Poetry Week Three: Sonnet the Hedgehog

So, you know how I made that dramatic farewell speech yesterday? Well I have another assignment, so kinda disregard my goodbyes because apparently that’s not the end. DARN IT, MRS. HOKE!!!!!

 

 

The life of an pessimistic book

(Featuring WEEK 1: Emotional Characteristics, WEEK 2: Personification, and WEEK 3: a Sonnet) 

I suffer from many injustices
for alas; I am only a mere book
I am looked at and thought of as lifeless
and rudely crammed in a lonely nook

Sometimes I try to rub my aching spine
but I realize that I have no hands
Readers think ‘its probably fine, but no
I refuse to be eternally canned

My tender pages are cruelly ruffled
My binding is beginning to break down
My bloodcurdling screams are all muffled
because I realize I have no mouth

I’m purchased, traded and rented; I concave
Beat up, faded like I’m some sort of slave

So, since my whole “Goodbye” thing last week is mostly wasted, I’ll probably keep posting. But I’ll tell you when the year’s over. I promise that I will still provide you with a fitting finale!

Week Ten – SAYONARA, EDUBLOGS!!

This hereby marks my final blog post of the year… oh, I’m gonna have to publish another poem after this. That kind of sucks. It doesn’t help with the sense of closure… I have never necessarily been a fan of edublogs and am rather happy that it is ending. Seriously, I would NEVER recommend it. IF YOU GO TO BRIGGS, AVOID SEVENTH GRADE AT ALL COSTS!!!!… well, I am going to evaluate my blog. Mainly because I have to. So without further ado, here is my evaluation.

 

 

  • How many posts did you write?
    • I wrote a total of nine blog posts
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
    • Two of them were school-assigned, and the line between my own posts and those set by the challenge is rather blurred because they go all over.
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
    • I received… six comments.
  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
    • The most-commented post was my “Week Thee: Dark Poetry” (https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/03/19/dark-poetry/). This likely hppened because its very dark and it probably just gave them nightmares.
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
    • My personal favorite blog post is Week Eight: The final Fronteir; The Far-Away Land; The Ever-So-Distant World… of California” (https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/05/11/week-eight-the-final-frontier-the-far-away-land-the-ever-so-distant-world-of-california/), which as you can obviously tell by the name, is a massive review of Avengers: Age of Ultron. If I had to recommend one blog post, it would be this one, but Weeks Five and Six are very good too
  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
    • I did have to change it once, only because I accidently clicked on a sucky blog theme and the one that I did have was retired, so I couldn’t get it back.
  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
    • I don’t have many widgets. I have seven Friends links, a “Recent Comments” widget, and of course an adorable digital guinea pig names Cuddlekins III Esquire.
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?
    • I… have none. Oh.
  • Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?
    • I’m not really sure what a web tool is… let’s just say I didn’t use any because I don’t need assistance in being awesome
  • For those of you who participated in both the fall and spring challenges, share how you grew as a blogger over the course of the year. This might be about your actual written posts or blogging know-how, but it could also be about your ability to connect with other bloggers.
    • Well, in the beginning I hated Edublogs. I still do hate Edublogs. However, the quality of my blog posts has grown exponentially. I just realized that Edublogs could act as a good way to broadcast my writing, so I went with it. It’s still really terrible, though.

My blogs posts are in order of rank ARE:

#1 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/05/11/week-eight-the-final-frontier-the-far-away-land-the-ever-so-distant-world-of-california/
#2 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/04/28/week-six-activity-seven-a-shocking-contribution-to-my-lifestyle-get-it/
#3 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/05/16/poetry-week-two-personification-powers-activate/
#4 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/04/07/week-five-a-short-history-of-the-transformers/
#5 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/03/19/dark-poetry/
#6 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/05/14/star-wars-the-ring-theory/
#7 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/05/12/week-nine-i-go-mentally-insane-looking-at-pictures-of-puppies/
#8 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/05/11/my-epic-poem-well-my-poem-at-least/
#9 https://keyan1am.edublogs.org/2015/04/05/week-4-activity-3/

 

 

 

What am I missing…? THE PICTURES!!!! Um… here, uh, have these pictures of Thomas the Train and Percy making awesome faces.


Photocredit: tvtropes.org


Photocredit: ttte.wikia.com

 

Oh, the days before CGI. The CGI stories are just as good but they just don’t get as amazing facial expressions anymore.

 

Well, this is Keyan1am signing off herout forever. Goodbye, my friends.

 

POETRY Week Two: Personification Powers ACTIVATE

Since Mrs Hoke’s poetry assignment this week is about personification, I thought that it’d be a nice callback to take the first piece of writing I did this year and turn it into a poem. It worked out; the story was already an example of personification and it was really short since… I did it the night before it was due in about half an hour. Not a great way to start the year, I know, but it suited its purpose here and I still got full credit on it so no harm is done.

Photocredit: www.wilko.com

 

There was once laundry basket
He did same thing bi-daily
He gathers Master Keyan’s clothes
And taken by Master Keyan’s own master (Mom)
His contents are strategically picked out
One by one
One by one
Thrown into large mysterious torture machines
The most effective manner possible
Clothings are segregated by shade
some being ripped apart from their families
They are drowned then sent interrible furnace
A true miracle that they survive process
Laundry Basket is picked up by Master Keyan himself
And affectionately shoved under bed
To be be periodically filled with clothings every night

 

One day laundry basket was placed in a light brown room
Instead of reassuring cool blue color of Master Keyan’s room
So as always he sat on floor for hours
Gathering dust
having an asthma attack
He wanted this to make him feel abandoned
He remembered that laundry baskets do not have emotion
He remembered that they don’t think either
Laundry basket was all alone in a completely different world
When he was nearly overwhelmed with sensory overload
Master Keyan suddenly BURST into room with hero’s stride
Picked up laundry basket walked down the hallway
And threw it under his bed again
Laundry Basket was back in his home
He would have been happy had he been capable

Dedicated to my laundry basket which was one day in my sister’s room. Also, in part dedicated to Hannah1am for helping me convert the story into a poem. I was very scared to make a grammatically correct story and SLAUGHTER its perfection but she really helped me get over that…

I still like it better before, though.

Star Wars: The “Ring Theory”

 

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Prepare to have your small and insignificant little mind BLOWN. It was recently brought to my attention by my teacher and fellow Star Wars geek buddy (Who happens to be jayna2am’s father) (And I unfortunately cannot say this teacher’s last name because it is also Jayna’s last name and that would be bad) that a mind-boggling Star Wars conspiracy was deserving of some attention. It talks about a structural phenomena about how the Prequel and Original trilogies are mirrored images of each other and basically furthers the notion that George Lucas is in fact a god. This amazing theory makes the Prequel trilogy seem like a masterpiece and almost makes Jar Jar Binks worth it…

Almost

http://www.starwarsringtheory.com/

 

And, as always, May the Fourteenth be with you (Ten days late but whatever!!)

Week Nine; I Go Mentally Insane Looking at Pictures of Puppies

This week’s blog post is about animals… well, it’s not necessarily something I would choose. However, writing about animals is such a vast topic and henceforth there are so many loopholes. I mean, first off I am an animal, so I could just write a biography… or even better, publish my 65 episode auto-biography… It’s mostly made up. The characters and locations are the only thing that stay. But it’s a total mess right now because it’s hard to script action scenes and I get overwhelmed by my own over indulgence and I try to take on all 65 episodes at once. Plus… it’s really embarrassing at this point because… well, it’s about me and my thoughts. Not to mention that the villain is (at this point) completely unrelatable. He’s just a bad guy trying to take over the universe for no apparent reason. It has these plot macguffins that are painfully obvious and I’m really trying to work all of that down before I ever let it reach the public.

One hundred and sixty seven words in and there’s still no real mention of animals. I am unintentionally writing a bunch of filler dialogue but I just rant too much. Well… to keep you preoccupied for now, have a picture of a dog harassing his cat brother.

Photocredit: www.amigosac.org

Welp, I looked up “Cute Puppies” and was completely and utterly memorized by how ADORABLE AND FLUFFY AND AMAZING THEY ARE!!!!!!

 

 

Photocredit: kidsrock.competitor.com

LOOK AT THIS PUPPY!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH

Keep it together, Keyan. Keep it together.

Ahem. Well, now that that’s over… this blog post is going nowhere. I have to say, though, writing my thoughts down makes for exceptionally entertaining filler. But now that I say that, my thoughts morph into things that I’m not comfortable writing down. See? These are my problems. I… I…… LOOK AT THIS PUPPY

Photocredit: www.brohoof.com

OH MY GOODNESS IT’S ADORABLE!!!!!

No, Keyan. Calm down. Calm down… the other puppies were cuter.

I agree with this.

Am I having a conversation with myself?

No, you’re having a conversation with me.

*Awkward Silence*

MORE PUPPIESSSSSSS!!

Photocredit: www.cutestpaw.com

Well, I’m gonna… I’m gonna go before the insanity gets to me. Hopefully I’ll see you with a puppy-free mind. Bye!!

Week Eight: The Final Frontier; The Far-Away Land; The Ever-So-Distant World… of California

If I had just turned eighteen and was preparing to go to college, I would make a far, cross-country travel all the way from Oregon to the faraway land of California.

I am not an adventurous person.

I have no desire to travel the country. I find that it is a waste of money and resources. I am going to get a major degree in Cinematography at the University of Southern California. I have money that I’ve been saving in a bank that’ll help me buy a house. I’ll probably get a part-time job, on campus, probably at a coffee booth or something since I already work at one at my church. After I graduate from college, I’ll become a train conductor taking a route from Eugene, Oregon to Portland, Oregon. Several train conductors that I know (Don’t question HOW) recommend that route. I’ll try to work four days a week but I’ll probably have to work six. Until I am ready to start producing the 65-episode TV show that I have already began scripting. It’ll be awesome.

Well, there’s not much to talk about regarding my future life but since I have not yet met the quota, instead let’s talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe; more specifically, Avengers: Age of Ultron

Complete and utter spoilers for Age of Ultron (And the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) lie ahead. Watch your step.

Photo Credit: www.comingsoon.net

Age of Ultron is comedy gold. From the recurring “Watch your language” joke to “Ultron is multiplying faster than a catholic rabbit”, Ultron never fails to disappoint, nor do any of the Marvel movies before it.

The action was pretty great. The opening attack on the Hydra Base was very reminiscent of the Battle of New York. I enjoy how each of the Avengers (Except maybe Thor) all got their own individual battle with Ultron, whether it be in the middle of a crashed shipyard (Iron Man), on top of a hurtling Semi truck (Captain America), or in a quinjet (Hulk), the one-on-one action scenes do not disappoint. (Yah, Thor never got a fight scene with Ultron. He killed that zombie Ultron-bot at the beginning but that was completely one-sided! Even Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver got fight scenes!!) Sure, the climatic battle at the end got a little bit sloppy, what with Iron Man drilling to “the core” and all, but for the most part the action here is top-notch.

So why did I leave the movie theater disappointed?

Gif Credit: www.mtv.com

Well for one, because you already knew what would happen if you watched the trailers; The Avengers would defeat Strucker, take Loki’s scepter, battle the twins, create Ultron, the twins would join Ultron, Hulkbuster would defeat Hulk, the twins would join the Avengers, Ultron would create Vision, Vision would also join the Avengers, and the Avengers would kill Ultron. See, the first Avengers was littered with all this amazing battles, and you were all like “Oooh! Who will win; Iron Man or Thor?” Then “Oooh! Thor or Hulk?” Then “Oooh! Iron Man or Captain America?” then “Oooh, Black Widow or Hawkeye?” (Pretty obviously Black Widow), “Is the Helicarrier gonna crash?!” Are the Avengers gonna Assemble?! WHAT IS LIFE?!?!?!” These were you thoughts during The Avengers. But Age of Ultron was pretty predictable. We only got one superhero fight (Between Iron Man and Hulk, but we all pretty much knew that Iron Man had to win), although rumors state that a fight between Thor and Vision was allegedly cut (That would’ve been amazing. WHY, JOSS WHEDON, WHY?!?!?!?!)

But more importantly, it’s because comedy and action alone do not make a movie. If that was the truth, Michael Bay’s Transformers quadrilogy would actually be considered good. Luckily, Age of Ultron does not fail with personal character arcs. Iron Man must cope with the fact that he created Ultron (More on that later); Thor must discover the meaning of his visions; Hulk must (as always) control his inner rage and see if he is ready for love again; Captain America continues to discover his place in the world; Black Widow must face ghosts of her past (which completely ruined her character) (as well as fall in a completely unbelievable romance), Hawkeye must protect his family from the Ultron threat; and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver must discover their true potential to join the Avengers. Although all of these are relatively small arcs, with the twin’s ark understandably taking the lead; the one that should have been the most prominent is the smallest. We got to see no “Frankenstein and his monster” relationship between Tony Stark and Ultron.

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As Vox.com puts it: “Ultron, bases his entire existence and endgame on Tony Stark, modeling his behavior, his personality, and his fears after the man. But we never see father and son share a moment together. There’s a greater connection and relationship between Ultron and Iron Man’s Computer System Jarvis than there is between Tony and his creation. We get one scene of Tony mourning over what he has created, although it is filled with Joss Whedon’s humor, making it hard to take it seriously. Not only that, but none of the other Avengers really seem as bothered by this as they should. Thor tries to strangle Tony and Captain America yells at him alot, but that’s about it. Seriously, Captain America gets more crap for telling Tony to watch his language than Tony gets for creating a monomaniacal killer robot obsessed with planetary human eradication.

“Nor do we really witness the dark depth of Tony Stark’s fear that inspires him to create a system like Ultron. How much of Ultron was in place before the Scarlet Witch twisted his mind at the beginning? How much of Ultron is corrupted by the scepter? How have Tony’s fears deepened from what we saw in the first Iron Man? What’s been going on in his head since Iron Man 3? And how much does Bruce Banner know or not know about this program?

“Filling in some of these blanks could have made Ultron more compelling and a more thoughtful character, but then he also might have been a character we’d have to hold on to for a little longer. Such a story might not align with the larger narrative that Marvel wants to tell.

And the larger narrative has flaws.

“Over the past seven years, we’ve watched Marvel develop the Avengers from the ground up. It’s been like seeing a game of chess play out on the silver screen. Their evolution began in 2008 with Tony Stark, whose story became a gateway to introduce us to Black Widow, and then S.H.I.E.L.D. Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and the Hulk soon joined the fray. And in 2012, this chess game saw its first giant move when the Avengers finally came together on screen.”

But what’s been fascinating about watching these heroes grow is how disposable their villains have become. Villains like the Iron Monger (Iron Man), Whiplash (Iron Man 2), Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger), the Mandarin (Iron Man 3), Malekith (Thor: The Dark World), Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy), and now the titular singularity of Avengers: Age of Ultron are enduring foes in the comic books, but they all have incredibly short cinematic lives. As Vox.com writer Alex Abad-Santos points out, “these comic book juggernauts have become strawmen, vehicles to get us from one point in the Marvel universe to another, rather than fully fleshed-out characters.”

 

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Here’s my analogy: Ya know how Spiderman swings around from web to web? Each web is disposable and is only used to propel him from part of the air to another? Well each part of the air is a Marvel movie and each web is a villain… just work with me here. I know that it’s a terrible analogy. So from The Iron Man 3, he shoots the Aldrich Killian web that propels him to Thor: The Dark World. Then he shoots the Malekith web that brings him to Guardians of the Galaxy. He launches the Ronan web at Age of Ultron, where Ultron will brings us to Ant-Man. The villains are barely worthy of the title plot device!! In Guardians of the Galaxy, we don’t see any of Ronan’s motivations to destroy Nova; we just know that he’s going to destroy Nova and that the Guardians need to stop him. The same scenario is present in Thor: The Dark World. Although Whiplash had a pretty believable motivation in Iron Man 2, Aldrich Killian’s motivation in Iron Man 3 is just plain petty. Tony Stark failed to show up to a meeting once at a party in 1999, so 13 years later he creates a dangerous serum that enables its users to have fire-themed superpowers and unlimited healing, effectively making them nearly invincible, as well as creating a puppet called the Mandarin to lure Tony Stark into a trap that will allow him to kill the woman he loves and take control of the entire country of America. Marvel is the franchise that will turn down having a proper villain in favor  squeezing $774 million out of a talking raccoon and his best friend The Giving Tree (Guardians of the Galaxy)

This might be a reason why sequels like Iron Man 2, Thor 2, Iron Man 3, and even Age of Ultron haven’t been as good as their predecessors. And conversely, developed villains like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) have helped make Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Avengers so very good.

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Similarly, Ultron’s abilities are extremely under minded. A villain with full access to the internet and all he does is find nuclear codes? They could have atleast had a joke where he laments about how much weird stuff is on the internet. He could have been watching Keyboard Cat or Charlie the Unicorn. A good villain would have created global chaos that would have divided the heroes and kept them from being able to save Sokovia. Wars, nuclear hostage crises, anything would have been better than Ultron’s final plan. Artificial Intelligence? More like Artificial DUMBNESS!!!… that joke was funnier in my head…

Even the Avengers Assemble cartoon is handling Ultron better right now!! In Episode 13; Thanos Triumphant, the Avengers finally stop Thanos from using the Six Cosmic Space Jelly Bean – I mean, I mean the Infinity Stones – to destroy the Universe. They use Tony’s proudest creation; a robot names Arsenal to absorb the power of the stones and stop Thanos. However, Tony left a backdoor open in Arsenal’s programming, allowing Ultron to sneak in. Taking Arsenal’s body as his own, he absorbs the power of the stones completely, effectively becoming the most powerful being in existence and completely unstoppable.

I guess they forgot that he had the Infinity Gauntlet, however, because they are never mentioned or seen again. In Episode 14; Crack in the System, Ultron begins his murderous campaign against humanity by taking control of technology from Hammer Industries and A.I.M.. in order to free Arsenal from Ultron’s control, Iron Man works on a destroyer malware in order to deactivate Ultron. Iron Man finds out Ultron is at A.I.M base using his Ultron detector, which he does not share with his team. Later he claims he was suspicious and hence he did not share the details. During fight with Ultron, Tony is able to inject Ultron with Destroyer Malware with help of his team mates. In a really awesome fight scene, Ultron takes on all of the Avengers at once, completely disabling Iron Man’s suit and just being really dang awesome. Anyhow, Tony destroys only 95% of Ultron being unwilling to kill his creation Arsenal and Ultron is able to reboot and defeat Tony. This angers Captain America, as Tony did not destroy Ultron as discussed earlier by the team and risked many lives on Earth for his personal emotions on Arsenal. At the end, Captain America leaves the Avengers after an argument with Tony. See that? Tony’s reluctance to destroy him? That is an emotion that could have made it into the film. Plus, just watching that fight scene brought me so much joy. And it only gets better. In Episode 15: Avengers Disassembled, Roxxon Oil Corporation is attacked by a rebuilt Super-Adaptoid who is being controlled by Ultron. The Avengers and Spider-Man fight Super-Adaptoid until Captain America arrives where Ultron takes control of the S.H.I.E.L.D. drop team that is made up of Life Model Decoys. This total scene lasts 14 minutes; of the Avengers dealing with eight Ultron drones. That’s how powerful he is. He is amazing. However, this only proves to be a distraction, as Ultron then takes control of the Avengers Tower and Iron Man’s Hall of Armors, launching all of Iron Man’s suits at the Avengers. Unfortunately, Tony, being the secretive man he is, created a suit of armor specifically designed to hold its own against each of his fellow avengers, such as the Hulkbuster armor or the Asgardianbuster armor. When Ultron takes control over Stark’s satellites to launch missiles, Iron Man blows up Avengers Tower and his tech to avoid it. All of the technology in Stark Industries in gone; a sacrifice that had to be made in order to defeat Ultron. After Spider-Man upon being unable to convince Captain America and Iron Man to not argue, the Avengers are divided, leading into the famous Civil War arc where the Avengers are battling eachother. At the end of episode, it is seen that Ultron’s first mission of disassembling the Avengers is done successfully. Episodes 16 and 17 are about the two individual groups struggling, but Ultron returns for the conclusion of his arc in Episode 18: The Ultron Outbreak. The Avengers reunite when Captain America and Iron Man learn to appreciate their differences while trying to save the world from ultimate destruction at the hands of Ultron who uses a special nano-virus to turn the humans into Ultron Sentinels. As Ant-Man works on a cure for the nano-virus, the Avengers work to defeat Ultron before everyone on Earth is converted into Ultron Sentinels. See, in the movie Ultron simply builds the Ultron Sentinels, but here, he turns innocent citizens into robots under his command that the Avengers can’t destroy and can’t even touch. Did I mention that the climax includes Ultron taking control of the entire SHIELD Tri-Carrier (The Assemble version of the Helicarrier)? Yah, he does. The finale results in Iron Man sacrificing himself and Arsenal by sending Ultron into the sun, hopefully destroying him forever.

Well hopefully not because I want him to come back.

Gif Credit: www.vox.com

Perhaps in an act of fan service and strengthening the overall Cinematic Universe, perhaps Tony or Nick Fury brings Ultron’s central processor to Hank Pym and tells him to keep it safe or whatever. That would not only have an amazing comic tie-in but it would also set up the upcoming Ant-Man movie (Hopefully The Yellow Jacket will be a better villain than Ultron). That also would have allowed for Ultron to continue to function and would have further established the relationship between Tony and Ultron if Ultron returned in any potential sequels.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a thrill ride and I can’t recommend it highly enough, but, as well as most movies of this era, they seem to be losing integral quality with loosely knitted action and flailing character relationships. Well, that has been my blog post about what I want to do with my life… it didn’t end up being about that but whatever.

Sources:

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/5/8551231/avengers-age-of-ultron-villain

For More Information on other Marvel-related goodness, I highly encourage you to visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avengers:_Age_of_Ultron

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Cinematic_Universe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Avengers_Assemble_episodes

PS: QUICKSILVER DIES. Deal with it (Just like Scarlet Witch didn’t)

My Epic Poem… (Well, My Poem at least)

My poem was originally going to be this deep and psychological writing piece about how everyone around me is changing, including myself, and I feel that some of the people who were once my friends are becoming rather bad influences, and although I thought it had been easy to sever the connections, it is times like these when I realize that I am a human, despite how much I think otherwise. The constant battle between logic and love in my head is bringing me to a breaking point and I’m really messed up inside. I mean, have you met me?!

Well, every time I tried to write something on that deep of a psychological level there was no perfect way to elaborate my feelings, and no matter how hard I strived, I never reached perfection. So instead I greatly shortened it. Without further ado, read the glory of my more-or-less epic poem!!

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Who am I?
 
As the drama plays out and the emotions unfurl
I watch intently and wonder: where do I belong in this world?
 
As dehumanization and fights and cussing unfolds around me
everyone climbing and fighting for a spot on a big social tree
 
I decline the opportunity and think to my self
This is below me. So I’ll cut the tree down and build a nice shelf
 
It is a really nice shelf. It’s nicely polished everything. I put jarred human souls on it. You should come over some time and see it…

Join the collection.
 
Well, that was cheery!! Have a nice day. I’ll see you next time.

Week Six Activity Seven; A “Shocking” Contribution To My Lifestyle (Get it?)

The only prompt Week Six was offering that sounded even a little bit close to remotely interesting was number seven. If the power grid permanently shorted out (and this is clearly a hypothetical scenario as the government would have it working again within a day), how would my lifestyle change and what would I do for entertainment?

This is a different basement but you get the gist. Flood = Bad.

Photocredit: www.trashcanwillys.com

I had a similar experience once. It was winter of 2014. It was a dark and stormy night (Not stormy nor night but whatever) and almost all of the power in Springfield, Oregon went out. My parents sent my sister and I away to better conditions; her at her friend’s house in Thurston and me to Joey2am’s house in the mountains by Camp Creek that outline Willamette Valley. Joey’s house had no generator because his dad found no use for one. However, after a few hours, their power went out as well. His dad realized how wrong he was. The house was designed by his mom (an architect) but it had one pretty major design flaw: All of the water that flows into those weird little vent thingies on the side of the street ends up in a little cavern under his house where a water pump relays the water into a river. However no electricity equals no functioning water pump. Seeing as it was raining during this blackout, the water level rapidly rose, where it would have flooded the basement and crawlspaces and rotted the floor of the house and… well have you ever to to replace an entire floor?

Luckily, Team Keyan was there to save the day (No, they didn’t agree to the name. They don’t have to.) While Joey’s dad ran out to find a generator, he, his mom, two sisters and I grabbed buckets. We ran down the stairs, filled the bucket with murky water, ran upstairs, through the garage, and dumped it in the grass. After about two hours of that… us humans proved inferior to nature. Every store was closed during the short out. Joey’s dad urgently showed Joey and I a way to manually pump water out with a pump that he had managed to find before he ran out again with a generator. That involved Joey and I crawling in a crawlspace in his garage and placing the pump at the right position. So while Joey’s mom and sisters continued with the buckets and Joey pumped up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down and and up and down and *Exasperated gasp* and up and down, the water ran through a hose and dumped into his grass. It was a two-person job, as one person pumped and the other had to ensure the safe connection of the hose. That crawlspace was full of spiders and I didn’t want to risk one eating my face off. I knew that my own personal comfort was more important than the house that they’ve spent years of backbreaking labor to build so naturally I watched the hose and… motivated Joey. Yah. “Motivation”. As he fell to a breaking point, succumbing to mental and physical exhaustion, I had us trade shifts with his sisters. While Emily, his then-a-sophomore sister, wasn’t the most helpful in the situation… Carly, his then-a-junior sister, was slightly better than her younger sibling. Joey, his mom and I ran buckets up and down from his basement. His sister and I traded shifts a few times before his dad finally arrived with a generator. (HE STOPPED AT A RESTAURANT AND HAD DINNER WITH HIS FRIEND DURING THAT TIME) So with that, we discovered that it had been five hours!! The time, in all honesty, flew for us. It was actually kinda fun… for a supervisor like me. (For the record I was lazy and weak last year… I’m still kinda weak but not as weak. I can now beat my mom in arm wrestling).

So yah. The power went back on and we lived in comfort in his mountain house while all of other the losers in Springfield froze. Eventually the power grid wa turned back on and all was well. THE END.

Week Five; A Short History of the Transformers

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For thirty one years, the battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron has grasped the hearts of several generations. The sentient robotic organisms from the planet Cybertron have battled for millennia before their epic battle reaches Earth and the humans become stuck in the crossfire. How has a battle between two clunky robots and their armies become such a pop culture phenomenon spanning seventeen animated series (six of which are exclusively Japanese) and a live-action film series?

Well, first of all, things from the eighties… weren’t very good… or entertaining of even make sense at all. But don’t say that to a child of the eighties or they will give you a look like you’ve offended their ancient ancestors. Some will argue. Some will fight you. Children of the eighties make for rather wild adults. But the point is that this show about giant alien robots fighting a (not so) secret war on Earth appealed to every single nine-year-old boy in 1984. What’s not to love?… unless you’re a parent who’s just lost a few hundred dollars to a handful of barely poseable figures that transform into really odd-looking cars.

The original Transformers cartoon was solely made to sell toys. There is no question about it. Even if the toys weren’t all that accurate…

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However, as the times progressed, the shows are now being created and nurtured with care; some of the plots even being based off of the show creator’s childhood imagination. (ie. Transformers Animated (2008-9) and Transformers Prime (2010-13)) while some of them lack plot and are still just made to sell toys and put money in Hasbro’s really big pocket (ie. Transformers Live-Action Film Series (2007-present)).

The motive of the war has changed with every reincarnation. Sometimes it is a battle over the use of Energon; the Transformer’s natural power source although in more recent times the battle has been over possession of the Allspark; the creative force of all Cybertronian life.

Optimus Prime and his brave band of Autobot have inspired generations of chubby nine-year-olds, and it will continue to for years to come. But what do you think makes this stand out amongst other popular eighties franchises that have died out, such as G.I. Joe or Micro Machines. Find out more about this amazing franchise at http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Main_Page.

Until next time, my friends! This is Keyan signing off.

 

Week 4 Activity 3

 

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http://www.mission2mexico.org/

I have participated in missionary work on multiple occasions; every march since 2009 I have gone on a mission trip through my church to the small town of “Ejido El Porvenir, B.C.” in Mexico. Each year we split into groups and each group builds a house for a family. In four days of work, we are able to build four 16′ by 20′ homes, replacing the cardboard huts and shacks that they once called their home. 16 feet by 20 feet is smaller than an American classroom, but to these poor Mexicans it is a mansion to them; a temple for them to honor God. This has been a life-changing experience; teaching you to never take what you have for granted. Watching these family’s lives rise from nothing to royalty is completely unforgettable. This adventure also serves as the perfect way to create and strengthen already-existing friendships. Back-breaking labor in the hot sun, building a house in a three-day time limit with (in some cases) a drill sergeant-like site leader is all worth it in the end, when your life is forever changed in a better direction and you will gain a new understanding of what life is about

 

To find out more about this incredible missionary experience, please go to http://www.mission2mexico.org/