Stanley B Gallery of Awesomeness!

Exhibition Planning Sheet/Sunshine Storm

Exhibition Planning Sheet:

https://docs.google.com/a/stu.iics.k12.tr/document/d/1-oAu_PM9hRIZUR7qlf68HY3ER5ef98NMGrEV1TusZyk/

Brainstorming our Key Concept Questions:

Sunshine Storm

Week 1: Exploration: Parents

It seems that Stanley is asking quite a lot of pertinent and insightful questions in regards to what the causes of terrorism may be and what are the aims of various terrorist groups. I do think that as the topic is so wide that he needs to focus more on a specific cause, or at least region in order to properly explore the cause and effects of terrorism. He tells me that the focus is the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Good luck to him, as if he cracks it, he has a good future ahead of him leading public policy on such issues!

Week 1: Exploration

I think I used my time very wisely and efficiently this week. I did everything that I was supposed to on time. The reason being is that the more I get done now the less I have to do later. There weren’t any challenges this week, everything went smoothly and easily the whole week. For next week: I plan to finish the X-Planner and to find the related concepts of my passion/issue. I have laid the base of Exhibition this week for the rest of Exhibition to follow by. Also with the Sunshine Storm, I found my key questions and how I am going to use those questions to plan the rest of my journey out. And for this week: This week was pretty plain. We actually didn’t do much, we still had the X-Planner and the meeting with Ms. Bond to do. Maybe it’s just me that personally thought that we could’ve got more done…

My Plans For Next Week

Next week I plan to find an interesting global/local issue to think about and from there I will try to associate something that I find interesting with the global/local issue. So far I have a couple ideas on what to do. So far I have thought up: Linking the Internet to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures and making my issue into cyber bullying on different forums and the internet overall. If not that then I plan to make my issue about hacking. If this is what I do I would think that a mentor that has good experience with hacking, computer science, tech, and those things in general. I love the internet so this would fit with a passion of mine. Another would be linking the Germanwings Disaster with Psychology and through that the issue would be depression. There are a lot of links to common things that I am interested in. I think that I should find a few more and then choose from the pool.

Question #3 Can You Jump The Same River Twice?

The answer to this question is Yes and No.

For one the river has changed since you last jumped in it, it’s a different ecosystem, there are different fish living in the river now,  it’s just different. Scientifically you could argue that there are completely different atoms and minerals in the lake than before or the particles switched places, or matured, there are so many arguments on this topic that it is very difficult to name them all. If you wanted to look at it very blandly, you could just say: “That’s the same lake I jumped in because:

1. It has the same name and history since the last time I have swam/jumped in.

2. And it is the same lake, it hasn’t changed it’s appearance since last time either.”

What’s your standpoint on the topic?

Question #2 Who Would You Choose?

There are different ways to look at every problem, and here are the main choices we had for this question: Philosophically, Scientifically. through Folklore, Common Wisdom, or you are Indifferent in the situation. You are in a taxi, however the taxi driver is a deranged psychopath, and you have two choices. A you will either run over 5 preschoolers, or B a grandmother. I chose to choose philosophically because: 1. The grandmother has lived to the full extent of her life. 2. The preschoolers could accomplish great things while the grandmother is waiting to die. Of course she probably has grandkids, and I say probably with a big if. The preschoolers could create amazing things or find the cure to all sicknesses! Colonize Mars! But that is all a big if, we do not know enough factors. But for all the reasons listed above, I think it’s a pretty safe chance to kill the grandma instead of a children.

Question #1 Why is it Wrong to kill Human Animals, but not Wrong to Eat Non-Human Animals?

Why is it not wrong to eat non-human animals? My justification of this situation is that even if I stop eating animals, it will not stop the killing of animals. Don’t get me wrong I love, and absolutely love meat so I might not be the best person to try and answer this question however, I am submitting my opinion not caring for the criticism I might get in the comments. We in the past thought that we were higher than animals better than them, however in 1858 Charles Darwin announced his theory of evolution, we have started to realized that we are not so different than the animals we once treated like garbage. So coming back to the original question, is it really ok to eat meat. Well a Cannibal would raise the point that if we eat animals and we are animals why can’t people eat other people. Which is a fair point I might say however, do lions eat other lions, do cows eat other cows, does fly eat another fly, (I am not mentioning spiders because the black widow’s female devours the male .) But the answer is up to what you think. So, do you really think it is okay to eat meat?

Timelines

In the past few weeks our class created timelines for worldwide crises, such as: The Syrian Uprising, The Ukrainian Clashes, Turkey’s Protests, The Afghan Civil War, and the Egyptian Uprising. Our group was contemplated of: Me, Deni, Ayla, and Lorenzo; we got Syria and we gave everyone a separate year. It is sometimes difficult working in a group because (for me at least,) I don’t want to rely on other people to do something for me, I want to rely on myself to do the work because at least than I can be sure of myself and not make sure that others are doing the work they’re supposed to.

 

I guess that most people feel this way about groups but then again it can still be fun. Overall I believe that being in a group can be stressful but also a lot of fun.

Where The Red Fern Grows

Dear Ms.Wachowiak,

 

I have finally started reading the book that you recommended to me quite a while ago called, “Where The Red Fern Grows,” which I have only started two days ago and has already become a very interesting and captivating book. I like that it is about a poor southern boy who just wants two hunting hounds but can’t because he and his family can’t afford it. Also I am not sure what time this story is set in, but I assume it is somewhere in the early nineties or late eighteen hundreds because in the book it states that two hunting hounds cost seventy-five dollars and after the father says that if he had that kind of money he would buy another mule or two.

 

In this book I believe my favorite character would be Billy Colman the main protagonist who is so determined to get a dog that in some way it is inspiring, (kind of like  one of those posters that say if you put your mind to something you can achieve what you want.) But its so spectacular that he worked so hard for an entire two years to achieve what he wanted to get. As the story goes on you start to grow attached to the two little puppies “Old Dan” who is the strong and straight forward and “Little Ann” who is the smarter and more adaptable.

 

Since this is the last response of the year I just want to say have a good summer holiday and have a great time. “Where the Red Fern Grows” is a very good book and it lets you really look at human endurance and determination.

 

The Orchestra Assembly

Yesterday our orchestra had an assembly, and the winds (brass and woodwinds) and the strings (violins) played many songs, and in the end we played the song Finlandia all together and as synchronized as a flock of birds in formation. Overall I believe that both groups made an excellent performance in front of the audience. The saxophones, (including me, Josh, and Ayla) sat in the very back with the trombones and the euphonium (baritone.) The concert made me  partially anxious in two different ways, one out of frustration and enjoyment  and the second to just get it over with, but to still savour it.
A few of the songs that we played were: London Bridge (Duet,) Split Decision (Duet,) Oh Susanna followed by Skip To My Lou, Up The D Scale and Down The D Scale, Old Macdonald followed by Mozart Melody, Jingle Bells, and finally Finlandia. It gave me a sense of fulfillment to do this.

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