Detox Monday – Ground Zero

11:27 Monday Night:

It only really hit me the difficulty of the task I had set myself when I saw those three little packs of juices, neatly lined up inside a cube ice cooler. Things Louise has to quit (essentials of every hedonistic journalist, though):

  1.  caffeine. that means most tea, soft drinks, coffee; this means that if I want to function in the day I need to get good rest every night. Time to be good.
  2. sugar. self explanatory.
  3. alcohol. jesus. in the excitement of my coming challenge and Lady Gaga coming to Hong Kong, I might’ve just confused the levels of excitement all together and forgotten that my Gaga concert  (tickets challenging to obtain thank you very much, but instead of getting ripped off he gave me a discounttoo good to be true?)
  4. nicotine. oh god. i have enough trouble with this as it is.
  5. solid foods. yeah okay. whatever. i can do that. ….right?

Anyways, as I know that my self-discipline isn’t as iron as I’d like it to be, I have back up smokes (if I’m really suffering, 1-2 MAX), and dark chocolate to just give me a boost. Already someone with erratic eating habits, Punch Detox recommended weaning off the stuff that I’m going to be missing ie. all of the above instead of embracing the EAT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN mentality. Well, guess which one I picked. We’ll see how things run, Punch Detox has been really great with the packaging, the ice coolers to make it easy to transport, the numbers that tell you which drink is first and so forth. They’ve basically made it as easy as possible for you – and it’s up to you to deal with the discipline.

I am happy that they’re quite informative when the punch rounds begins, detailing what you’re going to be eating, what ingredients are in each juice and how they help you.

So this is it. 6 days, 36 bottles of juice, and one hedonistic, sarcastic and immoral journalist to deal with.

Suck it,

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wordpress: web 2.0

what makes wordpress a web 2.0 website?:

– several things; firstly it moves beyond just static webpages into a large variability of possible layouts and functions. there can be images and instances of modularity where content such as videos and text are reused and reproduced, ‘reblogged’ or ‘reposted’ from elsewhere.

moreover, wordpress relies entirely on user generated content, therefore adding a dynamic range with a reciprocal relationship with its user. this user based model also adds a social networking aspect to wordpress, with links and comments allowing the users of different blogs to communicate and view each others profiles. the primary function of wordpress is not for social networking, in the sense that facebook is purely for that purpose, but it provides features for social interaction to be very accessible, such as links and profiles to blog owners.

is it a sustainable model?:

-harnessing the hive; non-commercial produsage artefacts usually keeps in mind the benefit of the community as well as the company, having a ‘hive’ and benign state… this usually tends to keep the interest of the produsers and the success of the projects itself due to the interactivity and user generated information… the core idea of these projects is to provide services as supposed to reaping benefits. relies on the model of the produser as the distributor as well as consumer. wordpress can be seen as an ‘unfinished artefact’, with open chances for change based on comments and suggestions for improvement, meaning continuous updating of the website itself.

– wordpress as a produser model remains sustainable, in my mind, because of its accessibility and democratic function for an idea of not necessarily citizen journalism, but a voice for anyone who wishes to publish themselves. the creation and content of wordpress depends on its users, and therefore creates a reciprocal relationship that maintains wordpress afloat. i am unsure as to whether wordpress uses open source programming, but i can imagine the maintenance of the site seems fairly open. wordpress also uses the data and interfaces of other websites that are popular or easily accessible.

an example of produsage that isn’t wikipedia. how does it match the characteristics of produsage found on pg 84-85 of the Bruns reading?

a website like deviantart, perhaps. a community based model, relying on participants to create, contribute and comment on artwork to provide feedback and networking.

woop woop

(blog entry no. 1: louise choi + lachlan phillips)


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