Professional Status

I want to commit myself to improving my profession essence. Doing this will make others look to me with confidence, and think something like, “he really knows how to manage himself well.” That’s the kind of attitude I would want others to have when their speaking or thinking of me. There’s something rewarding and satisfying when you have the true respect of others. Do you guys believe the same?

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The Rapid Change in Technology — Good or Bad?

I think I speak for many people when I say that technology evolves quickly. So quickly that I think it doesn’t give people time to understand it. What I mean by that is technology isn’t the simplest thing for a lot of people to understand. It seems like once you get suited with you’re new gadget, there’s always a ‘successor’ or a better version of it that comes out later. The best examples of this is in the mobile phone industry. A new smartphone is introduced into its series annually now. If you just got an iPhone 5S, expect an iPhone 6 next year, and a 6S the year after. Also, now that Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note series has reach the same popularity of the iPhone, expect new versions of those every year too. Google’s flagship phone series, the Nexus, also will be a yearly product. I think companies see this as a way to take advantage of consumer’s ideology that these successors are critical to advancement. The idea used to be that if an invention was made, it would take a considerably long time to finalize it. Now, it’s about taking ideas and evolving them. Thus, makes for less innovation. Is this system good? I think companies like Apple should take more time to accumulate their ideas and decisions to make another innovative product like the original Apple iPhone. This system now is like an evident way for companies to feed off of consumers’ money.

Samsung’s Smartphones will have Higher Resolutions in the Next Years

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While it feels like we were just getting comfortable with 1080p smartphone displays, Samsung is expected to have a WQHD (2560 x 1440) display in their next major flagship next year. That is nearly double the pixels of a 1080p screen. What’s even more astounding than that is that Samsung plans to hit “Ultra HD” or 4K resolution on their smartphones in 2015. All this, while companies like Samsung are also experimenting with angled displays. Most recently, they have revealed their curved-display smartphone, the Galaxy Round. The Round is going for about $1,000! I suppose that’s understandable based off of how new technology debuts to the public. It usually often starts expensive. Then, the competition bring prices down. What are your opinions on the price of new technology?

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Writing Stories – Character and Themes

My poll had just 2 voters, but the results are still as I expected. I thought people would vote for liking compelling characters in a story the most, but the other voter chose deep meaning and themes. I agree with this. Although I like seeing how the main character overcomes his primary conflict(s), I like discovering the lesson learned in the end, and having those interesting characters make it even more exciting to find out. When I write my story, I will try to focus a lot on creating compelling characters that discover something very meaningful at the end of the story. I have already asked what you find the most interesting story element is. So, I’ll now I’ll ask what kind of reflection/moral learned do you enjoy seeing in characters in the end? Wistful? Satisfied? Vengeful? Unforgiving?

Analyzing Rhetoric

Yesterday, I completed my very first essay/analysis of someone using rhetorical language. I felt that it was a very interesting topic to write and analyze on. I don’t know how well I did, but I feel that I wrote my analysis really well based on positive feedback from my rough draft. Have you ever done a rhetorical language analysis? If not, does it sound interesting enough that you would try it?

Creating a Narrative

I have been researching on how authors like to write stories. This is actually something I have thought on for quite a long time. Taking ideas that happen in your life typically through the day is a way of structuring a story and a theme. Although, fiction is not real, some fictional stories still have understandable stories, conflicts, and themes from life. That’s how we’re able to understand the story. Imagination is the key with fiction. My imaginative ideas are what will guide me to make my characters and setting.

Effective Advertising – Professional

In my AP Literature class a couple weeks ago, we discussed the three appeals originally from the Greeks. These three appeals (Ethos, Logos, and Pathos) is what people use to argue or persuade an audience to believe something. This is evidently seen in advertising. Companies will use one (or all) of these appeals to connect to their audience. To sum things up in a simple context, ethos is personally connecting to the audience to persuade. Logos is persuasion through logic. Pathos is connecting to the audience through their emotions, and this appeal is what many advertisers specifically aim for. When you find that you can grab someone emotional, they’ll really pay attention to you. That’s how the animal abuse commercials get so much talk. The emotions they pull from those commercials are poignant.

People using Instagram to sell guns

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Gun owners are taking advantage of social media sites to sell their firearms to people who are interested. Instagram’s policy doesn’t say anything about promoting guns on their network, which doesn’t make this act necessarily illegal. However, others may question if it’s right or not. Instagram is a public network, which means anyone can search for these weapons and see them (unless the profiles are set to private). Instagram also isn’t the only social network being used for this purpose. The Verge did a search on both Twitter and Facebook and got similar results. I personally think this shouldn’t be allowed because these are social networks not created for that particular purpose. If someone wants to sell their guns, they should do so on an appropriate site for selling firearms. What do you guys think?

Story reported by The Verge

Apple’s 5th Generation iPad to be Unveiled Today

Today, at 1pm eastern time, Apple is set reveal their next generation iPad at their event in San Francisco that features the tagline, “We still have a lot to cover.” New rumors regarding the new iPad (and apparently other new generation Apple products too) have surfaced online. These rumors vary from the new iPad having a better retina display to the size being similar to the iPad Mini. Apple noted in their tagline that they have many things they still need to show, including possibly new Macs and updated OS software. I don’t feel like the 5th generation iPad will be a major overhaul over the last generation. I think this upgrade will be small bits. What do you guys think?

Story reported by GottaBeMobile

 

New Jersey becomes the 14th State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, dropped his administration’s efforts to end same-sex marriage. A lower court ruled that same-sex couples could begin getting married at midnight on Monday. Many couples took their vows at midnight during Monday.  My opinions on marriage are that people should be able to love and marry who their hearts desire. What are your opinions on marriage?

Story reported by USA Today