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Who doesn’t love sitcoms? I love them. I have been watching sitcoms for as long as i can remember. A T.V show that I frequently watch is Martin. It is starring Martin Lawrence, he has appeared on plenty of shows. Martin is also a comedian and has has plenty of comedy nights. Martin is co-starring Tisha Campbell, or Gina.  This sitcom is about a Martin and Gina having  several problems with their friends Pam, Cole, and Tommy to help them through it all. You can find this sitcom on On Demand( Channel 1, if you have comcast). Even though this sitcom is extremely recommend that you should watch this if you need something to cheer you up.martin2

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By: Jose Montoya

In every generation of Hip-Hop the dancing changes. In the 8o’s the dancing was more jumping around side to side with some style. Vanilla Ice and Mc Hammer for example had their own crazy dances that I don’t think I could keep up with. That style is considered old and out of style but it’s a classic, I like it at least. But even if that Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were competing they had the same style of dancing but it was different. In the end every one knows who won that some what of a beef.

So this is a video of MC Hammer at the 1991 Grammy awards with Vanilla Ice in the audience and i think we all know how that went. not such a good time for Vanilla Ice. But anyways MC Hammer is crazy for his dancing!! Who goes up in front of thousands of people in a silver futuristic suit and sing Cant Touch this!!! He is Crazy!! but i have to give it up to him, he did his thing and loved every second of it, and thats what counts.

HAHA anyways besides those two guys beefing. Now here is the part where the dancing changes just about a year or two later it changed big time. In this video we see will smith hitting those 90’s moves. which are still sort of the same as the Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer ones but with a more flamboyant style like the color of the clothes haha.

So i was chilling the other day and i was you tubing and i realized the similarities and thought of blogging about it.

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MVP NBA 08-09

The NBA most valuable player candidates are Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Dwayne wade. I think Lebron James aka “the king” should be MVP.He averages 28.3 points, 9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game. Kobe Bryant averages 28 points per game, he also brings his team from the bottom to the top in most game, with the Lakers having the best record in the league. Chris Paul aka “cp3”, averages 21.4 points and 2.8 steals pre game. And Dwight Howard aka “d12”, also with an average of 21 points, and 2.9 blocks per game. And finally Dwayne wade who averages 29.7 points per game. My pick is Lebron James because he is unpredictable and very entertaining . He is a team player, and has a great personality, he loves where he’s at and keeps everyone on their toes. He is a nice guy and a player that a coach would want to work with .he is the future of the NBA.

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Times change like dancing

By: Jose Montoya

In every generation of Hip-Hop the dancing changes. In the 8o’s the dancing was more jumping around side to side with some style. Vanilla Ice and Mc Hammer for example had their own crazy dances that I don’t think I could keep up with. That style is considered old and out of style but it’s a classic, I like it at least. But even if that Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were competing they had the same style of dancing but it was different. In the end every one knows who won that some what of a beef.

So this is a video of MC Hammer at the 1991 Grammy awards with Vanilla Ice in the audience and i think we all know how that went. not such a good time for Vanilla Ice. But anyways MC Hammer is crazy for his dancing!! Who goes up in front of thousands of people in a silver futuristic suit and sing Cant Touch this!!! He is Crazy!! but i have to give it up to him, he did his thing and loved every second of it, and thats what counts.

HAHA anyways besides those two guys beefing. Now here is the part where the dancing changes just about a year or two later it changed big time. In this video we see will smith hitting those 90’s moves. which are still sort of the same as the Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer ones but with a more flamboyant style like the color of the clothes haha.

So i was chilling the other day and i was you tubing and i realized the similarities and thought of blogging about it.

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Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles and more!

by: Margaret Daly

Warning (spoiler alert)

So I’m a very big science fiction fan and I was stoked when I found out we were reading The Martian Chronicles by: Ray Bradbury for one of our novels in second semester freshman English. Most people I knew were a bit weirded out by the different style of writing and the general quirkiness of the science fiction genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Today it still stands as one of my all time favorite books.

True to it’s name as a “chronicle,” the novel is written as a collection of stories that altogether recount the first attempts at humanity contacting Martians, the colonization of Mars, and eventually, the destruction of Earth. Originally, the stories were written separately for different science fiction magazines but for publication, the stories were woven together with some extra transitional events to become what Bradbury called “a book of stories pretending to be novel.” The result was a fantastic novel providing a reflection of the flaws of society and the emotional woes of humanity in a future setting.

Now, two stories that really stood out to me were Usher II and The Martian. Usher II is essentially a story commenting on censorship, an understandable fear for writers, like Bradbury. In this story, a literary expert builds a mechanical haunted mansion on Mars with music and robot witches, gorillas, and the like. When Moral Climate Inspectors come, the literary expert, William Stendahl, kills each and everyone of them in a theatrical, horrific manner, replacing them with robots. The last theatrical murder Stendahl carries out is that of the Inspector Garret, whom he kills in the same manner as Montresor kills Fortunato in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. Stendahl even asks Garret to say, “For the love of god Montresor,” just as Fortunato says in the story. The story is very ironic as these “moral climate inspectors” are killed by what they work so hard to prevent.

Censorship seems to be a big topic for Bradbury as it is also the prevailing issue in Farenheit 451, where the main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman with the task of burning books for a self indulgent America devoid of any skills in critical thinking.  I feel like this idea could relate very much to today’s society in America as many people act in the same way as the hedonistic society Bradbury creates in Farenheit 451, but perhaps on less substantial level. Rarely do I find people who actually enjoy reading a good book filled with depth and insight on humanity. It makes me sad to think that future generations won’t experience what it is like to read a truly good book that may, as in my experiences, shed light on an aspect of their lives they may not have completely understood before. With the dawn and progression of our new technological age, it seems people have more of a focus on ipods, computers, and video games. People are quick to fill up their facebooks or myspace with the music or movies they like, but rarely do I see anyone with a full book section. Well, anyways, I digress.

The second story I enjoyed was “The Martian.” This story focuses on an old couple (LaFarge and his wife) who have moved to Mars to escape the grief of losing a son. One day after a storm, a boy comes to their house resembling the exact likeness of their son. What Lafarge does not know is that this boy is not their son, but a Martian who is absorbing the image of Lafarge’s son from his mental projection. In the story, Martians have telepathy and can become whatever humans see him as. In effect, the Martian can be whatever any human wants him to be if it is projected on him. Lafarge soon learns this when he goes to town and loses his “son.” Lafarge learns that lost girl has been found and he becomes suspicious, realizing that it must be his Martian. Not wanting to hurt his wife, Lafarge goes to retrieve the Martian, but as they leave town, the Martian is projected on by too many different people and melts away into a wax of the many different identities forced upon him.

This story was actually assigned to me for my freshman English project where we had to make a video that was basically an animated powerpoint exploring and representing our particular story. One of my group’s main topics was existentialism. At the point in which this story occurs in the chronicles, the Martians are dying species, almost extinct. It is assumed that this Martian is without companionship and thus chose Lafarge and his wife to insert himself into the society of humans and thus, give meaning to his life.

An idea just popped into my head relating this somewhat to the world at large. There are many different cultures that make up the American populace. A lot of immigrants come to the United States from very rich cultures. They may find that they lose an important part of their identity while adjusting to the new environment but there is definitely pressure to assimilate to the norm of the culture around them. Of course, nowadays and in the region I live in, the richness and beauty of different cultures is celebrated, but for children of immigrants in a school environment very different from their home life, there is probably a huge feeling of wanting to belong, even if it means living a lie and losing a part of yourself in the process.

Well, I wish I could develop this idea a little more, but I only have a few more minutes of class to finish. Hope you enjoy watching my video of outlining the Martian. Forgive me for the timing issues. Windows Movie Maker is relatively hard to work with.

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Calming Down Skills

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By : Marlon West

Have you ever wanted to take out your anger on other people but knew that it could lead to losing your jobs, hurting people you love or missing other opportunities? It takes a lot to get me to my boiling point but I have seen others lose their temper quickly. I understand that when people get upset you don’t want to talk about your feelings and emotions. But when you feel like you can’t control your anger, it can be helpful to talk to someone who cares about you. Honestly I feel like you have the right to speak your mind, so when you do talk in a serious tone, they know you are not joking! Other ways you can channel your anger is going to the gym to relieve stress, this often helps me. Everyone should know anger can cause consequences like jail or possibly death. For example, Chris brown and Rihanna had a big argument; Chris Brown allegedly couldn’t control his anger at all and ended up turning to violent abuse with his girlfriend Rihanna. Now he is facing major repercussions and might end up in jail. Everyone should learn how to calm down or take deep breathes before they lose it. You can calm down by excerising, going outside, walking, writing, singing or any creative outlet. Once you calm down, then you can deal with your feelings and problems.

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Poetry has always been close to me. Inspiration has came to me from past poets, such as Langston Hughes. A poem that I really enjoy by Langston Hughes is entitled As I Grew Older. The reason I enjoy this poem is because it sends a very powerful message that almost everyone can relate to. The message I received from the piece, was that as you grow older, the world is going to start to make more sense, and you will find your own pathway. Below I have listed the poem by Langston Hughes, I hope you enjoy!!!

Langston Hughes: As I Grew Older

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun–
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky–
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

Langston Hughes



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