NHL Playoffs by Zackary Goldstein

NHL Playoffs

By Zackary Goldstein

Written on May 23, 2018

 

I think the Stanley Cup Finals will be Capitals vs. Golden Knights and the Golden Knights will win in 6 games.

Eastern Conference:

#1 Seed Tampa Bay Lightning: In the first round they beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 and they also beat the Boston Bruins in the second round 4-1.  In the third round they are tied with the Washington Capitals 3-3.

#2 Seed Boston Bruins: In the first round they narrowly beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 but they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round 4-1.

#3 Seed Toronto Maple Leafs: In the first round they narrowly lost to the Boston Bruins 4-3.

Wild Card #2 New Jersey Devils: In the first round they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-4.

#1 Seed Washington Capitals: In the first round they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 and they also beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round 4-2.  In the third round they are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3.

#2 Seed Pittsburgh Penguins: In the first round they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 and they lost to the Washington Capitals in the second round 2-4.

#3 Seed Philadelphia Flyers: In the first round they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-4.

Wild Card #1 Columbus Blue Jackets: In the first round they lost to the Washington Capitals 2-4.

 

Western Conference:

#1 Seed Nashville Predators: In the first round they beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 and they got upset in the second round by the Winnipeg Jets narrowly losing 3-4.

#2 Seed Winnipeg Jets: In the first round they beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 and they also upset the Nashville Predators in the second round narrowly winning 4-3.  In the third round they lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 1-4..

#3 Seed Minnesota Wild: In the first round they lost to the Winnipeg Jets 1-4.

Wild Card #2 Colorado Avalanche: In the first round they lost to the Nashville Predators 2-4.

#1 Seed Vegas Golden Knights: In the first round they swept the Los Angeles Kings beating them 4-0 and they also beat the San Jose Sharks in the second round 4-2.  In the third round they beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 advancing to the fourth and final round.

#2 Seed Anaheim Ducks: In the first round they got upset by the San Jose Sharks, getting swept 0-4.

#3 Seed San Jose Sharks: In the first round they upset the Anaheim Ducks sweeping them 4-0 and they lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round 2-4.

Wild Card #1 Los Angeles Kings: In the first rond they got swept by the Vegas Golden Knights 0-4.

 

Link to a bracket.

Homework Haikus by Ciaran Murphy & Graham Schwendt

Homework Woes

A collection of Haikus- done poorly

 

  1. Homework is so bad

Unless there is none; that’s great

But that won’t happen.

 

  1. Home for work and the

Wait for- exactly what now?

I don’t got ideas.

 

  1. 3. This is so boring

I don’t care what I’m doing

It doesn’t matter.

 

  1. I like curry, but

They don’t serve it at school so

I am very sad.

 

  1. Wait for it- homework

Haunting kids all the way home-

It rides with you, yes.

 

  1. Homework is with you.

Most so when you have some fun,

I am at a film.

Virtual Reality by Andrew Cerne

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is big enough but what will it grow into? By Andrew Cerne

 

Gear

V.R. It stands for virtual reality. The first working V.R headset  was made by a man named Ivan Sutherland, though it was a super uncomfortable to put on, It still worked, also it had really bad quality. V.R is a screen on a headset that displays a game, that is the basic description of the headset but I will get more in depth on that subject. Now V.R headsets. “They use a stereoscopic head-mounted display (providing a separate images for each eye), stereo sound( that have amazing quality), and head motion tracking sensors (which may include gyroscopes, accelerometers, structured light systems, etc.). Some V.R headsets also have eye tracking sensors and gaming controllers.” That is the research I got. But the thing about V.R is that you are not using a joystick nor big bulky controllers . You are using your hands and your head as the controller to move and control your character because whatever motion you do with your hands and your head it renders and displays it in V.R.The creators are starting to develop gloves that would catch any and every motion of you hand and display it in the game. If you are wondering you are not playing in the third person you are playing in first person so it is more realistic.

 

Facts and great information

 

Now if you are interested in V.R already or not “yet” I will tell you what you need for equipment. You need the viser, a very, very powerful computer (not a standard computer), the controllers or soon to be gloves (I hope). Basically buy the package of V.R stuff that would be $500 to around $1,000 and have a powerful computer. Now one of the down side is if you even lightly tap one of the sensors that scan your area you will have to re calibrate it which from experience takes about five minutes. One of the best parts about V.R is how it feels to be in the game. Now here comes the bad part about that. Dizziness and vomit, if say you are in a plane simulator and you do a barrel roll you might get light headed, dizzy or even through up if you have a weak stomach.

Now think. How can this help people? Well if the technology grows and becomes worldwide then think of the possibilities. Instead of drawing on a blue piece of paper and that is supposed to be a blueprint you could actually sculpt it in your own hands! They are currently increasing the quality of the gear to make it faster smoother and a better device.

 

  What you need and what to do

 

To build a less expensive V.R headset all you need is a cardboard box and a phone. You just slide the phone in a specially designed peace of cardboard a phone and if you want to build it yourself look up a tutorial on how to do it! Simple as 1,2,3,100… Let me just say it will take a good amount of time to do all of that. Now, I will tell you some cool and interesting facts about V.R. First did you know about 75 percent of the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands have created some form of virtual reality or augmented reality experience for customers. Fact number two did you know that the Google Cardboard platform was developed by David Coz and Damien Henry. The two engineers developed the project as part of Google’s”innovation time off” program in which engineers are encouraged to spend 20 percent of their time working on projects that interest them. Thankfully, Google backed the project, and Google Cardboard is now one of the cornerstones of scalable virtual reality. I got both of those fact and others from

https://www.youvisit.com/insight/virtual-reality/12-surprising-virtual-reality-facts/ check it out! Some of the companies that produce V.R. like Vive, Oculus, Cardboard, Playstand and the other companies. But those are the big ones. But the ones with the great quality also known as the more expensive ones that you need the whole computer thing are the Vive, Oculus and the playstation V.R. There are more that I might be forgetting but if you have a good pc and you are willing to by it go ahead, but the last question is, what will V.R become?

NBA Playoffs by Zackary Goldstein

NBA Playoffs

By Zackary Goldstein

Written on May 17, 2018

I think the NBA finals will be Celtics vs. Warriors and the Celtics will win in 7 games.

Eastern Conference:

#1 Seed Toronto Raptors: In the first round they beat the Washington Wizards 4-2 but they got upset in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers, getting swept 0-4.

#2 Seed Boston Celtics: In the first round they narrowly beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-3 and they also beat the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round 4-1.  In the third round they are beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0.

#3 Seed Philadelphia 76ers: In the first round they beat the Miami Heat 4-1 but they lost to the Boston Celtics in round two 1-4.

#4 Seed Cleveland Cavaliers: In the first round they narrowly beat the Indiana Pacers 4-3 and they also upset the Toronto Raptors in the second round sweeping them 4-0.  In the third round they are losing to the Boston Celtics 0-2.

#5 Seed Indiana Pacers: In the first round they narrowly failed to get in upset over the Cleveland Cavaliers, losing 3-4.

#6 Seed Miami Heat: In the first round they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 1-4.

#7 Seed Milwaukee Bucks: In the first round they narrowly failed to get in upset over the Boston Celtics, losing 3-4.

#8 Seed Washington Wizards: In the first round they lost to the Toronto Raptors 2-4.

 

Western Conference:

#1 Seed Houston Rockets: In the first round they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 and they also beat the Utah Jazz in the second round 4-1.  In the third round they are tied with the Golden State Warriors 1-1.

#2 Seed Golden State Warriors: In the first round they beat the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 and they also beat the New Orleans Pelicans in the second round 4-1.  In the third round they are tied with the Houston Rockets 1-1.

#3 Seed Portland Trail Blazers: In the first round they got upset while being swept by the New Orleans Pelicans 0-4.

#4 Seed Oklahoma City Thunder: In the first round they got upset by the Utah Jazz 2-4.

#5 Seed Utah Jazz:  In the first round they upset the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2 but they lost in the second round to the Houston Rockets 1-4

#6 Seed New Orleans Pelicans: In the first round they upset the Portland Trail Blazers sweeping them 4-0 but they lost in the second round to the Golden State Warriors 1-4.

#7 Seed San Antonio Spurs: In the first round they lost to the Golden State Warriors 1-4.

#8 Seed Minnesota Timberwolves: In the first round they lost to the Houston Rockets 1-4.

Link to a bracket.

War Over The Mountains by Ellie Brogan

Chapter 1

“Slap” Stence

Me and my friends were playing Cobblenak in the field by my fathers bakery when I hear a voice say “Tom! Mom wants us to help out at the bakery!” It was my 10 year old sister, Lillian. I rushed over to her before he saw her, but it was too late. “ Awww, does a little baby need a binky?” I hated it when people called Lillian a baby. “She’s not a baby Stence,” I said. Stence came over to me and slapped me in the face so hard that I saw stars. “Sissy,” he said to me, and his goons laughed.  

Big thug “Slap” Stence had earned his name because he slapped people who he thought were too weak or were wimps. I was neither, yet he always seemed to hate whatever I do. He also was the son of the mayor, which made him think that he had power over all of us, but he doesn’t.“ just ignore him. “ My mother had said after she saw the plum sized bruise on my face. I can’t seem to tell her that i CAN’T  avoid him. He always seems to know where I am. I think it is sort of strange. My mother is Hungarian along with most of the women in Hungary. My father is french soldier who retired after he met mom. And so I can speak both languages plus English.

 

We sat down for a dinner of celery and chicken soup when we hear it. A faint whistling in the distance, but we know that sound.

 

Chapter 2

Run!

 

“Run!” yelled my father.

“Run! They’re here!” And that was the last I heard from him. No goodbyes, anything. I couldn’t believe that the terrorists are bombing us. We had done nothing to them. My mom yelled to me to get Lillian and get to a safe house. “ But I want Mr. Kuddles!” she screamed. “ If you don’t move, you are going to be smaller than a crumb of monkey bread!” I yelled at her. I grabbed her hand and we all ran. We were almost at the river when there was a sound behind me, I turned around and I saw “Slap” Stence was holding Lillian by the back of her coat and he had a bloody nose and a cut across one cheek. “ Home collapsed. “ he said through a mouthful of blood. “Mom wanted me to get everyone and go to the safe house,” he said, grinning at me. “I am going to hunt down every last person who ever worked for the terrorists and destroy them all!” he yelled.  I knew better than to listen. “Vall de Bull has no Safe house.” I said.

“Now Give me Lilian.”

“No,” Stence said with a smirk.

“ I think She could use a bath.” And he threw her in the River.

“No!” I yelled as I dived after her.

 

We washed up on the beach near the Santa Cotel warehouse. “ Lilian! You ok?” I asked “I’m Fine. He was right about one thing though,” she said. “What? I DID need a bath!” she laughed.

TO BE CONTINUED

Missin’ Dat Bus by Ciaran Murphy and Graham Schwendt

Missin’ dat Bus

  1. Time to go towards home,

Goin’ to the bus

Come on! The stupid thing left!

 

  1. I miss that large, yellow, clank, of

Metal that rumbles

Past all signs of hope, always.

 

  1. That bus is the devil, you see

Some rumbling steel,

That rumbles and tumbles- bye!

 

  1. Apparently, that devil

Comes from concrete lots

To crush the dream of young ones.

 

  1. Bus: Sometimes Angel

Until you’re late just once, then…

Dang it, you devil

 

  1. Create a better way, for

Children to make it

Home for the dread of homework.

 

  1. You’ve got to hear me,

Buses aren’t my favorite thing

Especially when missed.

 

  1. Can’t you see that I,

When sitting on the stump then,

I just fell asleep.

Atharv Rajeev’s Hot Take On Fortnite

What’s up world it’s… Atharv. Season 4 of Fortnite just dropped, and it is hot garbage.

I mean seriously why would you have a meteor come out of the sky and hit an island as big as Singapore? Like you couldn’t have thought of anything better, sure a story plot would be thrilling but not a bad one.

Wayland Middle School