Week #10 Lawn People (March 23rd, 2011)

May 3, 2011

Robbins “Lawn People” was an alright read.  As a kid growing up I was always outside playing and creating those imaginary games that most kids do.  At least back then before video games were taking over children’s lives.  I grew up in a trailer park and didn’t really have much to play with so I cherished our lawn space.  Neighborhood kids and I played tackle football, mini golf, and other made-up games that were created on the spot.  So, in relation to this book the use of my lawn was mostly when I was younger. As a teenager growing up we moved to our first house, which meant a bigger yard.  Therefore I didn’t like the term “lawn” so much because this meant I had to do chores, which consisted of: racking leaves, picking up stick, mowing and bagging the grass and so on.  This was such an inconvenience as a teenage because I wanted to be playing with my friends and chasing the neighborhood “hotties”, which I always got!  But as I have matured into a more understanding young man, I have noticed that a lawn means more than just a yard.  It represents how well managed a household is and if a person is organized then their lawn will be kept nice and neat.  Individuals use their landscape as a visual for how they represent themselves and a way they can be compared to others around them without have to verbally brag. On a visit to Shaker Heights over a fall break I was taken by surprise when we rolled up from the poor end of Shaker to one the wealthiest part of Cleveland, I was taken back by the lawns of individual houses.  This was and was not a surprise to me.  After learning the Shaker Heights has one of the highest property taxes in The United States, then it all began to make sense to me, but before knowing that I was blown away with the landscapes.  Most of everyone had a lawn that looked like the putting green located on hole 18 at Oak Haven Golf course.  Although the concept of a lawn can be seen as a personal investment and how well organized one can be, it is all open for different interpretations.


Current Event Week # 9

May 3, 2011

Pigs love the mud to keep themselves cool!

Most understand the concept that pigs enjoy getting down and dirt in the mud in order to reap the benefits of being cooled off.  Pigs do not have normal sweat glands, therefore they are unable to sweat, which leads them to cooling themselves off in the mud to regulate their body temperature.  Dr Bracke says, “Pigs are genetically related to particularly water-loving animals such as hippos and whales,” He explained: “It seems to me that this preference to be in shallow water could have been a turning point in the evolution of whales from land-dwelling mammals.”


Anthony M. Digital Portfolio

May 3, 2011

Week 1

The Meadowlands

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Week 2

Desert Solitaire

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Week 3

Project Idea With Scott H

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Nature Reading

Week 4

Nature Pt 2

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Week 5

Environment Part 1

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Week 6

Environment Part 2

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Week 7

Eating Animals

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Week 8

Spring Break

Week 9

How to be Idle

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Week 10

Lawns

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Week 11

Presentation Breakfast of Biodiversity with Scott Hellberg

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Week # 9 How to Be Idle: (March 16th 2011)

May 3, 2011

Over spring break with the start of baseball on its way, the last thing I wanted to do was to read a book on my way down to glorious Florida.  I actually was very interested in the book and got caught up in it more than I thought that I would.  This semester which is my last semester here has been a pretty lazy one for me which is a testament of why I am turning these blogs in late.  This book gives me satisfaction in knowing that being lazy is not always a bad thing.  Hodgkinson brings up a very interesting point about how life is in need of relaxation but instead people are trying to fulfill their days with a steady amount of work.  This is because we have been persuaded that the moral of life is be successful and the only way to do so is to use a majority of our time working and doing stuff that is necessary for individual success.  But in reality stopping and taking a break is what the body needs.  People need to do things that are things of relaxation to them.  I personally love to be lazy and watch all episodes of CSI and pretty much everything that is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  But also I enjoy lifting weights.  The sensations of breaking a good sweat and the tightness that my body feels after a good workout is also very relaxing as well.  This allows me to take out frustrations on the weights and be able to create personal gains at the same times, you can’t beat it!  There are many types of ways people enjoy their relaxation. These are a few of mine.  Without relaxation there would be too much stress in our lives.  I think that one can become too idle and lose the concept of relaxation and potentially take advantage of the concept.  Therefore I would recommend this book for people who are highly stressed out because this would allow them to understand the positive attributes that come from relaxation.


Current Event Week 7

May 3, 2011

Australia Cyclone

Fierce winds and pelting rains brought by the most powerful storm to ever hit Queensland. Wind gusts reach almost up to 200mph ripped through the northern part of Australia.  The eye of the storm was reported to be 22 miles in width, with a front stretching across 400 miles, causing a tidal wave of approximately 30 feet high.  With waves this high coming in a very fast pace just washed out low laying areas during its destructive path.


Eating Animals

May 3, 2011

I enjoyed this book more that I have others in this class.  Although this book gave me second thoughts about eating meat there is no way I could give up such a wonderful gift from the man upstairs.  I feel like that would be like slapping God in the face for giving us such a gorgeous gift and no accepting it.  Throughout the book there were so disturbing issues brought up such as the producing of meats and the way animals are killed and made available for humans to eat.  The food chain is a way of life.  Therefore I do feel bad that other things have to die in order to feed my belly but at the same time I would rather not go hungry or eat something fake and not get the same nutritional value out of it.  One issue that was brought to my attention was the ways that animals are treated in the killing process. I believe that all animals should be treated with the respect that we would treat another human. They should be killed with ethical behavior and not tortured before their death.  I know that it is cruel to kill others things but it is simply a way of life that I am comfortable with.  I personally cannot do vegan stuff, I have tried and didn’t like it so, and real meat it is for me.  I think that it is a good idea for people who do enjoy vegan food to  have it available, so there is an alternative to killing animals for food consumption.  Most individuals that eat meat will continue to eat meat, but the chemicals that are put into the meat are unnecessary.  I think that the animals should be able to grow naturally and not have growth hormones injected into them therefore they are able to grow at a faster rate and produced more rapidly.  This is not safe for the humans nor the animals.  Free range is the way to go. All natural meat is what is best and the proper way for animals to grow.  Which raises the question is it unethical to place growth hormones into animals for faster food production? If more people were able to have access and read this book would they think differently about eat meat since most individuals don’t know how and what goes into the making of their packaged meat? Would this book change the minds of people after reading it?


King crab army invades Antarctica

May 3, 2011

King Crabs have begun to invade parts of Antarctica, causing serious problems for the local mollusk inhabitants. Until now, Antarctica has been an environment that king crabs have stayed away from. Why? Because it was too cold. Not anymore. The temperature int he Antarctic has risen, meaning the crabs are able to survive much better, and since there is plenty of mollusks to much on, they have taken over. According to the biologist in the article, the Antarctic ocean in these parts hasn’t seen King crabs from nearly 40 millions years. That’s a huge stretch of time to not have an animal present only to have them come now. Obviously global warming is having an effect on these animals to make them move to a habitat they haven’t lived in for millennia.

That's what a King crab looks like by the way.