February 28, 2005

A little of ye olde thought process

I was thinking...and this was brought on by a comment chris made. We're talking about a comment Dr. Jerz actually made in class about my intellect and how my recent absents have pushed me back a little. Dr. Jerz, first I thank you for that comment. It made me feel special.

Anyways, I had mentioned to Chris that Dr. Jerz is write, I do hide my intelligence, I do hide the knowledge I have. Chris said I do and I shouldnt. I want to explain why I do that.

First, let me tell you a tale of 1999 or so. I can't remember actually when. But I was a young freshman student in high school, much like I am now (only not quite so young). I wasn't well-liked, and I wasn't that popular--with the ladies. I was the "wear black all the time, whiny, angsty, wanna-be-Goth kid who sat in the back of the class and didnt participate but still managed A's and B's" type of kid. Sufficed to say, I wasn't popular with the ladies either.

Anyways, so instead of trying to build up my self-esteem and work out or play sports, I instead turned to books. I read books on Shakespeare, Marlowe, Rice, Stine, King, C.S. Lewis, I did my research paper in my senior year on serial killers and their pyschological make up. I also started to write about then.

Then once I graduated I had my choice of Pitt, Penn State, and even Ohio State. Then I narrowed my choices down to the newly Co-ed school, SHU, figuring if they wanted men, surely I was a shoo-in...I hope...and Triangle Tech of Greensburg. I chose Triangle Tech. Needless to say, I hated it. It stifled my creativity, they didnt let me graduate because of one hour. But luckily my credits transferred and I got into Seton Hill University. (YAY!) Now I'm here..and I dont know what to expect..but I am loving it.

So pardon me if I do seem a little defensive sometimes, or I play down my natural intelligence. I apologize aforehand. It's my natural instincts anymore. But c'est la vie, carpe diem and alls well that ends well.

Au revior.


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February 27, 2005

Blog Portfolio

Ok..here we go...I'm not too sure how to do this...so I'm gonna try. If anyone wants to reply and tell me where I could improve, it would be greatly appreciated. The links should work now, if your experiencing any difficulty, please let me know.


The very first entry I posted on one of our readings--A Good Man is Hard to Find. The entry was very wasn't very long, because I wasn't sure to what to say, but I did have a few things to say http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LouisGagliardi/2005_01.html#007546

The second entry one I did on a reading, one of personal favorite stories...it was on To Build A Fire. Again, it was short. I didn't know what else to say *shrugs* Plus I'm the type of person to keep things short and sweet.


I started this on The Machine, a short story that was written in 1909. http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LouisGagliardi/2005_02.html#007549

The second and third blog entry was written on the tempest by Shakespare. The classic bard himself, I am sure he would be proud to know that his works inspire and start conversations the world over. http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LouisGagliardi/2005_02.html#007664 .

The third blog entry, and the second in what I call the Shakespeare Era, is about a dream I had. I had dreamt that all of the students in my Intro to Lit class were the characters of the Shakespearean play, the Tempest http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LouisGagliardi/2005_02.html#007729

That's really all I have thats prevalant.

A comment that I left on Chris's blog, I even commented before the great Dr. Jerz

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just a quick entry!

WOOT! I MADE IT TO 50 COMMENTS! *highfives everyone*

Chris..rather than reply in a comment, I'll post it here so everyone can see..

Yes, I get overly defensive. I apologize aforehand for that. I got made fun of ALOT in High School for the most simpliest things. Like I said, I apologize.

Anyways...time to get at least my portfolio done...so I have all of this week to get my paper done.



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February 25, 2005


I hate Winter!

1. I have no health insurance (Gateway took me off the moment I turned 21.)
2. Because I have no health insurance, I can't go to the doctor or the hopsital without it costing me or my family an arm and a leg.

And 2 plus 1 equals...

3. That means I'm sick. again. Thank god for the Internet and a laptop in emergencies like this. Hopefully once again, this is just 24 hr thing, I'll be back Monday. I hate when I do this, I really do. I dont want to miss class, but with my mom being the type that "anything over a 100.00 your staying home." it makes it difficult.

Doctor Jerz's I'll email you the paper we're supposed to do, but I can't promise I'll get anything handwritten to you until early Monday morning.

As for the articles we had to read? I like them. They were good articles that made a lot of sense to me, it also helped me to realize what we were supposed to be writing about.

ah well..time to get some oj, some toast, and some cough medicine *yuck*.



Edit Note: I did get to Seton Hill, but AFTER class. I was feeling up to it. *sighs* C'est la vie.

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February 21, 2005

The Tempest III-V-A different interpretation.

Now, I know most of you except me to groan and moan at the reading of the Tempest.

But truth is I liked it. It kept me company while I had a bit of the 24 hr/stomach flu. I had dreams that some of us were in the play and I'd like to list the cast from my dream.

Prospero-I know, ďDr. JerzĒ right? No, actually I saw Chris in this part.

Miranda-Vanessa-Charming, beautiful in her own way, and smart.

Ariel-Samantha-Full of life, and mysteries, but a slave to this thing we call life.

Caliban-Evan-no offense but it just seemed the perfect part for you in my dream

Ferdinand-Me-Willing to help others but probably quick to anger

Alonso-Not Dr. Jerz either. I saw my other professor in this role, Dr. Scassalleti.

Antonio & Sebastian-I saw myself in Antonioís and Sebastianís role because of my anger chiefly.

Gonzalo-This was Dr. Jerz. While not old, he is wise and smart, and honest.

Trinculo & Stefano-I saw Chris and Vanessa in these roles, because they like to talk to each other, and it just seemed a natural thought.

Sorry. I didnít have a role for everyone. But thatís the way dreams work.

I'm Lou Gagliardi, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


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Writer Hunter S. Thompson dies of suicide

Why do writer's do this? Is writing really that much of a strain on a man's soul? If so, I want out. *laughs*

But seriously, ok, I know that many people like to write, and I like trying to write. But if it ever gets the point that I'm really, truely ready to committ suicide, I want someone to smack me and force me to wake up from my angst induced dream.

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February 18, 2005

College Life

I know I'll sound stupid..but college life is hard.

ok...everyone give out a great big "DUH"

What I mean is in high school, teachers have more control of the class. Its not "Ok, this is what we're doing today" or "ok, this student and this student are in charge over this and this." its "ok, class, this is what the topic is. these are the work sheets hand them in when your done"

It's REALLY hard to get used too..not that I dont like it. I like the unstructuredness of Seton Hill, at times, but then there are others that it just feels like your wasting your money. I mean believe me, I like it and all, but alright, for instance, take my math class. My prof. doesn't care if you attend or not, well she should. Your grade, I've always thought, is merely a reflection of the teacher's ability to teach. If you fail, in my eyes, the teacher fails.

Now there are other teachers that I don't feel that way with. Like Dr. Jerz. He takes the material, and makes it come alive. That, I like. It's innovative, and its refreshing. I appauld you Dr. Jerz,

One thing ya'll will notice about me. I speak my mind. I don't sugar coat things. If I don't like when someone does something, I'll tell them, even if it means I swear and sound like an idiot--and it goes for professors too. I'm not afraid to cuss at them either.

I think my great-grandmother had a saying "Odiare tutto Ť il senso andare." (she only spoke Italian) which basically means "To hate everyone is the way to go." To translate to today's standards, "I'm an equal opportunity hater."

Oh, and if you don't like what I say? Don't read.

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Blank Verse Blog Week

On Blank Verse Blog Week, bloggers write in -- guess --
Of course -- blank verse. No prizes or awards;
We're not a NaNoWriMo here. Just folks,
Some silly people with a silly plan.
In fact, a common misconception, but
Blank verse is not the meter-free "free verse"
Preferred (though not exclusively) by Ed-
ward Estlin Cummings. "Blank", instead, has still
No rhyme, but meter strict: a line of blank
Has iambs five (am I the only one
Who's bothered that one can't describe this scheme
While writing in it?) Poems famed for verse
in blank include the Idylls Of the King,
By Tennyson, and much of Shakespeare's work.
But drivel, too, can have strict meter, as
is prov'd herein. Go nuts -- have fun with verse!

Ok, I am sorry, but I must do that, to prove
of course, to Doctor Jerz, that we should wait.

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The Tempest

I would have blogged on this sooner, but my power wasnt on till this morning.

I had read the tempest along with Romeo & Juliet, MacBeth, Othello, and Hamlet in high school. Only two of those plays-R&J and MacBeth-were required readings.

The Tempest is a good play if you want to read about despots and evil rulers, and the men who overthrow them. In this play, just like almost every other play, the men and women all get what they deserve.

Acts 1 & 2 show us what kind people these people can be, that's all that can really be said.

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February 16, 2005

Insomnia and Writer's block do NOT mix!

Add 1 cup Insomnia
Then add 1 cup of depression
stir and add 1 cup of writers block..

sounds like a good receipe no?

Well..merci..of course it does..it was designed by moi! I have been an insomniac for the past three days..and to couple with that..after writing a GREAT sonnet devouted to the Queen of Clean, Martha Stewart, I HAVE WRITER'S BLOCK!

in the words of the great Charlie Brown...


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February 15, 2005

The Illumanti-Real or Fake? (Part 1 of ?)

Dan Brown in his book Angel & Demons and The Da Vinci Code claims that the Illumanti are real. As does the Catholic Church. They go as far as to say that's why Gallieo was killed. Then the Illuminati with their army, the Knights Templar, try to destroy the Catholic church. They also claim George Washington, Ben Franklin, FDR and his VP George Wallace is a Mason.

Dan Brown claims that all of the information he has is real.

My question is this: Illuminati, fact or fiction? If fact, why hide? If fact, are they working even now. If fiction, they make for good fiction.

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February 14, 2005

Starting a new

I know we're supposed to have enteries and stuff. But no one was reading mine, I felt kina lonely ya know.

I know I'm not the smartest guy, or the most handsome but to read a guy's blog would be appreciated *sobs, gasps in sadness and all of that other junkie chick flick stuff*

But seriously. I read the acedemic articles, as I had nothing better to do before my math class started. And well, I thought..they were ok. I didnt get to finish them yet so I will definitely post on them before the end of tonight. I got mat at 5, so its like I dont know how much of the sonnet I'll have done. I hope alot.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I'm going to the mall right after class to trade-in two brand new Gamecube games and maybe a couple of PS2 games that I dont play anymore.

I'm opening to get a little bit of money and buy a couple of new games.

any suggestions for me?

Remember I'm into the following:

-anything with a good plot that makes sense and help give ideas.

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February 04, 2005

The Machine

An awsome story! I couldn't put it down when I read it! All of that in 1909! WOW! Enough Said!

Well, ok, maybe not enough said. I liked how the story could be prevalant to what today's standards are too. I liked how it was written in 1909 but looks like it was written in 1959, or 1979, or 1999. Fantastic. What I didnt like was how it seemed drawn out and boring at times, but it did help spark my creative juices.

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February 02, 2005

The creative writing, the analysist and the onion

Funny Stuff Dr. Jerz first off!

second, creative writing is fun.

third, i dont like writing analytical papers!

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