Tag Archives: community

A Night To Remember

Recently, Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing held a community writing contest which focused on short “Spooky Stories”.

It’s been a long while since I’ve written something creative, so I thought I would make an attempt at this contest without regard for the prize. So, I set out and wrote this story in about 2 hours.

My wonderful wife also wrote a very exciting and subtle story for this contest. I think, for me at least, the knowledge that we were both working toward the same goal excited me, and made each keystroke that much more meaningful.

So, this past week was the due date, and I submitted both of our stories for the contest. Hit the jump to read my story, and feel free to leave comments.
Continue reading

Podcast Episode #5 – Apple Updates, The Linux Action Show, Mysterious Universe and More!

The fifth episode of The Worthless Genius Podcast is here!

Today I talk about 3 news items, a couple of Worthless Genius topics, and I ask for the help of the online community.

Here’s some links to what I talk about:

News:

Worthless Genius Stuff:

And also, if anyone out there has some ideas for a library organization system that is:

  • Free
  • Open Source (so that I can monkey around with the internals)
  • Easy to Use

Let me know here in the comments, so that I can go check it out.

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format

Podcast Episode #4 – Linux, Linux, Linux!

In today’s episode, I discuss Linux.  I also touch on the polarization of the Linux community on the topic of embracing closed-source, proprietary software, and why it would be a good thing for the community as a whole.

Here are some links to what I talked about today:

This episode marks the first episode recorded in GarageBand, so you should see a drastic improvement in the audio quality.  As always, send me some feedback, and let me know what you think, ways that I can improve, or if you think I should start putting music back into the episodes.

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format

Resources for Web Developers and Designers

Recently, I’ve been going back to college to finally get my degree in Web Development. For a teacher, I gathered links that I had used in my work out in the field. Here is a collection of everything I could think of.

Continue reading

The Appalachian Independent

I have recently been invited into an internship working with a new government-funded startup independent newspaper entitled The Appalachian Independent.

This new media source in the local area is striving to be a community-based project, with high-reaching goals. It is powered by the community, and is aiming at producing a wholey separate view of local arts and events as well as environmental and wellness issues.

The first release has been made, and you can view it at The Appalachian Independent’s Homepage. The next release is set for Wednesday, September 24, so keep an eye out for some new articles and content.

The project was started in June of this year, and received one of 10 national “New Voices” grants awarded by J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism.

At the moment, the project is a periodical being released twice a month, or roughly every two weeks. The articles are written by members of the community with a local mindset.

So, what am I doing?
Glad you asked. I am a junior administrator for the server and software that is powering the site. Currently, the site is running the Joomla! framework, and is limited only to the articles that are being released during the edition cycles.

The future roadmap is being hammered out at this time, and this is where I come in. According to the Mission Statement, the purpose of the Appalachian Independent is:

  • The active involvement of citizens in the democratic process;
  • The richness that results from sharing diverse viewpoints and thought provoking analysis;
  • The empowerment of all voices in the dialogue of democracy;
  • Respectful conversations about things that matter; and,
  • Our rich and vibrant mountain heritage.

At this time, though, the interactive participation mechanisms are not quite ready for prime time. In the future, we would like to be able to make each article an interactive experience, allowing the viewing community to comment on the stories, and thereby allow a dialogue to occur between members of the community and the writers of the articles. Sort of mini letters to the editor.

Also in the future, we would like to have a forum system so that conversations independent of the main articles can occur, allowing community members to bring up concerns about our region.

A few other features that I would like to mention that are in the roadmap are a “Barter Board”, ride share listings, a cultural calendar and an open system of classified ads that are posted by community members.

I am hoping that this experience will be a boost to my future career, as well as providing a great service to the community. I’m really looking forward to start getting the technical things running on this venture, and be able to put ourselves out there to the world.