22 September 2008

Ogle.com Starter

The starter I came across is actually a website that allows you to sign up for a class that specializes in 3D arts training. I felt the website was just interesting and the animations that are generated were cool to look at. The website art includes pre-rendered, real time graphics, and Shockwave 3D arts and animations; it also includes motion graphics, fine art and photography.

24 July 2008

English Design Laboratory

English Design Lab
Mission Statement
We are committed to providing students a fashion experience that links the classroom with real world experience. We will achieve our mission with a staff that has worked in the field of fashion and is able to provide industry-current knowledge, real-world skills and future-focused qualifications. Our students will be able to start the pursuit of a rewarding career in a specified artistic field of interest.

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23 July 2008

Journal Evaluation - Harry Potter and Popular Culture

APA Citation
KIDD, D. (2007, February). Harry Potter and the Functions of Popular Culture. Journal of Popular Culture, 40(1), 69-89. Retrieved July 23, 2008, doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2007.00354.x

Strategy for finding the Journal
I went to the Chadwyck-Healey's Literature Online database and searched for "harry potter" in the keywords search box and "popular culture" in the subjects box. (I used "popular culture" instead of other, more relevant terms such as "sexism" and "racism" because those terms were yielding less results. I reasoned that important social issues may be discussed in an article about pop culture.) This search yielded four entries, one titled "Harry Potter and the Functions of Popular Culture." This particular article was published by the Journal of Popular Culture, a peer reviewed journal.

Rationale for selection of the article
I selected the article because I thought that social issues may be considered an important part of popular culture in academia. I hoped that the article would contain some analysis of Harry Potter's impact on popular culture, especially in areas of social issues (or at least, how readers of Harry Potter may now think about social issues).

General Evaluation of the article
The article is from a scholarly and peer reviewed source. The subject at hand in the article is an analysis of popular culture, using one small aspect (Harry Potter) as a guide to understanding the mechanisms, the inner workings, of popular culture. The article was printed in February of 2007, so it is relatively current. Most of the Harry Potter books had already been released at the time the article was published.

Example strategies used to search within the article
I read the first six (of twenty-two) pages in the article, and then I skimmed the rest until I found the part where the author began to actually use Harry Potter in his discussion on popular culture. I read the portion of the article about Harry Potter, and found that the author used HP as a tool to back up his analysis of popular culture. One aspect that could relate to my research question was a paragraph about how Harry Potter causes social interaction between avid readers/fans.

Brief summary of information yielded
Harry Potter may be analyzed as a representative slice of popular culture in its treatment by consumers and in the effects it may have in establishing community among people with similar interests.

Revised research question
No revision is needed.

22 July 2008

Make that Facebook Event Work for You


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Youtube video

Hey everyone, this is my video that I showed to the class the other day on the Bugatti Veyron. http://youtube.com/watch?v=9hEZc4JMMsk Thanks, Scott.

21 July 2008

Journal Evaluation - Africa's Economic Growth

Journal Evaluation

Journal Article Citation

Collier, P. (2007). Africa's Economic Growth: Opportunities and Constraints. African Development Review, 19(1), 6-25.

Strategy for Finding the Journal Article

I started my search by searching for "African Development" under the E-Journals Tab within UNC’s library website. From here I selected the most recent edition of the "African Development Review," until it leads me to EBSCOhost's result page. I then clicked on "Full Text" option, and then selected my journal.

Rationale for Selecting this Journal Article

I choose this site because its title suggested growth opportunities and constraints, two major topics of my research question, and it was published fairly recently, in 2007.

Journal Article General Evaluation

I thought the authority behind the journal article was a reputable one; they are a "professional journal devoted to the study and analysis of development policy in Africa". The article cover many different examples of growth constraint and possibilities for growth, however he does not go into much detail within any one example. I believe it is intended for anyone interested in this topic. The language within the article is straight forward and does not use any technique jargon. I deemed this article to be recent enough to address my question, from April 2007, since development issues are looked at on a long term scale so any issues from 2007 are more than likely to be occurring now also.

Strategies Used to Search Within

Since this article is a fairly long one, twenty one pages, it was important to be able to search through this article quickly, and this was easy since the article is displayed in a .pdf which contains a search tool for its documents. Scrolling down, one could also search for topics through their large general headings. I was interested in the general heading to get a broad picture of their constraints, so I choose to scroll down and skim through the article.

Brief Summary

The article mentioned a number of issues that is constraining their ability to grow, and through possible solutions to these issues, areas of growth opportunities. Within the article Paul Collier "relates this to the region's distinctive physical and political geography. These features not only make Africa different from other regions, they make some parts of Africa radically different from others. Understanding these differences is critical because they imply equally substantial differences in opportunities and hence in the strategies likely to be effective for growth. No pan-African growth strategy offers a realistic prospect of success, nor can Africa simply copy the strategies of successful regions that have fundamentally different physical or political geography." - Abstract

Revised Draft Question

Once again I choose to remain with my revised research topic. This journal provided me with some informational constraints prohibiting economic growth.