Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Obviously Burning themselves.
Speaking against something or for something.
Causing tremendous effects on the world.
Doing it without fear to prove a point that they wanted everyone to see.

Vietnam (Burning Man) Tunisia (Bouazizi)
1963 (Burning Man) 2011 (Bouazizi)
One did it for religious purposes (BM) Other did it for self rights (Bou)
One affected entire world politics (BM)
Other caused an entire revolution and impeachment almost of a president (for life)
One started with nothing at all (BM)
One started with a Woman slapping another man (Bou)

I thought that it was almost an outrage to for Negoda to believe that America played this out. To pay a man to set himself aflame! That would be political and social suicide if that was true in any way. I also thought that for a man to sit aflame for ten minutes without flinching is amazing, and that how almost nobody helped him. It almost seemed that the people were worshipping him. For the Tunisian Revolution now. How one man setting himself aflame start an entire revolution is astounding and entirely amazing to me. One man to undo a dictator that believed he would be president (for life). If you also happened to watch the 60 minutes episode that the reporter was interviewing the man who helped the revolution through radio was amazing because it almost seemed that he was proud and happy that his country was revolutionized for the good. It was something new for me. To actually see a man who is proud and happy about a revolution. It's really beyond words for me.

Discussion Q's
Why do you think that people said that buddha almost was imaged into the smoke in the sky?
Was the man sacrificing himself for buddha?
Why and how do you believe this cause political controversy among the World?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

OPTION 1/Literary Analysis of WWI.

Mar 27, 1912, The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C. First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the Japanese government, of 3,020 trees to the US government for planting along Washington's Potomac River.

I chose this event because it seemed to me that this gift was almost a olive branch to the U.S. with which Japan wanted to be not just at peace with the U.S.A. but to be great allies for an immense amount of time. Which is almost a joke to think that just 29 years later we would attack them in self defense in World War II.

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

I chose this poem to go with this event because for the obvious it’s about cherry trees and the event has Japan’s ambassador’s wife giving First Lady Helen Herron Taft cherry trees. But if you were to give the poem a few more intersecting looks you would see that it is telling that life is to short and you should enjoy the little things now I mention this because our peace with Japan was short and we didn’t appreciate the little things like before I ever looked up nation to nation gifts you wouldn’t have ever seen this. For example “Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty more.” It shows that our time with Japan was precious and should have been appreciated to its fullest potential and maybe then the bombing 29 years later wouldn’t have happened. This line “Is hung with bloom along the bough, “ Is showing how with the gift of cherry trees shows how our relationship with Japan blossomed from this very moment. “Bloom along the bough” Could also be symbolizing the almost Olive branch diminishing any tensions before with the U.S.A and Japan.

The White Man's Burden & Imperialism.

1. By context I believe that Rudyard Kipling means that The White Man's Burden IS the Imperialism. "No iron rule of kings, But toil of serf and sweeper, The tale of common things....." Here Kipling states that people are going through change in government from theirs to a now Industrial type classes (High, Middle, and Low) He also mentions that from once you were noble before the Imperialism of your country now you are to toil with serfs and sweepers (Lower classes).

2.) He in the last stanza's justifies Imperialism. He states to "Have done with childish days- The lightly-proffered laurel, The easy ungrudged praise." This is possibly the outcome of when a citizen that was in their country when it was Imperialized and now is has adjusted fully and is coming through it proud.

3.) It could be appealing to anyone that if they are even in the hardest situation like for example Imperialism (Your whole country changes). Your life could change and if it does go for the bad if you try hard enough to adjust you can adapt into a healthy and wealthy lifestyle once again.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self Reflection

Devyn-Reflection Questions
Reconstruction Debate

How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
Worried, because I was imagining potential flaws
How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
Enthusiasm, because really I felt like had an extremely strong group
How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
Confidence, otherwise I would have failed at speaking.
What did I personally do well?
The public speaking. Positively
What did not go as desired in this presentation?
Well as I saw we were not as content heavy as I thought
On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
7ish because I did get the content but not enough.
How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
Not really a strong player but a medium in overall work
How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
As an extremely loud and good public speaker but not content heavy as I should be.
Knowing that I can only control how I act and react, if I could do this presentation again, what would I change about my actions to make it a more ideal experience?
Get a ton more content! Make a better “script” for myself, and also rehearse before the actual presentation again.
What are my strengths in groups?
I work well with others not really a leader type so I don’t go against much people and (I feel like I’m being repetitive) a good public presenter
What areas do I need improvement?
Once again more content, better preparation also.
What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
I learned that having strong leader type people that work well with each other is great because I just sit there and work which is great because I have like no pressure
Are there any other things that I need to express?
Not really I believe I have said my points and now I’m done

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reflective Blog Entry

My time at DLC has been challenging, fun, and exciting. I have grown to love the DLC. No other program has really changed how I felt about being "smart". I didn't like being smart early on in my life. Most people were even jealous it made me feel bad. Expectations were to high to live with I didn't like school. Now it's the thing I look forward every night. I don't feel like different than everyone DLC is my second home and it's great

Now sadly DLC isn't all fun and games. Projects must be done however possible and on time with exceeding expectations. Projects get good and bad comments. Most are just constructive sayings. Ms. Bailin our teacher isn't exactly "YAY YOU DID AWESOME WOOHOO YOUR SUPER EPIC!" She gives that out very rarely. So when we had to do our Industrial Revolution dress rehearsal my slides were terrible so she said they needed to be better. So... I did. The next day my brand new two slides with new content were presented and explain exceptionally! Ms. Bailin left me a comment on the grade. "New content, Amazing explanation, Good Job!" That was my most proud moment so far in the DLC.

Projects sometimes don't go the way you planned them mostly because you are with a group. (I don't like groups that much) You could get the image of the best project in your head the best you can and try to make you project like that but in a group everyone has to share their ideas too. So we have to mix ideas and make the best of the outcome. That can be hard though. Like my recent Stephen Crane re-do or should I say re-fail. We were able to make up our bad grades of the first Stephen Crane Project but our group wasn't as productive as we were in the first so we didn't get a lot done then rushed through the rest at the last week. Then we got our grade which was an D-.

My favorite part about DLC is that I get to work with people that sorta of think like me so it's easy to get along with everyone. in the beginning of DLC I thought I would be made fun of and laughed at. Then I came the first day and that idea failed with flying colors. Now most of the people in block 1 are my friends and we all have had our laughs here and there. So I guess my favorite part is the people in DLC. (and the teacher) ;)

Some hopes for the second semester I think are to not fail, have more speech associated projects, and to have my own O.M.G. project. Expectations are very high. So with all that being said I love DLC it's people and their work being here is were all honors kids should be.