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May 18, 2018
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An Open Letter to C-3PO

A Open Letter To C-3PO

 

Dear secondary bane of the Star Wars universe,

You are the (second) most annoying character in Star Wars, only after everyone’s favorite Gungan. You have so many flaws that it’s hard to believe that you are even allowed to accompany the likes of Luke and Han.

You are supposed to be a protocol droid, but somehow, along the way you became so snarky and sarcastic that you have to point out every tiny little thing that could go wrong, as if we didn’t know already. Isn’t it bad for translation purposes to have a translator that corrects everything you say? I mean, c’mon, doesn’t a futures society have anything that can replace you, don’t they have thesauruses? Linguists?!! Google Translate??!!

Also, when did you become such a know it all? You brag about speaking everything from Wookie to Washing Machine, but you didn’t learn any of that. You had it coded into you by some other machine, and now you’re going around taking credit for all their hard work. What decent living thing would do this? Not only that, but you also are such a worrywart. Who cares about the statistics? Who cares if the mission will probably fail? Who cares if you’ve got a bad feeling about this? Worrying isn’t going to help them go anywhere. If anything, it’s going to slow them down!

In fact, you exist as a sort of sad little sideline character, always in R2-D2’s shadow, sort of like the Jar-Jar Binks of droids. The only remotely interesting thing you do is get broken into pieces so Chewbacca can rebuild you, and even then, you’re more of a hindrance to everyone else. It seems that the only useful thing that you do is save Luke & Co. from the Ewoks, and even then, you aren’t the one to think of using your god status to help you friends, R2 is. On top of all that, when the Sand People attack in A New Hope you fall down—backwards. Like a penguin trying to watch a plane.

C-3PO, I know you’re trying your hardest help everyone, but really, I think you need to tone down the snark, turn of the sarcasm, and lower the worry levels. Maybe then, I’ll finally appreciate you.

 

 

 

 

April 19, 2018
by daniell5
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292 *99$ )9/

Did you guess what the title means? Well, it’s an example of a cipher.

A cipher is a way of encoding your writing so that only someone who knows the trick can read what you’ve said. Ciphers have been used since the Romans. Julius Caesar is said to have developed a system in which each letter of the alphabet is moved 1 or 2 letters to the right, for instance*;

abcdefchijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

Becomes…

Bcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyza

Another well known cipher is Alberti’s disk. It was created by Leon Battista Alberti and uses polyalphabetic substitution. It is created with 2 concentric disks attached to a center pin. The outer disk is stationary and has the conventional alphabet, the inner disk can spin and contains the code that you will be using.

Other famous ciphers include Enigma, the cipher that Germany used in WWII, that was famously broken by Alan Turner in an act that probably cut the war short 2 years, saving millions of soldiers.

Jg zpv ibeo’u opujdfe cz opx, uif ujumf jt tjnqmz nbef cz dpowfsujoh uif mfuufst pg uif ujumf joup uif tzncpmt po upq pg uifn mjlf uijt—Hello=(3””9.**

If you want, you can learn more here.

 

 

*Also known as a ROT cipher

**This portion is encoded

April 6, 2018
by daniell5
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Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, best know for his drawings of hilariously impractical contraptions built to “facilitate” everyday tasks. He worked for the New York Evening Mail  and was dubbed “America’s most popular cartoonist.” Indeed, he became so popular that he was featured on a series of special stamps that commemorated famous artists. Also, one of his political cartoons won the Pulitzer Prize

Growing up, he was the third of seven children to Max and Hannah Goldberg. He was fascinated by drawing, starting to trace illustrations at 5, and receiving his first professional drawing lessons at 11. He married Irma Seeman and had 2 sons named Thomas and George who started Rube Goldberg Incorperated.

The corporation hosts competitions for tasks such as squeezing an orange or flipping a pancake. Teams compete to see who can build the best machine to complete the task. Rube Goldbergs have been used in everything from music videos to car advertisements. In fact, Honda used one to advertise their new Accord.

 

Fun Facts

1) He went to jail for referring a fight.

2) He received so much hate mail that he requested that his sons change their names.

3) He was offered $2,600 to move away from the Evening Mail when he was making $25,000 there.

4) His name is a verb in the dictionary.

 

 

 

 

February 14, 2018
by daniell5
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How Stores Trick You

Have you ever walked into a grocery store with a set list, and walk out with 10x the stuff that you need or perhaps, gotten lost at IKEA? It isn’t just impulse, stores are actually designed to make you spend more money on frivolous items that you don’t need.

One of the more well-known examples of this is the 0.99 trick. Whenever I walk through any store, most of the product prices end in; you guessed it, 0.99. This is because we automatically will round the price down, making it seem like the product costs less. Another way that stores(specifically IKEA) trick you is with their store layout. IKEA purposefully designs their stores as mazes so that once you go in…you never come out. Also, you know those arrows on IKEA’s floor? Well have you noticed that they only point forwards, further into the store. This makes you think “ Wait, am I allowed to do this?” Grocery stores will also put their fresh fruit and vegetable displays at the front, giving a more appealing entrance.

It’s very hard to avoid most of these tricks because they prey on your subconscious. However, I hope that by knowing about them, you can be just a little more aware the next time you find yourself reaching for those chips.

 

 

February 1, 2018
by daniell5
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Perfectionism?

Most people probably think of perfectionism as something that can help, after all, you can’t be to neat can you? However, perfectionism can go to a point where it is obsessive and hurts you. Perfectionism can get to the point where you…

  • Can’t be satisfied by any achievement
  • If you don’t achieve, you have failed
  • Are over competitive

Then you have probably taken perfectionism to a hurtful level.

I generally feel more pressure to do well than be happy,although both often coincide with each other.  I feel that having high standards for yourself should be something that we all strive to do, but that if we fail to meet these standards, we try to reason why, instead of beating yourself down.

A common opinion with psychologists is that social media is helping to stimulate kids to perfectionism. This is supposed to be because social media forces kids to compare themselves to others, which in turn can lead to a feeling of disappointment with oneself. I think that schools should try and alleviate some of this pressure by taking focus off of just grades and more towards learning.

 

 

January 26, 2018
by daniell5
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Review: The World

So it’s finally 2018, and it looks a lot like the year past. No nuclear wars have happened, the Tom Brady is still playing for the Patriots, and Congress still takes a government shutdown to get anything done on taxes. I feel like it’s time to step back and take a look at what’s really happening. At least, this year isn’t quite as bad as last year, when a man got stuck in an ATM.

Some tragic news this year includes the debate over DACA (Defered Action for Childhood Arivals), which is a program that gives certain people protection from deportation and also gives them work authorization. We are also at 2 minutes to midnight on the “Doomsday Clock” according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. This clock is supposed represent how close we are to the end of the world with midnight being the end of the world as we know it.

On a better note, NASA has sent the GOLD mission to explore the lowest reaches of space, and the new Star Wars is set to release. My advice to you would be that this year may hold some fireworks, so sit back, and enjoy the show.

 

December 15, 2017
by daniell5
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What is Happiness

I personally, have always wondered why human beings got happy about something. I could see no reward to a caveman that came from this emotion, but here it was. Perhaps the only thing more curious then why we feel happy, is how it comes to be. Happiness is caused by serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in your body that can suppress depression, and also makes you feel happy. Other chemicals that help with this are endorphins, dopamine, and phenylethamine. You may be interested to learn that happy people are more positive than sad or depressed people, are more solution focused, and reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. Sometimes the littlest things can help you feel happy

  • Having a glass of water
  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Having friends
  • Eating a favorite food
  • Going for a brisk walk

All of these things have been shown to boost happiness, however I still think that a cup of coffee is the best thing to do:)

December 7, 2017
by daniell5
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Unless…

Unless…

I am nothing
I don’t think that
I know why I am here
It’s cold
It’s dark
It’s raining
And still I persevere
I seem hopeless
I’m a failure
No one can say
I have succeeded

Unless I reverse it…

I have succeeded
No one can say
I’m a failure
I seem hopeless
And still I persevere
It’s raining
It’s dark
It’s raining
I know why I am here
I don’t think that…
I am nothing

Author’s Note
I chose do a poem in this setting because I have so often experienced that same feeling when waking up for swim practice. I noticed that as I stood on the side of the pool, I often found myself making excuses not to hop into the water.
However, once I have been in the water for a relatively short time, I notice that all the things I was worrying about, no longer really affect me. I feel like this is a metaphor for life. The more you worry about things, the less you want to do them. It’s better just to get them over with than to worry about them unnecessarily.
The main message that I am trying to convey is that you’ll have to do unpleasant things in life, and that it’s best to do them quickly.

 

November 17, 2017
by daniell5
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You Are Feeling Sleeepy

Have you every wondered why sometimes you feel sleepy when you wake up, and other times not? It turns out that the answer lies in something called sleep patterns.

Your sleep pattern is a cycle of different types of sleep that you experience while you get your 40 winks. Most adults start with something called NREM (non rapid eye movement) or light sleep. During this time, you are prone to waking and your brain waves are rhythmic. REM (rapid eye movement) or deep sleep is the other section. This is when you dream.Curiously though, some of your arm and leg muscles have been shown to lock up during REM. This is thought to prevent you from doing what you are dreaming about.

During the night, you will alternate between these two types of sleep. If you wake up during a period of REM, you’ll feel tired and will probably want to go right back to bed. However, if you wake during NREM, it won’t matter how long you were sleeping for, you’ll wake up feeling completely refreshed.

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