Tuesday, 14 March 2017

True Leadership Requires Support Freely Given

Our teacher gave us a challenge. It was to make a theme and make a visual representation to match it (or the other way around). Here is our final submission. It is a picture of a scorpion with flaps cut into it. Under the flaps are explanations for why we labeled each part that way. Each character in the book was labeled a body part the represented them. The explanations were folded into springs so that they could fit. The explanations were:
In the book, El Patrón is the leader and powerful drug lord. In the scorpion, he is the body of the scorpion because he controls what everyone else as the legs do.
Daft Donald is an important person but he is not really known about as much so that is why he is the left claw.
Tam Lin is the right claw because more people are right handed, and we know more about Tam Lin then we do about Daft Donald. Tam Lin was also El Patrón’s right-hand man. (Indispensable)
Matt is considered not important and irrelevant but if Matt and all the other clones were nonexistent El Patrón would not be alive for 148 years. The stinger of the scorpion looks like just a tail, but without it, the scorpion could not be protected.
These people are not the main characters but without them, El Patrón would not be able to be a leader because he would have no one to lead. However, if some of them were gone or ended up dying, El Patrón would still be the powerful leader of opium. Just as if the scorpion legs were to fall off, the body (El Patrón) would not be able to walk or continue. If El Patrón died, all the legs wouldn't be connected to a body, and would have nothing to support, therefore dying. It's a mutual sort of relationship, if not parasitic.
Down here is a photo of the project we collaborated on. Under the subtle bumps in the paper are descriptions to follow up our thinking on why we labeled what we did.

The visual representation.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Harkness Discussion #4

1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
We asked them if they had anything to say 

2. How did we support the more talkative people
 in the group?
We let them finish speaking and then we asked another question  

3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?

4:27 because we all talked about how El Patron uses clones to extend his own life and how he didn't care about the clones.

4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?

To have a deeper conversation on one of the questions instead of just answering questions and moving on.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

El Patrón's Playlist

To start with our playlist has a couple different types of music. There is some sad, some happy and upbeat. The sad songs were chosen because El Patron has had a rough life with 18 of his family members already dead or dying. Since El Patron has lost so many family members he holds on to everyone he gets the chance to he never ever will or has let them go.  

To represent EL Patron’s round character we are showing the type of music we think he would listen to from the evidence in the book. For example, El Patron is a pretty old guy so when you think about it, he wouldn’t be listening to modern day music. To show his static personality we are showing a more powerful upbeat song to help show that he is the boss and he wants what he wants.

Since El Patron is 143 years old you would think he would listen to some slow rhythm and blues music, he also talks quite mature and classical, as well he tries to make his big house like his hometown from when he was a little boy, he is 143 years old making it from a long time ago. El Patron is the most powerful drug lord and to try to show his thoughts through music we will be showing a more powerful song than the other ones.

Almost everyone is afraid of El patron because of how powerful he is, there is only a couple that are not afraid of him, but that is beside the point, everyone is afraid of him and for that, we thought that we should add some intense violin parts to show his twisted branches...

He is an old guy and doesn’t have many actions since he’s in a wheelchair and can barely move. Representing his actions we will be showing slow and sad music as we would think El Patron would feel/look like while wheeling around in his wheelchair.

El Patron is an old man but with the ability to make clones of himself he can get replacement organs when one of his are unable to work on its own. When you think about it this is deep that someone makes clones of himself and then uses the clone's organs so you stay alive. One of our songs choices is Fur Elise and this is because El Patron loves listening to Matt play the piano.

El Patron may be old, but his voice makes chills go down some people’s spines. As described in the beginning of the section “Middle Age”, his voice is not very loud but demands attention and respect. When he wants something, he’s so powerful that he gets it, pretty much no matter what it is.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Harkness Discussion With The Scorpion Squad! :)

1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
We asked one of our quieter group member to be the moderator so they can get a bigger chance to talk and have more opportunities to jump in.

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?
Our moderator would switch questions or ask and quiet person their opinions when someone was talking too much.

3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
Around 6:20 because that is when we asked the question about Mr. MacGregor clone because everyone was trying to talk and we had some cool inferences about what they were doing to the clone on the bed.

4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?
I think for next time before we start recording we should decide when we switch question because some questions went on for a really long time and some people were just repeated what other people have already said.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Litspiration Challenge #1: Setting

This is the basic map overview from page 1-100. You can zoom in and out and drag the screen to read the text.