Hey Inquisitive writers! I am being extra inquisitive today and I’m going to debate on this question: Is technology destroying us?
Hello Inquisitive Writers! Today I’m responding to a Liebster Award from My Booky Life a.k.a mybookycookylife ! Thanks for the nomination 🙂 Continue reading “Response to another Liebster Award!”
Journalists, or scribes, used to be very important to ancient Sumer and Egypt societies. You probably just read this sentence and are thinking what is this lady talking about? Well, I’ll tell you.
Sumer (soo-mur) was the very first civilization. Now, that’s a big deal. Sumer was located in the Fertile Crescent, a chunk of fertile land used for farming. Sumerian people invented smart technologies like irrigation, seed droppers, and more. But there’s one thing that’s interesting. The priests used to be the leaders of Sumer, but the kings replaced their jobs and the priests became one step lower than the king in social class pyramid. But Sumer had its ups and downs. Leaders and warriors tried to take over its important city-states, and the Sumer civilization didn’t have balance. But its legacy will not be forgotten. Ancestors from Sumerian people learned the technologies they used and still use it today.
Ok, we’ve all heard of ancient Egypt. But the social classes of ancient Egypt were very similar to Sumer’s ranks. For example, the top of the pyramids both include the leaders, the Egypts had the pharaohs and the Sumers had the king.
Anyways, the scribes would be ranked third place in Egypt, and in Sumer ,too. Scribes in Sumer (because it was an early civilization) used clay and a stylus to write. Unlike the Sumerian scribes, Egyptian scribes used papyrus (pa-pie-rus) [papyrus was very similar to paper] to write down what happens everyday.
Sumerians used a type of writing called cuneiform (coo-neigh-a-form) to write. Cuneiform was a writing system using triangular-like symbols. Scribes had to memorize thousands of letters to write. Cuneiform was widely used in the Mesopotamia area until the Phoenicians invented the alphabet. Here are some facts about scribes:
- They had to work sunrise to sunset, everyday
- Scribes were picked out from the priests’ or nobles’ kids most of the time
- It didn’t matter if you were a good writer or not, you’re just writing down the information that happens everyday
- You write nothing but the facts of an everyday life of a Sumerian
- Mostly boys were picked for this job
- If you were picked for this job and you were a girl, that was a big deal
This all proves that scribes were extremely important at the time. Journalists now don’t have as much responsibility, which is kind of sad, but at least (to all journalists) you don’t have to work at least 12 hours a day!! I want to be a journalist, because I love to write. But a scribe’s job was 50x more important. I mean, without scribes, we wouldn’t know as much about Sumer and ancient civilization.
Hey Bloggers! I am going to start giving blogging awards about once per 2 months, and this is my first one. Here are the nominees:
Best photographer: Through Open Lens . He takes awesome bird photos, and has the funniest captions!
Best supporting blogger: Cultivating Time. At once when she saw my blog from the Community Pool, (again, another reason to participate there!) she checked it out frequently and commented on a bunch of posts. She also nominated me for a Liebster Award! (to see it, it’s the post before this one)
Best life-teller (teller of his or her life and deep feelings): Aidyl . She has a life blog, and some of her posts are about her feelings, like “Am I Really a Tea Person?” She also has a cute theme!
Best travel blog: The Thought Card. When I just started my blog, she liked one of my travel posts and I went to check out her blog, and it is pretty cool. She has also been around the world!
The Rookies: Girl 2 Online She literally just started her blog and she writes about her life. Check out her posts, they’re pretty awesome!
Yves Jean-Gilles. He writes about how to maintain good health. I bet he’ll write more info. about it. Check it out!
Best DIYS: Miss Caly. Her blog is very inviting and posts great DIYs for many good purposes.
Most positive blogger: Saraa. I see in her posts that she want happiness and kindness. She writes about simple things, but in an optimistic way.
Most interesting topics: Stories by Sherry. She writes about very random topics including the time she wrote from a point of view from a porcupine!
Now I have a couple question for all the bloggers who were nominated:
1: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
2: Which element are you most like: Earth, Fire, Water, Air, or Metal?
3: What’s your biggest achievement?
4: Why did you start blogging?
5: If you could choose one place in the world to go, where would you go?
6: What’s your weirdest dream?
7: What is your #1 talent?
8: Do you have a 6th sense? If you do, what is it?
9: How many numbers can you recall for pi? (hehe, this is a tough one)
10: Do you play a musical instrument? If you do, which one? If you don’t, would you play one, and , which one would you play?
11: How would you describe your clothing style? Casual? Black? Pretty Pink?
Be sure to pingback this post when you answer this questions!
Does age really matter? Well, it depends in what situation you’re in.
Love. Nope, not really. Your mate can be 48, but you can be 29. Of course, the older the person, the wiser s/he is. But, age can matter in some situations. If you’re 21, and your date is 88, that is a really big age difference. It is highly likely that people will not date eachother with at least a 40 or 50-year age difference. But, what really confuses me is when an older guy is with a younger girl, it’s alright. But when the woman is older, it’s suddenly a problem. I seriously do not get that. What? We can date whoever we want!
Jobs. When you’re getting a job, age still doesn’t matter too much. If you’re veteran to the job, age then doesn’t matter. You can be 12, and you can help with climate change, because you’re aware of it. But still, kids aren’t allowed to sign up for jobs until 14. But those jobs aren’t political or having to do with science at the age of 14. In fact, you’re still learning science in high school.
Social Media. In most social media sites, they require you to be at least 13 or older (but Facebook requires 18 or older) It’s never smart to reveal your age on social media unless it’s a private account with people you know personally. But some people already reveal their ages on social media with photos and language. With blogging, it’s a little different. You can’t “decorate” your Instagram page with colors and “Welcome to my page!” in bold letters. You know, unless you’re a photographer who takes eye-catching pictures.
But I never really reveal my age in social media, not just because of safety. If I reveal my age on my blog, people might think differently of me. But many people reveal their ages already on their blogs, as I can see. Obviously with photos of themselves, but the style of their blog and their language used on their blogs. For example, if you are a female teenager writing a blog, you might use words like “like” and “totes” a lot, and might not even realize it. I also took a mental age quiz, and it said my mental age was 16-21. Which means, a young adult who likes to have fun and enjoy life (which is totally like me!) Age is very important to social media.
So in some situations, age does matter. But sometimes it doesn’t. Besides, age it just a number.
Do you want to know where you came from? Well, you came to the right place.
There are two theories: The “Out of Africa” theory and the “Multi-Regional” theory. Let me explain:
We evolved from early humans, but where did we exactly come from? This is where the theories come from. The “Out of Africa” states that humans came from Africa and migrated to other parts of the world. The “Multi-Regional” theory states that humans migrated in different parts of the world, and migrated all of the regions. I believe the “Out of Africa” theory, because there is more evidence behind it. Although I would love to debate more about it, that’s not we’re talking about right now.
The last Ice Age. That’s right, Earth had four long Ice Ages. The last one came up when modern humans started to appear.
We had but little choice but to follow the big animals that adapted to the freezing cold. As we followed them, we started to migrate. This means that we can only make makeshift shelters and keep track of the animal’s path. We formed bigger clans. Why? To take down the animal and use our advanced stone tools to slather it and eat it for dinner. We would also split it among ourselves, who deserved it. But wait, where did the stone tools come from? And how could we hunt if the days were so short?
The invention of fire just came from rubbing two stone together harshly to create a spark. Fire was used for so many things, cooking the food, seeing at night, warmth, and using the flames to scare off animals. Now, man did not have to rely on the sun’s light and warmth for hunting and gathering. But, really think about it. If it wasn’t for that one moment, one second you maybe didn’t have that lamp next to you. Maybe it would be a torch, but then again, maybe someone else could’ve invented it sooner.
The men usually did the hunting, and the women cared for the children (or something else, I don’t remember completely) but the women noticed that the seeds that stood on ground would become plants next year. They probably took the seeds, and planted them into the ground. Volia!
Many people , ahem early humans, tried farming. Most of them switched to farming rather than hunting and gathering. But there were some costs and benefits to farm. One, you have a permanent home, so it is easier to transmit diseases. Two, if you are so dependent on the plants to eat, what if there’s a drought? Or the weather changes? What then? Three, farming holds a lot of risks for disease, especially from farm animals. But, there are also some benefits. One, you live in the same place all the time, so you don’t really have to move anywhere. Two, you can plant many things and have them all grow at the same time. Three, you can plant a variety of plants, so you get a healthier diet that just eating the same old bunny every time.
I will continue this question for the next post, and explain what happens over the couple thousand years of human history. It’s pretty sweet to know where you came from.
Hey Bloggers! Sorry I wasn’t posting for the last couple days. I am still sick with a virus that will not completely go away!! Anyways, the question of the day is: Is popularity that big of a deal?
Lots of people are insecure and make friends instantly (even if the friends are not friends) . And lots of people also don’t have any friends, and go with the “popular” group to not be alone. But there are also different ways to be popular.
The “middle school” popular. Middle school. Ugh. As I said, insecure girls want to “fit in” , especially new girls. To understand this, the movie Mean Girls fully explains this in high school. It’s hilarious. I just do not understand why people in middle or high school want to be popular. What does “popular” even mean? I mean, will being popular in school help you in the future? No, no it won’t. This is ridiculous.
The “social media” popular, which is the sadest type of popular. In one of my most recent posts, What will happen if We Stop Using Social Media I explain how social media is destroying us and what would happen if we quit using it. Constantly being on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media locks us up in this internet world, by ourselves, in front of the computer. Hoping to get new followers is not the worst thing in the world, but in a sense is not good. Yes, I hope my blog will gain traffic because I cannot express myself like this in the real world, although I wish I could. I ask questions I answer myself, and show the real me. But hoping to get more Instagram just to “look good” is another story.
I wouldn’t want to popular, even if I had a choice. I always ask myself why people want to be popular. I would rather have one or two friends that are trustworthy, mentally strong, loyal, kind, funny, and smart to me than 25 friends who know little about me. Being popular is a joke, just to let you know.
Question of the day: Why does beauty matter?
Beauty is something that is really appreciated these days. But, why? Why do people risk plastic surgery just to look pretty?
Since eyesight is the mostly the human’s strongest sense, we use it a lot and rely on it for many things instead of actually thinking. There are many types of people in this vast world, and many people are insecure or don’t have enough self-confidence. Many people also care so much about what people think, they do plastic surgery, which is harmful. Breast implants can lead to breast cancer and other problems. Surgery on other body parts is very dangerous ,too.
Also: Why do models have to be skinny and beautiful? What? To represent a good image for the brand? In my opinion, this represents a bad image for the brand because they just have to have skinny models just because of their looks. If I had a company for apparel, I would just use regular teenagers for the models, of any size, I seriously don’t care. The point of fashion is to show off the clothes, not give the impression that girls have to be skinny, because we live in a world like that: forced beauty
Some people are forced to be skinny, and some people even think they aren’t skinny enough. Some even go on eating disorders to be skinnier, which is very scary.
We all want people to “approve” our taste and style, so they don’t make us feel like we’re nothing just because of our looks. 1: Those people obviously don’t know anything. 2: They’re also (what I call) indirect bullies. 3: TRY NOT TO LISTEN TO THEM
I believe we are born with a lot of good qualities, and those qualities can be used, or some people can ignore those because of insecurity, innate meanness, and peer pressure. You’re all beautiful people inside and out! Don’t let anyone change that! And don’t change your look just to look more beautiful: you already are!!
Twinkle, twinkle. A star is winking at you. There is also a shooting star coming your way (a comet). You make a wish. I love astronomy, the study of stars and the universe.
How a star is born
There is a cloud of gas and dust, and a couple nebulas in space. Over time, (about million or billions of years depending on how big the cloud of gas is) gravity condenses the cloud of gas and dust to make a star. The new-born star is called a protostar. The core is about 10 million K(kelvin) degrees celsius. One Kelvin is 273.16 Celsius. That’s really hot! Eventually, the protostar cools down. It coverts hydrogen into helium and starts shining on its own.
How a star dies
The average life of a star is around 9-10 billion years. The smaller the star, the longer the life. The more massive the star is, it has a shorter life. Our closest star, the sun, is a middle-aged star. It lived for about 4.5 billion years. It also has an average weight and size. There are 3 ways for a star to die:
1- First, the star swells up and gets red. This will happen to the sun, swallowing the inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. This is known as a red giant. Then, the star gets really small, even smaller than it was before it became a red giant. This stage is the white dwarf stage. Now it only shines dimly. Eventually, it darkens and becomes a black dwarf.
2- The star can become a neutron star. The neutron forms from a supernova. A supernova is when a big star explodes. A supernova can be as big as an entire galaxy! Then, pieces from the star come to form a neutron star. A neutron star is black and as gigantic as a city.
3- I’m pretty sure I left out the black holes. Black Holes form from supernovas, just like neutron stars. The star has to be very massive to form a black hole. The center of the star collapses in upon itself. Black holes are a mystery. They are also invisible. Nothing can escape it, not even light! So be careful.
Halley’s Comet and Where Comets Come From
Halley’s comet is probably the most popular comet. It was named after Edmond Halley, who obviously proved it was the same comet orbiting the sun. He examined reports of the comet in 1531, 1607, and 1682. He predicted it would come again in 1758. By the time it came again, which it did, he died. He got famous and the comet was named after him.
The last time Halley’s comet came was in 1986. The next time it will come is in about 2061-2062. It has a 75 year orbit around the sun. This only makes it possible for it to be seen by someonce or twice in their lifetime. For me, unfortunately will be once.
Comets come from either the Kuiper Belt or the Oort Cloud. Short-term comets which come from the Kuiper Belt, orbit the sun for less than 200 years. Long-term comets come from the Oort Clouds, which orbit the sun for more than 200 years. Halley’s Comet comes from the Kuiper Belt.
Types of Stars
Binary star- two stars that either orbit one object, or one star orbits the other
Double- Two stars that look really close together from a telescope. Can form to a binary star
Yellow Dwarf- A small, main sequence star. Our sun is a type of yellow dwarf
Red Dwarf- (do not confuse with red giant) Is a cool, small, very faint star. Cool fact: red stars are cool stars and blue stars are hot stars. Proxima Centuri is a red dwarf
Stars close to Earth
1- The sun
2- Proxima Centuri. It is part of a star cluster, Alpha Centuri. Made up of 3 stars
3- Alpha Centuri. Binary star that is part of the cluster Alpha Centuri
4- Barnard’s Star. Part of the constellation Ophiuchus
Stars and comets are a mystery to me. What would we be interested without them?
Yeah, what are you good at? Telling the best scary story? Sewing the best socks? Identifying computer viruses? I’ll tell you what I’m good at:
– Knowing my way around Pinterest
– Snapping great photos
– Sewing back in a hole in fabric
– Writing this blog (bragging rights)
– Solving difficult math problems
– Memorizing different lists (for example types of car brands or types of blogging websites)
– To paint abstract art
– To play flute (it’s really fun)
What are your strengths? If you find a new one (such as playing basketball), try to be better at it. Practice in a basketball court with somebody and play one-on-one so it’ll train you to watch out for the opposing team. If you are great at gardening, plant new flowers and watch them grow. Also see my other post on gardening for reasons why to garden. Whatever you’re good at, enjoy that you’re exceptional at it. What are you good at? Tell me in the comments below!