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Paper Town (Book Review by Haily Hughes)

Posted in 21st Century, Book Reviews, Uncategorized on June 1, 2018 by Mr. Winch

 

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Paper Towns by John Green is a good book if you like a lot of action and drama. This book has a good protagonist. The protagonist is every smart and funny. The characters are engaging.  Margo and Quentin have a fun time in high school. They meet new friends and make enemies. They go on a lot of adventures in different cities. In Paper Town you will get to experience all the mysteries and clues that Margo and Quentin go through. You will learn how to deal with different situations and how to conquer them.

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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Music Review by Colin Allen)

Posted in 1990s, 1990s Music, Music, Uncategorized on June 1, 2018 by Mr. Winch

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was released on October 23, 1995 (Sharifi).

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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is one of those corny but charming high school dramedy movies, but as an album. It’s a lot of things at once; angry, sad, beautiful, rebellious, sentimental, anguished, and introspective. The instrumentation varies from song to song, but is mostly composed of the masterful guitar work of Billy Corgan and James Iha, the incredible drums of Jimmy Chamberlin, and the satisfying bass lines of D’arcy Wretzky. Billy is also the lead singer, and his voice can take some getting used to, but personally I absolutely love it. He can sing softly and beautifully, on tracks such as “Cupid de Locke”, or he can scream and go insane on tracks like “Tales of a Scorched Earth”. The album is composed of six sides; “Dawn”, “Tea Time”, “Dusk”, “Twilight”, “Midnight”, and “Starlight”. “Dawn”, “Twilight”, and “Starlight” are all soft and dreamy. “Tea Time”, “Dusk”, and “Midnight” are all hard and intense. Every single side represents its own certain time frame perfectly. Mellon Collie is like a big clock of adolescence, cycling from caring too much, to caring not enough, to caring just enough. Billy Corgan’s sentimental lyrics somehow masterfully represent every facet of the teenage experience, and in doing so, made a mature record that feels like it’s not.

 

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There’s 30 tracks in total, and out of that, there’s not a single track I wholeheartedly dislike. But some are better than others, those being: “Tonight, Tonight”, “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”, “Cupid de Locke”, “By Starlight”, “X.Y.U.”, “Stumbleine”, and “Lily (My One and Only)”. For time’s sake, I’ll go over my top two favorites; “Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans”, and “Cupid de Locke”. The former is a 9 minute, dynamic as hell, progressive, intense, dreamy epic of a song. “Porcelina” has a lot of really beautiful vivid imagery in the lyrics, describing a beautiful woman named Porcelina, who is able to bring forth higher realms of thought and love because of her relationship with the vast blue oceans. “Cupid de Locke” is one of the most beautiful tracks on the record, with interweaving soft guitars, an amazingly whimsical and pretty synth lead, expansive drums, and soft silly vocals. The lyrics describe Cupid and Satan, love and death, all in olde english, and it’s quite pretty. At the end of the song, there’s a spoken word section, and it’s one of my absolute favorite moments on the entire record.

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Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness is one of those very special, once-in-a-lifetime albums. It’s an album that transcends age and time, it’s an album that people now and people twenty years from now will relate to all the same. It’s a lush but intense album that has been the soundtrack to many personal experiences I’ve had.

 

Bibliography

Sharifi, Hossein.  Rate Your Music.  “The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Sonemic.  2018.

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the-smashing-pumpkins/mellon-collie-and-the-infinite-sadness-16/

Sorry (Game Review by Riley Robertson)

Posted in Games, Uncategorized on June 1, 2018 by Mr. Winch

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Sorry is a fantastic game first introduced 1934 by Parker Brothers. This game is a fun to play with family and friends when having get togethers and is a very interesting game because the players use counting, strategy, probability and tactics. It is for anyone of almost any age, from ages 6 to adult.  The only way for you to get out of start is by drawing a 1 or a 2. When you play, you should think about what you do to the other players because it could either help you win or bite you in your butt. The goal of the game is to get all your pieces to home to win. If you like competitive games, then Sorry is right for you!  

Lucky Star (review by Cheyenne P.)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 14, 2017 by Mr. Winch

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Lucky Star is one of the most funny and random animes ever. It’s full of jokes and references to other animes. Also, most slice of life/comedy animes have a specific storyline. Lucky Star has no storyline. It is instead a compilation of random conversations between four friends, Konata Izumi, Kagami Hiiragi, Tsukasa Hiiragi (Kagami’s Twin), and Miyuki Takara. It even has a little mini comedy thing at the end called Lucky Channel where host Akira Kogami, who on camera acts as a kindhearted person, tries to give an overview of the episode, but falls out of character whenever she gets annoyed by the co-host Minoru Shiraishi. All in all, Lucky Star is a very random and very funny anime.

Beastie Boys by Dakota Cuddeford

Posted in Music, Uncategorized on February 23, 2017 by Mr. Winch

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Neko Atsume (review by Tanner R.)

Posted in Games, Uncategorized on October 28, 2016 by Mr. Winch

Did you know there’s an easy way to attract cats to your yard? Just leave out a couple bowls of cat food on your porch and a couple of fun toys, and hopefully, cats will come. Of course, they don’t always come immediately, and cats can be very shy, so if you sit outside and wait for them, they probably won’t come. Attracting cats takes time and patience. Of course, not everyone can attract cats in real life, be it because of pets you may have or because of allergies, however, there’s a game that emulates this simple concept that serves as the next best thing.

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Neko Atsume, or “Kitty Collector” in English, is a game that’s available on iOS and Android that revolves around attracting cats to your virtual yard. Now, while it doesn’t sound exciting on paper, there’s a simple charm to leaving out food for cats to eat so they can come to your yard. There’s no story to the game at all, and the tutorial is minimal, but the simplicity of the game is refreshing and it’s not a game you have to put intense time and effort into. You can just close it and come back to it whenever you feel like it.

 

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Gameplay is incredibly simple. You leave out some food and some toys, and then you close out the app and wait. That’s it. You can just open the app again later whenever you have time. You don’t have to take care of the cats or be responsible for them. You don’t breed them, groom them, or anything. You just leave food and toys and then wait. While it seems boring, the game is great as a time killer or as something therapeutic due to the lack of actual tasks or thought of responsibility, as well as the cheerful, relaxed atmosphere. The game is very popular with older teens and adults for this reason alone, as most adults have jobs that cause them stress and other such ailments, and the game offers a calming, peaceful experience. When you come back, there might be a cat or two in your yard, and the more toys you have, the more cats will come. Depending on the food given to them, rare cats may even show up.

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Of course, buying the food and toys isn’t free, and the game knows this, so when the cats leave, they leave behind the game’s currency: fish. Yes. Fish. You’d think you’d be feeding that to the cats, or that the cats would be eating the fish, but, shockingly, this isn’t the case. With the fish, you can buy food and toys. There are special goldfish that can buy special toys and food to attract rare cats. Hilariously, you can use the fish to buy sashimi for the cats to eat. You’re essentially buying fish with fish. How this works, one can only wonder.

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This game is recommended for cat lovers, people who are interested in attracting cats but cannot, people with anxiety disorders, and people who don’t have that much free time. Any age group can play this and the game is free on the app store. Overall, Neko Atsume is a wonderful game that you can put as much or as little time into as you please.

The Fate of Ambar: a review by Tanner Radcliff

Posted in Games, Uncategorized on October 13, 2016 by Mr. Winch

The Fate of Ambar

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The Fate of Ambar (or Amber, spelling is inconsistent) is a Dungeons and Dragons-style choose-your-own-adventure game in the style of a book made for Android and iOS.

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The plot kicks off with your character being chosen by an entity called the “Great Goddess” to save your village from a seemingly incurable disease called the Sighing Sickness, named for the last breath taken by the afflicted before they die. The village’s druid can’t seem to do anything about it, and because the village is secluded on an island, they cannot get the help they need without leaving it, so they send your character off the island to go find a cure. Gameplay is simple. Most of it plays like a choose your own adventure book, with you selecting with what you want to do in response to a situation and going to the appropriate page.

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Your character is given gold and experience for completing story-related tasks or fighting monsters and other people. In terms of character customization, you can choose your name, sex, and class. Sex does not affect your character’s stats at all, nor does it keep you from picking certain classes. There are two classes:; Warrior and Ranger. Each class gets a certain set of special skills that only that class is able to use, as well as weapons and armor you’re allowed to use.

 

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Combat is simple and turn-based, and there are three stances you can switch between at any time:; Neutral, Offensive, and Defensive. Neutral is a balanced stance, Offensive focuses on attacking and doing damage though it will weaken your defenses, and Defensive will strengthen your defenses while reducing the damage you do. In combat, you can also attack, doing damage to your opponent, or use a consumable item, which is good if you are low on health. On the enemy’s turn, you have to defend against their attack. When your health reaches zero, you die and it’s game over.

 

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The game is great for people who enjoy fantasy settings and simple gameplay, and the combat system is simple enough for anyone to grasp. It’s a great game, overall. It’s recommended for teenagers and young adults, since some of the language is not suited for younger children, and the grim atmosphere of the game as well as the detail put into describing your deaths may scare some children.