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The Quote Game


It’s been a while. Mostly because I’ve been busy, but also because my blog is heading in a different direction than I thought and I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s become less of my media interests and short stories, and more of my views and small interest pieces. I’m more interested in talking about people, responses, and society.

I’m not sure what to attribute this change to, but it is happening, and that means a change is in order.

The title.

Any suggestions, please leave a comment!

Regards,

Krista

PS. I want to try something new and fun. I’m going to leave a quote at the bottom of each post, and see if someone can guess where it comes from. It can be a tv show, book, movie, or person.

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

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I Don’t Like the Way You React


Let me show you a scenario. A girl is talking with an acquaintance or loose friend. They are walking, and the topic of the deaf is raised.

“Yeah, my parents are deaf.”

“Wow! Really? That’s so cool! So, do you like, know Sign Language?”

“Yep, it’s not a big deal.”

“Cool! Can you sign something to me?”

I am tired of people who think that learning sign language would be cool. I am tired of people who use sign language to showcase themselves. I am tired of people who don’t want to learn sign language for the right reasons.

Today has been Let-Me-Show-You-How-Cool/Unique-I-Am-Because-I-Know-Sign-Language Day. Honestly, you would not believe how much Sign Language was thrown in my face. It was in a song at my district’s middle school play. It was in a cartoon commercial between a son and mother – when neither are deaf.

And it was in a video at our school Veteran’s Day program. A bunch of students got asked to say thank you to the Veterans in Sign Language. What really bugged me is that it wasn’t even done correctly. Instead, they had the students start with their hands on their heart and then move outward, when the sign actually starts from the chin. However, I did realize it might be specifically for the Veterans…so, I looked it up and found:

“He thought of the sign language sign for ‘Thank You,’ which starts at the chin, but was afraid it might be misconstrued by someone unfamiliar with its meaning as a sign-language sign. Starting with your hand over your heart, as if you’re about to say the Pledge of Allegiance, should make it easier to understand that the message is from the heart, even if the person doesn’t know exactly what the sign means.”

I’m angry. And yes, I know what you’re thinking: “What’s the big deal?”

My response: What is the point in warping Sign Language to make a unique message for Veterans?

How is this even okay? Sign Language was a language made for those who can’t hear, and therefore cannot speak as clearly as the hearing (which hinders the communication process). Sign Language was not made for Veterans who don’t know Sign Language.

So why is it okay to warp the language that the deaf use to communicate? Doing this completely undermines the seriousness of the language and ruins its purpose. It drives me crazy that the majority of the hearing population believes this to be acceptable!

But then again, those are the same people who are only learning Sign Language because they think it’s cool – that it makes them unique.

You know who you are. You are the ones who say, “Wow, that’s so cool!” when you hear I have deaf parents. You are the ones who ask me to sign to you just so you can goggle at me like I’m some animal in a zoo.

You are not the ones who want to learn it to speak to that deaf aunt/cousin/uncle you always brag about having. You are not the ones who want to learn it to help the deaf integrate more with the hearing community.

And…I don’t hate you personally. I just hate how you respond. Partially, it’s my fault. I never told you off or made you think about your reaction. But that’s what this post is. I am telling you now. I don’t like the way you react.

Regards,

Krista

PS. I should let everyone know that I have no negative thoughts or feelings to the Veterans. They should obviously be thanked and celebrated for because of how hard they’ve worked and what they’ve gone through for all Americans. However, I just don’t agree with the use of Sign Language to thank them. Unless, of course, there is a signing deaf Veteran in the auditorium. In that case, thank you for acknowledging the need to properly communicate with him or her.

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Harry Potter and the War of Research Topics


All right, I am going to have many questions for you today, so buckle yourselves in.

1) I can’t decide between two topics for my Harry Potter-based paper. Literature vs. Fiction or HP’s Affect on Society? Please leave a comment!

2) I have a few survey questions for you to answer, if you would be oh-so-kind. 🙂 They are 7 simple questions, plus one extended response. They will help me decide, along with a comment responding to the first question in this post, as to which prompt I should pick for my topic.

Thank you so much!

Krista

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I Want to Try a Japanese Toilet


So, I just finished a book a few seconds ago. It’s something my grandmother gave me, and honestly, I never would’ve picked it up if it wasn’t for that fact. I can pretty much guarantee that the majority of people who look over this post will not read this book either. It’s a book about human waste. And not so much about the human waste that is thrown in garbage cans, but the human waste that comes out of us.

Yes. I know. I was very against reading it when I first received it from my grandma.  It sat in my to-read pile for months. However, I recently was looking for a bit of a different read…And it wasn’t bad. In fact, I enjoyed it.

First of all, it’s not about the process of our bodies. This book is about waste in relation to human psychology, human society, and the future of humanity. Normally, I wouldn’t even write a post on a book like this, but the last point has struck a chord with me – and I’m sure it will with anyone else who will read this book. Overall, this book isn’t going to preach to you – it’s not going to tell you to definitely change your habits and so on. In fact, the author even says how her habits have changed, sometimes for the worse, since she began her novel.

But I want to recommend this book because it is the beginning of a change that will have to happen, whether we like it or not. The end of the book mentioned an estimated fact – that by 2050 most countries will not have enough water to live with. Two percent of water on Earth is fresh, and it’s all the same water that dinosaurs used to drink. So…it’s limited. It’s not a new concept, but this book has really changed my viewpoint on how I use water. I never drink it, but I waste it.

And honestly, I’ll be alive in 2050. I’ll be 67. It may be selfish, but I don’t want to be alive in a world that has a low source of water for the projected 8.9 billion people who will be there. I want water for everyone, but definitely for myself. Now, you can say that I’m a horrible person – I know there’ll be someone – but the fact of the matter is that you’ll probably be there too. Do you want to live in a world without fresh water?

Read it, or don’t. Although, I hope you do. Even if you don’t want the message, the facts are interesting. Who wouldn’t want to read about Japanese toilets and how they came to be?

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George.

Regards,

Krista

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Harry Potter Research Paper


Dear readers,

I was so incredibly excited about this moment that I just had to get on my blog during my Lit bell and tell you the good news. I am either doing my English research paper on how Harry Potter has affected society or whether Harry Potter is literature vs. fiction. To do this, I will be setting up polls or questionnaires for my class, teachers, peers, and those on the internet. I need to get my list of questions together first, but if anyone would be interested in helping me get more feedback on my questions later on, I’d be thrilled to have your help!!

Regards,

Krista

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The Simple Things: Youtube


So…I love Youtube. It’s a simple site, but I think it has a lot to offer. For example, today I watched a video uploaded by KevJumba (real name, Kevin Wu) and it immediately inspired this small post that I will enjoy writing, even if no one ever sees it.

Anyway, Kevin is a very funny Youtuber. From what I’ve gathered, he became popular by first making comedy videos teasing himself. He’s escalated far beyond this, however, and now makes collaboration videos with Wong Fu Productions that are often hilarious skits (or series) along with simple pieces with himself and his father (who is just as amusing. See My Dad is Asian).

Initially, I was confused when I opened today’s video because I was seeing the beginning of The Amazing Race. I haven’t watched it for years, but it was obvious what it was and I didn’t get why it was in KevJumba’s video. Until, of course, there was a flash to Kevin and his father.

I immediately ran to my mom, who watches The Amazing Race, and asked her about them. I was speaking so quickly, she had to tell me to calm down so she could understand me. Honestly, knowing this person on a slightly larger level than most, and him being on The Amazing Race, was a great mixture of weird and awesome.

I love the internet and I love Youtube. It has created opportunities like this – where the world seems even smaller than it used to and makes things more personal and exciting. There’s so much more to do and live for when contact can be made within seconds.

Plus, KevJumba is one of the simple and small pieces of my life that really gives me hope that humans will go on as we are now – with discord, yes, but also happiness and humor. A lot of the time, I think the last part gets lost in all the terrorism and fighting.

Just watch his videos. You’ll get what I mean.

Regards,

Krista

PS. I’m cheering on TeamJumba – are you?

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Hello Once Again


So, I’m back. Yes, I know – you missed me. I totally understand. I missed you too. Actually, I really missed writing in my blog. However, I didn’t immediately post on the 22nd after my two-week hiatus was because I was so insanely busy. In fact, I’m busy all this week – which is why I’m writing this at 9 PM. This might be the only chance I get this week. Unless I’m lucky. Cross your fingers.

Anyway, I want to give everyone a quick look at all the things that I’ll be posting as soon as I get a chance. They’re all on my list and a little backed up – but I promise to post them.

  1. Second part of the Common App guide
  2. Kenyon Overnight review
  3. Review on A Very Potter Sequel

For now, however, I’m going to talk about what it was like on hiatus for two weeks.

Liberating. Absolutely liberating. I’m going to be overly honest and say that I had a major addiction to the internet (for about 2-3 years) if only because of my vast amount of internet friends that made me feel less alone and depressed. Turning on the internet and talking to these friends, as I look back on it, was like my drug. I ended up being so disconnected that I started to get mild depression and major anxiety issues.

But slowly the group of friends grew smaller as everyone moved on with their lives. Eventually, I was one of the last few. I decided to give up both Harry Potter and the internet to see how I would respond to life without it. Turns out, I couldn’t really give up Harry Potter. It’s such a huge part of me in the way I think about life that I just couldn’t block it from my mind. On the other hand, the internet was fairly easy to give up (barring school/college related things) after the first two or three days. My main problem was actually very hilarious and typical.

I needed to update my Facebook status.

Don’t worry. I didn’t give in to temptation, but it was crazy how badly I wanted to tell the people in my life that I was completely finished with all ACT Prep classes. It was such a happy thing for me because they were such a pain in the butt. The fact that I couldn’t share it was torture. Looking back it makes me realize how completely self-obsessed humans of this time can be – especially with the influence of Facebook. Honestly, who is really going to care that I had finished my ACT Prep classes? That’s right – no one.

I think that giving up the internet for those two weeks really taught me to listen more and talk less. By the end of the two weeks, I had completely forgotten I had even given up the internet and could to have it back. My old self would have jumped around and told everyone about how I was going to get back on the internet after a two-week hiatus. The new me – the happier, calmer, more active me – seems to do more activities and asking questions. I mean, I still talk a lot about myself – I am a teenager – but I ask more questions about others lives too. I’m beginning to work on a balance, and I really like it.

The best part: I feel more grounded without the internet. I don’t have to feel anxious to get home to the internet for my safety anymore. I would rather stay at school from dawn until dusk now. I love participating in school activities and hanging out with people – something I honestly thought I’d never say.

The worst part: I still love my internet friends. I want to keep in contact with them for as many years as I can, but it seems like it’s extremely hard to do when you’re an internet junkie just off rehab. I don’t want to go back to being obsessed with the internet again, but it seems like I need it to keep in contact with my friends.

So, how do I stay in contact with my internet friends while also leading my new life with less internet?

Tell me what you think I should do in the comments below! I’m open to any suggestion. 🙂

Regards,

Krista

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