Discussion Post: Week 11

Presentation II is in the books! After viewing your presentation video, how do you feel about your performance? Did you see an improvement from Presentation I? What adaptations will you be planning for our next set of presentations?

Let’s start this week’s post with some local news. On Thursday afternoon, a helicopter crash in a central Indiana cornfield resulted in minor injuries for the aircraft’s six passengers. Foul weather forced the pilot to divert from the planned Indianapolis-Fort Wayne route and attempt to make it to Noblesville Airport, but the helicopter crashed on its side before reaching its destination. No one, thankfully, was seriously hurt, as everyone escaped before the helicopter burst into flames. On the political front, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says that a new federal bill would void the state’s Do Not Call registry. According to Zoeller, House Resolution 3035, also known as the Mobile Information Call Act, would permit recorded message phone calls (or “robo-calls”) that are currently barred by the Do Not Call list and represent some of the most aggravating forms of phone solicitation. In better news for the state, Indiana’s new voucher program is officially the most successful first-year school voucher program in America’s history, and the state also holds the sixth-best business climate in the nation despite projections of tepid job growth over the next few years. Finally, Simon Property Group Inc. is suing the state of Indiana for failing to collect state taxes on online sales through sites like Amazon.com, saying that the state’s inaction gives online retailers an unfair advantage over traditional businesses, like Simon’s many malls. The lawsuit may have no effect, though, since a 1992 Supreme Court ruling “effectively bars states from collecting taxes from most online operations.

A Japanese official gave frightening new meaning to the phrase “don’t drink the water” this week. On March 11, as you’ll recall, the Fukushima power plant failed, resulting in severe nuclear contamination throughout the region. After several months of decontamination work, Yasuhiro Sonoda, the parliamentary spokesman for the cabinet office, tried to convince journalists that contamination levels around the plant were back to low levels during a Tuesday press conference. The reporters asked him to prove it. With nervousness evident in his shaking hands, Sonoda drank a glass of water taken from pools around the plant. Time will tell if the water was indeed as clean as Sonoda’s figures indicated, but video of his water-drinking experience is proving worthy entertainment for millions in the meantime. It’s hardly the first time a politician has engaged in a public-relations stunt to allay public fears. We’ll see how well this one works, particularly given the discovery of xenon gases near the plant on Tuesday. (Officials insist that the plant has not gone into a critical state, but say instead that the xenon resulted from “natural” nuclear fission.) In any case, the Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to dispose of the water by pumping it into the sea, hence why the public is so concerned about whether it’s really as clean as officials say. We’ll have plenty of time to assess the decontamination efforts as they progress, since the full project is expected to take decades.

Climate change skeptics were handed a bit more ammunition for their arguments this week, as a new book claims that many key papers in the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), which largely dictates environmental policy in governments around the world, were written “not by the foremost experts in the field, but by graduate students with little or no experience in their field of study.” The book’s author, Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise, said that “We’ve been told that [the IPCC] is a responsible business man in a three-piece suit, but it turns out it’s a sloppily dressed teenager — a spoiled brat that can’t be trusted.” According to the expose, many of the authors lacked so much as a Master’s degree, and some had never even been published through a peer-reviewed outlet. (In contrast, both of your COM 315 instructors hold Master’s degrees and have long since seen their names in peer-reviewed print.) As critics of the theory have gone on the offensive, other scientists, journalists, and politicians are sticking to their conclusions, noting environmental changes like the birth of a gigantic iceberg while working to broker an international policy agreement to combat greenhouse gases.

Okay, let’s step away from these tense topics for a bit and consider something a bit more fun… and a bit more otherworldly. Science fiction buffs may recognize the term “tractor beam” from its ostensible origins in E. E. Smith’s Skylark of Space book series and from novels, comics, movies, and television shows ever since. Well, NASA is working to make it a reality. A team of NASA scientists won a $100,000 grant to study three experimental means of creating just such a device. One wonders long will it be until we can just beam into class. While we wait, we may also want to keep an eye out for the asteroid due to zip past the earth this Tuesday. It’s not supposed to hit the planet, but it will be inside the orbit of the moon, close enough for some rare observation. To be fair, asteroids come this close to the earth this frequently, but this one is particularly large, at around 400 meters in diameter. That’s roughly the size of an aircraft carrier. The last time an asteroid that big came this close to earth was in 1976, and it’s not expected to happen again until 2028. Of course, there are plenty of things out there that we can’t as easily see, like the “invisible” stars that some NASA scientists claim to have found. They’ve also been observing stellar phenomena a little closer to home: in particular, the recent solar flares from our own sun have them fascinated. On the other side of the solar system, scientists are claiming that if life ever existed on Mars, it was likely underground, which would explain why the Mars rovers haven’t found any clear signs of sentient life. Perhaps they went underground for the water. In any case, Russia’s space program is continuing to move forward, as the country’s new robot cargo ship docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday. A group of Russian volunteer astronauts staged a mock return to earth on Friday after a 520-day isolation period designed as a mock mission to Mars. Who knows, maybe Boeing will provide the means to actually take us to the red planet one day. Perhaps we should just be thankful to be alive, though. While some scientists are celebrating the apparent discovery of complex organic matter in the universe, others are speculating that life may only exist on earth because of irregularities in the laws of physics — in other words, they conjecture that the “laws” are not constant across the universe, and that we only happen to exist in a region where those laws are especially suited to support life. If true, that conjecture would break virtually every scientific principle ever accepted as fact.

Once the World Series was over, I planned to stop bringing up the St. Louis Cardinals on the blog for awhile. Really, I did. Then Tony La Russa announced that he was leaving on a high note, becoming the first manager in Major League Baseball history to end his career by winning it all. For La Russa, who won three titles as a manager, this retirement was not a snap decision — St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak, among other team executives, knew about it since August. Apparently La Russa’s plan was to announce his retirement to the team as soon as they were eliminated from contention, which of course never quite happened. With that said, St. Louis’ decisive Game 7 win might not be La Russa’s final game as a big-league manager. As you may know, tradition dictates that the managers of the two World Series competitors face off once again during the following season’s All-Star Game, so La Russa may represent the National League against the Texas Rangers’ Ron Washington and the American League in 2012. While the Cardinals began their search for a new manager on Thursday, their 67-year-old former leader may have already found his next calling… as an elephant keeper, of all things.

That’s plenty for this week. Have at it!

Other articles of interest:
Dutch social psychologist found to have faked data
Robot created to test chemical weapons gear
Protesters rally in Oakland, shut port operations
Oakland protests turn violent, 80 arrests
Kim Kardashian: “Intuition” led to divorce
Justin Bieber denies paternity claim
With no labor talks scheduled, NBA owners, players remain quiet
During NBA lockout, only battles are happening in wrong kind of court
Dodgers Headed to Bankruptcy Court Auction
Cops probe Texas judge seen beating daughter in YouTube video
Judge Says Daughter’s Beating was ‘Discipline’
Anger over Palestinian prisoner swap escalates
US Report Blasts China, Russia for Cybercrime
Duqu worm looms as ‘next big cyber threat’
Apple’s iTV, Steve Jobs’s last project, may transform home entertainment
Apple says iOS 5 causes battery problems, fix promised
Ballmer didn’t kill tablets at Microsoft; the truth is much worse than that
Microsoft to patch critical Windows 7 bug in ‘upside down’ update next week
Google Keeps Searches Fresh With Algorithm Update
“Do a Barrel Roll” on Google, and You Won’t Be Disappointed
Removing Deadbeat Cells Slows Aging in Mice and May Spare Humans
Loneliness linked to restlessness, disruptive sleep
One million people without power in Northeast storm aftermath
Lawyers: Not all Indiana stage collapse claims will be paid

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57 responses to “Discussion Post: Week 11”

  1. James He (@He42) says :

    Radiation contamination is really a big scare. I wonder how nuclear contamination will affect us in the future. From my understanding there are even nuclear plants in the mid west region next to the great lakes. It would be quite devastating if contamination of 20% of the world’s fresh water happened.
    Not to be superstitious or anything, but economic crisis, nuclear contamination, and other misfortunes can’t help but make us think what will happen in 2012.

  2. rotosteckel says :

    I was not happy with the way my Presentation II turned out. Note to self: do not try to condense a topic you need hours at a time to talk about down into 4 minutes.

    Watching Sonoda drink the supposedly safe water brings to mind three possibilities. 1.) He is insanely confident in the information and the team that claims the water is safe. 2.) It’s not actually water from the reactor. 3.) He doesn’t know for sure but is willing to put himself at risk to calm the public (who may also be at risk). Is it sad that 2/3 of these options do not point down the “happy/trustworthy” line?

    Gotta say, the tractor beam has me insanely enthused, especially if it does eventually lead to teleportation, I’ve always wondered that, if our body is transported from one point to another, what happens to our consciousness? Does it go along for the ride? Get stuck at the original point? Cease to exist because its physical container was momentarily destroyed? We’re certainly living in the future, though I’m suddenly reminded of a Firefly quote.
    Wash: Psychic though? That sounds a bit too much like science fiction.
    Zoe: We live in a space-ship dear.
    Wash: …so?

  3. jkambic says :

    Concerning the IPCC,

    This isn’t the only time the IPCC has proven to be untrustworthy, though this information coming to light makes even more sense of the previous event, in which it was published that the results they were providing had been calculated logarithmically when in fact the relationship was linear, resulting in grossly inflated results [500-2000%]. This is absolutely ammunition, and the reason this is so important, is because focusing on the wrong thing could have severe environmental repercussions. Consider the hybrid cars that are being made with the SOLE intent of reducing CO2 emissions. the batteries used in the ford focus, and the process used to make them are SO much worse fro the environment than any c02 emissions that are being released. and the damage these are doing is nearly permanent. Consider as well that plants require CO2 to live and produce oxygen. CO2 is NOT A POLLUTANT. It is also currently at the lowest levels it’s ever been. EVER. 5 times less than during the Jurassic period. what’s more, Methane is 10 times as potent of a green house gas as Carbon dioxide, and water vapor is 100 times more potent. SO, unless you can control when it is humid or rains, you are pretty much just spitting into the ocean.

    On that note, The Oceans and currents which bring warm water from the equator north have significantly larger effect on melting of icecaps than any sort of gas could have. If you’d like an example of this, take 2 ice cubes and melt one by running warm water over it, and the other with a hair dryer. see which one melts first. Consider the amount of energy required to effect temperature changes in water vs air.

    Besides that, the earth goes through NATURAL cycles. We have glacial and interglacial periods. We’ve been in an interglacial period for some time now, and are approaching the end of the cycle — it could be in the next 100 years or 2,000 . We can’t accurately predict it [yet?] but it is arrogant to assume that WE are the driving and only force behind this.

    Our efforts would be entirely better spent if we focused on removing pollutants and reducing the amount of pollutants that we produce, because those ARE harmful to the environment without a doubt.

    Some references for your perusal:

    please just check this one out:
    http://www.petitionproject.org/

    Concerning the IPCC’s other failure as referenced above:
    http://www.aps.org/units/fps/newsletters/200807/monckton.cfm

    What actually causes global warming [a little older but entirely relevant]:
    http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2002-06/when-will-next-ice-age-occur

    I guess the big key is don’t take what I or anyone else says at face value, particularly not commercials, or UN panels staffed be under-qualified “professionals.” Do your own research and make an informed decision.

  4. dparkerr says :

    It is now that time of year, “No Shave November”; but what really is No Shave November? It is actually officially called “Movember” (http://us.movember.com/) and its purpose is to raise awareness for men’s health, more specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that effect men everywhere. Movember got its start in Melborne, Austraila and now men throughout the world now participate in Movember. Movember educates and establishes good habits with men’s health. In 2010, Movmeber raised over 7.5 million dollars. It is supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. So when people start to complain about No Shave November, remind them that this actually has a history and supports a good cause, very closely related to October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

  5. fiddlestix22 says :

    In response to “Cops probe Texas judge seen beating daughter in YouTube video” and “Judge Says Daughter’s Beating was ‘Discipline” I think it is pretty obvious that this is an example of child abuse. This is no longer discipline, but a man who has lost his temper and is taking it out severely on a child. Someone with this background should not be sitting on cases of child abuse. How can someone have an unbiased opinion on the subject (as a judge should) if he believes that this kind of behavior is okay?

  6. Chris Reed says :

    derek,
    good call, movember.

    the unshaven one.
    (yes i spent time on this)

  7. bkershey says :

    The sale of the LA Dodgers is an extremely underrated story going on right now. Not only is it the sale of what has been historically a top professional team and the potential to be a large-market powerhouse, but the sale includes more than just the team. $1 billion price tag also include valued land that is in the discussion to be the desired location for a new LA football stadium.

    How the sale will take place is also interesting. Major League Baseball likes to select its team owners, much more so than any other professional sports league. However, with the bankruptcy playing a role in the sale of the Dodgers, the league may have no control over the new owner if the sale is conducted as an auction, which is presumed to be the case.

  8. Derek Stewart says :

    I never realize how much I take for granted drinking water out of my faucet or just being able to walk outside and breath fresh air. I hope the best for the people in Japan regarding the xenon contamination as living in fear of drinking can be very scary. As far as the helicopter accident, all I can say is I’m glad I fly fixed-wing aircraft so I can glide the plane down if in an emergency. First fallen debris, now an asteroid! I’m glad to know it won’t be coming anywhere close to earth’s atmosphere and hope we can see it on Tuesday! I just got the Iphone 4S and am falling in love with Siri. With that said, the battery life is less than I expected, but I have faith in Apple to fix the problem in due time!

  9. rudyv12 says :

    My presentation went well I thought. When i first selected the topic, I was weary as to how I could make it relate to other students in the college of technology, because the software is only used by electrical engineers. As the presentations started I began to see more connections between my topic and the other topics of fellow classmates. I was then able to bring other presentations into my presentation and have my audience relate to my topic. Overall, I think I did a good job of bringing it all together.

  10. burnscp says :

    I remember seeing the breaking news story on thursday night about that helicopter crash. Like it was said in the original post, it was very fortunate that no one was seriously injured. Considering how bad the conditions got I think the pilot did a great job handling the situation. Once he knew the helicopter was going down he searched for a large empty field to crash land in. He avoided various housing developments and crashed in a level and safe area and because of this everyone survived. It’s good to see the bright side of an unfortunate event.

  11. bmasuoka says :

    When reading the topic about “NASA” scientists creating laser beams I didn’t quite understand because I thought NASA was shutdown? Maybe someone could clear that up for me. Otherwise, I hope that those scientists are able to build some sort of “tractor beam” or possibly find some other helpful things when implementing this study that could help us humans. I would just hate to see $100,000 dollars go to waste. I also had no clue that an asteroid was suppose to be going past the earth, I hope I’ll remember and be able to see that when it happens because I’m sure I’ll only have 1 or 2 more chances of that happening again in my life.

    • cengland42 says :

      The space shuttle program was the only NASA program that shut down. There are many more programs that NASA is doing but the low orbit space shuttle programs cost a lot of money with little return. The program stopped receiving federal money to fund its research and now requires the use of private donations if it wanted to stay afloat.

  12. gregalles says :

    I do believe my second presentation went better than the first for me judging from how I felt presenting it, but I guess the video will be the final judge once I get around to the self-evaluation. Even without looking at that, I know I felt much more comfortable giving this second speech, mostly due to the fact I know most of the kids in the class now to a small extent so presenting in front of you guys/girls isn’t near as terrifying as it was in the beginning. It was also a topic I had quite a bit of a background on due to my studies at Purdue, so it really helped me being prepared by knowing and caring a lot about my subject. Here’s to hoping presentations 3 and 4 go even better!

  13. Merry Hetzer says :

    My second presentation went better than the first I personally feel like. I had more visual aids this time so I tried not stand by the stand very much, but I don’t think I did very good with following through with it. My topic may have been too difficult for the time limit I was given. I think I ran over in time a little bit but I think my visuals and explanation was strong enough to cover that. I enjoyed doing the second presentation. I’m having trouble finding a good topic for the next one cause the time limit is longer and the topic is kind of confusing.

  14. falkhali says :

    Do a barrel roll, amongst other Google easter eggs, make internet browsing incredibly entertaining. I always thought Google has done a good job at creating fun easter eggs within their services. Like making the search page tilt, activating a flight simulator on google earth, or making google translate beatbox for you.

  15. bcozza says :

    As if the powerful earthquake and correspondingly destructive tsunami that struck Japan last spring were not catastrophic enough, the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues to add to the incomprehensibility of the destruction. Even for a country as earthquake-prepared and tsunami-readied as Japan, the damage resulting from this display of nature’s strength was and is overwhelming. Complicating initial and long-term recovery efforts, the lethal release of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear facility and accompanying contamination of the surrounding land and sea threaten the health and viability of generations of Japanese citizens. Even as government and industry officials labor to ease the fears of weary Japanese citizens, reports of enduring challenges at the troubled nuclear facility in northeastern Japan undermine such efforts and contribute to the unfathomable magnitude of the disaster.

    • meshiach0machshevi says :

      Yeah, radiation poisoning sucks. I feel sorry for the people over there. The earthquake and tsunami were bad enough, but there’s something really scary about poison that lingers in the land and the water for year causing illness. I just wish them the best and hope something like that never happens again.

  16. vmgray says :

    I feel that the Justin Beiber situation is a little fishy. However, there is a possibility. The girl is saying that in 30 secs she and justin made a child. This will be very negative for the teen generation. With the rise in teen pregnancy, this could make it rise higher.

    However, I hope that this girl isn’t just trying to set him up. That would be horrible for him.

  17. macupp says :

    That was some good information derek. It’s good to know i won’t be growing a beard this November for no reason.

  18. tsamadif says :

    I think Presentation II went a lot better than Presentation I. I believe everyone’s presentations are becoming increasingly better as we move on through the class. I noticed everyone doing a lot better on their visuals on presentation II as well as trying to use a lot of better speaking skills they have picked up through evaluations in the class. For presentation III, I know I am going to continue to try and improve the parts of my presentations that have been lacking. I am also going to try and introduce humor to this presentation which might prove to make my presentation more conversational. In the past, it seems that presenters who make their presentations conversational and entertaining, do the best at speaking because they are comfortable and collected. I will definitely try to do this on my next presentation.

  19. mfbecks says :

    I’m glad to see that a manned mission to Mars is still in the plans for the future and that all space exploration has not been given up. I think that a manned mission to Mars would be just another astronomical achievement for mankind and a great way for us to learn more about the vast universe that exists outside of our planet. I think it’s something that can be achieved and will be in sometime. I only hope that its another Boilermaker to set foot on the Red Planet first, just another achievement for our great university. It shows our dedication to knowledge as we try to broaden our horizons by exploring not only our own planet but stepping out into the vast emptiness of space to learn more about the universe as well as ourselves as living beings.

  20. jordanthielker12345 says :

    In response to the Eurocopter EC130 crash I must admit I am surprised that no one was seriously injured. I mean lets be honest, there isn’t a lot of safety systems in a helicopter. Subtract the airbags and you literally have a seat belt and a cushy chair when you hit the ground going 50 knots. I’m just glad the pilot was able to avoid any loss of life. The article really didn’t go into detail about the incident as to cause or why the aircraft caught fire whilst in a rain storm/bad weather. But I think the lesson learned here is that helicopters are sub-par and everyone should fly on planes. The End.

    • begardner says :

      I think the main issue with this crash was operating a VFR aircraft in instrument conditions. While there are helicopters that are IFR certified, it is quite difficult to attain. While the pilot may have put the aircraft down in a position to allow everyone to get out, it was only (probably) necessary due to his own ineptitude. From the pictures and the eye witness reports, the aircraft was operating when it landed, as in it was not doing an autorotation, which leads me to believe he really did just get himself into a stick situation. Helicopters are not sub-par, they simply serve a different mission. In this case, the trip could have easily been flown with a fixed-wing aircraft, however there are some scenarios where fixed-wing aircraft simply cannot be used.

  21. jamoliah says :

    Ah man, I can’t stand solicitations over the phone! Luckily cell phones are nearly never called and lets be honest, it won’t be long before we forget what land lines even are. Email can also be annoying, but most emails have the option to unsubscribe from the messaging list conveniently displayed. But all of this is thanks to the legislation that makes it rather convenient to get away from these forced advertisements. I don’t see how any attempts to change these laws would be popular enough to make it through a vote though….

  22. Jillian Straub says :

    I believe my second presentation went well, but not as well as I would have liked. I would have liked more time to rehearse, but it has been a very rough semester for me with lots of distractions. I think I did fix a few things I noticed from my first presentation, but of coarse found new things that bothered me,

  23. Chelsea Berryman says :

    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-ivy-tech-mourn-instructor-ivy-tech-faculty-students-mourn-death-of-instructor-20111103,0,2578495.column

    This past week has been very disturbing. I was at a local campus this past Wednesday to sign up for a distance learning class when ambulances and firetrucks stormed onto the Ivy Tech Lafayette Campus. Come to find out, a professor (age 36) fell off the 80 foot tower to his death while his students witnessed him trying to show them how to climb the tower properly. This is a very sad event and to put myself in the shoes not only of his family, but of his students watching their professor fall to his death before them.

  24. kylejnewton says :

    Overall I was pleased with my second presentation. I felt as if I improved upon things people wrote down as suggestions from my first speech (moving around more) but I do think I still have things I need to work on. I think I spoke too quickly and that was because I tried to cram too much info into the short amount of time I had. I also think I could have done more demonstrating rather than informing and having fewer items to cover in my speech would have allowed for more of that.

  25. ndirenzo19 says :

    I personally use Google on a daily basis either with my smart phone or on my computer. With the new algorithms being updated this week, hopefully I am able to find answers to my useless questions in a more effective manner. The idea of having to update the search algorithms is not something most people would think of, but after reading the article it makes sense to have the articles concerning news events sorted by time, instead of relevance.

  26. moormanja says :

    With the storm that happened in the Northeast, I feel really bad for them. It is just October and the Northeast are already receiving over an inch of snow. The other thing that made things worse is that all the trees still had their leaves on them which with the snow on them made them really heavy and broke off in the roads and took down power lines. It also seemed like the power was out for over a week in some areas. With the power out a lot of food was spoiled and having that much snow means that they couldn’t travel anywhere to get anything. So in all, I felt really bad for everyone that lives there and hope everything gets better for them and hopefully that they have an easy winter this year.

  27. Chris Gerber says :

    As for the presentations, I thought our class did very well. I was pleased with mine after I watched the video and was really glad I got to choose a topic “guitar” that kept my audience entertained.
    As for the helicopter crash that happened this week, I find it quite scary since I am a pilot myself and my career goal is to fly helicopters for the Navy. I just got my flight slot from the Navy a week ago and will be heading to Pensacola, FL following graduation. Seeing stories like this on the news always puts a sinking feeling in your stomach when you know that one day you could be put in that situation. Bad weather can always be factor and emergency situations don’t occur often, but they’re part of the job. Thank God everyone made it through that crash and I hope myself, nor any other pilot in the class is ever put in a situation like that.

  28. mporter7 says :

    I enjoyed the last round of presentations. Overall I thought they were interesting and informative. I was nice to see some of the different technologies that people had to share. There was also a lot of technical issues with the presentations which is always hard for people to deal with. Also the nature of the presentation did seem to cause a lot of people to go over on time. I think the more aspects of a presentation there are to keep track of, the more likely it is that something will go wrong.

  29. Emma says :

    I was reading the article about the power outage in Massachussets and I’m surprised at how ignorant many people are about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. There were fifteen deaths during the outage, but they were mostly attributed to toxic fumes from gas generators and propane stoves. I’m sure most people are aware that it’s the ‘colorless, odorless killer’ but I don’t think that common people understand where carbon monoxide emerges from. Since carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion, it could come from any gas appliance (such as stove, lawn mower, fireplace, space heater, water heater..). There are also carbon monoxide detectors available to detect severe levels of the gas.

  30. cengland42 says :

    I’d like to add to the topic of the asteroid. This will not be the first asteroid to come so close within our lifetime. In fact an asteroid labeled Apophis, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson eloquently states, “Named for the Egyptian God of death and darkness” will come so close that it will dip within Earth’s orbiting satellites in 2029. This asteroid is the size of the Rose Bowl and has a chance of hitting Earth 13 years later if it passes through a small keyhole of about 600 miles in diameter. It will create waves as high as three miles and tsunamis that will devastate everything on the border a quarter of a mile deep inland after it hits the Pacific ocean.

  31. aheeb says :

    Personally, I would not drink the water in Japan. I wouldn’t trust a politician to tell me that the water is good to drink. Also, just because the water does not effect his health, doesn’t mean it won’t effect my health.

    On a side note, I did a barrel roll. Pretty awesome considering I spent a lot of my childhood playing Starfox 64.

  32. kingkyle35 says :

    My presentation went very well. I utilized handouts to explain a rather difficult topic and the audience’s reaction was great. They understood what I was speaking about and took something educational away from my speech. I noticed that once again, I need to bring a water bottle into my speech so I dont have to keep clearing my throat, it is distracting from the presentation and needs to be fixed. For my next presentation, I need to change only a few things. I plan to utilize my stage more and stop hugging the podium, and have a strong closing.

  33. moormanja says :

    With the water situation going on in Japan I don’t know why people would want to drink water around the plant. When the tsunami hit the plant it was almost the biggest news about the tsunami. With all the radiation and everything else that leaked out around that area what would drive a person to try to prove that everything is already safe around there? When it comes to drinking water there are plenty of other places they can get it that they don’t need to get it right from there. Another red flag is even when the person who said it was safe to drink the water was very nervous about drinking it himself. I feel like he was just saying those words to prove that he thinks everything is getting better, but it could possibly not be.

  34. shelbyfoster says :

    Wow, that article on the helicopter crash reminds me why I just want to fly airplanes, not helicopters. When a plane loses it’s engine, it becomes a glider. When a helicopter loses it’s engine, it becomes a rock. In the flight program here we spend so much time practicing engine failures, I feel pretty confident that if I lost an engine I could land the aircraft safely, but with a helicopter it’s scary how little you can do at that point.

  35. rachkennedy says :

    After reading that the Do Not Call registry has plans to be voided, I really don’t know what to think of it. I registered my cell phone years ago and I receive at least one unwanted or automatic call a week. I am from Illinois which only uses the national registry and perhaps Indiana’s registry is more strict and effective but these calls get very annoying and there is no reasonable solution to end them. If the registry is voided I have no idea if Indiana residents would receive even more calls or the same amount as I feel the national registry isn’t effective. In order to really end all the unwanted calls, companies should be punished for selling peoples phone numbers to these spam callers. I know for a fact I never entered to win a new car (and let alone won it) or gave my number because I was interested in insurance from a company in North Dakota.

  36. melvinallen says :

    After viewing my presentation video, I felt my performance was good. I can definitely see improvement from the first presentation. Overall I felt more confident and comfortable with both my topic and speaking aloud this time around. As far as adaptations and planning for the next presentations, I plan to continue with my mode of confidence and comfortability as well as working on my vocal fillers and utilizing the stage more.

  37. spkuo says :

    Japan MP Yasuhiro Sonoda drinks Fukushima water. Okay, well, to start, there is nothing wrong with Sonoda drinking the water, if you assert something then you’re obligated to prove it. I only hope the water is not contaminated with radioactive waste. However, even though he wants to prove that the water is not contaminated anymore, there is still the obvious fact that the water he’s drinking might not be from under the reactor. No one saw him taking the water from the nuclear plant so there’s the possibility that the water could have come from a water bottle or something. Nonetheless, since after the earthquake, Japan has been recovering, bashing this guy by saying that drinking the water in front of the journalists doesn’t prove a thing won’t solve anything. At least the guy seems to be trying to help with the contamination. Japan doesn’t need anymore negativity while it’s on the road to recovery. There are a lot of brave people sacrificing themselves to help with clearing the contamination with the possibility that they might get affected in the process. Let’s just pray everything is getting better now.

  38. kaileenkraemer says :

    I did not know about the “Do a Barrell Roll” effect on Google, but now when I type it in, I do not see the effect when Google shows my results. That would have been cool- either it’s my computer, or they got rid of it. I love Fox McCloud and the gang, except for Slippy.

    Kim Kardashian’s divorce is ridiculous. Granted Brittney Spears had a marriage that only lasted a couple of days, but it didn’t include a huge wedding that costed millions of dollars. As a side note, I watched E!’s “The Soup” recently and they flashed back to an episode when Kim was announcing her marriage, and Joel McHale joked that it would only last 75 days. He was only two days off! Props to him, and yet it pokes even more fun at Kim’s pathetic situation.

    I support Justin Bieber’s claim that he is not the father of that child. But we shall see.

  39. usernamesuck says :

    I do not want to talk about presentation 2 after watching my video. Let’s talk about Young Bieber. I really hope that he is the father of this child. This is just to funny not to want that to be the outcome. The only downside to it all is the baby will then have a groupie mom and a teen has been father in about 10 years. Can you imagine the questions that that kid is going to be asking?

  40. Cody Maus says :

    NASA is by far my favorite government agency. I can remember being a kid and going to Florida and visiting the space museum even though I was only 5 years old. So of course it makes me sad to see the programs funding get cut year after year. I was lucky enough to see a shuttle launch once and that is something that my kids will never have the chance to say. That being said I was not terribly excited about the tractor beam fund. I enjoy that NASA is receiving money but $100,000 is no where near enough money to thoroughly research even one idea about how to implement a piece of equipment such as a tractor beam. I would like to see the money go towards something else that could be more beneficial to the program, and possibly free up more funding for them.

  41. brianbritt says :

    I like the points that a number of you have raised this week. It’s also nice to see some interesting topics posed beyond the ones I addressed myself — I like learning things too, after all!

    Presentation II was certainly a different sort of challenge than most of us have faced in the past. Like Michael (Porter) noted, the unique technical nature of this presentation contributed to some of the timing difficulties we faced, Steckel and Kyle (Newton). I’m sure we’ll be able improve in some of those areas in the future, though. Despite challenges with time and, as Jillian mentioned, with rehearsal, there were definitely a lot of strong points in these presentations as well. Rudy and Chris (Gerber), you and others did a good job finding ways to connect your work and interests to those of others in the class, which makes a difference. Our skills and interests, while varied, have more connections than you might initially expect, and with help like what kingkyle35 provided, we’re able to grasp even relatively difficult subjects. It’s also easy to see people growing more comfortable with the idea of presenting, like Greg and Melvin mentioned. While each presentation brings its own challenges, as Merry explained, tsamadif is right that we’re making significant strides forward every step of the way.

    Yes, the conditions were certainly rough during the helicopter crash last week, Chris (Burns), so I’m glad that no one was seriously injured, as well. I must admit that I’m hardly an expert in foul-weather flying, so I didn’t realize that a plane is easier to handle in a storm than a helicopter, Derek (Stewart) and Bryce (Gardner), and I certainly didn’t think about the lack of safety systems, Jordan. Chris (Gerber), I can understand your nervousness — if Bryce (Gardner) is to be believed, though, at least it could have been avoided through more careful planning, so perhaps you can take solace in that. Of course, under the circumstances I suppose it’s hard to disagree with Shelby’s rationale for preferring fixed-wing aircraft. On a related subject, hopefully we won’t see more of the rough fall weather across the northeast for awhile longer. It’s rather early to have the snow pile up like that, Jeremy, so it sounds like people and plants alike were caught off-guard. As for the carbon monoxide issue, do most detection systems have power supply backups so that they can function during a prolonged outage? I was always under the impression that many of them plugged into wall outlets, so I’m curious about your take on the issue.

    James (He) and Boaz, radiation is indeed terrifying, much like more common “silent killers” like carbon monoxide. Reactor failures with such long-term effects don’t happen frequently, particularly given Brad’s point about Japan’s extensive preparation, but as we’ve seen from Chernobyl and now Fukushima, when exactly the wrong circumstances come together it can spell devastation for large regions and groups of people. Steckel, I see the points that you and Pearl are making about the water drinking — I will say that if it wasn’t actually from the reactor, he played the “nerves” part a little better than I would have expected (and why would he act nervous if he knew it was safe and was trying to allay the public’s fears?) — but certainly, it’s not like that magically resolves all our questions, like aheeb mentioned. I would imagine that it’s still difficult to transport goods in the area — from what I’ve read, I don’t think the water Sonoda drank was really meant to be “drinking” water anyway, but was connected to the plant — and besides, given that everything in the area may have been contaminated by radiation, one might expect that people aren’t especially concerned about possible contamination in the water, Jeremy. Still, if the water was indeed safe (enough) to drink, then that’s a good sign for the overall cleanup, so it makes sense that people want that sort of proof — and proof that it was indeed from the plant, of course. In any case, we’re lucky to not have to worry about having clean water and air, like Derek (Stewart) noted. So many people in this world have to wonder about those most basic needs every day, so we ought to be thankful for our good fortune.

    Steckel, it’s funny that you mentioned the question of consciousness in relation to matter transferrance, as I’ve wondered the same thing about cloning for years. Regardless, it’s astonishing to see science moving forward — if, indeed, $100,000 is really enough to make such a technological leap possible. Your point is well-taken, Cody (Maus). I hadn’t considered that detail. Brian, I understand your confusion about NASA’s status, and I think a lot of people hold the same beliefs given the confusing news coverage. Thanks for clearing up the issue, though, Cody (England). While we look toward greater achievements in exploration, like Michael’s (Becka) thoughts about Mars, let’s hope that an asteroid like the one Cody (England) described doesn’t wreck plans here on our home planet, and that it just provides entertainment like Derek (Stewart) sought.

    Ah, No Shave November. I remember when people used to do that back at the University of Tulsa. (I never participated, myself, mostly because of all the presentations I had to deliver in my classes.) It sounds like Chris (Reed) is already working on his fundraising; considering your familiarity with the subject, will you be joining him, Derek (Parker)? And macupp, are you donating the money you save on shaving supplies to the cause, as well?

    Derek (Stewart), I see what you mean about Siri. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a demonstration/review of that iPhone 4S feature on G4’s “Attack of the Show.” It was amazing to see the voice recognition and (to an extent) comprehension. It was also fun to watch Siri (realistically!) reject Kevin Pereira’s unwelcome advances on live television. (Go ahead, try telling Siri you love her. Just don’t do it while there are people around.) There are few lower points than unrequited love for your cell phone. Still, while it can certainly take advantage of the new Google search algorithms that ndirenzo19 mentioned, I’m not even sure if you can do a barrel roll on the 4S — a number of browsers don’t actually support the code, after all. Faisal, aheeb, and Kaileen, is it worth it if the iPhone won’t even support our nostalgic Star Fox fandom?

    (Personally, I was always more of a fan of the original Star Fox for the Super Nintendo. Just saying. It’s just a shame that the true sequel was never released.)

    Speaking of love falling short, the Kardashian divorce definitely has a lot of people upset. It’s amazing how quickly a marriage can disintegrate when the hype overtakes the heart, Kaileen. Maybe that’s the reason why so many Hollywood relationships collapse. As for Justin Bieber, I don’t even know what to make of that situation, Corey. I’m inclined to believe that it’s probably a scam — probably — but it will undoubtedly damage his good-guy reputation either way, and like Vinchessica said, there could be collateral damage well beyond Bieber himself. On the other side of the entertainment spectrum, we have the Dodgers being sold with limited control given to Major League Baseball. Given the McCourt bankruptcy situation, it’s hard to feel particularly good about the franchise even with its weakened division and solid enough roster.

    Rachel (Kennedy), I’ve been disappointed about the ineffectiveness of the Do Not Call list, as well. Several months ago, I registered all my phones, largely because I was sick of robo-calls on my home phone and, contrary to the claim by James (Lesniowski), creditors looking for “Kevin or Keffney” on my cell phone. (They were, I surmise, the previous owners of my cell phone number.) I’m not sure what legislation would help to curtail these calls, but whatever current penalties exist certainly aren’t severe enough, and any loophole that opens in the law won’t help matters.

    As for Judge William Adams, it’s a little scary to watch the video, Rachel (Whitson). The odd thing, coming from our perspective, is that such punishments were perfectly normal just a few decades ago. It wasn’t just parents doing the punishing then, either; my grandparents have talked about being “paddled” and such by schoolteachers. Even with that said, though, there’s certainly a difference between discipline and angry beatings. Maybe there’s more to this story than we’ve seen, but if that’s the case, I would have expected Adams to give more of an explanation when he made his initial statement. And in more tragic news, there’s the Ivy Tech instructor that Chelsea mentioned. This article provides a little more information on what, precisely, Porter was trying to demonstrate to his students. It’s certainly a shame to see things like this happen… at this stage, I can’t really say much more than that.

  42. lwinters26 says :

    I felt like i did not do as well on this presentation as the first, but my grade reflected differently. The only thing I think I had going for me was this time around it was a topic I work with almost every day. I must set my standards high when I am talking about a subject that means a lot to me.

  43. jkinnamo says :

    I just finished reading the article on the iTV and find it very interesting in apple trying to move another step farther and make their way into the living room. Apple has already become the top mp3 player and one of the top phone and computer devices used in the country. Now it is trying to take a step further in moving into house appliances. I think it will be very interesting to see if apple can pull this one off. If they can I am sure they will have huge success just from all the companies’ loyal customers but, there are a lot of technical problems they will have to get through. Right now though if i was to bet on any company Apple would be the one I would bet on to do so. Should be interesting to see how far Apple takes this company and what other interesting, innovated ideas they come up with for the future.

  44. han39 says :

    My second presentation was total disaster. I was freak out when I present and suddenly everything I memorized was gone. That moment totally whiteout my brain. As you can see in the video I was kind of lost in the front and suddenly go out of my mind. As I demonstrate, I start to hide back of podium and tend to not come out. It was kind of shame. I have no idea why I freak out, but I did. It was really bad moment of my life. I really feel bad about this presentation. I got a lesson from this presentation. I really need a notecard even if I memorized all the presentation materials. I thought that I could do without note card but when I freak out, I realized that I got nothing to follow, since I do not have a notecard. So from now on I really need a good notecards that I need to follow when I forgot something that I need to present.

  45. brad5627 says :

    i cannot believe that Yasuhiro Sonoda character drank that water! That’s insane. There is no way that is safe. Even if it’s decontaminated, its probably (I don’t know for a fact) but it’s probably done so using some insane chemical cocktails by making reaction after reaction to diffuse the radiation. And that guy is just a cabinet spokesperson! Like, fo’ real? I think he probably didn’t know exactly what he was getting into… I think he just did it on a bit of a whim and kinda disregarded safety. If I were him, I’d be throwing that up immediately after that press conference.
    But that is exactly like the scene from Erin Brokovich where they bring the “decontaminated water” to the attorney and they don’t drink it.

  46. zjaw3150 says :

    Wow, I was suprised that the helicopter that crashed belonged to Sweetwater! They are a very large part of Fort Wayne with their music products. They also recently gained ownership of the Fixed-Based Operator (FBO) rights at Smith Field airport, which means they sell fuel, aircraft rental, flight instruction, and other services. I will be curious to see the probable cause when the investigation is finished.

    A fixed-winger myself, I would still never want to turn down the opportunity to go flying in a helicopter. While they have different risks compared to a fixed-wing aircraft, in the hands of a capable and wise pilot they can have just as low of a risk. Helicopters can glide like fixed-wing aircraft can, albiet not as well, through a process called autorotation. The lower speeds at which they impact the ground can also tend to make accidents more survivable. In fact, they have just recently began offering helicopter flying lessons here at Purdue Airport, and I’d recommend anyone interested to take a look.

  47. davidjames1187 says :

    As far as presentation 2 went, I feel like I was a lot more comfortable this time around, it felt more like a conversation than a lecture. I did however feel very rushed when trying to do a live demonstration with the time allowed.

    On the subject of the helicopter crash, maybe I was just unaware of previous crashes, but it seems that there has been more than an average amount of crashes in air transportation this year in the news. Not only that but storm related tragedies this year, from the purdue plane crash to the tragedy with the stage collapse at the fair grounds and the plane crash in russia that killed 43 people. I hope that all these storm related incidents will be something to look into for the future, from better structural standards to better storm planning.

  48. lopurdue says :

    I was doing much better in presentation II than in presentation I. I feel more comfortable presenting in front of classmates. I reduced using fillers a lot and tried to make better eye contact with classmates, and I successfully delivered these two points much better in my opinion. There were still many things for me to work on such as practicing more to make myself not so nervous. Overall, I have improved a lot at this point and I will keep on improving in next presentation for sure.

  49. greene4 says :

    Well to turn away from all serious problems this week I decided to go with the Kardashian story. I was not really shocked when I found out that the marriage was over. I actually was mad that I gave them six months and it lasted only for three and a half if that. Well I felt like the whole Kim and Reggie Bush ordeal wasn’t over. Especially when they actually admitted Bush tried to convince Kim not to get married. And let’s be real Bush does make way more money than Humphries. We all know Kardashian has expensive taste. I don’t think their marriage would have lasted long just off that. He wouldn’t have been able to provide for her, as well as she would have wanted him too. I don’t think that Kim really has let this soak in about the split up. It seemed like it wasn’t an hesitation to get a divorce. I mean when you take your vows “to have and to hold til death do us part.” Honestly I feel as though our generation doesn’t take that serious. Hopefully E! doesn’t take this story and make it the highlight of their next series. I mean you can give a little insight but not let it become apart of the show. Everyone likes a happy ending and I just want to see Kardashian grow from this.

  50. robpingry says :

    China and Russia are being accused of cyber-hacking into our satellites. I am no computer expert but I why dont we cut off competing countries off to our internet. Just cut the cables that connect the countries. I think the best cyber security is a physical cut off for countries that would have any reason for spying on us. After all the internet is a series of tubes and we need to watch who has access to those tubes.

  51. khabenic says :

    I think a lot of people take things as general as fresh and clean water for granted. It doesn’t seem like something to worry about until you no longer have the luxury of an unlimited supply of clean water. My heart really aches for the people experiencing the threat of nuclear contamination in Japan. It’s really a scary thing to think about, and I cannot imagine what it would be like to experience something such as this. I fear that it really will take a long time before the people of Japan can stop worrying about nuclear threats.
    After the nuclear crisis took place in Japan, I had heard that Germany is in plans to eliminate their dependency upon nuclear power one hundred percent. Since nuclear is the number one source for the countries power, this will be a huge change for them, but well worth it. I wish that the United States would take some initiative like this as well. Technology is amazing today, and if Germany knows they can eliminate dependency on nuclear power, we should follow suit.
    On a more personal note, the water tower in my hometown of Goodland, Indiana collapsed last week, spilling around 250,000 gallons of water. Here is a link to a related article: http://www.wlfi.com/dpp/news/local/water-tower-collapses-town-of-goodland-without-water. Goodland is a really small town, and that water tower was the sole source of the town’s water consumption. My mom still lives there and told me that she was I complete shock, and days later the town is under a boil order. I guess my point is, don’t take the little things for granted.

  52. Colin Patterson says :

    After I got my remarks back from presentation II, I realized that I wasn’t very passionate about the material I was talking about. When I viewed the video of my performance, I could see what people were talking about. Although this was a common thing mentioned on my evaluations, I do have a reason behind why I spoke the way I did.

    Whenever I start talking about something I’m passionate about, I really tend to ramble about the material. I get off topic easily and I was afraid that I was going to go over the time limit. I could have talked for hours about my topic for having know so much about it, but the presentation would not have allowed that.

  53. thecatherinesondgerath says :

    Wow, Indiana is going to void the DO NOT CALL list? I think I should have the choice over whether or not I want to be called by telemarketers and machines. Luckily I have a free phone app that can block these calls but it is still annoying that I have to keep it updated and add numbers every time a new telemarketer calls. The easiest thing to do is block calls from all numbers not saved in my phone but still this method can block calls that I may want to come through. If anyone is interested the app is called Mr Number.

  54. bmonroe16 says :

    To be honest, when i watched my video this past presentation, I thought it was worse than my first one. Part of it though, in my opinion was the type of presentation that we did. As a demonstration speech, there will naturally be more a need to look away from the audience in order to focus on what you are doing. I think a large portion of the class had a problem with this. As for the problems we encountered with the time limit, I think they could have been solved if the time range for this presentation would have been longer. It was hard to find anything that proved to be even worthwhile or interesting that could be presented in 4-5 minutes. Even the ones who did make the time limit I’m sure would have had no problem adding in more detail/clarification in order to make the time range or 5-6.

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