Time is a very interesting thing, when you have a large quantity of it you look at it and say to yourself you still have time to do other things before doing the one thing you need. And when you are out of time that is when you remember that something was due but yet it is not because in your mind you knew it said 8/28 which is a Sunday but before that it said Saturday and now we have a 24 hour time paradox. Was it due a few hours ago or a day from now? With one I have more and with one I have run out. Funny thing is, I always hated time-travel due to several things in how it may or may not work. One being you go back to where you were and change something for basically a first person perspective and move on with your life and yet you cannot do that because you time-traveled so you cannot exist because you would not need to time-traveled if you ‘fixed” your earlier mistake. Then you have the whole second you time-travel were you have to change things while dancing around yourself and everyone else so they do not see you at two places at the same time or your other self. This also leads to the end of existence for the time-traveler in the current form because events would have gone differently, but then you have a paradox, things went the way they did because of the time-travel so it must have happened. Without the meddling of the other self-things would have gone the stander way vs the “better” way and yet it is not possible. As much as I wish it were possible to go back and make sure that this was done before Saturday 8/27 11:59 PM.
So with all that out of the way, let me begin anew with saying that I normally am ahead of time and do things in an orderly fashion as possible. All of which this post is not going to be as it seems, with the way it is going. The other thing that I am know for is losing track of time if I am working on something and other are lined up after it. At my work over the summer this was not a problem for it meant I would go from task to task without stopping. I simply would be reminded when lunch was by the others around me and then when it was time to leave, unless I had to finish up tasks. So for me switch over mindsets to school and stricter self-regulation is a bit of an issue, one that is now being corrected just a bit too late.
I am a mechanical student for how long is difficult to say, l have lost track. I do what is required of me by the classes outlined by the bachelors program and have taken many classes pertaining to my major as well as supporting classes. I can however tell you that I have at least taken 4 to 5 semesters already and during the summers either worked or took more classes. Over this summer I worked in a company in Manhattan that did work on internal building systems such as air ducts and sprinkler system designs. Needless to say ever few of my classes helped me to do such specific work other than AutoCAD which is a program for making drawing. What helped me the most was the years I spent with my father working as a general contractor putting in floors, pipes, sinks, lights, wires, walls, and many other tasks. It was an office job and took some getting used to the atmosphere of it. Apparently I was a bit too talkative which I never understood due to my past where talking to people was a problem and then I look up at how much I have written and realize that I write like I talk and that is like a never ending waterfall into a bottomless pit.
Overall I enjoy many subjects, activities and places. For many years I would draw aircraft, spacecraft and land craft that for the most would not really work or would be unreasonable to make or use. When I realized that I started to think about designing better craft that would work and because of this I have done less drawing vs the books filled with unusable things. Often it is because I wanted it to be perfect and I would spend too much time on what should have been simple sketches. Things improved with the advent of technology and me being able to have it. Reading also was something I did for long periods of time prior to technological advancement and lack of people to do other things with. Also free during lunch at public school helped a lot in both of these things. For many years I would go to summer camp and saw many things. I went to museums, shows, plays, sports, and lessons on a variety of things. I still go Broadway shows, operas, music halls and circuses. While I do not love all of them based on what I saw I do find most of them enjoyable and with notice different things for high above. Most shows are designed to be seen from directly center and in front of the stage, so when setting high above and to the side you see things differently. Such as the stage work that is done with the automated moving sets that run on grooves and the trap doors. You can see the foreground and the background at the same time vs what is intended to be seen. Other than this things I generally watch shows that range from light hearted to you just witnessed mass murder before your eyes or worse. Really depends on what mood I am in and often neither would phase me. The ones that do, are generally something that no one would think would be, even if they know me. Also as said before I enjoy Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate and many other shows in many different formats. They also range from sci-fi to slice of life and even I do not remember all of them particularly the ones that I saw before 1999 and some after. I lose track of things it seems, just do not give me a star-ships. Or do, it would be a funny episode if I lose it somewhere in time. The title would be Time Trek.
What your strengths & weaknesses as a writer, reader, & thinker?
As seen from above one thing I am bad at is organizing things in a way that other people can understand what is in my head. Because basically this is what I wrote based on what I had going through my head at the time which is affected by the time, what I did, and what I thought would be fine to put down. So a lack of source material is not a problem for me stopping it at a good time is. Also I go very broad with my thoughts, yet I also go deep in certain areas. I tend to keep my mindset about something and spin it that way for the rest of a piece. In reading unless I get into the story I tend to just read it but without any passion for. Unlikely Harry Potter which I flew from book one to which ever was the one before the current new one.
What do you enjoy/dislike most about writing, reading, & (critical) thinking?
In writing I sometime cannot find what I want to write and get lost in it which is why I currently going with free writing style to just get ideas out. Other than that I often hate set page lengths for writing assignments because sometimes I cannot write 4 pages about a paragraph reading. However I do enjoy sometimes coming up with new ideas for something I read and wondering about what was meant by a piece or what surrounded it during its writing and how it affected it. And in reading I like certain things but I cannot tell you want they are, you have the same things in two different books and yet I may hate one and like the other I would have to go though it first.
What is your background with using OpenLab & technology more generally (it’s OK if you don’t have any!)?
I worked on open lab for a course in my first semester for an English class named being in Brooklyn and posted work on their related to the work we did.
What’s your experience with (and interest in) Science Fiction? Favorite books, short stories, movies, TV shows, games?
I have seen many film, shows and read many books based in Science Fiction and enjoyed many of them. Such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate and many others. I found that I enjoyed the freedom it gave the writers to come up with ideas and use them in interesting setting. With people of the time going “like that is ever going to happen” and then seeing that it did in one way or another. Still waiting for star-ships here.
How do you see Science Fiction connecting with your major and career interests (&/or personal interests/hobbies)?
I love to look at the ideas behind something both in reality and in science fiction and see what i can come with. I take ideas from many sources and put them together in my mind to create something else that works. I look at how the fictional world led to creating a cretin piece of technology or ideals and then see what would happen if i change it a little bit and speculate on what it would be then. I enjoy thinking about all the amazing ideas that were put into these books, shows and films, while at the same time i think about how many times the ideas were the same. How today we have reached a point where we simply improve things vs making highly innovative ideas. we simply build on what was already made and while that too needs advanced minds to do right it is not the same as making a new idea from nothing. Often times i would come with a story in my head and look at it and see all the pieces that are similar to other things i have seen and read. All i do is pull on other ideas but create an original story based loosely on others. Now is it considered original or is it stealing the work of others. How many original ideas can exist in the same world, are everyone thoughts different? Or do they all head down the same road, just looking in a different light and time. how many times have you had an idea and then go online just to see if it exist somewhere? Overall i look at Science Fiction to get new ideas and to think about what i see and come up with my own conclusions.
I watched many shows while growing up at a young age like star trek and saw what at the time seems like endless possibilities for the future. Science Fiction can be made possible, look around you at everything you have, you could go back in time to Star Trek the Next Generation and see all that you have today. Touchscreens, cellphones, video calls, medical scanners, robots, ai, computers that can do complex tasks and talk to you. That is what I wanted to make possible to do something helpful one day.
What are your expectations for this course/semester (what you think you will learn and what you hope you will learn)? Any questions? Some of you had some great questions about science fiction today (e.g., what makes something science fiction vs. fantasy), so feel free to ask stuff like that here. Maybe your classmates will weigh in and give their thoughts on your questions.
I think this course will teach me more about myself then anything in the world, due to the way my mind works. How it linked certain things together and how it tried to cover other up.Science fiction makes me think and imagine on many possibilities. Other than that I expect to find out more about books I have yet to read and a subject that I love. To have interesting conversations about many things and for all of it to be on time. To understand more of the world through the writings of others. Thank you