Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cookieception, enough said.

So as I was brainstorming about what to blog about, an idea came to me as I was walking my dog.  I thought about a great past time I used to do as a culinary student. I called it cookieception, just because I didnt know what the name of this cookie was actally called. The simple way to put it is, it’s a cookie within a cookie.

Alright, heres what you need: An oven, cookie dough, and a pack of oreo’s.

Now for the fun part (instructions): First scoop out a hand full of cookie dough and place it ontop of an oreo cookie. Second, take another scoop of cookie dough and place it on the other side of the oreo and sqiush the two peices together. The rseult should be a sandwhich of cookie dough and oreo. Now bake the cookie to desired consistency, I love my cookies chewy on the outside and gooey in the inside.

Cookieception, enough said.

Now here’s a treat I tired recently, it’s called the Tim Tam Slam.

What you will need: A warm beverage (in my case warm milk), and Tim Tam’s.

Instructions: First take a bite on both sides of the Tim Tam. Next take the Tim Tam and place one bitten edge over the warm beverage, and place your mouth over the other bitten edge. Now such with all your might, and the Tim Tam should act as a straw. As the warm beverage travels through the Tim Tam it will melt, mend, and mush the cookie. This is where you eat the gooey mess and sit there amazed at this cookie inovation. Coffee is highly recommended while trying this, but I believe that every great cookie deserves milk as a partner.

Pictures taken from: here, here, here, and here.

Now this is for those of you who tried the Tim Tam Slam.

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Web 2.0 > web 1.0

Web 2.0 is defined as an intersection of web application features that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media as creators of user-generated content in a online community, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups and folksonomies.

The term is associated with Tim O’Reilly because of the O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Although the term speaks of  a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but rather to increasing changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web.

Web 2.0 websites allow users to do more than just gain information. By increasing what was already possible in Web 1.0, they provide the user with more user-interface, software and storage facilities, all through their browser. This has been called “Network as platform” computing. Users can provide the data that is on a Web 2.0 site and exercise some control over that very data. These sites may have an architecture of participation that encourages users to add value to the application as they use it. Some experts have made the case that cloud computing is a form of Web 2.0 because cloud computing is basicly an implication of computing on the Internet.

The Web 2.0 offers all users the same freedom to contribute. While this opens the possibility for rational debate and collaboration, it also opens the possibility for “spamming” and “trolling” by less rational users. The impossibility of excluding group members who don’t contribute to the provision of goods from sharing profits gives rise to the possibility that rational members will prefer to withhold their contribution of effort and free load on the contribution of others.This requires what is sometimes called radical trust by the management or creator of the website. According to Best, the characteristics of Web 2.0 are: rich user experience, user participation, dynamic content, metadata, web standards and scalability. Further characteristics, such as openness, freedom and collective intelligence by way of user participation, can also be viewed as essential attributes of Web 2.0.

A very great example of a Web 2.0 website is wordpress and Ds106. WordPress it’s self is a blogging website that allows people to share and recieve knowledge, while having the capability to edit and post any array of things available out there. Ds106 is a free create website where you can post your own projects, create your own, and do already made projects available.

ds106 propaganda

Assignment:

The assignment was to Create a propaganda poster for ds106. Use your photo editing software of choice and write a message to inspire your fellow ds106ers.

Process:

I took one of my old photos that I had recreated on illustrator and placed it into photo shop. The photo I recreated is a painting of uncle Sam. I then created a layer to add a thick dark border. the last layer was used for the text.

Story:

The story behind this assignment is simple. I created this photo not to fill the requirements of ds106’s needed, but to remind me to do more assignments. The best propaganda posters are the posters used to inspire ourselves first, and others second. So I created this to use as a wallpaper to remind me to do more work.

Numbers x Facebook

 As I was doing my analyze on the Facebook by the numbers, I decided to do the very first thing that had caught my eye. But obviously we are working with infographics so the very first thing on it is meant to catch your attention and hold it as you continue to read the rest of the information. So in this case, the overview of Facebook by the numbers is meant to catch anyone’s attention.

That section contains the basic mind-blowing information that all infographics must have, such as Facebook’s insanely high active user numbers and how much of the world is under Facebook’s control. Well reading into the information, I thought to myself, “This is not possible, there’s no way Facebook’s stats are that high.” So I searched the resources used by the creator of the infographic, and it lead me to the Facebook page.

The Facebook website has all this information posted into its tour or preview section, all in the hopes that it will make you sucome to the Facebook’s social life. Well it worked on me, so now I have two seperate Facebook accounts. Anyways, I found that this information was slightly wrong. The actual stats are higher than posted on this infograph, and it still continues to rise today. I guess the creator forgot to mention that.

original link to the infographic click here.

this is too funny

layzlay

This video is HILARIOUS!!!  Just thought I’d share it (for those who have never seen it before)

You Tube Link : Hitler/TUJ 

 

This video may not be interesting to all viewers, but personally, I think that this video is genius. This video is a great example of how ideas and personal opinions have shaped the way the internet has become today. The internet is not only a learning tool, it has become so much more than that. Social networking, culture sharing, music and entertainment, online shopping & banking, weather reports, communication/online dating…ect. The list is never ending, it just amazes me that something that is relatively new to the world could become such a powerful tool used in everyday life, and it will only continue to improve.

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dope photo

Logan Broadley

Rad picture of Donald Glover, also known as rapper Childish Gambino. Love his work and love this pic.

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Car Lust

Ennis5 [1600x1200]_wm by Ma_Sz
Ennis5 [1600×1200]_wm, a photo by Ma_Sz on Flickr.

Assignment: find a picture of your dream car and how it makes you feel.

Process: I found a picture on flickr taken by Marek Szarejko

Story: A nissan s14 Sylvia is my dream car. The reason why is because it was also my very first car. Growing up in Japan, there are billions of possiblities to customize a car to a variety of cars to choose from. i was one of the first High schoolers in my school to get a sports car, but fortunatly for me, I got my car for free from a friend of mine who was PCSing away. I was known for my car. I loved my car to death, I installed my own body kit to it I even installed a new muffler. I had a white s14 sylvia with black rims, and damn this car was fast. This was probably the most fastest car I had the oppurtonity to drive. Unfortunantly, that is not a good thing for a first time driver. Everytime I see another Sylvia, I reminence on the memories i had with my car. Well I no longer have my Sylvia because i totaled it by drifting into a pole going up hill. The police investigation stated that i was going 40km but im pretty sure i was going 80km.

Imagine a world without art….

Assignment: Create an image with a message.

Process: I took one of my old works and uploaded it to Photoshop. I then created another layer for the text.

Story: Well… the title is from a quote I remember from a friend of mine. He once said, “Imagine a world without art. It’s not possible, because art is imagination.” I’m not sure if he quoted another person, but I associate that quote from him. What connects him and his quote to this assignment is, when I first created the image above he had given me the idea of my perspective on beauty. The message above is from artist Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I felt that his message really fit well with the photo.