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Free Lunch #48 (more more edition)

Hello there you awesome smelling pizzahaired chaps! (Hello there you submitted by faraztunezhaidr.) It’s Friday which means it’s time for another Free Lunch! If you don’t know what that means, I just type for 5 minutes on either my phone or laptop. This time it’s my phone, so this will be pretty short.

Starting at 10:31.

Not much has happened since Wednesday. Luckily I managed to finish all of the school work that was due on Thursday, and as of now, all of my grades are a-ok. I haven’t been working much on composing lately, but I hope to turn that around soon. Tomorrow i’m going downtown with my family and we’re going to eat pizza and walk around. On Sunday i’m going to my friend’s second birthday party. The first was last week, and we went a bunch of cool places (bowling, arcade, escape room). This time we’re just going to go to his house and eat cake and play video games probably.

Also, the next Undertale Free Lunch will be out within the next few weeks. Probably. If it isn’t then remind me if you actually want it.

I also want to take a moment to address all the inactive authors. I don’t know if anyone but me is ever going to post again. Jamie says he has nothing to say. No word from Maz or Jordan, and Victoria is still doing her treatment I think. I’m not sure if this is going to change anytime soon.

That’s the end of this Free Lunch.

Thanks for reading it.

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Hello There You Contributions From You 2!

Hello there you….

Oh no! I’ve run out of hello there you’s. Again!

Do you think maybe you guys could comment your own Hello There You’s?

Rules:

Nothing super inappropriate (again there might be kids reading)

Don’t recycle ones from last time.

They should be formatted Hello there you [however many verbs you need] [noun].

I hope we get just as many awesome entries as last time!

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Free Lunch #47 (almost there edition)

Hello there you Pirates of the Pancreas. Today it’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a Free Lunch! If you don’t know what that means, I just type for five minutes on either my laptop or phone trying not to stop.

Starting at 7:08.

The reason there hasn’t been as many good posts recently is because i’ve been pretty swamped in schoolwork. It’s mostly stuff that I should have already finished, but didn’t because I was being lazy. That’s all come back to bite me now as everything is due on Thursday, the last day before fall break. I wouldn’t expect another post from me until Friday for the Free Lunch, sorry.

Anyways on to the usual discussion topics, recently i’ve been working on a couple different ideas for piano songs that could branch off into their own full song. Most of them are about thirty seconds long and are kind of boring, but i’m sure i’ll find one that interests me. On Guitar, i’m practicing my Pentatonic Blues Scale and it’s pretty fun. I think i’m going to try and make my own solo later using that, but not anytime soon. In Trumpet news, in class we have just been working on making sure that we are able to correctly play stuff and comprehend rhythms, so we aren’t practicing any pieces, which is disappointing. I am still working on Megalovania for the Trumpet though, and it’s still a huge challenge… but one day I will conquer it.

I don’t really have much else to say to you, except I started watching a new show today indicated by the Hello There You.

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this kind of boring post. I promise that this Saturday you’ve got a pretty good book review coming, so hold on for that!

Dictionary Taboo:

Choose (someone or something) from a number of alternatives, typically after careful thought.
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Homer Answer

He’s a shoe!

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Homer Riddle

What is significant about this Homer Simpson head replica?

Answer will be revealed tomorrow!

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The Outsiders Review – Top Shelf Book Reviews #2

Hello there you snowshoes. It’s time for the lowly anticipated second edition of this new book review series! Today i’ll be reviewing The Outsiders!

I’m only just realizing that essentially i’ll be only reviewing my favorite books in this series. Given that it’s the books on my top shelf, and I put books up there that I enjoy a lot, there won’t be too many bad scores.

My mom was apparently obsessed with this book when she was a teenager so she got me to read it when I was 11. I didn’t really understand it, and I thought Dally and Darry were the same person… I still came away with a positive view on the book though.

However, my ELA teacher has assigned this book to us for work stuff this year, and I reread it! This time I could tell the characters apart, and understood what they were talking about! While this book probably doesn’t make my Top 5, it’s definitely up there!

As for the plot development, from what I read, it all takes place within about a week or a week and a half. The story is spaced out pretty well and it doesn’t ever drag on. The characters are well implemented, and manage to stay relatable decades later through the fact that they are mostly detailed variations on popular archetypes. They seem alive in the book, and keep the story interesting even when rereading the book.

The resolution of the plot is done well and [minor spoiler] the loop that it makes at the end with Ponyboy starting to write his book is pretty cool.

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The deaths at the end of the book are enough to satisfy any person who reads sad stories 😦

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Overall, I rate this book 8.5/10, subtracting points for timely slang that isn’t so timely anymore and Ponyboy not really resolving things with Cherry.

Thanks for reading this hastily thrown together book review 😀

Dictionary Taboo:

Extremely complex and difficult to follow.

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Free Lunch #46 (four more and 7 years ago edition)

Hello there you sentient beings. Today is Friday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch! If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get either my laptop or phone and type for 5 minutes trying not to stop. It also can’t be nonsensical.

Starting at 8:06.

Recently I have been infactuated with a piano piece called 3 Gymnopedies No. 1. I heard this song through a Spotify Classical Piano Essentials playlist, and I immediately knew it needed to be in my Sentimental Piano playlist. It also inspired the beginning of a new playlist, Ambient Piano. I’m going to also be learning this song after I finish Having Lived. I’ve got the beginning chords down already, but I shouldn’t focus too much on it before I finish the piece i’m already working on.

In other news, I have mostly left behind Pokemon Go. Unfortunately i’m not going to be able to get an Raikou because I didn’t try hard enough and now they’ll be gone. But next we have Entei right? Maybe I can get that one then. If you have no idea what i’m talking about I apologize, just skip to the next paragraph. But while we’re on the subject of Pokemon Go, let’s talk about why the game has gotten less and less interesting to me. After a few weeks without any new Pokemon or anything exciting (I haven’t been able to participate in raids in my city because of school and stuff), the game gets pretty dull pretty fast. I should probably talk about something else now or i’ll run out of time without having made another paragraph.

Welcome to the next paragraph, we are glad to have you here! This one is going to be about how a new episode of Undertale No Food will be coming soon! If this paragraph wasn’t long enough for you and you skipped the last one, why don’t you go and read the last one anyways 😀

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post!

Dictionary Taboo:

A unit of time equal to 14 days.

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Free Lunch #45

Hello there you annoying little brothers, how are you doing today? Today is a Tuesday, which means that it’s time for another edition of your favorite series, Free Lunch! If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get either my laptop or phone on Tuesdays and Fridays and type for 5 minutes without stopping sensibly.

Starting at 8:12.

The last couple days have been a sort of weird mix of hectic and laid back. My mom tore a ligament in her foot and had to go to the emergency room yesterday morning, so my siblings and I didn’t go to school yesterday. She got a weird foot cast thingy though, so it’s on the way to recovery! In other news, i’m almost finished with the two paired songs, Unfinished Piano Song #1 and Unfinished Piano Song #2. These will probably be out this Winter. I’m confident that I can compose enough Piano to resemble an album or LP. If not, then it will just come out later.

In other news, it’s possible we’ll be losing an author soon. I’m not sure if i’m allowed to share details, so i’ll let them post it if they want to. They might want to continue anyways though, so i’m not so sure.

In other other news, Brendan would like to tell you that he got a new god Beyblade Burst.  Congratulations Brendan!

I don’t really have much else to say so i’ll just fill up time with this pointlessly long sentence which you can’t hope to pay attention to. Were you paying attention? That sentence was actually a coded message, and I bet you can’t figure it out! If you do, contact me in the comments!

Brendan would like to tell you that the Beyblade he got is Kreis Satan. Congratulations Brendan!
Let’s also take a moment to be excited that To The Moon’s sequel game should be coming out very soon! I’m extremely ready for this, as there has been a few year break between the games.

My time is up for now, thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post!

Dictionary Taboo:

all the people employed by a particular organization.

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Dramatized Story

Hello there you drama llamas.

I walked into class, completely unprepared for the horrors that would befall me that day. While taking my regular seat, I was hit with a tidal wave of fear that was probably trying to warn me of the future. The door slammed against the wall, and in walked Iverson wearing a leather jacket, with brass knuckles and a brand new skull tattoo on his arm. While flexing, he picked up the teacher and threw him out the nearest window, with the teacher’s shrieks echoing through the school. I quickly crouched down under a table along with my classmates, and his eyes narrowed, searching for a target. He quickly singled me out and sauntered over to where I was trying to hide. He pulled out his blue mechanical pencil, used previously to slaughter my best friend, and stabbed me once in the arm. While I was pinned to the ground, my blood gushed out and my vision blurred to a red haze. He pulled the mechanical pencil out and the blood stream seemed to amplify. He then stabbed me once more in the finger and I lost consciousness.

What really happened though, was we got into class normally and sat down. I then picked up his mechanical pencil on the bottom end by the lead. He grabbed the other end and started banging the pencil on the table. My finger slipped under the lead and he stabbed me before I noticed I had been stabbed. We only noticed after he stopped and I saw that blood was coming out of my pinkie. We went to the bathroom and put a wet paper towel around it, then to the office to get a bandaid. Later we discovered that he had actually gotten me twice before I noticed.

Everything turned out alright though!

Thanks for reading, don’t have time for a Dictionary Taboo!

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Brave Story Review – Top Shelf Book Reviews #1

Hello there you rainbow yo-yos! This is the first episode of a series called Top Shelf Reviews (see NOTE), which you can find out more about here. I’m really excited for this project, and I hope you are too!

NOTE: I decided to change the name of this series to Top Shelf reviews, as RAREBOTS sounds like some kind of bionacles thing. Sorry if you liked that name.

Book Title: Brave Story

Author: Miyuki Miyabe

Genre: Fantasy

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I’ve most likely mentioned before on here that this is my favorite book, so this is probably a little bit biased. Just warning you.

I found this book at McKays, which if you didn’t know is like a huge thrift store, but fancier and you can bring your stuff in to trade in for cash or in-store credit. The location closest to us is HUGE, and I was just wandering around being kind of overwhelmed by everything, so I wasn’t actually picking anything. We were getting close to leaving when my mom noticed that I hadn’t picked anything out to read/listen to/watch, so she picked up a book from a shelf based purely on the cover picture. I was slightly interested by the wavy writing on the back, so I thought I would try it.

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*Sorry that the two pictures are drastically different sizes, I couldn’t find some that matched*

I read the book in about a week and a half, quickly digesting all of it in wonder. I realized when I finished that this was my favorite book, even surpassing Twerp.

What keeps this book interesting (even through 800 pages), was the world-building and character arcs through everyone. This was also one of the first impressions on me from Japanese culture, and I was reeled in even by the regular for them things, like cram school. Aside from that, the fantasy elements of the book are well-implemented and the themes and conflicts that arise throughout the book are intriguing and keep the characters fresh, along with mixing in plenty of allusions to past real-world events. The rivalry between two of the main characters didn’t feel forced, and the build-up and conclusion of this subplot were well-timed and well-written. The overall ending of the book felt like it was in the right place, and while some parts dragged a little bit throughout the middle, I think it finished strong.

However, some problems with this book are the aforementioned plot dragging on, and a little bit too much crammed into the story. On the first point, sometimes things got a bit slow, or things happened that didn’t seem to really but that linked to the main plot. That brings me to my second problem with the book, too many details crammed into the book. Even though it all wraps up well, my brain is usually a little bit clogged at that point, because it’s hard to comprehend every detail in the book while you aren’t focusing completely on it the whole time you are reading it.

Aside from these few complications, Brave Story is still my favorite book. Perhaps one day another book will take the crown from Brave Story, but that day isn’t today.

I rate it 9/10.

And now a poll, for the next book reviewed in this series.

Thanks for reading this post, I really appreciate it 😀

If you want to you can listen to my music here okay thanks!

Dictionary Taboo:

an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

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