Luke EisenhardtEnvironmental Science 6-6-12 Honors 177 Victoria VesnaFinal Blog Compilation
Luke 4-9-12 first postMon, 04/09/2012 - 22:57 | lmeisenhardtHello everybody, Im Luke Eisenhardt. I am a senior environmental sciencemajor. I will be going to Baton Rouge this weekend to compete in the USAPLnational championship for collegiate powerlifting. Although I have been busyrecently, I also have an interest in art, especially creating pieces with stencils orthe use of perspective. Most of the works that I create rely on the use ofcomputers for editing or preparation purposes. I am aware that science andtechnology are intertwined with my ability to create art.Here is one of my favorite pieces, which I made in high school. It was part of myconcentration for AP art, which dealt with technology.I was always able to do both art and sciences in my studies from elementary
school up through my second semester, senior year of high school. There was ascheduling conflict between AP Physics and AP Art. I was the only person inboth classes. This separation increased at UCLA. I wanted to take an art class,even though I knew I would major in science, as it was something I enjoyed. Ifound it impossible to enroll in any art classes since I was not an art major. Luckily, art is something that can be continued outside of the classroom.I have noticed some people complaining about long walks between north andsouth campus classes. Broad and Botany, 2 classrooms which may be thefarthest apart on campus are about .6 miles apart. Really, you should be able towalk between any 2 UCLA buildings in 15 minutes or less. Its really not that bad. Take the Bruin Bus or ride a bike/skateboard/razor scooter if it really matters. The clustering of south campus and north campus classes by humanities andsciences makes it even easier on you. It facilitates communication within eachgroup, although not necessarily between groups. I see no need to change thislayout.The discussion of stereotypes in the lecture video got me thinking aboutdepictions of scientists who break stereotypes. The first one that came to mindwas Dr. Zaius from Planet of the Apes. He is both the minister of science andthe defender of the faith, a seeming contradiction. Keep in mind that thisdepiction comes from a movie, based on a novel, both of which, especially themovie, can be considered forms of art. Science fiction literature and films is an
area in which science and art cannot be separated.Here is a picture of Dr. Zaius (on the left next to Charlton Heston) breakingsterotypes of what a scientist should look like and do.Sources"UCLA Bruin Bus." UCLA.edu. UCLA, n. d. 0. Web. 10 Apr 2012."gmap-pedometer." Google Maps, n. d. 0. Web. 10 Apr 2012."Dr. Zaius: Planet of the Apes." Tumbler.com. N.p., n. d. 0. Web. 10 Apr 2012.
Luke 4-17-12 Alligator MeatTue, 04/17/2012 - 21:21 | lmeisenhardtThis past weekend I went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete for UCLA in theUSA Powerlifting 2012 Collegiate National Championship. I did pretty well.Here’s a link to my lifts if anyone is interested. http://youtu.be/L2o-nZlfa6oDown in Louisiana, we ate a lot of terrible awesome fried food. My personalfavorite was the fried alligator. My teammates and I began to wonder where thismeat came from and if alligators are farmed. Surprisingly, alligator is more thantwice as calorie dense as chicken or pork and is very lean. Alligators are in factraised on farms for their meat and leather. Below are pictures of farm raisedalligators and cuts of alligator meat.For powerlifting, or any sport, nutrition is very important. My goal was to gainweight in order to gain more strength and to be at the top of my weight class. Toaccomplish this, I have been attempting to eat a lot of food in general.Unfortunately I got sick and was unable to eat much of anything before mycompetition. I cook large meals at my apartment that can last me several meals.They usually include sizeable amounts of meat. Right now I have a big pot ofturkey and bacon chili cooking.
Since I buy all the ingredients for most of the meals I eat, I have some level ofcontrol as to what goes into me. I do not concern myself with whether or not foodis organic or genetically modified. I would rather not think about it while I’meating. I think the use of technology to improve the nutrition of food or cropyields is a necessity for a growing population.SourcesCorleone Jill, . "Nutritional Facts on Alligator Meat."Livestrong.com. N.p., 2011.Web. 17 Apr 2012."Farm Raised Alligator Meat." Gatorama. N.p., 2010. Web. 17 Apr 2012."Gatorama Alligator Farm." Gatorama<http://www.gatorama.com/showpage.asp?page=farm>Whitman, Deborah. "Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?." CSADiscovery Guides. (2000): n. page. Web. 17 Apr. 2012.<http://artsci.ucla.edu/biotech177/reading/GMO_Harm_or_Help.pdf>.Bittman, Mark. “What’s Wrong With What We Eat.” Video. Ted Talks. May 2008. 15 Apr2012.<http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_bittman_on_what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat.html >.
Luke 4-22-12 Animal RelationsSun, 04/22/2012 - 14:22 | lmeisenhardtI have always liked animals, but I have not always liked all animals. My familyhas always had cats so I have been somewhat of a cat person. I was a afraid ofdogs for many years because of my neighbors. Two memories stand out inparticular. One is my neighbor’s German shepherd coming into my house andkilling my cat. The other is running away from my neighbor’s Rottweiler and alsoescaping before being bitten in the ass. It took me until high school stop beingafraid of dogs and actually start liking them. Heres a picture of my cat, Pixie.Over spring break, I went to the Los Angeles Zoo. I found out, to my surprise,that one of the orangutans had diabetes and another had cerebral palsy. Zoosare somewhat bizarre places. You can see exotic animals from all over theworld. Sometimes I feel bad for the animals since they are prisoners in a way. Ihave decided that they are no more prisoners than pet cats and dogs are. I thinkthese relationships are beneficial for both the human and the animal. here is apicture of the big orangutan from the LA zoo and a picture of a siamang, whoyells loudly when it is time to eat.
Without getting too much into animal genetics issues, I would like to state mygeneral opinion. Genetically modifying animals to benefit humanity is no worsethan raising them for slaughter.I did not really care for the Strange Culture movie, however I was invested in theartist’s fate. I was happy to learn that charges were dropped and we went free.Los Aneles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. <http://www.lazoo.org/>Siamang. <http://www.lazoo.org/animals/mammals/siamang/index.html>UCtelevision. Animal Biotechnology<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCIvAuwaf-o> July 25, 2008.Lessan, Lynn. Strange Culture. <http://www.strangeculture.net/ >
Luke week 4Mon, 04/30/2012 - 16:53 | lmeisenhardtThis week we saw Noas pollen exhibit as well as her dust bunny sculpture inprogress. I dont really have much else to say as Im working on the midterm thisweek. I did have some ideas for the pollen exhibit. On a practical level, it mustcost something to replace all that honey that gets used. A shallow glass bowlcould be placed under the pollen allowing the honey to be recycled, rather thanjust make a mess on the floor. I think it would also look cool to see the pollenfloating in a pool of honey as it begins to fill up. As for the dust bunny, I reallyliked how we viewed it. Being forced to go through it makes you feel shrunkendown and really gives you a sense of the messiness of the dust bunny. Althoughit may be appropriate in a corner of a room, it is more effective when it blocksyour path.Also can someone please explain to me the ethical argument against sugar andcoffee?
Luke Medicine and Anatomy wk 5Sun, 05/06/2012 - 23:43 | lmeisenhardtI am not sure if we are supposed to blog about anything this week due to themidterms, but I did not really talk about medicine last week and will do so now.I think that depicting the human body is the area where biotechnology and art arethe most clearly related. Art is absolutely essential for visualization of anatomy.A complete understanding of anatomy is also essential for medicine and helpfulfor other purposes such as fitness.
The techniques of displaying anatomy have evolved over time with technology,but it has not been until very recently that we have made significant advances.X-rays, CAT scans, and MRI’s have all allowed us to see the inside of the humanbody without having to cut it open. Early anatomy was achieved throughdissections and drawings.
The lecture mentioned the exhibit Body Worlds as well as the Visible HumanProject. I have seen the Body Worlds exhibit at the LA science center by USC.They had done their own version of the human visualization project where youcould view actual cross-section slices of human. I would think that the visiblehuman project is unnecessary because of CAT scan technology, but apparently itdiscovered previous anatomical errors which had been perpetuated.SourcesVesna, Victoria. UConlineprogram. “Medicine”. April 21, 2012.<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep0M2bOM9Tk&feature=youtu.be>Muscular anatomy diagram.
<http://bodychallengefitness.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/anatomy.2...Man holding skin drawing.<http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2a/Anatomia_del_co...Body Worlds picture.<http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3095/3156150094_5e70f21ffd_z.jpg>National Library of Medicine. “Visible Human Project.”<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/visible_human.html>
Luke week 6 AgingSun, 05/13/2012 - 20:51 | lmeisenhardtI attended the exhibit on gray hair at CNSI on Thursday. I was slightly amusedby it, especially the birthday cards and the wall full of insults for old people suchas “coot” and “old goat.” I am not sure exactly what the intent was of certainparts of the exhibit, but the wall of insults, rather than having a museum oftolerance feel to it, instead conjured up this image of Abraham Simpson.The exhibit did, however, make me realize how frivolous worrying about gray hairis. Hair dye is available for relatively cheap, so why not use it if it matters toyou? Instead of worrying about gray hair I worry about other age relatedailments. One’s reaction time and explosive power peaks in the mid twenties, anage I am fast approaching. I read that the average NBA player’s productivity ishighest at age 25. Fortunately for me as a powerlifter, strength peaks later in life,during the mid to late 30’s.Compare Usain Bolt who’s best 100 (so far) came at the age of 22 and Ed Coan,a world championship powerlifter who’s best meet occurred at the age of 31.
I would like to leave everyone with one of my favorite of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Ittells about how god is deciding how long several animals should live and howlong man should live, initially giving each 30 years. The animals do not want to
live long difficult lives, but man wants to live much longer. “Thus man livesseventy years. The first thirty are his human years, and they quickly disappear.Here he is healthy and happy; he works with pleasure, and enjoys his existence.The donkeys eighteen years follow. Here one burden after the other is laid onhim; he carries the grain that feeds others, and his faithful service is rewardedwith kicks and blows. Then come the dogs twelve years, and he lies in the cornergrowling, no longer having teeth with which to bite. And when this time is past,the monkeys ten years conclude. Now man is weak headed and foolish; he doessilly things and becomes a laughingstock for children.”Sources:Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. “The Duration of Life.”<http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0173.html>Aging and exercise. <http://www.sportsci.org/encyc/agingex/agingex.html>Old Man Yells at Cloud picture. The Simpsons.<http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v418/bawanaal/homer8.jpg>Usain Bolt picture <http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Sport/Pix/pictures/2010/5/14/1273852...Ed Coan picture <http://www.criticalbench.com/images/edcoan.jpg>
Luke Alan Turing ProjectConfigureTue, 05/22/2012 - 19:40 | lmeisenhardtGoing along with what John posted earlier about a newspaper featuring fictionalarticles, I will create a fake WWII propaganda poster supporting Alan Turing.
SummaryHere are all of the blog posts I did for biotechnology and art. My personal favorites are the oneson aging, animals, and the introduction. On each of these I feel like I got to share somethingwith the class, whether it be an original photo or artwork of mine or a story from my childhood.I tried to push the limits in my topics and attempted to create some controversy. I think Isucceeded in presenting a challenging view to conventional thought, however in this class I feelthat there is no out of bounds. I enjoyed exploring my thoughts on these topics and adding someinsight to biotechnology and art.