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Benchmark: convention center.

The convention center in center city philadelphia shockingly helps the city in many ways. Its a commonly forgotten place by many people within the city, and a hated place by many people in the city due to the fact it is trying to expand into their area. But expanding the convention center wasn’t a bad idea. This past weekend I happened to be down town and saw thousands of people flocking into the convention center I thought i’d check out what was going on.

Once I arrived inside I saw that there were thousands of people there playing yu-gi-oh. I myself play yu-gi-oh and would have never expected this many people in the city to play the game its a child card game and the convention center was filled with countless older men playing. 

So I went around and interviewed the the surrounding stores and interviewed the people that worked there. I went to two McCdonalds, and the gallery and I interviewed them and asked the managers at the McCdonalds about how there weekend has been going at that time they all said amazing because of the fact how many people where there opposed to the regular weekend. One of them said they have a list of events that the convention center has and what event it is, he said “I didn’t think a kids game would bring us so much business.” this was actually at the McCdonalds on 10th street which was 5 blocks away from the event.

The manager then went into that the events at the convention center actually bring all of the public businesses even the businesses in chinatown get more business so the convention center brings a lot of business to the city.         

While at the convention I actually met people from other countries. I made trades with these really nice guys from germany. They traded english cards for german cards which have more values and I actually made a lot of money in that day.

Overall the city benefits at least center city benefits from it, people fly in brining the air port money, places get more business because there are more people. The convention center is a great thing for the city.

What did you find most challenging about this project?

I found that the most challenging part about this project was finding a story.

How did you go about finding this story?

I actually just did what I usually do on my normal weekend and found something interesting that I enjoy.

Why do you think this story does not receive more attention?

People never actually talk about the good of it when people think of the convention center they usually think about how its trying to grow into chinatown.

Do you think this story will get more attention over the next few months?  Why?  Why not?

No. Because it’s not something people think about.

What did you learn?

That the convention center plays a big role in the city.

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Rough Cut Film Fest 2012

Rough Cut Film Festival 2012
at The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Tues, June 5, 2012 (6-8:30 PM)

Rough Cut Productions proudly presents its first annual film festival showcasing student work from the past academic season. Varying in length and content, all of the films in the showcase make it abundantly clear that age is not pre-requisite for professional filmmaking.

The films included in this inaugural show run the gamut of storytelling via content, style and format, but all come back to skills honed through our video production courses.

Come to The Franklin for an evening of films that will entertain, provoke thought, inspire and most importantly celebrate the amazing work of these young artists.

A Q&A session with the filmmakers along with a reception will follow the film screenings. This event is free, and open to the SLA community and their guests. The Musser Theater has a 250 person capacity, so reserve your ticket early.

Go to our event page on EVENTBRITE to reserve your free ticket
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Take Three - The World As I See It: Technology

​In my first and second posts I wrote about robots and cyborgs. What's next, a Terminator-esque apocalypse? 

Fear not, I will not indulge in such tomfoolery. Instead I think some survey results are in order (
I wouldn't be a proper Martian dictator if I didn't follow up). 

A total of 39 people participated. 
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I find these results very interesting. The majority of the survey takers feel that they are very familiar with technology; another landslide majority are not comfortable with humanoid robots as an integral part of life.  
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At the same time, nearly half of the group have thought about or want robotic parts as a component of their own bodies. 
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And everyone, save for two, have used some sort of modern appliance.  
​This makes me think that the general populace (of 30-ish people, no doubt), though comfortable and practiced with technology, isn't ready for full on robot-human interaction. That would include teaching, discussing theories, and engaging in relationships... so it's great that my survey group mostly isn't ready for that. However, their aversion isn't going to stop the production of such machinery and it is highly possible that people could just unconsciously get used to it. 
Though that may not seem like a glaring problem, it is never a good thing when people fall into a rhythm without knowing what it is they are getting in to. To help remedy this I made a short video that will hopefully pique the publics interest and inspire them to find out more about technology that is still in development. 
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The first picture is the intro text to the games made by an artificial intelligence named Angelina. 'She' factors in playability and creates the sprites, background, and gameplay without outside input. The following montage of pictures shows robots in the media and the real world. The last, and perhaps the most profound, is the 50's ad spoof for about a violent house bot. 

This video will be spread through Youtube, this blog post, and several social networking sites in an effort to have people become interested.
The evolution of robotics and programming is not a bad thing. Despite this, there are plenty of regulations that humans as a whole should hammer out. The definition of a person, for one, and how that applies to artificial intelligence. It would be a terrible thing if we created these amazing thinking beings but end up oppressing them. 


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Wait, my picture changed again!?
For further reading my sources can be found HERE.

As a bonus for scrolling down this far, this is a conversation between me and Cleverbot. Can you identify the Bot? 
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Turning Off the Translator Part 4

  1. Who you spoke with and why you chose that partner:

    - SharedTalk; Mariano
  2. What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

      - From this conversation I learned that Mariano is a 20 year old guy who loves to play rugby and wants to improve his english. His english is moderately okay and although Rugby is dangerous he plays because he has a burning passion for it deep within. He wishes to have a career based in international trade and so between going to school for that and working he doesn't think he can go be a professional rugby player. I Also learned that he as a very good sense of humor. I respect to the entire conversation I feel like I've grown in my ability to keep conversations fluent. 
  3. /How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goals?
  4. This conversation was helpful because it gave me more opportunity to have a conversation and work to keep the flow of it smooth. During the conversation Mariano corrected me on little errors which was helpful because it helped me to notice what I needed to work to improve on more. It also helped me see my common errors.
  5. What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? What specifically to you need to improve on?

    I think the thing I did well in this conversation was keeping it fluent. I estimated how the conversation would go, planned questions and comments ahead of time, and looked up all the words I thought that I would need ahead of time. My goal was to not have to use a translator and I accomplished that to best of my ability. My goal was also to not have a strick Q and A kind of flow but an actual conversation. It made me realize though that I need to work on not mixing up words and the way i arrange words. 
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Anatomy and Physiology year long project-Toxic clothes by Ashley Etheredge

For my 10% time year long project I think that I’m going to be researching hidden poisons or toxins in our clothing. By researching what goes into our clothes, especially in a time where most of our clothes are made from synthetics and polyester blends I want to see how it affects our bodies. In a show I was watching on T.V, two men got very sick due to wearing a specific synthetic material for too long everyday, which made me think what could is happening to our bodies when we wear other synthetic fabrics. In the beginning of this project I was going to find out what happens to our organs especially depending on how long you wear a fabric, but without real scientific cases this became nearly impossible to do so I changed it a little bit. My project is still about how clothes affect the human body, what goes into making the clothes and uncovering the hidden qualities of our clothes that hide poisons.

To view my project and or read more please click here
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bog post 5

​for this blog post my partner and i helped each other , he helped me with spanish and i helped him with english. we talked about out home town and how its like being there. He was able to help me with some verbs problem and i did the some for him also. my partner name is Carlos saul and  it was nice talking to him. :)
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Option 1- Trevor Hinton

​What I found most difficult about this was trying to find a topic that would resonate with people and actually be something they wanted to read and not just another story, I tried to pick a topic that held some merit and weight so that it would be easy for me to talk about it but I also wanted to pick a topic that hit close to home for myself.

I went about finding my story by actually first thinking of things that get me thinking if I'm in the car riding past something or just hearing about something on the news, and with this I actually first got the idea when my two younger brothers approached my mom about needing money to go on a trip with their afterschool program.

I don't think this story receives much attention because most people take these programs for granted and don't really think about the intricacy that goes in to actually running these programs and maintaining them as well as the fact that a lot of these programs aren't big name or commercially known and so because of that not a lot of help can be given.

I learned that without inside help and inside knowledge to push the case and need for more things this will remain silent and unheard of to a lot of people.

Trevor Hinton


4th quarter benchmark


In and around Philadelphia it isn’t hard to spot a Boys and Girls club or sports group that consist of children from and around the neighborhood enjoying various activities and spending time with mentors and friends. You’ve seen the ads and commercials boasting of the success many famous celebrities actors and actresses have had after being in a Boys and Girls club and the urge they put on children from communities to join and be embraced by the good mentoring programs that they can give to a young person; while many good things and young people come from these programs there is a small group of afterschool programs that don’t get the necessary funding and support that programs like the Boys and Girls club which is a much larger organization receives and the problem arises when you are no longer able to accept children into these programs and their parents still wish to have them doing something proactive after school has been dismissed. A lot of these programs are run out of a child’s school as a way to keep them off the streets but when funding is an issue and program directors can’t get enough of something to keep the program going it can cause the children to lose interest or worse for the whole program to be suspended. There are a lot of things that go into running a afterschool program such as planning of any trips, snacks for the children, planning of activities and any supplies that, something as simple as an afterschool program that allows children to just play sports and hangout with friends for as long as they can so that they are occupied isn’t as hard to manage however when trying to coordinate and plan things outside of sports or arts and crafts it becomes a bigger issue of how to gather everything that is needed in a timely matter so that things can be done properly. My two brothers were in a afterschool program that was run out of there school that taught inner city kids going to public schools how to wrestle and stay off the streets and while the program was a great success and drew many kids in when it came for them to go to different competitions to compete and go to places like the University of Penn to practice because of the lack of funding that was able to be provided from the school a lot of things had to come from willing parents i.e. rides to competitions (sometimes as far as Lehigh), snacks, and in some instances putting down a certain monetary amount so they would be able to rent a bus or van for the day. The bigger question that arises from this is what can be done to keep programs like these running and up if they don’t have the support of a school district or other community programs; if the idea is to keep kids safe and off of the streets getting into things that could harm them shouldn’t more be put on any and everyone involved to have a bigger plan in place to keep things like this open and running as long as possible, what grants can be given what donations can be made to these smaller programs, these are questions that have yet to be given a concrete answer to aid this cause.

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option 3 - Tyler Hankinson

​What did you find most challenging about this project?
 I think that the most challenging part about this project was finding a good set of photos with a story behind them I had a huge problem with that
How did you go about collecting the images or selecting the images?
Since i started my project late I  walked around the city and took pictures of things that I thought related to the project description

Which image is your favorite? Why? Elaborate
My favorite image was of the italian market the reason why is because it has alot of histor behind it and it has all different types of ethic back round  that comes with it

How prevalent is the evidence of globalization in Philadelphia? I think philadelphia has its fair share of it but I think that it is less vident in our city than in others like Washington etc because we really arent in the media spot light 

\What did you learn? 

I learned that a picture tells 1000 words

photo essay
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Las Cazuelas

On Friday, we had an incredible lunch catered by Las Cazuelas. There were two cooks, and they brought many dishes for us to taste and to enjoy. They were extremely polite, and knew lots about the food that they had brought! My favorite part was being able to eat this food from a different culture and spend time talking with my classmates while enjoying the food.

Nombre de plato: Sopes de Maíz
Opinión: Me encanta! Es especialmente bueno con queso. Los frijoles están excelente con la tortilla de maíz.
Unos ingredientes: Maíz, frijoles (y queso si prefieres)
Comentarios: Son muy típico. Lo recomiendo porque es muy bien.

Nombre de plato: Tacos dorados
Opinión: Me encanta porque las tortillas son muy son muy dorado.
Unos ingredientes: tortillas y pollo
Comentarios: Lo recomiendo porque es muy simple pero es excelente.
Nombre de plato: Chuletas tentación
Opinión: Es uno de mis favoritos. La salsa en los chuletas es fabuloso!
Ingredientes: Chuleta y una salsa
Comentarios: pregunto qué es en la salsa...

Nombre de plato: Arroz con frijoles.
Opinión: ¡Es mi favorito! El arroz es muy dulce y la maíz y frijoles es excelente. Con queso es muy bien.
Ingredientes: Arroz, maíz, frijoles (y queso si prefieres)
Comentarios: ¿Es eso comida muy típico?
Nombre de plato: Tres leches (el postre)
Opinión: Es muy interesante, pero me gusta! También, es muy ligero.
Ingredientes: Leche y harina
Comentarios: ¡Lo recomiendo porque es muy dulce!
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Blog Post #5

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    I talked to Marion because I wanted to see where she lived in France.

  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    She likes a lot of music and movies, she lives in Paris and in highschool.
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

    I wanted to see what movies she liked, and she told me.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    I wanted to find about about movies, and she told me .

  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)rc

    Some words I wanted to say I had to look up and sometimes I had to translate a word she said with word reference.
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Option 3: Globalization In Philadelphia

Above is a hyper link to my photos and citations. Below is my reflection 

.Although I feel as though the 4th quarter benchmark was the weakest of all my benchmarks I’ve done this year it was my favorite. I say this because I got to take photos of the world outside of SLA and interrupt them to my understanding. Even though I enjoyed this project the most it was also the most challenging because I didn’t really know how to relate the photos to globalization. I had gotten to a point where I had photos but they didn’t mean anything to me so I had to go back and find photos that had a story behind thee. The process in which I went about gathering photos was also not so great. I started the project late and as a result I was in a rush to get good photos which also made it hard for me as well. 

            My favorite photo by far out of the collection is the one I took in a park in Over Brooke, Philadelphia. The photo is of a woman wearing a turban and her son on a swing. Not only was this the best photo visually but it had the best story behind it as well. And I actually interacted with the woman in the photo. I do feel as though evidence of globalization us evident in Philadelphia everywhere from the phones we use every day to the shoe son our feet. But it’s defiantly more common in larger cities because they do more trading with other countries and import more things. After completing this project I learned two things. That procrastination is not the way to go and that globalization is everywhere  
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Globalization Benchmark- News Artical

Click here to see my project.


The most challenging thing about this project was actually coming up with what I wanted to do. I didn't know where and what I wanted to do until the example was given to us in class. I thought about how the media always reflects on the bad things that teenagers do in Philadelphia and how they never talk about all the good they do. I wanted to make a change to that and wanted to cover a story on two teenagers in Philadelphia and talk about how successful they are. Another challenging part about this project was actually having the time to find people who would be willing to get interviewed.

I found this story by my looking into my friends and seeing how successful they are. I asked for their stories to be shared for my final project and they were honored to share their stories. I don't think these kinds of stories receive a lot of attention because the bad things that teenagers do in Philadelphia outweigh the good things that they do. I don't think the story will get more attention because teenagers have always done good things but in the news its mostly for the viewers to see all the bad things that are happening in the area. Throughout this project I learned that their are many teenagers in Philadelphia being successful and its a shame that they are no't being noticed as they should be.
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Option1 - Between Tibet and China
  • Since my topic is very well-known to many people, it's hard to find an appropriate attitude and explanation I should use for this project. So I looked over many websites and tried to find a objective attitude towards all kinds of comments.

  • It's really hard to find the actual truth of the story in Tibet, actually. After I searched all kinds of information, I don't even think that there is a truth exists. Foreign media is always not reporting the truth and exaggerating the mistakes Chinese government had, while Chinese government is always trying to hide something from the people and the media. All I can do is read articles from both sides and to analyze as best as I can. 

  • The story actually attracts far more attention than I ever thought, however, the truth is not attracting any focus at all. As if everybody are mislead to different kinds of acknowledgement, the people in China, the foreigners, the media, and even myself. Each side has its own point of view and evidence. Although I can tell parts of it are completely wrong, the rest is still bothering me because all the "truth" are in a conflict. For example, There is no way to identify whether Dalai Lama is involved in the conflict as a man with guilt, nor can I find any evidence to prove his innocence.

  • I think it will. After all the articles I went through, what I see was only one side disagree with another. Either Chinese media and government saying foreign media are all telling lies, or foreign media blaming Chinese government about freedom and human right but never speaking about the improvements. In my article, I tried to combine the two ideas together and try to find some similarities between them. 

  • I learned a lot about the ancient history between Tibet and China, and I also learned about the prejudice media have on China-Tibet conflict. What's the most important, I discovered that there might be something with no truth existing at all. What we saw is just a surface. The truth itself might already been covered up by time.
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Globalization In Philadelphia Photoessay

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(Option #3) 

The most challenging thing about this project was finding sources to back up the pictures I had taken; I started taking pictures before I found my sources, which was a bad idea. I should have looked up things in Philadelphia that were well documented and then taken pictures of them. I looked at the document on the moodle assignment page for the benchmark hyperlinked as topics and started brainstorming ideas of what pictures I could collect and what theme I wanted to portray through my pictures. I then thought about pictures would be the most convenient to retrieve after school or even during school if I had a free period. After I collected the ones that were close by the school I started thinking of other places in Center city that I could get to via trolley or short train ride and by my house that I could go and document as a sign


I took 10 pictures although there are only 9 posted because I couldn’t get the 10th picture to upload and I was running out of time for my project. My favorite picture was the mansion. Not only because the Elkins Estate is beautiful and I’ve loved the architecture and elegance that the home has but also because I had to work very hard at finding history behind it. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to use that picture because I hadn’t found anything worth using that I could connect back to my theme or globalization. After I found information about the Nun’s that lived there I really started to dig up lots of information. So this picture became my favorite because I worked the hardest at it and because I love the house, after finishing my connections for that picture I felt more accomplished than I did for any of the other pictures. Overall, I’m not sure if it’s less or more prevalent in places other than Philly because I didn’t look for links between globalization and those cities. However, having said that I think that there is a larger amount of people immigrating to other countries like Florida and California that might have more signs of globalization because there are larger cities than Philadelphia so it makes sense that within those places that there would be more signs. I think that for a moderately sized city I think that it’s pretty evident in this Philadelphia. There are lots of examples in the businesses, neighborhoods, restaurants and shops as well as in the universities; each of them show a different portion of globalization but it is pretty evenly conveyed in each section.


I learned a lot about how I work and about Philadelphia. I didn’t have a lot of trouble actually writing about the pictures connection to globalization because it was pretty evident if you understood the lessons that we were taught in class. I learned so much about Philadelphia; I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. I’ve been to the liberty bell, constitution center, Chinatown; all of which are places that I’ve been too so many times and never even thought about the historical value of the landmarks. I always assumed that the majority of the landmarks were put there as a agreement or as a gift and most of them were but I never thought of them as globalization. Now that I do Philadelphia seems much more interesting and historically rich than ever before. 

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Option 3 - Evidence of Globalization in Philadelphia

  • What did you find most challenging about this project?

    The most challenging aspect of this project option did not lie on the photo, but rather figuring out ways to connect the picture with the larger globalization themes.

  • How did you go about collecting the images or selecting the images?

    I skim through the collections of photos that I have, as well as wandering around the city with the lens of globalization in mind. Sometimes, I had a very clear vision of the connection between what I see and globalization. However, when it became less relevant and significant once I put it down in writing.

  • Which image is your favorite? Why? Elaborate.

    My favorite was the pictures of Italian Market. I like the transformation that the place has witnessed over the years. I really wish I have the picture of the place 10, 20, 30 years ago to compare the change.

  • How prevalent is the evidence of globalization in Philadelphia? Do you think it is more or less so (evident) than in other large cities in the US? Why Why not?

    Globalization is conspicuous arguably everywhere now. However, it has a stronger presence in urban than rural, and even more so in larger urban area. In Philadelphia, it is certainly not that hard to find evidences of globalization, as it is the hub of major activities involving multinational interactions. In larger city, such as New York, it is more ubiquitous, as there are more people, and activities.

  • What did you learn?

    - That escaping globalization seems to be impossible in Philadelphia.
    - The root of Globalization is strikingly inhuman.
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