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Blogging Challenge Week 3 – Creative Commons And Other Image Usage

As the title may suggest, today I will be talking to y’all about Creative Commons (and the rest of our week 3 blogging challenge tasks), but first of all, what is Creative Commons? Who is Creative Commons? How is Creative Commons?

    I think we’re better off with just answering what is Creative Commons. Well it’s a non profit organization, that makes copyright licenses to allow the public to use artist’s work for free! You can read all about them on there website (https://creativecommons.org/about/)

 

    But wait google images aren’t free you might be asking, well yes and no. Most images you find on google CAN be copyrighted. Basically Google Images and fair use is a thin tightrope that Creative Commons turns into a massive suspension bridge.

 

For our other week 3 tasks we challenged with taking a photo of our own to include in out blogs, all the photos I have on my blog (excluding 2) are my own and here is another one of my wall: 

And here is a cool image I found on a Creative Commons plug-in for my blog: Tree & Bird Russ Seidel via Compfight

    Welp, this concludes my week 3 blog! Thank you for reading, have great rest of your day/evening!

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Blogging Challenge Week 2 – Writing Comments

For week two of the blogging challenge we were tasked with writing meaningful comments. I wrote 3 different comments on 3 different blogs them being: https://25zacharydb.edublogs.org http://karenrorypowers.edublogs.org/sample-page/ and http://soleyjay.edublogs.org/2018/10/18/fortnite/ I wrote respectful comments on similar interests I had with these bloggers, and I also left a question for every blogger as well.

 

I also wrote a commenting guidelines page on my own blog, it’s located right beside my about me page on my blog.

Overall, exploring other peoples blogs has been a lot of fun so far and I’m excited for the rest of the challenge and for any responses I get from my comments!

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My Steampunk Inquiry

Welcome ladies and gents, to this cesspool of a blog, today I’ll be writing about my steampunk inquiry question; Why did the world NOT evolve into a steampunk world?

 

    Well first let’s answer the first question people ask when someone says the word “steampunk”. What is steampunk? According to google it is: “A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.” I think that’s a great definition and the only thing I would add to it is the mention of the metals that you see used in steampunk fiction (e.g Gold, Bronze, and Silver).

 

Getting back to the main question, today I’ll be focusing on three main events/reasons that I think caused the worlds evolution in way that is NOT steampunk.

 

1: Resources

I think one of the biggest attributes of steampunk is the metals used within its apparel and machinery, those metals being Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Although there was a gold rush in Australia from 1851 to the late 1860’s (one source argued it didn’t really end until 1891) and the Victorian Mines Department reported that a total of 1,898,391 kg was mined, most of the gold was used to pay for Britain’s debts and it’s own industrial revolution. Gold was for the rich, so the gold mined during the Victorian Era was either used for currency or jewelry.

 

Silver was just frankly too expensive, according to commodityhq.com the price of silver was about 1.30(usd) per 1 oz of silver it stayed at that price until World War One where it rapidly decreased. The average wage in the Victorian era was 29 shillings a week, doing some simple conversions (20 shillings in a pound) that’s equal to about 1.86 USD a week meaning it would take a common mason one whole week to earn enough for just an oz of silver. Roughly the same goes for Bronze and Copper.

 

2: Electricity:

 

Probably the biggest reason our world doesn’t look like Leviathan is electricity more specifically the light bulb, invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison (or Nikola Tesla depending on who you ask) the world no longer only ran on steam. Thus steampunk no longer had a chance to exist, it just wasn’t that practical anymore, and that brings me into my final section.

 

3: Practicality:

 

Steampunk just isn’t all that practical, after electricity and other fossil fuels started to take over, the world didn’t need steam power as much as it used to. There was no need to make the machines out of gold silver or bronze, when there was steel. Even exposed gears aren’t are all that practical as it makes the machines more vulnerable to the elements, and workplace accidents. If we never discovered electricity the world probably would’ve gotten over polluted a long time ago and earth would could’ve been looking like venus by now.

 

Overall, steampunk is great as a literary genre but I think where we are now (technologically speaking) is a better world.

 

Sources: https://commodityhq.com/education/a-brief-2000-year-history-of-silver-prices/

https://sovereignhilledblog.com/category/victorian-gold-rush/

http://www.steampunk.com/what-is-steampunk/

http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/what-is-steampunk/

https://www.tvakids.com/electricity/history.htm

 

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Identity Unit – Looking back

How does the land around you impact your identity? When I was first asked this I thought I knew the answer instantly, when in reality I did not, at all.

 

My mind jumped straight to sports more specifically two of my passions; Mountain Biking and Snowboarding. I figured since I love those sports and both sports require a mountain, that’s how the land impacts my identity, but I was thinking about my own experiences and the more I thought about the question the more I realized, how many different answers there are.

 

We were tasked with answering this question in video format.

 

You can watch that video here

 

In the video I talk more about other stuff like the natural resources we find within the land, or how the land can impact things like art for example: I went to deep cove and talked to a local artist and she had some really neat things to say (which are noted in more detail in my video).

 

While the rest of the plp 9 class went to Alberta, Anikah, Aiden and I stayed at Seycove, although I did not explore Alberta I got to explore more of the place I just moved to: North Vancouver. Even though I didn’t move from a place like Ontario, while I worked on this project I noticed that the average lifestyle differs a lot from Port Coquitlam (The place I moved from). The biggest difference I noticed is everyone is a lot more outdoorsy here, and there’s large community’s for activities like hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding. You don’t see those large of communities in Port Coquitlam even though the two cities have roughly the same population.

 

Looking back on this unit, I think I learned a lot about others’ perspectives on the land around us, and on their definition of identity itself. Most Importantly I learned about how I owe a lot of my own character and identity to the place I call home.

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What I Did On The Alberta Trip

This September, the PLP 9 class went on a field school in the interior of BC and Alberta. I did not attend, why you ask. Well for one, I was playing a lot of hockey and moving into a new house.

Although I was pretty bummed about not being able to go on the trip, I got the news that I had made the a2 team the day before our class left, and that made me pretty not bummed, in fact I was very excited because it is currently my first year playing for North Van minor. So over the week the class was gone I got a chance to get to know my teammates and coaches.

My mom and I moved into our new house on the 16th of September and there was a lot of boxes to move. It was actually pretty fun and I got a chance to have a mini family reunion as multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins helped us move. My favourite thing about moving here is definitely how close we are to the mountains and my Mom’s house is only about a 15 minute walk to the Seymour shuttle.

Hockey and new homes aside though, let me explain what I did at school while the majority of my class was in another province.

For starters the people that stayed (Anikah, Aiden, and I) were given a unique assignment being the Seycove identity video. We also had to make our own ghost town video and individual identity video.

Ghost Town:

While the class got to run around a real ghost town and make a goofy silent, black and white video in it, we got to do the exact same thing, but inside of the school, I think the biggest plus side of filming it at Seycove was the fact that we could run around the school without consequence. In this video Anikah is the Cop, Aedan was the robber, and yours truly, was the camera man/editor.

The Seycove Identity:

The Seycove identity video was fairly fun to make as well mostly because I got to do this video with Anikah and Aedan. This video was a pretty neat thing for me as I got to learn a bit more about this school’s culture and clubs, but it was also a little challenging because of certain actors including myself aren’t the greatest at keeping a straight face while filming. You can watch that video in all its glory right here:

Unit End Video:

Finally, the identity video. This was definitely the most challenging for me but it was also the one I probably learnt the most from, during this project I researched the Oil Refinery located in Burnaby (just across the water from Deep Cove), did a short interview at the cultural centre in deep cove, and did a lot of filming around North Van itself. You can read my full blog post about this unit right here.

I think the fact that we didn’t really have any teachers around us while the class was gone helped me with my own independent responsibility towards work. I did fairly well with staying on task over that week there were definitely a couple blocks wasted on procrastination which is something I struggled with a lot last year but I am getting better!

Overall it was a really fun 10 days and I don’t regret not going on the trip!

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