Computational Knowledge: Wonders of Wolfram

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Just like her father’s inept political career, Kauai Hart Hemmings is out of touch with the average Hawaiian. In the book The Descendants by Mrs. Hemmings, Matt King, the main character, as well as other characters in the book are out of touch with real Hawaiians. I cannot connect with the characters in the book because they are so detached. It feels like the book was written for a mainland audience, and their perception of Hawaii. The author, lives in a bubble created by her father’s wealth and fame it is evident in her book that Matt King and his family live in the same out of touch bubble. She has shown her disconnection with the following Boat races, cocaine addiction, and the parents in the books lack of love for their children.

A boating accident was not well thought out. It was an easy way out. Power boats are not used in Hawaii because of large waves. Usually power boats are used in lakes or protected harbors. These boats cannot function in a swell, and since there is no useable harbor for power boat races; the use of power boats is extremely unlikely. This may seem insignificant but the power boat accident is the cause of Joanie’s coma; which is what the plot line of the book revolves around. Her is the quote “She was in a race and was launched from an off shore powerboat going 80 Mph.” (pg 4) It just so wrong,  as a Hawaiian resident it really bothers me that she got this wrong! There are so many other activities Hawaiians participate in that could have caused the coma! For example surfing, canoeing, and sailboating.

In the story Alex is attending a boarding school on the big island of Hawaii to recover from her cocaine addiction. Cocaine is not a wide spread problem in the Islands. Here is a quote about discovering her cocaine addiction “…a miniature Ziploc bag filled with clear, hard rock.” Only about 0.3% of the population of Hawaii use Cocaine. Meth and Marijuana are larger problems among people in Hawaii. I think it would have been wiser if the author used Meth as Alex’s addiction because it is considered a hard drug just like cocaine. It would still have the same desired effect on the audience.  So far I have spoken about the feasibility of the power boat races and the unlikely hood of Alex’s cocaine addiction.

During a party before the accident Joanie and the Mitchells’ were smoking pot around the Mitchells’ child Luke. “His parents…were chatting near the bar. They had just smoked a joint, the three of them, and they were being loud and stupid.” (Pg. 101) This was near their son and cared little for his safety from their second hand smoke. In Hawaii the safety of the children is cherished above all else, and the Ohana is the most important thing in Hawaiian culture. The Mitchells’ do not have these attributions at all. This shows the authors disconnection with the Hawaiian culture and customs.

I wouldn’t count using wolfram as cheating. But I really don’t think I’d tell my math teacher. Maybe if you had it do one problem for you just so you could understand. But anymore than that and I would consider it cheating. I mean you shouldn’t rely on it. It shouldn’t be a crutch for the student.

I think Siri is useful for pulling up apps or making annotations on documents and things like that but I don’t think it is Apples future. I think that coupled with future technologies it could be a very useful device. But it souly alone is not the future of Apple. I think the company needs to deviersify it’s investments.

Chap 3 Course Companion Study Guide: Part 2

The Decendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

I read the book the Decendants for English.

The author of this book seems to give her perspective of Hawaii. Matt King, the main character, as well as other characters in the book are out of touch with real Hawaiians. I cannot connect with the characters in the book because they are so detached. It feels like the book was written for a mainland audience, and their perception of Hawaii. The author, lives in a bubble created by her father’s wealth and fame it is evident in her book that Matt King and his family live in the same out of touch bubble. She has shown her disconnection with the boat races.

A boating accident was not well thought out. It was an easy way out. Power boats are not used in Hawaii because of large waves. Usually power boats are used in lakes or protected harbors. These boats cannot function in a swell, and since there is no useable harbor for power boat races; the use of power boats is extremely unlikely. This may seem insignificant but the power boat accident is the cause of Joanie’s coma; which is what the plot line of the book revolves around. Her is the quote “She was in a race and was launched from an off shore powerboat going 80 Mph.” (pg 4) It just so wrong,  as a Hawaiian resident it really bothers me that she got this wrong! There are so many other activities Hawaiians participate in that could have caused the coma! For example surfing, canoeing, and sail boating. The word choice of this book is nothing to be desired. The author really likes to use the F-word. It really makes me angry. They are an upper class family but the author uses the words like they are a blue collar family. It is really a sad commentary on Hawaiian culture. It is just wrong. 

I think that books are important but not the foundation of learning. It sounds like to me that this students doesn’t have technology in her school so they can’t watch videos or listen to people’s opinions on blogs and other internet web sites which can be just as useful as a book.  

The beholder holds the learning. Not the book. The book is a tool not the corner stone of knowledge. It takes a brain to ubsorb that knowledge that is why it is the most important part of learning. 

1. School 

              a. Teachers

              b. Books/Research for the class

              c. Other students experiences

2. Family (Specially my dad and mom, but my brother is very smart too!)

3. Friends

4. Internet (News)

5. Books (History)

6. TV

1. Knowing through direct experience

I know that my girlfriend Madison hates the sound of chewing. (like when someone is eating)

2. Knowing how

I know how to solve this…Image

3. Knowing that

Knowing that is the equation above is showing the falling rate of a kleenex box. 

I know that…

Computers don’t work when wet.

Dogs hate cats.

People are mean.

Piglets roll in the mud.