Time Travel

When I though about a ENG 232 class at the University of Montevallo, time travel was not something that came to mind; however, that was the exact class I was taking for a ENG 232 credit. When the class started, I was less interested in the material because I had never seen anything like it. The only thing that I could thing of with time travel was Reading Rainbow, and I hated that show as a kid.

As the class went on we began reading things that interested me a little, but not as much as I would like, so I considered dropping the class. After the midterm, I had no clue what was going on in the class. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the class and I was entirely lost.

During the second half of class I tried to understand the material that we were reading and I agree with myself to give this time traveling thing a chance. The first text that I really enjoyed was “A Sound of Thunder”, then I went back and read “A Little Something for us Tempunaunts,” and I really enjoyed these readings. Then came “Kindred,” which was a easier read for me and I really enjoyed. Then there was “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” This was the hardest of everything we had to read. I got very confused while reading this work, but the blog and the class discussions helped me a lot.

I really enjoyed this ENG 232 class and the teacher was great. I now find myself noticing more time travel now than I ever had. I really enjoyed this class and the blog.

Keep Bow Tie Wednesdays Forever!!!

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Supplemental Viewing: Our Friend Martin

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The movie “Our Friend Martin” about how a black student named Miles and a white student named Randy time travel through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Miles and Randy attend MLK middle school in Atlanta, Georgia, and they take a field trip one day to visit the MLK Museum. While Miles and Randy were at the museum, they go into Martin’s room to look around. While in the room the tour guide comes in and winds and old watch that Martin had; this is what start the time traveling. When Miles and Randy pick up the baseball glove they began their time traveling journey through Martin’s life.

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This movie ties into many works we have read and discussed in class. To begin with, about half way through the movie, the tour guide says “If you mess with the fabric of history, sometimes you can bust a seam,” this passage ties in with the butterfly effect we discussed in Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder.” This passage ties into the butterfly effect because Miles and Randy wants to bring Martin back to the future, to the time they live in, because they read on a newspaper that is on display in the museum that Martin will be assassinated. When they go into the future they convinced Martin that he should come into the future with them. They told him that there was no racism in their time and that everything was so much better. When Martin arrived in the future everything was different. Randy was no longer Miles’ friend, Miles no longer attended MLK Middle School and all the racism that was in Martin’s time was now in Miles’ time. Martin realized that he need to go back in the future to fix the problems that has occurred. When Martin returns to his time he is assassinated.

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“Our Friend Martin” ties into Kindred by the way of the racism that is seen in close relationships. In Butler’s Kindred her husband was white, so when they time traveled into the future she told everyone otherwise. Even though Miles and Randy did not have to change who they were, their relationship was altered because of the time travel.

I would definitely recommend this movie because it provides history on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and it also has a great depiction of time travel in a simpler aspect. I loved watching this movie in elementary school, and this class brought this great movie back to my memory. 

Random Thought

While I was at home this weekend I decided to read “A Sound of Thunder” again. While reading this short story, I noticed that some of the other stories and movies that we watched portrayed a different outlook and the time traveling wold. “The Time Traveler” and “Kindred” all displayed a sort of risking history. The reason I say this is that all of the authors of these works took something away, or added something to the past. For example, the flowers that the time traveler had, or the pain medication that Dana had. My thought is what would have happened to our American history is life was disrupted by a simple mistake of a time traveler.

After doing our own version of “A Sound of Thunder”, I began to get curious. What if a time traveler went back in time and created our modern technology in that time? How do you think our technology would be now? Would we have flying cars, would our cell phones replace our laptops and computers? Would we have 10G phones? What would be the cure for these rising gas prices?

This was just a random thought after I read this short story. Tell me what you think our technology would be like if the modern day technology was created in the 18th century.

~Bryain

Time Travel or Déjà Vu

After reading the Time Machine and watching Primer, I was thinking to myself how did someone come up with such a thing, and then it hit me. Everyone throughout life time travels once or twice, so I think. This is done by déjà vu. Déjà vu is a French term meaning “already seen.” Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all. Since déjà vu occurs in individuals with and without a medical condition, there is much speculation as to how and why this phenomenon happens. Several psychoanalysts attribute déjà vu to simple fantasy or wish fulfillment, while some psychiatrists ascribe it to a mismatching in the brain that causes the brain to mistake the present for the past. Many parapsychologists believe it is related to a past-life experience.

Time traveling involves a machine that is said to travel faster than time. Déjà vu is the ability to see something completely new to you, but it seems so familiar. Thus bringing me to my conclusion, a time machine does not exist; however, the time machine that these numerous authors thought they were building was actually a machine that stimulated the brain in such way that it made déjà vu a clear experience.

-Bryain