Tuesday, March 31, 2020

You can't read us (maybe)

Okay, I think this is where I finally say it. I'm basically cut off from the rest of the world anyways (It had to be said at one point: thanks Corona), so I think I can afford to.
I disagree with this entire thing.
I'm okay with this blog. I really am.
But that isn’t what I’m trying to say.
But this whole idea of scrutinizing writers, of picking them apart until their entire essay isn't even a piece of literature anymore, to the point where it's just a couple words, splattered like a bucket of paint, random and wrong? I hate it. This takes out all of the fun of reading. Do you think writers, when writing, decided that they wanted to have their readers stop in the middle of their reading to scan for examples of some sort of writing trait?
Yes, I do realize that’s the whole point of this AP class. I do realize that it will ‘help us in the future’. But as a maybe future writer, this class is horrific for me.
I can’t even write after doing work in this class. This isn’t Ap Land for me; it’s AP writer’s block.
I know it’s harsh, but it’s true. This class, at least for me, is the enemy of all literature.
on a different note, here's my name anagrammed
A Canvas Cheat
Vacate Ashcan
A Ache Cat Vans
That’s all.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronacation

we have been out of school for 2 weeks due to the coronavirus, which I thought would be pretty fun until they decided to close everything... no movie theaters, malls or nail salons. so I currently have 3 out of 10 of my acrylic nails still on. 😓 my hours are being cut down at work and my sleep schedule is messed up. Basically, the only thing good coming out of this is being able to sleep past 7 AM and being able to rewatch criminal minds and finally have time to play the PlayStation. other than that  I miss my friends. (even though I only  have like  3 of them ) I miss running to Mr. Skellys class after lunch so Bridgid would be a rotten egg. 😂 Plus the food at school is better than the food at my house.   And online school is annoying. 



Moral of the story is this is boring and I need my nails done. and I miss Bridgid and Emilie. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Things going on

Honestly the times that we are living through are absolutely crazy and it is amazing how little it takes me to worry. I mean don't get me wrong I had been worried about this virus since it became really big in Wuhan, and its all that anyone is talking about. Because of that I'm also sorry to be talking about it as well but a lot has been on my mind because of it. I feel so bad for all the seniors who are missing out on a ton of things like their class trips and proms because of this thing. It got me really thinking because I find myself so keen on not doing any of those things, I didn't really want to go to prom, and still really don't. And I don't plan on going on my class trip but instead do something completely different. But I also just felt terrible because it might get cancelled for other kids and I feel somewhat disrespectful for saying that I don't want to do those things, especially when these other kids might not have the same opportunities to do so as well. I don't know. I mean it is nice that I do have more free time than normal, I see that I now have more time to read and write, which is fine on my end, but its also giving me a lot more time in order to sit back for once and just think. I'm constantly doing something and never really get a chance to stop and smell the roses. I mean to be honest, this has given me a chance to sit back and take everything in, even though I've been a mess thinking about everything. And I mean, the fact of the matter is that we are living through a big time in history. Textbooks are going to cover all of this and I think that for once I realized that its okay to be scared. It is okay to be scared especially when having such a valid reason to be scared. I'm thankful for all the people around me at the moment as well, I am grateful that I have so many people to talk to to express my concerns, and to help support me when I worry so easily. I think the only thing we can do is keep our heads up as best we can and realize all of the good that can come out of something so bad. We'll hopefully get a vaccine, we are for sure going to get a disease protocol in the case that this should ever happen again. I'm sorry for this being such a serious blog, as I know that nobody will shut up about this virus. Believe me when I say that I'm tired of hearing nothing but this virus, as important as it is. But we need to focus on some of the good that will come out of this, as devastating as it is. We haven't had a pandemic like this one in a long time, and especially not with all the modern advancements that we have now. But the most we can do is stay home, or at least be considerate if you have to go out. And remember that "happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." If you know where that is from, I will forever love you. But these words seem to be more important than ever now. We need to keep ourselves safe, and we need to remember that we need a little bit of happiness in these trying times that's all :) We are going to be okay, and in the end all of this is for the better. Again, sorry for such a serious blog, there has just been a lot on my mind lately and I really really am just hoping that I'm not alone here, because none of us are as well when you really think about it. We are all in this together we just need to be here to support each other in these trying times.

The Sun

The sun is really nice on my porch and sometimes I just go outside and lie down on the warm wood floor and just lie there. I don't think about anything or anyone and sometimes my dog lies next to me and I pet her because she'll move away if I don't and I really love my dog. This morning, for example, after I finished my chemistry work I just walked outside and sat there. I let the sun beat down on me and felt the cold dampness of the wooden planks from the rain that had fallen last night, it was amazing. It was also really loud., I never noticed how much nature consumes life if you take away human activity. The street I live on is normally very busy, so I don't really get to hear the birds chirping or the breeze blowing, but today it was the only thing I could hear. My whole scenery was filled with life and happiness and warmth that I just sat there and let myself be there, not anywhere else. Like right now I'm in my head, but sitting on my porch I was just that, sitting on my porch. This all sounds cheesy and weird and kinda freaky (I swear I'm within the margin of error for "normalness") but that's just how I feel today. You know what? If I was at school I would never know about the birds and the wind and the sun today, it would just be me under the new, weirdly bright lights and the sounds of people doing whatever people do. I don't know why I'm writing this, but I figured I'd tell whoever's reading this what I'm thinking anyway. Have a good day!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Roasting Bath&Body (22)

Hear me out. I know this is quite a controversial opinion, especially among teenage girls with diaries and members of the PTA, but I hate Bath and Body Works (and every store like them, i.e. Yankee Candle, they're all the same). Everyone knows what it is but I'll fill you in: it's a store that sells hand creams, body washes, perfumes, and various other scented products. I happen to have been in a variety of Bath&Body stores in my lifetime, a bi-product of living with scent-crazed pony soldiers who are obsessed with collecting every smell imaginable, so believe me when I say it is an awful store that profits off of cheap products with very little variety, while advertising the opposite.
1.) The dishonesty + lack of variety: What I've learned about Bath&Body from years of experience is that you can break their scents into a few general categories: floral, fruity, festive, nautical (that's all I've cared to explore) and you can place each scent into at least one of these sections. But if you notice, all of the scents in a certain section smell pretty much identically. Maybe I got a weak nose, but it seems to me that they every time they take a scent off the shelves, they slap a different label over the remaining stock and call it something more appealing, like "Liquid Rainbow," although it's the same smell. Then they sell it for a higher price (because, it's a new scent with prettier packaging!) while you can get the same exact smell on about ten different items on the clearance rack for way less.
2.) The Employees: Wow, they are annoying. They basically heckle you multiple times asking what kind of thing your looking for, which seems like good business, until you're the customer that can't shop without a wide-eyed person in an apron artificially trying to connect with you on a "personal level." The employees are the most manufactured thing about the store, and since there are such narrow passageways throughout Bath&Body, they eventually just end up getting in your way. If you've never been in a store like this, I'd compare their employees to those of PINK (Victoria's Secret clothing brand), just in your face every moment that you're in there, pretending to take an interest in your personal life so that you'll mention their name at the front desk.
3.) The Wack Prices: Seriously, no such world should exist where you get a walmart-quality candle for $24.00. If you're lucky, you'll walk in when they're having one of their famous "sales" when really they're still selling it for way more than it's worth, but they convince you that it is still a sale because they cut the price by ten dollars. They really consider spending $14.50 on an originally $24.00 candle a sale? It better be made of literal gold.
I understand that a business has the right to do business, and that it is the responsibility of the customer who buys it to decide whether or not it is worth it. But, if a company has the right to do business, I have the right to criticize it. And I happen to think this company sucks. Goodbye.  

What I have done over Corona virus cancellation.

Due to the school being canceled, I have had a lot of time to spend time with my family and play video games.  Here is a brief summary of everything that I have done:

Fire Emblem Three Houses:

Fire Emblem Three Houses is a game where you are a teacher of students in a monastery, divided by three ruling lands: The Blue Lion house, which represents the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, The Black Eagle house, which represents the Adrestian Empire, and the house I chose to teach, The Golden deer house, which represents the Leicester Alliance.  You spend your time training them to be excellent soldiers, with a war between the lands soon to come, the game is full of tense standoffs.  I spent this weekend trying to recruit Caspar, a boy from the Black Eagle house, in the game you can recruit a majority of the other house's students, to further increase your ranks, but to recruit them, you need to train in certain weapons.  Caspar requires a high strength stat and proficiency in the gauntlet weapon class.  I did end recruiting him, so I now have 12 students to teach.
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                 Caspar von Bergliez
Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess:

In Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, I am currently searching for pieces of the Twilight Mirror, to seal off the Twilight World, which is infecting the Land of Hyrule and blocking the Castle, trapping Princess Zelda inside.  This weekend I traveled to Snowpeak Ruins, a mansion that is crumbling away with age, which is home to two yetis, Yeta and Yeto. 
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Yeta is sick sends you to various parts of the house, which are overrun with icy monsters to find the key to the third-floor bedroom, where the mirror is located.  Yeta then recovers and escorts you to the bedroom, where she becomes possessed by the mirror, and becomes the boss of the dungeon, Blizzeta.  The floor is icy, causing you to slide around, you must use the ball and chain, which is the dungeon item, and smash apart the ice encasing her, you can dodge her attacks by using the icy floor to see where she will drop the ice attacks she uses.Image result for blizzeta twilight princess
Fire Emblem Fates:
In Fire Emblem Fates, you play a member of the royal family of Nohr, until you discover that your family is not your real family, they kidnapped you when you were a baby from the neighboring kingdom, Hoshido.  In Fire Emblem Fates, you must choose which side you support, your real family in Hoshido, or the family who raised you in Nohr.  I chose Hoshido, and I am a few levels away from defeating the final boss.  I spent the weekend training my units for the final fight.  My main focus was Setsuna, to raise her bow proficiency to the highest it can be, so then she can use the strongest bow in the game, pursuer.  It is tied with another weapon as the strongest weapon in the game.
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Setsuna holding Pursuer.

I am Bitter

I'm literally going to go on another rant as my writing skills begin to weaken and decay more and more until I have the vocabulary of a middle schooler and I can no longer stand the sound of my own voice. First off, I have already begun to grow mad, with my brain just turned to practically nothing with the mundane scenery of my own home, the normality slowly eating me away. I hate school, but god, could this be any worse? I have school with half of my family anyways (Including me), and adding the last half is just making me SUFFER.
No, but really, I'm fine.
The only way I've been able to get by is any sort of creative art form (Besides drawing, because I suck). I still do it anyway though). Bad poetry, books, screenplays, videos, songs, anything to finally realize I'm wasting my time.
I've also learned not to use the word *that* (winces in pain), as it makes your sentence clunkier. You might notice that this in my blog. (Or not, because they block the website on the Chromebook, and literally who wants to go on your phone just to read a random needless rant from your classmates? I still do it anyway).
I've also currently used this long week to waste even more time playing the terrible (yet amazing) anime chess game fire emblem, where the actual gameplay is easily trumped by the fantastic story and character development.
While the older games focused more on the strategy RPG games that bore me to death, the newest game three houses, takes a page straight out of Harry Potter (Which, because I'm a nerd, I love), making you the new homeroom teacher of a class after your dad, a mercenary, is finally found by one of his old friends. The school is also kind of a church, which made me hesitant, but it turns out that the church is also (spoiler) evil, so it doesn't really matter.
Although they added many new elements to the chess-like battle style (you move units around on a grid, having them take out the various enemies. Usually, sword is good against axe, axe is good against lance, and lance is good against sword. Also, magic is good against people on horses and in heavy armor, and bows are good against flying units). It's exceedingly simple to know once you get the hang of it, but they keep trying to up the difficulty. This is why I like the other aspect of the game better, which allows you to know your students better. The developers give you many options to do this, such as fishing to have meals with them, giving them flowers you grow, sparring with them, buying for them, giving them items they lost a while ago, and even trying to get students from other homerooms to join you. (The entire school is split between a few houses. There's the black eagles, which is like Ravenclaw/Slytherin, blue lions, which is inherently just Gryfindor, and finally, the golden deers, where their laidback nature and odd sense of humor is derived from Hufflepuff). 
I quickly grew to enjoy using some of the characters. Since I have basically nothing else to do, I'm going to make this long post even longer by listing my ten favorite students.

Lorenz
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I hate him.
I hate him so much.
But I love him.
His hair.
Is so ugly.
The end.
"How do you date a girl who says no when you ask her out?"
Manuela
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Okay, so technical she's also a teacher and is like 20 years older than you, but she's still one of my favorite characters.
She doesn't care at all about gender norms because she knows that she can't have a lasting date anyways :( but is still one of my favorite characters because of her honest character development. And the fact that she sings. A lot.
"Oh, Professor! Dropping by so soon? I'd expected we'd take some time. Exchange a few smiles as we passed in the halls, flirt a bit, you know..."
Petra
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Petra is a princess from a distant land who hasn't quite learned how to talk in English yet but is still upbeat and kind (and also somehow carries my team). She sometimes comes off as a little homophobic (Despite some of her friends being canonically gay), but it's only because this is a confusing place for her.
"I will get the victory!"
Caspar/Lindhart
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Okay, so I know it's two different people, but I couldn't just count these two separately. These two boys have been friends since they were kids, but they couldn't be any more different, with Lindhart (The one with the ugly green hair) loving books and knowledge over Caspar's earnest training. But they still grow up together, eventually learning it doesn't have to be the two of them alone against the world.
Caspar: "If someone's in trouble, you gotta help em out. Simple as that"
Lindhart: "You know, I'm just going to agree with you so you quit talking"
Dorothea
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She's a lesbian.
That was my first impression of her, and of course, I was right.
She's also a highly pronounced singer, having risen to insane levels of popularity despite being a commoner (On this list, only her and Leonie are commoners. Please do not call Lorenz a commoner). She tries to fight these boundaries with her RIDICULOUS STATS I MEAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING DOROTHEA WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD WHAT.
"You pay more attention than I thought. Hey... are you interested in me? I mean, interested interested..."
Ingrid
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Ingrid grew up with the prince of the country she belonged to, swearing that she would protect him no matter what. She is an overachiever and will not let any man do what she could do herself. She is independent and powerful, and probably one of the smartest students.
"I fight for what I believe in!"
Leonie
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While she is probably the most hated character in the entire franchise, I love her for her blunt personality and natural anger, her love to grow stronger and become bigger than this world, but most people look past that. She's also weirdly obsessed with your dad, but I honestly think it's funny how she can't have a normal conversation.
"I've still got another option"
"HOW CAN YOU NOT APPRECIATE A MAN LIKE CAPTAIN JERALT AS YOUR FATHER???????" 
Lysithea
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Being the youngest member of your entire class is probably one of the hardest things in school, especially for young Lysithea. She was taken from her family and put into heavy experimentation when she was young. This ended up shortening her life span while also increasing her magical abilities. When she learned of her expiration date, she decided to study as hard as she could to become as strong as possible in a short time to further help the world with her intellectual prowess. She enjoys sweets and is terrified of ghosts. She is treated differently because she is younger (Only by about two years, but still), and her attitude shows it with her distaste in conversation.
"It wouldn't kill you to speak to me as an equal when we're talking about a matter as serious as this!"

Now that I have finished my nerd rant, I am done.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Celebrities that have the Coronavirus (21)

As we all know the recent spread of the Coronavirus has impacted a lot of communities and cancelled many events. Today I'd like to talk about all the celebrities that have tested positive for COVID-19. 

1. Tom Hank & Rita Wilson
    
    This celebrity couple recently revealed that while in Australia they tested positive for the virus and were admitted into an Australian hotel. After five days under careful observation they were released. The couple is currently practicing self-isolation. Tom wrote on Instagram, "We are taking it one-day-at-a-time."

2. Idris Elba
    
    47-year-old Idris Elba admitted on Twitter that he was tested postive for the virus, just last week. He reported having no symptoms but decided to go through with some testing after coming into contact with someone who also has it. He stated on Twitter that he was feeling okay and had little to no symptoms. 

3. Kristofer Hivju

    This actor was popular for portraying "Tormund" on the television show, Game of Thrones. He disclosed that he had the Coronavirus and was self-isolating at home. He updated fans on Instagram saying, "We are in good health - I only have mild symptoms of a cold..." 

4. Rachel Matthews

    This Frozen 2 star who voiced character, "Honeymaren",  revealed to be self-quarantining after she was tested positive for COVID-19. She decided to get tested after she came into contact with someone else with the disease and began to display symptoms. 

5. Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant along with three of his fellow team mates were tested postive for the virus. He revealed that he was asymptomatic, meaning that he showed no signs of symptoms. He told The Athletic, "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."

6. Daniel Dae Kim

    Hawaii Five-0 star, Daniel Dae Kim admitted to his fans on Instagram that he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He wrote in his statement, "Looks like I'll be ok, but I wanted to share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy."

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

the school blocking websites is useless

Okay, we've all been here before in middle school. Teachers start censoring websites and then teachers start to have issues with not being able to use things, so it gets taken off. It's dumb. Kids can just download different browsers to surpass all the blocking on their chromebooks anyway, and if they can't be bothered enough to do that they will just use their phones. This censorship makes no sense. Kids can and will surpass it and they just cause a lot of un-needed issues for students and teachers alike. I mean, right now they have this website blocked. I can go to the website but I can't read anything, which is, like, the whole point. Wilson is grading us for writing these, but also encourages us to read others and 'connect' or whatever. This censorship is just unintelligent  behavior that has been proven to not work time and time again. I can get teachers not wanting students to play games during class, but if you thinking blocking the websites are going to make a difference, you're mistaken. They'll just use the ways mentioned above to get around it. Then in turn they may block all extensions, which extends to grammerly users and all other extensions that they use to try and control us. What is the point of having chromebooks with access to the internet if all they're gonna do is restrict everything except for google classroom (I'm over exaggerating). I wouldn't be surprised if many of the sources I've used in my many english papers have been blocked. It's not like I use inappropriate websites either, it's things like off brand biography.com and websites with articles like the NYTimes. Censorship doesn't work and is just a useless way for adults to try and control students. A couple kids looking a inappropriate things will ruin it for, quite literally, everybody else.

Monday, March 16, 2020

100 Humans: The Most Disappointing Show I've Seen

Netflix has released a new series called 100 Humans that is supposedly ranked #6 in the U.S. right now. Three "scientists" take a sample of one hundred people and put them through "experiments" to answer questions relating to happiness, age, gender, bias, and more. Each episode covers a new topic.

Soon into watching the first episode, you can tell right away that it's one of those Netflix shows. Forced diversity to appeal to the media, sit-down talks with "experts" on the topic to find out what the results mean, and even stock images as transitions that are supposed to show what the "scientists" are talking about! I mean, really, stock images? And over a space background? This isn't a fifth grade science fair slideshow, this is a professional television show. They even scripted the "scientists" to make stereotypical jokes about people of the other race or gender, or just really bad jokes that are in no way funny. It's evident that the producers and actors try too hard to be funny, yet are appealing to no audiences-at least not the right audiences. I seriously can't think of a single kind of person or group of people that would be interested in this show. Maybe math teachers, since there's a lot of sampling and statistics involved, but besides that there is nothing to take from it.

After making it nearly to the end of the first season, I have not once continued to watch this show out of pure interest but rather only as background noise. I've actually had to shut my TV off three or four times because I was so annoyed by the "scientists" and the act that they put on. If they took their show seriously and maybe didn't play so much royalty free Kevin MacLeod music then it would be much more enjoyable. I could absolutely produce a series of this same exact quality with my friends in a garage with a green screen, and hey, I just might to prove my point.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Hugh Mungus: Where is he now?

Many of you may remember the man, the myth, the legend, Hugh Mungus. If you don't know, Hugh Mungus is a man who was harassed by a woman at a local public meeting, followed around while she took a video of him and accused of being a harasser himself. Why? Because when she asked his name, he replied "Hugh Mungus." His real name is Rudy Pantoja, and he is now considered a "political figure" by google. But where is this beautiful, heroic man now?

Currently, he is still beautiful and living in Seattle. In 2016, Mungus ran into some health issues after his video went viral, and had to get a hip replacement. Fortunately, Ethan Klein of H3H3 started a fundraiser to help pay for his hip replacement, and with a goal of just $10,000, it raised $156,000 (It's still raising money). He ran in a few local political elections, but unfortunately and unfairly he never won. He still thanks the women's shelter that got his drug-addicted daughter off the streets, and from what we know, she's still sober. In conclusion, he is gorgeous, and deserves to win a political position, simply to provide the community with his jokes. We will never forget you, Hugh. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Guy Fieri; the one and only.

Guy Fieri is the one and the only host of Diners Drive-ins and Dives an amazing Food Network show that is one of the best shows ever because of Guy. I love him. He is my rock. His spikey, porcupine-like blonde hair is what is so memorable and lovely about him. He always, ALWAYS, has a pair of black sunglasses on his head pushed up just so they aren't on his eyes but not up far enough to break his blonde spikes. And I mean he's a pretty big dude but only because he eats so much at different amazing restaurants. Alright I'll catch ya next time, on Triple D.

blog cuatro

Hola mi amigos, buenos dias. Today we will be talking about TikTok. Tiktok is a viral app that is taking over the internet with its 60-second videos made mostly by Charli D'amelio who has a whopping 35.4 million follower count as of March 12, 2020. Her followers grow by what seems like the million on the daily. But anyway, it's kind of like vine but not as nostalgic if that makes sense. Vine was better because it was all just funny videos but TikTok is addicting. I was on it for HOURS last night when I got home from school. It's crazy that one app can hold your attention for that long. Okay, that's really all I have to say but I'll catch you next time on triple d.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's House (20)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have always had the rule to conceal their home away from the eyes of social media. Recently they've broken that rule when the couple invited Vouge into their mansion. Many people were in awe when they finally got to see what's inside their home. Many would think that these millionaires would have fancy decorations and expensive furniture inside their $60 million family home, but it was the complete opposite. Kim has called the style of the home, "minimal monastery", inspired by Axel Vervoordt, a Belgian interior designer. Kim, who was once Paris Hilton's closet organizer, hates clutter and likes to stay tidy. Many of the rooms had neutral accents, like beige, white, or grey. Their bathroom had no visible toilet and the sink looked like a completely flat surface. The halls were very bare, one had a large stone like table in the middle, the color matching the walls and floors. The only rooms that were colorful and cluttered were the three playrooms and North's room which was completely pink. Many fans made fun of their house and photoshopped items into it, to add more life to it. 
The Empty Entryway

A Needless Rant About Washing Your Hands

I really never thought we'd reach a point in our lives where people actually need help with washing their hands.
I mean, I know the coronavirus is scaring people. But that isn't an excuse to just start washing your hands.
Wasn't that what we were supposed to do anyway?
The fact the people are even scared about it and starting a big craze over washing their hands honestly scares me, but it makes sense. Probably why everyone got sick anyway.
I know I'm probably getting less and less factually correct as I go on, but I think I need to continue. I'm just shocked that now is when people want to change, not even when China or Italy had the outbreak forever ago. Why didn't everyone just start getting stocked up on hand-sanitizer back then? Why didn't we just already use hand-sanitizer?
The outbreak has already spread so much that we can't even buy normal necessities like toilet paper sometimes. I understand that people need to stock up in case they are in fact quarantined, but what about food? What about batteries? People are ignoring the fact that we might be stuck for even longer than expected.
Since I now feel I have reached the peak of my stupidity and wrongness, I will just insert some pictures of washing hand music posters.

(Here's the link! https://washyourlyrics.com/)




Tuesday, March 10, 2020

On Driving for the First Time

I was already late on getting my permit. I turn seventeen this Thursday and it took me until January  in order to get my permit, and then I only just drove for the first time last Friday. I haven't driven on the road yet, but I have driven in two different parking lots. I guess you could say I am a late bloomer on driving but it wasn't entirely my fault, if I had the chance I would have taken my permit test when I was ready last May but my mom kept making excuses as to not take me. But finally on January 24th I think it was she took me. The last day of midterms she took me and I finally got it. My mom didn't want to take me driving until I got a driving hour paid for, but once I did she didn't even end up taking me out, it was my cousin Alison! I was never feeling nervous even though I was doubting my ability to drive, I needed to realize that I was gonna learn and take it step by step and do things slowly, and its not like I was gonna be pushed in way over my head. It was kind of underwhelming but still fun. We started out in the back of the Stop and Shop parking lot where there were virtually no cars and so we had the space to do some learning. She had me ride the break in the very beginning and after that she had me ride the break into a parking spot right in front of us, and then she told me to start driving around the parking lot, I didn't add a lot of gas to it at all but I was just driving around. And then afterwards, we went to the Water Wizz parking lot and because of that I was able to drive around and get control of the wheel. I never went anywhere near 20 mph, and the session didn't even last an entire hour but it was still a nice experience. I was just driving in circles around the parking lot and because of that I got to get control over the wheel. To be honest my biggest concern with driving was with steering the wheel, I was terrified of over steering and crashing. But I didn't go fast at all and took it easy for the first time. I can't wait to get more experience. The only disadvantage that I have is that she has an electric car which is different from my parent's care, I'm pretty sure they have an automatic, and the stick is entirely different. But still, I cannot wait to get on the road. I cannot wait to go again in order to eventually get on the road and work my way to getting driving hours done.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Stephen King's Stereotypes

Stephen King's books are riddled with stereotypical characters that I hate. They're stupid and awful and I'm over it. The young girl in his books? Period girl, girl with fascination for morbid things, specifically blood. Yeah, not cool and very sexist in my opinion. Never have I ever seen a strong lead female character in his books, and if I do, they probably die early on, making them insignificant. Homophobia and the implication of gay characters in his books are equally bad.  Now, the implication of queer characters is fine in general, but the way he does it is just bad. He make them act like best friends except with a lot more touchy feely and compliments/ flirting.  Now the homophobia is blatant and canon. He has characters being rude and making snide, homophobic remarks for no reason. For example, in Salem's Lot the sheriffs would always make these remarks for no reason. They literally had no connection to the plot and were not needed for character development (because it's usually the unimportant side characters). I don't think King is homophobic, he supported the It film franchise making one of the characters gay, but he should murder this stupid stereotype. I don't know what to write anymore and I don't care.

Twitter user 'Dril'

On the app Twitter, there is an account that has the handle 'Dril'. This particular Twitter user is among one of the most famous on the app, but the reasoning behind this is rather obscure. For not only does nobody know the identity of the person or persons in which run the account, but the tweets themselves are, lets say abstract. To give you an idea of what a Dril tweet entails, one of his most popular tweets, in which has 117 thousand likes and 59.8 thousand retweets, is "no". He posted that tweet saying only "no" on September 15 of 2008. Now, you might be asking, why would such a stupid meaningless tweet gain so much traction? To which I will answer with another question, why not? For comedy is a very objective subject, and the comedy that comes with Dril is the sheer ridiculous/random tweets in which he/she is so well known for. Joining Twitter in September of 2008, Dril is now a near 12 year veteran of the app, and has amassed a following of over 1.5 million people. Doing so by staying true to the random and very obscure tweets in which are posted quite frequently, just going to show that with consistency comes success. So, to finish this off, I will now write, in no particular order, the top 5 Dril tweets.
"no", "all snowmen are abominable. mockery. spit in gods face", "I hear they're inventing a Play Station with the Gamer in mind...", "hot wheels toys for adults called Adult wheels", "cnn should hire the pope"

Friday, March 6, 2020

Advertisements of Mobile Games: Why Are They So Addicting?

I'm sure everyone with an account on this blog has scrolled through Instagram and seen an advertisement for a low-quality, "indie developer" mobile game at one point in their life. Lately they've been popping up much more, but that's probably in part to me downloading one. There's always one objective and only one way to complete it. The entire game is doing the same thing over and over again with no storyline, aciton, or anything that a REAL game has. Once you download one, an ad for another terrible mobile game pops up every time you click on a different option. You open the game, there's an ad. You turn off the Garage Band music playing and close the settings, another ad pops up. Oh, but look! The Kardashians were paid to promote this game!

If you've installed one of the games I'm talking about-and there are hundreds of thousands out there-you know this experience all too well. Seriously, has anyone else seen that unskippable thirty second ad of Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian playing Coin Master? I sincrely doubt that the developers had enough to pay them for that.

Anyway, despite these games having only one objective and one way to complete that objective repetitively, they're somehow still addicting. Most recently the trap that I've fallen for is called Woodturning, which is exactly what it sounds like. There's nothing noteworthy about the game except that it has haptic feedback, which is cool until you cut too close or go over the stencil and then your phone vibrates like it's being struck by a taser. It's also very loud.

Why are these terrible games so addicting? I think it's because they are very short or fast-pased. You can have no attention span whatsoever and still enjoy these games because they in one way or another require some kind of precision that everyone will feel accomplished if they can do.

Overall, my opinion of these games is that they are mediocre at best. I'd love to stop getting ads for them because I hate getting so engrossed in them. Except sudoku, I love that game.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Sauce Conundrum

Thousands of videos are on the internet of people eating food on camera, with one repulsive and unruly catch. The Sauce. It doesn't matter if they're eating a giant crab monster or a single grain of rice, the ending is the same. They drench the food in some sort of mystery sauce, usually of an orange or green color. Somehow they are able to get it all over their hands and faces. They eat massive amounts of food with each bite dipped in an even more massive amount of sauce, sometimes even dipping it an upward of fifteen times. It is repulsive, and for this blog post, I wanted to discuss why they need so much sauce on their food. To do this, I had to do a bit of research, and it was grueling. Video after video of a person with 10 inch nails doing an impression of a mother bear engorging their young, with not even an attempt of cleanliness. I will be using this research to form a scientific hypothesis as to why this is such a phenomena, judging on three factors: how many times dipped in total, how many times dipped in one bite, and what percentage of the sauce contents end up on the hands and mouth of the consumer. Factors that may affect my findings: 
- I chose youtubers who are most popular for making these types of videos
- Swirls in sauce count as dips
- I refuse to watch a video over 3 min
- I watched these in 1.25 speed, they are unbearable otherwise
- Dipping only fingers in sauce count as dips
- I made an additional column for max amount of dips in one bite
Here is the spreadsheet I made:
These details have provided me with a final conclusion. I believe that I have discovered a new disease, in which an individual's hands are too weak to properly pick up a piece of food, and leads them to drop their food in sauce. This would explain why their fingers and hands are always covered in sauce. I believe that this disease causes numbness in the face, which explains why they are unable to notice when they have sauce on their faces. Goodbye.

some of my thoughts

I sometimes think that we are like Hortons hears a who. We all know that we are made up of atoms but what if we make up other lives. What if we are much smaller than we thought and don't realize we are just a small piece in one huge being.
The other thing I think of is the afterlife. I have always wondered that when we die what if we somehow still feel pain but are paralyzed and technically dead, like being buried alive. For instance, during 911 those on the top floor jumped off the roof so they wouldn't die in the fire, which is one of the most painful ways to die. They jump off the roof knowing that they will die so they want to make the pain go away faster, but what if you can still feel your body broken for eternity and nobody would know. This doesn't go along with any science, but it is only a thought I have always had and it scares me. Anywho that's all

blog tres

Hola mi amigos, and welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to be getting into breakfast foods. I am not a fan of breakfast. AT ALL. I actually hate eating food in the morning. But there are so many options for different foods to eat in the morning. There's the traditional pancake/waffles with eggs and bacon/sausage and toast. BUT THEN there's also cereal, bagels, breakfast bars, yogurt, shakes, donuts, omelets, and countless more options. Like wow, who knew you could have so many things at 7 in the morning. I don't eat breakfast but now you know what your options are for future days and years to come. I'll see you all next time in blog cuatro.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Loch Ness Monster Tragedy of 1969

  For centuries people have been obsessed with finding the Loch Ness Monster. Is it a dinosaur? Is it a mutated aquatic creature? Is it a high tech robot designed by aliens? The world may never know, partially because the evidence proving the existence of Nessie (or Nessy, however you want to spell it, I'm easy) is quite flimsy. However, people still look and they will keep looking until they actually find Nessie, although if they do find the Loch Ness Monster, why would they tell the public? If they found the Loch Ness Monster, wouldn't Nessie enthusiasts be out of a hobby? Also, what would Discovery Channel play at 2 a.m. if Nessie was proven real? 
  Anywho, the point is Nessie is a cultural icon. In 1969 one movie, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes used the Loch Ness Monster as a part of the plotline. In the movie, Sherlock Holmes goes on a boat ride in Loch Ness and there they meet a very deranged looking Nessie who knocks over their book, then disappears into the depths of the lake. The movie itself is not the fascinating part, however, the prop Nessie is. Fake Nessie (Fnessie? Nessake?) was built with a long neck between two large humps for floatation by Willy Veevers. 

When the time came to film the scene with the terrifying masterpiece, the director decided Nessie's humps were not needed and so they were removed, even after being advised not to. After shooting fake Nessie took on water and sunk to the bottom of the lake, lost forever. Or so they thought.
In 2016 the Kongsberg Maritime company, along with a few organizations decided to use sonar imaging to survey the lake and what they found was both unsettling and entirely hilarious. At the bottom of the lake rests the almost intact Nessie prop. 
It's a sad sight to see fake Nessie like this (and possibly very confusing for the real Nessie) but at least she's finally at peace at the bottom of the lake, the life she always deserved. 

(Week 19)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, What Is It?


The Legend of Zelda is a classic series that goes back to 1986 and almost all of the games follow the tale of the legend:  The Triforce a legendary blessing form the gods passed down, there are three pieces, the Triforce of courage, the Triforce of wisdom, and the Triforce of power.  The princess Zelda with the spirit of the goddess has the Triforce of Wisdom with the power of untold wisdom, The hero Link with the Triforce of Courage providing the will to overcome every task, and the villain, Ganon with the Triforce of power, granting him untold strength.  
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the triforce
The Legend of Zelda:  Skyward Sword shows the tale of how this legend began, in the land of Skyloft, a land sent into the clouds to protect the inhabitants from the monsters on Earth, but when Princess Zelda is sent to the land below by a tornado, Link must rescue her, and save the world before it is too late.  This game takes advantage of the Wii system, using motion controls from the Wii remote to make the game more immersive, whether it is swinging the remote to swing your sword, or controlling your aim by pointing at the TV.
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an example of the controls
The game is really fun, and the graphics are very well done.  The boss fights are very fun and the whole game is a fun experience.  Next time I write about this game I'll talk about my experience from the prologue to the first boss fight.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Mosh Pits Are Scary (19)



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I have always been fascinated by mosh pits. A huge crowd of sweaty people crashing into each other and finding entertainment within it. Back in mid December I went to a concert where there was a enormous mosh pit. There were people crowd surfing, security was picking people up amidst the chaos and carrying them out. It was insane. While I got an outside view of the pit, I didn't really experience the real thing until this weekend. 
This weekend I attended Mass DECA States and got to compete against other groups in Mass DECA. Now you'd think that the students that participate in DECA are always professional and uptight, but I found that they are the complete opposite. They can get intense. On the last day of the trip there was a huge party planned for all the DECA kids. I was amoung the first group of people to arrive and I thought it was going to be lame because there wasn't a lot of people there. Let me tell you, I was wrong. Soon enough all the schools were in one room and they formed a mosh pit. They were throwing glow sticks, jumping intensely, chanting loudly, and pushing each other around violently. It was kind of scary. I was in the center of the pit when it was first created, one of the girls I was with, ended up getting pushed down and basically trampled. I almost went down with her but jumped just in time to be saved, I helped my friend get back on her feet and then started to get back into the middle of the chaos once again. More time passed and it got crazier and crazier. A lot of the people in the pit were boys, very tall and very pushy. I got stomped on, I mean literally stomped on several times, leaving bruises and scratches on my arms and ankles. I was pushed into a bunch of sweaty people losing control of my body. I lost my friends a few times which terrified me. At one point it got so crazy that I got punched in the face and my lip started bleeding. Needless to say, it was terrifying, but I'd do it again.