Friday, September 26, 2014


A.) Incentives are rewards or actions that motivate a person to complete a problem or task. Incentives are the reasons almost everyone works, and does or completes a task. Everyone has something that they except to get in return for their efforts. The most common incentive: money. Everyone wants money, no matter your age, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity. Money is a common incentive that everyone wants, because while money can't buy you happiness, it's not going to make you sad either. Money is a successful incentive because it's common and a necessary thing to survive in the world. While it seems sad that we often do things in exchange for money, what other ways are there to put food on the table, put a roof over your head. Incentives control what people do around the world, bribing people to do tasks using something they need or want, and this bribery works, making incentives like money successful.
B.) An aesthetic experience I once experienced, when all your sense are awakened, is whenever I go to concerts, You're listening to live music and dancing and singing along, and watching the performers. For me, all your senses are heightened and you're just in the moment, having the time of your life. (If you couldn't tell already, I really enjoy concerts.) Concerts, for me, are when all my sense are awake, and I'm having an aesthetic experience.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Short Term Bucket List:
  1. Eat a dragon fruit. It's bright colors and exotic appearance are intriguing to me, and I really want to try one.
  2. Sit front row at a concert. Concerts are one of my favorite things, I love listening to live music, singing along with thousands of strangers who are all so different yet all have a common love and interest. Sitting front row at a concert would be a dream come true. Even if it was someone I hated, I would probably still have the time of my life.
  3. Ski the Moguls. I want to ski the moguls one time this winter. I've done jumps and turns, but never tried to ski down the constant bumps and twists that make up the moguls, and it's something I will do once winter time comes.
  4. Meet a celebrity. There are tons of celebrities all around the world, and they world always cares about what they are doing, who they're dating, where they went on vacation. To be able to see them in a tabloid or on the news, and say "Hey I've met them!" would be kind of a cool thing. 
  5. Fly in a helicopter. My family and I went to Florida last year, and everywhere we went there were helicopters and helicopter rides. I think that its would exciting to get up in a helicopter and see everything.
  6. Learn to surf. I've wanted to learn how to surf for a while now, and I was supposed to this summer, but didn't have time. It's definitely on my to-do list this summer. 

Long Term Bucket List:

  1. Study a Year Abroad. I really want to be able, during college, to travel to another country, live with a (trustworthy) stranger, and get to exist in a totally new environment. I want to learn how other people in other countries live their lives, and get to be apart of their experience.
  2. Get arrested. Not for anything major, like murder or arson, but for some misdemeanor. Something silly, something that would only keep me in jail for a brief amount of time. While this probably isn't the best thing to have on my record, I feel like the experience of being in jail would be interesting, and I'm curious as to what would happen.
  3. Be in a Movie. Not as the starring lead or anything like that, but as an extra. Being in a movie seems like such a cool and rare opportunity, but it is really fun experience.
  4. Attend the Grammys or MTV Music Awards. This kind of correlates with my love for concerts. The Grammys and MTV Music Awards is a giant concert full of different artists who all have different styles and play different genres, all together in one giant awards show. Going to the one of these award shows for music would be a dream of mine, and I would kill to go.
  5. Crash a Wedding. A little odd, but I've always just wanted to show up at a wedding, not know a single person, and just have a blast dancing and partying. 
  6. See the Northern Lights. I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, ever since I was about 5. The are beautiful in pictures, and I can imagine that they're even more so in person.                      

Sunday, September 21, 2014

               In her article, The Case Against High-School Sports, Amanda Ripley discusses her ideas on the removable of sports from the high school curriculum. As a student in high school, who plays sports, having sports as a part of the high school experience is essential, and I don't feel that removing sports would be a good decision. Sports are a huge part of attending high school, Koebler's article shows that "more than 7.6 million students played sports during the 2010-2011 school year." While Ripley makes good points in her article in describing why sports should be removed, there are many rebuttals to her argument, and I disagree with her opinion.

               In today's era, obesity is a large problem for our country. In the United States in 2011, "31.3 percent of children ages 10-17" were obese. High school sports are a great way for students to stay active and stay fit, preventing child and teen obesity. Sports force adolescents to get out on the field and be active, run around, and get in shape. Sports allow people to get healthy while doing something they love. People can make the argument that teenagers don't need to play sports in order to get exercise, that they can throw on a pair of sneakers and just go run around outside. But with homework, and tests, and any other stress inducers that could be occurring in a teen's life, exercise isn't usually the first thing on their mind. Going to practices and having games put exercise into your life automatically. I know that if I didn't have practices and games after school, I wouldn't get the same amount of exercise I do now. High school sports are a great way to incorporate exercise into the busy everyday life of a teen, helping keep kids healthy, and preventing child obesity.

               One point Ripley makes in her article is that when sports were eliminating in Premont, Texas, "It was calm. There was a level of energy devoted to planning lessons." Ripley attempts to convey the idea that without sports, students were completely devoted to school and were so much more focused. I, for one, do not believe that ports are necessarily the main reason teens are not focused during class time. Now I'm sure that some of the time, we can blame sports for our distractions. You could be excited about your game later that night, or instead of memorizing flashcards, you're memorizing the playbook. But sports are not the only reason a student might not be focused. Other school work, relationships, family drama, work; all are things that can distract students in the classroom. The removal of sports won't make the focus level magically go to 100 percent. There is always going to be another distraction, something consuming your brain. While sports can sometimes be to blame for poor focus levels in the classroom, getting rid of sports won't fix the problem. So why do it?

               During the season of whatever sport you may play, how you perform academically correlates with what you do on the field. If you don't acquire good grades, and do well in classes, you don't play. The threat of sitting on the bench instead of being able to play in the game often can be motivation for athletes to keep their grades up. Athletes want to play, that's why they signed up, and not being able to play because you're failing isn't something someone would want. Many may argue that the standard in how must you perform are low, therefore not providing tons of motivation. But for some students, not failing is a huge achievement. While the standards may be low for some students, for others, it's a huge achievement if they make it. Arguing that the standard are too low may be a good argument for you, but for others, having D's an improvement, Ripley makes good points and has a strong argument as to why the removal of sports in high schools seems like a good idea. But there are many of counter-arguments that can be made, showing benefits to the athletic programs in school, which is why I believe that high school sports school remain in high schools. 
Koebler, Jason. U.S. News & World Report. N.p., 2 Sept. 2011. Web. 18 Sept. 2014

"Percent of Children (ages 10-17) Who Are Overweight Or Obese." The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 2011. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

Ripley, Amanda. "The Case Against High-School Sports." Oct. 2013: 72-78. Print.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Caffeine May Boost Long Term Memory

In the article "Caffeine May Boost Long-Term Memory" ethos, pathos, and logos are used to persuade the reader into believing their articles, and agree with their ideas. Logos uses logic and statistics to sway the reader towards their idea. Pathos uses techniques to make the reader feel something, and uses the readers emotions to draw them in and persuade them. Ethos is the authority and integrity of the author, which makes the article more persuasive knowing its written by someone who knows what they are talking about.

Pathos- An example of pathos in the article is reading about the author. Honor's "main interests lie within new medical diagnostics, neurology, stem cell research and cancer research. Honor has strong journalism experience and, prior to joining the Medical News Today team, she worked within a number of financial publications covering both consumer and trade finance." They make it sound like she has enough experience to be writing a good article. When "by Daniel Borota of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore" is stated, it shows that a smart, qualified professor backs up this knowledge and that this article can be trusted.

Logos- A very good portion of the article uses logos to make its point. Throughout the article, the author describes the experiments people underwent to prove that caffeine can help long term memory. They explained the experiment, and used the amounts of caffeine and other m=numbers to persuade the argument. They included their conclusion, stating "that a dose of at least 200 mg is required to observe the enhancing effect of caffeine on consolidation of memory." Using logos is a good way to help persuade an argument of piece of writing.

Ethos- In my opinion, the article itself uses ethos as a tactic. How many people wouldn't want a good long term memory? How many people would just be like, "Eh, who really cares about remembering things." Very few, and the idea of remembering things longer, and being able to remember happy times can definitely affect your emotions.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pet Peeves.

In no particular order:

1.    Mimicking. I have a younger sister, who is eleven years old. Whenever she gets annoyed with me, or is in the mood to drive me insane, she transforms her voice into a high pitched annoyance of a sound, and will mimic every single word I say. And it drives me insane. Please Madeline, I would like to be able to have a conversation without hearing an echo that makes my ears bleed. Be mature, talk like an eleven year old, and leave me alone.

2.    Replace the roll. We all go to the bathroom, and if you don’t, I advise that you see a doctor about that because that’s unnatural. But when you go to the bathroom, you need to use toilet paper. One of my pet peeves is when someone goes to the bathroom, uses up all of the toilet paper, and then doesn’t replace the empty roll. My younger siblings do it all the time, but then the next person to use the bathroom either a.) has to replace the roll themselves, making their wait to use the bathroom longer, or b.) gets stuck in the bathroom without any toilet paper, but I’d rather we not discuss what you do in that situation.

3.    Morgana. I’m actually cringing as I read the name. I hate hate hate hate when people add an ‘a’ to the end of my name and call me Morgana. Someone first called me that in second grade, and I’ve hated it ever since the first time that extra syllable escaped someone’s mouth. It reminds me of some evil witch in a movie, and the name makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. Please, I beg you, never call me that.

4.    People who judge something you enjoy. By this, I mean, music, television, anything that makes you happy. Everyone has different tastes and interests, so most likely your music taste or favorite sport will be different from somebody else. Who cares? Enjoy what you like, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad about something that makes you happy.

5.    Captain Obvious. Another one of my pet peeves is when people make stupid and obvious comments, that essentially don’t further the conversation, and aren't really helpful in anyway. For instance, saying the sky is blue when talking about something completely un-sky related is in no way helping a conversation move forward. It also is common knowledge, so is there an actual point to your comment?

6.    “You look just like your sister!” No, I don’t. Yes, I have a sister, and yes, she could be my twin, but I do not look like her. She looks like me. I was born first, therefore she looks like me. I have no clue why, but it drives me up a wall when people tell me I look like her. I came first bud, she looks like me.