Archive for November, 2008

Gobble! Gobble!

I ate way to much yesterday, so much so, that I will probably in a food coma until next Thanksgiving.  And as I was gorging on the cornucopia of Thanksgiving goodness, I started to wonder what people enjoyed the most about their Thanksgiving meal.  Maybe you can help me figure this out by voting for your favorite dish below!

November 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm 2 comments

80’s Flashback

So, this band – Vampire Weekend (a.k. my latest obsession)- isn’t from the 80’s, BUT I think the video speaks for itself with the multitude of pastels, a Thrilleresque transformation and AMAZING sunglasses.  On a more serious note though, the lead singer stated in Rolling Stone that the song is “about colonialism and the aesthetic connections between preppy culture and the native cultures of places like Africa and India.”  Take from that what you will!

Let us know what your favorite part of the video is.  Personally, mine is the drummer walking down the beach in long dark socks and mini bongos…need I say more?

November 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

The Week in Rap

Here is the story of two fellas – Alex Rappaport and Blake Harrison – who decided to begin a company called Flocabulary.  After graduating from college, Blake moved from Pennsylvania to California and met up with Alex.  One day during a basketball game, Blake mentioned an idea to Alex that he had in high school about writing rap songs to learn vocabulary words for the SAT.

Anyways, Alex thought that it was a great concept, and, from then on, Flocabulary was created.  Alex and Blake use hip hop and video clips to help students like yourselves learn in the classroom.  Their raps range from math to language arts to current events.  Below is Alex’s and Blake’s latest verion of The Week in Rap…hope you enjoy!

November 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Teen Read, Teen Reviewed – New Moon

This Teen Read, Teen Reviewed is in celebration of the Twilight movie release as well as the confirmation of a movie for New Moon!  Have fun reading Ness4’s review of New Moon, and let us know what you thought of the movie for Twilight!

New Moon: Teen Read, Teen Reviewed

by Ness4

New Moon… That’s a good one, too. I don’t want to say, to much, because it will spoil it all. So I’ll start at the beginning, and stop at the mid-beginning. Well, its Bella’s birthday. She gets invited over to the Cullens. Alice is super excided, because she hasn’t celebrated a birthday, since Jaspers. (Alice, Jasper, Carlisle, Esme, Emmet, Rosalie, and Edward are the Cullen family, and now Bella knows.) (Alice and Edward, of course are Bella’s favorite…it seems like it anyway.) So she’s totally dreading her own birthday, because she wants to stay the same age forever, like Edward, and be with him forever. So Edward makes her go over to his house to celebrate Bella’s Birthday. So they go over there. And she refuses for them to buy her anything. But of course Alice and they all do. Except Edward. She made him not buy her anything for her. (All of the Cullens are Vampires.) So she opens the gift from Jasper and Emmet. They got her a radio for her car. Edward was just telling her that she needed a new radio. So she had to act happy, and surprised, for Edward. Because before they went in, he said “Be nice. They haven’t celebrated a birthday since Jasper. Don’t spoil it for them. They all are excited.” So she had to be nice. And act happy. Then she moves on to Edward and Alice’s gift. “You didn’t spend any money on me right?” Bella asked. “Not a dime.” Edward stated. She didn’t say anything, and started to open her present. “Ouch. Dang it. Paper cut.” She looks down at her finger, and a little bit of blood came out of her finger.. “NOOO!!!!” Edward yelled. And he pushed Bella back, on to the floor, and glass went in Bella’s arm, and scraped her arm, with the glass. And Jasper jumped toward Edward, trying to get to Bella. Bella explained it sounded like to boulders hitting one another. It was really loud. She was just stunned the whole time, because she knew that Jasper thirsted for her blood. She didn’t even know what was going on. She was so shocked, and scared. Edward and Jasper were fighting. Not like a regular fight either. It was snarling, and snapping at each other. Edward was trying to protect Bella, from his own brother. Finally they all got Jasper out of the house. And they all could not stand the smell of her blood. So Esme, Emmet, Rosalie, and of course Jasper go outside. Carlisle is a doctor at a hospital, so he can stand the smell of Bella’s blood. And Edward was trying to stay strong for Bella. So was Alice. So Carlisle told Alice to go get his medical stuff, so he could stitch her up. So Alice goes and gets that stuff. And Alice says sorry, but she’s going to have to leave. She can’t stand the scent either. So she leaves. And Bella can see that Edward can’t stand it either, but he stays there for her. So Bella tells him to leave.  He refuses. So Carlisle says to leave too. Bella and Carlisle gang up on Edward. So Edward finally just leaves. And that’s all I am going to say, about New Moon. So if you want to know more, READ IT!! =D You wont waste you time. Again, for the second time.

November 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Would You Go Against the Crowd to Do What is Right?

“In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience…each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.”  John F. Kennedy

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Every year, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers the Profile in Courage Essay Contest where high school students are given the chance to write a new profile in courage that analyzes the actions of an elected official who bravely faced a political issue on a local or national level.

The inspiration for this contest comes from John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.  In Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize winning book, he described the courageous deeds of 8 U.S. Senators, who faced many obstacles to achieve what they believed was right for the citizens of the United States.

All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate.  Students under the age of 20 who are enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program also are eligible.

The award for first-place is $5,000.  Second-place will receive $1,000, and up to 5 finalist will receive $500 each.

January 10, 2009 is the deadline for the contest.  Submissions may be sent via e-mail or via regular mail.  For complete guidelines about the 2009 Profile in Courage Essay Contest, please visit http://www.jfkcontest.org/.


November 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm 1 comment

Get Out and Vote!

Hey!  What are you doing reading this blog?  If you are 18 or older, you should be out voting.  If you are younger then 18, then you should be making sure that everyone you know who is over 18 is voting!

To provide you with a little inspiration, here are some videos for your viewing pleasure!

AND, if you vote, you could get free things!

You only have a couple of hours left.  Check where your designated polling site is by visiting this site.  But, most importantly, remember that you can vote however you like…JUST VOTE!

November 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment


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