“The East” and What Does This Mean to You

The movie “The East” is about how in places like America, corporations are poisoning the air, water, and food supply with toxic chemicals in which it leads to the slow and painful death of children and adults. Several persons who were had an upbringing of coming from well to do families, decide to take a stand against companies who are pouring hazard materials into lakes and rivers where local residences could not be able to afford to move so they can avoid this issue.  So where does the average person come to play in all this and what significance does this idea entail?  Well, one thing is for sure, the main character portrayed by Brit Marling, helped co-write the script to this movie in which one of the producers of the film is famed director Ridley Scott. When filmmakers put their own money into a project, it’s because they love and care about what they intend to put out for the world to see. Take this movie with a message, for example.

 

This movie takes a look at when privileged young people leave the high and luxurious type of life and take on issues that are affecting their community. Top notched university educated men and women who had it all, drop everything to live almost like homeless people but instead don’t engaged in drugs and alcohol as the homeless are notorious for. Governments want to take down groups depicted as “The East” in the film and at the same time, groups like “The East” want to take down large corporations by exposing the ones in prominent positions who are allowing toxic chemicals to hurt our water and air. In the real world, there are new radicals who are trying to do this. Some people have a semi low key persona as in the movie, where as others are always holding up signs and shouting outside the gates of such companies and government buildings that have allowed this pollution to continue.

Some people have heart and want to make a difference in their communities where they sacrifice everything to engage in the fight against corporations that operate in a non-green way. Many other people don’t care. Some persons occasionally put a little bit of effort into protecting the environment and community. This is a matter that involves politics and money in drastic matters. In the end, there isn’t much that can be done unless local governments change the way they provide electricity and other power to run their towns and cities.

‘Til this day, most of the world’s electricity is run by power with the use of coal and fire. Power by means of electrical currents is also used to generate the water supply into our homes and businesses.  In order to operate an oven or stove, it requires power from an outside source into where we are, which is usually with the use of coal and fire, again.  The human body can’t survive if we’re indoors and it’s either too hot or too cold which results in the use of an A/C unit or electrical heater if there isn’t a wooden fireplace. Humans waste so much food, especially fruits and vegetables all the while so many people in most parts of any country and world are starving and would love to eat something or even anything to soothe their stomach. People who live in more colder climates are more prone to eat meat in their diet so that they can survive the shivering weather. There’s a scene in the movie where the characters kill an animal so that they can eat it. Most persons in more urban communities have never killed an animal before so they can eat it. Most people in the world buy meat in grocery stores or meat markets, but killing an animal to eat, is just bizarre to them!

 

In the end, it’s up to each individual to live a life where they are taking a stand against chemicals in our water and air. Activists have been trying for years to get corporations and governments to stop with toxic dumping, but obviously there hasn’t been much as a result to battle this as it continues to get worse. People are educated a certain way to feel that they need to have all the modern conveniences, when in reality, they don’t since that is what is polluting our world.

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VM World 2013

For the first day of VM World 2013, there was a lot to digest for the week.

During the first general session, Martin Casado who graduated from Stanford University with a PhD., is the inventor of OpenFlow and has co-founded other companies. He discussed about his new product to a crowd of several thousands. Oddly enough, the software is still being tested. There was further discussion with Bill Fathers on the infrastructure on the same subject.

With Martin Casado

With Martin Casado

I sat in a Press Conference after the first general session of the day and was able to hear first hand from the men who were introduced prior and learn their take on new VM software as well as implementing this to making it available on the cloud and peak performance in data centers of companies and organizations to make it cost effective. Several other press personnel had asked about the cost for this new VMWare “Software” and there was no definite answer yet due to the fact that it’s NEW and slowly making the rounds to be readily available to mass companies that have the previous version and those who will be using it. The presenters did advise that all those who currently work in  IT will need to be taught to how to integrate their data centers and how to implement the new software.

As a person such as myself who isn’t working directly inside this type of industry, what does it mean to the average person who does work in either IT or in a company where they will need to store massive amounts of data? This means that they will need to be taught the new software as well as how to be affective when using it. But what does that mean within itself? It means that some people who already work with the software will have to go into companies with high volumes of IT data and teach them how to use it, not just for the time being, but they will have to also be taught how to update it on their own.

A lot of the information applies for larger companies such as government and hospitals where massive amounts of data will need to be stored. This can also be used in other large corporations as well.

On the expo floor, various companies were sharing with customers and potential customers their products and services with growing and already partner businesses. Some of these include the following:

HP

HP Event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
HP Event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Fusion Storm

IXIA

EMC2

EMC2 Presentation
EMC2 Presentation

Intel

Dell

NetApp

NetApp sponsored Basketball
NetApp sponsored Basketball

Cisco

Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage raffle giveaway of a Maserati for 2 weeks
Nimble Storage raffle giveaway of a Maserati for 2 weeks

Hosting

…just to name some of the companies that were present.

The closing appreciation party included a concert with carnival rides and games. The bands that played were Imagine Dragons from Las Vegas and Train which is a local San Francisco Bay Area band.  The party was held at AT&T Park on Wednesday night.

Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons
Carnival Rides
Carnival Rides
Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons
Carnival Patron
Carnival Patron
Carnival Rides
Carnival Rides

In all, IT has its own niche in society and the people involved are a special breed of tech savvy persons from all over the world. There were people in attendance predominantly from all over the USA, France, England, Germany, Japan, India, and Canada. The mass majority of actual attendees were males. The average age of those involved in IT at the conference is about 40 years old.

Is this type of conference recommended to the general public when it comes back around next year, YES, but to only those who are specifically work with handling large amounts of data and storage of all that information for the companies that they work for.

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