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  1. May 2017
    1. analytical points

      What does this mean exactly? I know that you aren't supposed to ever bring up new points/new evidence/new arguments in the conclusion. This seems to suggest that we can??

    2. should tell us why we should care about your paper. What is the significance of your claim? Why is it important to you as the writer or to me as the reader?

      So I guess that it's good to ask "So what? Why should we care?" before writing the conclusion. That way we will know the significance and leave the reader with the bigger picture.

    3. PARAGRAPH #1

      This is explained really well. I found it helpful to look over this and see how they organized the information.

    1. oHow did these individuals gain access to weapons? 2.Claim: The ban on assault weapons is backed heavily by public opinion, major organizations, and even law enforcement. •Evidence:

      This brings up another question- shouldn't the evidence here be listed as a) b) c) ? My old teachers were so strict about format but this one puts bullet points within the outline. I guess there is a lot more flexibility when creating an outline than I thought. Obviously if the outline is just for yourself before writing the paper, those points wouldn't matter but if the outline is part of your grade, then you need to be careful with the format.

    2. Argument

      I learned that if you have a subsection of 1, 2, 3 for B (as showed here) then you would need that for A as well, but I guess this is wrong?? They don't have to be balanced like that?

    3. This format is helpful but it's confusing to me too. The introductory paragraph has an A and B but as it is used here A defines the thesis and B is a sample thesis. How would this translate for us as we write our outlines? A would be what? and B ? They seem repetitive here.

    1. But you can’t achieve success without hitting a few troughs,

      these three photos are a strange choice for this article. Are they trying to make fun of themselves?

    2. “You create synaptic pathways that visualise that more clearly, so you’re going to go back and do the same thing again,” explains Dr Ramlakhan. “You need to replace those neurological connections with ones that are stronger: visualise what you do want, what did go well, and do that over and over again.”

      Brain science to back up the theory. Seems like a good source, but doesn't go deep enough.

    3. Nutrition can affect levels of adrenaline, well-being hormones like serotonin and oxytocin, and melatonin to help you sleep. Murray must make sure to keep his body in a perfect state of balance.

      It isn't clear what good nutrition exactly is- specifically, what foods would affect positive/negative mental performance?

    4. The future King and Queen of England watching Murray play would have been the “crowning point” of public expectation and pressure. Prof Robertson says that mass idolisation, or high status people desperately wanting him to win, would be an added burden. “The top athlete can control his or her mind and he has to forget they’re there,”

      How pressure affects performance because pressure intimidates and distracts.

    5. When you succeed or expect to succeed, the brain secretes dopamine. And when a player chokes, seeming to lose control of his game, it can mean that the brain has released to much dopamine in response to the intense focus on success.

      This is really interesting. I would like to find more scientific information like this to back up these ideas.

    6. struggled to cope with the weigh

      loaded words?

    1. mind is infinitely malleable.”

      My sense is that it is more difficult than this. I feel like they are oversimplifying some things.

    2. most of your mind’s power, it’s important to treat it as a muscle, says Stulberg. “The mind gets tired just like the body and if it isn’t given a break now and then, it can’t function at its top level,”

      this makes sense. very interesting.

    3. this makes sense

    4. “I have them come up with three positive ‘I am’ statements to begin the day,” he says. “Then in the evening, they finish off with three gratitude statements specific to their training.”

      I don't think that this will help at all honestly.

    5. negative self-talk,

      a problem for everyone but particularly challenging for athletes.

    6. “Finding the limit of your potential as an athlete involves proper mental training along with the physical,”

      Agreed, and how does one go about this training?

    7. to work on her mental game, something she says has made all the difference as she preps for an upcoming marathon

      This part is interesting to me.

    8. suffering from a sense that she might never return to her former level of performance

      I know for a fact that recovering from injuries is very challenging both physically and mentally.

    1. This distinction and detail is really helpful. I think that it helps to be able to analyze where we get our confidence so that when it slips, we can get it back.

  2. Apr 2017
    1. don’t get so wrapped up in a great conversation that you forget to get a really juicy quote.

      I think that the "sound bite" tip is a good one. If we can train ourselves to listen for key phrases that also sound really appealing and grab the reader's attention, we will save ourselves time while writing up the interview later for publication.

    2. Delvac suggests a standby radio question: “Explain it to me like I’m a (really precocious) kindergartner.”

      This advice was given in another reading assigned for this class. Don't be afraid to ask for clarity, definitions or whatever if you don't understand something. If you don't understand, then chances are that your readers won't understand it either.

    3. The hardest questions to ask are often the best.

      This is interesting. I think that we always have to be polite and respectful, but we also have to turn off the overly polite person that we have all been trained to be and dig in a little as the interviewer.

    4. “Do your research and write down tons and tons of questions. Only bring 15-20 questions to the interview. Only ask 10 of them. If you need to ask all 20, you’re not having a conversation.”

      Great advice here too. I love the idea of coming up with a list of about 15 questions and then choosing the best 10 to use in the interview. It's important to be flexible but having a list of awesome questions will certainly make the interview go smoother and be more interesting in the end.

    5. “Long interviews can have three acts — know where you want to start, where you want to end, and how you want to get there.

      This is great advice and really helps in the planning stage as we outline the setup of the conversation as if it were any other formal written piece like an essay or term paper.

  3. Mar 2017
    1. As people age, do you have any advice for them as they get older?

      This is a great question. She obviously planned the interview ahead of time by having good questions ready. She knew what she wanted to learn more about and was sure to ask pointed questions about it. This particular question is interesting since only an elderly person like James can answer it. I think that it is a question that few people think about but everyone is interesting in the answer once they hear it. The interviewer is a great listener and she doesn't assume that she knows the answer even though she knows her grandfather well.

    2. What are the keys to a happy marriage

      This is a big question. She uses the technique of asking easy questions and deeper ones. By asking about things from his past, easy questions and then asks this more philosophical ones, she helps the interview be relaxed but interesting. This is a good technique as far as mixing the more simple and more deep questions.

    1. As far as receiving forgiveness from you–sometimes I still don’t know how to take it because I haven’t totally forgiven myself yet. It’s something that I’m learning from you – I won’t say that I have learned yet – because it’s still a process that I’m going through.

      Without asking any questions, she is able to get Oshea to talk about his feelings by listening well and simply commenting a little based on his responses. This is good, but I think that if she had asked a question or two, it could have been even more interesting. I would suggest a question like: How do you deal with challenges in your daily life? How have you changed since your time in jail? I think that a mix of question/answer and non-planned conversation is the best technique for my interview.

    2. n. I wanted to know if you were in the same mindset of what I remembered from court, where I wanted to go over and hurt you. But you were not that 16-year-old. You were a grown man. I shared with you about my son.

      This is a conversation and not an interview, so it is an interesting comparison with other classic interviews. There are no questions asked, but the two have a history together, so they talk about their relationship. Mary did a good job not answering for him, interrupting or assuming that she knew what he wanted to say since she knew so much about him. This may be helpful to me as I interview my coach, since I will be asking questions, but I can also be open to the conversation. It doesn't have to involve questions only. We can chat about things too.

    1. When you were in jail and I first came out, who was I with?

      This is a good "easy question" that was mentioned in the readings. I see how an easily answered question is good to use, because the interviewee is able to give a lot of detail and will normally get into the conversation more because they know that they have a lot to say on the topic. It opens up the talk and eases the flow, I think.

    2. P: But I wanted to know why you never told me this stuff? Why didn’t you?

      This reveals that Savannah's interview with her mom was motivated by the desire to know more about what happened to both of them and what her mother felt about the circumstances. The first 4 questions definitely felt planned. I think that Savannah wrote them down beforehand, so that she could get specific answers. This shows good planning.

  4. Feb 2017
    1. Across two samples of Dutch participants (one including 4,062 readers of a Dutch popular science magazine and the second a group of 1,251 adults selected to be representative of the Dutch population), participants with higher levels of education were more likely to disagree with statements suggesting simple solutions to complex problems, such as: "With the right policies, most problems in society are easy to solve."

      This is interesting- that higher levels of education means that a person will not be so likely to look for simple solutions to complex problems and to feel more in control of their environment.

    2. Among other things, studies find that people are more likely to endorse conspiracy theories if they feel alienated, powerless and disadvantaged, and if they are distrustful of others.

      This makes sense, since conspiracy theories often have the same theme- that the system/government is covering up truth and intentionally spreading disinformation. People who feel disadvantaged would be more likely to critique the intentions of the government or media.

    3. we know that people who believe in one conspiracy theory (say, that JFK was assassinated by the CIA)

      "conspiracy theory" is synonymous with disinformation, but some of these theories MAY be true. It seems that the "conspiracy theory" that JFK was assassinated by a group larger/more important than Oswald, is almost common knowledge by now or at least a common belief, so some of these claims might have a grain of truth.

    4. that President Obama would round up people into concentration camps.

      People are now saying the same thing about Trump. Maybe there will always be lunatic, fringe ideas regardless of who is in power.

    5. "I may just have to take off a week and just only research this and actually go to where these places are and stuff," Jones said. "Fact, I'm looking at getting on a plane. ... I can't just say something and not see it for myself. They go to these pizza places. There's like satanic art everywhere."

      It's good that he wants to do his own research. There may be nothing to this theory, but at least he wants to see it for himself first hand, which all reporters are supposed to do.

    6. And he claims to have the ear of the next president of the United States.

      This is interesting, since President Trump is not a fan of certain main stream news reporters, like CNN, but he supposedly will talk to alternative media, like Alex Jones.

    1. Adm. Stockdale’s legacy goes far beyond a few sentences spoken at a debate. Over the course of his Naval career, he earned 26 combat awards including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Distinguished Service Medals, two Purple Hearts, four Silver Stars, and in 1976 President Gerald Ford presented him with our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor.

      Impressive legacy! I am always fascinated by those who have served our country this way. 26 combat awards! Wow! I'd listen to anything this man has to say. I love that his family never gave up on him when he was a POW and others thought he was dead.

    2. “Who am I? Why am I here?”

      Important questions- the Greek philosophers asked this too. They say that these can be the most important questions that we ask ourselves and the answers reveal who we are throughout our lives because the answers will change.

    1. Well, my natural son is no longer here. I didn’t see him graduate. Now you’re going to college. I’ll have the opportunity to see you graduate. I didn’t see him getting married. Hopefully one day, I’ll be able to experience that with you.

      This is sad- even though she finds good things in her life now and their relationship, the fact that she lost her son is really tragic.

    2. I treat you as I would treat my son. And our relationship is beyond belief. We live next door to one another.

      That's what I figured--it takes a mom to be able to love like that.

    3. –I knew it was over, that I had totally forgiven you.

      Wow- that seems like it could be a good thing for the mother to let go of her anger, maybe? I'm not sure if people should forgive people who do such terrible things, but he was a kid, so maybe he has changed and deserves forgiveness. Maybe because she is a mom, she is able to find compassion that others wouldn't?

    4. "I just hugged the man who murdered my son."

      This is intense and brings up the question: would I be able to hug or forgive someone who did this to me? Doubt it.

    1. Mom, it feels good to be talking to you about this. It makes me understand why you went to jail.

      That's cool. She is understanding, and she doesn't hold a grudge against her mom.

    2. It was kind of lonely because I really didn’t have anybody then. And it was very scary.

      I've wondered what it would be like to be in jail. It must be even harder when you have a child that you can't be with.

    3. SP: Why did you go to jail? KP: Because I started using drugs

      Wow- that's an intense conversation to have with your mom.

    4. "What was it like to be pregnant with me in jail?"

      Intriguing title- makes me want to read more and find out what this is about.

    1. What do you think about Alzheimer’s?

      I didn't see that coming. Makes the interview more valuable- getting the stories before he forgets them.

    2. He tells one story about how I think he was eight or nine and he was ice skating on the river and he fell through and he didn’t have hot water wherever he was living with his dad. So he broke into the school and just took a hot shower in the school. I think that says a lot about his childhood that there was really no one there to help him get out of the water or keep him warm.

      Nice story- must have been scary to fall through the river.

    3. Well if something happens just say, ’I’m sorry’ and get it over with. There’s no reason to carry on. I just say ‘I’m sorry. I love ya,’ and that was the whole story.

      Haha- I think that this is good advice. Seems that most people want to hear that they are right, the other person is wrong, end of story. Smart man.