Speech Post Eminent 2K16

Hi everyone, here comes my speech post that everyone is not waiting for, probably. Anyways, here you can find pictures of my drafts and my final copy.

So, I didn’t technically do a complete first draft. I did several unfinished drafts that have around 300 words. The thing that will happen is that I will work on my speech, but I would forget my draft at school, or at home. So then I have to start all over again. That happened three times, resulting in three drafts. I also created a list of speech ideas from my eminent person’s book.

Finally, like three days before NoN, I sat down in front of my computer, and decided to do it once and for all. I wrote the speech, and that became my so called second version.

Because my speech is both inspirational and informational, I saw no reason to get my TALONS peers to edit my speech, as I thought, what is the point of delivering an inspirational and informational speech when everyone had already read it over five times?. Instead, that night I was with my sister in the church nursery so I asked two grade twelves at Heritage Woods, I think, to edit my speech. They weren’t that helpful by saying things like: “it’s all good”, “that’s really impressive writing”, “your English is really good” and “you should join IB”. I revised it myself with my parents, and finally, came up with my final draft, A.K.A., third draft.

Having trouble posting them here…


Second version

Third Version/ Final


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I have the door gif now I am cool now…’_’


Library Trip Post

On a rather dark and rainy Friday, I walked into VPL, and I experience the sense of peacefulness that I always get in a library. I remembered the time when I was ten years old, visiting my favorite library, one as big as the one I am in right now. Right at that moment I know that I will find what I need, just like four years ago when I would find everything I love in one book, or another. I went to the library with one goal, to know about my eminent person, Salmon Khan. Specifically, I want to know more about his life and dreams.

I started off going to the nearest computer catalog, and I searched up things like “Sal Khan”, “E-learning” or “MOOC”. Soon, I was able to determine where the books that I want are located, and conveniently, they are all beside each other, decimeters apart. I went to the little corner of education, grabbing a book about nerds in the process. Before long I was sitting in one of the comfy chairs of the inspiration centre, books all check out and ready. Still thinking about how I wasn’t classified as “nerd” by that book, I started this intro post. I decided that I would better do this post when the memory is still as fresh as a dewy field. I figure that the two books I got, one written by Sal and the other called, “The Theory and Practice of Online Learning”, could wait a bit. I wrote for a while, and finally, couldn’t resist the temptation of the books sitting on a desk in front of me. Sadly, right after I started we had to go. Pizza was O.K., I didn’t think of it as really good, plus it was really expensive. I thought Fresh Slice tasted better, in addition to being like 50% cheaper.

At McLeod’s bookstore (at least that what I think it is spelled), I didn’t find any useful facts, partly because all the books are old, and online learning is a new concept, partly because they don’t have a lot of teaching books. I did find several physics and neuroscience books that are really interesting, but due to a lack of money ($10), I wasn’t able to buy anything. I just sat and read books about Einstein and brain tricks.

Going to on this library trip really helped me by letting me gain more understanding of my eminent person. I read in the book Sal wrote about how he started teaching, how he overcame some challenges and most importantly, his visions and beliefs. It really adds on to the short and brief information I get online.

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This Wheel is on Fire!

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Hi, so this is my PSET wheel.

Made in Word

A lot of time, some “unexpected” leaders come into our view. It is like the Green party suddenly won the election because the Northern and Eastern provinces supported them. People don’t have power, and they don’t have a voice before the printing press. The real impacts in our world is usually made by kings and leaders. They may decide to start a war, or give the people more land. This could all lead to social change, economical and technological downfall or uprise. Even in the old days, the spark, a new leader, may decide to change the leadership group or military leader. Which leads to society reformation or outcry. Then economical, technological, vise versa.

The example I have is that of president Obama. Although slavery is no longer executed in America, the typical white people still have, more or less, a discrimination. The colored people were viewed as a dumber, more physical people. The election of President Obama showed many people that colored people also have a high intellectual capacity. This means that people would be more accepting of colored people, which then creates a social change. After this, some employers start hiring colored people, and this leads to a economical change as the GDP may go up. Finally, new people lead to new ideas being thought of and put into use. Everyone has different ideas, and the people who don’t have the resource to achieve it before, can do it now. People that have a different perspective on things, can think of things that we would not usually think of. For example, some people like to drink herbal medicine soup, but as a western nation, we don’t drink herbal soup. This way, there may be no technology available locally for those people, and their soup cooker can’t function with a different plug design. If someone who knows this need is given the resource, new technology could be created.

Looking from another perspective, the “reign” of Adolf Hitler also fits in the sequence of this wheel. Whatever was the spark, it led to Hitler’s coming into power and persuading the people into following him in his scheme. After that, with enough supporters, Hitler plunged into war, with his citizens turning into weaponry manufacturing industries. The economy went down, but is still supported by the wealth of conquered land, as is said in a book called “Nazi War Finance and Banking” published in the 1940’s, although the information may be biased because it is written by an American. In turn, money more high tech weapons were invented, like nuclear powered submarines, etc. After Hitler’s downfall, a new leader replaced him and reconstructed the social order and the economy, as seen in the “Wirtschaftswunder” (economy miracle).

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— Richard Reichel


Shadow by Tony

The Sun was going down in front of me, the shadow behind me dragging me, telling me that I’m nothing but a withered old leaf that waves in the wind, in a remote corner of the picture. It tells me that my time is up.

All are born with a task, an impossible task. I was, too. Many stumbled and failed, broken apart. Most lived on, not knowing the underlying purpose of their actions, or the cause for their stress. But some discovered it, and they are those that got the most out of their lives.

From the day I was born as a purplish, minute baby, the shadow had always accompanied me. As a small, fearful kid, looking back, I could see the everlasting and reddish-yellow glow of the morning Sun, rotating around the earth like the hour hand the in a clock, blazing with light and energy and emitting a warm but dry beam on me. It made me think of the so called “compliment” of parents, “You’re-smart…so-you-have-to-get-A.“ Turning my head back to the front, a long, slim shadow have appeared in front of me. I may not have realized it yet, but I know that I have a long way to go.

I am a youth now, and the shadow is still there, urging me to become the better, silhouetted version of me. Yet I know that every time I struggled forward, the shadow would move forward with me. Every time that I improved, thinking I could match my counterpart, it just moved with me. I spend hours thinking about who I am, worrying about who I have to become and wishing my shadow would just go away. All the same, I still have live on, swallowing my fears and stress, hiding it in the deepest bottom of my heart.

The Sun is going down in front of me, the shadow behind me dragging me, telling me that I’m nothing but a withered, old leaf that waves in the raging wind like a boat shivering in a storm. Swoosh, swoosh, ready to return to the earth like how I was born out of earth. You might call me an old but still comfortable article of clothing that doesn’t fit the fashion anymore, that isn’t “cool”, that from the outside, looks broken and wrinkled. People look at me and tell me I can’t, so while I can, I can’t.

No one will ever know you like you do, they don’t know your capabilities or your strengths. Don’t be constricted by the shadow, for you are you, and they are them. Sometimes, your shadow is as far away as the Andromeda Galaxy. The shadow pushed us to success through our deep thirst for interpersonal relationships. We want to make others like us, trust us, believe us. Sadly, then they will expect better, bigger, smarter. Master the power of the shadow, but never be overwhelmed by it.

I am someone who doesn’t like compliments.

Zip project Day 1

So today is my first day of Zip. Coming to my mind is a bunch of information, and I don’t know where to start. I don’t even know what my project is going to involve. I guess I will begin by doing some research.

Anyways, my project is going to be on English pronunciation rules. I find that English is such a strange language that is, well, hard to say. Vowels have different sounds in different combination of words, and when they come together like in “toad”, they produce another kind of sound. This is an area that I haven’t thought of before, and I think its gonna be GREAT.

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I hope this will enhance my understanding of the English language, and will assist me in my future learnings of vocabulary and pronunciation.


Socials and What I Feel Towards it

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Main Focus

Where are you? (with respect to Socials Studies)

I am an individual that is curious about the vast amount of knowledge contained within only one little subject: Socials Studies. I love to learn about the history of the Romans and the Greeks. Economics and anthropology are also big hits for me. However, I got to admit that I prefer straight forward answers rather than thinking about something complex, which is why I never much liked learning philosophy in a classroom. Just thinking about philosophy is OK, but having homework, that are due in a limited amount of time and demands a certain level of response is not my style.

Where are you going?

In my future years of high school, I wish I could develop a further knowledge and interest in Socials as well as its sub-topics such as philosophy. I aim towards developing a more organized mind to sort through information, and to be able to process and narrow complicated facts into the main idea.

Second Focus

What interests you about this topic? Why? Examples?

Socials, I believe, is about learning how the human society works, the past mistakes and errors so we don’t repeat them and discussing what we should do in our lives. Just like the quote:

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“Those who fail to learn from history

are doomed to

repeat it”. – George Santayana

I believe in the need to learn about history and not to make the mistakes of repeating it. Plus, learning about history is pretty fun. We can see what people did in the past and maybe what we would have done differently about it. A lot of things occurred in the past, and it is like watching a movie when you are reading history. History is also never what it seems like. Things that happen in the future will certainly change the perspective that people look at the “heroes” or the “losers”. I had read a book series called the “Ender’s Game”, and it provides a strong example of how people change their thinking. The book’s main character, Andrew (Ender) Wiggin, saved the human race by wiping out an entire alien species unknowingly during what he thought to be a video game. He was considered a hero for a while. But after the release of a book with the author Speaker for the Dead (Ender himself, written after realizing what he had done) told a story from the loser’s perspective, the world changed its views. The book became the classic and Ender was exiled and taught in schools as a cruel, unfeeling person. This applies to many stories in the real world, like how after reading the loser version of Christopher Columbus we changed our views entirely. Other subjects like politics, economy, sociology, anthropology and philosophy are also important and enjoyable subjects. I loved learning about why Black Friday happened or whether progress is worth the sacrifice.

What challenges you about this topic, Why? Examples?

This topic of Social Studies challenges me in multiple aspects. First, is the need to process mass amounts of information, and to understand what the author is trying to say or why did this particular event happened.  Sometimes, we need to think about a concept, and we have to come up with a sensible solution, which could be challenging. Political systems might be hard to understand as politics is complicated, as said in a Washington Post headline,

“Donald Trump is shocked to learn that politics is complicated”

Economics may also be difficult for the mass amount of data concerned in certain areas, but overall, philosophy is the hard part for me. As I mentioned, discussing things and probing deep into a concept with pressure on me isn’t how I’m like to learn things. This is something that I could probably improve on over the next two years and in the end, I hope I would be comfortable writing a paragraph about “progress”!

What have we done/read/discussed so far that provides an example of what I just said?

The “A People’s History of the United States” that we read clearly shows how acts of famous people that may seem wise or cruel could change when looking at a different perspective. Columbus, a person whom we once regarded as a great hero that discovered America, and became the foundation for the American civilizations that is to come, had turned into a merciless, greedy man that led to the massacre of thousands of native Indians when looking from the sight of an Indian. Thinking about “progress” nearly give me a headache as well, as I am too used to not thinking shallowly. Overall, Socials would be a demanding subject for me, but I know that in the end, I would have learned so much my knowledge would

Be Over 9000.

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-Deon (Dragon Ball Z)