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Feb. 7 Thu.

9:30am-11am WAKE UP, USE iPHONE IN BED

(All in iphone) Checked emails, checked FB and replied message (friend and family), checked the weather using apps Yahoo Weather and Weather Channel, googled information about t Form 1098 which my parents just received regarding tuition payment.

11am-13am LUNCH TIME

Cooked lunch and browsed NYU website; eating lunch while watching Everybody Loves Raymond on TBS (no cables in my hose…), searching for Broadway show ticket and ChinaAirline ticket at the same time.

13pm-15pm COMPUTER

Sent email thorough NYU email, finished coverletter, used google translate and Yahoo dictionary (on PC), checked emails and FB (on iPHONE)

15pm-16pm  TAKE SUBWAY TO SCHOOL

Reviewed photos in iphone, read ads on subway, saw Brooklyn people protest on 42nd street

16pm-18:30pm IN CLASS

Check msg and bank account app on iphone

19pm-20pm ON SUBWAY, GROCERY SHOPPING

Discussed subway ads with friend, Shopped for food in Chinese supermarket

20:30pm-23pm HOME

Cook, ate while watching Youtube and reading FB (on PC), sent Broaway ticket links to FB message, shared two articles from mashable FB page (one is Sony Photography Award photos, the other one is about gmail privacy), liked WordPhotographyOrganization FB page, sent Whatsapp and LINE message (on phone)

23pm-1am

Used LINE to send message and call family, downloaded school readings from NYUClass

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Feb. 9 Sat.

9am-11am WAKE UP, CALL FAMILY

Wake up, turned on TV to watch Blizzard News on NY1 channel, video called family and friend on skype to show them the snow (on iPONE), went out to take photos and shared on LINE (on iPONE)

11am-12pm BRUNCH, MTA WEBSITE

Ate mile and oats (Nestlé and Quaker) and checked MTA website to see if subway operates normally before I went out.

12pm ON SUBWAY

Read school reading, took a snap, read ads on subway

13pm-17pm MEET FRIEND IN MET MUSEUM

I used google map app to find direction. Before we met, we texted each other to check where we were instead of calling. After we met up, we decided to go to central park first because that morning I saw from news a lot kids were snow sliding in central park. We took pictures there and send to each other through mobile SMS message. While eating in the cafeteria, I chose TAZO tea bag instead of Lipton because TAZO is used in Starbucks. I showed my friend the pictures in my cellphone and camera about my trip to Mexico.

17pm-18:30pm ON SUBWAY TO FLUSHING

That day was Chinese New Year’s Eve and I was invited to dinner at my Taiwanese friend’s. I called them when I was on No.7 train and it’s the only train which has cellphone signal. Before heading to their house I bought gifts (Taiwan and China brand) in a Chinese supermarket. My phone was out of battery so I couldn’t use google map, I asked for help from others instead.

19pm- 22pm CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER

There were 8 people in the dinner. Most of them are more than 50 years old, so most of the time I just listened to their topics which I am not really interested in, such as insurance, kids, church work, health, etc. After dinner, we watched CCTV New Year’s Gala on TV and talked about the performances.

23pm HOME

My phone was dead for whole night and I felt insecure, so the first thing I did after going home was to charge my phone and check messages. Then I turned on laptop to check emails, receive phone bill thorough email and made payment on CHASE website, read FB to see how my friends celebrated the new year and liked their photos. I was going to read news about Taiwan so I went to Yahoo Taiwan website. However, I was distracted by entertainment and beauty news and linked to a beauty blog article which teaches how to touch up your makeup…

1 am  IN BED

Used iphone to watch a video from Tony Award and searched about it. Searched for recipes and read other’s cooking blog.

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Feb. 10 Sun.

8:30am- 9:30am WAKE UP, PLAY IPHONE

Checked email and FB, sent whats app and LINE message, downloaded background scene from LINE, received LINE sticker from friends, edited photos and birthday card using photo editor apps: LINE camera, Camera 360, and MeituXiuXiu and then shared on LINE.

11am-12am COOK, TALK ON SKYPE

Skype with friend on iphone while cooking lunch

12pm- 16pm LUNCH TIME, READING

Turned on TV as background noise, sent LINE message, ate lunch and browsed websites, searched about computer system reinstall, searched for free watch movie online websites, did textbook readings while reinstalling my computer. I alternatively used mobile, electronic dictionary device, and computer to look up vocabularies from the reading.

16pm- 17:30pm WATCH MOVIE

Browsed Chinese free movies website PPS and reviewed ratings of each movie, downloaded movie reader software and watched an Indian move NEW YORK which is about 911 terrorism. While watching the movie, I used Dictionary.com and google translate apps to look up vocabularies, and googled info about 911 and FBI on laptop and mobile.

18pm- 20pm Reading

Read school case study on computer, googled about the reading story, cook dinner

20:30pm- 11pm GRAMMY AWARD, DINNER

Took photo of my dinner and shared on LINE. I watched Grammy Award on CBS while eating dinner and using computer and cellphone at the same time. I went to Grammy Award website, read twitter pages of celebrities who join the award such as Adele, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna. I googled about those popular singers whom I am not familiar with. I went to youtube to listen to their music. During the award, I checked email, did another reading, and checked my refund from Victoria’s Secret. After the award, on FB I saw lots of new about Grammy Award published immediately on NewYorkTimes and Mashable.

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Blog Analysis – THEPLATFOM

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THEPLATFOM (fashion blog)

It is a fashion blog which I like for its use of colors and poster-like photos.However, there are some facts that could be improved…

1. Low quality picture reduces people’s desire of reading further.

2. Inappropriate layout design

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3. There are too many tags for one post which makes people confused about the subject.

4. Some of the tags are useless and make no sense. For example, there is only on post under “sexyboyfriend” tag.Untitled

5. The notes section doesn’t provide any useful information such as comments or related links, it only shows who like or reblog the post.

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Blog Analysis – Quipsologies

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Quipsologies (design blog)

The reasons I like…

1. It’s interesting to use Vol. and No. number to organize archive which makes me feel like I am reading a book.

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3. Short description of posted message and readers can easily browse the post by clicking on image or the “link” icon.

4. Through clicking on “via”, readers can find the original source of a post.Untitled4

5. It will open a new page when clicking on a post, which enable reader to stay on same page for further information.

6. As a network of design blogs, it’s a great platform to connect to many other websites and blogs.

Something to improve…

First, the text font size is too small to read. Second, there is no topic category, the archive is only organized by time series.Readers can not find the post they are looking for by category.

Also, there are no links to follow or share this blog. If I want to share it I need to copy and paste the web address. In addition, too many sections and squares result in difficulty of identifying the main parts at first glance. To improve, I will adjust the layout to make posted articles stand out from website introduction, advertisement, and other instructions. Also, I will remove the whole “SUBMIT A QUIP” square and use a link instead, to save room and make it looks simpler.

Finally, the ad and sponsor sections are too big and similar to the design of main post area, which will distract reader’s focus. I will use lines to separate them or place them away from posts.

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Blog Analysis – DigitalBuzz

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DigitalBuzz (digital blog)

I like this blog for following reasons: 

  1. The page layout is well organized with blog info on the top, posts in the center, and categories, comments…on the right. 2. It includes video or picture in each post to catch reader’s eyes and clearly deliver the message. Showing video or image also strongly illustrates and supports what is discussed in the posts. 3. The blogger writes in short and concise paragraphs instead of tedious articles. 4. Readers can easily find links to social website to share, follow, and subscribe the blog. 5. It shows friends who also like the page, which can drive more likes. 6. Below each post are related posts which enable users to find more information and stay longer on the blog. 7. Allow readers to sing in with FB and Twitter accounts

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My Suggestion…

As a blog which talks about digital and creativity, its background and layout is a bit boring. For example, each post is similar (one video followed by text). A better example is Mashable, which utilizes various sizes of image and interaction effect to make it more stylish and attractive.

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