Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter vacation

February vacation was a nice time away from school and stress, but now it's time to hit the books.  Over vacation I did a lot of many eventful things.  My favorite thing I did was go to a concert at the DCU Center in Worcester.  I saw Trey Songz and Chris Brown and Tyga, it was amazing.   It was my first concert and it was such a great time.  I also  worked a lot over vacation.  I work at dunkin donuts  and I tried to work as much as I could so I could make a lot of money.  It was very cold this vacation .  Just one step out side made me freeze.  The snow isn't even snow anymore it is basically ice.  You can not even  build a snowman in this weather..  The roads are also very icey.  I am a new driver and this is a different experience for me driving in the snow.  I hate it, it's very scary and slippery.  Well now I'm back to the books and I am not very happy about it . I hate winter!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Facts to Blow Your Mind

          To some people, random odd facts are useless bits of information. To others, they're fascinating doorways to unexplored realms. You can probably judge from my post last week that I am one of the "others" who finds quirky facts to be brain candy. What do I have to offer this week? Well, facts a lot more interesting than the word checkbook having horizontal symmetry...
          Allow me to start by informing you that there are more life forms living on your skin than there are people on the planet. If you are still reading this post, kudos to you. Would you prefer I take it down a notch? He about, otters sleep holding hands, is that better? Any da Vinci fans out there? Did you know he could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time? Wouldn't it be cool if Daddy could engrave your name into he moon? Well if you're the daughter of Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, he already inscribed your initials on it. The letters "TDC" will probably be on the moon for tens of thousands of years. Since we're on somewhat scientific terms, let's address the fact that if you were to remove all of the empty space from the atoms that make up humans, the entire world population could fit into one apple. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm wondering how anybody could actually know that? How could you possibly calculate such a thing? I guess that's why I'm not a scientist. Okay one more: a human will eat an average of 70 assorted insects and 5 spiders while asleep. I bet you want to tape your mouth shut when you go to sleep now, don't you?
If you cannot get enough of this brain candy and want to see the rest of the 100 interesting facts, visit Mind Blown.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Boyhood: A Remarkable Cinematic Achievement

Richard Linklater has truly created something special with his new film Boyhood —  a remarkable, beautiful, cinematic achievement, like nothing you have ever seen before. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, the film chronicles a family over the course of 12 years, with the actors reprising their roles through the progression of time.
At the center of the story is Mason (Ellar Salmon), who with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), makes the journey from childhood to adulthood. As the film begins, we see that they are living with their single mother (Patricia Arquette) and that their father (Ethan Hawke) has long since left the family. The film takes us through their evolving relationship with their mother and father over many years, moves, and life changes.
I don’t want to give away many specifics or plot points, and keep this as more of a reaction than review. After the jump you can read more or watch a video blog I recorded after the screening with Russ Fischer.
The film is almost like watching highlights from professionally filmed home videos that captured key moments over the course of a dozen years. It’s interesting because Linklater focuses scenes around the very mundane times and also particularly key moments in the life of this family. But even the mundane spots let us catch up on the big changes which are happening in the background and in-between times.
Linklater revealed that 4207 days had passed between their first day of shooting to the film’s premiere at Sundance 2014. I’ve been looking forward to this film for many years now and was worried that the result would be a very experimental film. I’m happy to report that the film is more than just a gimmick or experiment, its a fine movie about how our life’s are build and rebuilt and changed over the course of our formative years.
I would totally recommend this movie to anyone looking for something different. Especially to see a movie made in a 12 year span. It is truly incredible.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More time off in the Winter, or Summer?

The storm has passed, for now at least. Last week, beginning Monday when after school activities are cancelled. The storm began that Monday afternoon, with light flurries, and it didn't stop snowing all night, and then some the next day. The snow piled up to about three feet and the wind was powerful, which prevented a lot of snow removal. Because of the delayed snow removal, we missed school for the remainder of the week, and also missed school yesterday, Monday February 2nd. In total, we missed five days of school due to recent storms, days we have to make up in the Summer. So is it really worth it to have the time off now, and make it up during the Summer? Personally, I would rather have school now and have a longer Summer vacation. Summer is the best season, and there are so many things to do, it is the best time of the year. I would rather toughen it out now than be stuck in school in the summer while everyone else is at the beach.

Living on One Dollar

As I was looking through Netflix for something to watch, I came across a title "Living on One Dollar". I was intrigued, so I decided to watch it. In the movie I met some men who went to Guatemala in a poverty-stricken village. The change was obviously a big deal to the hosts; they were used to the American way of life. While being there, their money was limited to literally a dollar a day, split up between days to replicate an unpredictable income. They randomly drew out a number 1-9 each day to see how much money they would get, but the sum of the money for all the days they stayed averaged to a dollar a day. The restricted money caused a lot of issues. They had to watch what they ate carefully, because they needed calories to sustain themselves but had to buy things they could afford. Plus, when one of the men got sick, they could not afford the medicine so had to use emergency medicine that they brought.

While there, the group met a couple very nice families. One family had a son named Chino, who liked to be around them very much. Chino was very interested in language so the group taught him some English basics. The thing that I found the most special about these families is that they helped each other out as much as they could. I remember one story about how a man's wife got sick, but he couldn't afford to take a taxi to the hospital or pay the medical bill, so the only man in the village with a set income helped this man to save his wife. He gave the man all the money he needed and the wife was okay. That is just one example of how they helped each other. Another things special about these people was that they all valued education so highly, that they did whatever they could to afford it. But sadly, some families just could not afford to send their children to school.

Basically what this movie taught me was that when conditions are bad, people come together to support each other and make a real community that actually cares. I learned that even though these people have to struggle just to survive, they still enjoy life and the basic pleasures like family and community. I also value my education even more because of this movie because it showed me that I could be in a situation that prevented me from learning, and a good education is the key to success. That is why they value it so much, and I think everyone should.

This website has an explanation of the project and a place to watch the movie and donate money.

Monday, February 2, 2015

How long will YOU live?

"Scientists have identified a biological clock that provides vital clues about how long a person is likely to live" 

Scientist at the University of Edinburgh discovered a pattern when studying chemical changes in DNA. The chemical modification in which they discovered the pattern is known as 'methylation". It is obvious that when considering a modification one would think that the modification would alter that DNA sequence. However, it does not. This Methylation actually influences how a person's genes are turned off and on, and how they affect a person throughout their life. Scientists including: Dr Riccardo Marioni state that the project is not quite fully developed. It remains unclear how effective the the chemical modification is. Also, principal investigator, Professor Ian Deary states that the project only at the beginning stage. With further investigation, this "biological clock" may play a major role in everyday life. 

For more information, visit: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150130092913.htm 

Superbowl 49 had an amazing outcome

Most American's tuned into the unpredictable outcome of super bowl 49 last night. I had my close friends over to celebrate. My dad was willing to cook for all of us, which I really appreciated. Thank god for my dad! Back to the game though. The patriots started losing it. They were in the lead. Then the game got tied up. Unfortunately the Seahawks were in the lead and it didn't look to good. To be honest I didn't have much faith left in the Pats. That wasn't a good Pats fan of me. I knew i should have had faith in them. Then a quick touchdown pass from Brady to Edelman. This puts the Pats back in the lead. With a couple minutes left of the game the Hawks got the ball back and made a good run. Then one of the players had an amazing catch that put all Pats fans on the edge of their seats. I was actually standing in front of the television biting my nails. Then the most amazing play in super bowl happened by rookie Butler. The Pats intercepted the ball from the Hawks at the Hawks touchdown line. After that the game was over and the Patriots won the super bowl! To look at the amazing interception check out the video below! What a proud Pats fan I am.

An Epic Bucket List

Recently this week I came across an amazing article about a girl and her dog. The bond they shared reminded me of the bond I share with my dog. She had an 160 pound English mastiff that went everywhere with her. He even lived in their small apartment in New York. The dog was significant because it helped her live her life and have special experiences. After many comforting years with her dog, like most good things, it had to come to an end. She was told her dog had cancer and would die shortly To thank her dog they set off on an epic bucket list. They did all of the dogs favorite things such as car rides, ice cream, and the beach. It was very touching. It gave me the inspiration to fulfill my own bucket list with my dogs one day to thank them for all they do. To read more in detail of the bucket list click the link here

Here is a picture of the two together