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A week in review.

This is my go-to gif in any situation.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?
I’m a pretty honest person so I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that I could have put a lot more effort into the past couple of weeks’ assignments. I can guarantee you this will not happen again. Pinky swear.
You know, the whole not-being-productive thing might stem from the fact that I just spent the past fifteen minutes looking for the perfect pinky swear .gif to follow my pinky swear comment. Instead I’ll just go with this one of Ash Ketchum being super determined.

Back to the topic: A couple things that gave me a spot of trouble would be the daily posting just because it’s something I have to get used to and the commenting on the posts of others. It helped though when I developed that RSS feed and I subscribed to their blogs. I could then just see any updates from my homepage instead of having to find them individually. That RSS feed is such a time saver!

I really liked seeing what everyone had to say and learn a little more about them. I’m a people watcher to begin with so it all worked out. Seriously, though, I can’t sleep in airports because there is too much human activity. I’m bizarre. I accept that.

I also threw in a Creative Commons copyright on the bottom of my page. It was super simple to create but it definitely took some canoodling to place it actually on ym page but in the end I succeeded. Did you know you could place code into the widget called text? Yeah, I didn’t but now I’m practically an expert.
To solve my daily posting problem I now have a designated posting time for each day. In order to get much of anything done these days I have to formulate a regime. Fingers crossed that it works.
As for the first week’s assignments, I didn’t have to do too much mainly because I had already created a WordPress and Gravatar account about four years ago I had completely forgotten about. High-five to past-Devan. Thanks to my Tumblr  I already had some experience in the blogging world: I understood hyperlinking, embedding images/videos and tagging.

I photoshop, too!

I still have a lot of perfecting to do and I’m quite sure I’ll never be satisfied but it’s worth a shot.

Here are my “accomplishments” so far



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Copyright versus Copyleft.

While researching Creative Commons and how it differs from Copyright something rather peculiar caught my eye: the copyleft movement. It institutes Copyright ideas but fudges some of the guidelines. Yes, that’s right. The Copyleftists are the pirates of the Copyright world. However, instead of gold, Copyleftists are out there to plunder that information copyright withholds us from finding.

If you’re interested in kinda-sorta putting a leash on your web creations as well as interested in taking steps to protect your work as an online outputting machine, you should really look into Creative Commons. They give out free copyright-licenses like candy on Halloween but not the high barbed wire fences a full Copyright provides. Here’s a quick video to explain everything I can’t.

If you’re against clicking my links here’s a wee explanation: with Creative Commons you have the ability to design which rights are reserved and which rights are waived for the sake of free sharing everywhere. Here’s their website for more information.

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Feeding the RSS monster.

As cheesy as this video could be, it got the job done. Here is a simple equation to express the range of my RSS knowledge before watching the video.

Me + Computer related abbreviations  = Distress

Now, I’m more like this.

Me + Computer related abbreviations = Slightly less distress

I’m currently in the process of setting up a reader. I’m actually super excited about this. I had always seen that little orange symbol and believed the answer to it’s quiet conundrum to be somewhere far beyond my understanding. THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

Google is run by wizards, now.

Google is run by wizards, now.

Alright, here we go. It took me a couple of tries but I have officially begun. I had to copy/paste my way to success but we’re makin’ progress over here. I’m like a following fiend…or an extreme stalker, your choice. As Morgan suggested, I tried to find something that allowed me to jump straight to my reader instead of having to go through the process of logging on to Google, finding the reader and all that jazz.

(Sidebar: the table next to me is discussing their R.A. last year in Oak. I am definitely dropping all sorts of eaves.)


I just made Google Reader my homepage on my laptop. I’d put it on my super cool smart phone if it existed but it doesn’t. I still use this indestructible flip-phone with such apps as the transformer app, the break dancing app, the bitch-slap app, and the I’m-being-punted-down-the-hall-and-I’m-not-going-to-break app. I love my phone. It’s like your first car that’s super jenky but you slough it off as “character”. Too bad Betsy’s character was a love for pyrotechnics.

Wow, this Google Reader thing is pretty nifty. I’m looking at my “Recommended items” and Google really hit it right on the nose: web comics, food, celebrities doing menial tasks, how to fix zipper problems, the works. I just learned Waffle House had a twitter and they love bacon. WHO KNEW?

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Wise words of a dead person.


10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent

In class we were given this bit of writing and asked to respond. Well,all I can say is that John Cage and Sister Corita Kent were brilliant. Just looking over these brief ideas, makes me really think about how I view, how I take advantage to what I interact with everyday.

I’m going to try an experiment. Yeah, that’s right; Devan is doing science.

Every day I’m going to try one of the rules and figure out what it really means and how I can apply it to my life.

This is Rule #4

Some updates since then:

Rule #1

Find a place I trust, eh? Minus the example Morgan gave us in class I really feel the library is the perfect place for me, at least up here in Bemidji. There is always somewhere quiet I can go and that fits me perfectly. I can’t get anything done unless I have silence. However, blogging would be an exception. I always have my music blaring.  Type in The Lumineers on Pandora and you’ve got my fuel.

Rule #2

I came into my Sophomore year in college with one goal in mind: to ask as many questions as humanly possible. If I didn’t understand something I was damn-well going to find out, no matter how annoying my professors thought I would be. I know when I should be trying harder. Let me show you a real-life example.

Honors mid-term paper: C-

Honors final paper: A-

My mid-term was maybe three pages long and although I had cited more sources than I had time for, my prose was a bunch of B.S. The final came around and my page count bumped up to seven and I actually had a handle on what I was talking about. Why? Well, I started asking questions. Who knew more about the fading of Anglo-Saxon paganism than the people who were attempting to teach it to me?

Rule #3

Well, Morgan certainly is pulling “everything” out of me. Boot camp 2013 was a flop so now I’m back, revamping it all from the beginning. I hope it works.

Rule #4

You’ve already seen how this turns out.

Rule #5

Find someone to follow? Well, at this particular time I’m typing away next to a Mr. Joe Stusinski and we’re on an all-night blogging marathon with the sole purpose of beefing up our posts. I could be playing Minecraft right now. I could be making the family sized box of Mac ‘n’ Cheese sitting next to me. Heck, I could be sleeping. If this isn’t an example of discipline, I don’t know what is.

Rule #6

This I can only apply to every sculpture I have ever made. You see when you work with clay, sure, you can sketch out a plan with pencil on paper but that’s all the further you’re going to get. Once you start molding that piece of raw material you have to learn to work with what you’ve done. Everything is a creation. Everything is art. Whether you sit there and put a month into one sculpture or three hours, you’ve created something from nothing and that is a beautiful thing.

Rule #7

I’ve never been a tomato person. Ketchup barely passes, but other than that I like to keep the veggie-fruit out of my diet. Unfortunately, my favorite food is pasta. You have no idea how many batches of noodles I have consumed. Seriously, they should dedicate a Noodles and Company to me.

Anyways, when you think pasta you think tomato sauce, right? WRONG. Tomato sauce is gross thus I’ve had to find other means of noodle lubrication. This is where the whole “work” aspect comes in. I’ve done the noodle dance so many times I’m practically an expert in the combining of herb/seasonings and olive oil to get the best taste. I’m salivating just thinking about it. That Mac ‘n’ Cheese is looking real’ good right about now.

Rule #8

You know, in a literal sense I disagree with this rule. Mainly due to the fact that I’m one of those people where as soon as I see that darned squiggly red line my brain goes into auto-pilot. There is no stopping me from going back and fixing it right then and there. I’m really trying not to be too much of a grammar freak but it’s in my conditioning. You should see my mother.

Rule #9

Be happy. You know, that is a lot easier said than done. At this particular moment, I’m not referring to myself. I am a generally happy person (unless you even think the leper of a word “irregardless”). I’ve lived around all sorts of people who struggle to find happiness and yeah I completely agree with that fact that when your stuck in the muck of depression every day brings one more burden to bear. I’m all of us have been in that state of mind at least once.

Rule #10

You know, I break my own rules everyday. I told myself to never date a guy I worked with. Well, I went on a date with him and then I realized why I made that rule. Hey, I learned how to fly fish a little. I accept my hypocrisy; in fact, I embrace it.

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Alright, let’s get this party started.

And by that I definitely do not mean the Black Eyed Peas song…Or even that one by P!nk that came out when my best friend’s mom still wouldn’t let her listen to songs with swear words in them.

Here, allow me to me help you. By “party” I mean an “About Me” post and by “Alright, let’s get this…started” I mean “alright, let’s get this started.”

If you have yet to venture to my “About Me” page, then most of this information will be brand spankin’ fresh. If you were curious enough to go there, then by all means feel free to skip the next paragraph or so.

My name is Devan Bierbrauer; my middle name is irrelevant because it’s not a real name anyway. I’m a Sophomore/Junior at Bemidji State University blah blah blah. Ok, I’m not typing this all over again. Click here and then when you’re done, come back to me…Please?


I come from a wee town on the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin called Stillwater. My early years were nothing to be excited about. Then we moved. My parents decided to have a joint midlife crisis where they just decided to up and buy a fixer-upper. My mom found it at a garage sale, like everything else we own. Considering it was only four houses around the corner, the move wasn’t life changing or traumatic. So there was still nothing to be excited about. Thanks, parents, for giving me a good life and nothing to write my autobiography about.

Then we have to junior high and high school era. Also, nothing too exciting, nothing to complain about. There was less drama there than in college. Even braces weren’t that bad.

Betsy 1My Green Chevy Blazer (christened Betsy) blew up in a Herberger’s parking lot when my friends and I were prom dress shopping. That was cool. My mom still has the voicemail I left her saved on her phone.

Two knee surgeries later (Is it bad I measure time in medical procedures?) I’m in college. I’m a Resident Assistant in Oak Hall and loving every minute of it. Sure, I miss some parts of the cities and I really miss The Current but hey, at least they stream live from their website.

What else should I force you to read?

My favorite color is green. The 27 books I have to read this semester are keeping me from reading anything new and exciting. Tolkien’s biography is pretty amazing but other than that I’ve got nothing. My music tastes include everything from the Lion King soundtrack to Atmosphere to Ke(dollar sign)ha. If you ever want to know anything about any song by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis I have you covered. I’ve seen them live at least three times and they were amazing. Every time.If there was any musical artist that changed my perspective, it would be them.

It’s funny when people find out I actually love rap.

Some small obsessions I have are buying too many books, too many pairs of sunglasses, making pasta, and playing video games. I can stick my tongue up my nose but I can’t touch my toes. That rhymed.

I’m an honest person so feel free to ask me anything. Minus science questions. Biology and I do not work together well.

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