Gen Ed Deliberation 1

  • Is it like you get to explore more gen eds
  • Give time to determine majors, well rounded, better decisions
  • Most like the model we have now
  • More options?
  • Emphasize more diverse
  • Definitely more helpful for gen eds
  • This is how it should be, introduce to more fields that you could be interested in
  • You could like science, and then take a really weird class and fall in love with it
    • Take a writing class and become a science-writer
  • If there were more, you can find out sooner
  • Gen eds be what the students want to make em
  • Themes=bad?
  • Connect with people in other fields
  • Consequences:
    • Doesn’t make sense for less coherent
    • Doesn’t make sense for future jobs
      • Focusing on one subject is actually bad
  • CURE CANCER
  • Get more clubs formed
  • College doesn’t focus on creativity skills and that makes people boring
  • People assume that everyone wants to take the creative classes so they force the skills on us
    • Can’t take creative
  • Math and science should be harder
    • Lots of stuff to learn
  • English is skill based
  • Focus more on the content and less on the grade
  • How to make English harder?
    • Harder tests
    • More content
  • Why exactly are they telling us to fail?
  • If they’re gonna make gen eds harder than core classes need to be easier
  • If a college had a low general gpa then no one would go there
  • In this class you can write what you want
  • Diverse gen eds increase faculty
    • Also may make alumni want to teach here
      • Though that doesn’t happen all that much
    • May make tuition higher
  • Happy is stuck in my head. Thanks.
  • Bring in more students—with more diverse gen eds
  • Themes? Nah, man
    • It’s like declaring another major
    • Most people don’t even know what major they’re doing
  • Gen eds right now are like, awesome now
  • If you want to do that theme thing, then go ahead and do it, but if you don’t, then don’t goddammit
  • Gen eds are just sort of filler right now
  • They’re trying to make them more active in education
  • The structure could drive people crazy
    • Cornell has a huge structure and also the highest suicide rate
  • Everyone do heroin, acid. Gen eds!
    • Definite correlation
  • Cats.
  • Pet gen ed
  • Chimps are not humans

Paper 3 Draft 1

Ignorance and apathy are common themes among the general population nowadays. But really, who knows and who cares? In the Onion’s recent article, “Ukrainian-Russian Tensions Dividing U.S. Citizens Along Ignorant, Apathetic Lines,” they achieve humor by satirizing the situation. In using a very real current world event that does actually split opinionated citizens down a political line and changing the opinions to ignorant and apathetic, they make a bold and humorous statement about the state of Americans’ political and current event views. This statement is derived from the commonplace (among the rest of the world) that Americans are stupid and lazy. They also make use of hyperbole in order to make the situation seem comically extreme. Lastly, they appeal to their audience, namely the more intellectual and/or college crowd, by “speaking the language” of these two groups of people.

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(Conclusion)

Personal Stake

General education is very important to me at the moment. I am currently between majors– meaning I certainly know what I stopped doing but have no idea what I’m doing next. I really like the General Education for the whole “general” part. If there is something that I think looks really interesting and could maybe get me started on a new major, then sign me up! The exploration aspect of it is just one of those things that I personally really enjoy about the whole college experience, because my high school did not offer as many opportunities to expand my academic pursuits.

The other thing that I personally value about the Gen. Ed. program once again derives from the “general” part. I really like the idea that I am learning about something that could be completely unrelated to my major and yet still be important to know later on down the line. For instance, as an architecture major, all my required classes where primarily about architecture: studio, visual communications (drawing, really), architectural engineering, and architectural history. Being an architect is not just about being able to tell what kind of column that is and how to draw it. Architects do not just build for kicks; they are hired. So they have to know how to properly deal with people, and not only that but also try to make a good deal with people. Also, buildings are not free, so some money management courses would be incredibly useful. That’s what I see General Education as: a way to find subjects that interest me, but also to fill in any gaps that are necessary to have when holding a job.

Spiderman vs Ezio Auditore da Firenze

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Hey! It’s this thing again!

I’m Mike “Spidey-Sense” Shanley and assassins don’t make funny quips

It’s a contest of climbers! Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman vs Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the assassin!

BEGIN!

 BACKGROUND CHECK:

Peter Parker was a normal nerd living in New York when one day on a field trip he was bitten by a radioactive spider. For some reason, radioactive spider-bites don’t kill people but instead transmute the genes so that, effectively, you become a spider-man. So that’s exactly what Peter did, become Spiderman. Well, that was after his father-figure obligatorily died (I mean it is comic-book/Disney law). Then he became Spiderman to do what all young Spidermen (Spidersman? Spidersmen? Spidersmans?) want to do when they grow up: run around New York City in a red body suit stopping crime and saying witty one-liners! Anyway, since young Peter is gifted with these spider powers this gives him a few advantages over your friendly neighborhood neighbor.

Hidey-ho neighbor! How's the crime fighting?

Hidey-ho neighbor! How’s the crime fighting?

Firstly, Spiderman has the proportional strength of a spider. According to marvel.wiki.com, this means Spidey can lift 20 tons above his head with his arms extended. That’s 260 times his own body weight. (Note: Spiders cannot lift 260 times their body weight, that would be truly terrifying). Secondly, he has the ability to climb up walls. Admittedly, that’s more of a gecko-power, but I’m willing to let it slide because Spiderman=best. Thirdly, his reflexes are enhanced to superhuman capabilities. His agility would put whomever holds the current title of Fastest Drawer in the West to shame. Lastly, and definitely not least, he has the Jedi-like power of Spider Sense. This allows Parker to sense danger in time for him to get out of the way fast enough. It certainly isn’t a guaranteed dodge, because a superhero that never is hit is boring. *cough cough Superman cough cough*

Ezio Auditore da Firenze is the assassin from the game Assassin’s Creed 2 and it’s many spinoffs. An assassin’s main job is to assassinate just as a Spiderman’s job is to spiderman. Ezio is a Florentine nobleman from the early 16th century and leader of the Italian chapter of Assassins. These assassins are responsible for killing corrupt and evil individuals. They only wish to achieve harmony and spread enlightenment, independence, and free will. God Bless America. Ezio’s got his start as one of these guys when he was a teenager after all the other male members of his family were killed. It turns out all his father’s friends (among them, Leonardo di Vinci and Copernicus) were in the Assassin’s Order and were secretly training him the whole time. So Ezio has all the skills that come with being an assassin. This means he’s a natural acrobat and warrior. He is a master of parkour, being able to scale multi-story buildings with few handholds in a manner of seconds. Ezio seems to have bitten by a radioactive eagle because he has the power of Eagle Sense.

I may glow green, but I bleed red, white, and blue! *fireworks*

I may glow green, but I bleed red, white, and blue! *fireworks*

It’s actually similar to Spider Sense… sorta. It heightens the sense to the point where he can pick out a single heartbeat from among a crowd. Even cooler, is that it allows him to be able to sense where someone has been and even cooler where they’re going next. I’d call that pretty dang useful in almost any situation.

EQUIPMENT

Spiderman doesn’t really have gadgets. Who do you think he is? the Batman? Do you see a utility belt anywhere? No. He deals with his enemies as God intended–with his fists…and nifty web slingers attached to his arms. Yes, that’s what God intended.

"And lo, the Lord doth said unto St. Balboa, 'I intend for everyone to fight only with fists. OH! And web-slingers. Dude, that'd be hella tight."- Book of Armaments Chapter 2

“And lo, the Lord doth said unto St. Balboa, ‘I intend for everyone to fight only with fists. OH! And web-slingers. Dude, that’d be hella tight.”- Book of Armaments Chapter 2

Other than that, Spidey doesn’t carry much else in the way of equipment. I apologize for yelling earlier, he does actually have a utility belt, but it’s nowhere near the magnitude of dear ol’ Bats. It’s really there to carry extra web fluid, and few other things. For instance, his belt buckle acts as his “Spider-signal” which is mainly used for flashy entrances or a flashlight. His belt also responds to his various Spider-tracers. These are homing beacons that he can throw and attach to things in order to track them down later. But for real this time, that’s all he’s got.

Ezio, on the other hand, is mostly made of tools. As a nobleman, Ezio is a natural at swordplay, so he never leaves home without one. Whether it’s his or someone he recently killed is irrelevant. Details, who needs ’em? Along with his sword he also carries a hook blade, which allows him to essentially zip line around and assist in climbing. Ezio also carries with him a small concealable pistol. Now it’s not very efficient or all that powerful as it is the early 16th century, but hey, he’s got a right to bear arms. And if all that fails, he still has a trick up his sleeve. Or rather, two tricks up both sleeves.

Get it? 'Cuz they're... y'know... up his... you got it? No? Yes? Oh ok, cool it's cool.

Get it? ‘Cuz they’re… y’know… up his… you got it? No? Yes? Oh ok, cool it’s cool.

All assassins have a hidden, spring action knife attached to their wrist so their murders can be even sneakier. It’s a lot like Spidey’s web slingers, except you must show your palm to the target rather than make a fist.

REVIEW

Spiderman

  • Super-strength
  • Heightened reflexes
  • Spider sense
  • Adhesive abilities
  • Web Slingers

Ezio

  • Hardcore Parkour
  • Warrior-acrobat
  • Sword and pistol
  • Hidden blade
  • Eagle Sense

Here’s how I think it would go:

Because we’re dealing with the MARVEL universe, general laws of physics can be safely ignored SO Ezio is brought to the present by… I dunno… Doc Oc and told to hunt down Spiderman. I’d read that comic. Anyway, so Ezio makes his way to a tall building across the street from the Daily Bugle and waits for Spiderman to make an appearance. Eventually, Parker, who is done for the day, dons his costume and climbs out the window to sit atop the Daily Bugle. Ezio sees his opportunity, aims his pistol and fires. Just as he is pulling the trigger, Spidey’s Spider Sense starts tingling and he gets out of there fast enough to dodge a bullet. He shoots a web across to the other building and swings over to land in front of Ezio. “Hey there! Miss me?” Ezio doesn’t laugh but instead tries to slash at  Spiderman with his sword. Spidey leaps over the sword and kicks Ezio back as he lands. This goes on for a bit until Ezio realizes that it’s no use to try the sword so he puts it away and takes a step back. “Y’know, I’m glad you put that down. Someone might’ve gotten hurt.” Ezio, once again, not laughing just stares at Spidey. “Wow tough crowd. Maybe you like the physical stuff better,” and he slings web at Ezio’s feet and pulls, effectively pulling his feet out from under him. “Y’know I’ve been known to sweep people off their feet,” Spiderman says as he runs towards the Assassin. Before Ezio can recover, Spiderman tackles him off the roof of the building. In the free-fall, Spidey pushes Ezio against the building and sticks him there using the web, 20 stories up. He, himself slides down the side and crawls back up. “Now I know you can get yourself out of that, but I wouldn’t recommend it.” and keeps on crawling up the building. Ezio, in fact, does exactly that and gives chase. Spidey just reaches the lip of the building when Ezio grabs his foot and pulls hard. Spiderman begins another free-fall, but shoots web to save himself. He swings once, then comes back around to grab Ezio off the side of the building. He lets go of the first bit of web to shoot another when he feels a searing pain in his current web-slinging hand. Ezio hidden-bladed Spiderman’s arm and now goes for the other one. But Spider Sense kicks in and Spiderman twists in mid-air to avoid it. Eagle Sense kicks in and Ezio double-stabs Spidey in the side. Wounded, but not dead, Spiderman grabs Ezio agains and shoots a line toward the nearest building. They swing at dangerous speeds towards the side of the building Ezio cushions Spiderman’s impact. The two slide down to street level where Spidey webs Ezio to a nearby lamppost and stumbles off, hoping he doesn’t run into any of his other “friends”.

Yes, the Amazing Spiderman is the victor! (to be honest, I may have been a bit biased, but I think this still makes sense: Spidey mortally wounded and Ezio completely defeated.)

Paper 3

For paper 3, I’m going to do an analysis on this article from the Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/ukrainianrussian-tensions-dividing-us-citizens-alo,35428/

It’s about Russia “invading” the Crimean region, and US citizens reactions to it, or rather, their lack thereof. It does a good job of encapsulating the general feel that America seems to take towards Russia nowadays; that of a worn out sober friend just trying to last through the party while their hammered friend does one stupid thing after another.

I plan to dissect what it says about Russia, and the fact that Americans are ignorant, apathetic, or both.

Jack Sparrow vs. Indiana Jones

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Welcome to Fandom Fight Force

I’m Mike “Always Snakes?” Shanley and where’s all the rum gone?

This week it’s a Treasure Hunter Challenge: Indiana Jones vs Captain Jack Sparrow

BEGIN

BACKGROUND CHECK:

Indiana Jones is best known for his work as a professor of archaeology at Yale University. His exploits include lecturing hordes of nerds and dewy-eyed girls. Oh yes, and also he goes on wild adventures that re-write physics and civilization. I mean, really, the guy proves that magic exists in the world and that yes, indeed, there is some kind of higher power up there.

And he's watching us...

And he’s watching us…

His findings include golden idols, the ashes of a Chinese Emperor, a cross of gold, magic fire Chakra stones, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Freaking Holy Grail. Indy, as his resume shows, is an incredible problem solver. He has faced multiple booby traps: spiked ceilings, lava pits, rolling boulders, trash compacters (sorry, that’s Star Wars), Nazis, Thuggees, and snakes—always snakes. Yet somehow, the man retains a cocky grin on his face while facing certain death in the face.

Jack Sparrow–er, sorry. Captain Jack Sparrow is best known for starring as the lead character in Disney’s popular theme-park-ride-inspired movies Pirates of the Carribean. His hobbies include walking around like someone who’s just about to lose their motor skills, carrying the movie on his shoulders, and constantly inquiring where the rum has gone. Jack also lives in a world where the existence of magic and some kind of afterlife are confirmed. Jack, however, does not think that whatever it is should “belong in a museum” but rather, if it can’t be manipulated for his own purposes, then it should probably be stopped. He’s faced the undead, vaguely evil British people, cannibals, the undead, multiple backstabbers, and a kraken. Through these he’s stopped curses, awakened gods, fought aforementioned sea monsters and/or undead, and outsmarted those tricky Brits. His problem solving skills are questionable. As one unnamed and unimportant British guy from the third movie once said, “Do you think he plans it all ahead, or just makes it up as he goes along?”

Apparently his name is "Groves". The man is a star, I tell ya.

Apparently his name is “Groves”. The man is a star, I tell ya.

 

EQUIPMENT

Indiana Jones never leaves home or dangerous booby trap chambers without his hat. The man almost risked his arm for it. True, that’s not important to his equipment but really it had to be mentioned.

It happily retired to New England to spend more time with its wife, Fedora

It happily retired to New England to spend more time with its wife, Fedora

In terms of actual supplies, Indy carries on him a whip that has some sort of feature that allows it to wrap around things like overhanging poles and people’s legs. It’s actually quite handy in a fight. What’s even handier is Indy’s sweet, sweet revolver: the Webley Green Army Model. It is his all-time favorite gun, seeing as he held onto it from Last Crusade all the way through the fourth movie that no one likes to talk about. The only other thing that Indy consistently has with him is his satchel. There really isn’t anything special about it, I mean it’s just a satchel.

Captain Jack Sparrow is another man who never leaves home or dangerous islands without his hat. He did, however, have the sense to leave it behind when he thought the Kraken was chasing him by following the hat’s scent.

You can see how bad it smells from here.

You can see how bad it smells from here.

In terms of actual equipment, Jack has a whole assortment. First up is his sword—very important for all you pirate wannabes. Pirates need swords and Jack’s is a very fine one. The type of sword is called a hanger and is a few inches longer than the traditional pirate cutlass. He learned fencing from an Italian sword master in exchange for a stolen supply of silk. Italians. Along with his sword, Jack enjoys using his pistol now that he squared his revenge with Hector Barbossa.

"Dread Pirate Hector" struck too much fear into the hearts of his enemies

“Dread Pirate Hector” struck too much fear into the hearts of his enemies

It is a single barrel, flintlock design .50 caliber pistol. Since it was made in the 1600s or whenever Pirates is supposed to take place, it can only fire one shot at a time and each new bullet has to be manually loaded via barrel. Efficiency at its finest. Lastly, Sparrow keeps a compass that doesn’t point north. Instead it points to whatever the user most desires. A nifty artifact that unfortunately doesn’t work all that well for Jack. Probably because of his more-than-slightly befuddled brainpan.

OUTCOME:

Ok, so, I don’t think that setting these two up to fight would be such a good idea. Also, that gets a little worn. Instead, what if the two were working against each other to find a treasure? I’d totally watch that movie. Alright so it’ll be in three categories: locating the treasure, fighting off people, and dealing with traps.

Locating:

In order to locate the Mysterious Statue of Shanley’s Left Thumb, a series of cryptic clues would be left because I wouldn’t have much else to do either if I was in charge of guarding a thumb statue. If two treasure hunters would go about their usual way of finding out where it is, I’d have to say that the winner of this would be good ol’ Junior. Indiana Jones is a professor of archaeology—it’s literally his job to find out where hidden artifacts are. Sparrow gets all his knowledge on where things are located through rumor and Mr. Gibbs.

I really have no reason to put him in here. I just like Mr. Gibbs. What a gent.

I really have no reason to put him in here. I just like Mr. Gibbs. What a gent.

Jack would be shortly behind him, but Jones would still be able to find the clues and solve the riddle before Jack would have time to say “Savvy?”

Fighting:

Shanley’s Left Thumb is a coveted prize. This dynamic duo aren’t the only ones after it. A horde of…uh… SKELETONAZIS are also looking for it. So what happens when our favorite adventurers cross paths with these unfriendly types? Fights, of course. Who wins though? That has to go to Jack. The man is simply more suited for and used to combat. A long sword is gonna do much more damage than a whip ever could. True, his pistol can’t fire as fast, but witty Jack also employs a great deal of trickery to his duels. He fought Davy Jones, King of the Sea, ol’ Tentacle-Beard himself! Indy’s greatest fight was against this guy:

I vill ground you to schnitzel!

I VILL GROUND YOU TO SCHNITZEL!

Traps:

Even if you were to solve the head-scratching riddle (the answer was “head scratching”) and fought through gaunt Germans (led by Skelitler) you would still have to find your way through the deadly traps that guard the Statue of Shanley’s Left Thumb. Daunting tasks requiring skill, smarts, and knowledge in useless trivia.

Just kidding. It's more skill

Just kidding. It’s more skill

So, which one will emerge victorious? One of them would rush through the spike-filled pits and dart-spewing walls and somehow emerge, comically, unharmed. The other would certainly take his time but know exactly how to deal with each trap. The winner is… of course…. Naturally… Indiana Jones!

And then that awesome John Williams theme song plays.

And then that awesome John Williams theme song plays.

Letter of Intro Portfolio 1 Draft

Paper one was a fun paper to write. I dealt with the rhetoric strategies involved in the Dodge/Anchorman commercial. It was a fun little work of parody on other car commercials but the most interesting thing about the commercial was the many nuanced layers of irony involved. This was mainly due to the character of Ron Burgundy in the commercial. It was a very complex reasoning.

Paper two was a really enjoyable one. I analyzed the debate that Billy Nye (of the Science Guy fame) had with Creationism Museum president Ken Ham. The debate was a wildly popular story because everyone absolutely loves Bill Nye. Not only was it fun to read about this debate but reading it from two different sources was also quite interesting.

As a writer, I feel like I have grown much more comfortable in my writing style. In high school, all we ever wrote were five paragraph essays on whatever book we were reading. It was very hard to make it interesting because there were set rules in place and it was hard to incorporate humor into my writing–which I’m very fond of doing. I think that maybe it has come from the blogs because I have a much more conversational style of writing and my topic of choice is one that I really enjoy writing about. It also lends itself to be more humor-oriented. I’m just really loving the blogging.

Sora vs Aang

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Welcome to Fandom Fight Force!

I’m Mike “Kingdom Key” Shanley and everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

This week (due to budget cuts) we had to drop some jokes.

BEGIN!

BACKGROUND CHECK:

Sora is the main protagonist from Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts franchise: a clever hybrid of famous RPG Final Fantasy and Disney. That being said, Sora has the personality you’d expect from a Disney character and the fashion sense and hairstyle of an RPG character. He is stuck with your typical, “young, bored boy is suddenly plunged into an adventure of action and wild fantasy” plot when he discovers he can wield a magic weapon called the Keyblade and his home is sucked into darkness. He teams up with Donald Duck and Goofy to take on evil throughout the various worlds (such as Agrabah, Halloweentown, Olympus, etc.) all the while searching for/protecting his other friends Kairi and Riku. It’s a very complicated plot, and if you’re at all interested, may I suggest looking it up. It has its own Wiki. Basically, he’s a naive, headstrong teen who meets dozens of Disney characters and prevents the universe as they know it from descending into chaos

This doesn't even cover the philosophical and metaphysical components of the universe,

This doesn’t even cover the philosophical and metaphysical components of the universe,

A few traits of Sora’s are important to know. Firstly, he can glide through the air after being sprinkled with Tinkerbell’s fairy-dust. Secondly, he can use magic, but more on that later. Thirdly, he can perform a variety of special attacks that can dish out a lot more damage than normal. Lastly, by harnessing the power of Donald and/or Goofy and his magic clothes given to him by the Good Fairies from Sleeping Beauty he can go into different Drive Forms: Valor (granting him two Keyblades), Wisdom (he skates along the ground and shoots magic missiles from his Keyblade), Master (a combination of Valor and Wisdom), and Final (the most powerful of all the forms). See? This is just basic gameplay stuff and already it’s confusing!

Aang is the avatar, master of all four elements and the bridge between the physical and spirit worlds. He hails from the Southern Air Temple where he was raised as an Air Nomad. At the age of 12, he was informed by the monks of the Air Temple that he was indeed the Avatar. This frightened him, so he ran off with his giant flying bison and accidentally froze the two of them in an iceberg. 100 years passed, during which the Fire Nation attacked and enslaved about half of the world and committed genocide on the Air Nomads. Aang was released from his icy cocoon by Katara, a water-bender, and Sokka, the comedic relief of the series. In about a year, he learned how to bend all four elements (air, water, earth, fire) and defeated the Fire Lord at his most powerful. Aren’t you just so happy I chose these two as the combatants? Aang, despite all this heavy stuff happening to him, faces the world with the blind optimism of a puppy. As an air nomad, Aang’s fighting style includes a lot of agile moves, quick attacks, and acrobatics. This style has gotten him through many fights with opponents bigger and stronger than he.

Pictured: How NOT to use your agility and acrobatics while fighting Andre the Giant

Pictured: How NOT to use your agility and acrobatics while fighting Andre the Giant

Aang, as avatar, knows the disciplines of all four elemental bending, meaning he can use wind, water, fire, and earth to fight (but more on that later). What is especially significant about being the avatar is that it allows Aang to activate something known as the “Avatar State,” his powers become much stronger and he can harness the powers of past avatars in this state as well. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that he can access the thoughts, council, and memories of previous avatars? Well he can. Google Help can suck it.

WEAPONS:

Ok, so now is the “later” part from, “but more on that later,” I shall start with Sora. Sora wields the Keyblade, a legendary weapon that has the power to unlock or lock the “Hearts of Worlds” or Keyholes. But physically, it is not much more than a metal club. At roughly three feet long, it is a rather small and light weapon, as evidenced on how Sora normally uses it. For anyone still wondering what a Keyblade looks like, picture a big old fashioned key and then you’ll have pictured the Keyblade. Or you could ignore that last sentence and look at the top of this post at Sora, who is holding the Keyblade. Sora, aside from being an excellent Key-weilder, is also proficient in the use of magic. This magic includes four main elements: thunder, ice, fire, and cure. It also includes some more complicated spells such as wind, gravity, time, and reflect. The first three mentioned are all used for attacking. Cure is obviously used to cure himself. Wind reduces damage while reflect does what the name implies; reflect projectiles. Gravity can bring enemies in the air earthward and time can slow and sometimes stop opponents in their tracks.

Aang’s weapon of choice is his air-glider staff. Normally it looks like a simple wooden staff, but when activated, it sprouts wings and allows Aang to hang on and glide on the wind with the help of air bending. The four elements, as mentioned earlier, are air, water, earth, and fire. Air bending is what comes most naturally to Aang and he uses it the most often. Although it isn’t a very offensive form of bending, it has its uses. It aids Aang move faster than a usual person and can blow people off their feet. Water bending requires that water be nearby. Water bending also allows Aang to control ice, one of the most powerful attacks of a water bender. Water bending is mainly used as a cutting tool and is based on the idea of using your opponents’ attack against themselves. Earth bending is perhaps the simplest. It is, essentially, throwing rocks with magic at very high speeds. It is the most powerful form of bending and requires large powerful movements in order to properly bend.

Pictured: an embarrassment and shame on your whole family

Pictured: an embarrassment and shame on your whole family

(Note: it does not take a choreographed dance to make a medium-sized rock float lazily across the road) Fire-bending is definitely the most offensive form of bending. Almost as simple as earth bending, it is essentially throwing fireballs at other people. Aang knows the more traditional Sun-warrior form but seeing as Sora doesn’t know any earth-bending forms, I think he’ll be all right.

RESULTS:

Sora:

  • Keyblade
  • Magic. Lots of Magic
  • Different Drive Forms
  • Ability to glide
  • Special attacks

Aang

  • Glider-Staff
  • Agile and acrobatic
  • All four forms of bending
  • Avatar State

So here’s how I think it would go:

Sora would arrive on whatever Aang’s world is called (probably Earth) and starts poking around the Air Temple looking for the Keyhole. In his meanderings, he disrupts the harmony of the temple or he breaks something. Whatever he does, it angers a nearby meditating Aang who jumps to his feet and rushes to meet the intruder. Sora prepares to take a swing as Aang comes running like the wind at him. Sora misses. Aang turns around and air bends at Sora, knocking him off his feet. Sora gets up and fires some fire magic at Aang before jumping up and gliding toward his opponent. Aang redirects the fireball and shoots Sora out of the air. Sora lands hard and Aang comes over to check on him (it is against his nature to kill someone). Sora just looks unconscious so Aang thinks that the deed is done and sets off. Sora mumbles “curaga” and feels instantly rejuvenated. He runs towards Aang, Keyblade held aloft. Aang here’s him coming and starts running. Sora quickly casts a “stop” spell and Aang slows to a crawl Sora is able to catch up to him and land an attack before Aang can get away. The two engage in some close quarter combat and it is clear that Sora is the better fighter. Aang sees only one way out of this. He blasts Sora with some more air bending and sends him shooting across the way. Aang then uses earth-bending to trap Sora in a box of rock. Sora has one last trick up his sleeve and changes into Final Form, blasting apart the rock box. He rushes at Aang, but before he can get there, Aang’s eyes glow and he levitates off the ground. He has entered the Avatar State. He pulls elements around him like a magnet, and before Sora can stop himself he runs into this impenetrable wall of nature and is thrown backward, bruised and beaten. Aang double-checks that he’s alive, puts him in another rock-box and goes to drink some herbal tea before deciding what to do with the spiky-haired weirdo holding the giant key.

stupidsorameme

 

Yep. That should do it.