ECMP 355 Summary of Personal Learning

Hey everyone.  As the year is coming to a close, so is the semester, and with that, there are final exams, and final projects that are due.  That being said, for ECMP 355, we were assigned to create a summary of what we learnt during the course.  I decided to go with a screencast video.  So, here is my Summary of Personal Learning.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed looking back and seeing how much I had learned over the semester.

Thanks for watching.

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LP Update: Second Video

Sorry it took so long to get this second video up

It’s been really fun learning how to do this.  And one thing that I’ve found interesting is that, even when it feels like I’m just botching the whole thing and that I’ll never be able to learn how to do it, I’ll watch the video and think “actually, that looks pretty cool”.  So, that part is really encouraging.

Thanks for your support.

101st Grey Cup

Ok guys, this is just too big a deal to not talk about.

What I’m talking about is the fact that the Saskatchewan Roughriders are going to play against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup Championship in Regina, SK.  For the first time ever, the Riders are playing the Grey Cup in Regina.  That’s pretty awesome.  Also, they are facing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who are head-coached by Kent Austin.  Now, for those of you who don’t know, Kent Austin was the former Quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders back in 1989, when they defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup of that year.  Also, he was the head-coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, along with Andy Fantuz, a receiver who now plays for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in 2007 where he lead the Riders to victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.  So, this Grey Cup is a pretty big deal, full of ironies.  Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

Other notable former members of the Riders who now reside on Hamilton’s team are Quarterback Henry Burris, a former Rider who played for various teams in the CFL, as well as a brief stint in the NFL before landing up in Hamilton, another is former Rider General Manager Eric Tillman, who is now a consultant for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  Again I say, this is a big game.

So, for those of you who either didn’t know about this coming event (which is highly unlikely if you live within Saskatchewan), and for those who don’t know all the nuances that accompany this game, I hope you found this helpful, or at least interesting.  Thanks for reading.

And GO RIDERS!!!!

Blog #5: The Forgotten Slaves

Hi everyone, today is a little more solemn.  I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and I still don’t even know what to say about it, other than that it’s just horrible, and even more so that we didn’t know about them.

Sorry, I’ll explain further.  I was in my History 116 class at the U of R, which is revolved around Indigenous peoples, and so we got on the topic of colonialism and slavery.  The professor that was speaking (he was a guest) was going on about it, and then brought up that not all the slaves were from Africa, but in fact, especially in the early years of enslavement, most of the slaves were Irish.  I was shocked by this, and so I looked it up, and found this link.  This is a brief article on the horror that the Irish slaves faced, and at times it was even worse than the African slaves; partially because they were Catholic, partially because they were plentiful, and partially because of their history of conflict with Britain, and the subsequent hatred that developed because of that.

I really don’t know what else to say.  The article was really good at opening my eyes, and I haven’t read the book that the article is based upon, but it looks interesting.

I guess I’ll leave you guys with this: slavery, at this point in European history, wasn’t because of ethnocentrism, religious intolerance, or any other host of reasons.  These were just the tools used by people to fuel their own personal desires of greed, both personally and nationally.  I’m not saying that that other stuff didn’t exist, racism and intolerance have always been prevalent throughout history, it’s just that these weren’t the why it happened, they were just part of the how, the why was, as previously said, was greed.

Thanks for listening to my thoughts, and like I said, I’m still trying to comprehend this right now.  Feel free to comment, and state your opinions.  I’ll talk to you guys later.

Computer Programming… for Kids?

Hey guys, in ecmp355 class the other we talked a little bit about computer programming.  Now, I know that this topic can seem a little bit intimidating, but it’s not too bad.  We used a software called Scratch, which allows for the user to use various objects, or “scripts”, and manipulate them in various ways, such as move them across the screen, or change their colour.  I’m not doing it justice, if you click the above link and then click Try It Out it’ll give you a tutorial to the program that I couldn’t explain here.  Anyways, I did one, and though it’s pretty basic, and only about 6 seconds long, I think it’s pretty cool.  At least the whole concept of the program is.

So like I was saying before, the idea is to get children interested in programming their own ideas, characters, stories, games, etc.  and this program allows for them to get a good basic understanding that things need to be meticulously set up for everything to work properly, and all in the name of fun too!

So, though it’s not something that I think I would get to at this age, it is definitely something that I could have benefited from as a child, and I think that other children would enjoy, given the chance.  What do you guys think, do you think it’s good to start kids off at such a young age, or do you think that by influencing them so early, it could be warping them with unfortunate yet-to-see consequences?  I’d love your feedback, thanks for reading!