Russian Revolution Task #3 Video Journal

My video is here

My character has 2 names but the one that appears most is Aleksei. He is a former farmer and currently a factory worker in the lower class of the Russian economy. He kind of was in the middle when the October revolution happened, he liked the idea with a promising man leading Russia however he doubted if he could keep his promises. The Civil war didn’t really affect him much, since he is a lower class, he despised the upper class, this made him admire the Bolsheviks more than ever. He felt ver unusual when Lenin died, he didn’t know how to feel. A man finally living up to his promises but at what cost?

I think the Russian Revolution was worth it, the Tsar system didn’t work out very well so then the revolution solved that. However it was replaced with another provisional government which was not very effective in leading Russia so another revolution came and solved the problem replacing the provisional government with Lenin. Lenin did many great things for Russia far better than what the Tsar and the Duma’s Provisional government could have done so i think the Russian Revolution was worth it.

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Resolution blog task B6: Design a book cover

“I know that the future is scary at times. But there’s just no escaping it.”

What you saw up there was my book cover for design for “Armada” by “Ernest Cline”. The picture of the book cover is put together by me. The little boy sitting down looking at the spaceship is Zackary Lightman, the protagonist, who grew up playing the world’s most addicting games Terra Firma and Armada which were about spaceships. The spaceship is him learning that his “fantasy” is actually the reality.

I believe that the theme in Armada is that fantasy is like a dream, it may become a good dream or a nightmare. Zackary Lightman wished for his fantasy to become reality however when it became reality, he wasn’t ready and he had to pay the price. At first, he seemed like a regular child constantly falling asleep in class however as the story slowly progresses he becomes more and more serious and he turns from a regular child to one of the world’s savior. On page 297, it states that “If we don’t end war, war will end us”. The EDA (Earth defence alliance) wanted to win the war however Zack wanted to end it which turned out to be very successful.

In the end Zack found that he has ended the war successfully and that his plan has succeeded, he destroyed the mass murder weapon designed by the EDA to destroy the planet Europa (The enemies’ home planet) and made peace with the enemy. However he lost a whole lot during the war and his losses made him the way he is now. He discovered that the Alien fleet was all controlled by a machine that was from a council formed by many other planets.

My book cover is a bit random because Armada is extremely random. Random things happen every second, first you start off at a normal school then you realize video-games are simulations designed by the government to train the citizens for the upcoming war and you realize everything was just a test generated by some highly intelligent artificial being made to test other planets to see if they are worthy to join the council made by other planets.

“If there were other civilizations out there, why would they ever want to make contact with humanity? If this was how we treated each other, how much kindness could we possibly show to some race of bug-eyed beings from beyond?”

 

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Magic enrichment reflection

My challenger deck that i have chosen at the start of the enrichment is called Arcane Tempo and it is a Blue/Red deck. This deck is quite good because it has tons of sorceries and instants that deal damage and other kind of special effects. Sorceries and instants go in my graveyard after being used but i have a card that takes advantage of that. My */4 creature crackling drake has the damage equal to the amount of sorceries and instant spells inside my graveyard.

My draft is pretty good because i have this legendary creature called Sephara Sky’s Blade and has a lot of health and damage. It has an ability to make all flying creatures i control gain indestructible. It also has flying and lifelink (whenever this creature deals an amount of damage i heal that amount of damage). I also have this artifact that adds +10/+10 to a creature which could make my sephara sky’s blade become a 17/17 creature which could basically defeat the opponent in 2 turns and could give me 17 extra life. during the tournament i won the first 2 rounds, nearly won against charles and lost again david. I got 3rd place which is kind of not swell.

I like magic because it has lots of creatures that are unique and lots of spells and lots of mechanics that you wont see in other card games. It is fun because you get to slowly build up and army or quickly destroy the opponent which is really fun. What is hard is to try to counter certain spells that the opponent tries to use because some of them can counter my Sky’s Blade which is kind of annoying (Luckily i have 4 cards that can revive things from my graveyard (only creatures tho)).  My goal for my next draft is to try to keep my colors down to 2. Using 3 colors is sometimes hard (I had 3 colors in my 1st draft but only used black and white) I also want to try to be more smart and get the cards that could help me get easy victories

Do the Boxers deserve a bad reputation

I feel like the Boxers were very barbaric and didn’t really have a reason for all their killing. I believe that the Boxers do deserve a bad reputation.

A cause of the Boxer rebellion was the drought. In shandong there was a flood and then directly after the flood was a drought. Droughts often make people very desperate to survive because it does many things to a normal village: It ruins their livestock, It kills all their crops, and it’s very hot and dry. The Chinese villagers in shandong came up with many theories of how the drought started and one of them was the Christians. The Christians had churches that had rooftops that were shaped like the blade of a knife. The villagers thought that the roof of the churches was stabbing into the sky (The belly of the gods) and was angering the gods which made them put the drought on shandong. Some of the Chinese villagers decided to do something about that and later became the boxers. You see, having a drought can literally turn a place into a barren wasteland.

The Christians had nothing to do with the drought (Obviously) and were suddenly attacked by the boxers. The innocent Christians had literally no idea what was going on because the boxers came to the city/province they were living in and suddenly became hostile. At Yokohama bank the boxers killed their first victim: A Japanese man. After that the boxers slaughtered a lot of people however they did not have the firepower of the western people and the imperial force. There was this greedy leader/governor that saw the boxer’s rage upon the Christians and decided to send out the imperial army not to help the Christians but the support the Boxers because he saw the boxers as a potential threat for himself and wanted to be safe from them. With the help of the imperial army the Boxers slaughtered more people. When all this chaos was slowly unfolding, everyone in the outside world didn’t know what was going on in the city. The post office controlled all communication system from the outside world and from the inside of the city. I believe that the needless slaughter of many people has earned the Boxers their well deserved bad reputation.

MSND A magazine cover for Hermia

This is my magazine cover if Hermia had a magazine for herself. In my opinion she is very arrogant and she is kind of intelligent.

Hermia is arrogant because don’t you think that she just thinks for herself throughout the entire story? She could have made her family very successful. Marrying Lysander would only benefit herself but if she married Demetrius she might benefit her entire family.

She is intelligent because she has extremely wise-sounding speeches. “If then true lovers have been ever crossed it stands an edict in destiny then let us teach our trial patience because it is a customary cross, as due to love as thoughts and dreams and sighs, Wishes and tears, poor fancy’s followers”.

When I chose my magazine cover I wanted someone that seemed rebellious and intelligent which just happened to be Wanda. Hermia is a pretty positive character (Kind of positive) so I chose this photo of Wanda in Wakanda where she is smirking/smiling and it has a pretty bright background. My title was chosen because the entire story of MSND is just Hermia’s love for Lysander. She basically puts love in front of family, and basically everything in her past/normal life.

Rising Action and Climax Task B13: Conflict in Gone

This is my book trailer for the book Gone by Michael Grant. The book takes place in a dystopian world where adults suddenly popped out of existence and everything is mutating.

The main character Sam tries to take control of the situation thats going on in his town and tries to help the kids stay calm. A really cranky dude that is overpowering everyone else was also at the beach. Sam and a group of friends decided to investigate the situation and try to find Astrid’s little sister. Moments later they found a barrier, a big white barrier that was in the shape of a sphere and it was surrounding a huge amount of space.

My book trailer should include some of the things above. I added some creepy music because everyone loves creepy music and it would make the book seem kind of like a horror genre book.

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If you want to learn more about the author click here

If you want to see an awesome fan-made movie trailer of Gone click here

My totally epic fall trip summary

This trip was actually quite good. During the trip we were given a task to build a civilization from scratch (We did have some materials). How the materials system worked was each of the 5 teams choose a leader (I was the leader of my group) and we would play rock paper scissors and the winner would pick first. The materials that existed were: Tinder rope (For starting fires) Fire starter, hammocks, tarps, knives, shovels, saws, and ropes. My group got all the ropes and fire starters. With all the rope in our possession we abused our power because rope is one of the most important resources. Hammocks, tarps and bamboo sticks all require rope to tie together and we would make other groups offer us ridiculous amounts of stuff for 1 or two ropes. Fire starters were also very important but we needed tinder rope to actually make it to work. Without fire starters then you cant make dinner and everyone wanted to eat dinner because nobody wanted to starve. My shelter was a tarp and under the tarp there are 3 benches and they were in a C shape and in the center there was the campfire. We made dinner together which was fun (The girls in our group basically made dinner while all the boys fooled around with sticks and stuff) There were also two hammocks we made by tying them on trees in a V shape next to the C shaped benches. We also made a T shaped thing made by two bamboo sticks. The T represented our god. Oh yes thats right we have a religion and a god and all that. Our religion is called the T Pose community, our god would be a huge T and every time we lit the fire we would stand in a circle to start T posing. That was actually really fun and it was way more interesting then it sounded. ok thanks for coming to my ted talk bye bye

Am I a Humanist?

This is my poster for answering the question: Am I a humanist? I believe that I am not a Humanist and my score for being a humanist between 1-10 is 3. Humanism is a system that was first discovered/used during the renaissance that some people still use it now.

I used this site for some of my information: http://www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/printing_sub.html

The Radium Girls

The setting for the book The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is about young women working at a Radium factory. This is where most of the story takes place and where all the major events happen.

 

The protagonists work in a Radium dial factory where they spend all day painting little watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark. The story takes place during a war which was near its end, so the protagonists also paint gun scope dials. The way they paint dials with radium has a peculiar name, it’s called Lip, Dip, Paint. Some point during the “Lip, dip paint” process the girls/protagonists are required to put radium on their lips. “Do not do that,” he said to her again. “You will get sick.” -Von Sochocky pg 25. Von Sochocky knew about the radiation of the radium and warned Grace (A worker from radium dials). I think that is a very important part of the first few parts of the story because in the Radium Dials factory everyone worked with the material known as radium. Von Sochocky warning them could have saved a lot of lives. In my opinion, that was the key moment to the story. It was the start of everything, you see, if they did accept Von Sochocky’s advice then the story wouldn’t have happened. Shortly after the warning of Von Sochocky, Grace recalled a message from Miss Rooney: “She told me it was not harmful” -Grace pg25. That may perhaps be that Miss Rooney (The radium girls’ leader (Not the boss of the company)) did not know of the radiation which would make sense because no one seemed to be affected in any way by the radium.

 

All the radium girls have no clue what dangers radium might possess which is basically making them take a risk that they do not know that exists. Isn’t there already enough deaths during a war? This is very similar to the plague; Europe never saw it coming and the Radium girls are also about to encounter a deadly disease kind of thing. The unknown dangers of Radium will surely cause more and more deaths to pile on to each other.

For more information on the book The Radium girls please visit this site: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31409135-the-radium-girls

For more information on radium please visit this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium

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My found poem for “The Monkey’s Paw” by William W Jacobs

This is a poem made by the words of William W Jacobs in “The Monkey’s Paw.”

My poem represents the element conflict. “An old fakir put a spell on it. He was a very holy man and he wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives and that to interfere with fate only caused deep sadness”. That was where Mr White messed up the most, that was a very important part of the story because if he said that and Mr White actually thought about what he said he would have threw the paw away and none of the sadness would have happened but he didn’t, he is a little bit greedy and stopped it from burning and wanted it for himself. “If you must wish, wish for something reasonable.” This was also very important because his second two wishes were extremely unreasonable. A person’s revival was a near impossible task which apparently was Mr White’s second wish. For the entire story Mr White seemed to be dueling with fate and fate is uncontrollable and if you mess with fate you will have to face its terrible consequences. In my poem I included all 3 wishes and some of the consequences of the wishes which represented conflict.

My background was a chessboard with the black king standing above the white king. I chose that as my background because it was like the the monkey’s paw was playing chess with the Whites. In the end the monkey’s paw defeated the Whites in chess. The Whites were the white king and the monkey’s paw was the black king. Every wish was like a turn in chess. The first wish was a huge mistake making the monkey’s paw able to take one of the chess piece’s in the White’s arsenal which happened to be Herbert, the son of the Whites. The second turn was also a mistake because “the thing outside” might have hurt Mrs White or Mr White if it actually got in but Mr White made his 3rd wish which was for the son to die again. I also chose the chessboard because Mr White and Herbert were playing chess at the beginning of the story. The word “Checkmate” was from the beginning of the story however it would fit better in the end because when Mr White used his last and final wish it was when the monkey’s paw defeated him in chess. When you defeat someone in chess you say checkmate which seemed to fit there because it was the monkey’s paw saying “Checkmate”.