sunsets

hOI!

So today was very awful. My worst day in a while.

But hey, I’m not about to talk about my literal sob story.

I want to capture the best parts in my awful day and turn them into an inspirational metaphor because I want you guys to have fantastic days.

Again, today was horrible for me. There was a pouring storm outside, perfectly reflecting how I felt. But there’s something remarkable about the aftermath of storms: they end with prettier skies. Like, once when I was little, there was a bad storm outside. But after it ended, there was a beautiful rainbow. And at another time, there were a lot of tornado warnings and a severe storm that came through, but the sunset that ended was gorgeous.

Today was one of those scenarios. There was one of the most beautiful sunsets that I have ever seen outside today.

There was this brilliant golden color shining through the air, deep blue little storm clouds dotting across it like stars in a night sky, and a blanket of clouds. The glow caused the clouds of stormy blue to be a light pink, gently blending into lavender and into the surrounding darkness. And as the sunset progressed, the purple and pink mixed together like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night (just not the same colors), and instead of that gold, there was a bright pink/red.

And the fact that just earlier I was in a very dark place, it made me feel a lot better, seeing that beauty arrive after that storm.

And happiness is similar-you sometimes have to get through trying times to get to it.

Metaphors.

I’ve been a little obsessed with two songs as of late.

“Gravity” and “Wake Up” by EDEN.

Those lyrics really get to me, like from Gravity when he sings:

“‘Cause I used to defy gravity, defy gravity
Goodbyes keep dragging me down
And I’m fighting gravity, defying gravity
I tried but I keep falling
‘Cause falling’s easy
But it only brings you down”

And also

“I know it’s hard, but no one said it’s easy
Falling’s easy
But there’s only one way up”

And from Wake Up:

“…Sun always seems to wash our fears away
And it’s always shining somewhere
I just gotta get there
And even though it seems like half the world away”

I totally recommend a listen to those songs.

So yeah.

Wherever you are, whatever dark place…it’ll get better. Even if it’s the simple things that make you feel at least a little happy again.

I’m saying this to you but I’m also telling myself the same thing.

Anyways,

Have beautiful days and wonderful lives.

-Victoria

*psst, I want to talk about more music stuff, but this isn’t as important so you can go right past this*

*i’m seeing oh wonder live in october and I’m so excited, they’ve helped me through a lot with “heart hope”. their first album is incredibly calming. also, dodie clark’s “secret for the mad” has helped me a lot too. taylor swift’s speak now album is always on repeat for me. i played it during my highs and my lows, and it’s appropriate both times. okay i’m done talking about music stuff now.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

solivagant

hOI!

So this is my only time in the space of this evening to write a post, because i’ve been super busy every night this week.

Considering the fact that I recorded a demo of this song today and am going to play it live tomorrow for around 200 people, I figured that I’d share it with you lot.

‘solivagant’ means wandering alone, by the way.

And here’s my updated track list, I took out so many songs because I didn’t think they were my best. I’ve also been writing,

  1. broken one
  2. scarlet and crimson
  3. third
  4. to jupiter
  5. without a moon
  6. drunk
  7. poison
  8. earthquake
  9. cavity land
  10. ultraviolet
  11. masquerade
  12. apricity
  13. solivagant
  14. eigengrau

So yeah! Here is “solivagant”.

there we stand
darkness has
it’s hold
on us
\
and we don’t
need some
one to 
take us home
 \
and our eyes
don’t see
each
other
 \
our minds
drive us
alone
and voices
blend into
the sound
of nothing
 \
we are equivalent 
 \
 we are
surrounded
but we are
distanced
 \
we are solivagant
words
mean nothing
when you don’t
hear them
 \
they seem to
get lost
on their
way to me
 \
and i am
in front of you
but it seems
I’m not here
 \
pull me
down from space
from this isolation
set me free
and voices 
blend into
the sound
of nothing
 \
we are equivalent
 \
we are 
surrounded
but we are
distanced
 \
we are solivagant
yes 
i hear
just fine
 \
and yes
i have
some control
of myself
 \
i don’t
understand
my mind
 \
some part
of it
is lost
i guess
and i
am different
 \
i am
solivagant
 \
but i will
find you
 \
i will
find you
 \
and this world
won’t be so
lonely
anymore
 \
and this world
won’t be so
lonely
anymore. 
Yeah!
I’m very very very excited to play this tomorrow, i’m third in line for performance (hahahahahhaah third, oh the irony), and I get to play it on a grand piano.
Ah.
If you didn’t catch this song’s meaning, it was written about feeling distanced and all
alone, even when you’re surrounded with people, or talking with other people, whether that’s in real life or over technology. It’s a feeling of detachment, and feeling like whatever you’re facing, there’s nobody standing with you.
Which is something I feel, that’s why I wrote a song about it.
Sorry for the sad message.
AND you are not alone. I may be contradicting myself for things that I’ve felt, but you are not alone. And sometimes, things we feel don’t have much logic attached to it, anyway.
But yeah, feel free to leave feedback in the comments.
I hope you liked it.
Have wonderful lives.
-Victoria

thank you camp staff

*in the distance, you hear footsteps and murmuring and confusion sets in the air….*

hOI!

So, no SCIENCE! post today because I literally have NO Science debates (please please please comment if you have one, i’m stuck), but instead it’s time for a story.

I’m a human, like you, (unless you’re some advanced AI viewing from the future, or I don’t know, a dog/dragon hybrid), so in life some things happen.

And today, that involved when I was forgotten.

Let me explain.

So, today was my first day at songwriting camp. I’ve gotta say, there are some things I don’t like that much-like people saying “you HAVE to write a song this week bla bla blah perform on Saturday yada yada yada” because really, as a songwriter, that’s out of my control when I have writer’s block. But setting aside the stress of being required to write something and PERFORM it this weekend, it’s been pretty okay so far. Oh, and looking around and seeing everyone be ridiculously talented and you just hide under the table…I mean, come on, one guy that was there plays 16 instruments. 16!!!! And I play 3, but strong at 1!!!

Anyways, that’s besides the point.

Since the building where the camp is taking place is a music museum, one of the last things we did today was go explore the museum from the 60s to the present, looking at all the artifacts and stuff from famous musicians. At the end, we did some writing exercises. At the end of the second (and final) one, I started talking to this girl while we were waiting for the staff member leading our group (there were two groups) to take us back up to the room, since it was the end of the day. We talk for a good 2 minutes I’d say, then we decide it’s time to get back with our group. But looking around the exhibit, we realized that there was nobody there we recognized, or the staff member. We don’t panic, but we circle around the exhibit a few times, then go out and explore the other exhibits.

Then truth dawns on us: our group forgot us and left us behind.

After realizing that, we still don’t panic, and just decide to look for the staircase we came down to get to the floor that we were on. And somehow, after apparently searching the entirety of the second floor, we couldn’t find the staircase. After circling around a few more times, we just get into the elevator.

Yeah, and guess what? LITERALLY NOBODY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT WE HAD BEEN MISSING AND SEARCHING FOR THEM FOR THE PAST 10 MINUTES.

The staff leader that was leading our group wasn’t even in the room!

And before you say, “oh, well, it was your fault, you shouldn’t have talked to the girl and instead found the group,”

NO! Because there were no signs that everyone was leaving, the leader didn’t call out or find us to let us know they were leaving, it was a mess.

So yeah, thank you camp staff. Today was a lovely day. Surely the highlight was when you forgot me.

Okay, jokes aside, again, we didn’t panic, but I thought it was a rather funny situation that surely explained my life.

I’m sorry for no SCIENCE! post today, but I hope this’ll satisfy you.

Have wonderful lives, some people won’t forget you.

-Victoria

*you hear the ding of an elevator and laughter. at least when crazy stuff happens, you have stories to tell.*

 

 

 

 

 

livin’ the summer life

*far away, you hear a bunch of people jump into the air holding sparklers screaming “SUMMERRRR!!”, and the buzz of it all around you….yeah, it’s quite the scene to watch from your house….*

hOI!

So, it’s Summer now.

And just about all my friends have done/are doing something.

I shouldn’t complain because I am doing things next week and throughout Summer, but as of yet, just about the most exciting part of my day so far is that I’ve watched YouTube. That’s what I’ve been doing.

Well, yesterday was an exception. I literally spend 2 HOURS OF MY LIFE playing Penguin Diner 2. I don’t know what it is about being a penguin waitress buying things and serving in a restaurant filled with penguins that kept me playing it for 2 hours straight, but I did, and I bought everything off the in-game catalog. If you have never played Penguin Diner or Penguin Diner 2 (well personally I think Penguin Diner 2 is way better), basically you are Penny the Penguin. In the first game, you are lost and you have no money to get home, so you start up a restaurant to get yourself money. The restaurant’s a hit. You stop working then in Penguin Diner 2 the food quality goes down so you reopen and go on a tour of Antarctica opening restaurants starting with Terra Penguina.

Yes, I wasted my life playing that while everyone else was probably out in the sun and doing fun things.

Again, I’ve got stuff coming up, yes, bUT STILL. It’s like i’m living in the reality section of those “Summer Expectations vs. Reality” YouTube videos made by those bright (most of the time sponsored by Best Fiends) DIY YouTubers with 5 minute long intros. You’ve got to know the ones i’m talking about.

Going back to games, (because sometimes I get tired of YouTube…yes, it happens, after you watch it for 6 hours straight), I went through a period of time when I was 8-ish where I played Transformice. I revisited this game yesterday as well. It was just one of those weird things where you wake up, get all nostalgic, and think, “huh…I should play that…I remember when I played that”. That’s how I got to Penguin Diner 2 (I used to play that all the time a few years ago). So, I went back to good ‘ole Transformice. It’s a game where you are a mouse and you are put through all of these kind-of obstacle courses to get the cheese and make it back home to the mouse hole or whatever. One mouse is randomly selected each round to be the “Shaman”, and the “Shaman” (but everybody normally calls them ‘sham’ for short) helps you through the course to get that cheese. It’s an interesting game. It’s also online with an online chat, and somehow very immature (let’s just say that) people find it onto an innocent mice game website, so the chats are the most interesting part of the game.

How do they even find that website? It’s so innocent, fluffy, and cutesy. The wrong place for those people! But nevertheless it’s a great time-killer.

Come to think of it, the only game I haven’t come back to out of my most played games when I was younger (excluding Pixie Hollow, rest in peace) is Animal Jam.

Nah, Animal Jam, I’m sorry, but you’re now very boring…especially considering that I’m no longer a member and I no longer prefer talking to myself in the game for hours in Sarepia forest role-playing as a Warrior Cat.

I did read that book series, and it’s good if you like the idea of cats in clans that fight each other and have names mostly ending in “paw”, “storm”, “claw”, or “star”.

Sounds ridiculous but it was actually okay.

I pretty much rambled on and on about games, but at least it’s something. After all, I literally have nothing else to do with my time yet, and the last post on here was my SCIENCE! post a few days ago.

I have a question for you.

What games did you play when you were younger?

I’m going to go now and watch Dodie Clark’s new video that came out while I was writing this.

Have wonderful lives.

-Victoria

*hahah, that was totally a dream. You don’t even live next to such excitement.* 

 

 

 

what happened to the dinosaurs?

*BOOM! You can hear a loud boom sound coming from something. And you question in a panic…is it the end of humanity like the end of the dinosaurs? has the end come? are we all going to die? was it an asteroid?*

hOI!

I’m back!

I was wondering what I was gonna do for this post on until a few minutes ago, then it just clicked.

Today, in this SCIENCE! entry, we will discuss the different theories for how the dinosaurs died. This is yet another controversy/debate that nobody has really found the answer to yet.

That being said, let’s jump right in!

When learning about the dinosaurs when you were younger, you most likely have heard the following theory:

“There was a large asteroid that had such a forceful impact on Earth that killed all of the dinosaurs.”

This is probably the most popular of all the theories, but there are several explanations for the end of the dinosaurs.

THEORY ONE-The Asteroid Theory.

THEORY TWO-The Volcanic Activity Theory.

THEORY THREE-The Competition Theory.

THEORY FOUR-The Continental Drift Theory.

Yeah, this is probably going to be a long post.

THEORY ONE-The Asteroid Theory.

It is widely believed that this was the cause of dinosaur extinction, and there is plenty of evidence of this in the Chicxulub crater just off the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.

Scientists decided to go and drill inside the crater and examine the minerals within.

Pbs.org, in a chain of articles for “What Killed The Dinosaurs”, explained many minerals that point to the theory of the impact.

  • “The metal iridium, which is similar to platinum, is very rare on Earth’s surface but is more common in asteroids and in molten rock deep within the planet. Scientists have discovered levels of iridium 30 times greater than average in the Cretaceous/Tertiary (KT) boundary, the layer of sedimentary rock laid down at the time of the dinosaur extinction” (PBS, 2).
  • “These pieces of once-molten rock, called impact ejecta, are evidence of an explosion powerful enough to instantly melt bedrock and propel it more than a hundred miles from its origin. Ranging in size from large chunks to tiny beads, impact ejecta are common at or near the Cretaceous/Tertiary (KT) boundary, the geological layer that defines the dinosaur extinction” (PBS, 2).

  • “[Fractured] crystals, often called “shocked quartz,” show a distinctive pattern of fracturing caused by high-energy impacts or explosions. Some scientists maintain that the fracture pattern in these quartz crystals could only have been caused by a massive asteroid or comet impact” (PBS, 2).

  • “Some paleontologists see evidence in the fossil record that dinosaurs were doing quite well prior to the end of the Cretaceous — that they were in no way declining in abundance when the impact occurred” (PBS, 2). This will come into play later to combat the ideas of gradualism as opposed to catastrophism, (the dinosaurs died gradually, as opposed to the idea that the dinosaurs ended abruptly in a catastrophic event).

That’s quite a lot of evidence in favor for the idea of collision with an celestial object. Thanks PBS. Check out the actual chain of articles here. I will be referencing back to this article throughout this post. I used it to format this entire thing.

Okay, so what exactly would’ve happened as a result of that impact?

Summarizing from this, what happened was that the impact triggered magnitude 10 earthquakes, causing much destruction already, followed by large tsunamis. As part of the crust was hit this forcefully, the rocks would fly upwards and eventually rain down all over the world. These pieces of rocks would fly down so fast, that is caused the atmosphere to heat, practically baking the planet. All of that dust and smoke would then rise up and block out the sun.

And that’s one theory of how the dinosaurs went extinct.

THEORY TWO-The Volcanic Activity Theory

You can actually link the above theory to this one! The impact of the asteroid would perpetrate the tectonic plates, causing those earthquakes and tsunamis, and it would also cause volcanic activity.

However, those who don’t believe in the idea of the impact, believe that volcanic eruptions were to blame.

  • “Immense lava flows cover nearly 200,000 square miles of the Deccan region of India, reaching depths of more than 6,500 feet in places. Lava flows like these provide evidence of a rash of volcanic activity for at least 500,000 years leading up to the extinction of the dinosaurs” (PBS, 3).

  • “Some scientists think the presence of high concentrations of iridium at the geological layer associated with the dinosaur extinction could be the result of extremely large-scale volcanic activity” (PBS, 3).
  • “Although geologists generally acknowledge that a comet or asteroid impact would cause [shock quarts/fractured crystals], some scientists conclude that they could also be the result of volcanic eruptions” (PBS, 3).
  • Volcanic eruptions would’ve also caused the global warming effect that would heat the atmosphere and kill off the dinosaurs.

That’s certainly a plausible theory, BUT it doesn’t stand well on it’s own. It leaves the crater unexplained, if you believe just this theory independently.

THEORY THREE-The Competition Theory

This is an idea from gradualism.

  • “Faced with an evolving group of competing organisms — the mammals — perhaps dinosaurs were driven to extinction by competition. Packs of small mammals would have competed with dinosaurs for food. And carnivorous mammals would have preyed on dinosaur eggs. Not only did mammals likely compete with dinosaurs for resources, many species survived the end-Cretaceous extinction and subsequently came to dominate Earth” (PBS, 4).

However, there isn’t much supporting this claim. There isn’t any clear evidence showing how much competition dinosaurs actually had, this is just an idea that they competed for resources. That probably did happen, BUT was it really enough to cause dinosaur extinction? If this was the case, there would be dinosaurs that would be left if it got to the point where it was fighting until there was one remaining. That dinosaur would die if they were carnivorous because there would be nothing to eat, but that leaves the crater from 65 million years ago unexplained.

THEORY FOUR-The Continental Drift Theory

You can definitely see Scientific models of how drastically the continents shifted in the time of the dinosaurs. “As continents heaved upward, pushed by the movement of tectonic plates, ocean currents were redirected and global sea levels fell. The Interior Seaway, for example, which once divided North America in half, simply drained away as the Colorado Plateau rose thousands of feet” (PBS, 5). This, of course, would mean change of climate, and the deaths of many species.

  • “The presence of 65- to 70-million-year-old fossilized ocean creatures thousands of feet above present-day sea level strongly suggests that ocean levels fell dramatically as the Cretaceous period came to a close. According to many scientists, continental drift and ocean regression would have caused continents to become drier, cooler, and less hospitable to dinosaur life than they had been previously” (PBS, 5).

I’ve noticed while writing this that these theories all link together and are all dependent, because the chances are slim that it was just one thing that ended the dinosaurs. I think there were too many dinosaurs for that. So, I think all of these theories were all different factors to the extinction. Just a fact of life is that it declines at some point-some of the things stated above, like sea levels, continents drifting, and the idea of competition all weakened the dinosaurs down. And to end it all, I think that’s when a catastrophe came in as the final blow.

But what do you think?

Do you agree with me, or do you believe in one of those theories? Let me know in the comments.

This post took a very long time to write, wow.

If you made it this far, THANK YOU! I hope you enjoyed it.

Have wonderful lives.

-Victoria

*no, Weird Account just fell. humanity hasn’t ended yet.*

*side note: 1,300+ words O.o*

music connotations.

this post may be triggering to some viewers. 

I don’t feel good right now. At all.

Therefore this post will be a little different.

When it comes to me, my music taste shifts depending on what I experience. I get new favorite songs that I relate to because of that certain event.

Also, I attach emotions with certain songs, and I’m probably not the only one who does that.

There are some songs I can’t listen to because of the painful connotations.

There are some songs I listen to to try and wipe away the painful connotations of those other songs.

I’m going to tell you about a song that brings me back to when I was six years old.

Selena Gomez-Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

Sure, it may seem stupid, but the reason why I find myself thinking of this song is because it brings me back to my life untouched by depression. A long time ago, I used to play Pixie Hollow. This was a site that was eventually closed due to lack of funding (the company couldn’t pay the staff running it) sometime in 2013.

But when I was little, I was obsessed with Pixie Hollow. And when I used YouTube when I was this young, I watched other people play Pixie Hollow.

When I call my memory forth of when I watched Pixie Hollow on YouTube, I keep remembering hearing Tell Me Something I Don’t Know in the backgrounds of loads of those videos.

Therefore, whenever I listen to it, I have the innocent, peaceful, fun connotation.

I remember what it was like 2 years before it went down the drain. I know everyone grows up and loses that feeling of youth and innocence and that type of thing. But they don’t lose their happiness.

Listening to that song that I attach to that kind of eye-of-the-hurricane feeling, it makes me realize how I really have spent a lot of my life with a dark cloud above my head.

Going through things, your interpretations of songs changes. Either you truly understand the message, you have something that it reminds you of, or perhaps it’s just a song you like that you don’t relate to.

Do you know what I mean?

And how I feel right now? I would never wish this among my worst enemies.

That’s all I have to say.

Have wonderful lives, and I want only the best for you all.

-Victoria.

*i’m not okay (i promise)*

the big bang theory

*no, i’m not about to talk about the TV show, it’s a play on words, you see…*

hOI!

So this is the first SCIENCE! post on my new schedule, which is every Monday. I’m going to try my best to stick to that.

Today, I come to you with an incredibly complicated, unable to be properly explained topic-the Big Bang.

Now, depending on your belief, you may think that the cause of the Big Bang was different, or maybe you don’t believe the Big Bang even happened.

So, let’s explain what this theory is all about.

The Big Bang, as said on space.com in an article by Elizabeth Howell called “What is the Big Bang Theory?”, is “the leading explanation about how the universe began. At its simplest, it talks about the universe as we know it starting with a small singularity, then inflating over the next 13.8 billion years to the cosmos that we know today” (Howell, 1).

(howell….sounds familiar…)

The scientist that supposedly began this theory was Georges Lemaître, who believed that the universe had to have started at one point.

Think about it-the universe is ALWAYS expanding. Today, the universe will be larger than it was yesterday. Yesterday, the universe was bigger than it was the day before that. So, it had to start somewhere, wouldn’t you think?

However,  astrophysicists haven’t been able to properly identify WHERE this point was. Or, maybe it was several points. Nobody really knows.

What sticks out about this theory is all of the following evidence, as stated by big-bang-theory.com:

  • “First of all, we are reasonably certain that the universe had a beginning.
  • Second, galaxies appear to be moving away from us at speeds proportional to their distance. This is called “Hubble’s Law,” named after Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) who discovered this phenomenon in 1929. This observation supports the expansion of the universe and suggests that the universe was once compacted.
  • Third, if the universe was initially very, very hot as the Big Bang suggests, we should be able to find some remnant of this heat. In 1965, Radioastronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson discovered a 2.725 degree Kelvin (-454.765 degree Fahrenheit, -270.425 degree Celsius) Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMB) which pervades the observable universe. This is thought to be the remnant which scientists were looking for. Penzias and Wilson shared in the 1978 Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery”

(big-bang-theory, 1).

Let’s take an extra look at the final bullet, because I already explained the first and second bullets previously.

BULLET #3-BIG BANG LEFTOVER RADIATION

As shown in the following picture, taken by ESA (European Space Agency)’s Planck space probe, you can see all of that Cosmic Microwave Background radiation.

Planck_CMB_black_background_highlight_std

As you probably were thinking, the orange/red are the hot areas, and the blue are the colder areas.

Let’s go back to Elizabeth Howell’s article. This section speaks about the beginning of the universe, and the birth of light.

“In the first second after the universe began, the surrounding temperature was about 10 billion degrees Fahrenheit (5.5 billion Celsius), according to NASA. The cosmos contained a vast array of fundamental particles such as neutrons, electrons and protons. These decayed or combined as the universe got cooler. This early soup would have been impossible to look at, because light could not carry inside of it. “The free electrons would have caused light (photons) to scatter the way sunlight scatters from the water droplets in clouds,” NASA stated. Over time, however, the free electrons met up with nuclei and created neutral atoms. This allowed light to shine through about 380,000 years after the Big Bang” (Howell, 1).

Don’t you see how the picture relates to this?

After the “big bang”, that’s supposedly when the universe began to expand. “For this inflation to have taken place, the Universe at the time of the Big Bang must have been filled with an unstable form of energy whose nature is not yet known” (science.nasa.gov, 1).

I wonder what that mysterious energy is…perhaps dark energy?

That’s yet another thing that is not quite understood by physics yet.

“It had always been assumed that the matter of the Universe would slow its rate of expansion. Mass creates gravity, gravity creates pull, the pulling must slow the expansion. But supernovae observations showed that the expansion of the Universe, rather than slowing, is accelerating. Something, not like matter and not like ordinary energy, is pushing the galaxies apart. This “stuff” has been dubbed dark energy…” (science.nasa.gov, 1).

(see, part of the reason I cite a lot of text is because i’m very very very very far from being an astrophysicist, this just interests me…)

Read these articles, they explain this much better than me, I really just cite them…

Even though they are very confusing, it’s really interesting, I recommend.

NOW FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S POINTS OF VIEW:

Religion.

Well, that’s quite controversial. Basically, religion explains that some kind of higher entity controlled this and made it happen. That’s about as far as I should go with that.

But then you have the law of energy…

“Energy cannot be created nor destroyed”
This has some astrophysicists going “THEN WHAT?”

Then you have HOW the explosion happened when nothing was there to explode…

(as inspired by a debate.org user, “Freakimaninja235” on the “Did the big bang happen” debate here: http://www.debate.org/opinions/did-the-big-bang-happen)

Also, this isn’t the only theory to the start of the universe, it’s just the most popular.

Main idea here, as most of these posts: THERE IS NO CLEAR ANSWER YET.

But I must ask of your opinion: Do you think the Big Bang happened, or it’s just a baloney sandwich??? If you think that, do comment what you do believe. I’m interested to hear other people’s opinions on this.

That being said, I hope you enjoyed this very confusing post.

So much Science and research, and all of this is still left hanging in the air. It’s insane.

Have wonderful lives, biscuits.

-Victoria

*insert Sheldon meme here*

happy disease

DISCLAIMER: in this entry, I think about the polar opposite of depression, and make up a mental disorder that fits that. I realize that that may be taken as offensive to some, so let me be clear: I know mental disorders aren’t jokes from my personal experiences with them, I just did this as mainly a thought exercise. I’m sorry if that offends you in any way, shape, form, or thought. 

hOI!

So, today I had one of those rare moments where my tired mind actually comes up with a decent idea.

If this post inevitably flops, at least it sounded good at first, okay?

I’m going through an ultimately depressing time which, well, leaves me incredibly depressed. But I was thinking: if there can be a mental disorder that leaves you feeling empty, sad, numb, and pessimistic or whatever (because at the end of the day saying depression is just sadness is an understatement), why isn’t there one that is the polar opposite of that?

I looked up if there were any disorders that actually made you happy all of the time, and the closest thing I got to was Angelman Syndrome, which is this disorder that involves several learning disabilities and other things, but the victim has a happy demeanor. But this wasn’t the type of disorder I was thinking about.

I made up a name: J.O.S, which is Joy Overload Syndrome, but let me know in the comments if you have a better name for this imaginary disorder.

Going more in depth in this thought, I realized that there were both advantages and disadvantages to having it, as opposed to depression, which there are NO advantages.

Having “J.O.S” means you are constantly happy, you don’t have any worries, and I’d think you’d live life stress-free and peacefully. However, in terms of disadvantages, I thought up much more. I think being that happy would often cause a victim to be quite lazy, with no work ethic, and overall no motivation, because they may feel that a task would be less important than it is. Expanding on that, they would probably not see the consequences and results of their actions, making them a trouble-maker and a potentially dangerous person. Also, someone with “J.O.S” may lack rationality and intelligence, because (relating to the previous thought), a victim wouldn’t feel the need to double-check their thoughts, and as they are worry-free, they may even believe that they are always right.

Come to think of it, that would make someone very egotistical and arrogant/selfish.

So, even though that person may feel pretty euphoric, that would make them blind to all the flaws of being THAT happy.

Or maybe, i’m just thinking into this way too much.

It’s late and i’m supposed to be sleeping right now.

Oh well.

Have wonderful lives, biscuits.

-Victoria

*it’s so late that theatrical victoria is sleeping, what a shame*

is the earth flat?

*in the distance, you hear never-ending stupidity. whether that’s from me or the people of the flat earth society, you choose*

(oh and this was Jamie’s idea, thanks Jamie)

hOI!

Most SCIENCE! entries I do, I agree with the theory to an extent, but I think this one is downright stupid, and it blows my mind that people still believe this.

Going back to the time of Christopher Columbus, also known as the late 1400s, people believed that the Earth was flat, and that if you were to go a certain distance, you would fall right off the edge and into space.

This theory was disproved, but NOT by Christopher Columbus because he didn’t properly circumnavigate the entire world-he was only trying to find India.

What supposedly changed most people’s minds on the fact that the Earth is flat is, I believe, satellite photos, but the idea that the Earth was round was existent way before Columbus’s time, as shown in Greek librarian Eratosthenes. As listed on futurism.com by Daniel Barker in an article called “How Do We Know That The Earth Is Round?”, “Under the assumption that the Sun’s rays would be parallel as they hit Earth, Eratosthenes measured the angle of the shadows given by pillars in Alexandria and Syene (a town a few hundred miles south on the Nile) on the same day of the year at noon. In Syene, pillars cast no shadow, as the Sun was directly overhead, but in Alexandria, there was a notable shadow.  With the measure of the shadows’ angles, and knowing the distance between Syene and Alexandria, he could measure the circumference of the Earth” (Barker, 1).

Hear that? CIRCUMFERENCE. ROUNDNESS. CIRCLE.

So these are reasons why the Earth is round due to Science:

  1. Satellite photos.
  2. Scientific Research (i.e, Eratosthenes and NASA)

That being said, let’s dive into the beliefs of the Flat Earth Society, a group of people who still believe that the Earth is flat.

  1. Earth appears to be flat when you’re walking, therefore the entire Earth must be just a flat disc.
  2. “Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim” (Wolchover, 1).
  3. Gravity is not real, everything is driven up by dark energy.
  4. Photos of Earth are photoshopped.

Let’s talk about this.

THEORY 1-Earth appears to be flat when you’re walking, therefore the entire Earth must be just a flat disc.

This is only composed of basic observation, not of galactic observation.

THEORY 2-“Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim” (Wolchover, 1).

Natalie Wolchover wrote on LiveScience on an article, “Are Flat-Earthers Being Serious?”, all about flat Earth beliefs. She continues by saying, “NASA employees, they say, guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc”. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory.

THEORY 3-Gravity is not real, everything is driven up by dark energy.

Also written by Natalie Wolchover expanding on the idea that gravity is fake, “Objects do not accelerate downward; instead, the disc of Earth accelerates upward at 32 feet per second squared (9.8 meters per second squared), driven up by a mysterious force called dark energy. Currently, there is disagreement among flat-earthers about whether or not Einstein’s theory of relativity permits Earth to accelerate upward indefinitely without the planet eventually surpassing the speed of light” (Wolchover, 1). Einstein’s theory of relativity is the idea that “all laws of physics are the same for all observers” (Department of Physics, 1).

This isn’t true, as represented by the experiments of Isaac Newton: Gravity is real. 

Don’t even get me started on the idea that all Earth photos are photoshopped. ” We’ve seen those planets and many more. Every single one we’ve found so far is round. The Earth could be an exception, true, but that would make it the only non-round planet we’ve ever found, which would be a groundbreaking development. Therefore, a flat Earth becomes highly unlikely just based on what we’ve seen in our universe” stated Scott Satinover in an article titled: “Ask a Scientist: Is the Earth flat?”

This is absurd to me. If for some reason you think the Earth is a flat disc, do comment even though I very highly doubt anybody will, because I think most people here have seen photos from NASA.

Nothing under the Flat Earth Society has logical scientific evidence to back it up: therefore, the Earth is NOT flat.

That’s this post, I hope you enjoyed it.

These posts take a very long time to write and a lot of research, but hopefully it’s interesting to you guys.

Have wonderful lives, biscuits.

-Victoria

*insert space doge here*

*much science, very earth*

boost of activity/lil chat about horoscopes

*in the distance you hear a potentially crappy post being written with good intentions in mind…huh…that sounds a little bit like life…crappy stuff happens even though you may have good intentions…*

hOI!

I sincerely apologize for not posting for ABSOLUTELY AGES.

I’m going through some stuff at the moment, and I’ve been super busy this week, that’s why I haven’t posted. BUT, I’m not breaking my schedule, saying at least a week. My last post was last Sunday, technically Sunday is the first day of the week, therefore I’m still on schedule.

Man, I’m cutting it close this time though.

I have two SCIENCE! entries that I need to write, and i’m planning on doing that this weekend, and turning back to finish Chapter Four of Silhouette for you all, so I’ll try to crank out more stuff this coming week, considering the fact it’s the last week of school. FINALLY.

Oh Wonder posted a new song called “Heavy” and per usual, it’s fantastic. Dodie Clark also posted a new song featuring Tessa Violet, called “words ain’t enough”, and it’s so relatable, I love it.

Speaking of the word “relatable”, WordPress keeps telling me i’m spelling it wrong, and i’m not. Get your act together, WordPress.

ANYWAYS.

I’m binging on horoscopes at the moment.

My friends say that I shouldn’t trust absolutely everything it says, but so far my horoscopes for the past few days have been so accurate that it’s actually terrifying.

Horoscopes are absolutely fascinating to me, I don’t know what it is. I love the cosmos and space, that’s also beautiful and mysterious, that may have something to do with it.

After all, a horoscope is determined by the placements of the planets associated with different emotions by your sun sign. For example, mine is Aquarius, and depending on what planets line up on which day, astronomers can assume what emotions I’ll feel on that day.

What do you think? Do you think horoscopes are inaccurate and stupid, or are you a believer?

It’s so cool to me. Whether or not they are real, it’s still interesting to hear about.

I don’t believe EVERYTHING about it, because you never really know, but I’d say I believe it to an extent.

That’s all for this activity boost post, I’ll be sure to post more meaningful stuff later.

Have wonderful lives, biscuits.

-Victoria

*i mean, today my horoscope says i’m incredibly stressed, and that’s incredibly right…maybe i’m just stupidly naive..*

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