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September 29, 2006

Babbling Bush

“There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/194507/bush)

She could have just read Hot Text and shortened down this dense, boring crap to one sentence. Technology is helpful, but can bog us down because we have to take the time to re-learn everything. I was at first bogged down by blogs and now that I’ve cleared that hurtle, I’m on to tackling webpages. We are so fortunate to have such a great amount of technology to keep us efficient and up to speed, but sometimes, we get lost in the fray. The memex? Microfilms? Are these the latest developments? As technology develops will we have the capacity to memorize it and teach it to others? There is so much to absorb, that one day I do agree we may have chips implanted in our brains. If it helps us adapt, I’m all for it. If we are going to become more dependent on machines, maybe it’s not so great. What do you think?

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September 26, 2006

Flopping like a dead fish when it comes to coding

Everything written about creating websites and the handy little pictures included make it sound so easy but I am with Kathleen when it comes to the general feeling of confusion and mild frustration. I am not the type of person to sit down and play on the computer until I get it. It's like math for me. I kind of need someone to sit down and actually show me instead of throwing more instructions in my face. I'm trying to read and keep up, but it's been rather unsuccessful thus far. I did enjoy reading about blurbs, but I really need a step-by-step tutorial, because I am getting nowhere. I think I'm at page 17. I created a website before, but this way is completely different. I'm sure once I finish the book, maybe I'll feel better. Until then, I'm flandering.

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September 22, 2006

5 conventions

I like the simple wording and the fact Jerz says "frames suck," and that blinking things are bad. I learned alot because all of the things that people think are cool on websites are generally distracting. This helped me realize the importance of keeping people interested and giving them clear instructions so that they don't have to be frustrated with your site. These simplify Nielsen's tips even more and will help when we create our own sites.

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Painless reading

Nielsen's article is very relevant because we want the straight facts if we are in a hurry and not reading something that normally interests us. Who wants to sit at a computer desk for hours reading each little number and catch phrases that just annoy us. This will be helpful for internet writing because we will learn to apply these techniques and I even flew through the article itself because it had bulleted lists and was very concise.

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September 20, 2006

I know what you're thinking...

Silberman's article just reminds me yet again, how important it is to speak well and not let yourself post what you don't want to "bite you in the ass" later. Yet, it still keeps happening. I would never judge someone because of what websites they go on to. Everyone goes through different stages whether they are "weird" or not, you need to get to know the real person and test their business skills before you hire or fire them. It seems that even more academic thinkers that might be involved in Usenet still stumble or get paranoid too. We have every reason to be paranoid because if we are putting out personal info, even if it's silly, someone else will use it against you.

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The Newbie Article

This helped me understand the Eternal September a little more. I think it's funny to picture Dr. Jerz being a newbie and offending people accidentally by not putting in the appropriate smiley as I am now. I can actually blog now and not just vent though. I've noticed that alot of people still are just using their blogs as a slambook or a MySpace post where they just complain about everything that everyone else is doing. We all have opinions and debates are healthy, in fact i think I do better with a little opposition. I think Usenet sounds a little more personal (like gathering in someone's living room with some coffee to talk about a book you've read instead of a bunch of people talking dirty to 12 year olds in a chatroom about Beanie Babies, so maybe since I'm old school, I would've had fun with Usenet as I galloped through their parlor and knocked over vases as a newbie.

Posted by ErinWaite at 04:19 PM | Comments (5)

A long September

"Eternal September" was definitely a foreign term to me. It's basically the decline of proper etiquette on the Net since a bunch of new users started using it. I didn't find this all that significant and even the smiley-face definition was somewhat more interesting. I'm definitely a new user who doesn't know netiquette so that's about all I know about this topic.

Posted by ErinWaite at 04:08 PM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2006

Yabadabadoo! Prehistoric e-mail

Can we say yabadaba-ew?! This was very boring and pointless. These are the kind of text messages and e-mails I send now I have no desire to decorate my e-mails with hearts and emoticons. They got their point across and continued water cooler talk. I know we've evolved but this didn't really show much.

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"Dancing with MySelf on MySpace"

"People were hanging out on Friendster before they hung out on MySpace. But hanging out on Friendster is like hanging out in a super clean police state where you can't chew gum let alone goof around and you're told exactly how to speak to others. Hanging out on MySpace is more like hanging out in a graffiti park with fellow goofballs while your favorite band is playing. That said, there are plenty of folks who don't want to be hanging out in a graffiti park and they are not sticking around on MySpace as a result." http://www.danah.org/papers/FriendsterMySpaceEssay.html
I do agree that as long as kids who maybe aren't sure of who they really are or whose parents don't support them
going out on the town (computers are apparently a better sitter) MySpace will flourish. I love the quotes about people dancing with eachother via webcam. Whatever happened to hanging at the park or as Paul mentioned at Mcdonalds? At least there was real interaction. Friendster sounded more of a singles bar by comparison. Kids need more places to hang out and I think MySpace sounds at least a little less like a meat market, but things change.

Posted by ErinWaite at 08:21 PM | Comments (0)

September 15, 2006

Castro: A big help

In chapter 1, there are many helpful pictures, but I still seem to be struggling. I can't even get my webpage to come up. I am hoping that maybe the more experienced could be partnered up with the more experienced so that pehaps we could catch up. The format is attention-getting. The steps are simple enough, just actually following them is a different manner. Am I missing something? What are your thoughts?

Posted by ErinWaite at 12:57 PM | Comments (2)

September 14, 2006

E-mails open to interpretation

Enemark explains very well why e-mails are hard to interpret. We can’t see facial expressions, but if it’s ALL CAPS, SOMEONE ISN’T HAPPY. There are emoticons that make you either more confused or take quite literally ;) It is very easily to be careless on them. I’ve misspelled many words and said something completely insulting and inaccurate millions of times without even knowing it and luckily I have other people who struggle as well and are not offended. I’ve learned the basic structure of writing business letters, but I am still trying to learn the social graces involved in e-mailing. Maybe exercise 3 will help me.

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September 12, 2006

Professors are just as bad...

Sure, this woman has a right to be offended, but if she was so upset, she could have tried to pehaps talk with the president or someone else in the school. By firing back, she is showing them that she really is what they say she is and shows that she is not mature or professional enough to handle such a job.

Posted by ErinWaite at 08:14 PM | Comments (0)

Teachers: Open 24 hrs. like Sheetz?

It seems this teacher genuinely has passion for his teaching, but is it really better for the teacher in or out of the actual university?

I would find it to interupt my schedule if I had to wake up at 4:30 or sit at my computer responding to every e-mail. It seems this teacher has it right though, because he does have help and he probably gets alot more done efficiently and I'm sure his students get much more interaction online than they would in an actual classroom

Posted by ErinWaite at 08:06 PM | Comments (0)

Atttack of the impulse e-mailers!

Agenda item: We should have some common sense!
I was shocked by how rude and personal students could get. I can't believe they would actually tell a professor that they were busy drinking or that they were spending too much time on "moron" students. It all goes back to etiquette and manners. Here's my rule: If you wouldn't say it to the professor in the class, why send a low-blow of an e-mail. It makes me think of how in kindergarten, I was bewildered to see my teacher wearing stretch pants and buying toilet paper because she didn't live in the school! That's how adults are acting now. We all need to realize that just as we don't feel like reading drafts of essays all day, neither do our teachers. At the same time, it is nice to be able to ask questions on a higher level that maybe there wasn't enough time to in class. After all, the professors are paid and we do have to buy books, so we deserve to get the most of our learning. Like any privelage, we need to learn to respect and appreciate it. I think it's great that teachers are laying down ground rules for e-mail, but we should already know the rules.

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September 11, 2006

Is Bess still on the prowl?/MySpace minder and Danger Zone

I knew there are Internet predators, but I had no idea to what degree they were after children. While I think kids need to explore in order to learn the right way to behave online and in general, but I think it's important for parents to mind what they are looking at every now and then because it would be so easy for a predator to come to the house or worse. While I hated that stupid Bess in school that would come up in middle school every time I typed in random phrases like peanut butter and got kicked off, I'm kind of glad. While we are constantly looking up statistics about people being murdered, do we really want to be apart of those statistics?

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September 08, 2006

Talk nerdy to me

“While tech jargon might be very useful among engineers and programmers, it should stay among engineers and programmers so as not to frighten the children and the horses.” (http://www.wired.com/news/columns/1,70214-0.html)
Sorry for constant quoting, but I found this hilarious. Anytime I hear technical jargon, I am afraid I am going to be quizzed and getting the wrong answer could be my demise, and as far as politicians go they don’t need fancy words to fool us, they can simply lie flat out and we’ll will still be giving them babies to kiss. Since when did we have to dumb down celebrity court cases into sentences with LOL in them so the 13-year-olds at the mall can stay current with “world news?” Karissa’s translation of Dr. Jerz’s rules for e-mailing are so helpful. It explains how to get your point across without wasting time and still sounding relatively alert. I agree with the article that language does change over time and we have to realize that we will get smarter if we learn to be more adaptable to these changes. In relation to your question about fear of advancement, Dr. Jerz, I think people are afraid of anything that the media tells us. People have blamed musicians like Britney Spears and Marilyn Manson for their kids getting pregnant or blowing up their classmates. People do matter more than technology and there are plenty of classes offering to help people come over their fears. I would never e-mail or blog if it wasn’t for school and I’m glad because I’ve saved so much time. If we want to live longer than the Cavemen, we need the medical technologies. Fear must be overcome!

Posted by ErinWaite at 02:45 PM | Comments (2)

Books in Bed

Agenda Item: Do you think you can get the same satisfaction and speed reading a whole book online or in actual text?

“Some of the features of paper are well known: Reading more than three pages of text on a screen makes your eyes bleed, but I can read paper for hours. You can underline, highlight, and annotate paper in a way that is still impossible with Web pages.” (Golub)

This sums up my feelings well because I love books, even the smell of musty garage sale classics because you can physically mark them in seconds without having to log on, find a website, etc. I also like not having to share every thought with a large group because some days I’m just singing a song stuck in my head or thinking about how much I want a burger and scribble so in the margins. I don’t have to edit it so a bunch of people I don’t know can clearly understand my real points. Plus, if you write something out and you’re presenting it, it’s easier to just ad-lib. That’s what I’ve always done. I’ve learned to read with pen in hand and it’s nice to be able to sit at the pool or under a tree somewhere and not have to worry about getting your expensive laptop wet or forgetting to save something. While I like reading on the Net to save money on the ridiculous amounts of text teachers make us buy (that we only read 2 pages of anyway), I don’t like the fact that I can’t really experience the reading. I am very nostalgic of the feeling I got while listening to my favorite teacher read aloud Judy Blume’s SuperFudge to the class as I watched her turn the pages, bend the book, etc. I guess I just prefer falling asleep with a book than rolling over and having a laptop digging into my ribs or worse, just breaking it as I toss and turn.

Posted by ErinWaite at 02:27 PM | Comments (0)

September 06, 2006

"Backlash fun with Facebook"

“One administrator wanted to know if, since Facebook claims all postings as its property, students who display original art or photos on Facebook give up their rights to them.” (Epstein, “The Many Faces of Facebook.”)

This ties in with the questions Dr. Jerz asked us from the beginning about whether we should have to censor ourselves. I am a fence-rider on this issue because I feel students shouldn’t be suspended for looking at offensive entries regarding another student because we don’t arrest people in real life who witness a crime. It’s a shame people stoop so low, but if someone is made fun of or attacked for something they post, it is their fault for putting it out there. It would be nice if we could all respect eachother, but no one is going to agree with everything you feel. If you want to be apart of the Facebook community shouldn’t you have a thick skin? At the same time, while I think students personal activities are their business, if they are dumb enough to put their underage drinking picks online (for instance) the school has every right to punish these students because if not the university could be held liable. Either way, I believe if you abuse your rights, you deserve whatever flak comes with it. I do wish there were more clear guidelines than that way people will stop getting in trouble for just speaking their minds.

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"Hooray for Hindu Gurus"

“Nate Kushner: Yeah, that;s something we can talk about.
Laura K. Krishna: lets talk about it then
Nate Kushner: As long as you understand that plagiarism is not going to free you from the painful cycle of death and rebirth any quicker.
Laura K. Krishna: ok
Laura K. Krishna: so can u help me
Nate Kushner: I think I can. It is my duty, as we are all children in the arms of Chivas.”

“ A Week Of Kindness”

This was definitely my favorite part of the blog entry. I love that he’s bluntly messing with her and she doesn’t seem to notice. Money is not an issue obviously if she’s been on the Dean’s List before because someone like that has probably done this numbers of times without a backlash. I’m embarrassed, but I’ll admit I asked a friend to write a story for me in 8th grade about some horrible topic like teen love and Burger King (a topic we had to pull out of a hat) and when I read how awful it was, I paid her but ended up trashing it and turning in my own completely different story. I never plaigiarized, but that gave me a taste of how pointless it is. I have received e-mails and comments on my blog correcting mistakes I had intentionally made and some from a few yuppies asking me to write their term papers on Mad Cow disease, etc., but I never would have thought of pulling a Nate Kushner. I also love the part about how she actually used a camera phone to show him she wrote the check. She spent more hours talking to him about the transaction than she would have had to on just writing the paper herself. It goes to show that while technology is a great tool, people who abuse end up wasting their time and in a world of trouble. I do feel sorry for this girl for being so gullible, though. Do you think if he would’ve told her to write it herself she would have or would she just bought another one?

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September 05, 2006

Can you swim in the typewriting pool?

My first memories of ever even seeing a computer was in kindergarten, when I had access to a wonderful Apple complete with the Oregon Trail and my favorite, Carmen San Diego.

I learned to type with a cover over my keyboard and a nifty little rap song about the home row. How I learned to type was a little different than when my mother took her first typing class in the 60's. She said there was "...literally a sunken-in round area known as the 'typing pool' and we walked down steps to get in and than typed for a solid hour to the rhythm of a ruler. We had to have perfect rhythm and posture or the instructor would hit us with the ruler."

My dad, who is now officially a senior citizen, remembers lugging his “mom’s old hundred-pound typewriter” to Edinboro which he typed all of his lesson plans on. He remembers when a trip to the computer lab meant that the computer took up the whole room and they were told “not to touch anything.” He mentioned that computer geeks were just forming a clique back then, so no one else really set foot into a computer lab. He has gotten much more advanced through the office work he does as an executive for the Boy Scouts now. He was so proud that he sent me a text message the other day that included the almighty smiley-face.

I have more of the grumpy old man approach when it comes to technology. I only e-mail for school and still write tons of letters. I will say that Microsoft Word has been my hero numerous times, though. How else would I fix my many grammatical errors? It’s also great for creative writing. I do love my cell phone though and my text-messaging features every sort of emoticon you can imagine (even one that conveys vomiting, which is so useful for certain academics, right?) and old-school Tetris. I may like it old-school, but without the ability to write for the Internet I might not have this blog and all the comments that have helped me understand its usefulness even more. I may drowned in the typing pool, but at least I can text fast.

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