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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

LIT ANALYSIS

1. I decided to re-read the novel Moby Dick. The story is about a man named Ishmael who wants to become a whaler. He travels to New Bedford in hopes to find a whaling job. The little inn that he was going to stay at was full so he had to share a room with a random person, he is fine with that and his roommate is a man named Queequeg, a native Pacific Islander. The two like each other and decide to go on a whaling trip together. They find a ship that needs workers called the Peqoud and they sign up to go with the ship. The ship has a crazed captain by the name of Ahab who hasn't been the same since a sperm whale but off one of his legs. The ship then leaves on a cold December day and Captain Ahab sets off just to find the great white whale that took his leg, Moby Dick. They spot several whales but are unsuccessful in killing any and the crew starts to get tired of Ahab's foolish ways. Ahab has stowed away a special group of harpooners who he believes have a better chance I killing the white whale. A few weeks pass and the crew is able to catch a few whales but not enough because of Ahab's search for Moby Dick. The Peqoud runs into another ship where there is a prophet who says the hunt for Moby Dick will bring certain doom. The men continue to hunt and on a dark night a young deckhand by the name of Pip falls into the water and becomes mentally ill and soon becomes the prophetic child for the Pequod. They run into another ship whose captain has also lost a body part to the whale and Ahab doesn't listen to his warnings about how dangerous the white whale really is. One of Ahab's special harpooners predicts that Ahab will die trying to kill Moby Dick but Ahab still doesn't listen to his warnings. The ship then runs into a typhoon and many sailors are killed but Ahab will not rest until the whale is dead. This foreshadows what will happen to the captain. The ship finally runs into Moby Dick and battles it for 3 long days. The first day the whale destroys Ahab's whaling boat and nearly kills him, the 2nd day Moby Dick destroys Ahab's special harpooners ship and kills the leader of the mysterious men, and finally the white whale destroys the Pequod an kills everyone on it. The only survivor was Ishmael who stayed alive by floating in a coffin and got picked up by another whaling boat who was searching for men since Moby Dick attacked them.

2. The theme of the novel was no matter how hard you try to do something wrong to someone or something that does something wrong to you, you will end up being the one who has to deal with the harsh consequences.

3. The entire novel is written in a first person point of view by the narrator Ishmael. The tone of the story is very dark with many examples of how you cannot change fate. There are 3 instances where a so called "prophet" sees that someone will die. The crazy dude on the other boat predicted that if they chased the white whale everyone would die, and he was right. Another time the leader of the special harpooners predicted exactly how Ahab would die.

4. There are multiple instances of symbolism throughout the story. One example was the ship itself, it was a dark ship covered with whale bones and it just symbolizes death, it pretty much causes it. Another example of  symbolism is Moby Dick himself. He represents death and more of the unknown  side that you fear. Like I said earlier there is a lot of foreshadowing. The 2 main examples were when the crazy prophet dude predicted Ahab's death and then Feddalluh predicts exactly how how Ahab will die. Then there was various instances of personification where the author makes Moby Dick out to seem like a human. Another example of personification was how Melville made the ship seem like a living breathing thing by saying it "groaned and gasped" as it sailed around. Irony is also present throughout because the entire time Ahab is tryin to kill Moby Dick and in the end the white whale is the one who kills, and he kills Ahab.

CHARACTERIZATION
1. First character I want to talk about is Ishmael. Even though he is the narrator of the story he doesn't really reveal much about himself. He kind of stays quiet throughout the novel and doesn't change very much. He is probably the most static/flat character  throughout the whole story. Captain Ahab is  the character who changes the most. At first he is just mad at Moby Dick for taking his leg but the deeper into the story and the more hardships he goes through to catch he white whale the more deranged the captain becomes. Moby Dick isn't an ideal character because we can't really see what he's thinking and why he does his actions. He doesn't really change but he seems more and more vicious until he eventually becomes te killer beast that he is feared to be.

2. Melville completely changes how he talks when the various characters speak. He speaks slang and goes on with long speeches when the sailors are speaking. This is because they talked differently at that time and he try's to recreate as closely as possible.

3. Ishmael was very flat because he hardly did anything throughout the story and at some points he seemed to just disappear. He was also static because he didn't really change by the end but he was the only person left alive.

4. I didn't really feel like I met anyone because it was kind of hard to relate to any of the characters. To me it just felt like I was reading a history book of some sort not a best selling novel.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I, ENTREPRENEUR

a. The expert I designed my questions for could be any CEO of any clothing brand and they are more of a textbook entrepreneur than one we described in class. One we described on class does it to get their ideas out there for other people to see and for other people to enjoy. This can be some of the people but a few of the CEO's are just in it for the money.

b. I am definitely an entrepreneur because I just want people to like what I make and appreciate it, not just buy it for its exclusivity and to make people feel bad because they don't have it.

c. I am an entrepreneur and I'm not an expert yet so it's not really about being the top dog on the food chain. Entrepreneurs should just want people to appreciate their ideas and not just go after what's in their wallet.

THE START OF IT ALL...

I have not mentioned lately but have told the class that I will be attending Gavilan College in Gilroy to play football this fall. I am very excited because this ha been my dream to play at the next level eer since I started playing football 10 years ago. I even have a chance to start and make an impact this year so that just adds to the excitement. I will be studying sports medicine with the hope to pursue a job as a atlethic trainer or a physical therapist. This will be one I the most influential times if my life and can make or break what I do for the rest of my life.

Monday, May 12, 2014

10 QUESTIONS

1. How did your brand get started?

2. What made you want to design and produce clothing?

3. What is the meaning behind your brand name?

4. How long did it take for you and your brand to get noticed?

5. Who is the main man behind all of the designs?

6. How has becoming famous affected your designs?

7. What was your very first design that you put on a shirt?

8. What is your favorite design you have ever made?

9. What other company has dooe designs in your opinion?

10. How has creating a clothing company changed your life?

HAFTA/WANNA

There is a huge difference between being in high school and being out of high school. It is just a different way of thinking, knowing that you are no longer a child and you need to be a mature young adult. You still do things that you did in high school you just do it with different people. It isn't the same for everybody and it is determined on how you and what you want to do.

STEPS TOWARD FINAL PROJECT

I am getting ready for my final project and I'm going to present it with Bobby on Tuesday the 27th. We both wanted to go earlier but I'm not sure when the shirt will be completely done so we didn't want to risk it. Bobby was going to do a large wall portrait for Preston's room but Bobby is kind of a perfectionist so he didn't think he could finish it so we agreed to combine our projects. I think that it's better than a wall piece because a wall piece can only be seen by so many people wheras a person wearing a shirt can be seen by thousands of people each day and can be appreciated by more.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

BEGINNINGS

My life could be pretty awesome if I was able to make it really big in this business. I could work with other really good artists and designers and collaborate to make awesome t-shirts and other items. That in itself would be worth it itself but I would also be able to get any piece of clothing early and for free or really cheap. There is lots of money in the game but I'm not really about the money, I'm just about getting my ideas out there and let people see how a company should be ran.

BEGINNINGS 2

I like the new beginnings quick writes that we do because I always have interesting things on my mind. This helps me get those things out there and show the creativity I actually have. Creativity is really important in designing and creating clothes because you can't have the same design done by multiple brands so you always need to come up with something new. I believe that having such a creative mind myself really helps me have advantage over other brands and designers who can't really think for themselves.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LIFE AFTER....

Life after high school is going to be pretty good for me. I only get 2 weeks after graduation to do whatever I want and then I move up to Gilroy and start practice for college football at Gavilan College. It's going to be very different but I think I'm going to have a lot of fun playing my favorite sport at such a high level. None of my family has ever played a sport at the college level and I think I will be the first of many to play. I am kind of nervous because I am so young playing with grown men but I can't make it an excuse, I just got to work hard and than hopefully I will even start this year.

MASTERPIECE INTERVIEWS

Summer
- im working on putting all of my research and ideas together into one final masterpiece project
-im working on this because its times to put that work that i have completed over the course of the semester into the actual real masterpiece
-the significance of this project in my life/future career is that it has helped me realize what i want to do and what i need to do in order to be successful
-this work is helping me outside of school because it has helped create a balance in my life
-not anything in particular has necessarily surprised me in my work so far
-i think that i need a more clear idea of how my masterpiece and how i want it to turn out to be successful in my presentation
-i have learned that with too much work or too much fun, you will never feel totally content with your life, it requires a balance

Malik
-I'm working on showing the different forms of sports and medical engineering and how they work and how they are applied.
-I chose this because I'm into engineering and also physical therapy so I found a way to combine the two together.
-the significance of my work will help me better understand how technology is helping athletes and people around the world recover from injuries. And from there I want to better what's out there already.
- this work will help me keep my passion for sports and my interest for engineering still in my life.
-I as surprised that it took me so long to find out my topic because I thought the two I was interested in before couldn't be related.
- to finish my project, I will need to demonstrate a few samples of technologies out there, what they do, how they work, how it's applied.
-I've learned that finding your passion will make work much easier and let you lead a happy life.

Tiana
-I am working on a masterpiece project of traveling, mixed with adventuring, also mixed with "doing cool things". With all this I will create an amazing video full of awesome things I have done.
-I want to experience as much as a can that life has to offer and really live life to the fullest.
-In life, I can take so much from these experiences. Traveling and trying new things is such an enlightening experience that I can carry on forever.
-Outside of school, I know I will be a much happier person and much more well rounded! I will be able to engage in many conversations and provide input based on my personal encounters.
-I haven't really been surprised yet, but I will await the day!
-I need my GoPro camera to come in the mail already so I can start filming all these cool things I do. With that camera filming my awesome times, I will make one amazing video full of highlights to present how I have made my project come alive.
-I have truly learned that life is short and that we really need to take advantage of life's opportunities. Talk to new people because you never know where that conversation may lead. Mine led me to a trip to Italy, and now to Belgium.