The Inspector General Review

The Inspector General Review

Everyone is waiting with baited breath to hear my opinions on a book nearly 200 years old.

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I have this Doc on my Google Drive that has a long list of books I am itching to read. It's 31 pages long single-spaced and while it is organized into certain categories, I've forgotten the reasons why I put most of those books on the list in the first place. But I knew some of them were Russian, so I'm taking a class on books published in the 19th century to make me actually read them, and that has therefore led me to the Inspector General.

The Inspector General is a play written by Nikolai Gogol. He was born in the countryside of Ukraine and wrote the play in 1836. You probably glazed over that date, but it's important because the Industrial Revolution was just starting to take shape across Europe and the makings over a modern nation were coming together. This is important because despite the play's age, there is a lot about it and the time period that is still understood and relevant. In the real world there was government censorship that tried to protect Russia's citizens from the danger of this book. In the book itself, it's about a lazy, rich young man who pretends to be a government inspector in a small town and rips the whole town off so they would refrain from receiving a bad review.

The story is a total farce as the townspeople trip over themselves appeasing to this layabout on his every whim and the fraud himself being so horrible to actually keep up the charade. It's an easy read and once you get a hang on everyone's name and title, it is easy to understand, and this book has a special quality that very few books can match: this book made me laugh. When reading and especially after finishing a good book I sometimes get a really satisfied or even just optimistic feeling if the book is good, but it's a feeling that's a bit hard to pin down. In the Inspector General I was chuckling quite a lot at how disheveled everyone's office is, the physical, slapstick humor, and when they read the letter at the end. It's breezy and in general just a good time for about 70 pages.

I would like to finish this off by talking about the relatability on display. So many authors are worried about representation in their books, but that at best comes down to superficial characters in their books that don't have much depth or really touch upon all the things that make those people who they are. You would think a book set in a village nearly 200 years ago and in Russia might as well be a fantasy, but there's a lot that's similar. The people that live in the small town and the attitudes of the young man pretending to be an inspector have some relatable qualities that could easily compare to people I've met in real life, or even just my perception of how things are even if I can't remember a particular face. A book doesn't have to have characters just like you to be relatable and strike a chord with you and Gogol did that in this book. At the very least I'd say you should read the first few pages where the Police Chief roasts the important people of the town for how bad their offices are, now that's funny.

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A History Lesson On The 'Father of Radio,' Lee De Forest

A trip back in time to the origin behind the creator of live radio broadcasting.

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The "father of radio," the "grandfather of television," the man who created live radio broadcasting, Lee de Forest was a man who forever changed the history of radio and television. Lee de Forest was born on August 26th of 1873, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Furthermore, he was the son of a Congregational minister who had a presidential position at Talladega College, a bankrupt school with mostly African Americans. Lucky for Lee, he fit in perfectly as part of the community. Lee's father wanted a career for him in the clergy, but Lee preferred science which led to his enrollment in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University in 1893. Within six years, Lee was working many jobs, making the best out of his scholarship and the best out of his allowance from his parents to later achieve his Ph.D. in 1899 in physics.

Around 1899, electricity started to be an interest to Lee, specifically electromagnetic- wave propagation."De Forest's doctoral dissertation on the "Reflection of Hertzian Waves from the Ends of Parallel Wires" was possibly the first doctoral thesis in the United States on the subject that was later to become known as radio" (E. Fielding, Raymond). Lee began to work at the Western Electric Company in Chicago, starting off in the telephone section and leading him to the experimental laboratory. Furthermore, working after hours granted Lee with his first invention, an electrolytic detector of Hertzian waves, which became moderately successful. In 1902, De Forest founded the De Forest Wireless Telegraph Company to allow a new medium of communication to be born and spread to the press, military, businesses, and the people. Wireless telegraphy was the route of creation De Forest took, leading him to create the "Audion" because of his dedication to this new form of communication.

The Audion was a more evolved detector; it had a stronger reception towards wireless signals than Carborundum and electrolytic detectors. Furthermore, in 1907 Lee began to take advantage of his invention by broadcasting music and speech to the people living in the New York City area. Although with his newly made invention, also came the downfalls in Lee's life. He was defrauded twice by business partners, involved in many patent lawsuits, had four unsuccessful marriages, and was indicted for mail fraud, which was later acquitted. Furthermore, Lee fell victim to many failed inventions and had a hard time trying to convey his new medium.

On the contrary, in 1910 was Lee's first broadcast of any sort of performance. Specifically, it was a live performance of opera, sung by Enrico Caruso at the Metropolitan Opera. This broadcast allowed Lee to share his new medium with the general public and to get ideas on how his creation could evolve.

Eventually, by 1912, de Forest began to have many Audion tubes to amplify high-frequency radio signals to far areas. "He fed the output from the plate of one tube through a transformer to the grid of a second, the output of the second tube's plate to the grid of a third, and so forth, which thereby allowed for an enormous amplification of a signal that was originally very weak"(E. Fielding, Raymond). The more modifications the Audion had, the better its impact on radio, as the transmitting and amplification of radio signals towards farther distances grew stronger allowing telephonic distance communication to evolve.

Through the success of his invention, Lee began to create controversy around scientists and attorneys, eventually selling patents to communication firms for further development. Moreover, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T;) installed audions to amplify voice signals all across the United States of America, changing the development of radio.

In 1921, de Forest began producing audio and recordings for movies. He created a recording system titled "Phonofilm," which led to him starting the "De Forest Phonofilm Corporation." Although the quality of the system was mediocre, the optical recording system was shown in many theaters from 1923 to 1927. His method was put off by many film producers as they rejected his sound-on-film device, because of the evolution of film and the use of talking pictures. Ironically, producers in the past did not want to use De Forests device, because they did not believe in it, but as years passed, movies began to use De Forests method of sound recording and many are still influenced by his methods today.

Overall, Lee De Forest died with over 300 patents and has signified his spot in the history of radio and television and is one of the principal inventors of today. He allowed the ease of amplifying radio signals, coast to coast services to be created all across the world, and is credited for bringing sound to motion pictures.

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2

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**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness

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You will never regret being kind

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May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down

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Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 

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Kindness begins with me

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Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers. 

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Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) ) 

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Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle. 

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Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life. 

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One kind word can change someone's entire day

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Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. 

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

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Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND. 

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Be the reason someone smiles today. 

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A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.

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You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example. 

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I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. 

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Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

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Choose kind over cool. 

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