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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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!

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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.

 

 

What is Gamification?

Besides being a new term that not many individuals are aware of. Gamifications is:

“the process of using game mechanics and game thinking in non-gaming contexts to engage users and to solve problems. Gamification leverages game design, loyalty program design and behavioral economics to create the optimal context for behavior change and successful outcomes.”

Gamification was first “coined” in 2008. It has been widely used in businesses around the world today. It increases the ability of users to solve problems and obtain the most out of their employees by using a  rewards system-such as point- of some kind.  If designed correctly, gamification has proven to be a successful tool used to increase motivation, develop skills, teach, and much more.  It is a technique that makes an unappealing chore seem fun.

Do you have a Winn-Dixie Card? If so, you are a participant of gamification.

Review: The Language of New Media ‘Chapter 2’ The Interface

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Chapter two of The Language of New Media written by Lev Manovich, is called The Interface. This  chapter, “analyzes the  continuities between the computer interface and older cultural forms, languages, and conventions (68).”  It also discusses the elements of the future known as the computer screen.

The chapter is broken up for easy navigation and gives details on the the following subjects: Cultural Interface, The printed word, cinema, HCI: Representation versus Control, A Screens’s Genealogy, The screen and the body, and  Representation versus Simulation.

Human-computer interface also most commonly referred to as HCI describes the many ways in which people interact with computers.. This includes any input or output devices that are connected to the computer such as the mouse, keyboard or monitor (69). It also includes the way humans are able to manipulate the data by deleting files, coping, renaming and etc .

Manovich explains how the computer has changed into the interfacing digital form of communications called cultural interface.  He’s mentions how the computer- early in the 1990’s- representative a  type writer that was able to producer and save information of cultural data. It wasn’t until late in the 1990’s when computers took off.

Lets take a look at exactly how computer screens, human interface and the representation of computers have changed since early 1990’s

Early in the 1990’s computer screens were made of box screens. You might reference this movie to recall the human-cultural interface we had with computers during this time.

Now, take a look at the following images to see an example of how our human- cultural interface has changed.

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Our computer screens come in many different shapes and sizes. Manovich point out the facts that our screens are “dynamic, real-time and interactive” but he is also sure to note that, “a screen is still a screen.” With this being said, It is obvious to me that not only does Manovich state that the era of the screen is still alive, but the era of the screen in which inhibits our human-culture interface has yet to revolve completely.