Monday, December 31, 2012

Day ____ of Filming

I have lost track of how many days it has been.

Anyway, shooting went well.  Almost done!  Shot everything BUT the Laboratory scene and portions of Dirk's base.

This film is my best one yet!

2012 or 2013?

I just got used to writing 2012 and it is already turning 2013???  I hate having to do this every year.  With the new year comes new year resolutions!  You know, those lies everybody says they will carry out through the whole year and only end up doing it for a month.  Lovely times.

The New Year

In the Gregorian calendarNew Year's Eve (also Saint Silvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drinkalcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend a watchnight service.[1] The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 (New Year's Day).
Island nations of Kiribati andSamoa are the first to welcome the New Year while Honolulu,Hawaii is among the last places to welcome the New Year.[2]

(Curtsy of Wikipedia)

Quote of the Day Dec. 31

Write it on your hear that every day is the best day in the year.   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year Coming Up

Can't believe it is already going to be 2013!  Seemed like 2012 went by so fast!  Yet was is passing by faster than all of this is my last year at Righetti.  Seems like just yesterday that we were first seniors and they day before that we were freshman.  High school is in hyper drive mode at the moment and there is no stopping it.

Quote of the Day Dec. 28

Life is to be entered upon with courage.   -Alexis de Tocqueville

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Collab. Working Group Update

Got everything planned to engage the last two days of filming.  Should and will come out great!  Prepare for the awesomeness!  This is my heyday! (Preston would be proud)

Quote of the Day Dec. 27

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.   -Thecydides

Quote of the Day Dec. 26

Light is the symbol of truth.   -James Russel Lowell

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Collab. Group

The video is about half done with everything edited so far.  Just need a couple more scenes and we are good to go! Woo!

The Legend of Christmas

Christmas (Old English:Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ'sMass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ[6][7] and a widely observedholiday, celebrated generally onDecember 25[3][4][5] by millions of peoplearound the world.[8][2]feast central to theChristian liturgical year, it closes theAdvent season and initiates the twelve days ofChristmastide.[9]Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations,[10][11][12] is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians,[1][13][14] and is an integral part of theChristmas and holiday season.
The precise year of Jesus' birth, which some historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown.[15][16] His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25,[17] a date later adopted in the East.[18][19]The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived,[20] as well as the date of celebration of the southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice), with a sun connection being possible because Christians consider Jesus to be the "Sun of righteousness" prophesied inMalachi 4:2.[20][21][22][23][24]
The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6, in connection with Epiphany, and that is still the date of the celebration for theArmenian Apostolic Church and in Armenia, where it is a public holiday. As of 2012, there is a difference of 13 days between the modern Gregorian calendarand the older Julian calendar. Those who continue to use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate December 25 and January 6 on what for the majority of the world is January 7 and January 19. For this reason, Ethiopia,RussiaUkraineSerbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and the Republic of Moldova celebrate Christmas on what in the Gregorian calendar is January 7; the Church of Greece and all Greek Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25.
The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-ChristianChristian, and secular themes and origins.[25] Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving,Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cardschurchcelebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas treesChristmas lightsnativity scenesgarlandswreaths,mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa ClausFather ChristmasSaint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore.[26]Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

(Curtsy of

Merry Christmas!

So we didn't all die...

Which means joy and love for everyone!

Merry Christmas!!!

Quote of the Day Dec. 25

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.   -Roy L. Smith

Quote of the Day Dec. 24

For it is in giving that we receive.   -Francis of Assisi

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Quote of the Day. Dec 23

On Earth there is no Heaven, but there are pieces of it.    -Jules Renard

Quote of the Day. Dec 22

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.  -Bertrand Russell

Are we Dead?

I spent the end of the world ridding roller coasters with my brother and his friend.  Was there any better way to spend it???

P.S.  How does it feel being dead?

Quote of the Day. Dec 21

In art as in love, instinct is enough.   -Anatole France

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The End is Near

A little more than 12 hours....Good Night!

Day 4 of Filming

We finished all the outside shots today.  Just need Dirk's Base and the Laboratory shots.  Looking great and I am very happy with the turn out.

Quote of the Day December 20

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.   -Robert A. Heinlein

48 Hours or Less

Less than 48 hours to the so called end.  How are you spending it?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

End of the World?

So... End of the world in less than two days.... It is so much fun blowing this out of proportion

Day 3 of "Filming"

Didn't film today.  Instead, full day of editing.  Looks great, feels great.  A lot of stuff I have been wanting to try are going into this film.  I am very happy of how this is turning out.

Quote of the Day Dec. 19

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.   -Andre Maurois

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Time Awareness

It has only been 4 days since school... I have lost all sense of time and days of the week.  Twice today I found myself thinking it was already Friday.  I am going to be so messed up in 3 weeks...

Day 2 of Filming

Better.  People had to leave early for other obligations but other than that we got a lot of stuff done.  I'd say about 40% - 50% of the video is done!  ^_^

Quote of the Day Dec. 18

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.   -Euripides

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 1 of Filming

Day 1....horrible....Only person that showed up was Conor MacNamara...We got stuff done, no worries..but...just...ehhh...Seniors suck...

Quote of the Day Dec. 17

Kiss me and you will see how important I am.   -Sylvia Plath

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 16

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.   -John C. Maxwell

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Preston's Mix

Here is the link to download the audio files of our Final Project.  Our musical was hilarious!

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces World’s Tallest and Fastest Looping Coaster for 2013

Theme Park Firmly Holds Coveted World Record of More Coasters than Any Other Theme Park on the Planet!

August 30, 2012

Six Flags Magic Mountain today announced another world-record addition to their coaster dynasty with FULL THROTTLE, the world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster slated for the Valencia theme park in 2013.  Unlike traditional coasters, this unique, one-of-a-kind triple launch coaster will take the coaster experience to the next generation as riders face a never-been-done-before launch up and over a “Top Hat” that traces the outside of a world-record loop, towering 160 feet — plus a zero to 70 miles-per-hour acceleration on two forward launches and one backward launch into and out of a special effects tunnel. FULL THROTTLE will be located near the front of the park in a newly themed five-acre section where guests will experience high-energy thrills through fast-paced imagery, sound and lights. With this addition, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Thrill Capital of the World, firmly holds the coveted “Coaster Capital of the World” crown — with a total of 18 roller coasters — more than any other theme park on the planet.

“Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in next generation thrills.  And, bar none, Six Flags Magic Mountain leads the pack, offering the biggest and the best … always,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain park president. “As we mark our 42nd anniversary of operation, we’re ready to take Southern California by storm, yet again, with the most comprehensive collection of thrilling roller coasters anywhere in the world.”

To begin their journey through the park’s distinct mountainous terrain, riders are loaded onto sleek black and silver trains, sitting two abreast, and are suddenly accelerated from zero to 70 miles-per-hour in the first of three launches, experiencing their first inversion and thrill of navigating a world-record 160-foot tall loop. Riders then enter into a high-banked curve to the right and then to the left as they approach the second inversion — a Dive Loop that drops them rapidly into a special-effects tunnel. While in the tunnel, the train is dramatically decelerated and stopped, only to be suddenly launched backward up to the high point of the Dive Loop. After a momentary pause, the train drops and is magnetically launched a third time, racing out of the tunnel and through a high G-turn to the left. Riders then race up and over a “Top Hat” that traces the outside of the World Record loop, where riders will experience significant air time and a breath-taking view of the park before dropping back down, rapidly decelerating and taking the final 180-degree turn to the left and returning to the station where riders can catch their breath.

FULL THROTTLE is the perfect addition to the park’s coaster collection, joining other adrenaline-pumping coasters, including Tatsu — the tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster in the world, X2 — the world’s first and only 5th dimensional coaster, Apocalypse — the next generation of wooden coasters and Goliath — the “giant among giants” mega coaster.

I'm so excited for this!

Quote of the Day Dec. 15

A friend is a gift you give yourself.   -Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Preston Meme

So I made this....I don't know whether this is good or bad....


The last repetitive date till the next century!  Today it was December 12, 2012.  To be even more exact.  It was also 12:12 and 12 seconds.  SIX twelves; That's right, SIX.  This happened during the third period final today.  I feel amazing.

Quote of the Day Dec. 12

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.   -James M. Barrie

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fall Semester Reflection

1. I hardly ever read my colleagues' work.   The only time I ever do is when you tell us to.  (Assign it more often; It makes it something I have to do if it is homework) Everybody does the work in a unique way and that reflects our own personal ideas.

2. If we didn't have blogs, we wouldn't be out there.  By "there" I mean the world.  These blogs allow us to make history.  This is the first class of its type.  If the blog disappeared tomorrow, I feel that the course would fall apart because we depend on the blog as much as the blog depends on us.

3. Not really.  I would do the work to the same standard as I have always done my work.  All my work is similar and completed in the same fashion.

4. It has changed a bunch.  Much of the course has moved from being in the classroom to the interwebz.  Our learning has expanded from a 50 min. period to whenever we are on the blogs in addition to regular course material.

5. We are the future! We lead the world into technology applied in a classroom setting.  I feel AMAZING!

6. They think we cheat, we don't work as hard, that we even go as far as not learning the material.  The thing is that we do learn everything and more.  We push ourselves harder than the normal high school senior.

7. IF the response is negative, we ignore it or use it to push ourselves.  If the response is positive  we use it to pat ourselves on the back and say good job.

Script Paradise

I have been procrastinating...a lot...on the script for the Package Movie (My Collaboration Group).  I CAN guarantee that it will be done by the end of this week thought.  IT'S A PROMISE!

Preston's Merry Musical

Our final for this class.  Was hilarious in class.  ENJOY!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 11

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.   -Joseph Joubert

Quote of the Day Dec. 10

May you live all the days of your life.   -Jonathan Swift

Quote of the Day Dec. 9

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.   -Indira Gandhi


Sorry about the over abundance of quotes of the day and the shortage of other material.  As soon as Finals pass I promise to post more interesting items to this blog.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 6

Character is power.   -Booker T. Washington

Quote of the Day Dec. 5

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.   -Pierre Teilhad de Chardin

Quote of the Day Dec. 4

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.   -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Delayed Posts

Sorry about me not posting as often... I have been working hard on the final for this class... I will try to catch up with posts in the next few days

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 3

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.   -Louis L'Amour

Vocab Disaster

Why would I procrastinate on such a big part of the class?  Why would I work on my final project instead of study vocab?  Why am I like this?  What do I deserve on tomorrow's test?  I'd say an F but we will see....we will see....

P.S. I finished the music for the musical!!! Yay!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

End of the Semester

Can you believe it?  The end of the semester is almost here!  2 more weeks and we are home free for Winter Break.  This semester went by fast...Faster than any of the previous years of schooling.  Senior year..I can't believe I am half done with it already....

Quote of the Day Dec. 2

Beauty in things exists in the mid which contemplates them.  -David Hume


Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?  Seems like yesterday was last year's Christmas.   Time flies...

Righetti's First Annual Farmers Market

Today makes the beginning of a new tradition.  The Film and Legend clubs came together to put on a Farmers Market right here on campus.  We found vendors and other people willing to sell items.  We got produce donated by the local farms.  We had a live band and other performers throughout the day.  All in all, everything went very smoothly and the Film/Legend clubs alone made around $2,000.  I hope someone next year decides to continue the tradition!

Quote of the Day Dec. 1

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.   For, indeed, that's all who ever have.   -Margaret Mead

The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.   -George Santayana

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.   -Oscar Wilde

An artist's career always begins tomorrow.   -James Whistler

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.   -Edward Abbey

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.   Therefore, I have to beat somebody.   -Richard M. Nixon

Quote of the Day Nov. 30

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.   -John W. Gardner

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lit Analysis Great Expectations

Like I have said in the past,  I feel like I will never come away from a book like I have met a person
1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read, and explain how the narrative fulfills the author's purpose (based on your well-informed interpretation of same).
The story starts off with Pip, a 6-year-old who lives with his sister and her husband.  One day, he meets a convict, steals food to feed him, and lets him go.  He is soon invited to play with a rich woman's adopted daughter and falls in love with her.  Years later, he is well on his way to becoming a gentleman (Expectation One).  Pip now lives in London and has a huge dept against him.  One day, he gets 500 pounds from a mysterious benefactor (Who later reveals himself to be the convict) [Expectation Two].    Pip tries to help the convict escape but they are caught.  The convict dies and Pip becomes ill.  An old friend nurses him back to health.  Pip decides to go visit the rich woman's house ruins.  There is Estelle, rich, beautiful, and looking for love.  They live happily ever after.  A definite fulfillment of the author's purpose.
2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
The theme of Great Expectations is Hopes/Dreams.  Pip, from the beginning  wanted to have a happy life with Estelle.  He wanted everything to happen perfectly.
3. Describe the author's tone. Include a minimum of three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
Dark and Gloomy.
-Always fog around
-Plants in the garden are dead
-Everything is told from a sort of dark point of view4. Describe a minimum of ten literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthened your understanding of the author's purpose, the text's theme and/or your sense of the tone. For each, please include textual support to help illustrate the point for your readers. (Please include edition and page numbers for easy reference.)
1.Setting- The story takes place in England
2.Genre- Coming of age/realism
3.Narrator Point of View- Story told by Pip
4.Symbolism- Everything in Miss Havisham's garden is DEAD
5.Imagery-Shadows always pop up when Estelle is around
6.Mood- Dark and Gloomy
7.Tone- Same as the Mood
8.Writing Style- Always having a deeper meaning within the writing
9. Allegory- The whole story can be taken as a simple love story or of how a boy grew up in London; along with many other possibilities
10.Antagonist- Not a definitive antagonist; actually, there are several throughout the story CHARACTERIZATION 
1. Describe two examples of direct characterization and two examples of indirect characterization.  Why does the author use both approaches, and to what end (i.e., what is your lasting impression of the character as a result)?
There is NO direct characterization in the story, as it is narrated by Pip.  Every description of a character is told through Pip's eyes.  

2. Does the author's syntax and/or diction change when s/he focuses on character?  How?  Example(s)? 
The entire story is based on Pip so there are no character changes to take place.3. Is the protagonist static or dynamic?  Flat or round?  Explain.
The protagonist is static in my opinion.  Pip doesn't really change throughout the story.  He is, however, round.  He has many characteristics to work with.4. After reading the book did you come away feeling like you'd met a person or read a character?  Analyze one textual example that illustrates your reaction.
Like I have said in the past,  I feel like I will never come away from a book like I have met a person..

Hidden Notes???

Over the past couple days, colored letters in the journals have formed phrases semi-related to the class.

-Find The Jokers
-Collaboration is not Cheating.  Don't get left behind.
-Your Rewards are Waiting
-This life is your life.  Don't give up.  Somebody has found the path.  Yay Ashlie.

Where does he plan to go with is?

Quote of the Day Nov. 29

Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.   -Black Elk

Great Expectations Summary

-The story starts off with a 6-year-old boy named Pip
-He lives in the Britain with his sister and her Husband.  (His sister is a bit mean but Joe is really nice to him)
-One day, Pip meets an escaped convict.  He steals food from his sister so that the convict wouldn't starve. (Important later on)
-Miss Havisham, a rich old lady that lives in a mansion, invites Pip to come over.
-Once Pip gets there, he realizes that he was having a play date with Estelle, Miss Havisham's adopted daughter.
-Pip soon develops a crush on her. (a very BIG one)
-As soon as Pip is in his teen years, he begins a smithy apprenticeship to learn how to be a gentleman (Expectation One)
-Pip has a busy life in London.  His depts pile on and on.
-Estella is busy off becoming a lady and becoming more and more beautiful than ever.
-One day, Pip gets 500 pounds from a mysterious benefactor, who said he was soon to reveal himself.
-One night on Pip's 23rd birthday, a man approaches him.  Apparently, the mysterious benefactor was the convict Pip had helped. (Expectation Two)
-Since Abel Magwitch (the Convict) is here against the law, Pip decides to get him out of the country.  They decide to sneak into Germany.
-Right before the plan goes into effect, Pip sees Estella go and marry Pip's nemesis   The escape plan fails, and Magwitch is sentenced to death.
-Pip gets sick.  Pip's childhood friend, Joe, nurses him back to health.
-Pip decides to go ask Joe if he can marry his childhood friend, Biddy.  As Pip gets there, he is disappointed, as Joe and Biddy had just married.
-Pip moves to Cairo.
-Now working at a Shipping Company set up by his friend, he raises in the ranks.  After 11 years, Pip becomes a partner.  He sends money to Joe and Biddy, who have now had a kid named Pip as well.
-Pip decides to visit Miss Havisham's house one more time.  While there, he sees Estella.
-She was now single and has regretted throwing away the love of Pip.
-They get back together.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quote of the Day Nov. 27

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.   -Charles Lamb

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thinking Outside the Box (No Exit Step 4)

Plato and Sartre both have very unique methods of going about this topic.  Plato sees the limitation of thinking as slaves against a wall with nothing more to live about.  What you would look forward to would be a new crack in the wall.  Your reality is shadows casted by puppeteers  nothing more.  Their solution would be to stay still, do nothing, expect nothing.  Sartre addresses the same subject by using hell.  The characters just couldn't comprehend where they were.  A basically empty room doesn't give them much.  The three characters wouldn't have much of an escape either.  Their only option would to become friendly towards one another.  A massive cave in the middle of nowhere and hell are both uses of an extended metaphor, as both are extremely hard or impossible to come by.

No Exit Summary (Step 1 & 2)

-A scene from a drawing room with Second-Empire furniture
-3 couches reside inside as well as a bronze mantlepiece
-A man walks inside (Garcin) along with a valet
-Garcin questions the valet about the room, the rules of the place, and what was beyond the walls
-The valet leaves and immediately brings in another person, a woman by the name of Inez
-Inez is "tortured" when she sees that it is Garcin inside the room and not the woman she wanted (she's a lesbo)
-Inez and Garcin have tension right away, Inez has no interest in Garcin
-The valet brings yet another, Estelle
-Inez takes immediate interest in Estelle while Estelle takes immediate interest in Garcin
-Estelle is all about fashion, wanting everyone to notice her looks
-They begin to figure out that the three of them are in Hell
-The three of them reveal a little about their past life
-Garcin was a journalist in Rio that got shot for his ideas
-Inez was a postal worker
-Estelle was a poor girl who married a wealthy man and died of pneumonia
-After scenes back on Earth are shown, their real stories come out
-Garcin was an man-whore
-Estelle had an affair
-Inez lived with her cousin and his wife and ran away with the wife
-After this is revealed, they understand why they were put together
-Garcin tortures Inez, as she wants him to love her.  Estelle tortures Inez, as she wants to be with her.  And Inez tortures Garcin, as he wants Inez's approval
-The three don't know what to do, since sleep and nighttime don't exist in Hell, so they collapse onto the couches and stay on them for eternity.

1. Hell can be anywhere, anything, any time period for that matter.  My hell would be a white space, no walls, no ceiling, no nothing, extending indefinitely.  All I know is that hell would be horrible.
2.Ravenous sex?  ummmm....  yeah... Hell can be described as not enough of anything...
3.A teen's daily habits are almost hell as it stands.  Almost anyone can relate to having something seem like hell

Quote of the Day Nov. 26

Independence is happiness.   -Susan B. Anthony

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quote of the Day Nov. 25

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.   -Henry Miller

P.S. Christmas in one month :D

Lit Analysis The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

First off, all of Doctor Preston's previous students have read this.  I have not.  I didn't have Preston the first time around so I believe I am allowed to do this particular book for a Lit Analysis.

P.S. Also note that I returned the book already so I am unable to put down page numbers for any of the examples.  I can refer to the general areas of the story but that is about as specific as I can get.  sorry about that.

1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read, and explain how the narrative fulfills the author's purpose (based on your well-informed interpretation of same).
The story begins with a small boy named Amir.  He lived in a poor household with his father (Baba) and their 2 servants by the names of Ali and Hassan.  Ali and Hassan were father and son respectively   Both moms were gone, Amir's mom died in childbirth; Hassan's mom had run away.  Amir began to notice that Baba began to show more affection towards Hassan which, of course, made Amir jealous.  The two boys decided to join a kite fighting tournament (Amir saw this as the perfect opportunity to get his father back).  Amir wins it and tells Hassan to retrieve the defeated kite.  Hassan does but gets raped in the process.  Amir sees it happening but freezes up and doesn't know what to do.  Baba remains affectionate towards Hassan and Amir becomes very jealous.  Amir devises a plan to get them sent away and it works.  Pretty soon, a war starts up.  Baba and Amir travel to California but lose their wealth in the process.  Baba contracts cancer and arranges a marriage with a girl Amir had fallen in love with.  Baba dies and Amir is called back to Afghanistan by a guy named Rahim Khan.  Amir is informed that the Taliban had murdered Hassan and his wife and that their son was somewhere in Kabul (Also that Hassan was Amir's half brother).  Amir finds the kid and they begin talking about how much they have in common while watching kites fly in the air.  The author defiantly fulfils his purpose in this one.  He gets his point across in a relatively short novel.
2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
The theme of the novel is warfare.  The whole book is based around a war in Afghanistan, that is just the icing on the cake.  The conflict between Amir and Hassan, between Amir and Baba, and even between Amir and himself.  The whole book has conflict. 
3. Describe the author's tone. Include a minimum of three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
Tender:  Baba spending his life savings on Amir's wedding right before he dies.  Amir saving Sohrab to fix his sins against Hassan.

Ironic:  Baba betrayed his friend even though he talked about honor and principles.  Amir gets a scar on his lip just like Hassan.

4. Describe a minimum of ten literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthened your understanding of the author's purpose, the text's theme and/or your sense of the tone. For each, please include textual support to help illustrate the point for your readers. (Please include edition and page numbers for easy reference.)
1. Personification: "At parties, when all six-foot-five of him thundered into the room, attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun."
2. Metaphor: "Kites were the one paper-thin slice of intersection between those spheres"
3. Flashback: "Hassan and I used to climb the poplar trees in the driveway of my father's house and annoy our neighbors by reflecting sunlight into their homes with a shard of a mirror."
4. Simile: "Our apartment is built like a train, narrow in the front with rooms extending out to the back."
5. Foreshadowing: "Mama turns into a stork.  Keep them safe, she says, There's going to be a storm."
6.  Symbolism: The building of the kite shows the bond of friendship between Hassan and Amir.
7.  Atmosphere: A chronic tense atmosphere with very very few happy times
8. Suspense: Hassan feels sick when he believes he will never talk to Amir again.
9. Digressive Time: The changing of the subject often like the guilt of Amir towards Hassan
10: Progressive Time: The chronological order of the book.
1. Describe two examples of direct characterization and two examples of indirect characterization.  Why does the author use both approaches, and to what end (i.e., what is your lasting impression of the character as a result)?
Direct Characterization:
-The introduction of Hassan, Ali, Baba, and Amir are all direct characterization.

Indirect Characterization: 

- Rahim informing Amir about Hassan being his half brother.
- Could not find another example :(

The author uses direct characterization much more than indirect characterization.  I feel this a very good approach and left me with a lasting impression of them.

2. Does the author's syntax and/or diction change when s/he focuses on character?  How?  Example(s)?

The author's syntax/diction doesn't change because the focus doesn't change.  
3. Is the protagonist static or dynamic?  Flat or round?  Explain.
The protagonist is dynamic.  He goes from liking Hassan to hating Hassan to hating him once again.  Amir is also a flat character.  Not much to him in the sense that he is a kid from a poor family, can't really add to that.
4. After reading the book did you come away feeling like you'd met a person or read a character?  Analyze one textual example that illustrates your reaction.
As always, I feel like I will never walk away from a book like a met the person.  The book just doesn't do that to me. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Kite Runner Notes

The Early Years in Kabul
-Protagonist is Amir
-Lives in a poor household with his father(Baba) and 2 servants (Ali and Hassan)
-The two servants were father(Ali) and son(Hassan) as well.  Amir's mother had died in childbirth and the Hassan's mother had run off
-Many things create conflict in the household.  The two servants are from an ethnic minority while Amir's father likes Hassan more than his own son
-The two boys decide to join a kite fighting tournament (the kite strings are coated in tar and glass)
-Amir wins the tournament and Hassan chases down the defeated kite
-Hassan obtains it but runs into three guys (Wali, Kamal, and Assef).  Assef rapes Hassan while Kamal and Wali watch.  Amir doesn't know what to do and just stands there while watching the crime take place
-Both boys agree to not tell anyone about the incident
-Amir begins to feel guilty about it, especially when his father begins to feel even more affectionate towards Hassan
-Amir becomes very jealous and puts a wad of cash and a watch under Hassan's bed.  Baba is alerted to this and Hassan (feeling generous and not wanting Amir to get in trouble) confesses.  Hassan and Ali are sent away

The Freemont Years
-War hits Afghanistan
-Things get worse and worse.  Spies are everywhere
-Amir and Baba pack up, sneak across the border, and fly to California
-Everything is harder in California.  Amir tries very hard to make enough money for basic living
-Amir falls in love with a young girl(Soraya) at a flea market
-Baba works at a gas station for long hours
-His health begins to deteriorate and is found by Amir to be coughing up blood
-Now diagnosed with cancer, Baba arranges Amir's marriage with Soraya

Return to Kabul
-After Baba's death, one of his old friends(Rahim Khan) calls Amir.  He invites Amir to come back to Afghanistan saying that he can make things good again
-Rahim tells Amir that Hassan and Farzana(Hassan's wife) had moved back into Baba's old house.  The Taliban had came in and murdered Hassan and Farzana.  Their daughter was now in Kabul somewhere and needed saving.  Rahim also says that Hassan was Amir's half brother
-Sohrab isn't in the orphanage.  In fact, he is being held by a Talib official, who just so happens to be Assef.
-Amir and Assef have a fist fight and Sohrab uses a sling shot to blind Assef.  The two escape
-It is almost impossible for Amir to adopt Sohrab because the death of Hassan and Farzana was never recorded
-Amir tries to put him in an orphanage until the papers go through but Sohrab attempts suicide
-The novel ends with the two sitting at a park, watching kite fighting; now closer than ever

Quote of the Day Nov. 24

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.   -Christina Rossetti

Friday, November 23, 2012

Allegory of the Cave Sonnet

To start off, a sonnet is composed of 14 lines.  It has a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d-e-f-e-f-g-g spread out over 4 stanzas.

Burning with temperatures not near zero,
Prisoners against their reality,
The free escapes being their heroes,
Doubting any spirituality.

For lingering for time and time again,
Never to escape the deadly cave's hold,
This bland cave may very well seem inhumane,
The Prisoners fed nothing but old bread mold.

My light casting across all them old souls,
The shadows are all they will ever see,
Held in place; the chain is what controls,
Can't get out; even with the skeleton key.

While this may be their only form of life,
Their dreams come on to be extremely rife.

Yea...kinda sucks but I'm horrible at poetry

Black Friday

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many non-retail employers also observe this day as a holiday along with Thanksgiving, giving their employees the day off, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005,[1] although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate,[2] have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time.[3]
The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.[4][5] Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black".[4][6]
For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers (including Target, Kohls, Macy's, Best Buy, and Bealls[7]) opened at midnight for the first time.[8] In 2012, Walmart led several other retailers in announcing it would open its stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day,[9] prompting calls for a walkout among some workers.[10]

(Curtsy of

All I know is that by 7 am, the crowds were gone.  Most of the Mall had a lot of people, but not enough to inhibit shopping.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey Day

The original Thanksgiving appears to have been an offshoot of the harvest festivals, or harvest-home ceremonies, in England. During these ceremonies, people set aside days specifically for the purpose of thanking God for their plentiful harvest. There were also Thanksgiving harvest festivals in some European nations, such as the Erntedankfest in Germany, a tradition still continued today. 

It remains hotly debated where and when the first Thanksgiving actually came about. 

Thanksgiving is traditionally associated with the arrival of the Pilgrims. During the early 17th century, all religion in England was strictly dictated by the government, and all were required to conform to severe religious restrictions. Individual beliefs and independent ways to worship were forbidden, punishable by jailing, torture and even execution. Seeking escape from religious suppression, a group known as the Pilgrims departed England on the ship Mayflower

They arrived at Plymouth Rock in southeastern Massachusetts in December 1620, but due to native hostility, moved further along the coast to Cape Cod, where they were greeted more cordially. These Indians, the Wampanoag, helped the new colony to survive, by showing the colonists how to plant corn (maize) and how to catch alewives, a type of herring, to use as a fertilizer when growing pumpkins, beans, etc. Just under a year later, in 1621 and following a successful harvest, they celebrated their bounty as well as their new freedom with a huge feast - thus was Thanksgiving started. For this first harvest festival, lasting some three days, the colonists invited the Wampanoag people, to show their gratitude. It is believed that the natives also supplied much of the food, particularly venison. 

It is believed that the first "Day of Thanksgiving" actually occurred before the arrival of the Pilgrims. This festival was completely religious in nature, and did not involve any feasting. On 4 December 1619, a group of settlers from England arrived at Berkeley Plantation on the James River, now known as Charles City, Virginia. This group dedicated this day of their arrival as a Day of Thanksgiving to God. 

So it can be seen that, while the US celebrates Thanksgiving based on the Pilgrim festival, towns or countries called days of thanksgiving several years before that event. Those days were usually called to celebrate a specific event, rather than an ongoing celebration

It is even believed that the holiday occurred earlier: some sources say it was celebrated on 8 September 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. This story has its origins in the fact that Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles invited the Timucua Indians to a celebratory meal in St Augustine after a thanksgiving Mass celebrating his and his crew's safe arrival. This was the first recorded celebration of a meal specifically for thanksgiving. 

Other claims to the first Thanksgiving include:
  • The 1513 landing of Juan Ponce De Leon in Florida
  • Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's service of thanksgiving in the Texas Panhandle in 1541
  • Two other claims for thanksgiving observances in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 and 1610
  • There is a Canadian claim that the first thanksgiving was Martin Frobisher's 1576 thanksgiving on Baffin Island.

In 1863 Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday by President Lincoln. 
It was officially changed to the fourth Thursday in November when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president.

(Curtsy of

Quote of the Day Nov. 23

First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.   -Thomas Kempis

Quote of the Day Nov. 22

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.   -William Blake

Quote of the Day Nov. 21

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.   -Thomas Carlyle

Quote of the Day Nov. 20

If you really love someone and care about that person, you can survive many difficulties.   -Calvin Klein

Monday, November 19, 2012

Metaphor vs. Allegory

Metaphor's Definition

Allegory's Definition

The Difference

A Metaphor is an expression while an Allegory is a comparison.  An Allegory can be also known as an extended metaphor.  Allegories focus on the finer points of the topic and can be in a variety of arts.  Metaphors are generally seen in just literature.  A basic summary of what is found in the links above.

The Package Movie Collaborative Working Group

Follow us as we craft a short film from the ground up.  We go through the process of writing a script and coming together to create ideas.  Filming sometime over Winter Break.

Quote of the Day Nov. 19

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.   -Amelia Barr

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

1. According to Socrates, what does the Allegory of the Cave represent?
A prison house.  The fire is the sun to them as the prisoners are chained to a wall and have never seen the light of day.
2. What are the key elements in the imagery used in the allegory?
The key elements are the shadows.  All the prisoners ever see are shadows from objects and people in front of the flame.  The shadows are the prisoners' reality.
3. What are some things the allegory suggests about the process of enlightenment or education?
We are taught what we need to know and nothing else.  It is like we don't have our own opinion.  We must learn what is decided and we can't branch of from that.
4. What do the imagery of "shackles" and the "cave" suggest about the perspective of the cave dwellers or prisoners?
The prisoners can't see anything but the wall and shadows in front of them; their reality.  The cave dwellers are gods to the prisoners in theory.  They can make anything a reality through shadows.  The prisoners can't see anything so everything is a reality if it is a shadow in front of them.
5. In society today or in your own life, what sorts of things shackle the mind?
A lot of things shackle our mind, in fact, everything shackles our mind.  There is always something inhibiting our mind, whether it is the internet, a higher authority, or something as simple as a piece of paper.  Our minds can't see everything and never will.
6. Compare the perspective of the freed prisoner with the cave prisoners?
Freed prisoners get the whole picture.  They know what reality actually is, not just a bunch of shadows.  The freed prisoners know what actually creates the shadows and why they are created.  It is a whole new world to them.
7. According to the allegory, lack of clarity or intellectual confusion can occur in two distinct ways or contexts. What are they?
Confusion is when the freed prisoner comes up and tries to explain the reality that is real to the still tied up prisoners.  This puts doubt in their mind of what to believe, the new guy or the reality they had faced their whole life.
8. According to the allegory, how do cave prisoners get free? What does this suggest about intellectual freedom?
There are two possible ways to escape.  The prisoners can either have good fortune to help themselves somehow free themselves of their chains or tune into the already freed prisoners explain the world around them.  The "actual" reality.  All the prisoners can do is imagine what the world actually looks like.
9. The allegory presupposes that there is a distinction between appearances and reality. Do you agree? Why or why not?
There is a gargantuan gap between reality and appearances.  What you appear as can be as different from reality as you can make it.
10. If Socrates is incorrect in his assumption that there is a distinction between reality and appearances, what are the two alternative metaphysical assumptions?
I feel that Socrates is correct with his assumptions.  There is a distinction between the two.