50 Things That I Would Say ‘No’ To *Culminating*

There are plenty of things that I would say ‘yes’ to everyday, but I challenged myself to think of 50 things that I would say ‘no’ to. From ordinary things like food, to more complicated situations, here I will share with you all of which I would say ‘no’ to.

  1. brussel sprouts
  2. lettuce
  3. tickets to a soccer game
  4. browned bananas
  5. cinnamon gum
  6. bird seed bread
  7. essays
  8. flip phones
  9. basketball
  10. smelly cats
  11. cross country running
  12. art class
  13. homework
  14. raisins
  15. bran muffins
  16. a buzz cut
  17. fedoras
  18. sketchers
  19. pineapple
  20. a trophy for participation
  21. markers
  22. cheesecake
  23. waking up early
  24. ignorance
  25. plain cheerios
  26. windows vista
  27. music class
  28. dubstep
  29. bulls
  30. awkward conversations
  31. pepsi
  32. freezing temperatures
  33. boiling temperatures
  34. chores
  35. bullying
  36. pointless work
  37. racism
  38. homelessness
  39. sweet potatoes
  40. pokemon
  41. veggie burgers
  42. people talking in a movie theatre
  43. chihuahuas
  44. bratty children
  45. the toronto argonauts
  46. nutella
  47. call of duty
  48. plain hot dogs
  49. stale cookies
  50. stale potato chips

My Meatball Recipe *Culminating*

For about 3 years now, whenever my family eats spaghetti we use the meatball recipe that me and my dad created. They may not be the fanciest meatballs, but I believe that they would be classified as Italian. I can confirm that they are full of flavor and will only be successful if made with love. Good luck, and enjoy!

Trent’s Specialty Meatballs:


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 shakes worcestershire sauce
  • 4 squirts frank’s red hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp knorr beef bovril
  • 5 pinches italian seasoning
  • 15 shakes of garlic powder (or to taste)
  • generous amount of parmesan & herb
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. mix all ingredients together by hand
  2. roll mixture into preferred ball size (1-2″ diameter) and  place on greased cookie sheet
  3. preheat oven to 350F
  4. bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked fully
  5. remove from oven and serve with pasta, or even on a sandwich

Squirrels! *Culminating*

Squirrels are one of the coolest creatures on earth, and yet nobody talks about them. Today I am going to educate you on the many different types of squirrels, and things you may not know about the nutty animals.


First off, let me inform you on the basics of the squirrel. A squirrel is a mammal, just like us, and is a rodent (similar to a mouse). A squirrel’s diet consists of both meat and plants, meaning it is classified as an omnivore. Squirrels can sometimes be mistaken as herbivores because of their plant based diet, but this is only because there aren’t a ton of animals for a squirrel to hunt, and squirrels get plenty of protein from nuts. Squirrels have an average lifespan of 2-5 years, with larger species tending to live longer. These rodents can vary in size from about 8-70cm long, and can weigh from 10 g to 8 kg. The squirrel has adapted to a wide range of habitat around the globe. This means tropical rainforests, to urban areas.


Now that you know the basics about our furry little friends, it’s time to dive into some amazing facts about squirrels.


  • There are over 265 species of squirrel worldwide
  • The African pygmy squirrel is the smallest (10cm long)
  • The Indian giant squirrel is the largest (3ft long)
  • Squirrels are a very trusting species, and are one of the few that will eat out of a human hand
  • Squirrels run in a zigzag pattern to avoid predators
  • Some squirrels will dig a fake food hole while birds are watching to trick those that are looking to steal the squirrel’s food
  • Squirrels that live in trees make nests like birds that are the size of a football
  • There are 44 species of flying squirrel. Every one of these do not actually fly but they glide with webbed skin from their wrists to their ankles


While squirrels may be looked at as pests to the majority of people. They have a lot going for them, and I have always been interested in the little guys (also the big ones!). I hope that the next time you see a squirrel hanging out by a pine tree, you think about how interesting the Squirrel is.


“Squirrel.” Amazing Facts about Squirrels | OneKind. Web. 15 June 2015. .

Blogger of the Week Reflection *Culminating*

How often did you participate: I replied to all of the 4 comments containing a conversation starting point.


Discussion blog title(s) and author(s): tarnold0281.commons.hwdsb.on.ca


Please provide a rating for YOUR overall contributions to discussions: 4 out of 5.




  1. Is there some aspect of the topic, results, conclusions, or concepts for which you gained a deeper understanding of through the blog discussion? Was there some aspect of the posts you explored that you had not thought of or that you ‘learned’ about from the discussion? In other words, what aspect of the post was clarified or illuminated as a result of the blog discussion?


After my blog was presented to the class, the comments came from all over the community. One reply was about a teacher’s personal experience with her kids and vaccines. I learned that no matter what research i did, I could not come close to the feeling of being a new parent, and the pressure to do the right thing. I learned from the comments.


  1. Were there aspects of the discussions that led to more confusion for you compared to when you read the blog post alone? Was the confusion resolved through discussion? Please explain (make specific reference to the blogs involved ­ direct quotations may be appropriate ­ reference the author).


Some of the time, responses to my comments were confusing, and I was left wondering what the author really meant. For instance, I commented on Thomas’s post about Nuclear Throne asking if it could be related to the likes of pacman. He responded fairly quickly, but his response mentioned how it is not like pacman, but it is like pacman. I was moderately confused.




  1. Evaluate your role in the Blogger of the Week discussions, in particular please answer the following two questions: What did you do that was effective at contributing to the discussion(s)? Be specific (adding screenshots of your contributing or copying to your blog may be appropriate). What areas do you need improvement in?


I was interested in almost all of the posts presented in class, but I did not get around to actually commenting. I was always eager to speak about it in class as the presenter was being asked questions, simply because I like to talk a whole lot more than I like to type. I think that my ideas in class helped the author to think about things to add to the post in future updates.


  1. Can you think of a contribution from another student that stood out in your mind that helped move the discussion along or help the class to move to a deeper understanding of the material? What did the student do? (no need to mention names, just describe what the students did or said).


I definitely appreciated the way that some of my classmates handled bloggers that ranted. I was not impressed by any of the blogs that had little to no facts, and I hope they learn that their opinion isn’t always enough. My classmates tended to comment suggestions instead of calling the person out for their half-decent post.


  1. Do you have any recommendations to the class as a whole to improve class discussions? How are discussions different in an online space versus those held face­to­face? How are they similar?


I think that there was a ton more interrupting people in class discussions. Sometimes, someone would start to share their opinion, and a louder person would speak over them. Online, you would have to wait for a reply to come through, and two people can’t talk at the same time.


  1. What are your overall thoughts of the Blogger of the Week assignment? Do you have any suggestions for me moving forward to either: a) improve the assignment; or b) revise the structure, delivery, or scheduling of the assignment itself? Be specific as your opinions will be very helpful for me as I plan for future classes.


I think that the blogger of the week assignment was one of the better tasks this semester. Definitely more enjoyable than the abyss of Romeo and Juliet tasks. One thing that i would encourage, is for you as the teacher to comment to each and every one of your student’s blogs. I was waiting on your comment but I never got one.

Are Wind Turbines Affecting Health!? *Revised for Culminating*

Image courtesy of Detroitnews.com

The use of wind turbines are at the heart of many recent social and political debates in Canada, but in my eyes the pros substantially outweigh the arguable “cons.

While the provincial government, partnered with other private manufacturers such as Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Capital Power LP, have begun the large roll-out of these turbines, 31% of Ontarians alone are against the machines as a result of claimed health problems stemming from annoyance. [1] With so many reasons to make the switch to renewable energy sources, why still does such a large group of Canadians reject the development in their homeland?

Those against these turbines rely on the fact that the low frequency noise has a severe health impact on those living near the turbines. As the majority of debates revolve around health, the arguments include dizziness and migraines, chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, measures of stress levels, such as heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol, and self-reported or measured quality of sleep. [2] A Toronto lawyer representing farm families stated to judges: “The nightmare neighbour can split your eardrums or he can drive you crazy, but either way, you end up with serious health effects,”. Obviously these residents have become very passionate with their opinion and have begun to consider these wind turbines as “nightmares”. The  federal government plays a huge role in the rollout of wind energy and endorsing harm on it’s citizens would be unexceptional. It states in section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that “Governments must not impose a reasonable prospect of serious harm on their citizens in order to protect security of the persons”. [3] So, are these government turbines imposing harm on Canadian citizens?

Image courtesy of Industrytap.com

I believe, along with the majority of Canadians, that the use of these turbines and the benefits that come with them are too great to be dismissed due to annoyance. The energy needs of our country are most certainly not going to decrease in the upcoming years, and the use of renewable energy is no doubt safer than the current use of fossil fuels. [4] And to expand on the potential of the government imposing harm, Health Canada conducted a study of the effects of wind turbine noise in Ontario and P.E.I. in 2012 to put any skepticism to rest. This study found that not only did the turbines not have any solid connection to the quality of life of nearby residents, but in all cases that reported loss of sleep or headaches, were claimed to be only slightly worse or just as bad as the common headache. The study also contained certain groups that were convinced that the experience was going to be a bad experience before hand, and a group that was convinced that it wouldn’t make a difference at all. The “placebo effect”, and the less common “nocebo effect” which these cases experimented with were proved once again. The majority of those who were expecting a bad outcome didn’t enjoy the turbines, and those who expected to be fine also didn’t mind being near the turbines at all. [5]

So no, I don’t think that the government and the turbines that it is currently installing across the country have enough evidence against them in order to discontinue or interrupt the rollout and/or use. The opposing effort is seen and their arguments must be acknowledged whenever a new issue arises. But, this brings attention to the importance of attitude and optimism, I advise anyone confused about the political position of any issue to do their own research and be open to new ideas and points of view.

What do you think about wind turbines? Should they continue operating or do the claimed health effects veto the environmental benefits? Let me know in the comments section below!


[1] “Redirecting Anti-Wind Energy.” AJ – Canada’s Environmental Voice. 1 Sept. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/energy-and-resources/redirecting-anti-wind-energy>.

[2] News, CBC. “Wind Turbine Noise Not Linked to Health Problems, Health Canada Finds – Technology & Science – CBC News.”CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 6 Nov. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wind-turbine-noise-not-linked-to-health-problems-health-canada-finds-1.2826206>.

[3] “Legal Battle over Ontario Wind Turbine Farm May Redefine ‘harm'” The Globe and Mail. 21 Nov. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/legal-battle-over-ontario-wind-turbine-farm-may-redefine-harm/article21714017/>.

[4] Maehlum, Mathias Aarre. “Wind Energy Pros and Cons – Energy Informative.”Energy Informative. 6 Dec. 2013. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://energyinformative.org/wind-energy-pros-and-cons/>.

[5] “Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study: Summary of Results.” Health Canada. Health Canada, 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/noise-bruit/turbine-eoliennes/summary-resume-eng.php>.


R&J act two song analysis

Act two of Romeo and Juliet brings a lot of love to the picture, and both Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Ne-yo’s “Closer” represent that same love. However, I have to say that Mrs. Swift’s song is the more true choice.

The turning point for me is the line in Love Story that says “daddy says stay away from Juliet”. This line represents the rivalry in the play between the two houses. The song is clearly based on the story of Romeo and Juliet, and there are plenty of references to prove that. Long story short, I love Taylor swift, and she makes some of the best music.

Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene Comparison *Culminating*


“Romeo and Juliet (1968 Film).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 11 June 2015.

In Romeo and Juliet, there are many important scenes that hold strong purpose. The balcony scene in my opinion is the most significant one.

It is amazing to me just how many things differ between the 1968 film’s representation and the 1996 movie from the position of Juliet, to acting style and wardrobe choices.


Position of Juliet:

The position of Juliet seems to be the largest difference between the two representations. When I read the play and it described Juliet up on the balcony, I did not think that any director would change such an important event. This was true for the 1968 film and Juliet was up on the balcony while Romeo was looking up at her in awe. In this scene it was clear that Juliet was more important than Romeo, and Romeo would do whatever he could to get to her and see her. I believe that this may be due to the recent debate of gender roles. In the 1996 film, both man and woman are at the same level and no one is looking up to the other. The fact that the old scene was set at an old castle and the new one was at a pool doesn’t make that much of a difference, but the position of Juliet is.


Acting Style:

Starting with Romeo, In the 1968 film he is very over dramatic and loud. He is not the only one in the original film that is like this. The majority of the characters in the 1968 film are very obnoxious and this makes the movie a lot less realistic to me. In the 1996 movie, Romeo and Juliet are very quiet while they meet at the pool. The acting seems to be very toned down in this film. The more realistic acting makes the event a lot more believable in modern day circumstances. I think that maybe movies were a lot different way back in 1968, and movies have evolved to be a bit more realistic.



“Ay Me! Romeo and Juliet In Education (Part 1 of 2).” Literary Undertakings. 26 Apr. 2015. Web. 11 June 2015.

This one relies almost entirely on the time that the film was set. In the 1968 version, the clothing reminded me of a medieval time period. The poofy dresses, and parachute pants really give it a King Arthur feel. But, the wardrobe was very impressive and I could tell that a lot of work went into the creation of the costumes. It is amazing to see the detail in the fabrics and I respect the designers for that. The wardrobe choices in the 1996 film are almost polar opposites in some ways. The wardrobe was significantly toned down in the more recent film, alike the acting style. The costumes were still very impressive in the way that they express each of the characters. If I had to choose a favorite, I would have to say that I like the newer wardrobe. This is likely due to the fact that their clothes aren’t too far off of modern dress.



Romeo and Juliet is truly a classic love story, and there is no reason not to recreate it every once in a while in a film. Shakespeare had his own vision of the characters in his mind and on the stage, and every director will alter it to how they visualize it. It is amazing how different two people could imagine the same play, but it is true, and that is why the 1968 and 1996 films are so different, yet the same.

Post #1: 25 Must-Do Activities For Summer 2015 *Culminating*

“Neri & Daphne – SUMMER 2015.” Journey Of Us RSS. Web. 10 June 2015. <http://journeyofus.com/index.php/2014/11/03/summer-2015/>.

This summer will be my second of high school, and I can’t wait to put this grade 10 year behind me. I have always wanted to make bucket lists, but never got around to it. This is the perfect opportunity and I can share my list with the internet! Here goes nothing! Below are 25 of the activities I won’t go without this summer.

  1. I’m a big Spotify user, and I still need to put together a summer playlist. Best part about it is that you can keep adding more songs as they come out!
  2. Frequent BBQ, I love a good burger and there are a lot of opportunities to snag one in the summertime.
  3. Buy more swim shorts. I have been growing since grade 9, and none of my suits fit.
  4. Go camping. This is an annual vacation for my family, and I never get tired of a good road trip.
  5. Get my G1 licence. I turned 16 this spring and haven’t had time to take the test yet, I wan’t to practice driving while school is off.
  6. Drive the boat! I’ve had it out twice this year so far, but once the weather get’s nicer she’ll be in the water a lot more often.
  7. Tubing. Why have a boat if you’re not going to have a little fun? I’ll drag my family and friends behind the boat but more fun than that, I’ll have a few rides.
  8. SLEEP IN. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a little time to catch some z’s.
  9. Train. Football season has come to an end, but I need to stay in shape during the off-season.
  10. Make some money. I haven’t gotten a job yet, but I have one lined up this summer to help pay for a laptop for grade 11.
  11. Even out my farmers tan…
  12. Go fishing. I love a warm summer morning on the lake, doesn’t matter if we catch much.
  13. Go to British Columbia. My sister is working at a resort there, and I’d like to visit her (and the Rockies).
  14. See some fireworks on Canada Day.
  15. Help my mom finish her basement. It’s a work in progress at the moment.
  16. Spend less time on the internet, and more outside.
  17. Eat watermelon on a regular basis. The perfect fruit for a hot summer day is priceless.
  18. Visit the ocean. Even if it is just down at Virginia beach, I love saltwater swims. I also didn’t get a chance last year.
  19. No shirt, No shoes. When it get’s nice outside, it’s time to let some skin free and enjoy the feeling of grass between your toes.
  20. Go to Wonderland. This one is more for a cool day at the end of the summer, since it’s way too hot on the coasters when it’s 30 degrees outside.
  21. Read a couple good books. I like to read in the shade of my backyard from time to time.
  22. Play some sports. One of my all time favorites is a good game of road hockey, but even some soccer or baseball can make a great day.
  23. Go to almost all of the Tiger Cats games. I’ve got season tickets again this year, and I just bought a new hat to represent my home team!
  24. Go see a few Blue Jays games over in Toronto. Rogers Centre is beautiful with the dome open, and the Jays aren’t too bad this year.
  25. Hang out with friends. I’m sure not going to enjoy this summer  by myself, and friends always turn good into great.

So there it is, my 25 activities for this summer. While planning things can be nice, I still believe that the improvised events that summertime unfolds are the best ones.

Leave a comment down below if we have a few things in common, or you know of something awesome that I might miss out on!

The Fifth Rule Week #4: Passage Master

Passage Explanation/Significance
 There is a sudden silence, and Leeza hopes a home hardware employee has finally run Brett to the ground. But no. “He said that he’s thought of you every day for the past two years, Leeza. What more do you want?” I have been waiting for Leeza to finally see the truth behind what Reef said at Frank’s funeral, and this is it. Brett sends her links to the video where he says all of the nice things about Leeza, and this will make Reef look a lot better than he did in the clip that her mom showed her.
  And in less than twenty minutes in that courtroom, all that was stripped away. What had Frank’s sister said afterward? You’ve tarnished his name and everything he worked so hard for. Well, she was right about that. He has tarnished Frank’s name. But he’s had help. From Roland Bernard Decker. This passage is a summary of all the thoughts going through Reef’s head after the hearing. At this moment he stops blaming himself for what has happened, and turns to Decker. I believe that this is hinting at a confrontation between Reef and Decker.
 She points to the broken on the ground near where the backpack had been, the shards of glass evidence of a violent end. But it isn’t the ruined bottle that catches her attention. It isn’t the insects buzzing around the remains of the rum that draw her eyes to the grass. It’s the nearly circular hole in the ground where a rock lay only a short time ago, a glistening worm at it’s centre still struggling to evade the sudden sun. This passage ends off this weeks reading with a bang. Leeza and the boys are looking for Reef in the park but all they can find is the items his drunken self left behind, and a spot with a missing rock. This is obviously a frightening sight for Leeza, who is the victim of Reef’s previous rock rampage.