Archive for biology

Show-and-Tell 6 (The Cat Wins)

Posted in Belleville, School, Show-and-Tell, Stuff with tags , , , on May 20, 2010 by Jeremy


All right, all right.  Before I get bombarded with “How could you?” comments (not that anyone actually reads this), let me start by saying that…

Eh, I don’t know where to start.

Hm…Perhaps a Show-and-Tell episode would be more appropriate.  *changes title*



I was literally just brushing my teeth.


So, you just zapped me out of my bathroom so I can do some unscheduled work.  What if I were tending to some other business?

Nothing is ever scheduled here.  And what are you talking about “zapped out”?

I’m going to simplify this for you as much as I can.  Basically, I was at home, doing my own thing because I knew I didn’t have to work today.  Your sudden change of mind literally pulled me out of my home so that I can serve Your Highness immediately.

How is that possible?

I don’t know. Something about neurons and dendrites.  It’s all in the Barron’s AP Bio book you were studying a couple of weeks ago.


Well, now that I’m here.  What the heck do you want to—

Is that a f****** cat?  A f****** dead cat?


What the f***?

OK, first, I want to say that it was either this picture or a picture of my lunch from a barbecue the school hosts every year.

Then why the f*** did you use the picture of this cat?

Well, this is something new.  And because I always post pictures of food!

Choosing not to post pictures of food don’t make you any skinnier!


So, tell the audience why the f*** you’re showing them a dead cat.

Because it’s part of my Biology class.  We needed to start dissecting a cat and study its body.

F****** bio.  Of course.

Can you stop cursing?

*stare*  How can I stop, you murderer?  Weren’t you just at a Veggie Pride Parade?  Didn’t they advocate for animal rights?

You got me.  I’m a terrible person.

What will your friend Stef—Wait, what?

I’m a bad person.  I don’t deserve to live.

That’s right.

See you all next time.

Academic Euphoria

Posted in Friends, Out of Town, School, Stuff with tags , , on May 18, 2010 by Jeremy


That’s right—the title is “Academic Euphoria.”  It felt good studying for my AP Bio exam for five hours at Barnes and Noble.  It’s tomorrow, and I think I’m ready.  I mean, I’ve had to stuff a year’s worth of information into my head for the past few days because my teacher hasn’t really done a good job doing that.  It felt good finally knowing things.

New Life

Posted in Belleville, Events, Friends, School, Stuff with tags , , , on May 17, 2010 by Jeremy


We’re supposed to be creating our own experiments involving tropism for my AP Bio class.  None of us really know what we’re doing, except that we need to take care of these plants that we brought in a few weeks ago.

Today, there was a dance show in school, where all the dance students performed.  You know those times when you just feel like you can do something someone else is doing?  That’s how I feel about dancing.

What’s the Point?

Posted in Belleville, Home, School with tags , , , on January 31, 2010 by Jeremy


Test tomorrow, but only the final exam matters.


Posted in Field Trips, Friends, Out of Town with tags , , , , on October 10, 2009 by Jeremy


First field trip of the year—a genetics lecture in Newark Academy.  My entire AP Biology class went (except for one).

It was definitely interesting, but don’t worry.  I’m not going to give a summary of the four-hour lecture.  (No <loser> tags today)

That’s because I was falling asleep half the time.  As usual, I barely had enough sleep last night.  Eventually, the lecture got boring as well, and it became a challenge to keep my eyes open.  I would tell myself, “If you sleep for a few minutes, you’ll be energized for the rest of the lecture.”  So, I did.  Didn’t work.

Afterwards, the entire class (plus the bus driver) went to Olive Garden and had lunch.  Pretty cool for a field trip, eh?

Ah, high school.  Those bus rides to field trips will definitely be one of the things that I’ll miss about high school.  Those trademark maroon seats of our school buses.  The view of drivers from above.  The way you make faces at drivers because they can’t see you.   Standing up even if the driver and the teacher tell you not to.  Fooling around with your friends.  Or just looking out through the window while everyone is fooling around, staring outside at everything as they zoom past you.

It’ll be a fun senior year.

It’s Just a Party

Posted in Belleville, Friends with tags , , on September 16, 2009 by Jeremy


It’s a party held by the town once a year in September.  I couldn’t miss it even if I had a huge biology test the following day.

Uniforms Cannot Eliminate Individuality!

Posted in Belleville, Friends, School with tags , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by Jeremy


That was one of the biggest concerns when uniforms became mandatory for our district; students were afraid that they couldn’t show off their individuality.  Nevertheless, I did find many students who have taken the liberties of accesorizing their shirts to make themselves more distinguishable.  Or at least more fashionable.

Anyway, this has been the best first day ever.  I just feel like all my classes are going to be fine, even though I didn’t get the art class that I wanted.  I hope I’ll feel this way for the rest of the year.

Here are my first impressions of my classes:

  1. Sociology H – This was the alternative to the art class that I wanted, which had a conflict with another class that was more of a priority.  Many of my friends are in this class, and I do think this is an interesting subject, so I like it.  The teacher seems cheerful, and I think the class will make you think.
  2. AP Calculus* – Ah, this was the ultimate goal of my mathematical career in high school.  I’m looking forward to learning in this class, difficult or not.
  3. Lunch – Not a class, I know.  My lunch period is the earliest of the day, and I sit with many people that I know, but many of my closer friends have a lunch period later in the day.  It’d be cooler if I were there.
  4. AP Biology – This class is packed with work, especially from all the summer work that I had to do.  I don’t know if it’s going to be too difficult, since I think it’s just mere memorization, but I know it’ll probably demand the most work.  I’ve always favored chemistry and physics over biology, so I’m hoping that I’ll gain interest in this subject soon.  The teacher is funny.
  5. English 4 Honors* – Every English class I’ve had seemed to have become progressively harder.  Since my classmates and I are seniors now, we all expect that this will be the most difficult one, especially since last year’s English class was quite challenging.  We can only imagine how hard this one is going to be.  But this English teacher made the class sound so simple, as if it were going to be a breeze.  I believed her during that time, but, of course, my classmates and I aren’t going to buy it all the way.  We’ll see.
  6. Business Law 1* – This class probably has the most kids out of my schedule.    I was falling asleep during the introduction, so I don’t know how I’m going to fare in the class.   Hopefully, it’ll get better.  We get to participate in mock trials in class.  I’m not really sure how to feel about that.  However, I do like the fact that I have the class with people I don’t normally have classes with.
  7. AP Italian – Ah, I know this is going to be a fun class.  Many of my friends are in here, and the teacher is so cool.  Our previous Italian classes have always been pretty laidback.  That’s why my friend and I found it humorous when we realized that this class is actually going to be AP-level.  Our teacher talked about speaking in Italian in class as if we had already mastered it!  That’s crazy.

*air-conditioned class.  No one should underestimate the power of the air-conditioner.  I can’t believe how many classes I have that have an A/C.

My Room Is an Ecosystem

Posted in Belleville, Home, School with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2009 by Jeremy


“After you eat, Jeremy, don’t immediately go up to your room,” my dad said.  It’s funny how true this is.  Of course, I’ve been aware of it.  It wasn’t the first time I heard it.  Yes, yes.  I only emerge out of my room to grab some munchies downstairs in the kitchen.  That includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I can’t help it.  The confines of my room, which contains the sacred computer, is so comfortable.

Anyway, I began one of my summer AP assignments.  The work for AP Biology is quite demanding, and I guess I’m trying to change my lazy ways by starting early, although I can’t say today was very productive.  StumbleUpon isn’t very helpful.  That’s what I get for having only one desk in my room, on which the computer was placed.

Room information:

  • Many populations of organisms, including one human (occasionally, two to three), many species of insects and arthropods, and perhaps an abundance of microscopic organisms.
  • A collection of non-living objects, e.g. a bed, a hamper of dirty clothes, a shelf of books from elementary school, stray water bottles, etc.
  • Temperature: The temperature in the room likes to mimic outside conditions.  Usually, too well.  If it’s cold outside, it’s probably colder in it.  If it’s warm outside, the room’s probably scorching.

P.S. Tomorrow, I hopefully find out whether the other USB drives contain the pictures that are missing from last week.  *crosses fingers*