— Rmont

March, 2012 Monthly archive

In Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making us Stupid?”, he  states that his ability to read has transformed as such: ”Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” This made me question how the Web has effected my will to read an entire article, as opposed to just reading the headlines. Fortunately, I’ve been using my Google RSS feed since January 19th, and have compiled a fair amount of statistics regarding my trends:

all charts represent the last 30 days

Subscription # Read % Read
Subscription # Clicked

Although most of my attention is dedicated to a sports blog, I still feel like I get a fair amount of reading accomplished, rather than skimming or just observing headlines. Does anyone have any suggestions of something new to subscribe to that jogs the mind more than Deadspin.com?

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Dr. Alexander’s presentation on the future of higher education was the first keynote speech that I’ve been to this semester. The audience included President Hurley, Jim Groom, Dr. Greenlaw, a few classmates, and Andy Rush streamed the whole presentation live via the web! Dr. Alexander not only lectured, but also included the audience, as he implored us to collectively answer questions that he posed. He asked us to identify trends that we see in technology, and people put forth answers such as Spotify, Paypal, and I talked about RSS feeds. He also talked about the “black swan” phenomenon, which he defined as any event which happens completely out of the blue that makes a significant change socially, in technology, or culturally. I found this especially interesting, and it reminded me of my friends who aspire to play the stock market one day. Dr. Alexander also asked us to imagine ourselves 10 years into the future, and spoke about how he imagines that libraries and schools will shrink in numbers, as the world becomes more reliant on technology. It is exciting to think of how technology will impact education in the future. Video games will become more pertinent in the learning process, and children will have access to MASSIVE online databases. Overall I really enjoyed the presentation, and it seems like Dr. Alexander is a great guy and admirable scholar.

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This past weekend our lacrosse team played Marymount University in DC, and I stayed in the area after the game to meet with a few former players regarding a job interview I have at the end of this month. The guys I met with gave me great insight on what to expect in the interview process, and provided some information that will be crucial to review prior to the 30th. They also convinced to make a Linkedin profile…. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ryan-montgomery/4a/5a1/404. I thought this was great because not only is it an important networking tool, but I thought that it would satisfy our digital profile requirement for this class…. Now looking back on these other posts I’m beginning  to realize that I need to create one through umwblogs, which is fine as I’ll be able to include more information and customize it better than what Linkedin offers.

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Today’s lesson plan was especially pertinent to my current situation, as I have a job interview at the end of this month. Just last week I scoured my facebook and removed pictures that I felt weren’t appropriate for my possible employers to view. Also I recently created a twitter account and have tried to stay mindful of how I interact with other people.


1) Having no digital identity or footprint on the internet is a negative when potential employers search your name.

2) It is possible to manipulate how people find/view you on the internet.. ex) purchasing a domain name and creating your own website.

3) Be mindful of your digital footprint.. Luckily the stats i’ve accumulated on the lacrosse field fill in the majority of my DF, and my facebook and twitter accounts are buried deep in the pages of google.

4) One way to rid yourself of a negative DF, is to create material that is positive.

5) Be mindful of privacy settings on social networks, and watch out for hackers.

Also I hope everyone has UNC going all the way in your brackets.

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Our further research of the historical state markers has been one of the larger aspects of our work so far. Some markers have plenty of extra information to include, while others are so miniscule that seems impossible to locate other facts aside from the inscription on the actual marker.

For example, one of my markers is “Burnt Ordinary”. Wikipedia has a page dedicated to Burnt Ordinary, but the only information it includes is from the inscription on the marker. Also, the only citation it includes is from the website that we have used to identify our new markers.

After a significant amount of digging through the internet, I found that there was a small skirmish at Burnt Ordinary during the Civil War. I discovered this information in the pages of The History of the United States Cavalry, through google books. I was glad to finally find this extra information, but I thought it was especially cool that I found  information that wasn’t mentioned at all on the inscription of the marker.

I’ve also been using Zotero this and my 485 which is SWEET!

Hope everyone is having a great SB.

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