Dr. Pepper (A review by Max Schell)

Posted in Food on May 17, 2018 by Mr. Winch

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Dr. Pepper is an American classic soda that has a unique, almost burning cold taste that is truly amazing. The first thing you’ll notice, when drinking Dr Pepper, is that it is incredibly refreshing, sugary-”pepper” flavor, as well as it’s nice and cool feeling. Soon after that, you will begin to have a slight, not painful burning but good burning sensation in the back of your throat. Oddly enough, it is great for clearing your throat, if you need to make a speech, or sing. The taste washes over you, like a cleansing force, as you drink. Overall, with everything it has combined, it feels, and tastes amazing, and is truly a great drink.

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Carissa’s Wierd: Songs About Leaving (Review by Colin Allen)

Posted in 21st Century, Music on May 17, 2018 by Mr. Winch

 

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Songs About Leaving is the third and final studio album by American indie rock/slowcore band Carissa’s Wierd (weird is intentionally spelled wrong). It was released on August 6th, 2002 (Sharifi).

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If Souvlaki is pure melancholy as an album, then Songs About Leaving is pure, heartbreaking, soul crushing sadness as an album. Hushed male and female vocals, dueling acoustic guitars, flashes of piano and beautiful violin, jarring punchy drums, and suicidal, depressive, self-hating lyrics all culminate into an album that creates a chamber of sadness around the listener, shooting their brain with bullets full of pessimism and anxiety. Melody and dissonance combine to create a lovely catharsis, and as sad as it is, it’s also weirdly (wierdly) comforting. Songs About Leaving is like the last cold hug from someone you deeply care about. Its beautifully honest, and frankly it hurts. It’s saying “I cared about you once, and I’m sorry I don’t anymore.” It rips one’s heart apart, and then awkwardly mends it back together with guitar strings and a sharp needle.

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My favorite track is hard to choose. Based on my emotions and points in my life, my choice has switched again and again. At the current moment, my favorite is probably “Low Budget Slow Motion Soundtrack Song for the Leaving Scene”. With some of the most beautiful violin, mellow guitar, soft tambourine, simple but effective piano, and of course the hushed, sombre vocals stylings of Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto on the album, this song is slow and lethargic. It’s title perfectly describes it, it’s the song that plays in slow motion as you walk away from the last place you’ll ever be happy and feel at home. Some of the most relatable lyrics are contained in this song, describing coldness, warmth, regret, feelings, waiting, and love long lost. It’s anxious, depressive, lethargic, and beautiful.

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Songs About Leaving is an album that I’d happily die to. It’s an album that perfectly captures a mood and emotion, and personally has helped me a lot in sad times. I know I’ve said it before, but goddamnit is this album beautiful. That’s all I have to say.

 

Bibliography

 

Sharifi, Hossein.  Rate Your Music.  “Carissa’s Wierd: Songs About Leaving.

Sonemic.  2018.

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/carissas-wierd/songs-about-leaving-2/

Helix Jumper (Review by Riley Robertson)

Posted in 21st Century, Games on May 17, 2018 by Mr. Winch

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Helix Jumper is exciting adventure game to pass the time when you have nothing to do. You bounce a ball through a helix tower labyrinth and you can play it on Androids and iPhones. There are many levels the goal is to go through the holes and not touch the opposite color or you have to restart but you’re got to time the move just right. But it’s a fun game to play and you can see if your friends can bet you and get pass you.  It’s a very fun and addictive game to play. When you play it you’re just focused on betting the level and you could lose track of time. Because you just zone into the game and the colors of each level catch your attention. But also, no level is the exact same it might seem like it but it’s not because it like a labyrinth tower going down. So if you are really bored go on your smartphone and get the fun and exiting game Helix Jumper.

The Bacon Cheeseburger

Posted in Food on May 4, 2018 by Mr. Winch

by Max Schell

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The bacon cheeseburger is a delicious food that combines two American classics: bacon and cheeseburgers. The taste is a symphony of meat, cheese, and bread. If cooked by a good enough chef, its texture is a mouthwateringly soft, and a little bit wet with grease. The beef provides the base, and most of the texture, a soft, plentiful meat supplies a great taste, and a good base for the texture. The bacon gives a bit more structure, and it’s often a bit harder than the beef, which provides for a mixture of textures, a crunch with the soft, supple beef. The cheese provides hydration for both, and gives the entire thing a more fresh feeling, and taste. Overall, the bacon cheeseburger is one of the very best foods in North America, and its legacy will be difficult to surpass.

William Bonney: Good Vibes

Posted in 21st Century, Music, punk, Rock on May 4, 2018 by Mr. Winch

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William Bonney

Good Vibes

Music Review by Colin Allen

Good Vibes is the only EP by American midwest emo/screamo band William Bonney. It was released on May 1st, 2011 (Sharifi).

 

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Good Vibes is exactly the opposite of what it’s title entails. It’s sad, it’s melodramatic, it’s nihilistic; it’s basically “life sucks – the album”. With a healthy medium between twinkle and distortion, intense drilling drums, and emotional lyrics and vocal delivery (screaming), Good Vibes evokes anger, sadness, melancholy, loneliness, and self-hatred. Most of the lyrical content is set after a break up, and dealing with yourself, anxiety, and loneliness. It’s a sad album for sure, but it’s also an enjoyable listen. Every track is great, and extremely head-bangable. Basically, you can mosh and cry at the same time. My favorite track is “No Pizza,” an intense little jaunt wrought with emotional comparison to weather, missing people who were important to oneself, and loneliness.

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Good Vibes is one of the most important albums to my musical taste, as it got me into screamo and the harder side of emo. It’s an amazing, albeit sad album, that has helped me a lot in sad times. It’s nice to know that someone else, someone I look up to, has gone through the same emotions. I even met the vocalist, Jack Senff, and he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Good Vibes is one of those albums that I absolutely love to listen to, yet also makes me sad. But it’s worth it.

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Bibliography

Sharifi, Hossein.  Rate Your Music.  “William Bonney: Good Vibes.” Sonemic.  2018.

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/ep/william-bonney/good-vibes-2/

Feedback by John Isaacson (Zine Review by Anika)

Posted in Comics, Music, punk, Rock, Zines on July 5, 2017 by Mr. Winch

Feedback by John Isaacson is a zine that features reviews of live music shows. Each page features a clipping of the poster for the show and opposite to the poster is a comic of some interactions John had while at the shows, and some are quite funny.  This zine is a great compilation of comics and artwork. Each page tells a little story about the experience John had and just from that, you get the whole mood of the show. This zine has a whopping 13 different shows in it plus bonus album reviews in the back. This zine was made with care and lots of thought. It is clear that John’s love for the music scene is immense.

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The Monsters of D & D by Tanner

Posted in Fantasy Novels, Games on May 25, 2017 by Mr. Winch

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Dragons are the namesake of Dungeons and Dragons, and are one of the most classic and iconic of monsters. Traditionally, there are two different classifications for dragons:; metallic and chromatic. Metallic dragons come in brass, copper, gold, silver, and bronze, and a majority of metallic dragons tend to be good-aligned, choosing to follow the teachings of the god Bahamut, the Platinum dragon. Chromatic dragons come in black, red, green, blue, and white, tend to be evil, and follow Tiamat, the Dragon Queen. Depending on the age of the dragon and the average level of the party, fights against dragons can either be only mildly difficult or extremely challenging. Each dragon has a different element assigned to it depending on its color. Gold, brass, and red have fiery breath, silver and white have ice, bronze and blue have lightning, copper and black have acid, and green has poison. In terms of lore, all dragons tend to be hoarders of wealth, though how they manage to acquire it depends on if they’re metallic or chromatic. Metallics often receive gold, jewels, and rare items from smaller races in exchange for protection, whereas chromatics tend to gain wealth through fear and pillaging. Dragons make for a memorable and difficult fight, and are a very memorable monster overall.chromatic. Metallics often receive gold, jewels, and rare items from smaller races in exchange for protection, whereas chromatics tend to gain wealth through fear and pillaging. Dragons make for a memorable and difficult fight, and are a very memorable monster overall.

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Goblins are another classic in Dungeons and Dragons, known for serving other races as minions or being just a general nuisance on their own. Goblins are actually a subrace of a much larger, generalized type of monster, Goblinoids, and other monsters that fall under that label are bugbears and hobgoblins; however, goblins are the most well-known. Goblins tend to be numerous, so it’s very rare to encounter and battle just a single goblin, and because they’re so small, they can easily run up and hit you, only to disengage and back away so they don’t get attacked. However, to counteract this, goblins tend to be very, very weak. In the lore, goblins are very aggressive and short-tempered, and take pleasure in exacting revenge against those who have wronged them. They also tend to be very greedy and find it incredibly difficult to be altruistic or refuse a deal where they get paid vast amounts of wealth. In the end, goblins are an easy fight, but this makes it easy to fill rooms and dungeons with a large number of them for a challenge.

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Orcs are another classic Dungeons and Dragons monster, with many individuals having a very “survival of the fittest” attitude. Orcs don’t stand out very much in terms of fighting against them individually;, however, orcs are incredibly powerful in groups and make for challenging battles for all levels depending on how many there are; they tend to rely on brute strength and rarely, if ever, run from a fight, even if their chances of winning seem slim. In their lore, orcs are a very “tribal” type of civilization and are very aggressive, brutal people. They also follow their own pantheon of deities, the most major god being Gruumsh, the one-eyed god. Overall, while they’re not incredibly flashy or special; , orcs are a staple in the game and will likely never go away anytime soon.

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