Monthly Archives: November 2014

Manny Just Got Trolled

Rai writes, “I’ll go…” (114). Manny finally makes the decision and agrees to go to Punjab for 2 months with his family for vacation. There, India, is where his old man claims is the most amazing place he will ever go to. Manny, not thinking too much, believes what his old man said and will be traveling to India for the first time.

When Manny and his family arrived at Punjab, it was much hotter than England. The heat was getting him frustrated and he desperately needed a pack of  cigarettes. Meeting his uncles, cousins, and aunts wasn’t too bad, they were all very kind to him. Staying for about 2 weeks, he gets closer with his cousin, Inderjit. “This is what I smoke. English cigarettes” (140). This quote explains how Manny gets closer with Inderjit, they both smoke cigarettes. Living there for about 6 weeks, his oldest brother, Rajit and his wife, had to leave because Rajit had to work. Rai writes, “Two more weeks of Warm cola and dodgy fags. Two more weeks, man” (148). Manny could not wait any longer to meet his best friend Ady and girl friend Lisa in England.

Rai writes, “That agent, Manjit, the one that has our tickets and passports. He had a problem at his office and they have been stolen…” (150). Manny was in total shock when he heard this, because of this he cannot go to his, real home. Manny’s old man tells him he and his mother will be going to Jullundur to fix this problem. While they fix this problem, Harry and his wife will be visiting her family. Now, Manny was left alone with his cousins and other relatives. In my perspective, living without parents telling you what to do is really fun. Getting to do whatever you want, sleep late, play video games, watch TV, etc. But to Manny, Manny has to live with the people who live in the culture where you have to marry who your parents choose, which is his total nightmare.

Rai writes, “They were all liars, all of them. In it together from the beginning and they had tricked me” (164). Manny was brought to another place in India for a day in order to give time for all of his family members to leave back to England. Manny was trolled to come to India, he knew his family wanted him to marry another girl other than Lisa, just like his cousins and other relatives. Rai writes, “You think you’re so clever, hey? Try laughing next month when you’re still here, innit” (152). Manny finally realizes what Harry meant. His entire family knew this plan, that he would be left behind alone. All the things his dad was talking about, how beautiful India is, were all lies. Rai writes, “Bad people. Druggies and whores. It’s not good” (145). Manny’s old man was such a hypocrite going on about the ‘drug society’ and black people all the time. Here, right here in the village he called home, there were drugs and prostitutes and people have affairs, yet Manny hadn’t even seen a single white or black person in this village. Manny could not believe what his family had done to him. Now he has made the decision to revenge, he must have to find a way to ruin his old man’s image.

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Gifs Explain: Montag’s Encounter with the Girl in White

Before you meet Clarisse, (8)

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You always wink at yourself in the mirror, feeling good, (8)

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and you live your life in oblivion…(13)

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But when you talk to Clarisse… (14)

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You realize that you burn books and don’t even know why you do it… (53)

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…and that’s when you realize what she’s saying. (54-55)

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Have you ever discovered something huge? Something so mind blowing, mind bending, that it could change your life forever? Well, in the exposition of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Montag discovers a detail of this level of importance. Montag lives in a future America where no one can take even a second to think, nor own any books. Montag burns these books for a living, but after meeting a mysterious girl dressed in white named Clarisse, he begins to question his job, and this is where the conflict is revealed. One of the major conflicts has to do with his encounter with Clarisse, and is a person vs. society conflict. To explain how the conflict is revealed throughout the book, my partner Evan and I created a series of GIFs to show that we could also identify the conflict.

  1. For the first GIF, we used the part of page 8 where Bradbury writes, “He hung up his black beetle colored helmet and shined it; he hung his flame proof jacket neatly; and then, whistling, hands in pockets, walked across the across the upper floor of the fire station…” (Bradbury 8). This shows that Montag is a man confident and proud with his lifestyle and more specifically, his job… Before he meets the girl in white.
  2. For the second GIF, we picked out the quote, “He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt-cooked in the mirror.” (Bradbury 8). Again, we used this quote just to get the point across that Montag lives a happy, peaceful life in oblivion before he speaks to Clarisse. Could this be related to a possible theme? Hm…
  3. The third GIF we used had to do with the quote, “‘You think to many things,’ said Montag, uneasily.” (Bradbury 13), because it further demonstrates Montag’s state of mind before/right when he started his talking with Clarisse. Clarisse was talking about green and brown blurs that people in that world called trees and grass. But Montag just gave her an uneasy look and said that she thought to many things. This leads to internal conflict.
  4. For the fourth GIF, we used, “What a strange meeting on a strange night. He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked…” (Bradbury 14). This quote gives a heads-up that the conflict is to be revealed soon, and also gives the heads-up that the plot progresses very rapidly in this book!
  5. For the fifth GIF, we used the quote, “…We burnt an old woman with her books.” (Bradbury 52), and the quote, “We burnt a thousand books. We burnt a woman.” (Bradbury 52). This says something about Montag’s change of heart on his job. For a woman to rather die than to loose her books; how important are they? The conflict has arisen not only because Montag stole a book at this point in the story, but also because he’s starting to question not only his job, but also the entire world he lives in.
  6. And lastly for the sixth GIF, we picked out the quote, “‘You weren’t there, you didn’t see,’ he said. ‘There must be something in these books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.'” (Bradbury 54-55). This is a very powerful quote because it doesn’t only exposes one of the major conflicts of the book, but because it shows the change of Montag, and the questioning of his job.

[We made this GIF story here.]

[I got my featured image from here]

SMS Explains: The Worst Nightmare of Manny

Do you wish your parents force you to marry some one you don’t even know?

Below is a set of SMS I made to show the introduction of the conflict from the book (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai. I think the conflict of the book is person vs society. In the exposition of the book (Un) Arranged Marriage, because of his culture, the main character Manny was forced to marry a girl he had never seen before.

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Older brother teasing Manny

Because Manny lived in England so long, he did not feel as connected to the Punjabis. The first message is a conversation between Manny and his annoying older brother. In Punjabi, people did not care much about academics, but Manny was different. Rai writes, “What you wanna read for, man? Bloody Dickens- what are you, gorah(white) or something? Read about bloody man’s stuff, innit” (17). Every time Manny tries to study for his school work, his brother always be teases him.

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Manny’s father forces him to marry his friend’s daughter.

Rai writes, “I have told her father that you will marry her after next summer, when you are both seventeen…” (66). The second message shows the worst part of being a Punjabi for Manny. Manny doesn’t get to choose who he is married to, his father arranges it. It didn’t matter which girl his father chose, Manny cannot say no to anything because it’s disrespectful to do that in Punjabi.

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Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend.

Rai writes, “So just keep on trying until you get through to them. Talk to them” (77). Lastly, in the third message, Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend. His girl friend, Lisa, knows Manny does not want to marry some one else, so she tries her best to give Manny some confidence.

 

 

Here is where I created my SMS

Video Games Are Like A Drug

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Walking through the hall way and talking to friends, talking about…

“Did you play the new map on League Of Legends?”

“Yeah, it’s so cool!”

“Really!?”

Video Games are a drug to any aged people, if you play this game one time and liked it; there must be the second. The thing is, I’m addicted to it.

For me, it’s hard to survive one week without playing the video game League Of Legends. Without it feels like the time is ten times slower than usual, can’t wait to level up in ranked! Bronze to silver, silver to gold, gold to platinum, platinum to diamond, etc. For real, this game just never ends! That is how the video game makers make us continue playing. Setting up League Of Legends doesn’t even take me 5 seconds. Saturday afternoon, I open up my mac and spot light search the word L. |Top Hit| League Of Legends. That is how addicted I am, it goes on my Top Hit (even though after you use a application more than 3 times in a row you get the Top Hit).

Video games are a mass media because most of the games we play are online multiplayer games. Like Call of Duty, League Of Legends, Star craft, and World Of Warcraft, etc. Playing these games all takes communication with lots of other players playing the game with you. The more games you play, the more people you meet. Chatting on video games is just like chatting on Skype, you don’t see their face but you can chat with each other. The only big difference is most of the people you play with aren’t your friend because the world is too big. But, I still have many friends I know who play the online games with me.

You can’t really say video games was a good invention, because it takes peoples time away. The 2 hours of playing this game could have been playing soccer outside with friends, 2 hours could have been learning how to cook new food. Well anything other than video games would have been a better time usage. But its hard to change the fact, video games are cool and addicting.

It’s hard to believe, but playing video games also have positive side. Video games improve your socializing skill. To win the game, you will need to cooperate with your teammates. I am matched with many other players when I play the game. After I am on a random made team, I am expected to talk to them about how to win this game, not knowing who they are at all. Most of the time it works out very well, everyone has a great attitude and together we win. But to be honest, not all players are nice, some are very toxic and they blame people.

As video games get more advanced, you never know what will the next game be like. From a 2-D Mario that was all pixelated in little tiny squares, to a 3-D high graphic Mario game, where you had so many super powers I don’t even know them! Technology is moving way too fast for humans to react to it, with the technology we have now, anything could be created.

 

 

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Credit Cards Could Be Useful and Deadly At The Same Time

During the past weeks, we have been learning about credit cards. To help us understand more about credit cards, we used the excel spreadsheet to do different sorts of testing/simulations. Spreadsheet is a very useful application that can make your life so much easier when working on data table. The reason they can create graphs so fast is because of formulas. Formula looks like an equation; type a few formulas and you can complete an entire page of complete data table. Spreadsheets are not only fast to make; it also makes your data very neat so it is easy to understand. In class, we played this life game about credit cards; we all had the same amount of interest rate. Everyone had a different amount of owed money, and it showed how some credit cards owed too much, after many years, they still cannot pay back the owed money. This explains how we should be using the amount that we can actually pay back, because the interest will continue to rise every day and you will owe more and more every single day.

In this unit, I learned credit cards could be very useful and deadly at the same time. Credit cards are useful because you can use as much money as you want in an amount of time. When it’s a big bill, the bank will help you pay the entire bill. No doubt, you still have to pay the bank back later, but the bank will give you an amount of time to pay back the money. No matter how much you spend, you will always owe the bank more than the amount borrowed because of interest. Interest is the extra amount of money you owe the bank, the interest of the money you owe will increase every month because the money is not paid back. Interest is how a bank earns money. If they only charge you the money you borrowed and not the interest, the bank will be bankrupt. When choosing which credit card to use, usually people would find the best deal. The lower the percent of interest, the better for the customer because they will be able to pay less. When using a credit card, don’t spend an amount you cannot pay back. If the money is not paid back over time, your life will be in completely disaster. I personally very enjoyed this unit, because this will help me a lot in the future when I receive my first credit card!

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The Unexpected Ending

Many of you might think the conflict of “The Defender” is Ian and his father running for their lives(a.k.a person vs society), but what I think is way different. Gibbons writes, “For his secrets, for his past, Ian still hates him”, (123).What I think the conflict of the book is will Ian forgive what his dad have done(a.k.a person vs person). The reason I think that is the conflict of the book is because as a child myself, if my dad was a thief and was running away for his life. First, it would be hard for me to adapt to what he has done. Secondly,what my life will be like in the past years. Although Ian’s dad was a big thief, and Ian could not believe any of his dad’s past. I feel like after the truth was given to Ian, and the two of them running for their lives, Ian and his dad got to know each other better and they were much closer than before.

Gibbons writes, “Don’t argue, Ian. We’ve got this one chance. I don’t care how you do it, but find a first-floor balcony and jump. I’ll be there with the car”, (152). This quote explains when Ian was captured by the Irish people, his dad came to rescue him even though they were after his dad instead of him. During the situation, Ian and his dad were like partners, on the phone and telling each other what to do. Ian’s father coming back for Ian shows how much his dad loves him and does not want to lose him. “Dad, this is crazy”, (164). This quote happened when the two of them were running while people were shooting them from the back, his dad did not give up easily, he would try anything to keep his son safe from the Irish people. They didn’t only gain a better relationship while they are running. “The answer is yes”, (167). There were multiple times when they were safe, and in those times, his dad tries his best to tell Ian as much as possible. He tells Ian about him killing the person who hurt his friend and her family. After all these different sort of situations Ian and his dad had gone through, Ian forgives him. “All that time you were feeling bad, I never even knew. I was to busy having a happy childhood. So we had to move a few times? Big deal. It never did me any harm”, (187). Ian’s dad tells Ian that life would have been better if he didn’t do these bad things, but Ian claims that he was a good father and gave him everything he wanted. As a reader, I really liked what Allan Gibbons wrote for the last sentence of the book. “Time doesn’t take away the pain, but it can heal”

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