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Vocabulary #2

1. intercede: to try to settle an argument or disagreement between two people or groups
     Before I interceded, their argument was going nowhere.

2. hackneyed: not interesting, funny, etc., because of being used too often; not original
     The Crying Jordan meme became hackneyed after a few weeks of it being all over Twitter and Instagram.

3. approbation: praise or approval
     Her ideas received approbation from the student council.

4. innuendo: a statement which indirectly suggests that someone has done something improper, immoral, etc.
     The song had so many innuendos in it that I decided to not include it in my blog post.

5. coalition: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose
     The clubs are working in coalition to clean up all the parks in the city.

6. elicit: to get a response, information, etc. from someone
     A lot of the questions asked by my teachers elicit no response from the students.

7. hiatus: a period of time whe…

Dear Donald Trump (A Satire)

Dear Mr. Trump,

          I must admit; I haven't been following the presidential campaign much this year, but I have heard you speak a few times on TV. There are a lot of things that need to be fixed nowadays in America, and you acknowledge that. One problem, in particular, you seem to feel strongly about is immigration. Lemme tell you this, Mr. Trump; I get you. Why would we want drug dealing, rapist, good-for-nothing immigrants coming to our land? Now, building a wall is a possible solution to this problem, but why build a wall, when you can build something better?...
     This may seem like a crazy idea, but hear me out. Building a wall has its pros and cons, but in my humble opinion, walls are too easy to get past. Why not build a BUBBLE around America? Yeah, you heard me; a bubble. You see, Mr. Trump, immigrants are willing to do anything to get to America, and though their efforts are applaudable and impressive, we don't want them here. We don't need them to tend th…

Vocabulary #1

1. theme: the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic
     A theme in one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars, is everlasting love.

2. tone: the general character or attitude of a piece of writing, situation, etc.
     The author's tone in "A Modest Proposal" is serious because he is writing a document intended for a more sophisticated audience.

3. mood: a temporary state of mind or feeling
     She was in a bad mood the other day, and that reflected in her journal entry,

4. diction: the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing; the style of enunciation in speaking/singing
     The diction Langston Hughes used in the poem "Mother to Son" made the poem feel more personal.

5. syntax: the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
     When I was reading his essay, I found a lot of syntax errors, making the essay hard to comprehend.

6. syllogism: logical …

Ultimately Happy (Another Random Post)

I am genuinely pleased with the amount of work I did today. I posted my responses (I'm pretty sure y'all can see that) to everything, finished the rest of my homework, and did some community service today (wooooo!). Not only that, but I'm also happy with the fact that I am becoming even more comfortable with the idea of blogging and posting things that don't necessarily relate to the course. I like being able to share bits and pieces of my life with whoever comes across my blog. This blog is becoming a pretty big part of my everyday life, and I would've never thought I'd actually say that; I find myself constantly checking it to see how many people have read my posts and I'm always asking other people for their opinions on my posts. I hope that this blog is able to make people smile and I hope people learn a lot more about me while reading what I post. I feel freakin' tired and all I want to do is sleep, but I really wanted to post this before zzzzzz-in…

The Haters: A Jazzy Analysis

The Haters by Jesse Andrews is a book about three musicians, who meet each other at a jazz camp and later on form a band and go on a tour. Jesse Andrews is the author who wrote the book Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl, one of my all time favorite books.

The Haters has a pretty... strange plot. A lot of strange things happen to the main characters, Wes, Corey, and Ash, but we'll get into that later. Wes and Corey have been friends for ages, and they bond over music. Specifically, the band Kool and the Gang, which Wes enjoys quite a bit. They begin to point out every flaw in every one of their favorite artists, and they bond even more. They both join their school's jazz band; Corey plays drums and Wes plays the bass guitar (funny story: Wes began playing bass because a girl he liked at the time liked the song Super Bass by Nicki Minaj). Both of them get sent to a jazz camp, where they meet a girl named Ash. Ash plays electric guitar and... well... she has an interesting way of playi…

The Conscience of a Hacker

"Damn kids. They're all alike..." "The Conscience of a Hacker", written by a hacker shortly after his arrest, talks about what goes on in the mind of a hacker. Honestly, if you had told me that hackers were just a bunch of losers behind computers before I read this essay, I probably would've believed you. After reading this, I realize that hackers are arguably some of the smartest people on this planet. Why? Because they take advantage of technology. They thirst for new knowledge, and not material that is taught to us at school. Material that we'll never use in life. I really can't stress this enough (I've talked about this in my journal), but we live in age where literally everything revolves around technology. We should be taught how to use this new technology to our advantage, and not how to reduce a fraction. I realize that I was wrong about hackers; I thought that hackers were just a bunch of punks with no lives, sitting behind a screen all…

Satire Project Progress

1. I think I'll have the most success writing a document like what Swift did with "A Modest Proposal". Personally, I feel like if I'm inspired enough, I'll be able to write a sick satire. Prezis and PowerPoints have never been my thing; I'm more of a poster board kind of gal, but since that's not an option, I'll go with writing. I've always enjoyed having the freedom to write about practically whatever I want, and this is an opportunity to do so. Since I'm more comfortable with writing, I'll be able to express myself better and I'll be able to get my point across a lot easier. If I'm focused enough and I get in a working mood, I know be able to write a dope satire that'll hopefully be funny and impactful.

2. Whenever I write, I try to write the way I talk, if that makes any sense. I don't use complex vocabulary when I talk to other people, and I hate doing that when I write; I want my writing to reflect what I ACTUALLY thin…

I CAN READ!... I Think

Buttle. Asdfghjkl. Here is one of my best attempts at reading Fox In Socks by Dr. Seuss. Needless to say, I couldn't beat Dr. Preston's record.

Random Post That Should Probably Be a Tweet

I have issued a challenge to myself. I watched a video on YouTube just now, about a group of people trying to pronounce a few complicated Spanish words.

One word in particular caught my attention: parangaricutirimicuaro. I don't even know what that word means. Is it a place? Is it the name of a dish? Is it the name of a former president from a foreign country? I have NO CLUE. I just know that my dad says this around me all the time, just to mess with my brain. And now, I wanna learn how to pronounce it correctly. Maybe when I learn to pronounce it, I'll move on to the word at the end of the video (just thinking about it makes my head hurt). I don't know; I'll see how successful I am with parangaricutirimicuaro. I think it'd be interesting to see Dr. Preston try it though...

Here's a tongue twister I also wanna master: El volcan del PARANGARICUTIRIMICUARO, se quiere DESPARANGARICUTIRIMICUAR, el que lo DESPARANGARICUTIRIMICUERE, sera un buen DESPARANGARICUTIRIMIC…

A Savage Proposal

Okay, I admit: I didn't read the ENTIRE passage. I skimmed through A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift. I already knew what it was about, so I figured reading it would be... kinda pointless. In a nutshell, in this passage Jonathan Swift thinks we should eat Irish babies to keep them from becoming burdens and thieves, and to make them essential to the public... He argued that Irish people could sell babies on the meat market and he even became a chef for a quick second in the passage and described ways to cook the babies. This is a perfect example of satire. He says everything in such a calm tone, it almost makes you consider what he says in the passage; he also makes it seem as if he thought about it over a long period time. Swift seems to know what he's talking about, which is beyond strange. He uses shock value to get the audience's attention, and he shines a light of Ireland's economic issues and what people have to do to get by. He calculates the number of babies I…

My Big Question

My big question is this: how would the world be affected if we learned to think more critically? How would it be affected if people didn't worry about being wrong, and instead took risks?

Everything's Awesome

Louis CK's message in the video "Everything's Awesome/Nobody's Happy" is just that; everything is awesome... yet nobody's happy. We live in an era where we don't have to use rotary phones, we can travel across the country in only a few hours, and we don't have to go to extreme measures to get money from a bank. We take the incredible technology we have nowadays for granted. In this video, Louis CK uses satire to get his point through to the audience. First, he imitates a person getting mad at his/her phone. I think that what makes that particular bit funny is that we've ALL been there. Honestly, I did it today in English. Second, he exaggerates the time it took for people to get across the country before we were able fly on airplanes; he says it took thirty years (lolololol), when in reality, it'd take a few days. The last bit of satire I found was when he called rotary phones primitive; he said we'd create sparks when we'd dial number…

Satirical Things

Example #1: This parody was so funny to me! It makes fun of the lack of changes in iPhones every generation, and also the fact that the only thing changing about iPhones nowadays is the size.

Example #2: Lolololol. I relate to both the freshman and the senior. This video mocks the attitudes of freshmen and seniors; freshmen are portrayed as being way too worried about looks and appearances, and seniors are portrayed as being lazy.

Example #3: This is the best thing I've ever seen in my life, WITHOUT A DOUBT. This video ridicules... basically everything about Donald Trump: his killer tan, his views on immigration, and even the soft serve of Dairy Queen on his head.

The Laughing Heart Recital

Excuse my top lip; I realized that it looks a little wonky in this video, but that's because I just finished practicing my trumpet (toot toot). Whoops! I also realized that I looked down a few times during the video, which may make it look like I'm cheating, but I can assure you the only thing I was looking at was the mess on my bedside table :)

The LOL'ing Heart

Poetry isn't one of my favorite things in the world, honestly; I dislike reading it and I don't understand why. I comprehend poetry, but meh; it's just not my thing. Despite this, I enjoyed reading The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski. I like the overall message behind it; the poem gives hope to the reader. In my opinion, the poem is really simple when you don't know much about the author's life; Bukowski had a pretty rough life, and he found a way to get past all (maybe not all, but most) of his problems and write some pretty dope poems (my personal favorite is The Suicide Kid). The Laughing Heart talks about living life to the fullest, acknowledging the darkness (which could represent sadness), and finding light to beat the darkness. This is a poem that people should definitely take the time to read, because it is empowering. Many people get sucked into this hole of sadness and hopelessness, thinking that there's no way out, when that's absolutely not t…

Are We REALLY Entitled to Our Opinions?

I almost want to get into an argument with someone right now. Why? Just so I can hear him/her say, "Well, I'm entitled to my own opinion" when we disagree on something. I recently had an epiphany, a revelation! We aren't, in fact, entitled to our own opinion.
         On Saturday (I read The Right to Your Opinion, an excerpt from Crimes Against Logic by Jamie Whyte, on Sunday), if you had told me that I wasn't entitled to my opinion, I probably would've cussed you out in Spanish and English. Now, I just accept the fact that my opinion isn't as important as I may think it is.
          Jamie Whyte did a freaking awesome job at explaining everything and he actually made some good points. I admit; I did disagree a bit when I first read The Right to Your Opinion, but I reread it a few times and accepted the fact that I don't have the right to my opinion. One thing he states is that rights entail duties. Having an opinion doesn't mean that I have to ag…

Greetings, Earthlings!

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I'm not a very talkative person and all, and I'm not a big fan of writing, but I hope to write things that you'll actually ENJOY reading. I'll try my best :)