Sunday, May 6, 2012

Job Interns

 1. Teaching Children


This job doesn't require a teacher's degree, just a willing volunteer such as myself. This is an opportunity to help students with their English or Math and gain some more experience in teaching. I have had a similar teaching job before, so I am well qualified to be teaching others. This job can increase employment opportunities in the future and can also help me learn to become economically independent. I would also be collaborating with other teachers and we would work together in helping children learn and grow. It sounds like an easy and fun job that I could do extremely well in.

2. Special Events Intern


The type of person they need for this job is someone who is interested in event planning, has great research skills, and has confidence speaking on the phone and writing emails. I am the person they're looking for. This job will allow me to bring out the party side in me and have lots of fun with it. I will need to do a lot of research for my planning, but thanks to the many papers I have written, research is not a problem for me. Neither is speaking on the phone. People have told me I have good PR skills so I feel confident in being able to talk and negotiate with people on the phone or in person. I got the communication skills covered. I also have the ability to work independently, which was another requirement for this job. It's a job that will require not so much labor, but more of creative thinking and putting ideas into action. I believe I would be fit for this job and I would actually enjoy doing it as well.

3. Homeschool Program Assistant


This job position will be to assist staff in the development and implementation of monthly workshops for homeschooled students. I would help organize their curriculum and prepare their materials. Since I have been homeschooled most my life, I know how the system works and will already have a good idea of what to do. I won't require a lot of training, since I have an excellent background in this area. I could be a HUGE assistance to the staff. The special skills they are asking for are some experience in working with children and lots of energy and enthusiasm. I love children and have had heaps of experience working with them. I have had previous jobs where I worked with children and it definitely requires lots of energy and passion. I'm known for being a crazy hyper person and so I will most certainly be able to relate to the kids and help them in something I have grown up doing myself. QUALIFIED TO THE CORE!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Three Major Greek Gods: Zeus, Hades, & Poseidon


 Most people know Zeus to be the god of lighting, as well as the god of all gods. Zeus was the son of the great god Cronus and great goddess Rhea. Cronus feared his children would someday overpower him and take his place at Mt.Olympus. To prevent that from happening, he swallowed all of Zeus's siblings. Zeus wasn't born yet so he wasn't swallowed. When Zeus was born, his mother, Rhea hid him on some near by islands where he was raised by nymphs so that Cronus couldn't swallow him. She cleverly wrapped a stone in baby's clothes and gave it to Cronus. Cronus, thinking it was his son Zeus, swallowed it. When Zeus reached adulthood, he left the islands wearing a disguise and returned to Olympus. He tricked Cronus into drinking a liquid that made him  vomit up all of his children, who then all gathered together to fight in a war against their father Cronus and the rest of the Titans (the race that Cronus and Rhea belonged to). Zeus overpowered his father, Cronus and then took his place on Mt. Olympus. He also became the judge and chief ruler of the 12 major gods and goddesses called the Olympians, who ruled Mt.Olympus. It was believed that he settled disputes fairly, but when he was angry he would throw thunder bolts. On Mt. Olympus he was also in charge of changing the seasons and making the sun come and go, both of which were very important to the other gods, goddesses, and Greeks. Zeus had two brothers, Hades and Poseidon. Hades was the god of the Underworld and Poseidon was the god of the seas.

Hades is the god of death and the dead, who rules and presides in the Underworld. Hades means "The Invisible" and the realm he rules over is also called Hades. He is the enemy of all other life, gods, and men. To prevent anyone from entering into the Underworld without permission, Hades has a watchdog Cerberus, who is the key to the Underworld. Because Hades causes so much pain and death, he is rarely worshiped. He, along with four of his other siblings, was devoured by his father, Cronus. Zeus returned and saved his siblings and they, along with Poseidon, drew lots for the division of the cosmos. Hades received the third portion, which was the dark and dismal realm of the Underworld. That remained his domain. 

After releasing his brothers, Zeus led a war against Cronus and the other Titans. During the long war, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon followed Mother Earth's advice to release the Cyclopes from captivity. As a form of gratitude, the Cyclopes gave each of the brothers a weapon. Poseidon received a trident, Zeus a thunderbolt, and Hades a helmet of darkness. These gifts aided them in finally defeating Cronus and the rest of the Titans. When Poseidon drew water from the lots, the Titan Oceanus resigned his rule over the seas to Poseidon. Poseidon also had control of other gods that were associated with water, such at the personified river gods. Poseidon built an underwater palace for himself near Aegea in Euboea. He usually resided there, even though he was officially one of the Olympian Gods. Poseidon is not only the god of the seas, but is also known as the Earth-Shaker. In art, he is generally represented as a mature, bearded man and is usually associated with horses, dolphins, and his trident. He is second to Zeus in power.


The first living visitor to the Underworld, though an unwilling one, was the goddess Persephone. She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and Hades fell in love with her and wanted her to be his bride. He went to his brother Zeus for the request, and Zeus didn't oppose to the idea but he knew his wife, Demeter would. Demeter would not want her daughter to be hauled off to a sunless world for the rest of her life. Hades decided he would have to abduct the innocent maiden. One day when Persephone was gathering flowers, Hades suddenly appeared in a four-horse chariot, scooped Persephone off the grass, and whisked her away to the Underworld. It all took place very fast that there was no time for anybody to hear Persephone's cries for help. When Demeter discovered her daughter missing, she quickly went to go look for her daughter but found no trace of her. She threatened to make all earth dry and barren with no life being able to exist if she did not find Persephone. Helius, the god of the sun who saw everything that happened on Earth, told Demeter where her daughter had been kidnapped. Zeus summoned Hermes to race down to the Underworld and fetch Persephone back from Hades. Hades reluctantly agreed to let her go but since Persephone hadn't eaten anything since arriving, he urged her to appease her terrible hunger by eating a single pomegranate seed. This apparent act of kindness was actually a trick by Hades. Anyone who tastes the food of Hades must remain in the Underworld. The deed was done so it was too late, but Rhea (the mother of Zeus, Hades, and Demeter) proposed a compromise that her children reluctantly agreed to. Since Persephone had eaten there, she had to dwell at least part of every year in the Underworld. Rhea suggested that Persephone spend six months as Queen of the Underworld and the rest of the year with Demeter. After agreeing, Demeter restored Earth's fertility and returned to Olympus with Persephone. However, when it came time for Persephone to return to Hades for six months, the earth would become colder and less fertile until Persephone returned. This is what the Greeks believe to be what causes the seasons to change, with spring and summer being when Persephone is in Olympus, and autumn and winter being when Persephone is in the Underworld. 

Poseidon and Zeus were always fighting over Olympus and once Poseidon even plotted with the goddesses Hera and Athena, to overthrow Zeus. Together, they managed to put Zeus in chains. However, they weren't able to get much further before the sea goddess, Thetis saved Zeus by bringing a giant from Tartarus (a realm beneath the underworld) to release the king of the gods from his chains. Zeus made Poseidon serve as a slave to King Laomedon of Troy for a year as punishment for his rebellion. During this time, Poseidon helped build great walls around the city. However, when the king refused to pay Poseidon for his contribution, Poseidon took revenge by siding with the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Informative Speech Topics

April Fool's Day 

April 1st comes every year and is just like any other day, except that by the end, you may discover that what you thought was not really what you thought and what you saw was not really what you saw. This has been a prank filled day for centuries, but who was the crazy person to come up with such a day? I have always wondered this, and now I finally know. The origin of this day actually dates back to the 1500s in Europe. Before then, the new year would always start on April 1st and just like today, people would often celebrate that day with food and gifts. However, in 1564, King Charles IX of France adopted and decreed the calendar we use today that had the new year on January 1st. Most people adopted to this calendar, but a select few didn't like the idea and refused to change. These people soon became mocked at for still thinking that April 1st was New Years Day. They would be sent fake gifts, fake invites, and other such pranks would be pulled on them. They were called "April Fools" because they continued to use April 1st as their New Years Day.

Italian Mafia

This topic fascinates me a lot and since I already know a bit about its history, I want to turn it into a speech. Most people know that the Italian Mafia have been around since the 1800’s and are notorious for their crooked and clever ways. They are the most widespread of all criminal activities and they often collaborate with other organized crime groups from all over the world, especially when it comes to drug trafficking. What was once an honorable group of Sicilian men soon became an organized criminal group in the 1920s. From there they spread all over the south of Italy where it was poorer; they avoided the north where it was more developed. They offered protection to people, when they were the actual enemy. For instance, they would enter a grocery store offering the owner protection if he would pay taxes to them. If he were to refuse, they would threaten to bomb the store or harm his relatives. The protection was really for the Italian Mafia to not hurt you. If you ran to the police, your store would likely be gone when you returned. Also, the Italian police do not have the time to monitor each and every store in the country that they won’t be of much use. They are very difficult to catch because they know how to twist the law to make it appear legal. You may tell the police who you suspect, but without real proof, there is nothing they can do. The Italian Mafia use the money they get from people’s taxes to invest in other normal, legitimate businesses. They become wealthier and are less likely to be of a suspect. This is known as organized crime and is extremely interesting!


I have been home schooled for seven years so I definitely know a good deal about it. I got the ETHOS! Before when I was home schooled, people would ask me how it was possible to be able to get a good education without going to a school. It's hard to really understand the homeschooling system, unless you've done it yourself. In this speech, I wanted to kind of compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of home school verses public school. I personally actually found home school to be a lot harder than public school, but then I would get better grades when I was home schooled. Weird, I know. Probably the biggest advantage of homeschooling is being able to learn at your own pace. If you didn't quite understand something, you could go back and spend more time on it and not have to follow such a strict curriculum. However, homeschooling sometimes lacks motivation, whereas public school will teach you self discipline. These are just a couple examples, but I would of course go more in depth if this were to be my speech topic.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

My First PRACTICAL Invention!

I had to change the methods of my invention, but the main concept is still the same.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Persuasive Topics: Inventions

Glasses Finder
For the countless people in the world who have the misfortune of having to wear glasses, let me ask you this. Don't you find it so annoying when you wake up, reach for your glasses, but they're not there? Or when you get out of the swimming pool, and you once again, misplaced your precious glasses. You then have to go on a blind scavenger hunt to find them. It's a very frustrating process and most people look quite silly doing it. Your glasses could be sitting right in front in front of you, yet you continue to hectically search in all the wrong places. Well I'm here to solve all your problems. Buy the new glass flash and make life easier. It's just a small control device that you can hook on to your pants. When you push the button, your glasses flash and beep, allowing you to find them instantly. It's like a car and its electric lock. It's only 300 NT and the new pimped out pair of glasses is only 100 NT. However, if you act fast and buy one this week, you'll get the glass flash for 300 NT, but the flashy new pair of glasses will be for free. So get out your iPhones and dial our number now

Sock Puller
What's the perfect gift to give your grandparents? A sock puller! Our loving grandparents have helped and nurtured us throughout our entire lives, and it's now time to give back. As they get older, simple everyday tasks like putting socks on, start to get complicated. Make your grandparents feel young again! The sock puller smoothly slips your sock onto your foot, and you don't even have to bend down!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Best Fallacious Speech of All Time

Hi guys. So for those of you who don't know me, my name is Betty and I'm probably the most astounding person you'll ever meet. Scratch that. I AM the most astounding and amazing, spectacular and stupendous, marvelous and magnificent person you'll ever meet. {With that being said, if you vote for me as president, you'll become awesome too (Non-Sequitur).I am definitely the most qualified person for president. In fact, I define the word qualified. To be a good president, you must be a good leader. And to be a good leader, you must have teamwork, responsibility, composure, poise, and perfection. I am best in all of these aspects, while my fellow candidates are all lacking in at least one of these vital qualities.

Angela knows nothing about teamwork. She thinks she knows everything when frankly, all the information in her small and short brain, cancels each other out and just makes her loud and annoying. {Plus her and Tiffany are way too short. They're shorter than short, so nobody will even be able to find them when they need to (Ad Hominem).} I on the other hand, am the perfect height. I also have the perfect knowledge and experience of being responsible. Krikki probably doesn't even know what the word responsible means. {After all, she's blond and statistics do prove and explain why she isn't always the brightest crayon in the box (Ad Hominem).}She's the youngest in her family, and therefore the most spoiled and pampered. She expects to be given whatever she wants, and if you let her be president she won't serve you, you'll be serving her. She'll make you all her slaves! I won't ever do that.

Being the oldest girl in my family, I have had 10 solid years of experience in responsibility. I have also mastered the art of remaining calm, collected, and always keeping my composure. You need someone who can keep their cool, unlike Rachel who has a crazy hot temper. {Once she snaps, she's like a monstrous tsunami wave and you're the poor litte kid on the beach that has nowhere to hide. She will obviously make a terrible president (Ad Hominem).} She also lacks poise up on stage. She's always mumbling and it's hard to understand her. Krikki's favorite English word is "like" and she uses it about 17 times in one paragraph. Angela takes random big words and says them with things that don't even make sense. Tristan speaks his own language that nobody can decipher. Obviously, I am the only person who isn't speech impaired or has some annoying quality about them. {True, I may speak a little fast, but I can control myself and it proves I am capable of everything (Non-Sequitur).}
The last aspect is perfection which I am perfect in. I have an obsession of always being the best at things and having everything perfect, that some people even say I have OCD. {I like things to be perfect, which means I'll get things done efficiently. This means I'll always be making smart decisions, which means I'll be making the best changes, which also means I'll be making a better and cleaner world, which means if you vote for me as president, you're not only benefiting this school, you're benefiting the entire world (Slippery Slope).} {But if you chose to vote for these other candidates, you're also choosing to make this school worse because that's what they're all doing (Guilt by Association).} {How long do you think it will take you to realize you picked the wrong person? (Loaded Question)}

{By picking anyone else over me, you're basically picking Baranabus over Jesus (Moral Equivalency).} {So it basically comes down to two choices: vote for some of these other candidates and suffer an entire year of traumatizing experiences, or vote for me and be guaranteed an entire year of fun filled happiness and joy (Either/Or Choices).} I hope you make the right decision by choosing the most obvious and logical choice: me.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Commercials with Rhetorical Fallacies

This is the ultimate example of the emotional fallacy, slippery slope. This short and apparently "persuasive' commercial starts off in the future and then does a whole flashback of past events that eventually lead up to the present day. In the future, a speaker is welcoming the 57th president to the stage and just before he gets  to the podium, it does a whole rewind to present day where the same man's (future president) father is in a train station. He sees a pretty girl through the window of a departing train and is, for some strange reason, possessed to be on the same train as her so he whips out "the nation's fastest 3G network" phone and changes his train ticket for the train the girl is on. He hops on that train and that was the day he met his wife. They later have a kid together, that kid grows up, becomes president, and it's all thanks to the fast 3G network of his father's phone. Basically what this commercial is saying is that if you have the att fast 3G network phone, you will become the president of America someday. This obviously sounds ridiculous when you put it that way, but that's the real truth behind their poor brainwashing. They beat around the bush to the extreme, that by the time you're back on topic, you're already brainwashed. Slippery slopes are usually extremely unrealistic, but you just let that fact slip by because there's so many events that take place in between the two main points that you get all confused and the brainwashing is done.

This commercial uses a bunch of logical fallacies to promote their fast food restaurant over any other restaurants. They're saying all the other fast food places don't give you so much beef, but at Wendy's they give you more than all the other places. They also imply all the other fast food drive ins provide bad and rude service, when they show all the windows being shut before people even order. Their main selling point is that Wendy's not only provides the best service, but they give you the best and most meat. While some people may agree with Wendy's being the best fast food restaurant in the world, the comparisons it makes with other fast food restaurants are not very true and are only said for the purposes of better promoting and advertising.

This commercial creates a bit of a false need for Oreo cookies. It gives the impression that if you never tried an Oreo cookie before, your childhood is lame and your friendships are not as perfect as the happy kids in the video. Oreos now become more than just a delicious cookie; they become a key element to loving friendships and long lasting happiness. This implied statement is obviously a fallacy.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

KONY 2012: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Ethos: The creator of this video and movement, Jason Russell, gives us MANY reasons why we can trust him and believe what he is saying. In the beginning of the video he talks about his family and his son, Gavin. This allows us to relate to him and his story on a more personal level. He later connects this with his main point, as he begins to talk about the suffering children in Uganda while showing footage of him and Jacob. Now we know he is not just saying something he heard about, but that he himself has been at the scene, he knows what he's talking about, and he is fully credible. He is obviously the expert.
Logos: The message in this video is very logical: stop the bad man from doing bad things. Jason Russell mentions multiple times how WE can help make a change by just donating a couple dollars a month and receiving/purchasing the "action kit". Jason makes a comparison in the world by saying how if someone as bad as Joseph Kony were in the States, EVERYONE would know about it and try to stop him. So just because this is in another part of the world, more remote, does not mean we shouldn't put an end to this as soon as possible. He needs the public's support and awareness so that the important people (the big shots) will feel that the need is still there to take action. Of course the need is ALWAYS there, but in order for the government to take action, they need to know the people want it. Jason explains this in his video, allowing us to further understand why we must become a part of this movement and help support KONY 2012 so that Joseph Kony can be stopped. 
Pathos: The main element in the video is pathos. Jason takes us on a journey to the past, showing footage of Jacob telling the heart wrenching story of how his brother was killed right in front of him. Jacob goes on to say that most of these children in Uganda would rather die than be forced to live in fear of being kidnapped and abducted by Joseph Kony. The young boys would be given a gun and forced to fight, while the young girls would become sex slaves. Hearing and seeing these repulsive things Kony does to children, moves even the hardest heart. When Jason shows the pictures of the children with mutilated faces and the kids sleeping on the dirt, it speaks to the softer spot in everyone. In compels us to want to stand up and take action immediately. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Progress Report & Demonstrative Speech Choice

The demonstrative speech era is finally coming to an end and I can't say I'm sad. But I suppose whenever anything comes to an end, we should always sit and reminisce on the good/bad times. With that being said, it's time to get my reminiscing on. So for my first speech, I taught the class how to make French toast and it was quite successful. Mr. Webb said, and I quote, "you rocked my socks". So there's proof for how amazing I was. Plus, it was food, and what audience doesn't connect with YUMMY food? I spent an entire day practicing that speech, and it showed. My second speech, which was about how to wrap up a present, wasn't very good compared to my first speech. I didn't practice this speech as much, and that also showed. I wasn't as poised or in control, so I was jumbling through my words and talking a mile a minute. There were also some technical difficulties during my speech, which shows that overall, I had no luck on my side that day. My actual speech wasn't bad, I just didn't present it as well as my first speech. It's all about the presentation.

So far during speech class, I haven't really improved in specific areas, just generally as a whole. I kind of subconsciously improve during speech class. I have definitely become more confident to go on stage, whereas before I was scared stiff. Now I actually find it fun, and normally volunteer to go first. I think the major thing I learned to do really well was outlines. I grasped that concept pretty efficiently, thanks to Mr. Webb's specific and explicit instructions which were greatly appreciated. Since speech class improves you whether you want it to or not (it just sorta creeps up on you and becomes a part of you!), maybe I'll be somewhat of a professional by the end. I started out like George Bernard Shaw did, so hopefully I can end up like he did too.

Even though I did a better job on my first speech than I did on my second, I'm choosing to do my second speech for the cafeteria. There are several reasons for my choice, one being that the materials for my second speech are a lot more convenient. For my first speech, I did French toast, and food is great but annoying to do a second time. Plus, since I did a pretty alright job the first time, I would probably not do as well the second time. That's just me. My second speech, I did horrible, so I have lots to improve but CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I think that the content of my speech was not so bad, so if I just work on getting the presenting of my speech to be perfect, I should be fine. Also, my second speech I did recently so I remember it more than my first speech.

I'll be making several changes in the way I present my speech. I don't think I will really change or add anything to the actual content of my speech though. I am going to first of all, TALK SLOWER and more a lady I, that's HARD! Secondly, I need to use my transition words that I put in my outline. That was a problem for me in my first speech as well. I always say "and" a lot when I forget my words. That needs to improve big time. I also can never quite get down coming across natural. I tried a little too hard in my second speech, and it looked a little fake. I have to find the right balance between the two and nail my cafeteria speech. PERFECTION HERE I COME!

Self-Evaluation for Demonstrative Speech #2

Um yeah, so I sorta wrote a lot...YOU BETTER READ ALL OF IT!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Specific Instructions on How to Simply Wrap Up a Present


  • Gift box (for putting your present in)
  • Wrapping paper (for wrapping your present up)
  • Scissors (for cutting your wrapping paper to the right size)
  • Scotch tape (for securing your wrapping paper in place)
  • Ribbon/Bow (for adding some decoration to your wrapped present)

  1. Wrapping paper size: You want to make sure your wrapping paper is just the right size to fit tightly around your box. Make sure the wrapping paper goes all the way around the entire side of your gift. Leave a few centimeters of extra wrapping paper to be safe, and then proceed to cut the wrapping paper with your scissors. You will see how when you put the two sides of the wrapping paper around your gift, they meet up at just the right point. The right size of wrapping paper is even more important for the sides of your box. Fold the side of your wrapping paper in, and make sure it stops halfway on your box. Using your scissors again, cut any extra wrapping paper that passes that halfway point. Measure and cut the exact same amount of wrapping paper for the other side of your box.
  2. Taping and creasing: Now that your wrapping paper is just the right size, it's time to secure it together with tape. First step is to place your gift box in the middle of your wrapping paper. Take the two sides of your wrapping paper and bring them together across your gift. Place a piece of tape on the point where they meet up. The next step is to crease and fold the sides. At the right side of your box, fold the wrapping paper in. It will naturally form a crease. Take the bottom part of the wrapping paper and fold it upwards. Now take the left side of your wrapping paper, form a natural crease, and fold in in. Then take the last remaining wrapping paper sticking out, (the top part) and fold in in with the others. Take another piece of tape and place it where all the sides of the wrapping paper meet up. Flip your box to the other side and do the exact same folding, creasing, and taping as you did on the first side.
  3. Decorating: If you followed all the steps correctly, your gift should now be tightly wrapped. It looks nice, but it's missing that extra spark. To add some decorative bling to your gift, place a bow right in the middle of your gift. To secure it in place, first take a piece of tape and fold its two sides together so that it becomes sticky on both sides. Next, place one sticky side on the bottom of your bow, and the other sticky side in the middle of your wrapped gift. You now have a simply, but beautifully wrapped and decorated present.
  • Instead of placing your bow in the middle of your present, you could place in in the corner or wherever you think looks best.
  • Instead of decorating your present with a bow, you could tie a pretty ribbon around it.
  • If you want, you can even place a note tag on your present or just write on your present with a permanent marker to say who your present is for. 
  • To really take decorating to the next level, you could cut some long strands of wrapping paper, twirl them around together, and tape them around your bow. You could also wrap them diagonally around your present. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Demonstrative Speech Topics #2

1. How to Wrap Up a Gift
Everybody loves a good gift. What's better than receiving a gift, is being the one to give the great gift and seeing a person's face light up with joy. A badly wrapped gift just isn't the same as one that's wrapped with care and perfection. To wrap a gift nicely, you'll need some scissors, tape, and of course, some wrapping paper. Take your gift and place it in the center of the wrapping paper. Take one side of your wrapping paper and bring it across your gift. Secure it with a piece of tape. Do the exact same thing to the other side. Now your gift is semi wrapped. Turn your gift to the side and fold the paper in. With the remaining wrapping paper sticking out, fold it so that it's overlapping your previously folded paper. Put a piece of tape over it. Now do the exact same thing to the other side of your gift. Once you are finished, your gift will be nicely and tightly wrapped. You can accessorize your wrapped gift with a ribbon or bow. Tie it up in a delicate fashion. If you like, you can add a small note tag saying who your gift is for. You are now ready to give your gift. As long as your friends are not weird and special like mine, your friend will be guaranteed to love your gift.
2. How to Fold Napkins for a Dinner Party
Everybody enjoys a good party. Whether it's a casual party with friends, or a formal dinner party with high class people, the table setting and cutlery must always display absolute perfection. The silverware must be set just right under or next to a perfectly folded napkin. There are many different ways to fold napkins, but I'm just going to show you a few of the more simple ways. If you think learning how to fold napkins will never be important in your life, you are in for a surprise. No matter what anyone says, people always want to have the best reputation. What better way to set a great reputation for yourself than throwing an awesome party? Remember your party would have to be awesome, which means even the little things like the way the napkins are folded will be essential. Napkin folding could come in handy in numerable situations so the sooner you learn, the closer you are to being one step cooler.
3. How to Perform a Neat Card Trick
Unless you were sadly diagnosed with "extremely boring person" disorder, you will agree with me when I say magic tricks are awesome. When someone can perform a good, convincing magic trick and not mess up, they automatically become legendary. Unfortunately, magic tricks require some skill so not everybody can be legendary. However, card tricks are something that don't require as much skill, yet are still extremely fun and entertaining. I'm sure most people have heard of famous card trick professionals such as David Blaine, who perform card tricks that blow your mind. Today I will show you one such mind blowing card trick that is easy to learn, but hard for your audience to figure out. Once you know one card trick, you're going to want to learn more and pretty soon you'll be amazing all your friends with your new found talent.
4. How to Make a Ham and Eggs Breakfast
Food is seriously delicious and since breakfast is your first meal of the day, it has to be extra delicious to keep you alive until your next meal. Ham and eggs are two components that when mixed together properly and tactfully, create an explosion of mouth watering satisfaction. Today I will teach you how to make a fast meal of ham and scrambled eggs that almost anybody would enjoy (besides vegetarians). All you have to do is cut up your ham into tiny squares, fry them into some oil, pour in some already beaten eggs, scramble them together, and voila, breakfast is served.
5. How to Make Fruit Salad
One fruit on its own is already scrumptiously delightful. Imagine combing a bunch of scrumptiously delightful fruits, creating a dish that can be first devoured with the eyes and then the stomach. All you have to do is get a few of your favorite fruits together, cut them up, and mix them all together in a large bowl. Now please use common sense when choosing your fruit selection. For example, the combination of pomegranates with kiwis will probably not result in an appetizing mixture. The goal to making fruit salad is to make your dish both taste yummy and look yummy. If you can accomplish those two things your fruit salad will probably also smell yummy too.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EXPLICIT and SPECIFIC Instructions on How to Make French Toast...a Monkey Could Understand This

Note: This French toast recipe and instructions are for 12 servings

  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 12 thick slices of bread
  • Some cooking oil
  • Different toppings of your choice
  • 1 mixing bowl (for combining the ingredients together)
  • 1 whisk (for whisking everything together)
  • 1 measuring cup (for the flour and milk)
  • 1 teaspoon (for the vanilla extract and cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon (for white sugar)
  • 1 fork (for soaking the bread in the mixture)
  • 1 frying pan (for cooking the French toast)
  • 1 cooking stove (for heating the frying pan)
  • 1 spatula (for flipping and serving the French toast)
  • 1 plate (for eating and/or serving the French toast)
  • 1 fork and knife (for eating the French toast)

  1. Crack 3 eggs: Take one egg and tap it on the rim of your mixing bowl. Your egg shell will crack, but not break open all the way. To do this, place your two thumbs inside the egg shell crack and break the egg shell open. Make sure you do this action above your mixing bowl so when the egg falls out from the shell, it goes in the bowl. Repeat this process with your two remaining eggs, and then take your whisk and beat your eggs together. The term "beat your eggs" means to take your whisk and with a little bit of force (not too much), hit your eggs in a circular and fast motion. It helps if you tilt your bowl a little to the side. You know you're finished when the egg yokes have completely mixed in with your egg whites and you are left with something that looks like yellow goo.
  2. Add flour and milk: Take your measuring cup and measure one-fourth cup of flour. Pour it into your mixing bowl and whisk (mix or beat it) together with the eggs. Next measure one cup of milk and pour it into your mixing bowl. Once again, repeat the whisking process.
  3. Add flavorings: It's now time to add in the last four remaining ingredients which are salt, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Use your thumb and index finger to grab a tiny bit of salt out of a container and drop it into the bowl. Next, take your tablespoon and scoop up a spoonful of sugar and add it into the mixing bowl. Then take your teaspoon and fill it only halfway up with ground cinnamon. Add it into the mixing bowl. The last ingredient is vanilla extract. Using your teaspoon once more, pour some vanilla extract until it fills up the spoon. Add it with all the other ingredients in the mixing bowl and for the last time, whisk everything together. You now have your batter and can begin cooking shortly.
  4. Prepare the frying pan: Take your frying pan and set it on the stove. Turn the stove on and pour a little bit of cooking oil onto the frying pan. Wait a couple seconds for the stove's fire to heat up the frying pan. While waiting you can soak the bread in the batter.
  5. Soaking and cooking the bread: Take your first slice of bread and soak it in the batter until it becomes fully saturated. Using either your fingers, a fork, or both, take the soaked slice of bread and put it on the now heated frying pan. Cook one side of the bread until it turns golden brown and then flip it around with your spatula. Wait for the second side to cook and turn golden brown and then using your spatula, place it on a plate. It's best served hot. Repeat this process for all your slices of bread.
  6. Dig in: You are now ready to eat and enjoy your delicious French toast. Add some toppings such as maple syrup or honey to sweeten your French toast. Take your fork and knife and be whisked away into a paradise of deliciousness with each scrumptious bite.
  • The flour is what makes the French toast extra fluffy. If you prefer French toast that isn't so fluffy, leave out the flour ingredient.
  • If you want your French toast to taste sweeter, add more sugar.
  • If you don't want to make so much batter, cut the recipe in half.
  • If you don't like bread crust, cut the crusts of the bread off before soaking them into the mixture and cooking them.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Demonstrative Speech Topics

1. How to Make French Toast
French toast is a delicious breakfast meal anybody would love. It is a very simple recipe to learn, and requires little time to make. The ingredients are very basic, so you don't have to go out of your way to buy anything expensive. All you need is milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, bread slices, and a pinch of salt. If you want your french toast to be a little extra fluffy, just add some flour to the recipe. Whisk these together in a mixing bowl and soak the bread slices together until they become fully saturated. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan and cook the slices of bread on each side until they turn golden brown. Serve them hot with some delicious sweet toppings such has honey, maple syrup, or whatever you like best.
2. How to Make Crepes
Crepes are pretty much like pancakes, except for the fact that they're thin and awesome. There are two kinds of crepes: sweet crepes and savory crepes. I am going to teach you how to make sweet crepes that can be eaten for breakfast or for a nice snack. The first step would be to get a large mixing bowl and whisk together some flour and eggs. Next, you gradually add in some milk and water and continue whisking. Then the last step would be to add in a tiny bit of salt and some melted butter. Combine all these ingredients together, and keep whisking until the batter comes out smooth. Now that you have your batter, you can either pour or scoop it onto a frying pan. Make sure you tilt the pan in a circular motion so that your batter can coat the the surface evenly. Remember crepes are supposed to be thin. Cook your crepe for approximately two minutes on each side. Serve your crepes hot with some sweet fillings of fruit and whip cream or other different preservatives. My personal favorite is Nutella spread. Roll your crepe up and enjoy every delicious bite.
3. How to Make a Braided Headband
Making a braided headband is very simple and easy. All you need is your hair, fingers, this tutorial, and you'll be good. If you have long hair, this hairstyle is a lot easier to do and looks a lot better. If you have short hair, you should start growing it out just for the purpose of trying out this stupendous hairstyle. The first thing you need to do is make two braids behind your ears. No french braid, no fishtail braid, no intricate design braid, just a simple, regular braid. Once you are done, take your first braid (make sure you didn't make too thick of a braid) and bring it across your head. Secure the braid to your hair by using a bobby pin. Do the exact same thing to the second braid. Bring it across your head and pin it to your hair. Once you are done, you'll see that you've created a nice little braided headband. You can do whatever you want with the rest of your hair. You can leave it down, put it up, or try some other cool hairstyle. What's nice about the braided headband is that you can wear it for almost any occasion. You can wear it to school, to work, to a fancy party, or to any event you can think of. It's simple, but classy.
4. How to Wrap Up a Gift
Everybody loves a good gift. What's better than receiving a gift, is being the one to give the great gift and seeing a person's face light up with joy. A badly wrapped gift just isn't the same as one that's wrapped with care and perfection. To wrap a gift nicely, you'll need some scissors, tape, and of course, some wrapping paper. Take your gift and place it in the center of the wrapping paper. Take one side of your wrapping paper and bring it across your gift. Secure it with a piece of tape. Do the exact same thing to the other side. Now your gift is semi wrapped. Turn your gift to the side and fold the paper in. With the remaining wrapping paper sticking out, fold it so that it's overlapping your previously folded paper. Put a piece of tape over it. Now do the exact same thing to the other side of your gift. Once you are finished, your gift will be nicely and tightly wrapped. You can accessorize your wrapped gift with a ribbon or bow. Tie it up in a delicate fashion. If you like, you can add a small note tag saying who your gift is for. You are now ready to give your gift. As long as your friends are not weird and special like mine, your friend will be guaranteed to love your gift.
5. How to Make a Paper Boat
Origami is fun and creative. However, it can also be extremely frustrating if you don't have an amazing instructor such as myself. The only material you need is an A4 sized piece of paper, or you can use regular origami paper. First step is to fold your paper in half. Next fold your paper in half once more, but only to make a crease in the paper. Open it up again and on one side, fold the top part of the paper and make a triangle shape. Do the same exact thing to the other side. You'll notice two laps on the bottom; fold these two laps in opposite directions. Now open your triangle up and fold it in. You will see it will naturally fold inside. Your paper will now be in the shape of a diamond. Take one lap of the diamond and fold it in, but not all the way; leave about a inch. Do the same exact thing to the other side. Origami is a bit like math: what you do to one side, must be done to the other side. Now open up your diamond and fold it in. It will fold in naturally. Now you're up to the final step. Take the two sides of the diamond and open them up. Your paper will form into a nice little boat. Fun, simple, and easy!

Friday, January 20, 2012

The IMPORTANCE of Effective Communication

Communications Worksheet - Flattened

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Applying the Shannon-Weaver model to Taboo Pictionary

In Communications class, Mr. Webb gave us a LONG lecture on the simple Shannon-Weaver model. This model consists of 5 parts: the informer--->encoding transmitter--->(noise)--->decoding receiver--->informee. Let's break it down. First, the informer or person who starts the conversation would need to send an encoded message to the informee or receiver. The informee on the other end, must receive that message over noise and distractions, and decode it to understand what the informer was really trying to say. This process may sound a little complicated, but it all occurs in a matter of seconds. At times your receiver may decode your message in the wrong way, and then we have what's called a misunderstanding which eventually leads to war. When we played Taboo Pictionary in class, you could see this whole concept play out. As the game progressed, I found it to be quite challenging to find the right words to describe my picture to my partner. I had to make sure I gave explicit instructions, for it was very easy for my partner to decode my message according to her own interpretation. To add to the challenge, we had noise (death music), distractions (Mr. Webb drank too many energy drinks), and pressure (time ticking away). All of these made it even more possible for my partner to misunderstand my message. When switching roles, I found it just as hard. I was constantly misinterpreting my partner's encoded messages, and the ticking time along with a highly caffeinated Mr. Webb were of no help whatsoever. This is why it's imperative to know how to communicate properly and effectively.
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place"
 - George Bernard Shaw