Analysis of Bill Joy’s “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”

Here is another one of my essays written for a technology & society class. This essay is a short analysis of Bill Joy’s famous article, “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”. The doom-and-gloom article created quite the stir in the tech community mainly because Joy is a very well-respected member of the tech elite. I personally am not really convinced by the article, although it does raise some valid concerns about the advancement of technology. If you want to read what I thought of the article then feel free to read on.

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Video Game Position Paper

Here is a position paper that I had write for one of my university courses. The subject is about whether if violent video games promote real-life aggression, a topic that is riddled with controversy so it’s always fun to talk about. I took the “no” stance for this paper, although I think this topic is a lot more about opinions than facts. Take a look if you are interested.

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Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems Report

This is a long report written by me and two fellow students for an university technical writing course. The report was the main project for the course and it took my group two months to finish the entire report. I wrote the introduction, conclusion, and two of the discussion sections, plus I had some part in the editing process. The topic of the report is hybrid electric propulsion systems that power hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius. Our report mainly focuses on the different configurations of hybrid systems used in production vehicles, so it isn’t an all encompassing literature on hybrids, nor will it be the best thing you’ve ever read. However, we did manage to get a pretty good grade on this report, so it can’t be all bad.

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“Things You Might or Might not Know About My High School” Essay

This is another essay written for my grade 10 summer school essay writing course. This particular piece was about my high school and some of its less uh… well-known features. I have taken the liberty of removing my high school’s name from this essay in order not to humiliate the school, but you might be able to guess which school I’m talking about. The things talked about in this essay may or may not be true at this moment, since I wrote this essay during the summer after my grade 10 year.

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Star Wars Response

This is my final written assignment for my grade 12 film class. Our last field trip of the year was going to a theatre and watch Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Of course, like after watching any movie, our teacher made us write a response to the movie. The questions were is Episode III similar in theme and mood to Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and are the new episodes better or worse than the original films? Even though I don’t collect Star Wars merchandise, I admit that I am a Star Wars fan, and obviously, I had a lot to say. Below is my response, and like all my school articles, I got an A for the effort. Note that this is not a film review of Episode III, but rather a candid discussion of the series in general.

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Tony’s Crappy Poetry

By looking at the title, you’ll probably know that there is going to be some bad poetry involved here. You can probably guess that I don’t have anything good to put on my site, and I had to result to putting up poetry. Below are two poems written by yours truly for a grade 12 English class. Personally, I dislike poetry. I think that poetry is the worst part of English class other than Shakespeare. This is probably because I’m a very logical person and poetry and arts may defy logic and that puzzles me sometimes. Anyways, when I was given these two assignments, I spent less than half an hour on each of them, because I didn’t really care. Surprising though, my English teacher actually liked my poems and gave them good marks. I guess preference is very subjective, and my English teacher either has weird tastes or is trying to play with my head. Either way, I’m glad that I got good marks for my half-ass efforts. Read on and see what you think of my poems.

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“Becoming a Good Badminton Player” Essay

This is another one of those essays written for my grade 10 summer school essay writing course. I didn’t post it earlier with the other summer school essays due to the fact that I didn’t know where I put this essay. I wrote this essay because I am (or was) a frequent badminton player. I still play, but not as much as before. This is a pretty general essay about badminton. If you want more in depth information about the sport, please visit the badminton portal. Of course, I got an A for this effort, like all my summer school essays.

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“The Great Tri-State Tornado” Geography Essay

This is a research essay written for my grade 12 geography course. The subject has to be some sort of famous weather event. The essay has to be written in “university” style, my geo teacher said. This means the essay has to have a rigid structure, be about 1500 words long, with a full bibliography and proper citations. I did my essay on a devastating tornado in the 1920s. This is probably the longest essay I have ever written, and I heard that there’ll be a lot more of these in university. Damn! I admit that this essay is a bit of a bore and is not as humourous as my other works, but this is a different type of writing. I had about two months to complete this essay, and I had the teacher check my drafts many times, so of course I got an A, and so did most of my class. Oh, if you have been assigned this essay, as my teacher and some of his friends undoubtedly will assign in the next few years, you are welcome to look at my essay for some hints and pointers, but don’t copy word for word, since you’ll probably get caught. If you get caught, it’s not my fault. So here is the essay. If you want to waste a few minutes of you life (just kidding), please read on.

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“The Taming of the Shrew” Film Adaptations

Woo hoo, something to do with Shakespeare. This is a response I wrote comparing two film versions of the Shakespearean play, The Taming of the Shrew, to each other and to the original text. Personally, I don’t like Shakespeare at all, but they are always taught in English classes, so there’s not much I can do about it. As with all schoolwork articles on my site, I got a good mark for this response.

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“Miss Brill” Short Story Response

This is an response for the short story Miss Brill, which I have studied in English class. The response is sort of an analysis on how the story was written. I tries to explain why the author chose this perspective to write the story. I did pretty well on this assignment, so that’s why I chose to post it up. I do realize that a lot of people might also study this short story. Remember, you can read this response for hints, but don’t copy word for word.

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