Remember kids, …

Remember kids, the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.

-Adam Savage

As requested by Dr. Preston, i decided to do a quick recap of how and what the Destructive Therapy Group is working on.

Last Sunday after several weeks of basic experimentation and planning was our first large scale destruction day. Watermelons were mutilated and apples turned into apple sauce. And by the end of those two plus hours freshly spewed tomato sauce (courtesy of a tennis racket) was strewn along the road in some back alley. Some simple street fireworks deliberately placed in the carcass of a long lost pumpkin and the small cloud that comes only from dry ice and water set the stage for our grand exit. 

Oh senior year stress, you have been warned! 


Declutter Your Prose: Three Phrases to Avoid in Your Posts

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On The Daily Post, we want to help you improve your writing and offer concrete advice to craft clear, crisp prose. As an editor on, I read many, many posts each day on our platform; it’s worth pointing out words and sentences that might detract from your writing.

Here are three ways to copy edit your writing and declutter your prose:

1. In this post, I will explain . . .

When we draft posts, we naturally dump our inner monologues onto the page. And that’s good — that’s the beauty of free writing and cranking out first drafts: we have material we can later rework, cut, and move around.

Before you hit “Publish,” scan your intro for phrases like “In this post, I will explain…” or “Today, I will write about…” and similar phrases. In your drafting process, just let go and type. But when you’re…

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TPCASST Analysis:

The Dictators-Pablo Neruda


The Dictators-Because I already have a background in Pablo Neruda’s poems I learned of his distaste for dictatorships. (but interestingly enough a general admiration of communism, even running for office under the communist party.)


The biggest clue as to what this poem means is the word “Vendetta” at the end of the last stanza. Vendetta means simply, a prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone.








By the end of the poem we have a deeper understanding of why the title was picked. Although dictator, or government is not mentioned directly one time in the poem just from subtle undertones we see the distaste and even disgust that Neruda has. And by naming the poem the Dictators, we can assume that “The Dictators” is not a positive title.


Macbeth Reading Notes-ACT IV

Meet Malcolm:

As always writing notes for this ACT I go multiple ways. I could do a summary, character analysis, but I decided to pick two three significant quotes to work through.

Malcolm (4, 3, 80): “Were I king,
I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
Desire his jewels and this other’s house:
And my more-having would be as a sauce
To make me hunger more; that I should forge
Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
Destroying them for wealth.

I here abjure
The taints and blames I laid upon myself,
For strangers to my nature.

My first false speaking
Was this upon myself: what I am truly,
Is thine and my poor country’s to command.”


Macbeth (4,1, 150): “Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits.

The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done:
The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool.
This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.
But no more sights!—Where are these gentlemen?
Come, bring me where they are.”

Macbeth Quotes Analysis

1. Banquo says: Thou hast it now—King, Cawdor, Glamis, all/ As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Thou played’st most foully, for’t.

Literal Interpretation: Banquo: He has achieved all three statues (ranks) that the witches prophesised. Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor, and now King of Scotland. (And Banquo, perhaps begins to assume that Macbeth didn’t come by the throne because of his good deeds, but by the killing of Duncan.)

Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation: As far as theme and symbolism go for this portion, Banquo’s new awareness of the witches prophecy and the truth it brought forward will bring next to mind his own prophecy from the witches, in which he is greater than Macbeth and lesser, and although he will not be a king his offspring will.

2.Macbeth says: They hailed him father to a line of kings./ Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/ And put a barren scepter in my grip

Literal Interpretation: Duncan was the father of princes (Donalbain and Malcolm) who will become kings in their own right (and himself from a line of kings). While Macbeth, knowing the meaning of the prophecy, himslef will never have sons to pass the throne onto.

Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation:

3. Lady Macbeth says: Naught’s had, all’s spent,/ Where our desire is got without content./ ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy/ Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.

Literal Interpretation:

Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation:

4.Macbeth says: Better be with thee,/ Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent peace,/ Than on the torture of the mind to lie/ In restless ecstasy.

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5. Macbeth says: I am in blood/ Stepped so far that, should I wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go o’er.

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The Crossroads Between Should and Must

Link to Article found here.

Response to: “Where are you in relation to the crossroads, and which way do you see yourself headed?”

I have yet to see a crossroads. It’s not that I don’t have one or want to have one, purpose in life is often what drives us forward as human beings and has been the inspiration for some of man’s greatest achievements. But right now I feel like I’m walking a line, the single line between should and must. But I don’t know what my must is.

The author mentioned that must is scary and yet she almost seemed free. She seemed torn away from the safe, sound and some times restricting world of should.

Where I am now in my life I am traveling the “should” road, and may be on it for a while. But I don’t have a problem with that. I know what I need to do to get myself where I need to go. Must simply isn’t an option just yet. But even after reading this I have something to walk away with. I am much more consciousness of what road I am walking on today, than I was yesterday. And for now that single step is good enough for me.

Macbeth Reading Notes ACT III

(Not a summary but an analysis of a few things I felt were important for the ACT and the movement of the play in general.)

Banquo’s Monologue:

BANQUO Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
  As the weird women promised, and, I fear,
  Thou play’dst most foully for’t: yet it was said
  It should not stand in thy posterity,
  But that myself should be the root and father 5
  Of many kings. If there come truth from them–
  As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine–
  Why, by the verities on thee made good,
  May they not be my oracles as well,
  And set me up in hope? But hush! no more. 10

Right here is what I consider the crowning moment of Banquo, when he finally realizes the power he can have over Macbeth. And what I think Shakespeare is doing here is setting up an interesting dynamic. On one hand we have Macbeth who literally killed a man (definitely under the influence of his wife) that at the time would have been considered the King of Scotland because of Divine Right while in the other we have Banquo who is ambitious and wanting for power but almost doesn’t seem to want to go such extreme lengths as Macbeth did (although he doesn’t know about that, but see line 3 because I think he suspects Macbeth may have been behind it), because at the forefront he knows he won’t become a king, but his offspring will. So it sets off what could have been an interesting power struggle or even power vacuum but Banquo’s untimely death ends that relatively quickly but the threat of his son Fleance and his potential claim to the throne.

Scene 1 Soliloquy:

If you haven’t clicked it yet, the link for Macbeth’s soliloquy in scene one is posted above in turquoise!

Macbeth’s soliloquy in scene 1 is truly an important glimpse into Macbeth’s state of mind as well as interesting development within the play. And this is where we as the audience can say and began to back up that Macbeth is getting paranoid as his mental wheels start turning. It is almost as if he realizes that to become King, he killed a King, and now if Banquo were to act on the Witches prophecy Banquo’s offspring would become King. Interestingly enough, this is one of the first times Macbeth seems to put stock into the Witches Prophecy, because up to this point he seemed a bit skeptical.

We also get a clever allusion to one of Shakespeare’s “earlier” plays, and by earlier I mean written a few years before not an early attempt at playwriting, Julius Caesar. In it he mentions, “as Mark Antony’s was by Ceasar“.

Macbeth Reading Notes-ACT II

“Important” Characters:

Banquo-We definitely see more of Banquo this ACT than in ACT I and actually dive a little deeper into his own character and motivations that I think will make him a viable threat to Macbeth’s rule in Scotland, except…

Fleance-Banquo’s son. Who will become more important into the coming acts, remember as his is the one who the three witches’ prophecy speaks of.  “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” (ACT I scene 3) Consider him a legitimate threat to Macbeth’s hold on the Scottish Throne.

Macbeth- We finally begin to see some of Macbeth’s spiral into insanity. Beginning first with “Is this a dagger I see before me.”

Lady Macbeth- Even more indirect characterization with Lady Macbeth’s words playing against her actions.

Malcolm & Donalbain- The sons of the late King Duncan. After Duncan’s murder they escape to Ireland and England to avoid being murdered themselves, although that throws a lot of suspicion their way.



What We’re Reading This Week


Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire & Ice: Book One by George R. R. Martin

“I’ve never been into Sci Fi, but my twin sister got me started on the the Game of Thrones television show. I got through about three episodes before I had to stop to read the book. I’m about halfway through now, and I’m totally hooked. The characters are so dynamic and against each other. There’s so much depth to the characters, their stories and the kingdoms. It’s like crack — not that I’ve done that — but I just can’t put the book down. I particularly like Tyrion. He’s played by Peter Dinklage in the show. He stands in contrast to a lot of the other characters. He’s witty and mindful of every action to make up for his short stature. It’s just so compelling. No one can escape his or her fate…

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