The Thomas Fire

I have lived in Santa Barbara for all my life, and nothing I’ve seen can match this. I am 10 years old, and this is probably the most tragic disaster in the last 100 years. You can’t match the pungent smell and the horrible, unsettling, dark clouds that hover over the city. My sister has asthma, and she was coughing all night. That’s when we decided we had to leave. We left for San Luis Obispo on a Thursday, 7/12/17. The sky was like a gray blur.

When we got to San Luis, we were in blue skies. I looked up, and I thought that Santa Barbara had been nuked. There was a big mushroom cloud over Santa Barbara. (I found out later that what I saw was the smoke). We went to Hearst’s Castle, and some book stores. We were originally going to leave on Sunday, but we left on Monday because of the smoke, and school was canceled. When we got back, it was insane.

When I got my first glimpse of the fire, I thought we were in the Apocalypse. The Sun was red, the sky looked like a nuclear test site, and the hills were burnt and scarred. My dad right then booked a plane to Boston, to see me and my sister’s cousins. When we got to Ventura, the air was clean compared to Santa Barbara. It was literally night and day. We got burritos to go for the plane, and then went to LAX.

We boarded the plane, and took off. It was a 5 or 6 hour plane ride, and me, my mom, and my sister were watching Planet of the Apes. We kept trying to get all of our screens to go at the exact same time (We had multiple screens) but we eventually gave up and watched the movie. When we got to Boston, it was freezing. It was 20 something degrees, and there was ice on the roads. For me, that’s like a miracle. Our winter is 80-85 degrees. We basically don’t have winter. When we left, it was 80 something degrees. When we arrived it was about 20 degrees. We are still in Boston. We are going to leave on January 1st.

We are watching the news, and keeping our fingers crossed. If you don’t feel safe in Santa Barbara, leave. To me, it was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. It felt worse than the scariest horror movie I’ve ever seen. Don’t be optimistic, be hopeful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to be pessimistic, but to stay safe.

If you are in or near a mandatory evacuation, don’t stay. It means you need to leave. You are not only putting yourself in danger, but more firefighters. Their main priority is to save you. If you are there, firefighters have to save you. They need to be fighting the fire, not trying to save you.

If you are in a voluntary evacuation, you need to pack up and be prepared to leave.

Links to live news: Cnn Abc

The Classical Guitar

The classical guitar is a wonderful thing, it can ground you to the Earth and it can help you let your feelings go. I have been playing guitar since I was three years old, and still have not yet discovered all of the beautiful things that are associated with it.

The Guitar

The best part of the guitar is that you can shape the notes directly from the mind’s will. Nothing stands between the guitarist’s fingers and the strings. No matter what instrument you play, nothing can beat the soulful yet powerful notes of the guitar.

The recommended time to practice for a beginner is 20-30 minutes a day. The recommended time to practice for an amateur is 45-60 minutes a day. The average time to practice for a professional is 2 hours to 5 hours every day.

One of the easiest ways to pluck a string and get a nice sound, is put you index finger on the string you want to play. Then, start on the nail, and pluck slowly from your knuckles so that your finger goes off the desired string. This is only one of a couple hundred standard tones. Before you do all of this, you need to have long nails, only on your right hand.

The guitar’s roots lead us to Spain. It cannot be traced back any farther than the 15th century. It is thought to have been invented by the people of Malaga. This early guitar had only four strings, and they were a smaller version of the guitar today.

 Here is a chart of the sizes of the classical guitar:

Now a days, the majority of people who appreciate the guitar for what it really is, are older. The new generation listens to hip-hop, pop, and sometimes country. What I am saying is that the wonders of the universe, the Earth,  global warming, is being overlooked by our kids. I’m telling this to you because you are the ones that are influencing our kids, our history.

The guitar is really a majestic thing. Nothing can match it in tone quality, verity in sound, or depth. The thing is, it take a lot of devotion, love, and time to tame the guitar. If you go into the guitar thinking “I’m the best.”, you will never get anywhere. You need to have a learning attitude, and think “I want to get better at this.”, even if you only practice 30 minutes a day, in a year you will be a mile ahead of the kid who practice 2 hours a day, and thought he was the best.

What I’m trying to tell you, no matter what gender, age, and generation you are of,  no matter where you live, you can make a difference.

Here is a website for the Classical Guitar: Guitar Repertoire

Click HERE to learn more about the classical guitar.

Information about the sizes of the guitar from HERE

The Question Concerning Technology

For Heidegger, thinking about technology starts with the ancient Greeks. In Plato, techne is part of the arts (poeisis). In Latin,  technology is understood as instrumentum. Now technology means 1) human activity; 2) means to an end. Heidegger argues against this “correct” view of technology as instrumentum. For him, technology is a mode of revealing, or aletheia (usually translated as “truth” but H. tries to change this) as in Plato. Technology is how things come to presence, that is, in German, Entbergen. H. uses German words to understand the essence–Wesen, not as essentia–of technology.

How is technology destroying man’s relationship to Being? Because of what Heidegger names as the standing-reserve (Bestand-Gestell). The airplane or the hydroelectric plant in the Rhine River store energy, and do not let us experience Being in its essence. By contrast, the silver chalice of the religious ceremony or the simple windmill lets us experience Being as Entbergen.

What does H. propose? Listen and obey the call of Being. Like the poet Holderlin, H. thinks that within the danger of the standing-reserve of technology, a saving power will present itself, if we let it.