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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nothing to fear

A time I have felt fear was after I had accidentally shattered my teachers favorite keychain. I was in fifth grade and I had to get back in class to get lunch. The keychain was attached to a key which was in a lock. I remember when I was trying to lock up the key was jammed in the door. I pulled on the keychain with all my might and the key came loose after the chain broke. The teacher was known for having a great temper and I was in a panic. I came clean out of guilt and fixed the chain but I still remember the fear.

Fear is a very powerful feeling. When a person is in a case of extreme fear like a phobia or worse, the person can become delusional and imagine things, like their name being called or seeing something that isn't there. While every person has many fears it is impossible to get rid of the fear but you can suppress it. Just by facing a fear and living it you can get better but part of that fear is still there weather you know it or not.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Power

Q:You are in a supervisory position with power over other individuals. How would you respond to someone who tries to get you fired?

A: if someone was to try to undermine me or try to do that I would prove them wrong and if I needed to get rid of them.

Q: What if that individual wants your position and is in line to get it? How would you punish him/her?

A: I would set them up to fail. If this was a position that I had worked hard for and liked I would just set the other person up to fail. This way I look superior.

Q: If someone enabled the discovery of the traitor, how would you reward that individual, if at all?

A: I think if someone had discovered this, and was correct, I would reward them by promoting them or give some amount of money.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Living isn't cracked up as it used to be.

After reading the article "On Dying After Your Time" my position stays the same. To the question should scientists try to beat old age I say no. I find that it is a bad idea. The average life expectancy is around 78.7 years. If we beat that and go to let's say 100 as an average life expectancy the world as we know it would be destroyed. Now you may think that's over dramatic and maybe it is but it has fact behind it. Right now there are about 7 billion people on this planet. If we raise the life expectancy, the population could almost double in a few decades. If that were to happen we would be in a heavy demand for resources, pillaging and scavenging more resources could lead to the destruction of the planet. Also think of the social effects and how everyday life would change. I believe that if this were to happen all would be affected. The term YOLO has recently began to take rise. That is with the life expectancy of 80, at 100 I believe the teen youth would be doing more stupid and dangerous activities causing the new status quo of people to be an absolute moron. Also I believe with the increase in people taxes will rise, people will fall into debt, and many economies will collapse. All of this would ruin every day life and cause many people to suffer. That is another example. If scientists are able to make people live longer, people are going to suffer, weather it be economically, socially, or medically. Imagine being reliant on many different drugs to relieve pain, or just to operate and you are just living longer. That is torture. People don't seem to think of that. We often crave immortality to avoid the inevitable, but the inevitable is the release. It makes us human. If we become immortal, new troubles show. To quote " some people can do more in 20 years than 100." So that's why I view this idea of longer life as wrong. It will kill us in a whole new way.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Advertising demons

Advertising is everywhere. You might not know it but almost every thing you see has some sort of advertising on it. The ones that stick in your head are the memorable ones. Weather it be the really annoying furniture superstore ad on TV, or the catchy empire carpet installers jingle, you can probably remember exactly where they are without even realizing it. Advertisements can sink into your brain and cause you to have a predjiduce or opinion biased on that ad. If you see one store saying it has cheaper prices than its competitors than you might believe it. Ads are everywhere. You cannot escape them. So just try not to get the catchy ones stuck in your head.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

This I believe

Link to podcast: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9cqE-YFRZhJaWpNNXF0Z1AzZ0k/edit?usp=sharing

             This I believe, there is no good and evil. Think about it, with every action or decision you or anyone else in the world has made it wasn't to be purely for good or for evil. My personal belief is that with any action depicted as evil it is viewed as good by someone else. Now there is a moral good and evil but physically and realistically there is no good or evil, there is just action. Once when I was younger someone in my class had made a petition to stop special treatment of someone in my class who had special needs because they didn't have to follow the rules the rest of us had to. I of course being the foolish kid that I was signed it, because at the time it made perfect sense, equality for all. It was "good". Why should one person get special treatment and be able to do things we couldn't because they couldn't learn as well as the rest of us? Half the class also signed it and it was turned into the teacher. It was in meer seconds that her voice boomed in anger and her face was red. She spent the rest of the week showing us that the kid may have gotten some leeway on a few rules but worked just as hard as we did. Throughout the week my perspective of the "good" deed I had done was turned into something "bad" I had done. Looking back at it I am ashamed, I made a foolish mistake that some would view as wrong, immoral, or just evil. This wrong act that I did started out as good for me then shown to be bad. I still believe any act viewed as good or bad by the majority of the populas is in fact just an action. 
         There are so many opinions and different views that counteract any label of good and evil. Hitler was a horrible person he killed many Jewish people and people who didn't agree with his ideas, but during that time many people agreed with him and he believed he was doing good. The same can be said about anyone. Bin laden was protecting his religion in his mind, to Americans and most of the world he was a terrorist, he was a monster, he was "evil" to his followers he was "good". It just goes to show there is no good or evil.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This I believe reflection

Recently I have written the "This I believe essay" and I am pleasantly surprised on how it  turned out. I usually don't like working on these things but this paper allowed me to express my opinion and views. I think that was my favorite part. Most things we write are scripted and have a strict prompt. This paper allowed me to go in any direction and speak about whatever I wanted. Honestly I enjoyed it and hope more essays are like this.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hearing voices in writing

Voice in writing is how you want the story or piece to be portrayed. I use voice in writing in most pieces I write. In stories I try to make the narrator sound like they are feeling the emotion that corresponds to the plot. In essays I try to make it sound like I am actually talking or presenting the piece. I feel like in almost all cases I use voice.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Encyclopedia entries

Doctor, tell me the news:
             When I started complaining about being out of breath and tired a lot, the doctor told me I had tachycardia meaning my heart beat way too much. I was put under tests and monitoring for one year. Then they finally preformed surgery on me and I was cured.

Guitar not hero:
              I started playing guitar about 3 years ago. I did it because I wanted to play an instrument I found exciting. I still play today and can barely play a song to save my life.

Psychology:
             I am somewhat of a people person. Meaning I can talk on and on with a person and it will be a blast but I don't really like people. What fascinates me is psychology and how the mind and the person works and thinks. I have always had that curiosity and hope to one day be in that field.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fake twitter bio

Music lover and player, psychology apprentice, gaming guy, nerd like nobody's watching, hardware store guy, looking for mental sanity, never lost and always confused, never spicy always sour, hungry, Ille tigris ut sciurus.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review

This semester was ok for me as a writer. I feel like it was not entertaining. Now I know it's not supposed to be but my writing is better when I am excited for it or it's freestyle. I'm a good writer usually. I have been writing since I knew how, but when I get a prompt or something like that I tend to get bored and not care about what I write. That was what this semester was to me. I did not enjoy writing anything I didn't want to present I just didn't care. I feel like the only good writing were ones where you just had to have some specific words in them while the rest of it was freestyle. I did try to follow my goals and do my best but I feel like I could have done much better. This semester was ok but I wish it was better.

Quote essay on curious incident

"You see but you do not observe." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The significance of the quote is that it says people often look around and see things but not pay attention to this detail. For Christopher, he can see things no one else can physically but he cannot fill in the blanks. For other characters in the book, they cannot see what Christopher see's, they only glance. These are some examples of the quote from the book.

Christopher had to be told specifically what happened to his mother. When Christopher runs into Ms.Shears, she eventually tells him that his mother had an affair with Mr.Shears. She tried being discrete about it saying that they "saw each other" or "liked each other" but Christopher did not understand. Eventually she said that they had an affair. In a way Christopher saw what she was saying but did not observe it.

Later on Christopher discovered some letters addressed to him from his mother that were recent. The letters said that she was with Mr.Shears and they lived in London. When Christopher read this he thought this was a mistake. He thought that she was another Christopher's mother and not his. Then when he read on he discovered that it was his own mother. He saw the letters but did not make the connection between them.

Christopher can often see what no one else does. Because of his Aspergers he likes to study his surroundings. He can tell if a telephone pole has new scratches on it immediately as soon as he sees it. The other characters do not see this they just see a telephone pole. They do not take in their surroundings all they do is look at them. The people see but do not observe.

All of this is true in real life too, this is not just fiction it is truth. In an average day most people just glance at life and don't take the time to really observe and study their life. We have become so absorbed in technology, social media, and work. There is little time cut out in our day to just stop and take in the world around us. If we did we could be more aware of economic, geographic, and national issues. We could actually make a significant difference in the world instead of being a sheep in the herd. It is true that we see but do not observe.

Writers craft

I heard him talking at the seat next to me. We were on a bus going down the metropolis highway. Traffic was slow and I was tired. The boy was about 7 years old. Red hair, freckles, and very short. He was whispering. At first it sounded like nonsense. There was no one around to listen to him. He wasn't in a conversation. But yet he was saying something. I listened in closely.
"Red car, school bus, helicopters, lion, bridge, death." Over and over he said those words.
 I thought nothing of it, he probably was one of those special needs kids. I looked out the window. It had began to rain. The honking of horns and the sounds of engines filled my ears. Then something caught my eye. I looked at the next lane and saw a bright red civic. This was weird.
"It probably means nothing." I thought.
At that same moment the child spoke those words. I looked at him confused and awkwardly.
"How did he do that?" I thought and again he said it.
 I was starting to get creeped out. The eerie sound of laughter crept into my ears. I looked back out and saw a school bus pass by. My eyes widend.
"This isn't real." I thought.
Once again he spoke my thoughts. Then I heard a helicopter overhead.
"What the hell?" I thought and once again the child spoke it.
I looked at him. He gave me a curious look.
"Lion, bridge, death." He chanted.
"What is wrong with you?" We said in unison.
He pointed behind me. I looked and saw a statue.
"Oh my god." I said in disbelief.
I barely hear him say it this time. I looked again we were going over a bridge.
"Death." He said.
"Oh my god he got it all right we are going to die." I thought.
And yet again he spoke my thoughts. Fear was over taking me. I could barely grasp my situation. My heart pounded, sweat dripped down my face, this was too much I had to get out.
"LET ME OUT!" I yell.
The bus screeches to a stop and the doors open. I start running down the isle and all I hear is "death." Being changed over and over getting faster and faster as I approach the door. I run outside and the bus starts moving. I look as they go into the distance. Nothing happens. Maybe he was wrong? The bus was still there and nothing happened. I stood there realizing how stupid I was listening to a child. Then I had a thought creep up to me. What if it was my death? I look behind me and see the word MAC right in my face. Then it all goes black.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This week

In my opinion I have liked writing this week. It was some creative writing I could really get into and enjoy. I feel like I could have done more to improve it but in all aspects it was an ok piece. I think we should do more of these types of freestyle writing, they let you go and make anything from your imagination rather than an essay or prompt. I tried to use more vocabulary and tried to expand my word usage. This has been a good week for me.