My Stream of Conciousness

29 Oct

I am just going to type the first thing that comes to mind. This might be interesting as it may prove how well my ability to concentrate is. I actually have a good focus when it comes to work. I tend to avoid the distractions of facebook and videos when it comes to homework. I have worked for several hours straight without distraction. Those are some productive days. However, after five hours of intensive work, I have to to take a break. When that break comes, its hard to go back to work. I get caught up in videos after videos, some extended lunches, talking with friends. A couple days ago, I had studied hard for a upcoming math test. While I was completing a practice test, next thing I knew I heard a little “ding” from my oovoo account. The next thing I knew, I was up until three, still screaming into the microphone. Its funny to see people scream when they are on the phone. It happens all the time in restaurants and public areas. Once a person is on their phone, they completely forget the setting around them.The cellphone is an amazing invention. It has essentially brought the world in the palm of your hands. People in third world countries in Asia even have access to this technology. A phone at one time was a luxury, now even kids in elementary school have a cellphone. It was only less than a decade ago that the “cool” kids had cellphones. There is a similar situation with cameras. Just a week ago, my parents told me I could by a camera. They told me that I was not allowed to buy the upper range cameras. They gave me a budget up to 300 dollars to buy a decent camera. It turns out all I needed was $120 for a 14.1 megapixel camera with a memory chip and case. I remember when my dad came back from Japan and showed us a camera he bought that essentially revolutionized our house at that time. It was digital, could fit in a shirt pocket and had the immense pixel capabilities of 3.2 megapixel. He paid $400 for just the camera, not to mention another $100 bucks for the memory stick. It is amazing where technology has come. Chemical engineers are the people that make this possible. In terms of pixel, they have to figure out the chemical complexity of glass, and manufacture the glass in a way to make it fine for the maximum of megapixels. They same thing applies to memory storage. Chemical engineers refine the process to make the silicon for hard-drive storage. Today, I have a 1.5 Terabyte hard-drive in my bag that cost $120. In the past, a floppy disk that was 5 times as big could only hold about a couple Kilobytes. I have always got caught up in large numbers. While we think billion and trillion are massive numbers, what about google-plex?After re-reading this post, I concluded a very important point about the stream of consciousness: there is organization. We often place the stream of consciousness with the connotation of disorganized and even absurd. However, as you can see from my thoughts, there is a logical flow from one topic to another, showing relation rather than randomness. However to conclude that the stream of consciousness is linearity is incorrect. Tangents in relation to one point are made, and these tangents can fall back to the original point if thought brings it back. As you can see from the diagram, each line represents a stream of thought on a particular topic. The intersection points between two lines represents how the jump was made from one thought to another. Thus, any thought can essentially fall back into the initial stream of thought. Based on the definition of stream of thought, there is no explanation of disorganization in the thought process. Simply a looser style of syntax in writing. The sub-consciousness element of the mind has organization. Thus, it is fair to say the steam of though has organization within its complexity

Stream of Consciousness Definition: http://narrative.georgetown.edu/wiki/index.php/Stream_of_consciousness

 

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Assignment #2 Reflection: Research Proposal

19 Oct

Assignment #2, the Research on the Victorian era, gave me the experience to feel like a true academic. First all, in terms of rhetorical awareness, I was forced to consider many different resources. By looking through books, online journals, databases and websites, I had to determine which resourced would give me the most concrete information to favor my argument. As my topic was the environment in the Victorian era, I had a bit of difficulty finding any general information on a topic that was not taken into consideration during that time period. However, as I shifted my views toward a more science-based research, I began to find specific information on the atmospheric conditions, water sanitation and the condition of the streets and housing during the time period. Essentially, by creating a focus on my argument, I was allowed to find more information. As my topic was broken down into specifics, this allowed me to become much more organized in my approach. I knew what I was looking for from the start, rather than finding new material as my research continued to expands. Thus, this not only organized my research process, but also the eventual output that was my research portfolio.

As the majority of my outlook was scientific research, I had an idea for my visual presentation. I wanted to incorporate more graphs and statistical imagery rather than pictures. Some of the visual pieces that I incorporated into my research portfolio include a microscopic view of a water sample from the Thames River in 1848, a data collection of the percentage of arsenic and sulfur in the air during that time and a church record of the number of deaths during high periods of famine and diseases.

My research process was very simple as I opened myself to the variety of different resources. My biggest resource was JSTOR, the scientific journal database. It gave me various research reports on the conditions of the environment during the Victorian time period. In addition, many of these journal articles had several of their own sources, which I also looked into. From these sources, I was able to make my own scientific conclusions, which were in fact very close to the conclusions made by scholars on the Victorianweb website. The library’s online catalog made it very easy to find the books I needed. At first, the Victorian Environment was too general for the library to give me the results I wanted. After this, I changed my method of search to more specific topics, including the Industrial Revolution and the sewage system of London during the Victorian era. These books further explained the horrid condition that England was kept in during the Victorian era.

While English is not my major, I was able to see the essential need of language even in fields like science. If you are not able to convey your research affectively, then your research is useless. Thus, reading other scholarly articles has allowed me to see the importance a good control over the English language.

Please, He Doesn’t Need Anymore

28 Sep

Citation: http://cheezburger.com/kahjikitty/lolz/View/2425426176

“Please, sir, I want some more.” Really…do “you” want some more Oliver? During this scene, Oliver Twist was forced by the other boys to get more food for a boy who claimed he would eat someone if he did not get more food. Readers often perceive Oliver Twist as a boy of courage and goodness. Well, let me tell you, Oliver Twist does not deserve your sympathy.

First of all, Oliver shows no courage at all. The only reason that he stands up to Mr. Limbkins was because he was forced by the other children. While the text claims a “council was held,” it was simply a draw based on luck, and unfortunately, Oliver was not that lucky. If Oliver was sincerely courageous, he would not have fallen under peer pressure. Furthermore, Oliver Twist was scared of the boy who claimed he would eat another boy. Once again, Oliver is afraid. He is so naive to believe that a boy would become a cannibal that he was more scared of the boy than the master. Well, that did not go well.

Secondly, Oliver is a child of anarchy. No matter what his motive, Oliver challenges the authority of the orphanage. He goes against the organized hierarchy, placing the master in a difficult position to establish his power. If Mr. Limpkins had given Oliver the additional food, other orphans would have done the same, resulting in the breakdown of organization. Thus, Mr. Limpkins was essentially forced into the situation to deny Oliver in order to teach the others of Oliver’s wrongdoing.  Everyone in the orphanage is allocated the same amount of food. When Oliver asks for more, he self-proclaims that he is superior to his fellow orphans. By placing himself in a raised position, Oliver is inconsiderate to the idea of equality, thus characterizing him as self-centered and self-absorbed. While many proclaim he is a symbol of determination and goodwill, Oliver Twist has courage and goodness equivalent to his stature: very, very small.

Another quality that Oliver is given is politely mannered. Sure, the boy said “please,” which was a good start to his attempt to coax the master. However, he finishes it off with, “I want some more.” Over the years of republication and various references to this quotation, the word “may” is tossed in there, appealing to the readers who desire Oliver to be characterized as mannered. However, the original text states, “Please, sir, I want some more.” Oliver’s word choice of “want” is demanding rather than showing any respect. Oliver’s word choice of “want” gives him a condescending tone. If Oliver had said “may,” or even place the simple, “if it is possible,” then maybe the master would have given him more food. Some say that Dickens’s characterized Oliver as an upper-classmen, which is evident in Oliver’s ability to speak English similar to the upper class. Through his arrogant and disrespectful tone, Oliver can be characterized as the self-centered upper-class individual of the Victorian Era.

Over the years, Oliver’s futile attempt to cheat the orphanage of more food has turned into a joke. No one can respect someone who breaks the principles of equality and organization while characterized as disrespectful and egocentric.

Understanding?

23 Sep

Picture this: you are caught staring at a girl or boy.

  1. You see him/her
  2. Him/her see you staring at him/her
  3. You see him/her staring at you, staring at him/her
  4. Him/her sees you, staring at him/her, staring at you, staring at him/her…

How far can you understand this process before loosing track? You cannot just say it, you must understand. I got confused just typing it. The understanding of the metacognitive thinking process is what I define as an understanding of life. The simple encounter that we all have faced at some stage creates an infinite loop. Yet, this “infinite” problem can be understood.

What are words? Words are simply symbols to what we associate experiences with. Essentially, words are nothing without the experience to attach it with. Words mean nothing. Experience is meaning. While one person may define family as care, others may define family as a disturbance. Thus, no two people can define one word exactly the same way. If we cannot define words the same, can we ever understand each other?

Brainstorming of Essay Two

21 Sep

I had a couple ideas about my research assignment. One of them was about the Industrial Revolution. While the Industrial Revolution was in 1700-1769, it did have many major effects that were carried into the Victorian Era. Such effects include, horrific sanitation, outlooks for enjoyment and labor practices. For sanitation, the streets were filled with loads of pollution. It was a breeding ground for diseases, which was even worsened due to the industrial pollution that was never present during the years of the Plague. Such diseases that sprung in the United Kingdom even found itself in various neighboring countries such as the Irish Potato Famine. While times were worst, the large majority of the English hierarchy, the lower class, found ways to enjoy life. The victorian era marked the creation of many sporting events such as the Premier League Football system. Teams in districts of the vast populations of the lower class, such as Birmingham, Manchester and London (Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Everton) flourished from the enjoyment of the laborers. This could also tie in the introduction of prostitution. Lastly, the industrial revolution placed different views on children and women.  Women were forced to follow the Cult of Domesticity or in other words, “women have the job to borne children.” Children were used as cheap labor for the exploiting companies during the post-industrial revolution times. Some of these ideas will have to be narrowed. However, my main focus is the effects of the Industrial Revolution in the Victorian Era.

Reflection on Assignment One

20 Sep

My essay objective, A Journal of The Plague Year, was to prove that the self-proclaimed religious narrator was actually an existentialist. Throughout the essay, the narrator follows the main principles of an existentialist to make decisions in a time of chaos. In terms of completing the assignment, I have a much better understanding of religion and faith versus existentialism. One key point that I derived from research is that religion cannot be defined as irrational. As seen in my essay, I completely avoided any use of rationality to justify the narrator’s existential view. However, if I wanted to define the narrator’s thinking as logical compared to religious followers, I had to clearly find specific evidence of logic, such as enthamene.

To Hell With California

14 Sep

“To Hell with California”

Today, the United States government has a total debt of about 14 trillion dollars. “But, that is using a government definition of debt, which is Treasury obligations only, rather than all of what the government has promised to pay in the future,” says Daniel R. Amerman of Gold Seek News. “The amount by which future government expenditures are likely to exceed future government tax revenues in the United States (under the current structure) is estimated to be somewhere in the range between $62 trillion and $200 trillion.” While our debt continues to grow as a staggering rate, China and Japan are the third and fourth biggest holders of US debt respectively. According to CNBC, China holds about 895.6 billion dollars, making them the largest foreign holder of the US debt while, Japan has a stake of 877.2 billion dollars. In addition, recently acquired by China, Hong Kong is also a large holder of the US debt, having its stake of about 138.9 billion dollars, further surmounting the US debt to China. With the debt continuing to grow, its only a matter of time until US breaks the threshold of friendship with a exponentially growing Asia. Losing this connection would forever end the United States as an economical super power. What can we do?

We have all heard the jokes of Asians in California…the point is, there is a bunch of them. While a United State census found about 12.4% Asians living in California, the census failed to include those who were not United States citizens and those who were United States citizens and moved abroad after retaining citizenship. In addition, Asian communities are strong followers of filial piety, thus, extended Asian families also move with their families in California. Some of the biggest companies in the world, headquartered in California, such as Yahoo, Newegg.com, and Viewsonic, are lead and controlled by Asian leaders. California happens to be the state with one of the most overwhelming debts of roughly 30 billion dollars, as recorded on July 31, 2011.  With such a massive debt, but a powerful Asian community, the best option for the United States to start putting a dent into the debt would be to sell California to the Asian stakeholders. With an overwhelming amount of power and a well-established population, the people of California would have no problem adapting to the customs and principles of those Asian countries. China town and Japanese communities would simply become independent regions owned by their respective countries of China and Japan. Simply clearing the debt of those Asian countries would lower the US debt by roughly 2.5 billion dollars.Stop raising the taxes for the ridiculously rich. If we give them more money, then eventually, over time, the money will fall into the lower class. That what George W Bush said, an look where we are now…