I’ve always been a fan of Wikipedia, less popularly its citations. It’s always nice to look at, at the end of a reading; as if we managed to educate ourselves just that bit further, by memorising the exact column it hung from. Down to the page. Funny thing is, few times I looked up these resources I was never lucky enough to find them! My relationship with wikipedia thus began to falter and eventually, in disarray brought on by distrust, fall apart. I still go back every now and then, a guilty sin of sorts.
Podcasts. Amazing. Educational. Phenomenal! Until the first hour passes and the same dudes still talking about relative disproportionate possibilities of a fictional entity. Don’t get me wrong, i have a lot of podcasts, i love em. But sometimes i just can’t bear to listen to them. The Literature bits always fun to have a sneak at though, until the drama begins. Ted talks, mmm, mixed. It’s nice, great for some people, but some just do so well till they reach the “AND YOU CAN MAKE JUST AS MUCH AS I CAN IF!” You see ladies and gents, i hate “ifs” I loathe them. I am an either or guy. Fair enough some people hold hope with an IF and i wish them best of luck either way. But i’d really rather not “CAN IF”. To be fair, i’ve never been a fan of recording myself. I’m a “take the pictures, hold the camera” type.
One resource i stumbled across from the last few weeks blogs was this beauty, the piece not the figure. It helped me look up a sociological aspect that’s just been killing me in this lmfjijrepmfg research. Funnily enough it was off wikipedias resources, maybe we can start up our relationship again. MAYBE.
I tried Prezi a few times in two different unis. And I’ll probably be trying it again in the future. It was fun, until I pretty much lost myself in the themes and different slide options, thankfully as we were a group, we succeeded in failing on its technical possibilities. But it was one heck of a pretty transition from one slide to the next i can tell you that. On the other hand, it is pretty nifty to be able to give an interactive presentation of sorts that almost resembles a gif in a conversation, and now a days, who doesn’t like a good gif.
As for publishing papers, well i hope this exercise, and by extension my research, will be valid (possibly) and strong enough an argument to give me a confidence boost in sharing it with fellow academics (one love bruvs and sis). Google Scholar is my aim though. Thats when i can start giving the TED talks (i have dreams yea, just go with it.) It’s always given me more citations than the other ones, except Jstor of course, that my amore. When in doubt, get JSTOR out. Least when i stick myself in a corner at almost missing a deadline for a paper or something. Granted though i would say both of these areas give the most citations for a single article i often use. I’ve not used Almetrics like Impact story however and so cannot give much input beyond, cool, it may very well be a tool for my research in the future. Admittedly i still find it hard sometimes to pinpoint exactly what I’m looking for in the vast array of sites, almetric or other, in the scope they give (wikipedia’s being a very naughty mistress again).
I usually, nay, traditionally, still use skype to have meetings with my supervisors and other factions of the university when i am unable to attend in person. Adobe although awesome in many accounts, have not seen eye to eye with me, largely due to my profound incapability of coping with online techs. Even skype sometimes gives me the cold shoulder when i attempt to add an extra caller to the group call. But who knows what the future brings, maybe Connect will learn to accept me and i it.
On the other hand, i have used doodle many times in response to events and the like sent to me. It’s handy but i still prefer a text before a meeting or a calendar entry. Old fashioned i know, but consider it charmingly traditional…please. I use dropbox for my photography though, ooh and google drive for all my essays. Surely that pushes me with the curve no?
The Word Urchin