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Cursive

I spent the majority of third grade learning to write cursive alongside my classmates. We had to use cursive on every paper in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. Then we got to seventh grade and we didn’t have to use it anymore. Papers were either typed or written in print. It’s been two decades since the last time I used cursive regularly.

I wrote my name in cursive today, just to see if I could still do it. I could. It looked sloppy but it was legible. I was actually a little impressed with myself. It became a bit of a game. I challenged my coworkers to write their names too. Most of them succeeded but there were a few spectacular failures.

Learning cursive was a huge waste of time. We should have learned how to code instead.

Critically Rated at 3/17

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I’ve Already Done That

I’ve been doing this blog for three years now and I’m constantly looking out for new things to write about. An idea for a topic will pop into my head, I’ll jot down a note or two to remember it, and I’ll let the idea germinate in the back of my mind until I have time to type it out. But I’m at the point now that I have to search Critically Rated first to see if I’ve already written about something. And a lot of the times I’ll realize that I’ve already done that, then I have to find something new to write about. That’s ok though, it helps keep me motivated to find something else to write about. That’s how this post was created. I wanted to write about battling for the armrest. I had it all figured out. Too bad I already wrote about fighting for the armrest in 2012. I needed a new topic. So I wrote about how I’ve already done that. And now you’ve read it. My work here is done… for now.

Critically Rated at 8/17

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Missing Days

I’ve been slacking. I don’t know if anybody’s been noticing or if they even care, but I’ve been skipping blog posts and missing days. I try to publish two a day, but that stopped when I went up to Alaska and had to work twenty-five hours a day, eight days a weeks. Then I came back home and still haven’t found my groove again. Writing isn’t hard, it’s finding the time to write about things that is hard. There have been quite a few days where I don’t have a minute to myself, much less twenty minutes to blog about something. But for whatever reason, my stats haven’t gone down. My traffic seems to be increasing on the days where I don’t publish anything. They say less is more but nothing at all seems to work the best. Go figure.

Critically Rated at 10/17

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Blog

Blog is short for web log, and it’s basically an online journal or discussion written by an individual or a group. A blog can be a noun or a verb. This site is a blog. This post is a blog. You’re reading a blog written by a blogger about blogs and blogging right now. I personally don’t like the term. I prefer to think of myself as a writer, not a blogger. I want my posts to be considered articles, not blogs. I feel that blog demeans what I have to say. It cheapens it. It’s less likely to be taken seriously. You can quote articles to win arguments, but you can’t refer to blogs to win a bet. I don’t like the term, but I have to accept it because that’s what I do and that’s what it is. I’ll admit that I’m a blogger because I blog on my blog if you admit that I’m a writer because I have to write the blog that I blog on my blog.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Holes (book)

Holes is a book written by Louis Sachar, the renowned children’s book author. One of the reasons why he is so renowned is because he doesn’t talk down to children. He writes books that are easy to read, but still deep in meaning. Holes just might be his masterpiece.

Simply put, the novel is about an unlucky kid named Stanley Yelnats who is wrongfully accused of a crime that he didn’t commit, and he is sentenced to eighteen months at a detention center where he must dig a hole each day. He’s told that digging holes builds character, but there’s a hidden agenda behind the holes. It’s not surprising that a story about holes could be so deep. This is a story about fate, of luck, of destiny and defeat, where the past and the present collide, and the reader stay riveted throughout.

Good books rely on metaphors and symbolism to tell amazing stories. Everything about Holes has an underlying layer to what’s presented on the surface. It’s like an onion. There’s more than meets the eye. Everything is presented for a reason, everything has a purpose, and everything has more than one meaning. All the characters have names that match their personalities. Everything that Louis Sachar writes is intentional and nothing is coincidental. Holes is the perfect example of what a literary genius is capable of. Read it. Read it now. Read it again if you’ve already read it. And appreciate it.

Critically Rated at 17/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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use punctuation

its hard to read simple sentences and paragraphs if you dont use any punctuation or capitalization unfortunately some people have missed the memo if you go on facebook right now youll probably see half a dozen statuses clogging up your newsfeed that are incoherent and almost impossible to read the words and sentences get all jumbled together and you have no idea what that dumbass is saying i dont even know how its possible to avoid capitalizing letters and using apostrophes and periods we live in an age of autocorrect i physically have to go back and delete the apostrophes from words like dont and cant because the computer fixes your mistakes so you dont look like an idiot but you seem to have your heart set on being stupid if you cant express yourself in a comprehensive way then maybe you should shut the fuck up and keep your sloppy status updates to yourself punctuation is important so fucking use it.

critically rated at 4/17

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Typing On Your Phone with One Finger

I was at the baseball game the other day, and I noticed the middle-aged woman sitting right in front of me was on her iPhone for most of the game. She was taking pictures and uploading them to Facebook, constantly updating her status, responding to all the lame comments that her lame friends were making about her lames pictures, and she spent a good solid 9 innings glued to her fucking phone. None of that shit bothered me. What bothered me was the fact that she was only using her pointer finger to type everything. She was moving at a snail’s pace. My grandma can type faster than her. My grandma knows to turn the phone sideways and to use two thumbs. I know you might be a little clueless on technology, but that has nothing to do with a lack of common sense. Typing on your phone with one finger is stupidly wrong. I don’t like to use the word retarded, but that’s what it is. You are fucking retarded if you’re typing with just your index finger. The only acceptable reason for typing on your phone with one finger is if you only have one finger. If you have thumbs, you should use those. Your phone’s keyboard was fucking designed for your fucking thumbs. If you don’t know how to use your phone, you don’t deserve your phone.

Critically Rated at 4/17

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Bloggers Who Don’t Know How to Write

We use words to communicate and that’s a powerful thing. In the old days you would write a letter to a friend, or you might jot things down in a journal. These days everybody just spews out the words in their heads onto the internet. Some people do it on Facebook, some people do it on Twitter, and some people create a blog. There is an ever-increasing number of bloggers who don’t know how to write. If you don’t know the difference between your and you’re, or if you don’t care, then you have no business blogging. A writer has a responsibility to know which words he is using and if they’re the right ones. I’m a blogger myself, and I blog more than most people. I know that that people make mistakes, accidents happen and everyone makes typos. But consistency is key, and if you’re constantly using the wrong words or misusing apostrophes, you need to stop what you’re doing, go back to second grade, find Mrs. Humphries, and ask her where you went wrong in life. How can you justify sharing your thoughts if you can’t even translate them correctly? I know it’s casual, but you still look stupid.

Critically Rated at 5/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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What’s Missing?

This might look similar to most of my random posts, but it’s not. Writing this post is a hard task. I’m actually kind of struggling from word to word.  I’m using particular words and trying out my vocabulary in a way that I don’t normally do. Typing it and making it flow is proving difficult. It’s tough to jot down. So do you know what’s missing from this post by now? I do, but I did this blog so I should know. It’s kind of obvious if you know what to look for. Want a hint? A particular symbol is missing. It’s a common symbol, a symbol you look at daily. On billboards, in books, it’s all around you. In fact, this symbol is probably by you right now. It’s on your monitor; it’s just not in this post. That’s how good I am at what I do. I’m not cocky, I’m just hinting at what it is. You might want to throw up your hands in frustration if you still don’t know. I won’t say what it is until you start crying. I’m a dick but I’m proud of it. C’mon, you can do it. Think of your ABC’s and look at this blog again. Now I’m just lazy with hints. Catch what’s missing now? You will. Possibly.

Critical Final Tally is a 17/17

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Ghetto Writing

Ghetto writing is when your average pampered white guy goes on the Internet and intentionally spells words wrong, switching back and forth between upper and lower case letters, and generally going out of their way to make their comment unreadable. It’s usually something like, “AlL dA bItChEz N hOeZ nEeD tA nOw ThAt I aInT pHuKiN aRoNd WhEn I sAi ThAt Im GoNnA gEt YoU!! u JuSt aCt HaRd, U aInT sHiT 2 mE. I dO wAt I wAnT wHeN i WaNt n U bItcHeZ cAn SuCk iT!”

They basically go out of their way to be retarded. The basic rule of writing is K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple, Stupid. You want to keep your writing as clear and concise as possible. If it’s hard to write, it’s hard to read. You don’t want your audience struggling to decipher each word of each sentence. They won’t read it if they can’t read it, and you wrote all ghetto for nothing. You might think it looks cool, but nobody else does.

Critically Rated at 5/17

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The Letter “B”

The letter “B” is the second letter of the English alphabet. It’s the second letter you learn after “A” and it’s the first consonant or non-vowel. It’s a strong sounding letter, and if you stutter it sounds quite formidable. “B” sounds like “be” which is a great word, a powerful word. It makes “B” a powerful letter, so it shows up a lot in online conversations. Sometimes they are too lazy to spell out “be”. That extra letter can be a bitch, I guess. Sometimes they use it to give sunglasses to a smiley face. And sometimes it’s just a tybo.

Critically Rated at 13/17

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Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is when a writer can’t write anything. Sometimes they don’t have anything interesting to write about, sometimes they just can’t communicate their thoughts in a coherent manner. Writer’s block sucks. I’m suffering from it right now and it’s a bitch to push your way from punctuation point to punctuation point, trying to fill up the empty spots on the page with something worth reading. It doesn’t always work, so sometimes you will just ramble on about nothing in particular. I’m struggling to write each sentence, even this one. This one too. But I’m slowly getting to a decent length. A few more lines and I will be satisfied. I just don’t know what to say, on account of the writer’s block. Did I mention that writer’s block sucks? Because it does.

Critically Rated at 2/17

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