No Impact Man

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After watching “No Impact Man”, I was so impressed about the main guy’s effort. Whatever it succeed or not, he tried at least. At some point in our lives, all of us have gone without some aspect of our modern lifestyles that we love or take for granted. Perhaps the power went out in my apartment complex for half a day, and I could not watch television. Maybe the family car broke down and everyone had to take the bus or ride a bicycle. However, I can’t really imagine if these temporary changes to my life were more permanent, lasting for one year instead of a few days. An American family living in New York City not only imagined these changes, but actually put them into action. That’s the No Impact Man.

He had concerns about the environment, but like most of us, only worried instead of taking action. One day, however, he got an idea. He wondered if he and his family could live for one year without most of life’s basic luxuries that we all take for granted. In the beginning, Colin and his wife gave things up in stages, starting with easier things first. For example, they first got rid of things they truly didn’t need, such as a big television set. They stopped taking taxis and instead rode bicycles, and they also quit going to restaurants, as this was considered another unnecessary expense. As a result, it turned out to be harder than they had originally thought.

After Colin and his family completed their year-long experiment, Colin decided to “keep” certain changes in his life, such as brushing his teeth and washing his hair with baking soda. However, other aspects of his lift went back to normal; for example, he now takes the subway when it rains. During the year, Colin and his family also noticed other changes – because they watched less TV and spent less time on the computer, they spent more time together as a family, and hung out with friends more often. There were also health benefits – Colin and his wife lost weight from riding bicycles and eating better. Of course, the Beavan family’s actions were extreme, but couldn’t we all make some of these changes, some of the time? I can give up TV for a while, I can wash my laundry by hand, and I can try to not eat fast food. These are all small changes but they are reasonable ones. I think we should take some time to see what we can do to help the environment – the number of positive changes we can make is almost infinite. We got an impact of “No Impact Man.”

 

 

-Jamie Kong

The Vanishing of the Bees

Actually people don’t really know about bees, and they don’t care about them. The Vanishing of the Bees made me think about how people don’t really care about them.

Depending on New York Times Report in April 2013, bees pollinate a third of our food supply; they don’t just make honey, but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, and exposure to pesticides and herbicides. This can be problem for not only flowers but also human being!

The Vanishing of the Bees video reminded me of my past. When I was little, there was a bee came into my house and honestly I was so scared of it. My parents tried to let the bee out of the room but they ended up killing it. Now that I think of it, the bee was so innocent and I got scared of it because kindergarten teachers and my parents taught me that bees are dangerous. I think people’s awareness of bees are wrong and they keep teaching there children that bees are just dangerous. Actually yes, bees are dangerous but they are so important for our lives. I think people should know it at least.

I found this youtube video and I finished watching it. This is a great documentary about bees.

 

 

Chicken has feelings too you know?

Now chicken has to be the most abused animal on the planet. In the U.S., more than 7 billion chicken are killed for their flesh each year, and 452 million hens are used for their eggs.

Ninety-nine percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement. From the moment they hatch until the day they are killed. Even though two-thirds of Americans say that they would support such a law, yet not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse. More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined.

I’m not strongly against this chicken cruelty. But I just thought it needed some attention. I get it, I’m sure most of us are all thinking that this chicken farming is necessary for our food resources. I agree and back then I used to not care about these problems at all. After staying in this class for while, I’ve noticed how valuable life is. Just like the vanishing bee or the slaughter of the dolphins, it taught me a lesson that we should be at least aware of something.

Now others would say chickens are…. just simply a stupid creature, but no. Many people do not realize that chickens are inquisitive, interesting animals who are as intelligent as mammals such as cats, dogs, and even some primates.

chickens raised on factory farms each year in the U.S. never have the chance to do anything that is natural or important to them. A baby chick on a factory farm will never be allowed contact with his or her parents, let alone be raised by them. These chickens are deprived of the chance to take dust baths, feel the sun on their backs, breathe fresh air, roost in trees, or build nests.They are bred and drugged to grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs can’t keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common. Many become crippled under their own weight and eventually die because they can’t reach the water nozzles. When they are only 6 or 7 weeks old, they are crammed into cages and trucked to slaughter.

Now of course, you shouldn’t feel terrible every time when you eat a chicken! Chicken tastes good, who couldn’t resist the taste of a chicken! All i’m saying that we should be aware and we can help this cruelty.

I’ve made this little project….. as you can see it’s just a burger king.

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… but once you open it!!!

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There’s a sad chicken ):

Stunning Indian Beach

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For my final project I wanted to do something different but also within my range of artistic style.  I am an illustration major and I do a lot of digital work on photoshop.  So I digitally painted Indian beach during sunset.  When the beginning of the semester started I wanted to walk to Indian beach and take in the nice, relaxing atmosphere.  I have never really been able to experience a sunset before at the beach and i heard so many great things about it, so I had to visit.  I arrived just in time and took a lot of beautiful pictures.  The sunset at indian is absolutely stunning.  It almost looks fake because it is so amazing to look at.  So I knew for my final project I wanted to paint this scene and capture the true beauty of my surroundings.  I took more sunset photos of Indian and decided to use this panoramic view and painted it.

Indian beach is not really a place you would expect to stay for long, but the water, sunsets, and life around if hard to step away from.  As a student, it is hard to get outside a lot so I love walking to Indian and taking in the fresh air.  Even just by sitting down for twenty minutes or so you can see fish jumping out of the water, birds grabbing food off the surface of the water, and even dolphins if your lucky.  Indian beach will always be that one spot I will remember when I graduate from Ringling in the spring.  That is why I wanted to paint it so I can always have a nice memory captured in time.

Final Project

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My final project was supposed to be the first photo’s design engraved onto a wood plaque, but due to unexpected circumstances it is merely somewhat of a poster for now. Not long into watching The Cove, like many others, I felt immensely upset for the dolphins slaughtered in Taiji. It’s no question that the slaughter of any animal is a terrible occurrence, but to see such a cherished animal so disrespected hits a nerve.

Although I desperately wanted to do what I could to make the slaughter stop, I understand why even such a great documentary like The Cove did not end the slaughter in Taiji. Our culture is entirely different from that of the Japanese. I related to a point one man made in the documentary, who said something along the lines of, “they won’t stop because they don’t want the US to tell them what to do anymore”. If this is the case, no progress can be made unless the push to stop this comes from within Japan itself.

However, one young girl really inspired me. She spoke out so much that she convinced her school not to go to their field trip to Sea World. This was the main reason I chose to create this piece. Here is what she had to say:

“Only a few short weeks after, I discovered my own school had planned a visit to SeaWorld as part of a 7th and 8th grade “Winterim” trip! I was mortified! I sent my mom 
a text from school telling her the terrible news, and, once I got home, I emailed and called Candace in a panic. In waiting to hear back from Candace, I emailed the head of school and was able to set up a meeting with him for the following day. After about a week and multiple meetings at school with administrators, I was given the great news that my school had cancelled the SeaWorld part of the trip! This only confirmed how awesome my school is, and how they actually listened when I stood up! Thank you Dawson!

I am still feeling a bit of backlash from students who were looking forward to going
 to SeaWorld, but I know it is only a matter of time until they learn and understand why a visit to SeaWorld (or any other place holding captive marine mammals) is not right. From the slaughters in Taiji, the deaths of both humans and cetaceans at dolphinariums, the mislabeled dolphin meat poisoning so many with mercury in Japan, and the cruelty of holding these incredibly intelligent animals in concrete pools is only the beginning of the list. I know that the next generation will look back on this in disbelief, because they will never have to see this type of cruelty.”

This is hugely inspirational and it’s really great to hear that even a 7th grader can make a difference. I was so moved I was instantly convinced to do my project relating to her efforts.

Final Project

For my final project, I thought it might be fun to take all of the videos we watched in class and kind of “remix” them. I added clips from Food Inc and GasLands into the mix because they were relevant to what we talked about, even though we didn’t watch them in class. As I was gathering clips of what I thought was most important from each film, I started to notice that there were a lot of similarities among a lot of the films. So instead of remixing, I decided to edit it in a way that compares and contrasts what we learned about biodiversity and how they are presented cinematically.

One major similarity among a lot of the films was media coverage. There was a lot of archive footage in all of the documentaries. I liked how news stories were heavily featured because it shows how information is displayed to the general public, opposed to how information is displayed to the documentary viewer. Another similarity was the use of animations and diagrams to fully get a point across. These are not only useful, but also give the viewer something interesting to look at while bland or boring dialogue is happening. Lastly, every film addressed the problem and then showed what was being done to stop it. Many of the films showed footage of protests, marches, hearings and conventions. And of course, because of the nature of the class, most every video had something to do with food or animals.

I had a fun time making it and I hope you enjoy :).

Final Project: This is the end Beautiful friend.

So by last Thursday it was getting *very* near to the end of the semester and I was feeling pretty dead inside.

Physically exhausted, I wasn’t really looking forward to going on any nature hikes anytime soon, so I ended up enlisting a friend of mine to drive me up to our old friend, Myakka state park. And then drive me through Myakka state park as well. No getting out of the car for someone who had at that point come close to 24 hours without sleep she said.

Myakka was just as pleasant as it had been on our last visit, and I got to see a bit more of the park since I was there on my own time. And I can sum up the visit in 3 words: Egrets. Egrets everywhere.

So my plan for the final project was to print out a little Egret illustration I drew up on sticker paper and make some cute ‘lil Egret stickers… but through an unfortunate combination of trying to tie up everything up in my core classes and, nope, your prescription is still not here have fun experiencing mild setraline withdrawal and sorry we can’t let you use that paper on our printers you’ll have to go to Print Services and oh Print Services just closed 5 minutes ago and we won’t be open on Saturday sorry, I didn’t actually manage to get these stickers printed and that makes me sad.

Could I have handled this better if I had managed my time properly? Yes. Yes I could have. Below here are the sticker pages as they would have been printed.

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*SQUARK*

THAT BEING SAID, there aren’t that many liberal art courses at Ringling that I’ve felt really changed the way I think or have taught me new information I didn’t already more or less know via basic high school education. This was one of them. Thanks for a great semester everyone!

Everybody’s Fond of Owls

To get out into nature I took a trip to the Desoto National Memorial park and hiked the longest trail there which I think was only a mile long.  Unfortunately I did not see much, just some birds in the distance and squirrels far too high for me to get a close look (interpret that however you wish).  So I was stumped on what I would do for my project.

But then one night when I was leaving from a friend’s house I got a pretty good glimpse of a small owl on a birdbath thing.  It flew away before I could take a picture, but by using the resource giant that is the Internet, I created a small sculpture of an Owl (using paint that was way too brown.)

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It was fun going outdoors, I should do it much more often.  Also I think owls are neat.

Vanishing of the Bees

I was aware of the vanishing bee problem a couple of years ago but I never exactly cared all that much. In elementary school we learned about pollination, our teachers giving each of us a plant and a cotton bud, telling us to rub the small bud on the pollen and then rub it on the other flower: this is the process of pollination. The plant is fertilized and will now bear fruit. It wasn’t a huge deal to me; personally, I liked the science that had the quick chemical reactions. Fertilization, pollination, and all that sort of science was something that happened because it was set by nature to do so.

These sort of natural processes are what keep our world moving, and especially in this modern age, we depend on it more than we may think. We may think that as long as their are farmers farming and putting food onto the shelves at Walmart, there will never be a problem. As long as we see the food on the shelves, we don’t care what happens. When bees disappear, I’m pretty sure a large part of Americans could truly care less. The impact of the disappearance is not heavy enough for Americans to get angry and to worry: not all bees are disappearing, therefore the problem is not truly a problem yet.

Because bees are in such a high demand, I do feel like it is such a bad decision for humans to interfere with this process. When I was watching the documentary I had absolutely no idea what was happening to the bees. It felt like it was a collective mindset to just abandon their hives. The documentary had worded it in such a way that it seemed like it came out of nowhere, with no possible cause of anything. But they did mention later on in the film about GMOs, replacing the queen bee, replacing honey with sugar water, transporting miles and miles just to pollinate huge acres of monocultures; suddenly everything made a lot more sense.

It is understandable that if we were to follow the bees natural pollination cycles food would take ten times longer to get onto the shelves. But to try and intervene with a natural cycle so that it would speed up food production process is trying to mess with something that should not be messed with. There is a specific reason why certain things are made a certain way: when you take away a bee’s queen, which has been through thousands of years been stated that the queen is of upmost importance of the hive, we are screwing up the system. And then people start to wonder why CCD occurs.

Final Project: Lido Beach

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Over Thanksgiving Break I visited Lido Beach. I went early in the morning and I was able to take a picture of the wonderful and beautiful sunrise. Although it was a little cold, I believe that the visual experience I got at the beach was good for me mentally and physically. The most beautiful things come from nature itself, so taking a break from school and going right to the source of inspiration for all artists was truly a wonderful experience. I made a picture of the sunrise that I saw at Lido Beach in Photoshop.