Hi humans. Today’s stream highlight is from Taiki and me testing out the new preseason four changes, specifically the Relic Shield and Targon’s Brace. The laning sustainability and gold accumulation it provides is extremely strong right now, so both Taiki and I bought the item. I ended up upgrading mine to a Face of the Mountain, which is an item that drains the user’s health to give a shield to the targeted ally. The item saved Taiki’s life twice, both times allowing him to survive with a sliver of health. This is the first time it happened: (Linked image not working? Try the direct URL. http://www.twitch.tv/parkzer/c/3287615) And the second time, two minutes later: (Linked image not working? Try the direct URL. http://www.twitch.tv/parkzer/c/3287627)
Hi humans. This is a clip from a game I played over a week ago with Ed and Taiki that I finally got around to highlighting. (Linked image not working? Try the direct URL. http://www.twitch.tv/parkzer/c/3252181) Attempt to assassinate Miss Fortune, waste Zed and Lulu’s time and cooldowns, farm a minion, Smite Dragon, and finish off Zed? Now that’s what I call multitasking.
Hi humans. Here’s another paper I wrote for my adolescent development in social contexts class for your reading pleasure. The assignment was to write a response paper as a reflection on one of the class readings. The content of the response paper is pretty open ended: “they may be a critical response to or exploration of a portion of the readings, a comparison of the issues raised in two or more readings, or an analysis of reading in light of broader issues that have been discussed in class.”
In “Geographies of Desire,” a chapter of the 2002 publication Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality, Deborah L. Tolman addresses the differences among perceptions of sexuality between teenage girls who grew up in urban and suburban areas. One of the primary overarching themes is that most teenage girls in both environments are conscious about themes of sexuality, and act in ways that demonstrate their understanding of the consequences and implications of engaging in sexual activity. They also showed that they were not naïve of sexual violence, and those who have experienced personal cases of sexual violence in the past have changed how they feel about sexuality in response to the encounter. One particular thing that stood out to me in the article is how the interviewed teenage girls responded to male sexual aggression: “virtually all of the girls held themselves responsible for what occurs in heterosexual relationships, especially sexual events; with the exception of Paulina, few in either group held boys or men accountable for their sexual aggression” (172). I was surprised to read this as their response, as I generally believed most people were split about half-and-half between blaming the victim and blaming the aggressor, with some holding a balanced position between the two. During my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there was a widely publicized case of some fraternity members raping a young woman. This set off a movement that resulted in some people blowing the case out of proportion and attempting to force penectomies onto sexually aggressive males. These two cases – the teenage girls taking full responsibility, and the witch hunters placing fully responsibility on the males – seem to be the two extreme ends of the argument. Although it’s generally a good idea to let the over-enthused demonstrators do what they want and attempt to ignore them, I feel like letting the teenage girls maintain their current thoughts is not a good idea, and those who act as guidance figures to them should make sure they don’t feel they are fully responsible in the case that they are raped. When explaining the concept of who is at fault at rape, I like to make comparisons to other crimes that are less stigmatic to the victim, such as theft. For example, a teenage girl might leave her purse and other belongings exposed and unattended in a public location while she goes to get a snack at the vending machine. Upon her return, she realizes that her belongings have been stolen. In this situation, it is important to understand that the teenage girl is partially at fault because she should have been more cautious with her belongings. However, it is also important to understand that the criminal is also at fault, because (s)he should not be stealing in the first place and has committed an immoral act. Tolman’s findings during the interview with the teenage girls suggests that, in a situation like this theft, the girls only blame themselves for being careless, and do not think about blaming the criminal for being a bad person. It is vital for sexual health educators to implement this into their curriculum because teenage girls who experience sexual violence have shown signs of long-term sexual health damage: “suburban girls who had not reported sexual violence were almost six times more likely [than urban girls] to tell a narrative about their own desire with a central theme of pleasure” (182). By ensuring that victimized girls understand that they can safely blame the perpetrator, rather than keeping all the blame to themselves, it will allow them to achieve a level of absolution and comfort that will help them mature in a more positive direction. In summary, I was surprised that the girls Tolman interviewed for her piece did not have a clear perspective on who is at fault in a case of rape. I feel it is important for educators to instill into teenagers the ability to form a balanced judgment about the level of guilt of both parties. I believe this improved awareness will lead to better sexual health, as well as a decreased likelihood that a case of sexual violence will cause harmful long-term effects on sexuality.
Hi humans. My parents went to a Korean supermarket a few days ago and bought this. Yep, those are (supposedly edible) unborn bugs. They asked if I wanted to try some. I passed on the offer.
Hi humans. Today, I bring you unfortunate news. It snowed yesterday. Yes, this is in fact my 22nd year being exposed to snow, and seeing as I’ve lived in Chicagoland and the surrounding areas my entire life, most people assume that I’ve gotten used to snow by now. Sure, I’ve gotten used to it, but no, I still don’t like it. I went to my university campus yesterday to attend class. My parking space is over a mile away from the main campus, so I generally take a bus to avoid walking. Normally, there’s at most about ten people riding the bus at the same time. Yesterday, I’m guessing there were about 80 – all the seats were filled, and the aisle was completely packed with people standing. I took a photo for those of you who actually like snow, or live in areas where it never snows. That way, you can enjoy the photo and pretend like you’re here with me, while I’m busy sitting in the corner being miserable. (Click image to enlarge) Also, lol @ that Slowpoke tree near the center of the photo who hasn’t heard yet that it’s winter already, and is still in fall dropping leaves
Hi humans. I wrote this paper for my adolescent development in social contexts class, and decided to throw it up here. The assignment was to write a response paper as a reflection on one of the class readings. The content of the response paper is pretty open ended: “they may be a critical response to or exploration of a portion of the readings, a comparison of the issues raised in two or more readings, or an analysis of reading in light of broader issues that have been discussed in class.”
The article to which I decided to respond is “We know some things: Parent-adolescent relationships in retrospect and prospect,” a 2001 work written by Laurence Steinberg, published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. In his piece, he reviews the most important research done in the past 25 years in the realm of adolescent development in the family context – what’s considered a normal relationship, how variations in relationships affect the family, and how parents and other adolescent guardians can learn from this research. One of the topics Steinberg covers is the changes of family relationships adolescents and their parents experience as a result of conflict. He states that many adolescents, and even professional adolescence researchers, believe these conflicts are trivial, and don’t have much of a lasting impact on their relationship. This appears to be true for adolescents, as they seem (on a long-term scale) unaffected and unbothered by these tiffs, but their parents seem to have a harder time moving on from these fights. When looking closer at these types of fights, Steinberg concludes that the subject of these fights is perceived differently by the parent and the adolescent: “to a parent, maintaining a clean room is something that people do because it is the right thing to do … to the adolescent, how one keeps one’s room is one’s own business” (6). Thus, parents believe they are arguing about morals, while adolescents believe they are arguing about opinions and preferences. After reading this, I was able to see a clear connection with another work, “How Not to Teach Morality,” from William Kilpatrick’s 1992 publication Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong. After explaining different strategies of moral instruction, Kilpatrick implies in his conclusion that the best way to teach morality is to take what’s right and essentially command children to follow by those guidelines. He also says that this is particularly important for parents because they care the most about their children, while others (including school teachers and the adolescents themselves) don’t necessarily agree with this method because teachers think it’s good for adolescents to engage in Socratic thinking, and adolescents perceive thought-provoking teachers as more fun than teachers who just tell them what to do. Linking this back to Steinberg, it appears like the parents of adolescents he studied to come to the difference-in-perception conclusion are already employing Kilpatrick’s recommended method of moral instruction. However, the core of the problem seems to come from two different sources – first that adolescents refuse to agree that learning by simply obeying commands is beneficial to them, and second that adolescents do not yet understand that these concepts pertain morals and not preferences. Although the first source may be difficult to fix, we may find progress by attacking the second source and being explicit with the adolescents that these matters, no matter how strongly may believe otherwise, do not pertain to opinions, but are instead ways of the society in which they live. Moving on, at the end of his article, Steinberg addresses the practical and real-world application of the content of his article in the section “Implications for Policy and Practice.” He shares his findings: “parents state that they want information on how to keep their teenagers healthy, but they often do not have access to the best and most scientifically grounded advice. … Misinformation and erroneous stereotypes about adolescence fill bookstores, flood the Internet, and dominate portrayals of teenagers and their parents in the [media]” (15). Although I agree that there is lots of deceptive and incorrect information available, I strongly disagree that parents “do not have access” to good information – instead, I believe the best information is in plain availability if parents know where to look. Steinberg states that a solution to this would be to develop a “systematic, large-scale, multifaceted, and ongoing public health campaign to educate parents about adolescence that draw on the collective resources and expertise of health care professionals, scientists, governmental agencies, community organizations, schools, religious institutions, and the mass media” (16). However, I feel as if this education is already readily available, but parents are not taking advantage of it. For example, going to the non-fiction section of a library will net plenty of books written by well-known developmental psychologists; searching through local community college course listings will yield affordable parenting classes taught by those who have earned doctorate degrees in their respective fields. As a result, I believe the better option to address this problem is to inform parents about how to use these already-available resources and why their use is important. For example, health professionals can offer parents lists of books, Internet articles, and videos that accurately outline adolescent development when the parents take their adolescent to the doctor’s office for a check-up. They could also attach some information letting parents know that their adolescent is undergoing natural biological and psychological changes, these changes will affect their relationship, and learning about these changes using the resources provided in the list will greatly improve the transition of adolescence. These two methods will address both parents who believe there is no good information available, and parents who believe adolescence is a myth. In summary, Steinberg takes the most important recent research and compiles it into a cohesive article outlining changes in family relationships during adolescence. The two aspects I analyzed were how small arguments are indicative of perceptual differences in terms of morals and preferences, and how parents can be better equipped to deal with the troubles that arise during their child’s period of adolescence. Overall, the best solution seems to be clear communication – communicating with adolescents to let them know of their parents’ thought processes and intentions, and communicating with parents to let them know of their children’s change.
Hi humans. A few months ago, my dad and I cut down an evergreen tree that was growing out of control, causing the siding on our house to mold by blocking sunlight and keeping in moisture. I decided to take photos of the experience so I could help anyone else who might be taking on the same project. I finally got around to organizing all the photos and editing them for posting. This is the tree that we cut down. We started by cutting the branches off the bottom of the tree until we had a visible trunk we could use to actually cut down the tree. When we had easy access to the base of the trunk, we attached a string as high on the tree as possible, then cut the trunk. While my dad was cutting, I yanked on the string away from our and our neighbor’s houses so it wouldn’t damage anything on the way down and fall in the right direction. Unfortunately, my dad cut a little bit too close to the ground, so the stump barely had anything sticking out. This is actually NOT what you want to do – you want to leave a little bit of stump still sticking out into the air so you have something you can use to pull when removing the root ball. While my dad was working on cutting the side-spreading roots so we could lift out the root ball, I moved all the remains of the tree to the front driveway so our village’s public works department could come pick it up and turn it into mulch. We successfully cut all the roots we could see coming out of the tree, but the root ball still wouldn’t move (again, likely because we didn’t have some stump left that we could use to pull). So, we watered the area to soften up the dirt, making it so we could dig even deeper at a future date. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out, so we ended up calling in landscaping professionals who had machinery designed to easily remove root balls. If you have any other questions, I can’t really help you out because I’m not a landscaping expert, but hopefully what I’ve been able to share so far is enough to help get your project started.
Hi humans. So apparently one of my neighbors’ trees decided today would be a great day to just randomly drop half its leaves onto the ground at the same time. What if people’s hair balded like that, where half the hairs just randomly fell out overnight? … That would be pretty traumatizing
Hi humans. If you ever become an elevator manufacturer, take this photo as an example of how not to organize the buttons. Somebody almost hit the alarm button instead of the door close button. Don’t know who, but somebody. … Okay it was me, but that’s not the point.
Hi humans. I have another photo I found while scrolling through my camera, this one also from about a month or so back. My dad found an old mini grandfather clock that we hadn’t used for years. I opened up the back to see if there was a battery inside, and there actually was. Seems like I found a grandfather battery inside the grandfather clock (assuming that ten years of age for a battery is enough to classify it as elderly).