Blog 5

For summer I plan on spending as much time possible working, so I can some pocket money after I pay for rent and school. I’m most likely going to be returning to Home Depot for the summer, so I won’t be having to learn a new position and the work is pretty calm on most days. Hopefully most of my work days can be spent catching sun and watering plants. I’m also going to focus on heading to the gym at least 5 days a week. I want to improve my health and looks and since I have so much free time in the summer I figured it should be put towards something healthy and rewarding. I also hope to do some cardio in the summer to improve my cardio levels, hopefully the summer isn’t filled with heat warnings and I’ll actually be able to go running outside instead of being stuck on a treadmill. When I’m not working or going to the gym I’ll probably just spend it relaxing at home in my air conditioned room or hanging out with friends. My friend’s group has always been pretty good at staying in contact after high school and I don’t think that will change this summer, so I’ll most likely be spending time swimming at pools and staying up late with my friends this summer. The best part of summer though is how it’s not winter. This recent winter has been brutal and seemed to be never ending, with snowfall a quarter of the way into April. All the cold and grey was getting to me mentally and I’m just glad that warm weather and vibrant colours are going to be coming back. One of the things I hope to do most this summer is lay down on my patio with a cold drink and catch some rays.

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The first post I decided to include was my blog post about history. I chose this because I think it shows how I can summarize information. With a topic as broad as history I think I did a good job addressing a civilization, and showcasing what made them unique and interesting. An example of this would be my line detailing what parts of the near east Mesopotamia included and how it got it’s name, while highlighting the Ziggurats (the temples that made Mesopotamia a unique area of civilization.)

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A lot of people have different interests, and some are more prevalent than others. Cars seem to be a common one for guys, fashion for girls, and everyone seems to love movies. While I enjoy these common interests I feel like my interest in history isn’t universally shared. History is usually one of the most hated courses in high school, and something that almost everyone dreaded, but I think that’s because they weren’t taught about the interesting stuff, or they simple didn’t actually listen in class. I think my favourite period of history is the Dynastic period of Mesopotamia, which encompasses parts of Iran, Iraq and Syria. Mesopotamia literally means the land between the rivers in Greek. This was the time period where the first civilization popped up, Sumeria, and empires started to form. Massive temples called Ziggurats, as large as the pyramids were constructed as a monument to the gods, while the walls of Babylon, brightly coloured royal blue, with lions and constillations carved into it, stood towering in the desert landscape. I think the most interesting people during this time period were the Assyrians. This civilization was known for its ferocity and love of war, constantly fighting its neighbours. Not only were they warmongers, but they were builders, creating massive cities that populated all of the Euprhates river. In fact, their desire for blood was so strong that they believed their gods would end the world if the Assyrians stopped fighting wars. Empires fell and rose like the tides of the sea, their leaders leaving their mark on history forever. Mesopotamia encompasses many different cities, civilizations, empires and peoples and I think this diversity, yet similar culture is why I’m so interested in them.

The second piece of writing I chose was the discourse community final draft I wrote about wrestling. I think this highlights my ability to cause the reader to visualize what I’m trying to say. For example when addressing the collective knowledge my team had about wrestling, I compared it to a pond in which I could fish knowledge out of. I chose these words hoping it with give the image of my teams knowledge being vast and deep, much like a pond I would fish out of as a kid. I also believe this piece of writing showcases my ability to give proper background information on the topic I’m discussing, an example of this being the passage below where I discuss the history of ancient and modern wrestling.

Discourse Community Final Draft

 

“The sheer amount of terminology you have to acquire throughout a wrestling career may seem intimidating at first, but you pick it up quickly and the words are easy to retain when you’re frequently using them. The history of wrestling is merky, with many different forms (such as folkstyle, and freestyle) existing at the same time, as well as different forms being created rather recently (Greco-Roman.) Although the history isn’t clear the origin is. The first identifiable form of wrestling started in Ancient Greece during the eighteenth Olympiad in 704BC and was later adopted by the Romans which further bolstered its popularity. But the modern revival of Wrestling can be attributed to the Europeans, where wrestling made its big comeback in the United Kingdom. The sheer influence of the British Empire helped spread and inject wrestling into “modern” culture.”

 

The final piece of writing I chose was my Trend Analysis. I think this is the piece that I am most proud of, and the one that showcases my abilities the most. The grammar is excellent, with minimal spelling mistakes, and the information I provided was accurate and backed up with sources. I think the main reason I’m proud of this though is because I inserted the information in a way that seemed natural, at least from my point of view. When I brought up facts they weren’t shoved in, I believe they flowed naturally with the sentences they were incorporated into. Below is the introduction that was written for the project. I also think it shows that I can write about serious topics. Almost every single one of my blogs in Communications I was comedic, because I honestly prefer incorporating humor into mostly everything I do, but my writing in the Trend Analysis showed that I can be versatile in my writing approach.

Introduction

Since our field of choice is constantly dealing with immigration into Canada we decided that an appropriate topic to choose would be the current and emerging immigration of Canada. We particularly decided to focus on immigration coming from third world, undeveloped, and countries going through a crisis, such as Iraq, Syria, and Somalia. The purpose of the report is to inform and at the same time give insight into the immigration levels of our country and possibly give an educated guess on what future trends will look like. Knowing these trends will allow us to properly accommodate and prepare our self for any possible influxes in immigration. There are some limits to this report of course. With such a relatively low word allowance, it is hard to properly take into account every factor that could lead to an increase or decrease in immigration such as economic strife or a conflict erupting. You also have to take into account that unpredictable events such as the Syrian civil war or the constant natural disasters in Asia may severely impact immigration levels. Homegrown factors can also affect immigration, such as a Conservative government being elected causing a decrease in the immigration cap, or a Liberal or NDP government coming into power, most likely causing an increase in the levels. We collected most of the information from Stats Canada’s Immigration section on their website. Since these statistics are coming directly from our government we consider them an essential and trustworthy source of information.

 

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A lot of people have different interests, and some are more prevalent than others. Cars seem to be a common one for guys, fashion for girls, and everyone seems to love movies. While I enjoy these common interests I feel like my interest in history isn’t universally shared. History is usually one of the most hated courses in high school, and something that almost everyone dreaded, but I think that’s because they weren’t taught about the interesting stuff, or they simple didn’t actually listen in class. I think my favourite period of history is the Dynastic period of Mesopotamia, which encompasses parts of Iran, Iraq and Syria. Mesopotamia literally means the land between the rivers in Greek. This was the time period where the first civilization popped up, Sumeria, and empires started to form. Massive temples called Ziggurats, as large as the pyramids were constructed as a monument to the gods, while the walls of Babylon, brightly coloured royal blue, with lions and constillations carved into it, stood towering in the desert landscape. I think the most interesting people during this time period were the Assyrians. This civilization was known for its ferocity and love of war, constantly fighting its neighbours. Not only were they warmongers, but they were builders, creating massive cities that populated all of the Euprhates river. In fact, their desire for blood was so strong that they believed their gods would end the world if the Assyrians stopped fighting wars. Empires fell and rose like the tides of the sea, their leaders leaving their mark on history forever. Mesopotamia encompasses many different cities, civilizations, empires and peoples and I think this diversity, yet similar culture is why I’m so interested in them.

Discourse Community Final Draft

Introduction

I am writing this report to give people who are interested in the wrestling community context and insight on how to integrate and become a successful member of the community. To help you accomplish this I will provide you with essential background knowledge about the community by conducting primary research through direct observation and by interviews with experienced active and retired members from the community. With all this gathered knowledge I will analyze and present my personal recommendations on how you can integrate properly.

Background

Simply put, a discourse community is a group of people who communicate with each other through specific ways, such as language or how they act, in order to achieve goals that unite the group. Members of the wrestling community all enjoy the physical challenge and feeling of accomplishment that you can achieve through the sport. The group has an extensive vocabulary that the average person wouldn’t be able to make sense of, due to the plethora of wrestling move names that are inserted in the average conversation.

The sheer amount of terminology you have to acquire throughout a wrestling career may seem intimidating at first, but you pick it up quickly and the words are easy to retain when you’re frequently using them. The history of wrestling is merky, with many different forms (such as folkstyle, and freestyle) existing at the same time, as well as different forms being created rather recently (Greco-Roman.) Although the history isn’t clear the origin is. The first identifiable form of wrestling started in Ancient Greece during the eighteenth Olympiad in 704BC and was later adopted by the Romans which further bolstered its popularity. But the modern revival of Wrestling can be attributed to the Europeans, where wrestling made its big comeback in the United Kingdom. The sheer influence of the British Empire helped spread and inject wrestling into “modern” culture.

Research and Analysis

There were about eighteen members on my wrestling team when I graduated, eight of them being veteran wrestlers, meaning I had a vast pond of knowledge I could fish from. There is also a youth wrestling program ran by some out of town coaches which provides an even more extensive hub of knowledge. The team would meet four times every week after the final school bell rang. Practice usually runs from 2:50pm to 4:30pm, usually later if the team was nearing an important tournament. The ages are diverse, with the team being made up of members ranging from fourteen to eighteen years old. Last season was unusual, with a singular female being allowed to join the team, as well as a 8th grader that was attending a high school prep course at the school being let on the team.

Each practice had a predetermined schedule that was written up by our coach beforehand. A usual distribution of time would be a ten minute warm up, mostly focusing on heartrate  increasing movements meant to get us ready to move, followed by a stretching routine to prevent any injuries that could come about from the strenuous drilling that would follow. After the warm up is finished the practice is in full gear and the drilling begins. “Drills” are pretty much a repeated activity over and over again for a set amount of time. The most common drill would be practicing your favourite standing move meant to take down another competitor. The sheer amount of these moves meant that there was a large variety in what people would be practicing during the drill. These drills would likely go on for fourty minutes, after which a cardio routine is started, usually involving distance running and stair climbs. After that is finished the group partakes in a cool down, which is just a much slower paced version of the warm up, complete with stretching.

On the fifth day of the week a tournament is held, the team gathers into a school bus at 7 am in the morning where they begin the journey to another school. Our home school is situated in a relatively popular area which means the commute to reach other schools isn’t too long, with an hour drive average. Tournaments regularly last for six hours, with the goal being an overall points victory for the team. This win is what motivates every wrestler. While the individual medal may be great, contributing to your team and bringing home a victory for your school should be the goal.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Their is a lot to learn in wrestling, from the moves to the vocabulary used during a match, but having talked it out with my former team and friends I can put fourth two recommendations.

Learn. Learn everyday. Every single day you go to a practice you should be focused on improving not only your body but your mind with knowledge.

And two. Do not give up. Keep pushing forward.

Discourse Community Draft 1

Introduction

I am writing this report to give people who are interested in this sports community context and insight on how to integrate and become a successful member of this discourse community. To accomplish this I will provide you with essential background knowledge about the community by conducting primary research through direct observation and by interviews with experienced active and retired members from the community. With all this gathered knowledge I will analyze and present my personal recommendations on how you can integrate properly.

Background

Simply put, a discourse community is a group of people who communicate with each other through specific ways, such as language or how they act, in order to achieve goals that unite the group. Members of the wrestling community all enjoy the physical challenge and feeling of accomplishment that you can achieve through the sport. The group has an extensive vocabulary that the average person wouldn’t be able to make sense of, due to the plethora of wrestling move names that are inserted in the average conversation.

The sheer amount of terminology you have to acquire throughout a wrestling career may seem intimidating at first, but you pick it up quickly and the words are easy to retain. The history of wrestling is merky, with many different forms (such as folkstyle, and freestyle) existing at the same time, as well as different forms being created rather recently (Greco-Roman.) Although the history isn’t clear the origin is. The first identifiable form of wrestling started in Ancient Greece during the eighteenth Olympiad in 704BC and was later adopted by the Romans which further bolstered its popularity. But the modern revival of Wrestling can be attributed to the Europeans, where wrestling made its big comeback in the United Kingdom. The sheer influence of the British Empire helped spread and inject wrestling into “modern” culture.

Research and Analysis

There were about eighteen members on my wrestling team when I graduated, eight of them being veteran wrestlers, meaning I had a vast pond of knowledge I could fish from. There is also a youth wrestling program ran by some out of town coaches which provides an even more extensive hub of knowledge. The team would meet four times every week after the final school bell rang. Practice usually runs from 2:50pm to 4:30pm, usually later if the team was nearing an important tournament. The ages are diverse, with the team being made up of members ranging from fourteen to eighteen years old. Last season was unusual, with a singular female being allowed to join the team, as well as a 8th grader that was attending a high school prep course at the school being let on the team.

Each practice had a predetermined schedule that was written up by our coach beforehand. A usual distribution of time would be a ten minute warm up, mostly focusing on heartrate  increasing movements meant to get us ready to move, followed by a stretching routine to prevent any injuries that could come about from the strenuous drilling that would follow. After the warm up is finished the practice is in full gear and the drilling begins. “Drills” are pretty much a repeated activity over and over again for a set amount of time. The most common drill would be practicing your favourite standing move meant to take down another competitor. The sheer amount of these moves meant that there was a large variety in what people would be practicing during the drill. These drills would likely go on for fourty minutes, after which a cardio routine is started, usually involving distance running and stair climbs. After that is finished the group partakes in a cool down, which is just a much slower paced version of the warm up, complete with stretching.

On the fifth day of the week a tournament is held, the team gathers into a school bus at 7 am in the morning where they begin the journey to another school. Our home school is situated in a relatively popular area which means the commute to reach other schools isn’t too long, with an hour drive average. Tournaments regularly last for six hours, with the goal being an overall points victory for the team. This win is what motivates every wrestler. While the individual medal may be great, contributing to your team and bringing home a victory for your school should be the goal.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Their is a lot to learn in wrestling, from the moves to the vocabulary used during a match, but having talked it out with my former team and friends I can put fourth two recommendations.

Learn. Learn everyday. Every single day you go to a practice you should be focused on improving not only your body but your mind with knowledge.

And two. Do not give up. Keep pushing forward.

 

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E-Portfolio

Revised Work

The problem I have with people today is just how negative they are. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too dreary about what the future holds. You always see those posts on social media sites such as facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, whether it’s a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens in the world sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential pushing forward and the future is looking blindingly bright.

My justification for being so hopeful of the future is due to a large amount of factors that are emerging. According to the HDI, the human standards of living is rising rapidly (Roser, Max. HDI. Ourworldindata.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.

There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace (Ospina, Esteban. “World Poverty.”). In 1988, over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a worldwide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere (Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? National post.) I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, such as the impending global refugee crisis from global warming destroying all hospitable farming lands, or the superbug that is going to be formed because of our over use of disinfectants, or the massive wealth inequality that is emerging in first world countries.  That would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

Works Cited

China’s Investments in Africa: What’s the Real Story? Philadelphia: Wharton, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/chinas-investments-in-africa-whats-the-real-story/&gt;.

Human Development Index-HDI. N.p.: Investopedia, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/human-development-index-hdi.asp&gt;.

World Poverty. N.p.: Our World In Data, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <https://ourworldindata.org/world-poverty/&gt;.

Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? Contentment has nudged up around the globe, UN report says. N.p.: National Post, 2013. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world-happiness-report&gt;.

 

Drafts

This I believe, Draft 1

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to our future as a species. People are just too damn negative about the future. You always see those posts on facebook or twitter of bad stuff going on in the world, be it a picture of a refugee child or a cute puppy being hit that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright. The reason I believe this is because of a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index things have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries have recently had their HDI in an upward spiral because of the recent investing China has brought to the continent. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools. There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In just 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, that would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is be positive for once.

This I believe, Draft 2

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too damn negative about the future holds. You always see those posts on facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, be it a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright. The reason I believe this is because of a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, that would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

This I believe, Final Draft

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too dreary about what the future holds. You always see those posts on facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, whether it’s a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens in the world sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright.

My justification for being so hopeful of the future is due to a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.

There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, such as the impending global refugee crisis from global warming destroying all hospitable farming lands, or the superbug that is going to be formed because of our over use of disinfectants, or the massive wealth inequality that is emerging in first world countries.  That would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

References

China’s Investments in Africa: What’s the Real Story? Philadelphia: Wharton, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/chinas-investments-in-africa-whats-the-real-story/&gt;.

Human Development Index-HDI. N.p.: Investopedia, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/human-development-index-hdi.asp&gt;.

World Poverty. N.p.: Our World In Data, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <https://ourworldindata.org/world-poverty/&gt;.

Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? Contentment has nudged up around the globe, UN report says. N.p.: National Post, 2013. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world-happiness-report&gt;.

 

Profile, Final Draft

I’m not an original man. I can’t come up with creative ideas anytime I want. It’s a challenge to let my imagination take hold and just produce ideas. My lack of originality is why I decided to profile one of my roommates. He was born on the seventeenth of September, 1997, inside Peel Memorial hospital, Brampton Ontario. James was born into a family with French roots, although you would never know it because the only French word he can say fluently is “fromage.” According to the horoscope astrological system, something James swears is one hundred percent accurate and true, he is a Zodiac. Which means he is a shy, artistic person, who hates being disturbed or disturbing others. I can’t verify the validity of horoscopes after this revelation. James is a self-described average guy. He has light brown hair, green-ish blue eyes and stands at five foot seven. He almost always has some slight beard growth on his face, but I’ve never seen him trim it or try to maintain his facial hair. When asked about why he doesn’t just shave it fully or grow it out I was met with a predictable response “Dude why the hell do you care so much about my facial hair.” A good question I ask myself as I type this out. Every morning he wakes up as late as class allows him to, rolls out of bed and then proceeds to brush his teeth and shower. After that it’s time to get clothed. The clothing I’ve seen him wear the most frequently is khaki jogger pants with a white shirt, and maybe a flannel is he’s feeling extra creative that day. Overall, a very average outfit for a young man around his age. Once he’s presentable he’s ready for class, breakfast is not necessary for this young scholar. It’s fall in Peterborough and as such the trees around the town are turning crimson and orange, this transformation in the foliage leads to quite a visually pleasant walk along the campus’ pathway for James as he makes his way to class. Each grueling day he finishes he gets one step closer to finishing his program of choice, Customs Border Services. The reason he chose this program over the others was because of the variety in everyday tasks he believes it will offer him, no day is the same. This is an appeal for an adventurous soul like James. When pressured into disclosing if the financial benefits of the job had any sway in choosing this program over the others he let out a confident, reassuring “I don’t know man, sure.” James is a simple man, and money satisfies simple men. But who can blame him? Not I! for I too have the same lust for wealth. After graduation James hopes to secure a job in the CBS and if he is fortunate enough, be stationed in Vancouver, where he dreams of settling down with a British woman, angering his French family. After a long life of working hard he wishes to retire and move to Sydney, Australia. Where he will live a simple life, no longer having to be annoyed by him roommate asking him very personal questions.

 

 

Reading Blogs

He hammered a hiking buddy to death, passage.

“It is a beautiful and serene place, an open-air cathedral for religions yet unnamed. Although the cliffs rarely rise above 40 feet, they seem taller, looming overhead and creating a shelter from the wider world.” I picked this as the visceral quote not because it gives a overly detailed description of a violent incident like most people would think the word should be applied to, but because it appeals to deep inward feelings. The first two words already appeal to something every human wants in life, beauty and serenity, both of these words immediately bring positive connotations to whatever would follow. The author then follows that up with a description of the area as an open air cathedral, giving it a sort of holy presence. Immediately I think of a marble walled, monument to god painted with renaissance era tapestry, appealing to humanities need of a higher power and the assurance that comes with being somewhere holy. The second part of the sentence is also appealing because of the fact that it gives off the idea that the forest is protecting you from the corruption and problems that you’d face in your daily lives. Almost like you’re entering into a new realm of peace when you step into the cliffs. This is appealing for obvious reasons, everyone has their outlets when they want to escape, and having the ability to turn to nature to release all of your stress that you built up just seems like a peaceful and healthy way to escape.

Shitty First Drafts

I wish I could relate to this wonderful piece of writing but I can’t. The difference between me and Anne, is that no matter how shitty she feels when she starts writing, she still enjoys the experience. She still manages to find reward at the end of the shitty first drafts tunnel. I don’t. I don’t like having to sit down and express my thoughts through text, I’d rather let them out vocally. I don’t enjoy putting myself through the stress of having to make sure that every single sentence is coherent and flows together. I don’t like freaking out about deadlines because I can’t figure out if I should use a oxford comma or not. But I do it anyways. Because it’s important to improve literary skills. I realize that if I want to excel in school and the work place i’ll need to get accustomed to sitting down and grinding out some incoherent paragraphs and tweaking them until they’re acceptable. Maybe I could change this attitude of negativity if I started writing more and changed the dread into optimism. I could start small with this blog and weekly entries and then I could eventually branch out into a fantasy novel. This probably won’t happen though because I’d much rather spend my free time reading other peoples work or pursuing another hobby like music or film. I guess I can relate with the feeling Anne experiences though. I know what it’s like to run into a challenge and the feeling you experience when you overcome it. It’s pretty great.

 

 

Other Class Works

Political Cartoon Assignment Part 2

Matthew Macrae

Section 003

November 15, 2016

Ralph Ashford

Background

There is a lot going on in this cartoon which leaves it up to personal interpretation on what the main issue the cartoon is trying to focus on. The first thing I noticed was the Climate Treaty that Trudeau seems to be holding. It doesn’t directly specify what treaty it is referencing, but it would be a safe bet to assume that the piece of paper is supposed to be representing the Paris Climate Agreement which has had talks going on since December of 2015. The reason this agreement would be relevant is because Canada has recently decided to be ratified to the Paris Agreement, which means that our country is now legally bound to the conditions set out in the treaty.

The cartoon also seems to be referencing the carbon tax and economic regulations that were promised and promoted during election time, but have seemed to be swept under the carpet recently under Trudeau’s time spent in office.

The last major theme that appears in this comic is the man wearing the “action” shirt. This doesn’t reference a certain event or promise, but instead it seems to encapsulate the general attitude that a lot of people recently have of Trudeau not really following through on his promises.  There’s a lot of examples of Trudeau not fulfilling what he said, currently the most prevalent event sparking this recent negativity to Trudeau would be his sudden change of heart in reforming First Past the Post, a voting system where the winning party does not need to attain a majority of the electoral votes to seize power, like was promised during the election. The native community in Canada has also had some growing anger towards the Liberal party, for their abandonment of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Trudeau’s approval on the construction of a dam on Treaty 8 land. Trudeau’s inaction seems to be recurring and prevalent theme of this political cartoon.

Analysis

The first symbol that really stuck out to me was Trudeau’s face in this comic. Usually he’s portrayed in a similar fashion, with the dopey face, but this artist seems to have put a lot of emphasis on his eyebrows, eye lashes, and lips, giving him a very feminine appearance. Which gives off the image of him being a pretty boy, something that’s usually not looked well towards. In the complete opposite direction, the man in the background looks more like an average Joe, a grizzled working class man who is waiting on Trudeau to fulfill his promises, showing that they are at odds with each other. Trudeau taking a selfie, a common criticism of him, is also present which can give off the idea that he’s self-absorbed and only cares about promoting himself in a positive light. Lighting seems to be an important symbol in this cartoon, with Trudeau having almost a halo like sphere of light around his head while the common man is literally being left in the shadows. The lighting around the common man is bleak and grey, perhaps trying to show off the attitude that a lot of Canadians have towards a future under Trudeau. Touching on Trudeau’s appearance again, he’s wearing a red tie which is no coincidence since red is the colour of the Liberal party of Canada and also is a power colour. The common man is also wearing a hat with a maple leaf, confirming that he’s to be seen as the average Canadian. The equipment rack is holding various tools, but one sticks out the most to me. The broom with the word regulations written on it is perhaps meant to give off the idea that Trudeau is trying to sweep away climate regulations.

 

Course Application

Based off the way the comic is drawn you would naturally assume that the artist was most likely right-wing, but if you look at his other comics he seems to satirize both parties on separate ends of the political spectrum. I think this is interesting because if a seemingly neutral artist is willing to be this harsh to Trudeau it exemplifies the growing conflict that is emerging between the Liberal party and their voter base. A lot of people believe that the Liberals are going against the party’s values, and the values that people assumed Trudeau would have, with actions such as Dam C fueling this new distrust. Trudeau also gives off the image of being an individualist in this comic, only caring for himself and not the common folk he’s sworn to help. I think it’s important to realize this and bring it up in class because there’s a newly emerging sentiment of distrust and anger towards Trudeau that seems to be bubbling and it will be interesting to see where it leads if it continues. If the emerging attitudes toward Trudeau and his government progress it could lead to a power shift with a new party like the NDP or Conservatives being elected in the future, because of the Liberals reluctance to listen to their voters.

References

 

Cheadle, B. (2016). Canada to ratify Paris climate deal while still working on national plan. Retrieved November 14, 2016, from

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-ratify-paris-climate-deal-1.3766983

 

Paris Agreement. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris/index_en.htm

Press, J. B. (n.d.). Trudeau announces plan to kill first-past-the-post by the next election. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/trudeau-announcing-plan-to-kill-first-past-the-post-by-the-next-election

 

 

(2016, May 13). Trudeau may be killing his own electoral reform project. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

https://ipolitics.ca/2016/05/13/trudeau-may-be-killing-his-own-electoral-reform-project/

 

McParland, K. (2016, July 18). Kelly McParland: Trudeau’s first broken promise to First Nations people is a whopper, but won’t be the last. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/kelly-mcparland-trudeaus-first-broken-promise-to-natives-is-a-whopper-but-wont-be-the-last

 

Kurjata, A. (2016, September 23). Justin Trudeau accused of ‘bulldozing Aboriginal rights’ with Site C – British Columbia – CBC News. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/justin-trudeau-accused-of-bulldozing-aboriginal-rights-with-site-c-1.3776792

 

Treaty Guide to Treaty No. 8 (1899). (2010, September 15). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100028805/1100100028807

 

MacKay, G. (2016, April 23) The Hamilton Spectator. [Cartoon] Retrieved from:

http://mackaycartoons.net/2016/04/22/7899/

Profile Final Draft

I’m not an original man. I can’t come up with creative ideas anytime I want. It’s a challenge to let my imagination take hold and just produce ideas. My lack of originality is why I decided to profile one of my roommates. He was born on the seventeenth of September, 1997, inside Peel Memorial hospital, Brampton Ontario. James was born into a family with French roots, although you would never know it because the only French word he can say fluently is “fromage.” According to the horoscope astrological system, something James swears is one hundred percent accurate and true, he is a Zodiac. Which means he is a shy, artistic person, who hates being disturbed or disturbing others. I can’t verify the validity of horoscopes after this revelation. James is a self-described average guy. He has light brown hair, green-ish blue eyes and stands at five foot seven. He almost always has some slight beard growth on his face, but I’ve never seen him trim it or try to maintain his facial hair. When asked about why he doesn’t just shave it fully or grow it out I was met with a predictable response “Dude why the hell do you care so much about my facial hair.” A good question I ask myself as I type this out. Every morning he wakes up as late as class allows him to, rolls out of bed and then proceeds to brush his teeth and shower. After that it’s time to get clothed. The clothing I’ve seen him wear the most frequently is khaki jogger pants with a white shirt, and maybe a flannel is he’s feeling extra creative that day. Overall, a very average outfit for a young man around his age. Once he’s presentable he’s ready for class, breakfast is not necessary for this young scholar. It’s fall in Peterborough and as such the trees around the town are turning crimson and orange, this transformation in the foliage leads to quite a visually pleasant walk along the campus’ pathway for James as he makes his way to class. Each grueling day he finishes he gets one step closer to finishing his program of choice, Customs Border Services. The reason he chose this program over the others was because of the variety in everyday tasks he believes it will offer him, no day is the same. This is an appeal for an adventurous soul like James. When pressured into disclosing if the financial benefits of the job had any sway in choosing this program over the others he let out a confident, reassuring “I don’t know man, sure.” James is a simple man, and money satisfies simple men. But who can blame him? Not I! for I too have the same lust for wealth. After graduation James hopes to secure a job in the CBS and if he is fortunate enough, be stationed in Vancouver, where he dreams of settling down with a British woman, angering his French family. After a long life of working hard he wishes to retire and move to Sydney, Australia. Where he   will live a simple life, no longer having to be annoyed by him roommate asking him very personal questions.

Harvard vs Prison

Since this scenario actually happened in real life It’s a safe bet to say that the prison debate team would win this battle. But if I had to make a bet with no prior knowledge of what would happen I would obviously put my money on Harvard. It is a without a doubt the most well known university, maybe besides Oxford, in the world and is renowned for it’s high standards of education. Going off this assumption how could you not come to the conclusion that highly motivated Harvard students who had to compete just to get in the school would easily destroy a prison debate team. But it’s funny how it didn’t work out like that in real life. These prisoners studied day in and out, constantly acquiring new information to better themselves. They are highly driven individuals that want to succeed in education, and to a certain extent, they NEED to better themselves to assure a successful life after prison. The prisoners would have their coach scour the internet to bring relevant articles to the group. When they weren’t in the classroom preparing they were in their cells debating each other. When they were talking to their family they would try to use some of the skills they had been learning while making conversation. I think what really pushed these men to success was the staff they had behind them at every turn. David Register, the coach behind the team is extremely dedicated, coaching multiple debate teams, and his dedication to these men is what allowed them to thrive.

Persuasion

If I recall correctly the last time I convinced someone to do what I wanted was when I got my roommate to agree with me on how we were gonna celebrate sinking a cup in beer pong. It’s incredibly stupid but during the moment it seemed to be of utmost importance. I wanted us to slide our hands together and then do a hand shake. He wanted to do a basic fist bump because he’s a basic guy. Obviously our disagreements created some tension and we went a couple shots without doing any celebration because we couldn’t come to an agreement on which one we would choose. After a while I suggested that if we did my preferred method of celebration I’d give him a free drink. I relied on bribery to persuade my roommate into doing what I wanted. Bribery is probably the most reliable method of persuading someone into doing what you want, at least in my books. It works because no matter what people might everyone has a price tag. It may seem like I won because I persuaded him into doing what I wanted, but now that I think about it I think the opposite happened. I gave away a free drink to get my roommate to do some dumb ass hand celebratory ritual. I wish I could have relied on my wit but I’m lacking a bit in that department and I definitely was not going to rely on charm when it comes to my roommate.

This I Believe, Final Draft.

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too dreary about what the future holds. You always see those posts on facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, whether it’s a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens in the world sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright.

My justification for being so hopeful of the future is due to a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.

There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, such as the impending global refugee crisis from global warming destroying all hospitable farming lands, or the superbug that is going to be formed because of our over use of disinfectants, or the massive wealth inequality that is emerging in first world countries.  That would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

 

 

References

China’s Investments in Africa: What’s the Real Story? Philadelphia: Wharton, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/chinas-investments-in-africa-whats-the-real-story/&gt;.

Human Development Index-HDI. N.p.: Investopedia, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/human-development-index-hdi.asp&gt;.

World Poverty. N.p.: Our World In Data, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <https://ourworldindata.org/world-poverty/&gt;.

Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? Contentment has nudged up around the globe, UN report says. N.p.: National Post, 2013. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world-happiness-report&gt;.