Friday, February 13, 2015

Roger Ebert


  •  A lot of Ebert's beliefs sound beautiful and his opinion on the meaning of life sounds lovely, but I don't think any of these were his true beliefs. With the struggles he has been through, the way he writes makes him seem like an amazing person that doesn't get sad, and that doesn't pity himself. I think a lot of the things he said had to do with his image, and that even if he was dying inside, he wasn't going to let anybody know that. I think he just wanted to "say the right things". Sure, he may have actually had these outlooks on life, but the odds are pretty low. It doesn't make sense that a famous movie critic loses his voice, abilities to eat, abilities to drink, and many other things and still is extremely content with life. When he went to that party with his wife and the friend that sat with him and the friend apologized for eating, Ebert said they were eating for him. I think he said that only to make the person feel better, because certainly there had to be the underlying desire to be able to eat again and taste all those lovely things.
  • I'm also kind of upset about this whole thing, how he got even more famous after losing a huge part of his life. I feel like if he hadn't been famous beforehand, nobody would pay attention to him besides the immediate people in his life. I think his extreme fame for losing his voice was only due to his prior fame as a movie critic. If this happened to an average person, they would not become a worldwide figure, getting interviewed on numerous talk shows. I really think it's unfair, because Ebert probably was not the first to lose his voice to cancer.
Overall, as inspiring as his story is, I don't truly buy into it and his overwhelming fame after his surgeries irritates me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Racism in America Debrief

Obviously I care a lot about the criminal justice system, so I'm going to talk about two other subjects.

  • I think cultural appropriation is honestly a stupid topic. Of course I hate those people that get all these Indian tapestries just because they're cool, but at the same time, how is that offensive? The Indians should be proud that other people think it's cool, not offended by somebody's ignorance. That doesn't mean they should take these things off the market, because then other people who maybe know about the meaning can't buy it. None of it makes much sense.
  • Why should one person have the right to put a Buddha statue on their dresser, and when the other person does it, it's "offensive"? I think the whole issue is entirely pointless, and as much as some people might feel for it, it's irrelevant. Should I be offended if somebody living in China has an American flag shirt? It's the same concept in my mind.
  • My opinions on white privilege are odd. As much as I think that none of the white population pays any attention to it or questions it, there's probably people out there that take advantage of it. None of us asked for this. I absolutely loathe when I get into an argument with a coloured person, and they bring up white privilege, as if I am a huge part of it.
  • I didn't ask for any of these "advantages", and I didn't ask to be white. I don't think I take advantage of white privilege, and I can't stand when people say things like that. There's nothing I can do about it, so I accept it. White privilege honestly shouldn't exist anymore, and it's literally just the racism of other people.

Obviously I don't like both of these topics, not that they aren't controversial or important. I just think both are rather pointless. Then again, I find most things pointless, so it's not the first time. That's basically where I stand on these topics.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Passion Project Reflection 2

I think my passion project is going well. I have acquired all the necessary materials, except for rigid collodion. I did order that online last night, and I should have it within a few weeks. I have done 3/7 of the looks I have researched, and I think they came out excellent. I have the descriptions of how to do each of these makeup designs in a power point with the pictures, but I think I want to just have to pictures and have note cards with explanations so I can explain while the photo is on the screen. I think I've been doing a good job of accomplishing tasks each Friday, and I believe the next few Fridays I will spend recording my notes onto note cards. I'm enjoying this project a lot, and I'm proud of the makeup I have done thus far. I will have to take more personal time to finish the looks I have described already.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The past two Fridays I have been working on my passion project. The first Friday, I decided on the layout of my power point. I decided that I would have a title slide, an introductory slide, and then a number of slides following with the first in the set of two being a picture of the makeup that I did, and the second being a description of how. The pattern will repeat for however many different makeup looks I can achieve. Then I researched how to do three different "designs", a healing bruise, a stab wound, and human bite wounds. I used the following Friday to research where I could buy the makeup that I will need, because as of now I only have assorted colored powders. I made a list of the things I would need on my notes in my phone. I need to get spirit gum, nose and scar wax, liquid latex, and rigid collodion. I found that almost everything could be purchased at most Halloween stores, but I couldn't find the rigid collodion. I found a website I can order that online from. I think one of the obstacles I already briefly faced was finding materials, because it took a lot of research, and I had planned on ordering everything online because I couldn't find it anywhere. I think I'll go to the Spirit World over by Great Adventure and see what they have there. The materials I need are actually pretty common, aside from the rigid collodion. That's really all I have done so far. I think I've got a good base.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I don't believe it is possible to bring out our "empathic sociability". I truly believe that no matter how many people speak out on this topic and how hard people work towards it, we will never achieve it. Not all people are the same and not everybody will conform to the standard. We can't force people to be interested in other people's feelings, and not everybody is. I don't think we will ever extend our empathy to the entire human race. Even if we all are people, everybody thinks they are special and unique and different then everybody else. If we all think we are separate, we will never come together on a grand scale. However the most important issue to me in our current society is the criminal justice system. I don't believe in the death penalty first of all, and I also don't believe in the cruelty of punishments issued by law. A good deal of the people convicted are actually innocent, and then they must suffer through years in prison or another consequence that they do not deserve. Even if the person did commit the crime, I believe the punishments are extremely cruel. Most people cannot imagine being locked inside a cell and living the life of a prisoner, but I can understand it. I think it's absolutely horrid what they must go through, even if they have done something bad. People that become serial killers I can understand in jail, but I believe they should be going to a mental hospital of sorts. People are not soft wired to commit mass murder. There is likely something wrong with their brains, and they cannot be retrained in a cell. The way we treat other humans is despicable. Sure, people are allowed to think they are "bad people", but that doesn't mean that their lives should be demolished. Everybody makes mistakes, but some are more serious than others. In 1996, Damon Thibodeaux was convicted on suspected murder and rape of his 14 year old step-cousin, Crystal Champagne. He later confessed to the crime, providing incorrect details and un-matching accounts. He was sentenced to death row immediately. 15 years later, while Thibodeaux was still waiting to die, the police tested a sample of blood left on the barbed wire used to strangle Crystal. The DNA did not match Crystal's or Damon's. He became the 300th wrongly convicted person, and the 18th death-row inmate exonerated in the United States due to DNA evidence. Damon did not commit the crime, but he spent 15 years on death-row because of false accusation.
Damon Thibodeaux
Crystal Champagne