Essential British Columbia

Screaming at the Ocean

Edit & text by Jeanie

This is cross-posted on Mr. Jackson’s personal blog.

This week, we have been beginning our study of Canadian geography and our reading of theGolden Spruce by reflecting on what we might find as the Essence of British Columbia. In setting out to learn a few other TALONS skills – image manipulation, journal writing and a few technicalities of posting different items to our blogs – each of the classes have been selecting pictures from the TALONS archives of Flickr photos and adding text from different reflections on place to make the image come to life in a more personal and powerful fashion.

Essential British Columbia Flickr set

 

Science Song – Toren

The symphony of science is a series of musical videos. Each one revolves around a single important topic such as the brain or space exploration. Instead of normal song lyrics, each line is an autotuned quotes sung by Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Bill Nye, or one of many others.

The series is being made by John Bosswell and several supporters. His goal is to bring scientific interest to the public in a completely new way.  The songs provide both meaningful information and philosophy as well as an enjoyable music experience.

I personally like the songs because they are very different. Its hard to find anything like them.

The great thing about the series is that they appeal to a much larger audience than the scientific presentations normally would. While not that many people would sit through multiple hour speeches, listening to one of the songs outlines the topic and can inspire the listener to learn more. The quotes sound poetic and profound, something science rarely does. Even if it doesn’t teach too much just through the songs, it starts people thinking about things they wouldn’t have thought about before.

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