Reflection: It was surprisingly great that the texture of my lip balm was just right. At first, I thought it was too soft and not perfectly solidified; as it gradually hardens, the better it was. Because I am happy with this trial, I am not changing the procedure and the materials I add; I will only be changing the fragrance. 

Peer feedback:

  1. I like the smell, the texture is a little soft.
  2. The texture is much better than last time, it would be better if it could be a little harder.
  3. The scent is a little strong.
  4. i like the texture, it could be better if you add a little more scent.
  5. I like the scent, though it is a little strong.

  1. Put 75g of beeswax, 2g of grape seed oil and 1.25g in shea butter into a 100ml beaker.
  2. Heat 500ml of water in a larger beaker above 70 degrees Celsius on a heater, keep the temperature using a thermometer.
  3. Put the beaker of the beeswax into the beaker of heated water, wait till the wax mixture melt.
  4. Remove the beaker out of the water.
  5. Put 5 drops of fragrance into the mixture when it is 66 degree Celsius.
  6. Continue mixing the mix, to prevent it solidifying.
  7. Pour the liquid into the lip balm container.
  8. Wait till it solidifies, then your done.

 

Lip Balm Trial #1 Reflection

 

Procedures

Changes

  1. Put 75g of beeswax, 2g of grape seed oil and 1.25g in shea butter into a 100ml beaker.
  2. Heat 500ml of water in a larger beaker above 70 degrees Celsius on a heater, keep the temperature using a thermometer.
  3. Put the beaker of the beeswax into the beaker of heated water, wait till the wax mixture melt.
  4. Remove the beaker out of the water.
  5. Put 5 drops of fragrance into the mixture when it is 66 degree Celsius.
  6. Continue mixing the mix, to prevent it solidifying.
  7. Pour the liquid into the lip balm container.
  8. Wait till it solidifies, then your done.

Reflection: I, as well as my peers, likes the hardness and scent of my lip balm. Therefore, I will continue in my subsequent trial with a different scent. However, more oil will be needed to make my lip balm more moisturizing (approximately + 0.5g) and less wax and shea butter (-0.5g and 0.25g) to make the lip balm softer and smoother.

The Cuban Revolution: Sweat Was More Than Blood

Roberto Garcia was a bystander of the M-26-7 event, he was one of the poor, who disliked the current government, but eventually, he was forced to join the government camp of the dictator Batista and involved in the Cuban revolution. He was a miserable man, who fought against what he wanted, freedom. After. He was a heroic warrior, who slaughtered the evil. Below is his story of his experience.

 

Cuba, one of the largest single island located in the northern caribbean, was a colony of spain from the 15th century till the Spanish-American War in 1898. After, Cuba was occupied by the United States for four years, and finally gain nominal independence as their protectorate. Through the help of the United States, Cuba’s economy gradually stabled through tourism and sugar. 1952, Fulgencio Batista and a group of officers culminated in a coup, they arrested senior military officers seized key government building in Havana, the nation soon was under control of Batista’s dictatorship. The corruption and the oppression under his rule caused public dissatisfaction and led the July 26th event led by Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. After the revolution, there were several changes as well as continuities. Continuities were, during Castro’s rule, it was still dictatorship and sugar was still the national priority. The first thing that Castro did when he  in came power was to reform the Agrarian Law, establishes a vigorous literacy and education program, established universal healthcare which all benefited the poor. The Cuban Revolution has faced many challenges when people had conflict between each other , and had many continuities that did not change over time.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments of Classmates for Revolution Video

Yes, I agree with your theme as I also found that there is always a new dictator that will take over in the French revolution. Once King louis XVI died, napoleon became the new emperor. Also, nice use of the cut outs and the little stick people.

-Takumi

The history of the Cuban Revolution was described well but you might want to increase the quality of your video images. But overall great job!

-Marissa

I like your video because it shows great battle layout despite how josh’s voice was a bit unclear, on your part it was much better showing clarity. Though, because it was a stop motion it was very choppy at times cause the transitions weren’t that smooth. I like the video overall.

-Hanna

The Cuban Revolution in Plain English

The Cuban Revolution in Plain English

By Emily and Josh

Our video about the Cuban revolution unravels the hidden truth of the mythological revolution under the colorful and bright surface and gives the audience a general idea of the Cuban revolution through some key events such as the attack of the Moncada Barracks and more.  Who was the Dictator Batista? Who gained control of the power after when he fled? Did anything changed after the revolution? These are some questions that we will discover through the video. Learning the revolutions, I have noticed that people’s original intention of the revolution is to create a better society, the utopia. However, when people do succeed, a new unequal world replaces the old one. It is the same in the Cuban revolution, people were not happy with Batista’s rule, and wanted a democratic world, finally when the came in power, it was a new dictator world again.

Innocent or Guilty?: The Borden Murders


The Borden Murders is a book by Sarah Miller that reflects on the 18th century’s most astonishing murder. However through the author’s words, we see another side/ perspective of this case, this led to one of the themes of this book: Rumors shall never suggest if a person is truly innocent or insensible evil.

This book was definitely a good choice to read. It was surprisingly engaging throughout the whole book. Personally, I would rather read a murder mystery instead of a non-fiction case. Unexpectedly it there were period photos, newspaper clippings, and images of the crime scenes. Secondly, what we usually learn about or know are the positive side of life, the dark side we know less about, through this book we can deeply understand the process of the trials

I have learned many important skills in this unit, such as recognizing the complexities of cause and effect and rereading passages to deepen understanding and so. These skills shall be carried with me further for deeper reading in any genre.

Do the Boxers Deserve a Bad Rap?


The Boxers do not deserve a bad rap, the cause of the whole event was the cultural exchange and the communication between the west and the east, tardily, the aim changes to invading China, conquering China, occupying China, the sum of the event are punishment to China. According to the historian, Mr. Jene “The Germans are the last nation that came to China, but they got the city of Qingdao, in Shandong. After noticing the Germans get Qingdao, the British took Weihai. In Shandong, people had their own guarding system called the Melisha, a group of people (farmers) trained for fighting and protecting themselves. Seeing their home being chopped happening, the farmers or the villagers was not so impressed with this, once when the Germans came, they killed 2 German missionaries. The gunfire soon starts.” The Boxer rebellion, a war between the Eight-Nation Alliance in China during the late Qing Dynasty, started. The Boxers targeted the Chinese Christians and some of the foreigners because rumors spread around that Chinese Christians were killed random people and caused natural disasters and more. The uneducated farmers don’t know what is happening, random foreign people taking over their home, this farmer knowing nothing would obviously join the Melisha and listen to people around and follow them, putting you in the perspective, you would definitely choose to guard you home. Why would you blame a poor farmer when he is only protecting his country and family? Even though I agree that the killed numerous random people during the time, but the common people has the higher risk of getting killed without any reasons. Boxers also do not deserve such a bad rap at the end, history can never be changed, however, lessons should be learned, legacies should be told, generations after should know the tragic, violent, brutal pass of Chinese history.