Thursday, April 6, 2017

Done?

My prediction was accurate and now I don't know what to think. I finished the book and now I need the next one. At the end it has a hook that states Blue's mother is missing. Which makes me very confused. I wonder if it has anything to do with the key line waking, or the cave appearing, but I can't say. In the next book, I predict, it will focus in more on Blue's side of the story since her mom is missing.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy

Now that Blue finally told Adam the truth I'm not sure she said it soon enough. I feel bad for both of them, Adam just never gets a break and Blue doesn't know how to explain herself very well. I have a connection there because I have a hard time explaining myself and I'm always too busy. I think that this argument will spark Blue and Gansey's 'relationship'.

The Giver

Imagine that the only world you have ever known had no color, feelings, or fun. The Giver book and movie were great at expressing a lifeless life of sameness. Also The Giver book and movie are very persistent with each other but I think that the movie is better because you feel more connected to Jonas, they emphasized more conflicts in the story, and you can really see what's going on.
Of course they didn't change the premise of the story, but they made a few tweaks that made a big difference for the people watching. For instance, in The Giver movie the story is in first person instead of third person like the book. This made a, good difference because you could really understand what was going on in his head and through his eyes.  When he catches a glance of color, you catch a glance of color. When Jonas is hurt, you wince at his pain. When he feels anxiety, you feel anxious for him. By doing this you feel more connected and in line with Jonas’s thoughts and physical actions. They also decided to make Jonas more aware of things in the movie so now you get even more of an understanding than before.
They had the same small conflicts in the story, but made them bigger problems. Of course the book had small conflicts too, but they weren't shown as very big problems. Such as the “stirrings”, they were a thing and were explained, but here they showed origin and took higher romance levels. Of course they had Jonas be a little older, sixteen, because seeing a twelve year old have stirrings is not… appetizing. Sixteen also seems like a better age to start getting a job and taking responsibilities, unlike twelve where we are still treated like children. Another conflict was the fact that Jonas was trying to teach Asher and Fiona something about his training. This happens in both the book and movie, but in the movie Asher starts to act civilized and unlike himself. This takes a turn for both their friendship and their loyalty. One of the main scenes where it examples this is when Janas tried to show them what sledding was. This didn't happen in the book but it did add a lot of excitement and conflict to the plot.
Some people may think that being able to imagine the world of sameness is a form of creativity and a magic in its own. But if you could be there witnessing the magic, then you can see all the scenes play out before you. You wouldn't need to stop every few pages and wonder, so what just happened? You are in a trance where the movie has taken over and by watching you can see the little things in the background. Most of the time people get distracted while reading.You read the words with your eyes but now you can watch with them. You also get to use another one of your senses by listening. You can hear the characters talk and it is like you are finding out even more about them.

The Giver book and movie are good but one shows more integrity than the other. The movie is a book of scenes playing out before you in its own magical way, and the creativity is still there. You feel more attached to Jonas, you see more depth in conflicts, and you get in a trance of brilliance by watching. For the most part I thought the book was better, but in any case they were both great, The Giver book and movie.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hatred or Compassion?

Now that Kavinskey is taking part in Ronan's thieving I wonder if they will become something. Its hard knowing whether or not Ronan's dreams are formed by hatred or compassion, because in the end for Ronan they are pretty similar. Gansey is the only one that comforts him, and he doesn't show his gratitude greatly. I hope he can find a way to return Gansey's favor.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Dream Theft

If you could obtain any object that you have in your dreams, would you use it for good? In the book The Dream Thieves, Ronan can do just that. I honestly don't know what to make of Ronan, he is maniacal yet somehow thoughtful at the same time. Sometimes I feel like I am not thinking enough about other people's opinions enough. Which makes me feel like a bad person. I predict he will get more and more careful about how to use his gift for good reason.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ancestor Interview

The Living Proof
I couldn’t think of which grandparent would fulfill my interview essay. That's when it hit me, my Papa had moved here from Mexico, I could ask him elaborate more on the subject and what life had brought him. So, it was decided, luckily I got the assignment while they were in town, which I took advantage of. I asked my Papa to participate in my interview, which he gladly said yes. As soon as possible I had Mr. Coward check my questions and be on my way. Although I didn’t quite know if I was ready, I thought, It’s now or never, which was anything but true. That's what electronics are for.
We decide to talk in the guest room in my uncle’s apartment, where he can rest, relax, and calm his weakening muscles. The room is dark which makes him feel even more comfortable, maybe too comfortable at that. So I sit and hope he doesn’t doze off in the middle of our interview.
He has soft brown eyes with a sort of sparkle in them. His face kind yet scruffy like he still likes to work hard, which he does, at his age of almost 70. His hands tell a story within that remind you of his life, filled with lectures and tips on, well pretty much everything; but his hands also have a gentle response as if they are searching for an answer, he just doesn’t know what for. That’s when I realized it was time to start.
My first question was, “Why did you come to America, and how old were you when you moved,” I ask.
He responds lightly, “I was four or five and I came to join my family which was already here. I was living with my grandmother in Mexico and my father and mother were here in Merced; so my grandmother brought me to join my family, myself and my sister, because we were in Mexico. So my grandmother brought us here.”
“What was it like to grow up in your family,” was my next question.
“It was a family of six, and we grew up on a dairy farm. Farm life, cows, hay, milk. A dairy farm in the valley,” he responded.
I follow up that question by asking, “What do you remember most when you were about my age?”
He starts off slow, as if he’s trying to remember, or remembering to much, about the past. “About your age… My mother had contracted to Tuberculosis an I was in between many foster homes. My mother was in a sanitary for Tuberculosis so my dad was taking care of us and he was working in the fields; he couldn’t take care of four kids, so the county ended up taking us and putting’ us in the foster homes. I ended up in a foster home with my brother and my sisters ended up in another foster home, and finally we got to a foster home that could take all four of us. It was a small, little place with five kids. They had one of their own, Stanley Frensen and Mr. and Mrs. Frensen, Dorothy and Simon were our parents for what, a year, year in a half.”
Now I was very curious, “Can you tell me how your birthplace was, or is, different from where you are now?”
“I was born in an adobe house at home, not in a hospital. So, here we have hospitals, so it’s a little different. Cobble stone streets, no cars- transportation was by rail road; no indoor plumbing, a little different.”
Here was the question that would end our fun for the day, “Could you tell me some of the challenges you came across over time and how they affected you?”
“Well I uh… I was fortunate enough that I came as a young child, here. This way I was able to go through the education system here. I remember kindergarten, so much easier for me being able to uh, have the education and being able to speak the language, able to get a decent education so that I could get a decent job. I was very fortunate to be able to be raised in this country with this education and such.”
I didn’t think I would ever understand my Grandpa’s life as an immigrant. I still don’t think I will. I guess it will take me more time to register and wrap my head around what was really going on. His life is nothing to compare to mine, his is much more complicated; and I didn’t quite know how complicated it was and how fast I would need to act, yet here is the living proof that I finished, and he lived through it.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Where do They Go?

The Whale Shark lives in warm temperatures, which means it stays in the general area of the equator. They are also nomadic, that means that they swim anywhere on earth as long as they are in tropical temperatures. Whale Sharks also love to swim in deep waters, such as 800 meters, 2,600 feet. They often swim closer when in coastal areas or coral reefs. Scientists believe they go to feed on the surfeit amount of algae when they migrate every spring to Australian waters.
Information was found at: sharksider.com by anonymous