April 2008 Archives


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"She's NO CODE" (Edson 82).

It's sad that after all the reader learns about Vivian, she is reduced to a code.

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"There's a war going on here" (Card 301).

Isn't it funny how the Earth's goverment seems to fall apart right after their glorious victory on the buggers?  Perhaps Card was trying to make the point that humans only band together when their lives are threaten.  As Card implies, that union ends when the danger has disappeared.  This fictional event reminds me of the outcome of an all too real war: World War II.  After WWII, allied nations slipt abruptly, and US quickly became the emenies of the USSR (Russia) and vicsa versa. 

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"[...] free verse also lacks rhyme" (Hamilton 239).

 No in-depth analysis for today, just a poem by Walt Whitman:

BEAT! beat! drums! -- blow! bugles! blow!
Through the windows -- through doors -- burst like a ruthless force,
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,
Into the school where the scholar is studying;
Leave not the bridegroom quiet -- no happiness must he have now with his bride,
Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, ploughing his field or gathering his grain,
So fierce you whirr and pound you drums -- so shrill you bugles blow.
Beat! beat! drums! -- blow! bugles! blow!
Over the traffic of cities -- over the rumble of wheels in the streets;
Are beds prepared for sleepers at night in the houses? no sleepers must sleep in those beds,
No bargainers' bargains by day -- no brokers or speculators -- would they continue?
Would the talkers be talking? would the singer attempt to sing?
Would the lawyer rise in the court to state his case before the judge?
Then rattle quicker, heavier drums -- you bugles wilder blow.
Beat! beat! drums! -- blow! bugles! blow!
Make no parley -- stop for no expostulation,
Mind not the timid -- mind not the weeper or prayer,
Mind not the old man beseeching the young man,
Let not the child's voice be heard, nor the mother's entreaties,
Make even the trestles to shake the dead where they lie awaiting the hearses,
So strong you thump O terrible drums -- so loud you bugles blow


If you liked this poem, here is a website that contains more of Whitman's poems.

EL150 Site

In All Fairness...


"Fairness is a wonderful attribute, Major Anderson.  It has nothing to do with war" (Card 97). 

As the games in battle room get tougher, Ender seems to rise the occassion.  However, I noticed that in every one of Ender's chapters, he loses more and more of his identity.

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Shallow Complexity

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"Onomatopoeia [...] seems to imitate the sound it denotes" (Hamilton 221).

If you ever have trouble remembering what an onomatopoeia is, just think back to the sound effects present in sixties live action Batman show.  Bang!

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It is Clear that... I Am Awful at Writing.


"Simplify.  Most first drafts are about 50% deadwood."

I was thinking about the reasons why people put fluff in their essays.  Perhaps it is a problem with wordiness.  Then again, the problem might stem from the writer's difficulty to organize his or her thoughts.  However, what if it is something completely different?  What if assumptions about books play into a writer's struggle with wordiness?  Ask an everyday person on what qualites they associate with books.  What do think they will say?  More often than not, the person will hightlight qualites such as extended lenght, intelligence, and perhaps long-windedness as tpyical traits of a book.  It is true that all books contain at least some intelligence (however limited it may be).  On the other hand, not all books are long and/or long-winded (though some sadly are).  The goal of books is to pass on knowledge.  Then what does a person gain from fostering assumptions about books?  I think the result is the afromentioned fluff present in some essays.  People associate intelligence with the long, boring diatribes printed in those imagined tomes.  So naturally, fluff begats fluff.  That is it for my rant, you can go back to watching TV now.

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Defintion: A message board post, e-mail, or an internet article that is intended to spark massive amounts of nerd rage.

In a gamepro.com article detailing a recent interview with a Sony marketing VP, the VP said that Microsoft's Xbox 360 was in a down turn.  This pompted brutal message board discussion.  Releaizing the article's "flamebait" potential was high, Serbian Poppa said this:  "This article is just flamebait tho."

I chose this word because...it's funny!  When I think of the word "flamebait," I think of an object that is very flammable(like a chair).  Turns out, it's just a another word for anger.

Can You Feel It? Can You Feel the Nerd Rage? 

Noobs= ?

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Defintion: A complete victory over an opponent

In Darren Murph's engadget.com article, he alluded to a speed hacking competition with a very creative name:


This word is prime edvindence for our English language is deteriorating.  At first glance, it looks like an abbrevation of own; sadly, that is not the case.  Instead, the word is actually a mispelling of own.  I feel sorry for the poor souls that will utter this word in our (crappy) future version of English.

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Money Talks

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Defintion: often used as a derogatory for Microsoft.  The word is meant to imply that Microsoft only cares for the comsumer's money rather than their product.

In a recent post on gamepro.com, when gladiatory2k mused about the future of downloadable game content, he uttered this sentence: "What M$ did, in paying for 360 exclusive content, is define a definite difference between the PS3 GTA and the 360 GTA."

I chose this word because it just so stupid in a business context.  All companies want to achieve profit maximinization, not just Microsoft. That includes both Sony and Nintendo.

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My Big, Fat Sentence


"The periodic sentence[...] is not complete in either syntax or sense until its end" (Hamilton 190).

I don't know what to think about periodic sentences.  The sentences are long, but they do help build interest in a story.  Are these sentences too wordy or are they just right?  What do you guys think?

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Here Goes Nothing...

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My friend is very loyal. My friend is kind.

He laughs at my jokes, He even uses them at parties.

And he even likes the clothes I wear.

For I know his jeers mask real acceptence.

Isn't my friend terribly wonderful?

He saids those unpaided tabs are money for the poor.

I think my girlfriend likes him too.

He took her out to dinner last week.

Sadly, my friend tripped and stabbed me with a knife.

Now I'm dead.  Oh, what a great friend!

Time Does Not Flow Like a River


"in medias res[...], beginning a narration not in chronological order" (Hamilton 167).

This technique has risen in popularity over the recent years, and especially in the movie industry.  The technique seems to work well for movies.  Since most movies focus on the direct and indirect actions of its characthers, movie could benefit from an attention-grabbing beginning.  However, if the beginning is too disconnected from the rest of story, the unordered plot becomes a mess.  As a result, the audience will quicdkly leave the theater in droves.  The principle can be applied to books.  Remember: even advant grade has its limits.

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Greetings, everyone!  It is that special time of year again!  The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the second portfolios are due!  In my last entry, I expounded upon my budding skills as skills as a blogist.  The second portfolio follows the theme.  Since the last portfolio, my blog entries have gotten more imformative, thought provoking, and dare I say wittier?  Remember: if you don't read my portfolio, the terrorists win!


The Lonely Little Colon

Good, Bad, I'm Just The Guy(or Girl) That Drives The Plot

Oh Baby!


Thomas Hardy

Just a Good Ol' Boy



Kaitlin Monier's Comment on New Developments

Never More


The Cost

Two Mouths, One Mind

Washed Away

The Holy Hand Grenade!



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