The purpose of this Blog

I created this blog back in 2005 because I had to for a class in College, but since then I have used to talk about various topics. It may not have anything interesting for most people, but that's because I am not catering to the masses. I am basically talking about whatever comes to mind when I think I know enough to talk about it. You will see that the topics are a scope of things that usually impact me. If you want more information and stories then you can stop by my website linked on the left. Feel free to comment and browse. I think some spam bots may have beaten you to it though.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lab 10 Flowchart

This is my flowchart for Lab 10. I made it in Excel, exported it to Adobe Photoshop and made it a gif image. It uses binary logic to determine a letter grade based on a specific grading scale. Green is a "yes" decision and red is a "no" decision.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Lab 8 Data Analysis

Yesterday's lab was using Excel to perform linear regression and analize data to find the slope, y-intercept and error of our best fit line. Our analysis involved multipling the x,y coordinates and and squaring them. I used Excel to solve my equations. I learned to construct the equation in a cell and labeled my work. I found the square root function in Excel which I have never used. It was useful in finding r. I did not find it necessary to use a calculator to check my work because of the other new feature we learned. Data Analysis is a great feature in Excel. It does the work in 3 seconds with a lot more analysis. My steps followed the directions pretty closely eventhough I use Excel quite frequently. I decided to break up the formula by numerator and denominator and then use a third cell to divide them. Except to find r, in which I used four cells. The first cell found my numerator and the second found the denominator before being square rooted. The third then square rooted the denominator. And the fourth cell then divided them to get my error from the best fit line. Overall this was a good lab personally because it taught me things I did not know about a prorgam I use almost daily.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Natural-born Cyborgs

In the first chapter that we read (chapter2) I liked one of the inventions in particular which is the marble answering machine. It seems simple enough for everyone to use without a million useless features. I also liked the the way they described Information Appliances.
"*That is an information appliance is geared to support a specific activity and to do so via the storage, reception, processing and transmission of information.
*Information appliances form an intercommunicating web.
*Information appliances are transparent technologies, designed to be easy to use and to fade into the background"(Natural-born Cyborgs, Andy Clark pg. 44)
The three functions sum up how the path of the future may go. A household network of information appliances working together in the background of human activity would create an transparent technology much like some technology today ie. the wrist watch.

As for chapter two that we read (chapter 6) I liked the description of the search engines and the formula that Kleinberg creates much like the one Google uses to search for webpages. Not by content but rather popular pages which are interlinks with hyperlinks to the root set. There are some other rules, but it brings up more relevant pages that the user is more interested in. I tried to find my blog and it was rather easy. I tried to find my website, though but couldn't. I then tried to use their example to put my webpage in their index so that later I may find it. Overall I liked these chapters and hope to read the full book sometime.

Music Video

The Raveonettes - Love In A Trashcan

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Cool music video by an awesome band.

Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

Friday, February 10, 2006

Unix OS

I like the "mkdir" command and I made an informatics directory. I have some other directories on my account that I did not how to remove them, but now I know I can use "rmdir". I also used the "ls" and "ls -la" commands to check the files in a directory. I used the "pwd" command to see where I was from the root. I can go back toward the root by keying "cd .." and it will take me back up the tree directory. I am not very knowledgeable of DOS commands, but after a few minutes on Google and some practice in MSDOS I found that the "cd .." does the same thing and alsoo "mkdir" adn "rmdir" do the same thing. I made an Informatics folder and then removed it from my hard drive with DOS. I use "dir" to list the files and folders in a directory instead of "ls", but other than that it pretty cool because I have only used DOS in the past to format my hard drive and prepare it for Windows.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Cool CSS Video

This video is awesome!

Pause it until it downloads then watch it all at once.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Running Around Screen Printing

I made a link to the Running Around Screen Printing website on the left. I created this website using templates and website creator. I am not thrilled with it, but with the knowledge of the HTML language recently I plan to format it better. I also created my website which also has a link on the side. I used Frontpage for it in another class. And these are not my first webpages. I have another one floating out there that only my friends and I know about with very little formatting and if I knew the password to get into it I would fix it. The address for those with the curiosity is The Movie. Also, Running Around Screen Printing is my mom's business so check it out.

Friday, January 20, 2006

The Nature of Information

The lecture notes for the nature of information is very helpful in defining information. It describes using Icons: direct representations of objects, Indices: indirect representations of objects nessasarily related, and Symbols: arbitrary representations of objects. The notes also describe their relation to eachother in a triangle where signs impact the agent who impact the thing which impacts the sign again. The nature of information lecture notes also are good at explaining semiotics or the study of the sign system. Where people understand the signs and all of their meanings as they apply to them.

Visit the notes @ Infoport.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Just a fun audio blog

this is an audio post - click to play

A picture of me!

I am playing Counter-Strike Source in my dorm room. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 13, 2006


Informatics is a cool department at IUB. I101 will definitly be fun. INFO

Library of Babel

Check out the Library of Babel on Infoport.

It is a complex article about information and a library that has a copy of every book. Even if just one character in the book is different. There are people in the story that start to tear up the books because they think they are bad. And other people think that the books are sacred and save them. It is a good article after you read it a couple of times.