Thoughts of Fury: A Poison Tree Response

Anger is a weed. It comes where not wanted and without vigilance makes its home.
Without care, the weed takes root, developing into rage, stealing nourishment from the garden.
Untended, the weed will spread evolving into wrath. Growing and flourishing, consuming the lawn. Finally, it shows its head and blooms its flower and makes it seen and looks elsewhere to sow its seed.

Façade: The Ants Response

How wonderful is life in the eyes of an elementary school student. How bright and hopeful  and full of opportunities is the future!
As kids, we see life as this amazing experience, until it actually happens to us.
Then we see the stagehands and gears of life, hidden behind a brightly lit veneer. We see we were lied to, but how else could we be told of the horror that is life?

And so we move on as does life.

True Beauty: An Emerald is as Green as Grass Response

True Beauty                                                                       
Beauty is a concept that many desire to laugh, to love, to just fit in looks will take you higher
But when a present is shared with people around the fire they discard the wrapping to get what's inside

The Sponge: Gathering Words Response

Across town lies the school with its metal doors and shelves and shelves of books and knowledge.
But the halls aren't empty They are filled with people who walk and talk about themselves, others, the weather whatever they wish to.
I walk the halls silent I have no need of talking, for each speak enough to occupy the tongues of three.
They berate, they gossip, they laugh, they joke I observe it all, and take it in Wishing sometimes that I could tune it all out.
Turn the volume down and let silence play.

On Being Brought from Africa to America Response

Cole Thompson                                                                                                                                         

This poem brings up many conflicts. It's talking about a redeemed soul, brought to Christianity.


But there is something off when you dig deeper. Black slaves may have been converted when brought to America, but they faced persecution on other fronts. They became objects, captured in Africa, forced into crowed ships, shuttled across the Atlantic, and then were expected to work hard labor, facing cruel AND unusual punishments or even death if they resisted. The picture this poem paints is incomplete. It doesn't sound like a black slave. The perspective is twisted, presenting the transportation of Africans to America as only an act of religious redemption.

The question is, why did blacks need the basis of religion to be considered worthy of whites' acknowledgement?

Evolution of the Internet

The Internet that we know today originated from two parts: ARPANET and the protocol suite TCP/IP. According to Wikipedia, The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP. Although packet switching is the general practice nowadays, it was very new at the beginning of ARPANET. At the conception of the Internet as we now know it, all 'sites' were part of the Static Web. Information was able to be shared, but it couldn't be modified.

The next step in the Internet's evolution is the practice known as Web 2.0. This idea describes World Wide Web sites that became interactive and easily edited. Web 2.0 doesn't necessarily refer to any particular update, but rather the changing of the way Web pages were used. This form of the Internet allowed users to interact with each other through the first of social media sites. This form of the Internet allowed information to be s…

How To Separate Fact and Fiction Online

In this TED Talk, Markham Nolan discusses how his fellow journalists and he separate the real news stories from the influx of fakes and phoneys on the Internet. Mr. Nolan is the managing editor of He has watched the art of journalism change from reporting on a news story to having to find that news story among countless made-up stories. In the talk, he discusses a few of the methods his team uses to distinguish fact form fiction.

Markham starts off the talk with a view of how transmitting news has changed from something very slow to instantaneous transmission. Talking about an earthquake that struck in 2012, "The ground shook in Managua 60 seconds after it hit the epicenter. 30 seconds later, the first message went onto Twitter." He comments on the fact that news and 'news' are transmitted across the world in a matter of seconds nowadays. The job of a journalist is to sort through and find the real, engaging stories amongst the muck. Mr. Nolan then des…