Wednesday, October 30, 2019
On GMO's - Research Paper Example This is because more than 80% of the total global food requirements come from plants (WHO, 1987). As a topic, GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s not only concerns the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering but also a topic of economic, political, and social cultural interests. Each of this field has a stake or role to play in adoption of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s. The future of the globe interims of food sustainability depends of effective research of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s. Genetic modification results when there is an alteration in the configuration of genes in the cell of an organism. This alteration can result from delectation of insertion of new genes from the cells of another species. Genes are tiny strands found in the cells of all living organism and they are known to be the carriers DNA. All organisms have unique number of genes and any alteration of the genetic material result in creation of organisms that have different characteristics from those of their parents. The reality on GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s was realized in 1975 when the discussion about the new invention was launched at Asilomar conference. The meeting concluded that production of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s should be carried out when scientist have done considerable research on the safety of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s. However, production of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s plants was first carried out in Canada and the US in 1982 when farmers were given genetically modified seeds for experimental purpose. In the recent history, there has been more progress in the production of genetically modified plants than genetically modified animals. Genetic modification can be applied to produce animals that have enhanced capabilities such as resistance to certain disease (Gary, 2005). In addition, genetic modification can result in physical modification of animals. Following the current developments in biotechnology and genetic engineering, there has been concern about economic application of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s. It is obvious that the focus is the growing
Monday, October 28, 2019
Aristotle Biography Essay Aristotle Aristotle was a prominent figure in history that created many philosophies during his time. He is ranked among the greatest philosophers to ever live. He moved around to many different interesting places during much of his lifetime and loved to teach. In my opinion, the most well-known philosophy is his concept of logic. Because AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s philosophies and concepts of logic and reasoning have affected much of the past, his legacy will endure for many years to come. Aristotle was born in 384 B. C in Stagira, the small city in the Macedonian region of northeastern Greece. At the age of 17, he moved to Athens to attend PlatoÃ¢â¬â¢s Academy where he remained there for almost 40 years. He journeyed around the world then for a little while continuing his philosophical activities. When in Lesbos, he married his first wife, Pythias, with whom they had a child also named Pythias. In 343, Aristotle was appointed to be the tutor of King Philip of MacedonÃ¢â¬â¢s son, Alexander. This thirteen year old boy eager to learn later became known as Alexander the Great. After two years of teaching, AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s works were no longer needed because Alexander was already serving as a military commander for his father. After teaching, Aristotle returned to Athens where he built his own school that taught botany, biology, logic, music, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, cosmology, physics, the history of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, ethics, theology, rhetoric, political history, government and political theory, rhetoric, and the arts. While teaching at his school, AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s wife had died and they say he had married another woman, Heroyllis with whom they had children. In the year 323, Aristotle had retired his works in Athens and moved to Chalcis, where he died the following year of natural causes. Philosophy was in fact very important to Aristotle and he studied it for many years. Among the great achievements, the concept of logic was in my opinion the most important and well known. AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s objective of Ã¢â¬Å"the first logicÃ¢â¬ was to come up with a process of reasoning that would allow man to learn every conceivable thing about reality. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy clarifies this by using the example of As, Bs and Cs. They explain that first, all As are Bs. Secondly, they claim that all Bs are Cs. Therefore, all As are Cs. They also say that anything else taken from this form will be a deduction in AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s sense. A deduction is Ã¢â¬Å"an argument in which certain things are laid down something else follows of necessity in virtue of their being soÃ¢â¬ . But it has been proven that some of his concepts of logic are deductions and some are not. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy used the example of university students and the As, Bs and Cs to explain this. They say that all As are Bs; some Bs are Cs; so, all As are Cs. Ã¢â¬Å"They use the university students example by explaining that all university students are literate; some literate people read poetry; so, all university students read poetryÃ¢â¬ . This is not true so it clarifies the fact that some of his concepts are deductions while others are not. In his philosophical articles, Aristotle also discussed how man might obtain information about objects through deduction and inference. As you can see, AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s philosophy provided us with a system of logic that to this day is still used by philosophers. AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s legacy will live on for years to follow because of everything he had accomplished throughout his lifetime. After his death in 322 B. C, his works and philosophies were forgotten and revived about a century after. His works had influenced over seven centuries of philosophy. As it says on the biography. com website, Ã¢â¬Å"AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s work influenced ideas from late antiquity all the way through the Renaissance. AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s influence on Western thought in the humanities and social sciences is largely considered unparalleled, with the exception of his teacher PlatoÃ¢â¬â¢s contributions, and PlatoÃ¢â¬â¢s teacher, Socrates before him. The two-millennia-strong academic practice of interpreting and debating AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s philosophical works continues to endure. Ã¢â¬ Even today, philosophers still look to AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s work for guidance and inspiration when creating their own philosophies and simply studying philosophers of the past. As you can see, AristotleÃ¢â¬â¢s legacy is still apart of us and will remain influencing others for many years to come. In conclusion, you can see that Aristotle did affect many lives through his philosophies and teachings. Many have studied his works, and added on from the philosophies and concepts he had developed. His legacy will endure on because of all he did and he will be remembered. I had great time learning about Aristotle and his philosophies for this research project. Works Cited: http://plato. stanford. edu/entries/aristotle/ Shields, Christopher. Aristotle. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 25 Sept. 2008. http://www. biography. com/people/aristotle-9188415? page=1 Aristotle Biography. Bio. com. AE Networks Television, n. d http://www. ucmp. berkeley. edu/history/aristotle. html Waggoner, Ben M. Aristotle (384-322 B. C. E.). Aristotle. UCMP, 9 June 1996.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
John Donne John Donne was a writer with exceptional talent and had an intense feeling about all that he wrote. In the beginning of his life he was a charming man who , was accepted by royalty because of his personality and writing ability. Having been employed by one of the queenÃ¢â¬â¢s highly regarded men , he worked and associated with the high class royalty. DonneÃ¢â¬â¢s life and job lead him to meet and eventually marry his employerÃ¢â¬â¢s daughter. This couple caused scandal due to the classifications of the two people. Having lost his job because of this and also not being able to obtain steady employment the family lived in poverty for years. Donne held low class secretary jobs and wrote during this time , but lack of financial security kept them where they where in life. He , by writing with the motivation from the love of his wife , became one of the most widely read writers of the time. As time went on Anne passed away and Donne was left with the children. He soon was elect ed dean of St. PaulÃ¢â¬â¢s Cathedral , became a famous speaker , he used the motivation of God and the church to fuel his writing. Much of DonneÃ¢â¬â¢s poetry was written for his wife and was very intense due to the love he felt for her. In "The Canonization" Donne tries to fight why he cannot love Anne and asks what is the matter with his love , for he sees it as true. He writes in a civil manner asking if his love has hurt anyone , if the intensity that he loves her has ever injured anyone. Never fearing what others say or do to the couple he bases the security of his life on their love. He ponders why people are worrying about their love when awful people are committing horrible acts throughout the world. He says that they are one and nothing could break them apart. Not wanting to be bothered anymore and yearning to live free with his love he wonders if people will approve and , though his love will not die , fears that the impact of the world will destroy their bond. During his years without his wife Donne wrote about the love of the church and the Lord. Much like the prior years in intensity and feeling , but with a different object of affection.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
I set out to Dorian with a sense of foreboding, made worse by the fact that I wore a skirt with a slit all the way up to my hip. Both Shaya and Nia had wanted me to go see him in a dress, arguing it befitted my station and would endear me to Dorian. I'd argued that I wouldn't be able to ride in a dress, and this slit thing had been their solution. And like always, I had a handful of guards in tow. Their constant presence still continued to make me feel like a child. In this case, a kind of slutty child. In keeping with the Otherworld's bizarre geography, we passed through another village. My visit was brief, just long enough to see how they were doing. Their situation wasn't too different from Westoria's, though they had a woman who was pretty adept at finding water sources. Her technique, the way she wove magic, was more skilled than mine, though she didn't possess my strength. After observing her, I mimicked what she did and managed to find a spot ripe for well-digging. The dress kept me from getting out there and shoveling along with them, but it didn't matter. I left regarded as a savior yet again. Reaching Dorian's took less time than it had taken to get to Maiwenn's. Unlike that journey, much of our trip today passed primarily through my own land, with no respite in one of the more temperate kingdoms. The heat beat down on us, and I sweated profusely into the violet silk of my dress. I would have given anything for a breeze, anything to stir that stagnant air. My own Tucson was often windy; I didn't get why the Otherworldly version wasn't. My father had been able to control all things connected with storms: water, air, charged particles, temperature, et cetera. So far, I only had a hold of water, but every once in a while I could feel the air with the same senses that could touch and control water. Reaching out now, I had that same experience: I could sense the air. It hummed to me. It called. But when I called back, nothing happened. Over and over I tried, attempting the same technique I used with water, urging it to bend and stir and cool me off. Nothing. I finally gave up when Dorian's castle came into sight. It was stone like mine and somehow managed to be both imposing and graceful. Where once I had been greeted with hostility and suspicion, I was now welcomed with respect and a fair amount of groveling. And, yeah, some wariness too. My guards were led away, and Dorian's servants fell all over me, offering me any refreshment I wanted. I declined. I simply wanted to get these negotiations done with. A servant led me to an opulently decorated chamber and announced me, titles and all. Dorian sat there, casual in a long-sleeved, cream-colored shirt, leaning over a chess board. An old man with a beard that went all the way to the floor sat opposite him. Dorian's green-gold eyes lifted at my name, and he broke out into a dazzling smile. Honestly. The man was too good-looking sometimes, and he knew it. A moment later, Dorian turned a disapproving glance toward his chess partner. Ã¢â¬Å"By the gods, Kasper. Have you no manners at all? The Thorn Queen is here. Show some respect before I have you flogged.Ã¢â¬ I started to protest as the old man rose. The hunched-over posture he'd held in the chair appeared to be permanent, and it took him forever to actually get up. He managed something that passed for a bow-really, it was hard to tell the difference between that and his normal stance-and gave me a grave Ã¢â¬Å"Your majesty.Ã¢â¬ And as the old man's back was to the board, Dorian leaned over and moved some of the pieces around. I opened my mouth, more in shock than to make any sort of protest. Dorian raised one finger to his lips in a shushing motion. I swallowed my comments and smiled at Kasper. Ã¢â¬Å"Thank you. Please sit down again.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"And you, my dear,Ã¢â¬ said Dorian. Ã¢â¬Å"Come join us.Ã¢â¬ The servant who'd led me in hastily pulled a velvet-cushioned chair over to the chess table. I thanked him and sat down, crossing my legs out of habit. When I saw half the skirt spill over and reveal nearly the whole length of my leg, I hastily uncrossed them. Dorian saw the leg, of course. He always saw everything. Kasper's eyes, underneath his bushy gray brows, were fixed on the board. He made a play, capturing one of Dorian's pieces. Dorian frowned briefly, then put his smile back on as he turned to me. Ã¢â¬Å"You are radiant as always,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"That dress is particularly lovely. Kasper, look at her. Do you see the way that shade matches her eyes?Ã¢â¬ Kasper looked like he wanted to study the board, but he turned to me obediently and gave a quick bob of the head. Ã¢â¬Å"Yes, your majesty. Most becoming.Ã¢â¬ Dorian quickly swapped a few more pieces and then put on a look of deep pondering when Kasper turned back around. With a sigh, Dorian moved his bishop. Ã¢â¬Å"Not my greatest play, but it'll have to do.Ã¢â¬ He seized one of Kasper's pieces. The move clearly took Kasper by surprise, not all that astonishing considering the pieces weren't where they'd been the last time he looked. He studied the board for almost a minute and then moved a knight, though it didn't yield a capture. Ã¢â¬Å"Eugenie, you look as though you've been stranded in a desert,Ã¢â¬ mused Dorian. Ã¢â¬Å"But then, I suppose that's the case, isn't it? Such a shame, all those towns suffering and starving, towns like Songwood.Ã¢â¬ The old man looked up sharply, eyes wide as he stared at me. Ã¢â¬Å"Songwood?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Songwood?Ã¢â¬ I asked in equal confusion. Dorian covertly moved more pieces. Ã¢â¬Å"I was born in Songwood,Ã¢â¬ said Kasper. Ã¢â¬Å"People are starving there?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, wait,Ã¢â¬ said Dorian. Ã¢â¬Å"Songwood's in the Willow Land, isn't it? Sorry for the scare. I was thinking it had been part of Aeson's kingdom. I'm sure Songwood's perfectly fine.Ã¢â¬ He studied the board for a moment and then deftly moved his queen. Ã¢â¬Å"Checkmate.Ã¢â¬ Kasper gaped. Ã¢â¬Å"That's notÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ His eyes roved over the board, no doubt looking for any possible way to counter Dorian's move. Ã¢â¬Å"You can't fight against the queen,Ã¢â¬ said Dorian glibly. Ã¢â¬Å"Once she's decided to take the king, you might as well give in and enjoy it.Ã¢â¬ I rolled my eyes. Kasper sighed. Ã¢â¬Å"Excellent game, your majesty.Ã¢â¬ Dorian gave him a comforting pat as the old man stood up. Ã¢â¬Å"Don't take it so hard. You played pretty decently yourself. Sloppy here and there, but who knows? There's always next time.Ã¢â¬ Kasper gave another wizened bow and then left us alone. I gave Dorian a censuring look. Ã¢â¬Å"You're a bad man. You should be ashamed of yourself.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Hardly,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"That man's the grand chess champion of seven kingdoms. A little humbling will do him good. And speaking of humbling, shall we get on to our business?Ã¢â¬ He stood up and extended a hand to me. I didn't take it and simply followed as he walked over to the far side of the room. He sank down onto an ivory satin couch while I chose a velvet loveseat the same color as my dress. I felt adrift in a sea of purple. Dorian produced a stack of parchment from a nearby table. Ã¢â¬Å"There you are. Just sign, and we can get this out of the way.Ã¢â¬ I flipped through the papers, astonished. I didn't understand most of it. It detailed amounts and shipments of assorted goods, listed interest rates, and laid out some sort of schedule. I gave Dorian an incredulous look. Ã¢â¬Å"What happened to negotiating?Ã¢â¬ He poured two glasses of white wine from a carafe that sat on the table to his other side. Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, come now. You don't want to actually do that. I don't want to do that. So why waste our time? I assure you, the terms are very, very generous. Probably more generous than you deserve, considering the way you toy with my affections. Your people will be getting a lot of goods on faith for copper that has yet to materialize.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Then why did you make me come here?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Do you have to ask?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No,Ã¢â¬ I grumbled, signing my name with a quill. A quill. Honestly. Ã¢â¬Å"You're a bad man.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I try. Wine?Ã¢â¬ He gestured to the glass he'd poured for me. I shook my head. Ã¢â¬Å"Wouldn't want you to run out. So, I guess me sitting here is part of the price I pay for my kingdom's food. What do you want to do now?Ã¢â¬ His eyes held mine over the top of his wineglass. Ã¢â¬Å"I could make up a list of things to do longer than that contract.Ã¢â¬ Yeah. I'd set myself up for that one. Ã¢â¬Å"Okay, then. What would you like to talk about?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"And why you never come see me.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You know why. Because you used me and stuck me with that kingdom.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You sure do hold a grudge. Is that a human trait?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"It's a Eugenie trait.Ã¢â¬ He smiled. Ã¢â¬Å"Of course. You know, Rurik tried to rape you, yet now you welcome him with open arms.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"That's not exactly how I'd put it.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You know what I mean. How can you forgive him and not me?Ã¢â¬ I looked down at my lap and played with the dress's fabric. I didn't have a good answer for that. Rurik had really been a total asshole when we'd met, yet now I took him as a normal fixture around my household. Why did I hold such animosity for Dorian? Because things hadn't started as hostile between us, I realized. Sure, I hadn't trusted him initially, but he'd never done me any true harm. I had grown to like him-care about him, even-which made what he'd done hurt that much more. Dorian was the one who'd guided me through claiming the Thorn Land after we'd killed Aeson in a pretty horrific battle. I'd simply followed Dorian's direction, having no clue what I was doing until it was too late. Once I realized what I'd been stuck with, I'd felt like every interaction with Dorian had been one big setup. It had seemed like his endgame the whole time had been to oust Aeson and give me that land so that Dorian could eventually control it. That was why I resented him. Are you sure that's it? a sneaky voice inside me wanted to know. No, there might be more. Even I could admit that to myself. The truth was I'd developed physical and emotional attachments to Dorian, and I didn't want them. I didn't want to be bound to someone like him, someone who was full-blooded gentry-and had the annoying tendency to make me lose control. Slamming up walls of animosity between us was a way to protect myself. Ã¢â¬Å"What are you thinking?Ã¢â¬ Dorian asked, sparing me from his other question. Ã¢â¬Å"I was wondering if I just blindly signed my name to sexual favors in that contract.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Damn,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"I wish I'd considered that.Ã¢â¬ From the tone of his voice, I think he meant it. Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, well. Perhaps next time since I'm sure this will be the first of many dealings between our kingdoms.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I hope not.Ã¢â¬ For a moment, he almost looked hurt. Ã¢â¬Å"Is it that painful coming here?Ã¢â¬ I felt bad. Ã¢â¬Å"No, I'm sorry. I didn't mean it like that. I meanÃ¢â¬ ¦I hope I don't need any more help. I hope things will just work themselves out in the Thorn Land.Ã¢â¬ His easy smile returned as he finished off his wine. He reached for my untouched glass. Ã¢â¬Å"Well, according to rumor, things are on the mend, thanks to the omnibenevolent Thorn Queen. Why, I heard the other day that you were out digging ditches and feeding orphans. It's a wonder you have the time for that, what with your hypocritical job of battling your own subjects in the human world.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"My subjects don't cross into the human world,Ã¢â¬ I said loftily. Of course, the irony was that might not be true, not if the evidence surrounding those girls was any indication. Ã¢â¬Å"And I never did any of that other stuff. I just found water.Ã¢â¬ He tsked, eyes sparkling with delight. Ã¢â¬Å"Yes, which is a hundred times more than most monarchs do. You're out with your people, maybe not working beside them exactly, but it's close enough. They think you're some kind of messiah. I guess that sets a good precedent for your son, hmm?Ã¢â¬ I made a face. Ã¢â¬Å"Don't even go down that road. And anyway, I'm not trying to be a messiah. I'm just trying to help.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Good gods,Ã¢â¬ he said, downing the glass in one gulp. Ã¢â¬Å"The frightening thing is that you're actually serious. Were you helping them before you arrived here today?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Er, well, a little. We stopped in a village and helped find some water.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I can tell. When you use your magic, it wreaths you like some sort of afterglow. It's veryÃ¢â¬ ¦becoming.Ã¢â¬ Something about the way he spoke and looked at me made me want to cross my arms and legs protectively-until I remembered crossing my legs wouldn't do me any favors. Fucking dress. Ã¢â¬Å"I daresay your control of water is becoming very useful,Ã¢â¬ he added. Ã¢â¬Å"Too bad you didn't continue your lessons with it.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I don't need your help anymore. I've practiced on my own-I've gotten a lot stronger.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Hmm. I see. And what about the rest of your inherited powers? Have you been practicing with, say, air?Ã¢â¬ For half a second, I thought he'd been spying on me. No, that wasn't his style. He'd guessed I would attempt air magic becauseÃ¢â¬ ¦well, he knew me. And because he was Dorian and canny about such things. Ã¢â¬Å"As a matter of fact, I have,Ã¢â¬ I said loftily. There. Take that. His lips twitched. Ã¢â¬Å"I see. And have you been successful?Ã¢â¬ I wasn't fast enough with my answer. He laughed and moved to sit beside me. I tried to scoot over, but there wasn't much room. Ã¢â¬Å"Eugenie, Eugenie. When are you going to stop fighting this-stop fighting me? You're only going to create more trouble down the road if you don't learn to fully harness your abilities.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Right,Ã¢â¬ I said, trying not to notice the apple and cinnamon scent that always surrounded him. Why couldn't I shake this attraction when I found him so annoying half the time? Ã¢â¬Å"It's for my benefit, right? Not because of your desire to rule the Otherworld and see the prophecy fulfilled?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Of course it's for those reasons,Ã¢â¬ he scoffed. One thing you had to love about Dorian was his unflinching honesty. Ã¢â¬Å"But that doesn't mean you can't benefit too. You don't think it'd be useful to control air? You don't think that would aid you in helping those poor suffering souls under your control?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Damn it. Don't involve them.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"They're already involved. Learn to control storms, and there'll never be a drought again.Ã¢â¬ His voice was low, filled with promise and temptation. I thought about the things I'd seen, the fields gone barren and hungry faces. I shook my head. Ã¢â¬Å"I'm not going to let you teach me again.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What if I got you another teacher?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What?Ã¢â¬ I shifted so that we could look at each other eye to eye. Ã¢â¬Å"What do you mean?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Exactly what I sound like. As hard as it is to believe, I'm not the only one who knows how to use magic around here. True, I'm the most stunningly attractive and dazzlingly intelligent, but if you're dead set against my help, there are others whom you could benefit from.Ã¢â¬ I turned away and stared off across the room. The water finder I'd worked with today had certainly been useful. She was actually the first gentry I'd met who had any sort of magic compatible enough to mine to teach me anything. Dorian's magic was actually completely different from my own, but he was skilled enough to still transfer the basic principles. But what if I had someone else to tutor me? Someone more in sync with my powers-who wasn't always trying to get me into bed? No. Self-chastisement instantly arose. Magic was dangerous. It made you crave more of it, and the more I used, the more I embraced my gentry side and lost some of my humanity. Kiyo had advised against it over and over, and I didn't even want to think about what Roland would say. And yetÃ¢â¬ ¦ Ã¢â¬Å"You've actually got someone in mind?Ã¢â¬ I asked, turning back to Dorian. He nodded. Ã¢â¬Å"She's not an exact fit for your powers-honestly, no one is-but she's close and is an excellent instructor.Ã¢â¬ She. That was promising. No one who'd want to father a child on me. He seized on my hesitation. Ã¢â¬Å"Eugenie, why resist this? It's obvious you want to learn more, no matter how haughty you pretend to be about dirtying your hands in the affairs of the shining ones. Stop your pandering and accept this as a gift.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What do I have to do in return for this gift?Ã¢â¬ I asked warily. Ã¢â¬Å"Nothing except learn. If you take my tutor back with you to the Thorn Land, I just want you to promise me you'll give her a fair chance.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"That's it?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Yes. You already know all my other motivations for doing this, so there's no trick there. The rest is on you.Ã¢â¬ True. He had been up-front about his larger designs on me and his megalomania. Ã¢â¬Å"OkayÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Kiyo was going to freak out. Ã¢â¬Å"I'll give her a chance.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You promise?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I promise.Ã¢â¬ Somehow, every time I agreed to something with Dorian, I always felt like I was signing my soul away. Ã¢â¬Å"Excellent,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"We'll make an all-powerful queen out of you yet.Ã¢â¬ He reached his hand over and smoothed out where some of my dress's fabric had wrinkled up near the slit. His motion actually covered up more of my leg with the skirt, though it did involve his fingers brushing against my skin. For a brief, dangerous instant, I kind of wished he'd move his fingers underneath the dress. Instead, he simply left his hand on my thigh. Ã¢â¬Å"Dorian,Ã¢â¬ I said warningly. Ã¢â¬Å"Hmm?Ã¢â¬ I looked pointedly down. He followed my gaze. Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, look at that. It seemed so natural, I hardly noticed,Ã¢â¬ he said cheerfully, removing the guilty hand. I almost feltÃ¢â¬ ¦disappointed. Ã¢â¬Å"Let me fetch your new teacher since I'm guessing you won't be lured into staying for dinner.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You guessed right. You really are dazzlingly intelligent,Ã¢â¬ I said wryly. He stood up and flashed me a grin. Ã¢â¬Å"And stunningly attractive?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Just go get her.Ã¢â¬ He left the room, and I watched the way his long, lean build moved and how the sunlight streaming through a window turned his hair every shade of red, orange, and gold. Dorian was trouble. Yes, I suspected I really had made a deal with the devil. Particularly when I saw who his instructor was. Ã¢â¬Å"Her?Ã¢â¬ I exclaimed. I shot up from my chair. Dorian had just entered the room, and standing beside him was Ysabel-the Eugenie-clone strumpet from the party. Her blue eyes widened when she saw me. Apparently I wasn't the only one who had been caught by surprise. Ã¢â¬Å"What is this?Ã¢â¬ she demanded. Ã¢â¬Å"You said you wanted me to instruct someone.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I do,Ã¢â¬ he said calmly. Ã¢â¬Å"You're going to pack your things and return with the Thorn Queen. You will teach her to use her magic to the best of her ability.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No,Ã¢â¬ she said icily. Ã¢â¬Å"I will not.Ã¢â¬ His pleasant demeanor dropped. Ã¢â¬Å"Yes, you will. This isn't a request. You're my subject, ergo you follow my commands. And I am commanding you to go with her. Unless you're openly defying me?Ã¢â¬ I couldn't help a shiver. I'd occasionally seen this hard side of Dorian, and it always unnerved me. It was such an abrupt change from his usual laconic self, the self who bantered and tried to feel me upÃ¢â¬ ¦and I found the change kind of terrifying. Ã¢â¬Å"Dorian,Ã¢â¬ I said uneasily. Ã¢â¬Å"Don't make her do anything she doesn't want to do.Ã¢â¬ She glared at me. Ã¢â¬Å"I don't need your assistance here.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What she wants is irrelevant,Ã¢â¬ said Dorian. I was a bit surprised at how casually he was able to order her about and objectify her. I'd assumed whomever he was sleeping with at any given time would be someone he had feelings for. Who knew? Maybe he cared about her a lot but was still able to treat her as a subject. Or maybe he just cared about me more. Ã¢â¬Å"Yeah, well, I don't want her,Ã¢â¬ I retorted. Ã¢â¬Å"Also irrelevant,Ã¢â¬ he replied, eyes still fixed on Ysabel. Ã¢â¬Å"You made a promise to give your teacher a fair chance-unless you're going to be human and go back on your word?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"This isn't quite what I expected!Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"It doesn't matter. You're either going to keep your promise or you won't. And you,Ã¢â¬ he said to Ysabel, Ã¢â¬Å"are either going to obey or not.Ã¢â¬ Ysabel's eyes were ablaze with rage, and her breathing was heavy. I had the feeling she wanted to burst forth with a million expletives, but she bit her lip as though physically forcing them back. At last, she swallowed and took a deep breath. When she spoke, her words were to Dorian, but her gaze was on me. I hadn't seen malevolence like that in quite some time-no, wait. That wasn't entirely true. Her look was a lot like the one Volusian often gave me. Ã¢â¬Å"Of course, I will obey, your majesty. With great pleasure.Ã¢â¬
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Select a restaurant where you have eaten recently. Analyze the atmosphere and physical environment of this service establishment. What image does the environment convey? Were you satisfied with the experience? Did it meet your expectations? Should the owner change anything to make the environment more appealing to customers? I recently ate at Alquimia Bistro Club at Gallery Plaza in Condado. The restaurant is a joint venture between the entrepreneur Tony Hernandez and singer Gilberto Santa Rosa. It is conveniently located on the ground floor of the building and you have the option of entering the restaurant through the main entrance or through the bar if you donÃ¢â¬â¢t want to enter the dining room. The dining room consists of an upper and lower level. There is a wine Ã¢â¬Å"cellarÃ¢â¬ which can be dined in and a room for private activities. Aside from the main dining room there is a small theater with a stage for performances. We sat in the upper level of the main dining room. The restaurant aims to provide a relaxed and comfortable yet sophisticated atmosphere. The lighting is relatively low and the music is soft and inviting. The tables are immaculately set. If all worked, had it not been for previous engagements we would have stayed well into the afternoon. The ambience was one that invited you to relax and get acquainted with friends. If satisfaction was based solely on the atmosphere then Alquimia would have been a hit, but in the end it isnÃ¢â¬â¢t. The food did not live up to expectations. You are led to believe that you will be taken on a journey of culinary alchemy but you are not. What you end up with are plates made up of ingredients that do not work well together. The satisfied members of the group were those that opted for the Ã¢â¬Å"criolloÃ¢â¬ dishes. One of my suggestions for Alquimia would be to tone down on the dishes, maybe just stick with the typical food and elaborate a bit not go off the deep end. Sometimes less is more! As for the environment the owners have the right idea. It is inviting and relaxing, you want to stay and continue to consume throughout the day with good drinks and good conversation.