What happen to 20 ? ….. (it’s somewhere over the rainbows)
Last week was pretty fun. I got into another B.R.A.W.L and it was prettying interesting. Questions were being shot forward and forth and various answers were being thrown around. Something I noticed is the way questions are answered by various people. Usually when a person is answering the same question someone has already answered, the answer given is very similar but has a different ‘flair’ to it. The wording might be different, the tone might be different, something might be added on but deep down it’s the same message. In a way, it’s kinda similar to movies about fairy tales. For example, let’s take the fairy tale ” Beauty and the Beast”. Many companies made a movie out of the fairy tale however each are quite different. From different character designs, to contrasting voice acting, each and every movie is not the same. However it is still telling the same tale . I guess you can tell the same like the others but still have a little bit of style to it.
*sneaks in from the air vents* Sssshhh hw is looking for me. It’s hot on my trail.
Well besides from that, last week I participated * well sort of* in this awesome, modified Socratic Seminar known as B.R.A.W.L *no, there was no actual fighting involved*. There were several teams competing against each other to give the most spectacular and thoughtful answers. Each team has a representative who has three “go’s” to do answer well. Compare to the normal Socratic Seminar , B.R.A.W.L is much more interesting,fun and easier. Instead of having to figure out answers and make questions by yourself , you have your team mates to help you out when your mind starts farting. In addition, the B.R.A.W.L is set up in a way in which eventually everyone will have a turn to speak so no one will be left sitting at their table either too shy to speak or bored to death. Also, the three chances to speak makes it much more challenging and competitive because now, students are compelled to only answer if they’re very sure their answer is going to be best they have. In fact B.R.A.W.L almost seems like a relay team game. Because of all of this, I’m actually looking forward to the next B.R.A.W.L.
*sneaks in from the back door*. Ssshh , I’m hiding from my homework to type this. Don’t give me away .
Well besides from that, last,last week I read more of ” Count of Monte Cristo”. It’s getting really exciting with so many plot twists . Something that was eye catching in that book was Count Monte Cristo’s personality. The mysterious count is one full of tricks of his sleeves and his personality changes on a dime. He can appear sincere and caring for a moment and once the people he wishes to manipulate are away his truth devilish side is shown. For example, he forced one of his servants to buy the horses of the wife of one of his “friends” so that tension would rise when the wife found out. When the moment came and the wife was furious at her husband the Count had a stoic and calm look on his face, not troubled at all at what he caused. This reminds me of another character from a different book who also has an unstable personality. Can you guess who it is ?
Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde !
( For those who guessed right , give yourself a pat on the back ! For those who guess wrong, give yourself a pat on the back ! For those who didn’t guess at all , …… you get a pat on the back from yourself.)
“Er…. how are they similar ? One’s a handsome,mysterious count *possible vampire*, while the other is a innocent doctor cursed to be the avatar of human sin.* Discorded anyone?* Well , simple. Their personality changes drastically when a certain thing is introduced or is taken away. For example, when Monte Cristo is with people he is plotting against, he becomes a kind gentleman. However once his targets have gone somewhere else, Monte Cristo becomes more impatient, snappy and darker especially towards his servants. On the other hand, when Dr.Jekyll doesn’t take his mystical potion he is a gentle man who is in no way a fiend. The moment he sips from the vile liquid he transforms into a cruel and horrifying monster who is very violent. It is clear that the two men can switch between the two personalities on a flip of a coin. Interestingly enough from what I can remember, The Count himself has admitted to using a variety of medication/potions that he had created himself including a strange red liquid that is taken via mouth that awakes a person from any type of unconsciousness . Meanwhile Dr.Jekyll also created his potion by himself as well but instead of “waking” him up, it instead pulls him into a deep “slumber” allowing Mr.Hyde to awaken. From those two observations, I would say Count of Monte Cristo and Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde have a decent amount of similarities .
Hahahha… so awkward… I numbered my weekly posts wrong.( Don’t tell my math nor science teacher).
Well besides from all that drama, I’m currenly reading ” The count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. It’s a good book , kinda like a romance story for men.( Okay, I’m lying, it’s an action book for girls). The story is quite interesting for the hero is betrayed by people he thought would do no harm to him , not because he’s all naive and stupid and such but because he feels that he’s invaluable and thus has noting that would make others go against him. ( However as you can tell, he’s totally wrong). What this reminds me is how messed up life is. As long as you succeed , there will always be others who are planning your downfall so they can step on top of you to be where you are. Even when you feel that you are no important to this world and that you’re accomplishments are minor, there is someone out there jealous of what you do, what you have and what you are. To blind to this fact can be quiet dangerous as the book shows us with Dantes’, the hero of the story, fall from fortune. Therefore, I believe that we should enjoy and share our accomplishment but make sure to not over do the sharing to the point it becomes bragging and be aware of those around us so we will be prepare for the traps they will set along the way.
I’m going to the immature of blaming something else for something that happened right now : My school work made it pretty difficult to post last week, sorry . ( There I just did it. I’m a horrible person. Fight me.) Other than that drama, I took an English test last time on the book ” All quiet on the western front”. The test was basically me evaluating this evaluation of the book by this professional website (Well, I think it was professional. I would tell you the name of the group if i could remember). This reminded me the reason why it’s a good thing to watch/read/listen to many reviews by others before deciding if you should skip or take your chances with the movie, video game, books and such. Everybody has different opinions on any subject thus watching one review for anything is a bit biased for the review is based off what the reviewer feels about the item.( Oh dear, even I have trouble understanding that sentence a bit). For example, one review might praise the item for something clever that they enjoyed while another review might berate the item for that same item because they found it distasteful.
“Oi ! I thought my opinion matter the most when it comes to deciding what I like !” you exclaimed angrily.
True true, my reader. However, are you willing to spend like 60 bucks on a new game only to find out you hate it ? Or go watch a movie that you absolutely despise with all your being and wished that you could jump on a time machine, and go back to steal the tickets so you wouldn’t get to see that awful movie ? ( *cough* Avatar the last air-bender live action movie *cough-sob*) If so, then forget those reviews ! Go do what you want to do now!( Except for jumping off that cliff. Bring a parachute first). However, if you’re a bit more careful and would rather use that money for something you’ll enjoy then reviews are great way to test the waters.
For Jaws. By going over many reviews of an item, you can see the strong and weak points of the items and predict if you can enjoy it or not.
What is up people !? ( *insert witty response here*) This week I watched an interesting movie called “Paths of Glory” in class. It is a World War One movie ( as in it’s setting is in World War One, not made during World War One on the battlefield with bullets and artillery shells flying everywhere). It’s quite a tragic movie and will make you end up protesting to the things done in the movie loudly like a child being strapped to a chair being forced to eat raw onions. When you think about it, nearly any book/story movie/tv show can leave us into that state of protest ( I’m not so sure about auto/biography and tv documents). Why you ask ? Simply, they grab the problems of this world,slap neon lights all over it and then wave/ram it into our face until we notice it. Just think about it. In nearly any fictional story where there is a corrupted society or it is a dystopia, and before you even read three chapters, red lights are flashing in your head telling you that the world you’re reading in is messed up . However you’re not thinking about how messed up the world you live in is messed up when you’re driving to buy that expensive cup of coffee are you ? Looking at this from far away, it’s clear that fiction is the window/door that leads to awareness. Sure, maybe the plot might be unrealistic, the characters could be flat, one-dimension, the setting bizarre and strange but the reason why it’s like that could be that the author is trying to state a deep and meaningful message that applies to us, the real world. ( That or maybe they’re just bad writers)
I.AM.SORRY.* bows a thousand times* I was way too busy with doing school work to post last week’s post. Well, here it is now finally.( I can already sense your ever growing excitement *Sarcasm mode*). So I know I once typed/wrote about finding references to mythology and religion once but holy cow, today my mind was blown. While taking a quiz on ” All Quiet On The Western Front” my teacher made me come to realize that references can ninjas at times.( Can’t see them, can’t hear them, but they’re there.) There was really clever reference to Charon and the river of Styx that required you to look at it from a whole new perspective to realize it. In the same vain, it is similar to looking at an art piece. Sometimes it is clearly obvious what the artist’s message is. However, there are other times when the message isn’t all that clear and it takes you a minute or two ( or hour if you’re that type of person) and maybe a lot of head titling. Getting out of that box might also be required. ( I’m looking at you Snake.) Overall, some things require having to think outside that damp cardboard box and look at the big bold world outside. And after you’re done you can go to bed.