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February 27, 2008

A necessity

It is a known fact that our environment is changing. There is many concern with what the future holds for our planet. Concerns like what happens when we run out of resources, what happens when the polar ice caps melt, how else will global warming affect us, and many other things. At the U I feel as if the architecture program is trying to teach students to be aware of these things because its necessary for people to do things. However if I was not in this program I still would not be able to avoid the fact the environment is changing. Its simply unavoidable. If I had gone to another schools architecture program or ended up doing something architecturally related then I would be forced to contribute to solving the problem in one way or another. I could do this physically by designing or creating a new technology or I could do this lyrically by spreading the word about how things need to be changed. One very specific thing about the environment that is changing is the amount of energy we are able to get. We consume an unrealistic amount of energy on a daily bases. There are only so many ways in which we are able to get energy so it is extremely important to start thinking about what are our other options. There have been many advances in technology that allow us to use alternate forms of energy we just need to start putting them in motion. For example, we use oil more than any other source of energy but it is running out rapidly. We need to start using unlimited sources such as wind and solar energy.qqxsgIraq OIL.gif
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February 20, 2008

Oh how unfortunate

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl." ~Shirley Chisholm
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This quote is true in such a way that every women will experience some sort of gender stereotyping at some point in their life.

"You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman." ~Jane Galvin Lewis
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Millions of men have voted and cheered on Hilary Clinton. Having a female as the next president of the united states of america is a big step for promoting gender equality. This quote is important because it shows that you dont have to be an extreme feminist to promote gender equality.

“What all the ads and all the whoreoscopes seemed to imply was that if only you were narcissistic enough, if only you took proper care of your smells, your hair, your boobs, your eyelashes, your armpits, your crotch, your stars, your scars, and your choice of Scotch in bars--you would meet a beautiful, powerful, potent, and rich man who would satisfy every longing, fill every hole, make your heart skip a beat (or stand still), make you misty, and fly you to the moon (preferably on gossamer wings), where you would live totally satisfied forever.?
udlilkimbo Erica Jong quotes

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Now a days women are looked at very specifically by the public. We analyze everything about them: how they dress, how they smell, their intelligence...etc. They have this huge pressure that they must lift themselves unless they want to be looked down on.

February 14, 2008

Minnesota Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down

At 6:05 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, during the evening rush hour, the main spans of the 35W bridge collapsed, falling into the river and its banks. Thirteen people died and approximately one hundred more were injured. Immediately after the collapse help came from mutual aid in the seven-county metropolitan area and a multitude of civilians, hospitals, volunteers and agencies. When an event like this happens there is always the natural reaction of having fear to cross any bridge or of something else happening in certain people. People need and want answers as to why these things happen in order for them to understand better. For the longest time people had pondered on what may have caused this tragedy. Recently it was discovered that there was a design flaw in the bridge itself. When this information was released there is no doubt that people became concerned with other things in the area. Did these engineers and designers make mistakes in other buildings? With this fear in our system it is hard to trust everything around us like we used to. Our red flags are up and we are on guard a little bit more than before. So does this mean we should go around checking everything that was built to see if there were flaws? No, thats not what im saying. But what we should do is take extra precaution so this type of thing NEVER happens again.35W 018.jpg
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February 6, 2008

Losing the Flow

Anywhere you look in the United States you see that the city is expanding. We are constantly building more and more things. Nature can be seen in the same way, although it is a much slower process in nature it is doing a similar thing. It creates a new and different environment. Unfortunately for nature there is only so much space on this planet and since human growth occurs at a much faster speed we are forced to take over some of nature in order to create an oasis for our wants and needs. Essentially we are creating an out of control flow that has no apparent pattern or direction that is disrupting the natural and smooth flow of nature. Our flow is being created so rapidly that often times we forget to think about what will make it smooth. The way we do things now will eventually lead us to an abrupt stop which will disrupt our entire flow. We need to find other ways of doing things, or alternate paths in order for us to maintain our flow. This can all be related to the picture in which the traffic jam shows how the flow of things can and will stop. The only way to prevent that from happening is to find a new path like the car on the overhead passage way has.la_traffic_043.jpg