Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FInal Blog Reflection

I had never been asked to carry on a Blog in any one of my classes prior to this one. I was never really familiar with blogs and never had much interest for them but surprisingly I really enjoyed doing it. Through out the semester we covered several units such as poetry, mythology, globalization, media technology and possibly other but I can't really remember. The unit that I enjoyed the most was media technology. I have never really been one to keep up with the new technology arising but with the presentations that we did in class I realized that as a future teacher I need to keep myself up to date with the current technology because a lot of it is being incorporated in today's classrooms. Not only is it being used in classrooms but I've also realized that it makes teaching a lot easier and engaging being that students nowadays are really technologically savvy. I also really enjoyed the mythology presentations. I love Mythology and found it really interesting to experience it through presentations that involved the history and different versions of the myth. I'm not a very big fan of poetry and was glad when that unit was over. I found it a bit difficult coming up with poems. Overall I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot of new strategies that I will carry over when I am finally teaching my own students.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Global Text (Final Draft)

The film lost in translation by Sofia Coppola takes a different pace and style then most films. The film is a slow paced mundane type of film where things don’t just happen in a matter of seconds but rather take time. The film's setting is in Japan and its protagonist are two American characters. These two American characters Bob Harris and Charlotte are set in a place where neither one of them knows the language or the culture. Their personal life is also suffering due to the lack of communication and interest between them and their significant others.
Bob Harris is a famous actor who is drawn to Japan not for interest in its culture or for a change in scenery but for the money that it’s offering him. Bob Harris lives a pretty dull and sad life. His wife if very distant and no longer really cares about him which can be seen through their interactions. For example, in one of the scenes where Bob is talking to his wife she says “Bob, should I be worried about you?” and he responds with “Only if you want to” this conversation between them shows the lack of interest and love in their marriage because one would assume that as a spouse you would automatically worry about your spouse without having to ask. Bob is not only lost in the sense of his marriage but he is also lost in a new culture. Bob was hired to make a commercial for one of Japan’s whiskies’ called Suntory. The director of the commercial has a translator who is “interpreting” for Bob. As the director begins to tell Bob what he is to do the translator listens and then “explains” what the director is telling him to do. The interpreter is telling him very little about what the director is actually saying causing Bob to feel clueless about what he is really supposed to do.
Charlotte our other American protagonist ends up in Japan because her famous photographer husband was sent there for a photo shoot. Charlotte similar to Bob has a spouse that shows little to no interest in her. Charlotte through out a lot of the scenes with her husband prances around in her underwear and gets no reaction whatsoever from him. Charlotte phones home in one of the scenes and says to her mother that she was not sure that she loved her husband. Her husband is out working most of the time leaving her alone in a place where she hardly knows anybody and finds it difficult relating to people.
When Bob and Charlotte finally meet which is later on in the film they instantly click and become really good friends. This good friendship turns into a friendship with strong feelings for each other but never really progresses from there. Bob and Charlotte begin enjoying their time in Tokyo once they start spending time together. I think that being that their situations were identical they found comfort in each other. They were both lonely and lost in a city they were not familiar with.

         The film Lost in Translation shows more than just the progressing relationship between two American’s who are lost and find comfort in each other but it also shows the relation between the city of Tokyo and globalization. Globalization is a term a lot of people use loosely, but do people really know what it means? Some people might say that globalization is a path to the future possibly to the Utopia described in Frederic Jameson’s “The Politics of Utopia's" but in all reality I think that globalization has to do with the spreading of western culture and making it the ideal way of living.
               In the film Lost in Translation we see what we can call western globalization happening. It seems that the city of Tokyo represented in the film has adopted the western culture and forgotten about  it's own. The film shows two sides of Japan, one is the city of Tokyo and the other is the country. The city of Tokyo is a city with a lot of lights and technology similar to the cities in California or even Las Vegas Nevada which are westernized cities.

The country which I believe the scenes that showed the real culture of Japan take place show a completely different view of Japan. As we can see in the picture above Charlotte is visiting a temple which looks nothing like the places in the city. The image above does not show any signs of globalization but rather more of a quiet and technologically free environment.
              In the film we see two worlds on which is westernized and another which is away from the city that shows more of what Japan's culture really is.  The separation that is shown in the film reminded me of something that was said in Frederic Jameson's "The Politics of Utopia" which reads
"If it no longer does so, then perhaps the explanation lies in that extraordinary historical dissociation into two distinct worlds which characterizes globalization today. In one of these worlds, the disintegration of the social is so absolute" which describes the two distinct places that we experience in the film. The film Lost in Translation shows a pair of humans being that are still trying to figure out what they need in life to really be happy. The depictions of the two cities is very crucial in supporting my thesis about globalization being another way of saying westernizing a non-western culture. The city of Tokyo along with the songs that the people were singing during karaoke show how Tokyo is accepting and transforming into a western like culture while the places away from the city show a lot more culture and less if any globalization.

Work cited

Lost in Translation. Dir. Sofia Coppola. Perf. Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson. Focus Features, 2003. Film.
Martin, Randy. “Where Did the Future Go?” California State University Northridge. Web. 9 Dec 2013.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Avicii - Wake Me Up (Official Video)

Wake me up

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can't tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
They tell me I'm too young to understand
They say I'm caught up in a dream
Life will pass me by if I don't open up my eyes
Well that's fine by me

So wake me up when it's all over
When I'm wiser and I'm older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn't know I was lost

I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
I hope I get the chance to travel the world
But I don't have any plans
Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life's a game made for everyone
And love is the prize

So wake me up when it's all over
When I'm wiser and I'm older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn't know I was lost

I didn't know I was lost
I didn't know I was lost
I didn't know I was lost
I didn't know I was lost

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Media Presentation

Yesterday's presentations were really intriguing. I didn't know about the sites and techniques that were presented. Our presentation was on Google drive. Prior to this presentation I didn't know that Google had so many functions that could facilitate school work. We explored Google docs, hangout, and Google presentations making collaborative projects really easy and fun. Through Google we were able to create our presentation without having to actually meet in person. Finding the time to drive to school and meet up is very difficult especially when you have every minute of the day planned out with tasks that need to get done. I really like the idea of being able to have access to documents and to work on presentations anywhere as long as you can access the internet and also about not having to worry about a file being on your computer. Google Drive is a great program that is free and accessible to everyone. Below is a fun video that we used which sums up the usefulness of Google Drive (Docs).

Google Docs in Plain English

Monday, October 7, 2013

Poetry by Maria Bautista

Free Verse poem
I chose to write about the playground that I used to play in because I recently drove by passed it and decided to take a look at it.
Everything was so different as I figured it would but to my surprise something still remained the same and it was a little plastic hippo that I used to love riding on.

Little Red Plastic Hippo
The playground I grew up playing in
It used to be so simple
It was a small sand box with two swings and a little red plastic hippo
The last time that I played in it I must have been ten
That was fourteen years ago and now it’s really different
The two swings turned to four and the sand box got much bigger
A whole new playground took its place because it used to be so simple
It now has slides, monkey bars, and an entire little water park
My childhood playground is gone and a new one took its place
But something still remained the same
and that was my little not so red anymore little plastic hippo

These poems are  a Haiku's

As I was walking to class I noticed for the first time in a long time that the leaves on the trees were turning into autumn colors and well that's how I decided the topic of my Haiku. Nature lets us know what season we're in by changing certain things and well right now Autumn is here and nature lets us know by changing the colors of the leaves on trees.

With changing in seasons

Leaves turn red, orange, and brown

Autumn's finally here

Second Haiku

Delicate flower

Playing with the wind
Autumn perfume


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Alliteration and Assonance list:
·         Big Ben
·         Peter Piper
·         Busy Bee
·         Out of Order
·         Mickey Mouse
·         Krispy Kreme
·         Porky Pig
·         Daffy Duck
·         Bugs Bunny
·         Minnie Mouse
·         Kitty cat
·         Tootsie roll
 Metaphors and Similes (like):
·         Life (metaphor):  “Life is a sunny day”
·         Life (simile): “Life is like the first day of winter”
·         death (metaphor): “death is the end”
·         Having children (simile): “death is like an endless sleep”     
·         Marriage (metaphor): “Marriage is the icing on the cake”
·         Marriage (simile): “Marriage is like a bittersweet fruit”
Sublime- Santeria
Original lyrics:
 I don't practice Santeria
I ain't got no crystal ball
Well, I had a million dollars but I, I'd spend it all.
If I could find that Heina and that Sancho that she's found.
Well I'd pop a cap in Sancho & I'd slap her down.
I don’t really like my job now
But I have to pay my bills
If I won the mega millions I’d jump, jump up and down
If I could find that ticket with the winning numbers marked
Well I’d run around in circles and I’d quit right now