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Interactive Game

After being introduced to a band called The Faint, I heard of a flash game that
was made in reflection to one of their songs, Dropkick the Punks. Sidenote, they
play a killer show. I saw them at First Ave over break.

So I played a game called Dropkick
The Faint
. It is really fun. It’s a bit violent, but if you take it
with a grain of salt, its not so bad. It’s very simple. All you do is hit
the space bar a number of times. You hit it once to get an accuracy and
again after you are running towards the punk to dropkick him. You get a
score based on how far the punk flies.

For the most part it was easy to use. At first I didn’t understand why I had
to push the space bar at the beginning because the accuracy bar is very small
in the top of the screen. Other than that, it did the trick. I killed a good
half an hour on this game.

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It has been TOO long! I haven’t blogged since Cedar Point? That’s Bad.

I had some great experiences this weekend, and wanted to get them down on paper. (Well, ePaper I guess. My interactive teacher would be proud.)

For SDO we took a trip down to Mankato for the weekend. It’s something like Design Camp but for students only and a lot smaller but still just as fun.

We got down there about early this year. No snow storms to battle this year. We got there early so we got to chill in the hotel for a bit. Unfortunately for Ben his screen on his MBP had broken the night before and he was on the phone with Apple. He found out that this was probably not covered under Apple Care like he had hoped. At this point, it was “shit on Ben weekend.” But it’s a good thing Ben’s got a killer book.

Because life is not fair and there is no Chipotle in Duluth, we HAD to hit it up in Kato. It was just as good as I remembered it.

When we got to the school, we showed our portfolios after the first speaker that night. Ben put his out, and everyone swarmed to it. Lot’s of great work. I had put mine out as well. It didn’t get as much attention as his did. It was nice to see other people’s work and at what level they were working.

That night, the girls wanted to have a hot tub party, while we chilled in our room on our laptops. UGHHH. Kind of really boring. But luckily the girls came over later and wanted some pizza and possibly a game of Balderdash. We took them up on the offer.

If you are unaware, Balderdash is a game where you have a word, film, or acronym that no one would ever know and you make up definitions for them. The reason it’s fun is because people come up with some of the most obscure definitions. For example, the act of burning a cat, or a dog with poles for legs. We had a good time with this while kicking back some cold ones.

The next day was a busy one. Lots of workshops and speakers. The speaker that stood out the most was Jeff Johnson from Spunk Design Machine. He was a really cool guy. Their client base was very diverse. He showed a client who wanted cock rings designed, then leading into the next client who made holy books for Lutheran churches.

That night it was a mix and mingle at B Dubs. We got to sit with Jeff for dinner. Dinner conversation consisted of the whore boats in Duluth to the gay hook up sauna. He wanted us to make posters to support getting an Amtrak train back up to Duluth. He was very interested in screen-printing and risqué design.

After dinner kind of ended, Emily and I headed out to The Underground. Everyone else was pretty much underage. It was fun to mingle with the other designers and have a few beers.

The whole weekend was really fun. Learned a lot about what other people are doing in design. But mostly it got me thinking about getting a job and my book. Speaking of my book, that’s what I’m going to do next.


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Social Bookmarking

We picked three web sites to compare and contrast. Gen and I decided on social bookmarking sites:

This is what we found out:

• User-submitted news, articles, videos, & podcasts
Source of communication:
• showcasing what users are interested in without editors
User needs & interests:
• want to see what other people are interested in
• see what’s new and cool out on the internet
• share with others what you are interested in and think is important
• front page articles are rated highest – most important to users
• main navigation for the site is all along the top & is divided into categories and subcategories
• you can always see where you are in the site by which categories and subcategories are highlighted
• overall pretty easy to use
• multiple pages of articles listed that you can click through
Graphic User Interface:
• pretty basic
• all articles are layed out on the left; all have the same layout
• search engine at the top – works pretty well
• Grid: top of page keeps the same navigation; left 2/3 of page are for articles; right 1/3 of page is for less important info & ads
• Style: pretty simple; organized; clean; articles open up in separate windows which is nice; ads are kept together and not scattered around the site, however they have the same style of heading as the articles so that they blend in
• User-submitted information; links to information
Source of communication:
• showcasing what users are interested in without editors
User needs & interests:
• see what others are interested in without editors
• to see what others think is valuable
• share with others what you are interested in and think is important
• very basic
• stories are organized on the left side
• stories on the home page are the most bookmarked articles
• only the main page contains articles – from there you must search for what you are looking for by keywords
• headings are clear, but no article descriptions
• “tags to watch

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Web Terms

  • Internet: Connection of computer networks that are publically accessible. wikipedia
  • World Wide Web: A collection of interconnected documents.wikipedia
  • Web Server: A computer that delivers Web pages to browsers and other files to applications via the HTTP protocol..PCMag
  • Host: A computer containing data or programs that another computer can access by means of a network or modem. .Free Encyclopedia
  • Web Site: A Web site is a related collection of World Wide Web (WWW) files that includes a beginning file called a home page..The Free Dictionary
  • Web Pages: A document on the World Wide Web. Every Web page is identified by a unique URLWeb-o-pedia
  • Web Browser: A browser is an application program that provides a way to look at and interact with all the information on the World Wide
  • Podcast: A podcast is a media file that is distributed by subscription
    (paid or unpaid) over the Internet using syndication feeds. Wikipedia.
  • Cache: A computer system in a network that keeps copies of the most-recently
    requested Web pages in memory or on disk in order to speed up retrieval.
  • HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language. Not “code” but tags that
    mark up the text.
  • XHTML: Extensible hyper text markup language. A markup language written
    in XML; therefore, it is an XML application. web-O-pedia
  • XML: Extensible markup language is a W3C initiative that allows information
    and services to be encoded with meaningful structure and semantics that computers
    and humans can understand. google
  • JavaScript: A
    scripting language developed by Netscape and used to create interactive Web
  • IP Address: Four unique numbers for every computer connected to the
  • URL’s: An Internet address, usually consisting of the access protocol
    (http), the domain name (, and optionally the path to a file or
    resource residing on that server (trade).
  • Domain Name: A name that is entered into a computer (e.g. as part of
    a Web site or other URL, or an e-mail address). These names are technically
    hostnames. wikipedia
  • HTTP: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol used to view
    internet material usually through a web browser.
  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol. A protocol used
    to upload and download files to a server.
  • ISP: Internet Service Provider. The company that
    gives you all of your internets.
  • IPP: Internet Print Protocol. A protocol for printing and managing
    print jobs over the Internet using HTTP.
  • Modem: A device that connects a computer(s) to the internet.
  • Cable Modem: A device that uses coaxial cable to connect one or more
    computers to the internet.
  • Ethernet: A type of cord that connects computers on a network usually
    through a network hub, switch or router.
  • Wireless: Uses 802.11 Technology to tranfer and internet connection
    to computers.
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets.
  • Blog: Online Journal/Column
  • MP3: Mpeg layer 3 audio file.
  • JPEG: (Joint Photographic Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing
    still images. Pronounced “jay-peg,” the JPEG format is very popular
    due to its variable compression range.
  • GIF: Compuserv GIF. An image file format that Compuserv created to
    preserve transparencies in images.
  • GUI: Graphic User Interface
  • PHP: PHP Hypertext Preprocessor. allows web developers to create dynamic
    content that interacts with databases.
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class structure 2.o

I am very interested in interactive design, however, I believe that I know way too little. Every time I make my web site, I try something new, but it all goes to hell. for example, open my new web page in anything but Safari.
There are things I like, and things I don’t. This is why I am taking this course. I want to learn. A lot of people couldn’t tell you what web 2.0 is, what a podcast is, what and RSS reader is. These are things that the world is doing on the internet. THIS is what I want to learn. Anthony seems to know what’s up with this. A podcast as an assignment? That’s freakin’ awsome!!! PHP, CSS. I’ve only been in this class for 33 minutes and I’m already excited.

Things I know…

  • dreamweaver
  • html

Things I KINDA know…

  • css
  • rss
  • xhtml
  • podcast (or netcasting?)
  • web 2.0

What I know exists, but know nothing about

  • java
  • javaScript
  • xml

Movable Type…not so much

This interface is bad. I know I’m not very good with interface, but I do know that I can’t use this very well. I’ve used googles Blogger before, and that was easiar and I was editing the html and CSS, through trial and error.
What also doesn’t help is that my buddy is IMing me right now telling me what the iPhone can and can’t do. Hmmm…interactivity on the iPhone. How hard will it be make a widget on it (if Apple allows it)? What will websites interact like with “pinching?”