Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Family and Fate

I believe that everyone has a big say in how their life plays out, but there are definitely factors that we don't control that play a part. Money and geography can both play a big part, we don't decide how much our parents make and we don't decide where we live as children. Growing up in certain places with certain amounts of money can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on which side of the coin you land on. It's not that simple though, you can be born to incredibly wealthy parents who are smart and give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, but if you don't want it, then you won't succeed. Parents don't need to have all the money in the world to be good parents and parents with all the money in the world aren't always good parents. Someone who comes from very little money but has good parents who will teach that child to work hard to give themselves a better life is much more likely to push themselves harder to try to make something of themselves. Someone who is born completely rich with parents who give them everything they ask for will often never learn the value of money and instead not strive for success because they expect money to just keep flowing. Instead that person might just do a bunch of drugs and drive his really nice car fast everywhere and somehow not crash.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize: An award for the best editorial pieces written in that year.

1. Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth for the Tampa Bay Times.

2. Dental stuff mostly about fluoride.

3. Kept stating fact or claim before they stated facts.

4. Yes, every article you can tell the author has their mind made up about the topic and is trying to get their point across.

5. The tone seems like the author is only really giving you the positive details about one side of the issue. They may give you some aspects of the other side, but they're very clear about which side their on.

Monday, February 10, 2014


In my opinion everyone has the ability to be creative, it's just about applying yourself. We're all sent to school where we take cookie cutter courses and follow strict guidelines for 12 years. Then we're expected to think outside the box? If we want to teach people to be creative we can't wait until they are adults, it needs to start from a young age. We can't just keep having everyone suddenly realize they can be creative once they're in college. Why not teach people to be creative when they're much younger and then they'll use that thinking for more of their life? Until schools stray away from such tedious learning kids won't have the opportunity to be creative.

Annoyance: car is freezing cold in the morning on the way to school.
Solution: start my car before I leave.

Annoyance: hands too full of food to open door to my room.
Solution: yell "mom" really loud until she comes and opens it for me.

Annoyance: Ben.
Solution: violence.

Annoyance: needing sleep.
Solution: Adderall.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Art of the Interview

Don't ask yes or no questions. Keep the questions short. Avoid charged words.

Don't use rapid patter as it won't allow your subject to speak candidly. Don't use leading questions that generate curt answers.

Interviewing someone who is incredibly bland, such as Joe Nixon, will cause your interview to lack substance even if you ask good questions.

Make sure the person you interview is interested in the interview.