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November 27, 2006

Technopoly is the idea that everything that is invented or introduced changes everything in society. There are intentions that may be clear, along with certain side effects that may happen gradually.
The guitar is one technology that was designed to have a positive impact on society. It was meant to produce appealing sounds and bring joy to people. On the flip side it has contributed to capitalism through encouraging competition through records sales and concerts. Not to say that is a bad thing, but it does happen. It has changed the way people incorporate music into there lives. Maybe it was the record companies that really encouraged capitalism. They were definitely encouraged by this instrument in the age of Rock and Roll.

It has had an impact on be personally for the past few months. The tenant living upstairs from me plays and screeches day and night. He has immediate satisfaction from playing, which I think was probably one of the ideas behind the invention, I believe his roommates do too. Why else would they put up with it? He does not realize the effects is has on others in the area. Many nights I do not get a good nights rest because of this. The sound travels clearly into my bedroom. This causes me to be tired and crabby the next day, potentially affecting others I interact with. I also do not do my work as effectively as I may have if well rested. What if I had the potential to do something for the world and did not achieve it because I missed an opportunity to learn something pivotal this semester. The world could suffer because I didn’t learn because I was exhausted from the guy upstairs pounding out tunes on an instrument design to bring pleasure to the world. Or maybe I should just go have a talk with him.

November 8, 2006

Math and me

As I look around me I see many things that were designed. All of them incorporate math into them in one way or another. Some in very basic ways like a straight dimension. Hey thats math, pretty basic but it's math. As I look deeper I see more complex designs with more complex mathematics involved.

Cars use a great deal of math in the design process. From dimensions to axle diameters to horsepower, to torque. All the variables must be able to work together for it to function at its best. If one element is overlooked axles may snap, or engines may blow.

Math and design goes a long ways back in history. Math can be used to calculate the minimum needed to accomplish a goal. As structures became larger weapons became larger. To take technology to the next level some calculations must have been necessary. They appear to have got something right in this design.
I also found a company that uses math to make images. I am sure they use some sort of software to make the image but, the soft uses and was created using mathematics. See if you can see the boat below (which uses math in the hull, and sails).

Here are a couple images that are aesthetically pleasing. They appear to be mathematical, likely because of the geometric shapes.
stone rectangles perspective.jpg