Time Travel vs. Aliens: Possible or Not?

Until either one is proven, many people tend not to believe in aliens or in time travel. While they both seem likely to appear in a sci-fi novel or movie, realists laugh at those who do believe in those things.

Personally, I believe that time travel has a lesser likelihood at happening in the real world than aliens contacting us or us contacting them. If time travel were possible, the travelers would only be able to go backward in time because the future they once lived in would no longer exist. In this instance, this up backwards would be called that- just going backwards in time. In order to time travel, I think that people would be able to go forward and backwards in time, not just backwards.

While I like to pretend that aliens don’t exist because the idea that we are not the only living creatures in the universe terrifies me more than anything else, there is a higher chance of being contacted or contacting aliens than tie travel. There is no way that we are the only living creatures in our universe considering how absolutely massive it is. Earth is the size of a grain of sand compared to our universe, not to mention all of the endless other universes out there in our galaxy.

Time travel would involve ripping the seams of time and stitching it back together without messing everything up forever. Aliens just involve other living things out there in the void of space wondering if they too are the only beings out there.

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Romantic Comedy Plot

A 2 sets of “lesbian and a gay man” get married at the beginning of the story because they each want to have children, but do not want to do it on their own. Each couple promises each other that they will not start dating other people until their children are old enough to understand their choices.

The two husbands of the couples meet at work some years later and begin seeing each other. It comes out (yes, pun intended) that they each are married to a lesbian, so they try setting their wives up with each other. The couples agree to meet on a night where they can send their children to their grandparents house for the night.

The kids are old enough to sneak out (early teens/tweens), so they follow their parents to the place they are supposed to by meeting up at. The two groups of kids meet and figure out that their parents are seeing each other. Each kid is horrified that their parents are cheating on each other together and plan to break them up.

The two wives hit it off and the gay and lesbian couples grow more serious. The kids pull awful pranks to try and break them up, but not matter how hard they all try, their parents are still in love. The husbands convince their technical wives to come out to all of their kids at the same time one night.

When the dads tell the kids that they are dating and the moms tell the kids that they are dating, the kids tell them that they know and tell them that they don’t want their parents to break up. The kids don’t want to have to go from house to house just to see their parents.

As a compromise, the two couples decide to move in together and raise all of their kids together.

This can lead to a sequel/series about the mischief the kids get into and the dysfunction of having too many people in a house.

 

Zombies vs. Vampires: Realistic or Not?

While the horror genre has spent decades trying to create the most realistic version of non-realistic creatures, there has always been speculation on which beasts could actually exist in our plane of existence. The two more so favored creatures portrayed in media are Zombies and Vampires, both of which have a somewhat higher possibility of existing rather than demons, werewolves, or aliens.

A large number of horror fans can easily say that Zombies could potentially exist. Whether they are religious and can picture the End of Days with the “risen” being in zombie form, or if a disease takes over that turns people into rabid cannibals, Zombies could potentially exist in a number of different ways. There are also many different types of zombies portrayed in media, so there is a higher chance that a Zombie could have a blend of characteristics that range from the terrorizing ones in The Walking Dead or Z Nation all the way to the basically human-like functioning ones in iZombie or Santa Clarita Diet, even though they still need to eat people to survive.

Rarely do you see people believe that Vampires could exist in our world. At this point in time, there are scientific plot-holes in the existence of immortality, even with our technology as advanced as it is. There are not a large range of different types of Vampires- they all get burned by the sun to some extent, need blood to survive, and can be killed by a stake, fire, or beheading. Their possibility is so minuscule because of the ridiculousness of their nature, while on the other hand, Zombies seen like a more reasonable creature to exist.

Supernatural vs. Real Life Horror

Whenever someone thinks about horror, they either think of messed up individuals or supernatural monsters who want to maim, hunt, or eat people. From the very beginning of horror films, death and destruction have always been the main topic. In today’s age, there are two main types of horror movie watchers; who who think supernatural horror is scarier, and those who think realistic horror is scarier.

The supernatural horror fans tend to believe in the goodness of people. They tend to be more positive, more optimistic with their faith in humanity in place. This causes them to think realistic horror movies are stupid and not scary.

If the supernatural horror fans are not like this, it is probably because they believe in the supernatural. Whether it’s because they met a really good psychic or because they grew up in a haunted house, it doesn’t matter. The end result is always that they believe in the supernatural to some extent, even if it’s only a little bit.

The realistic horror fans tend to believe that people are either raised to be bad, naturally evil, or they learned their horribleness through other awful people. They tend to be more pessimistic or realistic, and they tend to not have a lot of faith in humanity. This causes them to believe that the serial killers, cannibals, or other messed up people in horror movies could potentially be in the real world living among us.

Personally, I am a blend of two. I find ghost horror movies terrifying because I live in a haunted house and I’m afraid that if I watch one in my house, I’ll give myself a heart attack from being too scared. I also find realistic horror movies terrifying because my father, if he were a violent person, could have reacted similarly to the antagonist in a horror movie.

My Horror Movie Plot: Eating Out

Two lesbians, Character A and Character B, meet and go out on a date. They both seem relatively normal, but Character B lives in the woods outside of town. Character A doesn’t think anything of it and thinks that Character B is really sweet.

Character A starts to see black figures following her or standing outside of her apartment building at night. She stops sleeping and begins becoming paranoid that she’s being followed. Character B tells her that everything’s okay and if she is really that scared that she can move in with her. Character A agrees and moves in without thinking about it.

Character B lives in an unusually large/dark house for “one person”, but Character A doesn’t question in because of how glad she is to be away from her creepy apartment. Character B slowly tricks Character A into quitting her job stop contacting the outside world at all.

Character A keeps on seeing black figures around Character B’s home and outside through windows which pushes her into agoraphobia. She stops going into town and stops ever going outside.

Character B tells Character A that she’s going to have some friends from “out of town” come have dinner and spend the night, and Character A is a little skeptical but agrees anyway. Character B drugs Character A before dinner and Character A passes out. She wakes up chained to the long table in the dining area.

Character A finds Character B in the crowd of creepily black clad people (who secretly live in the house and were told to follow Character A) and tries to get Character B to let her loose. Character B instead climbs up onto the table and says, “Let’s give them a show, baby.”

Character A figures that Character B is an exhibitionist and will let her go if they fool around in front of the creepy crowd, which is getting impatient and fidgety. After Character B plays around with Character A a bit she plucks out Character A’s eyeball and eats it. Then she calls over the rest of the creepy crowd to Character A and they start eating her too.

At the end Character B leans into Character A’s ear and says, “Next time, I’ll draw this out a bit longer. Who knew I would enjoy eating out so much?”

The last scene cuts to the basement where Character B puts the remains of Character A in a small open coffin. There are other coffins filled with bones with names on them and a wall with a list of names which shows a picture of the next person they are going to lure in and eat.

This idea is actually based off of a short story that I wrote in high school.

 

Communism and Crappy Rulers

Throughout goal history there have been different types of communist societies. The two biggest examples are of communist Russian and North Korea, both of which are considered ‘enemies’ of the United States. What many people in the US do not understand is that a communist society could work, if it were in the right conditions. The most important thing would be that their ruler would have to be truly selfless and would only want what is best for their nation.

In a communist society, everything is supposed to be equal for all members of their country, but that is realistically impossible. Elitists, government officials, and the upper class always keep most of the nations’ wealth and the “trickle down effect” ends up completely useless because it’s not happening.

If a ruler, unlike Fidel Castro and Stalin, wants to do what is “fair” for everyone in their society, they need to stop the massive gap between classes. If they end up wanting to keep the classes, make it so that each class is closer in wealth and opportunities. This makes it so that the classes practically blend together, hence making it “fairer” for each individual.

In the real world, this could never happen. Power goes to people’s heads, and those in charge want to keep the wealth to themselves. This has been proven time and time again throughout history, and it will likely always occur because people have flaws, and that is something that will never change.

Modern Lincoln: What Would He Think?

What many people do not understand is that Republican and Democratic ideals have vastly changed since President Lincoln’s time. In the early to mid 1800’s, Lincoln can even be seen calling himself “an old line Henry Clay Whig,” which basically means that he was very pro-government. This can be seen in Lincoln’s signing of  the Morrill Land-Grant Acts and the Homestead Act of 1860, both of which were considered “highly progressive legislation” at its time (Jay Verkuilen).

Another way Lincoln can be seen to have “modern Democratic” views is through his passing of the first federal tax in 1861. Modern Republicans, on the other hand, push for fewer and lower taxes. Modern Republicans also dislike presidents (aka, Obama) who “abuse presidential power.” They would have disliked Lincoln even more, because he is the “the most activist President in history” according to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lincoln-modern-gop-republicans_us_56bdea90e4b0b40245c61bb5)

Other than Lincoln being disappointed in the modern Republican party, I believe that he would be fascinated by the technology used in the military today. He served in the military as a captain, and I think he would like how new technology has been added to our military. (“What Would Lincoln Say If He Were Alive Today?” By Sergio Castro)

I also believe that Lincoln would be disappointed at Donald Trump for wanting to destroy the pines and Native American reservations out west for the Alaskan pipeline. Lincoln was the president to establish Yosemite Valley, and I believe that he would be disappointed in our nation for not taking better care of our shared environment. (The Top 10 Greenest Presidents in U.S. History)

Eventually: A Picture’s Worth 360 Words

As an artist, and a writer, I get very frustrated when I hear people say that, “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” but for very different reasons.

The artist’s side of myself will spend days working on a single piece and will literally make my anxiety spike over the course of praying that my work will end up half as good as I want it to. While making an extremely detailed story board for a short story for my Creative Writing class in high school, I created six pages of art to visualize my 2160 word story. If I divide that number by six, I get 360 words per picture.

I spent roughly a week and a half non-stop drawing, and erasing, and perfecting my pictures for that project, and the idea that all of the time and effort went into only 360 words an image is sort of degrading.

The writer’s side of myself looks at this same story through a different perspective. I spent a month working on the story that I spent only a week and a half drawing out. I had eight different drafts that I had edited, rewrote, reedited, and rewrote over and over again. I had ten different people look over the story to tell me what I could correct and make better.

As a writer, I was frustrated that everyone liked my art better than my actual story. I felt betrayed, especially considering how this was a writing class, not an art class.

As an artist, having the story board explain my story like a comic was a relief. My class loved my art, and my teacher enjoyed how I had designed the scenes, used colour, and used metaphor through art to show who was alive, who was dead, and the one character who was on the brink of death.

 

Tiger: The Korean War and Friendly Fire

“”A tiger came up

Of the Siberian race

And rattled the wires

Where our machines guns were placed.

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Rat-a-tat tat!

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And then he was dead.

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“A case of mistaken identity,”
The platoon leader said.””
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This poem discusses one of the parts of war many tend to leave out; friendly fire. It may be because it is extremely painful for people talk about. It may be because murdering one’s squad mates is deeply frowned upon in American society, and people usually to go to jail over it. Either way, this poem shows us a side of war that tends to get looked over.
The “mistaken identity” of the soldier that goes down could have occurred in many different ways. The soldier could have been seen far off or could have been returning to camp at night and was mistaken as someone from the other side. Another way this soldier could have been killed was if he was further up in the mountains than his squad and he was accidentally shot while one of his squad mates was trying to shoot someone or something else.
Unlike the poem, ” Friendly Fire” by Mark Nichols in which the squad of the man “Scud” feels remorse over the death of their fellow soldier and how he got “pop-popped,” the platoon leader that is mentioned in “Tiger” appears to not care at all that one of his men was killed. His voice appears to be very monotonous in the way he describes what happened to one of his men. “A case of mistaken identity,” could even sound like someone was reading it out of a newspaper article about the occurrence.