Monday, November 13, 2017

Research Project

The area of interest is categorizing the environments throughout UWF including land marks and interesting places people might want to go under the UWF umbrella. The goal is to identify the land that UWF owns by it physical properties and categorize the areas into classes that will represent what that area is good for. This will give us a picture of the variety of things the University has to offer.

The locations will be places that people may want to visit. I do not know the actual locations yet. I need to get my hands on some maps and I then I can really start to lay it out. 

I plan to collect the following: soil, water, vegetation, wildlife, elevation, coordinates, photographs and audio recordings. I plan to test the soil’s pH and nutrients content.

I plan to compile the data with HTML. That appears to be the most practical way to display this data. I plan for the front page to be a map that has locations that can be clicked on that will take the viewer to a page that include an image, description, soil and water test results, coordinates, elevation, and what ever other information I gather. In addition, I will present the samples and photographs and maps and data on boards and tables. 

Work Cited

Harris, James G. and Melinda Woolf Harris. Plant Identification Terminology : An Illustrated Glossary. Spring Lake, Utah : Spring Lake Publishing, c1994., 1994. EBSCOhost,

University of West Florida Campus Master Plan Update : October 2002. [Pensacola, Fla. : The University, 2002], 2002. EBSCOhost,

Tan, Kim H. Soil Sampling, Preparation, and Analysis. Boca Raton, FL : Taylor & Francis, 2005., 2005. Books in soils, plants, and the environment. EBSCOhost,

Pereira, Paulo, et al. "Mapping the Environment." The Science of the Total Environment, 2018, p. 17. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.001.

“SoilWeb.” SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey Browser | California Soil Resource Lab, UC Davis,

“How to Collect a Pond/Lake Water Sample.” Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences , Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences ,

Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 7 Reflection

This week has not been very eventful however I can mention what my idea is for my web art project. First off trying to decide upon a way to achieve a nonlinear hypertext based narrative in a way that does not feel like a cope out was challenging. Even now I am still doubting my idea but I think if I can do it well enough it will be very neat. The idea is to create an experience that essentially a rudimentary simulation of Windows and OSX that becomes more and more glitchy as the user clicks though the applications. The idea is to create a commentary on how operating systems are imperfect pieces of software that we all rely to interact seamlessly with our computer hardware to get work done, and however many improvements are made there is will still be problems because the perfect computer does not exist.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week 6 Reflection

I am quite glad that we are covering HTML in class because I have always had a desire to learn it I just never wanted to do it because of what a preserved the learning curve to be. Since I must learn it now for the sake of my grades, I am finding it a lot easier and more interesting than I had originally anticipated. I am finding the possibilities for art very interesting with HTML. The simple blocks of color, text and images make for an interesting set of tools to create a visual experience. I can definitely see my self using this in the future to create something, but I am not sure what. The few pages that I have typed up already have been interesting to make because the more I mess around with it the more I learn. Also, W3School has been a great resource and has showed me little things that can make HTML easier to write and more organized. For example, the id attribute allows to for style to be defined in the head in turn streamlining the body. Another nice thing is responsive web design because it allows the webpage to scale to any screen resolution while retaining proportions of the text and images.
In my pages, I tried to incorporate as many things that I could apply that I learned from reading though the tutorials on the W3Schools website. I developed my pages as I read though the tutorials so I could experiment with what I was learning to have a better grasp of the concepts that were being presented.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


GIF Reading Response

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a relic of the past that refuses to be discarded and continues to be used on a huge scale. A GIF shows us the need people have for a free universally format for expression. A format that is highly limited but completely open ended. In this volatile digital society, the GIF has only become more accessible to people. The GIF of 2017 is a meme. A little looping clip that makes a joke (generally) and can be disseminated easily on various social media sites. The GIF is a remnant of the new frontier the internet was in the 1990s when people made websites just because it was a new interesting thing to do. The GIF retains this feeling of freedom and wonder, but the applications of GIF has expanded with advances in technology. Considering the GIF was created before the internet was really a thing it is interesting to see how far technology has come and how the uses for GIF has expanded. Elaborating, initial GIFs were severely limited by hard drive space, bandwidth, and computer hardware therefore making GIFs limited to simple animations at low resolutions. Now these limitations are much less of a restriction on what can be done with a GIF allowing video clips to be shared in a highly efficient manner.

An interesting thing about GIF is that it is a free format to use so it is completely open to whoever has the know-how and the software to create them (although software may cost something depending on what is used). This creates an interesting parallel to something like Vine, which is now no longer around but took a similar approach to a GIF in the way that it was based around limited length looping videos, but it was unable to be profitable enough to sustain. The amazing thing about GIF is that it does not need an income to stay viable. It just stays relevant because it is an easily accessible tool. It just exists. It is a format. Either people do not use it and it is lost to time, or it continues to be used and remains part of the mainstream.

GIF has become a language in pop culture. People share these short-animated images to convey an idea rather than writing it out. A GIF is a new form of poetry. It is a concentrated thought or idea that can be shared rapidly. It can convey things that would be difficult to put in writing. It can make people laugh or gasp. It is a thing of beauty in its simplicity and lo-fi aesthetic (however there are way to make high-resolution GIFs) giving it an enduring quality. The uses of GIFs in 2017 shows how people are consistently able to innovate on something that has been done a million times.

GIF embodies what the internet once was, a place of freedom. In 2017 the GIF is what the people need to create. Finally, the GIF is a piece of art. No matter how mundane or simple it is. It is a reflection of an intention that a person has. It is an expression of what a person needs to say. It is an expansion of language that allows for images to purvey a feeling. That is what the GIF is in 2017.