Questus Librus – Noah Sayre

This is a chart made using the Google Charts API (https://developers.google.com/chart/) in order to represent how I gathered all the literary resources necessary for our class.  Now I will do a very brief breakdown of each category.

Sakai –  As displayed by the graph, a majority of our class resources were able to be accessed through Sakai.  This is good because Sakai is as we all know free and easy to access.  The only con I can see is that it is Sakai.

Apple iBooks – My accessing of Pierre through this resource was a personal  choice.  It gave me both a free platform and I did not mind reading the quasi pdf version of Pierre.

Online Resources  – Similarly as displayed by the graph this was another hot resource bed for our class.  It likewise has the similar pro of being free and and easy to access.

YouTube – Another personal choice as again it was free and in my opinion was an improvement to the audible app (I found it to be a bit buggy as far as going forward and back).

Netflix – Possibly my favorite media platform and who doesn’t have Netflix (or some way to get on an account) which basically negates any price negative.

Steam – This platform was only used to play Life is Strange, although in it’s short tenure it has easily elevated itself to my least favorite.  I originally thought price would be my issue with this but I actually ended up getting everything we need for under $5.  My main issue comes with when I play the game, as my laptop sounds like it is going to explode when it tries to run the game.

 

@Questuslibris Allen Yang

Engl 137 provides 4 main types of media. And now I’ll present to you a very hands-on and easy-to-understand guide of how to get your hands on all of these resources. (In excruciating non-related details)

Texts(Herman Melville’s Pierre; Or the Ambiguities,  scrolls & the nature of the book):

1). Get a laptop or any smart devices that support internet browsing functionality(Smart phones, Tablets, Gaming consoles, Calculators). Preferably one with 32GB RAMs and an 4Ghz and above CPU, because of Pierre. You know, you need a powerful machine to handle all the ambiguity. Preferably a windows machine, because Apple has turned into a anti-consumer, greedy company with terrible product design and disastrous customer service. Let me tell you the one time I went to the apple genius bar because my screen started to go black out of nowhere while all the other functionalities remain functional. And the “genius” told me I had to pay for 1900 dollars to get it fixed, because the “specialist” can not find out what is wrong with my machine and the only thing they can do was to replace the entire motherboard with a new one. Because our product is very advance and delicate, so we can not fix it by parts. Because we have this obsession of thinness, we decided to make all our newest flagships thermal throttle with extremely unreliable keyboard and very limited I/O ports. So you are screwed either way. Because we are Apple and we “Think Different”, you, the customer, are f**ked.

If you choose to view the book via smartphone, i recommend you to get a Chinese brand smartphone(Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus). They build machines function well with a very low price compared to Samsung, Google and Apple. Take off your tin foil hat and ditch the spyware nonsense, that is just the Trump government’s way of protecting the US local market. Let me ask you one thing, if these smart phones was not produced and designed in China, instead say they are from Europe or Japan while remain the same price would you buy them? Probably yes, right? So there you go. Competition is not part of Chinese culture. One of the core concept of the Chinese culture is 和, which means peace and harmony. Why can’t we just stop picking fights with each other and make some money together, huh?  Americans loath the Chinese thinking we are the sheep who buys in whatever the government tells us. Come on you guys are exactly the same, the mass of the United States population is manipulated by the media. You let Trump become the president for God’s sake. We are all living in a society controlled by the 1 percent of the population. And to be honest, I believe the censorship of internet is quite necessary in China. The majority of the Chinese youth are way to ignorant and easy-to-manipulate to allow a free internet. Look at the teenagers in the United States. One day, I was in the check out lane of the Harris Teeter and a kid in front of me just started flossing out of no where. Freaking Fortnite.

2). Oh yes, the texts. Go to the class website.

 

Audio books(Night circus): Audible

TVs(The OA, Russian Doll): Netflix, duh.

Game(Life is Strange):Steam, because Epic Store sucks! Exclusives sucks ass!!!

How to take a UNC english course without touching a book! – Hayden Dewey #questuslibris

To all the mathematicians out there, like myself, who dread taking that english course for a Gen Ed requirement, here’s some advice to get you through it pain free: Take Literature in the Digital Age! The name of the course itself alludes to the fact that less reading will be required than your average english course at UNC. There’s no shame in admitting that most of us mathematics/statistics majors struggle to enjoy reading a book, touching a book, or even looking at a book. Well what if I told you can succeed in this course without encountering a book once in an extremely cost effective manner (I know how important that is to all college students). And as a stat major myself, what better way to guide a bunch of number fanatics through acquiring the texts for this course with an Excel spreadsheet. Hope you all enjoy exploring literature in the digital age as much as I did!

Excel Guide

Questus Libris

Getting the Books: A Collection of Reviews

(8/10)

The Class Website (exlibris.web.unc.edu/texts)

I got most of the texts from this source. Fantastic.

Score: 10/10

Sakai (sakai.unc.edu)

Honestly, it worked perfectly, but I have to dock a few points because it’s Sakai.

Score: 1/10

S-Town (stownpodcast.org)

The website doesn’t allow you to play/pause the podcast with the transcript open. This wouldn’t be a problem if the transcript saved your position, but closing and reopening the transcript always brings you back to the top of the text. On the other hand, very pretty website.

Score: Please scroll to top of page to see score

Audible (audible.com)

I forgot to unsubscribe after my free trial and was charged an extra month.

Score: -$15 (+tax)

Netflix (netflix.com)

My roommate says he does not appreciate all of the new suggested shows he’s receiving on his account.

Score: >:(

Is There Any Deal (isthereanydeal.com) and GG.Deals (gg.deals)

Great sites for tracking deals on video games. Unfortunately, the publishers of Life is Strange are flooding the markets with different versions/editions/bundles. This makes it a little tricky to find the correct text when searching for deals.

Score: 93/100 (Total Score), 5.5/10 (Home Page), 8.0/10 (Search Function), 3.22/5 (Design and Art Direction), 5/7 (Deals)

 

#QuestusLibrus – The Midnight Podcast

 

As you can likely plainly see, my submission for this assignment is done in a format that replicates a podcast. One can easily tell this not a scripted podcast, for there are a lot of awkward pauses and the words do not flow as they would if read from a script. This is one of those casual podcasts where I discuss whatever I feel is important at the time, and tonight, I felt that explaining the mediums through which I consumed the literature of this course was of such importance.

“Questus Libris” by Anna Southwell

Here is an inserted pdf and link to my word art in the shape of a TV (because of the various technological mediums we have been using) :

https://wordart.com/olg82tm5x8ju/questus-libris

It is color-coded by each assignment we have had:

Red = Pierre

Green = The Night Circus

Blue = The OA

Yellow = Life is Strange

Orange = Russian Doll

Pink = S. Town

Each color includes how I accessed the assignment, and main themes from each.