Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Duality of Ichabod

Tim Burton has a one of a kind mind. His interpretations of characters and the original characters he creates always have a quirky or dark side of them. In the Sleepy Hollow short story, Ichabod sings and is charming and gossips and his a sweet, selfless young man. Burton's interpretation is not really like this at all. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Ichabod is reserved, odd, lanky and mysterious. Both characters do seem kind-hearted, which makes them easy to like, which will make readers or viewers more emotionally attached to the story.  I personally prefer Burton's character simply because it's more interesting and captivating to watch someone who has intriguing features. I hope we finish the movie in class to see how Burton ends his movie and the evolution of the Ichabod character.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Print vs. Digital

Hannah and Dustin!
I can honestly say I think it's impossible to be fully on one side of the argument,  however I would say I'm 95% on Hannah's side. On one hand I agree with Dustin in that I do read a book once and, save a few of my favorite books, never read it again. In this way it seems a waste. However, if I decide I won't read the book again, I can donate it to a second hand store or a community outreach program, where my book will be put to good use. Or I can give it to my brother to read, or my parents. No matter what, eventually the book that I read once or twice and then kept on my shelf for the rest of my life will travel to someone or someplace else when I don't want it anymore.
When I was in Mexico traveling with my family, I met this girl my age at one of the hotels we stayed at. After a few days hanging out with her, my family was moving on to the next city in our itinerary. When I was saying bye to my new friend (I can't remember her name but we were friends at the time I promise...heh) and she asked if I had any books I was done with. Since we were doing a lot of driving on our trip I brought several books to fulfill my time in the car. I had read a few already so I gave her one of mine. At first I was hesitant because I did like the book and I wasn't super eager to give it away... but I did and for some reason it just made me feel good to know every time she saw the book she'd remember that girl who gave it to her on a vacation in Mexico.
Plus, I would 100% prefer to read a book in hard copy than on the internet. Reading digital copies of anything gives me a headache within minutes.
Also... books just look good on a shelf... my room feels so much fuller because of my book shelf in the corner. And, what if you're on an airplane and your kindle on which you were reading your book runs out of battery? You're screwed. Books don't run out of battery...
However I will say that we shouldn't be entirely in print. Print can be destroyed, whereas no matter what happens, something that is posted on the internet will be in cyberspace forever, ensuring it's immortality.
In conclusion, I take the side of print over digital. I think Hannah is right; it is a better, more enriching and more engaging experience to read a book in your hands printed on paper versus typeface on a computer or e-reader.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Remarks Concerning Ben Concerning the Savages..

Benjamin Franklin:
You take a very interesting perspective in your "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America". In your first sentence "Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs", is the perfect analysis if your "remarks". The white colonists and the Native Americans clearly had completely different cultural standards and values. The sense I get from your passage is a deeper understanding and appreciation for the values of the Natives than I have ever witnessed studying early America before. You appreciate their values concerning politeness, hospitality, justice, etc...  What is more important, education of the world, history and science, or learning the ways of land? I am merely proposing to you that maybe they are of equal importance. If the two parties were to combine knowledge and culture, our country could have so much diversity today, and be an ultimate balance of economy and appreciation for our earth. I feel like you understand this, to some extent..

Monday, September 19, 2011

my favorite nebula:

This is the Rosette Nebula! These stars formed about 4 million years ago. Ultraviolet light from the hot cluster stars causes the surrounding nebula to glow. The Rosette Nebula spans about 100 light-years across and lies about 5,000 light years away.