Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blog for WP2

My topic that I chose for my blog is how technology plays a major role in communication around the world. I want to expand on the use of technology back in the 1900s as opposed to technology in the 21st century, technology and its effect on global communication, and technology on culture.
One of my sources that I found is called "Media and the City: Urbanism, Technology, and Communication." This source focuses on the ideas of urbanism and communication, and how they are synthesized in a sense. The way this source will help with my explanation is by giving an example of present day life and the way that technology impacts it. The second source I am using is called "Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past." This source serves to explain my main point of technology and communication in the 1900s. This source can be summarized as a historiography of film, television, video games, and digital media. Communication is not just limited to talking over the phone; different ideas can be communicated nonverbally as well. Video games also communicate a message to the player. My second source is a Ted Talk on how Dawesar dealt with living during Hurricane Sandy, and its effect on the access to technology. My third source was "The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Professionalism in Medical Education." This source is supposed to exemplify how communications technology plays a role in education and work.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Explaining Zumba

So every Tuesday my friends and I have a tradition of going to zumba at 4:00. What is Zumba? Zumba is an exercise class which involves dancing and mainly cardio. The dances involve various Latin type moves as well as a mix of push ups, burpees, planks, and squats. Zumba involves different songs from cultural to the usual hip-hop as well as a variety of dance moves. If anything, I would summarize zumba as jumping and squatting half of the time. At Lewis, we have free zumba classes every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Usually these last four an hour or so, and the end result is your shirt being a whole shade darker then it was before you came to dance. My first semester at Lewis I would go to zumba classes like it was my religion. I was very fit, but when I came back my second semester I stopped classes. I finally came back in February, and I almost passed out from how intense the dances were. When I go to these classes I always have my roomie and my friends with me which makes it ten times more fun especially when my male friends can't do the more feminine types of booty shakes and body rolls. The main rule in zumba is "There are no wrong moves just accidental solos" which is very true on my part. Even some of the instructors mess up, and there are four of them! Sometimes I will just make up some of the moves when I cannot get the choreography, or my friends and I will just goof around and laugh at each other when we mess up. Many of the songs we dance to are by Jason Derulo, but most of the songs are familiar to me. As a result of zumba, I sweat buckets, and I get a great cardio workout while having fun with my friends. It is a win-win situation especially since working out can get tedious. I believe zumba is great alternative to the usually cardio workout on a treadmill, and it is lots of fun as well as satisfying. Even though I do not get all the steps correct and sometimes people step on my feet I disregard that because I go my hardest when I dance. As long as you have fun with it instead of thinking about how bad you look, then you can truly enjoy zumba to its fullest.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

So originally my topic for this synthesis essay focused on music. In my original design plan I wanted to communicate to the audience that playing an instrument or listening to different types of music teaches an individual to pay attention to fine detail as well as broaden their musical spectrum. At first, I thought my topic was pretty cool until we had the first peer review. One of the girls who was in my group for the peer review was reviewing another classmate’s paper which was also about the same topic I had. The one comment she said was “Everybody does this topic. It’s so boring because everyone could do this.” After hearing this I felt so bad about my paper that I immediately changed my topic which was not an easy task. I spent the whole night trying to write another draft for the next class, but I was failing terribly until it hit me that I needed a solution to my stress in order to write this paper. That solution was comfort! Now my essay is on the topic of comfort and what comfort really means to me. In this essay I want to communicate to the audience that comfort has many forms and meanings to every individual whether it be food or music. Being in college and writing to an audience of college students, I know that we all have dealt with some sort of stress regarding our academics so I thought it would be fun to write about comfort in order to make me feel a little better about school. My experience writing this paper was pretty rough in all honesty because I had a hard time pushing myself to write, but it was a nice challenge I believe. I think I accomplished what I set out to do for this project except with a different topic. All in all, my experience was an interesting one indeed and stressful at the same time.
I believe many take the term "I love you" for granted now. I have so many guy friends who will tell me they love me just to get me to buy food for them. I also am guilty of taking those three words for granted at times. Being single I do not regularly tell someone I love them unless it's a family member of course, but if I did have a significant other would it be different when I tell them I love them? The thoughts that go through my head about these three words is when is the best time to tell someone I love them. Is there a time limit? Am I really in love with them? Or sometimes there are people who I will meet that are interested in me, and I will try to get to know them. Soon enough after maybe one month of knowing that person they will tell me they love me! Seriously?! That is way too early I believe, or maybe it's just me.

What does it mean when I say "I'm okay"?

Sometimes it means that I'm literally doing okay. Things are going well in life, and I'm not complaining. Sometimes it means that I don't want to deal with a problem so I'll just tell you I'm okay in order to keep my problems to myself. "Okay" is such a weird word in general I believe; you can be "super okay" or even "A-OK." It can also be used synonymously with the word "sure" or "all right." If I am in a good mood I will even say "okie" for slang. When you ask someone how they are doing you really need to take into account their voice, facial expression, and also their posture. Your "okay" may be different than my "okay." Not everyone is the same. As for me I will say I'm okay after I accidentally stub my toe on the dresser, or I'll say it when I just want to lie down on the couch and mope about a bad grade. "I'm okay" is such a broad statement so I am having trouble explaining it in all honestly. Like I said everyone's is different.

Memorizing a song on piano is like learning how to build a car. You have to run so many test trials until you can perfect the car; same thing with playing piano. You have to keep practicing and practicing until you get every detail of the song, and you can play every note. Practice makes perfect right? When you build a car you have to take every little detail into account. If there is a junky part then you have to fix it or replace it! When playing piano you have to pay attention to every expression and dynamic marking, there is so much technique involved that many non-musical people do not understand. I myself have been playing piano for 14 years now so I would say that I have quite a bit experience with the instrument. Also, I have competed in numerous Fine Arts competitions for piano duets and solos as well as being a church pianist. I remember when I would need to choose a song entry to compete with I would always take the longest time trying to pick a song. I mean there are millions! Also, there are millions of song composers to choose from. If anything piano taught me to pay attention to fine detail, and I can attest that memorizing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is like building a car.

So last Thursday we did another peer review, and I think going through another person's paper helped give me insight with my own paper. Also, it is nice to see other people's topics other than my own. I like that we can spend time in class doing group exercises because it makes this class less boring in all honesty. This class is way more difficult that College Writing 1, but I will just have to put in more effort really.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Currently I am in my college writing II class again, and I am blogging to pass time. We are currently doing an exercise in class, but being the studious student I am..I already did the exercises a week ago on accident thinking they were counted for an actually grade. Jamie is my classmate who sits next to me, and she is blonde. I am Asian so our skin color is very different; I don't know why this came to mind haha. I like the diversity in this class.