October 2006 Archives

I found AP Style stuff too!

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I found a website dedicated to AP style. There is a brief descriptions for hundreds of topics. Alphabetical order provides one with easy access to the answer to their question. Simply click on the first letter of the topic you wish to look up further information and KABAM! It takes you there.....(Haha)....
Although, this site is fairly high-tech (In my eyes), it's not as cool or informative as Leslie's. I like to think I contribute information. :)

Ten years before I was born

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"Scott Adams, author of the first commercial computer game ("Adventureland," 1978), leads a lively discussion on narrative, copyright, and violence." It's hard to believe this was in 1978. I mean, I thought the computer game of Solitare was amazing when I first experienced it at 7, in 1995. I had no idea computer games dated back to 1978. From what I read, they aren't high tech or anything, and nowhere near my favorite PC game, The Sims. Adventureland sounds like an interesting start of the gaming revolution. Being technological illiterate, I'm sure it will still confuse me and take me awhile to get the hang of it......
bring on the challenge.

Country Corner

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Checkout my site, Country Corner
hmmm...

I edited Wikipedia

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I added links to my hometown

Midway, Pennsylvania

Wikipedia is a fraud

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"I have no idea whose sick mind conceived the false, malicious "biography" that appeared under my name for 132 days on Wikipedia, the popular, online, free encyclopedia whose authors are unknown and virtually untraceable".
As for the poor soul of John Seigenthaler whose biography was placed on Wikipedia clearly exaggerated a little on his life. Wikipedia isn't the most reliable source of information online. For one, anyone including myself can post an entry. Encyclopedias are supposed to have relevant, correct information on a topic. For example, an igloo, is typically everything this wikipedia article says it is. However, I can change the entire entry, claiming an igloo is an orange sod house people in the African safari that people live in. Some small child or even oblivious adult could write a report on an igloo claiming it is a sod house in the safari. The cite of the source says it is from wikipedia, which can be changed by any human being. If wikipedia continues to exist, will the future generation believe everything they find on this online encylopidia? It's like an online rumor that changes and morphs in time, eventually forming wrong conclusions in people's heads. Relating back to John Seigenthaler whose biography online is false. People who do not know him, conclude his life to be as it is on wikipedia because they are naive and know no different. Sometimes, it only takes one mistake to know the efficiency of one product.

Usability testing

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Usability Testing
The gist of my website will be a bit of information on country music artists. Target audiences can range from young to old. The older generation may be a few curious parents searching information on their kids obsession with a certain artist. Anyways....here are some sample questions:
*What is your age?
*Gender?
*Main reason for surfing the page?
*Favorite artist?
*How helpful is this site?
*Suggestions to make it better?
*would a FAQ page be helpful?
*would it be better to have links to another page or the information paraphrased on this site?
*Is the site easy to read and follow to links?
*Is there alot of clutter?
*Is this site more informative than entertaining?

Too Indepth....Name rocks

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Um...well.....these terms, memes and conduits seemed to be "coined" terms which are fairly boring. Not many people would want to go so much in depth about blogging to coin terminology. Or it could be that it is so new, it's foriegn. However, I wouldn't ever want to go that in depth about meme and conduits. Why can't we call them words and phrases? Are they really that different online than in print? ""we "put" ideas "into" words, read things "into" texts, and "get" something "out of" a lecture. Reddy observes two major implementations of the conduit metaphor."" I think it's kind of like naming rocks. Maybe all rocks look different, but they are still all rocks. Nothing special. I'm feeling confused on this in depth thing.

Portfolio 1

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I can say my blogging has come a long way. Before this class I had never previously experiemented with blogs, nor had I ever heard of them. My very first blog is very sentimental to me. Throughout the weeks, I read and searched through my peers blogs to see what was going on. I was clueless, however, I've gotten much better and have learned alot, but I've still yet got alot to learn...


Coverage
Express Yourself Cautiously
Breadcrumbs
Slack Back and Cut Back
Chap. 11, 12, 13

Depth
Paper Vs. Products
I'm in Denial
Mind My Myspace

Richly Linked Blog Entry
Richly Linked Blog Entry
Site Proposals Perhaps

Interaction
Comments on Jeremy's blog

Discussions
I commented on a very good point, I believe Erin made.
Erin

Timeliness
Chap. 14, 15, 16--Linkers

Xenoblogging
I again commented on Erin's blog
Erin2

Wildcard
My one and only

Richly linked blog entry

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“Now instead of burdening your reader with the task of looking up the other document, you can simply link to the article” (Pg. 409).
Linking is half the hassle as understanding a footnote and checking that book and document for further information. Linking is also a quick and easy way to provide additional information for those who don't understand things on the internet or any topic easily. By clicking on the additional link, you can gain more knowledge of a topic or link to an uncommon word or phrase referenced in a larger article. By clicking here, you will learn how to link.
Referring back to chapter 7 where the main blogging begins is where you can find how to make long phrase into a link. Just as I had done above with “clicking here,” links you to a page. The word “here” takes you there. “This strategy often allows for more attractive visual design than is possible with lengthy links.
“Furthermore, it gives users the option of skipping the supplementary text if the link gives them enough information about the destination”
(Farkas and Farkas, 2000).
To demonstrate shortening links, I will use this example: If I am a baseball coach, and I am making a web site for my team. I will post scheduling as well as a link to an additional site to buy sporting equipment.
Parents:
Equipment for the players must be a certain brand name, size, and should be authorized. To find the right equipment, I recommend Dicks Sporting Goods. You may order anything you need online or shop personally at their stores.

*Short links look much nicer on the page; however you can also link the whole sentence:

Equipment for the players must be a certain brand name, size, and be authorized. To find the right equipment, I recommend Dicks Sporting Goods. You may order anything you need online or shop personally at their stores.

Linking is a very useful way to provide additional information. There are many ways to be creative with a link. You could use a direct quote as a link. For example: “It is a rare disease here, and possibly an emerging disease,” said Almira Jane Leslie. This is a direct quote to a story about Australian fungus. By clicking on it, takes you to the entire article in which this is stated. This is also citing the source you borrowed it from.

Other facts about quotes: “People like to talk, and they like to read anything in quotation marks. The more your story suggests a back-and-forth conversation, the better. So polish up those quotation marks” (Pg. 377).
When I read quotes online, it makes me read farther into it, because you want to know if the conversation is legitimate in information or if their opinion is worthy. Having quotes can give different sorts of information, whether it be fact or opinion. Therefore, I am more curious to see what that person is talking about. If you have regular type, minus the quotes, you pretty much just assume they are stating facts, and sometimes, you’re looking for opinion, as a way to connect your thoughts to someone else’s.
In agreement to my blog, Karissa posted her thoughts about quoting: “I agree with you about quotes contributing to the conversation on the web. I have a problem, however, when quotes are used pointlessly (journalism has a lot to say about useful quotes) or not attributed to an individual. If the point is to make the site more real with real words from a real human, tell me who that human is even if it's just a first name!.”

Chap 14, 15, 16

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Chapter 14
"People like to talk, and they like to read anything in quotation marks. The more your story suggests a back-and-forth conversation, the better. So polish up those quotation marks." When I read quotes online, it makes me read farther into it, because you want to know if the conversation is legitimate in information or if their opinion is worthy. Having quotes can give different sorts of information, whether it be fact or opinion. Therefore, I am more curious to see what that person is talking about. If you have regular type minus the quotes, you pretty much just assume they are stating facts, and sometimes, you'r e looking for opinion, as a way to connect your thoughts to someone elses. So quotes really are a good thing. :)
Chapter 15
"Now instead of burdening your reader with the task of looking up the other document, you can simply link to the article." Linking is half the hassle as understanding a footnote and checking that book and document for further information. Linking is also a quick and easy way to provide additional information for those who don't understand things on the internet or any topic easily....(ahem...me). by clicking on the additional link, you can gain more knowledge of a topic or link to an uncommon word or phrase referenced in a larger article. By clicking on this link, you will learn how to link....
Chapter 16
I like the idea of an online resume. Whether you email it or post it as a web site, you don't have to worry about how many copies to print out or carry with you. As long has you have the link, you're set, you can show the world. Technically, you can design your resume, the way you see fit. If you want it to be rainbow colored with spiral graphics, go for it. Though that may make the employer dizzy, that's not the point. There is so much you can do online. Menus and other pages make it easy to navigate through the BS that employers really don't care to see. It's even convienient to you, because, if minor changes are necessary, all it takes is a click. Also, "it gives you a chance to demonstrate your Web skills." Hey if you can't brag verbally, why not do it with your super, awesome web designing skills? :)

Seib, Chap. 5

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The "convergence" of technology really isn't the future, it's more like the present. "As technology improves and Internet access and use become faster and easier, people will go online as part of their everyday routin, not even thinking about it." (pg 122)
The easy access to the internet has people checking updated news articles online at any time of the day. No longer does anyone have to sit and wait for the 6 O'clock news. If you want to see what's going on the world at the moment, enter your favorites category and click ABCnews.com. People no longer have to make time to see the news, the news has to take time to see them. With the internet today, one can view the exact pictures shown on the tv from the 5 O'clock news from the internet. You can even watch the exact broadcast given by Paul Martino online. The computer is the TV now, it's no longer a high tech typewriter.

Chap 11, 12, 13

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Chapter 11
"A genre starts with thousands of texts created by individual writers in response to real or imagined requests from a group, attempting to resolve some of their anticipated problems....."
Genres are created by more than one person. It takes one to post a comment, another to add to it, and another to eventually answer it. One must create the answer for the questions. It is your own unique way in which you do. There will always be questions asked and wondered, however you must be able to provide them.
Chapter 12
"Web sites often bury their customer assistance, providing almost no explanations on the spot and hiding the detailed information behind confusing or ambiguously name links." <<--I know I don't like to be lost trying to find my answers, however, there are many ways to provide answers. FAQ, responses to customer email, and phone numbers for assistance, are three very helpful sources in which to provide answers to customers. No one likes to be lost trying to find something they can't. Providing help can make your web site more accessible and popular. Everybody wants to be successful and helping others find what they are looking for is part of it.
Chapter 13
"Straightforward information sells. How ironic--the truth shall make your sales!" Being straightforward and to the point really does help people find what they are looking for. Too much clutter and unneccessary information makes people want to overlook your site assuming looking for the answer will take longer than finding an accurate site. Also, separate your clutter if there is alot of info. Use numerous pages or links and navigation will be easier. Brief, straightforward, accurate information makes the ultimate site.

Chap. 9 & 10

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Try deciphering this:

Our picnic by the river:
"I was sitting on the blanket talking on my cell phone, when rain began pouring down on it. By the time, we covered up, it was waterlogged. I have never been more of a mess in my life. Let's just say that hasn't been the same since."

Um....I'm not weird, I didn't write this: but what are they talking about in this? "It and that?" What are they....I think specification is in order here....:)
{Pronoun Problems} ^^^

The Breadcrumbs....will help you find your way back! I tend to get lost in everything I do....including surfing the web....and it's nice to know, Hanzel and Grettel have your back. It's really easy to get lost in a website that has over 100 pages.....especially if you find relevant information in your search that you want to go back to....

Follow the Breadcrumb Trail "Home"

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OHHHH! I love the "Home" button especially if it is at the top and bottom of the page....because, I usually don't read anything on a website....because of my attention span....so I like it placed at the top when I don't bother reading the material and at the bottom if I happen to be searching for key words through the mess of words.
Also, the breadcrumb trail is very helpful for me, because I tend to forget where I am while browsing the web, and by clicking somewhere on the trail, it will take me to a familiar place......and I like to know where I am and I like how they call it the breadcrumb trail....that's fun too....:)

Blog Entry at Seton Hill Dot Com

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"Searching made easy"
So my out of context title was fairly relevant if it were a webpapge. However, my in context title needs some work, but being introduced to these techniques 45 seconds ago, I'd say it was a good try... ?
I understand now why some titles (aka in context ones) are not very informative, because you've got other key words, phrases, and pictures to assist in the detail and identification.

Chap 7 & 8--Hot Text

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Explaining your link briefly can make it appear in a search engine?!? How neat! I might be too excited for all the new link/text/internet shinanigans! How convienient it all is. I'm not at all computer savvy, however, I should be by the time I'm done reading this book.
Also, I think writing the beginning last is a very effective way to write, especially online. I tend to ramble off topic, but yet it may be relevant to the subject somehow. That way without a beginning, I can just summarize the body and wrap it up. You can even include links and emphasize what you need to and it can all be relevant once you form it together for a introduction statement. If you think about it, everything relies on the beginning, why not save it for last and make it the best?

I burp blurbs

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Ok, so after reading this, I found out what a blurb was. I mean, I knew what it was, but I didn't know it had a name. Nice to know I can identify the brief summary at the end of a hyperlink. :) I also hadn't realized how helpful they can be. Instead of skimming the paragraphs, reading the blurb will tell you what it's about. So they have significance. I just wonder if it is often that people do tease about what the website really contains....like false advertisment. haha that's just not cool....

Site proposals perhaps

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The most important thing in designing a website is to have an easy and accesible page with plenty of uncomplicated links. The perfect clothes website consists of just that. Easy internal links to click on to specify what you're are looking for, and having a teenager targert audience. We like to have everything straight to the point and blunt....

As for another possible idea, I often use this site for news. It has easy read side tabs and loadable pictures that are not too complex. The site is not flashy, colorful, or blinds you as a welcoming to the page. It is again easy read, and accessible among the side tabs. The audience for this is of all ages, which is why it is dull in color and not many graphics. Which also demonstrates why it is a newspaper website.

Chap 4-Sieb

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"Newspapers implicitly accepted this, while emphasizing their own strengths--their breadth and depth of coverage. The culture of modern news business has been built on this allocation of roles." -----> It is true that an article in the newspaper features all of the details, and accurate interview sources. However, the speed for news is also in demand, therefore changing the style of how news is presented. More and more people rely on the online newspaper to get news instantly. This is the fine line where you have to decide whether speedy news is better or slower, accurate news. Also, another major factor is the free news. Online news is free and accessible, however, with the delivery boy, comes the newspaper and a fee. So why not read all the free news you want online? A positive way to look at it is, view the breaking story online throughout the day, obtain pieces of information, and wait for the whole, accurate news story to be published the next day in the newspaper.

Chap 3-Seib

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By reading Chapter 3 of Going Live, I've realized how much news coverage has evolved. In the early 1900's everyone relied on their radio for information in the outside world. The radio was definately not a quick way to hear breaking news. Although when televisions were becoming part of the home, news traveled even faster. Now the internet revolution plays an important role for instant news. News travels extremely fast via internet. When I was looking up a current event for a class last year, I found an online article about a car bombing in Iraq. The article was posted 12 minutes after the bombing occurred. I was amazed to find how fast that article was written and published for everyone to see and read about. News is becoming instantly accessible through the internet. If we were still relying on the radio, would we have known about Elvis yet?

Slack back and cut back

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When I was looking at the examples of how to cut back on writing, I was amazed you can get straight to the point from by taking 77 words and saying the same thing in 9 words. It really is important to say what you need to in a brief statement or short paragraph. All to support the zero attention span of people like me :)

In addition, it is also important to be able to skim through an entire chapter or multiple paragraph summary of something that is too much to handle for one pair of eyes at the same time. You can bold, italicize, or underline to catch SOMEONE's attention.

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