February 23, 2010


Posted in Not an Assignment at 1:48 pm by ahonan

It was mentioned in class that you could comment on our posts if you see something that is not what you were looking for. If you could post on mine so that I would know what to fix, that would help a lot


February 22, 2010

Boy Scouts of America

Posted in Assignments at 10:51 am by ahonan

This year represents the 100th year that the boy scouts have been around, starting in 1911. I had had no idea that the Boy Scouts had been around for that long, it wasn’t until my cousin’s Eagle Scout ceremony that this was brought to my attention. As we said in class: It is amazing that the boy scouts have been around for that long.

It was William Boyce that brought the Boy Scouts to America, first encountering them in England. Boyce was in London lost in the fog, when he came upon a boy scout that offered to show him the way. When Boyce tried to pay the scout in return, the scout replied, “I’m just doing my term.” This Boy Scout made an impression on Boyce, who brought the idea of the scouts to America. With help he started the first Scout troop in America. Boy Scouts today are still going around fulfilling their ‘term,’ helping others

Here are some important Dates:

  • 1912 the first Eagle Scout
  • 1912 Sea Scouting was established for those that were interested in boating
  • 1925 membership in the boy scouts reaches 1 million
  • 1930 Cub Scouting begins
  • 1952 Membership is up to 3 million
  • 1965 40 millionth scout registered and 500,000 Eagle Scout badge is awarded
  • 1969 Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong walks on the moon (Buzz Aldrin another former Scout)
  • 1982 One million eagle Scouts
  • 1982 Tiger Scouts for 7 year olds is offered
  • 2000 100 millionth member is registered
  • 2009 2 millionth Eagle Scout

As you can see from these numbers only a small percentage of Boy Scouts go all the way to become an Eagle Scout. Less than 3% of Scouts stick with the program to become Eagle Scouts, 30 Scouts will drop out in their first year. The journey to becoming an Eagle is as follows:

Starting as a Tiger Scout at the age of 6 or 7 the boys go on camping trips, learning to get along with one another. The next year, the boys start working on their first badge: the wolf badge, where they begin to learn what scouting is all about. Next the boys learn outdoor skill and about the environment to earn the bear badge.

Next is a two year program that teaches a range of things, from fitness to camping skills. In these two years the Webelos badge and the Arrow of Lights must be earned. The Arrow of Light badge is the highest award that can be earned in Cub scouting and is the only badge that a boy scout can wear from Cub Scouts.

To move onto the next stage in scouting the boys must learn the scout sign, the scout salute, the handshake , the scout oath and the scout law. The Scout oath comes from the 1909 when William Boyce received help from a scout. “Do a good term daily.”

Now the scouts become Second Class scouts where they must become self sufficient in the outdoors. As a First Class Scout they must be able to camp out of their own, and begin earning merit badges. As a Star Scout 6 merit badges must be fulfilled out of the 100 different kinds, as a Life Scout an additional 5 badges have to be earned. To complete scouting and become an eagle scout another 10 badges must be completed for a total of 21, along with a service project to finish scouting.

Even though that is the end of Scouting, most still go to meetings and participate in Scout activities after they have earned their eagle Scout badge. For these individuals scouting is not a chore that is being forced on them, but a decision they make.

February 20, 2010

Response to Online Writing Styles

Posted in Reading Responses at 2:21 pm by ahonan

Yes, there is a difference in styles when reading something that is in print versus reading something that is online. Maybe it’s having the ability to edit the content that makes people willing to write less formally online. Once a story is in a newspaper it is stuck like that, archived and uneditable.

  • Writers weren’t shy about expressing their opinions, but the best  writers still backed up those opinions with solid reporting and well-documented facts.

This is a quote from the reading, while I agree that all journalism, whether print or online has to be based on facts, I don’t think that it is. To me online journalism seems less reliable. I always try to double-check what I get off of the Internet but rarely do I try to double-check a printed article.

  • The size of a newspaper – the computer screen is limited in size and cannot offer the quantity of information found on a newspaper page

This is so not true. This really made me doubt how reliable this article is. The screen may be fixed in size but the quantity of information is still the same. A newspaper cannot fit all their news on a single page and neither can online news fit all their news on the screen at once.

This reading did bring up a couple things that were useful to know but weren’t necessarily weaknesses. Eye strain from staring at the screen for a long time is a worry but it won’t really stop someone from reading text off a screen. Another that I didn’t think was a weakness but a change in design was shortening the blocks of text. Just breaking up a story into more paragraphs isn’t a weakness, it isn’t changing the content only the look.

February 16, 2010

Lockwood Library

Posted in Not an Assignment at 7:15 pm by ahonan


UB Student Blog

UB Generation


Buffalo News With Picture Slide Show

February 13, 2010

Response to Gathering and Editing

Posted in Reading Responses at 1:46 pm by ahonan

There was a lot in this chapter, that I didn’t think pertained to what we were doing in class. . . Maybe I misunderstood what it was that we were supposed to do for our project, but this didn’t seem to help much. I keep waiting for that one reading that will clear up all my questions and uncertainties in completing this project.

The only thing I took out of this reading was the rule of thirds. I looked back through the photos that I have already taken, not just for this project but others that I have taken. This rule definitely worked, the ones that I liked the best followed this rule. I agree that having the person’s head dead center leaves all this space at the top of the picture. I ended up cropping a couple of pictures because this space, preferring have the person or object taking up the whole picture.

I haven’t tried either those yet but they seem like added something to the pictures that were in the reading: Framing the shot so that there were both background and foreground elements, looked like they really added depth to the shot. With the added foreground element it broke up the photo so there wasn’t just water taking up a lot of the picture.

The last thing that I liked was the suggestion of shooting pictures from a different level, so everything wasn’t as eye level. This has proven harder to do then I thought.

February 11, 2010

Photo 10

Posted in Photos at 11:15 am by ahonan


Originally uploaded by AmyHonan

The Boy Scouts of America pin that is on a Boy Scout’s uniform

Reafirming Honor

Posted in Photos at 11:12 am by ahonan

Refirming Honor

Originally uploaded by AmyHonan

Older Scouts

Posted in Photos at 11:06 am by ahonan

Older Scouts

Originally uploaded by AmyHonan

Cub Scout

Posted in Photos at 11:05 am by ahonan

Cub Scout

Originally uploaded by AmyHonan

Tiger Scout

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Tiger Scout

Originally uploaded by AmyHonan

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