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December 6, 2006

the desire for expression

The relationship between what Louis Kahn and Neil Gershenfield say is one that deals with human desire and one's search for knowledge.

Gershenfield states that the creation of the fab lab, or so he called it, shows the desire students and proffesors alike have, to create and make their desires tangible. The fab lab allows the users a way to learn how to create not something new that will be marketed to a masspopulation, but something developed for the personal use of the creator.

Kahn states that "institutions, therefore, are established, because there is this sense of wanting to learn, and the wanting to learn makes you pay a tax to see that a school is established." Kahn believes that if one wants to learn and "to express," he will do what it takes to make that happen. Because of who man is, he has a sense of what nature is and how he is connected to it, which through man's actions he inherits a desire to exspress himself and his connection to nature.

The connection between what Gershenfield says and what Kahn believes is that man has an ingrained want, or need, to express what it is inside of him, and the creation of the fab labs is a direct example of how artists, mathematicians, physicists, and architects alike are nurturing their internal need to design.

December 1, 2006

Technopolies & Lance Lavine

Technopolies, from what Neil Postman writes, are technologies that are created that bring about complete change in a society. They alter they way people live life. As stated in Postman’s writing, “technological change is neither additive nor subtractive. It is ecological. I mean “ecological? in the same sense as the word is used by environmental scientists. One significant change generates total change.?

Lance Lavine spoke about the order of nature and how technology all around us determines how we interact with it. His example of windows and how that technology affects every person on a day to day basis is a great example of a technopoly. Windows are our barrier that keep us safe from the elements, yet still keep us in touch with the world outside us. This technopoly changed the way we live inside our shelters and how he perceive what nature really is. They let air in and allow ventilation within a space and they allow humans to witness nature and experience it, but only at a glance.

Gravity poses a problem against buildings because of its want to push things in and down. Roofs were designed, but were not able to withstand the force exerted on them by gravity if layed out across a large area. The development of the column or pillar, which are also technopolies, changed the way we design and build structures by support the weight exerted vertically on a roof and keep it from collapsing allowing us to design larger open areas in a building. The arch, which was perfected in ancient Rome, is another example of a technopoly that bears the weight of a structure and gravity that needs to span across a long distance.

Our development of dams deals with the natural technology of water. Dams redifined how we use water and turned into a technopoly when we learned how to use it to create electricity. It changed the way we think about saving, using, and containing water and is still changing today. The development of dams started in Mesopotamia almost 7,000 years ago to control the unpredictable Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Instead ofnow just controlling flood waters, we are able to also use the water to power our country.

November 7, 2006


A fractal is a shape that appears the same even after high degrees of magnification, and is
referred to as "infinitely complex."

Fractals are used in the design of computer models and
for buildings and landscapes:

fractals also occur in the design of nature.
examples include ferns, snow flakes, and systems of blood vessels.

furthermore, fractals are used in the design of computer and video games and also the design of

fractal antennas, which are very compact, and are used
in cellular telephone and microwave communications, use fractals to be as compact as possible,
but also to send and receive as much information as possible:

October 23, 2006


to the photographer, oppositions can occur at every moment.

developing, now that's a big problem that can occur when using film. since the film is light-sensitive, it should not be revealed in the light without going through the developing process which invovles photogrpahic chemicals. so to solve this problem, one has to either stand in a completly black room or use a special bag which allows the person to stick their hands in the bag and remove the film from the camera without damaging it.

in order for the photographer to make prints from the negatives which he developed, he first needs special photo paper. this paper is also light-sensitive, and should not see light otherwise it can be completely ruined. thus, this opposition was solved through the development of the darkroom, which uses a specially-made red or amber colored light, known as a safelight. It enables the photographer to work in the light so they can see what they are doing, without exposing the paper.

Developing color film has always been an intricate and tedious task. The complexity of processing color film and printing color photographs has resulted in the developmen of Polaroid technology and digital photography. because of these inventions, the number of darkrooms is slowly declining.

October 10, 2006

The phenomena of the camera

The modern camera that we use today combines the use of clockworks and frameworks to create a phenomena. The fra meworks of a camera inlude the ISO, the f-stop or aperature settings, the shutter speed, and the amount of zoom. The clockworks of a camera which coincide with the frameworks, inlude things such as the shutter. The shutter remains open for as long as the photographer requires is. The amount of time the shutter stays open determines the amount of light which enters the camera and reaches the film or light recording material. The shutter is a clockwork because it opens and closes, returning to its original position. Another example of a clockwork is the film advancer in SLR cameras. after a photograph is taken, one must advance the film, which makes the user turn the spindle on the inside of the camera which the film is attached to, and bring in a new frame to be exposed. When combined, these frameworks and clockworks for the phenomena of a photograph. These photographs, or "drawings of light" in Greek terminology, can be used in various ways including but not limited to advertising, surveillance, recording data or history, and preserving memories.

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October 6, 2006

needed a picture?

i guess so.
if anyone wants photos done, i am a photographer.
i do portraiture and commercial.
click on the photos to see some of my work.


mr. owl


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October 2, 2006

The Garage

Location: Burnsville, Minnesota.

This is where I attended my first show and became infatuated with the talent and dedication of some of the musicians that played there. The Garage is made out of a section of a police station that has a maximum capacity of about 300 people. For me it was my entry into the local minnesota music scene and introduced me to bands such as four letter lie, the semester, and the drive back. what brings me back is the amount of energy that can fill the room. everyone in the room singing all the words to the song, dancing, and having a good time, then being able to talk with the guys after their show. I was a roadie for a band called Fully Functional, and being at the garage was intense, setting up equipment for my friends, and then being able to play tamborine. The feeling of being onstage infront of everyone enjoying the music and jamming with the band is one of the most unique feelings in the world.

Some of my best pictures have come from this place. I do alot of band promo activities including live shots. The Garage always provides a good lighting system that is great for setting moods for certain bands and it's great for some of the live promos i do for bands.

the semesterthe semester

The most intense show I was at was in june, and it was the semester's cd release show. The maximum capacity was exceeded but at least a couple hundred. The place was jam packed with people just waiting to hear them play, and in the middle of the summer, one can image just how hot and sticky it got in there. but that set explains just how special local shows are at this place. everyone being right next to each other and swaying and singing and sweating and dancing to the music.

The overall feeling that the place leaves you with is unexplainable. Your ears are ringing and your breathing is rapid. You're left with a huge smile that doesnt seem to go away for some time.

The people that go to The Garage are liek family to me. we meet up every other week or so to share in the music and enjoy that sensational feeling that it gives us all.

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September 26, 2006


I have heard many complaints about the difficulty for handicapped people to access ceratin parts of the campus and decided to find out what thye meant. To me it seemed that everything was easily accessible, but I was a bit misunderstood. One of the places that I had heard was not a good candidate for handicap accessibility was Ford Hall. I had never thought about it, but the front entrance is impossible for wheelchair access due to the sets of stairs that go up and downstairs.

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The backside entrance of the building was not much better, except for the fact that it did have an elevator. But I noticed that the elevator was considerably small for a wheelchair, and would fit 1, if any wheelchair on being the door only just a few feet wide.

Another area I had heard was a problem is Frat Row. None of the fraternities are handicap accessible either. They all have their cement steps leading up to an elevated entrance and the back entrances are not any better.

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This is just one minor issue within the a world of huge problems, but this would be a great improvement to find ways to improve accessibility for the physically handicaped.

September 18, 2006

Die Energie

en·er·gy (nr-j) pronunciation of "energy" [P]
n. pl. en·er·gies

1. The capacity for work or vigorous activity; vigor; power.
a. Exertion of vigor or power: a project requiring a great deal of time and energy.
b. Vitality and intensity of expression: a speech delivered with energy and emotion.
a. Usable heat or power.
b. A source of usable power, such as petroleum or coal.

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as soon as one arrives at midtown market, it is instantly apparent the constant flow of energy that flows in and out of the area. There is the light rail, which has it's scheduled arrivals and departures, bringing people and potential consumers. These people use the electric light rail as an alternative to driving. By not driving, they stillvuse energy in another way: through electricity. The steady flow of traffic, only interrupted by the multiple stop lights, moves people through the area. The energy being produced to move these vehicles comes from the burning of oil, which is one of the most essential elements in today's market. Even the simple stop lights that the flow of traffic use energy.

The distribution of businesses around on lake street draw the everyday consumer in. The resturaunts provide people with a source of energy, where the people can eat and power their bodies to continue their journey from point a to point b.

Midtown works like the human body. With the roads and light rail being veins, the stop lights being arteries, and the blood being people. Without any one of these components, the "body" wouldn't function. And without energy to power these components, there wouldnt be a Midtown.

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