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By: Jose Montoya

In every generation of Hip-Hop the dancing changes. In the 8o’s the dancing was more jumping around side to side with some style. Vanilla Ice and Mc Hammer for example had their own crazy dances that I don’t think I could keep up with. That style is considered old and out of style but it’s a classic, I like it at least. But even if that Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were competing they had the same style of dancing but it was different. In the end every one knows who won that some what of a beef.

So this is a video of MC Hammer at the 1991 Grammy awards with Vanilla Ice in the audience and i think we all know how that went. not such a good time for Vanilla Ice. But anyways MC Hammer is crazy for his dancing!! Who goes up in front of thousands of people in a silver futuristic suit and sing Cant Touch this!!! He is Crazy!! but i have to give it up to him, he did his thing and loved every second of it, and thats what counts.

HAHA anyways besides those two guys beefing. Now here is the part where the dancing changes just about a year or two later it changed big time. In this video we see will smith hitting those 90’s moves. which are still sort of the same as the Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer ones but with a more flamboyant style like the color of the clothes haha.

So i was chilling the other day and i was you tubing and i realized the similarities and thought of blogging about it.

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DD45

By Fernando Bustos

News

Could have been DD45

Could have been DD45

According to boston.com a 115 feet wide asteroid flashes by earth in a cosmic close call, at 8:40 am ET. On March 2, 2009 an asteroid called dd45 passed earth by 45,000 miles not too far from satellites that orbit the earth and about one-fifth of the distance between the moon and earth, NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory reported. The asteroid was noticed on February 28th only two days before the asteroid passed by earth. It passed over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti at its closest point. The asteroid was spotted by Australians astronomers when the asteroid was one million miles away from earth. Astronomers say they didn’t see it coming until Saturday. Once they found it, they determined there was no risk of a collision. It buzzed by earth at 8:40 a.m. ET. If the asteroid did hit it would cause a 500ft tall tsunami wave destroying a populated area. Asteroids of this size would unleash a destructive power to about 10 to 15 megaton’s of TNT. Dr Crowther explained this is about 1,000 times more powerful than the blast from the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The next known asteroid will come in such close proximity to earth is in 2029. An asteroid known as 99942 Apophis, an 885-square-foot space rock, is expected to come within 20,000 miles of the planet. Having not heard of this at the time made me upset. But I understood why it was not publicized so much. If I were to say that the end of the world is in the next 30 minutes most people would react recklessly to all their emotions and would cause chaos on earth. So if this happens again I would prefer to be told but in a calm manner so that I would not react to my first reactions.

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Cynthia Maxwell: Youth radio presentation of sound

2/20/09

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Today at youth radio we, the winter core class, were introduced to Cynthia Maxwell who works at Apple to create applications and specializes in sound development.  During the presentation she mentioned that with every sound there’s a specific equation to make that tone. I’m only in the 11th grade and my favorite subject is math, but when she showed me what that equation looked like, I didn’t have a clue about what it meant. Luckily I was interested enough to ask if she could break it down and explain it to me after her presentation had ended.  Another thing that she mentioned in the presentation was that she used to work for NASA, and for anyone that’s a pretty huge accomplishment. She inspired me to apply for mathematics in college, something I’d never even thought I would ever consider.

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Cynthia Maxwell

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By: Miguel Ojeda

Cynthia Maxwell’s job is very interesting. At first I had no clue what she was talking about or what her work was about. As she started to explain more in detail about what exactly she does it made sense. It was weird and new but it was cool. Creating a software to make new sounds based on new shapes and what you can do with these shapes is out of this world. I was amazed when she took out her Iphone and started making sounds based on how she physically moved the phone. I highly respect her work and it’s something I will be looking more into.

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Low Self-Esteem shrinks the brain

NEWS

BY: DEREK WILLIAMS

 

ACCORDING TO BBC NEWS RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT LOW SELF ESTEEM SHRINKS THE BRAIN. AND PEOPLE WITH LOW SELF WORTH ARE LIKELIER TO SUFFER FROM MEMORY LOSS AS THEY GET OLDER. DR. SONIA LUPIEN OF Mc GILLL UNIVERSITY DID A SURVEY ON 92 SENIOR CITIZENS OVER THE COURSE OF 15 YEARS SHE STUDIED THEIR BRAIN SCANS SHE FOUND THAT THE BRAINS OF THE PEOPLE WITH SELF ESTEEM ISSUES WERE A FIFTH SMALLER THAN THOSE WHO DIDN’T EXPERIENCE SELF ESTEEM ISSUES. THESE PEOPLE ALSO PERFORMED WORSE IN MEMORY AND LEARNING TESTS. DR. LUPIEN BELIEVES THAT THOSE WITH A NEGATIVE MIND SET WERE TAUGHT TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY THINK THEY COULD REVERSE THEIR MENTAL DECLINE. SO ACCORDING TO DR. LUPIEN THE FEAR OF MEMORY LOSS MAYBE CAUSED BY ANXIETY AND ANXIETY WILL LEAD TO MEMORY IMPAIRMENT.

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Rock Band/KHADEJHIA KASSENBROCK

BEING A MUSICIAN IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I FEEL LIKE IT’S MY CONNECTION TO EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY. WHEN GUITAR HERO FIRST CAME OUT, I THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA. FOR ONE THING, I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULDN’T JUST LEARN TO PLAY A REAL GUITAR. HOW COULD IT POSSIBLY BE FUN TO FIT ALL THOSE CHORDS, NOTES, AND SCALES INTO 5 BUTTONS? BUT I ALSO HAD ANOTHER FEELING IN THE BACK OF MY MIND: WORRY. I WONDERED, SINCE THE GAME WAS GETTING SO POPULAR, HOW IT WOULD AFFECT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC? WHAT IF KIDS STOPPED WANTING TO PLAY GUITAR, AND INSTEAD WANTED TO BUY GUITAR HERO? BUT, I JUST LET IT GO. AFTER ALL, IT WAS JUST A GAME. THEN, ROCK BAND CAME OUT. THIS IS A GAME THAT NOT ONLY USES A FAKE GUITAR, BUT A FAKE DRUMSET AND A MICROPHONE. AGAIN, I WONDERED HOW ANYONE COULD EVER CHOOSE TO PLAY THE GAME INSTEAD OF INSTRUMENTS, AND AGAIN, I WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NEW MUSIC, AND NEW MUSICIANS. I WAS COMPLETELY AGAINST PLAYING EITHER OF THESE GAMES, UNTIL MY FRIEND INVITED ME TO PLAY ROCK BAND WITH HER. I SAID OKAY. AFTER ALL, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO “KNOW YOUR ENEMY”. AS SHE SCROLLED THROUGH THE SONG LIST, I REALIZED THERE WERE A LOT OF SONGS I ACTUALLY LIKED, AND IT GOT ME EXCITED TO TRY IT OUT. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING AT FIRST, BUT ONCE I GOT THE HANG OF IT, IT BECAME PRETTY FUN. EVENTUALLY I HAD TO LEAVE, BUT I WAS STILL HOOKED, AND ON MY BIRTHDAY, I GOT MY VERY OWN. IT TURNS OUT THAT PLAYING THE ROCK BAND DRUMS ON EXPERT CAN BE A GOOD TOOL FOR PRACTICING WHEN I COULDN’T PLAY THE REAL THING, AND TO THIS DAY, I STILL LOVE TO PLAY IT. I’M STILL ANNOYED BY THE GUITARS USED IN THE GAME. THERE ARE 120 PLACES TO PUT YOUR FINGERS ON A 6-STRING, 20 FRET GUITAR, BUT ONLY 5 BUTTONS ON A GUITAR CONTROLLER FOR BOTH OF THE GAMES. PEOPLE WILL WANT TO TAKE THE EASY WAY, BUT IT WON’T HELP ANYONE IN THE LONG RUN. AS THE GAMES GROW IN POPULARITY, LESS AND LESS KIDS WANT TO START A BAND, BUT MORE AND MORE WANT TO BUY ROCK BAND. EVENTUALLY, IT’S GONNA RESULT IN LESS “NATURAL MUSIC”, ESPECIALLY WITH THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF GUITAR HERO. IN GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR, PLAYERS CAN CREATE THEIR OWN MUSIC WITHIN THE GAME USING PRESET LOOPS FOR DRUMS, GUITAR, AND BASS. IT’S GETTING SO ADVANCED THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STOP NEEDING TO LEARN TO READ MUSIC, OR STUDY MUSIC THEORY, BECAUSE GAME LIKE GUITAR HERO AND ROCK BAND MAKE IT SO EASY. BUT, PLAYING INSTRUMENTS WON’T JUST HELP YOU IN MUSIC. IT’S BEEN PROVEN THAT TAKING MUSIC LESSONS STRENGTHENS THE NEURAL CHORDS THAT TRANSMIT INFORMATION BETWEEN THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES OF THE BRAIN, AND THEREFORE CAN HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL. FOR INSTANCE, IN 1993, JAPAN, HOLLAND, AND HUNGARY WERE THE TOP 3 COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF THEIR STUDENT’S SCIENCE ABILITIES. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THEY HAD IN COMMON WERE THEIR MUSIC PROGRAMS: EACH COUNTRY TAUGHT MUSIC IN THE CURRICULUM FROM KINDERGARTEN TO 12TH GRADE. WHEN PARENTS HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN GETTING THEIR KID A GUITAR OR GUITAR HERO, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT ALL THE BENEFITS THAT PLAYING A REAL INSTRUMENT CAN GIVE. MAYBE NOTHING WILL CHANGE WITHIN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. MAYBE GAMES LIKE THIS WILL START TO FADE AWAY, AND MAYBE THEY’LL LOSE THE POPULARITY THEY HAVE NOW. NO ONE CAN KNOW FOR SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN, BUT I KNOW THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE ON THE SIDE OF MAKING “NATURAL” MUSIC.

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SLEEP DEPRIVATION/LUIS FLORES

LAST WEEK, I PROBABLY GOT AROUND 4 OR 5 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND I DEFINITELY FELT THE EFFECTS OF NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. FOR EXAMPLE, I AM NOT USUALLY THE ONE TO BE FALLING ASLEEP IN CLASS, BUT I ACTUALLY FOUND MYSELF DOZING OFF DURING A BORING LECTURE. I ALSO REALIZED THAT I WAS FALLING BEHIND IN A COUPLE CLASSES BECAUSE I COULDN ’ T PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS OR FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND. AND WHEN I GOT HOME, I WAS SO TIRED THAT I WOULDN ’ T HELP OUT WITH CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE. MY PARENTS HAVEN ’ T TAKEN NOTICE BECAUSE THEY ALSO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SLEEP. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM, I HAVE ALSO TALKED TO MY CLASSMATES AND THEY SAY THAT THEY GO THROUGH THIS EXACT SAME THING. THE REASON THAT I AM NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS BECAUSE OF SO MUCH WORK THAT I AM GETTING FROM SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY MY AP SPANISH CLASS. I ALWAYS END UP STAYING UP LATE TRYING TO FINISH MY SPANISH WORK, AND ON TOP OF THAT I HAVE HOMEWORK FOR FIVE OTHER CLASSES. I THINK THAT ANOTHER PART OF THIS PROBLEM IS THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM REQUIRES US TO WAKE UP WAY TOO EARLY, ESPECIALLY FOR ME, SINCE I DON ’ T LIVE CLOSE TO MY SCHOOL. ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN HAVE MANY SIDE EFFECTS, INCLUDING DIABETES, EFFECT ON

GROWTH, AND OBESITY. ALSO, A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED AND SAID THAT SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS SHOULD BE GETTING ABOUT EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS TO NINE HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND THOSE WHO DO SLEEP THAT MUCH GET HIGHER GRADES. I KNOW THAT IT IS SOMETHING I MUST FIX, BUT IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT TASK FOR ME.

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