Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mockingjay Quotes!

This is a post about my book Mockingjay and it's superb-tacular quotes!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

I Don't Know What This is, But It's Something!

      Silence is not really my thing. Even though I'm not one of those people who are loud and just right out obnoxious, I don't really enjoy silence, either. Having fun is one of my most favorite things in the world. Whether you're out, with friends, watching TV, or playing sports, your goal, should be to have fun.

I don't even know what I just wrote. I don't know what to say now. Uh....

Bye?

No. Wait. Don't leave yet.

~Timeskip~

I'm just sitting here. Not doing anything. Except typing.

Have you guys ever wondered about what schools are like in England? Speaking of England, I like accents. Accents, like in violin music. Orchestras are awesome, but concerts can get boring after awhile. Concerts, like music. Music as in Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift as in Bad Blood. Bad Blood = science.

Speaking of science, we used Bunsen Burners! We also used paper matches. That reminds me! Of the song Burn by Ellie Goulding.

We got popsicles in Ms.Pagan's 8ACC Math Class! Thanks Ms. Pagan!  #blessed (XD!)

Ok, what do I write about now? Maybe art? My weekend (consists of art, sports, TV, and books, and friends, and family.)

.......

I'm lost.

Help.

And she leaves with a strangled cry, reaching her hand out slowly, to the last rays of light...for some help, some mercy.

Stupid Joke of the Day:

How much does it cost for a pirate to get his ear pierced?






Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins



This book is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen, who has survived both of the death matches she has been put against. The Hunger Games. In the exposition she walked through the ashen remains and rotting bodies of District 12, seeing all the destruction and chaos she has caused by just shooting an-arrow in the force field around the arena just days before.  She explains about the way the rebel hideout in District 13 works, how they have to stick their arms under a machine to have their daily schedules tattooed onto them.

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

This book is about a girl named Rapunzel who is stuck in a tower. She loves her caretaker, Witch, dearly. One day, after taking a bath a stranger comes inti the tower. Rapunzel thinks him to be a prince, but he's so short. He says his name is Jack, and that he needs something to heal a fairy that came into her tower yesterday and got sick.  He also says a prince cut of her hair. But she doesn't remember any of this and calls him a liar and reaches for her bell ( which will summon Witch). Witch comes and Jack leaves quickly, and Rapunzel asks her about qhat happened yesterday, the Witch says she only wants ger to be happy. Jack comes the next day, and Rapunzel,  thinking he was brainwashed by fairies, give him a rose he asks for. Jack then steals a little vial and Rapunzel follows him down to the ground for it.
{FIN}

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell


Book: The Princess Curse
Author: Merrie Haskell

     I chose this book because the story appealed to me, and the title also. It seemed very interesting when I picked it out. I generally like anything doing with fantasy and princesses and dragons. The main character, Reveka, is the apprentice of the herbalist in the kingdom of Sylvania (in the Medieval Times).  It starts out with Reveka in the herbalists area. She is called to the throne room of the Princess Consort, Princess Daciana. She is called because she put cabbage in the princesses' (Daciana's daughters') bathwater scent. Reveka states that was because cabbage "was supposed to reduce the princesses' vigor". Then, Reveka is let off with a simple scolding to go apologize to Marjit the bathwoman. Before doing so, Reveka notices a tapestry in the hallway, of a zmeu  a dragon-beast that would disguise itself as a handsome man and lure maidens into marrying them. Readers also learn that there's a curse that involves the princesses shoes being tattered and bloody every morning after they awaken from slumber. No one knows why!

    This book is great! Anyone who likes fantasy or princesses or curses or dragons should definitely pick up this book!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Smartphones: A Whole New World (Final Argument Essay)


~Smartphones: A Whole New World~
Imagine the first time a teen gets a smartphone.. He/she will be surprised at all the features and things that it can do. They can now text, email, download apps, and do much more. Children should be allowed to have these smartphones because they can help keep them safe, they can learn responsibility, and they can be used as educational tools.

My first argument is that tweens (and teens) should have smartphones because it helps keep them safe. For example, say parents are always stressing out about where their kids are. They can just use simple GPS tracker apps that can help them track their kids to figure out where they are(Cisco Newsroom). Parents can stay in touch with their kids, too. They connect parents and tweens/teens to each other, in a fast and efficient (most of the time) way. There are even certain smartphone apps that can not only help track a child, but can also set boundaries of where they can go. If the kid passes the boundaries that were set, an alert is sent (in whatever form) and the parent is notified(Kids in the House).

Kids aren’t just safe with smartphones because of set boundaries and tracking apps. They could have something they need to tell you, something important while they’re at some place (school, party, etc.). If the tween/teen is at a party, they can call to tell you if something happens, or when to pick them up. The same thing applies to school, too. Kids can call if they need medications or need to be picked up, and if the teen has allergies, then they can call in case of an emergency. If they have after-school clubs and need to be picked up late, a call’s all it takes. In case of a real emergency, kids can call 911 and medical help. (Live Strong)

Payphones. Ah. Everyone knows or has seen at least one payphone in their life. Of course, those are suddenly disappearing in most areas in the U.S. (New York? I don’t know). Payphones are not very popular in towns that much anymore, so that’s one more reason smartphones keep tweens safe(CNN iReport). Say they’re downtown with some friend, they can call for a ride. If there’s a family emergency while your kids is out, calling them is just a couple of numbers and a some rings away. These smartphones can be “lifelines” between parents and children (Live Strong).

My second proposal is that teens and tweens can learn responsibility through the ownership of a phones. Dr. Laura of “Aha! Parenting” had “rules for responsibility” that can be enforced on a teen. These rules can be put to action! These are just some of the rules:
  • To not write, send, or post a picture of anything that you wouldn’t want your “parents, principal, and/or everyone in the school” to see.
  • To make sure your phone isn’t in your room at night, charge it in the “family” charging station.
  • To not text late at night.
  • To not share your cell number with people other than friends and family.
  • To not spend too much money on unnecessary items such as ringtones, etc.
Taking care of a phone is a big deal, so these are just some of the rules that will help that, “big deal”.
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A lot of teens own smartphones nowadays. Check out the increase in smartphone ownership (for teens) in July 2011 and September 2012. (Pew Internet)

Kids Health, a trusted kids’ health website, says that taking care of a phone itself will help the teen learn responsibility. To make sure it’s “fully charged and running” is also one of the responsibilities that comes with owning a smartphone. Kids can learn the responsibility of having a phone in a financial way, because they can learn how to handle “the money they spend” on apps and ringtones, texts, calls, etc. The “Center on Media and Child Health at the Children’s Hospital Boston” states that “kids can learn to budget their phone use” (Modern Mom).

Tweens/teens can learn responsibility through setting limits for how long they can talk and how many texts they can send in a week. These limitations will, if exceeded, teach kids a lesson. Not to stretch the limits. As said before, rules can help responsibility, too. Doing the right thing and being good person with your smartphone is a great responsibility.

Here is a chart of rules, for responsibility:
  • Texting
    • Private texts can soon be public, even if you sent it privately
  • Calling
    • Don’t answer unknown phone numbers.
    • Always pick up when it’s your parents.)
  • Photos
    • Make sure you ask for consent from a person to take their picture, or to share a picture of them.
    • Don’t embarrass people by posting embarrassing pictures without their permission.
  • Posts
    • Don’t post anything rude or hurtful to anyone.
    • Don’t use location tags.
Simples rules like these (I know, I keep talking about rules. But they’re so helpful!) can help responsibility. (Common Sense Media)

Smartphones, more importantly, can be used for educational purposes. Education is a very important part of life, and a good education leads to a good future. Smartphones are very useful in school and can replace a lot of the tools needed. For example, a single smartphone can replace a whiteboard, a calculator, paper, and so on. (ASCD) This can really reduce the budget for lots of parents. Paper and pens can cost a lot of money if you’re buying them every year, so why not just get a smartphone that can last a long time and save money?  Teens and tweens are very familiar with using smartphones (so this is also an advantage of using smartphones in school)(Concordia Portland Online). A lot of teachers have started to assign homework online and not from textbooks. This is where the smartphone can come in. Kids can (if they have Internet access) do their homework easily in school, if not at home.

Smartphones can be used to look up answers to questions, and students would not need to raise their hands and stop the teacher to have them answer their question. Translating apps can be used to translate something into a different language if needed, and there are ways to download textbooks and other educational books. If there’s a test or a project that’s coming up or due, reminders can be sent out by teachers and kids can be reminded that they need to study or to finish their projects (Debate.org).  Studies show that 22 percent of teens and kids had phones in 2011, but in 2012 that number increased to 58 percent. Working on classwork would be more fun and engaging with visuals and audio, teamwork could be improved through certain sharing apps, and 'show and tell' would be a way lot easier to do.  (Concordia Portland Online)

Liz Kolb is a teacher who supports the idea of using smartphones to teach. She says that even crappy phones can open a door to a whole new world of learning. Photos and pictures can be inserted in documents straight from the phone, which can help a lot of teens/tweens with their grade. Another 11th grade teacher (who Kolb knows) motivated students to text each other about Shakespeare to study for a unit review. Kolb stated that, “It really forced them to think about what they were summarizing and what was the most important part of the act or character”. There are many ways in which a smartphone can be useful in school, as I said before.

You can use the phone to record interviews or talks with important peoples. Recording just got way easier! Most smartphones come with a built-in recording app. Little Timmy (my fake example) just got finished with his “digital storybook”. He put pictures of himself and his family in London and share it with his teacher (it was a report). He did all this on his smartphone. Shocking, right? Kids can download pedagogic podcasts and relaxing music, organize their work online, share their work with their fellow peers and teacher(s), join educational groups, can document their adventures all on a smartphone! Look at all the smartphone can do to a child’s school life! (Education.com)

Now, I know that parents are also scared of the dangers of a smartphone. Oh, what’ll happen if he/she sends offensive texts, or if he/she sees adult content? Well, the answer lies in the smartphone itself. There are applications that block your child from harmful content online and protect them from malware and hackers. For example, Norton offers an affordable software that protects multiple devices that you own from dangerous websites. Norton (and others) also has a parental control app. It lets you control your child’s device from your device. Using the age of your kid(s), Norton and other safety softwares only allow them go onto certain websites that are places in certain categories (such as kids, ot education, or arts and crafts). Furthermore, you can choose certain websites that your child is allowed to go on, and block others that they cannot go on.to. (Norton 360 Premier Edition) Adult content will be blocked along with the parental controls. Since teens and tweens are all placed in the 12-18 category, they will not be allowed to go on any blocked websites. These softwares can help keep your child safe on smartphones and other devices, so you can get that covered. (Personal Knowledge)

Smartphones are very useful in a tween/teens life. They can be used to keep them safe, and parents can contact them at any time. they can be lifelines-in-a-pocket. Smartphones also give a child the chance to prove their responsibility, and can help them learn to be responsible. With set rules and the right guidance, kids can be responsible role models. Smartphones not only do these things, but they also help in school. Kids can download educational apps, share their work, or collaborate with their peers for projects or tests. Limits can be set on these modern devices, too. With the right parental control/safety software(s), smartphones can open a whole new galaxy of technology.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It was Confusing, But Fun: An Interview with My Elder

     I was just sitting in the kitchen, reading a manga book, listening to sausages being cooked and chicken being chopped. Oh, and yes, my annoying brother’s voice, when I suddenly remembered I needed to start my interview with my grandmother which was supposed to be today!
     I didn’t want to procrastinate and do it at the last minute of the day, so I called up my grandma right away.
     She walked over from the bedroom to the phone in the living room. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful—yet loud—day (my grandparents own a factory which makes fabrics out of machines). She sat down in a chair and picked up the phone looking out at the couch and TV, with a showcase of pictures and awards behind her. Her colorful sari reflected the colors of the Indian flag; orange, white, and green. Her hair braided in perfect braids down her back, gray with white streaks in her hair. Her apricot-like copper skin framed her body, an  image of a perfect grandma.. As she put aside some books (reading is her hobby), she talked into the phones
     “Hello?” She said, in her sweet voice. She always had a great attitude when it came to her children and grandchildren. She was very nice and sweet when talking to me.
     “Hi grandma! It’s me, Bhavshya!” I said. “Remember the interview I wanted to do about you?”
     “Yes! I do!”
     “I’ll do it right now, okay? As long as that’s okay with you.” I asked.
     “Okay? So, what’s the first question?” she asked, eager to answer them.
       And so the interview began:
     My  first question was, “what was your school life like back in the day?”. She responded that “it was fun, and nice”. I sighed and repeated the question with more details this time. I asked her who her favorite teacher was, how she got to school, and what kind of grades she got. She replied with a better answer this time. She said that she sometimes walked and sometimes rode her bike. Then, after a loud mechanical whir in the background, she explained that school wasn’t very hard for her and that she had very nice teachers. She enjoyed school and got good grades, and that her favorite teacher was her English teacher, Govinda Swami. Since we were on the topic of school, I jumped right into my follow up question and asked her how she felt about old school life and modern school life. She thought for a second or so and said, “In the old school days, kids did [more] physical activities and extracurricular activities like arts and crafts, sports, etc. I asked her if she had any more comparisons, scribbling madly into my notepad. She said kids before were always happy to go to school, but now they’re always nervous and scared. She added with it that nowadays there are more textbooks than there were before (in India). I pushed further and asked for similarities, and she said:”The way they behave...the discipline is the same in the schools”.
     As I was about to read her the 2nd question, she said, “How many questions do you have?”. I had to reply, so I laughed and said I had 10 questions, about. Then, I diverted the attention back to the 2nd question. I asked her, “Who were your friends when you were little?”. She thought for a moment, and then finally said that some of her friends’ names were Vijaya, Mahalakshmi, and Kanchana. I took notes on that, and returned with a follow up question. I said, “When did you last see them?”. She answered that she’d last seen them 10 years ago, when she and my grandpa had gone to another town. She had seen them and talked to them. I was surprised. 10 YEARS? That is a long time. I told her that I would want to see my friends like that too, one day. She laughed.
     I remembered I had more questions to ask her when she said, “So, do you have more questions to ask me, sweetie?”. I flipped right to the next question, which was “What were your favorite and least favorite subjects when you were in school?”. I didn’t hear anything on the other side, so I said, “Grandma? Can you hear me?”. She told me that she was just thinking about that question. Then she said that mathematics and social studies were her favorite subjects. Her worst (but not exactly least favorite) subject was English. I needed some more details, so I asked her why those were her best and worst subjects. She replied that English was her worst subject because in primary school she had studied in Pondicherry, and they didn’t teach English there. Then she came back to Tamil Nadu and in her new school, they started teaching English lessons right away! She hadn’t even known her ABC’s and she was already starting on English. She added on that no matter how hard she tried, she didn’t get grades in English like she did in math. Math and social studies were her best because she had loved them since she was little. A loud machine buzzed in the background.
     My eyes skimmed over the questions, and my next question was, “What kind of technologies were there back in the day? What kinds of technology?”. She replied with, “Um… there were...hmmm,” there was a long pause. “There are computers now, but there weren’t any computers back then.” I wrote this information down in my notepad. I turned around, saying, “Wait, what?” to my father in the background. He had just told me to ask her if they had calculators before. So I asked her with a sigh, and she answered that they did have calculators. Then I pushed her further and asked, “Did they have landline phones? Radios? TVs?”. She had to think about that a minute, so I grabbed a cupcake and started munching on it. Soon after I finished my treat, she told me that only the rich had landline phones--there were no cell phones back then. There were radios, but no TVs or tablets. I decided to go even further and asked her if she thought the modern technology was useful. She thought that the modern tech was useful, because kids could learn anything they wanted to from the Internet, they could catch up on the latest news, etc. She also said that back in the day they only could figure out about what was going on in the world through newspapers, but now there are TVs to actually see (live or not) what happened.
     I couldn’t stop now, so I asked her, “What are you most proud of?”. There was a long pause (again) on the other side.  She told me that she was “proud of being a teacher and teaching a lot of kids. I pushed on and asked her why she was proud of that. She told me that “all the kids she taught are now grown up (most of them) and all have different jobs. Seeing them grow up to be successful engineers and doctors has made her proud”. I wrote the information I needed down, and turned back to asking questions. My brother made faces behind my back, and I shooed him away.
     “Okay! Next question!” I said enthusiastically. “What was the happiest moment of your life?”. She  thought…for quite a while. I had to say, “Grandma?” a few times before she answered. “What was the MOST happiest moment of your life (sorry for the wrong grammar, it’s hard to explain an English question into Indian language…)? She was “still thinking about what to say”. I repeated that she had to tell me her HAPPIEST MOMENT. Then she said, “My happiest moment was when I got off at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and saw my granddaughter”. I rolled my eyes, and told her to tell the truth, and not to just pick a random moment. But she claimed that it was true, and that that was her happiest moment. I wrote it down, even though I was suspicious about her happiest moment. “Why was that your happiest moment?” I asked her.  She started to say why that was her happiest moment when I interrupted her with a better question. I asked her instead, “Since we’re talking about America, what was your favorite thing about America (My grandparents visited when I was in 4th grade)?”. She replied that she liked that there’s no pollution, and that all the people are friendly (that’s what she said). She also liked its neatness and the school education, too! She liked how everyone was so happy here.
     Then, it was time for the last question. I asked her if she was ready, and she said yes. I started asking the question, “If you were given a second chance in life, would you take it?”. She was confused, so I tried explaining it to her. My mom came over and helped me with explaining the question. After a minute of explaining, she still didn’t understand the question, so I got super-irritated. I calmed myself, and went back and explained the question one more time. “If you got a second chance at life, If you could write your life over again, would you do it?”. Then she stated that she finally understood what I was saying, and I let out a long breath. She said that she would learn how to use a computer [earlier], learn how to drive a car, and would work somewhere else. I asked her what kind of work she’d do, like be famous, and what she’d do with her life. She told me that she would become a singer, if she could rewrite her life.
     I wrote all the stuff I needed down, and I said goodbye to my grandmother. With her sweet voice, she said goodbye too. I hung up and let out a long breath. I was done with my English project, and I enjoyed talking to my grandmother. I said bye, and she said bye too. I ran to my room as fast as I could in fluffy, purple pajamas. Then, I put my my papers in my binder and ran downstairs, ready to watch TV. I was glad I talked to my grandmother, and glad that I had finished my English project.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Maze Runner

I didn't b have the break next volume of One Piece,  so....

The Maze Runner
James Daschner

Timeline:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One-Piece: Tears

One-Piece: Tears
Eiichiro Oda

This poem is about Belle-mere, the brave woman who saved Nami and Nojiko from near death while fighting in a war.
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She was a brave soul.
She fought to save her "children".
She loves Nami and Nojiko.
She found the two near death,
Nami, just a baby.
But she spent her last breath,
saying "I love you" to her daughters.  

Poor Belle-mere!