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    This reading is from Shakespeare’s Othello (5.2.397-406). These are some of Othello’s last words, an apology for what he did and a guideline as to how he believes he should be remembered. I usually talk in

    Othello Reading

    This reading is from Shakespeare's Othello (5.2.397-406). These are some of Othello's last words, an apology for what he did and a guideline as to how he believes he should be remembered. I usually talk in monotone, and it's hard...

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    Desdemona

    1.3.208-218

    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am

    Othello Close Readings

    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty; I am hitherto your daughter: but here's...

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    I published a survey about the future of artificial intelligence for students from Judge Memorial and other high schools participating in Youth Voices. The majority of students have a positive viewpoint on the

    Artificial Intelligence

    I published a survey about the future of artificial intelligence for students from Judge Memorial and other high schools participating in Youth Voices. The majority of students have a positive viewpoint on the future of artificial intelligence. More than...

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    Sam commented on the post, Gun Control

    The issue of gun control is obviously one of the most pressing today. I believe that we need stricter gun control laws. I see statistics comparing the US to other countries, and the numbers are staggering. All countries that have effective gun control laws have considerably less shootings, which makes sense. To me, no citizen should need an…Read More

  • I think that the issue of personal privacy versus national security is one of the most important today. Tech companies like Apple have access to all of our personal information, and it is continually getting more difficult to keep that information secure. The NSA incident makes me wonder how much information collected actually is a threat to…Read More

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    Two of the giants of the technology community, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, have differing opinions on the future of artificial intelligence. According to The Atlantic, Elon Musk claims that the development of

    The Future of AI

    Two of the giants of the technology community, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, have differing opinions on the future of artificial intelligence. According to The Atlantic, Elon Musk claims that the development of AI will result in the fall...

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    Sam commented on the post, Alaskan River

    This is a really great poem Cole. Very relaxing and vivid. It reminds me of this website (explore.org) that has webcams of bears fishing for salmon in Alaska. Obviously the bears are hibernating right now, but it’s fun to watch in the warmer months. Great work, I look forward to more.

  • I am researching the future AI will have on the human workforce. Many people agree that AI will completely take over some industries, like you said. Human intelligence is still required for many jobs, something that AI is not close to replicating. One article I read interestingly said that humans and AI will work together in a “symbiotic” union.…Read More

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    Sam commented on the post, A Poem

    Kevin, I really like your poem! It seems very professional. I think it really fits the character and theme of Don Quixote. The ending is very well structured. It reveals the surprise ending in a funny way, again following the characteristics of Don Quixote. I remember learning about his foolishness in Spanish class. Thank you and I look forward to…Read More

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    There is a common argument that with the rise of artificial intelligence, there will be a surge of unemployment. The Belfast Telegraph admits “that large areas of banking, accounting, legal services and other n

    A.I. Will Create Jobs

    There is a common argument that with the rise of artificial intelligence, there will be a surge of unemployment. The Belfast Telegraph admits “that large areas of banking, accounting, legal services and other nominally middle-class jobs (including journalism) may...

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  • I agree that a base on the moon would be well worth the cost. It could open doorways for many new areas of space research. It is also the next logical step in the exploration of our solar system, providing a stepping stone for a trip to Mars. However, a project like that would be pretty expensive, and there would be a lot of opponents to the idea.…Read More

  • I agree with you that there are some things we should have memorized, and there are other things that are just a waste of time to remember. Education shouldn’t be so much about the ability to memorize as it is to learn. Have certain things memorized can be helpful, depending on the future you are pursuing. However, like your example of the…Read More

  • I think this debate has been a point of interest throughout our nation’s history. To me, 18 seems like a young age to have all the responsibilities as an adult. On the other hand however, it makes sense. By that time, most kids are off to college and need to gain the independence that turning 18 entails. Despite being a legal adult, 18 year olds…Read More

  • I definitely agree that professional athletes are over paid. However, their salary is reflective of how much revenue they bring to their team, sport, organization, etc. I had never considered the lack of insurance for professional players. You made good points that represent both sides of the argument.

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    No. Not in the doomsday, robots-running-the-world sense. A scenario in which a robot becomes self aware and takes revenge on the human race seems unlikely, at least not in the new future. However, artificial

    Will A.I. Take Over?

      No. Not in the doomsday, robots-running-the-world sense. A scenario in which a robot becomes self aware and takes revenge on the human race seems unlikely, at least not in the new future. However, artificial intelligence can take over the...

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  • Tyler, good work on the video. It was very informative and eye-opening. I wasn’t aware that gun violence was such a problem. It’s also depressing that the issue can be solved with education, but no steps are being taken in that direction. I hope that videos like this will change the future of Philadelphia and other cities, ending unnecessary gun…Read More

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    Sam commented on the post, Note of Curiosity!

    Good analysis of Big Brother’s constant observation of its people. I had not heard of kinesthetic imagery before. Orwell describes the movements of the telescreens, following the characters, in an ominous way. Do you think that our government has the ability to watch us like that of 1984?

  • It is discouraging that politics can impede the exploration of science. However, it might be the more practical option. Space travel is expensive, and a mission to Mars might not seem like the best allocation of resources. Faith is not lost though, as companies like SpaceX have put out exciting deadlines for Mars exploration. Either way, a trip to…Read More

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    Solar, hydroelectric, wind, and nuclear energy can provide power in cleaner ways than oil. Fossil fuels produce 93% of the world’s energy consumption, only 7% comes from renewable energy sources. With resources d

    Can alternative energy replace fossil fuels?

    Solar, hydroelectric, wind, and nuclear energy can provide power in cleaner ways than oil. Fossil fuels produce 93% of the world’s energy consumption, only 7% comes from renewable energy sources. With resources diminishing, alternative energy sources may have to...

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  • This post was very interesting to me, I had always assumed that our generation was indeed more promiscuous than my parents’. I guess that my parents just leave out all the bad things they did when recounting their childhoods. I wonder what the reason for the discrepancy between the generations is.

  • This indeed is an important issue that needs to be addressed. The United States prides itself on diversity as well as equality. However, true equality is not being properly attained by everybody. The unfair treatment of minorities is unacceptable; it goes against our nation’s most prized quality of freedom and equality. Your post brought about…Read More

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    With the prevalence of the Internet, an American’s security of private information is at an all time low. Government agencies like the NSA (National Security Association) have potential access to personal

    To what extent is the U.S. government monitoring its citizens?

    With the prevalence of the Internet, an American's security of private information is at an all time low. Government agencies like the NSA (National Security Association) have potential access to personal information for all United States citizens. While nobody...

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    According to this article, the universe was created 13.8 billion years ago. The oldest light we can observe here on Earth is 13.8 billion years old–light from the Big Bang, or whatever it was. That means that the

    How big is the universe?

    According to this article, the universe was created 13.8 billion years ago. The oldest light we can observe here on Earth is 13.8 billion years old--light from the Big Bang, or whatever it was. That means that the observable...

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    • Dear Sam,
      I am enlightened by by your post, ¨How big is the universe?¨ because I am interested by space as well. It is interesting and there is so much we still have to discover about it. I agree with the part that says there is an infinite amount of anything in the universe because we are still getting new light hit the earth every day so it shows us new things. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was, ¨Based on one calculation, the universe could be have a diameter close to 7 trillion light years, an unimaginably giant space.¨ I think this is fascinating because having a universe this big and not knowing all that is out there we don’t know if there is any life on another planet or if there is any life more intelligent than us. Another sentence that I like from your passage was,¨I would assume that there is a 100% chance of a planet similar enough to ours that it could sustain¨. I think this is really interesting because not knowing means that there is a chance there is maybe not the way we think or it’s shown in sci-fi movies or shows but little single cell life that has yet to evolve. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you make some interesting point that can lead to a lot more.

    • Sam, this is a great topic due to its lack of information known because it leads to speculation and discussion more than topics that have all sorts of statistics to explain them. This is something I wonder about often as well. If there is an end to the universe, then what is beyond it? I have always thought there were just other dimensions but where would they go? Thinking about this kind of stuff is very interesting but also makes me realize that there is almost no way that we are the only life in the universe due to the vast diversity in planets and all the special environments they can hold. For example, I have heard of a planet that rains glass. This leads me to believe there are planets with other life and it is only a matter of time before we run into one of these planets.

    • Sam, this is such an interesting post. I wonder about the universe sometimes, late at night, and imagine just how much is beyond this little world of ours. How can we possible imagine our universe being 27 lightyears long? It’s mind-blowing to reflect on just how little we are, and how little things really matter in the large scheme of things. That is exactly what makes your post so interesting; so much here is a mystery and we can’t help but be curious. I absolutely love when you say “An expanding universe also makes me question what it is expanding into. Nothingness?” That line gave me butterflies because it is so hard for me to imagine this phenomena. Thank you for re-sparking and interest of space inside me, I cannot wait to read more about it now!
      I know that it is wikipedia, but I think this site would be great for you to read more about its history and ideas about space:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space

  • I completely agree that the football players are kneeling to acknowledge issues in our country, and by doing so show no disrespect to the flag, military, or country. I believe that the players are effectively using their platform to promote necessary change. By showing what problems we have in our country, the players are actually making it…Read More

  • Climate change is a pressing issue that seems to have few solutions. From what you said, global warming can result in a variety of problems of which I had not considered. I agree that small steps can be taken each day to limit the effects of climate change. This article (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/10-solutions-for-climate-change/)…Read More

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    There are traits that are characteristic of first born children, which differ from middle children and the youngest. These changing personalities are a result of different parenting methods and styles for each

    How do siblings affect your personality?

    There are traits that are characteristic of first born children, which differ from middle children and the youngest. These changing personalities are a result of different parenting methods and styles for each child, and are influenced by the role...

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  • America is a country of immigrants, a melting pot of cultures. We should acknowledge and embrace our differences and celebrate our nationality together. Here is a link about American culture that describes our how our history has shaped what we are today: https://www.livescience.com/28945-american-culture.html. America does have a checkered past,…Read More

  • Thomas,
    I was unaware of this problem, and I am glad your brought it to my attention. This is indeed a very interesting problem that has valid arguments on each side. According to this article (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-bullet-train-20170727-story.html) the issue of the bullet train seems to be causing a lot of problems and tension.…Read More

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    Sam commented on the post, Research Discussion

    The issue of gun control is definitely a topical subject. I think that it is important that something is done, and your research can prove why. I believe that there is indeed a connection between gun access and shootings, suicide, etc. This article…Read More

  • The survey was a great way to collect accurate information on the subject you’re researching. Genetic engineering is a very relevant science today, with a lot of potential. There are many benefits that genetic engineering can provide, but there is also an argument against it involving ethics. I would suggest researching “Crispr” which is a…Read More

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    Sam commented on the post, Favorite Word

    Nick,
    I agree that it is strange to think that a set of letters can spark a feeling, like claustrophobia. It’s interesting that your favorite word provokes displeasurable feelings; the word itself is just too fun to say. It’s understandable to dislike igloos. They don’t really have anything going for them–just cold and confined. I like that you…Read More

  • Anna,
    It is interesting that happiness can be quantified, and some countries have a greater level of happiness than others. Like you said, happiness is difficult to define since it can be relative–happiness can vary from person to person. My dad spent a lot of time in Norway when he was younger, and he says that the happiness of the people is…Read More

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    I asked myself what the future of technology has in store for us. There is bound to be a new Internet or smartphone, something that will change how we live our daily lives. I was curious of what this is going to

    The Future of Technology

    I asked myself what the future of technology has in store for us. There is bound to be a new Internet or smartphone, something that will change how we live our daily lives. I was curious of what this...

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    • Sam, I share your desire to know more about what the future of technology holds. By advancing technology in the medical field, space industry, and commercial industry, we will be able to advance our society. I would like to learn more about this visual capitalist, it seems to be an intriguing idea that could help us in the near future. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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    I took pictures of dinosaurs to practice techniques that apply to portraiture such as depth of field. The shallow depth of field is what gives the pictures the blurred background. To achieve this, I used a large

    Toy Story

    I took pictures of dinosaurs to practice techniques that apply to portraiture such as depth of field. The shallow depth of field is what gives the pictures the blurred background. To achieve this, I used a large aperture, like...

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    Skip Schmiett, a commercial photographer, came into our class to teach us about portraiture. He told us about how he became a photographer: he was inspired during his trip across Europe. He emphasized the

    Portrait Photographer

    Skip Schmiett, a commercial photographer, came into our class to teach us about portraiture. He told us about how he became a photographer: he was inspired during his trip across Europe. He emphasized the importance of good lighting in taking...

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    • I love this photograph! I wish I could have been there for that talk- sounds like he knew a lot about photography!

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    Dr. Houdeshel is a science teacher at Judge. He is an important member of the Judge community, and although I have never taken one of his classes, I can tell he is a very smart and a good teacher. His classes seem

    Important Person

    Dr. Houdeshel is a science teacher at Judge. He is an important member of the Judge community, and although I have never taken one of his classes, I can tell he is a very smart and a good teacher....

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    • Really good picture. I really like the shadows around the perimeter and the focus and clarity of his face and clothing. The periodic table only makes sense as well.

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    Philippe Halsman was fortunate enough to be deeply connected with the most famous and influential people of his time. He was responsible for capturing and preserving these people with the portraits that he took.

    Philippe Halsman

    Philippe Halsman was fortunate enough to be deeply connected with the most famous and influential people of his time. He was responsible for capturing and preserving these people with the portraits that he took. Halsman does not focus so...

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