Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Odd Ones Out by Peter

Currently on YouTube animation channel, The Odd Ones Out has 5.7 million subscribers. He grew so much in 2016 and 2017, it was unbelievable. James grew up drawing cartoons and took that to the website tumblr. A short time after that he went to YouTube. He tells stories about his childhood and recent things that have happened to him. His newest video is called My Horrible Spelling, where he talks about how when he was a little kid, he had some reading and speech problems. The reason it is so cool that he grew so quickly is because of the way the YouTube algorithm works. I don’t want to go into it, but it kind of brings out small channels and animation channels are not that big. Some of my personal favorite videos of his are Harry The Moth, Cardboard Boat Racing, and My Horrible Spelling. Harry the Moth is about James and his sister as kids. They found a pet moth and they made it the class pet, but all goes wrong. Cardboard Boat Racing is about James and his class building a cardboard boat, then racing it with other schools. Go check out this great set of videos.

Braces by Peter

Do you need braces? If you do, don’t be worried. So what are braces? According to google, “Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person's bite, while also aiming to improve dental health.” So, I recently got braces on today and I was really nervous. People told me that it hurt, or there was pressure, and my brother told me that they used a laser to heat the cement. However, when they put it on, the only thing that was bad was how long it took to get them on. Also, if you get two colors ,don’t get silver. You can’t even see it! Another thing, when they say don’t eat hard things it’s true. And that’s what I have to say about braces. I hope you braced yourself for this one!

Puppy Bowl Sunday by Alison

The puppy bowl is a very popular show for dog lovers that only comes around once a year. It is a show featuring trained dogs trying their hardest to bring dog toys across a football field to get a touchdown. Many people enjoy little clips of this entertainment game which happens during the Super Bowl. This cute show also includes the kitten halftime show, which is the funniest part! This also includes a kitten bowl which is the same thing but with cats. These little canine athletes enjoy running up and down the field tackling their little friends! I personally can’t wait for the Puppy Bowl, and hope that the little dog athletes can't wait too!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Aretha Franklin by Tia

They’ve made a movie about McDonald’s (The Founder), Scottish guys fighting (Braveheart), and the friendships between various dogs and his owner (A Dog’s Purpose). But what about one of the greatest singers of all time and a civil rights advocate? Recently it was reported that they are going to create a movie on Aretha Franklin or "The Soul Queen." So far, they have not come up with the name for the film, but Jennifer Hudson was cast as the lead. Not many people know about this great American singer and songwriter as much as they should. Her story is one about the struggle and triumph of a minister’s daughter from Detroit who began her career in singing at her father’s church. Jennifer Hudson, who made her debut on American Idol and continued her career in the motion picture, Dream Girls, would be an ideal Aretha. Though the task of playing The Soul Queen will be hard to play and hard to sing. Her songs, Think, Earthquake, Respect, etc. are just examples of her more well-known songs. I hope to see it come out soon and for everybody else will be able to see it as well.

Cooper-Hewitts Museum by Tia

A little under a year ago, I learned about the Cooper-Hewitts’ of New Jersey. You may have heard of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan, but they did much more than that. Now the house they lived in (Ridgewood Manor) is a historical park where visitors come in daily. From presidential candidates to the creation of a free college, they’ve done it all. Inside the home have been famous presidents and parties to help with wars. If you want to go to the historic manor of a great American family, they have an annual Fourth of July reenactment. Even if you aren’t into history, the gardens there are fun to walk through any time of the season.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Next Super Smash Bros. - Will it exist? by Nick D.



The last Smash game came out in 2014, and that was three years ago. It took Ubisoft 2 years to make the latest installment of Assassin’s Creed, so what has been taking Nintendo so long to get the next SSB installment onto the shelves? The head operator of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, said on the week of the Switch’s release that Super Smash Bros. for the Switch would be coming soon, but that was back in March. This game hasn’t even had a trailer out and it’s highly anticipated. That’s a crazy level of hype for a game that’s been half confirmed. Let’s just hope Reggie wasn’t trying to pull a goof on us and it’s at least coming out this year. I just hope they don't change Kirby too much because I like his move set.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Must-Read Books by Brandi

Top Ten Books Everyone Should Read Before High School - So You Can Talk About It

One of the amazing truths about reading: it has the power to spark discussion. When you read a book, one that is often critically acclaimed or scholarly analyzed, you're opening yourself up to a world of discussions. These are discussions you can have in high school, college, at that dinner party, and for the rest of your life. You can read books like the ones on this list, and be able to formulate thoughts that you can express and share to the world for the rest of your life. I have taken the top ten books I am able to have discussions about and put them into this list. Included underneath the book and author is a description of the book, why it is so well discussed, and whether it is a book that is critically acclaimed.  Finally, I would like to note that these books, despite all the provoking intense discussions, are ranked from weakest in discussion material (10) to highest in discussion material (1).

10. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Richard Carlson (1999)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff is a nonfiction self help book about how to stop being stressed and worried about things that, in the long term, don't matter; aka ¨small stuff¨ This book is neither highly critically acclaimed nor scholarly analyzed, but is something that provides insight and after reading you will find thought provoking enough to discuss the philosophies that this book presents on how to live a better life.

9. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (2008)
The Hunger Games features a society where 12 factions are forced to have one boy and one girl selected to compete in a televised event, run by the capital, where they all fight to the death and crown one victor. This book is popular, and definitely critically acclaimed as one of the best dystopian thrillers in today´s modern culture.

8. Matilda - Roald Dahl (1988)
Matilda is about an extremely smart young girl, who grows up with neglectful, selfish parents who pay no attention to her. When she finally goes to school, her amazing mind is realized by her teacher Miss Honey. This book falls somewhere between the two categories as it is popular and written for children, yet deals with concepts such as extreme intelligence and abuse. It does so brilliantly through, addressing these tough concepts in a way that is easy for a lot of children to grasp. One can easily understand this book, but still have insightful discussions about the effect of extreme intelligence on children and how abuse can affect children.

7. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling (1997 - 2007)  
Please note: I am not including the Cursed Child book in the publication dates or review, as I do not consider this part of the Harry Potter series, nor do many online sources as it was not part of the original publications attributed to the Harry Potter Series.

The Harry Potter Series is one of the most widely read series in today’s current culture. You can have tons of discussions about it, but only if you read it first.

6. The Fault In Our Stars - John Green (2012)
The Fault in Our Stars is a teen romance novel, but not the kind with a typical ending. It is about two teenagers who have their own personal battles with cancer and how they fall madly in love. It is definitely a critically acclaimed book, one that deals with subjects such as life, death, infinity, and the power of love.

5. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (1937)
Of Mice and Men is scholarly analyzed classic. This book builds as you read, can sometimes be a little boring as the characters have to be developed for the ending to be so impactful on the reader. This book is one of the classics, that once you reach the end will have you sitting on the edge of seat contemplating the book’s ending and the meaning behind it.

4.   Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury (1953)
Fahrenheit 451 is a book about the importance of books. It shows how people would rather die for the freedom that reading exposes us to then be subjected to a life in this captivity. It also does this in an interesting way, with a good plot and thriving symbolism. This book is well analyzed and is an amazing topic for discussion.

3.  Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (1818)
Frankenstein is a novel written in the 19th century about the effects being different has on society. We all know about the story of Frankenstein, but actually sitting down and discussing this book, which has fascinating themes and symbolism, gives a whole new twist on the Halloween costume.

2. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (1932)
Brave New World is a book about an interesting controlled dystopian society. It is well read in high school and is a higher level read, but contains numerous points that show the theme of how technology can negatively control modern society with an all powerful state. There is more than plenty to discuss about this scary insight into the fears of our future.

1. 1984 - George Orwell (1949)
The dystopian novel 1984 features a chilling prophecy written in 1949 of the world in 1984. This book contains the horrors of a totalitarianism society and the quest of the main character, Winston, to find love, freedom of thought, and express true human nature. By far, this novel is an amazing topic of discussion if you want to discuss philosophical concepts such as the freedom of thinking, the oppression of knowledge in an attempt to control, and psychological manipulation.