Thursday, May 19, 2016

The End

Welp, this's it, huh? School's almost over. High school's almost over... Eh, things could've been worse. Still alive. We're all still mentally strong despite the bombardment of trials to our self esteem.  was fun but leaving's not gonna break my heart. I'll miss the friends I've made. I'll miss the memories. There's no reason to be too upset, though. Life's just around the corner. I hope you all agree that things are only gonna get better. These last 9 weeks have been pretty stressful for the usual basic reasons, relationships, relatives, regrets, responsibilities.. Basic stuff. I've written a lot of stuff on this website. I'm not proud of any of it besides, like, 3 posts. (Especially that school one. Mmpphff, good stuff) I'll probably delete the ones I don't like after school's over. It freaks me out as I write this. What's gonna happen? Where will I go?! What will I do?! Do I have only 4 more years left of true happiness?! Maybe.. Maybe not. Who knows? Not me. All I know for certain is that I've gotta make it count. I've gotta make it work. Because, just like all of you, I've only got one more shot. And I'll be damned before I throw it away.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Coolest Thing Ever

The world is full of cool ideas. the moon landing, flying cars, nuclear fusion, Brookstone, but none compare to what I've found today. Single handedly the greatest idea that has ever been etched by mortal man. The very fabric of human history itself, rocked by mere conception brought to fruition by recognition. Infinitely large and incredibly close in stature through unparalleled magnitude of conception. Godlike could bring infinitesimal conception to the purifying ember of this royal fire burning brightly only by the fuel of human ambition. Piling ashes of fiery hearts on the pyres of chilled fingers crackling towards the cherished flames of determination, tearing down worn doldrums and toxic chain dances to ignite the calculated chaos that whirlwinds within withering pantheons of imagination. This idea, climbing the spiriling catacombs of monotony into the collective uniconcioud of our souls can only be described as legendary..

This is.. Quite simply.. The greatest thing since sliced bread.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Regarding Lowering the Drinking Age

It's defiantly a conundrum. Why am I old enough to get drafted but not old enough to drink? I, personally, have never tried alcohol and I'm not planning to anytime soon. But many my age, (18), can name off more than a few that regularly drink well under the legal age. This, of course, leads to innumerable health compilations. However, what does prolonging the inevitable brain damage from 18 to 21, (assuming we actually abide by the law) actually do? It most certinly deters some people from underage consumption. But it also makes alcohol significantly more alluring for the rebellious teenager. One classmate suggests to lower the drinking age to 18, but then pass a low tolerance act. This would mean that one transgression breaking the law (DUI, Public Intoxication, etc.) would lead to immediate revocing of any and all alcoholic privlages until the offender is at least 21 years old. I think this could, in theory, be an ample solution. The amount of drunken accidents corrolates in parallel to the legal drinking age. (The most instances of drunken violence or accidents happen predominantly in individuals 21-24, the early years of drinking) So this idea of a "No tolerance policy" could work on a practical level. In any case, Alcohol abuse can't ever be full stopped without a neo-prohibition act. But since the notion is far fetched at best, a strict crackdown on our drinking policy might be the best solution.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Violence in Video Games

Video games are violent. Literally undeniable. Here's some evidence..

But here's the rub: Does violence in video games make you violent? I asked 14 classmates what they thought. Here were the responses.

  5 said "Yes"
  9 said "No"
  1 said "Unsure"

    As a relitivly stable minded individual who's spent a good portion of his life playing video games I can safely say that I am a highly non-violent person. To me there's a disassociation with reality and fiction that most functioning people posses.

However, does this mean that video games do not cause violence?

Ehh, no.. Video games do have some correlation with school shootings, planned murders, etc. So what's the deal?! Why would a fictitious virtual simulation make you, the player, violent? Well, if you're normal, it shouldn't. Video games many times act as wish fulfillment, breaking the barrier between reality and fiction to give the player unrealistic power or control. Those with extremely  low self worth might gravitate towards this enticing prospect but for most the idea of replicating actions performed in a game seems silly. Even with many modern emersive  games such as "Skyrim" and "Dark Souls" graphically drawing a thin line between reality and fiction for all except the desperate 1% who have their brains all whacked up. Maybe violent video games can make anyone a killer with constant exposure but I say that video games would be the trigger, not the source.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Suits and ties.

    For the first time in a long time I'm going to go with the grain on something. While I find myself to be culturally sensitive I very rarely censor anything I feel or say unless it's highly inappropriate. For instance I'm not going to make a knock knock joke at a funeral. However, just a few minutes ago, I realized something. There is a line. A very fine, maluable line, that cannot be crossed with authoritative figures. Recently, I said that my teacher looked like "an ice cream cone." I think he did, but that's not the point. He seemed upset. Like I insulted his kid or something. I don't think the cultural singnificance of  his hairstyle was the issue. Nor do I think he was even self concious about his appearance. When I called him an ice cream cone I undoubtedly deminished his status in the eyes of the class. He talked to me outside. He brought up a point I never thought of before. He implied that he, on the merit of being a teacher, must be beyond reproach to his student. I really never thought about it before. We should respect teachers BECAUSE they're teachers. Not because if they're good or bad or work in prison or what. The deal is that because they worked and grinded to achieve the credentials to teach a room full of students that it is their (our) role to respect them. Now, I'm not a firm believer in censorship or, even more importantly, entitlement to merits congenitally. Respect must be earned. But, like it or not, teachers, doctors, lawyers, all that crap. They've all worked to achieve a higher eschelon of respect in society by those who work under them. There's a big difference between a Wal-Mart worker and a scientist. I've learned there must be a reservation when speaking to those of higher status. I never thought of it, but when I did just 30 minutes ago, hit me like a RPG. Maybe because I've always been used to teachers being pushovers or slaves to their classes that I've always talked to them colloquially. I've learned that needs to stop. It makes me look like a tone-deaf idiot. I might be a lot of things, but I'm no idiot. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Should Drugs Be Legal?

Matthew Loucas

Should drugs be legal?

In order to answer that question we need to dive into the semantics of what is actually being asked.

Should all drugs (recreational and illegal) be legalized?  My answer is "yes."

Alright let's calm down. I'm aware of the detrimental effects of many "hard drugs" on the human body. Even some of the tamest drugs can melt the flesh off your bone. Horrible horrible stuff.

But, honestly, what is bad about "hard drugs"?

Well, they kill people. But so does every other drug.

"Well they kill people way more painfully in some cases."
This isn't a basis to make something inaccessible considering the precidence of other legal drugs such as cigarettes having undeniable correlation with lung cancer.

So, why are drugs illegal? Because they're bad for you! Seriously. The prohibition act was because alcohol was seen (correctly) as a threat to friends and family. But even so, the enormous backlash that Americans put up along with the formation of the mafia and underground drug rings lead to the intense whiplash of the re-legalization of alcohol.

The primary difference between alcohol and upper echelon splinter cell drugs is that an ice cold beer is a staple of American tradition. However, weed and crack simply don't stack up in the practicality department. It's not sold in normal stores and it's certainly hard to find.

The only way to propagate the use of upper class (threat) drugs is to properly mainstream them through government regulation.

The next time someone asks "why are drugs illegal?" The answer is simply "Because they are" Now this sounds good on paper but honestly, as an American, I should be able to make the choice to kill myself and others around me.

It's just the American way, ya feel?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Survey

Matthew Loucas

Alright, it's March 9th. Trump is running for president, North Korea is threatening to start a nuclear war, climate change looms closer with no definite end, blah, blah blah. We, as highschoolers, are going to inherit the mantle of responsibility for the protection of our blue planet. I'd like to say I'm feeling optimistic. How about you? We're the largest group of dreamers humanity has ever seen. Accepting and loving almost to a fault. But while I am a natural optimist, some might be skeptical about how dire our circumstances really are.

I took a survey of my 3rd period English class. The question was: "Is the world going to end in the next  100 years."

Very vague. I just wanted to get a basic idea on the outlook of our future according to our peers.

Here were the results:

Out of 14 people… 4 believe the world would end, 9 think we're safe for another hundred years, and 1 is unsure.

Things are seeming to be looking up. But just to be sure I'd like to see aha science has to say before I give my final verdict.

An invention founded by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists ( might have the answers to the bleak prospect of Armageddon. The Doomsday Clock is a symbol representing the  likelihood of the end of the word. The closer it is to midnight the greater the chance of extinction. The clock is currently 3 minutes from midnight. It's the closest to midnight since 1984, the apex of the cold war.

Yikes. This is in factor to the current direction of climate change and our ever increasing nuclear arsenal. Topped off with groups of radical terrorists it's clear to see why scientists are biting their nails.

That's it. A word of warning. We have a chance to change the world. But as things look bleaker and bleaker only ignorance can be our downfall.

Thanks for reading.