Will this be how Johnny Delgado achieves immortality?

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Hello again readers! My first semester at college is coming to a close, I’ve been studying for my finals, and you’ve been enjoying my blogposts. It’s in the midst of this unique time of endings that I’ve had something important on my mind: immortality. More specifically, how will I, Johnny Delgado, end up living forever? Will it be because of a strange otherworldly contract made with a faustian type character? Will I be downloaded into a computer to eternally spam my decedents with e mails and keep this blog up and running? Or will medical science find away to just nip this whole death thing in the bud? At the moment I don’t know which method I’ll end up using, but an article that I came across today might help along option three.

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A company called Bioviva USA Inc. has recently developed a method for extending the length of the telomeres in our chromosomes. Now I know I may have just gotten super technical if you’re not a biology buff, but don’t worry. Just think of our DNA as a shoelace and telomeres are the little plastic bits on the end (which are called aglets). As DNA replicates parts wear down over time. Because telomeres exist almost as caps at the ends where replication occurs, they wear down instead of other parts of DNA. As a person ages their telomeres gradually get smaller. For a better explanation of the importance of telomeres, please watch this video.

Liz-ParrishElizabeth Parrish, the CEO of Bioviva, has just undergone her company’s process of telomere lengthening and allegedly “reversed 20 years of normal telomere shortening” (another article). Now I say allegedly because this is one test on one individual (that owns the company) that has yet to be confirmed independently. Even if Bioviva is telling the truth, this one case study has no statistical significance. We’ll have to wait for government approval for clinical trials (because this treatment was preformed in Colombia for legal reasons), and then wait for the results of those trials before we can draw conclusions from this research. I’m not saying that nothing has happened, I just like to preach a healthy level of skepticism. This could either work exactly as Bioviva says, or this could be completely false. Most likely, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

“But what does this mean for Johnny Delgado?” as I am sure you’re all asking. Well, even if this company has figured out telomere lengthening that doesn’t mean immortality. There are so many other causes for aging and death that we do and don’t know about, but seeing research like this makes me happy. Just knowing that there are companies working to solve problems like this is a comfort to the fear of (possibly not) inevitable mortality. So no, I haven’t achieved immortality yet. And no, Bioviva can’t provide me with that just yet. But it’s these small steps that are necessary for big changes in much more than just health.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely, (the currently mortal) Johnny Delgado.

Who wants to hear me talk about my podcast? Again.

I know I won’t stop talking about my NPR podcast, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. It was the last piece of writing I completed, and I have to revise it within the next two weeks. So in thinking about revisions to that piece, I thought I’d share my most significant revision with all of you.

Those of you who read my last blogpost on this revision project might recall that I mentioned how hard it was for me to remove the electronics jargon from my podcast. I love electronics. Now I’m not talking about using computers; I build circuits and I love it. This is the main reason that I chose to discuss an electronic sensor in scholarly article translation. Now the good part of writing about something you’re passionate about is that it’s usually easier and more fun to get your ideas down on paper. But for me, this interest in the topic made it very hard to remove the technical electronics language that drew me to this paper in the first place. I removed almost everything about the technical electronics in my podcast and I still plan on cutting out more for my revision. I condensed the intricacies of layering many tiny conductive and insulating layers that are each arranged in a very specific way to take three different measurements into a simple sandwich metaphor. Even though it is a vast oversimplification I think the metaphor put it in terms most people can understand. Overall it was an improvement especially for the NPR format and I plan on simplifying the jargon even more in the final revision.

Dear Readers,

Wow, the year’s almost over. With the close of another semester I’ve been thinking about my final project for English 101. For this assignment, we each have to revise two of our older pieces for a final portfolio. So, I have decided to revise my first and last papers: my Rhetorical Analysis, and my Scholarly Article Translation.

The Rhetorical Analysis was the first major piece I wrote this year and I’d like to see just how much my writing skills have improved in about 4 months. I’d like to focus on making my intro less bland, my thesis more specific, and the overall paper flow better. I also had a great time writing it (I have a nerdy love for rhetorical analysis if we’re being honest here) and think it’ll be a fun piece to revisit and maybe analyze further.

Now on the topic of things that were fun to make, I loved turning my Scholarly Article Translation into an NPR podcast. Just the fact that I got to write (and speak) in such a different voice than what I’m used to was a blast. But that being said, I’m confident that I can make an even better NPR podcast. I think I should try and reword some of the technical language that I couldn’t get rid of for my original submission. (What? I’m an electronics guy. I like talking about skin resistance and piezoelectric sensors, just ask my parents.) I also think that I could do a better job with giving background information in the first chunk of dialogue and maybe give the piece a smoother ending. (I think it ended kind of abruptly when I either ran out of things to say or reached my word limit.)

And now the only other thing I need to mention in this blogpost is my plan moving forward. So dear readers, “what’s in store for Johnny Delgado?” you may ask. I plan on enjoying a relaxing and project filled summer, then continuing college, and maybe eventually become a medical doctor. I’m not really sure about the details, but I think that too much specific planning just leaders to headaches. Wait, now that I think about it, “What is your plan moving forward?” might refer to my English portfolio…

And Now, the only thing left to talk about is is my plan moving forward. Well, I’m probably going to setup a meeting to discuss potential revision ideas I have once I make said list. Then maybe some reverse outlining without looking at my paper directly so I get a fresh perspective. Throw in some nice walks and diligent relaxing which is a vital part of my writing process. And then all that’s left is the actual writing, which is the easiest part. Well, there’s also editing and revising after that, but that’s a given. Oh, and the submitting, don’t want to forget that. Then I’ll be done and I’ll probably get some food with friends in celebration. And that’ll be it, the end.

Sincerely,

Johnny Delgado

 

P.S. Don’t fret loyal readers, I plan on continuing this blog well beyond English 101. But do expect to see some changes. Less English, more projects and food. Well, it’ll still be written in English, but I won’t be writing English class assignments.

I Built A Forge!

This is my first attempt at building a forge. I hope to learn blacksmithing and I assume having a forge is a necessity.

The design process is something I call “go to the hardware store and make something I think might work.” Luckily everything seemed to go well and it worked! I actually ended up accidentally melting the steel rod I was heating up so I guess that means my leaf-blower-bellow works.

I’m happy with how this turned out and am very excited to try my hand at blacksmithing when I get back home. I actually plan on making a YouTube videos about this forge’s design next month so keep your eyes out for that.

Here are some pictures of the forge at various stages of completion.