Monday, November 7, 2016

CollegeLyfe: A photo hunt

1. A spontaneous moment
2. A compelling place
3. An other
4. Something on a different scale
5. Lush green growth
6. Something sinister
7. Something foreign
8. A map
9. Something tricky
10. Something burning up
11. Something content
12. A system


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CollegeLyfe: Photography - Light

Week 5 is based on light. I tried to modify my position to get a lot of different lighting conditions. I found "DPS: 9 Lighting Types to Harness & Improve Your Photography" really useful for ideas. I am hoping to do some more shooting in the future and add more to this.

The lighting conditions I had to work with were fairly direct, I was very happy with the lens flares I got and especially the lantern shots!

Don't forget to see my other stuff on social media!



Thanks,
Nicholas.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How-to, a festival.

How-To Festival and Block Party

This was the 3rd annual How-To Festival.


I've never been to a "How-To" festival before, It was very interesting! From writing prompts to 3D printing, a large variety of arts were present. My personal favorite were tech related of course. I learned that the Maine State Library UP room is a thing! While I haven't had the opportunity to work on projects, I hope to in the very near future!



I entirely understand that this video is not a production miracle. My goals are just to create. I've spent months watching videos on how to make videos... Yet I haven't been making them... So, I have to start somewhere. I am hoping to do a weekly Adventure log to be posted on Mondays. I just found my school has an open computer lab on Mondays! I am really excited to start working on a decent computer! I will be making more content as time goes on! My current interest are photography, Youtube videos, and Podcasting. I am working to build out those interest and start producing and sharing them more regularly! If you want to see more of those than make sure to follow my social media profiles!


Thanks,
Nicholas!

Monday, October 3, 2016

CollegeLyfe: Photography - Depth of field

Week 4... Which was 2 weeks ago...


Week 4 was based on Depth of Field. I got woefully behind due to some poor life choices (Yes, I do want to work a 60 hour work week! Great idea!) but I'm back on track and moving forward! I have got Adobe Lightroom working, which is what is running the lovely slide show you see above!

I did most of my work this week in Aperture mode, The Canon 80D has a touch screen... which made focusing a little bit of a cheat, but I also did some manual focusing. If some pictures appear out of focus... that's why.

Thanks,
Nicholas.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CollegeLyfe: Laboratory.

The verb of science.

As a rule, I love science. I especially love doing Labs. Lectures are theoretical. Most of the time you just sit and listen, maybe take notes, but unless you have prior experience you don't challenge the information. You just accept with as a possible theory. Then you go to the lab. In the lab (I say lab, but I mean any place you can apply theory to the world around you) is where science goes from something you read, something you're told, to something you experience. The laboratory, In whatever form it maybe, Is the verb of science.

How would you describe the colony morphology?
I have the great opportunity to be taking Microbiology and Biology I this semester. Both require a lab book. AFTER I write and sign off on each report I am going to publish them here. NOTE: Plagiarism is illegal, unethical, and grounds for dismissal from an academic institute! Don't be dumb and just copy my work intro your lab book and expect it to fly... Not that I think anyone is looking at this blog to copy my work... It's worth saying. 

So here's a glimpse of some of the little buggers you're going to see in the future. I am going to try and get microscope camera adapter so I can share some of the images that are a million times better than my terrible drawings!

My goal is the more I share about my experience, the more involved I have to be to properly share it. A modified "see one, do one, teach(share) one" if you will.

Until then! Thanks for reading,

Nicholas.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CollegeLyfe: Capturing motion

closest thing I got to panning...
 It's kind of weird to be start blogging 3 weeks  into a semester, but I felt I wanted to share my college experiences and what I'm learning. So this post focuses on photography. This weeks assignments was to capture motion. I should go back and document what all the different shutter speeds were.... but that's a lot of work. Instead, just enjoy the motion captured! I tried capturing some panning, but It proved difficult, especially with a spastic kid as my subject... I finally did capture the first picture of his face mostly in focus.
I then tried to capture him in motion while keeping the rest of the scene clear. Some of the technical aspects of this photo aren't great. The sky is rather blown out, I'm still learning to work with color corrections...

 To capture a good motion blur I meant to go to an overpass and get a great shot, but that opportunity didn't come. The motion blur of this picture is the beast I could capture. It certainly didn't help that my windshield needs washing...
Circus Maine is an amateur and professional level circus school in Portland, Me. Every third Saturday they have in house performances. They bring in instructors and entertainers from all to shows off their skill. This ring acrobatics set was by far my favorite. I love how smooth her movements were and you can really get a feel with the long exposures just how smooth the arcs are. The performances are great and at $16/Person for a 2 hour show, absolutely worth it.



If you've read this far, thank you! I look forward to sharing more of my college experience. I am looking for a good way to share my Biology I and Microbiology without creating an issue... Cellphones are pretty good vectors for microbes and I don't believe my who class wants to be recorded...

Nicholas.











Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Workplace and Academia: Who Teaches You to Wear Pants?

This statement, in general, is ridiculous. No one needs to teach you to wear pants in college or the workplace. You and I learned how to put on pants as kids. Our guardians taught us cultural norms about the expectations of wearing pants... So why are we having trouble with it now?

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Let's preface this with humans are naturally lazy energy-conscious; we know and accept that. Unfortunately, humans have done more “work” than any known species, we also have to continue doing work to keep our value. Work meaning “exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil” From a scientific standpoint work is only produced IF result are produced. I can lean against the empire state building for days and have done zero work. I feel like I’ve looked at algebra problems for days… and done zero work. As an EMT I am expected to show up to work a certain way:
  • A half hour before my shift starts.
  • Wearing a clean appropriate uniform
  • Having good personal hygiene
  • Positive attitude
  • Prepared to show the attributes
    • Compassion
    • Excellence
    • Leadership
I 100% accept that I am not perfect. I can show up with mud on my boots from the last ditch I was pulling someone out of. I can have a stain on my shirt from the snack I wolfed down between calls. I can work for 24 hours and not get a shower or brush my teeth. I can have a bad day.
That doesn’t change the expectation. It means I’m slacking.

I was lucky enough to have been raised by two parents who wanted to raise adults. I’ve been reminded of this often from the time I was very young. It generally meant that I had, again, done something wrong and had to fix the issue. They did this on purpose, as much as I was sure that it was just to make me miserable. They did this because they didn't want me to end up on YouTube. I doubt I would have acted out a "greatest freakout 2" but the statement stands. Unfortunately, a lot of my generation the "Millennials" immediately get tagged as such. Every day I see people posting on social media about another "Millennial" wanting free stuff, not having to work, and just accepting their physiologic bias to laziness. 

While I would never say no to free stuff I also understand the burden of having to work full-time and go to school full-time. What does that have to do with pants? The three domains of learning basically show how we learn and think. The Domain that is becoming the problem is the affective or feeling domain. I can make you read a textbook and practice a skill a thousand times but I can't make you give a fuck about it. At work, I wear a uniform. When I put on my uniform I am expected to act a different way. I'm treated a different way. We know this and we use this. Doctor wear a white coat so you know they are important. Police officers wear uniforms so you know they are important. I wear a uniform so you know I'm important. We all wear different uniforms and we all act differently with them on. We take advantage of this internally by believing in the uniform, and externally by people believing in us.

A lot of things changed in my paramedic program to try and get people to care. To make us good students that can easily become good employees. To make the work we did in class, become the work we do as a career. Unfortunately, some people still believe in the school they went to as children. They believe that freedom of speech means they can curse and complain. They believe that self-expression means wearing their pajamas. In crisis, we sink to the level of our training. This is important if you trained like a sailor in their pajamas.
 I was always homeschooled. The only thing I knew about public school was that 99% of the kids there were dicks. I went from being homeschooled to working as an EMT. I was still a kid, so I was watched very closely. If my boots weren't clean I heard about it. So when the fact that we were going to wear uniforms in class dropped I didn't even flinch. We wore that uniform for everything we did outside the classroom, we're doing the same stuff inside the classroom, why wouldn't we? "Train how you play" right?

So pants. Does wearing pants effect the Thinking Domain? maybe? most likely not. Does it effect Kinesthetic Domain? Well... depends on what you're trying to do, but probably not. Does it effect the Affective Domain? Yes. I believe that if you show up in your pajamas you aren't truly punched in. You may sit in class, take notes, and answer questions. This isn't that kind of class. We aren't here to simply get a degree. We're here with a purpose, that purpose is to learn how to take care of the sick and injured, to live a life full of compassion, excellence, and leadership. To show up to your job as excited to be there on the first day as you are the hundredth and thousandth because you get to make a positive impact in someone's life.

The thing about the affective domain is that it follows you everywhere. Shockingly enough if you're a jerk in a classroom, you'll be a jerk in the workplace. If you're lazy in class, you'll be lazy at work. If you talk to your professors like their idiots... You'll probably get fired. You don't get to pick and choose who you work with. Being able to adapt and be in control of your affective domain is essential to being a good paramedic, good medical provider, and a good human. Anyone can train you to be good at starting IVs or remembering drugs. Only you can make yourself care.

Thanks for reading.