Unconventional Sources of Energy


Two Views on the Coming Age of Unconventionals: Final Exam Essay

These are assignments that I have turned in for my TECH 4310 Future of Energy and Environment class, these are my own thoughts and you may not take them without citing them. I will not post them all, but a majority of them.

Instructions:

Many of the reports and forecasts that we covered this semester focused on the transition from conventional to unconventional fuel supplies – particularly around shale natural gas and oil (shale; tar sands; et al).  This transition is gradual and dynamic.  It is filled with uncertainty and a diverse set of opinions on the risks and rewards.

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Systems Thinking


Systems Thinking

Instructions for assignment:

Systems thinking asks that we understand how structure determines behavior. It forces us to see outcomes/outputs as a result of a whole shaped by interdependent parts.  Based on this weeks’ readings and videos – answer the following questions.  If you wish to get more information from the web please cite the source with a link.  Feel free to insert images (optional) if you see fit!

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Forecasting


Baseline Forecast

Before you begin:

These are assignments that I have turned in for my TECH 4310 Future of Energy and Environment class, these are my own thoughts and you may not take them without citing them. I will not post them all, but a majority of them.

The book that this reflection is on is titled Thinking About the Future; Guidelines for Strategic Foresight  edited by Andy Hines and Peter Bishop.

The official baseline forecast compares current and past values and assumptions held by an organization or an individual, and projects them into the future. For instance, in general, professors do not accept assignments turned in after the due date. However, most of the time, these baseline forecasts are almost always wrong.

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Adult Principle #4 Expand your sense of the possible.


If this isn’t an appropriate topic to revive my blog with, I don’t know what is. An update is in order I think. I’ve graduated HCC with an Associates in Science and I’m now going to the University of Houston with am Environmental Science major and three minors: Mathematics, Geology, and Energy and Sustainability. 5 Years ago I never would have thought I’d be here, but here I am and I’m owning every thing I do, and trying 100% on everything.

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Adult Principle #9 Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.


So my great grandmother Anne passed away this morning and its had me thinking about my relationship with my mom’s family. There  have been many problems over the years and I’ve always wanted a closer relationship with my cousins and I’m not really sure why we don’t talk as much as we should.

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Adult Principle #7 Tolerate ambiguity.


This one stumped me for a little bit, so I went to dictionary.com and looked up Ambiguity to get a better definition and I found one that I like: the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways. So basically respect the fact that others have a different way of thinking about things than you do. It turns out I’ve been thinking about this one a lot recently and it is kind of nice that it is an Adult Principle.

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Joy in Sorrow: The Pursuit of Happiness


This is a copy of my term paper for Early American Lit. Please do not steal any ideas but feel free to extrapolate.

John Perry Barlow, in his essay entitled “The Pursuit of Emptiness,” put forth that Thomas Jefferson’s inclusion of the pursuit of happiness in a list of inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence has turned into a counter-intuitive requirement of American life. In Barlow’s opinion, pursuing happiness is a primary way to ensure that one can never be truly happy. He states that when he is happy, it is not because he pursued happiness, but rather, that he allowed happiness to pursue him. In Barlow’s words, “Jefferson’s wistful aspiration has gradually transmuted into first an entitlement and eventually an obligation, even as its actual practice has become increasingly rare.” Barlow believes that this pursuit is unworthy of Jefferson and unnatural for humans, no matter how “American” the ideal may be.

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Adult Principle #1: Be patient. No matter what.


Today was a good but VERY clumsy day. I’ve accidentally thrown my lighter across the room, knocked over a can of Coke onto my English book and I’ve tripped over myself several times. On the good note though, my awesome boyfriend got me a new pair of shoes, my English test deadline has been extended for 24 hours, and I feel pretty confident about how I did on the History test.

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