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Dark and Stormy Night
"Oh my god," you think, "I've got to cover the tomatoes if it's going to freeze!!" The storm began to rage around me as I ran outside to cover my helpless crops. The old elm tree shuddered in the wind and dry leaves fluttered around my feet as I hurried along the garden path toward the vegetables rustling in the pelting sleet. Freezing from the icy rain, I thought I knew just how my tomatoes felt. I found the blankets and sheets folded near the garden beds, and hurried to throw them over the plants to protect them. I could only hope the tender plants could endure the sudden storm.
As I hurried back along the path toward the house, I could swear I heard footsteps hurrying behind me. Suddenly, the sound of the elm tree's branches scraping along the roof intensified. An owl hooted, and…… [Read More]
Radio Altimeter effectiveness and CFIT
How can technology be used to effectively diminish CFIT and ALA incidents?
Air travel is one of the safest means of traveling from one location to another in the world. Without air traffic, the business world would come to a screeching halt. Although businesses can transfer mass amounts of digital communications DATA, thus eliminating much of the demand on mail and fax transmissions of just a decade ago, businesses organizations can still not transfer products, mail, personnel, and other hard goods through electronic blips on the internet. Travel still relies on airliners and cargo air-busses which fill the skies around the world and around the clock. The experts are agreed that global commercial air traffic will grow at an average 5% per year over the next 20 years. This means that traffic will double in 15 years and will practically triple by the end of…… [Read More]
Heart of Darkness
Conrad's themes embrace navigation, humanity and inspection
Descriptiveness, irony and imagery are also on board
The novel brings to light the "reverence and affection" (6)
Of an exalted character linked to the sea, but not a king or a lord
The novel also exposes the bigotry and bias of Marlow's kin
She wanted to "wean those millions from their horrid ways…" she said (9)
The aunt made Marlow "quite uncomfortable" -- her morality clearly wore thin
Later he saw"..black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees" all nearly dead
The sea, the darkness, the river and the mystery
The "foreign shores" and "foreign faces" that also "glide past" (9)
Fully illustrate the effectiveness of the novel's link to history
Because in this novel's time frame, colonialism was in its last gasp
Heart of Darkness explores endless days that seem more like night
It examines timeless concepts of…… [Read More]
life of slaves in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and the lives of the mentally ill in Victor LaValle's Devil in Silver
The theme of freedom and escape was common in antebellum literature written by former slaves -- and is also common in narratives of the lives of the mentally ill today. Both Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl and Victor LaValle's Devil in Silver chronicle unjust imprisonments: in Jacob's case, the narrator's life as a slave; in LaValle's novel, the horrors perpetrated upon the mentally ill. These texts indicate that those who are marginalized in our society are selected in an arbitrary fashion based upon categories such as race or class rather than have intrinsic properties that make them uniquely different. Over the course of the narrative, both protagonists overcome the societies of fear and tyranny that are created by their…… [Read More]
d.). Therefore, the strength of his convictions and the acceptance of sacrifice create indeed a vivid impression of the character. Moreover, he openly admits the challenges facing his business and his ability to support his family, yet "yet my faith was not shaken, nor my efforts for the slaves lessened"(Coffin, n.d.). The power the belief in a higher authority that offered the blessing on the affairs he conducted represented the main argument which drove him forward and enabled him to make the efforts to set in place and conduct the Underground Railway.
The financial support he was able to have at his disposal was an essential element in the entire success of the initiative. This can be seen from the perspective of the system his partners and he managed to set in place. In this sense, they had at every moment a wagon stationed in the places slaves were considered…… [Read More]
Tonkin Gulf Crisis
The Debate over the Tonkin Gulf Crisis
The Tonkin Gulf Crisis 1964 ranks with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as events that David Kaiser of the U.S. Naval War College refers to as "controversies in American political history that dwarf all others (Ford, 1997)."
There is evidence that President Lyndon Johnson deliberately lied about the incidents leading to the Vietnam War to ensure that plans for war were supported. However, many opponents of this claim say that this is not so. According to Sedgwick Tourison in the book Secret Army, Secret War and Dr. Edwin Moise's Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, evidence that Johnson's administration was deceitful is becoming clearer than it was (Ford, 1997).
Today, Tonkin Gulf researchers are still examining the evidence to determine whether or not Johnson's administration intentionally instigated the…… [Read More]
Farris (1990) cites Glasser's Control Theory as a foundation for developing activities to motivate adolescent learners. Briefly this theory asserts humans have five basic needs: the need for survival, belonging, power, freedom and fun. Effective teachers recognize and respond to students' needs and a critical part of that response lies in helping students accept and maintain that essential control.
Farris (1990) proposes possible classroom responses designed to meet these needs. To satisfy the need to belong a teacher should create a classroom with an accepting atmosphere, create a sense of ownership, recognize student's attempts to be accepted, praise students' performance, teach using groups, and discipline or reprimand in private whenever possible to avoid humiliating students. The need for freedom can be addressed by involving students in rule making, providing opportunities for free expression, encouraging creativity in assignments, and possibly consider eliminating assigned seating. The need for power can be addressed…… [Read More]
Louvigny returned to Quebec and was considered by Canadians to have ended the first Fox War. He returned to the area in 1717 to continue the policing of the Meskwaki forces, yet made little progress in making contact or forcing the provisions of the previous treaty. In later communication with the government, Meskwaki chiefs expressed their own desire for peace. During the period between 1714 and 1727, the French were able to reopen waterways and move freely throughout the areas previously hindered by the danger of Indian encounters. However, other communications between the French and the American Indians were failing. Among these, the greatest failure was the inability of the French to include the Indian groups in the agricultural settlements they had attempted, including the one at Detroit.
Though the city groups of Indians and white men did not last, the area remained secure enough for the French and Americans…… [Read More]
This fox asks the prince to tame him (the word in French is closer to "befriend" or even "socialize") for only in being tamed and forming that sort of relationship does he become unique. The fox says, "ut if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world..." (Ch. 21) it is this which gives color to the world. In taming the fox, and learning that establishing ties and relationships is what gives meaning to life, the prince comes to understand that his rose is unique, because she has a relationship with him. The idea that it is relationships, commitments, and sacrifices which define and give meaning to life is one which continues through-out Exupery's life and work. "One sees clearly only with the heart," the fox informs the prince,…… [Read More]
In some cases, it does make the world a connected whole and global village. An e-mail goes from Europe to Africa in seconds, a girl in South America plays a PC game with a boy in Australia, a man in California talks over the computer to a friend in Japan. In some ways, this must be improving international communication.
However, the Internet has also made it much easier for people to stay indoors in front of their computers. Children are forgetting how to actually play imaginative games, they are becoming obese and their thumbs are suffering from repetitive movement syndrome. People of all ages are actually addicted to the Web; a camp in Germany only allows children 30 minutes a day on the computer and encourages them to spend as much time out of doors as possible. Computer/video gamers devote more than triple the amount of time spent playing games…… [Read More]
That Frederick is indeed emotionally unavailable is highlighted at every turn. He doesn't do "little things" for Anna, nor whisper sweet words to Ottilie. In his speeches, he thanks neither woman for the help they have given him. "Who helped more than me?" Anna thinks as she hears her husband's first speech. "How come Freddy didn't mention me?" Later Ottilie, listening to Douglass speak years later, reflects, "I'd heard Douglass give this speech numerous times and each time I felt outrage. He'd never thanked me. Never mentioned me."
Anna and Ottilie eventually make a wary kind of peace as each comes to realize that Frederick cannot give her the love she wants. In their final meeting, Anna asks Ottilie if Frederick loves her, and Ottilie has to admit she doesn't know. Laughing bitterly, Anna admits that she never knew if Frederick really loved her either. "I thought he choose you…… [Read More]
ve spent all day in school. Your report for tech. writing is due soon. But you think you can crank out a few more pages before you go to work at Marty's Mortuary. So you turn on your computer. You click on the word processor icon to call up your file. Suddenly a strange graphic image appears on your screen. It takes up the entire screen. Your word processor and file disappear behind the image. Your speakers begin to blare loudly. Have you seen too much scary TV lately or is this indeed an image of
Lost Boys stalk the streets with hunger markings on their chests and makeshift weapons. "It's revolting," your tech morality teacher would say. "Their complete disregard for authority is just revolting."
From beyond the safe haven walls of the great City, the dome-protected Obsidian, the rebels have invaded.
The screen blinks with a notice…… [Read More]