Friday, December 8, 2017

Memes of 2017 by Alex

As 2017 comes to a close, I’d like to discuss some of this year's hottest memes. A meme is a funny or embarrassing moment captured in a video or picture with humorous captions on them. This year has been jam-packed with hot memes. Let's get started on the internet's favorites.

The “Catch me outside” meme is a classic. Basically, Danielle Bregoli was a thug on the Dr.Phil and was very tough-acting. She was rude to her mother, Dr.Phil, and the audience. When the audience booed her, she simply said her classic one-liner: “Catch me outside, How bout dah?” Someone made a meme out of this and it went viral. She now is known for that one-liner everywhere. She is also known as simply the "Catch me outside" Girl.

Another spicy meme that's pretty self-explanatory is the Snapchat dancing hot dog. This hot dog is known virally for its randomness and funny appearance. This is a hotdog in a bun with condiments on has a face, and is wearing headphones. If you simply go onto the Snapchat filters one of them used to be the dancing hot dog. This viral hot dog had been taken down from the filter selection since Snapchat changes their filters periodically.

The last meme we will be talking about is the ‘bleach and tone’ meme from Tana Mongeau. Tana went to a new hairdresser to get her roots touched up because she has natural brown hair. However, she has been rocking blonde for a while. So she went to a new hairdresser. She bleached her hair but didn't tone. So her hair came out orange. She was not happy, so she said ‘bleach and tone’ so many times in her youtube video she came out with a t-shirt with the saying on it. She got it fixed, but she was so mad when explaining it on her youtube channel it got 2.7 million views. It is one meme I like because it was a youtube video and I thought it was so funny how it came out orange. So that's it for this week!

Signing off, xoxo

Monday, December 4, 2017

Collection of Poems by Harlow

My Poems by Harlow


I feel my hair whipping against my face as it gets closer
I see the gray, stormy color of it as it rips everything to pieces
Ducking for cover, fear filling my mind
Is everyone safe? Is everyone safe?
I hear the wind screaming as it passes
Ack! I bit my lip from fear!
I taste the tang of blood in my mouth.
As soon as the tornado passes,
I check if everything is safe
I go outside.
I smell the smell of sausages.
How is that possible?
It's the afternoon!
Everyone is still in their basements or bathrooms!
The smell gets stronger.
Light fills my eyes.
I wake up.

Shadow poem

Slipping between patches of sunlight
Dark as the night
Hiding in shade
In the night, it fades
Tip-toeing around
Without making a sound
Everything has one
Even a bun
Until the sun dies,
You'll be able to see one
With your own eyes.

The candle fell over, and the fire leaped onto the table cloth
Finally, finally free!
It was so, so hungry, it licked everything in sight.
The fire duplicated, once, twice, thrice,
Overcoming and encompassing everything it touched.
Soon, it had eaten every item in sight
But it was not enough.
The fire hopped outside the door, enveloping that, too, in flames
It licked the grass, the trees, the sky
Everything was burning, burning
The fire reveled in the terror and pain and helplessness it caused.
It was still hungry, but in a different way
Power-hungry and bloodthirsty, it ripped through the forest like it was nothing
It came upon a neighborhood.
Perfect! Fire thought, leaping into the air
It landed on a red roof, which was soon engulfed in flames
It ran, ran, ran, gathering momentum…
It flew through the air, but before it felt the roof beneath its feet…
It hollered in agony. It was dying, dying, dying…
“Curse you, water!”
Before it went out, the fire saw its beautiful masterpiece being destroyed.
Nooooo… it thought.
It started dying, bit by bit.
It faded, faded, faded…

The Flute Player
The girl picked up the flute and played.
It sang and sang and sang;
Sometimes low like a wild cat’s purr;
Sometimes high like a songbird.
Sometimes loud like a charging bull;
And sometimes quiet like a whisper that dances in your ears.

Note to Self
Be kind
To compliments, don't be blind
Do your best
Remember how much you are blessed
Be sensitive to others' needs
Perform at least one good deed
And, last but not least,
Work hard enough that your brow is creased

People feeling happy, not fighting
Everyone helping each other
And everyone's in harmony
Calm spread over the world
Each and every person smiling

Thunder crashing
Sounding like a million stampeding horses
Lightning lighting up the sky
Like the torches of Hecate
Rain splashing against the ground
Drops so big a mountain must’ve cried
A symphony of sounds
The sounds of destruction
These sounds strike awe and terror in the hearts of the beholders.

Space View from Earth
The inky blackness extending as far as you can see
The stars forming pictures in the sky
On special nights, you can see planets
Sometimes red, sometimes blue, always bright
Look! The space station is passing overhead!
Quick, wave even though the astronauts can’t see us!
Space looks infinite
Spreading over the world like a sparkling blanket
I marvel at the mysteries it holds
So much we haven’t discovered!
I love space

Words are the most powerful thing in the universe
More powerful than force or fear
Words can motivate armies of a hundred thousand strong
They can break people
Heal people
Move people
Make people get up and take a stand
Words can make people come together or break apart
They can be deep and strong, or light and fluid
They can change something inside of everyone
In their mind, their heart, their soul
Words are full of power

Social Media by Harlow

Social Media Pros and Cons by Harlow

        These days, almost everyone with a phone has some type of social media app, whether it be Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Musically, or something else! Today, I’m going to list some of the pros and cons of having social media. Scroll down below to find them!

You can see what everyone is doing
Anyone can see what you’re doing (unless you have a private account)
You can connect with friends you haven’t seen in awhile
People can impersonate your friends and write down all of your personal information
You can meet new people
You can meet people who lie about who they are, their age, etc. so they can get your personal information
You can look up  things/people up anytime you want
You could get addicted to social media
You can share what you want with the world
You have to be careful what you post, because colleges, jobs, etc. look at your social media to see if you are a good person
You can stalk your favorite celebrity
People can stalk you
You can follow/friend family members
If your mom or dad has social media, they can look at everything you post
You can learn where people are going so you can surprise them and be there when they get there
Stalkers can do that to you as well
You can know the trends before they become huge
If you do them before they become cool, you might look silly
You can talk with a person on social media and make plans, catch up, etc.
People you don’t like can find you and message you

    Those are some of the pros and cons of social media. I hope you liked my article! Remember: Don’t share anything you’ll regret on social media!

Littering by Sofia

Littering by Sofia

Did you know that the U.S spends over $11.5 billion dollars each year?  36% of business development officials say that litter impacts a decision to locate a community. Wouldn’t that be disappointing if you were trying to make a new house complex, but there was too much litter to clean.  It's unfortunate that people's littering can affect so many negatively.  It’s a problem, and you have to think that the act of littering is ruining plants and animals, and soon it can spread to you too. That is why littering is very bad, and why you should definitely think about the consequences of your actions before you act.

Every Last Word by Sara

Every Last Word by Sara

    Every last word is a novel based around the mental health of a teenage girl who has severe obsessive compulsive disorder (aka OCD).  OCD is a mental disorder and a type of anxiety that affects many people.  It traps people into an endless cycle of repeating thoughts and behaviors.   People who have OCD have constant recurring thoughts, fears, and images that can become obsessive.  You can be constantly nervous, similar to anxiety, which causes you to act on some of these thoughts.  In some cases, the affected person acts on some of these thoughts because it might make the obsession of thinking about it go away.  The obsessive thoughts may likely recur, so it is only going to cure the anxiety for a limited time.  People can be aware of the obsessions and fears on repeat in their heads, but they can not stop it. 

    The novel is about Sam, a teenage girl who has severe OCD, but it is more obsessive than compulsive.  This means that her OCD is more in thought and she obsesses over things more than acting on them.  Her head is always spiraling through thousands of thoughts and scenarios.  In Sam's case, she is obsessed with the number three.  She has to do everything in threes and three is always so important that it's uncontrollable.  In the book, she will click an elevator button three times before stopping at her floor, or she will drive around the school three times in a circle before parking.  It gets so bad that it interrupts her everyday life, she can’t drive her friends to school because she does not want them to know about her OCD.  It goes through her everyday high school life and you get to see how her OCD develops and greatly changes through her life.

Sea Slugs by Melissa

Sea Slugs by Melissa

    Would you ever think that a slug-like creature could be so beautiful? Probably not, but these creatures are, and they are called nudibranchs. Nudibranchs are slug-like fish creatures that live in the shallow, tropical waters of Australia. They actually get their beautiful coloring from what they eat! Amazing right? The toxins from some fish that the nudibranchs eat allows them to fend off predators if they try to eat them. They are able to do this by secreting the poison from their skin. Nudibranchs have curved teeth as well. This helps them eat coral, fish eggs, and sponges off the ocean floor. They are about 12 inches long and weigh up to 3.3 pounds.
    To be honest, I wish I could change as the color of something that I eat as well. If I could, I would eat a lot of cotton candy or something pretty like that. The real question is: Would you ever be a nudibranch if you could? I know I would. I also really want to see one in person! Maybe one day if I ever go to Australia, I could go snorkeling and see one! I also wonder if they can be in anymore places. I only read that they were in Australia.
    I really hope you enjoyed learning about the nudibranch. I learned a lot about them and I think they are so cool. This is a pretty good example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” The reason I say that is because when you hear the name nudibranch and that it is a slug-like creature, you would probably think it looks disgusting. They look nothing like how you would describe them!