The ‘Don’t Panic’ Video is a video talking about the data of poverty today and how might the United Nations end poverty by 2030. The video also included some interesting graphs that’s different than what we are used to.
I loved the visuals he showed us, they were very professionally made. I think it’s because of his voice and his different kinds of charts.
In the future, I could use this video to show my audience my purpose using the new charts and get some tactics from him like using something different and engaging with the audience.
After watching the video, the only question I had was ‘How do I make the charts?’
Freestyle: When my hands enter the water, I think it should hit softer rather than smashing the water. You know, water have feelings too ?. My shoulders should rotate a bit more and I think my arms should be higher avoiding the water to drag my arms wasting energy. Another thing with my arm is it looks a bit floppy, weak. I need to keep it straight to maintain the direction I want to go in. I also should let my arms and legs let my body glide before swinging them again to save energy because after the first 10 seconds, I can clearly see the massive lost of energy. I think my legs should swing slower and try to keep them underwater for effect. That also saves water from spilling out of the pool and people walking on the side.
Breaststroke: My legs are clearly not working together, they push and swing at different times. I should also try to do less of the freestyle push because it’s not correct and wasting energy even though I do it because it pushes me when I breathe.
Backstroke: Man those floppy arms are terrifying. They flop and 100% messes up my direction. They’re so bad it looks like I’m doing it on purpose. I think I need to try to let my arms touch my ears every time I swing so that I know it’s straight. My chins definitely needs to be up, and arms needs to enter the water softer so I wouldn’t look like I’m drowning from the splashes. My shoulders rotating needs to be more, smooth. It kind of looks like stop motion, they look like I’m trying to raise my shoulders to touch my face. I think a bit more smooth rotation would be perfect.
During the last few weeks, we have been working on building a water filter to make water drinkable. Objectives were to remove salt, sediments, copper and lower the pH to around 6 to 8. We had some restrictions though making it more challenging. Our build needs to be a low budget filter, no need of complex maintenance and one simple-to-use product.
From our first prototype, we placed cloth at the end of the filter to help with sediment and a rubber band to keep it in place with sand on top and gravel topping it off. Our prior results had a pH of 3, 600 ppm (Copper), a low amount of sediment, and around 60% of salt. New results gave a pH of 3, 350 ppm (Copper), barely any sediment (Lower than low) and around 50% salt.
In the second prototype, we changed the design. With cloth at the end like the first prototype and held in place with a rubber band, we put a mixture of gravel and sand on top of the cloth. We also welcomed charcoal as a part of the filter, placing it on top of the gravel and sand. The top layer is another mixture of sand and gravel. So the second prototype looks like a charcoal sandwich with gravel and sand buns. Our prior results had a pH of 3, 450-600 ppm (Copper), a turbidity of medium and around 60% of salt. Our new results had a pH of 3, 100-200 ppm (Copper) and an incredibly low sediment level. Even lower than the lowest testing water there is! In the salt test, the new results has a 60% to 75%. The salt took more area because there was more water in the petri dish but our salt was significantly smaller than the prior results.
In conclusion, our water filter is undrinkable due to high acidity (pH), salt, sediment and copper. We still have many work to do.
In writing, we are told to make a video about one of our poems we made during class. Of course, it was a bit of challenge with time and power. I just didn’t have time editing for a minute of video. I took a stopwatch and timed my editing period. The final time was roughly 8 hours… for one minute of video. Power didn’t help too. It was like a hurricane most of the time! It keeps shutting down, power keeps cutting off because of how lightning stroke. Some unsaved progress disappeared but that was pretty hard remaking everything. I feel like I chose the music well, the tune, beat and ending were near perfection. My voice, music, and editing helped me to show my ideas and voice and pace so it sounds more, like what I had in my mind. My voice was one of the most important parts, though. I attempted to emphasize my voice, the pace, speed and pretty much everything. It went out pretty well even if I sounded weird. I would change my voice, I feel like my voice is the furthest from perfection even if it seemed good, just a little adjustment. An advice when doing this is to not even think about 2 minutes. Don’t talk slow, fast just normal like how you want it. Like mine, 1 minute when recommendation tells me to have 2. Turns out mine seems natural and normal.
In this sketchnote, I did some drawing and made some boxes. With that, I also used colors to make the sketchnote pop out. Making it very colorful. My sketchnote is sadly note perfect though. The boxes look confusing, and drawings are confusing. Next time, I will make rectangle/square boxes and use less drawings that are unnecessary.
The past quarter, we were focusing on poetry. We made several poems about ‘conflict’ or ‘theme’ or overall just free verse. Over the unit, I learned about line breaks and white space. Line breaks are pauses, making a stanza. While white space is the white space around the poem. For example, I’m F A L L I N G. Using both of those we made our poems more fun. After learning and making poems, I still wouldn’t consider myself a poet, though. I make a lot of mistakes, received loads of comments telling me to fix this and that and overall just awful. Another reason why I wouldn’t be a poet is my lack of vocabulary and terrible grammar. In the future, I can see myself writing poems occasionally, not regularly. Bummer. Sometimes I write, I don’t see many interesting points of poetry. It’s fun at times but I wouldn’t consider it my hobby or something I like doing. Overall, my experience with poetry has been incredibly interesting, but not enough to drag me to into it but on the other side, I feel like I have definitely grown as a writer :D. That is my experience with the poetry unit.
In this activity, we were told to find 3 fictional characters which describes ourselves. For myself, I chose Nevile Longbottom, Pen Pineapple Apple Pen guy and from Suicide Squad, Harly Quinn. First off is Nevile Longbottom, just that ‘handsome’ guy in the first movies of Harry Potter. He is just super derpy and I am literally him. The way he laughs, the way he talks, he’s like my twin ❤️. I MEAN HAVE YOU SEEN HIM NOW?! I hope I look like that. Next, the PPAP guy. Look at him. I have to say the weirdest guy I have ever seen. His weirdness is seriously over 9000! I’m weird, he’s weird, he’s the best guy ever and he makes an accurate twin of me (Except for the looks). Lastly, Harley Quinn, the creepy girl version of me. “We’re bad guys, that’s what we do”. Sometimes, I am such a bad guy. Failing throwing trash in the bin and leave it there, turn off the lights when someone’s showering and unfriending people on Facebook on their birthday. All of those reasons together, I think she makes an accurate reason to be me.
Throughout this unit, we created many poems. From conflicts to themes to topics, we did all of them. The picture above you see is a theme poem. We have been creating this poem for about a week and here is my ‘LifeCards’ product. For my product, I am using the topic ‘Being Ignored’. This is what I always experience through a quarter of my life and I want to write about it. I thought this was a pretty good idea to show how I feel sometimes and people can learn about myself more. I chose the picture of a leaf fallen on the road all by itself and I added a few words on it saying “Ignored, Alone” and several other words.
Some of the challenges were thinking about what to write, using some figurative language and making the whole poem make sense. When it comes to line breaks and white space, those were pretty challenging for my poem.
My image above is one lonely leaf left on the side of the road to show that it’s alone and no one by its side. The image also kind of shows how it’s being ignored because everyone else it together on a tree and the orange leaf alone on the road.
The image clearly shows that the poem is stating about being ignored and alone with only one single leaf. The leaf has turned orange which means that it has been on the road for several days and is about to die. This helps the poem to be more understandable to readers using visuals.