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5 Things About Me

A&S Staff Spotlight - Jon Milby from UK College of Arts & Sciences on Vimeo.

I am originally from Greensburg, Kentucky, but have lived in Lexington since 2000.  My undergraduate degree is in English, with a minor in computer science, and I also have a J.D. from the UK College of Law.  I have been working for A&S for three years. 

1.       What do you do in your spare time?  Usually, anything that gets away from the internet/email/etc.  I enjoy going to see live music when I can, even when I¹ve never heard of the band.  I also like to get out and run or walk my dog, especially when the weather cooperates.

2.       What is your favorite movie or book?  I don't know that I have a favorite, but I really enjoy utopian/dystopian literature.  Even books I would consider fairly terrible tend to be humorous or interesting, while the better works have themes so deep that I get something new with each read.

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The Art of Stress Management

Hello everyone.

In this blog, "The Art of stress management", I will share with you a few simple techniques that you can incorporate in your daily life to handle stress more efficiently. The techniques that I am going to talk about are the ones that I have researched and incorporated in my daily life and have experienced the benefits of using them.

By the way, what is stress?

I think that the stress starts out with a concern about something, soon it becomes worry which consumes our mind and develops into stress. I categorize stress as level 1 when it is just a concern, level 2 when it becomes worry and level 3 when it develops into “stress”. So the best time to catch "stress" is when it is at the level 1 category.

What happens when people get stressed? They feel that they are losing the control, they are getting off the track. So basically we want to get back on track and be in control. We want to take charge of our thoughts, our emotions, our schedule and our ability to handle the problems.

In this blog, I will outline

  • Some common sources of stress
  • How not to handle the stress, and
  • How to best handle the stress

Now let’s see what the most common stress causing elements are.

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US Domestic Surveillance is Enough to Make China Blush

The revelations this past weekend concerning the extent of the NSA's abilities have been disturbing to say the least (ProPublica, The Guardian, NY Times). On top of its ability to record massive amounts of internet traffic for its own review, new reports indicate the government has, for at least the past decade, paid companies covertly for privileged "backdoor access" into their systems and encryption standards. In practice, this means secure communications with banks, email, and other websites are all likely easily readable by the NSA, and many or all commercial encryption products do not protect against government eyes. While this possibility has been known for some time and asserted by many conspiracy theorists, these reports present credible evidence that the NSA actually engages in this behavior.

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Summer Courses!

As every summer starts approaching I always wonder to myself, should I take an online class? The answer to that this summer is YES! In fact I will be taking two summer courses, both of which will be online.  This year A&S has made it really easy to see all the courses that are being offered over the summer and they have even color coded them to help make your search easier.  You can filter the courses by sessions, a selected list of courses such as A&S humanities or you can just browse the entire catalogue to find something that you might be interested in taking.  This year A&S has made it really easy to find all the courses being offered and I would encourage you to check it out and take a class (or two)!

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My Winter Intercession Experience

 

Over the break, I had taken an online winter intercession Course (STA 210), this course was designed to be a semester long course but was jam-packed into 9 days.  Since I am still on USP I needed this class to fulfill my requirements and graduate but it was not one that I wanted to spend an entire semester doing.

While I was thinking I was doing the smart thing by cramming it all into just over a week long course, it was difficult to do.  First because I was out of town for the first week of the class and it was difficult to stay motivated to complete all the assignments every day but second because there was so much information being thrown at you at once it was easy to rush through the assignments to get them done.  This was my approach to the class and while I felt great that I had completed all my assignments and did well in the course, at the end I felt as though I had not learned much from the course.

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Canvas VS Blackboard

I have been taking ITIQ Web Publishing (A&S 100-205) which uses Canvas a system that is similar to Blackboard but in my opinion it functions much better.  One of the first things that I noticed about Canvas was that the login page took you straight to your course, where BB (Blackboard) takes you to another landing page where you have to select your course from a list.  Another thing that Canvas does better than BB was the way that you can switch between courses, there is a drop down at the top of the page that you just select a different course.  This is much better than having to go back to the BB landing page, wait for it to load and then select another course from the list. 

Canvas is much faster and everything on a page loads very quickly.  There are two sections on the BB landing page that I don’t know what they are about because they never load, which doesn’t matter because all I want are my courses anyways. 

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China's Modern Jungles

Hey guys,

I would appreciate any feedback you have about this submission of mine. If you don't mind, please leave that feedback as a comment on National Geographic's website here...

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/2012/entries/164118/view/

Please also share it with anyone you believe would have some good insight as well. Thank you!

 

danascamera, dana rogers photography, shanghai, china, rt mart

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Chicano Art & Inspiration

Chicano art is not a well-known genre, perhaps becasue the form is usually viewed as political, folklore, too vibrant, unrealistic, and abrupt.

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Boo!

The A&S Podcast team is diligently working on an audio tour of campus! Designed to be smartphone and web-compatible, the tour is run through an app called AudioBoo. It allows you to record stuff wherever you are and share it (much like other audio sharing apps), but it also has a handy geotagging system integrated into its interface. This means we can upload stuff and make sure the file is associated with the right spot on the map! So far we only have a couple of locations on campus up, but we're making good progress and hope to have all of our entries done by K-Week. I wonder if other Colleges at UK will do this, too? It could be a great navigational/informational resource for freshmen, newcomers and visitors!

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Creative Commons Licensure for A&S Podcasts

Some of you may have noticed a new little piece at the end of each podcast listing that looks like this:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

These little boxes with letters in them are Creative Commons Licenses - meaning that we, as the A&S Podcast team, have decided to indicate clearly what type of copyright we would like to exert over our own work. The "Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike" license means that people may use the podcast for non-commercial purposes (ie, to share for free, for educational purposes, remix for whatever purposes they wish, etc), they must attribute the work to its originator (whoever is listed as the producer for the podcast), and is obligated to share their derivative work under a similar CC license. 

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