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Stylesheet so bad!

Ugh! I get so annoyed every time I come to my blog! The stylesheet is so messed up! I am longing for time to fix it, but similar to <a href="http://huminf.uib.no/~jill/archives/none_of_the_above/needing_orange.html">Jill’s need for orange time</a>, between being a single mother, beginning a new semester teaching, and other various and sundry projects ongoing…time is at a precious minimum.

January 28, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (6)

hara-kiri

Late night working calls for sugary snacks to keep one awake. As I have sworn together with a friend in true <a href="http://www.bartleby.com/61/54/H0055400.html">hara-kiri </a>fashion to avoid candy (even thought the definition of candy involves…well, basically anything with sugar) I will eat fruit instead. Ahhhh, promises are hard to uphold on an empty stomach :-)

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January 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jim

Chronotope=Time and space. The term hypertext is restrictive because the readers are experiencing narratives in many different forms, it is reader driven. Three chronotopes were chosen (within a narrative, the meeting of time and space), the body, the city, and the author. Good analogy of chronotope as a stage.

The body as a physical body, but also as a body that van be torn apart and permeated.

The city is a way of holding his narrative together. The city is a place of boundaries where meaning is controlled and languages do not mix. The composite city is layered and organic where all races and histories exist at one point. Uses fast city as example. Very cool hypertext. To leave the city you hear a gun shot, very symbolic of means of escape from an authoritarian city.

The author as the narrator, and also the author as a person.

Narrative is an expression of reality and it has to occupy time and space. How the narrative is expressed changes with technology as a construction and measurement of reality.

**Was a little too interesting to blog effectively. Will try to make more sense of it in blog later!

January 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gottfrid Linge

The first presenter (yes, it is more than Jim) is Gottfrid Linge who will speak about presence in virtual environments. He was given a project from HUMlab to create a virtual environment (copy of the lab) in adobe atmosphere. He is defining the different types of presence in virtual worlds personal, social, and environmental. He brings up an interesting point about a break in presence (when you are in one world, you have a break of presence in the other). Which brings up an interesting point when you relate that to blogging…if i am blogging about Gottfrid’s presentation, how well am I listening? How much presence can one have in each world? BIP’s Gottfrid concluded are theoretically good, but in reality a true break in presence needs a more immersive environment.

January 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Live Blogging Practice

Today <a href="http://www.soulsphincter.blogspot.com/">Jim</a> is presenting his <a href="http://www2.humlab.umu.se/exjobb/drafts/ChrontopeandCybertext.pdf">D-uppsats </a>in HUMlab. I am using this opportunity to practice live blogging. He (Jim) is brilliant to just sit and listen or converse with, so I am very excited to listen to his presentation. Live streamed <a href="http://www.humlab.umu.se">here</a>!

January 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Network mapping in a day!

Barrett Lyon, a networking engineer based in the US, thought he could "map" every node on the internet in far less time than that taken by other projects. Some efforts to produce images of the internet have taken months to complete.

Interesting idea about the use of maps to visualize networks. The article asks how accurate are they if they do not show every node? During the creation of my paper on blogging and language, I created two visualizations of the network I was exploring. One of the visualizations contained every node, while the other just used a sampling. As the objective of the visualization was the overall pattern, both visualizations worked (as ultimately they were both represented by the same pattern). I guess the question is not how many nodes are present per se, but how representative the sampling is.

January 27, 2004 in Digital Spaces | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blending a little more

I am very excited about this new blog. I really hope that it becomes a place of linguistic discourse. I started reading an article about blends, Conceptual Integration and Formal Expression, and it has cleared up a lot of questions left by the last article. I will try to finish it tomorrow and post about it.

Update/Question: Does posting a post about posting in the future signal a little too much enthusiasm about blogging :-)

January 26, 2004 in Language | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Philosophy of Education

Click below if you want to read the hopes and dreams written long ago by a passionate student teacher...her Philosophy of Education.

In this fast paced, fast changing society it is up to the educators to help students find the tools to think for themselves. A teacher should be a guide or handbook for the students to use to push the barriers of the “basic education” and find the self fulfillment that lies beyond the horizon of textbooks. I want my students to be able to know how to react in situations that the parents or educators may not be in a position to help with. One day each student will set off to lead their own lives. We have to trust that we did the best we could as educators to live in a world that we have a part in shaping. To do that, I believe that students should acquire the basics in education. These basics act as a foundation to support the new knowledge to come. As the child progresses in the school system, they should be given more and more opportunities for guided decision making in the education. The better we teach children to make responsible decisions and give them the tools to think for them selves, the better society we will create. Teaching should be child centered. All students have a great potential ahead, but it is up to educators to help them see it is within their reach.

January 26, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reflecting

Today my drama students and I were making masks and there was a very creative spirit in the air. The students were laughing, music was playing, gips (mask making material) was flying… it was educational fun for all. When I got home and downloaded the pictures I took of the students, I started thinking about a photo essay I did as a teacher trainee. The school where I did my student teaching is a rural city school where kids from the “dangerous” part of town/ghetto are bussed. I taught in a classroom that had no books…none! They had empty bookshelves lining the walls. Lessons consisted of turn to page 133 and read the directions…when you are done reading, complete the handout in front of you. It was a depressing time for both the students and me. As a student teacher, I had limited opportunities to change the structure of the classroom, and the memory of what I did, what I could have done better, and what went well has stayed with me, no matter what classroom I am teaching in. I remember comparing this school to the beautiful high school I graduated from. Sure I graduated in a class of 350+, and yes, we had metal detectors (hand held models)…but the facilities we were offered were very good. Why were these two schools so different? If all schools in the States are given the same allowance, what makes one school so poor and one so rich? Do demographics play a role?

The school I went to was probably 25-35% White/minority, but the school I student taught at had a ratio closer to 10/90%. Even if the state is not sponsoring racial segregation, the nature of communities in Alabama did. I remember that the town I moved to my junior year of high school tried again to rezone to balance out the racial card, but people just moved. I know that I am going to get totally slammed for this in my comments, but racism in Alabama schools is still highly prevalent. It is a reflection of the society. I know that not everyone from the south is prejudice, but enough people are left on both sides of the fence to keep old hatred alive. The students react by self-segregating in the halls, the cafeterias, the classrooms. The schools themselves are vastly different in quality and basic educational environments/settings. I know that racism is a highly charged subject in this part of the country, but this ingrained philosophy of who deserves the better education must change. I wrote a personal philosophy of education during my student teaching, and tonight I reread it. I still believe large parts of it, but what have I done to realize it? So many events have started me thinking about this…the play we are reading in another drama class, the problems Muslim girls are facing in Swedish school systems…the timelessness of this problem! Time to reflect and react.

January 26, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

There's no place like home!

I still have some major bugs to work out, but I finally am back online at my old URL. Next time, I will know better than to try to upgrade without making a backup! It feels good to be back at my own domain, sort of like coming home. So much time is put into the planning and creation of one’s blog, domain name, etc. that to lose it feels like the essence is taken out of your blog. I was blogging at typepad last month, and while there is nothing wrong with their program, it just was not the same…it was not home.

During this last month, I have been thinking a lot about identity and blogging, especially blogging related to academia. Blogs need a purpose, I believe, if they are to last. The purpose may be multi-fold, but it should be defined, at least in the author’s mind. I began sum of my parts as a research blog, but it morphed into a personal blog, with commentary on work-related issues. Now that I am beginning to research what I hope will turn into my doctoral thesis, I feel that sum of my parts is not the best place for academic discussion. It has changed too much, taken on a life of its own; a reflection of my life. I believe that the level of identity present in this blog will discourage others from discussing academic topic in an uninhibited manner. So, I am announcing the creation of <a href="http://www.sumofmyparts.com/melange/">mélange</a>, my new research blog. Yes, it only has two entries…but it will fill out as time progresses. So, if you are interested in matters dealing with online linguistics, please visit me there. I hope it will become a place to share ideas, discuss theory; not just a journal of my research.

January 25, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)