Annotated Bibliography

Maysenholder, M. (2011): 1-2. Print <;.

The article that I looked up shows research data about how snowflakes and snow itself can be a very good insulator for sound. This can be a good thing and a very bad thing. This article is written with the notation that it is a good thing. It presents snow as “highly efficient sound absorbers.” This could be a bad thing because in the case of emergencies where people are buried underneath layers of snow it is impossible to find them through audible location.


Holden , Constance. “Science.” Science. 327.5966 (2010): 627. Print. <;.

This article argues that the creation of a snowflake is an art. The flakes are individually different from each other and are an art form by themselves.  The main person in the article is Wilson Bentley. Wilson was the first person to develop an efficient way to photograph different snowflakes and their design.

Marshall, Hans-Peter, Jürg Schweizer, and Karl Birkeland. “Cold Regions Science and Technology.” Cold Regions Science and Technology. 69.2-3 (2011): 119-121. Print.

This article goes over some of the new advances in snow science. The article written by Marshall, Schweizer, and Birkeland, brushes the surface of various techniques and methods used to survey snow and make predictions regarding snow and avalanches. The article talks about how avalanches can be monitored through seismic detectors and infrasonic or low frequency sound waves.  It also goes over how different physic-type science models can be used to illustrate such avalanches and failures in the snow.

Lind, David, and Scott Sanders. “Science.” Science. 306.5705 (2004): 284. Print. <

This article tells about the physics in skiing and how they affect the overall performance of skis and how snow behaves at certain conditions on a ski slope. The article mainly goes over the points on how  snow can reach its triple point while someone is skiing.  A triple point of a molecule or compound is the scenario, where the particles can be in all three states at the same time, without the urge to change states.

TED talk ideas

I still am not entirely sure on what I am going to do for my TED talk yet, but I do have a few ideas. I would like to maybe do something that revolves around my major  or with the sciences. I would like my TED talk to be informational, but not too bland or boring. I think I may want to do mine on the science of music and how it is perceived through our brain. Or perhaps on how music helps us study or affects our mood or concentration. There are several ideas and many different things that I can do and it is going to be difficult to narrow it down to one specific thing or idea to talk about. I think that ultimately I want to do my talk on something that has a connection with neuroscience. Something that pertains to the brain in any way shape or form. At the same time though I want to do a TED talk on something that has to do with where I live back home or something in that area. I might research a little bit and try and see if I could possibly do a TED talk on snow science and avalanches. This was a very sporadic blog post and was a way for me to brain storm of some ideas on what I may or may not be interested in for my TED talk.

My Homework Assignment

For my homework assignment I decided to analyze the TED talk done by Kevin Alloca on why videos go viral. Kevin works for youtube and analyzes and looks at what videos go viral and how they do it. During Kevin’s TED talk he uses several different modes of communication. This specific talk was designated towards a younger audience the talk was given through his direct speech and several charts and videos. The animations that he used were very popular and viral youtube videos. He used these videos to communicate to his audience through videos that most or all of them have heard of, or seen. He then followed these videos with graphs or charts on how the videos went viral. All of the videos he presented started out with virtually no views then something happened. The views per video shot up when a “tastemaker” gave a social shout out about the video. Tastemakers are famous people that promote trends, in this case videos. One example of this occurring that Kevin goes over is how the double rainbow video went from virtually no views to millions in a day just because Jimmy Kimmel tweeted about the video. He goes on to say how these tastemakers or groups of tastemakers jumpstart the viewing of the videos and how through this type of collaborative effort, fame can be achieved through anything by anyone.

Consumer Essay Reflection

The Consumer Essay was about our own consumer identity and what we can and need to do to change that. I used a lot of separate material in my essay then put them together in order to create the my consumer essay piece. Before using the different pieces I did a little bit of editing and instead of just throwing my previous works into an essay I created a draft or basic outline then found a way to gently mend the different components together. The pictures that I used had hardly any editing done them since I didm;t have high-end photo editing software, however I was able to touch up the images and make them look more presentable. The things that I used from my essays weren’t words, but rather specific concepts and ideas that were molded to fit the consumer essay, and to blend well with the other elements present in the essay.