The Price of Peace

The world was once green
It still is –
In a way
Except it’s the mind that’s green now
Green greed
Dollar sign pupils
Designer model peoples
I can’t tell
What we want more
Life or luxury
A life of luxury?
But is it really living
When the other side’s in tragedy

We care
We do
I gave a dollar to the foundation too
Saves me a couple
But my conscience
Is really what’s spared

He’ll spend it on alcohol
She’s only into drugs
They put themselves there
Aren’t they one of us?

A commodity
Population at an all-time high
The dollars fly

As they need it
We want it
As we get it
They try
And survive
While we live

But is it really living
When the other side’s in tragedy?

Ammarah Siddiqui

Halloween Photoshop Assignment


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What did you learn? How can you apply this?

During this assignment, I learned how to work with some basic photoshop tools and also worked on color pairing skills. I used the color pairing skills when choosing the image and what would completely contrast to what I was wearing in the original image. I believe that the photoshop skills can be easily applied in photos that I take personally, maybe someone was in the background or I would like a whole new background to go with the photo as I did with this project.  Photoshop is also very useful in school projects if I would like to make any type of brand logo or other visual I want to personalize.

What are some things that worked well?

Some things that worked was were the general selection of myself when I was choosing what to cut out. It was easy to get the shape of my clothing and head out of the picture, for the most part, only running into trouble with the hand. Another thing that worked well was background selection because choosing a nice fall background was easy to find and matched the theme of the month. I also used the blur tool and applied some filters to the image that elevated the scene and made the image of me stand out more.

What are some things that were challenging?

Along the way, I did run into some challenges when I was trying to cut in really close and take the background off of the area where my hand was. Since the space between my fingers was so small it took a bit of fine work to get really close to my finger. Cutting out the background of the fireball was also difficult as some pieces of fire that come off of the main ball were quite small and hard to do but just like my hand, I figured it out.

What Darwin Never Knew

         Darwin’s theory of evolution was found to be correct. The ability for a single organism to develop into different types or change over a period of time to better suit their environment or habits. An example of this can be found in land animals as descendants of the Tiktaalik. As response to the predators in the water the Tiktaalik pulled itself onto land and eventually led to other land animals as land was perfect for life above the water. While in the Galapagos Island Darwin observed the variety of finches with different beaks and structure based on the island. Interested in why this was the case Darwin realized that all finches originated from a single finch and differed due to the type of food and environment on their island. Small beaked finches lived where seeds from flowers were eaten while tough, large beaked finches thrived in locations where hard to open, large nuts were the staple diet. Darwin’s theory changes the way we view evolution today as it challenged the Fixity of Species and showed us the theory that species evolved and led to research into biological switches that we can observe today. This was shown during the experiment done on fruit flies when a switch that coded for spotted wings in one fly was inserted into a non spotted fly. Almost immediately this switch turned on the DNA that coded for the spot and the fruit fly showed spots. Moving forward we can use this fundamental principal of Evolution to realize and recognize switches in animals and humans and possibly conduct further experiments and use the switches to our advantage or simply understand them better.

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A visual of Tiktaalik eventually becoming the ancestor of land animals including humans.

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Image of different types of Finches in the Galapagos that Darwin studied. All linked to a common ancestor.

Life Science 11 Kingdom Classification


Blue Angel – Glaucus atlanticus

The Blue Angel belongs to Kingdom Animalia as it moves through water using its beautiful fins. It eats special types of jellyfish known as hydrozoans but in some circumstances it can be a cannibal and eat its own despite its angelic appearance.

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Pink Fairy Armadillo – Chlamyphorus truncatus

The Pink Fairy Armadillo belongs to Kingdom Animalia as it can move on its own using its small legs underneath its pink body. The armadillo is also heterotrophic meaning that it must look for food such as ants for sustenance.

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Corpse Flower – Rafflesia arnoldii 

The corpse flower is named aptly due to the foul stench of rotting flesh that it emits to attract food. It is a plant because it is autotrophic and can create its own food but also is heterotrophic, eating flies and other small insects that dare to come near. The flower can also be classified as vascular in its composition, bringing up water from its roots.

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Bat Flower – Tacca chantrieri 

The proclaimed bat flower is a jet black flower that protrudes large strands of growth from its center. The plant is autotrophic, creating its own food and is vascular in composition with normal growth like other typical flowers despite its morbid appearance.

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Blue Milk Mushroom – Lactarius indigo

The marvelous blue milk mushroom true to its name is a rich hue of deep blue, unlike any regular mushroom you would see. This special mushroom does share a similar trait with its less flashy family as it uses enzymes to break down decaying organisms in the ground, classifying into the fungi kingdom.

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Golden Jelly Fungus – Tremella mesenterica

True to its name this other brightly colored fungus is glows as bright as the summer sun. Classified under the fungi kingdom this one of a kind fungus gives new name to the smelly connotations as it breaks down dead matter using enzymes.

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Volvox – Chlorophyte volvox

This protista is as interesting as saying its name, a type of algae making it a Protista it is autotrophic creating its own food. Volvox belongs to the family Volvocaceae.

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Vivax – Plasmodium vivax

One of the less favored in the kingdoms Vivax is a pathogen commonly distributed by malaria. Small and circular this Protista can be classified as one of the three main types of Protista.

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Yersinia Pestis

On the dark end of the Eubacteria scale, Yersinia Pestis is thought to be responsible for the devastating Black Death plague that swept through Europe. Classified as a Eubacteria as it is unicellular (made up of one cell) and can duplicate by splitting in half.

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Converting sugars into lactic acids, these are the good guys on the bacteria scale. Responsible for cheese, dairy products, and yogurt they are used by humans all the time. They are unicellular and can also duplicate by splitting in half.

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Most abundant in extreme and wet conditions these Archaebacteria can survive in places that almost no other life can live or survive in.

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These Archaebacteria can survive in extremely high temperature environments, places that almost no other life can live or survive in which makes them Archaebacteria.

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