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More Copy Edit the World!

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This was found on while doing my other EC assignment. It says, “To calm down or settle after bring frustrated,” when the correct way should be “To calm down or settle after being frustrated”.


This typo was found on a description of an app in the App Store on my phone. In the second sentence in the paragraph under “Description”, you’ll see that it says “You’ll can watch your downloaded videos offline!” In this case, “you’ll” is incorrect, and is a contraction of you will. You’ll should be changed to You.


Common Sayings EC

A Penny For Your Thoughts

This common phrase is a way of asking what someone is thinking. It was first said in 1522 by Sir Thomas More’s book Four Last Things, where he states ““As it often happeth that the very face sheweth the mind walking a pilgrimage, in such wise that, not without some note and reproach of such vagrant mind, other folk suddenly say to them, ‘A penny for your thought.’” What he means by this is that a wise man has fallen silent and in order to retrieve his knowledge, money is offered. 


Barking Up the Wrong Tree

This phrase is used when a person is making a mistake or a false assumption in something you are trying to achieve. It refers to the situation of dogs barking up trees where they mistakenly believe their prey is hiding. It was first said in 1832 in James Kirke Paulding’s Westward Ho!


Pull Yourself Together

The meaning of this saying is about controlling and settling one’s anger and emotions after being frustrated. It originated from the act of getting emotionally disturbed, idioms such as “breaking down” that describe losing control over one’s emotions. When you recover from these situations of tensity and reach poise and calmness, you actually pull yourself together.


Last Copy Edit the World!


In this movie summary seen on, they typed “a international” when it should be “an international”.


In this article on I found while doing a research paper, “they Roma” is supposed to be “the Roma”, because they are referring to the nomadic Romani group in France. “..respondents agreed the Roma did not integrate well in France…”.


In this document I found on the SJSU website that gives the guidelines on applying for an MCOM internship, they put “World Document”, when I’m almost positive they are referring to a “Word Document”.


On this assembly instructions they used the wrong “threw”. It should be “push the thread through the oval hole”.

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The cemented words on Margaret Street in Downtown SJ spelled its own street name wrong! “Margret ST” should be “Margaret ST”.

Blog 10 – Japanese Internment Memorial essay

The forced relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans happened in 1942 during World War II, where people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast were forced into internment camps until 1944. This happening was a result of Americans threatened by Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, and questioned whether they were more loyal to their ancestral decent.

During this time, San Jose, CA was an area that participated in the relocation of Japanese Americans. San Jose State’s gym was one of the locations to register and collect Japanese Americans before sending them to internment camps. Among the 40,000 children that participated in the relocation was Ruth Asawa, who stayed at the Santa Anita race tracks in Arcadia, California for five months. Asawa shares her experience and hardships during this period of time through a memorial placed in Downtown San Jose. The vignettes on the memorial portray a serious of events that took place in the entire span of time from when the Japanese came to America, up until the interment camps were finally upheld by the Supreme Court. There were a few specific vignettes that caught my eye during my visit.

In the beginning of the sequence of vignettes, there are images of Japanese Americans adapting to their new lives in America, farming and raising families. As soon is the sequence turns to the time period when government officials stripped the Japanese Americans off their land, there is a vignette of two men of authority, as observed by their suits and top hats, towering over a Japanese man working in a field, with one of the officials placing his hand on the Japanese man on the ground. The facial expression of the Japanese man looks confused and a bit disrupted. I found this specific vignette compelling because you can almost feel the intruding nature of this government officials, and how it effected the lives of innocent, hard working Japanese Americans.

Another vignette that caught my eye was an image of a young girl and two men putting together a mattress using what looks like blankets or sheets using hay on the ground to stuff them. This portrayal of means of survival gives the viewer an idea of the struggle these people went through while in the internment camps. I read on Ruth Asawa’s website that she lived in a horse stall with her mother and five siblings for five months, which most likely correlates with this specific vignette. This experience shows the risks and desperate measures people like Asawa, who were interned, went through in order to survive through their conditions.

It is appalling to think further past the images created by Asawa of what the Japanese Americans experienced of relocating and interning. Americans should be informed through memorials such as this one in order to stress that something like this cannot happen again. Giving our government today and our position in war, I don’t believe it is likely that an event would happen like this again. After reading on the repercussion that the government faced, including a $20,000 reimbursement to each survivor of the camps, and the effect it had on so many Americans, it is not probable that our government today will allow such an act.


Blog #9 Fish Out of Water

For my Fish Out of Water I attended the “Inaugural Selena Tribute” event that happened this past Saturday at a venue in Downtown San Jose. This event celebrated the life of the singer/songwriter Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and the 20 year marking of her death in 1995. 

Since Selena was a wildly popular Mexican American singer, the demographic at the event was predominately of the Mexican decent. The music played was mostly the music that she came out with and featured in, as well as other Latin songs. Being half Iranian and half Irish, this culture and background displayed so strongly at this event was definitely a bit foreign for me. Nevertheless, I completely enjoyed myself. I was exposed to such a passionate atmosphere that ultimately really didn’t matter what decent you were or where you came from to recognize. Music was what brought the individuals there together, as well as the talent created by such a young woman gone too soon.

Most people there spoke Spanish, but they definitely weren’t limited to just that language. I know a few Selena songs so I was able to even sing along to some of the tracks playing. There was photographs of her all around the venue, and two different rooms with two types of music. One room was called the Selena Room, where DJs played her music and Spanish styled music, and the other room was called the Caribbean Room, where DJs played Caribbean influenced music, both celebrating Selena’s legacy and life. Last, but not least, there was a Selena look-alike contest! I thought that was so cool, although I didn’t partake, there were tons of beautiful Latina women there that qualified for the contest.

Overall I had a really fun time, it was interesting throwing myself out of my comfort zone and coming out with a positive experience. Although I did feel like a “fish out of water”, it opened my eyes to a completely different culture other than my own. This experience inspires me to see what else is out there and gives me confidence to try it with another culture, since I now feel more open to explore other environments.

Blog #8; IMHO

This past Monday, the 13th of April, as I was on my way to work, I was in for a VERY rude awakening. As I was driving from the Coleman shopping center only to reach my destination on 10th and William, I noticed that no matter where I turned, traffic downtown was almost at a complete stop. Simultaneously furious and curious, I figured something must have happened – maybe a fire or a car accident? As I entered work, I was shortly informed about the man held responsible for the massive traffic jam, causing me to be 30 minutes late to my shift.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a male pedestrian exited his vehicle and stood on the highest over-crossing of the Interstate 680-Highway 101 connector as an attempt to commit suicide. He had reportedly been holding a knife, which seems a bit contradicting, seeing as the fall would probably do the job better than a knife would. The scene lasted from 1:00pm up until about 7:30pm when he was taken into custody, a time period where civilians trying to get to and from their jobs were rudely inconvenienced.

His motive of committing suicide and not actually following through with it is a sign of the “acquired ability to enact lethal self-injury”, as stated in The Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior: Current Empirical Status written by Thomas Joiner. This idea is when although the subject may feel sad and low and instill a desire for suicide, “they are not sufficient to ensure that desire will lead to a suicide attempt.”

This is a very light comparison to the specific situation that the man caused on Monday, where he made a huge scene as a mere cry for attention. If he was truly diagnosed clinically depressed or insane, and wanted to end his life, he would do it without causing a dramatic display, effecting not only all of downtown, but his family members as well. He is a coward for putting his family and loved ones through that pain and embarrassment only to not follow through with his actions. My language may come off as offensive, but “IMHO” it is outrageously selfish and destructive to make a mockery out of a disease individuals actually suffer from – depression. 



Last WOTW!

1. allocate

2. “Internships must be completed within the calendar dates allocated to the earning period as published in the schedule of classes.” Seen in the internship requirements document.

3. VERB; distribute (resources or duties) for a particular purpose.

4. When I went into work, my boss allocated duties for my coworker and I to finish before the end of the day.