Tuesday, November 27, 2007

HW 35: Ta Ta For Now!

Well bloggers, this is almost my last post for Thinking and Writing 101 A Blog of One’s Own: Women and Authorship in the Digital Revolution. At this point in time I am sure you will continue hearing from me in the near future. However things will be a little different. You will most likely be reading posts that consist of me ranting and raving about the horrible classes that I am having next semester and about all of the great times I have at home on the weekends and on holidays. Keeping a blog has really taught me who I really am as a person and has shown me how to express myself in different ways and by using different writing techniques. I truly enjoyed the times that I spent writing my blogs and even laughed quite a bit. Hopefully by reading my blogs you have felt inspired to write what you feel no matter how random it is. Remember my post about women being able to fake it pretty well? Well I do, I was careless about what people might think of me and wrote about it because it showed me for who I really am. Well I will be going for now but I will be back posting again someday. Keep your eyes peeled for new posts to be coming and thank you for reading Kim’s Sick Blog.

HW 34: Tea Anyone?!?!

After reading the selection in Baghdad Burning by Riverbend dated October 9th through the 29th I learned about tea traditions. Tea is served in many ways depending on the family but mainly consists of a three-step process. The water is boiled then tealeaves are added and lastly it is all put in to a different kettle and heated until the leaves rise to the surface of the kettle and allowed to settle again (Riverbend 108-109). Tea would never be served in a bag in Iraq such as we do in the United States. The Iraqi’s would consider this an insult due to their expertise in serving and drinking tea. The purpose of tea in the evenings between families is purely to relax and have conversations relating to politics as well as many other subjects. Conversations in Iraq “Unlike the typical family conversation around the world ‘How was your day dear?’ doesn’t get at typical answer in Iraq. Depending on who is being asked, the answer varies from stories of abductions to hijackings, to demonstrations, to empty gas cylinders and burned out water pumps” (Riverbend 109). I found that interesting to think about the horrible experiences that people in Iraq go through and have to share amongst the family.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

HW 32: School Supplies

After reading through Riverbend's posts in the book Baghdad Burning, I stumbled across where she talks about going with her cousin, his wife S, and E to go shop for school supplies for her cousins daughters. In the past it wouldn’t have been a problem for the younger girls to go and get their own school supplies however, with the conditions today in Iraq, S feels that it is unsafe to send her daughters by themselves. Riverbend tells us about the stores in Iraq while explaining that there are no malls there, just stores. The group of them went to the stationary store in order to get the supplies for the girls. The group took quite some time picking out supplies to abide with the ages of the girls and once purchased they group returned home to the girls. This post was heartbreaking for me. I cannot imagine not being able to send a 10 year old right down the street to go get school supplies. It upsets me to see how much the world has changed and how unsafe of an area Iraq has become.

HW 33: Podcast

The Podcast I watched was called “Challenges at a Girls School in Baghdad”. This Podcast is from Alive in Baghdad. This podcast was published on May 21, 2007 and can be found at http://aliveinbaghdad.org/2007/05/21/challenges-at-a-girls-school-in-baghdad/. This podcast is about the unfortunate schoolgirls that must attend schools in Baghdad. The story tells us about the difficulties for girls to even get to school with all of the shootings and bombings that are going on due to the war. There is one girl who appears in the podcast and speaks about how she herself has not much difficulty getting to school because she gets driven there. However, she says that there are often a lot of accidents, which sometimes prevent her from getting to school and force her and her uncle to take different roads. The girl tells us that she isn’t afraid of the shootings and such because she is used to them. I think she is an extremely brave person because if that were me I would freak out. In the background of the podcast is a rundown looking school and paint looks to be peeling off the walls. A viewer could learn a great deal about what is going on in Iraq after watching this Podcast. They could also learn that the war is affecting the educations of young minds in need of good education. Viewers may also discover a new found respect for the 15-year-old girl who is not afraid of bombings.

HW 30: Citizenship Symposium II

The Citizenship Symposium is an event that was happening all of last week here at Keene State College. After attending one of the sessions titled “Voting Theory and the Questions of Fairness”. The speaker at the session was Vincent Ferlini who is an associate professor of mathematics here at Keene State College. The topic of the lecture was about voting, the different methods of voting, and which types were the best to use in different situations. The other topic touched upon was about fair voting, and the question of fairness. Ferlini discussed sample voting methods, fairness, and Kenneth Arrow’s mathematical theorem, which consists of different methods that produce different results. Although I was upset with my feelings after the presentation because I felt like I hadn’t acquired any knowledge, I did learn a couple of interesting things. I learned that voting was instituted in Greece in 509BCE, people originally voted for people they liked the least, and that the politician that won went into exile for 10 years. My sentence of proof that I attended is that Ferlini’s first choice for exile would be Brittany Spears, then Paris Hilton, then Lindsey Lohan, then finally Kevin Federline. Also a quote from Ferlini:

“We tend to vote majority rules, but sometimes it doesn’t always work that way”.