Category: FALO


I read the article about Stuxnet virus and what it did to Iran’s Nuclear Power Plant. Adam wrote about this for his presentation. After reading the article on the fox news website, I thought to myself what if this happened to all the nuclear power plants in the United states. Now I am not sad about the fact that Irans nuclear facility has found some set backs by any means. I would prefer them not ot have a nuclear program at all. As for this same thing happening to us though, the majority of our power in the states is comprised of Nuclear Energy. I would not be surprised that we have the most Nuclear energy in the world currently. But taking a step back for a minute if there is this type of capability out there.

Then maybe there are already much other ones in the mix. Everything is done on computers, financial data, Social Security numbers, history, birthdays, although some of these things we give away freely on a personal website. Everything is becoming attainable at a set of finger tips. That is a little scary to me. There are many ways to have wars, this one could be devastating for a country because, gas, power, water, internet, i mean logistics for many grocery stores. If they were able to be shut off that would have a detrimental effect on an country. Those are all essential needs, local areas could provide but only for so long. The majority also move money via internet. Now being able to take out all of these things at once would be quite the task. But completely attainable in the future I have no doubt.

Now getting into a different side of this, would it not be the same as dropping a nuclear bomb on the area if that factory were to be in operational condition and over heat because of malfunctions and cause a mass amount of danger to the particular area as well as the vast majority of its surroundings and everyones atmosphere.

The article also speaks about Duqu and 3 others created. If this is true then possibly the combination of all could be even worse? I am not sure how this sort of stuff works but its extremely interesting that people have capabilities in a place other than a lab, or a place with a lot of computers. What is required to concoct such a design? Regardless I am less concerned of someone stealing pictures on my computer when in the future it is possible to control a society via computers. I say we go back to the old days lol cash and trade. But then no one would be able to live with out internet, communication would be difficult over seas, all that we worked hard to acquire there are always people out there working to tear it back down, although that might not be the intention inadvertently could be the ultimate outcome.


Is he married?

No I am not married this is a family thing.

This writting assignment was to take a picture and write about the emotional significance it has in your life for ds106. I chose to take a picture of the ring I wear around my neck.

The gold ring was forged for my great grandfather and passed down through out the years. I wear it in rememberance that family comes first. Most people mistaken it for marriage or something like that. But it is infact for just remembering family is first no matter what. I will wear a separate ring on my finger someday if I ever get married. But the ring is meant to be close to the heart, closest place is around my neck so that is where I keep it.

I remember when I initally got it, each of  us have the same middle name also. But when I first got it my father fingers are huge so each of us are different so everyone had it resized. I know my grandfathers was also big. There were so many sizes it had to go down in order to fit mine. I can only hope if I have a son someday that he to will have roughly the same size finger to make it easier to pass it down along with my middle name. The tradition might infact go beyond my great grandfather but the only living people I recall wearing it were those individuals. I think having somethign passed down is important for everyone with children to have a story about family and values. It also establishes a bond that can be passed down to further generations.

Although all of them with the exeption of my father have passed when I wear the ring I feel them with me, with protection, and courage thew the hard times I had when I was in the military keeping me safe in all situations. The significance of it could never be replaced and I look forward to passing it also someday.


I chose to do a design assignment through ds106. The objective is to take a word and manipulate the letters to corrorlate with the word. So I decided to use pouring.

First I made the letter P the biggest to give the sense of it as the full pitcher or glass.

Then I wrote each letter of the word to look like a pouring motion. Making the letters smaller as they decend to there ultimate destination which is the last letter to collect all together again like a liquid on the floor or another glass getting filled up.

I used ms paint which is not as good as photoshop because you can actually twist the words on it and it makes it a better look. The computer I am using and my mac unfortunatly doesnt have this so i was left to use paint making my letters one by one which took more time than acutally doing the whole word and manipulating it all at once. It a simple assignment but takes time in order to get the look that you want.

A crowded train

I am from chicago and I thought sometimes the subway gets a little crowded on the L or what not but after being in japan I feel as if it is a herd of cattle being pushed into a railroad car to be slaughtered. I love Japan, the food, the people, the culture, but my if there is 1 thing that I hate and is impossible to get used to is the train during peak times. I live 1hr and 45 min away.

So for this time as some might have a nice casual seat while studying their material, I am standing well above a head taller than everyone else, larger, and personal space is what was respected most I guess in the states in comparison to here. So of coarse it has taken alot of getting use to, but even after 5 years I can attribute to still not ever being comfortable in any situation unless its among an entire train full of attractive women. Then I think the ride might be a bit more comfortable, but that will never happen. In addition to this you consider germs, peoples personal habits, colds, flus, sickness and combine it with these closed quarters. I found this picture on google that just sums up everything perfectly lol. Now although this photo is taken in Jakarta indonesia it still makes the point of the feeling I have ridding the train here. I am glad though that I dont have to hang on to the outside like shown here lol. That is a little dangerous and halarious at the same time.

With all this in mind I recently came up with a way to combat it as I have seen many of the Japanese do and master. I close my eyes and go to a happy place pretending I am not being smushed between 1000 different people. I just let my body relax and enjoy the falling back and forth as the multiple stops go by with the coming crowds. The best is the people who smell like they havent showered in days, once in a while you will get a crazy person next to you that shouts or does something extreemly out of the ordinary.

Dispite all of these things there is one thing to be said about Japanese in different to Americans. They have mastered the art of not letting anythign distract them. When they are smashed, twisted, buckled, in their happy place they go to its just a relaxing time til you suddenly wake up at your stop. For me, I have a long way to go but my training after 5 years has begun I hope I master it soon because sometimes I feel like I might end up like one of the crazy people I stand next to sometimes!

This original was created by glitch But I modified the image for a DS106 assignment. I loved it because he is a childhood figure giving the bird.

The ds106 assignment was a mashup that was to make your own album cover out of a pre existing one. The others were boring  and this was loud and thought it would get alot of attention. We were to remix it and make it something different. The prior person made it a lazer hood. I wanted to make it just his hood.

I started by photoshoping making it look like grafiti brushed out the lazer and made is say “come check out my hood” instead. Kind of gangster.

Then added a few featuring songs manipulated some colors, some red circles kinda like bullet holes and highlited the finger more. This image was halarious and I had to use it, I wrote the person who created this as mentioned above so the real credit for the majority of the work was put in by him. I just made some minor modifications for the assignment. I remember Mr. Rogers hood when I was a kid. Looking at how old school it is now its funny making fun of him with this album cover. Could you ever imagine him as a rapper? I think a good assigment might be to make a rap using his voice somehow lol if they have it.

Those shoes he always wore, but never the same pair it seemed, or how about that mail man that never failed to show up, takin the train to imagination land with those talking puppets, those sweaters he was obsessed with lol. Interesting times and programs. Next time I might have to do reading rainbow lol.

I was not aware of the desparation and great lenghts people travel to in order to support such an addiction. I also was not aware of all the ramafications it entails and affects it has on peoples lives. Delilah‘s presentation was alarmingly abundant with information while keeping the interstest on the topic at hand which is hard with the given subject. Her finformation from this website was incredibly informative and  goes to show how sick and decieving some people are. Delilah also spoke how the sexuality of women are changing and when things like this are watch it kind of makes the viewer emotionless to the topic at hand. Depending on what there fettish is. There is a large problem with human trafficing and porn. Children even are forced into situations into someone elses benefit which is appalling that people can have such mentalities to the suffereing of others children at that. Although there are many sick perferted twisted people out there. It is odd to see that the majority of the numbers given were people that are educated and also making more than 40,000 a  year! Could be almost anyone doing these types of things. She also has alot of information on her wordpress site. I dont think I will look at people the same anymore and always wonder to my self if they are a creeper or not.

What I honestly wonder is if it is this bad now, what will the generations to come have as problems with this area as technology becomes better?

For my project for FALO was to find an article on privacy and surveillance in regard to the web. I decided to talk about and present about an article that was written by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) I posted a link inside the acronym to make it easy if you were interested what the ACLU really is. Their actual article gave much information to current laws that pretty much give open doors to the federal government and private local security firms, not to mention state and local entities also to basically watch your every move on the internet. Well I should not say you in particular I should just say people of “interest” deemed by someone somewhere in relation to an email, or a blog, or a website, or a search conducted created this person of interest file. Although there are millions of these that have been made.

Some of the people are on  a watch list, some get grounded and put on a no fly list, some are just not under investigation but are awaiting that one time with the one thing to just have the smallest excuse to use it ammunition for a investigation. Now there are multiple ways we can look at this. One if your conducting something illegal on the net then of coarse your going “blow the whistle” laws, constitution, over all fairness. But what do we consider this truly. Some people conduct business legitimately on the net and privacy is important because of cliental or figures, or information embarrassing for someone else. There are always 2 ways to look at everything, nothing to hide who cares look at it. What about people who are looking up porn and that is there ways to have some enjoyment in the privacy of their own home. Makes them feel like no one else is around, well someone is watching that person could be bothered by this. Some might feel its just an infringement of over all rights in the country. And some just enjoy the fight with the government. Regardless of the reason an individual my or may not argue the reason why it is happening in the first place is because people test infrastructure, steal money, manipulate people with this device. The internet is an amazing means of speaking to each other internationally and it is also a easy way to conduct crime. And with crime there are markers that can be followed just like foot steps in the snow. Now is it right? There are lines that have to be drawn yes. What about  on July 10, 2008 President Bush signed the FISA Amendments Act. Take a look at the article and see what happened to structure and checks and balances.

The hardest part of the law to understand is that it makes racial profiling ok. This is something that for years haunted the United States and caused great pain and grief for many that still today before these laws lingered. There are 2 ways to look at it, the rationality of the particular profiled group in relation to the crime it infers to. But with that in mind the psychological toll it has on the party that is profiled is profound not to mention everyone else lives there life like nothing is happening. But why not it doesn’t pertain to them. Morality should always trump rationality in my eyes. And the current laws in place are morally wrong. The crime rate might dwindle, the terrorist attacks might stop, drugs might not become just as readily available with there in-acts but the changes to society and the separation of people will grow larger.

People came to this country to enjoy their freedoms not to be put in a category. I want crime to stop, i dont want terrorist bringing more harm to my country. But more important than that is what I do want, and what I want is what anyone in the united states is entitled to and that is equality, and the freedoms that were written in a contract by its founders.  Here is a info-graph of information that is interesting also.