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Because he was Michael Yu.

Once there was a person named Michael Yu. He was a samurai who fought wolves. One day, he founded the biggest wolf he ever saw in his LIFE. HO MAN. He took out his sword and swung at the beast. BUT MAN! WAS HE TOO SLOW. The wolf bit his arm OFF. ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. He bled. But he endured it.

Because he was Michael Yu.

He used his other arm to punch the wolf super hard until it barfed out his arm. He manually put his arm back on, and then it grew back instantaneously.

Because he was Michael Yu.

He took out another sword from his pants and began charging up his chi. The wolf got scared. It hurriedly retreated away. BUT MICHAEL YU WOULD NOT FORGIVE THE WOLF. HE SPRINTED TO IT, AND BIT HIS ARM OFF.

Because he was Michael Yu.

See Michael Yu’s blog page at http://michaelyu19950425.wordpress.com/about/

The Singularity

The singularity is when technology will advance so quickly that it will be able to surpass human intelligence. This means that robots will be able to think for us; create its own technology to surpass humans altogether. It’ll be like a machine  to do your homework! Amazing…

But is this a good thing?At the rate at which technology is advancing right now, newborn humans will someday not be able to comprehend how we, the creators of the technologies, created what we created. As a result, they won’t be able to develop any technology beyond what is already made; and the rate of evolving technology will decrease. So singularity is needed to infuse technology into humans to enhance their academic and physical abilities.

But what will this mean for sports? For competitions? If everyone could be enhanced in any way they wanted, then what will be the purpose of their hard work; for everyone who trained hard to be who they are today? Also, who would get this technology? Would the enhancements be privatized so that only rich people can afford them? And what of the controversial debates about genetically modified babies? ASDJKLASKL:DJ:QWIO:FJASDKAS:KLDJAS:LKDJASL:DKJASLDJMIND BLOWN5061_2_i_robot_3d_2004_blu_ray_movie_review_full

Although the singularity would seem to be one of the greatest revolutions of the world, I don’t think people would be able to adjust to the sudden changes in technology.

An expansion on the Technological Singularity: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/high-tech-gadgets/technological-singularity.htm

Something Cool – Lifestraw

Without clean water, many people (especially the young) had suffered from diarrhoeal diseases (especially in developing countries); contributing to approximately 1.5 million deaths every year, or 4000-6000 deaths per day due to dehydration. In addition, the contaminated water resulted in health defects such as reduced personal productive time, nausea, stomach pains and more. To make it worse, many developing countries have little health care to aid these people. child-drinking-LifeStraw-with-metal-bowl

The Lifestraw is a straw that’s capable of filtering dirty water to be drank immediately through a straw. INGENIOUS! Put into numbers: The Lifestraw is capable of filtering a maximum of 1000 litres of water, whilst removing 99.99% of bacteria, parasites, viruses and other things harmful. Lifestraw Family (a similar product) can filter out 18000 litres of water. With the use of the Lifestraw, people around the world can have access to clean drinking water; therefore causing fewer sicknesses and diminishing the deaths associated with diarrhoeal diseases.

Although the target market of the Lifestraw was to be people in developing countries, the cost of manufacturing the Lifestraw is expensive (to buy it in Canada is about $5.50. I’m unsure of how much it takes to manufacture it though). The Lifestraw is a tube of about 10 inches made from a durable plastic with a string around it for people to wear. Within the life straw contains a mesh that would filter out larger impurities, and then a polyester filter to filter out bacteria. Afterwards, the water goes though iodine-coated resin beads which kill bacteria, parasites and viruses. A carbon filter removes any taste from the iodine and absorbs the impurities of the water to be drank (refer to http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/remediation/lifestraw.htm for more information on how it works).

In the end, I would say that the Lifestraw is possibly one of the greatest inventions ever made, as it helps people in need in developing countries while also temporarily helping in the issue of the Earth’s diminishing clean water supply. I only hope in the future that the Lifestraw can be manufactured more cheaply to be distributed all across countries with little amounts of clean water.

The Lifestraw website here: http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/buy-lifestraw/

Paradigms: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread!

Once upon a time, man created a box-shaped camera. 100 years later, cameras are STILL BOX SHAPED: We’re stuck in a paradigm.

What are paradigms? Paradigms are defined as “A worldview underlying the theories and methodology of a particular scientific subject.” It’s like how people continue to construct things as how they used to be constructed; with little or no individuality at all. In order for humans to evolvngbbs4a1e55de53ce0e, we must break our current paradigm and invent something new, something super-cool that the world has never seen. I think this is the way of becoming successful in design.

Once a paradigm is broken, it is called a paradigm shift. Over time there have been many paradigm shifts which have greatly affected how we live today, such as the invention of the light bulb which have replaced candle, the invention of cars to provide another method of transportation or even sliced bread. In order to do a paradigm shift, one needs a lot of knowledge on the necessities and desires of humans and contain a vast imagination (to be very original). Others have tried isolating themselves from the technology and advancements we have today just so that they can think of something new; something different. Through continually shifting paradigms, humanity will be able to evolve significantly quicker and continually make up newer ways of living to increase survivability. 

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

To Be or Not to Be- Architect

An architect; an inventor of buildings. They’re job is to make buildings; generally speaking. Architects actually have a wide range of jobs, including site evaluation, project management, designing buildings, contract administration, builder/consultant qualification, planning, building code study, building contractor, building inspector, building researcher, lead consultant, project manager, business manager and many more. It’s like a hospital: Some people specialize in certain topics more than others. For example, people good at drawing will draw out designs while organized people can plan out everything (project management). Getting a degree in architecture can lead to many careers, like an architect critic and an urban planner (many more careers at http://www.raic.org/architecture_architects/becoming_an_architect/index_e.htm).

To become an architect requires a lot of education. A bachelors degree of architecture is needed (5 years of education) and possibly a masters Walt Disney Concert Halldegree as well (6-8 years). In addition, a program called IDP (Intern Development Program) must be completed to allow the graduates to gain real-life experience in architecture firms. Once this is finished, one must complete the ARE (Architect Registration Exam) which tests the graduates once again (This is for USA; I’m unsure whether this applies elsewhere). The median of wages of architects in 2010 was $72550 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lower 10 percent of architects earned less than $41,320 while the higher 10 percent of architects earned more than $119,220.

In my own opinion, I have yet to experience the education needed to become an architect. In addition, I am inexperienced of how it would be like to be an architect; to know whether I like it or not. As a result (judging on the education and salary of an architect), I would not become an architect.

Legacies of Glass

This post talks about the manufacturing of glass. First, glass is made from a bunch of different things. Silicon, lime, aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide and sodium carbonate are required in the manufacturing of glass; so sand, flint, limestone, soda (which is sodium carbonate), gold, nickel and other things are added in the combination process. The method for making flat glass is called the float glass process. 

The float glass process involves having a large furnace that mixes all the materials (listed above) together into an oven that heats up to 1600 degrees Celsius. In order to colour the glass, different metals are added to the batch. Iron makes green. Manganese shows purple. There’s a lot more that are shown in this website: http://www.tynant.com/main.aspx?pID=39-0

The heated up mixture is placed into a tin bath (a tub of molten tin) in order to make sure that the glass can be seen through and to make sure that the glass is nice and smooth. The glass from the tin bath is removed with some rollers. The speed of the rollers will determine the thickness of the glass. After all of that, the glass is cooled, cut and then sent for manufacturing.

There’s another way of forming glass called the glassblowing method, which is used to make vases and/or bottles and many other things. It involves blowing into molten glass with a long tube to make a bubble-like shape. Some glass bottles are still made using this method; however a lot of them are mass produced using machinery sending compressed air into the bottles instead of someone blowing through them. Some bottles are plainly carved from a piece of glass.hpm_0000_0001_0_img0021