Tuesday, August 9, 2016

august 10

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield]

"Action expresses priorities." -Mohandas Gandhi

What are your priorities? Specifically, what are you doing here? Why are you enrolled in this course? What actions can your colleagues and I expect from you this year that will show us what's important to you? What does success look like to you? How will you know -- and how will we know -- when you've "made it"?

1. Journal-as-HW (normally we'll do this at the beginning of each class period, but since you're writing all period today, please get a spiral notebook-- if you don't already have one-- and write today's journal entry in it before class on Wednesday)
2. How to account for the time we've lost?

1. Read and complete this poetry assignment
2. Research the following quote, translate it, and explain its relevance to this moment/course in a brief comment to this post:
dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude, incipe
(due by the beginning of class Thursday, August 11)


  1. The meaning of the quote dimidium facti qui coepit haber:sapere aude, incipe translates to "He who has begun is half done; dare to know; begin!". The relevance to this quote is that a man who has started something is claimed to be half done and one who is dare to know shall begin.

  2. The quote translates to "he who has begun is half done; dare to know!" It is relevant to this course because have a lot to learn before we actually get anywhere in this class. We've technically begun, by making our blogs and such, but once we actually start learning more about technology, blogging, etc., that's when we'll actually begin and make progress.

    The Poetry Assignment:
    1. This commercial borrows "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem is ironic because the poem basically talks about living life the way you want to live it and being marvelous, but the fact that Levi's included this in one of their commercials sort of implies that even though your life is your life, they want you to invest in their products (jeans, basically). The Levi's commercial basically went against the poem's message because they want you to be spending money on their jeans, even though the poem's message says that you should do whatever you want with your life.
    3. I researched a little bit on Bukowski's life, and it's clear to see he had it rough. The poem is a reflection of him; he talks about finding the light to beat the darkness. He talks about always staying hopeful even when it seems impossible; knowing that Bukowski was abused by his father at a young age and knowing he became an alcoholic, it must've been especially hard to find the light to beat the darkness, but he was able to overcome that.
    4. Finding the answer to #1 was easy, because the title of the poem was in the title of the video. For #3, reading the comments on the blog post from a few years ago helped a lot, because the comments there gave me a few ideas. I also researched Charles Bukowski, to see if I could make a connection between the poem and the poet.

  3. This quote translates to "who has begun has the work half done: dare to be wise" and I think the relevance to this course is by taking a AP course(challenging, is that we all just DARED to be wise, to know. So now that we've begun don't worry because its half done, this course (and school year) will be over before you know it>