Eminent Speech: Julie D’Aubigny

Oh, hey. Didn’t see you there. Look, I know what this looks like. I’m not running, I swear. I’m just . . . leaving. It’s not her fault, no. I love her. I became a nun for her. I burned that nunnery to the floor and ran from arson and graverobbing charges for her. But that was then. Now, it’s … Just us.

I don’t even know why I came here with her. It’s not like I’m good for her. Hell, I’m a swordfighting, singing “criminal” who loves men, women and the occasional cross dress. I’m not exactly your  status quo. But I won’t let that stop me. Don’t like what I wear? Fight me. Don’t like who I love? Fight me. Don’t think I can’t beat you to the ground? Fight me, and we’ll see.

Because I’m going to do great things. I’ll show them I’m not just a fighter, but a delicate singer, and a damn good one as well. You don’t think I’m going to stay singing at these bars forever, do you? Someday, it’ll be me up on that center stage.

I live for adventure. My life may be short, but I will live forever in stories. I am famous! I am Madame de Maupin. I am afraid of nothing. I may not have long, but you can be damn sure I’ll leave my mark here before I die.

#Eminent2014 is over


I'm just kidding, I loved it. Except for all the stress. And the 14 hour schoolday.

We laughed, we cried, we spent hours slaving over learning centers and that soundboard.

Overall the night turned out well and I’m so pumped for next year but there were some things that made me want to rip my hair out.

For one thing, the soundboard malfunctioning to the point that during dinner we had to resort to plan B. That was stressful as heck and made me so glad I’m not on the sound crew in theatre tech.

Another incredibly annoying thing was the fourteen hours I spent in the building. From 8 AM to 11 PM. I wish I was kidding.

But there were some great things too. Rousing discussions of gender and attraction, that amazing feeling watching of the speeches and seeing them come together, and the sudden break when it was all over and we were done cleaning up.

I feel like although my learning centre did not have much to look at, people left it feeling more educated or knowledgeable in the fields of representation and Laverne Cox.

My learning center was mostly just me, I had a banner of pride flags that provided a splash of colour and some scenes from Orange is the New Black which was, if I say so myself, a killer interactive portion. Thanks Vanessa!

Should I run you through the night?

I think so.

For me, set up started in block one. When I set up “baby” (The lighting board) in the MPR and sat there until the end of lunch.

At the end of school I made a mad dash to get the final piece of my learning center, a headphone multiplier, and then went to the TALONS room. Where the night started.

MPR set up for me was simple, I went up to the tech booth, checked over Baby, and then spent almost an hour trying to figure out why the soundboard wasn’t working.

At 3:45 we didn’t have it working but it was time to start our learning center set up. Mine was fine, it wasn’t Elyssa’s or Devon’s but I loved it.

I don't even know how she did this.

Those are actual studio lights.

A literal house in the locker bay.

I’m so mad about this.

Dinner, delicious food I didn’t eat because I was really stressed.

A little downtime during which Mr. Jackson, Elyssa, and I finally fixed the soundboard.

And then the guests arrived.

Doors opened and people were seated, I was in the audience to film the speeches. Afternoon went, rousing applause. Intermission. Lyle’s speech played and the sound worked. Rest of the morning speeches, more rousing applause. Learning centers.

I have never seen TALONS move so fast in my life than when the audience was released and we had to get to the learning centers first.

My learning center turned out great and the quality of what I discussed with guests was amazing. Everyone was eager to learn about LGBT+ and trans people and I can now recite what the 7 flags I chose mean within 7 seconds.

There were some really enthusiastic alumni and guests and I loved helping them understand a range of different things (The difference between Bi and Pansexual, what genderqueer is, etc…)

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Cleanup was a breeze and I really need to get that s’mores recipe.

I feel like I accomplished my goals for the night; Not to mess up the tech stuff, to act out at least one scene with a guest, have some good food, and be myself and have fun.

I look forward to next year!


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Night of the Notables reflection 2014

Thank god that night of the notables is over. All of the stress of imminent is finally fading away and I can relax. During Night of the Notables I was running around setting up peoples learning centres and finding just enough time to set mine up the way I wanted. I spent most of the night gathering tables, setting up learning centres ,and doing random tasks for anyone that asks. The only part of the evening that I actually enjoyed was when the parents and alumni came around and looked at our learning centres. I was placed next to Jamie’s so for the entire night I got to listen to hilarious poems created by the people that came to his station.


I was extremely glad that I didn’t have to do any committee work because everyone that had to work during the night were extremely stressed and tense. I was in charge of phoning alumni  got all of my work done weeks before Night of the Notables so all I had to do on Wednesday was set up my own learning centre and help out wherever I was needed.

The best part of the night however was the end. I was almost to the point of dropping down exhausted since it was already past the time that I would usually go to sleep and when I was told that all we had to do was clean-up I immediately ran around gathering up my learning centre and getting ready to go home. After the closing circle I walked outside and sat down on the on the concrete barrier outside of the school. I couldn’t believe that the evening went relatively good, after that I went home and fell to sleep almost instantly.

Antoine Labiblography

I can’t believe Night of the Notables was yesterday! It seemed like just a week ago we were writing our Introductory Posts… More on Night of the Notables and how amazing it was on a later post; this is my Antoine LabiBLOGraphy and these are the links I used to educate myself about Lavoisier.



I know, I know, I’m a horrible person. But where else can you find a whole bunch of primary (and unfortunately not that well-written) information than Wikipedia? Anyways, I used these articles in almost every aspect of this project. Antoine’s page was used mostly for my Intro post and my speech, whereas Marie’s was used more in my speech. These pages are useful if you want to find quick dates and fast information since it is well organized. However, it might not emphasize important things that Antoine did, and writing the speech JUST with these pages would’ve been impossible.

Organization: 10/10, 9.5/10

Content: 9/10, 9.5/10

Quality: 6/10, 8/10

Understandability: 8/10, 9/10

Usefulness: 9.5/10, 10/10

Total: 42.5/50, 46/50


This page focused on Lavoisier’s scientific contributions and was way more organized than the Wikipedia article and I found myself using this while writing the scientific parts of my speech/Intro post.

Organization: 8/10

Content: 8/10

Quality: 9/10

Understandability: 7.5/10

Usefulness: 8/10

Total: 40.5/50


(I didn’t watch the video on this page) The article was very well organized and I used the quote said at the very bottom by Lagrange. It was kind of just a repeat of the Wikipedia page, just more organized. I also used the picture of the respiration experiment for my learning centre.

Organization: 8.5/10

Content: 9.5/10

Quality: 9.5/10

Understandability: 8/10

Usefulness: 9/10

Total: 44.5/50


It has been a while since I’ve clicked some of these links, and this is definitely one of them. There was a lot of words, but I think I used the Theory of Combustion part of this for my speech. Despite the fact it’s very wordy, it has a lot of good information that might have slipped past in the Wikipedia article.

Organization: 10/10

Content: 10/10

Quality: 9.5/10

Understandability: 6/10

Usefulness: 8.5/10

Total: 44/50


I probably should’ve put this site right after the Wikipedia articles because this definitely was the link I used the most. Everything was so precise and organized that it was really efficient to use this site. Also, the font and background (plain) helps me to concentrate more. I used the drawing of the swan-necked apparatus from this site.

Organization: 10/10

Content: 9.5/10

Quality: 9.5/10

Understandability: 10/10

Usefulness: 10/10

Total: 49/50


This was really good for clarification in regards to oxygen. A quick look at this page will clarify what is happening with Lavoisier and oxygen.

Organization: 8/10

Content: 8/10

Quality: 9/10

Understandability: 10/10

Usefulness: 10/10

Total: 45/50


Okay, when you first click on the link, you might laugh a little. You might frown and wonder why I put this in my biblography. However, this article really simplifies and makes the Phlogiston theory easy to understand, especially since Wikipedia does a really bad job at this.

Organization: 7.5/10

Content: 6/10

Quality: 4.5/10

Understandability: 10/10

Usefulness: 10/10

Total: 38/50

Well, that was my beautiful biblography! I did use more links from Wikipedia that weren’t as important, and I think I forgot to save the links 0f a few sites, but that’s okay because they probably weren’t important.

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Document of Learning

I can definitely say that his years night of the notable is going to be amazing, well at least compared to last year. After being publicly shamed by my learning center, I think I really found the motivation to make everything for eminent. But of course, all this work comes with a price; I don’t think I have slept the appropriate eight hours in weeks.

MRW Mulder asks if I got any sleep

Anyways, because I have so much to do and a I really don’t want to bore you, I decided to do something different. Strap in because I’m going to show you how to make armour!

Like I said in my intro post, I would make an amazing suit of armour with the help of my sister. On that note shout out to my sister Lauren for helping me out with this. So something I should mention about my costume is that it is based of a character from the video game League of Legends, for those who play. Anyways I didnt want the cosplay to just go to waste so I plan to use it again later in the year for PAX (gaming convention). There are also no official photos about Mongolian armour, let alone Subutai’s armour. So,I thought that this particular cosplay represents my guy enough. It at least makes sense. Not to mention it looks cool.


So the first step is to buy all the materials. When you look at the cosplay, you would never be able to guess what I made it out of.

I made it out of this,


Thats right, EVA foam (Ethylene-vinyl acetate). The same EVA foam you find in preschools and daycares. So you might be wondering, “Why EVA foam?” “How could you possibly make armour out of EVA foam?’ Well, it’s practical. I’m not kidding, its cheap, flexible, you can buy in bulk, its forgiving if you make mistakes, its just great overall. The one down side is that it takes a lot of time to work with. I took maybe a month and a half to get where I currently am, so you will want to take a lot of time prior to making the actual night. but without further a due this is how I turned it into my cosplay.

Lets take my bracers for example:

1. First step is to create a pattern, you can do this by wrapping your arm with saran wrap and taping it. Then draw the pattern onto the tape and cut it out.

2. Trace out the pattern onto the EVA foam and cut it out with an exacto knife.

3. Cut out separate patterns for the bracer from craft foam.

4. Mold the EVA foam using a heat gun, you will find that it will warp rather quickly on the highest setting, so be carefull. Also try not to burn yourself. Something you might want to do is cut slits into the foam so that bending it will be more natural. Be sure to bend it inwards on the sides to give it more form.

5. Since the foam has a rough surface and is not suitable for painting, you have to first prime it using guesso and wood glue. Coat it with 4-5 layers, with time to dry in between.

6. When the layers of guesso have settled, coat it with plastid dip. Plastid dip is a rubberized protective coating, it also smells like butts.

7. As soon as the plastid dips have finished, you can start spray painting. Be sure to shake the can througoughly and if you are going to spray multinple times (it is recommended,) let it dry for an hour outside before spraying again.

8. Now you can start painting. Use a brighter colour to make shading easier later. Do at least three coats, or to whatever looks good for you.

9. Shade the bracers with blacks and whites, be sure to keep it balanced and shade around the designs. Also outline the edges with white to make it pop more.

10. Finally apply some varnish to prevent chipping and to preserve it.

And there you go! That is how I made my bracers, and the rest of my armour.

I have to say, while part of the process was unimaginably irritating, it was fairly fun and worth to say the least. There was a lot of satisfaction while making the armour and I think it really helped connect to my nostalga, in terms of childhood memories with military stuff and what not. But without a doubt I’m really getting in there this year, and I’m sure that the Night of the Notables is going to be amazing, not just for me.

(Current progress, still have a lot to do)

Eminent Speech

(Hook: elaborate on last speakers concluding sentence by describing the key term in sciency way)

But you’re not here to listen to science terms, are you? You’re here to hear about me! A world famous scientist who’s famous for not being a professional scientist.  I may be well known for my science teaching, but I’m not really viewed as much of a professional most of the time. 

However, I don’t mind that much. My life was never really set from the start to become a world renowned biologist who would cure even the most resilient of diseases, but rather I was on the path to becoming a tv host that everyone would be able to recognize. Maybe this wasn’t so bad? NASA may have rejected me, but that just gave me more options for what to do in my life.
Perhaps there was another way I could use my knowledge of science. I may not be the most professional, but perhaps there were others that I could aid, so that they may become the person I was not meant to be.

Maybe my goal was not to win a Nobel prize, but rather I could educate those who could.
That’s what I set out to do. I used my talents for a greater good, I put inspiration in the hearts of so many young children. No longer did science class mean a boring teacher, reading from a boring textbook about boring subjects. Now, science meant Bill Nye, science meant fun, science was interesting. I may not have been given the opportunity to create the next biggest gadget, but I was able to create something so much more important. I was given the opportunity to create a future generation.

Andrea’s Notable Night of the Notables Assessment- 2014

Did you see what I did in the title there? “Andrea’s Notable Night of the Notables Assessment”. I thought it was pretty clever when it popped into my mind ten seconds ago. Good one, Past Andrea. Future Andrea is proud.

Anyways, getting back on topic, Night of the Notables! What a crazy night that was. My feet still hurt from running around trying to get everything together. I’m feeling nostalgic already and, as much as I wouldn’t like to admit it, am already excited for next year. Let’s take a look into the past with a flashback shall we?

I remember the night before, my mom and I had hatched a plan to make sure she filmed Crystal’s speech. I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal but let me tell you, that was Crystal’s worst nightmare. So, my mom and I had planned for her to sit in the third row, making sure she was up front but still hidden away by people’s heads, that way she could film Crystal without her knowing. Looking back on it now, I realize that plan had so many potholes in it and it could easily fail if Crystal even looked out into the crowd which she was basically guaranteed to do. Good job, Past Andrea.

Fast forward 10 hours and now I’m at school. Night of the Notables was seriously the only thing I could think of for the whole day. In French class while I answered questions, I was thinking about my learning centre. While I was dying in gym class doing push ups, I was praying my sister wouldn’t mess up her speech. While I drowned in perogies at lunch time, all I could think of was how night of the notables would turn out. I was nervous. Not even for myself, but for my sister. I even went as far as memorizing her whole speech before she even memorized it herself. That way, if she forgot her speech on stage, I could whisper it to her. Good plan, I know.

Finally block 3 rolled around and I was back in the TALONS classroom. This is where I discovered I lost half my learning centre. I don’t even know how I managed to do it. I had everything laid into my tri-fold which I put on the floor before class started, but after 2 blocks, my tri-fold ended up on the other side of the class room and all my hard work gone. Luckily though, while I didn’t have all my work saved on my tablet, I still had a portion. Though I did not end up with a full learning centre, I managed with what I had and am quite proud of myself for handling the situation maturely and not going freak mode and burning down the entire school. 

TALONS gang after school listening to Ms. Mulder- Courtesy of TALONS Flickr
TALONS gang after school listening to Ms. Mulder- Courtesy of TALONS Flickr

Finally, school had ended and it was time to go set up the MPR for speeches. As I signed up for project manager, I got to boss everyone around about where the chairs go and what not. Although my power only lasted for around three minutes, it was a glorious time. Once the chairs were set up and the stage wall pushed back, everyone went to set up their learning centres.

Having lost most of my learning centre, it was quite a fast setup. Only a desk, tri-fold, and a few books. With all the extra time, I got to go around and help everyone else set up and also talk to a few new morning grade 9s I had not yet spoken too. Everyone’s learning centre were all so extraordinary and aesthetically pleasing. You could tell each learning centre was well thought out and reflected the eminent person in the best possible way. Some people had food to satisfy hunger while others had bright flashing lights to attract people. All these learning centres had me wanting to hop in my car and drive to the nearest fast food restaurant where I could order a large fries and cry in peace.

But, before I could run away and eat fries, dinner came around. Though I was quite distracted with everything going on around me, as soon as I saw the pasta and salad laid out on the table, all thoughts flew out the window only to be replaced with images of me swimming in pasta.

After last minute preparations, the speeches were finally here! I could already tell that every single one of the grade 10s speeches would be great but they were even better than I could have ever imagined! You could see all the effort that went into rehearsing and memorizing the lines and adding natural hand motions. The ability for all the 10s to remain eye contact with the audience and still be able to memorize their speeches while adding emotions was absolutely mind blowing. I have no idea how I’ll follow up next year.

Good job afternoon 10s- Courtesy of TALONS Flickr
Good job afternoon 10s- Courtesy of TALONS Flickr
Good job morning 10s- Courtesy of TALONS Flickr
Good job morning 10s- Courtesy of TALONS Flickr








I got my big break when I pushed my sister onto the stage (she was in a wheel chair). It was probably the most nerve wracking moment in my life. “What if I tripped on the wheel and flip over Crystal and die?” or “What if I accidentally push to far and she falls off the stage?” I know, I know. These things are kind of impossible but you can’t stop the imagination from doing its thing can you?

Outside of my trifold at my learning centre
Outside of my trifold at my learning centre

Finally, the learning centres came. Everyone ran (I seriously mean ran) upstairs for some last minute preparations. We got around 2 hours for parents and alumni to ask us questions and for us to see our fellow classmates’ learning centres. Most people asked me questions like “Why did you chose Jane Austen to be your eminent person?” and “What was the most interesting thing ou learned throughout this project?” Though I already had my own opinions to all these questions, hearing other people’s thoughts helped me open my eyes and look at Jane Austen in a new light.

One of the books I brought in
One of the books I brought in

My learning centre represented the book “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen on the outside while on the inside was a bit of a guess who game. I tried to focus my learning centre on the Jane Austen’s anonymous writing, so I didn’t tell anyone who my eminent person was until the last flap of my trifold. The first flap told all the possible explanations for her to write anonymously and all that she accomplished without relishing in fame. I tried to include more pictures than words that way I could present my information through talking instead of having people read. My middle flap included pictures and more information on Jane’s living conditions and all the odds of her becoming a writer. Although all odds were against Jane, she was still able to pursue her dreams and push out of the stereotype of female writers being looked down upon. I tried to get that point across to anyone that was willing to listen. My final flap was where I revealed that the woman I had been talking about for so long was Jane Austen. Unfortunately some people knew who I had been talking about right from the beginning (mostly adults), but to the people who didn’t, I hope you learned something new from visiting my learning centre! I also brought in some Jane Austen books I owned and a few that I had borrowed from the library. All in all, I think my learning centre could have been better had I not lost some of it, but given the circumstances, I am quite proud of myself for how it turned out.

The closing circle was when it really hit me that Night of the Notables was over. Everyone was tired and sleepy but not a single frown could be found on anyone’s face. The lively energy radiating off of all my classmates is what kept me going until the very last minute when I exited the building.

I just want to say a quick thanks to all the grade 10s for putting so much effort into making their speeches wonderful! You guys were truly fabulous. Also a huge thanks to Ms. Mulder, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Albright for guiding us through this project! We couldn’t have done it without you. Lastly, I want to thank the other project manager, Mira, for helping everyone stay on task and get things done! I’m looking forward to next year already!

First Flap of trifold
First Flap of trifold
Middle of trifold
Middle of trifold
Last flap of trifold
Last flap of trifold

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    I am proud to say that after countless hours of staring, intense research, blood, sweat, and tears did I discover that this is an “Annotated Biblography”. I laughed really hard when I found out, aka in my bedroom at 2:00 AM. Even though I woke up my sister and she scolded me (Thanks Crystal), it…
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Andrea’s Angelic Annotated biBLOGraphy- 2014

I am proud to say that after countless hours of staring, intense research, blood, sweat, and tears did I discover that this is an “Annotated Biblography”. I laughed really hard when I found out, aka in my bedroom at 2:00 AM. Even though I woke up my sister and she scolded me (Thanks Crystal), it was totally worth the realization and I can safely say, I regret nothing.

Anyways, back to the subject. Jane Austen, you are one mysterious lady. Almost every website I visited on my eminent 2014 journey had the exact same information as the website before. Seeing as Jane was born in the 1700s and died in the early 1800s, at the age of 41, I understand why there is not much information on her. But nonetheless, I was able to find some sources with information:


Wikipedia! Everyone’s favorite website to start from! This Wikipedia page of Jane Austen features most of the information you can find about her. From small facts to the limited stories of her childhood, Wikipedia is the way to go.


This website is a general timeline of Jane Austen’s life. It features important events in her life and big accomplishments, providing the days of the week when possible. The timeline extends past her death until 1870, about 50 years after she died.


(From the same website as the one above)

This site tells the timeline in a 2 page story like format, focusing on the more important events and going into fuller details. It gives more insight into Jane Austen’s childhood and the possible key factors leading up to her being an author.


This is, yet again, another brief biography of Jane’s life, but focuses more on her writing and novels then her personal life. It shows the dates of when she wrote each novel and tells the story of what happens with her unpublished novels after her death.


This website features a short section on what happened after Jane’s death and how her unpublished books were brought to the public. The site also contains information on how Jane’s books came back to popularity after years of being out stock.

Read Jane Austen’s works online:


Read “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen online. (1811)


Read “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen online. (1813)


Read “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen online. (1814)


Read “Emma” by Jane Austen online. (1815)


Read “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen online. (1818, after death)


Read “Persuasion” by Jane Austen online. (1818, after death)

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SFU Library Trip and all-you-can-eat Indian Food.

Going to SFU I didnt expect much. A tour I wouldn’t pay attention on, food I wouldn’t eat and a library I wouldnt read anything from.

I could not have been more wrong.

SFU Tour & Library Research Trip

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SFU Tour & Library Research Trip

The food was awesome and I now have a great love for naan bread with butter chicken sauce.

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SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
Even though it was quickly becoming colder, rainier, and windier I enjoyed the tour and saw lots of interesting things.

Then we went into the library and rejoined with the other group. I found two especially interesting books; The Encyclopedia of Gender in Media; and what for a moment I thought was called Witchcraft and Democracy. I took lots of pictures from the encyclopedia but I guess none of them came into play in my Eminent Person Study. It had some very funny passages about representation in music videos and Disney movies.

Then we hopped back on the bus and returned to school just twenty minutes before the last bell.

All in all, I had a good time and I think the trip was a great way to assist in Eminent.

SFU Tour & Library Research Trip

Night of the notables reflection

Well, its the day after the night of the notables, and I can safely say it was a success. Aside from the so called eminent hangover, there is a real sense of a job well done. The setup was quick, the food was great, the ten speeches were lively, and lots of people loved my learning centre. It drew unexpected crowds of people and everyone wanted to learn from the box. The only drawback was that it was hot! The hoodie, the position I was in, and the mostly closed box made it sweltering. My regular voice is very stretched, but my monotone voice was just fine that night. I loved the whole thing, and cant wait for next year. Until next time,

Christopher Adams