“Practice Makes Perfect”: An Interpretation of a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Ever wondered how to win a game of 1v5 basketball? Well, you probably shouldn’t ask Nick Bottom…

Along with my group mates Michael and Leo, I interpreted lines 1-85 in act 1 scenes 2 of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as lines 1-57 of act 3 scene 1, also adding some of our own features to make it unique and somewhat original. In our adaptation, the mechanicals are preparing for the debut of their new basketball team, rather than a play. We made the addition of Theseus assigning Quince to take on the coaching job, who reluctantly accepts. One of the main struggles Quince faces is leading a 2 man basketball team to victory.

Director’s Notebook (2 Parts, as FlipSnack only allows up to 15 pages)


 

Reflection:

As the editor of the movie, it was my responsibility to take the clips we shot and organize them into a coherent product. This involved selecting music, adding special effects and cutting and combining the clips. The reasoning for my choices for the music were also provided by me in the notebook. I was also accountable for the costume design, and also explaining my choices for it and the music in the director’s notebook. As a group, we had issues communicating and collaborating in the beginning, and the workload wasn’t very balanced. Nonetheless I believe we were able to create a complete product in the end.

Costume design and the reasoning behind it was closely related to characterization. By Bottom’s physical appearance for example, you could tell that he is an arrogant and cavalier person, and from Flute’s you can tell that he is strange and doesn’t belong (details in director’s notebook). The music, in addition to invoking mood, also helps convey characterization. One of our song choices was Here Comes the BOOM by Nelly, but that song is only appropriate for Bottom, and we wouldn’t play it for Flute. This i because of the nuances of the song are way too bold and confident to fit with Flute’s temperament(details in director’s notebook). Writing the script and deciding the plot was a collaborative effort from all of us, so I contributed in those aspects as well. In the movie, I played our interpretation of Peter Quince, who is the team’s coach.

The major thematic issue in our story that arrogant disregard and unwillingness to compromise can create tension. In the movie Quince faces the issue is the egotistical and stubborn attitude of others. Stronger and more confident characters like Theseus and Bottom antagonize him, and he is forced to endure this conflict: “Yo loser! Just realised there’s something wrong”(Bottom 2.2). The condescending and irreverent tone in Bottom’s voice shows how he is antagonistic towards Quince and an instigator of conflict. After becoming more irritated, Quince is an instigator of conflict towards Flute, who he yells at and forces to sit on the bench: “Shut up Flute!”(Quince 2.2). By pressuring Quince into a job he was not interested in, Theseus ultimately causes Flutes grief and conflict with his own stubbornness.

Costume also helped convey theme. For example, Bottom’s uniform has arrogant and powerful connotations. With the application of our thematic issue that arrogance and egotism can cause tension and problems, it is clear Bottom is an instigator of conflict.  The undertones provided by the music, like Don’t Waste My Time or Here Comes the BOOM also supports the notion suggested by the costume and props. When hearing Sad Piano played over Flute’s melancholy, the audience is unlikely to conclude that Flute is an antagonistic type of person (details in director’s notebook).

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Melo, the Zen Master, and the Latvian Unicorn: An Optimistic View of the New York Knicks’ Future

Rationale:

For this semester’s CREATE Project, I wrote an article that highlighted the hopeful and positive aspects of the New York Knicks, an NBA team that has been plagued with losing records and playoff droughts through the last few seasons. While writing this article, I used the writing and research skills we learned in English 9 this year.

 

 Article:

As yet another season ends in April, the New York Knicks fan base grows restless. This year’s Knickerbockers finished with 32 wins, quantifying another dismal season. Nonetheless, hope is not lost for this team. Keep in mind that the Knicks are a rebuilding franchise, and therefore the only statistic that really matters is improvement. In his second year at the helm, general manager Phil Jackson helped New York win fifteen more games. Insignificant as it may seem, the turnaround is a sign of progress, and any progress at all is worth noticing. If the Knicks were to continually improve, they could very likely contend for playoff berth or possibly even a title in the not so distant future. And for a rebuilding NBA franchise, where else to look but the future?

 

One topic that will raise concerns this offseason is Guard Aaron Afflalo’s player option. If he wishes, he may opt out of his 8 million dollar contract and become a free agent. Since Afflalo did express discontent after being moved out of the starting rotation, this is a troubling possibility. However this is not an issue that should incur much anxiety among fans. Whether or not Afflalo does choose to opt out, it would greatly benefit the organization. Should he opt out, the Knicks would have an additional 8 million to their current 19 million dollars projected in cap space. This would allow them to offer a max deal to on of the top players of this year’s talented roster of free agents. Players such as Mike Conley, Rajon Rondo or Bradley Beal would be excellent additions to the Knicks lineup. If Afflalo chooses not to exercise his player option, then the Knicks would merit from his talents for another season. Either outcome would put Phil Jackson in an advantageous position to make the right move. The same can be said about Forward Derrick Williams’ upcoming player option. With all the uncertainties within the team this offseason, Carmelo Anthony, the franchise player,  still remains loyal and resolved to winning a title in New York.

 

With an upcoming offseason that could likely dictate the future of the franchise, it is important to identify the man at the helm. 13-time NBA champion Phil Jackson is currently the general manager of the New York Knicks. Two of his rings came to him as a player for the Knicks, so he has a degree of loyalty to the team. He won the remaining 11 championship titles as a coach, famously leading Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan to all of their victories. Jordan’s 1996 Chicago Bulls had also set the record of 72 regular season wins under his expertise. All of his coaching victories were achieved utilizing the triangle offense, hence his adherence to the system and determination to implement it in New York. Despite his great prestige at the head coaching position, Jackson had only just completed his second season as a GM. In year one, he made impactful moves, trading away key players like Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler. Jackson also fired a lot of staff members including head coach Mike Woodson. These were ultimately detrimental to the team’s success in the following season, as they finished with a 17-65 record, the worst in franchise history. Making amends in year two, he made the unpredictable move of selecting Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick, who had a remarkable rookie season. The “Zen Master” (Phil Jackson) had also signed multiple talented free agents such as Aaron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, and Derrick Williams. These transactions would put New York in a better position to end the regular season, but the hope for year two would be to make the team a playoff contender once again. A successful rebuild to this Knicks team would be a true testament to his legacy as an outstanding basketball mind.

Rookie Kristaps Porzingis will arguably be the most essential piece of the Knicks rebuilding process. The seven-foot-three rookie phenomenon was drafted fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, a decision which aroused skepticism, and in many cases also exasperation. But in a matter of days, Porzingis worked and played his way from desperate to win approval from fans to one of the great stories of this legendary 2015-16 NBA season. His stardom was undeniable when former MVP Kevin Durant referred to him as an “NBA Unicorn”, and elaborated: “He’s a skilled guy and I think we’ve gotten away from enjoying skilled players in this league.” But despite his spectacular performance this season, his best basketball still lies ahead. The towering Latvian Unicorn possesses both exceptional shooting touch and athleticism. His quickness and court vision are prime for a player of his position and size. He is a prolific shot blocker, averaging approximately two per game this season. Porzingis’ play is defined by versatility, and combining height and skill, his ceiling as a great basketball player can only ever lower to meet his ambition. Recognizing his All-Star potential, Porzingis plans to stay in New York this offseason to work with the training staff, which would mean missing out on the chance to represent team Latvia in the Olympics this summer, a sacrifice that conveys his commitment to the Knicks’ development.

 

Head coach Derek Fisher was fired this season, which leaves a critical role empty in the coaching department. Though there is an abundance of viable candidates for the job, Phil Jackson is very rigid about who he wants to coach the team. Sources show that the Knicks have reached out Luke Walton, David Blatt, and Frank Vogel. Luke Walton is a great fit for the position. He is a former player coached by Phil Jackson, and boasts an excellent coaching record of 39-4 as interim head coach for the Golden State Warriors. However Walton has recently signed a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and is no longer available. Another prospect for the job is David Blatt. Blatt was unexpectedly fired this season despite coaching his team to the number one seed. According to the Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin, his firing had little to do with his coaching ability: “I have never seen a locker room not be as connected after wins as they need to be”. The issue with Blatt was that he was disconnected with his team and did not talk to players after games. Nonetheless, he is a capable coach and has had great success in his career. Frank Vogel is also a possibility to fill the role. Vogel’s contract with the Indiana Pacers was not extended, giving New York the opportunity to hire. This season, he led the Pacers to the 8th playoff seed. Vogel is a good fit and would bring success to the franchise if signed. Blatt and Vogel are both prime candidates for the coaching job, and would be successful. Having said that, the role will most likely go to Kurt Rambis, the Knicks’ assistant coach and interim head coach this season. Phil Jackson trusts Rambis more than Blatt or Vogel, as he was also a player on Jackson’s team. Carmelo Anthony has also expressed his faith in Rambis.

 

The New York Knicks face many issues, including this year’s first round pick that was traded to the Raptors and Jose Calderon’s frighteningly large salary. But the Knicks have many pieces that will be greatly beneficial to their rebuilding process, and will soon be an elite team in the NBA.

 

 

 

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Doth He Mirror Me? The Arrogant Actor and I

The play “A Midsummer Nights Dream” by William Shakespeare has a unique and diverse roster of characters. Puck: the fun-loving, mischievous “hobgoblin”; Helena: the persistent and desperate lover; and Bottom: The eccentric weaver and confidently incompetent actor who spends the larger portion of the play with the head of an ass (donkey), are all examples of the interesting characters that Shakespeare has portrayed in his work. Out of all the characters in the play, I personally identify with Bottom.

Not much can be said about Bottom’s physical appearance. Besides the fact that his head is transformed to that of a donkey, the reader has very little clue about his actual looks. But since he is an adult man living in Athens, my best guess would be that we deviate in this aspect.

Nick Bottom has a very special personality, comically combining arrogance and ineptitude: “That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. If I do it, let the audience look to their eyes: I will move storms, I will condole, in some measure”(1.2, 19). Evident in his own words, Bottom has extreme confidence in his own abilities. Though he proves to be a lackluster performer in the final play, he believes in himself and takes pride in his skills, completely oblivious to the truth. His fellow cast members also lack talent, which makes him seem like a great actor by comparison. Though arrogance and confidence is not my temperament, I have been this way in the past. For example, when I first began to play basketball in elementary school, I was attending beginner training programs. I was far better than the others in attendance, however I would learn that I still needed to improve. When I tried out for better teams I quickly realized that I was, in actual fact, not a good player at all. Much like how Bottom was made to feel brilliant and talented in the presence of the other Mechanicals, I assured myself and others that I was a good basketball player. We both ultimately made fools out of ourselves.

Throughout the play different characters have varying opinions on Bottom. There are of course the other Mechanicals, who believe him to be a genius and a great actor: “He hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens”(4.2, 7). Those who watched the Mechanicals’ play in the end (and also Puck) believe Bottom to be a fool and a dreadful performer: “With the help of a surgeon he might yet recover, and yet prove an ass”(5.1, 293). Oberon does not seem to have formulated any personal opinion on Bottom, and neither has Titania. Although Titania was in love with Bottom at one point in the play, Puck’s love potion was in effect and it was not truly her that was in love. To some degree, I can relate to Bottom on this. Most people who have met me ahve their own thoughts on me. People close to me, like my friends, may believe that I am a good basketball player. Nonetheless, if I were to play against LeBron James surely he would not share that opinion. I believe for both Bottom and I what others think are subjective to point of view. From a poor actor’s perspective, Bottom is a great actor. However to the likes of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, who has likely seen his fair share of great performances, his acting is awful. That is the reason for the vast range of ideas between characters.

 

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Propaganda Poster Rationale

Below is a Propaganda Poster created to promote or support the Allied Forces in English class. My poster tells the audience that: If without sufficient support or popularity, the Allied Forces will be devoid of strength and defeated by the Nazi Army led by Hitler, who will bring his brutal rule to the United States of America. This argument applies the persuasive technique of Ethos, which uses ethics to appeal to an audience. Since people believe in their leaders and their country, they would be more reluctant to trust the enemies of them. The majority of American citizens would not accept Adolf Hitler as their ruler. I used transfer to exploit this information, and depicted Hitler as president of the USA to discredit him. I also incorporated fear, which is suitable as the idea that Hitler could win would scare them, and motivate them to either join the army or support their side of the war in other ways. To amplify the effects of the fear technique, I manipulated the visual elements. The lighting is very dark, which sets a grim mood. It terms of framing, I inserted all of the dominant elements in the center of the frame. Considering the rule of thirds, placing an important object in the middle makes a viewer uncomfortable, as they should be with the scenario presented before them. The text is concise, and its role is to provide a solution for the problem that is introduced. Many would take interest in a possible solution as they would wish for the future of America to take a different path.

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Research Exhibition

Rationale:

Media Censorship, on the internet in particular, has become a big issue in China. The world-famous “Great Firewall” currently denies access to 16 out of the world’s 30 most popular websites for all Chinese people without a VPN. This has made much of China’s population informationally impaired, as they are somewhat isolated from the rest of the world in this aspect. Below is a series of memes that I believe have simplified the research I have gathered on this topic. Hopefully this will better the understanding of the audience and inform who have been previously unaware of the  topic.

 

Memes:

 

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Explanation:

This untitled meme is a simple one, often used to illustrate someone’s goals and an obstacle preventing them from achievement. On one side of the pit are the goals, but upon reaching for those aspirations “me”, as shown in the meme falls into a pit, which possesses the reality they must endure and accept instead. I made a decision to add a VPN into the meme, acting as a bridge, or a path allowing for full access.

 

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Explanation:

When a popular trend or event arises, this meme is usually used to show one’s inability to participate or be involved in it for whatever reason. However in our usage, instead of a sole subject that is excluded, it can be related to over 90 percent of China’s population. Recently Google released a new feature with all the excitement and anticipation of Star Wars: The force Awakens this winter. Google Star Wars has become very popular recently, but obviously for a country that blocked Google, this feature is not available.

 

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Explanation:

Kevin Durant’s MVP Acceptance Speech in the 2013-14 NBA season was a very heartfelt one. He concluded his speech with the words “You the real MVP”, directed at his mother out of gratitude. The internet soon saw the opportunity to make a meme out of this, and it has since become very popular. In this context it is praise for the free VPN software Freegate, created so the public of China can have free access of the world wide web. Though it has been blocked multiple times by the Chinese government, the developers of Freegate continue update and adapt their system to successfully bring VPN service to everyone in China. This is a step towards combatting censorship in China.

 

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Explanation:

This meme comes from the American Animated TV Series South Park, and it’s meaning is quite transparent. It is generally used for things that should be pretty simple or common, yet do not exist, which is bothersome to people. This applies to the censorship situation in China, as VPNs are common and people imagine using one to be an easy process, however ones that have not been blocked by the government are scarce.

 

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Explanation:

“Bad Luck Brian” is one of the most popular memes on the internet, as instances of bad luck occur often, making it easily applicable. We created a scenario for this meme about someone who begins a research project in China about the tragic Tiananmen Massacre. The reason this is bad luck for this researcher is because this event along with many other sensitive topics are censored in China. Stories do not cover this, and websites containing any related material are blocked. The Chinese government’s desire to maintain their good image makes researching any of these topics very difficult.

 

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Explanation:

The meme above is another popular one, being more informational than others it can be used to clearly define the difference between stereotype and reality or fact. Most people’s perception of China’s population renders them ignorant or nonchalant to their oppressors. While this can be said about the majority of Chinese people, even a small percentage of China’s 500 million internet users is too much to disregard. It must be made clear that not everyone in China is victim to the “page cannot be displayed” nightmare, and not everyone browses Youku or Tudou. In the end we also decided to add the reality to how VPN users in China see themselves. It is humorous to us that circumventing China’s firewall with the click of a button is enough to make some people act as if they are activists who righteously and inconspicuously oppose the government’s censorship.

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CREATE Project Rationale

For this year’s CREATE Project in English, students were free to create a text, be it multimedia or written, about any topic. It could be a passion or interest, even just something new. The students had a lot of autonomy on what they would work on. Basketball is a passion of mine, and I enjoy watching NBA games. So for my project, I created a text breaking down the rookies from this year’s NBA draft. Click here to view the post or use the tag “CREATE Project”.

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An Overview of the 2015 NBA Draft Class

The 2015 NBA draft class is highlighted by its great potential. When people examine this year’s roster of rookies, they see not just talented basketball players, but young stars with the capacity to grow and have long, triumphant careers in the NBA. That is precisely why basketball fans around the world were glued to their television sets in anticipation of this exciting event. Even deep within the draft contained many proficient prospects, like Jerian Grant from Notre Dame at the nineteenth pick, or perhaps Larry Nance Jr. at the 27th. But here we focus on the lottery picks. Below I have compiled an analysis and evaluation on the first four picks of the recent NBA draft.

Karl-Anthony Townes

There was almost no doubt that Karl-Anthony Townes would be the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. An athletic specimen and talented big man, Townes is a project that would contribute to the Timberwolves with his versatility and talent. Early in the season, he has already emerged as an elite defender and rising star. Townes is strong in the paint and has a reliable jump shot, making him difficult to guard and able to match up to most other centers in the league. In his rookie season, Karl-Anthony Townes is ready to become the franchise player.

D’Angelo Russell

D’Angelo Russell displayed his skills as an effortless scorer and great playmaker in his freshman year at Ohio State University. Although Russell’s athleticism is insufficient and his defense is lackluster, he possesses good talent and was expected to make an impact right away to the struggling Lakers team. Alongside Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles fans were optimistic that this rookie would take the league by storm. Unfortunately, his performance thus far has been underwhelming, and although he has not been detrimental, D’Angelo Russell has yet to prove his worth as a number two overall draft pick.

Jahlil Okafor

Reigning NCAA champion and an efficient scorer, this 19-year-old center from Duke University was the most talented player of this class before the draft. As of this point in the season, Jahlil Okafor has struggled to turn things around for his team, still without a single win. Though the blame is not on his shoulders, the pressure surely is. Okafor bringing his talents to Philadelphia was a festive occasion for basketball fans all over the city. But with the team still suffering, this rookie is expected to lead them through the darkness. Despite his team’s failure, Okafor has shown his dominance and skills as an NBA player. Even In his first year of college Jahlil Okafor was already playing like a pro. Combining height, strength and a vast variety of post moves in his arsenal, Okafor is an unstoppable force around the basket. He is a solid rebounder and defender, averaging almost a double-double and two blocks this season. The biggest question for his NBA career would be his athleticism and versatility, which if achieved would allow his game to ascend to the next level. That being said, Jahlil Okafor is a spectacular young talent that would not be passed up at the third pick, and probably shouldn’t even have been available after the second.

Kristaps Porzingis

Hall of fame coach Phil Jackson may be a rookie as a General Manager, but he’s no rookie to the game of basketball. He showed his amazing analytical ability when he was on the clock at the fourth pick. Kristaps Porzingis is already being called the steal of this year’s NBA draft by many people, including Lakers legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. With the failures of similar play style players like Darco Milicic and Andrea Bargnani, Knicks fans were understandably disappointed at the draft. But Kristaps Porzingis’s performance so far has been phenomenal to say the least. Porzingis’s shooting and playmaking skills are exceptional, especially for his height. His range and athleticism allow him to fill the power forward position well. Though he lacks strength, it doesn’t hinder his rebounding and shot blocking ability, as he excels at both. The NBA is feeling Porzingis’s presence, with All-Star forward Anthony Davis praising his game, saying: “It’s going to be fun battling him in the NBA.” Skeptics of the Latvian 7-footer are now lining up to get their Porzingis jerseys.

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Interview with Slim

Slim is a character that appears a negligible amount of times during the novel Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck; however Steinbeck illustrated his traits and role to it’s fullest. Through the character of Slim, Steinbeck portrays a hardworking and productive American, a well respected man and what other ranch workers aspired to be. Steinbeck, with the dominance and flawless attributes of this character, communicates his ideas, compelling the reader to agree with them.

It is apparent throughout the novel that many themes of the story are communicated through Slim. One major theme of the story is the fragility of dreams, and Slim is the only character without a dream, also making him the one who must suffer the least. Therefore, when the interviewer asks Slim about his aspirations, he responds: “Dreams are fragile, they don’t ever work out anyways”. Slim’s physical appearance was described both in the fourth and ninth question, with Slim saying: “Maybe it’s cause I work hard, maybe cause I’m tall”, and the interviewer saying: “You’re seemingly ageless, you’re tall”. In my interview below I used these methods to develop a deep understanding of Slim’s role in the story as a character and as a metaphor.

Of Mice And Men takes place in one of the most infamous generations in U.S history. Following and during the Great Depression workers were forced into desperate situations. Many had to leave their homes and seek work on the farms of California, the supposed “Sugarbowl”. They had to overcome loneliness and sometimes loss all the while trying to overcome poverty. At the beginning of my interview describes life on the farm, he says: “You gotta do what you gotta do, else you gonna get canned”. It means that many people during the time were struggling at the time maintaining a job was a major conflict. He also says: “It ain’t like we clutching our money though, having frequent visits to Susy’s, blowing right through our dough over there”. This illustrates that many farmers spent their salaries on alcohol at bars or at whorehouses. Subsequently they were never able to save up which lead to common neediness among farmers.

Playing: Slim Interview – 11:15:15, 9.15 AM.mp3 – picosong

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Apate Laboratories – Based on “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury

Rationale

In an unknown time and place, Apate Laboratories has developed the technology to bring fantasy to life. This new breakthrough in virtual reality needed to go through some trials before fully being introduced to the world, so they sought volunteers to test the machine. In this particular instance, we see Billy having the opportunity to try it out, but later discovered that they had other motives for their invention. [spoiler alert!] With the death of Billy, Apate Laboratories claims it’s fifth victim. Despite the trickery and deception on the behalf of Craig, Billy was technically the cause of his own death. One of the themes in this story is that in many cases, we create our own monsters.

 

In my narrative, I use imagery and description of setting to help the reader see Billy’ point of view: “First the trees appeared, then the mountains, and at last they appeared. Massive dinosaurs appeared right in front of Billy… Billy was almost swept off his feet by the sudden gust. It all felt so real. He heard a thunderous roar in the distance.” A motif I incorporated into my story is the dinosaur. Billy spends much of the story trying to tell apart the world he was in from reality. The more he began to buy in to the machine’s reality, the more it truly came to life. We can see that as the dinosaur got closer, Billy was becoming afraid of it. Not afraid of the dinosaur, but how real everything felt, and it didn’t feel safe anymore. The dinosaur did not actually appear until the end, however it’s presence in the story represents Billy’s fear and comprehension of the whole experience.

 

Story

“Welcome to Apate Laboratories, Mr. Anderson, my name is Craig Newman and I will be your guide today.”

 

“Fantastic. Oh and please, just call me Billy.”

 

“Very well, Billy, let us continue.”

 

Craig led Billy down a long hallway. They went through various meticulous security measures and walked a long way to finally arrive at their destination. Craig Newman was a very passionate and outgoing young gentleman, however it seemed to Billy that he was never really at ease. With his stuttering, speed walking, and at times visible trembling, his behavior was nothing short of strange. Nonetheless, it would be foolish to think that it was anything more than mere anxiety.

 

“Here we are”, said Craig. “I am deeply sorry for the long walk, but I’m quite sure you’ll find this worth your while.”

 

Craig gestured to a large round door, on the wall above it nothing but the number ‘4 ’ displayed in a format like that of a digital clock.

 

“Here we have the cutting edge of technology”, continued Craig, “In the largest project ever here in Apate Laboratories, we seek to bring new definition to the phrase: ‘Virtual Reality’. We seek to make more of just: ‘Reality’. This machine can bring your thoughts to life. Contrary to popular belief, the applications of this device are nearly limitless. Say for instance you… um, would you remind me what your job was again Billy?”

 

“Archaeologist.”

 

“An Archaeologist! Why with this technology you could essentially travel back in time! Do you want to see the Great Pyramids being built? The cavemen? Or perhaps even earlier? Now enough of this banter, simply discover for yourself. Would you please, Billy, step into this room for me.”

 

With the press of a button the door opened up to reveal a dark, barren room. As Billy entered the door closed again, shutting out the last trace of light and leaving him blind. Alone in the quiet blackness Billy began to channel his thoughts.

 

The panels flickered in the empty room. First the trees appeared, then the mountains, and at last they appeared. Massive dinosaurs appeared right in front of Billy. But none of it seemed real until they started moving. The wind kicked in. Billy was almost swept off his feet by the sudden gust. It all felt so real. He heard a thunderous roar in the distance. He could feel the earth shaking beneath his feet with each step the colossal monsters took. Billy knew he was just imagining things, but he also knew that this was a very real experience. He looked up to the skies and witnessed the giant reptilian birds soaring past. Billy had a seat on the ground and just took it all in with such awe.

 

A leaf fell from a tree and he reached his hand out to grab it. Of course the intangible hologram passed right through the palm of his hands and settled in the artificial dust. The ground shook more, and with it came more roars in the distance. It was faint, but it sounded almost as if the roars were getting louder, and that something was getting closer. Billy decided not to dwell on it. It didn’t matter anyways, where else would he get a view like this? The room sure wasn’t so small anymore, or empty. It was now a vast land of great grasslands and majestic mountains.

 

Billy continued to explore and sought out to discover. As an archaeologist, Billy had been accustomed to seeing bones and fossils- none of which could compare to this. He was among them. Billy saw the magnificent beasts in their habitat when only yesterday it was in his own mind. But with this machine, that was just enough. He felt as if he could wander endlessly through this virtually generated world, however the hot sun was almost too much to bear at this time. The sun. Billy hadn’t even noticed until now. He had been standing in the sun for a while now. His body was drenched in sweat. It felt so real; he could go outside in the real world and it would be indistinguishable. What kind of technology was this? How can anything be capable of something this incredible? More time went by and he felt the shaking again. Much more than before. So much shaking. The roars seemed to have subsided but there was loud growling and panting. Billy was certain that there was a dinosaur nearby. An enormous dinosaur. The air around him became shrouded in dust and leaves. His body bolted upright. The dust in the air dispersed to reveal that Billy’s suspicions to be true.

 

A Tyrannosaurus of no less than ten meters long stood right in front of him, it’s monstrous teeth just beyond the tip of his nose. Billy panicked before realizing it was all nothing more than imaginary. Gathering his thoughts, he tried to create something more serene and peaceful. Regardless of his endeavors, the landscape remained unchanged. The trees were still there, swaying in the wind, mountains still sat still in the far distance and the dinosaur, the dinosaur was still there, well within arm’s reach. Billy saw a stray leaf drifting through the air. He reached is hand out to grab it. To his surprise, the leaf landed flat in the palm of his hand. He turned his head back to face his predator. Craig Newman stood outside, laughing to himself. “The moment they begin to believe it, that’s when it becomes real.”

 

“Welcome to Apate Laboratories, Mrs. Smith, my name is Craig Newman and I will be your guide today. Now right this way please.”

 

As they arrived at the machine Mr. Newman gestured to the large round door. Above, in a glowing, digital clock-like format, read the number ‘5’

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English 9 Mood Assignment

The panels flickered in the empty room. First the trees appeared, then the mountains, and at last they appeared. Massive dinosaurs appeared right in front of Billy’s face. But none of it seemed real until they started moving. The wind kicked in. Billy was almost swept off his feet by the sudden gust. It all felt so real. He heard a thunderous roar in the distance. He could feel the earth shaking beneath his feet with each step the colossal monsters took. Billy knew he was just imagining things, but he also knew that this was a very real experience. He looked up to the skies and witnessed the giant reptilian birds soaring past. Billy had a seat on the ground and just took it all in with such awe. A leaf fell from a tree and he reached his hand out to grab it. Of course it was just an intangible hologram passed right through the palm of his hands and settled in the artificial dust. The ground shook more, and with it came more roars in the distance. It was faint, but it sounded almost as if the roars were getting louder, and that something was getting closer. Billy decided not to dwell on it. It didn’t matter anyways, where else would he get a view like this? The room sure wasn’t so small anymore, or empty. It was now a vast land of great grasslands and majestic mountains. He felt as if he could wander endlessly through this virtually generated world, but unfortunately the hot sun was almost too much to bear at this time. The sun. Billy hadn’t even noticed until now. He had been laying in the sun for a while now. His body was drenched in sweat. It felt so real; he could go outside in the real world and not even be able to distinguish the two. What kind of technology was this? How can anything be capable of something this awesome? More time went by and he felt the shaking again. Much more than before. So much shaking. The roars seemed to have subsided but there was loud growling and panting. Billy was certain that there was a dinosaur nearby. An enormous dinosaur. The air around him became shrouded in dust and leaves. His body bolted upright. The dust in the air dispersed to reveal that Billy’s suspicions had been true. A Tyrannosaurus of no less than ten meters long stood right in front of him, it’s monstrous teeth just beyond the tip of his nose. Billy panicked before realizing it was all nothing more than imaginary. Gathering his thoughts, he tried to create something more serene and peaceful. Regardless of his endeavors, everything remained unchanged. The dinosaur was still there, well within arm’s reach. Billy saw a stray leaf drifting through the air. He reached is hand out to grab it. To his surprise, the leaf landed flat in the palm of his hand. He turned his head back to face the dinosaur. The very large, very real dinosaur.

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