Tuesday, 27 April 2010
In the article, “Our boys are falling behind in education” by Dottie Lamm, states that boys are falling behind girls academically because of a verbal differences. First, they explained how the girl’s brain is able to become verbally faster by 1½ years as the average boys take 5 years and the average girls take 3½. Though these are the average years, a school in Aurora separated kindergarteners into gender classes and the boys were just as successful as the girls, my feeling is that the verbal difference is not the problem but instead things like the level of care. It seems, also being in a gender class myself, that ever since being separated from girls during English has boosted my care and changed what my attention is on, like school. Then, they say that the world will have a role switch and the women will be in charge based on what is happening in education; however I don’t feel this is true since guys struggle in school because we can’t focus on things we can relate to and once out of education guys can find a career that suits their cares. Obviously, the struggle that guys are said to have can be fixed and just because guys may struggle in school that doesn’t mean that they will fail in life outside of school too.
Monday, 26 April 2010
In the article, “3-D video gaming aspires to become spectacle” by DERRIK J. LANG, the author talks about 3-D graphics being integrated into everything electronic form just watching television or playing video games. First, video gaming in 3-D talking mainly about the costs involved in video games because of the software and technology required. Next, they talked about how much of a technological advancement this would be to the world enhancing how everyone could participate in gaming and plain watching. Last, they sought the future where the uncomfortable 3-D glasses are unnecessary due to the ability to create a replacement of more convenience, like adding a piece of glass to a television to make the 3-D affect. They feel that accomplishing this task is not to far out since they already create games and movies with three dimensional looks that are just not pulled off the screen like the way movies due with the glasses. Though seeing technological advancements is great I feel that it is creating more of a problem since we already have addictions to entertainment this will increase that problem and things like exercise will disappear. Clearly, the future is bright for technological advancements to “enhance” the human’s entertainment.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
In the article, “US Coast Guard: oil leaking from sunken rig” by Yahoo.com, is about how a oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 40 miles off the shore of Louisiana, broke and exploded last Tuesday, April 20, 2010, causing major leaking since that well pumped 336,000 gallons of gas a day. The matter just gets worse since the pipe also broke 5,000 feet deep making repairs hard while 11 workers are still missing. This is a huge issue because for one the environment is getting ruined by the oil leak that as of Saturday having a diameter of 20 miles. Also, the loss of that gas will impact the U.S.A because of how much gas the pump produced for the people.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
In the article, “Racism and homophobia in gaming: Hate speech corrodes online video game experiences” by Nicholas K. Geranios, the reality of what takes place during online gaming is revealed leaving many unhappy and surprisingly its no the violence of the games but the language used in chat. First, the article explains how bad the language is by saying, “The comments would shock parents who may not realize their children are constantly exposed to language that might make a sailor blush.” I know exactly what they mean, having personally experience the language used by game players ranging from racism to just plan cursing. Next, they share their concerns as there are some online game players that might just use that language to fit in with the other millions who play leaving them fearful of punishing someone who didn’t use that language until after they had experienced it online. Last, to finish the article the online services were talking about how they could possibly get rid of the language without breaking the 1st amendment, the right to speech; however many of the punishments would definitely work but were outrageous even for someone poising the minds of other. I personally think the best way to fix the problem is to eliminate the chat from those who can’t keep their chats clean instead of eliminating all of their services. Clearly, the way online video games are used needs to be cleaned up to enhance the gaming experience for all.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
In the article “Roethlisberger could face punishment from NFL” by Greg Bluestein, Ray Henry, and Joe Mandak, talks about the “relations” that, Pittsburg Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger supposedly had in Georgia with a college student. Although it seems he has cleared the legal trouble since there was no conclusive evidence, the league is ready to punish the unacceptable behavior. He has been reminded by fans, coaches, teammates, and commissioners that he will have to work hard to regain their respect and trust. I feel that this is a) very irresponsible and b) immature, but on the other hand I think that this is another case where the pedestal that the celebrities are put on cause the downfall of him/ her in the end. The unfortunate thing is that the non-celebrities create that pedestal just to see how fast and hard they crash and burn.
In the article, “'Surprisingly strong' demand delays iPad abroad” by Ben Patterson, explains how Apple has had to delay the international release of their newest device, the iPad, because of the huge demand in the U.S.A. Some have said that the statement the company has made is total crap since there is no way Apple couldn’t predict that the iPad would be such a success and that Apple isn’t actually out of stock. “Conspiracy” or not the rest of the world will have to wait till the end of May to get an iPad. I personally think that it is cool as an American to get the first chance to get the newest devices but on the other hand I think that it is bull that other countries have to wait while America is getting special treatment.
Friday, 9 April 2010
This week I was surfing the web and came along a site, Spokeo.com, that has found almost all information you can think of for tons of people across the world. This web site just needs a name and you to choose one of the locations for the different matches it found and then it pulls up all the information it has on that name. But this has two major issues, a) if the site has found things like credit card or social security numbers someone could easily steal many peoples idenities and b) how were the creators able to find out the information in the first place. These are scary thougts that this information is so easily accessed and that someone or a group of people are posting all this information on the web for anyone to see.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
In the article, “The Difference between Lecture and Textbook.” by David Warlick, is about a couple of chemistry teachers in California that decided to post a video lecture so that the class could complete what the homework would have originally been in class and the boring lecture as the homework. This lead David into if they are going to make students watch lecture videos why not just read the text book since there is not much of a difference in the material that is in the lecture versus the textbook. However as a student I disagree with the lecture online as a whole because I am stuck in class anyway so I would rather do the boring lecture during the time I am “Trapped” and the fun parts when I am not stuck in an educational situation. Also, if the online lecture was to take place then there is no possibility to ask questions over the subject. I know that teachers think that they cover everything in their lectures but in reality someone always has a question and an online lecture doesn’t leave that opportunity that they previously had. Then, there are students that don’t do their homework when they are doing the most fun parts for homework so putting the boring parts of the class as homework would make more students not do their homework. Over all, I really don’t think that an online lecture for homework is good idea because in the long run the student’s education will decline.