Phridays

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Prior to last week I was unaware of the phenomenon known as phriday. Yes the almighty phriday where people with knowledge and technology can create pages worth of comic relief every Friday by editing their favorite images with any and everything funny. My first phriday consisted of editing President Obama's head onto the creepy mid-evil painting from the second Ghostbusters movie. You remember the one where he was a god and took over New York through the architecture of a building he once designed. You know the one with Bill Murrey and that one guy from SNL back in the day. My second phriday I decided to participate in the phriday theme of the week which was editing Guy Fiery's hair onto anyone else you could imagine. Well I imagined Guy's facial hair and spiky tips on the Toronto crack smoking mayor what's his face. Well here are my two phridays......

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Phridays

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Prior to last week I was unaware of the phenomenon known as phriday. Yes the almighty phriday where people with knowledge and technology can create pages worth of comic relief every Friday by editing their favorite images with any and everything funny. My first phriday consisted of editing President Obama's head onto the creepy mid-evil painting from the second Ghostbusters movie. You remember the one where he was a god and took over New York through the architecture of a building he once designed. You know the one with Bill Murrey and that one guy from SNL back in the day. My second phriday I decided to participate in the phriday theme of the week which was editing Guy Fiery's hair onto anyone else you could imagine. Well I imagined Guy's facial hair and spiky tips on the Toronto crack smoking mayor what's his face. Well here are my two phridays......

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Writing Papers With No Time to Spare: 5 Rules to Follow

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

If you are a college student then chances are at one point you have pushed a research paper or two for just to long. Most often times college students find themselves crammed in the libraries of our great countries universities trying at the last minute to create wonderful master pieces of literature. You've procrastinated by either watching too much t.v. or playing countless hours of GTA V because lets be honest that sounds a lot better than writing that 10-page term paper worth half your grade. However, in reality when the time comes you often find yourself in a pickle with no paper and no where to start. But do not worry there are a few simple step you can follow in order to get that paper turned in on time. Rule #1: Don't wait till the very last minute As college students we are all bound to procrastinate at some point or the other. However, there is need to stop being lazy and get work done. This means not waiting until the absolute last minute to begin writing a paper. Yes, you can wait a majority of the semester to start researching or writing but do not wait until the night before the paper is due. This decision will lead to a poor letter grade and complete frustration from the lack of sleep you will get before the paper is due. Additionally, this tactic will not allow for sufficient time to edit ones paper. Make sure you give yourself at least a couple of days depending on the paper size, topic, and amount of research you need to do in order to finish. Typically for a 10-page paper you will need to give yourself three days to complete the research, writing and editing to turn in an A worthy paper. However, the time period could be turned down to two days when you are in a bind, but this will unlikely lead to a good letter grade. For any paper shorter than 10-pages I would recommend at least two days time to write and edit a paper of this size. You could even cut that two days in half if you have all the research and material needed to write that paper, but for this article lets assume you don't. Rule #2: Go to the Library Remember the library is your friend and is most likely the place where your friends are not. Going to the library also allows a boast of opportunities for you to get your paper done. It keeps you focused and a way from distractions and offers a tremendous amount of material to work with. The library is quiet and it is often times...

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Writing Papers With No Time to Spare: 5 Rules to Follow

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

If you are a college student then chances are at one point you have pushed a research paper or two for just to long. Most often times college students find themselves crammed in the libraries of our great countries universities trying at the last minute to create wonderful master pieces of literature. You've procrastinated by either watching too much t.v. or playing countless hours of GTA V because lets be honest that sounds a lot better than writing that 10-page term paper worth half your grade. However, in reality when the time comes you often find yourself in a pickle with no paper and no where to start. But do not worry there are a few simple step you can follow in order to get that paper turned in on time. Rule #1: Don't wait till the very last minute As college students we are all bound to procrastinate at some point or the other. However, there is need to stop being lazy and get work done. This means not waiting until the absolute last minute to begin writing a paper. Yes, you can wait a majority of the semester to start researching or writing but do not wait until the night before the paper is due. This decision will lead to a poor letter grade and complete frustration from the lack of sleep you will get before the paper is due. Additionally, this tactic will not allow for sufficient time to edit ones paper. Make sure you give yourself at least a couple of days depending on the paper size, topic, and amount of research you need to do in order to finish. Typically for a 10-page paper you will need to give yourself three days to complete the research, writing and editing to turn in an A worthy paper. However, the time period could be turned down to two days when you are in a bind, but this will unlikely lead to a good letter grade. For any paper shorter than 10-pages I would recommend at least two days time to write and edit a paper of this size. You could even cut that two days in half if you have all the research and material needed to write that paper, but for this article lets assume you don't. Rule #2: Go to the Library Remember the library is your friend and is most likely the place where your friends are not. Going to the library also allows a boast of opportunities for you to get your paper done. It keeps you focused and a way from distractions and offers a tremendous amount of material to work with. The library is quiet and it is often times...

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Why I love History

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

As a History Major at the University of Mary Washington I constantly find myself asking why do I study history and why it is important? I have taken numerous history courses at Mary Washington, which have included courses from the history of Chinese film to the history of United States mental institutions. Every course I take the instructor inevitably ask why is it important to study history. The most cliche answer is that we study history so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. What a load of crap that answer gives. I can tell that history will always repeat itself no matter how hard you study or how hard you try to stop it. People are dumb and they tend to make the same mistakes over and over again until they die so the next generation can make the same decisions. So, why do we study history? We study history to better understand the decisions we made in the past a society. This in part helps us better understand what is going on now. However, the studying of history is not meant to stop it from repeating itself. If it were not for these decisions there would be no now or possibly you or me. So how did these decisions shape our past to get to now. Yes, of course there were some horrible decisions along the way but there were also some great ones that altered the course of history. There are you happy I gave a cliche tag line for wannabe historians. Studying history not only helps understand past decisions but helps shape those being made today and why they are made in certain ways. As humans evolve and society advances there is an ever more increase in history itself. In one hundred years historians will be writing about how Americans and others world wide used blogging as a means to connect and express emotions across a strange technology they called the internet. How primitive we were. However, they will be looking into why blogging got them to where they are today just the same as us studying the early use of internet systems on college campuses. These decisions in the science world shaped how everyday life is conducted now. We all use the internet, but what if it never took off? That is where the historians come in to figure why we use gas powered cars instead of electric. Because a decision was made along the way. That is why we must study...

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Why I love History

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

As a History Major at the University of Mary Washington I constantly find myself asking why do I study history and why it is important? I have taken numerous history courses at Mary Washington, which have included courses from the history of Chinese film to the history of United States mental institutions. Every course I take the instructor inevitably ask why is it important to study history. The most cliche answer is that we study history so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. What a load of crap that answer gives. I can tell that history will always repeat itself no matter how hard you study or how hard you try to stop it. People are dumb and they tend to make the same mistakes over and over again until they die so the next generation can make the same decisions. So, why do we study history? We study history to better understand the decisions we made in the past a society. This in part helps us better understand what is going on now. However, the studying of history is not meant to stop it from repeating itself. If it were not for these decisions there would be no now or possibly you or me. So how did these decisions shape our past to get to now. Yes, of course there were some horrible decisions along the way but there were also some great ones that altered the course of history. There are you happy I gave a cliche tag line for wannabe historians. Studying history not only helps understand past decisions but helps shape those being made today and why they are made in certain ways. As humans evolve and society advances there is an ever more increase in history itself. In one hundred years historians will be writing about how Americans and others world wide used blogging as a means to connect and express emotions across a strange technology they called the internet. How primitive we were. However, they will be looking into why blogging got them to where they are today just the same as us studying the early use of internet systems on college campuses. These decisions in the science world shaped how everyday life is conducted now. We all use the internet, but what if it never took off? That is where the historians come in to figure why we use gas powered cars instead of electric. Because a decision was made along the way. That is why we must study...

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Creating a Game

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

This past Wednesday Professor Whalen showed us how to make a game using the open source software Twine. He then challenged us to make a game or interactive story by Friday. So taking on the challenge I decided to create my own interactive game. Remembering I used to play these kind of games when I was a kid and that they had hidden secrets in them I wanted to create my own secret. While building my game I wanted users not to have to read or go off in too many directions. Though the game would be simple it would also have the secret which would trick user the first time they play. Keeping the game short allows players not to get frustrated with repeating panels of text and back and forth motion of play. I tried to keep the game as linear as possible with only two choices at the beginning of the game that splits it in two different directions. One option takes you on a longer journey while the other is only a few slides long. In the game somewhere is the secret I hid do you think you can find it? By the way there really is no winning or losing because at the end the events were going to unfold...

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Creating a Game

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

This past Wednesday Professor Whalen showed us how to make a game using the open source software Twine. He then challenged us to make a game or interactive story by Friday. So taking on the challenge I decided to create my own interactive game. Remembering I used to play these kind of games when I was a kid and that they had hidden secrets in them I wanted to create my own secret. While building my game I wanted users not to have to read or go off in too many directions. Though the game would be simple it would also have the secret which would trick user the first time they play. Keeping the game short allows players not to get frustrated with repeating panels of text and back and forth motion of play. I tried to keep the game as linear as possible with only two choices at the beginning of the game that splits it in two different directions. One option takes you on a longer journey while the other is only a few slides long. In the game somewhere is the secret I hid do you think you can find it? By the way there really is no winning or losing because at the end the events were going to unfold...

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Google Analytics

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

I recently had a brief conversation with Professor Whalen about how to get more visitors to my website or any site in general. We discussed how using Google Analytics can help determine what visitors liked on your website. What ever content gets the most hits you should put more of that content on your site. I have recently used Google Analytics and it showed that a vast majority of my viewers went to my gifs page and looked at my project. Though they probably did not read anything because the average visit was under thirty-seconds, at least I know they like gifs. If it is gifs they want it is gifs they will receive, but I will do my best to make cinemagraphs because they much more pleasant to look at than a hard cutting gif. On the other hand I saw not to many visitors looked at my blog, in fact they didn't really look at it at all. However, I did get two new visitors from different countries. One was from France and the other was from Indonesia. It's quite strange why these countries would visit my site other than trying to spam it with something because I highly doubt any viewer outside the U.S. or college campus is going to visit my site. However, in slightest chance maybe I have gained some fans of my gifs, but I am probably just boasting. Slowly but surely I am gaining new visitors, but I do have one problem with Google Analytics. It won't take out my IP address and they make it extremely difficult to setup and remove it from the overview. You would think you could press a button that excludes your current IP address but it doesn't. Additionally, I do not even know if the program is tracking my other pages because even if I click on them they do not show up in the report. It is strange I know, but I am currently working on resolving this issue and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you own a drupal website the best thing you can do to obtain your own reports is to download the Google Analytics module. However, it may take several days to start...

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Google Analytics

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

I recently had a brief conversation with Professor Whalen about how to get more visitors to my website or any site in general. We discussed how using Google Analytics can help determine what visitors liked on your website. What ever content gets the most hits you should put more of that content on your site. I have recently used Google Analytics and it showed that a vast majority of my viewers went to my gifs page and looked at my project. Though they probably did not read anything because the average visit was under thirty-seconds, at least I know they like gifs. If it is gifs they want it is gifs they will receive, but I will do my best to make cinemagraphs because they much more pleasant to look at than a hard cutting gif. On the other hand I saw not to many visitors looked at my blog, in fact they didn't really look at it at all. However, I did get two new visitors from different countries. One was from France and the other was from Indonesia. It's quite strange why these countries would visit my site other than trying to spam it with something because I highly doubt any viewer outside the U.S. or college campus is going to visit my site. However, in slightest chance maybe I have gained some fans of my gifs, but I am probably just boasting. Slowly but surely I am gaining new visitors, but I do have one problem with Google Analytics. It won't take out my IP address and they make it extremely difficult to setup and remove it from the overview. You would think you could press a button that excludes your current IP address but it doesn't. Additionally, I do not even know if the program is tracking my other pages because even if I click on them they do not show up in the report. It is strange I know, but I am currently working on resolving this issue and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you own a drupal website the best thing you can do to obtain your own reports is to download the Google Analytics module. However, it may take several days to start...

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