Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thursday, January 11. 2018

Today's schedule is D-C-B-A

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll watch the fictionalized version of the Russell Williams case from Law & Order: Los Angeles "Silver Lake". This episode aired on April 16, 2011...that's 6 months after Russell Williams plead guilty. To film a television show (like a 1 hour drama police procedural) takes anywhere between six to eight days. A day normally begins at 6am and runs 11 to 13 hours long. It takes between 60 and 96 hours to produce 44 minutes of program content (for a 60 minute television show). That's just filming - don't forget script writing, set construction and post production work too so NBC "ripped from the headlines" the Russell Williams story literally as it was happening. If you think that's fast consider that NBC's Dateline aired "Conduct Unbecoming" on Friday, February 18, 2011 (4 months after his guilty plea) and CBS aired the 48 Hours episode "Name, Rank, Serial Killer?", the one that we watched yesterday, on April 9th, 2011 (the L&O:LA episode aired one week later!).

So we'll watch the episode and then I have two questions for you to answer (from yesterday):
  1. Do you think the news coverage of Col. Russell Williams' sentencing was too sensational? Do you think the court was right to release so much information and that the Canadian press were right to publish it all, or do you think that there is such a thing as too much information, and that there are some details we really don’t need to know?
  2. How did the Canadian and American coverage of the Russell Williams case differ? Use the the 48 Hours episode "Name, Rank & Serial Killer?" as well as the Fifth Estate episode "Above Suspicion" as your sources of information.

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today our key issue is, "Why Do Services Cluster in Settlements"? Services are clustered in settlements. Rural settlements are centers for agriculture and provide a small number of services; urban settlements are centers for consumer and business services. One-half of the people in the world currently live in a rural settlement, and the other half in an urban settlement. We'll look at clustered (circular and linear) and dispersed rural settlements and a brief history of cities:

Lastly questions...

  1. How are strips of land allocated in a clustered rural settlement? 
  2. In a linear rural settlement, why are settlements clustered around roads and/or rivers?
  3. What early structures and permanent man-made features were associated with early public services?
  4. What early structures and permanent man-made features were associated with early business services?
  5. Why did large urban centers collapse with the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century CE?

B Block Physical Geography 12 -Today is a crucial day in Geography 12. First in order to help with yesterday's question about human cultures and parasitic/symbiotic relationships we'll watch Dr. Sam Ohu Gon III, speaking as Senior Scientist and Cultural Adviser to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii

After, we will be discussing biogeochemical cycles - specifically the carbon and nitrogen cycles. We will also be discussing the flow of energy through an ecosystem (trophic layers and food webs). Maybe Bill Nye can help...

It is very important that you review systems and feedback from week 1 of the course. For a great on-line text resource check out the Human Ecology textbook by Gerry Marten.

For more on cycles in ecosystems check out:
Biogeochemical Cycles at Windows to the Universe
Biogeochemical Cycles at Geography 4 Kids
Biogeochemical Cycles in Michael Ritter's on line "The Physical Environment" text
Energy Flow through Ecosystems in Michael Ritter's on line "The Physical Environment" text
Trophic Pyramids and Food Webs at Physical Geography
Food Chains and Food Webs
McGraw Hill BC Grade 7 Science textbook animation on PCB's and Bioaccumulation

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