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October 31, 2006

Logic and Video Games

I found botht these games to be tricky. Both of them were a little more complicated then the games form the other day. I found phototopia to be more confusing with the amount of words and actions you are able to use. The variety is wide and yet still small at the same time, because you can't use sentences involving someof those phrases. I also liked Galetea's plot alot more. The idea of sculpture maybe coming to life is fun. I still find both these games more challenging to the mind then video games of today, they take more logical thinking. I also wonder if they help the player's memory develop anymore by all the actions you need to remember. I found it kind of despairing at times because it didn't seem like I was going to be able to get anywhere in these games. I'm sure if I tried harder I could master them. I guess technology of today's video games has made the idea of logical challenging games see unecessary.

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October 30, 2006

Old games give me new surprise

At first I thought these ancient forms of video games would either be too hard to play or just plain borning. My eyes were opened after doing the workship in today's class. First, I tried my hand at Pcik up the phone booth and die, really blunt title, dont you think? Well after getting myself into a several loops, I actually pulled the booth on top of me and died. I then tried the game 9:05, I liekd 9:05 because the plot seemed more specific and to my surprise turned out to have a twist to it I wasn't expecting. The thing about these games is that they aren't relying on graphics or images, but it seems like they are relying on your memory skills and just plain common sense. Still very surprising how far you can go with these games.

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October 24, 2006

Inaccuate Encyclopedia is scary

Im quite concerned to hear that wikepedia is gettina reputation for being inaccurate. As a college student, I know many who rely on that cite for help in all kinds of reports. I mean come one, when the encyclopedias are becomin in accurate, what is the world coming to. Also I didn't really know whow popular wikepedia was until I saw the one website with it available in a bunhc of different languages. That makes me even more upset that it is beginning to become innacurate.

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Ex. 6 - Hey look who actually had their website done

Well since noone has posted their website address anywhere, I was unable to usability test anyones site. I did however get to take a look at some people's usability test quesions. I found that looking at Jeremy Barricks questions that the idea of using gender in a usability question might be something to consider. I guess whether your a man or a women would make a difference in a site like Barricks. Even in a site like mine i think that women and men would have different opinions about where to go out.

Scratch that Karissa posted her link:
Karissas questions left alot of room for saying suggestions and giving a real answer. I did not have to just answer yes or know. Her site was good in most aspects except I had trouble reading with the colors she chose.

My own site was seen by two people who are not in our class. I gave them 5 questions to answer and I got basicaly the same responses from them. They both thought the site worked well and was understandable and easy to use. So i guess that is a positive response so far.

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October 23, 2006



This is the link to my website for ex 6. It's just a rough start

here are the usability test questions I came up with for whoever looks at it to use:

1. Do all the links on the page, thus far, work correctly?
2. Do the links take you to informative home pages?
4. If your not 21, what do you want to see to do for nightlife?
5. Honestly does this site make you want to go out and try these places?
5. On a scale of 1-10 how much do you feel like goin out to Pittsburgh after viewing this page? (1 being not at all and 10 being I Definitly want to go out and party!)

just a reminder that this is a rough start
So if you need a site to look at for weds look at mine and get back to me on my blog...THANKS

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October 22, 2006

Constuctive Criticism compliments of TOG

"Everyone, as you know, loves a well-thrown pie, with the exception of the recipient, and that is the difference between a public utterance and a private report. In the case of your clients, you want to serve them the pie, not hit them in the face with it."

While I still don't know very much about professional web design and the training that comes with doing it, I found this little echange between the professional and the student to be helpful. It really does back to how your writing reflects on yourself in the professional world. I was eve surprised at the tone and grammar that this student was using to speak to a professional group. Also it may have seemed that the professional was coming as kind of rude to the student, but he should be veryhappy that a professional wanted to take the time to give him pointers about his report. Especially, when working in a profession where your work is so visible to the public. You need all the constructive criticism you can get. So learning how to communicate with an audience and other professional is important. I was even a little surprised to learn how this professional communicates with others in his field. I like how he said to seperate how to private report and public utterance. It makes perfect sense in any situation a college student faces in goin in to the real world job market. Even Professor Jerz was getting praise from this person, and that is impressive coming from someone in a job like TOG.

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useful usability testing

"In the real world, there is never enough time or money to fix all the problems that crop up. Weigh the costs of fixing the problem against the benefits to the user."

the simpson quote in the begininng of this totally sums up how some people approach certain websites. I never thought about how doing a usability test would help. I see now that having a little experiemnt like that will help point out things about the website that you wouldnt think about fixing. I'm sure that companies that make products and even Tv networks do their own usability testing to find out what the public need or likes. It even seems simple but when broken down to things like quanititive and qualitive data, one can really see the results that this can give a website.

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October 19, 2006

"Bush's recognition that the fantastic theoretical device he envisioned was not an end in itself reminds us that weblog, for all their promise and vivacity, are just another clumsy human-to-human interface, like language and war."

This reading began as sort of hard for me to understand. The blogging culture is something that when only seen from a far away view is perhaps not the important or "nerdy" per se. Through the work I have done in the past year and in this semester, I have come to find that the blogging culture is more. It is a community, It puts news in the hands of the audience, it is a form of global communication that people of decades ago could never have thought possible.
After reading this paper, I can also see now how it is an organized system the blogosphere really is. Linguistics, research, and peer criticism all are a part of what happens when one writes a blogs. I admit I still have a little troublel understanding meme conduit, but i think what i got out of this paper is that the blogging we do in class, out of class, or other wise is part of something big. Something that professors have actually written academic papers about, researched, criticized, and been cristicized themselves. This blogosphere is important in the future of writing and we are a part of that future.

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October 18, 2006

Portfolio 1 EL 236


http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/08/myspace_the_mov.html#comments">Myspace movie blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/08/internet_identi.html> Karissa's article blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/jerz_smiley_web.html". Emoticons and Smileys blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/kushner_teaches.html"> Laura Kushner is a Plagiarist blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/facebook_faux_p.html"> Facebook blog sept 8

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/blogging_at_shu.html"> Seton Hill blogging article blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/ahhh_the_good_o.html"> Passion for paper blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/post.html"> Literacy blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/whats_the_deal.html"> email ettiquette blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/it_comes_with_t.html"> 24 hour professor blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/enough_is_enoug.html:> teacher lashes out blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/post_1.html"> why emails are misunderstood blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/myspace_social.html"> sept 20blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/maturing_online.html">friendster vs. myspace blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/september_1993.html<"Usenet and eternal september blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/you_gotta_crawl.html"> Jerz top 5 conventions blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/style_is_everyt.html"> Nielsen article blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/a_simple_kind_o.html"> Castro 1 and 2 blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/catch_my_attent.html"> price 3 and 4 blog

http://http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/surprise_surpri.html"> bush blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/09/project_proposa.html"> EL 236 Project Proposal

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/08/myspace_the_mov.html#commentshttp://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/10/post_2.html"> blurb blog

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/10/new_lessons_and.html">price 7and 8

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/10/following_the_b.htm">Jerz text oct 6l

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/RachelPrichard/2006/10/i_want_it_all.html"> jerz text 2 oct 6

I did the rest of the blogging for the last week but i cant fit nemore in here




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October 11, 2006

Fisking: getting away with murder

"Since the fiskee's fixed text cannot respond to the challenges, the fisker can without too much trouble make the fiskee look ridiculous."

This new form of insultinng is hilarious to me. I mean thinking that something like this could come from a highly respected writer is odd to me. The idea of having something commonly used in blogging named after you is fun to think about too. the concept of being able to publically insult someone and kind of not get in trouble for it is a new concept of online communication, and i like it.

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Genre: More Than Meets The Eye

Chapter 11 of Hot Text talks of the matter of Genres. While a genre is defined by Price as, “A familiar pattern, a way of organizing information,” I have found through reading this chapter that a genre can be a variety of things and even be changed itself. I like how the book identifies a genre as a sort of promise. Price puts it best by saying, “a genre makes a promise to the user, and as you write, you have to fulfill that contract.”
The idea of writing in a genre never seemed to strike me as something that was that challenging. As a student of journalism, I am used to writing in a very fact based genre and staying within it. Price does describe the advantages of writing in a genre by the things a writer quickly picks up on, “You become ruthlessly efficient as you tweak individual phrases, because you are clear, at the start, about you stance.”
Price also credits the audience as the ones who came up with the idea of the genre. I never realized that a genre starts from an audiences demand for answers to questions. Fellow class mate Cory Struss expressed the same kind of surprise in his blog on this chapter also, http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CoreyStruss/2006/10/interesting_quotes_chapters_11.html.
The purpose of genres is also discussed in this chapter. The purpose of a genre can be figured out by the kind of question it answers. Price goes on to talk about how once a audience asks one question and get a writer to write in a specific genre. It can then lead to a lot of follow up questions. This sometimes causes a genre to become a procedure. Price talks about what a text must include to be considered a procedure this includes at least one instruction. Price includes a long list of particular follow up questions that lead to certain procedures. This is also where the talk of twisting the genre to fit a particular context comes in.
I do not really get why this book would tell you to twist a genre. Price even says, “A genre acts as a general model, an uncodified but widely acknowledged structure, with an implied style.” Why do they tell you to twist this model to fit a certain context? I did not really get an answer out of the chapter. Fellow classmate Karissa Kilgore posted a similar confusion in her own blog on these chapters,http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KarissaKilgore/017218.html. It just seems to be a bit of a contradiction when Price says, “the formalist always insists that you should maintain the conventional tone in any genre. But your job is just to figure out what that conventional tone is, then bend it, twist it, and expand it, taking it right up to the limit,” because at the same time in other areas in the book they say to be honest and professional.
This is why the sections that talk about building a persona and going “gonzo” confuse me. I can understand how building a persona in certain kinds of writing makes sense. You would not write a sports article in the same way you would write and editorial. But then when Price talk about, “go gonzo once in a while,” doesn’t that seem kind of unprofessional? I mean if a normal person decided to change the persona that their job’s organization had specifically told them to stick with, I could see them getting in trouble or even fired.
Perhaps it is just my lack of understanding about this part of writing for the internet. Mikhail Bakhtin has a quote in this book that actually helps express what I feel about genre and how to work with it. He says, “But to use a genre freely and creatively is not the same as to create a genre form the beginning; genres must be fully mastered in order to be manipulated freely.” A full understanding of how and when to change parts of genre would benefit anyone looking to write on the internet.

Links to help you more fully understand the concept of genre

This is actually Prices chapter skimmed down to the more important tips of genre writing.

This is a survey of writers asking why they write in certain genres.

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October 10, 2006

Chapter quotes for 14-16

Here are some quote from chapters 14-16

Chapter 14
"No matter how the journalist remains on the ublic's Trust Meter, at best he or she provides a valuable filter service."

"You filter the news byt he way you write about those topics showsing what you think is important, and not, through your headline and lead."

"Think through the terms people would enter if they wanted find your piece."

"You have to argue that honestly actually builds trust and traffic."

Chapter 15
"Emotions sell"

"These same readers will come back to see what other readers had to say about their comments, and son on. The best way to augment this kind of discussion is to say something controversial."

"Fit within the word count, or die."

Chapter 16
"Writing good web queriesis just as important as writing the article itself."

"You should adapt your master resume each time you apply for a new time, so it seems as if you are the perfect candidate."

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Chapter quotes for 14-16

Here are some quote from chapters 14-16

Chapter 14
"No matter how the journalist remains on the ublic's Trust Meter, at best he or she provides a valuable filter service."

"You filter the news byt he way you write about those topics showsing what you think is important, and not, through your headline and lead."

"Think through the terms people would enter if they wanted find your piece."

"You have to argue that honestly actually builds trust and traffic."

Chapter 15
"Emotions sell"

"These same readers will come back to see what other readers had to say about their comments, and son on. The best way to augment this kind of discussion is to say something controversial."

"Fit within the word count, or die."

Chapter 16
"Writing good web queriesis just as important as writing the article itself."

"You should adapt your master resume each time you apply for a new time, so it seems as if you are the perfect candidate."

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October 8, 2006

here are some Chapter 11 Quotes that caught my attention

"Agenere is born as a response to an audience's questions, needs, wishes, fantasies"

"Writers don't start genres, audiences do."

"Formalist always insists that you should maintain the conventional tone. But really your job is to figure out what the conventional tone is, then bend it, twist it, and expand it, taking it right up to the limit."

Chapter 12 quotes

"Whather the term only 35% of the sites we surveyed put a helpful link at the top of every page."

"Your aim should be to keep people on task, to make them successful, and to reduce the need to go elsewhere for information."

"To capture attention right away, begin your message by writing a sentece that includes the language the customer used."

Chapter 13 quotes
"you msut demonstrate to the consumers that your product is relevant."

"The twin curses of marketing-hype and fluff- don't work very well on the web."

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October 5, 2006

I want it all

"negatives slow people down."

I know that the majority of readers do not use a wide range of vocabulary. Even in journalism we are told to not use very big words in general. It just seems to me that we are almost told to dumb down our writing for people. I know we should fit certain things for the audience such as directions on a web site. Still why should we take out clauses like which and who, and is is even ok?
Who knew negatives were so hard for people to understand? im sorry but when someone says no im pretty sure it means no. And do people really think they are going to get away with surfing the internet without scrolling a good bit?Maybe its me but is the internet making people lazier in more ways then one? I do not want my webpage to confuse people or make them lazy, i want people to like it btu to also be able to understand my writing. Is there a way I can get all this?

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Title for a title within a title

I was unaware that there was such a thing as the in-context title and out-of-context title. I was kind of playing aroudn with them the other day during the llinking and blurbing exercise. I noticed that my OOC was a little to specific. Then I looked at my IC title was not as broad as it should be. Even though i didnt yet know what these two titles were, I knew that one was going to catch your eye and one was going to show you what was going to be displayed. A title within a title is something to really think about. Context within a title, who knew?

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Following the Breadcrumb Trails

As I began to read about how to make navigation one our webpages, I thought to myself how silly it seemed. I mean if your not completely brain dead, you sould be able to navigate a back, next , and stop navigation bar. I know in the name of a decent looking and working page, you should put thought into it. I was about to just forget about reading the rest of the page until i saw the words "Breadcrumb Trails." I like idea and design of this navigation bar. Especially if you have a webpage with more pages it makes sense. The addition of links looks easy to use with this. I think the Breadcrumb Trails make this article worth looking at.

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October 3, 2006

New lessons and old lessons

"The web spirit is openess. By linking to the rest of the web,you show that you have some trust in those other sites, and suggest that your own site is trustworthy."

There was an emphasis on linking in this chapter. I liek how the book showed before and after examples of how to build up a good link. I never thought of how a link itself could get a user to think about your site and what it represents so much. I guess if you make your link correctly then it should meet the users needs and want them to go to other sites to explore the subject further. Links are information that can lead to more information if used the right way. I also found it interesting that the book told you to give credit where credit is due, and how to outbound link correctly to someone elses work.
I found chapter 8 to be kind of a lesson i have already learned. It just explained how to build a paragraph and write
an article correctly. It was nice to see the pyramid again and how it explains where to put the lead, key facs, and details.

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October 2, 2006

"Use your specialized knowledge to help you identify external resources on your topic, and write a helpful, thoughtful blurb for each link that you found. If your blurbs really do help your readers save time, and if your list is regularly updated, readers may bookmark it, and return to it later."

I never really knew what a blurb was until I looked at this page. I realize now that blurbs really have an affect on if someone takes a look at your site or just skips over it. I know in my experience with websites I'm looking for that phrase that will answer my question. I find a blurb to kind of be a longer version of a headline. Ive always had a hard a hard time coming up with those but it is one of those pinical things that will summarize the article. It is your chance to get your readers attention, much like a blurb. Just another way that internet writing helps with skills in journalism.

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Aha! moments compliments of Castro

While I was unable to get to the price reading, I experienced something today that none of those books have showed me. I had several of what I like to call "Aha" moments today in class and when I was trying to do the upload exercise. I have been having the same trouble with saving and naming and copying the codes as everyone else has. Today I had Professor Jerz show me a quick way of finding the trouble spots in my code. He gave each line a seperate number and then bought up the html page to see which line did not come up.
He also gave me a new insight to what exactly I am getting out of working with internet writing. Whenever I have a problem with this project, I tend to go back to the section where I put in the coding for the action and see what steps I took to put it in. Jerz told me that this kind of action is training my eye to be more perceptive. Kind of like copyediting, finding where the intial problem started from. That was a big "Aha!" moment for me. I am starting to see that while this is kind of hard now, in the long run I will be able to put this on a resume and say that I know a bit about internet writing. Along with the fact I learned how to put my images in. I'd say this is the most rewarding day I had with internet writing so far.

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