Free Write for Presentation 4/24/17

When I think about tea I think about England and tea time. I think about a time where people come together and sit around a table who just talk to each other and enjoy themselves. I also think about a slow pace of life because you can’t drink tea fast because it is so hot, so you have to take your time when you are drinking it.   Cultural Appropriation: This is the idea that something is appropriate  for one culture, like it is the norm for what goes on. For example, in one culture showing a lot of skin might be acceptable, but it another culture can be very offensive and...

Civil War Belt Buckle Analysis Draft

Civil War Belt Buckle Background info The Civil War belt buckle that is featured in this exhibit was unearthed during the excavation prior to the building of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). This object was used during the Civil War, which was between 1861 and 1865, and was used on the Union side. General Description This object is round with about a diameter of two and a half inches, no more than a .5 centimeter width, and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Although the object is light in weight, compared to modern belt buckles it is heavy with a weight of about 5 oz. From the top down, the circle becomes slightly broken at the bottom possibly due to erosion, and at the top, it is also slightly bent. The objects consists of two sides: the front and the back. In-Depth Description For reference points, I will refer to the side of the object with as the eagle the front and the top of the object will be the eagle’s head. The Front (Side with eagle) On the front, the color is an “army green,” with tiny dirt brown spots that appear more frequently near the edges of the object. The color perhaps is not the original color due to the lack of preservation because it was underground years prior to excavation. Near the center of the object is a spot of built-up rust with a length of about 1 cm. This area pops out of the object for about two millimeters. It is made out of a tough metal that shows signs...

Free-write: 45 South

Date: 3/31/2017 Location: 45 South   Right now I am in downtown Norcross at a coffee shop attempting to do homework. My homework generally goes, (1) pick a class, (2) Read what I am supposed to do that week in class, (3) see how long I can focus on that topic without switching assignments. Usually I can stay concentrated on a reading for about twenty minutes before my mind becomes preoccupied with something else, which leads me to writing this. I was reading something for my composition class, but I got bored of the reading and decided to do something else. This semester just keeps dragging on with boring readings and I always have trouble comprehending the reading. It’s amazing, sometimes I can sit down and read a whole book and when I’m done I couldn’t tell you one thing about that. I think it normally has to do with the topics that the professors choose. I’m not sure if the professors are trying to torture me with these readings, but if they are, they are excelling with it. I always picture a giant pep-rally with all the professors prior to the semester. The dean of the school walks out to fireworks and all the professors sitting in the stands. The deans says to the teachers, “What are we going to do this semester?” Then the professors yell, “Make ‘em cry!!!” Another good metaphor of where I am right now is in the movie “Life of Pi” when he is on the boat and a giant storm comes and Pi yells, “I surrender!” to the sky. I’m at the...

What I Learned About “Wants” from Traveling 30 Countries

To begin this post I would like to begin with a quote by Nigel Marsh in which summarizes the negative impact that consumerism has on people: “There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” When I first heard this quote it really struck me because of how true it actually is and how much we can relate it to our own lives. Think about all the “status” materials out there: Lexus, Mercedes, Michael Kors, Prada, Apple, Samsung, and think about the reason people buy these things. From one point of view, a person buys these materials to “treat” themselves with extravagant things; however, another view could see this as a sign for a person wanting to impress others and the possession is merely a tool in order to impress people. However, to what extent are these desires intrinsic qualities that all humans possess and to what extent are they cultural qualities? I would like to attempt to answer this question from my own experiences that I have gained through my cross cultural experiences. All in all, I have been to thirty countries around the world, which adds up to a total of about fourteen months abroad. Throughout this time period I did not try to be the “tourist,” but I really tried to immerse myself in the different cultures and understand how they think and compare it to how I was taught to think growing up. I...

Timeline Draft

November 6, 1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected as sixteenth president of the US 1860-1861 The Southern states began to succeed from the Union in this time. April 12, 1861: Fort Sumter is attacked by the Confederates, thus the war begins   1861-1865: Technology introduced in the Civil War Many new technology are introduced around this time and are used in the war: Rifles Canon Submarines Hot-air Balloons Telegraph Railroads Uniforms of the Confederate The typical uniform of the Confederate soldier was a forage or slouch hat, gray or butternut wool shell jacket, gray, butternut, or blue trousers, and brogans. A haversack was used to carry personal items. Confederate soldiers usually traveled lighter than their Union counterparts; instead of a knapsack, they typically carried their bedding rolled in their blanket and slung across one shoulder.       Uniforms of the Union The typical uniform of the Union soldier consisted of a blue forage cap with black leather visor (a Hardee hat is shown here), a dark blue sack coat (flannel), blue wool trousers, and leather brogans. He carried a knapsack, which contained half of a two-man tent, a groundsheet, an overcoat, and his personal effects. A rolled blanket was fastened with straps above the knapsack. A haversack carried rations.         1862: Belt Buckle Introduced Belt made out of a pattern buff leather   January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation is issues that “freed” all of the slaves July 22, 1864 :Battle of Atlanta General William Sherman successfully takes over the city of Atlanta, which is a major railway transportation hub for the South. April 15, 1865 President...
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