Norfolk bringing back communitty

•March 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’m not gonna lie, I waited the last minute to do my assignment so it was kinda of stressful for me. Still, it was a pretty interesting assignment to do, plus I got to be creative and do what I wanted to do which I don’t get the option to do here that much at ODU. If your like me and don’t have a car on campus, you’ll most likely be able to relate to my prezi. I focused my presentation on alternate public transportation( bikes and Light Rails) and building green buildings. I think Norfolk should build bike routes and install more light rails that run to and from campus to different part of Norfolk. I also believe building parks and green building where they have unused or opening spaces would be useful and is an effective way to go green. If Norfolk were to build these parks, they should have bike routes and Light Rails that connect them together. That way you could get where you need to go in different parts of  Norfolk without even the need to have a car.

The Sharable Future of Cities

•February 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I answered some questions my Professor give me in class about a video I watched called “The Sharable Future of Cities” by Alex Steffen.

•How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

                8 million people

•Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

                I agree with Steffen point of view of energy use is predestined because where you live, effects how much energy you use. You probably use more energy in the city than in the country.

•What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

                The correlation is that denser places seem to have lower emissions.

•What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

Eco districts are places that are developing new sustainable neighborhoods. I see these as feasible in a city like Norfolk because it’s so close to the water, which would make a great source of energy to use.

•Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

                While I do agree that the denser the population people would use less transportation, I don’t think people would give up using their cars altogether. What would happen if you want to take a vacation or visit a relative? The easiest way to do that is by car. I believe car transportation would decrease though.

•What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

                Well as far as space as a service, is lots of places are spread out. There is so many cities and areas that are so spread out from each other. So using it like a service is putting buildings to use like different sources for energy uses. I don’t know of any examples I can think of.

•Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

                He is basically talking about that it’s not only about the city looks it’s also about how certain things work in the city. For example, can you use solar panels as an energy source or collecting rain water for energy.

•Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question! I think some ideas could possibly work since there seems to be a lot of space in Norfolk and there are certain areas that seem to be kind of dense like ODU. However, I don’t think it will become so dense that people would give up their cars. Lots of people work kind of far like VA Beach and Portsmouth, so they use their car to travel a lot.

How Beer Saved the World

•February 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So today in my stem 110t class I watched a video called “How beer saved the world” So I found out that there was a cuneiform symbol for beer. Beer was also very low in alcohol when it was first made. Also in Egypt people would get paid in beer. You would get paid in 1 gallon of beer to build a pyramid. There was also in certain cases where beer was used for medicine, because it had other nutrients in it. The first settlers of America landed to get more beer because they ran out on the ship. When they landed they got an idea of how to use acorns to help make a new flavor of beer. Later Taverns were invented and people would come and have a beer, talk, exchange ideas. You can relate that with the internet because it’s like a tavern, you can go the internet post statuses and comments(talk) and create blogs(exchange ideas). Beer also helped invent refrigeration because people wanted to keep it cold. It was just amazing to see how something simple as beer help contribute to major changes in human history. Now I don’t drink and I’ve never had a beer in my life, but I definitely can appreciate what beer has done.

Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact

•January 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Brooks, David  10/22/2001. Facing Up to Our Fears.  Newsweek, p66

Before terrorist attacks people didn’t take political issues very seriously. Instead the American population focused on events that weren’t really all that important. However, as soon as the terrorist attacks started to come to America, then they started to focus how important their safety was. Some people were even paralyzed by fear and would talk about things they would or wouldn’t do based on what they thought could happen. There were some people who didn’t change their daily routines after the attacks. There were some people that tried to act like nothing bothered them on the outside, but on the inside they were unsettled. In Israel were people’s attitudes are like this all the time, they have rules and regulations that make the people feel safe. When countries like Israel usually face these kinds of attacks they usually think like a nation. Those countries usually trust their armed forces and believe they’re going to do their job. In America were a lot of people were raised in this individualistic society, it is harder for us to think like a nation. Maybe Sept. 11 will get more people to be interested in politics and foreign affairs. Even though there has been fear, it has been for the good of the country.

I believe that Brooks was saying that before the terrorist attacks, people really didn’t pay much attention to the important issues of our country. After the attacks, a lot of people started to get scared about doing things they always did, checking the mail for example. Brooks, also thought that because of the attacks that maybe more people would get involved in politics and learning about other countries. I believe he was right because it seems like people have got more involved with politics.

My first post

•January 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’m a blogger now, thats wussup!

Hello world!

•January 13, 2012 • 1 Comment

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