Thursday, May 29, 2014

Masterpiece Experience/Notes

The masterpieces in class (for the most part) have been outstanding and I for one have been impressed by everyone's work. I think we can all agree that today Erica knocked it out of the part with her demonstration/presentation/video about the campesinos in our community. I can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


I decided to take down the video because we used first and last names and I want to protect the privacy of those who were in it. If any one wants to view it you can email me and I'm sure we can arrange something.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Masterpiece Update

The video is complete! My partner and I cannot wait to present on Friday, we really think this project will help us find the differences between learning and education.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

AP Physics Hack #2

Final Project Proposal

For my project I will be attempting to create a coil launcher using disposable camera flashes. 

Materials Needed: copper wire, 4 disposable cameras (with their flashes detached), glass tube, 2.5 mm nail, 4 1.5 V batteries, and holders for the glass and the batteries

Concepts Demonstrated: Powering tools using electric forces and using a parallel circuit to facilitate charge

Basically this is something a lot of people build on the internet to different extents where they set the flashes from disposable cameras and set them in series with an alternate power source which creates a way to shoot things. I will be doing this at a very small scale and trying to shoot a small nail (which according to the internet can go up to 25 m/s).

Monday, May 12, 2014

Masterpiece Prep

As AP testing dwindles down (with this class' test being over) it's finally time to give the bulk of my attention to the video/presentation Kristen and I are curating, I am very excited for the final product.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Prose Preparation

   As I study all of the prompts under the prose section of the course blog I realized that most of the prompts are very similar and as long as you understand literary techniques and are able to talk intelligibly about the way authors use them to create tone, theme, and their message.
   This was the essay question I was most nervous about but after preparation I feel very confident.

Friday, May 2, 2014


by DH Lawrence 
IT is stormy, and raindrops cling like silver bees to the pane,
The thin sycamores in the playground are swinging with flattened leaves;
The heads of the boys move dimly through a yellow gloom that stains
The class; over them all the dark net of my discipline weaves.
It is no good, dear, gentleness and forbearance, I endured too long:        5
I have pushed my hands in the dark soil, under the flower of my soul
And the gentle leaves, and have felt where the roots are strong
Fixed in the darkness, grappling for the deep soil’s little control.
And there is the dark, my darling, where the roots are entangled and fight
Each one for its hold on the oblivious darkness, I know that there        10
In the night where we first have being, before we rise on the light,
We are not brothers, my darling, we fight and we do not spare.
And in the original dark the roots cannot keep, cannot know
Any communion whatever, but they bind themselves on to the dark,
And drawing the darkness together, crush from it a twilight, a slow        15
Burning that breaks at last into leaves and a flower’s bright spark.
I came to the boys with love, my dear, but they turned on me;
I came with gentleness, with my heart ’twixt my hands like a bowl,
Like a loving-cup, like a grail, but they spilt it triumphantly
And tried to break the vessel, and to violate my soul.        20
But what have I to do with the boys, deep down in my soul, my love?
I throw from out of the darkness my self like a flower into sight,
Like a flower from out of the night-time, I lift my face, and those
Who will may warm their hands at me, comfort this night.
But whosoever would pluck apart my flowering shall burn their hands,        25
So flowers are tender folk, and roots can only hide,
Yet my flowerings of love are a fire, and the scarlet brands
Of my love are roses to look at, but flames to chide.
But comfort me, my love, now the fires are low,
Now I am broken to earth like a winter destroyed, and all        30
Myself but a knowledge of roots, of roots in the dark that throw
A net on the undersoil, which lies passive beneath their thrall.
But comfort me, for henceforth my love is yours alone,
To you alone will I offer the bowl, to you will I give
My essence only, but love me, and I will atone        35
To you for my general loving, atone as long as I live.

Title- clearly discipline is a harsh word with a lot of implications
Paraphrase- to be disciplined you must be one with nature
Connotation- passive voice, a lot of imagery
Attitude/tone- nature is the only real teacher
Shift- line 22
Title revisited- makes a lot of sense how you have to discipline yourself to love nature and understand how everything works