Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Perfect Halloween Costume

What? Ten days?

I'm sorry bloggers. School is busy. life is stressful.

Let's get onto the post.

Today I'm going to be doing a little tutorial on how to pick the perfect Halloween costume.

1. To start off with, the first thing you want to do is decide if you're going to coordinate your costume with your group of friends or if you're going solo. For me, this year, because of my friends' varying tastes in Halloween costumes, I'm going alone.

2. Do a general search for Halloween costumes in your age group. You may want to browse different social medias and websites.






3.  Make a file with ten to twenty or so of ideas.

Mine looked like this:

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

4. Cross of anything that is inappropriate. Yes, it's up to you what you want to wear, but no one really wants to see you trick or treat naked. Respect yourself.

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

5. Cross off anything that grosses yourself out too much.

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

6. Cross off anything too elaborate for the time you have. 

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

7. Cross off anything that you know at least two other people are going to be- or anything that you find unoriginal.

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

8. Cross off anything you've already been. It's no fun.

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

9. Cross off anything that requires you to carry around too much.

gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

10. If you have a favourite among the ones remaining, go with that one. If you don't , go with the one that's easier to explain.


gumball machine
emoji
Hermione Granger
vending machine
deviled egg
the eleventh doctor
cat
minion
Canada
England
Sadness
zombie

Hope this works for you! Happy Halloween!

Tell me your costumes down below.

-Oakstar

Monday, 19 October 2015

The True Magic Behind Harry Potter

In which I give founded reasons for why Harry Potter is more than just a series of books, and how Harry Potter is not about potions and wand-waving magic, but the magic found within true love. (explained mostly in gifs)



The love between these three actually hurts. They are squad goals.

look at the smiles on their cute little faces awwwww


Hagrid is a father figure to Harry. He has no ulterior motive in caring for him. He just loves out of the goodness of his very large, very hairy heart.


Dobby is so adorable. He loves Harry with all of his little heart and he makes me so happy.
It's okay Harry need a hug

Dumbledore is wise. He is caring. He is loving. He is troubled with a dark past, but stays strong even in the darkest of times. 


Oops. This was not the gif intended.


There we go. Much better.

Siriusly, the love that Sirius has for Harry is so abundant. He truly cares for him in every single way. 



You don't understand how much I love these books, and how I treasure the characters in them in every single way. The friendships, the unconditional love, the father figures. Harry himself.

I feel terrible for people who don't read Harry Potter for religious reasons. The true magic isn't wand-waving, potion making, black cats and owls. It's friendship, bravery, and the unconditional love shown from all of the characters.

-Oakstar



Sunday, 18 October 2015

Musings on The Unexplained

Sometimes I wonder if we're just one timeline and that one day our Universe will implode, be nothing for a few million years, and then restart it's cycle all over again.

I wonder if the aliens came during the dinosaur ages and were like"these peeps are insane goodbye" and off they flew.

I wonder if Neil Armstrong and landing on the moon was legit.

I wonder if aliens exist if so get your butts over here and take me to the Doctor.

I hope ghosts aren't real I'd feel real bad for them.

Am I an alien's science experiment if so he better have gotten an A+

I'm starting to believe in reincarnation. I need to stop watching documentaries.

I have a genius theory based off of the Persian Gulf, petrol, and the garden of Eden it's brilliant mates

I believe in fate and I love it and hate it at the same time.

I was born in the wrong generation as anyone could tell you I am clearly a very large humanist and I was meant to have a party in the Renaissance (but they had horrible fashion sense though)

I think I'd rather die than become one of the creatures from I am Legend ew

Every time I do a group project I swear we always end up talking about religion. Does this ever happen to you

I sometimes come up with genius time travel theories like launching the Earth at EXTREMELY high speed into a black hole

Father Brown is really educational in the different ways people can interpret the Bible.

So you know how some people believe in magic right? (including me) Well what is magic? What is the definition of it? Is there a line in between what's normal and what's... magic? Because, even with the magic in let's say, Harry Potter, there is a certain science to it. It makes sense in a nonsensical way. Is magic defined because it is unexplained by something, per say, like gravity? But even in gravity, which is more potent the bigger the object is, isn't that kind of magic because yes there's a theory behind it but there's gotta be something magic just to make it all start working

And isn't electricity kind of magic too


ok bye


p.s: I'M WORKING ON MUST WE I PROMISE THEY'RE COMING THEY'RE COMING

Sunday, 11 October 2015

10 Reasons Why I Wave the Rainbow Flag

Yes, this post will be controversial.
Yes, this post may offend you, depending on how you take it. However, that is never my intention.
Although I am interested in hearing your opinion, I ask you to refrain from hate.

Okay, so, where to begin?


I chose this day to post this post for a special reason... it's October 11th, National Coming Out Day. So I'm coming out... as an Ally. I am not bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, homosexual. I simply believe that everyone deserves equal rights.



Alrighty then... let's go.

1. Freedom of religion

My dear friend once asked me "Should churches be forced to marry gay couples?" My immediate answer was no. I am a strong supporter of freedom of religion. In the Bible, it says the only lawful religious marriage is if it was man-woman, and if the woman was a virgin. (I'm not going to even bother getting into how much the latter rule is ignored by the church and how only the first one is extremely enforced) While I think this particular message in the Bible is outdated, it still stands. It's freedom of religion.

But freedom of religion also extends to everyone. Just because something is against your religion does not mean it is wrong for other people's religions as well. And yes, I understand that you may believe your religion is the only truth, but so does a lot of other people. See the dilemma? There is no more or less solid, wrought-iron proof that one God is better than the other, or that God exists at all.

2. Hypocrisy :( 

It makes me sad when someone says "I believe in equality and unity. Everyone deserves equal rights, respect, and fair treatment." and then they later on say "Oh and btw, I don't support gay marriage."

WHAT. I DON'T GET IT. Please explain your logic. How come homosexuals are suddenly  an exception to equality? Because they are against God?

Saying that you are all for equality, yet just not for homosexuals, is a form of hypocrisy.

50 years ago, colored people were opposed by a very Christian country. I am not saying that Christianity is a racist religion. I'm saying that beliefs change. Look at how the women were treated back in the Middle Ages, even how killing was okay if the Pope said so (holy wars). Beliefs have changed so much since then. It goes to show that there are different ways to interpret religious texts.

And another thing: Love for all should equal the same respect and tolerance for all, as long as they are not hurting anybody.

3. Human rights

I feel like this one needs no more explanation. Can't we just give everyone the respect and dignity of a human being?

4. The science behind it

I've done extensive research on this topic, and I've come up with some very interesting factoids to share with everyone.
           a) Finger length points very often to a person's sexual preference. (see here)
           b) Homosexuality happens quite often in animals. There are many male homosexual bottlenose pairs that mate for life. DOLPHINS ARE THE BEST OKAY DO I NEED TO CONTINUE

5. The gay agenda???

The term "gay agenda" has been up and coming in society. It needs to stop right now. The homosexual movement in our society has always been the same: acceptance, acceptance, acceptance.

6. Saving lives

People often use the fact that homosexual couples can't reproduce as an argument against LGBTQ, but think about it for a second. What do they do instead? They adopt. They adopt children that otherwise would've grown up in orphanages in not so wealthy countries. They might have ended up being homeless, being hurt, assaulted, bullied. Yes, I agree that having a mother and a father may be healthier, depending on the family dynamic and how safe the environment is. But as long as, let's say, a male couple provides perhaps a sister or grandmother to take their daughter bra shopping, they will be fine.

7. Written when trying to grow the population

Now, let me just say, I've read a lot of the Bible. Passages my friends have read me, passages I've looked up on my own, different teachings I find useful, that I write down to remember and look back on.

I know it says to take the Bible literally, to not question any of it. You can skip this argument if you're opposed to hearing about someone else's beliefs.

Here's one theory that I quite like: Think about the time in history the Bible was written, all pieced together. It was during a time right after the dark ages, when religion was, in all truth, an ugly thing that caused more death, torture, slavery, rape and violence. But besides that, the population was little. It was scarce. It was only natural that everyone wanted to grow the population.

Even deeper into that. The people who pieced it all together craved power, and especially more people to give money to their religion.

8. Misinterpretation

It's very possible that some Bible verses against homosexuality can easily be interpreted in a different way.

9. Hurting no one

Alright, so, why is it our business to care about who people love?
Yes. I've heard the argument "This isn't love it's lust"

Homosexual relationships are not one-night stands. They can be, just like heterosexual relationships. But most are true loving relationships. They build families, grow a community. They're solid.

I've heard of many people say that we should treat all "sin" just the same. Do you actually expect me to believe that homosexuality is something that can even be compared to murder? If so, I feel sorry for you.

The truth is, it shouldn't even be our business. Homosexuality is not doing anything damaging to our society. It does not in any form encourage rape, abuse, or adultery. It's not hurting anyone directly. And even those who take offense to it are hurting the LGBTQ community in turn.


10. Most importantly... do we really have time to care

We are destroying our world. Planet earth is dying. We should be looking for new ways to maintain life, to feed hungry children starving in Africa. We should be looking to end the murder and crime rates. We should be stopping bullying. We should be teaching young girls about self-confidence and eating properly. Do we really have the time to worry about two women/ men in a committed, loving relationship?

I admire LGTBQs. They inspire people to be themselves even if they're not completely accepted.


Now here's the hard truth. I believe homophobia is just as bad as racism. You're denying and hating someone because of a natural part of their body.

Please express your opinion! Remember, I still appreciate you as a person. Just, please, be respectful. No one likes a hater.

Thanks for reading this sort of long post,
Oakstar





Friday, 9 October 2015

100

This is it, ladies and gentlemen.

It's number 100.

Yes. I've written 100 posts on this blog. I feel so proud of myself. This is a huge accomplishment, and I can't believe how much time and effort I've put into this blog during the past year and a quarter. It's been a wild journey, and I'm only just getting started.

I wanted some quality, some beef  for this post, so I thought that I'd include 10 reasons why blogging is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

1) A great sense of community on the blogosphere. I feel write at home in this blogger village (thank you for putting up with the nonsense I write).

2) A chance to develop my writing and entertaining skills by striving to write funny posts (thanks for putting up with my not-at-all clever puns).

3) A chance to read about other teenagers just like me (thanks for putting up with my slightly stalkeresque comments).

4) A sense of profound acceptance and love throughout out large community (thanks for putting up with my unconventional ideas).

5) A chance to explore different views and opinions (thanks for putting up with my ultra long comments on your posts talking about religion).

6) A chance to read some incredible writing by other young talents.

7) The thrill and excitement of every new comment.

8) A place where I can blab about my true feelings and my insecurities kept away from the majority of the people in real life.

9) An opportunity to say "My online friend did this..."

10) Most importantly, for a community of people looking to explore and search and learn about the world around us, to grow in our opinions and make a difference in this world. That, to me, is the biggest part of blogging.

And I'm just getting started.

There.

I see the button reading 'publish'. I am about to click it for the 100th time.

It signifies a new beginning. A door leading to a path that will probably have some bumbs, but above all will lead to a marvelous adventure.

Are you with me?

Here I go. I'm going to click it.

Publish new post.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

October

Happy October, everyone.

May you lather yourself in October- scented products.

May you devour apple-y desserts.

May you read a book under the autumn-orange leaves.

It seems to me that everyone loves October.

I personally love October. It contains my birthday (it's on Wednesday), Thanksgiving, Halloween, and wonderful smells.

 The nights get chillier. The food gets warmer. The colors turn into red, orange, and deep yellow. October fashion includes an abundance of huge sweaters and leggings, converse and plaid shirts.

The new Cormoran Strike book will be coming up near the end of the month. I am positively dying of excitement.

Summer passed by us so quickly. On the long road of life, when we turn back, we can see it in the distance, winking at us, promising to see us again soon.

So take a moment to appreciate the beauty of October. It's slipping away already. Look outside. Take pictures of the leaves. Make leaf piles, watch classic horror movies. Immerse yourself in the smells.

Plan a very creative Halloween costume. Do not let anyone spoil your fun. And please don't go as a half-naked cat. It's very unoriginal. I have already planned my costume:
I shall copy this man. I found him on the interweb.
You see? It is a deviled egg.


Enjoy October. I certainly will.

-Oakstar