Saturday, December 22, 2007

outside reading blog #5

part a
mon·stros·i·ty pg 157
–noun, plural -ties.
1. the state or character of being monstrous.
2. a monster or something monstrous
blos·som pg 168
A flower or cluster of flowers.
The condition or time of flowering: peach trees in blossom.
A period or condition of maximum development. See Synonyms at bloom1.

intr.v. blos·somed, blos·som·ing, blos·soms
To come into flower; bloom.
To develop; flourish: The child blossomed into a b

in tis chapter they used the example of speed dating to demonstrate a theory of thin slicing. Speed dating presents many of the theorems in this book like how instantly you can just like someone or know that they are a good person or at least seem so. Also it demonstrates the locked door of how we don’t know why we know these things. The people speed dating were asked to describe why they chose who they chose but not many could come up with good answers they just liked that person and they didn’t know why and that’s because it was done in their subconscious. this is very relevent i belive to how peopel are atracted to people.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

blog 4

part a
ex·traor·di·nar·y pg 139
1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.
2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
3. (of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility: minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary
–noun, plural -na pg 142
1. a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable: to study the phenomena of nature.
2. something that is impressive or extraordinary.
3. a remarkable or exceptional person; prodigy; wonder.
4. Philosophy.
a. an appearance or immediate object of awareness in experience.
b. Kantianism. a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself

part b
in this chaper we learned abou thow to minipulate people subcontiously by using somthing called priming.Priming is a process that has to do with your subconscious affecting your movement without you knowing it. One experiment had to do with tests and before a standard test using all African Americans half was a asked to identify their race and the other half wasn’t the half that wasn’t asked did amazingly better then the other half because when the others were asked about race it put a negative stereo type in their head which made them believe they were worse so they invariantly did worse this was also demonstrated in other tests. i really enjoyed this chapter it showed alot about the human brain.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

blog # 3 outside reading

part a
blood pressure pg 110
–noun Physiology.
the pressure of the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, varying in different parts of the body during different phases of contraction of the heart and under different conditions of health, exertion, etc. Abbreviation: BP
al·go·rithm pg 95
a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, as for finding the greatest common divisor

part b
im this chapter we learned about how you dont know why you know things you just do and to show this he used aTennis double faults prediction.Vic Brandon is a top world tennis coach and after watching many games he noticed that right before someone double faulted he knew they would. Double faulting is rare among experienced tennis players so Vic started to calculate how accurately he guessed and amazingly enough he was almost always 90 to 100% correct and it didn’t matter if the game was on TV or in person previously recorded or anything. So hoe tried to see if it was a movement they were doing that told him but he couldn’t find anything and that’s because your brain can just process so much information subconsciously with out you even knowing it's happening

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Lincoln Douglas / policy
Where? In school, tournaments, extra curricular activity
Purpose? To get better at debating, fun, good skills later
Better decision? Not necessarily because its all for school and competition
Structured, so it makes it more clear and concise in the decision-making.

Presidential debates
Where? Various places and televised but for the public
Purpose? Candidates tell people their beliefs and argue so people know who to vote for.
Better decision? I think so because people know more about whom they are voting for and can make good decisions
Structured, so time for each candidate is even and equal so people can make good decisions.

Law cases
Where? Court rooms
Purpose? To settle an argument, put blame somewhere
Better decision? Yes because it's equal and equitable
Structured, so it's easy to follow and same for the same types of things

Family problem
Where? At home with family
Purpose? Come to an agreement
Better decision? Yes because each side has it's chance to share
Unstructured because it's different for everyone but it adapts to people and sittuation

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

#2 blink

part a
-The prefrontal cortex is the anterior part of the frontal lobes of the brain, lying in front of the motor and premotor -meteorology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and forecasting.
one emerging thing i have found is the locked door to the part of our unconscious and how we have no idea of knowing what happens and why we know certain things.
part b
the book is still gettign starrted and i am still enjoying it alot. i am learning even more new things about how are brain works

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Outside reading blog #1 blink

part a
1)calcite (pg. 4) is a chemical or biochemical calcium carbonate corresponding to the formula CaCO3 and is one of the most widely distributed minerals on the Earth's surface.
thin slicing (pg. 23) is the ability of our unconciouse to find patterns in sittuations and behaviors based on very narrow slices of experience.
3)"the power of knowing within the first 2 seconds, is not a gift given magically to a fourtunent few. it is the ability that we can all cultivate for ourselves" (pg.16) this was in the begining of the book and explains its title blink. i thought this was signifigant because with out knowing this quote i dobt you are going to understand the rest of the book or even when im talking about this book. this applys to almost all of his examples i have read in the book yet on ewas about a statue that just didnt look right and everyone knew within those first two seconds was that is wasnt real but if they wanted it to be real they did the research and it showed it was real but then it turned out it wasnt so you know so much without trying.
part b
After only reading blink for one week I am amazed at what information this book has and I cant put it down I just want to keep reading and learning about these things in my mind that I hadn’t known existed one week ago. “Can a marriage really be understood in one sitting? Yes it can and so can lots of other seemingly complex situations.” (Pg. 23) this theory is the first of many introduced in his book and it is the theory of thin slicing. Thin slicing shows how accurate a small sample of soothing is, and how you can use that thin slice for a variety of different situation both something as complex as a marriage and other much more simple matters. And this comes from the title blink because in one blink of an eye your subconscious and process more information then you conscious from a very large sample.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

outside reading #2

the book that im reading is Blink by Malcom Gladwell
published 2005 but you approved it
non fiction
277 pages
its a phycology book directed twards adults
because it looks interesting and my mom and sister both said it was very good

Thursday, October 25, 2007

final outside reading

riding the bus with my sisterpart 1
The final section of the book included everyone. Melanie one of Beth’s friends and Beth sit and laugh on the bus together for hours. Rachel sees her face in a reflection and sees a look of failure that she once saw on her mothers face after dates. She encourages Rodolpho to try out for a play. Jacob has a friend in the hospital who dies of cancer. Rachel goes on dates with Rick and stats spending more and more time with him she really likes him. In her memory her father marries a very nice professor who is very nice to Beth and her mom divorced the ex-con and is married to someone else. Also when Beth got her first job as an attempt to get her off the couch it got worse and she lied a lot. So they couldn’t handle it anymore and got her a spot in a group home and she started ridding busses. she also got a make over and they get in a large fight because Beth doesn’t appreciate her being around but later she apologizes a lot. And Rachel gets a scrap book from her for Christmas. Then they have another health meeting and Beth runs to catch a bus and tell Rachel the year is over and she can ride the bus but Rachel is sadder then she thought but they both go on their separate ways. And a year and a half later Rachel is getting married and Beth and her are still good sisters.

the sea inside

Post 1
I all together thought the movie was good. It was very sad and interesting. I believe in the right to die in medical cases especially with Ramón. It's your life and I don’t really think anyone else should be able to stop you. And when people have to help you kill your self I just think there should be some paper work so they actually know that it was your decision. I think very highly of those who helped him die because it was his wish and he had been living in the condition so long nothing was likely to happen. But I also understand those closest to him and how they felt because they loved him and had cared for him so long. I think the courts were very not accepting and fair they wouldn’t let Ramón speak and didn’t even try to understand what he was going through before making their decisions.
Post 2
Diving bell and the butterfly and the sea in side were very similar and different. In the sea inside he was able to move his head so he could talk and communicate with others, which is why to me his condition seemed less severe while in diving bell he could only move his one eyelid so he couldn’t eat or speak. He often spoke about food and how people take it for granite and other functions like swallowing your spit or being able to tell people things. Also another thing that is different is that in the sea inside he wanted to die and was fighting for that and in diving bell he died naturally. They both had books written about them but in diving bell he wrote it someone else just translated and in sea inside someone else wrote the book he just provided the information. Both of these stories are also very touching and strike peoples cores.
Post 3
This movie doesn’t have a lot of people in it. All of the relationships are very important to understanding the story. So most of this movie is shot with close ups at eye level to make you feel like you are their. There are to many examples of this to even describe because it happens almost through out all dialog. Sometimes when people are talking to Ramón the camera is shifted downward if the person is standing because Ramón is always in bed and once in a wheelchair. This helps make him seem more hopeless and stresses how he can’t really do anything. Ramón is also perceived as a man with a great heart and the title is the sea inside so while there are shots of the outdoors and the sea they used slow smooth panning and dollying/tracking to convey that mood. Also when there are many characters in a scene they pan around so everyone is included which gives it a very personal mood.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Outside Reading Blog 5 Memoir

Riding the bus with my sister.part 2
so far in the book we have learned a lot about Beth. She is mentally retarded and has an African American boyfriend who bikes a lot and is also mentally retarded. Since she cants sustain a job she spends all of her time riding the city busses ad knows all routs, bus drivers, and most people who ride. After a health meeting that her sister joins her on Rachel agrees to ride for one whole year as often as possible. I thought this was a great idea and it turned out nicely. Rachel got to meet all of the bus drivers and she learns some very important lessons from all of them. The most powerful part of this book t me is the memories of growing up with Beth and how that still ties into life now because she is much like a child. The most powerful memory for me was when her mother got so desperate that she goes out with an ex-con moves in with him kicks the kids out runes away and gets married to him Beth stays along as they run on foot from place to place and in the end he holds her at gun point for a whole night and after that is put on a plane for her safety. This was really sad and made me even sadder because since she is mentally retarded she can’t always process things correctly.

Outside Reading Blog 4 Memoir

Riding the bus with my sister

Part one
“ She shuffles forward in a daze. Her brother and sister are leaving. She does not grasp why, and neither do we. It is all happening too fast.” (pg153) I think this is a really important quote because it ties together a lot of what the book it about. It shows Beth’s inability to comprehend things and a lot of how Beth and Rachel’s relationship has been in the past. She says this when she is going off to boarding school when her mom kicked them out. Her attitude is very sad in this chapter but she tries to be positive for Beth’s sake.
“Cool Beth” this is what Beth signs on everything she sends anyone including Rachel who receives tens of little notes every week. This to me describes and helps me understand Beth who is much like a child with her condition. She dresses in brilliant colors capitalizes random letter and colors like a child to.
Part two
We meet a new bus driver Baily who Beth calls crazy Baily because he’s funny. Baily is a good friend of Beth’s and notices that she needs more variety and responsibilities in life so he lets her go to his house every morning and wake his kids up and make sure they get on the bus. Both him and his wife work early in the morning so it works out nice and Beth likes it too. Rachel also try to get Beth a small job or volunteering but she hates it and would much rather ride busses. Rachel is very optimistic about her sister. Rick stats sending Rachel messages and he likes her so when they meet for the first time Rachel finds herself a bit nervous and they work on a crossword and have a nice conversation. In her memory her mom marries the ex-con and Beth disappears on the honeymoon and Rachel is very worried. Then we meet another bus driver jack and he likes to cook and we learn some valuable lesions and recipes. Jacob is another bus driver and invites Rachel and Beth to the beach with their family and Beth buys a very colorful swimsuit and they have a very nice time. In her memory she is at school and gets a school and faints but her dad comes to get her with Beth and max. Beth, her mother and the x-con have been on the run for a really long time and they wont let her call anyone so she escapes one night and goes to the pay phone but the ex-con finds her and locks the mom out and holds her at gunpoint until morning where the mom put her on a plan for her own safety.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

diving bell and the butterfly

this is late because i was absent sick when it was assigned

I think the diving bell and the butterfly is a very unique book. I have never read a book like it while reading it I was a bit confused because of the lack or plot and such. It was also beautifully written which is so amazingly tedious in my mind I would never have that patients but it does show his state in a way that he has all that time just to think in his mind because he cant move anything but his eye. The other confusion I had with the book was all the hard words, which I probably should have looked up but I usually didn’t so I had a hard time understanding him at times. Also he switched around so much from real life to imagination to memory it was often hard to decipher. The hardest was probably when he was talking about the queen who built the hospital and he was walking with her and then her photo I was very confused. The thing that kind of angered me about the book though was the ending it just stopped so suddenly and with a goodbye that’s just cya. And after I was done I was just like what was that their wasn’t much of a plot but after I liked I'm just yet again confused which could have been his purpose just to make us think about it and think about him and maybe for a tiny bit just dream like he did all day for quite a while.

blog 3 outside reading memior

this is late because i was sick

Part one
1) In her memories her mother starts dating an ex-con who is really rude and nasty and then the kids have to move out and away except for Beth who stays with the mother and ex-con.
Rodolpho is a really nice bus driver but he has to take time off from Beth so he has limits to how much Beth can ride with him. He is similar to a bus driver that Beth was close to in the past but nicer. Henry was a new bus driver and Beth helped him a lot and they became really good friends really fast but after a while he couldn’t handle Beth that much and made up a story that people were complaining and it got really out of hand so they aren’t friends any more.
Rachel gets to go to lunch with Jesse and Beth. In this part we learn a lot more about Jesse he is African American and only has one good eye because his other got seriously damaged as a child. He learned karate to protect himself and loves bicycling.
We also learned about how after Beth met Jesse their whole family and Beth made the decision to have her sterilized so she couldn’t have children.
Rachel also recalls memories about Beth in school and how she often did things to cause her embarrassment.
Bus driver Rick also had a crush on Rachel and Beth liked that idea cause she wanted him a brother in law but it didn’t really work out and Estella another bus driver gave them both some very important information.
Rachel had not known a lot about Beth’s condition and one night goes and looks for information and finds a lot of stuff that help her understand Beth.
2) Rachel Simon has won awards for her books and is a public speaker. The book riding the bus with my sister is her most well know. It was also made into a movie. She is currently working on a book called building a house with my husband. Which should be released in 2009. She is known for her public speaking nationally and is often pulled for an inspirational massage often about disability’s because or her great accomplishments with her sister and her book. ( she was born in New Jersey in 1959 she had one brother and two sisters and had a very difficult childhood. She has also written The Magic Touch Little Nightmares, Little Dreams and The Writer’s Survival Guide. (

Part two
I'm already half way done but I don’t feel like the book has really gone anywhere. She mostly has just been riding the bus with her sister giving information about day-to-day events and information about people with mental disabilities. She has also provided memories about growing up with Beth but they don’t seem that important to me and the stories she tells aren’t that exciting sometimes they do teach a lesion but to me the lesions learned aren’t all that unique or important. This book is very good at describing events and people. The main weakness’ I find though is a lack of plot or rising action I don’t feel like anything great is about to happen or even will. I had a friends with mental disabilities so sometimes I fid similarities between. I often feel bad for Beth because of how people treat her and sometimes I feel bad for people around Beth because sometimes she just doesn’t understand.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

blog 2 outside reading memior

Riding The Bus With My Sister
Loaded words
Selfish pg. 49- this has a negative reaction to me. Mostly negative because people who are selfish don’t think of others so are most of the times not very nice or pleasurable to be around.
Demanding pg. 51-this has a mostly negative reaction for me. It’s not all negative because sometimes when people are demanding it’s a good thing. But sometimes its bad so that’s why it’s negative because demanding can be annoying.
Hippie pg. 54-this has a positive reaction for me. It's positive because in my mind hippie are radical or liberal and fight for what they want and they fight for a lot of my values.
Donor pg.57-this has a positive reaction for me because donors save peoples lives and are selfless and I think that a good value to uphold.
Purity pg. 59-this also has a positive response for me because it makes me think of clean or pure water, which is good, but when talking about something’s it could be bad because pure isn’t always interesting.
Bullheadedness pg. 66-has a mostly negative reaction to me because it means stubborn and when people are stubborn to me it bugs me but I myself am stubborn so it's fine for me
Feistiness pg.67-a negative response because it means ill tempered which isn’t good
Mentally retarded pg.70-negotive but not because someone like that just because of how it's worded it's nicer then some other terms but just doesn’t have a good vibe with it
Afflicted pg. 77-negative just because it's in my mind is probably linked with something bad
Agitated pg. 79- negative because it's like irritated which is annoying and I don’t like to be agitated
Jacob is the bus driver we meat in this section and he is also friendly. There are children on this bus and Beth plays with them because she is much like a child. Jacob tells a story about how he once almost died but was saved by a liver transplant just in time and he also was in a coma and his heart stopped for a minute and after that he stopped his alcohol problems and appreciates life much more. They also search for a bathroom and Beth knows them all and she also has a great instinct for whom to trust.
In her memory her father leaves then and they get a dog and her mom tries to get over it but her mom is very sad and cries a lot Rachel and her sister Laura also go around the neighborhood to collect money for their moms present and lie to people saying it's for charity but they decide to stop.

blog 1 outside reading memior

Riding The Bus With My Sister
Rachel Simon has a mentally retarded sister and the book starts out with Rachel joining Beth her sister on one of her ordinary days. Beth hasn’t been able to keep a job a job for a while so an ordinary day isn’t ordinary to most people. Beth does what makes her happy and that is riding the buses, she rides sunrise to sundown Monday-Saturday and knows all the routs, stops, drivers, and most of the people that ride them. Rachel has decided to join her sister because she is a writer for a newspaper and she has grown a part from her sister.
She starts off her day buying coffee for the first driver and makes 16 cents. This bus driver is her friend but some drivers don’t like her at all and if they see her at a bus stop they pass her buy because they think she is annoying. She is always the first person to buy her bus pass and each month has #000001. She also has a boyfriend; Jessie and he is also mentally retarded but doesn’t ride the buses he rides a bike and sometimes they see each other. Rachel also accompanies her sister later to a meeting about her health where they talk about her health and Beth is loosing her vision and currently receives only $527.40.
Rachel makes a decision with Beth to ride the buses with her for a whole year as often as she can. The second time she rides she has to wake up very early and the first driver is Tim but Beth calls him happy Timmy because he is so happy but some call him the professor because he teaches people things. He dropped out of collage to drive busses because he loves people he has 3 kids. Norma is an elderly rider and she recalls old times about movie theatres and today is her anniversary. Beth writes Rachel a thank you card and draws pictures
Part of this book is also her memories of her childhood with Beth. Her mother knew something was wrong with her after two months with her because of her blank look and she never cried of reacted to things so they took her to a doctor but they said nothing was wrong. And after another year they took her in again and she stayed in a hospital for a while so they could figure out what was wrong and after 2 months they knew she was mentally retarded but didn’t know why.
The second memory was about Halloween and Beth didn’t want to wear the costume and when she didn’t want to do something she didn’t and then her mom painted and when she left her paints for a moment Beth eat a whole tube and was rushed to the hospital and was ok but her mom didn’t paint anymore and you could see her sadness
So far I have a better understanding of how mentally retarded Beth is and how Rachel deals with it I also have seen a lot into the different personalities of drivers and riders. I think I'm going to like this book a lot and I think it has some very good life lesions though by a variety of characters.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

this i belive


2) Living in the Here and Now

3) Jeffrey Hollender

4) This person belives that you should always live in the present and not get to caught up in life with the past and future.

5) he lost his brother and wasted time with him not living in the present
and he had his life on an auto pilot nevering thinking or enjoying what was happening right then

6) "I often cry when I think about my brother. It's one of the few things I let myself cry about. I missed opportunities with him because I wasn't present — missed opportunities I will never have again. In some ways, he was almost always fully present. He didn't know any other way to be. I don't want to miss anymore of my life than I already have. By being present and conscious, aware and awake, I believe that I can honor my brother, just a little bit, every day."

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

goal for sophmore year and the thing im most anxiouse about at EHS

I have a variety of goals that I would like to achieve at EHS. Some socially and some academically, both are very important to me but most of all I would like to have an excellent time at EHS. So within that I have to achieve my goals of maintaining good grades, learning valuable information, meeting new friends and keeping old friends, having a variety of friends, and also having a nice mix of extra curricular activities. And if I can do all that I think I will have a great time at EHS with few regrets.

The thing that I am most anxious about a EHS is my cheerleading. I am on the comp cheer team and it’s a very demanding sport and I’ve never done before so it’s a kind of a mystery of how it’s going to turn out. Also part of my anxiety has to deal with the stress of school and such a strenuous sport, I’m curious to know how I’m going to deal with it as well as afraid that I wont be able to do both. Another part of my anxiety is excitement though because last year our team placed 11th in the nation so I hope we are just as lucky this year.