Daily Prompt at The Daily Post @ WordPress.com

 

Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

I am somewhat of a luddite when it comes to technology. Recently I purchased an Asus TF 300 Transformer Pad [i.e. tablet]. I still don’t know if I’m regretting that purchase or not.

I find it hard to get used to the touch technology, and at times my finger points to one thing and something else comes up that I don’t want.

Going into my e-mail account is a rather strange experience, as the way it shows up on the screen is not anywhere near what it looks like on my PC screen.

I can’t seem to figure out the step by step process of transferring file documents from my memory stick to a file on the tablet—even though I’ve been successful in that task a couple of times, I’ve no idea how it happened, just a few trial and error attempts and somehow it worked.

I do have a keyboard and much prefer using it for performing various functions on the tablet as opposed to touch with the fingers. I wish one could use a mouse, but I don’t think one can without damaging the operating system.

So far, I haven’t summoned up enough courage to post on this blog using the tablet—maybe one day.

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October Sky

October Sky

The time was the 1950s, the place, a coal-mining town in West Virginia. After learning of the Russians successfully launching Sputnik, a high school student, Homer Hickham becomes determined to build a successful rocket. With the inspiration and encouragement of a high school teacher, Miss Riley, and the friendship of three other classmates, they build one unsuccessful rocket after another. After overcoming much taunting by most of their high school peers; the resistance of Homer’s father, who discourages his son at every turn and insists that Homer should focus on following in his dad’s footsteps and work in the mine; and the principal of the high school’s narrow-mindedness and stereotyping of his students; the four students continue with their experiments and chase their dream. Eventually a rocket is built that wins at a local science fair; then wins first prize at a national science fair. The win was Homer’s and his fellow students’ ticket to college. After this success and numerous confrontations with his father, the latter finally shows up to support his son by witnessing a rocket launch.

There is no question that the movie is sentimental. However, I think it goes deeper than the usual stereotypes of traditional parenting; and working class, hillbilly American values and lifestyle. The movie is full of moral lessons like: the importance of living with hopes and dreams and following where they lead; the importance of friendship and mentoring and cooperation to accomplish life’s goals; the discerning of one’s life-calling and vocation, which brings with it meaning and purpose for one’s life. All four students left their mining community to attend college. Homer was employed by NASA. Theologically, this movie reminds me a little of the sceptics who say of Jesus: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” God calls and chooses people whom others would write off and overlook. Oh yes, I think I’ll try to find the soundtrack of this movie too.