What I’ve Learned in Web Page Design

•May 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’ve Learned many things in web page design this semester at school, such as html, dreamweaver, and photoshop.  All of the projects i’ve done were excellent ways to teach and show me how to work this stuff. At first, it was confusing and I got lost many times. But i’ve learned from my mistakes and now I know where to find and edit most stuff.

When I first learned about html, I thought the codes and all that stuff were really confusing and hard to understand. But many days of practice with html helped me out in the long run.  Now I can fine tune some html codes on pages to make it look better and more professional.

Learning about web page design would help me in the future if I work as a graphics designer or if I pursue any career dealing with design in the computer area.


Rap and hiphop

•May 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Today’s rap and hip-hop music is often criticized for its lyrics and the negative affect it has on America’s youth.  Hip-hop also seems to be increasingly blamed for a variety of social ills. Studies have attempted to link it to everything from teen drug use to increased sexual activity among young girls.

While rap has been, in essence, pop music for years, and most rap consumers are white, some worry that the black community is suffering from hip-hop — from the way America perceives blacks to the attitudes and images being adopted by black youth. And then there’s the criminal aspect that has long been a part of rap. In the ’70s, groups may have rapped about drug dealing and street violence, but rap stars weren’t the embodiment of criminals themselves. Today, the most popular and successful rappers boast about who has murdered more foes and rhyme about dealing drugs as breezily as other artists sing about love.

I think rap and hiphop is just another form of art. Just not my type of art. Im not for it, but im not against it. Everyone has their own style. Just like me listening to rock, and skateboarding. Some people dislike those hobbies, but that’s just who I am.  As long as they dont mess with me and my style, I wont mess with them their style.

Some of my good friends listen to hiphop and rap, but I dont mind. Its not like they’re going to shoot someone or spraypaint some walls. But sometimes rap often influences some young people to do such crimes. There may not be any “good” side about hiphop and rap besides the catchy verses and the real loud bass beats, but people listen to it anyways. Even I listen to hiphop sometimes. Only if I get tired of listening to heavy guitar runs and quick tempo beats.


how you can be safe on the road

•April 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Some issues teenage drivers face are driving under the influence, peer pressure/speeding, and distractions. These issues are very serious within the teenage driver community. Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death among children and young adults. More than 3,800 young drivers age 15-20 are killed every year in traffic crashes. More than 326,000 young drivers are injured. More than any age group, teens are likely to be involved in a single vehicle crash.

Driving under the influence is one horrible issue. Statistics say that about 30% of crashes killing young drivers involve alcohol. The best way to prevent this is to have a designated driver if the driver is too drunk to drive. By doing that, the driver wont be such a hazard on the road. Teenage drivers cause a disproportionately high percent of roadway detriments including collisions, crashes, and fatalities.Clearly, laws prevent teenagers from legally possessing, consuming, or driving under the influence of alcohol, but as reality proves, teen drinking and driving still does occur.

Peer pressure and speeding is another factor in the teenage driver community.

17 percent of teens said speeding is fun.

55 percent of teens said they exceed the speed limit by more than 10 mph.

26 percent of self-identified “aggressive” teen drivers reported speeding by more than 20 mph over the limit.

69 percent of teens who speed said they do so because they want to keep up with traffic.

44 percent of teens said they drive more safely without friends in the car.

67 percent of teens said they have felt unsafe when someone else was driving.

Only 45 percent said they would definitely speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them.

37 percent said they would ride with one or more friends who speed in the coming year.

The Time Capsule

•April 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

timecapsuleThe five things I would put in a time capsule would probably be my guitar, skateboard, my music, mountain dew, and some pizza! I dont really know why I’d put those things in there, but they’re currently my favorite things in life. My favorite things would probably change through the years, so it would be interesting to look back and see what I liked. Though 2096 is a pretty long time. I’d probably be dead by then.

So, I guess the only people that would be able to open it and see whats inside would be my children, or grandchildren. It’d be great to see the time change and see what it would be like in 2096, but living that long for me seems impossible. Unless I freeze myself in a cryotube or something like they do in sci-fi movies and stuff.

Im not sure if it would work though. I dont know. Like I said, living up to 2096 would be very unlikely. But im not that worried about the future right now. Im just working my current projects and just being a teenager. But wondering what skateboards would look like in the future is pretty mind boggling. I mean, they just came out with a skateboard that moves with only 2 wheels. Its not that bad, but I cant do any tricks on it. So I stick with my other boards. If they developed a hover board like the ones in “Back to The Future”, I’d totally ride that.

Im pretty sure that most guitars in the future wont look any different, since they still have guitars out today that are like 40 years old, and they’re still popular amongst guitarists around the world. Now if they made EVERYTHING wireless for musicians, then setting up for a gig and recording would be way easier than it is now.

What am i going to do after high school/college

•April 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

partyHonestly, im not even sure what im going to do after high school/college. My strong points are in the art area, so i might go to a school for the arts or something. I can draw real well, but i havn’t drawn anything in a while, so i might be rusty. My friends and I have a band, so we’ve been recording. I guess that is an art form. So going to a recording school might be another option.

I actually wanted to take a year off after high school and just chill before going to college. I might go on a road trip back to my hometown and catch up with my buds. Some guys I know might tag along just for the fun of it and see what its like on the west. It’d probably be easier to find recording studios and gigs back in the city. So our band might head west after high school and start there, since there is alot of people that listen to our kind of music, and way more parties, unlike here.

After that one year of relaxing, I’d probably head to college. Maybe Arizona state university. Im not really sure what to do after college though.. Mabye pursue a career in the arts. Musically or visually. But there are so many things i like to do besides art. But most of those “other” things dont really have a career though.

So that’s what I might do after high school. I still have no idea on what to do after college though. Just thinking about it gives me a headache. But im sure I’ll find out what to do. Just give me a couple more years of thinking.

stress students face in high school

•April 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There is lots of stress that high school students face, such as schoolwork, deadlines, and grades.

For some students, schoolwork is probably the worst. Students are usually tired and not very active. Because of that, the students feel sluggish and tired. They would usually pass it up and do it at home instead. By doing that the students have homework and schoolwork to finish. That adds even more stress.

Another subject that adds stress upon students would be school deadlines. Many students have deadlines and due dates for projects and work. Sometimes these dead lines pile up and become a real hassle. This is when students get really stressed out. They either rush to finish everything on the last minute, or fail to turn anything on time at all.

Affluenza in America

•March 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

affluenza2affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

affluenza: The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

United StatesAffluenza is considered to be most present in the United States, where the culture encourages its citizens to measure their worth by financial success and material possessions. Mainstream media outlets, such as television broadcasts, tend to demonstrate how pervasive the idea has become; and by the same token, the same media outlets reinforce the values to the viewers.

The term affluenza was popularized in the United States by the 1997 documentary of the same name from KCTS and Seattle and Oregon Public Broadcasting. John de Graaf, producer of the documentary, also co-authored a book with the same title.