Monday, November 9, 2015

Cazar

Hace dos semanas que el león Cecil, que por más de una década fue la atracción central del Parque Nacional de Hwange, fue matado por el dentista americano Walter Palmer. Esto provocó una enorme reacción en el internet. Mucha gente adoraba Cecil, porque era un león grande con un melena negra, y él permitía que las guías se acercaran y sacaran fotos. Casi todos los sitios de notìcias en el internet escribieron sobre este evento, como BBC, Fox, New York Times, y otros. Todas las reacciones eran negativas. El Internet, y ahora, el mundo odia Walter Palmer. Este odio está justificado?


Cuando escuché sobre que paso, estaba triste. Yo siempre he tenido un amor por los animales, y cuando era chiquita, investigué sobre cuántos leones estaban vivos en ese momento, y cuánto tiempo faltaba hasta no hubiera más. La idea que alguien mataba estos animales tan hermosos me dejó confundida. Ahora, entiendo que muchas personas matan estos animales por dinero, o porque piensan que partes del animal pueden curar enfermedades. Por ejemplo, los huesos de los leones están siendo vendidos a precios entre 165$-10,000$, y están siendo usados para medicaciones llamadas “bone tonics”.  Mientras esta práctica de matar animales y usarlos para  curar enfermedades es algo que es parte de la cultura dentro de África, todavía pienso que no es algo que puede ser permitido.  Pienso que la caza ilegal, aunque no puede ser completamente erradicada,  es algo que debería ser estrictamente regulada. Por causa de esto, anteriormente, yo también odiaba Walter Palmer.


Personalmente, yo no sé muchas estadísticas sobre la caza de animales dentro de África o las regulaciones existentes. Yo tengo quince anos; no se mucho en general. Lo único que sé sobre esto es que hay partes de África donde puedes cazar cualquier animal que quieres, y existen partes donde los animales son protegidos. Cuando un animal sale de ese espacio protegido, oficial y legalmente, lo puedes cazar sin muchas repercusiones. Entonces, Cecil salió del lugar protegido y Walter Palmer lo mató. Fue la culpa de Walter Palmer o de Cecil?


Hay personas que razonan que la culpa es del león. Dicen que el leon se fue afuera del lugar protegido, y murió por causa de esto. Cuando empiezas a pensar, hace sentido. No puedes decir al leon a dónde no puede ir; es un leon. Los animales de la selva hacen lo que quieran, y caminan adonde quieran. No hay mucho que podemos hacer para detenerlos. Pero, cuando tú seriamente consideras este argumento, no hace sentido. Primariamente, Cecil fue etiquetado con un collar GPS como parte del proyecto de investigación de la Universidad de Oxford. Si vieron que estaba saliendo del área protegida, pudieran decir algo o hacer algo. Segundo, Cecil fue atraído por los cazadores para salir del área protegida. Salió por causa de los cazadores y murió por causa de los cazadores. Sin duda, es la culpa de los cazadores.  


No, la pregunta no es sobre culpa. El pregunta es sobre evitación. Que pudiera pasar para evitar que paso? Evitar una situación como esta es posible? Y, finalmente, por qué debe ser evitada?


Como dije antes, pienso que la caza ilegal, aunque no puede ser completamente erradicada,  es algo que debería ser estrictamente regulada. Si empezamos a crear reglas que, por ejemplo, no permiten a extranjeros cazar animales raros como el elefante o leon, podemos prevenir situaciones como esta que pasan cuando un ignorante americano mata un animal que era adorado por el comunidad. Los americanos, y extranjeros de países como los Estados Unidos, no entienden la cultura y valores de la comunidad africana. Ellos no pueden ver la diferencia entre un animal y otro; eso es porque todavía no está complemente seguro que Walter Palmer mató específicamente Cecil. Si queres saber el verdad, yo siento mal por Walter Palmer, porque él no sabía el impacto de sus acciones, y ahora el internet entero lo odia. Pero, yo tambien lo odio porque mató un leon, que es una especie casi extinta, por dinero. En mi opinión, pienso que los únicos que deben estar permitidos a cazar animales, como el leon, son las tribus indígenas protegidas,  porque para ellos, cazar estos animales es una parte importante de su cultura. Ellos tienen una excusa que nadie más tiene.  También podemos tratar de desvalorizar las partes de animales. Aunque no se como podemos hacer eso, yo se que eso ayuda un monton! Estes reglas son solo ejemplos; yo se que es más facil pensar en  estas reglas que aplicarlas en la vida real. Estoy pensando de un mundo ideal donde nadie caza los animales y todos viven en paz.

En fin, no hay mucho que puedo hacer. Esta situación pudo ser evitada. Solo espero que este acontecimiento infeliz haga la gente hacer algo sobre este problema de cacería en vez de solo quejarse en el internet.

Protestas

Una mujer protestando contra un sermón sexista en una área musulmana.


Protesta, en todas las formas y tamaños, es polémica. Mientras que la clase alta y privilegiada ven la protesta, especialmente protesta violenta, con una luz negativa, la clase baja y oprimida la ven como una manera de luchar contra el sistema. Algunos dicen que protesta no funciona, y otros dicen que es la única manera de mostrar realmente cuanto querés cambiar el mundo. No importa si tenés una opinión positiva o negativa, las protestas tienen un impacto. Especialmente cuando son hechas en una manera que es particularmente polémica. Por ejemplo, de pie, sin camisa, en medio de un debate sobre si es tu derecho a tratar a tu "mujer" como un objeto, dentro de un evento musulmán, como se ha visto arriba.

Mientras que los hombres en la foto parecen tranquilos, después de que esta foto fue tomada, ella fue llevada fuera del escenario y fue pateada y empujada por los hombres, después de haber sido forzada a acostarse en el piso. Ella fue lastimada por defender sus creencias, a pesar de su derecho a la libertad de expresión. Eso es inaceptable y, para las mujeres musulmanas de todo el mundo, aterrador. Mientras que yo apoyo las causas por que esta mujer está luchando, no sé si yo apoyo la forma en que ella protestó. Yo soy una mujer bastante privilegiada, entonces puedo pensar en mejores maneras de protestar de lo que ella hizo, y entiendo por qué algunas personas ven que ella hizo como una provocación en vez de una protesta pacífica. En lugar de quedar afuera del sermón, y hablar con la gente antes que entraron, se entró con "Nadie es dueño de mí" escrito en su cuerpo, tomó el micrófono, y empezó a gritar. Eso no era nada tranquilo, pero todavía no justifica el reacción que los hombres tuvieron.

No importa lo que usted interpreta de la situación, la protesta más pacífica puede ser interpretada como violenta dependiendo de la situación y el ambiente. La interpretación de esa protesta determina su respuesta, y si va a considerarla o no pacífica. Así, las situaciones enteras, y, a veces, la vida y la salud de las personas ahí, depende de cómo la gente percibe la protesta. Personalmente, yo creo que eso es peligroso y que los manifestantes deben andar con cuidado cuando hacen cosas similares de lo que ella hizo. No importa la causa; en el fin del día, tu vida y salud, y la vida y salud de todos, son más importantes. Como se dice en el libro Catcher in the Rye, "La marca del hombre inmaduro es que él quiere morir noblemente por una causa, mientras que la marca del hombre maduro es que quiere vivir humildemente para una."

Por lo que entiendo, esta mujer entendió los peligros de protestar de la manera que lo hizo, y lo hizo. El problema es que yo no puedo decidir si eso era valiente o estúpido. Tal vez sea los dos. Todavía tengo un respeto increíble por ella y las causas de ella. Ojalá que en el futuro, cuando las mujeres protesten por sus derechos,  los hombres vayan a escuchar en vez de silenciar.








Morro de São Paulo


                Para mi viaje de escuela, fui a Morro de São Paulo, una isla que está localizada en la costa de Bahía. El primer día, lunes, era una día de mucho viaje. Tenía que despertar a las 4:30 en la mañana para llegar a escuela a las 6:30. Quedamos en el bus por unas horas antes de llegar al aeropuerto, y después, tomamos un vuelo de tres horas para Salvador. Almorzamos en un restaurante muy similar con un restaurante que comí en Minas Gerais, y después de una hora, empezamos a viajar otra vez. Tomamos otro bus, un barco, otro bus, y finalmente, el último barco. Cuando llegamos a la isla, ya era de noche. Caminamos por un tiempo, hasta que llegamos al lugar adonde otro bus nos llevaría al hotel. Era un bus feo, y porque no tenía suficiente asiento, quedé sentada en el piso. No lo sabía, pero por resto del viaje, yo iba a tomar ese bus todo los dias. Llegamos, cené, y encontré mi cuarto; una casita con dos camas. Cansada, tomé una ducha. Era la ducha más horrible de mi vida. Era literalmente tres o cuatro pequeños arroyos de gotas. Cuando me dormí, estaba cansada y lista para ir a casa. Esperé que todo este sufrimiento valiese la pena. Ese día no era el mejor. Por suerte, el próximo día sería mucho mejor. 

                El próximo día, empezamos caminando en el mar. Por supuesto, nadie dijo nada sobre el hecho que íbamos a quedar mojados, entonces todos tenían los trajes de baño debajo de ropa de verdad. Yo tenía shorts de jeans, y ese tipo de tejido nunca se recupera del agua salada. Salimos de desayuno pensando que íbamos volver al muelle, y subir al barco así, pero en vez de salir del hotel, fuimos a la playa. Nadie sabía que estaba pasando. Empezamos a caminar por la playa. La playa era extraña. Tenía un distancia de arena antes del agua, y el agua era poco profunda por una distancia. Pero, cuando llegamos adonde el barco estaba, teníamos que caminar a través del agua. Todos se mojaron, pero no importaba. El resto del día fue saltando del barco al agua. Paramos en un restaurante que estaba flotando en el medio del mar. El gerente tenía comida para pescado, y cuando la lanzabas al agua, los pescados saltaban y comían todo. En un otro restaurante, mostraban como comer y cazar ostras. Era muy interesante porque en partes del restaurante, había agujeros donde guardaban vivos pescados y ostras. Probé las ostras, y estaban bien. No tenían mucho gusto, pero tenían una textura muy extraña. Volvimos al hotel quemados y cansados. Vimos un grupo de capoeira después de cenar.

                El próximo día, el plan era que íbamos a hacer una caminata de dos horas, una tirolesa hasta la mar, y comer a un restaurante en un playa. Pero empezó a llover. Entonces, hicimos una caminata de veinte minutos, y fuimos a la playa directo. Quedamos dentro del restaurante porque todavía estaba lloviendo, pero jugamos cartas y los chicos se fueron afuera para jugar futbol. Quedamos ahí por un tiempo, almorzamos, y el sol apareció. Fuimos a la playa y la mar. Cuando volvimos al otro isla, ya era casi las 5. Fuimos a hacer la tirolesa. Yo tenía mucho miedo; no me gusta la tirolesa, y había mucho viento frío. Yo era casi la última persona que fui. En el fin, era divertido, y me gustó mucho.


                El último día, hicimos un caminata de bicicleta de 4 kilómetros por la playa hasta un lugar con piscinas naturales. Almorzamos y quedamos por mucho tiempo ahí. A la vuelta, yo caminé. Era dificil! Sin la bicicleta, parecía como 10 kilómetros en vez de solo 4. Llegué al hotel media hora después del grupo con bicicletas, y después fuimos al centro. Los guías dijeron que podíamos ir adonde queríamos por las proximas dos horas. Me compré una estatua de una lechuza. Esa noche, hicimos un fogata, con marshmallows y fruta. El cielo era enorme, y lleno de estrellas. Fuimos hasta el mar, lejos de la luz, y tratamos a encontrar las Tres Marías y Orion. Cuando volví a mi cuarto, estaba feliz.


El ultimo dia era otro dia de viaje. Llegué a casa y me dormí profundamente. Me gustó mucho el viaje; era muy relajado y divertido. No parece que hicimos mucho, pero aprendí bastante sobre lo que yo puedo hacer, sobre mis colegas y amigos, y sobre Bahía, un lugar que nunca visité antes.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Core Values Semester 1

Eu escolhi o Core Value comunicador porque eu quero aprender como comunicar fluentemente em portuguese. Significa expor seu pensamento e sua análise claramente.. Eu, todovia, tenho dificuldade em fazer isso em Portugués. Pessoalmente, é difícil falar e escrever em portuguese, então isso me detene de ser um boa comunicador.

É difícil ser o comunicador, porque nós não somos brasileiros. Esse core value é muito importante para poder falar com outras pessoas brasileiros ou fala Português. Nós ainda estamos em PAL (Português Additional Language), o que significa que não é a nossa língua principal e ainda estamos aprendendo. Por isso, é muito comum para termos dificuldade para ter um boa habilidade de comunicação.

Ser um comunicador é importante academicamente porque é como você escreve e fala em tarefas e lição de casa. Se você não puder comunicar o que você aprendeu e entendeu, você não irábem na aula. Comunicação também é importante porque mostra respeito e que você está escutando e prestando atenção em aula.

Tem muitos coisas eu posso fazer pra comunicar melhor. Eu não tenho um vocabulario bom; Assim, cada vez que eu leio um livro em Portugués, se vejo um palavra que eu não sei ou não uso, vou marcar então eu lembro essa palavra. Vou lerei mais na língua, e falar mais portuguese fora da aula (com amigos, em casa, etc.,) então aprendo com falar mais casualmente. Finalmente, vou tentar a observar como outros falam e escrevam, então eu posso falar e escrever como eles no futuro.

Em conclusão, o core value comunicador é muito importante, não só no mundo mas também na aula. Isto é porque se eu ou outras pessoas não purdemos nos comunicar as nossas ideias, como vamos nos expresar? Esta aula de português me ajuda para ser uma pessoa que se comunica bem porque, eu moro no Brasil então poder comunicar em Português é crucial. Por causa disto eu fiz umas estrategias para me ajudar com minha comunicação, especialmente com vocabulário. É assim como eu vou desenvolver o core value comunicado este ano na aula de português.

Friday, August 21, 2015

IDEAS Blog #2

After reading from Smith, who does he imply is responsible for the well-being of a person - the government or the individual? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

I think that he says it is the responsibility of both the individual and the government.A big idea that I got from Smith is that each individual,, by pursuing his or her own self-interests, promotes the general welfare of society. Within that idea, I think he is saying that every individual should pursue their own self-interest, and their own welfare. He specifically says that he does not want the government to heavily interfere in the economy, which I think also applies to an individuals personal decisions. He says that the government is there to enforce the natural laws of justice, and to help steer trade into what is beneficial of society. So this means, the government is responsible for a certain degree of their wellbeing. The government should protect them and try and keep a functional society. However, he also says that each person should take care of themselves and make their own decisions when it comes to trade and their personal lives and careers.

Monday, August 3, 2015

IDEAS Blog #1 - Is it Progress?

The Industrial Revolution represents progress in terms of productivity and the overall standard of living. But no everyone benefited, especially in the beginning. Many farmers didn't want to leave their land, many workers hated factory work, children were exploited, and pollution increased. Is it progress if not everyone is progressing?

I would say to a certain extent, progress is progress if not everyone is progressing. If this were not true, then you wouldn't be able to call anything progress. In every situation, there is someone who is not better off or unhappy. There's no such thing as progress that always benefits every individual. I think that progress is defined by how much the community and society is benefited. I would think that the Industrial Revolution positively influenced not just Britain, but many parts of the world. In sense, doesn't that make it worth it?

However, I can see how people saw the Industrial Revolution as something regressive. Many people, especially children, were take advantage of and left unhappy because of this revolution. Progress is something that should be apparent in everyone's lives. Unfortunately, there will always someone who will be unhappy in face of progress. For example, recently the world has seen a major change in mindset regarding women, people of color and people part of the LGBTQA+ community. In the last few years, the people in these communities earned many more rights. There are  people unhappy with recent developments with this rights. However, it's still seen as progress with the majority of people! Despite the small amount of people who are unhappy, there is a large amount of people who are happier because of this.

Progress is progress even if not everyone is progressing.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

R&J Current Event #1



A turf war broke out between two feuding crews from different housing projects, Marcy and Tompkin, which ended up with a then fourteen-year-old named Kahton Anderson shooting and killing a father of two. In that section of the city, even though people didn't belong to the two separate projects, they still took sides and created names for themselves. The Tompkin side, which sided with Anderson, called themselves the Stack Money Goons. The people who sided with Marcy were the Twan Family. Apparently, the feud had been going on for generations and Anderson had been born into it, even being shot at by the Twan family when he was visiting his grandmother, after walking on Twan family "territory". After he was arrested and put into the patrol car, Anderson asked, "Who did I hit? Was it an innocent or a rival? Why didn't I just go home? It's war out there." Anderson is currently being charged as an adult with murder in the second degree.

I felt like this related to Romeo and Juliet immensely. Some of the reasons are obvious. The two different sides, or "houses", are incredibly violent and hostile  to each other, to the point where a fourteen-year-old becomes a murderer. Like Shakespeare said in the introduction to Romeo and Juliet, "where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." The fact that this feud has lasted generations and really asks the question if long-term feuds can buried. How much will it take for them to make peace with each other? A kid is being charged with murder as an adult, and yet there is no statement that one side has backed down or that peace has been made. How many more people will have to die before they finally stop fighting?

It also raised questions about justice and parenting. What causes differences between one person’s justice and another’s injustice? What, indeed, is “justice”? Is it justice to put Anderson to jail, or is that not enough punishment? Do the Stack Money Goons believe that Anderson shouldn't be punished at all, because he was defending himself in a turf war? Do the Twan family believe he deserves death? Which is more correct? What you think Anderson deserves depends from where you look at it. As for parenting, this feud has been passed down for generations. That must mean that parents have taught their children to hate the Twan family, or the Stack Money Goons, and to react violently when they see them, whether they meant to or not. Whatever this feud is based off of, it's been continued and taught for years.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Learning From the Constitution

In the process of analyzing and critically examining the Constitution, I learned some things about how I learn and process information. When I had to choose one of three positions on the Constitution, I found I understood things better when I discussed it with other people. Verbally expressing my ideas and what I understand, and hearing how other people interpreted the information, really helped me understand the information further. By agreeing, and disagreeing, with people, it's easier to find a position to take and understand the reasons behind that. I think that this is why I like to debate so much; by physically having a discussion with someone with an opposing or different view, I find myself walking out of the debate feeling like I understand the concept much better. I can apply this to science, English, and Portuguese.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Super Bowl

Background
There have been 48 Super Bowls.  Some have been close contests that have gone down to the last play of the game such as Super Bowl 34 between St Louis and Tennessee, while others have been blowouts like Super Bowl 20 between Chicago and New England.   What does it really take to win a Super Bowl?  During this activity you will explore the statistics behind winning and losing the game.  You will also be asked to make predictions and explain your data.
Procedure
  1. Using the Excel document as your data source, enter the scores of the winning and losing teams into your calculator.  The winning teams’ scores will be entered into L1 and the losing teams’ scores should be entered in L2.  You should check to make sure that your data was entered correctly and check that you have 48 entries for both L1 and L2.
  2. Determine the average score for the winners and the average score for the losers.  All scores should be rounded to the nearest integer.
    Winner's Average: 30
    Loser's Average: 16

  3. Create a box and whisker chart for both the winners’ and losers’ scores.  How do the median scores compare?  Remember, in order to construct a box and whisker chart, you will need to find the minimum, median, maximum and the 1st and 3rd quartiles.  Make sure that the scales are accurate.



              Winners: Minimum: 14 Losers: Minimum: 3
  Median:  30.5                                         Median: 16.5
  Maximum: 55                                           Maximum: 31
  1st Quartile: 23                              1st Quartile: 10
  3rd Quartile: 35                                        3rd Quartile: 20.5
The median score of the winners was almost twice as much as the loser's median score.


  1. Compare the Standard Deviations between the winning and losing scores.  How are they similar?  How are they different?  What do they mean? The Loser's Standard Deviation was 6.8, and the Winner's Standard Deviation was 9.8.  Since the median of the winner is nearly twice the number of the loser's median, the same can be said about the standard deviation. Around 65% of the loser's scores are between 9.3 and 22.8, while for the winners, 65% of the scores are between 20.2 and 39.8. This is a logical outcome, because the larger the range of scores, the larger the standard deviation is.


  1. Could there be a correlation between the Super Bowl number and the score of the game?  Calculate the linear regression between the Super Bowl number and the winning score.  What is the correlation coefficient?  What does that tell us?  Passing numbers have increased over the past few years due to changes in rules.  Has there been an increase in scores over the past few games?  How did you come to that conclusion? There is little to no correlation between the Super Bowl number and score of the game. This is because the correlation coefficient of the winners and the number of Super Bowls is .19. If the  correlation coefficient is below .25, it means it has weak correlation. In my personal opinion, there could be a chance that the scores are improving over time as the players learn new strategies and ways to play the game.

  2. Calculate the linear regression between the winning team and the losing team.  What does the correlation coefficient tell us?  Based on your model, if the winning team scores 35 points, how many points will the losing team score?  If the losing team scores 12 points, how many will the winning team score? The correlation coefficient of the losers and winners is .21, which is below .25. This means there little to no correlation between the winning and losing score. However, they are more closely linked that the winning score and Super Bowl number. We know that if the winning team scores 35 points, the losing team will score 16 points. If the losing score scores 12 points, the winning scores 13.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Je Suis Charlie?

No dia 7 de janeiro de 2015, doze pessoas foram assassinadas na redação do Charlie Hebdo, uma revista satírica. Caricaturistas que trabalham para a revista foram assassinados por atacantes muçulmanos. Estes atacantes já tinham ameaçado a revista controversa antes, por causa de imagens que mostram o religão islão em uma maneira ofensiva. Por causa deste incidente, agora há uma enorme discussão sobre liberdade de expressão. Algumas pessoas falam 'Eu sou Charlie' apoiam a revista e liberdade de expressão total. Outros falam que a revista é ofensiva e racista, e que os mortes foram provocadas. Eu apoio parcialmente esta visão.

A revista não é complemente inocente. A revista usa a liberdade de expressão para ofender religiões e figuras políticas. Eles acreditaram que a liberadade de expressão significa que eles podem falar o que querem sem consequências. Por outro lado, eu acredito em limites. Na França, areligão islã já é oprimida. O niqab e burka, roupas religiosas importantes do Islã, são priobidas. Muitas pessoas acreditam nos estereótipos negativos sobre os muçulmanos, e a revista tem alimentando esses estereótipos. Por causa disso, pessoas que não percebem que é uma revista satírica acham que é a verdade. Eu acho que esses típos de piadas precisam ser reservadas para pessoas que podem rir em vez de ficar ofendidas . Eu acredito que a revista pode sim publicar o que deseja desde que eles avisam o publico que contém conteudo sensitivo. A revista ainda vai ter a liberdade de expressão, mas vai ser limitada.

Eu não são Charlie, mas eu não sou os atacantes tampouco. Pode ser que tem um equilíbrio entre os dois argumentos?





Tuesday, February 3, 2015

App Store (Math)

According to my calculations, the best time to bombard the App Store with downloads so that you could win the prize would be March 2nd, around 3:28 Pacific Standard time. However, if you were living in Brazil, the time difference would be around 6 hours. For Brazil, the best time would be around 9:28. How did I get that answer?

Well, I knew that I needed to make a graph, in order to predict the increase of app downloads over time and when the store would hit 25 billion. In other words,  I needed a y = mx+b model. I knew y would have to be the amount of downloads, and x would be minutes that have passed. I would use 25 billion as my y in order to find x. So, I needed to find m, or the slope/rate, and b. First, I tried finding my slope.

I got my rate from looking at the 17 screenshots Mr. Oskness had on his website. The screenshots captured the number of apps downloaded. Each one was taken after a minute passed. I wrote these numbers down into a chart in my notebook here:

My chart wasn't completely accurate. The reason why is that some of the numbers were right in the middle of changing, so it was unclear what the exact number was. You either had to guess what was the previous number, guess what was the next number and to choose one. Because of that, my numbers and what I interpreted from the pictures will be different from another students, making it less accurate. Here's some examples of what the pictures looked like:




Also, the pictures were probably weren't taken at the exact time a minute passed. In those few seconds, the number has gone up hundreds. Therefore, we don't have the exact rate of how the minutes pass.

The next step was to find the rate. Using my graph, I took the difference of the numbers between each minute. I did not have a consistent rate, which makes my graph even less accurate. I took the average of the numbers to find a general rate. Then, to be safe, I inserted the graph into the calculator as a scatter plot and generated a line equation. The rate is probably not very accurate, but it was close enough. I got a rate of 34,160 apps downloaded per minute. This line generation also gave me b, which was 24,658,508,000. The final product was  y = 34,160x - 24,658,000.

I inserted 25 billion into the way and solved the problem by hand. I got the answer 9, 996 minutes. It was difficult to transfer that into days, hours, and minutes. I first divided that number by 60, to get hours. I got 166.61. I assumed that the .61 represented minutes left over. Then I divided that number by 24, to get days. The answer was ultimately 6 days, 9 hours and a minute from the starting point. I assumed the starting point was February 24th, and added the time from there.

The final answer was, again, March 2nd at 3:28 Pacific Standard time. However, this time was not completely accurate due to my assumptions and generalizations. However, I did get the correct day.

Next, I needed to find out when the first app was ever downloaded. I inserted 1 into my line and tried to find the time. I got the answer 1 years and 11 months ago from Febuaray 24, 2012. So that would be roughly March 24, 2010. The actual answer is July 10, 2008. It was only few months of difference but that's probably because my graph was based on minutes and only recent downloads instead of years and billions of downloads. Plus, my graph isn't precise or completely accurate. However, I managed to get near the right answer.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Poverty

What is one problem that you see in the world that you believe people should be working to solve. Explain why this matter is important to you.

There is a couple, but I think they're all related. I want to start with poverty: at this moment, the wealthiest people of the world, 1% of the population, have more wealth combined than the bottom 40% percent of the population. We need to learn how to distribute wealth and create solutions to these problems. After that, we can start dealing with other evident problems such as racism, sexism, corruption and violence. The fact that we have computers, houses and live in cities already makes us the wealthiest people in the world. This makes a huge disadvantage--people with less money can't afford education, people without education can't get well-paying jobs, and people without a consistent and reasonable salary can't send their kids to college. It's a vicious cycle, and the only reason we're not as the receiving end of it is because we were lucky enough to have more wealth than the rest of the population. We were lucky to be born in a free country to parents that were well-off. The issue of poverty matters to me because all of my other relatives have much less than we do--for a time, my father and mother had to live in a factory because they couldn't afford a house. My mother had to borrow a wedding dress and she didn't own a mirror in four years. Luckily, in my father's time, education wasn't as expensive as it is nowadays, and he managed use it in order to work his way up to the top. Unfortunately, because of the ever climbing price of university, people like him and my mom won't have the chance. I get reminded of that every time we visit my relatives and see how little they have compared to us. In order to solve this issue with poverty, we need to understand where it came from. This is why studying history is important: if  you don't understand where a problem came from, you can't understand how to solve it. We need to look back in time to the roots of the problem and see how we can change it here and now. Learning about the colonization of America helped me understand racism, so maybe learning about wealth and trade was established would help me learn about poverty. This will be my learning target of this semester: understand where poverty came from, so I can understand how to fix it.