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Catch 22

Posted by REDSLITHER on February 22, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

CATCH 22

Yossarian is either raving mad or he's just fucking with everyone around him.
so far it's pretty funny, mostly because they all seem crazy. but i guess i would be too in their situation. Other than that im not sure i really like it. I skip alot of stuff that runs on like rambling to be honest. i feel like a part of me wants to just get through the book and be done with it. 
it got good reviews which is  partly why i wanted to read it in the first place plus it is considered a classic . im gonna stop for now and just try reading a farewell to arms and see how that goes. but i feel like ill probably like Catch 22 better anyhow. 

Reading books and how we read them- Fiction/Realism/Classics/how we perceive them

Posted by REDSLITHER on February 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I know this seems like a weird topic but when i looked it up online i saw atleast one other person who had the same exact experiences as me and i wanted to talk about tthat.

When you read a book, especially a good book, it paints a picture, and suddenly once you've focused and found your reading rythm undisturbed it's like you enter another world, your barely aware of your own, its better than watching a movie even if the author wrote well. I always seem to lose track of time when this happens and when its over i feel weird i blink, i look at the world around me slowly coming back,and im a little sorry to have left. sometimes my vision is even blurry its so weird. this happened to me when i read most good books such as Trial by Fire and Lirael., etc. 

BUT oddly enough alot of classics dont have the same effect on me, i dont know if its just their style of writing that throws me off or what but im not pulled in like other books. The books that pull me in i can get through in one sitting if theyre really good and i have time. However when  i was reading Hemmingways book(s) i struggled to stay focused and needed very good focus and enviornment, and even then the books take me days to read- why? they dont flow like the others at all. is this good or bad? they also dont make me feel emotions like the other books. 

has anyone else experienced these things? id like to hear about it. Again i am attempting to read catch 22 and a farewell to arms now. Ive been collecting alot of Classics lately. i enjoyed The Great Gatsby alot actually. But i had to read all my other books first before i would even pick catch 22 and farewell to arms back up.For whom the bell tolls was ok, i had to reread some lines and sometimes i didnt understand what was going on but i kept moving forward. the ending was dissapointing for sure, i wont say why. But i hardly remember any of it to be honest. i often notice that books i enjoyed sit with me for a while, i remember them through the next couple of days and i think what if? HOWEVER------

Again however there is something that modern day books LACK that can almost be exclusivly found only in old books. When i read a Picture of Dorian Grey for example i truely dont know how to explain it... but there was something there.... some kind of intelligence and worldliness that isnt present in modern books.... could it be that because modern day fiction is so unrealistic? where as older books are so close to reality that you sometimes feel its just someone recounting their day? i feel that way sometimes and wonder why am i reading this? But i keep going. Older books get you thinking. not all of them of course, but i feel like there are things to be learned in some older books and those are the kinds i want to read too, not just the fantastical kinds that throw you in another world like a cool movie. those kinds only entertain and teach nothing besides basic morals that everyone out to know and they teach you to yearn for a love that isnt possible amongst humans. Read The Picture of Dorian Gray and youll see what i mean by another intelligence and realism. Its small amount of fiction and impossiblity is so entertwined with realism and the world that it almost seems possible. i like it. 

i want to hear what everyone has to say. please comment if you got something to say =) thanks everyone. 

Difficult Words and thier meanings

Posted by REDSLITHER on February 17, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Advanced Words Today

Big words no one really uses except Dictionaries & Thesaurus's - or the lack thereof

I couldnt think of a proper Title for this one but i wanted to say something about it.  here goes nothing! hope ya'll understand what i'm saying haha!

Have you ever read a book where every page had atleast one word you were unfamiliar with? Doesn't it irritate you when you don't know the meaning of a word? Do you look it up or just continue reading without a second thought?

Now-a-days, modern writers most often keep it simple, why? Because they don't know big words. Schools don't put emphasis on learning tons of words- especially big ones; like they used to. And i would know! i was in the highest level English class you could take in College. 

Is it a bad thing?  yes and no.

Why bother learning extra words when no one is going to understand them anyways? I think as a society of writers it's our duty to try and expand the minds of our readers, if only a little bit. 

Imagine if eventually we lost most of our vocabulary. Comparing books that were written many years ago to now is staggering. Their style and word use is so different it's like we arent even from the same Country. 

Books like The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Great Gatsby were not so awfully long ago. it just goes to show how rapidly our societys vocabulary and writing is declining. 

I myself am also guilty of writing so modern (i shall refer to it as thus). However i am going to work on it by studying previous generations of authors such as the above mentioned and i will even crack open a dictionary for the first time in my adult life, even a Thesaurus.  I was always so caught up in learning other languages that i didn't think much on improving my own English. Kinda funny but also sadly common.

Join me everyone! Don't let Shakespeare and Hemmingway down! =)

Here are some ways to improove:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Build-Vocabulary-Skills-Quick-Method/dp/0938609483?_encoding=UTF8&deviceType=desktop&n=283155&redirect=true&ref_=dp_proddesc_0&s=books" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Build Your Vocabulary Skills: A Quick and Easy Method by John LaCarna rates 4.5 stars on the Amazon review scale.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Game

Posted by REDSLITHER on November 23, 2016 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

POKEMON SUN AND MOON 

Has finally arrived! I know i am very late on posting, i have been caught up in playing, reading and work. lol 

i'm still on the first island but i like it so far. I have spent insane time trying to obtain pokemon and deciede who is on my team or rather who will be. with lots to pick from it hasnt been easy! especially since im really trying to use Alolan pokemon only because i havent experienced them yet.

I have Moon and my brother has Sun. some of my favorite pokemon so far are Cutiefly whom i obtained a shiny by random! best ever! and Vulpix. She is amazing i love her new form! And raticate is doing very good in his new form. Rockruff is SO CUTE!! and his forms are awesome! Liligant may have a spot on my team too. And of course my starter poplio. haters gonna hate i know. 

I was extremely dissapointed to discover that vulpix and sandshrews alolan forms arent obtainable until basically end game, which i was looking forward to them the most.... however my brother already beat the game in 3 days no less! he bred one real quick for me =). Jolt my Grubbin may stay. hes ok. his final form i heard was very good. ive been eatin rootbeer float yogurts lol theyre amazing! while playing pokemon. wonder trading a whole lot. problem is  ...... i forgot what i was gonna say! lol hahaha wow. i m super tired i suppose. it's like 4am here and i havent slept a wink! i will add more info as i go. =)

Oh and i really really LOVE that there are NO HMS! finally. i always hated trying to balance out moves with necessary . they provide you with rides/mounts that you can use anytime that cannot battle tho. still theyre great!

Writing a Fiction Book - what to write?

Posted by REDSLITHER on October 14, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

WHAT TO WRITE?!?!

you're kidding me right?


Anytime i have ever written, it's because a story was forming in my head, i was fantasyizing all these places and people and events that i felt compelled to write it all down or else lose it to my imagination forever.

I do not beleive there has ever been a moment in my life where i was unsure of what to write. how is that even a question?

i have always thought that writers write for the same reasons, because they have a story to tell. It would be odd to me for a person to just up and deciede they are going to write a fictional book with no stories already in their head. what made them think to even write if they didnt already have a story?

i have always been told i have a wonderful gift of writing and that i should have been published long ago. truth be told i never tried. i wrote and then nothing. life got in the way. i have many unfinished books i started. one finished. 

I beleive that to be a writer of stories you must also be a reader. I started reading books in kindergarden and was addicted. anything i could get my hands on. i was a year ahead advanced in my english classes and even took creative writing and such. 

The main source of my stories is my intense need to write a perfect story. have you ever read a book and felt like something should have been different or perhaps you would change a thing or two? i have. i feel like my perfect story isnt out there, its in HERE, in me, I must write my perfect story. a story that goes how i tell it and has things happen how i want them to. 

I most recently began picking up classics, starting with really old ones. anything and everything, especially the most popular ones. i  will keep reporting what i find and if i liked it. a new story recently came to me in my sleep, it followed me all through today as if it were happening in my home, i could almost see it. so i started writing it down until the urge passed. and theres my problem. i dont keep going when i should have. and they haunt me. even the same characters haunt me, as if telling me they MUST be in a story... SO,

this is my new goal. i will write a story and finish it and turn it into a publisher no matter what. i should have done this years ago, but now theres no excuses. with no school and hardly any work it would be insane not to take advantage of all my free time. I hope i helped you all in some way with finding your writing or stories. im sorry if its not what you hoped, but i honestly believe that if you arent passionate about a story or it doesnt come to you easily then you need to read more books, watch more movies, go places you have never been, experience new things, because i can tell you that you will not be sucessful otherwise. tell YOUR story, not someone elses but slightly different. =) good luck.

Classic Books - Some of my favorites

Posted by REDSLITHER on October 14, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

My Favorite Classic Books


Im gonna start with listing the books i've read and really liked. And i wouldn't put them down if i havent actually read and really liked them.

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The lady and the unicorn
  • A tale of two cities
  • The secret garden

The Great Gatsby was so awsome i fell in love with the character gatsby. Its about a man gatsby who dedicates himself to the woman he loves Daisy. he prepared his whole life for her. i highly recommend it, ive read it 3 times now. you will yearn for the life they live. its told from the prospective of gatsbys best friend. I didn't like the ending, watch the movie when you are done reading it and you may fall in love with Leonardo too as i did. =)


Lord of the flies is crazy, kids stranded on an island with NO adults what so ever, they survive and make thier own rules, and fight amongst themselves, it was interesting. the only thing i didnt like was that they dont really cover how exactly the kids got there and why were there no grownups with them, it vaguely hints at it but not sufficiently enough.

The lady and the unicorn was an unexpected like. i read through it in one sitting. i was captivated by the characters and the making of the tapestry we know as the lady and the unicorn. some of its based on facts so its nice to also read history in the making. i laughed myself silly at the main characters unicorn story he tells the women.

a tale of two cities made me cry. very riveting. pay attention when you are reading it, or you will miss something important, trust me on this. its a very good story and you will come to love some of the characters as i had. it involves the french and the english at war and also gives you some historical insight on what it was like. give it a shot, you wont regret it.


Books and their Value (discussion)

Posted by REDSLITHER on October 8, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

BOOKS AND THEIR VALUE : how it is, and why? a general discussion


The value of books

Ok, so everyone knows that the author and the publisher are the ones who determine how much a book costs, and that this price can always be found on a book that is being sold. Atleast in the USA and Canada anyways. This price can usually be found on the back of the book or inside on the cover jacket. We basically know how they determine the price, but what about second hand sellers? how does one value a book? This is something i have often pondered whenever i go into a "used" book store or buy a book anywhere outside of a bookstore where it is "brand new".  Does anyone else ever wonder why the prices are normally halved?

The origional value is highly based upon : cost of making the book, how much the author wants to make per book, how much cut the company/publisher wants and how much they think the public would be willng to pay for it. And of course it's also compared to other prices on the market currently.  which usually results in most books being around the same price. If you look around you will see theres a "going rate/range" for books of different kinds. Hardcovers always the priciest of the bunch.


Why does a book being read once significantly lower the value but any time after that has no further effect?

So i bought a book today called Splintered. it's cover price (origional price by publisher) says $8.95 US. The used book store sold it for $4.95. why? I've noticed MOST places sell books for about half of their marked price. Don't get me wrong, i am NOT complaining, in fact i love that they are so much cheaper. what i dont understand is why the book is only worth half its deemed value after being read once, but after the second time the price pretty much never gets lower. so resale number 7 will still be $4.95. WHY? It doesn't even make sense to me. I goto a used book store often, i've even sold them back the book i got from them (they only gave me a doller credit) so that they could put it back on the shelf again for the same price they had sold it to me for. so why then does being used only count once? most of the time it seems the condition of the book does not affect the cost when many other items that can be sold as "used" are affected by condition. I think it is partly because we dont place high value on literature. The other weird thing is, once a book is resold, the author or publisher doesn't make any more money off it. They made their money (beleive it or not) off of the bookstores who bought the books from them. most bookstores actually BUY the books that they are selling. it's not how you probably thought. i bet you thought that the publisher and author get paid when you actually buy the book didnt you. So esentially the bookstore is taking a chance on books. so when people steal from a bookstore they are hurting the bookstore. remember that before you steal from your favorite bookstore if you want it to still be there in the future. So if a book sells well, the store will order more. that's why its often hard to find random unpopular books in stores. and just think of ALLLLLL those books the store didnt order because they thought it wouldn't sell well. 


Should a books condition determine value?

I think books should be priced based on the condition of the book, or atleast the condition should affect the price. because i bought an old tattered book that was on its last limbs for half the value of the origional price, i think it should have been a little cheaper than half personally. Also, i've seen that more popular novels often remain a little higher in price than most.


Older books and the good ol' days

It's amazing looking back on really old books, like i bought a 1955 copy of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", and it's in OK-ISH condition, i paid $2.95 for it despite its cover price of 35 cents. LOL It's okay though, i would have paid 7 if it was 7. I love old books, i feel like they are more valuable than the new in a way. I've been on a classic novel binge lately lol I loved The Great Gatsby. I have read it 3 times now. I picked up another copy of the Historian and Dracula. I also got Uncle toms Cabin which is my first time reading it i believe. I remember when i used to get mad at school when we had to read older books, often i didn't really read  them i skimmed them. It's something you learn to appreciate and enjoy as you grow though. =) 


if you guys liked this blog let me know, then ill do one on Ebooks. and even tell you how to get some ebooks for free, etc. =)

New Computer Samsung 11.6Inch Chromebook

Posted by REDSLITHER on August 26, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

SAMSUNG 11.6" CHROMEBOOK

So i bought this a few days ago at a 24 hour walmart in the middle of the night haha. So far i really like it. Its super lightweight, charges in less than a hour, good on battery, its cute and small, syncs with all google stuff so that works good for me. The only downside is that its running on the google Operating system. Windows is sadly where most things are made, and what most are compatible with. so i can't even play my copy of pokemon Uranium which really sucks since Pokemon makers decieded to put a cease and desist on Uranium. which i disagree with. so you cant even get the game anymore. But i am super psyched about the new pokemon sun and moon!

Sorry got way sidetracked there... lol

SO CHROMEBOOK!

It has a 32GB Hard Drive, which sucks if you download a lot of stuff however it comes with the OverDrive thing where you can store stuff on the internet. i dont really like the idea of all my personal stuff being stored on the internet so i never put anything inapropriate on it and neither should you! =)

So far i havent had any problems with it, it runs fast, you can get google apps on chromebook like my favorite app so far called DUOLINGO, its an app that teaches you languages, other people can add stuff to it, but its fun and keeps you learning with daily goals and lessons. best of all Duolingo is FREE.

You can link your Android Phone to your chromebook and use the find my phone app/feature. i like that, now i can always find my phone =)

I use my phones mobile hotspot sometimes (only if i have to) for my chromebook and it works great. Theres even a Gameboy Advanced Emulator App available for chromebook.  just type in the search VBA-M.

i have 7 chrome tabs going at once and no issues, doesnt slow it down none as far as ive seen. The laptop doesnt heat up a lot like some computers do, so i can have it on my bare skin no problems.

My New Pet ( a must see )

Posted by REDSLITHER on February 2, 2016 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Guess what yours truely has obtained? =)

Poecilotheria metallica


http://biologypop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1.jpg

Common Name(s):

English – Peacock Tarantula, Peacock Parachute Spider, Metallic Tarantula, Gooty Tarantula, Salepurgu

It comes from India. =)


Right now i have a Sling (spiderling) and he or she is too small for me to tell gender. Their color and pattern may vary depending on gender males being the brighter more colorful ones. i'm so excited i can't wait to see how it turns out! This isn't something im breeding, more or less i've always wanted a blue spider lol

This one is a female. The picture at the very top is male. Either way is cool but i REALLY want a male. =) Can you blame me? Right now im feeding Blue (its name is Blue) one small cricket a day. I heard most feed them everyother day but the crickets are small and so far Blue has been eating them immedietly without any reservation soooo pretty sure im not over feeding him lol.

Wikipedia says they are Critically Endangered so having them as pets is kinda i think help keeping the species going. who knows maybe ill breed them eventually but right now i have no intention of doing such a thing. i will keep everyone updated on the little guy or girl. lol

Right now it has no color, but i heard it will start showing within the first year. I will post a photo of it and a video of feeding soon (not tonight) but soon. Thanks everyone feel free to comment or whatever, Any advice is welcome. This is after all my very first with keeping a spider other than george who we all know went terrible lol That Tarantula was super agressive i had to take it back to the store. But im trying again. No giving up this time! Especially since this spider costs $90 to $100~! 0_o

I have been afraid of spiders, (yup, i'm admitting it now) for some time. And the George incident didn't help at all, infact possibly made it worse haha BUT, i am very determined to get over this fear, and i will not let it get in the way of me taking care of the little thing... soon to be BIG thing. 0_o

Im dying in my 80 degree room you cold blooded's are killin meh. And i have fed the Tarantula everyday a single fairly small cricket. I read online that it's okay to feed them more when they are young helps them grow faster. I will look up more info shortly. maybe skip a day feeding i dont want to overdo it. And i hope it was wrong but it said the pokeys (p metallica) spiders bite is worse than a normal tarantula. I really wanna know if its true and why. I read online that these suckers get around 8 inches. Thats too big for my shoes! jk ! Just kidding ! =) <3<3<3 Thats big though. Im worried about its first molt, i am hoping all goes well, i watched wayyy too many horror videos on molts gone wrong, i don't want Blue to lose a leg or anything like that. 0_0

ALSO, i am going to start a Forum for Spiders. That way everyone can Discuss  it and i can get more info too =) i want to hear from all you experienced Arachnid hobbiests. =P

**Oh and i almost forgot, i would like to thank Mark, for buying me this beautifully creepy spider. lol** :P

UPDATE: Me and Mark went our seperate ways and sadly this beautiful spider went with him. I will miss the little spiderling. Im sure its grown to a beauty by now. if i get a picture of it grown up i promise i will post it for everyone. =)

Minecraft The truth about the Enderman

Posted by REDSLITHER on September 17, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)
So... I play minecraft on Xbox one and just recently discovered that there isn't just one enderman... in fact I made it to level 30 and had diamond armor when upon traveling the sand area I actually came across 3 enderman hanging out. I'm assuming they were hanging out since they were in a circle close to one another. One had a block in its hands. Of course it was too late.. I was so shocked from seeing a group of enderman that I didn't look away quick enough and I dunno about you all but I can barely handle one by myself let alone 3. Lol I had two dogs with me but my health wasn't full to begin with so they kicked my butt and killed both me and my dogs. So that's my tip of the day to all you Minecrafters out there always travel at full health and expect the worse. I don't know how to really tell you to be prepared for 3 enderman or more but .... yeah... don't stare like a gaping idiot like me I suppose haha.

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