Enhance or Destroy?

Hello World,

Can a remix enhance the original?

The simple answer is yes. There are many songs that just become a bit more catchy if they have a new good beat to them. An example would be the song Cheerleader by OMI written in 2012. It simply didn’t do as well as he had expected when he released it to the public. Then in 2014, Felix Jaehn, who is one of the most skilled and famous music remixers, decided to remix the song and it became Billboard’s number 1 song in the Summer of 2015. Sounds cool? Listen to the Cheerleader Remix here.

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As stated in this video, “Everything is a remix” and he proves that to be true. Most films, books and comics are based off films, books, comics, experiences, TV shows or plays, and all of them are created with the director’s own spin. Are we copying and stealing other people’s ideas because we’ve run out of creativity? Or are we just inspired to do our own spin?

I think we are inspired. Mostly because our creativity is dependent on our past experiences and opinions, and therefore we view a movie or a book differently than someone else. That’s why the same movie concept, such as the Romeo and Juliet idea, can be repeated, because the director changes something to make it fit their visions. Another reason we recreate or get inspired to do our own spin, is because the ideas are good. Like, really good. So why start over, when we can remix?

Another reason for remixing, is seeing potential in something. That is what Felix Jaehn did with Cheerleader and he made it a massive hit. Over all, a remix can enhance the original to a great extent, but it is important to remember where the idea came from, and accept that not every movie or book is a new invention. What do you think? And, leave an example of a really good remix, maybe even say why you like it?

If you want to see my ‘remix’ (aka interpretation) of the short story Getting Closer from last year, click here.

Sincerely,
Jules

Snowflake Investigation

 

Hello World,

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This is the Koch snowflake. An interesting mathematical idea of a snowflake expanding using a certain formula. Using it, I will be investigating how many iterations it should have to reach the closest perimeter equal to the distance between Zug and Copenhagen.

Here are my calculations:

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Then, I can find the intersection (intersection is where the lines meet or touch)

 

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69.96 is not a whole side, the answer would therefore have to be rounded.

 

If the answer is rounded down (to 69) the perimeter distance will not be great enough. This can be seen in the graph below (the orange line represents this).

On the other hand, if the answer is rounded up (to 70) the distance will be too great (the green line represents this). However, since the goal is to have a snowflake with a perimeter that is equal to the closest distance to Copenhagen, the answer must be rounded up, or else, the perimeter (distance) will not be great enough.

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The task is to find the iteration of the Koch snowflake that has a perimeter closest to the desired distance, and when n = 70, the answer is the most accurate. It is also the nearest iteration.

Below are the calculations for finding the percentage error

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(when the percentage error is equal to 0, then there is no error, and the answer is as accurate as it can be. From that, it can be concluded that the smaller the percentage error, the more accurate the answer is. When n = 70 is therefore the most accurate in this situation, because the iteration must be integer.)

Using these calculations, I proved that when the Koch snowflake is at its 70th stage, it has a perimeter that is only 1.02% off of the distance between Zug and Copenhagen.

In terms of the accuracy of the calculations, very few of the values are rounded, because I used the exact values that were given to me. The distance between Zug and Copenhagen is most likely not exactly 1,240 km, there are probably a few more or a few meters less. The accuracy of the numbers are appropriate to this investigation and to the tools given.

But what about the limits? Are there any limits? Can the snowflake reach anywhere? Yes, it can. It’s just a question about the iteration of the snowflake. It can even reach the sun as seen on the graph below. Or the moon.

 

Distance from earth to sun: 149,600,000  km → 14,960,000,000,000 cm (orange)

Distance from earth to moon: 348,400 km → 34,840,000,000 cm (purple)

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The only logical limit is that x must be an integer greater than 0 (equal or greater than 1). The iteration cannot be a fraction, because this does not work with the amount of sides on the snowflake. It can also not be a negative number, because it calculates a distance, and a distance cannot be negative.

When it comes to proving that 69.96 is the perfect iteration for the snowflake to have a perimeter that equals the distance between Zug and Copenhagen, I can use logarithms, and the method for taking something from exponential form to logarithmic form.

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In conclusion, the Koch snowflake must be at the 70th iteration in order to have a perimeter that is closest to the distance between Zug and Copenhagen. This can be proven by using the formula for the perimeter to graph and logarithms. Though the snowflake at the 70th stage is 1.02% too long, it does reach the goal of Copenhagen. Yet this is the iteration which gets the closest to the value of  1,240 kilometers, since it is impossible to have a fraction of an iteration, the closest iteration would have been 69.96.

citations here

Sincerely,

Jules

Digital Literacy, a necessity?

Hello World,

 

Coding, should students learn to code?

 

The short answer is no, but that’s just because it’s not a necessity in life. Or is it?

 

The generation of the 21st century will never understand, what it’s like to live without all the information in the world accessible at their fingertips. Or what it’s like to not have a mini computer, with physically impossible amounts of storage in their back pocket. This development is thanks to the new needs of the people and programmers developing their skills to develop our devices.

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Wolfthefallen (January 16th, 2017) CTF example retrieved from war room secure the net

Without coding, no one knows where in development we would be, but one thing is for sure, we wouldn’t be where we are now. This is relevant in terms of the personal use of programs and technology, but also in terms of factories, medical appliances and programs in everyday life that we take for granted.

 

Maybe coding isn’t essential to survive or have a decent life, but it is essential for my generation and the next generation, in order to understand and develop the programs we have today.

 

So no, student shouldn’t learn to code because they won’t survive without it (although this is debatable, especially when you look at the many improvements in the medical world) but because schools are responsible for sparking an interest for coding in their students, so the students can help develop our world even further.

 

And that’s just one aspect. Coding is a digital language, and knowing basic coding, can help one understand how simple programs, computers and machines work, at least that is what I have gained from coding. If you want to read more, click here.

 

“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs

 

Finally, for those of you who don’t understand why children should learn how to handle, variables, strings, ifs and so on, it doesn’t have to be that difficult.

 

Sincerely,
Jules

The Glory of Success

Hello World,

 

Today, I will be sharing with you a little bit of some humanities work about Stalin’s time in Russia.

Dr Hewlett Johnson, a christian communist visited the USSR in 1939. He was the Dean of the Canterbury Cathedral. When he arrived in the Soviet Union, he noticed how there was no fear. He found that there was indeed a lack of fear, such as the fear for economic reasons, work overload, health and education. The view that he got of Russia was, was wonderland like.

The reason Russia was doing so proficient, was because of Stalin’s five year plan that started in 1927, and continued to 1933, with then a second five year plan until 1937. Stalin’s goal was to make Russia a self sufficient and independent country by increasing the production of resources. He did this by developing the production of steel, coal and agriculture. He set goals that were almost impossible to achieve, though it did lead Russia to economic success. This brought Glory to Stalin, but the Russian population was miserable.

Stalin was using industrialization and collectivization to increase the amount of resources. He moved workers from their home to other regions when they needed more workers. People were fined if they could not meet the target that was set, this put a lot of pressure on them. Some regions in Russia were not made for agriculture, and these regions often didn’t produce enough food. Since the government took what they had, they didn’t have enough to feed themselves. Therefore, many people suffered from malnutrition.

In essence, the state of Russia in 1939 was masked in glory of economic success, which gave Stalin a lot of credibility and power. If one hadn’t known what was really going on with the Russian population, one might have believed Dr Johnson when he said that Russia was a wonderland.

 

Sincerely,

Julie

 

The Winner of Losing

Hello World,

 

Arguments are often viewed as a sign of negative disagreement. I used to think that arguing was a sign of an unhealthy relationship, or people’s stubbornness to see things from a different perspective. I did however, see arguments as a sign of people standing up for something they believe in, even though they might not know if they were wrong or right. People argue because they want other people to agree with them on their point of view. But I didn’t really see arguments as a necessity for a healthy community.

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We learn from losing an argument, they shape the way we think. But as one of my classmates said, it would be weird if we all thought the same and didn’t disagree on anything. I do question though if the world would be easier though this way. Because most of our world history started from arguments. What are you thoughts?

 

And next time you are in an argument, if you are proved wrong, show respect and accept it, and take it as a learning opportunity.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jules

Jules takes over Holland

“All learning should take place outside the classroom.”

 

Hello World,

 

I went on a cheeky trip last week to Holland. I went with my school on PDW, we were 6 boats with about 20 people in each. Our boat was called Koh-i-Noor, it was quite a cool boat.

 

My favourite moment on the whole trip was on the last night when me and my best friend took our duvets out on the deck. Then we ate brownies and stargazed, and we laughed the entire time. Some of the dutch girls on our boat joined us later to play cards against humanity.

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Photo credits to Darius S.

PDW in 3 words: experiencing the boatlife  – because, well, that’s what we did. #goals

 

I thought it was challenging to work together as a team with people I didn’t know very well. Throughout the week we got to know each other better, which meant that I made new friendships and working with the other crew members got easier.

 

The #boatlifetrip was great but it wasn’t as adventurous as the previous years. We didn’t have as many exciting activities.

 

If you are going on the same kind of trip; remember sudoko and card games. You will eventually get addicted to both.

 

3 things I learned about myself on this trip;  I am more patient with people than I thought, I don’t enjoy going too much with the flow, I prefer having a plan ahead of the day. And, I’m good a quick showers.

 

Referring to the quote at the top of the post, “All learning should take place outside the classroom.” I agree with this statement to a certain extent. I believe it is important to teach students certain things outside the classroom. Such as life lessons that need to be experienced rather than taught by words. Examples of this include pushing boundaries and accepting certain situations. But not all learning should take place outside the classroom, because the classroom sets a certain atmosphere that puts the students in the right mindset and prepares them to learn.

I think the what I discussed above is a controversial subject, if you want to explore it further, I would recommend looking at this TED talk by Ken Robinson (0r watch it now above). He talks about how it is important to create conditions for children to flourish using their natural talents.

Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

 

Sincerely,

Jules

 

thirty-two thousand

Hello World,

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This blogpost will be dedicated to #1004theworld. I have chosen to answer the question which work of art has the most important message for global citizens and why? Based on Chris Jordan’s „Running the Numbers“ I have chosen this piece of art with the title: Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006. And here are my thoughts:

 

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A quote by Chris Jordan, explaining the message behind his art.

32,000. That’s a lot of, probably women, who don’t feel comfortable with who they are. It’s cliché, but it’s true. Deciding to change one of the most feminine features on a woman’s body, there must be a thought behind this. It’s called insecurity. A woman might be insecure because she feels that society has unachieveable standards, that’s what leads to wanting to change something about oneself. As a citizen of modern society with a growing use of social media, I can’t do much other than accept other people. If we all did so, wouldn’t we start to see a change?

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Jules

 

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woman by Mirjana Veljovic from flickr

Preparing for the Unknown

Hello World,

How do you prepare for the something that is unknown? I’m specifically questioning preparing for the future. What skills do we need in a world that we know nothing about? It’s not because we lack experience, we just don’t know about the opportunities that haven’t been invented yet. No, not exactly a flying car builder, but along those lines. Are we a generation without skills for the future?

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Malcolm X once said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Some part of this is very true, that to be successful one must have an education. In the past century, everything has changed, the future holds so much for us. The amount of new jobs is unimaginable, because eventually we will be working with things that don’t exist today. We don’t have to be strong and learn the skills to hunt anymore, but we need to now how to communicate and build on our ideas This is where skills of the future come in. They are nine skills that are believed to be important in the future. By the time this generation graduates, most communication in work and life will happen visually.
Our future will rely on communicating visually with open minds and self-knowledge,  and an ability to learn and to love it.
So let’s see, how prepared am I for this future thing….
I will be comparing two assessments I have done in the past year. If you have read my blog before, you might have come across them. The first one is dial ‚A‘ for honesty a short film about academic honesty I made with two other girls in the beginning of April this year. The other one is a Getting Closer interpretation that dates back to October.
In the future, communicating our thoughts will happen visually. Both of these assessments are interpretations of a story, and they are both in a video format. Communicating is not new, it’s one of the first skills we learn from the moment we open our eyes. Even when we couldn’t talk, we still communicated, we cried or we pointed. But in the future, we need to think differently. How do we get something out to people? Visually seems to be the way.
Both assessments communicate thought and process, they explain ideas that can’t be described with words. Such as the time passing and the rubric cube completing in Getting Closer . They explain a scenario that is relatable and they let you reflect on your own thoughts being provoked by them. This is specifically the dial ‚A‘ for honesty. But to learn anything from this, we need to know how to learn. Learn to learn, another one of the nine skills. We need to know that the thoughts that come into our minds are ideas and creations that are potentially beneficial. Knowing and practicing what to do with these thoughts will prepare us for the future.
Our self-knowledge and creativity will build our base.
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future by KROCKY MESHKIN

 I didn’t get to finish it completely, but thats ok…
Sincerely,
Jules

Developing to Develop

Hello World,

 

Last year, I was a progressing english student, this year, I’m an experimental english student. In 8th grade, I played it safe, I wrote my essays based on clear and inspirational themes, I used vocabulary I had learned, but always keeping it to something I knew would be appreciated. This year, I’m trying to experiment, with my own thoughts and always challenging myself to come up with new ideas.

I’m trying to find new vocabulary that describes exactly the point I’m trying to make. Last year, everything was good or bad. This year, it’s kind-hearted or destructive, and everything in between. I try to use new vocabulary, mostly by looking it up or from hearing it or seeing it being used. It’s difficult having english as a second language and then being expected to write and efficiently use words you have never actually heard of.

So why have I developed this way? What is the reason for this? I think the main factor, is the teacher. Both my english teachers taught me well, and taught me to develop, but this year, I get to be more creative. I am challenged to explain my thoughts on my ideas, rather than giving my thoughts on an idea. No doubt it’s more demanding, but it gives me better results, because I get to be creative with my thoughts.

Sincerely,

Jules