Nonfiction Blog Post – A World of Her Own

Once, before the twenty first century, people always thought women were just baby generating machines that were just supposed to stay home, be a housewife and a full time mother. But these 24 women proved them wrong. They come from different cultures, different places but they all had similar adventures. They climbed mountains, explored nature, swam the deep blue sea and hiked long treks. They changed the world from being gender divided to gender equal. One of the key themes of this book is that the author believes that powerful women can change the world (even the author is male).

As I’ve said before, one of the key themes of this books is that the author believes that powerful women can change the world. I’m gonna use a few women from the book as an example. One is Sophia Danenberg, her parents were “strictly the indoorsy types so Sophia grew up without any experience in hiking or camping” (Ross 31). But she always loved sports such as basketball and running. When she grew older, she’d climbed numerous mountains such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount McKinley, Mount Tasman, and Ama Dablam in Nepal. All very high and dangerous mountains. And on April 1, 2006, she became the first African American woman to reach the top of Everest even though her oxygen tank was clogging. Another example would be Ynes Mexia. She began exploring nature and going on hikes after she turned 50 years old. In her younger years, she was married twice and divorced twice. She started a poultry business but sold it after the divorce with the 22 year old man (she married the man at age 38 :O)  Even though she died of lung cancer at age 68, she will always be remembered as a “woman who began exploring plants so late in her life” (Ross 71). She collected 150,000 specimens of plants in her short exploration life span and had them named after her such as the Mexiathus mexicanus. Her discoveries changed the world. Even though this author is a male, he does believe that women have the potential to change the world somehow. Some of them, such as Pamela Rasmussen who was a bird expert, were shielded from goals or anything related. Her mother, being religious, tried to shield her from things such as evolution because she believed in Christianity. That did not stop Pamela from exploring nature. Kay Cottee, she loved sailing her whole life. When she married, she and her husband moved to an apartment away from the sea, so she was unable to be free. Her in-laws did not like her at all, so she felt “smothered by this new life” (Ross 121) but she did not give up sailing. She build and sold many yachts. Finally, she divorced her husband. Kay decided to enter a 440 mile race across the Tasman Sea to Lord Howe Island. She then decided to sail around the world. “Kay’s courageous journey became an ongoing inspiration to women who dream of sailing solo around the globe.” (Ross 129)

In conclusion, the author believes that powerful women can change the world. Although women these days are treated equally and they can do great things too but these women set out to inspire, motivate and empower. They were all very different, they had different cultures, religion, motherlands, and beliefs but they all had one thing in common; determination.

Polymer Journal #4

With the fun (ish) polymer project coming to an end, here is my last polymer journal.

My first polymer journal was all about researching natural resources, synthetic materials and polymers. I demonstrated good understanding of what the they were and how we use them. I lacked understanding of how natural resources went through changes to become synthetic materials and I did not cite the sources I used. My writing was clear and concise, my science terminology was not as good. I used a lot of “things” or “it”. And I had no multimedia.

For my second polymer journal, it was about the different slimes. I defined the goal, the target audience and the problems that would be solved by creating our new polymer. I explained the characteristics our polymer should have and what the slimes had. Still again, I didn’t use science terminology and multimedia.

In the third polymer journal, I explained the goal of the project and the characteristics our polymer should have. Next, I explained the steps to making our polymer and all the extra ingredients.

Each prototype was different. Our first prototype was a failure. I added guar gum and my partner wanted to add gelatin. For me, the guar gum stuck to the polymer and refused to blend with it and for my partner, she didn’t even add the gelatin because we ran out of time in class. Our second polymer, was when I added PVA solution and glue. It was a sort of success. It was stretchy not goopy and sticky. The only problem was that at first it was too sticky but we solved that problem by squishing it around a little with our hands. Our third prototype was our final which we used in the infomercial and the exhibition thing. We used the PVA solution and glue like our second prototype.

And if you wanna watch the infomercial, click here 🙂photo-on-11-17-16-at-9-22-pm

Polymer Journal #3

The goal for our polymer is to make a sound insulator for teenagers who listen to music on their earphones so loudly that the person next to them gets annoyed and wants to smash their phone. Our physical properties should include stickiness so it sticks to the earphone and doesn’t fall off, thickness so the sound can actually be blocked, stretchiness so it’s able to wrap around the earphone and stay there, and the ability to be peeled off easily because if it sticks to the earphones and doesn’t come off it might damage the earphones, the polymer, your ears and your ego.

We’ve discussed different ideas, different procedures and different physical properties but these are the final results. First, we will use the gloop procedure to make gloop. But when we add the final ingredients on the paper, we don’t mix it right away. Next, we shall add some PVA solution and glue for extra stretchiness and stickiness and additionally less goopyness. After that we add solid cornstarch for extra thickening because seriously we need it. We mix it all together and get…OUR POLYMER 🙂image2

Polymer Journal #2

Our target market audience are people (mostly teenagers) who listen to music on their headphones so loudly the person next to them gets annoyed.

For Gloop, it’s stable, it doesn’t fall apart that easily and it’s very moldable. We need this for our polymer because we don’t want our polymer to fall apart when it’s on the headphones. The bad part about Gloop is that it’s not as stretchable and not as thick as we’d hoped.

For Stretch-tastic, it’s very stretchable and pretty moldable. We need this for our polymer because different headphones have different sizes and our polymer should be able to change its size to match the headphones’ size. The bad part about Stretch-tastic is that it’s sticky and not as stable as Gloop.

For Oobleck, it’s thick. We need this for our polymer because loud music needs thick proofing. The bad part about Oobleck is that when no pressure is applied, it turns into liquid.

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-8-47-38-pm here’s some gloop

To what extent were the Boxers misunderstood by westerners?

To be honest, the Boxers never tried to be horrible people. They were just misguided patriots. But on the other hand, they did become primitive and go a little overboard. Their mission was to wipe out the foreigners and Christianity because to them, they were devils. They killed a lot of westerner which is understandable to us but not exactly to them because nobody likes it when some other country kills your own people. To the westerners, the Boxers are already primitive xenophobes just for killing the western missionaries and not opening up to Christianity because to the westerners, Christianity is civilized and other cultures are not (to me that makes them seem like xenophobes). Though when the Boxers start killing the Chinese Christians, things seem to go overboard. The westerners thought that the Boxers were completely barbaric in killing their own people when actually, the mission of the Boxers was to wipe out Christianity in China itself which kind of included the Chinese Christians. But the Boxers must have felt betrayal from the Chinese Christians because like the westerners, the Chinese considered the other Chinese one of them and would not have expected one of them to go to the “dark side” so they must have felt betrayed because one (or a few) of their own people teamed up with the devils invading their country. To the westerners, all the acts of murder caused by the Boxers were misunderstood and thought of as primitive xenophobic actions.

Written Blog Post; Quarry. Prompt; Connect with a theme

“‘Leave me alone!’ I scream, hurling my phone into the quarry, and watch it fall and fall. Before it hits the water it’s me, Scrappy, who runs over the edge and throws myself after it.” (Kennen 186) The book Quarry talks about a boy nicknamed Scrappy who all of a sudden gets sent texts from an anonymous sender who gives him money if he did the dares. They start off as plain stupid. Then they become dangerous, and deadly. At last, this anonymous sender tells him to jump off a cliff into a bottomless quarry. SPOILER ALERT*** The poor traumatized boy survives but ends up getting even more trauma when he discovers “Mr. Mouse still hasn’t finished with me” (Kennen 201). Poor Scrappy ends up even more traumatized when he finds the sender is his own father who then later kills himself by jumping off the shot tower and reveals he’s always been mentally ill. The author believes people should never trust anyone on the internet, especially when they’re offering you money.

Scrappy has always had an insecure life. Mom gone, dad yells all the time and senile grandad who runs away every minute. But when this weirdo (you already know who he is -_-) offers him money to do some weird dares, Scrappy decides to do it ’cause why not? It’s money, everyone wants money. Yes money is awesome because it can buy you anything but money can also be a way to lure people into a trap. They make you do something stupid so you can gain a few extra bucks or in this case, pounds. In the book Quarry, this anonymous sender tells him to steal a cockroach from a heavily poisoned school (because cockroaches can survive a lot of things like a nuclear holocaust) Then to kill a chicken and kiss the girl he likes who actually already had a boyfriend. Of course they’re just plain stupid right? Then they become even more stupid and dangerous. Like fighting the guy he really hated and stealing from a non sold house. Then completely insane and suicidal. This anonymous sender tells him to jump off a cliff into a bottomless quarry to save his sister’s life because this internet weirdo was threatening to kill his sister (I know if you hadn’t read the spoilers you’d be asking “how does he know who and where his sister is?”) SPOILER ALERT** he survives so no worries. When he doesn’t complete a dare, this anonymous sender threatens him. Like the first dare he didn’t complete was the first dare he was given, to kill something with red blood. He didn’t do it because he didn’t know what to kill. So then the anonymous sender calls him useless and gives him a new mission. The second dare he didn’t do was to fight his enemy Judge. He didn’t do that one because he confronted him about sending him the texts but he denied. The anonymous sender (who Scrappy calls him Mr. Mouse) puts a packet on his bike with a picture of him killing a chicken and a note threatening him to post it on the internet if he failed the next dare. All Scrappy cared about was the money, nothing else. Because this anonymous sender was just sending him dares with rewards non stop, like any mindless money obsessed teenager he’d just do it because it involves money.

This book’s theme of not trusting psychos on the internet for money is probably something that most people in the world can relate to. For example in the Opium Wars, the honorable East India company didn’t want to help the evil British people to grow opium and sell it to China because opium is a drug and it’s illegal in China and if they failed, they could lose even more money than they already did in the previous war they were in with India. But they obviously needed the money because they just came out of a war. So then they had to go to the part in India closest to China that they owned and grew opium and sold it to China. Obviously Britain won the war but think about what would have happened if they didn’t? (I know this wasn’t anything on the internet but the East India company needed the money so they did something stupid and shameful). This theme relates to another theme that the author believes to be careful of what you do because you never know what are the consequences. For example in the book, Scrappy. Instead of telling the police in the first place, he just went along with Mr. Mouse’s plan and ended up putting his own sister’s life in danger by getting threatened to kill her if he told anyone. And another example of trusting someone on the internet, there are a lot of pedophiles and child predators in the world. They disguise themselves as younger people on the internet so the innocent could fall into their trap and never see their parents again, or anyone they know ever again. And also the internet psychos could stalk you and exploit you. Or, as said in the book, use money to lure you into a trap.

In conclusion, the book Quarry states that you should never trust a stranger on the internet, especially when they offer you money to do stupid stuff. Scrappy didn’t seem to care about what happened unless he got the money, until he put his life and his sister’s life in danger. This is pretty much exactly what happens in real life with the social media pedophiles and child predators which is why this kind of stuff is discussed in schools and at homes. So if you ever see an anonymous sender on your Skype, your SnapChat or Instagram, better delete their friend request or their contacts because you never know what is gonna happen to you. This is a lesson everybody should learn.

Polymer Journal #1

Synthetic materials are materials that are made by scientists and are often substitutes for natural resources that are scarce. Examples are polyester and nylon. Natural resources are natural things and are extracted. Examples are silk and wool.

A polymer is a dimension of repeating organic units named monomers. First synthetic polymer I’m going to talk about is polyester. We use polyester all the time in fabrics, yarns and ropes. It’s produced from oils and natural gasses. Next synthetic polymer I’m gonna talk about is nylon. We often use nylon for camping equipment such as bags and tents because it can dry fast. It’s made of coal, petroleum, air and water.


3C Paragraph on Boxer Rebellion

There were quite a few causes of the Boxer rebellion. First there was the Opium War defeat because China got showed up and humiliated by the so called barbarians, the foreign missionaries trying to proselytize their country to Christianity and westernize China because to them that makes the world a better place, the loss of their reputation and their tea goods in the Opium Wars and the Chinese Christians because to the Boxers, those people were betraying the ‘normal’ Chinese and their cultures. In the course of the Boxer rebellion, first a few missionaries decide to proselytize China to Christianity for more control and to “make the world a better place”, then these Boxers decide to form a group to rebel against these “foreign devils”. They trained in martial arts and cast spells on them because they believed in magic back then. They managed to get the Empress Dowager to agree and for many reasons how. So they started rampaging villages and destroying churches, killing thousands of foreigners and Chinese Christians along the way. Then they went to the legation quarter where thousands of people were taking shelter there. The Boxers were just about to wipe them all out when a relief army from the west rescued the hostages, defeated the Boxers and destroyed Peking. The consequences were that many people lost their lives, the Boxers were arrested and the Chinese lost the west and fell to shame (for like, the second time).

MultiMedia Blog Post; Quarry


For my multimedia blog post on rising action, I decided to do a movie poster for my book; Quarry by Ally Kennen.

Scrappy is a boy who only has one or two friends, a love interest who doesn’t even know he exists and a lot of family problems like a senile grandfather who has a cat who could murder you, a grumpy father who randomly yells at anyone who ticks him off and a mother who left because of the father and now lives with a guy you works in the same youth hostel as her. Everything in Scrappy’s life is a mess, but things are about to change for the better…or for the worst. An anonymous caller ID texts Scrappy dares for money. During the rising action, the dares this Mr. Mouse (as Scrappy calls him) sends him start of as plain stupid. This sender tells him to steal dead cockroaches from an intoxicated school, kill chickens and kiss the girl he likes even though she has a boyfriend. Then they start to become more daring as the story goes on. He has to steal stuff, fight the guy he hates and kill chickens. By the time this anonymous man tells him to jump off a cliff into a bottomless quarry to save his sister’s life, it’s too late for him to go back. The lesson of this book is to never trust cyber strangers.