Saturday, June 29, 2013

CONGRADUATIONS, CLASS OF 2013

Here’s a look at the end of eighth grade:

FIELD DAY



I'M AFRAID I JUST BLUE MYSELF.
It's probably pretty hard to tell, but I was on the blue team.


We played with water balloons. (Yeeaaaahhh. Water balloons.)

It's always very weird when you take a group of kids who really only learn together and put them in a completely different situation (ex: DC, field day, graduation ceremony, cruise). I mean, you really see different sides of people when it comes to stuff like Field Day. If you weren't already aware, kids are EVIL. People just get so mad at their peers for the most insignificant reasons.

When you're not cheering loud enough, people scream at you like you're digging out their eyeballs with a plastic knife.

When you're cheering too loud, people scream at you like you're digging out their eyeballs with a plastic knife.

When you make the tiniest mistake, people scream at you like you're digging out their eyeballs with a plastic knife.

I have absolutely no idea why anyone would exert so much mental energy onto a stupid toilet paper pass-thing, but there are four or five kids whose faces literally resemble radishes that have been possessed by Satan at the end of every competition. They get so irrationally angry because their brains have switched on to some sort of primal "IHAVETOWINORELSETHEWORLDWILLEXPLODE MODE" and they will do whatever it takes to win and they'll completely disregard any and every other aspect of life.

I liked Field Day, though. I thought it was fun.


BOAT CRUISE



My assistant principal called it a boat cruise. Heheh. As my physics teacher put it, "What else would it be? A 'bus cruise?'"


There was a very pretty view. The Domino Sugar factory is my favorite building of all time. (If it's the brown one. I like the brown one.) There's something very eerie about it. I know it's completely empty now, but it's cool thinking about what it would have been like in there all of those years ago.  I think Domino's sugar uses some sort of bone charring system thing to whiten the sugar (lol this is probably completely incorrect), and it makes it even spookier if you imagine workers de-boning animals or whatever...yep...



It's our BFF Mike and his gang!

It's also really weird to witness peoples' party personalities. Like, you know those little fist pump circles at camp dances? Well, when you see the kid who sits across from you in English doing that stuff, IT GETS REALLY CONFUSING. 


GRADUATION


It was all fancy and stuff because it was held at the Cooper Union. It was so adorable to see everyone all dressed up and stuff. (And stuff.)

I got really sad afterwards because I was like, "AAAAAHHH I WON'T SEE ALL OF YOUR FACES NEXT YEAR WAAAAH. I WON'T HAVE THE SAME LUNCH TABLE OR TEACHERS OR BUILDING OR ATMOSPHERE OR LITERALLY ANYTHING. WAAAAAAHHH."

Yup.

Here's a video I put together or my class:

end of the year blues on Vimeo.

It's actually funny how bad a job I did. ("Enter text here")


Also, Mike has cuteness competition. (Meet Patrick, my 6th grader friend.)




Thursday, June 27, 2013

LIEBSTER ONCE AGAIN

SCHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL’S OOOOOUUUUUUUTTT! I GRADUATED AND IT WAS SAD, BUT I'LL WRITE ABOUT THAT L8R.

CONGRADUATIONS
KAIT AND I ARE TWINS
I have lots of exciting posts "planned out" for all y'all. I just don't feel like using my brain too much, so I'll do one of those Liebster question answer-y things.

I've been nominated by the lovely Rosie! YAI!

I would do that thing where I nominate other people, but I don't feel like...you know...work... (It would have taken WAY TOO MUCH effort to complete that sentence, so yeah... I hope you know what I mean...meh...)

1. Describe yourself in three words.
I'll use the words I used in my Bard interview: glittery, periwinkle, lalala-ish (I got in, lawl.)

2. Do you have a favourite book? Tell us about it.
It's totally cliche, but my favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. I've always liked the idea of a very distant and immature way of looking at very compelling and overly mature situations. Like, the way Holden was talking about being, like sexually abused and he was like, "yeah, it's happened a few times, or something." 

3. What is your guilty pleasure?
Swim Deep. (heh.)

4. Captain America or Thor?

(In short, I'm not that into action moovees.)

5. Where is your favourite place to be?

the picture is a link
6. What's your favourite blog?
I'm not sure I can answer this.

7. What subjects do you study?
This year: Geometry, Music, Gym, Physics, Health, Art, Spanish  US History, English (it was more like philosophy)
Next year: Jazz Band, Geometry (I hope) or Algebra (I failed the placement test...so probably...BUT I'VE ALREADY TAKEN ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY AAAAAUUUUGGGHHH LYFE IS SO HARD), World History, Spanish, Research Biology (plz) or Modern Biology (meh) or maybe Physics again...I don't really know my schedule yet.

8. Do you collect anything? 
The only thing I collect is dandruff on my scalp. (eeeeewwww teee ehm eye)

9. Do you like sports?
I love running and riding my bike. I also like soccer and softball, but I'm terrible at both of those and I got tired of being yelled at my teammates, so I gave up.

10. What's your favourite food?
I like falafel... But, I'm really more of a desserts person. I really like cupcakes with like, cinnamon and stuff in them. Cinnamon makes everything better. I also love cereal and oatmeal. (I prefer the cinnamon-y/peanut butter-y variety.) Oh, speaking of peanut butter, that Earth Balance coconut peanut butter is the best.

11. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
I've never encountered a raven and I don't really have a writing desk. (Although, I will eventually, because I'M GOING TO GET MY OWN ROOM! Sort of--we're splitting me and my brother's room in half.)

I guess they could be alike because a writing desk is (usually) just like a slab of wood or something, but it has such a strong presence because of all of the stuff that's like, created on it and stuff--just like a raven is just a bird with all of this mysterious and special tension around it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

IN A PICKLE

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There are like, six days of school left or something. I have my Geometry Regents (good luck if you're taking it!) tomorrow and one more final, and I'M ALL YOURS, OKAY?

Middle school is so special... I'll feel so weird when it's over. Everything is just so ripe and awkward and not fully formed and cute...

just like this
moonrise kingdom, btw
And I'm just getting so nostalgic about the sloppy stupidity and whatever of all this stuff. I mean, such random stuff (feeling sweaty, the way peoples' teeth look, the way people smell, the way the air smells, eating cherries, like I said, RANDOM STUFF) makes me become overwhelmed with emotion and some weird attachment to the past (it could be an hour ago or ten years ago)...

We've been acting out The Tempest in English, and it's so funny, it makes me sad. (What I'm about to say here is shallow; there is nothing funny about homosexuality or cross-dressing, BUT...) I think it's so sweet and hilarious when two boys read the love scenes (Miranda [a short kid with a squeaky voice and a thick accent]: Then, I will be thy wife? Ferdinand [Miranda's actor's best friend]: O heavens, a thousand a thousand!) Also, fourteen year old boys in dresses and tiaras...and basketball shoes.

I mean, I haven't lost all of my bitter angst and stuff. Sometimes (most of the time) I feel like Enid.

ghost world
i've finally read the comic
eeee
But yeah. You're apparently supposed to get adequate sleep before important tests, so... bai.

PS: Here's a mouse in a teacup.

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PPS: This post needs a song. The Zombies are my latest obsession.


PPPS: I think The Tempest was where Shakespeare came up with the term, "in a pickle."

Sunday, June 2, 2013

BOOK LAUNCH FOR: HALFWAY TO INFINITY

ATTENTION: ALL HUMAN BEINGS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA

The NEST+m eighth grade has been working super, super hard on their book, Halfway to Infinity. It's an anthology of our pieces, given our perspectives of human nature.

Yes, a group of thirteen and fourteen year olds are publishing a real live book. 


We are a weird, idiosyncratic, egotistical, rude, and smelly group adult-child hybrids. Our stories aren't constructed from narrow, rigid, ivy-league-sweater-vest rules and regulations. Halfway to Infinity is a book full of naive musings and unversed too-cool-for-you playfulness. It may be distasteful, but it's human, it's different, it's special, and it's covered in oozing pimples.

We will be having our book launch tomorrow, 

Monday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM
at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003


BE THERE OR BE (hehe. Union?) SQUARE.

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The book will be available for purchase at:

Thank you, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PS: Read what Alicia wrote for the blurb:

STOP.
RIGHT THERE.
WAIT, NO. A LITTLE TO THE LEFT.
Before you read any further, let this be a warning to you:
If you happen to be looking for a beautifully crafted anthology of pieces written by distinguished and well-respected authors, this is not the book for you.
If you happen to be looking for an exciting picture book detailing the ripping adventures of a frog and its friends, this is probably not the book for you, either.
And if you happen to be looking for a cake recipe, a large snowshoe, bacon-shaped pencils, or rabbit carcasses, you should probably look elsewhere (or see a doctor).
But, on the other hand, if you happen to be looking for a collection of stories, poems, essays, and other assorted compositions from a gradeful of teenagers, you need not look any further.
This book is for you.

Also, here are some reviews from real authors!
  • “The themes and ideas explored in Halfway to Infinity are both compelling and universal; the pieces themselves are entirely unique. The students who contributed to this provocative anthology have proven themselves to be clever, funny, and wonderfully insightful. They give us older people some measure of solace: we needn't have worried; it turns out these kids have been paying attention the whole time!”

    – Garth Stein, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • “As a journalism professor for the past twenty years, I spend a great deal of my time reading and editing the writing of graduate students. I was therefore utterly delighted to encounter the fresh, profound, quirky and wholly original works of gifted middle school writers in the new anthology — Halfway to Infinity. This collection is truly a cause for celebration! The creative spirit burns strong among the students of Manhattan's New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math. Write on!”

    – Ari L. Goldman, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of The Search for God at Harvard, Being Jewish, and Living a Year of Kaddish
  • “Halfway to Infinity is outrageous and experimental, hysterical and lyrical. It's a peep-hole into the minds of some extremely smart thirteen-year-olds, and what they write is both thought-provoking and great fun to read.”

    – E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  • “It would be impossible to find more impassioned, insightful, idiosyncratic thinkers than these middle school writers. If we'd see things through their eyes, there would be a lot more laughter.”

    – Martha Frankel, author of Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling, and Executive Director, Woodstock Writers Festival