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Hot Dog by Kaitlin Brubaker

6 Dec

A cylindrical sausage-like food sits in between a bun of the same shape that fits the object perfectly in its butterfly-cut wings. The meat of which this food is made is unclear, yet childhood memories bring a long forgotten urge to eat it regardless of what may be inside. Under a blanket of sweet relish lie layers of tart mustard and creamy ketchup atop a bed of succulent grilled onions. With a mouth-watering aroma it waits, soon to be devoured by barbeque patrons, bonfire enthusiasts, and plain ol’ hungry folks. Merriam-Webster’s word of the day describes not this hotdog; this hotdog lacks even the proper part of speech. Hotdog (v.) has the definition: ”

to perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner; especially: to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers (as while surfing or skiing).”

A word of the day should be memorable, grab the reader’s interest, and be easy to use if desired. Hotdog being a word that describes an action has taken on a new and intriguing persona. The word has lost its delicious edge and has gained an active meaning — ironically opposite, don’t you think? Some say the English language is tricky in this way. to hear hotdog used any other way than the most used food definition would cause confusion in any poor foreigner. Alas, the word can yet again be used as an exclamation; though seldom, discovery or joy brings forth “hotdog!” as a form of showing excitement.

Hotdog may describe a grilled, boiled, or microwaved meal favored by young children, and some days it may be shouted in glee. However, Merriam-Webster chose to show readers that it may be used when looking to express a deed done in exuberance or an overly flashy manner. The English language is amazing in that way; a simple word can have numerous meanings that relate to each other in absolutely no way. Hotdog! Today a new meaning of hotdog has been highlighted and shared with those who may not have known it prior to the word-a-day article.


Risky Pictures by Sarah Harlin

6 Dec

Will Burrard-Lucas is an extraordinary wild life photographer. He is known for his up close photos of wild creatures in their natural habitat. To capture these images he made a remote controlled traveling camera. He wanted a camera that could take pictures of wild animals up close without getting attacked by them or disturbing the animals peace. I think this is a well-founded idea because no one gets injured in the process.
But, there are minor set backs in the creative invention. Such as; it does not have a fit protection so, the camera can sometimes be destroyed by one of the animals. The contraption is in need of an outer armor to be protected from these wild animals who get too rough with it. In his first trial a lion ran off with the device in her mouth and broke the pricey camera, yet an expensive camera is the price you pay to save your own life.
Burrard-Lucas has also recently decided to make more of these to help other wild life photographers because its such a cut throat business…literally. Which would be efficient because then the photographers would not have to risk their lives to shoot the interesting pictures that they long for. Furthermore, will also benefit PETA’s belief in letting the wild life live in peace in their environment undisturbed.
This new idea is such and easy and productive way to take interesting and unique pictures of animals that we do not generally see of them in their natural habitat. It is also a safer and a secure way for photographers to be intimate with them without actually having to interact with them.

A Beautiful Journey by Chris Moe

2 Dec

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”-Paulo Coelho. Paulo Coelho is one of the most read authors in the world today and has sold 65 million copies of his stories. Paulo Coelho’s tattered early life and hectic party years helped him to achieve the sense of the world he now shares through his novels. Through these inspiring and life changing novels people discover true meanings of our lives and become spiritually awakened. Paulo Coelho’s early life, his crafting of his stories, and his messages help us dive deeper into this amazing author’s life.

To begin with, Paulo Coelho was born on August 20, 1946 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. His parents were devout Catholics and chose to put their son into a Jesuit school, which means a Catholic school. Pablo decided that he wanted to pursue his writing dream at a young age, but his parents saw no future in it for him. So Pablo chose to become rebellious against his parents which only caused more problems. His parents sent him away to a mental asylum on three different occasions because of his wild behavior. He has since forgiven them because he realized that they did this to him out of love. Coelho was mature enough to understand this happens often with parents and children.

When Coelho was released from the institutions he enrolled in law school, but dropped out to live the hippie lifestyle and ended up writing songs for protest bands against the Brazilian military run government. After he moved around in career positions, Paulo Coelho’s life was transformed after a 500 mile long religious pilgrimage walk through Spain. Coelho had a spiritual awakening and wrote a story called The Pilgrimage, which was a personal autobiography of the religious walk he endured on. His next work, which gained him his most fame, was called The Alchemist. The story was about a man in search of treasure but finds the treasure inside of his own heart. Since then, Paulo has written a book almost exactly every two years and has written many more masterpieces over the last 30 years.

Paulo Coelho’s fans have said that his novels are life changing and inspiring. Coelho likes to add a bit of spirituality and considers himself a "self-problem writer." He also says that he writes books for himself and what is opinionated by the reader is their choice. His early life, his crafting of stories, and messages help us see why he was such an amazing author of our time.

Space Jump by Agatha Tesmer

1 Dec

On Sunday October 14th, 2012, Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian adrenaline junkie, broke the world record of the highest free fall jump. Millions of Americans observed as this twenty-three mile free fall opened new doors for science. Felix free fell for over four minutes wearing only a high tech space suit and a helmet. He reached a speed of over seven hundred miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier.

Earlier that Sunday morning, Felix was lifted off earth by a massive helium filled balloon with walls ten times thinner than an average zip-lock bag. It took about two hours for the balloon to reach the edge of space (twenty three miles above Earth’s surface). Ironically, sitting in the small can that would lift Felix proved his biggest fear due to his claustrophobia. After the two hours, news channels broadcasted live the moments right before his ludicrous jump. The free fall down lasted about four minutes until Felix incredibly landed on his feet in New Mexico with cheers from around the World. He became the first man to reach the speed of sound without aircraft protection.

Despite being an experienced sky diver, Felix trained for just this jump for over five years. He even met with psychologists who helped him deal with his extreme claustrophobia. The pressure regulated suit space suit, which essentially saved his life, helped him withstand the quick atmospheric changes. But despite all these precautions, Felix encountered a slight problem. During his decent, once he hit air, he began to spin and tumble miles over the Earth’s surface. Everyone feared he would fail to regain control but, thanks to his five years of training and experience, Felix regained control shortly. Currently, America mocks that such an incredible achievement for science was proved possible by the energy drink company, Red Bull, while NASA places their air shuttles in museums. None the less, one man’s bravery and a hundred men’s time and skill opened new doors to our advancing world of science and technology. At this point, the possibilities truly are endless.

The Killing in Colorado by Kathryn Updike

1 Dec

What happened at the premiere of the Batman Sequel?

On a Friday night in July in Aurora, Colorado there was the opening of the Batman Sequel, “The Dark Night Rises.” A few minutes into the movie, a man named James Holmes walked into the theater casually dressed as the “Joker.” He suddenly pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and as many movie watchers began to rise in confusion, he began a minute-less gun shooting, killing twelve people and injuring fifty eight people. Then after he left the theater , a few minutes later the police came to arrest the “joker,” who is also known as James Holmes in the parking lot of the movie theater.

What did the Police officials find?

After arresting James Holmes on Friday night the federal law enforcement stated that they found that in the past sixty days before the shooting Mr. Holmes purchased about twelve thousand three hundred rounds of ammunition for four guns he had purchased at local gun stores in Colorado. This means that he probably used over quarter of three thousand rounds of ammunition for his .40 caliber handgun he used for the night of the premiere. The officials also said they found three other guns inside of Mr. Holmes’ car which included a AR-15 assault rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun, and another .40 caliber handgun. This man probably could have used the guns if he had not been caught that night.

Who was James Holmes before all this?

James Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he was enrolled as a Ph. D student majoring in neuroscience. In June 2012 he started falling behind in his classes and began failing all of his tests. He soon then dropped out of all of his classes after failing a key oral exam in June. This man seemed to be having mental problems and started to think of what he was going to do next and a month later in July 2012 he killed and also injured many innocent people.

Iran Fires upon a U.S Drone by Troy Stechmann

1 Dec

Last Thursday a United States drone was flying in international waters off the coast of Iran. The Pentagon says the drone was on a routine flight but the details remain classified. During its flight the drone was attacked by two Iranian fighter jets. The jets fired upon the drone but they missed every shot and the drone flew back to base safely. The Pentagon is still unsure if the jets purposely missed or not. The real reason to as of why Iran flew into international waters and attacked an Untied States drone has not been clarified. In my opinion the decision to send fighter jets to attack an unarmed drone is completely uncalled for and unwarranted. An attack in international waters is an act of war. The United States has still yet to decide how they are going to respond to this attack. But I do not believe that the United States will go to war over a small event like this. Iran said that they took “decisive” action against the drone. I do not understand the reasoning behind Iran’s action because they willingly risked going to war over a drone flying in international waters. There must have been something the drone was looking at the Iran obviously did not want the United States to see. There has to be more detail about why the drone was there and what it was looking at. The pentagon says the drone was unarmed but if it was armed would we of shot back at the Iranian jets? If we did I could see the present tension between the United States and Iran only worsening. Ultimately I find Iran’s action of sending two fighter jets to attack an unarmed drone completely unnecessary and simply outrageous. Iran risked going to war with the United States over a drone, which was flying in international waters. Now I do not think that even if the drone was shot down that the United States would go to war just because of our current progress of leaving the Middle East.

Master of Disguise by Patrick Letrondo

1 Dec

With digital photography the mode and networks like Instagram and Pinterest the popular form of sharing pictures, everyone can be a photographer. Hopefuls often tint their pictures with blues and yellows to give their instant digital creations a nostalgic, vintage look. Girls can now blur and blush their faces into oblivion, and guys can blow up their biceps with warping tools. Things like those described are more or less acts of vanity, pretentious works to be posted to Facebook and carelessly accepted as modern portraits. I believe that the champion of modern photography is artist Cindy Sherman for challenging the hype and culture surrounding digital airbrushing and shallow self-transformation and ultimately turning grotesque façade into meaningful art.

In her most famous and defining collections, she has taken pictures of herself, but to call them self-portraits would be a mistake. Clouding her real appearance (she’s actually a gentle-faced New York native), Sherman employs makeup, wigs, false teeth, and outfits – never Photoshop. In a picture she may be an aging, wealthy sourpuss [Untitled #465], a haunted young woman [Untitled Film Still #28], or even a brooding circus clown [Untitled #411], but there’s always a piece of “Real Cindy” poking out from underneath the illusion. From shocking to plain, attractive to morbid, her many characters allow the viewer to project on them his own invented backstories, imagined personalities, and even prejudices.

The initial fun of her photographs is in trying to find “Real Cindy”; in breaking apart her “puzzle”. But after the observer realizes that beneath all these disguises is a comparatively plain woman, her art poses a further question: “Who are you, really? Which version of yourself are you putting on? Which one are you hiding?” Photographers who work digitally, retouchers at big-name fashion magazines and even zealous teenagers take for granted how easy it is to rework appearances in an attempt to chase some idealistic form of perfection. Cindy Sherman did cleverly and profoundly what many people (even I myself sometimes) do out of simple conceit. In an age of Photoshop and the deception of digital photography, she is a master photographer because she uses self-alteration not out of vanity, but to question the masks and disguises we wear every day.