self reflection disease project

This project which focused on diseases particularly Leprosy improved my understanding of how viral and bacterial diseases work as well as equipping myself with some vocabulary that is used when discussing such a topic such as incubation period and obligate intracellular. Researching the information on leprosy allowed me to grasp the concepts of how viral and bacterial diseases are transmitted, treated, and why symptoms occur. I was also able to pick up multiple new vocabulary words that have become useful in the rest of the course. Words such as obligate intracellular, gram positive, and bacillus have helped to improve my understanding during other lessons on monerans and viruses

Mightiest of Men


Mightiest of Men

Mightiest of men

He deserved all as the unworthy councillor praised him

The land precluded from him through truce would profit under his directive

Mightiest of men

His dangerous display of dominance would crush the unlawful territory

While splitting the fragile web of peoples that combine to empower his empire

Mightiest of men

The loyalty of his army would drown in the needless tides of blood

His lands would start upon separate paths leading away from their point of meeting

Mightiest of men

His mighty shattered kingdom would be forgotten like a distasteful memory

The mightiest of men will topple with his title




Mightiest of Men composition

Jake Ryznar’s poem Mightiest of Men is an open narrative which includes literary devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, symbolism, and an oxymoron as a tone device. Jake Ryznar claimed inspiration for this poem from MacBeth and the poem presents thematic insight into the negative influence of temptation and greed. Mightiest of Men by Jake Ryznar is an open narrative. It is an open poem because it does not follow a set structure or rhyme scheme and a narrative because it tells the story of the mightiest of men. In the narrative poem Mightiest of Men Jake Ryznar wields multiple literary devices. Metaphors and similes are used to help picture and find meaning behind the words. Alliteration is also implemented in the poem, “His dangerous display of dominance would crush the unlawful territory,” is one example from Mightiest of Men of this sound device. Symbolism is another important literary device used in the poem. Oxymoron is used at the start of the line, “His mighty shattered kingdom would be forgotten like a distasteful memory,” the tone device is used to portray part of the downfall of the mightiest of men caused by his temptation.

Jake Ryznar focuses on temptation and greed as a theme in the poem Mightiest of Men. The poem stresses how greed and temptation can lead to reckless decisions which tear down even the mightiest of men. The poem portrays that such a path can lead to a future far worse then what would be gained from giving in to your temptation and greed possibly ruining every aspect of your life. Jake Ryznar was influenced by MacBeth while writing Mightiest of Men. The same theme of greed and temptation can be seen in the character of MacBeth with his lust for power. These themes of greed and temptation that were displayed in MacBeth have been recaptured in Jake Ryznar’s Mightiest of Men.




Ozymandias composition

Ozymandias shows how arrogance and hubris can blind us from reality. Ozymandias is a poem in the form of a sonnet and was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The poem Ozymandias portrays the ruins of a statue surrounded by desert with an ironic hubristic caption on the pedestal. Ozymandias features multiple devices including metaphor, synecdoche, alliteration, and irony. Synecdoche is used with the line, “The hand that mocked them,…” because the hand refers to the entire sculptor in which the sentence means, the sculptor that mocked them. Irony plays a major role in the poem. Ozymandias is a shattered sculpture covered by sand; however, he is unable to see this and is blinded by his arrogance and therefore he calls himself king of kings which is ironic. The poem says, “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.” The dramatic irony is that he calls himself big and powerful and yet he is now in ruins with nothing around except sand. The hubris theme is an important part of Ozymandias. Ozymandias boasts of his of his works and power but in his arrogance he is unable to realize that his power left him long ago. Ozymandias relates closely to Macbeth because they both have the important theme of hubris. MacBeth like Ozymandias believes that he is untouchable and all powerful yet they both fall from their overconfidence in which the difference is that Macbeth realizes his mistakes while Ozymandias still calls himself King of Kings while he is in ruins. Ozymandias reveals to us the ignorance and foolishness that accompanies hubris.


French project reflection

I felt happy once this project was completed because I had worked hard together with my partner to complete all the components with detail. I enjoyed using all the components we had used during the past unit in this project I felt proud that I had been able to remember and use these talents successfully in a paragraph. This project helped me show what I have learned so far in French 11.

Patrick Marleau is back with The Sharks


The NHL San Jose Sharks team is my favourite sports team. I follow their progress relatively closely and was devastated when we lost to the St. Louis Blues last year. This year’s start was also disappointing and the loss of our mighty captain, Joe Pavelski, was a tragedy. Signing Eric Karlsson was another terrible decision from our general manager because he is greatly overrated, does not fit with the team and Brent Burns, and had a bad start to The Sharks last year. I was hoping that we would sign another goalie as well because our current goalie, Martin Jones, is good but inconsistently. One thing that has been a positive, however, was the signing of our old captain, who shouldn’t have been traded in the first place, Patrick Marleau. When I found this article on his 1500th game with The Sharks I was eager to here more. The author does a really great job presenting stats, videos, and photos while clearly portraying Marleau’s time on the Maple Leafs, why we got him back, and why we lost him in the first place. I also enjoy the use of quotes from old Maple Leaf teammates, old and new Shark teammates, and Marleau himself in order to understand how they feel about all of this. This article helps demonstrate how complicated moving from one place to another can be. It depicts the effect it has on you and the people around you and it represents the growth and experiences you gain.

Blog Log: Werewolf Syndrome Article Reflection



I was attracted to this article because it was something that was new to me and as I read I learned that the topic was focusing on something extremely rare, this peculiarity sparked my interest. I enjoyed how the author of the article gives a multitude of facts concerning the illness as well as the specific case focused on in the article. This article on werewolf syndrome reveals how mythical fantasies could have been derived from real events that were misunderstood in the past and have been exaggerated into obscure folk tales. The article also indicates the unseen hurtles that result from such a condition such as hair getting into your mouth while you eat and hair irritating your eyes. This helps show that there are problems that one wouldn’t think about for every abnormal condition such as not being able to reach items because your size is halved from sitting in a wheelchair or being largely disabled in the dark when you are deaf.

Toilet paper role througher outer machine





Step A

audio sent from iPad plays through speaker in which the sound moves the ball off of the speaker

Energy transformation: electrical to radiant to electrical to sound to mechanical

Step B

ball rolls down the monopoly board from off of the speaker and onto the chair

Step C

Funnel catches the ball and directs it onto lever below

Step D

ball falls out of funnel and onto the lever which releases the elastics that shoot the car forward down the track

Energy transformation: gravitational to elastic to mechanical

Step E

car hits domino chain that extends until the chopstic

Step F

domino hits chopstic which moves it of the track releasing the ball. That ball moves down the track hitting a chopstic realeasing another ball which then releases another ball

Energy transformation: gravitational to mechanical

Step G

ball roles into pillar knocking down another chopstick releasing another ball that roles down into more dominos which knock a deck of cards onto a lever

Energy transformation: gravitational to mechanical

Step H

deck of cards lands on lever which lifts up tape measure releasing it and forceing the end of it to role back into the toilet paper role

Energy transformation: elastic to mechanical

Step I

toilet paper role knocked into garbage by tape measure




Core competencies


I can develop a body of creative work over time in an area of interest or passion

This project definitely sparked my interest and was cool to work on (at the start) and this interest helped me with my creativeness as I was able to come up with ideas with enthusiasm. My passion (at the start) helped me become more creative because I wanted to put extra effort and time into my ideas. The time part was annoying though after 3 hours of building this thing and then an hour of running it until it works it definitely taught us patience and forcing yourself to run your mind on the same task over an extended period of time.


i can take risks and realize that I may not be successful

our project worked on its 53? Try and that’s not counting the testing we had to go through while setting it up. The whole process of the Rube Goldberg machine is trial and error. Every part we set up needed to be run through separately approximately 25 times to make it work correctly and always had to be largely criticized and motified to make it work or discarded and replaced altogether. We got truly accustomed to the fact that it probably wouldn’t work but we still had the hope that it would (because it had to). Although that we knew that it probably wasn’t going to work we set the machine up with maximum precision each time because we knew that it would have to be if it were going to work as soon as possible.


In discussion and collaboration, I acknowledge different perspectives, and look for commonalities

I had to work with my partner with complete trust working on different ideas at the same time and setting up different parts and working with the same mindset on different sections as all of are parts had to fit together simultaneously. We gave each other ideas on what we could use for certain aspects and on what aspects we could use certain things. We had to communicate amongst us to be sure that we each knew what each part was needed for how it worked and what we were thinking as the next step. Often we would have to discard our ideas or adapt them in order to work more cleanly together and come out with a greater outcome.

Science Inquiry









What questions did I need to research in order to research my topic?

– does the universe have an edge?

– what’s beyond the universe?

– is the universe infinite?

– why is the universe flat?

What tools did I use in this project?

– powerpoint

– finding all the information and then placing it into my project (in the past I put my information in my project as I found it but I think this worked better)

What was the process I used to investigate the topic?

attain lots of information and then simple it down into an easier (its space not going to be easy) to understand presentation.

How did I verify and cite the information you found?

– looked at multiple sites to make sure there wasn’t something off about certain ones

– I made sure it looked like a reliable resource

How did the process go?


could you have done better?

“there’s always a bigger fish” Qui Gon Jinn

But I am happy with my results