I have never read The Hunger Games trilogy. I am familiar with it because 1) I am a bookworm, and 2) I fell in love with the film (Not to mention I find Josh Hutcherson hot). I watched the first film a couple of times and I can’t wait for the next film. Last Friday, I watched the Catching Fire film and all I can say is that I am so moved by one character.
I have read tons of books. The last time I found myself so attached with a character was during the time reading Deathly Hallows. Seriously, reading how Severus Snape risked everything in order to protect Harry is one big of revalation to me. The next thing I knew, I was crying. But this time, I did not cry. Instead, I am haunted by the memory of Mags volunteering in place of Annie Cresta.
I do not know why. Maybe because I was raised by my grandmother when I was little and I lost him when I was right in the middle of being innocently young and annoyingly imaginative. I know when I lost my grandmother I was in third grade, and I can still remember how shocked I am receiving the news. I did not cry then, but I know I wouldn’t be seeing her anymore, and it hurts. Mags’ sacrifice, and eventually her death was so raw (Suzanne Collins really know how to capture the rawness of human emotion) it gives me a pang right into where it hurts. I can also give credit to how the movie showed her volunteering (the way she raised her hands and put her hand into her chest).
For the last two nights, I find myself haunted by that memory. It is so creepy and touch at the same time. And the creepiest part of it— I do not know why.
PS. I finished reading Catching Fire and Mockingjay last weekend. Great reading experience, I should say
1. I can’t see the relevance of juxtaposing Lucio Tan’s case and Manny Pacquiao’s case. Although I totally get what you are pointing at, this juxtaposition seems to confuse the reader of the real issue: Whether or not Pacquiao paid his taxes diligently and correctly.
2. There is no question on the source of Pacquiao income. I think it is general knowledge, and we can agree upon this, that his income is hard-earned. But again, the real issue is whether or not Pacquiao paid his taxes.
3. Dragging the PDAF accused is again irrelevant. But isn’t it true that freeze orders are now imposed on some of the bank accounts of the accused? I refer to the recent CA decision issuing a freeze order on bank accounts of Gigi Reyes, Ruby Tuason,, etc.
4. Panganiban is trying to imply that Kim Henares is motivated by some insidious malice, but I cannot seem to get it except that he is trying to confuse things with irrelevant issues.
5. AND really, PACQUIAO IS A PATRIOT?! Seriously?!
While I understand that some people will naturally support Pacquiao, I think it is best that we keep the issue at point. Are there political motives behind BIR’s move? We do not know. But the more important thing is to find out whether Pacquiao paid the right tax. If Pacquiao did, let’s put this at rest. If not, then it is only right for BIR to pursue him after his tax liabilities. What I find unfair is that some people give Pacquiao undue importance just because he just came from a boxing fight. I do not also get the arguments saying Pacquiao should be given consideration mainly because he is a source of national pride.
I think Pacquiao hired a very bad lawyer and accountant. His previous lawyer (forgot his name) even admitted on a TV interview that they deferred informing Pacquiao of BIR’s letters because they would not want him to lose focus on his upcominig game. Now, that’s irresponsible. I think Pacquiao is in good hands with Tranquil Salvador now that he hired him.
I also understand that this issue will raise a more wider discussion on taxation. I can already imagine what the libertarian-minarchists say would say especially on the large amount of money involved. We welcome these discussions but it is important for us to focus on the issue first.
I think by now you can infer that I am detached from any religion. To be honest, I was once almost fanatically engaged in religious activities. But in recent years, I have grown from apathetic to almost completely detached from it. I would not want to delve on the whys for now because I can’t even point it out. Suffice it is to say though that I have a secularist view in general, especially in government.
Earlier this day, I bumped in to the news that the United States Supreme Court is hearing a case on prayers said before a town assembly. It interested me mostly because I kept hearing objections about prayer said in government agencies. To be specific, these objections say that, at least for our country, prayers have no place in the halls of our supposed secularist government. With the SCOTUS hearing the case, I thought the hearing will give more clarity to the “controversy” on prayer. I downloaded the audio recording of the oral argument and listened to it. (Transcript of the oral arguments can be found here.)
It makes sense :If our Constitution, and so does the United States’, prohibits the government to recognize the State’s official religion; then our government should be secular in nature (US calls it Establishment Clause in the First Amendment; Philippines calls it the Non-establishment Clause, Art III Sec 5). In Town of Greece v Galloway, an atheist and a jew are protesting the prayer said before a legislative session (The case introduces the term legislative prayer to refer to prayers said before a legislative session). They argue that legislative prayers are offending their religious belief, or the lack thereof. They further argue that prayer is similar to endorsing a religion which is directly contradictory to the Non-Establishment Clause.
In the oral argument, it is clear that the justices have a problem with the proposal of the respondents to have an inclusive prayer– that is, a prayer that would not offend any religious beliefs, even the atheists. Respondents proposed several prayers that to them are not offensive. The problem the justices is having, as Justice Kennedy aired, is that telling the government what to include or what not to include in the prayer gives a problem with respect to Free Exercise of Religion. Also, some of the justices thought that having guidelines in constructing a prayer to be delivered before a legislative session is tantamount to government editing the content of the prayer. Further, asking a chaplain from a certain religious denomination to recite a prayer contrary to his belief is also against Free Exercise.
When I was a public school student, the teachers, mostly Catholic, would ask us to stand and bow our heads in prayer before we conduct the class. Of course I would stand, and so I did in fear that my classmate or my teacher would take it against me if I would remain seated (which is of course tantamount to disrespecting religion as my teacher would surely think). .That is another arguement of the petitioners: That it is impossible for non-participation to not attract attention, which is tantamount to coercion. It does make sense! However, when we look at Senate and House where a person would usually deliver a prayer, it is almost impossible to attract attention for non-participation (mainly because there are more people involved). It appears, then, that the difference between the two situation lies on the number of people present.
Before listening to the oral arguments, I thought that atheists fussing about prayers said before or after a government function is just a trifle. I still think it is trifle, mainly because the more important part of the government function is the function itself. Is the prayer affecting the function? I do not think so. I think people fighting for secularism could let these prayers past. While I totally get where they are coming from, I think it is a total waste of time fussing about a 5-minute speech addressed to some almighty being.
I do not personally think that prayers are intended to inflict offense to other persons. If the prayer is said–imploring whoever it is– to give guidance in the conduct of the said function, then I do not think it should be construed as offensive. I have read threads and debates over this issue. The problem with the people arguing against them is that they seem to be so extremist in their view it highlights their hatred towards religion. If they are in full track towards secularism, then I think they are still premature. After all, I personally think that it is vital to respect other’s religious belief, and secularism does not mean eradication of all of religious beliefs.
Starting today, my students will be visiting this blog for references. I hope you will find several posts useful, that is, if you are not my student. IF you are, then I suggest you better read this post. (What an imposing teacher I am!).
Well, as I have told you last week, grammar rules change over time. The general idea is that usage should dictate your diction and structure. As a good headline writers, you should be able to convey the message in fewer words as possible but with the maximum possible impact.
Arrant Pedantry writes about the mistakes grammar-rules writers make. He lists down several mistakes prescriptionists try to impose. This post should give you the idea how important context is when it comes to analyzing sentence structures.
Some notes on his posts:
- Though AP says that most grammar writers confuse grammar with punctuation, spelling and usage, it is important for you to know the three of those. As a copyreader, you should be able to detect if a set of words is written so poorly it confuses the reader. Again, your standard is Standard English Usage.
- You should have started to compile a sort of stylebook for your school papers. I have given you links to uploaded stylebooks which could guide you in making your own. Once the stylebook is set, you should stick to it.
- There are neologisms that may not be in the dictionaries yet. However, if you really want to use them (especially if the message you want to convey requires you to), discern whether or not your general reader will understand. Again, you don’t need to impress your readers; you need to convey the message properly.
- Focus on AP’s point number 12. It should give you an idea how important usage is.
My students only have less than a week before their competitions. I hope this could help. They are only one step from the Nationals
PS. Sean P has pointed out several mistakes on this post. Thanks Sean!
If you have been visiting this blog for the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed the changes in the design of this blog. You must understand that this blog is freely hosted mainly because I cannot afford the $99 upgrade. Thus, as much I would want to experiment on the design to my satisfaction, I am limited to the free templates offered by wordpress itself.
It is so hard to find a theme that could let me express my whole design aesthetic– simplicity, minimalism. While Writr, the previous template I have used, have captured my attention and almost satisfacion, the font was so ugly. I am looking for delicious fonts that could be read at ease. So this is what I have come up with, Hum.
I hope you will like it.
PS. Watched The Good Wife episode and it is not really worth one post. It is an okay episode.
What have I been doing lately?
For one, I am hating the whole week waiting for an episode of The Good Wife. They are on a roll. I haven’t been so hooked into a TV series since the Izzie-cancer arc from Grey’s Anatomy five years ago. I am so for Julianna Margulies to win an Emmy next year for that “We’re gonna come after you” kick-ass line.
Also, I have been catching up with Breaking Bad. I am about to start season 2. Few months ago, I thought people are rooting for Breaking Bad because Chemistry has made it into the mainstream, which sounded ridiculous to me. Then it made sense, the storyline is as gripping as it is awesome. And yeah, I know where Heisenberg came from.
I am almost finished in developing my web portfolio. I am proud to say that I have learned quite a good skills set this past few months. From photoshop to trying to figure out a way to fit my divs into one row, I must say I am very much happy of how my website looks. Just some editing and a few tweaks and I think it is ready for launching by the end of this November. *crossfingers
You know I have been trying to delay reading Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace for the longest time because its thickness is quite daunting. Well, I am on the second chapter now and a new Book Log Series is about to start. Stay tuned.
My highschool teacher, now a district supervisor at DepEd Bulacan, invited me to handle a two-day workshop for the participants of 2013 Region III Schools Press Conference. Five years ago, I was one of those participants and here I am now, excited to meet them up. I am supposed to train the participants in copyreading and headline writing, the category in which I won the 2008 nationals at South Cotabato.
Campus journalism has changed so much since my days, and here I am, trying to fuse my current views in social media and campus journalism. So for the past few days, I have been trying to work on a deck on social media and headline writing. Working for an online news outfit gave me an insight on how to introduce articles in social media. I think the way we craft copies for Facebook and Twitter could help these young campus journalists in understanding the new dynamics of journalism.
I am excited to meet my students. I am excited to share my experiences.