[All spoilers will be struck through like this so people who haven't read that far in the series can easily skip over them] I'm a big fan of a series called Warriors. For those of you who don't know it, it's a book series written by Erin Hunter about cats who live in the wild, in fairly organized groups called Clans. There are four, and the main one written about is Thunderclan, in the forest. Anyway, I was recently rereading this series. Rereading is great. You notice things you never notice before. You think, "Oh, man, some of these cats are being really stupid about (insert plot point here)." Then you realize - this is what human societies (*cough* 'Murica *cough*) do too. All the time. At one point the leader of Thunderclan is betrayed by her deputy, and after a series of misfortunes declares war on Starclan (the equivalent of Christian heaven). Anyone remember the war on Christmas? She, and the leader of another clan, both find remains of prey in their territories while it is already low, with clear evidence of a dog loose in the woods. Thunderclan's leader, in her fairly addled state at the time, completely ignores all contrary evidence and blames the other clan, nearly starting a battle. That seems somehow familiar... and human government people aren't even confused and despondent after a recent betrayal when we get into an unnecessary war after blames based on incomplete and circumstantial evidence. And when one cat falls in love with a cat from another clan, eventually joining that clan? He almost immediately is shunned by both. It may not be as evident now, but that would have probably happened in the human world between certain countries a few decades ago.
And I'm only 5 books into the series. There are 24 books total, and clans are kicked out, there's migration, tons and tons of territory disputes, cats who stop believing (or never started) in Starclan, and more outside threats that get blamed on other clans. Every challenge, tribulation, and even some traditions can be compared to American society.
I'm definitely not complaining about the stupidity of the characters, though. This is an amazing series and I would definitely recommend it to fantasy fans of any age.
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Well, there are a few exceptions, like Catching Fire and
at least half of any given really long series like Animorphs or something.But for the most part, they suck, or at least
aren’t as good as the first book/episode/movie.
The worst are the 4-part trilogies.A 4-part trilogy is a series originally meant
to be a trilogy, until the author decides he/she wants to make more money or is
badgered into making another book by fans.The 4th book may have different main characters, and often
takes place a few years or even a generation or two later.The plot refers back to the rest of the
series, but is often completely different anyway.The best example of this is the Uglies
trilogy by Scott Westerfield.Some
copies of Extras even have “The 4th book in the trilogy” on the
Books aren’t the only things with bad sequels.TV often goes bad as well.I know, you’re thinking, “But aren’t all TV
series just a lot of sequels?”Well, TV
series can drag on way too long.And I’m
talking more about sequels to entire series, especially when they randomly
change the entire animation style drastically.Like Ben 10.The first series was
funny.If you don’t like the fact that
the Omnitrix rarely works right, then I’m sorry, but you are a perfectionist
with no sense of humor.The malfunctions
made it interesting.When he would get
Ripjaws in the desert when he was trying for Diamondhead or something, and had
to make it work, that was the good part.When Alien Force came out, a whole new alien set appeared, completely
replacing all the ones that fans knew and loved.The Omnitrix failed much less often, even
after Kevin messed with it.In Ultimate
Alien, even more aliens showed up or came back, but none of the old ones looked
the same (except, oddly enough, Cannonbolt).Now there’s Omniverse.The
animation has changed again, Ben looks weird, and he has even more new aliens (although Cannonbolt is still there and still
looks exactly the same), including one that looks like it’s made out of
Legos.Ben 10 has just totally degraded.
And movies!Yuck.Most of the movie sequels
I’ve seen have come from books, but some haven’t.Some have gotten better.Most haven’t.The main movie sequel I hate is Tron: Legacy.My friends all love it, and most say they get
annoyed with the original Tron because of the animation.I’ve seen worse animation on popular TV
shows.It’s not terrible; at the time it
was really good animation.Anyway,
Legacy may have cool animation, but it’s not a good plot.The whole thing with the isos or whatever – I
dunno, it just seems cliché or something.He’s not in the program for any good reason; he’s just looking for his
dad, who (SPOILER ALERT) later dies anyway and then goes back to a sappy
ending.The rings look totally
different, as does the entire world.No
helpful programs are met/befriended.In
the original, a skilled hacker has this adventure with a computer who is
actually actively trying to do something evil, but he’s just trying to get a
patent that belongs to him, back to him.It’s more humorous, and my favorite minor character – a bit that starts
following him around – turns into a tiny decoration on the mantel of a random
fireplace in Legacy.You have to be
really observant to even see it.Legacy
is just repetitive and pointless.I
think it was only produced so they could have fun with the animation.
Don’t get me wrong, continuing a series is awesome.There are many series that I wish didn’t end
so soon.Even one that’s 54 books long.
Every time you see a character with an Element (as in fire, water, earth,
air, lightning, not Mendeleev’s elements) associated with them in a TV show or
book/series, their Element is always either Fire or Lightning/Electricity.Every single time.Well, I can think of a couple exceptions, the
most notable being the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but most books
have one or the other.Even in the Percy
Jackson sequel series, Heroes of Olympus, 2 of the 3 main characters have an
Element.One is Fire, the other – you
guessed it – Lightning.You look at most
of the item-creature series (the ones, mostly Japanese, where a card/small
object summons/releases/turns into/turns user into some interesting Elemental being)
and they’re the same way.The only ones
I know, Pokémon, Bakugan, and Digimon, fit that profile exactly – in the first,
Pikachu, an Electric-type; in the second, Drago, a Pyrus, the equivalent of a
Fire-type.The main character in Digimon
has an Agumon, which I’m pretty sure is Fire-type too.(Yes, I’m a total nerd.) There's also Chaotic, where there are 2; one is fire, the other I have no idea.The book series I read do that too, except,
as I said earlier, the Percy Jackson series.Witch and Wizard – focuses on Wisty’s fire abilities.Any fan of the Hunger Games can guess what
I’m gonna say there.Even this slightly
obscure series I’m reading now, the books of Pellinor, involve fire more than
anything.Any book with a dragon in it,
for obvious reasons.Actually, it’s
mainly Fire, now that I look at my list.I can’t think of a single thing where Earth/Ground/Stone/Plants/etc. is
the main character’s Element.Anyway,
the next paragraph is going to be sort of a rant about Water, so the Ground
line was sort of non sequitur, because I really don’t care about the Earth
Fire and Lightning can be incredibly
destructive, but so can Water.When a
Fire or Lightning has to use the element to help in some way other than destroying
stuff, they usually can’t.I’m slightly
obsessed with the Water element, as you may have noticed, and will advocate for
it under any situation given.Water is much
underused as an Element, with flashy Fire and Lightning showing off next door.Earth/Ground is way less flashy and dramatic
than any of those.I will admit,
striking someone down with lightning is a bit more dramatic than trying to
drown them, but there are other ways Water can triumph. Ever seen a tsunami?Pure Water power, baby.Who needs the sky on their side?
Man, I haven't posted in like a month and a half. My new "schedule" isn't working very well... I know this is a bit long, but posting it one story at a time also wasn't working.
will start our program tonight with a flood of poodles in Seattle,
Washington.The poodles came from far
and wide, some even rumored to have come from Texas.One in particular had a distinct
Redneckistanian accent, but tried not to show it.The poodles that came from the ocean decided to
grow fish tails and live in the Everglades.But the rest of the poodles seemed dazed, just hanging around until
someone came to take them to a poodle shelter in Kansas.The Kansans liked the poodles, and they soon
had all found good homes.
those in Southern Florida found polar bear fur on the teeth and scales of alligators
in the Everglades.The polar bears were
thought to have escaped from the zoo, since there wasn’t anywhere else for
polar bears to come from and survive the exposure to the heat.However, it is unclear how the polar bears
fell prey to the alligators, since it seems more likely the alligators would be
eaten by the bears.There is a suspect
in the case, who is thought to have shot the bears down.The man, Howard McGoo, will be arrested for
bringing a gun into a national park and shooting animals that were obvious zoo
property.In a suspect lineup, the
remaining polar bear recognized McGoo immediately as the man who shot the
bear’s friends.McGoo will be facing 10
years in jail: 5 for the gun, and 5 for the bears.
Mongolia, all the cats ganged up and attacked a fire hydrant factory, so that
the dogs would slowly die out.However,
the cats failed to remember the hundreds of hydrants around the city, and so
failed in their quest to take over the world.But really, who knows what their true quest is?Maybe they also want the universe.Or just want peace.Either way, to them, dogs have apparently got
all the jackals in South Africa were forced to the tip of the continent by
angry farmers who were tired of the jackals stealing their livestock. The
jackals have been caged on one side, with knowledge that the only escape would
be to jump into the ocean.And everyone
knows that jackals can’t swim.But it
seems these jackals are trying to learn.Yesterday, a boatman reported seeing one jackal pulling another out of
the water.The one in the water was
waterlogged and unconscious.Gates will
now have to be put around the water side of the tip of Africa, but the funds
will prevent this until someone sees a wet jackal crawling out of the ocean.
now, it’s time for the weather.Today
was sunny and raining.Yesterday was
raining, but the rain was made out of tree sap.This is thought to be the result of many trees exploding after being
struck by lightning.Tomorrow, it is
expected to snow profusely, and the high will be around 70°.The day after that, the high will be 16° and the
low 45°.The snow from the previous day
will have frozen into ice, resulting in a slippery fun zone for the kids.Time to break out the ice skates!
pair of bears recently tried to raid a nudist colony.No one was hurt, except this one girl who had
her eyes closed and ran into a wall.Everyone said they got a huge scare until they realized it was just a
bear and not the weird neighbor across the street.They were still scared, but not as much.The reasons for the bear attacking were
unclear, but it is thought that the bear simply couldn’t spell, and thought
that there was another “bare” in the building.
sports, the platypuses played basketball against the dolphins in the ocean
around Indonesia.The dolphins won, but
maybe the platypuses would have won on their home court.Also, hounds played ferals at wrestling in
the forest around the Sahara.Hounds won
in 9 of the 10 matches.In the 5th
match, the hound competing had to drop out of the competition for excessive
pre-game injuries.The hounds could not
find a replacement on such short notice, so had to forfeit to the ferals.
last story is about a snake that terrorized townspeople in Prague.This snake escaped from its holding pen that
was rather stupidly placed next door to a nuclear reactor.The reactor has been slowly feeding the snake
for 11 years, and now the snake is the size of a 200-story building, and
breathes fire.I think it’s mad.We are now attempting to find some way to
tame this snake, without destroying the reactor.So far, no conclusion has been reached, but
we’ll think of something eventually!We
are working to keep the snake in Prague right now, so that it won’t terrorize
the rest of the world.
it for KENL news, so watch out for snakes and good night!
(This is one story from a whole thing I wrote in 8th grade. I will be posting further installments every so often for some time.)
start our program tonight with a flood of poodles in Seattle, Washington. The poodles came from far and wide, some even
rumored to have come from Texas. One in
particular had a distinct Redneckistanian accent, but tried not to show
it. The poodles that came from the ocean
decided to grow fish tails and live in the Everglades. But the rest of the poodles seemed dazed,
just hanging around until someone came to take them to a poodle shelter in
Kansas. The Kansans liked the poodles,
and they soon had all found good homes.
P.S. I won't be posting for about 3 weeks because I will be on vacation so don't bother checking back until the end of August.
So, I don't know who agrees or doesn't, but I think America the Beautiful is better suited for our national anthem. What would other countries think of a country whose anthem is about a war? Actually, now that I think about it, a lot of countries have anthems about war. But the majority of our country's people can't even sing the entire thing easily. The average range of the human voice is about 2 octaves, and I'm pretty sure the Star-Spangled Banner is about 3. America the Beautiful is a wonderful song about how lovely our country really is, and it was made after our country was fairly complete. I know it's a little late to change an anthem, but it just seems best...