Archive | March 2013

Technological Evolution

After years of technology going beyond our imagination, it has come to the time of either adapting or being left behind. About a year ago, I visited a library near my community. After checking out a pile of novels, I settled down beside the computer to do some work. The man beside me called for assistance.
“Ma’am, how do you sign into the Internet and create an email?”
Everyone around him peered over his or her screens. He looked as though he was in his late forties with grey strands hidden in his thinning, dark hair.
Her question was the same one that filled my mind. “Have you ever used a computer before?”
He swayed his head from side-to-side. “I try not to. I believe that technology will be the end of us.”
And there you have it. A prime example of when humanity allows for a rejection of advancement to be the end of their existence – a way in which they cease to exist to the rest of the world. While it may seem that technology tears society apart, through intensive research done by BBC News it opposes the idea and emphasizes the importance of being technology savvy. In Hi-Tech Brings Families Together it turns out that families that use technology to their advantage, such as phones or Skype, are closer than those who don’t use it at all.
While infatuations with pixels can go off the beaten path, like any other matter in this world – food, exercise and traditions – moderation is key. However, with any change we must embrace what it brings with a positive outlook or be remembered only as fossils from a distant age.

Prompt: In a poem of no more than 20 lines, describe an organism that learned to camouflage and adapt.

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Meeting Mother Nature in the Middle

As a nation under God, we wonder what it will take to stabilize the economy. While the unemployment rate has been slowly decreasing, the slight improvements have been overshadowed by inflation. In particular, the rising gas may be convincing enough for the citizens to encourage the government to depend solely on the United State’s oil reserves. However, with the documentaries, such as Gasland directed by Josh Fox, lingering in the minds of mother-nature lovers there stands the question of what may be a necessary sacrifice. Which is more important in the long-run, the ever-increasing gas prices or the preservation of America’s nature? With one simple solution, this either-or problem can be solved.
If the law that former President George Bush levied in 2005 is re-enacted, then companies that drill oil will have to take greater measures to prevent oil leaking into water sources. The method that these companies use, hydraulic fracturing, sets a machine to drill and shake the land to create a flow of oil. Without cautionary measures the oil infuses into water that thousands of citizens are dependent on for drinking, cooking and bathing. In many recorded cases, the water then becomes combustible and vulnerable to illness. If millions of Americans are heard, then a law should be enacted to ensure that these companies will take cautionary measures and concoct a safer method that will allow the same result without polluting our water.
While communities throng together to voice out their opinions and exercise their right to rally against their land being destroyed, it seems as though they are being ignored. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, in Illinois people have congregated to have their unified opinion against hydraulic fracturing be heard. Instead of feeling united and strong, they sense that their legislatures are voting opposite of the public’s opinion.
What government office holders should remember is that they are meant to serve the country. The first to hold office, the Founders, clearly carved the ideology that government is meant to follow what the people want not vice versa. What the people, also, are meant to bear in mind is that with the continuation of support and rallying their exists the possibility of meeting in the middle.

Prompt: In a short story of no more than 700 words, describe what one of your secondary characters would fight for.

Take Five

It’s only lunch by the time you reach for your first Coca-Cola, second Red Bull, or third cup of coffee. Your energy is shriveling at the rate it takes your pen to fall from your desk. Rather than swallow a Whopper or toss a bag of Skittles into your mouth for a quick burst of energy, what your body yearns for is a natural way of re-energizing – a nap.
Studies from the National Sleep Foundation show that more companies are progressively separating off rooms and leaving in comfortable chairs so their employees can take a rest they desperately deserve. According to a Forbes article, Some are even taking inventory of “Sleeping Pods” that range from $700 to $13,000. These comfortable bed-like seats have extra cushion and can vibrate and wake the person up at the designated time inputted. However, sometimes not even these neat gadgets can convince a workaholic to snooze.
If you’re feeling guilty about taking some time for yourself, you are not alone. Whether it’s the fact that your job is your life’s passion or your just trying to make end’s meat, Americans in general are committed to clocking in their hours. More likely than not, if the boss insinuates that a meeting will be later than usual the plans for dinner on a Friday night fly out of the window. If an assignment is shy of finishing touches by the time midnight has come around, you’ll pull in the extra hours to get it just right. While these spur of the moments oblige you to stay up longer than usual, making these scenarios a habit isn’t good for your health. With a few extra minutes of resting, not only will your body feel better but you will also. With a good night’s rest or a nap midday, the body contains lower blood pressure and your mind is better refreshed for problem-solving.
Another point workaholics must consider is that the hours that the workplace require now-in-days has skyrocketed. Never have people in the United States collectively put in more time at work. With the threat of people losing their jobs because they want to make it to the dinner table on time rather than pull another all-nighter at the office, the least CEO’s can do is help their employees work better.
With executives from the Huffington Post and Google instilling these restful opportunities, it leads by example what companies from around the country need to do.

Prompt: Write a poem no longer than twenty lines where you describe a scenario that takes five minutes.