Thursday, April 17, 2008

High Fidelity

"Reactions to the movie High Fidelity"

This was the second time I had seen High Fidelity. This movie gets funnier every time I watch it. I would have to say that I love Barry's (Jack Black) sense of humor and carefree attitude. The one thing about this movie is that it depicts what really goes on in people's lives. Everyone has relationship problems. But in Rob's (John Cusack) case, he really should this sit back and think about what he really wants out of a relationship. I know that in each of the "Top 5" or his past five relationships that he recollects on, he at least enjoyed some quality or qualities in the woman.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


"What's Love Got To Do With It?"

In my resolving conflicts assignment, I will mediate between the argument of the the hook-up culture vs. actual relationships on college campuses. I will use the essays "The Hook-Up Culture" by Jack Grimes and "Dinner and a Movie? No Thanks on College Campuses" by Bella English. I will talk about the aspects of both sides and get college student's opinions.As a college student, I think that college students have a lot of "big decisions" to make and whether or not to get into a relationship is one. I think that I will find a lot of resources on these topic and hopefully come to some resolution as to our sexual encounters and tendencies.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Suggestions for Writing: Section 1

For Research and Convincing

"What Wedding Films Tell Us about Love"


According to CNN Money, the average amount of money spent on a wedding was $20,000 but is soaring near $30,000. The average cost of a honeymoon is about $4,000. In my reading, What Wedding Films Tell Us about Love, it says that the romantic illusions created by media wedding s construct desire to an extent that, without realizing it, we place these illusions above reality. For instance, when the average bride spends $823 on a wedding gown, $19,000 on a wedding, and incurring a wedding debt far beyond his/her means. It appears the wedding-ideological complex is succeeding.

Last year in September, my older brother got married in Maryland. He definitely had the formal wedding and reception. They had photographers everywhere and stretch Cadillac Escalades for the Bridal Party and Family. I know for a fact that the photographers totaled to $4,000. Now, I said that it isn't that much picture snapping in the world to spend $4,ooo on. Altogether, I know that he spent close near or more than the average amount spent on a wedding.

The value of these expenditures could be a way of expressing one's love and devotion to their partner. Also, brides and grooms know what they want and are willing to stretch their budgets to get whatever it is that they want.

Friday, April 4, 2008

My Favorite Song

I would have to say that my favorite song is "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. This song reminds me of life. It expresses that you are unwritten, undefined, and that no one else can define you but you. Natasha states that "the pen's in your hand". Basically she is saying that you live your life how you want to. I love how she states "live your life with arms wide open". Overall, I love this song.

Here are the lyrics to "Unwritten" courtesy of

I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it inNo one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Thursday, March 27, 2008

My 6 Word Autobiography

Love. Family. Hope. Dreams. Determination. Laughter.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


1.Satrapi’s book seeks to convey a complex political history stained with national and individual tragedy. Would you say she’s achieved her goals while using a graphic novel?
I would definitely say Satrapi achieved her goal by using a graphic novel. The illustrations allow us to visualize the emotions of people during the war. Satrapi conveys more of the impact the war had on her than on the nation though.

2.We’ve discussed the use of color as a way to evoke emotion. What does Persepolis gain or lose in its utilization of black-and-white (with no shades of graywhatsoever) illustration?
I feel that as much emotion isn't expressed in Persepolis when using black-and-white as it would have been if color was used. We associate certain feelings and emotions with colors. So without the use of color it makes everything seem dark. Despite the use of color, you can still see the expressions in the illustrations of the peoples' faces.

3.Choose one frame (a single box on any page) to analyze. Briefly discuss its visual rhetoric: Who or what is being depicted? What emotion is being conveyed? What doesthe text add to or take from the picture? What tone (sincerity, irony, humor,information) does the picture exhibit? What figures in the frame remain stationary?What figures imply action? What is the purpose of this? What shapes are used? Is there a sense or lack of realism? (Hint: make sure you can discuss several visual rhetoric techniques in the frame you’ve chosen. If you can’t you’ve either chosen too simple of an image or not looked hard enough. Over-analyzing is the name of the game.)
I chose the frame that had the caption: "Everywhere in the streets there were demonstrations for and against the veil." This frame shows the fury and animosity of some demonstrators that were against the veil as well as the demonstrators that were for wearing the veils. It seems as they were chanting very forcefully and sincerely. Both sides had their fists balled up symbolizing the strength and power they had in which side they were for. The ones for wearing the veils, were chanting "The Veil" while the ones opposing chanted "Freedom". I also noticed the demonstrators for wearing veils had their eyes closed as if they were trying to block out the light and truth. Satrapi also portrayed them in black while the opposers were in white and had their eyes old open.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Political Cartoon

Taken from "Bee Movie", this political cartoon is making fun of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Ever since Huckabee won the Iowa caucus vote earlier in the year, he has been plowing his way ahead of the other candidates. So this cartoon is suggesting that Huckabee has become irritating to the other Republican presidential candidates illustrated in the cartoon.