Showing posts from January, 2017

The Great Gatsby Notes

I'll keep updating this, just so that I'm not posting separate posts talking about the same things :)

January 23 & 24, 2017 (Chapter 1)

The journal topic talked about the exposition in the book and to me personally, I got nothing out of the exposition minus the name of a few characters. And the setting, which is an egg.The narrator talks about how the people in his community are so into each other's business but are never really themselves (pg. 6 [for me], "And so it happened that on a warm windy evening...")We learn that Tom Buchanan is physically intimidating, but that he's an ugly person inside. He's cruel, and a bully.Vocabulary:                supercilious- arrogant
Daisy and Miss Baker are always missing something. Daisy is always looking forwards to something and then missing it, while Miss Baker is always bored.TOM IS A DICK."I hope she'll be a fool" Why is this important??????? DP????????????
January 27, 2017 (Chapter 2) OH SHIT, W…

A Blogging, Political, Musical Stew: My Remix

Honestly, I've been procrastinating. But there's a beauty in that, because diamonds are made under pressure. So here is my diamond.

I was looking back at my old posts, and I mean OLD. Ya know, those posts with dust and cobwebs on them. Yeah, those.

One caught my eye actually; my Donald Trump satire. I got to thinking for a while, because I knew I couldn't walk into class tomorrow with nothing to present. Here's my thought process:

Everything I do is a puzzle to me, including my satire. I began looking back at my old projects (the prior knowledge part of creating, I guess) and I got an idea. I said if I could find a way to switch a few puzzle pieces here and there (the combining and transforming part of creating), I'd be able to create something cool and effective. So I told myself I'd make an even better post about Trump. Something that beats my satire.

So I made a recipe. A recipe for a stew.

You may be thinking, "Lesley, what the actual fuck." But t…

The Legacy of a Revolutionary: Martin Luther King Jr.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day in which we honor the memory of Martin Luther King and what he did for America. In the journal topic today, we were told to write about the famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Here is what I wrote:

Okay, so, the speech. What is so amazing to me is that MLK came up with this speech on the spot, or so I've heard. What makes this speech iconic is the fact he didn't care about the dangers of speaking his mind. He talked about things millions of Americans were scared to talk about. That's what made him so special; he was America's voice at that time. He showed that love and light can drive out hate and darkness just as effectively, if not more effectively, than more hate and more darkness. This speech gave Americans hope and a goal, the goal being to create freedom for everybody and not just white people. His dream was a dream shared by many and it resonates with us because all of us have dreams. Sure, they may not be the…

Everything (and Dirty Diana) is a Remix

I'm praying my tablet doesn't die on me right now as I type this and watch the Kirby Ferguson video "Everything Is A Remix" :) I love the name Kirby btw :p

First of all, what is a remix? A remix is taking existing materials and combining or editing them to create something new. We see this commonly in music; we call this sampling. A modern day example of sampling is the little saxophone thing in the song Low Rider by War, which is used in the song GDFR by Flo Rida. See? I know stuff cx
Back in the good old days, creativity suggested that you possessed a sort of... talent that other people didn't have. Many people back in the day created things based off of what was around them, and back then, what was created didn't seem so foreign. Now, when we look back at stuff like art, it seems so cool and great and original because it's not like what we have now.
The process of creating consists of a whole lot of things. You need domain knowledge. And you acquire th…

Society and Mental Health

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

That's something many people nowadays forget. Or maybe it's something they choose to ignore. Nowadays, that quote is something people should keep in mind every single day when communicating with people. A lot of us are blind to the struggles of the people around us. Many times, because we never really know what goes on in other people's lives, we say hurtful things. Hurtful things that bring up the past. Hurtful things that trigger the people around us. You might be asking why I'm writing this. I just feel like it's something that I see every day, and if I can raise awareness through my blog, despite it not being well known, why not do it?
     The title of this is Society and Mental Health. When I say mental health, I am talking about one specific thing, and not necessarily mental health as a whole; I am talking ab…

Music as Literature: The Point of View of a Musician

Can we consider music to be literature? What is the difference between a novel, a poem, a rap, a song, an opera, and a symphony?

Well, first of all, what is music?

Music is a universal language. Music is something that connects people all over the world, regardless of whether you're the person in the studio or the person laying in bed with earbuds on. Music is art. Music is a form of expression. Literature is also art, and it's also a form of expression.       Many people might not consider music as literature because it doesn't use words. Pick any song on the radio, and find the lyrics to it. Every song (with lyrics) is a poem. The poems that we typically analyze and study in school are presented to us one way, and songs are poems presented in a different way- with sounds. With notes. Written music itself is a language; not everyone can read sheet music. Similarly, not everyone can read literature in Chinese or Russian or any other foreign language. Written music is a for…

UGH... I Mean... HELLO 2017!

Boop. How do I start this? I feel like I forgot how to blog. Goodness gracious.
I don't really know how I've grown as a person since January 2016. All I know is that I've gotten stronger, and if I get the courage, I may post something later this semester sharing my experiences with you. The Lesley from 2016 was very.... I don't even know.... different I guess. Different from everyone else, and I don't know if I mean that in a positive way. Right now, I feel even more different, but I'm sorta learning to accept that. I accept that I'm not like everyone else. I know that this year will be a tough one for me, but hopefully I'll learn from all those experiences and continue getting up even when life kicks me down. 
Sooooonnnnnggggg: I Can Only. by JoJo and Alessia Cara