Like a proud child of 21st century computers have been always present in my life. I can’t remember a time where I couldn’t download a movie or find something to read by just Google-ing it.
End of semester
After a semester in college I have realized the enormous need for easily accessible information about anything and everything. The use is simple: there is a lot of research to be done in order to understand our reality and creations. Undergrads are thought to access databases, learn to search properly and use different softwares to understand their material. And now I am going to share some of my experience with the digital world in my studies from this and other classes during this semester.
- Using university library
- Using other databases
- Searching like a pro
- Software is your friend
- Privacy is important
I also gained skills while using various softwares. I advanced my HTML, XML, CSV, TEI, skp knowledge.
But the most important thing that I learned is reflecting on my work in writing, and making it public. Having to write about the things I did for work made me think more about them, clarify my knowledge and be able to transfer it.
Beginning of semester
I have always tried to improve my abilities to Google search, which is one of the hardest parts of the user friendly section of the Internet. Google is both an amazing machine that we are all very happy about having but it is also a nightmare of random information. Because of this fact students are discouraged from using the Internet as their source, even thought it is the most extensive source of information. Instead of messing up the students with illogical statements such as the Internet is unreliable, maybe people should work to make the Internet intelligible. But that’s another topic…
Data: scary, eh? But it is not scary for me because of it’s largeness and mathematical structure – I know I have a computer to deal with that. It is scary because it is kept somewhere. Everything you have even done in the virtual space is inevitably stored somewhere. From the movies and games you pirate on your own HDD to your cookies to all of your personal information, your kinky secrets and private blogs. These things are data you have created but the moment you did create it, it is no longer really yours. I am sorry.
My favorite part intersection between computing and humanities is the genre of games called interactive media. This is quite similar to book-games, like they appeared in the 80s but with the help of computers the choices and the actions one can take are numerous and you need only a device. Reading the story you wrote, ain’t it cool?
Another part of course is the magic of programming languages: logic, linguistics and maths. And then you learn how to talk to a computer. It is not really alive but you still can have a conversation, disagreement and all kinds of other interactions with a computer. Given that you learn it’s language.
I have had some, but quite limited experience with HTML, and naturally CSS. I also know the basics of C++, C#, and Java script.