Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sleeping Editorial

The Claim: A Person Can Pay Off a Sleep Debt by Sleeping Late on Weekends

In this article many myths are put to rest. One example would be that oversleeping during the weekend can make up for poor sleep during the whole of the week before. This is not necessarily true because even if the person who has had a lack of sleep does not feel tired they still have delays in their cognitive and physiological reflexes. There is a way to recover faster however, a study taken in March of this year determined that sleeping prior to when there will be little sleep will actually speed up the time that reflexes come back. Thinking back to my prior sleep habits I think that this article is correct. I have never really been able to sleep well but 'banking' up on sleep certainly has been one of my methods for helping to feel more rested. During testing time is the one of the hardest times to get an adequate amount of sleep. I have always tried to get a little sleep, study, then drink energy drinks so that I could get through the test. This year I'm going too try the 'banking' method and hope it works.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Obesity Editorial

In the article The obesity epidemic isn't just about willpower by Bernadine Healy, M.D., her basic argument is that the politians cannot make obese Americans lose weight. I agree with her completely, especially after hearing all of her facts. Capotal Hill is trying to pass a 'sin tax' on sugary sodas and sweet treats that may help to reduce the consumers impulse to buy them. While we have been putting obese people in the same group as people who smoke and are drug addicts because of their 'moral weakness and lack of willpower'. This is not nessarily true, however. While for some Americans it is just the fact that they eat too much, the same does not apply to them all. People all have different body types and DNA structures. While there are some people who seem to eat hardly anything, and what they do eat is healthy, people like that sometimes have weight issues, while there are some thin people who seem to eat everything they can find and never gain a pound. This bill, like Dr. Healy stated, bound to fail because sweets are not the only reason for obesity, they do contribute, but I do not think that diets are the only issue in the obesity epidemic.

Some people would argue that the increase in the obesity rate is not an epidemic, I disagree. I consider it an epidemic because over 65% of the population is either overwieght or obese, more than double the amount of what the percent was in the 1980's. An epidemic is where alot of people in one area have something resembling a disease at the same time(thank you definr ). Being overweight or obese may not be catorgorized with diseases, but being overweight definatly makes people more susceptible to health risk that I listed above.

I do not think that the tax should be made, not only for those, but because there are actually people that have the exact opposite problem, they do not weigh enough. How does that help them?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins(book talk)

My home computer would not let me add a bibliography, so I am adding it below. Sorry for the inconvience.



Monday, October 5, 2009


Sentence 1. I stare into his eyes,as if into a crystal ball, but I cannot find forever, only movies of yesterday, a sketchbook of today, dreams of a shared tomorrow.
-A cumulative sentence that continues its description into not only looks but time as well. This passage was from Ellen Hopkins's book called Tricks.
I gaze at the painting, as if at the real scene, but somethings missing, not from the past, not from the present, but from the all to soon future.

Sentence 2. Will I burn if I kiss you?
-A rhetorical question that is also a simple sentence asking a simple question. Ellen Hopkins wrote this passage in her most recently published book, Tricks.
Would he die if he choose them?

Sentence 3. In the closet, itching for breakout, but afraid of the fallout.
-A complete sentence that describes the characters internal conflict. From Ellen Hopkins's Tricks.
Out of sight, sitting here thinking, and feeling that of sinking.

Sentence 4. Hear my tears, fear my pain.
- This passage repeats the sound of the last symbol of the first word and repeats the whole second word. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Gain for self, pain for loss.

Sentence 5. Loss is loss.
-This sentence has a repetition that uses an article to separate the two. This was written by Ellen Hopkins in her book Tricks.
Fear as fear.

Sentence 6. I followed him, he tossed me away.
-This sentence is interesting because it sort of uses antithesis by showing both sides of the story. By Ellen Hopkins in her book Tricks.
She hated him, he loved her anyway.

Sentence 7. You can't eat, can't sleep,can't concentrate on simple things.
-This sentence from Ellen Hopkins's book Tricks shows repetition and balance by using the rule of threes.
I could leave, could quit, could look at the boss's face.

Sentence 8. A kiss means love.
A simple sentence that is also a comparison. From Ellen Hopkins's book Tricks.
The symbolism is like forever.

Sentence 9. No way to hit reverse, turn around, go back home.
A periodical sentence that is uses symbolism. From Ellen Hopkins's Tricks.
One direction for straight ahead, go forward, make it there.

Sentence 10. Part him, part mom.
A perfectly balanced sentence. By Ellen Hopkins in her book Tricks.
One spoon, one fork.

Sentence 11. The hum changes to a steady blip...blip...blip....
The sentence uses the rule of threes with onomatopoeias and ellipsis points to make the moment more dramatic. From Ellen Hopkins's Tricks.
The sink stays at a constant drip...drip...drip....

Sentence 12. Prostitution is not a glamorous profession.
A simple statement that is very blunt in it's reasoning. This passage was taken out of the Author's Note in Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins.
Chores are never a fun experience.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Empathy Quotient (EQ)

I was looking through some of the examples from the Empathy chapter and I thought that the EQ test looked interesting. The test is supposed to determine if you have a 'female mind'. I took the test and clicked the get score button on the bottom and it brought up this information,

Your score: 57
0-32=low ( most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33-52=average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53-63 is above average
64-80 is very high
80 is maximum

The web address for the test is To take the test you have to click on your gender and if you choose you can type your name in. After that you just have to answer 60 simple questions with either defiantely agree, slightly agree, slightly disagree, or defiantly disagree.

There is a similar test that is called the Systemizing Quotient, or SQ. While the EQ is to see if you have a 'female mind', the SQ tells you if you have a 'male mind'. The test is set up with the same format as the EQ test. My results were

Your score: 35
20-39=average (most women score about 24 and most men score about 30)
40-50=above average (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism score in this range)
51-80 is very high (three times as many people with Asperger Syndrome score in this range, compared to typical men, and almost no women score in this range)
80 is maximum

the web address for this test is

Explaining Summer Assignments

This is my second blog on this site. Third post total. The assignment was to take a suggestion from the book we are reading for our AP English 11 class and blog about the experience. I am planning on working on a design notebook that I will update as much as possible.

Design Notebook

The project that I am working on is titled Keep a Design Notebook. It is located on pages 89 and 90 of the book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. It instructs to: Buy a small notebook and begin carrying it with you where ever you go. When you see great design, make a note of it. (Example: my $6.95 Hotspot silicone trivet--a thin, flexible square that doubles as a pot holder, triples as a jar opener, and looks cool.) Do the same for flawed design. (Example: the hazard light button in my car, which is so close to the gearshift that I often turn on my hazards when I put the car in park.)...

My notebook entries so far are:
-The turn signal on my motorcycle, it's just far enough away from the clutch that I can't turn the signals on or off while I'm shifting or making turns.
-The drawers on my dresser, if you accidentally pull them too far out then it is impossible to put them back without taking the whole thing apart.
-My motorcycle helmet, if I'm going slow or am at a stop my helmet gets really hot, to the point of needing to lift the visor, even though it has a vent thing on the front of it.