Cut-Up Creations

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So today, I learned about cutting up text for the sake of finding a new way to express or explain an essay, and in a way, can form poetry. The form of literature art was made by William S. Burroughs in the 1950’s and 1960’s. His method included him cutting up articles and essays and using words at random from each piece of literature to form a kind of confused but insightful poems, which at times, take no form of grammar in order to express the essay in a meaningful way. I took an essay I wrote on my life for catching, preparing, and eating fish, and I stuck It into this website, which would cut up my essay into many words and paste random words in the order of which they appear, and the “sentences” formed almost never followed an English structure. This is one of the lines that I was outputted after being chopped.

“Myself, blue, silver, and ferocious.”

I liked this line from the cut-up because it is the complete opposite of myself. I’m not blue, I’m not silver, heck, I’m not ferocious. I’m just friendly. What’s funny is the essay that this comes from discusses my love for fish, and where I describe a mackerel as blue and silver. This line literally compares me, makes me a fish, because you are what you eat.

Typical end products of cutting up are more insightful on the author’s topic than usually depicted in the writing. Countless authors have “found” poetry in practicing this method by cutting up strips of newspapers, essays, videos, tapes, audio. Many of the cut-ups, when put together, sound cryptic, but in a poetic sense, sometimes there is logic and understanding with what you hear, see, feel.

Here are some songs that I feel are relevant to the “excerpt” that I took from my essay.

Songs:

Eye of the Tiger

American National Anthem

When you cut-up your essays and such, you should try to relate the result to yourself and even find music as well that suits it. Discover something new, there’s always something there, even if it isn’t evident.

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Pirates Vs. Ninjas Solved! Thanks to Ninjago!

Pirates Vs. Ninjas a debate that has been going on for many years and I for one… don’t know where this actually came from.

So after an extensive search on google, I was able to narrow it down to the website called knowyourmeme.com, a.k.a. typed in “Where did the pirates vs. ninja come from?” and clicked I’m feeling lucky.

Turns out it came from a person by the name of Robert Hamburger wrote about the hypothetical battle on his website, RealUltimatePower in April 17th, 2003.

So I thought to myself, “Who would win?” I was able to come upon the answer by watching an episode of Ninjago and the episode so happen to be about Pirates Vs. Ninjas. My luck right!?!?!

Before I start, I want to make it clear that I believe that the show was able to accurately depict the ninjas and pirates and the fight in the episode was not at all bias or anything like that.

Let’s start with the pirates.

The pirates are shown to wield iron or steel cutlasses as their primary weapon. The swords are strong enough to cut through the floorboards of a ship. A rocket-powered ship I might add.

Oh yeah…the pirates also has that too. The show depicted the pirates to have a rocket-powered ship, mostly made out of wood and decorated with cool black paint, making it look like a dragon. The ship is quite durable able to ram through skyscrapers with minimal damage. The ship also carried canons that were able to shoot cannonballs that tore through buildings as well.

However, despite popular belief, pirates did not actually wield any sort of firearm. No pistols, musket, or anything. This wasn’t approached on too much on in the episode so I’ve came up with a hypothesis. Guns are expensive.

Now for their ultimate weapon, gumballs. The gumballs are surprisingly effective able to take out not one, not two, but three ninjas at the same time! A powerful weapon indeed.

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That’s pretty much all the pirates had so let’s move on to the ninjas.

The ninjas are shown to wield a variety of weapons. Ranging from katanas, nunchucks, shurikens, and even a scythe. All able to cut through the wooden floorboards of the ship that I previously mentioned.

Of course the ninjas arsenal isn’t just for the offensive. They also carry a pouch of smoke bombs, able to shroud their movements and disrupt any battle or to flee from one.

The ninjas also had the ability to utilize elemental powers, ranging from fire, earth, ice, lightning, and even energy. You guys should know what all these do. Well maybe besides energy…kinetic force?

The ninjas also had a FREAKING DRAGON! Not only that but it had four heads and you know the saying “four head are better than one.” Each head also has the ability to breath fire, earth, ice, and lightning.

Now onto the verdict.

Weaponry: Pirates

Even though the ninjas had a variety of weapons to keep the pirates on their toes, the cutlasses were able to match all of the ninja’s weapon without fail. The pirates also had gumballs which I will repeat, took out three ninjas at the same time. Besides, the ninjas were desperate enough to use a scythe, a farming tool!

Vehicles/Steeds: Ninja

This was an easy one. Ships have no brains and the Four-headed dragon has four, making it smarter than the average dragon. Also the dragon can also breath fire and fire burns wood. Sure the ship has canons, but it takes time to load them up and fire, the dragon is shown to be quite fast able to save a man from falling in a second notice.

Physic: Tie

This is a tie. In the show, the ninjas are shown to be quite maneuverable, avoiding hits and weaving through the battlefield like a, well, ninja. However the pirates are shown to be quite durable able to take on plenty of damage without a single scratch.

Special Powers: Ninja

The pirates didn’t have any special powers…duh.

NINJAS WIN!

Derek

Hamburgers are life

I absolutely love Hamburgers. They are my favorite To-Go food when I want something quick and easy to eat.

Nowadays, you can get a hamburger from anywhere. There are a bunch of fast food places everywhere you go. McDonald, Carl’s Jr., Wienerschnitzel, Burger King, Jack in the box, In N Out,  and many more fast food places that I can not think of right now, but almost every fast food place sells hamburgers except, Taco-bell.

Hamburgers all started out in 1900 with two buns and a ground beef patty in between. Now you can get hamburgers in a million different ways. There are hamburgers they come with pulled pork and bacon on top. Who would of thought to put three different proteins in one single hamburger. It doesn’t stop at that, some people put eggs on there burgers and call it a breakfast burger. A hamburger for breakfast!!!!!!! It’s crazy!

My favorite fast food burger has to be the Memphis BBQ burger from Carl’s Jr. with its tangy BBQ sauce and crunchy onion rings that lay aloof the delicious patty. Every week when I passed by Carl’s Jr. I would always order the Memphis Burger. Those three months that it was in stock, since it was a seasonal item, I gained at least five pounds. My body said no to the burger, but my stomach said yes. Sadly, the Burger is gone from the menu and I have to settle for the Western Bacon cheeseburger which is good, but nothing compared to the Memphis Burger.

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My favorite fast food place to get hamburgers (some may disagree) is Carl’s Jr. due to its large variety. If I’m not looking for something very hearty, I can get the fish sandwich, which is not the best but it suffices for the time until I can get a real meal in.

Hamburgers have evolved greatly since the simple buns and patty. People all over the world enjoy the simple american snack that I have come to know and love. If you are a vegan or have never tried a hamburger before, then you are missing out on a truly delightful meal. I suggest those who have never tried a burger before drop whatever there doing and go get yourself a hamburger.