Thursday, April 6, 2017

An Explosion Making Friend?

     As I continued to read The Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas, I decided I would like to have the main character, Connwaer, as a friend. I would like to have him as a friend because he is so adventures. For example, he goes places like where an old bad guys lair was, just see if there's slowsilver for his pyrotechnics. I would also like him as a friend because he tries different types of experiments so the magic will talk to him, and imagine getting to test out different chemical reactions to hear what the magic is saying. Finally, I would like to be is friend, because he doesn't mind if you tag along or not, as long as his friends families are okay with it.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Do You Want to Be a Wizard?

     Today I continued to read the book The Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas, and thought about some questions that I would like to ask her if I ever met her. My first question would be, how come of all subjects you choose to right a book on magic? I would then ask her what had motivated her to write the book, and if any characters were based off of friends, family, or even herself. After that I would ask if she ever got writers block while writing this book, and if so, how did she get herself unblocked. Finally, I would ask if when she had been a child, had she ever gone through a phase were she had wanted to be a wizard, or even a wizards apprentice like the main character in the book is.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Three Reasons Why The Giver Book is Better Than the Movie

     In The Giver movie there were quite a few poor decisions that subtracted from the books meaning. I now think after watching The Giver movie and reading the book that The Giver book is better than the movie because, there were changes in scenes that were not as good as they could have been if they had followed the outline of the book a little closer, there were added scenes that I did not fully care for, and there were also character changes that were not needed. These things I felt truly subtracted from the books meaning.
     In the movie, there were a couple of scenes that were changed from in the book. One example of this is how in the book, during dinner Gabriel was still in the house when the father told the family about his release that was going to be the next day. Although when Jonas's dad told them in the movie, Gabriel was already at the nurturing center with the uncertains. Another difference is how the ending shows more of the community getting all the memories in the movie, and why you may say this is better, you have more suspense in the book, when you actually get to make up your own ending. One of the other changes was how they never showed the scene with the apple from the recreation center with Asher, in the movie they just showed him rolling the apple in his hands.
     During the movie I noticed that there were a couple of added scenes, which were nicely added, but also had some flaws. One scene I was not truly fond off was when Jonas tried to show Fiona what a sled was by riding down the middle rounded part of the staircase on a solar panel. I found this add in kind of ridiculous because one, imagine how hot metal on solar panels would be, and also it was not in the book for a reason, and it was quite an extreme change going from the book where he tries to give his friends memories of these things rather than show them experiences which were in the movie, this then causes a different perspective. Another added in scene was when Asher sees him sneaking out, and comes after him telling him to stop, and then Jonas punches him. I found this scene quite more intense than from the book, because in the book, he snuck off to the Givers without any real issues, I think that this added scene in the movie, just helped make Asher seem like more of an enemy of Jonas's than a loyal friend, and in the book, there were no real issues like they portrayed in the movie, so we thought that Jonas and Asher were loyal friends.
     The book obviously always comes before the movie version, so when we read the book, we get a sense of what the characters were like, but when they change things about the characters in the movie, they are not always highly appreciated changes to the characters. One example of this is how The lead Elder becomes more of a bad guy in the movie, and threat to Jonas, and you might say this adds more action to the book, but in the book, she is more of a side character, and only really is involved in the ceremony, which makes the other action parts seem larger in importance rather than adding in many conflicts. Another character change is how Asher gets assigned Drone pilot instead of recreation director, and ends up in the end going after Jonas, where as in the book, always stays fairly loyal to Jonas like I mentioned before, and are always there for each other. Fiona is also a nurturer instead of an elders caregiver, this changes the fact that we see more of the infants, and also Fiona turns into more of a main character, where as in the book she is more of a side character.
     All in all, I believe that the book is better than the movie. I believe this because, in the movie there are scene changes that do not fit, there were added scenes that were flawed, and some of the characters were changed into different people than they were in the book, which is good in moderation, but not when you do it as much as they did in the movie.

Will the Shadows Be Gone?

     Today I made a prediction while reading the book The Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas. I made the prediction that the main character Connwaer would end up continuing to help Nevery, his master, and they would solve the mystery of the shadows together, and while doing this Connwaer would be able to control the magic again. I predicted all that because first of all Connwaer lost his powers, and pyrotechnics he thinks is the only way to get them back, but I am predicting that since he is already snooping around behind Nevery's back, and by teaming up to work with Nevery, Connwaer would end up finding rather his magical item, or realize he could talk to the magic. I also predicted that all that would happen because Connwaer and Nevery know the most about these shadows, and will end up using both their knowledge on the shadows to find an answer. Finally, I thought they would solve the mystery of the shadows together, because they are the main people in the book who are really trying to learn more about this topic, and find solutions to get rid of the shadows.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

     Today I read The Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas, and decided the book would make a very good movie. I decided it would make a good movie because of all the action there is in the book. With every page, the scene is being set, and a new twist is occurring. I also thought this book would make a good movie because the book is so easy to visualize while reading it. When you are reading it, you are able to imagine what the main character is describing, and what he is seeing. Finally, it would be a good movie, because since you can visualize everything going on in the book, then you could compare and contrast with the movie, and see what scenes are similar to what you had visualized, and what scenes are completely different than what you had visualized.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Age Doesn't Matter


    I choose to do my interview on my close friend Frances Laursen, who I call Franny, because I found it a good opportunity to learn more about one of my amazing friends who I have known since the day I was born. I arranged for the interview over the phone, and two days later, I went over to her house. I know Franny because we used to be neighbors in Morro Bay, and we used to play together, anything from tea parties to obstacle courses. When I entered, I could hear the ticking of the clock, and her eyes lit up when she saw me. She showed me her Valentines Day cards, and I gave her the Valentines Chocolates and card I had for her, she said thank you.  Once she finished telling me about what had been going on in her life, we went and sat down on her white couch.
    She has gray, short hair, and had on a pinkish red lipstick. She had on her oval glasses, and a plaid, long-sleeve shirt with big buttons. She had on gray pants, and since it was Valentine's Day, on the day of the interview, she had on white socks, with red and pink hearts on them. We had gone shoe shopping a few months earlier, and she was wearing the Navy-Blue Mary Janes she had gotten on our shoe shopping trip.  
    “We got to get down to business,” she exclaimed, and we started her interview
    “What was a normal day like for you?” The clock in her house started to chime right after the question was asked. I had forgotten to say when you were younger part, so she decided to start telling me of how she wakes up early, around 7:30 am, she alternates her breakfasts, but her course always has coffee with it, and she watches the news.
    I finally interceded and fixed my question.
    She then asked me “How young?” I told her as young as you can remember, and she told me about how on holidays, her mother was a nurse, and liked to work the 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm shift. Franny would get up early to put the turkey in the oven. This way their family could do have dinner together.
    “Cause it didn’t seem right to have the dinner without the mother,” Franny told me.
    What was one of the best things to ever happen to you?”
    She thought of it for a moment, and then exclaimed,” Ejvin!” Ejvin was her husband who passed away about 7 years ago.
    I then asked,” How old were you when you met Ejvin?” Her answer was quick, and she told me 27 years old.
    “Why was he the best thing that ever happened to you?”  He taught her a lot. He was also more grown up than her, being from another country and all, he was from Denmark. She then went into how they met. They were at a church lunch, with 2 or 3 groups of church adults.
    She was sitting next to Ejvan, and grabbed a pinecone, she got the pitch on her hand, and Ejvin then said,”you're going to get the pitch on your hand, and you won’t be able to get it off.” Franny said as if she was Ejvin, but she did get it off. She thought he was pretty nice, and she got him in the same car as her, and they drove down to Kings Canyon, and went into the caves, and when they came out, they were holding hands, and got married five months later.
    “Do you remember what you would do after school?” She doesn’t quite remember, but Franny told me that she was just “a little tot,” and everybody thought she was so cute. They would dress her up with an umbrella, slickers, a raincoat, boots, hats, and other things too.
    When she was little, she recited,” The rain is raining all around, it falls on fields and trees, it rains on umbrellas too, and on the ships and seas.”
    “When you would hang out with friends, what would you do with them?” When she came to Sanger California, which was a little community in 1938, the community had a soda fountain. Her sister was a soda drinker for a long time, so if they had any money, they would go to the soda fountain, and have marshmallow sundaes.
    “What types of games would you play with your friends?” She wasn’t the best at sports, and her and her friends did not play many sports when they were around each other. Franny remembers in the 4th or 5th grade they were choosing sides, and she was the last one to get picked. Though, once she reached high school she got to where she was good at volleyball, and would get chosen. Her friends and her also liked to play on the weegie board, what some women use to tell fortunes, but her mother did not approve, and would have a fit. When her older brother came home from World War 2, he got all the best younger kids on the floor, and taught them to play pin nuckel. They were very good at it. She Liked to play Chinese Checkers, but is not the best at the other kind of checkers.
    “What was an exciting activity for you to do?”
    “Oh you know, everything excites me.” She did list a few of her hobbies from when she was younger though. She enjoyed going swimming, although she wasn't the best, but could float on her back. She thinks that once though she actually saved herself from drowning, while in a big pool in Bakersfield. She would go swimming in the cold, Old Kings Canyon River, and when they got older, they would go down there at night. Their book keeping teacher at the end of the year took them down there, and they all went for a swim, and had barbeque food, then walked back to town.
    “What kinds of things would you do at school?” It was a small school, and when the Japanese started giving the United States trouble, she was a high school sophomore. They evacuated all the Japanese students out of the high school, which was about 200 of them.  Nobody had warned them at school that that was going to happen, and to her knowledge, they never really all came back either.
    “What do you think the big differences are from when you were young and today?” She feels that the young people didn’t have as many tools as they do today, like typewriters. She also doesn't think that mothers and fathers were as watchful over their children as they are today, everyone kind of looked after everyone's kids. When you grow up in a big family and your mothers working, you take care of yourself, and your little siblings. One time, Franny had to go over to the neighbors house, they only had one child, the father was an electrician. Her younger brother broke his arm, and didn't want to walk to the doctor, it was quite a whiles away, even in the small town, but finally he went. Even the wages were different. For example, for her first job, in one month, she would make 147 dollars, and work 40 hour weeks, and gave her mother 33 dollars for her share of groceries.
    “When did you arrive in California?” She arrived in Sanger California , Christmas Day of 1939, after the big depression. They came to California in a big ole car, with a hut mobile. Nobody had ever heard of a hut mobile. There was mom, dad, and the dog little patty, and 8 children, one of which was Franny, all traveling in the same car from Kansas to California. There were places in the Sierras where they had to get out and push the car because of all the snow. Laila her sister was worried because when they came to the desert down there, the desert before you come into Bakersfield. Laila talked all day and night to her father about the Sequoias cactus trees to keep him awake.
    Franny said,”Life was pretty tough back then, but we didn’t know any different. Lifes pretty tough now too, though.” Franny’s from California. She was born in Sanger California in 1926. Her parents took her to Kansas when she was rather six weeks old or six months old. Everyone in Kansas said she couldn’t be a Californian, here you are in Kansas, and everyone in California said well you talk funny, you can’t be a Californian, and she fought for it ever since.
    I was very surprised at how much Frances Laursen has learned and experienced. The most surprising piece of information, was probably the parts about her family, and how they moved from California to Kansas and back to California, and how she had met her husband. I learned all about how Franny has lived her life, how many moments her family had, and how different her life has been compared to how life is now. I was very interested in how big of a move it had been moving back to California from Kansas, and how they had to push the car, and how there had been so many people, and even a dog, traveling back to California. During the interview, Franny would smile a lot and laugh too, she also pondered the question I would ask, and give me the best answer she could with all my questions. She is still a huge part of my life and has taught me so many different things, and although there is quite an age difference between us, we are still as close as ever.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Old and New

              Today I am finishing up my research on Maya Ruins in Belize this week, I decided to read about the ruins through this link, http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/mayan/mayasites.html. This website taught me all about how there is so much more history to these ruins than what lies on the surface, which is a new topic this week, about the ancient ruins. None of the websites I read this week, really go into detail about the history of the ruins. For example the ruin called Santa Rita in Belize, dates from 2000 B.C. Another key thing to what I read, is how if there had been locale access to the ancient ruin site or what archeologists has worked on the site, or seen the site before other archeologists, like how archeologist Thomas Gann discovered the Mixtec influenced frescoes at Santa Rita at the turn of the century, but unfortunately the frescoes did not survive in the Santa Rita Ruins in Belize, but his meticulous copies of the frescoes did!