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Here’s an interesting story…

Earlier this week, I found that WordPress had removed this blog.

I was devastated.

But I was determined.

So I exported everything from this site into another one, to find that this one had been put back into place.

From now on, I am going to be posting to the other Become Empowered site. I will not be removing this one; it will remain, but nothing new will be posted here.

Thank you for your support.

To see the new site (which looks exactly like the old) click the link below:

http://becomempowered.wordpress.com

Thank You Pamela Bogart!

Thank You Pamela Bogart!

Pamela Bogart posted something very interesting called My favorite vocabulary & dictionary site/game to her blog Connected English. She wants people to get connected – English learning websites, apps, and ideas at your fingertips. The title of her post is self explanatory, but the information she gives is VERY helpful! She posted a link to a website dictionary. Her description of the site is:

You might call it a dictionary with witty definitions. You might call it an advanced vocabulary game that can quiz you on up to thousands of words by definition, example usage, and spelling, and keep track of which ones you’ve mastered. You might call it a massive database of real examples of how words and phrases are actually used. You might call it a way to learn all the forms of a word and their relative frequencies of use in English. You might call it a resource full of useful word lists that you can bookmark & learn. You might call it a great place to make your own vocabulary lists and quiz yourself on them.

I took a look at it and I must say, it is a GREAT suggestion! A good sight for learning new vocabulary. But if you want to know what the site is, you have to go to her blog post called My favorite vocabulary & dictionary site/game.

Again, thank you Pamela Bogart!

Academics; Social Life; Sleep. Pick 2. That’s College.

Academics; Social Life; Sleep. Pick 2. That’s College.

Pick 2

While in college, a friend of mine, at the time, brought this up and I thought it was genius. Then I started seeing it all over the internet and the pictures that backed up his statement and I HAD to make an article about it!

Because he was absolutely right!

From personal experience, I tried to pull off all three in my final semester of college AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND…

No.

I eventually had to make a choice and I chose social life and academics. I got very little sleep. It was my final semester! I wanted to hang out with my friends more before I left!

But during my first 3 years of college (I graduated in 3.5 years. :D) I chose academics and sleep. My social life was almost no existent. I joined a couple clubs, but that was really one of the only times people saw me outside of class.

Hey.

I graduated early.

It was worth it.

But there are some health risks to any of these. If you choose good grades and sleep, you will be considered a nerd. If you choose social life and sleep, you are called a slacker. If you choose social life and sleep… don’t do it. I know from personal experience. I got straight C’s my final semester. I was secretary of 2 clubs. Do I regret my decision, no, but I would like you to learn from my mistake. I didn’t manage my time as well as I should have.

But one thing I would like to discuss with you in terms of the “Pick 2” system, you need to be weary of other peoples’ decision. If you choose to have a social life and sleep, or social life and good grades, whether you are in high school or college, you need to understand that other people aren’t like you. They will pick another set. If you know that someone has chosen good grades/academics and sleep and you want to party, move the party somewhere else.

College isn’t just about you. If you are there to party, be aware of your surroundings. Just because you might want to party, doesn’t mean that everyone else in your hall wants to. Don’t be selfish and blast your music if you know you are surrounded by people who are trying to study and/or sleep.

I understand the impulse. I understand that you are going to go wild because you do not have your parents over your shoulder. You are free to be you and do what you want, but so is everyone else around you. If you want college life to be simple and happy, you need to understand everyone.

Calling someone a nerd or ostracizing someone because they are extremely intelligent and all they do is study is rude.  It also doesn’t help with self-esteem. Not everyone is there to party; some are going to be taking their studies seriously so they can learn a trade and get a good job. Have a career. If you want to party, fine. I suggest you don’t do that all the time, but fine. But be aware that others want to study.

BUT if you are someone who has decided to focus on academics, you also need to be aware that not all people have made your same decision. You need to understand that while you may be more into your own success and getting your grades, others just want to have fun for a while. You need to be understanding of that.

Calling someone lazy or a slacker because all they want to do is party and have fun is rude. It also doesn’t help with self-esteem. Not everyone is there to study. I understand that can be frustrating, but you also need to understand that some people came from a strict and they feel they are finally free.

The first year is a year for experimentation. This is a good time to figure out your temperament. What I suggest is, when you get the chance, have a hall meeting. Bring up these issues. Come to some sort of consensus. No one wants to be angry all year, especially not their first year.

Keep your cool.

Take a deep breath.

Think things through.

Anyone have any thoughts on the matter? Comment!

You Watch. We Give.

You Watch. We Give.

I should have posted this a lot sooner, but I didn’t think about it until now.

SORRY!

This evening at 10pm EST, there is going to be an episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees. The more viewers there are watching, the more Animal Planet will donate to their cause.

Pit Bulls and Parolees is run by a woman named Tia. Her passion for dogs is also mirrored by her family. Not only do they rescue dogs, but they also hire parolees that no one else will either. Their hope is that one day they won’t have to rescue dogs, but, until then donations and volunteers are needed to keep the place going, so, please, turn on your televisions and show your support.

You watch. We give.

Pledge to Not Shop On Thanksgiving

Pledge to Not Shop On Thanksgiving

Hi,

In retail, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only two holidays that workers traditionally receive. Now that many stores are choosing to open on Thanksgiving, that break is being taken away, denying retail workers the rare opportunity to spend a holiday with their families. And most of these workers are only being paid minimum wage for their trouble.

A holiday should not be a luxury for the rich – all workers deserve time to spend with loved ones.

That’s why I signed a petition to Retail CEOs, which says:

“Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays that retail workers receive. By opening stores on Thanksgiving, stores rob thousands of men and women the opportunity to spend time with their families.

A holiday with family should not be a luxury for the rich; we believe that all workers deserve the chance to relax and give thanks with loved ones.

We, as consumers, have the power to tell stores not to open on Thanksgiving by staying home. We hereby pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving Day, to show the retail industry that everyone deserves a holiday.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/pledge-to-not-shop-on?source=s.fwd&r_by=7208408

Thanks!

When bright…

When bright, it’s dark.
When darkest, it’s gone.
When gone for good, so are you.
Where am I?

This is a riddle I found in the beginning of a book called Bright Shadow by Avi. It’s about a girl who obtains 5 wishes, but she does not realize this until she begins to use them. But if she uses them all, she will vanish and she can tell no one of this.

I read it and found it enjoyable. They also made a new cover for it. 😀

Comment what you think the answer to the riddle is.

“Every Good Lie Has At Least 80% of the Truth In It”

“Every Good Lie Has At Least 80% of the Truth In It”

Why do you think politicians are so good at it? Lying. Why they are believed despite the fact most people know they are lying. Because there is a believable truth in that lie.

My father has been telling me about that 80% for as long as I can remember. But he also told me that lying destroyed trust.

All you have is your word. You break that, you’ve got nothing.

He was trying to prepare me for the real world by telling me about truth and lies.

I, in a sense, chose both.

Speak the truth, but study the lie. I like to know when someone is lying to me so that I know who to trust. It hasn’t always worked, but I’ve learned a lot along the way.

But, what some might not realize, there is entertainment in the 80%. A lie is a lie, sure, but then I think about the graphic novel AND the movie V for Vendetta. While as separate entities, they are forces that can stand alone, but looking at them as a whole is also valuable. They talk about truth, lies and, the most interesting topic, using a lie to tell the truth. They talk about revenge and payback, too, but the truth and lies is more important for this article.

My favorite quote from the movie, said by Evey Hammond, is:

My father was a writer. You would’ve liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.

To those of you who have seen this movie, “A man after my own heart,” indeed. If you have not seen the movie OR read the graphic novel, you should. I do not think you will understand the rest of the article any less, but they are good references to have in the background as you read.

An 80% I would like to bring to your attention can be found in the form of a video game called Dragon Age: Origins. It has many parallels into reality, despite the game being a fantasy, that I would like to address. Looking at how a game, or any piece of artwork, is created gives you insight into the people who created it, whether they realize this or not.

I don’t know how many people actually pay attention to the history(ies) created for the games, but the history in Dragon Age: Origins is a projection of reality: 80% the truth.

To start, Dragon Age has the Chant of Light (20%), the equivalent of the Bible (80%). The game itself begins with a canticle, meaning the game begins with:

1. one of the non-metrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible (Chant of Light), used in church (chantry) services.
2. a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.

It then goes on to explain more about the teachings of the chantry (church). To see the game’s opening scene, watch the video below.

To sum it up, it is the fault of the mages, who tried to usurp heaven, that darkspawn are in the world spreading their sin and their taint everywhere they go. A manifestation of the sins of man; hell on earth, which the dwarves have to deal with every day, allowing man to forget.

Until it blows up in their faces.

Kick ass metaphor.

And all of this is explained before you create your character for the game; either that of a human, an elf, or a dwarf.

But our sins was not the only thing I wanted to touch upon; there is more history in this game.

The game takes place in the country of Ferelden, but it wasn’t always called that. In fact, it didn’t really have a name before, except for place on the land called Arlathan, but the elves lived there in peace and tranquility all the same.

They had their own culture, language, and were immortal, but that all changed when the humans, Tevinter mages, came. And enslaved them for a millenia. They rose up and fought back, got their own land, again, but then it was taken by the humans… again. Before the fall of their second homeland, the Dales, a poet wrote:

Like dragons they fly, glory upon wings. Like dragons they savage, fearsome pretty things.

But doesn’t the story sound familiar?

Let’s expand it: the elves are living peacefully until they are enslaved by humans, but the Tevinter Mages raise Arlathan to the ground. During their enslavement, they lose their culture. They eventually rise up, with the help of the Prophetess Andraste (Jesus Christ) and gain their freedom. They get their own home again, the Dales, but when they refuse to build a chantry (church) to worship Andraste and the maker (g0d) the chantry sends forth the Exalted Marches and destroy the Dales. Now, the elves are either homeless. living in the forests trying to revive their lost culture by living away from the humans or they live in the slums of human cities being treated like second class citizens.

Doesn’t that sound like what happened the the “indians” before the United States came to be?

The “indians” were living peacefully, just like the elves, before they were enslaved. They rose up, only difference being the “indians” didn’t win their battles, but, like the elves, they are living in slums. I’m pretty sure I’m missing some details, but the basic information is there.

80%. The history of the United States is being portrayed by a fantasy: 20%.

That’s why I LOVE this game!

There are SO many parallels, not only between the game’s history and reality, but also between the characters of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening, and Dragon Age 2. If there are any parallels in Dragon Age Inquisition, we shall find out soon enough. (I CAN’T WAIT… but I don’t have a choice in the matter… :'()

These are some of the character parallels: Alistair=Aveline Vallen; Leliana=Sebastian Vael; Shale=Fenris and more.

I can’t WAIT to discuss them all!

What do you think about all of this? Comment your answer.

News Values

News Values

  1. TIMELINESS- now, not a year ago
  2. IMPACT- does it affect readers
  3. PROXIMITY- how close it is geographically or emotionally
  4. PROMINENCE- major figures of the community, celebrities (unfortunately), sports/ names make news
  5. CONFLICT
  6. ODDITY- unusual
  7. CURRENCY- story that won’t stop being a story
  8. NECESSITY- things people need to know

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INTERVIEWS

  • Be a good listener
  • Attitude- interested in what’s being said
  • Make the appointment
  • Interview them on their own turf/ at lunch- pay for theirs, you pay for yours, order something simple, don’t touch it
  • Show up five minutes early, not a second late
  • Dress appropriately for the subject
  • Don’t depend on just a tape recorder
  • Easiest questions first – 10 questions
  • Don’t be rude or ask impertinent questions
  • Carry tape recorder and notebook to the door, don’t shut off tape recorder until you are down the hall
  • Ask for a phone number incase you need to clarify
  • Organize notebook, then write the article
  • You can talk to people more than once

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution

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