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martes, 5 de junio de 2012

Portfolio Outlines


Elective
- Fear and Confidence project: I learnt all the connections between fear and all the fears there are. How the are born and why they stay and how to prevent them. This piece of work was for my elective, ethics.


Sociales
- Enterview Political Parties Project: I learnt all I know about the political parties in Colombia and how the function

English
- Books: Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, I am number Four
- Hunger Games Trailer Project: I learnt how to atract people to read or do something. I also learnt how to edit and how to structure a trailer

Social Studies
- Mesopotamia Items Building Project: We had to make certain items that you would tipically find in a peasrents hous in ancient mesopotamia.
I learned how to use clay and how to make something lokk old with certain characteristics.

Math
- I did an ancient MAthematician project. We had to make a sort of biography of a mathematician and how he contributed to something other than math in his time.

Science
- Car of the future project. We had to make an ecological car witha sort of technology or other fuel source.

Spanish
- I created a sort of booklet about Golfo de Morrosquillo. During the year, weve read 1 book: Farenheit 451.

3 Best Pieces of Work Journal

This year I chose my three best pieces of work that I did not only on how I did academically on them, but how I enjoyed doing them and what other thing than the academic buble I learnt. I chose my three best pieces by analyzing what I had learnt with each one. My final conclusion was that the three best pieces I have done are: My science cat of the future project, my spanish short story writing and my social studies podcast on medieval europe. I had to go a step further than what we learned in class with these because they also included working in teams and working with technology tools. I learned new leadership skills and how to perfectly function Keynote and Mac applications.

Piece of Writing Final Improved


          Energy drinks, as the name clearly states, are supposed to give you a “boost” of energy. Basically, the difference between an energy drink and sport drinks, soft drinks or regular drinks are the ingredients. What energy drinks have that most other drinks doesn’t have, is a high dose or percentage of sugar and caffeine. Sure, Coca-Cola and Pepsi have caffeine and sugar but a can of 480ml does not have 27g of sugar. 27 grams is about 10 teaspoons of sugar! That’s about 5 sugar cubes per can mixed in with caffeine and other “boost” like ingredients like inositol which is part of the b vitamin group, yet not a vitamin. The effect that sugar gives you in such a concentrated amount and the danger is that it accelerates the production of adrenaline by a lot, just that it lasts for a moment and then it disappears. Inositol is designed to trick the body to think it´s a vitamin process it quicker and send it to important cells in the body. Inositol´s main function or design is to help relay messages within cells in the body (accelerate movement artificially. Within this chemical and others in the energy drinks like taurine and sodium chloride ionic bonds are formed to create the energy drink.

        These chemicals of course have an impact on the body that is supposed to give you the boost of energy. If you take a look at the ingredients in both Rockstar and Monster, you would get the impression that an energy drink is a blend between a soft drink and a nutrition drink; and people that have tried the drinks say the same to the taste. They say that the taste in these drinks fall into medicinal or molten sweet tart alike. Like the ingredients, manufacturers say that the energy drinks do give you extra help on endurance and physical performance while most professional doctors strongly disagree. They all say that the energy drink works on its high amount of caffeine and that the other ingredients are not a boost for you, but for the caffeine itself working on the body. Caffeine works by blocking the job of adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical produced by the brain for sleep. When it is blocked, the neutrons in your brain are fired, tricking the body to think it’s an emergency and releasing large amounts of adrenaline, causing your eyes to dilate and causing the liver to release a lot of sugar into your bloodstream for energy. While it causes all this, it also affects a chemical in the brain´s pleasure system, called dopamine, making the body think it has much more energy than it really does. All this chemical energy is produced to create mechanical energy in the body´s movements and capacities at the moment.

      Since caffeine in these drinks is so pure and has a large effect on the body, it is not recommended for children under 12 years old, pregnant women or people with heart disease. The effect on the heart that the drinks may produce is dangerous for small children since their weak and little heart may not be able to hold the power of the boost. Since babies inside whoms receive what the mother consumes, it is dangerous for their hearts. They do not have the capacity for even a small zip of these drinks. On the other hand, children that are tall and about above 13 or 14 years old can handle these but not excessively. One every once in a while is ok, as long as no kind of addiction is produced and they are moderate with their servings and portions.

    Covering some of the dangers in these drinks can´t is easy so it has to be very hard on the companies and their marketing strategies. For Monster, I think their technique is truly amazing. They basically don´t hide secrets of the drinks, they simply diverse the attention from the bad things. By hosting motocross events and designing accessories and motor bikes, they show the public what´s good about monster and how it helps worldwide athletes and stunt drivers like Travis Pastrana who landed the first double backflip! For Rockstar, I dislike their strategy. They truly hide their ingredients and the bad things about the drink. Monster simply doesn’t talk about it unless their asked, Rockstar acts as if they had no idea. As well, they only sponsor athletes, but they don’t host or show major interest in the sports that they are trying to sell their product through.
     Overall, it has been decided. The winner of our epic battle is Monster. Their market is diverse, drawing attention to sell the drink indirectly. The drink also contains less amount and pure caffeine along with artificial flavoring and food coloring. Monster is heading to the top of energy drinks and is trying to make it less unhealthy, that gave it the grand winning prize!

Comments on Piece of Writing


Mathias: tomas did a very good job. He really did show his interest in the project and organized it very well. I like how he put very straight facts into his writing and helps to shape your opinion as the reader. If I were to correct this, I would only check spelling, the structure is great how it is.

William: I really liked reading this. Now I know how energy drinks can be to your body. My correction is to make it more friendly. Relax the mood.

Tomas´ Dad: I really enjoyed reading Tomas´s work. I personally think energy drinks are horrible in every way, so I wouldn’t say anything good about them. The correction I have for Tomas is to be more clear. There were times were you just jumped into an explanation of something you didn’t know was being covered. That’s what I would correct.

Piece of Wirting I could Improve - Science


 Energy drinks, as the name clearly states, are supposed to give you a “boost” of energy. Basically, the difference between an energy drink and sport drinks, soft drinks or regular drinks are the ingredients. What energy drinks have that most other drinks doesn’t have, is a high dose or percentage of sugar and caffeine. Sure, Coca-Cola and Pepsi have caffeine and sugar but a can of 480ml does not have 27g of sugar. 27 grams is about 10 teaspoons of sugar! That’s about 5 sugar cubes per can mixed in with caffeine and other “boost” like ingredients like inositol which is part of the b vitamin group, yet not a vitamin. The effect that sugar gives you in such a concentrated amount and the danger is that it accelerates the production of adrenaline by a lot, just that it lasts for a moment and then it disappears. Inositol is designed to trick the body to think it´s a vitamin process it quicker and send it to important cells in the body. Inositol´s main function or design is to help relay messages within cells in the body (accelerate movement artificially. Within this chemical and others in the energy drinks like taurine and sodium chloride ionic bonds are formed to create the energy drink.

        These chemicals of course have an impact on the body that is supposed to give you the boost of energy. If you take a look at the ingredients in both Rockstar and Monster, you would get the impression that an energy drink is a blend between a soft drink and a nutrition drink; and people that have tried the drinks say the same to the taste. They say that the taste in these drinks fall into medicinal or molten sweet tart alike. Like the ingredients, manufacturers say that the energy drinks do give you extra help on endurance and physical performance while most professional doctors strongly disagree, since it blocks a substance.When it is blocked, the neutrons in your brain are fired, tricking the body to think it’s an emergency and releasing large amounts of adrenaline, causing your eyes to dilate and causing the liver to release a lot of sugar into your bloodstream for energy. While it causes all this, it also affects a chemical in the brain´s pleasure system, called dopamine, making the body think it has much more energy than it really does. All this chemical energy is produced to create mechanical energy in the body´s movements and capacities at the moment.

      Since caffeine in these drinks is so pure and has a large effect on the body, it is not recommended for children under 12 years old, pregnant women or people with heart disease. The effect on the heart that the drinks may produce is dangerous for small children since their weak and little heart may not be able to hold the power of the boost. Since babies inside whoms receive what the mother consumes, it is dangerous for their hearts. They do not have the capacity for even a small zip of these drinks. On the other hand, children that are tall and about above 13 or 14 years old can handle these but not excessively. One every once in a while is ok, as long as no kind of addiction is produced and they are moderate with their servings and portions.

    Covering some of the dangers in these drinks can´t is easy so it has to be very hard on the companies and their marketing strategies. For Monster, I think their technique is truly amazing. They basically don´t hide secrets of the drinks, they simply diverse the attention from the bad things. By hosting motocross events and designing accessories and motor bikes, they show the public what´s good about monster and how it helps worldwide athletes and stunt drivers like Travis Pastrana who landed the first double backflip! For Rockstar, I dislike their strategy. They truly hide their ingredients and the bad things about the drink. Monster simply doesn’t talk about it unless their asked, Rockstar acts as if they had no idea. As well, they only sponsor athletes, but they don’t host or show major interest in the sports that they are trying to sell their product through.
   

domingo, 27 de mayo de 2012

Amazon Review Ruff Draft, Peer Comment, and Amazon Review Final Draft


Amazon Book Review

This book is amazing. It is a perfect inside look at the agency and is very thrilling. It truly portraits the way some presidents relished their power; as well as some embarrassing moment that created their international notoriety.  Its truly amazing how you can notice the dedication the author put into it to be able t get all the insights and really did exploit her sources for all the information.
In the book, you do really get to see how klutz some presidents have been, as well as the personable under the suit. It also lets the reader see the several plots that have taken place against the nation´s leader and other personnel under the agency´s detail. The author was also able to portrait the way and protocol that the agents need to thwart any kind of threat. It amazed me very much how hypervigilant an agent has to be on this job, but still how many dullards they have placed on the job.
The book is a true insight to how secluded the president is, few people know what actually happens behind the scenes, although many have a cursory. If you have a plan on acting on the president, read this book and think twice because the moment you don’t know, the secret service will pounce on you. Trust me, you don’t want that.
Mathias Kling suggestions:
Overall, Tomas did a very good job. It is clear he put some time into his work and was done with excellent quality. My advice to him in his vocab work is nothing. It is very well done, although he might want to consider choosing different words in the sentences wjere he needs to replace the vocab words. In his amazon review, I really liked it. I think he had to play with the words until they really did fit in. What I advice for the review is to give a final concrete opinion about the book, and then it will be perfect.

Amazon Review Final:

This book is amazing. It is a perfect inside look at the agency and is very thrilling. It truly portraits the way some presidents relished their power; as well as some embarrassing moment that created their international notoriety.  Its truly amazing how you can notice the dedication the author put into it to be able t get all the insights and really did exploit her sources for all the information.
In the book, you do really get to see how klutz some presidents have been, as well as the personable under the suit. It also lets the reader see the several plots that have taken place against the nation´s leader and other personnel under the agency´s detail. The author was also able to portrait the way and protocol that the agents need to thwart any kind of threat. It amazed me very much how hyper vigilant an agent has to be on this job, but still how many dullards they have placed on the job.
The book is a true insight to how secluded the president is, few people know what actually happens behind the scenes, although many have a cursory. If you have a plan on acting on the president, read this book and think twice because the moment you don’t know, the secret service will pounce on you. Trust me, you don’t want that.
Overall, the author did a very good job with investigation for this book. The division into chaprters and their tittles is very cleverly done. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes police and military stories and facts. It does include a lot of protocol explanation, which I like, but most people don’t. The only flaw with this book would be the plot. I would organize the chapters differently, to keep the reader on course of each president and protocol explanation. Rating: 4/5 stars.

Categories of Non Fiction Book Vocabulary


Categories: - State of Being  -characteristic –action –  object:

State of being:
-          Personable
-          Hypervigilant
-          Grueling
-          Secluded
-          Wag


Characteristic:
-          pathogens
-          frenzy
-          larceny
-          notoriety
-          adulation
-          conundrum
-          dullard
-          klutz
Action:
-          exigent
-          thwart
-          holler
-          cursory
-          pounced
-          brandish
-          exploit
-          relish
-          ruse

object:
-          flange
-          grate