Thursday, September 17, 2009

music/software piracy

I guess i don't really know how prevalent music piracy is. I've never illegally downloaded anything. or, at least i don't think i have. but i know its happening.I think kids my age think that since so many people illegally download music or software, no one will find out if they do. i guess maybe that's the difference between downloading it and downloading it and selling it. i also think kids my age think since they re not eighteen, not adults, their in the safe zone. they cant get into real trouble. i think its wrong because the people who create the music or software aren't getting recognized for it, or earning money for it. like iTunes is legal, because of the artists consent and profit. I'm not really sure how you could prevent it. there's always people who break the law and get away with it and i think a lot of people are getting away with piracy. i think it takes a lesson learned, and hopefully someday they'll get there's.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Changing Technology

If I could change any technology in the world, it would be computers. We would get rid of the keyboard and mouse. Instead, a wire would go into your ear like a head phone, and your computer would do whatever you think. So if you thought, open the Internet, computer, the Internet would open! And if you thought, open Word, it would open Word, and you would just think of what you want to type, and it would show up on the screen. This would make things really efficient for people, but you’d have to be careful because if you thought two things at once like, I need the internet, but at the same time, I should go to Word, the computer would get all slow and frozen trying to figure out what you want. It would be easier for people who are bad at typing, like me, and we would be rid of those pesky mice forever. I think this would be extremely exciting, but I'd defiantly have to collaborate with some people to make it happen, because I have no computer smarts. I would also put in the option for a microphone, instead of earphone, so you could just speak to the computer. I think some people would like this better, and it would be really cool, like how Tony Stark talks to his computer in Iron Man. So you could just say what you wanted done. That would be pretty cool.

Friday, September 4, 2009

How'd they do that?!

How'd they build the Taj Mahal? It was built in the 1600's. What architectual skills did they have to build the dome on top? Or get those tiny little points on top of the domes. Or the towers rising on the side. Did they have advanced scaffolding? Did people die building it? I wonder if people know it's a tomb. What does the inside look like? Is is as beautiful as the outside? I always see pictures of the outside, never the inside. Are there altars to pray for the dead inside? Are there candles burning, incense? I went to google and looked up images. Its really pretty inside. Shah Jahan, the emperor of of the Mughal empire, built the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after her death during childbirth. He was placed on house arrest soon after is completion by his son Aurangzeb, and was buried next to his wife after he died. An elaborate pulley system, and an extremely large scaffolding system was the technology used to build the Taj Mahal. It is named one of the Seven Wonders of the World