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Archeological Dig 1

10 Mar

Camera cuddle!

 

woman holding a vintage camera up to her face

 

Freebie: Woman with Camera

 

Female Camera Owner

 

Young smiling woman, holding a camera

 

Woman with camera 1909

 

Woman with camera

Open Source Software

10 Mar

Open Source Software is computer software that can be edited by other parties without them worrying about it being considered copyright infringement. In other words, a company licenses out their software to be used, studied, manipulated, and even sold by other parties. This software protects outside sources from copyright infringement punishments and still lets the original owners benefit from whatever changes or distributions made. It is kind of like a win-win situation for both the company that owns the program and the users that use the program. Interestingly enough, open source software is in a way like free software. Even though many will argue that nothing is free anymore, this really appears to be. The owners of the program benefit from the spread and changes of their program.

Mozilla Firefox is an open source software. It is an internet browser that has had many adjustments to it for it to be considered one of the best in that it has a lot more options then other browsers. These enhancements are the work of the people who use the software. So the people are making the changes that they want and need. Other browsers that aren’t so popular like Safari which is owned and operated by Apple.

M&T Session 6

10 Mar

Photography

When I was a little girl my mom bought me a Polaroid camera and I took it everywhere. I was very selective about what I wanted to take pictures of, not because I was afraid to run out of film, but because (as my mom would say) I didn’t want to waste my time looking at pictures of things that I had already forgotten about. Pretty much doesn’t make sense at all. I guess I was a confused child, because now I take pictures of fun times with fun people specifically so I can hold onto those memories for even longer.

The camera has been a way of capturing people, times, and places for years. It is a part of technology that will never stop being improved. For that it is extremely interesting to me. The idea of this ever-evolving technology that really has grown up through the years with not only me, but the rest of society as well. I’d like to learn all about the way photography has evolved. I’d really like to create almost a timeline of that evolution and see how it corresponds with the social and political events of the time. What types of cameras were used in war zones? Who were the main photographers throughout the years?

Photography doesn’t play a huge role in my future career ambitions, but it is an important part of the rest of my free time. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t take at least fifty pictures and I would love to make my photography part of photography’s evolution.

What do you want to learn about it? What relationship will it have with your professional ambitions?

M&T Session 5:

24 Feb

It is the year 3012, the Mayan calendar was wrong, the world didn’t end a thousand years ago but a lot has changed. Actually almost everything has changed. There is no more living on solid ground, the only places solid to step were created by man. Earth has become a planet covered by water and humans have taken to the sky to build their civilization.

In this new world there is a constant need for man power to run the machinery that keeps the electricity flowing and the cities afloat. At birth babies have chips of data containing all of the information that has ever been acquired inserted into their brains. They are then given a normal childhood to learn how to walk, talk, and use the bathroom. Once those three basic steps have been fully grasped the children are tested on what functions they are likely to succeed most at. The different options that a child could be picked for include: healthcare and advanced healthcare, construction, politics, music, art, philosophy, military, and science. Within each section there are many sub-sections, but most parents wish for their children to be apart of the science career track because that is where the money and recognition are.

In the science career the brightest are now working on building a space craft technological advanced enough to allow for the citizens of Earth to evacuate to another galaxy. It has become an urgent affair because within the next 10 years the sun will explode. Even with this impending doom, the citizens are confident, they already have ventured to all the other planets in the solar system (including Pluto, which in 2998 became a planet again!).

For the average person who isn’t destined to save the Earth’s population, the normal day in 3012 begins by being woken up by a person’s internal alarm clock (literally). They are then processed through a lay-down shower system and dressed in body suits appropriate for the weather. After cleaned and dressed they take a food tablet that fills them for the day and are internally tuned into the public station that broadcasts all the information necessary for the day. This information includes, the weather, the stock exchange, the height of the water, the newest animal closest to extinction, who is the most popular painter of the month, the favorite song of the day, and the world leader’s informative speech.

On earth these days there is just one leader. The leader is elected by the people, but can only be someone who has been pre-destined to be a leader. Not just anyone can be the leader of the world in 3012, this person (male or female) must also come from a family of leaders. Even though the population may be a staggering 1,045,678,594 that combination doesn’t happen often.

Everything in 3012 is much easier, no one needs to think outside the box except for the scientists, but this new world is missing diversity. Not just diverse races and ways of life, but also diverse ways of thinking. Everyone is just fed what they need to know, there are no questions about how the world has come to this hovering culture. Everyone eats the same thing, wears the same thing, speaks the same language, and only purchases the same necessary mundane things. There is no thirst for more, no thirst to be the next great mind. The future just becomes more and more technology driven and loses the heart and soul of the people that have created it.

M&T Session 4

17 Feb

“Media & Technology”

By definition, media is “the form and technology used to communicate information”. Technology is defined as, “the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose”. These two put together in short encompass communicating information using technology.

Media:

1. Audio

2. Video

3. Photos

4. Blogs

5. Social Networking Sites

6. Television

7. Newspapers

8. Magazines

9. Telephone

10. Radio

Technology:

1. Tools

2. Light

3. Computers/Laptops

4. Television Set

5. Internet

6. Printing Press

7. Antennas

8. Cameras/Camcorders

9. Microphones

10. Telephones

The different types of media and technology are connected because the media uses the technology to display and distribute the information, images, and sound and created. Without the technology invented beforehand the media would not only have no way to be shared, but it also would not even be created.

 

M&T Session 3

17 Feb

“Identity  and Internet Social Networking IDs”

A person used to be able to have just one name online, the screenname. My Aol screenname was “sammychick120” and I created that when I was first allowed to use the internet at the ripe age of 10. Now that username is just kind of embarrassing and I have made it so that everything has been switched to the more mature “sp6790”, which is just my initials and my date of birth. A username is like the first impression people see so switching from the one I made when I was ten to the one I have now was a big deal at the time. People use these usernames, handles, and profile names to display who they want to be seen as before a picture is seen. The name shows a lot about who a person is and what they are using the internet for.

Back in the days of MySpace, the username went from a person’s first name, to a nickname, to absolute anything they wanted it to be. The name was the first identifier that would appear on the page and tell a viewer what the person is like. There were the “Mi$z Pr3ciOuS” kind of handles to the “jiffy-pop it!”, none of which made sense, but still did let a person see how the owner of the page they were looking at wanted to be seen. These days in the world of Facebook, the handle has went from a person’s first and last name to a person’s first and middle name. The most common reason for this is not to show personality, but to be unsearchable as they enter the world of searching for a job. No one wants their future boss to see them doing a kegstand after-all!

People are using handles, screennames, and e-mail addresses to project a bit of who they are, but now a days a lot of people are using multiple names. This is confusing to me, because I have only two e-mail addresses and they both are specific to me because of my initials or half of my last name. So when I am talking to or exchanging with people who are using multiple e-mails with no connectivity to themselves it makes you wonder what they are using them for. These names present who you are, but they can also present something you are not. They could be used to hide behind or perhaps portray a person they are not. Having multiple identities to some people is like having a whole second or third life! They can be the person they always wanted to be and not have to worry about being exposed.

Handles, screennames, and e-mail addresses are that first smile or handshake that cannot happen online. They create the first impression that a person can be remembered by and so can be created to show whatever person the user wants to be seen as. Handles, screennames, and e-mail addresses have become a person’s identity.

M&T Session 2

3 Feb

Media Technology Used Everyday:

Every single day I use my cellphone whether I am texting my friends to go get food or texting my mom to ask if she wants to take me shopping. I know my generation is quite obsessed, we text about everything instead of picking up the phone and making a phone call. The only person I do usually call is my boss, but even she sends me the occasional text message. When it comes to my phone I am in the dark about how much it costs because it is one of the only things my dad has still agreed to pay for. I also am a big television watcher which at school is somewhere in that ten thousand bill I pay to live here, but at least there is HBO. The internet is also a constant source of entertainment, whether I’m stumbling through stumbleupon.com or aimlessly meandering and commenting on Facebook, my laptop is always open and always connected.

 

Broad Terms That Are Taken For Granted

Technology- inventions & gadgets; forever growing and changing

Media- what one communicates through; newspaper, telephone, television, etc.

Information- knowledge; aids in understanding

Communications- speaking or writing; transmitting ideas

Science- study of facts

Art- beauty & style; found in every aspect of what we see, hear, and do

Culture- our lifestyles; what we fit our lives into

 

Most of these words are used in everyday conversation, but when asked to define them it was actually kind of difficult. Each word is so basic, but yes, they are taken for granted. For instance ‘art’, three letters that represent everything from the beauty of Van Gogh’s Starry Night to the technical grace of a Mac Book Air. These words each simple on their own encompass a greater value.

 

M&T Session 1

3 Feb

Charlie Chaplin: Modern Times 1

In the opening credits it reads: “‘Modern Times’ A story of industry, of individual enterprise – humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness” and two things came to my mind. The first being “aren’t Charlie Chaplin movies supposed to be humorous?” and the second, “the movie ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ was extremely sad”. Well although this movie was quite humorous, the life in which this character had was extremely sad. He seemed to be apart of the machinery making more machinery, his job was endless cycle of the the same task repeated and repeated and even his break time was monitored. This eventually drove him mad (which would probably be how anyone would react to such a job). The “modern” condition is the advancement of technology. It is ever-changing, you buy a new laptop or phone and a month later they are practically out of date.

This changing and growing world we live in effects every job and career out there, but for my future career the fact that there is so much changing will greatly effect how I not only do my own job, but help the companies that I am consulting for.

Consumers Buying Gadgets

The new technology that is coming out is absolutely amazing! But the point about whether people have the money to pay for these new electronics is a good question to be raised. The reason given as to why consumers are still spending the little money they have on these gadgets to me is sort of absurd. In the report they believe that people are spending all this money on their own home entertainment systems to replace the cost of going out to the movies, but I have yet to see an affordable home system that could ever replace the movie theatre. I think people are buying these gadgets to outdo their peers, as juvenile as that may seem.

Facebook Allows Unique User URLS

Facebook for me is the only social networking site and so it is not bizarre for me to hear of them searching for ways in which to make a profit. Already my own Facebook is bombarded with tons of different web advertisements down the right side of the page, but obviously that isn’t doing enough. I’m sure with as many people using this site there needs to be more people working on keeping it running and so having these uniques user URLs is definitely going to be effective for the company.

OK’d Deal Makes ‘data-mining colossus’

I’m not quite sure what ‘double click’ is, but as it is explained as an advertising company the fact that Google now owns it is definitely a cause for worry. Google already has pages and pages of advertisements mixed in with each search and for them now to be able to tell which interest you is not good, especially for college students who are easily distracted.