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May 19, 2011

100 Theme Challenge

I read about this in deviantArt. Basically you get a list with 100 themes and you have to make of them what you will. Since I like writing, I decided I will make a novel based on these themes (or prompts). The only problem is I have no idea what it should be about. Most of these are quite random (whoever thought of putting mother after war?) but since they're mostly one or two words, I have to think up something. It's proving hard since so far, I've done 2 and they are both 1-2 paragraphs long. Short paragraphs. I guess that's what happens when the first theme is simply "introduction". Ideas?

May 15, 2011

Russian vs. German

So yesterday my uncle came from New Jersey. He brought along his girlfriend who is Russian but she moved to New Jersey when she was 10. Now, I face a dillema. Learn German or Russian?
I want to learn German very much because I think it's interesting (the way it sounds and all that) and I like the German version of Tokio Hotel's songs, so I'd like to understand them better. Also, my dad wants to learn German as well and we both want to go to Germany someday. I can also practice German with my best friend's cousin who speaks the language. However, I'd like to learn Russian because Nadya (my uncle's girlfriend) and I decided we'd learn each other's language. See, I speak Spanish and English and she speaks Russian and English. She will learn Spanish and I will learn Russian. Then we will practice with each other.
The only problem hear is I can't learn German and Russian at the same time because I might get confused or it will be too hard. I don't know which language to learn first since I'm interested in both (and many others) so I am looking for people's opinion.
What do you think I should do?

May 6, 2011

Rubik's Cube (and how it relates to everyday problems)

Sometimes, when I think I have a hard problem to solve, I sit down with my Rubik's Cube. I solve it over and over and over again, until I fall asleep or get tired, or perhaps until I have come up with a solution to my problem. Sometimes I feel that the cube is simpler than everyday problems. It can always be solved, once you know the algorithms. It always has that puzzling perfection that can't be ruined, except by mixing up the colors. I have four cubes.
The first one I got was for the 25th anniversary of the invention of the cube. It is my favorite because the white side is a mirror, and when it is solved, I can see my reflection.
The second one I got was a regular cube. This one was more recent and I got at the same time as the third, which was a mini keychain cube that I take dangling from my purse everywhere I go.
The fourth one was one I bought at the Boy Scouts store (where my brother gets his BS related stuff, such as the uniform). It has the different logos (if that's what they are, I'm not sure) for the different ranks of BS. That one is the hardest because I can solve the colors, but I must be careful to get the designs right, to make sure that the head isn't where the tail should go in the eagle or that the words aren't cut out because I put a piece where it shouldn't go.
I usually sit down and solve every cube until I get it correctly (which takes around 2 minutes for each) and then I feel better, or get inspired and start to write. And even when I don't get that last cube right, I know I have learned something. And I know that every problem has a solution.