Monday, November 28, 2011

A Strange Coincidence

"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed."- Stanley Kubric

In the 60's my dad went to the movie theater and watched "Spartacus". This event had a great impact on my life. My dad decided that if he ever had a daughter he would name her just like Spartacus' wife. Years later, I was born and named as Spartacus' wife. For many years of my life I had no idea what my name meant, but I always knew where my name came from and who had directed the movie.

Who would've thought that the director of that movie would become one of my favorite directors of all times?

All my life I've been a movie fan and I was always fascinated with the making of them. A year ago, I found myself with the opportunity to work on a commercial as a production assistant, it was awesome. After this experience and helping out some friends with other short films, I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker.

The whole process of making a movie is chaotic and exhausting.It involves creativity, imagination, collaboration and thrusting others. It's a lot of people working together for one thing only, the film. After working for 10 days, 13 hours a day, and sleeping almost anywhere you can, you only want to go back to your own bed and never do this again. However, when you see the results of what you so arduously worked for you just can't wait to go again on other filmmaking adventure. What can I say, it's just addictive.

"Pain is temporary, film is forever". -Anonymous

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Aloha from Hawaii!

Image courtesy of Mrs. Nelson's Class

Aloha Equity! I am thankful for you!

I also miss you a whole lot. It's really nice here in Hawaii, but nothing beats coming to class each day and being part of the craziness that is Equity.

Make sure to keep Mr. Sanders in check. I hope that when I return I'll get to bring Ramona to a Watta game and a basketball game. In the meantime, have a blast with your school year and take every opportunity to be intellectually curious.

Anyway, I'll stop by this here blog every once in a while to see what you're up to.


Mr. AB

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


CC Image courtesy of Hani Amir on Flickr

Nudibranchs are my favorite animal. Nowhere in nature is such incredible diversity of appearance as evident as in the glorious nudibranch. These sea slugs live in shallow tide pools in oceans all over the world. Their remarkable colors and shapes warn predators of the toxic poison they use as a defense mechanism.

CC Image courtesy of Boogies with Fish on Flickr

Why do I love the nudibranch so? I love their weirdness, their paradox, their contradiction: a slug with glorious plumage and a toxic kiss.

Click here to see some AMAZING pictures of diverse nudibranchs.

Friday, November 4, 2011

What do you think about this one-eyed shark?

News image courtesy of The Korea Times

I found this surprising photo by reading korean internet news. A Mexican man named Enrique Lucero Leรณn is a fisherman who caught this shark and posted the photo on his Facebook. Researcher Felipe Galvan Magana said, "This is extremely rare. As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded."

This cyclops fetus was born from a bull shark caught in the Gulf of California beginning of this year. This one-eyed shark was born with a cyclopia and is a rare congenital disorder that causes a brain to stay a whole instead of having two distinct hemispheres.

Do you think that this cyclops shark is still alive?

-Kye Ri-

Russians read this blog.

What you're looking at is the all time pageviews (as of November 4th, 2011) for The English Department. What it means is that people in from Russia to Singapore to England are viewing what you write. What do you think of the reality that people in such far-flung parts of the globe are part of our little blog community?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Used - Blue and Yellow

Many of you may have a song that is your absolute favorite, a song that no matter how many times you listen to it, you just never have enough of that beat and lyrics that you can't get off your head. Everyone has a different favorite song, and maybe there's someone who's favorite song is the same as yours. Well my favorite song so far is called Blue and Yellow, and it's by The Used. They are a "scremo" or "emo" band. They have have many good songs, but this is my absolute favorite! Did you like the song? why? or why not? Also, what is your favorite song?

By: Pablo Arimany