The Nightmare Before April 20th

Sing along with this:

What’s this? What’s this?
There’s colors in the air
What’s this?
There’s white lines everywhere
What’s this?
I can’t believe my eyes
I must be tripping
Wake up, jack, this isn’t fair
What’s this?

What’s this? What’s this?
There’s something very wrong
What’s this?
There are people smoking bongs

What’s this?
The streets are lined with
Little creatures laughing
Everybody seems so happy
Have I possibly gone daffy?
What is this?
What’s this?

There are women popping little pills
and freely giving head
the boys are taking LSD
Oh yes that’s what I said

crack makes up every window
Oh, I can’t believe my eyes
And in my bones I feel that I
am absolutely fried

Oh, look
What’s this?
They’re snorting lines of blow, they twitch
they slobber and they tweek, inspired
Their enjoyment is in a category
of which I’m starting to desire
What’s this?
What’s this?

In here they’ve got a little tree, how queer
The leaves have seven points I see
And why?

They’re dumping LSD in streams
They’ve got gumballs of extasy
And there’s a smile on everyone
So, now, correct me if I’m wrong
This looks like fun
This looks like fun
Oh, could it be I got my wish?
What’s this?

Oh my, what now?
The children are asleep
But look, little needles in their feet
The tools, I wonder if I could learn to use them
Or infuse them, to feed my high
and finally catch that dragon.
What’s this?

My Braincells are all missing
And my thoughts are real profound
And in their place there seems to be
Good feeling all around

Instead of through my eyes
I can hear colors in the air
The smell marijuana pies
Is absolutely everywhere

The sights, the sounds
They’re everywhere and all around
I’ve never felt so good before
This empty place inside of me is filling up
I simply cannot get enough

I want it, oh, I want it
Oh, I want it for my own
please give me more
I’ve got to know
What is this place that I have found?
What is this?
Drug Town, hmm…

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Inspired By “What’s This?” from the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

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Fixing the Education of America

Picture from publicagenda.org

Picture from publicagenda.org

I am not a Teacher. I am not a PHD in anything. I am not a professor and I am certainly not Valedictorian. I am, however, a student of my past. I think a lot about what I have done in order to fully understand the reasons I did them. My past experience with education systems has lead me to an amazing truth that must be told to the world.

We are teaching our kids the wrong way.

You have heard it all before. You have heard how the school systems are shutting down health classes to give kids more time in the classes that only work their brains. You have heard how the schools have been have a hard time with their funding because the kids can’t pass the tests. There is a reason all of this is happening. There is a reason that kids have a bad attitude in public school. There is a reason why the majority doesn’t pass the tests and why we are now offering High School Equivalencies instead of Diplomas. The answer lies within the kids attitudes.

I remember back in my days of middle school. I would go through school just like the rest of the kids. Answering questions, talking in groups, making the most of my time their. The problem came when math class rolled around. Do not get the assumption that I am going to tell you that I was horrible at math until a teacher showed me a teaching method that turned my life around. No, I was very good at math. Not that you could tell though, my grades always began to plummet after the middle of the semester. I would stop bringing my homework in get zeros and have to make up the grades later. My teacher was always baffled by this. Why? because no matter how low my daily grades got, my test scores were always immaculate.

This always happened in all of my classes all throughout high school. My daily grades would suffer and yet all my tests had good scores. In fact I made it to pre-calculus until I opened up the chapter on “imaginary numbers” and said “That’s enough for me!” After that, I only ever did enough to pass.

Why did I do things that way? Was I not absorbing the information? If that were true wouldn’t my test scores have been low? I pondered this for a long time after graduation. I finally figured out what it was. It was staring me right in the face the entire time. The answer: I was Bored!

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image from backstoryradio.org

That’s right, I was bored! I was bored because we would spend an hour and a half on a single topic (I know, my school system has wierd schedules), and then the teacher would say “Well that’s enough of that topic for today! Your homework today is the 50 problems on page Twenty!” I would, of course, not do the work because life got in the way. You know, video games, chores, TV, going outside, hanging with friends. That was the kind of life that got in the way. I would say to myself “We went over it in class. I know how the thing works. I don’t need to do 50 problems more. It’s boring and won’t help me understand it more than I already do!” The next morning, I would march into class with no homework and get a zero for the day. I would also have to face the embarrassment of not handing in my homework in front of my fellow students.

I think this boredom problem affects all students and we are approaching the method of teaching wrong. There should be no reason that a kid should be sent home to do a huge number of problems from a text book. THAT IS WHAT SCHOOL IS FOR! The learning needs to be done in a classroom and it needs to be done differently to save time. Maybe that way we can pass the tests and cram some physical education in there too!

What is the solution? I do not have all the answers, but I can put us a step in the right direction. Imagine a class full of kids. The teacher is standing at the front of the class and the lesson is on the board. Today’s lesson: Multiplication. The teacher should spend the first few minutes of the class explaining what it is and how to do it and even giving some helpful tips (like holding up your fingers when multiplying by nines). After s/he is done with the lesson, The students should be asked to create and solve at least ten of their own problems. Then the students will be asked one by one to come up to the board to make an example question and answer it in front of the class. During this time the teacher can check his work on the paper handed in. An assesment will be made if the student understands the subject. If he doesn’t the teacher will help him. If he does, he will help any student’s after him who don’t understand along with the teacher. By the end, everyone should know the subject so well that they can answer any problems that come at them no problem and now we can move on to the next lesson.

This method of teaching will also help develop social skills. Kids will be braver about talking in front of a crowd. They will learn to work together to understand the problems and no one will be left in the back of the class because everyone will have their time at the front. They will also have more time at home for whatever they need because no homework should be neccesary.

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image from anarkismo.net

The only other solution I have is to stop wasting time teaching our kids things that they don’t really need to learn. I spent an entire semester with the rest of my school learning the 50 states and their respective capitol’s by heart. I still know most of the Wakko’s America song by heart. I have never used that information since middle school except to prove that I knew the material to my friends. Kids need to know useful things. They need to know how to survive in the world and solve real world problems. The 50 states don’t come in handy when your tire goes flat on your car. I don’t need to know all of the presidents, just the ones that are important, maybe then I can have room for information on eating right for my health. I don’t need to know that Steinbeck was making a reference to the bible when he wrote the last scene of “Of Mice and Men”. I could, however, use the information of how to fill out those long forms at the hospital! Give our kids information they are going to use.

Even if you give kids information that is useless, try to give it in a more tempting way. I was fed the word “pi” in just about every math class I can remember. I always new it was never ending and I always new its relationship to circles, but did you know “the why of pi”? Pi is a never ending number because the only way we have been able to get it is through measurment. If you give a man a ruler and a string and a circle and tell him to find the exact number of pi and then compare his answer to the man sitting next to him, they will not have the exact same answer. Why? because measuring is not an exact science. You can’t see molecules with your naked eye, and string can stretch and the width of the line on the ruler comes into play as well. The only way we have been able to get pi to the (i don’t remember what it is now, billionth?) decimal point is because we use things like electron microscopes. If you want to get an exact number for pi and make all of our circular objects perfectly round from now on, you need to calculate it. Do not measure, calculate. You need to make an equasion. Did you also know that if you are successful in making that equasion, there are several universities that are ready to drop $1 Million dollars in your lap? How is that for incentive?

After learning all this I spent a month straight with a notebook and calculator in my hand trying desprately to come up with the answer. If I had known abou this in school I would have become an expert in geometry. I would have been obsessed with my school work. Alas, they did not tell me any of this, so here I sit. I am not rich and every circle in the world is flawed.

These are the things that need to change. If the education system is not working, then it needs to be fixed. Kids are smarter these days then they used to be. The education system needs to evolve with them or, God forbid, it will become extinct.

America, I Want You!… Back.

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Uncle_Sam_by_br00klynzzfinest

What happened to the spirit of America and good old-fashioned propaganda?

As just about any other growing child, I spent most of my childhood learning about the world I lived in. I learned about the history of my home in Alaska, the Iditarod, the gold rush, the pipeline, the Exxon oil spill. Most importantly though I learned about history in the United states. I learned about the unity this great country had back in the day. I learned that when there was a problem, all of the people in our great nation would get together and fix it. Germany is taking over the world you say? Nazis are BAD, spread the word! Japan Bombed our beautiful Hawaii? Scientists, we need some bigger bombs! The war effort needs soldiers? Men, We need volunteers! The War effort needs steel? Corporations, use something else for now please! The US Needs Jobs? Businesses, Expand!

Just about every problem that the US has faced in the past has been done so by banding the people in the country together with notions of teamwork and unity. I remember hearing tales of American propaganda and thinking “Wow! It was un-American to not like Babe Ruth!” In fact, it was un-American not to like anything American What?! You don’t like Baseball? COMMUNIST!!!

These days you don’t see that commitment to the country. These days we are too afraid of the word “God” to say the damn pledge of allegiance These days we are too worried about the president’s personal life that we forget that he was put in to office BY US to run this country. We also forget that it is a big job and we have to help him. If the president doesn’t hear our voice he cant pick what is in our best interest. These days we are too busy complaining about the people in our political office and the choices they make to realize that WE PUT THEM THERE! These days people have forgotten that America was established as a sanctuary for people who felt oppressed by their old country and wanted to live free to state their minds, worship the god they want, defend themselves if necessary, choose who would make the big decisions, and to be treated fairly regardless of what they looked like or how much money they had. These days people are actually more worried about the color of the people and not the color of their ideas.

Needless to say, I want this to change and I think that it is un-American not to want it. I want to see good old-fashioned American propaganda posted on the walls at random. I want to hear that if you don’t like American football than you are not a true American I want to hear kids shout out to the news that they want to grow up to be the president! I want to see Basketball players who tell the cameras “America, that half-court shot was for you!” I want it to be un-American to be fat (even though I am overweight myself) I want it to be patriotic to be healthy. I want it to be patriotic to help others and I want it to be patriotic to hold a job. I want to see the red white and blue blooded Americans again.

I want the rest of the world to see that We are not just a country of overspending capitalists. I want them to see that we are a team. I want them to realize that if they mess with one part of us, they mess with all of us.

Tribute_in_Lights_by_galactica1actual

Tribute_in_Lights_by_galactica1actual

Does anyone doubt that we need this? Really? I can prove it to you that we need it more than ever. It has been over 9 years since the World Trade Center Towers Fell. When that happened we started strong and then fell short. I remember when there were talks about what we were going to with Ground zero. I remember when someone came on the news and said “Don’t worry America The Terrorist want to cause terror and we are not going to let that happen. We are going throw this back in their faces. We are going build something on ground zero that will make those terrorists have to refund every virgin they think they are getting. We are going to make them doubt their beliefs with our new New York skyline!” I remember seeing lots of professional designs for new buildings that would replace the Towers. Every one of them was designed by a patriot who put his heart and soul and grief in to making a testament to the people who lost their lives in that building. What happened to all those designs? I remember a plan to put two giant spotlights on the sights of the towers for placeholders so that two towers of light would pierce the nighttime New York City Skyline. Are those lights even there? I remember the coolest building design that they had was one that combined the two towers in to one and it rose to 1776 feet in the air. I thought “Awesome. A building who’s height represents the year we became a country. That will show those damn Terrorists!” Where did that building go? Then I heard of a museum that would not only feature artifacts from the Towers, but it would also be made partially from the remains at ground zero. I thought “Okay, that would be kind of cool. A Tribute to the people who died and a building on the site. That would work even though it’s not as grand as I was hoping.” Then I heard about that Church that they wanted to put in and I was embarrassed Really? You want to put a church there that houses the same religion as the people who cleared the space to begin with? That is like a bully punching you in the arm for you hand over your lunch so you have your mom put better food in there in case he doesn’t prefer tuna. The last idea I heard was a total “just put something there” move. Two community pools! That’s it! That’s all! Those who lost their lives deserve better.

If funding is the issue than we should be EASILY able to over come that! How? With good old-fashioned patriotism! Send a message out to everybody “Donate to the cause! And tell a friend to donate too!” Have companies put an extra blurb in their commercials or theme them to the cause! Put an option in my car insurance to donate a dollar a month to the new World Trade Center Project! Put those coin tins at the end of grocery store checkout counters! Take a Million out of that $380 Million Dollar Lottery and send it to the cause. We won’t miss it. Make Porn cause an extra cent a minute! I don’t care what we do! Let’s just do it. That Gaping hole in New York is making the terrorists more confident that what they do is effective.

Lets stop worrying about our privacy being violated by airport security that we asked for and start worrying about the state of our country’s unity. Stand up for your country! Love the place you live in! Love what it stands for and for your country’s sake, SHOW IT!!!

What does it feel like to smoke weed? – UPDATED x2!

Marijuana_by_SublimeBudd

Marijuana_by_SublimeBudd

Recently I was on Yahoo Answers and I came across this question. The answer I gave was an extremely fun trip down into my memories. I thought I should share it with you all.


Smoking weed is the BEST drug out there for the fact that it does the least harm to you and you can’t really overdose on it.

The first thing you feel is the burn in your lungs as you inhale the smoke. Now bare with me here, because I have smoked way too many times and I paid Very close attention to what it was doing to me. It made the high feel a lot more trippy and fun.

If you pay close attention you can feel the THC in your blood veins traveling around and making you tingle all over your body. I imagined that it was like millions of spiky crystals bouncing off the walls of my blood veins and triggering my nerves. Eventually that feeling fades into numbness due to the fact that your brain is getting too many signals too fast.

At that point your world starts to shrink. Everything outside of the building you are sitting in drops away from your thoughts. Your world now consists of the house you are sitting in. As you ponder this It is only you and the house. Time has dropped away from your thoughts at this point and you are no longer concerned with schedules (this is why it’s so relaxing to take it). I suspect at that point you are among friends in a smoking circle so you realize that there are others in the room and they are talking. You spend the next while trying to keep up with the conversation which you are doing very well in your head because it is pretty much the only thing on your mind at this point. By now, the rest of the house drops away and its just you, your friends and the room you are sitting in.

If you were alone your head would go into kind of an autopilot, You would find a task to occupy your time and you would probably lose yourself in it. You would be surprised how much you can get done when you are high if your brain focuses on the right task. I think that is why people like to get high at dead end jobs. one of the side effects is that it makes you not care whether what you are doing is boring or not, you just know that you need to do it and that’s OK.

Now let’s go through a list of the senses

Sight:
You know how, when you look left and then right with your eyes, you sight just instantly shifts to it’s next destination without focusing on anything in the middle? Well When you are high Your brain tends to notice the full motion of that movement. You may not notice it, but that is what makes you kinda dizzy feeling.

Smell:
Forget this sense unless it is a strong smell. Most of what you will be smelling is the weed you just inhaled. That’s what gives you paranoia about getting caught high. You smell weed everywhere even if no one else can. If you do smell something it will definitely catch your attention though, because now your brain will focus on anything in an instant.

Taste:
Oh Wow! Taste takes on a whole new meaning when your are high. It moves right in with touch. When somebody mentions food it seems to be all your brain can think about. Since your whole body feels numb, your stomach has pretty much lost the feeling of being full, so now your brain is telling you “I need to eat”. The Greatest foods to eat when you are high are anything Crunchy and sweet! Smores are to DIE for. Oreo’s, and popcorn and cereal and chips and crackers and ice-cream. Oh MY!!!! Be forewarned! When you do finally feel full it will not be a pleasant feeling.

Touch:
Not much going on here unless you couple it with taste. You feel the full weight of your body and how your muscles have to work to keep you from being a big pile of mush. So what do you do? You do your best to act like a big pile of mush. It is a very good muscle relaxer.

Hear:
Not much to Say hear either. You don’t pay very much attention to what you are hearing when you are high. However when you do start listening you will wish that you could be in complete silence for once in your life.

In Closing, weed is a very fun drug to try out, but it does come with consequences. You can’t think as clearly when you are on weed and the detox period is not very fun either if you have been regularly smoking. The DTs seem to take the form of depression and anger. You just have to bare with it and let the clouds part by themselves. I noticed that after smoking a lot, I have developed a studder that I didn’t have before and my memory isn’t what it used to be. Keep in mind though I used to drink a lot as well. I don’t any more. And I only recommend mixing smoking and drinking as a one-time-thing. It is a little more dangerous.

I hope you liked this. It is the most I have ever typed in Yahoo answers.

—UPDATE—

Here is a video from ASAP Science on Youtube that explains the science of Weed.

—UPDATE 2—

Hey, if you like this article you might like this one as well!

http://brainfroze.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/the-nightmare-before-april-20th/