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Palo Alto High School journalism student, Sam Herzog, posted his article “Bay Area schools employ tough tardy policies toward students” describing both administrator’s and student’s side of tarty sweeps throughout different schools. As administrator sees the tarty sweeps a necessity, students believe tarty sweeps are “pointless.” Tarty sweeps are intended to  control the number of tarties that are caused by students walking to class nonchalantly.

Herzog organized this story very objectively by asking both sides about their opinions, but looking very carefully shows there were more quotes leaning towards how inefficient tarty sweeps but still does not necessarily show his beliefs. Many quotes are about how tarty sweeps are a “fear tactic.” There immediately shows a serious tone by the controversy of the topic between the students and administrators. The reason I read this was because I was caught in a tardy sweep while doing my job in publications class, and based off my experience how tarty sweeps are “a punishment,” I wanted to look more into details how other schools deal with tarty sweeps.



What is the most important thing I learned? Why?

The most important thing I learned is that other schools also do tarty sweeps to try to discourage students. I do not agree with tarty sweep policy as even first time tarty students are punished while other students who have on record for being tarty numerous times are dealt in the same manner. Los Banos High School tarty sweeps showed me how little administration cares about students’ education by taking them out of classes that some students would rather be in to learn.

The article “Why Most Shampoos are a Waste of Money” posted on describes how innovated Kronos shampoo is. Based on the technology other shampoo companies put into their products, most shampoos do not help at all to fix or repair your hair. This is because the nutrients that are supposed to repair hair are too big of molecules to be absorbed into hair or the follicle, which makes sense. Kronos hair products has solved this problem by simply decreasing the size of molecules so they can be absorbed in hair. Kronos has proved with clinical trials that 96% of consumers can notice a difference by using their hair products.

As this sounds all nice, you will finish reading the article to notice in harder to read print, “This article sponsored by Kronos…” As bias as it is, the statistics seem nice, and the simplicity of their solution to truly fix hair is easy to understand, which makes highly attractive to consumers in need of better shampoos. The title captivated my intention, so I decided to read it in order to find out why shampoos do not work.



What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you.

As I was always curious on how hair products could help if you just wash it out of your hair, I learned that my idea is mostly right. It surprised me that this was a problem with other shampoos if Kronos solved it by just reducing molecule size. I still would not spend more than a couple dollars on shampoo being that I do not care about how healthy my hair is, all I like from shampoos is to get the oil and dirt out.

“Let Them Eat Dog” is a very interesting article by Jonathan Safran Foer that proposes the economically beneficial argument about eating dogs. Humans are on the top of the food chain, so why don’t we try to eat dog. Having dog on the menu would be an efficient way to dispose of “strays, those runaways, those not-quite-cute-enough-to-take and not-quite-well-behaved-enough-to-keep.” Many people repute that it is not right to eat man’s best friend, but family pets are not what we will be eating, we will be eating strays.

Foer makes this legitimate into something a little humorous by including a Filipino recipe that involves dog meat. The author presents himself to be willing to eat, or maybe already has, dog meat, but yet he still feels that dogs can be friends/family as well. The article is not necessary geared to anyone in particular, but most likely vegans and people who feel strongly about eating dogs will be willing to read this. The reason I read this article was because my economics teacher handed it out, and I found it abstract enough to respond to.



What is the most important thing you have learned? Why?

I learned that eating dogs would be efficient because we would not just waste valuable meat. Also pounds would not cost as much to run if we used to strays as food after so long of not being claimed. This would increase our economy slightly, and it could pose new jobs if we were ever to have a dog farm or cat farm.

Funny concept to grasp, but the Dow Jones can be predicted 87.6% of the time based off the moods people twitter about. “Twitter Mood Predicts The Stock Market,” A blog on, describes how about 10 million tweets can do this phenomenon. Researches have concluded that based on the calmness levels of people who twiter, the Dow Jones will have a direct correlation. Many other people may believe this is an ad hoc argument, but statistics back this up, mostly. Researchers are trying to find other variables to eliminate out of there current algorithm to try to find out why exactly this relationship happens.

This article may intrigue math majors, economists, and investors. The serious tone throughout the blog will help portray these statistics as a plausible  way to estimate the growth of the economy. The reason I was interested in it was because it seemed to me like an abstract statement, and also that it is a balance between my classes of statistics and economics.


What is the most important thing you have learned? Why?

The most important thing I learned was that people’s moods are directly related to the economy. I would never have expected the mood calm to be the most corresponding, I probably would have guessed either happy or sad/depressed. Although it seems illogical, the economic text books do teach that people’s moods will effect our economy’s output.

New York Times has released a type of schematic for an argon powered rocket. NASA has developed this new rocket so we can travel to distant planets faster by providing a constant thrust. Argon is accelerated with magnetism and produced into plasma, and even though one argon atom is extremely small, one atom produces one pound of thrust. For reference, 6 gallons will yield about 6*10^23 atoms (600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms) which is a lot of energy put into a small space, and that is only at normal atmospheric pressure.

Any one interested in space exploration will be interested in this new rocket. I personally believe that new technological advancements like theses will help put humans on another planet. USA might be the first to walk on the moon, lets hope they are the first to walk on Mars as well.



As you read today, were any questions that you had answered by what you read?

Ever since the first rocket, it has always seemed to be the same solid rocket fuel used with the same technology. I have been expecting a new type of propulsion to be invented for a while now because of how inefficient the solid rocket fuel seems to be. The new argon powered rocket relieves me to know that new propulsion mechanisms are coming out. I cant wait to see it in action


A blogger, Dan Piller, writes about how green NASCAR is in his blog “NASCAR confirms move to E15 ethanol.” You would think that the cars are extremely tunes for pure power and racing so they would burn the most inefficient fuel in order to obtain the power, but it turns out to be quite different. Demand for crude oil as fuel as been dissolved with the use of ethanol fuel, which is produced from corn. NASCAR claims that ethanol fuel is not just to contribute to more efficient cars, but also adds a few extra horsepower to the cars.

Dan Piller informative blog caught my attention by being a little unexpected; not many people would expect a race car to be green. Piller has a very broad audience, and his article may even inform environmentalists that NASCAR is not completely inconsiderate about the environment.



How can you use this information in your life?

Ethanol has been an increasing alternate fuel. I will have to look more into the technology in order to determine that I may want to buy a car that supports using ethanol. I would not consider myself to be a die hard environmentalist, but I do like to know how much pollutants I contribute and if there is anyways on being more efficient

Adrienne Selko informed readers about new technological advancements in solar panels in his article “New Low Cost Solar Panels Ready for Mass Production”. Professor Sampath has been designing a new way to create a solar cell that decreases production cost by almost two fold, as well as resources in manufacturing being efficiently use to reduce excess materials. The new technology will render cheaper energy costs from solar plants and cheaper consumer solar panels.


Selko’s article will promote readers interested in solar power to have hope for soon  more affordable solar power for homes. You can tell Selko was not just regurgitating information by all the research he had to accumulate in order to provide statistics on the topic. The reason I read this article was for my interest in new technologies, and I have fascination with solar cells for personal use.




How can you use this information in your life?

I may not be able to directly use the particular information that the article supplied, but It does give me examples that I will need to major in chemistry for my goals in life of becoming an inventor and entrepreneur.

Jonah Goldberg wrote an editorial “Ameria’s list for assassination”, which is about the stereotypical hit list. I guess the hit list is not such a big secret after all, although very controversial. The President of the US approves a known al-Qaida propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki, on the CIA hit list as a national security. Controversy about whether or not this list is right to do is the other side to the argument.


I believe that the hit list is for the citizens protection, especially considering al-Awlaki stated he wanted to kill US citizens including babies, he should just be executed. Goldberg’s editorial was geared towards justifying the hit list (In Texas this would not be controversial). I chose to read this article because I knew little to nothing about the hit list or if it even existed or not.



What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?

I did not know that the hit list was real or not, and how public it is. It surprised me that people are not in favor of killing national threats to this country considering that people are always want to feel safe when walking the streets.

Bill Willis, the webhost of, provided information on how a nuclear bomb works. Mr. Willis explains that there are two types of nuclear bombs, an atomic bomb and a hydrogen bomb. Nuclear bombs work of either splitting or combining atoms, because there is energy that is used in both those processes that if not used, will be released as an explosion. Hydrogen bombs release much more energy compared to atomic bombs because fusion produces much more stable elements, requiring less energy to bind, therefore releasing more energy.

Mr. Willis descirbes in much more detail on how these two bombs work just for educational purposes and is for anyone interested in physics or how these weapons are used. The last paragraph being about using these concepts for more beneficial resources shows the bias that Mr. Willis is not for the use to be warfare, also Mr. Willis describes the bombs, “weapons of mass destruction” which has a negative connotation.

The reason I read this article was because my teacher, Mr. Gurgen, brought up the though of how these bombs function. Not knowing the answer made me curious, so I searched the web for it.


What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?

Prior to reading, I did not know that atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs were two different concepts. I never knew that humans have been capable of fusion which surprised me the most, because I thought the only existence of fusion was in the sun.

“Teraflop Troubles: The Power of Graphics Processing Units May Threaten the World’s Password Security System ”  is an article that will change your passwords, for it describes the threat graphic cards can have towards common passwords. Researches at Georgia Tech Research Institute, GTRI, are testing the performance of GPU’s (graphic processing units) to brute force passwords, even the complex long passwords.

GPUs are fast right now, and  they will continue to increase exponentially in speed. The article informs readers the dangers of these new advantages that GPUs have and not only being good to play video games. The capability of cracking passwords got my attention extremely quick because I have experience in using GPUs for password cracking, also this article will grab the attention of not only common people, but also catch the attention of computer programmers and hackers.

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How can I use this information in your life?

By understanding the new risks in security, I could increase my password lengths because I have had issues with hackers finding out my password and just spamming me.


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