29: Holocaust Education Program

I went to the AUM Holocaust Education Program this morning at the AUM Physical Education Complex, and not only was it wonderfully informative and very powerful and moving, but I got credit for three separate classes (out of the five I’m taking this semester). I’m not sure which one I’m more interested in… XD

Here are some pictures that I took at the Program. I apologise for the terrible quality of the photos: I was on the balcony, attempting to zoom in on the main floor with my rather terrible iPod Touch camera. I’ll give you a description of each picture, and hopefully you can figure out which part of the picture I’m talking about. ^_^

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This is a picture of the projector board at the Education Program: it says (or should say…) “Auburn University Montgomery Holocaust Education Program April 24, 2013” or something very similar to that… XDK iTouch Pics 04242013 043

This is a picture of some of the posterboards set up around the gym and also the candles that were lit for the Candle-Lighting Remembrance Ceremony (no really… XP).K iTouch Pics 04242013 044

Aaaaaand a random photographer guy taking pictures of the posterboards I was taking pictures of…K iTouch Pics 04242013 045

This is actually a rather good picture… Sorry random person whose head is in the frame. XD This is the candle-lighting ceremony that I mentioned in the previous picture: a reverend from Alabama State University and a rabbi from Montgomery are lighting the candles, while another rabbi from Montgomery is standing at the podium. (I know one of the rabbis is from Montgomery because I’ve sung at Temple Beth Or where he preaches [if that’s the word], but I don’t really know where the other one’s from.)K iTouch Pics 04242013 046

A close up of the same candle-lighting ceremony… K iTouch Pics 04242013 048

This is the director of the History Department at the podium, and a Holocaust survivor and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor sitting at the table. I’m fairly sure that their names are Max Helzer and Denise Roberts.K iTouch Pics 04242013 049

And a close-up…K iTouch Pics 04242013 050

Umm… I think this is someone else on the faculty of AUM at the podium and the two speakers still at the table, but I could be wrong. Sadly, I don’t remember what it actually is… XDK iTouch Pics 04242013 051

This is the dean of the School of Sciences at AUM at the podium, and again the two speakers at the table. This was very near the end of the program.

What I didn’t take pictures of was the part of the Frontline documentary, called “Memory of the Camps”, which is a documentary made out of film taken by film crews who travelled with the American & British liberation troops who went to the Nazi concentration camps. We only were shown the bits on Bergen-Belsen, which was probably sufficient, but very informative and fascinating, though probably because of the sheer number of images from the camp. I am very interested in seeing the rest of it, if I can find it, and I would very highly recommend at least the parts of it that I saw to anyone interested in the Holocaust. Of course, there is a warning for disturbing images, but as this is the Holocaust we’re talking about, it shouldn’t be really a surprise. (I’m sorry, that was rude. … But it is true. XD)

I am very glad that I was able to go to AUM’s Holocaust Education Program, and I’m very grateful that Dr. Woodworth allowed us to go to this Program if we wanted instead of class. (Of course, because she has bronchitis there wouldn’t have been class anyway, but she’d promised to let us go even before she came down with bronchitis. Get better soon Dr. Woodworth!!) I immensely enjoyed every minute of it, which is true, but also sounds like I’m a horrible person because the Holocaust isn’t really something you’d use the word “enjoy” to describe. But the words “interested”, “fascinated”, and “moved by” don’t quite seem like the words to describe my feelings properly. “Enjoyed” isn’t quite it either, but it’ll have to do for now. And with that, I leave you. I fully intend to learn as much about the Holocaust through future programs and memorials as I possibly can, and I hope you will too, as the Holocaust is an event that needs to be remembered.

Remember on.

23: My Life in Six Words

Tried to study late. Ha. Ha.

I thought I was smart, before

Some music and doughnuts? English class.

“English project!” Best evasive answer, ever.

Walks wildly through forest, dancing vaguely.

Was an engineer, then got sane.

WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME?!

Depression: also known as my happiness.

When you’re in love with Cybermen…

Living my way through book worlds.

I write songs. … When fingers cooperate.

Sherlock has taken over my mind.

I enjoy messing with friends….Bad?

Live life to the fullest. Sometimes.

Fell in love with my voices.

London calls. Alabama tugs. Where, heart?

The Web Writing Style Guide on WritingSpaces

The Web Writing Style Guide, or WWSG, helped me primarily in understanding the nuances between different web writing possibilities. For example, I had no idea what Reddit and Digg were before reading the chapter on them. I also didn’t realize that Wikipedia is an example of a wiki, not that all wikis are branches of Wikipedia.

The WWSG also explored different ways of writing for different web sources, such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and wikis. There is a very interesting nuance between blogs and Twitter, besides the obvious difference of word limits. They’re both available to the public in general, and you should be careful on both mediums as to what you write about, but in blogs you have slightly more freedom to write about your actual opinions and things you’ve experienced whereas as Twitter seems to be a ground for political exploitation and media comments on statements that were not fully thought through. And telling people who don’t care what you just bought at a store they don’t know about. 😀 Also, on blogs, if you write about something boring all the time, such as what you just ate, people just won’t click on your blog, and they’ll warn people away from your blog. On Twitter, though, if you follow someone, or even just look at the Twitter homepage, you have no choice but to look at what someone just had for a snack, if that’s what has been tweeted most recently.

An interesting concept I intend to pursue, mentioned in the WWSG, is to focus your blog on one subject, and write interesting and well-thought-out stories about that particular topic. My blog at the moment is primarily my Honors English class, but I intend to keep up my blog as a blog about interesting books I read, and good (or bad) music I listen to and/or play.

In the article about wikis, one of the things the author(s) mentioned as critical to a good wiki contribution is that you be considerate in your editing and thoughtful in what you post. For instance, if you come across a political wiki about a politician you strongly disagree with, it’s better to read what is there and move on, rather than deleting much of the pertinent information and writing offensive, untrue comments and rumors about that politician. On the same note, if you create a wiki about a politician that you greatly admire, you should try to present the facts in an orderly, unbiased way rather than uninteresting posts about how that politician is so wonderful and perfect. I doubt that I personally will ever write or contribute to a wiki, but I believe that it is important to write about things thoughtfully and in a way that is not offensive to others who may not believe the same things you do. Especially after reading some things mentioned in my Communications textbook about communicating effectively, I believe it is very important to take your audience into consideration when writing a blog or a wiki.

Plagiarism is another important thing to take in account when writing on the web, or in general, and I found the section on plagiarism in the WWSG to be very informative. For instance, I had no idea that plagiarism is not illegal, but unethical. In my mind, I had always equated plagiarism with copyright infringement. Now, this in no way means that I’m now going to go out on Wikipedia and steal a bunch of other people’s ideas just because I can legally do it. No way! I treat people’s ideas as copyrighted and plagiarism as illegal and paraphrasing as a compliment that you liked their idea. In the same section, though, they mentioned a bunch of ways to cite web sources on a blog, and I’m definitely going to use those. (Speaking of, clicking these words will take you to the Web Writing Style Guide.)

Overall, the Web Writing Style Guide was a very interesting and surprisingly short read, and I really enjoyed what I read. I’m definitely going to keep using it as a resource for what to do and what not to do on my blog. So go read it! And then tell me what you think. On my blog, preferably. 😀