On the Blogosphere

Reblog of last week’s attendance requirement regarding the blogosphere.

NS102 with Hama


An Introduction

The origin of blogging does not confine itself it the commercialization and the widespread acknowledgment it receives today, but to the very introduction of its means: the Internet.

(This post is in accordance for last week’s class participation and attendance.)



A Short History

ARPA (Advance Research Projects Agency) is the Scientific arm of the U.S. Dept. of Defence develops the internet to gain edge over the Soviet Union.


1960s – Development of computers from mere arithmetic machines to connectors among computer networks. The TCP / IP or Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol was created. Followed by the PRNET (San Fracisco Bay Packet Radio Network) and SATNET (Atlantic Packet Satellite Network).


1972 – creation of electronic mail (e-mail) spread across 23 servers.


1974 – first commercial service called Telenet by BBN.


1980 – Usenet platform (by user of UNIX OS) became the first example…

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While Surfing: On the Ebola Virus


While Surfing: On the Ebola Virus

NS102 with Hama

Following the recent global anxiety about great mortality rates of citizens in west Africa, several Youtube channels have covered this story with the intent to educate and inform the rest of the world on this dangerous albeit unfamiliar disease.


While surfing one of my favourite science channels, SciShow, I saw this video summarizing the Ebola virus’ casualties, a synopsis of its history, transmission and the current state in Africa. The link below will lead you to the video.




Video Summary:

  • 2nd Deadliest Disease 
  • Bats were the initial carriers
  • a.k.a. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever or Ebola Virus Disease
  • The most violent species of right now is the Zebov with a fatality rate of 83%
  • Coined “Ebola” because of its place origin, the Ebola river
  • 2014 has 1,323 infected out of which 729 have died
  • It causes flu-like symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea then destroys the capillaries until all of the patient’s…

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In Response to the movie Outbreak (1995) and its semblance to the current Ebola Virus Epidemic

Reblog of the post “In Response to the movie Outbreak (1995) and its semblance to the current Ebola Virus Epidemic” by Hannah F. Ledesma.

NS102 with Hama

Title: Outbreak

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo

Plot Summary:

In July of 1967, In Motaba River Valley, Zaire, a virus with a 100% mortality rate starts infecting people. The virus becomes known as the Motaba virus, and it’s so deadly that it causes severe bleeding and liquefies internal organs, killing within 3 days. The virus wipes out Motaba River Valley, and a devastatingly huge fire bomb is dropped onto Motaba River Valley in order to reduce the chances of further infection. The bomb was dropped on the orders of corrupt General Donald McClintock, even though an army surgeon, General Bill Ford, was against the idea. 27 years later, in 1994, there is another outbreak in Motaba River Valley. At the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located at Fort Detrick in Maryland, Colonel Sam Daniels is doing research on the Motaba virus, and so…

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On the “Sounds we Heard”

by Ledesma, Hannah F. 3AD7
Submission for NS102


Bewildered by none and bored for even less

I’ve had chances to free myself, but I digress

that as I maintain this facade of happiness,

Could the truth be even farther then?


“Indifference” by J. Cardenas

The hollow I walk through, in the vacuum I stay

for an eternity, that ecstasy I’d suffocate in

Step in, leaving my entrails along the way

behind that door, before that miserable, pathetic famine

Silence by Odilon Rendon

“Silence” by Odilon Rendon

Your thoughts that were words, you keep them jammed in your head

Sing to the porous walls, kiss, touch, what else?

You breathe out and out and in again

for what is air to something that’s already dead?

The Burial of Atala by Anne-Louis Girodet

“The Burial of Atala” by Anne-Louis Girodet

Screaming yet reluctant, what comes out is a whisper

One you pull back before anyone was fast enough to decipher

Blind them, dance, chant weave the curtains blur

Keep down that gin with all the resilience you could muster

The Dance by Henri Matisse

“The Dance” by Henri Matisse

I leave the one-way windows down, and uncurtained

I don’t blink and neither do you, we’re okay, you’re certain (?)

(the loud rain, the trains, the films adoring),

It’s the inevitable red herring 

and for what it’s worth, it’s still amazing,

That in nineteen I’ve believed them all to be disgusting.

Rain by Claude Monet

“Rain” by Claude Monet