Light Box Blog Post

 

During this design unit, we were tasked with building light boxes of a place that we could no longer go to or missed during the pandemic. I chose to do the Sambro Island Lighthouse because of the gorgeous island that it was on.

Throughout the course of this unit, I think that my biggest success was learning how to use the basics of both pages and illustrator whilst building my light box. Most of the project was made on Adobe, we imported icons from the Noun Project as shapes for our lightbox. We would change the colors of the borders of these icons in order to create different effects for the laser cut piece.

In the process, I also developed some artistic skills like using tape in order to paint more accurately like we did during a small side project, making dad joke cards.

A few things that I would change would be my use of the tape. For the background, I failed to cut the tape accurately and it resulted in me not having the clouds and birds that I hoped to make. I would also add more pieces and layers because the LED was pretty obvious and I think that I would be able to achieve a better aesthetic look to it if I covered it up.

For future students, I would advise them to only add one layer of paint because the layers may not fit back if the paint is to thick.

I think that, overall, my project turned out pretty much how I wanted it to, I would definitely rework and add one or two more layers if I had the chance to but I’m happy about how my layers turned out.

HBO (Head Baskets in the Open): The French Revolution

Group Members: Andrew, Leo, Dan

The French Revolution saw the rise of leaders such as Napoleon and Maximilien Robespierre, depicting the brutal oppression that started it, and the bloody massacres that ended it. This revolution, like many others, ended more or less where it started, going from one oppressive monarchy to another, similarly oppressive, dictatorship. This video will show the living conditions of the poor, the leaders that arose, and the horrible actions that overwhelming power pushed them to do.

 

Fatal Fever Review

“Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary” by Gail Jarrow is a non-fiction book that explores the typhoid fever outbreak in America during the 1900’s. It follows the narrative of three main characters: Dr. George Soper, a renowned bacteriologist at the time; Mary Mallon, a healthy carrier of typhoid fever, and Dr. Josephine Baker, a rising officer in the health department. Fatal Fever tells a continuous cat and mouse chase where Soper and Baker try to pursue Mallon and put her in quarantine and Mallon trying to evade their attempts. One theme in this book is that the will of one person is outweighed by the lives of many others.

 

There are a few reasons why you should read this book: First, it is a book that contains many factual information such as graphs, letters and pictures of the real victims of typhoid fever. However, it is also exciting enough to keep the attention of readers. It is narrated by the different characters and contains action, suspense and pursuit. Second, the story this book remains relevant in the modern world with the global epidemic of Covid-19. It is interesting to see how people managed outbreaks back in the day to find the similarities and differences on how they treated diseases a century ago compared to how we handled Covid.

 

One thing that I learnt this unit was that in order to fully understand a book, reading it once won’t cut it. Marking important parts of a book and rereading them has really helped me fully grasp the meaning the author was trying to convey.

Boxer Rebellion ThingLink

 

The boxers did not deserve a bad rap. Even though a lot of boxers threatened foreigners, it was the German minister, Clements von Kettler, who drew first blood. He would send out troops to arrest the numerous boxers who lined the streets of Beijing. However, a lot of his soldiers where intimidated by the size and skill of the boxers. Deciding to use the safe approach, many German troops would kidnap or arrest civilians and claim that they were boxers. Soon after, von Kettler decided to publicly execute two ‘boxers’. This, of course, angered a lot of people and spurred them into action. Soon after, this conflict led to the boxer rebellion. This proves that the boxers were not responsible for starting the conflict and only retaliated as a means of self-defense.  Furthermore, a lot of countries were influencing Chinese officials into making uneven trade deals and sacrificing a lot of land just to maintain relative peace in the ever-shrinking Chinese empire. Though not very politically aware, a lot of farmers could still see the quality of life going down. Soon, people began to realize that all the suffering had been caused by the greed of foreign countries showing that the boxers were not a group of blood-thirsty barbarians but a team of patriotic Chinese citizens who did not appreciate how the foreign countries would push their home around. And instead of standing around and trying to cope with this new way of life, the boxers decided to act. They decided to fight against the foreign forces eating away their land and territory. In conclusion, the boxers did not deserve a bad reputation because they were doing it both in self-defense and as a way to retaliate against the power-hungry government that seemed to be taking away their home.

MDSN Media Representation+CER

In Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a group of teenagers travel to a magical forest and experience the ups and downs of a teenage love story. I believe that this love has made Helena, and Athenian noble woman, bitter and desperate for attention. She starts of being very jealous of Hermia’s looks stating that “Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair! Your eyes are lode-stars; and your tongue’s sweet air more tunable than lark to shepherd’s ear… Sickness is catching: O, were favor so, yours would I catch” (line 183-186) this shows that she is very critical of her own appearance and is jealous of Hermia’s. Her bitterness is further shown in line 242-243 as she says “For ere Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eyne he hailed down oaths that he was only mine.” She is extremely bitter because the man that she loved used to love her back until he laid eyes on her best friend. We can infer that her hatred towards Hermia was increased after this due to the fact that the sight of Hermia ended any chance of giving her a happy and prosperous life. She is also very desperate for attention as we can see in line 246-249 “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow. Night pursue her. And for this intelligence if I have thanks, it is a dear expense.” This shows that she will do anything for the Demetrius’s attention, even going so far as to betraying her best friend. Love has affected a lot of people and Helena in particular seems to have been taken a turn for the worse.

How much of a Humanist am I?

Our task was to assess how much of a Renaissance Humanist we were. We also studies their Philosophies and Religious Beliefs.

Don’t step off the Path

Rules are in place for a reason and are not meant to be broken. This can be seen in the short story “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury. Eckels, an amateur hunter, suddenly decides to go to the big leagues, he signs up for Time Safari where he can travel back in time to kill dinosaurs. In this story, the author believes that breaking rules always ends in calamity and failure.

The tour guide, Travis, constantly reminds Eckels of the one rule that they have in place. To stay on the floating path: “Stay on the path. Don’t go off it. I repeat. Don’t go off. For any reason…” (Bradbury 3). Staying on the path is a rule, it was established as something that should not be broken.

Travis then proceeds to explain why that rule was created: “If you kill a rat, all the generations that spawn from that one rat will never exist… the foxes will not have as many rats to catch so it will starve, the lion will not be able to feed therefore it will die, bringing down all of its offspring with it. The vultures, insects, infinite billions of life forms are thrown into chaos and destruction.” This shows why the rule is in place and the consequences if they are broken.

Later on in the story, Eckels comes face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Tyrant Lizard, and gets scared out of his mind, Eckels backs away and “[he]stepped off the Path, and walked, not knowing it, in the jungle. His feet sank into green moss” (7). This means that Eckels has broken the most important rule of time travel and stepped off the path. Soon after they get off the time machine, he faces the consequences of this action when he asks the guy at the front desk about the election results. “Deutscher, of course! Who else? Not that fool weakling Keith. We got an iron man now, a man with guts!” (15). Deutscher, as previously stated, is a tyrant and a dictator. Whereas Keith, the man who won the election before they traveled back in time, seemed to be the perfect candidate. Eckels broke the rule of stepping off the path, resulting in changed election results and a new and horrible leader for his society.

In conclusion, the message that the author is trying to get across is that rules aren’t made to be broken. Eckels learned this the hard way and received immediate consequences to his actions.

 

 

Dot Me

A Need for Change

The found poem, a poem made purely out of words that were found in the story that describes the conflict in it, is about a story called “Fish Cheeks” By Amy Tan. It’s about a girl who wants to be American, but her parents aren’t trying to change with her. They embarrass her by using Chinese customs in front of their American guests. I chose to color a strong blue for her wants to be American because she views them as a righteous force. I chose red when they. Refused to let her because she feels very confused and angry when she sees that her parents are insisting to stick with the Chinese custom. The gray for shame is small and reclused because she says that she “wanted to disappear.” The first sentence, I wanted to be American, but they would not let me, describes Amy’s attempts to become American and her parent’s persistency to stick with their Chinese customs. “Shame is the only thing I feel” describes the embarrassment that she experiences when her parents do very unusual things in front of their guests especially the American boy Robert who she has a crush on.

Geology Project

Here’s my Geology Project

 

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