Freedom of speech


Weeks after the Charlie Hebdo shooting Pope Francis responded with a statement on the Guardian stating that people need to draw a stronger line between what is considered freedom of speech and what is considered hate speech.

Farhang Jahanpour, an Iranian professor, and writer argue that without the right to speak our mind we wouldn’t live in a democratic society. However what Charlie Hebdo did was not only speak their mind but they depicted the Prophet Muhammad whom the Islamic banned on being depicted.

That’s not a political cartoon joke anymore but an attack on people’s beliefs. Because so many people believe in Muhammad and not depicting him, this cartoon is directly provoking the Islamic religion which should not be allowed. This is not hate speech but it is attacking these people’s feelings and believes consciously. Pope Francis sees it similarly, “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”

There needs to be a stronger line between free speech and hate speech. People need be allowed to say whatever they want however if that opinion is attacking someone’s beliefs, values and faiths then it should not be presented publicly.

Niigata refelctions

Expeditions in 10th grade I went on a 3 days hike over a Niigata mountain trail. On the trip, we got to learn and experience many wonderful things. The most important take away from Niigata is that even though we live in a fast moving city and it feels like you are always in a hurry all of us should take some time and experience the city. Unplug your earphones and walk a different route to work, look around you and try to understand how the city works. Looking out and taking things slow in life is relaxing. We learned to strengthen those skills when hiking in Niigata. Since we didn’t have our phones we had to connect with our friends and the nature around us. Not knowing what the time is and not being in a hurry to catch a train or bus allowed us to take things slow. We woke up with the sunrise and went to bed when it was dark. We hiked through the forest and up the hills with no global context about what is going on in different countries. Of course, it was scary disconnecting not talking to loved ones and family because you had no idea what was going on in their lives. But this fear soon went away, its like living in the old days no phone that you open every 10 min to see if everything is okay. You start to develop trust in people around you and far away because other wise you would go insane. From the trip I learned to take things slow and I strengthened my connections and trust with friends by not being able to connect with them. Weird? but its a Wonderfull experience.  Everyone should experience this trip or any trip where they can simply disconnect from the world around us and learn to experience the present.



Mi comida Favorita

Mi comida Favorita

Para el desayuno me gusta comer pan con aguacate También un pomelo. Me gusta beber agua o jugo de manzana. A veces hago un batido de frutas. Para los desayunos los fines de semana me gustan los huevos y tocino con pan tostado. Yo como el desayuno a las siete y diez.

En la escuela para el almuerzo siempre como un sándwich con tzatziki de falafel. En casa tengo muchas comidas deliciosas. Los fines de semana me salto el almuerzo porque como desayuno más tarde.

Semmelknödel_PilzsossePara la cena trato de comer Pescado, carne, verduras y arroz una vez por semana. Como muy sano, pero el viernes yo siempre como pizza.
Me gusta comer dumplings, hamburguesas, Sándwiches y filetes.

No me gusta comer berenjenas y calabacines. También me gusta comer frutas frescas o una ensalada de frutas. En casa comer muchas carnes y Papa, porque soy alemana. También me gusta comida italiana y comida japonesa.

Quiero presentarles algunos mexicana comida.
        Burrito: Burritos son un plato español y se pueden comer para 1270-367615-MexRicePeasCarrot_580x326el desayuno, almuerzo y cena.Tiene varios ingredientes principales como carne, patatas, arroz, frijoles, queso asadero, Chile y tortillas de harina. El burrito viene de Ciudad Juárez. Sirven con tres diferentes especias, picantes, suaves y muy picantes.
        Arroz rojo: Arroz rojo es un plato de lado de Mexicana de Arroz rojo. En América se llama el arroz pero es a partir de mexio. Se hace fuera de frijoles y arroz rojo

Gracias por leer mi blog el post sobre la comida.

The Matthew Carrington accident

Matthew Carrington a student at California State University died in a strange accident. He was down in his basement when the accident happend. His friends and him where drinking water, it seams harmless but after they drank 2 gallons of water matthew past out. His friends didn’t help. They thought he was sleeping. I think that they dident do anything because they thought that matthew was sleeping. His stomach was making noises so they thought he was making sleeping noices. I think that two of the friends completly belived in that he was sleeping so that all the friends believed that he was sleeping. They didn’t call the hospital because  they dident want to pay for the wrong call incase he already woke up

Mi amigo Janus

Les presento a un amigo nuevo, Se llama Janus. Tiene pelo castaño. Janus es bajo y guapo. A Janus le gusta practicar deportes porque es atlético, el patina. El es muy cómico. Le gusta escuchar música, jugar al fútbol y escribir correos electrónicos. Después de la escuela nos gusta jugar al baloncesto. Janus es un poco serio y muy perezoso. Él tiene catorce años. Janus es de Alemania. El es estudioso, no es desorganizado. A Janus le gusta comer bistec, tallarines y pizza. A Janus le gusta beber refrescos. Es un buen amigo. A Janus le gusta andar en patineta los sábados y los domingos. Nos gusta dibujar en nuestro tiempo libre.

Spanish introduction Micah.

Les presento a un amigo nuevo, Se llama Miguel. Tiene quince años. Le gusta comer pizza y papas fritas. Nos gusta la fruta. A Miguel le gusta montar en moto. En invierno a Miguel le gusta hacer snowboard. Su cumpleaños es el de 16 de diciembre. A Miguel le gusta comer  pero no le gusta comer sushi y recibir cosas. Su número de teléfono es 070-1409-4849.


In design class i have currently been learning about video games. We got introduced to stencyl . stencyl is a program similar to scratch just that with stencyl you get a lot more different options to add to your game. Stencyl is used to create 2D games. The stencyl web page provides you with two crash courses, Crash courses 1 and crash course 2. In crash courses 1 you get pre coded movement systems and pre made tile sets, such as audio files. This course was very simple since all you had to do really was to follow the course. There were one/two mistakes in the crash course that you had to fix yourself. I think that this mistake was good since this forced you to go into the game and to look for the tiny mistake you made. In the second crash course we had to create a space shooter game. We got pre made tile sets and audio files. This course was all about learning the basics of the code. There was no code included in the start set. You had to build it all yourself. It was quite tedious work but i believe it helped me out a lot. Learning about how coding works. I believe for this course to really work you have to concentrate and you have to try to understand what you are doing. Not to just follow the tutorial and the steps. You have to actually understand what you are coding. I had more problems in this one since i keep misplacing my code in the wrong place.

After finishing the two crash courses i got a chance to read through some of the other remaining chapters that stencyl provides you with. The basics, In here i focused a lot on reading about animation and how to import files and where to make them and what size they have to be. After reading this I decided to change up the appearance of the enemy spaceship from the second crash course. I searched up an image of one of my favorite cartoon villains and i added him into the game. Now when doing this i forgot to change the size of the image when putting it into the game. So the collision box such as the sizing of the character was completely of. It broke the entire game. I then found a way to fix the sizing of the character in the game engine but it didn’t fix the collision box issue. So what i did is i went back to my original file and i changed the size there too 82-100. This was just the right size for the character to fit into the game. Then JAAP and I worked on making a game without the crash course just to see if we got most of the controls and settings right. We decided to make a underwater games to see how we would animate and create the movement. We then figured out how hard and long it takes to create a good looking character in the right size and in the right position for the movement to work fluently.First we made a lot of mistakes but later on we figured out how to fix them. I think this was a very important step to learn for future game creation since now i know exactly how to set up the photoshop file for the character to be in the right position and size for stencyl to work correctly. NOTE. taking any files bigger than 500 pixels x 500 pixels will be too big for a character to fit nicely on a screen.

10 different tracks for one movie| Music, YIS 8th grade| Jin ho and Erik

In music class my friend jin ho and I have been working on creating a song for a made up movie. Here is the video


I have been keeping track of what i was doing in class on this document :
and we planed out our tracks on this document :
hope you liked this little blog post.
See you in the nest one.


What are your personal barriers that keep you from being a better public speaker?

I think one of the hardest points is that i cant remeber my speeches that good. I have little short breaks which really makes the speech bad.

How could you break down those barriers?
I think the only way to really break down this barrier is thru practice and practice.

Are they real (physical) barriers or mental barriers?

I think that this is a mental barrier.
Here is the video if you would like to watch it.

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