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Cannibals!?!?

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The term span automatically makes me think of the folder inside my email address, or the kind you put on a sandwich. According to Clive Thompson, human spam is a real thing. Don’t panic! That doesn’t mean the spam you’ve smothered on your sandwich is made of human entrails. Cuz that would be just gross.

Ilegal to Have a Menstrual Cycle???

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This reading was really cool and in a lot of ways tied in to me Visual Communications class this semester. We are discussing the freedom to post images and how the law regulates them. For example, I found an article on Facebook discussing how Instagram took down a photo that could possibly cause conflict if people took offense to it, but many people didn't. It was a photo of a woman completely dressed that was having her menstrual cycle. Does that make it morally right to remove the picture?

http://parlormultimedia.com/publishing/sites/default/files/Period.jpg

Star Trek: Into Darkness (Khan)

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The readings about Digital School and Ambient Awareness this week were really interesting to me. I especially enjoyed the section on Digital School because I tend to learn better when studying a lesson online. In high school, I had a lot of troubles with math and attended many tutoring sessions during the week outside of class just to be able to keep up. Tutoring helped, but the subject was still a huge struggle for me.

Publishing for Uncivilized Apes

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I have enjoyed reading from the APE book the most out of all of the books for class we have read so far and I highly recommend it to anyone looking toward publishing any of their work. Out of all thirteen chapters we were assigned to read this weekend, I enjoyed Chapter 8 the most because it talked a lot about editing and copyediting.

This is something I am really interested in right now as a potential career. For class, I am taking an actual book published by Parlor Press, and am converting it into an ebook. This is work I have never done before, but I really LOVE it.
Writers Without Borders ebook

Show and Tell

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The reading assigned for this week was once again, an amazing reading by Austin Kleon! Every time I read some of his book, I get on my tumblr or pinterest account, and blog, write, reblog (or repin) and share my ideas, work, inspirations, and anything that I relatively like that may portray my personality or themes in my work. Kleon says, “Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do- sometimes even more than your own work.” However, with it being the Internet and all, I try to be careful because I don’t want to take someone else’s credit, or write something I may regret writing later on. Anyone can see or copy my work on the Internet.

Public Blog Posts

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This week’s assigned reading was pretty neat. I like to write a lot to clear my head of the many thoughts and ideas that pass through it throughout the day. I have a blog that only a few people have access to in which I publish my most personal thoughts and ideas. Its difficult because its on the internet, and many people around the world can see things that are really personal to me. This makes the internet seem really scary.
Scary Internet

Graphic Novels and Visual Communications

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The assigned reading for this week was really cool! It reminded me a lot of some of the criteria I learned in a Children’s Literature course, mainly because of the placement of the pictures in relationship to the text. The text wasn’t as important, because the adults were more focused on it, while the pictures took up the majority of the page so that children would enjoy it. It also reminds a lot of the Visual Communications course I am taking right now. We are studying widely circulating pictures in the media right now, and the types of responses and affects they have on global audiences. I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures with designed purposes to try and figure out what the message is.

Career Anxiety

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This book is really helpful to me for many reasons. I love reading out of APE and will probably continue to use this book throughout the future of my career. I learned SO much from this book and it really made me excited. When I finished reading the three chapters in Ape: How to Publish a Book, I began to research potential careers for my future (the publishing industry is something I am really in to). I looked into editing, copy editing, being an agent, an editorial assistant, and even touched on some designing aspects of the industry. "Chapter 2: A Review of Traditional Publishing" was the best because it went into all aspects of the publishing industry. This is something I have been looking at as a career goal for a while now.

Back to the Future

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In response to the two chapters “The Rise of the Centaurs” and “We, the Memorious”, I began to realize how truly important technology is today, and how it is becoming even more-so necessary as the future progresses. Clive Thompson hit the nail on the head when he said, “At their best, today’s digital tools help us see more, retain more, communicate more. At their worst, they leave us prey to the manipulation of the toolmakers,” (Clive, 6). I would normally shy away from anything new and foreboding; especially if people begin questioning if a machine is smarter than a human being.

Scared to Share

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Although this was mentioned in the Calendar, I have to agree that the most interensting part to jump out at me was Austin Kleon’s discussion on amateurs. He mentions that, “creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds,” making even famous people such as Beethoven and Ghandi seem just as human and relatable as us (page 11). This makes it easier for me to write poetry and then present it to the rest of my workshop class. Kleon makes it seem like it is acceptable and even productive to share your creativity process with others among you so that you learn and can progress. He says, “Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public.