Monday, September 8, 2014
Exploration Two: Hans Hartle
How's it going everyone? My name is Hans Hartle. As some of you may remember, my fun facts were that in fifth grade I was obsessed with the Pokemon card and became an expert. Eventually I went to the National Pokemon Championship located inside the convention center in downtown Columbus. Although I was competing well enough to qualify for worlds, my sisters were both young and tired from the long day so my dad took us all home. Intern, this caused me to forfeit my remaining three matches and resulting in missing out on a full paid trip to Hawaii for worlds. I'm also competitive at other games as well. During 2012 when Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was released I quickly became number 2 in North America, became sponsored by Logitech and Razor and was playing for a team named K4EW gaming again at the Convention Center at MLG (Major League Gaming) Columbus. I'm also majoring in engineering and minoring in business in hopes to one day own my own Engineering firm. Currently my time is preoccupied with school, working out, playing League of Legends and attempting to restart my gaming YouTube channel (Which I hope you all will support =D ).
The author which i researched was Frederick Douglass. Although Frederick Douglass is well known for his civil rights movement, he also had a hand in the woman rights movement. On top of this, Douglass also became the first African American nominee for Vice President, without his consent! For anyone wanting to know more information about Fredrick Douglass, below is a link to a PBS biography of him as well as his Wikipedia page.
The poem I read was For Brothers Everywhere by Tim Seibles. I enjoyed this poem particularly because of the descriptive and common use of Italicized text which kept my interest through the entirety of the poem. Although at first glance, the italicized text seemed unimportant, taking a second look made me reconsider. The changes in text show two different voices or styles of telling the same story being told. While the normal text i wrote in more modern English, the italicized pieces are written in slang, but at the same time offer more insight to the story than we would have understood without it. I assume that this poem was based off events in the author's life, however my question to him would be if it truly is factually based.
One of the most significant literary events that I have encountered was reading the first Kane Chronicles book. First off, I love all of the books that Rick Riordan writes, and although personally, I'm not much of a book reader, his books I have reordered and read time and time again for years. So with the expectations set high for the new series, I got the book in the mail the afternoon before starting on my families vacation. In the morning I eagerly hopped in the car, popped in my headphones and opened the book. It more than met my expectations. Rick Riordan's use of Modern lifestyles mixed in with classic Greek mythology blend together into the perfect mixture of comedy, romance, thought invoking, and most importantly; blood pumping, adrenaline rushing action. However in my opinion it's not only how great the words on the page are which make reading a book great. It's the events and the atmosphere around you when you are reading that stick in my mind. When I read the first Kane Chronicles book I cycled through the same 5 or so songs (yes that gets repetitive), but to this day I will always remember those songs, the book and the trip to cedar point/Kalahari I had all because of how intertwined the activities become. The adrenaline from the book meshed with the pump up of music and the anticipation of rides make for a memory that I will never forget.