Time for our pets to have jobs too

“Dogs, a man’s best friend” they say, but in actuality why? Pets in general, besides being something you can talk at, play with, and maybe keep you some company, are there any other uses? In this post the author gives the idea of putting your pets to good use while at home all day. The author mentions an invention of a rechargeable humidifier that doubles as a cat toy. The author then goes on to propose the idea of having a way to create energy through the wagging of a dogs tail. Will this ever be successful? Will it be a business?

Household animals become part of the family quicker than anyone would ever think. But the idea of putting the animals to work, simply by having fun, or doing something that comes naturally is a brilliant idea that I’m surprised hasn’t been a bigger success. Dogs and cats alike are an investment, you buy food, take time to walk/clean up after them, your pet is a commitment and it wouldn’t be such an awful idea to maybe put them to work, without really putting them to work. There are animals all over the world, even here in the United States that do manual work, but creating an opportunity for household pets to contribute to the household as a whole is something that can really benefit the owners and the community at large. Saving energy is important so why not invest in a product that keeps your animal entertained and also saves you money?

http://blogs.plos.org/wonderland/2010/09/22/are-pets-the-new-phone-chargers/

Is technology diverse?

Through the development of technology the world has grown to rely on it. Technology is apart of our daily lives, without it many would feel as though they could no longer continue life fluidly. The controversy that comes with technology is who the consumers are and how it affects the rest of society when the platform, software, or product itself is made for one select part of the community and not them.

Lack of resources one would say is a set back that negatively affects the ability to move forward and develop in today’s society. In this post it is mentions that “Silicon Valley design platforms and services mainly for urban elites, like themselves often young, white, male, and technically savvy”, the ability to create and develop requires someone with money and someone who is willing to spend it. The post goes on to say that although technology is largely valued all over the world, many times it is designed for a certain place or certain people. This leads me to believe that although many believe technology will be diverse and accessible to people all over the world, in order to make development easier, it’s not. Diversity is false advertisement in the world of technology and in order to obtain and use efficiently you must be part of the designer’s social class.

https://01anthropology.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/producing-design-ethnographies-of-inequality-and-difference-in-digital-technologies/

The Writing Process

The writing process is something that people have multiple different ways of executing. Peer review is something that gives the writer an opportunity to hear from others what they feel needs improvement, what they like, and dislike about the piece. Teachers use this as a way to help students get a new prospective on their writing and allow them to get comfortable letting others read their writing. Students, from my experience, really benefit from peer review and usually continue to use the tactic as they continue to write.

I believe that peer review is a really great way to improve your writing and I feel as though it gives me as a student a different way to look at things. The blog post poses a question of whether or not the process of peer review is one that is helpful or affective. I believe the peer review is an affective way to teach and an even more affective way to help improve writers, writing. Sometimes in order to move forward you have to have a new set of eyes review the work. Being objective is something that many people are unable to do to their own work. The only way to truly know if your point, stance, or opinion gets across to the reader is to have someone else look at the work. Although many students when introduced to this kind of review are hesitant, almost all really benefit from someone else’s opinions.

http://savageminds.org/2015/02/23/why-the-peer-review-process-works-even-when-it-doesnt/