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Looking for a new home

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This is an open call to any web designers/blog virtuosos looking for opportunities to help out humble writers like myself as I try to squeeze life back into my writing routine and transform this blog into one I can be proud of. I’ve secured employment for now to handle post-university life, but am committed to pour every ounce of my energy into this outlet. I love writing and am deeply saddened by how far I’ve let it fall by my life’s wayside.

As part of the rebirth, I am looking to move this blog to a hosted service while sticking with the WordPress platform, and would welcome any recommendations as to what would suit my needs. While I enjoy the designs available at wordpress.com, I find them increasingly inflexible as my online life expands and becomes evermore integrated. So an integration-friendly, powerful, and professional design would be right up my alley. Consider it a chance to showcase your skills, help out an aspiring writer, and be part of what we can turn this into.

Please leave a comment with your info (I have to approve it so it won’t be disclosed publicly) or send me a message on twitter

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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February 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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Design Constraints -> A Piece of My Puzzle

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hey readers

First off, let me apologize for my extended absences. It happens to be that time of the semester where the total hours needed to complete assignments and readings seems to exceed the amount of actual hours available to complete them!

Anyway, some of you may have noticed the schitzophrenic changes that culturshock has been going through lately. Themes of all varieties, colours, content layout, the works! I’ve stumbled upon the logic behind this madness, and it pertains directly to my own media practices.

WordPress.com is a fantastic, free service with tons of options to choose from, and some pay-for upgrades available to enhance the blogs that would rather not go elsewhere. While they offer some incredible services, I’ve recently started bumping into its limitations, specifically with regards to the delivery of the content on my blog, in the way that I want it delivered! Here’s the scoop: I love the ability to have my RSS feeds of my Digg and YouTube activity link directly into the sidebar, so you can see what I’ve been up to and check out any stories that you may have been interested in. There are, however, a select few themes to choose from in WordPress that support RSS feeds in the sidebar. They are also themes that, by and large, don’t coincide with my purpose or content/design philosphy as well as I like. So call me fussy.

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March 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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Test Post from Mobile WordPress

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So I just discovered that wordpress has a mobile section that I can use to post via my iPod…..Pure awesomeness

jon.

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February 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm

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Collaborate! Media Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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Hey everyone,

We’ve spoken often about the media’s superstructure, in all its complicated glory, including the social/political/economic implications of its menacing march forward. In our discussion of The Death of Media, we considered the notions of manifesto and a “Media Bill of Rights”. If you find these kinds of discussions especially relevant to your understanding of our mediated world, then I invite you to participate in the creation of our class’s Media Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I’ve gone ahead and created a Google Doc that everyone that wants to participate will be able to edit. You need only a Google account (no big, as it can pair with an existing email, whether a UofG email or not). As this is a volunteer class project, I have not included a link here but will do so via email. You are free to participate as little or as much as you like. One spin I can use to entice you is the prospect of free blog posts i.e. you develop an idea for the gDoc, post it on your blog for class credit and feedback, and then onto the gDoc for karma! Sounds pretty sweet to me, I hope you can join!

jon.

Written by jon.

February 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Blog Updates

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Hey everyone

I’m just dropping a quick post to give you the heads up about a few of the site changes that I hope will not only make navigation a little easier, but also provide you with a few ways of accessing the content that has piqued my interest recently.

First off, I’ve noticed so far that I have been a little long winded in posts, and while that may change, I have chosen to implement page breaks. This means that for each post I make, only the initial chunk or an introduction will be found on the first page. This doesn’t mean less content, although it does mean that I insist you put in a little bit more effort and click the Read More at the bottom of said chunk in order to get access to the rest of the post. Also, I (mostly) expect that embedded videos will make their appearances after the jump, as to speed up load times of the site. There will of course be the odd attention grabbers that will make the front page, but I will keep these to a minimum. I feel these changes will help make the blog speedier and easier to navigate, so I hope you enjoy them!

There’s more changes to read about, but it’s time for a test… Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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First post!

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Culturshock, a blog for THST*2450: Approaches to Media Studies, taught at the University of Guelph.I hope to get the content on this site up and rolling shortly. On the incoming list I have a mammoth introduction to me, Jon McCoubrey, including some generic personal details and history, my ideas and my (current) areas of interest.

Hot on the trail of these posts, I will be jumping into a discussion of my upcoming presentations with Felicia, Dave, and Andrew next class (Week 3), where we will be considering the progression of media technologies in the past decade, how they impact the experience of the information consumer, and the kind of implications this trans-media progression holds for the citizen of the future.

Stay tuned!

jon.

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January 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm

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