Sunday, April 12, 2015

Driving

Why do people feel the need to do something that they know will either very quickly kill them or hurt them, or slowly eat them from the inside out? I'll tell you why, to feel something, so many days pass by, with around the same actions taken everyday for most of our surreal lives. Wake up, get dressed for the day, work or school, get home, do something small and insignificant for the rest of the day until bedtime, then it starts over again. Our lives are so boring we thrive on change, adventure, or even a bit of a rush. We express this through the media, movies and books are an escape. Art work shows the vulnerability in a persons mind. 

Everyone is vulnerable but finding a way to feel safe is the best you can do. So when the right time came around she put that first cigarette to her lips and she fell in love. She loved the way she carried it between her lips, the slight angle giving it an effort to look cooler. She loved the smell, and the feeling of her tongue rub against the filter. When she would light it her first inhale was always the best sensation, the mix of warmth from the quietly lit cigarette and cool winter air, she would feel it in her throat, down to her chest, then in her lungs. The breath after that would be tunneled with cool air and the fumes from the cigarette still lingering in her body. She felt alive. 

When she smoked she made sure to do it while in the most stressful situations, she would stop everything, and she would walk to her car and she would drive for hours. She didn't have a destination, driving made her feel free, and escape from reality. She would light one in her car with the windows down and the music up. The highways winding up and down the hills of the redwoods, the freeways with three lanes and she would only stay in the fast one, going 80 in a 65. Her car would bonce with every uneven curve in the road. 1, 2, 3 cars she passes and for what? Living. By about the forth inhale she was feeling it, it was explainable. Like a really nice minute long headache. She felt she was floating, like she was gliding, or flying. The high speeds, she knew would kill her if she crashed, but she did care. Driving with a cigarette in her mouth was the only thing she did to feel significant. She felt safe in and insane, and unpredictable life. She felt something unexplained. 

Blog review on my own blog.

Writing a blog review about your blog is a hard thing to do because visiting your blog every other day, its hard to refresh it. Its nothing like discovering a new blog, something your eyes have never laid on, something fresh that new information can come from. Information never heard or processed by your brain. Visiting something every other day makes the thing you love or are inspired by almost boring.

One topic, accidentally one paragraph written over and over, with different words to change the feeling of the blog. Writing about Chernobyl was and still is the best thing to write about for me, something with a lot of mystery behind it and not a lot of explanation. Something that helped mold how we thought and experiment with nuclear powers. There have been books, movies, and articles weather it be online of in a paper, that you could find almost everything about the whole topic in one sitting. I would say my blog is interesting, and informative. I have articles about where can you find radiation, and what radiation is the most harmful and what can sometimes block you from the radiation. I've written articles about places with radiation and even some articles about the history of the "duck and cover" method and how to protect yourself from an earthquake.

Reviewing my blog, I could change the focus way earlier than I did, I would have more informative posts about questions that my blog readers would like to ask, and I would defiantly write more short fictional stories.

What i enjoyed the most about this project is the fictional story that I could write. Writing a heart warming story about a man that had lived through the Chernobyl blast and is now looking back on his life remembering the blast and being happy with it cause he actually felt something.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How many people died on site and how many people died due to cancer? How much radiation did one person get, on average? When did this disaster take place? These are just some of the questions that I would like to know when learning more about Chernobyl.

During the blast itself a total of 31 people had died, you would think that a disaster that big would have taken more lives. It was said to believe that close to 200,000 emergency workers, 116,000 evacuees and 270,000 residents of the most contaminated areas were effected by the nuclear meltdown. Among those were people called liquidators, in charge of staying back and trying to help put the fires out and cool down the reactors. There were an estimated total of 240,000 liquidators killed due to radiation.

On average the levels of radiations were 33 mSv, which is a very high dosage of radiation. The children in the town or near by the town of Chernobyl, who had contact with animal products and plants that showed some trace of radiation, were likely to get thyroid cancer. when people breathed in the radiation the exposure from the radon may have lead to lunge cancer for many of the people who lived near the disaster.

When did this disaster take place? On April 26, 1989 at 1:23 am the disaster hit, leaving hundreds of people to die and to evacuate there homes,  leave over night. I could never image the level of pain that they had to go through to leave there homes and go to an unknown place with no money, no extra close and no means of transportation.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Glow in the dark bacon?!?!?!?

Who is ready for glow-in-the-dark bacon? Scientist from southern China have found a way to genetically change the way some pigs look. In a effort to find a cure for people suffering from hemophilia. Ten pig embryos have been injected with fluorescent jellyfish DNA back in 2013. This experiment was so successful with the development of the reproductive process, that scientist from the university of Hawaii say that this could be the most efficient way to the treatments for disorders like Hemophilia. The main purpose for this research is to create cheaper and more efficient medicine.

Fluorescent Rabbits in Turkey, monkeys, dogs, fish and even sheep. Scientist have even created green cats caring a protein helping them defend against cat version of HIV and  feline immunodeficiency virus. How ever all of the bunny's were born healthy.

Here is a link to a video that explains more about these really cool bunnies.

Glow in the dark bacon

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to survive an earthquake.

When we think of a natural disaster,we tend to think of the worst possible thing.Some people think of earthquakes, tornadoes, or even a tsunami. Earthquakes are not really a big deal in California. Just the other day we had a 5.7, and when it happened I was in the middle of a history test, I remember our teacher just stopped. He asked us to get under our desks and a couple of seconds later we got back up, then we continued with our test. It wasn't a big deal. A couple of years back we had a 6.4 and when that hit you could feel it, the fish tank was shaking back and forth and with every swaying motion the tank would spill some water. My friends parents ran in the living room and grabbed us, pulling us into the nearest door way. The earthquake took a good 2 or 3 minutes and before we knew it the everything stopped shaking and we were all fine.

Most people have heard of the "Duck and Cover" method, a method developed in the 1950's when the effects of the atomic bomb was unknown. What we know now is that the "Duck and Cover" method will definitely save you from an atomic bomb, but "Duck and Cover" can protect you from an earthquake. On average California can get about 12,000 to 14,000 earthquakes a year, or about 35 earthquakes a day. In the event of  an earthquake if you are indoors try to find a big table or a chair to protect your neck with. By crouching down and putting your neck and upper back under the table of chair, holding one of the legs to prevent it from moving, this is the best way to avoid falling objects while indoors during an earthquake. If you are outdoors and close to a building, try to get to the porch of the building, or try to get into a building. If you are not by any buildings, try to get to an open field without any trees or power lines. Remember to always protect your neck and your head by covering them up during an earthquake. For more information on earthquakes you can visit the USGS, or The National Geographic website.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nuclear Meltdown: A fictional short story

Dying is one of the most terrifying topics that you could ever bring up in a conversation. As a society we are very morbid, we accept death and all of its disadvantages. We fear dying but we also fear not living, we celebrate someone's life knowing that they will never be celebrated again. Most people get a proper funeral but I guess my family and I will never get that pleasure of knowing we will be celebrated. I crouch down to hug and kiss my children and immediately I am stuck with this troubling thought that my kids will never understand the severity of the situation. 

Then we get the news. Evacuation. I am completely shocked that something like this is truly going to happen; there has already been some talk about one of the reactors failing but no one believed that it would actually happen. My first instinct was to pack everything. I wondered if I would ever come back to the city, to the house that my family has lived in for three generations. I remember as a kid waking up and the smell of blueberry pancakes hit my nose and I ran down and my mom walked over and kissed my forehead and told me she loved me. That brought me to the mornings I cooked pancakes for my children and all those I love you's shared up until this moment right now. 

I look back at my kids and as I stare at them trying to take in their faces one last time, my moment of peace is broken by a loud bang. 

My eyes quickly open and I jolt up to find myself covered in sweat and in a hospital bed. As I start to panic I realize that I have been in this hospital bed for about a month now and have stage 4 terminal cancer. The doctors say that this dream is the only thing that has been keeping me alive this long. At first I thought it was a message, but over time I've realized that this is a memory from a point in my life were I felt the most vulnerable, but it has become one of my favorite memories. I am old now and no longer afraid of dying, I take each day as anyone can and I do not regret anything that I have or haven't done.