Picture Poem

picture poem

Original Poem (no peeking silly goose)
https://docs.google.com/a/lejardinacademy.org/document/d/1HB52bTQC-tYQr3isVANYsdnPkadCkbR9GP6RoUuUq68/edit

Remix of Hanna Deon’s Poem
Original Image:
hanna deon

My Interpretation

A starless night
With such a moon shrouded in clouds
Rather than a beacon of light and guidance
Simply a meaningless dark crescent

And there are eyes everywhere
They come out of the night
Like whispering, shuddering shadows
And begin to turn innocent minds

It is we who are the prisoners
Kept locked as the sun in an ever smaller cage
And still the moon is disappearing
Into the ebony night

So we are kept hidden, hidden from the world
In a place where we can only read our legacy in books
And hope one day a lantern will light our way
So that we may see the map to lead us

REMASH POEM
http://www.thinglink.com/scene/521393285814550529

Language Post

Quotes and Linking Questions
1. “Thought is not merely expressed in words, it comes into existence through them” – L. Vygotsky
I agree with the idea that human thought, the very thing that emphasizes the privacy of our minds, has been born into existence through the expression of words. With the development of a language, humans have been able to explain their ideas, their notions, their beliefs of this world. Language has left the closed door of explanation ajar and allowed us humans to have the ability to tell what it is we see, what we feel, and most importantly, what we know. Without language, our thoughts would be confined to our inner self, and with that, would humans even be able to have thoughts if there was no language to categorized what it was that someone saw, felt or “thought”? We would simply be limited to our five senses, smelling, hearing, tasting, touching or seeing things, but yet have no way of saying what those things were or what it was that made us feel attracted or attracted towards them. In my experience, thought is such a complicated process that even with language, many still have trouble explaining what it is they are thinking. So many times I hear people who have great, even revolutionary, ideas that could score them a golden ticket to enlightenment, however their voice is different from the their thoughts. They fail in communicating, the one concept that language is supposed to make easier to do. And so we see that even though language does permit the expression of thought, there is still such a void between thoughts and verbal explanation that it seems somewhat impossible sometimes that we haven’t communicated a way around it already.
A promo video for a book that looks at the language of emotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srOijDdNxBc
This video, even though it may be a promo for a book, is a perfect example of how language has allowed us to express our thoughts, specifically our emotions. The man also discusses how body language is also a form of language that has allowed for individual expression and as it relates to understand human relationship, love and lies.

2. Does the way you describe something affect how you feel about it? What is the power of language? What roles do context, emotion, selection, emphasis, and word choice play in language?

Language is powerful and can be used as a tool in order to emphasize or enunciate something important. Language, if used effectively, can even radiate what someone feels, or what emotion they have tied with the focus of their explanation. Language is like the medium, the basis of explanation and the paintbrush uses the medium in order to display what it is that we are feeling. I know personally that the way someone describes something is just as important as what it is they are describing. If the aim is to get another to like or appreciate what it is they are telling you, you tell it in a way that is likable and appreciative. I see this all the times with teachers and I find that there is a relationship between the classes that I really like and the teacher that teaches them. Expression and love for a subject can really carry over unto the person learning it.

When it comes to the specific display of language, context, emotion, selection, emphasis and word choice all play huge roles in language. It is a combination of these five things that are constantly used in every day language that allows one to use language as a tool for understanding. Without context, there is no understanding of the sentence. Without emotion, one does not understand the context. Without selection, many words are just excessive. With emphasis, there is no idea what is supposed to be taken away from the sentence. And without word choice, there is no selection, no emotion and no context of the words proposed.

This article: http://www.goethe.de/lhr/prj/mac/msp/en1253450.htm covers all the aspects of language, highlighting how it can be used and expressed. The article also discusses language around the world, to include bilingualism and identity that language creates.

Blog Questions
1. How much could you know about the world if you had no language or means of communicating with other people?

In a world without language, with no method of verbal communication or way of saying rock, table or hug, we would be left as in the dark as a blind dog at night. There would be no knowledge of the past, no talk of the future. Emotions would be confined to the body and expression be silent. There would be no explanation, no questions asked. One would be trapped within the mind, with no word to describe that fluid blue mass that made ones skin feel slimy and chilled. The world to you would be simply visual, with no meaning, connotation or memory associated with what it was you saw. To us, language is everything, it is the core of our existence and if communication was nonexistent, something so out of reach that even body language was unheard of, we would simply exist, as blind, deaf or disabled as ever, with no reason, no growth and no involvement. Ultimately without language, we as humans would have ceased to exist ages ago.

2. How would you try to explain to a blind person what the word RED means? What does this suggest to you about the limitations of definitions?

To a blind person I would say, red is fire, it is heat and warmth. A feeling so strong and so intense that it verges on the sensation of choking, of being weighed down by an unfathomable depth. Red is what you feel towards a person who cares for you, someone who within their voice you can hear their interest and care, their trust and love. It is the color of embarrassment, the sense you get when a room goes quiet and you are instinctually aware, regards of how blind you are, that there are eyes set hard and judging on you. When you feel pain, sharp and hot, that is red, filling you with worry and dread and you think to yourself just how lucky you are that your eyes are not present to play witness. Red is powerful and profound, there is honestly nothing quite like it.
When it comes to describing the feelings, concepts or ideas that are associated with red, this is where our language provides an explanation like no other. However if instead, one wishes to describe the actual physical characteristics of the color red we stumble upon the impassable gorge, or canyon which is the explanatory gap, something our language, despite how advanced and developed it may be, has been unable to build a bridge to cross. To describe red is to instead highlight the limitations that our language and limit defining something that is so simple and understandable to most.

3. Birds fly and planes fly. Since fish swim, why don’t we say that submarines also swim? What do submarines do?

An interesting perk of our forever strange form of language, I cannot say why it is that we do not associate submarines with swimming even though their animal counterparts, whales, sharks and fish do swim. It is a curious thing. I personally would say that submarines “cruise”, similar to the way that planes can “cruise” and missiles can “cruise”. However, why it is that we say aerial objects and life fly, while not saying both aquatic life and objects swim is something we may never quite comprehend. Similar to the way we call football soccer when it is a game obviously played with your feet, and even though the rest of the world calls it football, our version is a game played with your hands. It is a peculiarity of our language that may be written in stone and never be translated.

4. What can or have you learned about your own language by studying a second language? can you provide examples from your second language which have no English equivalent? What about idioms (expressions)?

By studying Spanish for six years now I can say with certainty that English is a strange language. Especially compared to all the other European languages that are present, English is quite different. For one, we often times have the same word for four different meanings, and to top it off, often times the word is spelled the same whether you mean it one way or not. For example the word drive in the English language is used to express the physical act of driving, a car or bus, and it can also be used to say in the way that someone has drive, as in they have determination to get something finish. In Spanish however, to drive (a car) is expressed by the word manejar, while drive (as in determination) is written as empuje. It seems to us as English speakers that this is simply a waste of breath to have so many different version of the same word all meaning different things. However it actually does make sense when you think about it because without different words for different meanings, one has to rely on context and emotion to express which type of the word is being used.
Then there are those moments where there are words that are specific to one language and cannot be translated into English or vice versa. For example the word paturienta has no direct English translation, but it is used to describe a woman in labor or a woman who has just given birth. And to give you a word from our end, the word “wit” has no direct Spanish translation, but instead the word ingenio is used which directly means ingenuity.
The Spanish language does have some pretty interesting “idiomaticas” or idomatic phrases as well.
“Para el carro” literally means stop the car in Spanish, but is the same as saying “hold you horses” in English.
“Andar como burro sin mecate” literraly means “to walk like a donkey without a leash”, but is the same as saying someone is wild or out of control in English
“Ojos que no ven, corazon que no siente” literally means “eyes that don’t see, heart that does not feel”, but it is the equivalent to saying “out of sight, out of mind” in English.

5. Take 2 advertising slogans of your choice – such as “Just Do It” by Nike- explain why you think they are effective (or not)
SUBWAY Eat Fresh
The notorious subway’s “Eat Fresh” is a slogan we hear of almost everyday. It is used to help us believe that what Subway serves in their sandwiches is nothing but fresh ingredients and that by consuming their sandwiches we in turn are “eating fresh” and living a healthy life. This idea of eating fresh is tied in with the notion that instead of eating foods that are fried and dipped in oils and salts, one is consuming a sandwich that is good and nutritious as something one would make in their own kitchen. It is a powerful slogan and I think it is quite effective on many as they are tricked into believing that a sandwich is fresher and more advantageous for ones health and therefore, a better option for lunch than “fast food” is.
subway-logo-eat-fresh-2

APPLE Think Different
Apple’s slogan was revolutionary in changing the world of technology as it encouraged people to step out of the norms of society and break out of the confinements of the box. To “think different” was to be weird, be wild, be crazy and “out of one’s right mind”. In a way, to create such revolutionary devices and inventions that have changed the world of technology, Apple has harnessed this modernistic idea of being a maverick, one who is special and unique in every way possible. That none of us are the same at all and that we are different stars constructing the endless cosmos that stretch on with endless possibilities. To think different is to be unexplainable and to be remembered through all of time. This slogan is so effective because as humans we strive to be different, we strive to be remembered as the blue flower in a field of roses, as the one who was wild and uncontrollable, but who’s legacy lives on, never forgotten.
Apple-Tagline-Think-Different

6. In 1947 the U.S. Department of War was renamed the Department of Defense. Do you think this makes a difference? Explain.

I think the change in name makes a huge difference all because of one word. War has a very negative connotation to it. It seems as the “initiator” and puts off the idea that war is always inevitable. However, by changing war to defense, it makes it seem to be more innocent that we are simply defending rather than advancing and initiating the conflict we are instead keep just our people safe.

COMMENT ON THE FOUR VIDEOS

1. STEPHAN FRY’S: FRY’S PLANET WORD
Fry makes a real interesting point in response to the question proposed why we have so many different languages in the word. He says that one of the oldest myths is that it was God’s doing to destroy the original language of Adam and Eve and split the people into many different tribes who all spoke different languages so that there were no ways to communicate with each other. He also discusses how quickly many of the world’s languages are disappearing so rapidly from existence and that in 40 years there may be only 700 left. Fry suggests that many may think this is enough, but he goes on to elaborate that with each language is the history and culture of this world that constructs the diversity and geographical differences within countries.
2. WHERE DO SWEAR WORDS COME FROM?
Stephan Fry discusses English swear words and how they are somewhat of paradoxes in themselves. Most of our swear words are in relation to “love” or showing “affection” and in a way these are the beautiful things to experience within a human life yet we use these words with such a negative connotation. However with words like torture, murder or suicide, these aren’t considered cuss words even though they describe some of the worst possible things that occur in this world.
3. TWITTERATURE?
This video discusses the “rules” of sites like twitter and how this idea of constraint is what has and does foster creativity. In fact, the video discusses how people are uses Twitter and other social media to write works of art like stories or poems. I really agree with the about the relationship between constraint and creativity and I find this so interesting because from personal experienced, when I am put under restraints, I tend to open my mind to think of all the possibilities to solve the problem.
4. BIRTH OF A WORD
An interesting talk, Deb Roy discusses how his learned his first words and what components were involved in the learning process. He interestingly discusses how social interactions affect when and how quickly a word was learned as well as the occurrence of a word compared to when the child learned to say it.

Poetry

Spine Book Poetry
book spine poetry

Magnetic Poetry
magnetic poem
*I thought it said form instead of from in the second to last line when I made it

Google Search Poetry
google search poem

Blackout Poetry
black out poem
*this was taken from a skateboarding magazine
*I thought it said understanding not understating when I made the poem

Touch and Sound Reflective

TOUCH

ARTICLE 1: 10 Psychological Effects of Nonsexual Touch
Using a variety of studies, the article discusses ten effects that touch can have on participants who are put in various situations.
Has the impression you get from someone who has touched you (in a nonsexual way) changed over the past ten years? Or we more wary and suspicious today?

ARTICLE 2: Sleeping Beauties seek fairytale love
A museum exhibit was set up in the Ukraine featuring real “sleeping beauties” who, after signing a contract, agreed to marry the man whose kiss they opened their eyes to.
What would drive someone to take part in this experiment? How desperate are they?

ARTICLE 3: Dating with science
The article discusses how, specifically in the situation of a date, a touch can have a lot of benefits for the toucher including a phone number.
If touch is so influential, how is it used dangerously in order to take advantage of someone (nonsexually)?

ARTICLE 4: Touch illusions
The article discusses varying touch illusions that are considered strange phenomenons.
How do these illusions work? What is the science behind them?

ARTICLE 5: The Body Language of Touch
We get an overview of the effects touch can have a person, whether it be how willing they are to trust someone or how willing they are to tip them.
Are there ways to train yourself to have better body language so that you can receive the best reaction possible from the person you are addressing?

ARTICLE 6: Hands on Research: The Science of Touch
The article discusses a numerous amount of studies done to show the benefits of touch, to include an experiment looking at women and men being able to differentiate between emotions, one looking at the difference in amount of touching in various countries and several looking at how touch can prove beneficial for patients with diseases or disorders.
How can the use of appropriate touch be implemented into the education system in order to benefit its students?

SOUND

ARTICLE 1: The Cocktail Party Effect
Discussed here was the human ability to filter out one conversation and focus simply on one that a person is interested in, known as the Cocktail party effect.
Why is it that our brain is wired so that it can only pay attention to one thing at a time?

ARTICLE 2: Environmental Cues that Boost Creativity
Experiments performed by Juliet Zhu and her colleagues reveal that moderate noise level is the most proficient level of sound for stimulating creativity.
Is this knowledge of “best noise level” implemented in songs that are produced?

ARTICLE 3: Make the City Sound Better
A team of sound artists come together to create a taxi which takes in the sounds of the city and produces music, projecting it throughout the streets.
Is there some way to make this taxi concept more interactive for passengers?

ARTICLE 4: Beethoven’s Deafness Influenced His Music
This study, described in the article, examined a connection between Beethoven’s increased deafness and his music and found that as he became increasingly more deaf, his music used more low-pitched noises.
Are there any other possible reasons why his music became more centralized around low-pitched noises?

ARTICLE 5: The Sound of Taste
The article describes a study of how participants were given potato chips to eat and then a sound was played, the higher and crisper the sound, the better the chip was although they were all the same.
Could this sort of realization be implemented into restaurant aura?

ARTICLE 6: The Medium is the Massage
A futuristic thinker dreamt of our world before his time and budding off from his theories, the first mixed tap was created using relative objects to create sounds.
In technical terms, what was necessary to make this tape?

Color/Synesthesia Project: DOES COLOR HAVE A PERCEIEVED WEIGHT?

In order to find if certain colors have different perceived weights, and if so what colors were heavier than others, I did an experiment using participants from grades 9 and 10 in high school. The experiment involved 5 small boxes that were all painted different colors: black, blue, red, green and yellow. Each box was filled with screws and measured to be exactly 2 pounds. The aim of the experiment was to see that even though all of the boxes weighed exactly the same weight, was there going to be a difference in the estimated weights of the boxes as a result of their different colors.
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25 students took part in the experiment. Each was given one of the boxes and then asked to estimate how much they thought the box weighed. This was done for all five boxes and the results recorded are as shown:
color experiement data

As you can see there are definite variations in the estimated weights for the different colored boxes. Only two students had the same weight estimate for all five boxes. From these results it seems as though green weighed “the heaviest” as it had the greatest amount of estimated pounds after 25 students. Green was then followed by red, black, blue and yellow.
heaviest color pie chart

What was expected:
The order the colors were expected to be in were as shown (from heaviest to lightest):
1. black
2. red
3. blue
4. green
5. yellow

Black is supposedly the heaviest because it is the darkest color. And it is obvious that black is associated with being heavy simply because that is the way it has been used in every sort of visual design ever. However the reason why black was third in my heaviest color countdown may have been because the participants, knowing that black is associated with weight, would have expected it to be heavy and therefore would have paid less attention to its weight, ignoring their natural instinct to perceive black as heavier. I also had several participants who seemed to figure out the aim of the experiment and several who were cautious that it was some sort of trick and in turn, this may have skewed their estimates.
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Red is second on the list because it is often associated with much heavier things like, blood, love/romance, fire, as well as appetite. Red is a seemingly “thicker” color, almost choking, and is known to have a more serious tone to it. Therefore, it is no surprise that red is found second on my heaviest color countdown.
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Blue, in a similar way to red can be associated with heavier things like the ocean or depression (the blues), but it also can be the color of the sky: a light, happy, natural color. In a way, blue is somewhat of a soft and more merciful color that has an air of freedom to it. Therefore, it is not that big of a surprise that blue is fourth in my countdown.
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Now here is where the big surprise comes in at green. Green is expected to be the second lightest color in the group, yet I found it to be estimated as the heaviest. Green, like blue is considered a natural color: the color of grass and the natural plant world around us. It is light and playful, never associated with anything really serious. The only explanation I have as for why green was the heaviest may have been the shade of green I used. It was not really a “light” green, but instead more on the dark side with seemingly less brightness to it. Otherwise, I can’t think of any other explanation as to why green came in at number one.
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Finally, it was definitely expected that yellow come in at the lightest color because it is the lightest color out of this group and again is associated with light: the sun, light bulbs, happiness. Anything that involves yellow is never of a serious nature and is always “happy”.
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How can this be implemented into real life?
Kayla Knight discusses how color is implemented into visual design:
http://sixrevisions.com/graphics-design/visual-weight-designs/
Jessica Chia suggests ways to lose weight through color:
http://www.fitbie.com/lose-weight/tips/color-psychology
Vibrational Energy Medicine talks about the concept of color therapy:
http://www.energyandvibration.com/color.htm