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Post Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:49 pm

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I'm not a natural writer, nor do I even have a knack for it. But my friend was being encouraging after I wrote out a rant on Facebook, so I decided to work on it.
Here's 'Sleepless':

“Sleepless”
Sleep is perhaps the most necessary thing we as humans use in daily living, next to eating, drinking, and breathing. But in fact why do we sleep? We are capable of functioning into the night and sometimes into the next morning if given the right ingredients of course, like an energy drink for example. The first answer we would usually receive when asking this question is to ‘recharge our batteries’. We’re not robots, so therefore we have no ‘batteries to recharge’. But if they mean that by we need sleep to rejuvenate our bodies and mind, then yes. Sleep is like a reward to them. It’s where we don’t have to think and move constantly. Our minds will make our bodies roll and contort if they are not comfortable in one place, which is why sometimes we wake up with messy bed-sheets and pillows thrown about. Doctors call it being restless; I call it genius.
Another answer would be that sleep takes stress away. I find this to be both true and false, given the circumstances and the events that were happening. If you just so happen to be back home after being released from prison for however many years and you were with little to no sleep, being back into the comforts of your bed without the prisoners’ noise and the correctional officers beating the iron-bar doors like if they owed them money ironically just to hush your other inmates is just as rewarding as winning a Nobel Peace Prize for an achievement you just earned. However, if you’re a teenager just like I am that made a terrible mistake, whether it be cheating on your boyfriend or girlfriend, preferences aside, or even something as simple as cheating on a test, you will be not able to sleep off the guilt. Your mind knows that you did something wrong and it will not reward itself with sleep until the damage has been undone. This is why if you have made a mistake, terrible or not, you will not be able to sleep until your mind has eventually given up on reversing the damage that you have caused.
On the subject of sleep, what cause us to dream exactly? I know there is a neurological answer to this, but thinking outside of the box on this one, what benefactors cause us to dream? I know sometimes it’s a want that sits in the back of our minds. For an example, a wet dream could be a want of someone or something if you rather. A lustful desire that decided to manifest into a visual image that we can see with our minds, and yet, we can’t touch them, if not vivid enough. It would be like watching a porno of your crush or a masturbation session of Angelina Jo-Lee but yet you’re not actually there to witness it nor interact with it.
A dream could also be based on warning signs that even you can’t recognize. Our minds are so advanced that it predicts on what will happen in a given amount of time. We pass these off as premonitions and deja-vus. Our minds are actually warning us when we sleep by creating scenarios to warn us about what is to come. We sometimes take these dreams into considerations, but we choose to ignore them.
Maybe even dreams are used to escape from reality. Have you ever realized that when you have dreams, they have some of the craziest stuff in it? Like a gigantic floating elephant wearing a tutu or an Elder Scrolls-like world? Our minds create these worlds in our dreams to escape the harshness of reality. A man will slay dragons, save beautiful women, and become the richest man in all of the lands, only to be disappointed by waking up to an empty bed and messy apartment. It’s the greatest disappointment to ever have really. To know that what has happened in your dream will never been there when you wake up the next morning. I can’t say the same for nightmares though, but regardless. You could be dreaming about your significant other. You could be talking to them, holding them, telling them stories, feeling their body against you, and all other things. You could even have that magical moment, whatever moment that might be to you. Then you would wake up, only to remember that you were in a long-distance relationship and your bed would be messy and empty. They will not know why you would be upset that following morning when you hop onto your computer and began chatting with them, but you will feel the sadness weld in you. Your desire for them is now strengthen by your physical loneliness.

The mind can create a want that sits in the back of your head, only to be unleashed when you sleep. It can and will make its presence known through visual images like dreams. This only strengthens the human desire, therefore strengthening the mind’s desire. We do sleep off the worries and troubles of the real world. We crave for more sleep to escape into our minds, only to be sleepless in reality.
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Post Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:04 am

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My Speech that I had to write for English. c:

The Nation is Falling Apart

Have you ever wondered what it was like to feel debt-free and safe in the streets of your own neighborhood? Would you even feel patriotic as you saw the American flag flutter and wave in the cool breeze? Truly, I wonder about these things. Unfortunately, they do not happen as much as they used to back in the old days, when being an American meant more than just living in America and enjoying the freedoms that we have. You see, my hope and dreams are something that looks so easy to achieve and yet, it isn’t. It is that of wanting a better United States, because not only do I not like what this land of freedom has become but also how much I am struggling with not the thought of being in debt and my parents without jobs because of the unemployment rates.
I think the problems of today’s United States and the world itself starts with ignorance. But how do we define ignorance? I define it as someone who will offend someone, on purpose or not, and will say that they did not know any better. A lot of people, especially Americans and those that live in the United States, use ignorance as an excuse for not getting involved or knowing about the true culture of people and for that, they lose their value as an American. Ignorance itself has plagued the world in many shapes and forms. For instance, religion and stereotypes are the two most common and we even have worldly conflict because of them. They blind people into thinking that they actually are the truth and everything about them is true. The next problem that I have run across is those that call themselves “American”. They are the people who abuse the congressional and justice systems, do not work hard in order to make a living and instead rely on the government for all their needs. For example, the mothers who have a ton of children in order to get a government check because they do not want to get a job or even look for one. However, this does not apply to all. But these people seem to forget the ideals that their grandfathers and great-grandfathers had when they were their age and younger. The last problem that I seem to see now-a-days is the total corruption of the government and the justice system. Since people are abusing the powers of the congressional system, the government has been using that abuse to grow to a size that it’s just now a gigantic metaphorical cancer that continues to feed on us and grow. The justice system isn’t any better and it abuses its own power as well. For instance, if you didn’t commit a crime and the evidence there even shows that you didn’t but if you have a criminal record, they will still want you to be put in jail or even prison.
Even though these problems aren’t my own just yet, I do have solutions on how to change some of these. My first solution would be to petition to cut down the government program funding, if not removing. They are part of the reason why the United States is in debt. They were useful during the time when we needed them but now they’re just a burden. My next solution would be to limit, if not removing, welfare. This was one reason why I wanted to write this speech. Welfare has become a big problem, and it is especially a problem for my family since most of the money we put into the system we never get back. However, if I can’t get it to be removed, it should be at least have a limit on how many checks you can get until they completely stop sending, like when you would apply for unemployment. And my last solution, even though this is a long shot and just merely a dream, would to be hope for all wars, religious or cultural, to stop. I know that there will still be worldly conflict by the time I am an adult. But sometimes, I do wish that people would have more flexible minds and can solve their own problems through reasoning and discussion rather than by fire-arms and bombs.
All of these problems and solutions are merely just my own view points, and I hope to at least get some people to think about what I think is happening. And by this point, I would hope to get my own point across. The problems that I have to face someday and the problems that my parents are facing right now, not to mention my own surrounding and my opinion about the world and what the United States is today, are what inspired me to write this speech. And surprisingly, the other inspirational source that I can give credit to is Charlie Chaplin’s speech from The Dictator. Unfortunately, the corruption of the government and the legal system, people who abused the government and legal system, and the ignorance of the United States and the world will continue to exist unless something is done, and I don’t think my solutions will be used until someone with a higher power can use them.
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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:05 pm

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Nicely done. :D Honestly both of these remind me of stuff I've written in the past. Dreaming and sleeping is awesome, and sadly it's so true about the state of the US right now. Even my homophobic dad from Kentucky is disgusted by the amount of hell being raised over "war on Christianity" and all that bullshit.
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Post Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:55 pm

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Whee. Here is my research paper I did for English.

SOPA/PIPA vs. the Internet
The Internet can be a wonderful place to store and share music online. You can receive information, download music, read about your favorite celebrities, and do all kinds of various activities. It has become a literally free place to post anything you want really. But did you know that we almost had that freedom taken away from us? This is the story of two bills that would have taken us a step back in (the) growth of human civilization. The bills are SOPA and PIPA.
First of all, what are SOPA and PIPA? They seem like harmless names for bills. Well, SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PIPA stands for PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA) (Wikipedia.com). These were laws, SOPA, proposed by the House, and PIPA, originated in the Senate, that to enact legislation that would have ceased all copyrighted material and would have made all browsers monitor what websites you could go on. SOPA was introduced to Congress by our U.S. Representative Lamar Smith in October of 2011. His intent was to create and expand the U.S. law enforcement to fight off the online trafficking of copyrighted materials and counterfeit goods. (Wikipedia.com). This may have seemed like a harmless idea, maybe even a good one that would have reduce the amount of online piracy, but there is a huge downside to SOPA. One that caused sites like Wikipedia, Reddit, Mojang, and other smaller websites to issue a service blackout all at once to protest and raise awareness. Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post: “The legislation would allow copyright holders and the Justice Department to seek court orders against websites associated with copyright infringement. SOPA, the House version, applies to both domestic and foreign websites, while PIPA targets foreign websites. If that court order is granted, the entire website would be taken down. Internet users who typed in the site's URL address would receive an error message, and for all appearances, the site would never have existed. Importantly, the court does not need to hear a defense from the actual website before issuing its ruling. The entire website can be condemned without a trial or even a traditional court hearing.” (Huffingtonpost.com).
This excerpt means that if the copyright holders found something, that was theirs or a website with copyrighted material, they could issue a court order to take the website down. Not just the copyrighted material would have to be removed, but the whole website would have to be taken down. The website owners would not even be able to speak out against this court order nor would they be given a trial to prove the charges. Even a disclaimer stating Rights Reserved would not make them exempt from the law be able to hold even a regular trial. This is one reason why the bill was flawed. Another reason was pointed out in Wikipedia: “The second section covers penalties for streaming video and for selling counterfeit drugs, military materials, or consumer goods. The bill would increase penalties and expand copyright offenses to include unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content and other intellectual-property offenses. The bill would criminalize unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months.” (Wikipedia.com). Basically, you would have the same charges against you for streaming “Over the Hedge” online as you would for selling narcotics on a website. It would have made no difference. If this bill was put into action, we would be sentenced to five years in prison for simply putting up a snippet of a movie on a website such as Youtube. Even though SOPA is specifically for American-made website, PIPA on the other hand was made for oversea websites to limit and remove copyright infringing website. So this would not have only affected America but the entire world.
Mentioning PIPA, this bill was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy in May of 2011, months earlier. PIPA’s intent was that of SOPA’s in that it was suppose to reinforce the law on copyright infringing websites. But as I stated above, this bill was made for oversea and foreign websites, the kind that you would see with foreign lettering and odd and usually distasteful content. This bill was also a rewrite of COICA, or Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Goods, which failed to pass in 2010 (Wikipedia.com). Though being like SOPA, the bill was also going to block DNSes, or Domain Name System which is basically the Internet’s virtual phone book. It lists all the names of every website that has been ever made, and if either SOPA or PIPA were passed into law, then “rogue” websites that published copy-righted materials would have their domain names taken off. It would have made it so that the site did not exist in the first place. The following excerpt from Wikipedia states: “Non-authoritative domain name servers would be ordered to take technically feasible and reasonable steps to prevent the domain name from resolving to the IP address of a website that had been found by the court to be "dedicated to infringing activities." The website could still be reached by its IP address, but links or users that used the website’s domain name would not reach it. Search engines, such as Google, would be ordered to "remove or disable access to the Internet site associated with the domain name set forth in the [court] order; or not serve a hypertext link to such Internet site." Basically you would not be able to directly access a website that even had the smallest amount of “copyright infringing” material if the website was ordered by the court to be removed. This is similar to the above SOPA bill, and in fact the two bills are nearly identical, except PIPA goes overseas.
Now, you wonder, “Who could support these bills?” Well, a lot of companies actually. Namely Viacom, Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Entertainment Software Association, Macmillan US, and other companies and unions in the cable, movie, and music industries. Supporters also include trademark-dependent companies such as Nike, L'Oréal, and Acushnet Company. These companies rely on copyright, so they gave the legislation huge support (Wikipedia.com). Other organizations included the website builder Go Daddy until it stopped its support, stating that “if the rest of the Internet doesn’t support the bill then neither should it”, NBCUniversal, Pfizer, Ford Motor Company, Revlon, NBA, Fightonlinetheft.com, a website of The Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, a project of the United States Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center, cites a long list of supporters including these and the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Better Business Bureau, and the National Consumers League (Wikipedia.com). They praised the bills, saying that it could cut down on the amount of pirating websites.
However, not surprising, with supporters comes opposition of these bills. Opponents include Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, eBay, Mojang, Roblox, Riot Games, Epic Games, Reddit, LinkedIn, the Mozilla Corporation, Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation, in addition to human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch (Wikipedia.com). These search engines, websites, and organizations openly oppose the bills, with Wikipedia and Mojang even shutting down their sites in protest. Twenty-one artists even wrote an open letter to Congress, warning them to use extreme caution when putting out these bills. The artists include Comedian Aziz Anari, The Lonely Island music parody band, MGMT, OK Go, Jason Mraz, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The letter states that, “As creative professionals, we experience copyright infringement on a very personal level. Commercial piracy is deeply unfair and pervasive leaks of unreleased films and music regularly interfere with the integrity of our creations. We are grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works… We fear that the broad new enforcement powers provided under SOPA and PIPA could be easily abused against legitimate services like those upon which we depend. These bills would allow entire websites to be blocked without due process, causing collateral damage to the legitimate users of the same services - artists and creators like us who would be censored as a result." (Wikipedia.com). Other opponents of these bills include Michael Moore who also shut down his websites during the protest week, and other celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Alec Baldwin, and rapper B.o.B. Even Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Comedy Central stated that “if the law (SOPA) did pass then the Internet would break.” But they are not the only ones who protested against the bills.
In November 2011, Tumblr, Mozilla, Techdirt, the Center for Democracy and Technology were among many Internet companies that protested by participating in American Censorship Day. They displayed black banners over their site logos with the words "STOP CENSORSHIP". Google linked an online petition to its site, and says it collected more than 7 million signatures from the United States alone. In January 2012, Reddit announced plans to black out its site for twelve hours on January 18, as company co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced he was going to testify before Congress. "He's of the firm position that SOPA could potentially 'obliterate' the entire tech industry" as Paul Tassi wrote in Forbes. Tassi also stated that Google and Facebook would have to join the blackout to reach a sufficiently broad audience. Other prominent sites that planned to participate in the blackout were Cheezburger Sites, Mojang, Major League Gaming, and The Oatmeal. Wider protests were considered and in some cases committed to by major internet sites, with big name sites, search engines, and social sites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, Reddit, Mozilla, IAC, eBay, PayPal, Wordpress and Wikimedia being widely named as "considering" or committed to an "unprecedented" internet blackout in January of 2012. A Republican aide on Capitol Hill said that the protests were making their mark, with SOPA having already become a “dirty word beyond anything you can imagine" (Wikipedia.com).
The “hackactivist” group, known only as Anonymous, also took a stand against the bills. Anonymous originated from 4chan and have been known to give controversial, widely publicized protests, distributed denial of service, or DDoS, and website defacement attacks. During the time between SOPA/PIPA’s introductions to the protest week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice had shut down Megaupload, a file-sharing website. In the hours following the shutdown, Anonymous hackers took down the sites of the DOJ and FBI, as well as the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and Broadcast Music, Inc. using distributed denial-of-service attacks. Barret Brown, a said spokeperson for the group Anonymous, has stated that this was the single, largest attack that Anonymous has ever done in their history. With the protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act protests only a day old, Brown stated that internet users were "by-and-far ready to defend an open Internet." (Wikipedia.com). Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking down government websites in April 2012 in the UK in protest against government extradition and its surveillance policies. A message was left on Twitter saying it was "for your draconian surveillance proposals."
Although these actions received support, some commentators argued that the denial of service attack risked damaging the anti-SOPA case. CNET’s Molly Wood stated that "if the SOPA/PIPA protests were the Web's moment of inspiring, non-violent, hand-holding civil disobedience, #OpMegaUpload feels like the unsettling wave of car-burning hooligans that sweep in and incite the riot portion of the play.” Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle concurred, stating that "Anonymous' actions hurt the movement to kill SOPA/PIPA by highlighting online lawlessness.” The Oxford Internet Institute's Joss Wright wrote that "In one sense the actions of Anonymous are themselves, anonymously and unaccountably, censoring websites in response to positions with which they disagree." (Wikipedia.com) Continuous DDoS’ing and hacking attacks by Anonymous seems to be largely a response to proposals to strengthen intellectual property law at the expense of an open internet and to what Anonymous perceives to be overreaching of the power by various governments.
These bills violated the Constitution in that it first violates the freedom of speech. If these bills were really put into place, then these talented artists, and bloggers, and file sharers would not be able to seen or heard freely. The websites that would contain these “copyrighted materials” would be blocked and therefore could not be accessed normally. Everything is almost controlled by the Internet now-a-days and if they were going to take that freedom away, then we would have taken a huge step back from technological advancement. Thankfully both bills were taken down and had the drafting of the bills postponed in late January of 2012.
That said, I am sure the issue will rise up again. Hopefully our government has learned from its mistakes and will not introduce laws so far reaching, but find a way to ensure copyright laws without taking our online freedoms away.
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 4:17 pm

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    HOMESTUCK EDITION!

Nobody wanted this ever! kidding Anyway, I got inspired by Rando to put my OCs up and I think this is the best spot to show them off and their profiles. This list might start expanding with every OC I make or whatever and I might tweak them if I need to. ANYWAY, let's start with my star, Feneta!

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Name: Feneta Zenoel
Age: 7 Alternian Solar Sweeps (approx. 15)
Sex: Female
God-Tier Title: Sylph of Mind
Blood Colour: Teal (I think it was a shade darker than Terezi's)
Planet: Alternia (AU)
SGRUB Planet: The Land of Labyrinths and Books (LOLAB)
Personality: Somewhat bubbly yet quiet most of the time. Keeps herself contained in her reading. When given a chance, likes to show off her intelligence. Has a somewhat clumsy nature. Doesn't mind to get fierce and violent but rather keeps away from it.
TrollTag: captiousApeiros (CA)

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Name: Nerite Nereus
Age: 8 Alternian Solar Sweeps (approx. 17)
Sex: Inconclusive
God-Tier Title: ??? of Hope
Blood Colour: Fuchsia (a shade lighter than Eridan's)
Planet: Alternia (AU)
SGRUB Planet: Land of ??? and ??? (LOFAB)
Personality: Average mostly but likes to think highly of hirself. Strong in spirit and inspiration. Likes to talk to people. Can get sometimes irritated. Becomes protective of those that are close to hir before hir death.
TrollTag: achillesConch (AC)

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Name: Zognix Sihiri
Age: 7 1/2 Alternian Solar Sweeps (approx. 16)
Sex: Male
God-Tier Title: ??? of Rage
Blood Color: Purple (Gamzee)
Planet: Alternia (AU)
SGRUG Planet: Land of ??? and ???
Personality: Solemn, kind of seperate from the rest of society. Keeps to himself. Doesn't take any bullshit from anyone and clearly does not joke around, despite his facepaint. Rejects all violence and especially his Subjugglator inheritance and keeps himself together by means of abusing prescription drugs.
Troll-Tag: astecticTreatment (AT)
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I love them all!

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