Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Outside Reading: Post Two

Post A

Sparingly Pg. 52:scanty; limited.

Mangy Pg. 81:squalid; shabby.

Each chapter is a different story.***
Going along with the them of the book i think the theme of this particular story is the main character is really unsure of himself and throughout the chapter he gets really shy and self conscious.

Post B
Some of the stories are extremly hard to follow. They jump around alot, it gets confusing. This book is harder to reflect on because i cant get used to one authors style. But this current story is really confusing, its constantly going back and forth from periods of time without warning, like sentence by sentence.

Debate Blog

Parents vs. Sons/Daughters
Occur anywhere, mostly in their home
The purpose is so each person can get their point across
It helps the parent arrive at a better decision cause they usaully "win" no madder what.
Because it is unstructured usually the parent gets their way.
Plaintiff vs. Defendant
A court room.
The purpoes is for two people to decide who is at fault in a situation.
Usually but the justice system is hardly ever fair.
There are people who werent involved in the situation helping make the final decision, it helps things to be more equal, for example: each side is heard.
Friends vs. Friends/People vs. People/Sibling vs. Sibling
Two opposing sides that both think their right.
A better decision is not often reached. Both sides think their right until one is proven wrong.
It can be both stuctured and unstructured. Structured:Mediator, Unstructured: just 2 people fighting.
It doesnt really effect the decision.

Monday, November 19, 2007

outside reading qtr 2: post one

Post A
Bohemians pg. 1: A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.

Indignation pg. 22: strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.

The running theme so far and i think it will continue is authors stories about the main, most important parts of their life and what the learned or gained from them.

Post B
This book is a universal way of dealing with problems. Its numerous stories that people wrote about experiences, that other people can relate to. I think the title "The worst years of your life" is kind of a way of making fun of itself, saying that everyone experiences similar things while growing up and once you do grow up its not as bad as you always thought it was. For example chapter 4 is called "Note To Sixth Grade Self". Its explaining what happened in a letter written to and by the author. I think its a way of dealing with what happened. It states that its 2o years later, and the writer can remember every last detail of this part of her life, how she felt that it was the worst time of her life and thinking about it now she realizes it wasn't so horrible, she learned from it and now shes writing about it. Its not like these are life changing events. To me its the little things that at the time seem like the end of the world and then turnout to be the small, yet important in that you learn from them.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Outside Reading Quarter Two: Book Two

The Worst Years of Your Life
Edited By: Mark Jude Poirier
Copyright 2007
375 pages
The book seems like its written about highschool students, its pretty long but the text is pretty big. I chose this book because i read about it in a magazine book review and it looked interesting. i also like the cover.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Outside Reading 2nd Quarter

Tracy Lynn
260 pgs.
Im not sure if this book is sufficiently challenging. It is about a high school student and problems thatsome students may be facing.
I chose this book becuase i found it on the bus over the summer, it fit the publishing dates and my friend said she liked it and recommended i read it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Sea Inside

Part One
My opinion on beinglegally able to comite suicide is that its a persons choice. Its there life. Anyone who tries to stop them is really just being selfish, people claim life is so great and should be appreciated but if its a persons wish to die you should respect their wishes. Each person is in charge of their own life.

Part Two
This director uses alot of close ups to convey emotions. Also in the last few scenes, the one were Ramon is talking about why he is comitting suicide it starts as a close up and dollys backward to say he is pretty much alone and his decision is final. In one of the very last scenes the director uses juxtaposition of Ramon laying in his bed dead and a shot of him floating in the water which to me means its the same. Ramon feels he should have died that day and after 28 some years he is getting his wish.

Part Three
In relation to Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the two are similar but completly different. Ramon was able to do so much more then Bauby. It almost seems that roles should be reversed; Bauby with the death wish. Because he was so limited, Ramon could atleast talk and laugh and share with his loved ones. Both situations make me think and appreciate everything i have and how it could be gone at any minute. Its also amazing to me that both people who couldnt do anything for themselves at all wrote books. If i were in that position im not sure i would have anything along the lines of a book accomplished but ive also never experienced something like that.

Outside Reading:Final

This is my favorite part of the book.The final section of The jokes Over, Hunter goes on trial for drug and explosives charges. Ralph has to testify. Ralph makes a big scene when asked how he met Hunter he says he was completly infatuated with him at first sight and smears lipstick all over him. Hunter was found not guilty. This is also a very sad section and most important, Hunter comites suicide. The rest is basically a letter Ralph worte after he died. Talking about the recent 2004 election, hunters suicide and the effects of his suicide. Some Questions he has and he ends with this:"But you leave us with a blue print, ole spert. Take it up with the gods. Send word. Ralph" which i thought was almost like ralph understood hunter did what he had to do and was not okay with it but dealing with it in a way hunter would have wanted.

Part Two
I chose the optional assignment.

i tried posting my thinking maps tonight but it didnt work. But i really am done.

outside reading quotes

"Funny thing about Americans. They are the first to adopt weird lifestyles and radical views but they are the most conservative race on earth. It's a water thin veneer that covers their pioneer wagon train conformism." Page. 99
THis quote is important to the book because to me there is a connection between the quote and Gonzo. It has the feelings and almost shock value that gonzo reporting has. I also really liked the quote because its very true, i completely agree with it.

Part 4 Summary
Section four is basically about Hunter and Ralphs relationship growing. They are seperate at this point and they are only writing letters back and fourth for the most part. It also continues with acouple assignments they go on. Its really the main section explaing how working together....strenghtend their relationship.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

week three blog

Part One


1)The Jokes Over is basically about ralph steadmans relationship with hunter s thompson. All the things they went through while working together. Ralph wrote this after hunters death in 2005.

each chapter is about different projects they worked on. With different projects came different trips to different places. they go through a wide range of things. In the chapter im on now, hunters then wife explains ralph and hunters relationship. saying the love each other and work so well together because they balance eachother out. and have similar senses of humor.

2) Ralph steadman is a cartoon artist born in 1936. attended graphic design schools has alot of different projects. He worked moslty with hunter s thompson on books and movies. Most famous being fear and loathing in las vegas. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines. Illustraded famous books like alice in wonderland and animal farm.

Wikipedia, Research: Ralph Steadman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Steadman
Part Two
I really enjoy the book im reading. It has to do with "gonzo" which i really enjoy reading about. its a lifestyle, i dont knwo much a bout it but reading about it has made me think alot about the lifestyle i lead. I really like Fear and loathing in las vegas its one of my favorite movies and i love the pictures in that book, so reading about the people that made it all is fun for me. I never want to stop reading this. I especially like the language. it is english but the words he uses are...actually the best way to describe them are loaded words the make me think and help me picture what he is trying to say. the adventures these two have together are amazing. to constantly be traveling and drinking and doing drugs and writting/ drawing for all these different things. Its insane. Parts of the book talk about how Ralph is more innocent then Hunter in terms of personallity. I personally think hunter is crazy from what i have read but thats what i like about this book. its about one crazy person and his lifetime friedn who is in fact even crazier. I love this book alot.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Section 2 Summary

Section 2 Summary
Chapter 5-9 Pg. 66-136

This Section is about a mix of things. The fifth chapter is about how Hunter Thompson convinces Rolling Stone That Ralph is the only one that can draw for him. which leads to Ralph drawing the pictures for the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Which I havent read but i loved the movie and the book is on my list to read. The sixth chapter is about Ralph accompanying Hunter in Washington to illustrate his writting in rolling stone for one year. But near the end of the chapter Ralph ends up going home and working on the magazine from england. which is weird because the day i read this chapter a Rolling Stone came in the mail with Hunter S. Thompson on the cover. The seventh and eigth chapter are about ralph working alone in america for the first time without hunter. he is with his wife anna.

I really like this book. I enjoy hunter s thompson and i like the drawings ralp does. There are alot of hunter s. thompson books on my list to read.

Loaded Words

Loaded Words: Pg. 1-65
To me loaded word are words that help you picture things and make you think, which is the way I completed this assignment.
1)Excrement. Pg. 7
Excrement is a loaded word because its completely disgusting. But its also a nice way of saying poop which is why I think the author chose it. it’s a nicer way to say it but its still a loaded word.
2)Anxiety. Pg. 9
The word anxiety strikes fear in me, which is why I chose it for a loaded word. I think the author used it because everyone knows what it is and most of us have it.
3)Righteous. Pg. 10
I chose this word because there is a scene in a movie where this guy is surfing and a gigantic tsunami wave comes and he says righteous so to me it’s a very loaded word because I always think of tsunami when I hear the word. I think the author used it just because its such a good word. It has a lot of power behind it.
4)Arthritic. Pg. 12
Arthritic is describing fingers in the sentence and it really helped me picture the person which is why I chose it and I think the author chose it because it’s a good describing word.
5)Intimidated. Pg. 13
This word just scares me no matter the context its used in.
6)Sufficiently. Pg. 23
Sufficiently is a good word. When I hear it, I think if accomplishing a lot and it makes me feel good. The author used it because there isn’t really another good way to describe what sufficiently means.
7)Frenzied. Pg. 27
Frenzied reminds me of craziness like a circus or something. With lots of Panic. I think the author used it because it’s a good describing word.
8) Marvelous. Pg. 28
Marvelous seems like a really fancy word that sophisticated people use. I think the author chose it because it’s a powerful word and a really good adjective.
9)Alarming. Pg. 31
Alarming reminds me of airport security and lots of panic. The word makes you stop. Its got that much behind it. The author used it because there’s no other way to describe the situation in the book.
10)Monumental. Pg. 44
There Is nothing bigger then monumental. It really helps you picture what the author is talking about and I think that’s why he used it.


The Jokes Over
Ralph Steadman

Week One: 1-65
Week Two: 66-136
Week Three: 137-205
Week Four: 206-274
Week Five: 276-337
Week Six: 338-387 (end)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

1. http://thisibelieve.org/dsp_ShowEssay.php?lastname=coyne&firstname=wayne&uid=24791&yval=0&start=0

2. Wayne Coyne

3. Creating YOur Own Happiness

4. This Essay is about people being able to control their happiness.

5.But everything turned out alright. A lot of people look at life as a series of miserable tasks but after that, I didn’t.

I assumed things were all bad for them, but they weren’t and I understood we all have the power to make moments of happiness happen.

6. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for, or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves. This I believe.