Thursday, March 23, 2017

Split - Author: Sara

Read with caution- PG 13 movie.  

I recently saw the movie split and it was a thrilling movie with lots of unexpected twists and turns.  Split came out a couple of months ago and it’s one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen in awhile.  Believe it or not Split is based off a true story, although Louis Vivet was the first person to be diagnosed in real life with dissociative identity disorder, in 1863.   Dissociative identity disorder is what the main character has, it’s when you have a multiple personalities.  The main character in the movie is made up of 24 personalities, including one overpowering one, the beast.  All of these personalities are in one human body Kevin.  All of his personalities have names and voices and even their bodies can change.  Together they are called the “Hoard”.  They all trust one psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher.  His good personalities are allowed ‘into the light’ which means they are allowed to be the ones talking.  He and the doctor submerged a certain personality who enjoyed to abduct teenage girls. That personality comes out and does some crazy things to them. Including locking three girls he abducted in a room in his apartment.   The main character is one of the girls Casey and she is ‘pure’, you’ll have to see the movie to know what that means.  I highly recommend you going out to see this movie to have a small scare, and even some laughs.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fossil Watches by Michael

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Apple Watch. This is in my opinion the most popular smartwatch, of course there has to be others though. There’s another big title which is the Samsung Gear S2. Now though, there is a new kid on the block. There’s been a watch company called Fossil, and they have quality watches of every kind(I suggest you check them out). Now they’ve taken a shot at smart watches!

Fossil now has a system called Q wearables. They are a bunch of smart watches that can connect to your phone. Fossil’s motto for it is, “Connected accessories that are smart and look smart, too” The price range of these watches are between $275 USD to $315. The great thing is, there are 15 different watches to choose from(they’re all touchscreen too)! These watches have great functionality as well. You connect the watch to your phone via an app, and tada! The app is called, “Android Wear.” You can do awesome things with your watch! You can answer texts with a voice controlled dictation mode. You can control music going into (wireless)earbuds or headphones. You can manage notifications on your phone, and even take pictures with it! There’s a button on the watch and if you phone’s camera is on it takes a picture!

Of course, like a fitness watch or another type of smartwatch, the Q watches can track things. It obviously tells the time. Yet it also tracks your steps, which is great for jogging or hiking etc. It also tells you how many calories you’re burning which is great for exercising. Now, I’ve taken a trip to the FAQ section of the Q. All the watches can connect to Android and IOS devices(sorry Samsung). The general setup is easy, you will open the app and follow instructions on how to “pair” your watch and phone. You’ll get an included charger and then you can plug the charger into a USB outlet. The fun part is that you stick the charger to the watch by placing it on the back of the watch. When the watch turns on you can continue the process. It’s also dust and splash proof, but of course it’s not recommended to expose it to dust and water.

If you’re not about fancy watches, or if you’re more into vintage things, they have the hybrid watches. This has most of the features of the normal Q watches, except it has an analog clock face. The battery life is up to six months. The watch can also track time in different time zones, and can track steps. It pretty much does the same thing as the normal watch, but it’s cheaper and some people in our school could actually buy it.

What’s my take on it? Honestly I love it! It’s not as good as an Apple watch, yet it seems great for small things. I like how it can do normal watch things, and it’s also like a fitness app. I like the style of Fossil watches and I think the Q system is a great add-on to everything the company has done! I think if I bought one I would get the hybrid watch, simply because it’s cheaper. I would love to have a traditional Q watch though. So now you know about a new smart device you can have on the go!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wii U is Canceled! by Sara

If you’re a fan of nintendo or of video games in general, you’ll want to hear this news; the Wii U is being canceled.  Some of you, or even most of you reading this are asking “What is the Wii U?”  and that was exactly the problem.  No one knows what the Wii U is so no one buys it.  What actually is the Wii U?  The Wii U is a gaming console, the console is the same shape as the original Wii.  The controller is a Wii U GamePad it’s a white box with a touch screen in the center.  The controller also has buttons and directional knobs just like on normal gaming controllers.  I do not own a Wii U but I have the original Wii, the Wii U had so many commercials on that I’m surprised more people didn’t buy it.  

The problem was the Wii was released in 2006 and it sold rapidly and totaled over 100 million times.  With the Wii U falling behind with only selling over 13 million and they were released in 2012.  I believe the issue is that the original Wii was a hit, and Nintendo wanted the Wii U to be the exact same way but it didn’t work out that way.  The Wii U isn’t living up to Nintendo's expectations.

New Year's Resolution by Natalie

It’s the New Year and everyone has New Year’s resolutions! Since it’s the New Year you should do a good deed for somebody else. For example, if someone’s locker is jammed, go and help them open it. You should try to be a better person. For New Year’s I think everyone should try to do something nice for someone else!

Byram Ski and Snowboard Club! Special Segment by Alex

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ice Skating - Author: Harlow

Hello! Today I’m going to give you five reasons why I think ice skating is the best sport.
Reason 1: It’s fun to watch and do. Have you ever seen an ice skating competition on T.V.? I’ve seen a multitude of them, and I’m always hooked on every skater’s routine. It’s so cool to watch! Also, if you’ve ever been ice skating before, don’t you like the feeling of just gliding freely on the ice? (Well, once you get the hang of it, anyway.) To me, it’s the best feeling in the world, especially after a long school day.
Reason 2: It’s not a contact sport. I’m super bad at contact sports, such as basketball, soccer, and all of those. I’m always scared of getting hit with the ball, so instead of moving towards the ball when I get the chance, I run away from it! Silly, right? Well, in ice skating, you don’t have to worry about getting hit with a ball or most of the things you can get hurt from while playing contact sports. In fact, you can only get hurt if you fall down!
Reason 3: You have a built-in self defense weapon on your feet. Imagine if there was a criminal coming in to the rink? You can just untie your skates and cut them with your blade! Enemy down, just like that! Also, if someone was coming up behind you and you had your skates on or within reaching distance, just use your skate to stamp on their foot or cut them! They’ll let go from the pain, and you can run away!
Reason 4: You have many options about what type of figure skating you want to do. There are so many different choices! Singles, pairs, ice dancing, synchronized with a team… that’s four! Doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you go deeper into each choice you will find it hard to choose which to do. That or your decision of what you want to do will become clearer and clearer. It’s like trying to choose what you want for dinner!
Reason 5: Making goals in figure skating is easy. When I want to make one, I just think about a move that is hard for me to do (such as the axel or camel spin) and BAM! I have a goal made for myself! It’s as easy as pie.

Thanks for reading five reasons why I think figure skating is the best sport. This is Harlow, signing out!