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Free Rice

January 15, 2010 1 comment

Due to the earthquake in Haiti, I’ve felt an urge to get out there and do something. But I got stumped on, “What to do?” There are so many options out there and not all of them cheap and in the price range of a struggling college sophomore, hoping to go to law school one day. Lucky for me and my amazing memory, I remembered my teacher mentioning a site that could help you learn and expand your vocab.

“So what?” you may say, but the wonderful glorious catch is that they donate rice for every answer you get right. So you can learn and give at the same time! Brilliant right? I’m already addicted and I’m working hard at this. My goal is 1000 grains of rice a day. You guys should all give it a try, you don’t have to aim for as much as I do. 10 grains a day, 50 grains a day, every bit helps and it only takes a couple minutes, guesses, and a wee bit of embarrassment.

I’m personally really motivated to find other ways that I can help out without using money. Any suggestions?

Make sure to visit Free Rice. Don’t forget to switch up the topics aswell! They have:

Art
– Famous Paintings
Chemistry
-Chemical Symbols (full and basic)
English
-Grammar
-Vocabulary
Geography
-Identify countries on the map
-World capitals
Language Learning
-French
-German
-Italian
-Spanish
Math
-Basic (pre-algebra)
-Multiplication Table

I Love Creative Non-Fiction

January 13, 2010 1 comment

I’m currently enrolled in an Advanced Expository Writing class where we are learning and writing Creative Non-Fiction. I absolutely adore this genre. If you don’t know what that is here is the definition:

Creative nonfiction (also known as literary or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives.” — taken from Wiki

I find it fascinating, honestly I could say I love it so much I’d be willing to major in it if there was a major about it. Moreover my teacher is very interesting, very unique. I love the way she dresses, and before you think that she dresses cute, that’s not the case. It’s almost retro, vintage, mixed with a touch of bohemian. I know, crazy sounding, but it works. I’ll try to sneak pictures next week.

We have to do writing prompts every week to help us focus our creative minds and inspire ourselves, so you can imagine that I completely throw myself into the excercise with 110% effort… most of the time. We do this to prepare to write mini narratives which we had one due today. I actually liked this assignment. We could basically write about anything we want but it had to be creative non-fiction, and be between 450-500 words.

I’m putting this up for my sister who is a character in the story and my most avid reader. Not sure what to name it though…I named it Miss Impossible on DA but I’ll probably change the title soon. Any suggestions?

 

Miss Impossible

 

“Okay Kendrah, are you ready?” I grinned at my sister with my trademark wolfish grin that marked my tomboy days. It’s probably the reason I received more candy from girls than the guys did on Valentine’s Day.

                “I-I think so.” My sister nodded her chubby little head with determination. We were the unstoppable duo, and we were going to break through the sound barrier. Never mind that she still had her training wheels on, I figured they would combust due to the increased velocity when we hit the speed of light. We sat eyeing the launch pad.

                We were living in Carson City, Nevada, the burb of suburbs. Only black family for miles, not that me and my sister really cared, though I’m sure some of the upper class white citizens had a problem with the way me and my sister tore up the neighborhood from time to time. It was the perfect place to grow up, all the driveways were steep and the street was on a slope, which is why it was ground zero for our plan.

                I tightened my helmet and gave the battle cry and took off as fast as I could, the wind whooshing past my face and rattling my helmet. Slowly everything started to blur around me, I was going to do it, I was going to break the barrier and get into the next dimension. Not.

                “Sister!” I turned my head just in time to see my sister go down. I said a very unladylike word and prepared for retrieval, Adams’ may be crazy but we never leave a soldier behind. My back wheel fishtailed out, so using my amazing skills of deduction I decided if I couldn’t stop myself I’d have to use the environment around me. The RV looming in front of me wouldn’t be a good choice and so I made a hard turn, using my body to lean into it like they do in the movies. My adrenaline was pumping, my heart was pounding, and the smell of burning rubber filled the air, all enveloping me with background noise of my sister’s crying. Good times.

                When I came to, I was sprawled on a driveway with my bike pinning me down. Being the amazing general I was, I sat up and looked to see if my sister was around since the crying had ceased, and checked for damage. Apparently I had run into a 4×4 truck, it was completely fine except for the slight dent in the back that the throbbing on my head seemed to sympathize with. I sulked home.

              “Sup, kiddo.” My dad looked up from where he was mowing the lawn. “Is something wrong?” He was giving me that funny look like he knew what I did, or it could be because my hair was sticking up on end; but it was always like that.

                I looked down, my socks were red. That wasn’t good; I let another unladylike word slip out.

Reading Suggestions

If you’re interested in reading more ‘creative non-fiction’  I’m putting together a list of what I’ve read so far. And for my class we are using the books, Contemporary Creative NonFiction: I & Eye and On Writing Well (go figure haha) So basically I’ll list the stories I really liked out of the first book that you guys can look up and read if you can. But if you can’t find them anywhere then I guess you can run to Barnes and Noble (oops I’m bias) or the library to look up these authors.

  • Bernard Cooper, “Picking Plums”
  • David Sedaris, “The Drama Bug”

I would suggest more but I can’t remember any others that I really liked. If you find any that you think are great feel free to comment, or even if you don’t. Happy reading!

This is War

January 11, 2010 1 comment

So basically I’ve been a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars on and off for a couple years now and it seems that every time I reintroduce myself with their music I fall for them harder without fail. So, when I got a gift card on iTunes and noticed they had the “This is War” album on there for sale for only $9.99, I was dying to sink my fan girl claws into it. However, being the greedy person I am, I put it off and decided to listen to a few songs on the album first.

Another thing I really like is Dragon Age: Origins (I love you Alistair), so when I was surfing around on youtube procrastinating I noticed my two current obsessions combined.

So check it out. Basically I thought the album was a steal and I love This is War the most out of the whole album, but the whole thing getes an A+ from me. If you want to increase your music collection they are a great place to start, I’ve yet to run into a song by them that I haven’t liked.

Another great thing about their music is that it usually has a lot of other meanings to go with it. Like their song Beautiful Lie, it’s about global warming. They are really big on evironmental matters, which is great. It’s nice to sit down and listen to music that’s trying to make a difference every now and again and not just dance music.

Jared Leto Interview

I haven’t been able to go in-depth and research on all the members but the previous is an interview with Jared Leto who is the main singer. He sings like a fallen angel, absolutely captivating, and according to my mathmatical deductions, 38 this past December 26th.

So go out and give these guys a listen, I’m heads over heels in love with their music and style. This post wasn’t very educational or insightful but maybe they will inspire you to try something new or just make you want to reorganize your music collection.

Saving vs. Not Spending

December 19, 2009 2 comments

While skimming my twitter this morning I found  a link that pointed me in the direction of a New York Times article in the Your Money section. This particular article really jolted a lot of speculatory thought  in my mind, I tried recalling what I had learned in Macroeconomics class this past spring. According to what I had learned, spending is good. However spending what you don’t have in the long run is bad, if you can’t pay it off that is. (common sense) But, you wanting to spend that money is good right? I mean, it boosts stock prices and estimations, more importantly we can take home a lovely new gadget or toy. So I wondered how much have people changed due to the economic conditions we now find ourselves in?

I personally haven’t changed my spending or saving habits but then again I don’t have a job (not that I haven’t tried)…I just go to college and pray the interest rate on my school loans don’t increase, along with other things. Any money I get goes to very small and simple pleasures, such as, going to a fast food chain to pick up some sort of food (if you can call it that) that has meat, since my school is vegetarian.

I’m thinking about applying for a credit card, but I’m extrememly hesitant on getting one till I have a means of paying it off. I think, in times like this it’s important to think long term, which has now inspired me to talk write about studying next… (music will have to wait)

Anyway take a look at the cheesy graphic I made, it has some basic points taken from, “Americans are Finally Saving. How did That Happen?” by Ron Lieber in the Your Money section of the New York Times. The link for the article is in the caption. Also, if you want, answer the questions I put together below, I’m curious to find out how you feel.

Image Source
Old TV:  http://thesocial.typepad.com/branding_and_advertising/brand-20/
New TV:  http://www.chinatraderonline.com