Thursday, November 7, 2019

Colors of Walls Promotes Neurodiversity

I didn't know that when you walked into a workplace, looked around and sat down, how the colors around you can have an affect on your day.  Yellow is considered the most fatiguing and sensory-loaded color.  Bright orange makes people hungry or agitated.  Occupational therapists, dentists, etc. use light blues and greens on their walls to welcome their patients and make them feel comfortable.  Some places have areas where those with a lot of energy, can use it.  The size of rooms, amount of people in it or around it, and the environment can all impact us.  Some people (15%-20% of the population) are neurodiverse.  This means they have some type of brain disorder or condition.  Scientists have found out that by editing work spaces, you can see a better performance from someone or they seem happier.  This is really cool.   Before reading this article I knew about some of these, but it's extremely fascinating to think that our brains tell our bodies to act a certain way depending on colors.  How cool is that?!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Breaking Bad

Blinkee.com is a website that is attempting to sell things that glow, blink, and shine.  The problem with it, is that all of these things are blinking in your face as you try to read about each product.  The images for the products are very small so you can't see some key things and the color scheme doesn't match.  To change this website, I would make it more organized and have sections depending on what the product was.  I would also not have them blink on the home page, but if you click on the product, you can choose to see it blink or not.  I would change some of the background colors to be more appealing and also so that people's eyes don't get messed up from the flashing colors.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Coding in the Wild

I chose to read the article on "Coding for Basketball" because I play basketball and wanted to find out how computer science can be used in this great sport.  The tools of computer science in basketball, can track how players shoot, and precisely measures how each shot makes or misses. You can record shot charts and data that can be helpful to those who play the sport. To be able to do these things, you must take classes in Computer Science. In the article, the girl also was in a PhD program and took biology.  She also had a love for basketball, so she pursued something that she was interested in.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Private Citizens Regarding Digital Data

     Some things that the government can do to see encrypted data is incredible.  Some of it can be very helpful, but on the other side can evade people's privacy.  Privacy should be a fundamental right of free people.  Chances are, opening these algorithms and systems could lead to malicious parties getting their hands on it.  In the fourth amendment it states,  protect people’s right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, etc. against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Digital property is the same.  Government isn't obeying that.  Yes government could do great things, but in this situation I think that they need to allow freedom to occur and put trust into the people.  You can lock your car and house, shouldn't you be able to lock your phone too?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Me Online

Online, there are tons of things that are both interesting and creepy.  It showed my house, parent's names, and information about my house. It's really creepy because there is more information in the hands of others, than you know yourself. This information could be interesting, because you can find things that you didn't know that could be helpful. Also you can see where other people live which is creepy, but can be interesting to some point.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Internet Censorship

In many countries in Africa and Asia, the internet is shutdown and people are unable to access it.  These countries do this to during political instability, to stop the spread of fake news, and keep people from seeing things that the government doesn't want them to see.  In result to this, businesses began to crash, economy shuts down, doctors can't get the medications they need, people can't communicate, money can't be withdrawn, and most people can't accomplish the things that they need to do daily.  From July 2015 through June 2016, shutdowns caused global losses of more than $2.4 billion, according to the Brookings Institution, a research group. I believe that you can't take away the entire internet from people.  It takes away the flow of society.  If you need to block certain things then do that, but you have to give people freedom to accomplish things, and to do that they need the internet.