Managing All of the Stuff

A week from today the first graded draft of my thesis is due.  I have an appointment to go to the writing center to meet with the director on Monday.  I do not want to waste my time with him working on things I could have gotten to myself but had not yet, so for…

How to respond to a hurricane: Using GIS to get a grasp on Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was a big deal.  It brought a lot of attention to natural disasters, throughout the news.  My dad’s first book strictly on climate change was published a year later in 2006, in which he discusses the relationship between climate change and natural disasters.  He has been writing articles on this topic ever since. …

On a Thesis High

My thesis has never gone this well so far and I have never been so excited about it and motivated.  And every week recently this fact is becoming truer and truer.  The pieces are coming together and I see a clear path ahead.  Whenever I start working on my thesis it has been hard to…

Is Portland Getting Taken Over?

Background I hear talk all the time about Portland’s population growing bigger and bigger, and of people coming from out of state.  I have heard heated debates about how Californian’s are taking over the city because cities such as Los Angelos and San Fransisco are becoming unaffordable.  Gossip tells of property values increasing because of…

An exploration of Chicago Demographics

Project three for Geol-340 used Chicago demographic data from 1990 and 2000.  It was titled “For Richer or Poorer in Chicago” from our Making Spatial Decisions using GIS workbook.  The scenario given is that a University department wants to understand that movement of different White, Hispanic and Black populations in Chicago, as well as the relationship to…

Going deeper into Weintraubs’ Literature

I have made a decision and taken out the section on Linda Weintraub’s framework in methodology of my thesis and went much more in depths on her writing in the background section.  She is the primary scholar on eco-art that I discuss.  Here is what I wrote: “One of the primary scholars I have found…

Art in Tough Times: From Paleolithic Cave Art to Anasazi Pictographs

Background: The first art humans ever created was made in outdoors, or rather, in Earth’s natural shelter.  This art would be cave art. Cave art is the paintings that date back to early paleolithic times, around 40,000 to 14,000 years ago.  This art has primarily been found in France, Spain, Portugal, England, Italy, Germany and…

Earthwork and Land Alterations: The Creation of the Spiral Jetty

Background: As global environmental issues gained more attention in the 20th century, and fields such as ecology and environmental science grew, new genres of contemporary and postmodern art started to reflect these emerging concerns. Under this broad genre of environmental art, are individuals who are using art to call attention to certain issues and those…

Connecting Aquatic Eco-Sculpture to the Hudson River Restoration Movement

Background: Recently I have been particularly interested in functional art, a genre which fits under the label of fine art, but serves utilitarian purposes (Allenchy).  This subject has become of interest to me because o]]><![CDATA[f this fine line that is drawn between high art and craft in such instances, but also the question of what…

Wrapping up Goal 2 for my Capstone Proposals

I have had a few weeks to work on the goals I set for myself, and at this point I feel I have successfully addressed both of them.  I would say both of my goals are ongoing though, and even though I’ve worked on both, they are goals I should continue working on until the…