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Zak Smith's Resume real-life
topic: Not currently looking
Objective: To contribute to the design of leading-edge digital systems, within a team of highly-motivated engineers enabled to succeed by management.
Specific Interests: Computer architecture, logic design, verification, software engineering, VLSI.
formats: HTML (11.3kB) 2001-07-11 quality 5
The Rabid Dog Fallacy real-life
topic: Explanation of a common fallacy
This is the argument I call the "Rabid Dog Fallacy", a variant of the fallacy of false dillema or the fallacy of complex question.
formats: HTML (3.1kB) 2002-11-08 quality 4
Fridge Poetry #2 real-life
topic: Several poems taken from my fridge
Several short poems that evolved in the magnetic poetry on my fridge.
formats: HTML (0.4kB) 2002-03-06 quality 4
Fridge Poetry #1 real-life
topic: Several poems taken from my fridge
Several short poems that evolved in the magnetic poetry on my fridge.
formats: HTML (0.5kB) 2001-12-14 quality 4
Relationship musings real-life
topic: Why be in a Relationship? Why not?
I outline reasons to be in a relationship, what makes a relationship good, and relationships to avoid, including a "Deal Breaker" list.
formats: HTML (6.3kB) 2001-11-13 quality 4
No More Gun Control! real-life
topic: Letter to the 8 Colorado Congressmen and US Senators
I strongly urge my representatives to oppose any "gun control" legislation because it is an immoral limitation of civil rights, and endangers the freedom our Great Nation is built upon.
formats: HTML (2.1kB) 2000-03-13 quality 4
Publishing a list of handgun permit holders is a Bad Idea! real-life
topic: Letter to Editor of Fort Collins Coloradoan
On Sunday, February 20, 2000, the Fort Collins Coloradoan printed 4 articles with an anti-gun slant, in addition to a list of all the people who obtained Larimer County Concealed Handgun Permits since July 4, 1999. My letter-to-the-editor enumerates why I think this was a bad idea, and some of the unintended consequences it might cause.
formats: HTML (4.0kB) 2000-02-22 quality 4
Concealed Weapons Prevent Crime real-life
topic: Letter to Editor of Fort Collins Coloradoan
I am writing in response to Cherie Trine's "Soapbox" column on September 12, 1999 in which she expressed concerns about the safety of allowing some citizens to carry concealed handguns. It may seem paradoxical, but the right-to-carry concealed handguns is a significant deterrent to violent crime, and produces no increase in accidental deaths.
formats: HTML (2.7kB) 1999-09-12 quality 4
Zak's 2000 HSTA Grand Junction Trip Report real-life
topic: Ride Report
This three day, two night trip took approximately 14 Colorado HSTA members through the beautiful SW Colorado geography.
formats: HTML (9.5kB) 2000-09-10 quality 3
Track-day Crash Report real-life
topic: Pueblo Motorsports Park, Aug 22, 1999
I low-sided my 1989 Honda CB-1 on an approx 150 degree right-hand turn at Pueblo Motorsports Park. I estimate I was going between 40 and 50 mph at the time. This document is a summary of how my safety equipment performed during the crash, protecting me from all unjury.
formats: HTML (3.7kB) 1999-08-23 quality 3

College Era

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Improving Branch Prediction by Correlating on Data Values college
topic: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture, November 1999
Branch predictors typically use combinations of branch PC bits and branch histories to make predictions.Recent improvements in branch predictors have come from reducing the effect of interference, i.e. multiplebranches mapping to the same table entries. In contrast, the branch difference predictor (BDP) uses data values asadditional information to improve the accuracy of conditional branch predictors. The BDP maintains a history ofdifferences between branch source register operands, and feeds these into the prediction process.

An important component of the BDP is a rare event predictor (REP) which reduces learning time and tableinterference. An REP is a cache-like structure designed to store patterns whose predictions differ from the norm.

Initially, ideal interference-free predictors are evaluated to determine how data values improve correla-tion. Next, execution driven simulations of complete designs realize this potential. The BDP reduces themisprediction rate of five SPEC95 integer benchmarks by up to 33% compared to gshare and by up to 15% compared to Bi-Mode predictors.

formats: Adobe PDF (109.9kB), PostScript (453.6kB) 1999-11-01 quality 10
Using Data Values to Aid Branch Prediction college
topic: My MSEE Research Report
My research was a concerned with gaining an understanding of some program constructs which create "hard to predict" branches, and figuring out how to use data-value information to predict branches. I started with a low-level investigation of the source-level constructs corresponding to the static branches with the most misses. Next, I investigated the predictability of register values leading up to these branches. I constructed several predictors for some particular branches in an effort to improve accuracy by utilizing available program information.

Data-values have the potential to help branch prediction accuracies a great deal - even more than 20% accuracy improvement over gshare for particular branches - though work remains to be done to determine an implementable, efficient method for exploiting this potential.

This research was meant to provide some basic insight into the problem so that further, more complete, studies could be done. The purpose of my research was not to be a comprehensive study, but instead a time-effective investigation of possible heuristics to aid branch-prediction. Finally, I contributed to a study of an implementable scheme which used data-values to aid branch prediction.

formats: Adobe PDF (560.9kB), PostScript (2739.6kB) 1998-12-17 quality 9
A Linux Implementation of HIP college
topic: ECE750 (Real-Time Computing) Report, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
As network traffic becomes more demanding, the overhead of invoking a hardware interrupt for each packet becomes high. For regular, frequent, traffic, such as video or audio streaming, a hybrid interrupt polling scheme (HIP) can be used to decrease this overhead. When packets arrive regularly and frequently enough, HIP disables network interrupts and polls the network interface card (NIC) during regular kernel context-switches (1ms resolution). Less overhead allows higher application CPU utilization and higher network bandwidth.

We have implemented HIP in the Linux 2.0.35 kernel for the 3Com 3c590 "Vortex" NIC (10BaseT), and have collected rudimentary performance information. For high packet traffic, HIP can reduce overhead up to 20%. HIP increases packet latency except when packets are very regular, and throughput for a normal application such as FTP is increased by 8.7%.

formats: Adobe PDF (336.2kB), PostScript (657.1kB) 1998-12-15 quality 5
Effectiveness of Arithmetic Code Protection in Dual ALU System college
topic: ECE753 (Fault-Tolerant Computer Systems), Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
A duplicate system has two identical pieces of hardware which perform the same computation in parallel and then compare the results; if they disagree, an error message is generated. The duplicate system cannot tolerate faults but can only detect them. There is no method of determining which unit is faulty. However, a duplicate system can mask faults if the voter knows which unit is faulty.

We implemented an AN code protected duplicate ALU system. We injected arbitrary faults and measured the fault detection capability. We found a 90% improvement in our duplex system over the simplex system.

formats: Adobe PDF (59.8kB), PostScript (347.7kB) 1998-05-09 quality 5
Study of Relative Performance Impact: Coherence Protocol vs. Network Speed college
topic: ECE757 (Multiprocessor Computer Architecture), Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
Architects and implementors must know design trade-offs to design successful systems. Two important aspects of multiprocessor performance are network quality and coherence protocol. We study the performance impact of coherence protocol choice (MSI vs. MESI) as compared to the performance impact of the high-speed network. A higher quality network is either wider, or has less latency, or both.

We find that in the majority of cases, network quality dominates the effects of coherence protocol - that is, lower-quality networks with the MESI protocol do not yield faster runs that higher-quality networks with the MSI protocol. We also note that program characteristics can affect which protocol performs better.

formats: Adobe PDF (158.9kB), PostScript (233.6kB), TeX (11.5kB) 1998-05-01 quality 5
Dynamic Instruction Reuse - SPECfp92 college
topic: CS752 (Uniprocessor Architecture), Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
This report further studies the phenomenon of dynamic instruction reuse as proposed by Sodani and Sohi [1]. We analyze the behavior of SPECfp92 benchmarks to complement the SPECint92 results in [1]. Our results show that, like integer programs, floating-point programs can gain significant speedup from a reuse buffer, but reuse of floating-point instructions does not contribute a significant amount to that speedup.
formats: Adobe PDF (131.8kB), PostScript (323.1kB) 1997-12-04 quality 5
A Paper on Engineering Ethics college
topic: ECE350 (Human Communication for EEs)
Engineering is not only about using brick and metal to build physical towers: the basis of engineering is the ideas that engineers have. Just as burning and looting buildings is immoral, so is stealing the ideas of another and calling them your own.
In this paper, we will discuss a hypothetical case developed in Intellectual Property Rights: A Student's Guide, by Chin Yee Ng at MIT.
formats: Adobe PDF (67.2kB), PostScript (57.4kB), TeX (10.1kB) 1997-03-21 quality 5
A Brief History of the Web college
topic: ECE350 (Human Communication for EEs)
The World Wide Web (WWW) has become a ubiquitous part of modern culture. Since its introduction several years ago as the first easy-to-use network interface, it has rapidly become one of the most popular ways to retrieve information while creating a new mode of publishing to the masses.
formats: Adobe PDF (42.6kB), PostScript (34.8kB), TeX (7.1kB) 1997-02-06 quality 5
RRisc Architecture Report college
topic: ECE554 (Digital Engineering Laboratory)
The mission of UW--Madison's ECE 554 students is to Design a non--trivial computer with an original instruction set. This document describes the superscalar architecture developed by the RRisc team and how it was implemented in Xilinx XC4000 FPGAs using the WICEPS prototype board.
formats: Adobe PDF (397.7kB), PostScript (301.3kB), TeX (2.3kB) 1996-12-17 quality 5
Distributive Justice: A King's Castle Is His Home college
topic: Philosophy - Moral Issues (341), Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
Should the strong be required to support the weak? How does a society "distribute" wealth among its members? These are the questions of Distributive Justice. There are three basic sides to this issue. The Permissive system entitles individuals to a subsistence income simply for existing as a human. The Puritan system requires that people at least be willing to contribute to society in order to receive a subsistence income. Finally, the Individualist view holds the property rights of the individual to be sacred: no one may forcibly deprive him of his goods I will argue for the last alternative.
formats: HTML (8.8kB), Adobe PDF (58.3kB), PostScript (108.3kB), TeX (9.1kB) 1995-04-26 quality 5
Final Report on Test Generation college
topic: ECE553 (Testing and Testability of Digital Systems)
Problem Statement:
1. Given a circuit description, generate a compact test set with high fault coverage.
2. Using test set from (1), determine whether three supplied circuits contain an injected fault.
3. Finally, determine the fault location in a fourth supplied circuit.
formats: Adobe PDF (151.6kB), PostScript (394.8kB), TeX (1.1kB) 1997-11-30 quality 4
Angst Overflow college
topic: What happens when a hacker has too much free time in grad. school
formats: HTML (5.0kB) 1997-10-26 quality 4
Short version of RRisc Architecture Report college
topic: ECE350 (Human Communication for EEs)
During the Fall semester of 1996, the RRisc team designed, debugged, and built a "non--trivial computer with an original instruction set," as specified in the project requirements for ECE554 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
After specification and design, the computer was implemented in hardware using Xilinx XC4000 series FPGAs, with support circuitry on the WICEPS board supplied for the course.
The main feature of our computer was that it was super--scalar; it could execute up to 3 instructions simultaneously.
The project was a success: once in hardware and debugged, the system ran at 4.09 MHz, a period of 209ns.
formats: Adobe PDF (191.1kB), PostScript (520.4kB), TeX (1.5kB) 1997-05-01 quality 4
Dynamic Programming: All-Points Shortest-Path Problem college
topic: CS577 (Algorithms)
Dynamic programming finds optimal solutions to problems by recursively figuring out which sub-solution, combined with the choices at the current level, will produce the best result
formats: Adobe PDF (45.7kB), PostScript (31.6kB), TeX (3.7kB) 1997-04-28 quality 4
Why I should really get a 100% on the CS577 midterm (it worked!). college
topic: CS577 (Algorithms)
formats: Adobe PDF (51.0kB), PostScript (101.2kB), TeX (2.8kB) 1997-04-01 quality 4
Minority Influence college
topic: CA266 (Theory of Groups)
Mascovici, Lage, and Naffrechoux (1972) demonstrated that a constant, repetitive, vocal minority can influence the majority. Nemeth, Swedlund, and Kanki built on this to show that repetition is not necessary; it is only necessary that the majority perceive confidence and consistency in the viewpoint of the minority for minority influence to occur. Minority and majority influence is linked to normative and informational influence; the minority can only have informational influence and the majority uses normative influence because it defines the group norms.
formats: HTML (6.4kB) 1996-10-01 quality 4
Communication Networks college
topic: CA266 (Theory of Groups)
The results of the exercise illustrated the differences between autocratic and democratic groups. In summary, the most important differences are that democratic groups always take more time, always have more satisfied members, and have accuracy directly proportional to task difficulty. Conversely, autocratic groups take less time, always have less satisfied members, and have accuracy inversely proportional to task difficulty.
formats: HTML (5.6kB) 1996-10-01 quality 4
Group Decision Experiment college
topic: CA266 (Theory of Groups)
On Friday, November 1, my group took part in an experiment that studied various aspects of the group decision--making process. The situation was this: we were district attornies trying to decide who was the best person to prosecute in a murder case. We were told that the information we were given might be different, and we were told that it would be a judgemental task, that there was no "right" answer.

In conclusion, we had already made up our minds before coming into the meeting. Each of us had all the information and did not have to discuss to gain new information from other group members. The only change that occured was a clarification of the problem, which changed Andy's mind.

formats: HTML (5.2kB) 1996-10-01 quality 4
Work Summary Report college
topic: Summer 1996 at HP-Colorado
I have been working at the COL division of Hewlett-Packard, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the last 2 months. We design, manufacture, and support logic analyzers, processor emulators, and other embedded system development tools. This document describes my experiences by including a general description of my tasks and projects, skills I developed, observations regarding the work environment, and the strengths and weaknesses I displayed. Hewlett-Packard is a very large company, but its divisions are locally managed, which helps to maintain a small-company feel.
formats: Adobe PDF (47.0kB), PostScript (85.8kB), TeX (8.8kB) 1996-07-25 quality 4
Investigation into the Construction of Parallel Plate Capacitors college
topic: ECE220 (Electrostatics)
We designed and built two capacitors based on the parallel plate model: one consisting of two parallel disks separated by paper; and another consisting of many dielectric and conducting layers. We were able to achieve capacitances of 1.21nF and 61.7nF respectively. Modifying our dielectric by adding "Inductor Oil" further increased each roughly by a factor of 2 to 2.15nF and 121.8nF. Our results confirmed the predicted C = E*A/d.
formats: Adobe PDF (80.7kB), PostScript (168.9kB), TeX (14.9kB) 1995-12-10 quality 4
Short Paper about Group Darwinism in the Manhatten Project Era college
topic: History of Science in the 20th Century
During WWII, while there was still a global threat by the Stalin and Hitler, the scientists who could, flocked to the United States and worked on the Bomb Project. Science could not exist in an atmosphere that exists under an oppressive dictatorship.
formats: Adobe PDF (30.2kB), PostScript (54.4kB), TeX (2.8kB) 1995-12-06 quality 4
Short paper relating to Big Science. college
topic: History of Science in the 20th Century
Again, Big Science has pushed forward scientific progress, as it has with Atomic Physics and others. This time it was George Ellery Hale who was the great builder.
formats: Adobe PDF (30.3kB), PostScript (59.7kB), TeX (2.5kB) 1995-11-29 quality 4
Short Paper about Truth in the Manhatten Project Era college
topic: History of Science in the 20th Century
The period of 1937-1940, the years just before the Second World War, juxtaposed two opposing theories of knowledge and truth. One was the scientific search for beauty and order in the universe, as the physicists of the era were doing; the other, proferred by the politicians and tyrants, was one of hatred and evil.
formats: Adobe PDF (30.6kB), PostScript (57.2kB), TeX (3.1kB) 1995-10-31 quality 4
Study sheet for 3-d caclulus college
topic: MATH223 (3-d calculus)
formats: Adobe PDF (77.0kB), PostScript (163.8kB), TeX (5.7kB) 1995-05-01 quality 4
Self-evaluation of talk college
topic: ECE350 (Human Communication for EEs)
On March 7, 1997 I gave a talk titled "The Existential Pleasures of Engineering: The LCD Module via Parallel Port Project." The audience was a group of engineers, and the purpose of the talk was to give a technical overview of the project.
formats: Adobe PDF (36.7kB), PostScript (92.9kB), TeX (3.1kB) 1997-05-01 quality 3
Report on a talk by Miguel Lorne titled Garveism and the Rastafarian Movement in the Caribbean and their Implication on the Americas. college
topic: ECE350 (Human Communication for EEs)
On Thursday, February 13, I attended a talk given by Miguel Lorne titled, "Garveism and the Rastafarian Movement in the Caribbean and their Implication on the Americas."
Once I got past the strangeness of the situation, I realized that Miguel was a good speaker, for the most part. This was not a technical talk, but a time to for him to tell stories about himself and the history of people in the Caribbean.
formats: Adobe PDF (33.2kB), PostScript (27.2kB), TeX (3.2kB) 1997-05-01 quality 3
Is Arrowhead High School trying to censor my brother? college
topic: Regarding Abe's ANTI-AHS Web Page
formats: HTML (1.3kB) 1997-03-10 quality 3
On Leadership Attributes college
topic: CA266 (Theory of Groups)
Every successful leader must have a basic set of certain traits, however the role of the leader in the group determines which extra, specialized traits that leader must have. I will discuss how our group's list of leadership traits, and those of our leader, compare to those special characteristics required of military, corporate, sports, and academic leaders.
formats: HTML (5.6kB) 1996-09-01 quality 3
Short paper on the Manhatten Project college
topic: History of Science in the 20th Century
The scientists frantically worked on the Manhatten Project so that the world would not be overtaken by Germany's facist rulers. That was a moral decision on their part to keep something they valued - a more free world, one on which they wanted to live. That was their moral justification of the production of the bomb.
formats: Adobe PDF (26.4kB), PostScript (48.5kB), TeX (1.8kB) 1995-11-13 quality 3
A short paper relating to the Division of Scientists during the Manhatten Project Era. college
topic: History of Science in the 20th Century
While the world was dividing just before the Second World War, the international physicists were trying to stay together. They were torn by pressures from Gorvernments who wanted power.
formats: Adobe PDF (25.5kB), PostScript (46.3kB), TeX (1.8kB) 1995-11-08 quality 3
Paper comparing and contrasting Watson and Jungk's versions of Science. college
topic: History of Science in the 20th Century
Watson's The Double Helix and Jungk's Brighter Than a Thousand Suns give two sharply contrasting views of science, and the behavior of scientists. Many think Watson's is a "dirty" science, while Jungk's is "pure, clean" science. Just as it is an error to stereotype all people who live in Wisconsin as farmers, so it is an error to assume all scientists are the same.
formats: Adobe PDF (39.9kB), PostScript (77.6kB), TeX (3.3kB) 1995-11-08 quality 3
What drives me to do engineering college
topic: Trying to get an enginering scholarship
I am driven to apply technology to find excellent solutions.
Making things work in elegant ways is something that excites and motivates me. There is a unique pleasure in creating a device with an elegant design and watching it work correctly, efficiently.
formats: HTML (4.8kB) 1996-03-21 quality 2
Why I do engineering, II. college
topic: A scholarship application
The difference between what is possible and what is commonly available frustrtes me. I want to apply technology to find excellent solutions.
formats: HTML (2.2kB) 1995-01-01 quality 2
My work experience, honors and awards, etc college
topic: Trying to get an engineering scholarship.
formats: HTML (3.9kB) 1996-03-21 quality 0

Pre-college Era

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Paper: McCarthyism high-school
topic: US History
The causes of McCarthyism reach back to the early 1900's with the first Red Scare. Other causes include the Russian expansion after World War II, the Truman doctrine and Marshall plan, the Berlin Blockade and creation of NATO, the loss of the China Hands and the "fall" of China, the Atomic Spy cases, the police action in Korea, the Truman loyalty oaths, and the McCarran Act. These factors contributed to the public fear of communist expansion. There was, however, another important pre-condition; there had been nearly 20 years of progressivism and the public was tired of it, they could not keep up with the changes. The common men who were down and out in the 30's would tolerate the changes because they wanted economic conditions to improve; by 1950, the common men had been brought out of the depression and had a lot of buying power. Now that they personally did not need more improvement, they forgot the past, and went against the `New' Dealism that they associated with Communism.
formats: HTML (10.5kB) 1994-04-01 quality 3
About The Depression high-school
topic: US History
The definition of depression is a condition in economic life in which a great many people have no work, machines stand idle, and the standard level of economic activity is low. During the depression, the high management of companies lost money along with everyone else, but during the recession, in order to maintain profits, the high management cut the workers' jobs.
formats: HTML (2.9kB) 1994-04-01 quality 3
Paper: Slaughterhouse 5 high-school
topic: A.P. English
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is not complementary to any of the characters in Slaughterhouse-Five; the attitudes entertained by the characters except Billy can be considered to be the ideas that Vonnegut does not like. Most of the women in Slaughterhouse-Five are stupid, materialistic, and treated as sex objects by most of the characters.
formats: HTML (8.3kB) 1994-03-21 quality 3
Hamlet: Ultraviolence and Beethoven high-school
topic: A.P. English
"In great literature, no scene of violence exists for its own sake." This claim is validated in Shakespeare's Hamlet by the brutal display in which nearly all the main characters are sent to "the undiscovered country."
formats: HTML (5.3kB) 1994-02-25 quality 3
The basis of Satanism high-school
topic: Literature I distrubted as a joke in High-School
formats: HTML (4.1kB) 1994-01-01 quality 3
Paper: Titan Was Tripped: The Merchant of Venice high-school
topic: A.P. English
If The Merchant of Venice was intended to be a comedy, then the characters' actions are very distressing. Shylock's persecution was intended to be humorous, however it is never amusing to have someone be taunted and molested out of hatred. A superior piece of literature should have an equal balance of both distress and satisfaction, but this play presents a harsh reminder of how some people are hypocritical bigots with little or no integrity.
formats: HTML (4.9kB) 1994-01-01 quality 3
Paper: Contrasting Yeats' and Roche's translation of Oedipus high-school
topic: A.P. English
Both William Butler Yeats and Paul Roche have translated Oedipus Rex to English. Because they both came from the same original text, one would assume they would be the same also. The two translations show many differences. One such difference is that Roche's translation portrays a more powerful Oedipus.
formats: HTML (4.7kB) 1993-12-09 quality 3
Interview with my Grandmother high-school
topic: Assignment for English Class
Beatrice Smith celebrates her 72nd birthday this month. She lives in Verona, Wisconsin with her husband of 45 years. She writes children's books and is a mother and grandmother (mine). She has been an elementary school teacher and continues to tutor people of all ages and several nationalities in English literacy.
formats: HTML (7.4kB) 1992-01-08 quality 3
untitled poem about high-school high-school
topic: a description of a day in high-school
formats: HTML (2.1kB) 1991-12-20 quality 3
HighSchoolRant(tm) -- Accelerated Science high-school
topic: Letter to High-School Superintendent
Accelerated Science, a course recommended by the freshman counselors as a good preparatory class for students who plan to study more advanced sciences, was a complete waste of time.
The material was not only not advanced enough for a ninth grade course designated for above average students but was also redundant. In addition, there was no laboratory technique taught preparing students for more advanced laboratory courses.
formats: HTML (2.8kB) 1993-06-03 quality 2
HighSchoolRant(tm) -- National Honor Society II high-school
topic: Letter to NHS Selection Commitee
As you will have noticed by reading his qualification form, much of Zak's leadership and service contributions exist in the global computer communications culture outside of the community of Arrowhead High School.
formats: HTML (1.4kB) 1993-03-10 quality 2
HighSchoolRant(tm) -- National Honor Society I high-school
topic: Letter to NHS Selection Commitee
Zak has certainly shown responsibility, integrity, self motivation and academic leadership equal to what we see in many professionals beyond the high school setting. He is willing to discuss with anyone anything from philosophy or literature, to math, chemistry, physics or his favorite, computer programming, Those with whom he shares ideas include fellow students in the high school setting and the college setting and more importantly people in the world of adults.
formats: HTML (2.7kB) 1993-03-08 quality 2
How to make a school that doesn't suck high-school
topic: Reflections on an "ideal" school
I like classes in which I am interested in the subject, and I learn things that interest me at the time. If the objective is for students to learn, they must be interested. The question is how to get them interested.
formats: HTML (4.0kB) 1993-01-01 quality 2
Paper: Laws in Cyberspace high-school
topic: Enlgish
Conventional laws sometimes do not stay aligned with their original intent when they are applied to computer communications systems and networks. The basis of these laws has been built up over many years prior to the advent of computers and computer information systems, which have evolved in less than a generation. Computers and information systems bring with them new concepts and situations which existing laws do not always cover. This new environment has been termed "cyberspace," and refers to the all computer messaging and information services globally.
formats: HTML (9.0kB) 1992-12-01 quality 2
Zak Launches Technology: Film at 11 high-school
topic: Summer Institute for Creative Engineering and Inventiveness application
In the past, the elite controlled information, leaving the rest of the populace at a disadvantage with limited knowledge. Communicating with computers removes the barriers that are a result of prejudgment of another's physical self, race, sex, or ethnic origin.

Advances in technologies of computer connectivity allow all people access to vast quantities of information. I can contribute, now and in the future, by advancing these technologies. I believe that information empowers. It allows people a wider view of the world.

formats: HTML (2.0kB) 1992-02-23 quality 2
1992 -- A Brave New World? high-school
Try to imagine yourself in an unnatural world where most people are produced in factories, where there is no freedom or morality as you know it, and you are considered a savage because of your human origin.
formats: HTML (2.1kB) 1992-01-01 quality 2
Self-Esteem high-school
topic: Some random reflections
I believe that I have good self-esteem because I can be an individual and not rely on others to dictate what I do, wear, or think. I use my own opinions, not anyone else's, and I make decisions based on what I want, not what others want me to do. I can be mentally self-reliant.
formats: HTML (2.8kB) 1992-01-01 quality 2
HighSchoolRant(tm) -- Accelerated English high-school
topic: Letter to High-School Superintendent
If the objective is to raise the average test scores, by using the top students in each class to teach the rest, there is the risk of not challenging the top students. This may result in an overall rise in test scores, but it will be at the expense of boring the students who have been in the accelerated track.
formats: HTML (3.0kB) 1992-01-01 quality 2
Essay on Transcendentalism: Then and Now high-school
topic: American Literature
Some aspects of transcendentalism can be applied in today's society, while some others cannot because of social and economic conditions different from the time of Thoreau.
formats: HTML (4.2kB) 1991-12-19 quality 2
Essay on Puritans high-school
topic: American Literature
The beliefs in God and man, and the view of literature have changed much from the Colonial Period to the present day. I will contrast these values from the Age of Faith, the Revolutionary War Period, and the current day.
formats: HTML (3.3kB) 1991-10-01 quality 2
Experience: Friend or Foe? high-school
topic: English
Experience is the usual conscious perception or apprehension of reality or of an external, bodily, or psychic event. It is commonly acquired direct participation in events, or it can be knowledge or skill derived from such. Experience is also the conscious events that make up an individual life, the past of a community, nation, or humankind in general.
formats: HTML (2.2kB) 1991-01-20 quality 2
Soul of a New Machine high-school
topic: English
The Soul of a `New' Machine, by Tracy Kidder, describes the saga of the designing and building of a minicomputer. This story describes the computer laboratory of a company whose engineers sometimes come to work hours early just to be there first, while others burn out and go home in the middle of the day. This company has risen from nothing to the ranks of the Fortune 500 in ten short years. This great book describes a segment of the history of the Data General Corporation.
formats: HTML (1.9kB) 1991-01-01 quality 2
Herman the German high-school
topic: English
This paper describes the life and achievements of Gerhard Neuman. Gerhard started working as a mechanic's apprentice in a small garage in Germany. He is now in charge of jet engines at General Electric.
formats: HTML (4.8kB) 1989-12-10 quality 2
How to make a peanut-butter sandwich high-school
It is relatively easy to make a peanut butter sandwich if you just follow these simple directions. All you need is peanut butter, two pieces of bread, and a knife.
formats: HTML (1.1kB) 1988-01-01 quality 2
Short Story about Woodland Morals high-school
topic: English
A shot rang through the brisk morning air. It came from John's .300 magnum automatic. Then, some shuffling leaves, some twigs cracking, and finally a thud and a bubbly wheezing followed by absolute stillness.
formats: HTML (2.8kB) 1988-01-01 quality 2
Documentation about my i8039 microcomputer project high-school
topic: Summary of Report for Marquette Science Fair
This is a small microcomputer whose basic components are a microprocessor chip and an EPROM (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) chip. The EPROM chip contains a data value at each address. The processor chip runs through these address in order and executes the instruction at each. By putting different data sets, or programs, in the EPROM chip, the computer can be made to do different things.
formats: HTML (8.5kB) 1994-12-01 quality 1
Some random observations and random writings high-school
topic: English
formats: HTML (3.1kB) 1991-11-14 quality 1
To Kill a Mockingbird high-school
topic: English
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a splendid book which tells of a stage in a young girl's life, while, at the same time analyzing the extent of racial bias in a small town.
formats: HTML (1.4kB) 1991-01-01 quality 1
Why poor poeple don't totally suck high-school
topic: English
Some people think that people who don't want to be poor don't have to be. Well, I think that people who say that are wrong. Some people have grown up in a hostile environment and don't know any way to not become a poor person. Also, some people have disabilities that keep then from earning money. When someone can't work because of a disability, there is nothing they, by themselves, can really do about that.
formats: HTML (1.2kB) 1991-01-01 quality 1
Mr. Gunderson, Super Science Teacher high-school
topic: A teacher who made an impression
As the years pass, it is not uncommon for teachers to fade away in a student's memory. I have had many teachers during my 11 years in school; one of them stands out in my memory more than any other. My seventh grade science teacher, called crazy by some, showed a high level of interest and enthusiasm.
formats: HTML (1.5kB) 1991-01-01 quality 1
The Battle high-school
topic: English
The samurai warriors where fighting against the evil Emperor. The Emperor's army was huge, but badly trained. The samurai were outnumbered fifty to one. After two hours of fighting the samurai had killed many, but were making no progress. The majority had decided to retreat, even though samurai were supposed to fight to the death. Myself and my companion, Musashi, had decided to hold off the opposing army while ours retreated and regrouped.
formats: HTML (2.0kB) 1989-11-16 quality 1
Report on the madision artist Larry Elliot high-school
topic: Art Class
Larry Elliott was born on December 12, 1948 and is still living. He is a native of Madison. He has lived here most of his life. His father was an aluminum siding salesman. Larry is glad his father wasn't a famous artist because then he would have to live up to his father's reputation.
formats: HTML (3.5kB) 1989-04-28 quality 1
Two Years Before the Mast high-school
topic: English
I was introduced to the book Two Years Before the Mast by my father, who had gotten the book from his mother. This book was originally written and published in 1840, but it was reprinted in 1959. This book was written by Richard H. Dane, Jr. The book is about the adventures of someone in first person form. The story is a narrative about life on a sailing ship in the 1800's.
formats: HTML (2.3kB) 1989-01-01 quality 1
Interview with The Terminal Man high-school
topic: English
formats: HTML (1.4kB) 1988-09-21 quality 1
Farmer with Pitchfork and Wife: dialogue II high-school
topic: English
formats: HTML (1.0kB) 1988-01-01 quality 1
Farmer with Pitchfork and Wife: dialogue I high-school
topic: English
formats: HTML (0.2kB) 1988-01-01 quality 1
Stale high-school
topic: English
Here I am sitting listening to the screaming children and the distinct clicking sound of the buttons on the cash register being pushed. All of a sudden I hear the double doors being smashed. I hear a lady scream. A putrid stench comes lingering into McD's.
formats: HTML (1.2kB) 1988-01-01 quality 1

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