October 30, 2010

Diary of A Freshman: How To Mismatch Day

Spirit Weeks across the country are generally similar; school spirit, strange clothing, and those quick slip-out-your-phone-to-take-a-picture moments.

And a school favorite, Mismatch Day.

In order for you to avoid my debacle of an outfit, read further for general rules to follow.

1. If you wear pieces of clothing that don't go together, no one will get it.
Wearing a t-shirt with a work-like blazer on? It'll go right over everyone's heads, and they will throw bottles at you for your spiritlessness, and HUNT YOU IN THE NIGHT!

2. I know it's called Mismatch Day, it's really more like Layer Your Entire Closet Day.
And I mean entire closet. Like, bikinis over one's clothes are not rare.

3. Mismatch shoes, earrings, makeup, socks, gloves, EVERYTHING.

4. For the love of God, please do not, do NOT, forget to lay out your clothes the night before. And then oversleep.

Your Sadly Matched Blogger,

October 16, 2010

Book Review: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero

Two Word Review of Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero half way through the book: Pretty good.

Two Word Review of Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero after I finished the book: Oh. My.

Ok, so this book really had three main characters; Jason, Piper, and Leo. First, we have two chapters from Jason, then two chapters from Piper, then two chapters from Leo, and so forth for the entire book.

Bad Stuff
  • First thing I noticed was that Annabeth seemed majorly out of character, but then I conceded that it may just seem that way because we see her through a different characters eyes. Then I decided that she's out of character in chapter 2.
  • Rick Riordan stayed with the pattern the whole way through, which was bad because to fill his two-chapter quota, he might unnecessarily start a new chapter, or make a three-page chapter.
  • Another bad thing about two chapters with Jason, two chapters with Piper thing was that sometimes, certain parts of the story would be better if they were told from someone else's point of view.
  • There seemed to be a lot of new info in this book, some that even contradicted old information the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. It just looks like he didn't plan it out so well.
  • So much of the book felt like it was fan fiction of something, but then again, it may be because it's a new character's POV, so Riordan is using another writing style.
  • I often felt like I was dragging myself through out character's chapters just so that I could get to the next character's chapters. Like when you're listening to the radio, enduring a pretty bad song because you know a better one is coming on next.
  • It seems our characters take forever to realize something we realized 138 pages ago.
Good Stuff
  • The new characters are likable.
  • An advantage of what I will now start to call the Two Chapter Rule is that each character telling the story has something to add, they each have their own story.
  • The plot is rather good.
  • The book is fast paced.
  • It's addictive at times.
  • We find out more about the camp and other cabins and such.
  • The ending will make your heart stop.
All in all, it's a great book that promises an amazing series.

So, I'm just going crazy sitting here, trying to think of what is going to happen. Because NO ONE HAS READ THE BOOK YET!

So do me a favor and read it already.

Now, there might be some questions about the book, so here are some answers.

(Tiny Spoilers Ahead)

The book starts four months after The Last Olympian ended. The old characters are still in the books, but few of them are shown. The others are not omitted, they just don't appear for one reason or another. The book is 553 pages long.

(Spoilers Ahead)

Jason has no memory.

Percy is missing.

Aphrodite's kids can sometimes "charmspeak."

Hephaestus's kids can sometimes make fire just appear, like that guy in the Fantastic Four.

The Olympians can apparently appear in their Roman or Greek forms.


Thalia has a brother.

Jason is Thalia's brother, but his dad is the Roman form of Zeus, Jupiter, while Thalia's dad was the Greek form, Zeus. Don't know how that works...

Remember how Percy is missing? Well, he's in the Roman form of Camp Half-Blood, over in San Fran. Oh, and he can't remember who he is.

Jason is from the Roman camp, but was sent by Hera to Camp Half-Blood, memory erased, to form bonds with the people there.

Percy was sent to what I will call Camp Romulus by Hera to make bonds there.

The Roman and Greek sides of the family apparently always war against each other every time they make contact with each other.

They must join forces to defeat the new villain.

The new villain is Gaea.

Your Olympic Blogger,

October 12, 2010

Diary of a Freshman: Guide To A Pep Rally

Look, if there's a couple things my school knows about, one of them is school spirit. Our pep rallies are awesome, and fun, and loud, meaning death for those with headaches. SO, who is qualified to tell you about how to act at a Pep Rally? Me.

Because most the the Freshmen didn't heed these rules, and we were treated to 50 Seniors and half the marching band (including the tuba and massive drums) walking through the buses, the parking lot, and along adjacent streets singing "Freshmen suck!" It was sad. And we all understood why the upperclassmen think we suck.

So don't let this be you! READ!

Rule #1: Don't be the loser who refuses to cheer.

Rule #2: Listen to the junior and the cheerleaders directing the cheers.

Rule #3: KNOW your school's cheers.

Rule #4: Yell as loud as you possibly can at the appropriate times.

Rule #5: If the Steering Committee is offering free face painting in the courtyard, PAINT YOUR FACE! With what? Your year, of course! Example: '14 or 20*nose*14

Tip #1: Bring water. Screaming makes your throat scratchy. But don't let people see that you have water, because then they will want some. Then they will either waterfall onto their face and spill your water everywhere (it's happened. Three times.) or they will just drink it, and you will get meningitis. And die.

Tip #2: Latch onto a friend from your class when going to the gym or field for your pep rally, so that she can lead you over to where there are people.

Tip #3: Wear your school colors.

Tip #4: Follow these tips and rules, and you might just steal that spirit stick away from the Seniors!

Your Peppy Blogger,

Bad Science Jokes

Alright, so I have a teacher who, every other day tells a joke. Relating to science. And I can't say they're very good.

Now, this teacher is the kind of person who likes to rap in class about how cool science is. That would be cool, if it weren't also so pitiful. Also, I strongly dislike him because a) he sat me at the edge of a full table even though there are TWO EMPTY DESKS! and b) his entire class is a rerun of my 5th, 7th, and 8th grade classes, and it's supposed to be an advanced class.

So I'd just like to record the jokes he tells, for future reference and your amusement. Start.

Where does bad light go?

Johnny was a chemist's son, but Johnny is no more, for what Johnny thought was H2O was H2SO4 (sulfuric acid).

Why do scientists park on the street at night, but not in the day?
Because they prefer nitrates.

What did the male magnet say to the female magnet?
From your backside, you were pretty repulsive, but from the front, you're rather attractive.

Two things were walking, and one said, "Why are you so negative?" and the other said, "I gained an electron." (I paraphrased here.)

Why was the turkey playing in the band?
Because he had the drumsticks!

Who was the roundest knight of King Arthur's court?
Sir Cumference (circumference)

Pretty bad, huh? Stay tuned for more!

Your Blogger,