Morning activity blog #1

Today for a morning activity today we did two activities, one of which was quite interesting. the two activities we did were a card trick and a math problem. for the card trick we were given a deck of cards and told we had to order the cards in such a way that when we placed them down they would be in order from ace to king, buuut we had to take every second card and place it at the bottom of the deck. it was kinda easy at first it. that was until we reached seven cards, then it got hard. once we got to seven cards i just gave up in terms of looking for some hidden pattern and just went for an almost always reliable technique, Reverse Engineering! what i mean is i figured that the last two cards you would have in your hand if you were doing a whole suit would be the king and the queen. because i figured out this important factor, it became easy to reverse they pattern and figure out how to do the trick with a whole suit, and then a whole deck.

(little fact: i figured out how to do the card trick with a whole deck in about 1 minute, and i was first int he class.)

Silent Blogging #1

the book I’ve been reading this week is ‘For The Win’ by Cory Doctorow. this book is a fictional story follow a group of teenagers and adults as they go about starting a union for workers in less fortunate parts of the world. This story is well written and follows the story very closely, adding back story and other elements that bring more depth to the characters. the plot in this book was very well connected and brought all the different story paths together, leaving no loose ends. i feel as though this should be read by anyone looking for a nice, compelling read that will bring together many different ideas and put them into a single story.

3 Humans, 2 Monkeys and a Gorilla Relection

the way this exercise worked was we were given 6 Popsicle sticks which represented the 3  humans, 2 monkeys and gorilla. we had to get all of them from one side of the desk to the other without letting the number of apes be higher then the number of humans on either side, we could only bring 2 popsicle sticks across at the same time and only the humans and the gorilla can move the boat, meaning that the monkeys couldn’t come back on there own. these rules, combined with the combination of popsicle sticks, refined it down so there became only one way to complete the activity. due to the fact that there was only one way this could be completed it soon became very much a game or trial and error, eventually leading to the completion. the hardest part about this activity was probably the trial nd error itself due to he countless number of dead ends and combinations resulting in failure. the main strategy used by me and evan was to just think of every possible combination that the situation offered and to eliminate the ones that didnt work.

the final combination was:

G/M ==>
G/M==>
H/H==>
<==H/M
H/G==>
<==H/M
H/H==>
<==G
G/M==>
G/M==>

Poster Reflection

1)   What were the most challenging aspects of coming up with a poster theme?

coming up with a motto for my poster. for some reason i just could not think up a motto for the life of me! it was far more difficult then it should have been.

2)   What challenges did you face when putting your ideas on paper (drawing it, using Photoshop, etc…)

probably the most challenging aspect of making the poster was getting good pictures. i had a strategy to just take about twenty or so pictures of one thing, and sort through them. i have to say, it worked pretty well.

3)   Were you satisfied with your poster BEFORE seeing other people’s posters?

yes, i was quite satisfied before i saw other peoples posters. as soon as i saw what i was up against i knew i was in trouble.

4)   How much did you change your poster after receiving the comments from other people?

not that much to be honest. all i really changed was i adjusted the positions of the text, changed the colour and font of the text and trieed to push Mr. Sarte as far into the building as i could without messing up the size of the image.

5)   Did the feedback process help you find out what aspects of your poster need changing?

yes it did.chances are if we had never had the feedback portion of the project i would have never changed anything.

6)   Were you happy with the final version of your poster?

as far as my photoshop skills are curentlly, yes, i am. would i have been if we did this project at the end of the year and it looked the same? no.

7)   What were the three most important things you learned from this project?

1. never underestimate your compitition

2.always space out your images

3.never, ever use cursive fonts for posters with contrasting pictures on top of each other