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Nintendo Neurosis

Written around October 2000

One of the most popular past times of my peer group is killing each other. Achieved through Tekken 3, Mortal Combat 4 and Quake 3: with all the blood and gore brought to us by the makers of the Sony Playstation and a bunch of networked computers. We play the games with the same passion and fowl language that we lovely give each other on the soccer field. At home we also play screen-based games by ourselves, though more in the genres of strategy, adventure or simulation. But in recent years there have been many critics of the computer/video game phenomenon. The two main accusations are: Video games encourage violence, aggressive behavior and a lack of concern towards society; The games have no intrinsic value and are separating young people from families, friends and more wholesome activities. Are these allegations founded? Continue Reading →

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Glyn Davies

Written in February of 2002 about my Grandfather

In the year 2002, is it possible to have had a family history of four generations in IT? I would think it would be rare, but not impossible. As a 21 year old web and graphic designer, computer player and full time geek, I am one of the few people my age able to trace my family’s history along with the development of the computer. From my great grandfather, down to myself, people in my family have been in the computer industry, and I could write a paper on each generation, and how they were at the fore front of technology, but it is my grandfather’s story that interests me the most. Continue Reading →

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Chrysanthemum Symbolism

Written, very poorly, in March of 2001… I think I must have been drunk, because this is terrible.

John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” is a short story about a farmer’s wife, Elisa, who feels trapped in her daily existence, which centers on the role of the women of her time. She lives a restricted life, lightened by one gift that gives her feel a sense of pride: her “planters hands” (289). Throughout the story, Steinbeck uses symbolism associated with the Elisa’s flower garden to show the strength and resilience that she exhibits, living in a male dominated world, and also the healing process she is experiencing. Continue Reading →

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Machiavelli’s “The Prince”

Written around October 2001

In “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli’s view of governing a state was drastically different from that of his contemporaries, the humanists, of the late 1500s. In it, Machiavelli explained how a “Prince” or ruler should be the sole authority in determining the policies of the state. These polices, he instructed, must be designed to the benefit of the ruler, but only though benefiting the state. Machiavelli strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but in fact often stood in the way of an effectively governed principality.  Though in come cases Machiavelli’s suggestions seem harsh and immoral, one must remember that these views were derived from concern for then Italy’s unstable political condition. Continue Reading →

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The Post-Napster Decision

Hahahah – I wrote this in November of 2000. I guess the more things change the more they stay the same.

As I write this I am downloading three different versions of “Lightening Crashes,” a song by a group called Live. One is an acoustic version, one was recorded in concert, and the last was probably ripped off their second album. By the time I have finished writing, these selected versions, along with a queue of almost a hundred other music files, will be waiting on my desktop in a special folder marked “Greg’s MP3s”. Continue Reading →

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Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was one of the greatest artists of the impressionist movement. The movement’s beginnings are attributed to Manet, while the name “Impressionism” was derived from Claude Monet’s “Impression: Sunrise”. The movement’s leaders included Manet, Monet, Suerat, Cassat, Renoir and Degas. The artists all knew each other, spending their days talking, drinking and painting together. However, Degas did not fit nicely into the Impressionist definition. His style was not that of short dabs and dashes in an attempt to capture light. Instead he was lumped with the Impressionists because they shared the same philosophy: to move artistic expression towards modernism. Contrary to his “fellow” impressionists, Degas had never really wanted to be completely detached from the past, and his artistic challenge was always to build a link between the “old” and the “new”. Out of the group, Degas was the strangest. His contemporaries labeled him as eccentric and bizarre and made no efforts to gain any sympathy either from strangers or his critics. Continue Reading →

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Paul Klee

Written around November 2001

August.

Because I came, blossoms unlocked themselves,

Fullness surrounds me because I am.

The song of the nightingale conjures my ear

To its very heart.

I am father to all,

To all on the stars,

And the furthest reaches.[1] Continue Reading →

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An Analysis of Sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare

Old School Papers Post Number 1

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Of William Shakespeare’s one hundred fifty-four sonnets, his one hundred thirtieth is one of the most intriguing to examine. Written sometime in the mid-1590s, it was published, along with the rest of his sonnets, in 1609. Shakespeare’s collection of sonnets are concerned with four characters: the speaker, a handsome young man, an older woman, and another poet who is a rival of the speaker. In Sonnet 130, the speaker describes the woman that he loves in extremely unflattering terms but claims that he truly loves her, which lends credibility to his claim because even though he does not find her attractive, he still declares his love for her. Continue Reading →

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Old School Posts; An Introduction.

Cleaning out hard drives to cram more music onto I stumbled on a cache of school work. I think I still have everything I have ever written from at least 1999. Most of it is terrible, like the following post, but I’m going to post it anyway. One reason is that some desperate undergrad might be able to steal it for a late night save (as long as your professor is useless), and secondly, I’ll give google and you something to look at.

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