I know that I haven’t done this for a while, but I felt that it is time to go on another rant. I know that the date is off, but for now on I’m going to write these rants before the day they go up. Just go with it.
This rant, in particular, is about school. I’ve been having a hard time dealing with things recently and need to get these things off my chest.
Firstly, I have a “group” project. Of course, the word group is used very loosely. As of this morning, I have done approximately 20 percent of the project. This project that as of now that I have done practically all of the work on is the creation of an interactive story game. My group has decided to do a memorization type of game where you have to explore one scene to find the clues on how to escape later on.
As of now, I have written and programmed everything that we have as of now. This is a group of four people, and I have kinda-sorta only given one of my group members a pass. He is currently helping some of his friends who are evacuating from the hurricane. But other than that no. Pretty much all of them agree that they are not going to be putting in any work on the weekends, which is ultimately the worse thing ever, especially when they talk about meeting during times when I cannot. Another one of my group members is never in the group chat. It’s through Google Hangout so everyone can see that last message that someone has seen. Lastly, I have a group member that literally says “Just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it,” which is code for “I plan on putting absolutely no initiative into this project and plan on skating by by doing absolutely nothing.” At this point, I don’t have any hope for him.
Outside of that, I have no clue how I’m supposed to get everything done. I have so much to do and so little time. I do as much as possible without pulling my hair out, but I do need time to decompress. I plan on getting hardly any sleep for the rest of the semester. I’m going to need lots of sugar.
Recently, I felt the need to read a sappy romance, as one often does. So I picked up Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, for what feels like the third book. Yes, I know. Cliche, but I can’t help that he’s a good author. He has realistic characters and semi-realistic situations. (I’m not going to mention the Notebook because I can yet handle that amount of cheese.) If you have yet to know what it’s about, it’s about our protagonist escaping from an abusive relationship. It’s an interesting take seeing as in most stories about domestic violence, the person being abused is saved instead of saving his or herself. It was quite an enjoyable read since the romance wasn’t just at the forefront. Even though there are feelings present, that’s not all that’s there in case 100% cheesy romance isn’t your thing. Also, the plot twist is completely worth it in my opinion.
If you are like me, you want to help with different causes. You really do. Unfortunately for many causes, you have to donate a lot of time and money, something that often times I cannot afford. Because of this, I am often times looking for different causes that don’t cost a lot of time or money for me to be able to participate in. One such causes that I found is the Animal Rescue Site. It is their mission to help animals that are in animals shelters with needs such as food and vaccinations. Understanding that not everyone can contribute large sums of money to them, on their site, they have a large purple button, that by clicking it, you can donate some food to some of the shelters that they sponsor. I make sure to have this site up all the time so that I can make sure to click that button every day. They also have a list of more free things that you can do to help them, and also have a store so that you can purchase some swag that can help them further if you are able to contribute more to them. By doing this, it only takes a few seconds to help an animal an animal in need. Just browse their site, so that you can see the variety of things that they do and see how you can help out more.
If you have other causes that are good to support, let me know. I’m always looking for more things to do, so being able to help out even with little things over a long time can make a huge difference.
I recently reread of book Moon Dance by J. R. Rain. I loved this series when I was a bit younger, not much younger, but it has been a couple of years. I stopped reading it because I got to the end that the author had written for it, which was about five books, so I was waiting for more to come out. While I was waiting, I, of course, forgot all about it.I was recently looking through my Kindle books, remembered this series, and wanted to see where it had gone to. Turns out that this series, titled Vampire for Hire has fourteen main books and a couple of spin-offs. Being the person I am (who loves vampire novels) decided that I was going to read the entire thing, no matter how bad it gets. And as a first entry, it’s a pretty good one. The story follows Samantha Moon, a recently turned vampire, who is trying to keep her family together by being a Private Investigator so that she can keep her own hours. From what I have read so far, it of course keeps that basic vampire tropes, (being unable to go out into sunlight, sleeping through the day, etc.), but adds the element that she it around her human family, taking care of her kids like the average mom, and at the same time trying to keep her secret (horribly at times, I will admit). So far, I think it’s really good, and I have a feeling that it’s going to add to it. Now, instead of reviewing every single book, I’m going to add updates as I read the rest of the books, to show how I’m feeling about it and then give a “full length” review again as I finish the series. At this point, I would suggest checking it out. We’ll just have to wait and see where everything goes.
I’m being quite literal with that title. In the anime Akuma no Riddle or Riddle Story of Devil, the Black Class of the prestigious school is made of assassins. What is their mission? To kill this one girl in their class. That’s right. It’s up to twelve different assassins to kill this one girl in their class. But there is a catch. There always is one. And is pretty good, all things considered. It’s kinda episodic with an overarching plot. There are times when I want to bash my head into the table watching one of the protagonists. She’s kinda cringe-worthy at times, but we put up with in for the sake of the show. She’s kinda like Usagi from Sailor Moon in many ways, except for the fact that she has experienced way more things before the start of the show, but doesn’t act like it. Another thing to mention if you are planning on watching this racy anime (because it can be racy at times) is that you have to watch every single ending. All of the endings are different and are there to represent the different characters. It’s amazing how well the songs and visuals capture the essence of everyone. It does a good job of humanizing a lot of the characters as well considering the fact that you may not see yourself emphasizing with a killer. But this anime makes it possible.
If you have not heard about net neutrality, you obviously have not been around the internet. Me, as a child of the internet, am always on it. Whether I am watching YouTube videos, streaming Netflix videos, or searching for random things via Google, usually pictures from my favorite manga and anime. For those that are not aware of this, particularly in the United States, if a company refused to pay extra money, their service would be diminished in terms of speed. What this could mean to me? It could take forever for my YouTube videos to load or for me to be able to stream shows among other things. Also, as someone who produces content for the internet, people might not be able to find my content, whether or not they would want to read it or not. You just it takes forever to load because I cannot afford to make sure that people can consume content at an appropriate speed. But don’t just take my word for it. Seriously, when I talk about the news, don’t just take my word for it. Do your own research. I could be biased, and I am well aware of that. I would personally suggest going to https://www.battleforthenet.com/. This website includes a couple of videos on the subject that discusses the subject of net neutrality. Also, go to other sites. If Congress getting rid of this affects you, please go to the FCC and other sites in order shout out why you don’t want neutrality. The internet needs you.
Recently, I watched the newest movie released by Marvel: Spiderman: Homecoming. I was excited for this character to come back to Marvel like I want many other characters to come back. After watching it, I was mixed about it. So mixed, that I had to sleep on it. Yes, sleep on it, and I woke up to the same conclusion: it was okay. I like the villain, I like the heroes (I consider chair-guy an important part of any team), and I liked the cameos. Everyone else, eh… The love interest was boring and uninteresting. Everyone else had pretty much on character trait: nerd, bully, random classmates that are there so that there are people around. There were also sections of movie where nothing happened and made me not care at all. I will admit that the cast of characters with speaking roles was diverse, and was happy to see. Also happy we didn’t have to go through the “with great power comes great responsibility” speech again. (I only wish Batman would do the same. We know how your parents died. Stop showing it.) Overall, I was happy with how the movie turned out, even if Marvel decided to be a complete troll. There were moments that made me laugh, and there were moments where I truly empathized with the different characters, both hero and villain. Do I wish that some things weren’t in there? Yes. I think most people do. Would I recommend this to younger audiences? Probably not. I feel like it is for those who know what high school is like. Also, if you don’t want to explain some of the things the other kids do, I wouldn’t let younger audiences watch either because high school is rough. But once again, welcome back to Marvel, Spiderman. Next up, the Fantastic Four. (Please tell me, you’re working on this Marvel.)