Edublog Awards

I would like to nominate my classmate Haakon to best student blog on Edublog awards.

Here is a link to his blog: relatedsignals.com

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Blogs in school

I think there is less pressure on how students preforms when they are writing blogs instead of writing only for the teacher. This is because when you are writing blogs every week you have more chances of correcting your mistakes compared to writing four large tasks a year. Therefore each blog post has less pressure on it than a large task does.

I think that blogs reduces the difference between schoolwork and everyday life because the blogs are small personal tasks that could be written as an informal text and therefore more personal than a formal school article.

Sandy

Sandy has hit the humans with huge powers. The people living in the prone areas have tried to prepare them self for the storm. There is a lot of water many places. Many people use boats to get around and some places it is not possible to drive a car. Not everyone can get food and some of them are trapped in their own home.  People are trying to help, but it is not very easy.

Sandy started in the southwest Caribbean sea. From there the eye of the storm mowed north between Jamaica and Haiti. There it caused large damages on Jamaica and Haiti and almost all the electricity in Jamaica was down and the material damages and loss of lives was huge in both countries.

After its visit in Jamaica and Haiti it moved to the east side of Cuba.  Here it also made huge material damages and caused a great loss of lives. Cuba was maybe the place where the storm hit that had the most catastrophic outcome. This is because most of the houses in Cuba are made of bamboo and therefore not so stabile and waterproof so the wind and floods made houses with people in them float away. The terrain in Cuba consists of a lot of soil and rivers. That means that rivers could over flood and make a lot of damages since people often lives and farms near rivers and soil don’t drain water very good so the floodwater use a long time to disappear.

 

Cuba also got a high poverty factor so it would be hard for the population to rebuild the society. The food production is also low and when the flood came a lot of the crops got washed away since a big part of them was by the rivers.

From Cuba the storm moved towards Iceland but it turned to the west and hit the east coast of USA, one of the bug cities that got hit was New York, from New York it moved northeast and hit Iceland. When it hit Iceland most of it powers was gone and the damages was minimal.

After the storm Sandy ravaged Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the East Coast of the USA it is estimated that the insurance companies have to pay at least 20 billion dollars. The total damaged is valued at around 50 billion dollars.

Many people have died because of Sandy.  Around 200 people have died so far, but the numbers are uncertain because people are missing. The greatest reason why people died is flood, but some also died when houses and buildings fell apart.

In the news we have seen that the state of New York, among others, has been without any power. On Manhattan the only building with power was the Goldman Sachs bank. They had a huge aggregate and were able to keep the building running.

Many subway stations were also closed because the tunnels were filled with water. Some places the water even rose 1,5 meters above ground level. Many people are still without power and many are freezing because of the cold water and the lack of power.

Many people have died because of Sandy.  Around 200 people have died so far, but the numbers are uncertain because people are missing. The greatest reason why people died is flood, but some also died when houses and buildings fell apart.

Alaska

This week we saw a movie in our English class, it is called “Big Miracle” and is about three whales that cot trapped in the ice in Alaska and the rescue of the whales. You can find literature about indigenous people in the English speaking world by visit your local library.

 

I do not think that this movie gave a realistic picture of how it is to live in Alaska besides the hard weather, because this was a movie BASED on a real event and it was a special situation that the movie was based on.

Intuits are the natives in Alaska and is a common name for the polar population that is speaking dialects of eastern or western-eskimo. The intuits on the coast of Alaska traditionally gets most of their food from sea animals that they hunt on the ice such as seals and whales. The intuits that lives in the inland gets their food from fishing, hunting and gathering.

The intuits have been more and more centralized as the immigration and industry have been effective their lives. Now most of the intuits lives in cities.

The cold war is also a theme that was in the movie. The cold war was a tension that was between USA and the Soviet Union. It was never war but the tension was so big that a war was hanging over the world. A constant weapons race between the nations were very expensive and ships, helicopters and other military vehicles got developed to withstand the toughest conditions. In the end of the movie we saw that Ronald Reagan called Mikhail Gorbatsjov to borrow a soviet icebreaker to set the whales free. These two men are the one that is considered too be the persons that ended the cold war.