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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Battle Fought with not only our Fist, but also our Minds!


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      When a conflict occurs people are changed by it. Those changes consist of their reputation, their finance, and their land, but before we start talking about we also have to go over the external and internal conflicts and how the people are affected by that. Internal conflicts are build around how the human mind, or the mind of a living creature, reacts to certain scenarios. For instance, a spy will have to solve the conflicts he faces in his mind and to the people around him since they are his enemy. An internal conflict is basically someone trying to solve a conflict in their head. On the other hand, external conflicts are centered around man vs man or man vs animal, vice-versa. Which is demonstrated through fighting, battles, and raids. When either an internal or an external conflict occurs the man that is undergoing could suffer from their reputation, in which their name falls under, "the man who failed" demonstrating a person who failed at their task. To continue on, people's finance could be decreased too because they have to spend money on their external conflict (protection, materials, shelter) or spend medication on their internal conflict (Drugs, medicine). Not to mention, that person could also lose owned land. This could happen when his or her country is conquered in war and is taken over by enemies. Or the person makes the wrong financial decision resulting in bankruptcy or lack of money. On the other hand, some conflicts could be fortunate for the person, for instance, the person reputation could enlarge if the person earns an achievement in war or a gain in land because he or she occupies newly conquered land. Overall people can be can be changed by conflicts in a positive and in a negative way. 
     The internet is very recent invention, but none the less it has impacted society more than ever. Both positive and in negative ways, some include but not limited to, easy ways to find answers to your questions, easier to communicate (long range, before the internet you had to write postcards now you merely have to send an email and the person on the other side of the globe will receive it in seconds). Also illegal software is free to download resulting in lesser spending (music, games, education programs, etc.), important for companies to advertise online, it's an efficient way to work; if you're sick you can still follow the lesson at home because of the internet or if you want to spend a day on and not miss work (work at home and still see your family even though you’re working.) The internet has also resulted in am improvement in organisation. Though the internet does have its cons too. The internet is responsible for altering the social behaviour, habits and abilities of people (especially children are often badly influenced by the internet). Less talking and interaction amongst the family because they are surfing the internet. Meeting bad influences on the internet which to contributes to drastic change in behaviour. Less security. (You have to buy antivirus programs and update them to preventing your computer from being hacked and all your personal information being read. Including pin. People could blackmail you with this.) Also, children will know more about the “technical world than the real world” meaning that they know how to do simple chores. considering these pros and cons of the internet I predict that the internet will improve society through communication and work.

Are You Proud of Your Country?

     Throughout my unit about economics, I learned about the economic terms of three countries. These terms were, the GNP per capita, unemployment rate, inflation rate, and natural resources. In my learning, I applied these economic terms to my three countries the US, Spain and Mongolia. After a few days of research, I found all the information necessary to create an infographic demonstrating my learning. After gathering, I put the information into different graphs which ended up in my infographic.


     What I have learned about infographics is that they represent information in creative but informative way. The factors that make an infographic shine are shape, size, color and text. My latest infographic is better than previous one because I understand the concept of it more. For instance, in my previous infographic I saw infographics as another replacement for google slides. Basically a slide with pictures and a bit of text, but now I see that differently. Infographics represent a more interesting way to present data to me now.

    If I wanted to attract the audiences attention with my presentation I would do that in various ways, including but not limited to, a nice background making my image pop out. Images that represent my presentation and are pleasing to look at, images like, clip art, landscapes, portraits or famous arichtectuel buildings. Also, if possible, bring props to my presentation and hand them out to the audience the capture their full attention. If I had to go in further depth talking about my presentation skills, I would base that around my enthusiasm while presenting. When I present I think it's important keep the audience engaged and interested in my topic, which I carry out through speaking enthusiastically. After researching about my unit, I didn't just learn about it but I also learned how to present.
https://magic.piktochart.com/output/6176090-are-you-proud-of-your-country


Thursday, May 7, 2015

An Informative Unit!

     

     In our world, there are about 40 years left until our natural resources run out, and leaves little time remaining. Natural resource depletion is split into three categories, net forest depletion, energy depletion and mineral depletion. Net forest depletion is the rent times the excess of round wood harvest over natural growth. It covers wood, plants and animals. It basically means more forest disappears than grows back. Energy resource depletion is the reduction of coal, oil and natural gas. Mineral Depletion covers tin, gold, lead, zinc, iron, copper, nickel, silver, steel, bauxite (used to make aluminum) and phosphate. Plants, animals and wood all suffer from net forest depletion. The main cause for this is urbanization, illegal logging and agriculture. In fact, urbanization, illegal logging, and agriculture have resulted in 18 million acres of forest cut down annually.The consequences of these cut down trees are; soil erosion, global warming (caused by rise of greenhouse gasses), extinction of species, loss of biodiversity, flooding, drought and depletion of plants that could be the solution to deadly illnesses like cancer. In 1850, before commercial production of oil began, there were about 2 trillion barrels of oil in the ground. By about the year 2010, half of that oil had been consumed! Leaving only about 1 trillion barrels of oil in the earth. This demonstrates how fast our resource are being consumed and how fast our population is growing. Mineral depletion is the depletion of the minerals I mentioned before. The main reason behind this all is higher demand for them and industrial bloom. These minerals are not wasted because they're either too expensive, too rare or too valuable.
     Some governments say that solar energy is the perfect renewable energy to compensate for our depletion of natural resources and in the follow few sentences I will explain why this isn't a solution. Annual global energy consumption in 2005 was approximately 500 EJ (exajoule, 10 to the 18th or a 1 with 18 zero’s), of which 20% by the US. I know this does not say much, but the 2011 Tsunami in Japan produced 1.4 EJ. So to meet current energy wants by using solar power, then, we would need an array with a size of 500/33,000 x 36 million km2, which is about 550,000 km2. A machine the size of France. The production and maintenance of this array would require vast quantities of hydrocarbons, metals, and other materials resulting in a very expensive and tiring process. Solar power will, therefore, do little to solve the world’s energy problems. Even though it’s renewable energy source, but what can we do to solve the problem?
      We could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by buying energy efficient appliances. Cycle, walk or use public transportation instead of using a car. Use more recycled products. Buy secondhand. Participate in conservation projects. Turn off all appliances (electrical and water) when not in use. Harvest rainwater when you can and use it for cleaning, the toilet or watering your plants. As for governments, they could promote more bicycle paths to push people out of their cars which will reduce the petrol consumption. This happened in the Netherlands. This affected its country because cars were used less frequently. This is a great example that other countries should follow too. Meaning that, slowly but surely we'll overcome natural resource depletion or at leat slow the process.
     If I had to apply a solution to this world issue, it would be something simple that many people will be able to do. This could be things like I mention before, turn off electrical or water appliances when not in use. Buy products second hand or used hand me downs more often instead of buying new ones. If everyone did this, natural resource depletion will go down at a much faster rate. My learning I experienced during this project was immense. I now know so much more about this topic that I believe many other people should be encouraged in doing something similar too. The natural resource depletion unit was an informative, fun and shocking unit to learn. After completing my research, I realized how important this issue actually is and how little the outside world knows about it.

Presentation:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LcpZgRSKqiMmEhXw3sCvni02YpJHmMfKaLULSMTg8T8/edit#slide=id.p
Works Cited
"Depletion of Key Resources: Facts at Your Fingertips." Depletion of Key Resources: Facts at Your Fingertips. Web. 08 May 2015. <http://www.culturechange.org/cms/content/view/597/1/>.
"Consequences of Depletion of Natural Resources." - The World Counts. Web. 08 May 2015. <http://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/consequences_of_depletion_of_natural_resources>.