Monday, July 21, 2014

Epilogue

Epilogue
By Reuben Horst

The flowers are all wilted now
Their time has come and passed
Some dusty letter, forgotten vow
Great times in stone are cast

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This poem was originally published on An Einsteinian Approach on May 4, 2014, and serves as an epilogue to After the Flowers have Grown and Yet Fate Had Not Their Favor.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Reuben's Ramblings: Blog Posts

Years ago, when I was constantly active on this blog, I used to post about anything. I could think, "Hey, it's about time for me to post a new blog post!" and I'd think of something on the spot and write up a post. I used to be worried that posting two blog posts in the same day was too much. Now, though, I feel like I don't have enough to post about.

Nowadays I think, "Hey, it's about time for me to post a new blog post!", so I sit around trying to decide what to blog about, a little too long, before just scrapping the notion entirely. Either I'm a lot less interesting now than I was back then, or I care a lot more about quality content now. If I'm going to write something noteworthy, I need to plan out a time for me to do it. The problem is that I didn't used to care about if what I posted was noteworthy.

The point I'm trying to make is... well... there isn't really one. There often isn't any point to these rambling posts. However, chances are you didn't know that, because this is the first one I've written in two and a half years. And who ever read my blog back then?

Okay, probably more people read it back then than do now. After all, I updated my blog all the time back then, and at present I hardly ever have anything to post about. Ooh, see what I did there? The subject went full circle. I am so smart.

In conclusion, I'm going to try to be more active on here. Wish me a lot of luck. Goodnight, and have a happy birthday.

Monday, July 7, 2014

20 Random Facts About Me #6

It's been over a year since I've done one of these. Some people like to read them, so I figured I'd do another one. 20 more facts that you may or may not have known about me.

  1. I like water.
  2. I don't really care for food.
  3. I try to keep my middle name a secret (for no particular reason).
  4. I may not go to college.
  5. I watch too much YouTube.
  6. I want to be a voice actor.
  7. I am rubbish at voice acting.
  8. I am rubbish at acting, period.
  9. My dream job would be composing soundtracks.
  10. My favorite soundtrack composer is Murray Gold.
  11. I own almost 30 physical soundtracks.
  12. I own almost 200 digital soundtracks.
  13. I have been to the Grand Canyon.
  14. The left and right sides of my brain are out of sync with each other.
  15. I currently have no plans to obtain a driver's license.
  16. My friends are sometimes just as weird as I am. (But only sometimes.)
  17. I'm older now than I was in 2004.
  18. I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming season of Doctor Who.
  19. I frickin' graduated from high school.
  20. My plans for world domination might be well under way.

There you have it. I hope you had as much fun reading it as I did when... when I... um... when I ran out of clever things to say here. Farewell, and I hope y'all had a great Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hey There!

Remember way back in January when I said I was working on this blog's 200th blog entry, and I had something big planned? Yeah, that never happened. I also delayed posting anything else on this blog basically since last October due to wanting the 200th to be something special. Since what I wanted to do is never going to get done, I may has well post something else as the 200th blog post. Like this post!


So I graduated from high school a month or two ago (fiiiiiinally!), and as a graduation present I went with my parents and grandmother to Arizona to see a lot of cool sights—including the Grand Canyon! It looks exactly how it does in photographs... but more, well, real. It was massive. Just looking down at it felt so... surreal.



A lot of people have asked me what I'll be doing next year. The answer is—I have no idea! I'm taking a gap year, but that doesn't mean I'm spending it working, or on a missions trip, or doing anything at all in particular. Listen, you. I've been given my first opportunity in twelve years to take a break from school, so there's no way in heck I'm gonna turn it down. I have no plans. What will I do the year after? I suppose we'll find out then, won't we.

So, you may be asking (probably not), "What was the 200th blog post going to be about?" Well, my plan was to write commentary. Commentary for my entire blog up to this point. Yes, I know, that's a massive project, but when I first thought it up it seemed feasible. Obviously I encountered some problems since then.

Now, the reason why I wanted to write commentary about every blog post I've ever written on this blog is partly because I thought it'd be a fun thing to do. The other reason is that over the past three and three-quarter years that I've had this blog, my opinion has changed about a lot of things that I've said, and I wanted to address those things. For example, someone could read through my blog and find a post about, say, cutting that I wrote two and a half years ago and assume that my opinion on the matter is still the same today. (For the record, it's not.) Thus, I wanted to address such matters.

So, now that I've finally published a 200th blog post, I can finally post regular stuff on my blog again! It's a shame that I didn't ever finish the project I had in mind, but perhaps I'll do something like that in the future. For now, farewell!

P.S. There is nothing in the world more adorable than watching bear cubs playing and wrestling and climbing trees.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Where the Heel-3 Have I Been?

Happy New Year!

My last blog post was on October 6, 2013, twenty-four days before my blog's third anniversary, and also two blog posts away from my 200th post. Why did I drop off the face off the earth? Well, a few things:

1. I did not fall off the face of the earth. That's impossible.
2. I procrastinated making blog posts for the landmarks listed above.
3. School happened.

But now I'm back! Well, no, not really. I probably won't be active again on here until school lets out in May. Then I plan on taking a gap year after finishing high school, so that will give me plenty of time to do whatever I want. For now, I guess all you get is this little update post.

I've been watching through the Stargate franchise with a friend. Where most people my age grew up with Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, I grew up with Stargate and Hogan's Heroes. Unfortunately, I didn't fully appreciate Stargate SG-1 as a kid, so now when I'm rewatching it all these years later, I'm realizing just how awesome it really is. Easily one of the best series of all time, in any form of media.

On another note, Steam suddenly works for me again for some reason. I've been playing a couple games, but I'm still done with Thursday Impressions for the time being. I'm not currently reading anything for pleasure, but for class we just finished The Iliad and will soon start on The Odyssey. I may have gained a little more respect for Greek mythology, but I still hate it. Don't, however, mention that fact to a few of my classmates, who happened to love The Iliad through and through.

With the subject of reading, Homer Hickam has announced and made available for pre-order the third and possibly final book in the Helium-3 series, titled Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company. You can tell there's a little change in tradition in that title from the previous titles in the series (simply titled Crater and Crescent). Once again, I very highly recommend this series. The upcoming Heel-3 novel is to be released in June. I'm not too thrilled about the wait, but I haven't been this excited for a book release in a while.

I've updated my Status page for the first time probably since my last blog post, and it now includes what television series I'm currently watching. You can check it out, or you can decide not to.

So, yes, I am aware that I missed my blog's three-year anniversary, but I will not ignore that my next blog post is my 200th. I have something planned, but considering it's been planned since August or September and I haven't gotten around to doing it yet, who knows how long it will take. Farewell for now, and hopefully see you again before too long.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Where's Your Mark by Jeremy Cowart



Where's Your Mark is a nonfiction book by Jeremy Cowart about numerous people—ranging from ordinary folk to well-known celebrities—making their mark in the world today through their faith in Christ and their works. The book is full of photographs and stories, and it's quite an interesting read.

The cover of the book is strangely silver, so that you can see your own reflection as though it were a mirror. I'm not exactly sure what this is for, but I'm certain it's symbolic.

The stories in the book are certainly interesting, and the various entries could possibly be used as devotionals in small groups or other such situations. Included in Where's Your Mark is the entire book of Mark from the NIV Bible. This was a good idea in theory, but each time there's a page from Mark the page will cut off in the middle of a verse, and it won't resume until a few pages later, after a couple more stories have been told. That part certainly could have been compiled better.

Where's Your Mark is a fascinating book filled with fascinating stories, but at this stage in my life it didn't really hold my interest. I may just hand it off to a friend sometime, or I may just keep it for later.

Where's Your Mark was published on March 19, 2013.
This book was sent to me for free from Zondervan Publishing. http://www.BookSneeze.com/

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson

Hittite Warrior

In my years as a homeschooler, I had to read a lot of literature. I still do in high school, but it's very different. One book that I read in my middle school years was Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson. It's historical fiction from the time of the Bible's book of Judges. I loved it when I first read it, and I was excited to pick it up again when it was assigned in high school.

The story focuses on Uriah, a Hittite who has found himself homeless and without family due to his homeland, Great Hatti, being invaded by the "sea people." He must make his way to Canaan, and eventually, though his adventures, find himself in a war between Canaan and the tribes of the Hebrews. Having no real allegiance himself, his nation being gone forever, Uriah must ultimately decide which side he is to join, and in the name of which god, if any, he will fight.

Hittite Warrior is unique, both in story and in writing style. It focuses on a portion of history largely ignored by today's society, because it was so very long ago and hardly relevant to anything anymore; but that's part of what makes it a good story. Since the reader might not know very much about this entire era, it almost feels like it could be from another world's history, rather than our own. All in all, it's fascinating.

The writing style is unique because it often moves events along at a very quick pace, almost as if the narrator is summarizing the events, but at the same time it never leaves any details ambiguous. It doesn't spend paragraphs and paragraphs explaining something, but rather explains it quickly in a way that you fully understand. It doesn't make you feel any less for the characters or their emotions. It's quite unlike almost anything else I've read, and it's very well done.

My biggest complaint with the book is foreshadowing. A lot of details are bluntly foreshadowed, but it's actually somewhat appropriate due to the writing style. It does not make Hittie Warrior any less of a spectacular read.

Hittite Warrior is a decently short book, and it's very easy to read. It tells a brilliant story with characters that the reader will care about. Uriah Tarhund makes for a great main character and narrator, and his struggle is realistic and relatable. I would never want to be in his position at any point of the book.

Overall, you should read this book. It's worth the time.