Blog 13- Con: Animal Testing

The debate topic that I received was Animal testing, and the

side that I had gotten was con. This is not my personal position on the topic because I just think it would be better to test an animal rather a human. Although this assignment may change my mind after I research more into the topic. I know that animals are being tested for certain medicines or other products that involve chemicals because it is not safe to test on a human being. The idea is that if an animal is harmed it is better than harming a human. People are against this because they consider it animal abuse, yes I can agree that doing this is immoral, but do we have any other alternative methods? I am not sure. I suppose that’s what the research will tell me. Most websites that come up when I search animal testing is sites that are against it. Which will inevitably work in my favor because I am against animal testing for the debate. For an ethical approach of the topic I will say the statistics of how many animals are harmed/killed because of the experiments. A logical approach I may use is saying how there are “replacements” to animal testing and go into detail about that. Although the replacement for animals may still involve the killing of animals for their cells, but they are also thinking of using human tissue. Presumably, tissue that would be voluntarily given to better science. For an emotional approach I will ask questions about if it is morally okay to harm animals in the process of making products. And how would they feel if it were their pets in the shoes of the animals who were being tested on. Or how would they feel if they were the ones who were being these lab rats. I have learned more about animal testing while I have been just researching for this blog and it is safe to say that even if we don’t like it. Somethings will have to involve the use of animals in testing things, but if there was a possibility for them to eliminate the use of animal tests then I would be all for it.

Blog 12

The current issue I am thinking about is the Death Penalty. The question would be: Should the death penalty be taken away? My stance on the subject would be that we keep the death penalty depending on the crime someone commits. I think this because someone who is willing to either kill or rape someone should not be able to live in a civilized society like America. The two sides would be keeping the death penalty or completely getting rid of it. The main argument of the side against the death penalty is that life is sacred and we should not be able to take someones life even if they took someone else’s life. The side for the death penalty would say that people who are willing to commit a horrid crime then they are too much trouble to feed and keep alive in a prison. We should just take them from the world and rid it of their toxic actions.

My school has been going pretty well, I have been getting good grades like I always have. But i could definitely pay more attention in class and I could definitely try more. Although I feel like the act of trying is definitely more difficult than watching with glazed eyes and looking at the notes the night before. To go about this I need to just clear my mind and pay more attention in class instead of messing around with my friends. I would have to focus on reading and doing homework instead of waiting until the end of the quarter to do my IR. Don’t worry Mcgarry I just started my first book. You should be proud of me (or not). Something I can do this week is read everyday trying to finish my IR book, I just need to take a little time out of my day and read a little and I can go on and put that same vigor to my other classed. Then I will have extra good grades (yes I just said extra good grades. Don’t tell me that’s not a good way to say it.) I would have to say playing games all day is the biggest factor in preventing me from reading, and well, forgetting to read.

Blog 11

Temperance: I have not been overeating as of late. I have not broken this virtue all week actually. For some odd reason I have not been getting the urge to eat as much as I do. I usually eat when I am bored and now I only have been eating for my core meals of the day. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Silence: I was babbling on about my problems in the beginning of this exercise and I never really stopped. I decided to try to stop, but when something is bothering me I let people know that. I’d rather get it out then let it bother me.

Order: My room has been a mess and I have not been scheduling my work very well.

Resolution: I find this virtue really difficult because there is no way for any human to do everything perfectly. I put half the work in most of the time and I still get good grades.

Frugality: I do not like to waste money, I bought a game I played once but I do plan on playing it later.

Industry: I have been breaking this one all week. All i’ve been doing is playing video games and watching youtube/tv.

Justice: I try my hardest to not sully someones appearance even if I do not like them or am angry at them. I would not like if someone would talk about me so I try hard to not break this. I always talk the nicest about someone I can even if they have wronged me.

Moderation: I don’t blow up over petty disputes, but ones that important hit me.

Cleanliness: I have been keeping up with my hygiene and daily cleaning schedule.

Tranquility: I have broken this a few times this week, but recently I am starting to not be bothered by things that just seem to happen.

Chastity: I have not broken this.

Humility: I try to help people even if I am hurting too. I have been getting bad at helping people lately, but I am thinking I will get my average advice back soon.

Gratefulness: i always remember my manners. I am grateful for the things I have even if I don’t always show it.

Individualism: I may always go for people for advice, but I make the decisions myself.

Acceptance: I accept that people make bad decisions and I am willing to forgive them for that.

Humans all have flaws and doing an experiment like this may help you improve yourself, but no one can complete

every one of these every day of the year.



blog 10

My first impression of Dodo’s conundrum was something of pride, I actually sort of maybe understand what the poem is about. I know I probably got the theme wrong, but I do understand what the stanza forms were meant for. The first part of the poem it starts out talking about model trains and that reminded me of something that Mr. Mcgarry said during class about a poem about model trains meaning something different so that clicked inside my head it helped me understand the poem more. I thought that the theme was perspective, but I’m sure that it is something deeper than that. I’m keeping my answer because I think I’m pretty close and I cannot really put my finger on it. I didn’t really find most of the poem confusing besides the theme, but that’s only because I normally have trouble finding the theme of different works. Due to me writing my own poetry I have a better understanding of sound and sense so it made it much easier discovering different parts of the poem. Although, I am still no means a master of poetry. I do have a better understanding than before I wrote my own works. It was a hands on way to teach it and I like that, and I feel like it worked pretty well. I had experience with writing my own poetry learning about different ways to add rhyme schemes and what I could do with different stanzas. I learned that there has to be a reason for free verse. Listening to what Joe and William say about it during journalism was a big help because they actually know what they are doing with poetry and when I hear what they are saying it helps me get a better understanding of what I am reading. Will told me about a poem they were thinking about with Fire and Ice that reminded me of what Dodo’s conundrum did. Ice was going to be stanza

and fire was going to be free verse. It reminded me that it isn’t just free verse for giggles or anything.

Blog 9

Before I actually wrote my own poems with actual elements of poetry, I didn’t really like poetry. Now I like it a lot more because I understand it more. Although I cannot analyse poetry for my life, I think I can write a pretty average poem. It’s a big step up from under average poetry I’d say. I now can look at a poem and think more about the elements than I have before. The thing is that I really didn’t know about any of this “pentameter” stuff, so it’s definitely a step up than before. My approach changed on my second poem because I had more experience since I had just written a poem. My new understanding of poetry is that you should not use ducks and monkeys to describe your classmates, I feel like there are so many different ways to explain how they are loud. I chose the most foolish one. So i decided to write a poem about what all of us short guys are thinking: being short sucks. So I wrote that poem and I like it a lot more. The second poem is an exaggeration of what should happen with short people. I wrote that we should rule the society because we are the only ones that can, which is completely false. The poem is obviously written to feel better about my height. It’s even in the title. I’d like to think the world that would come out of my poem would involve short people only having tall people have one job. They would be shelve reachers. A way to add imagery into a poem is by many different literary devices. Such as a simile to describe something from something else. Or maybe personification to make you imagine this object. The words we use during the poem conjures up the main image of the poem, you want to make your reader imagine a certain something. Maybe you want them to imagine a field or a forest. The way you write the syllables in your poem and pretty much everything that makes up the poem produces the sound, image, and rhythm.

Blog 8: Poetry

Poetry is interesting in many ways. it has hidden meanings behind everything and is a place for depressed people to show their feelings. The problem is I am not depressed so the poems I write are not interesting in any ways. If I was sad right now about something maybe I’d write a good poem, but like is pretty good right now. I thought that Eldorado was a pretty good poem, it shows how you can be searching something your whole life and end up not finding it. For some people like Poe this could be love. I find this very deep because it mirrors his life, he always was disappointed by woman. I find this very interesting to look into someones feelings and how they react to events in their lives in their poetry. Whenever we analyse anything during class, i feel like my eyes are being opened and I am seeing the truth for the first time. It all makes sense after I hear what other people say in class. My poem is about my 11th period class, every day I dread going there because there is one person in particular who makes it so loud. During some work days, William, Raely, and I are allowed to go to the library so it is all fine after that. While I am in the classroom, that is another story. I describe how the sounds of this person and their friends digs into my minds and makes me go crazy. It doesn’t actually make me go “crazy” per say, but I am very annoyed throughout the whole time. They make me sound like a mute, and that is very bad. Like I described during the poem, all of my classmates get so loud and rowdy that they become like animals in a zoo. History is probably my favorite class, but not this year just because of the people I am surrounded by. Luckily I have a few friends in the class to buffer them. I feel like the poem is all hyperbole of the situation but hey that’s okay. That’s poetry.

Armada Blog

I really enjoyed Armada, I felt myself actually wanting to read it. Which is unusual for me. I liked it so much because of Zack and Lex’s relationship, the idea of an AI giving humanity a test, and Zack finally meeting his father after 18 years.

Zack and Lex’s relationship felt real and it was a great part of the book. Unlike Ernest Cline’s previous book he didn’t fall in love with this girl, it was a breath of fresh air because it felt real. It started with them casually flirting. With Zack sometimes being awkward like he really should be. He’s a nerd who plays video games all day, he wouldn’t be able to just whisk her off her feet. He had to work for it. It made for an amusing bit while they were meeting, he eventually got her to like him and they started to work together during the story. Lex had a relatively small part showing up when it was convenient, like her hacking something to move the plot along but I thought her role was necessary. It makes sense to me that teenagers or really anyone would find someone like them in a world ending scenario like this. Zack never scared her off or had rash feelings like Wade did in Ready Player One, it just felt like a large step up from the relationship from Ready Player One. It was a background story but I found myself rooting for Zack when he finally was able to actually go on a date with her.

The entire time ,during Armada, you are under the impression that the enemies are some race of aliens who pilot drones and are trying to destroy earth’s civilization for no apparent reason. It turns out that there was a pretty big reason. It was funny to me to think that after Nixon saw a swastika on Europa that he would immediately panic and fire off a nuclear missile at some moon he knew nothing about. To turn out to be some AI that was testing the human civilization for a bigger purpose was a great way to end the book. Looking back there are so many things foreshadowing this. AI was one of the things that Zack was thinking the aliens could possibly be but he never really confirms he actually truly thinks this. He always sticks with some sort of species of alien. The drones flying like they were video game AI was another foreshadowing that makes the book even better looking back. Xavier’s theories on how the aliens were testing humanity was a great way to install this, you already know he was right about the EDA being real so you have no reason to deny his theories. It turned out being right which showed how Xavier seemed to always be in the right.

Zack had always dreamed of his father somehow being alive, and that turned out to be true. I loved the part when he finds out his father is alive because it showed a lot about Zack’s character. He acted like a hurt little boy and it seemed like he was, he was a boy who just wanted to know his father. He was bullied for having a father who died in a “shit factory” but turns out his father was helping save the world. When Zack met Xavier, it was a great moment because he was speechless. Who would really know what to say in a situation like this, then his silence became anger and it perfectly depicted his character. He is just a hurt boy who never knew his father and he hated him for it. Then he started to learn to love his father to only have him taken from him. He developed into a new person, he had gotten closure about his father and he just wanted to keep him around. He thought he may have him around for a long time after he survived his kamikaze run, but it seemed like Xavier had a death wish. Now he was fatherless again but he didn’t react like last time. No, he was a more mature person now. He was no longer that little boy who just wanted to meet his father who everyone told him was dead for so many years. Having Zack meet his father was a great decision by Cline and made the book so much better.

I really enjoyed reading Armada, it’s whole plot grabbed me into the world. I liked it so much because of Zack and Lex’s relationship, the whole idea of the AI being the real mastermind behind the attacks on earth, and how Zack was able to meet his father for the first time.

Ready Player One Blog

In Ready Player One, Wade Watts is an extremely unhealthy character. He shows this by his unhealthy obsession with Halliday and his egg, his disregard to his consequences in getting dozens of people killed, and his unhealthy internet relationship with Art3mis.

Wade worships James Halliday like he is a god. He even used Halliday’s journal as some kind of bible telling the reader verses from it. He even writes the verses in a form you may used for reciting the Bible. He refers to it his every move, and he sees Halliday as some kind of god. It seemed like so many people in the world saw Halliday as some kind of god, he created a new reality, but at the end of the day he may be some kind of devil. He created a world where people would not live actual lives, no matter how real it seemed the feelings and experiences were all fake. Wade and the rest of the world were living a lie. At the end of the book, the only thing that gets Wade out of the Oasis is Halliday telling him to. I do not think he would have done that on his own, even for Art3mis. Even if Halliday created some kind of new world for people to explore, he was no role model. He stayed inside all day and showed no social skills whatsoever. At his own funeral, his guests were a computer simulated falsity made with fake characters from the film Heathers. Humans are supposed to mix. Wade worships this man and it cannot lead anywhere good.

Wade had gotten a dozen or more people killed and did not seem to care about any of them. The only exception was an old woman that he had grown fond of because she sometimes let him sleep in her trailer. He did not seem to care that his own Aunt was killed in the bombing from IOI. She may have let her boyfriend abuse him, but that is no reason to not even mourn her death. Being responsible for someone’s death is not a simulation and he acts like he would act if someone was to die in the Oasis. He didn’t care. No one in his trailer park had ever showed him kindness but that does not mean he can just throw their lives away. Is a simulated world more important than people’s lives? He was not the one who killed them but he is responsible, he should have felt more of the weight of their deaths.
Wade’s relationship with Art3mis is a nail in his coffin of unhealth. He was in love with her way before he even met her, reading her blogs, and looking at her avatar’s screenshots. Once he had met her he just couldn’t help himself, he even risked the competition by giving her help on a trial. Once they start “dating” the two of them cannot stop talking. This would be fine if they had actually been able to see each other in real life. If they could actually see each other with their own eyes and be able to even touch each other. Humans are not meant to be falling in love with someone in a made up world, yes he can “feel” her but it isn’t the same. It’s through his haptic suit he uses for the Oasis. It isn’t the same. Then he fell in love with her. Her reaction said it all. She was outraged by his love towards her and stopped talking to him, but with my dismay the reader learned she loved him too. At the end of the story they met in real life and got back together, that was the only healthy part of the relationship. It seemed like this was normal in the Oasis, people falling in love, that is very very unhealthy. It mirrors our world in a way with people finding each other on the internet and sometimes they don’t even know if they look or even sound like who they portray themselves. In the book it shows this by Wade and Art3mis always joking about her being a fat 300 pound man living in his own basement. Wade always brushed this off, but any normal healthy person would see this and run. You cannot grow old with someone in a simulation and be happy.

Wade Watts is an unhealthy person, but who can even be healthy in a world he lives in. Wade presents this in his obsession in Halliday, his lack of caring about getting a dozen people killed, and his relationship with Art3mis.

Blog 6

My short story was changed completely. I wanted to write a story about how Abraham Lincoln fought in the space force, but now I realize that that is not practical for a serious story. It changed to a story about another world that revolves around kingdoms and magic. It changed to this because I knew I could write a much more serious story about a story about propaganda about Abraham Lincoln. It is not the best story I have written and I honestly do not know what is, I feel like any author will never actually enjoy their own writing like they enjoy someone else’s. The thing that I like about my story is that I was able to write a story in the same world as one of my other stories, I never liked the previous stories where I tried to do that. I do not like how my story compares to others stories, their stories just seem better than mine. That may be because I just don’t like my work or maybe it is because I am secretly a bad writer.

I have not finished my first book, I am half way through it. I am liking it so far because of the references to video games. It is a story that I can relate to because I play a lot of video games, I like the story because it involves a lot of references and it feels like if that were actually happen to society then this is what would be the outcome. I also can relate to all of the talking in chatroom because it reminds me of an old Xbox live party. I did not think that I should be finished by now I guess I am going to have to be binging

my book now. Sadly for me I am the slowest reader in the world and am easily distracted.

My Short Story: Let’s just call it “The eyes” of something

I thought about the story’s plot before I thought about the theme. I started thinking of a theme I could add to the story and then I thought of something. “Everything loves something” is the theme I chose for myself. The orc, Grahak, loves the queen, The queen loves her citizens, the citizens love her, and Haithem loves his family. “The Eyes” is a story set in another world where everything is in medieval times with a twist of fantasy (magic, elves, orcs, etc.). In the story, an orc is in love with the Queen of a city called Felicity, so he decides he will plot a scheme to take the queen for himself. And of course the Queen does not approve of him schemes. He decides the best way to win over Queen Andrea is to threaten her and her city. He says if she does not hand herself to him by next week he will burn the city to the ground. The queen, frightened, sends her personal agents to take care of the orc. One of the agents is the protagonist Haithem, a man who loves his family and will do anything for his kingdom and Queen. Haithem and his partners, who are also agents, are sent to kill Grahak. They fight the orc and almost lose their own lives as Grahak fights alongside his lackeys. They defeat the orc leaving him bleeding on the ground holding in his wounds. He says one last thing,”I almost had you, didn’t I? Queen Andrea…” The eyes were horrified by what they heard so they became angered by what the orc had sad, so they executed him. They did not know how a monster like him could be in love with their great Queen. The truth was, everyone loves something. They loved the Queen in their own way, just not like how Grahak loved her, and the Queen loved the back, But Andrea would never love Grahak back. I got this idea by a previous story I had written which included a Prince from a different city who had to take back Felicity from an undead army his mother had been controlling alongside the god of the heavens. A character in the story was an eye, he had saved the Prince from being killed in the attack of his own city, Arcadia. The man was also a guard just like Haithem but he was also an “eye.” So that character inspired me to write a story involving the eyes protecting their queen with a new character named Haithem. I think differently about writing a story because I am getting my thoughts on the paper to plan instead of having the whole plot only in my head.