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Nugget Curation 1

Education
Not as relevant to my topic anymore, but the majority of the research I’ve done does focus on the topic of education. In my Bush nugget, I talked about the specialization of different fields and how there is only so much time and energy we have to dedicate to one subject to learn and be sufficient in. Being a “Jack of all trades” has the benefit of being handy in minor areas, but will not have the same usefulness as being a master. However, as said in the Licklider nugget I chose, computers are capable of being proficient in more than one subject and can assist us mere humans in learning these subjects and the. But can computers know too much; to the point where we can’t work together because one knows more than the other? It was brought to my attention in the comments section of the nugget that even though computers may know more than us, we have to feed that knowledge to it. A computer’s knowledge is a collection of the intelligence of everyone who contributes, very similar to a Pinterest board (whose website is a collaboration of pins others post).
In my Engelbart nugget, I focused on the use of taking notes and sketches in order for us to better retain information we learn and as a way to explain that information back at us (if you sketch a diagram you’re teaching yourself how that thing works by drawing in each part). Sketching also creates visual interest and might be the thing school systems need to become less standardized, a problem that Nelson saw when it came to students memorizing information  (more so on the computer) . His solution was to include creativity into the student’s curriculum in order to get students more involved and to actually learn the information rather than just memorize it (kind of what I already said).

Social Media
In regards to Bush’s specialization snippet, I think of social media as multi-talented.  Using Facebook as an example, we can instantly chat with friends, post pictures and video, write statuses about the most important and mundane things in life, view personal information and visual biographies of all these people. It’s an amazing space and the way it organizes everything is something I think Engelbart would approve. Everything has a place and is relatively easy to find (although I still find myself complaining every time Facebook has one of their updates). There are also visual cues that help guide us through the site or alert us; the red notifications number that appears in the upper right corner, green dots for people who are online and available to chat, etc.
A bit of a comedic stretch, but because of our use of smartphones, we seem to be on Facebook all the time; almost to the point where people and Facebook have become one. (Get it? Man-computer symbiosis?) While I’m sure Licklider wouldn’t laugh at that either, let me flesh out an actual thought: we post so much on Facebook (and other social media), give it so much information about ourselves that our profile pages do become our digital selves. We have personality and an image online, we interact with others and make decisions. It’s not a biological life form, but an extension of our physical selves in the digital world, and I guess could arguably be a form of metaphorical symbiosis between us and the computer.
My nugget from Nelson has to make an even further stretch, but I guess we could say that school systems could use social media to break away from standardization; basically what Engelbart would want to do.

Pinterest

All the connections I can make using this tag are very similar if not the same to the previous ones (seeing as Pinterest is a form of social media). But let’s give it a go.
Pinterest can specialize in many areas as people can pin many different things– in fact, we can go further and say that Pinterest organizes all these “specialties” into pin boards (but more on that in the next section). All these specialties tend to be related, for example a lot of people who have boards about clothes will also have boards about makeup, and the site makes searching for relatable things easier. Pinterest will display images and pins similar to yours on your homepage to help you find more boards to follow (it uses your interests to pair them up with someone else’s; a type of “thinking ahead”).
While all this talk about photos may make the site sound like a mess, the site is very well organized and visually guides its users through their pin feed. The images contour to each other to create a collage that still fits neatly on the screen. Plus the pin boards allow users to organize all their pins neatly, and can create as many boards as they want (from what I know, anyway). The organization of these pins are also great as they don’t make the site feel standardized and concrete. The hyperlinks are the easiest to access that I’ve ever come across,  and more approachable than the long blue/green urls like this one: http://www.marketingfirst.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/text-too-long.jpg.

Curation
Pinterest and other social medias are great because they’ve created curating (that is, the selecting, organizing, and presenting of items or things) much easier now that it can be digital. Granted, the majority of the curating that goes on within Pinterest isn’t on a professional level, but at the same time that means it doesn’t take one to be an expert at any subject on the site. People can pin whatever they want and learn about whatever they want on the internet. The combination of this self-teaching through interest and organizing these items on Pinterest visually makes it easier to memorize and learn the material. Social medias also aid in us finding material related to things we search and keep track of/pin (as stated earlier).

 

First Annual State of the Blog Address

MY FELLOW AMERICANS…
I’m terrible with time management! So much for posting this closer to the 4th (but here’s my chance for some cheesy comment like, “You can never be late to freedom”). I wasn’t even around my computer then since I was attending the parade in our Nation’s beautiful capital. Boyfriend’s older sister was on one of the floats, so we all went out to go see her and the other festivities they had around (and the boyfriend was actually home– I don’t get to see too much of him since he’s a Marine now, but anyway, excuses aside…).
Excuses excuses(The gal in the white dress in front is her. Photogenic beauty and a sweet person, too!)

I feel like my inquiry project is coming along, but it doesn’t have the meat I’m looking for. At the moment, my question is about what make Pinterest so useful as an organization tool compared to other online social media, but I feel like I already know all the answers (it’s got lots of pictures to look at, easy to use, the hyperlinks link back to original sources/useful content, etc.) so it’s been making researching a little frustrating. I was hoping to find sources similar to the ones we’ve been reading that discuss the curation of information online (the Dream Machines article was an excellent read for my topic in particular), but all I seem to be finding are Pinterest boards. (It seems I can’t Google “Pinterest” without the majority of the results being actual boards about whatever other search term I used. Thanks Google.)

After my meeting with Jason, I realized that my trouble with researching is that I’ve been looking for Pinterest-specific sources this entire time. In fact I’ve been doing this the past two times I’ve taken this course when the whole point of the class is to find research about relatable topics and discuss why they’re relevant to my question in my own essay/blog posts. Let me just say that that has never been clear to me in my previous classes, even after several meetings with the previous professors and having the same problem.It’s also frustrated me that it seemed the entire class was about finding something you’re intersted in, research about that thing, and then regurgitating the information found in your own words. It seemed pointless.  So thank you, Jason. This class now makes more sense and I know what I’m doing!

Also, after some more looking around, I think I’d like to focus on the curation qualities of Pinterest (possibly compared to other social media sites). Why do people enjoy looking at pictures of too-good-to-be-true houses and people? What is the satisfaction of grouping together images that aren’t you own?

Texting, Interpreting, and Extending the Pinterest Dream

For the sake of easier reading and less clicking, I just condensed all the dream posts into one.

My Primary Text: Pinterest
Ceramic pinterest

I want to focus on a Pinterest board I made (can be found here) concerning everything about ceramics from techniques to inspirations and where to buy tools (and possibly studios and artists). The goal is to use the image links as an education tool in assisting people who are learning about ceramics so they can link back to original content, videos, and online shops (to buy tools and clay). Frankly, this can be applied to any subject worth learning, but since I’m obsessed with clay and because exploring everything on Pinterest is impossible, I figure I should stick to what I know and love.

(This is a different account from my personal one just so it’s a bit more formal and won’t distract me as much. I plan on sprucing it up and adding more content, but this is just a rough sketch for now.)

The Interpretation of Dreams

I’ve explained before in a different post, but I really do enjoy Pinterest as a learning tool for a number of reasons. First off, the web layout is very easy to read and follow. The majority of the site consists of images that users “pin” and those images are also links that, when you click on them, lead you back to the website where the image is from. Users organize these pins into categories, for example:
Pinterest-Boards

 

I think pin boards are fantastic ways to organize thoughts; each board represents a particular idea (most boards I’ve seen include home decoration, food and recipes, holidays, clothes, etc.) and I believe people could get great educational uses out of them. I’m not necessarily talking purely academic subjects, but setting up boards with pictures, videos, diagrams, and links to helpful sites would be a great learning tool for taking on projects on your own. Ceramics came to mind while brainstorming all this since I have a Pinterest board on my personal account with almost 300 pins dedicated to ceramics. I love the subject and I love exploring new ideas and techniques with clay, and it’ll be easier and more enjoyable for me if I focused on this subject.
My plan is simple: using a Pinterest account I made for this class I’ll dedicate all the boards and pins to ceramics; anything from techniques, inspiration, and possible online stores where you can purchase clay and tools. The hope is that this becomes a sufficient learning tool for others as well as for me (since I’m researching all this I’m bound to learn something new). There’s no real way to include other people in this, and I doubt others will want to be looking up ceramics if they’re not interested. However, I think others can create their own accounts and boards to aid them in their own research projects. They can use their accounts to keep track of websites, articles, and other useful pages by using Pinterst’s hyperlinks, and they can use the boards to organize their sources into different thought categories. May not be the best idea, but I think it could be worth a shot.

Extending my Dream

The main questions I have about my project are whether or not Pinterest could function well as a research aid. I think I’ve given most of the reasons why it could suffice, but would others like it? Would it be too distracting?

Also, I’m new to this #tags phenomenon.

Can #Pinterest be an #EducationTool?
Will it suffice in #scrapbooking_information and #organizing_ideas that will make learning more efficient?
Would it be easy and accessible enough for people to #contribute to boards as a way of sharing ideas with each other?

Nugget #2: Man-Computer Symbiosis (EDITED with links)

“It is often said that programming for a computing machine forces one to think clearly, that it disciplines the thought process. If the user can think his problem through in advance, symbiotic association with a computing machine is not necessary” (Licklider).

This snippet stood out to me while reading because it brought to mind how nowadays it seems using a computing devices decreases the amount of thinking we do today. Licklider is talking about programming computers, which I understand how it would force you to think ahead (and granted, this was written in 1960, I’m almost certain using computing machines back then was a bit more hands on then they are now), but I’m going to briefly explore Licklider’s concept of man-computer symbiosis in relation to the amount of thinking using a computer back then vs. now.
I’m sure Licklider was assuming that the more thinking our computers could do, the more thinking we would do alongside it. That’s a more balanced symbiosis. Today our computers know more than we do, and by that I mean that we don’t understand what the information we give our computers does or how computers come up with answers. Which may not be a real problem, but a lack of understanding on our side I think takes away from Licklider’s idea of the symbiosis. Should the computers know more than we do; but isn’t that giving them more power? Can a symbiosis between us and computers really work?Office Space

 

EDIT:

Danielle Gailey has pointed out in her nugget that no matter how much computers can do more than us, we are still required to put in effort and research to feed the computers in order for them to give feedback; which shines a hopeful light on my negative view of computers knowing too much more than we do. She also argues that there isn’t such a thing as a symbiotic relationship between people and computers due to machines not being organic (going by the strict definition of symbiotic relationships). I took the term more as a loose definition of people and computers working together rather than living off of each other. We give computers input, the computers process the information and gives us what we need to know; which is one point this author makes in their nugget.
The author talks about most science fictions and their use of robots and computers being smarter than humans and giving the example of I, Robot and the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In both the movie and novel, robots and androids are supposed to be assistance to humans, but they become smart and aware enough to turn against them. Humans and robots/androids tried working together, but in the end there is a lack of trust and real understanding for a “symbiotic” relationship to really work. In the end, they try to outsmart each other.
In Mahsa Taleb’s nugget, she coincides with Licklider’s approach to researching man-computer symbiosis of spending more time preparing and researching than making actual conclusions. While she didn’t flesh out the topic to the fullest she could, her point of being prepared and thinking through the project goes along with my earlier point of thinking through. The two Licklider quotes we’ve chosen almost prove to himself that a man-computer symbiosis isn’t necessary if he can think his problem through, even if it takes more time.

Associative Trail Links

This being the first set of assigned blog post for the course, I think many of us are trying to hunker down and get back into school mode (I know it’s difficult for me being back at home which has a complete lack of my normal school environment for me to give all my attention to my work). I also imagine most of us were spending our summers on the internet anyway, mainly for leisure activities, but that does not set us back.

In AlmahmoudaMJ, and this (unnamed) Thought Vector’s blog, they’ve admitted to spending a lot of time on the internet more for entertainment, particularly during the time they were researching for their nuggets. However, they all decided to tie their leisure website visits with their nuggets. Almahmouda described the “rules” of reddit.com and how it relates to Bush mentioning future rules of cyberspace. Thought Vectors focusing on their excessive time on the internet and how that wasted time might be a downside for all the wonderful technology that Bush predicted. And MJ expressing that it doesn’t take her much searching to find a source worthy of use to her.
Similarly to Almahmouda and Thought Vectors, I start with a leisure site I enjoy for research on a topic I can relate to; I had originally seen the triangle diagram used in my nugget on Facebook. And like MJ, I tend to not look around too much in order to find something appropriate enough for my use, frankly because I had the idea to use the diagram once I remembered it. The most research done for that was google imaging the picture itself.

The way I went about my nugget is how I go about most things which is by comparing it to personal experience or opinion. It’s not the most professional way to analyze texts, but it’s the easiest. Perhaps in the future I could not be so personal in my future analysis of our readings.

The Struggle is Real: Associative Trails #1

Screenshot nugget 1

 

So when writing and posting my first nugget last night without really knowing what a nugget was supposed to be, I didn’t do too much independent research to talk about a more interesting point in Bush’s article. In fact I did a lot of examining of everyone else’s nuggets so I had an idea of what to write for mine.
My browser history doesn’t show much other than looking at other’s blogs and opening Twitter to see if anyone posted about their nuggets there, but there is indication of searching for the photo I used in my nugget near the top.

Also, for those of you who do not know what the Struggle Bus is, please click the link. I promise it’s worth it.

(Not a Chicken Nugget) #1

“There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial.” (Bush, Vannevar).

The article was a lot of busy reading and I found myself having to go back to reread a good chunk of it; but regardless, I have found a nugget. My interest in this paragraph is based off of a conversation I’ve had with a friend a while ago concerning about becoming handy in different fields vs. having one specific specialty. I remember explaining that I find this to be slightly problematic as an art major; I would love to be skilled in multiple art forms, but in doing so I wouldn’t be putting in as much effort to really pushing my skill to be its greatest. Like Bush stated, I only have so much time and energy that I would have to pick only a few things to be a master at if I wanted to be exceptionally great in those fields. Being multitalented wastes time and energy that could be spent on progressing past what everyone else can do or know.

The art and science fields are not the only ones who are faced with this sacrifice. Many, if not all of us currently attending school have probably seen this before.

How I think

Post number one! I’m still confused about all the different sites we have to keep up with, but here goes nothing.

The gif that I’ve chosen is a set of dominoes falling; my thinking process starts with a single thought, idea, memory, or just thing. The thought evolves and branches out reminding me of other ideas and events, most of the time they don’t tie back together or add up to any big conclusion (most of my thinking is just mindless recounting of events that lead to other events). My hope is that by the end of this course, I can turn all those thought dominoes and create a bigger and more meaningful image or conclusion with them. I wish to be less scatter brained in my research.