What a great weekend…not…

Well, two major things happened yesterday and today.

One, I got a letter for jury duty schedule between April and June. That’s scary. Filled out the form online, now I just have to wait for what they might throw me on. Hopefully they decide to skip me because I’m a full time student. If I vanish for some reason between those dates, you know what I’m doing. Ugh…

Two, my brother went to jail for the first time…for his first DWI. He called at 4 in the morning. Nobody answered, of course. We were all asleep. He’s out of jail now, got his license pulled, has a 7-day work permit for driving, and came home two hours ago really shaken about it. We warned him about the drinking and driving thing. Ugh…

Even better? The loyalty of his friends got tested.

…They failed. They partied on without him. Nobody went to try and help him or alert us sooner about what happened to him. Naturally, he’s upset about that. Again, he was warned. Pick your friends well, bro. You failed.

This people, is why I will never drink and partially why I do not want to drive. Stupid things like this happen. Irresponsibility at its finest.

So, how many people’s weekends were worse than mine??

Pokemon Gen 7 confirmed

As of Pokémon Direct, aired today, Pokémon Sun and Moon have been confirmed as not only official…but the next core generation.

Newest Generation of Pokémon Core Series Games Coming to Nintendo 3DS Holiday 2016

This will mean a new region, new Pokémon, and new characters. PokeBank functionality is included and transfer between S/M and R/B/Y will be possible with the virtual versions. Transfer from ORAS and X/Y will be PokeBank exclusive, apparently.

That sucks for me. Oh well…

Pokemon Sun and Moon?

According to an IGN video sent by a friend (I will link to it later, my computer refuses to load the link right now) and this Bulbapedia article, it possible that the next set of Pokémon games may be called Sun and Moon. Trademark logos for said games have been found in a European trademark registry filed under Nintendo’s name.

Keep in mind though, several unused titles have been filed in this manner in the past. Remember Delta Emerald? This does not make Sun and Moon legitimate at this time.

Junichi Matsuda put out a tweet on February 18th that adds to the speculation.

The Sun is still out, but the Moon is big, bright, and shining!! The birds are also tweeting. (Laughs)

Fans speculate that Sun and Moon may be the newest games announced by Pokémon Direct tomorrow. This is unknown, however. More details when info is available.

Can weblogs and wikis be merged?

This is my blog post in response to this post by Mike Caulfield.

I personally think it is better for weblogs and wikis to remain separate entities on the web. They’re very much polar opposites and, while not impossible, I find it hard to imagine a good way for them to merge that doesn’t debunk the properties that make each of them unique. While the concept of collaboration could work well between them, a full-on merge seems very hard for me to picture.

A weblog, depending on how the owner formats and uses it, tends to be a very personal thing. Personal voice plays a big part in it. It works by adding new pages and thus new information or insights into the blog. If you take out these things, you destroy what makes a weblog a weblog.

A wiki is a continually-growing volume on knowledge about whatever subjects said wiki is about. Not only are new pages added but old ones are reformatted and added to. Personal voice in nonexistent, stating facts and figures and valuable information on the subject with as little bias as possible. If you take out these things, you destroy what makes a wiki a wiki.

Wikis and weblogs are polar opposites in terms of their format and values. Personal voices versus factual bias-less knowledge. New pages versus old pages. To remove these different factors would destroy key parts of these different internet functions.

Again, I could possibly see a collaboration between the two working out, once certain kinks that differentiate them are decided upon. A complete merging of them, unless I’m missing something crucial, seems very unlikely to me to be successful. Not impossible, just difficult to image and, if I’m right, just as difficult to put into action.

This is just my view on it, though. Not looking to state what’s right or wrong, just putting out my opinion on it.

Weekly Reflection

Better churn this out before the week ends.

As anyone reading knows, my mom went on vacation last weekend so I’ve been stressed out during the week about leaving my younger brother in the house. Good news, the house is in one piece and nothing died. Mom returned safely and everything is good. Yay!

The WikiName assignment this week wasn’t too bad. I had planned to finish the third article this weekend but personal stuff got in the way. At least I got two of the three done, roughly. Citing all the sources I used was kinda hard since I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of the articles but it had to be done. Somebody else with more refactoring experience will probably come along to clean that up properly one day. We’ll see.

CollaborativeWriting was easy to do since I have done that myself. Surprising, there isn’t many articles that I found (that the original page writer hadn’t already used) on collab writing. Makes one curious.

WritingIsLearning was difficult. I tried research first, which kept scoring me articles on Writing-to-Learn, which I was unsure of. I thought it may be applicable and, since the page itself was blank, tossed that and my own thoughts on the process of writing in learning on there. My first threadmode, definitely. Hoping I didn’t mess up the point of the page altogether.

Overall, not very hard of an assignment but it made me think and have to dig, both online and in myself. Not a pleasant experience but I did what I could with what time I had. Oh well…