Category Archives: The Arts / Trends

Spoilers! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2… Review by Isaac Solly

On May 5th, Marvel released their second edition of Guardians of the Galaxy, coined Vol.2 of the series. It is the latest in a string of successful films, taking in $145 million on the opening weekend, according to Business Insider. Guardians 2 was open at Bonner Mall Cinema as well, and it’s popularity was even more impressive when considering the movies it competed with—all its competition were PG-13 or under and didn’t isolate younger audiences.

In theaters now… Bonner Mall Cinemas is showing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 3-D
In theaters now… Bonner Mall Cinemas is showing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 3-D

Guardians 2 had extremely refined visual effects, especially in a 3-D showing. Also, the song selection was just as fun as the first, featuring songs such as “Mr. Blue Sky” from the 70’s. However, the plot line was driven by the action scenes and created a lack of detailed stories. Fortunately, most characters were already present in the first Guardians, and didn’t need explanation.

A driving theme through the film was family, whether it be between the Guardians, Quills’ father, or Gamora with her sister. The given conclusions to these relationships felt somewhat forced and predictable—there is nothing new with a main character finding his father only to be betrayed by him. Despite this, there are many interesting new elements from the old films, such as the plant/celestial being “Ego” and genetically modified races.

Pictured: the Guardians… The international poster prepped viewers for the movies release this May
Pictured: the Guardians… The international poster prepped viewers for the movies release this May

The guardian characters stress humor quite a lot in the dialogue, and while there are some funny one-liners most of it lacks wit. More humorous are scenes with Groot and, ironically, the action sequences. During the fighting, lots of the action can be taken fairly lightheartedly instead of serious and dramatic scenes. Speaking of the action, it is extremely well done both in graphics and its overall progression. It is here that the guardians show their draw to audiences and why the film can afford to rely so heavily on the action.

Overall, the innovative take on action and humor outweighs the forced plot, and fans of the first film will definitely enjoy the sequel. Because of this, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scores 4/5 stars.

What is a Meme? How can one make a Meme?… Story by Bailey Stapleton

What is a meme? A funny Internet post? A picture with text at the top mentioning something funny? A remix of a movie? To understand what a meme is we need to look back to the beginning of YouTube, 2005.

In February of 2005, three men who were former employees of PayPal came together to create a website where people could upload home videos of random things ranging from comedy to Christmas morning gift openings; this service was called YouTube. YouTube was an innovation never seen before allowing many to share their videos with the world. This is also where the first “meme” appeared.

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Never Gonna Give You Up… Rick Astley likely featured in the very first internet meme, and this re uploaded video has over 300 million views

It’s not exactly sure what the first “meme” was, but many speculate it to be the famous “peanut-butter jelly time” banana which appeared on Newgrounds.com in 2002 and became more widespread because of YouTube. However, many believe the first meme was actually Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” a 1984 single that was turned into a “Rick Roll” because of the song’s common appearance on YouTube people began to troll people by mistitling videos with the song appearing instead of the title name hence the first widely seen meme.

But, what is a meme? Usually a meme is a funny parody of a educational cartoon or even a children comedy evolved to be more funny for adults and trends happening. One such of these is the tv show “Lazy Town” which stars humans and puppets on their wacky adventures in the town of Lazy Town. Users from 4chan and YouTube have taken their time to primarily make two characters the center of recent memes “Robbie Rotten” and “Stingy the puppet”. Basically the Robbie Rotten meme is based around the song he and his hence men sing called “We are Number One.” Internet Users have used these songs and remixed them or have added other sound effects rather than the regular song, essentially creating what we know as a meme.

Mr. Webber's Meme... Several students have had the honor of featuring in Mr. Webber's meme debut
Mr. Webber’s Meme… Several students have had the honor of featuring in Mr. Webber’s meme debut, an entirely original production

But how does one make a meme? Many have theorized how a successful meme is created, but usually memes are created based off of three main components. First, there is trends–trends are essential while creating a meme so it can appeal to the masses and not a certain group of individuals. Next, you must follow the ways of memes past–as many say, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. You can reuse the same picture another poster has used and just retitle the text above or make a different remix of a funny meme you see going around.

Finally, social sharing is key to spreading your meme and creating a successful meme. One way to do this is by sharing the link to your meme to your friends, and if your friends find it funny they might share it with their friends and onward. If you don’t have friends, YouTube or even IFunny are great ways to share your meme with others and will spread by themselves through these networks. The most important thing, however, is to give credit to whoever helped you with the meme or if your meme is a reuse of someone else’s meme.

Because of the attention of this article, Bird Eye News have decided to create a meme contest in which students can take part in. All you have to do is email your meme and how you came up with it to FBCSjournalism@gmail.com; the winner will be announced one week after this article is published. Our favorite “memester”will receive a lunch for themselves and one friend, paid by the Bird Eye News.

 

 

FBCS Art Project: Cosmic Under-The-Sea Mural… Story by Jada Giddings

At Forrest Bird Charter High, several students have chosen to partake in painting an art mural in an alley in downtown Sandpoint.

For their community project, students of Forrest Bird Charter School collaborate to paint a massive mural of a whale floating through a space setting.

Work in Progress… The students plan to add other sea animals in addition to the whales they’ve already started on

Through these past few days, kids have been painting this mural for the community to inspire citizens in an artistic way. From the beginning of May, these groups of students have worked diligently on the beautiful mural to now, working in the mornings and even after school. Anna, Sloan, Drew, Ariel, Kiley, Colleen, Daniel, and Brandon have all worked on this mural and intend to create a full piece containing not only the whales, but octopi, jellyfish, starfish, and eels.

Though this mural was thought up by Sloan, all are contributing with their amazing artistic abilities. Because the mural is so large and only halfway finished for the project, these eight FBCS students will be working through the summer to make the art piece even better than it already is. On Oak Street, nearby Finnan McDonald, the mural is located for all Sandpoint citizens to see in one of the well-known art alleys.

Alleyway Art… Sandpoint is known for being open to murals. The FBCS mural is featured near Oak Street

The students chose to paint a mural because they wanted to bring art into the community. Many believe street art is simple graffiti, or vandalizing, but Sandpoint is also known for being open to community art. They hope to impact the next generations in an artistic way and bring light to Sandpoint and its citizens. From the FBCS students working on the mural, they state the title of the mural will not be released until the hours they have to meet on the project are over. Until then, the mural will be a mystery.

Spoilers! Star Wars Episode VIII Leaked – Real or Fake?… Story by Roger Rogers

WARNING:  SPOILERS

Throughout the past year, we have seen a sith lord throw a fit and freeze blaster bolts. We have seen the characters Rey, Fin and Po and of course, we can’t forget the wonderful little droid Bb-8. We have lost one of the greatest members of the Star wars cast and we have been given new ones. As the rumors are going around the states and one of those rumors is the Possible real leaked script of Star Wars Episode VIII.

Here we have Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren Dueling out in the supposed big fight In Episode VIII.
Here we have Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren Dueling out in the supposed big fight In Episode VIII.

The script that was supposedly was leaked from a YouTuber named Star Wars Theory. As he read the script he would change his voice to match a certain character. While the Script he had read wasn’t confirmed to be the Actual script. But what we have heard from J.J. Abrams is that some of the plots that have been said in the script. In fact, some of the leading Characters from the Star wars Franchise have let slip some very important plot twist.  IT is believed that Mark Hamill Aka Luke Skywalker, had let slip the true identity of Rey’s parents.  Moving back to the script, one of the most heart-wrenching, plot twist in the galaxy is that Luke Will In Fact “Join the Dark Side!”  This is confirmed by JJ Abrams in an interview At the Star Wars Celebrations in Orlando, Florida on April 13th, 2017.

 

Fin in medical bay in a coma.
Fin in medical bay in a coma.

During the interview, JJ Abrams Stated that he loves the script that was created for episode VIII. Will this change the way we see Luke Skywalker? And will Rey find out who her parents are? Will we finally find out who Supreme Leader Snoke is or will we have to wait for episode IX?  And one last question remains for the Star wars Franchise and that question is: With Carrie Fisher aka Leia Organa the Twin sister to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker Dead how will they proceed?

 

Rogue One Success and Failures; FBCHS Students Call It with Harrison Hertzberg

FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison
Rebels… FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison Photo by

The Bird Eye News with Harrison Hertzberg allows students to share their views of the last Star Wars movie Rogue One.

Here is a bonus comedy sketch, concerning the conspiracy theory that Jar Jar Binks is actually a Sith lord.

 

 

Could this be the end? Story By: Alistair King

Could this be the end… Xbox and PS4 might settle their differences with this new cross system play. Photo By Game Spot
Could this be the end… Xbox and PS4 might settle their differences with this new cross
system play. Photo By Game Spot

For years gamers have been fighting over which console is better; PS4 with their innovative systems, or Xbox One with their ease of control and dedicated servers. Everything that can be construed as good by these systems is boasted about by the gamers of their side and scrutinized from gamers of the opposition. But recently something big has happened; could this mean the end of the console wars?

On April 14th Microsoft Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla sent out a letter entailing future updates to the Xbox One. The most interesting part of this is the cross system play. Previously this has only been between Windows 10 users and Xbox One players. But in this letter it states:

First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.

In their own league… Rocket League creators Psionix were the first to crack the code and allow cross system play. Photo By Kotaku
In their own league… Rocket League creators Psionix were the first to crack the code and
allow cross system play. Photo By Kotaku

This is what’s going to make a 2 console system turn into a single console system.  While PS4 hasn’t given a direct answer they did state that they have been using cross platform play for quite a long time and would be open to talking about it with developers. The first developers to allow cross system play are Psyionix’s Rocket League. This is going to be the first step in creating a full network of cross system gaming.

However there are still a few boundaries in the way. Sony is still wary about going full in on this and in a recent interview with Shuhei Yoshida stated that its still an issue of business interests; “Rather, the dance-off will revolve around whether it is in Sony’s best interests to allow it.” While this won’t mean that Sony is not going to go for it, but it will mean that it could take some time for a large scale network for both Xbox and PS4.

What will this mean for future generations of gaming consoles? Could this be the end of the countless arguments over which console is better? And can Nintendo realize it needs to be part of this change? Time will only tell.

Illuminati Conspiracy or just Fun and Games? Story By: Lauren Stidham

Illuminati Conspiracy or just Fun and Games? Story By: Lauren Stidham

 

26ea2d0545f20c9a605ffdc26166c4af-1Super bowl fifty had a lot to offer. A Bronco victory, crazily hyped up fans, and bizarre commercials. Right in the middle of all that commotion, there was one event that has become one of the most well-known parts of this American tradition: The Halftime Show.

Between all the dance moves, popular lyrics, and brilliant colors, there may have been a deeper, darker, story to tell. According to several resources, there was occult symbols throughout the whole show.

So what mysterious signs were hiding right under the noses of about 115.5 million fans? If someone was to take the time to inspect an overhead picture of the halftime show, they would see striking resemblance to multiple occult symbols. Most well-known of these is probably the all seeing eye; using the crowd and stage as the iris, the two angles on either side as the corners of the eye, and the small white dot that Coldplay is dancing on as the pupil. This All Seeing Eye would represent spiritual sight, enlightenment, the eye of God. It has universal meaning and isn’t specific to any one occult.

giphy (2)-1 Another widely known symbol that the half time stage and bodies resembles is the unfinished pyramid with the All Seeing Eye on top. In order to see this one easier it is best to block off on of the halves of the picture. There are two unfinished pyramids that are almost like a mirror image. The vertical line of the stage separates them. The pyramid on each side is made up of the crowd and is sideways. The All Seeing Eye is represented by the 0 in 50. The pyramid with the eye on top represents the eye of Lucifer, God, or the enlightened, it has masonic origins. It appears on the back of the dollar bill.

The next possibility is also a masonic symbol; the one that actually represents them as a whole. The Compass. It basically represents becoming perfect and balanced. It is a little harder to see than the other ones, but it still bears resemblance. The two angles are like the compass and the square edge. The crowd is quartered much like the blank spaces inside of the symbol, and the stage is like the rectangle in the middle.

images (2)-1There were also several other not well known symbols that the picture resembles, but those were the prevalent and commonly known ones.  However, the symbolism doesn’t stop in just the layout, the entire performance told a strange story. It starts with Coldplay wearing black, singing his songs. After singing for a few minutes, he then moves into this iridescent circle of light projected by the dancefloor. He dances and spins in there for a bit before coming out. Right after coming out, he takes off the black shirt so that he is in white.

Then Bruno Mars and Beyonce come onto the scene. After they each do a short act (both wearing black) they are united by Coldplay on the stage. Meanwhile, a crowd (all of which are wearing black) cheers them on admiringly.

images (3)-1What is could mean is this: The stage represents some occult. Coldplay is part of the occult for a little while. His black shirt and the black shirts of the audience and other artists represent not being enlightened yet. After going into the glowing white circle (white would mean enlightenment) he takes off his black shirt and is now considered enlightened. Then he brings in two other “converts” Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. They are not enlightened yet because they just joined the occult. All the while, the crowd stands in awe practically worshiping the enlightened Coldplay and his two converts.

So yes, there is a multiplicity of ways to interpret all this hidden symbolism. Maybe it was all just a big coincidence. Perhaps not.

Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King

Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King

 

Which is worse? Suffering from a cold, or suffering from Windows updates? Photo By: AssociationsNow
Which is worse? Suffering from a cold, or suffering from Windows updates? Photo By: AssociationsNow

Headaches, fatigue, and boredom, a cold also exhibits these symptoms. Do you experience any of these symptoms along with a computer screen in your face? Well, you might have Windows Updates. This is an incurable disease as long as you are connected to the internet. But if you are observant enough you can keep this disease from spreading forward.

Microsoft has an obsession with delivering the latest in Windows technology to all of its customers. Whether this is a user interface update or simply just a bug fix, it all still takes nearly an entire class period. In some rare cases, it may even take a whole day. What do these updates entail?

In February, there were 2 updates. The first was applying many fixes to Microsoft’s pre-installed apps, and some “security” updates. The second update was making all the future updates faster and more “security updates.”

However, not all things are bad with Windows 10 and these updates. Windows 10 has improved functionality, it goes back to some of the good things of Windows 7, and finally, it’s not Windows 8. Given that this is a free update what’s the reason not to download it?

Better than Windows 8; Windows 10 is here to save your day. Photo By: Fossbytes
Better than Windows 8; Windows 10 is here to save your day. Photo By: Fossbytes

Windows 10 is the ultimate system for people who want to spend hours trying to figure out what is happening with any single feature. For some people, these come as not being able to connect to the internet, not being able to change the volume, and other weird things. Also, it is a bit suspicious why they offered a free update to the system. However, most system data comes over with the update so there is no worry of losing your essays.

Many people have found this change to be a welcome improvement fixing many of the issues in Windows 8 while others have found this a bad update that invades their privacy and can give it out to other websites. Decide for yourself if you dare.