Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

GRAFFITI
There are many different definitions for graffiti. For example, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as
writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public
place, while the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as words or drawings, especially humorous,
rude, or political, on walls, doors, etc. in public places.


ART
There are a lot of different definitions of art as well. The Oxford Dictionary says that the
expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such
as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or
emotional power; and The Collins Dictionary says that the arts are activities such as music,
painting, literature, cinema, and dance, which people can take part in for enjoyment, or to create
works which express serious meanings or ideas of beauty.


VANDALISM
There are… you get the idea. Oxford Dictionary says vandalism is taction involving deliberate
destruction of or damage to public or private property.


PARAGRAPH
I believe graffiti is vandalism as well as art. Specified above, there are two categories that
Graffiti can fit into. I think that Graffiti fits in to both these categories. Let’s say there was some
graffiti saying “Blind people, am I right?” sprayed onto a parking lot wall. First, it is a few
humorous words on a wall at a public place, so it is graffiti. Second, it is from a creative thought
from someone’s mind in a visual form, so it is also art. Finally, it is deliberate damage to public
property, so it is also vandalism. Many pieces of graffiti art fit in like this one. That is why I
believe graffiti is vandalism and art at the same time.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Taiwan

I am in Taiwan as I write this.
Hello, my dear readers (from other random schools), and welcome to my monstrosity!
Here are some videos I have uploaded recently on my YouTube channel.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Letter to Curious New Zealander - (UPDATE)

I have changed my mind about sending my letter to John Gully through Jimmy- it's too easy, because John's his uncle! To make things more fun, I'll give it to my dad's friend Brent to make it more interesting, and to see how connected New Zealanders are. Also, I have an idea for Stan Walker's letter's first person- and that is Jonathan Goodall, who has done a lot of technical music stuff for musicians. So, time to do this!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A letter to a curious New Zealander

Our school is part of an experiment to see how connected New Zealanders are.

We have to write a letter to a Curious New Zealander of our choice. Then we have to pass the letter onto a random person with the instruction to pass it on to someone who might know the person who might know the person whom the letter is addressed. After they receive it, getting proof with a selfie, an email or something can be good proof that it got there.

I have chosen John Gully from the Everest Treks as my Curious New Zealander because I am really interested in Mount Everest, and also because my friend Jimmy keeps talking about him. I am going to first give my letter to my friend Jimmy because he is related to John Gully (which is why he keeps talking about John.
John Gully

Since there are a lot of postcards in the pile, I get to send a second person.
For the second Curious New Zealander, I have chosen Stan Walker because he is a cool recording artist, actor and TV personality. I'm going to first tweet him to see if he knows anyone that knows him (idea from Corianna), because I need to find out who knows him. Updates may come soon.
Image result for Stan Walker
Stan Walker

Friday, 17 November 2017

Aluminium boats with marbles

Today, our goal was to build a boat that could hold the most possible marbles, using a piece of aluminium foil. We had to build two boats, and try to improve our design between our first and second boat. My team consisted of Me, Kyle, and Matthew.

Rules
  • You may only use a single piece of foil to build your boat
  • You may not touch or adjust your boat once it is in the water
  • You must add marbles one at a time
Our plan



















Type-up of plan
Make a hat boat and drop marbles in.
  • Strength: floats because of air pockets.
  • Strength: Sides hold the marbles in
  • Weakness: It's tin foil.
  • Weakness: Sides could fall apart.
What did the boat do?
Evaluate and Improve
A few common problems between all the tested boats are that a few are too small, or the marbles roll around the boat and unbalance it.
Good ideas are deep bowls, and big flat boats that displace water, especially when there are sections to keep the balance.
Our new design
This design incorporated both good evaluations to see if it they went well together.
They didn't.
Strength: Deep enough to hold a few marbles.
Strength: Has sections to make the weight spread out and balanced.
Weakness: IT HAS HOLES INSIDE IT EVERYWHERE
Weakness: Sections take a lot of the material, leaving only a little to use.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ironic

Ironically, the blog post I wrote 19 days ago got a lot of views.
Funny.

Room 11

Our school has a room full of musical instruments, and that is Room 11.
I don't really see them get used a lot.
I think that we should find a room that doesn't get used anymore, and take a few of the keyboards, guitars and drums to create a music room.
Now that'll be a place I would like.