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Evolutionary Boredom

So I just got back from one of those family get togethers, it was so much fun~~ So much stuff… if I spoke of it, I’d likely bore you or confuse you…

ANYWAYS, so my evolution test is tomorrow, so I shall simply bore you with my evolution junk!

Fossils: preserved remains of organisms (bones, teeth, shells)
Paleontology: the study of fossils
Evolution: Change in the genetic composition of populations over time
Natural Selection: mates with more desirable or favourable traits may leave more offspring, changing the overall organism after a long period of time
Evolutionary adaptations: prevalence of inherited characteristics that enhance an organism’s likelihood of survival and reproduction

Darwin observed:
-organisms produce more offspring than can be supported by the environment
-organisms vary in many characteristics
-variations can be inherited
Darwin concluded:
-adapted individuals are more likely to survive
-favourable traits increase in proportion
-populations change in response to the environment
-> Natural Selection

Lyell-> Principle of Geology (uniformitarianism)
-earth’s changes with the same processes now as before
-geological change is slow and gradual
-natural laws and processes are constant and eternal
Cuvier-> Catastrophism (kaboom)
Hutton-> Actualism (erosion)
Linnaeus-> hybridization and interbreeding
Lamarck-> spontaneous generation, acquired traits
Erasmus Darwin-> life from single source

Homologous features: look the same & same origin, different function
Analogous features: same function, looks different
Allele: different forms of the same gene
Genotype: full sets of alleles
Phenotype: observable traits expressed by alleles
-Variations of genes occur in crossovers and assorted variations
Hardy Weinberg Principle: Frequency of Alleles remains constant under certain conditions
-Large population
-Mating opportunities
-No mutations
-No migrations
-No natural selection

p + q = 1
p^2 + 2pq + q^2 = 1

Random Change:
-change fluctuations
-preferred mates
-genetic mutation
-natural selection
-open populations

Genetic Drift: change in allele frequency resulting from chance
-bottleneck
-founder

Genetic Mutation:
-Neutral
-Harmful
-Beneficial

Patterns of Selection:
-stabilizing
-middle
-disruptive
-opposite extremes
-directional
-one extreme
-sexual
-dimorphism
-courtship
Microevolution
-evolution at the specie’s level
Macroevolution
-evoluation in taxonomic groups above the specie’s level
Can be split into ‘reproductive isolating mechanisms
-prezygotic
-temporal
-environmental
-mechanical
-gametic
-behavioral
-postzygotic
-hybrid sterility
-hybrid viability
-hybrid breakdown
Allopatric
-population split
Sympatric
-population stays together

That’s not even all of it, but I must sleep now if I am to wake up tomorrow
Argh my throats dead, but I had so much fun~

Currently: Tired..

Reading: Nothing…
(finished the warlock, it was awesome, i can’t wait for the final one) (also finished ‘if i stay’ by gayle forman and it was really really really good < but it was good!)

Listening to: my bobble head monkey hitting its shoulder too hard, haha

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo~!
Aw shut thou mouth, tis but three in the morning, you barnacle boot face

I don’t know, but seriously. We’re reading Romeo and Juliet in English class. I love the play, I love pretty much all of his plays, it’s my teacher that I’m not so crazy about.
I mean, yeah, not a bad guy, but seriously. We had an 80 minute class, and read two pages of intro stuff for the play. Yeah discussion are meant for learning. But 80 minutes worth, and two pages read. It’s a waste of a class.

Business, we just took up stuff, and then the class ended. I think the teacher hates me now.. He never even looks my way *sad* ah well, I’m still getting 97 so whatever.
Biology, I have a quiz on Thursday. I have done like no work… I’m so smart. *sigh*
Technology, we have to figure out what to do for a final project, and I’m stuck. There’s only one criteria: make it out of wood.
I’m thinking of making a fancy band saw box, a tree that holds jewellery, or an organization box thing. I don’t know… more dilemmas….

I also need to find out where, when, who, what, blah, blah, blah, for my birthday party. My parents want me to have one, but then every idea I try, they shoot down. Their one option that they want is The Glaze Craze, which is where I had my 12th birthday and my sister had her 8th birthday. I think repetition is to their liking..Sigh… again

Talent Show on Thursday, during fifth period. YAY! No English *happy dance* I’m sorry, that class is way more boring than anything else in the world. Like, seriously.

Currently: attempting to study Bio

Reading: The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

Listening to: After the Rain by Yamashita Tomohisa

Sick

Ugh. I’m sick today. I was sick yesterday too I guess…
I haven’t really been posting any actual ‘daily life’ posts for a while, just poems… I just noticed that.
So I was going to post yesterday, I really was… but then I almost collapsed, so I ended up just sleeping at 9pm. Ironic that in Bio I’m learning about viruses and stuff, and suddenly, I get one.

I have a Business test tomorrow. That will be fun, seeing as I won’t have the review stuff I’m supposed to get today… Yeah I’m home…
Then I have a Biology quiz on Friday. Even more fun. Sigh.
Also, sometime between tomorrow and another day, I have a Bio assignment due and then a tech assignment… I should really start those…

Tomorrow’s my sister’s birthday, so I’m making her present right now, a bracelet. Hopefully it’ll turn out as I have planned it…

So yesterday before I had my like mental and physical breakdown (which did not happen because of the fact that..) I watched Gossip Girl. So Blair is back, yay~ as in she is queen and not some weak girl pining over her relatioship…and I do wonder if she and Chuck get back together… they were such a good couple~ Nate and Serena are just as good though~
Two more episodes (I believe) until season three is done. And then GG is on re-run (or no run…) mode until September. Next season, I think, is the last season of the epic and scandalous world of the Upper East Side, GG style. Also, Taylor Momsen will be gone from the last season, due to her band’s tour. Jessica Szohr will also be absent from a few of the fourth season’s episodes (so her relatioship with Dan will be post-poned) (YAY!).

Currently: Building my sister’s birthday present

Reading: Just finished The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz, will probably start to try to read Burned by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Listening to: Gypsy by Shakira

Giving Up Is Not An Option

I have a Business test tomorrow, a Biology quiz on Thursday, and then next week, I have a Biology assignment due on Wednesday, and our Tech doll house project is due. Great.

My favourite time of the day these days is racing this kid to the bus after school… My friend told me his name… er… started with a C… ah well… either way, he’s about the only kid that always gets out of school the same time as I do and we like run for the bus. It’s also about the only time of the day that I actually get exercise… Sometimes, having a fear of packed buses is usful~

Report Cards are on Monday and the release of the seventh (FML) book of the House of Nights Series is coming out on Tuesday. Joy. I can’t wait to get The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong~ The last book to the trilogy… or is it… my friend said there’s going to be another one after that call the The Beckoning… if there is then that’s another ‘Joy’ moment. I should really stop buying books. Thank goodness there’s such thing as libraries…

I’m on the last Midnighters book, Blue Noon, and I just got The Van Alen Legacy, the fourth book to the Blue Bloods series, from the library… I seriously need some sort of restraint on books… seriously…

Currently: Tired… still… and all I did was run for the bus with the C kid…I’m totally out of shape

Reading: Midnighters 3 Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld

Listening to: Lollipop by Big Bang ft 2NE1 (normally, I hate big bang, but I actually liked this song)

What a Wednesday

Okay, so nothing truely exciting happened, but it was still a Wednesday.

In the morning there was a fire drills, so we skipped about ten minutes of class, in my case it was business. Then in bio, we did a lesson and then homework.

I finally got some hours for mentoring, which I’m seriously happy about. I need like six more though or else I’ll be on probation for HMST. I’ll have to go again tomorrow and next week… I’ll have to go a lot more…
In tech, we’re done with our bandsaw boxes.

Here’s mine~
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Cool eh? Now if you saw the other side, you’d see all the mistakes I made. Thank god it was on only one side and not both!

Last period I had to work with these idiots I know. One doesn’t talk. Like EVER. The other was rambling on how if you had imagination you couldn’t be logical. I wish I had a bow and arrow at that moment to shoot him. Then my last other group member sat there trying to prove that one of the characters, Simon, was pure and innocent and couldn’t do anything wrong, while I actually did all the work. Sigh. I hate my group…

My sister and dad went to the AGO on one of her trips. They said that the King Tut exhibit was totally bogus, because they didn’t ever have Tut there, just artifacts, nothing really interesting. I’m just glad it wasn’t me who payed $15 to see it… I, however, did pay $20 to go to the Body Worlds thing at the Science Center. All these tourist attractions trying to rip you off…

Currently: working on my piled up assignments

Reading: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Listening to: Meet you again by Katty Perry and Timberland

Monotonous Monday

It was nearly impossible for me to wake up this morning, seeing as it was 6:00am and I was used to waking up at 10am everyday. See, sometimes breaks are awesome, this one just messed up my schedule. Can’t say I did badly though. I didn’t fall asleep in any class today~~

First day back and I have a huge bio test tomorrow, and had to complete an extremely long business work sheet. That reminds me I seriously need to get my business assignment in so I can maintain my mark.

In English, we’re watching the Lord of the Flies movie, black and white version. I think I cleared it now. I’ve read the book, and seen both versions of the movies. Can I never ever ever see or hear anything about it again? Probably not, unfortunately…

Gah. I procrastinated way too much over the break. I’m behind on everything. I remember last year, I’d actually read ahead in the textbooks and stuff to learn more, now I’m just behind. Have to start up on everything again… like getting my brain to work at a normal level might help. It’s either overload or too relaxed I’m almost dead.

Currently: Cramming

Reading: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Listening to: radio~~

It’s Spring~~ (Soon)

Ah. Spring is almost upon us. Time for the snow (what’s left of it) to melt, for the birds (many who never left) to return, and for the lakes and rivers (which were basically running for the whole season) to melt. Okay, so it was a warm winter, we did have… well one real snowy week… Okay so there really was no winter… What was I trying to say?

OH! Yeah, the weather was really nice today. I can’t wait for the summer where I can wear a t-shirt and have no need for a stinking coat~
Plus, the time is being reset again. Spring Forward! Too bad we lose an hour… ah well.

I like that song. Oprah promoted them, and now they’re huge… though they are pretty good (overall)

Bio test tomorrow… and then it is MARCH BREAK! YAY!!
I’m probably going to try to get some volunteer hours, or maybe hang with some old friends. Or I might try to go skating at one of the indoor rinks. Surprisingly, I haven’t gone once yet… Sigh, homework really kills any opportunity for a life.

Currently: Studying Bio

Reading: Gone by Lisa McMann

Listening to: Need you now by Lady Antebellum

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