Archive for February, 2012

Midterm Activity

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Burro on the Hoof” by NoiseProfessor

The Daily Create - Today's Special: Burro on the Hoof

Here is a picture for TDC36 originally submitted by NoiseProfessor. The topic for TDC36 was “Take a photo of food being served or eaten in an unconventional way”. I thought this picture was humorous and would be perfect for the midterm activity. It is licensed under Creative Commons on flickr.

Image: The Daily Create – Today’s Special: Burro on the Hoof by Noiseprofessor ~ CC Licensed via flickr

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Assignment:

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Are you looking for an engaging computer-related activity or project for your students? Regardless of the grade or subject area in which you teach, I think I have an idea that you will find both stimulating as well as educationally relevant. It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Your challenge is to enhance a famous quotation by superimposing it on an appropriate “Creative Commons” licensed image and to give proper credit.

Process: 

For this particular assignment, all it took was three steps:

1. Find an image of my liking via flickr “Creative Commons”

2. Once i chose the picture, i uploaded it to my flickr

3. Finally, i edited the picture (inserting text), using a flickr native program called picnik.

Story:

I absolutely loved this image. It was on the first page when i clicked the “Creative Commons” link on flickr. The saturated sky and the contrasting snow blew my mind when i enlarged it. I knew this was the image i wanted to choose for this assignment. For my quote, i chose a rather famous one by Saint Augustine; “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”. He was an ancient roman theologian and and bishop. I believe traveling is one of the best ways to get to know not only one’s self, but one’s world as well. Exploring the world is the best way to grow as an individual. Just as the quote implies, if one wants to truly expand one’s horizons, traveling is a necessity. The world is simply too large to stay in one spot for an entire lifetime.

I was in charge of the “MAY” analysis for our infographic.

This particular section dealt with stolen credit card information across America throughout the year 2011. According to this infographic, following a credit card breach, 200000 credit card users’ information has been stolen. What wasn’t noted in the infographic was the specific bank, which happened to be citi bank (after further research). I looked into the source, and found no particular problems with the claim. What i did find (after further exploring the event), was a higher number of stolen credit card info from the same source at a later date. The number was actually closer to 360,000 stolen credit cards (source). I wasn’t able to confirm the cost of the event, which (according to the infographic), was $22 million.

The following three statistics concerning Hong Kong, Brazil, and America comes straight from Unisys’ (the company responsible for the infographic itself) website. Being a rather large company, it can be assumed that the information provided is relatively accurate. These stats were taken directly by Unisys via country survey.

Overall, the information i explored seemed to be legitimate, and had credible sources. I would have liked to see a source for the $22 million cost claim, but other than that, i thought that this (portion of the) infographic had proper sources and offered reliable information. Furthermore, the information was provided in a very “viewer friendly” manner. One does not have to be tech savvy or an “internet geek” to decipher and understand this infographic.

WEB 2.0 and the future

Posted: February 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

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(picture via wikipedia)

Web 2.0 is a concept / term coined by Tim O’Reilly. It essentially overviews the first major shift within internet stratosphere. The first aspect of Web 2.0 consists of RIA (rich internet applications). Essentially, this is how we bring the “desktop experience” to one’s browser (whether it be graphical or usability). The second aspect of Web 2.0 consists of SOA (service oriented architecture). Some key terms that can be derived from this aspect include web services, feeds, RSS, and Mash-up.

Web 2.0 (and its applications) essentially connect people with one another. This is referred to as the social web. Not only is the end user exposed to information and applications, but the user also becomes a participant. Whether it be via tagging, blogging, podcasting, or “wiki’ing”.

Here are some commonly known web 2.0 applications:

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As you can see, applications such as google, digg, pandora, wikipedia, etc are all designed to connect peers with one another, and for end user progression and input.

But where do we go from here? What will happen when we transition to web 3.0? When will it happen? How will it happen? What is the next google? In my opinion, web 3.0 will be a “downgrade” from web 2.0 in the sense that there will be less end user communication and freedom of speech. Currently, the government is rushing to place limits on the internet (via SOPA, etc). Web 2.0 may very well be the last “free internet” we will ever know or get to experience. Sites such as wikipedia are at risk from such acts the government is attempting to impose. It is very possible that web 3.0 will be full of constrictions, limitations, and litigations.

Is this a preview of web 3.0???

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Car Lust

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Assignment:

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So I wanted to submit a new visual assignment. All of us, most of us anyways, have a dream car. This is a simple assignment. Take a picture, or find a picture on the web of a car that you love. Then, write a description of how that car make you feel. That’s it. Short and simple. This combines the visual of a car, with the story telling aspect, of how an object make you feel.

Process:

The process for this assignment was rather simple. I searched google for the best image of my dream car!No editing was done for this particular assignment.

Story:

My dream car is a 1969 Corvette Stingray Coupe. The reason being, it was my fathers dream car. I have also come to love the car, due to my fathers love for this particular vehicle. My father has been a car fanatic since he was 16. His passion has naturally been passed down to me. Since i was a child, my father would often take me to car shows and teach me about cars. Unfortunately, my father has never been able to acquire his dream vehicle, so I would love to show up at his driveway one day with his dream car.

DS106: An Album Cover by lei_187
DS106: An Album Cover, a photo by lei_187 on Flickr.

Assignment:

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So here’s something fun for everyone to do, should be quick and easy, but try to make it pretty. First, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The title of the article is now the name of your band. Next, go here: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 Go to the bottom of the page. The last four to five words of the last quote are the title of your first album Lastly, go here: http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days Select the 3rd image. It is the picture for your album cover. Manipulate the picture, resize it, add some other color, whatever. Do the same with the band name and album title, put them over top. However you wanna do it. Make it look cool.

Process:

It was a pretty straight forward process, since all of the direction were given directly on the assignment page. After choosing a random name off wikipedia, choosing a quote, and a picture off flickr, I put it all together using a program called picnik (offered via flickr). I added a simple museum style border and added the album title. I am very happy with how it turned out!

Story:

I tried to think of a proper story for this specific band / album, but i wasn’t able to come up with much. I just thought it was a very appropriate picture for the album title. It gives off some sort of a mysterious vibe, and its somewhat soothing to look at as well. Very “zen”.

The Daily Create: TDC31

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
TDC: 31 by lei_187
TDC: 31, a photo by lei_187 on Flickr.

“Create a photograph that represents the happiest or most memorable moment in your life”

I chose the original photo from my last TDC for this particular assignment. It’s hard to define the most memorable moment in my life…but this spot is definitely special to me.

 

I took this photo at a “hidden spot” by my high school in Los Angeles. I would often come here with my friends and girlfriend after school. We would spend hours just looking over the pacific. When it got dark, the lights would drift us away into another world. I have had countless “memorable moments” at this location. I still visit the place whenever i get a chance to go back home.