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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brett Stern
Incentives activity
            Incentives do not always have the same effects on people. Pressure is put on the person offered an incentive, and it is up to them how they handle it. Some people thrive under pressure and use it to motivate them, while others get overwhelmed and crumble. Probably the best incentive to offer people is money because most people enjoy money, and everybody needs it. If someone needs something desperately there is no telling how far people will go to get it.

            I enjoy nature and there is a certain view from the road going to New Hampshire that is amazing. The road comes to a hill and once you reach the top, a range of mountains fills your view. All I can think about when I see it is, skiing through the forest taking in nature and loving every second of it. I enjoy the view very much and truly believe the view, once seen is an “aesthetic experience.”

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bucket Lists

Short-term list

1. Get good grades- This one pretty self explanatory I want to maintain a good GPA in school. 

2. Eat a T-rex burger- 9 patties stacked up at Wendy's... enough said I need it in my stomach.

3. Prove Tyler wrong even more- It is the best feeling in the world when I make Tyler feel like poop because he is always wrong.

4. Listen to MOTM 3- Man on the Moon three will be the greatest composition in all of music and I cannot wait to here it.

5. Go to at least 3 concerts this summer- I am setting my concert number low so that I can shatter through it.

Long-term list

1. Visit a black sand beach- Black sand beaches look cool and I would enjoy to lay and sleep on one.

2. Own a Lamborghini- Everyone says this but I mean it, I will own a lambo one day... I hope.

3. Have a wife and 2 boys- Pretty simple but daughters would be a curse from god.

4. Sky dive- I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a perfectly good parachute. The parachute in really important.

5. Sit in a luxury box at the Superbowl- The tickets would cost a fortune but I would love the experience until I died.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brett Stern
Persuasive Essay

Why Sports Should be in High Schools
            High school sports are a highly debated topic in the US. Arguments for high school sports and against them have their valid points. Many people do not know that high school athletes are held at a higher standard on and off the field, or that they develop the tightest bonds imaginable with their teammates. High school athletes work twice as hard as regular students because they must. A non-athlete’s grades are looked over by their parents and teachers. However, an athlete has their coach also looking at their grades and pushing them to perform better in the classroom. In Ripley’s article “The Case Against High-School Sports” she fails to mention anything about the extra support system sports and coaches give to an athlete. Having an extra set of eyes to oversee a child’s grades can never be considered as a negative thing. Students on sports teams feel obligated to show their coaches good grades.

            There are several standards set in place for athletes to complete before stepping on the field. For instance, if a high school athlete is ever detained by the police for committing a crime that student will be either suspended or even asked to leave there team. In Ripley’s article she does not mention that athletes are held at a higher standard than regular students when it comes to legal actions. A non-athlete will receive whatever consequence the law provides them with and that is all, while an athlete is hit with multiple penalties that can even be considered worse than what the law has to offer. The extra penalty will force athletes to make the right choices, which means that technically, high school sports keep kids out of trouble.

            High school sports are taken very seriously especially in the US. “Sports are a big deal here” is what a foreign exchange student said when she moved here from South Korea. In the United States high school athletes are all working towards the same goal making them teammates and a family. Sports teams are always together for practices, games, charity events, etc. With all the time athletes spend together it is extremely hard to stay angry at one of their teammates. Having friends on a sports team benefits children in school as well because kids can help each other in academic or social situations. It is much easier to learn or get help from somebody you know very well, rather than a random student that knows all the answers. Athletes make friends, and must perform at a higher level than average, non-athlete students making high school sports necessary and encouraged.
Works cited

Ripley, Amanda. "The Case Against High-School Sports." The Atlantic October 2013: 72-78.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why to buy a PS4 article?
Brett Stern

"Sony has gone back to its PlayStation roots. The PS4 is a pure games machine, unencumbered by the media frills that adorn the Xbox One."

"While Sony has obviously done its best to battle test the PS4, it can't anticipate every problem."


 "The PS4 makes it easy to see what your friends are up to, chat and even extend your gaming to a PS Vita."

"Reports of 'blinking blue light of death' that caused some PS4s to shut down due to connectivity problems are nowhere near as catastrophic as the Xbox 360's fatal 'red ring'."


"On paper, the specs show that it's got an eight core x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU, 8GB of DDR5 memory (the Xbox One uses older DDR3), a 500GB hard drive, and a powerful 1.83 TFLOP Radeon GPU."

 "Priced at £349, the PS4 is £80 cheaper than the £429 Xbox One and represents tremendous value for money."

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

1. People who do not use their blinkers- People who don't use their blinkers benefit nobody. They save themselves the two seconds of flicking on their blinker but create more danger to themselves and others on the road because they are so lazy.

2. The word "grip"- I do not mean grip as in to grip something, I mean the measurement of time. People say "Wow I haven't done this in a grip." it doesn't make any sense and is very annoying to me for some reason.

3. When someone cuts you off while talking- If someone is talking you should either listen or wait for them to be done talking before you begin to talk. "I'm sorry did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours" no it didn't, it never will.

4. "Phone throwers"- A phone thrower is someone you receive a missed call from and when you call them right back they do not answer! It is almost as if they called you, you did not answer, and then they threw their phone out the window.

5. Loud people in public places- Loud sounds are okay, but loud entire conversations are ridiculous. If somebody wanted to hear what you are saying they would be near you listening, not across the food court trying to eat!

6. People who look for fights- If there is an instance where you need to fight somebody, go ahead. But, you don't need to walk into a room looking to fight somebody because chances are you will end up hitting somebody who did nothing.

7. People who think they are tough but aren't- People need to know their places in life. For instance, I know that I am not the toughest kid in the world but I admit it! Kids who think they are tough but get beat up by everybody are annoying.

8. An uneven camera roll- The camera roll in my phone must ALWAYS have four pictures on the bottom row completing the big box. If I do not have four pictures on the bottom row I will freak out.

9. Myspace adds- I don't even think the creator of Myspace still uses it, so them putting adds on TV is just a waste of everyone's time.

10. Dyed hair on old men- If you are 85 years old and have barely any hair, but yet your hair is jet-black you are not fooling anybody and you look dumb