Saturday, February 1, 2014

"Celiac Shop"

"Celiac Shop" by DJ OriGami and Dr.M (Parody of "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis):
Rap: Celiac Shop
Lyrics: Celiac Shop Lyrics

Credits:
Thrift Shop Instrumental- Ryan Lewis: http://www.audiomack.com/song/worldpremierhiphopcom/thrift-shop-instrumental

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- Original "Thrift Shop"

Celiac Disease Foundation- Facts about Celiac


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The End of 20 Time, The Beginning of A Journey

Unfortunately, I have to say that the end of the semester is coming up, meaning the end of Honors English 1, and the end of working on 20 time.  Well, really just the end of 20 time in class, I can still work on it out of class. During this amazing semester, 20 Time has taught me more and more about myself. For one thing, I learned that I have a problem with reviewing things that I have done once already. For example, when I wrote my lyrics from my rap song "Celiac Shop", I thought they were great and that I did not need to do any edits to it. However, when I went to record the song at my friend's house, he being an amazing rapper, caught a lot of mistakes with my lyrics. As a matter of fact, some of the lyrics did not match the beat, making it sound sort of annoying. Due to the fact that I did not make any edits the first time, we wasted around three hours fixing the lyrics! I realized that if I actually checked my work, I would have saved some quality time and maybe would have reached my goal. Now, for the rest of high school, I am going to try and review everything important that needs to be turned  in to make sure I am turning in the best work possible. I also learned that you will always have failures and sucesses  when you try to reach your goal. Getting to your goal will  not be a simple, flat easy trail, it will be hard and involve many hills and extra practice. 

On the mattter of the actual 20 Time project, I only managed to finish one song because I totally underestimated the time that it would take to record. It took a lot more than just one hour, it took multple visits to my friend's house in order to finish it. I got to say though, I am pretty proud of myself with my song "Celiac Shop" because my hard work did pay off. I believe that it does give pretty good information and raise awarreness about Celiac disease and that the only down side is that it might be harder to understand then it really should be. In the end, 20 Time has given me an idea about how the real world is going the be, and helped me understand more about myself. Even though 20 Time  is ending, I believe that my journey into the real world is just beginning. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The 20 Time Connection With the Real World

My passion originally was rap, but it is has evolved into much more. I have taken the goal to raise awareness as a new found passion, a passion that can actually lead into a profession. I am raising awareness to find a cure, and the people who use the donations to find a cure are known as biomedical scientist. I have actually learned a lot about the people who try to find a cure for certain diseases like diabetes. This information will help other people with my passion as well. This information can give people who want to raise awareness a better understanding how much money they need so that it will make an impact to the biomedical scientist. It can also help the people know what disases are on the verge of breakthrough resaerch, so that they can give money to that cause. We also will be able to understand what the money can be used for. This information will allow the people who want to raise awareness understand where the money is going and how it is being used. 

On the matter of my 20 time project, welll, I am concerned deeply about my progress. So far to date, I have worked many weekends with my friend to finish "Celiac Shop", the recording. After about 10 hours of working, we have finished the recording! But we still have to make the "Celiac Shop" video, record "All Type 1", and make that video! With the remaining days I have left, I do not know if I will finish both videos, but I will finish at least one. So, if all goes well I will be trying to finish all of the videos and recordings by the beginning of January. The biggest reason why I might not be able to finish both videos is because I underestimated the time it would take to record. I though it would take two hours at most, not ten hours at least! But, I will probably work all Christimas break to get both of the videos done and posted by the beginning of January. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Professions with Passion


My passion is rap and raising awareness about things that affect me on a daily basis. I really like listening to rap, but I really do not want to be a rapper. It is more of a hobby for me instead of a profession.  But, the reason I am raising awareness is so that people understand the diseases that affects me. The two options of following this passion in the professional world are being a doctor or a biomedical scientist.

A type of profession that is under raising awareness is being a doctor. There are many types of doctor in the world today, but I really do not know which one I would be. Doctor's have to go through 4 years of undergrad school, 4 years of medical school, and a couple of years of residency. The pay is also very good, but you have to sacrifice to achieve that.  I like that if I was going to be a doctor, I would be able to make a big impact on the world and help people going through hard times. The disadvantage of being a doctor though is how many years of schooling that you have to go through. 

Another type of a profession that is under raising awareness is being a biomedical scientist. I am really tired of these diseases and hope that a cure will come soon. If not, well, I should find a cure. The people who research diseases and try to find treatments and cures are called biomedical scientist. Biomedical scientists usually work in groups in a laboratory on a certain widespread disease. They need to graduate from an honors program of biomedical science which can be found in Clemson University. It would also be good to minor in a specific disease that you would like to work on. I like how the profession works in groups because I really hate working by myself on projects.  I also like how I can be able to research a disease that affects me, not just a disease that my boss would give me if I was a biomedical scientist. Plus, I think it is good that there are colleges with biomedical science programs. However, I do not like the idea of studying things through microscopes and other magnifying items because they really give me a headache. See, the biomedical scientist often look at a part of the disease, but since it is not big enough, they use microscopes. I also think that the salary of about $59,000(lowest) is a little low for someone who might find a breakthrough on a disease. Finally, I also think that it would be hard for a biomedical scientist to work on a budget, which they do, because they have to get funding. All in all, I believe that a biomedical scientist is a good opportunity to rid the world of Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease, but will take a lot of work and changes to myself to become one.

I right now am behind schedule on creating my rap because I have not been able to find time to record with the friend that is helping me. Hopefully, we will be able to record on Sunday the 24th. However, this will most likely push my release time of the end of November to the middle of December.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Life-Lessons

20 Time has proven to teach me life lessons that will help me further along my journey. I have been experiencing many problems with the raps that I am writing. First, I was confused on how I was going to make a video and what I was going to make it involve. I have learned that when a problem like this appears, you have to calm down and fix them later. I would have usually taken this problem way too intensely and probably would have thrown a fit. But, after learning this lesson, I just sort of stopped thinking about it.  That was the only way that I could calm down. Next, I thought of just recording the rap, not making a video. So, right now my solution is to record the rap and then make a video after it. This lesson I learned about problem solving will again probably help me until the completion of my project because there is always a problem that you have to solve. Little or big, problems will always be there, you just have to learn how to solve them. Thanks to 20 time, I can use this lesson in other classes as well. If I am stuck on a homework assignment for math, I will just do something else and then come back to it. On the matter of my rap, I am hoping to finish my version of Thrift Shop by the beginning week of December, so like December 8.  

My trifold:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pitch Day Experiences

I believe that pitch day was quite successful and very enjoyable.  I presented to many enthusiastic adults and seemed to gain confidence each and every time one of them would come to my station. The experience of presenting to adults was repetitive, but I had a great time for each presentation. See, I was basically presenting the same thing over and over again to each individual parent, since they would not come in groups. Eventually, I tried to change up the aspect of my presentation, but quickly realized that it was not necessary since the adults have not visited me yet. However, the adults were quite kind and helped me generate more ideas and concerns as well. One of the adults gave me the idea to link the website of the Celiac Disease Foundation at the end of my presentation, in case someone actually wants to donate money. The concern that was brought upon to my attention was the type of software I would be using to make this video. I have yet to figure out how I am going to make a video because I do not have any software. Fortunately, the friend who is helping me in the rap by doing verse one does have music software. Overall, the experience of the pitch day further enhanced the idea of my rap and has pushed me to expect better results than I had pictured.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Entering the Music Industry as DJ OriGami


I have been able to complete one verse of my “Thrift Shop” parody that is all about Celiac disease. I actually think that it is pretty good, since it gets a lot of information out into the public. It also actually works with the beat of the original song, so I am really happy about that. Now, I just have to finish the next verse. This first verse has helped me because it boosted my confidence and allowed me to see what information was really necessary. Basically, it helped me summarize even further. My work ethic for this rap is to work on it in the weekends because I have prior arrangements I have to tend to on the weekdays, like homework. The only real challenge of writing a rap is that you might think that it makes sense and sounds good, but it might not. So, I have to get other people to listen to it and see if it makes sense to them. Plus, it is really hard to squeeze information in 10-15 syllable lines. Otherwise, I think that the easy part is going to be the actual recording of the rap, since I am making a video as well. It will be easy to memorize because I wrote it and it has the same rhythm to “Thrift Shop”, which is locked in my memory.

 I learned many other things too; they mostly focus on me. I learned that I tend to care about small things and cannot work in conditions unless they are just right. For example, when I work on my rap, I cannot listen to any music at all. Plus, my desk has to be completely clear as well. I also learn that I can get distracted quite easily and that I need to control that. I have not really learned anything about the real world except that it is harsh and that not everyone wants to help you. I found that out while calling the Celiac Disease Foundation, who hung up on me! However, I called again and talked to a person who actually cared about what I was trying to do. I have also realized that when I go to post my video on the internet, I am not going to get all positive comments. There will always be that person who does not like to be nice and will try to put you down. All I have to do is ignore them and just pay attention to the positive comments. All in all, I am very excited with the results that have been produced through my rap and hope for only more positive remarks.