Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Formal Apology

Welcome is glad to be back.
I have had a league of absence this week due to multiple factors:
-Scholarship Essays
-Mountains of Homework
-A particularly bad hit of the flu
-A project due in my AP Gov. class

I know I have missed a couple quotes and the lit. analysis, but I intend to have them up this weekend when I catch up with all my work.

This has the first week of my life were I can legitimately say that I have felt stress...and a lot of it....

Sorry for the inconvenience
-Josh Montero

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tale of Two Cities Lecture Notes

Said by Tony Williams

  • 3 cities involved (Manchester)
  • 1857- Dickens assisted his friend in writing of the play, "The Frozen Deep"
  • Self-sacrificed is a plot line that transfers from "The Frozen Deep" to Tale of Two Cities
  • Many characters from "The Frozen Deep" are transferred over into Tale of Two Cities
  • Doubleness of character is a main point in writing Tale of Two Cities
  • In 1788, Dickens divorced his wife PUBLICLY
  • Many disturbing sights haunted him for years
  • Dickens wrote about London like a newspaper.  (there but disconnected)
  • London is a labyrinth
  • Paris made a HUGE impression on young Dickens
  • Paris was perfect in his eyes
  • At the end of Tale of Two Cities, Dickens wrote about the changes happening to Paris
  • Constantly drawn to the morgue
  • Traveled to Italy in 1844
Could not finish the notes due to the lecture being an hour long.  I have other homework due tomorrow and not enough time to do it at the moment.  I will get back to this tomorrow and finish the notes.  [Stopped at 17:46]

Quote of the Day Jan. 29

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.   -David Herbert Lawrence

Class Lecture Notes 1.29.13

Notes from today's lecture

What's the Story?

Charles Dickens wrote the story BECAUSE HE FELT LIKE IT!

On to more educational approach.  Charles Dickens wrote the story to show change, specifically how people can change.  How a man of evil and potentially a harbinger of death can change to show wealth and giving.

I came to this conclusion with, of course, the lecture for today.  It made me realize that cheating your way through something is not going to give you an analysis of any kind.

Notes will be posted in the next post (My evidence).

Monday, January 28, 2013

Alex in China

Don't Ask

Dickens Map

I chose to read Great Expectations because I didn't really read it the first time.  I kinda skimmed through it and spark noted the rest.  Now, as punishment, I feel like I have to create a really good remix for the novel.  That shall come at a later date.  I plan to read it in bits in pieces starting tonight and extending through the latter part of the week.  Over the weekend, I plan to read constantly...maybe...

Sunday, January 27, 2013


[Remix to come later]


A particular language spoken in a particular region, race, or social group.

A rationale or dialectic materialism based through on change through conflict or opposing forces.

Split between two opposing things.

One's style of speaking or writing.

How to Back Up Your Blog

Backing up your Blog:

1. Log into your Blogger dashboard and go to the blog you want to backup.
2. On the left sidebar, click “Settings.”
3. Under “Settings” is “Other.” Click that.
4. At the very top of the page is “Blog Tools.” Click “Export blog” and voila! You’ll have your posts and comments in an XML file format.

And now to back up your template:

1. In the dashboard of your site, look on the left sidebar and click “template."
2. On the upper right hand corner of the page is a button that says “Backup/restore.” Click that and then “Download full template.”

Quote of the Day Jan. 27

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.   -Eleanor Roosevelt

Quote of the Day Jan. 26

Age is an issue of mind over matter.   If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.   -Mark Twain

Quote of the Day Jan. 25

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.   -Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 24

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.   -Anne Frank

Graduating High School?

Then read this article.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

People are Weird

I was doing a scholarship essay when I hear someone trying to open the door.  Thankfully it was locked, because I stood up to find a man taking pictures of my house, car, everything....He was there, on my lawn, taking pictures.  He took a picture of my basketball hoop.  Who does that?  He then proceeded to walk to his car (Which had another guy by the way) and waited until a kid passed by my house.  He took MORE pictures and then the two of them just left.


300 posts....Is that a lot?  That is around 40 more than the course blog!  I feel special

Quote of the Day Jan. 23

The more one judges, the less one loves.  -Honore de Balzac

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 22

My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.   -Alfred Lord Tennyson

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lit. Terms 5-30


A comparison made between two things to show the similarities between them


A method in which a work or idea is separated into its parts, and those parts given rigorous and detailed scrutiny


A device or repetition in which a word or words are repeated at the beginning of two or more lines, phrases, clauses, or sentences


A very short story used to illustrate a point

Awkward Teenagers.....

How to Follow Someone's Blog

Since everyone is having trouble, here is a How-To.

Start with Blogger Homepage.

Go under your main blog till you find "Reading List".  It should have an add button.

Click on that and it will come up a box to put in the URL of the blog.  Copy and Paste from the Member Blogs list on Preston's page.

Make sure to have it so you are public and not anonymous.  These blogs, after they are added, will come up as a feed for you to look through.

Congrats.  You know how to follow now!  Go and follow ALL the blogs.

Quote of the Day Jan. 21

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.   -Saint Teresa of Avila

Acting Call

I have 4 videos to shoot before Feb. They have to be GOOD videos! Got to spend my time on them.

Two of them are for contests. The other two are for the Film Fest. One of the Film Fest videos will also double as my application for a Film Camp in Valencia, Ca.

I need actors...bad...

One contest has no need of actors what so ever. It is just a water saving PSA. [WaterWise PSA]

The other one is about preventing suicide. We have a slight idea of what to do but I would need a family (or a fake family that we put together). 
[Directing Change PSA]

The two PSAs have potential to be put on public television.

This film fest video will require all but two people to have masks on the ENTIRE video. Loosely based on this video by the same name.

The other one is a Time Travel love story. I would need two laboratory scientists. 
[Ashes to Ashes, Love to Dust]

Please let me know in a comment if you want to act.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Magic Mountain

I have a season pass to Magic Mountain.   That means I can go as many times I want with no entrance fee.  Now, whenever I go, I don't buy a single thing inside the park.  So Magic Mountain for free.  I go with friends around once or twice a month, that's a lot of gas right?  Gas => $$$.  If I drive, I am void from the $10 pitch in for gas.  I drive every single time.  Guess what that means?  I go to Magic Mountain for free, twice a freaking month.  That, I tell you, is amazing.

Quote of the Day Jan. 20

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.   -Douglas Adams

Quote of the Day Jan. 19

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.  -Abraham Lincoln

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 18

Time and tide wait for no man.   -Geoffrey Chaucer


Alone, Looking for Blossoms Along the River 
by Tu Fu
The sorrow of riverside blossoms inexplicable,
And nowhere to complain -- I've gone half crazy.
I look up our southern neighbor. But my friend in wine
Gone ten days drinking. I find only an empty bed.

A thick frenzy of blossoms shrouding the riverside,
I stroll, listing dangerously, in full fear of spring.
Poems, wine -- even this profusely driven, I endure.
Arrangements for this old, white-haired man can wait.

A deep river, two or three houses in bamboo quiet,
And such goings on: red blossoms glaring with white!
Among spring's vociferous glories, I too have my place:
With a lovely wine, bidding life's affairs bon voyage.

Looking east to Shao, its smoke filled with blossoms,
I admire that stately Po-hua wineshop even more.
To empty golden wine cups, calling such beautiful
Dancing girls to embroidered mats -- who could bear it?

East of the river, before Abbot Huang's grave,
Spring is a frail splendor among gentle breezes.
In this crush of peach blossoms opening ownerless,
Shall I treasure light reds, or treasure them dark?

At Madame Huang's house, blossoms fill the paths:
Thousands, tens of thousands haul the branches down.
And butterflies linger playfully -- an unbroken
Dance floating to songs orioles sing at their ease.

I don't so love blossoms I want to die. I'm afraid,
Once they are gone, of old age still more impetuous.
And they scatter gladly, by the branchful. Let's talk
Things over, little buds ---open delicately, sparingly.

Paraphrase:  A man walks along the river after he leaves his job.  He looks for blossoms and thinks of their beauty.  He doesn't want them to leave existence so he tells them to open delicately and sparingly.

Purpose:To let others know of the great beauty that nature holds.  After this is told, revision leaves the deeper purpose of family members.  Not wanting them to die, to blossom with old age.

Structure:  Stanzas of four lines each

Shift:  This poem doesn't really contain a shift.

Speaker:  The narrator is the man walking along the river bank.  (Fictional)

Spelling/Diction/Grammar:  There isn't really and words that are WAY out there.

Theme: Enlightening, inspirational

Tone:  Educational, lifting

Quote of the Day Jan. 17

Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.   -Horace Mann

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 16

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.   -Thomas Huxley

St. Crispian's Speech

After my utter failure in class, I was determined to show off with this video.  I also...failed in that.  So yea... Here is my video.

Grades [Updated as they are posted on Facebook]:
-Ryan gave me a B

Tuesday, January 15, 2013



Definition: A tale in prose or verse in which characters, actions, or settings represent abstract ideas or moral qualities; a story that uses symbols to make a point

Quote of the Day Jan. 15

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else.  Judge everyone and everything for yourself.   -Henry James

Quote of the Day Jan. 14

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.   -William Makepeace Thackeray

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Graduation is coming up fast.  As this is in the back of my mind, I begin to think of what to do after High school.  While doing this one day, I made a big realization.

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE LEAVING.  Every. Single. One.  They are all going to these big, fancy universities with all the new tech and then there is me.  Going to Hancock.  The school everyone beats up on.  Way to go Josh.


Preston didn't exactly update that post with a recap.   He did put up another post but that wasn't a very good template.  From what I understand, I just need to put my plan out there.

  1. Attend Hancock
    • Get general education out of the way
    • Take 3 or 4 more classes in film
  2. Transfer to CSU Northridge
    • Finish my film education
    • Make connections
  3. Start my own production company
    • Not a large one; enough to put out short films on a regular basis
    • Own all of the equipment I use
I chose what I did according to what I will have at my disposal and what type of income I imagine to have at those times.

What does this have to do with the Spring Semester you say?

Why, everything.  I have to start to slowly work my way towards my goals.  Get ready to step out of the comfort of my parents house and move on.  This isn't a test, it is the real thing.

Quote of the Day Jan. 13

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.   -George Orwell

Quote of the Day Jan. 12

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.   -Albert Ellis

Quote of the Day Jan. 11

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.   -Rene Descartes

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Hard drive

We found a new hard drive....Like not even bought it or something, it was sitting on my table.  It suddenly appeared.  I decided to put it in my computer (of course nothing on it) which makes my computer down for the moment.  Burning a Windows 7 disc as we speak to download on to it.  This may or may not screw with my posting tomorrow.


What does enlightenment look like in Siddhartha? Is it a feeling? An attitude?

Enlightement is the path in Siddhartha's eyes.  It shows him the way and leads him foward in tough times.  It is a feeling more than an attitude.  He has to follow his gut.

What purpose does self-denial serve in Siddhartha?

Self-denial moves Siddhartha foward.  He tells himself he can't accomplish the task ahead of him but his path of enlightenment proves otherwise.

Consider Siddhartha’s relationship with Govinda. How are they similar, and how are they different? What are the narrative functions of Govinda’s reappearance throughout the novel?

No Response

Discuss the ways Siddhartha attempts to attain spiritual enlightenment. Which approaches are successful?

Living on his own and walking the world is his single most powerful/ straight foward answer to spiritual enlightenment.  This was by far his most successful. 

What is the relationship between the internal and exterior worlds of Siddhartha? How does Siddhartha negotiate these worlds?
Siddhartha argues with himself a lot.  He seperates them into the real world and enlightenment but they could also be good vs. evil, bird vs. worm, fire vs. wood.  He creates a balance that will suit him on his journey


I definetly need to work on my analyzing skills.  Very hard for me to pick out and retain the details on a particular passage.

Quote of the Day Jan. 10

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.   -William Arthur Ward

The Package Revamped

Our Collab. Working Group video!  Not as good as I talked it up to be!

Now compare that to my first video I uploaded on Youtube. Such an improvement when you compare the two. That alone is enough to call that a success!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I was planning on finishing this video by tonight but seeing how much homework I have...yea...not happening.  Sorry guys.

Quote of the Day Jan. 9

Joy is not in things; it is in us.   -Richard Wagner

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dot Dot Dot

Alex Lane originally wanted to post this but I didn't think he was ever going to.

Back to School

Winter Break passed by fast.  I accomplished the one thing I wanted, to actually finish a film on time.  I usually let time get the better of me and my films take six months or longer.  I pride myself to say this one got done in 3 weeks!  New Record!  School now.  Ready to start up the craziness again.

The End of Filming

I am super excited!  Finished filming everything for the video and should be edited by the end of the week!  What I have already done is looking amazing!  I can't wait

Quote of the Day Jan. 8

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.   -E. M. Forster

Quote of the Day Jan. 7

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.   -William Blake

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 6

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.   -Winston Churchill

Quote of the Day Jan. 5

You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  -Andrew Jackson

Friday, January 4, 2013


Yeah....I feel cool.  I got some viewers in China.  That's what up.

Quote of the Day Jan. 4

Be like a postage stamp.   Stick to one thing until you get there.   -Josh Billings

Day 6 of "Filming"

No actually filming today.  Rather, editing took place.  I spent the day at Magic Mountain and then came home to start another day's editing.  I have about 10 min of the movie already done.  Getting closer and closer to completion, almost there!  #GoingForTheGold

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 5 of Filming

Everything went great except for the part where one actor couldn't make it.  That set us back to the point where I am unsure of making it by my Winter Break deadline.  Little worried but I'll be fine.

Quote of the Day Jan. 3

The only journey is the one within.   -Rainer Maria Rilke

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 2

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.   -Friedrich Nietzsche

What's In This For Me?

Back at school I would like to improve my writing.  I get off topic frequently and have a hard time answering prompts.  Pre-writes help me, but not to the point of "B"s and "A"s on everything.  I would also like to get vocab down pat.  I was barley surviving this first semester.  I wish I would force myself to inherit a better system for myself.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Quote of the Day Jan. 1

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.   -George Willioam Curtis

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.   -Henry Moore

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.   -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Winter makes a bridge between one year and another and, in this case, one century and the next.   -Andy Goldsworthy

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.   -Thornton Wilder

2013? Woah

Prepare to begin a new you.  The new year is a new start, kind of like recycling.  Thing is, people accept it as a new start, not just you.  New beginnings = new opportunities.