28 June 2014

Java Programming

As some of you may already know from my last post (and for some of you readers who have been around since last August and read this post), I went to a week long engineering camp at my town's local university. As I am typing this, my younger brother is looking over my shoulder and going fifty miles an hour, asking about various things about my blog (i.e. my first blog design, which I spent more than a week, five hours a day, trying to fix up). In fact, remember this?



If you remember this post, then I applaud and thank you. If you don't, then feel free to read some of my old posts, when I was new to the blogging world and a bit naive.

This first week I entered into Java Programming, which was pretty difficult. I spent HOURS on the university desktops, trying to code some program to just type up a simple phrase! In case you have no idea what Java does, I'll spare you and give you the brief summary of what it is: Java is a program that acts a bit like a translator for these tiny bits of data to work on different platforms, such as Macs and Windows, Safari and Chrome! This is a sample code of what I did:

This code above? This is the code made for my final project!
The camp was really fun! Sadly, because we had to work separately on computers, I couldn't talk to much people and make friends. I did, in fact, meet some people, particularly guy younger than me by three years, who had some interests in Doctor Who and the Avengers, and we chatted about nonstop that whenever we were done with the assignments.

Some of the things that we did was play Giants, Elves, and Wizards, a game that was somewhat a mix between Sharks and Minnows and Rock, Paper, Scissors. Speaking of Sharks and Minnows, it was another game we played, the final game being Blob Tag. We may be all middle and high schoolers, but you know, if you have time and chance to play these games, it's the same thing that you should do when you can relive your days swinging on a playground; do it.



The adult and college volunteers were really nice and showed us around the entire campus (like visiting the local rock museum. It seems bland, but not as bland as you may think). The main crown of the tour was not the sports center, which many of my friends from school rave over, but the pendulum in the university which told time.




We also decided to make an app, that being one of two major projects we had to accomplish! It was a very low tech app which we made into a flashcard game about a topic of our choice. Mine's was based on various animated movie trivia, which was something I loved reading after the subject of World War II. After my group viewed the app on the Android tablet, we spent the next half-hour taking random selfies with people using the cameras on the device. The sad part was we couldn't keep it. However, I will ask you the questions that I had on my flashcards, and if you want, leave your answers in the comments! (But answer these questions without looking any of the answers up; I'm trusting you all!)
1) What is the first name of Gru of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's 2010 movie Despicable Me?
2) The donut police characters from the 2012 Disney movie Wreck-It-Ralph were named Wynnchel and Duncan. What major dount chain in the U.S. do their character names refer to?
3) What Disney characters "photobombed" the 2013 film Frozen?
4) Hiccup, from the Dreamworks movie franchise How To Train Your Dragon, is right-handed. True, or false?
5) What type of birds are Blu and Jewel, the characters from the 2011 Blue Sky Stuidos movie Rio?
6) Why did Po, from the 2008 Dreamworks movie Kung Fu Panda, say, "Wait! That soup is... sharp..."?
7) Which classic Disney movie from their Renaissance period was the second highest grossing movie behind Forrest Gump, and was the first Disney animated movie to not be based off of a book or familiar fairy tale?
The second major thing that we had to do was create a final project using Java. What I wanted to do, out of the code, was create a bicycle. My vision for the bicycle looked something like this:
Then, when I asked the professor (the teacher teaching us) how to make the rhombus for the bicycle body, he drew out what it actually was supposed to look like:

I guess I'm a part of the majority of the population who can't draw their own bike. 
Anyways, the project sort of camp out as a tribute to my friends from school and theater, where we sang our heads off and spoke in musical puns. This is what the product came out as:
In the end, I enjoyed Java, despite having to wake up at six-thirty every weekday. In two weeks, I'm heading off to the same university and instead of doing Java Programming, I'm doing Energy! Although I may be heading off to another state in the middle of that camp and will have to miss the second part of it... I haven't decided.
(all images taken by me; please do not pin or steal. thank you.)
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25 June 2014

Hand In Hand

Hello, everyone! How are you all doing today?

I'm just stopping by quick to tell you about this collaborative blog that I am contributing to, known as Hand In Hand! We officially launched it a few days ago! It's more of a Christian faith-based blog with the occasional DIY and book review, so if you want to come, check it out, and meet some of the lovely bloggers that I am working with, click here


And please grab our button and spread the word; we'd really appreciate it!

Hand in Hand


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22 June 2014

Q+A Answers!

Hey, guys! After days of receiving questions and making graphics for the questions, I finally have finished the answers to your guys' questions! Read below to see what you guys asked and what my responses are. Please don't steal my pictures or graphics.

1. "Who is your favourite Doctor?" -Anonymous and Kate
My favorite Doctor? I'm just going to have to be honest right now, I haven't watched any classic Doctor. Yes, you can shame me. But trust me, I'm getting to classic Doctor! So I can really just vote for the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctor. Nope, not voting for the Twelfth Doctor yet, because his character hasn't been revealed and won't be until this Fall. (Fall, come faster!) Out of those three, though, I like the Eleventh Doctor, but I love the catchphrases of the Tenth. And his shoes! 

2. "Who is your favourite assistant to the Doctor? (Vote for Rose JK)" -Anonymous and Kate
My favorite assistant to the Doctor is in fact, Rose! 'Nuff said there.

3. "Which are better: Daleks or Cybermen?" -Anonymous
Daleks all the way! I love their design, their motives, everything about them! The Cybermen are okay. But still, I love Daleks. :)

4. "Would you want to travel with the Doctor? Why or why not?" -Anonymous
Um, is that even a question you should ask? YES! I'd do anything to travel to anywhere in time and space, because I love traveling and it would just be amazing! My only problem is that if I do travel with the Doctor and we run into his enemies, I'm afraid I might pass out due to hyperventilation and mouth-to-mouth will occur which can be a bit disturbing if the Doctor had to perform it on me.

5. "Current fave song?" -Lizzie Wolfe
I've been listening to the song Rude, by Magic, and I keep finding myself singing it during the most random times! However, I tend to listen to music that is about more than five years old. Something that kind of ticks me off is the fact that people say music is "old," like it has an expiration date, and I don't think that any music is old. With that said, I've also been listening to Secrets by OneRepublic on replay. It makes me nostalgic... ah, sorry, just reminiscing about things.

I put in pictures from the 2010 adaption of The Sorcerer's Apprentice because I always associate the song with the movie.
6. "What is your favorite book series?" -Jollygirl
The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu! In case you haven't heard about it, it's about a prodigy of the Republic, June Iparis, and Day, the Republic's most dangerous criminal, and they've exploit some of the Republic's dirty secrets, caught the attention of Republic and they find themselves in the middle of the war between the Colonies... I really love this series. I wish it was more well-known; it seems under hyped. If you haven't read it, read it, read it, read it! Please, this series is worth it (and if you're not into love triangles, there's some good news; there is a love triangle, but it's only short-lived and not as prominent as the triangles are in other young adult, YA, series'.) 

7. "What is your favorite stand alone book?" -Jollygirl

Gosh, this is hard... I'm so indecisive whenever I get asked this! It's a four-way tie between Shug, by Jenny Han, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. The first and last books I mentioned are YA, while the second and third are middle grade. All are contemporary.


It is so hard to choose books and which ones are my favorite... the recent book pile I checked out from the library.

8. "What is your favorite TV show???" -Jollygirl
To be honest, I don't actually really have time to sit in front of the television screen and watch, unless it's a Friday evening or Saturday morning, and even then I watch movies and the usual cartoons that pop up... but as a child, I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender. And I try to make time for Doctor Who and Worst Cooks In America, but about 90% of that time, I multitask.

9. "What grade are you in?" -Michaela
I can't specify, really. All around the world, there are different times for when people start high school, so let's just say that I'm in high school. One of those grades.


10. "Do you have a big family?" -Michaela
It depends on what you mean by big family. In my household, there are only five people: my parents, my younger brother, and my grandmother. With that, it isn't big. If you include extended family (meaning up to cousins), it's big. I have tons of cousins, aunts, and uncles, on both sides of my family. I haven't even met all of them! 


11. "When did you first start to blog and why?" -Michaela
When I was younger, I tried to blog; meaning that I would try to type on my laptop on a word processor, like Word and Pages. I didn't believe in writing in a diary, and if did try to do something like that, its entries would be inconsistent. So I started to blog in February 2013, for a couple of reasons. One, I knew it would help with my writing career. Two, I saw many other bloggers blog, and thought it was a lot of fun. The final reason was to find out who I am and to have my voice be heard. What I write on my blog, the color schemes and the design, it mirrors my personality. 





12. "What is one food you absolutely love and one food you absolutely hate?" -Michaela
This is an easy one! I savor pitas, and have a strong distaste for bitter melons!


















(images via: one and two.)



13. "Who is your favorite Disney princess?" -Michaela
My favorite Disney princess is Princess Anna from Disney's Frozen! She similar to me in so many ways; we're both optimistic and quirky. There's also this outtake song that Anna sings, called More Than Just The Spare, and some of the lyrics are, "I may lack style and I may lack grace / And once in a while I might fall on my face /" These lyrics describe me. I don't have fashion sense or elegance, and I tend to trip a lot. Just ask anyone in my family, and they will tell you that. In fact, that earlier picture of my book pile, I accidentally tripped on yesterday evening. And I love her spirit and determination. ^.^ And I love Rapunzel, except Rapunzel is my friend Beverly's favorite (they look alike), and no way am I going to rain on her parade. 


14. "Do you know what you would like to do for a career when you're older and if so, what career?" -Michaela
Most definitely, I would love to become an author (I'm being really lazy about it though. I keep having to remind myself to retype a chapter of a collab story that got deleted on my laptop somehow; sorry, Kate! Will try to finish ASAP during my time at camp)! But I know, from the advice that Linda Sue Park gave me last year when she came into our town, that I am going to have to find another job to work along besides being an author. People, my zodiac sign, a Libra, and my personality type, INFP, keep pushing me towards the law and medical fields because they seemed to be geared towards me, but those fields intimidate me tons. I also did a career project on being a multimedia artist and animator... I don't draw much, but my storyboard part of the job would be quite easy. It really depends, you know? Possibly I would want to get a job that can really get my creative juices flowing, you know? Not just being an author. Creativity is a big part of my personality (thus the reason for the fact I tend to make up tons of ideas and quick resolves), and I don't want my supporting job to take away that part of my personality. You know what I mean? 

 This is a drawing of a dream I had... there were tall tribal houses on stilts because the dream implied that the area was easily flooded, which, in this case, it was.
 I drew this during a free period of language arts, when we had free time to do as we please. I don't draw manga much, but it's a character sketch of my character, Addie Beaton.
A dragon sort of creature that flew in the skies.


15. "Do you watch "Sherlock"? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, OMG WATCH IT NOW IT IS AWESOME!!!" -Kate
No, I haven't seen Sherlock due to my busy schedule (even in summer)! I am trying to make time to watch a lot of books, shows, movies. I haven't even seen Mean Girls. (Now you can see how far behind I am.)

16. "Top three books?" -Kate
Man, these book questions and just choosing a couple are giving me a headache! My top three favorite books are Legend by Marie Lu, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, and Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.

17. "Favorite genre to read/write?" -Kate
My favorite genre to read is dystopia, while my favorite genre to write is a tie between fantasy and contemporary.


(image via)
Well, I hope you guys enjoyed those answers! In fact, I got a couple of questions to ask you guys: they're this or that questions, and they're quiet simple. Here:

City life or country life?
Coffee or tea?
Mainstream or exceptional?
Books or movies?
Cookies and Cream or Rocky Road?

And, as a bonus question, what is your Myers-Brigg personality type? That was the INFP thing I mentioned in the career question-- that's my personality type. To find out more about it and take the test, click here. My friend Maiya and I were talking about it, and it is surprisingly accurate! If you want to find out what an INFP personality is like, it's basically someone whose primary goal is to find out what they want to do in life and help change the world. I know it sounds a bit nerdy, but I seriously love these sorts of things (another example are zodiac signs)!

Also, keep sending in your entries for my contest! I've only received two so far! As for your specific questions, yes, Lizzie, it's all right that your entry went a bit over the word limit, and Kate, you can email it to me. I'm going to be gone for an engineering camp all week so if you all have any other questions, I won't get to them until very late in the evenings! 


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19 June 2014

Banana and Bear Photo Challenge, Entry Two

I have to go to soccer in a bit, but quickly: this is my second entry for the Photo Challenge over at Banana and Bear! This is all one outfit; I can't really take a picture of myself so I had to take a picture of the clothes. :) Hope this works!
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17 June 2014

Q+A and Writing Contest!

Since I have reached 50 followers (well, now, 52 and counting), as I said in various posts before, I will be holding a q+a post, as well as a writing contest! But first, thank you all so much for following and supporting this blog, "The Ups and Downs of My Not-So-Average Life!" (I've now just realized how much of a mouthful that is! Whoa!) It means the world to me that you lovely readers read what I have to say and leave comments!
So, for the q+a post, you lovely readers can ask me anything you want to hear about. You can ask who my favorite Doctor is to what the color of my ceiling is or even asking me to describe the shoes I'm wearing! Any question, as long as it isn't inappropriate or too personal for me to answer and share. I'll answer them to the best of my abilities in a post and probably dig out some photos from my camera or former blog posts to answer them. Just leave your questions in the comments section. ^.^
Now, for the writing contest! Well, it is a writing contest, but I did expand some things to a degree. This contest I actually have thought of a prompt for, and it is a prompt which was drawn from a fantasy novel that I've been working on for almost four years now. I did answer this prompt to some degree in my writing, but I want to read what you guys have to say about this, because this actually is an interesting question. I've also been in a bit of a fantasia craze, so here is how it is going to go!

How To Enter:
The prompt is, "Why do not mythical creatures exist anymore?" "Anymore", in the context, means in modern times.

You can answer the question either in a short story, poem, drawing, or  comic. As I mentioned earlier, I did expand some things, the reason why you can enter in a comic or drawing.
Once you have finished with your entry, post it on your blog and comment back here with a link to your entry. But, since I do have some friends who I know would love to enter but do not have a blog, I have set up a Google form which you will submit your entry here. Please only submit there if you do not have a blog; this will keep things much more organized for me to read and judge entries.

Other Terms:
No nasty words or pictures (bloody scenes, etc.). Keep it a PG level, please!
If you do enter in a short story, there is a word limit of 1200 words long.  As long as you are under or at that limit, you will be alright. You can also include a picture that can help with the mood of the story (if it is not yours, please correctly cite it; i.e. image via Pinterest).
For the comic and drawing entries, it clearly has to depict the prompt. Otherwise, it is invalid.
The Prize:
So this is what you have all been waiting for, huh? The prize! Well, if you haven't noticed, my left sidebar is pretty much bare, with no blog buttons whatsoever. The winner of this contest will either have a choice to have themselves in an interview that will be posted on this blog, OR have their blog button on my sidebar until my new design is up in August. Plus, the winner and the three runner-ups will each receive a button award and will have their entries shown in the post when the winner is revealed!
Everyone else that entered, however, will have their blog button/link (or, if you're a non-blogger entering, I will create a badge for you!) featured on my sidebar for three weeks after the contest is done. :)
The Deadline:
This contest will be running from June 17th to 11:59 PM, July 3rd, and I will extend the deadline only by a couple of hours because of different time zones.
If you have any questions, then just also ask them in the comments section and I will answer ASAP!
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16 June 2014

Warm Hugs Tag!



I was tagged by the lovely Tane to do the Warm Hugs Tag. Thank you so much, Tane, for tagging me!

Rules:
❅ Follow the blog(s) that tagged you (optional)
❅ Post two or more pics that include your fave characters, books, movies or lyrics from songs (they can also be your own edits and pictures
❅ Tag five or more bloggers and tell them
❅ Answer the ten questions the blogger that nominated you has written, related to books, characters, etc.
❅ Create your own questions having to do with the same thing

The pictures:


Luckily, most of these characters are in some of my all-time favorite books and movies!
Clockwise from the top right: Lucy Pevensie, Aslan, Toothless,and August Pullman.

 

I also love Avatar: The Last Airbender! I love the story line. I also love the fact that though it is a bit dark, the characters' complexities and their humor keep it lighthearted.

Questions:
1. Favorite Disney princess?
Um... wow, this is a hard one to start off with! It's a three-way tie between Anna, Rapunzel, and Merida, I suppose. Parts of their personalities I can resonate to.
2. Favorite fictional characters?
Annemarie Wilcox, August Pullman, Aang, Hiccup, Zuko, June Iparis, Tris, Hermione Granger, just to name a few.
3. What is your favorite Disney movie?
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I'd always been the one to choose it whenever my brother and I watched DVDs at home, and I think it drove him mad!
4. Favorite singer/band?
Sara Bareilles, all the way!
5. Fact about yourself?
I have a really bad habit of tripping a lot, and most of the time, it's not when I'm wearing formal clothing (i.e. skirts and heels). Most of the time, it's when I least expect it.
6. If you had to marry a fictional character and spend the rest of your life with them, who would you choose? (gave this one cos it's hard)
Toughie.... um.... I don't know. It's undecided.
7. If you had to live in a book for the rest of your life, which book would it be?
Another tough one! I think I would have to go and live in Narnia, or Hogwarts.
8. What is your favorite song(s)? (OK, that one isn't recycled, just one I wanted to ask)
King of Anything, Some Nights, Where No One Goes, On a Lam, and Forbidden Friendship.
9. Favorite book character?
Lucy Pevensie!
10. What is your favorite message in a Disney movie and why?
I think this has been shown as the lesson in a couple of Disney movies, but it's more obviously shown in Frozen: true love just doesn't mean the usual clichéd "a kiss from the prince"; it could also mean a sign of love from a sibling or a friend.
Bonus question for Divergent fans:
Who would you like to live instead of die most out of the characters Veronica Roth killed in Divergent? (I gave you an evil question, like Madeline did me...)
Augustus Waters! Hehe. That came out of nowhere, honestly.  But in my gut, for some odd reason, I want Tris's mother to still be alive. I don't know why. Weird, huh?

My questions:
1) What food from any fictional novel/movie would you eat?
2) Who's your favorite Disney villain?
3) What movie or book would you want to have a/another sequel too?
4) Who's your favorite Disney princess from before the 21st century (you know, like Snow White, Belle, etc.)?
5) What is your least favorite book, and why?
6) Which one true pairing (OTP) would you want to have as your parents?
7) What fictional vehicle would you want to drive?
8) The Lord of the Rings, or the Chronicles of Narnia?
9) A song that describes your life right now?
10) Which do you like better: old Disney movies or new Disney movies? Why?

I tag:
And whoever says "For Narnia and for Aslan!"

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On a completely unrelated note, I now have reached fifty followers! Hurrah! Post about writing contest and the q+a should be up late tonight! Also, I may be gone-- like, noticeably absent gone, due to the fact that the internet at my house is kind of crazy! So if I end up posting at weird times, then that's because of that.

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13 June 2014

Fan Art

For the past several days, I have been browsing through lots of fan art on Tumblr. That got me thinking, "Maybe I should try to create some fan art of my own, too!" These are just rough sketches of what I drew on a PDF app I had, so I used only basic colors and had to take lots of screenshots (Blogger doesn't show PFDs as images) ! I have to admit, I'm not the world's best drawer, especially on a tablet, but I tried, at least! Answers under my signature!


(the quote comes from a chibi short the creators of this character did)



Even my brother got into the action of drawing a character! It's Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender!

My entry for Banana and Bear's Photography Challenge! It's a snow cone!
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Answers (from top to bottom): Toothless,
Olaf, Merida, Zuko, and one of the minions
(bonus points if you knew it was Dave!)