With the rising development of technology, inquiries are made as to what pre-existing technologies or practical systems should be considered obsolete. It is a common question one faces when advancing technology. Is our old way of doing things necessary?

One good example comes from the utility of lighthouses, which helps to assure safe navigation along coastlines (“Pharology”). These towers of light act like a beacon towards incoming ships, relaying messages to them as they come in. However, with the development of advanced GPS systems installed on many ships and other navigational tools being used along coastlines, the question then becomes: do we really need lighthouses anymore? I believe that we need lighthouses as both an educational establishment for those interested in the idea or in improving the idea of navigation and to primarily act as backup system, in case any system at all fails.

Lighthouses have been around for a very long time.  These towers house many stories that are waiting to be told or have never been told at all, either inscribed within the lighthouse itself or passed down to the descendants of the owners of each lighthouse. Each story of each lighthouse is different and their science, although bearing resemblance, is also differing in several different characteristics. Some lighthouses use oil lamps, gas lamps, and, more commonly now, electric lamps to bring forth light onto the sea (Clingan). They have come a long way, and, as a result, should be given credit to the history that they possess, even through all the mistakes. Lighthouses, other than being a helpful navigational tool, are very educational facilities that allows those who wish to make navigation better to compare and contrast the various issues and success stories lighthouses possess and to inspire those who have not been entranced by a lighthouse’s passing light, even if it was not its original intent. They are one that should be taken into consideration first, before even think of attempting to replace them with something better, as they would serve to be a beautiful backup system, if deemed necessary.

Countless records have come and gone where sailors have been assisted, and thereby saved, by lighthouses when navigating in the pitch black darkness of the night in the unforgiving waters of the ocean. However, new tools to help with navigation, such as government-mandated buoys and lights, provide even more assistance in securing their landfall or departure (US Department of Commerce, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It would be safe to assume that since something better exists in its place to help people navigate along coastlines, that lighthouses should be replaced as to not have wasted resources just sit there inactive. However, lighthouses, above all else, are the most reliable backup systems out there. For example, say the GPS system runs out of electricity, and the buoys and charts are nowhere to be found. It would make it very hard to navigate along the coastline without such tools, but lighthouses are always present to help guide sailors along the way. If they were not present, then the sailor would have nothing to help guide them and might result in their demise or tremendous inconvenience.

Lighthouses have proven to be valuable assets on coastlines. They not only serve as educational tools to help pave the way for improved navigational technologies or to merely elucidate people their importance, but they serve as an excellent back-up for when current, improved technologies fail. They are necessary structures and must be preserved, just as history books are preserved in many libraries and how screwdrivers are kept even with the invention of drills. We may be advancing our ways of thinking and current technology, but if all else fails, we will still have a place left in our human history that we can fall back to, so that we will not be left in the dark.

 

Sources:

Clingan, Ian C. “Lighthouse.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 27 June 2017, www.britannica.com/technology/lighthouse.

“Pharology.” Pharology – How Lighthouses Work – H11, Jazz-Fusion Books, www.pharology.eu/.

US Department of Commerce, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Do We Still Need Lighthouses?” NOAA’s National Ocean Service, NOAA, 1 Aug. 2018, oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/lighthouse.html.

I had the pleasure of listening to Alex Lievanos‘ new EP Nights Like These © and I have got to say, I am profoundly impressed. Alex Lievanos is a good friend that I had met during high school. We did the Battle of the Bands during senior year and I have plenty of good memories with him. To see another one of his works release always fills me with joy and I cannot wait to talk more about it.

The Tracks

It starts off nicely with Nights Like These from the ground up with a killer and steady baseline where the rest of the instruments and his soft vocals join in later. He quite literally invites “you for the ride of your life” (Nights Like These), designing a platform for which the rest of the EP and the story can flourish upon this foundational single.

And while Nights Like These fades out, leaving you hungry for more, Alex kept business going with Creeps. At this point, I could no longer hold back the dancing. It complemented Nights Like These so well, but held its own identity in the same magnitude. It theatrically describes a questionable and alluring woman that you find yourself drawing towards, even though her very existence drives you insane and leaves you tumbling down into eventual ruin.

This ruin is evident in You Said, being more slow and emotional. It really changed things up, especially with the more regretful lyrics and the gentle guitar solo. The lyrics were phenomenal as they carried such a heavy emotional burden over such heartbreak, elaborating how the woman in topic of the EP “really should be ashamed” (You Said) for what they did to cause a tear of heart.

And as though heartbreak had seemed to settle deeply within You Said, confidence and a desire to move on shines through with Opt Out, the final track in the EP. It serves as a good bye to the woman in question, as Alex sings “don’t you dare tell me you miss me” (Opt Out). It is clear within the lyrics and the melody that, although pain was met, the show must move on.

Final Thoughts

This EP is a must listen to. Alex Lievanos is such a talented musician with a story to tell, emotions to convey, and potential to demonstrate. I absolutely love this EP and eagerly wait his newer material as I had done so with this masterpiece.

My personal favorite track is Nights Like These, for those curious.

You can listen to the EP by clicking here and selecting any one of your favorite options, or by clicking on the following options:

Soundcloud

Spotify

YouTube

iTunes

Apple Music

Google Play

Amazon Music

You can also visit his website here.


I have also, just for fun, decided to summarize the EP in one sentence.

It was Nights Like These that I remember how you gave me the Creeps about what You Said to me, but thank God, I chose to Opt Out from your life and the lies it had, so that I could live my own life away from such pain.

Of course, Alex will be the true judge of this interpretation.

So, from me to Alex:

Keep up the great work, man! You’re doing great!




All rights to the music discussed belong to Alex Lievanos, creator and copyright owner of the Nights Like These © EP and other related material.

For more information, please visit: https://www.alexlievanos.com/

 

“You are only a little girl, enraptured by a false idol of a king who serves others, but not themselves. ”

-Rider

The Holy Grail War. A fight between Masters and Servants. Only one pair can remain to ask the Holy Grail to grant their deepest desire, their wish. But people do not choose to be Masters, the Grail merely seeks them out, marks them to fight, for they are individuals with an intense passion to grant a wish that only the Grail can grant.

Although Fate/Zero is not where the conflict began, it is where the show’s roots begin in Fuyuki City at the beginning of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Masters are chosen and they are made to summon their Servants, known heroes from the past to be “resurrected” in order to fight for them. Though, the word “hero” is quite subjective in this scenario. Men and women of good or evil can be summoned to be used in the Holy Grail War, all to obtain the one-time power that the Grail possesses.

Fate/Zero begins with both the Master selection and Servant summoning process, establishing the major characters and their similar or strikingly different personalities, especially when relating the Masters and their Servants. The show does a good job taking note on these similarities and these differences, helping in identifying who is compatible and who is incompatible with one another. With these personalities, I personally found each character to be quite enjoyable, even if some are detestable at the least. They are all so unique, even if bearing some semblance of another.

At the same time, the show’s animation, especially during fight scenes is quite impressive. The fights are fights, unlike many flashes and blurs of fights in other anime. The art of combat is seen and, although evident in their words, their feelings towards one another are seen in how they face each other, as some hold more respect towards others. It provides a very unique and pleasant viewing experience, especially with all the twists and turns one might expect from a story.

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I greatly encourage anyone who likes anime, or who is looking for a good show to watch, to watch Fate/Zero. It has easily become one of my favorite shows to date. As soon as I was finished watching all 2 seasons, 25 episodes in whole, I almost wanted to re-watch it immediately. However, being but one of many installments (but not the first) in the Fate series, my journey had only begun.

Below are links to watch it now in either dub or sub (I always prefer sub, though):

If you intend to watch it, please let me know how you felt about it. I always enjoy talking about the Fate series.

Sources:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/10087/Fate_Zero/pics (the images)

 

 

Today, in my Oceanography class, we took a field trip to the Cabrillo National Monument tide pools. It was my first time and I had a lot of fun. Here are some of

the pictures I took.

 

If you live in San Diego, I strongly recommend visiting this national park and taking the time to explore. Mind your step, though, as it is quite slippery around here and pay attention to the tide.