Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Let Me Explain: You Did Not Learn About Paganism from Andre Norton

Okay, this happened a very long time ago, and I am not even one of the people central to the tale. I only heard both sides of the story from the people involved who had no clear idea that I knew both of them. (And it actually took me a while to realize, "hey, small world, these two women are talking about each other!" While the stories were very similar, the spin was different enough that it was actually hard to make a connection between woman A and Woman B.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Informational Design

The class I'm currently taking is Informational Design. (Basically, creating tutorials and other educational multimedia products/content.) The overall course project involves creating a tutorial on a particular subject or topic. (For instance, there have been tutorials on playing a role playing game, diapering a baby and so on.) 

Despite having written a few "how to" articles and recipes, I'm extremely nervous about the class. There are a lot of high-level concepts related to education that I have to learn about, and in general, it's pretty intimidating.  (On the other hand, a lot of this stuff has been covered in other classes like Critical thinking and my other Web Design courses. I just have to figure out how to put it into use.) 

This week's assignment is to create an overview of the tutorial project I'm creating. This is going to be one of the harder parts, because I kind of have a writer's block for what I want to make a tutorial of. 

So far my tutorial ideas are:

  • Create a Video Using Windows Movie Maker (which sadly, is the only video editing program I'm currently familiar with. Premiere has defeated my meager understanding up to now.)  
  • Writing a Book Review
  • Creating a thesis statement for your paper.
  • Editing and Coloring a Scene from a Manga.
I am willing to accept other suggestions. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Some Random Noodling About Learning Styles...

So, okay, there are different types of learning styles. 

Auditory Learners do best with recordings and lectures and the like. Visual learners prefer reading and/or diagrams, kinesthetic learners learn by doing something step by step. (I should point out that this is just basic information that I've learned off the top of my head thanks to endless, endless lectures on the topic in just about every critical thinking/communication/sociology/social studies class I have ever taken.) 

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Somewhat Random Update

Currently some kind of repair work is going on outside my apartment. Probably more roof repairs. My cat Kali is predictably, hiding somewhere. You'd think she would be used to repair work noises since a couple months or so ago when they were doing roof repairs, but no. 

I am nearing the end of my Advanced Web Design class. It's been a very nerve-wracking eight weeks since I've never been the manager-director of a group before. We've managed to get very high scores throughout, but I feel as if I did not do a good enough job at keeping the group on track. There were also some personality difficulties and conflicts that I found to be very frustrating. (It did not help that for two meetings no one showed up and for the last meeting I tried to arrange, I ended up flaking completely.) 

The current course project this week is to correct any problems with the web page and write a report one what advice you decided to take from the peer evaluations from last week.

I'm planning on making a slide show for a salmon cake recipe I adapted to suit my own purposes. (The original involved mayonnaise which is my Least Favorite Condiment.) I also made a second batch of tea eggs, but they didn't come out as well as the previous attempt. There is probably an article in writing about ways to adapt recipes.

Another thing I want to do is write more stories about my previous work experiences and other memoir-type things.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

On Trying to Be More Organized...

I am slowly, very slowly trying to be more organized. (Oddly enough, I tended to be more organized when I was working at my various previous jobs. It's only at home that I tend to be a slob, go figure.)This list is going to be assessing my general level of organization on a room to room basis.

1. Kitchen/food storage: Is generally the most organized because I cook. However, jars of spices, bottles of cooking oil and the like tend to get left out. So for that matter does most of my cooking equipment and eating utensils. Various ingredients are put in specific places where I can find them. When I buy meat, I take the meat out of it's container and divide it into portions, freezing them separately so I can cook exact amounts. 

1.5. Dining Area: Okay, this would actually be the dining area if I had an actual dining table and chairs and did not have a cockatiel, a cat's litterbox and a trash can living there. This area is generally pretty clean except for the bird seed. 

2. Bathroom: Okay. My bathroom lacks a medicine cabinet. That means everything went on the bathroom counter and was a piled up mess. Recently I got a small plastic chest of drawers from the store and it is now where all of my combs, hair ties and other things live. So my bathroom now looks much, much neater.

3. Bedroom: My bedroom is generally a mess. I have a bunch of bookshelves and a lot of my stuff tends to gravitate toward them. I also have wire stacking cubes where most of my other stuff lives. I have been getting much better about putting stuff away and finding better places to put things. (I am slightly hampered in regard to storage due to the fact that I am apparently The Keeper of My Friend's Old Dungeons and Dragons Stuff Which I Swear I Will Send Back to Him Someday or Sell, Depending on How Annoyed I Am About Not Having Room.)

4. Living Room: The living room has it's own piles of junk, which I have recently tamed with stacking trays and bookends. For various reasons, I've moved an old, rickety writing desk that used to live in the living room to the balcony. The furniture I have in the living room is currently a rickety and falling apart computer desk, a papasan chair, meditation area (which I should use more often), a book case, and a couple of floor pillows. There's also a really high breakfast bar that I use as a shelf for everything else. It currently looks very clean because I recently cleaned everything. 

5. Balcony: A couple weeks ago, I finally got around to completely cleaning the entire balcony. It was an extremely horrible mess, but when I was done, I was able to put my stick vac and a bunch of other stuff into the storage room. I also took out and cleaned a lawn chair I had bought a couple years ago and hauled my writing desk out there. (It is actually more of a tall, cheap and rickety table that has multiple purposes.) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ten Reasons I Despise Working in Groups

Our current class project is a group project.What's interesting about this particular group project is that somehow I have become the leader/organizer of the group, which is something I have never done before. (I do not have mad leadership skills and people tend to ignore me.)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Research Tips and Strategies

Research can be nearly as difficult as actually working on the paper. If you're working on a paper or are doing research for an article you will spend at least half of your time actually doing the research and taking notes on the subject. Good research involves many factors, among them good organization skills, finding source material that fits the topic you are writing about and figuring out whether the information is accurate or inaccurate

When you are doing research, you need to have an idea of what you are looking for. The purpose of research is to answer a question you might have about something. Write the question down. If you cannot think of a good question, try learning more about the background of the subject you are researching. If the question covers too broad an area, try to narrow it down. If the question is too specific, you might want to look for more background information.

Read the rest at Associated Content.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

From Outlines to Mind Maps: Finding the Right Note Taking Style for You

There are many different methods for taking notes. Learning which note taking method works the best for you depends on experimentation and a basic knowledge of the way you learn. (As an example, someone who is more precise, orderly and left-brained might prefer using a formal outline while a more right-brained person might use a more formal method.) I will be describing a few note taking methods and explaining when, where and how to use them.