Blog 11

For this debate (this year), my topic is pay to play sports in your high school years. I got the con side of things, but personally I would have choose the other side of the debate. I say that because, well that will just take away my position on the debate. So, I will not help my opponent in any circumstance. To start off, some things I know about this topic is that in some schools it can be beneficial. But, for other schools it is not even discussed because it is “unfair” to kids who do not have the money to play the sport they want to play, whatever. Some results I get with a simple Google search is a link with the title of, “Will pay-to-play ruin school sports?”, this would be research gold for the sole reason that the title is the topic for the argument. Some things I can do logically that can play into my advantage is how everybody deserves a chance no matter what. To show off their skills to the coach of that sport, also to earn a chance to play in the games to represent your school. An ethical issue I can bring up in this debate is the issue of people not having the money to pay to play the sport they want to play. I can play into people’s emotions by maybe relating them to a situation they have been in before, and show them how it is unfair that not all people get the opportunity. Because of their financial situation.

 

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Blog 10

 

Over time with arguing and making an attempt to make a controlled argument I’ve noticed that it’s harder than expected. The debate topics and the set up debate session was alright but honestly it was not fun, it sucked. Making a debate against a classmate is much more difficult than when it’s with my parents. My parents are so easy to argue against because they never have any evidence that the decision I made deserves the punishment I acquired. I will always argue the same way because I find that if I’m not a stubborn person people won’t pick on you for always thinking your way is the correct way. Including the topic I got which was build a wall pro was the worst, every website I went on had practically the same thing so it really just frustrated me. On the revisit of my earlier blog not much has changed besides the fact that constructing an argument really isn’t easy; especially when it’s a topic that really isn’t interesting. I hate politics I don’t care about politics, but I will say I am in favor of the wall being built. My interests are more towards sports, and for the sake if someone says something that is not true. I will have to call myself out but it’s almost like a habit for me to do such things because sometimes it’s just me trying to get a person fired up, or a time when I want to see if someone can prove me wrong. The ways I argue haven’t changed from the time we started to the time we finished it because when it comes to school I don’t worry about it much outside of the building. Developing a persuasive speech was an awful experience. Why? Because I found no interest in my topic to argue about this and like I said every website I visited had pretty much the same stuff. So trying to get out 3-6 minutes worth of talking was not easy. I have a feeling that it may have been a harder topic to research because of this wall not be a concrete answer. I think if the wall was built there would be more sources that told you how the wall has effected something and/or studies with more concrete facts of how the wall will be constructed. So in all I did not really like this unit it was not fun, it was more stressful than anything for me. When it came to classmates too some of them really rocked it, it was awesome to hear a good debate on a topic where people had solid information. Even better when someone could tear down their opponent in their rebuttal. And obviously there are those people who just don’t know what’s going on. If I could never do that again I wouldn’t mind, in fact I’d be happy about it. Debates were horrible it’s only fun when I argue with my parents I enjoy a good laugh with that because they say the same thing every time.

blog 7

poem-meme

The experience for me writing poetry wasn’t as bad as I thought, in fact it’s really not that hard. But when it comes to reading poetry I have no intent to actually break it down and find the meaning unless it comes right out to me, but since I’m in school you gotta do it. And with doing those sound and sense questions they really weren’t that bad because everything is outlined for you so all you have to do is just focus and it’s not that bad, but when it comes to poems that are really complex and frustrating it just makes me want to throw my surface pro out a window. When it comes to writing poetry I have to have some type of rhyme scheme because then it allows me to just flow right through the stanza, it also comes to that I don’t necessarily know how free verse goes so to me trying to grasp the concept of free verse is just not worth it to me. So like I said when it comes to writing poetry like we did in class it’s not too bad it’s just fact of trying to get started, but after that than I’m usually pretty good and can just do it myself . And I’d say I don’t like it or dislike it because I could never just write poems on my down time it’s just not what I do. So when we need a rhythmic pattern that’s what was probably the hardest part for me to do because you need to really pay attention to what words you use and if it’s over the intended amount of syllables then you have to reread and just keep changing stuff around.

Blog 8

My first reaction to this poem was that I was a little confused, but that’s usually how it is until we get farther into the poem then I can put the pieces together. And I really liked how it was set up because it adds a sense of emotion and it deepens the mood. This poem is about, I believe, a person lost in their own life trying to make a place in this world. I say this because in the poem it says, “already gone, but still remain, all alone against the world outside”. This line works with my synopsis due to how you can break this down. So in this line when it says, “already gone, but still remain” this mean like the person is “invisible” to those around him, and doesn’t have any friends. Then the last part of that line “all alone against the world outside” is kind of the context clue for the first part because when I mentioned this person is “invisible” so then you create the picture that this person doesn’t know his path in life and just fighting to have a purpose. The allusion “dynamo of night” would have to be the one that helps me understand the poem because as the definition of conformity presents this guy is just going through the motions of life by complying with the standards or rules. But it also comes back to that I do not really understand the allusions itself so I just read the poem and don’t take into account that these are allusions. So otherwise, that’s how I perceived this poem.

Virtues Experiment

Over the course of the week and weekend I have been tracking what I have been doing. And the results for the virtues that I have, and have not broken are to me a little bit surprising. Just to refresh the 15 virtues were: industry, order, resolution, patience, sincerity, justice, tolerance, diversity, humility, cleanliness, moderation, silence, tranquility, frugality, temperance, and lastly chastity. Some of the obvious virtues I broke was temperance and patience. I broke the temperance by eating too much one night because the food was so good. Also I broke patience by not being patient when I was waiting for the washing machine to go off in our house, and got angry over it. A virtue I did not break surprisingly was order. I am not the type of person to usually keep my things in order. But, this week I kept my things order, thoughts and actions combine and I genuinely surprised myself with this one. Another virtue that I broke was cleanliness. As disgusting as it may seem I did break it, and I am kinda ashamed of it. I did not shower for two days straight, and that now I feel even more ashamed for stating it to everybody. Also one virtue I did not break was obviously the chastity virtue. I felt like that would be a easy virtue not to break. Not trying to say anything, but that was my train of thought going through the week. So this of experimenting was a fun and challenging experience for many reasons, but that is besides the fact. Franklin’s virtues were surprisingly applicable to our society today, and many people break and follow them. But they important if you like it or not.

Fair Week Is Whack :( (blog 4)

So, you want me to type a blog on the glorious thing we call the Bloomsburg Fair, and a experience I have had over the years I have gone to that magnificent place. Well I have many stories to tell you, and the other people on this blog site, but one in particular jumps out at me. I will tell you the story on one condition, and the condition is that this story does not leave this blog site or your mind for the rest of time. Ok, so here we go this story starts on the outside of the fair when I meet up with some of my friends so we could walk around inside of the fair and stuff. So, we get into the fair and meet up with even more people, and we start to walk around finally after talking each other’s ear off about stupid stuff. We get to walking around, and one of my friend’s tells me that there might be a fight going down near the barns and they wanted to go see what would happen. So, I tagged along to see what would happen because I was honestly interested at the time (its beyond me why I was interested, but I was). To my surprise, there was an actual fight going on between a group of people that seem a little on the shady side, but we stayed and watched for some reason. The two main people were going at it, and all of a sudden somebody comes out of no where and rocks me in the side of the head for no reason. After I got rocked in the head, we left the scene of the crime and enjoyed the rest of our time at the fair. Besides me because I had to clean up my nose.

Blog 3: Defend The Theme at all costs

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Another blog to start off this glorious year of education at Bloomsburg Area High School, and this one is about defending the theme to one of my favorite films. The film is choose to select for this project and or blog is John Wick: Chapter 2. I choose this film because I really enjoyed the film as a whole, and it has some interesting themes presented throughout the whole film, and beyond it. Alright, so you want to know what the main theme of the movie is and I can tell you that in a couple of quick words and or sentences. So, here it is, I think the theme of the film of John Wick: Chapter 2 is ‘Whenever you think you are at the ending point in your career, it will always come back to you eventually even harder.’.I say this because John Wick, which is the protagonist of the movie, is ever thinking of retiring throughout the film. His prior enemies come back even harder, and Wick comes back with a vengeance.

Blog 2: Notes Notes Notes

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Another blog for this year already, man these come left and right throughout the whole year. This here blog is specifically about the short story notes we took all this week, and the last days of last week. So, with that being said let’s have a deep conversation (not really) about these here notes shall we? Alrighty, about these notes. They are the basic things that you need to have in order to make, and or write a short story or film of any kind. These notes did kind of change the way I look at stories and films as well. In terms of how I analyze, and predict what is going to happen. To how characters are going to react in a certain situation throughout the whole sequence of events. Also, how setting can a BIG factor in how the story/film is going to pan out. One story that I can think of to show how these notes apply is a film known as “The Blind Side”. The notes apply to this film in many different ways and factors. One factor being of how setting plays a big factor in how the characters react, and how they act in that specific setting. These notes do make me change the way I look at this film, but in a good way. Like how I can understand everything better from a better standpoint other than just watching it, and judging it wether it looks good or not. One last thing you asked me to type or write about is how my second week was compared to my first of this lovely school. Well to start off, it was exactly the same as it was this week, compared to last week ( like, to a T). Well, that is another blog down for this year, and once again, this is Austin T Galler. Have a good one.

Blog 1: Another Day, Another Nickel

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Another year, another blog post to start off this glorious year of education. Personally, shouldn’t have slacked off last year like an idiot, but terms comes to terms, and I have to retake this class known as American Literature 11. Apart from that, I have to blog about my first week in this institution known as Bloomsburg Area High School. To start off, my week started off pretty solid with all the same first day crap like: classroom expectations, rules, and the dang syllabus. Second day was alright, we got into the swing of things like some little assignments and notes. Then, by the third day things became ugly (not really though). Some of the teachers decided to assign the thing we hate most about school, and that is called homework. But, in the end you get it completed, and you get a good grade and everybody is happy in the long run. Also can not forget the practises I have to attend after school every day. Then the football game rolls around on friday, and I am the most ecstatic person you could ever be at any moment in your lifetime. But, in the end we end up losing unfortunately, but we keep our heads held high and keep working hard throughout this week to prepare for Southern. Besides my first week, another question I have to answer for you is what is my favorite story/storyline. My personal favorite story/storyline ever, is the storyline behind the movie “The Blindside”. Just the hardships that Michael Oher goes through, and he makes it out of the ghettos and finds a nice family. Also, he excels at the sport of football at the same time, and becomes a professional football player in the National Football League. It leaves me speechless everytime I watch the movie. That will wrap it up for this blog, until next time Austin Thomas Galler out.

Blog 29

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What do we have here today ladies, and gentlemen. It is an other blog that is due, and this one again is a doozie. This blog is one the films known as “Citizen Kane”, and “Death of a Salesman”, and how the main characters in these films have struggles throughout there lifetimes. So, sit back and relax, and enjoy your daily blog written by your friendly neighborhood boy Austin Thomas Galler, enjoy. “Citizen Kane” and “Death of a Salesman” in some way, shape, or form impose the way of how there main characters think about the quote on quote “American Dream”. In the film “Citizen Kane”, the movie reveals Charles Foster Kane’s vision of the “American Dream” through a flashback during the film. Charles’ “American Dream” is to live this grand life, and to share his wealth with people all over the world, to satisfy everybody no matter what their situation or walk of life. In the film of “Death of a Salesman”, the movie reveals Willie Loman vision of the “American Dream” through his actions during the film. Willie pick the wrong profession to be in life, and it slowly killed him throughout the whole film. Willie was really, really good with his hands and what I mean by that is that he was really really good at home improvement. No matter what the job was, Willie Loman could do it, and I think Willie just wanted to do what he loved and that was being a construction worker. That was his quote on quote “American Dream”. Next, the themes of the works presented. In my opinion “Citizen Kane”, and “Death of a Salesman” both have very deep meanings behind them. So, with that said here we go. I think the theme of the film “Citizen Kane” is that of ‘Money Can Not Buy You Happiness’. I say this because Charles Foster Kane was the wealthiest man in the world during the film, and he was the saddest man in the whole wide world. He did not know what to do with his life, and it kind of sadden me watching his down fall throughout the whole progression of the film. The theme that comes to mind when I watch “Death of a Salesman” is ‘Man’s Inability to Accept Change Within Himself and Society’. I say this because Willie Loman did not know what to do with his life after he got fired from his salesman, because he was conforming with society by just giving up, and just blaming everybody else for your mistakes instead of just taking the blame. I know the themes of these films are what they are because they can apply to people in our society today in more ways than none, and people should watch these films to take the same message away that I did to help there way of life. I say the messages apply today, because they really really do apply to our society today in many ways. First, almost everybody in this crooked thinks that money can buy them a life full of happiness, and nine time out of ten that is not the case at all. Second, a man’s inability to accept change within himself and society, is found EVERYWHERE in our society today. For example, a person may have a new invention, and wants to show it off somewhere to a bunch of people. But, this person does not show off this invention because a big name company comes out with the same exact thing and this person just conforms with society. That is just a few examples out of the hundreds I can think out about this very subject we have talking about in class for the past couple weeks. So, in conclusion this is how I interpret the films of “Citizen Kane”, and “Death of a Salesman”. Thank you all for reading, and good night.

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