The Problem of Evil

Every day in our lives, we are confronted by evil. In the news, we see all kinds of evil. Mass murders, arson, bombings, crimes of unimaginable degrees are committed on a daily bases. How can this be? If God is an all-loving deity, then how can his creation be evil? Many Christians are confronted with this question when they pursue faith in God. It’s a logical dilemma that leaves people confused. However, there’s a very simple answer to this argument, freedom of choice.

Since God is all-loving, he gave us the gift of choice. In our everyday lives, we can choose to do good. When we receive money, we can choose to donate it, or not. Some people choose to act out with love, others with selfishness. We weren’t born with evil, it’s a choice. When someone is born, they were raised with moral values. Though following these values can sometimes be a detriment to selfish desires. So they can either choose to obey their moral code or act on their desires. This could be to harm someone if they crossed you, steal something you want, etc. The choice to commite evil is yours. However, you can be born with an inclination to be “evil”. Some people are born with sociopathy, which inhibits their empathy towards others.

So people can’t be evil, but nature also commits acts of destruction that may harm us. Nature isn’t effected by freedom of choice, so how can something directly created by God be evil? Well, unconscious nature can’t be evil. A tornado doesn’t have malicious intent when it destroys a town, it just exists to live then disappear. A wild-fire isn’t planning on harming anyone, it just happens. A a matter of fact, Wildfires happen periodically for the benefit of the forest. Well, what about animals? When an animal attacks another animal, it acts on this to survive, it’s not aware of the suffering it inflicts, it’s just doing what it’s supposed to, surviving.

Every day, we are confronted by the evil of others, the evil people choose to do. People choose to benefit themselves with full knowledge of the harms of their actions. This is not because of God, rather it’s because of the people. “Evil is not a thing, an entity, a being,” Kreeft says. God lovingly gave us choice, knowing we could choose to commit evil against him. So choose wisely.

Digital Storytelling | Rush B Tshirt

For the third time, I will be making a t-shirt design, but this one has a twist, I’m actually printing it. I will be covering how I made my design, and how I printed it.

Assignment link (

I started with the logo underneath the picture.

For making the logo, or any other part of the picture, I started with the linework, I think this is the most important part of the image. This will affect everything after. When making your linework. It’s important to make sure that…

  • All the lines that you want coloured in are enclosed
  • Make sure lines aren’t overlapping, unless you want that
  • Make sure the lines are neat and tidy, not shaky and crinkled.

Heres the linework I used. The “B” isn’t really part of the linework, but it’s there for reference.

After this, I added the basic colours. And the “B”

The “B” was made using the standard paint tool, and a custom brush I made myself called “rough texture”, very creative know.

This made the sort of spray paint kind of effect.





After this, I gave the “rush” a more metallic look. I did this By adding streaks of light and dark at a diagonal. I also added a highlight at the top of each letter and shading at the bottom of each letter. After all this, I finished it off by adding a dusty effect using the Rough texture brush.

Lookin good

After this, I applied the same steps with the foreground. Linework, Colors, Lighting. Here are all the steps I took to making the foreground.




So I added what I had so far together and it made this.



Pretty cool, but plain.






After this, I added a hall behind them. This doesn’t only make the scene make more sense, it gives the image itself more structural integrity when we peel it off to press it on the shirt.

After this, I added other effects, like glare, reflection, dust, etc.

Now for the final touch, I added a white outlining. This not only makes the linework more visible when with the dark door, but it also gives the thin bits that stick out (for example, the barrel of the sniper rifle) a little more structure so they don’t break off when you peel it.

This gives us our final image!

Now for the fun bit!

To be frank, I couldn’t explain this as well as the tutorial I watched can, so here it is. Just watch it up to 2:57.

After you’ve done that, set the shape you’ve made’s outline to something visible. Like pink or green.

This next section is all done by Mr. Sader, but it’s good to understand what’s happening.

After you have the vector white outline, Set the outline to a color that’s not in your image, like magenta. Name this color to CutContour. This will be the color that the printer cuts along. You may. Have some problems with the cutline (I know I did), so fiddle around with the settings of the color until it works.

After this go ahead and convert the image to a .eps file. And send it off to be printed. Make sure you’re using the right kind of paper, poster paper doesn’t melt on t-shirts.

After the printers done, we’ll leave out the image for 24 hours to dry out.

Now to the fun stuff!

After you have patiently waited, you extract your design.

The first thing you’ll do is “weed”  the parts you don’t want. This will be all of the blank white around your image. You’ll do this by using the weeder to pell off a corner, don’t try to peel it like a conventional sticker, it’s harder than you think.

This is the weeder

After this, you’ll use the masking tape to take off your design. To do this press the masking tape on the design and use the rubber squeegee to secure the tape on the image. Instead of just pealing it off, the tape is a lot safer for the image. If you just use your hands, you’ll risk breaking the design.

After you preheat the iron to 305 F, place your shirt on the base and your design. Don’t forget to cover your design with parchment paper, this will prevent your design from being exposed to the iron. Clamp down the press for 4 seconds, this is to warm it up.

After this press, it backs down for 14 seconds. After this, take off the parchment paper and peel off the masking tape, clamp the press down one more time. For a couple seconds

After all of this, you just created your t-shirt!

Digital Storytelling | Rocket League Key

So in this blog, I’ll walk through how I made my Rocket League Key 3d print


So I first downloaded the files online from Thingiverse, here’s a link to the page. 


After this, you upload the files to Dremel cloud print. 


I first “repaired” the file. Here are my settings.


After this, I scaled up the model to 150% with the “Layout” menu and paired them together with each other for efficiency.


After this, I used the “Slice” menu to convert the models into a printable format. I set the quality to PLA best. Here are the other details.


After this, I did two prints

The first print was with orange PLA.

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And the second was with white PLA.

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Then after I painted it and printed out the label, it made something similar to this.


Stoics Reign on Caesar’s Parade

What is the Feast of Lupercal? Why would it have any appeal to an Epicurean? A Stoic?

The feast of Lupercal is this celebration for fertility. It starts with the slaughtering of a goat, then the young when running around the city slapping women with the goatskin, I couldn’t make that up even if I tried. The appeal of this event to the epicurean is the party aspect of the ritual, the running around Rome naked slapping women kind of party. The more stoic side is the cleaning of the home and the cleansing of oneself.

Are Marullus and Flavius more Epicurean or Stoic in their response to the citizens’ preparations for Caesar’s victory parade?

They are definitely stoic. They respond to the people’s celebration with disgust. If they were epicurean, they would probably join in with them.

How do the citizens behave throughout the scene? Initially are they Stoic or Epicurean? How do they leave?

At first, the citizens are more epicurean, they respond to Flavius jokingly. However, when they were ordered to leave they left with stoicism, excepting the shame quietly and leaving.

Predict Caesar’s response to Marullus and Flavius driving away the vulgar herd.

He would be very angry with them, after all, they were celebrating on Caesers word. When Marullus and Flavius tell them to go home, they are undermining Caesar’s authority. And they challenge the people when they praise Caesar, which is a slap in the face for Caesar

Who killed Pompey? What is a Triumvirate? Why was the First Triumvirate “unofficial”? Who forms the Second Triumvirate?

Caesar killed Pompey which was one of the first triumvirates. A triumvirate is a group of three powerful people. Pompey, Ceasar, Crassis were the first triumvirate unofficially because it was the first historians could date back to, but triumvirates could very possibly exist before “The First Triumvirate” ever came to be.

What other questions can you raise about Act 1, Scene 1?

What happens to Marullus and Flavius?

Why do the people not care that Pompey died?

Why does the Feast of Lupercal even exist?


Digital Storytelling | Riptire Tshirt

For this assignment, I decided to do an Overwatch themed Tshirt

Assignment link (

For this project, I used Adobe Illustrator.

To start, I found a picture online of the symbol I needed

After this, I live traced it and turned it into a vector.

If you aren’t happy with the default trace, you can select from the other presets provided.

All of the presets have their own unique kind of style.




If you’re happy with what you have, hit the Live Paint button to finalize the vector.


After this, I wanted a custom font, so I downloaded a .ttf file (A font file) from Reddit. Just be careful when downloading things from the internet.

Here the file


After this, I put them together.   I used the font with the “Type on Path Tool” to create a sort of curve. Then I also added a line using the pen tool.


To find this tool, hold on the “Text tool” and you’ll have an array of options, select the “Type on Path Tool”.





After this, I added a dust effect in the background. I did this using the star tool to make the base of the shape, then I added circles to make the dust look a little more like… dust. Here’s what It looks like so far.


After this, I colored everything orange to create the final image. This would go on a black T-shirt.

Responding to the Story | War

Whose war does the author refer to in the title? Support your view with examples from the story.: I think it represents the war fought in Neils mind. Let me explain. When Neil was fighting with his dad, one part of his brain wanted to be mad at his dad, but the other didn’t. You can see his mind go back and forth in his head. Throughout this part of the story, you can see Neil shifting from Maybe he doesn’t know, to He knows exactly what he did.

With a small group, discuss whether you think the way Neil reacts to his father leaving is typical of a ten-year-old boy. Why do you think he throws the stones?: When I was ten, If my dad “lied” to me and I found out, I would feel betrayed like Neal does, and I think any other ten-year-old boy would feel the same. The only thing I don’t think any other ten-year-old would do is throwing rocks at their dad. I know he did it originally to distract his dad, but then he did it out of aggression. I don’t think anyone else would do something like this, at least not me.

Like most stories, the action builds up to an event that’s the high point or climax. What is the climax of “War”?: I think the climax of the of the story is when the Dad walks into the barn. This is when Neal let’s out all the anger that he built up against his dad. Throwing rocks at his dad, even knocking him out, geez. I get mad at my dad sometimes, but not enough to do that.

Reread the story focusing specifically on the way Findley has captured the thoughts and feelings of a twelve-year-old boy who is looking back on events that happened when he was ten years old. Focus particularly on the explanations and interpretations that the narrator at the age of twelve offers for the things he said and did at age ten. In what ways does the older version of the narrator understand more fully the significance of the events described in the story?: Throughout the story, Neal seems to have a larger grasp of his actions and why he made them.  You can see when he thinks back about the golf ball, he thinks about whether what he did was stealing or not when 12-year-old Neil wouldn’t have known.

Find examples of vocabulary, expressions, and syntax in the story that is typical of a young person. What are some features of language that are used unconventionally to imitate the direct speech of a young person whose use of language is still developing?: Instead of writing conversations out in narrative form, he switches to script style writing. He also writes it as if he was talking to you, not as a story. After he explains himself he says, “Anyway, now that you know how old I was and what grade I was into, I can tell you the rest.” His writing style is also informal, like how a kid would write.

Digital Storytelling | Poster

Today, I’ll be going through the steps I took to draw, and print my poster.

I drew my picture out in Paint Tool Sai, which isn’t available on school computers, but if you want to draw on the computer and your willing to put in some money, I definitely recommend this program. (Link to a free trial here (

The first step I made to create my poster was drawing the linework. I always start with the line work when I’m creating any kind of cartoon drawing. For the blur effect I used on the creeper, you simply


For the blur effect I used on the creeper, I used the weight tool and lowered the lines density, and gave it a lower edge shape. This is the comparison between a non-blurred line and a blurred line.


After this, I colored in the drawings.



You’d be tempted to start adding the lighting, but you should wait until you choose your backdrop. When you do your lighting, you should know exactly what all your light sources are. So if you start coloring with a white backdrop, the characters will be lit as if they were standing in white, not if they were standing outside. For my backdrop, I used a blurred picture of a street I found online.


Heres the background with the what I had so far.

Background & Image


Now I added the basic lighting, this would be the shadows from the primary light source, which in this case is the sun from the right. When you do this you should get this.

Basic Lighting


After this, I added the extra lighting. This would be the light from the secondary light sources. For example, the blue sky actually produces blue light. This gives everything outside a blue hue. Without this, our picture looks unnatural.

Extra Lighting


Then I’ll add lighting bloom to the image. This is when light sources produce glare that bleeds into the surrounding areas. This doesn’t matter as much as the two above, but it’s a nice touch that adds some realism. You notice this especially from where their heads meet with the sky. You can see that the blue of the sky seeps into the lines of the head.

Added Bloom

After this, I added the captions of the joke, a white border, and tweaked the colors a bit to create the final image.



After this, I exported the picture to Illustrator to convert the file to a format that the printer can read (which is EPS). A problem I had during this process was that my image was much larger than the canvas. So big that illustrator said it was too big to shrink. If you ever come across this, there’s a surprisingly simple. If you put the picture you want to shrink in isolation mode, you’ll be able to set its size using the scale transformation tool.

To isolate the image, double-click it. This should allow you to properly scale it down. To do this right click the image you want to shrink, go down to “Transform”, then hit “Scale…”.


After this, you should get a menu that will allow you to shrink the image by percentages. You can shrink it however much you want, I shrunk by 10% each time.

After this, I sent it to the computer connected to the printer in the MacLab. After we tweaked the file type, (.ai to .eps). We printed. If you want additional information, here are pictures of the sizes and settings.


Then I let it print.


After this I let it sit for a day. Then after I cut it out, I hung it up in my room.

Respond to the Story | To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire

The author writes of the main character, “The trouble with him was that he was without imagination.” Why would it be important to have imagination living and travelling in a harsh climate? What other characteristics or qualities does the man have? How are these demonstrated?: With imagination, you can understand the events that could occur where you are travelling, you can understand the troubles that may occur. If you lack this imagination, you’d pack only what you know will happen, and you’ll be unprepared for what could happen. Other important skillsets would be to have a keen eye for natural shifts, general know-how of survival skills, tolerance for pain, and an above average level of fitness. All these qualities will drastically increase your chance of survival in harsh climates.  If you have can sense natural shifts, you would know the shifts in weather and prepare for them, And a general know-how of survival skills is important too, even to just to know how to make a fire. And a tolerance for pain is important too, you have to be able to take the pain if you’re going to survive. Lastly, an fitness is important too, you might need to do some running and heavy lifting. Most of these traits are exhibited by the man in the story. However, he missed out on the most crucial of all the qualities, and that’s having an imagination.

When did you first suspect that the man was going to die? How is his death foreshadowed?: To be frank, I only knew he was going to die when Mr. Sader told the class, but the first foreshadow to his death I noticed was right in the beginning. In the first paragraph, when the land was described to have an “intangible pall over the face of things.”

Who or what is the “enemy” in this story? How did the man deal with this enemy? What type of conflict is developed in this story?: I believe that the enemy in this book is the man. In this story, he seems to be his own worst enemy. He’s the one that paved his own road to his death. He decided to pack light. He tried to make a fire under a tree. He made mistake after mistake. The type of conflict this story is man vs. self. Although it’s hard to say who won.

Why do you think Jack London gives no name to the man or dog?:  Names provide a sense of particularity, for example, there’s only one William Golding, and only one Jack London. I think the author tries to avoid giving the man and a dog a name to give them a level of generality. To not show that this man without imagination died, it’s to show that men (or women) without imagination die. This is also with the dog, it shows the dog natural preparedness for the climate.

What examples in the story can you find that tell you it was written a long time ago? Could the events in the story occur today? Why or why not?: If it was written sooner, the man would’ve tried to call for help when he got his moccasins wet. And he’s wearing moccasin boots, rather than the standard winter boots we wear now. The story is also taken place during the Klondike gold rush, which happened in 1896. At first, I thought that the story was written recently, but placed in the past because the style of writing seems to be used in modern books. But the story was published in 1902, so I was horribly wrong.


Story Craft | The Michelle I Know


This is the point of the story where we’re introduced to the characters, but most importantly, Michelle. We’re also introduced to the main problem of the story, Michelle’s leukemia. We’re also shown her frustration with her looks and suicidal thoughts. We’re able to understand the oppressive environment of the hospital.

Rising Action: 

This is when she hears about her secret admirer, Claude. She goes to him at first disappointed but then impressed with his levity despite his affliction.


The climax is the point where she asks her burning question. She asks Claude if he too feels that he’d “rather die than be poked by another needle.” Claude then helps her through her emotions. I find this moment touching. That someone with a similar issue helps the other. It’s really sweet.

Falling Action:

This is when she talks to her friend. She confronts him about going to the dance with another girl. He calms her down by explaining what actually happened. Michelle, understanding what was happening, calms down. She excepts what’s happening and returns back to her normal self, The Michelle I know.

Respond to the Story | The Michelle I Know

Respond to The Story

Who was the hero in the story?: The main character of the story is Michelle, however, I think the true hero of the story would be Claude. Claude went out of his way to help Michelle feel better about herself, even though he’s horribly ill. Even if Claude was close to death, he still took the time to help Michelle. If anyone was a hero in this story, it would be Claude.

What is the turning point? In what way does Michelle change?:  The turning point of the story is the point of the story where the main character makes the single most important choice, not only does it change the outcome of the entire book, it also changes the character as a person. In our story, Michelle experiences this when she was talking to Claude. She chose to ask him a question that she thought about for a long time, “Do you ever feel like sometimes you’d rather die than be poked by one more needle.” This moment will later help Michelle to be open to Rob, it helped her to change back to her normal self. This moment of the book, though small, changed everything.

What is the overall message and mood?: The mood of the story is sombre but hopeful, which fits the overall message of the story. I think that the message of the story is that even through the toughest times in your life;  If you lost a loved one, you feel miserable for no reason, even if you have cancer, you have to stay strong, don’t hurt yourself. If you linger in the darkness, you’ll hurt yourself. You have to rise above the hardships and work past them. I think that this message is important for everybody. Everybody in their lives has experienced a moment a moment of hardship, and it’s important that they can deal with it.

Why is humour an important part of this story?: It shows the light in the darkest moments of her life. It also shows her inability to see the good moments in life. Michelle is in the darkest time in her life. The humour also lightens up the mood for what would be a depressing story without it. From a writing standpoint, the humour makes the story more palatable for readers that don’t enjoy darker stories. I myself, don’t really enjoy sad stories, but the humour made The Michelle I Know a better experience for me.

Why do you think Alison Lohans calls her story “The Michelle I Know”?: When people experience these dark times, it changes them. It changes the way they talk, their view of the world, even who they are. When Rob in the book talks about “The Michelle I Know,” she’s talking about the old Michelle, the Michelle she knew.’