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Universal Digital Literacy

Found this link (Google: “FCC Broadband”) and thought I’d share it. The video could prove useful to our discussion today!

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Selecon Pacific MSR

Backwards blog post: Here’s a link to the operation manual for the Selecon MSR light fixture that I showed in class. We were supposed to find our source, blog about it and then discuss it in class. I’m behind in my blogging (we all are) and this is my attempt to get back on track (let’s all do it!).

The operation manual is a technical guide to setting up, operating, repairing, accessorizing and maintaining this fixture. It is not a quick-start guide like the one Professor Smale demonstrated but more of a guide for people who sort of already know what they’re doing. Due to the intricacy of knowledge required for proper operation, this guide is appropriate. As I stated in class, I have done a sort of quick-start guide for units like this aimed at people with less technical knowledge but tailored to particular uses of the fixture they required.
We’ve spent a great deal of time researching this semester and now it’s time to focus on the latter half of the title of our course. The topic is process documentation. The purpose is to make us all more familiar with the term and what it means to document a process. Then, as per our group project, document the processes from a theme in our research paper in conjunction with a related theme in our partners paper. Now… I just need to write my paper… 🙂

Google; the american way

For me, results by Google are more useful. The page ranking system works just fine for me and is on par with searches done by keywords. When you get into the realm of searches by subject title, which have been put there by human hands, the results can become skewed or more refined. If internet users are to keep Google searches accurate, though, and link to the important pages which are relevant to the subject(s) at hand, then the page ranking system is in essence adding subject titles to the query. I understand, after doing research for this class, that there is information out there not accessible on Google because the people who own the information want money for it. However, when you need that particular information, you will most likely be a part of an institution that has access to it or be keen enough to know where to access it.

For American searching, I am proud of Google. I am not fond of their censorship in other parts of the world, but, in smart-business practice, I understand why they must do it. The recent activity between Google and the Chinese government is baffling. If the people of the world deem certain information valuable, and show as much by making it searchable, then I would think it is in everyone’s right to know be able to find it. Governments should not censor to keep information out of the hands of its people.

-erin

Exalting e-English

Have you ever heard someone say ‘O – M – G’ instead of ‘Oh, my god!’? And, if so, what did you think at that moment? Professor David Crystal says in this article that the internet gives us the ability to “explore the written language in a creative way.” He’s pro-chatspeak. But the negative argument is that e-English becoming part of spoken language is a downfall to our language as a whole. I must admit it sounds quite strange to hear someone say “sad-face” instead of “oh, that’s sad” but our language is simply a common means to get others to understand us, isn’t it? We’ve come up with words to use which convey what we mean but they are still only symbols. Symbols that are in constant flux. There for interpretation, consideration and revision. Ttyl.

-erin

God be with ye

I’m officially DONE searching for any sort of academic source relating to the origin of the word goodbye! I have spent the last 3 hours searching every keyword, subject term, etymology websites, dictionaries, wikitionaries, etc… that it’s making my head spin. Am I searching wrong? I NEED HELP!

My idea was to find an academic article related to the origins of this word, which I have located as ‘God be with ye’ and onto a more informal contraction in Middle English of ‘godbwye’, but can’t seem to find what I need to cite or prove this. It would’ve been a small (big?) step in the right direction for my research paper which is dealing with modern contractions and acronyms infiltrating our speech. The idea being that we may find ourselves in a situation where acronyms become part of our speech and the people using them may not have a clue as to where it comes from but yet they understand the gist.

At this point I am finding it hard to move on and find another way to parlay this idea. I’ve invested a fair amount of time to just drop it. The closest I’ve come is http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/good-bye but it doesn’t seem to really hit the nail on the head. To be continued…

-erin

In conjunction with acronyms, emoticons are shorthand tools for symbolizing emotion in a virtual world. This article about emoticons attempts to shed a bit of light on the use of these symbols. The author uses a sort of wait-and-see tone with regard to whether or not emoticons are here to say or just a passing fad like the ‘irony mark’. Emoticons have evolved to become more than just the symbols we type so that most programs will recognize what you’re trying to convey and insert an actual ☺ or frowny face (system won’t recognize that symbol). Many of these programs even have animation built into the emoticon so that the mouths turn either direction or your smiley sheds tears. While I don’t see any of these becoming acceptable forms of formal communication it is hard to picture them fading from use entirely. Computer programmers have somewhat standardized a modern list of symbol shortcuts starting with ‘ALT+1’ to signify the smiley. A detailed list can be found here.

-erin

WTFIUWATILTD?

Wtf Is Up With All The Internet Lingo These Days?

I’ve spent $0.99 on my source; the iPhone App called Netlingo. It’s a dictionary, of sorts, for all of the acronyms that are widely popular substitutes for communication. As my girlfriend, Ashley, would say, “Why can’t people just use words!?” I pointed out that her statement contained a contraction which, in my opinion, has essentially the same purpose as an acronym. She, and many others, believe that the widespread use of these words are making the nation dumber. While I tend to slightly agree, I also believe that the acronyms are merely a tool. Tools help us move faster. If I could type as fast as I can think I probably wouldn’t use acronyms or internet jargon. Of course, in order to properly use or appreciate the tools, we need to know the fundamentals of our communication and language.

*some of the highlights of the app = ACORN (A Completely Obsessive Really Nutty Person), RUMCYMHMD (Are You on Medication Cause You Must Have Missed a Dose) & YABA (Yet Another Bloody Acronym)*

-erin