Friday, October 26, 2012


The video we had to watch about presentations called Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen.was a really cool presentation. I loved how he had so much movement and movement within his presentation. It was almost halfway through (I didn't see a timer to mark a certain time point) when he was giving the information on the graph that had a high peak in the middle and colors for each piece of information start falling from the top right into place! I am definitely going to try to learn how to use some of his techniques in my presentation, I don't know what you mean Lisa, by the question what are his key elements? If you let me know in a comment I will come back in to add more to my post.

Friday, October 19, 2012

week 7

In the first article this week what caught my attention was this paragraph: "The guild is also accused of wanting to profiteer off family bedtime rituals. A lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation sarcastically warned that “parents everywhere should be on the lookout for legal papers haling them into court for reading to their kids.” That is just a smartass comment meant to ruffle feathers and serve absolutely no good purpose. If you want people to take you seriously about a wrong you feel has been committed against you (profiting off ereaders without sharing the profits) then you need to remain cool headed. If you start acting like a child having a temper tantrum people will tune you out.

I didn't see the demo for the kindle 2 on the third link. I did a search for kindle 2 which brought up 30 pages of results. I tried to refine it from there by searching kindle 2 demo. I also didn't see a demo. I did find some more articles about the author's guild but it wasn't any new information that isn't included in the other links.

As far as the debate about text to speech undermining audio book sales I think there is a lot of merit to it. I go looking specifically for audio books that I want to be able to listen to instead of read and I pay for them. The writers and publishers are making money off from my purchases. If I get them for free from something like the kindle 2 that leaves a lot of people no longer making money off from me having the book. In this day and age the last thing we need is yet another loophole to take money out of someone's pocket or a job away from them.

To be continued......have a baby awake crying upstairs

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wk 6

I agree with the first article that says the photo is so far off from the original that it's not copyright infringement. One article (the second one maybe) mentioned that even the photographer didn't recognize it as his photo. I also don't believe for one second that the AP would have cared at all or raised any kind of fuss had there been no money to be made. Another story said the use of the photo undermines the AP's ability to cover the news. I'm not sure that's true. Tshirts, buttons, posters etc are not going to keep them from covering the news. That's a bit of an exaggeration on their part.

There is also a lot of talk about plagiarism, not only in this class but all of my classes. I didn't realize it was that much of a problem. A couple of things I don't understand but follow the rules just because that's what I'm supposed to do. 1) With so many publications both online and in print there is bound to be someone somewhere who has had the same idea as you. Even if you have never heard of that person nor read their work would your idea be considered plagiarism simply because they thought the same thing then wrote it down at some point in time?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Week 5 blog post

I wasn't sure what to title this one so I just used the week number. There is a link below that has my pictures I manipulated this week for the assignment. One is my drawing from the previous week. I downloaded Picasa then used sepia on one of them, softened edges, added borders to some of them, changed one to look like an aged picture. I was having a lot of fun with it so I did more than the 2 we were assigned.