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Leather Design Challenge

Leather Design Challenge

During the summer, my gum experienced a few problems. Because the gum sat under the sun for so long, the texture became soft and too tenuous. Some even melted or split apart. In addition, the case got ripped and malformed the gum pieces. My product provides a good solution, by insulating the gum packet, and protecting it from heat. It also protects it from getting ripped by keys or cards. During this assignment, I had learned how to sow using a sewing machine, something I previously had no experience in, although it turned out much harder than I had anticipated. If I could start from the beginning again, I would add the buttons and pins first, before I sew. I also should have understood how the buttons ad pins worked before trying them completely blind. I think the sowing was the part I struggled with most because the amount of pressure placed on the foot press must be stable at all times. I also found it challenging, because I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the machine at some points, which resulted in large mounds of string. However, that didn’t stop it from being a decent product. The entire holder is a single piece, not including the strap. That minimized scraps, glue, or additional sowing. Lastly, I’m proud of this product, because this was the first time I had tried using a sewing machine on leather, and what came out was not a total failure. And considering the design limitations, I’d say this product is pretty good!

Sniffinator 2000

In this product design unit, we were required to design a prototype of a tool capable of identifying smells. The design is labeled Design 3 on my design paper. My product, the Smellificator 2000, took inspiration from the Portal gun from Portal, a Sous Vide cooker, and Nitrous Oxide Canisters. The machine functions as a drone, as well as a gun. The bottom grip was designed to easily wrap around the user’s hand, as shown in image 1, for easy handling, and drone release. In addition, four propellers on all four sides and one rocket propel and control the drone, the propellers able to pivot on an axis. The first layer sucks in the smell and holds it within the fourth layer, and identifies it on the third layer. The data is then brought to the computer, the cylindrical object suspended on the first layer. The computer features an on-off button on the bottom, and a touch-pad screen on top, that displays all data and controls the entire machine. The battery is located in the middle of the machine, where the propellers are placed. To reach it, unscrew the bottom, and the battery is exposed. The gun can be used on the spot, to identify the smell. However, that won’t reveal its location. That’s what the drone is designed to do: track and locate the smell’s origin. The drone is deployed by throwing it into the air, rocket side down. There are 9 layers in total, 1-2 for sniffing, 3 to identify, 4 for smell storage, 5 for battery and propellers, 6-9 for the rocket.

Fight for Posterity

This is the Diary of Rodrigo Morales, a 21-year-old college student, living in a wealthy family supported by their large sugarcane business. His home country Havana has experienced a chain of unsettling revolutions, although a new one is occurring, descending the nation in entropy. As a result, he must decide how to protect the nation’s serene beauty, before it’s all enveloped by chaos.

During this revolution, several things changed and continued. Two examples of continuity include 1. The government was again re-established with a military coup by rebels, similar to past military cups conducted by other leaders. 2. Sugar still accounts for most economic income of Cuba. Two examples of change include 1. Literacy and healthcare provided for all Cubans 2. The nationalization of agricultural production.

Lightbox Project

This Product design unit required me to design a laser-cut landscape, divided into several wooden layers, as contents within a 95 – 55 –  30 millimeter box. The box features a special location that we couldn’t visit due to Covid-19 related reasons. I occasionally visit cousins in Vancouver, British Columbia in the winter. However, The trip was unfortunately canceled due to the situation occurring. The environment I chose is in Manning National Park, Lighting Lake, a campsite we frequently go to during the remaining days of the visit. It’s a multicolored shed on an open field across a mountain range.

During this assignment, I learned several skills involved in the process of designing a lightbox. This includes merging objects, rounding edges, image tracing / expanding, and forming silhouettes from images. I used a software program known as Adobe Illustrator, which allowed me to laser-cut the lightbox. I also utilized websites, for example, the noun project for icons, and makecase

for the design of the initial box. I also received more practice in using acrylic paints, like using masking tape to isolate areas of the product, and blending colours.

There are several things I would like to change about the lightbox. I thought the initial box design was too complicated, and I despised some aspects of the design. I also wish I was less ambitious with the design because I had significantly greater plans that eventually were abandoned due to time issues. I would’ve estimated the amount of work, made reasonable assumptions of what I can do in that time, and started on level 1, and built it upwards from there.  I also would’ve opted for a less dynamic box, because the repeating chains of etched layers seem too diorienting and strange for my tasting. Now, I think a more bare-bones, simple design would be nicer.  Next, I think I’d blend more colours for the backround, using several colours rather than just one. Finally, I think I should’ve used more trees in the design, in less perfect shapes, so the natural aspect is more apparent. Imperfection is perfect.

Angry Hagrid vs the World

By Ryan Quon, Ethan Anderton, and Anya Pan

Latin American Hagrid fights the Batista fashionista and his oversized hats. From foot fungus to gorilla warfare, and a communist uprising, the Cuban Revolution brought small Caribbean island to become a global threat of nuclear war. Great figures emerged from rural environments to become people capable of ending the world. Revolutions occur due to a significant imbalance between those with power and those without it. Those with unrestricted ability will manipulate it however they please, because those who lack ability cannot limit its growth, and so it eventually grows until the imbalance becomes so severe that people sacrifice everything because they have nothing left to sacrifice besides their own skin and bone. A pattern that I noticed with revolutions was the struggle for power. The opposing government was corrupted, which resulted in a revolt, which resulted in the creation of another corrupt government. It’s a perpetual cycle that produces death and desecration and provides only a brief moment when the world is at peace until the inevitable cycle rekindles its flame.


(Note: I’m using “they” for Sasha because they are agender.)

Book Rating: 4/5

Presentation Paragraph

The 57 Bus, a nonfiction book by Dashka Slater, explores the concepts of racism, sexism, and classism 8 years before, in Oakland Califonia. The book describes two adolescent boys, one white and one black, with separate identities from separate environments. On a fateful journey from the middle-class foothills towards the drug plagued lower-class communities. On that bus, that black boy’s fatal decision would shape their lives forever. One theme of this book is that people deserve more forgiveness and opportunities to change, capable people will learn from their mistakes.

Two reasons you should read this book are 1) The author incorporates big topics still prevalent today, like sexism, racism, and classism, with good detail and a compelling and emotional story. 2) The book is engaging and dramatic, with scenes immersing you into the text, making you want to read more and more. It’s an inspirational story that makes you feel emotional about life and friendship.

Something I learned during this unit is that rereading can be beneficial towards understanding central ideas and themes. It can help find deeper meaning in areas not focused on before. I need to reread pages of the book to explore deeper knowledge and understanding. `



This is a backpack pin that depicts a swimming Tentacool (Pokemon). It’s composed of felt and lead sowable wire, along with a battery holder and a red LED. I chose this because I used to play some Pokemon Ruby edition, which features the Tentacool, a squid octopus thing. I like the design of the Tentacool, because of its colourful and likeable appearance. The discarded the other designed because my first one, the Mickey Mouse, was too complex and had too many individual pieces. The second, the Lamp was too simple. The Tentacool came 3rd, and I liked it most because the design was just right, and the appearance was nice.

I had never sowed much before, only doing it occasionally to fix a pair of pants. Learning the techniques were hard, especially tying on and off. However, with enough practice, most skills can be done okay. I want to learn how to code into the LED and add more components.


For the Lord

The goals of the Christian missionaries were to convert foreign people and spread national customs. however, they led to the deprecation of native customs, and the Boxer Rebellion.

The missionaries of America arrived in China to deliver the kind word of god. This is shown in SQ 2, part B, paragraph 2, sentence 3, it states: “We live and die for the Lord and China. The way to the coast is not open. We have not heard anything from Peking for nearly two months, but the way to the Lord is open, thanks be to Him. Let not your hands fail and do not lose courage. What we sow shall bear fruit in its time.” This shows that the people of C&MA and C.I.M societies are truly devoted to the lord and are willing to create religious settlements in China. These missionaries are willing to live and die for the lord if that’s what is required to convert the people of China to Christianity. When American missionaries approached China, they were still accustomed to American customs and lifestyle. They have not adapted to their native environment or culture, so many of the products they used are still American. In SQ 2, part A, sentence 4, it states: “They essentially exemplified the American lifestyle. They used American products; they were people who believed that American products were the best products.” This shows that the missionaries that used these products were clearly not only devoted to their religion, but to their culture. Some sentimental items were probably carried during those journeys, and the culture of their nation followed in the trail. When missionaries arrived in the province of China, the missionaries opened them for religious and diplomatic reasons. Foreign traders then pursued those provinces, and making business, selling foreign products. This resulted in natives adopting the customs as well, being proselytized to Christianity, and abandoned their old traditions. On page 1 of SQ 2.5, paragraph 3, it states: “Traditionally, entire communities would come together during times of drought and pray to the gods and ancestors for rain. Those villagers who had converted to Christianity, however, refused to participate in the rituals.” This shows that the old traditions that villagers were accustomed to were deserted by those that converted to Christianity. Because they were proselytized, they believe in a new god, so naturally, they would renounce their previous faith. But also, in times of desperation, people will join another religion for personal survival and benefit. During the moment these missionaries emerged in China, droughts, and floods were occurring in Shandong, where the Boxer Rebellion first appeared. The Boxers believed they could be possessed by divine spirits, that supported the eradication of Foreign Influence in China. They performed Martial Arts, detested Christianity, and retaliated with blood towards foreigners and Christians after a 2-year drought that occurred. Because they practiced Buddhism and Confucian beliefs, they saw Christians as threats to their culture. In the letter of Rongzhang, he says: “All the chaos in Beijing is because of the horrible crime that the foreign soldiers did. They burned many Catholic churches and buildings built by the foreigners, and there are also countless Christian/Catholic devotees dying in the rebellion.” Although many Christians are being killed, Chinese individuals were spared because of their lacked contact with foreign influence. As stated in Rongzhang’s letter: “The towns and counties nearby are all safe. The business is going on as usual. You don’t need to worry about my safety. Me and everybody else (his relatives) are all well. We will go back to visit you after autumn.” This demonstrates that the Boxers are kind to the Chinese, although aggressive towards foreigners. This shows that they are killing foreigners for the purpose of shattering the foreign religions that are plaguing the Chinese lands and infuriating the Gods. They did this because, as stated before, the foreign religions were replacing the ones already present in China, so Boxers saw them as a threat to Chinese culture.













Pointless and Misunderstood

I believe the Boxers deserved a bad reputation because they didn’t consider the consequences and acted upon impulse, killing people, and destroying buildings that could’ve been beneficial to Chinese development. To make a weak nation weaker is the worst decision.

During the siege of the Legation Quarter, the Boxers had targeted employees working in the Inspector Center of Customs. This included people like Robert Hart, who was beneficial to the development of Chinese technology. The Center of Customs elevated domestic trade, postal service, waterway, and harbor management. People like Robert made great strides in the translation of books, current events, and mail. The subject of translated books included law, science, and world history, topics that would assist Chinese growth. However, the Boxers would kill many of them, and people like Robert had to hide in the British Legation to remain safe.

This shows that the Boxers deserved a bad reputation because they were imprudent and rash. The killing of these people would have detrimental effects, that hinder Chinese progress. The employees of the Center of Customs were essential to domestic trade and communication. Without them, China would remain underdeveloped. If Robert Hart was murdered, China would suffer, not foreigners. The Boxers should’ve considered the effects of their actions, and what consequences would occur.


When the Boxers detonated mines under the French Legation, it resulted in a massive fire that spread in all directions. The Boxers believed they had magic powers that control fire, that only burned foreign buildings. They were wrong, and the fire actually burned more Chinese than Foreign buildings. From 21 – 23 of June in 1900, the Hanlin Academy and Library were set aflame. In addition, the Boxers surrounded churches and embassies, which were raided. the Boxers proceeded to lay siege to the Legations, and many foreigners, missionaries, victims of previous sieges, and Chinese converts hid inside the British Legation for 55 days.

This demonstrates that the Boxers deserve a bad reputation, because can’t anticipate, and make horrible decisions. They don’t understand that events have consequences, and this characteristic of the Boxers harmed more Chinese than Foreigners during the fire. They didn’t put the foreign and native thoughts into consideration. They destroyed many valuable foreign and native buildings, including the Hanlin Academy, which contained many scholars and Chinese classics.






Helena the Social Media Influencer

A Midsummer Nights Dream, composed by William Shakespeare features a character named Helena. I decided to create a magazine cover of this character to give further detail on her attributes and personality.

Word Document In Midsummer Night

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