Hallie Ford Museum Reflection

  1. One thing I found interesting at the museum was the Asian section. I really liked the sketches especially. love to draw too, so I really enjoyed seeing the different sketches.
  2. I wonder the where the different coins were from, and what time period.
  3. I would love to know more about the different coins. They looked Egyptian, but I’m not sure. They were very intriguing and I didn’t get a chance to look at them from up close.


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Hallie Ford Museum Alexander

I found the Catholic art very interesting I really thought it was interesting how the eastern orthodox doesn’t change the faces to match their own country’s style.  They all just kept to a similar style.

How long did it take for Native Americans to make some of those woven baskets on display. I want to know because I’ve been thinking of making a basket myself.

One thing I thought was interesting was that one of the sculptors who made sculptors tried to bring back a Renaissance style to it by working more on muscles while also blending some parts in a way so that it looks like its sort of melting into the statue.


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Hallie ford reflection-Bella

I really liked the native american stuff that they had there.

I think id like to learn more about the Asian art.

I think one of my biggest questions is that why does some of the art look so similar?



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It by Stephen King, IDRJ

Probably most people think It is a horror novel, and they would be mostly right, but it’s much more than that. It is so many layers, and is so giant and ambitious that calling it a horror novel would be unfair.

The people that might enjoy this book would be people who enjoy very adventurous/escapist type novels, with some very unnerving scenes sprinkled across it but also a lot of themes about friendship, childhood, fear, faith, and nostalgia.

People who might not enjoy it might be people who don’t like novels that are too violent or gruesome, because there is plenty of that in It, although I think it is always done with purpose and not just for the sake of being gruesome. Also people who don’t like super fat books that take many weeks to read.

I very much liked this book and I think you could read it ten times and notice new ideas, connections, and themes each time. It’s such a hugely epic story about good versus evil, and the way Stephen King bounces between the characters and between timelines and even at times between universes, without making the reader confused or feel a lack of direction, shows how talented of a writer he is. Overall, It might make you scared, but many would be surprised to find that It might also make you cry like a baby because there’s much more atmosphere and environment then just a creepy clown.

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Hallie Ford Art Museum

One thing that interested me in Hallie Ford art museum is the abstract art. I expected a lot of it to be the kind of stuff that people make fun of where it’s just a giant yellow box painted onto a black box or something, but a lot of it ended up being very visual and unique. One question I have which I’ve kind of always wondered is why are Renaissance type oil paintings so famous? A lot of them I think are very cool but a lot of them they’re just like photo copies and I think there is so much other cooler art in other cultures that conveys the same things in more abstract and unique ways. One thing I’d like to learn more about African art. I’ve always thought that both African art looked very interesting and African culture seemed very interesting in general.

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Attention, biology students!

From Gizmodo:

If you’ve taken a science class, you’re likely aware that DNA is the body’s instruction manual. But its language is only written in four letters: A, T, C, and G. Those who paid extra close attention will remember that RNA, the photocopy of the instructions that the cell actually uses, replaces the Ts with the letter U.

Back in 2014, scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California reported that they’d engineered bacteria whose DNA used a whole new pair of letters, nicknamed X and Y. That same team now reports that they’ve gotten the bacteria to actually use these new letters. The biological possibilities, as a result, now seem endless.

“The resulting semi-synthetic organism both encodes and retrieves increased information,” report the authors this week in Nature, “and should serve as a platform for the creation of new life forms and functions,” like new kinds of bacteria with specialized purposes (cleaning the environment, storing gifs…who knows) for example.

The initial five letters actually represent two pairs of molecules. G, or guanine, always partners with C, or cytosine. A, or adenine, partners with T, thymine in DNA, but in the copy of the DNA the body actually uses, the RNA, it partners with U, or uracil. The DNA double helix is sort of like a zipper whose teeth are composed of these “nucleobases.”

These bases cryptically code for amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The RNA copies the DNA then heads over to the ribosome, the worker who can actually use the instructions to build a protein from these amino acids.

Researchers previously engineered an E. coli bacteria that could incorporate a new pair, d5SICSTP and dNaMTP or X and Y. But the new paper in Naturereports E. coli actually constructing special fluorescent proteins that add new amino acids, based on the simple instructions containing these whole new letters. . . .

Read the rest of the article here.

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Museum 11/30/2017 Tour report R.E.S. III

Write at least three (3) sentences, responding to each of the three following prompts:
•Describe one thing at the Hallie Ford Museum that particularly interested you, and why you found it interesting.
•Discuss one question you have about something you saw or heard at the museum.
•Discuss something you saw or heard at the museum that you would like to learn more about, and why.
Write at least three sentences, and at most three paragraphs.
Publish your reflection on the Abiqua Student Blog.


I found the lamps to be interesting, the ones made from clay in the second subsection that we went through that were used in cave painting.  The brown lamps were about 10 cm across and used animal fat or tallow, and potentially some Petrol oil.  I wonder if anyone in ancient time periods ever adapted them to function like Molotov cocktails, breaking them so that the burning oil would spill out and start fires. I would love to learn about how technologies like flammable oils were used in the ancient world militaries. I have no doubt that people weaponized this, after all, humans have a very long track record of using what they can find to kill each other. I found the Christian art to be, in many cases, highly disturbing. Many of these images glorified the crusades and the earlier massacres of European pagans in the name of Christianity.



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December 1: Independent Reading

This week I read Marjorie Garber’s Shakespeare After All, a collection of essays about Shakespeare’s plays. Garber, a notable scholar of Shakespeare, demonstrates clear insight into the structure, language, and historical context of the Bard’s work; the book, weighing in at a breezy 977 pages (including citations), serves as a testament to her expertise on her subject of choice.

However, the weight (metaphorically and literally) of Garber’s project does not lend itself to general audiences. First of all, if one is not deeply interested in Shakespeare already, this book will act more as torture instrument than pleasant diversion; on the other hand, if one enjoys both Shakespeare and literary criticism, this will make for a nice few years of reading, taken in twenty-minute increments. (I finished it myself at home, to avoid writing independent journal entries on the same book until I graduated.)

Yet as one would expect with a sum total of 977 pages, she at times grows distracted by tangentially related topics, and the organization of her essays leaves something to be desired — most of them lack clear theses, and are best described as meandering explorations of any given play, rather than structured interrogations of a given theme. For example, her essay on Hamlet begins thus: “Watching or reading Hamlet for the first time or the twentieth, an observer cannot help being struck, I think, by how much of the play has passed into our common language” (466). One would expect the following essay to be about linguistic development, or why Hamlet himself is so relatable to contemporary audiences. Instead, what follows is a 40-page amalgamation of many different Hamlet essays. Subtopics include a discussion of Shakespeare’s friendly relationship with the fourth wall — “Hamlet’s famous ‘advice to the players,'” Garber contends, “shows us something of the tension between the relatively naturalistic acting favored by Shakespeare’s company . . . and the older and more bombastic acting style inherited from the medieval mystery plays” (473) — and a several-hundred word segment detailing the historical background of one line in Claudius’ monologue: “The audience of Shakespeare’s time would certainly have recalled the difficulties that arose when Queen Elizabeth’s father, Henry VII, sought to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, who had been briefly been married to his older brother, Prince Arthur . . .” (481). A love of the long sentence also hinders Garber’s work, at times, but rarely so badly that it impedes the reader’s comprehension.

Although I liked the book and found many of the points Garber made to be engaging and intelligent, the loose organization makes it difficult to grasp the main themes around which Garber is orienting her observations. I would still recommend it without hesitation — but for God’s sake, not all at once.

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Hallie Ford Museum visit reflection

At the museum, I was thoroughly interested by the Native American arts. There were plenty of pieces done by my tribes. The blanket piece struck me the most though. I found a blanket with my family’s last name on a tag. I really  enjoyed the new pieces they brought in. My mom and I frequent the museum so it’s nice to see that they constantly introduce fresh art to the public.

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December 1 Reading journal

I began reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, as recommended by Gabrielle. This is an interesting novel that somewhat confuses me. The character’s relationships sort of connect but sometimes I can’t tell who is narrating. This novel is about a family of “Geeks”, ( circus performers that are disfigured in some way). All of the children were born with disfigurements due to medications the parents were using. It is a somewhat confusing timeline. Each chapter, I believe, is narrated by the main character, Olympia Biwenski. In the first chapter, she describes herself and her siblings,

“My mother had been liberally dosed with cocaine, amphetamines, and arsenic during her ovulation and throughout her pregnancy with me. It was a disappointment when I emerged with such commonplace deformities. My albinism is the regular pink-eyed variety and my hump, though pronounced, is not remarkable in size or shape as humps go.”[1.8]

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