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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted by on 12/30/2015 in WEB101

 

Bring on 2015!

I have been very quiet due to the fact that I’m on holidays from study for the first time since I started my learning journey in 2011. Let me tell you, it feels really good to spend time with my kids without the ever present pressure of assessments. I’ve had two months off so far and I have read a lot of books simply for the love of reading rather than for study and that too feels really good. I really should update my Goodreads profile! But I haven’t just lounged around these few weeks, I’ve also been looking for a job. I had an interview with my local library last year for a casual position which would have been absolutely wonderful, a great way to start my career and gain a little bit of experience while studying my last year of uni. Alas, it was not meant to be as the interview panel deemed me too inexperienced. I was devastated! However, you can’t keep this old girl down, no sir. I applied for a volunteering position at the same library and got the gig.

So, I start this Wednesday, and for all of February, I’ll be at the library three days a week showing them what I’m made of! I’m going to make them love me and beg me to stay with them for ever… yeah. It’s quite exciting now, my eldest started grade one this year and I feel comfortable enough to leave my younger girls in day care for the duration. Come March, I’ll be cutting back on the volunteering, as I start three units once again and hope for the best. My uni only makes the units available in study periods one and three so I have time between to hopefully get a paying job too. That would be great. Hopefully, I will finish this course in November and graduate in the new year. That’s the plan anyway.

So three units in SP1 and three units in SP3 and then… I’m done! God willing anyway.

 
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Posted by on 02/01/2015 in WEB101

 

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted by on 12/31/2014 in WEB101

 

New Look

I’ve been meaning to change this blog’s look to suit the web presence I created for NET102 because it is the exact look I’ve always wanted. This blog is physical part of a lot of mental work that I’ve put towards this course. I don’t even know if that makes sense! Basically, I loved the books in the background with the rickety ladders and the candles, and the blog itself as a diary is my idea of the perfect look.

So now that I have a great new look to go with my librarian theme, I guess I better go back to studying. I’m about a week behind after doing a lot of reading on audio mixing. If anyone is interested I recommend these sites to start you off as they proved to be quite informative…

http://mp3.about.com/od/essentialsoftware/tp/bestaudioeditors.htm

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-video-editing-software-9-top-programs-you-should-download-1136264

I also found that YouTube has a great selection of free music to download to use in projects such as this. I’m going to do more reading about Copyright too, to make sure I can use all these you beaut software and services!

 
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Posted by on 01/23/2014 in WEB101, WEB207

 

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted by on 01/04/2014 in WEB101

 

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Week 11: Social Me(dia) Rivers

Twitter Activity

Go back to the Twitter account you set up at the beginning of this unit and look at the the trending topics on the left of the page.

  • What do you know about each of the topics?
  • Are the people you follow discussing these topics?
  • How does your understanding of trending topics contribute to your understanding of Twitter and social media rivers, if at all?

The topics that are trending on my Twitter (for this unit) are TrueBlood, ThingsIHateAboutPeople, xfactorau, askbolt, Telstra, TwoYearsOfWhatMakesYouBeautiful, Roosters, New Zealand, Rafah and Sinai.

Out of all of those I’m not familiar with TwoYears… and Rafah and Sinai. I’ve had a quick look at these topics and I’m glad I don’t know anything about One Direction. Rafah and Sinai make me very sad. These are not the topics I am interested in. I am following some fellow students, librarians and ALIA, which is were my interest lay. I don’t see anyone I’m following talking about these topics either.

This river is not for me, I’m not a fan of Twitter, even after learning more about it.

Small things

After reading Tama Leaver’s article, consider why ‘small’ appears to be fashionable online (or has the fashion changed???).

In your essays you discussed the consequences of Web 2.0 platforms to the way we communicate and collaborate. Revisit your essay and think about how the presentation of information in small packets changes the way we consume, produce or share information online.

Personally, I like how my phone so small I can put it in my back pocket quite comfortably. However, looking at back at my essay I discussed the wonders of blogging and for me typing away madly using my smartphone would give me a tremendous headache. I don’t have the best eyes in the world and to look down at a small screen for a long period of time does not appeal to me. So in some cases, small things are ok, but large is still useful.

Friendfeed Activity

One of the activities this week asks you to sign up for Friendfeed and add your various social media accounts.

*    How does your Friendfeed represent you or your interests?

*   What sense of other people do you get from their feeds?

*   What do you think of this type of service, in contrast to other social networking platforms? What are its strengths and weaknesses?

FriendFeed is not working for me and I thought maybe it was just me as I have been playing around with all my nodes lately. My Facebook page (for this unit only) seems to be working but as I haven’t added any friends yet it is a lonely feed indeed!

I don not think FF represents my interests at all.

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in WEB101

 

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Week 8: Content Sharing

Activity

Get creative! After ensuring they meet the Curtin guidelines and copyright rules, post your motivational poster, movie poster or magazine cover here…

motivator

Reading, tagging and folksonomies

After reading the articles, what do you understand to be the characteristics of a folksonomy (think about the difference between a taxonomy and folksonomy here)?

What are the benefits of tagging? What are the limitations?

The characteristics of folksonomy are tags that work from the bottom up and are not hierarchical, although can be presented in cluster of tags. These tags are created collaboratively by users rather than one specialist. In contrast, taxonomy is metadata that has been designed according to set standards. Weinberger (2006) explains that folksonomies are useful for shared communication “about a shared set of resources and when there’s no central authority that can stipulate the accepted vocabulary and canonical taxonomy”. Folksonomy acts as a way to render information usable by people who have no background in either IT or librarianship.

The benefits of tagging are the lower cost of time and money as opposed to using hierarchal systems, and tagging allows for a more collaborative nature in content sharing. Mathes (2004) gives the example of Delicious where users use their own language to create tags that everyone can use. As one searches for an item using the tag, multiple hits can be generated often displaying something that the reader would not have come across on their own. The limitations on the other hand are the misuse of tagging, where vagueness can lead to wasted effort in locating items, also the use of the same word for different meanings may cause concerns.

Mathes, A. (2004). Folksonomies – Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata. [Web page]. Retrieved July 29, 2013 from http://www.adammathes.com/academic/computer-mediated-communication/folksonomies.html

Weinberger, D (2006). Folksonomy as Symbol. [Web page]. Retrieved July 29, 2013 from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/3281

 
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Posted by on 08/07/2013 in WEB101

 

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