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December, 2014

  1. RCL Looking Back

    December 4, 2014 by Garren Christopher Stamp

    I have been pleasantly surprised with my RCL class this year. I was a little nervous coming in, with it being an honors class and not knowing what to expect, but It turned out to be a lot better than I expected. The Honors level allows for more creativity and gives me more of the responsibility of making sure I get my work done in a timely fashion, which I like.

    I also feel like I learned a lot during this year. I learned to be more analytical of common rhetoric that I previously didn’t even notice. I learned about constructing arguments and categorizing different logical strategies. In addition, I learned the importance of connecting things to the modern day in order to show the reader the importance of the topic in discussion. I also learned a lot about giving speeches in front of groups. However, this is the area that I still think I need the most work.

    I’m more confident than when I started the class with giving speeches, but I still am nervous. The idea of talking in front of a group of my peers is still frightening. I think this is something that will just take time and experience to reach any high level of confidence with and the second half of this class i’m sure will provide some of this. Looking back, I wish my High school would have done a better job preparing me for this, but there is nothing I can do about that now.

    I look forward to the second half of this class and hope I continue to improve in the areas I struggle with.

  2. Dead Tattoos

    December 4, 2014 by Garren Christopher Stamp

    I will forever love the Grateful Dead. I have grown and experienced so much through their music that the Dead will always be a part of me. Because of this i have wanted to get a Dead related tattoo for awhile now. Their are two slight problems with this; first the Grateful Dead for better or worse are associated with drugs, an association that would most likely hurt me when applying for certain jobs, and second there are just two many different designs to choose from.

    In order to remedy the first problem i have decided to put my tattoo on my left bicep. This will allow me to hide my tattoo with a simple t-shirt. If my possible employers don’t know that I have a Grateful Dead tattoo then there is no way that any drug-related association can hurt me. The solution is simple, but i did kind of want to put the tattoo on my forearm, but this would be a lot more noticeable and inconvenient to hide in hot weather so bicep it is I guess.

    The second issue is a lot harder to solve. The Dead have a ton of artwork associated with them. The most common include; Dancing Bears, Steal Your Face, Skulls and roses, and dancing Terrapins.

    The Dancing Bears are probably the most well known dead artwork. I like the dancing bears, but they are a lot wider than they are tall which doesn’t fit well on a bicep. The Dancing Terrapins come from one of my least favorite Dead albums so i don’t see myself putting them on my body anytime soon. Because of that these two are out.

    My favorite Dead related art is the Steal Your Face. It’s cool and well known and can come in versions with extreme detail. However, this tattoo doesn’t allow for the incorporation of Lyrics very easily. The Skulls and roses are very intricate and do allow for lyrics to be easily incorporated. If I choose to include lyrics, I will probably go with them.


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