Poetry Classes #2

Use really big words to try and confuse people, so that they can’t see that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

My transformation is nearing completion 

The metamorpasis of my mind’s abilities

The ignition of my existence burns inside me

Directly in relationship to the development

Of my ever increasing knowledge,

But tacked on haphazardly is the

Proportional lament that’s molded within

The photosynthesis of the universe itself

See Somewhere Else #4 for another example.

400 Followers!

Hello there you followers. Today is going to be a relatively serious post but there’s a special announcement coming sometime today, so stay tuned!
Right now i’m just sitting in the living room, contemplating how big of a number 400 really is..

Imagine 400 people all in a room. Think of how each and every person there has their entire life behind them and ahead of them at the same time. 400 individuals with friends, and families, connections and relationships.

Turning 14 in two days, i’ve been thinking a lot about getting older, and how much i’ve changed since the blog started. It’s insane!

If you look back at some of the first posts there, you can tell I was a weird kid. Obsessed with Minecraft and Harry Potter. Go forward a year or two, and i’ve lost the Harry Potter bit, but now more facsinated with Minecraft. Then, suddenly Clash of Clans appears! And Soccer! Twenty One Pilots and Pokemon Go! All of these as I come to see are phases of me. 

With the help of all the amazing fellow writers, editors, and contributors over the years, we have managed to rack up 400 people, and while they may not all be active (like 385 of them lol), we’re still grateful.

So thank you, to everyone who has ever liked one of our posts, left a nice comment, or just stayed with us all this time.

Still pretty blown away by the magnitude of 400. This has grown far larger then anything my 9 year old self could have even been able to imagine.

Last time, thank you everyone who helped us through these years ❤

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Free Lunch #28

Hello there you vampire slayers. The sunburn and tiredness is mostly gone now so I can hope to make a good post. Every Tuesday since I changed the schedule of Free Lunch, I’ve forgotten to post. But I will post today!

If you don’t know the rules to Free Lunch, basically I get a device and try to type for 5 minutes without stopping. This is a very old tradition dating back to 2016.

Starting at 9:49.

Yesterday as you know, I went to the wavepool. I got really sunburned and tired but it was super fun. I went on one of the two tall waterslides there, and it wasn’t fun! It hurt my back a lot, and I couldn’t see anything most of the time. Aside from that, the actual wavepool was really fun, and the other shorter slide was nice.

I’ve also started a new anime, Attack on Titan. I watched the first episode yesterday, and i’m going to watch the second one today because it was really interesting. Unfortunately i’m used to being babied and watching dubbed animes, and this one doesn’t have on option for that, so i’m back to reading subtitles.

In game and Youtube news, I think I might add speedruns for the other quests in Kindergarten, so vote in this poll if you want me to.

My laptop has had a surge in activity as of late, with the download of Kindergarten, and a different game with a really long title by the guy who made Stanley Parable. Another game I hope to get within the next few weeks is Rakuen, which seems really interesting based on the game description on Steam.

My time is up for today, I hope you enjoyed this post 😀

Dictionary Taboo:

the transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves of radio frequency, especially those carrying sound messages.

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Free Lunch #27

Hello there you blue screens of death. It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for Free Lunch! If you don’t know what that means, I basically just type for 5 minutes without stopping on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Starting at 8:38.

I felt like I did a lot of things done today and did a great job with productivity, but looking back, all I really did was play music at the library, buy a video game on Steam, and get to Level 26 on Pokemon Go.


 This all sounds very feeble when I write it down like this, but it felt like a ton to me.

The video game in question is Kindergarten, which is a game that just got out of Early Access on June 15th! It was a contest between buying this or Rakuen, so next time I’m getting that. Unless I want to play To The Moon too much. Give me advice xD
At the library, I played mostly Guitar but some Piano for about 2 and a half hours. I know i’m going to get an Electric Guitar for my birthday so i’m really excited about that. In honor of this, send a request for me to cover a song with the new guitar.

Pls make them easy, I’m still bad at Guitar.

For example, something too hard would be Smells Like Teen Spirit or Bohemian Rhapsody. Just leave your suggestion and i’ll tell you if it’s possible for me.

Anyways, thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post :3

Dictionary Taboo:

An effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling.

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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

Undertale No Food #4

Hello there you blankets of blasphemous bats. Today, it is time for our monthly post for Undertale No Food. Because they are so far apart, if you actually want to understand the story, and what’s happening in this episode, you should probably see the previous ones.

Undertale No Food #1

Undertale No Food #2

Undertale No Food #3

This post is going to be a little bit longer than the usual posts you will see on this blog, so if you read the whole thing, thank you 😀

It’s time.

I return to the world, only to be greeted by an assortment of innocent snow puffs spread across the ground.

But wait!? This snow puff has a tail??

And a head?!?!

Why, it’s no snow puff here, but a nice little puppy.

APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING!!!!

I ENGAGE IN COMBAT WITH GREATER DOG, BUT DON’T FIND IT IN ME TO MURDER SUCH A NICE DOGGY. SO I PET IT TO SLEEP.

Success comes easily, and I make peace with the pupper.

Continuing walking, I step onto a rickety wooden bridge. While crossing, nervous of the seemingly 1,000 foot drop below me, I encounter some familiar faces.

Papyrus tells me that he will soon activate all of these maniacal devices and destroy me!

Fortunately for us, he decides that he doesn’t want to best me using such an unfair method.

Papyrus then walks off screen to the right, and Sans stays to tell me that I should get used to “blue attacks”.

I follow in the great Papyrus’s footsteps, and find myself in Snowdin!

Walking forwards, I find a save point to rejuvenate myself at.

I then have a nice encounter with Monster Kid, with him assuming I am a kid because of my striped shirt xD

Past Grillby’s, I trot into the local librarby. Yes, librarby..

As the library is just a pit-stop, I continue right, leaving footsteps in the freshly-fallen snow behind me.

WHILE I WRITE THAT TO MAKE THIS POST MORE INTERESTING TO READ, TOBY FOX, YOU SHOULD TOTALLY ADD FOOTSTEPS IN THE SNOW WHEN IN SNOWDIN OK THANKS.

I walk past a very nicely decorated house, with a pirate flag on top, and two very different mailboxes. Papyrus and Sans have a truly wonderful home.

Continuing walking, (which seems to be the main gameplay feature sometimes)

The screen starts to freeze??

I encounter my old chum Papyrus as the screen continues to get colder, and he seriously considers letting me go instead of capturing me. But then! (Top 10 Anime Plot Twists)

And the battle begins.

Little note before you watch, this battle did take me multiple tries to beat with food, so you get to watch the 4th rematch. In the first match, I flirted with him and we made plans to go on a date, but then he was too concentrated on fighting on every battle after that to talk to me much about it.

Papyrus eventually realizes that it is futile for me to continue trying, and so he spares me! Then he honors me greatly by allowing me to be his friend.

He goes into a bit of monologue that is actually important to the story so pay attention people!

He tells me that I must continue walking through this cavern, and when I reach the barrier.. well, i’ll just let him explain.

No one can cross the barrier..

Papyrus then *literally* flies away, back towards his pirate flagged house.

I traipse a little bit further, and encounter a new area, Waterfall.

I didn’t talk to any of the characters in this room yet, I just bee lined for today’s final savepoint.

And that’s the end for this month’s Undertale No Food. I really did put a TON of work *relatively* into this post (more than 2 hours spent overall playing, uploading videos, and writing). So I would appreciate if I could get to close to 8 likes?

Also, replacing Dictionary Taboo in the Undertale No Food series for now on, we have Undertale Question For You!

Today’s Undertale Question For You:

Who is your favorite character and why?

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Somewhere Else #6

Let the clouds engulf you.

Fluffy and ever-morphing
Somehow alwats triggering endorphins
Whether crying or majestic, they emit emotion
Evoking feelings of nostalgia or devotion
Stirring up old thoughts from your mind
You may be surprised by what you’ll find
Welcome to the cloud kingdom
We’re full of opportunities for stardom
And teeming with imagination
You can come here for creation
Or simply stop by for some daily elation
You’re leaving already?
Stay here, you aren’t ready
Come back to the castle!
We don’t want any hassle, we just want you
Don’t let the clouds engulf you.

Heartstrings

​A song from E-Quality.

You remind me of the rainy days

Staying inside gazing out my window
It’s you that I am trying to chase
But so far it’s only caused me more woe

I’m really sorry honey
But my heartstrings only know the same sad chords
You’re looking at me sideways
But all that I can see is more closed doors

Heartstrings
Are the most useful instrument
Inspiration rings
Through my heartstring’s torment

Heartstrings
Are the most useful instrument
All my writing
Come from my heartstring’s lament

I’m really sorry honey
But my heartstrings only know the same sad chords
You’re looking at me sideways
But all that I can see is more closed doors

Love is just like other things
That’s the only metaphor I need
Doves can’t fly without their wings
So take my warning and heed

I don’t wanna be the one to ground ya
But I can promise that I will astound ya
Together we’ll wade through the memories
Flooding with our now old nostalgia
But that’ll never happen cause I am not around ya

I’m really sorry honey
But my heartstrings only know the same sad chords
You’re looking at me sideways
But all that I can see is more closed doors

I love you
But you don’t love me the way I do to you

It’s a common misconception I suppose
A ramen-fueled misdirection told by prose
But I can blame it on getting no sleep
See Track 13, sit and weep

I’m really sorry honey
But my heartstrings only know the same sad chords
You’re looking at me sideways
But all that I can see is more closed doors

Free Lunch #26 (Z Edition)

Hewwo there wou woyal weaders. It’s Friday. As almost always, it’s time for Free Lunch on Fridays.

Today is a very special edition. We’ve reached the end of the alphabet people. This is our last chance for ridiculous alliteration. And there aren’t enough Z words that make sense!

Zoinks!

Starting at 8:17.

Recently i’ve been practicing a lot more Guitar, and i’m learning Rainbow Connection, Talking to Myself, and Strong As An Oak. None of them are particularly challenging, but the transition between some chords is difficult. 

Also! I wrote another song, which again is a loveyish song. I’ve kept it very vague so it appeals to everyone xD.

Love your eyes with their blueish, greenish, brownish color

Thanks Bo Burnham lol.

In real life news, I’m still in Oak Ridge, and I got a new Trumpet! This is good, because it means I can practice whenever I want to, without needing to rely on the school Trumpet.

Zillions of zapping zoo zebras!

My time is up!

Thanks for reading this short post :5

Dictionary Taboo:

Cylindrical container containing fizzy liquid.

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A Intriguing Look At The Often Overlooked Duck Phenomenon

The duck to end all ducks.

Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the waterfowl family Anatidae, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the family Anatidae; they do not represent a monophyletic group (the group of all descendants of a single common ancestral species) but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water.

Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots.

Etymology

Mallard landing in approach

Pacific black duck displaying the characteristic upending “duck”.

The word duck comes from Old English *dūce “diver”, a derivative of the verb *dūcan “to duck, bend down low as if to get under something, or dive”, because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending; compare with Dutch duiken and German tauchen “to dive”.

This word replaced Old English ened/ænid “duck”, possibly to avoid confusion with other Old English words, like ende “end” with similar forms. Other Germanic languages still have similar words for “duck”, for example, Dutch eend “duck” and German Ente “duck”. The word ened/ænid was inherited from Proto-Indo-European; compare: Latin anas “duck”, Lithuanian ántis “duck”, Ancient Greek nēssa/nētta (νῆσσα, νῆττα) “duck”, and Sanskrit ātí “water bird”, among others.

A duckling is a young duck in downy plumage[1] or baby duck;[2] but in the food trade young adult ducks ready for roasting are sometimes labelled “duckling”.[citation needed]

A male duck is called a drake and the female is called a duck, or in ornithology a hen.[citation needed]

Mallard drake

Morphology

The overall body plan of ducks is elongated and broad, and the ducks are also relatively long-necked, albeit not as long-necked as the geese and swans. The body shape of diving ducks varies somewhat from this in being more rounded. The bill is usually broad and contains serrated lamellae, which are particularly well defined in the filter-feeding species. In the case of some fishing species the bill is long and strongly serrated. The scaled legs are strong and well developed, and generally set far back on the body, more so in the highly aquatic species. The wings are very strong and are generally short and pointed, and the flight of ducks requires fast continuous strokes, requiring in turn strong wing muscles. Three species of steamer duck are almost flightless, however. Many species of duck are temporarily flightless while moulting; they seek out protected habitat with good food supplies during this period. This moult typically precedes migration.

The drakes of northern species often have extravagant plumage, but that is moulted in summer to give a more female-like appearance, the “eclipse” plumage. Southern resident species typically show less sexual dimorphism, although there are exceptions like the paradise shelduck of New Zealand which is both strikingly sexually dimorphic and where the female’s plumage is brighter than that of the male. The plumage of juvenile birds generally resembles that of the female. Over the course of evolution, female ducks have evolved to have a corkscrew shaped vagina to prevent rape.

Behaviour

Ducks in the ponds at Khulna, Bangladesh

Feeding

Pecten along the beak

Ducks exploit a variety of food sources such as grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, small amphibians, worms, and small molluscs.

Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of water or on land, or as deep as they can reach by up-ending without completely submerging.[3]Along the edge of the beak there is a comb-like structure called a pecten. This strains the water squirting from the side of the beak and traps any food. The pecten is also used to preen feathers and to hold slippery food items.

Diving ducks and sea ducks forage deep underwater. To be able to submerge more easily, the diving ducks are heavier than dabbling ducks, and therefore have more difficulty taking off to fly.

A few specialized species such as the mergansers are adapted to catch and swallow large fish.

The others have the characteristic wide flat beak adapted to dredging-type jobs such as pulling up waterweed, pulling worms and small molluscs out of mud, searching for insect larvae, and bulk jobs such as dredging out, holding, turning head first, and swallowing a squirming frog. To avoid injury when digging into sediment it has no cere, but the nostrils come out through hard horn.

The Guardian (British newspaper) published an article on Monday 16 March 2015 advising that ducks should not be fed with bread because it damages the health of the ducks and pollutes waterways.[4]

Breeding

A Muscovy duck duckling.

Ducks are generally monogamous, although these bonds usually last only a single year.[5] Larger species and the more sedentary species (like fast river specialists) tend to have pair-bonds that last numerous years.[6] Most duck species breed once a year, choosing to do so in favourable conditions (spring/summer or wet seasons). Ducks also tend to make a nest before breeding, and, after hatching, lead their ducklings to water. Mother ducks are very caring and protective of their young, but may abandon some of their ducklings if they are physically stuck in an area they cannot get out of (such as nesting in an enclosed courtyard) or are not prospering due to genetic defects or sickness brought about by hypothermia, starvation, or disease. Ducklings can also be orphaned by inconsistent late hatching where a few eggs hatch after the mother has abandoned the nest and led her ducklings to water.[citation needed]

duck eggs

Most domestic ducks neglect their eggs and ducklings, and their eggs must be hatched under a broody hen or artificially.

Communication

Females of most dabbling ducks[citation needed] make the classic “quack” sound, but despite widespread misconceptions, most species of duck do not “quack”. In general, ducks make a wide range of calls, ranging from whistles, cooing, yodels and grunts. For example, the scaup – which are diving ducks – make a noise like “scaup” (hence their name). Calls may be loud displaying calls or quieter contact calls.

A common urban legend claims that duck quacks do not echo; however, this has been proven to be false. This myth was first debunked by the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford in 2003 as part of the British Association‘s Festival of Science.[7] It was also debunked in one of the earlier episodes of the popular Discovery Channel television show MythBusters.[8]

Distribution and habitat

File:Ducks Foraging along the Lake Okanagan shoreline in Winter near Maude Roxby Wetlands.webm

Ducks Foraging along the Lake Okanagan shoreline in Winter near Maude Roxby Wetlands

The ducks have a cosmopolitan distribution. A number of species manage to live on sub-Antarctic islands like South Georgia and the Auckland Islands. Numerous ducks have managed to establish themselves on oceanic islands such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Kerguelen, although many of these species and populations are threatened or have become extinct.

Some duck species, mainly those breeding in the temperate and Arctic Northern Hemisphere, are migratory; those in the tropics, however, are generally not. Some ducks, particularly in Australia where rainfall is patchy and erratic, are nomadic, seeking out the temporary lakes and pools that form after localised heavy rain.[citation needed]

Predators

Worldwide, ducks have many predators. Ducklings are particularly vulnerable, since their inability to fly makes them easy prey not only for predatory birds but also for large fish like pike, crocodilians, predatory testudines such as the Alligator snapping turtle, and other aquatic hunters, including fish-eating birds such as herons. Ducks’ nests are raided by land-based predators, and brooding females may be caught unaware on the nest by mammals, such as foxes, or large birds, such as hawks or owls.

Adult ducks are fast fliers, but may be caught on the water by large aquatic predators including big fish such as the North American muskie and the European pike. In flight, ducks are safe from all but a few predators such as humans and the peregrine falcon, which regularly uses its speed and strength to catch ducks.

Relationship with humans

Domestication

Ducks have many economic uses, being farmed for their meat, eggs, and feathers (particularly their down). They are also kept and bred by aviculturists and often displayed in zoos. Almost all the varieties of domestic ducks are descended from the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), apart from the Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata).[9][10] The Call duck is another example of a domestic duck breed. Its name comes from its original use established by hunters. This was to attract wild mallards from the sky, into traps set for them on the ground. The Call duck has also received a place as the world’s smallest domestic duck breed, as it weighs less than 1kg. [11]

Hunting

In many areas, wild ducks of various species (including ducks farmed and released into the wild) are hunted for food or sport, by shooting, or formerly by decoys. Because an idle floating duck or a duck squatting on land cannot react to fly or move quickly, “a sitting duck” has come to mean “an easy target”. These ducks may be contaminated by pollutants such as PCBs.

Cultural references

In 2002, psychologist Richard Wiseman and colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, finished a year-long LaughLab experiment, concluding that of all animals, ducks attract the most humor and silliness; he said, “If you’re going to tell a joke involving an animal, make it a duck.”[12] The word “duck” may have become an inherently funny word in many languages, possibly because ducks are seen as silly in their looks or behavior. Of the many ducks in fiction, many are cartoon characters, such as Walt Disney‘s Donald Duck, and Warner Bros.Daffy Duck. Howard the Duck started as a comic book character in 1973 and was made into a movie in 1986.[13] The 1992 Disney film The Mighty Ducks, starring Emilio Estevez chose the duck as the mascot for the fictional youth hockey team who are protagonists of the movie, based on the duck being described as a fierce fighter. This led to the duck becoming the nickname and mascot for the eventual National Hockey League professional team Anaheim Ducks. The duck is also the nickname of the University of Oregon sports teams as well as the Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team.