This unit I learned a lot about debating an about how bad I was at it before this unit. In the beginning of the unit every time I got into an argument I would just insult the other person. I did this I think because every time I did insult them I would get an angry reaction from them an it would feel like I won the argument but i really didn’t I just insulted them. Until one class day Mr.Mcgarry told us insulting the opposing side an what the stand for does not win an argument it just insults them an nobody feels they won. So mr. mcgarry then taught us that if we know what our opponent is going to say against us then we can win the argument easily an they don’t stand a chance. Since I already know what the other side is going to say then I have to think of ways to defend it so it sounds like my argument is stronger an wins. But if I do that then I should easily win the argument and it should be better then arguing about how dumb they are or just being rude an insulting them. Then I also had to do a lot of research which in most of my arguments I do not do that because I’m probably to busy insulting the person an not worried about actual information because I want to get an angry reaction out of the person. Researching about your argument is definitely better then what I have been doing for probably my whole life. So in conclusion about how I have learned about how to actually win an argument is to do research an learn what the other person or opposing side is going to say before they even say it, so you can use it an defend yourself an make them seem like they have useless information an make there argument seem invalid. Note in the future I will try to stay away from insults an trying to make people mad in arguments.
Global warming is for some people a huge epidemic about how the earth is becoming warmer and how the polar ice caps are melting and how people are overreacting about this epidemic. This essay is to show how Global warming is not our fault and how we should not worry about how much C02 is released in the atmosphere and how that is warming up the earth. I do not agree with this idea about how the human race is ruining the earth for many reasons and facts. Some of the reasons I do not agree with this false statement about how man is ruining the earth and melting the ice caps is for one the Sun changes and releases more heat at different times and fluctuates towards the earth, how C02 does not necessarily affect the earth as much as these people think. Also, The 20th century has not become that much warmer and also the earth is always changing. Here is a more in depth essay about how global warming and climate change are not our fault and we should worry less about it.
Too start I would like to explain what I mean when I say the sun is changing and affecting the earth. The Sun is where we get our heat and light (except for the moon but is still not as bright as the sun and does affect the earth heat wise), most people of course know this fact. Most people don’t understand or realize how the sun has solar flares. A solar flare is a big flash of light and creates heat that affects our earth. These solar flares are so powerful that if you look at them you will go blind and if you ever got close to them you would die. These are very powerful and this affects our climate and can make a regular day a lot warmer than what it was originally going to be. So, when people say that we are affecting the earth’s climate and making it warmer remember the sun is the reason we get heat and warmth so when the sun has solar flares and is fluctuating or moving in weird ways then how could it be our fault. It’s just how the sun works and how it is affecting our climate and making it warmer.
NASA, NASA, spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-activity/en/.
“Climate Change ProCon.org.” Is Human Activity a Substantial Cause of Global Climate Change?, climatechange.procon.org/.
Besides the fact that the sun is one of the huge reasons for the climate change and that the solar flares are creating heat. Many people blame how we are creating more C02 than ever and how it is raising the temperature of the climate. This is not a good argument because C02 that we create is not affecting the earth as much as they think. C02 has never been at a higher rate then since the megalodon but this is not affecting our earth by much, it has only risen the earth’s climate by 5 degrees celsius. This is not a lot or a huge temperature difference that can affect the earth by much. Another thing about C02 the earth absorbs most of it anyways. The ocean and the forests absorb most of the C02. This helps a lot and shows how C02 does not affect the earth’s atmosphere as much as people think.
“If Carbon Dioxide Makes up Only a Minute Portion of the Atmosphere, How Can Global Warming Be Traced to It? And How Can Such a Tiny Amount of Change Produce Such Large Effects?” Scientific American, www.scientificamerican.com/article/if-carbon-dioxide-makes-u/.
Global warming is also a topic that has been talked about for awhile even though our earth is fine and has been the same for awhile. There has been research that this temperature has been normal. Many scientist have noticed that over the last 3000 years the fluctuations of temperature have been pretty normal. Most people forget that the earth is always changing and that their is gonna be differences in the climate because that is just how our solar system works and not much can change that. Also, this has been one of the colder times in the last millenium so how can we be making the earth warmer if this is one of the coldest times recorded in history.
“Climate Change ProCon.org.” Is Human Activity a Substantial Cause of Global Climate Change?, climatechange.procon.org/.
So in conclusion Global warming is not being affected much at all by man. The reasons as I stated about how the sun is the reason for the rising of heat and how it’s not man’s fault for the different fluctuations of heat and how solar flares affect the earth. Which man did not and I will repeat myself that we did not do anything to affect the sun the sun is just doing what it does and create heat and light. The other reason that many people will say is ruining the earth a lot is the rise of C02 over the years. For one thing the temperature in the climate has only raised 5 degrees celsius which is not a lot. The C02 is also being mostly absorbed by the oceans and the forest and not as much through the atmosphere which is a big help and a huge reason to show how it’s not one of the reasons for the earth being warmer, which going back to the sun’s solar flares being the reason for the earth getting warmer and we did nothing to annoy it. Last, this is one of the coldest times in the last 3000 years and how the changes in the climates temperature has not changed drastically over the past decade. For those couple reasons I believe that global warming is not man’s fault. The earth getting slightly warmer is just nature taking its course and how the earth and sun work. It’s not man creating C02 and making the polar ice caps melt that is just not what’s happening. It’s just how the sun is working and making the climate somewhat warmer. Those few reasons are why man or humankind are not affecting the earth’s climate as many people think and that is my essay on the cons of global warming and how the climates changing.
My blog for this got deleted so I just realized that it was never turned in so here we go again. The week before break we did an experiment on which Virtues we broke throughout the days. the first couple days I did OK and I didn’t break any virtues like chastity or anything like that. as I went on throughout the week I went to a friends house and hanged out with the boys and we didn’t do anything illegal or anything we where just hanging out. Silence is one I think I excel at and I usually know when to talk and when not to talk I have pretty good control over that. Sincerity is one I think I could work on but I usually is towards my friends and they know when I make fun of them it is a joke and they do it back to me and that is just how our friendship or relationship is. Cleanliness is one I did not do good in since my room is a complete mess and I was and have been told to clean it multiple times. I probably won’t clean it but at least I know what virtue I have to work on and the first step into getting rid of a problem is admitting it right. Order is another one I struggled in for many reasons I do not want to talk about or give specifics but being stressed and feeling out of control is something I always struggle with especially this week. Like for example this blog I have been forgetting to do it and probably have other assignments I should be doing and keeping up with so my grades are where I want them to be. Moderation is another I don’t think I did well with because of overthinking and putting myself in stressful situations. Noticed I have been stressed lately and that is probably why I am breaking some of these virtues and should work on them more. Last, Tranquility is a virtue I did have problems with. I had problems with Tranquility because of stress to and I do not feel at peace. That is how the experiment went for me that week and what virtues I excelled in and which ones I did not do to good with.
There is a huge debate about who is the greatest player of all time. There is two players that come to mind or are talked about the most in this conversation, LeBron James or Michael Jordan. There is so much debate between these two and many reasons why which one is the G.O.A.T. ( Greatest of all time). I say that LeBron is the greatest but many other people think Jordan is the greatest because he has more championships and a better championship success. Now the reason to LeBron being the greatest is he has More triple doubles recorded then Jordan, More NBA first team selections, More Rebounds and Assist in a regular season, More points rebounds steals assists and blocks in the playoffs, Has 30 series playoff wins and has made the finals 8 times which is hard to even imagine because every time he leaves the cavs their record only had 19 wins and when he left the Heat the went below .500 showing how he has carried teams to championships. Also when LeBron came back from a 1-3 record against the Warriors who had the best record at the time 73-9 and the cavs won the Finals from a huge drought of never winning an NBA finals. That is why I think Lebron is the greatest player of all time.
Part 2: 2018 was not the best year but it could have been worse. It was an OK year a lot of good music dropped but none of my favorite artist dropped music except for Travis Scott, The Weeknd, and J. Cole but both of those albums/ EPs where really good. The summer was probably the best part of 2018, I got to hangout with a core group of guys that I never really thought I would hangout with and it was a lot of fun an those guys will always be the homies. There was so many memories we made an then we started to go to the park and play basketball and more of the seniors that have played for awhile started showing up and we just worked on drills and shooting. It was a lot of fun and i got to get closer to those guys on the team to, Basketball isn’t going as well as I wanted to because I worked my but off but It will hopefully pay off soon and I still enjoy the team and everything else for the most part.
My first impression of a dodos conundrum was completely off the actual theme. I have no idea what I was thinking at first an Mr.Mcgarry probably thought I was insane or something. My first idea of the theme for the Dodos conundrum was that this guy was on the run from the police an that he is on a train looking at nature. Looking at things like pine trees and hearing sirens from the police that a represented by mermaids but I was completely off what it actually was. What Mr. McGarry said it was, was that this man is making a model of what he thinks to be a perfect world. Now what he thinks to be a perfect world is not what another person may think. Then we did questions for this one poem called sound an sense. We also did this for another poem we read called Eldorado by Edgar Allen Poe. I think the sound sense questions in the new poem is a lot more difficult to answer then Eldorado. First, because I could not even figure out the theme for the longest time for the Dodo’s Conundrum. Also, we went over the theme for Eldorado. Some of the questions were easier to answer for each poem don’t get me wrong, but that is just how I feel. We also wrote two poems by ourselves. My first poem was not really good an it did not really change my view on poetry an help my understanding of it. But then my second poem I started to understand the rhythm an how stanzas an syllables work. But still did not help to much when trying to figure out the theme an what the poem actually was about. That is what I thought about the theme about both poems and how i still am not good at finding the themes and understanding poems probably due to the fact I am probably considered illiterate.
In the beginning when we started writing poetry I started thinking it wouldn’t be that bad because I listen to a lot of rap music an I thought it could have some kind of similarity. Well I thought wrong there is a lot more to writing a poem then just rhyming words together. One of the hardest things with no doubt in my mind is just thinking about what to write about an what the theme should be. This is hard because when you finally think about a topic to write about then what should you write about it. For example, many people write poems about love so what can you write about love and how can you go into detail about it. I found this extremely difficult to do and many of my peers around my table in the classroom thought so to. Another thing is how to get the rhythm down and how to get everything to line up. This was kinda hard because you have to develop a rhythm and pattern with the measurements of the words. So my perception of poetry has changed a lot after my second poem which is about the struggles of basketball tryouts.
Now the presentation for my poem is probably going to be even harder then actually writing the poem about tryouts. Now I could just go into depth about how much pain we went through and show pictures of some of the things we did. Some of the things we did where like suicides, coach whites, and timed sprints like run up the court in 5 seconds, run up and back in 12 seconds. Another thing I could show in my presentation is is write a stanza and show two pictures that represent the stanza. For example when in my poem I write how I crawled away like a centipede out of exhaustion so I would show a picture of a centipede and someone crawling from exhaustion, also I wouldn’t put something too graphic so everyone could enjoy my presentation or power point. That is what i am going to do to present my poem.
The new unit that we are starting is all about poem’s. so this is how I feel about poem’s and how that has not changed really at all as we are going through this unit. Before we even got into poetry and really talked about it this year I didn’t really think much of it. I wasn’t really ever interested in it and honestly probably never will be. We started to talk about stanzas and syllabus and it doesn’t really catch my attention and seems kinda difficult to sometimes understand. Then Mr. Mcgarry is making us write a poem either in free verse or with rhythm but it has to be 16 lines. I find this difficult to write a poem because I don’t really know what to write about even though he gave us some examples but I couldn’t really relate to any of the examples he gave us because they were mostly about love and I didn’t really want to write something about love. Then we read this poem by Edgar Allen Poe called Eldorado. Now Eldorado is about a knight that is looking for Eldorado and how he meets a pilgrims shadow and that he has to travel through the valley of shadows. Now I was with my group talking about the theme of the poem and we came up with something that was not even really close to what our teacher said it was but i gave it my best shot right. Then we kept going on with all these other questions about this poem and me and my one friend have no clue what any of it means while the other two people at my table try to explain it different and we are both still confused. One day me and him will hopefully understand but right now we have no idea whats going on. So in conclusion the poem I am writing is not going very well I still have to get the syllabus figured out with it, and I do not really like poetry that much but maybe I will start to like it a little better as we keep going on through the unit.
The book I have recently read was Percy Jackson the lightning thief. My initial reaction to the book in the beginning it starts out with a 12 year old boy named Percy who has no father and lives with his mom and her boyfriend. now her boyfriend is the biggest loser ever Percy makes it sound like and he abuses his mom. Percy tries so hard to get his mom to leave him but for some reason she just says he will understand in the future. Now this made me think why is his mom being so difficult and won’t even tell Percy why she won’t leave her boyfriend after all the stuff he has done to her, honestly made me feel frustrated for Percy. Anyways after awhile of going to school he gets called out by one of his teachers and has no idea why. The teacher then all of a sudden turns into a fury which is a demon from the depths of Taurus. The fury tries to get Percy a lightning bolt which he has no idea what the fury is talking about and then the fury gets scared by one of Percy’s teachers and Grover his best friend. Percy starts to freak out about this and Grover takes him back to his house. At about that point i was hooked into the idea or theme of this story and it started to get really exciting. Then Percy goes to camp-half blood and his mom gets taken an he realizes Hades has her and he decides to go out and find her and Grover and Annabeth ( a girl he just met who is a really good fighter). They go on this huge journey to get these pearls so the can escape the underworld. They go to see medusa, they fight a hydra, they escape the lotus which is a building that makes time speed up in the real world. That was really exciting when they were going through that. But then they make it to the underworld and try to reason with Hades and explain Percy does not have the lightning bolt. Once they get there Percy finds out that the shield Luke gave him had the lightning bolt in it and tried to frame Percy. When I realized Luke was the lightning thief it was a shocker and it started to make a lot of sense because of how Luke said he never met his dad and about how the gods only care about them selves and not about their children. After Hades thought he had the lightning bolt his fiance Persephone shot it at Hades an knocked him out cold. Persephone then gave them back the lightning bolt and just as they were about to leave they realized that they only had 3 pearls that could take them home. Grover decided to stay and let Percy his mom and Annabeth go so they can give the lightning bolt back to Olympus and which they did and that is basically the end of the book. After though when they left Grover i felt bad for him because they literally left him in Hell. Later in the story though in the end he gets back to Camp Half-Blood and it’s all good. I choose this book because many people told me I would like it which I did like it. The reason I think I liked this story so much is probably because of how much action there was and how I kinda like the Greek mythology mixed in with all of it and was more modern and was more realistic to the world today.
When I was finishing writing my short story I didn’t change to much of my story. In the beginning of it when I first started writing about it, I didn’t think of making it a movie or anything I was just going to go along with just Eric dying but it didn’t seem like enough and I wanted to add more to the story. So, I came up with a good idea which was to make it all a movie scene and I kinda just went on with that idea for awhile. I started to add some more dialogue and then when Eric is pronounced dead the director yells “CUT!” and that is when everything is fine and peachy and no one died. After that Jack met up with Eric and they started to talk about everything about the movie and how many awards they where going to win and how both of them are living there dream. After that I still felt like I could go on even more with the story so I decided to add some irony. I got the cast to go out to dinner and in the middle of it there is a huge shooting and Jack gets shot. The tables turned at this point and Jack was dying in Eric’s arms. I finally felt like I had enough stuff in my story and i decide to end it on that.
On another note the book i read by Stephen King called Christine was really boring and I didn’t even want to finish it. It started out OK but I just lost interest and I just do not want to keep reading it. I do not really suggest reading this book because it is really long and it’s kind of a hit or miss. If you like that kind of horror stuff or just Stephen King i would suggest it to you but I do not think my friends would really like it to much.
The book that I have started reading has been Christine by Stephen King. The story Christine starts out not to boring and talks about Arnie who is a nerd in high school. As Arnie is driving down the road with Dennis he sees a Plymouth Fury. The story starts out very soon with some kind of excitement because when Arnie sees the car I started thinking that has to be Christine. So then Arnie and Dennis start to talk and Arnie and Dennis noticed something freaky about the car which then starts to make me get really excited about this story. So far I really like how the story is turning out and how it is already getting my attention and pulling me in the story. As I keep reading I feel like the story is gonna get more and more interesting and keep pulling my focus more and more in this story. One character I like about the story is Dennis he seems to be like one of the more cooler characters and he notices how there’s already something wrong with the car. I don’t like Arnie though he because he is really nerdy and he is the dumb one to buy Christine which I know he will regret later on the story. Something I can relate to though is buying a car. I can understand that in his eyes he knows he can fix her up and stuff but what I don’t understand is that he didn’t really think about buying the car or not. Arnie did not think over his decision at all and he just buys it on sight pretty much. I could never do that also I wouldn’t want a beat up car to I would rather save my money. So that is what I think about the story Christine so far. It’s starting to get exciting to read and i’m looking forward to how the story and Arnie and Dennis turn out after Arnie buying this haunted car. Also, I wanna see how everything leads up to Christine becoming possessed and what she does to everyone in the story.