This year Video Production produced original video translations of Rio artists, poets, composers and photographers. All work shot, edited and rendered on their personal smartphones. The process was:
- Choose a composition, poem or piece of art from the Translations event hosted April 4th in the library.
- Translate it into a piece of video art. The goal was NOT to illustrate the other work, but to give it a fresh interpretation based on your own reading. Here are some highlights:
Many teens nowadays are known to get very little sleep. This in turn leads to poor school performance academically, and mentally. Research has shown us that California schools alone, have a vast amount of kids that begin school at a time that does not go along with their schedules. More research also shows that a lack of sleep can lead to serious health consequences. These consequences include a high risk of type 2 diabetes and other cognitive deficits. A bill as of now is in the process of being passed which will eventually expect middle school and high school students to attend school no later than 8:30am.This bill is expected to become law by 2020, but depending on each school, it could take 2 extra years to adjust.
Two months ago, on April 22nd, a March for Science event had occurred. This March was in support of everything related to science, and is a way of getting involved with the topic, as well as contributing to how important and reliable it is to society. The March for Science Event is to “celebrate a passion for science and to support and safeguard the scientific community”. The March began in Downtown Sacramento and included many different performances and several guest speakers that have attended. Everybody in the science community brought reasoning as to why we should take the topic of science more seriously, and how it greatly affects our surroundings and environment.
March for Science Event
For the 2016-2017 Rio Americano High School school year, teacher Robert Grupp decided to teach an AP Computer Science class for students. Mr.Grupp says that this course is a great opportunity for students to earn college credits, broaden students’ insight on their career options and to also have a fun, interesting experience with the topics of computers and science. Grupp explains his deep study of this topic as he is now taking college programming classes, which will help him greatly when teaching this class for Rio. The principal, Mr.Ginter, had asked teachers if they would be interested in teaching this particular course. Since Mr.Grupp is both a math and science teacher, he gets involved immediately. Grupp says that this is a good class and is about learning different “aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cyber security concerns, and computing impacts”. Several students are excited about this, as many positive rumors are spreading across campus. Grupp had also mentioned that this class is important for students today because of how computerized our generation really is in today’s world.
This Saturday I went to a water polo camp at UC Davis. It stated at 10 and went till 6. It was ran by the granite bay coaches and other coaches and some alumni from Davis. It was a coed camp so it was mostly guys, there were about 150-200 people there and only about 10 of them were girls. In water polo the way girls and guys are taught is pretty different. Guys are taught and practice more of the harder things like skipping and pump faking. The girls are taught and practice more of the basic things and building off of those things like releasing and shooting. At practice we never get time to practice things like skipping and pump faking so this camp was a really cool experience. Since it was mostly guys it was ran like a guy’s camp. This meant that I got to work on a lot of things that I’ve never done before. Sometimes when you go to these camps you won’t do anything new and they’ll end up being a little pointless but this wasn’t the case. I learned a lot of new stuff and did a lot of new drills that I think really benefitted me.
s and guys are taught is pretty different. Guys are taught and practice more of the harder things like skipping and pump faking. The girls are taught and practice more of the basic things and building off of those things like releasing and shooting. At practice we never get time to practice things like skipping and pump faking so this camp was a really cool experience. Since it was mostly guys it was ran like a guy’s camp. This meant that I got to work on a lot of things that I’ve never done before. Sometimes when you go to these camps you won’t do anything new and they’ll end up being a little pointless but this wasn’t the case. I learned a lot of new stuff and did a lot of new drills that I think really benefitted me.
One thing that I’ve been wanting to do for a while is watch the movie split. I’m a huge fan of horror movies but I hadn’t had time to go to the theatre and watch this one. So last night I redboxed it and was able to watch it. My initial thought was that since it was a M. Night Shyamalan movie that it would have a crazy twist at the end. I was very relieved that it didn’t. Anyway the movie is about a man with 24 different personalities who kidnaps 3 girls. He says that he kidnapped them to feed them to his 24 personality, the beast. at the end of the movie the beast comes out and eats two of the girls but the main girl, Casey, lives. The movie was overall pretty good however there were some parts that were confusing. One thing that was confusing was that the beast could only eat the un pure and it was never explained what made them pure or un pure. There was one hint at the very end about what that meant. When the beast is chasing Casey and trying to kill her he sees that she has scars all over her (from her uncle who we know abuses and rapes her) so the beast just stops. The beast says how she is pure so he can’t hurt her and it just walks away. This leaves us with a lot of questions, why was being abused and hurt considered pure? Why couldn’t he hurt the pure people?Lastly, how did he know the other two girls were pure? There is another instance where something like this happens, in the end of the movie when she’s rescued the cops ask her if she’s ok to go home with her uncle. Casey hates her uncle for obvious reasons so she gives the police officer a very long and worried look, and then the movie ends. I personally hate when movies do that, when they don’t finish telling the whole sorry. So I guess we will never know if she found the courage or if she didn’t. Overall this movie was ok it definitely wasn’t the best and i won’t watch it again but I’m glad I got to see it once.
For spring break my friend brought me on a trip to a resort in Mexico. We left on friday the 17 and got back saturday the 15. The resort was the villa del palmar is the islands of loretto. The resort was right next to the ocean so we could see it from the balcony in our room. the resort was truly amazing, the food they had there was always really good and it was made really quickly. every night at dinner there was a show and each night had a theme. some of the themes were memories, latin night, aztec night and disco night. The shows were always very fun to watch, they had dancing and costumes and music. the staff there were amazing they were all so friendly and nice and ready to get you whatever you wanted. the other activities they offered there were so much fun. some of the ones we did was snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and the sunrise hike. the tour guides that went with us on those activities were so nice and instructive and very helpful. overall this trip was probably one of the best experiences of my life. the resort was so pretty and the ocean was so clear it was amazing. this was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and i will never forget it.
13 Reasons Why is said to be “Netflix’s most popular show” and “the most tweeted show of 2017,” everybody loves it. In this review I will go over the huge flaws in this show and how it glamorizes suicide. The show 13 Reasons Why is about a girl, Hannah Baker, who leaves behind 13 tapes that are each a different reason why she ended her life. Each tape is about a certain person and how it’s their fault that she killed herself. Some of the reasons were complete nonsense. For example when the main character, Clay who we see listening to all the tapes, was about to kiss Hannah see freaked out and started yelling at him to “get the hell out!!” over and over. Now the reason that she did this was because in the past year she had a lot of problems with being sexually harassed, Clay was not aware of this. However, what Clay did wrong that contributed to her wanting to kill herself is that on that night as she was screaming at him to leave, he left. Hannah was mad at him for leaving as she was screaming at him to get out. Clay even tried to stay and comfort her but she continued to scream at him even louder. This is one of the major issues in this show, on multiple occasions Hannah blames other people for not being able to read her mind and chase after her even when she walks out on them or is telling them to leave her alone. Another problem with this show is that in a way it glamorizes suicide. It glamorizes it in the way that after she’s dead she’s becoming this legacy, everyone’s talking about her and everyone who’s listened to the tapes are freaking out. It glamorizes it by having her leave behind these 13 tapes for each person who “made” her kill herself to listen to. It’s showing how even after she’s died she’s causing these people so much pain and fright, who more than half don’t deserve it. Its teaching us that to kill yourself is the only way to get revenge on the people who hurt you, which isn’t at all true. The last issue that I’m going to discuss is that it never shows how she could have gotten help. Some of the issues Hannah had to face and some of the reasons she killed herself were understandable, like rape, bullying and sexual harassment. The show did a very good job of spreading awareness about those issues. However one thing it didn’t really touch on is actual suicide. Throughout the show it never shows her trying to talk to anyone about her depression, seeking help or trying any option besides killing herself. In the show it’s portrayed that killing herself was the only way to stop the pain. This is the main reason that I personally didn’t like the show is that it never showed how she could’ve gotten through it. It instead should of showed her at least attempting to talk to anyone about it or her trying to switch schools or get help form anyone. For a show based on suicide, it hardly touches on the subject. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I believe people like the show because they aren’t analyzing it or actually thinking about it at all. People like it because it has drama and romance and everybody else loves it, however if you actually truly watch it you will notice all of its major flaws and issues.
In the May 2017 Sacramento Bee, self-driving cars are coming into rise and are also having many malfunction issues that are known to be of great concern. Thousands of these types of cars were test-driven on California highways over the past years. Tweaks are needed to be made, if these vehicles can be publically available by the end of the year 2017. It’s not just crashing of the cars. Other problems include disengagement, shift gear issues, and a loss of control. But according to DMV records and reports, accidents that can occur here represent a small fraction of vehicles’ time on the roads. Although these reports give insight on what we can do to improve our technology and studies, there will be a delay to release these intelligent vehicles.