Bulls: a common mythconception


This subject is very topical at the moment, and holds a place close to my heart.

So let me put it bluntly

Bullfighting conjures a common image: An angry bull charging at a matador’s small red cape, the muleta. But, why does the beast charge at the sight of red?

Actually, it doesn’t. Bulls, along with all other cattle, are color-blind to red. Thus, the bull is likely irritated not by the muleta’s color, but by the cape’s movement as the matador whips it around. In support of this is the fact that a bull charges the matador’s other cape — the larger capote — with equal fury. Yet this cape is magenta on one side and gold or blue on the other.

Still don’t believe me? In 2007 the show “Myth busters” decided to test this theory on a live bull in inquiry using colour versus movement in three separate experiments. First, they put three stationary flags, which were red, blue and white, in the bull’s enclosure. The bull charged all three flags regardless of color. Next, they put three dummies dressed in red, blue and white in the ring, and again the bull charged all three without discrimination (and actually charged the red dummy last).

Finally, they put a live person dressed in red in the ring with the bull. That person stood still while two cowboys — not in red — moved around the ring. The bull went after the moving cowboys and left the motionless red-clad person alone.

So, if a bull can’t see red, why is the muleta red? The small cape comes out in the last stage of the bullfight, when the bull meets its end, and its color helps mask one of the more gruesome aspects of a bull fight: splatters of the animal’s blood. Make sure you don’t tell Ferdinand.

Considering that I only just learned this tells me that people are very ready to believe any explanation that explains a situation, but of course I didn’t need bull fighting to realize this. In fear of enraging a crowd of people (yes I can feel you guys picking up your pitchforks), I am going to stop there because all of what should be said

To Destination Imagination and beyond


Oh boy, today you are in for a treat. I would like you to examine the picture below. Get used to its features, so much so that you would be able to pick it out of a crowd. Good.

Now I would like you to examine this face. Do they have much in common? That is what I thought so too.

First things last. What is this Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination is a compelling program which allows any child to unleash their creativity following a series of constraints. All contestants are sorted into categories, each of which is a challenge. We are given a set amount of time to complete these challenges with a team, as well as crafting two team choice elements and creating a story to tie them all together. Whoo that is a mouthful.

As a first year competitior I went into this no knowing what to expect. But I got a technical challenge, a group of people that I didn’t know very well and one big fat grade up for grabs. In short, this was the bloodbath scene in the Hunger Games.

It all began on that fateful day. I met my group. Ryan, Brenton, Anthony, Anders and Meg. I was surprised to say the least. I do not know what I was expecting. Misogynistic? Not at all. I am being serious. Our passion and dedication all reached the same extent, making us a fine group at the time.

My team challenge goes by the name On Target, but you can call it a far off epiphany. Our goal was to have an aircraft that is able to depart and land unmanned while simultaneously completing 5 payload drops.  My team attacked this challenge with vigour. …Although we didn’t actually begin to take it seriously until we had a fire lit beneath our behinds. This was our first mistake. Would I go back and change it? 100%. Did it seem like a good idea at the time? Not enthralling but we also managed to tread water for a solid 3 weeks before we had to stop pulling in different directions and we had to do something about this fiasco. What would I have done differently? I am glad you ask. I would have cracked down to business, and really separated the tasks until everyone had an equal amount of work and a series of tight deadlines. This was my, and our second mistake. Mr Hughes and Ms Willemse had a sequence of small mental breakdowns, in fact they probably experienced minor heart failures from having to repeat the importance of communication while bordering on sounding like a broken record. Nobody got hurt, but now I know that I should use Basecamp, and my voice.

The main ideas that I have learned while working on my challenge so far, if I were to choose several points then some of the major ones would be prioritizing, thinking ahead, diligently pursuing and possibly learning to consider even the craziest of ideas. You can see my need for prioritizing when it comes to making a drone, a backdrop, two extra team choice elements, costumes and all that jazz. That is a lot for even the most creative and efficient human being to do in 56 days. So I have begun to work out all of my priorities, push the unimportant ones to the side for the moment while I pour all of the necessary time, and even some extra time into completing and refining an item. I have also begun to think ahead when it comes to this project, as about half of the way through my team encountered an issue. We had stopped prioritizing and because of that we had not met the deadline for our necessities. This was a large issue, because we already had certain parts and we needed to ensure that all of the parts were compatible before proceeding. How we solved this challenge was by doing research into our parts and being very careful about how we proceeded while we waited for the parts. Although these have all been challenges that my group has had to face, none of them have been as hard as being flexible when it comes to reaching a solution. The hardest part of the stages so far has been Imagining for my group, just because we all have ideas and creative thought patterns that collide ever so slightly. It took us three weeks alone to come up with a story. Luckily we have worked past that.

When I assemble all of these traits, I notice that they have much in common with the traits of a creative person, as demonstrated from the Apple convention. All that I am missing is that little bit of Yorkson to spice it up. When you combine all of those attributes, you get a highly effective worker. Something that I am not. I know that I have most of the skills, or I know at least I know were to go with most of my talents, but to have those characteristics would take me there, to where I would be the best student that I could possibly be. My academic experience would be lifted up by many levels, which is what I want to take away from PLP. So my plan for action is to proceed with an iron fist and focus on these traits when I am completing work. I am aware that I will not see an instant diffrence, and that a long term solution will come with time. But why not start now?

Yes these traits are important to me. A new and rejuvenated me would be important for the completion of my high school experience. I tend to burn myself out while I work, as I will invest myself so much that IB push everything to the side. But horseback riding has become a more important factor in my life, and with all of my competitions, as well as managing my social life I have been in need of that balance. When I was younger, my dad had this saying. Age is something that does not matter unless you are cheese. But more importantly, he believed that age was a case of mind instead of a physical state. I could never quite grasp the full meaning of this statement, most likely because I was 6. Now that I have matured slightly, and have experience as a tool, I can understand that what is meant by a case of mind, or a state of mind is how I see the world. Theoretically, it is a mindset. But I had not yet learned what a mindset actually was. It has been my experience with PLP that has brought it to my attention, I am able identify it, and as a result change it.

Something that I know now that I didn’t know before… I would have to say that I have definitely learned a lot when it comes to aerodynamics. When my team reached a road block, we didn’t know how we wanted to fashion a drone. Did we want to use helium, or propellor, we could have even have used a balloon. When our teacher Ms. Willemse discovered that we were apparently incompetent with our challenge, she tasked each of us with each researching a different aspect of flight. I decided to research propulsion, which is commonly seem in large space aircrafts or larger cargo airplanes. I have always been interested in earlier stages of flight, and I did some extensive research on Da Vinci’s models, but we decided that propulsion itself was too difficult for the task at hand, so we moved on. I did learn a lot about flight throughout this process, which is lucky considering that if our plane ever fails then I would be able to use coordinates to find that angle at which I should chuck the plane. The whole ordeal has gotten me much more interested in aerodynamics, and I am now able to watch an episode of Mayday with my brother. I am also able to work with heavier objects and propel them somewhat far into the sky. Who know when that will come in handy.

I used to think that all of my work would scintillating if I made it in bursts of genius. Because gems are made under pressure. But as it turns out these little bursts of genius of mine seem to come very occasionally, and when they do it is only for a glass of wine (figuratively, relax). And of course that would make any task no matter how small very difficult, so I have begun to break my tasks up into bite size peices so they are not so daunting and easier to tackle. Watch out world I am a new woman!

”Good morning, and in case I don’t see y’a, good afternoon, good evening and good night.” ~ The Truman Show