Tolo week

IMG_2060Yo guys so first things first my ducks flipping did it!!! We are in the final four for the first time in 78 years. We beat Kansas in Kansas City 74-60. Basically a home game for Kansas as they had 17,500 fans compared to Oregons 500. I don’t want to jinx anything because they play UNC tomorrow but this duck team has me wondering if it’s fate.

anyways work was super chill this week. I worked Tuesday and Wednesday and with three bussers we are never really stressing anymore. What makes me angry however is my boss wants me to get my food handlers permit which I got and turned in when I was hired all the way back in August. So I have to keep reminding them I guess because there is no chance I go through the hour class again when I already did it.

also my blazers are making a playoff race right now. We have a 2 game lead on the 8th seed so that’s good however we just lost Jusuf Nurkic to injury for two weeks and the season basically ends then. I am mad because we are finally clicking. I swear this team is cursed, however it’s a good time for basketball in the state of Oregon, which is my roots.

School this week was a breeze it’s basically whatever. I’m ready for spring break which starts next Friday. It’s time for a nice break ya feel me?

anyways tolo is tomorrow and I’m excited it should be a good time. Next week I’ll update y’all on how it went and how Oregon did.

College in Three Years

Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here. Just recently I was watching the news and heard of a new option that some colleges are offering: finishing college in just three years, instead of the typical four. I was very interested in the topic, so I thought I would share with you all some information on it for this week’s blog post.

What is the three-year graduation plan? It’s pretty explanatory- instead of spreading out all of your courses over four years, students take more classes in three years in order to meet all of their graduation requirements in a shorter amount of time. Students still have to meet a certain number of credits, and have to take certain classes, but they take more of them at one time. To some, this is a great option, but it’s also understandable for some to be wary of loading up their schedules with additional courses, especially if they are trying to squeeze in extracurricular activities.

So, why is this option becoming available, and what are the benefits? The answer to this question is simple: to cut down on costs. There’s no doubt about the fact that college is expensive. Students who finish college in three years can save about 25% on tuition costs, which, to those going to more expensive colleges, can make a world of a difference. In the news segment that I recently watched, one of the student’s who was being interviewed said that they originally could not afford to attend one of the more expensive colleges until they discovered the three-year graduation plan, which then made it possible. Not only does this plan reduce the amount of money you spend on college (and the amount of debt you acquire), it gives you the option to go to schools that may have been out of your budget before.

red-graduation-cap-1418709-1278x1165Unfortunately not many schools have implemented such a plan at the moment, but perhaps more will in the future. If you are interested in this program, definitely research the colleges you want to apply to and see which ones offer it.

That’s all for this week’s post. See you later!

TheCollegiate

Pretenders for 2017

Hello everybody! Cougar Fan here! Last week I went over some teams that I think will be contenders next season. This week I will go over some teams that other people might have high expectations for, but I think may just be “pretenders.”

Florida State

Florida State will have a good team, but I’m not sure they will be good enough to legitimately compete for the College Football Playoff. ESPN ranked them as #2 in their “Too Early Top 25” rankings, but I don’t buy all the hype. The Seminoles are losing some key players from a year ago. Running back Dalvin Cook was one of the best in the nation, and replacing that kind of production in the run game will be difficult. The Seminoles lose some other key talents on the offensive line and on the defense, and I expect them to take a little bit of time to make up for all these losses. And it doesn’t help that they play Alabama week 1.

Image result for florida state dalvin cook

It will be tough for FSU to replace Dalvin Cook next season.

Clemson

Yes, another ACC team that I don’t think deserves the hype. Despite coming off of a national championship winning season, the Tigers are losing a number of key players, including star QB Deshaun Watson, wide outs Mike Williams and Artavis Scott, tight end Jordan Leggett, running back Wayne Gallman, line backer Ben Boulware, and more. Those are some elite players that they will have to replace, and I don’t see them having the kind of year that they had last season. Also, with most of the teams at the top of the ACC engaging in some rebuilding next year, I predict that the top teams could all fall to cannibalism within the conference.

Oklahoma State

The Cowboys will have a good offense, but they lost too much on defense to make the jump to become a playoff contender. Also, the Big 12 is too even talent wise, and cannibalism may also be an issue.

Auburn

Auburn was 8-5 a year ago. They lost to most of the good teams they played. The two ranked teams they beat included a team that turned out to be grossly overrated and a team that had just lost their star running back to injury. I don’t believe this team will be able to make the jump. The offense was not good last year. They may get some help from Baylor transfer QB Jarett Stidham, but Stidham wasn’t always the best even when he played at Baylor, and the Big 12 doesn’t boast the kind of talent on the defensive front that the SEC does.

Louisville

A shaky situation in the offensive line will keep Lamar Jackson running for his life, and keep the Cards out of the playoff picture.

Georgia

A lot of people are excited about Georgia. They do have some great talent, but I think they won’t quite get it all put together to make a run at the playoff this season.

Circular Runways – The Future of Aviation? (3/31)

Hi all! Iranoutofpuns here…

Q: What was wrong with the cookies the pilot made?

Recently, there has been proposals for a new type of runways at airports, circular ones. Although, this seems like a good idea, I personally don’t think it will work. There are many reasons why people believe these are good ideas, but I fail to see all of the positives in the proposal.

Full details have not been released, but original designs are proposed to have circular runways within each “aerodome”. This is much different than an average straight runway layout that is seen at every airport. The new layout of airports may save some space compared to the vast expanses that some airports reach, but it will not reduce noise like proposals have stated.

One of the proposed positives of a circular runway is the possibility of multiple planes landing at the exact same time. While this would a major positive, most airports can currently land multiple planes at the same time, just on different runways. The issue with one runway and multiple planes landing at once, is if two planes have a difference in speed. This would potentially lead to more incidents with close calls or just more crashes all together.

Some people that are pushing for circular runways also say it cuts down the need of air traffic controllers as it would allow a controller to only have to watch a single runway. This also seems a little bit silly as it still does not cut down the number of planes that would be moving across the airport. It is very important for planes to be given instructions, but for one person to handle too many aircraft would cause serious issues.

A: They were a little plane…

See ya next week.

San Luis Obispo, California

Hey all!

As some of you may already know, I am a senior in high school this year. As such, I have spent the last few months applying to schools and anxiously awaiting their responses. Thankfully, I have mostly had my choice of schools, with the California Polytechnic State Institute as my number one. I am interested in studying architecture and CalPoly is one of the most renowned architecture schools in the country. When choosing a school, it is obviously important to pick one that will suit your personality in terms of size, programs offered, and cost, but it is almost equally as important to choose a school that is in a location you will thrive in. For example, if you are someone who hates the cold and who becomes unproductive whenever it snows out, a school in Minnesota would probably not be your best choice. So in order to investigate a little more about my current top-choice school, I am going to write about the weather in San Luis Obispo: Home of the CalPoly Mustangs.

Image result for san luis obispo

San Luis Obispo enjoys fairly mild temperatures year-round, with significantly fewer inches of rain per year. This will be a welcome change, because although I love how green and lush Washington is, the long and rainy winters can become disheartening sometimes. Additionally the town of San Luis Obispo is a small college town with many local businesses. Indie coffee shops and bookstores are commonplace, and provide great places for college students to study.

Overall, I’d say this town is a great place to go to school, and I am so excited for fall!

Mamma Mia!

Hey guys,

20170329_204941

This is the ceiling of the Paramount.

Wednesday night I went to see the show Mamma Mia at the Paramount Theatre. The theater is located on Pine Street and is a really pretty venue. Seattle’s Paramount Theatre has enjoyed a long and storied history, beginning with its grand opening as the Seattle Theatre in March of 1928. Residents and visitors alike have been entertained at the magnificent theatre and millions have delighted in the theatre’s architectural majesty, viewed countless films, and enjoyed thousands of performers from all corners of the globe.The Paramount is a thriving landmark theatre.  There is a huge assortment of performances including dance, jazz, live concerts, speakers, comedy, special events, and family shows. I saw Mamma Mia here with my sister and it was awesome. I’m not normally super into musicals but this one is hilarious. I am a big fan of the movie and was hoping that they would do it justice. They did. The cast was perfect and all really good at singing. The costumes were super well done as well. My sister had gone to Mamma Mia in Broadway and said that the show at the Paramount was equally as good as the Broadway version! The cast is performing this play until April 2nd so I highly recommend that you guys check it out before it is too late. It is hilarious and even if you do not like musicals you will for sure have a good time.

See you guys next week!

Hella Morchella!

After the quiet, dormant winter, a very exciting time of the year is coming up for mycologists and mushroom hunters all over the country. When the rain returns and temperature rises, the elusive and exalted morel mushrooms return as well. This generally rare fungi is most abundant in North America and some of Asia. It has been regarded as one of the most valuable culinary mushrooms for centuries now. But not only is it so sought after for culinary usage but because of it rarity and how it essentially can only be harvested wild; very little success has been reached with cultivating morels indoors, they must be found in the forest. Morel mycelium is not hard to grow but to actually trigger it to develop fruit bodies is much more difficult, which is why the mushrooms are only found during spring in certain climates.

I received a small block of morchella mycelium from my grandmother this Christmas but because of the cold I was not able to break it up into any substrate yet. But now that spring is coming, it is about time to start my outdoor morel bed. Some has had success with growing their own morels by inoculating a compost bed with the mycelium and left to colonize and hopefully fruit on its own. For my bed, I am planning on using a generic compost mix with added; gypsum (for sulfur), wood ash (morels really like carbon), and other wood products. All of this will be in a small raised bed without a bottom that goes right on top of soil under a tree. The morel mycelium will slowly digest what is in the bed and will begin to move down into the soil beneath once it gets far enough along, and hopefully mingle with the roots and microbes in the soil to trigger fruiting. I will publish further posts when I get this started.

So if you still want yearly, fresh morels without participating in competitive hunting or paying an arm and a leg for some at the market, then look into building a backyard morel bed. Growing your own morels isn’t as hard as it is made out to be !

Plant and Prosper!

big ol' yellow morels:)

big ol’ yellow morels:)

Greenest City Action Plan

Hey Guys,

Recently, I read an interesting article about Vancouver, Canada’s goal to become the greenest city in 2020. In order to achieve this, the city has created the ‘Greenest City Action Plan’ which aims towards not only reducing their carbon footprint, but also the creation of a strong local economy, vibrant/inclusive neighborhoods, and to lead as an example for other cities across the globe.

greenest-vancouver-236c497ec31f2217c6ad77f264abea90-preview

Many bike paths have also been constructed in the city in order to encourage alternate transportation.

Vancouver has relied on green urban planning, material conservation, and sustainable mass transportation to reduce the city’s impact on the environment. By doing so, Vancouver has become the city with the lowest per capita greenhouse gas emissions of any major city in North America. Vancouver is already one of the world’s most sustainable cities, but is now trying to become the greenest city in the world.

Currently, over 80% of Vancouver’s energy is supplied by hydroelectricity, a form of energy primarily produced by water turbines in dams that are constantly monitored. By implementing this energy source, Vancouver is producing clean and cheap energy that emits absolutely nothing.

In order to keep up with its growing population but also achieve their goal of keeping the city as friendly on the environment as possible, Vancouver has applied ‘eco-density’ to their city planning. Eco-density, a fairly common concept amongst cities, entails building vertically as in skyscrapers opposed to shorter and wider buildings. In addition,  Vancouver has the goal of building only energy efficient buildings, so that along with retrofits, all buildings in the city are carbon neutral by 2030.

Although this may seem like a lot of work, Vancouver is already well on their way to accomplishing their goal. Hopefully, the city will be able to become the “Greenest City In The World” and lead as an example for all of us.

Top 5 Serial Killer’s Last Words

Hey everyone,

Today I will be writing about serial killer’s last words and about them. Creds go to Sophie for giving me this idea.

  1. Ted Bundy

This serial killer confessed of killing 100 people but in reality killed at least 30. His last words were, “I’d like you to give my love to my friends and family”.

2. Aileen Wuornos

This killer of 7 men said, “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus, June 6th. Like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”

3. Carl Panzram

This killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar killed about 22 people and raped over 1,000 men. He states,””Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard. I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around.”

4. Peter Kurten

He killed 9 to 60 adults and children, he drank one of the victim’s blood and raped and beat others. He said before he had his head cut off he said, “Tell me. After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be a pleasure to end all pleasures.”

5. James French

James French killed a motorist after he picked him up from hitch hiking then killed an inmate that was sharing a cell with him. He said before being put to death by electric chair, “Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries.'”

Dedicated to Sophie K.james-french-photo-u5

 

Ups and downs

IMG_2040Hello all I am back. So this week was odd, I haven’t truly been sick since middle school. But I was finally hit with something Sunday night that kept me out of class until Wednesday. I couldn’t even breathe well and I was so fatigued it was crazy. I feel much better now and I am a fighter.

This week I had to catch up in many classes and make sure I wasn’t behind and by Friday I have caught up so that’s good. I’m really trying to prove to my dad that I’m ready to try BC.

Work was well this week, i only worked Wednesday because I was still sick Tuesday. But we bussed well and got the job done so that’s all that matters. Work is really not as bad anymore because each night I work there are three bussers. We are sharing this load well, we got that chemistry.

Thursday was the big game. Oregon vs Michigan in the sweet 16. Everyone was writing my ducks off saying we haven’t played well and Michigan was going to run the floor on us, that Michigan was a team of destiny after the recent plane crash they were in. Well sorry all, time to deal with the ducks one more time! In absolute ineffeciant game from both teams on offense it was the ducks amazing defense that led us to a close victory. We play No. 1 Seed Kansas in the elite eight Saturday and it will be a very challenging game.

Friday was a relatively chill day and I am team chipotle firmly after how well they have been lately compared to qdoba and the sus vibes.

Not Getting Into College

Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here, and for this week’s blog post I’m going to be focusing on everybody’s worst college-related fear: not getting accepted into any of the schools that you apply to. This is a pretty common fear amongst high schoolers, and it coincides with the common insecurity of not feeling as though you are good enough- you fear that the colleges that you are applying to won’t think you are good enough either. The chances of not getting an acceptance letter from any of the colleges that you apply to is minimal, but it is still helpful to know what to do just in case.

First and foremost, it’s important to recognize the fact that not getting into anything the first time that you apply does not mean that it’s the end of the road for you. There could be several reasons for why you didn’t get accepted. You could have possibly applied to too many schools with low acceptance rates, or schools where you don’t meet their general acceptance requirements perfectly. Maybe your SAT scores, if they’re low, are affecting your chances of acceptance. Either way, talking to your counselor could help you discover why it happened, and your counselor can better help you go about improving your chances for the next year. In addition, if you want a direct response from a particular school, feel free to email their admission’s office- they’ll be sure to give you an answer.

1024px-Red_x.svgOftentimes, colleges reject an application offer because they don’t feel that you are best suited for their school, and that’s okay- a rejection is another opportunity for you to find what’s best for you. While rejection hurts, it does not mean that you are a bad student and cannot go to college- you will find the right school for you, and you will succeed there.

See you all next week,

TheCollegiate

The Relationship Between Pets and People

Hello my bloggers. I hope everyone had a start of a good week. This weekend will be busy and full of homework just like the following days have been. My boyfriend’s dog, Tucker has been very weak for the past few weeks. I was told some depressing news today from my boyfriend that his family is letting go of Tucker on Sunday. His age caught up with him and the vet hospital discovered cancer within his body. Losing anybody or pets in this case can be a mournful process to individuals alike. All humans mourn and cope differently for the love and memories they shared with that specific person or pet lost. I think part of the reason why pets are so hard to say goodbye to is the fact that they have their own personality. They are part of the living and have emotions that range from sadness to complete joy. Tucker was a dog that loved many and you could feel it by not his talk but body language. He was a very cautious old buddy that would be too afraid to get on to furniture (or anything), but loved putting his face into your legs and chest. He loved to pace around the floor until food was dropped down for him. He was a heavy sleeper and enjoyed long naps on his soft bed. All the times Jeffrey and I would pet him on his bed and slightly wake him up, he didn’t care because he loved expressing a quiet hello. Tucker was an extraordinary dog for sure and had a one of a kind character. Though I did not know Tucker my whole life growing up and he wasn’t my dog, I still loved him like I love my own dogs. Through the almost two years that I have known him, I have created memories that will be forever paramount. My favorite memory was the beginning of last summer when Jeffrey and I took Tucker out to the Issaquah Highlands. We all three for the first time stood and watched the sunset go down. It was beyond beautiful for all of us. In today’s society, pets might sometimes be seen as animals that are property instead of a huge impact on a person’s life. Studies have shown that the benefits to having an animal companion are greatly beneficial emotionally and physically. Research comparing grief over the death of pets to that over the death of friends and family members has come up with different answers. A 2002 article in the journal Society & Animals that reviewed multiple studies found that the death of a companion animal can be “just as devastating as the loss of a human significant other”. There will always be a positive relationship between humans and pets. Pets can be your best friends and listen in times needed most. We all will pass at one point on this earth just like every living thing but what lasts beyond any death, is holding the love forever close to your heart. Love knows no boundaries. I won’t forget my dearest memories of you Tucker, rest softly. To Jeffrey, The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. I hope all the cherished memories that you have of Tucker brings you some light during this dark time.

I hope everyone gets a little sun this weekend. I’ll catch up with you all next week.

Jeffrey’s family and I love you so much Tucker. Our sweet buggy lou. Rest easy.

Showbox Presents!

Hey guys,

20170318_235441

Showbox is a cool music venue located near Pike Place market. The address is 1426 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 in case you are interested going. A lot of big as well as smaller artists play at this venue. Showbox has been open for over seventy five years. This entertainment hot spot is on the smaller side and has beautiful art displays throughout. There is a nice bar area on the upper region of the floor and then the general admission dance floor section. This venue has played all sorts of music genres starting from the Jazz Age to the Grunge Era and to now. Popular artists like Prince, Pearl Jam, Mackelmore, and the Ramones have all performed at Showbox. Last week I saw the artist “Big Wild” play here and I am seeing another group perform tonight. Pike Place is not the only Showbox location, there is another one located in Showbox Sodo which is south of downtown. This venue was added in 2007 and once was a warehouse and was converted into a cool concert venue! Loads of artists have played in this venue with beautiful wood-beam and brick architecture and amazing production capabilities. Artists like Kid Rock, The Hives, Dropkick Murphys and many more have played here. I highly recommend keeping up to date with the schedules of these two venues because both are really fun! I would keep in mind however that Showbox Sodo gets really hot so make sure you bring water money so you do not overheat. See ya next week.

ACHA D.O.A? – A post dedicated to Mitch

Alright this week is the week that could potentially decide if America will have a new health care plan. Today, Friday, March 24th the House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act. This bill is seen as the Republican response to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The AHCA is actually unsurprisingly unpopular and has a high possibility of not being passed. The bill alienates Democrats, moderate Republicans and conservative Republicans for various reasons. The bill was originally set to be voted on yesterday, yet the vote was delayed due to Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House saying the bill did not have enough support to pass. By the way Congress is divided, the Republicans can only afford to lose 22 Republican votes for the bill to fail. This leaves Republicans in a very tricky spot with not a lot of room to maneuver. If they fail, then they have made bad on a promise that has been repeated for 7 years, and if they succeed they pass a bill that is unpopular, even among Republican constituents. If this bill fails it will also negativity effect President Trump’s image as a deal maker, as the president has been relentlessly trying to drum up support among moderate Republicans and members of the conservative Freedom Caucus. As it currently stands, I have no clue where this bill will go. Both outcomes seem bad for the Republicans, yet as they were the ones who wrote the bill they get whatever they deserve. Anyways I hope the rest of you have a good weekend.