Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lego Gender Remix

Lego Gender Remix

First of all, with all seriousness aside, this remix as hilarious. I know, it's bigotry having girl marketing as cooking, cleaning and other outdated women roles, but this video just makes me laugh. As a satirist, I cope with social injustices with humor. It  is completely unfair that all of the male marketing schemes for lego were intense, and filled with all the potential big adventures while the female marketing were once again, teaching young girls to abide to outdated gender roles. 
The fact that Lego even makes separate sets based on gender still is ridiculous. They're Legos, they are meant to be used an a creative and structural toy to teach children. There is no need to specify genders at all. If a girl wants to make a star fighter and battle the evil empire so be it; the same goes to a boy if he wants to learn how to bake cookies. Actually scratch the latter half of that, there should not be any Legos being sold that teach any gender to do that. Let children be children: let them build anything they would like to. 
Without creativity, all knowledge is lost.

Screencast Reviews

To better understand how to screencast, I took to youtube to find some “how to” tutorials. Screencasting is a popular form of video casting in the Youtube era, and some gamers have made careers on broadcasting their game screens. From what I remember, my first exposure to screencasting was in the 7h grade. My best friend wanted to pull a prank on one of our other friends, so he made a screencast video of what happens when you google, “Matt Gerrish,”. Of course, to make the search extra funny he added some cinematic and intense classical music in the background. To think, that was 8 years when screencasting was still relatively new, and now we have people making careers out of it. Anyway, here’s how I rank the  3 screencasting tutorials I watched on youtube.

Good: The worst tutorial video I watched was on how to use Screencast O-matic. However, of the 3 tutorials, screencast o-matic seemed like the most user friendly and simple to use. Aside from that, I almost fell asleep during the video. The explanations on how to use the system was incredibly dull, and probably wont market well to millennials (who I assume are the ones mostly using or learning how to screencast).
Better: The second best tutorial video I watched was rather interesting; but kind of missed the point. It discussed how to screencast from an Iphone; which is relevant and useful, but I personally didn’t see how the luxuries of it would be the same as screencasting on a computer. Furthermore, the setting of your screencast is not relevant so, screencasting on the go doesn’t really influence the quality of what you’re presenting. I will say, compared to the first video, this video did a much better job explaining the information. I was actually engaged with the speaker.
Best: The best screencasting tutorial video I found was the most simple one. It didn’t dive into any crazy programs that required specific microphones or anything; it just explained how to get started with screencasting. The presenter was charismatic and it was easy to notice he wanted others to get involved with it. In fact, there was not one part of his presentation that even used a screencast. He sat in front of camera and explained the importance of script, phrasing and vocal delivery in a screencast. No matter how good the software is, it can’t hide a bad performance; take it from a musician.

A Response to It's Complicated: Teens Who Want Privacy

The text, "It's Complicated," talks about teens who seek privacy in the public age. Social media has blasted information of teens all over the web; it's no wonder child predator numbers has sky rocketed. Still, with their information swimming in a pool of accessibility, teens still complain about having their own privacy on the web.

Is this even possible? Yes, social media accounts have a "private," option in which only people who follow you can see your posts, and the admin can deny or accept people requesting to follow them. However, I often notice that teens don't really keep track of who's requesting to follow them. Instead, they tend to accept everyone for reason: they want more followers for social acceptance.

This sad truth is what usually leads to people being hunted on the internet; especially young women. Social media has turned into a worldwide popularity contest. Teens judge each other on how many followers or likes they get and even pay for such things. Their insecurities on the web has lead to dangers and risk behaviors. So, to answer the question: no, there is no privacy on social media. Furthermore, companies like facebook, twitter and google have workers constantly keeping track of your frequent sites, likes and followers and pay off companies to send ads your way. Teens don't really think their social media browsing doesn't get monitored, did they?

Creating A PLN- Response to Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell's article on students creating their own personal learning network was full of ideas I completely agree with. To start, students should be applauded for their creativity, not condemned to all do one assignment. Furthermore, having students broadcast themselves with any form of blogging pr posting is a positive aspect. They can release any of their ideas to the public and will indirectly learn how to form opinions and how to write academically. The best part is by doing this, students can study and form opinions on anything they want. They wont be subjected to a certain prompt like on an essay or research projects.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Looking Back to See Ahead Reading Review

Donna E. Alvermann's writing on identifying a reader was very well-written. In my opinion, schools label children based on their reading skills all too quickly.

For me personally, I was labeled a quick reader; my love for reading contributed to that. I went through a book a week in my grade school years, but I only read epic fantasy books. The second I was supposed to read a book with a group during class, I got lazy and fell behind. I often notice the same issue with children I take care of.

Reading is meant to be a joyous activity for children. It's a chance to escape reality and follow the journeys of make believe friends for a temporary time. No matter the child, if they feel engraved in the story they will feel compelled to read. As soon as a teacher forces his/her students to read something they may not be interested, the results will be drastically less productive. I understand there are stories that students are required to read, but in any situation a student can read whatever book they want for a grade, take advantage of it. The result will be astounding. Reading will re-takeover as a popular hobby and writing will once again flourish. None of this can happen with the labeling of children as readers.

How do we understand the internet if it constantly changes?- Module 3 Reading

The reading on new literacies frm the UConn PDF brought up an interesting concept I hadn't once thought of. How do we, as educators and users, understand the internet if it constantly changing? We live in a generation of constant innovation and fixation; specifically in the areas of technologies. The monopolies between powerful corporations like Facebook, Twitter, Verizon At and t and others battle one another to put out the best product or service.

In words from the text, "the internet is this generation's defining technology for literary and learning within our global community," educators must be able to follow the path of innovation and be inept with technology for the benefit of their students. The internet has given us the ability to connect us with anyone around the world at any given moment. For example, if an American fourth grade teacher wanted to teach his/her students about Japanese culture, he/she can video stream with a class from Japan and find someway to communicate with one another. As a result, these students will be culturally inept and tolerant; something previous generations weren't as a result of the lack of exposure to other cultures.

The internet has also enhanced reading comprehension and research. Like the global connection students now have, they also have a limitless ability to obtain information with various search engines. Personally, I believe educators should teach our students early the risks of wrong information put out on the internet. We need to teach them early how to access their respective libraries' databases as opposed to using google. Yes, we know that googling something is easier, but it may not always be the most accurate option; especially for any assignment that requires a plethora of research.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Twitter Chat: Giants vs Cowboys

Giants vs Cowboys

As a lifelong Giants fan, I have often took to twitter with my analysis of the team during games and have given my input all over social media. Well, my opinions must caught on somewhere down the line see as Giants 360, a Giants new source, followed me last season. Now, during the season I notice the account does live talks during the games for fans. The admin. tweets play by play and users comment their ideas on it in the reply sections. 

This particular tweet was chosen because it symbolizes the type of game played Sunday. With a much less than impressive offense, the Giants' defense was able to completely hold the lethal rookie duo of the Cowboys. All the Giants needed was one big play from Odell Beckham Jr.: A 61 yard touchdown in the late third quarter. 

I feel very connected to the team when I speak digitally to the admin. Usually, I feel like an unimportant sports fan when no responds or reacts to my Giants related tweets, but I feel like a part of the media when I interact with this account. In fact, this one Twitter account is responsible for many people's sports journalism starting points. The admin once direct messaged me with an opportunity to write for his newsletter; along with many other of his followers. Although it is just a sports account, they help bring a community from all around there world together electronically. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Dating in the Millenial Age

Relationships. They've never been easy and quite frankly they never will be. But with the rise in social media and technology, dating has been coming overwhelmingly complicated for millenials and someone's loyalty is put to the test everyday.

Most of our attention spans are devoted to the internet; an entirely different world than the physical world. With the click of a button, almost any person is available to us at any second. Instant gratification has caused male and female curiosity to rise and ask the age old relationship question: is there someone better? Well, if one's curiosity gets the best of them, they can find out quite easily. In fact, a strong portion of relationships are started via social media and ended the same way. A cyber wall blocks trust between us and can form an inaccurate truth about people. Often times a person will post countless pictures to show how happy she/he is with their significant other; when in reality they're miserable. But that can also be an issue of insecurity.

Jenna Merkle's article explains vividly the issues of dating today.

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No Tom: No Blink

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Without founding guitarist and singer Tom Delonge, Blink-182's new album California was just mainstream commercial noise. Although replacement Matt Skiba is a talented and respectable musician, he doesn't have the same whiny nasally charm Tom brought to Blink.

Delonge was kicked out for not committing to the band full time and has been labeled, "crazy" in the media for his urges that he has been abducted by aliens and promising countless records to come out in the coming years.

The thing is: he was not wrong with any of those. He has built a multimedia empire with his company to the stars, wrote 3 books, studied area 51 and worked with NASA and secret government officials for an alien topic set to release 5 books, two tv series, a netflix documentary, and has worked with Stephen Speilberg on a motion picture. Oh, that's right, he has also released 4 EP's and an album since the start of 2015. Yeah, and Mark and Travis were mad he couldn't commit to blink.

What is Anarchy?

During the election season, I tend to be scorned for my true political views: anarchist. Everyone, take all you know about anarchy and throw it away. Anarchism really believes in the natural and common decency in human beings. Not in total chaos and disaster.
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Isn't there an issue when an animated character makes more sense than most people in the world?

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This is anarchy, this is what I believe in. Governments are out to get us, hiding what we need to know and lying to spark debate among us. Am I crazy yet?

Sunday Night is the Giants' SuperBowl

The Giants can't slip now; they've won 6 or their last 7 games and still hold the fifth seed in the NFC playoff race. They're coming off an undeniably ugly performance last Sunday against the Steelers that didn't inspire much confidence in anybody surrounding the team. Another abysmal loss for the Giants could send them into a spiral they may not be able to come out of. The Cowboys are coming in Sunday for a prime time rematch seeking revenge of their only loss on the season. They've won 11 straight and looked mostly impressive doing so and are no where near the same team the Giants beat in early September. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has emerged as more than a rookie of the year candidate; possibly a MVP candidate. Sensational rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has proved why Jerry Jones and company took him so high in the draft and has rushed for 1,285 yards this season. The Cowboys feature the best offensive line in football that can take over the game in the second half and tire defensive fronts out. Wide receiver Dez Bryant has started to find his chemistry with Prescott and has finally made lethal pair with Cole Beasley on the outside. Moral of the story: the Cowboys have weapons and are a tough match up for any team in the NFL.

The Buttercup Generation

As someone who works in childcare and as a summer camp counselor, I am fearful for the generation after mine. Most children have become to reliant on their technology that they expect instant gratification in every aspect of their lives. The sad truth children: that's not how the world works. The world dos not revolve around you and everything you desire. There are times life wont be fair to you and sometimes it'll be downright cruel towards you; but that builds character. Children, learning from your failures and accepting you are not the only living thing in the world will make you a better adult and better parent to your own children. I know, your entitled personalities are a result of your parent's telling you that you're cute all the time and never telling you no. But as  your YMCA counselor who wants to have fun in an organized way, you talking back telling me that you dont' care what I say or blatantly ignoring what I need to say is not how a person behaves.

To the kid who told me he hates the YMCA: that' not my problem. It's not my problem you cannot see that when I let you hang around with your best friend you two bully other kids into tears and scar them for life. Once again, that's your parent's faults. When your mom came to pick you up last week and you ran up to the stage in the cafe and hit all the instruments that do not belong to you and she just stared at you: that is the problem. You're 11, shouldn't you know not to touch things that don't belong to you? Especially if you don't even play an instrument. Have fun when you hit high school, man. I tried my hardest to make sure you would be a positive member of the Southington youth, but your parents have more say than I do.

American Dad> Family Guy

Family Guy is comedian and writer Seth Mcfarlane's most famous show, but from a writing standpoint, his sequel show American Dad is much better. American Dad was crated in 2005 as a response to South Park for mocking that Family Guy couldn't handle situational comedy and relied too much on their cutaways and flashbacks for humor. American Dad presents a super conservative dad, who is easy for Mcfarlane to joke about seeing as he is super liberal, a housewife, a nerdy son, liberal daughter, a fish who can talk and an alien that presents a new character to fit into Earth life every episode. Roger, the alien, for one is a reason Dad outshines guy. He transforms personas every episode into something more ridiculous than the last, but still has his selfish egotistic manner rooted deep into all of characters.

American Dad has the ability to mix and mash any of its core characters and still have the ability to have a fun episode; something Family Guy fails to do. Family Guy relies too heavily on their Stewie and Brian adventures, Chris and Meg stories, Peter and Louis or Peter and his buddies all of which have become too bland after 17 years on the air. The dynamics between those sets of characters have run dry making their stories less enjoyable to follow through. In comparison, American Dad's main cast can all be intertwined and have a fun story still. Alpha Male Dad Stan works well with his hesitant son Steve, who just wants to be accepted by his father, but also chase girls and capture his manhood. Stan can be mixed with his daughter Haley, the hippie liberal whose beliefs mash heads against her alleged fascist father's. Stan and his wife Francine have a strong marriage that relies heavily on her desire to be loved and Stan's selfishness that often masks his strong love for her. Finally, Stan and Roger the alien have a strange yet intriguing relationship that often leads them into conflict You can mix any of these characters and can still expect a strong episode.

The Most Hateful Time of Year

This past October, I was at Wal-Mart with my dad doing some routine grocery shopping, nothing out of the ordinary, right? We passed the usual Halloween decorations, some candy sales, everything one would expect. I looked to my right into the hardware section and noticed a monster. He towered over the entire store, mocking all the customers with the idea of giving and joy for all the world. Greedy bastard. Yes, it's what you think: A giant inflatable Santa was for sale in the middle of October. Why has Christmas become a marketing season of commercialization? In the last decade or so, holiday shopping brings the worst out in people; fighting for the last toy on the shelf, cutting Thanksgiving short to go to the mall, it's all to feed into America's big businesses. This time of giving has turned into a time of stress.