Look Mom I Made A Podcast!



Have you every wanted to create your own Podcast? I know that I have. I have always envied the people who are able to rant online in a very neat and organized way and then publish it to the great wide web. This project gave the chance to try that.

In this project, we were tasked with reading the book ‘Revolution’ by Jennifer Donnelly. This book follows the story of a girl named Andi who is highly intelligent yet failing school because of the trauma involved with the loss of her little brother. Of course, her overachieving father bring her to Paris with him over the holidays so that she can finish an award winning thesis. Along the way, she finds a hidden diary which belonged to a girl named Alex. Alex was the caretaker of Louie-Charles, Le Dauphin during the French revolution. Eventually, Andi goes hard on her antidepressants and literally goes into the past, where she lives Alex’s life. There, she experiences hardships and discovers that Alex was ‘The Green Man’, a person infamous for setting of fireworks. In the end, Andi comes home safe, becomes this big shot for discovering Alex’s journal, gets into a good school and finds love and closure. Our challenge was to take this story, and reflect on a certain aspect of it creatively.

I decided immediately that I wanted the product to be extravagant. My final product was a Podcast with music created by yours truly. I went in-depth about metaphors in the book, and connections to my life as well as significance, my opinion and the characters. I contacted the author to get more information about the subject, and she offered good answers which lead my inquiry. I took all of this information, and compiled it into a project that includes music, facts, and an interview. As the cherry on top, I published it on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

The process

I began this project by reading and analyzing the book. This meant that I read the entire thing once to get a sense of the literature and plot, and then a second run through the audiobook to listen to inflexions and tone. This allowed me to get a better sense of how I would narrate the Podcast. 

Another large player in the eventual success of this Podcast was our book chats. Every week, I would get together with a small group (Rhiann, Thomas and Matthew) land we would discuss certain aspects of the book. Each week, we all took on a different role. The options included discussion director, smart summarizer, creative connector and the artful artist. Every week, it was refreshing to hear other perspectives. I always enjoy a chance to argue about plot points.

Paris skyline drawing

Amongst my favourite book chat roles, I had a lot of fun with the artful artist role. I decided that I wanted to do more research on fireworks in the seventeenth century, so I did several pages of research and presented a GIF which displays how they were set off. I also included a drawing of the Paris skyline.


Finally, after we had finished the book all together and I had to part with my group, I began the process of making my Podcast. Now I will be the first to admit that I am not the most efficient person to grace planet earth. Yet, I am very satisfied with the fact that this entire project took less than six days, give or take. Ok, I am kidding. But I did take the time to map out my tasks, and I executed them in an orderly fashion. As a result, I got everything finished within the time limit.

Time blocking

Let’s look at the final product. It was made using an application called Anchor, which allowed me to easily stream to multiple services. I am very proud to call this my project, especially because I exceeded my own expectations. I did this by including an interview, original music, original cover art and information provided firsthand by the author. If I had more time, then I would have most definitely shortened it. At the exhibit of learning, I found that people were not able to listen to the whole Podcast, so many people did not hear the interview or my analysis. I could have done this by budgeting and compressing my ideas. This has been something that I have struggled with since joining PLP, so the idea of fixing it all within one week is absurd. Nonetheless, I loved this product.

The competencies

Text Comprehension and Appreciation Strategies

I have applied appropriate strategies to comprehend written and oral texts, to guide inquiry and extend my thinking. I recognize and appreciate how an increasing range of features, forms, and genres of text reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages

I am very proud of how I demonstrated this competency through my creative reflection. I creatively and uniquely summarized my opinion on the book. I also extended this to my peers. I recognized how biased influenced our opinion and take way from this novel. I created content which not only demonstrated how the book reflected on me, but on other people as well. A lot of the information which I included came from our Historical Fiction Fridays. There, I would ask my peers a set of questions about their opinion, no matter what my role was. To create this podcast, I went through this book twice. Once was for reflection and recognition of the book itself. Messages, metaphors, connections etc.

Revolution Podcast cover

The next time I went through it, I listened to the audiobook. I scrutinized the way the words were put together in a way that impacted the listener in a specific way. I replicated this in my podcast. I also created my own music, for which I used knowledge of tone and mood to compliment what was being said. I used what I learned in Alberta to interview my peers, so that I could create the most unbiased product possible. Finally, I used tools at my disposal to create an image for my Podcast. For this step, I used Keynote for the background, and drew the girl myself. I pushed my own limits when it came to comprehending this book, and presenting it in an informative and interactive manner.

Throughout the course of this project, I pushed my own limits and gave it my all. Along the way, I learned how to critically read a work of fiction, how to use my resources to extend my learning and how to make my work accessible to the world. Thanks Andi.

Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

When Galaxies Collide



It is week four of the student blogging challenge, and I am still alive. In fact, this weeks challenge has rejuvenated me and put a fire in my eyes.

This week we did not have a specific challenge to complete, we simply needed to catch up on the work that was not completed, and perhaps revise it. I thought I would take this chance to have some fun with my blog. Namely, teach you more about me, and comment on 100 different blogs. But that is a story for another time. For the moment, let me explain to you a concept that I find mind boggling.

Something that you may not know about me is that I have a passion for maths and science. Specifically, I enjoy physics, and philosophy of the universe. When I am older, I aspire to be a theoretical physics. Doing mathematics day and night, while contemplating the creation of the universe is my calling.

The other day, I was scrolling through Apple news and I noticed an article on the collision of the Andromeda galaxy. NASA describes this as “when galaxies collide”. In four billion years, scientists estimate that the Andromeda galaxy, one of our neighbouring galaxies with a black hole at it’s core is going to approach the path of the Milky Way, and the two galaxies will collide. Although, because of the distance between our planets, we will never actually make contact with another planet. We will simply pass through each other. Relying on the fact that an intelligent race still exists within this amount of time, they may never even know. This makes me wonder whether this has happened in the past, but we have not had the tools to decipher it.


Another article in this section mentions the wormhole theory. The wormhole theory was first theorized by Ludwig Flamm. Flamm had read and analyzed Einstein’s proposal of a black hole, and rewrote the equation so that the black hole had a mirror opposite. This is called a white hole. For those of you who would like a quick recap, a black hole is what would have once been a planet with very weak thermal forces. These forces would have been so weak that gravity collapsed the planet, like my dog collapses plastic balls. The planet crushes in on itself, and stretches the fabrication of time space. Gravity has nothing to fight against it that will stop the collapse, so it continues going until it creates an infinitely small singularity. Flamm theorized that if a black hole stretches into space time, something must stretch out. This is called a white hole. Whereas a black hole captures and traps light, a white hole expels all light.

If we combine these two “holes” together, we create a worm hole, a warp in space time. I am sure that we have all seen a low budget Hollywood film where the heroes use their ‘SuperWarp2000’ to open a wormhole and transport themselves to a location thousands of light years away in a matter of seconds. Theoretically speaking, if wormholes existed, we could cut down on a journey to another galaxy by a very formidable amount of time.


In order for this to be possible, we would need to create a vessel that can travel faster than the speed of light. Because of the relationship between your mass and your speed, the faster you go the more your mass increases. In order for you to attain the speed of light, you must not have a mass.

All of this is theoretical, and relies on very specific calculations. We can’t just decide that we are going to build a rocket ship that travels at the speed of light one day (ehem, Elon Musk).

If you still want to learn more about wormholes, this video explains the process very well.

I really wish that I could explain this subject more in depth, unfortunately one blog post is not enough to document centuries, and careers worth of work. I will definitely continue posting on this subject. For the moment, I would like to turn your attention to this.

My experience with commenting on 100 different blog posts

This naive task started exactly five days ago. I had an epiphany. I haven’t gotten the chance to involve myself in this Student Blogging challenge as much as I would have liked to, so I set myself to the task of commenting on 100 different blogs.

This was an image that I created of a few of my favourite comments that I left.

I used the challenge document as referral, and five days later, I had read and commented on 100 different blogs. I am very glad that I did this, as I got the chance to get to know this community more. Everyone from children to adults, from artists to meme creators, I saw one hundred different takes on the same challenge. I was very impressed, in fact I gathered a lot of inspiration from Shyanne, Yusrah and Felicia. I was impressed with every blog that I saw.

That is a wrap for week four, and I am starting to seriously consider blogging as a career. Until next time!


“Good afternoon, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

Alberta 3.0



If you have made it this far, you deserve a medal of honour. You are a survivor.

In my last two blog posts, I have covered the itinerary of my PLP 9 Alberta trip, and I have reflected upon the work that I did while I was there. This final post will cover the habits of mind, and the lessons that I learned on this trip.

In my last blog post, I touched on this subject briefly. The habits that I exercised on this trip were my ability to gather data through all senses, creating, imagining and innovating and remaining opening to continuous learning. Although I saw proof of every habit in my work, these were the three particular habits that I saw proof of.


Gathering data through all senses, and using listening and speaking skills

This particular competency and habit were used mainly in the creation process of my Alberta video. As I mentioned in my previous blog post on this video, I had never conducted a solo interview before the beginning of this project. The idea was frightening to me. It took hours of planning and thought, along with a frivolous amount of practice interviews for me to conduct a successful interview. But the data that I inferred from the interview ran beneath simply what was said. I had to consider any bias that may influence their answers, detect and subject that I could get more information out of my tones of voices, and asking applicable questions by analyzing answers on the fly. Many of these things come naturally to humans, but we must do this during an interview all while considering the bias the the interviewee may have. It seemed like a daunting task. While on the trip, I lead seven different interviews. By the end of the trip, I was very comfortable with asking focused quality questions. This will be a skill that I will need for the rest of my school career.


Creating, imagining and innovating, while taking responsible risks

This habit of mind and competency shine through in my work on the Ghost Town video. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to create a copelling product that included a complex idea, and shots that I had never used before. In a short amount of time, my group was able to ue our surroundings to frame a shot that met that goal. The final product may not have been what we originally imaged, but that does not take away from the fact that I am proud of this product. The planning and responsibility that my entire group took on is impressed me the most.


Remaining open to continuous learning

We are able to see this habit and competency through my daily note. At the beginning of every day, I was given a driving question. Throughout the day, I had to use my ability to remain open to continuous facts, information and possible interviews to ensure the best quality Daily Note. I learned some important lessons while doing this exercise, including to always start early, and go the extra mile. Because that is what makes the process worth it.

”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show


The eggplant rant

Salutations old companions.

I find that we have managed to settle into some sort of dysfunctional routine. I go MIA for multiple weeks, muster several sporadic posts and then once again go under the radar. In this essay I will-

Alright let’s get down to business. This entire predicament, shenanigans, whatever you want to call it started today on my walk home from school. I happened to be thinking about how delightful my ham and cheese sandwich had been several hours earlier, and me being the distinct individual that I am came to the conclusion (somehow we got on this subject an I am not sure how. Knowing me for all the wrong reasons) that I needed to pick up some sort of schedule here. See, on my previous term congruence check I had decided that I needed to search for the inspiration which will get me safely though the school year. At the time, I was feeling uninspired, but this walk home did the trick. I was hit with a wave. Literally and figuratively. I needed to start learning about the world, and in the process inspired myself. My lovely blog, feel honoured. I chose you. So form now on every couple days or so I will be posting a paragraph or two on a random subject that I decide that I want to study. You may want to stay tuned, as this could get interesting. My inspiration varies rom day to day, so one day I may be discussing why people who roll their toilet appear over are dominant. Or perhaps why green jello is a sin. Here is a teaser: it radiates criminal demeanour, tastes like an ll American donut burger and is an inferior and second-rate chocolate pudding. Thank you for attending my TED talk. Likewise, some other days I may be in no mood for twiddling my thumbs. On these days you may want to prepare yourself for “the Renaissance”, or “politics in Feudal society”. Allow me to introduce todays topic, the ““eggplant rant”. This is what I will call this style fo post. So come back every week or so to acquire some strange yet fascinating knowledge.

Well I am running out of steam at the moment, and I hope this scintillating content makes up for the fact that I was too lazy to spice this post up with a picture. Tune in next week for “the bubonic plague”

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

World religions outside of the classroom

Salutations, companions.

By now I am assuming that most of you know my introduction like the back of your hand, so let’s cut to the chase shall we?

The last couple months in the best reality TV show, PLP 8 have been working their hearts out on a large ____ we like to call the Winter Exhibition. Leading up to this moment, we have been studying every aspect of religious worldview. From the basis of the Hindu religion to what the Buddhists ate for breakfast. The basis of our learning in this unit was on the beliefs, and mannerisms of different cultures, and the whys behind our findings. And what a better way to do this than to actually go and visit the locations of worship for these religions? Exactly. Nothing. And in the words of Kaden Douglas-Pluff, “because of being able to leave the class room, I learned three times as much as I ever would from a textbook”.

Often what separarates many of the worlds religions is its classification on a map. Eastern and Western. The worlds most densely populated Eastern religions consist of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. These mark the first landmark for the PLP 8 Destination Worldview trip. We were tasked with respectfully walking around, and while admiring the landmarks while taking photos of all of the worldview aspects we saw around us.

The very first landmark that we visited was a Hindu temple. Some of the things which really stood out about the Hindu temple was the very modern style of the building, and just how traditional all of the interior designing was. It was definitly not what I was expecting to say the least. I noticed that there was continuing colour patterns throughout the temple, both red and yellow. If you were to look around you would also notice many statues. This is because Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, meaning they have many different gods. What I like about this style of polytheistic religion is that god takes many different forms, throughout all of these more minor dieties. And because of that, Hindus have the right to pray to whatever form of god they please. Maybe you relate the most to Vishnu, the god of peace and sustainer of life. My personal favourite god is Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. If I was Hindu, then I would pray everyday to my godess, Saraswati.

The second Eastern religion that we got the pleasure to visit was a Buddhist temple. What you would immediately notice about the Buddhist temple was that it was outside. They seemed to correlate all of their temples around a small kabota outside, which sits just above a river, telling me that they are very connected with nature, which makes sense considering that the Buddha reached nirvana by sitting underneath a tree for 49 days. The Buddhists believe in living a harm free life, which can be achieved by following the eight fold path, a series of commencements of a sort, which will help you lead an innocent life, so that when you reach the end you may enter nirvana, a state of eternal peace. I had several questions going into the Buddhist temple, including ‘why drove you to believe that the buddha reached nirvana?’ Something that I learned through the course of this project was that religion is not always driven by logic. But I had yet to learn this.

Our third destination was the Sikh temple. The Sikh religion is the belief in the the equality between all humans, and the harmony between man and allah, god of everything. Entering the Sikh temple is like walking out of stormy Raincouver and right through the gates of heaven. There is a large room at the back of the temple, which is dedicated to reading the guru Granath Sahib, the immortal guru. Can I please take a moment to applaud the ninth guru of the Sikh religion for nominating a  book to be his successor? I have never agreed with someone more. While we were visiting, the temple was being cleaned until it gleaned like the summer sky, as the birthday of guru Nanak was to be celebrated, and as celebration they read the book of guru Granth sahib for three days straight. The walls of the temple are lined with gold, and the red velvet carpet floors are more comfortable than my own bed. Not to mention that eh entire downstairs are of the Sikh temple is dedicated to being a soup kitchen. And the food is amazing! Long story short, I would happily go and live in the Sikh temple for the rest of my life.

And that wrapped it up for the Eastern religions. Next, we had to move on the Western religions.

What do you think all western religions have in common. If you guessed the fact that they were all western originated, then congratulations. Hopefully none of you got that wrong.

the very first location that we visited for our Western religions was a church. Christianity is the most widespread, and popular religion on this planet. It is an especially large part of North American culture. What the Christians believe is that there is a spirit who rules over us all, for He is so powerful his name is not to be spoken out loud. He looked down on this humble planet of ours and he must have thought to himself “wow these people really need my help”. So he bestiowed us with part of himself, or his son, only for his son to go and die on the cross. This is where the Christianity separates from Judaism.

I really enjoyed being inside the church, as everything was so symmetrical. I almost felt as if I was inside the ark of Noah. All around the nave stood tall and majestic statues of saints, who staples in Christianity. Something I learned from earlier studies of the subject was that a lot of the art that currently resides in churches is from the Renaissance. For example, the Vatican has most of the statues of Michael Angelo, an artist during the age. That is why I admired all of the paintings and the statues more than I normally would. Not to mention the fact that the top of the nave was surrounded by windows making me feel as if I heaven was pouring into the church

Our fifth destinatation was perhaps in my opinion the most beautiful, the synagogue. A synagogue is an Jewish place of worship. Judaism holds the same almost the same beliefs as the Christians, they believ in god and they will happily read the genesis chapter in the bible, but that is where the similarities end. The Jewish do not believe that Jesus was the son of god, and they believe that their lord an saviour is yet to come. When we went to visit a synongogue, the Rabi showed us the most prized possession of the Jewish religion, the Tora. The Tora and hundreds of years old scroll, which were written by hand and recount the exact words of god, which every weekend are to be read out loud for all Jews to hear. The Jewish synagogue is stationed directly above many intertwining creeks, which I believ signifies the religions connection to the earth. The synagogue is intertwined with the river just as the Jews are intertwined with nature. That is our simile for the day.

Our last destination on this wild trip was a Muslim mosque. Something that I immediately noticed after walking into this mosque was how starkly decorated it was compared to the other locations we had been to. This is most likely because when you go to a mosque, you go to pray. And nothing must get in the way between you and your connection to god. You must focus on praying. Praying is one of the six pillars of Islam, and perhaps the most important. Six times in each day any Islamic man or woman must drop what they are doing, get down in their knees and pray in the direction of Mecca, the Muslim holy land. While we were visiting the mosque we got to experience one of the six pray times during the day. Six or seven muslims filtered in and began this pattern of standing up, sitting down and chanting verses from the holy book, the Quaran. It was truly a neat sight to see, especially considering the fact that I had never seen a Muslim prayer time before.

Each of the religious sites that we visited was beautiful in its own way, had its own way of prayer, and celebrated the gift of life differently. The Hindu temple was so gorgeously decorated, and I could see that much attention was displayed specifically through the costumes on the statues of the gods. In the Buddhist temple we got to spend some time meditating, and connecting ourselves to our inner thoughts. All though I definitely enjoyed it, I really admire all of the Buddhists for being able to do that every day for their entire life. I was surprised by how generous and welcoming all of the Sikh people were, and their food was amazing! You have no idea how many times I have dragged my parents over there for lunch. The church was an enlightening experience, because even though I had been in a church before I had never actually learned the significance behind many of the statues, or all of the different rooms. You could say that going to the church actually changed my worldview when it came to the Christian religion. I could not help admiring the beautiful surroundings of the synagogue, and it’s really neat that within it are scrolls which are older than anyone I know. I admire how focused all of the muslims are as they pray, as if there were not 26 grade eights watching them. But something that all of these religions have in common is that they all want the same thing, to reach god, to reach peace and to obtain happiness. Considering that they are all from different parts of the word, born at different stages, they all tackle the task differently. The way that a these religions, and all people act differently in because none of us ill be the same, we will all be influenced by certain parts of our life, but the important part is to remember that we are all human, so therefore we have something in common. As fellow human beings we must support each other, yet continue to believe in what we believe.

”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show