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...The plans I made for week 5 homework
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...Traffic in France? Maybe, click here
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...Self Confidence and me, press here
...Mastery, what I can only dream of gaining, hit here
...Ahhh!! Attraction...what else can I say? Here
...What the other students said, click here
Hit here to see the wonder of Lab 8!
...Awards! Interested? Click here
...It HATES me!! Wah!! To see what I'm crying about, press here
...My take on the 459 class, want to see it? Go here
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...The generational curriculum...what's that? Find out here
...Find out who Pamela is and what she did, hit here
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...My advice to future readers, see it here
...The esteemed Dr. James' article, and my humble comments are here
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...Home Pages on the Web? Right here
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...Read all about Kuhlthau's Book here
...Kuhlthau and Me, together, read about it
...Hit here to see what everyone else thinks
Want to see all of Week 12's homework? Click right here
...To see the Swedenborg Article
...Read about The people in the discussion
...See about the usefulness of this discussion
To see all of Lab Report 13 click on it! (And what a doozy it is!!)
Want to check out all of Lab Report 14? It's about Titles, Filenames and Anchor Names!
...To read about Filenames and Anchor Names hit it!
...Read what I wrote about Other People's Filenames, etc., it's pretty interesting!=)
...See my Suggestions pertaining to this week's homework!
To read Lab Report 15 in its entirety, go here! It's the sum-it-up week!
...Go see what I say in My Accomplishments section! See how much I have grown!!=)
...Our Web Pages section, the classes', mine,...
...Go see my Suggestions for Future Internetters section, those poor saps don't know what they're in for!
...My Suggestions for Dr. James section is about how I think Dr. James could facilitate better learning for the class!
...Suggestions for the Next Generation(poor things!!) is, I hope, some helpful hints for taking this class!
...Next comes my New Awards section to help boost everyone's self-confidence!
...Lastly, to close off the semester, the Last Thank You's section!
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Lab Report 1
Dr. James' Weekly Comments
1/20/95
I didn't understand how to use my unix number! I was trying to get into the unix system for about an hour without success. I tried looking through the syllabus to help me get into a screen where I could type my unix account number, but it didn't help. I finally got fed up enough to ask one of the CLIC lab ta's how to get into it. At that point, I didn't care how stupid I looked. I went into Netscapes first, but that wasn't where I was supposed to go, I was supposed to go into Communications instead! How confusing! I am so frustrated!
I finally got in! I then tried to get into the email system. I typed PINE and then read all the instructions. Then I went to compose a message. I tried to send Leon James a message. I sent it first to leonpsy. It got bounced back to me. I then tried to send it to leon.html. That didn't work either, it also got bounced back to me. Both times, it came back with another letter from the post office saying "unresolvable mail address". Boy did I want to kill the computer! What was going on? I thought I typed everything like I was supposed to! I guess my message is just not going to go through. I have been sitting here for over an hour and fifteen minutes, with nothing to show for it!
I give up and exit and go into UHCarl instead. I look up titles in Hamilton Library, at least I know how to do that!!!
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1/21/95
I finally know how to get into unix easily! It feels great to be able to get in so quick! I looked up my email, then exited. I tried to figure out how to open up my own files. I couldn't get to the syllabus, it kept telling me my command wasn't the right one. I got fed up and went into Netscapes. I read the syllabus to figure out how start up emacs. Then I tried to type cd www at the unix prompt, but that didn't work. I gave up that step and just typed emacs labreport.html at the prompt. I didn't know what to write in my file so I saved nothing, but when I tried to bring it up again, it wouldn't come up. Maybe you have to save something or it doesn't save anything. So I tried again, at the unix prompt I typed out "lynx www.soc.hawaii.edu/con/leonpsy/leon.html" just like it says to do in the syllabus. I got an error in command, what the heck is going on? I tried it again with a different leon title, but that didn't work either. Help! What am i doing wrong? I tried it again, but this time I typed "lynx http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/con..." and it worked! Eureka! I got it!! So then I went through the syllabus front and back and looked at the links to the first or second depth.
Boy at the end of this session I felt like I had just conquered Mt. Everest or something! I was very proud of myself for pretty much keeping my cool and not swearing or hitting the computer (even though I really wanted to!). I also felt that I was getting through the session somewhat easily after awhile. I really liked that feeling of accomplishment!
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1/22/95
I went into unix and sent an email to Leon James. I then got into Lynx and proceeded to globally search it. After I had gone through it completely once, I went back to the beginning to look for anything I thought was interesting. When I found an interesting link, I went exploring.
One problem I wanted to know about was the pictures that I thought I was supposed to be seeing. All I did see were "[image]". How do I get the actual picture onto the screen instead of just the words?
I then went into the Exploring the Internet link. From there, I went into Entertainment. I thought that was pretty interesting so I had a Tarot card reading. That was pretty fun!
I think today's session was very good because I didn't really get mad about anything. I just explored anything of interest and had fun! I didn't get mad today at anything, of course, I didn't encounter any problems, so that was probably why. I liked today because it was relaxing, but I like the challenge also, and I really love the feeling you get after you get off on an especially hard day! You just feel like you are on top of the world because you figured something pretty complex out! I love that feeling!
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1/26/95
Our homework was to:1)email Leon James and Kevin Bogan again. 2)logon to the CSS server. 3)navigate around the Web cyberspace. 4)find homepage of Gustie and Kwock and read what they said about each other's labs. 5)type out week 1 labreports.
I got into the CSS server pretty easily. It went exactly as Leon said it would, and I followed his instructions to the letter. I saw another student in the class and his screen was really wierd looking, so I told him I would logon and see if my screen was that way too. It wasn't. I then went into the syllabus to look at Gustie's and Kwock's homepages. I ended up copying Kwock's homepage. I then went and started up my homepage file in emacs. I then saved and exited my file. One major flaw, I forgot to type chmod 755 * to open my file! I tried to get in to look at my page but couldn't. Argh! I had to get to class and so left with the problem unresolved.
I came back again at about 7:00 at night. I got into the CSS server again and was looking over my notes when I saw that I hadn't typed "lynx" before my homepage address! That's why I couldn't get into it! Bing!! The light above my head just went on! Alright! It works! So I try to get to my homepage through Leon James' list of student homepages. But of course it doesn't work! Now what? I try typing "chmod 755 *" at different screens but it doesn't seem to open my file to there. Now what?!
Got fed up with that problem and decided to type up one of my labreports. So I opened up that file. I changed the option to emacs so that I could edit while in my file so that would make everything a lot easier. I wanted to change something on my homepage so I pressed e and then backslash but my cursor didn't come up. What? I tried it with my labreport file too and it was the same thing. I accidentally pressed the e and the cursor came up! OH!! So first I press backslash THEN I press the e! I get it! Now I'm on a roll!
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1/27/95
Got into CSS server. Boy, does it just get easier with time or what? Then I went to the syllabus to look at the emacs draw commands. Took notes on that. Then I went in to the list of students' again and tried to see if I could get to my homepage from there again, but I couldn't. I was beginning to get frustrated. Maybe I should just email Kevin Bogan and ask what I have to do. Do I have to link it to that or something! I don't think so because I copied Kwock's homepage perfectly! What did I do wrong, or maybe, what am I not doing that I should be doing?
I then went into my labreport file and finished typing up the rest of the notes that I had from the past week. Going into the edit mode for this file does make editing a whole lot easier! I can just edit and look at the front, edit again, then look again. It's wonderful!
I'm going to go back and look at the syllabus to figure out how to make links. Then maybe I'll look for something to link to!
I tried to look for the information on links, but it wasn't much. I think I have to link my homepage with the list of students' homepages, but I don't know how to do it. I also can't get to my labreport and glossary from my own homepage! Help! What am I doing wrong? Not making links? I'm so confused!!
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1/28/95
I went to the CLIC lab on Saturday morning to get help from Kevin Bogan. He tried to answer my questions on why I couldn't get into my homepage from Dr. James' list, but even he couldn't figure it out. I figured out how to get to my own labreport file from my own homepage by myself! I'm so happy!!! I can't believe I figured out something on my own! I still haven't figured out how to get to my homepage from the list yet but I guess I just have to wait until Kevin can get back to me about that.
I was looking through the list of students' names on the labreport page and found that I could get into Beverly Diaz's labreports. In it I read about how she felt about being in class and what he said about the upcoming two weeks. I felt the same exact way. I kept thinking that my week was going to be a really bad one, but so far it has been pretty good, I learned a lot on the Internet! I learned about commands, like how to phrase them to get to where I want to be! For me this is a real accomplishment because I have no idea about what I am doing on computers!
One thing I am having difficulty with is how to link. I was trying to link to something Beverly Diaz says in her labreport, I typed up the link with the correct address, but when I click on the link, it won't bring up her file. I will try again to make more links and hope I can figure out how they work.
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Lab Report 2
Dr. James' Homework
1/31/95
I think this is going to be a very difficult week. I feel like I know what I am doing, but at the same time I feel like I know nothing at all. Any way, I think I have a lot of the bugs worked out of my homepage and labreport files, so that's one of the good things that have happened so far this week! Because of this, I feel great! But one of the more puzzling things I have noticed deals with how I deal with problems I encounter. I notice that I want to stick it out on the computer! For me, this is very strange, since for the most part I believe computers and I don't get along. Very strange, something I will keep monitoring throughout the semester.
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Lab Report 4
Dr. James' Homework Files
lab4plan
  1. Describe how I find information in a hypertext environment, such as our course files. How do I go through the syllabus and Dr. James' weekly comments? How do I find something specific? How do I navigate through the course files? Give details of reasoning, goals, reactions, etc; did I get lost? What strategies have I learned? How did I deal with my feeling, thoughts, etc? What advice do I have for others?
  2. Make five new additions to my glossary. I should have ten by now. Update earlier ones, but do NOT delete anything!

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lab4aff
Today, I went through the syllabus yet again to see if I missed anything. I kept thinking that I was going crosseyed because of the text on the screen. In class today, other people did their orals on the other student's lab reports, and someone mentioned headaches. I'm glad I haven't got one so far in my work in the lab, but I know that sooner or later I just might. I do experience sore eyes at the end of an especially trying time at the computer, but I notice that if I feel like I "beat" the computer and the Internet, then I really don't notice anything at all.
While I was going through the syllabus today, I noticed that I started to get a little frustrated and bored, like I kept doing the same things over and over again. Then I started thinking about the steps I took to get somewhere, like to Dr. James' Weekly Comments. I noticed that I like to get to things using links a lot. I find it a lot simpler, and a whole lot faster. I also noticed that I got the hang of typing and remembering how to get to things a lot better. I recognized this when Kevin Bogan told me that I type really fast. I never noticed before, but I guess I do. It also felt good that I could help other people in my class, like Grant and Dellia, when they asked me questions about things I had done already. I felt like I was actually learning something on this "Internet Doohicky" and that if I kept it up, I would eventually know a lot more than I started out knowing, which was nothing!
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lab4cog
I also started to try to think about what I was thinking while on the computer. This is something that I consider kind of hard to do. I did notice, however, that I tended to not get angry as fast as I did during the first week of class. I think this is because I feel like everyone is in the same boat as me, and sometimes I feel as if I can swim and they can't. I think another reason is because I have this intense feeling of accomplishment. I learned how to do some things on the computer that people are still trying to learn how to do. I know this sounds kind of bad, to compare your accomplishments with other people's yet-to-be-accomplishments, but this is just how I feel. Besides, I'll try to help anyone I can!
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feb3
Today, I got onto the Information Superhighway. I got into the CSS Home Page and I just pretty much surfed around to all the different links the screens had. I didn't really look for things that interested me at first, I just wanted to move around and get a feel for the surfing technique. Towards the end, I started to look for things that interested me, like the "Know the Future" link, and the "Wanna Laugh" link. I also tried to go to Europe, but it said that that site was not created yet, or something like that. I was kind of disappointed, but then tried to go to France! I got in alright, but soon found out that the whole thing was in French! Great! What good will that do me when I can't even speak French, let alone read it!!
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feb3aff/cog
I think that today went very well. I didn't feel like I got lost anywhere so I felt like I had experienced a small victory! I felt like if I wanted to, I could go anywhere and experience anything I wanted to on this "dumb terminal"! What a great feeling! I also made a lot of bookmarksfor myself, about ten of them, that I think will be useful for future forays into the Internet! I feel like I have learned a lot of things about how computers work, and about what I have to do to get them to work. The latter being very important in getting anywhere today in the real world.
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stratwk4
Some strategies that I have used to cope with frustration while working on the computer are to remember that the computer is not mine, and that I am among a LOT of people that I do not know. This is a really sobering thought when you feel like getting up and tossing the computer out the sliding glass doors of the CLIC lab! Whenever I want to do something like that, I just look around and I calm down pretty fast!
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adviwk4
One very important piece of advice I can give to anyone just starting out in the Internet system is: Write down everything you do on the computer! By doing this, you can review what you did, and possibly what went wrong. This is also something you can show to the "experts" to help you figure out what to do about your problem, provided that is, that you find any! Another piece of advice is to stay calm. This sounds like really lame advice, but if I didn't keep calm everytime something went wrong for me, I wouldn't have all the files I have today! I would have given up and quit a long time ago (like maybe the second week of the semester!).
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Lab Report 5
Dr. James' Homework
Plans
  1. Describe what my reactions were to reading the Generational Curriculum papers I read:
    In my estimation, what did the students accomplish in the course of one semester? As far as I can tell, what was the students' state of mind? What did I learn from these self witnessing reports? How did they affect me? Any suggestions for future generations reading these?
  2. In labreport, add anchors to all my paragraphs. As well as add three new links to other students' labreports.

NOTE: When I create a link, be sure to do these things:
    -put an anchor before your paragraph

    -type in a line like this one:(Diaz, please make a link to this anchor from your file, thanks)

    -type in your paragraph comment

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lab5p1
For part I of the week 5 homework, I read the Plato notefiles and found it a rather interesting concept. I think that it is a very interesting idea to have an interactive class outside of the classroom. It sounds pretty fun too! But as one of the student's said, "I think that you should ask questions about the class or that relate to the class topic." By doing this, working on Plato would relate to the class.
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staccom
As for the accomplishments of the students in the class, I think that it was clear from what I had read in the notefiles that the students didn't feel like working on the Plato had helped them to get better grades or understanding of the statistics course they had been taking. I think that they felt that they could have used their Plato time doing other things that would help them grasp statistics better. I do think however that they did enjoy talking with their fellow classmates, and that this maybe brought about a comraderie in the class, even though they didn't exactly know who was who.
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stofmind
I think that the students' state of mind was very positive, or it seemed to be to me. I think that for the most part they really enjoyed working on the computer, talking to new friends and giving advice to people. It seemed to me that it was a very big self esteem boost. I also think that it gave them a greater sense of self efficacy, they felt that they could do what was expected of them. I think this relates to this class because the deeper I go in the Internet, the more competant I feel and the more positive about myself I feel!:)
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effect
I think the affect that it has on me is that I learned that these people were doing what I am doing now. It shows me the "evolution" of this class. It's wierd to see that there are other people who do this on the computers, but it isn't for Psychology 409 or 459. I laughed at what the people said about the time they spent on the computer because if I think about how much time I spend on the computer for this class, I think it exceeds the time they used to put in for their class! I think I spend about twelve and a half hours on the computer a week! When I go to the lab, I spend about two and a half hours on the computer at a time! How's that for too much time on the computer?! I know though, that I am learning something that is on the cutting edge of technology, so that makes up for some of the stress I feel sitting at this dumb terminal!!!
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fixedproblems
I fixed the problem I had on the computer last week by changing the name of the other homepage that I had to the 409a address that I occupy now. It felt good to be able to figure it out for myself since no one else knew what the hell was going on either!! I feel like an expert novice on this particular problem!!! Tonight seemed to be a major victory for me over the computer! Now the score is: Computer 7, Jill 11!! Actually though, the computer stumped me for a pretty long time, so does the time period count for more points? Oh well, I guess that doesn't matter! I'm just really beginning to feel like I'm getting somewhere in the class now! One thing I don't like is that the instructions aren't as specific as I'm used to. I feel like I'm on my own, like Dr. James said these are what you need to do, now go! Be free!! And that was it!
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readingotherlabs
Well, I went through the other students' lab reports in the class, and I liked that practically everyone found humor to inject into their lab reports to relieve the frustration of it all. For instance, in Beverly's lab report for week 4, she spoke about the frustration of having problems and no one being able to help you, not even the lab assistants in the computer labs. I thought this was very true since most times it seems that we are totally on our own, with no one to help us. Something else that I thought relieved the tension in her glossary was the definition of emoticons. I liked it because I know what they are, but I never knew what they were called!=) Now, I do!! In Kyle Fujii's lab report, I was reading under the week 5 heading and saw that he spoke about procrastination. He said that the reports he got from last semester's student spoke of NOT procrastinating. He said that he hoped he didn't or he'd "Go Nuts!" It was also kind of strange to read Cheryl Renata's lab reports about how she didn't know what week we were supposed to be in. The reason it was so strange was that Kyle and I had just been talking about that yesterday and here she was just as confused as we were!
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Lab Report 6
Dr. James' Homework
trafficproblem
Well, I got into the Webcrawler and did a couple of searches about traffic. One of them was "traffic problem" and that search got me this link: Southern California Traffic Report where I found a couple of really funny files to read that dealt with traffic reports around the world! One of the sub-links from this search was the Anywhere Else file. It was full of other people writing about the traffic in their areas. Another neat link was theVirtual Tourist-California file. You could go on a tour of California! Without leaving home! Beverly Diaz liked this link, want to see what she said?
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trafficfrance
The next search I did was "traffic france" and this search go me a couple of links to complete my homework. One of them was the link: BC's Pages of Fun and this link had some cool links in it too. It had stuff about Paris. One of the links that came from this file was What's New and it had all kinds of stuff about Paris in it, like stores and museums and bookstores, it was great! There was another file I was searching but while I was in there, I got cut off and couldn't get back into the Webcrawler to start my search again. I guess I'll try again later.
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tryingagain
Well, I finally got in again to the Webcrawler. It took awhile, but I finally finished my homework. The last cool link that I liked was called WWW Scientific Photography Lab-How to Find Us. In this link, you sort of take a tour of a German city. You walk, take a train, or a car to get to the photo studio. It's really neat because they give you landmarks and things!
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readingotherlabs2
Well, last week, I went into the other students' lab reports but scarcely anybody did any work on the week 6 homework. I had read Ryan Higa's lab report and he spoke about finding information the same way that I had. He also reported finding the same links that I had, go take a look! Another person's lab report I read was Ross's. In it she talks about doing a search off of Dr. James' bookmark file!! I never thought of doing that!! Maybe I should have! Then maybe I wouldn't have had the problems I had. Like she said, she had to wait for the computer to hook up to the other server, I did this and got really impatient because I wanted to go exploring!=) Anyway, I went on to read Beauchemin's labreport also. I thought that it was really cool to hear about how she discovered the "Relly Big Button". Do you want to check it out too? Click here to go! Go Up Top!
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Lab Report 7
Dr. James' Homework
readingarticle
While I was reading Dr. James' article about the way he was conducting class, I was struck by a few things, one was in the "method" section, another was in the "class" section, another was in the "self confidence" section, the fourth was in the "mastery" section, and the last was in the "attraction" section.
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method
In the method section of the article, the thing that hit me the most was when Dr. James said that the students oriented themselves in advance. I think that this is not true in my case, since I feel that if this was what I did, I would not have taken things so personally the first four to five weeks!=) I think that I had to get used to "orienting" myself throughout this time. I think that now, I have pretty successfully done this and so take things a lot better affectively!! I think that looking at things through this orientation makes you view things more objectively.
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class
In the class section of the article, Dr. James spoke about the class coming together to speak about their adventures on the Internet as a way of bringing the class closer together. I believe this, but I also think that by sharing our experiences as they occur while on the computer would be even more beneficial. I also think that this would be a common bond for us and would make our interactions even less stilted!=) I think that by having someone right there to help you or to listen to your problems as they occur brings people even closer together!!
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selfconfidence
In the self confidence portion of the article, there was one part that I totally believed to be true. It was the sentence "There are times when I feel I can do anything!!" Right now, I guess because I have accomplished so much on the computer, I feel that there is nothing I can't do on the computer. It makes me feel so proud of myself!=) I love it! I'm sure there are others out there who feel the same as I do about this!
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mastery
In the mastery section of the article, Dr. James has things about feelings of nervousness, and inferiority. I too, felt this in the beginning of the class. I felt that I should drop the class because I was a total computer illiterate! The only thing I knew how to do really on a computer was to word proces, and that only with the help of my boyfriend! I felt on the first day of class that I didn't belong anywhere near a computer!! After about five or six weeks of this class however, I think I have made some huge strides in the way I think and feel while working on the computer! For that, I love this class!!
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attraction
In the article, in the attraction section, I read something about getting addicted to the Web! I agree, someone else who agrees with this statement is Diane Beauchemin who says she thinks she is getting obsessed with the Internet! I think I am too!!!
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Other Students' Comments
I read three people's comments so far about the what they did for week 7 homework. Kyle Fujii wrote that he felt that we had to fend for ourselves, and that is what it said in the article (go see it). I also felt this was true. As I said earlier in this labreport, I felt like we were told to "Be free!!" and that was all! I also read Joleen Lai's labreport. In it, she says that in one part of the article, it says something about bookmarks, I didn't understand that part either so don't feel bad!!!=) Lastly, I read part of Diane Beachemin's labreport, about the addiction to the Internet! But another thing that I like about Diane's labreport is the "comic relief" feel of it! I love to read her and Kyle Fujii's reports first because it really relieves a lot of the tension (@%#$*!)=)! I also just read Beverly Diaz's labreport. In it, she spoke about reaching a new plateau. I think she's right because as Kevin and Dr. James said, we'll encounter problems on a higher, more difficult level! oh goody...=(
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Lab Report 8
Dr. James' Homework
Awards
Part of our homework this week was to make links to Dr. James' Weekly Comments file. As I was reading Kyle Fujii's lab report however, I saw that he made a comment about the awards in this class. I too, feel the way he does when he says that theawards should be updated. I think that this would give us the drive to continue in our misadventures. One award that could be made up could be "The Funniest Lab Report". (And speaking of funny things, I really liked the Technophobia Laugh and Cry file found in Dr. James' Weekly Comments File(if you want to go directly there, press here). It was something that I could go to when I was frustrated and just laugh all my cares away with!!) Another could be "The Lab Report With The Most Links In One Paragraph". I mean, I don't care about if it gives me a point or not, I just want something to boost my morale, you know?
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It Hates Me
I was reading Cheryl Remata's lab report and saw something interesting. I read that she used the excuse "the computer hates me" just like I do! But as she points out, it is just an excuse!!! I know it is just an excuse now because as Jae Isa from the 459 class pointed out, "from knowing nothing, now I know a lot!" I think one reason I know a lot now is as Cynthia Arashi puts it, it helps to come to the CLIC lab and fool around! Another way that I use this excuse is when I am waiting at the computer for a response at another computer. I always automatically think,"the computer must hate me, that's why it's taking so long!" Kyle Fujii says he hates waiting at the computer too! He calls this time "dead time", good glossary word, eh?
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459 Class
I read some of the lab reports in the 459 class and what struck me the most was the way their lab reports are set up. An example of this is Todd Takitani's lab report. It is 65 pages long! Anybody who spends that much time at a computer deserves to be in everybody's lab reports, don't you think?=) But I think it was really funny to hear about the analyses they had about driving and people's personalities! For instance, in Josephine Allen's lab report, she says that confidence and aggression go hand in hand! Wow, I guess I never thought of it before! However, another student, Shane Akagi, says that we're aggressive because our society is always in a rush.
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Lab Report 9
Dr. James' Homework
Generational Curriculum
Well, I goofed. I was supposed to read the lab reports of last semester's student that I had, but I ended up doing the Plato files instead! Whoops!! So, here I go, to right my wrong! The student's papers that I had were Pamela Cauldwell's. They seemed to be well written and I was hoping that what we were expected to do on the computer would be the same as what I was reading!
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Pamela's Accomplishments
I think that in the course of the semester, she seemed to learn a LOT about computers! She started out not knowing how to even turn on the computer! She ended the course being able to search for things on the computer and other things. I think that she also learned a lot about her thought processes, like Alison Asahina says in her report about Josephine Allen's lab report. Her level of frustration seemed, to me at least, to lessen considerably!! To me, that was an accomplishment in itself!!!
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Pamela's State of Mind
Overall, her state of mind started out at a low, kind of where mine was. This is something that I took heart from, if she got through the class when she didn't know how to turn the computer on, then I should do a little better than her, since I did!!=) Towards the end of the class, she seemed to be a lot more confident and motivated, and she didn't seem to be as embarassed in the later lab reports that I read. I think that her state of mind at the end seemed to show that she found an effective way to cope with her frustrations and anger! This is what I got from reading her lab reports. I find that by remembering what she said and how she coped, I am less frustrated also!
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What Pamela Gave Me
I think the main thing Pamela gave me was the motivation to succeed. I thought to myself,"If she can do it, so can I!!!" Reading what she said about the exercises they did for homework made me perservere, to keep at it! Like Bev says in her lab report, I was scared too. During the first class period, I was having serious doubts about the class. I had originally thought it would be a fun class to take, but on that first day, I wanted to drop it!! While reading what Pamela had to say, these doubts came at me full force!!One thing I wish that Pamela had given me was more specific things to read about. Like about how to do the things that she did! It was interesting reading about what she found and did, but I couldn't do the same things as her! Dellia is lucky in this respect, the reports she got gave her more to go on! So did Jason Raad, who read Kevin Bogan's lab reports!! Lucky him!=)
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For Future Readers
I don't really have too much to say to any future readers out there. I think the main thing that I can tell any of them out there would be to explore, explore, explore! This is a very innovative and outrageous thing we have here on the Internet now, and I hope other people appreciate what we have done here as much as I do now. One bit of advice I do have for other writers on the Internet is to always use anchors and links!!! These two things really help to make it easier for a reader to get to things they might find appealing without having to scroll throughout your whole document! I find this to be one of my pet peeves on the Internet! I should really talk huh? When I hardly have any links to my own anchors within my own file!!=0 I guess it's time to make some huh?=)
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Dr. James' Article
Upon reading Dr. James' article, I found that I had a lot to comment about. For instance, in his training section, I found that I was wishing that he had given our class a written explanation of what to do, and set up a training session for us at the clic lab on our second or third meeting also. I thought that that would have helped us out a lot in the beginning, when we really needed it! I think that by doing this, he would have helped to lower ouranxiety levels too!! I don't know, what do you guys think? In the platocommuni section, I was thinking that we should have something similar to the Plato files in our www files. I thought that it would be similar to the Plato files in the sense that we could talk about things not related to the class in them. In the courses section of the article, I thought that it was neat that students could speak to people older or younger than themselves. But I thought that it was a very good idea that people have aliases, like it says in the persona section, so that no one feels intimidated!
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Lab Report 10
Dr. James' Homework
My Experiences With Homepages
Well, finding other peoples' homepages on the Web was pretty fun! I looked it up on a list ofstudent homepages that I got from Dr. James' homework file. It was pretty cool to see how many students had done homepages! You should see how many homepage addresses I got! Wow!! And yes, I did spend an awful lot of time at the computer to find all of them!! I had a very big sample size just for the reason that I wanted to see a lot of homepages, to give myself ideas about how I wanted to do my own!=) I think I made my choices for navigating by three criteria:1)the amount of bits the person used, 2)the linknames they chose, and 3)the people's real names, or the names they put in the real name column.
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Home Pages On The Web
Well, I went into Netscape to look at all the homepages that I wanted, I had found over 50, but when I actually got in to look at them, I found that most of the ones I wanted to look at had been erased. Oh well, but, I did find replacements, and there were 40 of them. I found that most of them were Indexical, or Standard Home Pages. A lot of them, though, were not just one or the other, they tended to be both. I thought that this was pretty neat, but would Dr. James let us do this? I noticed also that a lot of the homepages didn't have the pictures right on the homepage, they tended to have seperate files for the pictures. Hmm, how strange! I also noticed that when I wanted to look at the files, I couldn't use the links, the computer usually told me that the host wasn't recognized, or something else like that. Was that really irritating or what(want to see how irritating?)? One of the homepages that I visited was pretty cool want to see? I think the type I like the best is the mixed type, part of all three in one! It shows the most creativity and flexibility, I think, and you aren't limited!
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My Ideas For My Home Page
Well, what I got out of the homepages I viewed, and what I can actually do are two different things, I guess. For instance, I wanted to make a creatively indexical homepage, but that's not what the homework is, so I guess I have to stick to making my creative homepage kind of quirky, why don't you take a look?. For instance, I want to put the links in weird positions on the page(hope I can pull it off!). For my indexical homepage, I think I am going to try to find links I can make interesting names out of them. That way, it might be a little easier for my readers! Clickhere to see if I succeeded. For my standard homepage, I think I'm going to try to just make another "original" homepage. I'll make it a little nicer than the homepage I started with(want to see it?)!=)
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Lab Report 11
Dr. James' Homework
Kuhlthau's Book
What I perceive this book to be about is the problems and possible solutions to them in the process of information searching in the United States, maybe the world over. My chapter however, dealt with the uncertainty principle. She relates that principle to the traditional theory of information searching and by using it as a premise, tries to construct a new, possibly better theory for information searching. I thought that the book was rather redundant in stating a lot of the facts. Kyle feels the same way. I guess that she needs to be though, to make her points, right? I think that the book, to an extent, helped me to understand what I was going through during those first weeks on the computer. I think that she hits on a lot of points that really relate to us as a class.
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Kuhlthau and Me
Well, I was looking over my previous lab reports and found that a lot of what I said in them deals with what Kuhlthau says in her book. For instance, in my 1/20/95 lab report, I talk about getting so frustrated that I have to ask for help. This relates to what she says about information not being a self serve process, and this is definitely not a self serve type of class! In a couple of my other lab reports, I talk about staying calm and sticking it out on the computer. This illustrates the point Kuhlthau makes about interest. If it interests you, you'll more likely stay with it. In three of my other lab reports, I talk about tolerating the unique. In one lab report, I talk about getting bored because as Kuhlthau would say, once things get redundant, we get bored. In another lab report, I talk about exploring which is like tolerating the unique! And in the third lab report, I talk about my experience of not getting lost on the Internet. Since I held on long enough to figure out what I was doing (by tolerating the new), I found that I had made things redundant!!=)
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What Everyone Else Thinks
While I was reading other students' lab reports, I came across a lot of things that I was thinking that was mirrored in their thoughts too. In Beverly's lab report, she wrote that she went through the stages mentioned by Kuhlthau in her book. The thing that I agree with her about is going through the stages, I certainly did! Another student who says the same thing is Grant, he says that when he read the book, he saw a lot of himself in it. In Beverly's "Does it help you cope" section, she says that it does, and I agree, since if we had had to learn about tolerating the unique in the beginning of the class, I feel I would have been a lot less frustrated!!=) In Kyle's lab report, he wonders if anyone got what he intended from his oral, the answer is YES! I understood what you were getting at!!=) There does need to be understanding between the librarian, teacher and student! In Joleen's labreport, I agree that if I had been forced to read this book in high school, I probably would have liked the library a LOT better!!
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Lab Report 12
Dr. James' Homework
The Swedenborg Article
The homework for this week was to read the Swedenborg discussion files on Dr. James' Swedenborg page. We were to then answer questions about what we read, felt or learned. The social context of the exchange was that of students making comments on various subjects such as God, the Devil, good and evil and traffic. One question we are supposed to answer is: "Was it rational?" Well, I personally don't think it was. But the reason for this is because I think it is pretty damn (excuse my french) impossible to change someone's mind about their religion. MANY other students in psychology 409 feel the same, take Kyle, or Diane, or Beverly for examples. Another question that we had to answer was: "Did it get anywhere?" For this question, I think I have to answer no again. The only reason I feel this way is because I think that the reason this discussion was up on the computer was to have people try and change other people's minds about what they believed. From what I saw, this was definitely NOT accomplished. If anything, I think people just got defensive and stayed with what they originally thought, just because they got backed into corners.
The People in the Discussion
As I said before, I think that the purpose of the people engaged on the computer was to try and convert the others on the computer. I don't know if that was the stated purpose, but that was what I assumed it to be. As for each person's style and character, I think that everyone was pushy and full of air. I mean that they tried to tell other people they were wrong because they were "atheist" or "Jewish". How can there be a right or wrong in what you believe? And they were full of hot air because they never used simple words, they always had to use big scientific words, as if trying to show everyone else that they knew a lot about everything. I agree with Joleen when she says that she couldn't understand what these people were talking about. Another reason I couldn't understand it was because of the Plato format. Like Beverly says, "it jumps around a lot". Another student who had a hard time trying to follow the exchange was Trudy.
The Usefulness of This Discussion
The last set of questions we had to answer dealt with if we thought visiting this cyberspace was useful. Well, once again, I think that I have to say, no. But not an uncompromising, total no, just no. For the most part, I think that this was a waste of time because this class has nothing to do with theology or religion, but also because it showed me that we can put closeminded statements and have closeminded exchanges on the Internet, which is what Diance calls this (and I agree!). I think for the most part I learned that unless I want to sound like these people and be hated by my peers, I should keep my mouth shut! This is the something "good" that came out of this homework. The "bad" that came out of doing this assignment is that it took a long time to do this and I still don't comprehend the relevance of doing this! Oh well, chalk one up to experience eh? I would really like to applaud Rayson Noguchi though, because he seemed to be the only one who was open-minded enough to be able to read through what everyone was saying!=)
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Lab Report 13
Dr. James' Homework
Maintenance
Well, this week's homework was to clean up our files once again. So as you could probably guess, I had a lot of cleaning up to do!=) I had to go through a lot of this lab report to make things easier for my readers to read!=) I also had to take out a couple of links that were falling. Boy was that a pain in the butt!
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Lab Report 14
Dr. James' Homework
Filenames and Anchor Names
Filenames are a very useful and descriptive thing on the Internet. When I make up my filenames, I try to make them as descriptive as possible. Carol feels the same way as I do! So does Beverly! I guess this is me trying to make my files user friendly. I make the focus of my whole labreport and glossary the reader and what would make it easier for them. The same thing goes for my anchor names and subheadings. If at all possible, I also try to stick in the first couple of words in the paragraph, sort of like a segway. In interpreting other people's filenames, I think that they do the same thing. Most of the people's filenames on the Internet have been easy to decode. I guess a lot of people tend to think the way I do.
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Other People's Filenames, etc.
Keeping track of all the filenames and addresses isn't as bad as all that, well, I don't think it is. I think because I try to use descriptions as filenames it makes things easier on me. Kyle feels differently, he doesn't care about titles, but he also uses the topics as a way to name things. I found one invaluable key on the keyboard that I use ALL the time, it's the "=" key. Joleen also uses this key and tells you "how" to use it, and Kyle uses the equal sign key too! This key let's me figure out people's addresses, and anchor names! Another invaluable key is the "\". This key let's me flip the whole document over so that I can see what I like and see how to do it myself (or in other words, copy and steal it!! heheh!). These both help me to find out things I need to know to make links!
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Suggestions
I think the biggest suggestion I can give anyone is to know the keyboard inside and out! And possibly backwards and forwards!=) I think that by knowing the little commands like backslash and the equal sign, life would be a lot simpler! And I can't emphasize that enough!!! One thing I think Dr. James should do is to help the students understand this very well and then let them figure out when to use it! It's just little things like these that would have made my life a lot simpler had I been able to use them in the beginning!!=) I think another suggestion I can make is to be kind to those who you are making links to. For example, always give them your full address, anchor and all! I mean, it's only courteous to do so, then maybe when it's their turn to ask you to make a link back, they'll do the same for you!!=) Rayson had a great idea on keeping track of filenames, go see it. Jason also had a suggestion, it dealt with shorter URLs! Check it out!
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Lab Report 15
Dr. James' Homework
My Accomplishments
Well, I am thankful that the semester is finally over! Yay! But I think that I have gained a lot of knowledge this past semester about myself and about my abilities on the computer. I now know that the computer is not my enemy!=) (Go see what I said earlier in the semester)Isn't that wonderful? I'm really pleased with myself because I stuck out the class when all I really wanted to do was withdraw! I'm glad I did because I learned so much and met a lot of great people in the process! The main thing I needed this semester was a lot of patience! Without this, I would have gone bananas. I had to learn how to cultivate it though, because I don't think I had any in the beginning of the class! I'm glad that I started knowing nothing this semester, it made what I learned seem so much more momentus! So much more amazing to myself! To answer the question would I do anything different? The answer is definitely NO! I think that if I changed anything at all, it wouldn't mean as much now!
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Our Web Pages
In looking over the classes' Web pages and other Web pages I have seen, I think that our Web pages are just as good, sometimes even better than those others on the Web. Call me biased, but I think that for our first time on the Web(some of us it being the first time doing more than word processing on the computer!) we did a hell of a job! I don't even want to try comparing my pages to any of my classmates because I feel that we all did a superb job and all deserve to feel good about what we did on the computer.=) Especially since I don't hate computers anymore!=) To answer to Dr. James' question about our files for this class, I think that they should be left up in cyberspace. I feel proud of what I accomplished here this semester and would love to see it left in cyberspace for "posterity's" sake! I would love it if in a couple of years I could come back to cyberspace to see my lab reports and relive old memories about what went on during the semester. Since I plan on helping Dr. James this summer, I think I am already hooked on the Internet and can see myself getting an account in the future!=) There's so many things that can happen in the future to the Internet I'm not even going to speculate about it! I don't want to be so off that I look silly!=)
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Suggestions for Future Internetters
Well, for the next generation of cyberspace junkies I say, learn as much as you can while you can. And ask a lot of questions!!! Don't be afraid to ask a question you feel might be stupid because one or more of your classmates are most likely feeling the same thing you are! And they're probably going to totally thank you for bringing up something they couldn't!=) That happened to me! Another suggestion I think I should make to you is to not give up. Form little groups within the class to help you out along the way. It doesn't have to last the entire semester, just as long as you need the help. But try to get people who you think can help you out as much as you help them out. It's never nice to feel like you are always giving the answers and never getting any in return! Lastly, always remember that this is supposed to be a fun class! Don't take things too hard and remember to have fun! Because once you get past your initial frustrations, it is!=)
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Suggestions for Dr. James
To Dr. James, well, it's been a great semester overall! Thanks for making a class like this. It was fun learning about something new!=) But getting back to the suggestions, I think that you should make your next class read the Kuhlthau book before class starts, that way you probably won't have as many withdrawals. It will also lessen their anxiety about doing something so new and foreign! I think that if I had had this book to read a lot earlier, I would have been in a better state of mind and a lot happier one at that!=) I also think that you should leave this first generation "superdocument" up on the Internet! It lets everyone see an evolution and a groudbreaking movement connecting education and the Internet!
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Suggestions for the Next Generation
Well, over the past semester, I have been thinking of ways to help make the class format be a little more streamlined. One way is to have the students read Kuhlthau first. The second way would be to have the students be able to have a class in the clic lab before starting their homework on the computer. This would help them to familiarize themselves with the computer functions as well as the program functions. There's nothing like hands-on experience to help a person out! Another suggestion I think would help the class out would be to have class discussions without the input from the teacher. I think that once the semester gets going, students feel more comfortable with each other and can and should talk to each other about what goes on in the class. I think the discussions should be more "freshman seminar" oriented, where the students "conduct" their own classes. They can talk about what goes wrong or right during their time on the computer.=) The last suggestion I have is that it would be nice if the future generations made links to the older generations(of course now all of them hate my guts!). I wouldn't make it a homework assignment though, because that's too much to read and do!
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New Awards
Now, Kyle Fujii and I had a lot to say about this aspect of the class. (To see what we said, go to my Awards section in a previous lab report) We felt that there should be more awards, and not necessarily for points(although that would be great!), but for boosting everyone's self-confidence! I think everyone in class deserves an award, just for being able to stick it out during the semester(especially the beginning when everything looked the bleakest!)!!! One award I think that would be excellent would be: "The First Person to Get This Week's Homework Up". Now I know that seems pretty long, but it's very descriptive and it'll make the person feel good about getting it up! The way to regulate this is to have the person email Dr. James after the homework is completedand since email is time stamped, you'll know who was first! Or maybe if Dr. James has TA's, they could be emailed instead! Another good award would be: "The Funniest Lab Report" and go weekly or it can be done at the end of a trio of homework assignments. (As you can see, I have done a lot of thinking about this "award problem"!) Two more good awards could be: "The Shortest Lab Report for the Week" and "The Longest Lab Report for the Week". I personally, as you can tell, think awards should be given out on a weekly basis!=)
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Last Thank You's
Finally, since this is the last time I shall be writing on the Internet for a grade, I would like to thank a whole list of people who helped to make this semester an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for me! The first goes to Dr. James, for making this class. Without it, I wouldn't be able to graduate!!=) The next goes to Kevin Bogan, since he was the one I always bothered in the beginning of he semester while he was doing the duty in the clic lab! Thanks for all your help Kevin! I really appreciate it and all the long discussions we had in clic lab!=) The next thank you goes to Kyle Fujii! Hey dude! You were the person in class that I got to know purely because I thought I knew you before. And I was right! As you soon figured out!!=) You really helped me to maintain my sanity be cracking jokes and of course through you witty and very enlightening lab reports!! By the way, I loved them all!=) The next award goes to Ryan Higa. It just seems like I can't get away from this guy! I went to elementary school with him, and now "he's ba-ack!"=) But really Ryan, thanks for sitting by me in class and letting me spill my guts about certain "problems" I was having in class! Hahaha! The next three awards go to three outstanding ladies in class that I feel guilty about always bothering: Diane Beachemin, Beverly Diaz, and Joleen Lai. Without these three ladies, who would I have possibly linked to!??!!=) Thank you guys for being so nice as to actually link back! I really appreciated it! And the last thank you goes out to Todd Takitani. The only person I know from the Psychology 459 class! Halfway through the semester we became email pals, and without him cracking jokes to me through email I don't think I would have been able to make it through the semester! Also, he served as role model! Have you seen his lab report!?! It's a "superdocument" all by itself it's so long!!=) Good work Todd! And thanks again!! By the way, you should go see it!
TO THE PSYCHOLOGY 409 CLASS, THANK YOU FOR THE INTERNET EXPERIENCE! KEEP ON SURFING!!!!

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