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March 24, 2007

Accessibility

I believe that accessibility is important overall on the web for a number of reasons. First because of people who are visually challenged. Their screen readers can work when the text is there. However, the more important reason is because of alternate browsers like PDAs and phones. If you have a site that can be seen in a secondary text-only mode, more people can see your site.

Our site hawkridge.org should have accessiblity, but it is not priority number one. If people are visually challenged, more than likely, they won't be going to go bird watching.

Digital Billboards

Going down Central Entrance quite a bit over the last year, I have noticed the digital billboard by Pawn America. I just have to say, that they are working on that thing ALL the time. You can tell it is a new technology for sure.
I'm sure that the Duluth City Council is worried about this issue due to safety. They think that they are a distraction to driving. I think that they are only a hazard if they are blinking. Sure, people are staring at them now because they are new, but it will wear off.
Chicago has a few of these billboards right on I-90 and they are very distracting because they blink and try to get your attention when you should be watching the road.
These boards are a good investment if they require little or no maintenance. More people get their message on the board, you can dictate when it is displayed if it is something time sensitve and the companies don't have to pay huge printing bills.
I know my sister won a contest in high school for designing a billboard. However, the hurdle was that they didn't have enough money to get it printed. If they had these boards at that time, it wouldn't have been an issue.

Fonts in Interactivity

I have always been a fan of san serif fonts when working with web. I just think it looks cleaner. Maybe that is just how it fits my style of web though. I have seen some sites that use serif fonts, and they look good as well. One thing is for sure, they can't be decorative fonts. The body type has to be simple. It's kinda like seeing comic sans in red on a black background.

Kiosks

The one Kiosk I have found that I used was the one in the wedge. I was very impressed with it. What I want to know is what was running it? Was it Flash just on a computer?

Second Life

After playing Second Life, I have a very different look on the potential of the
internet. It brings it to the idea of what the writers of Futurama where
thinking. This was the first thing I thought of when I was in second life. Unfortunately
I couldn't get off Orientation Island. I think if I would have spent more time
with it, I could have done more with it.

Interactive Game

After being introduced to a band called The Faint, I heard of a flash game that was made in reflection to one of their songs, Dropkick the Punks. Sidenote, they play a killer show. I saw them at First Ave over break.

So I played a game called Dropkick The Faint. It is really fun. It's a bit violent, but if you take it with a grain of salt, its not so bad. It's very simple. All you do is hit the space bar a number of times. You hit it once to get an accuracy and again after you are running towards the punk to dropkick him. You get a score based on how far the punk flies.

For the most part it was easy to use. At first I didn't understand why I had to push the space bar at the beginning because the accuracy bar is very small in the top of the screen. Other than that, it did the trick. I killed a good half an hour on this game.