Blogfolio

To get information I could use to make an estimate of how many words I had written for my blog, I copied each page of my blog—that is, each of the three pages, not each post individually—into Microsoft Word and looked at the word count. Because I copied everything from each page into Word, the count included an additional bunch of words I didn’t write, including elements of the blog’s format such as “leave a comment” and “[see] older posts,” as well as HTML-esque formatting gibberish that isn’t visible on the web page. Rounding down to the nearest thousand might give a good estimate, however, in which case I’ve written around 20,000 words.

One of my strongest blog posts is my paper that analyzed the various mapped forms of Kanto, the region explored in the first Pokémon games. Of my other posts, I’d like to mention three that I think I did pretty well on, probably because each was about subject matter that interested me. One of these was my response to our Socratic experiment, “Forms of Argument: Text vs. Speech.” I discussed the advantages and disadvantages in saw in two forms of communication in which to debate. Another of my own posts that I think was pretty good was “Mis-Analyzing True Facts in Support of Faulty Conclusions,” in which I talked about a couple of ways in which we humans tend to misinterpret accurate information in ways that make it appear to support questionable or outright false conclusions. Finally, I think my post “The OKC Memorial Museum, the Impact of Violence, and Sympathy” was among my best ones.

This last post, in which I wrote about on how the items in the OCK Memorial Museum evoked sympathy from me, is among the posts that I intellectually stretched myself to write—along with my analysis of Kanto. Both posts required me to look much further into the complex meanings that could be made out of observations than I would have been likely to do if not for these assignments.

My best exploration log may have been “Exploration #10—Piece of decoration found in a field.” It is, at least, my favorite exploration log even if it was not the best written, because it got me to travel so much farther in exploring the interestingness of details I would not have otherwise even noticed, much less examined. Probably the best use I’ve made of an image was “Generalization: The Map vs. the Real Thing,” where I think I made a striking juxtaposition between a photo of the OKC Memorial from the air and a diagram of the same location. One of the best uses of hyperlinks I made was in my statement on the Invisible City mapmaker’s statement (yes, my statement about the statement) in which I linked to several insane people’s websites. It wasn’t especially clever, but it did provide an outlet for some further exploration by the reader.

Kanto analysis paper

Response to the Socratic experiment

Discussion on how information can be “massaged” to support questionable ideas

Musings on sympathy evoked by the OKC Memorial Museum

Exploration #10 log

Juxtaposition of a photo and a diagram of the OKC Memorial

Statement on my Invisible City mapmaker’s statement

The instructions said to link to my blog posts at the end of the blogfolio, but I suspected it would be better organization to place them right after the introduction. Unfortunately, it is now 1:02 AM as of this writing, so I do not have time to revise any of them.

One of the best comments I made on someone else’s blog at OCU was my comment on Devin’s blog about how deplorable it is (and I can’t plead innocent) that so many people waste so much time on the internet.

I can’t tell whether there is a way to see my comments on other people’s blogs; the method recommended on Topographia doesn’t seem to work. I also don’t remember very many of my own comments on the AUM students’ blogs (partially because I haven’t made that many) so I will cheat a bit and list a reply I made in response to an AUM student who had commented on my own blog. He had expressed disgust with the existence of the Flat Earth Society, and I tried to assuage his reaction by explaining my view of how natural the existence of irrationality is, in order to, if not justify it, at least to explain it, which I think is an important step in coming to terms with unpleasant realities.

One of the student-made blog posts that most interested me was Katie’s person-watching exploration log. I found it very mysterious and intriguing to get a look at the activities of an individual whose plans and goals (for his math, and for his life) we can only guess at. This post helped teach me to always remember just how interesting any random person can be, even (or, sometimes, especially) when we know very little about them.

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