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January 6, 2005

Bananas that I'm cited

Even get the feeling you're being watched?
I do.

And now I know that I am watched more than I originally thought.

Someone found my research on bananas from The Practice of Journalism last year. We had been reading "It Ain't Necessarily So," and were to give presentations on various hoaxes or debunked hoaxes found in the media. My project stemmed from the BBC article "Bananas could split for good."

I remember being really proud of what I presented in class for that project. I even got the very last banana from the dining hall that morning (the baseball players had evidently feasted voraciously upon the potassium gems).

Anyway, here someone brings up the "hoax" that bananas are a dying breed only because someone -else- had commented "I can't believe the BBC picked that one up." He sites that " Snopes has the scoop -- the parasite (Sigatoka) does exist, but the imminent threat is more hype than fact."

But as I cited, Dr. Frison is for real--the guy spent 18 years in the area of plant related genetics research, and there IS a serious threat to the banana in some areas.

So someone is praising my research:
cited bananas3.bmp

Thanks to Dr. Jerz for posting a comment that brought this to my attention.
I had been having a particularly emotionally-stabbing moment of worthlessness and stupidity brought on by a particular personal faction involving the evils of money.

Are you being watched? Well, you are if you're blogging.
Everyone and no one is watching you, at any particular moment.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at January 6, 2005 8:17 PM


Wow, these changes are crazy on your blog...and Tiffany's as well. Though I question if it is a sick joke to make me feel like I need glasses since I couldn't read the font until I put the view size on Large...haha...thanks for that eye sight confidence boost.

Posted by: Stephan at January 6, 2005 9:30 PM

Yeah, I often get these comments on older posts of kids saying "Thanks, I can use this in my report!" Hopefully they know I usually write with an air of sarcasm... otherwise I'd hate to see their grades.

Just the other day I found my page linked to crazy sports car enthusiast website... Weird stuff.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at January 6, 2005 11:20 PM

I was recently thrashed in an e-mail about my Honors website. I used a photo from a Greensburg, PA site, and the photographer sent me a nasty message, stating that I was not authorized to use the photo or link to the page where the work was located.

It is surprising how seriously people take your work online. I did not mention to the photographer that I was in my first year of college, and that I was under the impression that a link to her original work would suffice. I wanted to say, "Lady, look--your work is getting exposure, and it is used in an educational capacity--cool off a bit and get back to me later."

What really surprised me was that she found my site. Unfinished and incredibly amateuristic, I thought that this page was practically invisible on the net. How wrong I was, but I did not take it the wrong way. So what if my work was looked upon in a negative light--it is being seen by another audience. All press is good press...sometimes. ;)

Posted by: Amanda at January 7, 2005 12:20 AM

Haha, sorry Stephan... I guess I'll think about boosting the font size ;)

Mike- this was the first time that I really noticed that someone outside the SHU world linked to my blog (and someone other than my friends, family, etc.). I was pretty psyched, if you couldn't guess. And about those kids' grades... =-0 lol

Amanda- I guess that just goes to show how seriously some people take their work, eh? I guess when actually using pictures for a website rather than posting them in a blog, per say, it might be a good idea to next time ask for permission? Ah, whatever, maybe this person just didn't understand that the thing was just for school...

Posted by: Karissa at January 7, 2005 8:57 PM

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