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A farewell to CIS 0835

I did this for additional points for blogging and because it was important to put something about the class before leaving it. Although the letter I wrote for my final kind of sums it up having a page dedicated to the actual class I thought would be more meaningful.

This class has helped me alot become more familiar with how to use a computer and how to become familiar with the internet. I had no idea about soundcloud, flicker, or twitter, or alot of all these different ways people essentially enjoy their pass time or enjoy to let off a little steam. I had no idea what a blog is until i entered this class. That is pretty bad when your not familiar with recent technology. It is very important to be familiar with it not only from a job standpoint but just day to day social interaction. Social groups are formed (whether we know it or not) on our education in relation to interest. For example you wont find somone who is extreemly interested in finance and someone who is interested in animation speaking to eachtoher so much. They are educated in different ways. But understanding different aspects makes you available for discussion in more social groups increasing interaction and also possible networking in the future.

Friendship is important and so is networking, the more people you know the better because who knows what kind of opportunities you will need or others will have in the future. That in itself makes this class truely beneficial.

Another thing that is good about this class is being under time constraints and creates a sense of urgency that people need. That pressure is important when you get to the work force. For instance I had no idea literally how to do anything on the net when I took this class, although I had no idea I was still required to push through it by any means neccessary to make sure I get the projects done. My grade depended on it so I did everything I could possible to educate myself with the tools available to ensure that I make my way to becoming a better student in the class.

I will take the knowlege learned and apply it to my future in business and my social interactions, so when people talk about  these types of things in the work place or everyday life I have a handel on it and I will continue my education on it. Thank you very much for the class and I wish you good luck in the future Professor Lockman. Always remember when one door closes another opens, and I am sure that they will find another way that you will be apart of in the future once they realize the importance of the class.

 

This Ds106 assignment was to record an odd voice to make a sound clip of ordering some food at a restaurant. I can make many different types of voices but Southern just felt fitting for the assignment. Laughter is what keeps people happy and it is also the gateway to a woman’s heart 😉 lol. Anyway it was a fun assignment and a little more challenging because I had not done a audio assignment before. So none the less it took a little more time than the usuual ones.

I fought threw it and came up with this as a result I hope you like it and hope many of you decide to do the same assignment, just ensure that you have your sound cloud account I am not familiar how else to add this to your blog. Thank you so much, and if your southern I hope you have a good sense of humor this was in no way to offend anyone. If you do yours make sure your picky about what you order, can you guess what I was picky about in thsi case? The funniest part is how idiotic people really are when it comes to ordering fast food. Getting what you pay for is definately high priority on my list there for although I might not be as picky as this guy but I am in fact picky when I get fast food.

A Phd in English Lit, from U of Michigan.Bryan Alexanders video researches about emerging trends in technology and education. He talks about how he works non profit, and travels and learns from many students and faculty. Making him aextreemly reliable source for information with regard to this. Power point and how it is the lingua franc of our time. Emerging technology has significance in todays society but difficult to hear about sometimes.

A new invention replaces something else but not always that way, four futures of higher education is his main point. He speaks about the declining industries and shows some demographics. Different ways to do analysis. Anyway main points are scenarios alt residential, phantom learning, renaissance, and lost decade and I am to choose one to envision my life in.  alt residential and phantom learning are similar tbh. its about blended learning, online classes/schools instead or vs. traditional brick and mortar schools, augmented reality incorporated into day to day life and in schools.

With this in mind I think that the majority of learning will be from home. I think the cost of teaching, paying salaries, building schools and having a structure will slowly be cut. We already look for every possible aspect to save money. If the majority of this information was shared then everyone could partake in it cost free with the exeption of internet and a computer at home. Maybe online tutoring threw skype classes attendance take and instead of it being in a classroom its online.

Another thing is what if in the future technology became so good that we could infact download the information and apply it to ourselves. I am not a computer kind of guy and not the most technologically advanced when it comes to trinkets lucky to have a music player honestly. But the things i see and the things people are willing to endure for education, or looks or whatever are very extreeme. What if people could hook up a usb and within seconds know different math applications just downloaded directly to your brain? Or how about an external device because so much information could not be downloaded to the brain and you use an external hard drive. Now that sounds crazy but look at a 8 gig  thumbdrive, when I was in highschool i dont even think there were computers out that had 1 gig of space, let alone 8. It is amazing with robotronics, people have mobility in lost limbs threw brain activity. Take that to a whole new level with information.

Now that would be to easy, society would fall because there would be a large difficulty to desciper who the better canidate is for a job, the information is attainable by everyone. What purpose would everyone be working for. So many factors to take into effect. But the future holds so much its a little scary and nerve racking. But one thing is for sure, I see alot more home schooling and skype teaching with lesson plans on computers for the future generations. That is for sure.

This article gives light of personal cyber infrastructure. Every student getting their own cyber world just diving into all aspects of cyberspace. This idea is actually great, I am not that good with computers, these blogs, let alone these assignments. Partly because of interest although there would be much more interest in it if I was better at it. Just like a sport you will choose not to do it if your not good at it most of the time. But with this cyber infrastructure idea gets the new generation doggie paddeling in all aspects of it preparing them for this new digital future.

The future is Web, it is the typing, the surfing of the net, the writting languages of html, and programing, critical aspects that the majority of people atleast in my age group have no idea about. I am only 29 years old and I remember the computers we had in school lol. I can not belive that there is no delay in my text as i write this blog, I didnt know what a blog was. I wish I was better prepared in my early years for all it has came to be today. I think this idea of personal cyber infrastructure can do just that and more.

When you have a group try this out and become successful at it, because in time it will be it opens doors to other new possibilities. Advancing technology and education for future generations. I think every possible aspect that can be pursued through education should be taken. This model that is so delicately put together demonstrates a gateway to that and a possible opening door to a new day and age for not only the United States but the world.

This would in turn also make everything more efficent also with everything at your fingertips. Optimization of time is pertinate and is looked for not only by companies but also on an everyday basis. We want to enjoy the majority of our day and the more efficent it is, the more we accomplish the more we feel better about what we did that day. This idea is a stepping stone in that direction because it is now a digital age, and with the new wave in the future who knows what it could be.

For the small price of 7.99 a month, we pay more than that in taxes now anyway it might as well go to a good cause.

 

Burning for you.

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I did a fanfic Ds106 assignment of a song I remember getting down to in the club back in the day. The song had everyone out on the floor for the slow sexual dancing. It was a great hook up song and a crowd pleaser. so I chose this song. The picture I found searching images threw Google “burning for you” Hence the name of the song. I then edited it a bit in photo shop, posted it and made it one of my post’s. It was the first ds106 fanfic assignment.

The Idea is that the man or woman is burning for each other, getting turned on, or maybe a yearning or desire. Your interpretation can be whatever you want it to be but I am a bit “yarashi” I think is what the Japanese say LOL. But if your interested you can watch and hear the music here. I couldn’t find the sexy seducing video, and if I did maybe I would not put it on here because I would hate to offend someone but the music is still good and you can visualize how you would dance to the song.

The picture is best because its both man and woman burning symbols intertwined so I thought it would make the best Picture for it. You have to listen to the song, even the remixes by other people are good. I hope you enjoy!

DFPQ1

The sentence I chose was ” The “progress” that higer education achieved with massive turnkey online systems, especially with the LMA actually moved in the opposite direction.”

The best example of this we had in class today was Blackboard online with our school. No one uses it, no one is familier with it and its largest benefit is for the Professors themselves to make it easier for thier maintaining students and grades.

There is alot of potential for the internet and mediums for beneficial reasons that can encourage more education and skills, along with challenging for the search of information. Right now it is not used in the correct manner and is not used to its fullest potential. I do the best I can with it although I am rusty as for the upcoming generations I can only hope that they will be able to learn to more of there advantage when the mediums are used in a different way. Challenges, and creativity and education is what molds us into different people that create the CEOs, or amazing artists. These fundementals should be concentrated upon more today. and within this sentence it explains that although there have been improvements it also created setbacks as well. It reached a point where it was no longer used as a educational tool and strictly for information search or as a distraction. It needs to be brought back into an educational tool.

Stuxnet

I read the article about Stuxnet virus and what it did to Iran’s Nuclear Power Plant. Adam wrote about this for his presentation. After reading the article on the fox news website, I thought to myself what if this happened to all the nuclear power plants in the United states. Now I am not sad about the fact that Irans nuclear facility has found some set backs by any means. I would prefer them not ot have a nuclear program at all. As for this same thing happening to us though, the majority of our power in the states is comprised of Nuclear Energy. I would not be surprised that we have the most Nuclear energy in the world currently. But taking a step back for a minute if there is this type of capability out there.

Then maybe there are already much other ones in the mix. Everything is done on computers, financial data, Social Security numbers, history, birthdays, although some of these things we give away freely on a personal website. Everything is becoming attainable at a set of finger tips. That is a little scary to me. There are many ways to have wars, this one could be devastating for a country because, gas, power, water, internet, i mean logistics for many grocery stores. If they were able to be shut off that would have a detrimental effect on an country. Those are all essential needs, local areas could provide but only for so long. The majority also move money via internet. Now being able to take out all of these things at once would be quite the task. But completely attainable in the future I have no doubt.

Now getting into a different side of this, would it not be the same as dropping a nuclear bomb on the area if that factory were to be in operational condition and over heat because of malfunctions and cause a mass amount of danger to the particular area as well as the vast majority of its surroundings and everyones atmosphere.

The article also speaks about Duqu and 3 others created. If this is true then possibly the combination of all could be even worse? I am not sure how this sort of stuff works but its extremely interesting that people have capabilities in a place other than a lab, or a place with a lot of computers. What is required to concoct such a design? Regardless I am less concerned of someone stealing pictures on my computer when in the future it is possible to control a society via computers. I say we go back to the old days lol cash and trade. But then no one would be able to live with out internet, communication would be difficult over seas, all that we worked hard to acquire there are always people out there working to tear it back down, although that might not be the intention inadvertently could be the ultimate outcome.

Is he married?

No I am not married this is a family thing.

This writting assignment was to take a picture and write about the emotional significance it has in your life for ds106. I chose to take a picture of the ring I wear around my neck.

The gold ring was forged for my great grandfather and passed down through out the years. I wear it in rememberance that family comes first. Most people mistaken it for marriage or something like that. But it is infact for just remembering family is first no matter what. I will wear a separate ring on my finger someday if I ever get married. But the ring is meant to be close to the heart, closest place is around my neck so that is where I keep it.

I remember when I initally got it, each of  us have the same middle name also. But when I first got it my father fingers are huge so each of us are different so everyone had it resized. I know my grandfathers was also big. There were so many sizes it had to go down in order to fit mine. I can only hope if I have a son someday that he to will have roughly the same size finger to make it easier to pass it down along with my middle name. The tradition might infact go beyond my great grandfather but the only living people I recall wearing it were those individuals. I think having somethign passed down is important for everyone with children to have a story about family and values. It also establishes a bond that can be passed down to further generations.

Although all of them with the exeption of my father have passed when I wear the ring I feel them with me, with protection, and courage thew the hard times I had when I was in the military keeping me safe in all situations. The significance of it could never be replaced and I look forward to passing it also someday.

Pouring

I chose to do a design assignment through ds106. The objective is to take a word and manipulate the letters to corrorlate with the word. So I decided to use pouring.

First I made the letter P the biggest to give the sense of it as the full pitcher or glass.

Then I wrote each letter of the word to look like a pouring motion. Making the letters smaller as they decend to there ultimate destination which is the last letter to collect all together again like a liquid on the floor or another glass getting filled up.

I used ms paint which is not as good as photoshop because you can actually twist the words on it and it makes it a better look. The computer I am using and my mac unfortunatly doesnt have this so i was left to use paint making my letters one by one which took more time than acutally doing the whole word and manipulating it all at once. It a simple assignment but takes time in order to get the look that you want.

A crowded train

I am from chicago and I thought sometimes the subway gets a little crowded on the L or what not but after being in japan I feel as if it is a herd of cattle being pushed into a railroad car to be slaughtered. I love Japan, the food, the people, the culture, but my if there is 1 thing that I hate and is impossible to get used to is the train during peak times. I live 1hr and 45 min away.

So for this time as some might have a nice casual seat while studying their material, I am standing well above a head taller than everyone else, larger, and personal space is what was respected most I guess in the states in comparison to here. So of coarse it has taken alot of getting use to, but even after 5 years I can attribute to still not ever being comfortable in any situation unless its among an entire train full of attractive women. Then I think the ride might be a bit more comfortable, but that will never happen. In addition to this you consider germs, peoples personal habits, colds, flus, sickness and combine it with these closed quarters. I found this picture on google that just sums up everything perfectly lol. Now although this photo is taken in Jakarta indonesia it still makes the point of the feeling I have ridding the train here. I am glad though that I dont have to hang on to the outside like shown here lol. That is a little dangerous and halarious at the same time.

With all this in mind I recently came up with a way to combat it as I have seen many of the Japanese do and master. I close my eyes and go to a happy place pretending I am not being smushed between 1000 different people. I just let my body relax and enjoy the falling back and forth as the multiple stops go by with the coming crowds. The best is the people who smell like they havent showered in days, once in a while you will get a crazy person next to you that shouts or does something extreemly out of the ordinary.

Dispite all of these things there is one thing to be said about Japanese in different to Americans. They have mastered the art of not letting anythign distract them. When they are smashed, twisted, buckled, in their happy place they go to its just a relaxing time til you suddenly wake up at your stop. For me, I have a long way to go but my training after 5 years has begun I hope I master it soon because sometimes I feel like I might end up like one of the crazy people I stand next to sometimes!