Humans: The Natural Disaster

I will start off with some shocking news that gave me the inspiration to write this post today! In the last week, two earthquakes hit my city, both were above the 3.0 Richter Scale line. Each was powerful enough to cause the city to move, not to mention shake my house! …But I honestly did not think that it was important enough to do more than be a hilarious update in on my friends Facebook page. Imagine my surprise when I found the story on the news the very next day. I began to question why these stations are willing to report the two earthquakes, even though they did not do much (if any) harm. Maybe it was just a slow news day? I played it off, while thinking how similar it was similar to news like how one of the Kardashians being married or some other non-newsworthy report that was able to be passed off as “news”. Then heard about the 8.0 earthquake in Chile…That was a true newsworthy article, as not only was it a powerful earthquake that collapsed homes and killed people, but it also resulted in a tsunami to form. Again, I could not help but compare this destruction to something that humans have done. That day, I realized how much the human species was to natural disasters and their results.

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The human species has resided in this earth about a minute, if compared to a clock that is the total time the Earth had been in existence. In that minute of existence, humans brought upon much change as all other occurrences throughout the time periods. Humans, like natural disasters, are capable of unbelievable amounts of damage…yet are also capable of doing little. For instance, humans can be in the activity of cutting trees down in a pattern. The result is growth of younger trees due to the extra source of sun light, and the little displacement of animal homes. However, humans are also capable of damages unseen before…like the atomic bombs dropped during WWII. The deaths and destruction was like having the epicenter of a large tornado and earthquake occur right where the bombs were dropped. Both humans and natural disasters are capable of untold amounts of harm.

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Now the similarities based on news. The result of human activities, large or small, are always reported on the news. From the revolution of a country to a report on the activities of the Justin Bieber, it seems that all activities of humans can be seen on TV. All these news seem to be more dramatized then they actually are. It’s just like how the news reports disasters. From the small earthquake felt in my city to the devastating results of Hurricane Katrina, all news based on Natural Disasters are reported in a dramatic flare.

In the end, after viewing the reports from the news station, I recognized similarities in reports and destruction. Maybe its because I am not ignorant to how devastating my species is, or maybe I’m just overly depressed about my species…but I could not help but notice how alike the human species is to natural disasters, both on the destructive results and how we hear about them.

Importance of Comedy

Comedy is a genre with a large amount versatile and variety in its history. Why? The reason is the idea of comedy and/or “funnies” are all based on the opinion of the beholder. Each person has an idea of what is funny and what is not for themselves, and while often times people can share the idea of what is humorous, there will be times when it will differentiate. Even though comedy can be found almost everywhere today, not many know humor and laughter are actually very important in our lives. How you may ask? READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS TO FIND OUT! 😀

Comedy actually provides laughter or just lighter feelings among the people who come into contact with it. Through movies, stand-up comedy, novels, and other artistic forms. There are many different types of comedy as well, dealing with cartoon characters hurting themselves, making fun of everyday life, or mistakes that seem hilarious to others (since it didn’t happen to them). Comedy is very versatile, not set in stone or contained into a single guideline.
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We all know that life is full of hardship and many times sadness. Many times it also adds a lot of pain, just for the kick of it. What I am trying to say, life can be a jerk, and as a result sometimes it is hard to remain cheerful. If the stress, pain, or sadness continue to build without stop it can result in increased suicide rates in cities, like Seattle (due to constant cloudy and rainy weather). This is where comedy comes in. Laughter is proven to lower stress levels and blood pressure and since comedy can provide laughter or lighter feelings, it can often times help out in times of stress or turmoil in our lives.

Comedy also has an important part in the artistic side of life. Each person has their own sense of humor, as a result comedians who work side by side with humor to produce the most efficient results create “art”. For instance the comedic art of humor through pain, like the television show the Three Stooges or even Tom and Jerry. Comedy provided new ideas and styles of humor that today needs for television, novels, and overall in art.
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In the end, comedy has a part in all our lives and has a part in our overall health. Without comedy, many people today might have died due to stress built up from work or the horrible occurrences in life. We all need those cheerful light moments in our lives…much more than we think we do.

Human and the Good

Hello Friendly Viewers~! Its time I wrote another blog post for you guys to enjoy, and this time I hope to make it a bit more optimistic than my past posts. So a previous post was based on the evils humans are willing to commit, and while there are bound to have agreements, a viewer recommended I also put into account the positives that humans are capable of and not just the evils. Thus for this post I plan on making it mostly about humans and their ability to do good.
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While true that humans can be selfish, I mean just look at most of our government officials and corporate fat cats, there is still some generosity that can be found in our lives. The homeless, the percentage of homeless make a small percentage of the United States, but are steadily growing due to lack of jobs and population growth for the last few decades (with innovation). For homeless begging in the street humans will at times give change, but that isn’t enough. However, there are some great people who will have those homeless people join them for a meal and present more than a bit of pocket change or even just treat the homeless as people. Those people are the ones that are truly good people. Of the homeless, there are actually families with children that cannot afford to buy something decent to eat. As a result, schools and religious groups will hold fundraisers to raise food or toys for these families.

While there is lots of other good things that humans have done, like care for the environment and animals (after other humans have literally destroyed those environments and killed a lot of those animals), the main purpose of this article is to basically say we humans aren’t too bad. Even if we do tend to be destructive and can often times fall to the glories of evil, we aren’t actually that bad.

Living with Greed

I would like to start off the post by saying sorry to those waiting for the actual post of “Women and Feminism”. So far I have not had the motivation I originally had to write the post. It should come out later on but don’t expect it out really soon. Anyways back to the actual post.

Greed. A single characteristic that we have been taught to condemned and to avoid since an early age, starting with not being greedy and sharing your toys (which I was never willing to learn). As we grew, we were encouraged to avoid being greedy whether with our food, our possessions, or our money. It seems there is a continuous list of what we shouldn’t be greedy with, because it’s “bad” and “mean”. Other people believe that greed is a wonderful thing to have in communities because it has some positive side effects, like being greedy for knowledge has the possibility of new discoveries.
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Most people condemn or agree before they know all the facts about greed. This post is meant to give both pros and cons of greed, and give the people enough information for an educated decision. Please note that I may not put EVERY LAST DETAIL into pros and cons. The viewers are welcome to provide information or disagree in the comments section (please do so RESPECTFULLY and do NOT be RUDE).

The idea of being greedy is bad has been implanted into us by our parents and teachers early in our childhood. So why is it considered such an awful trait by so many people? I believe some of the fear of greed comes from occurrences related to greed. There has been times where greed has made another human being injure or maim another for possessions or objects with value. Thus the fear of young children or anyone becoming violent due to greed, makes the characteristic of being greedy one of the most shunned. The feeling of pity is another reason why greed can often be disliked. In terms of income, some workers barely make enough to survive…while company executives or managers make hundreds of thousands a year and give themselves pay-raises. Thus we picture those executives as greedy and want them to give the money to those who need it. As a result, people consider being “greedy” is a bad thing. In some cases it is.
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Another view point towards the characteristic is, “What’s wrong with being greedy? It is reasonable or necessary in life”. People have told us “don’t be greedy, it’s important to share”. Let’s put that policy into the business world then. Without greed, there would be no improvements. Why? Picture it this way. Lets say on one hand, a company pays all employees the same. All work hours, all products, all responsibilities get the same pay regardless. As a result there is no motivation to do anything well, after all, if people “share” all money equally or never get a raise what is the point of working hard? With greed, people will work harder in companies and innovation in order to get that chance of selling more for money or getting a raise. The reward and the greedy desire for that reward is what drives our economy. In this case it is actually good.
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In the end, it is your opinion if greed is good or evil. Like I said earlier, if you guys think I missed anything or should include anything, please comment at the bottom. Or if you disagree and want to tell me why, please comment on the bottom as well…just please be mature and respectable. I will take into consideration on what you guys say. No one pays attention to rude comments.

Humankind less humane than animals?

Man-kind. Currently the species with the largest population and possibly since the beginning of the mammal age. If we look closely at the human race, it is noticeable that we humans have no superior physical qualities that has made us the “superior” species. The only factor that has raised humans up to the tip of the food chain, is our ability to think (self-consciousness) and create. Those elements are what make us human…but these traits are twisted to the point we become worse than animals.

One thing we humans pride ourselves on is our brain power and abilities to create new items, it is what makes our species so special. Humans are the only mammals to create such complex tools, from the common can opener to the ingenious internet. These inventions and innovations are solely found in the human race, as all other animals are only capable of less. However, the end result on what is invented and if it for the good of the people or not, depends on the creator. How are we humans sometimes less human than animals? Think about it. We humans have developed so many different types of weapons, in an effort to exterminate each other more effectively than the previous way. From spears to arrows to gun to missile launchers to bombs/bombers, it goes on and on. Weapons continue to develop to make the most efficient way to kill mass numbers with a single object. No other animal in our world kills their own species as much as we do! In order to obtain more land in the past, we humans have killed each other for territory. We have dropped nuclear bombs to win wars. While there is always a reason, it is still not a good thing.
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Want more proof? Torture. Think about it. Torture did not just suddenly exist on our planet and no other animal really practices it either. I thing it is reasonable to say we, the human species, are the ones to develop/come up with torture. The act of inflicting as much physical or mental harm to another being in order to get information (or our own satisfaction) is cruel beyond belief. Criminals, government officials, and police forces around the world commit this heinous action, in secrecy or announce it to the public. One noticeable time period where torture was used most was during WWII, the Nazi’s killed and tortured millions of Jews, all because they had a different religion. During the dynasty period of china there were tortures such as finger crackers, where prisoners had there fingers put between iron rods and stringers were pulled so the iron rods would close together till the bones would break. Our history is full of with the creation of new and worse ways to harm each other.
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While we humans have done some good for the people and the environment and it can be seen as “good” and “kind”, we humans have done as much wrong. In the end it is hard to tell if we humans are as grand as we seem.

Women and Feminism: Asking for equality or asking for more? The Intro

We have all heard it, from its beginning period of the early 1800s to present time. What once was thought as a fools idea of the past, seems to have grown to almost a religion to me…or even comparable to a samurai’s code for women today! Even the girls in my English class constantly talk about “women’s rights” and “equality for women”. The idea of women’s rights and equality is all good and well in my book, but in today’s present time…it feels that the end result of this movement has made a change. In fact…it seems to have become a revolution to pamper women and lessen the man in the interactions. This post will stir up some opinions, women will disagree in anger, men will agree in hope, and overall conflict will rule! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!…*ahem* sorry

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Now I know, some people out there are saying, “No, women are treated less fairly by men.” and “All we women want are equal rights”. Sure, if you were saying that in the late 1700s and 1800s I would agree women do deserve such treatment. However, in our current time period is it really necessary to rally and say women should have more power? It is common today for women in to all have equal rights as men, in the United States of America and our allies. So why the demand for more?…Think about it.

This is the intro to a post I will be making later on in the future. Please tell me if it is a good idea and if there is anything to fix.

Steps for a path to Success in obtaining boxes of books

My innovation project, while started pretty slow, seems to be doing well currently. In fact I might be combining my efforts with a fellow student, Casey Cho, to provide material for his project as well. But since this project I was doing was AMAZING~…to me anyway… I decided to tell you guys the steps I took to make my project. … OK FINE my teacher wants us to explain the steps we took for our project so far =__= But I am taking the effort to tell you so listen up!

Step 1: PLANNING
The start of a complex project and an effort to complete it on time always starts with a schedule or at least a written plan. In this case, Mr.Theriault gave the class (including me) a chance to plan our innovation project ahead of time on a ideaFM powerpoint. Of course this was the barest plan and not very accurate due to it just being deadlines to follow.
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While I was able to set deadlines for myself, I still needed a way to get books donated to me. I needed a way where people can just donate it with me standing there looking like a creeper and waiting, so I began drawing out diagrams and possible options. Eventually I came up with a donation box, with a lid that can be opened to retrieve books from. Here is the sketch I made early on. A little messy yes but gets the job done.
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Step 2: GETTING SUPPLIES
Once I finished with the easiest part of the process, I had to move on to the next step…gathering materials. Normally this shouldn’t be that hard, getting a box large enough for some books and a flap to cover the top. The thing is, I wanted it so that the flap would be able to fit snuggly into the top of the box, have it easy to open the flap, and still leave enough space to just slide books in(I’m fickle like that-leave me alone). My success in finding the perfect box and cover took me longer than I expected…way too long. Even then, the flap I am using doesn’t cover the top of the box entirely, leaving a small slip. I plan on just using it as a way for people to slip their books in without having to open the flap. Luckily I have crayons, markers, and pens/pencils at home so I had that covered.
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Step 3: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
I would like to say I was on a roll and started my project the second I got the materials…but then I would be lying. It took me a bit of time, but eventually I was motivated enough to start wrapping the box what white poster paper. The reason for this was I wanted the box to be perfectly white, allowing me to easily start drawing and decorating without previous pictures or logos to hinder me. The process took lots of glue dots…it was annoying and slow but eventually I was able to finally place the white construction paper on and it looked clean.
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Step 4: Drawing a Master Piece
Finally I began to draw, and at first I didn’t know what to draw. It took me a few minutes, but since my project was based on books and children, I decided to draw books. Naturally since I am a guy, the first few sketches on the box was…horrifying to say the least. After half an hour of work, I finally drew what seemed like cute books (in my mind anyways).
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Step 5: Coloring the Cartoon
My last step in decorating the box that I have put much effort into making was coloring. In order to make it stand out, I decided to make most of the words different but bright colors. Hopefully it will draw attention to the words and get the message across… that I WANT SOME DONATED BOOKS PEOPLE~! In the picture the box isn’t fully colored but I that is due to me trying to decide what is the best colors to continue with. I don’t want this box to look like a kindergartener went wild with color without knowing what color matches with what.
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What I plan on doing next now is completing the beautiful cartoons I made, and finally setting it on its way. Hopefully I get more books besides the ones already donated to me (THANKS COUSIN AND FRIENDS WHO ARE READING THIS THAT DONATED BOOKS) and letting Casey include it in his book exchange innovation idea. I might still give some to schools or libraries that but I already gave some.
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If you guys are more interested in the progress of my innovation project or want to know more about where the box will be located, it will be posted on this blog as soon as it is out. In addition if you have any tips or ideas you would like to share please comment.

And finally for those who are doing a project that requires similar work to mine, please make sure you have most of the material before hand (not looking around like me) and start on it a bit at least when you gather all the materials. Boxes can be found in Costco easily and can be bought at office stores so its a good idea to look around for the best one.
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS AND HAVE A NICE DAY~!

Sci-Fi influences that came from Frankenstein

The novel Frankenstein is considered to be the predecessor for all sci-fi and sci-fi horror media today. Yet how much of an influence did it shape? To get a basic idea, one can simply see how similarities in media today have to Frankenstein.
One common theme that people have copied from the novel Frankenstein is the idea of man made monsters. Monsters such as the robots from the Terminator series, the movie IRobot, and Frankenstein movies are all examples of media taking ideas from Frankenstein.
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For Terminator, the robotic monstrosities are first by Skynet, made as a way to improve life and make unbelievable discoveries in the field of science. Hmmm…what does that sound like to you? That’s right! IT’S VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN! Victor was also trying to test the limits of his abilities with science, via creating life. Skynet tried to do well for the people and to make improvements to their field as well! Only for Skynet it was robotics instead of just science. In addition, the robots because bloody and killed many people just like Frankenstein’s creature. The only difference is the monster tried to be good, while Terminators tried to kill regardless (unless you count the second and third movie of course). Now that I think about it, if Frankenstein had programmed or took care of the monster, would it have become like T-100 in the second and third movie, taking care of the people instead of killing them?
Now the fact that it stared Arnold was just the topping 😀 As for IRobot, the basic storyline is similar. Helper robots become monsters and attack the people and try to take over our lives…ok so it isn’t really that similar, but Terminator sure was!

Frankenstein! The Monster

We have just started a new novel in my APEL (AP English Literature) class, and its Frankenstein! I am so excited for this novel, due to this book being one of the first mix between science fiction and horror. Now, since the creation of Frankenstein the novel readers and critics always reference it as an amazing book. Due to its popularity, people have even made scary urban legends about Frankenstein’s Creature. They even made facts just in case you meet Frankenstein’s creature, since it won’t die of old age and last time it was seen was when it left. Here is what most say:
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Unbelievably Tall
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As long as you don’t try to hurt it, it will leave you alone
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The total amount of influence one book from the 1800s gave birth to an urban legend. It shows how much the influence of books and our minds can lead to new thrills and monsters. I can’t wait to actually read the novel and see how the actual monster stacks up to its legend.

Books Books Books!

Now for those who don’t know, my class has begun a project on creating innovation or at least doing something that people haven’t done before (or haven’t done often). Not everyone is that creative in thinking of innovation sadly…luckily we can team up! SO I have been thinking over if I should do my idea myself, or work with my friend Cong on doing his innovation idea. Then I realized what I can work with, I loved books as a child!

The idea that I thought up for my project was doing a book donation service to children hospitals or elementary schools. Not random books though, I would only be collecting children’s books (obviously…I’m not crazy enough to give children full-fledged novels). Set up donation boxes in my school library and office ^__^ best idea ever! Alright guys be sure to look out for those boxes in a few weeks. Got to start making it first.