• Really interesting take on VR. When it comes to games I’m not all that interested in VR, but I would be stupid to ignore the technology completely. I like all of the subjects you’ve highlighted where this technology could do a lot of good that have nothing to do with video games. It should be interesting to see what’s done with VR in the next few years.

  • ashtynm wrote a new post, Final thoughts, on the site Ashtyn's Blog 1 year, 5 months ago

    Looking back on the semester I’m really quite surprised how much I learned in such a short amount of time. I’m also surprised at how easy a lot of the projects were for someone with my severe lack of any […]

    • Thank you for facing the challenges of this course together with us. It has been an honor participating with you.

      Have a wonderful rest of summer!

  • I love this topic! I had heard this was going on but didn’t get a chance to make it out, glad you posted videos. One of my coworkers is good friends with Brittany Rose and I got to watch snippets of the performances through his Snapchat. I love your writing style throughout, especially the last bit about the older people in the crowd getting…[Read more]

  • Really interesting topic. I’ve never made a correlation between PTSD and the use of medical marijuana, but now it makes a lot of sense. I like that you highlighted the problems these veterans face with pain and PTSD. It’s interesting to hear their words about avoiding prescription drugs. People see marijuana as a dangerous problem because of the…[Read more]

  • I had no idea any of this was going on. I work on the strip and saw signs that Las Vegas Blvd. would be closed for a special event on Sunday. (I also thought why Sunday and not on the 4th.) But, whatever the date, this event sounds pretty cool and I wouldn’t have known about it if not for your post. I’m interested to see what they are going to…[Read more]

  • You make a lot of good points. Especially using social media outlets to potentially gain thousands of loyal followers. It also gives journalists the opportunity to share blog posts, thoughts, and other work not published by their employer. Of course, it comes with consequences and something like Twitter that should be dumb fun on the side becomes…[Read more]

  • The Beat Coffeehouse and Records has been a staple of the Fremont East District for six years. Offering a chill environment for customers to sit back, listen to records, purchase records, and enjoy refreshments […]

    • Wow this is such an interesting blog post. I like that you also included photos that weren’t just of the coffeehouse. I think that the addition of the Downtown Las Vegas neon sign as well as the album photos make the coffeehouse a bit more memorable. When I see this sign now, I will definitely think about the coffeehouse. I also like your promotion of local businesses. I am also a person who enjoys smaller scale cafes and shops. I am not a huge fan of chain restaurants. So finding another gem like this is great.

    • I’m also guilty of going with the most convenient option when it comes to food and coffee (99 percent of the time that’s Starbucks), and I dislike the thought of missing out on unique local businesses like The Beat. While I’m glad the new restaurant will bring more jobs to Vegas, there’s still something to be said for supporting independent business owners that keep Downtown interesting.

      Also, I loved your photos! They really help show what it feels like to be inside The Beat and aren’t generic pictures you’d find whenever you looked them up on Google.

    • Great post! Yet, I’m very sad to hear this news. Although I have only visited The Beat 3 times, each time was such a fun experience! Their espresso was also some of the best I’ve ever had. I completely agree that supporting local businesses should be our duty as civilians. All in all, a very great and informative post!

  • I like that you have a topical and serious topic regarding the Vegas area. I work on the strip so it’s hard not to be a tad paranoid. I appreciate that you ended with tips about suspicious situations and how to report them. People might not know the kinds of odd behavior to be on the look out for so this could be extremely helpful as tourists…[Read more]

  • I love the topic you chose. Even though we live in the entertainment capital of the world it often feels like I have no idea what to do. I also like that you included a lot of options that don’t involve alcohol. Lately, with school and work stress I would much rather spend my day at the spa than a day club, but the option never crosses my mind.…[Read more]

  • I absolutely love the music you chose in the video. I think it perfectly captures the quirkiness of a garden of cacti in correlation with a chocolate factory. I have only heard of this place when people talk about the Christmas lights every year, but I have never made it out there myself. Your post has made me want to check it out, though I’ll…[Read more]

  • The Las Vegas area has several hidden treasures. But with most of them being exclusive bars and places to find cheap drinks it’s easy to forget some of the most beautiful hiking trails are just a 15 minute […]

    • I enjoy your post because I enjoy hiking and most people don’t see the nature side of Vegas. With Mtn. Charleston and Red Rock, and the Grand Canyon all not too far away, for people who want to get some fresh air and get a scenic workout in, there is actually plenty of place for people to go and enjoy nature. I think its helpful that you described how to get there for people who aren’t familiar with the area.

    • First Creek is my favorite hike in Red Rock! I strongly urge you to make it out to the waterfall around fall or early spring when it’s not too hot. It is surely worth the distance!

    • Between all the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, it’s always good to see people talking about some of the outdoorsy things Southern Nevada has to offer. A lot of people that visit Vegas, and even those who live here, know little about the hiking that’s within driving distance of the city. It’s great that you mentioned some of the safety stuff about hiking in Vegas, especially about heat exhaustion and dehydration. Some people underestimate the danger!

    • I’m a big hiker within the valley and I go to Red Rock so much that I bought a season pass. Many people forget the great things our city has to offer that are not on the Strip. Hiking is a great way to get out and do something most people wouldn’t often do. Red Rock offers some great trails and even a few have water features just like you mentioned. Ice Box is another cool trail that has water and you can defiantly beat the heat during the insane summers.I think the trails that are super fun and gets you of of town, Mary Jane Falls and the Hot springs just on the other side of the dam are a few of my favorites. I really enjoyed your post on I think it shows a side of Vegas most people forget or yet don’t even know.

  • ashtynm commented on the post, Don’t Trash Nevada, on the site The Idealist 1 year, 5 months ago

    I really enjoyed your topic and video. I also really liked that you gave a rundown of how damaging everyday items can be. It made me think of how many cigarette butts you see littering sidewalks on the daily. It’s also really helpful that you listed sites and contact information for volunteer opportunities.

  • You are right about Downtown coming a long way especially in recent years. I would much rather prefer to go downtown and bar hop than go to any night club on the strip. Your clips of container park make me want to grab a drink at The Bin, sit in the grass, and listen to some live music.

  • Hi Lawren,
    You are right! I tried using screen capture, but on Windows every time I tried to open the video it would open it in the Xbox app as if I were trying to record a game. It forces you to log in to Xbox live which is a paid subscription. Being the procrastinator I am I couldn’t think quick enough to come up with a plan B. I did have…[Read more]

  • I love the hike at Goldstrike, even though I accidentally call it Gold Spike most of the time. I’ve only done it once, but it was gorgeous. A lot more difficult but more rewarding than any hike I’ve done at Red Rock or Mt. Charleston. My only regret was not making it all the way down to the Colorado river because it started getting dark. Your post…[Read more]

  • Designing a blog is complicated. You want your design to look perfect since it is a portal to share your work with the world. Being a journalism student in the 21st century and constantly being reminded you are a […]

    • Hi Ashtyn,
      I did a similar video for my project. I like the up-close screenshots you used, but I’m wondering why you didn’t use screencapture or narration for any of it. I think those elements would have made your video a little more engaging.

      • Hi Lawren,
        You are right! I tried using screen capture, but on Windows every time I tried to open the video it would open it in the Xbox app as if I were trying to record a game. It forces you to log in to Xbox live which is a paid subscription. Being the procrastinator I am I couldn’t think quick enough to come up with a plan B. I did have narration recorded but my allergies have been the death of me lately, so on top of already having a nasally voice it also sounded like I smoked a carton a day. I wanted to spare everyone from having to listen to that. haha

  • Your pictures are amazing. I have been meaning to go to the neon boneyard since I moved down here for college but still haven’t found the time. There are some awesome pictures from around there, my favorites are some of the wedding pictures people have done there. Your post only makes me want to go even more.

  • It takes every inch of my being not to just drive down down Flamingo and take down the cones myself. Different lanes are closed every day and there isn’t a single worker in sight. It’s even worse at night when they cone it off all the way down to the bus lane and still aren’t doing any work. Tropicana is eternally under construction, the I-515 by…[Read more]

  • I totally understand shying away from social media. I didn’t have any social media accounts until I got to college and I still consider deleting most on a daily basis. It’s cool that you went for the impact perspective. Twitter is an amazing place when someone is evoking change, and (sadly) when tragedy strikes. For once, it seems like…[Read more]

  • Really good post. It’s interesting to think of any social media platform as a business environment, but that is the future. It is intimidating to think of all the things I won’t be able to do and say on social media once I have a career with a media organization. But, like you point out it is best not to take these outlets lightly because out of…[Read more]

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