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Homeostasis: Controlling the Blood Sugar Levels

Our Biology teacher, Magdalena Ravagnan, asked us to work in groups in order to answer a set of questions. I worked with Luna, Nico and Juan.

Last lesson we studied how we control the body temperature.

Another factor that should be kept constant is the levels of glucose in the blood.

Which are they?

Study this web-page for revision.

b) Level of glucose increases »» Brain sends message to the pancreas through neurones »» Pancreas releases insulin »»  Insulin allows glucose to be taken into cells where is used in respiration. Glucose is also converted to glycogen by liver and muscle which is stored in the liver and muscles  »» Levels of blood sugar lowers  »» Blood sugar levels return to normal

Level of glucose decreases  »»  Brain sends message to the pancreas through neurones »» Pancreas releases glucagon  »» liver starts to break down stored glycogen and convert it back into glucose which can be used by cells »» Blood sugar levels raise »» Blood sugar levels return to normal

  c) Negative feedback is when there is a change in the normal behaviour of the body (a change in blood sugar levels in this case) and the body reverses these changes and make them return back to its set levels.
a) Diabetes type1
Causes: Body does not produce the right amount of insulin or, in some cases, does not produce any at all.
Treatment: Daily injections of insulin, managed diet, planned exercise to balance energy needs with food and insulin intakes.
Diabetes type 2
Causes: Pancreas does produce insulin but cells stop responding properly to the insulin.
Treatment: lose weight and eat a carefully balanced diet can often control or even reverse the illness. However for some people oral drugs and even injections of insulin may be needed.
c)  Genetic engineering involves the extraction of genes from one organism, or the synthesis of genes, in order to place them in another organism (of the same or another species) such that the receiving organism expresses the gene product.

Fakebook: Honore Gabriel Riquetti, Conte de Mirabeau

Our History teacher, Lenny Ambrosini, asked us to work in pairs and prepare a fakebook of a significant character/person in the French Revolution. I worked with Delfina Nicora and we had to do our presentation on Honore Gabriel Riquetti, a moderatenobleman that defended the Third Estate.This is so that we expand more on our knowledge on the French revolution (which is a topic that we are currently studying in History) and can have a first hand look on the “influencers” of this revolution.

This is our fakebook.

Video de Literatura: Martin Fierro

Nuestra profesora de Literatura, Camila Aliberti, nos pidió de trabajar en grupos para recrear una escena del Martin Fierro. Al mismo tiempo, nos concedió tener libertad para adaptarla y usar nuestra creatividad. Esto es porque estuvimos estudiando la literatura gauchesca y el Martin Fierro principalmente. Mi grupo (que incluye a Luz, Juani, Tomas A., Epi y a mi) decidimos basarnos en la escena donde Moreno y Martin Fierro forman parte de una payada contrapunto. Tambien la adaptamos a hoy en dia y en vez de ser Moreno  buscando venganza porque Martin Fierro mato a su hermano, es Moreno buscando venganza porque Martina Fierro le fue infiel a su hermano. Aun asi, queriamos mantener el contraste del presente y el pasado, tambien el espiritu gauchesco, entonces lo esribimos en una payada.

Este es nuestro video.

Este es nuestro guion.

Ensayo

Nuestra profesora de lengua, Camila Aliberti, nos pidió que escribamos un ensayo en base de la siguiente frase: “Uno es dueño de sus silencios y esclavos de sus palabras.”

Una de las cosas más difíciles para entender en el día a día es cuando usar las palabras y cuando simplemente quedarnos en silencio. Pero ¿Acaso estamos en control de lo que sale de nuestra boca?

El gran poder y peso que tienen las palabras es incuestionable. No es solamente lo que decimos sino también como lo expresamos. Por lo tanto, si se utiliza en forma errónea puede marcarnos para el resto de la vida. Es un acto tan común, que uno no se da cuenta como las palabras pueden afectar.

Cuando dice “uno es dueño de sus silencios”, se quiere enfatizar que los pensamientos son lo único que tenemos para si. Nadie puede abordarlos, es un bien personal, es de lo único que podemos realmente ser dueños. En cambio, al decir que somos “presos de nuestras palabras”, quiere representar como todo lo que decimos repercute en nosotros y en lo demás. Una vez que se dice algo, las palabras ya no se pueden recuperar.

Existe un dicho muy conocido y usado que se puede aplicar y comparar al que se analiza: “hay que elegir sabiamente que  batalla pelear”. A veces no vale la pena gastar nuestro tiempo y energía en discusiones insignificantes e irrelevantes. Al mismo tiempo, al no expresar nuestros pensamientos podemos arrepentirnos y eso resultar muy significativo en nuestro futuro. Lo que no se dice en el momento, es muy difícil que se diga después ya que al pasar el tiempo también pasan las posibilidades (oportunidades).

Un claro ejemplo en como Martin Luther King, a través de la oración pudo cambiar la calidad de vida de millones de personas de color, sus palabras hicieron historia, aunque para muchos “fue preso de sus palabras” porque le costo la vida. Sus palabras fueron la voz de millones que tenían miedo de decirlas. El hizo un cambio porque logro afectar a los otros en una manera positiva y eficiente, lucho por lo que creía.

Por el otro lado, nosotros solo estamos en control de lo que decimos y lo que no decimos. No podemos saber cómo nuestras palabras pueden ser percibidas o interpretadas. Esto es porque siempre hay dos o más personas en una conversación y  tenemos como máximo el 50% del control. Por lo tanto, se puede afirmar que lo que nos esclaviza no son las palabras en si mismas sino el impacto que generan en las personas a quienes le hablamos. Tampoco somos completamente dueños de nuestros silencios ya que muchas veces la razón de que decidimos no hablar es porque tenemos miedo de lo que van a pensar los demás.

Algo interesante que indica esta frase es el sentido de la oportunidad y como uno al hablar se expone a la sociedad. El que lo dijo decidió colocar una palabra negativa como “esclavitud” para simbolizar la relación entre los humanos y las palabras. Al expresarnos, de alguna manera, somos vulnerables y perdemos poder, pero al mismo tiempo puede dar fruto a algo mejor. Puede ser positivo.

En conclusión, las palabras tienen un gran efecto en las personas. En mi opinion, es nuestro deber  utilizarlas sabiamente y tener el máximo control posible de lo que sale de nuestra boca, sin dejar de defender lo que creemos y ser apasionados en la defensa de nuestros argumentos.

Kit DIY de computación

Nuestra profesora de computación, Mariana Massigoge, nos pidió de hacer un kit DIY basado en nuestros proyectos que hicimos en grupo (el mio incluye a Delfina Miy Uranga, Josefina Catani, Rocio Hartmann y Luz Garcia Fernandez). En el cual usábamos nuestro celular como un microscopio con una luz negra, para crear un juego.

Este trabajo era individual. Por lo tanto tome la idea del juego y del microscopio con luz negra (manteniendo el concepto), creando una kit divertido que uno puede hacer en su casa para después poder resolver misterios. La idea detrás, es la de descubrir lo que dicen las cartas con indicios, para encontrar al que se villano que se escapo.  Para hacerlo deberás armar (con las herramientas que te provee el kit) en combinación a un celular. También te vendrá con un tablero para poder moverte con los indicios. Se llama “The Escape.”

clue board game kit 1

 

Analysing an Astrologer’s Day

Our Language teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to write an analysis about a story we read named An Astrologer’s Day.

The story “An Astrologer’s Day” begins by stating a normal day for the astrologer.  How he starts by spreading his professional equipment and prepares himself both from the inside and by the way he looks. How he passed through this crowded road and saw all different type of trades like: medicine sellers, sellers of stolen hardware and junk, magicians, and, above all, an auctioneer of cheap doth, who created enough din all day to attract the whole town. How everyday there was a different name for the store next door. He also talks about his ruitine, and how in a way he exploits and fools his clients. The reason his abilities were never questioned was that he gave open answers and also responded with retorical questions. He said things that made his clients content and satisfied.

One day comes a stranger (which we later find out that his name is Guru Nayak) which is one of the first to question the astrolger’s skills. He wants to disprove that the astrolger can actually know the past of someone and predict their future. As Guru Nayak starts asking questions, the astrologer figures out that the stranger who came was actually the person he tought he had killed as a young adult. The only reason why he knows his story is because he was part of it. The client is actually seeking for revenge, but first he needs to find the unknown man who did such a thing. When the astrologer is asked if that man is alive, he says he’s not to avoid the consecuences. With this action we can see how deceitful he is by the fact that instead of apologising or admiting his crime, he lied to his client. At the end of the story, the astrologer tells his wife of his actions quite concerned, which showed a more humane side of him.

 

 

 

 

A Horse and two Goats Essay

Our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, asked us to wrie an essay abot the foolowing statement:

The most important theme in “A Horse and two Goats”, and in fact the central theme of Narayan’s work, is the clash of cultures. Do you agree?

In the following essay, I am going to develop on how I far I agree with the previous statement.

On the one hand, I believe that the theme of clash of cultures is very important so that the readers can see the contrast between this completely different cultures, and the way it gets ‘lost in translation’. Also, it adds a humorous touch to the story. In the story, “A Horse and two Goats” the clash of cultures between Muni and the american man is very evident. They both seem to believe their talking about the same thing, but they are talking about very different things. In the following extract, it shows the miscommunication because in one part when Muni is telling the american man about his childhood he believes he is talking about selling the statue. “(…) when he heard his grandfather, whose grandfather . . . ‘ The other man interrupted him with, ‘I don’t want to seem to have stopped here for nothing. I will offer you a good price for this.” There is an ironic end which is when Muni believes he sold his goats when he actually sold the statue which he loved.

On the other hand, i do not think it is the only theme which is critical in the story. I believe postcolonization plays a big part in the story. India is the setting for “A Horse and two Goats” which was previously colonized by the United Kingdom. In this passage you can see an example of how the colonization influenced India, “Can’t you understand even a simple word of English? Everyone in this country seems to know English. I have got along with English everywhere in this country, but you don’t speak it”. By adding the historical background the reader can get a better idea on what the characters (in this case Muni) are feeling and how their everyday life.

In conlusion, I believe that there are two main themes which are postcolonization and the clash of cultures.

 

Postcolonial Literature

Our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, has asked us to research online for post colonial literature. This is because we were reading “A Horse and two Goats”.

Post-colonialism in literature includes the study of theory and literature as it relates to the colonizer-colonized experience.

Definition

In many works of literature, specifically those coming out of Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent, we meet characters who are struggling with their identities in the wake of colonization, or the establishment of colonies in another nation. For example, the British had a colonial presence in India from the 1700s until India gained its independence in 1947. As you can imagine, the people of India as well as the characters in Indian novels must deal with the economic, political, and emotional effects that the British brought and left behind. This is true for literature that comes out of any colonized nation. In many cases, the literature stemming from these events is both emotional and political.

The post-colonial theorist enters these texts through a specific critical lens, or a specific way of reading a text. That critical lens, post-colonial theory or post-colonialism, asks the reader to analyse and explain the effects that colonization and imperialism, or the extension of power into other nations, have on people and nations.

Effects of colonization

As mentioned above, post-colonialism asks the reader to enter a text through the post-colonial lens. The chart below will help you see how to approach a post-colonial reading of a text. As a reader, you would look for the effects of colonialism and how they are addressed through the plot, setting, and characters’ actions.postcolonial_image

Theories on postcolonial literature

Said’s book ‘Orientalism’ (1978) is considered the foundational work on which post-colonial theory developed. Said, then, could be considered the ‘father’ of post-colonialism. His work, including ‘Orientalism’, focused on exploring and questioning the artificial boundaries, or the stereotypical boundaries, that have been drawn between the East and West, specifically as they relate to the Middle East. In doing this, Said focused specifically on our stereotypes of Middle-Easterners; however, these same ideas can be extended to include how we view all ‘others.’ This is the ‘us’-‘other’ mentality that many colonizers take with them into a new country. Such simple generalizations lead to misconceptions and miscommunications, which are often the basis of post-colonial analysis.

 

 

Homi Bhabha’s work, including ‘The Location of Culture’ (1994), focuses on the politics, emotions, and values that exist in the space between the colonizer and the colonized. In other words, cultures are more than ‘us’ and ‘other’; they are the sum of their histories. Bhabha likes to use the word ‘hybrid‘, meaning composed of mixed elements, to describe post-colonial people and experiences. In doing this, Bhabha focused on the collective effects of colonization on peoples and cultures.