Only You Can Save Earth, From Stuff

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This Earth Day, we have a lot to worry about. With the country still gripped with a dependence on fossil fuels, the EPA being head by someone who is a climate-denier, and problems with lead in water in several towns throughout the nation (Flint’s doing better, but still has “acceptable” levels of lead in the water). 😮

Being an environmentalist these days is no walk in the park. There’s a lot of crap out there, miss information, lies, all from an industry that doesn’t want to change. Big oil is supposedly moving towards renewable energy. I’m not holding my breath. 😉 I think they’d probably rather just drill baby drill till there’s nothing left!

I’ve talked about things we can do to help improve our own environment in previous Earth Day posts. I’ve also talked about the fact that I live in a home that uses solar panels and I drive an electric car. So this time I’d like to talk about what I like about nature.

If I were an animal, I’d be an inside cat. It’s tough for me to be outside during the day since the sun is out to kill me. 😉 Being outside during the day means I have to wear sunscreen (something I liberally spray myself with, just ask Mark Mushakian). So when I do go outside, I do my best to enjoy it.

Thankfully, I don’t have to go far to enjoy nature. It’s all around my neighborhood. There’s the man-made city lake, with plenty of mallards and geese to hang with. Want to go camping? Well, there’s O’Neil Park just a few miles away. Heck, I can just walk out of my house and just a few yards to the greenbelt to get some shade and check out the local wildlife. Right now, the bunnies abound.

The sounds of birds warning of my intrusions, the rustling of the bushes as little creatures scurry away from me, and when that gentile breeze is tacked on, quite a nice experience. Now that I’m walking every day, I can enjoy nature while I get my uphill exercise.

Our environment is so important, even if you don’t believe in climate science, you still ought to respect nature and approve of protecting it. We allow too much destruction of our environment. From poisoning water systems to filling our air with toxic chemicals, politics should stop us from having clean air and water. After all, we all have to drink and breath regardless of our politics.

With that said, let’s celebrate the wonders of nature today. I encourage you to get outside and soak up the wonders of nature.  See what animals you can find. Attempt to identify a plant or a tree. Or just be lazy and watch some YouTube videos about nature (though get out side instead). However you decide to celebrate Earth Day today, just remember how important this planet is. It’s all we’ve got and that means we have the responsibility to keep it healthy. I’ll see you outside (wow that felt weird to type)!

Use Good Grammar Doggone It!

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from: https://www.reference.com/business-finance/average-typing-speed-adults-5ff932ba73110a42

I think if you ask most students what they look forward to the most come this time of year, they aren’t going to say writing term papers! Those long paged, academically formatted projects, can be a pain in the butt. It certainly doesn’t help when students hate to write. It’s a skill that’s pretty important for a lot of jobs, especially in advertising and marketing, for example.

I thought about this recently while working in my grammar class online from edx.com. I hadn’t thought about it before, but as mentioned by Geoffrey Pullum from the University of Edinburgh, the internet has changed the interest in writing. With blogs becoming popular, almost everyone wants to write about their lives or some other topic. Even twitter requires some skill at 150 characters, unless you don’t mind looking like a fool! Sadly, there are many examples of poor spelling and grammar online.

For me, I think spelling isn’t a big problem, but I do fall victim to grammatical errors. Most commonly and sometimes I use the wrong word. Like I can occasionally mess up with “there, their, they’re,” or similar sets of words. Another thing I do which seems odd is typing “form” when I want to use the word “from.” That’s freaking annoying! I can’t count the times I have had to go back and type the right word.

While spelling mistakes are fairly easy to fix thanks to spellcheck, grammatical errors are not as easy. As effective Microsoft Word’s grammar-checker can be, sometimes it points out a false error. And it doesn’t take into account dialogue. It’s perfectly fine to use poor grammar for a character that does not speak good. 😉 And of course, spellcheck doesn’t tell you if you are using the wrong word.

All in all, I hope that I’m getting better in my writing, especially my grammar. That’s my initial goal. Then there is also the matter of writing stories that grip readers and make them wanting more. I can come up with a good basic story, but I still need help refining it. If I keep working at it, who knows where I’ll end up?

Pokemon a Go-Go

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OMG Pokemon are real! Yo, check out this photo! It’s Proof! So many exclamation points! Okay, so no this isn’t another one of my April Fools posts. This years isn’t as fun as my previous ones. My favorite is probably the What’s Up Scott? post. I also really enjoyed this one: I’m All In with Chris Hayes, in which I claimed to be future guest on “All In with Chris Hayes.” I’m actually a fan of Hayes, since his first show on MSNBC “Up with Chris Hayes,” which was a weekend two-hour show. And who could forget my post that was all about me: The Greatest Story Ever Told? Well, not everyone is excited about April Fools day, so why not have a more serious post? A Pokemon post.

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I was a fan of Pokemon from the beginning, when the first games came out for Gameboy. Really addicting gameplay. I recently finished Pokemon Yellow on the 3DS virtual console, oh the memories. There were 150 pokemon back then, though Mew was one of those hard to find pokemon bonus pokemon. You had to go to a special event to get one. I checked my old Pokemon Blue and Yellow games from back then and sure enough I have all 150 official pokemon on both games. My brother had Pokemon Red, so I didn’t have to worry about collecting all of them. It would be sweet if I could transfer those pokemon into the Pokemon bank, but alas I can’t. At least the guys I got for the virtual console version can be transferred to the new Pokemon games. I started playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and I really miss having Pikachu following me around. Just imagine what it would be like if you could have one of those yellow guys following you around!

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Pokemon Go is a different type of pokemon game, which is kind of like what Safari Zone was in the original Pokemon games. In Go, you simply catch pokemon in the wild with pokeballs and maybe use some berries if you want an easier time catching them. Pokemon Go doesn’t require you to battle wild Pokemon to catch them, as is the traditional method for the regular games. However, you can battle in gyms. In Go, the fights happen in real-time, as opposed to menu-battle in the traditional games. There’s also a limit to moves, namely just two moves in Pokemon Go where there are 4 in the regular games.

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The best thing about Pokemon Go is that it motivates me to go walking for a half hour at least, every day. I get to catch some pokemon, hit a few pokestops to restock on items, and work on my streaks for that sweet bonus xp at the end of the week. Today I snapped quite a bit of photos, the ones included in this post, so I’ll leave you with one more. A happy bulbasaur.

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