My Centre of Learning

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Stephen’s Memorial

When Night of the Notables came about I created something that represented a lot more than just a moment, it represented an idea. The idea of the death of the medium, Stephen Colbert used to inspire and display his opinion. To display this I used, as you can see above, a memorial stone. Which depicts the death of Stephen Colbert (the character, not the person) at the the hands of his own comments.

With his death that I proposed I then began to go on large discussion about what “Stephen” did during his existence. So I talk on how he was used to display corruption or exploitation of politics, or how he was used to create large events (ei. The Colbert Super PAC) to donate to charity. But what I always made sure I spoke on, was how he was used so the actual Stephen Colbert could bring forth problems in his country without outrage. This was important because without the comedy from the character, politicians and talk shows were attacked if they so much as mentioned anything being wrong with America/Americans. An example being during  one of Obama’s recent speeches he made a small comment, which then he then had to apologize profusely  for.  So in the end these the discussions always led to the same idea, it was tragic to see this foolish, right-wing, narcissist die.

In conclusion, by the end of the night and many discussions, these topics not only gave the people who came to my location, but myself as well, many things to think about.

 

Lost in City of Knowledge

It  was a bright morning as we drove into Vancouver, it felt as if you could feel the anticipation emanating from the talons students. For today was the much hyped Vancouver Public Library trip,  where  we would dive forth and adventure through books stacked like skyscrapers, varying in size and shape, the piles were so expansive it felt like you were lost as soon as you wandered in.

But before I could get lost in the city of knowledge that was the library, I as well as many others took just moment of our to appreciate the exterior of building. It was obvious that many were captured by the building as soon as we began to just look at it, because with of all its twists and curves, it felt like it wanted to pull you in. We would soon get pulled in, but before that could happen we were quickly split into two groups one who would go to the library and another that would enjoy a small bookstore by the name of MacLeod’s Books.

Sadly I was not part of the group that went into the city of books, though I along with some of my other colleagues instead got to enjoy the quaintness of a small used book store going seemingly unnoticed.  If the library was a city, MacLeod’s Books seemed much more like a comforting small town, because even though it contained only old and torn books that made it seem more sincere. I searched as long as I was there but sadly I didn’t seem to find anything either pertaining to my eminent person or that I would enjoy owning (that I could afford).

After the hour we spent in the book store, we went back towards the library to  reunite with the other group and enjoy the small break lunch gave us. A break basically consisting of the consumption of many a bubble tea, sushi, and pizza which coincidentally were right beside each other making around 60 students confined into an area around 30 feet which led to an enjoyable lunch break.

Once lunch had come  to a close we broke off from the other group again and left to partake in the library. It was fantastic, it felt exactly like expected, it felt like I was lost in  city of books.  But sadly while I was lost in the city of books I found nothing on my eminent person, all I could find was were his book would’ve been if it wasn’t taken out. As I found that out I realized I might as well help out others, so I spent the rest of the time I spent it with Jackson in search of books on his eminent person.

As we used up the last of our time we reconvened with the other group and began to funnel ourselves onto the bus so we could return to Gleneagle. The ride back gave me a good opportunity to appreciate the trip in its whole from the quaint bookstore to the craziness of lunch to library its self, I would say after thinking it through it was an enjoyable trip.

Stephen Colbert

As of now I’ve decided that my eminent person, known for his famous “report”, will be Stephen Colbert. I’ve chosen Stephen Due to his many themes running through his life and comedy. Such as his deep love and interest for his country and comedy,the fact that he comes from a white middle-class household and that he’s guy much like myself. So what I’m saying, is that we’ve got quite a few similarities, as you can tell.

Born on May 13, 1964 Stephen was man with ambitions, ambitions large enough that he would become a writer, actor, comedian, but right then he was just a kid. Though he had his path ahead of him and he to figure it out he went to Northwestern University to study to become an actor but by a chance meeting with the comedian Del Close and the rest is history. From just working as part of sketch comedy group (Exit 57), landing his own show, The Colbert Report, to finally taking up the mantel of the host of The Late Night Show.

There are many accomplishments throughout his life that make him noteworthy, here are just a few. He, personally made the news grow into a platform, in my opinion, worth watching (with his work on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) with his hilarious and informative writing and acting. Along with this Stephen has created, with much effort a Super PAC by the name of The Colbert Super PAC , it was made solely through parody of a Mr. Tim Pawlenty’s own Super PAC, which he soon realized was actually something he should do. Lastly. on this small list of achievements comes one of his most reputable, his impact on the american political scene, largely due to his numerous bits, interviews, and entire episodes on the idea. So to condense this down it’s obvious he’s a very reputable person.

Goals

To do this man justice, I will portray this man with my utmost ability, and I will show why he’s truly eminent. Specifically my learning center is something I want to catch your eye and show flares of passion and layers of intrigue, I want it to be something past a poster board, something that shows a glimpse of who he is and his eminence. Overall my goal for this project is to just make it something that shows what he is as a person.

Questions I Consider- The English Civil War

As I read through and appreciated many of sites and videos kindly provided by my colleagues I began to have questions develop in my mind. Such as, how did religion effect the brutality of warfare? Did it justify the acts of the soldiers? Did change how they fought? But what stuck out most in my mind was, what was the opinion of the common folk on the civil war? Were they just caught between two parties? Or did they truly support the rising ideologies of Cromwell or past thinking of the monarchy.

What was the opinion of the common folk (would did they side with)?

Most information on the English civil war isn’t really made to display the thoughts and opinions of peasants. So most of the answers are only a small amount more than an educated guess, though I believe that events in the English civil war prove a strong enough point to tell where there allegiance lie. I believe their allegiances stood mostly with themselves. Though there were likely civilians on each end for and against the opposing sides, I truly believe that the majority of common folk have no reason to care, because would really if you care if you swapped a monarchy for a monarchy? So in the end I believe though some may side with one of the two sides I believe that the common folk really had no reason to care which faction to support.

 

Questions of My Own

Questions I came up with during brainstorming.

  • How do you achieve “success”?
  • What defines success?
  • How do you change your outlook on life?
  • What makes intelligence?
  • What is love? (baby don’t hurt me)
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • What is progression?

What questions inspire you to pursue them?

The questions that inspire me the most to pursue them are the ones on intelligence and success, because I feel like my life and many others have been dictated so heavily by those two themes, and that inspires me to pursue them.

What questions do you find intimidating or challenging?

The questions I find intimidating and/or challenging tie very closely to the ones I find the most interesting, being the ones on intelligence and success. I find these so intimidating and challenging because how different these can seem to many people and finding what you believe to be the answer, to someone else could seem entirely wrong.

How do you approach these questions, who or what can you enlist to help you?

Though few of the questions of the questions are either unanswerable or mostly up to interpretation, the others I would approach with deep readings into there prescribed field and with enlisted help with many professionals on the topic.

How will you know if you’ve been successful?

Honestly with many I may never reach a point were my final answer will be “correct” for everyone, though I will consider my self successful when I find answer that fully satisfy’s me.

What do the questions you ask say about you as a person?

I believe these questions portray me as a person interested on the inner workings of how or minds behave and make people appear or seem.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus, a name known by many for his fantastical voyage’s across the pond. Known as the discoverer of the America’s, but the great “hero” Columbus is also known for his ruthless massacre of the Arawak people an event that shaped how much of the European explorers would act. Though there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Columbus.

I cannot deny the inevitable fact of Columbus’s murder and genocide of the Arawak people, nor can I deny that the massacre was fueled by the greed and lust for money and power. But I can say that Columbus did bring massive amounts of progress to the Americas.  He brought new technologies, trade, change, and momentous amounts of intrigue, because who wouldn’t want to make a business on top of the new land undiscovered until now? Columbus by himself set forth years production, creation and progress into a new technologies. But the sad truth of all this that even though he brought new development across the globe, he still committed  such atrocity’s that his image is forever tainted. In conclusion, Columbus deserves the hatred and outrage for his actions though his impact should not be forgotten.

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