A Growing Standard: Student Apathy

While there’s a rise in standardized test scores, GPA averages, and AP exam participation, can we write this up to a rise in a genuine love for learning as well?

Can we use the excess CO2 on Earth into fizzy drinks? I think that the CO2 in soda is from power plants and factories and that sort of thing but can we harness this greenhouse gas from other places? For example, with car exhaust and the like. Even if that's not helping the emissions problem, it's like a self-perpetuating debt; the payment just keeps getting delayed. With so much soda being consumed every day, there are plenty of places to put CO2 in without releasing it directly into the air. Just a thought. 

On the Soapbox: Hurricane Season

This isn't the best time for a "I told you so" in regards to the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and the ones coming up along the US's southern coast. However, it is also the best time before people start blaming lesbians and gays for God's supposed wrath. In fact, they've already started so I might as well.

[Review] Top 5 WebToon Favorites

My Top Picks from the Best of Webtoon. A must-read for comic/manga/manhwa readers.

10% Brain and Superhuman Capabilities

So everyone knows about the myth that people only use about 10% of their brain at one time, right? They made a movie about it, Lucy. In any case, while that is clearly a myth and has been resoundingly proven to be untrue, the fact that our brains may not be functioning at full capacity is true. 

[A Reblog] All Play and No Work: A Response

Despite my habit of regularly consuming video games, it has not stopped me from being an honor roll student with a schedule full of AP classes planned for the next school year or from working around twenty hours a week in addition to sports and other extracurricular activities.

With the older generation saying that millennials are too privileged and that we are lazy and conceited, I constantly feel the need to parade my achievements just to show them that we’re not the way they think. However, I am aware that this also throws a lot of my peers under the bus if they don’t manage to somehow fill in every hour of every day. We shouldn’t have to prove ourselves like this.

Furthermore, while this sort of attitude does affect me and people my age, the millennials who are older are getting it in a larger dose every day. While struggling with rent and student debt and the problems everyone has with first moving out, they are constantly being told that they are not good enough and that their troubles are of their own making because they were too coddled and naive. If people in the older generation are so eager to see millenials find their way in the world and be productive (which they really are not because they would have to find something else to criticise) then why would they make it so that the people they were supposed to be motivating are instead getting beaten down?

This is a post another millennial has written in response to one such attack on our work ethic and on what we decide to spend our leisure time on. She explains it much better than I did. Check it out.

AmbiGaming

Recently, the New York Timespublished an article about how today’s youth are opting to play video games instead of working. A (non-gaming) friend of mine commented to me that she thought it was interesting, after hearing about video games from my perspective, and after perusing some of the articles here. Maybe video games aren’t the rosy picture I make them out to be? she seemed to tentatively offer.

Well of course they’re not. They are no more rosy than any other storytelling or entertainment medium. Like any entertainment, or any leisure tool, they are helpful or harmfulbased on how you use them. Yes, you heard it here first and all that.

But what of this news article?

The Gist of It

I encourage you to read the above article for yourselves, but the theme of the article is that young people (read: millenials) are opting to play video…

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My Philosophy: Dealing with Stress

Many people are going through tough times right now. Some don't have enough to eat. Some don't have enough to go to school. Some don't think they've been treated fairly. Others have been robbed of everything they have and still others can't get out of a chronically dangerous situation. There are many levels to "tough…

The Royalty of All Measurements

Just a little "the more you know" kind of video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmSJXC6_qQ8

Perhaps the Next Great Flood Will Come After All

I think it is rather ironic that the biblical records of our past prominently feature a great flood designed to wash human corruption and sin from the Earth. Because, after all, haven't we been working towards that outcome since we were aware that we were poisoning the Earth? So, instead of divine intervention at the…

Shoutout to Flash365: The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen

Check out Flash365's blog if you like what you see! I remember the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I don’t remember when. I don’t remember why. I do remember where; Minneapolis, Minnesota. There was a girl. We met in Maine. We met again two years later in Massachusetts. She moved to Minnesota in that…

Not everyone is capable of the mellower and more compassionate aspects of the human psyche. But everyone knows what a raised fist and a burning urge to hurt feels like. Violence is a survival instinct, a reaction to threat, real or imagined. My point? Speak it wisely for, just like any other language, it identifies…

Captcha Captcha stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It is basically what it sounds like it is. It's a test to see if the user is human or not. It prevents spam and automated data downloading. It uses simple tests that computers can't solve like the distorted letters test or…

Pitfalls in Numbers: Misleading Statistics

Yo! Today, we're talking statistics and this article is mainly inspired by the TED-Ed video linked to here. I saw it a while ago and I thought it might make for an interesting article. I'm going to give some more examples of some of the potential blindspots in statistics and give y'all a nice wrap up…

This is about Noblesse. Recently, I've caught up with the manhwa series again and the most recent chapter ended with Frankenstein fighting Ignes. I'm just thinking that Frankenstein something must be seriously wrong with him. He just broke down after seeing Rai draining himself of his life force fighting Titan. Then there's the part where…

Why Teachers Shouldn’t Be Complaining About Kids Not Reading

It's a common goal for teachers to try to get their students to read, but they don't understand why most of their students hate it. But it really is their way of going about getting kids to read that turns off most kids. I was lucky enough one of those who started reading for fun…