Friday, January 30, 2009

A Time When I tried to impress someone

Once when I was nine years old, my friends and I were playing around a river. After some time we got bored and decided to come up with another thing to do. My friend Tom came up with an idea. A dare contest. We started making some silly dares for various friends, but then Tom popped up the dare, “One of you people walk across the slippery log across that river.”

Most of the people were scared and didn’t want to do it. But, I wanted to impress them so I volunteered instantly. The whole bet was laid out. I walk across the log to the other side without any major stumbles, and on the way back from the opposite side we have to walk backwards. Pangs of doubt awoke in my head the moment the plan was laid out. This was an extremely dangerous task to do, but had already decided to do it so there was no turning back. We walked to the riverbank. The river was fast flowing and dangerous. The log was positioned dangerously over the river. I valiantly put my foot on the log and started walking. The log was slimy and wet, fragile and heavy. I concentrated every particle of mind on the log and how to balance. Every step I took was a cautious one. I could hear my friends cheering for me. It was a frightening yet exhilarating experience. I nearly stumbled on a patch of particularly slippery slime and almost fell. I made a mental note to remember where the patch of slime was. Before I knew it I was on the other side. I was overjoyed I survived. But then I remembered that I had to go back…

I was scared. Backward, I stepped on the log and started walking. I walked very slowly, keeping my balance at all times. I was concentrating every particle of my mind on getting to the other side. Then, suddenly, I slipped on the slimy part of the log. Time seemed to slow. I fell in a comical curve. My flailing arms searching the air for a grip. My friends were screaming, some were panicking, some were shouting, “SOMEONE CALL 911!!!”
At last my arms found grip. It was a small branch. I tried to pull myself up but I couldn’t. I told my friends to wait downstream for me, incase I fell. Then, moments later, the branch snapped. I was falling through the air. Then I landed. The water was FREEZING.There were rocks all over the place. Everything was water, water, water. I ran into a couple of sharp rocks on the way downstream, bloody scratched covered my face, legs, and arms. I was praying my friends would fish me out before the rapids. I started to flail again. Then many arms grabbed mine and pulled as hard as they could… then I was safe. Dizzily, I looked around, I was on land. I was safe.
If there was one thing I learned after the incident, it was never try to impress your friends with something foolish and dangerous.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A day in nature eyes…

Veils of ghostly light descend down the treetops. The moon shines brightly. The black night is dotted with stars. The night’s patience is infinite. The dark and starry skies are clear of clouds. Crickets chirp merrily in the void. No lights except the moon…the fluorescent orb travels across the sky as if in slow motion. Then. Suddenly. A slight, small sliver of golden light creeps across the heavens. The dark starts melting as if a cloth was wiping away the night and all of its memories. The chirping stopped. A yellow sphere of Brightness goes above the sky. Puffy clouds cushion the heavens… then, the noise starts. A beep beep of a car fills the air, chatter breaks through the silence, the nights peace is over. Civilization takes over half the world in a blink of an eye. High noon, the sun shines peacefully in the sky people set up towels and umbrellas at the beach human activity thrives by day and halts at night. Then the great sun starts falling, as it had been doing for billions of years. A pale purple glow enlightens the sky. People take one last look at the beautiful sunset. Then go home. The moon, which had been eagerly waiting to come out for a long time rises back into the sky. Stars splatter the Above and daylight is wiped with the cloth of night. Everything quiets down. The circle starts again……

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Covering tracks


Many a time in peoples’ lives, one must hide evidence of any interference with other peoples’ business, or hide their tracks. It is a subtle art and is revered by thieves and other people who live in shadow. This art is despicable. It makes people hide what they have done, and by doing so, hide themselves from the world and cast their true self behind a mask of uncertainty. It, in a way, criminalizes someone. Of course this is a little over the top. Almost everyone hides their tracks. They try to hide it to prevent people to know what they were doing. Don’t do it. It just complicates matters and makes the world a worse place.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Youtube, the great site

Jan 27 09

Youtube is a great site. And for the people who don’t know, which I am sure there are very little of you out there, youtube is a site where the people post their own videos for others to see.
There are particular accounts that I find exceptionally appealing. They are pogobat, the red vs blue series and just for laughs. Pogobat, I find is the most appealing. The pogobat channel is run by a guy named Daniel Brown. He is exceptionally intelligent in many areas of life, funny, knows how to do a rubik’s cube, and started a series of Tuesday shows featuring subjects that appeal to him and other people around him. He started v-logging approximately 2 years ago, and ever since his rubik’s cube tutorial, he’s been receiving millions, if not billions of fans that use youtube and have stumbled upon his channel, whether by whim, or by luck, or by wanting to know how to do a rubik’s cube, he has been growing more popular by the day. He is a charismatic guy and is into politics very much. He was very supportive of the Obama Campaign and has posted many a video about topics that intrigue the world, or is simply interesting. Whether it is from politics, to laughs, to abortion, to aliens, even to oreos. He is truly an amazing v-logger and this is a paragraph in his support.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Time travels, time paradoxes

Jan 24 09

This essay will be split into 2 parts one on time travel and the other on paradoxes.

Time travels. It is such an abstract subject. Theoretically it is possible to travel back by exceeding the speed of light. This would allow one to go back in time. Sadly, it is impossible. To go past the speed of light is not possible.

Today’s will concern the aspect of time travel. Recently a scientist named Ronald Mallet discovered that if something was spun around in a circular path will actually allow you to go faster than the speed of light. For someone watching you that is. For you, you are going at exactly the speed of light, but for someone else, you disappear into the past. This way, you don’t “go past the speed of light” but for someone watching you, you do. To go forward, just go faster and faster toward the speed of light. For you, you travel slower in time, but you don’t experience. So one hour for you is like a century for others.

Jan 25 09

Time paradoxes. A paradox is a statement or occurrence that defies itself. They usually don’t make sense and occurs in strange or unheard of things like time travel. Someone goes into the past and does something to assure that the traveler going back into the past was impossible, then a paradox would occur. If the plans for a time machine was made in 2500 A.D. and I went back from 2600 A.D. and destroyed the plans, what would happen? It doesn’t make sense. The way for it to make sense is the parallel universe theory. This goes in correspondence with the 11 dimensions theory which is too abstract and complicated to explain. Back to the plans scenario. Destroying the plans would make it impossible to build a time machine in another universe where the future didn’t include a time machine. There would be an infinite amount of dimensions with all the permutation of reality possible and each one of them is an individual universe.

Friday, January 23, 2009



Religion is a strange thing. It has so many twists and turns. God originally planned for the people to respect him, and everyone else. He didn’t want it to be an excuse for the weak, the strong, and the evil to carry out their wants. It has turned from a way of preserving peace and worship. It has turned from that to an instrument of excuse for many. I doubt religion was originally intended to be a tool for zealots. Its not to say that religion is a bad thing. It is one of the many things that holds the world we know today together, it is also one of the prime factors that caused the world to advance that much. The only reason that it is so badly looked upon is because these days the world has been blinded by anger and strife. The world must lift the haze of hate from itself in order for prosperity to reign once more.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Everything in life is constant and changing at the same time


Today nothing much happened. Scratch club is tomorrow. I haven’t come up with any new ideas for my programming though.
It seems that life follows an endless cycle until someone hits something major like graduation or a car crash. Life is a road. It follows curves until something or someone knocks it off course. Everything in life is constant and changing at the same time. It’s like the chaos theory. Everything in life is uncertain and because of that, all mathematics and scientific theories will be inaccurate. This way all of the knowledge civilization is based on is not completely accurate. Isn’t that a weird concept? In this way, the scientific law amendments are basically a way of making them in inaccuracy less accurate.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'll just interpret a literature piece.


Nothing interesting happened today. I'll just interpret a literature piece.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This is a strange poem of almost no significance if just looked and read once. Only when you read it multiple times, have a knack for spotting literary art or read deeper, do you find another meaning inside of it. This is a poem called “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, a celebrated American Poet of the 20th Century. “The Road Not Taken” was written in 1916. The most well known interpretation was the one that I got on my first impression of the poem. It signifies the paths that one takes in life and shows how once someone makes their choice, there is no turning back. The person in this poem took “the road less traveled by” signifying that he made a choice less chosen by other people, and later, he regrets the fact that he couldn’t have taken both, stating a common human dilemma. The desire to relive life has grasped people’s imaginations for much time. This poem just set this experience to a literal level. Robert Frost said that this was a tricky poem to interpret.

Presidential Inauguration

Jan 20 09

Presidential Inauguration

We were told to go down to the auditorium of the historic event. I was just finishing off the Garfield comic I was reading. We slowly tread our way to the auditorium moving like a shapeless blob. I put my bag in my locker and headed down.

The inauguration was truly a sight to behold. They held many events leading up to and after the inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. There was a singing of America tis of Thee and a musical performance with players like Yo Yo Ma and Itzak Perlman, whom everybody laughed at. Curiously, Obama wasn’t the first to get inaugurated, Joe Biden went first and then, after a couple of speeches and songs, the first African American President Elect, to be the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama went up to the stand and, in front of Robert Gates, repeated the words: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will do to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me god. He may have stumbled on the “execute” part, but that flaw only made the Inauguration more unique, for the moment after he had finished speaking, 100 million people across the United States went berserk. A new age had dawned on the world, the 44th and first African American President of the United States of America was officially in office. It was truly a historic moment. Later he made a speech that brought tears to the eyes of many and was a beacon of inspiration for many as well. This day made history. I was there to see it. That was enough.