Thursday, February 19, 2015

Art Ceramics I - Process

First, I started out by making the base, and a mistake I’ve done was instead of making it oval, I made it totally circular. I had to first knead the clay and then put it on a slab roller (explained in my other previous blog). Then with a needle tool, I just used a plate and cut out a circle for the base. Right after doing that, I used the needle tool again to make scratches, and to the coil so that it would stick together well and avoid destruction later on. At first, I was confused of how to use an extruder so I started out by using my hands to make the coils. Thankfully, because I was with a friend who knew how to do it, I slowly learned how to use the extruder and started using it (which made my life so much easier!). In the beginning, the speed of putting coils, and blending was much slower since I wanted to make it “perfect” in my own eyes. However, I noticed that I was taking too much time, due to that, I just put several coils and then blended it later on.
After some time, I realized that my base and the body for the swan was too round. Since I made the base round I well, I just had to shape it oval with my hands instead of starting all over again. Thus, I actually found out that I was pretty easy to shape them with my hands (since it wasn’t too wet nor too dry). Thus, after shaping it out, I really liked how it looked and could imagine right away how my final piece would look like!  
photo 2.JPG Not only that, but some difficulties I went through was making the neck. At first, I didn't notice anything wrong with the neck. However, I just kept looking at my project from far, and noticed that it was not proportional. Due to that, I had to make it thinner and make the neck a little bit longer. This part was quite challenging since I had to change it by squeezing a little bit which created some indents, and it would easily break. Thus, to solve this problem, I put more clay into it and blended, as well as putting sponge to make it stay like that. Also, I realized that I had to make a strong base for the neck so that the weight of the coils wouldn’t destroy my project. :)

As you can see, the neck in the first picture was very bent, so then, I fixed it by making it thinner, and more like the shape of number 2. Moving on, my hopes for this is that the wings will be very big, with different textures, and shapes, etc. Oh! Not to forget that I’m also going to be drawing a little pattern on the bottom of the swan’s body which will hopefully look pretty!
Lastly, the tools that I’m mainly using are a needle tool, extruder, blender, and sponge. That’s surprisingly about it. Also, the little “cake stand” makes the project so much easier because you can see everything and fix just by twirling the plate. Before, I just used a newspaper under which was quite difficult since I couldn’t see the other side, or I had to make the whole thing which was a mess. In conclusion, I'm very happy with the finished product, and can't wait to do many other projects!
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Art Ceramics I - Introduction

In this class, art ceramics 1, we are taught different aspects of how to use clay, and ways to create different projects. This semester, we have to write a blog explaining, and showing what we have learned during the process of working on our project. In this project, we will first be working on coil project, which is to make a sculpture using thin, long coil to add onto each other and make something new, and creative.
For my creative piece, I decided to make a swan with texture, as well as a cute little crown on top and different patterns. Thus, it would have a lot of movements as well since the neck part would be “wavy”, and the wings would be in different places as well.

Moving on, in order to start making this project out of clay, we had to use a slab roller to make the base of our project. A slab roller is basically a “machine” where you have to roller, and put the clay on the table. However, it’s important to never forget that we have to place the clay under the cloth (since I forgot that, and accidentally made a mess). Not only that, but it’s very important to make sure the level on the bottom is just right, since we don’t want our clay to be too thin or too thick. Due to that, it would be better to start out thick so that as you go on, you can add more “wood thing” and adjust it to the perfect thickness.
Secondly, for our coil project, it’s very important to use the extruder since you don’t want to take a long time making each coil every time. Basically, it’s also a “machine” which helps make perfect round coils that can be used to build our structure. Additionally, since we would have to blend some parts, and add texture (which would take quite some time), this tool really helps us save time.

(Slab Roller)


Je ne suis pas Charlie

A liberdade de expressão é um direito de todas as pessoas em todas as nações. Mas não pode ser usado para justificar a violência em nenhuma situação. A liberdade da pessoa vai até o limite do respeito pela outra pessoa. Assim como alguma pessoa tem o direito de expressar-se livremente para expressar livremente. Mas temos que saber que é natural para esperar de uma reação da pessoa que foi ofendida. Me levou a pensar sobre os cartunistas do Charlie Hebdo que eles tinham o direito para desenhar o que queriam, mas sabiam que viria uma reação mais tarde. Por isso, no dia 7 de Janeiro de 2015, doze pessoas foram mortas por terroristas. Já sabiam que eles tinham um rísco de vida porque quatro anos atrás, os muçulmanos tinham ameaçado de morte a redação do jornal. De acordo com o Business Insider, o Papa Francisco, argumentou que só porque uma pessoa pode falar qualquer coisa, isso não significa que eles devam dizer várias vezes, especialmente quando é um insulto para os outros.
Para mim, o debate não mudou meu ponto de vista porque eu continuo a acreditar que eu não sou Charlie Hebdo. Todos  nós temos o direito para nos expressar livremente. Mas não devemos insultar as opiniões dos outros. A minha opinião não justifica o que os terroristas fizeram. Mas explica o ato de violencia porque eles o anunciavam há muitos anos. Particularmente, não gosto do trabalho dos cartunistas Franceses porque eles são agressivos com Papa Francisco, Maomé, Jesus Cristo. Existem muitos assuntos no mundo que poderiam servir de temas para esses cartunistas. Temas que poderiam ser positivos para as pessoas. Por tudo isso, não sou Charlie. “Je ne suis pas Charlie”

Monday, February 2, 2015

25 Billion Apps

To find out the exact date of when it would be best to bombard the App Store, and to see when the app store first sold it’s app, I made an equation. I actually tried two ways. For my first way, I tried making a slope by the equation y2-y1,/x2-x2. The y represented the number of apps sold, or downloaded, while the x represented the number of minutes, and the origin would be 6:00pm. Due to that, I decided to use the minutes of 28, and 27, and the numbers 24,658,541,892 and 24,658,507,655. By using those, the slope was 34,347. With that, the equation was: y =34,347x + b. Due to that, I plugged in 24,658,507,655 into y, and 27 for x. After doing that, I got 24,657,583,256 for b. After all this, I concluded that the complete equation would be: y = 34,237x + 24,657,256.
However, even when making this equation, I knew that it wouldn’t be exactly precise since the numbers didn’t go up in the same pattern every minute. Because of that, I decided to make the equation that would be a little bit more “safer” to use. Safer, meaning that it would be a little bit more accurate. To do this, it did take a longer time since I had to find the average of all the amounts of the apps downloaded. Since I knew it was going to take a very long time, I used the excel program. To find out the average, and subtracted the numbers of the apps from 28mins to 27mins, 29mins to 28 mins, and so on. After doing that, I divided them into 16 since there were total of 16. Due to that, the 34,176. By doing the same thing I did above to find the final equation, I got: y = 34176x + 24,657,584,903.
After figuring out this equation, the rest was pretty easy since I just had to plug in the numbers and solve it. To see when it was the best time to download the app, I just plugged in 25,000,000,000 in y and tried to find out what x was.
Moving on, according to my model, the app was first sold in October 11th, 11:12pm, 2010, in Brazilian time. To find this answer, I basically used the equation I made, mentioned above, and plugged 1 in the y which showed the 1st app, and found out the x which was -721488.322 (minutes). With that number, I divided that by 1440, which represents the minutes in 1 day and got the answer of -501.033557134 (days). With those decimals, I multiplied that by 24 to change to hours and again, with the number I got, I multiplied that by 60 to turn that into minutes which was 48 minutes.

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(Left- minutes, Middle- apps downloaded, Right - differences between the two numbers)

Basic Explanation of 1st Equation:
6:27pm →  24,658,507,655
6:28pm → 24,658,541,892

Slope equation: y2 - y1/ x2 - x1
24,658,541,892 - 24,658,507,655 / 28 - 27 = 34,237

y = 34,237x +b
(Plug in 27 to x, and 24,658,507,655 to y)

b = 24,657,583,256

y = 34,237x + 24,657,583,256 (Complete equation)

Basic Explanation of 2nd Equation:
6:27pm → 24,658,507,655

Average from 27 mins to 43 mins = 34,176 (Added all the subtracted numbers, then divided it by 16)

y = 34,176x + b
(Substitute 27 to x, and 24,658,507,655 to y)

b = 24,657,584,903

y = 34176x + 24,657,584,903 (Complete equation)

Find out when to download the app:
y = 34,176x + 24,657,584,903
(Plug in 25,000,000,000)

25,000,000,000 = 34,176x + 24,657,584,903
x = 10019.16833 mins

10019.16833 / 1440 (minutes in 1 day) = 6.957755784 (days)

February 24th + 6 (days) = March 1st, 6pm

0.957755788 * 24 = 22.98613891 (hours)
0.98613891 (hours) * 60 = 59 (minutes)
22 hours + 59 minutes = Almost 23 hours
6pm + 23 = 5pm

March 2nd, 5 pm, 2012 (California Time)
March 2nd, 11pm, 2012 (Brazilian Time)

When it sold it’s 1st app:
y = 34,176x + 24,657,584,903
(Plug in 1 in y, and solve x)

1 = 34,176x + 24,657,584,903
x = -721488.322 (minutes)

-721488.322 / 1440 (mins in 1 day) = -501.033557134 (days)
0.033557134 * 24 (change to hour) = 0.80537
0.80537 * 60 = 48 (mins)

February 24, 2012 - 501 days and 48 mins = 2010, October 11th, 5:12 pm (California Time)
October 11th, 2010, 11:12pm (Brazilian Time)


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Why the answer is different from actual:
Finding out when was the best time to bombard the app store, I was about 2-3 days off, since according to the internet, it said that it reached 25,000,000,000 on March 5th. I believe the reason for this is because as time goes on, the speed will eventually slow down, and also, this graph in reality would be unpredictable since it isn’t a computer doing by a certain speed, nor does it have a fixed pattern. This is the reason why the graph couldn’t be a parabola nor a straight line. This calculation was used as if it was a “machine” trying to figure it out using the same pattern, and with the exact same speed. However, to calculate to the nearest, this was the way to solve it. Because of this reason, I made an equation using the average to be a little more certain.