I don’t have anything profound to write in here. I think this whole aspect of the blog prompts just sort of slipped past me without my becoming aware of it. At first I really didn’t understand what it was you all wanted from the ‘volunteer’ aspect of the blog. By the end I think I understood but it was too late. I was waiting for some sort of prompt or mention of when we should start our volunteer journals in class and simply put it didn’t happen. I don’t remember it being mentioned again until the last few weeks of class when Ozayr berated us for not doing it and made a point of emphasizing that the assignment was in the syllabus. I looked back in the syllabus and indeed it was. I wondered how I could have possibly missed it. Then I realized that it was a combination of both my lack of assertiveness in not asking what was expected of us and Ozayr/TA’s not actually clearly defining what was expected of us that led to what I am going to assume is a significant portion of the class in failing to do most of this assignment. In which case I hope the course is going to be graded on a curve.
The built environment is everything that is not natural. The built environment is a reorganization of the world by human consciousness. I live and am immersed almost completely in the built environment. How can it not affect who I am?
Of course an environment can have a plethora of different meanings. Man has built many things: houses, societies, civilizations.
build bɪld - Show Spelled Pronunciation[bild] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, built or (Archaic ) build•ed; build•ing; noun
–verb (used with object)
1. to construct (esp. something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
2. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often fol. by up): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
3. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
4. to base; found: a relationship built on trust.
Is the environment physical, as in the buildings around me? Does it include the metaphysical, as in the society in which I live?
Blog Prompt #2
update: Not to be outdone, my former roommate actually managed to assault one of her friends, slashing her in the face so badly that paramedics had to come. She was escorted out of the dorm by two police officers. Will she get kicked out? Dunno, but lord knows the world is fucked when that chick walks the street...
Honestly, it was the first thing that came to mind. I’m sure it’s a petty thing to say, but since all but a handful of people are NOT going to be reading this I figure I can say it without the whole world retaliating against me. If you met her I don’t think you would blame me, though. I figure as long as I keep her anonymous and don’t slander her actual name I could potentially be within appropriate moral boundaries.
Do you know what a flaming bitch it is to work with movable type?? I find the idea that we should design the layout of our own blogs preposterous after having done so I can say with all conviction that it was more effort than it was worth. HTML and CSS can kiss my lily white ass.
I would highly suggest using this plugin: http://styles.movalog.com/generator/generator.php to aid in the process, without which I could not have done this at all, but be wary I didn't get to my own final product without extensive tweaking.
BLOG PROMPT #1
I could try to write something impressive. But I'm not an impressive person. Well maybe I am but not in the sense that architects and the many potento-architects (yes, I did make up that term and while I'm spouting crap I might as well mention that I loathe the pretentious air that seems to pervade the profession of architecture. Architects make buildings, not babies, it's not that mind-blowing...) in this class seem to revere. There's a list of men that I'm supposed to know about. I don't know about them. I live right next to the Weisman so I ought to know something about Frank Gehry
...I haven't stepped into that building since I went on a field trip there in fifth grade.