The Whale Hunt – Workshop 1/04/2016

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Today I spent some time looking at the interactive online work The Whale Hunt. It’s a great example of a Hypertext. It’s essentially a team of documentarians that have chosen to record their trip whale hunting with Inuits in Alaska via the form of photo media. But the main focus of the project was how to display this media (3000+ photos) in an interactive and engaging form. The photos were displayed in a timeline of the date and time they were taken. But it also allowed the user to display the photos by the frequency of the photos taken in a time period. Much like a heart beat monitor that shows the increase of photos taken over a period of time. Another important feature was the detailed tagging and catergorising of the photos. Allowing the user to sort photos by team member, where the photo was taken as well as what is featured in the photo. It also worked as a website to learn about the different team members  and had links to all there individual blogs and backgrounds.

I enjoyed looking at this different take on interactive documentation.

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Example of the timeline they created for the project.

The Division: Brief Review

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I’ve played over 50 hours of Tom Clancy’s: The division the past couple of weeks. So far I’ve had a lot of fun playing with friends and I’ve now hit the level cap of the game. Here’s a quick pro/con analysis of the game.

Pro:

.Intuitive, easy to learn crafting.

.Matchmaking is a breeze

.Leveling isn’t boring

.Co-op is great with friends

.Simple class based system, but with good amount of variation to try things.

Con:

.Dark Zone PvP has balancing issues.

.End game content is thin, not enough raids/dungeons

.Boring to play Solo

Image used: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bagogames/14169771906

Used under creative commons.

 

 

 

Today’s Workshop 18/03/2016

In the workshop today we just discussed what we read in the reading. Which was Creative commons and Copyright. Mainly just the differences between the two types of protection. To sum it up, creative commons gives you the ability to share your copyrighted work. As well as borrow other peoples copyrighted work as long as they have opted into the creative commons license.

Cool stuff.

 

Picture Post 18/03/2016

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Here is a picture of a cuttlefish. It was taken when I went spear fishing with my brother a few months ago. There was very poor visibility and when he saw this thing floating around he couldn’t resist stabbing it in the head.

This picture is in no way related to what I want my blog to be about. Aesthestically it might seem out of place in this context, but I just wanted to share it. The picture was taken on a phone so I’m not really concerned about the quality at all. In the future I hope to post content e.g. pictures, related to video games. Until then, enjoy this picture of a dead cuttlefish.

Today’s Workshop 11/03/2016

Today in the workshop we discussed how to make your blog as Network Literate as possible. Network literacy is not about being a adept programmer or master of social networking. Network literacy is a more practical approach, creating content, sharing content, engaging in other users blogs and generating discussion. It’s also about knowing how to correctly display and share your blog efficently to reach your desired audience.

What are some ways you can demonstrate network literacy on ur blog?

  1. Correctly tagging and categorising posts
  2. Correctly hyperlinking to other websites and citations
  3. Reading other blogs and linking or mentioning them in your blog
  4. Incorporating a rss feed on your page with relevant news sources
  5. Commenting on other blogs as well as responding to your blogs comments to invoke discussion
  6. Posting different forms of media, video, pictures as well as text posts.

Today’s Workshop 04/03/2016

Today in the workshop we discussed what we hoped to get out of the course in small groups. Everyone had different backgrounds and varying goals that they hoped to achieve individually. Some of these goals more practical such as; setting up a blog for an interest in photography. While some of them more experimental, such as my own idea to just post whatever comes to my mind and interests me on a particular day.

We wrote a list of goals and challenges we could each face in the course. Here was my list.

Goals:

  1. Maintain a healthy blog
  2. Learn some new skills
  3. Reflect on what i’ve read for class
  4. Help my creative process flourish
  5. Develop my online persona further

Challenges:

  1. Navigating and harnessing WordPress fully
  2. Updating blog consistently
  3. Staying relevant to my goals
  4. Finding an interesting subject matter for the blog