MLS Playoffs Return

After an international break, the MLS playoffs returned last Tuesday. In the Eastern Conference two Canadian teams, Montreal and Toronto, faced off. Montreal jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes and added another early in the second half. However, Toronto surged back scoring two late goals to make their second game more compelling.

On the same day, the Sounders faced the Colorado Rapids in their first match of the two game series. Colorado jumped out to a quick lead, but the Sounders scored just five minutes later. It was Jordan Morris’ first goal of the playoffs and Sounders fans were happy to see him come back strong after a hamstring injury. Early in the second half, Sounders’ Nicolas Lodeiro drew and scored a penalty kick. Lodeiro was tripped from behind 12 yards and their was little ambiguity about the foul.

This Sunday Sounders play Colorado in Denver to decide who goes to the MLS championship. Sounders have the 2-1 lead, but because Colorado has one away goal they hold the tiebreaker going into the game. Montreal and Toronto play next Wednesday.

Over in the EPL, Chelsea remains hot as they defeated a strong Tottenham side to keep their top place in the table. Chelsea is currently on a seven game win streak, but have a huge match against third place Manchester City this Saturday.

Noblog-photo-9 big surprises in the UEFA Champions League this week, but last year’s miraculous EPL champions, Leicester City, advanced to the round of 16. The first time in the club’s history.

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Taco Time Secret Recipe

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This here is a taco time logo, it is a cactus to show their Hispanic roots

Taco Time holds a special place in my list of fast food joints, as this is the place where I did my first summer job as a cashier and prep cook.

Taco Time chain was founded in Eugen, Oregon Portland with its first franchise opened in Tacoma Washington.

I would like to share the recipe that I found on recipe link for Taco Time hot sauce you will get close to duplicating the hot sauce.

Ingredients:
20 Arbol Peppers
½ Red bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 piece of celery
⅓ cup of carrot
¼ cup of onion
Cilantro
Cumin
White distilled vinegar
Chili powder
Salt
Pepper

Direction:
Add all ingredients except vinegar to blender and blend it away.

Add this mixture in a pot and simmer it on low to medium flame. We need to simmer it till all the water gets evaporated and we get a mash.

Add vinegar to this mash and let it cook for another 15 mins, so I it can absorb vinegar.

Strain the mixture after it cools down and the hot sauce is ready to serve.

This is my take on the recipe you will need to experiment a little bit till you reach the taste that actually satisfies your taste buds.

Taco Time NW was awarded the 2013 Leadership in Organics Recovery award from Washington Organics Recycling Council. The award goes to company who has championed Organics recovery programs that has targeted new parts of the waste stream.

As a part of its 50th Anniversary initiative in 2012. Taco Time NW implemented a new compostable packaging program. This program greatly reduces the need for guests to separate out compostable items and minimize waste.

NFL Week 12: Raiders Roll in Mexico City

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Amari Cooper scores a TD on a 35 yard pass from Derek Carr in Mexico City on Monday Night Football against the Houston Texans. Carr threw 3 TD’s to lead the Oakland Raiders to a victory.

The Oakland Raiders captured their 8th win of the season in Mexico City on Monday Night, placing them on top of their division. Derek Carr threw for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns. Once again the Cleveland browns lose, this time to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-9. The Cowboys extend their win streak to 8 games and a 9-1 record in a 27-17 victory against the Baltimore Ravens. Dak Prescott continues to impress throwing for 301 yards and 3 TD’s, 2 of them to star receiver Dez Bryant and 1 to Cole Beasley. The Detroit Lions have won 5 of their last 6 games with a win against the Jaguars. They had a pick-6 and a 55 yard punt return TD to help them win. The New York Giants won their 5th game in a row against the Chicago Bears, Rashad Jennings had 85 rushing yards and a TD. The 1st pick in the NFL Draft, Jared Goff, got his first career start against the Miami Dolphins. He threw for 134 yards and no TD’s and the Rams lost 14-10 thanks to a 4th quarter comeback by Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense, including a touchdown to Devante Parker with 36 seconds left. The Dolphins have now won 5 in a row. I sure hope they can keep winning and knock off New England for the top spot in their division. I hate the Patriots, besides Gronk. Gronk is super funny and probably a top 10 player in the league.

Seattle!

Hello all and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!

As the holiday season truly kicks off, it is time to look inwards, and to be close to home with those nearest and dearest to us. This week, we will take a look at the Seattle area, and all of its wonders we are grateful for year-round.

Just a short 40-minute drive from Downtown Seattle we have the beautiful Cascade Mountains. There are great skiing destinations and resorts, as well as hiking opportunities galore. One such place is PooPoo Point, right here in Issaquah. While it is quite a steep trail, it is fairly short, and the view cannot be beat. On nice days you can catch paragliders jumping off the mountain and drifting gracefully to the ground.

Snoqualmie Pass is one of the most popular places to ski here as well. During the snowy months the mountains flood with skiiers, beginning and advanced, who will either take day trips from Seattle, or overnight from across the western seaboard. While Seattle proper may be more wet than snowy, that certainly is not true of our high-altitude neighbors, who receive nice powdery snow for months.

One of the main attractions that Seattle has to offer is the Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World Fair, the relatively short tower (605 feet) towers above all building around it. It is kept separate from the much taller skyscrapers downtown to maintain this illusion. At the top of the Needle, there is an observation deck with a phenomenal view of the city, and a rotating restaurant where diners get a full 360-view of all of Seattle’s many diverse neighborhoods.

That’s all for now, have a wonderful start to your holidays!

My Week Of Joy

img_1152This week is on pace to be a good one, I have my birthday Wednesday and of course Thanksgiving Thursday. it is important to be with family on Thanksgiving and if that is not possible being with friends is the next best thing to do.

This week I only worked on Tuesday, and this was the first time I’ve been at work and seeing the new dining room for the first time. The dining room is massive and can sit about fifty more residents. Which is good for the people who live there but for bussers it actually is not helpful at all. We have to cover more ground and bus more tables. We still could use some more staff and until we get it I will most likely be stressed at work.

Wednesday was my birthday. I am finally 17 years old. I feel way older already. Having school on my birthday at first did not sound very enjoyable but I actually liked going to school and seeing all my friends on my birthday. I got to open my presents after school with my family so that was fun. Then I went out to dinner with my family and enjoyed a nice meal.

Ah, finally Thanksgiving has arrived, one of my personal favorite times of the year. Eating until you physically can’t, and being with family. What’s better? My family also makes some mean food on Thanksgiving so I am looking forward to that. Playing football on Thanksgiving is a tradition.

Black (Hole) Friday!

I had planned on continuing to write about basic physics in the 1st dimension this week, but there was a science pun I could NOT pass up — Black Friday! (or should I say Black Hole Friday)

A black hole is a extremely large (I’m talking unimaginably large) mass that is immensely dense, so dense that it’s gravitational pull is so intense that light cannot even escape from it. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicted black holes back in 1916, but the first black hole wasn’t found for another 55 years. They weren’t called “black holes” back when Einstein thought of them though, that name was thought of by an American astronomer John Wheeler in 1967.

We know black holes exist because of the way they react with matter in outer space. We cannot look directly at them because light doesn’t reach inside a black hole (that is why they are called black holes). But observing the radiation they emit can help us find them. Another way to see a black hole is by looking for the objects that orbit or ricochet off of them. Sometimes, when something is moving fast past a black hole, it won’t fall inside the event horizon (the edge of the black hole that we can’t look past), it will just sort of bounce off. This occurrence can be seen from great distances, as it creates some of the brightest reactions in the universe. 322ef7c600000578-0-image-a-14_1457971439771

THIS YEAR we discovered a gravitational wavelength depicting to be two black holes colliding, the event echoed throughout the universe. We have found that our own Milky Way galaxy has a Supermassive black hole right at it’s center.

Past a black hole’s event horizon is the singularity: a single point in space-time where the mass of the black hole is concentrated.

I would really like to keep talking about black holes because they are so extremely interesting! But in order to do that, we need to talk about space-time, quantum mechanics, and about a million other things that go along with them. So we’ll save it for another post.

SciCom

Cannibal Holocaust

Hi Guys!

Today I will be talking about a movie called Cannibal Holocaust. When this movie first came out, the brutal killings that were in a film were thought as real. Since this movie is very graphic, i’m not going to talk a lot about the details.

This Italian film is directed by Ruggero Deodato started a great deal of controversy with it’s graphic violence. This film tells the story about a missing documentary-making crew who went to the Amazon to film some of the cannibal tribes. Not even 10 days passed in the movie theaters when Ruggero Deodato was arrested and charged with obscenity.  the magazine Photo thought that certain deaths depicted in the film were real, which would make the film a snuff film. The courts decided to include murder on his charges because they thought the impalement scene was real and filmed only for the film. Luca Barbareschi got in contact with three of the actors, to prove that the cast members were alive.In an interview Deodato told everyone how the impalement scene was shot:a bicycle seat was attached to the end of an iron pole, where the actress was sitting then held a short length of balsa wood in her mouth and looked skyward, giving the appearance of impalement. The cops dropped charges against him after this. In the film, there were many animal death that was said to be fake but was actually real. Apparently, a coati, a large turtle, a boa constrictor, a tarantula, a squirrel monkey and a pig were killed during this movie. Deodato didn’t get arrested or charged with animal abuse, because he showed examples of double standards with other movies. To be honest, I think just because other films abused/killed animals, he shouldn’t get away with hurting all of these animals. I didn’t really enjoy this movie.

Week 13 Preview

Hello, Cougar Fan here. This is a big week, rivalry week for many teams across the country. Let’s get into some previews:

#3 Michigan at #2 Ohio State

This is the biggest game of the week, perhaps of the entire regular season. The two Big 10 rivals meet as top 3 ranked teams in the whole nation. Ohio State is coming off a one point nail biter victory at Michigan State, while Michigan won a closer than expected game against Iowa, the final score decided by 10 points. This should be an exciting match up between two high powered offenses and two stout defenses. Michigan quarterback Speight missed the last game with an injury, but he is returning for this big game. The Wolverine faithful hope that he will be playing at one hundred percent. If Michigan wins they will clinch the division and head to the Big 10 Championship Game. If Ohio States wins they will have the same conference record as Penn State, and since Penn State won the head to head match up, Penn State would go to the conference championship game. Given how the Playoff Selection Committee has ranked teams so far this season, I would not be surprised if a Michigan win, sending Michigan to the Big 10 Championship Game, would still result in both Michigan and Ohio State being ranked in the top 4, despite an undefeated Washington team currently ranked 5th. If Ohio State were to win, neither Ohio State nor Michigan would go to the Big 10 Championship Game, likely resulting in Michigan, and possibly Ohio State to drop out of the top 4 by the final College Football Playoff rankings, opening the door for Washington.

#22 Utah at #9 Colorado

This is a huge game in the Pac-12. Colorado controls their own destiny. A CU win would send the Buffaloes to the Pac-12 Championship Game against the Washington Huskies. A Ute win would position the USC Trojans in first place in the Pac-12, sending them to the Pac-12 Championship. Colorado has looked impressive recently, and I think they will be able to win at home. I also will be routing for them. I don’t like Utah, plus I think Colorado would be a better resume builder for Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game, as the Buffs are ranked much higher, and the Huskies have not yet played them this season. This should be an entertaining game. These are two well matched teams.

Dealing With College Rejection

Hey everyone! TheCollegiate here.

When it’s time to apply to colleges, you generally have a list in mind of all of the schools that you’d like to go to. You may apply to schools that you know you can get accepted into, schools that are tougher to get into, and of course, your dream school- this is the one you’d probably apply to through early action or decision. However, the truth of the matter is, you may get rejected from any one of the schools that you apply to. Don’t worry, you most likely won’t get rejection letters from every school that you apply to, but it’s safe to say you may not get accepted into every single one, or the ones you really want to go to in particular- and that’s hard to hear.

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So, how do you deal with that?

If you get rejected from your dream school, it’s definitely okay to be sad about it. The important thing to remember, though, is that schools will reject you if they just don’t think that you will be a good fit for their school academically- in an indirect way, they’re trying to help you find the best match for yourself. And this is a good thing! You don’t want to get accepted into your dream school, and then arrive only to find yourself completely overwhelmed and struggling in their classes. So keep in mind this when you get a rejection letter, and know that when you do get accepted into a school you like, possibly even your dream school, that you are 100% the right fit for that school. When the school year begins, you can arrive with confidence, knowing that you belong there, and that you are fully capable of achieving greatness at that school.

That’s it for this week’s post! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with delicious food, and that you were able to spend it with family and friends.

Until next time,

TheCollegiate.

Aviation Changes to Come? (11/25)

Hi all! Iranoutofpuns here,

I’ve heard that the airplane industry is really taking off and reaching new heights.

This week there is some major changes to aviation that have been proposed by President-elect Donald Trump. There is also a shock shut down of the third largest airline in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

To start off with, TransAsia Airways gave a one day notice of their suspension of service and it was not confirmed by the airline until November 22, the day after the announcement. The original announcement came on November 21, when the airline announced all flights to Japan would be cancelled until further notice. That notice will not be anytime in the near future because the airline is winding down all services for good. The airline cited very poor financial performance over the last six financial quarters but that does not come at much of a shock. In both 2014 and 2015, the airline suffered two major crashes both resulting in 40 or more deaths. The poor safety record combined with competition from two local rival, both of whom are global giants, ultimately lead to the downfall of what was a young and growing airline.

Since his election, there have been many rumors that President-elect Donald Trump, is looking to make many changes to the U.S. aviation system, especially on the air traffic control front. Supposedly he plans to privatize air traffic control, a department that is currently controlled by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), a government organization. Major backers of this proposed change say that a private group would be able to allow for better equipment updates and they would come in a faster time period than can be provided by the government. I personally feel like this a bad idea because the government finally figured out a good system and so far it has worked to a degree. Only time will tell what is to come in the aviation field with the new government and the new president-elect.

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That is all for now! See ya next week!  

The Media, Body Hatred, and Eating Disorders

Hello Bloggers! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving full of tons of food and family time. Now with December just around the corner it’s time to decorate and celebrate for the season! My family just put up our Christmas tree last week because we were excited a little early this year. This week I wanted to blog about how the media impacts how we see ourselves and how it can contribute to unsafe, and unhealthy habits. I recently had an article published in my journalism class on this same issue. I personally feel that it affects many people especially the youth due to access of technology and the social media. Our world has changed and on this topic, not for the best. Let me explain some facts and research to support myself.

It is estimated that we see 3,000 advertisements each day, often messages designed to make women hate their bodies. Body dissatisfaction can have many consequences. 98% of American women are not as thin as fashion models. Of American elementary school girls who read magazines, 67% say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape. 47% say that the pictures make them want to lose weight. 70% of 18-30 year olds don’t like their body. Weight stigma increases unhealthy eating behaviors. 50% of girls use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking, vomiting, and taking laxatives. You are 12 times more likely to binge eat if you diet frequently. 25% of pathological dieters progress to a full-blown eating disorder. Nearly 20 million women will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime. Let’s put an end to eating disorders and body dissatisfaction and focus on what makes us beautiful on the inside. Our goals, achievements, and hobbies are what makes us unique and should be celebrated. Thanks guys for keeping up on my blog. Until next week!

The average American woman is 5'4" and weighs 165 lbs. The average Miss America winner is 5'7" and weighs 121 lbs.

The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 165 lbs. The average Miss America winner is 5’7″ and weighs 121 lbs.

 

Be Green This Holiday Season!

Hey Everyone,

With the Holidays right around the corner, it seems like everyone is stringing up their lights, buying copious amounts of gifts, and chopping down billions of trees for their holiday centerpiece. Although the holidays are about caring and giving back to those who you love, people are doing the exact opposite to the environment. It’s estimated that American waste production increases 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, with the massive amounts of wrapping paper and plethora of holiday food scraps that end up in the trash. Surprisingly, lessening your environmental impact during the holidays isn’t as hard as you may think. With these simple tips, the earth (and maybe even your wallet) will thank you!

  1. christmas-presentsUse LED Christmas Lights

 

LED Christmas lights are an easy swap to make and save more than 95 percent of energy overtime. Another good idea is to go for mini lights instead of larger lights, and shut them off when you go to bed instead of leaving them on throughout the night.

  1. Christmas Trees

There are many alternatives to the farmed Christmas trees that seem to be in everyone’s living-room. Instead, Decorate a living plant, or purchase fake trees to use over again. If you do buy a living tree, the best option is a Fair Tree. These trees promote sustainable forms of production in consideration of the environment as much as possible. Currently, only 40 percent of the 50 million Christmas trees chopped down each year are recycled in America, the rest are thrown in the garbage.

  1. Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper adds on to the tons of waste packaging from holiday presents. Instead, try wrapping presents in old newspaper or brown paper bags that can be decoratively stamped or drawn on. Using these methods of wrapping allow you to make the gift more personal, as well as save money and the environment at the same time!

Hopefully you try out some of these tips and give back to the Environment this Holiday Season!

The Way Things Move – Introduction to Velocity and Acceleration

Hello, organisms of the 3 dimensional universe! I have been obsessed with understanding physics lately and how the universe moves. Starting with the basics, let’s talk about movement on a single plane, one line, 1D motion. I’m actually going to start off really slowly and just talk specifically about velocity and acceleration in one dimension.

We know everything moves one way or another, right? If not obviously, then because of the planet’s rotation or the solar system’s drift through its galaxy. But when talking about the basics, you have to make some assumptions that are a little more cut and dry. Let’s agree that things like the ground, walls, and other things like poles and desks are “immovable objects” that will never move no matter how hard you push on it and basically everything else is “free bodies” that will move about the world in a pattern that scientists can predict with physics. We’ll get back to this idea later, but I just want to make sure that we agree on that.

Velocity and acceleration are in my opinion the key to understanding the way things move on the most basic level. Other things like position are also a part of these values, but I think of them as more of a product of the movement of objects (and force, but we’ll get into that later!). Things like distance travelled and time elapsed are called scalar values, things that are fixed and don’t specify any direction. Speed is a scalar, because it doesn’t matter what direction you are going in, but velocity does, so it is called a Vector. That is why velocity can be a negative number and speed cannot. Same with time, something can’t happen in the negative time!

Velocity is the change in position over time, and is put into meters per second. The most important thing to learn when discussing velocity and acceleration is to know the difference between them. Acceleration is the change in velocity over time, meters per second per second (and is also a vector). Velocity is m/s (meters per second) and acceleration is m/s/s (meters per second per second) or m/s^2.

I’ll dig more into 1D physics next week, it’s important to understand the relationships between position, velocity and acceleration before I get into the calculations. Have a great weekend!

SciCom

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Top Universities for Sociology

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Harvard University takes first place in being the top school to study sociology!

Hey bloggers it’s sociogal again with some interesting information! I thought this week we could take a break from talking about a sociological topic and discover the best schools that have a program/degree for sociology! This is the World University Rankings taken in 2015. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 36 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact .You might ask yourself, what can you do with a sociology degree? Thanks to the far-reaching nature of the subject, students can often choose the direction their sociology program takes, particularly if it’s possible to specialize in a particular field of interest after the first year of study. Specializations you take during your sociology degree will not only help you focus on a particular area, but could also help make you more employable within specialized fields. Community and youth development are incredibly important fields in which to pursue sociology careers. The focus here lies with social welfare amongst young and vulnerable people as well as the wider community, on both a local and a national scale. Often these roles have close involvement with social politics, particularly in regards to social care, education, community involvement, poverty, rehabilitation and healthcare. Studying sociology will help develop the broad knowledge needed to work in community development, including awareness of how laws and regulations affect society and strong interpersonal skills. Common roles in community and youth work include: community officer, social worker, carer, youth worker, equality and diversity officer and sports development officer. Harvard University is ranked best school to study sociology with an overall 94.2%. The school that comes last is University of California with a 60.5%

Thank you guys for reading! Stay tuned for next week’s blog!