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Nobel Prize Stolen March 11, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 7:51 am

I was surprised when I read the article, “Berkeley student accused in theft of Nobel medal,” by Stuart Silverstein.  Senior biology major, Michael Sanchez was arrested for steeling last week’s stolen 1939 Nobel Prize medal.  The medal had belonged to scientist Ernest O. Lawrence.  It was on display at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science where Sanchez was an employee.  The crime Sanchez comitted will most likely get him 3 years in jails.  Everybody was very happy the medal was returned, but the scientist’s daughter said there is sadess that the thief was an employee. 

I was angry when I read this article because I can’t believe somebody would steel something like this.  When he stole this he hurt a lot of people including Lawrence’s family who didn’t deserve such a thing.  It’s hard to think things aren’t even safe with actual employees these days.  This event will probably make everybody in the museum think hard about who they are hiring and who is allowed access to things.  Lawrence did a lot of good things in his life and deserved to be honored.  It’s sad to see somebody take part of that away from him.

“Berkeley student accused in theft of Nobel medal”
by Suart Silverstein
3/10/07
Link to article

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Dreams

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 7:26 am

A lot of people experience a crazy dream and then wonder what it means the next morning.  “Unwanted Thoughts” by Carlin Flora explains how unexpected events and people in our dreams are not always random, but are connected to our true feelings.  The things we often dream about are the things we try to “sweep under the rug”.  For example, it has been proven that if a person avoids thinking about a specific person or event they are more likely to dream about it.  If the person thinks endlessly about something before bed they will most likely not dream about it.  Psychiatrist Daniel Wegner says this happends because,”While we sleep, the system engaged in mental control is not very operative.”  The mental control is the part that keeps the brain on task.  When this is not very operative, the ironic part of the brain is free and takes control.  The ironic part of the brain contains the thoughts we try to hide.

When I read this article I completely understood what Flora was talking about.  If I have a big concert coming up or something else i’m nervious about, I will often have a dream about it.  I never really knew why this happened until I read this article.  It makes sense that when the part of the brain that controls the the things you want to keep hidden becomes lose in the night all the hidden things arise.  It’s amazing the things our brains are capable of doing and i’m glad I learned new and exciting things about it.  Now when I have these dreams I will be able to wake up and know why.

Another thing I enjoyed about this article was the way it was written.  I especially liked how Flora began the article with a question.  It made me think and was a good and effective opening to her article.  Another way I felt Flora was effective was how she related the article to her audience.  In the first paragraph she talked about how something you don’t want brought out eventually “stampedes” through your dreams.  This is something I think everybody experiences and so it made me want to keep reading the article.  I also liked how her article flowed together.  She started off introducing dreams and what we experience in them.  She then used a few of examples of how certain things pop up in dreams.  Then she stated medicly why these things occur.  I thought this flow made the article nice and easy to read.

“Unwanted Thoughts”
by Carlin Flora
3/10/07
Link to article

 

March 5, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 9:08 am

I love to watch the Oscars.  Every year my mom and I get together around the TV and watch the 3-4 hour event.  Of course we’re excited to see who wins each category, but I would say we’re even more excited when it comes to the gowns.  It’s exciting to see who’s wearing what.  In the article, “Dream Fashions” Greg Morgago discusses the beautiful gowns along with the fact that this year Oscars were the most diverse in their 79 year history.  He described Renee Zellewegar’s gorgeous yellow gown, Hilary Swank’s bronze gown, Beyonce’s green gown and many more.  More importantly he addressed that African Americans, Asians and Hispanics were highly recognized for their efforts in entertainment this year.  Many stars were truly proud of their ethnicity and excited to be at the Oscars because of it.  Beyonce said, “It’s a wonderful year to be an African American actress.”  All the other actors and actresses felt the same way about their background.

As I mentioned before I can’t wait to see who is wearing what at the Oscars.  Some people (Meryl Streep for instance) I thought looked aweful.  Other people however (such as Beyonce) looked stunning!  Normally the celebrity gowns are what I focus on, but this year it was a little different.  It never really hit me until the night of the Oscars that so many different cultures were represented.  I know Mexico has produced multiple movies this year and other countries as well.  I’m glad they’re finally getting the attention they have earned.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the gowns, hair and makeup in regards to the Oscars, but when you take the time to focus on the more important things you can learn a lot.

I thought the author used a lot of good writing techniques to make this article a good and interesting one to read.  One thing he did was use great description words when describing the gowns.  Some of these include, vintage lemon-yellow, pretty-in-pink, and rich chocolate.  These descriptions enabled me to create a mental image of what the gowns really looked like.  It was much more interesting.  I also like how at the beginning of his article he talked about the color and design of gowns then he proceeded to discuss the color of skin and addressed the night’s diversity.  I thought his transition was interesting and a really good and effective way of doing it.  Instead of just stating there was a lot of diversity he mixed it in with the difference in gowns.

“Dream Fashions”
by Greg Morago
3/04/07
Link to article

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 1:13 am

Stevie, Karen, Oliver, these names belong to the cars a few of my friends drive.  It’s wierd to think about naming a car, but many people do and these people also believe their car has a specific personality as well.  John Ruddy describes in his article, “A Driven Motorist” that, “About one in three people believe their car has a mind of its own, giving it a gender, name, and personality.”  He also states that some of the characteristics a person gives their car reflects the way they themself drive.  One example of a car with a given name and personality belongs to a woman named Anita.  She describes herself as, “Agressive, but forgiving.”  Her car is named Daisy.  She describes Daisy as girly, but leans to the manly side at times.  She also needs lots of positive reinforcement.

I’ve tried to name my car a couple times.  I wrestled with different names, but finally with the help of my friend settled on the name Domitrius.  For some reason when I was riding in it it just felt like a boy and Domitrius fit him well.  I would describe Domitrius as someone who needs lots of care.  He doesn’t do well when he’s forced and pushed to his limits.  I can’t ever press hard on the gas.  He needs to start up slowly then progress to the speed I want.  This all sounds sorta of strange, but it’s true.  I don’t really know if this reflects the way I am as a person.  I guess I don’t like to be pushed and need time to do things.  I don’t think this article was too far off in stating that people sometimes act like their cars.  I guess it’s almost a way of expressing feelings.  Most people probably don’t realize that when they give their car a personality, they’re expressing the way they act as a person.  I found this very interesting! 

“The Driven Motorist”
by John Ruddy
3/04/07
Link to article

 

Apple Iphone too expensive? February 26, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 6:58 am

I’ve seen many ads circulating about the Apple Iphone.  I love my ipod so an ipod phone sounds really good.  Being able to talk on the phone and listen to music is something a lot of people would enjoy. Unfortunutly the Iphone is priced extremely high and there is speculation over if people will actually pay that much money for it.  The article, “Users unwilling to pay Apple’s Iphone Price,” discusses the Iphone’s high price and the debate ragarding if people will buy it or not.  The Iphone is set to be sold for a price starting at $499.  The average person most likely will not pay this much for a phone.  A survey was conducted over prices of the Iphone and of the 26% who said they would buy an Iphone, 40% said they would pay $200-$299 while only 1% of these people said they would pay $499.  They article does say however that Apple tends to price things high, but then eventually drop them significantly.  The drop of these prices seems to be the only way they are going to sell Iphones to the average people.

I personally think the Iphone is way too expensive.  I would never pay $500 for a phone and I don’t know anybody who would.  I think they need to keep in mind that the average person does not have that kind of extra cash lying around that they’re willing to spend on a phone.  I have no doubt the phone is probably amazing.  I’m sure it plays music and has lots of other special features but I still could never live with the fact that I spent $500 on a phone.  Especially if I lost it.  Even if the phone dropped down to $300 I still don’t think I would buy it.  But that’s just me.

I think there were a couple techniques the author (who is uknown) used in this article to make it good writing.  First of all, I like the statistics about who would buy the phone for what price.  I read that the people would probably only buy it if the price dropped, but by seeing the actually percentage of people who would buy it made it a lot more real and effective.  1% to 40% is a huge difference and I don’t think I would have realized it unless this statistic was given.  The second thing I felt was good was when the author compared to Iphone to the Blackberry.  The author displayed how people were more likely to spend $500 on the Blackberry because it’s more of a business phone for specific purposes and can access your e-mail and much more.  The Iphone is targeted to average people. It’s not as much of a need as the Blackberry. People don’t intend on using the phone for a real specific purpose, but to use it like any other phone. This comparison was effective in seeing the Iphone in a new way.

“Users unwilling to to pay Apple’s Iphone price”
by author uknown
2/25/07
Link to article

 

Be a Great Fan!

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 6:26 am

I think just about everyone has watched a sporting event on TV at one point in their life.  Besides watching the game and players it is hard to ignore the fans in the stadium.  There is the typical fan who enjoys the game by sitting back and eating a hot dog and pop.  On the other hand there is the fan who paints their chest and screams loudly at every call and every point scored during the entire game. In the article, “Be a Better fan,” Catherine New gives six tips to being a better fan and I found them quite interesting.

The first tip is to “Picture the win.”  She suggests picturing the athelete scoring a particular point so that you the fan feel responsible when the player actually does score that point.  The second tip is to “Synchronize your cheers.”   A whole section full of the same wiggle sticks or signs is quite effective.  The third tip is to “Suck it up.”  Doctors have said emergency room visits spike after big games are over because people delay going in to the doctor until the game is complete.  The fourth tip is to “Settle in quick”.  It’s advised not to complain about the stadium your team is playing in.  Players need time to get used to a stadium particularly if it’s new and they will eventually settle in and things will be fine.  The fifth tip is to “Hold your liquor”. Nobody likes a heavy drinker at a game.  These people are rude and obnoxious and don’t deserve the attention they receive.  The sixth and final tip is to “Prepare for battle”.  A really big fan will use all sorts of war and other analogies to describe the game.  Everything becomes really dramatic.

I think these sixth tips are meant to be a little humerous but I believe there is truth in some of them.  For instance, I think it is extremely irresponsible to drink heavily at a game.  There are lots of people around including young children and families who shouldn’t have to deal with a drunk person next to them the entire the game.  It can ruin the mood and excitment for a family and that is just unfair.  I also like the tip about not complaining about the game.  It’s so easy to blame a loss on something such as, “Well this is a newer stadium so that’s why we lost.”  Even though there is some truth to this, a fan should understand the team will eventually get used to the stadium and things will be fine.  One loss is not going to kill anybody.   I think all sporting events can be a lot of fun if all the fans are responsible and are considerate of one another.  I don’t really know if it would be possible for all people to follow these tips, but if people did I think it could improve a lot of sporting events!

“Be a Better Fan”
by Catherine New
2/25/07
Link to article

 

Alcohol Abuse February 19, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — caraeln @ 6:48 am

It’s fair to say most people are farmiliar with the way alcohol effects a person.  And the people who are most effected are children.  A child growing up in a house with two alcoholic parents is a scary and damaging household.  The article, “A Toxic Brew,” describes some of the many effects alcoholism has on children.  Pamela Weintraub says these children experience immense trauma that sticks with them into their adulthood.  These children are more at risk to abuse alcohol and other drugs themselves and to marry a drug abuser.  She explains how often times these parents somewhat ignore their children and forget important events such as their child’s birthday.  These children then grow up feeling that they can’t rust anyone and that eveyone will let them down. These children may also suffer depression and anxiety.  Weintraub explains on of the most difficult things is getting the young adult to realize the actions they’re displaying are a result from their painful past.  She says once they are able to realize this they have a chance to overcome the pain and move forward. 

I found this article interesting but also a little scary.  It really makes me sad to think of the many children right now living in a home where they are unsafe and uncared for by the two people who are supposed ot show them love and support.  It is not their fault their parents made bad choices.  It’s a shame these bad choices will be directly layed on the children who will most likely grow up facing great difficulties because of it.  I also see how this situation would be a vicious cycle.  It’s easy to see a set of alcoholic parents having children who became alcoholics and their children becoming alcoholics and so on.  I don’t necessarely think that evey single child raised by alcoholic parents will be filled with problems, but the possiblity is much higher.  I hope the adults who were children of alcoholics are seeking help for their painful past and turn their lifes around breaking the cycle.

“A Toxic Brew”
by Pamela Weintraub
2/18/07
Link to Article