Friday, March 27, 2009

Under Construction

Today I met with Deanna to revise my research paper. We were supposed to take the revisions the class had done online, and then come up with three problem areas that Deanna and we could go over together, individually.  I had one paragraph about statistics that she really helped me clean up and make more decipherable, and then she found places where I had cited work incorrectly.  The whole process, for me at least, only took about 10 minutes with Deanna and those 10 minutes made a world of difference! Before I met with her, there were a lot of confusing places in my paper (because I worked with numbers so many times), but following the revision meeting, when I had people proofread my papers, no one seemed to be stumbling.
Thanks, Deanna. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009


-- no post necessary this week... yayyy

It's beach time, baby!! =)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mash-Up Music

I've been listening to "Numb-Encore" by Lincoln Park and Jay-Z since it first came out when I was in high school and until today i never knew that it was actually a "music mash-up" combining two songs together to make one.  When Deanna showed us the other examples she had found on youtube I was amazed. I love, love, LOVE music and I think that more artists should get together and combine their music to make musical greatness. This would definitely help sell a few more albums, and these songs just seem to be a little more entertaining than the rest. 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Violence in Video Games - Interesting viewpoint

This is a big controversy in our society today!! When I opened my textbook I was planning on reading about how horrible violent video games are for kids and the influence on their lives. Yet when I started reading the chapter, the very first article was about the positive influence violence in cartoons/video games helped some kids conquer their fears. The author of the first article in the chapter wrote about how he used to relate himself to the Hulk so that he could feel stronger, more included in the real world. In fact, being the Hulk and living vicariously through his character, the author of the article did in fact gain friends and confidence.
So... some video games may be harmful to kids (Columbine shooting) but as far as this guy's self esteem goes, these bad characters definitely helped him out and changed his life.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Proposition 8

Yesterday, we got to work in class on our research papers. I had picked out teenage pregnancies in the beginning because I thought it would be a very informative paper, and it was something I didn't know much about but wanted to learn.  Before going into class yesterday, though, I had tried to find research on this including statistics from the U.S. on the number of pregnant girls and surprisingly, it was very hard to find. So... after talking to Deanna, I decided to switch my research topic to the new Proposition 8 bill that was recently passed in California - which bans gays from being married and also nulls the marriages licenses given out previous years. This is a HUGE controversy right now, and would be great to learn more about!!