Friday, May 26, 2006


What can you do in Six months?

You can put on a state-quality one act play and a full length feature drama.
You can go to over a semester of school.
You can get a licience, and a car.
You can go to texas.
You can have three choir concerts.
You can celebrate several holidays.
You can go to about a dozen soccer games.
You can get confirmed.
You can go to state in knowledge bowl.
You can compete in solo ensamble contest.
You can perform "Viva L'Amour" for a township meeting.

I, of course, had one relationship.

Monday, May 22, 2006


Goodbye My Friends

Graduation approaches. So many are going off to college. Corey, Conner, Ann, Laura, Kelby, Cheryl, Jaselyn. And off into the wild blue yonder: Jason "MALESTORM". yes, all of the letters in MALESTORM must be captial. I want a picture of that on his jet (and if he doesnt get a jet im gunna be mad).
The Crucible is over. We got some very meaningful compliments, always good to hear. I was told the i was hard to recognize, which is a compliment to Ann and Little (of MR. Seans salon) Good times, good times. We're going to need a new make-up goddess when Ann leaves.
I like acting, its on to Romeo and Juliet, a standard in theater.

Friday, May 19, 2006


The Crucible

Tomorrow is our first two showings of the play. The Crucible. I think it should be pretty good, but maybe not as good as it could be. Everyone has been pretty stressed lately, even myself. The Crucible. This stress lead to me screaming at Corey to "Shut the fuck up." I don't even talk loudly very often, and there were several people who were surprised it was me. The Crucible. Matt heard me through a door, and Mr S. asked about who it was (I had taken a walk to calm down, so he never found out). The Crucible.

I've got stress from more than just the play, I don't have any clue what to do. For as much knowledge I have, you would expect me to know a little bit more of dayly life.

I got the Emial Aiagn. Taht one wtih the meixd-up letrtes. It is ptetry inetinernstg, tghouh. The Curcilbe.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Pluto isn't a planet

For anyone who cares, this is the speech I gave today.

My very educated mother just sent us nine pizzas. How many of you learned a mnemonic like this to remember the planets? Along with most of you, I was taught about the planets early on in school. The ninth, I was taught, is Pluto. But there is a lot of information showing that Pluto is not a planet.
First of all, Pluto is by far the smallest thing we call a planet. The next smallest is Mercury, and it is twice the diameter of Pluto. In comparison Pluto’s diameter is less than a fifth of Earth’s. In fact Pluto is smaller than seven of the moons in our solar system, including ours. To drive around Pluto’s equator would be like driving from Chicago to LA and back.
Pluto’s size isn’t the only thing that makes it different than the planets. Most planets’ orbits lie on an imaginary plane that the Earth’s orbit is in, but Pluto’s orbit is seventeen degrees off of this plane. This tilt is more like some comets than like the planets. Besides the tilt, Pluto’s orbit passes over Neptune’s. No planet’s orbit carries it over another, but there are several other things, like asteroids and comets, that do.
Pluto is only part of a mini-system. Pluto is usually considered the center of this system, with moons orbiting, but that’s not exactly the case. The second largest member of this system is Charon. Charon is over half the size of Pluto, a situation that doesn’t arise in any planet’s situation. Because of this, Pluto and Charon orbit a point partway between them. Every planet directly orbits the sun. Every moon constantly faces the planet it orbits while the planet turns beneath it. Unlike any of the planets, Pluto and Charon face each other constantly.
One thing that makes a planet a planet is being almost alone in its area. Earth is alone except for the moon, and a very small number of asteroids. Pluto is not alone in its orbit. There are dozens of objects in the Kuiper Belt, which is a group of objects similar to the asteroid belt, but farther from the sun. Some of these objects are nearly the size of Pluto.
The first asteroid discovered was, naturally, the largest. It was originally dubbed a planet, but when more asteroids were discovered, all of them were grouped together. In much the same way, Pluto is probably the largest Kuiper Belt object, and was discovered first, named a planet, and should now be demoted.
Part of the reason Pluto is called a planet is that the people who found it were looking for a planet. They mistakenly thought there was a large planet further out than Neptune, and set out to find it. When they saw Pluto they thought it must be a planet. Because of the low technology of the time, it was originally thought that Pluto and Charon were one larger planet. However, when the error was discovered, Pluto remained a planet.
There are things beyond and around Pluto that test its planet hood. Quaoar is one of these things. It is rather close to the size of Pluto, and is located in a similar location, and actually follows a more planet-like orbit. Farther out there are even more things to be discovered. Sedna is a recent discovery, nearly the size of Pluto and 2003 UB313, is even bigger than Pluto. These are unlikely to gain status as planets, though.
Pluto is only a planet because those who found it were looking for a planet, and people tend to see what they want to see. Because of its unremarkable size and strange orbit, Pluto is unlike any planet, but it is the fact that it is just one of several large objects that proves it is not a planet.

and the sources, of course

Do you feel persuaded?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


As time slips away...

The choir concert is coming up fast, it's already this friday. The choir is OK, with some pretty fun songs. Men's ensamble is ready to kick some butt with "Blue Moon". Of course, we were ready to kick butt with "Vive L'amour" but ended up choking. Such a shame, because it was a fun song.
I've got a speech tomorrow, and I think I'more prepared for this than my others, despite doing it all in about 3 days. Pluto isn't a planet. There's a lot of information out there to support me. My persuasive speech might actually persuade people, which is actually pretty rare. At least I'm exited to give this speech, instead of dreading it.

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