Monday, April 14, 2008

Paper Topic

Who should pay on a date? This is certainly a loaded question, without a simple answer. If a man doesn't pay is he being cheap or respecting a woman's independance? In my paper I'll mediate between the point of veiw that a man should act like a "gentleman" and foot the bill and the veiwpoint that everything should be split 50/50.

For Persuasion, Page 509

Looks may be would draws someone to a potential sexual partner but when choosing someone with whom to spend a life, it is wise to ignore them. The life we imagine from when we are playing house as little girls usually includes a handsome husband. It seems though that Prince Charming may not give you the sort of life that you could get with his ugly stepbrother. Less attractive mates will most likely give you a more promising future with a more comfortable financial situation and a more secure relationship.

It is not a rule that very attractive individuals are less possesing of other important relationship attributes such as potential to achieve status or likliness to commit...but they probably are. This may seem harsh but face facts, good-looking people never have to work as hard to achieve recognition as unattractive people do. Therefore they may not have a chance to cultivate the ingenuity and work ethic that their less handsome counterparts do. Think of two most well known billionaires. Donald Trump and Bill Gates come to my mind first. They are hardly candidates for a modeling contract with Calvin Klein.

In addition to economic instability settling down with a handsome could lead to a rocky marriage. First a very attractive male is much more likely to be seduced by a passing female than an unnatttractive man. As marriages do tend to get dull, the tempatation to cheat mixed with frequent opportunities could spell doom for a relationship. Also it may be much tougher to get a good looking man to commit in the first place since they probably have sucsess in playing the field. In conclusion, when searching for for a one-night stand, feel free to let your eyes (and hormones) guide your decision, but when seeking domestic bliss be sure to look a little deeper!

Monday, April 7, 2008

My Favorite Songs

There are allot of songs that I love. My all time favorite though, at least at this particular moment; is Here Comes The Sun, by The Beatles. It always makes me feel better when I'm cranky and feel like I'm in a rut. Also when it comes up on my shuffle, whether I'm excersizing, or sad or going to sleep I never have to skip it. It's all- purpose! And the icing on the cake is it brings back good memories. Me and my dad used to listen to the beatles allot when I was little so it reminds me of him braiding my hair before ballet class and letting me have orange soda and cheezits for breakfast.

Friday, March 28, 2008

My 6 word Auto-biography

oops! spilled the milk again. sorry.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


1. Satrapi certainly achieved her goal of relaying a tale of complex political alliances and takeovers of a tumoltuous country. The complex political events portrayed in the story would be hard for anyone to understand. The simple captions allong with the illustrations make it easier to keep straight. Above this though I believe the personal aspect of the story is portrayed brilliantly. She presents very serious subject matter in a very readable, refreshing way with funny touches of sarcastic humour. She does this without triavializing the material.Normally a story of growing up amidst violence and upheaval, and going from an innocent child with an active imagination, to losing faith in god would be miserable and depressing to read.

2. I love the black and white!! It goes with the simple child-like tone of the book. If the pictures were in color it would detract from the great, insightful language of the story. As they are they add just the right amount of eleboration to the caption.

3. I chose the picture where she is being cradled by god. This has emotional appeal. Even though she is a child with an adventurous spirit and wild imagination, she still craves the security of being held by comforting arms. God is portrayed as a kindly grandfather-like figure. He is almost completely white with long hair and a long white beard. His mouth isn't visable but his eyes are arranged in a comforting way. She is almost completely enveloped in his flowing white robe. I think this is similar to allot of children's vision of god. A kindly old man there with comfort and eternal wisdom when one feels confused or overwhelmed by the world They are against a completely black background. There is a bit of irony in the caption "yes you are celestial light" this seems to be poking fun at the self centered-ness of children. There is also a sweet sincerity though. He is affirming her faith. He tells her she is on the right path. Both figures in the picture are stationary. God is a rounded shape, which suggests that he is a benevolent figure. She is looking up at him with a worried, questioning expression. Also his protrayal as completely white could be representing her innocence despite the frightening things happening around her.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Strawberry Feilds

I love this clip! I liked the Beatle's song "Strawberry Fields" before. The images are so powerful! Strawberrys are such sweet innocent seeming things. It shows them instead as flaming bombs, and bleeding hearts. You can see the boy in the clip is SO distressed about the war. When he's pinning the strawberry's to the wall he almost seems manic. When the strawberrys are bleeding, to me it represents a loss of innocence. Also it represents the idea that sweet simple things will never be the same again.

Editorial Cartoons

This cartoon is referring to how much danger the world is in because of George W Bush. He portrays it as a ticking time bomb. Also the caption "The lunatics take over the asylum" speaks volumes about what the creator thinks of the "people". He refers to the public as asylum. I agree with what he's saying though. It seems like Bush IS doing allot of damage.