Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quote of the Day Feb. 28

Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring.   -Henry Miller

Study. Lit. Terms.

I'm such a crammer....when I decide to even study...

Tell-Tale Heart Progress

This is going to be my first really big film.  We have a mansion for crying out loud!  We well be partially building the set, with props being made.  Costumes also are in the process of being made.  Giant collab. between film students; going to be great!

Quote of the Day Feb. 27

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.   -Epictetus

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brave New World (II & III)

-Mr. Foster stayed in the Decanting Room
-Infant Nurseries
-Taught babies to not like education and nature (by shock treatment)
-Polish, French, and German are all dead languages
-Teenagers astonished by viviparous humans
-Hypnopaedia, first used officially in A.F. 214.  Why not before? Two reasons. (a)
-Elementary Sex...was a lesson?
-Children made to think they were better than the lower "caste"
-Children run around naked
-Polly Trotsky (May be important later)
-Humans don't seem to care about showing off their bodies as much as they do today
-It is normal to have more than one "lover"
-"Relationships" usually are 1 to 3 months
-People relate stunts in growth or stupidity with a process gone wrong while in the embryo stage
-Society based around the Ford, creator of the car.
-Conversation between Henery and Benard as well as between Lenina and Fanny

Tell-Tale Heart

I (along with 4 other film students) are going to shoot our version of Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.  It should be done within the next week or two if we get lucky.  We are trying to stick true to the story.

Quote of the Day Feb. 26

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.   -Arthur Conan Doyle

Monday, February 25, 2013


Personally, I feel like my video was the best.  haha  Who can beat writing an essay on a coaster?

More people need to do this.  Checking the blogs, I only found them on Christa's blog.

I feel like all our essays are going to be bad, considering we have 10 min. to write and a random prompt is thrown at us.  It is a very difficult way of writing.

The essays that were done came out good, all but mine, which was pretty much illegible.

Sphinx Challange

I drove to Magic Mountain thinking I was going to make Alex write an essay on a roller coaster.

I was wrong.

He had already written one so he turned it around and challenged me.  I was the one that had to write the essay on the coaster, which was, strangely, fun and new.

Quote of the Day Feb. 25

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.   -Blaise Pascal

Brave New World Reading Notes

Savages are offered two choices:
1. Insane life in the Utopia
2. Life of a primitave in an Indian village

Sacred to the memory of the World's Educators

Not about the advancment of science as such, but of the advancement of science as it affects human individuals

Makes references to WWII

You pays your money and you takes the choice

96 human beings are able to be made from one embryo


All children are made in a laboratory and are able to mature in about two years.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quote of the Day Feb. 24

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.   -W. Somerset Maugham


Oh the things that happen.   To expect the unexpected.  I challenged Alex to a Sphinx write and he reversed it and challenged me because he had already written an essay.  Video out soon.  SOOOOOOOO hard to write on a coaster.

Quote of the Day Feb. 23

Love is never lost.   If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.   -Washington Irving

Music Video

Shot a behind-the-scenes for Nik Koyama's new music video.  Should be out in a week or two depending on how fast I get through this footage.

Quote of the Day Feb. 22

Dang it, dang it, dang it.  -Agent Coleman

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Our Country's Debt

RankCountryExternal debt[2]
US dollars
DatePer capita[3][4][5][6]
US dollars
% of GDP[7][8][9]
1 United States16,506,210,900,0005 Feb 201352,170105
 European Union16,080,000,000,00030 June 201127,86485
2 United Kingdom9,836,000,000,00030 June 2011156,126390
3 France5,633,000,000,00030 June 201174,619182
4 Germany5,624,000,000,00030 June 201157,755142
5 Japan2,719,000,000,00030 June 201119,14845
6 Netherlands2,655,489,600,00030 June 2011226,503344
7 Spain2,570,000,000,00030 June 201118,26084
8 Italy2,460,000,000,00030 June 2012 est.36,841108
9 Ireland2,352,000,000,00030 September 201126,820108.2
10 Luxembourg[note 1]2,146,000,000,00030 June 20113,696,4673,443

We are so good at losing money...

First Quarter Review

1) I do say that I have done a tremendous amount of work this first grading period.  I have done all the assignments, on time for the most part, and have planned significant portions of my next collab. group/senior project/final film.  I have done absolutely no work on my big question but that is a simple fix, it would take me less than a day to figure it out.

2)My goals for next grading period are pretty simple.

  1. Get good grades
  2. Finish (or get close to finishing) next musical
  3. Edit at least 20 more videos
  4. Learn to let go (In a non-class related way)
3)Course content?  I still want to write the giant collaboration novel we talked about over winter break.  :)

Suicide Remake

The first one didn't make sense AT ALL if you didn't have any background knowledge on the story of it.  To fix this, I aim to remake it...COMPLETELY.  It is due for a contest in less than a week.


Quote of the Day Feb. 21

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.   -Edith Wharton

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Water Wise

A little water pep talk for you.  This is a PSA concernning the use of water in the Santa Barbara County.

Prevent Suicide

A PSA I just finished with some friends.  A little hard to follow but it gets the job done.

He wakes up in the future, looks back to the past, and fixes his present.

Hope this video actually helps people.


I am not going to do the regular "rate" other people's blogs.  I see no point in that other than just trying to put people down.  You plant a huge sign here saying that this person is failing and needs help.  A much more...secretive...manner would be a better approach.  I am choosing the top ten blogs that I visit the most.  I find them either more useful, creative, or entertaining than the other blogs.

In no particular order:
1.Beka Castillo
2.Kelli Griffith
3.Kasie Gurgiolo
4.Sarah Gutierrez
5.Will Veroski
6.Hayden Robel
7.Ryan Nguyen
8.Michelle Arriaga
9.E'Ana Bordon
10.Kathryn Greenup

Quote of the Day Feb. 20

What happens to a dream deferred?  Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?  Or does it explode?   -Langston Hughes


The Musical has officially started.  Although the plot is still changing, we have the first song recorded and ready for the accompaning music video.  Going to be great!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quote of the Day Feb. 19

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.   -Khalil Gibran

Lit Terms 109-End

Rising Action:  plot build up, caused by conflict and complications, advancement towards climax

Romanticism:  movement in western culture beginning in the eighteenth and peaking in the nineteenth century as a revolt against Classicism; imagination was valued over reason and fact

Satire:  ridicules or condemns the weakness and wrong doings of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general

Scansion:  the analysis of verse in terms of meter

Setting:  the time and place in which events in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem occur

Simile: a figure of speech comparing two essentially unlike things through the use of a specific word of comparison

Soliloquy: an extended speech, usually in a drama, delivered by a character alone on stage

Spiritual:  a folk song, usually religious theme

Speaker:  a narrator, the one speaking

Stereotype:  cliche, a simplified, standardized conception with a special meaning and appeal for members of a group; a formula story

Stream of Consciousness: the style of writing that attempts to imitate the natural flow of a character's thoughts, feelings, reflections, memories, and mental images, as the character experiences them
As you can see, the theoretical representation of the author's--oh wow, a butterfly!

Structure: the planned framework of a literary selection; its apparent organization
First will be the invitation.  Then the journey.  Then, the enlightenment.  Finally, there will be revelation.

Style: the manner of putting thoughts into words; a characteristic way of writing or speaking

Subordination: the couching of less important ideas in less important structures of language

Surrealism: a style of literature and painting that stresses the subconscious or the non-rational aspects of man's existence characterized by the juxtaposition of the bizarre and banal

Suspension of Disbelief: suspend not believing in order to enjoy it

Symbol: something which stands for something else, yet has a meaning of its own

Synesthesia: the use of one sense to convey the experience of another sense

Synecdoche: another form of name changing, in which a part stands for the whole

Syntax: the arrangement and grammatical relations of words in a sentence

Theme: main idea of the story; its message(s)

Thesis: a proposition for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or disproved; the main idea

Tone: the devices used to create the mood and atmosphere of a literary work; the author's perceived point of view

Tongue in Cheek: a type of humor in which the speaker feigns seriousness; aka "dry" or "dead pan"

Tragedy: in literature any composition with a somber theme carried to a disastrous conclusion; a fatal event; protagonist usually is heroic but tragically (fatally) flawed

Understatement: opposite of hyperbole; saying less than you mean for emphasis

Vernacular: everyday speech

Voice: the textual features, such as diction and sentence structures, that convey the writer's or speaker's persona

Zeitgeist: the feeling of a particular era in history

Monday, February 18, 2013

Quote of the Day Feb. 18

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.   -Lyndon B. Johnson

Ashes to Ashes; Love to Dust

My next video.   Shooting it Monday 2/18/13.  Which was today...awk     Anyway, got it done.  Now for the fun part, Editing!

Quote of the Day Feb. 17

Above our life we love a steadfast friend.   -Christopher Marlowe

I am Here

I started my S.M.A.R.T. goal Freshman year as my S.M.A.R.T. goal being cumulative.  I am continually adding to it and I feel like I will always be able to add to it.  Senior project is still in the planning stages.  Starting to look like a mix between a Collab. Group and my Senior project combined.  Big question is an easy one.  Simple enough, I just have to go out and build it.  My performance is everywhere.  My videos are easily accessed and my blog is what you are reading right now.

Quote of the Day Feb. 16

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.   -Honore de Balzac

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


So many little time...

Quote of the Day Feb. 13

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.   -Bertrand Russell

Vocab. Words 82-108

I find it easier just to put down the defenitions of the words instead of actually remixing them.  It takes less time and still gets the job down.  This way, I can actually fit it into my schedule.

Omniscient Point of View: knowing all things, usually the third person.

Onomatopoeia: use of a word whose sound in some degree imitates or suggests its

Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which two contradicting words or phrases are combined to produce a rhetorical effect by means of a concise paradox.
Pacing: rate of movement; tempo.

Parable: a story designed to convey some religious principle, moral lesson, or general truth.

Paradox: a statement apparently self-contradictory or absurd but really containing a possible truth; an opinion contrary to generally accepted ideas.

Parallelism: the principle in sentence structure that states elements of equal function should have equal form.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Microphone Incoming

New mic due to make an entrance tomorrow evening!  Musical production is a go

Quote of the Day Feb. 11

I don't have a girlfriend.  But I do know a woman who'd be mad at me for saying that.   -Mitch Hedberg


Coughing all day....what a wonderful Monday...Grateful for the three day weekend

Quote of the Day Feb. 10

Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.   -Keanu Reeves


I really, really, REALLY want to go skydiving.  Magic Mountain is simply not enough...

Quote of the Day Feb. 9

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.   -James Joyce

Musical Planning

The first part of the musical has changed.  New songs have come up.  This is getting better and better!

Quote of the Day Feb. 8

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.   -William E. Gladstone

Getting Sick...


Quote of the Day Feb. 7

Not to unlearn what you have learned it the most necessary kind of learning.   -Antisthenes

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Call to Read

Everybody should head on over to Alex Lane's Blog.  He is writing a story and needs more readers if he is going to continue.  Hopefully we can get a fan base started.

You can find his work here.

A Certain Microphone

She's beautiful.  I plan to get her pretty soon.  A great edition to my equipment.

Musical In Motion

Several more steps have come out of the free period we had today:

1) Basic plot down
2)Reinvented the lyrics to a couple songs
3)Tied it all back to either Open Source Learning, We are Superman, or the class as a whole
4) Beginning of the whole film planned
5)One mini music video planned out
6)Found a Studio Condenser Microphone to buy in the next week or two when I obtain the money from editing jobs I am currently doing

Progress, Progress, Progress

Quote of the Day Feb. 6

Genius is initiative on fire.   -Holbrook Jackson

Collab. Group 2.0

The second musical is already in the planning stage.  This one should be better all around as we are using bigger and better techniques.  It will be about double the length of the last one.  More info coming soon.

Quote of the Day Feb. 5

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.   -Patrick Henry

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lit. Analysis Spring Semester #1

Inheritance (Not on the AP Reading List.  A book that I read in the time being so why not.)

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 novel begins where the last one left off (4th book in the series).  Eragon was in the middle of taking capturing a city in the name of the Varden.  They continue to capture 3 more cities and head towards the final battle at Uru'baen.  Eragon feels he needs more strength so he flies on Saphira (his dragon) to the isle of Vroengard, where he finds ******** and ****** **** (major pieces of plot I am not willing to give away.  READ THE BOOK.  One of these items gives Eragon the strength needed to fight Galbatorix.  Battle ensues and Galbatorix is defeated.
I feel like this novel successfully fulfilled the author's purpose by finishing the Eragon series.

2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
Being able to adjust strategies based upon meditated evaluation.

A Dickens Life

Here are two Lit. Analyses written for the Dickens' novels we are studying:

Great Expectations

Tale of Two Cities
(Thanks Hayden)

Quote of the Day Feb. 4

When the sun is shining I can do anything;  no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.   -Wilma Rudolph

Allegory- A Vocab. Word Remix

I made a remix for the word Allegory.  Pretty cool, eh?

Lit Terms 56-81

Genre: a category or class of artistic endeavor having a particular form, technique, or content.

Gothic Tale: a style in literature characterized by gloomy settings, violent or qrotesque action, and a mood of decay, degeneration, and decadence.

Hyperbole: an exaggerated statement often used as a figure of speech or to prove a point.

Imagery: figures of speech or vivid description, conveying images through any of the senses.

Implication: a meaning or understanding that is to be arrive at by the reader  but that is not fully and explicitly stated by the author.

Incongruity: the deliberate joining of opposites or elements that are not appropriate to each other.

Inference: a judgement or conclusion based on evidence presented; the forming of an opinion which possesses some degree of probability according to facts already available.

Irony: a contrast or incongruity between what is said and what is meant, or what is expected to happen and what actually happens, or what is thought to be happening and what is actually happening.

Interior Monologue: a form of writing which represents the inner thoughts of a character; the recording of the internal, emotional experience of an individual; generally the reader is given the impression of overhearing the interior monologue.

Inversion: words out of order for emphasis.

Juxtaposition: the intentional placement of a word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph to contrast with another nearby.

Lyric: a poem having musical form and quality; a short outburst of the author's innermost thoughts and feelings.

Magical Realism: a genre developed in Latin America which juxtaposes the everyday with the marvelous or magical.

Metaphor: an analogy that compare two things imaginatively.

-extended: a metaphor that is extended or developed as far as the author wants to take it.

-controlling: a metaphor that runs throughout the piece of work.

mixed: a metaphor that ineffectively blends who or more analogies.

Metonymy: literally "name changing" a device of figurative language in which the name of an attribute or associated thing is substituted for the usual name for a thing.

Mode of discourse: argument, narration, description, and exposition.

Modernism: literary movement characterized by stylistic experimentation, rejection of tradition, interest in symbolism and psychology.

Monologue: an extended speech by a character in a play, short story, novel, or narrative poem.

Mood: the predominating atmosphere evoked by a literary piece.

Motif: a recurring feature (name, image, or phrase) in a piece of literature.

Myth: a story, often about immortals, and sometimes connected with religious rituals, that attempts to give meaning to the mysteries of the world.

Narrative: a story or description of events.

Narrator: one who narrates, or tells, a story.

Naturalism: extreme form of realism.

Novelette/Novella: short story; short prose narrative, often satirical.

Omniscient point of view: knowing all things, usually in third person.

Onomatopoeia: use of words whose sound in some degree imitates or suggests its meaning.

Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which two contradicting words or phrases are combined to produce a rhetorical effect by means of a concise paradox.

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Still no time to do a Lit. Analysis.   I'll try to get to it tomorrow after school.

Quote of the Day Feb. 3

The greatest test of courage on Earth is to bear Defeat without losing heart.   -Robert Green Ingersoll

Quote of the Day Feb. 2

Friendship may, and often does, form into love, but love never subsides into friendship.   -Lord Byrun

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Time Of My Life

Today was used as catch up for me.  I had fallen way behind on my journals due to a busy week so I used the extra time to finish them.  I got all of them done and got to turn in my journal on time!  Time well spent.

Free Play

Free Play last Wednesday was used for the planning of my next 3 C.W.G.  Not much work was done, just the basics were set.  I feel if we got free time next week, a lot more stuff would be getting done by me.

Quote of the Day Feb. 1

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.   -Alexander Graham Bell

It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.   -Claude Bernard

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.   -Bob Hope

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.   -Michelangelo

God, I an push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.   -Edna St. Vincent Millay

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.  -Yogi Berra

Quote of the Day Jan. 31

Just do what must be done.  This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.   -George Bernard Shaw

Tale of Two Cities Lecture Notes (Full)

Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities - Dr Tony Williams - Gresham College Lectures 
Actually, 3 cities:---->
London, Paris, and Manchester
Preface --> it had a close connection to Dickens himself
In 1857 Charles helped write a play called The Frozen Deep. This ended up having a close connection with To2Cs.
-Dickens later met the Turnons and fell in love with their daughter Ellen. 
Lucie is Ellen
-Sidney Carton: talented man who sacrifices himself for the woman he loved
----->Double sets of characters (double faces)
pnt of crisis 1857
-marriage was rough, Little Dorit had been published.
-he profited from public readings + became very popular
Jun 1858 was when he made it official that he had separated from his wife, starting journals that could be profited from
---Dickens was brought there as a boy
---he saw many unsettling sights
---he described the city as his magic lantern
---a city of extremes

Quote of the Day Jan. 30

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.   -Emily Dickinson