Monday, January 29, 2018

Computers and Music

Computers have had an immense impact on music. For example, muscicians can use computers to alter the sound, tone, and pitch of the music. This allows bands to produce music that sounds better or different than what they previously created. Furthermore, according to "The Evolution Of Creativity - How Technology Changes Music", "it's now possible for 1 man to play the music that previously took a whole band." This means that bands do not need someone to play every single instrument as it can all be done electronically. In addition, bands can use new sounds that were no longer available. Electronic sounds that are difficult to be created through instruments are easily produced via the computer. Finally, the song "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson explains how every individual needs to make a change. He is saying that if one wants the world to improve, he has to start by making a change himself.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Art Initiative

Art Initiative 
Painting: "The Third of May 1808"
Painter:  Francisco Goya

     This piece portrays a line of men firing what appears to be a musket at another man. The artist used dark colors such as black, grey, and brown to depict a somber or sad tone. He also used many forms in the painting. They are forms because they are three dimensional and can be looked at from different angels. Furthermore, the only light color in the entire piece is around the man whom the muskets are pointed at. Francisco Goya also used many horizontal lines throughout piece. For example, the muskets were drawn with a series of horizontal lines that brings the audience's eye to the man in the white tunic. In addition, the artist used different spacing in his painting. The men with the muskets are clearly separate from the man who has his hand's raised in the air as well as the other men who are on the floor or covering their faces. Finally, the painting appears to have a smooth texture. This is because it was painted using oil paints on a canvas, so it is probably not rough.
     The title of this piece is "The Third of May 1808" and the artist is Francisco Goya. It depicts when Napoleon's forces invaded Spain and the French firing squad are killing the Spanish people. Adjectives such as dark, stormy, or scary can be used to describe this piece. Francisco Goya is painting a dark time in Spanish history and wants those emotions to be portrayed within the painting. The subject is Napoleon's invasion and the man who is at the attention of the firing squad. "The Third of May 1808" makes me feel sad about the brutal force Napoleon used on the Spanish people. I am empathetic at the torture that they had to endure. Yes, there is some symbolism in the painting. For example, the clean clothing of the firing squad compared to the dirty rags worn by the Spanish show how Napoleon's forces thought themselves above the Spanish. They believed that the French were superior and thus Napoleon's brother should be placed on the throne in place of the current king.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Technology and Games

  My favorite classic game is taboo. In this game, there are teams. The first person on one team gets a card and has to describe the word listed without using certain words (that would also be listed on the card) while their other team members guess. The team has to guess as many as possible in a minute, and then the next team goes This game enhances my critical thinking skills because when I am the one giving the clues, I have to think of ways to give hints without using the listed words. This is difficult and requires focused thought. My favorite technology game is animal crossing. It is very fun and entertaining. It requires critical thinking because the player has to figure out how to ration their money. 

  The article explains different tools one can utilize to develop critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills are important to solve problems and complete tasks effectively. According to the article, one can use brain games, logic puzzles, and board games to help develop and expand on these skills. I agree with the article that it is important develop critical thinking skills before going to college. Also, I found the different examples it provided very interesting and useful. Image result for taboo game

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Response to Article

In the Allied newsletter Judy wrote about the importance of community service. She described the emphasis that many schools put on teenagers doing community service. Furthermore, the article discussed some examples of community service. It also explained the benefits of community service and giving back to the community. I agree that community service is important. It is important for people to support their community and perform good deeds. Also, community service is a great way for teens to explore future career paths. They can do this by volunteering for their local EMT squad or working at the hospital. Moreover, community service has many benefits and serves an important role in both the community and the teen's life.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Quote of the Week

This week, the quote by Nelson Mandela was, "A winner is a dreamer that never gives up." To me, this quote means that you do not have to "win" in order to be a winner. Rather, one just needs to keep trying and stay motivated. For example, I was not very good at snowboarding when I was first starting to learn. Although I kept falling, I never gave up and tried my hardest to master the sport. Eventually, I was able to easily navigate my way down the hill! Although I am still not great at snowboarding, I am a winner because I did not give up even when I wanted to.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Community Service Reflection

After researching for my web page and doing some myself, I have learned a lot about community service. Community service is important to any community and ensures that community's overall well-being. It is important for people to do community service so that they can be empathetic towards others and to learn about different problems that are within one's own community, or even in the world. Every Sunday I volunteer at Friendship Circle where I play with children who have special needs. This is a fulfilling experience as I am able to make others happy and aid the children's parents. I have learned that community service is a great way to help others and make a difference!


This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for. Primarily, I am very thankful for my friend's, family's, and my good health. I am also thankful for having such great family and friends. Furthermore, I am thankful that I am receiving such a good education and that I enjoy school. Additionally, I am thankful that I doing well in school, my dog Benji, and all of my possessions. I am thankful that I am able to afford both stuff I need and stuff I want. Thanksgiving is a good time to appreciate everything that we have and remember to be thankful.

Computers and Music

Computers have had an immense impact on music. For example, muscicians can use computers to alter the sound, tone, and pitch of the music. T...