the Library

For all my life, I would use the Toronto Public Library, which is a couple blocks north of my house — up until this year, where I have now used the resources of the university library to retrieve my information. After the “research skill workshop”, I am not much more informed of how I can help myself find the information I need. I have learned about the online resource which is available to anyone in the Ryerson database, online, so users can be informed as to if their search of book in available for them to be taken out when they wish. We were taught how to search and understand our search information in the workshop taken in September.

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New Media Innovators

As far as Kutiman’s “Thru-You” goes, it is a video of several musicians producing music together. However, they are not working directly with one another. Compiling the talents of several musicians can produce a sound which can never be achieved alone. These videos taken from the internet have a certain fluidity to them, as if they are interacting with each other, even though they are of completely separate natures. This 21st century piece combines aspects of collaboration and taking someone’s work and applying it into something else.

http://thru-you.com/#/videos/1/

Antonio Vivaldi is a well known musician, whose intricate classical music has been shared around the world. His piece, “Four Seasons”, is lead by a violin, and conveys extremely strong emotions and setting through the upbeat and beautiful melody. The video of this song uses masks as a metaphor of feelings and movements, as they can be hidden or revealed in a different matter. Vivaldi is considered an innovator because he takes his music to the next level of intensity as unseen before.

Eric Whitacre is a well known conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His most known piece is “Lux Aurumque” which is made up of 185 separate videos synced together to create a virtual choir. This video consists of 185 separate videos of different people in different countries. Eric Whitacre puts a spin on concerts and choirs as he is able to bring 185 strangers together to sing and make music together via the internet. “Lux Aurumque” is considered his ‘ground-breaking’ work.

Source:

http://ericwhitacre.com/biography

  • At the age of 48, Evelyn Glennie has become one of the most influential virtuoso percussionists. What makes her so inspirational and influential at the same time comes from that fact that is she deaf. Glennie is able to create music just through feel, and sight, and demonstrates to everyone that music isn’t just sounds to your ears. This video demonstrates her ability to speak and also play various types of percussion instruments. Without the ability to hear the sounds she’s making, Glennie is still able to inspire her audience to take their other senses and feel the sound through different ways. She innovates new ways to experience love for music and sound.

    Source

    The music produced by John Cage is mesmerizing  as the piece analyzed, Dream created in 1948. John Cage is one of the more influential media artists, because of the beauty and composition of his music. He was ahead of his time, his atmospherical music is gifted, technically and musically. He was a great influence for modern dance, as his affiliation with choreographer, and partner, Merce Cunningham, as they were able to work together to jump ideas off each other and improve the works of eachother.
    source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cage

SEO

With Sam Legros, Jodie Quach, and Stanley Tsai.

Search engines are to find web pages on the internet, hence indexing them. The term “web indexing” is the process of finding web pages using a search engine like Google. Some search engines store the data on their own server or “corpus” (online storage of texts). Search engines not storing the indexes themselves use caches to save the information to their system. Caches, in regards to search engines are sort of like left-behind information of searches where the information is temporarily stored on a system or computer to facilitate and optimize future searches, because it retains some of the information. That is why some browsers recommend to clear caches in order for them to run faster.

Search engines use robots to literally scan web pages for relevance and information pertaining to a search that has been made. The easiest way to index, or find a page is simple HTML text. Because robots cannot scan through images for key terms as easily as tags for a blog post. When a web page is scanned, the information received in then stored in the index for future searches. An index is simply a database of information used for search. Ranking web pages on Google for example is the relevance of information towards the search terms as well as the traffic which the website receives. Web searches use very complex algorithms which determines the order of web pages on the index.

IP addresses can affect search engine optimization, it all depends on the shared IP address versus an independent one. Having a website that shares an IP with a popular, high traffic website will benefit your SERP (Search Engine Ranking Position). However, if you share your IP with a website which is slow and does not produce much traffic, it will affect your site indirectly. That is why there are pros and cons for both sides. Having your own dedicated IP address for your website means you are in control of how fast and where your site is coming from. That can be positive if you have an aptitude for website hosting, design, etc. However, competing with major corporations which specialize in website optimization and already have a high SERP, it will be difficult to bring your name to the top of the list as fast. Also security is an issue for both sides. Starting your web site from scratch, you need to implement your security yourself, whereas a shared IP hosting service may already have some security already in place. On the other hand, that shared IP may not have an adequate security as one you can develop yourself. As you can see, with any issue that may arise towards SEO, having either your own dedicated IP, or using a shared one, they both present good and bad qualities.

Keywords is essential to search engines. They are the main reason why your webpage is in the results of these searches and makes it possible to find your site. People use keywords to find websites that are relevant to the words. If your site contains the words, it is more likely that people will find your page. This will continue as search engines often retain previous searches for future searches. Using keywords in the tags is not enough, to maximize the use of keywords you must use them throughout your site. For example, in the titles, categories and of course, the content.

Search engines are becoming more effective in scanning webpages and like I mentioned previously, tags are not enough anymore, keywords must be used throughout the website in order to attract your intended audience. You can use these keywords in your html tags such as the title. The title html will be used as the title in the search results, When someone shares your link, the title tag will also be the title for the link and this title will attract people with similar interests. You can also use html tags to make your site more convenient for the users. By including links (the <A href=> tag), you can direct the users to different parts of your site making it more efficient and leaving a good impression for the user, encouraging them to revisit.

Robots.txt is acts as a protection online for information that you prefer some viewers not to view. It is simply a note that pops up before entering a site, to warn the viewer that a certain information will be shown. For example, when entering a website that contains inappropriate content, a message will pop up warning you that the inappropriate content is not appropriate for all ages, as it may involve nudity, violence or vulgar language. “You cannot prevent thieves from coming in but the good guys will not open to door and enter” (Webconfs.com).

By using tags and categories, a blog is more available and open for the world to search and evaluate. The use of an effective title cane easily vary the search results because each key word in the title will pop up. “When you begin thinking about a post’s tot;e. you shouldn’t select the most competitive keywords as your main keyword.” This being said, you also do not want to have irrelevant post titles, tags, or categories because this will be harder to narrow down what your blog is relating to.

Mobile devices have come so far, but they do have their limitations when compared to their computer counterparts. Many mobile phones have limits when it comes to flash player, and as well as video playing. While using SEO on mobiles devices your searches and results are constricted to what can be seen using your device. Many phones, such as the iPhone don’t allow for flash required files to play. These results, which may or may not be important to you; are pushed down past the ones that you are able to read properly. Although they are optimized to see what you need, not everything you could see on the computer will be there. Aside from the mentioned, there is not much different from the SEO we use on our computers.

Twitter is definitely and one of the largest users of SEO. The company itself, but mainly its users use the tweet system to their advantage. Companies, musicians, artists, all use twitter to promote their brand or work throughout twitter. Twitter accounts are made to tweet about their projects, what they do, what they stand for, and anything that relates to them. In turn, if these handles (usernames) become popular enough they show closer to the front page of search engines such as Google or Yahoo. Twitter is a platform fit perfectly for the use of SEO.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_indexing

http://mimech.com/search-engines/

http://www.zippykid.com/2013/02/21/do-you-need-a-dedicated-ip-address-for-seo/

http://www.wordstream.com/seo-keyword

http://usabilitygeek.com/7-html-guidelines-for-website-usability-seo/

http://www.webconfs.com/what-is-robots-txt-article-12.php

http://blog.talentlms.com/optimize-blog-posts-search-engines/

http://econsultancy.com/ca/blog/62180-how-do-mobile-and-desktop-seo-differ-and-how-can-you-improve-rankings

http://www.searchify.ca/10-twitter-seo-tips/

New Media in 2060 (Summary 2nd)

It is hard to say what the future has in store for us. Many believe it will be filled with flying cars and jetpacks, and we will live in a post-apocalyptic world full of technological enhancements that we are unable to fathom by brainstorming at this moment. “Here in the year 2060, researchers at CalTech have finally developed what physicists have been striving after for decades: the quantum computer. If the predictions about its capabilities are true, it’s not tough to imagine a scenario in which there are no more restaurants” (QSR Magazine). Greg Sanders, the author of this article, speaks on how the quantum computer will be revolutionary, that it will be able to duplicate and transform physical objects, over a newly developed fax machine built into the computer. This computer will apparently be able to replace businesses, restaurants and most other physical uses as it will be a solution to great amounts of human error. It will be able to handle tasks and will act as a robot, completely seamlessly.

Works Cited

http://www.qsrmagazine.com/reports/quick-service-2060

Article Reflection

The article Media Culture Society, written by Eugenie Shinkle talks about the power and effects that video games have on our society, and how they act as a “sixth sense”; mind simulation. Apart from the endless amount of time consumed by these video games, the idea itself is revolutionary and is already starting to change the world. It combines touch along with sight and spatial awareness to create a virtual simulation into the digital world. A much different concept than world we know, the user is able to have full control over a subject’s actions and decisions.

“Taking its methodological cues from the linked domains of phenomenology and cognitive neuro- science, the following discussion examines perception and gameplay in terms of the relationship between the body, the emotions and the proprioceptive senses, sketching out some of the possibilities for emotional expression offered by a generation of video game controllers that engage the human sensorium in a newly extensive way”, says Shinkle. He uses this concept in referring to an interaction that the human mind is unfamiliar with. The endless amount of time invested in producing these games has been recognized by the users, as the high quality and level of sophistication are apparent. Games such as car racing, sports, and adventure-based games, using your fingertips, are almost life-like. The graphics, layout, and interactivity of the games have become seamless and it seems that there is no stopping this type of simulation; the expansion and world-wide interest will soon transform this idea of a virtual world to a world of endless possibilities.

Shinkle’s article defines well the use, purpose, and future hopes for video games in this generation. He explains that the concept of a video game, unfamiliar to the human mind, will change the way the world views media interactivity. The concept was recently introduced to the digital world, and acts as a revolutionary idea for our upcoming years as a nation.

 

Works Cited

Shinkle, E. Video games, emotion and the six senses. Media Culture Society. November 2008 vol. 30 no. 6 907-915

Summary

Our entire economy could suffer from our reality to be shifted to a virtual world. By this I mean, that the digital age has turned on to a virtual, connective and interactive solution; that is Web 3.0. We are living in society today that strictly relies on technological developments to handle tasks, make life easier. We realize that devices such as the internet, smartphones, androids, and social media, that it plays a bigger role in our lives than we think. We use it for communication, education/research, organization, recreational purposes, and the list goes on. These small sized devices can carry our whole lives on them. Every task, meeting, interest, music, and everything you can imagine. This may cause problems down the line for business and the economic as well as government

After a discussion in class, and getting insight and going beyond this article, I have come the conclusion that the development of technology will transition to a completely virtual based reality for the upcoming generations. It will act as one of the only sources of communication and thus creating an empire of itself, the Digital World.

Works Cited

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5318703&tag=1