Good Vibes…not from this chapter

I don’t agree with the statement “that government is best which governs least”. The role of the government is to secure and protect it’s citizens lives a way of life. The government should be able to create a good and prosperous life and should be able to maintain that way of life for it’s citizens and be able to protect the land on which they live on. It’s role to each individual is to allow them to live a well and safe life. It should allow them to be able to enjoy activities they love unless they harm other citizens. What government commands do I respect? I’m not entirely sure which ones I respect but to be honest I’m not entirely sure what government commands are. The role of civil disobedience today is to help keep the government in check and to make sure that the government isn’t becoming to strict. It is somewhat effective today because there are always peaceful protests of issues that requires the government to take action and how they take action helps gauge how well the government is.

Wha?…

Can we just stop this chapter please???….The only connection that I noticed is that they both basically say that nature is a separate place from the world and that there is no control there. You can’t be controlled and you can’t control nature. The main idea of Where I lived, and what I lived for is that no matter how poor or rich you are you can still be wealth. And that true wealth comes in the form of our happiest moments and that as long as we keep having happy moments here and there we will still have true wealth. The main idea of The Conclusion is basically government is not necessary. The benefits of leaving society and living the woods would be peace and quiet, no physical and mental distractions and no one can control how you live or move in the woods. Like there would be no car horns or motors, there would be no fast food or physical distractions plus no mental distractions from radios and other noises. There are no sidewalks or streets or stairwells or hallways to control where and how you travel in the forest. In the woods you can walk whichever way you want and how you want. What would I miss? I would miss probably my closest friends, my ability to drive where places, and some electronics like Xbox since helps me escape the real world during the little free time I have. I might be able to do the challenge for maybe a few days but after that I’m not entirely sure. I’d probably miss being able to talk to my closest friends and would need to go back to society. A modern reader should take out that every once in a while we need to separate ourselves from society. Take a hike, go camping, or something that can take you out into nature. That is really all I could get out of the excerpt for a modern reader. Also can the chapter be over already? Like I don’t understand hardly a single thing because it’s so confusing. Like my table has done every assignment as a group because we don’t understand anything.

Argument be gone

Argument. I still don’t like it. I still argue with people almost daily but I don’t like the debate part and the having to make complete sense part. My understanding of argument and debate grew a tad bit more on how to construct your side of the argument and how to defend it. Why argue? When your right or think you are. Or to settle a problem. Or if the person who your arguing doesn’t let you alone so you either destroy them in the argument or become really embarrassed when you lose. When to argue? Pretty much the same as why argue. How to argue? Collect information on your point of view of the argument, then compile the information into a somewhat structured argument. Then go over it and clean it up. Make your argument more structured and well protected. Then when your “opponent” tries to prove why they are right, you use the facts you gathered to destroy their argument and show how you are right. The way I argue? Like how I personally argue? Well usually it’s like a loose cannon that is supported by some facts, and usually either hits the target and wins or completely misses and I admit to my mistake. The way my peers construct arguments? Some of them are the same way as may, while some of them will ask questions before they argue and then use those to help them argue or they won’t argue if they don’t get the answers they can use. The way adults argue can vary from the way me and my peers argue but in today’s day and age, not as much. Some adults are still the loose cannon with facts and the ones that use questions. But there are some that actually form a solid argument before engaging in an argument but the numbers of those people are low. My thought after the argument lessons: I still hate it. I don’t think differently about it. At all. The experience of developing a persuasive speech was kinda hard but kinda easy. Like I don’t like to argue, yet I argue all the time, or have to build an argument by searching for facts and taking time to do it. That was the hard part while the easiest was after gathering all the information. It was easier to grab parts from the articles and stitch them together into an argument because I have all the information and all I have to do is put it together.

The Wall

My topic for the debate is the Border Wall and I got assigned the Con side of the debate. This is also my personal position on the topic. What I know? I know that the border wall is a very controversial topic in United States Politics. I know that Trump has been fighting Congress and the House of Representatives to secure funding to build the wall. I know that Trump caused the current government shut down in order to get the funding the wall he wants. I know that the wall will cost the United States at least millions to billions of dollars to build the wall since the border is mostly the Rio Grande river so the wall will have to be a few miles inside the border. And in Texas the land needed to build the wall is private land so the US Government would have to pay those people for their land. Some of the basic results I got when I searched “Border Wall Cons” are websites that list Pros and Cons of building the wall, websites that have why we should or should not build the wall, and one said “The 3 biblical reason to build the wall”. One logical way to address this topic? I have no clue to be truthful. An issue regarding the border wall would be that the the building immigrants must go to on the border to be processed are out dated and under equipped to handle the immigrants that cross legally now, so if Trump builds the wall and doesn’t do anything with the facilities that would be charged with handling all the immigrants would only lead to an increase in unrest among the immigrants. So instead of building the wall, Trump should send all the money he wants to the processing facilities so they can better equip themselves to handle all the immigrants getting processed. The emotions that can be brought into play are: pity for the immigrants that are fleeing trouble in their country and trying to make it to safety, and anger for all the effects now like the government shut down since Trump won’t budge on the wall.

Change…….

Apple or Android? That is the debate I’m choosing to use. The two sides are Team Apple and Team Google. Apple argues for IOS by stating how secure iphones are with most viruses being directed towards Androids due to their open source system while iphone are “exclusive” and are a closed source system, how fast they are with new iphones having a new chip in them which alows them to do something twice as fast as other iphones and Androids, and how iphones are constantly being updated while Androids have a wide range of what version software they have. Team Android agrues on how much variety there is on Androids for apps and such since Androids use an open source system which allows people to get pretty much whatever they want, How cheap Androids are compared to iphones, and how Andriods has a better user experience with Google Assistant being more helpful than Siri and how Google has a huge information bank being a big structure for thye internet.

I’m for Team Apple. The only phones I’ve had have been iphones and they have been perfect while I’ve heared some friends who had Androids complain how they are slow or don’t function properly sometimes. Also some of the points that Team Apple pointed out help solidify my stance with Apple, I mean with better protection from viruses, better computing power, and how up to date iphones are, I’ll py a few extra dollars for an Apple product

2019, woah. So the school year has gone pretty good so far. I mean I was really stressed at some points but over all pretty good. Onething I could change/improve is procrastination. Something to do today or this week is to try nto finish my books for AR and begin the essay for the 16th but with my schedule probably not gonna happen😒 One thing that could really stop me is myself. I’ll want to get the project done but I’ll probably become lazy and push off the essay till like the day or two before it is due then freak out to find time to do it.

Virtues experiment….nah

Ight, Franklin Experiment, right. Well the list of my 15 virtues are: Determination, Moderation, Frugality, Temperance, Order, Industry, Resolution, Justice, Cleanliness, Humility, Tranquility, Assertiveness, Fortitude, and Silence. And now I guess I have to go through and tell which ones I successfully passed or I failed. Welp, let’s begin.😃

I passed determination with flying colors. If there was something I wnted done, I went a tried to follow through with it. I passed Moderation since I never took on a task that would have stretched my abilities too far.  I passed Frugality, kinda. There was nothing really that was offered to me that could help me in the future but I probably would have taken it. Temperance is a messy subject. I technically passed it since I ate a lot of food at the football banquet but it was a formal banquet so like should I have ate that much? Order, ooo I passed. I can’t stand to have things unorganized at all.  Industry is a half fail. I had work and football lifting so those were good but I failed when I started binge watching a Tv show. Resolution was a pass. My resolve to do anything was certain and final. Sincerity was a fail. I may or may not have lied to hurt some person deliberately. Justice was a pass. No wrong was committed and everything I did I believed was right. Cleanliness for physical aspect was a hard pass, but the internal cleanliness wasn’t as good. I had darkness in the form of anger control how I handled a situation which I don’t know how it will go down the road. Humility and Tranquility were easy passes. If your true to yourself and your beginnings then you’ll have good vibes. Assertiveness was ok. I made my opinoins known. Fortitude, well that was…let’s say strong. No matter how many insults at me or my friend a certain person through at me, I would either take it and continue or I would fire back and not let up without a fight. I only have Silence in here for the last part of it: Avoid trifling conversations. Well that was a hard fail. I had multiple trifling conversations over the past week.

No more poetry…..hopefully

My first impression of “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was confused. I couldn’t really make sense of what the poem was trying to talk about and how I was going t understand the theme. Which I think I have found as about going through life trying to find happiness but not being able to understand why you can’t find it. Other questions I have about the work? Pretty much all of it, Ha ha. ‘m still confused and unable to figure out certain aspects of the poem. I guess I kinda have my own Dodo’s Conundrum. The questions in this Sound and Sense compared to the ones for “Eldorado” were easier but still kinda hard to find certain aspects.  It was easier to find the theme, by like a teeny tiny bit, but never the less found it. And it also took the entire table of the 4 of us to find it as well. Finding parts of the poem like symbols and allusion (if there was any) and most of those parts. Writing poetry affected the way I read the poem a little bit. It was easier to guess what the theme was, yes guess, and maybe some other parts of the poem but most of it is still confusing. I’m still confused on Under and Overstatements and paradox and irony. Truthfully I don’t think poetry writing helped me interpret the Dodo’s Conundrum effectively. And I also don’t think that writing poetry and dissecting poetry are not anywhere near my strong suit.

Now I need to rant about my weekend. I worked until 9 Friday night and worked both Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4. Saturday after work I had to go to a Christmas party with my girlfriend that I didn’t really want to go to. And to top it off she kept going from happy and talkative and then someone would say one wrong word (usually me) and BOOM she would shut up and would be miserable. Then Sunday after work I was forced to go to the Fire Hall for some minor training because I wanted to stay home and relax while playing a new story on Batman: Arkham Knight but my dad wouldn’t let me because it would be an “educational experience”

Poetry must burn away

My perception hasn’t really changed of poetry that much. I didn’t like poetry before the Poetry section and I still don’t like poetry even after writing two poems. Writing poetry with requirements really didn’t change the way I look at other peoples poems. I avoid poetry basically and if I have to look at poetry I usually don’t understand the “hidden” meaning. My first poem was basically what the hell do I do and how do I do it. I didn’t understand a dang thing about all the hidden meanings in poems, let alone writing a poem. So to be truthful, I bullcrapped my way through the first poem and did most of it at like 9;30 the night it was due. My second poem was a little bit more thought out, but it still was kinda bullcrapped through. I had an idea of what I wanted and tried to get there but didn’t get exactly there. My second poem is about how firefighters, no matter time of day, stop what their doing and try to save or help complete stangers no matter what. My poem is about that because in today’s world, it is realy hard to find people who aren’t looking out only for themselves. ost people care only about where their at, how to make themselves better, and how to help themselves but not other people. Where as most community services like the Ambulance Services, Police, and Career and Volunteer Fire Departments are filled with people who do what they do to help other people and usually on that person’s worst day. I focus on firefighting and excpecially Volunteer Firefighters because Career Firefighters get paid to do that, while Volunteer Firefighters VOLUNTEER their time and live for other people. They will stop their lives to go and save people or help them on their worst day and some pay the ultimate price for it too but that doesn’t stop them.

Using pictures in my second poem? i don’t know exactly how to do it but I probably could use pictures how people living their lives and stopping to go save people, maybe… We shall find out

Poetry…ugh

My reaction to the poems we read were pretty much non-existent. I am not a real big fan of poetry or anything relating to poetry. Like the poems were alright. And the countless years of being forced to read and interpret poetry and not being helped in understanding how to correctly interpret the poems doesn’t help in how I feel about poetry. The discussions and the break apart of the Raven and Eldorado helped me understand the poems a little bit, but I still don’t understand many aspects about poems.  I still am confused on all the stressed and unstressed sylables and all the endings to lines and stuff. I understand the Rhyme patterns like ABBA and ABAB but after the how many years of being forced to read poetry and disect it, I still don’t understand half of the poems. The analysis of Eldorado helped me make sense of the actual theme of it as love and not greed like I origanally thought it was about. It also helped me understand how to use the author’s life and time period to look at and interpret the poem. I’m trying to write about the fire dept and fire fighting for my poem. Key word is try though, I managed to complete the first stanza but it took me almost the entire class period to create it, and I’m still having trouble piecing together the other stanzas and making them work to complete the poem, all be it being a crappy poem.

Enough talking about poetry, it’s making me dislike it more truthfully. I went and saw Bohemian Rhapsody Saturday and I thought it was pretty good. I already liked Queen and the movie explained how some of the songs came to be and the band’s inner struggles about songs and what direction the band goes for their future. Also I’ve been dealling with a head cold all weekend and I’m ready to be rid of it. I’ve been taking cold meds every 4 hours everyday, and all day long. But at the end of the week I start driving with Mr. Archey to get my liscense so there is something to look forward to

 

Darth Bane, the beginning of the downfall of the Jedi

I loved reading Star Wars The Old Republic: Darth Bane, The Path of Destruction. I loved how Darth Bane went from being Des, on a corporate controlled mining world, to a Sith Trooper to becoming a Dark Lord that destroyed all of the other Sith and created the Rule of Two, which lead to the destruction of the Jedi. I was very interested in how when Bane was on the mining world and as a Sith Trooper, had a sort of sixth sense. Bane was able to see the near future of a fight which helped him win every fight. And during a mission to destroy an outpost, it helped him snipe multiple Republic Trooper even though Bane was temporarily blinded. I was really surprised that after showing extreme powers in the force for being an apprentice by force choking another Sith apprentice during a duel that Bane had lost his connection to the force and was utterly beaten during another duel with the top student. I was also impressed when Bane defied the Dark Lords that ran the Korriban Academy and ventured into the Valley of Dark Lords to find examples that the current Sith were flawed and that the Brotherhood of Darkness needed to be destroyed. I was amazed when another Sith apprentice, Githany, began teaching Bane to help him regain his connection to the Force and how an hour after she taught Bane how to produce Force Lightning that Bane was able to create a mini Force Maelstrom inside the Archive Room in the Academy. The characters that I despised were Githany and Lord Kaan. Githany was a Jedi Traitor and began traing on the Sith Homeworld of Korriban. She quickly became interested in Bane when he defeated a fellow apprentice but at the cost of his Force Powers. She then began teaching Bane to help him regain his powers but only taught himn little portions of the actual teaching to keep Bane as her pawn, but after a few session Bane began to surpass Githany in power and strength and caused Githany to realize that she could never be able to keep him as her pawn but have him as an ally. But soon she begins to despise Bane because of how Bane kept stating that the Brotherhood of Darkness, which had united the Sith, was flawed and needed to be destroyed as Githany believe whole heartedly in the Brotherhood. Lord Kaan was the “leader” of the Brotherhood of Darkness. He had dragged the Jedi into an long battle on the planet of Ruusan and had stalemated with them for a year. He constantly used the Force to manipulate his troops and fellow Dark Lord’s mind into making them agree with almost every one of Kaan’s battle plans or to give them false hope during battles. When Darth Bane sent Kaan the idea of the Thought Bomb, a destructive Sith ritual, Kaan contemplated it but instead persisted in defeating the Jedi with mere troops and strategic superiority. And when Bane arrived and told Kaan that the only true ways was to either use the Thought Bomb, another Sith ritual, or by treachery and trickery, which were the true ways of how the Sith were able to defeat the Jedi, Kaan still refused resulting in Bane to disrupt Kaan’s battle plans and prompting Kaan to use the Thought Bomb even when Kaan still wanted to win through tactical superiority. I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in how the Sith went from one of the two Galactic Governments to crumbing and being forced into the shadows and have only two Sith Lords being alive at any given time.