Daily Blog Post – Week 6

Time really does fly by when you are trying to survive an apocalypse!

Just kidding…or am I? Or is this current life we are living just a long drawn out apocalypse?? I got you thinking, don’t I?????

Man this class is really forcing me into some deep thoughts. This week was just any other great week in this class. I am really being forced out of my comfort box and I am loving every minute of it. I will be the first one to say that I am not great at design. I come from a business world where everything is plain and straight forward. If I add colors to a spreadsheet, everybody gets excited in my world. I really took a lot away from Paula Scher’s TED Talk. It truly gave me a different perpective to take moving forward in my school work and regular work. I am in middle of a huge project at work and I now have some great idea’s on how to make some aspects of it exciting. I am guilty to sometimes just thinking as work as just work and not making the best of it. That is an area that I still need to work on.

I am excited to get started in our assigned group. I participate in group work all the time at work. I believe that group work is one of the biggest take aways that students can utilize from their college experience. Life is always about managing relationships, no matter if the person is someone you like or dislike.

There is no doubt about my favorite group work story. In my first class at UMW I was selected to work with an individual that I hadn’t met before. We worked on an excellent marketing project and got an awesome grade on it. After the assignment, that partner and I built an awesome friendship together, which led to me being hired to work for him in my dream field of finance. You never know what can happen in these group assignments.!!

I am really looking forward to this team and the project ahead!


Weekly Blog Assignment: Week 5

I think I keep saying it every week, but I don’t know how anything can beat a week dedicated to audio. I absolutely love radio!! It is what gets me through my day! I haven’t always been this way but more recently I have come to a great appreciation of radio. I love to listen to NPR, multiple different types of podcast (This American Life, The Investors Podcast, Pardon My Take, Serial, The Monday Morning Podcast (I love Bill Burr), and other news stations. I say all of this to say that I have a great appreciation for radio programs.

My favorite radio to listen to is “Old Time Radio”. Specially radio programs from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. There is a program on WAMU every week called The Big Broadcast were they play old time radio shows from different era’s. That is must listen to radio every week for me. My favorite activity of this week was listening to the 3 radio programs played this week and live tweeting my thought. War of the Worlds is still by far my favorite. Each time I listen to it, I come up with a different scernio in my head. That is what is best about radio. You can take what is said and turn it into whatever you want. Each person listening to a radio program can choose whatever different thought they have. That is the absolute beauty of Radio.

The different activities for this week were so much fun. The Frequency 2156 activity was really cool! I love the concept. Being able to listen to so many different messages created so may different thoughts in my head. Your imagination can truly take over on the website! I also really enjoyed making a voice mail while playing the role of Vic. I left a voicemail for Vic’s mom to explain his and Bloods current status.

The semester is flying by so fast. I can’t believe we have gone through 5 weeks already. I feel really good about my position in this class. Life outside of class is extremely busy (Baby, Job, Teething Baby, Walking Baby, Baby that gets into everything) but the class work in manageable and I appreciate the break away from real life for a little bit

Cheers Everyone.



Assignment: Reading and Resource Reflection

To start this post off, I have to say that I absolutely love radio. I’m not just talking about music either. I easily listen to far more radio programs than I watch TV a week. In the mornings, I listen to NPR and CNBC. During work I listen to multiple different types of podcast (Comedy, News, Personal Stories). In the evenings I will listen to NPR while I do my homework or regular work. I know I am a outlier when I say this, but I could easily go without TV anymore if I was guaranteed to always have radio (and podcast).

Jad Abumrad speaks directly to me in both the YouTube clips posted on the week 5 assignment page. Just as Abumrad says, radio forces you to use you imagination. Unlike TV, you have to create your characters and settings to go along with the words that are being said. As Abumrad explains, this is incredible because this allows thousands of people create different thoughts in their head, all coming from the same words spoken. This to me makes radio far superior to TV shows and movies.

To stay on this same topic, since radio is just spoken words and sounds, this forces creators of radio content to seek any way to appeal to the listener. I agree with Abumrad and truly believe that this is a true art from. This is a very old school or “ancient” form of entertainment, but by far the most creative.  It’s amazing to me to see how the tone or delivery of words can create such strong imagery in my head.

Radio will never be dead to me. I think everyone would benefit from taking a break from TV and spend some time just listening to the radio.

Assignment: Character Choice and Introduction

For my character choice and introduction, I have chosen a character that currently is a young soil scientist that is currently working at a agricultural company.  In order to introduce this character, I created a Resume to given a brief background description.

Here is the resume of Jim Tomsula III

Jim Tomsula III

123 Smith Tree Lane King George, VA   | JTomsula123@AOL.com  |  555-222-3456


Experienced Assistant Soil Scientist with a background in crop management and soil observation. Able to operate and maintain scientific equipment and farm machinery to maximize efficiency and productivity. Strong team leadership and project management skills. Seeking long term stability and growth opportunities

Skills & Abilities

Soil Science – Agriculture product expertise – Strategic planning – Data tracking – Experienced multi-tasker – Operational Improvements – Planting Knowledge – Clean driving record


Assistant Soil Scientist, DDI Agriculture

January 2010 – Present

Studies, investigates, and conducts experiments on different soil/plant types to determine use capabilities of soils, and effects of alternative practices on soil productivity. Applies a wide range concepts, practices, and procedures from two or more specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture.


Lab Assistant, XYZ Greenhouse Corp.

Studies soil characteristics and classifies soils according to standard types.  Provides advice on rural or urban land use. Performs chemical analysis on micro-organism content of soil to determine microbial reactions and chemical mineralogical relationship to plant growth. Investigates responses of specific soil types to soil management practices, such as fertilization, crop rotation, and industrial waste control. Conducts experiments on farms or experimental stations to determine best soil types for different plants.


Wisconsin University, Madison Wisconsin

Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Science

Overall GPA 3.8

Honor Society Member

Area of Concentration: Soil microbiology