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A few nights ago I was watching the movie The Possession and I noticed the young girl who was possessed name was Emily. I then questioned, “Why is every young girl in horror movies named Emily?”
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Think about it — the young girl in The Exorcism of Emily Rose? Her name was well, Emily. The two movies were both very similar, too. Not only were they both horror movies, but they both featured a possessed young girl who required an exorcism to be performed.
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It doesn’t end there, though. William Faulkner’s classic novel A Rose For Miss Emily was a strange tale where the main character had some rather unusual attachment issues with her deceased husband. Sure, Miss Emily was an older adult in the story, but she was a far cry from normal, as most Emily’s in literature and movies are.
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Another example of an unusual literary character named Emily is Emily the Strange who was well, strange. This Emily was attracted to dark things such as the color black, night time, and her beloved black kitties. She enjoyed playing practical jokes on people and having unusual adventures such as painting sewers at late hours of the night. She definitely lived up to the “strange” title.
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With all of these examples of unusual characters named Emily, one has to wonder, are there any NORMAL characters named Emily? What is so symbolic with the name Emily that many writers choose to name their unusual characters after it?
A basic Google search suggests that the name means “industrious”. That doesn’t really sound right in this context, though. Another suggestion is that the name could mean “rival”. Could this be the answer? If a character is possessed, do they rival the spirit that is possessing them?
Maybe writer’s choice of the name Emily has nothing at all to do with origin or symbol. Maybe it’s nothing more but a mere trend starting back with Faulkner if not before him. Surely that’s how most literary trends get started…all with one person and then several others that follow in their footsteps, right?
What are your thoughts on horror/unusual characters being named Emily? Do you think it’s symbolic or just a coincidence?
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With a bright and sunny cover featuring an image of a cute, smiling child, Heaven Is For Real seems like a promising story of a child’s journey to heaven and back. However, this story has little to do with the young Colton Burpo or heaven at all.
Sure, we get to see how Colton becomes ill on a family vacation. The family thinks that it’s just a stomach virus, but it later proves to be misdiagnosed appendicitis When his appendicitis goes misdiagnosed his appendix ruptures, requiring emergency surgery. It is during these surgeries that Colton spends three minutes in heaven visiting with God, Jesus, Mary, the grandfather whom he’s never met, and even the sister whom was miscarried before he was born.
Readers are allowed to see fragments of what Colton saw in heaven. His father, Todd, reports that Colton was fascinated by all of the colors in heaven and the beauty of Jesus’s eyes. He also notes that Colton told over and over again of the love Jesus has for his children. We get this information in little fragments told by TODD, not Colton. The story does not seem to be told in Colton’s perspective at all and nothing ever seems to come to “life”.
I think it is safe to say Colton really did get to heaven for a little bit. Todd Burpo provides enough evidence to believe that, he just lacks in the details. I want to know more about what heaven looked like, what Colton did, what was said, and I especially wanted to know more about Satan’s presence in heaven, something barely touched on in this novel.
In sum, Heaven Is For Real is a cute, easy read, but if you’re looking for long vivid descriptions that really paint a strong picture of what heaven is like, I recommend sticking to Choo Thomas’s Heaven Is So Real.
As I look back from my first finished website project to this one I notice only about two things stayed the same: the colors. I was persistent to keep the colors the same because they match my blog’s theme and I liked the way they worked together. Blue is a very common color to use on websites because it goes with everything, is easy to see, and emits positive feelings. It is also common to see it on social media websites (think Facebook and Twitter) and with my work with social media I thought that worked well.
This is the final design of the front page from my first website project:
This is what my final project’s homepage looks like:
They are both noticeably different. For the first one I have my writer’s statement with a link to my resume on the first page. The thing you notice the most is a picture of myself. On my final design I have re-written my about page to focus more on my work and less on me and I have also created a whole page for my resume without having to link it from the front page. I removed the picture of myself and installed a slideshow with screenshots of my work. The thing you notice the most is my the slideshow showing my articles — this is exactly what people should be focused on.
Another thing that is absent with the first design is the navigation bar. There was no navigation bar and the only separate page was my resume. The front page was everything. There were links for other things such as my blog and resume but it was a bit messy and hard to access. The final design features a navigation bar with custom CSS and pages for About, Writing Samples, Resume, My Blog, and A Contact page. I have also installed a Twitter widget on every page rather than linking it so that it will be easier for people to find my website and my tweets will be displayed and hopefully further encourage people to follow me on Twitter. People like to see what others tweet about and get a feel for them before they choose to follow them on most occasions.
I think I’m still a bit anxious when it comes to coding, but I’ve definitely come a long way. I was constantly afraid of breaking things or messing things up before and my anxiety towards math blocked me from grasping the concept of grid-based coding. I have since overcome a bit of my fears. Grid-based design is frustrating and complicated, but once you learn it it is not all that bad. I have also learned how to use comments in coding. This took me awhile to understand, but once I figured it out it proved to be useful in helping me to remember what different pieces of codes were. For example, I had many </div> tags in my codes and sometimes it got confusing to remember what exactly it was coding. With comments I could write exactly what they were doing. In addition, If I wanted to test something to see how it looked before deciding to drastically and permanently change it, I could just comment out the original code. This would keep the codes, but block them from showing up. I did this when I was figuring out how to use the slideshow. I blocked out the codes for the feature articles in containers I originally was using. Once I had my slideshow set and decided on using that I deleted the comments to clean up the codes a bit, but prior to that moment commenting them out proved to be immensely helpful.
If I had more time or skills I think I would’ve liked to explore the idea of using a carousel. I think the slideshow served me well, but I’d like to examine how a carousel would’ve been different and seen first hand which option was better. I liked how our class was focused extensively on hand-coding. Everyone I talk to outside of class about it finds it interesting because so few people can do it. However, I do wish we could’ve done just a little bit with dreamweaver or another program. I think it would have been neat to hand-code everything for several weeks and towards the end be exposed to dreamweaver so we could fully understand the differences and what makes hand-coding more unique or personal. I know about dreamweaver from tech friends that use it and I know a lot of companies use it but having no experience with it myself I don’t really know what it does or just why hand-coding is better except for what our textbooks say about it. It would be cool to experience the best of both worlds, but I agree that learning to do it by hand first is more important and beneficial for us.