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Music is My Sport

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I'm a musician.

If people ask me what I am, I tell them I'm a musician. If people ask me what my passion is, I say music.

A lot of people that know me know this. They know me as this sick lead trumpet player, or this sick guitarist, or this sick clarinetist.... you name it. However, they don't really know why I invest so much time and effort into music. So, here's my relationship with music.

Growing up as a kid, I'd wake up to the sound of MTV. And occasionally, I'd hear my dad blast rock music in my grandma's house at 5 AM before going to work. We lived in a pretty crowded house; my grandma, great grandma, great grandpa, mom, and dad lived under one roof. Not gonna lie, it was a shitty house. But it was home to some of my most vivid and happy memories.

My mom would always tell me stories about how I'd sit up in my crib, dancing to Britney Spears. My dad was a big rock fan, so I'd listen to Sum 41, Blink-182... bands like that. All I did as a kid wa…

More Fahrenheit 451 Questions I Should Be Able to Answer

I'm tired, to be honest, so I'm going to answer these questions for part 2 of Fahrenheit 451 and crash out :))))))))))

Questions for Part 2:

1. In the scene where Mildred and Montag read books together, what are their separate reactions?
     Mildred is just scared, really. She doesn't want the firefighters to burn everything in their house, because that means no more parlor. Montag just wants Mildred to understand why he has the books.
2. What is the effect throughout sections I and II, of the bombers flying over?
     It creates a sense of fear. People are fearing war, similar to how Montag fears anyone finding out about the books he has.
3. Who is Professor Faber?
     Ye ol' dude Montag encounters at a park, I believe. They both read books illegally.
4. Montag’s reaction to the commercial on the subway is a turning point in his life. How does he react and why?
     He just gets really angry, because I think now he realizes how much attention society is paying to th…

Beauty Behind the Madness: Get to Know Me!

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So, I realize that many people who read this blog don't know much about me... so I figured why not change that? I'm currently looking up questions online, so y'all can get a better sense of who I am.

Alright? Let's fucking do this.

Here's the link to the blog post containing the questions I'm about to answer. I didn't read over any of the questions, so this should be interesting...

1. What's your best friend's name?
This is so unfair because I have so many best friends. To name off a few, Cayla, Vincent, and my sister Fatima.

2. Who would you throw into the Bermuda Triangle?
Myself, just to see what it's like :p

3. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Open, because then I don't have to worry about spending energy opening them in the morning.


4. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
No? I only use quality shit on my hair. *flips hair*

5. Have you ever stolen a street sign?
No, but that's on my bucket…

My San Francisco Trip

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS

So, as some of you may know, I went to San Francisco a couple days ago. I was there for two days- Wednesday and Thursday. And I must say, it was pretty fucking lit.

Shameless plug, but I have pictures from the trip on my Instagram. Y'all should check it out.

I'll split the trip up into three paragraphs: the city itself, the colleges I visited (I went on an AVID trip), and my overall experience with my classmates.

THE CITY
Two words: holy shit. San Francisco is a LOT bigger than I thought it'd be. It's also a lot more beautiful. One thing I immediately noticed is that San Fran is just a melting pot of different cultures. It shows in just about every aspect of the city; it shows in the graffiti and murals (which I thought was stunning), the different stores, the food... everything. It's its own world. There's so much to see and do, and I think that going for only two days is not enough to experience everything San Francisco has to offer.
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Issues with the School System

This blog post is based off a conversation I had with my best friend yesterday while I was at Stanford (more on that in another blog post).

The school system is wrong in more ways than one. However, we are so accustomed to this system that many students don't even notice it. We are all trying to climb this mountain of success, and we believe there is only one way to do it. We all need that perfect GPA and those perfect test scores. Those numbers and letters define us and how smart we are.

And there's the first flaw. Numbers and letters don't define us or our intelligence. Every teacher has his/her own way of grading stuff, and often times, students know how they do it. I'll use my math grade as an example. I currently have a C+. However, I know that I understand what is taught. I know that I can successfully tutor someone who is struggling with the class. The only reason that I have the grade I have is because group tests bring me down. But group tests don't measur…

Fahrenheit 451: Questions I Should Be Able to Answer

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DP posted some comprehension type questions on the blog, which I am required to answer. I haven't looked at the questions yet, so let's see how I perform. Here are the questions:

1.The novel Fahrenheit 451 begins: “It was a pleasure to burn.” Why does Ray Bradbury start the novel in this way? Why might it be more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them?
2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?
3. Discuss the difference between Montag and Clarisse’s lives.
4. Montag’s television includes headphones called “seashells.”  The “wall to wall circuit” allows Mildred to enter the “play” and, therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within the novel compare to our current technology? In the first pages of the novel, does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife, Mildred? Why or why not?
5. Why does the narrator introduce us to Montag at this time of his life, when he encounters Clarisse and confronts Mildred’s ove…

Fahrenheit 451 Reaction So Far (My 100th Post!)

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WOOOO 100TH POST YEAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, good morning :p

It's 6:25 PM right now, but good morning :p

So, today was the college thingy in the gym and I'm genuinely so glad I didn't go because I got caught up on Fahrenheit 451 and I even read a bit ahead and LET ME TELL YOU; this shit is great.



Ray Bradbury makes reading fun. Everything flows and he describes things so well, I applaud him. As of right now, I'm on page 40 and I think this will become one of my favorite books. It's very entertaining and easy to read (this comes from someone who doesn't like to read).

Sooooonnnnnggggg: In My Mind by Maty Noyes (I'm obsessed with her right now)

Self Investments

I'm writing this with a smile on my face. Why? Because I just finished dancing for about an hour and I'm drinking Starbucks. This is my third post in one day, but I felt compelled to write this because this is something we as students forget.

LIFE DOESN'T REVOLVE AROUND GRADES. Grades are nothing but letters on a paper; they aren't a measurement of intelligence. It is important to realize that now before it's too late. We're young. Ain't nobody got time to be stressing about the little things in life like homework. It is important to set apart time to ourselves. As of right now, I haven't started my homework. I know I'll find a way to finish it, but I haven't started it yet because I wanted to dance. And I did. There is something very satisfying about setting apart time to do things you like to do. For the longest time, I let school take up a majority of my time. I would spend every waking hour thinking about my next exam, my next assignment... …

A Modernist Cookie?

In all honesty, I took inspiration from Prufrock. I couldn't write a short story, and poetry seemed like the next logical step. Here's a blurb I read during class that helped guide me; the blurb is from a page called Cliffs Notes.

"Modernist literature was a predominantly English genre of fiction writing, popular from roughly the 1910s into the 1960s. Modernist literature came into its own due to increasing industrialization and globalization. New technology and the horrifying events of both World Wars (but specifically World War I) made many people question the future of humanity: What was becoming of the world?
Writers reacted to this question by turning toward Modernist sentiments. Gone was the Romantic period that focused on nature and being. Modernist fiction spoke of the inner self and consciousness. Instead of progress, the Modernist writer saw a decline of civilization. Instead of new technology, the Modernist writer saw cold machinery and increased capitalism, wh…

And the Cookie Crumbled...

She was a flame in a world so cold Not wanting to know "what", but "how" and "why" A sailor traveling the world, with no direction in mind Only searching for something beyond the reach of her short arms And the cookie crumbled...
Beat down by the world she once admired, she beat on Still searching, however the sailor now questioned her place in the vast sea Her arms grew, but she slowly woke up from a dream And suddenly, her only desire seemed to be even more unattainable And the cookie crumbled...
She didn't have much more  Than a small boat that would take her wherever she wanted She was used to serene waves, but wasn't prepared for violent currents That would destroy the only thing she had A sailor lost at sea, she asked "Why is the world so cold?" And the cookie crumbled...
Time dragged on, time dragged on Her resilient heart had led her thus far But reality shut it up She was a sailor, unprepared Wanting, searching for something bey…

What I See in Literature: Prufrock

I am getting sick again, so R.I.P. me :)))))))

ANYWAY, let's talk literature. Specifically, Prufrock's poem "The Love Song"

Before I get into the examples of imagery, it is important to discuss the themes of the poem. One theme is death. Death shows up in one of my examples, but one thing I noticed while reading the poem is that the narrator is getting older and he's afraid of death. I almost feel like death is a bigger theme than love, which is sketchy because the poem is called "The LOVE Song"; I almost feel like Prufrock should've named it "The Death Song" or something.

Here are examples of imagery I found in the poem:
1. "When the evening is spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherized upon the table"- Clearly, this is a simile; Prufrock is comparing the evening to a patient. This sorta connects to death? If a patient is etherized, one can assume that a. the patient is in a lot of pain of some sort or will be in a lot …

Can We Watch the Movie?

Ya know, I have a love-hate relationship with movies based on books. Movies based on books have pros and cons... here are a few:

PROS
1. It gives the reader a better understanding of the book, especially the plot even if there are a few slight differences between the book and the movie.
2. If the book is written from a first-person perspective, watching the movie will allow you to experience the story from a third-person perspective, which is dope.
3. The movie takes the most important parts of the book and REMIXES them into something else. Most books take at least a week to read, but a movie lasts about two hours.
4. It's easier to see the setting and personalities of characters. It's hard to keep track of a whole story in your head, but actually seeing it on a screen helps.
5. For a lot of us, reading is challenging *RAISES HAND FRANTICALLY*, so watching the movie is more convenient.

CONS
1. With reading, everyone has a different perspective on the story and certain aspects …

The Great Gatsby: Essay 1/4

THE PROMPT
 The notion of the American dream figures prominently in this story.  How do readers define the American dream?  Moreover, is pursuing the American dream necessarily a good thing?

THE ESSAY
     Typically, when people think of the 'American dream', they think of working hard and achieving success. They think of going from rags to riches. Many characters live the American dream, such as Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy. However, I don't believe that pursuing the American dream is a good thing because living such a lavish life has consequences, something Fitzgerald clearly shows throughout The Great Gatsby.
     Money is something that as a culture, we see as important. Everything seems to revolve around money in one way or another. This leads me to the first con; sometimes, by making money seem so important, we don't see what's really important. A perfect example of this is Daisy Buchanan. Daisy fell in love with Gatsby when Gatsby wasn't a very wealthy man, an…