Final Blog Post

Favourite Blog Posts:

1. twitter

My post on what Twitter is and how its arising in popularity worldwide was fun to write about. Since I’m not all too interested in it, it was interesting to see what I was, apparently, “missing out on”. After reading about it’s origin and seeing what it’s all about, I still have no interest in ever signing up for an account. It started with just a way to see what your favourite actor/actress, etc. is up to. Now, it’s “weird” if you don’t have a twitter.

2. new iphone

The supposedly futuristic iPhone 5 that Apple might be coming up with looks extremely unbelievable, but highly efficient at the same time. I would never imagine that people would actually come up with some of the stuff that’s in this iPhone. It’s amazing to see what kinds of technology’s are being and going to be created in the near future.

3. halloween costumes

The article on whether some halloween costumes are appropriate to wear or not was an interesting read. Some of the costumes mentioned in the article, I thought, were perfectly fine. For example, idolizing a star in the media seems perfectly fine if they had no intention of causing a scene or affecting anyones feelings. But something, like showing up to a halloween party as a terrorist, could be seen as very offensive since they’re portrayed in a certain, negative way. Overall, I think halloween should just be a fun night without taking things out of proportion or targeting any specific group of people.

4. underworld

The movie was unbelievably fascinating to watch, especially in 3D. My post on this movie was detailed, in my opinion, and the picture and trailer probably help people understand the plot better if they haven’t seen it. There’s also two movies that lead up to the most recent one, so if anyone is interested in seeing it, they should watch the other two first. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t into science fiction, but overall, the movie is great.

5. paranormal activity

Since I love writing movie reviews, I would think this is one of my favourite ones. Horror movies are fun to write about, especially if theres something about the movie that I disliked. Again, I think the trailer and pictures along with the post can help people understand what I wrote about the movie. I wouldn’t say it was too scary, but it could give you a thrill. I thought the post was quite lengthy and detailed and could be seen as one of my favourite blog posts this year.

Best Work:

1. burlesque poster and movie banner

  

I was really impressed with the way my movie poster and banner turned out. Never before have I used photoshop before this class. I didn’t think I would learn how to use many of the tools as quick as I did and imply my knowledge to my project. I thought I did an impressive job; I even surprised myself. Even though from then on I knew much more and had better outcomes, this one is still on of my favourites.

2. culture jam ad

This is definitely one of my favourites because I thought the message was delivered in an interesting way, making anyone who sees it really think about the main message. I tried my best to blend the smoke coming from the cigarette to match the tip of it. After I did that, I attempted to write “Life” in cursive, which I think actually turned out pretty well. Adding a bit of smoke to the “SMOKING KILLS” at the bottom also was a nice touch, so its not so busy, but not too plain at the same time.

3. alphabet soup

This project was really exciting to put together. Going around and looking for things that looked like letters in my name was, sometimes frustrating, but for the most part, fun. I thought some of my letters were really interesting and creative. I tried to look for things that I knew some people wouldn’t find, but sometimes I was just out of luck. I also like the M of “Michelle” because I thought it was funny, even though other students in the class used people as their letters too. I also enjoyed being able to use my camera around the school using different angles and settings.

4. final culminating 

My final culminating turned out better than I ever thought it would. I thought my logo was very creative and I was surprised I got it done so fast. I know that “bubble letters” aren’t usually used in hockey, but I wanted it to be different from other team logos and somewhere along my style of art. I thought my ice rink turned out great after I smudged all the sides, otherwise it would look too plain. The advertisements I came up with were also different than what I saw other people doing. Making three billboard ads would be too boring, so I tried to incorporate my logo into some of my sponsors. My commercial was very fun to make, and I’m glad my brother helped me with it. I thought the idea was somewhat original, but still a good hockey commercial. My ultimate favourite part of this culminating was creating the cola can. I thought it looked super cool and turned out really nice. I smudged the white swirl so it would relate to the ice rink, and added the devils head. The only thing I would change about it is making the “DEVILS” on the can white instead of red so it wouldn’t blend in with the colour of the can. But, I love the way i put the horns on the Coca Cola logo!

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Video Review:

The video on 2011 had a very strong message and I think it was wonderfully put together. I didn’t know one video could have such an impact on me. As I was watching it, some things I saw gave me shivers. It gives us a look on what happened all around the world. Whether it be soldiers coming home to their families, natural disasters, telling your parents your sexuality, or starving children, things like these happen every day but we don’t take the time to think about it. It’s amazing to see how our world has changed. I also liked it at the end when it showed the words “we made it”. It made me think, “wow, we really did”. All this talk about soon coming apocalypses and disasters could make someone live in fear. I think the message portrayed was to be more aware of the things happening, not only around you, but worldwide. And of course, we have Google to thank for that, since it is updated almost every second with the latest news that it offers to us. With this technology at our fingertips, we can help much faster in more ways than one.

What did 2011 mean to you?

     2011 was a mixture of a lot of different things to me. It wasn’t all happiness, but it turned around at the start of summer. Things went much better for me and I smiled each day much more than I ever had. I made a lot of mistakes last year, but I learned that getting over them and learning from it is the best thing you can do. I also learned that finding it in your heart to forgive someone is so much more powerful than holding a grudge over something that might not even matter in time. Looking back, I know now to not take everything so seriously. Laughing and relaxing are my favourite things to do. In 2011, I spent more time on music and singing. I never want  to give up on my dream of my future and what I want to do. Writing songs makes me less stressed and helps me get my emotions out instead of saying things I don’t mean to other people.

Family is also important; I’ve learned to always love them through thick and thin and never take them for granted. Being grateful and never underestimating life is the best way to live. In the beginning of last year, I was always quick to see the negative in both people and situations. Now, I either shrug it off or just keep things to myself. I’d rather keep something to myself instead of telling someone how I feel to avoid arguments.

School made me realize that no matter what anyone says about you, not to listen to the negativity. It’s also good to leave room for disappointment and let go of expectations since people change all the time. Change can be good; you can learn from it. Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do for the better of yourself. Love and everything else in life is not easy and takes a lot of commitment, so I’ve learned not to turn every little problem into a huge argument. Doing this, it’s so much easier to be happy with someone you wouldn’t ever want to lose.

The last thing I’ve learned is to always live in the present and focus what’s in front of you. No one can predict the future, and hanging on to things that don’t allow you to move on can impact your life.

All in all, 2011 was an amazing year, filled with new opportunities and friends, but I can’t wait to make the most of 2012.

What do you think will happen in 2012?

     The year 2012 has finally arrived.There has been a lot of talk about what the future will bring us. Many think this is going to be the final apocalypse due to the Mayan calendar. I don’t believe these theories because no one can for sure know what will happen, but I can admit that it’s scary to think about.

A few weeks ago, we were reviewing a video called The Occupy Movement. If this “agency” is going to be as intimidating as it is now, I feel like it’s going to grow and gain power.

As for technology, I feel like new devices will be made every single day with new built in things that are efficient for us. I also believe that many social networking sites will either shut down (Facebook) or become really popular (Twitter). I think that new opportunities for employment will arise, or decrease due to new technologies.

In my life, I think 2012 will give me opportunities to re-visit my family in Poland, travel during the summer and try new things. This year, I’m trying to learn from my past mistakes and do better in school, with my family, with my friends and at work. I’m super excited to continue my job at West 49, somewhere I have been wanting to get a part time job at. I’ve currently been working there for 6 months and trying to save up money for a car, a trip to California, and many other necessities.

If I continue to commit myself to saving my money and keeping a smile on, I could get much farther in life than I would if I still kept holding on to the past. I hope 2012 will bring good things to myself, and all the loved ones around me!

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No More Resumes?

Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analysis. Instead of asking for resumes, the New York venture-capital firm asked applicants to send links representing their “Web presence,” such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog. Applicants also had to submit short videos demonstrating their interest in the position.

Companies are increasingly relying on social networks such as LinkedIn, video profiles and online quizzes to gauge candidates suitability for a job. While most still request a resume as part of the application package, some don’t agree.

A resume doesn’t provide much depth about a candidate, says Christina Cacioppo. She blogs about the hiring process on the company’s website and was herself hired after she put together a profile showing her personal blog, Twitter feed, LinkedIn profile, and links to social-media sites such as Delicious and Dopplr, which showed places where she had traveled.

“We are most interested in what people are like, what they are like to work with, how they think,” she says.

At most companies, resumes are still the first step of the recruiting process.

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Women Beaten in Mexican Resort Comes Out Of Coma

A Calgary woman badly beaten while on vacation in Mexico has come out from her coma, her family says. Sheila Nabb, 37, is set to undergo facial reconstructive surgery later this week, according to her brother, Paul Giles.

Nabb and her husband left Calgary Thursday for an all-inclusive vacation at the Hotel Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlan. On Friday morning, she was found, beaten and bloodied, inside an elevator at the five-star resort. Several facial bones were shattered.

She has a long road of recovery ahead of her, but with the support of the people around her, she will get through it.

“Sheila was brought out of her medically induced coma Monday afternoon. She recognized her husband, Andrew, and his father, was responsive to questions, and was able to understand and follow directions,” Giles said Tuesday. “This is excellent news as it would appear that there is not any brain damage. She was also breathing on her own without the assistance of a ventilator. She was able to indicate that she felt some pain.”

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Terrorism convict Khawaja back in prison after attack

An Ottawa man serving a life sentence for terrorism has returned to prison after being attacked in a Quebec prison. Momin Khawaja’s father said his son was burnt with boiling water by a fellow inmate also convicted on terrorism charges. Khawaja received burns to 60 to 70 per cent of his body, said his father Mahboob Khawaja.”He was attacked by one of the inmates who lives in the same range, the inmate was out of the Toronto 18,” he said. He attacked him from the backside with a pot of boiling water. His attacker was Zakaria Amara, who plot to set off three bombs in Toronto.

Khawaja’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, said this is the first time Khawaja has had any trouble during his five years in custody. “I’m certainly looking forward to hearing from prison authorities to indicate what they’re doing to take precautions to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future,” Greenspon told the CBC’s Julie Ireton.

The attack took place on January 16 at the federal Special Handling Unit, the super-maximum-security prison in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec. It happened as inmates were preparing snacks before returning to their cells for the night.

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Lions Gate buys ‘Twilight’ studio for $412.5 Million

Lionsgate announced late Friday that it would buy Summit Entertainment for US$412.5-million in cash and stock.

Lionsgate will recieve the phenomenally successful Twilight franchise ahead of its final film release next November. The Twilight series is the fourth-highest growing franchise in cinematic history, behind Harry Potter, Star Wars and James Bond.

“Lionsgate management has historically shown financial discipline and either struck good deals or walked away. So our first impression of a potential Summit deal is that it would be good news or no news,” Mr. Gould added.

It has been said that buying Summit Entertainment would bring “solid cash flow visibility for the next few years.”

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Youtube Hits 4 Million Daily Views

YouTube, Google’s video website, is streaming four billion online videos every day, a 25 percent increase in the past eight months, according to the company.

The jump in video views comes as Google pushes YouTube beyond the personal computer, with versions of the site that work on smartphones and televisions, and as the company steps up efforts to offer more useful content on the site.

According to the company, roughly 60 hours of video is now uploaded to YouTube every minute, compared with the 48 hours of video uploaded per minute in May.

YouTube, which Google acquired for US$1.65-billion in 2006, represents one of Google’s key opportunities to generate new sources of revenue outside its Internet search advertising business.

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Blackberry 10

Blackberry fans are anxiously awaiting the new Blackberry 10 smartphone. According to the Boy Genius Report Blog, the Blackberry 10 is scheduled to launch in September. It will be a member of the Bold series, featuring a touch screen and full keyboard in December.

“RIM hasn’t provided a specific timeframe for BlackBerry 10 beyond that update,” said Marisa Conway, a New York-based spokesperson for the Canadian company.

Management had originally promised the highly anticipated new software platform would arrive in the first three months of 2012.

Since some are concerned about their delivery of new products on time, they can’t be sure and positive of the actual date it will be available to the public. So while September may not bring the official launch of the Blackberry 10, it will be a month which Blackberry customers will be waiting for.

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