“We see the world, not as it is but as we are.”

Personally, I agree with the statement by Talmund, “We see the world, not as it is but as we are”.

While looking at this statement, I think it is important to consider the question, How do we know that we are experiencing the world as it is, rather than an altered version of the world caused by our own personal biases? I think that it can be easy for us to forget in our daily lives, that everything we experience is a result of our unique perspective mixed with the actuality of the world.

In the past three online lessons, we have explored how perspective and bias can change our view of the world. Based on what we have learned, and my own personal experience, I agree with the statement given by Talmud.

For example, in the second lesson of this unit we explored the parable of the six blind men and the elephant, which was about how our own personal bias can change the way that we perceive the world. In this parable, each of the six men perceived that the elephant had a different shape due to their inability to see the full form of the elephant. This is a clear example of how our own personal bias (‘as we are’) can change how we see the world.

I also agree with this statement based on my personal experience. It would be impossible for everyone to see the world in the same way, as we all have different emotional connections to things, and the impact of the things that we see in the world very from person to person. Additionally, if were were all to see the world ‘as it is’ there would never be any conflict between groups or people, because everyone would have the same viewpoint on everything. However, in our world, this is not the case, and conflicts occur constantly, showing that everyone has a different way of understanding the world around them.

To conclude, I agree with the statement, “We see the world, not as it is but as we are” by Talmund. I feel that this statement accurately represents the world around us, and the varying perspectives that we all hold.

ULTA Beauty – Loyalty Program

The information in this post is based on this article.

ULTA Beauty is a company which sells makeup and other beauty items from multiple brands such as OPI, bareMinerals and NYX. ULTA Beauty is based in the United States and has many branches around the country.


Currently, ULTA has been focusing on creating new strategies to help them grow as a company. Many of these strategies were implemented after the induction of their current CEO, Mary Dillon, in 2013. Continue reading

Kubota CSR

The information in this blog post is based on the following article and editorial:

  1. Kubota to pay asbestos victims
  2. Responsible decision on relief


Kubota is a company which produces tractors and other heavy machinery, and is based in Osaka, Japan. The company previously operated a factory in Amagasaki, a city adjacent to Osaka. Before 2005, it was found that this factory was contaminated with asbestos, which caused factory workers to contract serious respiratory illnesses. However, in 2005, it was discovered that even those who spent a significant amount of time within close proximity to the contaminated factory could also contract asbestos related illnesses.

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LittleThings.com – Standing Out in a Wildly Competitive Marketplace

The information in the following blog post is based upon this article.

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LittleThings.com is a website and blog which publishes a multitude of ‘feel-good content’. LittleThings.com was created by two entrepreneurs, Alex Zhardanovsky and Joe Speiser, who originally started the website, Petflow.com, which sold a variety of pet supplies. The two entrepreneurs often published animal related content to the Petflow website in order to increase their customer base. They found that their audience was very interested by the positive content that they posted. In 2014, they chose to focus their efforts into publishing content to Petflow’s blog, and suddenly, the traffic to the website began to grow. The two men also realized that they enjoyed publishing media, so in September of the same year, they decided to create LittleThings.com. Much of the audience from their previous venture carried over to their new website, and LittleThings.com quickly became a success. The website continues to publish ‘feel-good content’ to a very large audience.

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Media Fair

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The medium is the message”? This past week in English class, we participated in a media fair which explored the meaning behind this phrase. Everyone in our class chose different topics to focus on, and then explored how different types of media portrayed the topic that we chose. During the media fair, we presented posters that we created about our topic, and spoke with other students about the different types of media that we focused on. We were also able to spend time looking at other people’s posters, and asking them questions about the topics that they chose. The main purpose for this event was to learn about different types of media, and learn a bit more about some new topics.

my poster
My Poster

The topic that I created my blog post on was Tumblr. I researched five different sources which included a mix of both positive and negative opinions on Tumblr. I found it very interesting to see all these different perspectives, because I always see Tumblr in a positive way, but there are also some negative aspects to the website.

During the media fair, I visited a few different people and was able to learn more about their topics.

adam's poster
Adam’s Poster

The first person that I visited was Adam, who was focusing on the brand Versace, and the way that it is conveyed through different types of media. The different types of media that he explored were, a magazine cover, a music video, Instagram posts, a news article, and a TV advertisement. In the magazine cover, Adam found that the photo that was used was an indirect way to advertise the brand, as the person on the cover was made to look like Medusa, who is the main part of the Versace logo. Next, in the music video, Adam explained that the video shows the viewer that Versace is equated with wealth, and this music video helps promote the brand. The next sources that Adam focused on were two Instagram posts. (post one | post two) He showed how the post could be a source of promotion for the brand, because many people look up to the star who posted the photo, and may become interested in the brand through her post. Next, Adam explained how a news article that he found, shed negative light on to the brand by focusing on how the brand had not paid their taxes. Finally, Adam focused on a TV advertisement which showed a collaboration between H&M and Versace, hm versace 左_0which he explained, was used to promote both brands, and widen the customer base of Versace. I thought that Adam’s poster was very interesting for me, because I usually don’t think about the different ways that brands can be promoted, without the brand putting up advertisements. When I spoke to Adam, we both agreed that the Instagram posts that he analyzed were the most interesting sources, because they are not a typical form of advertisement, but still benefit the brand greatly.

daniel's poster
Daniel’s Poster

Next I visited Daniel who focused on the band iamamiwhoami. The different types of media that he found were, an interview, streamed content (a concert), a Facebook group, an article, and a blog post. Daniel explained that the interview was published to a popular channel and was generally positive or neutral towards the subject. Next, he explained that the streamed content or “concert” was very positive towards the band, as it was published the the band itself and focused on the singer’s relationship with the fans. Next, he explained that the blog post was generally very negative towards the band, and was used to express annoyance at the band. After that, Daniel explained that the article was neutral towards the subject, and seemed to be more reliable than the previous blog post. Finally, he explained that the Facebook group was used for fans of the band, and was generally positive towards the band, as it only included the perspective of those who enjoy listening to the band’s music. Overall, I thought that Daniel’s topic was very interesting, and was something that not many people would know about. I also thought that it was very interesting that he analyzed a Facebook group, because it is a very non-traditional medium. Daniel and I discussed a bit about the band, and how they have a good relationship with their fans.

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Kate’s Poster

Finally, I met with Kate, who focused on the movie, The Interview. First, Kate explained that the content of the movie was very controversial, there were a variety of different opinions about the release of the movie. The different types of media that she explored were, a poster, a movie trailer, an opinion column, a magazine article, and a news article from BBC. For the poster, Kateinterview_xxlg explained that the overall purpose was to promote the movie, so in general, the poster was very positive towards the movie. Next, she showed me that the trailer was also positive towards the movie, as it’s sole purpose was to encourage people to go and watch the movie. The next source, the opinion column, was a negative source because it told readers that they should not watch the movie. The following two sources were both positive towards the movie. The first source convincing readers that they movie was not actually that bad, and the second source saying that readers should support the release of the movie, because the film-makers were just using their freedom of speech. I thought Kate’s poster was very interesting, as she focused on a very controversial topic at the moment. I was actually very surprised that there were a lot more positive sources, because I expected that there would be a balance between those condemning the movie, and those promoting the movie. Kate and I discussed the controversy behind the movie, and both came to the conclusion that it was a very confusing issue, and we would probably have to see the entire movie to get a better understanding of the controversy.

For me, this media was a great way to learn a bit more about different topics, and get an understanding of different types of media and how they can be used to convey different ideas and opinions. I think that I was able to learn a lot about three topics which I didn’t know much about before, and learn a lot about different perspectives and opinions that people may have on different topics.

12 Books in 2014

Last year I decided to pursue a new goal. My goal was to read 12 books through the course of the upcoming year. The reason I chose this goal was because I noticed that in the past year I had not read many novels. I really enjoy reading in my spare time, and I thought that the new year was a great time to bring back my reading habit. I chose to read 12 novels because I thought that I would have enough time in each month to read one novel.


During the course of the year, I managed to keep up a pattern of one book every month, until about June. Around June, the school year ended, so there wasn’t really a routine that I followed. When school ended I began travelling and doing a variety of different activities. Over the summer I strayed from my original pattern, as I forgot to read 3 different books. When this school year started I was able to return back to the previous pattern, but I had to read a few more books each month. During the year I tried to read a variety of books that I normally wouldn’t have considered reading.


Here is a list of the different books that I read this year:

  1. Deception Point – This fiction novel is written by Dan Brown, and is focused on the story of researchers who travel to the Milne Ice Shelf to study an object that was found by a NASA satellite. While researching, they come to a surprising conclusion about the object they are studying.
  2. The Book Thief – This novel tells the story of a young German girl living in Nazi Germany. She becomes very interested in reading, and as she endures many hardships, her love for books grows. It is written by Markus Zusak.
  3. The Innocent – This book by David Baldacci is focused on a government hit man named Will Robie, who goes on an unusual mission and makes an unusual ally.
  4. Paper Towns – Paper Towns is written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Quentin and Margo go on an adventure of revenge together, but the next day, Quentin and his friends are unable to find Margo. They then begin to search for Margo and the clues she has left behind.
  5. Angels and Demons – Angels and Demons is another novel written by Dan Brown. It focuses on Robert Langdon, a well known symbologist. Langdon works to stop an ever-powerful group from destroying the Vatican City with a bomb developed by a deceased physicist. His efforts seem to be in vain, until he discovers the truth.
  6. The Hit – The Hit is the sequel to David Baldacci’s The Innocent. Will Robie goes on another mission, but when he learns his target, he begins to question the veracity behind the mission.
  7. I Am Malala – This book was written by Malala Yousfzai and Christina Lamb, and is an autobiographical account of Malala’s life in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The book focuses on the lack of safe and quality education that is available to many girls in Pakistan.
  8. Eleanor & Park – This novel tells the story of two students who meet on the bus. Slowly, their friendship grows, and soon a romance begins. Although Eleanor is very unfortunate, she finds solace in being with Park.
  9. Killing Kennedy – This factual novel by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard tells the story of John F. Kennedy and his time as President of the United States. The story includes details of Kennedy’s life that have never been told before regarding lesser known part of his life.
  10. Johnny Got His Gun – This novel written by Dalton Trumbo tells the story of an American soldier who was injured during the first World War. His injuries cause him to lose all of his senses, and the story follows his trials and tribulations in a completely uncharted world.
  11. Samurai William – Samurai William was written by Giles Milton, and is a factual account of foreigners in Japan. The majority of the story focuses on William Adams, who was one of the earliest foreigners to come to Japan. The book tells of his experience, and the complete differences between the culture he knows, and the culture of this mystical land.
  12. Killing Patton – Killing Patton was also written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and outlines the life and death of George S. Patton. It explored Patton’s military genius and the mystery behind his sudden death.


During this experience I was able to learn many things. First, I was able to learn a lot about my ability to work towards my own goals. I realised that I am not very good at managing my time. Although I planned to read 1 book each month, the official goal was to read 12 books throughout the course of 2014, so I read a majority of my books towards the end of the year. This made the activity a bit challenging at the end of the year, because I was busy with school work, and did not have much time to work on finishing my books. Despite the fact that it was very difficult to read many books in a short amount of time, I was able to improve my reading skills by learning how to read faster. This skill will be very useful in the future in situations where I have to read very quickly.


I was also able to gain a lot of knowledge from reading the books such as different vocabulary and historic information. A few of the books that I read were non-fiction books which taught me about a few different current and historical events. For example, when reading Killing Kennedy and Killing Patton, I was able to learn about certain topics regarding the early 1900’s from and American perspective. When reading the book I am Malala, I learned about the conflict in Pakistan, and the effects of this situation upon the people of Pakistan. Finally, reading the book Samurai William, I was able to learn about certain aspects of Japanese history, and the introduction of foreigners in Japan. I was also able to learn many new words that I could use in a variety of situations.


The things that I learned from this experience will be useful in many of my classes. The different historical and current information that I learned could be very useful in I&S class, as it will give me a broader understanding of historical events. This will help increase my understanding of certain topics in our I&S class. The different vocabulary that I learned would be very useful in many of my classes, because it will help me improve my writing skills. Specifically, improving my writing skills would be very useful in English class, because it will help me write more fluently.


Although I was successful in reaching my goal, there are some improvements that I would make if I were to do this again. First, I would not leave all the ‘work’ to the end, and I would evenly space out the time that I had to read each book. I would also read an even larger variety of books, because many of the books that I read were by the same author, or very similar in genre. If I were to do this again I would also increase the amount of books, because I was not very challenged, when I only read one book a month. Regarding my goal making process, I would have followed the guidelines that I set for myself more strictly.


Finally, I think that this was a good experience, but there are some things that could have been improved. This experience will definitely help me in the future, and I plan on repeating this goal in 2015 while challenging myself even more.

Chapitre 6 – Mise en train

Where did Céline and her friends go for the day?

They went to see the Chenonceau Castle.

How did they get there?

They first took the bus, and then they took bikes.

How did they find out about the history of the château?

Céline had a guidebook.

What did they do at the château?

They looked around.

What happens at the end of the story?

Hector disappears.


  1. n’est pas allé au château? Bruno
  2. a visité le château? Virginie, Hector & Céline
  3. a trouvé Chenonceau magnifique? Céline
  4. a lu le guide du château? Céline
  5. a dit qu’il y a des gens qui disparaissent? Hector
  6. a disparu? Hector
  7. a cherché Hector partout? Virgine & Céline



  1. visiter
  2. magnifique
  3. achete
  4. est parti
  5. est arrives
  6. des velos
  7. remarque
  8. a cherche




  1. ask for an opinion? C’était comment? Ça t’a plu?
  2. express enthusiasm? Oui! C’était magnifique! Quelle aventure, je te dis!
  3. express disbelief? Il a disparu!

A ton avis, qu’est-ce qui est arrivé à Hector? Qu’est-ce que tu ferais à la place de Céline et de Virginie? 

Je pense que Hector égaré. J’aurais cherché Hector.

Design Criteria Summary

This year in design class, we have 4 different criteria that we must follow. The first criterion is Inquiring and Analysing. This criteria is basically about finding information that will be useful for your project. During this part of the process, it is important to justify why you are creating a solution to the problem and create a plan for how and what you will research. Another element of this section is looking at similar projects and analysing them. You must also create a design brief that shows how you analysed the data you collected.


The next criterion is Developing Ideas. During this phase of the project you have to come up with design criteria that will help you determine if your final project is successful.  You will also create a variety of different designs, and then choose the best one for your final design. You will need to justify why you chose this design and then you will have to create detailed diagrams for your final design.


Creating the Solution is the next part of your project. The first thing that you will do is to create a plan that outlines how much time and resources you will need. While creating the actual project you will need to demonstrate the technical skills that are relevant to your project. During this part of the project it is important to follow the plan you created. However, if you make any changes to your design or plan, you must justify the changes you made.


The final criterion is Evaluating. The first part of this stage is to create a way to test the success of your finish project. You will then compare the project to your design specifications. Finally, you will explain ways that your product could be improved, and explain how the product will impact your client or target audience.


How would it ‘feel’ to lose all of your senses?

All of your senses play a huge part in how you live. Without your senses you would not be able to carry out a healthy or productive life.


Recently, we conducted an experiment that focused on what would happen if we didn’t have our senses. We tried to simulate how it would it would feel, by laying down in a dark room, without moving and avoiding exposure to noise or strong smells. We spent about twenty minutes doing this, and afterwards we reflected on our experience.


After the experience we thought about how we felt physically, mentally, emotionally and how focused we were. During the experience I noticed that I felt relaxed for most of the time. Towards the end of the experience I started to feel more tense. I also felt restless for the latter part of the twenty minutes. I also took note of my breathing throughout the experience, and my breathing was normal for the entirety of the experience.


Another important aspect of the experience was how we felt mentally and emotionally. Throughout most of the experience I was thinking about the passing twenty minutes. For most of the time, I was counting up to 100 multiple times in both English and other languages. Once in awhile I thought of some other topics, such as what I was going to do during the day or what had happened earlier. I also started to worry about missing the alarm at the end of the 20 minutes. For most of the experience I felt content and relaxed. Towards the end of the experience I started to feel more stressed because I was worrying about missing the alarm.


The final aspect that we were interested in learning about was how focused we were. Throughout the twenty minutes I mainly focused on the actual experience, so that I wouldn’t fall asleep. A few times my mind started to drift to other things, which took my mind off the experience for a bit.


Overall, I think that this experience was a very interesting way to “see” how it would “feel” to lose all of your senses. I think that this experiment was a great way to gain a very different perspective. This experience would probably have a different effect on different people, so I think that various people would be able to gain something unique from completing this experience. For example, if you were to try this out at home, you would probably have a different response, than the response that I described above. Finally, I think that this experience is something that each person can gain a lot from.