Monday, September 29, 2008

Pink Think

In today’s modernistic society, there are still “Pink Think” ideas, behaviors, and ways of thinking. When a mother gives birth to her child, whether it is a little girl or boy, the hospital presents her with a little bundle of joy all wrapped up in the appropriately colored blanket and hat. While being parents, they dress their children up in the cutest little dresses or overalls, and the girls wearing pink, and the boys are in blue and the more masculine colors.

Some females, not including all of them, may act like they are afraid of mice or spiders, so they look more feminine. Most people may deny or say they have never known anybody like this, but there are females that do this. There are also employers that discriminate women in the work place, they will sexually harass the female workers, and sometimes won’t pay them the same amount of money as men.

Geek Think is a pretty typical stereotype, and I can elaborate on this topic a bit more. Most people think that the kids who get the good grades, study all the time and are ‘bookworms’. There are many stereotypes about the ‘geeky’ kid in the glasses, who always has good grades because he or she has ‘no life’. These kids may not have to study as hard as everybody thinks they do to earn their good grades. They may seem like they have no life, but really these kids are involved in other activities. The kids that classify other kids as geeks usually don’t even know these kids, and are falsely labeling these kids. Stereotyping happens all the time in today’s society; most of the time people don’t even realize that they are stereotyping people.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

starting my paper

I am having difficulties with starting this paper. I’m used to writing papers where I have all the information on paper right in front of me to look at. It is very different having to look at the information on a web page, and try to brainstorm ideas for my writing. I hope this will broaden my horizons, and help me break out of my visual learning shell a little bit.

Brittney Spears

I read the essay that Nisey Williams wrote about Brittney Spears. I would give this essay a B. Nisey struggled with grammar issues throughout the essay. She used slang in some of her sentences; “Bellies, breasts, and booties.” This was also a sentence she used, which is an incomplete sentence. There were many other sentences that were incomplete, or sentences that were just un-developed, and others that were fragment sentences. Her simple sentence paragraphs make her writing look like something a child would turn in for a report. After her first paragraph there was just one sentence in a paragraph; “And for my fear of motherhood, I blame Brittney Spears.”

The format of her paragraphs varies from one paragraph to the next; the first paragraph isn’t even indented. All of her paragraphs vary in size, which makes it hard to read, and stayed focused. Nisey should write with a better, more consistent format. When she is going to write an essay she should have an outline that she will follow; with a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. Nisey should use some complex sentences in her writing to tie her thoughts together that way her writing doesn’t seem like many short, simple thoughts.

Monday, September 22, 2008

NFL quarterbacks, and Navajo Rugs

I chose to write about NFL quarterbacks, there are many different ways to distinguish excellence from mediocrity in this category. One way to examine the excellence from the mediocrity would be to ask people who they believe is the best and worst quarterbacks in the NFL. This may not be the most accurate because people have many different opinions about who is better. Another way that would be more accurate is to compare the statistics for these quarterbacks for the past couple of years, and see who has the better statistics. A couple of different factors could offset the stats; such as if one of the quarterbacks was injured sometime during the season, which should be taken into account when comparing the stats.

The item from the list that I know the least about is Navajo Rugs. If you Google Navajo rugs, you will come up with thousands of results for them. There are results that vary from the history, how to make them, and websites where you can buy these rugs. There are many people who make Navajo Rugs; some of them are better crafters than others. If you looked at the rugs, and the quality of the rugs, you may see some flaws with the craftsmanship, or that some of the makers have better quality rugs than others.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Crop Circles

The website that I'm looking at is the circlemakers. On their front page they have a picture of a really cool crop circle '409 circles'. The pictures are larger in size than the font, I wish the font was a little bit larger, and a different font that you could read easier! The text is in the middle of the page, and often formed around pictures. Color was easily incorperated into the page, with a navy blue background, white text, and pictures, there is a wide array of color. At the top of the page, there is a navigation toolbar for their web page, and along the side they have pictures of various crop circles as a slide show. All in all I think this is a very interesting web page, that grabs the attention of it's viewers.

Boland Hall Fire

The fire at Boland Hall killed three freshmen and injured 58 others including four critically. One of the doors to the third floor still bears evidence of a student's struggle to escape the blaze.

Alvaro Llanos, one of the most seriously injured students, lies in a coma on an operating room table as he awaits a skin grafting on his chin and neck. One of Alvaro's surgeons, Dr. Michael Marano, stands over him as he is prepped for the procedure, the first of many.

For relatives of the burned it is an agonizingly long wait. Alvaro's father, Alvaro Llanos Sr., endures it all in the hospital's waiting room. Two year earlier, Mr. Llanos was tricken with a disabling stroke. He still uses a cane for assistance.

While Alvaro continues to linger in a coma, his roommate, Shawn Simons, sees his burned hand for the first time while receiving his daily bath in "the tank." Although he was burned on his hands and face, Shawn's injuries were considered less life-threatening than his roommate's.

Shawn looks at himself as he tries on his custom-made mask, which reduces facial scarring. He find the mask to be tight, hot and scary and decides he will deal with some disfigurement and skin discoloration rather than wear it 12 hours a day.

Prior to an operation to put pins in his fingers to save his severly damaged joints, Christine Simons comforts her son Shawn before he is taken into the operting room.

While Alvaro is still in a coma in the hospital, Shawn is driven home after being discharged. The route home takes him past the dormitory where he was burned. He does not turn to look.

Weeks after returning home, Shawn is able to button his suit vest as he prepares to go to church. He would have to continue to wear the special gloves to minimize the scarring on his hands.

While Alvaro struggles, Shawn is making a rapid recovery. He gently kisses his girlfriend Tila's hand as the two visit Alvaro at a family barbeque during the summer. Their relationship survived despite the injuries Shawn suffered in the fire.

Daisy Llanos, Alvaro's mother, leans in and kisses her son through her face mask as he slowly regains consciousness.

Alvaro takes his first steps since the fire three months ago. He is shaky, and he needs support from burn tech Paul Mellini and physical therapist Roy Bond. This first day he walks five steps. The next day he takes 88 steps.

The recovery process is slow and painful. While sitting in his room, a tear falls from Alvaro's eye.

Alvaro, now an outpatient, waits with his mother for his doctor to examine him. As they wait, it all becomes too much for his mother, Daisy. She slumps in her seat, then suddenly flees the room, leaving Alvaro to face the medical staff alone.

Alvaro and Shawn ordeal has made them closer than ever. They are invited to attend a N.Y. Mets baseball game, and they sit in the dugout as Mets manager Bobby Valentine makes a call. Alvaro, a huge Mets fan, later says he sat in the dugout and imagined climbing the steps and making his way to the plate to take a pitch.

Five months after the fire, Alvaro is able to move under his own power, but he will still have to undergo many surgeries to minimize his scars. As he and Shawn's mom ride an elevator to a suite at Shea Stadium, Alvaro is oblivious to a young girl's stare.

Caring for a person who has been severly burned can be stressful. It all comes to a head one day when Alvaro's mother Daisy helps Alvaro with his bath. The confrontation causes Daisy to retret to her bedroom while Alvaro tries to finish hitching up his jeans on his own.

Burn technician Toni Schmidt gets a hug from Shawn inside the tank room.

Alvaro's relationship with his girlfriend does not fare as well as Shawn's. Alvaro and his girlfriend, Angie, talk outside her dorm during Alvaro's first visit to the Seton Hall campus since the fire. Angie stuck with Alvaro through eight months of his recovery, but it has finally become too much for her. "I thought we would get married," she says of her relationship with Alvaro, "but now he's not the one...he's not the Alvaro I fell in love with."

Alvaro stands with Shawn as the candles are lit for Shawn's 19th birthday party. Shawn's mom, Christine, stand by. "I love Alvaro," says Shawn of his friend and former roommate. "Al's going to be all right. I have no doubt. And I'll be right there with him."

As you can tell I picked a series of pictures. These pictures are from the 2001 Feature Photography catagory. The pictures tell a story of pain, agony, suffering, and the long road of recovery ahead for some of these students that were in Boland Hall when it was set on fire. This arson killed three fresman and injured 58 other students, all because two boys thought it would be funny to pull a prank. In the images you can see the emotion and pain that the victims, and their familes are feeling. All of this pain and suffering is caused by the irresponsible actions of two boys, who knew what they were doing, and that it was wrong. Due to their actions many people were hurt, and three were killed, the thoughts and images of that day will forever be in the mind of the students from Boland Hall.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


The first milblog that I read dealt with a soldier who had a visit from another one of his friends who was just off of his tour in Afghanistan. His friend, Vandy, had a near death experiences with his last few days in Afghanistan, Vandy was driving back to his base, and while driving through a little village a suicide bomber attacked their Humvee. Luckily nobody in the convoy was injured, but he wanted to turn around an tend to the wounded bystanders. This was just the kind of person that Vandy was, he wanted to help out wherever he could. While Vandy visited his friend Ben, Vandy told stories of being back at home and how different everything was. Vandy didn't change his attitude, it was like he was still at war! This caused him a little bit of trouble with everyday living, Vandy was getting in bar fights all the time, some were more successful than others, but he was beat up pretty badly from all of it. All in all Vandy needs to talk to a counselor about the things that happened while he was across seas, and hopefully that will help him adjust to everyday living again.

The second milblog that I read was about a RN Clara. She has been grieving the loss of several loved ones since 9/11/01. She was saying how she has gone to memorials in the past to remember everyone that lost their lives, but this year was different. She was having trouble with the fact that it has been another year without the ones that she loves. Usually she would go to the cemeteries on September 10th just so she wouldn't have to face the other families. I know it's really hard to grieve the loss of loved ones, and that is something you never get over! If Clara would go to the cemetery and mourn the loss of her loved ones with someone who has the same thing in common, they could provide comfort for one another and help with the pain.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Political blogging

The political blog that I viewed was The caucus, you can read the blog if you visit the link above. The blog was about John McCain and Sarah Palin going to the Sylvania 300, NASCAR race, in New Hampshire. Some of the commentators had negative remarks about John McCain, and brought up a good point about his disability of not being able to use a computer because he was tortured as a POW. “McCain is often seen using the tiny keypads on cell phones!
A computer keyboard is much larger,” who is to say McCain can or cannot use a computer? Most of the people found this as an easy way to politically ‘bash’ McCain. Other supporters of McCain defended him and his abilities or disabilities.

This blog was not controlled by a certain blogger, but was just to inform people of what John McCain was doing. His motivation for the visit to the racetrack was in hopes of being able to win New Hampshire‘s votes, as it could be a major state to decide whether he will win or lose the presidency. As proved to be the case in the 2000 election when George W. Bush won by a slender margin, or in the 2004 elections when John Kerry lost by a small number of votes.
With this blog not having a blogger to mediate conversations nobody pointed out the fallacies or flashpoints in the conversation. Therefore the fallacies and flashpoints were not explained. I found a couple of fallacies in the conversation. Many people who brought up McCain’s injury from being a POW during the Vietnam War; are these people educated enough to say he can or cannot use a computer? Another person said “the NASCAR dads are lusting for their new found love, Sarah.”

McCain and Palin were also trying to win over the NASCAR vote, like the “soccer mom” vote. McCain was making his presence known to the public that he would go to these events, hoping to secure more votes. Some of the bloggers were concerned that he would get votes just because he was at the event, and not what he stood for. I can’t believe people would be that shallow to vote for someone just because they have something in common, like their favorite sport.

Friday, September 12, 2008


My pbwiki URL is

I think pbwiki is a really cool website, it’s your own web page all about you, by you! I haven’t been able to get very familiar with the wiki web page format yet, but I hope it turns out to be as fun as it is to make one! I know there is a spot so you can invite your friends to join pbwiki. I hope it has a section for you to use like email or to leave comments.

My pbwiki is still in need of some serious work, hopefully I can figure out how to make a background for my page so it’s not so plain! If you have any tips for me I would greatly appreciate it, preferably step by step. Thanks!


Every week when I look at the milblogs, I am impressed and touched even more than I was the week before. This week I got a better understand of one of the many tough decisions our soldiers make every day. This soldier had the opportunity or burden of deciding what to buy for his unit; he has a list of things that his unit needs to become more effective, and efficient at what they do. One of the items they need are digital cameras, the only problem with that is, digital cameras are on the do not buy list! The cameras would give more evidence to convict someone of a crime and get them off the streets so the people can move forward with their mission. It’s a tough decision, buy the cameras and be convicted of fraud, or not buy the cameras and let the bad guys off the hook. And this is only a minor decision that a soldier would have to make! WOW!

I also watched a video that was put together by a soldier, the first part of the video is a tribute to the Third Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, and the second part is to all of the fallen soldiers of the Brigade. There were many emotional pictures in the video, there were pictures of the soldiers at what looked like training or an actual firefight. They also had pictures of the guys and what they did in their ‘down time,’ sitting around smoking a cigarette, or just talking with the other soldiers. The second part of the video was extremely emotional for me, I know two guys that were killed across seas when they were on duty. There were pictures of all the fallen soldiers of the brigade; some of the men had pictures of them holding their children. This really made me think about the family of the soldier, a son or daughter will grow up, and never really get to meet their father, the fathers’, mothers’, and children that were left behind had to go through a lot! In the video I could also see the respect that the soldiers had for one another, the living or the dead. Their brigade was like a second family, when they had a fallen soldier they would stand their helmet, boots, and what looked like their gun, in a little memorial so the soldiers could pay their last respects to their comrade.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

digital presentations or print format

The website I consult frequently is MySpace. I admire MySpace because it’s a quick and easy way for me to keep in contact with my friends, since we all have different school and work schedules. Having MySpace as a digital presentation is a nice setup, you are able to create your own website with different backgrounds that represent your personality. Since MySpace has e-mail and a way for you to comment your friends you can leave them funny messages or personally write them a message. If MySpace wasn’t a digital presentation, there would really be no point of having it around.

If MySpace was a print text it would be the same as mailing a letter to your friend that would take a couple of days for them to receive, it wouldn’t be instantaneous like online. You would also have to pay the price of a stamp to send your letter in the mail. With a print text you wouldn’t be able to have the wide array of backgrounds to choose from. Whatever you can draw on a piece of paper would be your background, and if you’re an artist like me then you would be limited to hearts and stars! MySpace is another way for you to share pictures with your friends who live a few states away from you.

You could use a print format for sending letters, and comments to your friends. You would still be able to have backgrounds for your profile, but it would be a limited selection. With a print format you wouldn’t be able to search for friends or relatives that you may have lost touch with. If you wanted to post a bulletin you would have to send out numerous letters in the mail to everyone that you wanted the message to get to. The convenience of having all this on one website is wonderful; changing it to a print format would be pointless to me.

In this case you would lose many cool features if you translated the website to a print format. You would have to wait for your friends to get your messages, then for the time it takes for you to receive their response. You would be limited on your selection for a background setting. People wouldn’t be able to freely view your profile; the only people that will see your profile are the people you show it to in person. You wouldn’t be able to share pictures with your friends; you will have to wait until you see them or print the picture and send it to them in the mail.

Killing Us Softly

If you realize it or not advertisement is everywhere! In 1979 people spent $20 million on advertising and in 1999 $180 million was spent. These ads were placed on TV, billboards, buildings, buses, clothing, and in many more places! We see about 3000 advertisements a day. In Jean Kilbourne’s presentation, she informed us that Americans spend three years of their lives watching TV commercials.

Interesting facts, her humorous comments, and ads for visuals are just a few ways that Jean Kilbourne captured the audience’s attention. The visuals for her presentation were used very appropriately; it was another way to capture her audience’s attention. Jean was dressed professionally but casual. She had a strong tone of voice and emphasized important words; she kept eye contact with her audience too. Jean moved slightly to keep better eye contact with her whole audience.

These ads dehumanize women’s bodies; an advertisement for Miller Genuine Draft Beer was focused on a female who was holding a beer at her side. Jean stated, “These ads see women as things, and only one part of this thing was being focused on.” Many advertisements are focused on women’s breasts, in our society; these sexual and provocative ads sell the products. The make-up ads show women as being flawless; this flawlessness is only reached from spending unrealistic amounts of money, time, and energy. The looks of one make-up model are described as “she has no wrinkles, scars, blemishes, and she doesn’t have pores either,” laughs Jean.

There are also ads that normalize abuse! That is one thing that SHOULD NOT be normalized for anybody! Abuse is the second greatest cause of injury to women. You don’t see ads with a dead woman advertising, “Great hair never dies!” Or commercials of women being murdered by their boyfriends or husbands. Normalization of abuse shouldn’t be advertised, we need to stop the violence in our nation, not promote it!

Teenagers’ are also highly influenced by advertisement; they see pregnant, and bulimic or anorexic teen celebrities, in magazines and on television. The movie Juno, and teen magazines like Jane glamorize teen sex. One of the cover stories for an issue of Jane was: 15 ways sex makes you prettier! And we have people in our society wondering why the teen pregnancy rate is so high! Eating disorders are another major issue with teens, and ads telling us “the more you subtract, the more you add” doesn’t send out a good message! Famous celebrities like, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, were idolized by so many young girls. If they had eating disorders, then why would that look bad to a teenager who wishes they were just like them?

Advertising’s image of women is doing exactly what the title says: killing us softly! The expectations for a female model or actress are a major part of the issue. Models are visualized as thin and pretty, the thinner you are the prettier you will be. This is what’s causing the eating disorders that kill so many men, women, and teens every year! Not only are sexual ads dehumanizing to women, they only see women as objects, and focus on only one part of that object. Why can’t the natural beauty of people be advertised? Everyone knows there is no such thing as perfect or flawless! Why can’t we except people in the world for who they are, not what they should be?!