Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Geocache

For the personal geocache that I created myself, I decided to do one about all of King Henry VIII’s wives. There were six of them and each one of them would have a significant place to visit. I would start with Catherine of Aragon. She was the first wife of Henry. The cache for her would be at Westminster Abbey. The purpose for this location is because Henry VIII created the Church of England to get annulment of his marriage to Catherine to marry Anne Boleyn.

The next cache would be for Anne Boleyn. She was the second wife of King Henry. The place where I would have put this geocache is at the Waterloo Barracks. I picked this place because this is where Anne Boleyn was executed.

The next cache would be for Jane Seymour, Henry’s third wife. Her cache would be located at Hampton Court, which is in West London. It was the location of her death from complications from childbirth.

The next cache would be for Anne of Cleves. She was Henry’s fourth wife. She had the shortest marriage of all of the wives. The location of this cache would be the Palace of Placentia which is in Greenwich. This is where Anne and Henry got married.

The next cache would be for Catherine Howard, the fifth wife. She was the cousin of Anne Boleyn. This cache would be placed at London Bridge. This was where Catherine’s head was placed after she was executed.

The next cache would be for the last wife, Catherine Parr. This cache would be place in another part of the Hampton Court Palace. It was where Catherine and Henry were married.

My final cache would be in Kensington Gardens. Probably in a bush or next to a tree.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Philosophy of Art


The philosophy of art class this quarter was like no other class that I have ever taken. I have never as many trips to museums and galleries as I had in this class. I learned a lot in this class. Before this class I did not pay much attention to art other than whether I thought if it was pretty or not. Now I try to analyze it more to see what the artist is trying to convey in a particular piece of art.

I really enjoyed going to many of the galleries. Some of my favorites were The Saatchi, Tate Modern, and The National Gallery. They all had their own special things that made them memorable. The Saatchi had the Retirement Home exhibit, Tate Modern had the the Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster exhibition, and the National Gallery had one of my favorite paintings, the Arnolfini Portrait.

This class has helped me appreciate art so much more.



Geocaching is a great way to learn something new. While in London, geocaching has taught me so much about different things. It took me to some places I wanted to go visit and some that I didn't know about. I don't think that I would have learned certain things about catastrophes or Jack the Ripper if I didn't geocache. For example, learning about the Prime Meridian and it's actual position was really interesting.

Along with teaching me new things, geocaching also helped me with my observing skills and problem solving. When we did group geocaching it helped us work together to try to solve the problem. I think that working together on geocaches helped us bond as a group and become better friends. One of the most memorable caches is one that Karen and I searched for in a graveyard. Although it was frustrating at some times, like when we had to climb through bushes and look under logs, geocaching was a lot of fun. Hopefully I will continue to geocache in the future wherever I go.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Master vs. Pupil

When there is something great it is usually imitated. In the master vs. pupil comparison there is a Da Vinci and a work by another artist.

The drawing on the left is far better than the one on the right. There is more fluidity to it and there is far more expression in the eyes. The shading in the one on the left makes the face see more realistic while the one on the right looks like a cartoon. There seems to be more ease to the left one also.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Yo Yo Ma vs. Rostropovich

Yo Yo Ma Vs. Rostropovich

Musical compositions are always up to the interpretation of the person playing the song. When it comes to Beethoven’s Sonata #4 it is the same. It is up to the listener to decide which one is better. This opinion can be affected by the amount of musical background that a person has.

In my opinion, both versions are good but in different ways. The Yo Yo Ma version has more balance between the piano and the cello. The song seems to go more smoothly and is softer and more delicate. The piano and cello seem to be having a pleasant conversation with each other. The Rostropovich is harsher. It is almost like the two instruments are arguing and trying to battle each other out. Both instruments seem like they are trying to outdo the other. I still like it though because it tells a different story.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by Shakespeare. The story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers. At the Globe, they are currently showing a production of the play. The interpretation of this play is very lively and happy. It was almost too happy. Everything was cheerful, the fights, the death scene, and the ending. I found the sword fighting entertaining though. The character of Juliet was very annoying to me. I found her to be whiny. However, I found the comedic parts to be very good.

Overall, I found this version of the play to be better than most versions. I thought that it was a humorous tragedy more than anything and although I did not enjoy standing the whole time, I found it more enjoyable than most versions of Romeo and Juliet.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

British Museum

British Museum

The British Museum is a gigantic place. The great court itself is an interesting piece of the place. It not only holds pieces of art but it is also the center of the museum. The room itself is a magnificent area with it’s large spiral staircase that leads up to the second floor. The great court is the anchor for the whole museum.
One great display in the museum is of the Elgin Marbles. The Elgin Marbles are a set of marbles that originally belonged to the Parthenon. The marbles include plaques that tell the story of a Lapith and a centaur fighting to sculptures of horses. The marbles were removed from the Parthenon in 1801 and the Greek government is still trying to get the marbles back from the British Museum.