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… 🙂
Hi everyone, here’s a photo of the brief sketch I made in class earlier this semester of the parts of your research paper (drawn while discussing Badke p. 19) so you don’t have to write it down.
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.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Lord Acton, 1834-1902) The Google Dilemma by Grimmelman reminded me of this famous epigram again, which was also cited before in the article of Martin, B. From my point of view, the power itself is not a something to be blamed because competition and its result may be one of the reasonable consequences in the nature. What I recognized from this epigram was, nonetheless, power could be problematic when men of power or people around them try to manipulate it for their own interests.
Even though Google says, “Don’t blame us, the computers did it”(Grimmelman, 944), I do not think we need to be upset about it. That is not because Google has no responsibility at all, but because that is the way technology improves. To put it another way, we need constant efforts to make the internet credible and useful, which will not be done instantly. At the same time, it will be essential to observe and supervise the internet so that no one can abuse the authority, as Grimmelman’s thesis works.
Here’s a PDF version of the APA Style handout I passed around in class yesterday.
See you tomorrow — please don’t forget to bring or email your annotated bibliographies to me by the beginning of class.
Information and the extraction of information may take on the manipulation of the three ways that Fister outlined: traditions, processes for validity, and conflicting claims. These reveal mixed results at best depending on what the subject is and the relevancy of media play relating to the subject. So I agree that searches for subjective material relating to the human condition change meanings and importance when abbreviated. Meaningful details can be left to the devil which leaves using the senses and the value system of the researcher. As for Google, the infrastructure Googlebombings, Google Dilemma, link farms, and PageRank determine who is linked to whom in the system. They all play an essential part in the construct of how this organization has to deal with a “virtual conscience” even when faced with censorship and foul references. They try to escape by stating that all they do is feed the servers and wait for the results to emerge and use mere mortal programmers as the tool of the glorified abacus, which is a tool called a computer. The vastness of the Internet and the complexities of how it contains Exabyte’s of information are too many zero’s to calculate in the brain. Evita
Even when I wander around the internet for searching of fun stuff, it sometimes makes me frustrated to reach where I wanted to go, to say nothing of scholarly articles, which I eager to find with certain purposes. Especially, when I just get stuck with nowhere to go or I just get into infinite loops of hyperlinks, the level of frustration becomes higher. Therefore, it seems like important to steel myself for these kinds of frustration before starting to explore the databases.
I found one web site( http://www1.wnec.edu/library/index.cfm?selection=doc.5190 ) that explains how to obtain free scholarly journals through Google Scholar, which is also introduced in the Badke’s book, chapter, 6. I think it is useful when we promptly want to search articles with familiar interfaces or when we come hard to access paid databases for one reason or another. As a result of my test of it, it is pretty much effective to get ‘free’ scholarly articles, even though some of the links still leaded me to paid databases. Google Scholar could be a good alternative for the professional databases, which are fastidious to use at some points.