Discuss one of the readings from your proposal bibliography. What was helpful,
inspiring, useful…?
Pitch your project 5 different ways. With each pitch, utilize a different source from your
bibliography as a framing device.

One of the readings I had in my bibliography was about what fish tanks looked like with and without oysters. The results were astonishing, and this is a major part of what inspired the design for our project. We wanted to essentially produce the same results, but have it in a way that people can interact and see the direct consequences of their actions. We wanted to integrate user input and add our own different elements to the project to make it more appealing and user-driven.

1. The Aquarino is a user-driven project that allows users to pick and choose what is done to  the tank, and as a result, directly see the consequences of their choices. How you want it to look will be your choice! (Freshwater Aquarium Setup – Fish Tank Setup)
2. The oyster population in Bay has decreased in recent years. With the population dwindling, other living organisms are being influenced. Oysters not only filter water, they provide food and shelter for others. With the Aquarino, now you can see what the effects are. (Integrated Treatment of Shrimp Effluent by Sedimentation, Oyster Filtration and Macroalgal Absorption: A Laboratory Scale Study)
3. Illegal harvesting of oysters in the Bay has been a major problem in recent years. As consumers however, we can’t always see the direct consequences. With the Aquarino, now you can see exactly what impact we are making (not a good one)! (Illegal Harvesting of Oysters in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay)
4. Ever want to remotely have control of something? Ever want to see your choices go into effect? Then the Aquarino is for you! You CHOOSE what happens and you SEE the results. The Aquarino will do whatever you want. (The Distant Gardener: What Conversations in the Telegarden Reveal about Human-telerobotic Interaction.)
5. The Arduino is a small, yet powerful computer that, when used, can create an endless amount of projects. Our project, the Aquarino, is based upon the Arduino and its capabilities. Using the Arduino, we plan to use that to give the user control of the settings of the fishtank. These settings include whether or not water is filtered, and how the environment inside the fish tank is. (Aquaduino)

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  1. Your project is truly the epitome of “creative culture.” I loved the double-entendre statement made by displaying dead oysters in the tank. It’s a existential testament to the futility of life, especially for animals in captivity. Your analysis of the fish tank brought back childhood memories of my own pet fish, and their tragic, untimely end. They were killed when my sister dropped a slipper into their tank, crushing their shimmery little orange bodies. This is only the end for far too many household fish. We call them pets, we give them homes, but what life are they living? What fish did the good Lord create to swim circles in a 6 inch diameter bowl? Is a 1.5 foot tank any better? And just think of those majestic animals being held at aquariums and parks! This is not what they were created for. A life in captivity is not a life at all.
    Yet we remain captivated ourselves, trapped in a twisted tangle of curiosity and cruelty. How else can we experience the exquisite wonders of nature so closely? Perhaps the answer is that we do not experience it at all. It is once we realize this that we can begin to understand the psyche of men like Timothy Treadwell (see Grizzly Man), rest his soul, who gave his life to truly experience nature and be a part of the world in which grizzly bears live. I can only imagine that the beauty he witnessed and the scope of creation he saw were enough to spur him on in his deadly pursuits, and that they were far beyond what we can ever see behind a glass enclosure.
    As Pocahontas would say, you need to paint with all the colors of the wind. If you wish to understand the oyster in all of its capacities and functions, you cannot just study it, you must become it. I cannot stress this fact enough. Take some time to exist between its jagged gray shell, to feel the water washing around you, the sand lodged irritatingly in your spaces. Unite with the oysters in their natural state. Charles, Ben, I hope that you continue on in your research of the oyster, but I urge you to take inspiration from the oyster as it is, not just as you have it. God bless.

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