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Old 12-12-08, 10:00 PM   #26
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Update, part deux: As I expected, over half of the markdown stemmed from the work cited/reference page.
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Old 12-12-08, 10:52 PM   #27
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I rode my bicycle 160 miles in less than 12 hours. How far could you walk in 12 hours? Walking is not even close to cycling in terms of efficiency. Discuss the concept of Craig Calfee making bamboo bicycles so Africans can travel long distances faster cycling than they can walking.
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Old 12-13-08, 08:25 AM   #28
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Kindly ask the instructor if you can clean up the reference page. Is it form?
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Old 12-13-08, 12:57 PM   #29
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To give an update, I received a score of 65/100. I will find out Friday night (last class of the semester) why it is so low.

Don't think that it was subject related, though. Probably had more to do with the format, especially the work cited/reference page. I was in a hurry, and MS Office '07 is a PITA. Microsoft really did idiot proof that app...
There I will agree with you. I loaded office 2007 and quickly reverted to 2003.

In writing anything the first thing you have to do is figure out what the requirements are and then you do what you have to to meet them. I would guess your score says you did not do that. But then that fact that you were asking folks on the internet to do your work for you indicates you weren't much interested in learning anyway. However your instructor deserves a lot of credit for your disinterest, so often people think the student alone is the problem, forgetting that it is the teachers job to make learning exciting.

BTW, while a bicycle is very energy efficient, it is not efficicent in most other ways. Would you like to try hauling 40 tons of corn from Iowa to Flordia on a bicycle? How about using it to take the kids socker team out for shakes? Even just by yourself how about using it to get to a business meeting across town in 30 minutes and arriving ready to walk in and make your presentation. Take those auto company executives that congress chided for flying in to the hearing, their time is worth abut $500/hour so they saved their companies about $3000 for the round trip by using the company jets (and that does not even consider that they did not come alone and that they probably worked during the trip). In the real world efficiency has to consider time, money, and energy use. A bicycle is efficient in only one of those areas.
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Old 12-13-08, 09:21 PM   #30
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There I will agree with you. I loaded office 2007 and quickly reverted to 2003.

In writing anything the first thing you have to do is figure out what the requirements are and then you do what you have to to meet them. I would guess your score says you did not do that. But then that fact that you were asking folks on the internet to do your work for you indicates you weren't much interested in learning anyway. However your instructor deserves a lot of credit for your disinterest, so often people think the student alone is the problem, forgetting that it is the teachers job to make learning exciting.

BTW, while a bicycle is very energy efficient, it is not efficicent in most other ways. Would you like to try hauling 40 tons of corn from Iowa to Flordia on a bicycle? How about using it to take the kids socker team out for shakes? Even just by yourself how about using it to get to a business meeting across town in 30 minutes and arriving ready to walk in and make your presentation. Take those auto company executives that congress chided for flying in to the hearing, their time is worth abut $500/hour so they saved their companies about $3000 for the round trip by using the company jets (and that does not even consider that they did not come alone and that they probably worked during the trip). In the real world efficiency has to consider time, money, and energy use. A bicycle is efficient in only one of those areas.
Don't get me wrong, I actually liked my instructor. She got my "Most Favorite Instructor in Least Favored Subject" award. I've signed up to take her Comp II class next semester (and so has all but one of my fellow classmates from the Comp I class).

The subject was on alternative transportation. I got marks for comparing a cyclist (person), an automobile (object), and boat (object) in referring to the race that BBC's Top Gear staged in my introductory paragraph.

I got marked down for saying that "the bicycle is perhaps the most efficient means of transportation, aside from walking, on the planet for an individual." She said it was a generalization, which is a no-no. I failed to prove that statement and she called me on it.

There were a couple of other minor problems w/the rest of the paper, but the majority of deduction came from the reference page.

So, even though she liked the subject matter, the grade reflected my piss poor execution.

BTW, I uninstalled '03 after installing '07 to free up some space. I might try playing w/Open Office for a couple of weeks before the next semester starts
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Old 12-14-08, 08:53 AM   #31
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When you move on from community college to upper division, all your papers in history, political science, will be an argument in logic.
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Check out "Scientific American" from around 1970-1973. They had an interesting article that was exactly on point. Compared to bicycling the efficiency all other means of transportation (including walking) SUCKS!
Dude! I remember that article! It mentioned that the only living system that outperformed the energy-to-motion numbers of a human on a bike was a falcon squashed up into dart shaped bomb and diving eyeballs first* straight down at 120 mph. Mind, headfirst Hail Marys into a gravity hole are not real practical means of human transport unless one's goal is a man-shaped depression in a soybean field.

To No1mad, notwithstanding your teacher's "effeciency" requirement and the intellectual limitation that forces on the whole "bikes as transportation" argument, you may want to include some of the myriad other issues that go into that calculus: freight weight limitations, safety, comfort, sweat in the workplace, clothes changing facilities, office attitudes, bike security, and a bezillion other things discussed up in the Commuting forum.

* - If you've ever seen the skeleton of these guys, a striking adaptation is their bone-reinforced eye lens to keep the eyes from distorting during a dive.
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