Sunday, April 09, 2006

Ten Rules of Writing

My ten rules I will use for writing:
1. FANBOYS
2. Rule of 24
3. The use of a femenine pronoun in the case of gender
4. Economy of Phrase
5. Order of Paragraphs
6. Paragraphs no shorter than 3 sentences
7. Period on the outside of parenthesis
8. Which/That
9. Use a semicolon when joining sentences without a FANBOY
10. Do not say "feel"

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Free Mind

My dad has always told me to write stuff down when I was brainstorming. "just use a post it and a pen" he would say. Up until now that is how I would brainstorm for a paper or project, but all of that will change now witha new software called Free Mind where you can write down your ides and organize them in ways I never thought possible.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Read Write Web

We have been discussing the read write web for some time in class now. In Monday's class we had our first experience with the write portion of the phrase. We visited sites such as Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary and added our own thoughts to the pages. I personally added a piece of information on the diffrent types of illegal checks in lacrosse. I feel like I am finally contributing to the web instead of just taking stuff out of it.



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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Logic

Logic is something that was taught to me in high school, although never as in depth as it was this afternoon. Ms. Godwin used examples that I have never even thought of to describe an inatimate object such as logic. One example dealt with the sorting of Mike and Ikes. We were asked if we were to sort a box of Mike and Ikes into different categories, how would we do it, and would everybody's categories be the same. Mike and Ikes are identical to writing in the aspect that you can sort them into different areas and categories, much like how you can organize your topic sentences in order to make a more free flowing paper. This step is only done after you have gathered all of your information and made conclusions accordingly.

You must first make a premise, which is a statement that either affirms or denies an idea, and then makes an argument out of it. After you have a premise you can make a claim that usually involves an unquestionable fact, or contain your own personal ideas. Everything is tied together by your conclusion in which you make sure all facts are correctly understood as well as making sure that your opinion is clearly stated to your audience.


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Monday, March 20, 2006

Typology

Write without letters or numbers (hello) !-! != !_ !_ ()


Disappear - Goodby


S
L
I
D
E
a word

S t r e t c h - a word

toss an idea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .across the page

Mirth

Mirth - Gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter.

Ex. Jen showed great mirth after she witnessed ted falling down the stairs.




Dictionary.com


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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Importance of Writing in the Workplace

Today in class we covered the importance that good writing has in the workplace. According to professionals and different CEOs writing performs "double duty" in the sense that it can earn you a job or a second interview as well as harm your chances of the aforementioned. The most important trait that employers look for in your writing is spelling/grammar, which is convenient because that is part of what we are learning in our english class this semester. According to Ms. Godwin many great ideas are lost solely because the person could not write. For example if a scientist applies for his job but has terrible spelling and grammar, he may not be chosen for the job even though scientifically he may be the most qualified and educated.


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Online Sources

I was always aware of all the information available on the internet, hoever I did not know all of the information. Through Amazon.com you can search a single word and see every location of it in a certain book, this can help when looking for a quote that you know you read in a specific book but can't find that book. Another tool we discovered was the online capability of the library here, you can chat with a librarian, look up books, request books, and through the interlibrary loan you can even check out a book anywhere around the country. With this kind of information it is hard to not have enough sources for my next project.



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Monday, March 06, 2006

Free Culture

In Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture we are exposed to the way our country is changing from a free culture to a permission culture in which it is harder to build upon ideas that others have already come up with.

I have only listened to the preface, introduction, and chapter one so far, and I concur with the fact that the advancement of technology has influenced our move to a more permission based culture. Big media now controls our creativity ever since the spread of the internet through the world.

Although the internet helped to spread information and make it more accessible to the public, it also brought up many issues regarding copyrights. One field that is generally still open is science where people continuously improve upon others work.


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Creative Commons

In the world of computers and internet copyrights have become a big issue. Everytime you load a website your computer saves it as a cookie which technically violates the copyright placed on the content of the page. We were given a webpage named Creative Commons where we can copyright the work we put on our blog. A copyright lasts for the length of the authors life plus 70 years, so what I write now will be copyrighted until after year 2100 hopefully.


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