“… by any means necessary…”

sun.jan.21: sunday football games…

Picture below: Tom Brady (left) and Peyton Manning go up against each other today (Sunday). Two legends-to-be… It promises to be an exhilarating game…


nfc and afc matchups later today, sunday, january 21st (with student names in parentheses):

(1) indianapolis colts (HajraB) vs new england patriots (JoeyA).

(2) new orleans saints (NadiaE) vs chicago bears (HajraB).

good luck, and may the best team win…


Sunday, January 21, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | 12 Comments

sun.jan.21: eragon, the movie

[note of sun.jan.21.2007: i wrote this mini-reflection about the movie “eragon” about a month or so ago, but i had posted it on my previous blog site. i just transferred it to this blog site today.]


i liked the movie “Eragon” a lot. i give it a 9/10. i don’t think there was a time while i was watching the movie that i was also watching the clock (ok, so there is no clock to watch in the theaters, but you get the point, right?)

the one thing wrong with the movie was that sometimes, the plot or storyline went along too quickly and wasn’t realistic. for instance, when eragon is at the butcher’s place, eragon shows him the egg, and he tells eragon to leave, and without hesitation and with nearly deliberate suddenness (does this even make sense?), eragon left the butcher’s shop. i was expecting resistance on eragon’s part, but none was forthcoming. eragon just gave in too easily, it seemed.

but i guess the movie had to move from one scene to the next, and so it had to be pushed along artificially, so to speak. so i pardon the movie’s producer (or director?) for the rushed sequence, though i have no authority to pardon anyone.

besides the chop-chop-piness (ahem) of the movie, everything else was phenomenal. the acting of edward speleers was realistic and impressive. and then of course jeremy irons was just unbelievable. his character — Brom — was awesome. i loved the sarcasm and humor of Brom. it provided more than enough comic relief. i didn’t think much of jeremy irons until i saw him in “eragon.” i think the last movie i remember seeing him in was “die hard with a vengeance,” the bruce willis trilogy. the way he played Brom was in “Eragon” was just wow.

the scenes where Saphira was flying all over the place were also pretty neat. (one of my friends pointed this out to me before i watched the movie.) it seemed like the images were being taken from an f-117a stealth fighter’s cockpit. three letters: w.o.w. (omg would also work, right?)

Sunday, January 21, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | 2 Comments

wed.jan.17: an awesome song (4mins.52secs.)

her intro in this video is kind of cool, the way she explains what the lyrics are about. i guess it’s a theme that has transcended time. think “dr. jekyll and mr. hyde” by r.l.stevenson, or even william james, who i luv, cuz he was just so smart and wise and all that (and, IA, he studied, then taught, at harvard, where you’ll be soon. alas, he didn’t have his own magazine! lol!). but i digress. as i was saying, williams james said: “Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.” (perception again, huh, IA? cool!)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | 17 Comments

wed.jan.17: “it’s been a teacher of life.” (1min.21secs.)

were it that we could all fly and “be like mike.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | 4 Comments

wed.jan.17: duke vs michael jordan’s UNC (ahem, SK) (29secs)

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wed.jan.17: “redick for three!” (1min.31secs.)

you gotta love j.j. redick!

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okay. here goes. i’m finally writing my reflection about this movie, Lean on Me. but first, a quick summary: this one teacher, joe clark, is apparently a really passionate and genuine teacher who cares deeply about his students. he cares more about his students than he does about his own paycheck. well, he kind of loses his job for this reason.

eventually, he ends up becoming principal at the same school he originally lost his job from. and when he becomes principal, well, he’s like a tripartite amalgam of voldemort and the grinch who stole christmas and king galbatorix. in three words, he’s “very, very mean.” but the audience must keep in mind, as hard as it may be, that he is so “very, very mean,” but his intention is to do what is best for the students.

and what *is* best for the students? well, to begin with, the school is a run-down school. there are drugs, guns, knifes, bullies, fights, and the like. so principal clark’s goal is to rid the school of all these evils. and the way he goes about doing it — the means to his end, so to speak — is by being “very, very mean” and strict with everyone. for example (i’ll give reasons to support my statement), he fires two teachers in one day! (i know what you’re thinking, but i was almost fired *three* times on *three* different days. but it does hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…) he tells teachers in a very rude manner that he doesn’t have to listen to their concerns. (i know what you’re thinking, and i *was* told this three times, or more. but it does hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…) he also expels like 300 students out of a student body of probably 3,000 students. and there are parents who, although they know principal clark is doing the right thing, try to manipulate the reality and try to get principal clark fired. (i know what you’re thinking, and i’ve been there, done that myself before. but it does hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…) in the end, though, principal clark is able to clean up the school, so to speak, and he helps get the students’ test scores to where a significant number of them are passing the state tests! (i know what you’re thinking, and *this* is where my experience diverges from the experience of principal clark in the movie! this *doesn’t* hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…)

so there it is. it was kind of short and succint, but that’s pretty much my summary of the movie, and a little bit of a reflection, or my thoughts, interspersed in parentheses. as you can see, art — music, movies, plays, stories, etc. — allows us to relate to our own experiences. art allows us to say to ourselves, “look! someone else has experienced the same thing *i* experienced!” or, “look! someone else has experienced something *different* than what i experienced!” and this kind of makes us all bond together, this family we make up, of some 6 billion-odd human beings. such shared experiences (could) make us realize that, in the words of DE in AP, “we’re not so different, you and i.” and if we could realize this fact — that we’re very much alike and not so different, you and i — then i think it would help us achieve peace amongst our 6 billion-odd family members. in other words, it would help us achieve peace amongst our world. in other words, it would help us achieve WORLD PEACE.

sorry for waxing philosophical on you all. i didn’t want to cultivate a somber tone or anything like that. i just thought that i’d put in a good word for the arts. because it’s just cool when you are able to relate to a character in a story or movie, or to the words in a song or speech, or to the words in an axiom or proverb, and it hits home, and you have felt what the character feels, or you have experienced what the song describes. that’s just cool. that’s how i felt with some of the characters in the book a separate peace by john knowles, and also with some of the children in mark twain’s classic, the adventures of huckleberry finn. and of course, that’s how i felt while i watched lean on me.

and i owe great thanks to T.AA for recommending this movie to me!

ttyl, world.


Friday, January 12, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | Leave a comment