Wow, sometimes I even surprise myself

jboyl5av on Feb 26th 2008

So you know what I realized tonight – my blogs from the past two weeks have not been showing up. You want to know why? Because I forgot to publish them. Absolute brilliance on my part. So, finally, they are accessible to the rest of you. It is amazing how I function in this world without any common sense. Just as an anecdote, today I appreciate men on a new, higher level. I was faced with the dilemma of a flat tire – being completely ignorant of all things mechanical – I assumed I would have to get a new one. My male friend instead pointed me to the nearest WaWa, where they have free air. Once there, however, I was once again baffled at how to actually get the air into the tires and in what amount. When it comes to cars, I think I will forever be doomed to be the damsel in distress. If it were not for the pity of my male friend, who came and rescued me, I would still be at the air pump. So, anyway digital history – check out my “new” posts.

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Editing Video

jboyl5av on Feb 26th 2008

Today I have been fooling around with windows movie maker and have figured out how to go about editing the interview footage. I thought it would be cool to segment the videos into topics, including titles before each segment. For example, one of my interviews, Michael Charnoff, class of 1995, talked about the telecommunications wiring of the campus, which happened the year after he graduated when he was working in admissions. That particular part of the interview would be segmented into a 2 minute clip, that would be embedded in our timeline to the corresponding event. The entire edited version of the video, with all the segmented parts of the interview will be located on the profile section of the website. By organizing the interview into parts based on topic, it should make things more accessible. Now that I have figured out how exactly I am going to edit the footage, my next plan is to get started.

P.S. This is the second time I had to write this blog – mozzilla ate the first version – blah technology

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Progress

jboyl5av on Feb 26th 2008

So the Amuni Project is finally making progress, as we have gathered our first wave of interviews this weekend. Our next challenge will be changing this raw footage into a product, going through the various stages of editing and finally incorporation into our website. Matt has already created a great template for our webpage. I am very excited that we finally have something to work with. Our ideas are moving out of the theoretical realm and becoming reality. Our group also had a major break through last Thursday, when Austin discovered how to imbed video into a Simile timeline- huge for our vision of our project’s presentation. After we have finished working with the footage gathered from the interviews of this past weekend, we need to move on to establishing contact with more alumni. Our group needs to discuss what our next step will be and how we will go about conducting further interviews.

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circaVie

jboyl5av on Jan 31st 2008

As part of the centennial project, creating a timeline is an essential component of our project. The website circVie seems like a very interesting place to start. It is a website where we can create and share our timelines, and include pictures and quotes. Since our project is going to be based heavily on interviews, supplemented with facts and pictures gathered through research, this interactive timeline website certainly has given me some ideas about the direction I want to take the presentation of our project. The overall presentation of the timelines the user creates is more interesting than some of the other websites I have stumbled upon while browsing briefly online. In general, I was pretty impressed. Here is the link

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Discovering nifty tools

jboyl5av on Jan 31st 2008

So, Digital History has certainly been a humbling adventure. Through my vast, perpetual confusion, however, I believe I have stumbled upon some very useful new skills. I have been using del.icio.us recently, to help organize some of the many online tools we have been inundated with. Me likey. I think I am hooked really. I predict that as our centennial project takes flight, I will be making many more frequent postings to my del.icio.us account, to the point where it may even surpass my facebook as the most frequently visited website on my comp. We will see. Omeka seems like it could also be full of useful potential, but I believe I need to play around with that website a little more before I can make any big predictions as to its role in our project. Now one of the questions I was supposed to answer in this blog was how del.icio.us could be used for items other than bookmarking – well, I guess I could use it as a sharing mechanism, a place where I can share all the exciting new websites I discovered online with my fellow nerds. Sharing is caring after all.

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First Blog

jboyl5av on Jan 21st 2008

Hey Everyone, my name is Juliann Boyles, and I am a junior here at MDub. This semester it seems I spend most of my time working at the Nest. When I am not working, I can usually be found in Pollard, where I clock in numerous hours between UMW CSO (the orchestra), UMW Chorus and cello. Also, as a typical history major, I can also be found hiding out in Monroe. In addition to history, I am also in the education program here for secondary social studies. As a rule, I stay pretty busy and live off large amounts of caffeine. I am excited to be taking Digital History this semester. When I first heard about the course, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity, something that I would not usually get to experience as history major. I am used to being elbow deep into primary and secondary documents with my other history classes, so a web based approach seemed very appealing to me. Through all the large amounts of confusion I am currently experiencing, which most assuredly will continue throughout the semester in various degrees, I am confident that this class will prove a worthy endeavor. I am actually pretty pumped and ready to get started!

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Hello world!

jboyl5av on Jan 15th 2008

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