Catspaw — The Wanderings of a Rat

I chose to do this ds106 assignment. See, the moment I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for it.


This is my beanie-baby rat, Tip-Toe. Well, actually, he’s my dad’s. Mom bought the family beanie-babies in the form of our zodiac signs. However, as we have a cat, we had to hide the poor stuffed animals from him. Somehow, this evolved into a rather odd version of hide-and-go-seek — and the next thing we knew, we had a collection of rats.

In any case. Tip-Toe came along with my on my White Day date. The three of us had a lot of fun together. First, we got some food.



Both meals were delightful, in case you were wondering. Somehow the two of us ended up at Yoshinoya — odd mostly because we’d never been before. However, they happened to have a particularly pretty picture out, and we were lured inside. Figures, huh?

And then, we looked out the window.

Across the street there was this karaoke place. I don’t really like it all that much, but she wanted to go, and so, well. Suddenly I found myself perching on a couch, flicking through songs.


Tip-Toe, of course, joined us.

After that we ended up going home and eating cheese. Sadly, Tip-Toe didn’t get to eat any, but never fear — the cheese was definitely enjoyed.



College Student in the Digi-Age: Cyberinfrastructure

Hey all. This assignment is thus:

Discuss your thoughts and feelings about being a university student in the digital age. What do you hope to gain from your university experience. Do Campbell’s ideas about a personal cyberinfrastructure resonate with you? Explain why or why not.

And so, here I am.

The article that this reflection is based off of is here, by the way, just in case you want to read it.

Anyway. As a college student in this day and age, how do I feel?

It’s hard to say, really, for part of it. I mean, let’s face it: I don’t really remember a time before the Internet. I mean, I recall the different types — I still feel the excitement of no longer having to deal with dial-up. That was a wonderful day, I must say.

However, I’m inclined to agree: imagination is definitely down. Yes, there is this whole world of fun things to do — except that it’s the base world now, and no one is thinking about improvement, not really, it doesn’t seem.

I greatly enjoyed Gardner Campbell’s idea:

So, how might colleges and universities shape curricula to support and inspire the imaginations that students need? Here’s one idea. Suppose that when students matriculate, they are assigned their own web servers — not 1GB folders in the institution’s web space but honest-to-goodness virtualized web servers of the kind available for $7.99 a month from a variety of hosting services, with built-in affordances ranging from database maintenance to web analytics. As part of the first-year orientation, each student would pick a domain name. Over the course of the first year, in a set of lab seminars facilitated by instructional technologists, librarians, and faculty advisors from across the curriculum, students would build out their digital presences in an environment made of the medium of the web itself. They would experiment with server management tools via graphical user interfaces such as cPanel or other commodity equivalents. They would install scripts with one-click installers such as SimpleScripts. They would play with wikis and blogs; they would tinker and begin to assemble a platform to support their publishing, their archiving, their importing and exporting, their internal and external information connections. They would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives. In short, students would build a personal cyberinfrastructure, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.

Brilliant, no? It forces the individual to think about things, to play with what each college student takes for granted these days. Well, most students, anyway.

To some extent, I’ve been doing something along these lines in class. I have to say, though, that I think it would be amazing to jump that much farther into it. Of course, who has the time these days? In this world where nearly everything is computerized or otherwise digital, there’s simply no time to spare for playing with technology.

As far as what I hope to gain from uni? Well. A better job? A better understanding of the world? A network of some sort, more extensive than I could have made elsewise? These days, with social networking, a friend of a friend of a friend can be a contact.

Personally, I think college is an outdated system that misses the mark in many ways. At one time, it made plenty of sense, but these days? The degree I’ll get will be nearly worthless — it’s just a Bachelors, which is practically a dime a dozen these days. Plus, with the current level of tech, things that you could only get by going to school are available to anyone with a connection.

Sad, isn’t it?

Drink on It

I chose to do this ds106 assignment. The point was to find a picture and then add text from a Top 100 song.

First, I went here to grab my photo of choice. There were some really cool ones, and I wandered about for quite some time before I eventually decided on one. Given the season, I decided on some lovely trees. Of course, this picture wasn’t taken in Japan, but still, it’s really pretty. Don’t you think?

Well, actually, you can’t see it yet, unless you’re looking at the bottom of this post. Shame on you if you are. Tsk, tsk.

In any case.

After locating my picture, I went through the Top 100 list. Man, I hadn’t realized how out of the loop I was. I only knew maybe ten of those songs — and most of those I know because of other people.

It’s actually a little bit sad, I think.

So, I chose my words to go over the picture. I chose Blake Shelton’s Drink on It. Go, have a listen. (What can I say? I like country.) Then, to Picnik I went! Luckily for me, it doesn’t shut down until the 19th, so I could still use the site. Score, am I right?

After altering the photo, I saved it and put it on Flickr.

Here you go!


Have a great night.