How to Make Fried Plantains- Angélica

¡Hola! Soy Angélica y bienvenido a “Comida con Angélica!” Hoy, vamos a hacer plátanos fritos. ¡Ellos son muy simple hacer y único toman diez minutos. ¡Vámonos!


  1. Primero, pela los plátanos y asegúrese ellos son maduro.

  2. Luego, corta el plátano en trozos pequeños. No hagas ellos demasiado pequeño o grande.

  3. Próximo, pon un poco de aceite de oliva en su sartén y prenda su quemador en fuego medio.

  4. Una vez el aceite es en el sartén y es muy caliente, pon los plátanos en uno tras otro. ¡Cuidado¡ Este parte es peligroso porque el aceite puede quemar tú.

  5. Después de ponerse los plátanos en el sartén, freír los plátanos por tres minutos en cada lado. ¡No quemes ellos!

  6. Mientras espera, prepara un plato con una toallita de papel para cuando ellos son terminado. Este es absorber el aceite exceso. ¡No pongas el aceite exceso del sartén en el lavabo!

  7. Toma los plátanos terminados del sartén y pon ellos en el plato.

  8. Por último, añade sal y pimiento para el sabor. ¡No añades mucha sal!

  9. ¡Disfruta!


¡Eso es todo! Ten divertida hace este plato delicioso. ¡Adios!

How To Build A Koppang - Benchmark


NACHO ROSEN GUILLERMO SALVATEIRRA

ROBERTO WALLISON



Como hacer una Koppang


NACHO: ADVISO: No deja poco niños trabajan solo.

Hola todos personas! Cállese y escuchar ! Hoy vamos a construir una Koppang! Primero necesitas dos destornilladores y uno martillo. No se dórma en el trabajo. Cuídase con las herramientas. No se lastÍme! Llame Ikea con todos los problemas. Necesitas todos los suministros en la diagrama para construir el Koppang.


Roberto: Primero atornille doce espiga de leva en los listones de madera. Ahora asegure listones de madera en ambos lados de dos tableros de madera con ocho espigas de maderas. No utilice las pequeñas espigas de madera. Después de agarre los dos tableros de madera de seguridad y doce tuerca de bloqueo de leva. Utilice un destornillador plano atornillar seis tuerca de bloqueo de levas en cade tablero de madera. Asegurar seis guías para cajones en los tableros de madera con doce tornillos de los rieles. No se esfórce con la Koppang!


Guillermo: Primero encontre cuatro clavijas de leva y asegure dos en cada tabla de madera. Pongas una tabla de madera en el piso. Ahora encontre tres listones de madera y cuatro clavijas de madera y dos cerradura de la leva tuercas. No recorde usar las pequeñas espigas de madera. Asegure los listones en el tablero con las espigas de maderas y las cerraduras de la leva tuercas en la imagen. Despues de asegurar el segunda tabla de madera a la primera placa con cuatro espigas de maderas y dos cerradura de la leva tuercas. Ahora terminamos el esqueleto de la Koppang. No se felicíte todavía. No se esfórce con la Koppang!



Roberto: Primero encontre una nueva tabla de madera y atornillar cuatro espigas de levas. Antes de asegure nueva tabla al esqueleto con cuatro espigas de maderas. No utilice las pequeñas espigas de madera. Después asegure el esqueleto a el tablero de madera utilizar cuatro cerraduras de la leva tuercas. Ahora aseguramos parte posterior de la Koppang a nuestra esqueleto. Agarre su martillo y dos tableros y treinta clavos de madera.


Nacho: Vestate gafas de seguridad a proteger sus ojos! Manténase alejado su manos y dedos del martillo! Comence en las esquinas y proceder a clavar los clavos todo alrededor de la parte posterior del armario. No lastímese! Ahora ponga el armario vertical. No se esfórce con la Koppang!


Roberto: Ahora asegure la Koppang a el muro. Tenga cuidado volcar la Koppang. Primero marce el muro y ubice el correa de seguridad. Despues atornille la correa en el muro. Ahora pase el correa en el tocador y asegure con el resto de la seguridad. Ahora usted pode usar la Koppang sin peligro. Ahora pongas los cajones de la cómoda en la Koppang. No esfórzese al mover los cajones. No se preocupe acera del Koppang caer. Ahora Felicítese.


Guillermo: Ahora tiene una Koppang con precauciones de seguridad evitar su familia lastímarse. No se preocupe de la caída de la Koppang. No se olvide de limpiar.

How to Bake Cookies Q3 Benchmark

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Eli: Hola (Hi)

Cindy: ¡Buenos dias! (Good morning)

Paul-Ann: Bienvenidos! (Welcome)

Eli: Hoy ustedes van a aprender cómo hornear galletas. (Today, we are going to be baking cookies)

Paul-Ann: Dejamos comienzo (Let’s start!)

Cindy: Pero primero, lávense la mano por favor. (But first, wash your hands please)

*shows everyone washing their hands

Cindy: No horneen antes de lávense los manos. (Do not bake before washing your hands)

Eli:¿También asegurarse réanse mucho ¿Que son los ingredientes? (Also make sure to laugh a lot. What are the ingredients?)

Paul-Ann: Necesitamos, una mantequilla suava. ( We need one softened butter)

*Cindy holds up the butter*

Eli: Una cucharadita de vainilla. (One teaspoon of vanilla)

*Paul-Ann holds up the vanilla*

Cindy: Un huevo (One egg)

*Eli holds up the egg*

Paul-Ann: Una cucharadita de bicarbonato. (One teaspoon of baking soda)

*Cindy holds up the baking soda*

Eli: Un paquete de chips de chocolate. (One packet of chocolate chips)

*Paul-Ann holds up the package of chocolate chips*

Cindy: Una mitad cucharadita de sal. (One half teaspoon of salt)

*Eli holds up the salt*

Paul-Ann: Tres quartas partes de el azucar granulado y azucar moreno. (¾ of granulated sugar and brown sugar)

*Cindy holds up both items*

Eli: Por último, dos y uno quartas partes de harina (Finally, 2 ¼ of flour)

Cindy: Antes que, se asegures calentar el horno a trescientos cincuenta el grado (before that, be sure to heat the oven to 350 degree)

*Shows Eli doing so*

Cindy: Después que Mezclen, vainilla, mantequilla, huevo y azúcar en un grande bol. (After that, mix vanilla, butter, egg and sugar in a large bowl)

Eli: Entonces suman de harina, bicarbonato y sal. (Then add flour, baking soda and salt.)

Paul-Ann:  Por último, horneen la masa para diez minutos. No vayan la galletas (Finally, bake the dough for 10 minutes. Don’t leave the cookies)

Paul-Ann: Después que, nosotros esperamos (After, that we wait)

Eli and Cindy: ¡La espera! (Waiting!?)

Paul-Ann: Si! (Yes)

Eli: Cuanto? (How long?)

Paul-Ann: Para ocho a diez minutos (For 8 to 10 min)

Cindy: Diez!? (10!?)

Paul-Ann: Si! (Yes)

Eli: Pero yo no quero esperar. (But I do not want to wait)

Paul-Ann: Se Asegures a esperar! (Be sure to wait!)

* fast forward time to finish baking, take out baking

Cindy: ¡Guau! (Wow!)

Eli: Por Último sacan la galletas . (Finally, take out the cookie)

Paul-Ann: y Pones en un plato (And put it on a plate)

*Put on plate

Paul-Ann: Ahora asegures disfrutar la galletas (Now make sure to enjoy the cookie)

Cindy: Pero No te olvides de limpiar (But don’t forget to clean)

Eli: Annamaria, se pones la bol en el fregadero. (Paul-Ann, put the tray in the sink)

*Show Paul-Ann putting the tray in the sink

Paul-Ann: Claudia, se laven los platos (Cindy, wash the dishes)

*Show Cindy washing the dishes

Cindy: Jesús, se limpien la mesa (Eli, wipe the table)

*Show Eli wiping the table

Paul-Ann: Ahora que nosotros terminar limpieza, vamos a comer (Now that we finish cleaning, let’s eat)

*almost grabs cookie

Eli: ¡Esperar¡ Se asegures a lávense la mano de nuevo! (Wait! Be sure to wash your hand again!

*Look at each other

Cindy: ¡Sí! Pero ya hice!(Yes but I already did)

*Look at camera

Paul-Ann: Recordar, no olvidar a se laves la mano de nuevo! (Remember, do not forget to wash your hand again)

Eli: Aún, después se es hecho (Even after it is done)

Cindy: Ahora, vamos a comer (Now, let’s eat)

*everyone eat one cookie

Paul-Ann: Ahora, sabes comó a hecho galletas (Now, you know how to make cookies!)

Eli: No olvides a  réanse mucho y a reloj este video de nuevo ¡Adios! (Don’t forget to laugh a lot and to watch this video again. Bye)

Cindy: y no olvides a gustar este video ¡Hasta luego! (and don’t forget to like this video. See you later!)



Spanish Q3 Benchmark // Jonathan Story // Samuel Banda C

Por la noche, un hombre fue a una fiesta. Su nombre es Jonathan. Jonathan vinó al fiesta para la comida, pero Sara, una amigo de Jonathan, invitó él a venir. Jonathan vinó al fiesta, pero primero, él caminó a la comida.

“No come primero!”, dijo Jonathan. “Sara invitó tú a su fiesta. Habla a ella.”

Jonathan trató caminar a Sara, pero él no se movió.

“Va a encontrar ella más tarde. ¡Come primero!”, Jonathan pensó a él mismo.

Jonathan miró al comida y agarró un plato. “¡Toma un plato pequeno! No coma mucho ahora.”

Jonathan cubrió su plato pequeño con mucho de comida. Después de comer, Jonathan dijó “Adiós” a Sara y salió.

Después de salir, Sara llamó Jonathan en su teléfono.

“¡Tú saliste mi fiesta muy pronto! ¿Por qué?”, dijó Sara

“¡No se preocupes! ¡Estoy bien!”, dijó Jonathan

“Está bien. ¡Hasta luego, mi amigo!”

Sara colgó su teléfono.

“Yo como comida y habló con Sara.” dijó Jonathan. “Yo hice un bien trabajo hoy.”



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Q3 Art Portfolio

This quarter was a little more difficult for me as an artist. I had to do things that I wasn't particularly as interested in so I had a harder time completing them. I think that I had fun trying to complete it. At the end I was proud of myself for what i did finish even though it was a little tricky for me. My favorite piece was the watercolor piece. I was really proud of the outcome of it. I thought it looked really good when it was done. One thing I wish I had taken more time to do was the wire sculpture. I completed it but I was not very happy with the end result. I think if I had different tools to work with I could have created something I was a little more proud of. 

Q3 Senior Art (D) Portfolio

This quarter in art we explored different mediums of art such as watercolor, wire sculptures, and a mosaic. Continuing to experiment with different mediums, I am slowly becoming more versed with my art capabilities and breaking out of my art shell. Usually I am used to using a pencil and paper, but with a medium like wire where it can be tough to manipulate, it can become tricky. So while I struggled with new mediums, I was also gaining experience. 
My art in particular this quarter, I decided I didn't want to focus too much on the content of my art but focus more on the medium that was being used since there were multiple. I was a little disappointed with the art I created, but I liked exploring new kinds of art

Designing with linear systems

The Foundations of Algebra class were tasked with creating designs by only graphing linear functions (equations & inequalities), solving systems to find key points, and restricting domain & range. Here's what they came up with:
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Carol Burnett

Essay:

Carol Burnett was the first woman ever to have a comedy variety show. “The Carol Burnett Show” was on air during the women's lib movement. Even though the message she sent, or jokes she made were not specifically about women's right, the fact that she had a show is strong enough to prove that she was an activist for women's rights. Because of Brunette female comedians that are around today like Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, and so many others are able to do the wonderful things they do with less backlash (although unfortunately still some). Burnett Also helped Vicki Lawrence, a female comedian of her time, because she was one of the other actors on the show.

Having her own show did not come easy however. NBC Told her that she should not have the show, telling her that it was “a man's game”. But that did not stop her, she pushed on and had an amazingly successful show. In her comedy and in her life, Carol Burnett pretty much did what she wanted. That’s how she was such a funny person, and also successful. She would not give in to what other people told her, she was strong and persistent, working till she got what she wanted and what she knew was right.

Burnett was also influential because she set an example for how the world should be. Women can be just as funny as men, and she proved that. In fact, she never had to say it because her actions proved that it was true. Her show was not about women's issues, but it was around at a time when a lot of women's issues were being fought for. Carol Burnett was a living example of what so many women at that time were fighting for, and to make thing better, she was amazingly funny.


Timeline

April 26, 1933 - Born

1955 - First went on TV. She appeared on The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show

1957 - Went on the Tonight show with Jack Paar.

1957 - Went on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1959 - Acted in a show on Broadway. The musical was called Once Upon a Mattress.

1959 - 1962 - Was a regular actress and cast member on The Garry Moore Show. During her

time on the show she won her first Emmy.

1963 - Apparent in her very first movie, Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?

September 1967 - Her show, The Carol Burnett Show, first airs.

1975 - Carol Burnett is given a star on the Walk of Fame.

1978 - Burnett ends her The Carol Burnett Show. Throught the ears she on 5 Golden Globes and 5 Emmy Awards.


Bibliography:

Duca, Lauren. "Carol Burnett Is A Feminist Hero Whether She Knows It Or Not." Huffington Post. Http://www.huffingtonpost.com, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.

"Career Timeline." PBS. PBS, 05 Nov. 2007. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

"Carol Burnett Biography." - Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2016


Poster:


C.B poster

Q3 Art Portfolio

During this third quarter in Ms. Hull’s senior art class, everything has been excellent. In this quarter we had to create a water color painting, metamorphosis drawing, coat of arms, mosaic, and a wire sculpture . All of the pieces were given 100% of my time and effort, which can clearly be seen through the work. This quarter has been very tough and intense. However, enjoyed making every single piece. 

My favorite piece of art work was definitely the water color painting. I love anything that deals with paint because it gives you the liberty to create anything. I love the technique that I created on the center of the page. I honestly didn’t think it was going to come out so good. The eye on the center came out beautiful! I wanted the eye to reflect different emotions which is why I used different colors. I made the outline of the eye very bold because I wanted to show intensity. Overall I thought this painting was very well executed, and definitely my best yet. 

Quarter Three Portfolio

For this portfolio, I used a lot of methods besides just drawing. The only drawings I did were the coat of arms and the metamorphosis drawing. I had never made those types of drawings before. As usual, animals were incorporated in each piece, even the coat of arms, which often feature animals. Many metamorphosis drawings also feature animals evolving from objects.The cats represented cats my family has or has, the snake around the sword is actually the official symbol for the O'Donovan family.  

My favorite piece in this is the metamorphosis drawing, because it was fun yet challenging to create. I also got in add a Mandrill , which I love to draw. The paper clip sculptures were hard to make with that type of wire, they also did't look that good in my opinion. They seemed kind of insignificant, so I made two of them. A dolphin and a shark sort of go together. The mosaic ended up looking kind of good, it was really difficult to make.The watercolor wasn't that interesting to create because unlike the other pieces, I have done watercolors before. 

Q3 Artist's Statement

Art is a constantly changing thing, especially when it comes to personal styles. Branching out and experimenting with brand new styles, while still incorporating familiar techniques makes for a variety of interesting pieces. Stepping out of your comfort zone and expanding what you already know about art allows one to not only improve as an artist, but ultimately figure out methods you never knew you liked, or were even good at, both in style and technique.

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Taytiana:

La receta que necesite,  Una caja de Betty Crocker galleta con chispas de chocolate de polvo. Necesitan medio taza de mantequilla y un huevo. Para Una caja de Betty Crocker brownie de polvo; No usa agua; Necesitan Una cuarta parte tazas de leche, medio taza de aceite  verduras y un huevo . No hagas sucio su ropa. Antes de hornear pongan un delantal. No tocan la comida; Primero ustedes lávense las manos. Después, sécase los manos. Precalentar el horno a trescientos cincuenta grados. Pongan todos los ingredientes en el bowl. Mezcla los ingredientes de Brownies. Mezcla los ingredientes de galleta con chispas de chocolate de polvo. No comiste la comida, hasta comida se heco. Pongan un paila en tomen mantequilla; extender el mantequilla. No pongan mas mantequilla. No verter la galletas luego brownies con chispas de chocolate luego verter la brownies. Verter la brownie mezcla en la ponga el bizcocho. Luego recoger  la galleta con chispas de chocolate y verter en la ponga de bizcocho.Después de mezclar y verter quítense el delantal.

Cooking the cake:

Alex

Ahora ponga el bizcocho en el horno. Acuerdese que el bizcocho se honea por 45 minutos. Después de hornear el bizcocho, saca el bizcocho del horno. Ten cuidado porque el bizcocho vas estar muy caliente. No deje el bizcocho caer. No se queme. No se olvide comprar los cobertura. Ahora corta el biscocho. Ten cuidado con el cuchillo porque puede cortarse. Cheque el bizcocho antes. Si te lo comas frío te vas enfermar. Corta un pedazo y ahora prueba. Nunca deje el bizcocho desatendido porque las moscas.  Después de hornear el bizcocho tú vas a poner las coberturas.


Qtr 3 Art Gallery - Shareef-Trudeau

The first piece that I created for quarter three was an advanced coloring sheet. This is a detailed coloring sheet that I colored in with the use of markers. The image I chose to color was a fox, created by by several plant parts. I tried to keep the colors sort of realistic, coloring leaves green and wheat a golden color.

The second piece that I created was a self-portrait in watercolor. Because I had previously completed a self-portrait in pencil that was as realistic as I could make it, I wanted to try something a little different this time. Watercolor is more of a transparent and fluid paint to work with and so I thought that this medium would work well in conveying light and heat. So when painting my self-portrait I used warm colors and focused more on the thermal aspect of the portrait rather than the realistic colors that you would see on my face.

The third piece that I drew was a vase. The round shape of the vase helped me to emphasize value in this drawing, because of how the light strikes circular objects. Beside the vase is a gradient scale, this was simply a practice at shading in different gradients.

The fourth piece that I created was a drawing of a hand. I made this by starting with basic shapes and using those to construct the general idea of the hand, this is displayed in the picture on the left. After I drew the basic shapes, I refined the drawing by rounding edges and connecting them in a more natural way, this is displayed in the picture on the right.

The fifth and final piece of this quarter that I created was a gazelle. Again I started this piece using basic shapes for the gazelle’s features and later smoothing them out and making the picture a little less rigid and more curved, as we often find things in nature. Still, I left the light outline marking on the picture to show how I got from a place of blocks and circles and triangles, to the finished picture.


Christian Q3 Artwork

My self portrait was not based off my actual appearance, but by the way I feel. I feel like this represents me in an artistic way. More so than looks, I feel like the the person in the picture symbolizes who I am.

I never realized how many things you could make from circles, squares, and rectangles. These basic shapes are the building blocks for the most complex figures known to man. Without shapes you would not be able to create. The pictures shouws how shapes evolve when you connect the dots. 



Laughing

​Science: When we laugh, multiple parts of our brain are triggered. These regions include- limbic system, amygdala and hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, and frontal lobe. These each have to do with behavior, emotion, social connection, and or sound. The main part is the limbic system. There haven't been any research done to identify what exactly triggers us to laugh, just the regions of the brain. I learned that we laugh when our brain tells us to, not exactly when we want to. The study of laughter is called the "gelotology". Laughing can be an exercise. For every 15 minutes of laughter, you can burn up to 40 calories. 

Society: People always say that laughter is the best medicine. There are reasons why, because it improves you physically, socially, and mentally. Physically, when you laugh, your muscles relax. Like stated above, you can burn calories with laughter. It prevents from heart attacks and other cardio issues because it helps your heart pump a lot of blood and it helps your immune system as well by increasing immune cells. It also increases infection-fighting antibodies. Socially, you build relationships over laughter. With all the different languages in the world, laughter is common amongst us all. It is also very contagious, that is proven, so when you are having a good laugh and are in a good mood, that helps improve someone else's mood around you. Mentally, laughter decreases stress hormones, so you feel at ease. It eases your anxiety and fear. 


Self: The reason that I chose to do laughter for this project is because I love laughing. It's one of my favorite things to do because it makes me feel really good. I make myself laugh a lot too, I really crack myself up at the things I think of in my head, and or say out loud. I like to make other people laugh too. I just wanted to look into the science behind laughter to see what I could learn. I didn't learn much scientifically about what triggers me to laugh in my brain, I just know the regions affected when I am about to laugh, and while I'm laughing, which was also interesting to find out. 

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Advanced Essay #4


The picture shows that of a police officer that is standing over a group of protesters and is spraying them with what seems to be tear gas. The students seem to be outraged by this site and they are recording this while they also seem to be screaming at the police officer. The picture to me represents to me the officer the person that is in charge and has the power entering a place where the students who don't have a voice are being put down by the authority because this is a school and the officer is present they must just obey and do as  he asks because the rules of the school do not apply to the outside world.






An officer stands over a group of  students as he sprays them with what to seems to be with some kind of solvent. The officer radiates a look of detachment as if he does not want to be there; as if he does not care. He seems to try to hold back a smirk in the picture in a way of looking down on these students. We see students surrounding the group of kids recording what is happening as officers push back the crowd.


It seems like they are on  a campus of a university where they were protesting then were shut down.  This seem to have been done by an authority higher than theirs. Pushed back against a wall nothing can be done but sit there and take the assault. They knew this would happen and now they have to accept the results .


What are you willing to do to keep your home safe? Would you be willing to take a life or two with just the push of a button? Well in the article “Keeping  America Safe Embrace Drone Warfare”, that dream is a reality. In the article, fighting with drones was something that soldiers did not think was possible. They never dreamt that a soldier could sit in an army camp and pilot the drone  to reach the target. The only problem was what I read in  this was after the pilot had supposedly killed the target.



" The decision maker asks if there are civilians nearby.

“The family is in the main building. The guys we want are in the big guesthouse here.”

“They’re not very far apart.”

“Far enough.”

“Anyone in that little building now?”

“Don’t know. Probably not. We haven’t seen anyone since the Pred got the capture of the target. But A.Q. uses it when they pass through here, and they pass through here a lot.”

He asks the probability of killing the targets if they use a GBU-12, a powerful 500-pound, laser-guided bomb.

“These guys are surely dead,” comes the reply. “We think the family’s O.K.”

“You think they’re O.K.?” "


This is the problem the soldier had taken the life of the target but in this attack, he also might have taken innocent life as well this is because he was not in the field so how could he be sure. To the soldier, he only sees a screen a target you become so emotionally detached that the target is a target it does not matter about the surrounding life only as long as you get the target. That's what soldiers are though they are just civilians in uniform that can not be distinguished from one another just following orders without thought. This is due because the people that are in command don't need them to have thoughts even the slightest idea of compassion or remorse is what changes the tide of battle. We need machines that is all so sitting a soldier in front of a screen telling them to click a button anyone can do that.


What are soldiers really I am not going say they are proud and brave who fight for peace and protection, If I were to say that I would only be feeding you the same lines of B.S. that you hear from recruiters or people that can’t open there eyes to the truth. We are nothing but puppets that can be used for people who have the ability to control us I say we because any of us would press the button to kill a life any of us would put that uniform on and would lose the ability to think for ourselves. This is the simple truth put in the right situation we all have the ability to become nothing but tools for some else gain we all would turn to evil if that's the label you want to use but if that's what we label each other as then we have already taken steps to evil.

Q3 Artwork

​My overall goal with my artwork during this quarter was to improve my techniques and make my pieces more realistic. With drawing assignments, I chose to draw animals in both shape assignments since I have never drawn a realistic animal.
Luckily I had an abstract art coloring book which I used for the advanced coloring assignment. I chose to use very similar color palettes on my first two  pages. They both included green, black, purple, and yellow. For the last page I chose to try a very different color scheme by using only white, black, and red. 
For my second self portrait, my medium was pencil as opposed to the charcoal that I used in my first self portrait. I made this decision, because I didn't really know how to use the charcoal very well so I decided to switch to something that I am more comfortable with. The next week's value assignment taught me how to use charcoal better and improve my shading skills. I made this change in my medium, because wanted to have more well-defined lines to make it easier for me to sketch from looking at a picture.
The last to weeks of the quarter we learned how to draw objects and animals using basic shapes. For both of these assignments, I chose to draw animals for both assignments to get out of my comfort zone. For the basic shapes assignment, I used ovals, rectangles, and triangles to form a crab. In the animal shapes assignment, I used ovals, rectangles, and triangles to create a drawing of a bear. To go from an arrangement of shapes to my final products for both of these drawings, I had to curve and soften edges, connect the shapes better, and add small details.

Q3 Artist's Statement

When I draw I usually just stick to using pencils, so the advanced coloring was really different than the work that I usually produced but I had fun making it. I really like how the Three Musicians one looks because I tried to stick to all greens and blues and some yellows when I was coloring. I was initially going to try to replicate the true colors of Starry Night but decided to do a completely different color scheme instead. When I colored the mushroom picture I tried to do all unique combinations of colors for each mushroom to see which ones looked the best. 
For my self portrait I decided to play with the positioning of my face because I normally would have gone about drawing myself from a head on point of view or a side profile. I also used a little bit of color to fill in parts of the drawing. 
For the value and animal shapes assignments I did some shading of the ball and of the squirrel's tail. For the basic shapes drawing I simply just tried to replicate the shapes that made the tea pot as good as possible.

Rocket Stages 2 Late-Inning Comebacks; Brave Extreme Cold to Take Down Edison 6-4, Stay in 1st

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Public League Baseball is a lot like NCAA College Football. Drop a game early on in the year and the ghost of that loss haunts and taunts you while all you can do is hope your closest competitor drops their guard and a game somewhere along the way. Your dreams of a Division Title remain close, yet just out of reach, especially if your loss was to your rival. An utterly dominant season, and the chance of moving up in Division, could be overshadowed by a solitary miscue way back in April, leading to that shadowy loss. Unlike real Baseball, you only get one crack at each of your opponents, so the tension in these games are high, every mistake magnified and every hit paramount. FULL STORY

Rocket Stages 2 Late-Inning Comebacks; Braves Extreme Cold to Takes Down Edison 6-4, Stay in 1st.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 10.18.52 PM
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Public League Baseball is a lot like NCAA College Football. Drop a game early on in the year and the ghost of that loss haunts and taunts you while all you can do is hope your closest competitor drops their guard and a game somewhere along the way. Your dreams of a Division Title remain close, yet just out of reach, especially if your loss was to your rival. An utterly dominant season, and the chance of moving up in Division, could be overshadowed by a solitary miscue way back in April, leading to that shadowy loss. Unlike real Baseball, you only get one crack at each of your opponents, so the tension in these games are high, every mistake magnified and every hit paramount. 

Three years ago University City took it down to a play at the plate in their final game to preserve a perfect season, their final as a school and program. As a result SLA (11-1), who dominated with the best offense and pitching rotation of the season, finished 2nd and missed the playoffs. SLA would move up to C-Division due to a realignment after multiple schools were shuttered, but it was an early season loss to UC that sealed their fate. The following season would see SLA destroy King in their lone head-to-head meeting. But King, who inherited a very good B-Division team when Germantown closed, ran the rest of the table finishing 11-1 to take the Division. SLA would make the playoffs, but they were stuck in C. 

Last year it was The Rocket who completely ran the table undefeated, won the Division and made a magical run to the Public League Final Four, finally moving up to B. That team was defensively sound, had great pitching and just smashed the ball game in, game out. Yet, everyone on the squad recognized they were misplaced in C and weren’t getting to play real baseball every day. They desperately wanted to play against better competition, and their run in the playoffs proved they belonged by knocking off three A-Division powerhouses- Esperanza, #1 Frankford and Lincoln- to reach that Final Four where they fell just shy of the City Title.

Five games into Season 7 for SLA Baseball, and the expectations have changed. No longer are The Rockets overlooked, underestimated or considered irrelevant. Every team feels compelled to throw their ace to have a fighting chance, and Edison was no different. Having been in A-Division for most of a storied history, Edison found itself relegated to B after a dismal 2015 season where half their starting nine was ineligible. Not the case in 2016, and they most assuredly expected their stay in B to be short-lived. SLA had other ideas, and after the weirdest and arguably worst officiating ever experienced, The Rocket finds itself in the Divisional driver's seat after a 6-4 come-from-behind win.

Granted it is only early April, but both sides recognized this game as the equivalent of a Division Title game. Both threw top pitchers who dueled in the worst of conditions. Gale force winds upwards of 35mph made it nearly impossible to hit a ball in the air outside of the infield, yet neither pitcher sacrificed much in the first three bone-cold innings. 

Leon Finney, in his 2nd start for SLA, struck out the side his first time through the Edison lineup. Yet, Edison's Maddox held SLA's potent offense at bay for the first half as well. Eventually Edison would break the tie with two runs in the 4th. They manufactured a run off of an error, walk and single to center, the only ball to leave the infield against Finney all day, and would get another off another error that prolonged the inning. The Rocket looked poised to respond, but a 4-6-3 Double Play squashed the power of a lead-off walk in the 5th. Finney would come back to strike out the side in his half of the frame, setting the stage for an emotional roller coaster. 

After 83 pitches, 11K, 2BB, 3H and only 1 earned run, Finney's day on the mound was done. But Leon led off the 6th by beating out an infield hit to 3rd. He'd steal and advance to third on Courtney's tapper back to the mound. Ijustice Avery drew a walk, then immediately stole 2nd. A first pitch swing and Lukas Supovitz-Aznar erased Edison's 2-0 lead with a double to Center. Then with two outs Benny "Buckets" Simon scorched his own RBI Double out to Center to give SLA the lead 3-2. 

Lukas would come in relief and struck out the first two batters on nine pitches, and it seemed that all the momentum had officially shifted. Then disaster struck as SLA's normally rock-solid defense imploded a bit, committing 3 errors that lead to two more runs, putting Edison back on top 4-3 heading into the 7th. 

Moments before the 6th, Lukas rallied the troops and said, "all we need is three runs. Just three runs and this game is ours!". They got just that to take the lead but now found themselves down to their last at-bats down now trailing by 1. But The Rocket wasn't done. With one out Tony Brown slapped an opposite field single and quickly stole 2nd. After Leon Finney drew a critical walk, Brown nearly got caught in a rundown, yet ended up safe after Edison dropped the ball on an aggressive slide into third. Finney would make it to 2nd in the confusion. Down to their last out, IJustice Avery lashed out and served a hard hit ball to the left side. A solid throw came across the diamond with drama in tow as the bases umpire called Avery out, ending the game.

As Edison jumped for joy and celebrated what they truly believed was a ticket back to A-Division, SLA's coaches lost their minds over how badly that call could have been blown as Avery was safe by an entire body length. This wasn't the first time this particular umpire blew a call in a game with SLA, and their coaching staff wasn't having any of it.  

After the third instance in the game where officials needed to conference, the Plate umpire reversed the call. Justice was safe, Tony Brown had scored to tie the game 4-4, and Leon Finney was now 90ft away from giving SLA the lead. Justice took second with the catcher conceded the base since he was more worried about the go-ahead run just down the baseline. With two in scoring position for The Rocket, Lukas Supovitz-Aznar confidently stepped to the plate and drove a first pitch fast ball into the gap to plate Finney and Avery, making it 6-4. Edison's coach was overheard saying, "it was inevitable...just a matter of time" as he lamented a game-ending call being reversed.

The 7th started off like another potential nightmare inning for SLA defense when Edison got the first runner on after an error. Yet Lukas kept his composure and attacked batters. After a battle of an at-bat, Edison's Moronta hit a hot grounder to Avery at SS, flipped to Jason Greene who then turned a beautiful 6-4-3 Double Play to a fully extended Kevin Courtney to wipe the bases clean. No one else from Edison would reach base and SLA held onto the weirdest 6-4 win in their history. 

These two late-inning gritty comebacks to steal this one was very reminiscent of The Rocket's slow and steady comeback over #1 seed Frankford in the 2015 Playoffs. They just keep battling, and much like in the Frankford game it was Lukas Supovitz-Aznar who rose to challenge and got it done when needed most. Against Edison, he'd finish the day 3-4 with 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs and a run scored. He would shut it down on the mound too, not allowing a single ball to leave the infield in two innings of relief. 

And so now it is Edison who will be chased by the ghost of the 6th and 7th on Friday the 8th of April 2016. They'll keep battling for positioning and will make the playoffs for sure. However, Edison's expectation of a short-lived stint in B-Division now requires a whole lot of help from a Rocket team happy to leave them wallowing in the swirling winds of lost opportunity.

Next Up for The Rocket- Ben Franklin on Tues, 4/12, Kensington on Mon, 4/18, Roxborough on Wed, 4/20 and E&S on Fri, 4/22.

Steroids? Addicting?

Science

Steroids usage can be mistaken for a lot of things. It can be used for medical purposes or to enhance your body. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids can also treat diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer and AIDS. But some athletes and bodybuilders abuse these drugs to boost performance or improve their physical appearance. So when using steroids there are three different types of ways you can use them which is by cycling, pyramiding, and stacking. Abuse of anabolic steroids has been linked with many health problems. They include Acne, Breast growth and shrinking of testicles in men, Voice deepening and growth of facial hair in women, High blood pressure, Heart problems, including heart attack, Liver disease, including cancer ,Kidney damage, and Aggressive behavior. There aren’t many short term effects but there are many long term effects. Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, they can lead to addiction.  


Society

This impacts society because if you don’t consult with your doctor or anyone before using steroids then you could potentially messing up your body. People just want to fantasize about having that great body and will always take the easier route. There are so many effects that could happen and harm users therefore it is a very crazy drug that should be used carefully. All these athletes and bodybuilders use steroids and sometimes they go crazy on it.


Self

I personally don’t think steroid usage is something that should be allowed. If you want the body then just work for it and eat right. It’s not that hard it is just that people are lazy. I personally work out on a daily basis and I see the results you just have to put a little time in every day and the results will come quicker than you think.


Link to slideshow

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1i416c3d3nvy9hpBiPRlA-oMPePTQEzJTcbilkpSdggw/edit?usp=sharing


References:


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Anabolic Steroids: MedlinePlus. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2016, from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anabolicsteroids.html


Steroids: What Pro Bodybuilders Are Really Using. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2016, from https://www.t-nation.com/steroids/steroids-what-pro-bodybuilders-are-really-using