December 10, 2009

Six Degrees of Separation, Assignment #1


I will attempt to connect the following:

(film): The Sound of Music (1965)
(news item): Current Health care Debate
(science): Electromagnetic Fields as Cutting Tools
(place): Germany
(required): Archigram's Work

One of the most popular musicals ever written was and probably always will be Roger & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" as per adapted in the same-titled 1965 film. What exactly draws it into the public's eye to make it wonderful? Well, the music of course! The music although originally written in the 50's, speaks to millions even today, and stands truly as 'classic' in most critic's eyes too. While although the movie has a memorable story with an outlook on one of the most horrific events in world history (WWII), what really keeps it in its own records is its wonderfully written music. The music is what drives so much of the fascination, not just with the film, but with its contents. And indeed music today is what drives a lot of pop culture and even political opinions.


With a lot of middle-aged folks tied up today over the rising cost of health-care in this country (USA) and the future outlook on where it might lead, many people are turning to alternative 'medicines' or pleasantry anecdotes for stress relieving mechanisms. People across all of history have always used music to help get them into moods they'd like to feel, certainly now with such long-term stress factors as the health-care reform debate are giving rise to many unwanted stress-related symptoms. It only makes sense that many people the country-over will be using such simple psycho-related calming medicines such as music (to top the list) on a regular basis. If music were to have a pill box label with an over-the-counter availability license, it would probably be the most widely used drug on the planet; It's cures would be numerous and its side-effects little (only upon intention). So as a useful tool to better our world, society treats as almost like a utility, much like running water from your faucet. But instead of having to pipe a line of music to your home, we're allowed to broadcast it wirelessly to anywhere the signal reaches. With this in mind, greater collective minds than our own have already set up huge networks of radio and digital means for relaying this awesome utility to our vehicles while we're on the go.

Of course those machines we drive come with plenty of other mechanisms to make the sometime hours of sitting in one place bearable. We look to the car manufactures to think about this when designing our vehicles and understanding the wants and needs of the different market's these vehicles cater towards. When constructing these machines though, our manufacturers need even more complicated tools to bring them to life on such mass scales. and often time within these manufacturing plants, they deal a lot of part fabrication before assembling those parts into a working vehicle. During these part fabrication processes, there will be a lot of cutting of raw materials, and during that cutting process, we see an emergence of a new technology being developed to make that step 7x easier -exactly. The emergence of a new electromagnetic process of cutting has enabled a much cleaner and faster and more energy efficient way to cut harder steels. -And this process is currently being developed for the vehicle industry. The technology will help to alleviate the mess caused by this process traditionally. And it's being developed in Germany where we also see a lot of advances in not just car design but design in general, especially in architecture. Archigram, a popular British experimental architecture firm with a self-titled magazine circulating in the 60's pressed more for an architectural revolution than was occurring at the time.

Nice quaint, and hurriedly wrapped-up. -Now wasn't that fun?

Source:
"Electromagnetic Fields as Cutting Tools" Science Daily (Dec. 10, 2009) > http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091209113836.htm

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