Thursday, 31 October 2013

Feedspot

So I recently got this email that my blog was gaining followers on Feedspot. The email also offered me a one year premium subscription on Feedspot. I followed the link and yes my blog did have followers but what I also saw was that my entire posts were available to read on the site. I don't really use feeds but aren't they supposed to offer just a snippet of the post with a photo if there is one? After searching online I found that a lot of people have received the same email and they weren't happy for this exact reason. This way people don't really need to visit your blog to read your content. Does anyone else have more information about this?

Saturday, 28 September 2013

September post

I have not forgotten my self-challenge!
This month's post comes to you as a life update in 4 parts:

Part one:
School started, yay. -_- It's only been a month but it feels longer. Also tests are starting next week and I'm busier than ever.

Part two:
My birthday passed and I'm now 17.
o_o When did I reach 17?! I don't feel like I'm 17. How are you supposed to feel at 17 anyway?

Part three:
I finally have enough money to buy myself a Wacom drawing tablet! Yay!  ^_^ And maybe some new books. (Ignoring the fact that my wardrobe needs a serious update ^^")

Part four:
I recently read La Petite Fadette for school and really liked it. I will try to write a review thingy buuuut... I make no promises.

I am determined to make a post a month for a year, I refuse to fail!

See ya next month.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Just...

You know how when you finish a really good book and then you're not sure what to do next? You just sit there and think "What the hell am I going to do now?".  Nothing is worth doing anymore. Nothing makes sense and everything seems pointless or something... I don't know.

That's how I feel right now. It sucks, really.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Thoughts on RWBY

I actually wanted to post this back when there were only 3 episodes out but... procrastination.

Anyway, RWBY is an anime style 3D animated web-series created by Monty Oum and produced by Rooster Teeth Productions. So far there's only 5 episodes of the 16 which are supposed to air. A new episode comes out every Thursday on Rooster Teeth's website and you can also watch them on YouTube but a week later. These are just my thoughts on the show.

Story: In the 5 episodes that we've seen so far we know that there is a school system where young kids and teens are trained to become Huntsman and Huntresses in order to fight monsters. Now the weapons that they use are insane and pretty darn awesome. There's a bazooka that turns into a baseball bat and a missile launcher, a spear that can turn into a rifle and a sword AND a foldable scythe which doubles as a sniper rifle! How cool is that?

In the first episode we're given a short backstory of the world the story is set in. The gist of it is that man was created from dust but dark monsters are trying to destroy man and his creations. Then there's this power called dust which is used by Huntsmen and Huntresses in fighting these monsters and keeping the world safe from the darkness.

I'm not sure if 16 episodes will be enough for the story that they started and the world that they've portrayed. Especially since episodes are really short, between 4 and 12 minutes each.



Sound: So far the soundtrack is awesome. There's not much I can say except that I love it and the epic music fits the show really well.

Characters: The voice acting in the trailers wasn't very good, it felt forced. But it's improved a lot in the episodes. The characters seem fun and quirky in their own way. They're interesting. It's still early and there hasn't been much character development plus characters are still being introduced.

Animation: The fight scenes are extremely well done. But the non action scenes, well... not so much. Maybe it's just me not being used to the animation style but they just aren't as smooth as the action scenes. Also there's that scene in episode one where the cookies seem to just vanish at the touch of Ruby's mouth.

Enjoyment: I really like this show so far. I'm definitely looking forward to more episodes to see how the story progresses and how the characters develop. It's an interesting series with awesome fight scenes and insane weapon designs.


On a side note I'm thinking about starting to review books and stuff (maybe some anime and manga) but I'm not sure weather to post in on this blog or create a separate one for reviews. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Overthinking

I almost forgot about this blog...

I'm really bad at this aren't I? I have no idea what to write about. Why did I even start this blog? I guess a blog is like a diary, right? I've never been good with diaries, I never knew what to write in them. That's why I never kept a proper diary. Do I just talk about my day, my life, myself? That seems boring and dull. I'm not good at talking about myself. What else can I talk about? I don't feel competent enough to talk about anything really. I'm overthinking this...

I think that the only way I'm going to keep posting on this blog is if I set a challenge for myself. Something like the A to Z Challenge but not so extreme(there's no way i can make a post everyday for a long period of time, a month was enough for now). I'm thinking a blog post a month for starters. I know it seems stupid but I think it's the only way I'll keep doing this, and I want to do this(whatever this turns out to be). I should do this about photography too, I haven't posted anything on deviantART in a long time.

Okay so, at least one blog post a month for a year. Sounds good. I think I can mange it. Now the hard part, what to blog about... I'm sure I'll think of something and I'll try to make it interesting.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Thoughts about A to Z Challenge

Well it's over. I can't believe I made a post almost every day for an entire month. I admit I wanted to give up a few times but I didn't wanna be a quitter. So I made a post even if it was short and lame and uninteresting and ... well, useless.



It was fun. At least for the first two weeks or so. In the beginning I had time to write a post(since I didn't pre-write my posts) and visit other blogs. During the second week I fell behind with visits a bit and after that I couldn't really get into it again. I was busier than I thought I would be, with school and other things.

I'm kinda looking forward to next year's challenge. I even started thinking of a theme =D. Hopefully I've learned my lesson this year and will have my A to Z posts ready before April comes again.

I don't really know what else to say. As I mentioned in my first post on this blog, I won't post regularly. Thank you to everyone who commented and followed me.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Z is for zebra

Source

Fun facts:

  • The stripe patterns for each zebra are as different as fingerprints are for each human.
  • Zebras actually have black skin underneath their hair. This makes some people say that they have white stripes, but this is an open question.
  • Zebras sleep standing up.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Y is for yo-yo

Fun facts: 
  • The yo-yo has been around for over 2000 years.
  • The first yo-yo competition was held in London in 1932.
Also, check out what this guy can do with a yo-yo. When I had a yo-yo as a kid, I didn't even dream that things like this were possible.



Saturday, 27 April 2013

X is for X-Men

X is a tricky letter.

I'm talking about the X-Men films, not the comics. The newest film is The Wolverine, and they also have another one scheduled for 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past.


Judging by the trailer, this film is going to be awesome. I can't wait.

Friday, 26 April 2013

W is for the World Wide Web

Many people confuse the Internet with the Web. It's not the same thing and the Web is not a synonym for the Internet.

The World Wide Web was invented in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee. To put it simply, the Web is a system designed to make navigation on the Internet simple.

Some say that comparing the Internet to the Web is like comparing the ocean to a ship. =)

If you'd like to read more on the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web then go here.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

V is for Vlogbrothers

Vlogbrothers is a video blog style Youtube channel created by John and Hank Green in 2007. They started the channel as a project, Brotherhood 2.0 in which they ceased all text-based communication for one year and instead communicated through vlogs every weekday. Even though the project ended they still continue to make videos. They now use the channel as a platform for educational, informational, and entertaining content. They post videos every Tuesday and Friday.


Here's a little FAQ video. It's from 2009 but it still counts.

So, Nerdfighters are people who are made of awesome and fight to decrease the level of suck in the world. One of the ways they do that is through the Project for Awesome, held annually since 2007 on December 17th. For more info about P4A go here.

Aside from their main channel, the brothers have several side channels, including: SciShow, where Hank talks about all things science and Crash Course, where John teaches World History, US History and Literature while Hank teaches Biology, Chemistry and Ecology. Hank is also the creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the producer of The Brain Scoop.


The Green brothers have also created DFTBA Records, which is a record label, and VidCon, a conference about online video.

That's all from me for today and remember, DFTBA. =)

U

Under the bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers is a nice song.


I know I'm late.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

T is for Turtles and Tortoises

Because one of my cousins decided recently that I look like one. A turtle I mean. Or was it a tortoise? I don't know, they look alike. Anyway, I don't see how I look like either of them. =) But they are interesting creatures.

So, turtle vs tortoise. The main difference is that the turtle lives in water while the tortoise lives on land. For a more detailed comparison go here, there's a nice chart that explains everything, or you can view the short infographic below.


Full view 

Monday, 22 April 2013

S is for Smile

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." - Phyllis Diller 

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Theresa

"Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life." - Yoko Ono

Don't forget to smile. =)

"Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too."
Anonymous

"Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them." - Andre Maurois

"Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - Anonymous

Saturday, 20 April 2013

R is for Ravenclaw

And I continue with the Harry Potter themed posts.

"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind."

I mentioned the other day that I ended up in Ravenclaw, so I though today, I'd talk about my house.

As you can see from the Sorting Hat's song above, Ravenclaw values wit, intelligence, wisdom, but also creativity, originality and individuality.

The founder of Rawenclaw House is Rowena Ravenclaw. The house ghost is the Gray Lady. The house colours are blue and bronze and the emblem is the soaring eagle.

The common room is located at the top of Ravenclaw Tower and a password is not required to enter. The door that leads into the common room only has a bronze, eagle shaped knocker on it. When you rap on the door, it will ask you a logical question, a riddle. If you can answer it correctly, you can enter, but if you can't you'll have to stand there until someone who can comes along.

"Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure."
                                                                   Rowena Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw has given the wizarding world some of the smartest, most intelligent and most eccentric wizards of all time. Most notable ones are Uric the Oddball, who wore a jellyfish for a hat, Ignatia Wildsmith, the inventor of floo powder, Laverne de Montmorency, a pioneer of love potions, and Perpetua Fancourt, the inventor of the lunascope. And let's not forget Gorrick Ollivander, Myrtle, Filius Flitwick, Quirinus Quirrell, Cho Chang and of course Luna Lovegood.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Q is for Quidditch

Yesterday I talked about Pottermore, today I will talk about something else that's Harry Potter related: quidditch.

I'm guessing most of you are familiar with the game and know some of the rules, but I will explain everything anyway.

The game is played on an oval pitch by two teams, seven people on each and four balls. It's an air game played on brooms. The players are as follows: one Keeper, two Beaters, three Chasers and one Seeker. And the balls: one Quaffle, two Bludgers and a Golden Snitch.

The Keeper guards goal posts, the Beaters hit the Bludgers away from their team and towards the opponent with bats, the Chasers pass the Quaffle and try to score by throwing it at the opponent's goal posts and the Seeker looks for the Snitch and tries to catch it.

Each goal brings 10 points. Catching the snitch brings 150 points and marks the end of the game. The game last until the snitch is caught or an agreement between the captains is reached. The longest recorded game lasted 3 months apparently. (Wow!)

The pitch is oval shaped, as I mentioned before and it's 150m long and 55m wide. There are three hooped goal posts on each end of the pitch all with different heights (9.1m, 12m, 15m). There's small central circle from where the balls are released.


Rules & Fouls

Here are some of the official rules(taken from Wikipedia):
  • Players must not stray over the boundary lines of the pitch, although they may fly as high as desired. The Quaffle must be surrendered to the opposition if any player leaves the boundary. Quidditch matches in the Harry Potter films, however, show players often deliberately flying over the boundary lines and even around the spectator towers.
  • A time out may be called at any time by a team Captain. It may be extended to two hours if a game has already lasted for more than twelve hours. Failure to return to the pitch afterward disqualifies the offending team.
  • The referee can impose penalties if a foul occurs. A single Chaser from the fouled team takes a penalty shot by flying from the central circle towards the scoring area. The opposing team's Keeper may attempt to block this shot, but no other player may interfere.
  • Contact is allowed, but a player may not grasp another's broomstick or any part of his or her body.
  • No substitution of a player is allowed, even if one is too badly hurt to continue (rare exceptions may be made when the game continues for a great length of time, and players become too fatigued to continue).
  • Players may take their wands onto the pitch, but they must not be used on or against any players, any player's broomstick, the referee, any of the four balls, or the spectators.
  • Players are not allowed to attack one another by wand, any part of body or broom at any times—the only legal attack against opposite players is Bludgers hit by team's beaters.

There are 700 fouls in quiddich, but the entire list has never been made public so that witches and wizards don't get any ideas. You can find some of the most common fouls here.




Muggle Quidditch

I was surprised when I found out fans have turned it into a real sport. I admire their enthusiasm to bring to life such a game, I really do, but I can't help thinking that running around with a broom between your legs is just ... stupid. You can read more on Muggle Quidditch on the IQA website.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

P is for Pottermore

"Pottermore is a unique online experience from J.K. Rowling, built around the Harry Potter books." or so it says on the about page. I really don't know how to describe Pottermore. All I can say is that it's a nice way of re-living the books with lots of exclusive content. Things like character backgrounds, never before seen information and J. K. Rowling's notes on things. For example, the story of how Vernon and Petunia Dursley met, or professor McGonagall's history, or the meanings of different and cores and wand lengths and things like that.You collect various items, brew potions and duel other users. For all of those you earn house points.



As I mentioned before, I'm a big Harry Potter so when I learned about Pottermore, I had to sign up.
I managed to get into the beta testing period along with a friend. I was really excited about getting my wand and being sorted. Both work on the same principle, you answer questions, designed especially for this by J.K. herself.

It's amazing how much detail there is and how different lengths and different cores are suited for different personalities. My wand is spruce with phoenix feather core, ten inches, surprisingly swishy.


I knew there was no chance I'd be a Gryffindor, but there was a chance I could be in any of the other three houses. I was hoping I'd get into Ravenclaw. I answered all questions as honestly as I could. Imagine how happy I was when I did get into Ravenclaw. My friend got into Slytherin though, I really thought she would be a Ravenclaw.

Anyway, that's all from me for now. Go check out Pottermore.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

O is for origami

Origami is the art of folding paper and making sculptures without cutting or gluing, although in recent years standards have loosened a bit. It originated in Japan and became popular outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. The name comes from the Japanese words oru(fold) and kami(paper).

Origami crane (source)

There are countless websites about origami and countless tutorials on how to make them. I find origami really interesting and fun to make. I mean just take a look at some of the things people make, it's amazing!


1000 paper cranes

source

There is a Japanese legend which says that if you fold 1000 paper cranes you get one wish. Since folding 1000 cranes is a huge challenge, people often work in groups to fold them all. This is known as Senbazuru.

Here are some websites with tutorials:
http://www.origami-instructions.com/
http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-instructions.html
http://www.paperkawaii.com/category/categories/origami/advanced-origami/
http://www.origami-make.com/index.php
http://en.origami-club.com/

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

N is for Ninjutsu

A few years ago I had to take up a sport for medical reasons. Group sports and sports that include a ball were out of the questions of course (I have bad hand to eye coordination) so my only option was a martial art. My parents told me to try karate but I didn't want to. It just didn't appeal to me. After a bit of research online I found ninjutsu and some time after that I found that there was a dojo in my town.

Ninjutsu is an old martial art which originated in Japan. Some of the first written sources date back to 520 AD.


the kanji for ninja (source)
While the samurai thought it a great honor to die in battle, the ninja's main objective was to get the job done and survive. So it would be more appropriate to say that ninjutsu is a skill for survival and self-defence. It's philosophy is universal and can be used regardless of time and space.

In ninjutsu you learn how to use your body to it's full extent. You learn the quickest and most efficient way to react. You lean how to defend yourself with as little damage to your body and spirit as possible and large scale consequences to your opponent.

Unlike in other martial arts, there are no competitions or tournaments in ninjutsu. The only person you're competing with is yourself and sometimes that can be the hardest battle.

Taking up ninjutsu was the best decision I've ever made. I met some great people, who I still keep contact with, my confidence went up and my immunity system got better.

You can check this site and this site if you wanna read some more.

I don't want to post it like this, I want it to be better, but I have to post it.
I know my posts are a bit late and a bit lame lately but at least I'm not giving up. :)

Monday, 15 April 2013

M is for Metallica

I'm feeling a bit tired and lazy so this will be short.



Okay, so I'm not really going to write anything, sorry. Just enjoy the music. I love the sound the S&M album.  Metal music just sounds so good with a symphony behind it. Oh how I wish I could have been there and witnessed it. Can you imagine seeing this live?


I'm really behind on comments and visits but I'll try to make up for it.Anyway, I'll have a decent post for you tomorrow. 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

L is for Lifescouts

Have you heard about Lifescouts yet? If not here's a short video explanation for you:


I think Lifescouts is pretty awesome, so today I wanted to talk about the badges that I've earned so far. I don't have an interesting story behind all of them but here they are anyway:

Friday, 12 April 2013

K is for kunoichi

Kunoichi refers to a female ninja or practitioner of ninjutsu(And by ninjutsu I don't mean the ninjutsu shown in Naruto.).

Female ninja played a big role in the history of Ninjutsu. They were assigned tasks that could not be completed by men. They would often use their charm to enter areas without raising suspicion, gather information, and if necessarily, kill their target.

The kunoichi training was different than ninja training. It focused more on stealth, strategy, small weapons, poisons and explosives and less on larger weapons like swords and spears. Also kunoichi were though the arts of singing, dancing, musical instruments and the tea ceremony so that they would be able to get close to their victim without being suspicious.

K has so far been the hardest letter, so this post is a bit lame. My N post will be about ninjutsu and I will try to make it more interesting that this.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

J is for Jazz


The band is called Letecki Pekinezeri (Flying Pekingese). They're a Macedonian jazz band. I've never seen them live but I will when I get the chance. 

I think my first real encounter with jazz music was at a small jazz festival near my town a few years ago. I was there for other reasons and my mom and I decided to stay and listen. I'm so glad we did. I loved it. I knew about jazz music before, but I think this was the first time I really listened and liked it so much.

Some time after that someone posted a link to the video above on Twitter. I listened to it and loved it. Ever since I have a habit of listening to this every once in a while.

Now click play, sit back, relax and enjoy. You can thank me later. =)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I is for Internet

We love it, we use it daily, we need it, we can't imagine our day without it, but do we know how it began?

Well, it all started in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. The United States thought that if the Soviet Union could launch a satellite, then they could easily launch a missile at North America(keep in mind that this was during the Cold War). In 1958 the US created the organization ARPA and began the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). The objective was to connect several computers, across the county, with one another so that if one was destroyed, the others would continue to function.

The ARPANET proved to be successful and soon a lot of universities, large companies and government departments began joining it. Connecting computers made it easier to share information. Other countries began joining the network as well, speeding up it's growth, and so it became international. That's where the name Internet comes from; International Network.

And that is in short how the Internet began. If you would like to read a more detailed history, go here.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

H is for ...

...so many things. I can't decide so I'm going to mention some of them.

First is high school. We all go through it. Some of us enjoy it, some of us can't wait for it to end and some just don't really care. Personally, I have no idea which of these categories I fit in. On one hand I can't wait to get out of high school and go university far away from here. On the other hand just thinking about leaving, and the amount of studying that I would have to do at uni and then finding a job and earning money and.... it just scares me. Add to that the fact that I'm still not sure what exactly I want to do with my life and my fear of choosing something I might end up hating, and you've got a freaked out teenager. Am I going off topic?

Okay, next is Harry Potter! Yes, I'm a big Harry Potter fan. If you haven't read the books then you've at least heard of them or seen the films. I still haven't seen the last couple of films, but I'll get to it. I prefer reading books and am currently in the process of rereading the Harry Potter books, in English this time. The Macedonian translations aren't very good, and the last book was only recently translated, I'm lucky I managed to find it in English a lot earlier. Surprisingly it was easy to read, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to understand it.

Rest

And finally, hiking. I love nature. Last year I had the chance to visit a few major European cities and after coming back, I can safely say one thing. Nothing amazes me like a mountain. Don't get me wrong, the cities were amazing, the buildings magnificent and the history, rich. However, there's just something about mountains that makes them even more magnificent, even more amazing. It always takes my breath away. I'm always amazed by nature and I love being surrounded by it. I love walking through it. Also, the feeling you get when you reach your destination after hours of walking through picturesque landscape... I just love it.

Monday, 8 April 2013

G is for Graphene

Graphene, like graphite and diamond, is an allotropic modification of pure carbon. As a material it's been known for a long time, but it was first isolated in 2004 by two Russian scientists at the University of Manchester. The two(Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov) won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 for their work on graphene.


Graphene is basically  just one sheet of carbon atoms. Being only one atom thick, makes it the ultimate two-dimensional material. It also makes it a great conductor of heat and electricity. Graphene has some amazing  properties which allow it a wide range of uses. Here's a short introduction to graphene.


If you would like to read more on graphene visit http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

F is for flowers

Well folks, it's the last day of the first week of the challenge. How are you all feeling? A lazy post from me today. I could use a break.

Anyway, I decided to go with flowers. I think I can safely say that they are every photo enthusiast's favourite subject for macro photography. They are just so fun to play and experiment with. It doesn't matter if it's black and white, colour, or HDR, flowers work with anything.

The following photo was taken by me and is posted on my deviantART.
Flowers - very original title, I know

Friday, 5 April 2013

E is for Enter Sandman

It was hard to decide what to make today's post about. I went through eco-houses, then education, then the elements, but decided that I should write about them some other time because there's a lot to say and these posts need to be short. So in the end I decided to go with Enter Sandman by Metallica, to add a bit of music to my posts.

Enter Sandman is the first single from Metallica's fifth album, Metallica(also known as the Black Album). It's one of the band's most-played songs(over 1100 times). The music was written by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, while the lyrics were written by James alone and deal with the concept of a child's nightmares.


The video for the song was released two weeks before the release of the album. The plot of the video is basically the theme of the song, a child having nightmares and the Sandman watching him.

I think the video fits the song very well. It has this sort of sinister feel to it, with the creepy old man(Sandman) and all the nightmares the child is having.

I really like this song, definitely among my favourites. (I should also mention that I have a lot of favourites. =D)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

D is for Don't Break the Chain

Don't break the chain is a great productivity tip from Jerry Seinfeld. I learnt about it from Charlie McDonnell's video and decided that I had to try it out. I always leave things until the last minute unless I have some really great motivation not to, and this seemed like it could keep my motivation up. But being the procrastinator that I am, I didn't start until last month(so that's about 2 months of putting it off).

Here's the deal: if you have something that you need to do on a regular basis, you give yourself a minimum amount of time required, you get a calendar(preferably one that has an entire year on one page) and a marker. For each day that you complete your work you get to put a nice big X on that day. After a few days you'll get a chain. Your next goal is not to break the chain.

I have a project for school which I thought would be perfect to test this thing. All I can say is, so far so good. I started about a month ago, I gave myself 15 minuets of work on this project a day and I've managed to keep it up. So far I've done most of my research and have now started translating things that could be of use to me when writing the project.

I always try to get at least 15 minutes of work done because I don't want to fail, I don't want to break the chain. And it's kept me going. So now I plan on doing another don't break the chain this summer, for running, (or jogging, or whatever you want to call it).

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

C is for Cats

If you've been around on the Internet for long enough there's no way you haven't noticed that cats are everywhere. Funny, cute, silly, crazy it doesn't matter if it's a photo, an illustration, photo manipulation, a gif or a video, if it has a cat in it, the chances of it becoming popular are very high.

Thirsty - This is probably my best cat photo.
I've never been much of a cat person, I've always preferred dogs. Maybe it's because my mum doesn't like them. She has no problem with dogs as long as they don't come near her. But cats, well she's scared of them and doesn't even want to look at them. I have no problem with them. I'd like to own both a cat and a dog one day. That'd be fun.

There are a lot of cat gifs out there but the one that made me laugh the hardest is this one. It's just... hilarious.


Cats always land on their feet so I'm guessing this one's okay now ... and knows not to jump from slippery places. XD

Among the rest of the cat related things on the internet I should mention are Nyan cat(video below) and Bat-cat.


How anyone can stand even 3 minutes of Nyan cat is beyond me. Truth be told, the first time I saw this video was last night. I've heard of Nyan cat and I knew what it was(sort of) but I'd never seen the video. The one and a half minute that I watched felt like hours!

I find Bat-cat more tolerable, but after the first few times it can get annoying as well.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

B is for Books

I love the smell of books, I love the feeling of books, I love reading books. In short, I love books.

I don't know when my love for books started, but it did and I'm glad it did. The only problem is:

"So many books, so little time" - Frank Zappa

That's so true, especially during the school year when I'm swamped with schoolwork, homework, lessons, projects and after school activities. I know that if I start reading a good book I'll leave everything else and I won't get anything done. That's why I love summer, I can read as much as I want without worrying about anything.

There's one thing I look forward to every April and that's the annual book fair. This year it's from the 9th to the 15th and I can't wait! People think I'm crazy for spending money on books. And I do buy a lot of books. Even if I have a lot of unread books at home I still buy more. What can I say, I have a book buying addiction. :D



If you're a reader then you've probably faced the problem of forgetting which books you've read, losing track of books you own and have lent to someone or books you want to read. Well there is a solution to your problems. It's called Goodreads. You've heard of it? Great! You haven't? Well you're in luck.



Goodreads is the world's biggest site for readers and book recommendations. On Goodreads you can keep track of books you've read, are reading or want to read by putting them on shelves. Aside from these three main shelves you can add your own.(shelves for books you own, didn't finish, read in another language, with a beautiful cover etc. basically anything you want) You can see what friends are reading, rate books, get recommendations and write reviews. You're an author? They have an authors program you should check out.

I better finish before this post gets too long. Hope everyone is having fun with this challenge. ^_^

I should really try and make my posts shorter...

Monday, 1 April 2013

A is for April Fools' Day

Every year on April 1st people from around the world try to trick, fool and prank each other just for the fun of it. It's a day celebrated worldwide by pranking and/or humiliating another person.

Celebration differs from country to country. In France, Italy and Belgium people try to tape a picture of a fish on a persons' back without them noticing and yell "April fish" when it's discovered. In the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe people only pulled pranks until noon, but this tradition is slowly disappearing.. In Scotland the its called "Hunt the Gowk Day" and people send the victim around delivering an "important" message.

In my country people try to trick each other into believing or doing something ridiculous and/or untrue. When the person falls for it, the one playing the prank yells "Aprili li li". The phrase has no meaning as far as I know. Aside from that, people, usually children, dress up in costumes.

So how did this fun day come to be? When and why did people start playing pranks on each other and trying to trick each other? Well, it's origins are very uncertain and no one knows for sure.

One theory is that it began in Roman times. You see the ancient Romans, Hindus and other ancient cultures celebrated the New Year around April 1. In 1582 the Gregorian calendar was introduced and it was decided that New Year's Day will be celebrated on January 1. Some people refused to accept the new calendar and continued celebrating New Year on April 1, while others simple didn't learn about it. Those who knew and accepted the change started making fun of these people by tricking them into believing ridiculous things, sending them on "fool's errands" etc. Eventually it spread across Europe.

The problem with this explanation is that April Fool's Day was already well established in England long before they adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. There are also no direct historic evidence.


Nowadays even the media gets in on the fun. News papers and TV stations try to pass ridiculous information as legitimate. Some even work together to make it more believable. You can check out the Top 100 April Fool's Day hoaxes of all time. Also see Google's April Fool's jokes.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Almost April

Yikes!!! April is almost here and I still haven't written all my posts!

You'd think that after years of rushing things at the last minute I'd learn to start early and work bit by bit so I can finish on time, but no. Sadly that's not the case. I always mange to find something a lot less important to waste my time on. Ahh good old procrastination. Even now I'm procrastinating. I'm writing this instead of studying. Priorities, where are you?

So here we are, April is just around the corner and I'm not even halfway with my posts. I don't have a theme but I know what most of my posts will be about. I'm still having trouble with a few letters though. Mostly with "K". I have no idea what to make my K post about. The rest are a bit easier.

Most of the posts will be written, but there will be a few that will contain a photograph or photographs most likely followed by a very short text but not necessarily. Since I don't have a theme you will find a bit of everything: interesting websites, fun facts, things you probably didn't know, random information on random things, something you already know, science etc.

You'll hear from me again in 5 days.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

A to Z Challenge

So I recently found this A to Z Challenge and decided I should do it.

A to Z Challenge is a blogging challenge that lasts the entire month of April. The idea is that you post a blog-post every day, excluding Sundays, starting on the 1st. Each day corresponds with a letter of the alphabet and your post for the day has to do with the day's letter.

I figure it's going help me a lot in terms of organizing my time(which I am very bad at), planning ahead, pre-writing posts and basically getting the hang on blogging.

I am currently in the process of deciding the topics for each day and then I'll start on actually writing the posts. I think it's going to be fun, but also maybe a bit stressful, we'll see.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Introduction

Let me start by saying I really don't like introductions. I find them really awkward and try to avoid them when I can. I guess I can't avoid it here so I'll make it brief.

I'm a 16 year old high school student interested in: books, photography, art, nature, technology, anime & manga, music, martial arts etc. I like reading, laughing, hiking, drawing, listening to music and relaxing.

My posts on this blog will most likely be related to my interests and likes (mentioned above). I'm a procrastinator so don't expect regular updates.

Also, I'm a girl.

Until next time.