January/February 2011

Artemis Fowl – The Atlantis Complex

By Jaime Wu

               In Eoin Colfer’s newest Artemis Fowl book, The Atlantis Complex, the protagonist [who is actually a criminal], a fourteen-year-old named Artemis Fowl contracts a deadly disease, the Atlantis Complex, caused by guilty thoughts. The thing is, only fairies from under the earth can contract this illness. For the past three years, Artemis Fowl has been meddling in magic and battling demons in Limbo, and has returned three years younger than he is supposed to be. He and the first female LEPrecon [Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance] officer, Captain Holly Short, switched irises in a time stream, so he has one hazel eye and one blue. His involvement in fairy magic causes him to get the Atlantis Complex, of which some symptoms include multiple personalities, deathly fear of the number four, and urge to count things by five. Artemis also becomes nice. Pretty impossible for a criminal mastermind with a cruel level of intelligence. All of a sudden, Artemis wants to save the world from global warming, calling up a group of fairies from the LEP in Iceland, where he explains the idea of a cannon that will shoot nanoflakes into the atmosphere, reflecting the sun’s harmful rays out of the atmosphere. Holly Short notes the change in his attitude and confronts him about it, finally realizing that he has the Atlantis Complex. Artemis begins to want to confront his disease at the worst possible time, when reprogrammed robots fly back from Mars and begin to destroy the LEP members gathered there. An important wing commander dies in the resulting conflict, and Artemis tries to defy what he thinks is the illness messing with him, wanting to jump off an “imaginary” cliff into an “imaginary” fire, when it really is happening. Holly Short, incapacitated by the leg she broke when fleeing, can do nothing but watch him jump to his death. In desperation, she switches her high-powered gun to an electric shock mode, and blasts Artemis unconscious. 
               When he wakes, she is reassured by his “Hello?”, but is horrified when he speaks again, saying, “And who might you be?”. She figures that his Complex must be progressing to the second stage – multiple personality disorder. She finds that this alter ego is named Orion, Artemis’s enemy in ancient mythology. Short realizes that Orion is just as smart as Artemis, but completely useless, as all he does is pretend he is a knight and proclaim his love for Holly over and over, while the LEP technicians try to figure out who reprogrammed the robots, and how. Meanwhile, the real Artemis finds himself trapped in Orion’s mind, where he can see everything that Orion does. When he tries to escape from the confines of his own mind, he finds that the window to the entrance is blocked by a thick plasma gel, swarming with electrically charged number fours – death. In a previous book, he had to crawl through the suffocating gel to reach a control panel wearing nothing but a protective suit and with limited oxygen supply. Stiffening his resolve, he charges the window, only to be thrown backward by a powerful electric shock, with the fours dancing tauntingly in front of him. He knows that he can’t break the barrier, but needs to wait for Holly to electrically shock him again. 
               At the same time, Turnball Root, the late Commander Julius Root’s devious brother, is serving time in prison, plotting for his release so he can retrieve his human wife, Leonor, who he manipulated with a fairy rune to fall in love with him. Root knows that his wife is growing weaker as she gets older, so he manipulates his jailtender, who goes by the name of Mr. Vishby, a water elf who cringes at every expression involving hurting fish that Root uses. Root also uses a rune to make Vishby his slave, so he escapes, reprograms Foaly the centaur’s robotic minions, and sends them to destroy LEP Wing Commander Raine Vinyáya and Holly Short. 
               Unlike most of the books in this series, the Atlantis Complex doesn’t have a happy ending. Eh, I shouldn’t tell you the rest. You should start out with the original Artemis Fowl. Read it, and if you don’t like it, tell me and I’ll give you… er, a smack to the face? :D Nah, I’ll just recommend some Korean dramas for you to watch. >:D

Bizarre Holidays in January

By Caroline Quigg

 

Month Long Celebrations:

Oatmeal Month

Prune Breakfast Month

 

Daily Celebrations:

January 2nd: Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day

January 3rd: Festival Of Sleep

January 4th: Humiliation Day

January 12th: Feast of the Fabulous Wild Men Day

January 13th: Blame Someone Else Day

January 14th: Dress Your Pet up Day

January 16th: National Nothing Day

January 18th:  Winnie the Pooh Day

January 19th: National Popcorn Day

January 21st: National Hugging Day

January 28th: National Kazoo Day

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International Baccalaureate

By Katie Conway and Christina Quigg

IB_logo.jpgInternational Baccalaureate (IB) is a program available at Newport Harbor High School for those students who want to challenge themselves with a hard academic program. It is a rigorous course of hard classes which is taken junior and senior year and at the end you get a special diploma.

To apply for the diploma, a person much take three higher level (HL) classes and three standard level (SL) classes and Theory of Knowledge for two semesters sometime during the two years of the program. As a junior, you must be in honors English, history, science, math, a language, and the arts (theater arts, fine arts, or film studies). Instead of the arts, a person could take a second social studies or science class.

Throughout the two years in this program a student must write an extended essay on any subject they choose and it must be at least 10,000 words. There are three paths for what classes you take based on the math you are in starting junior year. Path A is for the kids taking Calculus AB as a junior, Path B is for the kids taking Trig/ Pre-Calc as a junior, and Path C is for the kids taking Algebra II as juniors. Path A and B have all the other classes the same except math. In Path C, there are fewer choices of classes.

It is a very hard thing to do, but many colleges see this as a very good achievement. This current class of juniors at NHHS is the first to attempt to get this diploma.

Top 10 Interesting Alarm Clocks

By Jamie Wu

The Tyrant

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PCH accident

By Velo Van-Houden and Shelby Rogers

On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 3 p.m. a fatal automobile occurred on PCH and Riverside Avenue. It was a 10-car pile-up that killed three people.

Police officers reported that a speeding Ford Taurus slammed into a pickup truck, before going airborne and hitting several other cars and a motorcycle. Ten vehicles in all were involved in the wreck.

Julia Allen, 27, of Newport Beach, was identified as the driver of the Taurus. Allen was killed in the wreck.

The identified victims are Julia Allen,27, of Newport beach, Christopher De La Cruz, 49, of Laguna Niguel and Linda Burnett, 69, of Santa Ana, were also killed in the pile-up.

Three other victims were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. One person was critically injured, but was expected to survive. Investigations to find what the cause of the accident are underway.

Why people break their new year's resolutions

By Gabrielle Albert

There was no excuse to give up. You just have to understand why unhealthy behavior becomes engraved in your brain. Scientists have learned tricks to replace bad habits with good ones. Immediate happiness turns into a habit involving a pleasure producing chemical named dopamine. It conditions the brain to want the reward. Temptation can be more insidious than the addiction is.

Always snacking In front of TV? A dopamine rich part of the brain named the striatum memorizes your rituals and routines that are linked to getting a particular reward. Eventually those environmental cues can trigger the stratum to make behavior almost automatic. Dopamine is indispensable for the formation of habits. Exercise raises dopamine levels to reading your brain that it will get a feel good hit even if your muscles start to protest. A trick to not snacking is to relieve your stress because it can reactivate the bad habit circuitry. Cut out the rituals that are linked to your bad habits and soon your environment that triggers your behavior will be discarded.

7 Ways to be Successful in School

By Megan Moricca and Sarah Allen

 

Eat a good breakfast. Studies show that eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast help you get the edge on your day. One particular study shows that people who ate a healthy breakfast had higher energy levels and a better learning ability. So, have cereal or waffles with some fruit and a glass of milk.

 

Don’t procrastinate. It may be good at first, but putting it off till later has horrible effects. Another study shows that procrastinators are prone to begin smoking or abusing alcohol.

 

Study for upcoming tests. You may think to yourself that the test material may be easy and there’s no need to review the material but it’s always better to be prepared. When students study compared to those who do not, they tend to answer questions 20-30% more accurately.

 

When studying, it may help to explain the material to others as in friends or family members. When you study what are your techniques? Do you skim through the chapters then five minutes later say you’re done? When study, read through your notes and read through the book. Repeat the material you know to a friend or family member; it helps you absorb the material better.

 

Get a good night’s sleep. When you’re better rested you have more energy

and more enthusiasm to do your work and you are better concentrated . When     you don’t get enough, you’re tired and less likely to do good, studies show. But don’t get too much sleep, either. That can also make you tired.

 

Check your answers. Especially in math, it helps a lot of check your answers. You can make sure to catch potential wrong answers, and then correct them. Also check your scantron when you use one, to make sure there isn’t any eraser or pencil marking that may cause you to miss the problem.

 

Ask your teacher for help. Don’t be afraid to utilize the one person who is paid to make sure you get good grades. Your teacher is supposed to help you. That’s their job. If you ever don’t understand something, ask your teacher. They will help you and offer advice.

 

Now with these tips, you have no excuse not to get good grades in school!!

 

Jeopardy Playing Computer

By Caroline Quigg

Recently, IBM has created a computer designed to answer questions in a matter of minutes, this computer, Watson, is said to be the world’s most advanced “question answering” machine. Watson is able to understand what computer scientists call “natural language”, meaning it is able to understand everyday language. Watson is capable of searching for and retrieving information at lightning speed, so IBM has decided to put Watson to the test and enter the computer in Jeopardy, the popular quiz show. However, to make things more interesting Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will play against Watson. Jennings holds the record for longest streak of consecutive wins on Jeopardy and Rutter holds the record for the most money won on Jeopardy. The face-off is scheduled for February 14-16.  

Super Bowl

 

By Jonathan Farris and Zeke Seraphin  

The Super Bowl is coming up, who do you want to win? The super bowl is the biggest event of football. It comes once a season, usually in early February. This super bowl will be held on February 6, in the Cowboys stadium. The Green Bay Packers will be facing the Pittsburg Steelers, in a hopefully exciting game. The only problem is that the weather might hold the game up. In Dallas, Texas it is up to sub-zero temperatures, and is having an estimated 20 meters of snow. Most people hope the Steelers will win just because they have won more super bowls in the past. Hopefully we get to see the winner soon.

 


Beatles

By Luke Bradbury

Since Apple created the iPod, and the itunes store people have been disappointed that it doesn’t have the famed band, The Beatles available for purchase. As of last week fans of the “Fab Four” have been crazy about the release on iTunes. The rights of The Beatles music have had many owners since the band broke up.

Originally, they were owned by their record company Apple records, but then in an effort to make profit off of the former band they sold them to Robert Holmes a Court. Robert Holmes a Court then sold the rights to Michael Jackson for 47 million dollars in 1985. A decade later in 1995 Michael Jackson then joined with Sony. The company of Jackson-Sony had most of the songs but not all of them. Paul McCartney in representation of EMI record company signed over the rights of four songs “Love Me Do,” “Please, Please Me,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Ask Me Why."  When asked by Apple if they would allow The Beatles to be available on iTunes Apple records said no. But after being offered a large sum of money the company gave in and sold the rights of The Beatles to apple.  And in fall of 2010 Apple released the music on iTunes.  

Candles on Christmas Trees

 By Ezekiel Seraphin

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Millions of people today use electric lights on their Christmas trees, but only a few use traditional, real candles. The tradition dates back hundreds of years and to Europe, when winter engulfed the whole of the continent and people wanted to have something green and bright to know that eventually spring would come back to their country.

Many people think live candles are dangerous, posing the risk of exploding and burning down a house, like in firefighter videos. It is, actually, not a dangerous tradition, but one that could possibly be safer than using lights on a tree.

How? Well, first, if one has candles on a tree, they are more inclined to look at the tree while it is lit, because open flames need to be watched for fire safety reasons. Other people leave their lights on the tree on all day because they think it will not do any harm to the tree, when it is actually drying the tree out, making it more prone to burning.

Second, instead of buying a Christmas tree the week after thanksgiving, like most people, candle-trees are bought on the day before Christmas and are left up until the sixth. Although they have a shorter span of time at one’s home, they are less likely to dry out and burn than older trees from early December. Says one candle-toting tree decorator, “Last year we put the tree out on the yard and tried to burn it and it wouldn’t go up…We finally had to pour gasoline on it, and only then did it burn, but not as much as in the firefighter videos!”

With these reasons in hand, it is perfectly safe to go out, buy a few dozen candles and candle holders, buy a fresh tree, and enjoy an old Christmas tradition that’s safe and fun to watch!

Black Bird Crisis

By Velo Van Houden and Shelby Rogers

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on New Years Eve, 2000 black birds fell out of the sky.  Professionals think the birds died of stress.  They fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, AR and 65 were found dead.  The dead birds were sent for scientific analysis to Little Rock and Madison, Wisconsin.  Results from the tests have yet to be released.HI

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