It's Coming to an End

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Sadly it seems that this will be my last blog portfolio for my writing for the internet course. I have truly enjoyed this class and i believe that the stuff i have learned today will follow me forever..or at least till the end of the year. I believe that the knowledge i have learned in this class i not only useful, but is entertaining and i think that it is something I will continue to practice just for the fun of it.

Continue to check out my blog

I have learned so much since i have joined this class.This semester I have learned
  •  How to attract people to my blog
  • How to edit a website
  • How to create links and several pages on a site
  •  What makes an effective website

    Interaction

   Depth

   Outside Sources

   Discussion

   Ethos

   Convention



Trying Something New

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For the past couple weeks I have been dabbling in something i never thought i could do. As a child i always said i wanted to make my own website, but i dismissed the idea because it always seemed so complicated. Well for the past couple weeks I have been working in my writing for the internet class in order to create my first website. It is surprisingly much easier than I thought it would be. Check out my site at http://people.setonhill.edu/gum7759/

Always do your research

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From Blog Photos

I usually blog about pictures i take and stuff I see, but this time i'm doing something a little different. First off as some you may know i recently got a new camera, specifically a nikon d3100. I usually work with a Nikon L110, which is compact, takes good pics, but the quality isn't as great. Now I'm happy I got this camera, but this thing is ridiculously confusing. I have never seen so many knobs, switches, and buttons on something that fits in the palm of my hand. Every time I look at it its like i'm in a flight simulator. Now don't get me wrong I love the camera even though it made a crater the size of the grand canyon in my bank. The lesson learned here, always review what you buy and when you do buy something like this find someone that can teach you how to use it if your new to it. 

The Chaos of Black Friday

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We all know the joy of black friday. Cheap electronics, clothes, jewelry and so much more. However there is a dark side to the Black Friday and well..... this is how mine went.

 3:00 am sitting in the car as my cousin and I drive to Best Buy for Black Friday. Shop opens at 5 am so we figured we were making good time. As we pull into the parking lot our jaws drop as we see the multitude of cars packed into the parking lot. However i hopes remained high because several other stores were open besides Best Buy. Out hearts soon sunk as we walked cross the parking lot, pass the police tape and blockade to a massive line that spanned what seemed to be the whole shopping center. I could not believe the several lines we thought we saw were actually one huge line that spanned across the door of several other shops. As we walked for what seemed to be minutes to the end of the line we found ourselves unable to even see the best buy sign or door anymore because of how far back we were. I looked at my clock thinking how long will we be here. 3:30 big and bold flashed across my cell phone as i grumbled and swore under my breath. My cousin and I began to talk about how crazy this line was and when we thought we would get in. 

As more late comers showed up they found themselves doing the same things we did as they saw the line and how much longer i had become. Thank God we  came kind of early. As we looked at the line grow we played the common what if game that always seem to happen when people are stuck waiting for something they really want. "What id they run out of stuff? " or "What would you do if you can't get what you want?" As my cousin and i discussed hypothetical--and we hoped they remained "what if" scenarios-- we came to the conclusion that we were not gonna leave empty handed after waiting in this cold misty weather for over 2 hours. We were making sure we did not leave Best Buy empty handed even if it meant taking the sign off the store or one of their scanners. 

As the lines finally began to move to at a steady pace we began to think that they had opened the doors early. However to our dismay we took a figurative three steps forwards to a literal 100 steps back. We were forced to move back in line in order to form a single file line which almost placed us back to where we started. As we sat there in the raii being forced to move back more and more we began to ponder if this was all worth it. It better be because we didn't get any sleep in order to get this done. As the doors finally began to open and the line began to hastily move forward we eagerly anticipated getting out of the rain and seeing all the cheap things we could buy. As we made our way into the store we scattered to search for what we were searching for, me heading straight for the camera section knowing exactly what i wanted. As I found a staff member i asked them for a Nikon D5000. My heart sank as the clerk slowly said "That model has been discontinued." 

"Its been what?!" How could this model be discontinued when clearly the website had them in stock and available online. I soon began to scan the other models to see if there was another model i waned. I soon walked away deciding I would rather order the camera online considering the fact that there was not that much of a price difference. In the end I returned and picked up a nikon d3100, which i'm thinking of returning since i found a cheaper one, and a $10 Xbox 360 game. In the end what i wanted wasn't available, and what i bought cost as much or more than a new 52 in flat screen TV. Gotta love Black Friday, I'm never doing it again.... ok well maybe i will.

P.S picture was taken by my cellphone not my camera. 

Collection of Knowledge

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Peaceful Skies

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Have you ever just had the urge to just stop what your doing and look into the sky? Recently I have felt like I am being bombarded with so much work and stress from school I feel lost. I know I am not the only one feeling these kinds of emotions in this world. It is important to sometimes just stop whatever we’re doing and just look into the beautiful sky. As I saw the sun setting in the evening sun I felt relieved and my mind started to ease. I just thought to myself  “Life can’t be so bad, if it’s filled with such beauty.”

Look Beyond What You See

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     Lately as I walked the campus of my university, Seton Hill University, I felt as if there was nothing left for me to take advantage of. I felt that all the points and places of interest the university had, I had already taken a picture of. As I put down my camera giving up my search for something to shoot, the image of a small flower growing in some gravel appeared on the screen of my camera.

     I was shocked to see how vivid and alive the image of the flower and small insects patrolling the flower grasped my attention so strongly. I realized that I was too busy looking for something big, new, and interesting to photograph that I forgot one of the key points of photography. There is always something to photograph, sometimes you just need to look for smaller things in this world.  Things such as a flower growing in some gravel may seem trivial, but the flower is a world of its own with the potential of supporting hundreds of insect lives, something similar to a Horton Hears a Who scenario.

    Just as I took nature for granted, we as a people often take many things in life for granted. We look at the large endeavors, but we often take the small simple things in life for granted.  Small things such as the setting sun, eating lunch with friends, the Internet, and even the joy of electricity, without it I couldn’t be doing typing this right now. Even the small things in life are filled with beauty and importance and should never be left for granted.

All is fair in press and writing....Or Is It?

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The press and journalist are continuously bombarded by the public as being unfair and one sided. However this perception of journalism was not always negative. According to the analysis of Robert J Haiman the issue of fairness in press was not an issue before the 1900’s. However in January of 1936 a survey was taking regarding the standards of journalism.

While journalists have a tendency to focus on the negative of news I was surprised to find that the issue of fairness in journalism stemmed to back in the 1930’s. According to the survey taking in 1936 42% of people believed that the press and journalist abused their power. I believe that the press’s bad reputation is I due part to journalist’s persistence to chase a story when there is no story, While being persistent is part of being a journalist, one cannot begin to create a story when there is no story by taking a few quotes from people. Picking at a person’s words does not make a fair and true story, but instead creates a gap between the public and the press.

The question becomes what does it mean to be fair and unfair in journalistic writing. This is problem that cannot be easily solved due to the various different types of journalism, and wide array of stories written. With different types writing comes a need for a different perspective and attitude toward a story. However no matter what the writing the purpose should not be to bash the person or group in the story.

Fairness is important in journalism because foremost a newspaper’s audience is the people of the public and if the public believes a paper is unfair they will not continue to read that particular paper. Also if a paper has a reputation of being unfair it may become extremely difficult for them to get interviews for their stories. 

THe Family on the HIll 2

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Here is the moment many of you all have been waiting for. Even though photography is my usual medium of creativity, everyone has to try something new. Here is my first video i've ever made about life here on the hill.

Check it out Life on the Hill

 As students begin thinking about settling down on campus one of the greatest concern is fitting in. I was no exception to this. As I made my way onto the Seton Hill University (SHU) campus, I began to feel anxious of the people I would meet. Coming from a small island where everybody knew each other, I was unsure of how people would welcome me. As I made my way up the staircase lugging my suitcases to what would be my new home, I was surprised by how easy going everybody was. Everybody I met was kind and welcoming which instantly melted most of my uncertainties. What truly eased my remaining fears was experiencing how close the teachers and students truly were. The teachers here at Seton Hill are all very understanding and are truly passionate about what they teach. They work along with their students forming bonds while passing on what they know. Seton Hill University is the definition of a close-knit community in which people come from all over to become one family.


Seton Hill is not only a university, but also a community and family that builds friendships that last more than just four years.

 

These are a few terms used by other students to summarize the family on the hill known as SHU.




Seton Hill University
Fun Close
WelcomingGreatOpen
                      LovingCommunityUnforgettableHappiness
Caring HospitableSupportive
FriendlyAccepting
Family

The Family on the Hill

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ZF3qXk5Mk

As students begin thinking about settling down on campus one of the greatest concern is fitting in. I was no exception to this. As I made my way onto the Seton Hill University (SHU) campus, I began to feel anxious of the people I would meet. Coming from a small island where everybody knew each other, I was unsure of how people would welcome me. As I made my way up the staircase lugging my suitcases to what would be my new home, I was surprised by how easy going everybody was. Everybody I met was kind and welcoming which instantly melted most of my uncertainties. What truly eased my remaining fears was experiencing how close the teachers and students truly were. The teachers here at Seton Hill are all very understanding and are truly passionate about what they teach. They work along with their students forming bonds while passing on what they know. Seton Hill University is the definition of a close-knit community in which people come from all over to become one family.


Seton Hill is not only a university, but also a community and family that builds friendships that last more than just four years.

 

These are a few terms used by other students to summarize the family on the hill known as SHU.




Seton Hill University
Fun Close
WelcomingGreatOpen
                      LovingCommunityUnforgettableHappiness
Caring HospitableSupportive
FriendlyAccepting
Family

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