Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Portal into….. nah I’m not going to be that cheesy

While I had played the first installment of Portal before, I chose this game (and its sequel, Portal 2) as the what I wanted to study for a few reasons – firstly, I’m a huge fan of puzzle-based games, and Portal is definitely one of those. Each level presents a (usually) clear beginning and ultimate […] Continue reading

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Free Friday: Revolting Rhymes

Take six of the most popular nursery rhymes, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Three Little Pigs, sprinkle in a bit of good- natured humor, and finish with a truckload of gruesome imagery and you will finish with Roald Dahl’s seminal classic, Revolting Rhymes. This hilarious collection is a great way to introduce children to […] Continue reading

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Experiencing Historical Narrative: Mission U.S.

I started with Mission 2, which is based on the life of a slave girl. Initially, going into the game I liked the music. The game is interesting and fun to me because I used to play games like the Oregon Trail when I was younger and the “Choose Your Own Adventure” theme fun for […] Continue reading

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Learning and Fun: A History Nerd’s Perspective

I love History. SO. MUCH. In second grade, my elementary school had “career day” where we dressed up like what job we wanted to have when we grew up. I wore a vintage outfit and cape in order to be a “docent seamstress.” In my free time, I would devour books about life in historical […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: The True Story of The Three Little Pigs

We’ve all heard the story of the three little pigs, a classic childhood fairytale. However, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, is spoof on the original story of the pigs.  This time, it is told from the wolf’s point of view.  In this spin-off, Alexander […] Continue reading

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MW2

I decided to use Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as my video game to play and present about because primarily, it’s obviously a game that I know I enjoy playing. It’s an incredibly well designed and engaging game that can easily be appreciated. Of course, I also believe it is a game that provokes […] Continue reading

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Winners’ Wednesday: Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long

What better than a book that makes you laugh while fostering reading skills?  In Up! Tall! And High!, Ethan Long provides wonderful content for beginning readers.  Three short stories tell of the plights of birds as they show each other their traits and talents of being tall, small, flying, and building nests.  The ingenuity of […] Continue reading

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Blake’s Mythology- Is it in you?

This post responds to the first question, “Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries?” In “The Song of Los,” Blake depicts several scenes of his mythological characters delivering gospel and religion to various important religious figures. This image of Blake’s characters as the root of all common religions […] Continue reading

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La Petite Mort: Why the Orgasmic Grave?

Blake’s Song of Los ends which a curious, antithetical image of the grave, cursorily glossed by Johnson and Grant as “a regenerative orgasm” which transforms it into a “fruitful womb” (107): The Grave shrieks with delight, & shakes Her hollow womb, & clasps the solid stem; Her bosom swells with wild desire: And milk & […] Continue reading

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All Mythologies Are One

Blake creates his own system of mythology in order to communicate his revolutionary message allegorically.  The characters’ meaning and symbolism constantly change through a complex web of relationships with each other and in the context of each prophecy.  While his mythology is an important tool for creating his own system, by incorporating Biblical figures into […] Continue reading

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