It seems that this weekend, everybody is on vacation. That is, except Dave and me. After an extremely stressful week, I like to just chill on the computer for as long as possible, and normally, I am joined by four, five, sometimes six others. But this weekend, it's just been Dave and me. All weekend, I log on, and there's Dave! The rest of the chat room barren, but Dave keeps it alive. Sometimes (rarely) I'll log on and nobody's there, but in about 20 minutes or so, I hear the entry of another being into the chat and I think: "Excellent, I wonder who it is that will be keeping me sane while I play Half-life." And it's been Dave, every single time. Today is memorial day, and the two of us are beginning to expect nothing less. Now I'll hear someone join, and I'll immediately respond "Hi Dave."
So we've been playing a lot of strategy games which I won't go into, (Cough Starcraft Cough Cough) and he's been helping get back to the level I once was. this actually got me into trouble, because Colin logged on after Nick and him came back from camping and I said Hi Dave, and he was a bit angry. But it's alright, I've accomplished everything I wanted to this weekend. Even without Doctor Who...Sniffle...But it's okay because it really has been quite the Epic Chris And
Just thought I ought to do a blog dedicated to long words. Those with Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia may want to stop reading here. This blog is going to make oxymoron and paradox look like cow and pig. My favorite would have to be floccinaucinihilipilification. It is the longest word that is listed in over 20 major dictionaries. Other words like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis or hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomies only listed in one or two because they're only used in science or the medical world, or in the case of antidisestablishmentarianism, which was thought to be the longest word in the dictionary for a very long time, it was dropped from many dictionaries
due to it's usage being almost nonexistent, and it's meaning irrelevant to the present day. Floccinaucinihilipilification means to regard as worthless, and I would love to be able to use this word often, if I could only pronounce it. Another wonderful long word is honorificabilitudinitatibus, which means honorableness. And was used several times by (can you guess) Shakespeare! That would be fun to use during a business meeting. "It was a pleasure doing business with you, you show promise of becoming a partner of much honorificabilitudinitatibus" But overall, the longest word in the dictionary that has never been up for debate or dropped by other dictionaries or had it's origins questioned would be floccinaucinihilipilification, and it has just become my new favorite word. The words disproportionableness and incomprehensibilities have been recognized as the longest commonly used words though, and everybody knows that smile is the longest word, because there's a mile between the first and last letters.
Over the weekend, things have ended, and new things have begun. I started this post mainly to talk about all sorts of geeky things like Doctor Who and Google's most recent agenda, but I've come to realize that this title applies to the school year as well. We're so close to being done. I just finished my last review assignment! (more on review assignments on the post below) Just got my bowtie for promotion, (bowties are cool) and I can keep each day of the rest of the school year's agenda in my head without forgetting anything! (I hope) Soon it will be summer, and the wonderful weather we've been experiencing here is getting me ready for it.Will this blog still be up over the summer? That would be a cool way to stay in touch, but then again, I doubt I would do much blogging. My pal from Switzerland is flying over here to spend the summer! It'll be part two of what we've been calling the Swiss exchange program. That'll be cool. Hopefully I'll start playing tennis again, but I couldn't fit any sort of science camp into my schedule this year due to summer school. (Yay extra electives!) But after summer, we'll go from the top of the school food chain to the bottom. Yikes. How many kids would you say are in our grade? I'd estimate about 300ish. So that's 300 from Lincoln plus 300 from Emerson headed to Maine South. Now if you assume that the years before us had the same amount of kids, we'll be inhabiting the same school school as 2400 kids! Woah. But at least we won't have to worry about getting booked, we'll have online textbooks on our chromebooks. Ugh, don't get me started on chromebooks. Just go read Franklin's blog. Alright, now lets get down to the topics that I originally intended for this post. Holy cow. The doctor who season finale was amazing. It wasn't as suspenseful as some of the other season finales of the past, but it was really cool. (If you don't want any spoilers, or you just don't want to read a whovian's fanfare about an episode, skip the next section)
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I'm glad we got to see the whole gang again. Strax, the good Sontaran, (Sontar-ha!) Jenny, the karate lockpick, and of course, Madame Vastra, the Samurai Silurian. And it was wonderful to finally see River again! Looks like she's finally caught up with her timeline. The Whispermen are scary. Not weeping angels scary, more like Flesh scary. I was flipping out when they stuck their arms into the bodies of the Doctor's friends and tried to stop their hearts. Then when the Doctor yelled "Please!" and the doors opened, I thought he had said his name so I immediately think: "What did he say his name was? Doctor Please? Doctor Hayes?" But no, River cleared it all up for me immediately. I thought they wrapped it all up very neatly, but a bit too slowly. As soon as I heard that the entity in the center was his timeline and anyone who stepped through it would be scattered across it, I knew that both Clara and The Great Intelligence were going to step in. By the way, I wonder how the got the footage of Clara conversing with the first doctor. Did he already say those lines, and they just stuck Clara in? Or was it hyper realistic Computer animation? You never know these days. What I didn't guess though, is that the Doctor would step into his timeline. He rarely ever crosses it once, he's not supposed to, and now he's crossing them all simultaneously! Woah. And then John Hurt as the Doctor. Cool. The age of the actor is finally starting to express the age of the Doctor. Can't wait for Doctor who to come back again, but they're making me wait 6 months. Great. Time to mark November 23rd on the Calendar!
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Well, Google finally did it. For ages, they've had a wonderful chat service for computers, and an ok one for mobile. But there was no way to intercommunicate between the two. Half a year later, now there is. And it's awesome. So much Emoji! I love Emoji. Wonderful way to express emotion. Began in Japan, which isn't much of a surprise. I like the new layout, I find it very smooth and welcoming. If any of you are still using talk or messenger, I highly recommend the switch. There's loads more content, including some easter eggs. Two of my favorites would have to be the Konami Code and /pitchforks. Call me a Google slave, but I can't wait to see what they do next.
I've started to think of homework and these review assignments in an analogy, and for some reason it's helping me out, so I thought I'd share. I view these 22 review assignments as having to get hit with a yardstick 22 times. It hurts like a dingbat, but you just have to take it 22 times, and then it's over. The first few times, the stick was new pain that I hadn't experienced before, so I dodged the stick a few times. (Didn't do assignments 5 or 8) But all this meant is that I still had to take the rest of the beatings, but it would take longer. I had to receive all 22, and if I dodged one I was only prolonging my torture. To make matters worse, every day we have regular homeworks as well, which feels a lot like getting shoved into a deep hole and having to slowly climb your way out, searching for footholds and sometimes not finding them. (Good thing we have some passes that allow Mrs. Walters to pull us up out of the hole) By the way, I in no way intended for the nun in the photo to embody Mrs. Walters. I never felt as though she was dealing out the whipping just some invisible force. Mrs. Walters is a great teacher that we'll all be grateful we had when we're in high school, and she's pulled me out of that hole several times. So now I've been taking this beating for a while, and the hits aren't surprising. I'm climbing out of the hole again and again, because I know if I continue to do so, soon I won't be whipped or pushed back in again for another 2 and a half months. After I began thinking of it like that, I haven't missed an assignment because I know that if I do, I'm only prolonging the pain, and it'll all be over soon. Oh how I look forward to that.
This week's episode of Veritasium ( a science YouTube channel) has really got me thinking. It was titled something about how the Higgs Boson doesn't really give you mass, and I got a little bit angry. I had watched something like 20 minutes worth of videos on the Higgs and as far as I knew, it gave everything mass and was the reason every single thing doesn't forever fly around at the speed of light. But, I knew that the guy who makes Veritasium is quite intelligent, so I clicked the video and decided to hear him out. Turns out that the Higgs field only really has any effect on extremely small particles, like electrons. The rest of your weight and the weight of everything else is in the nucleus. Inside of Protons and Neutrons (Which make up the Nucleus) are Quarks, and they are really what gives you mass. Quarks are basically 3 (or so we thought) particles that are connected. What's weird is that the mass of each of the particles is only a small fraction of the total mass. What really gives you mass is the energy it takes to hold them together! So when you step on the scale, what you read is mostly caused by the weight of the energy used to hold together the particles that make up the nuclei of the atoms that make up the molecules that make up all of the different substances in your body. I'll attach the video below, but for those without a mild understanding of atomic and subatomic particles, I think it might get a little painful.
This weekend my friends Marco and Will signed up with me to do the YMCA Kettle Moraine Mini-triathlon. We didn't think we'd be able to each do the whole thing, so we decided to enter as a relay team. Marco would swim, Will would bike, and I would run. So, after we decided to do this in January, I set off training. That has got to be the hardest part. You run for a while, get really worn out, come home, and figure out that you ran barely 1/4 of what you'll have to do later. (5k) But I kept running, as much as my homework schedule allowed. By late April, I was able to run 3 miles without a problem. That just astounded me. The way the body can adapt to circumstances and gradually get stronger as the need arises. On May 5th, we all packed into Marco's car and set out for Wisconsin, God's country, as Marco's Grandpa would say. It was really nice up there, never had to listen to a plane fly over my head. The race was awesome. Really fun. We got to the YMCA where the event was in progress, and there were approximately 60 people there. There were relay teams, and people doing it on their own. First Marco had to swim 8 laps in this pool in the same heat as his dad, so that was intense, and then Will hopped onto a spin bike on lowest resistance and had to bike the equivalent of 5 miles. After that, I ran out of the building and ran a little over a mile and a half uphill through beautiful Wisconsin scenery, and then turned around and ran the same distance downhill. It was tough, but we came 2nd in our heat, and 4th out of the relay teams. MArco's dad got 2nd out of everyone and received a medal. It was a wonderful experience and next year the three of us are all planning on doing it individually.
Today I was browsing the internet, looking for blogging inspiration. I started on sciencedaily.com, which is this cool site that lists all of the most recent scientific discoveries, as in stuff that they figured out within the last 24 hours. I didn't find anything that I could really write a whole blog about, so I went to Vsauce, one of the greatest science youtube channels in my opinion. I watched his most recent video, didn't like in too much, then clicked a related video on the side, (which is the first step to disaster on youtube) which led me to one of his DONGs videos. (stuff to Do Online Now Guys) and this is what started my internet death spiral of doom. There are a lot of weird things on the internet, and I thought I should dedicate a blog post to their glory. YouTube is a great medium for that kind of thing, and it's how many people, including me, have discovered what the internet really is. There are other ways to access these kinds of things though. 4chan was a fantastic way to spread information quickly, and multitudes of memes flooded from it's domain. Unfortunately, do to the recent brony uprising, not many still populate the site. (A Brony is an adult or young adult male who watches My Little Pony. They're everywhere. I know at least 5 at our school. My own brother is one!) I'll try to name as many weird memes as I can think of, and I'll try to stay away from the excessively grotesque or graphic ones. First, I think I ought to give the definition of "Meme" for those who don't know it or those who think they know it but are wrong. (and you can't argue with this because I looked it up in two different Webster dictionaries, the Oxford Dictionary, and Dictionary.com)
Meme: An element of Culture or a system of behavior that is passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means.
A meme can include a news report, a picture, a video, an action, a behavior, or anything else that gets passed from person to person quickly. The Boston Bombing was a meme, Planking was a meme, Gangnam Style was a meme, Bronyism is a meme. There are many memes that come and go, and I hope to highlight some of the greatest and weirdest memes that the internet has spawned.
First of all, LOLcats. They're everywhere. If you haven't seen them before, you haven't let yourself roam free on the web. There are many sites where you can find multitudes of cats and other animals with captions of all kinds. There are animals with invisible anything, and plenty of photos of animals displaying any sort of human emotion. You can't portray the internet without plenty of cats. There's the inte