Thursday, March 31, 2016

In March


The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane - (for school) Wasn’t my favorite, but I liked some of the details in the ending.
The Usborne Book of World History, by Usborne - Cool.
Understanding Yourself and Others, by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi - Very interesting and learned a lot about the Briggs Myers’ type code and how it works.
The Explorations of Pere Marquette, by Jim Kjelgaard - Nice book. "Pere Marquette went on, for it was not within him to do otherwise."
The Mississippi Bubble, by Thomas G. Costain - Interesting piece of history I hadn’t learned about before.
Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Ancient Rome, by Richard J. Maybury - (for school) Interesting look at how political philosophies influence the economy through history.
Between Heaven and Hell, by Peter Kreeft - Very much enjoyed this book.
Starbucks Interview Guide, by Matthew Arnolds
*Jeeves in the Morning, by P. G. Wodehouse ♥
*The Code of the Woosters, by P. G. Wodehouse ♥
*Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, by P. G. Wodehouse ♥
*Tintin: The Land of Black Gold, by Herge - Yay Tintin.
*Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, by Herge
Captain America: The Man with No Face, by Ed Brubaker, Luke Ross, Steve Epting, and Butch Guice - I didn’t care for this one as much, which was a surprise. The artwork was beautiful though.
Captain America and Bucky: The Life Story of Bucky Barnes, by Ed Brubaker, Marc Andreyko, and Chris Samnee - This was fun. A lot of it was briefings of familiar scenes (like when Steve and Bucky meet), but all told from Bucky’s perspective and memory, along with some new stories.
The Marvels Project: Birth of the Super Heroes, by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting - Liked it.
The Devil’s Dictionary (selections), by Ambrose Bierce - (for school) Mostly not my type of humor, but there were some amusing definitions, such as ‘magnificent’ being described as what the ears of a donkey are to a rabbit.
Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau - (for school) Very interesting point of view.
*Bedtime Stories - 3/5
Red 2 - 3/5
*Stardust - 4/5 ♥ I love this movie so much.
The Pacifier - 2/5
All the President’s Men - 2/5
*The Crusades (1935) - 2/5
Cleopatra (1934) - 1/5
*It Happened One Night - 3/5 One of my favorite black and white movies.
Shrek - 2/5
Flash - 3/5
Psych - 3/5
Daredevil - 4/5
Agent Carter - 3/5

*read/watched before
† Landmark Book

I tried using number ratings for movies before, but it didn't work out. But now I've gotten relatively used to using them on Goodreads, so I figure I'll give them another try. 1 = didn't care for it; 2 = ok; 3 = liked it; 4 = really liked it; 5 = amazing.

I love March.

I hope you have a lovely April. Captain America: Civil War is getting so close. Only 35 days til. Did you find any new favorite books or movies in March? 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

of earth and water

I am the daughter of earth and water, 
and the nursling of the sky:
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.

from The Cloud, by Shelley

Friday, March 25, 2016

THIS SUMMER || books to read

The title pretty much sums this up. These are the books I want to have read/finished reading by August 1. This isn't listing schoolbooks, so in reality it'll be a bit longer. I'm kinda curious to see if I can actually do this. haha. If I keep going at the rate I've been reading I can, but then I've been saving the hardest books for last. ;) Here goes:

1.       The Leader in you, by Dale Carnegie
2.       Classical English Rhetoric, by Farnsworth
3.       Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, by McEntyre
4.       How to Read a Book, by Motimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
5.       On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
6.       The Art of Memory, by Frances A. Yates
7.       The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics, by Cutler and McShane
8.       Relativity and Quantum Mechanics,  by Fleisher
9.       Waves, by Fleisher
10.   Matter and Energy, by Fleisher
11.   The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
12.   I and Thou, by Martin Buber
13.   Philosophy 101 by Socrates, by Kreeft
14.   The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
15.   You Can Understand the Bible, by Kreeft
16.   The Thing, by G. K. Chesterton
17.   The Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age, by Bauer
18.   The Echo of Greece, by Edith Hamilton
19.   Saint Augustine Confessions, translation by Henry Chadwick
20.   How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
21.   This Was John Calvin, by Van Halsema
22.   The Story of Christianity, by David Bentley Hart
23.   The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
24.   Young People’s Story of Africa and Asia, by V. M. Hillyer and E. G. Huey
25.   The Story of Hannibal, by Johanna Johnson
26.   Ancient China, consulting editor Carol Michaelson
27.   Persian Fire, by Tom Holland
28.   Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution, by Richard Pipes
29.   The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, by Anthony Esolen
30.   The Ballad of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton
31.   Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G. K. Chesterton
32.   Between Heaven and Hell, by Kreeft
33.   Biology, by Shepherd
34.   Rhetoric, by Aristotle
35.   El Secuestro, by Marta de Rosa
36.   Born in the Year of Courage, by Emily Crofford
37.   John Milton’s Paradise Lost in Plain English, by Joseph Lanzara

1.   Captain America: The man with No face, by Brubaker, Ross, Epting and Guice
2.   Captain America & Bucky: Life Story of Bucky Barnes, by Brubaker, Andreyko and Samnee
3.   The Marvels Project, by Brubaker and Epting
4.   Daredevil: Born Again, by Frank Miller

Sophie’s World Discussion Guide, by Jeff Baldwin
Computing Machinery and Intelligence, by Turing

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

set to rise

Paradise, by Coldplay

When she was just a girl she expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of
Para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise
Every time she closed her eyes

When she was just a girl she expected the world
But it flew away from her reach and the bullets catch in her teeth
Life goes on, it gets so heavy

The wheel breaks the butterfly every tear a waterfall
In the night the stormy night she'll close her eyes
In the night the stormy night away she'd fly
And dream of para-para-paradise
She'd dream of para-para-paradise

And so lying underneath those stormy skies
She'd say, "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I know the sun must set to rise

This could be para-para-paradise

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

burning bright

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies. 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain, 
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp, 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp! 

When the stars threw down their spears 
And water'd heaven with their tears: 
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright, 
In the forests of the night: 
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

{The Tyger, by William Blake}

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

beautiful & free

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;
Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;
This, like thy glory, Titan, is to be
Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free;
This is alone Life, Joy, Empire, and Victory

from Prometheus Unbound, by Shelley

start over

There's so much, so much left to gain
There's so much, so much left to lose
You'll never know until you
make a move

{from Start Over, by The Afters}