Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's over.

This is it.  The final blog post.  The LAST BLOG POST.

The Issues paper went well.  I logged over a million hours on it and know everything I've ever wanted to know about vaccines.  I got plenty from help from peers, the research lab, Chris Husberg, and others.  It was cool to learn so much about a topic and try to persuade an imaginary audience.  I learned about research and citations and  grammar and such.  I'm excited to employ my newly developed research paper writing skills in the real world.

Unfortunately I have to post this video.  It's 2:35 A.M. and it's happening.
I got home from class and making this video was the first thing I did.

It's 5 minutes long... kinda long.


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Layout

My Issues Paper will be laid out as such

Introduction:  What is a vaccine?  What do vaccines do?  How do vaccines work?
Narration/Explanation-Here are some of the things vaccines have accomplished.  Here's why vaccines are important.
Reasoning/Arguments-Vaccines need to be mandated among children to prevent the spread of disease and save lives.  Free Rights are important, but they should not destroy the rights of others.
Pathetic Part-Without vaccines children will die.  Here's an example of children that got sick from this disease.
Conclusion-You need to talk to your lawmakers and Congressman and mandate vaccines among children.  We will end world disease... for the children.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Guys I'm in a Hotel!

Guys I'm in San Diego!  And It's way fun!  So I'm here with my family for my dad's annual dermatology conference and I'm psyched to be away from Provo for a little bit.  I mean Provo's great if you like dollar movies... and pizza... and ice cream... but I must admit San Diego's quite a delight.  The weather's nice, the food is better than the Cannon, and I get to sit in the lobby in my socks writing a blog post.  There's food everywhere and I'm concerned by my lack of care for school right now.  BYU doesn't have a Spring Break, but if it did I believe it would be comparable to this.  Partying, Partying (yeah!)

 I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing this weekend but I'm fairly confident it will be a blast.  I missed you all in class on Friday (especially Chris), but don't worry, I'll be back soon enough.  Adios!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Lab and Stuff

cool shot of the freshman hill tunnel
So the Research Lab was pretty helpful.  I was privileged to work with Jaren, a very helpful writing TA.  He explained how to specify searches and who to contact for more help.  He helped me find a lot of useful information.  I learned that he graduated at a high school next to mine and he is in choir.  I learned a lot.

My plans for the draft are to use a lot of sources and quote a lot of information.  I want to get a good feel on how the paper will turn out.  I will spend a lot of time finding sources that directly correlate with my topic.  It will be awesome.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Hello blogosphere.

So anyways... here's my thesis.

Although physical violence is damaging to a person's physical health, retaliation towards bullies should be condoned in pre-collegiate education so that the victimized students won't suffer more harmful verbal or emotional abuse.

Monday, February 27, 2012

These are some issues

Political Debates
Why political debates have do not reflect what politicians actually think. Nor do they help people pick a good president.

Rock on.  *Note-In response to the limited number of pictures on creative commons, I have decided to take many pictures myself.  Sorry for the bad quality.
Auto-Tune must die
It's true.  Auto-tune has destroyed all talent from our society today.  This is horrible.  This would be an analyzation of pop music in general.

Violence in Schools
Why male children need to be MORE physically violent in schools.
Why verbal abuse has replaced physical abuse and why this is bad for a boy's growth.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

An Egregious Violation of Liberty

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 will radically alter the American Health Care system as it is today.  One specific mandate of the Act is that in 24 months employers that currently provide health care for their employees must now also provide health care that will cover contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion practices.  This is in opposition to many American Christian employers’ beliefs, and as a result, a large controversy has bubbled over whether the mandate restricts liberty.  President Obama previously pushed for the Act and it’s mandates to be put in practice; accordingly, much of the controversy is around his ability to successfully lead America. One 2012 Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, has blogged about his thoughts on the health care mandate and his view on America in general.  "President Obama versus Religious Liberty" effectively convinces religious American voters that President Obama is ruining America’s freedom through clear organization, direct diction, indisputable logic, and powerful emotion that creates an urgency for change.

Mitt Romney’s organization of his blog post works to aides his legitimacy as a common man.  He begins his blog by blaming Barack Obama’s administration, then goes on to say that “[his] own view is clear” and that he stands with the views of religious followers.  He next says that religious liberty is facing a “serious assault” by liberalism and later ends the article by saying that it’s the American duty to preserve liberty and follow the Constitution.  By following such a tight format, Romney shows that he is serious about doing what’s best for America.  He does not skip from topic to topic but instead fully addresses each point in a coherent manner before moving to the next.  This logically convinces the reader that Romney knows what he is talking and that Romney is earnest in his actions.  In addition,  the systematic and clear organization shows the reader that Mitt is not a Washington politician.  Instead of trying to impress his audience with a confusing format, he shows that he is a plain man who only wants the “preservation of freedom”.  Through orderly organization Romney is able to convince readers that he is a real average citizen who is determined to do what’s right for America.

Romney also uses emotion as he potently criticizes Obama throughout his entire post.  The first sentence of his blog states, “The Obama administration is at it again.” By using this as his first sentence, Romney puts the enemy, the Obama Administration, at the forefront of America’s problems.  Alternatively, Romney could have attempted to build his credentials in the beginning, but by acknowledging his enemy first he constructed his article with more power.  Also, his opening statement insinuates two iedas with the phrase “at it again”; the phrase declares that the Obama administration has previously caused trouble and that the administration is currently causing trouble.   The phrase “at it again” presents an image of a dog that needs to be constantly reprimanded for tearing up its owner’s front yard.  In addition, the same phrase aids Romney in avoiding description of what the administration has done.  This makes the reader feel that Obama is wrong on all levels.  Romney then explains that the administration is using the nationalized health care plan to take away the rights of those who “should not have their religious freedom taken away.”  He then explains that this religious assault is “coming from liberalism itself.”  Mitt powerfully implies that the Obama administration is purposefully taking away religious liberty in America.  By using diction like “assault” and “impose” Romney is able to portray the Obama administration as a group of conspiring men out to destroy religion in America. Throughout the article, Romney creates anger in his readers by powerfully slandering Obama.

Romney again uses emotion in his blog post through references to America, American history, and the Constitution.  He says “The America [he] believes in is governed by the U.S. Constitution,” “Religious liberty is at the heart of the American experiment,” and other pro-America statements.  This is emotionally pleasing because it gives the audience an impression of home and country.  Mitt Romney also successfully shows that he isn’t motivated by his own thoughts, but by his care and concern for America.  He subtly implies that because he is pro-America and doesn’t want mandated contraceptives,  Obama must be anti-American by saying that he does.  This logical fallacy makes the audience feel that Romney will be a force of liberty if elected president.  By saying that “religious liberty is at the heart of America,” Romney uses strong emotion as he makes America’s concerns become his concerns.  Because of these pro-America statements, the reader will feel a yearning for the policies of Romney that lift up America and not the current policies in place today.

Throughout the article, Mitt Romney uses very direct diction and clear sentences in order to logically push his point.  Phrases like “If I am elected President,” “The America I believe in,” and “We must come together” inform the audience that Romney has a plan that is easy to understand as well as logical.  As opposed to using deceitful diction and hard-to-understand words, Romney cuts Obama to the core with his forward moving diction and understandable sentences.   This makes the reader feel as if voting for Romney is the right choice in the upcoming election because of his reasonable ideas.  In this way, Romney persuades the reader that “we must come together” and triumph over Obama’s unlawful policies. 

Romney also uses logic in the last paragraph by saying that “what the Obama administration has done is indefensible.”  After having made plenty of references to America’s founding and Constitution, Romney calls the actions of our current president “indefensible” and therefore unjustifiable.  This is important because Romney knows that the Obama administration has made a blunder he can capitalize on if only people focus attention to the blunder.  When Mitt says that the actions of the President are “indefensible,” he takes away the power that any future apology or change in policy could have from the left-wing administration.   The audience will feel that it is rational that they should vote for Romney partly because of Obama’s blunder.  After criticizing Obama and this “egregious violation” Romney clearly states that Obama has made a mistake that will “not stand.”  In this way, Romney cuts any backtracking that might occur from the left and reasonably shows his audience that Obama needs to retire from his presidency.

Romney uses emotional references to America’s founding, clear and understandable organization, straightforward but powerful diction and emotional attacks on Obama to convince religious voters that the Obama administration is seeking to destroy America.  Mitt has no hidden messages or secret thoughts as he openly criticizes Obama’s latest blunder in "President Obama versus Religious Liberty."  Romney convincingly shows the American people that he is not motivated by self interest but by “the heart of the American experiment.”  “President Obama versus Religious Liberty” effectively shows American voters that Obama is guiding the country in the wrong direction and does not care about America.  The article shows that Romney has the power to give America back it’s religious freedom if the readers will only vote for him.

Friday, February 24, 2012

My thoughts and desires...

thug life
...or just thoughts.

I'm not a big fan of the Rhetorical Analysis.  It's really formulaic.

That's beside the point.

The process went well.  I learned a lot from the class lectures, the supplemental guide, and my peers.  Peer reviews went way better than the OpEd reviews because there was more time devoted to them.  Not being able to talk for five minutes straight was arguably the hardest thing I've ever done, but my paper was efficiently critiqued.  From the mouth of two classmates came direct direction, astute analysis, and careful critique.  I enjoyed looking at different forms of rhetoric, and writing this paper during all of the Republican debates really worked well.

 This has helped me to analyze rhetoric in the world around me and to analyze what people are actually trying to say.
I think I've become a better person because of it.  It's been fun.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Compare and Contrast

Happy Pancake
I know it's late... I just jumped out of bed.

I think the peer review we had for the RA was more efficient and better than the analysis for the OpEd.
In the OpEd analysis, we read each other's articles in class and hurriedly tried to come up with improvements and criticisms.  Although helpful, the RA peer review was more in depth.  We analyzed the papers the weekend before and read the rubric in order to fully aide our peers' writing.  We were able to come up with more improvements and suggestions.

The peer review for the RA was better because we were able to take more time to analyze each other's articles.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The things we do for love.

(The title is a lie.  I just thought it would be more interesting than "Valentine's day".  Plus it's a cool song.)

Most people in the world have one of two opinions about Valentine's day-they hate it or they love it.  For those that love valentine's day, good for you.  For those that hate valentine's day, continue reading.  Valentine's day began to be about love in the 15th century, specifically courtly love.  It has slowly become a holiday in which romantics show their gratitude towards each other.  It is characterized in American society by big balloons, expensive dinners, and awful candy.  People in relationships love it;  people not in relationships like it less.

I've never had an awesome valentine's day, but I would never hate on a day which brings people joy.  I've had friends who have had their share of awesome valentine's days and I think that's just swell.  The most famous thing Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake."  I think it's a fine holiday that makes some people happy.

Basically this is the outline-ish of an Opinion Editorial that I'm too lazy to right right now.  But if I did write it it would be awesome because of the skills I've learned in my writing 150 class.

Unrelated-check out "Five Years Time" by Noah and the Whale.
Good Song.  Stuck in my head. FTW

edit-towards---no apostrophe

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Figurative Language in Mitt Romney's Blog

Mitt Romney uses Figurative Language to relate his blog post about religion to the American people.

"But, now, more than two centuries after the drafting of the Bill of Rights, religious liberty is facing the most serious assault in generations."
By saying it's "the most serious assault in generations" Romney is able to convince the casual reader that the problem of a contraception mandate is horrible.

"And accompanying the moral principle came the social principle that only religious liberty could ensure tranquility in a new land composed of men and women of differing faiths."
(One is given an image of an American Dreamland)
Romney uses images about America and it's founding.  This helps the reader understand more about why he should vote for Romney.

This is Romney's American Flag
(This is for you, Owen)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Le Sample Thesis for a Rhetorical Analysis

"President Obama versus Religious Liberty" effectively convinces religious American voters to vote for Mitt Romney because of the references to America's founding, the strong diction, and the appeal to liberty in order to create powerful feelings.

The Real American President

Friday, February 3, 2012

Exciting Blogs I Found... and other cool stuff

true christianity
author: brother d
subject: Talks about how christ will come and how the things that happen today signify his arrival.
audience: Christian believers and any non-christian that stumbles across this blog.

mitt romney
author: presidential candidate mitt romney
subject:  Why defending religious freedom is important
audience:  Those with religious beliefs in America.  (Possibly those that are religious that would otherwise vote for someone else.)

author: michael otterson
subject: Why mormons are awesome people.  Or the extent that LDS members devote their lives to church.
audience:  Those who associate themselves with Mormons.  Those who don't know the work that mormons go through.

the best part of a missionary's day-the knock

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


The writing of my Opinion Editorial went well.  I spent a large amount of time on it, and it paid off.  I wish that I had grabbed more statistics, but other than that I felt my paper was coherent, cohesive, and grammatically sound.  I rewrote a few of the paragraphs enough to organize my paper well, and I was able to focus on a specific enough topic to make the paper strong.

Writing Lab-
I received a lot of help from the writing lab.  The girl I worked with (Heather) was a senior with a lot of experience and a big brain.  She helped me to organize my paper better as well as help the sentences flow better.  Although I spent time trying to find it/printing out a paper/waiting in line, it was definitely worth my time.

Peer Review-
This went well.  I was able to have Tanner look over my paper and critique it so that I understood I needed to clarify my points and organize the entire paper better.  It was good to have a second opinion (other than my own) about the paper and get different viewpoints. It also gave me opportunity to read my paper out loud and understand the wording I needed to change.  

Understanding of the topic-
To research the topic, I spent a lot of time online this week and last.  This unintentionally built up my anger, which was the topic of my paper.  I was able to gather information from outside sources as well as from my own experience...  I learned a lot in the process.

This is me and a mirror.

Monday, January 30, 2012

How to Recognize Online Anger... and How to Avoid it

In today's society there are many forms of internet communication including instant messaging, online forums, and Facebook.  This communication has led to a greater expression of ideas, a faster way to group people together, and an efficient way to connect with people around the world.  Although there are many positive aspects of virtual communication, there are also many negative aspects.  Because of a user’s anonymity, deceiving tones, and the internet’s antisocial nature, virtual anger is a problem that affects internet communication.

Staring at a computer screen for hours inherently lowers one's ability to talk to people.  I know that as I use technology for an extended period of time, my social skills decrease.  I have also seen among my friends  a negative correlation between time spent online and time spent physically with friends. Because of a decrease in social skills from being online, these friends do not have the same level of ability they previously had. This ability includes carrying on a polite and friendly conversation with someone else.  When an individual loses social skills, he or she may find the need to say everything in his or her head. These thoughts often include derogatory comments and will cause anger among members of a conversation.   

Another reason anger occurs so frequently when used with technology is the lack of tone and body language online.  Albert Mehrabian, professor of psychology at UCLA states that 7 percent of a physical conversation are the words being said.  The rest of the conversation is tone and body language.  Because most forms of virtual communication only contain words, one’s meaning is often perceived wrong.  For example, sarcasm is hardly ever understood online because the tone is immensely important in that form of communication.  Whenever I chat with someone, I always have to be very careful when I use sarcasm; I do not wish to offend someone with an attempted joke. If the sarcasm is taken wrong, I then go through the trouble of sending multiple  messages explaining my meaning so those I communicate with don’t get angry.  Unfortunately,  I and others often get mad online because of this miscommunication.  This fact causes a lot of frustration within the cyber sphere of communication.

Behind the comfort and safety of my computer, I can say whatever I want without fear of repercussion.  The ability to be anonymous online is a big cause of internet anger.  On some websites users are linked to personal friends, but on other websites the users are unknown by those they interact with.  Without physically seeing or knowing someone, one has the tendency to say things they never would in real life.  If I’ve never met someone and he or she says something I dislike online, I have to be very cautious about inserting my opinion about their statement.  Unfortunately, in many cases anonymous users will just say whatever they want online without tact or finesse.  Although oftentimes these people have well-intentioned comments, as earlier stated, things can be perceived wrong online, especially things that others don’t agree with.  People are more apt to be derogatory about one’s religion on the computer than in person.  

One example of this is the video “10 Questions that every intelligent Christian must answer” on Youtube.  Although the video itself does not contain any anger or bad-intentions, the comments are the epitome of virtual anger.  The unfortunate part about this video is that a lot of these comments were written with good intentions, but were taken the wrong way and have now caused enormous anger. One way to prevent this is to ask yourself if you would say the same thing in person that you would virtually. This is an effective way of filtering remarks that would otherwise be hurtful.  There is no glamour in being cruel online.

There are many ways to avoid anger online and still communicate via computers.  First off, you have to be very careful with what you say and make sure that you do not sound angry or mean.  Also, being straightforward with your comments helps online users to understand your message. Unfortunately, sometimes the internet can still make people mad. 

The only way to completely avoid internet anger is to turn the computer off.  Press the power button in the upright corner and disconnect.  Reading articles for four hours long will oftentimes make you mad at politics, religion, society, etc.  Stop and go see the new twilight movie with friends.  Or take a road trip and build a sandcastle with your family.  Then you will be calmer and be more able to once again resume internet activities. If more people logged off and took breaks then the internet could be a calmer place.  Although the internet is be a great tool for communication, tensions often get high and it is your responsibility to log off and do something real.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hey... thoughts on life.

So this is it.  My moment of freedom.  My one chance to do something big, unrestricted from Husberg's tyranny.  I can post anything I want.  Anything.  I could talk about my feelings on the 2012 election.  Or I could explain why visiting hours should be longer.  Or I could write a romantic love song and share the video on here for all to see.  This unrestricted power is getting to my head.  I could become a king! Or a football player! Or a spaceman! Or a football-playing king in space!  And all of these options can be obtained through this blog post.  This very one.  Barack Obama could be randomly online and find this post.  This means that I have to make sure that this blog post is grand and amazing.  The very best, in fact.

I will write of the toils and troubles of the American working class!  Yes, that will be enough.  I will use so many facts, articles, and graphs so that all will know of the struggles of the American man.  I will use ethos, logos, and pathos so boldly and so brashly that Obama will have to side with me!  My rhetoric will be immaculate!  My grammar?  Divine.  I will write a blog post greater than Shakespeare, Dickens, and Meyer combined!

Oh how the people will love me.  It will be a truly amazing blog post.  I'll start writing it now...
...Actually I'm quite tired.  So instead I will post a picture of a cat.  Almost as good.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Logos, Ethos, Pathos

I am writing the Logos, Ethos, and Pathos of my Opinion Editorial.  Right now.

I am using one or two different news articles about using the computer for prolonged periods of time to strengthen my argument.  This will give my opinion credibility.  I talk about the loss of social skills from internet exposure and explain how that works.  I am telling people to get off of the computer because communicating physically contains more of a conversation.

I am saying that when one is on the internet too long, they lose there sense of communication.  People need to spend time with others in order to develop friendships and interact with the real world.  I am appealing to the human desire for interaction and its benefits.  I am describing how mean people can be online and how this is detrimental to the rest of the online community.  Therefore, people should go offline to not hurt others.

I'm a doctor.  Wait, no.  I spend long periods of time on the internet, I experience these "anger" symptoms myself.  I am in the appropriate 18-30 year old category of people who spend way too much time online.  I know what is going on in society, I'm a freshman at college with plenty of interaction.

Funny quote of the day: [dang] it man!  I'm a doctor not a physicist!  -Star Trek

Friday, January 20, 2012

Claims, Reasons and Assumptions

Claim:  Virtual anger exists in all forms of internet communication.

Reasons: Virtual anger exists because of anonymity, lack of emotion and the internet's antisocial nature.  This problem exists in all areas where a computer can be located.

Assumptions:  The reader believes that being angry online is a problem in society and should be stopped.

Above is a picture of a person with prolonged internet exposure

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thesis for OpEd

Thesis for OpEd about Virtual Rage:  Virtual rage is a problem that exists in first-world societies because of its protection and antisocial nature and it affects all forms of virtual communication like texting and internet conversations.

I found this picture.
Goes along with rage

-The Boss

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Opinion Editorial Brainstorm

Virtual Text of Rage

Intro:   In today's society there are many forms of virtual communication including texting, Facebook, and the ability to virtually comment on anything from a video about cats to a news article about Newt Gingrich.  While this is an increase in technology and a way to increase the flow of thoughts and ideas, this creates a problem I call "virtual rage".

body:  Internet rage is caused for several reasons.  The first reason is the antisocial nature of these forms of communication.  Staring at a cell phone or computer screen for hours inherently lowers one's ability to talk to people.  When communication skills are diminished, anger as well as other non-commendable traits can be shown in a person.

Another reason is that behind the comfort and safety of one's phone or computer, one is not worried about saying something offensive or mean, especially if the persons identity is masked online.  People write the most hateful things online and have little or no physical repercussions.

The last reason I can see is the chain of anger.  If someone sends an angry text or posts an angry comment, one may feel the "responsibility" to outdo that comment with facts, but most probably the individual will just use more anger.  Although this is like comfort and safety listed earlier, it differs because this reason behind virtual anger affects even the kind and benevolent.  For example if someone virtually says something about a prominent leader in my church, I feel like I have to retort with sarcasm or facts or malice.  

In closing, I feel that the only solution is goodwill and kindness that starts with you.  You, the reader, have a responsibility to be as nice and disarming as you can as you enter the virtual world of communication so that a chain of kindness can form.  This is the only way we can end this technologic world of hate.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Time to start school

Hey so this is Ruskin Lines IV, aka "The Boss", using a blog for the first time.  My great grandfather is the first Ruskin and all of the first born children carry my name.  It is an honor to have this tradition in my family and I definitely will name my child after me.  I desire to live up to the reputation of these men, if not improve their status, and to do great things in the world.

  I am so excited to begin school and to extend my knowledge of the blogosphere.  I was born in Gilbert Arizona, love pictures of cats and play guitar.  I enjoy long walks on the beach, Facebook stalking and symphonies written in the key of B flat.  I also use a lot of sarcasm in my writing and daily communications with my fellow man.  Follow me, tweet me, Facebook add me and we'll have a party this year.