How Do You Breakup with A Psychopath?

It’s not a trick question. I am seriously wondering.

I want peace. I am tired of fighting. I am sick of being hurt without remorse from him, the soulless, selfish, sadist he is. I hate that I remember the good times. The bad times make a break easy, it’s the good times and many ‘firsts’ that make it PAINFUL as hell to think of life without him. I am tired of being mad at him. I am tired of being angry at him. I hate him for being so cruel to me and never apologizing for his rampant disrespect. I am broken, dissected, insulted, and bitter…and he could not care less.

When he says ‘i love you’ i feel angry because it’s a lie. I am tired of being his fucking ATM because god forbid he pay one dime for anything, why should he when he has me to use and abuse and treat like a doormat?

‘I LOVE YOU’ is something I only want to hear in sincerity. However, the only person he truly loves is himself, although his neurotic, antisocial, malodorous, witch ex-girlfriend would be a close second. They deserve each other, both co-dependent, neurotic, hateful, cruel, and selfish.

I WASTED OVER 5 YEARS ON THIS MAN…as sweet as i am to him, always encouraging him, he can’t have my back when it gets bad. When I am with him, I might as well be alone because he doesn’t care about me after ALL I HAVE DONE FOR HIM….i am so bitter and angry…….but he will never find someone as good as me. i know this in my heart.

him losing me is his loss. me losing him is losing 160 pounds of dead weight.

Krista Kennedy “Textual Machinery: Authorial Agency…”

This essay, but one of many chapters of a writing program series at Syracuse University, was interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it taught me new words (bifurcation) and concepts (Turing Test). Secondly, I learned that there is a powerful existence in our midst, that of a bot. Bots apparently do a lot of typo and grammar work but go beyond that to often do work faster and just as accurately as a human. Read More

“Collaboration and Concepts of Authorship” by M. T. Inge

Accept that the idea of a single author is simply no longer viable. Boom. Do not question this! Inge barks loudly about this which makes me, a writer, more than a little annoyed. Why? Inge insists authors are not individual creators in our modern digital world. Instead, texts are the culmination of many discourses: the environment(s) in which writing happens, the writer’s mental state and pressures upon that writer, and the reader/audience expected to get/consume the final print version. (623) No writing can escape the influences that created it, Inge’s claim to which I concur. Everything is “socially constructed” indeed. (623)

“Understanding and Creating Digital Texts” (Part 1 of 2)

We were assigned to read just chapters 7 & 8 (pages 135-190) and chapter 7 is the focus of this post.

The preface states: “As was the case with the printing press and the typewriter, the uses of digital tools are transforming literacy learning and instruction in ways that redefine … [our traditional] print-based literacy curriculum and instruction. Rather than simply substituting a digital tool for a print-based tool, such transformation involves augmentation … and redefinition of curriculum.” (xi)  The book aims to explain that digital tools will transform learning rather than stand as a merely tacked-on component of it. Read More

“Understanding and Creating Digital Texts” (Part 2 of 2)

We were assigned to read only chapters 7 & 8 (pages 135-190) for our class.  Chapter 8 is the focus of this post.

Chapter 8: COMPOSING MULTIMODAL TEXTS THROUGH USE OF IMAGES, AUDIO, AND VIDEO

While the previous chapter was about the co-construction of collaboration, chapter 8 focused on the 3 multimodal components: video, audio, and images. The three are so interwoven that they can’t be discussed separately. (163) I disagree, because I think they are quite unique and that one can easily be used without the other two. Because texts are multimodal, we now show versus tell which is why we must focus on design. (163) Read More

Wikinomics

We were supposed to read just the first chapter titled, “Wikinomics,” but I wanted to read everything preceding it so I could comment as I read from the start of the book.

PREFACE: The authors started right off the bat getting the reader’s attention and making the point they drive home in every paragraph. Clearly they want you to know that YOU matter. In fact, the first edition of this book came out in 2006 the same week that Time magazine chose “You,” the global online collaborator, as its “Person of the Year.” Although I personally was not on Facebook until 2008, apparently most college students used Facebook in 2006 along with the now-irrelevant MySpace phenomenon. In fact, the whole idea of “social networking” and “user-generated media” is just a small slice of the proverbial pie which this book tries to browbeat you into grasping that indeed, this is the present and the future and to be successful and viable in this new tech world, you must change with the times. The old guard just won’t cut it anymore and will actually hinder one’s progress and profit. The original text, the authors, proudly state, had a huge impact, such as in the way that “wikinomics” has become a bonafide word quite popular in the vernacular. Moreover, it’s used by those in all realms of popular culture from business to religious to politics and so forth.

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“Making Documentary Films and Videos…” by Barry Hampe

For class we were assigned this book, but only chapters 2-6. The reason for reading this book was for our short documentary, the second of three class projects. I mention this because Hempe’s book really helped me as I made my first documentary. After this first taste of making a movie of my own, I am inspired to continue making movies and this book will stay with me as a useful reference tool as to the basics of what to do and not do.

STAY TUNED….REST OF REVIEW STILL PENDING….

Hampe, Barry. Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries. New York: H. Holt, 2007. 37-346. Print.

“Because Digital Writing Matters” (Preface & Intro)

PREFACE:
This book is easy to read. Right from the start, it sets up a nice, neat narrative as to why, as the title suggests, digital writing matters. Because teachers have always been interested in tools of the trade, they’ve been “early adopters of new digital tools for writing.” The book’s main author, per se, is the National Writing Project (NWP) which started in the early 1990s with teachers and early online communities began the groundwork for “sustained attention to the new networked and digital technologies at local Writing Project sites.” Through the years, decades, in fact, networks have been fostered to raise questions about the nature of writing and the learning of it. The new millennium began with a bang.

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John August speech/article

Mr. August has written a wonderful article on his blog that was first a speech he gave at his alma mater, Drake University. I found his language easy to read, quite affable to be sure. This being originally written as a speech, it flows as such. He wrote a very palatable take on where we are in the digital age and where we’re going. It read like a conversation. He concisely sums up his view as this: writing matters. All writing, not just academic. How? Why? Because, August states, we’re being graded on everything we write. Whether we like it or not, we’re being judged. I like that he didn’t shy away from how unsettling it may be to hear this. He gets it. He agrees it’s okay to be a bit rattled and paranoid, but it’s what we need to be fully prepared for the digital world we are living in. This world, he continues, is not going away.

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