Posts by: Elliot I


Overall Learning Reflection

In this English term I did a lot of writing assignments, as a matter of fact, I probably wrote more this term then other I had had previously. Overall, I feel my writing has greatly improved in the past few months. A good example of this is Lets Get Our Facts Straight On: Marijuana, one of the first posts to my blog. In this persuasive writing piece I focused on the evidence on why marijuana should be legalized. Looking at the post now, it feels sloppy. The image, info-graphic and video I embedded did not go well and the overall flow of the piece and the evidence it brought up was weak. I was thrilled to learn that a revision of this original persuasive piece was a section of the culminating assignment. It gave me the opportunity to go back and fix some of my mistakes and look at the original subject in a new light. My new post Opinion Blog Post Re-crafted: Marijuana Legalization, looked at the topic differently, it was written in a formal essay format while the original post was free flowing. Besides the fact I didn’t even know how to work with this format at the begging of the year, my growth in writing is made clear by the two pieces. The new post flows better and is easier to read, It also states the key points more clearly. In my newest post I also took advantage of a new writing strategy i had picked up earlier in the year. I sent a draft to a friend and they gave me some quick recommendations on how to improve it. With a friends help, I can look at the assignment more clearly from different perspectives and came up with a better result. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can...

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Opinion Blog Post Re-crafted: Marijuana Legalization

President Obama has admitted to smoking marijuana in his teenage years. [2] There was no reprimand, the police were not involved, he did not even try to hide it. Yet, smoking marijuana is punishable to up to three years in prison in the United States! And he’s not alone, some of the most successful people on earth have smoked weed in the past, people like Bill Gates, Carl Sagan, and Oprah Winfrey [7] are just a few examples. Moreover, should marijuana be illegal at all? The legalization of marijuana has been a topic of hot debate in Canada and the world at large. Although I don’t consume or endorse drugs, I support the legalization of weed, and so do the majority of Canadians. [1] Marijuana should be legal in Canada because it is not dangerous or excessively harmful, keeping it illegal places heavy strain on our legal system, and legalization would strengthen our economy. First, marijuana is not dangerous and does not put the user at much medical risk in the short or long term. Marijuana is much less dangerous then alcohol, [2] with alcohol poisoning and drunkenness related accidents taking thousands of Canadian’s lives each year. [5] While there are no deaths attributed to marijuana consumption. [8] In addition, the smoking of marijuana is also vastly better for your lungs then cigarettes. [2] If these two substances are worse for you in both the short and long term, yet are legal. Then why shouldn’t marijuana be legal as well? There is also strong evidence that marijuana can have positive health benefits. It is often prescribed to treat muscle spasms caused by Multiple Sclerosis, nausea from cancer chemotherapy, and deter poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness. [4] While marijuana can be prescribed medicinally in Canada, legalization...

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Part #4: Blogger of the Week Reflection

How often did you participate? Child Vaccination – Do or Don’t?  By Trent A. The water and sanitation crisis By Kissmuth K. Should 16 years olds be able to Vote in Canada? By Najib H. Nuclear Throne, and what makes a video game fun By Thomas P. Is School Stressing You Out? By Adam S. Male infertility vs. Female infertility By Aisha T. In A New The water and sanitation crisis World By Brianna G. Extremophiles and How They Can Help By Cameron H. Sinkholes By Esther Y. Is Organic Farming Really Better? By Jaimee P. Freedom? To An Extent… By Liam M. Concussions in Contact Sports By Nilsu E. Global Warming: Causes, Effects, And The Highly Motivated High School Solution By Sebastian M. Why You Should Start Reading By Alex E. Robots or Kids? By Rauwn S. The Positive Impacts of Technology on Healthcare By Mahruf K. some examples of non-blogger of the week posts I commented on were (What  could find) Why Boom Beach is Superior over Clash of Clans By Najib H My bucket list By Kissmuth K Please provide a rating for YOUR overall contributions to discussions [1(poor) – 5 (excellent)]: 4.5 I chose this rating for myself because I feel I contributed greatly to the blogger of the week posts. I did not comment simply because I needed to, I only posted when I could contribute to the conversation. When I commented I tried to be in depth, for example this comment on Liam’s blogger of the week: Freedom? To An Extent… I also made a response to every comment made on my own blogger of the week, with considerable detail. I even link to images, videos, or other blogs that are relevant to the conversation. For example, my comment on Cameron’s Blog: Extremophiles and How They Can Help. I also often finished my...

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Songs

We don’t know We don’t know of light in our darkest hours We don’t know of shadow when we smell the flowers   We don’t know of rage in a quiet night We don’t know of mercy in a desperate fight   We don’t know of warmth in the winter snow We don’t know of cold in the inferno   We don’t know of joy when all hope is gone We don’t know of sorrow when we sing along   All we care to think of is the present Whether it be harsh or it be pleasant we just worry about today that’s what we tell ourselves… anyway     Anyway As the sunlight fades And the street lights shine I stumble on nothing And forget the punch line But she laughs anyway Ohh She laughs anyway   But life goes on As were walking back She looks me in the eyes I nearly have a heart attack But she laughs anyway Ohh She laughs anyway   There’s something ‘bout this girl ‘bout the way she moves Maybe it’s her smile Or how she’s so god damn smooth but she laughs anyway Ohh she laughs anyway   We get to the door And she starts to go But I grab her hand and pull in real slow   I look at her And she looks at me I close my eyes And she says finally    

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Why Space Exploration is Worth It

Why Explore? We are pioneers, explorers and adventurers. Champions of discovery and unravelers of mystery. It’s in our nature to question, to wonder whats past that hill, or whats past that sea, or whats past that sky? And we may even be the only ones out there questioning, but we’ll never know for sure without space exploration. Space literally is the final frontier, the final place unknown. George Mallory, one of the first mountaineers to to reach the peak of mount Everest [1], was once asked why climb it? His answer “because its there.” [1] This sentiment personifies space exploration, we want to push the boundaries of what is possible, achieve the un-achieved, and venture to new heights. George Mallory died on his way down from the summit of Everest [1], but was it worth it? was it worth the resources, or his life? These are the same questions we grapple with today in the terms of space exploration. George Mallory gave his life to push humanity to a new level of discovery, and to see a day when we as a collective have pushed further then what was once thought possible. And today we have the same opportunity. New Technologies calculators cell phones digital wristwatches GPS finders infrared cameras laser surgery materials used in running shoes pace maker batteries personal computers radiation-blocking sunglasses satellite TV Teflon ultrasound Velcro water-purification systems We have space exploration to thank for all of these previously unknown technologies, all of which were invented or developed for the space program. [3] When asking the questions of space travel, we are forced to find answers to previously un-asked questions. and as a result we make incredible discoveries. and the discoveries don’t stop there. Space exploration is expected to improve our knowledge of cryogenics, robotics, and solar power...

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Cracking The Code: Short Story

It was a dull, hot day in Hamilton, with a cigar in my mouth and boredom in my stomach; I sat in my office waiting for my client. I’m a private eye. The names Snipes, Dave Snipes. Yawn, the life of a detective can be slower then a snail in molasses, or at least that’s how it felt, until she finally walked in. A tall brunet, with something on her mind. She looked tired. She explained in a gruff voice that her name was Gale Rent. It sounded familiar, her father had recently been kidnapped, and the police were clueless to what happened so she thought I could help. I agreed, for a price… I decided to start at the scene of the crime, the Rent household. It was a fancy three story house in a rich neighborhood, the windows were smashed and the building was surrounded by police tape.  It had seen better days… She explained that the cops already searched the house; there was nothing of use there. I looked anyway; from experience I know the police aren’t perfect. It appeared as though the kidnappers smashed through the window, ran in and grabbed him right out of his reclining chair. The paper he was reading was on the ground and his coffee mug was now cold. I picked up the newspaper, it was open to a page titled “Mr. Rent creates new code!” so that’s why her name sounded familiar. Mr. Rent worked with the allies of World War Two, making codes to be sent across the seas containing valuable information. The man was a genius! I took the paper to the light so it was easier to read, where I noticed there were small puncture marks in the paper. I realized there were holes only under...

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A Hero’s Legend: Short Story

There once were two great gods who ruled the earth: Elohim and Valafar . They were brothers, and although  Elohim was the wisest and strongest, he treated his brother as an equal. They lived on top the great Mount Mohemis, where they watched the men of earth, and helped those who were worthy. For many years, the gods waged a fearsome war for peace on earth with the witches. Witches were mortal men and women who believed they were greater then the gods, they worked in secrecy as they mastered the forbidden magic’s. They wanted to defeat Elohim and  Valafar and become rulers of the earth. Valafar went to the people of earth and told them to hunt and kill any witch they could find. And so, for the next few years, the people killed anyone who they deemed strange or peculiar, and although they killed some witches, they killed many innocent as well. Elohim knew this was wrong, and so, called the people of earth off the hunt, telling them the witches were defeated. Valafar was infuriated, with less witches being killed, it would be much easier for the witches to defeat him. Knowing his brother would disagree with the death of so many innocent that would come with the return of the hunts, he decided to imprison Elohim and take full control of earth. Where without his brother’s criticism, he was confident he would be able to defeat the witches. But before the betrayal of his brother, Elohim saw images of his future imprisonment in his palace on Mount Mohemis, and so he found a young pure family, pregnant with a baby boy. Elohim saw light in this young couple, and so blessed their future son, with the will and might of a god. He told them that when their child was ready,...

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Compare and Contrast – R&J – The Balcony Scene

Introduction The Balcony scene is perhaps the most iconic moment of Romeo and Juliet, and it is vital to the telling of the story. The way this crucial moment is depicted in different retellings of the classic story can either ruin, or make the film. In this post I will be comparing the original text, a retelling of the play from 1968 starring Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet, and a 1998 retelling starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. The 1968 version stays relatively true to the original play, while the 1998 version gives the play a modern twist, including technology such as guns and electricity. The key points I chose to compare are, the emotion of the scene, the setting, and the positioning of Romeo and Juliet.  Setting The striking change in setting is the most obvious difference between the two movie adaptations. The 1968 version takes place in 14th century Verona, like the original play. Juliet is up in her room in her family’s large home, overlooking a garden. Meanwhile the 1998 version takes place in the modern day (at the time) United States, in a fictional town called “Verona Beach”, which bares resemblance to California. Juliet in this version is at a window overlooking the courtyard of a less dense garden and a pool. This shift in time and place does not necessarily make one version inferior to the other, however, by setting in it in a different place from the play, further changes need to be made to fit the new setting.  Positioning of Romeo and Juliet In the 1968 version and the play, Juliet stands on a balcony overlooking a garden. Romeo, watches from below, and when he makes his move to revel himself, he has to look up at Juliet, and later physically climb...

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Romeo and Juliet: Act III Song analysis

Act III of Romeo and Juliet is the time where everything goes wrong for Romeo and Juliet. The first scene is a fight that breaks out in the streets, in which Tybalt kills Mercutio, and Romeo kills Tybalt. As a result, Romeo is banished from Verona, and Juliet is forced by her father to marry Paris in three days. In this article, I will be comparing “The Banishment” by Prong, and “Beat it” by Michael Jackson, on which one better represents Act III. Beat It by Michael Jackson In this classic Jackson song, someone gets into a fight and is forced to “Beat it” or run away.    They told him, “Don’t you ever come around here. Don’t wanna see your face. You better disappear.” The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear So beat it, just beat it   In this section of the lyrics, the unnamed person is “banished” and forced to leave, this reflects Romeo’s banishment in Act III. Romeo, is told that he will be killed if he is ever seen in Verona again, this is similar to the song,   They’re out to get you, better leave while you can Don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man You wanna stay alive, better do what you can So beat it, just beat it   This section shows that the man in the song will be killed if he stays in the town and is caught, this is similar to Romeo’s banishment. In Act 3, Sc 2, Ln 205, the Prince says   Else, when he is found, that hour is his last.   Saying that Romeo will also be killed if he is found in Verona. Finally, in the song, the chorus says   Just beat it, beat it,...

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