Hey everyone! So on October 30th, we, as a class, went to SFU for the day. We started with a solo spot, super cool, followed with us exploring the Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. The museum was really interesting and I loved looking at all the aboriginal designs in the things like bentwood boxes. For lunch we went to an Indian
buffet place. The food was really good. Afterwards, we split in to two groups for tours. They were lead by Katie and Zoe Fajber, Jamie’s sisters. The tour was really interesting and it was neat to hear about different parts of the school. We ended the day at the library, where
I got a book called “Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children.” The library it’s self was super interesting in how it was laid out and organized, as well as a little overwhelming with the sheer amount of books there.
I started the day with a plan to get a book and to bond with classmates. I also wanted to see the campus, especially because I am considering going there. I planned on taking loads of photos for both me and my blog.
Looking back, I learned a lot about universities and the opportunities they provide from both Katie and posters around the
school. I learned a little about university life from a student’s perspective as well. Overall the day was very inspiring in that it opened my eyes to a new world in a way, or at least a different perspective of the world. It gave me a look into the paradigm that is a post-secondary student as well as showed me amazing sights in the architecture and feel of the building itself. In relation to my word from the beginning of grade 9, open, it opened my eyes and mind to a new way of thinking and gave me another mindset to consider when I meet people.
For more photos, check them out in my flickr album.
Another day, another blog post.
We went on a field trip to SFU recently, and it was a lot of fun. Personally, my goal wasn’t actually to get books for my eminent person study, because she is so unknown to the general public that I assumed there wasn’t going to be any books about her. And I was right. So instead of focusing on the library aspect of it, I readied myself for being on a university campus and bonding with my classmates.
I would say the theme of this trip was knowledge, because we spent our time visiting the museum at SFU, searching their library and learning about the school. I learned how to use the book locating devices and that will help me when I need to check out books from my local library.
Enjoy some pictures from the trip!
Julie D’Aubigny: Opera Singer, Duelist, and lover of adventure – what more could I ask for in an eminent person?
Meet Madame de Maupin: a 17th- century bisexual opera star who could beat the greatest swordsmen in a duel. Born to a lower french aristocrat, she had a colorful childhood, learning to duel and ride. She was briefly engaged and met the King, but her fiance broke it off and sent her away to France, where she had a string of short affairs, including one with a murdering swordsmen, before happening to meet a young woman whom she quickly became enamored with. The woman’s parent’s decidedly did not approve and sent her to a convent. D’Aubigny promptly took the vows at the same convent and spent weeks coming up with an escape plan, before sneaking herself and her lover out and setting the convent on fire as a distraction. This affair ended months later when Julie became bored and left her lover. She escaped her trial for arson and spent the next few years travelling as an opera singer. Upon one such travel, one man made a derogatory comment of her and she instantly challenged him to a duel, which she one, stabbing him in the should. Later, in apology, she stayed with him in the hospital and became his lover instead. She died at the age of 33.
There are many more fascinating tales about her, such as how she crashed the ball of king Louis, dressed in men’s clothing and flirted shamelessly with the ladies, beat 7 angry suitors in a duel and got pardoned because the laws against dueling only applied to men. How she defeated men while singing embarrassing songs about them and when people doubted her gender, ripping open her blouse so they could “see for themselves”.
Obviously, I cannot fully understand her point of view, her being a minor french noblewoman and me, as a middle class Canadian. We both, however, share the same sense of adventure and hate of boredom. Both us are bisexual, and understand that sometimes cutting your hair or wearing the wrong clothes won’t make it easier for people to like you. We both are loud, proud, and often overzealous about things we are very passionate about. She, however, was of course an extremely talented singer and swords woman, and I don’t see myself mastering either of those particularly soon.
No matter what, I am super pumped to learn more about her and her story, and the scandalous tales that lie in between.
So apparently I think this did not get published O.o ………I think……if this posted twice, I’m sorry
Ohhhh okay I see what I did, I accidently did all this as a “page” and it’s suppose to be a “post” instead! Sorrrrry!
This is going to get interesting…..good luck to all!
Ever since I heard about the Eminent Person Study Project, I’ve put a lot of thought into, “Who should I stalk-I mean study for eminent?” I didn’t know if I should do a scientist, or a motivational speaker, but after deciding on what I would be most interested in learning about, I decided that I wanted to learn about an athlete runner.
Paula Radcliffe is who I settled on studying, not just because she has the same last name as Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry Potter) but because she amazed me from how fast she improved and how determined she was and I started to look up to her. Paula is a long distance/marathon runner that started being inspired to run from her father, a former marathon runner. She was born in Davenham, Cheshire, England, on December 17th, 1973, so she is currently 40 years old, who has been running her whole life, and still is. Paula married Gary Lough, who was a former 1500 meter runner and has two kids. She was 7 years old when she started running, and by 12 years old, she placed 299th out of 600 girls in the English Schools Cross Country Championships (1986). Only one year later, after all the hard work and determination, she placed 4th place in the same race…from 299th place to 4th place in one year! The fact that someone, a female, a normal human being can improve that fast and by that much amazes me! That was what drawn me in the most while picking who do choose to study for eminent. Only 6 years later, and she has won 1st place in World Cross Country Champions! Even a week after suffering an asthma attack! This women is insanely strong!
In the first 7 marathons that Paula ran, she won 6 out of the 7 races and set a marathon world record in 5 of those races. She has the four out of the five top fastest female times in marathons. In the 2003 London Marathon, she set the world’s best with 2 hours and 15 minutes in 42.195 km! 11 years later and still no female runner has beaten her record. Whereas, in her Olympic running life, it isn’t going as well as she hoped. During the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, she cramped up and had to stop and stretch before injuring herself, yet she still ended up in 23rd place. For the London Summer Olympics in 2012, she was pulled out since she had a foot injury, so she couldn’t compete. Paula has had multiple foot injuries in her life, but she is always determined to get right back into it after she has healed, and to make up for that take that has been taken up.
Paula really caught my attention because of how amazing of a runner she is, and now I’m beginning to look up to her. How strong her determination is, that really amazes me. Paula and I are just a bit similar because running long distances has always been something I like to do for fun and running competitive, like cross country, since I think it’s the competition that motivates me to work harder. Since my dad played soccer when he was younger, he was a extremely fast runner, so when my brother and I were in elementary school, my dad would take us out on runs quite often. Since my brother is older than me, he joined cross country and loved it, which made me want to try out joining cross country. Guess what happened? I fell in love with it as well. And we have joined every year now! Paula is also a girl (obviously and what we discussed about in class) which gives me another reason to look up to her and want to learn a lot more about her.
My other goals for this project would be to, for once in a life time, actually learn a ton about someone that I look up to as a role model, which actually makes me excited to start this project. But at the same time, since this is such a big project and we are given such a vast amount of time to work on this, I need to work on not procrastinating this to leave on the last week to do. Time management is actually one of my goals I need to work on throughout the year, as well as public speaking, exploring new things, new experiences, and figuring out what I love to do. But, as I was saying, I would love to learn about all the accomplishments, the training, the struggles, and the joyful times Paula Radcliffe has experienced. I want to capture the essence of what a professional athlete runner goes though every day and how they live their life compared to anyone, even a celebrity. I just want to be inspired by such an amazing person!
There goes my first assignment made for eminent! Welcome, Paula Radcliffe, athlete runner!
Finally after a short delay, it’s THAT time of the year again. Eminent. Unlike last year, I’m not walking into this blind, I know how the whole process works now. I’m actually feeling more relaxed than last year, which is surprising considering this year I have to perform in front of a bigger audience in an even more formal setting. I have no doubt everything will go well in the long run, all that’s left is for all of us to complete the project and make it another one of our unforgettable memories that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
How many of us would just die for a warm chocolate chip cookie? How many of us opt to leave chocolate chip cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve? Without Ruth Wakefield, we might have never tasted these deliciously satisfying delights. She was born in 1905 in Massachusetts. After graduating in 1924, Ruth worked as a home economics teacher for two years in a high school, then later briefly worked as a dietician. She married her husband Kenneth in 1930, and together they bought a tourist lodge and named it the Toll House Inn, where Ruth worked to serve meals to the guests. Her meals and desserts became very popular in a short period of time, attracting many guests and even becoming a destination place to hold big events such as social parties. Her success lead her to publishing a book filled with her very own recipes, ranging from lobster dinners to nut cookies. Around 1937, Ruth was making a batch of chocolate flavoured cookies for the guests, however, she ran out of baker’s chocolate. Thinking that Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bar would melt and blend when she baked the cookies, Ruth broke off chunks of it and mixed it into the dough. It was accidental, but Ruth just invented the Toll House Cookie (chocolate chip cookie), making her one of the most famous inventress of the 20th century. Her invention spiked up the sales of Nestle’s chocolate bar, leading Andrew Nestle to give Ruth a lifetime’s supply of chocolate in exchange for incorporating the Toll House Cookie recipe onto their packaged chocolate products. Ruth’s invention also lead Nestle to later sell another popular merchandise: chocolate chips.
Ruth and I are obviously from different backgrounds. We are born into different times, different backgrounds, and different families. We most likely share different values and beliefs, however that does not mean we don’t have similarities as well. We are both ladies with independent minds and make our own choices. We both have a passion for food. Though her passion is more on the professional side, while I simply just love to eat, it is a similarity nonetheless. We also both have a clear goal in mind as to what we want to accomplish in our lives. Ruth never wavered in her goal of sharing the product of her love of cooking with everybody. This is what lead her to purchasing the Toll House Inn with her life saving. I really want to pursue an area in medical science where I can put my knowledge to use and help people regain their health. Ruth was very successful in terms of accomplishing her dream, and hopefully I will succeed too. Last but not least, we both have very supportive family, friends, and teachers. I believe that having support greatly increases one’s confidence and determination.
Another year, another stressful November to come. It’s that time of year again, the most talked about project in the TALONS program itself: The eminent person project. Coming back this year as a grade 10, I’m glad I know what to expect. I can gladly admit, I had no idea what I was doing last year, and sometimes I want to rewind and fix the mess that was my project last year. However, that was the past, and I have high hopes for myself this year. This year I am really aiming to get that interview I missed last year, and to as always, improve on my public speaking. I can already feel the improvement from just last year. I want to aim to exceed all my expectations as of right now. Let’s get started! As you can probably tell from the title, my eminent person this year is going to be Sadako Sasaki.
” I will write peace on your wings, and you will fly all over the world”
Sadako Sasaki, an ordinary girl who dreamed of just making it day to day. Sadako was only two years old when the atomic bomb dropped by the Untied States exploded only about a mile from ground zero in Hiroshima. Sadako only 2 years old then, was blown out the window still living when her mother found her and they fled their home. Her grandmother ran back to the house to retrieve something, but was never seen again. Most of Sadako’s neighbours were killed, however, she was left almost unharmed, or how it seemed on the outside.
Growing up, she was the fastest runner in her class and was well respected by her peers. It was during an extremely important relay race, she felt dizziness, but she brushed it off thinking it was only the exertion from running the race that made her feel sick. However, the next couple races ended up with her out of breathe and close to passing out. At the age of 11, she passed out after a race, and couldn’t get back up. She was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with leukemia. At that time in Japan, people call the disease “A-bomb disease” because it affected many children that survived the atomic bomb several years after due to radiation. Her family was told she only had close to a year to live and she was put in the hospital.
Shortly after, her best friend Chikuzo came to visit her at the hospital. That day, Sadako was given hope when Chizuko brought origami paper. Chizuko told her the old Japanese legend that if a sick person folds a thousand cranes, they are given one wish. Sadako ended up trying to fold cranes out of anything from medicine wrappers to paper out of the garbage. She never gave up and was cheerful until the end. On October 25, 1955 Sadako died peacefully with her family around her, in the hospital.
There’s been many versions of how many cranes she ended up folding. Some say she finished folding a thousand cranes, but the most famous version is from the book ” Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” saying she folded a total of 644 cranes. Her saddened classmates ended up finishing the rest of the cranes and started a cause that raised enough money to build a monument in her honor. The monument is known as the Children’s Peace Monument located near where the bomb was dropped. Visitors all over the world still fold cranes to place beneath the statue reading the same wish engraved on the statue “This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.”
Sadako’s story has had a big place in my heart for the past six years. In elementary school, I knew nothing about the world war, however I remember reading “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” in fourth grade. It’s one of the only books that still stand out to me, and I even attempted to fold that many paper cranes in elementary school. I find that the connection between Sadako and I is actually strangely strong. During world war II, Japan and China were actually on opposite sides (Axis and allies) and I remember growing up and learning about the world war from my grandma who was alive during that period. I also visited Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii during middle school. I feel like with some knowledge ahead of time, my eminent project may actually succeed and hopefully, even better than last year! We’ll just have to wait and see…
My eminent person is Eric Carle. He was one of my favourite authors when I was younger, and I still enjoy reading his books when I’m really really bored. I’m sure that he was also a part of many others’ childhoods as well. While I loved his books, I never really looked into Eric Carle himself. I’m excited to find out more about him.
Eric Carle is a designer, illustrator, and author of children’s books, with his most famous work being, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” He has made various titles with an interesting art style. Eric was born in 1929 in Syracuse, USA. When he was six years old, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany, and was brought up there. He graduated from the prestigious art school, Akademie der bildenden Künste. His father was drafted into the German army in World War II, and, at the age of 15, Eric was drafted to dig trenches. He was always homesick for America, and dreamt of returning. Eventually, in 1952, he travelled back to New York with a total of 40 dollars in his pocket. He got a job as the graphic designer for the promotion department of “The New York Times.” Later on, he became the art director of an advertisement agency. Now, he has a wife named Barbara Morrison, and two grown-up kids. He spends his time between the Florida Keys and North Carolina.
His career as an author started when Bill Martin Jr, another author, asked Eric for a collaboration. The outcome was: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Did You See?” It was published in 1967 and became a best-seller. His first books alone as an author were, “1, 2, 3, to the Zoo,” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Eric Carle has a very unique art style. He cuts out hand-painted and layers it in a collage method to form colourful images. Eric’s books usually have elements of nature and education, but remain simple. Children often enjoy his books because there is often anadded layer. A different texture or design can let people experience the books in different ways. So far, Eric Carle has made over 70 books. He has also earned many awards from multiple national library associations, such as: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, Japan Picture Book Award, and the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Literature Award. Eric Carle has even opened up a museum for picture book art in Amherst, Massachusetts called, “The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.”
The reason I chose Eric Carle, rather than other authors like Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch, or Roald Dahl was that he was the main author I read when I was just starting to read. The first time I really enjoyed reading was when I read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The story was immersive and I felt a deep connection to the protagonist. I can still remember there being holes in the fruits to put your fingers through to make it look like worms were coming out. It’s not just that I like his books, but I also share an interest in making books and stories. I started to make picture books after reading Eric Carle, and comics after reading Jim Davis’ “Garfield” (Maybe next year? :O).I hope to learn something about the process that Eric Carle takes to create books to improve myself. Overall, I hope that this project goes well.
“Basically, our goal is to organize the world’s information and to make it universally accessible and useful.”
– Larry Page
Co-founder and CEO, Google
I’m pretty sure everyone reading this post has heard of Google before – the search engine responsible for providing with all the information we will ever need. One of the minds behind this revolutionary site, is none other than Larry Page; 41 year old entrepreneur, computer scientist, and the co-founder of Google. As of 2014, his net worth is estimated to being an whopping 32.7 billion dollars.
Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan on the 26th of March 1973. Both of his parents, Carl Victor Page (father) and Gloria Page (mother), were computer experts. Though both parents were computer experts, it was his father – a professor and pioneer of computer science and artificial intelligence, that sparked his interest when he gave young Larry a computer of his own at age 6. He led a normal life, and ended up graduating from the University of Michigan, with a bachelor of computer engineering. Larry was passionate about technology, and after working for a few years in the tech industry, 24 year old Larry Page decided to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University, where he met his friend and colleague – Sergey Brin.
While pursuing his Ph.D, he had to decide on a dissertation theme. Together with Sergey Brin, they came up with the idea of linking web pages together, along with extracting patterns from large amounts of data. This project was initially called “BackRub”, where the two explored backlinks and weighing the importance of a site. Consecutively, the PageRank algorithm was created (names after Larry Page), and two pair decided that they could build upon and improve the search engine that was currently in use. They later renamed BackRub into Google (derived from the term googol meaning a 1 followed with 100 zeroes). In 1996, the first version of Google came out. It looked something like this:
Not the most appealing, but this was the backbone of what Google is today. They raised over a million dollars from family, friends, and various other investors, Larry Page and Sergey Brin were ready to bring this project into the commercial world. They founded Google in 1998, and the site was receiving over 10,000 searches / day. Though Google started in Larry’s garage, it quickly moved to a few offices followed by an entire complex named Googleplex – the famous headquarters in Mountain View, California that provides even recreational and exercising facilities! Google continued to flourish and in August of 2004, Google went public with an IPO that raised over $1.67 billion. In 2006, Google became a company of more than 10,000 employees, and an annual over income over $10 billion. To this day Google has acquired technology giants such as Android, Motorola, VirusTotal, and most importantly, YouTube.
Now, why did I choose Larry Page? First of all, he’s the definition of eminent, meaning that if I think about the most eminent person I know of, that would be either Larry Page or Sergey Brin. I find that Larry has a lot in common with me (notably interests in technology). As a grade nine, I’m still not sure to this day what I want to be and how I will achieve that. I believe that the eminent study of Larry Page will answer many questions I have. Unlike many projects I’ve done in the past, I’m really excited to begin my study on Larry Page.
Born in 1912. Died in 2011. Within those almost 99 years lies a story of a woman who fought greatly against the Nazis in World War II, risking her life to end the violence around her.
This woman was named Nancy Wake.
Nancy was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. Her father left her family (mother and siblings) to go back to New Zealand shortly after Nancy had become settled in North Sydney. For the first portion of her life, she lived quite normally, but she ran away when she was 16 to work as a nurse. Later, using some money that her aunt had given her, she traveled to New York and London to train herself as a journalist. Working in Vienna one day, she witnessed Nazis beating Jewish men and women in the streets, which was what lit the fire in her heart to put an effort into changing things.
Throughout the time of World War II, Nancy became a courier of the French Resistance, joined escape networks, joined the SOE (Special Operations Executive), brought weapons to her group and led attacks on German installations. The Gestapo gave her the codename White Mouse, because she was always able to elude capture. Once, she was captured and interrogated for 4 days, but they did not know it was the White Mouse, and eventually released her. She was considered the Gestapo’s most wanted person, with a five million franc reward placed on her head.
One story I remember very clearly was when she was in an undercover raid, she was spotted by an SS sentry, who went to raise the alarm and ruin the mission. Before he could reach the alarm, she killed him with her bare hands. One quick judo-chop was all it took (which she learned at SOE).
I would go into more details about these experiences, but I must do some more research in order to fully understand what it was she did during that time. Also, why would I want to explain everything about my eminent so soon in the project?
Alright, so now it’s my second time around doing the eminent person project. This year I’m really excited and I’m not anxious like I was last year. I suppose experience is a friendly face when it comes to projects (or just Talons in general). Now, Nancy (this year) and Malala (last year) are very different from each other, so I can’t really improve based on content because they are in different categories. However there are some aspects of my presentation I would like to improve from last year. This year I am going to make my learning center BIG. Now, I’m not sure how I’m going to do this quite yet, but I want to make some sort of scene where I can act out. This will be a great improvement from my boring poster board I had last year (Hey, it was grade 9. I didn’t know how big a deal Night of the Notables was).
Definitely one thing I’m going to be learning a lot about it World War II. To be honest, I don’t know very much about it, other than the basic facts. I hope that it gives me more understanding and insight into history.
Time to hit the books and learn about this amazing woman!