Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Its been 2 1/2 days-ish since I arrived, and my the bagels are DELICIOUS. There is nothing like a montreal bagel with smoked lox and cream cheese. mmmmmmmm.
Everything is pretty much the same.
Yesterday was spent practicing my hebrew and shopping at walmart for some of the little things i'll need to take with me up to St. Agathe.
I couldnt find an open wireless network around the house, so I'll be usin grandpa's computer for now.
thats about it..i guess..
Posted by Sef at 8:51 AM
Friday, August 04, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
My Economics teacher assigned our final project to be a commercial. Out of a choice of 6 products, my group had to chose 1, and make something different about it.
this is our commercial about sunglasses that allow someone to see and hear through walls.
we're thinking of adding in a few more shots, so its not complete :)
Posted by Sef at 6:44 PM
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Life is going pretty slowly at the moment.
After tomorrow its June, and in June i graduate! i'm really excited for that.. walking across the stage, recieving the "fake" diploma (they hand us the real one after the ceremony to avoid people leaving in the middle). It supposed to be a glorious moment.
I'm also really excited for Grad Night. We'll be pulling an all nighter at disneyland..ah! so much fun!
I spoke to Mr. Bellos today about assigning a class project to help our grades, i think he listened. At first he was like "yeah i'm not sure if we'll do it." and i was like "it would be really nice..." and he says "well, i'll think about it.."
and i ended it with "it would be super cool mr!"
hah..yeah..i was nice to him.. you have to catch bee's with honey right? (goes that one..saying)
The new pics for shoshanim
how is it that auggie is just so photogenic?
Posted by Sef at 9:24 AM
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
I dont really know what to write about..
My AP test wasnt as hard as i though it would be. I know what it feels like to take a test and know nothing, and score a 2. (last year's APUS test). For this test, i feel a whole lot more confident. My goal is a 4, but i'll be ok with a 3. (5 is the best).
here are some of the essy responses that were on the test.
1. Pick two images with nature, one from a non-european tradition, and analyze how each one represents its culture and time period....something like that..
I chose to write my essay on..
Monet's haystacks and.. and one of Ashurnasirpal's war reliefs..
2. (i dont remember these in order) What part of this image is influenced from the classical period?
3. This question asked specifically who the architect is, and how did this building's design influence skyscrapers....
4. The next question was a quote, and we had to respond to it.. nothing big..
5. We had to attribute this painting to an artist, and explain why.
I think im forgetting a few questions, but the last one i i remember..
6. Symbols have been used in art, and each one represents something important or represents an idea popular to that time period. Choose 2 works of art (one from a non-european tradition) and disscuss them.*not the ext words - but close enough to the idea*
i chose to write about..
The Marriage of Arnolfini and his wife
(by Jan Van Eyck)
and The Victory Stele of Naram Sin.
Posted by Sef at 5:33 PM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I just thought it would be nice to show you a picture of my desk on a typical night, when im assigned a huge outline for art history. Note the HUGE book, that has maybe 1200 pages.I keep a water bottle next to me to stay hydrated because it takes a lot to conquer this book...seriously.. the papers to the left of the water bottle are all the completed entries. (it looks like a lot but believe it or not there is more!). To the way way right is some chocolate that i like to munch on now and then.
its wonderful, i know.
Next, i thought i'd introduce you to Mr. Rodriguez
Although, i like to refer to him as.. Big Man rodriguez...sometimes for short - just Big Man. I've had a conflict with him in the past. He likes to treat all students the same. What i mean is that because there is a possibility of a student acting up, being rude, ditching class - you know the type - he has the brilliant method of treating all students as if they are that type.
You get no respect from this guy.
Unless he means them as a joke..
thats no excuse.
Just a little 411 on America's school on the top 100 list!
Posted by Sef at 11:12 PM
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Im going through one those big decision moments. It feels like there is some kind of big heavy rock hanging over my shoulders.....
I have to make a decision between two sweaters. Either i get a Bravo senior sweater or one from American Eagle Outfitters.
life can be tough
Posted by Sef at 12:26 AM
Thursday, May 04, 2006
The other day my english teacher showed me an article he found on the internet about Jubu's. What it is - is group of people who are usually born of jewish background and follow Buddhist traditions. They all come in different levels, for instance some Jew's will tie closer to Juddaism but follow Buddhist philosophy. Then there is the reverse where Jew's follow Buddhism full on and only relate to Judaism by ethnicity. interesting. Did you know that the first American to convert to Buddhism was Jewish?
I'll be counting down the days untill my AP Art History test (May 11th). It's a big load hanging over my shoulders, and I will finally be able to relax once its gone.
Oh yes, and yet again - Bravo seemed to rank in the top 100 high schools of America.
There's Mrs. Torres - Flores accepting the reward. Yeah, she looks all sweet and nice here, but if i showed you one picture i had taken of her. Oh man - devil in disguise! I took a picture at pep rally (mind you - she HATES pep rally) while she was glaring at the senior class. Too bad, that was a brilliant shot...
7 more days - i'm thinking happy thoughts and dreaming of flowers with butterflies.
Posted by Sef at 6:05 PM
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Ok, so the title isn't so original- think Ben Lee - but it pertains to today's post.
There is a certain desease that passes around my school (i'm sure at others too), and it only affects the seniors. Yes, you guessed it - senioritis. It catches on to the best of us.. including me.
There are times when i come home from school and the last thing on my mind is homework. I just can't bring myself to pulling out the pen and paper and get down to work. Sometimes i'd like to use Art History as my scape goat.
Mr. Bellos is insane. ok - not insane - but he has some serious problems. Just today, he assigned us 3 essays each worth 200 points. yes - each. Plus, on top of that we have to finish our last outline. Greeeaaaaaat. Seriously, what is it that makes him think we actually want to spend our entire 48 hour weekend working on his stuff? This especially works with seniors. It's our last year, GIVE US A BREAK!
Back to my point, there are days when i get home from school and from 5:00 pm till 12:00 am i'm working on his outlines. (with a break here and there). So its no wonder that when i don't have any homework for his class, i just feel like sitting around and doing absolutely nothing. "I'll do it on the bus ride to schoool." - nope. "I'll do it in the morning."... that doesnt happen either.
...yeah. sometimes my work gets done maybe... 3 seconds before its time to turn it in.
The good news is that i got accepted to the seminary i applied to. One year in israel - w00t!
Tzfat - here i come!
Originally uploaded by Orcio.
Posted by Sef at 8:25 PM
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Mr. Bellos, my Art History teacher tried to make the field trip to The Getty Villa educational as much as he could. Monday last week he let us choose certain statues or art pieces displayed at the getty, which we were supposed to do research on and present to the class when we're there.
I chose Julia Titi - if I remember correctly - she's the daughter of Emperor Titus and her Uncle Domitian's mistress. While presenting i threw in big words and brought up (what i think is stupid) ideas about her.
for example: "this is julia titi blah blah blah. She comes from the flavian period - a.k.a the early roman empire. She is royalty, we can tell by her coiffure which became a trend for all women during this period. She wears a crown of royalty, and there are wholes on her neck and her ears where jewellery used to hang. Notice the chiaroscuro in her hair which creates a dramatic effect. She is partially idealized, portrayed as young when she could have actually been late in her years of life when this was created....."
I went on for about 5 minutes..maybe less.
We were kept busy for pretty much the whole day with either these presentations or by our tour guides. Sometimes my friends and I would get bored standing around and listening to the presentations, so we would linger in the back of the group and get to sneak around taking pictures when Mr. Bellos wouldnt be looking.
These are some statues that i thought were entertaining:
Alexander: I saw this one in my textbook, so i was excited to see it in person.
Check out the ancient unibrow. I'd hate to be remembered looking like that..
Cycladic art. This was also in my textbook.
The rest are just different areas around the getty.
Posted by Sef at 11:48 PM
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
The field trip to the Getty Villa was amazing. The place is stunnig, beautiful, awe-inspiring. You get the idea.
Here are just a few pictures - More to come! (and stories..)
left: Katherine Top: Arlene
Left to right starting with the top row (ignoring the guy in the stripe shirt)
Arlene, Me, Raul, Jonathan, Johan, Kevin, David
Bottom row: Jimmy, Angelica, Nathalie, Katherine
Posted by Sef at 1:35 PM
Monday, April 03, 2006
Chemistry p. 4
Opening up the Honors Chemistry Student’s mind
It was in 1850 when the Epidemiological Society was founded in order to find the causes of cholera and other “epidemic diseases.” But even before the society was created, diseases had been around for centuries, killing thousands of people at a time. The reason why an honors chemistry student should read this book would be so they could explore the many different branches in which chemistry stems into, epidemics being one of many.
The job of an epidemiologist is to find ways on how to stop an outbreak of a disease and at the same time deepen the world’s knowledge of the disease process. In 1330 a plague - known as Black Death or the bubonic plague - hit Europe. In the time span of 20 years it was recorded that Europe lost about 25% to 33% of its population. It can be deduced that because there was a lack of knowledge in science during those years, the disease was able to spread out faster.
The bacteria that caused the bubonic plague goes by the name of Yersina pestis. The process of how the disease came to people was through infected rats, which when they died the fleas that lived on them would jump feed off of humans - ultimately giving them the disease. Because there was a lack in science, chemistry, or medicine – the disease was able to spread rapidly and would kill about half a household’s inhabitants.
An honors chemistry student should open their mind to the many possibilities of science, and where it can take you. It is important that the study of Epidemiology be continued that way the patterns of diseases be studied carefully which could possibly lead to the cure, or containing of future outbreaks.
Posted by Sef at 1:00 AM
Friday, March 31, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Monday, January 02, 2006
the question was about an older sister who did not like it when her younger sister would be in her bedroom and look through her stuff. "what should I do?"
Posted by Sef at 6:39 PM