Saturday, February 27, 2010

What Make It News?

"SeaWorld will keep whale despite trainer's death"

This is a very interesting story with a compelling Headline I choose to write or comment about. It amazes me to learn how a human life can become less important than that of an animal. Here are some excerpts from The Associated Press by Mike Schneider and Tamara Lush

Despite calls to free or destroy the animal, SeaWorld said Thursday it will keep the killer whale that drowned its trainer, but will suspend all orca shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with the behemoths.
Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old veteran trainer who adored whales, was rubbing Tilikum from a poolside platform when the 22-foot creature grabbed the woman's ponytail in its jaws and pulled her in. Witnesses said the whale played with Brancheau like a toy.
Tompkins defended SeaWorld's use of a whale that had already been blamed in the deaths of two other people.
"We didn't ignore those incidents," Tompkins said. "We work with him very, very carefully. We did not get in the water with this animal like we do with other killer whales because we recognized his potential."

"The show must go on" is what the SeaWorld’s administrators is implying because Shamu or Orca (the name of the killer whale) is known to be a multi- million dollar show, and it cannot be interrupted or stop over the death of an employee. The deaths of two other people in past evidently does not count on how people should trained on how to work with wild animals.
For money to be involved, I know this not a good way of remembering Dawn Brancheau: the trainer killer by the whale. A wild animal will always be a wild despite all attempts humans can do to tame it. Something in a wild animal can snap or they can develop a sudden burst tempter. So whoever is with that animal may experience a tragic moment just like Dawn.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Fly On The Wall

I am in a room on campus called the “Music Room”. The room is where students came to read and unwind with various genre of music playing in the background.
It is more like a library with a radio studio. The Music Room is located on the top floor of the Student Union.
There are about fifty students in the room. The music room has chairs and tables for reading, eating and playing chess. The room is more like a lounge room with couches and sofas for relaxing, unwinding and sleeping. There are also three private cubicles for students who want study or sleep privately without being bothered.
I see students browsing on their laptops. All students except three have Mac-book laptops.
The other three students are using laptops of other brands like Toshiba, Sony etc.
There is a D.J (Disc Jockey) in a music booth alternating the genre of music played in the Music Room. The music is now reggae playing from the speakers installed into the ceiling walls. There is a picture of an artistically drawn woman on the wall.
A boy is eating a sandwich; a girl with her laptop is watching a TV show named "Top Model” on YouTube and a boy in a black jacket is whispering affectionately into the ear of his girlfriend, who constantly giggles at him. The radio is now playing an R&B (Rhythm and Blues) song from one of my favorite artist named Monica. The song is titled “Do Take It Personal”. I listen to the song and begin to feel at ease.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My Favorite Writing

This is an excerpt from a novel titled “The Undead Next Door” by Kerrelyn Sparks.

Jean-Luc forgot to speculate when his gaze drifted back to the customer and stuck. She is moving into view, and what a view. She had curves. And breast. A derriere a man could grab on to. And mounds of curly auburn hair the fluffed her shoulders. She reminded him of lusty tavern wenches from medieval pubs who laughed heartily and made love with abandon.
Mon Dieu, how he had adored those women. She was like the old movie stars he had loved to design clothes for. Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner. His intellect might design clothes for a size zero, but the rest of him yearned for a lusty full-figured woman.

This is a paranormal romance novel or vampire romance novel. Heather is a plus-size, hardworking, single mother and teacher. Her quiet life was forever change when she came across a handsome, famous odd fashion designer named Jean-Luc. Jean-Luc is a vampire. The centuries’ old vampire had a taste for (attracted to) women that are full-figured or plus-size.
This is my favorite writing because Sparks is able to connect with her readers like me; the everyday average woman. She uses reality mixed with fantasy to stomp out the media’s presumption of beauty, which means being skinny or thin is good. Sparks could have easily used the cookie cutter skinny heroine that most romance novelist use but she chose not to; instead our heroine is a beautiful full-figured woman. This proves that plus-size women are also entitled to find love or romance.
Sparks does uses comparisons and imagery of the past and recent centuries on full figured women to relate to her readers.
The readers knew that old movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner represent plus size women the media portrayed as beautiful women. The lusty tavern wenches, was how Jean-Luc loved his women centuries old and plus sized.