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October 24, 2006

My Entropic Life: My Personal Battle Against Time

I am sure that each and every person can recall a time when they unexpectantly became a victim of poor service. Whether it was at the grocery store, the gas station, the mall, it has happened to ALL of us. What does not realize, however, is poor service and it's close relationship to time. For in fact, if we had all of the time in the world, would not poor service be less serious. In our "time is money" economy, we fail to recognize how truly valuable time really is. In investigating this issue, we may be able to come to a better undertstand about how to cope with the opposition of time and what methods we can use to harness it's value on a more effevtive level.

Firstly, I would like to begin with an experience I am currently having with a product that I recently purchased on eBay. This ties into the opposition of time, I guarantee it, please listen to my story knowing that I will clarify it later.

I recently purchased a brand new camcorder on ebay. When I received it, it was internally broken. The seller would not accept a refund and I was stuck with a broken camcorder. We could not settle the dispute through emails so I had no choice but to escalade the whole matter into a claim. We then have thirty days to resolve our issue and then ebay will investigate on their own time. I am hoping that the seller will pay for a repair. Here, however, lies the problem. When I brought the camera to Best Buy, they took it and I paid $24 deposit to get it examined. THey then called TWO WEEKS later and told me they would not repair it. So half of a month went by and still no progress. I now have to send it in to Canon and that will take another two weeks. All I wanted was a good working camera. Instead, I ended up with a major headache.

This is all very relevant to opposition in our society because poor service really affects how we value time. It makes us realize that time precious and we must make the right decisions before jumping the gun. I think that one problem in society is that people are lazy and only care about themselves. Interdependance has, in a way, died in our society somewhere and it's very hard to find good quality service these days. In terms of opposition, time is always against us. If the opposition did not exist, there would be no problems. But in such a fast paced world it is very difficult to imagine such a world. Time is important, however, because without it we would not progress as a human race. On that note, time is not just a clock on the wall. It is a set schedule that must occur. As frustrating and stressful as it may be, time must be present in our society for the better of mankind.

October 9, 2006

SuperMassiveBlackHoles: Myth or Reality

Some would say that SuperMassiveBlackHoles are a far fetched theory that scientists have conjured up out of their imagination. When in fact the theory itself is not too far gone. However, in or to analyze the phenomena one must keep an open mind and listen to the claims of those who believe in the theory.

As many of us have learned there is a unique way of breaking down phenomena into distinct elements. These are: things, frameworks, and clockworks. An interpretation that I myself can not argue with. Manily because I do not see any fault with it. In relevance to supermassiveblackholes, they contain all of the attributes of a phenomena. The thing would be the black hole itself. The framework would be the other black holes in the universe. The clockworks would be the frequency of the actual black hole. In theory, black holes pull a galaxy into a point known as the singularuty. To this day, no one can truly grasp the concept of a singulariy complex, but it is the only explainable reason for a black hole. Moving on, the black hole will pull the stars and surrounding planets into its center as such a great speed that it pushes stars away from the black hole. Because of this, the black hole will suck up the rest of the galaxy and then lay dormant. This process is repeated over and over again over billions of years. This would decribe the clockwork of the supermassiveblackhole.

Being that this is a concept that is percieved to be true by many, it can be categorized as a phenomena. I, myself am open to the idea as scary as it proves to be. I once thought that anything with th e characteristic of a phenomena was unexplainable, yet scientist are coming closer and closer to hard evidence of supermassiveblackholes and their existence in nature. It is we, that must keep an open mind and not judge other opinions based solely on our gut insticts and social influences. Phenomena happen everyday hidden in broad daylight. THey cannot always be seen, but they are undoubtedly there.

Northrop Plaza: a deeper meaning for students

As many would consider the "Heart" of the University of Minnesota, the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium along with Johnston Hall and Morrill Hall form the "Northrop Plaza" in the Mall area of the Minneapolis Campus. Here, on any given day, can be found students studying, reading, eating, or just engaging in a well deserved power nap. I think that we can all relate. Many students find the Northrop Plaza meaningful in many different aspects. For me, however, it serves a deeper purpose.

The first time I stepped foot in the Mall Area I was intrigued. I felt a sense of tranquility and peacefullness. I think that was because I realized that no matter how many students were there talking and going about their daily duties, the Mall was still quiet. I felt as if the place almost had power over myself and the students. In the center of the Mall Area I found the Northrop Plaza. I find it really easy to get work done here. Getting away from the dorms and away from temptations that may drive me away from doing my homework is the only way that I can successfully study.

Sitting on one of those tables, just gazing up at the beautiful Northrop Memorial Auditorium on a lazy day with the sun beaming down on me, the wind gently blowing across the Mall, with the students coming and going, and the squirrels minding their own business without a care in the world, I feel at peace and one with the campus. I find it fascinating that my surroundings can have such an impact on my life. Expecially my emotions. One reason behind while I feel a connection at the Plaza is because the buildings actually enclose me and make me feel a sense of being cradled. I think one of the major symbols for a university is tall stone columns and old architecture. The place really helps me focus on school and, in a way, forces me to succeed or at least attempt to. If you ever feel like you are just not making any progress on your homework, and it's a nice day outside, I would highly recommend checking it out!