St. Augustine Alligator Farm

This week I had the opportunity to attend a field trip with my youngest daughter and her class to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine Florida. Considering I grew up with family living in St. Augustine I have been to the Alligator Farm a few more times than the average person. However, because I knew my husband was able to attend and one of my best friends was attending with her son, I just knew we would have an exciting time. One of my favorite saying is, “anytime spent with family is a time well spent”. This was definitely time well spent, we had a blast! Not only did we see many different types alligators, but we also saw monkeys, birds, snakes and they even have zip-lining. Unfortunately for us, we did not get to enjoy the zip-lining due to being on a field trip, but I would like to return with my entire family sometime in the near future allowing everyone the opportunity to zip line.

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~Around Here~

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Hello fellow bloggers and tweeters. If you haven’t already noticed, a small group of us have taken the challenge of creating a new blog called ~Around Here~. This blog will be activated until May 2015. The blog is dedicated to things to do around Florida’s First Coast. We need your assistance with views, likes, comments and shares-every click counts! Show your support as we display new events and things to do right here on Florida’s First Coast. Hope you enjoy our exciting adventure ~Around Here~. Visit www.aroundherejax.wordpress.com to find out more about our blog and Authors.

Fight for Hunger and Color Me Fed

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Color Me Fed- 5k run/walk is just around the corner. Anyone interested in signing up click here. For event registration and further details watch this video and scroll through the website to find out exactly how you will be helping just by signing up. Lunch will be provided by Tijuana Flats. So lets help end hunger, grab a buddy and sign up for your 5k run or walk today!

When:  Saturday, March 25, 2015 at 9 a.m-12 p.m.

Where: Riverside YMCA- 221 Riverside Ave.

Cost:   Ticket prices are $40 per person, however found this great Groupon discount rate of $26 per entry package and $52 per entry package for 2.

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Monster Jam!

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It’s time to gear up for a fantastic event for all ages! Monster Jam, Saturday February 21, Jacksonville Florida.

What can be more exciting than watching the children play and enjoying an evening with friends and family while listening to the roars of monster trucks as they soar through the air?

Do you have your tickets yet? I know I do and my children are ecstatic!

Follow the links to First Coast News to win your tickets or purchase them directly from monsterjam.com.

Take a look at some of the pictures from last years show. Super exciting!

We hope to see you ~Around Here~

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No White After Labor Day?

 

 

                   Today is the first Monday in September, also known as Labor Day. Labor Day became a federal holiday late in the 1800’s-recognizing the working class.

                Each year I hear the eminent, “you can’t wear white after Labor Day.” As I mull over this statement each year, I find myself in conversations with friends and family asking, “Who created this rule, why, and when does this rule expire”?  I have yet to find a person capable of giving me a solid answer, but I can say I have come across a number of very interesting sentiments.

                This year, I took it upon myself to do a little research. It appears there are many assumptions to who created this rule, why it was created, and when it expires. I have listed two of the most logical answers below.

·         The time of season: Labor Day is the dividing line between summer and fall. When an individual wears white in the summer, it reflects the sun – allowing one to stay cool. Opposed to fall, wearing dark colors is recommended to attract the sun, allowing one to stay warm during the rain and snow seasons.

·         High society fashion statement from the rich in history: It was noted during the Glided Age, an era of rapid economic growth to distinguish between the rich and poor. Only the rich could afford to change their clothes during the year, allowing this rule to become fashion statement established by the “in” crowd. The rich wore white while the poor wore dingy, darker, and faded colors.  Wearing white into the fall season-other than a white wedding dress- was also considered edgy and unexpected.

                I also found conflicting testimonies as to when this rule expires. I have listed the most logical proclamations below for you:

·         After Memorial Day;

·         It depends on the fabric; and

·         The day after Easter

                In my opinion, the imperative of not wearing white after Labor Day has diminished and are only upheld by the conventions of ones’ tradition, fashion and personal decree. What is your opinion on the matter? Regardless to my research, I find myself eager to understand how others deem the subject.

 

 

Review: Chapter 6′ Lev Manovich: What is Cinema?

The first five chapters of Manovich’s book The Language of New Media were used to frame chapter six What is Cinema? This did not come to a surprise to me as it might have most people. If you recall in early readings of The Language of New Media, Manovich explains in detail that each chapter builds off of one another in a kind of backwards approach.

Manovich begins chapter six by explaining how these five chapters were used to frame and develop a type of work between new media and technology. He uses the history and theory of cinema as his explanations to what is driving innovations of new media. Manovich reiterates points that are referenced in previous chapters such as the computer techniques in traditional film making and the breakdown acronyms while reminding us of codes such as HTML and JPEG.

While giving a lot of History on cinema, this chapter elaborates on the changes in the film making process. He goes over the four principles of  film making .  Giving the four principles, we can define digital film as a combination of live action, composting, painting and image processing of 2 and 3-D computer animation.  Manovich also echos the use of still images, doing this he recaps how video and moving images are frames.  As I learned not only in this book, but also in class-cinema is the art of turning many still imaging into one fa-nominal video using the art of motion.

As I completed the readings of chapter six I realized cinema has come along way from traditional customs. However, Manovich might state the fact that digital media was used well before we realized it,  the digital innovations among us have not only created a forever change in cinema, but will continue to advance as the progression and  inception of technological advancements rise.

 

 

 

 

Review: Lev Manovich Chapter 5 ” The Forms”

This weeks assignment we were to read chapter 5 of  Lev Manovich’s The Language of New Media. In this chapter called “The Forms” Manovich discusses the database. When referencing computer science, “database is defined as a structured collection of data.” Information is stored in the database allowing it to be a quick search engine(218).

Within these databases, we have “database logic”  and “database complex.” Manovich notes that different types of databases use different approaches when organizing data. A few examples of these are “hierarchical, network, relational, and object-oriented (p 218).

Databases became more approachable in the 1990’s (p 221). It was fall of 1998 when a huge company  – which I am sure we are all familiar with – Amazon.com had “three millions books” in its database. According to Manovich, database and narrative are natural enemies. They both compete for human culture to create a “right to make meaning out of the world (p 225).” He elaborates on the fact that within new media we see a unifying or merger of database and narrative into new forms.

These new ideas consist of a variety of games which gives navigable space a new genres and cultural form. Examples of these games are Doom and Myst. Manovich goes to identify the number of ways these two games are different such as Doom is “fast paced” and Myst is “slow  and etc (p 244)” But despite the differences they are the same in one aspect,”both are spatial journeys. Navigation through 3-D space is an essential, if not the key, component of the game play (245).”

It is important to realize that navigable space can be used to represent both physical spaces and abstract information spaces. Manovich also stresses the fact that it has emerged as an important paradigm in human-computer interfaced (p 249).

After explaining two key forms of new media – database and navigable space – Manovich goes on to note the schemes that can be established between “modernity and supermodernity (p 284)”  Manovich “emphasizes the continuities between the new media and the old, the interplay between historical repetition and innovations (p 285).”