Geothermal Heat

Earth day is an annual and global event which falls on April 22. It devoted to helping the environment and making the world a greener place. Everyone can make a difference on this day. Only by recycling your garbage you can save many plants and animals all over the world.

On this day I have decided to write about something I truly believe in: geothermal heat. As many of you might know, the earth is incredibly warm underneath the surface and by using pipes and pumps we can transfer this heat into houses and other buildings. There is a huge difference between the amount of Fahrenheit we have on the surface of the earth and only a few feet below our feet. Another advantage with a geothermal heat pump is that the temperature under the surface is quite constant even though the climate above can change drastically. The heat varies from 45*F to 75*F depending on the latitude. The temperature works similar to a cave, it is warmer than the air above it in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The installation price for a geothermal heat pump is a lot more expensive than an air source system and this is the reason why many people won’t install it in their own house. However, the costs are returned to you in energy saving after 5 to 20 years. The geothermal heat pumps are also quieter, lasts longer, and need little maintenance.

This is some of the reasons why I believe in this energy source and why I would like to install one in my house when I get one. I think more people should install one as well. Today there are 50000 heat pumps in the USA but I believe that is too few. What do you think about the geothermal heat pump?

-Stine

Sources:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/geothermal-heat-pumps

The Day of Fools

You might have heard about April fool’s day before, but it is an informal celebration where people fool each other for fun. In many countries this is very widespread day where people prepare fools for their friends and family several weeks ahead. The origin of the day is uncertain, but people believe it is related to the turn of seasons or the celebration of the new year (before today’s calendar was introduced).

During the years both kind and mean pranks have been performed. It is a special day for many nations and can trigger a lot of laughter. The day is celebrated differently in countries because of the different traditions. It has also been made many books and films about this day, and when I was younger I watched a TV program about April fools which I thought was very funny.

I have never been made fun of on April fool’s day and I don’t think many of my friends have either. In Norway the outcome of this day depends on what friends you have. If you have got friends who like to play games, you might get fooled on the 1th. April, but usually young people do not trick each other in Norway. I am not certain why, but I think people in Norway do not know as much about the holiday like many other people might do. Because we do not know so much about it, it does not mean as much to us either. I do, however think it is funny to read April fool’s on the internet or listen to stories of someone who has been fooled. I came over a very funny one the other day and I wanted to share it with you. It is called Sidd Finch:

The April 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated contained a story about a new rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets. His name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. This was 65 mph faster than the previous record. Surprisingly, Sidd Finch had never even played the game before. Instead, he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.” Mets fans celebrated their teams’ amazing luck at having found such a gifted player, and they flooded Sports Illustrated with requests for more information. In reality this legendary player only existed in the imagination of the author of the article, George Plimpton, who left a clue in the sub-heading of the article: “He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga —and his future in baseball.” The first letter of each of these words, taken together, spelled “H-a-p-p-y A-p-r-i-l F-o-o-l-s D-a-y — A-h F-i-b”. From: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/aprilfool/

Have you ever been fooled or fooled anyone on April fool’s day?

– Stine

The Biology of Belief

Finally! My class is having an in depth project in English where we are able to pick a topic ourselves and write about it. We could pick any topic we like, and because I love a mixture between science, spirits and magic, talking about Bruce H. Lipton amazing work suits me perfectly. In 2011 he published the book “the Biology of Belief” where he explains how cells receive and process information. Many of his ideas are hard to understand like: the DNA and genes do not control our biology, but instead the DNA is controlled by signals outside the cell. These signals can contain both positive and negative thoughts. This is hard to understand, but incredibly interesting.

I personally think this is a very interesting topic and Bruce H. Lipton seems like a very engaged and intelligent person. He is known for connecting science and spirit which makes him very original. He has a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and has been working as a cell biologist for a very long time. He has written a total of three books and is most known for “The Biology of Belief”. I am looking forward to start this project and learn a lot about the way cells receive signals from the body and how they process these. 

This is a photo of Bruce H. Lipton taken from his website: http://www.brucelipton.com/

-Stine

English Project About World War Two

Lately, my English class have been finding information about World War two. We have been divided into several groups that are approaching different themes about the topic. My group decided to look into the Norwegian and American war effort and how the media portrayed the soldiers and the country’s effort during and after the war. This is for me personally a very interesting topic because it shows the difference between Norway and America during World War two. Norway was an occupied country and did not fight the Germans with a huge army. We used small groups that had secret illegal missions against the Nazi rule. A very well-known Norwegian military resistance group was Milorg. At the end of the war they had 55 thousand soldiers who sabotaged for the Germans by sinking ships, bombing buildings and so on.

When Japanese soldiers attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941, it led to America’s participation in the war. The big difference between Norwegian and American war effort was that America mobilized an entire army who went overseas to fight. Some people went to the pacific to fight Japanese soldiers while others fought Germans. The Americans made “the second front” and without their help, I believe the war would have lasted a lot longer. A huge advantage for the Americans was that they escaped getting damage on their own land, which they obviously saved a lot of money from.  

My English class is cooperating with a class in Alaska and we are going to record our presentations and send them to the students there. I believe it is very interesting to discuss with students all over the world and especially on topics that involve many countries, so I am very excited about this cooperation. 

The White Tiger

I have recently begun reading a book called “the White Tiger”. It is written by Aravind Adiga and was first published in 2008. It is a very well-known book and Adiga has received many prices for this work. “The White Tiger” was also his debut novel which makes him a great writer from the beginning of his career.

After reading a few pages in this book, I realized: it is not divided into chapters! I got very confused because I was asked to read five chapters by my teacher, but then there were no chapters in the book. There is, however a very good reason why this book is not divided. It is written as a very long letter from an Indian man to a man of great importance. In the letter the Indian man tells his life story and that is why it is so long. I have not read that much yet, but I think the story has great potential and can get very exciting.

I really like a strongly opinionated character and Adiga is fulfilling this need. It is not important for me to share someone’s view, but a person without opinions is not very interesting. If you want to learn more about India, you should really check out “the White Tiger” because I have an impression that you will learn a great deal from this book. 

The Great Debaters

Have you ever watched a movie that has touched you in a way you can’t explain with words? It is so memorable and charged with emotion that you will always remember it. Well, the movie “the Great Debaters” influenced me in that way. I learned things I can never forget about how white people treated the black people in the 30s and how the minority fought back. Lynching is a word you probably have heard of, but I didn’t know what it was until I saw the movie. For you who don’t know, Lynching is murder by mob done to intimidate or punish a specific group of the population. It can be done in different ways and some of the methods are incredibly cruel.

In the movie the main characters often talk about lynching, but there is only one scene we actually get to see one method practised. There was a woman hanged on a stake above a fire. Her skin was burned on the surface and she didn’t move. At first I didn’t realise what I was watching, but when I did, a shiver went through my body. How do people manage to do such terrible things to others? When you are starting to torture and kill other people you aren’t realising what you are doing. You aren’t able to understand how much you are hurting another person. I can’t come up with any other reason why people would do such cruel actions.

Lynching became very popular in the 1930s and the movie “the Great Debaters” tells the story of four black people who fought against the discrimination. I love how the movie turns out and that it has a happy ending. It is also based on a true story which makes it even more beautiful. I recommend to all of my readers to watch it. It is worth it!

Comparison between “The Joy Luck Club” and “Gran Torino”

In this text I will talk about the movie “Gran Torino” and the short story “when Rich came to Sunday dinner”. I will focus on how they

The short story «when Rich came to Sunday dinner» explains the situation when you are having your fiancé over for dinner for the first time without your parents knowing you are getting married. Her almost husband, Rich is an American boy while Waverly is Chinese. Waverly Jong is really nervous because of her mother and fathers strong belief in the Chinese culture and she thinks they won’t approve their love or wedding. But the story turns around when Waverly talks to her mom about him and she approves Rich of being her husband.

Also in the movie Grand Torino, directed by Clint Eastwood, the characters have to deal with differences between cultures. The ex-serviceman Walt Kowalski lives next door to a Hmong family who obviously has a very different culture from him. It starts with him having lots of prejudice towards the family but his values change during the movie and towards the end he is learns to respect other cultures.

The director of Gran Torino and the author of “when Rich came to Sunday dinner” have used different methods to teach the audience about the cultures. In gran Torino the main character, Walt spends a lot of time on his veranda where he observes what his neighbours are doing. At one point in the movie he is invited over for a barbeque. The young girl, Sue tells him a lot about how to act around her people, what to do and what not to do. Walt was for example very surprised when he was not allowed to touch Hmong people on their heads or look them in the eye. In “when Rich came to Sunday dinner” we learn about Chinese culture when Waverly’s mother tells old tales from the Chinese history to her at the end of the story. The audience get to learn about important people like Sun Wei who went to battle with Genghis Kahn and his warriors. They could not get killed because the arrows being shot at them only bounced back.

In both stories there is a girl who tries to unite the cultures. In Gran Torino it is Sue and in the short story it is Waverly. They are both open minded towards other people and want to prevent conflicts between the ethnic groups. I do, however think the prejudice in Gran Torino is more developed than in the novel. Walt Kowalski’s hatred towards the Hmong is sitting in his bones at the beginning of the movie and it takes a lot of time before he releases his anger. In the short story the prejudice was more imagined by Waverly. She thought her parents had a lot of anger towards Americans, but they did not. Her mother even knew about their engagement without her daughter had told her and she did not say anything against it. It seemed like her only wish was for her daughter to remember her heritage even though she didn’t marry a Chinese man.

As a conclusion I would say that both texts have preconceived opinion towards other cultures but this change and they learn to appreciate each other which it the most important thing.

Gran Torino

In today’s class we watched a movie called «Gran Torino» which is produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. It is a story about an old veteran, Walt Kowalski, who lives next door to a Hmong family. He has a lot of prejudice towards the family and does not like it when they try to interfere with him. Kowalski loves his old Gran Torino and uses a lot of time working on it. Because of his participation in the Vietnam War, he has some very deep scars and is haunted by his actions in the past. This is displayed throughout the movie because of the way he acts towards other people and the way he treats himself. In the beginning of the movie he has a lot of racial beliefs towards the Hmong family. He won’t talk to them or look at them because he thinks they are “barbarians”. Later in the movie he gets to know them better, especially the young boy Thao and the young girl Sue, and he learns about their culture. During the film, their bond grows stronger and Walt starts appreciating Sue and Thao as family. He even gives away his precious Gran Torino to Thao because he wants to show his appreciation to him.

When Kowalski talks to the local priest he says that what haunts men is not what they are ordered to do, but what they do when not ordered to do something. This idea really got to me. When a soldier is ordered to do something they can blame their leader for making a mistake instead of blaming themselves. They might think they were simply following orders, but if they did something from their own intentions they would not have anyone to blame but themselves. There are of course many situations where you are almost forced to do something you don’t want to do, but this does not always justify your actions. 

Should the Peace One Day Organisation Recieve the Nobel Peace Prize?

In my English class today I learned about a man named Jeremy Gilley. He is an actor, film maker and the founder of the international day: Peace One Day. He wanted to make a difference in the world and believed that one single day could make a difference. Peace One Day is a day where everyone all around the world is supposed to do good towards other people. The campaign this year (2013) was: “who will you make peace with?” This is a very good question that makes people think about their actions during the year. Maybe you want to make up to a person you treated badly?

During the years this day have become more and more successful and people from all the edges of the world are participating in this amazing event. Jeremy Gilley has started something so fantastic that even groups like the Taliban decided not to attack peace workers on the 21. September. Because of this, organisations were able to help people in poor countries get food, water and medical attention. This day can make the difference between life and death for people living in poor countries and that is why it is so very important.

This day is, however not just a day for charity work. You can help people at your school, neighbourhood, society and spare time activities to feel better on that day and also every other day. The idea of this day is to start small. At first there is only one day people show compassion to each other and after some time, people start spreading love and peace every day. This single day can in some years maybe cause world peace.

Every year one person earns the Nobel Peace Prize which is received in Norway. I believe Gilley’s organisation has done enough to earn the prize. Jeremy is a very dedicated and engaged man who tries to help people the best way he can. Jeremy Gilley thinks, like many others of his co-workers that 3 billion people will know about this day in 2016. I also believe that this can happen because the word spreads faster and faster every day. A recognition like the Nobel Peace Prize can make a great change for the Peace One Day organisation. They can use the money to save several lives and a lot more people will acknowledge the existence of the organisation.

You should visit the website for the organisation: http://peaceoneday.org/