Monthly Archives: June 2012
Dystopian Literature is my favorite. I have no idea why I love it so much. I don’t know if it is writing about what our world might become or what it is like now. It’s just awesome. My professor from last year sent me a list of dystopian literature. He was working with a teacher-friend on creating a list of dystopian literature. I was surprised that he remembered! I really wished they offered a dystopian literature class at Private University. I would take it over American Literature or British Literature.
Wikipedia defines dystopia as:
A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, and various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity’s spiritual evolution. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.
I really like that the reason that I love dystopian literature is because it is modern literature. It’s different from what I read everyday and it’s just so good.
Here is the list (with added commentary):
1. Feed By: MT Anderson (read)
I hate feed, I hate the whole idea of how advertising is presented. I hate the love story that goes on. I think that I am extremely biased towards MT Anderson. I read The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, it was terrible. I loved the first half but the second half was terrible.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale By: Margaret Atwood (read)
3. Oryx and Crake By: Margaret Atwood (read)
4. The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (read)
Rumor has it there is going to be a third book in the MaddAdam series (Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood). Not a big fan of Margaret Atwood but slow starting to enjoy her works.
4. Lord of the World, by Robert Hugh Benson (read)
Quick read, I think I understood it better because we just finished studying Vatican I in one of my classes.
5. A Friend of the Earth, by TC Boyle (read) (Loved this)
6. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (read)(New Favorite)
I loved this book a lot. It is now in the running for new favorite book.
7. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (read)
I never realized that it was a book series. It was good but a little unrealistic. I would never send my future child into battle school, even if the government “owned” my child. Also, it is a future reference to know what your child is doing on the internet. I would want to know if my children was making money from writing a political columns (who does this remind me of…).
8. Nights at the Circus, by Angela Carter (read)
Not sure if I liked it, very confused by the end of it.
9. The Hunger Games Trilogy [Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay], by Suzanne Collins (read)
I really liked the first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy but I was not a big fan of Catching Fire or Mockingjay. I was not a big fan of the movie either.
10.Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (read)
11.Dune, by Frank Herbert
12.Brave New World, By Aldous Huxley (read, one of my favorites)
13. Children of Men, By: PD James (read)
I saw the movie first and I thought the book was going to be similar. I was a little nervous to read it but it was good and interesting. Way different from the movie which was good.
14. Out of the Silent Planet Trilogy [Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and This Hideous Strength] by CS Lewis (read)
15. The Giver trilogy [The Giver,Gathering Blue, The Messenger], by: Lewis Lowry (read)
This was one of my favorite book series growing up. I read them all the time. I think I still have them somewhere. I just remembering in 5th grade when we had reading days. I would also bring in something from the Giver trilogy.
16. Notable American Women, by Ben Marcus (read) (Strange and one of those if women ruled the world kind of book similar to Herland but worst)
17. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson (read)
I have seen the movie, but have never read the book. I remembering liking the movie a lot. I might try and read it this summer. I recently got around to reading it and way different from the movie. I tried to watch the other day really late at night but I ended up freaking myself out.
18. The Road, By: Cormac McCarthy (read) (see telling stories with Cormac McCarthy)
19. A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller (read)
20. Invitation to a Beheading, by Vladimir Nabokov
21. The Children of the Last Days series [Strangers and Sojourners, Plague Journal, Eclipse of the Sun, Father Elijah], by Michael D. O’Brien (read) (loved Eclipse of the Sun and Strangers and Sojurners)
20. 1984, by: George Orwell (read) (favorite)
21. Love in the Ruins, by Walker Percy (read)
22.Frankenstein, by: Mary Shelley (read) (I think it is one of those border dystopian literature, I don’t really consider it dystopian)
23. Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart (read)(Not Impressed)
24. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain
25. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells (I have it for my kindle, I am about 1/3 of the way through and that was at winter break. Someday I will conquer this book.) (read)
Back in February, after having a bad day, I shelled out $13 for the special National Geographic (get them for free via my Grandfather). Here are the top 10 most important scientific discoveries that changed the world all taken from the master list of 100 from National Geographic.
1. Nanolithography (1999)
Nanolithography is a way of manipulating matter on the scale of individual atoms in order to create circuit boards fro a variety of electronic. Basically, this helped in making computers smaller and computer programs. I don’t really understand it but it sounds cool and it is why we have cell phones, computers, and GPA systems.
2. Carbon Nanotubes (1991)
Carbon nanotubes are made up of rolled sheets of carbon atoms. The tubes may find use in tiny electrical components. One property of carbon nanotube is their strength. Their resistance to stress is five times that of steel.
3. World Wide Web (1990)
I don’t really need to explain this one. Only in the face that it has changed everyone’s life. Basically, it links us together as human beings and is the whole reason for story telling. We can tell stories to everyone share ideas and research. We can also do things that destroy this idea by playing games or shopping online. The web connects us to everything.
4. Buckyball (1985)
Scientific name: Buckminterfullerene or Fullerene, for short
That molecules form geometrically regular cages and form a dome, which is a construction made of lattice of triangles.
5. Global Positioning System or GPS (1978)
6. Personal Computer (1977)
7. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is designed to enhance the real world by superimposing audio, visual, and other elements onto your senses. Used in GPS and smart-phones. Best example is from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Another example, is the yellow arrows that announcers use on televised football games when analyzing a play.
8. Public Key Cryptography (1976)
A certificate authority simultaneously create a public and a private “key”. Much as a key unlocks a door, these keys are particular values that unlock encrypted data. The private key is given only to the person requesting it, and the public key is made publicly available. The private key is used to decrypt information that has been encrypted with the public key. This happens so that data is remind protected.
9. Molecular Electronics (1974)
Refers to the use of molecular components to build electronic devices.
10. Cell Phones (1973)
We all have a cell phone, no need to explain this one.
Put your dreams away for now/ I won’t see you for some time/ I am lost in my mind/ I get lost in my mind/ Mama once told me/ You’re already home where you feel loved/ I am lost in my mind/ I get lost in my mind (The Head and The Heart- Lost in My Mind)
Last night was the first time I cried for my sister, the one who is strong, loving, kind, amazing, and awesome. We were talking on the phone, she was unable to sleep. It was hard. It was the first time that it became real how far away she is living. I want to get on a plane so badly and fly to Williamsburg and never let her go. She misses home a lot and she has been having a bad week. Problems with her fridge and with work. She is stressed. I can hear it in her voice. Moments of panic, doubt, and “did I make the right choice” clustered together in her frustrations. Even though, she is my older sister. I want to explain to her, so badly, the ethics of having a soul. I want to hear her thoughts, ideas, and passions. I want to give her what I cannot give myself. I want to hear her stories, record them in my mind. To play back in the forms of quotes and hear the words of a young chef. I want to whisper with her in the night plans for the future and mutter, maybe even curse about the past.
I want to hug her and have her push me away. I want to physically hold her before she is physically pulled away from me in order to remind me of what I lose every time she leaves. It’s been six months since I last saw her. Actually it’s been three days. She was on Skype. In person, it has been six months. Sometimes, I want to scream “that I can’t do this anymore”. I want to hear her call out “Baby Bear” for the room next door when she is looking for me. I want her to use up all the hot water in the shower. I need her. I need her half-smile that she gives, her know it all attitude, and the fighting over books. Most importantly I need her home, safe and sound.
Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air was of the true, wise true friend called Piggy (Lord of the Flies, William Golding)
So, last week I had some prints made of pictures from freshmen year and a few from high school. Originally, I was going to have them framed and put them above my bed in my apartment next year. Well, I am not good at measurements or math . I figured that 4×5 or whatever the standard for a photo print would be way too small. So, I was like 5×7. No one told me how big 5×7 prints are. I should know these things, I did my own printing when I took photography in high school. After, I scolded myself about that and paying nearly $20 for 11 prints. I was like well, I could try a craft project involving canvas.
After last week’s successful craft project, I made a little bowl for my keys. Mostly, it was just putting magazine cut outs on a small glass container using Mod Podge
It’s time to move onto this week craft project involving canvas and prints. I am not really sure what to do. I don’t know what picture to use either. Should I do one of friends, with my sisters, a silly picture, or a picture of me? Off to go to look at pinterest for inspiration.