Ethic Eye:

Emily has created a blog dealing with ethical issues in today's American society, via The New York Times. After taking Media Ethics myself last spring, I know that she is using research from one class and bringing it here, very smart.

I, too am using the Times as inspiration for my project. Our projects are not very similar, though. This blog contains is strictly focused around ethics, and contains far less opinion. Each post is a summary of the article in question, but she doesn't post a link to the original article. She does provide links to related sites, sometimes in the text, other times after her post.

Over all the project is easy to read. Short paragraphs make it easy to skim, and if I like what I see, I feel invited to read further.When comparing the actual project to her proposal, I think she's on target.


Stamping Techniques:

The title says it all!

She combines step-by step instructions along with photos of her projects, as well as reviews of the sites she links to in her sidebar, and general tips for stamping driven from her own experience. I like the way things are interspersed. If you're going through each post, one by one, you aren't bored. Instead of "not another project" it's more like "ooo... yay, a project, this one looks cool."

When reading through some of the stamping project instructions, I became lost because I didn't know what each tool was, or what to look for if I were to go to a craft store. It would be nice if somewhere (maybe in the side-bar?) there was a list or even a link telling the novice what each tool is, and what its general use is.

My cousin is really crafty like this. She too is a mother of three... works part time, is a stay-at-home mom the rest of the time. I would definately recommend this to her. She probably wouldn't be lost the way I am. I appreciate how hard it is to keep the balance between making a blog easy to read for novices, and keeping it interesting for pros.

I really enjoy the use a visuals. Her final products are so pretty!


Dirt Track Wiki:

I love it!

My high school boyfriend would help a group of guys (they all drove different class cars, and all kinda hung out together in the pits) in the pits, and I spent two summers in the pits of the Grand Forks, Hallock and Warren race tracks.

Anyway, there's a lot of information presented here, organized by racing organization on the first page. I found the wiki easy to navigate, despite the amount of information. The use of external links felt appropriate, as well, mostly linking to the offical site of the racing organization.

In her project proposal, she stated she wanted to present the information in such a way that people who knew nothing would feel comfortable, as well as someone who knew a lot about it. As someone who used to be around dirt track racing a lot, but doesn't remember much, I think her mission was accomplished.

I like her use of photographs, at each type of car. Not all models have them yet, (and some have a photo but not text) but as this wiki is not complete (can a wiki ever be complete?) I'm sure that's something that's coming.

I think this wiki is a great idea, a lot of times you'll go to a race, and there will be a few classes of car from one organization, and some from another, and then a random one that's there for one night only. It'll be a good resource for people who are just getting into the sport as fans as well as racers, and for people who know a lot about class "a" but not about "b." A wiki, with their interlinking pages, is the perfect medium for the project
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