Friday, February 17, 2012

Myounghyang Kim and the AOOMKA

Myounghyang Kim and Nicki Walker train while
Assistant Instructor (and ASU student)
 Sensei Kenny Sutton watches
As we discussed the development of our website for the All Okinawan Ozark Mountain Karate Association, my partner Myounghyang Kim and I discussed design elements such as colors and other aspects that Dr. Zeng covered in class this week. Kim and I are also in Photojournalism class together, and I am certain our interest in photography will come into play.

As I stated when I was introduced myself (again) and discussed my projected website project for the AOOMKA, "I am very passionate about my martial arts and my association," which I was appointed president of two years ago. As Kim and I talked, I invited her to come to my dojo at my house and take class with me and my students.  Thursday night, I was pleasantly surprised when she did just that and had the nerve to get up and participate!  We further discussed the website after class as I shared with her some of my ideas and desires to incorporate into our website. I am glad that Kim and I are developing a friendship in the process of developing our website and now her training with me.  I hope that some of my passion for my art will be perceivable to her and maybe rub off on her a bit. If it does, I know we will make a great website because we will both be invested in it beyond the point of just doing it for a grade.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

AOOMKA Website

This week in class we had submit information concerning our second class website and what people would be working together on the websites. I am excited to be working with MyoungHyang Kim on a website for the All Okinawan Ozark Mountain Karate Association (AOOMKA).
I was appointed as the president of the AOOMKA two years ago and have wanted to develop a website for it ever since.  The majority of my life, I have been deeply involved with my martial arts, and I have been a member of the AOOMKA since the early 90’s. It is an association that has been based out of North Central Arkansas since its inception. My instructor was its first president and is still involved in an advisory position. The whole reason I took this Internet Communications class is to better equip me as the president of the AOOMKA and to give me the capability into bring the association into the 21sr century and give it a presence on the world wide web.  So I am truly excited about this project and intend to use this opportunity to make the foundation of a website that I hope will continue to grow and evolve with the AOOMKA for years to come.
Lastly, I could not be happier with the partner that I have gotten for his project.  Though Myounghyang does not have any martial arts experience, I believe her Japanese heritage, knowledge, and tradition will give our website a certain flair and authenticity to set it apart from others.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Smart Phones

The presentation in our class Thursday was about APPS. We have touched on this some in the past. Everyone in the class appears to have made the step into having a smart phone of some form or fashion, that is with the exception of one person . . .me.  I guess if anybody in class would be resistant to that technology it would be the old guy in class.  I’m not really sure why I have been resistant to it. Over the years, I have watched as improvements in technology have made our lives that much more hectic, and I long for the more leisurely laid back days of a couple decades ago. My life is so crazy right now, I can’t comprehend it being any more fast paced., so I think I am resistant to taking the step into using a smart phone because of this.
Our class centered around apps. I have found there is only one app that I really need from my phone, and that is iSlap.  I need to be able to slap someone upside the head with my phone and it still work afterwards, and I haven’t really found any phone other than the old Motorola Razr that can perform this app without some form of modification. So between this and a desire for keeping life simpler and more laid back is why I haven’t jumped on the smart phone bandwagon.