Lost In Your Own Mind

Don’t front – I’m pretty sure that you’ve wondered about the way dreams work. How things can appear in dreams and then continue to appear as you see them in real life.
Sometimes you wake up because you thought you were falling. I’m pretty sure the reasoning behind this is that angels were trying to take you to heaven, but they were a little clumsy on the way up, and let you slip.

Now that you’ve successfully contemplated everything you’ve ever believed, I’ll go in depth with my research on dreaming.

Dreaming is evidence for the activeness of the conscience. Dreams can consist of thoughts flying through one’s head during the day: wants, wishes, and desires. However, the real science behind the active sub-conscience continues to be a mystery. It is believed to have a more spiritual aspect to it, but one can’t be too sure. Why would evolution ever decide that dreaming was beneficial to the survival of a species? How is it possible that people can envision situations before they happen? Confusion about the dream world is honestimagely one of life’s mysteries that no one seems too bothered about.

Medication has also been linked to the altering and warping of the sub-conscience.  Medication has a tendency to drastically strengthen this confusion and plunge dreamers into a muddled and insecure state of existence. These side effect are mostly recognized in treatment for mental illness. Regardless, dreaming does have a bad habit of confusing the dreamer between what is reality and what remains in the mind’s eye.

The most reasonable explanation in dream analysis is that dreams are the manifestation of thoughts. These thoughts may not have been actively realized, but they are present and recognized with a sense of nostalgia.

Beware the inception of the sleeping realm, or you might be lost in it.

Optical Illusions are Pretty Cool

If you look away before 20 seconds, you're inferior.

If you look away before 20 seconds, you’re inferior.

Have you ever seen an illusion and immediately gotten a headache? If so, then you’re a weakling.

Optical Illusions can use color, light, and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image. Illusions have a long history, going as far back as the ancient Greeks.

In 350 BC, Aristotle wrote that “our senses can be trusted but they can be easily fooled”. He noticed that if you watch a waterfall and shift your gaze to static rocks, the rocks appear to move in the opposite direction of the flow of water, an effect we now call “motion aftereffect” or the waterfall illusion. Tracking the flow of the water seems to “wear out” certain neurons in the brain as they adapt to the motion. When you then shift your gaze to the rocks, other competing neurons overcompensate, causing the illusion of movement in the other direction.

In the 19th century, studying illusions had a real boom because of the increase in scientists studying perception. A school of these scientists created simple illusions that showed how the brain perceives patterns, shapes and colors. This allowed us to understand more greatly that our eyes can play tricks on us.

The Fight of the Century

As many of you probably know, one of the biggest boxing fights happened last Saturday, May 2nd.

imageThe competitors were Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao.

It was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and tickets cost between 3,500 and 25,000 dollars depending in the various seating arrangements in the arena.

Or an everyday boxing enthusiasts could stay at home and watch it on Pay-Per-View for 100 dollars.

It was a twelve round fight, and spectators say it was an average fight in terms of content.

Floyd Mayweather won the fight, upholding his unbeatable streak, and he walked away with 190 million dollars.

While Manny Pacquiao did not bring home the championship, he didn’t really lose because he left with 120 million dollars and without major harm.

He however did sustain a shoulder injury before the fight that did not get to a painful stage until after the fight.

The New Superintendent (according to Steve..)

I recently interviewed Steven Goldberg, principal of Great Neck Village School, about our district’s new superintendent, Dr. Teresa Prendergast.

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Dr. Teresa Prendergast

My first question was about the history of superintendents. He mentioned sadness to see Tom Dolan leave, which all of you probably know. He’s soon-to-be former superintendent. From Steve’s knowledge, Dr. William A. Shine was superintendent for 24 years, followed by Dr. Ronald Friedman, and most recently, Dr. Tom Dolan.

And if you’re wondering why you should continue reading this article, it’s actually really important when a new superintendent is chosen because it actually is an extremely big deal. Steve used words like “educational leader” and “top-notch”. Not only that, Steve went on to say that the board of education has an exceptional skill set to be able to fill the positions of Great Neck educators. The superintendent is the go-to person for school principals and anyone in between. Aimagend Dr. Prendergast now has the power to make the majority, if not all, of the educational decisions. So, it’s a big deal.

There is no question about the qualifications of the superintendent because the job requires a bunch of degrees. Starting with an SDA, which stands for School District Administrative Degree, next is an SBA, (School Building Administrative degree), and with some other credits you’re qualified to be a superintendent. (If you didn’t know, Steve actually is qualified to be a superintendent too!), but he’s fully satisfied as principal.

After acquiring those degrees, it takes a while to climb to the top. You can jump from position to position very fast either, because you want word to get out that you’ve been good at each and every position. It takes a while. Steve said he’s never met a superintendent under 45.

Steve continued on to say that Dr. Prendergast was very kind, competent, and eager to teach, as well as learn. She is probably going to come to our Village School graduation as well.

Wrapping up the interview, he wanted to thank the board of education for having a talent for finding amazing people to keep Great Neck, well… Great.

The Many Flavors of Zac Brown Band

imageOn April 28th, Zac Brown Band came out with their new album called Jekyll and Hyde. The name of the album has to do with the book called a Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

In the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are actually the same person. One is a sane doctor and the other is a crazy man and the album is set up the same way. There are many different types of songs like Castaway, which is an island-type song about drinking and having fun. Then, there is Young and Wild which is an nostalgia song where Zac sings about when he was younger and the things he used to do. Lastly, there is the song Homegrown which is a country song about a small town that feels like he was born there and he wants to die there.

The album is very good gift for someone If you don’t know their taste in music. And if you are trying to get into country music, you should start with buying this album because it has many different sounds and styles.

Check out the lyrics video below for Homegrown, the first single off the album.

10 Reasons You Should Get the Apple Watch

Older people think that there’s no point to having your phone on your wrist, but that’s because they’re old and don’t know anything. They can’t understand the laziness of this generation and how it’s hard to take your phone out of your pocket when you get a call or message. But many people would really like to have the Apple Watch– especially the lazy ones. So here’s ten reasons why old people should want the Apple Watch. (Because the younger ones already want one).

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  1. If you’re in a meeting or somewhere where you can’t take out your phone or start texting or look through your mail, you can simply just look at your wrist and have everything right there.
  2. If you’re in bed taking a nap during the day and someone calls you but your phone is five feet away on your table, you can just answer the call from your watch.
  3. When shopping, you don’t have to go digging through your bag to get your credit card. You can simply pay through your watch thanks to Apple pay.
  4. If you’re a runner, you can have your watch track your daily exercise and see how much you’ve ran. The Apple Watch also tracks your heart rate.
  5. Old people want to be healthy, so the apple watch can tell you if you’ve been sitting for too long. So stand up, walk around and sit right back down in a minute or two.
  6. Send new live emojis that move. Send a thumbs, a smiley face, or a heart face emoji.
  7. Tap on your friends’ names and draw on your screen. Whatever you draw on your screen will appear on your friend’s Apple Watch. Draw a flower or heart to let them know you’re thinking of them.
  8. Share your heartbeat with someone special or even a friend. Tap on their name, then hold two fingers on your screen. Your heartbeat will appear on their screen.
  9. Don’t have time to text back? Leave a quick voice message and have your watch translate it into words or just send it as a recording.
  10. Have a question? Well now you can ask Siri anything right on your wrist. Just say “Hey Siri”.

The Early Man Woke Up

Sweaty came to kill and he’s still hungry. I’m obviously talking about Earl Sweatshirt, probably one of the world’s most underrated lyricists.

sweatshirt in a sweatshirt

sweatshirt in a sweatshirt

beautiful.

beautiful.

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, professionally known as rapper Earl Sweatshirt, is arguably one of the most interesting cases to ever reach hip-hop’s doorstep. Earl was first recognized at the age of 15, under the name Sly Tendencies, by upcoming artist, producer, and director Tyler the Creator. At this point Tyler’s empire was still at its foundation stages, but eventually his hip-hop collective Odd Future made its name known. OF gained recognition for their music that tended to flirt with every boundary, putting out depressive tracks, to angry and almost violent audiography.

Earl released his debut album “Earl” at the age of sixteen under the Odd Future label. Although listeners weren’t as numerous as they are now, the audience was shocked by the talent of the young Earl. He boasted an unrivaled vocabulary and a flow that had the ability to draw any ear. His messages had a bipolarity to them that was owned and first put together by Odd Future themselves. Earl spit mercilessly, going between suicidal thoughts to bitter break ups to violent urges that he wrote almost in competition with Tyler.

However, just as quickly as Earl made his claim to power, he suddenly disappeared. Odd Future started up chants screaming “Free Earl,” while fans were scratching their heads trying to figure out the whereabouts of the Early Man. Thebe finally appeared in Samoa in an academy for troubled youth. Apparently, his mother had shipped him off due to Earl’s questionable behavior that continues to remain quite vague. Although Earl was able to get his act together in this two-year hiatus, he missed Odd Future’s rise to the forefront, headlined by Tyler’s “Goblin.”

Earl made his return as abruptly as his departure. At the age of eighteen, he had fans waiting in eager anticipation for new work, along with learning to adjust to OF’s newly found fame. Thebe hit the studio and in August of 2013, “Doris” was released. The album demonstrated Earl’s thoughtfulness and displayed a newly found maturity that hadn’t been present in “Earl.” The new album also removed the violent urges, although it continued the pattern of bipolarity. Listeners bounce between the self-hatred outlined in tracks like “Chum” to the resentful and bitter sound of tracks like “Molasses” and “Burgundy.”

Thebe’s success and popularity skyrocketed, though the mastermind himself was not happy. Earl started popping painkillers and increased his cannabis consumption to keep him kind of happy. He started a downward spiral, that eventually led to Earl being bedridden for three weeks because of medical exhaustion. Following this collapse, Earl went quiet for a while. He continued to tour and make appearances on the Odd Future show “Loiter Squad,” but remained lowkey until late March of 2015, with the release of “I Don’t Like S***, I Don’t Go Outside.” The title, though being explicit, was so accurate it was funny, according to Thebe. The album finds a way to get to an even darker and depressing level that leaves listeners quiet and in an almost meditative state. Barely hitting a full 30 minutes, Earl’s talent is undoubtedly continuing to grow and mature. One might worry about him due to ideas expressed in “Grief,” but Earl is just figuring himself out, and admits that this is his “most honest release.” Earl also released a ten-minute compilation named “Solace,” allegedly dedicated to the turbulent relationship with his mother. “Solace” leaves listeners in a state of appreciative euphoria, so beware.

Earl’s genius is still waiting to be explored, as he isn’t even close to his peak yet. Watch out for Sweaty.

Celebrating a 200 Year Anniversary

THE HISTORY OF GREAT NECK SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Great Neck School District 7 was created in 1814 which was about 200 years ago. This means we have an old district; two years after New York was started to have a statewide public school system. In this time period, it was common practice for schools to be open for 6 days instead of 5 for the whole year, so the students could divide their school year into quarters. This way they could drop out for a few months during crop season to help their family or friends.

Fairview Aveunue school, used from 1840- 1869.

Fairview Aveunue school, used from 1840- 1869.

Arrandale, which was originally Fairview Avenue School, was pretty interesting. Since paper was scarce, students had to bring in their own slate and sponge for their work, sitting in double-row desks and seats. The things that they learned consisted of reading, writing and arithmetic. The recreational time that the kids had were separated between girls and boys with a fence in between their spaces. Also, if they got thirsty some student had to get a bucket and go to the well.

In January 1895, the district became a Union free school district. Moses R. Schenck, who was the first chairman, served a few years before being succeeded by John C. Baker. His wife, Elizabeth M. Baker, was an ex-schoolteacher who joined after her husband resigned and later became board president. On October 7, 1895, the first high school in this district was created! The district bought a $29 microscope and models of the human eye, ear and heart to offer its first science class just to qualify for Regents certification.

In 1900, the district spent $24,000 to make a new 3-story building in Arrandale from grades 1-12. It was a nice school but sadly burnt down in the 1920’s. Great Neck’s population began to rise due to the opening from the Queensboro Bridge and the building of the Long Island Railroad.

In 1914, the district built a gymnasium which was one of the the nicest gyms in the country. The school didn’t have a gym teacher but the students still made a football team and played their home games on a cow pasture.

The Kensington school was built in 1921 and during this time period, many actors, artists and writers lived in the community.  This included F. Scott Fitzgerald, George M. Cohan, Ed Wynn, Groucho Marx and Eddie Cantor.

Lakeville

Lakeville

Great Neck North was made with a $1,500,000 bond issue and opened in 1929. The structure was created so nicely that it caught newspapers’ eyes. The same time, Lakeville school opened in District 8 (Lakeville). Lakeville and district 7 (Great Neck common school) combined to make the district we have today.

May 12, 1938, was the most debatable day in history of Great Neck. About 800-1200 students left their classrooms to go to the auditorium to hear student leader speech’s about the administrators decisions to get rid of teachers that had been working there for many years. The reporters were there. Two hours later the principal tried telling everyone to go to class but it drew an even bigger crowd of about 1,500 people and parents. The Board of Education wanted to fire the four teachers, the principal and the dean met, so they met 11 times in two weeks and made parent teacher investigation committees. Later that fall, the New York State Tenure took effect and created the Great Neck Teacher Association.

After World War 2, John L. Miller had to deal with four times the amount of students than in the preceding 20 years, and still only had four schools. New schools were built within the next ten years.

CELEBRATING THE DISTRICT

banner200With the 200 year celebration just over a week ago, schools in the district are holding special events. Our principal, Steve, told me that here, at Village, we are having a bbq with trivia and some traditional food that was eaten 200 years ago.  Hopefully, people will enjoy it! North High made an episode on the Guide Post. South Middle School’s TV production crew created a film on the history of the Great Neck Schools. Steve also mentioned how this past Sunday, all the high schools: North, South, and Village, chose an alumnus that represents the population; they made speeches and introduced themselves to everyone.

IN STEVE’S WORDS…

What makes Great Neck so great to celebrate?

“I’ve been working in this district for 20 years, and with everyone I have ever spoken to in 20 years, that worked anywhere else, it’s just not the same. Great Neck education can open doors to kids. This is a district that is, I think, ranked third in the country, but in my opinion, best in the country because of its attitude and the way that it thinks. So what we’re dealing with here is, kids go to good colleges, everything from Ivy League to community colleges and everything in between, and there are programs and schools like Village School, SEAL or the ACE program at North or [The] Peak [Experience Program] at South. Every kid that exists in this town, has a place to go to, where they can feel like the place was just about created for them which gives them confidence, [and] sets them on the right path after high school. And the reason that all these programs exist is not because of any political reasons, but because Great Neck cares for their kids, and it really does. It’s an educated community, it’s wonderful educators who want to be in this community, and all of this to me, makes the school district worth celebrating.”

Feminism

There are common misconceptions that come to mind about the topic of feminism. Just like there are different opinions on most controversial ideas, feminism has its different points of views. America as a society has come a long way from its stereotypical gender roles.

For decades, people have suffered their fair share of being degraded and having their rights taken away. From the earliest of times, women would be the ones to bear children, cook, clean, and keep their husbands happy. So all of this ranting, and I think it’s fair to say that most people don’t know what feminism actually is. Feminism isn’t the hatred of men, feminism is the want to equal the standards and have the same opportunities as them. Men who state what they want and don’t let anyone stop them are seen as determined and head-strong, but when a woman acts like that she’s seen as stubborn and agressive. What prompts us to view people like this? Just because of our anatomy, it changes how we treat people?

Women’s right to vote wasn’t put into place until 1920. That’s only 95 years of “equality” for women. History is a huge part of how life is today. All over the world from the earliest of times, there have been standards that women had to strive to reach. We had to look pretty, act proper, speak well, and take care of our families. Being a women myself, I look up to so many female figures that are the epitome of power and breaking out of the restraints of society such as Jane Austen, Malala Yousafzai, and J.K. Rowling. All these strong inspirational women have stood up for what they believed in and broken boundaries of gender standards. Feminism is important to me because the idea gives me a sense of empowerment and pushes me to fight for other women in the world such as Saudi Arabia.

Overall, feminism is a beautiful thing that women should feel proud to be a part of. I’m proud to be a feminist and to be someone who recognizes the harsh realities of what certain people have gone through. No matter what gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality, I believe that the rights we have as a human beings shouldn’t be any less acceptable just because of traits we can’t control. I am proud to be a feminist.

Waka Flocka For President

For the 2016 election, one of our potential candidates is Juaquin James Malphurs, better known to us by his stage name “Waka Flocka Flame”.

For those who don’t know of Mr. Flocka, he is a rapper born in Jamaica, Queens and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

imageFor his presidency he, only wants to make 3 subtle changes to our current laws:

1. To legalize marijuana consumption

2 To make animal presence in restaurants illegal

3. To make the presence of feet, size 13  or larger, illegal on public streets.
Individuals with large feet can however, still use means of public transportation such as busses and cabs.

Flocka believes that in schools, the students should be taught more trade skills and practical skills as well as all of his lyrics. In fact, those who don’t know his lyrics before high school graduation would have to start school again from the third grade.

Flocka also plans on raising minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour (from our current 8.75 dollars in New York)

His view on women’s rights can is that women already have equal rights and that women in this day and age are tough. Not fighting for women’s rights, he says, is more of a respect thing.

As for meetings with Congress, Flocka plans on wearing a tank top and flips flops, instead of a suit and dress shoes, due to comfort and respect issues.

Even with somewhat reasonable requests and a wide fan base that would definitely vote for him, he is still only 28 years old and can not actually run for president because the minimum age requirement is 35.

But, THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD PUBLICITY STUNT IDEA AND IT REALLY WORKED!!!!!