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What the First Year of The Critic’s Canvas Looked Like

I started this blog on January 10th of last year, completely on a whim. I was in 10th grade, sitting in a computer class bored out of my mind, and my thoughts really kick in when I’m bored. I thought about how I had always really enjoyed writing, and how I loved reading biased criticism over stuff. So, I thought, why not try doing it myself? I was extremely excited about it. When I started, I tried to post something every single day, and it was so much fun. Seeing my site get views and new followers was addicting. Around March, I had hand surgery, and obviously that made keeping the site running pretty difficult, but I continued to write soon after. Obviously things have changed and evolved since the beginning, but I’m actually very proud of my first year. Thank you to everyone who has ever read anything I’ve posted on here, and a special thanks to everyone who has followed so far. It’s a very good motivation when people actually read the stuff I write. WordPress concocted a nifty little summary of 2014 for The Critic’s Canvas, showcasing the number of views received, most popular posts, etc. Check it out:

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Future of The Critic’s Canvas

“Hello, long time no see, it’s nice to see you again, where the hell have you been?”

Yes, I kinda fell off the face of the earth. And if anything, that time floating through the vast emptiness of space gave me lots of time to think about what my vision for The Critic’s Canvas was gonna be. My overall web traffic has been dropping tremendously over the past couple months (because I’ve been posting much, much less) and it kinda sucks. I had a good thing going for a while! My Adventure Time reviews were reeling in good views, and most importantly, I had lots of fun writing them! Eventually I became confident enough to think that I could handle covering two shows at one time, and it went pretty well. However, there would be times when I just didn’t feel like writing, and that would cause me to put off an episode review, and eventually I’d find myself forcing myself to do a review just so I could get to the next deadline. It wasn’t fun, and that’s when I stopped caring as much. My hobbie had become a job, in my mind at least, and one that doesn’t pay at that. I begun to feel like I had gotten ahead of myself; thinking I could handle all these deadlines all by myself. I mean, I probably could. It’s definitely not impossible, but I just lacked the motivation and passion I used to have.

Now understand, I’m still very much interested in keeping The Critic’s Canvas alive, but I think I’m done with scheduled episode reviews; even though they were my main source of views. But ultimately, this blog isn’t about getting views (even though I love people actually seeing my work), it’s about practice; refining my talent. Something I can show to a possible employer, to show them my worth. It’s me writing for the long run. What I want to write are series reviews (instead of individual episode reviews), Thinking Out Loud pieces, game reviews, updates about the books I might write, etc. I sincerely apologize for disappearing for so long without notice. I hope you understand.

Oh yeah, and this blog has been around for about a year now that 2015 has rolled in! I started this blog January of 2014, kind of as a “New Year goal” to better my writing ability and hopefully garner some attention. It’s been fun. Let’s see where the next year takes us.

Legend Of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 10 (Long Live The Queen)

Airbending just got a whole lot more interesting.

The Plot

Korra and Asami are imprisoned on an Earth Kingdom airship and are being taken into the Earth Queen’s custody; Mako and Bolin are imprisoned by the Red Lotus and are being taken into the Earth Queen’s custody. To put it simply, things aren’t looking up for Team Avatar.

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Spoilers from here onwards…

Well, I think we all know why Nick pulled Korra off the air now. Yup. That happened. We saw a villain die a rather violent death on screen. Sure, the Earth Queen is a real ding dong, but you gotta admit, that death was just screwed up.

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Not to mention the fact that every young, innocent child who saw that is probably gonna have nightmares for the remainder of their lifespan.

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So yeah, Zaheer dethroned the Earth Queen, spreading anarchy throughout Ba Sing Se, with riots, looters, you know, the whole kazoo. Obviously, the Earth Queen’s rather disturbing death is the talk of the episode, and I really don’t know what else to say about it. The rest of the episode is really just the characters trying to escape their imprisonment only to find Ba Sing Se in crisis.

Nonetheless, the episode was very enjoyable, but not to the point where I feel the need to write pages and pages of analysis and opinions.

What did you think of the episode? Did it leave you breathless? Or did it actually, like, rip the air out of your lungs and leave you twitching on the floor? Let me know!

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Adventure Time Review: Season 6 Episode 14 (Princess Day)

There are quite a few princesses in the land of Ooo, so wouldn’t it make sense that there is a special day where all the princesses get together and discuss princess-y things?

The Plot

Princess Day is being held in Breakfast Kingdom this year, so fittingly, Breakfast Princess is leading the charge. However, Lumpy Space Princess could do with out all that lame political princess stuff. Marceline the Vampire Queen feels the same way, and decides to team with LSP to cause ultimate mayhem upon the kingdom of butter, bacon, sausage, and juice.

Is This A Good Place To Start?

The more I think about it, the more I realize that this show never really had a beginning. There’s rarely ever a moment of introduction for any of the characters, and you kinda just go with the flow while you catch little tidbits of information about each character. Because of this, I think I’m gonna stop saying that an episode is inaccessible because it doesn’t introduce the many different faces that appear in each episode. So yes, this episode provides many different characters, but this shouldn’t stop you from checking out the episode. If there is one thing I could say to newcomers, it’s that this episode doesn’t really showcase the best of Adventure Time, nor does it feature these characters at their most intriguing. Nonetheless, the episode has laughs, a smart theme, and a big reference to a certain movie that I’ve never seen, but people who have will most likely get a kick out of it.

My True Verdict (With Spoilers)

There are two kinds of people in this world: People who love LSP, and people who hate LSP. I for one rather enjoy the character, however, there’s no denying that she might pop up a little too often. On the other hand, there isn’t a single Adventure Time fan I know of that doesn’t like Marceline. So what happens when you pair the two together?

Both being rebellious women, they enact malicious acts of vandalism and goofy antics, like sucking the syrup out of a guard and running over Breakfast Princess with a breakfast automobile. But none of this makes them bad people, right? At least that’s how Marcy sees it. However, they both agree that stealing that CD was crossing the line.

When I first saw the title of the episode, Princess Day, I had all these cool theories about what might happen, and the fact that it was just another LSP episode, just with Marcy thrown in, was kind of disappointing. The episode is still really fun and cheeky (like really, the animators of this episode really liked drawing big cheeks on the characters). I kinda wanted a little bit more from it though.

What did you think of the episode? Did you HATE IT exclamation point exclamation point? Or perhaps you really liked it? Let me know!

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100 Followers and Many More To Come!

Well would you look at that! The Critic’s Canvas has hit 100 followers! If I had a dollar for every follower this blog has, I’d have a hundred dollars! What a thought!

Ok, I understand that 100 followers isn’t really that big of a deal, but it is quite the milestone. I mean, to believe that in just about half a year I have gathered a whole one hundred followers, and that just about all of those people do not now me personally, is quite mind boggling! I’m really proud of where this blog has gone, and it makes me appreciate my sticking with it for this long. Thank you to all who enjoy my content. I dearly appreciate it.

And to all who have noticed a slower rate of posts lately, it’s because Mass Effect has temporarily taken over my life. Here’s to hoping I finish it soon and maybe even write a review on the trilogy!

Could it be possible that you’re reading this and you’re not following The Critic’s Canvas? If so, then I implore you to look over that Follow button, and perhaps, click it! I write reviews of new Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, and Gravity Falls episodes, and every now and then I write my opinions on certain subjects. It’s a good time.

A World of Social Experiences

Hey guys! The Critic’s Canvas is officially three days old! How great is that?! Anyway, to celebrate our 3 day birthday, I’ve created a Facebook page for ya’ll to Like! Now, you might be thinking

Hey ChronoPhoenix?! Why the lumping stuff should I Like your stupid Facebook page?

and my response to that is as follows:

My facebook page will update you when I post new things here, and maybe I’ll figure something else out that would fit well over there.

Also, aside from just Facebook, I have a personal Twitter account. Do you crave a more personal experience with the one and only? Well, Twitter is the most personal you’ll get. Go follow @chronophoenix on Twitter!

My Thoughts and Opinions on Math

mathI am a high school student, and for the most part, I don’t have too much trouble with my classes. However, there is one class that just about ruins my whole image of school. Math. I’d like to proclaim this subject as the bane of my existence. Yeah, I really don’t like it. “But why?” you might ask. Well, why don’t we discuss this like gentlemen.

Now, I don’t want to go on sounding like some arrogant, snot-nosed teen, so I’ll try to be as reasonable as I can.

Math is just one of those things that some people are naturally gifted at, or just flat out god awful at. As you can probably tell, I land in the lesser of the two. But here’s the thing; I don’t hate math just because I’m not good at it. The way I see it, the math you learn in grade school is really the only math you’ll ever need to use in your life. Now, obviously scientists and architects are going to need to know more advanced forms of math, but here’s the thing, most of us don’t go on to become scientists and architects. Why force every kid in America to master all these formulas when, most likely, we’ll never need to use them in our lives? I’ve mentioned this to some of my previous teachers before, and they would say

Math is here to strengthen your mind, and to get the gears turning in your head.

Well, if that’s the only purpose of math class, why can’t I just do crossword puzzles all hour?!

So now that I’ve given my thoughts, I want to hear from you! Do you actually like math? Am I just an idiot? Or do you actually agree with my opinion? Tell me!

Also, is there anything I should improve or add to my blog? Am I terrible writer? Or maybe you have an idea for something I could ramble about? By all means, tell me!

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