A World Without Gravity

Many people are so used to gravity that they don’t notice what role the gravity plays in their lives. Has anyone stopped to think about a world without gravity? Gravity is a force of attraction between objects that is due to their masses. If there is no gravitational force between objects, we will have to live a limited life.

Without gravity, carrying out our daily living would be very difficult. In other words, we would float like helium balloons. For example, unless one doesn’t tie oneself up to something every night, one will be floating around its room bumping everywhere. Moreover, there will be more complicated and irritating eating condition without gravity. One might starve to death during its meal because there is no gravitational pull. Every single drop of water will be flowing around the room if one is aspiring for water. Accompanied by gravity, all forces act on objects. Therefore, we build our muscle by fighting against the force on objects. However without gravity, we will have no more muscle building. This will be a serious problem for us, because then, we will have no power to fight against those forces that act toward us.

Life as we know will terminate without gravity. The entire earth will rip apart, the atmosphere would disappear, and there would be an instantaneous death for all life forms. These can be the most alarming and terrifying consequences if there is no gravity on earth.

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Smart Phones

These days, there are numerous people with smart phones. In Korea, nearly 5 out of 10 people has smart phones. Despite the extremely expensive cost, why do so many people purchase smart phones? I believe the answer is hidden in the popularity of smart phones. Through television, newspaper, and magazine advertisements, smart phone companies has achieved countless benefits. When it were first introduced, there were only two to three different kinds. After all the bunch of advertisements were shown, people started to have an idea that the only phone we should purchase is a smart phone! As a result, the number of different kinds of smart phones increased to nearly 20.

Why smart phones? To me, they are just phones trying to turn people into a slug. Since there are more than 40 applications including games, subway map, and even a navigation, we people no longer have to carry around things little by little. Although there is an advantage of having everything in a one small device, this device will result in devastating consequences. We, human beings, will be so used to these technologies that we will even talk to each other through a machine when we are right beside each other.

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traveling through the dark

Title: The title of this poems gives a slight hint to the readers that it will deal with the difficulty of finding the right path.

Traveling Through the Dark

by William Stafford

 

Traveling through the dark I found a deer

dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.

It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:

that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.

 

By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car

and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing;

she had stiffened already, almost cold.

I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.

 

My fingers touching her side brought me the reason–

her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,

alive, still, never to be born.

Beside that mountain road I hesitated.

 

The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights;

under the hood purred the steady engine.

I stood in the glare of the warm exhaust turning red;

around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.

 

I thought hard for us all–my only swerving–,

then pushed her over the edge into the river.

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Paraphrase:

Stanza 1: One dark night, while he was driving his car through the narrow road, he saw a dead     deer.

Stanza 2: He dragged the dead dear at the edge and when he touched it, he felt like it was not     cold. Also, it felt like her fawn was still alive.

Stanza 3: A baby deer was waiting for it to come out. Since his mother was dead he couldn’t do     anything because he was in the mountain during the night.

Stanza 4: Although the guy wanted to save the fawn, he knew he couldn’t perform such surgery     in the dark mountain road.

Stanza 5: After realizing he had no choice but to save other human lives, he pushes the deer over     to the edge into the river.

 

Connotation:

Imagery: In stanza one, the descriptions of the narrow canyon road and in stanza three, we,     readers can visualize the warmth of the living fawn.

 

Attitude(Tone):

The poet in this poem is sorrowful towards the fawn and feels guilty that towards his behavior. Poet uses imagery and other literary devices to express these emotions, especially when he emphasizes the car as “aims”and “swerves”. By going through this poem, we can imagine the vivid images of what is going on here.

 

Shift(Progression):

In Traveling Through the Dark , the shift occurs in stanza one, first line. “traveling through the dark I found a deer” Also, another shift is shown when he found a baby fawn in the deer’s belly on stanza two line four. “I dragged her off; she was large in the belly” Lastly, when the poet finally determines to make his decision of what to do with this deer, there is another shift on stanza five, last two lines. “I though hard for us all–my only swerving–, then pushed her over the edge into the river”

 

Title(Again):

The poet is heading towards his way trying to make a right decision and a wiser choice.

 

Theme:

The poem by William Stafford, “Traveling Through the Dark” illustrates readers with somewhat painful and grim. Because of this man-made road, the author is trying to convey his feelings towards the role of technology in modern life.

 

 

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Fever

FEVER

BY HAILEY LEITHAUSER

The heat so peaked tonight

the moon can’t cool

a scum-mucked swimming

pool, or breeze

emerge to lift the frowsy

ruff of owls too hot

to hoot, (the mouse and brown

barn rat astute

enough to know to drop

and dash) while

on the bunched up,

corkscrewed sheets of cots

and slumped brass beds,

the fitful twist

and kink and plead to dream

a dream of air

as bitter cruel as winter

gale that scrapes and blows

and gusts the grate

to luff

the whitened ashes from the coal.

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Comments:

I personally really liked this poem because it reminded me when I caught a fever. The detailed explanation of the moment is clearly explained. For instance, in stanza one and two, I really liked how the author illustrates the time he spent surrounded by heat and blowing his nose. Basically, I think most of the poem depicts imagery. Also, the author uses metaphor to compare his feelings to the weather of winter in stanza 9.

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How to make Chocolate Muffins

Prior to this post, majority of my blog posts were mostly related to technology and our way of living. However, in this post, I would like to introduce my interest in baking. Although I am not an expert in baking, one thing I really like to bake is chocolate muffins.

Chocolate muffins are not only one of my favorite snack, but also has an easy recipe to learn.

First of all, the ingredients are…

3/4 stick butter

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or substitute chocolate chips)

2 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder (the recipe says to sift it, but I didn’t)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 egg

When all the ingredients are ready, it is extremely essential to measure the exact amount individually. 1) The first thing to do is to preheat the oven to about 370 degrees. Fit the molds in a regular size muffin pan.

2) Then, melt the butter and half of the chocolate in a microwave.

3) Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

4) In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla all together. Combine it gently and slowly so that they don’t get mixed too much.

5) Divide the batter and bake for about 20~25 minutes.

6) 20~25 minutes passed, cool the muffins for few minutes and remove them on wire racks.

 

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ToUcH PhOnEs

Today, there are at least six out of ten people who use touch phones. Look around you! How do you feel when you don’t possess a touch phone but you see majority of the surrounding people using those phones. Jealous? Yes. Nowadays, if you don’t own a smart phone or a touch phone, you don’t really seem like you own a phone. However, there are many disadvantages using these magical, yet problematic phones.

 

These wonderful phones might provide you a strong confidence, but also bring you with a remorseful consequences. Customers frequently complain about the touch quality. Many times, touch phones tend to freeze and erase some of the datas in the phone. Furthermore, when you accidentally drop the phone, the screen tends to shatter inside. This seriously make the customers despondent and lose trust on these phones. Since they will lose great amount of money just because they dropped once, it is better to make a wise choice before purchasing 1000$ items.

 

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The road not taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

source: (MLA format)

“The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.”PoemHunter.Com – Thousands of poems and                       poets.. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2011                                                           <http://poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/&gt;.

Comments….

*Short Summary                                                                                                                                          The poem is basically about the speaker pondering about which of the two roads he should choose. Although he knows that he is implausible to choose one and take the other another day, he believes in himself. However, he admits this and claims that he will lake the less-traveled road.

*Title:                                                                                                                                                            I think this poem is about which roads he/she should take.

*Paraphrase:                                                                                                                                                 1. Standing for a long time trying to choose between two roads.                                               2. He decides to take one road.                                                                                                          3. Doubts that one track often leads onto another track.                                                            4. His decision has made all the difference to my life. In the future he will be telling this to someone else with fond memories.                                                                                            5. He emphasizes his point that once the decision has made, you should know that you cannot come back a the same place where you could have another chance or choice. Your decision will alter your life.

*Connotation:                                                                                                                                             -Personification: In stanza two,  “Because it was grassy and wanted wear.”                             -Imagery: In stanza one, “two roads diverged in a yellow wood”

*Attitude:                                                                                                                                                       -The poem consists of four stanzas. In the first stanza, the speaker describes the situation and his position. The speaker has been out walking in the woods and encounters two roads. Although he would like to try out both, he doubts he could, therefore, he continues to look down the roads for long time trying to determine his decision. Then, he later decides to travel the road that is less-traveled. The last two stanzas describe the description of the roads.

*Shifts:                                                                                                                                                          -In stanza two there is a shift in the speaker’s decision. He decides to take the less-traveled road.

*Title:                                                                                                                                                             -As explained in the title, “The Road Not Taken” the speaker took the road that was less-traveled.

*Theme: I think the theme here is that when one makes a decision, one should know that one cannot come back at the same place where one could have another chance. In other words, one’s decision will definitely impact your life and it might change your life 180 degrees.

OR>>….

First of all, I really liked the use of personification in this poem. “Because it was grassy and wanted wear.” As I was reading this poem along, I was able to imagine the situation of this traveller. Also, it helped me to visualize what was going on in this poem.  An example of imagery was shown in the first stanza. “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” Although the both ways or the roads are equally worn, the speaker talks to himself that he will take the other another day, knowing that is is implausible.

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