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May 3, 2005

Class Response Entry

Throughout the course there was not really anything I had a problem with except the closeness in the due dates of our assigned readings. The fact that the class met three times a week made it difficult to finish all the out of class readings on time for the next classes discusion. Though the Term Paper was by far the hardest task in the course. The time restraints that we were placed under were realistic and at the same time a shocking wake up call. The exercises that I liked the most during this process were the peer reviewing and the pre submission report. Both of these exercises really helped me to narrow down my thesis and to out my points of the paper in order without having to go through drafting an entire paper and then re-writing.

W;t...

The play Wit by Margaret Edson is one that really surprised me. The main character's adittude towards being diagnosed with cancer was very unique and showed a lighter side of dealing with such an intense disease. In class we talked about how there is research done to prove that humor is a way to aleviate some of the pain associated with a terminal illness. This theory went along with the way that Vivian dealt with her disease. The author puts a lot of signifigance in the names of the characters in regard to their roles and views in the play. This method of informing the audience is really interesting and tricky. I was reading one critique of the play that suggested the doctors in the story diagnose Vivian and observe her disease as if it were a text or work of literature. This is completely true; to Jason she is "research".

Name Signifigances:
Vivian Bearing - "Life Bearing" - She does have ovarian cancer which has a lot of effect on bearing life (children).
Jason Posner - "Poser" - Jason poses to be a real doctor.
Dr.Ashford - "Ashes, fording something" - Death, a helpful device.

May 4, 2005

Blog Portfolio #2

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This is the second installment of my Blog Portfolio for 2005. For those of you that did not follow my Blog the first time around I will give you a brief exposition about me and my Movable Type cause. My name is Leslie Rodriguez and welcome to my weblog sponsored by Movable Type. I am a freshman at Seton Hill University and as part of my EL150 Intro to Literary Study class and the New Media Journalism program I write and respond with blog entries on various topics.

These entries are then posted for public view on my blog. This entry acts as an introduction to my blog portfolio which includes selected entries that reflect on our in class discussions, academic articles and various texts. The following topics will be examined and discussed in my blog portfolio:

The Collection: My best blog entries categorized accordingly.

Class Required Blog Topics

The Color of Water: This entry summarizes the story generally but also addresses the issue of race. I discuss the idea that McBride's father had a totally different family that he would go and live with ocassionally. I talk about how McBride seemed to condone such behaviour.

Death of a Salesman I: My love for Arthur Miller is expressed in this entry. Miller's other plays are mentioned briefly. Vanessa's blog entry is referenced because I also agreed that Miller's use of stage directions made the play more comprehensible.

Coverage Blog 1: A look at the book Eats,Shoots and Leaves. This entry centers around the interesting writing style of the author, the actual information that the author presents and those silly grammar pandas. I draw on the similarities of Foster's How to Read novel.

Coverage Blog 2: The implementation of technology in American drama. A look at the use of cars, in home appliances and other advances to drive a story as well as a society.

Coverage Blog 3: A quick examination of the Geek culture movement in the play "Pick Up Ax". I talk about things like DnD and Star Wars in the formation of this sub-culture.

Depth Blog 1: I used my prior knowledge of genre fiction to comment on and draw some conclusions about the book The Diamond Age. There were quite a few comments from my peers on this novel because we all had the same Popular Fiction class with Dr.Wendlad that brought up many topics involving genre stereotypes.

Depth Blog 2: Is Utopia Obsolete? That is the question addressed in this entry of my blog. Utopia is a state that is somewhat outdated. Now we have this hybrid that we are living in called mutopia and its all in this entry.

Depth Blog 3: A comment on Foster's idea that sex in literature can mean many different things. Sometimes you just have to have a little sex in the story in order to reveal something more meaningful, or maybe they just wanted to get it on...look and see.

Interaction Blog 1: This blog is not necesarily related to class text but it did recieve a lot of interaction from several of my peers. I kind of elaborated on an issue that I knew about and we all came together to discuss the topic of Gay rights and human rights in general in regard to the "Day of Silence" that Lou participated in.

Xenoblogging

Depth Xenoblogging 1: A long response to Vanessa's blog entry.

Depth Xenoblogging 2 A long on going conversation between myself, Moira and Evan carried on through Moira's blog.

Link Gracious Blog: I linked to Vanessa's blog entry on a similar topic regarding Death of a Salesman.

Comment Primo: I commented on the character of Willy Loman in Vanessa's blog entry that talked about the recorder that was mentioned in the play. Generally I hated him at times because he was such a pathetic man, yet I almost felt sympathy for his plea. My mixed emotions were expressed.

Foster's Response Entries
Foster Entry 1: Sections 12-13,15,18
Foster Entry 2: Sections 16-17

Other Entries:
W;t:: A response to the play and its character name signifigances.

Class Response:We were asked to blog about one aspect of the course or one specific exercise that we implemented during the term paper writing process.

May 7, 2005

History of the Fanny Pack

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If there is one thing that I wanted to talk about this year that I hadn't yet, it has to be the history of the fanny pack. I find this creation to be one that is not only helpful but stylish as well. Maybe you've seen them on the streets, in the mall or even in your classroom.

It's an accessory for a man or woman on the go with not time to stop, remove a regular bag from their shoulder, place it down and look inside. The fanny pack is something special that can make a person very unique when in a crowd. If I see someone with a fanny pack my immediate reaction is "Wow, look at that pack of the fanny. How daring?"

I Bet You Didn't Know:
1. Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) will tell you that anyone wearing a fanny pack might as well wear a sign saying "I am carrying a gun."

2. Many social groups still embrace the fanny pack today and include:

-Germans The nation that produces the finest beer, beautiful automobiles, and beautiful blue-eyed, blonde women also has some of the worst taste in clothing ever known. Perhaps it's some kind of karmic repayment for that whole "master-race" thing.

-Medieval Re-enactors* Otherwise known as Renaissance Fair Dorks. Sir Humphrey of Forest Lakes will wear his fanny pack slung low and in the frontal position, and will refer to it as his "codpiece". Don't be fooled, it's a fanny pack, and he's likely a cashier at Barnes & Noble.

-Hippies Yes, Moonbeam, you CAN put your grass in there, but it's the first place The Man is going to look when you show up at Red Rocks for that Phish concert.

-College Professors - This group is much smaller and condensed than all the rest. The purpose in carrying it is to keep the students on their toes and constantly guessing what really he/she has inside. Maybe there are pencils or pens in there. Maybe its empty. There is even the possibility that there in another smaller fanny pack inside. The world may never know...

A Final Note:

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About May 2005

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