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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chernobyl photography

Passion and inspiration are the two things that drive a person to the point of excellence. Some people think it is easy to write about something your passionate about but really it's not, it's trying to convince someone to find something that you like interesting. Photography is one of the ways to get your reader interested, by allowing your reader's eyes to move from the bottom to the top giving them a clear photo to represent your topic. Photos are a great way to document disasters, weather it be a natural disaster or a man made one, Chernobyl was one of the man made disasters.


What happened there was a horrific event causing many people to evacuate their homes, however close to 40,000 men, woman, and children were predicted to have died due to radiation spewed from the reactor. Chernobyl would not have had the same reaction from the world if it weren't for the photos taken during the accident. Photos have documented the reactors, there are photos documenting the abandoned building, and even the mutations formed by people who had some exposure to the radiation. Even today when you Google the Chernobyl disasters you see what happened almost 28 years ago. 


One photo in particular had a lot of impact on how I looked at the Chernobyl disaster. This photo from the Denver Post shows children's toys and a gas mask abandoned after word spread about the soon to be nuclear disaster. One can only imagine the terror that teacher must have felt and the level of strength that that teacher had to show when evacuation the building with all of those preschoolers not old enough to know how this may affect them. Photos have a huge impact on the world and can affect how we see these disasters.  
This is from the Denver Post

Friday, January 16, 2015

One of the many affected by the Chernobyl disaster

Liquidators

The effect on the human body due to nuclear radiation

Some people think that what they don't know wont hurt them, I'm here to tell you that this is not always the case. The 3 different types of radiation are: Alpha particles, Beta particles, and Gamma rays. Alpha particles attack the atoms and strip away any electrons leaving positively charged atoms called ions. Extremely high amounts of radiation are called ionizing radiation. The releasing of electrons produces 33 electron volts (eV) of energy that heats the surrounding tissues and disrupts certain chemical bonds. In some cases, very high radiation can destroy the nuclei, and this releases more energy causing even more damage. However Alpha particles are the least damaging in terms of outside exposure, but unfortunately you can inhale Alpha particles through the form of radon gas. Alpha particles can be found in some smoke detectors. Some smoke detectors have a small electrical currents pass through plate 1 and a small amount of radiation pass through plate 2, and when the Alpha radiation plate is blocked by smoke, then the alarm is sounded. 


Beta particles can move several feet when put out by a radioactive source, but they can be blocked by most solid objects such as an aluminum sheet. Beta particles are 8,000 times smaller than Alpha particles, making them more dangerous and able to pass through clothing and even skin causing burns and tissue damage. If your food and water is exposed to the radiation, it can be ingested or even inhaled just like Alpha radiation. Internal exposure can be way more severe than external  exposure. This can cause mutation and cancer as any radiation can. 


Gamma Rays are the most dangerous form of ionizing radiation; these extremely high energy photons can travel though most any matter, and it would take several inches of lead or several feet of concrete to effectively block gamma rays. Gamma rays travel throughout our entire body, effecting our tissue from your skin all the way to your bone marrow. Gamma rays is the most effective way to kill cancerous cells and can also sterilize medical equipment that can be compromised by bleach or other disinfectants. The lesson to gather from this blog post is to be aware of what is around you and that these rays can be found in many household objects. 


Monday, January 12, 2015

Chernobyl Diaries: The film that inspired this blog

"The Art of Destruction" is the type of title that English teachers tell you to use when writing anything. A type of title that will grab your readers attention and make them want to read more. I personally think it's all about the pictures. When looking for actors for a horror movie, I've noticed that they always try to pick the best looking people for a movie because, let's face it, we are attracted to the attractive. So when I watch horror movies, I look at the front cover and if i like the cover then I will rent it. I know this isn't the most efficient way to find a good movie because the worse the movie is, the more likely that they will spend a greater amount of money into enhancing the cover. Tricking you... kind of like what the English teachers teach you to do, because most of the time the actual writing is never as good as the title. 


Whenever I see a horror movie and it says "based on a true story" it immediately intrigues me. When horror movies say that, it means they took what really happened and create a hook, like a love story or a brutal death or both as horror movies like to do. Who doesn't love a horror movie that shows us what we are most afraid of: losing someone you love the most. Chernobyl Diaries is one of those movies with a tragic love story. It starts with an adventurous young couple Chris (Paul McCartney) and Natalie (Olivia Taylor Dudley) and their mutual friend Amanda (Devin Kelley) who are traveling across Europe to a final destination in Moscow where the Chris plans on proposing to his girlfriend Natalie. Before heading to Moscow they stop in the Ukraine to visit Chris's brother, Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) where they all decide to go on an "extreme tour" to an abandoned nuclear disaster city, called Chernobyl. Now the truth about this movie is the nuclear disaster that forced many people out of there homes overnight.  I don't like this movie for the story, but for the impact that the reactor had on the town, having to evacuate their homes overnight and bringing nothing but the clothing on their back was crazy to think about. This is the film that inspired my blog about disasters around the world.