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RuneScape Taught Me Basic Graphic Design

In my journalism class, we've started our graphic design where we teach the newcomers to the program how to layout newspaper pages and all the skills that are required in the process. We use Adobe InDesign with a touch of Photoshop. I've always been proficient with the program and as editor-in-chief I spent most of my time in this unit helping the cubs with basic elements and tools. One day I was teaching the class about layers and how they work, when someone asked, "Where did you learn this?"

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Being Brown Among Whites

So as you guys probably know by now, I'm Pakistani. I'm really comfortable with my identity as a Pakistani-born that grew up in America. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), I visit Pakistan often enough that my perspective is tempered by visions of life in both America and Pakistan. America--where I have lots of opportunities and life has a definite structure, and Pakistan--where everything is miserable and hope is scarce (exaggerating, but not by a lot).   I identify myself as both an Ameri

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A Quick Little Interesting Story

Today was my first day of work (outside of orientation) at Barnes & Noble. A co-worker trained me on certain aspects of customer service, including placing holds on books for customers. When one places a hold at Barnes & Noble, a sheet is automatically printed with the person's last name alongside some purchase info. One then takes the hold paper, aligns it with the book so that the last name is running vertically down the spine, and then puts a rubber band on them.   My first hold was

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Advent of Summer

My junior year of high school has been the toughest year of my life so far. Due to overstretching myself between extracurriculars, leadership positions, and tough academic classes, as well as a severe development and diagnosis with Major Depressive Disorder, it's been not so happy sunshine all the time. The two feed into each other and cause a third issue: a terrible sleeping pattern. This triumvirate of terrible things has plagued me.   I've been going to therapy since last February. It's hel

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American Gods

Just finished reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Awesome book. It's like Percy Jackson for adults. Anyone who likes Percy Jackson or fantasy should try it out. It's a bit long, but worth it. :)

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Sophomore Year Wrapup

It's been a pretty great school year.   I made lots of new friends, had my (to-date) favorite teacher ever, gained confidence in myself, and managed to get stellar grades.   By the end I had decided to run for Student Council and look for a leadership position in my school's South Asian Club. So now I'm the Acting President of Student Council for the next school year as well as one of the Vice Presidents of the South Asian Club.   Oh yeah, and I started my own club within the school. To su

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New Year, New Me

A week and a half ago, my dad had a stroke. He was admitted to the hospital two days later, and was there for the majority of winter break. He had a clot in one of the veins that led to his brain. If we took him to the hospital even a day later, he most likely would have had another stroke, suffered permanent brain damage, and would have had a severe speech impediment for the rest of his life.   This is him two days after coming back from the hospital. He got extremely lucky and made a full re

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It By Stephen King

I just finished it. Having never read a Stephen King novel before, I had no idea on what to expect.   I was so immersed. I've never been so into a book as I have this book. And I was terrified. I had always doubted the ability of a book to scare you, but I take that back with all my heart. I would have nights where I would put the book down and try to sleep, but instead, my mind would be racing and I would nearly shriek at every noise.   It wasn't just the horror bits though... it was so muc

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Best Christmas Ever

Opened my box and   RISE AGAINST TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas as well!!!!!!     ;) ;) ;)

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Spanish Project

Tomorrow, we get to do one of the most fun projects I've had for school yet.   We get to record a video of us rapping in Spanish, teaching you how to make nachos. There's some other stuff in there too (a three-act video, in which the rapping-nachos is only one part), but that's the part I'm most excited about.   Can't wait :)

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I Demand

An instant demotion of redmonke.   He has posted things in the DM boards.   Things too disgusting for any man to read.   Things that will never be washed away from my brain.   Things that will keep my up at night for the rest of my being.  

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Consumer Therapy

Decided I'd give myself a little treat for getting straight A's this marking period :)     Yes the lamp is new too :D

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Results Of First Debate

[extract][/extract]WE WON!!! And I won best speaker!!!!! Also I was only 4 points away from a perfect score!!!!!!!!!! AND IT WAS MY FIRST DEBATE!!!!!   :( :D :D :D :D :D :D   The judge said that our team was the best he's seen so far, and he was completely shocked that it was my first debate and that I am a sophomore. The other team has had like... six debates so far this season? My team is replacing the previous affirmative team, because they were on a pretty bad losing streak and we beat

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On Homework

I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage my time better and not get distracted. I will manage

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Operation Theater

This Tuesday, my three-year-old cousin will begin his brain surgery.   I honestly don’t know how I should be feeling. I want him to be well. But I’m so worried. The stuff that the doctors have been telling us isn’t that great, but it varies from week to week. That in itself is so worrying.   I feel bad for his parents. I can’t imagine the excruciating pain they’ve gone through this past year; and I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how worried they must be.   Tonight he’s going to

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Techinical Issues

Laptop's motherboard is fried. This computer is as archaic as Tabt. I've been going on Sals from my phone lately. New laptop will be here sometime in November.   Love you guys <3

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Samsara Is Missing!

Lately my activity has plummeted like a naive man into Paris Hilton's vagina. I promise you guys that I have somewhat legitimate reasons!   Hopefully I'll get a long blog post up tomorrow with an update on everything that is going on. I've been planning on writing that all week but i never got the time.   Love you guys!!

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Update On Cousin

So my cousin has not been doing well. Recently, his limbs have started to grow weaker and he's reverted back to crawling. His epilepsys and seizures are becoming more frequent and he's in the hospital again.   After some thorough testing they've concluded that there are sac-like things that are disrupting his frontal lobe, causing weak motor skills, lack of speech, autism, seizures, asymmetry in the brain. Basically that stuff will slowly drain his brain until he becomes braindead, and then ev

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Back In America

I had my Taco Bell. It was great. I'm never going to eat again. I'm so stuffed.   Also, nice doggy!es! Now that I'm back in a first world country...     Over the next couple of days I'll patch together a massive blog entry that will summarize my entire trip with a dumpsterload of pictures.

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