September 2008 Archives

Trench-bound and taking grenades!

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"In some ways webtext poses an ethical problem for the persuader: It's not suitable for careful, linear, logical argument, but it is excellent for jolt-rich slogans, captions, and unsupported assertions. Yet manipulating readers by appealing to their fears and insecurities is deeply disrespectful. If you're attempting to persuade your readers, it should be on the basis of appeals to their intelligence and maturity." ~ Kilian pg. 140

When I read this, I couldn't help but smile over the fact that someone out there still troubles themselves over ethical dealings in the big, bad world. Then again, just because Kilian and those of like minds spout out facts concerning the ethical pitfalls a writer can fall into, some of those writers might just be digging their own holes from which to toss grenades at their enemy(ies).

Since time immortal people have sought to manipulate others in some form. And guess what? There're several convincing way with which to do it!

  • You can be logical (though that doesn't always mean right).
  • You can play on emotions using a perfect tone and word choice that fairly hands you your readers gift-wrapped to you.
  • You can certainly make yourself seem credible to your readers by publishing or hunting up various articles on the net. Anyone can write anything and immortalize it in online history in today's age.
  • You can virtually through tons of information at your reader.
  • And last, but by no means least, you can enact all kinds of propaganda to persuade the reader over to your side of the field.

I can only implore you to actually think for yourself at times. One day, that may be the only way to decide things. One never can know. (Or if you can you're certainly not telling!)

Slangified Country Bumpkins

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"If you're writing a personal blogs for three friends, your style isn't important. You can ignore grammar, punctuation, and spelling -- even coherence." ~ Kilian pg. 131

If you've ever happened upon one of my blogs, then you most likely already know that I love to type as if I were a bonefied country bumpkin from the backwoods. Maybe I've adopted the airs of an English lady within my mind as I type or a southern accent that drawls everythin' out slow. Take into account the fact that if I wrote as I sometimes speak in real life, and you would hardly have any "g's" on the end of "ing" words. Sad but true I'm afraid.

However, I'd like to think that these simple changes in dialogue makes my blogs a little different, maybe a bit more homey or friendly in their tones. Or at least a semi-sarcastic friend!

The blogs we write for this class probably fall somewhere within each of the five categories:

  1. The Personal Blog
  2. Job Blogs
  3. Specialist Blogs
  4. News Blogs
  5. Advocacy Blogs

Everyone writes differently because everyone has a divergent take on things. It's more than likely one of our defining human traits! Where do I fall? Well, I much prefer to be a bit of everything.

You go here, I go there, We go everywhere!


"A crime is not a thing that you can hold in your hand and turn over and peer at like a dead bug. A crime is not something that you can freeze in time. A crime is not something that means only one thing or happens in only one way." ~ The Heist by Walter Sorrells

I can only write that I love this insightful quote to no end! When I first read it, I thought of a little kid who's been caught with his hand in the cookie jar and he's trying to squirm his way out of his mother scolding him. He's going to tell the story one way, the kid's little sister is going to tell it another way, and Rufus, the dog, is going to be barking about how he didn't get a piece of the cookie!

So ya see, everyone has their own twist on a story and that is exemplified in The Heist. Sorrells enables the reader to get the main story in installments of sorts; but the reader can also click on hyperlinks that take them to webpages that further explain the characters. I have to say that this was quite ingenius of him.

However, I must write that though I like the story itself pretty well, I didn't like the fact that it was linked to so many pages. I like to know the characters of a story as best as I possibly can so, having to flip-flop between pages like that just drives me up the wall. Perhaps I simply have a sentimental attachment to books. What can I say?

Unfortunately, all good tales (and bad ones, thank goodness!) must come to an end. But the best thing about them is that they continue on your mind. All you need is a little spark for your imagination to start a wildfire. And if you've ever wondered where wildfires spring and thrive, just check out You're guaranteed to have a toasty good time.

Painful Politics Persistently Present


"If you are writing for a corporate website, private or public, you may need to be a very good politician and a patient advocate." ~ Writing for the Web, Kilian (120)

A little bit of advice can go a long way, just like the quote above. Exercising patience and doing your absolute best to be a diplomat at all times is a great way (if sometimes frustrating) to study people and how they work. There will come a time when you have to step on someone else's toes, but if you do it in the right way (if there is a right way) its possible that everyone will come to a common understanding and a peaceful resolution.

Kilian also made the point that when a significant number of people write specific sections of a website, things become distorted or incongruent. If you have departments writing only for their section of the website, then people simply searching through the site might not have the general knowledge as those writing the information and go off with a huff. It can be difficult telling someone that you appreciate their help, but that you need to change something they wrote or that you would be better off without their help.

However, that's where politics come in! And we all love and cherish those practices, now don't we. They may be a pain, but we're probably better off trying that road first instead of simply running rough-shod over our fellow man.

Man vs. Woman or Writer vs. Editor

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"Your inner writer is having a great time being creative and showing off his vocabulary; your inner editor is watching over the writer's shoulder and tearing her hair out. While the writer is cranking out Great Prose, the editor is screaming herself hoarse about what drivel this all is." ~ Writing for the Web by Kilian (76)

I found it quite interesting that Kilian chose to use male and female pronouns when describing a person's inner writer and editor. I couldn't help but think of a few gender stereotypes:

  • Men sometimes get a project stuck in their heads (or someone has hammered it into their heads) and they get so into said project that they fail to listen to any further advice. Think of the character Tim Taylor from Home Improvement.
  • Without a woman's guidance, men can be lost and generally fail to complete all aspects of their assigned tasks.

Keep in mind that these are simply stereotypes and I know perfectly well that they often fail to hold water...with the possible exception of my family. My own father would be a prime example of how someone can be quite intelligent and creative in their own way, while my mother really holds the common sense of the family.

In the end, I was greatly amused by the mental pictures supplied by this section and came away with the strong message that I need to strike a balance between my inner editor and writer. Let the battle begin!

Indubitably Perspicacious

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"On balance, though, Anglo-Saxon words are more immediate and understandable than Greco-Latin ones." (Kilian 61)

Alrighty folks, if ya want to sound intelligent (or perspicacious as it may be - they're one in the same), all ya gotta do is use big words; just make sure you know what they mean and the right context to use them in! Anglo-Saxon words are easy, immediate. Greco-Latin words require more thought the longer they are. So, just use longer, multi syllabic words and you'll have it made.

People often mistake me for a more intelligent person than I know myself to be and that's really only because I utilize language with multifarious symbols! Well, there it is. It's out in the open at last. You are now armed with the power to sound smart! That is, if you wanna be perceived that way, I guess.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: a nonsense word meaning fantastic.

Blood's in the Water

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"Promise of conflict. An attack or refutation makes us want to read more.

Rebuttal. Disagreement means a fight, and we all love to watch." (Kilian 34*35)

I love it. Whenever you want to guarantee that people will turn their heads, use their own morbid/mob instincts against them. Haven't you ever wondered why it is that when people pass an accident of some kind that they feel compelled to slow down, look around, and try to gather as much information as possible? Everyone has it as it's left over from the long years ago when we only had as much information as we could gather ourselves (without high-speed internet, TV, and like technology).

So naturally, whenever we sense rising tensions in the air, something holds us fast and whispers in our ear that we should listen just a little bit longer. After all, what could be the harm? The promise of conflict will always draw a crowd, no matter what (provided that there's enough people around to be considered a crowd!).

And what usually leads to tension and its ilk? Rebuttals! Disagreements! Mean words! Most everyone whips their heads 'round at raised voices and the same is true of the net. Just look at trolls. They love to set fire to the powder trail and watch it travel up the line until the entire keg just explodes! Everyone likes a confrontation of some kind; football's a good example. Anyhoo, if you ever want a guaranteed hit on your website, just make it confrontational or some such!

I s'pose you'd like to run away now huh?

Teetering barrel on edge of cliff


I truly did learn a lot from former Pennsylvania Senator Allen Kukovich when he spoke yesterday at Seton Hill University. He urged new and experienced voters alike to go out and vote again and to continue doing so in the future.

Being a new voter this year myself, I was wondering exactly how I was going to make up my mind on which candidate to vote for. Well, I was very lucky that one of my friends was thinking that same exact thing and actually had the courage to ask Kukovich. It really impressed me that he told us to look at everything we could, though especially the political debates. "Getting the chance to judge one's demeanor," said Kukovich when speaking on the fact that one might be able to readily discern a candidate's sincerity by paying attention to said candidate during a debate.

As he continued on in his speech, Kukovich told us that other states were currently experimenting with longer voting times or same-day voting and registration practices. This could be especially helpful to those who work during the times that the polls are open or completely forget to register until the last minute. Changing the voting policies could possibly help to alleviate voter apathy and actually encourage people to vote. Let's call it voter friendly registration and voting!

Kukovich also spoke on the fact that our way of governing may have to change a bit in order to continue working effectively (if it even really is now). He found it deplorable that people thought not voting made a statement, but if you don't are you ever going to change anything? Socrates is believed to have taught three main rules on laws when imprisoned and awaiting execution:

  1. You can obey the law.
  2. You can try to change the law. (Voting in our case)
  3. You can leave and go elsewhere.

I believe in these three points, it simply remains to be seen what will happen in such a politically charged election. Who knows, maybe it's time for us to stop trying to set patches over leaking areas in the barrel and make a new one. There's no guarantee that it'll be better, but what's the point in not trying?


Attention: Easy Site

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"So put yourself in your reader's shoes: If you were a stranger arriving at your own site, would you feel as if the site's creator had made a special effort to make life easy for you?" (Kilian, 24)

Alright, so it's probably just my nature, but I like to be challenged a little every now and then when I'm surfing the internet. I rather like coming across a new idea or strong commentary that might get up in my face and lay down "supposedly" hard facts. However, I also like the occasional piece that will bring me around slowly and make me think for myself.

What I'm really getting at is this: Is not our society already entirely focused on making life easy? One could argue that by striving towards goals that would make life easier for the masses is in fact great work. But what happens when these problems/minor annoyances are solved? Will we merely have to come up with new ones? No one probably knows at this point and I somehow doubt that these words will still be floating around in cyberspace if humans ever manage to answer these questions.

I'm all for user-friendly technology, including easy to figure out websites. Every so often though, it's nice to have a little challenge presented across one's desk; just to see if one's still up to the task of thinking for oneself. I suppose that's my main point: Don't always go by what others tell you, think for yourself and you might just find something amazing.

Back on the Magic School Bus kiddies!


Standard Salivating Schnauzers Stunned Suddenly...or not.

"A jolt is an emotional reward that follows a prescribed action...Like Pavlov's dogs, computer users are now conditioned to expect such stimuli" (Kilian, xx).

"Standard culture wants to know the right answers; interactive culture wants to know the right questions. Standard culture likes to learn from success; interactives learn more from failures and mistakes. Standard culture looks to the future; interactive culture demands immediate results" (Kilian, 7).

The above quotes are taken from Writing for the Web 3.0 by Crawford Kilian.

I would simply like to state this fact: If you leave a comment on my blog, I will get a jolt of surprise and extreme happiness. If you don't comment on it, I will receive no jolt and be subsequently despondent.

Most everyone has become an internet junkie whether they wished to avoid such a fate or not. We all search for little jolts that attract the ever-curious search engine that is our brains. It's probably why advertising is such a good job to have. People are naturally drawn to flashy colors and waving lights. Add to this the fact that we have virtually trained ourselves to expect things in an immediate fashion, and you've got a whole new breed of hounds to lead around. No worries though, I've found myself doing it several times. If a page is slow to load (and it's not vitally important), just zip elsewhere; ads take up too much space (or flash lights in your eyes - let's hope you aren't epileptic), just click the back button! We've basically come to live in an instant gratification society.

In going along with the examination of today's society, I chose the second quote above because it pertains to more than just web users, but to people in general these days (if not for all time). There will always be individuals who'd rather have the right question to ask than the right answer. After all, it's not the destination, but the journey. (So it is said.) Some people learn more from success; they've survived the first trial run, they can probably do it again the same way. Other people learn more from their mistakes (they must rarely be bitter); they've probably another chance to figure out what exactly went wrong and then how to fix it. But here's the kicker: "Standard culture looks to the future; interactive culture demands immediate results." It can easily (if shallowly) be explained like this: Those of the Standard culture mind set are always looking ahead to what they can sell or make a profit from while those of the interactive culture want to possess their purchased product as soon as they order it. Strange and possibly derogatory, I know. However, that alone won't change the world.

So in the end, I'd really just like my little biscuit-jolt from you and you can in turn say anything you'd like. Plus! With this new bonus offer, I'll send you back to the next step of your journey! (Just click the lil' cloud down below if you would.)


Just because it sounds intelligent, doesn't mean you should trust it.

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Nearly everyone in today's world has heard of the major online resource Wikipedia. There seems to be a singly powerful point when it comes to actually using Wikipedia as an attributed source when writing papers and such.

What should you do when there are academics using Wikipedia in their research? There are others however that adamantly deter their students from using this "online encyclopedia." So, what can a student do who needs a source, but the academics of the world are sending them mixed messages? I would recommend using extreme caution and not wholly using Wikipedia.

Look at the example of two college students that lost thousands of dollars, their education, quite possibly a trip of a lifetime, and now have their shame immortalized for every internet user looking to find it, to see. In the case of these two students, they used Wikipedia and then did not properly cite their chosen quotations. For most every English major out there, the mere thought of citing information from Wikipedia is anathema. Add that to the fact that the information was cited wrong and chills are sure to be running down their spines.

Wikipedia has not had the best of track records when it comes to either the validity of its contents or how it came to posses them. It has been known that Wikipedia has scooped news-media outlets on the death of Tim Russert. It's also been stated that the updater responsible for this leak was subsequently dealt with, but it more than likely all depends on how this updater came across the information. If he had not gathered his information from a credible news source, then it is possible that the public was simply traveling on with hearsay in there back pocket.

However, one of the main sticking points as to the untrustworthiness of using Wikipedia as a dependable source is its ability to be edited by amateurs. Since its beginning, Wikipedia has been made up of volunteers. These volunteer editors have written millions of articles, but how do we know that they possess the educational degrees and know-how to write these articles? The articles seen on Wikipedia were not published in a peer-reviewed environment by professionals who have participated in numerous studies pertaining to their chosen subject.

There's also the fact that the information to be found on Wikipedia is subject to change without notice and in often varying amounts. However, that does not mean that the information that once was there is gone forever. Quite the opposite actually. Every article that was deleted in some fashion is transfered over to DeletionPedia. So naturally, every article that is erased or otherwise greatly altered can be uncovered by individuals aspiring to cite Wikipedia. This simply amplifies the fact that anyone can find what they are looking for on the internet. You just need to know where to look.

In the end, Wikipedia is a great source of controversy. It's true that it can provide you with a wealth of information, but you probably should never use it in an academic paper. If you ever just want to look up some random fact, Wikipedia might be your best bet so long as you take whatever you get from it with a grain of salt. When you really need to search for reliable sites, Wikipedia may be able to help point you in the right direction.

If you'd like to check out the thoughts of some of my no further.

No footprints on the internet beach!

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Hello there. In case you happened to be wondering exactly why it is that I write these blogs, the answer is simple. I write them for one of my english classes: EL 236: Writing for the Internet. The title above refers to the fact that while footprints in the sand will inevitably be washed away, what you write on the net stays for quite a long time indeed. Each blog entry is a reflection on an assigned reading for this class. Within each blog I try to incorporate some of my own personal sense of humor as well as incite ideas pertaining to what we were to write within the minds of others. Looking down below you'll be sure to find a few chosen entries that I feel represent certain qualities that vary in strength from entry to entry.

Coverage: When it comes to coverage, it can be meant in varying ways. For commercial time, coverage is best when there's little. When it comes to people's lives on cell's best to pick the network with the best coverage (provided you can actually find out wich one that really is). In the blogs below you'll find that I attempted to adequately cover the text or reading that was the main topic of the assignment.

Bleeding Eyes, and Standard Salivating Schnauzers Stunned Suddenly...or not.

Timeliness: I would pose one question: Who in America doesn't have something on their person that tells time everywhere they go? In today's fast-paced world, time can seem to make or break you. Thus, I like to try and get things done early as seen below.

Attention: Easy Site, and Gnomes!? There're gnomes in the garden! Look at the prints on the carpet!

Interaction: I continuously hear it said that Humans are social animals. Well, I still think we're animals, but I think I've finally been convinced that we're social too as evidenced by everything that I'm involved with this year! Naturally then, everyone wants to garner the comments of others. Scroll down a bit and you'll find either a blog where I posted question(s) and/or received several comments or responded in detail to a peer's blog.

They're gone, I tell you! GONE!, and I've got the only key to the lock, right?

Depth: And no, I'm not talking about the depths of cement ponds or souls, but rather the ability to post my ideas in a relatively organized fashion so that my reader has to scroll down the page a bit. That is, unless you have one of those fancy-pants, really big flat screen computers.

Just because it sounds intelligent, doesn't mean you should trust it., and Harmless joke vs. heartfelt satire - difference?

Discussion: Discussion can be just like any other fruit-bearing tree in that it can produce something you can really sink your teeth into. (Does it bear mentioning that it can be either sweet, sour, or both?) Then again, it's always possible that you might just grasp onto something someone else wrote and run for your dear life with it. Hey, it happens! Just wander on down below and you'll see what happens when the literary sprites get 'hold o my fingers!

Don't Confuse Me, Please - Kevin Hinton and I'm with smiley - Jacquelyn Johns

And if you ever have the hankering to read whatever happens to be on my mind, try reading my blogs first! Just try out Wandering Muse.

Well me lads 'n lassies, I's reckon it's 'bout time fer y'all ta head on 'ome now. Don' worry none. Jus' step through that block 'ole yonder!


Tone of voice won't sound right to everyone. No matter what.

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"With the eerie uniformity of airport cultists, emoticon users all proffer the same rationale for the smiley tic: since the streams of ascii characters flowing across the Internet (usually described as "cold," "mechanistic," etc.) cannot carry body language or tone, the missing cues must be supplied through punctuation. The tendency of writers to bungle their attempts at sarcasm, and of readers to bungle the detection of it, invariably leads (so the argument goes) to hurt feelings, which in turn leads to network "flame wars" in which people insult each other in extravagant terms that would never be used face- to-face. Irony, it seems, is like nitroglycerin: too tricky to be good for much, and so best left in the hands of fanatics or trained professionals."

"Since I wrote my denunciation of smileys, I have become more interested in the way that people (including myself) actually do write, and have stopped worrying so much about how they ought to write. So, when I re-examine what Fahlman and I have written about smileys, I end up agreeing with Fahlman, and thinking that this Stephenson kid must be living in some kind of fantasy world."

~ Neal Stephenson

Hello again ladies and gents! Welcome back to this wandering circus. When I read the first comment above, I could only smile at the tone of the author's writing. I tend to agree with him on some level about the use of smileys. I always prefer it when people actually understand and grasp the concept of my jokes and/or snippy comments. Barring my own capricious wishes however, Stephenson's tone of voice when reading this particular entry makes me smile exorbitantly! Perhaps it merely calls to my own (sometimes acidic) sense of humor, I don't know.

The tone that Stephenson uses to convey his point really emphaisizes his belief that the smiley emoticons are useless and that people simply need to a) write better, or b) try to be smart enough to understand satire or leave it well enough alone. Even in the later comment that Stephenson provides at the end of his original entry, he utilizes a definitive tone to his writing. It is considerably different from the harsh denouncement that he gave before, but it still contains an underlaying sense of playfulness as evidenced by: "So, when I re-examine what Fahlman and I have written about smileys, I end up agreeing with Fahlman, and thinking that this Stephenson kid must be living in some kind of fantasy world." I find this an added bonus in Stephenson's favor; the fact that he can recognize key facts about his past writing, learn from them, and actually admit that he was wrong. Sometimes I wonder if we don't see that enough in today's society.

Here come the PONIES!

Harmless joke vs. heartfelt satire - difference?

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"The problem was that if someone made a sarcastic remark, a few readers would fail to get the joke, and each of them would post a lengthy diatribe in response. That would stir up more people with more responses, and soon the original thread of the discussion was buried."

"Many people have denounced the very idea of the smiley face, pointing out that good writers should have no need to explicitly label their humorous comments. Shakespeare and Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain got along just fine without this. And by labeling the remarks that are not meant to be taken seriously, we spoil the joke. In satirical writing, half the fun is in never being quite sure whether the author is serious or not."

~ History/Scott Fahlman

It's a classic to be sure; people not understanding or getting the joke. I, myself, am quite a fan of saracasm. So, it's only natural that that walks hand in hand with satire and the rest of its ilk. I have had the misfortune of people failing to get the joke and thus being affronted and more often than not, wanting some type of retribution.

The way I see it, is that this situation is similar to trolling. Trolls intentionally stir things up and drop comments to achieve this goal. However, the main difference would be that people's everyday writing may supposed to be funny, but only ends in someone's raised hackles. Stahlman's creation and use of the smiley emoticon provided a needed service that continues to this day. The thread of discussion and the disemination of ideas was able to contine without people ripping each other to shreds over a flat joke. Then again, I believe that the use of the smiley has changed somewhat. People nowadays use smileys in chat rooms and various networking posts in order to represent happiness or something that is more obvious a joke.

Unfortunately, I also agree with the second quote above. Have the fun of sarcasm and the rest is never actually knowing whether someone is serious or not. I'd like to think it all adds up to the mystery of individual people (and subsequently life); I can freely admit that there are things that come out of my mouth that I'm not really sure whether I mean them or not until after they've been said. I find it discouraging, almost detestable that there are increasing moments when I must explain to others what it is I'm joking or referencing about. I know I'm scatterbrained and that my mind has the tendency to jumps tracks seemingly without purpose from one thing to the next, but come on! I don't want to lose what little mystery we have yet to destroy in today's world.

I suppose that it all comes down to society's expectations and individual preferences. I'd much rather be an autonomous being than to conform to that which provides little room for humor. Smileys were great, as is the subsequent and on-going evolution of them, but does anyone else think that maybe people have simply lost a bit of the ability to read and discern tone of voice for themselves?

Alright, you've been a good reader and listened to my prattling on, so I'll take ya back now. Just remember, I own the PORTAL! >_^

Gnomes!? There're gnomes in the garden! Look at the prints on the carpet!

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It's September, and I'm unleashing another crop of bloggers on the world. But some have been blogging already for years, and have developed a culture all their own. They're going to trample a few of my flowers and track a little dirt on my carpet, but that's okay, because I don't live in a museum. ~ Dr. Jerz

So, I may not be aneat freak (ask my mother and she'll give you a look that says she adamantly seconds that statement), but I do try not to run head-long over those who came before and I intend on following this in the future. I can completely understand how one spread of bloggers differs from generation to generation. Every generation possesses variances. Unfortunately, these changes can bring dirt into another's house!

However, the aforementioned differences can also bring everyone the chance to plant new flowers in new areas. So, in a sense, everyone's got a little dirt on some part of the floor. I, myself have only really become internet-savvy in the last year or so. I'm always looking at what others have posted/written before me in an effort to learn from them (and, hopefully, not create some hideous faux-pas).

I never could actually force myself to sit down and write a journal/diary of any kind, but I can sympathize with students who have developed their own specific style of writing. People learn to censor themselves in unique ways pertinent to their audience. When this audience changes, people have to sit down and teach an old dog new tricks, so to speak.

In the end, you can see exactly how far we've come on the internet since Usenet. Then again, there will always be aspects that may seem better in the older versions than the new. It was the same with 8 tracks to later CDs and it's just the same with Usenet to individual blogs.

I found it especially interesting that " who knows the existence of 'the cabal' will invariably deny there is one." Why would an administrator refuse to admit their existence? Is that which is hidden, but often talked about more fearsome than that which is seen all the time?

Do you know? I want to know!

Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner! (for now)

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Castro pg. 65 - 92

Alrighty then, after following the guidlines and much wondering over subjects not wholly unrelated to this almost webiste, I have actually completed my own piece of work. By using the examples set forth in the book, I was able to muddle my way through. There is still a good bit to go though what with publishing my website and adding new pictures and whatnot. Anyhoo, I can only write that there were parts of this project that I enjoyed and parts of it that I did not. I still think I might go out and my a website making book for dummies somewhere (hopefully they make them for this aspect of the web. Right?). Oh well, hands and kudos up for those of us who managed to make our way through it all!

Later gator!

Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner! (for now)

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Castro pg. 65 - 92

Alrighty then, after following the guidlines and much wondering over subjects not wholly unrelated to this almost webiste, I have actually completed my own piece of work. By using the examples set forth in the book, I was able to muddle my way through. There is still a good bit to go though what with publishing my website and adding new pictures and whatnot. Anyhoo, I can only write that there were parts of this project that I enjoyed and parts of it that I did not. I still think I might go out and my a website making book for dummies somewhere (hopefully they make them for this aspect of the web. Right?). Oh well, hands and kudos up for those of us who managed to make our way through it all!

Later gator!

Little bits = big changes

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Castro pg. 31-64

Well, I can definitively write that this exercise went better than my last attempt. It may have taken me a bit, but I can actually appreciate looking at an internet page of which I wrote the code for myself. It's well and truly a lot of work to create a page and make every tiny detail picture perfect. My favorite part was learning how to adapt a picture for the background of your website. Anyways, I hope that some others who were having a bit of trouble were at least able to find something to like about this part of coding!

Y'all come back now! Buh-Bye!


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Castro, pages 1-30

I hate to say it, but my mac's failed me on this little project. I completely understand everything that's going on. I just can't actually do it on my laptop. I've found (much to my chagrin and frustration) that I have only one text-editing program that lets me save as text only. However, after I save a page as text, it doesn't always stay that way. It's Appleworks for mac and it's a doozy of a time. I'm just going to try again on windows before class tomorrow.


Web quizes are fun

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Quizes, quizes, quizes. What of a world without you?

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i write code >/< :X

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Website Complete site.htm: This will awe and inspire you. At least it will if that's really easy to do! >_^

Who would of thought that a crazy individual like myself would create something on the internet (aside form writing I mean). I almost feel like a god! Don't worry though, it won't last.

I found this lesson to be very useful. I mean, I still may not understand the bulk of the code that gets thrown my way, but I can actually attempt to decipher a good bit on my own. I won't just look at something and go all googley eyed. I'll look a something, go all googley eyed and then calm myself down to figure out what's going on. I liked the feeling of being akin to a troll without really being a troll. They'll probably get me for this, but I had some fun!

Wishing away society, people, technology...

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"Technology, apparently, does more than harness the wisdom of the crowd. It can intensify its hatred as well."

“Anyone who knows who and where you are is a security hole,” he told me. “I own a gun. I have an escape route. If someone comes, I’m ready.”

“I hack, I ruin, I make piles of money,” he boasted. “I make people afraid for their lives.”

I'll be perfectly, brutally honest: I'd had a rough day already when I sat down to read this and I didn't finish it. It really did make me feel sick, tainted almost. I use the internet for a variety of reasons and often wish that I had the technological skills to hack. I suppose I still do, but if I did have those gifts, I would want to use them for good, not evil. That being typed...what can one good hacker/gifted tech user do? One against many is still a bad idea, especially on the internet.

As for the first quote above, all you need to do is surf around the internet to find that truth out for yourself. Anyone can say anything to anyone and make it anonymous. Or perhaps worse, a falsity. It's a wise statement to be true.

I think the second quote above is a fitting example of the mental state of society today. Everyone's defense in some mode or another. Anyone seems ready to attack for perceived notions, forming concrete opinions on things they take as true. I know, I've been on the receiving end of it. I try not to judge, and stop myself from doing it. I just can't help but wonder sometimes if it's worth trying at all. That's what scares me the most though.

The last quote up there was about as far as I got before I finally had to stop reading. People have always taken delight in showing power over others. Putting others in lower rankings, messing with their heads, tormenting the living with the dead are all prime examples of how the human animal displays dominance over its fellow human. But when do you go too far? Where's the measuring stick? Most trolls seem to love making others despise themselves. I simply wish I could see the same thing happen to them. Wouldn't they laugh along then? Yeah.

It's a real shame that after reading this article I felt more sad than angry. I don't see as it matters that Mitchell Henderson didn't give a reason as to why he took his own life. In today's world, after something like this and relevant events...I think they could be reason enough. It's conceivable that I envision disappearing from the world and going back to a simpler time. Society would be small, people would be few, technology would not be world wide. Alas, but for the imaginings of the wandering mind. Hopefully, I'll find a place like that to reside in; else I could almost come to fear the world as it progresses towards the hot gates in a hand basket, delivered by twisted visages of ourselves.

I suppose you want to go back now. No worries, I do to. Simply remember that which hath been done in an effort to not repeat it. GOODBYE

Bleeding eyes

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"I know that employers will look at that page, and I need to be more careful," said Webster, adding that other Prince William teachers have warned her about her page. "At the same time, my work and social lives are completely separate. I just feel they shouldn't take it seriously. I am young. I just turned 22." ~ When Young Teachers Go Wild on the Web

WOW. I seriously could not believe the conduct of some of the teaching professionals mentioned within this particular article! Note: I'm using the word "professionals" rather loosely. When I read the above quote, I took it as Webster saying that she's been warned, but has deliberately disregarded the content on her page using age as an excuse. She says that she, "just turned 22," as if she should be allowed to subsequently act her age. After all, if I wanted to, I could walk out right now, find a party, get wasted, and generally kill as many brain cells as humanly possible in one evening. I am young. I just turned 19. It's almost expected these days. Guess what? I choose not to do it, because I have actual priorities and am looking toward the future.

However, what about the fact that she is educating other people's children. Children are impressionable and they are going to walk away with some presentiment, whether it be for the better or worse. I can state with confidence that were I to ever encounter a teacher's website as a student, I would promptly lose all respect and authority for that teacher. I figure that if I can show better discretion and judgement than them...why should I give them respect?

What do you think? Do teachers or other professionals who act in this manner deserve our respect or manners?

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