Crosswriting: King Henry VI, Part One

My quarter at the University of California: Riverside is well underway, and the reading/writing assignments are taking up a lot of my time. To ensure I don’t abandon the blog during this period, I am going to experiment with adapting what I write for homework assignments into blog posts. Such posts will be indicated with the title Crosswriting. If I write on something and you would like to see me expand upon it, by all means let me know.

When William Shakespeare began his career as a playwright, he didn’t start with the plays that are most famous today, such as Hamlet or Macbeth. Instead, he started with history plays: stage dramas that depicted the political turmoil of England a century or so earlier, particularly the famous War of the Roses. Some of the very first plays Shakespeare wrote were the three parts of Henry VI, though it appears he may have written Parts Two and Three before Part One- or, at least, that’s how their publishing dates are listed, not necessarily their performance dates. For my Shakespeare class this quarter, we started with King Henry VI, Part One.

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My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon

One of the biggest challenges for college students such as myself is finding affordable (haha) textbooks at the beginning of the term… and then getting at least some of that money back at the end of the term when you don’t need the book anymore. I use Amazon to find textbooks (they’re almost always cheaper there than at the college bookstore), but selling them back is a bit of a hassle. Sure, I can just take them to the campus bookstore and sell them, but the one time I did that I got $20 for a $60 book and swore never to make that mistake again. Instead, I list the book as a used seller on Amazon, but there’s all sorts of trouble there, too. Continue reading “My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon”

Things of Interest: 01/06/15

I read and watch a lot of stuff on the Internet that I find interesting; plus, as a university student, I receive a lot of recommendations from students and teachers alike. In these posts, I share a few of the highlights I’ve come across.

  1. My Shakespeare teacher recommended this article from the Economist, discussing the archeological finds at the village of Towton, the site of a massive battle during the War of the Roses that established Edward IV’s 22-year-reign as king of England.

  2. This article compares churches to cruise ships. I think it’s a valid argument, though it depends on the church you’re talking about.

  3. I’m a fan of Minecraft, though I think it’s best with friends and it’s hard to schedule around work and school, and I really enjoy this song parody (particularly since I have nothing in common with the original song).

Geeking Out! Zelda Collector’s Puzzle!

I didn’t even know this existed until today! A friend took me to the Ontario Mills shopping mall yesterday, where all the shops are twice the size of the same shops at my local mall. We walked into a Hot Topic and I stumbled across a rack of board games. First thing to catch my eye was the Zelda-themed Monopoly game, but it was too pricey for me. Sitting nearby on top of a few Supernatural-themed Ouija boards was this jigsaw puzzle, and I immediately bought it. If you want to buy it as well, you can do so at Amazon. Continue reading “Geeking Out! Zelda Collector’s Puzzle!”

Things of Interest: 01/04/15

I read and watch a lot of stuff on the Internet that I find interesting. In these posts, I share a few of the highlights I’ve come across.

  1. Mike Masnick at Techdirt looks at the events of the past year, many thought to be impossible, and is optimistic about 2015.

  2. This one is from my archive of bookmarks, but back in May, Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic wrote that taking notes by hand was better for remembering lectures, while trying to type the lecture verbatim could actually be a hindrance to study.

  3. Mentalfloss has an article about twenty-five English words that have contradictory definitions.

  4. This video is old, but Casey Neistant was ticketed by the NYPD for not riding his bike in the bike lane, so he made a video showing why staying in the bike lane is quite impossible at times.