Take an Implicit Bias Test

I meant to post this a long time ago and randomly remembered: There is an interesting web page where you can choose from a variety of tests that determine if you have an implicit bias (what is an implicit bias?) toward types of people (race, sexuality, age, etc.). I recommend trying one or more, you might get the results you expect or be surprised. Click here to try it.

Good News

Yesterday I got my second COVID vaccine! I’m glad that it seems we’re finally coming out of this.

On the negative side, I had chills today and my teeth REALLY hurt. I spent most of the day doing nothing (the post I published today, I had scheduled a few days ago). It’s worth it, though, for contributing to the pandemic’s end, and the side effects will probably (I hope!) be gone by tomorrow.

Hopefully, the vaccines are approved for ages 12 and under soon. It’ll be so weird not wearing masks around people, but if there’s one thing we learned from these years, it’s that change is important, and so is the ability to adapt to it.

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Escape

This is a spoken-word poem I wrote about the pandemic. It looks a little long, but it only has a few words per line. It’s better when heard in-person, in my opinion, but I’d appreciate it if you read it anyway because it’s probably the best poem I’ve ever written. (Not that that’s much of an accomplishment, since I’ve written like 4 poems after third grade.)

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

If it was summer and I wasn’t busy with school, I would challenge myself to write one poem a day for the whole month. But I don’t think I can physically accomplish that with the measly 24 hours a day we are given. So today I will share this poem that I wrote. I will also try to write a few other poems this month.

The poem today represents what I expect this month will bring, just like the rest of the past year. But it won’t be too bad. Here it is: Ode to Solitude.

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The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

What is good writing?

A question without a simple answer.

I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.

Red pen lying beside a page of writing with some markings and corrections.
If you are interested in this post, stay tuned!

Also!


I decided to try something new, so coming soon is a helpful infographic: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists.

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So Slow So Fast

Please take the time to read this short post.


147. That’s how many posts I’ve made on this blog.

70,770. That’s how many words I’ve written on this blog.

698. That’s how many times I’ve clicked a zoom link to a virtual class.

∞. That’s how many hours I’ve spent in front of a screen.

418. That’s how many days I’ve been familiar with the term “mask up.” “Unprecedented.” “Pandemic.”

365. That’s how many days it’s been since I started this blog.

So slow, so fast. The year arrived and escaped. (Or did we escape from it?)

I learned a lot in the past year. I could go back to my first post and point out every mistake I made.

But I won’t do that. I’ll leave my younger self in peace and pride.

I can confidently say this past year was the weirdest of my life.

But (and I acknowledge my privilege in saying this) it was also one of the best.

I learned a lot this year.

How there was such a thing as cloth masks.

How when the world finds out they’re going to be in their house for an indefinite period of time, I guess their first thought is toilet paper.

How a birthday can still be amazing even when you talk over Zoom and sing on the sidewalk.

How although we as humans have caused global warming, littered the earth, been careless and unsafe, and hurt others in countless ways, we always manage to find the good.

I’m glad to let go of this year. It is one I will always remember.

If not for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have started this blog.

I wouldn’t have made so many new friends.

I wouldn’t have realized how much I like school.

I am happy to say that Words on Key, a project I thought would only last a month, is still going, even if I can’t write something every day or every week. And hopefully, I will be writing another post on March 20th, 2022. Hopefully then, I can say that everything happening now is behind us.

But for now, I’m happy to be safe and well. To be able to go to school, even just a little. To have a place where I can share my thoughts and writings like these with the world and be proud of them.

So slow, so fast.

The year arrived and escaped.


For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Random thought of the day 06/27/2020

Today my brother asked me if light was a solid, liquid, or gas.

While writing this post, I looked it up, and according to ChemCareers Zone, which appears to be a Q&A platform for science questions…

Well, it’s… light, which is its own thing (the universe is not just made from gasses, liquids and solids… there are, supercritical gasses, plasmas, etc. too).
In more detail, light is made of particles called photons, that have no charge, have a spin of 1 and move at the speed of light.
They are the force carrying particles for the electromagnetic force (for example, when two negatively charged electrons repel each other this can be described as them exchanging photons).

Ian Cade, November 13, 2014, ChemCareers Zone

Random thought of the day 06/24/2020

So let’s say you’re falling while standing on a 4×4 foot platform, or a plane, or something. I always imagine it as a biplane, for some reason. First of all, is that even possible? To be falling through the sky, and a plane is also falling, and you stand on it?

Anyway, if it is, so you’re standing on it — kind of like you’re “surfing,” I guess. (Obviously not nearly as in control, though.) And since you’ve been falling in the sky all this time, you’re going to die when you hit the ground. But when you’re like 30 feet from the ground, you jump off the falling plane, and jump away from the plane so you’re not in the explosion, and would you survive?? Because would that count as only a 30-foot jump?? Can you do that, jump off something falling?

I like physics, but I don’t know that much about it. I figure the answer is no. Or maybe not unless the circumstances were very specific and miraculous. It would be kind of cool though.

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Drive-In Movie

On Saturday we went to our first movie in months, Inside Out. Actually, I might be wrong, but it may have been my first movie since December, six months ago! 😮 It was a drive-in movie, of course, and it was a pretty interesting experience.

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A Sarcastic Post About Your Own Social Distancing Guidelines (Or, An Unofficial Guide to Covid-Code)

After spending over two months in quarantine, we’ve all developed our own opinions about all this, and you’ve probably gotten a little used to not having as many social interactions. But for a lot of places, including here, the Safer-at-Home order has lifted recently, which probably means we’ll start seeing more people, even if we don’t jump straight to crowds. So… what if there was a way to right-away show how concerned you are and how you want others to treat you?

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