Aging Brains?

So I had a random thought I wanted to share. You know how it isn’t uncommon to remember a past event? Like the time you made a friend squirt coke out of his nose or the time you tricked a sibling to drink something they shouldn’t have (true stories)? What I found interesting was that when you’re remembering something, especially if it’s awhile back, you might be remembering an event during a time when your brain was physically less developed. For instance, if I’m 20 years old and remember something from when I was 10, my brain, scientifically speaking, hadn’t had time to develop regions, such as the frontal lobe, that would be more developed now. Note, this is the (probably) the “same” brain that I had back then, but it’s also not the same. Pretty fascinating how people are capable of remembering things like that. Of course, this is assuming memories are real and not altered or anything, but if anyone would like to have a conversation of that nature, by all means go ahead ;).

Sorry if this was confusing or didn’t make any sense. Sounded interesting in my head at least so I thought it was worth a post.

-SyB

Author Signing: Maggie Stiefvater

Contrary to what the title may suggest, I only went to the author signing because I had to take my sisters there. Regardless of the reason and the fact that I myself didn’t get a book signed, I was still at the event for quite awhile and thought I would write about it, since it was my first time going to a signing. Going in, the only thing I expected was people would be in line to get their books signed, and I was partially correct. As soon as we walked in to the bookstore, though, we saw Maggie stand up on a table and begin talking, to make sure everyone could see her (She had a microphone so hearing wasn’t an issue). Continue reading

Journey PS3: Review

As mentioned earlier, I had finished Journey for the PS3. The first thing I have to say about the game is that I think it deserves a written review, whether it means anything or not, just because of how much I enjoyed the game. The game is simple enough to understand right away, and is only a short 2-3 hours long, but there wasn’t a point in time where I felt that I had enough of the game. Because of it’s length, the game is able to progress fast enough so that a person wouldn’t feel like they’re “grinding” or playing a filler mission. To emphasize it’s great visuals and seemingly simple story, there aren’t any words used throughout the game. I was very impressed with how much I enjoyed the story despite the fact that there wasn’t any conversation or speech. Like the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, not that you’ll be asked to look at a still picture (for long anyways). I’ll end the “review” here to keep it short and to avoid excess spoilers, but this is a game that I would definitely recommend to everyone. If you don’t have access to a PS3, you can find the full gameplay on YouTube. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea to watch gameplay, but I have gamer friends who found out the option was there before I did. Without a possible cheesier thing to say, go on and enjoy your Journey!

Checklist

Can’t think of a good enough excuse worth posting, but there are a few things I wanted to write about soon. The first being about a game I recently finished on PS3, Journey, and the second being another game I finished, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. I may have other posts coming soon if the research I’m doing turns out to be interesting, but for now I’m gonna get started on those two. As to why I didn’t just start in this post, I wanted to give the game “review” it’s own post.

-SyB

Global Brigades: Nicaragua – Final days

So I actually had a whole post and everything, but it wasn’t uploading and was lost somewhere in the interwebs, so that was pretty discouraging.

Anyways, day 5 was probably the most labor intensive out of the whole trip. It consisted of mixing cement, carrying cement, and my favorite, carrying dirt up a hill. Just thinking back makes my back sore. I’ll upload a picture of the hill later when I get a chance (unless I forget. EDIT: Finally remembered, so you can see it below)

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Global Brigades: Nicaragua – Days 3 & 4

Day 3 was the final day of the medical brigade portion. It was in the same village, but the purpose was to accommodate to those who couldn’t make it to the first day. I was shadowing a doctor for a majority of the day, and there were really only two things that I saw being repeated. One being how grateful everyone was. At one point in time, a dad and his son had been waiting for quite some time. When it was finally their turn, someone ended up cutting them (we’ll give the benefit if the doubt and say it was an accident and I do think it was). Continue reading

Global Brigades: Nicaragua – Days 1 & 2

After setting out from my house at 4 pm Sunday, I arrived at Nicaragua at 7 pm ish on Monday. I signed up for this global brigade trip many months ago, and this winter break was when we planned to head out. Due to extreme weather conditions, all the flights got scattered, which is why it took a day longer to get here. Even though we missed a day, we were able to catch up on medicine sorting and Tuesday was the first day we would begin. Continue reading