endangered pandas appreciation

*in the distance, there is a gentle rustling of bamboo, and the slight crunch of grass. you tilt your head, and are met with a pair of big black eyes…*

hi hi!

it’s me again.

so, i was procrastinating from homework (still am. whoops.) and was scrolling through instagram like i do. i was flipping through a couple photos, when i saw a picture of this brown panda named Qizai. i was instantly floored by this adorably unique animal, so I decided to research a bit into Qizai’s life.

(after all, the red panda is my favorite animal, but that might change to be a brown panda. i don’t know, but i just love pandas)

apparently Qizai was abandoned as a kid and was “bullied” by other pandas who took his bamboo! i wanted to hug him before, and i want to hug him even more now.

i mean, look at this cute little face!

brown pandas are extremely rare, and it rumored that there are only 200-300 left in the world. there are much fewer of these lovable critters than the red panda, which is less than 10,000. nonetheless, still an endangered species.

comment your favorite animal if you want! it’s been a while since i’ve actively asked questions to this audience. 

/ in other news /

i’m still writing up a storm, and even have upbeat songs in my catalog. i’ve written about 25 decent songs this year, the most recent being one i wrote yesterday.

i’ve been making an effort to advance my self care (see my last post here) by signing up for a gym and investing a lot more time doings thing i love doing (i.e, songwriting, candles, little things like that). we’re heading upwards, people!

i thought i knew all of the first position notes on violin, but i didn’t realize i hadn’t learned low 1 and high 3. but now, i do! my teacher says they’re doing a recital in May, but it’ll be a while before i pick a piece to perform because i learn things pretty fast.

this year has gone by ridiculously fast-I can’t believe it’s already March.

/ songs i like right now /

i suppose i’ve really gotten a format for my posts now. i think this whole music part thingy will be a regular. i don’t actually have a lot of songs i like right now (as in, not songs i’m playing on repeat for any particular reason), but i started listening to Vampire Weekend and I really, really like their music. i want some of their albums on vinyl; their aesthetic is amazing. i remember trying to listen to them a while back and not really liking it, but now for some reason i love it.

that’s all i have for you guys today.

if you have anything that you would be interested seeing from me, let me know! these days i just post whatever comes to mind. i’ve had a few scientific ideas floating around recently that i think might make a great discussion post.

i am going to procrastinate on homework a little longer and do a heavy cram session, so i’ll catch you on the flip side. have wonderful lives.


Free Lunch

Free Lunch #64

Hello there you emo omelets! Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch! If you don’t know what a Free Lunch is, I basically just type for five minutes on either my laptop or phone. I have plenty to talk about today, so I should be able to actually type the whole time. I’m starting at 8:20.

I started off today with a tour of my soon-to-be high school, Hume Fogg Academy! The impression it left on me was that high school is going to be really fun. A lot of the teachers were talking about how difficult the increased workload would be, but I think I’m going to be fine in that corner. We peeped in on the Band class during one of their rehearsals, and they sound awesome! It’s kind of inspired me to try to become amazing at Trumpet over the summer, which was already on my ‘maybe’ list of summer activities.

Fast forward a few hours, and I’m in Physical Science watching the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll put a link to the liftoff here. I got to watch the rocket launch on a live stream, and it was super cool. My teacher was jumping up and down in excitement when it made it into the air. It was pretty great, maybe I can be an Astronaut Trumpet player?

At the end of the school day, we had a Pep Rally. Most of my friends and I got to play in the Pep Band for it. It was pretty exhilarating to play in front of almost 500 people.

I’m all out of time for today, thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post! I hope all of you are having a great day, and if you aren’t, you can still change that now!



a pinch of optimism

*it’s been so long that you’ve forgotten what it looked like to have a theatrical piece welcoming you to another piece of trash post. surprise, surprise. ghost account appears, watching the sunset and numbly reflecting on life’s events as the days of 2018 pass on…*

hi hi!

it’s me again.

i said i was going to try to post more, and here i am.

 wow, i have loads to mention.

/ a book i’m reading /

ok, so not very long ago i started a book called “See What I Have Done” by Sarah Schmidt. the concept of this book fascinated me once i read the summary at Barnes & Noble, but beware, this is not a soft and fluffy read! it’s based around the infamous unsolved mystery of the Lizzie Borden murders in 1892. i haven’t gotten that much into it, but the author has a way with words in this book that really can make you disturbed, yet allured by the mystery it was written around. it switches to different perspectives, catching all sides of the story, and wow, it’s very descriptive. i’d recommend it to someone who likes darker things and mysteries.

/ the instrument i’ve been playing for about a month now /

on January 4th, i had my first violin lesson, and have since been absolutely hooked on this instrument. i’ve felt like a part of me has been awakened that is driven by this thirst for musical knowledge, so i have a couple more instruments i want to learn, which includes the cello, bass guitar and maybe even the harp. however, back to violin, i’ve been progressing very well. i know all of the first position notes now, and i think it will be only in a month or two that i will move on to second position. i’ve almost finished my first book (which is called essential elements). i have a crap ton of books that my teacher gave to me as well that i’ve yet to open.

/ viva la self care / 

my birthday is incredulously close at the moment,  and i figure i might as well admit that i was born on the 6th of February. the February 6th squad contains a variety of individuals, like Babe Ruth, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things!), Bob Marley and most importantly Rick Astley. my entire life is a rick roll. i am a joke.


Image result for rick astley gif


anyway, this isn’t my point.

today, i got my hair re-red-ified (don’t you dare try to tell me that it’s a word because it is now), and i realized something.

man, you feel better about whatever is happening to if you pitch a dime to taking care of yourself. after all, sometimes that’s the best thing you can do. life sucks. things will happen that are the least preferable outcome.  however, if you let yourself wallow in self pity, i found that you are so much less likely to get anywhere. yes it sucks, and there’s a point of self-care where you have to stop the continuous denial and reach for acceptance. you don’t have to make it your entire world! do things you love. that’s worth more than spending your days thinking about what you hate.

that may sound so sappy, but it’s true.

start having your tea with a pinch of optimism. it’s so much better for you. 

/ i made a good pun the other day / 

me: *knocks over gnome when walking to car*

me: whoops, i knocked over a gnome.

mom: oh no!

me: no, oh gNOME.

that’s all i have for today!

i hope you enjoyed this post. it’s been a while since i’ve felt so authentic personality-wise in what i’ve written on here. if you read the entire thing, thanks a bunch!

speaking of that, i’ve written over 20 songs within the past 3 months or so. i don’t think i’ll post any of them on here, but i’ve had a lot to say to a lot of people recently to be vague.

things will get better, it just may be a longer road than previously thought, like starting a race and realizing it’s a marathon.

take care of yourselves, and i’ll catch you on the flip side.


*the sunset draws to a close, and ghost account retreats back inside. she turns back for one final look at the moon, before closing the door tight…*



















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Free Lunch #63 (7×9 edition!)

Hello there you computational contact forms. Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch. If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get on either my laptop or phone and try to write legibly for five minutes without stopping. I’m writing on my phone today, so this will probably be on the shorter side.

Starting at 9:19.

A lot has happened since last Free Lunch, but luckily, you have me to catch you up on my recent life! I have my confirmational job interview on Friday at 6:30, and I will most likely get the job (unless for some reason I don’t pass the drug test, which is impossible). If I do, I will be making from anywhere between $2,500 to $6,500 a year, not counting taxes or Social Security. That’s still a lot of money! I think I’m going to save about half of my monthly paycheck, and spend the half on stuff like musical instruments and video games. I’m really excited to be starting my first job!

In other news, the band got a name change! Cubix Rubes, your boring reign is over, pave the way for Coocoloris! I got Coocoloris as a reCAPTCHA the other day, and I wrote it down because I thought it was a good name for something. You can check out our Soundcloud page here! Thanks in advance for checking out my music!

I’m out of time for today, so thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post!

Have a good day/night/life!


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Free Lunch #62

Hello there you chilling cartridges! If you don’t know what a Free Lunch is, I just get on either my laptop or phone and type for five minutes without stopping. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and regardless of how much has happened since then, in usual fashion I’m still probably run out of things to say.

Starting at 7:45.

Today I had my first job interview, and I think I have a good chance of getting the job. I’m trying out for the supermarket that my step-dad works for, so unless I royally screw up on the first day, I’ll probably be able to adapt and integrate it into my lifestyle. I’ll be working on Bagging, so I need to practice my social skills a bit before I start, as I am expected to interact with every customer near me.

In musical news, I really haven’t done much composing recently. I’m learning Great Fairy Fountain on Guitar, and practicing Megalovania for Trumpet (as usual), but I seem to have left the Piano behind. I’m going to try to start playing it again every day, because the reason I’m not playing as much is less of me not wanting to, and more of me forgetting about it. I’ve screwed around with some lyrics as well, but I haven’t really found anything that strikes a chord with me (PUN INTENDED) recently. Wouldn’t it be a disappointing career if I released one emo song and then never wrote again? I think it would be, so I’m making an effort to try and write something every day, even if it’s short or bad. If I don’t practice writing, I’ll never improve.

I’m out of time for today, so thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post! I’m going to attempt posting regularly again, I’m really sorry about Throwback Week not happening on time. Consider it rescheduled, for a surprise date!


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2017 Snippets and Highlights!

Hello there you lit lights! Today i’m going to be giving you a bit of a year-in-review type post, just showing some highlights from 2017 on the blog. I know this isn’t really an announcementMost of them aren’t even really highlights, just fun snippets from the past for us to look back on.


The most popular post in January was Staruday by Maz.

Victoria made her debut on the blog in her first ever post.

We hit 300 followers the day before the new year.

Jamie announced The Nerd and His Brother!

And I finally beat Sans.


The most popular post in February was Hello There You Contest by Riley.

Jordan joined the blog with a first post hacked by Victoria!

Victoria opened up with a song from her past.

We learned about Ribbon Worms with Maz.

Jamie gives you the chance to win a free iPhone 7 as your boy Top5INSANE!

I leak the identity of the 13th Doctor.


The most popular post in March was bedhead by Victoria.


Victoria puts out the first chapter of her book.

I start playing the piano and see Twenty One Pilots in concert.

Rileys Backpack won two awards at the 2016-2017 Camster Origami Blogger Awards.


The most popular post in April was Victoria’s Panic! At The Disco concert review.

Jordan debuts Cat’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

I actually got a few people with my annual ” I’m leaving” April Fools joke.

Jamie and Victoria release their co-written book!


The most popular post in May was THE TRUTH…(and actual information) by Jamie.

Victoria brings the age-old question back up for examination. Is the Earth flat?

I start up Somewhere Else.

Jamie puts out his best post.

Jordan does a cover of Up On Melancholy Hill.

You get to learn about auras with Maz!


Jordan puts out the most popular post of all time.

A Rileys Backpack collage is made by Jordan for hitting 400 followers!


Victoria encounters more than her daily dosage of flags in pride fest.

Jamie shares a picture from his childhood. Twice.


The most popular post of the month was a part of my views experiment.

Jordan builds a dock!

We learn how to make our own LAYs with Jamie!

I wrote a post that didn’t stand out to the scores of other posts.


The most popular post of the month was a part of my views experiment.

Thanks to you guys, our domain is saved!

Jamie gives you his Fav Fiv-Marvel Movies.

Jordan puts her self-portrait on the blog.

You get advice from Victoria on how to cure a terrible disease.


The most popular post of the month was Jamie’s pun-a-palooza!

Jordan is back and thiccer than ever.

Heartstrings comes out on Soundcloud.

Jamie longs for the good old days.


The most popular post of the month was Free Lunch #48.

Jamie talks about dissecting the Last Jedi trailer.

Jordan asks for feedback on her tunes.

The most searched term on search engines was “is bigfoot riley”.


The most popular post of the month was my net neutrality Free Lunch.

Jamie puts out a spoiler-free review of Thor Ragnarok.

You get to listen to all the new hip music with Jordan’s november playlist!

My Twerp Book Review goes out.


The most popular post of the month was Jordan’s artists to listen to.

The author of Twerp left a comment on my review!

The 5 Days of Announcements ran from December 27th to 31st.

Jamie found a used toothbrush under his Christmas tree.

Victoria talked about 2017 as a year.

I debuted a new series, What’s Cooking.

We hit 500 followers!

We added the almighty apostrophe!!!!

Th-th-th-th-th-that’s all folks!

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

I hope you enjoyed it, I spent a couple hours working on it. Here’s to a Happy New Year!



Free Lunch

Free Lunch #60 (might as well rename it I have nothing to say edition)

Hello there you mini-helicopters. Today I gloriously return to the blogosphere, in the first of a flurry of upcoming posts from everybody. It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch. If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get on either my laptop or phone and write for five minutes without stopping.

Starting at 7:50.

I haven’t made one of these in a while, so I should have a lot to talk about. But unfortunately, I really don’t. I don’t think I’ve made it through many Free Lunches without stopping to think for a second, and this won’t be the exception. Since the last time I posted, we had my band concert, which was not very good. Here, vote on whether or not I should upload it.

I have also been messing around with the Musescore notation program and I made this song. I would appreciate it a lot if you’d tell me how I could improve it and whether or not you like it.

Now is the time I take a break from writing briefly to give you this sentence. Recently I’ve been getting into Jack Johnson and ambient music, which are totally worlds apart but I really like both of them. If you don’t know who Jack Johnson is, he’s the dude who wrote Upside Down from the Curious George movie, which is one of my favorite songs from my childhood.

I’m happy to tell you that there will be a lot of posts coming out from now until well into the New Year, expect something special to start on December 27th! Now I have nothing to say again. I’m having a hard time coming up with new lyrics for songs, but I’m sure it will pass eventually.

I’m out of time for today, thank you for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post!



Having Lived (from To The Moon)

Hello there you minions boi’s!

Today, the sequel to one of my favorite games “To The Moon” came out, so in celebration, I decided to record a piano cover of one of my favorite songs from it. I’ve already bought the next game, I hope it’s just as good!

Here’s the song:


Free Lunch #59 (mostly music edition)

Hello there you extremely difficult pieces of music. Are you able to guess what this Free Lunch will be about? That’s right, music! If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get on either my phone or laptop and write for five minutes and try to form coherent thoughts.

Starting at 8:29.

All of the things coming up that i’m excited about involve music in some way or another. Tomorrow i’m writing a review of my music tastes based on my Spotify Top 100 of 2017. My band concert is next week, and I need to practice a ton. Finding Paradise comes out December 14th, the same day as my rendition of Having Lived from the previous game in the series. I’m going to try and play Megalovania in an ensemble with my friends in the spring. I’ve got music on the brain.

Aside from that, I recently read a post by Legendary randomness that got me into a new band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. I really like their album “Paper Maché Dream Balloon”, and aside from that a few songs from other albums. I’m not the biggest fan of most of their music, but they really struck a chord with me on some of it.

Outside of musical stuff, I also had my Math Practice End of Course today, and while I was able to do okay, I think I need to look up how to do some stuff online before the real one.

That’s all the time I have for today, thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of the post!


Free Lunch

Free Lunch #55

Hello there you gigabits. It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for another Free Lunch! If you don’t know what that is, I just get on either my laptop or phone, try to write for five minutes without taking any breaks, and attempt to write a legible post.  Starting at 10:11.

Let’s do this in chronological order, but with my apology for not posting first. I’m sorry for not posting this week, I really was flooded with school work that I was supposed to have finished by today. Luckily, I finished all of it, but because I was working on the work at home, I didn’t have time to write any posts over the course of the week. I also haven’t finished tomorrow’s book review yet, but my plan is to finish writing it at the Library tomorrow.

I’ve been trying to write a Guitar solo for a few weeks in my off-time as well, and I’m having some trouble with the solo doing cool solo things but then coherently returning to the original melody. I was also thinking I could make some cool kinda jazz piano-guitar combo later? Another cool music thing coming soon; I’m going to try and release my Having Lived cover from the game To The Moon on the day its sequel comes out. Hopefully, I do the song justice.

I also just watched the first three episodes of Gravity Falls, because it’s been recommended to me by so many friends. Watching it, I can already tell the collaboration with Rick and Morty in Season 4 is going to be awesome. If there isn’t a collab after all that hinting in the 4th season teaser I’m really going to be disappointed.

That’s about all I have left to say for right now, so I’m just going to write this filler sentence as long as possible until I get to 10:16.

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

Dictionary Taboo:

Moving in a constant direction on (a path or any more or less horizontal surface.