Science 9: TALON/TED Talk 2019

This Ted Talk project was very enjoyable to work on as I really like the topic that I chose. It was different from other finals as there is a lot of creative space you can work with. I did have some issues with YouTube however I got fixed after calling YouTube. Without a further ado, here is my Ted Talk of 2019!

Link: https://youtu.be/mYUlWq5Y7xU

Bibliography:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30302018

Fighting Fire with Fire: Killing bacteria with virus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3oDpCb7VqI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI3tsmFsrOg

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30485461

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phage_therapy

 

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Reducing My Ecological Footprint

I calculated my ecological footprint and the total came about to be 3.75 hectares. This was after recalculation. On my first attempt at calculation, the total was about 2.88 hectares. I was first quite surprised as people in my quad had hectares of 8, 9, and even 12! Even though my new calculation is bigger, it is still quite small compared to others’ ecological footprint. In our quad’s discussion, I found out that their living spaces were quite large compared to mine. One person goes horseback riding so she calculated the total are of her barn, I believe it was. Maybe that is why their E.F. was huge compared to mine. Although mine is still smaller than others’ I still plan to reduce it. Some of the biggest factors that increase my ecological footprint include:

  • Transportation by car
  • Not wearing second hand clothing
  • Living space
  • Eating some food grown outside of B.C.
  • Spending too much time in the shower
  • Play equipment
  • Play area
  • Garbage that I threw away
  • Not wearing the some clothes as yesterday
  • Not wearing the some clothes as the day before yesterday
  • Not mending pieces of clothing

The ones that I will try to reduce are:

  • Not wearing second hand clothing
  • Spending too much time in the shower
  • Garbage
  • Not wearing the some clothes as yesterday
  • Not mending pieces of clothing

 

I will try to reduce these specific ones because the other ones are a bit more difficult to change. For example, I cannot change my mode of transportation. I walk to school almost everyday and sometimes bike. I try to walk as much as I can if the destination is close enough. However, like on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, I have to use cars and public transportation because I have to go to New Westminister. But for things I can change like Garbage, I will try to reduce. For garbage, I can try to pack lunches in reusable containers. I will try to buy second hand clothing or borrow from my parents. I can also spend less time on the shower. As for clothing, I am going to try to mending ripped clothes and try to wear more clothes over the course of more than one day to reduce the amount of times it has to be washed. These are all steps that I can take to reduce my E.F. that are easy but make an impact.

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to reduce my E.F. wherever I can. Some of the changes are easy for me like wearing the same clothes over a period of multiple days. I especially do it on weekends or I wear the same jeans everyday throughout the week. Some obstacles included the showering, garbage and mending. For showering, I try to do my best to get out as quickly as possible but sometimes I can still take up to 15 minutes. That one is still a work in progress. As for garbage, I try my best to look for foods, when grocery shopping, that have little packaging. Also, when I pack my lunch, I try and put them in a reusable container. I also plan to buy clothes second-hand when I wear out my current ones but usually I won’t get clothes until I need them. My plans for the future always include caring for the environment. Reducing my E.F. is just part of the bigger picture. The Earth itself is in trouble right now, so every little thing to impact it counts.

In-depth #6

These last four weeks I decided to do more of a meticulous approach to my paintings as the ever so important night is on sight at the horizon. This is more so for my learning center. For it, I’m planning to show my progress as a painter from the beginning by showing a variety of my creations. Although I am embarrassed by some of them, the ones at the beginning are particularly bad but I feel like it’s very important to show. In order to contrast, you need to have two different sides, right? So, it’s because of the bad ones I feel like I have to be more careful or precise when making my last few paintings. Besides showing my progress from the beginning, I was also planning to show my process of the actual task. I want to be painting during the night, while conversing with the many people that will (hopefully) want to visit. Originally, I had the idea of just showing my best works, but now that I think about it, that wouldn’t really show my learning or really be interactive with the audience. As an alternative, I thought about ways I could have a hands-on activity but other than letting people play around with the (little) watercolour I have, I could only think of people watching me as I paint.

Since the beginning but especially during the past few weeks, I have been practicing specific techniques. I don’t know how to explain it but with my mentor we practiced showing lightness and light values in shapes:

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and things like edges and how to keep them sharp or blendy:

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These are skills I might talk about on the day of the night with others or highlight them in my completed works.

Animal Farm Guided Inquiry Paragraphs

What conditions are needed for a revolution to occur? Based on your reading so far, what is the most significant factor leading the animals to revolution?

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the most significant factor that lead the animals to revolt is how poorly the humans were taking care of the animals. As a result of this, Mayor, a wise old pig whom all animals respect, gives a speech that spurs the animals to revolt. He says that humans are “the only creature that consumes without producing […] [yet] [they are] the lord of all animals,” revealing to the other animals that humans are the problem and the animals need to step up (2). He gives examples such as, “gallons of milk […] [going] down the throat of [their] enemies” and “young porkers [who] will scream [their] lives out at the block within a year” (2-3). Major also calls attention to the fact that not only are their enemies consuming what the animals rightfully  produced, but they also give less reward and appreciation to those very animals. The animals ” are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies,” which means the humans don’t feed them to fulfill their stomachs after doing work. Eventually after a profound and convincing speech, he is met with a “tremendous uproar” (3). This speech also highlight certain conditions in order for a revolution to occur. After the speech, nearly everyone realizes they have been treated like slaves and decides to side with Major. Besides numbers siding with the idea of revolution, another condition is that a lack of fairness has to be dealt to the minority, which in this case are the animals. In conclusion, the inequality between the humans and the animals and Major’s speech, which pushed this idea, is the most significant factor as to why the animals revolted.

 

To what extent does power and privilege or lack thereof affect the beliefs and actions of individuals in a revolution?

Throughout Animal Farm, certain characters gain power and privilege while others did not. The amount of power and privilege that individuals have determine their actions, morals, how they perceive others, and how others perceive them. Napoleon and the pigs, being the smartest and frankly, most human-like, assume position of the leaders for the revolution. However, gaining the power of being the leaders eventually corrupts them into being worse than the humans. They use their influence into manipulating the animals into doing whatever they want. For example, when they take the milk for themselves, they say “[the milk is] absolutely necessary to the well−being of a pig”(11). The pigs also threaten the other animals saying, “Jones would come back” if the pigs “[fail] in [their] duty” “[to watch] over [the other animals’] welfare”(11). By exploiting the others like this, they are able to get whatever they want. They can get away with anything simple because they are the best and nobody is going to stop them. The idea gets to their heads. As the story goes on, they get more abusive and even change the rules to personally benefit them. The rules, or Commandments, are constantly changing but the other animals do not realize it, thinking because “it [is] there on the wall, it must have [always been written like that]”(20). It “[does] not seem strange to the other animals” because those Commandments were established by themselves, together with the Major (40). They believe that Mr. Jones was so terrible, that a human-free farm would be for the best. So no matter how bad their concept of Animalism turns out, it would always be better than being ruled under Mr. Jones. Though by the end, the animals face a similar or maybe even worse fate as , they are still “generally hungry” as they were at the beginning (39). So in conclusion, characters such as the pigs gain power and because of that, they corrupt themselves to be similar to the rulers they once were under, essentially getting rid of them and taking their spot.

 

In your opinion, was the revolution successful? Were there any other option to bring about the animals’ desired change? If so, what might have been done? If not, why was the revolution inevitable?

The revolution is successful in that the animals are the ones who came out on top defeating the humans. Although this was one of their intentions, changing their “miserable, labourious, and short lives” is more of a core reason they decide to revolt (2). They do not succeed in this. In the end, the animals are still working just as hard and they are just as hungry just for a different leader. The pigs and humans are nearly indistinguishable by the end, as the animals can not tell “which [is] which” (42). The pigs do not assume absolute power right away which is why they were so successful. Little by little, they change rules and control the other animals’ thoughts by telling them ridiculous or convoluted stories. For example, to justify their reasoning for calling Snowball a traitor, even thought he had done much for the cause of Animalism, the pigs claim that “Snowball was in league with Jones from the very start” to make the other animals convinced that he is an enemy(24). After they weed out little nuisances like Snowball, then they proceed with future plans. If it is in a pig’s nature to think and act in this kind of way, I believe the revolution was inevitable. And because it is in a pig’s nature to be greedy and self-benefiting, the revolution would always be something like this. The result would be the same. The pigs, “being the cleverest” would always assume leader-like positions and would turn themselves from part of the oppressed into the oppressors. The revolution in Animal Farm is successful initially but what made it unsuccessful are the pigs that took control afterwards.

 

Animal Farm Guided Inquiry #3

In your opinion, was the revolution successful? Were there any other option to bring about the animals’ desired change? If so, what might have been done? If not, why was the revolution inevitable?

The revolution is successful in that the animals are the ones who came out on top defeating the humans. Although this was one of their intentions, changing their “miserable, labourious, and short lives” is more of a core reason they decide to revolt (2). They do not succeed in this. In the end, the animals are still working just as hard and they are just as hungry just for a different leader. The pigs and humans are nearly indistinguishable by the end, as the animals can not tell “which [is] which” (42). The pigs do not assume absolute power right away which is why they were so successful. Little by little, they change rules and control the other animals’ thoughts by telling them ridiculous or convoluted stories. For example, to justify their reasoning for calling Snowball a traitor, even thought he had done much for the cause of Animalism, the pigs claim that “Snowball was in league with Jones from the very start” to make the other animals convinced that he is an enemy(24). After they weed out little nuisances like Snowball, then they proceed with future plans. If it is in a pig’s nature to think and act in this kind of way, I believe the revolution was inevitable. And because it is in a pig’s nature to be greedy and self-benefiting, the revolution would always be something like this. The result would be the same. The pigs, “being the cleverest” would always assume leader-like positions and would turn themselves from part of the oppressed into the oppressors. The revolution in Animal Farm is successful initially but what made it unsuccessful are the pigs that took control afterwards.

Animal Farm Guided Inquiry #2

To what extent does power and privilege or lack thereof affect the beliefs and actions of individuals in a revolution?

Throughout Animal Farm, certain characters gain power and privilege while others did not. The amount of power and privilege that individuals have determine their actions, morals, how they perceive others, and how others perceive them. Napoleon and the pigs, being the smartest and frankly, most human-like, assume position of the leaders for the revolution. However, gaining the power of being the leaders eventually corrupts them into being worse than the humans. They use their influence into manipulating the animals into doing whatever they want. For example, when they take the milk for themselves, they say “[the milk is] absolutely necessary to the well−being of a pig”(11). The pigs also threaten the other animals saying, “Jones would come back” if the pigs “[fail] in [their] duty” “[to watch] over [the other animals’] welfare”(11). By exploiting the others like this, they are able to get whatever they want. They can get away with anything simple because they are the best and nobody is going to stop them. The idea gets to their heads. As the story goes on, they get more abusive and even change the rules to personally benefit them. The rules, or Commandments, are constantly changing but the other animals do not realize it, thinking because “it [is] there on the wall, it must have [always been written like that]”(20). It “[does] not seem strange to the other animals” because those Commandments were established by themselves, together with the Major (40). They believe that Mr. Jones was so terrible, that a human-free farm would be for the best. So no matter how bad their concept of Animalism turns out, it would always be better than being ruled under Mr. Jones. Though by the end, the animals face a similar or maybe even worse fate as , they are still “generally hungry” as they were at the beginning (39). So in conclusion, characters such as the pigs gain power and because of that, they corrupt themselves to be similar to the rulers they once were under, essentially getting rid of them and taking their spot.

 

 

 

 

Animal Farm Guided Inquiry #1

What conditions are needed for a revolution to occur? Based on your reading so far, what is the most significant factor leading the animals to revolution?

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the most significant factor that lead the animals to revolt is how poorly the humans were taking care of the animals. As a result of this, Mayor, a wise old pig whom all animals respect, gives a speech that spurs the animals to revolt. He says that humans are “the only creature that consumes without producing […] [yet] [they are] the lord of all animals,” revealing to the other animals that humans are the problem and the animals need to step up (2). He gives examples such as, “gallons of milk […] [going] down the throat of [their] enemies” and “young porkers [who] will scream [their] lives out at the block within a year” (2-3). Major also calls attention to the fact that not only are their enemies consuming what the animals rightfully  produced, but they also give less reward and appreciation to those very animals. The animals ” are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies,” which means the humans don’t feed them to fulfill their stomachs after doing work. Eventually after a profound and convincing speech, he is met with a “tremendous uproar” (3). This speech also highlight certain conditions in order for a revolution to occur. After the speech, nearly everyone realizes they have been treated like slaves and decides to side with Major. Besides numbers siding with the idea of revolution, another condition is that a lack of fairness has to be dealt to the minority, which in this case are the animals. In conclusion, the inequality between the humans and the animals and Major’s speech, which pushed this idea, is the most significant factor as to why the animals revolted.