Semantics

Important Bee’s

In all truth and honesty I think the majority of us could probably claim that they couldn’t care less about the nuisance we call “The Bee”.  From their bright and ugly yellow color, to the times we’ve been stung over and over, the human population can all agree that we hate bees.

However, Bees provide an extreme importance to our earthy environment.  “They pollinate a whole third of everything we eat.”  “From sunflower seeds, to cocoa beans, to even the fodder that our cows eat, the bee plays an important part in our everyday plate of food.”

So the next time your eating at a picnic and a bee lands on your blanket, go ahead and freak out, but remember, that ugly little fellow is important to each and every one of us.

Source: largeAlison Benjamin “Why are bees important? You asked Google – here’s the answer” http://www.theguardian.com Wednesday 17 June 2015
Semantics

The Word Umbrella

um·brel·la
ˌəmˈbrelə/
noun
  1. 1.
    a device consisting of a circular canopy of cloth on a folding metal frame supported by a central rod, used as protection against rain or sometimes sun.
    synonyms: parasol, sunshade

    “they huddled under the umbrella”
  2. 2.
    a protecting force or influence.
    “the American nuclear umbrella over the West”
    To me the word ‘Umbrella’ has positive associations.  To shield and protect.  To help and to show kindness.  All of these things are important to people.  They can change perspective and offer friendship.  The word umbrella may be an object you use to shield from the rain, but it can also be a symbol for safety and so much more.
     The word Umbrella reminds me of a time when I was young and the song “Umbrella” by Rihanna had just came out.  It reminds me of a time when my step-sister and I sang and dance and stayed up till 6 in the morning, playing our notorious game of “Night Club”
Writing

Writer’s Memo for “The Majestic Blue Whale”

“The Majestic Blue Whale”

  1. What you are trying to achieve in the piece of writing, including your intended focus of the piece, audience, and purpose and what form the piece of writing took based on those intentions.

My purpose was to inform, yet entertain the audience with the silliness of the text.  Hopefully someone had the giggles at reading this.

2. Which punch list task(s) the piece of writing helps you to check off.

Considering the topic, I feel I can check off the Research/Informative Punch List Task

3. What went well in the draft and what didn’t go so well.

I think my humor came across pretty well, but I guess that’s for the reader to decide.  I also felt that I included the promised amount of information.  The next plane tickets for the “Pacific Ocean” will be sold out.  However, I think my paragraphs were a tad bit short.

4. What help you need from any readers.

My answer to this will always be grammar.  There are probably an Easter egg-hunt amount of errors in that paper.

Writing

The Majestic Blue Whale

Bi-Weekly ROUGH-draft

Have you ever encountered the large specimen known as ‘The Blue Whale’?  The majestic mammal of the sea?  Well neither have I.  However, after you read this juicy informative crammed with lots of knowledge on the blue whale, I guarantee you’ll be on the next flight out to the Pacific.

 

The Blue Whale, also known as Balaenoptera musculus, is the largest, grandest and heaviest creature on the face of earth.  Weighing up to 200 tons, and growing up to 100 feet, the blue whale breaks the scale anyday. Even the tongue of the whale can weigh as much as a whole elephant!  Talk about going on a diet, amiright?

 

The diet of the blue whale is actually not as unhealthy as you might think it is.  They primarily consume Krill, which for those who don’t know what that is (Much like me before this article), is a small crustacean much like a shrimp.  When eating, the Blue Whale uses a method known as “filter feeding”, which if you’ve ever seen ‘Finding Nemo’ you’ll know exactly what I mean.  If you haven’t seen this historical movie, well then you need to get your priorities straight.  

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This creature is very graceful and among the longest living creatures in the world.  For all the people who have seen a whale, they’ll tell you what a marvelous sight it is to see.  They usually travel alone but on the occasion they’ll travel in small groups.  They of course usually travel with their children, which in this case are called calves.  It’s almost as if whales are the cows of the sea.   When first entering their world of water, the baby whale calves weigh up to 3 tons, and throughout the year gains about 200 pounds.  That’s like eating a whole human! Wow!

 

In the past, whalers and poacher have hunted this glorious creature, leading to the downfall of the whale population.  Looking to sell the whale’s oil to make the big bucks, the blue whale was put on the World Conservation Union Red List, which for those of you who don’t know what that is, (Again, much like me before this article) it’s a list of classified endangered animals.  

To conclude this informative, blue whales are awesome and deserve much more praise other than a nodding of the head.  Next time you drink a cup of coffee, think of the blue whale.  Next time you are staring at the sky, think of that glorious mammal.  Next time you’re starting a starting a sentence with ‘well’, think of how you could be starting that sentence with ‘whale’.
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Work Cited

“Home.” Whale Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.

Society, National Geographic. “Blue Whales, Blue Whale Pictures, Blue Whale Facts.”National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.

Reading · Semantics

Reading Responses: Return to the Wild

 

If you were going to categorize Christopher McCandless and his life choices as one of two opposing extremes, which would you choose? Was he a brave soul who embraced the notion of non-conformity to the fullest and lived according to his own determination of what mattered most in life? Or was he selfish, cruelly disregarding the feelings of those who cared for him most as he foolishly followed an overly-idealistic worldview and perished due to his naivety?

I definitely think Chris had good intentions in his choices, and I definitely can relate to his situation.  In my best guess, I feel it’s your frame of mind.  Some like to live in the city, some in the country.  Some people strive for normalcy and a family in the suburbs of a town, some want to live the wild life, but I believe that Chris’s frame of mind is my own frame of mind.

I worry about being consumed in a world of phonies and normalcy.  I believe he could have achieved these things in a different way, but maybe that’s what felt right to him.  He had to leave, he wanted to see the world.  But coming from someone who can’t stand to be alone I have a hard time relating to the fact that he wanted to leave for quite so long a time.  Maybe this was his fatal flaw, his want to be alone.  However, maybe this is what helped him actually live and enjoy his life.

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He has inspired me in this way.  I want to live other than just existing, and maybe in the future I will do something to this crazy extent.  That is go somewhere I’ve never been and experience it alone.  But maybe not for a whole 4 months…

 

 

Reading · Semantics

Open and Closed-Ended Questions Regarding “Self Reliance”

“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Three most thought-provoking questions from other students

  1. Does being misunderstood mean you’re different in a good way?
  2. What does he mean by “Everywhere there is conspiracy against manhood?”
  3. If we can only experience ourselves, our mind, and no one else’s, then wouldn’t mean that all actions are carried for our own selfish reasons?

I believe these three questions could lead to a very thought-provoking conversation with another.  They are all very thoughtful questions which couldn’t be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Two questions from students that wouldn’t be considered thought-provoking

  1. Can cowards get work done?
  2. When was this written?

Maybe I misunderstood the purpose of these two questions, but in my personal opinion I don’t believe these questions could lead to anything really “thought-provoking”.  The former I don’t believe makes much sense, but maybe thats due to miscommunication. The second is a very closed-ended questions that could only be answered by a specific date, which happens to be 1841 in this case.  However, maybe they asked in regards to why the text was written in such a way, or maybe why Emerson thought in this perspective?  Both could be answered with the fact that it was written in a different time period.

One random question and response to it…

  • What is Transcendentalism?
tran·scen·den·tal·ism
ˌtran(t)ˌsenˈden(t)lˌizəm/
noun
  1. 1.
    an idealistic philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were central figures.
  2. 2.
    a system developed by Immanuel Kant, based on the idea that, in order to understand the nature of reality, one must first examine and analyze the reasoning process that governs the nature of experience.

    (Taken from google)