Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lit Analysis

Lit Analysis: A Child Called It

This book is about how hard David Pelzer's childhood was. In essence, he was basically abused by his mother in a way that not even war criminals deserve to be treated. Her wrath extended from beatings, being starved, and being stabbed by his own mom. The purpose of the author was to expose to the world the horrors that people all over the world suffer from which otherwise wouldn't get any attention from the media. The theme throughout the story was basically dark and dismal with little room for any hope or happiness until the very end of the book.

The author used  symbolism and foreshadowing multiple times to write his non-fiction childhood story. For example, David Pelzer started his book with a more recent time of his life, then came back to the beginning of his painful childhood in the second chapter.David also wrote long, vivid descriptions of each and every setting the story took place in, allowing the book to create the graphic details of each gut-wrenching scene to seem real and life like. This book will stay with me for as long as I live. Because of this book, I don’t even think of child abuse jokes as funny anymore even though stand-up comedy is all about being vulgar and getting controversial laughs out of your audience. After reading this book and realizing what it’s like for people to actually have to go through such a shitty experience it’s really eye-opening and perspective changing.

Lit Analysis

Literature Analysis: The Maze Runner

1. The book starts off with a young man, Thomas, who finds himself shooting upwards in a pitch black elevator with no memory of who he is. Once the elevator stops he finds himself in a giant maze with another couple dozen people who are all in the same predicament Thomas is in. Together Thomas and the other young adults work together to escape the maze and find a safe haven. The author’s purpose is to provide a source of entertainment through his descriptive and immersive storytelling as well as cliffhangers stronger than a drug addiction.
2. The overall theme of the story is that no matter what situation you’re thrown into, if you strive to achieve, you will.
3. The author’s tone is emotionally charged through Thomas’s perspective as if the author wishes he were in Thomas’s shoes. The emotion really comes out when Thomas’s best friend is killed by the people Thomas thought he could trust.
Thomas is the protagonist of the story. his perspective is the one through which the story it told. Thomas is a round character changing the way he is seen by the other characters multiple times during the story. At first he’s the new kid on the block whom only a few respect. However, towards the end of the book it is clear he is very respected and becomes one of the leaders. His attitude changes from being more cowardly to sacrificing everything for his friends.

Monday, June 2, 2014


As somewhat of an expert on open source learning, I've never felt more connected to a class than I have with open source learning. The trust required for this class to mean something to anyone is a tremendous amount. We, as students, had the power to learn what we wanted to they way we wanted to to. I've never learned so much from a single class in my entire life.
When you have the power to do whatever you want, you also have the responsibility of not doing something that would ruin it for the rest of the class. My class respected the power and we all respected each other. We also worked together in our class, and not to do some worthless poster, but to collaborate and work with one another to build a meaningful masterpiece project. The fact that a bunch of students can act together as well as respect a tool given to us by a higher power without ruining it shows me that not only did we deserve this trust in the first place, we also lived up to the expectation of who gave it to us.
The masterpiece really put me through some soul searching in the beginning, trying to figure out what makes me happy, where a fiery passion lies within me. I went from politics, to working with children, to even thinking about teaching. However, I decided on comedy, specifically stand-up. Not only did I realize something I’m passionate about, I realized that there’s a lot more to stand-up than just making people laugh. So instead of looking at everything with the single perspective of just trying to make people laugh I can look deeper into every situation and pull out multiple perspectives pertaining to multiple aspects of life and consciousness. That is something a traditional  English class will not teach you.
I think the funniest moments throughout the course were the conversation i shared with my colleagues when we would discuss our masterpieces. Especially since mine was about stand up comedy I really had to dig deep to figure out what it takes to make people laugh, and out of that what makes people laugh the hardest.
I think the most universal quality over all the presentations was to be true to who you are and remain an individual. Whether it be stand up comedy, writing a book, street art, beat production, or rap music. Copying or selling out if very frowned upon while remaining true to yourself is glorified and inspirational. All of the more well known people that my colleagues brought up are the kinds of people who have always stayed true to themselves and are sources of inspiration.
Am I a Hero? No. Because hero’s fight for a cause or a person, to truly become a hero is to lay down everything for something, to that one thing everything you have because it’s the one thing that makes you feel as though you have a purpose. My mentor through this process happened to be a family member who has been on the front lines of the comedy battlegrounds. She not only introduced me to some of the most influential comedians, but also gave me her own perspective of life and comedy which is invaluable to say the least. After I realized what I must do, I arose to the challenge facing my peers in an unscripted attempted to make them smile. I may have done better but the journey of finding my stage presence and style made it worth it all the while.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Joey Leube 
Masterpiece project: Being in the army
Because He's joining the army
The project really doesn't hold significance because he's "Already enlisted"
Since he's already enlisted he doesn't see where this project will help him out after high school
To better his project Joey needs to "Actually work on it and make an effort"
His advice when it comes to the army is not to trust recruiters

Alex Bache
Masterpiece project: Welding
Because he enjoys welding on campus and is interested in the prosperous job opportunities
This project is significant to him because he is really striving towards becoming a welder
The extra experience gained through working on this project will help him become a more talented welder
No surprises other than a few burns here and there
To complete his project he needs more time welding
His advice when it comes to welding is that MIGs are the best for barbecues

Alex Hunter
Masterpiece project: Senoritis
Because "everyone has it right now"
The project is significant because, "It's teaching me not to be lazy"
The most surprising thing about the topic was "How many kids slack off"
What Alex needs to finish her project is "A video"
Her advice to others is not to slack off

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to prevent a fucked up retirement

Saving Young People From Themselves
Basically this article brings up the point that young people don’t have enough time to save their money, as well as not enough government programs and guidance, which I don’t agree with. Money is money, if you’re too stupid to properly manage your own you don’t deserve a comfy retirement. If people were genuinely concerned with how they wanted to spend their golden years, they’d plan on saving at an age around mine.
With student debt, you’re kind of fucked when it comes to saving large amounts of money, I agree with that. However, people don’t seem to realize that even with a part-time job just putting aside 50$ a month into your IRA you’ll be setting yourself up for hundreds of thousands in retirement funds. Just a minuscule amount equal to the same amount of money as your typical movie date.
The most beneficial things to do around my age when it comes to investing is investing in equities and anything that has compound interest on it that’ll let you withdraw that money later tax free. With the consistent trend of the stock market, which is generally rising over the years, equities will have the highest returns. And compound interest on a savings account is a no brainer, even if you’re only depositing 50$ a month.
All in all, forcefully taking money from people for their retirement isn't as good an idea as it sounds. If people cared enough they’d take care of it. However, there needs to be much more awareness to this epidemic.
My pitch for a solution to the problem would be to change the high school economics class to a year long class and teach students how to invest and financially plan their futures. As well as teaching them how to do important financial things like doing taxes or buying a house.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I see myself choosing a combination of both should and must. However, the majority being The decision that should be made. I can see myself in the future on both sides of the crossroad, but each vision has an equal amount of fear associated with it. For example, I should go to college and work really hard for a paycheck instead of a passion. People claim that should is a much more stable option but, with the stability of a 9-5 desk job comes the mental instability of regret and hatred for what I've become.

 Must is something I should learn to love, not fear. Unfortunately, the root of all fear comes from the unknown. For me to make the leap off the ledge of stability or should, I need to love something more than I love myself. And the one thing that I love more than myself is laughter. I love the sound of people coming together and enjoying themselves more than anything.

To me, Laughter is a must. Making people laugh and sharing the warmth that comes along with it is the most exhilarating feeling. Knowing that you're the reason why somebody feels better is the strongest drug in the world. The more and more I think about this the more apparent it becomes, I must make people laugh.

Monday, February 24, 2014

masterpiece beginning

What is humor? Why do we laugh? And, of course, how do we make each other laugh? Well the answer is simple yet immensely complex, we tell jokes. Whether it be a one liner like, “It takes a lot of balls to golf the way I do”, or the good old, “Why’d the chicken cross the road?” Jokes have always been there for us and will always be around. Without them Carlos Mencia would actually be considered funny.
So, humor, how do we know when somebody has a good sense of humor? Well, we just do. Judgement of the sense of one’s humor is all about your preference. If you like raunchy, vulgar, or sexual jokes, then you prefer a “dirty” sense of humor. If you prefer laughing at the misfortunes of others then you have a “mean”sense of humor and so on. One thing about a person’s sense of humor is, it’s comprised of all types of different kinds of joke “types”. However as different as jokes may be, they all do the same thing, Make us laugh.