Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Mid-Autumn Festival *NEW*

A presentation by 7thdragonwriter

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moon[1] The Mid-Autumn festival (also known as the Moon Festival or 中秋节 Zhōngqiū jié) is a Chinese holiday that occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. This Holiday was originally celebrated by farmers who have finished gathering crops and fruits in the middle of autumn . It was a day of relaxation and joy. Eventually, this day evolved into a widespread celebration! Now, for over 2,000 years, this wonderful gathering of people has been enjoyed by friends and family alike!

Due to the natural effects of the season, the silver moonlight shines over the land. Families set up tables in their courtyards or sit in their balconies, relaxing and enjoying the moon’s beautiful light. By doing this many people are reminded of  legends and stories related to the moon. One of the most famous stories of the Moon Festival  is the story of the moon goddess Chang’e ascension to the moon.

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According to the legend, ten Suns plunged the earth into an apocalyptic drought. Plants were withered and rivers dried up. Many died of dehydration. To end this madness, the King of Heaven sent an archer by the name Hou Yi to destroy the nine additional Suns and save the world. Hou Yi used his red bow and white arrows to shoot down the suns and restore balance to the Earth. One day, A beautiful woman named Chang’e was coming home from a stream when she saw a stranger who she soon realized was the archer, Hou Yi. She invited him in to her home for a drink. To show him her respect towards the archer, she plucks a beautiful flower to give to Hou Yi. In turn, Hou Yi gave Chang’e silver fox fur as a gift to show her his gratitude. This meeting sparks their love for one another.Mid-Autumn_Festival_250907[1]

Hou Yi decides that he wishes to be with Chang’e forever. He goes on a long journey and finally receives and elixir that will make the drinker immortal. If one person drinks it, then they shall go into heaven. But if they both drink, they shall stay on Earth. An evil man who wants to become immortal hears of Hou Yi’s journey, and kills Hou Yi while he is hunting. He takes Hou Yi’s elixir. Afterwards, he rushes to Hou Yi’s home, where he attempts to force Chang’e to give him the rest of the elixir. Quickly, she drinks her elixir. Because she is the only one to drink, she is risen into heaven and decides to live on the moon. There, she wept for her fallen husband but enjoyed a peaceful life away from the troubles of the Earth.

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Many legends like the one above are told on the day of the moon festival. Poems are also recited, such as the poem “Quiet Night Thoughts” written by Li Bai. Many of these poems relate to family and the beauty of the moon.

One Western holiday that is similar to the Moon Festival is Thanksgiving. Although the origins and traditions of each holiday are very different, a few things remain the same. Friends and family gather together to enjoy the holiday’s food and enjoy the company of their loved ones on these fall holidays.

The most famous foods on a Thanksgiving day would typically be Turkey.

The most famous food during the Moon Festival is the delicious moon cake!

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  • 2-3 egg yolks
  • 1/4  or 1/3 cup sugar, depends on your preference
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bean paste or any kind of fruit jam

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir the butter, 1 egg yolk and sugar together, and then mix with the flour.
  3. Put the dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for half an hour.
  4. Take the dough out and make small balls (mooncake) in your palm.
  5. Make a hole in each mooncake with your thumb; fill the hole with jam.
  6. Brush each cake with the other 1-2 egg yolks and place all mooncakes on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the outside edges are slightly brown.

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Author’s Notes:

This information is very interesting to me. I love many things about Chinese culture. This festival is one of my favorite things about it. The story and ideas behind it are very beautiful and I hope to learn much more about it. I would like to thank FLVS and my instructor for providing such great information. Thank You!

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Sphinxes Around The World

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In Greek mythology, the sphinx was the daughter of Echidna, which had a head of a nymph and a body of a serpent and the Typhon, which breathed fire and had many venomous heads. It had a head of a woman, body of a lioness and the tail of a serpent. She was an evil giant monster who guarded the gates of the Thebes. She would attack anyone passing the gates and ask them a riddle: “Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?” she would not let the passenger go until the passenger solved the riddle. If the person failed, she would strangle him and eat him.

Egypt

In contrast to the Greek mythology which portrays the sphinx as a greedy and an evil creature, the Egyptians paid much more respect to the sphinx. The ancient Egyptians considered the sphinx as a powerful creature that guarded their temples, palaces and their pyramids also guarding the secrets within their temples. The Egyptian sphinx had a head of human or an animal, particularly of a ram, and the body of a lion. In many of the sphinx monuments that were made in the later part of the Egyptian era, the sphinx had a head of a pharaoh. The greatest example is the world’s greatest sphinx monument, the Giza, guarding the pyramid of Khafre, it also has the head of the same pharaoh.

China

The sphinx plays a great role in many south east and south Asian countries where, unlike other cultures, its legend is still followed and is alive. The sphinx in the culture of many Asian countries has the same identity like other i.e. having a woman’s head and body of a lion.However, the Asian sphinx has wings and a strong tail.

Clippers Win Against Knicks

The Los Angeles Clippers went against the New York Knicks with thelos-angeles-clippers-logo-wallpaper-1024x768 final score being 102-88. Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points, almost half of his teams points, this being his fifth 40-point game of the season. Anthony only got two shots in the final period while defended by the 40 year old Grant Hill. “I think that Grant Hill sitting on the bench the whole time, he came in and provided a great presence out there on Melo. I don’t think we could have won that game without him,” Crawford said.

Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury.  Crawford, who used to play for the Knicks, had 27. Blake Griffin only finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers. The Clippers lost to the Heat in the last game. Raymond Felton sored 20 points for the Knicks. Paul added 7 assists and 6 rebounds after being held to a season low of 3 points friday in Miami. The Clippers are back in shape and are getting Chauncey Billups back on friday.

Winter Break

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Hello there. So, you want to know what I did over my winter break? Ok, so my break started out with me my brother, my mom, my sister, and my aunt going to Disney. Also by accident running over a person with my wheel chair and other than that it was fun. Next, we went to island of adventures. This was just my brother, my aunt, and I. This was the worst part of my break.We got to the park at ten A.M and got in at four P.M. because of lines and a person who could not do their job correctly. However, the first thing we did when we got inside was ride the hulk. It was a really fun ride we went on it once then Tre said that he was not going on it twice.

Next after that we can skip ahead to christmas. I’ve never spent a christmas at my house and this year did not change. I was at my grandma’s house. It was three of my cousins me, my brother, my mom, dad, both of my sisters, and my uncles. All in one house. I got a new a laptop case and a new pair of shoes.

After that we went to one of the homes we owned and we spent the whole day cleaning it up. Tre, my cousin named Aria, but we will call him A.L., and I spent about three hours working then went home in all it was a very exciting break. I can’t wait for my next winter break!

Higglytown Heroes

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Higglytown Heroes was on Disney Junior and it was a children’s television series. Well, to be clear Higglytown Heroes was an animated series, children’s television series. On some cable networks it was aired on Playhouse Disney. The Higglytown Heroes theme song “Here in Higglytown” was performed by They Might Be Giants. On March 23, 2012 Higglytown Heroes returned to Disney Junior on cable and satellite channels replacing SOAPnet.

The characters in this show explore their city and interact with the people in it. Along the way, they meet “Higglytown heroes”. Higglytown heroes are people who make their community a better place for everyone. Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, Kip, and Fran were the main characters in Higglytown Heroes and there was this red squirrel that always followed them everywhere. Oh, and there is also this Pizza Guy that was mostly on every episode.

Higglytown Heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators. The voice actors from Higglytown Heroes are guest celebrities. The show is about involvement in the community. It means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it better place. The show is also teaching kids about jobs and what they might want to be when they grow up.

The Lying Game Book Vs. The Lying Game Show

Lying game 2lying game bookThe lying game is a book as well as an abc tv series. The book starts with Emma. She is with a foster family and her foster brother is like devil spawn. She gets framed for stealing her foster mothers money by her foster brother. 

She then hits her brother with a tennis racket and runs away. The story is written in Sutton’s Ghost’s point of view. She is strangled to death with her own necklace more than once. The first couple of times she makes it out but 3rd times the charm. Emma is supposed to live her identical twin sisters life in order to find out how she died.

The show on the other hand starts the same way, but both sisters are alive and video-chat a lot. Emma runs away from home and goes to see Sutton at the bus station. Sutton pulls Emma into the bathroom and tells her to switch clothes with her, so that Emma can live Suttons life while Sutton goes off to look for their birth mother. Sutton tells Emma that she will only be gone for 2 days and that they will meet in a cabin at 10:00 pm.However, when Sutton doesn’t show up Emma gets worried. The book and show are both very good and the show is very interesting.

The Magic School Bus

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The Magic School Bus is an animated children’s television series and book series. The book series is by Bruce Degen and Joanna Cole. “Among the highest-rated PBS shows for school-age children” said the Broadcasting & Cable. The series still airs reruns on a variety of different TV networks worldwide. In 1994, The Magic School Bus was made into an animated series by Scholastic Studios.

Also on September 10th 1994,  the animated TV series, The Magic School Bus premiered. Forte says that adapting the books into an animated series was an opportunity to help kids “learn about science in a fun way”. The Magic School Bus was originally aired on PBS in the United States. The last of The Magic School Bus episode was aired on December 6, 1997.  The Fox network still gave repeated The Magic School Bus episodes from September 1998 to September 2002.

The Magic School Bus was still being aired on TV networks after December 6, 1997 and September 2002. The TV networks were Qubo, NBC, TLC, Discovery Kids, Pop Channel 4, CBC, and Kids’ CBC. However, now Qubo no longer carries The Magic School Bus in their programming lineup. The  theme song,  “Ride on the Magic School Bus” was written by  Peter Lurye. Also performed by rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard.

Manti Teo Girlfriend Hoax

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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was the master mind behind the Manti Teo fake girlfriend hoax. He spoke out to Dr. Phil McGraw in a two art interview on Friday. Tuiasosopo says he fell in love with Teo and wanted to find a way to date him. Tuiasosopo says that he created Lennay Keuka and that her relationship with Teo was on and off. On the latest development in the hoax Teo family has not commented yet. imagesimages

NFL Super Bowl Predictions

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The games this week are between The San Francisco 49’rs and The Atlanta Falcons. Then The Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. The 49’rs quarter back is a rookie named Colin Kaepernick. He might be a rookie, but he is very effective and experienced. The 49’rs won their game and the Ravens won their game vs the deadly Patriots. Therefore, its San Francisco and Baltimore Ravens. I am rooting for the Ravens, but who do you think will win?

Concept 1 APL New Shoe

APL ( Athletic Propulsion Labs) has created a new shoe called Concept 1. The shoe can enable whoever wears it to jump almost one feet higher. The shoe was created by Adam and Ryan Goldston, twin brothers in LA. The shoe was banned by the N.B.A ( National Basketball Association) because “It will give players to a competitive advantage” says N.B.A commissioner David Stern. The shoe can enable a 5’6 man to dunk. The shoe has a lock and load jumping technology the shoe has a unique device in it that serves as a launching pad in the front of the shoe. I compresses giving it the Load phrase and then it releases giving it the Launch phrase as the person wearing it to put force on the front of the shoe. The Concept 1 cost $150 and to see more of the shoe and pictures of the shoe in action go to www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com