Showing posts from September, 2016

Late Night Emotions

After seeing the stats on my blog, I got happy AF, but words are hard to use, so here are some songs to show how I feel at the moment:

Y'all already know they call me Mrs. Fahrenheit *insert a million fire emojis here*

A Hug is Nearly a Gun Spelled Backwards

Hugs. Cuddles. Personal Relations. All of that's important for many reasons, one of them being that they're something we all share with each other. E..M. Forster, an English novelist, believes that personal relations are more important than patriotism and said this: "If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." Personal relations are arguably one of the most essential things we as a species have with each other or have in common. Before I continue, I think it's important to define patriotism. According to the old trusty internet, patriotism is an emotional attachment to one's country or homeland. While I don't think there is anything wrong with patriotism, it surely isn't more important than personal relations.
     First, I personally believe that people's patriotism nowadays is based on little knowledge of the country. For example, people who claim to feel a se…

When Logic Fails in the Clinton vs. Trump Debate

I think it's safe to assume that a majority of us saw the Clinton vs. Trump thing that went on yesterday. Many people probably didn't know what the hell was going on and just tuned in to hear the attacks; if I didn't have to post something on it for class, I would've watched it for that reason too. But here I am (daaaaammmmmnnnnn Lesley, BACK AT IT AGAIN) and although the debate was somewhat informative on the candidates' points of views on certain issues, there were a whole lotta logical fallacies. Here are ten I remember from the debate:

1. The most common one was argumentum ad hominem or an argument attacking the opponent. I can't even be bothered to list the attacks because that'll make this post ridiculously long; knowing me, this post will be pretty long as it. But one attack Trump made towards Clinton was when he said she was a "typical politician; all talk no action." Clinton attacked Trump by saying he was racist for questioning Barack Ob…

Commentary on the Clinton vs. Trump Circus/Theater/Debate (Mistakes for President)

Alright, I'm actually about to watch this...

Lemme get this straight; I know absolutely NOTHING about politics, and this is the first real debate I've watched, so this will be interesting. The debate will officially start in about a minute, and I will update this every fifteen minutes (every segment)...

First segment: America's Prosperity
 Random thought: I wonder how tall Hillary is? So this segment is on jobs and the economy. Hillary believes in making life a little easier for people of the lower classes and struggling families, which is cool. She wants to raise the minimum wage. Donald Trump said that other countries are using America as a "piggy back" to rebuild their countries and all of our jobs are going to other countries and immigrants. I don't understand how Trump will reduce taxes by 50%... it seems like a lot. Hillary is already attacking Trump, and we're still on the first question. Hillary wants to invest in education and the middle classes …

Sometimes My Mind...

(I can't think of a cool way to start this post)

Alton Sterling: The 558th Victim

I told myself that I wanted to make this post as genuine and as true to how I actually feel as possible, so I plan to just write what comes to mind. I don't want to include a jump break either because I feel like this is a topic that MUST be discussed.
     I remember reading about the Alton Sterling story during the summer, as I was laying in bed at midnight, looking at the trends on Twitter. Now, that wasn't the first time I'd read about police brutality; I remember reading a few other stories. Those stories didn't really... affect me as must as this one for a few reasons. I remember reading two stories similar to the Alton Sterling story, but I just kept it pushing; I paid attention to the stories, obviously, and I felt pretty down afterward, but I was able to contain myself and relax. When something trends on Twitter, more often than not, it's something dumb or something unimportant. I saw this one and for whatever reason, just judging by the hashtag, I felt a …

i told myself i wouldn't cry...

... okay, anyone who knows me knows that I am The Weeknd's biggest fan. When his most recent album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was released last year, I cried for about half an hour. My little sister Sofia only knows who The Weeknd is because she remembers that he makes me cry. I am a fangirl and I don't care...
     His new single, Starboy, is already my favorite song of all time and I haven't even heard it yet... ;-; I don't want to ramble on about why I love him or how much I love him because that'll make my post longer than the United States Constitution, and we don't need that...
     ... anyway, that's it for my random post. Carry on :)))))

Sooooonnnnngggggsssss: STARBOY BY THE WEEKND and Best Day Ever by SpongeBob Squarepants :))))))

To Kill A Mockingbird: My Response So Far...

For my second literary analysis, I decided to read the book To Kill A Mockingbird in Spanish (so technically, I'm reading Matar A Un Ruiseñor). I am nowhere NEAR finishing the book, but one of my "requests" for today was to post a response to the book I'm reading. So here it is.      Fun fact; reading in Spanish helps me focus more when I read, and I don't know why. Maybe I should start reading in Spanish more often.      I'll start off with the characters. The main family so far is the Finch family, which consists of father Atticus Finch and his son and daughter, Jem and Scout Finch. The family lives in Maycomb with their cook, Calpurnia. Atticus is a lawyer, and he taught Jem and Scout how to read, while Calpurnia taught them how to write. Something I learned quickly about Jem and Scout is that they are both very bright for their ages. A pretty strange family that appears in the first couple of chapters is the Radley family. Because of the Radleys' weir…

My Yoda

Y'all already know I had to include a picture of the real OG in this post ^^^
     So, class discussions were super interesting today. We didn't really discuss my question much, but we discussed everyone else's questions, which was honestly more interesting. We talked about the things we needed to answer my question, and my group came up with things I didn't even think I'd need. We talked about why people don't think critically in the first place and came to the conclusion that to answer that, we'd need knowledge on the following subjects: human behavior, psychology, early childhood learning, and religion. We'd also need knowledge on people's influences and personal experiences, to see what causes people to think the way they do. You may ask yourself why we'd need to know stuff on these topics; I asked myself that too in class. You see, when answering a deep question, I think it's important to ask yourself a bunch of small and not so deep q…

My Big Question Disciplines

Here's my big question from 138 centuries ago (well, technically, here's my Big Question post):

"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?"

Honestly, I feel like this question isn't all that important to me. But it's fine; even though it's not too important to me, I still want to know the answer. Now, I think that this is just something that should be discussed in class because there's really no way science or math can answer this. Maybe hearing the different opinions of my classmates will help me get closer to an answer. To answer this, I think that it would be useful to know certain events in history that could've been resolved with critical thinking, but weren't; it would be useful to know this because it'll make it easy to compare what could've happened and what actually happened. Thi…

Vocabulary #4

1. adroit: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
     She was adroit at playing many instruments and quickly became an essential part of the band.

2. amicable: (of relations between people) having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor
     Thankfully, the two girls solved their problem in an amicable way and didn't get in a fight in front of the teachers.

3. averse: having a strong dislike of or opposition to something
     Many students were averse to the schedule changing from the block schedule to the schedule we have now.

4. belligerent: hostile and aggressive
     My favorite character in the video game is the belligerent man from the auto dealership.

5. benevolent: well-meaning and kindly
     Even though I didn't know him, the guy at the bus stop gave me a benevolent smile and started talking to me.

I'm Having The Time of My Life! (Not Really)

I wish I was having the time of my life right now, but I'm not... I'm in a state of disbelief and panic. I left my homework and stuff in the band room (including some things I need for the press conference tomorrow). I don't even know if my things are in the band room. I just hope they are. I'm kind of just trying to distract myself with other things. I have other homework, but it's a little bit hard to do at the moment. Some people may say, "Wow, you left your things in the band room. Big deal." To me, it's a big deal; my group's grade will drop significantly if I don't have the things I need for tomorrow's APUSH press conference. I currently don't know what to do; I'm trying to see if there's anything I can do about my whole situation and I have other work I have to complete, but I don't feel well enough to finish it. I guess I'll have to suck it up and finish it anyway.
Sooooonnnnnggggg: Bad Day by Daniel Powter

Vocabulary #3 (ft. an Attempt at Using Jump Breaks)

1. catharsis: the processes of releasing and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions
     Playing music and listening to music is a great catharsis for me.

2. taboo: a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing
     Growing up, my parents thought of Halloween as a taboo subject, and therefore never let my sisters and I dress up on that day.

3. sordid: arousing moral distaste and contempt
     The conditions during World War II were sordid and terrible.

4. swindle: use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions
     My sister swindled me out of my lunch money, and now I'm hungry (lol)

5. frivolous: not having any serious purpose or value
     The frivolous video by the other group earned them a passing grade.

I'm Reading Big Brother: My Notes and How I Took Them

Here are my notes on George Orwell's Politics and the English Language essay:

I apologize for the absolutely crappy quality of these pictures, but anyway, here are my notes. Most people would say that they're unorganized, but this is what helps me. I don't like having overly organized and neat notes because my mind doesn't really... work like that. I prefer writing notes all over the paper than have them all be in columns or something like that. I also need my notes to be colorful, which is why I used three colors on my notes right now. The black writing represents what I wrote down from reading the essay the first time. The blue writing represents any words I didn't know or understand while reading; I also looked up their definitions and wrote them in blue ink as well. The red writing represents what I wrote down the second time I read the essay, plus any personal opinions or ideas from class. As you can see, there was more red writing on the last two pages of not…

Bad Words and Sh*t

We've all been in a situation where something bad happens and we can't help but let out a little 'bad' word. And more often than not, we get scolded for using this so-called 'bad' word. But what makes certain words bad, or certain words worse than others? I honestly don't know. Language is a form of expression. The words we choose are a reflection of us and how we feel; if we feel a certain way, why do we have to watch what we say? Why can't we be free to express ourselves using the words we want? One thing I recall from class is this; whoever controls the language you speak or the words you use controls you. We kind of live in a society where certain words are frowned upon, and I don't understand why. When did words start becoming 'bad'? There is no such thing as bad words; only bad people and bad intentions. I like to think I'm not a bad person, and I know I don't have bad intentions... so why is it that whenever I decide to use &#…

English 101 with George Orwell (Big Brother's First Impression)

SOMEONE GIVE THIS MAN A COOKIE! George Orwell, honestly, understands the struggle of literally every English student in the world. We, as students, often struggle reading and comprehending certain excerpts and passages because of the language used and we often find ourselves asking, 'Why can't I understand this? What's wrong with me???"

But, in this essay, Orwell explains that it's often times not our fault we don't understand certain things after reading them. Turns out, written English is full of faults many writers haven't bothered to fix. One thing we discussed in class that came to mind right now was something a classmate said; sometimes, writers say things to make themselves seem smarter than they are, and instead of writing something that ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE, they simply confuse their readers and leave them with this face:

A few of the bad habits in written English that Orwell talks about in his essay are the following: meaningless words, dying met…

The Purple Heart for a Heart of Gold

I almost don't feel right posting this...

Most of my peers and friends don't know this, but my uncle is in the army. Growing up, he was like the brother I never had (and he still is, and always will be). I remember watching him play video games, watching him talk to his friends and play games on Facebook, and watching him do his homework and complete projects. Basically, all I'd do was watch him, and I'd admire him. I think that's mainly because I never really... had anyone to look up to as a child that wasn't another adult (he is only 6 years older than I am). I don't recall hearing him talk about enlisting in the army growing up. I found out he enlisted not too long before he left to Kentucky, and I don't even think I saw him and said goodbye the day he left.

I feel like this post will be all over the place, so I apologize for the lack of structure. I'm getting very emotional writing all this, but I need an outlet right now. I remember listening t…