Seventh grade advice for next year’s seventh graders

Before I begin jotting down words of my so-called: “wisdom” on this blog, and before you start reading this post, my one advice is this. Never, ever, ever, till the end of time, procrastinate. I know you’ve probably seen that sponge bob episode where he does that, but no. It kills your grades, murders your sleep time and focus, and stabs a knife of guilt in your soul. Heck, even I’m doing it right now while doing my math homework! So strap on in and get ready to read a list of things you should NEVER do and you SHOULD do in seventh grade.

  1. Projects- OK. Your teacher hands out a project packet and says it’s due in two weeks. No sweat right? Man! Your going to ace this thing! Think again. Always, always, always finish your projects ahead of time or become like me.
  2. Homework- Most of it is completion, but doing it and getting practice out of it is better than just jotting down random answers and calling that a day’s work. Don’t wait to finish it until you arrive home. Finish it during WCT, or during a free time in one of your periods.
  3. Teachers- Let’s face it. No matter how much you despise them, they’re still your mentors buddy. They don’t come in every seven hours to school just to please and satisfy you in every way possible! Treat them with respect like you do to your parents, or anyone as a matter of fact.
  4. Bullying- There’s always some loser or another in every school that has some misshapen bone to pick on you. And if anyone ever calls you names, beats you until your abdomen is purple and red with bloody bruises, teases you by skin color or race, or wants you to tread the fiery pits of hell, (believe me. There are a lot of people who want me to.) then ignore them or fight back. Just kidding. Ignore them or go tell the counsellors. It worked for me. Also, never try fighting back a guy two times your size that resembles a colossal mammoth.
  5. Classes/Electives- Don’t try to be late for any class. I know a tardy seems unimportant, but being early and on time could earn a teacher’s kindness.

So there you have it. This is my top five list of advice for next year’s seventh graders. Good luck, and have a great year!

Star Trek v.s. Star Wars: which is better?

It’s a nerd fight going on for years since the 60’s and 70’s, and with little kids liking one side, and old guys loving the other. Which is better? Star Trek, or Star Wars?

Sequels/Prequels

Star Wars: The original trilogy was a great success, and a classic. But then, George Lucas decided to make a rushed in romance between an unlikely pair, add in reasons for how the Empire got its army that we don’t need to know, Shove in a gungan alien that basically sets the galaxy in motion by acting like a doofus, and tell the story of How I met your mother: Space version. That was called the prequel trilogy, a devastating catastrophe that burned the saga to the ground. In 2015, fans had hope for-“ahem” a new hope for the sequel trilogy. Nope. (At least in my opinion) the first movie of the new trilogy was a rip off of the fourth one. Now we can see where the other two movies are headed.

Star Trek: After the original series ended, they made the Next Generation, with Kirk, Spock, and Bones out of the picture, and replacing the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise with Captain Jean Luc Picard, the Klingon: Worf, Data, Geordi La Forge, etc. Then, in 2009, J. J. Abrams made a reboot of the franchise, and that started off a new future for the series. It was slightly better then the original series, but still had its own flaws. Overall, the prequel of this series overrides Star Wars’.

 

Characters-

Star Wars:

  • Luke Skywalker- A blonde haired, anger management needing kid that kisses his sister and nearly kills his father.
  • Han Solo- A scoundrel smuggler that everybody loves.
  • Chewbacca- His friend: the walking, shaggy carpet with a crossbow.
  • Princess Leia- Extra female.
  • R2D2 &C3PO- A trash can and a Oscar award.

Star Trek:

  • Captain James T. Kirk- The captain of the starship Enterprise. Wears the iconic yellow.
  • Spock- Half human, half Vulcan science officer. Kirk’s friend.
  • Bones- Doctor on the Enterprise. Has a pet tribble.
  • Scotty- Scottish officer that controls the beaming device.
  • Uhura- Female officer. I honestly don’t know much about her.
  • Hikaru Sulu- Japanese science officer/ fencer
  • Chekov- I don’t know much about him either.

Which is better, honestly?

 

Storyline-

Star Wars: A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…                                       The movies are set during the years of the rebel alliance, a resisting group struggling to fight against the evil Empire. The Jedi knights are all but extinct, yet there’s hope for the rebellion. In the desert waste land known as Tatooine, a farm boy named Luke Skywalker is set on a journey to become a Jedi like his father before him, whilst battling Darth Vader and his master: the Emperor. Big whoop.

Star Trek: Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to seek new worlds, and strange places. To boldly go where no man has gone before. The first opening words sum up the whole series. Set in the future of earth, star fleet battles against the vicious Klingons, romulans, super blood humans, gorns, etc. It’s a space epic more cooler than Star Wars.

 

So what do you think? My favorite is Star Trek, but I like Star Wars as well. Leave a comment and let me know which franchise you love, or love to hate!

King for a day…

King For a Day

If I was King for a day,

there’d lots I’d have to say.

With all my subjects bowing low,

and over hill, a fanfare would blow.

If I were a King,

singers would sing,

armies of fifty

and bankers: all nifty.

men who could hear, men who could see,

would all bow down before me.

The pheasants would cheer,

the wardens would raise beer,

the traitors would flee,

to see to it, they bowed before me.

The flayed would rot,

and the treasonous, killed on the spot.

A kingdom of mine,

would just be fine,

if I were a King.

The crows would caw

as each of them saw,

no man frown,

as his majesty was walking down.

A castle of stone,

hard to the bone,

and a room full of gold,

would be mine till I was old.

But all that, is just a dream,

as it would seem,

of a boy who will never be King.

—Tae-Kyung

Poem

Darkness still lingers in the beach sky,

and overhead gulls soar and fly.

Down below, a crab scurries down its lair,

as I smell, the salty sea air.

Another bird passes by,

and I start to think, what wonders lie,

in the ocean, beyond the sea,

that’s someplace I’ll never be.

There are beautiful things you’ll find,

although the water wasn’t meant for mankind.

 

This is just a poem I wrote during English class.                                                  Not like a Walt Whitman, or a Robert Frost poem, but still… The poem is the basis of what Mrs. Kriese told us to write in class: a poem about the beach, and its surroundings. I think it has a slight drop of imagery.

Let me say one thing though. Rhyming is my weakest thing when it comes to literature. But I hope it wasn’t bad…

Activity 3: Three Tourist Attractions

INTRODUCTION:

The United States has a long history of important events. But those aren’t the only things that it has. There are many wondrous sights and places to see when you visit this “star spangled” country. So grab your backpack and get ready for some extraordinary places to visit when in the United States.

 

1: SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Located in Washington DC, This chain of museums was established in 1846. It is termed “The Nation’s Attic”  for holding over 138 million items. It has nineteen museums and nine research centers that hold historical documents, machines, fossils, architecture, animal taxidermy, and other things.

2: THE GATEWAY ARCH

This huge architecture stands 360 ft, and is clad in stainless steel. Its construction started in 1963, and first opened in 1965. This catenary arch was made, and still stands in St. Louis, MO. Its dizzying views from above can give you a different perspective of the ground below.

3: THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait. Located in San Franscisco, CA, it’s a 1 mile wide, 3 mile long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific.

 

OK. These are my three tourist attractions list. I know I didn’t add the Grand Canyon, the White House, etc. But if you think up of a place in the U.S. that’s a great place to visit, then feel free to comment and tell me the different places you think should’ve been on this post.

Top Ten Fictional Swords

When we were all little kids, us boys almost always wanted to go outside with a friend or a sibling and have a sword fight. Probably using sticks or imagination to wield ourselves with a mighty “blade”. Reliving that old joy, here is my personal list of my top ten fictional swords.

#10. Zar’roc- A blade used in Eragon. It was once wielded by a dragon rider named Morzan.

#9. Longclaw- Belonging to Jon Snow of the Night’s Watch, this sword was forged in Valryian steel and formerly belonged to House Mormont.

#8. The Sword of Gryffindor- The Sword of Godric Gryffindor, is no doubt one of my all time favorites when I was in first grade. It has basilisk venom lodged inside it, capable of destroying horcruxes with a swift stab.

#7. Riptide- Many of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series feature this sword. It can transform from a simple ballpoint pen, and into a long Greek sword.

#6. Sting- Who can forget this small thing? We all remember Frodo’s classic unsheathing of Sting, and how he got stabbed by one of the nine ring wraiths. And we all remember Bilbo Baggins armed with sting, battling the spiders in Mirkwood Forest.

#5. Vorpal sword- A sword used in Lewis Carrol’s poem : Jabberwocky in the book: Through the looking glass. It was used to slay the monstrous Jabberwocky, whom the poem is named after.

#4. Anduril- Anduril flame of the west, reforged from the shards of Narsil, was a long blade that belonged to Isildur during the war of the ring. It was passed from each line of elendil, till the last heir to get it was Aragorn. It was used to demolish Sauron.

#3. The sword of I am that is- The blade once wielded by Martin the Warrior, it is now owned by Matthias to protect red wall against enemies.

#2. Lightsaber- Admit it. We’ve all had one point in our lives when we wanted to be a Jedi. Used by Anakin Skywalker in the prequels and Luke Skywalker in the original. The Skywalker lightsaber is like Excalibur of the Star Wars saga. Speaking of Excalibur…

#1. Excalibur- King Arthur’s legendary sword that inspired many other blades. Without it, the Knights of the round table would be helpless.

That concludes my list. Be sure to comment, and see you next week!

GoT

On Sunday, while everybody was watching the Super Bowl, I was in my bed, trying to finish my book. I ended up sleeping at 12:00 and I didn’t know who won. But hey, it was worth it. About 300 pages finished in just one night.

Remember that blog post that I posted about how I was going to read Game of Thrones after I read my other book? Well, if you see me at school carrying around a blue leather bound book, that’s what it is.

Some kid walked up to me yesterday and asked me: “Is that the Bible?”

If this book were the biblical texts some religions worshipped, then we’d all be dead and quite possibly be executed one by one by a tyrannical King. Just saying.

So far, I have only gotten to page 32, and already there are 5 or 6 people dead. There’s a guy that got stabbed in the shoulder and got cut in half, A wolf with an antler horn impaled through it’s neck, a man beheaded for deserting, and etc.

Despite all the violence and the strong language, It’s pretty good. And besides, I’ve read Michael Chrichton’s books. They’re no different. It’s as if George R. R. Martin (the author) decided to just kill off everyone. There’s probably going to be more deaths coming soon. I’ve only begun after all.

“Ow!”

Try to imagine a wasp or a bee stinging you every day you go to school. The pain will go away in like 30 minutes eventually. Now think about a small thick piece of folded up paper stinging you and making your arm numb for three periods. Now that’s got to hurt.

I don’t know what happened or who started it, but ever since the new semester started I kept on finding folded up papers or rubber bands all over the school. Heck, I even found a folded up piece stuck in my locker door! Anyways, last week, I sat down at lunch with my friends and ate regularly. But the only problem was that my friends were also part of the rubber band thing. They started shooting each other, and declared… Let’s see, what did they call it? Oh yeah a “War”. I asked them what they were shooting with, and Sean came up and said that they were called hornets. In my sixth period, I saw them yet again, and heard my teacher banning them in class.

That day, I went home and looked them up. I found a website that teaches you how to make them here it is:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Art-of-Hornetry/

After that week ended, I made an entire Arsenal and got ready to shoot anyone foolish enough to challenge me. The only problem was, that I was so naive in thinking that I would be the only one to fire. You see, the problem with these hornets is that they hurt and sting like crap.

I got shot in the neck by surprise by an eighth grader. I’ll find hunt him down and finish him over later. But for now, I’m going to keep on making making hornets.

What Book Next?

You all know about all of those great fantasy classics. You probably remember Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Eragon,The Lord of The Rings, etc. And those other books, like Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, the Kane chronicles, etc. Well, I’m currently reading the Return of the King, and when I’m done with it, I don’t really have anything I really had in mind that I wanted to read.

My Parents recommended “To Kill A Mockingbird”, written by Harper Lee. I bought the book, but the words were in a southern accent, and was kind of hard. So I set that aside, and turned to my friends. While I was buying lunch at school the other day, I saw an eigth grade friend of mine, named Jack, holding his binder, and his notebooks, pencil bag… And a Book! I asked him if I could see it for a sec. I skimmed through the pages, and finally flipped over to the front cover. It wrote in big bold letters: ” A Feast For Crows”.

After school, I went back home and after doing all my homework, I went on the internet and searched up the book’s title. After doing some inside research, I found out that it belonged to a book series called “A Song of Ice and Fire.” written by George W. W. Martin.

I scrolled down, and that’s when I found out that it was also a part of a five star TV show named “Game of Thrones.” I had heard of it, but wasn’t very interested at the time.

I’m still reading the Return of the King, and I haven’t decided about what I’m going to read next. Can you help? Be sure to comment, and tell me what book I should read next.

Thanks for reading this post!

Star Wars the force awakens: the good and bad of it

Warning: Spoilers for the Force awakens

The original trilogy was a classic. The prequel trilogy was bad, but still satisfying to the saga. But the Sequel… Well, It was okay.

This Is just my opinion, and if you take any offense in this, take it up with me in person in school. Let’s begin with the bad parts. Afterwards, I’ll tell you the good stuff and hidden details you might have missed.

The movie was just like episode IV A New Hope. If you disagree, let’s see.

The main character lives in a desert, a droid comes to him/her and the droid has a important message, somebody finds them and they escape from the Empire/First order by riding on the same Millennium Falcon, they  go to a Rebel Base later, they find a weakness in a enemy base( No different from the Death star and has the same weakness) they send someone to blow it up, and they succeed later on, Kylo-Ren kills Han Solo just like Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan, and did I mention that Han Solo dies! He was my favorite character in all of movie history besides Indiana Jones! J.J. Abrams will pay dearly for this.

Now that I spilled all the bad stuff, let me tell you some interesting things and positive things in the movie. The beginning was great, all the way up till they met Princess Leia. Befor that, the movie was great. But then it turned into a cliche. The designs on Kylo ren’s mask was similar to Darth Revan’s mask but it was still great, and BB8 was cute and I think most may favor him over R2-D2.

You probably didn’t notice, but Rey’s goggles are from a old storm trooper’so helmet. The desert planet of Jakku is littered with rebel and empire ship wreckages. In the new rebel base, you can see Admiral Ackbar among a crowd of soldiers ( Admiral Ackbar is a fish faced admiral from episode 6 that said the famous line: It’s a trap!) and also you can see a sullustan alien in the background as well. In Maz Kanata’s cantina, you can see boba fett’s mandalorian symbol on one of the flags outside.

Some questions about the movie I have are: where’s Lando Calrissian? How did Kylo ren turn to the dark side? Who’s supreme leader snoke? How did Kylo ren get Darth Vader’s burnt mask? Why did R2-D2 deactivate? How did C3PO lose his left arm? And how was there any evil to begin with when the rebel alliance defeated the site and the empire in episode 6?

If you have the answers to those questions, or if you noticed more hidden details in the movie that I didn’t mention, then please leave a comment. Overall, it was an okay movie for me. How about you?