Glass VialThe ugly fluorescent glow bounces sharply off of the hard, plastic casing of the computer monitors. On a light brown table, in a darkened corner of the silent room, sits a faint glimmer of hope; a small, glass vial, the brown cork still in place after all these years. Inside rests a rolled slip of yellowing paper, its corners sharp from lack of handling. In cordial script, small and difficult to make out, the words ‘Declaration of Independence’ sweep across the stiff parchment.
Thick, calloused fingers lift the small vial with practiced caution. A deep, commanding voice, resonating with knowledge and authority, booms across the humid room.
“Who knows why this document is important?” muses the voice. Fingers tap on hard, wooden desks, drumming out a discordant rhythm. No one answers the question, all assuming it to be rhetorical. The answer is obvious, the fingers seem to whisper. Why answer? Tir
Tough Lesson: ExpositionFinally. I took a deep breath, releasing it through my nose in a loud huff, and closed my eyes. It was done. My lips twitched at the corners, morphing into a full-blown grin. I clicked on the printer icon and made my way around the desk, my heart pounding so hard in my chest that, for a second, I feared my ribs would break. The paper was warm, the sweet scent of ink dancing in front of me as I scanned my story. My mind was oddly empty, all of my creativity spent on this one project that I had dedicated hours of research and thought and energy on. Closing my eyes once more, I thought back to the summer, to the book series that started me down this particular path, and suddenly I remembered what Mom had told me earlier that day.
“We’re going to go visit Grandma and Grandpa tomorrow, okay, honey? Make sure you pack any toys or books or whatever you want to take.” Mom had said.
Going to visit Grandma… The
I wake to
Seven years bad luck
I walk to my kitchen
Soft music of
First my fork
Then my spoon
A husband and wife
Knock at my door.
Walking to my car,
I scratch my palm.
Money appears in the
Quick to dodge
Has crossed my path
One year bad luck
Outside leaves are
First day of
A red leaf
I catch it
I Can See Them: Seelie
I can see them;
Do you see them?
Always kind and generous.
Unless it's hair.
They're solid ghosts,
With eyes that
Your attention and
Always full of
I Can See Them: Unseelie
I can see them;
They might see you.
Yanking your hair and
Always pulling pranks.
Unless it's skin.
They're translucent ghosts,
With claws that
At skin and
Fists that leave
Of purple and
Always full of
Playing with Point of ViewPlaying With Point of View
I was sitting on the fourth floor on a building on my college campus yesterday, drastically cramming knowledge into my head when I stared out the window at the walkway that connects the residential quads to the academic quad.
I saw a couple, a young man and a woman, walking together, back towards the residential quad, when another young man with a beard appeared. He said something with a smile, then enthusiastically opened his arms. As the girl and the bearded man began talking, the girl’s boyfriend shrugged, putting his hands in his pockets, and leaned against the stone and brick railing and watched them talk, alienated from the discussion by a hug. As the chat continued, and I kept on watching, I chuckled at the irony of the situation, coming from a perspective detached from the actual context.
Then another person, a girl wearing a sorority t-shirt and leggings, came along and said something, opening her arms, then the girlfriend departed from the bea
Why Do We Need The Large Hadron Collider?What you are about to read is a discursive essay I wrote for my Higher English course while I was a student at Dundee College in the autumn of 2009. This was 3 years before I ever wrote a poem or invested any time in attempting prose as a past-time. Please bear in mind elements of this essay are now out of date due to the period of time of its conception. Why I'm sharing this? Well I found my old essay while sifting through old college papers and I remember that I wrote it all in one stream of conscious thought. The result was that my lecturer evaluated the essay and awarded me an A grade for my effort. Also note the following is written from the mindset of a younger, cynical, more naive me. Anyway, please enjoy an essay from my past.
Why do we need the Large Hadron Collider?
It has been in the works since CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) conceived the idea of building the controversial 'Doomsday' machine known
God SpeaksI have seen your tears
I have heard your cries
I have seen your fears
and all your lies.
Hear my humble voice
For it is not so
You shall have a choice
In which way you'll go.
Clovek letos neni lonskyČlověk letos není loňský
Co si představíme pod tímto citátem? Proč se člověk mění? Na čem vývoj názorů závisí? Jak můžeme naši změnu ovlivnit? Je to zaviněno nějakým osudem či "vyšší silou"?
Jak už nám název napovídá, člověk se mění. Neustále se vyvíjí, jak tělesně, tak duševně. Jeho nabyté zkušenosti jej pohání kupředu k novým cílům, jeho rozhodnutí ovlivňují budoucí cestu, kterou se vydá. Na všechny z nás dotírají každou sekundu tisíce vjemů, aniž bychom si to uvědomovali. Otírají se o nás vjemy smyslové i duševní, pozměňují náš pohled na okolní svět a směrují nás k
This is what I call Study NotesQ: 4 important rules in the laboratory
A: Never run inside the lab, follow the teacher’s instructions to the letter, wear the proper safety equipment during experiments (i.e: safety glasses, lab coat etc) and do not eat or drink inside the lab.
Q: Define Corrosive, Flammable and Toxic.
A: Corrosive chemicals can cause severe damage to the skin. Wear safety glasses and gloves when working with these substances.
Flammable substances and chemicals can ignite on fire much easier than other things (Note: Keep away from flames)
Toxic substances and chemicals can cause massive damage and even death if consumed or inhaled. Only do so under teacher’s instructions.
Q: What are the steps for lighting a Bunsen burner?
A: 1) Place BB on heatproof mat.
2) Check that gas tap is in the off position
3) Connect rubber hose to tap
4) Close air hole on the BB’s collar.
5) Light a match and hold it a few centimetres above the barrel
6) Turn on gas tap and a yellow flame will appear.
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a voice with a lotta u in it tied 2 the mask
He was determined to push forward till he reached his sister, to pull at her skirt and so let her know that she was to come into his room with her violin, for no one here appreciated her playing as he would appreciate it. He would never let her out of his room, at least, not so long as he lived; his frightful appearance would become, for the first time, of useful to him; he wold watch all the doors of his room at once and spit at intruders; but his sister should need need no constraint, she should stay with him of he own free will; she should sit beside him on the sofa, bend down her ear to him, and hear him confide that he had the firm intention of sending her to the Conservatorium, and that, but for his mishap, last Christmas — surely Christmas was long past? — he would have announced to everybody without allowing a single objection. After this confession his sister would be so touched that she would burst into tears, and Gregor would then raise himself to her shoulder an
Puff of Death: Too Big to Inhale We are all aware of the negative effects of tobacco, smoking in particular, and what it has done to disease and kill so many people. However, there remains a few reasons why the tobacco industry monster still stands—it is too big to fail.
First of all, Tobacco earns much money for companies. Even with its spending of 6$ billion per year on promotion and advertising, its earnings far outshine its budget losses. Just in the year 2010, the top 6 earned up to a revenue of $35 billion, matching up to McDonald’s, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola combined in that same year. The addition of tobacco tax has earned an estimated 178,210,000 dollars from 1977 to 2011. All this revenue and tax from tobacco has been used to pay off the U.S. debt, a definite positive benefit of the addicting cigarette. Not only so, smokers are allowed to be charged 50% more for health insurance within ObamaCare, so that not only is tobacco more costly, forcing people to thin
Hostage SituationShe laid there her delicate body on the cold unforgiving cement. There is the sound of a cell door being unlocked; she is still fast asleep as the intruders walk towards her. They are careful to not wake her. A strong hand is plastered over her mouth; her screams are muffled and quickly silenced when the sharp blade of a knife comes into her sights. She was facing away from the men. She felt a rough rope be tied around her ankles. Then a tall and thin man came into focus, “Give me your hands.” She did as was told. He tied a softer rope around her wrists. The man that was gagging her lifted his hand only to quickly shove some cloth into her mouth and then put tape over her mouth. He then blindfolded her. He flung her over his shoulder and quietly walked out. When they finally lifted the blindfold off, she could see that she was in the back of a van. The tall and thin man was kneeling in front of her. “Hello, you will call me master; anything else will result in s