Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dalilah Farris

Letter to the media

Social Media, this includes everyone who has a social media account or at least goes on something like that once in a while.

I used to love my body, I felt confident and that was just enough for me. I used to look at myself in the morning, smile and then get ready.

Social Media, I used to love my life. You know, the one you make look so small now.  I used to love the way I was, even if my teeth weren’t perfectly white or I had a little extra skin here and there.

I don't love my body anymore, I tolerate it. I don't love my teeth anymore, I whiten them. You have destroyed the entirety of who I used to be.

I used to love all my clothes and now there just too big. Because social media? Your breaking me apart.

I watch what I eat now, I pay close attention to my teeth. Make sure I stand a certain way in pictures.

My stomach growls now, it doesn't stop. Not until I have to get up in the middle of the night to eat yogurt and then try to finally sleep.

Social Media, I don't love my flaws anymore. I used to think the smile on my face was just enough.

Social media, hear me now. I am not going to let you fool me anymore with your poses and your flaunts. I will admire myself not you, not the money you've spent to make yourself feel better.

Social media. I see myself through his eyes now. I am beautiful and you can't change that.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Cyber bullying happens everywhere whether it's a post on someone's story on Snap Chat or if it's in a group conversation on Facebook. The debate going on in the latest Upfront magazine is if schools should punish off- campus bullying. I think that schools should because most of the bullying starts at school continues to go on when students are not in school. I think if schools stop start punishing people for this it will will bring down the amount of students getting cyber bullied. I have been a victim of cyber bullying and I know I would have liked the school to be more involved. But one side thinks that schools shouldn't punish off campus bullying because if it happens off campus the parents should take care of it. In the article, it also concerns people that if schools do take part in off campus cyber bullying that there's a risk that schools could end up punishing students for things they say online that may be inappropriate but aren't necessarily cyber bullying, for example memes that can talk about race or easily offend other people that are seeing it. So if someone posts something that will hurt others schools shouldn't get involved because it is not cyber bullying, it is just a post; that is what the opposite side believes. I agree with that because people have the right to post what they want and schools shouldn't follow everything that students post. Posting although is also a form of cyber bullying which brings us back to the topic of debate. Should schools get involved or shouldn't they? which they should.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Why Are We Debating About This???

There has been a lot of talk about Trump's criticism against NFL players. Trump didn't like the fact that the players were protesting during the national anthem and he wants to take action .He stated at a rally in Alabama that he would love to see one of the NFL owners say ''get that son of the b***h off the field right now.out he's fired.'' Trump has his opinion and i have mine. My opinion is that if Trump doesn't like the NFL players actions then he shouldn't even watch it. I think this is something we shouldn't even be debating about .These NFL players should protest however they choose to.I like the idea that they are protesting against police brutality,because we need to shine light on these won't stop police brutality but it's a start .It seems like now a days we are so focused on the little things when we should be focused on the bigger picture.And the bigger picture is that these players are important to football fans and they do not need all of this talk about protesting for important topics.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry stands among his kneeling Dolphins teammates Sunday.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Should Bump-Stocks Be Banned?

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Animation of a bump-stock on a WASR-10 rifle.
On Sunday, October 1st, a country music concert was interrupted by gun fire. Stephan Paddock a 64-year old from Nevada started the most deadliest shooting in U.S. history. Paddock had 23 weapons with him in his hotel room. 12 of which had a device called a bump-stock. A device that replaces the pistol grip and stock and uses the recoil to help simulate automatic fire, like a military grade rifle. Many people, including the NRA (National Rifle Association) are discussing weather this should be an attachment civilians should be allowed to have.

I think the answer is quite simple. Seeing how one man with no motive can kill 59 people and injure 500 or so in matter of 10 minutes, this should not be something that civilians should have. It's a back street to automatic guns without paying $10,000 for a rifle and time to get it registered by the government or getting one off of the black market. It's too easy for something like this to be this attainable. I don't care what you think about guns or what political party you rest with, I hope you see this as something that shouldn't be allowed. And this is coming from a pro-gun conservative. I hope that the NRA recognizes this attachment as a danger to the public.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gun control

Battle Of The Barrel

The mentally ill shouldn't have guns period. If you’ve been arrested for violence that was due to you having no self control or anything other than self defense then you shouldn’t be able to get a concealed carry permit or the ability to have a gun at all. This shooting wasn’t a matter of the lack of control we have on magazines or how many guns one person can have it's a matter of who has access to weapons. It’s not the guns fault that they were used to kill people, just as it’s not a knife's fault for being used for stabbings. It’s the human being behind the murder weapon, it’s the mind that makes decisions, it’s the mind that sends signals to the body that commands it what to do. If someone has a mind that can't make rational decisions, does not have simple compassion for human life, and doesn't have a healthy definition of right and wrong. Then they shouldn’t have a gun.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Roots an album Reviw

Let's go back to our Roots.

The band Sepultura is a metal act from Brazil, and in the metal community are known as one of the foreign metal bands. They have been around since 1984
but have no original members anymore. Their two most
known band members Max Cavalera(Guitar/vocals)
and Igor Cavalera(Drums) are brothers that have since split from the band Max leaving after the release of Roots in 1996, Igor would leave in 2006. Max would go on to have a successful career in the Band Soulfly where he would provide guitar work, vocals, and be the lead lyric writer. Igor however after leaving Sepultura would be asked by his brother if he wanted to start another band and that band would be known as the super group The Cavalera Conspiracy. Now in 2017 the band is going to playing the entirety of the 16 track classic Roots the last album they played together in Sepultura and the album they are most known for.
I am going to seem them on March 2nd at the Hawthorne this year and I will do a review of the concert afterwards. So in the spirit of Sepultura I will review this album track by track. Just a warning this album is considered explicit, now that I warned you, you can't get me in trouble.

Track 1/16 Roots Bloody Roots: The track starts off peaceful enough with the sound of nature in the background but it does not take long the extremely down toned guitar to kick in and you start to hear Max scream Roots Bloody Roots. There is an element of tribal music throughout the whole album but this is their more standard sound. This song gets an 8.5/10.
Track 2/16 Attitude: This track starts with Max playing a berimbau, and an eerie voice in the background. Like the last track it doesn't take long for the song to go full power and have every member play as loudly as they can. Fun fact this songs lyrics was written by Max's step son who died not long after the album was released. In total this song gets a 9/10.
Track 3/16 Cut-Throat: This transitions smoothly from the last track into an angry and fast hate anthem. The lyrics seem to be about business men who treat humans horribly. This song gets a 7.5/10.
Track 4/16 Ratamahatta: In this track we hear the tribal sound go into full affect in this song. For the most part they are speaking in another language. This song has very little modern instruments such as the bass, guitar, drums. This song also has a great music video like Roots Bloody Roots and Attitude which I highly recommend that you check out. This song gets a 10/10.
Track 5/16 Breed Apart: This song has a very tribal feel in the be while still maintaining all of it's heaviness. I don't this song is the best but I do love this track the scream isn't as low as the other tracks it's mostly high screams. This song gets an 8.5/10.
Track 6/16 Straighthate: This track has a much more early Pantera feel. This song is just anger, nothing more nothing less. This is probably the most angry track alongside Cut-Throat except it's better. This song gets 9/10
Track 7/16 Spit: Spit is considered the most heavy track by critics. I don't necessarily agree with the critics but this is the most chaotic track off the album. Spit in my opinion also has one of the best screams in the whole album. 8.5/10
Track 8/16 Lookaway: This track is like Straighthate except it's somehow heavier in the instrument department. This track has a more sludge metal feel than the rest of the songs. This song isn't as good at the other tracks 7/10.
Track 9/16 Dust: Dust what can I say about this track. Um it's not the best it's not the worst either it's really an okay track like Lookaway. This song gets a 7/10.
Track 10/16 Born Stubborn: This is dads favorite track off the album and I would totally agree with him. It has the tribal feel that has been in the album for most of the songs. This track is probably the heaviest track in my opinion. It has a great use of Max's scream one of the best in the albums. The track also doesn't waste it's time unlike Lookaway. This song gets like Ratamahatta gets a perfect 10/10.
Track 11/16 Jasco: This calming instrumental track is just what you need to calm down before the last tracks start to kick in again. The only negative is there are not many instruments. This calming track gets a 8/10.
Track 12/16 Itsari: This track is like Jasco it's a tribal instrumental track except one it's longer and two there are more instruments being used. This track has a great tribal feel through and through. This gets an 8.5/10.
Track 13/16 Ambush: This track goes back to the more metal feel after the two instrumental tracks before and... it delivers. It's definitely more tame than the rest of the heavy tracks. But it's a good way to get us back into the heavy part of the album. There's not much more else I can say it's a great track that brings the pain after two calm instrumental tracks. This song gets an 8/10
Track 14/16 Endangered Species: This track has by far the best use of the drums. The bass also gets a lot of air time. This track it less focused on Max then the other tracks. This song gets a 8/10
Track 15/16 Dictatorsh!5: Just FYI that isn't the actual name of the track I'd just get in trouble for using it. This track is fast aggressive and heavy but it's also very short clocking in at about 1 and 1/3 minutes. This song is good but I think if it didn't feel rushed it would be better. Also the voice isn't as good. This song gets a 7/10.
Track 16/16 Canyon Jam: This ending track is a complete tribal jam with tribal instruments. It's also over thirteen minutes long. It's a complete instrumental and it closes the album off in a not so great way. This track gets a 6/10 the lowest score for the whole album.
This album gets a overall score of 8.5/10 it's a great album that isn't perfect but is really dang close.
Here is a link to the whole album on YouTube.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Is anyone interested in having their mind blown away? Well if so here's a list of what might be some of the best Christmas and Halloween movies of all time.
If you can imagine yourself telling a story about the movie around a campfire, and scare a bunch of 12 year old's. It's probably a good horror film. Now I understand that you could virtually tell any story to a bunch of kids and make it scary. I mean not to brag but it's a well known fact that I tell the best ghost stories ever. I once made a 16 year old boy vomit from fear. But that's besides the point. We'll start with my favorite genre classic horror. The original 1980 Changeling with George C Scott. Not the remake that had nothing to do with the Changeling. Something Wicked This Way Comes and Watcher In The Woods. Which are both great Disney horror movies. All the Universal horror films. Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf man, The invisible man, Creature from the black lagoon, etc. The Original The Haunting. As well German expressionism so movies like The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, which is a 1920 film and also Nosferatu 1922. All of those silent black and white beautifully shot films from Germany I love. Also The shining, Halloween, and The Thing. I guess you could say I've never seen a classic horror film that I didn't love.
Since the Holidays are barreling towards us like a freight train. Here are some wonderful movies to get you in the Christmas spirit. You can watch these with your grandma while you guys do puzzles. Home Alone, Scrogged, The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, Christmas vacation, and Miracle on 34th street.
Lastly here are just some films that I love but I'm not going to put in a specific category. All of Wes Anderson's films including, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. Edward Scissorhands, What lies Beneath, Ghostbusters, and Buffalo 66.
You can always feel free to refer back to this list if you're having an awesome one man slumber party with yourself and want to watch something good. Pajamas, prank calls, and blanket forts. Bedtime is for DORKS.

Here's some information about the movies...