t, it was much worse. I got the last letter, number two, a couple days later and I was ecstatic. I could find out who Jack was, kill him and save my friends. But, something stuck out to me. This letter seemed to be more cheerful then the last one. It was brightly colored with a happy smiley face instead of a demonic one. I was confused. I decided the best way to find out what everything meant was to go to the house he had instructed me to. But, not without some weaponry. I had to be ready for anything and everything.
On the night of my meeting Jack, I walked up to the house. I was dark and the windows were blacked out. There was no way of seeing inside. The house was huge, almost mansion-like but still too small to be a mansion. The door had a sign that said welcome in big read letters so I let myself in. I walked into a dark hallway. I could here faint music in the background as I drew closer to what I thought was the main event. And then I heard it. Loud music was playing and a sign was right in front of what I know discovered was a ballroom. I recognized the song to be something from the 90s but why would a 90s song be playing in the late 1940s. It didn’t make any sense. People were awkwardly dancing all around and then I saw them. My team.

UNO


First, I saw Amelia and the others soon followed. I ran towards them and started asking questions. “What is this? What’s going on?” Amelia was the first to speak, “Jack’s parties. I’m sorry Lukas, it was all a test to see if you were a good detective and I have to say you failed majorly.” “What?”, I exclaimed angrily. Amelia continued, “Well, Aquia Maxius desired to test your strengths and weaknesses with a mental test. They put you against the rest of the group to find out who Jack was and they obviously found out first.” She signaled to Katherine, Mark, and Daniel that were looking at their feet in shame and George that was staring me straight in the face and laughing. He spoke, “You’re such an idiot, it took you longer than my old dog when he walks across a room.” I was angry and confused but less at Jack and more at everything that was happening and then it hit me. “Wait, then who is Jack?” “Oh, hey Lukas. Long time no see.” I heard a voice behind me and saw the one person I did not want to see today. He was Jack Williams and he was from my time. We were both from the 21st century. I remember his loud bubbly personality. He would never stop talking. While I was stealing and causing all sorts of trouble, he decided he would latch on to me and never let go. I would try to be stealthy and quiet but he would almost always get us both caught. I only ever got away from him when I came to where I am now. But no, they had to bring him here too. I couldn’t win. “Hello Lukas, you look so good. I can’t believe you actually came. You never did like parties. It’s amazing isn’t it? Aquia Maxius specifically choose me to come back in time and throw parties. They said that all these wonderful people would greatly enjoy future music and tonight is 90s night. Isn’t that great? And those letters, they specifically asked me to write them. They wanted me to be a scary as possible. It hurt me to frighten these amazing people but they assured me that if I were to spook them, their adrenaline would spike and they would all be prepared to have the party of a lifetime.” I started to look past him as he spoke. I didn’t want to be here. I failed a stupid ass test run by hell incarnate, my team and the crappiest man I know. I’m done. I went home and am currently locked in my room. I’m giving myself a couple of days and maybe I’ll go back to the office. Maybe.

Kassia’s Note: Right when I watched the video, I thought of Jack being a guy that threw awesome parties and just didn’t invite certain people in ds106. I thought of how Black and El Jota would go and the professors wouldn’t meet Jack so the first thing I thought of was that he was throwing and not inviting people. Basically the story involves Lukas trying to find out who Jack is and going through each and every invitation. He thinks that his friends are in danger when they have been trying to help with his case but they were able to crack it earlier than he was. Amelia later tells them what it was about and they have to not talk to Lukas because it would ruin the test. When I thought of writing for Jack, I thought of the character Chris from Parks and Recreation. He has to one of my favorite characters and I just thought of the scary notes and the party idea and thought that that type of character was perfect for my story. The only problem I had was with the audio. I put it up on soundcloud but it didn’t work so I uploaded it as a media file. It involves Lukas approaching the 90s party and hearing Chumawamba’s tubthumper because that
was the first song I thought of when I came up with the idea. I hope you enjoy the story and the final update.

Making Progress- Update 2

If I could tell you one thing, it would be that I seem to be a magnet for weird people and weird things. Mutant cats find me and demand to be pet. I get taken away from a perfectly nice life to do a bunch of strange jobs for I group that
talks through notes and hooded sweatshirts. And now I was going to possibly be searching for a man that could lead me to my own death or worse, I could be brainwashed. Well, I guess you want to know what happened, don’t you.

People have been going missing. Some wouldn’t come back at all and others would come back, but when you asked them about what they had done, they tell you they don’t remember anything. They remember being somewhere before they went away and then nothing. Others wouldn’t even answer the question. We would ask if someone what they were doing at a certain time and they would respond by just walking away. Things were getting weird and I had to know what was going on or I was going to go insane. Then they started talking my people.

First, they got to Daniel. He was perfectly fine one day. Well, if you call always looking guilty and never speaking fine but that just seems to be his character. That day, he was being scarily quiet. He usually would smile or make tiny grunting noises when our group would have meetings but that day there were no small smiles or tiny grunts. There was silence. And whenever, we would ask him what was wrong he would walk away. Next, It was Katherine and Mark. They said they needed to do something on Saturday night. We didn’t ask much but the weird thing was that Daniel had asked to come with them. He said he needed a ride. Those had to be the first words he had uttered in almost a month. And the only words he usually says are to Amelia in tiny whispers. I didn’t want to be suspicious of my coworkers but I couldn’t help it. Things were getting weird and I needed to know what was going on.

I decided to search through their desks. I know it’s an invasion of privacy but it’s not like it’s not for something important. If my coworkers were being brainwashed or on their way to being brutally murdered, I needed to find out why. I searched the desks and found something I didn’t expect. Invitations from Jack. These ones confirmed my suspicion that they were in some way counting down. I saw numbers 8 and 7 in Mark’s desk and 9 and 10 in Katherine’s. Daniel’s desk had nothing but a pencil and a tiny box. Nothing too surprising. The notes had the same creepy smiley face and the same signature as the ones I saw in the screaming woman’s bag. This time the notes seemed to warn of telling no one about what was going on. Did that mean my friends were aware of what was going on? Were they being brainwashed? I put the notes back but not after writing down everything that they had said.

Everything went back to normal for a bit. Well, as normal as it could get. My coworkers were still being strangely secretive and whenever I would get to close to their desks, they would become very nervous. I had to find a way to keep track of the notes they were getting. I was positive that it would lead me to Jack. I waited for one of them to get another note. I would check their desk drawers every night when they were away, in hopes of finding something new but there was nothing. Until one day.

Third Clue

Fourth Clue

I was sitting on my desk writing up a couple past cases and Mark walked in holding mail. “Got a package, man”, I said. He replied, “Oh, it’s nothing for me. It seems to be something for you.” He handed me the package. It was a white envelope. By the looks of it, it couldn’t be holding anything more than a small piece of paper. I opened up the envelope and saw the first invitation. Number 10 was in my hands and so was my ticket to finding out who this Jack really was.
I was ready.

Who is this Jack?: Update 1

After much consideration, my group has decided to stop all other projects to find work with ds106 in finding out who is Jack character really is. We have made great progress.

I wasn’t sure how to approach this project at first. Jack seems to be a character that is hard to find so I thought that if we could get anywhere, we couldn’t find him. He would have to find us. This meant that we would be spending a lot of time at the bar. In the streets, talking to people. We would spread out and cover as much ground as we could and then maybe we would learn something. And we did.

I was in the bar one night alone. Sometimes it’s best to be alone. It clears the head. Also, don’t tell Amelia but there’s a table right behind this big plant. No one can see you if you stand there but you have a perfect view of the bands that play each night. I kinda spend a lot of time just watching this one singer. She’s usually there of Fridays and Saturdays and she’s so pretty. Anyways, I was in the bar on like a Saturday maybe. Some day, I was in the bar and the table. It was all normal until I heard to guys talking. They were whispering to each other. I decided to listen in on the conversation. “I heard Jack is here today”, said the first man. “Really?”, I second man seemed nervous. “Let’s get out of here”, the nervous man said, “I don’t like Jack.” The other man replied with, “I want to see him maybe he can get us…..” Just then I heard a loud scream. It seemed to be coming from a private room near the bathrooms. I ran to see where the noise was coming from. When I finally found where the sound might be coming from, I threw the door open and no one was there. All there was, was a large purse filled with notes. As I opened the bag, I saw that they were invitations. The background was almost blood red and one of the creepiest smiley faces I have ever seen was underneath the writing. Each had a different message and a different number in the left hand corner. At the end of each message, there was a signature. It was signed Jack.

First Clue

Second Clue

All I knew was that I would have to get my hands on more of these invitations before something went horribly wrong.

Jones & Callaway

Jones & Callaway

Hello, Lukas here. It’s April 5th, 2015 and I’m here to launch a new company. After everything that happened in the late 40s, I wanted to do something good. I met a guy called Christopher and he seems to know what he is doing. We’re gonna help people. We plan on starting a supernatural protection agency. We are gonna solve crimes and save people instead of doing the other thing. Yeah, it’s gonna be good now. Hopefully.

Kassia Note: Here is the Business Card assignment that is 2 points. I wanted to create a business card that was the opposite to the Aquia Maxius one. This is the group the Lukas and some people he meets create after all the noir events happen in the past.

Cats in Trees

Cats in Trees

You think that when you get a job to save a cat from a tree all you will have to do is get a ladder. It was so much more than that. Probably why they called us and not the fire department. The story goes like this. Amelia came to us for a meeting. Our mission was to save a cat from a tree. The cat was stuck. But, it wasn’t just any cat. The cat was half demon, which meant that he could turn in to a big ugly at any second. There had been rumors around town about weird murders. They bodies looked like they were being clawed to death. So obviously, this was our mission.

It was a Saturday. The ones that came were me, Amelia, George and Daniel. Amelia was certain that Daniel was useful in this and George was the one to make sure we got away safely. We had Mark and Katherine stay back in case things got bad. We approached the park where the cat was. The cat was definitely in a tree. It definitely wasn’t a cat though. It looked like a monster. It had long fangs and it was growling as we cautiously approached it. Daniel looked to be moving his hands in some sort of weird way. Amelia looked nervously at him. George waited in the driver’s side of the car, ready to drive away if we needed it. We had guns and knives at the ready but Daniel seemed to be extending he hands at the creature. Suddenly, the creature charges towards Amelia. Daniel rushed in front of her and extended his hands. What came from his hands shocked me? Fire flew straight from his hands and the creature burned to ashes. Amelia screamed and Daniel fell to the ground. She rushed to Daniel as he lay gasping and muttering,” I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” I guess that answers some questions.

Kassia Note:
Here is the Four Icon Story assignment that is 2 1/2 points.

Dinner Party at Six Book Cover

Dinner Party at Six

Lukas had been so bored for the last couple days. Mack’s gang hadn’t been as active as they had been the previous weeks and there were no other notes detailing new missions. So, what could he do? The local bookstore was open and he decided he would read some book from the 1940s. Maybe he would become better acquainted with the time period he has thrust into. He explored the store. He picked up a book with a wine glass and plates on the cover. It was called “Dinner Party at Six”.
…Back of Book Summary…
Five Stranger are invited to a dinner party that will change their lives forever. The party ensues and characters start dying. They’re all strangers with secrets that will be revealed in this thrilling tales of who done it?
…End of Book Summary…
He stared at the book for a few seconds. It seemed to be interesting. It reminded him of the detective work he was doing. He decided to pick it up. It was only twenty five cents. What could go wrong?

Background
This assignment was the Noir/ Pulp Book Cover assignment that is 3 points. I wanted to make something that had to do with the Dinner Party at Six radio show that my group produced. My character was the butler and I wanted to tie things together with the butler version of Lukas and the future detective version of Lukas. This is the first part of another assignments I did that can be found here.

Four Icon Robbery

Four Icon Story

Story:
Lukas Jones was running as fast as he could. Pushing people in the crowd aside. He was chasing a criminal named Mack. Mack had just robbed the local bank and had escaped with a large wad of cash. Earlier that day, Lukas had gotten a note telling him that he would have to stop the crime on 7th street but he didn’t think it would leaving him running halfway across the city. He wasn’t cut out for this but he had to do something. He grabbed his gun and started shooting. At the sound of gun shots, the crowd around him immediately moved out of his way. He would be fine if he was able to hit Mack’s leg. He wanted to wound him enough to catch him but not kill him. Lukas needed him later for information. Mack’s gang had been committing routine crimes for the past couple weeks that Lukas had appeared in the 1940s and he wanted it to end now. If he was able to capture Mack than maybe he would get some information and solve other crimes done by people other than the gang. After a few failed attempt, Lukas was able to shoot Mack in the foot. Mack fell to the ground with a huff and Lukas was able to handcuff the troubled soul. Hopefully, he would get some information out of this guy.

Background
This assignment was the One Story/ Four Icon assignment that was 2 1/2 points. For this assignment, you have to put four icon together and make a story with those icons. I chose to use my radio show group mate’s character Mack. Sharla’s character Mack, she describes as a thug and my character is supposed to carry on the job of a detective regardless if he wants to or not. So, I wanted to have my character catch her character committing a crime. I used fotoflexer.com to edit the photos together. I found the photos in a simple google search and then aligned them in a way the I thought best fit the movement of the story. Hope you like it!

Typography Poster

Here is the typography poster assignment that is four points.

I wanted to use a lyric from the song Rubik’s Cube by Athlete.

I really like the line that I’m using in the poster but I did have a hard time choosing between a couple lines. I chose to use a couple symbols for the playground and nostalgia. The sky in the last line is depicted in the background. I used the font Follow you into the world in fotoflexer.com. I really liked creating it because I really like the song. Hope you like it too.

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Minimalism Poster

Here is the Minimalist Poster assignment that is 3 1/2 points. I wanted to do a poster about my character’s“>.

Design:
I created the stick figure in paint and moved it to fotoflexer.com. I then added an odd time feel to it. I added the text Lukas Jones, Stuck in Between using the poster feature.

Background:
I wanted to show the character’s struggle with the poster. He is constantly being moved in between the past and the present. Half of his body is gray or lighter colored, conveying the past. The right side conveys the future with darker colors. He is moving between each area and is currently in the past which is why I used the filter. If I had more time to work on the poster, I would have probably found another way to create the stick figure and experimented with different poster style but I like how it turned out.

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Business Card

This is the Business Card assignment that is two points. I thought it would be fun to expand on my character’s universe. I chose to discuss the business that ultimately runs his life. They are called Aquia Maxius. I explain a little more about this in my word post.

Background:
The company is anonymous but is directly involved in the transportation of Lukas Jones to the past and to the present. In each area of time, they are responsible for sending him messages through any means. In his travels, he encounters them and they hand him their business card. Despite the message, he immediately calls them receiving no answer but later receiving a call back. They are very stealthy in that their tracks are almost never seen. They are the group that leads Lukas on his journey through NYC in 1947 and to new people he didn’t expect to meet. Their slogan is “We are here for you” as they are always following.

How I made it:

After I while of navigating through Photoshop, I decided to go somewhere else. I had a lot of trouble and needed to find something else to work with. I chose the online image editor fotoflexer.com. It was easy to use and had a lot of cool stuff. The background picture was one I found online. It was a free business card template that I cropped the wording out in Photoshop. I took the font, Ethnocentric and wrote the name of the company, their slogan and their phone number. I didn’t want to put any random number from my head in case it might be someone’s actual number so I went with the number six. I used an eye from the photo section of the website to add creepiness to the card. I think it is very simple but it turned out well.

businesscard