Apple.

Everyone knows the symbol. Everyone knows the company. Everyone knows their products are overpriced. But why is it that everyone keeps buying their products even though they are nearly twice as expensive as their competitors? Because people know the company. People have seen the advertisements; have heard the name; are familiar with the technology. Apple. Apple Inc. However you know the name. But no one can forget the symbol.

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The apple. Where did this design come from? In a way, it is quite sadistic. If you recall the 2014 film, The Imitation Game, a movie about Alan Turing, the inventor of the computer, was struggling with his own homosexual feelings. He was taking hormones to help with these, yet somehow he did not feel like a person. Expressing his love for his favourite children’s story, he bit into an apple, poisoned with cyanide, killing himself. Apple Inc. decided to make this their logo as a tribute to Alan Turing.

The apple. The symbol of the large international corporation that sells chique, modern products. The business model is the same as fashion; for they sell “designer” computers at, of course, designer price. This company, no doubt, builds their computers in sweatshops in Mongolia, China, Korea and Taiwan, for cheap production cost and to turn a better . Yet they still mark their products “Designed in California.”

The apple. A symbol, promising health for an apple a day…

The apple. A symbol, now that you see one at the grocery store, the image of the company and their products jump to your mind.

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The apple. Proudly hangs above the storefront with no words; no words needed. Only the symbol is needed because people already know. This symbol has become too overpowering and is needed to be removed. People are nearly hypnotized into buying these products one right after the other at high prices. The future products only having one or two additional features for another $1,000.

These products are not worth that much money.

Good Day.

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My Ideology

logoSince this is a cliche sort of prompt that we have, I am going to write about the most cliche rule that I follow because frankly, I do not care. I was brought up as a Christian along with both of my sisters. But, I also grew up in a STEM family; a family of science, proof, and logic. After a few years, we stopped attending Church every Sunday. From every weekend, to every other weekend, to once a month, to Christmas and Easter. Now, it’s been two years since I have attended a service. But throughout those years, I have maintained the ultimate, above all, cliche Christian Principle. The Golden Rule: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” In more modern English, “do unto others as you would do unto yourself.”

Most people tend to symbolize this by wearing a cross around their neck. But, since I do not identify myself as a religious individual, I tend not to have a cross around my neck. In fact, the symbol, the tangible, solid, concrete that I possess is nothing. I try my best not to stand out, or stand for anything openly. I dress plainly because I want to be approachable. Sure, it started because of the dress code of the middle school I attended, but I maintained this blandness so that complete strangers do not feel threatened by me. I want people to be able to approach me with questions; ask about direction; ask for help in dire situations. It has happened and it works. So the absence of spectacular characteristics, I would think, makes me approachable.

Now how does this tie into the golden rule? Well I’m not really sure because I just type what I think and tie it in somehow. The most supportive example I can come up with is that I want people to be able to approach me and I want other people to be approachable as well.

So I want everyone in the world to be just as friendly and everyone should be able to be kind to each other and not be judgemental based on appearance. Therefore, I tend to not wear anything provocative so as to not offend or obscure anyone.

Treat others the way you want to be treated and by that I want everyone to be approachable. Therefore, I am trying to be more approachable and I try to approach others.

The American Conversion to the Metric System

4letter_wordsAccording to worldknowing.com, the United States of America is the leader in scientific advancement and is also currently the most scientifically advanced nation in the world. Yet, the U.S. is one of three countries who utilise the English System of Measurement (also known as the Imperial System of Measurement). In order to continue to be the world leader in scientific advancement, and to include laymen Americans in the understanding of science, the United States of America should standardize the U.S. measurement system with the Metric System.

Firstly, the creator of the English System of Measurement, England, rejected the English System, currently in place, and changed to the Metric System just over 50 years ago. The creators of the system realised that their measurement system is less logical than the metric system. For example, the measurement of a yard is the distance from a person’s nose to the tip of their outstretched hand. Obviously, different people would measure this length differently because the distance between their outstretched hand and their nose would be dependent on a number of factors, mainly their height and length of their arm. Even though this is not a problem today because of standardized units, the basis of the system is not logical, and illogicalness has no place in science.

Secondly, conversion factors are more difficult than need be. To convert from yards to feet, one divides by 3. To convert feet to inches, one must divide by 12. From inches, to what are known as sixteenths, one must divide by 16. These numbers are all different, all illogical, and are difficult to convert between. The metric system is based on multiples of tens, so conversion between a meter and a centimeter is easier than from a yard to an inch.

Lastly, the U.S. is one of three countries that still use the Imperial System. The rest of the developing scientific countries just behind the U.S., Japan, Germany, and South Korea, all use the metric system. In order to communicate with the rest of the scientific community internationally, it would make the process exceptionally easier. According to NASA.gov in Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain monorail, an axle broke, causing the monorail car to derail. This was due to a conversion error from the Imperial System to the metric system. However, if the United States were in common with the other countries using the metric system, these sorts of tragedies would not occur.

The imperial system of measurement has reigned for too long in the United States and it is time to join the rest of the world in using the metric system with using the metric system of measurement. It is the obvious choice and would facilitate communication within the scientific community and with the public.

 

Signs of the Times

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-9-25-25-pmA new trend has come to my attention that worries me. It is a sign of a change in culture and frankly, a turn for the worse. Personally, I believe that it is a sign that America is becoming lazier and lazier by the year, and this dreadful happening that is picking up an absurd amount of momentum that leaves me quite surprised on how this cultural phenomenon has gained all of this favorability. And, of course, I am talking about the increasing popularity of the so-called “man bun” or to some, a “mun.”

Now this is not just about this completely uncalled for, lazy hairstyle, but it represents a cultural change on the macro-scale. If you ever talk to someone with a man but, they are usually a college-type hipster who are “not like everyone else” and have a journal dedicated to screenplay writing in the local, unique Starbucks coffee shop on the corner street. The man bun represents this hipster subculture. Now, if these man buns are becoming more and more popular, this means that hipsters are becoming increasingly prominent in today’s society.

An regressing society is never beneficial to the human race, yet the crux of the issue is since the increased amount of man buns in the United States is changing the very definition of a hipster. A hipster is someone who is expressly unique. If everyone is unique, is anyone really? The classic line from The Incredibles said by the infamous Syndrome “If everyone’s super, no one will be.”

To play off the stereotype of the hipster’s uniqueness, what would happen if everyone were to be a hipster? A problem arises where the hipster minority becomes the more common and superior culture of America. The regular suited businessman would become the minority and a person who wears hawaiian button downs or ironic t-shirts would be favoured. A whole new culture  would be born where formal wear to work would not be standardised, and instead people would wear flashy, more distracting clothing that are not suitable for the workplace. Therefore, work progress would decrease and the whole of society would be slowed, possibly to the point of halt or even regression.

Therefore, with all of this potential social crisis, society must stop and consider controlling the spread of the man bun. If caution is not taken,  political turmoil is eminent.

Disclaimer: This article is satire. I do not condone or hold the assumptions made in this article to be true. I do understand this is a great use of the slippery-slope tactic. 

Dear Diary: A Narrow Pass

narrowpathDear Diary,

Today I am going to sit down and have a conversation with my parents and tell them that I am moving away. I know they will not be happy about this, but I just have to.

“To tell you the truth I have been bullied at school for the past five years, and I think it would be best if I transfer to a different school. I cannot put up with classwork if I have no one to talk to”

They shake their heads and say “honey, you can talk to us”

“I come home and all that I hear is you two fighting about the littlest things; I don’t understand why you guys are still married; GET A DIVORCE. I do not care if you think it’s going to affect me. It won’t. I’ve already talked to grandma and she says that I can move in with her and go to high school near her. I’m moving so you two can figure your shit out and I can move on with my life.”

It is a hard truth, I know. But the truth is how it is. I cannot go to school and come home to endless noise and glass shattering on the floor.

My mum looks at me, like I was a child. “You can’t do this” she says. “You can’t just uproot and move like that”

“I cannot live like this anymore and this is the only obvious solution for me. Do you guys not want me to succeed. Obviously you don’t if you can’t keep the noise down while I’m doing homework.”

I think to myself about how this is not really about school. I can handle the bullies and can handle being picked on. I do have friends, but not having a steady, quiet home life is the real issue. I can get that with my grandma.

“Look. This is the best for me. I don’t want to be the reason you two fight. This is why I am moving away from you so you two can work it out. I cannot believe that I am telling you what to do, but it is just something you should think about, okay? I am moving out in two weeks. You can’t stop me.”

I went back to my room, tears in my eyes, and I started packing up my clothes. My dad came in with a suitcase, laid it on the floor, and nodded his head.


A work of fiction by Eric Blickensderfer

Q&A:GMOs

wkqaI commented on a blog post that was discussing the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). I agreed with the advantages listed, such as the ability for GMOs to increase crop yield in undeveloped countries, so nourishment would be plentiful; however I disagreed with the claim that GMOs could give rise to super pests and viruses. I stated that scientists would always find a way to circumvent the situations and would find new ways to prevent commercial plants from being preyed upon by disease or pests.