Innovative Thinking with a Creative Mind

HON195 Student Post: Autumn Wentworth, English Major; Honors Minor, Public and Professional Writing Minor

Career Aspirations: Editor



Innovative Thinking with a Creative Mind

On Thursday, June 15th, I traveled to the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC) with my 14 classmates and four professors. After a day of touring the Portland Fish Exchange and exploring Portland, it was refreshing to sit around a large conference table and learn about Eimskip and how it is part of the Ocean Cluster House. Portland has just recently become the New England headquarters for Eimskip, an Icelandic transportation company. While it was originally located in Virginia, the company changed its location to Maine because the Icelandic employees felt more at home. I found this information very fascinating. I’d never been to Iceland before and, despite researching some cultural aspects, I still wasn’t sure what to expect. After hearing that the Eimskip employees were more comfortable in Maine, I hoped that this meant I would be comfortable there as well. As these thoughts were flying through my head, the woman at the head of the table, one of only three or four employees in her department, began by telling us why transportation matters. Continue reading “Innovative Thinking with a Creative Mind”

This World Can: Petition for the Highlands

“Over billions of years, the landscape has evolved to create some of Iceland’s greatest natural treasures. Volcanoes, glaciers, powerful rivers, spectacular waterfalls, colorful hot springs, vast lava fields and expanses of black sand, along with pockets of vibrant, but vulnerable, vegetation are all uniquely adapted to the local conditions.

As it’s never been settled by humans, it’s eco-system is unlike anything else on the planet.

Now, this wilderness and eco-system is under threat from industry. Energy companies are lining up to build dams, hydro-electric power stations and to erect high-voltage pylons in this stunning area.

Watch this video and consider sharing or signing the petition to show your support to keep big business out of the highlands.

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Cover Photo: Erin Kane (erin.dowling@maine.edu)

Video | The Longest Icelandic Word: #AskGuðmundur

Ever find yourself wondering about the longest word in Icelandic? Or perhaps the word that even Icelanders have trouble pronouncing? Of course you do.

Thankfully, #AskGuðmundur (aka: the human search engine of Iceland) has taken upon themselves the responsibility of answering these important questions. Today, we turn to Guðmundur of the West for an answer.

Longest and most difficult word in Icelandic: Vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur

Translation: “A keychain ring for the outdoor key of road workers shed in a moor called Vaðlaheiði”

 


Featured Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-7TEnxoB6Y