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Crimson Tempest

A preview from the not-so bestselling story Crimson Tempest!

Richmond hates his life on Mars. His job is to do back-breaking labor across the surface of the Red Planet, as he is a geologist recruited from NASA. But it’s the only way he knows how to live, with his past life being, well, shady. During this tiring work, he encounters a deadly storm that NASA has never encountered before, and he is called back to base. However, in an attempt to save the others from this ominous storm, he is stuck outside on the surface of Mars, and the other humans on the surface are presumed dead. Will our hero perish in the fatal dunes of Mars?

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During my tinkerCad building stage, our group had to face the challenge of making the walls thicker. However, we can’t just take it back, as if you press Cmd + Z, you would delete the thing, and it would be messed up. However, after a lot of trying, we placed a thin piece of wall onto the wall, and made it thicker. Click here for the flyover of my design!

The Mars HUB

Watery Grave of Chickens

My design is an awesome procedure that can be repeated by others. It has concise procedures, with exact statistics and amounts. However, it wasn’t always like this. It originally had some faults. For example, the procedure didn’t quite match the actual procedure we did, and the data table was specific. We then added specific pieces of data and measurements to our data table and updated our procedure. You can see my current improved design here! I would like to have used a microscope to also look at the cellular functions of the yolk, but my group wasn’t as on board, and we were running out of time, so I didn’t get to look it at.

The egg is selectively permeable. It allows some liquids to pass through, such as water, but not corn syrup. So when placed in water, it would become larger as water enters it. However, when placed in syrup, water would instead go out, since the liquid around the egg does not have a lot of H2O molecules, and it would spread outside, and pass through the membrane and into the outside. The egg is almost like a cell. The yolk of the egg is its nucleus and the shell is the outer membrane, while there is a thin layer as the inner layer. The egg white is almost like cytoplasm, and it holds together the other cell parts.


The Mars HUB

As a collaborator, I felt that we were communicating really well and that our ideas were getting to each other’s head. We understand each other and were able to compromise to fit in everyone’s ideas. I think that’s also what we did to succeed in making a good design, and I think we did pretty good. I am really happy with the final design as it has this cramped area that really fits if it was actually in Mars. It can also fit two people with the bunk bed, and another person to be active. I think this really fits with the “Mars” theme. Of course, since Jonathan’s plan was to make a rover, and I was gonna make a habitat on Mars, our ideas were really different, and it was kind of hard to compromise and show our idea for both of us. But in the end, and “Mars Rover” was still really awesome, and after all, both required to be cramped and open, as there’s not a lot of walls for space and cost reduction in both of our habitats, and it really fit together.

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The dimensions



Field Study 3: Powerful Manly 2.5

Site B (the Metro): This site has the highest amount of pollution (154 PM 2.5)  It also has some cars and cool sticks

The AQI has been in steep decline, while the PM 2.5 has gone up quite significantly. The AQI has gone up from 150 to around 200, and the PM 2.5 from 50 to 150. This is quite a significant change. While we were actually there at the WenYu River, the weather seems quite nice, with the sun shining on my back, and us collecting labor. The air also smelled fresh and crisp. However, our human senses were wrong. As data proved, the AQI is actually quite unpleasant. I believe that in the future, perhaps the weather will continue to decline, with coals burning for fuel to keep warm, with A/Cs turned on to power their cold freezing homes. People turn on their car seat warmers and heaters. AND GUESS WHAT? POLLUTION! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE FROM POLLUTION! GLOBAL WARMING! AHHHHHHH!

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I have recently heard from Bloomberg that 9.1 million people die from hunger each year. and that around 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water. Resources are important to keep humans alive and for them not to die (duh), and so in my story, people are attempting to conquest other planets to obtain resources and materials. Currently, many people are dying from lack of food or water, and many more are sick because of this. Um, yeah so I like it, and I think it’s pretty good faction material.

Foragers to the Future








River Field Study- Data Collection 2

  Site C (The Woods of the WenYu River)

At Cite C we got 62 PM 2.5, which is basically 154 AQI. It is about the same last time, and the air is not as pleasant as hoped. I wonder if the air would get better, and the pollution will clear, or if the pollution will continue, and the air will be gray and foggy. Unfortunately, the air is likely going to get worse, as people are burning coal to keep themselves warm when in the summer we’re just using electricity to keep the A/C on.

“Day Zero”

Entry 1:

“Day Zero”

I fear that the challenges we face today will never be solved. Our decedents will weep and cry as they see the world they were born to. We have to solve three urgent problems, such as demilitarisation of the world, solving world hunger, and global warming. None of these, I fear, would be solved. The polar caps melting, the water level rising. Chatter become threats, threats become anger, anger becomes the nukes that destroy the world that we tried so hard to protect, so hard to safeguard. How will we ever solve this? Will I even be alive in 32 years? I do not know. Some say I am a pessimist, and that light will come to this Earth. I doubt that.

The entry has been terminated.


Entry 2:

“An Ominous Cloud: the Future”

I fear that after today’s events, I continue with my so-called “pessimistic” view towards this… this… “situation” we are facing. In some areas, people continue to dig wells and carry water from far away, and even after all this labor, the water is still nevertheless, dirty. People are pushed together, forced into cramped conditions in hopes of a better life in the great metropolitans built by mankind. Some achieve the promoted life, while others don’t. Continuing expanding these great cities does not solve the pressing issue, overpopulation. We’re still taking up the same space and resources, just in another way.  Food, which is also a pressing matter. We have to work hard and all day, just to stabilize and not die, which continues the cycle of poverty. This food is distributed unevenly when one person can feed almost 30 people, but yet 795 million people are still starving, while the big bosses up top are eating exquisite goose liver, with one dish being more expensive than meals for another. An ominous cloud looms above us.

The entry has been terminated.

An Essay Made Mundane Through Privacy

Big Data is Some Sweet Stuff

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You’re on your way to Jenny Wang’s, hoping to pick up some groceries and some Jolly Ranchers to satisfy your secret desire for candy. As you walk there, you notice that several security cameras are making googly-eyes at you. Well, not specifically at you, but at everyone. Billions of people are recorded as they go through their daily routine. This bothers most of the population, but should it really? Big Data gives us many perks and benefits that can easily improve lives. A lot of apps and advancements utilizing Big Data was made to protect us, to make our things more convenient, and to innovate. So, should we give that up?

One of the many reasons Big Data is a benefit is because Big Data helps lives and protects people from miscreants hiding in the dark, waiting to pickpocket, assault, or kill you. The police and data scientist can analyze previous data on previous crimes and malefactors, and therefore predict criminal movements, or directly track said criminals. After all, we can’t entirely depend on Holmes or the CSI. Right now, with this tech, and with Big Data, we can hone on crime hotspots and catch them as soon as the felon emerges for their secret bunker. How do they do this? Well, according to CBS News, the LAPD keeps files and folders on ex-cons, bad guys, and other outlaws, and are alerted if they make a move. They also keep an eye on gang-ridden neighborhoods and nefarious districts, where crime like murder and drug-dealing are likely to happen. As stated by Big Data Made Simple, a company that tells and explains the story of Big Data, the LAPD’s use of Big Data to fight crime has severely reduced the amount of trouble in Los Angeles. The company stated, “so far, it has reduced burglaries by 33 percent, violent crimes by 21 percent and property crimes by 12 percent respectively.” (2017) Many officers of the law have already grown dependent on this new way to fight crime. “This is a tremendous step forward. Without this, I couldn’t do my job,” claims Captain Ed Prokop, an officer that heads the department of watching over a dark district known as the “Shootin’ Newton” area. And that’s just for the aggressive and more violent crimes. Software such as Gotham of Palantir can help police analyze data and find criminals that are taking advantage of people in desperation or poverty. They create fake insurance and healthcare providence, that really has no use, but they still get money from it. All in all, Big Data helps us find and prosecute criminals, and our privacy is worth the trade for our safety and protection.

Convenience. That’s what everyone is trying to achieve, isn’t it? It’s the ultimate goal. Well, finding and unlocking the secrets of the universe are, but making things more convenient and faster is are certainly important objectives too. The more convenient the thing is, the more customers there all, and then more profit. How do shops make their store more convenient though? Of course, there it is again, Big Data. According to Datameer, using your searching history or your actions done in a shop somewhere, they can personalize their shop just for you, or offer a larger variety of sold items, while taking off the old items that simply aren’t just popular anymore, so shoppers can get items they want. Let’s say there’s a new sun lotion that was made especially for those that are sensitive to the chemicals to sunscreen. Now that can be accessed, instead of someone buying a suntan lotion that’s two years old and killing the person as he’s allergic. That would not only save you a lot of time, it might also save a lot of pain. If you were watching the Food Channel, and they showed an impressive display of cooking utensils that you would like to have in your kitchen inventory. But sadly, you cannot remember the name of the brand that was used on the show. Instead of racking your brain, praying for a rerun, or combing through Google, large and small retails will be alerted and display an ad for Food Channel or the utensil that was displayed. It may sound a bit creepy that they know this, but it saves a lot of time, and it’s not like Amazon will go through people’s browsing history and kill them because they opened Amazon and looked at a teddy bear seller’s information. Not only is Big Data improving and raising shopping convenience, it is also improving and making travel better. According to Exastax, when a person complained about getting an expensive plane when there was cheaper one, Amadeus, a Global Distribution System, used that info and created a search system that gives you specific info on non-transfer flights that are cheap. Without this, individuals would have to comb through all the flights going to somewhere with all the different airlines. That’s a lot of flights to go through. You know what they say, “Time is gold.” And right now, Big Data’s saving your gold.


Without Big Data, we cannot innovate. The wheel. What was it made for? To make transporting caveman resources like food and water easier. But first, they felt the burden of carrying a pack of stones, meat, and gathered vegetables while chasing a wild buffalo. They felt what we modern humans call heaviness. But they needed that data from their fellow cavemen and cavewomen. They needed to know if they were the only one feeling the ache in their backs, the cramp in their neck from their heavy packs. See, even in prehistoric days, people needed this data to make their new gadget or invention. Same as now. When people refuse to share their data, not only are they limiting themselves from the world and becoming a hermit, they also make it harder for the innovating companies of Earth to do their job. Bringing back an old example, Amadeus. See, without complaints and surveyed data, will it be what it is now? Maybe through a genius prodigy the same idea will still sprout out. But it won’t likely to be the same, as they’re just using the perspective on one person. According to Bernard Marr, who works for Forbes, data is important as it can provide new solutions and ideas for old but recurring problems. “For innovative businesses, one of the crucial roles that data plays are proving to a sometimes-skeptical audience that your product provides a new solution to a recurrent problem.”


People are concerned for their privacy, and rightly so. Facebook has stolen data that they had no right to, and then gave that data to the government. But what are the chances that’ll happen again? With the media and authorities watching the corporations’ every move, if they mess up, the media will be on to them, like a pack of rabid wolves who have been starved. The media certainly wants to spice their stories up and give a dramatic flair to it, so the companies aren’t likely to do what they were severely reprimanded for. Even if they did, who cares? What will the government or another major corporation do? Slay people in their sleep because they dumped Ex-Lax in someone’s Diet Coke for a childhood prank? If you believe that, perhaps you’re a bit paranoid. It’s good to be on the watch and be concerned about your privacy, but not to the point where you believe that giving Microsoft data will ultimately lead to your death. We have ways to protect privacy, and that should be enough. If you were hacked by New Zealander spy who works the KGB, then you’re likely to be a major corporation or a secret super spy. Then protecting your privacy really doesn’t matter anymore, or at least you have the skill or manpower to counter that.


As I have so reasonably stated, Big Data not only protects our fragile human bodies, but also helps us create and innovate while making everything faster and more convenient. With this, we are no longer limited to the items and creations we have today. With this, we can go further, to where no man has ever explored before, both the intangible world and physical realm. Let go of your concerns for privacy and step out into the greatness of Big Data.




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