Monday, August 18, 2008

A short letter to Warner Bros.

Here is my brief blog letter to Warner Brothers concerning Harry Potter 6...

Dear Warner Brothers,

As a Harry Potter fan, I am exceptionally disappointed in your recent decision to move the release date of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price from November to July.

I can think of one word which describes your actions: LAME.

Please do the right thing and move the movie back to the original release date.

A Harry Potter Fan

Monday, August 4, 2008

A brief note to my 7th grade teacher...

I recently had a chat with my mom, and somehow during that chat the topic of my education was brought up. To be more specific, we discussed the topic of my grade school education. For some odd reason, this brought up a memory from when I was in 7th grade.

Now, for those of you who don't know me very well... I attended a small private school. The school size was about 210 students, with roughly 25 students in my grade.

When I was in 7th grade, I wasn't exactly the best student in the class. Granted, I was bright (I did become a member of American Mensa that year), but at the same time, I didn't turn in my homework. I wasn't the best student, but by no means the worst student either.

Hell, this was the year I made it into the "Midwest Academic Talent Search" program. This program offers classes for gifted students, much like high school advanced placement courses. It should be noted that while I did qualify, I never actually took advantage of this program. As a side note, thanks to this program, I took the ACT test and scored a whopping 14. While this sounds low, it should be noted that the national average for high school students is 19 - 20, and I took this test in 7th grade without knowing algebra, trigonometry, or any of the advanced grammar rules used on this test. So overall, I did quite well for that time.

One of my strengths at that time was geography. I did enter into my school's geography bee that year, and ended up in 4th place. Technically speaking, I was the alternate contestant just in case the top 3 students could not compete for any reason in the state level. This was no easy accomplishment,

When I returned from the bee, I notified my teacher of my placement. Being the very pleasant person she is, she simply responded "Well, thats nice you got 4th. Too bad you are barely 27th in my class."

Now, I wouldn't say my teacher had class favorites... she just had students she absolutely hated. I was one of them. I could do nothing right in her class. If someone stole something out of the desk of one of her favorites, the perpetrator was punished heavily. If someone stole something out of my desk, no action would be taken.

So anyways, here is my brief note to my 7th grade teacher...

To my 7th grade teacher,

Its been a long time since I was in your class. Now I am graduating with a masters degree in Computer Science. My GPA is 3.6 on a 4 point scale.

You may never have though much of me, nor have shown me due respect. I'm fine with that.

I just hope that all of the other students you have put down over the years have become successful and happy, while you have stayed the same.


A former student.