Dooms Day Just a Click Away!

Click on this link and you’ll be launched to Popular Science’s Archive gallery of doomsday predictions.

Since the idea first sprouted, who knows how long ago, people have been terrified for the day that the world will end. More specifically, they fear the end of the human race. Honestly, what majority of people truly care if cock roaches are the only living things one billion years from now? I’m sure they will keep robots of the future, like Disney’s Wall-E, company, but this thought probably does not comfort many people in today’s generation. Or even future generations for that matter.

So, why are doomsday ideas so popular? In the early twentieth century doomsday scenarios received an extra boost of the Oh-no-it’s-for-real factor by using science to support its claims. Science’s ability to render the impossible, plausible gave an extra zing that made the imminent day of doom seem more realistic. Early twentieth century ignorance of the technology behind phones, radios, and televisions was particularly disturbing to the public.

However, I must say that my favorite doomsday freak out is not included in this gallery. Of course, I’m talking about the 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds adapted for radio. Argumentativley, the best end-of-the-world story simply due to the mass hysteria that erupted. People were literally searching forests for the alien landing site, ready with their shot guns if the death-ray should appear.

Well, anyways this humorous collection of ten different end-of-the-world scenarios from Earth’s shrinking crust to the death of the Sun, certainly make me feel safer. When I am reassured that humans have survived every new doomsday scenario of the decade since the 1930’s, it makes me smile to think of the awesome birthday party I will be hosting on December 21, 2012.

Possible Invitation Card Cover

Final Cut

final cut: nondestructive video editing program
final cut tips:
1) link and unlink to separate audio and video
2) eraser tool to select and delete video
3) or you can drag it
4) for audio –> make sure you can see the audio waves during editing: sequence, settings, show audio waveforms
5) with pin tool you can control your audio
6) add lower thirds: effects tab, text, lower 3rd
7) add transitions to lower third titles

Multimedia Homework, Thank You!

This weekend has been a rather stressful one for me. I flew out Thursday afternoon to Washington D.C. to attend the AAAS meeting. My primary goal for attending was to participate in the internship fair. The internship fair involves a speed dating approach where undergraduate and graduate students interested in science writing can interview with some of the top magazine in the country such as Scientific American, Science News, Nature, and many more. There were a total of twenty five magazine/organizations that arrived at the fair and a total of fifty undergraduate/graduate students. I was able to talk with eight of the twenty five, which is an average number.

In addition to the internship fair, I was able to meet three admission directors from different graduate schools I’m applying to. Just a good way to give them a face with the name. So, those two things kept me busy Friday and Saturday, which made me somewhat nervous for my multimedia video assignment due on Monday (tomorrow).

I knew that covering the AAAS meeting was, in all probability, my only chance for getting material for this assignment. So, I got up early this morning, packed my camera bag with my camera and video recorder material, grabbed my tripod, and headed for the metro station that would take me to the Convention center where the meeting is being held. After walking around and scoping out the terrain I went up to a table and chatted with the guy for a while, and then got up the courage to say, “Hey, I’m in a multimedia class at Ohio State. Would you mind telling me what you just told me on camera?”. I was half expecting him to say no, but to my surprise he said that he was happy to do it. So, after that I went around with some more confidence and started talking to more and more scientists. I can not emphasize how cool these people are, and how awesome the research they’re doing is. I got to talk to the guys who designed and made the remote controlled humming bird, which was by far the most interesting exhibit I came across. I also talked to a guy who got to ride the Vomit Comet and test how hot air behaves in zero gravity.

Anyways, today was an amazing experience and I would not have had it if it weren’t for this assignment. And furthermore, I certainly would not have had it on tape! So, thanks multimedia journalism class for this awesome experience I’ll never forget!

When you’re in D.C. do as the Swedish do

As an aspiring undergraduate aiming for a career in science writing, I was easily persuaded to attend the American Association for Advanced Science annual meeting. The AAAS meeting is currently being held in Washington D.C. at the Convention Center in downtown. There are additional special events taking place at a couple of hotels one or two blocks away; however, these “special events” are geared towards members of the National Association of Science Writers and not the presenting scientists for the AAAS meeting. NASW members come from across the country to this meeting to mingle, connect with other professionals in the field, and attend sessions on various science topics such as the religious issues involved if life were to be found on another planet.

As a member of NASW I was given not only a name tag with my name on it, but a name tag with the notorious/prestigious (depending on who you’re talking to and what about) title of “Press”. This little name tag has not only given me the opportunity to meet some renowned professionals within the science writing field, but it has also served as my meal ticket for the past two days. Not to mention, this is some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Anything from salty soft pretzels to lumpy crab cakes and mushroom bisque.

I recently returned from a magnificent party held at the House of Sweden in Georgetown. The first thing I noticed as I walked up the lit pathway were the entrance doors that had a cascading waterfall trapped within them. I’m sure it’s not difficult to place some mini hoses across the top of a door and continuously run water through it, but it is a very unique idea and an even more unique image. This party embodied what every party should: fantastic food, dance floor, and open bar. Not to mention the inside of the building was stunning. The walls were glass overlooking the Potomac River while the downstairs area had a two inch deep, ten foot long by two foot wide (approximately) water pool. I say pool because I can’t think of any other way to describe it. But, if you’re wondering if people got tipsy and jumped in, although I left early, I can almost assure that is impossible simply due to the lack of depth this lovely decoration held.

So, after eating a plate full of food, drinking a couple drinks, then eating a plate full of desserts I was perfectly content. I highly recommend the House of Sweden, which also houses the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Iceland, as a place for a party. If you ever get the chance, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. I just kind of wish I hadn’t drank that test tube with the green sugar coated rim.


Ohio State Students Protest for the Egyptian People

Turn on the television to a news station and watch for a couple of hours. Undoubtedly, you will see footage or hear commentary of the protests in Egypt. It is a time of great crisis for Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and the ease of communication made possible by today’s technology is not helping. Despite shutting down the internet within Egypt, Mubarak has been unable to isolate the events from the world nor has he been able to contain them. On Friday, January 28, 2011 students at Ohio State University’s main campus in Columbus, Ohio formed their own protest at the corner of 14th Ave. and High St. advocating the removal of Mubarak from office. With Egyptian flags and anti-Mubarak signs the students shouted for reform, justice, and liberty for the Egyptian people.

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Major protest on High St. this afternoon concerning the Egyption Government issues that I went to and got pictures and interviewed three people. Walking away feeling pretty proud I noticed that my recorder did not record any of my interviews. Somehow I must have pressed stop just as I started talking to my first guy. I’m so dissapointed!