31 March, 2010

Right, it's "Kotak Itu Miliku" or "Free Gadget-xde" that comes up whenever I try to see The Whatnot Melting Pot and apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem, since I noticed other people complaining when I Googled the stupid thing. (the first one is Indonesian)
 GET OUT OFF THE INTERNET, YOU FREAKS!

Problems. Anyone out there?

Okay, has anyone else had problems trying to open a window to The Whatnot Melting Pot blog from the "Blogs I follow" list? Because every time I try, it suddenly jumps to a different site, and the word "Done" on lower left hand of the screen flicks through a million different numbers and letters and "Downloading" words. Eesh. I don't want to go to some junky site where I don't know what's going on!! HELP! It's happened before too . . .
I guess it might be the AdSense thing kicking in overdrive and interfering, but I don't know. I'll try again some other time, and see if it continues. Can you guys see the site?

Rat Attack!

ACK! Help! RATS!! EECK!

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!


Just kidding. LOL.

Anyways, that title was inspired by the NOVA/Natl.Geo Special program they showed on PBS last night, and I watched, even though I've seen it before. It gets a little icky in some places, since he dissects rats and examines their insides, (I don't feel much for the rats since there were thousands) but it was very informative.

Every 48 years, when the bamboo flowers and creates fruit, the rats appear. They're always there, perhaps one hundred or so in the field the scientist was in, but then they start to multiply.

One female can produce 200 offspring during this time. If you have 50 females, that is 10000 rats in the course of the flowering/fruiting period. So every 48 years, the rats descend on the farmers' fields and eat the crops, once the bamboo fruit had been devoured completely and the rest of the fruit has germinated.

The surge comes in four pulses: 100 to 600, 600 to 1000, 1000 to 4000, and 4000 to nearly 12000 rats. At one point, there can be up to 10000 rats per acre. Consequently, after they've eaten all the rice in the fields, the farmers have nothing to harvest. Famine is the usual occurence afterwards, but now that people know more about this, they can finally do something about it. Like plan ahead and plant crops that ripen faster, to stay ahead of the rats. 

29 March, 2010

Book Review: Capt. Hook

Title: Capt. Hook
Author: J. V. Hart
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Rating: 5 out of 5

"Even the darkest of villians can have a hero's heart"
I do love that line on the back of the hardcover. I have to say that this is on of my favorite books, and since I've read tons of books, that's saying something.

James Matthew, with blue forget-me-not eyes and yellow blood the color of custard, is the "bastard" child of Lord B. of the House in England. He is enrolled in the pretigious Eton school, and is immediately taunted by Arthur Darling, upperclassmen and Colleger. Following the first encounter with an umbrella, James, or "King Jas." as he prefers being called, is then heralded by the younger boys of Eton, after standing up to Arthur and the cat, a brutal whipping tool that is used on particularly unruly boys. Instead of "screaming for his mommy" Jas reads the title of the classics on the wall of the library during the whipping, not once crying out and taking it as an educational experience.

The good: Very exciting, satirical, and amusing. I fully enjoy the prose and the witty exchanges between James and the people he decides to annoy. The book passes swiftly, carrying the reader through his time at Eton and his trumphs at the school. There is action, a good plot, and interesting characters, along with Roger Davies, or "Jolly R." Full of English curses and the views of several characters, it keeps a reader's attention. Arachnids are an added bonus.

The bad: Ahem. I am seriously disinclined to say anything bad about this book, but there is perhaps a bit too much custard blood and gruesomeness is Jas's specialty in a lot of cases. Getting, well, smeared at the Wall Game is a bit unsavory.

Do I recommend this book? Yes! The author being a screenwriter gives it a different sort of style, and different perspectives I find enjoyable.

Inside flap:

"With his long black curls, a shadowy family tree, and an affinity for pet spiders, James Matthew bears little resemblance to his starched-collar, blue-blooded peers at Eton. Dubbed King Jas., he stop at nothing to become the most notorious underclassmen in the prestigious school's history. For James, sword fighting, falling in love with an Ottoman Sultana, and challengin the Queen of England are all in a day's skullduggery. But when he sets sail on a ship with a mysterious mission, King Jas.' dream of discovering a magical island quickly turns into an unimaginable nightmare. "

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27 March, 2010

TGDB

Okaaay, I haven't really done this in a while, so here we go with this again, and hopefully I'll keep it up. :)

Date...March 27, 2010
Starting time...8:05 AM
Mood...Expectatious :)
Outside my window...Sunlight!! And some snow :(
I'm thinking...About Lifeblood. (Prologue in previous post)
I'm reading...Evil Genius. Muahahah!
I'm listening to...nothing
I'm wearing...Jackson Hole sweatshirt, excercise pants
Yesterday, I...went to the doctors and got a shot, waited in my mom's doctor's office while she got a shot.
I'm excited for...TODAY.
I'm sad because...Israel refuses to cooperate
I'm hungry for...writing time
The song stuck inside my head is...the music on the ads by Boeing. (which are REALLY cool, what with all the pictures.)
I want...to run
I love...to read (but you already knew that. :)
I loathe...TWILIGHT
This week, my goal is...to finish at least three books
Did I meet last week's goal?...my last goal was two weeks ago, so OF COURSE.
Ending time...8:10 AM

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Now for a change of subject. I feel like blogging about City of Ashes, so here:
***SPOILERS FROM THE 1ST BOOK AND SPOILERS FROM THIS BOOK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5

The good: it is very action-packed, with lots of different aspects. Some of the characters are complex and interesting, and the Clare's style is a quick read. I enjoyed some of the ideas, like the faeries/Nephilim/Clave, and even the "Downworlder" image, which presented what would probably happen is such an "elite" group existed.

The bad: Unfortunately, there is a lot in this section. For one thing, vampires/werewolves are WAY too overused, with many books on those very creatures. For another thing, the romance is driving me nuts. After Clary finds out her, well, boyfriend is her brother, everything begins to fall apart. Simon splits up with her in the end, Jace finally decides just to be a brother while she decides the opposite. And there is too much violence, for another thing. Action is good, to an extent, but when Imogen dies in the end and Isabelle comes much too close to it, it's just too much. Romance is much too overdone as well. Loving her brother that way gets kind of weird and uncomfortable after a while, and I don't think it's about to stop anytime soon, unless they find out they're not really siblings or any other OH MY GOODNESS!! twists, which I don't really like.

Clary herself is not the best character. She's definitely better than Bella, and Jace is better than Edward (can you believe I'm actually saying that? It's just that Edward is so covetous and innocent when he's not, it drives me bonkers) but there are serious faults. She has power, but can she really wield that power? Clary is too tied up in her emotions to see the whole picture, and that's Bella's problem, too. She has more mettle than dear old B. does, but she's very similar when it comes to love. (Love. I'm beginning to wonder if people should make up a new word for teenage infatuation for these very feelings.)

The overall idea is: fair. Not good, not great, fair. Clare uses some interesting ideas, but generally overdoes others. Would I recommend it? That depends. If you like Twilight, yes. If you like action, maybe. If you like a good, strong plot, no. There are better books.

25 March, 2010

Story Prologue

Hey guys. Since right now my life is not terribly interesting and I don't think you want to know about the dark and slightly sprinkly weather my town is having, I decided to give you the prologue to one of my stories, since a poll I put up a while ago said 5 people voted YES!!! Someone voted NO!!, however, so feel free to skip it over. It's kinda long. :)

II Quetzal:
Combat Chief: Black Storm.
Status No. 10 (High Priority).
Occupation: Motherboard.
Operation: FAILED.
Position: Off Nexus. Exiles’ territory.
Damage: Severe.
Crew: Able. 200 active per watch.
Surveillance Mode: High Activity.
“Combat Chief!”
The hoarse cry came from behind the decimated weaponry as another grenade went off along the ship’s side. It was living hell in the II Quetzal, and the man who shouted was wishing it was all a horrific dream; a vision that would pass so he could live in peace—or at least live at all.
“Retreat! Give the order, E9! We are outnumbered and incapacitated here; it is impossible to defend ourselves in this state.”
“But Chief—“
“GO!” the Combat Chief bellowed, desperate now, and, for one of the few times in his life, frightened out of his wits and—although he would not have admitted it to anyone—scared.
The man scurried out from behind one of the missile projectiles, and ran out into the hallway. The Chief almost felt sorry he’d told him to leave this refuge of a hold. The E9 dodged bullets, bombs, and anything else hurled in his direction.
Behind him, still leaning against the room’s wall, his Combat Chief, the man Black Storm, sighed exhaustedly and rubbed his mangled and scarred hands over his eyes.
Black Storm knew he had to move; it would be death if he did not, and the end of everything he’d tried to valiantly to protect. Staggering under his own weight, the old man heaved out of the weaponry room and out into the hallway, heading in the opposite direction the man had taken.
Gasping from the smoke and hot air going into his lungs with every breath, Black Storm managed to walk down the corridor and down another. It took mammoth effort on his part, and he was not able to jump and run as his E9 had.
After reaching a metal door that somehow had not been decimated, he weakly punched in the code to open it—he was the only person who knew the Chief’s code for any of the ship’s doors.
When the door had miraculously beeped to alert him that it was functioning and had let him enter, Black Storm collapsed into a nearby chair in the Observation Deck, trying to hold back the panic.
There was only one thing left to do now. He had to make terrible choice; one that could make or break the entire WarBattalion, the army and loyalty it had gathered over the millennia, and the people it protected.
The II Quetzal was strong—it had been strong enough to hold off the Exiles for this long—but was severely damaged with a huge break across its side and the protective shield around it shattered and almost nonexistent.
The enemy, those hateful and cruel Exiles, had moved in on it immediately. Peace had reigned for a long period of time, the longest ever in Nexus history, but it was weak and almost gone due to an untimely appearance of the Exiles.
Formerly banished from the system Black Storm’s superiors had tried so hard to defend and protect, they had returned, and had returned with weapons.
Deadly ones.
The WarBattalion could have easily dealt with them if there had been some warning, some alert that an enemy might be approaching, but it was surprise; the Exiles had came with amazingly fast spacecraft. Astonishingly, they were almost faster than the WarBattalion ships, which were supposed to be state of the art and the most modern anywhere.
They had done the damage to the II Quetzal and it looked like they were not going to pay for the damage in any way. The only thing that could save them was if they made the information on the II Quetzal inaccessible to the Exiles.
They needed the information to take control over the Network without a lot of trouble. They could without it, of course, but the Exiles wanted a clean transition from democracy to dictatorship.
The idea was of destroying all the useful data was daunting task. The ship carried all the information from the last 1000 years and more, and was basically the motherboard of all WarBattalion operations.
Combat Chief Black Storm had a great responsibility; running the ship. If it was destroyed, the entire WarBattalion went into confusion and computers shut down. Nothing could operate without the motherboard. He had managed to keep up the strenuous effort, but at a price.
Black Storm was no longer able to fight the enemy efficiently. There was more computer than weaponry on this ship, and it hampered any efforts of defense. Normally, the rest of the WarBattalion completed that mission, but this time they had been overpowered and conquered with shocking speed and efficiency. Even if they had fended off this attack, the Exiles would probably have returned with more ships, and completed the job soon enough.
The old man glanced at a button that blinked at him continuously—as it always did, but this time he felt as if the inoffensive object had some idea of his trouble; and knew he had to activate it.
He had sworn to himself in the past that he would never touch it—that he, Black Storm, was powerful enough to defeat anyone who came his way—but it looked as if it would have to be done.
He looked out at the vast expanse that was his home. He had never had a family; almost all the time he was ordering a ship around with meters of metal around him. It was his home. Many people hated the feeling of being loose in that emptiness, that dark, infinite black, but to him it was simply where he belonged.
He fixed his gaze on a very distant spot on the horizon of the Observation Deck. It seemed to glint back at him. He had been heading there, but this horrific event had stopped him in his tracks. Black Storm had to come back and helped as best he could.
He sighed again. Nothing compared to the thrill of discovering something new, but this was more than just an asteroid, it might even hold a new life form, something—or someone—possibly even more advanced than the WarBattalion and its government.
He always said could feel it when a planet that was near, causing much teasing among the ranks, but his intuition had never proved him wrong.
Even the meters on the enormous dash read that there was an abnormal amount of water and other such matter in that area. He had been dying to look at it. But that seemed to be for someone else.
Black Storm put his hand to touch the button he had sworn never to use, but he decided to wait a few more seconds before proceeding. Maybe there was hope.
But after only a few seconds, he heard the explosions and cries of his Squad, and knew there was no choice. The Nexus and WarBattalion would understand and immediately know what the status was of the enemy’s attack.
The Exiles would hate him for this action.
He placed the tube on the floor, and reached for the button. He took a deep breath, and gently put in the code, pressing the despised red button immediately afterwards.
The world around him seemed to explode.

24 March, 2010

Cell Phone!!

I have a cell phone!! Nothing fancy, just a Samsung Mantra (see below) but it calls, which is the whole point. AND it didn't take very long to sign up online for VirginMobile service, since my mom's did when she got a Net10 phone.

23 March, 2010

The Mostrumologist


Title: The Mostrumologist

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Rating: 4 out of 5

Awards: Prinzt Honor Book
When Dr. Pellinore Warthrop receives a midnight visitor, his assistant, William James Henry, or Will Henry, stares at the contents of the bag with horror. Inside is a girl with a ravaged face and dead monster attached to her, embedding its spawn in her. Will Henry is repulsed, but the doctor begins to think; why are the monsters here? Called Antropophagi, these creatures are dangerous things; they can leap forty feet into the air and have claws as hard as diamonds and can easily dig into flesh, capturing the prey. Now they are showing up in New Jerusalem, and the reason why has the power to destroy to doctor--and Will.

This is a very creepy book. I am not sure that I would award it the way the ALA did, but I agree that the style and plot is good. There is plenty of action, fear, adventure, dangerous endeavors, and, as the title suggests, monsters. Anthropophagi, to be exact, as Shakespeare called them.

Anthropophagi are headless monsters; however, that does not meant they cannont eat humans, for their mouth are on the torsos. According to book, their jaws have the force of two thousand pounds, three thousand teeth, and a hunger for human meat.

WARNING: It can get rather graphic and gruesome when it comes to the descriptions, and there are some very disgusting parts. I do not recommend this to younger readers.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, despite the aforementioned gore. It is well written and enjoyable, if you don't mind crazy former surgeons and some stomach-turning situations. I actually found it strangely satisfying, even the ending.

22 March, 2010

IT PASSED!

Finally, after a year of debate and aruging, healthcare legislation made it! 219 Yeas, and 212 Noes. We've made history!

Unfortunately, I cannot say that the congressman for my district voted for it. He may be a Democrat, but he didnt vote for it.

ARGH. I feel like throttling that man. Public Option Heroes and people who what the PERFECT bill should have given up and just VOTED FOR THE DARN BILL. Nothing's going to mold it into the ideal bill, so the best they can get is what's out there.

But anyways, healthcare passed! I can't believe it. Take that, John Boehner! (did any of you see that ridiculous pink tie he was wearing a few days ago?)

Links:

Obama's Address

Final Vote Results

21 March, 2010

An Award (which I think is cute!)



From Bleah Briann! Thanks!!
Anyone who feels like taking this:
Go ahead!




A Tag!


I was tagged by Elyse, so here are seven random things about me :)


I LOVE reading fantasy/SF/adventure novels

I hate soda, and I only drink it (ironically) at the doctor's office

Math and science are my two favorite school subjects

Listening to songs is something I do very rarely

Writing is something I seem to be better at after I've read something I hate :D

Fall is my favorite season

I live with five cats


And I tag:


Icewolf

Shimmer the Cat

Tay

Prism

Pretties

Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: SF

***SPOILERS*** (consider yourself warned . . .)

I did not especially like this book at all. Yes, the general idea of being free/ugly vs. controlled/pretty is a good argument; that part I found "though-provoking" as it says in one of the reviews. However, there were several other things I didn't like.

One thing was the language. Tell me I've been living under a rock, but I've never heard anyone use the phrases "brain-missing", or "pretty-making" or anything else "whatever-making". At least not that I remember. So that is one thing that annoys. People don't actually talk like that, and, frankly, I think it's a little stupid.

And for another complaint, I do NOT like the whole David/Zane thing. Unlike Twilight, Westerfeld does not put enough emphasis on this; Tally blows David off like he's nothing. (And I think that David's much more committed to the Smoke, and after all, ZANE GAVE AWAY SO MUCH INFORMATION IT'S NAUSEATING.) One moment away from precious Zane, and it's over. It's like, OK, David's ugly, Zane's pretty, I've been through so much Zane and not with David, let's stay with Zane and possibly reveal all my friends in the process! Besides! Zane's so bubbly!! And while she might believe that she isn't programmed to like the person who's prettier, I think it's true. Natural selection, anyone?

And Shay-la. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Do I despise that girl. You know, I think she's a tad hypocritical if you ask me. For one thing, she's one moment spitting fire at Tally for revealing the Smoke, and then it's cozy-cozy. If Tally had any head at all, I think she'd forget about Shay for at least a little while. Don't lose her altogether, but you can't let some self-mutilating idiot get in the way of rescuing dozens of other people . . .

So my overall rating is low. It's worse than Uglies, and I'm not sure if I'll bother to read Specials, but I probably will anyways. I don't like leaving things undone, or it nags until I do.

19 March, 2010

Teen Girl's Daybook

I forgot to do this yesterday . . .


Date...Friday, March 19, 2010
Starting time...7:50 a.m.
Mood...eager--for who knows what
Outside my window...the sun's rising
I'm thinking...about one of my stories
I'm reading...The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
I'm listening to...um . . . nothing . . .
I'm wearing...black sports pants, bright blue sweatjacket
Yesterday, I...learned about the electric battery :)
I'm excited for...dunno . . .
I'm sad because...er, I'm not really sad
I'm hungry for...not hungry
The song stuck inside my head is...oh, good grief, I don't have good answers to any of these questions
I want...the cats to stop tearing up furniture
I love...writing :)
I loathe...ARGH. the characters in my story which refuse to go in the right directions . . .
This week, my goal is...to READ more
Did I meet last week's goal?...YES.
Ending time...7:55 a.m.

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Oka-a-a-a-y. And for those of you who haven't seen it yet, go over to http://www.kenzyistotallyawesome.blogspot.com and put in your captions in her contest!!

18 March, 2010

The Neverending Shelf

Kate at http://www.theneverendingshelf.com/ is having a contest with the person at http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com/ so go over there and VOTE!! (If you do--and it has to be by tonight at 12:00 p.m.--you are entered to win books!)

17 March, 2010

New Gadget

Hey, peoples, check out the whirly-thingy on the sidebar with the list of labels. What do you think? Too hard to read? Too blue? Intrusive? Awesome?

Gues what . . . ;)

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY EVERYONE!!

(Don't pinch me--I'm wearing a green shirt and hairtie!!)

Tag from The Faithful Elven Princess

1. If you could anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Japan!

2. Why did you start blogging?

I actually found out about Blogger from Ananka's Diary (check it out; kikistrikeny.blogspot.com) and then started sifting through profiles, looking at other blogs, and when my mom gave me the go ahead, I started!

3. What is your ambition?

To become a biologist and find out new things about species, or discover some in the Amazon rainforest. :)

4. How many siblings do you have?

0. Yay!

5. What is your favorite subject in school?

Science.

6. What is your favorite Bible verse?

Um, I've never actually read the Bible . . .

7. What is one of your hobbies?

ROCK COLLECTING. I have some really cool fossils and crystals.

8. If someone handed you a five dollar bill, what would you do with it?

Try to give it back, and if they refused, put it away in a drawer for an emergency.

9. If your sibling came to you with their math book and asked for help, you'd say:

(no siblings) "hang on a moment while I finish writing this post"

10. If you could have one of the following abilities, which would it be?

a. singing
b. sewing
c. skateboarding
d. song writing
e. guitar playing
f. swimming
g. writing
h. riding a bike

f. (I don't know how to swim . . . )

Anyone who wants to do this, can!

16 March, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

It's tomorrow, so I just want to say a few things about it. For one, this is (supposedly) a holiday to celebrate Irish culture, isn't it? Well, it seems like, instead, Americans seem to use it as a day to goof off and be rather insulting to the Irish. Drinking, acting up, going crazy . . . it seems like that's the stereotype of Irish people, and that's NOT TRUE.

If people, for example, said that Italians or English people were thugs and heavy drinkers who frequently lost their heads, what would those countries think and say at the US? Ireland is not all leprechauns and fools. I don't know why Ireland tolerates that kind of representation, but we shouldn't take advantage of it.

So, my point is, before anyone goes to party and wear green, (hey, I like green, so that part I'm not opposed to :) think about what you're actually celebrating--the real Ireland, or just a tiny, tiny part of its culture.

15 March, 2010

Uglies

Did I like reading this book? Yes. Did I find its view on the world interesting? Yes. Do I really like this book and am I willing to call it one of my favorites? We-e-e-l-l . . . I have a few things to say about it, first.

For one thing, Scott Westerfeld (for a while I thought it was Westerfield) has a few scientific issues. A) bacteria is destroyed by fire, and therefore, it doesn't seem very likely that it would be passed by making oil ignite when in contact with oxygen. (the bacterium it seems would be incinerated before they could be passed on by the smoke) B) Why on Earth (I'm being literal, here) would someone create a bacterium possible of such destruction? It seems pretty unlikely, but then again, terrorists always loom . . . C) Lesions. I'm not positive that a surgically altered cluster of brain cells is called a lesion. Perhaps, but usually it refers to something pased on by a disease, and a surgical operation is not a disease, 99% percent of the population or no.

Other than that, I think this is a good book, and I recommend it to others who might be interested. And since this is a trilogy, I still have Pretties, and Specials to go. (There's an extra Extras too ;)

If you have read this book or have anything you'd like to say, comment away!!

14 March, 2010

The Looking Glass Wars

Since everyone's in such a frenzy because of Alice in Wonderland, I thought I'd write a post on one of my favorite series, based on Alice in Wonderland . . .

Title: The Looking Glass Wars
Author: Frank Beddor
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5

It starts out with Alyss Heart, Princess of Wonderland, on her birthday. On that day, her aunt Redd, who was originally the heir to the throne, decides to take over Wonderland and dispose of her sister Genevieve. Ordered by his queen to protect Alyss, Hatter Madigan and the princess escape through the Pool of Tears. They are, unfortunately, separated in the Pool, and Alyss seems forever lost to Wonderland. Hatter, of course, being the head--or, more precisely, the former head of the Millinery--searches for Alyss all over time and the world, but to no avail.

I really enjoyed this book (it is a trilogy, and I won't talk about the others, since they give stuff away) and it has a good balance of different aspects. There is vengeance, (you really cannot have a good book without it) power-driven plots, (Redd in particular) scheming denizens, amazing fighters and war strategy, manipulation, emotion, and, of course, romance.

The really interesting thing about this book, is how the people in it manage to outwit their opponents, with Imagination. Imagination is simply the ability to, well, imagine things. It is used for war and anything else, but only some have it. (The "Unimaginatives" in Arch Enemy really crack me up.) It is either Imagination; or brute strength or some special skill. Hatter Madigan is such a person, since he is one with Millinery abilities; i. e. extremely formidable fighting techniques, including a top hat that turns into a flying blade.

One thing that I really appreciate, is that Frank Beddor did not overplay the romance in the least. You will not find the much and gush of Twilight in this trilogy, and that is an excellent attribute. Dodge and Alyss are in love, every book has something, but it is quieter, and they are able to balance their priorities. And it is not as easy as Meyer's characters; Dodge and Alyss are more complex and much, much more interesting.

So my summary is: READ THIS BOOK, and probably everyone can find something in it that appeals to them.

Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day everyone!

The date is 3.14.10, and the month and date is 3.14, which is equal to pi, the ratio of the diameter to the circumference. So, there you have it. www.piday.com has more, if you'd like to check it out.

13 March, 2010

Background

What do you thing of the new background? Better? Worse?

Gone With the Wind

My dear, I don't give a damn.

Rhett Butler's words are my sentiments exactly for many parts of this book. If you'll excuse the language, no, I don't give a damn for Scarlett for the most part, nor Ashley, nor Rhett, and not even Melanie. They all lack something very, very important, and I find that infinitely frustrating. At least now I know what happens, and if someone quotes from Gone With the Wind, I'll at least know what it is they're talking about.

Do I recommend this book? It depends. If you are someone who enjoys stories about people living during the Civil War and after, then yes, by all means, READ IT. If you are, however, the kind of person who prefers Aretmis Fowl and Genius Squad and The Five Ancestors, then I don't think this is your piece of cake. But that is my opinion, and you'll have to try it to find out.

12 March, 2010

Food in America

People in the USA tend to eat really unhealthily. I don't know what part of the culture brings it out, but with diabetes at horrific rates, obesity rampant, and all kinds of health issues on the rise, I am thanking Michelle Obama for launching a healthy eating for kids campaign. For example, in Yahoo!'s article, "Unhealthiest Chicken Dishes in America" the #1 has 2579 calories which could like, last me for two whole freakin' days, and #6 has over 4000 mg of sodium. And the only reason people can get theri hands on this information is that NY and CA regulate and demand companies to diclose their menus. For the rest of the country, its an open road.
And darn that Cheesecake factory. In that article (somewheres) it says that that restaurant (I've never been in one, and never want to step foot in one, either) is becoming the worst place to eat in the USA. UGH! Just let me into the nearest grocery store where I can get an apple.
And Applebees is also pretty bad, let me tell you. I have negative feelings toward Applebees since when I went there and ate some kind of spicy dish, I threw up over four times and felt horrible. The next time I was there, though, I just ordered a nice and normal burger. (Which probably had hundreds of calories, but anyways . . .)

Not much else to say.

11 March, 2010

PLANTS!!!

sheesh, these (and these) look like Corning Glass pieces, not plants . . .

Teen Girl's Daybook

Date...March 11, 2010
Starting time...3:47
Mood...uh, irritated
Outside my window...GRASS AND NOT SNOW!!!
I'm thinking...that I should have written more today
I'm reading...Gone With the Wind
I'm listening to...the hard drive of the computer whir away
I'm wearing...San Francisco California sweatshirt, black Hanna Andersen pants, long-sleeved shirt, athletic socks
Yesterday, I...ran all over town
I'm excited for...dunno
I'm sad because...the earth is heating up, terrorists are a threat, and people are dying everywhere
I'm hungry for...whatever my mom is cooking right now
The song stuck in my head is...I don't listen to songs
I want...to someday get published as an author of a fiction story :)
I love...READING
I loathe...Scarlett O'Hara
This week, my goal is...to finish Gone With the Wind
Did I meet last week's goal?...YES!
Ending time...3:54

10 March, 2010

Hello Warm Weather and Scarlett O'Hara

(Okaaaaay, I just accidentally deleted the several paragraphs I had written for this post, so I'm kinda pissed off . . .)

FINALLY I can go around outside without having to wear a bulky winter coat (though the barn coat I wear is warm and I like it) and I can run without the fear of slipping on ice and possibly losing my brains on the sidewalk, which is a big improvement. AND I can run without sucking in frrrreeeezing cold air which makes my lungs ache. So I consequently ran probably around a mile and walked a little less than that, which is good P.E. for someone's who's homeschooled. (No gym, so I have to do stuff on my own.)

(Spoilers might be ahead if you're a person who likes to avoid knowing the little details prior to reading. Just a little warning :)
Gone With the Wind is an odd book, since the writing style I like, but the characters I. DO. NOT. Let me explain. Scarlett O'Hara is a girl living just before the American Civil War, and since she's on a comfortable plantation, what's there to worry about? Slaves! Land! Beaux! Ashley! But there's the problem. Ashley here decides that he is going to marry Melanie, and and Ms. O'Hara gets REALLY mad. Dejected. Miserable; until she gets the idea that he loves her, but she had been too flirtatious and not shown her true colors. So she goes and tells him that. And it blows up in her face.
Now, I'm not feeling terrifically sorry for Scarlett. She's silly, flirty, and strings the people around her along, so I don't like her. And while she may complain about women not being able to be anything but empty-headed and foolish, I get the feeling that if you asked her, "Well, what else would you do?" she wouldn't be able to come up with anything. That, to me, is hypocritical. If there's one thing I don't really like when it comes to important issues, it's hypocrisy. (I've been hypocritical on some things, we all have been, but I like to take a stand and stay by it and if I change my mind for some reason, I state it.)
I don't know if I'll finish this book; perhaps, perhaps not. But if I do, I'll tell you people about it, and you can hear me rant. (JK! I'll save you the trauma.)

Oh, and has anyone ever heard of this? I think it's cool in its own right, but tell me what you think about it and the rest of this post . . . i.e. please post comments!!

08 March, 2010

National Geogrpahic's Top Photos of 2009

Last night on PBS they had a really cool show on, as the title says, NatGeo's Photos 2009. It was really cool, and here are the ten they covered. The redwood and the Indonesian girl are my favorites. :)

Here's the link

A Tag!

If I were I gemstone, I'd be vivianite.

If I were a scent, I'd be the smell of fall.

If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be sneakers.

If I were the weather, I'd be rain in the morning and sun in the afternoon.

If I were a facial expression, I'd be a compassionate and earnest gaze.

If I were a car, I'd be a battery-powered Tesla racecar.

If I were a time of day, I'd be sunrise.

If I were a month, I'd be September.

If I were a place, I'd be a park.

If I were a liquid, I'd be water.

If I were a taste, I'd be tangy.

If I were a sea animal, I'd be a blue whale.

If I were a food, I'd be a filling sandwich.

If I were a color, I'd be blue.

If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a piano.

If I were a flower, I'd be an orchid.

If I were a song, I'd be the sounds of Mauna Loa.

If I were a planet, I'd be Venus.

If I were an object, I'd be a book filled with stories.

If I were a fruit, I'd be an apple.

If I were a sound, I'd be the sound of rain pattering on a rooftop.

If I were a day of the week, I'd be Saturday.

And I tag:

Anyone who feels like doing this!

(P. S. I tried to get photos uploaded, but I couldn't get it to work. Could someone tell me how?)

07 March, 2010

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds
Author: H. G. Wells
Genre: Sci-Fi
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Overview: This is an interesting book. Written in 1898, its not exactly cutting edge and modern, so the style its written in is kind of old, but that doesn't diminish the overall plot in the least. The plot is good, and it portrays things in people that are typically attempted to be ignored; greed when times get tough, violence during strife, and the strange ideas people sometimes form.
I found this book to sometimes leave me a little . . . well, not bored, exactly, but with that time period people wrote a lot of explanations and very thick paragraphs instead of there being more action. There were several parts that left me hanging, and I really like books that do that, so overall I liked it.
Do I recommend it? YES. It gives you an image of what people thought of the concept of aliens and the universe beyond Earth. It is different from the way we think about things now, but the comparison is very interesting.

PBS

PBS is great, and I'm not exaggerating. Where else can you learn about megavolcanoes and new technology and evolution and history all in the same week? The only thing I don't like about it is PLEDGE WEEK. Talk about annoying. The station here always cuts my two favorite programs during pledge week; NOVA and Nature.
Nova is more science-y, so it focuses more on stuff like how we evolved, geographical formation, volcanoes, ect. Nature, on the other hand, is primarily animals and how they live. (Sheesh, it seems nowadays cameras are being put on animals everywhere. I have nothing wrong with that though, as long as the cameras come off eventually.)
Other favorite PBS programs: National Geographic/NOVA specials, NOVA ScienceNow (funny and informative), Rudy Maxa's World (travel show, and a really good one), Craft in America, (art)
Recently the series Faces of America aired, with Henry Lewis Gates Jr., and that was very interesting. Who would have guessed Mario Batali and H.M. Noor were related? That Eva Longoria and Yo-Yo Ma share a common ancestor? That Elizabeth Lexander is a direct descendant from Charlemagne and related to Steven Colbert? It would have been nice to know Louise Erdrich's history, but I can see her reasons for declining the DNA tests.

06 March, 2010

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As far as they go, I don't think this movie was all too bad. It was better than the fifth, where they knocked out a whole lot of important stuff; but if you don't know the whole story, the Half-Blood Prince would be kinda confusing. They still knocked out a lot.
One thing they did do, however, was add in the attack on the Weasley's, which I don't believe is in the book. (I'd have to check that; it's been a while since I last read HP) And they took out Tonks/Remus and Bill/Fleur, which actually plays a part in Book 7.
I wish they weren't making it into TWO movies. One's enough, thank you very much. But, like everything else, its a sales pitch; companies can't help themselves when it comes to profits.

04 March, 2010

Teen Girl's Daybook



Thought I'd try this:


Date...March 4, 2010
Starting time...7:41 a.m.
Mood...Attentive
Outside my window...The sun's rising
I'm thinking...About a story I'm writing
I'm reading...The War of the Worlds
I'm listening to...Nothing
I'm wearing...Alaska sweatshirt/black pants
Yesterday, I...Watched Faces of America, a really good program
I'm excited for...Um, dunno . . .
I'm sad because...Not really sad
I'm hungry for...MORE BOOKS. I only have a few books out from the library!
The song stuck inside my head is...I don't really listen to songs . . .
I want...The cats in the living room to stop running around
I love...The sun
I loathe...My currently runny nose
This week, my goal is...To finish The War of the Worlds, which is taking me forever
Did I meet last week's goal?...This is my first weeek doing this, so no
Ending time...7:46 a.m.

***

03 March, 2010

Maximum Ride Series

If the story is true that Fang is going to die in the next book due sometime this March (called Fang, which worries me) then I have a major bone to pick with James Patterson.

DON'T JUST KILL FANG OFF!!!

That's one problem I have with thrillers; they're supposed to thrill you, and therein lies the problem, since dramatic plot twists make up the staple of the genre.

So far, the series has been REALLY good, and makes my ultimate favorites list. So does Daniel X, but I'll post about that some other time. I like the whole "Save the World" idea, even if it is a little overblown, since it covers global warming, and I'm all for a book that advocates ways to be green.

Blog Parade!



1. What's your favorite time of the day, and why?
Early in the morning around six when no-one else is awake and it's just me and the sunrise.
2. If health wasn't an issue, what food could you live off of?
Hmm. One food could get kinda boring . . .
3. If you could have one wish granted (besides wishing for more wishes), what would it be?
World peace
4. What's one thing that you get teased about a lot?
I'm not teased so much, since I'm homeschooled
5. If you could choose one movie, book, or TV show to spend your life in, which would you pick? What type of character would you be?
I think I would pick the world in the book series The Looking Glass Wars. Hey, Imagination rocks!!
6. If you could have one talent that you don't already have, what would it be?
Computer geek smarts
7.If money were no object, where would you go on vacation?
Thailand. They've got wildlife, interesting culture/people, interesting geography . . .
8. If you were an awesome singer, which genre would you sing?
Dunno. I'm not one for singing much.
9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, what would it be?
If you're talking about a stroll-in-the-door and not the go-online type store, I suppose I'd give that honor to Best Buy. Electronics galore.
10. If you could live in any point in time, when would it be?
The future, when humans are living on distant planets and interacting peacefully with other life forms.
11. If every outfit in your wardrobe had to be one color, what would it be?
Black. It would be helpful in future job interviews.
12. If you were one of the seven dwarves, which one would you be?
(Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Happy, or Dopey)
How about Snow White? But out of the Seven, I suppose I'd be Doc.
13. What's the last album you listened to?
Good Morning Classics
14. What's something we'd be surprised to know about you?
Everyone--and I do mean everyone, including the doctor, my aunt--thinks I look like my mom even though I was adopted from China and we aren't realated at all!

02 March, 2010

Twilight

Ranting time. If you are one of those people who enjoys reading Twilight a lot, please ignore this article. It's written by an Anti-Twi.
So okay, I don't like Twilight. For one thing, THERE'S TOO MUCH DARN ROMANCE. I can handle such things as long as there's a PLOT. Unfortunately, in Breaking Dawn it seems as if Bella and Edward will live happily. Ever. After. What kind of a good read ends that way? Nobody dies, nobody really, truly suffers, and everything's just dandy.

Please.

Meyer says that she "wasn't going to have a Hamlet ending", but if so, why did she set it up the way she did? With all due respect--she was a Nat. Merit Scholar--I think it should have been plotted differently and with more action.

There were some parts that I enjoyed, such as the history aspect to vampires, the way Carlisle fought through his thirst and the way they all try not to drink human blood, but that's about all the really interesting stuff there is.

Again, I don't mean to offend anyone, it's just my perspective on a series that's taken the world by storm.

01 March, 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a really, really good book. Finn, a Prisoner living in Incarceron, had always believed that he was from Outside; that is, outside of the Prison. He longs for freedom from the prison, and so a does a Sapient named Gildas. He doesn't believe that Finn is from Outside, but shares in his wish for escape.
Claudia, living Outside, is a girl set to marry the Earl, who will eventually become King. Her father is the Warden of Incarceron, and she finds a key in his study. She also becomes entangled in a plot that started with the supposed murder of Giles, the firt heir to the throne.

Homeschooling

I'm glad I'm homeschooled for several reasons. One is, I'm home most of the day. Another is that I have more leverage over what material is covered, and I'm also taught by my mom, which is definitely preferable. I also don't have to deal with popularity contests and such. Drawbacks? I don't get out as much, and I have to excercise by walking, running, ect.

Right now, I'm really interested in the Math/Science and Social Studies that I'm doing, which include physics and the Middle East.