Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Giver

The Giver was an alright book. After finishing a book about someone I really like to watch and study, this book did not seem very good. I do not like reading about perfect societies in which strict rules are made and people seem to be confined. Reading about topics such as this disturb me because they make me think about what life would be like for me if I were in their shoes, which would not be good.

Lois Lowry has great writing skills and can create a perfect vision in my mind of what is going on, but I still do not like the topics she writes about. I like the idea of how she made Jonas different from everyone else and how she made him escape with Gabe from his crazy society. I like the ending in the book, though, being that she left it open for the reader to imagine what happens.

Iceman

Currently, I have been watching one of the veteran's of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Chuck Liddell is the greatest the sport has ever seen. Many people do not respect Chuck because he is old and kind of flabby, but he still has the knock-out punch he had the day he started in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Liddell came from a very poor family on the streets of California. At an early age, he was taught to fight by his grandfather. He knew not who his father was, therefore his grandfather was pretty much his only dad.

When Chuck got into college, he wrestled and played football. He bounced at clubs, bar tended, and did some kickboxing during this time. When his friend told him about joining the UFC, he was all for it. When Chuck was kickboxing, he was making around $500 a fight, now he makes over $250,000 for a fight. Not bad for a guy with a degree in accounting, huh?

The famous life treated Chuck very kindly. He received a hummer for fighting in one fight, a lamborghini from the UFC owner just because he liked him, and tons of attention from fans all around the world.

So much depends..

So much depends upon a small brown bible worn from years of use on top of the wooden church pew...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Animal Farm Review

Animal Farm was a relatively easy read. The book was short and words were used that are easy to understand, which makes a huge impact on my opinion of a book. If a book has a lot of words that I do not know what mean, I am not going to read it for long.

The book was also extremely hard for me to follow. Matching faces and voices to characters is the only problem I had on understanding the book. Also, I do not like books with animals as the main characters, such as this. I also did not like the concept of being based on real life events in which an animal represents a human in history. I simply could not follow.

Lastly, I did not like the plot of the story. I know it was based on actual events, but I would rather read a biography about WWII than I had about animals doing the war instead. I do not like to think of animals taking over a farm or the sight of one playing cards with a human. For some reason, such scenes send chills down my spine.

Techie Tools

My favorite techie tool to use on the computer would have to be blogger. Not only does this tool allow me to express my thoughts and opinions on certain events, but also allows me to view other people's thoughts, opinions, or other writings. Blogger allows me to express my life through words and show the world what I think. One of the best features is that people do not have to see who is behind the writing, like a mask. So far in my technological life, Blogger.com is the greatest techie tool I have uncovered.

Spring Break '09

This year's spring break was more exciting than any previous year's. For the most part, I played basketball. I practiced a bunch of hours over the break and worked out more than I have ever done in my whole life it seems. The greatest part of spring break was my trip to Cancun, Mexico, though. My mom, dad, brother, and I went there the last part of the break and had a wonderful time together. We stayed outside for the most part there and went to the ocean. Life was different there, but I loved it. Spring break this year was a wonderful time in my life.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Anthem Review

A somewhat entertaining, yet hard to understand read, Anthem is a book I would not recommend. The book was fun, boring, and confusing all at the same time.

The book was a fun read because of how Equality 7-2521 went from one scene to another. He would be just a street sweeper one minute, then he would find a hidden tunnel the next, and lastly he sees the most beautiful woman and talks about her for a long time. He is funny because he refers to himself as "we" instead of "I" and commentates his entire life through this way.

At the same time of being funny, the book was utterly boring. I got tired of reading over and over about "we" and about this girl he calls the Golden One when her name is Liberty 5-3000. Action scenes were not put in the book enough.

The book was a very confusing read. Because of him using the "we" instead of "I", I could not tell if he was talking about himself alone or a group of people. Also, I could not match the names to peoples' faces because they were in number format. Lastly, I could not stand the way he talked about the modern society, because life sounded horrible for him but I wanted to know if it was for the others. Some of the other characters might actually like living such a life.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

To Perfect My World...

In a personal opinion, the word is not a perfect place. Three ideas of which could better perfect the world are as follows: cures, freedom, and free products.

First, cures for every sort of disease would help most of the world. Everyone would get along better and be happier without diseases. Cancer, a world-wide killer, would no longer exist. HIV would no longer be a problem. Society would be able to function better as well as the economy. With less patients, hospitals would not have to use as much money and people would no longer have to pay to be treated. Human life would eventually prosper.

Secondly, freedom would be a huge role in the bettering of society. Illegal aliens would no longer exist and families could get back together and less chaos would happen. Times around the world would be more harmonious and life would excel.

Lastly, free products would be something to throw in and make living incredible! Going to a store and taking anything one might want would be an incredible advantage. Poor people would no longer be poor and rich people would no longer look as rich. People in general would all live as equals and have outstanding lives.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Beckham

The story of David Beckham's life is a wonderful tale. He is a great person, outstanding soccer player, and the perfect role model.



Being a great person can not completely describe David Beckham. He does remarkable jobs for anyone who needs help or for his fans. All the time he signs autographs and helps people out just to make himself feel good. He also does activities on his own, such as hanging with his friends and being a family man.

In today's society, no one can make the face of soccer better than Beckham. At an early age, he began practicing this sport and had the dream of being a professional. Shortly after, he became and all-star and played for the team he and his father wanted him to, Manchester United.

One of my role models is none other than David. He is a professional athlete, makes millions, and gets the girls. A guy of such a stature always has followers. He does not do illegal drugs and he is a wonderful father married to a beautiful woman. He is one of the ultimate role models in today's society.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Call of the Wild review

The Call of the Wild was a wonderful read. The story was fun, adventurous, and full of lessons to be learned.



To begin, the novel was a fun read. The story flowed really well and made complete sense, unlike Antigone. Also , the main character is a dog, which is my favorite animal. Most novels I read are very boring and I really do not like to read, but The Call of the Wild is one book I could read over and over again.

The story also brought me out of my house and into the wild. I like stories such as this which make adventures all over the country, or in this case, all over the wild. Something adventurous is always happening in this book and this also contributes to it being a fun read.

Lastly, lessons are to be learned all throughout this book. One lesson in particular is to never attack a man with a club. But seriously, a great lesson is to never let the past hold you back and to hold your head up high for the future. This is what I saw Buck do throughout the book.

In summary, the call of the wild was a spectacular read. I enjoyed every second spent reading such a wonderful classic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, whether they like to read or not.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Antigone Review

Sophocles's Antigone left me flabbergasted because of the story's format, because of the word selection, and because of the confusion.

The format of the story was in play form. Personally, I hate trying to read a story and have to see when one character switches to another. The story never seems to flow because of this certain aspect and never really held me in. The book took longer than it should have taken because of this particular format.

Word selection was also hard to comprehend. I understand why Sophocles used the words he did, because those were the words of his particular time frame. I did not like having to go back and forth from looking up words and reading because of his word selection. Word selection also contributed a large part in what took the book a long time for me to finish.

Confusion was the main reason for such a bad review for Antigone. I never could picture the people having their conversations or see what they were doing. I could never distinguish whether the chorus was one person or a group of people or the way Creon felt, either being sarcastic at times or mean at other times. I felt lost and never could really see what was going on until the very end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories written in play format and are great at staying focused on what is going on. To others, like myself, I would not recommend this book at all.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Taking a Stand

I have taken a stand for many different ideas and for many different reasons. On one occasion, I was in the fourth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School when Dustin, a mentally slow, new student, walked through the classroom door. Immediately, I noticed he had something wrong with him. Later on, during the day, some of my friends were making fun of the way Dustin looked and the way he talked. I stayed calm for as long as I could. Unable to bottle the anger any more, I blew up on my two best friends and stood up for Dustin. Shortly after the fight, Dustin found out what I had done and we made great friends. A few days later, the two I yelled at said they were sorry to Dustin and the four of us became very close friends. In the end, I was able to stand up for someone I hardly knew, made friends with him, and kept the friends I stood up against for making fun of the new kid.