Don't you hate it when you have to read a bad story for school? I remember we had to read Maniac Magee, which I hated and on top of that we had to watch the movie, and i dreaded every second of it. The main reason I hated reading it was because it had an awful plot, about a kid who ran half way across a country and trie to fit in. It is just so weird, honestly when would that happen. I just could't get into it. I didn't find any educational purpose in reading it so i have no idea why we read it. Anyway, in the comments, write a book you had to read for school you didn't like and why you did not like it.
If any of you have ever been to Kohl's, you would know that they always show you that you save money. For example, if I got an item that was on sale for 10 dollars but got it for 5 dollars, it would say you saved 5 dollars. So on Black Friday, my mom dragged me to Khols's and we got a lot of stuff, yet on the receipt it said we saved 500 dollars even thought we only payed 60 dollars. I don't know how this happens, yet we saved 500 dollars. I do t know how this happens, yet they probably mark the prices up and then bring back down. Has something like this ever happened to you?
I remember when I was five, sitting around my table, having Thanksgiving lunch. It was nice, getting to sit with your family and enjoy a meal together. I remember my grandfather stayed away from most of the food because he is not as adventurous with foods as my grandmother who like trying new foods. Back then, Thanksgiving was nice and all but now Thanksgiving has become a holiday, where you get to buy things for cheap. This pretty much get rid of the whole purpose of Thanksgiving and makes it something different. It's really annoying seeing all these Black Friday commercials. Even thought it is nice to get things when they are cheeper, this completely ruins Thanksgiving. I honestly don't like Black Friday since advertisement uses Thanksgiving, which is a holiday meant for giving thanks and family, and they use it as a tool for advertisement. Anyway, these are just my thoughts, and I would like to hear your so please post your thoughts in the comments. Thanks.
If you don't want to read the whole article in the link below, I can summarize it for you. Basically, a space probe named "Voyager 2" flew by Uranus in January 1986, and took 1,600 pictures of Uranus's atmosphere and what it looked like. The probe, Voyager 2 has equipment from the 1980's and our computers are much stronger than computers from the 80's so we at first could not look at the pictures until a astrologer Erich Karkoschka of the University of Arizona was able to look at the images. What he found was that Uranus's atmosphere was made up of rings of gas that created different colors, and almost look like a rainbow, yet in a circle. Basically all I am saying is that Uranus looks different that what we could se with the Hubble Telescope.This was just a short overview of the article, if you want to read more, click on the link button below:
Tomorrow, I have an interview at BB&N, and I am not as nervous as I would usually be for an interview. I have already had an interview and tour of BB&N and I know the director of admissions really likes me so I feel more comfortable getting interviews there than going to some other school I have never been too before. I already have all my questions and other important things I need for the tour and interview, and I am feeling really prepared for my interview. What's nice is that I am ready for the interview and I am feeling confident about going for the interview, and I am not as nervous as I would normally be. Anyway, I feel confident about my interview and I am ready for it, and that all I can ask for.
Class Section 1
Walden Literary Analysis
“Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world” (Thoreau, pg. 58)
Everyone treats philanthropy as a big deal. In Walden, by Henry David Thoreau; Thoreau states his options on philanthropy quite bluntly bluntly. Most people think that the best way to be philanthropic is to give money, and think they are doing good, yet they do this just to indulge themselves. Thoreau think this is philanthropies biggest downfall. Thoreau belives that people donate money, just to feel good about themselves, but Threau disagrees with this. He belives that it is better to give the poor something other than money that they need, like a roof over there head or a blanket to keep them warm. Thoreau, actually invited some homeless people to come live with them, but they decided to stay homeless and live out on the street sicne they were already getting food, and they possibly did not desire to not live like Thoreau. Thoreau belives the best way to be philanthropic is not to give them money, but to teach them how to live on there own, and he recongnizes only a few people relizes this.
What Thoreau is trying to say is that to many people belive that giving money is the best thing to do, but people like Thoreau are “striking at the root”. They are trying to help the poor in the right way and Thoreau belives that the reason the people donate money, is to get rid of their misery, by making themselves feel good about helping the poor. Thoreau is very right when he talks about philanthropy in my perpsective. This chapter does not mean Thoreau thinks of philanthropy as useless thing or a waist of time, Thoreau see's philanthropy as a good thing, but only if you do certain things like not giving money to the poor,but instead help them out by giving something they actually need like a blanket or a roof over there head. I personaly agree with what Thoreau thinks about philanthropy. Thoreau normally has many thoughts on the world, and I sometimes cannot agree with them, yet I can agree with his thought about philanthropy and being philinthropic with no doubt about it.
Literary Paragraph 2
“As with our colleges, so with a hundred "modern improvements"; there is an illusion about them; there is not always a positive advance…”(Thoreau, pg. 40)
Being lectured is not the best way to be educated. In Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, he thinks of education as a good thing, only when taught right. Thoreau believes that education is a good thing for people, but he clearly disagree with going to college and learn about a subject, like navigation. Thoreau believes that it is much wiser to instead go learn how to sail than being told how to sail. In the book, Thoreau talks about how he believes that it is much better to go out into the world and learn how to do something, and you will gain more experience this way, than going to a college and learning about how to do something, without actually doing it. He states that:
“To my astonishment I was informed on leaving college that I had studied navigation!—why, if I had taken one turn down the harbor I should have known more about it.”(Thoreau, pg.40)
Here Thoreau is emphasizing the importance of education and how you have control over your education ; he is telling us it is better to go out and learn things on our own, and he uses an exampleto emphasize that he could have learned more about navigation if he went to the harbor. Everyone has the ability to take control over their education, someone could easily drop out of school, and still end up fine, because they would take control of their education and learn something from someone instead of getting lectured on it, and not getting to do hands on work. “Thoreau explains that he thinks students should not play life or merely study life, but should LIVE it through experimentation. Thoreau believes attending school in not the way to obtain true wisdom....”-Unknown. In my own opinion, the worst way to get educated is to be lectured, and Thoreau would agree with this. The best way to learn is to actually do it at make mistakes, instead of getting lectured on how something is done, because with out actually doing something, you can't expect to do something perfect the first time.
I never hoped it would be coming agian, but I knew it was envitble. The SSAT is upon us, and like last year, we have to waste money to get our minds twisted and destroyed on this one usless test. It does not good for the world, but only brings misery upon us. As you would see from the intro that the time for SSAT's has come around again and there is no escaping.
Alright now, as you can see from the intro absolutely hate the SSAT's and think they are completely pointless for some reasons. 1. Students who get tutored by someone have a unfair advatage against people who cannot afford it because getting tuttored for the SSAT is very expensive and for people who cannot afford it, they have to do the studying on thier own, and it's like your paying money to do better on the SSAT. In my oppinion it's unfiar. 2. You have to pay money to take this test, and it does not garuntee you will get into the school you want. You are paying money to get a chance at getting into a school and if you don't do very well, you won't make it into some schools. Overall, I looks at the SSAT as a test that you have to have money to take the test, and sometimes money to get tutored on and also its a chacne that you might be lucky enought to get into a school.
Finally, I would like to say, even if you don't get a good score on the SSAT, it fine. It's a small peice of your life, and you still have a long life ahead of you. So don't worry, youl be fine. This one test won't ruin you whole life.
Below is a podcast about how a organization is fighting for a Chimpanzee named Tommy, and how they are trying to free him and try to fight for Chimpanzees qualify for human legal hood. Basically, they are trying to get Chimpanzees to be humans under the law. The apes will take over the world. This is just the beginning, sooner or later the apes will enslave us and we will be forced to create Banana land, with houses made of bananas and everything is made of bananas. You might think I am crazy, but you wait and see, oh you wait and see. (PS:Please stop by at Elliot's and Lucas's blog, this was a combination of is.)
Already, I know that this part of the introduction was much easier to read than the "Economy" part of the introduction. For the first reason, it was simplify shorter to read and it was more interesting to me to read what we as human beings need to live and thrive. He believes that we need "....Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel...". With what he said, I can agree with. We need food to live and get energy, shelter to protect us from the rain and snow, clothing to keep us warm and to protect ourselves, and finally fuel. I don't know what Thearou is saying when he is talking about fuel. At first I thought it was food, but he already states food. I thought it could be gasoline, until I realized car's where not around at that time yet. This got me confused when reading this and still does as I write this at this very moment. The thing with Thearou is that it tires my mind out in a way to say it. It keeps me thinking what he is trying to say, and I kind of like it since it makes me thing in different ways to try and figure it out.
Probably my favorite quote from this chapter is "There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers. Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live." What I think Thearou is saying is that their is people who are supposed to be professors of philosophy but, they do not do what a philosopher used to do, which was try to answer questions. He is saying that philosophers are not like what they used to be, and are not as good as the previous philosophers. The second half of the quotes confuses me. I don't now the message Thearou is trying to send, and this is what makes Thearou's writing interesting since you have to find out what he is trying to say and once you figure it out, it makes perfect sense.
At the end of this chunk of the introduction, Thearou talks about how Walden Pond is a good place for business because of the railroad and the ice, but also since it's in a safe location. He says that Walden Pond will never become like the Neva river and flood severely and destroy everything, but that Walden Pond is a safe place because it is stable and it will never flood dangerously high and destroy everything around it.
This chapter was easier to read than the last, yet it was shorter and not as enjoyable as the last part because it was not as long and did not have as much content than the previous chunk.