Last In-Depth Post! #6

Hello,

Welcome to my 7th blog post for my learning progress! For the last couple of weeks, I have been practicing a lot. Here is my update on my progress on the bass guitar so far. This post will be a shorter post than the other ones because it will be my last one.

 

From the two times my mentor and I meet up, he just listened to me play and gave me lots of tips to improve my playing and sounds. With the in-depth night coming up and the mentoring wrapping up, he just wanted to give me his final inputs with me. One tip that David taught me was the “minor steps” (I don’t know the exact name, but this is what he called them). The “minor steps” are used when the song is slow and uses whole notes. This extra makes a smoother transition to the ear. I have posted a video on my YouTube you can check out to hear what “minor steps” sound like.

minor steps

First love/ Late Spring

Zombie

sneak peak!

These are the recordings of my progress so far. Feel free to hop onto my YouTube account to see come recording of me playing the bass guitar.

 

 

For this blog post, I will not be answering any question, I will be telling what I have planned for the in-depth night that is coming up! For the song, I am picking, Mr. Brightside by The Killers. I am choosing this song because it brings be back to me when I have first started learning the bass. I loved to play along songs that had a fast and upbeat tempo, it also had lots of slides and “minor steps”. I think it is cool how a simple song I have learned at the beginning of the progress can turn into an advanced song with different add ins. Even though this song has like a rock, funk type style, I think the mood of the song is valid for the night! I will be presenting this on stage, so I guess all the audience and stand along and listen to me playing the song in front of everybody for 90 seconds.

 

In-Depth Post #3

My mentor supports me in my ongoing projects, but also suggests many new things that I can try. I have access to many resources online where I can learn how to make specific things, and my mentor has recommended videos and websites for me to visit. During my mentoring sessions, after learning some new tips for crocheting, we spend a bit of time just working on projects together. I’m learning a bit about her work life, favourite hobbies and projects she’s made. I’ve also seen much more of her personality while crocheting; she enjoys discussing about things while she’s crocheting, like music or a TV show. So far, I’ve been working on a scarf, and am currently also crocheting petals for a white rose.

In-Depth Post #2

My mentor has been crocheting for many years, starting from when she was young. She was taught by her older relatives, and regularly crochets gifts for her loved ones. I’ve learned many small tips and tricks, like how to hold the yarn so that it’s more comfortable for a longer period of time, how to make sure your stitches are consistent and not too tight or loose. I’ve noticed how my mentor always takes it slowly when teaching me something new, making sure that I’m not too overloaded with information.

Introductory In-Depth Post

For my in-depth project this year, I chose to crochet. I have always liked to crochet and have always wanted to learn more about stitches, detailing and how to read crochet patterns. I was inspired by videos that I had seen online of people making their own clothing, blankets, crocheted stuffed animals, and more and wanted to be able to recreate them myself. I also participated in the knitting and crocheting leadership project last year and made a few scarves to donate to a homeless shelter. 

In-Depth Blog Post #6

In my previous In-Depth blog post, I showed my step-by-step process of how I built my computer from scratch with help from my mentor Lucas. After I installed all the necessary components, Lucas helped me download windows on to the finished computer. Although there were bumps along the road, such as accidentally plugging the wrong cables to the wrong components, I was able to overcome these difficulties and continue to succeed. This week, however, Lucas and I had some more relaxing meetings where we fooled around with the different Linux software options on my computer.

In order to download the software in safe manner, Lucas showed me a special program that divides your hard drive into smaller portions where they act as their own separate computer. He told me that this program is one that he constantly uses in his computer science classes at BCIT. With the program set up with a secondary “computer” on it, we downloaded the Linux software Ubuntu and played around to get a sense of what a device with this software running it would be like. Once we started it up, I observed that Ubuntu is shockingly similar to MacOS. This was not a huge surprise as they did originate from the same kernel, Unix.

Fortunately, the special software Lucas showed me to create a secondary “computer” is very easy to get rid of so I can remove the Ubuntu software whenever I feel as though I will no longer want to experiment with it. As for now, I have been spending a lot of time playing around with this software and experimenting with its settings to see what can be done with it. To be completely honest, I don’t even fully understand how this software works as I have not fully explored it, however, I should be able to comprehend its complexities by the time of our In-Depth night.

With In-Depth wrapping up in the coming weeks, Lucas and I discussed many possible ways I can demonstrate my learning throughout this long period of time and came up with a simple display. Initially, I thought of creating a posterboard to show my classmates each individual component within a computer, however, after discussing this possibility with Ms. Mulder, I finalized my presentation by removing the posterboard. I will now be brining my built computer to show the inside and outside of it while pointing out the individual components. Instead of a posterboard, I will have the information on cue cards so that I can share my knowledge with all the TALONS program parents. The audience will be able to interact with my display by being able to see the insides of my computer which will have the components labeled for further understanding. Fortunately, the case that I purchased for the parts has a glass siding which will allow for the components to be protected while the audience looks in.

Overall, I am very happy with how much I have learned throughout this year’s In-Depth experience, and I could not have been able to get so far without my mentor, Lucas. He has been extremely helpful and patient with me when I struggle to understand the complexities of a computer and I am very thankful for that. Furthermore, I am looking forward to sharing my gained knowledge with my TALONS classmates and their parents in the upcoming In-Depth night!

In Depth Post #6

As my project was mainly focused on creating physical things, I’ll be displaying my crocheted works on a table at in-depth night. To showcase my skills, I will also be working on a project as the night goes on. Audience members will be able to stop by my table and observe the various patterns and details of my projects. A highlight of my project was when I was learning how to make granny squares. They can be used for various things, and it is an important skill to have when crocheting. The most challenging part of my project was finishing many of my projects. Crocheting can become very tedious and having to do the same thing for hours can be relaxing, but also mentally taxing at the same time. Over the course of this project, I had done things that I didn’t think were possible. I can now make my own clothing, stuffies, blankets, and more. In the future, whenever I have spare time, I’ll now easily be able to pick up a hook and yarn and create any kind of magical thing. My project teaches me many valuable skills; I’ve learned to be patient and precise when crafting something, particularly when following instructions. It has also taught me that to create a good project, you have to spend many hours of consistent, careful stitching. 

In- Depth Post #5 2022

Hello,

Welcome to my fifth blog post for In-Depth 2022! For the last month, I have been practicing a lot (because of spring break). Here is another update for my bass guitar so far.

 

During the last couple of weeks, my mentor and I did not do that much. Mostly I was playing the bass and he would give me some feedback that would help me with my playing. One big improvement that happened is the sliding. Comparing the sliding I do now to the first video, my mentor told me that I have improved a lot. Even though I am not always on beat, using a metronome had helped me a lot.  I feel like I’m getting more comfortable on the bass. When I would get bored on practicing on the same songs repeatedly, I can search up a music sheet online and I am able to read the music sheet and play along with the song.

Here are the songs for this week:

Stand By Me

Pumped Up Kicks

First love/ Late Spring

 

Things I need to improve on:

Staying on beat

  • Counting in my head

Cleaning notes

  • Staying on beat

 

Reflection Questions for post #5:

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

One kind of the learning opportunity that my mentor provides to expose me to new learning is trial and error. When he gives me a new music sheet to try out, he makes me figure out the music by myself first, then he turns on the music and makes me play along. After I finish playing the song, he would give me feedback and other ways I could try and play along with the song. These tips could be starting at a high octave then going lower or the rhythm I should be playing at. But before he tells me all of that, he asks me what I should be fixing. Another learning opportunity that my mentor provides me is adapting how I play music to me. Everyone plays an instrument in many ways to fit their own style. I think that is my David asks me for my feedback before addressing his. For example, if I was using my index finger for a note, he would ask my why I was using my index finger and not my middle finger. He would later say that he uses this middle finger because it is more comfortable for him, and it fits his style and body.

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

I think there are lot of learning opportunities that exists in the reinforce of new learning. I mean one example is what I said before, trial and error. It one of the biggest learning opportunities because learning a new instrument is all about trail and error. It is basically learning a new language in a physical form. Everyone knows that you need to practice and go over your comfort zone to progress in a language/ instrument. Another opportunity is looking at a new music sheet. Looking at something different every lesson and trying to figure out what it is trying to say is me using a lot of critical and creative thinking. The final learning opportunity I think is listening to music and thinking how I could add onto the music in a musical way. I can learn how I can make that music mine and how my bass skills would polish the piece of music. Doing that action multiple times in a week would make me more familiarized onto sight reading and my critical thinking skills.

  1. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

There are many opportunities that could accelerate my learning but the biggest way to accelerate my learning is to constantly try a wide variety of music. First, the wide variety of music will expose me to different ways I could play my bass. Having different styles, I can tackle a song would open new doors for me which would make me use my creative thinking skills more throughout the song. Secondly, the wide variety of music would expose me to different speeds, tempos, and style. This point is specifically aiming to the bass part, not the music part (which was the last point). Trying out different ways bass is used through the music industry would add more interest to my plate. For example, when I first started to play guitar, I though it was only chords. Although, after learning the guitar, I have learned that there are numerous styles of guitar such as fingerstyle, power chords, and many more. Lastly, trying out all the skills and being exposed to new music constantly would bring me lots of practice. Having lots of practice would make my growth in learning exponential. Other then other opportunities that could accelerate my learning, this is what my mentor and I have been doing this whole time.

  1. When you get together what do you talk about?

I mean we start off my talking about how my practice has been, what had been hard for me, and how comfortable I am getting with the bass. Mostly, we talk about the feedback that he gives me and me communicating onto that. One thing we always talk about is what we had been up to. David is the youth mentor/ facilitator so, he wants to know about my life and what I had been up to. But I think there is not that much we talk about because most of the time, I can play the bass and reading the music sheets.

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

One thing that is going well on the mentoring relationship right now is the connection ad relation. I think because he is my youth mentor, we had more time to connect and talk about life and bass. Spending more time out of the meetings, made me more comfortable talking to him and just being with him during the meetings. Also, we have other meetings and events outside of the mentoring which makes me talk about my bass and what I am doing right now.

  1. What are you learning about one another?

When my mentor and I are taking to each other we talk about lots of topics that are not on topic. Some of the topics that I am learning about David is this work life. Like I said, when in-depth was first staring, David got his first full-time job. He was very busy, but now he has more free time and he talks what he does during his working times. I am also learning about what he wants to do inside the ministry. He had been working in the church for a long time, so we have been talking about that as well. Some parts that David is learning about me is my school life, such was the in-depth project, what I want to do, and how I am preparing for it. I think there is not that much to talk about in the idea of ourselves because we knew each other for a long time so we know lots about each other. We mostly talk about events we could do in the youth group, retreat planning’s, and if I want to volunteer in my church more.

 

This is it for this blog post. Thank you for clicking in and checking up:)

 

In-Depth Blog Post #5

In my previous In-Depth blog post, I discussed the differences, uses, and price of the three most popular operating systems used in computers today. I concluded that Windows, the software I will be installing on my device, is the second cheapest option that is used in most computers around the world. I chose Windows because it is known for being reliable and has access to the most software out of the three. Mac OS, the most expensive operating system, is also reliable, however, it can only be purchased along with an apple device which I am not buying so it is out of the question. Linux is also out of the question as I am not experienced enough with programing that if I run into any issues with the software, I would not be able to do anything to solve it. Unfortunately, Linux would have been the cheapest as you can buy many of their software completely free from the web. With this software decision in mind, and with all my computer’s parts, I can now assemble my computer with the help of my mentor, Lucas.

 

The very first step before I unpackaged any parts was to put on my slides as I have carpeting in my room, and I do not want to risk any static electricity building up and ruining my components.

 

From there, I took out the motherboard and placed in on its static prevention packaging to ensure its security while I placed the CPU in its spot. I had to lift the metal level on the CPU’s right to unlock the pins and then carefully placed the CPU in to line up with those pins. It was crucial I took my time and kept a steady hand as even if I broke a single pin, the entire CPU would be total garbage. To lock it in place, I lowered the lever on the right again, and tucked it under the small hook.

After, I installed the CPU’s fan which is there so the CPU does not overheat while it is carrying out difficult tasks. Unfortunately, I installed the fan and realized that the RAM was not going to fit in the first slot as I placed the fan facing the wrong direction. Lucas and I were able to problem solve by removing the fan, snapping the RAM in, and turning the fan around without ruining the thermal paste that is set in between the CPU and its fan. Additionally, I forgot to take photos of me installing the SSD after I put the fan back in, so it suddenly appears in the last photo of this sequence.

Once I sorted out that issue, I set the case up for the motherboard to be screwed into it. Unfortunately, I was not able to build the case as I bought the display model because of their shortage of inventory. I was alright with not having to build the case because I was able to get the last one, so it all worked out.

The following step was to lift the computer upright and unscrew slots for access to the PCI slots. With the second and third slot undone, the motherboard and case are set to install the GPU and I was able to reuse the same screws used to hold in the previous slots on the GPU.

 

The next challenge was to plug in all the tiny pins by matching the diagrams with each other. It helped that the cables were all labeled, however, the writing was so small, it was often quite difficult to read.

I followed the same procedure when it came to installing the WIFI and Bluetooth card in the bottom slot. The real challenge with this part was how tiny the cable was to connect it to the cables. Speaking of which, the cables are all attached to the PSU which is screwed in at the back of the computer and is hidden under the bottom section as it is not as good looking as the other components within my computer.

 

The final part I installed into my computer was the HDD which was placed in a small try and slid into its compartment at the base of the computer next to the PSU as the HDD is also not a very good-looking part. Along with all the other parts, a cable was plugged into it to connect it to the other parts. The last step in the computer’s assembly was to clean up the cables so that the final product would like beautiful from the outside as there is a glass siding which will allow for me to look inside it all the time.

When we first powered on the computer, it would start up, but it would immediately shut off. This was extremely scary at first. Lucas had to take over and search around the computer for anything that might have been put in wrong. He struggled to find the source of this issue for quite a while. Fortunately, we double checked the cable layout for the different parts, and it wound up that I mixed up one of the motherboard cables for the GPU cable. Once they were switched back the computer began running flawlessly! Once it was all working together, Lucas gave me a USB drive that had a version of Windows 10 on it that I was able to install to begin testing my computer for full functionality. This was a free version of Windows that does not allow for full customization, but it will let me get my baring’s of this new system before I make the actual purchase of a Windows 11 licence.

With the software up and running, that means everything has been completed in relation to the construction of my brand-new computer. Although the internet is right in front of me whenever I want it, I think that my mentor, Lucas, has really exposed me to new learning through this new side of the internet I have never previously explored. This has allowed me to learn from not only Lucas, but other in his field that may be far more experienced than him. Something that has previously existed that has helped me grow was the YouTube channels that I used to watch a while ago. Although I may not have understood them before, with the knowledge I have now, I have understood what they are discussing more and more while allowing for more of my own learning to take place. This hands-on experience of building my own computer has been quite the acceleration of my learning which I have really enjoyed this incredible learning opportunity. When we meet with together, there is mostly talk of computers, however, there is usually questions I have for him about how his post-secondary education at BCIT is going. Other than that, we generally stay on topic as we tend to have a time limit on our meetings as we both are very busy people. Currently, a lot is going well in our mentoring relationship right now. I have been enjoying his help throughout this process and I believe his patience with me, especially when I was building my own computer, was very generous and I really appreciated it. Although I did know Lucas prior to this mentorship through my sister, I never knew just how passionate he was about computers and the programming that went along with that. Through this mentorship opportunity, I was able to see a whole new side to Lucas that I have not seen previously.

Overall, this project has been an absolute blast and I have learned so much about a crucial part of my generation’s future, computers. I’m sure this knowledge will come in handy someday. With the final building of my computer, that marks the end of my progress and I’m thrilled to have been able to complete this project over a long period of time through the TALONS program. I am so happy with how it all culminated in the building of my own computer which I now proudly display on the corner of my desk for all to see. I would also like to especially thank Lucas, my mentor, who helped teach me almost everything I now know and helped me build my computer. I am so grateful for everything, and I cannot wait to see what I will learn next on my own!

In-Depth post 2022 #4

 

Hello,

Welcome to my fourth blog post for In-Depth 2022! For the last month, I have been practicing a lot (because of spring break). Here is another update for my bass guitar so far.

 

The only time me and my mentor meet up was during spring break. During the meeting session, we mostly focused on improving my music quality. The songs we practiced were the songs from the last post and the songs on this post. He was giving me tips and feedback on my skills and progress so far. I really enjoyed the practice times because there was no space for making mistakes. When I practice alone and make mistakes, I wouldn’t know, it would make it hard for me to let go of my mistakes.

 

Here are the songs I have been practicing on.

Wake- Hillsong young and free

#1

#2

Things I need to improve on (same as last week):

Sliding

  • Practice, practice, practice

Staying on beat

  • Counting in my head

Cleaning notes

  • Staying on beat

 

Questions to answer for today:

  1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

One of my most difficult mentoring challenges so far is finding the best time for me and my mentor to meet. I know this is the case because like I said in my other posts, David had recently gotten a new job and ever since he had been busy with that. In the other hand, not only David is getting busier, but I get home late everyday which makes it difficult for me and him to find the perfect time that will satisfy both of us. Adding on the that, having Covid, and not being able to meet up a lot, communication had been quite difficult as well. It’s not impossible, but it takes both of us a couple of days to get back for each other. Luckily, during the break we’ve agreed on a time and day that fits for both our schedules. Hopefully, nothing gets in the way, and it can stay like that till the end of In-Depth!

 

  1. What is working well? Why?

I believe there are many parts that are working well for me. Obviously, the first one would be the time schedule. My mentor and I have a time we both agree on. I know it is working well because we both agreed on a time and continue maintaining the streak. Another part that is working well is communication in-person. When we meet in-person I feel we understand each other well for most part. The words flow smoothly, and I get to say whatever I need. I think this is because I’ve knew David since I was little and every Sunday, we do youth group meetings with other people. The last part that is working well is having skills to work on. During the meetings there are times when we’re doing nothing because we finished doing everything. Even though my ideas are all out, he still has ideas that makes the sessions longer and effective. This is working well because he had a lot of experience with the bass guitar and he know what is difficult, he is just sharing his knowledge with me.

 

  1. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

One specific move that could be better is communication online. I think communication online is difficult for me because I don’t like going on my phone checking for messages. For David, it would be similar as well. When he sends me a message, and when I send him a message, it takes a few days to get back to each other. However, this can be prevented by making an alarm to check discord (communicating app we both use) or even just call them. There are simple ways communication can get fixed.

In-Depth Blog Post #4

In my previous In-Depth blog post, I completed the overview of essential components within a computer and gave an outline of the parts I am going to purchase for several hundred dollars under my initial $2000 budget. These parts include: an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-Core 12-Thread Desktop Processor for my CPU, an ASUS TUF Gaming B450-PLUS II for my Motherboard, a Thermaltake Smart White 600W 80 Plus for my PSU, Corsair Vengance LPX 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Memory for my RAM, a Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Internal Hard Drive for my HDD, a WD Blue SN570 500GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e for my SSD, a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G GDDR6 for my Graphics Card, a TP-Link AC1200 PCIe WIFI Card for my Network Card, and lastly, a Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case for my Case. With these parts on the way, I used my mentorship meetings to cover the three main operating systems consumers can purchase, a summary of their history, why they would purchase them, and what their strengths are.

 

Originally, there were two main software: Windows and Unix. In 1975, Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and would release Windows 1.0 on November 20, 1985. Since then, Windows has become the most popular software run on consumer computers with 9 out of 10 computers using it daily. Born in 1969, Unix was created to allow people to build their own software, so it was released as an open-source software. As time went on, people began to trust Unix and used it more often, including the developers of the first Macintosh at Apple, who used the Unix kernel, which is the basic code that allows you to program your software, to create their first version of Mac OS. Now, Mac OS has been completely changed so much that it is considered its own software. Lastly, in 1991, a man named Linus Torvalds used the Unix kernel to build the first version of a software he called Linux. Somehow, many people started using the kernel of Linux to build their own software so much so that Linux is used today as the standard over Unix. Although Linux is talked about as though it is a software itself, Linux is actually used to build other software such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora, Manjaro, as well as Arch which all have very different uses. Additionally, a very popular Linux based software that is commonly used for hacking is Kali.

 

The three widely used software today are Windows, Mac OS, and Linux which all have their own strengths. Windows, the most popular of the three, has the most access to plenty of applications that are only available on Windows. It is the most optimized for gaming, better for education with their Microsoft Office applications, and is overall the best choice for the average consumer. Furthermore, Windows, in addition to Linux, is the most compatible for download on almost all computers. As a result of Mac OS and Linux being programmed from the same Unix kernel, they share similar strengths such as the way each structure their files. Additionally, they both excel at their reliability for consumers as well as they are both very secure, though Linux is slightly more secure. I asked my mentor why Linux is more secure over the other operating systems, and he informed me of how Linux is open source, meaning anyone can see the code behind it. I pointed out the irony of how people can see the code but can’t find holes in it. However, he told me that many people find errors and show how it can be fixed, allowing for greater security. Linux also has an advantage of being customizable which many programmers prefer. Lastly, Mac OS has the benefit of having access to all the Apple specific applications such as Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro. Even though the user experience is more subjective, Apple is well known for their Mac OS being very user friendly.

 

Since we have reviewed each software’s history as well as strengths, we need to now look at the pricing to see which options allow the consumer easier access. Fortunately for programmers, who are the more likely user, Linux is completely free, and its software’s can often be found anywhere online. There is some Linux software versions that do charge additional fees but that is most often to fund the project employees who made the software itself. Windows comes in second for price point at $200. Something to keep in mind is that, while Windows can be used for free, it does not grant access to full customization. Windows also does come pre-installed in most laptops that are not from Apple and their prices would be much higher than $200. Speaking of Apple, it comes in last as the most expensive software to buy because of it coming pre-installed in their Mac computers and not being able to be purchased separately. Excluding second hand Macs, the cheapest Mac is the Mac Mini which has a starting price of $899 which is too expensive for most average consumers.

 

As for my meetings with Lucas, my mentor, they have been going very well. I have learned so much from him so far and I am hoping to learn even more. The most difficult mentoring challenge so far has been keeping consistent meetings weekly. Although I understand that Lucas is a very busy guy with all his work from BCIT, it just can become slightly frustrating not having a very strict meeting schedule. Thankfully, Lucas is very generous and always offers more of his time to help me on the days of our meetings and I really appreciate that as I tend to have so many questions for him. Other than that, I believe that selecting the best computer components went extremely well because I was mostly relying on him to explain to me the difference between many of the other possible components. Although I did have the final say, I was trusting him to give me the best advice and guidance so I would select the right parts for the ways I will be using my constructed computer. Lastly, I believe I could work on better following his directions. With the actual construction of my computer coming just around the corner, I will need to follow his every word so I do not damage any of the fragile components that will end up inside my computer. No matter what, this must happen or else I may need to buy some parts all over again which would be a massive waste of money.

 

For our next few meetings, Lucas will be guiding me through the delicate construction of my computer with all the parts that are currently arriving from Amazon. I imagine this process may take a long time as this is my first time doing such a large task and it is crucial I do not ruin any parts. Overall, I am so excited to see all my hard work culminate into such an amazing computer, and I hope it will run nice and smoothly when I first start it up. I can’t wait to see how this will turn out!