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October 21, 2006

Oppositions

There are many oppositions known to man. Some are just easier to see than others. For example, a man looks at an empty field and decides that he wants to plant it. So he picks up his hoe and works the field; after a while he becomes tired and realizes he is incapable of doing it by himseld, so he invents the plow. He is now able to work many fields in an easy manner. The opposition leads to the creation of a tool.

A person decides to travel from the east coast to the west coast. He/she realizes that there are many miles and much time opposing them, so they decide that instead of walking, they will ride a horse. Eventually the horse doesn't get them to their destination soon enough, so the train is invented. Then the car, then the airplane, and finaly, the supersonic jet.
The supersonic jet is opposed by the air thru which it travels. Therefore it cannot be boxy, it must be aerodynamic and capable of cutting thru air like a knife. The opposition sculpts the form.

Gravity opposes any upward force. The only way to counter it is through the use of a rocket with the capability to produce enough force to escape the Earth's gravitational pull. But even then, it will succumb to the pull of the sun. Gravity is on of the few force's incapable of being countermanded.

October 16, 2006

steel (an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range)

iron--Fe, atomic number 26 (a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood)

The primary difference between steel and iron is that iron is an element and steel is an alloy. To make steel, all you have to do is add carbon.........through a complex process.

Source: http://wordnet.princeton.edu

October 7, 2006

Invisible Phenomena

The simplest thing can be a phenomena. Let's take a look at the garbage system, specifically Pioneer Hall's waste manegement system. Since phenomena contain things, frameworks, and clockworks, I will attempt to analyze the phenomena through these things. First, there are many things in this framework; there is a myriad of jonk tossed every day into the garbage. The different types of garbage all smell different, look different, sound different when dropped, feel different, and I'm sure if tasted, they would taste different.

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All of these things, different types of garbage, make up a framework. They come together in a garbage can repeatedly and often.

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This framework is a clockwork because the garbage receptacles fill up and then empty only to repeat the same process. This event occurs periodically, every day, in Pioneer hall, and continually. This is a phenomena because it has a beginning and end, empty and full, and it has a marked origin and and verifiable completion. It occurs everyday across the world, making it an extremely complex system, a phenomena.

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October 1, 2006

The Genius Loci

Genius Loci: The distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place.

In the massive block of medical buildings immediately to the west of the super-block(pioneer, frontier, territorial, centennial) there is a rather unique site. Nestled in among the cold hard buildings is a small children's playground. It is not the best place for a playground; it's site places it in a position where it only gets 3-4 hours of full sunlight a day, the area it resides in generally feels like a wind tunnel, and it towered over by enormous dark buildings.

While it has very little going for it in many respects, it was genuinely well-intended. It can be a bright spot in the lives of the children who come to the hospital to visit an ailing family member. It can act as a diversion to break them away from all of the pain and suffering they witness in the hospital. Since it can help the children mentally cope with their situation, it is sad that it is located in a dark windy area.

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There are also statues of Charlie Brown and Lucy, childhood symbols, nearby. It is easy to see that they were intended to be used for photographic purposes. They lend the playground yet another feeling of happiness that is lost to most children when they come to the hospital.

Making Friends

At your request that we go out and make more friends I went down the hall and met some of my neighbors. Happy.

The Serenity

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