Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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How To: Improve Your Writing

         One of the greater challenges for writers is to be considered good by others. Usually, novice writers aren't that polished, and many are rejected because of their amateurish work. At this point, many give up, and others persist in writing horribly without even trying to find out why they're considered bad writers. 

This happens to everyone but few learn how to prevent it.
           I'll be honest with you. It's not easy and it's not a quick fix, but the only way to get better at writing is to practice it as much as you can, daily if possible. Once a while has passed, read your first texts. You'll notice a lot of mistakes, words you repeat, that kind of stuff. Fix that, and keep writing. Something that helps a lot is reading. And by reading I don't just mean books; articles, blogs, magazines, that sort of thing helps you develop your vocabulary and it can actually improve your style. 

Many enjoy reading during their recreational activities.
            If you're writing a book and you're starting out, trust me, it will be horrid. First drafts are always bad, especially if it's your first novel. Once you've finished it, don't work on it at all, do other things, keep developing your writing, then check your novel out again. I rewrote my novel twice and have revised it six times, and it's still being worked on. You won't get a perfect text on the first try. The best authors rewrite their work all the time.

Ernest Hemingway, master of rewriting, seen here in his Sean Connery outfit.
          So, basically, learning and practice make perfect. It's not the same as studying for a degree on creative writing, but trust me, on the long run, this helps you even more. I've met writers who were absolutely no good, got to practicing their writing on a daily basis and became very fine authors. You'll have to work, yeah, but everything that's worth it takes effort, so get to practicing.

This guy's got the hang of it.

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Jordyn Wieber's Comeback.

          A comeback is not something you get to see every day, but a few celebs have had them. You've seen Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, and other people go down only to come back up again. Today the world witnessed the comeback of Jordyn Wieber. 

        After having lost her place in the individual all-around finals for women, Jordyn even burst into tears. The world thought that this would only put her down the rest of the games, but today she proved them wrong. In the team all-around, she became America's superstar again, helping the team score for gold. Her routines faltered a bit, but damn, when she got to the floor, she showed her true colors. 

         A victory of this kind is very, very good for her. First of all, she'll be confident for the women's floor finals, in which she's going to participate. Then, she's going to want more medals, she'll practice harder and be more confident for the next Olympic trials. She's got a taste of gold, she's going to be hungry for more. So yeah, let's hope that this isn't her last medal, as she's got a great career to look forward to. 

Watch out world. Haters gonna hate.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

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Admirable People: Jordyn Wieber

            [EDIT: This is post 222, so Wieber is lucky. That is all, and enjoy the article.]

           Jordyn Wieber, as many of the world know, is one of the best gymnasts in the United States. She's been practicing since she was about 4 years old, and has become one of the most amazing athletes in the world. She's done routines that you could argue were flawless. So, now, the world's talking about what happened today at the All-Around Female Gymnastics event in the Olympic games. 

         Only two participants of each country can pass to the next stage, and Jordyn Wieber, being the favorite for gold medal in all-around and a few other events, didn't pass. She stayed in third place, regrettably being out-performed by her other teammates. What made this happen? Well, first, let me explain something:

             Imagine yourself, practicing all your life, for something you want very much. You excel at what you do, so much that you're considered the best. Then, you're there, at the event, and your team's doing well, but you're the big chance to get the gold. The pressure gets to you, to your head. You know what to do by heart, you don't even have to think about it, but right there, you don't deliver, because the pressure was too much. I'm not saying that this is exactly what happened to Jordyn, but it's the most likely. 

She's an Olympian. Try performing in front of the whole world. It's not exactly a stroll through the park.
             Now, Wieber still has a chance to come back strong. She's a pro, she'll most likely get gold in some other event, but you have to admit that it would be heartbreaking not to make it to the finals when you're so close. It was enough for her to burst into tears, but Jordyn remained strong and mature during the remainder of the event. She tweeted: 

"Thank you all for your love and support. I am so proud of our team today and I can't wait for team finals!!"

          Well, the world should be proud of Wieber for giving her best during the games today. This is something she'll put behind her. I mean, everybody makes mistakes, even Olympians. I'm not American, but I still admire Jordyn Wieber for all she has accomplished, and I am sure that this is just the beginning of a successful carreer for her.

She'll bring gold home, some way.

Friday, July 27, 2012

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My Thoughts On: The Olympic Inauguration

          Glorious. That's the first word I can come up with. Spectacular, majestic, whatever, the thing is that the inauguration was marvelous, and that's too little. Danny Boyle created a masterpiece. There were many famous appearances like Daniel Craig, Mr. Bean, J.K. Rowling, Paul McCartney, and countless others.

The Queen is a badass.
          The setting at first was rural Britain. Then, factories rose from the ground and the Industrial Revolution occured. After that, the Great War. Slowly, the setting came to a more modern Britain. There was also a segment which had to do with fantasy, in which you could see Voldemort, Hook, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, among countless other classical characters. We also went through the 60's until today, going through things like The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Prodigy, and many others. The Arctic Monkeys played. 

        After that, the countries paraded. There were athletes of all shapes and sizes, a few of them quite impressive. When Mexico passed, I cheered, proud for my country. There were some countries, bless them, with two or three athletes, mostly the poorer African countries. You have to wonder how much faith is placed on them. There was also a group of 3 independent athletes, and they were hyped as hell. 

Well, I'll be damned.

           Then, the fire. 7 teenagers who represent the future of England's sport ran and each lit a copper petal of what seemed to be a giant metal flower, which rose and became the giant torch of the Olympic Games. This will be a glorious season, I'm sure of it. 

Peace and fair play.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Chick-fil-A Is Anti-Gay.

            So, there has recently been a great controversy regarding Chick-fil-A and some ads that have been spreading that are anti-gay. The restaurant chain is known already to be influenced by its owner's religious beliefs, so it closes on Sundays and holidays, for example. So, the president of Chick-fil-A has, unsurprisingly, come out against gay marriage: 

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Dan Cathy, the company's president and chief operating officer, said in a recent radio interview. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."

What a positive message for the constantly evolving society that keeps accepting new stuff.
              Basically, the guy doesn't want same-sex marriage. Which is a shame, of course, as it would do him no damage at all. Hell, more adopted kids would means more people would buy his food but no, Mr. We Have To Keep It Traditional says otherwise. 

Some people still stand up for the right things.
          So, basically, they're doing the oppossite KRAFT did with the rainbow Oreo cookie, or J.C. Penny hiring Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson. This means that we're still a long, long way before getting rid of prejudice, especially if it's spread around by people with power. Guys like these don't help at all, and they say they're the peaceful ones. 

Suck it, homophobics.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Today's Hero: Christian Bale

            Yeah, this day's hero is not one with superpowers or with extremely good fighting skills. Today's hero is the one and only Christian Bale. After a campaign that was begging him to visit the guys that were injured at the Batman shooting, it was decided that Bale would visit the wounded guys and the memorial. It's the least he could do. It is said that he is on behalf of himself, not Warner Brothers. I have my doubts, but well, it's still the best he could have done. 

He's like Jesus but he can totally kick ass.

Monday, July 23, 2012

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5: Evolutionary Leftovers In Humans

           I suppose that those of you who have studied biology or some sort of medicine know that a vestigial organ is one that is useless. Well, vestigial organs are actually leftovers that evolution has given. For example, a flightless bird, eyes on blind fish, things that don't seem logical. Well, you're not going to find feathers on a mammal, now, are you? These are things that ancestors in the evolutionary tree have left us humans to deal with today: 

5: Tailbone

           Of course, everybody knows that homo sapiens is a primate species that is more advanced than the others in terms of intelligence, albeit less advanced in terms of physical strength and poo flinging. When our ancestors were still hairy, tree jumping apes, they needed a tail for balance, signaling, support, that kind of monkey shit. Once we started dominating all life on earth, though, we lost our use for a tail. 

The possibility that we used to be saiyans is still there.

4: Wisdom Teeth

             How annoying is it that once your wisdom teeth come in, your whole mouth gets screwed? And I'm talking you have to remove teeth, use braces to correct them kind of screwed. Well, our ancestors used to be hervibores, so they needed a few hardened, big replacements for the teeth that they could lose while chewing and shit. Also, we used to have smaller brains and bigger jaws, and our heads have been growing while our jaws have shrunk, while our teeth haven't. 

Evolution gives our dentists jobs.
3: Appendix

Beauty's only skin deep, but nobody's in a hurry to date a sexy appendix.
           Oh, appendix, you annoying bastard, how you serve us for naught but can blow up and kill us. Hell, my brother was about to die from this shit once, they had to remove it. The appendix used to serve us to digest a high cellulose diet. Those who know biology and botany know that cellulose comes from plants, especially leaves and bark. Since we don't eat that kind of shit anymore, well, we don't need the appendix. 


2: Third Eyelid

            You know how birds and shit can close their eyes but they're not closed, it's some transparent thing? Well, we humans have that. It's that little pink thing in the corner of your eye. I wouldn't suggest pulling it, but that used to be your third eyelid. 

Who are you, blog reader, and why are you sataring at me?!?

1: Goose Bumps

Oooooh shit, is that Led Zeppelin I hear?
         That cold, dreadful chill up your spine when you either see something fucking scary or fucking awesome that makes your body hair stand up like a cat's is called goose bumps (although you should know that kind of shit). In fact, it is very probable that like a cat appears more intimidating when bristled, we too appeared larger and therefore scared off predators. 

I'll bite off your nose if I hear Justin Bieber again.
So, yeah, we used to be superhumans and we're left with the crappy leftovers.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Movie Review: Brave

              So, I got to see Brave today, and I must say, Pixar didn't disappoint (especially after that dreaded Cars 2). Brave is the tale of young Merida, a Scottish ginger princess who wants to create her own destiny for herself, as she is not pleased with having suitors. She feels marriage would take away her freedom. 

Haters gonna hate.
              Basically, Merida goes to a witch who can change her mother, and well, did she change. The ginger princess realized she screwed up, and has to change back the spell before it's too late and becomes permanent. She goes through a lot of trouble, and faces things that she couldn't even imagine would have happened at first. 

Like Craig Ferguson's voice.
           The movie is great for a lot of reasons. The character design, for example, is phenomenal. Then you've got things like the landscapes, which actually exist, or are heavily based on real landscapes. For example, there's a menhir circle based on the callanish stones. The music is great, the quality of the animation is wonderful, basically the movie is a complete package for entertainment. 

And horror, oh the horror.
Of course, it's not a pixar groundbreaker, but, well, those are hard to come by.

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Time Travel, Is It Possible?

            Over the years, people have been wondering if traveling in time is possible. Well, I'm here to clear out your doubts. It's not. Time Travel is great for fictional stories, but it's damn near impossible in real life. The only scenarios scientists have speculated in which one might travel to the past are at the edge of what we understand of physics. 

             In physics we know time as a dimension with length, width and height. Imagine picking somebody from the airport. You're traveling forward in length and width and shit, all of that in space, but you're also traveling forward in time, constantly. 

Yay. Time travel.
            In the few propositions for time travel, it is speculated that it can be achieved via wormholes. Still, the energy needed to energize a time machine would be inmense. We would need the energy only a star or negative energy can give. 
Fuck me, somebody divided by zero.
           Something that is required for time travel is also to be able to go as fast or faster than the speed of light, and scientists have shown us that it's damn impossible. If a photon can't go that fast, imagine an object with actual mass. You could travel close to that speed in a spaceship, travel space for a year, go back to earth and the earth would have aged about a million years. Again, imagine how much fuel you need. 

Great Scott, Marty! We have to jump!
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Déjà Vu

        Many people usually wonder whether Déjà vu has some sort of paranormal significance, somebody could say he saw a foreboding in a dream, another one could say he died at a checkpoint and is doing everything again. Basically, Déjà Vu is simply having seen or experienced something you're doing in the past. 

When are you getting to the next checkpoint, you're boring me already, boy.
         Scientists and psychologists have tried to link it to many things, like mental disorders and medicines. Some medicines were found to increase the rate of Déjà Vu, more specifically, those which increased dopamine activity in the brain. 

When somebody understands this, he/she explains it, but, hell, dopamine's gotta be in there somehow.

          It has been found that memory (duh) plays a huge role in this. Once a few people were given hypnosis to forget a material that they had seen. When they saw the material again, 3 of the 10 patients had what the scientists called paramnesia. Basically, they felt a great familiarity with the scene. The mechanism behind a Déjà Vu can be argued as such:

          You have a memory. That memory's forgotten by you, but nevertheless stored in your brain. When you encounter the scene again, you don't remember it exactly, but you recall having seen it before, because a few certain stimulus are the same as the other one was. 

Well holy...
        Now, of course, you have people who somehow have to relate this to some sort of paranormal experience. Reincarnation and out of body experiences are the ones that most people believe can lead to Déjà Vu, which is just ridiculous. It's all in our heads, and even though it's all the less exciting, that's just it. Some sort of forgotten memory or dream that you repressed that surfaced with the stimuli. Now go back to work, this isn't some glitch in the Matrix, Neo.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Political Lesbian Sex (Sort of NSFW)

         So, the elections are coming soon for the United States, and republican millionaires are giving a record-breaking amount of money to Mitt Romney for the elections. Sheldon Adelson is going to give $100 million to Mitt Romney. This is where superhero Sarah Silverman steps in. 

This is going to get ugly.
             She says that if Sheldon Adelson gives the money to Barack Obama so he can defeat Mitt Romney, she will "scissor" Sheldon to fruition (that is, orgasm), and this would make Sheldon the only elder billionaire to have traditional lesbian sex through to climax with a girl who had her own show on Comedy Central. Hell, I'd say it's fucking worth it.

I'd give up 100 million too.
            I'm posting the commercial here, but take note it gets weird when she uses the dog to explain what scissoring is. I can't really decide if it's NSFW, but it's strange, definitely.

If you want to help go to Scissor Sheldon.