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Overall Learning Reflection

Overall Learning Reflection

This is my overall learning reflection of my grade 10 enriched English class. I will be covering the blogs I written, Romeo and Juliet, and the literature circles.

To begin, we started talking about the structure of a blog in the beginning of the year. Our teacher said the blogs were the most important part of the class because that’s where he is going to mark almost all of our assignment. My first blog post was my opinion post about comparing the Wii U to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I thought the Wii U was superior over the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One because the Wii U was cheaper, had better exclusives, better co-op play, it had backwards compatibility, and the games had a better experience for players. But, after getting back I realized my post had some serious flaws to it, first I didn’t cite my the pictures and information I got for my blog, second my blog was heavily opinion based and had next to no facts about the Wii U, finally some of my information wasn’t accurate. So when we were assigned to fix our blog posts and turn them into essay to improve our mark I did extra research about the Wii U put in more facts to it and turn it into a persuasive essay.

The other major blog assignment I was assigned to do was the blogger of the week where every week a couple of students present to us a blog they wrote that is on a topic they are passionate about or something they thought was interesting. I choose to do Why 16 year-olds should vote because this was a topic I strongly believed in and I wanted the class to know about my opinion on the topic. After I presented my topic to the class I received many comments from my peers about their thoughts and opinion about my topic. I think the whole blog aspect of the class helped improve my writing skills because it helped me expand my vocabulary to strengthen my articles, taught me to rely more on facts than opinion because having an opinion is fine but, if you have no facts to support it than what’s the point, and the blog lessons to taught me to use the proper MLA format when I cite my work. The blogger of the week presentation helped me improve oral skills because I have never had a presentation that was longer than 5 minutes so it was a new experience for me to talk this long in front of class. I learned during a presentation I need to relax, talk slowly, and come prepared so I don’t pause every few minutes. Overall I thought I did ok but I believed there were areas where I could have improved in.

Next, in the middle of the semester we started talking about the play Romeo and Juliet. I honestly wasn’t fond of the play because the play is talked about so much on T.V. and seen in movies that I knew what was going to happen so the whole play itself didn’t surprise me in any way and I’m not into tragedies either. After reading the play we analyzed 3 different movie versions of the book and a comic book. I was also assigned to compare Act 1 from the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet to the 2013 version. I personally found the 2013 version to be better because it was more exciting and sort of brought new twists to the story. I found the 1968 version to be more accurate to the play I found the movie to be dull and everything through costumes to music were atrocious. We also looked at the 1968 balcony scene and 1996 balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet. I found the 1968 version to have a better balcony scene because it was more accurate to the play and had more passion. While I found the 1996 to have awkward moments with the whole security guard and pool situation. Also the scene had next to no passion to it so it was clear the 1968 version of the scene was better. We also did music video analysis by comparing Romeo and Juliet scenes to popular songs. I founded this assignments to be quite enjoyable because I saw Romeo and Juliet in a different perspective and learned that things are not always what they seem in a play.

We also did a dramatic play for a given part of Romeo and Juliet. My group was Act 4 Scene 5 and I was playing Lady Capulet so I knew I had to go deep into character and the scene in my opinion was a success. The dramatic play really taught me to step outside my comfort zone when it came to acting in a scene and to really put life into the character I was playing.

Finally, near the end of the semester we started doing literature circles which was the most enjoyable part of the semester for me. We got several options of books to choose from and I choose the book To Kill a Mocking- bird and the great thing about it was many of my friends choose the same book. Each week, everyone had a role they had to complete after reading a certain amount of chapters the book. The roles were summarizer, making connections, word wizard, passage master, and illustrator. Each week the roles were switched and every Friday for 5 weeks we all had a discussion of the events that occurred of what we read so far. Also shared what we did for our roles during that week. I found these conversations to be engaging and it helped me see everyone’s insight of the book.

In conclusion, I feel I made a huge improvement on my writing during my time in this course. I have become a better  writer, presenter, blogger and even actor. I really learned a lot from our teacher and I can’t wait to apply the lessons I learned from him to grade 11. I started this and course and grade 10 with the mindset that everything was going to be easy but, I was sorely mistaken which was my major flaw this year. I want to enter grade 11 with the mindset of wanting to know more and learn from my mistakes and I want to keep improving as a student and a person. Thank you for the great semester.

Blogger of the Week Reflection

Blogger of the Week Reflection

Learn English | British Council,. ‘Blogging Or Print?’. N.p., 2015. Web. 16 June 2015.https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/business-magazine/blogging-or-print

How often did you participate: I have made 8 comments on other people’s Bloggers of the Weeks and I made 10 comments on my own Blogger of the Week.

 

Discussion Blog Titles and authors:         The Positive Impacts of Technology on Healthcare Mahruf K.

                                                                             Robots or Kids? Rawn S.

                                                                             Why You Should Read Alex E.

                                                                             Sweatshops and Modern Day Slavery Subhan A.

                                                                             What is a Search Engine? Mohammed M.

                                                                             Space Colonization – Mars & Venus Elliot I.

                                                                             Is School Stressing You Out? Adam S.

                                                                             Nuclear Throne and What Makes a Video Game Fun Thomas P.

                                                                             Online Versus Offline Clarissa D.

 

Please provide a rating for YOUR overall contributions to discussions [1(poor) – 5 (excellent)] 3.5: I gave myself this rating because I was active in the Blogger of the Week post and for some of my comments I to try to continue the conversation by asking a questions especially during my own Blogger of the Week post

 

CONTENT

  1. Is there some aspect of the topic, results, conclusions, or concepts for which you gained a deeper understanding of through the blog discussion? Was there some aspect of the posts you explored that you hadn’t thought of or that you ‘learned’ about from the discussion? In other words, what aspect of the post was clarified or illuminated as a result of the blog discussion?

 

Of all the blogs posted in class there was one in particular that gave me a deeper understanding of the topic. That blog is Alex’s blog on why you should read because his reply to my comment helped me understand that he isn’t picky on the genres of books he reads and he is willing to expand his interest in books by reading anything that appeals to him in some way.

 

  1. Were there aspects of the discussions that led to more confusion for you compared to when you read the blog post alone? Was the confusion resolved through discussion? Please explain (make specific reference to the blogs involved ­ direct quotations may be appropriate ­ reference the author).

 

I didn’t find any sort of confusion during my discussion with the authors that replied to my comments. The ones that replied to my comments gave me insight to their opinions, clarified something for me nad gave me a deeper understanding of their topic

 

 

DISCUSSION SKILLS

  1. Evaluate your role in the Blogger of the Week discussions, in particular please answer the following two questions: What did you do that was effective at contributing to the discussion(s)? Be specific (adding screenshots of your contributing or copying to your blog may be appropriate). What areas do you need improvement

 

I was effective on contributing to discussions because when I replied to peoples comments I often asked them a question on how to improve a certain thing or their own personal opinion about the topic. To improve I think I should of added external links such as articles and videos.

 

  1. Can you think of a contribution from another student that stood out in your mind that helped move the discussion along or help the class to move to a deeper understanding of the material? What did the student do? (no need to mention names, just describe what the students did or said).

 

One particular student who helped contribute to the class discussion the most is Elliot. Elliot always puts outs an honest opinion on the majority of the topics we discuss in class. An example of this is during my blogger of the week presentation because I was having a little trouble finding an argument to some people’s opinion about my topic and when Elliot stepped in and shared with a class a meaningful and strong argument that supports my opinion about my blog topic. Also he always gives some sort of constructive criticism to other people’s blogs which helps them improve on their mark

 

  1. Do you have any recommendations to the class as a whole to improve class discussions? How are discussions different in an online space versus those held face ­to ­face? How are they similar?

 

I believe during class discussions its always the same 4 to 5 people always at the heart of the discussion and everyone else is just sitting not caring about the topic that much. I think a way to improve on that is randomly ask someone in the class on their opinion on the topic so we can get insight from everyone instead of the same 4 to 5 people. When you compare online space to face to face discussions I find that online discussions and comments are well researched but by the time both people in the conversation laid out all the facts the conversation ends. But, a class discussions or a face to face discussions with someone you would probably have more to say and bring better meaning to the topic. Also you have better understanding on someone when you hear their opinion on certain topics.

 

  1. What are your overall thoughts of the Blogger of the Week assignment? Do you have any suggestions for me moving forward to either: a) improve the assignment; or b) revise the structure, delivery, or scheduling of the assignment itself? Be specific as your opinions will be very helpful for me as I plan for future classes.

 

I thought the whole blogger of the week assignment was a great idea but there were I believe should change. First of all, I believe that comments shouldn’t be mandatory or part of our mark because in my opinion it sort of discourages me from reading other people’s blogs because I have to spend 20 minutes trying to write a meaningful comment. Another thing to improve on is make the assignment earlier in the year because those who go latter get less comment because of exam times and not much criticism either. By doing that it will give everyone a fair chance to make the strongest blog post possible. But, overall the assignment was great and I think you should do it in the future.

 

 

The Wii U the Ultimate New Generation Console (Essay)

The Wii U the Ultimate New Generation Console (Essay)

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all dominated console gaming for the past few decades. Each company’s consoles has something unique to it through design, features, exclusives, and much more but, the question is which current generation console is the best? The Wii U is an eighth generation gaming console that is the successor of the Nintendo Wii which were both manufactured by Nintendo. The Wii U was released in North America on November 18, 2012 and is Nintendo’s sixth home console. The Wii U consists of several aspects that make it far more appealing and superior than the PlayStation 4 (created by Sony) and the Xbox One (created by Microsoft). Through its better prices, unique features, and better exclusives the Wii U is far better exceptional console than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

To start, the Wii U is the only console out there with great quality through games, features, and many more for a lower price. The Wii U has better bundles for cheaper prices for example, The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set which includes the Wii U hardware, gamepad, the co-op game Super Mario 3D World, the party game Nintendo land, and with additional storage space and accessories.[2] All of this is for $299.00 which is considered to be an amazing deal compared to the PlayStation 4 500GB the Last of Us Remastered Bundle for $449.99 [4] and the Xbox One + Halo Master Chief Collection Bundle for $349.99 [5] because both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles only come with one game and less materials to them. Also, the leading Wii U games start at about $50.00 to $60.00 while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are $60.00 to $70.00. Also to add, the Wii U controllers are cheaper than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Controllers. For example a Wii remote plus controller costs $40.00 and the Wii u pro controller costs $50.00 while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers cost $60.00. [1] Another example of the Wii u having better prices is that Nintendo doesn’t charge you for online services unlike the PlayStation 4 which charges $49.99 per year for PlayStation plus and Xbox One which charges $59.99 per year for Xbox Live Gold. Now that the advantages for the Wii U when it comes to price have been explained lets continue with an explanation of the Wii U’s amazing features. [6]

 

Secondly, the Wii U contains a lot more features than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can ever have for several reasons. To start off, unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One the Wii U is the only console in this generation to have backwards compatibility. “This means that you’re free to play any of your old Wii games on your Wii U, or buy cheap used Wii games”.[1] The Wii U also has Miiverse which is like Nintendo’s version of Facebook on a console. The thing that makes Miiverse so great is its accessible just minutes after you set up your Wii U. In Miiverse you can take and share screenshots of games with others and since Nintendo is a family friendly there is no foul language of any kind in Miiverse. The Wii U also has local multiplayer (something that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have limited lately) which consist of fun co-op games that are enjoyable with friends and family. These games include New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, and Super Mario 3D World. “The Wii U offers multiple control configurations unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, also making it among the most consumer-friendly dedicated gaming consoles of all time”. [3] These controllers are the pro controller which has a similar design to the gamepad and an Xbox controller but no touch screen, a Wii remote which was the controller for the previous console the Wii and is compatible with the Wii U, and the gamepad which is the most unique of the three controllers. The main reasons the gamepad is unique because unlike most controllers if you lose or break your gamepad you have to buy a brand new console because you can’t buy a new gamepad. Also, you are able to play games on the gamepad without having to turn on the T.V. so if you have a sibling who wants to play on a different console or watch T.V. you can still play on your gamepad. Now that the unique features of the Wii U have been addressed lets finish with talking about the great exclusives on the Wii U.

 

Finally, the Wii U has the best exclusives out with some of the best game franchises in history. The two best exclusives out for the Wii U are Super Smash Brothers Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD. Super Smash Brother is one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time. Super Smash Brothers brought a new face to the fighting genre of gaming by adding percentages instead of life gauges. Smash Brothers Wii U brings all of Nintendo’s most popular characters together for one brawl to decide who is number one. Super Smash Brothers also help promote helped make consumers aware of other Nintendo characters and game franchises and indirectly promote other Nintendo games. Super Smash Brothers Wii U broke a Wii U sale record for selling 490,000 physical copies in its first 3 days in North America.[7] PlayStation sort of has their own version of Super Smash Brothers which is called PlayStation All Stars. Though the game is fun playing with friends it doesn’t have the hype, game mechanics, and iconic characters Super Smash Brothers Wii U and there is no fighting game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that can compete with Super Smash Brothers Wii U in sales. Another great exclusive the Wii U offers is Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD which is the HD version of the original game that was released on a previous Nintendo console the GameCube in 2003. It’s the tenth game of the famous Zelda franchise and the basic plot is you are playing as a young boy named Link and you are trying to stop a man named Gannondof for obtaining all the pieces of the triforce. Wind Waker HD sold 152,000 copies in North America and since the game was part of a bundle for the Wii U an extra 35,000 Wii U consoles were sold which boost sales by 31%.[8] The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One don’t have any game franchises and exclusives that are as popular as the Wii U or remember able.

 

In conclusion, The Wii U consists of several aspects that make it far more appealing and superior than the PlayStation 4 (created by Sony) and the Xbox One (created by Microsoft). Through its better prices, unique features, and better exclusives the Wii U is far better exceptional console than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. “If [people] could hold a controller with two hands and hold a tablet or a smartphone with another hand, there would be no issue. Unfortunately, since it is not possible for humans to do that, you can’t play a game in a way you can play with the Wii U.” – Satoru Iwata, C.E.O. of Nintendo. [9] The Wii U brought a new element to console gaming and made Nintendo branch out and try new methods to attract consumers and change the face of gaming forever.

 

References

[1] langford, Henry et al. ‘7 Ways The Wii U Is Better Than The Xbox One And PS4’. MakeUseOf. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/x-ways-wii-u-better-xbox-one-ps4/

[2] Nintendo.com,. ‘Wii U – Buy Now’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/buynow

[3] IGN,. ‘5 Unique Features That Make Wii U Great – Blog By Gabe-IGN – IGN’. N.p., 2013. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.ign.com/blogs/gabe-ign/2013/12/14/5-unique-features-that-make-wii-u-great

[4] Best Buy Canada,. ‘Playstation 4 500GB The Last Of Us Remastered Bundle’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/playstation-4-playstation-4-500gb-the-last-of-us-remastered-bundle-3000594/10305409.aspx

[5] Microsoft Store,. ‘Xbox One Consoles & Xbox One Game Bundles – Microsoft’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/Xbox-One-consoles/categoryID.64724200

[6] Forbes,. ‘Six Reasons To Buy A Wii U Instead Of A PS4 Or Xbox One’. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/12/02/six-reasons-to-buy-a-wii-u-instead-of-a-ps4-or-xbox-one/

[7] GameSpot,. ‘Super Smash Bros. Breaks Wii U Sales Records’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/super-smash-bros-breaks-wii-u-sales-records/1100-6423811/

[8] King, Ashley. ‘Wind Waker HD Physical Sales Reach 152K, Boost Wii U Sales 31% In NA’. Wiiudaily.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://wiiudaily.com/2013/10/wind-waker-hd-sales/

[9] GamesIndustry.biz,. ‘Wii U: Dissecting Nintendo’s Biggest Quotes’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-06-20-wii-u-dissecting-nintendos-biggest-quotes

The Jiblog’s Most Wanted

The Jiblog’s Most Wanted

Picture of Stereotypical Criminal [1]

I have made a list of all the most dangerous criminals around the world. The crimes these criminals have commit are so heinous that I suggest you collect your thoughts after reading this blog.

 

Jeromy Wilson’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $344,000,000 [2]

Jeromy “Reich Chains” Wilson

He is the leader of the Mariachi Syndicate who has committed several crimes across Canada and the world. He is wanted for the following things:

  • Bribing several people with TF2 hats
  • Congaing across the streets of Washington D.C. while Cory was in the house
  • Leading a group of dogs to lick a mail man to death
  • Prank calling Pizza Hut
  • Getting called on for disrespect during a water polo game

This man is a threat to the world and has receive a bounty of $344,000,000. Beware this man’s weapon of choice is the gibus hat with pyrovision googles.

 

Alexander Egoron’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $530,000,000 [3]

Alexander “Pwnclub” Egoron

This 4 star criminal has hacked, cheated, and raged his way as one of the most wanted man in the jib world. He is wanted for the following offences

  • Cheating at Nintendo land (we have proof he did it}
  • Hating on Survivor
  • Bought a Donut and complain there was a hole in it
  • Hates amiibos
  • A viewer of the video Sweet Genius
  • Knowing too much
  • Too Suspect

This maniac is wanted by every country across the world and has received a bounty of $530,000,000. When you encounter him his weapon of choice is a white gauntlet that creates portal.

 

Sebastiano Martin’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $198,000,000 [4]

Sebastiano “Tipper Gnome” Martin

This top class criminal has committed so many offences that even some criminals have created a cult called “The Followers of Tipper Gnome”. He is wanted for the following things:

  • Releasing the Pokémon Tropius into the streets of New York
  • Lied
  • Lied even more
  • Spent $2.00 on a joke
  • Prefers Rider over Gilgamesh
  • Tasered several people
  • Runs the famous cult “The Worshippers of Tropius”

This liar is a major threat to the Canadian and American government who has a bounty of $198,000,000. Beware he is Tropius’ wizard so he has the blessing of Tropius’ power and he will use it, proceed with caution.

 

Elliott Ivanskiski’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $216,000,000 [5]

Elliota “The Shrek” Ivanskiski

This man is the most resourceful criminal of all the men in the Jiblog most wanted. He has connection in every continent in the world and his base rumoured to be located in Djibouti. He is wanted for the following offences:

  • Knowing too much about the government
  • Jay walking
  • Called pizza hut and asked them” where could I find good pizza?”
  • Threw swamp water at someone
  • Having relations with a mysterious man named Donkey
  • Robbed a gas station with a banana

This menace is a big threat to the world and has received a bounty of $216,000,000. Beware his weapon of choice is his mind.

 

Mahruf Khushmohammad’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $666,000,000 [6]

Mahruf “Gaben” Khushmohammad

This 5 star criminal has wreaked havoc among the world for several years now and he is likely to do more. His following offences are:

  • Prank calling Pizza Hut by saying “Pizza Hut more like Pizza But”
  • Creating the song “ We are Russian Dancing Men”
  • Cheating at Mario Party 10
  • Not inviting Cory to the house
  • Hasn’t eaten milk duds

He is one of our most dangerous criminals with a bounty of $666,000,000. Be careful though he is armed with a massive amount of pistols proceed with caution when approaching him.

 

Najib Hersi’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $850,000,000 [7]

Najib “Funky Dunk” Hersi

He is the most dangerous criminal on this list and has committed offences so heinous that it makes some of the other crimes that the other criminals did look like child’s play. The following offences include:

  • Brought Mountain Dew and Doritos to an outing with friends
  • Being too awesome
  • Has owned an Xbox 360
  • Has created a faction to oppose the whole world the Jib Squad
  • Being too good at Super Smash Bros (been called a hacker)
  • Being too amazing
  • Stole millions of dollars to buy all the amiibos so no one else could have any
  • Lollygagging

He is the most wanted man in the world with a bounty of $850,000,000. Beware don’t approach him he knows how to shout the ancient dragon tongue and several more dangerous abilities.

That’s everyone comment below if you have any leads on the whereabouts of these dangerous criminals.

References

[1] Clipartpanda.com,. ‘Only Criminals Had Guns? | Clipart Panda – Free Clipart Images’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://www.clipartpanda.com/clipart_images/only-criminals-had-guns-6559558

[2] TVOvermind,. ‘The Wisdom Of Villains: Pierce Hawthorne’. N.p., 2013. Web. 2 June 2015. http://www.tvovermind.com/community/the-wisdom-of-villains-pierce-hawthorne-194925

[3] Foodnetwork.com,. ‘Sweet Genius : Food Network’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/sweet-genius.html

[4] Le Miiverse Resource Wiki,. ‘Reggie Fils-Aime’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://le-miiverse-resource.wikia.com/wiki/Reggie 

[5] http://kleberly.com/302207-shrek.html http://kleberly.com/302207-shrek.html

[6] Telltale Community,. ‘Gaben Thread’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. https://www.telltalegames.com/community/discussion/93096/gaben-thread/p2

[7] World News,. ‘Glee Star Cory Monteith Found Dead’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://article.wn.com/view/2013/07/14/Glee_star_Cory_Monteith_found_dead_k/

 

Why Boom Beach is Superior over Clash of Clans

Why Boom Beach is Superior over Clash of Clans

YouTube,. ‘Clash Of Clans Vs Boom Beach (Android Ios)’. N.p., 2015. Web. 27 May 2015.

Clash of Clans and Boom Beach are two of Supercell’s most popular games on the Android and IOS. Clash of Clans is a freemium MMO (massively multiplayer online) which was made in 2012 by Supercell. While Boom Beach is a freemium mobile strategy game which was made in 2013 by Supercell. In my opinion there is no contest between both games because its obvious Boom Beach is the better of the two. The whole point of both games is to make a base powerful enough that other players can’t destroy your town hall (for Clash of Clans) or your head quarters (Boom Beach). You fill your base with resources so you have enough money to buy things and defensive weapons so you can protect your base from other players during an attack. You can also train and level up troops so you can attack other people’s bases or play campaign mode where you deal with goblins (in Clash of Clans) or the Blackguard (Boom Beach). Clash of Clans has more medieval and mystical like setting with characters units such as Barbarians, Archers, Giants, and Dragons. On the other hand Boom Beach has more modern military like setting with units like Rifleman, Bazookas, Heavies, and Doctors. Now that I have given you a general Idea of both games now I’m going to show you why Boom Beach is better than Clash of Clans.

“Boom Beach Base” Touch Arcade,. ‘‘Boom Beach’ Guide – How To Win Without Spending Real Money’. N.p., 2014. Web. 27 May 2015.http://toucharcade.com/2014/04/08/boom-beach-guide/

Boom Beach Has Shorter Build Times

The time to upgrade resources, building, and defensive weapons is so long in Clash of Clans that I want to rip out the small amount of hair I have left. Seriously the time for some of these buildings take forever, it takes two weeks to make a level ten town hall that’s ridiculous. The only upside to having these buildings take a long time to make is that they are multiple builders so you can work on upgrading buildings, defences, and resources. The beautiful thing about boom beach is that building times are a lot faster. I have been playing Boom Beach for about 3 weeks now and I’m at a level 6 Headquarters, it took me almost a year to get to town hall 8. This is because the time difference between upgrades for levels of resources, defences, and building is really short in Boo Beach compared to Clash of Clans.

“Clash of Clans Units” iMore,. ‘Clash Of Clans Archers Unit Guide – Top Tips To Maximize These Deadly Warriors’. N.p., 2014. Web. 27 May 2015.http://www.imore.com/clash-clans-archers-unit-guide-top-tips-maximize-these-deadly-warriors?pg=2

Boom Beach has Better Unit Management/ Attacks

When I played Clash of Clans I felt like the invasions on other peoples bases were a joke now that I look back. Let’s say you want to invade someone’s base for resources you must first train troops for the assault. Also you have army camps to store your troops. I personally don’t have a major problem with the training process but compared to Boom Beach it’s slow and inefficient. In Boom Beach instead of army camps you have landing crafts to store troops for battle. Also replacing units in battle is very quick because you have the option to replace units you have lost in battle. The training costs are cheaper in Boom Beach. Furthermore, you can only hold one type of unit in each landing craft, I found that to be amazing because you can use a wide variety of troops in battle but in Clash of Clans I mostly see people spam one type of troop like Barbarians and Archers. The battles in Clash of Clans compared to Boom Beach like I mentioned earlier are a joke and here is why. In Clash of Clans you just put where your troops one to go then let nature take its course. There is next to no strategy in my opinion because after you put your troops into battle they have a mind of their own and they go and destroy who they please. On the other hand, in Boom Beach you have a weapon called the gunboat you can use before raiding someone’s base. I personally like this weapon because you get three missile with your gunboat and you can potentially destroy at least one defence son that’s were strategy comes into play. Also you have flares so you can actually direct your troops to the direction where they want to go.

“Clash of Clans Crystal Walls”Clash of Clans Guide,. ‘Clash Of Clans Guide -‘. N.p., 2015. Web. 27 May 2015.http://www.clashofclansguide.org/

Boom Beach Has No walls/ Other Benefits

The one thing that wants to make me rip my hair out more than building times are purchasing and placing walls in Clash of Clans. Walls are basically highway robbery because as you level up walls become expenses. At max level one wall part cost 4,000,000 gold which is half of the maximum capacity of gold you can have in the game. It gets worse the maximum amount of wall parts you can have is 250 which I find absurd. Boom Beach has no walls and the closest thing to it are mines which are really cheap. To add there are other benefits to Boom Beach they include:

  • When your base is invaded in Clash of Clans and they succeed in destroying your town hall you will lose part of your resources but, in Boom Beach you won’t and you gain diamonds (a form of currency in Boom Beach that helps you speed up building time and training troops) on the amount of troops you killed
  • The matchmaking for invading bases for Boom Beach is more balanced in Clash of Clans because if you fail unlike in Clash of Clans you have the option to try again until you win. Furthermore, you have the option to pick the opponents you want in Boom Beach but in Clash you got to keep going through random bases until you find one you think you can beat.
  • Boom Beach has a better campaign than Clash of Clans

 

I hoped you like my post please comment below to share your thoughts on both games and to tell me anything I didn’t mention. Below there is a video of a Boom Beach advertisement that inspired me to play the game hope you guys like it. Now Back to Boom Beach!

 

Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Song Analysis

Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Song Analysis

Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet is the most cheerful part of the play. This Act includes the famous balcony scene where Romeo and Juliet confess their love for each other and decide to get married. Romeo then arranges plans with Friar Lawrence and the nurse tells Juliet to meet him at the chapel. This act also includes the famous lines that make Romeo and Juliet still well known to this day

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
It is my lady. O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!”
(2.2.2-11)

Now I want to compare two modern day songs “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and “Closer” by Ne-Yo. I want to see which one better represents Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

 

Love Story

To start, “Love Story”, by Taylor Swift was clearly inspired by Romeo and Juliet and includes a lot of elements of the play in that song. The song lyrics reference Romeo and Juliet and so does the imagery display. The imaginary flashback takes place in 14th century Verona with the costumes and the setting resembling Romeo and Juliet in a high degree. Also the song is sung in Juliet’s perspective mostly then changing to Romeo’s perspective in some parts of the song.

The lyrics have a great connection to Romeo and Juliet.

“See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
See you make your way through the crowd
And say hello little did I know
That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet”
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you, please, don’t go”

The similarities is that it resembles the Capulet party and both Romeo and Juliet’s parents are against them being together. The key differences between the lyrics and the play are in the lyrics where Juliet’s father tells Romeo to “Stay away from Juliet,” Capulet never told Romeo in the play to stay away from Juliet. Also she never goes to cry in a staircase.

“So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew”

The similarity to the play is that during the balcony scene Juliet feared for Romeo’s life because if they were caught Capulet would probably have Romeo killed. The difference is they never snuck into a garden together, Romeo came by himself and startled Juliet

.“Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone
I love you and that’s all I really know
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
It’s a love story, baby just say yes”

These lyrics resembled the play very well because Romeo and Juliet shared their love for each other during the balcony scene. They decided to get married so the play Romeo and Juliet is at heart a love story.

“Love Story” by Taylor Swift is the best representation of Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. Now lets move on to the next song “Closer” by Ne-Yo and see how the song relates to Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare.

 

Closer

“Closer” by Ne-Yo isn’t something to get excited about. The song has almost no connection to Romeo and Juliet and the lyrics are very repetitive.

“I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
And I just can’t break myself no way
But I don’t want to escape
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop

I can feel her on my skin
I can taste her on my tongue
She’s the sweetest taste of sin
The more I get the more I want
She wants to own me
Come closer
She says “come closer”

The only thing relevant to these lyrics are that this is a connection to the feelings Romeo has to Juliet like how he can’t stop being with her. Then the rest of lyrics sound sexual rather than them being romantic.

“She’s the sweetest taste of sin”

In the play Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is considered a sin by their families but Ne-Yo probably put that in a different context.

 

Verdict
In summary “’Love Story” by Taylor Swift better represents Romeo and Juliet by using moments from the play, their lyrics, and their imagery display. They also incorporate the balcony scene and the ideas of running away and getting married. “Closer” by Ne-Yo has lyrics that show Romeo’s strong desire for Juliet but in the end its basically a sexual song.

 

References

Lyricsfreak.com,. ‘Love Story Lyrics – Taylor Swift’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/taylor+swift/love+story_20757542.html

Metrolyrics.com,. ‘Ne-Yo – Closer Lyrics | Metrolyrics’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/closer-lyrics-neyo.html

 

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Comparison

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Comparison

Introduction

One of the most famous scene in the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet is the “balcony scene” which occurred in (2.2.1-205). This scene takes place in Capulet’s garden where Romeo stares at Juliet while she is on her balcony confessing her love for Romeo. After he reveals himself to Juliet they share their devotion to each other they share a passionate kiss. After the nurse calls out for Juliet she says goodnight to Romeo and Romeo is on his way. Today I’m comparing the balcony scene for two different Romeo and Juliet movies. One is the 1968 version which starred Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (which I have talked about in a previous blog) and the 1996 version which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and was directed by Baz Luhrmann.

 

1968 Version of Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

Setting

The most significant difference between the 1968 version and the 1996 version is the setting of the balcony scene. The setting of the 1968 version more resembles the play because it take place in Verona Italy, in the 1300’s. Furthermore, the balcony scene was in the Capulet’s garden where there was a balcony high up with a long walk way. On other hand, in the 1996 version takes place in Verona Beach in modern day since there was technology that did not exist in the 14th century like elevators, security cameras, and a pool. Rather than in the 1968 version where Romeo was quieter when approaching Juliet, the 1996 version Romeo was clumsy   and reckless (I’m also surprised he didn’t get caught).

 

1996 version of Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

Positions

The way both Romeo and Juliet were positioned was completely different in both movies. In the 1968 version Romeo was hiding in the bushes of the Capulet’s garden and Juliet was moving around waving her arms. After Juliet discovers Romeo he climbs up the tree and they share a few passionate kisses. Then the nurse calls out for Juliet Romeo climbs up the tree a second time to give Juliet one last kiss and them both take their leave. In the 1996 version Romeo attempting to sneak around the Capulet mansion to see Juliet but he make several mistakes. Instead of a balcony in this movie Juliet goes down an elevator and is at her pool. Then Romeo sneaks up behind her and startles her causing them to fall in her pool. They talk for a bit but, as Romeo moves forward Juliet moves backwards. Then they share a kiss that compared to the 1968 version was bland. Finally they exchange some more sentences and they both leave.

 

Juliet’s Concerns for Romeo

Similarly, in both movies Juliet worries that Romeo will get caught and as a result he will be killed. In the 1968 version Juliet warned Romeo if he were to get caught her kinsman will kill him. Romeo didn’t care what happened to him making him seem very relaxed. In the 1996 version they were in a constant fear of being caught since there was a security camera at the pool and a security guard watching all cameras 24/7. He was almost caught at one point but he held his breath underwater and evaded the guard.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, both versions of Romeo and Juliet portrayed the balcony scene in two different ways. If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the 1968 version because it resembles the original play written by Shakespeare a lot more than the 1996 version and it better represented the whole idea of the balcony scene compared to the 1996 version. The 1996 version balcony scene had too many unnecessary moments such as, Romeo entrance being clumsy and made a significant amount of noise. Overall, Zeffirelli did a better job of portraying the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet than Luhrmann did.

 

Extension

I found that Susan Wloszczyna’s criticism of the balcony scene on the 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet was a little harsh. She claimed that its “the movies greatest disappointment,” and i don’t agree with most of what she said.I believe the acting was well done the music fit the scene, and the setting was beautiful. I was appalled when she said “if you can’t do the balcony scene right, then why even do Romeo and Juliet.” She basically said that the balcony scene is the biggest and the most important part of the play and the other scenes are unnecessary which i certainly don’t agree with at all. There are other scenes and parts that are just as important as the balcony scene like the Queen Mab speech, Romeo and Juliet’s first encounter, and the thumb biting incident. The only thing about Wloszczyna’s article i agree with was the positioning. The positioning was sloppy and did not fit with what the scene intended to be in the play. Comparing the 2013 to the 1996 the 1996 version was a lot worse. The acting was dull, the setting was irrelevant and the music was atrocious. In the end the 2013 version balcony scene was done well with some minor flaws.

References

Ms. Bellon’s Classroom,. ‘Romeo And Juliet:  Act II, Prologue Through Scene Ii – The Balcony Scene’. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

http://msbellon.weebly.com/the-daily-rant/romeo-and-juliet-act-ii-prologue-through-scene-ii-the-balcony-scene

Scalar.usc.edu,. ‘Balcony Scene Setting Changes’. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2015

http://scalar.usc.edu/works/romeo-and-juliet-act-2-scene-2-through-the-years/balcony-scene-setting-changes

 

The Jiblog Post

The Jiblog Post

Introduction

There are a variety of news stories on the internet that interested me when I researching news stories through sports, technology, music, and many more. This story I heard in Business class  today really interested me and I wanted to learn more about it and share it on my blog.

Barcelona school killing

Students, believed to be from the same classroom where a teacher was killed, leave the school

Facts

A 13 year old boy in Barcelona Spain, killed a substitute teacher and wounded 4 other students at his high school. The boy was armed with both a crossbow and a machete. He was taken into custody by police soon after the attack and they did not release the name of the boy. The police of Barcelona said that the boy had no motive for murder.

Joe Miguel Company, spokesman for the Barcelona prosecutor’s office quoted, “He was very disturbed and saying strange incoherent things.”

Those who were injured by the boy were expected to survive. But, criminal charges cannot be filed against the boy since he is under 14 (Under Spanish law, criminal charges cannot be filed against a suspect under the age of 14). But, he will be evaluated by both a judge and a mental health profession so he will either be sent to a mental hospital or juvenile detention hall.

Opinion

This story raised a lot of questions for me I’m going to list the 2 big ones I had,

  • How did nobody at the school notice he had such dangerous weapons at his possession?
  • Will the school increase it security and make any major changes to protect the students and teachers?

My overall opinion of this story is that the boy should be sent to a mental hospital because no sane person would commit those sort of actions. Also the Spanish government should consider laws of accessing fire arms like a crossbow. I also think the person who provided the boy with the weapon was extremely careless and should change his or her policy on selling weapons.

 

 

Conclusion

I want you guys to tell me your opinion on the story and address any facts or questions that you want to tell me that relates to this post.

References

Times, Los. ‘Teen Held In Teacher’s Death Following Crossbow Attack In Barcelona’. latimes.com. N.p., 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-spain-school-attack-20150420-story.html

 

Romeo and Juliet Movie comparisons (1968 and 2013 Versions)

Romeo and Juliet Movie comparisons (1968 and 2013 Versions)

This is a comparison of two different versions of Romeo and Juliet films. The first is the 1968 version Romeo and Juliet which was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Leonard Whiting (Romeo) and Olivia Hussey (Juliet). It was known for being the most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play during the time it was made. While the 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet which was directed by Carlo Carlei and starred Douglas Booth (Romeo) and Hailee Steinfield (Juliet). This film has led to controversy by some critics because this film only follows the plot and only uses some of Shakespeare’s traditional language.

1968

  • Most of the prologue of the play was said by the narrator
  • The setting of Verona is just a giant castle covering a small village. Its completely different than what I imagined it to be
  • The thumbing bite insult by Sampson was used from the play and the fight scene was extremely over the top with the Capulet, Montagues, and the citizens of Verona participating so it was more like a riot than a fight
  • Some lines in the play are skipped and the lines that were said were exactly from the play
  • When Romeo is first introduced he is telling Benvolio about his love but he does not use Rosaline’s name
  • Benvolio appears more older and wiser than I imagine him to be in the play
  • Juliet looks a lot younger than I imagined in this film (even though the person playing her was 18 at the time)
  • The nurse claims she has 4 teeth yet she has all of them   
  • The Queen Mab speech was a bit strange and Mercutio was portrayed as being insane but in the play I imagine him to be a knowledgeable and sophisticated person since he is the princes kinsman
  • Romeo is first portrayed as shy but during the party he looked very creepy by hiding in the corners and behind other people just to gaze at Juliet
  • The kiss between Romeo and Juliet was quick but had more passion
  • The music in the film was very loud and unnecessary
  • The clothes were bizarre and unusual
  • The dancing in the party was weird because the guest were holding their arms up and shaking their wrists
  • Some of the scenes were skipped in the movie but most of Act 1 is there
  • When Tybalt sees Romeo at the party Capulet doesn’t want to cause a scene for unknown reasons

2013

  • The narrator only read the first four lines of the prologue than he talks about a jousting match
  • The setting of Verona for this movie is exactly what I imagined it to be
  • The fight scene was more like the play and all characters were present but the thumb biting incident was not included
  • Romeo looks older in this film and he is a lot more confident. Also he is a sculptor
  • Benvolio looks a lot younger in this film approximately 3-5 years younger than Romeo and he looks wimpy
  • Juliet looks older and more mature and she looks exactly like I imagined her
  • The nurse still has all her teeth
  • The setting of the party looked more clean and elegant
  • The costume design for this film is alto more simple and normal
  • Benvolio tries his chance at Rosaline after Romeo falls for Juliet
  • The kiss for this movie is quite long
  • The movie is very quick and Act 1 takes about less than half hour
  • Tybalt is in love with Juliet
  • The dancing is simple and elegant and matches the scene for the party
  • Juliet and Paris dance together at the party and Romeo steps in to dance with Juliet much to Paris is liking and it never happened in the play  
  • Capulet didn’t want to cause a scene after Tybalt seen Romeo at the party ( it wasn’t explained how Tybalt saw Romeo) because he didn’t want to face severe punishment by the prince

 

My Opinion

If I had to pick my favourite between the two I would have to favour the 2013 version over the 1968 version for many reasons. Most people would say the 1968 version is better because it better resemble the play written by Shakespeare, but for me that’s the reason why I don’t like it. The 1968 version does tell the story of Romeo and Juliet well on paper but the movie itself has a lot of flaws. First of all the acting is bad, the music is too loud and unnecessary, the costumes look outrageous, the setting looks like a dump, and the movie is too bland and boring because it’s exactly like the play. Think about like this why you would go to a movie if you know exactly what’s going to happen at each scene. In the 2013 version there are better characters, the costumes are better, the setting looks nicer, the music is good, and the movie is exciting because there are different scenes. Also the 2013 version is more understandable for those who have haven’t read the play and more appealing for those who have. I find the 2013 version would also encourage younger children to read the play too.