Tuesday, May 20, 2014

To the Few Students who read the Blog this Late in the Year...

Good Afternoon Students, this is Dr. Cooper. I am somewhat overjoyed to inform you that I will most likely be succeeding the Editor-in-Chief for next year's Timberwolf staff. Go crazy. As the new Editor, my administration will give its primary focus on promoting awareness of the newspaper's existence. I will also strive to improve the overall quality of The Timberwolf, both grammatically and in quality of writing. If you are joining the newspaper staff next year, welcome. Making a quality publication is not as easy as it sounds, but it can be very rewarding. We will all need to make a commitment to make our newspaper the school's best one yet. The 2014-2015 school season will be an exciting year. I look forward to working with you.

As for me, you probably won't see any more of my Dr. Cooper Editorials in the paper. I will be busy working in the background, designing a great publication. Keep an eye out, however, for the occasional blog post I might create. It has been a pleasure to entertain Spring Valley's web-enabled with my random facts.
Live Long and Prosper.














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Friday, February 7, 2014

Uneccessary Sequels



Good Afternoon Students, this is Dr. Cooper. Today there is a large focus on sequels; Grown Ups 2,
Despicable Me 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, etc. Everywhere today we see Hollywood trying to capitalize on the success of their blockbuster movies by making sequels to stretch the dollar signs, often at the cost of a franchise's quality. Here are some movies that never should have been made...ever.


Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull

Making a third sequel decades after the last movie was made usually sounds like a bad idea. In this case, it was a terrible idea. It could have been a nice campy, adventurous new Indy movie, but the plot was very poor. I mean, Communists are cool villains, but the movie had aliens. Indiana Jones does not search for aliens- he searches for treasure! Also, the part where Indy survives and atomic bomb in a refrigerator is completely...stupid.

Star Trek 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The original Star Trek movie series was not a major box office hit, so why they made freakin ten of them is beyond me. Now, Star Treks 2, 3, and 4 are pretty good, but the next six go into a complete tailspin regarding quality. The main reason I chose these movies is because of the decision to make TEN MOVIES, when they weren't very successful at all. At least the reboot series is pretty good...


Men in Black II

Men in Black was a great movie that had a nice ending. Agent K got to retire and live out his life, and J became partners with the odd girl from the morgue. Men in Black II completely disregards that. The new partner conveniently quits, and K has to be brought back from retirement to save the day. This movie was clearly meant to stretch out the profits made from the original Men In Black, and while it may have been successful, the fact that it was produced at all disappoints me greatly.

And of course...

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

This movie isn't considered a sequel per say, but it was a continuation of the franchise. From poor scriptwriting, to Jar Jar Binks, Star Wars Episode I has been hailed as the worst Star Wars movie ever and got the entire prequel trilogy off to a bad start. Despite this, the movie was ironically the most successful Star Wars movie too, grossing over $1 billion.




Pictures Courtesy of:

http://filetraffic.eu/s/phantom%20menace%201999
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p4NJHqoojOU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dp4NJHqoojOU
http://collider.com/entertainment/news/article.asp/aid/8049/tcid/1

Red Velvet Pancakes

Have you been craving a yummy treat to eat this Valentine's day? If so, here's  a fun recipe to try! Red Velvet Pancakes will be sure to fix your sweet tooth!



Photo courtesy of:http://www.recipegirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Red-Velvet-Heart-Pancakes_TidyMom.jpg 






Ingredients:                                                                         
10 cups of all purpose flower

1 1/4 cups sugar

2/3 cup baking soda

6 teaspoons of baking soda

4 teaspoons baking powder

5 teaspoons of salt

Additional Ingredients(for each batch)
2 cups buttermilk

2 eggs

2 tablespoons of red food coloring

Butter and maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Place 2 cups in each of five resealable plastic bags or containers. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 5 batches (10 cups mix).
  2. To prepare pancakes: Pour mix into a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs and food coloring. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with butter and syrup. Yield: 16 pancakes per batch.

Source:http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/red-velvet-pancakes


Photo courtesy of:http://www.cookingclassy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/red+velvet+pancakes9.jpg

Update: February

It's been a long time since I last wrote...many things have happened. Let's review:

The Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia is about to start, and terrorist threats from extremist muslims in neighboring countries have raised a great alert among travelers and security officials. I'm sure Russia has something planned if things go South.

Stated in his State of the Union address, Obama has yet to satisfy the majority population with his very unpopular idea of raising the minimum wage to a living wage--$10.25. Thoughts on that are encouraged. 

Seth Stanley has returned to school, thank goodness!

West Virginia experienced problems with a large chemical spill into the Elk River, causing nearly 100,000 customers to have to go without bathing, washing, or drinking tap water. The event made national news.

West Virginia has also went through a period of rather severe weather, causing schools to close for long amounts of time. We were out a whole week in Wayne County, and only going to school 2 days the following week.

So that's what has happened since I last wrote here. If you can remember anything important that has occurred since my last post, I urge you to comment the event. I would love to hear about it!




Thursday, February 6, 2014

3D Baby Model?



 





There is now a company in California, called 3D Babies, where you can send your ultra-sound pictures and for a price receive a 3D printed model of your unborn fetus. The soon-to-be parents can choose between three different sizes for their baby model, a 2-inch model being $200, a 4-inch being $400, and an 8-inch being $800.



Photo Courtesy of http://www.bandwidthblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3d-baby-size-chart.png

The parents have to send a few 3D and 4D ultrasounds to the company. The only catch is that the ultrasounds have to have been taken at least 24 weeks into the pregnancy.

Customers can decide the skin tone of the model and even choose one of two positions for it. One  is the fetal position and the other is with the arms and legs raised.


Photo courtesy of http://www.jacarandafm.com/media/uploads/2014/01/23/article-2542227-1ACE494400000578-944_634x440.jpg
After getting the ultrasounds and other options from the parents, the company can create an accurate 3D model of the unborn child. The face of the fetus is even accurately portrayed.
As if all this wasn't enough, there is an option for people who are not expecting. Anyone want a celebrity baby? 3D Babies offers a model of Kayne West and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West. This model is only $250.

Opinions on this subject seem to be split. Some people think this is a cool idea and is the future of ultrasound and pregnancy memorabilia. On the other hand, many believe these 3D models to be very creepy and don't like the idea in the least. What do you think?






Sources: http://www.examiner.com/article/3d-babies-provides-parents-3d-printed-model-of-as-yet-unborn-baby and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/23/3d-printed-baby_n_4654207.html



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Top Read Books of 2013


1.
Divergent (Divergent Series)
Divergent (Divergent Series)
by Veronica Roth


2.
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
3.
The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch

Early Spring Ahead

As a coincidence Groundhog Day was on the same day as the Supreme Bowl for the 1st time. Phil the groundhog has been predicting if we have an early spring or not since 1886. Legend is if he sees his shadow, we will have six more months of winter and if he doesn't we will have an early spring. This tradition started in Germany with a superstition that of hibernating animals being able to predict the future every year on Feb.2. Most people including me are not too happy about the six more weeks of winter. We have had more snow than expected and are still experiencing the horrible icy conditions. Punxsutawney Phil ( the groundhog) was very skiddish this year while his co-handler Ron Ploucha was trying to calm him down to get him to do his performance. Phil lives in Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.


Groundhog Day 2014

























Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/punxsutawney-phils-day-coincides-super-bowl-22328611
 http://news.yahoo.com/photos/groundhog-co-handler-ron-ploucha-tries-calm-skittish-photo-154101852.html