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Learning Something New…Again

Learning Something New…Again

April 8, 2018

Motivation to learn, for me at least, tends to come in periodic bursts. Something has to happen to kick it off and usually, it comes as a class requirement, like a vocabulary test (that is coming soon and I neglected to study for, so now I have to cram). In reality, though, I’m a huge nerd, so I found studying on Quizlet to actually be pretty fun once I got the hang of the words. I now try to ...

The Growing Popularity of Nerd Culture

The Growing Popularity of Nerd Culture

March 28, 2018

A common stereotype we face is the nerd who got the short end of the stick. The nerd who’s bullied for enjoying certain things or never made many friends because of them. The nerd who spends nights in his basement playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends or the nerd who reads comics in a corner away from playing kids. This isn’t reality. Real nerds are all around you, enthusiastic about the...

The History and Development of Computers and Programming

The History and Development of Computers and Programming

March 24, 2018

My first so-called computer was a tiny, pink, Leapfrog with a 3x5" screen. It taught me the alphabet and how to count to 10. My young self believed that this computer was the most magical and advanced technology there was. The world of computers is expanding rapidly with new improvements made all the time. Since there are so many different types of computers, it is hard to say which came first....

Traveling Lex: Third Street Stuff

Traveling Lex: Third Street Stuff

March 20, 2018

In recent years, coffee shops such as Panera and Starbucks have been popular meeting spots and studying locations for students and adults alike. They provide a calm atmosphere with good drinks and food to top it off. Although these shops are nice, they are not local and don't have the same vibe as smaller businesses. Students looking for something fun and different to vamp up their studying time...

I Tipped Off A Butterfly

I Tipped Off A Butterfly

March 17, 2018

The definition of the butterfly effect is “the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.” For example, a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico can cause a hurricane in China or eating a banana in India can lead to where you see me today--PLD Lamplighter. School was ca...

I Broke a Dream

I Broke a Dream

January 23, 2018

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said “I have a dream.” On Jan. 15, 2018, I said “What is a dream?” As I walked in the MLK march, commemorating a man who gave inspiration to the world, I looked back on dreams that I once had. My ordinary childhood gave inspiration to many of my ambitions. I rode a camel to school every day and jumped over a manhole to get back home. I skipped school...

Never Too Late: Learning New Languages

January 22, 2018

Americans are notorious for knowing only one language; only 20% of Americans are bilingual compared to a 56% of Europeans. To know more than a single language opens many possibilities socially and culturally, and I am determined to discover these possibilities. Jan. 8, 2018 School was canceled today. The power went out and upon looking for some non-electronic entertainment I found my father’s old sign...

The Legend of Lexington’s Smiley Pete

The Legend of Lexington’s Smiley Pete

January 22, 2018

There are cities around the world known for their unique mascots.  What few know, though, is Lexington once had a town dog. In 1946, "Smiley Pete" was known by many names, including the Canine Con Man, the Panhandling Pooch and the Magnificent Moocher. He spent his time roaming the streets of downtown Lexington, making his home on the sidewalk between Main and Limestone Streets, where the Fayette Coun...

Influential Women

Influential Women

January 1, 2018

Throughout history, women have left lasting impacts on literature, music, and politics that often go unrecognized. These 12 women have established themselves as leaders of historic proportions. For thousands of years, women have shaped history, though many of their stories are little known.  Sappho (630-580 BCE) Born into an aristocratic family on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Sappho was one of the world...