Discussion Post: Week 3
Well, all of us have viewed the first few speakers in Presentation I. What have you seen so far that you liked in those presentations? Can you implement any of those strategies in your own presentations? By the same token, did you see anything that you think you should avoid — cautionary tales, if you will? As for those of you who have already delivered Presentation I, how did you feel about it? Did it go the way you thought it would?
Please, don’t take me out to the ballgame! Last week, Chicago health inspectors uncovered some truly revolting food safety violations at Wrigley Field. Inspectors found 20 critical violations across nine of the 35 food stands checked; three of those booths were subsequently shut down. Perhaps more disturbing is that 20 of the 35 stands had terrible enough violations to earn “F” grades from the inspectors. Among the most notable violations were sausages kept below 140 °F — the “magic number” at which many common bacteria are killed — and an ice machine containing black slime.
Wrigley Field was just the first Chicago stadium hit with a surprise game-day inspection; the others will eventually follow. (In the past, inspections only occurred on off-days, when there weren’t any fans present and buying food.) Still, it’s no wonder the classic baseball snacks are peanuts and Cracker Jacks… they come in sealed packages!
In news beyond this world, scientists are speculating that the iconic American flag planted on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts may have been destroyed by harsh conditions on the moon. The footprints of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin likely still stand (although erosion will wear away those over a few million years, as well), but the nylon flags may have already been eradicated by the temperature cycles and ultraviolet rays over the past four decades. Other space relics will continue to haunt us, though: a dead and out-of-control NASA satellite is expected to plummet to Earth over the next few weeks, but no one is sure exactly when or where it will occur. The satellite, which weighs almost 12,500 pounds and is roughly the size of a school bus, should fall sometime in late September according to current estimates. Coincidentally, that’s right before Russia hopes to complete its investigations of last month’s Soyuz rocket crash and resume manned flights to the International Space Station. Transport missions could continue as soon as early- to mid-October if Russian officials conclude that the crash was an isolated incident.
In light of this somber occasion, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, I’m going to forego any political discussion this week, myself. It’s certainly worth noting the events of ten years ago, though, and what people are doing to remember it today. Everyone affected by the disaster seems to have a different way of dealing with it. Many of those infants who lost their parents now only wish they could have met them, while other New Yorkers just want to move on with their lives, not let a tragedy define them. A new art show dedicated to the attacks portrays everything but a depiction of the day in question. Over the past decade, over a million Americans have visited the much-reputed chain link fence near Flight 93’s crash site in Pennsylvania, leaving an array of personal tributes, including a Vietnam veteran’s Purple Heart and a child’s note that said, “Now I understand why my dad’s at war.”
Today, even as threats of an anniversary attack loom, thousands will attend a special dedication in New York City. Professional football players across the NFL will wear special equipment to honor America (the NFL granted players a rare exception to its apparel policies), as will professional baseball players, and cities and states across the nation are preparing their own ceremonies. On a smaller, but just as significant scale, we can be certain that families around the country will take this opportunity to come together and express how important family is, particularly when so many families were torn apart just ten short years ago. In short, the tenth anniversary of the attacks brings with it an array of scattered and intertwined means toward remembrance, just as diverse as the people themselves who remember the tragedy.
I’m sure most of us recall exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful morning. While we may move on with our lives, let us never forget the moments that changed our world.
That’s all for this week. You know the drill by now.
Other articles of interest:
Video: Dynamo Minsk’s hockey funeral for Lokomotiv crash victims
Video: Coastal Carolina coach demands a locker room full of dogs
Man dressed as Gumby tries to rob store
British rapper nabs Marty McFlys–for $37,500
Office 365, Google Docs go down again, could give pause to the cloud-wary
Hotmail Disruption Sparks User Protests
Sprint Cancels Store Leave, Confirms iPhone 5 Launch Window [REPORT]
Graphic novel shows how Steve Jobs got his groove back
New Fossils May Redraw Human Ancestry
New study finds dolphins produce sounds in a similar way to humans