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  1. Where is Flight 370

    June 5, 2014 by valentino99266

    This article that I am doing is titled “Where is Flight 370?”. A few weeks ago a plane, Flight 370, was supposedly lost. But up till recently, a lot of oil was found in the Indian Ocean and people thought it was Flight 370. Well, they were correct. All those people died in the crash. The following paragraphs are directly from the passage.

    The pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, has 18,365 flying hours. He joined the airline in 1981. For a veteran 777 pilot with Shah’s background, 18,000-plus total career hours in the air is normal. Shah built a flight simulator in his home. It’s somewhat common among the worldwide community of aviation enthusiasts to use online flight simulator programs to replicate various situations. Simulators allow users to virtually experience scenarios in various aircraft. Programs can simulate flight routes, landings and takeoffs from actual airports, but pilots say they cannot replace the experience gained from real flying. Shah is married and has three children, the youngest of whom is in her 20s and lives with her parents. He and his wife have one grandchild. First Officer Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007. He has 2,763 flying hours and was transitioning from flight simulator training to the Boeing 777-200ER. The amount of flight time Hamid has could be a bit low for a 777 pilot flying for an American airline, experts said. But the system of pilot advancement is often faster among airlines in smaller nations. Some airlines in these countries offer cadet programs that find talented and promising young pilot candidates and offer them intensive, specialized training, experts say. Hamid lives with his parents and some of his four siblings, according to a neighbor. A source close to the investigation told CNN that Malaysian police searched Shah’s and Hamid’s homes Saturday.

    When phones are disabled or turned off — which would presumably happen after a plane crash — calls to those cell phones go directly to voice mail. Friends and loved ones of the missing passengers, however, reported ringing when they called. Technology industry analyst Jeff Kagan says a call would connect first to a network before trying to find the end user, and the ringing sound callers hear masks the silence they would otherwise hear while waiting for the connection to be made. “If it doesn’t find the phone after a few minutes, after a few rings, then typically, it disconnects, and that’s what’s happening,” he said.

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  2. Prometheus and Gaea

    June 2, 2014 by valentino99266


    Prometheus and Epimetheus were spared imprisonment in Tartarus because they had not fought with their fellow Titans during the war with the Olympians. They were given the task of creating man. Prometheus shaped man out of mud, and Athena breathed life into his clay figure.

    Prometheus had assigned Epimetheus the task of giving the creatures of the earth their various qualities, such as swiftness, cunning, strength, fur, and wings. Unfortunately, by the time he got to man Epimetheus had given all the good qualities out and there were none left for man. So Prometheus decided to make man stand upright as the gods did and to give him fire.

    Prometheus loved man more then the Olympians, who had banished most of his family to Tartarus. So when Zeus decreed that man must present a portion of each animal he scarified to the gods, Prometheus decided to trick Zeus. He created two piles, one with the bones wrapped in juicy fat, the other with the good meat hidden in the hide. He then bade Zeus to pick. Zeus picked the bones. Since he had given his word, Zeus had to accept this pile as his share for future sacrafices. In his anger over the trick, he took fire away from man. However, Prometheus lit a torch from the sun and brought it back again to man. Zeus was enraged that man again had fire. He decided to inflict a terrable punishment on both man and Prometheus.

    To punish man, Zeus had Hephaestus create a mortal of stunning beauty. The gods gave the mortal many gifts of wealth. He then had Hermes give the mortal a deceptive heart and a lying tongue. This creation was Pandora, the first woman. A final gift was a jar which Pandora was forbidden to open. Thus completed, Zeus sent Pandora down to Epimetheus, who was staying amongst the men.

    Prometheus had warned Epimetheus not to accept gifts from Zeus, but Pandora’s beauty was too great and he allowed her to stay. Eventually, Pandora’s curiosity about the jar she was forbidden to open became intolerable to her. She opened the jar and out flew all manner of evils, sorrows, plagues, and misfortunes. However, the bottom of the jar held one good thing – hope.

    Zeus was angry at Prometheus for three things: being tricked by the scarifices, stealing fire for man, and refusing to tell Zeus which of Zeus’s children would dethrone him. Zeus had his servants, Force and Violence, seize Prometheus, take him to the Caucasus Mountains, and chain him to a rock with unbreakable adamanite chains. Here he was tormented day and night by a giant eagle tearing at his liver. Zeus gave Prometheus two ways out of this torment. He could tell Zeus who the mother of the child that would dethrone him was, or meet two conditions. The first was that an immortal must volunteer to die for Prometheus, and the second was that a mortal must kill the eagle and unchain him. Eventually, Chiron the Centaur agreed to die for him and Heracles killed the eagle and unbound him.


    GAIA (or Gaea) was the Protogenos(primeval divinity) of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky. She was the great mother of all : the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos (the sky), the sea-gods from her union with Pontos (the sea), the Gigantes from her mating withTartaros (the hell-pit) and mortal creatures were sprung or born from her earthy flesh.

    In myth Gaia appears as the prime opponent of the heavenly gods. First she rebelled against her husband Ouranos (Sky) who had imprisoned her sons in her womb. Then later, when her son Kronosdefied her by imprisoning these same sons, she assisted Zeus in his overthrow of the Titan. Finally she came into conflict with Zeus, angered with him for the binding of her Titan-sons in the pit of Tartaros. In her opposition she first produced the tribe of Gigantes and later the monster Typhoeus to dethrone him, but both failed in both attempts.

    In the ancient Greek cosmology earth was conceived as a flat disk encirced by the river Okeanos, and topped above by the solid dome of heaven and below by the great pit of Tartaros. She herself supported the sea and moutains upon her breast.

    Gaia was depicted as a buxom, matronly woman, half risen from the earth (as in the image right) in Greek vase painting. She was portrayed as inseperable from her native element. In mosaic art, Gaia appears as a full-figured, reclining woman, often clothed in green, and sometimes accompanied by grain spirits–the Karpoi.

    ¬†“GAEA : Greek Goddess of Earth ; Mythology ; Pictures : GAIA, TELLUS.”¬†GAEA : Greek Goddess of Earth ; Mythology ; Pictures : GAIA, TELLUS. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2014.

    “Mythology: Prometheus.”¬†The Legend of Prometheus. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2014.

  3. Ayn Rand Short Biography

    June 2, 2014 by valentino99266

    Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, as Alissa Rosenbaum. During her younger years she lived a comfortable, affluent, middle-class existence. Her father Fronz had become a chemist despite quotas on Jews studying at the university. Her mother Anna subscribed her to children’s literary magazines, which inspired her to write her own stories. (According to the Rand mythology, she decided to become a writer at age nine.) In 1917 she and her family witnessed the Russian Revolution as the Communist party took over the government. The family lived in relative poverty from that point on, for her father did not have many friends in the new government.

    At age 16 in 1921, she enrolled at Petrograd State University. During her second year she was expelled as anti-proletariat, but thanks to protests by foreign governments, she was reinstated. After she finished her degree, she enrolled at the State Technicum for Screen Arts, where she studied screenwriting. At this point Rosenbaum (Rand) knew that her philosophy did not fit with the Communist agenda, and realized she needed to leave Russia. In January 1926, she got a passport to visit relatives for a short time in Chicago, but she never returned. 

    As a child, Rand had been particularly influenced by Maurice Champagne, Victor Hugo, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Respectively, these authors gave her intelligent, independent protagonists as role models, showed her the power of a complex story with larger-than life characters, and taught her about the importance of heroism and individualism, although she did not necessarily agree on all points with the authors. In addition, Rand’s negative experiences with communism caused her to become a lifelong opponent of Communism, although she remained an atheist in the manner of Nietzsche (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography Supplement: Modern Writers, 1900-1998).

    Soon after her arrival in Chicago, Rand left for Hollywood, hoping to get a job as a screenwriter. Around this time she changed her name. In addition to the usual reasons that people change their names upon entering Hollywood, Rand may have intended to protect her relatives in Russia, who could be punished for the ideas and arguments she was planning to express through film.

    Rand claimed that she arrived in Hollywood with only fifty dollars in her pocket and that the day after she arrived in Hollywood, she was given a car ride and a job as a movie extra by film director Cecil B. DeMille. While this account is probably at least partially untrue, Rand did work as an extra in several of DeMille’s films. In fact, it was on the set of DeMille’s film¬†King of Kings¬†that she met her future husband, actor Frank O’Connor.

    Rand’s career as a writer was launched in 1932, when she successfully sold a screenplay to Universal Studios. While the film was never produced, she then wrote the play¬†The Night of January 16th, which was produced on Broadway in 1934. Her first novel,¬†We The Living¬†(1936), portrays life in post-communist Russia. In the preface Rand readily points out the autobiographical similarities between her own youth and the life of her protagonist. However, it was negatively reviewed in a time when many educated thinkers were in favor of the ideal of Communism. This novel was followed byAnthem¬†(1938), a science fiction novel about a future dystopia where the world has been corrupted by communism. Rand did not enjoy real success until the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943. Rand’s last novel, which most consider her masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, was published in 1957.¬†

    “Biography of Ayn Rand (1905-1982).”¬†Biography of Ayn Rand. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014.

  4. Fahrenheit 451 round 3 – Discussion Leader/Vocabulary Highlighter

    February 7, 2014 by valentino99266


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    • odious?¬†
    • rollick
    • adhesive-taped
    • cricket

  5. Fahrenheit 451 discussion for reading #2

    February 6, 2014 by valentino99266

    So far, in the reading, ¬†Montag is becoming less interested in burning books and houses. But his fellow employees say otherwise. They start telling him about the first “fireman” in the business which was supposedly Benjamin Franklin. Apparently there are rules that they need to follow.


    1. Answer the alarm swiftly (Bradbury, half of 35).
    2. Start the fire swiftly (Bradbury, half of 35).
    3. Burn everything (Bradbury, half of 35).
    4. Report back to firehouse immediately (Bradbury, half of 35).
    5. Stand alert for other alarms (Bradbury, half of 35).

    This is what they do every time the alarm sounds. I think he is getting tired of the same thing everyday. So he might be getting influenced by Clarisse.

    What do you think?




  6. Key Passage Pointer

    February 5, 2014 by valentino99266

    page 34-35:

    ” Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin


  7. notes on Fahrenheit 451 reading #2

    February 5, 2014 by valentino99266


    • are you a fool?
    • what about school is good in this book?
    • what is kerosene?
    • why is Montag stuttering?
    • why does the alarm sound if they’re the ones who start the fire?


    • extend, pull back, extend, pull back.
    • it doesn’t feel, or like, or dislike.
    • one two three four five six seven days.

  8. Fahrenheit 451 Discussion

    February 5, 2014 by valentino99266

    why do you think Mr. Montag was so curious about what was around the corner?

    Alejandro T- maybe someone is after him.

    Kendall W- he is self-conscious.

    Jacob K- because he was worried that something was there.

    Omar V- because he is afraid but yet so interested.


    Kendall’s prediction- Clarisse will become more intreged with Montags work.

    Alejandro’s prediction- Montag will go to the firehouse station.

    Jacob’s prediction- Montag is going to remember his past.

    Omar’s prediction- I think Montag is going to burn some houses and books.

  9. Approach Paper

    January 28, 2014 by valentino99266

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