12: Find Thyself!

This is one of the most fun assignments I’ve had in my English class, which is seriously saying something, because I find pretty much every single assignment to be very fun. 😀

The assignment was to Google your name and see what came up. Mwahahaha! It’s actually quite interesting…

I don’t exist on the Internet. XDXD At least, not on the first page of Google. I didn’t really fancy going all the way through to page 30 or 50 or however many pages there were to see if I could find myself later on. I tried all sorts of iterations of my name (nickname/last name, full first name/last name, first/middle/last name, nickname/initials/last name) and there was absolutely nothing that was me. Not even someone I’m related to! The most numerous hits were of an actress with the exact same name (the entire first page!!! You’d know who I meant if I said the name) and also of an author and poet who apparently has written popular books, but whom I’ve never heard of in my life.

So I suppose this means I’m doing rather well in keeping myself safe on the Internet? Who knows, but it was a lot of fun to do.

Why don’t you try?

Read and Google on!

Rube Goldberg and the Art of Writing

A Rube Goldberg machine is a complicated series of steps performed by machines in order to do something very simple, such as an eight-step process so that you don’t have to wipe your mouth with a napkin by yourself. Writing is very similar to a Rube Goldberg machine for several reasons, but primarily in that writing is a very long and complicated series of steps to do something very simple, such as stating an opinion. Depending on what you’re trying to do with a Rube Goldberg machine, the process can be very messy: you can destroy many drafts of the machine before you get it quite right, and also the finished product can be quite messy. Writing also requires several drafts, and the end result is also sometimes messy. But in both cases, if the machine has been well designed and executed, it can be a work of art and the people who view the finished product never need know all the messy work that went into it. The final comparison I will give in this post between Rube Goldberg machines and writing is that you should always be flexible to accepting new ideas, even if they sound horrible at first. The end product may be even more beautiful.