Sneak Peak!

Haven’t updated a while, but don’t think i’ve stopped working on my computer.  The computer in my possession right now only contains one part that was present in the original.

By about Christmas time, i’m looking to move into water cooling.  I will provide a full list of the current parts i’m using when I post the completed water cooling build.

Here’s a sneak peak of what I hope my water cooling to look like, with the exact case I’ll be using.

Dionisio Alacala Galiano  The name of the island where the TALONS class will be spending five days together.  Yes, it will be a new place for us but the point of this post is to let you know who visited it first.  Srsly.

Galiano was born in Cordoba, Spain in the year 1760.  He enrolled in the Spanish navy at the young age of 11.  He graduated Spanish Naval school in 1779.  After graduating, he learned the ways of Cartography, similarly called map making.

In the years 1784-1789, Admiral Vicente Tofino was ordered to produce and atlas of the coast of Spain.  From there, Galiano was chosen to work on the project.  Published in 1789, Galiano helped create the Atlas Maritimo de Espana.  This atlas was Galiano’s first ever professional project and he went on to help finish up the rest of Tofino’s map-making project.

In 1789, Galiano was chosen to lead Malaspina’s mapping expedition from southern Chile to Mexico.  Galiano arrived in Acapulco in 1791 and delivered Malaspina’s letter to Juan Vicente de Guemes that read:

Under the orders of Ship Lieutenant Don Dionisio Galiano, he, together with [Novales, Pineda, and Olavide], will proceed to [Mexico] … [Galiano] will be charged with coordinating in that capital, and later in Spain, all the notes of our past tasks … Besides, he must extract all that information conducive to giving an exact idea of the former and present state of [New Spain].”

From then on, he made voyages to find the fictional Northwest Passage, Nootka Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

While Galiano Island is named after Dionisio Alacala Galiano, other features of the island were named after people and ships.

Mount Sutil is named after one of the ships that Galiano captained on his voyage to the Gulf Islands.

Cayetano y Valdes Flores, who sailed alongside Galiano’s Sutil on his own ship, the Mexicana, has an island to the north of Galiano Island named Valdes Island.

I really hope that on our adventure trip, we can make it to the summit of Mount Sutil.

File:Vista desde Monte Sutil.jpg

LOLcat Poem #2

Kittay boal waz bein emptai
An so I dun do neythin awl dai
Mai brane sayz lemme do sumfin

ai wen outcide an stoof
teh sunzorz bein braight
mai frynd wuz der, srsly

me sez to him
wai u go dere in da sunzorz
him sayz dat he lieks da sunz

den we gone tu da streem
an it wuz wet an stuufs
an we sawed nuther kitteh

he wuz havin his raptop
dere with da yutewbs
watchin da lowd soccah

so wez sais to hem
we bein at da straem
plz trn vorume downs kthxbai

LOLcat Poem #1

In teh beginnin
Kittehs waz wurkin
Harrd on dere projeckets

Den one kitteh sayz
We cna git a hole bunch
Of kittays to teemworkin!

Furst dere wuz teknical difikulties
Nd sum kittehs wur ragin an stoofs
But evereethin wuz moovin arong noice

Sumtimes kittays jus need to
Moov backways an look
To see dat everythin is fine.

Like, Srsly.

teh speek of da intarwebz. no. srsly. language of teh interwebz for all da hoomins.

For my poetry study this year, i’m going to be examining the broad spectrum of internet language.

To most people, the internet is a mess.  There are so many things on the internet that go against: “proper”.

Bad grammar, inside internet jokes and living in a fantasy world are all present in large amount.

Yet, to navigate the internet, one needs to have a certain knowledge of internet culture.

I am sure that people could argue that knowledge of leetspeek and memes is totally useless, but you need that knowledge to even understand the sprawling resource that is the internet.

English is all about communication, and to communicate through the internet is becoming increasing popular as more and more people have access to computers.

I already have a lot of extensive knowledge on the culture of the internet and I know where to look.

Tune in next time for explanations, test your leet speek and I might even do some lolcat pictures!

Here’s something to hold you over till next time:

If you watched it, this is just the beginning.  😉

Op Ed – The importance of knowledge

As soon as I was old enough to understand, my mindset was that aboriginals are stealing our tax money.

Everyone around me always seemed to complaining about tax.  When I was seven, I went to the store with my piggybank full of  birthday money.  I chose an item and brought it up to the cash register with my fistful of coins, only to be turned down because I hadn’t factored in: “Tax”.

I asked myself over and over again, how could this happen?  I saw the price label last week, it said $39.99 and I had exactly $40, so why did they want more money than the price label said?

On the way back home, I asked my mother what “tax” was.  She said it was money the government got from people.  She said it went policemen, firemen and paramedics.  I could live with that.  She said it went to fix roads and pay for my schooling.  I could live with that too.

She also told me that our tax money went to the aboriginals.  I asked why.  She told me that our ancestors did bad things to them in the past and that they had a hard time living in current society. She said they didn’t have to pay tax, buy their land or pay for school.  So why did I have to pay tax then?

Article here.
“Only $5.4 Billion of all federal “Aboriginal” spending actually ever reaches First Nations.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Department officials have confirmed that only about 82% of policy and program funds actually reach First Nations in the form of grants and contributions. Treasury Board estimates that 11% or $600 million per year is spent on INAC departmental overhead.

It is estimated that only about 53% of “aboriginal issues” funding from other federal departments actually reaches First Nations. This issue requires further study.

INAC’s budget represents only approximately 0.004% of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product. Affordability to address First Nations’ urgent needs is not under question. In the last Budget, the federal government applied the $13.2 billion surplus to the debt, and this surplus continues to grow. Meanwhile, it invested $17 billion in military spending …”

Article here.

“The average Canadian gets services from the federal, provincial and municipal governments at an amount that is almost two-and-a-half times greater than that received by First Nations citizens.”

Nearly 11% or $600 million of budgeted aboriginal money is spent per year on running the INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada).  Almost 2x the aboriginal budget was spent on military expenditures.

One of my concerns as a Canadian citizen is how tax dollars are being spent and the results achieved from the spending.

Aboriginal spending needs to be more closely monitored, if we are ever to get the full value of it.  They should be compensated because of what our ancestors did but not without restructuring the payment system first.

Each tribe is given an amount of money and how they distribute it is out of our government’s hand.  If the first nation’s government is corrupt, this could mean that little or no money actually reaches the people, explaining the poverty or otherwise bad conditions most of the first nations live in.

Looking deeper into the facts, it appears that while status aboriginals are not taxed, they actually receive only 53% of the total $9.1 billion collected for them, and almost 2.5x less funding than the average Canadian citizen.  It’s also apparent that INAC can not account for the missing funds.

For change in the living standards of aboriginal citizens, our government needs to do a better job of spending the aboriginal money, and the aboriginal government needs to be monitored to make sure the money reaches its destination.

For change to happen, people need to be aware of the facts, and realize the first nations are not the only ones to blame for the state they are in.

-Jordan Toering

Toering, TKAM Essay

Jordan Toering

TALONS English 10

Atticus Finch is the “Hero” of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

Atticus Finch exhibits hero-like qualities with his family, in the community and in society.

Every book needs a hero.  A hero is put in place to contrast the evils and to give the reader someone a role model.  In “To Kill a Mockingbird“, Atticus Finch is that hero.  A comic hero can fly, jump into burning buildings and beat up crooks.  But a realistic hero is different.  A real hero acts with kindness towards all and is a lighthouse in the stormy sea of society

As a father, Atticus Finch is a strong source for good values and a one way ticket to a good upbringing.  Scout and Jem Finch both listen with respect, any and every time Atticus opens his mouth.

“‘First of all,’ he said, ‘If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-‘


‘-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'” Page 30

Looking at the second passage of the above quote; “Sir?”, we can see that Atticus stops talking for a moment, and Scout politely lets him know that she is listening and ready to learn what Atticus is trying to teach her.  The below quote is Scout remembering what Atticus told her and acting upon it, showing that truly does care about what Atticus is telling her.

“As Atticus once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem’s skin and walk around in it[…]”

Atticus does an excellent job of helping his children to grow up in their current circumstance.  Scout and Jem were raised primarily by Calpurnia, because their mother died when Scout was one year old.  Atticus works as a lawyer for the better part of the weekdays.  Without a mother, Scout and Jem are left to their own devices.  Atticus remedies this by keeping the lines of communications open.  By letting his children call him “Atticus”, he lets them know that he is willing to be their equals, as long as they respect him.  As long as Jem and Scout are comfortable talking to Atticus like an equal, it will be easier for them to resolve internal and external issues.

In public, Atticus acts as a role model for the citizens of Maycomb.

“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”

In the above quote, Atticus is talking to his neighbours about speaking to children.  The neighbours were speaking to the children about Ms. Dubose.  The children were getting overly confused, when Atticus walks up and lets them know that the children are grown up to hear it.  Atticus believes that it is easier to tell children the truth than to let them make up their own suspicions; children making suspicions almost always worse for them than knowing the truth.

[…]She was a morphine addict[…][…]You mean that’s what her fits were?[…][…]Yes, that’s what they were.  Most of the time you were reading to her I doubt she heard a word you said.  Her whole mind and body were concentrated on that alarm clock. If you hadn’t fallen into her hands, i’d have made you gone and read to her anyway.  It may have been some distraction.[…]”

The above passage is Atticus describing Ms. Dubose’s morphine addiction to Jem.  Jem wrecked Ms. Dubose’s flowers, so Scout and Jem had to go read to Ms. Dubose for a month.  What they did not know, is that they were helping Ms. Dubose to overcome her morphine addiction.  Atticus was sending them there so Ms. Dubose could die without being addicted to morphine.  By helping Ms. Dubose die in peace, Atticus is showing the community that he cares about all the members, young or old.

In the community, Atticus tries to break the wall of racism and discrimination.  As a lawyer, Atticus fights for all races equally, no matter how bleak the outcome.

“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

The above quote is Atticus talking about Tom Robinson’s upcoming trial.  He is saying that he does not think he has a good chance of winning, but that he will try his hardest regardless.

“‘The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place. It has relied instead upon the testimony of two witnesses whose evidence has not only been called into serious question on cross-examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant. The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.'”

The line above is spoken in Tom Robinson’s trial, by Atticus.  Atticus does two things here.  He politely points out that the evidence the plaintiff is providing is not adequate, and he tries to stifle anger from society.  “ The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.'” With this line, he tells the jury that Tom Robinson is not to blame, but someone else is.  Notice the “somebody” in the quote.  He does not specifically say that Tom Ewell committed the crime, so that some tension will be avoided in the courtroom.  By removing the tension, he gives Tom Robinson’s case a better chance of being proven not guilty and improves the relationships between the people of Maycomb.

Atticus Finch doesn’t shoot lasers from his eye, fly or wear a cape.  Atticus Finch is a hero because he exemplifies extraordinary behavior in regard to his children, his residential community and society as a whole.

ToBeMarked Customer Dynamic

Blogging about the same book that others seems to be getting tiring and tedious for me, so i’ve decided to do another post on something completely unrelated.  Personally, it’s easier for me to inject more of my own opinion into the post when I do it on a topic that is seldom, if ever, done.

Seems almost rude to separate people out into groups, but I find myself doing it all the time.

Last year, we did a project on picking one person who we had to describe.  I really liked that project and would like to again try my hand at it again, just with more people.  The target setting will be a children’s activity center, so don’t expect to see goth teenagers described in this post.  😉

Below are the common types of people I see:

Parent’s Lounge Campers – The parents sit in the parents lounge while the children play.  These types of parents usually dose in the comfortable chairs or are hard at work.  They send their children down to the snack bar with money to bring up trays of food and drink.  I try not to look down on them, but I have the prejudice because my parents were very active in my childhood.   It seems like they never want to leave when the activity center closes.

Restaurant Campers – The parents that sit in the restaurant.  More active than the PL Campers, there is usually more than one parent here.  The restaurant is a popular place for groups to sit as it provides tons of seating and is close to the food and bathrooms.

Waysiders – The parents that sit on the benches to the wayside of the play structure.  More involved than both breeds of campers, these parents might go into the play structure to interact with their child.  These are my favorite types of customers.  Because they are sitting on the sidelines, they have tons of time to read the rules and will tell their children if they are doing something wrong.

Active Participants – The parents that go into the play structure after their child.  These parents are the most enthusiastic.  I see them most on weekends.  I think it’s really cool how some parents choose to unwind after work by climbing around like a monkey.

I’ve always been told that grouping people together is a bad thing, because they are all individuals.  No matter how hard I try, my mind just still seems to see the groupings.  It could be my organizational mind at work.  Does anyone else’s mind do the same thing?