Taking a break from the essay with some Lindt chocolate and bandit penguins.
OH MY GOD it’s soooo goood. I don’t care if I get fat, I’d rather eat this everyday than look good.
Ah ah ha ha ahhahahahahhah!
I don’t want to write this essaaaay
But only for school purposes! I will definitely keep up the blog writing after this is submitted, and who knows, now that I don’t feel the pressure of getting it marked it might evolve into something amazing. I have gotten a new found love for my camera, and now that I have a place to share my photo’s I imagine that this can develop into a wonderful relationship.
The blog has been an interesting companion through this semester. At first I was extremely disappointed when I found out that part of our course would be on blogging, and complained for weeks. However, the blogging part of Networked Media has been the part I have enjoyed the most, and possibly learned the most from as well. It has been a great place to document and reflect upon my progress in HTML and knowledge about the network, and with the slightly interlinked cluster of RMIT blogs there is always inspiration and motivation to find.
So here they are, my chosen ten. It was harder than I thought, choosing only ten. Not because my blog is flourishing with amazing posts, but because I have put a lot of effort into most of them, as this subject is an unknown area for me. But like they say, sometimes you have to kill your babies (or how is it again?), and I had to get rid of some.
The first post I wrote was very forced. I had a slow start and wasn’t very enthusiastic about Networked Media. On top of that Norway got struck by terror. I’m sure most people know so I won’t go into detail.
However, it got to a point where I felt so behind that I forced myself to write something.
When I look back at it, it wasn’t really that bad. Overall I think it is a good first post, it’s very personal and I tried my very best to link it up to the course material.
The second post I have chosen is one of the first proper posts I managed to write. Like I said, it went slowly the first weeks. I think at this stage I decided to get a grip and try to learn as much as I could, who knows I thought, maybe HTML and blogging might be the future. This post is notes from a lecture, but I put a big effort into researching the different things that were mentioned.
Number three! I feel a bit sneaky for choosing a post that I used in my Annotated Bibliography, but then again it wasn’t part of the required posts, and I am pretty sure I lost some marks because it didn’t fit the description of an annotated bibliography (too long..). I really tore “Blogging thoughts: personal publication as an online research tool” to pieces in this post, looking at almost everything they brought up with a critical eye. I think this post shows that I didn’t just skim through the test for the annotated biblio, I put some effort into understanding it.
So now I’m intrigued.. I picked this post because it is good and within my field of interest. However, it is not very relevant for Networked Media. It fitted the timeframe for where I could choose posts from, and it is a way better post than the small scribbles I did around that time that is related to the course content. I’m hoping that this period of not to hard focus on course material can be forgiven, as I have improved a lot towards the end of this semester.
The fifth post is a short review of the work on the hypertext essay. I ended up in a different group than what was originally planned, but I was fortunate and was teamed up with Rosa. Being only two people demanded a lot of work, but we had fun. Buffy joined our group towards the end and helped out. Here’s what we got so far
Number six is a dive into the blogging world. Like I have mentioned earlier, the blog has really grown on me and I have spent some time online getting more information about blogs. This was a small experiment that linked me to the online world even further.
In blog post number seven I got a closer look at my main area for socializing, in other words, Facebook. I learned many new things about it, the majority of it was actually quite shocking.
I found HTML quite challenging, but tried my best to learn it. In post number eight I tried to apply different HTML codes to my blog to see how much I were allowed to do within it. It is quite short, but I had funk making it and I now have the codes I used stored for as long as I keep my blog going.
Post number nine is about a range of different things, but mainly about The Whole Earth Catalog. It has been said that it was a version of a blog and of Google before those things even existed. Interesting stuff that I would consider adding to the course material!
And then finally, number ten. It is actually the last post I wrote before I started on this final summary of my blog, and come to think of it, it is a nice way of finishing off. I started with my very first post, and ended with the last one (at least the last one that will relate to this semester). It is about Gifs and how you make one yourself, and I’m definitely going to make gifs a common part of my blog.
Hugh asked everyone in class if they were going to continue blogging after this semester, and I think everyone said yes. I’m sure I’ll be back here as soon as I’ve gotten that god damn Authorship essay out of the way..
Much interesting stuff happening in Melbourne at the moment…
I just love those days when I obtain new useless knowledge. There is no way I can picture how making gif’s are going to help me in any way, but its still heaps of fun!
First, you choose, lets say 5, photograps. Open the in Photoshop.
Then you choose one of the images to work from, as you will copy all the images into this image. You do this by selecting on of the images, press cmd+A to mark it all, then cmd+C to copy, and then you go back to the image you chose to work from and press cmd+V to paste it in. It now appears as another layer. Repeat this with all the other images.
But as you can see, its only showing one frame. Therefore you have to click on the top right corner of the box, and then press “Make Frames from Layers” in the menu that comes up. And voila, all your layers are frames.
Now you have to choose the duration of each frame. As you might be able to see on the previous picture it says “0 sec.” next to an arrow. If you press that you can change the duration. I prefer 0.2 sec.
When you are happy with the result (try playing it, there controls in the animationbox), you go to “File” and from there you choose “Save for Web and Devices”.
Here it might be a benefit to make the size of the gif a bit smaller, as it will take longer to load online if it is too big.
I made another one just for the hell of it..
Ever heard of Kutiman? I remember Hugh showed it to us in a tutorial weeks back, and when I went through my draft blog posts I came across the name Kutiman.
I did some research and found an amazing video on Youtube. It’s like a music video, but there isn’t one artist; if so it would be Kutiman for putting it all together, but the music is a mix of several different youtube clips that people have put out (drums, piano, synth, theremin, vocals, whatever he could find). Amateurs that sing or play an instrument, some good and others mediocre.
Kutiman, or Ophir Kutiel, which is his real name, has taken pieces from each clip and made it into a whole. He called it ThruYOU, check it out.
Manovich’s spacial montage anyone?
Apperantly it took him two months of intense work to finish it, but it seems the price was worth the effort; the video spread across the internet, and he has been given oppertunities to collaborate with other artists such as Maroon 5. Here’s what he made after receiving footage from the bands US tour
Come to think of it, ThruYOU is the ultimate Creative Commons video, where we really see the benefit of it. By combining different creations by other people, he has made something that isn’t only promoting himself (as an editor, DJ, etc), he is also giving credit to the people that starr in his video. In the info section under the video he has provided links to every videoclip he used. He has created something new by using the creations of others.
While the video I posted earlier this semester (Filmography 2010) has borrowed clips from movied under copyright (which might lead to trouble, who knows), ThruYou is so far on safe grounds. Just because I love it so much I’ll post the Filmography 2011 again haha.
And for whoever needs some new curse words, I give you this:
The debate around climate change, sustainability and environmental awareness is easy to follow for those who are interested; it is everywhere online, on posters on in the streets, and in the news. The population of this planet is about to reach 7 billion people (oi check out that webpage btw, interesting in terms of global differences and changes), and the question is if this planet can hold many more people.
For those following the Occupy Wall Street movement I’m sure you are aware of the massive differences between rich and poor, and how the majority of people in the world have an extremely low standard of living. I just came across a report about “the happiest countries in the world, and found my country on the very top. I was immediately filled with ambivalent feelings about being from the happiest, and one of the wealthiest countries in the world; should I be happy? Proud? Or ashamed?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a very proud Norwegian; however, realising how extremely lucky I am being born there and how my standard of living is so superiour to so many people who just happened to be born somewhere else, makes me feel quite ungrateful, not to mention selfish for not contributing and sharing more with others. Also, I realise than no matter how much sympathy I might show for others who have less than me, and no matter how bad I feel for the environment and the damage we cause, it’s not going to help. I need to change my ways, as do all of the people who can afford to study at RMIT, live in a house, eat food everyday and even drink alcohol on occasions. Practice what you preach..
Jono posted this video on Facebook, and it only made me feel worse:
“If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it”.
Seriously, watch this if you are reading this post, everyone needs to hear it. This young girl were so much more aware of what is going on in the world than what I am today, and she is from Canada, a country with similar standards of living as Norway (meaning I have no excuse). She participated and tried to change things, only twelve years old. And here I am, soon 21, and what am I doing to make our planet healthier?
My friend Marit from Norway, now living in Melbourne, posted these images on Facebook, which made me feel a little better:
At least I’m riding my bike every day.. It’s a very small comfort.
I decided to make a list of the things I am doing right now, and then a list over things of goals for the future.
Sunniva’s contribution to the environment.
- Rides a bike instead of driving/tram
- Use greenbags when she goes to the supermarket
- Takes short showers
- Gives money to charity on rare occasions
Ouch thats really embarrasing, it’s so short :/
- Stop buying things you really don’t need (do I really need an Iphone? New clothes?)
- Only buy the food I’m sure I’ll eat. I hate throwing food away because it has gone old..
- Eat less meat.
- Organic food, preferably from markets! Big supermarkets are evil..
- Instead of buying myself useless stuff for selfish purposes, give more money to charity
- Buy recycled material, AND RECYCLE
This might sound horrible, but it is hard to let go of habits once you’ve gotten used to them. When I worked full time in Norway, I got used to being able to buy nice products for my hair and body, eat out and drink often etc. As a student I had to drop those habits, and it was a strange transition. The challenge of loosing my luxurious habits (at least compared to the people living in poverty today) will be even harder, but without a doubt possible.
Here is a couple of blogs I have been looking at that gives great advice on the subject
WHY ISN’T IT WORKING?!?! I’m about to push my Mac down the toilet! Does this mean I’ll have to upload my retard video that really no one (exept all my faithful followers of course) should see to youtube or vimeo?
I gave it a go, as I wanted to figure out how to upload videos IN CASE I should follow the path of iJustine or that other blogging chich and become a MILLIONAIRE.
Yep.. yep… It has begun
Method: Upload video to vimeo. Then get the embedded code and add to the HTML section of the blog. Voila
Hold your horses! I have created yet another webpage!
This time it’s actually gonna be used for something. Yeah, you guessed right, HYPERTEXT ESSAY! woooh..
Check it out, I made it all by myself! (I got some help from Rosa of course)
It’s loading a bit slow, but if you let it finish loading before you look I’m sure you’ll be impressed. (haha)
It took aaages to figure out to make that stupid cloud move the way we wanted to, cause when it goes behind the transparent text box you can’t click it. Not that it matters at the moment, it doesn’t link to anywhere yet, but when the page about “professional blogging” is ready it will
I have to admit, I have never been a health or fitness fanatic. I have a tendency to stay right in the comfort zone, right on the edge of being fit or right on the edge of being really unfit. After two months of intense study I am sad to see that I have finally crossed the line. I went for a run around Albert park lake, and I thought I was having a heart attack on several occasions. Not to mention the diet I have been on lately:
I’m serious, apart from food I’ve bought from DonDon’s or Subway while at Uni, this is pretty much what I’ve been eating lately.
So now that the long awaited holiday is approaching, I thought I should change this apparently unhealthy lifestyle which inolves me having my bum placed in a couch or anywhere else comfortable, with the Mac on my lap and eating canned mushrooms with ketchup.
I think we ended up spending 135 dollars at the supermarket, but we got heaps of healthy stuff. The question is if it will be eaten or neglected for greasy sausages, after all, the barbeque season is coming up and I’m not sure if I have the self dicipline to stay on the veggies.
Anyways. Here’s what I bought.
Congratulations Sunni, yet another useless blog post.. Wishing myself luck in my new quest.
Whoop whoop, the hypertext “books” are finished! I’ve been working on the five main pages for our hypertext essay for the last few weeks, getting all the information and finding links that fit. Some of the links will lead to other pages within the hypertext essay, while some will be external links to other pages. Our aim is that the links to pages within the hypertext essay should just open in the same tab, while external links should open a new page or a new tab.
However, we’ve found some difficulties with this, as we’ve only managed to link to external pages. We are using flash, and we might have to neglect this if it proves to be too difficult.
The pages I have so far is