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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Game called Life

A Game called Life

*Robert sitting on Cynthia’s coach*

Robert
(On cell phone…no answer)
Yah…listen, Cynthia. I used the key under the mat. Where are you? I’ve been sitting here for like 25 minutes.

*Knock at the door.*

Robert
Oh thank God you’re here. I’ve been waiting…

*Robert opens door. It’s a mysterious man in a hoodie.*

Robert
Who the hell are you?

Jason
There is no hell, my child. Just as there is no heaven. So what are we left with?

Robert
(Frightened)
What…are you like one of those Jehovah’s witnesses or something?

Jason
(Laughing.)

Robert
(Nervous Laughing)

Jason
(Pointing at Robert.)
I really had you there for a second.

Robert
Jeeze. I thought I was about to end up on the 5 o’clock news. Oh my God, you really had me going.

Jason
Nah, I’m just a friend of Cynthia’s.
Robert
Oh well in that case come in, come in. She should be here soon.
Jason
(Sits on coach)
Up for a game of chess?

Robert
Um, I’m not really a chess player.

Jason
Everyone’s a chess player, Robert. Some people just don’t know it yet.

Robert
I don’t I told you my name…did I?

Jason
Yah, when I came in. We exchanged formalities. It was just like 2 minutes ago bro.
(Creepy smile. Hand on shoulder, tightens grip.)

Robert
(V.O.)
Damn if that’s true, why can’t I remember this guy’s name?

Jason
(Claps hands together.)
Okay… let’s just play some chess.
Screen Caption: 2 HOURS LATER

*Jason and Robert are playing chess at a table. Robert has captured all but three of his pawns. He captures another pawn.*

Robert
Why are you just mindlessly sacrificing all your pawns?

Jason
The pawns mean nothing. You have to see the bigger picture.

Robert
But sometimes if you try hard enough, a pawn can become a queen.
Jason
It’s unlikely. Most pawns will always be pawns.

Robert
And why can’t those pawns achieve

Jason
Because those pawns accept the labels that society has put on them.

Robert
But if they cast off the materialistic chains that bind their mortal soul, they truly can become a queen.

Jason
Everyone pawn has the potential to become a queen, but most pawns never reach their full potential.

Robert
But say that pawn does reach the end of the chess board, do you think his fellow pawns would be proud of him when he does become a queen?

Jason
Robert, a queen governs by divine rule. Her power is bestowed upon her by God. She’s an enlightened being, so why would she care what the pawns think of her?
Robert
So say there is a pawn and he has tried his entire life to get people to notice how brilliant he is and how much he truly has to offer.

Jason
I know a few pawns like that myself.

Robert
And what if that pawn has spent his entire life pondering whether this other pawn or that other pawn really thinks of him. And now he’s trapped in his own personal purgatory.

Jason
A metaphorical purgatory?

Robert
No, like a guy who feels like he’s been here before. Having philosophical conversations with the same other guy.

Jason
(Robotically)
Robert Jordan Gold. Born July 4 1996, died November 22nd 2015. While DUI.

Robert
(Stands up)
What the….what the hell is going on?

Jason
(Stands up. Grabs Robert’s cheeks. )
No, not hell! Not hell at all! Don’t you get it by now? It’s not hell, not heaven! A repetitive dimension for those who’ve spent the entirety of their lives never looking past their own materialistic desires.

Robert
Let go of me! Get your God damn hands off of me!

Jason
There was so much more to life! And it’s all wasted now! Wasted!
*Let’s go off Robert’s cheeks. Robert punches him in the stomach. Jason grabs him by the throat and pins him up against the wall.*

Jason
(Robert’s P.O.V. shot of Jason’s face)
Go to sleep my child, and we shall reconvene tomorrow.

*Scene fades out. Robert wakes up on Cynthia’s coach.*

Robert
God, that was like the worst dream ever.

*There is a knock at the door. The End*



Prevention's Program

HOW CAN CURRENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS IMPROVE THEIR CONTENT BY OFFERING IT THROUGH A DIGITAL PLATFORM AND INCORPORATING SOCIAL MEDIA?

In the age of the internet education is shifting towards a new platform. A platform that works with the interests of a new generation of students. More and more lessons and learning activities have become computer interactive procedures. All in the name of progress.

Aside from the new futuristic world around us there are still age old conundrums that still require answers. How do we prevent bullying in the school system? How do we prevent children from being ridiculed for expressing who they are? But most importantly how do we maintain the realm of public education d s safe and secure place.

The answer is not by any means a simple one but once again the 21st century has opened up new doors and possibilities that are yet to be explored. In this new golden era its time to turn classroom learning into a video game. Lets take bully prevention as our prime target for the moment. If there were classes dedicated to computer gaming activities in which the students were made to use teamwork as a method of achieving success in the game it would be a lesson that would stick with the children even after they'd gone home.

Part of the story line of the game would be that your helping kids your age who are in some sort of trouble or danger. This sets a precedent that if someone needs help then its your job to provide it to them.

Often times seminars and assemblies do not work. Its too IN YOUR FACE! The message has to be instilled into every student naturally. Its not something that can be crammed down their throats. If its executed that way the children see it as any other forbidden fruit placed in front of them. Don't smoke. Don't drink. Don't do drugs. Don't say anything to anybody that the administration would not approve of.

That's why students usually choose the peers that appear more timid to exert their frustrations onto. They know those students aren't going to report them. They know this kid isn't going to get them into trouble. And they know this student wasn't going to fight back. So by collecting all of them into a giant auditorium or getting some authoritarian police officer-like figure to talk to them about being respectful to their fellow students, your only putting a more tantalizing piece of fruit in front of them.

There are some students who feel the need to express their own depression or anger by targeting students who show apparent signs of insecurities and anxieties. But if at an early age they learned that working alongside those same students is fun and rewarding you may end up with a very different positive outcome.

You may be skeptical as too whether these digital based lessons may work but the proof is in the pudding. Its been statistically proven that children s well as adults learn at a more rapid rate with digital stimulation. To use a study in year 2000 stating that the company United Airlines reduced its employee training time from 40 hours to 18 hours after converting to a digital learning format. Looking for something even more recent? In 2012 the Center for Learning and Performance Technologies released the following Top 100 tools for learning. The top 10 were all media based platforms. Among them being Wikipedia, PowerPoint and WordPress.

Technology can revolutionize education. Because the internet is more then just a platform in which to pirate your music. And technology is a far greater tool then we give it credit for. Yes, yes. I know we have cell phones and laptops and a million little gadgets on our utility belt but there are institutional foundations that sill haven't utilized technology for all its potential. Why not utilize technology to save trees instead of printing more literary text books? The same can be said about the wasteful tax payer spending used to purchase erasers, pencils, paper and binders. If everything was done over a digital platform it would all become obsolete. And if all students were presented with the same computers, same desks and all the same utilities this too would prevent students from finding ways to take superiority over one another.


Digital platforms can change the education system in so many impactful ways but we just haven't discovered all the ways in which we can use this new found power. But as educational gaming apps like Lumosity and Elevate start to become more popular amongst teachers, the implementation of these new found methods in the classroom will change public education forever.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to Play

If you enjoy Human Psychology books like I do or if you simply just enjoy having a good time, play this little game with me. Thats not a pedophile joke but if you take it like that, then I'm flattered. So if you wanna play this game, here are the rules. Go on Facebook and look at profile pictures of couples. Usually couples have a tell tail sign if he/she is not really into him/her just by the way she/he looks in the picture. They usually look very uncomfortable. It can be the guy or the girl. Sometimes guys and girls will both use pictures of one another and tats fine. You can still use those people in the game. By the I said guy/girl, but gay people feel free to join in on this game too, its called Human Psychology...not Heterosexual Psychology.

Game Method 1:

If both people have pictures of one another on their cover/profile pictures...then check to if one of them is actually the one posting all the pictures because often times the guy/girl will post a shit ton of pictures into albums and then the other person will file thru those pics and chose one or two to use in his profile/cover photo. The person who posted all the pictures is the one who is more into the relationship. If you identify this and you know the people personally, you can study them and you might start to see little signs that one of them is has overbearing, obnoxious and insecurity when he/she is around their significant other.

Game Method 2:

If you come across someone with a profile/cover photo with their significant other in it...then what you can do is try to see if the other person in the photo looks bored, annoyed or repulsed in some small degree or manner, it will be subtle but if your smart enough to notice mannerism in still photographs, then this should come very easily to you. If this is the case and they show those tell tale signs then make a bet with yourself that, that person will not have any pictures of their significant other in their cover/profile picture. And if your a good judge of character then you will discover that your suspicions were correct and in fact the person with no photographs of their significant other in their profile/cover photo is the one in the relationship with the power, whose less invested in it, and the one with all the pictures is the one who is so insecure he or she feels the need to post pictures of their boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband to prove to everyone on facebook that they have the capability to be in a stable relationship. It all comes from insecurity and if you play this game on yourself, you may be able to realize if you are the one who holds the power in the relationship or your the insecure one or you might discover that your in a ying-yang type situation where neither has the tell tail signs and then in that case you've found your soulmate you should probably settle down with that person. But because we are not going to find our soul mates in High School, then this human psychology game works perfectly for teenagers and is guaranteed to have 100% accurate results.

What to do if Method 2 fails:

If game method 2 fails and you turn out to be wrong, use game method 1 to come to a final conclusion Basically if one person shows that they have the tell tale signs but both people have profile/cover photos of one another, then you have to check if one of those people actually uploaded all the photos and the other person just filed thru them and used one or two to make their overbearing girlfriend/boyfriend happy.

Game Method 3:

If you notice the tell tail signs out in the real world. Meaning that one person is giving off mannerisms that he/she may be insecure, then go on facebook and use methods 1, and 2 to play the game.

How to Win:

If neither one uses profile/cover photos of their significant other then that can only mean one thing...they are both two stable people in a relationship and are perfectly independent human beings who can function with and without their significant other.

Morale Lesson:
People who feel the need to frequently post pictures of their significant other online are insecure and may be in need of attention that their parents/therapists/golden retrievers aren't giving them.