Friday, April 23, 2010

PLN 26

I read an article on USA today about how Amazon is now going to start selling the Kindle in Target to try to increase profits. It is the first time the Kindle is going to be sold in real stores that people could go to and try the Kindle personally. They are trying to do this in competition of the Apple Ipad. I think this is a good idea because Amazon is getting killed from the sales of the Ipad. I think Amazon should try to sell them in different stores too to try to get more sales. This is a good idea by Amazon but I'm not sure if its going to work.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PLN 25

I read an article on USA today about the volcano in Iceland erupting and cancelling flights throughout Europe. It has stopped air travel in Europe for almost a week keeping the transport of food and equipment to other places. An eruption like this happened in 1821 and lasted for two years. It has been said that this eruption is almost as powerful as that one was. It covered the sky and killed thousands of animals used for live stock and caused a famine. They are worried it will have the same affect now stop air travel for at least a few weeks. I think this will not be good for Europe's economy.

Monday, April 19, 2010

PLN 24

I read an article on USA today about how president Obama is now trying to get us to mars instead of the moon like we originally planned. He says we would be able to land on an asteroid by 2025 and orbit mars by the mid 2030's. I think this is crazy because he cut NASA's budget and cancelled the mission to the moon. How does he plan on doing this when we need to use the space taxi program to get into space at all. I think if he wanted to do this, he shouldn't of cut NASA's budget to begin with. So I think he should plan for something we can actually do.

PLN 23

I read an article called "JPL worker sues over intelligent design demotion" from USA today about how a jet propulsion laboratory worker was demoted after passing out religious DVDs to his coworkers and is now suing the company he works for. He feels he was treated wrongly and he deserves reparations. I think he shouldn't of been demoted because its not like he's making people watch them or take them, they can choose to not take them. So I think it was OK for him to sue the company. He was wrongly treated and deserves something because of it.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

PLN 22

I read an article called "Obama tries to get support of space plan off ground" about how he's trying to get more people support his idea of weakening the space program. I talked to the NASA employees and told them what he was going to do. I think he is only trying to get so much support because he shouldn't have done it but he is trying to make himself feel in the right with it.He's trying to get people to support him but they shouldn't because he shouldn't of cut NASA's budget in the first place. So I think president Obama shouldn't of cut NASA's budget and no one should support him because he did.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PLN 21

I read an article on USA today called "Moon vets say Obama's NASA cuts would ground U.S." about how president Obama is cutting all the funding for NASA and canceled the return-to-the-moon program that was supposed to get us on the moon again by 2020. Even world famous astronauts like Jim Lovell and Neil Armstrong, who rarely talks to the public, are speaking out about Obama's space program cuts. Buzz Aldrin says its a good idea and that it will give money to the space taxi service which will get us to the international space station. But that mean the Russians will be the ones taking us when we have the capability to do so if Obama didn't cut NASA's budget. These budget cuts will give us third-rate stature for our space program, when we were the best in the world. I think Obama's plan to cut NASA's budget is insane and we should continue the return-to-the-moon program.

Friday, April 2, 2010

PLN 20

I read an article on USA today called"Geneva atom smasher sets collision record" about the large Hadron Collider and its successful test the other day. It is one of the largest machines ever built, and it takes up a 17 mile long tunnel below the Swiss-French boarder in Geneva. I think that this is such a big leap in the science community, its the biggest event since we landed on the moon. Its cost $10 billion dollars to make and it was created to try to recreate the big bang. Nothing big has happened yet but they didn't destroy the world yet so its better then some people thought. Some people thought it would make tiny black holes that would destroy the world, but most people were confident that that wouldn't happen. So I think this is a great thing and I'm glad on where this is going.

PLN 19

I saw what Google did for April fools day, and I read the story that goes behind it and I wonder why they did this in the first place. I can see Google doing it for a day, but Topeka KS has been doing this for a month, and I don't understand why they did it in the first place. Why is Google so important that city's should honor it by changing their names for a month to Google. Maybe we should call it the United States of Google for a week and see what happens. So this is what I think of Topeka pretending to change its name to Google for a while.

PLN 18

I read the post on Mr.Maas' blog about how its like to use laptops in class. I think it is great to use laptops in class. It is a great tool to do your work on and keep yourself organized. You keep all your papers and all of your work in one place, so you don't need a binder. And its easier to do your work in class so you can just do the work, and send it to someone if need be, and you could do research or something else at the same time when you really cant when your writing on a paper. So I think having laptops in class is a good thing and its a great technology to use for school work.