In DAYTUM, I decided to measure 4 important aspects of my life for a weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). These aspects include: Sleeping, Homework, Work, and Social Life. I ended up charting how many hours of each I did this past weekend. As shown above it’s apparent that I’ve only spent a matter of two hours on H.W this past weekend. This is the thinnest slice of the pie chart. Based on the chart, it also seems as if I sleep a lot, which I’ve been aware of. I have Hyper-Somnia, so waking up for me is a little painful. So altogether I’ve spent a total of 31 hours sleeping. The close second goes to working. Working makes up the second largest portion of my pie chart. I ended up spending a total of 24 hours working this past weekend, on average 8 hours a day. This is very unusual because my average is 15 hrs per weekend. In this case, I had a training this past weekend. Finally, I also tracked my social life this weekend. I ended up spending a total of 4 hours hanging out with my friends, and that was on Saturday night. Overall, this exercise was fairly simple, but pointless. I’m not fan of tracking my life because I chose to just live my life without keying in my every move. I’d probably never use this website, aside from the given exercise. I did notice though that I worked a lot of hours this week and I don’t spend too much time on H.W, but again I didn’t need a chart to tell me that. My main goal is to somehow increase the time spent on H.W and studying, and incorporate more of a social life in my weekends to come.
This mapping assignment was even better than the last. I had a chance to play around with google maps a little more and include some added features I came across such as inserting images. I tried keeping my historical map relevant to my research topic on the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the Shah. Overall, I consider me completing the entire assignment successfully, progress. Before last weeks assignment, I have never dealt with creating maps, let alone historical ones. I did face some challenges throughout the assignment due to the images I inserted. I’m assuming some picture files were to large because they wouldn’t show up when I’d press the Add tab. Also I wanted to include a video of an interview with the Shah right before he passed, but the video wouldn’t show up when I tried to add the link. Those were my only disappointment. Overall, the entire exercise was very useful. I have a way to incorporate a small historical map in my final project. Next time around I want to make a historical map of Iran and the where the revolution began. I finally was successful in inserting some of my pictures in the captions I provided for every marking on the map. With google maps, they offer a variety of tools to help a user form their own maps. I got the chance to pick which kind of map I’d prefer for example: Atlas, regular, etc. I found that helpful and super convenient. I ended up including the Shah’s death location and grave because he was buried in Egypt. I included Anwar Sadat the peaceful president who allowed the Shah to remain in Egypt and welcomed him with open arms. I also included Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Revolution because it was modeled after the Iranian Revolution and the Green Movement.
I really loved this exercise. It was fun thinking about my list of favorite places and super easy. I just went on Google Maps, signed into my Gmail, clicked on My Places, then Create Map, named the map and gave a brief description in the given box, then clicked on the Directions tab on the far left and found the directions to a list of my favorite locations. Finally, I just pressed save to map and clicked on my personal map, at the bottom left. Overall, my map consists of the places I visit most frequently and that’s school, work(IAD), my friend Sophia’s house, and McDonalds. I had to include McDonalds because I can’t tell you how many times a week I crave a Big Mac, fries, and caramel frap during the middle of the night. I work 20 hours a week at the airport and the remaining bits of my free time is split between school, homework, and a minimal social life. I also included some fun spots (locations) like Rebounderz which is pretty much a building made of trampolines. In addition, I also included Great Falls park because I love that place. I spend a lot of my time running along side the trails and clearing my head on the rocks, overlooking the water. It’s a very peaceful environment. Overall, this exercise made me realize on thing: Im a bit of a homey, boring person. I don’t do much. I have way too many priorities to take care of, and I really don’t get the chance to do the things I like, often. My map is a bit scattered and a majority of my starting points begin from my personal home address. The last location I ended up adding to the map was Sweet Frog because Sophia and I always have our deep talks at sweet frog, while licking our tart flavored spoons.It’s our to go place whenever we want to gossip or talk about serious matters, it always has to be over a cup of frozen yogurt. So all in all, those were my specific observations I made when producing my map.
Murder in the Treasury Building in DC, 1865 refers to not one specific murder. For more than a decade (1855- late 1860’s) the area between 14th and 15th street was notoriously known as Murder Bay. Starting out my scavenger hunt, I typed in “Murder in Treasury Building DC” this lead me to a site called “Washington DC during the Civil War.” In a small segment of this article, there’s a portion of a paragraph mentioning the strip of DC around the 1860s , known as Murder Bay and Red light district. That was the first piece of the puzzle. I typed in Murder Bay into Google and nothing came up. So then I tried Red Light District DC and a wiki link popped up. There wasn’t much information except for a few sentences stating that the area was filled with high profile casinos, prostitution, and mostly adult businesses. I couldn’t find anything murder related. Finally I went to my search engine and typed in “Red Light District DC also known as Murder Bay.” Found a link and a article title, “Washington’s Rough and Tumbled Lost neighborhood of Murder Bay.” ZING! Mostly everything I was looking for was in there, including tons of primary sources. There were Maps of the Hookers Division (Murder Bay) from 1880, named after General Joseph Hooker. Pictures of scenarios with prostitutes. There was one picture of the actual neighborhood of Murder Bay from a distance (1855). Finally there was a piece from an article in the Washington Post 1888, by a person who experienced the horror that occurred in Murder Bay. Based on the information I collected Murder Bay was the worst place to be walking during nightfall. There were tons of Hooker houses, thieves, murderers, gamblers, etc. The low-lives of Murder Bay would slit throats from ear to ear after they’d steal all of innocent peoples belongings. Most of their victims consisted of respectable business men and young women but the unsophisticated commoners were attacked as well. The reason behind why these murder incidents kept happening was because the entire system was corrupt. Police officers were helpless and powerless and couldn’t identify these criminals. A lot of murders went un-investigated, giving these criminals a sense of reassurance that they weren’t going to be punished for their heinous crimes. Even the fire fighters that were sent over to guard the area, took part in the sexual misconduct and bad behavior. Finally, police managed to exert their authority over Murder Bay by catching a murder suspect. He was convicted, and finally punished. The finding of one of the murderers calmed things down for a bit in Murder Bay because the criminals weren’t feeling as invincible. It wasn’t until a fire occurred in Brientown (mostly hooker houses), where the horror began to subside. One of the most evil areas of Murder Bay had finally disappeared. Eventually, the entire area began to change for the better. Law enforcement took control, criminals and hookers began to flee, and the area began to flourish.
Links to the three sites I used:
– http://ghostsofdc.org/2012/03/29/washingtons-rough-and-tumble-lost-neighborhood-of- murder-bay/