Adding SFUW to the wikiworld

Cheers to the final post for the practicum project and learning to further develop the wikipedia website. This part of the project was something I was really looking forward to. The Slow Food wikipedia page is where I first went to explore Slow Food when I was starting to get involved myself. The page has a very general overview of what Slow Food actually is and how far it reaches. There are also many links and resources that the viewer can use to further their education. I am semi-satisfied with this page but it has always been a very good reference point for simple facts.

The area that I expanded was in the Slow Food USA section. I attempted to add a section that would explain how Slow Food efforts have been incorporated on university campuses but fell short. I want to continue to explore the edit section of wikipedia in order to add more but for now have successfully added a small paragraph about university involvement. There is even a link embedded that directs readers to the Slow Food USA page listing all the universities that have been recognized by Slow Food USA. This link will take the readers to the individual university Slow Food home pages. Here readers can maybe explore their university’s chapter or one close by and become more involved in the amazing efforts.

 

As I said earlier I want to study the editing sections of this wikipedia page more. I will create an account so that it is easier and if possible want to add a Slow Food UW page. Slow Food UW is the first university chapter to be recognized by Slow Food USA so I feel as though it could support a full page on wikipedia. There are five projects within SFUW that could be discussed and then this could also be used as a way to connect with other Slow Food university chapters.

This movement is highly depend on the work done by people in their local communities so collaborating and sharing ideas is crucial. This project has shown how social movements are growing successfully with the technological advancements of the internet and specifically social networking sites. I have had an amazing time reseraching this area and finding out what many other people are doing in order to join the movement. I have also learned a lot about Slow Food ideals and the way of life. I am eager to share my final paper with Danny and Evan, and I hope you all have been able to enjoy my posts as well.

Good luck and as always bon appetit.


Lots of Screens

Tracking my use of computers over an evening, it’s a little shocking how connected I always am.  As soon as I got home from class, I put my computer down to charge and turned on a television.  In my room, I seem to leave my TV on just for the sound.  While my computer charged, I used my blackberry to communicate with my friends.  At a certain point, I found myself sitting in front of the living room TV with a laptop in my lap and a blackberry sitting next to me, and my TV on in my room connected to my playstation.  Just about everything I do is aided by a computer.

This fact became very clear to me when I broke my laptop a few weeks back.  The screen died, and I could barely keep up in  any of my classes.  The experience showed my the downside of being so dependent on technology; it breaks all the time.


Technically…

I use technology way too much. It’s imbedded in our lives in such a way that it’s just obnoxiously always there. Like that big hairy mole on your face that makes you look like Mr. Bean, and  needs cosmetic surgery otherwise it’s always on your mind (“MOOOLLEEEE, MOLEY MOLEY MOLE! MOLE!”) – That’s facebook and SMS, in my mind. A big hairy mole.

Last night I used my phone to text and call my boyfriend, and to alert my friend I was on the way over (rather than using a good ol’ doorbell). I used my phone to play Words with Friends, read XKCD, play Angry Birds, check my e-mail (on 3 different accounts), and check my Facebook.

At work I used a computer in order to complete telephone surveys.

I used my personal Laptop to check facebook, email, twitter, StumbleUpon, and tried desperately to find a TV show to watch rather than doing homework. Apparently I’m up-to-date on Hulu and all my other TV hubs 😦

In sum, technology is an easy way for me to goof off and not get any work done, unless it’s imbedded in my work place. It’s a big hairy mole that is more entertaining than anything else, it’s just too distracting to not enjoy.


use of technology

Yesterday evening was a typical night for me. I watched TV, aided by my TiVo. Since I got the recording device, I have found that I watch a lot more TV than before, because more of the shows I like are constantly available to me. I also used my macbook computer throughout the evening. I worked on a paper, looked on Twitter, and killed some time on Facebook. Lastly, I used my iPhone to text friends, call my parents, and set an alarm for the following morning. I find that I use my iPhone more when I am out of my apartment because it can function as a substitute for the things I can do on my my computer.


Tick, tock. My Technology use won’t stop!

Keep track of all the computerized devices you use in an evening, huh? Well, I just got back from work where I used computers to help customers. A lot of the information I gave them I looked up via the internet. This made my job much easier not having to flip through phone books, etc. I then checked my e-mail on my phone to see if my group memebers from another class had sent out any other e-mails about our upcoming presentation before I left work. I noticed a friend had responded to “Words with Friends” while waiting for my manager to let me out of the building and I played a word back to them. Upon arrival at my home I sent out an e-mail using my laptop and my boyfriend showed me all of the apps he had downloaded on his acer tablet. I then surfed the desktop with my boyfriend looking for plane tickets to Vegas for my best friend’s wedding this weekend. I then realized tomorrow was wednesday and whipped out my HP touchpad to see if I had anything due for my theatre design class. Then I realized that I had a blog post due and so I hopped on my laptop again and here I am writting all about my computerized uses. I really like my touchpad. It makes a great calendar, memo pad, etc. I use my phone to listen to music and check e-mails anywhere and stay connected via facebook and Twitter on the go, as well as let my friends who where I am via foursquare. I like my boyfriend’s desktop for surfing the web becuase he has a big monitor. I liked the full keyboard on my laptop for typing up e-mails and blog posts. My technology is a big part of my everyday life and I use it a lot for many differnt purposes. I think that these computerized technologies make life so much easier and I do not know how I got by without a smart phone in the past.


Blog 7

For this final blog post we were asked to keep a log of all the “computized things” we utilized in one evening. I wish I had more to report, but as of late, all I’ve really used is my laptop computer to check facebook, my email, and to look up some directions. I wish I could get a phone with a data plan because I’m sure I would get my use out of it, and had I decided to write this post a couple of days ago, I would have probably could have added my recently-stolen Ipod Touch to this list… I’ve been pretty busy lately, and it’s definitely taken its toll on my technology use. Wish there was more to report!


My daily technology fix

For this blog post we were supposed to pay close attention to our daily use of technology and unfortunately I am a bit embarrassed. I have two social media internships so I guess that might cut me some slack but still I am constantly attached to some technological device during the majority of the day. Also for some reason this semester’s classes have decided to go green and distribute most of our reading materials and assignments online.

Throughout the day I use two different alarms on two different technologies to make my non-morning self wake up on time. I then check my email and spend the morning getting ready to 8tracks.com, like Soundcloud. I then either make tea or coffee with some technology and am off to class. I always use my computer to type notes in Evernote during lectures and discussions. Sometimes these are recorded added to the embedded technology on my laptop.

When it is time to do homework or work for my internships I am balancing between reading online, typing a paper, or checking one of four twitter handles on Tweetdeck, my phone or the Twitter website. I also utilize Facebook to promote events and once again emails!

Today’s society is full of a variety of technologies that keep us students and employees buzzing all day long, who knows when it will end if the projected future is more, more and even more technological advances.


My Life is Ruled by Computers!

After doing this assignment, I was not surprised to realize that computers are taking over the world. One item in particular takes the cake for my most used computerized electronic and that item is…my iPhone! I don’t care that I am dependent on my phone. That thing is a genius that I can hold in my hand and take everywhere with me. Last night I used it to email, surf the internet,  text and video chat with my friends,  and shop online with the Gilt app.  I also used my phone to listen to music especially Adele, play games like bowling, and discover new information on my BBC app.  I constantly update my Facebook and Twitter on my iPhone and go on these sites exclusively when I’m on my phone. The real question is what can’t the iPhone do? Nothing!

I also used my laptop last night, which wouldn’t even be a necessity for me because of how often I am on my iPhone. I had to write a few blog posts and a bit of a paper that is due soon. If I didn’t need to use Word on my computer than I wouldn’t have used my computer at all because I prefer how the convenience of my phone.

Overall, last night was a good example of how I use computerized devices in my daily life. Technology has become such a crucial part of our modern society and I’m surprised by just how reliable it has become. There seems to be less bugs, viruses, and problems with all of my Apple technology, which is really comforting. Computers have become so accessible and easy to use, which explains why they have become more widespread. They allow you to adapt to any situation you’re in by finding where you are and what there is to do around you. Computerized devices are such an important part of my life because they are efficient, reliable, convenient, and make me accessible to the people I want to be accessible to.


Technology in a night

Last night, I kept track of all of the computerized and technological devices I used. Surprisingly, I didn’t use too many different things. However, I found that I use the same devices for many different reasons. The devices I used were my phone and laptop.

Computer. I used my laptop for many things last night. Most importantly, I was writing a paper that required me to research many different scholarly articles. I used the Wisconsin homepage to access journal databases and Google to search other random facts and articles. Of course, in between all of this, I procrastinated by using Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and Pinterest. I also subscribed to a free month of Netflix! Also for the paper I was writing, I had to watch a movie and take notes on it and used Microsoft Word to do so. I used my laptop for one reason or another for about 5 hours. When it comes to completing class assignments that require me to use a laptop, this is a pretty typical amount of time for me to spend on my computer in a night.

Phone. I used my phone for several reasons last night. Obviously, I was texting throughout the night up until I went to bed, but I also used it to Tweet a few times, including a Tweet with a picture that I took with my phone last night. I don’t always use my phone to take pictures, so that was a little out of the ordinary, at least for a weeknight. I don’t generally care for the quality of pictures my Blackberry takes.

Overall, last night was a pretty typical night in regards to what devices I used, for what reasons, and for how long. The only out of the ordinary part was taking a picture and tweeting it. While keeping track of all of this, I realized just how dependent I am on technology. There’s never a day that goes by that I’m not somehow connected to either my laptop or phone. I actually wouldn’t mind having one day without these devices that I rely on so heavily – it could be a nice break (maybe…).


Sponsored by Apple?

When given the task to keep track of every computerized thing I use in an evening, it was really interesting/funny to find that I am an Apple product junkie. First, the computerized item I use the most is my iPhone. As I was a Blackberry person for some time, I have really come to appreciate the iPhone and all the different features on it, so I utilize it whenever possible. On a given night, I use it to communicate with friends and family and play a game or two in bed before I go to sleep. Last night, I used it to call my mom, play words with friends, and text my friends about our dinner plans. The next computerized device I use on a given night is my Macbook. I use my computer for both school work and surfing the web (twitter/facebook/shopping). I often find myself using both my iPhone and my computer at the same time, since I use them each for different tasks. Last night, I used my computer to finish up some assignments that were due today, and also shop online for a dress I need for an upcoming event. I also used my iPad last night. Since I was trying a new recipe, I pulled up the website to the recipe onto my iPad rather than my computer. Everyone always says that the iPad is just useful for travel, but I definitely use it around the house when I want to play games or do other things that I don’t need my computer for. I used my iPad for both the recipe and to play music while I was cooking. It is actually funny to think about the Apple products I use. I think technology and computerized programming has become so apparent in our every day lives that we feel the need to be constantly attached or connected to any of these devices at all time. I feel that I am often incomplete if I don’t have a computerized device near me, and that is a really sad reality. Now that I think of it, with all the Apple products I use, I should get an iDiscount on my next purchase! Haha!