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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Notes and Ideas From Week 4 Readings

BURNING CHROME

This is a story about computer hackers - Bobby was a cowboy who worked with ICE - Intrusion Countermeasures Electronics. "The matrix is an abstract representation of the relationship between data systems."-Automatic Jack - Works on and organises hardware and programs.
*Burning Chrome = The Chrome in the title is the name of another character. She is the leader in computers, hacking etc, everything involved. She is rich, very powerful and influential. To burn her was to take her down, infiltrate her systems and take her money, too be smarter than her. They had to burn through Chromes programs without her catching them.
*Bobby believes he needs a muse (a female one) to achieve his greatness, hence Rikki.
*They put Chrome upon a pedestal. In a castle. She owned 'The House of Blue Lights', which is a brothel.
*Rikki wants to be famous and become part of the sim stim generation. She needs Ikons which are fake eyes, they are very costly.
*"It took 6 weks to set the burn up". Bobby and Jack burn Chrome. They break through all her computer programs, steal her money and wreck Chrome. They filter a lot of the money into offshore accounts and lot's to charities. It turns out Rikki was working at the house of blue lights to get the money for her eyes.

Notes and Ideas From Week 3 Readings

*Term 'New Media' a blanket term. Very general and vague term. = FUTURE for new technology forms, economic, educational. Breaks up history - old and new.
*'The Media' usually refers to communication media and the organisations and institutions in which ppl work, and the cultural and material products of those institutions. Eg. papers, books , films
*Term that offers to recognise some big changes.
*New Media refers to a wide range of changes in media production, distribution and use.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Week 4 - Scavenger Hunt

1. What is the weight of the world's biggest pumpkin?

World's record for the largest fruit is a mammoth 1061 pound pumpkin.

waynesword.palomar.edu/plmay99.htm VIA
http://www.dogpile.com/

2.What is the best way (quickest, most reliable) to contact Grant Hackett?

Miami Swimming ClubPO BOX 2461BURLEIGH QLD 4220

http://granthackettonline.free.fr/?page_id=107 VIA http://www.altavista.com/

3. What is the lenght of a giraffe's tongue?

A giraffe can extend its tongue for as much as 45 cm (18 in)

http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761561060/Giraffe.html VIA http://encarta.msn.com/

4. How would you define the word "ontology"? In your own words, what does it really mean?

The metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence. It is studying life

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=ontology VIA http://www.metacrawler.com/

5. What was David Cronenberg's first feature film?

Cronenberg's first effort was a 1966 short film called "Transfer," about a psychiatrist being stalked by a patient.

http://www.salon.com/people/bc/1999/11/30/cronenberg/ VIA http://www.metacrawler.com/

6. When was the original "Hacker's Manifesto" written?

The Hacker's Manifesto was written by The Mentor. The Mentor wrote it shortly after his arrest. It appeared in Phrack, Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3, on January 8, 1986

http://www.yak.net/fqa/120.html VIA http://www.altavista.com/

7. Why do all the phone numbers in Hollywood films start with "555"?

*In 1994, the North American Numbering Plan Administration began accepting applications for nationwide 555 numbers (outside the fictitious 555-01XX range). This would mean that a consumer from any area code could dial a seven-digit number such as 555-TACO, and the owners of that number could connect the call to the taco vendor nearest to the consumer. However, according to a 2003 New York Times article, the desired functionality requires the cooperation of local phone authorities, and most phone vendors have been reluctant to cooperate, perhaps wary of undermining the lucrative business of selling toll-free telephone numbers.
*555 isn't a real phone number, so movie makers are ensuring that they do not give out a genuine phone number in a movie. Imagine the potential for litigation if they did give out a genuine number!

http://www.answerbag.com/c_view.php/62#q_16094 VIA http://www.metacrawler.com/

8. What is the cheapest form of travel from Crete to Rhodes?

By Foot!!!! I would assume :) Then hitch-hiking

9. What song was top of the Australian Pop Charts this week in 1965?

Week ending the 27th March it was I'll Never Find Another You, The Seekers

http://www.onmc.iinet.net.au/top/1965.htm VIA http://www.metacrawler.com/

10. What Brisbane band was (still is?) Stephen Stockwell a member of?

He played the keyboard and wrote songs for Brisbane Punk band The Black Assassins.

http://www.gu.edu.au/text/school/art/staff/stockwell.htm VIA http://www.altavista.com/

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Week 4 - Search Engines

What is a search engine?

Search Engine: A search engine is a searchable online database of internet resources. It has several components: search engine software, spider software, an index (database), and a relevancy algorithm (rules for ranking). The search engine software consists of a server or a collection of servers dedicated to indexing Internet Web pages, storing the results and returning lists of pages to match user queries. The spidering software constantly crawls the Web collecting Web page data for the index. The index is a database for storing the data. The relevancy algorithm determines how to rank queries. Examples of major search engines are Google, AOL, MSN and Lycos, etc.. Examples of major directories are Yahoo!, LookSmart and ODP. (http://www.virtechseo.com/seoglossary.htm)

How do search engines rank the stuff they find on the internet?

Pages listed are ones which contain text matching the search term. These are sorted in some kind of relevance order, usually based on the number of times the search terms appear, and whether they're in a title or header.

Who, or what, makes one page (that night get into your search results) more useful than another one, so that it is put at the top of your search results?

To get a top spot on the search engine your site must be "optimised" for the search engine.
Optimization used to mean adding "keyword metatags" to your site header. This practice is virtually ignored by most search engines. You now need to use sentences to describe what the page is about. A picture is worth 1000 words, but of the search engine cannot see your picture, then it is not worth a thing.Optimising your website using search engine optimization means that you must make your website easily navigable by humans, so that humans can find what they are looking for quickly. The search engine algorithms, or programs, are built to promote sites that do this, and they do this using search engine rules. http://www.computerengineering.ca/getting_started_with_web_hosting/

What are some of your favourite search engines? Why do you like one more than others?

I mainly use google. As it seems does everyone else! It is what i first leant to use when i first started using the internet in highschool, so i have kind of just stuck with it. Occasionally i might use yahoo or the search though ninemsn as this is the page that is brought up when i open my internet at home.

Can you find some current news stories about search engines?

*Google buys search tech from UNSW
"Google has acquired search engine technology from the University of New South Wales that the institution described last year as potentially revolutionary.
Google also hired the Ph.D. student who developed the technology. "Google has purchased the assets of Orion and Ori Allon is now an employee. We're thrilled to have him here," a Google spokesman wrote via e-mail." http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php/id;840228089;fp;4;fpid;4

*Search Engines and the Impact on Affiliate Cookies
A study has been published that show sthe imoact of paid and natural search clicks on affiliate cookies.

Week 3 - Library Search: Academic Article Summaries

First Essay Topic: Moral Panics


Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance
Norris R Johnson. Social Forces. Chapel Hill: Jun 1997.Vol.75, Iss. 4; pg. 1514, 2 pgs

*Moral panics are defined essentially as episodes of collective action in which concern by the press, the public, and public officials to some perceived threat is disproportional to the crucial ideas.
*Explains moral panic phenomena. Differentiates moral panics from related forms of collective action.
*Examines related areas of sociological concern -- social problems, collective behavior, and social movements.
*Researches examples of moral panics Eg. : The Renaissance Witch Craze, the Israeli Drug Panic of May 1982, and the American Drug Panic of the 1980s.


School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredients for a moral panic
Crime. Law and Social Change 32: 147-168 1999.
c Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.
Ronald Burns1 & Charles Crawford2
1. Texas Christian University; 2. Western Michigan University

*Recent school shootings have caused panic among students, parents and communities. Ppl want to make schools safer and are presenting ways they think this can happen.
*However recent impirical research suggests that schools are safe and that school violence is lower than several years ago.
*Resarch focuses on the construction of school shootings as a moral panic, and the roles played by the media, the public and politicians in using isolated incidents to support their interests.

Blaming Children: Youth Crime, Moral Panics and the Politics of Hate
Aaron Doyle. Canadian Journal of Criminology. Ottawa: Apr 1998.Vol.40, Iss. 2; pg. 217, 5pgs

*Highlights the role of the media in fostering pressure to get tougher with Canada's young offenders.
*Blaming Children argues that, in large part because of inflammatory media coverage, Canadian society is "on the verge of an acute moral panic" focusing on the Young Offenders Act despite the fact there has been minimal increase in serious crime by youth.
*The moral panics are part of a co-ordinated and calculated campaign.
*Discusses factors for sensational and ideological media coverage.


I am not sure this research has actually helped me to formulate a topic!!! Its showed me so many options however, given me a larger choice. In this blog i have reserached a story on just the broad issue of moral panics as well as 2 stories to do with moral panics and youth. I think this is the avenue i will take, the amount of different moral panics surrounding youth, what they are and the effect they cause.