A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo

You know what I hate about the Copenhagen Zoo? Nothing, it was a delightful experience.

Exhibit Size
I always felt like I was spoiled with zoos and museums growing up, having access to the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural History. Obviously they’ll be outclassed by the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian, but I wasn’t expecting the Copenhagen Zoo to be any better than Houston’s. Heck, I was expecting a repeat of the Central Park Zoo, which I remember having very small enclosures (it’s in the middle of a city) and even inaccurate informational posters. 

One of the indoor elephant enclosures

But even though the Copenhagen Zoo is in Denmark’s capital, the exhibits were absolutely enormous. The Zoo only has 27 acres of land (compared to Houston’s 55 and San Diego’s 100), but the enclosures for any given animal seemed about three times the size of Houston’s. No animals were pacing except for the wolves (granted, it’s difficult to give wolves enough space). The polar bear had five separate enclosures, not including the water sections. Even the tiny red panda and Capuchins had two different exhibits they could walk between, using mesh tubes that spanned overhead. And the elephants? Jesus Christ. Not only did they have the usual large outdoor sandlot, but they also had three separate indoor enclosures (though one was exclusively for the bull elephant). 

And it really seemed to show. The animals all seemed a lot happier and more active — not to mention fertile, as there was hardly an exhibit without babies. The macaques, elephants, giraffes, hippos, Capuchins, and bears all had offspring following them around.  … More A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo

The Flood Thieves Chapter 6.5: The Fields of Innocence

The Janpee stepped atop the Chakana, his sandals making dull thuds against the marble as he climbed to the top tier. He placed a red bead on each semicircle around the hollow square. They began to glow with the fading light, and suddenly the green splotches of the marble began to glow bright as fire. Once the tablets were all glowing orange, the Janpee collected the beads and threw them into the hollow center. He stepped down, and indicated for the four to ascend.

Patcha and Kooteeck followed Mawnco and Areesee’s lead, quickly climbing the slippery, but surprisingly lukewarm, tiers. Patcha gasped at the top when she saw that the hollow center now swirled with orange mist, like the silt of a fiery river. Areesee, without hesitation, dropped down into the mist, and disappeared. There was no sound to indicate a person hitting any sort of ground. Patcha felt her stomach clench. There was no sign of her at all. She had never seen magic of this sort in all her life, nor heard tales of it. … More The Flood Thieves Chapter 6.5: The Fields of Innocence

WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition by Eduweb (2019)

You start off the game as a 2-year-old wolf in Yellowstone Park who has left their natal pack to carve out a living away from the nest. Your primary goal is to survive by hunting prey and avoiding competitor species such as bears, mountain lions, and the enormous wolf packs that hold territory around you. 
The hunts are thrilling, all the competitors and potential mates are engaging, and it’s honestly just cool to zoom around with the speed of a greyhound (when in real life I can barely climb the stairs without feeling winded). … More WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition by Eduweb (2019)

A Freshman’s Exhaustive Guide to UT Austin — 2019 Edition

Table of Contents:
Resources
-Electronics Resources
-Recreation
-Free for Students
-Libraries
-Other
Try to Avoid
-Crime
-Other
Food
-Everyday Food
-Eating Out
–Meals
–Dessert
Cultural References and History
-General
-Violence
Art Installations
-Statues
-Other Art
Things to do around Austin
-Touristy Stuff
-Nightlife
-Daylife
Housing
-Dorms
-Common Off-Campus Housing
Jobs
A Virtual Tour
Logistics, Admissions, and Tuition
-Admissions
-Tuition
-Other Logistics
Tips … More A Freshman’s Exhaustive Guide to UT Austin — 2019 Edition

The 3 Big Shames

eep this in mind if your legs are injured, or if you are incontinent, or if you are nervous about speaking to someone in a foreign language. Knowing where the shame comes from will help you fight it. Knowing why you feel ashamed will help you realize why you shouldn’t feel ashamed. … More The 3 Big Shames

The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 10

The next thing they knew, the dancers were bowing, adults were clapping, and young children were carrying bowls of stew out to Klimans all over the tree. Dozens of skillful, grinning young faces, overjoyed by simply being helpful. Many of them raced each other to see who could deliver the most wooden bowls to the various homes on a bough. Many children even intercepted the recipients of the meal by giving bowls to the residents of a platform that dangled between two branches, stealing the opportunity of the children on the other branch from delivering the food. Chroma chuckled as she watched. … More The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 10

The Flood Thieves Chapter 6: Atok

“I mean it’s incredible that the Lavakoomas could have such precision in making lines in the earth — and everything else they’re doing. I find it even more incredible that they could learn such a detailed system and utilize it flawlessly in such a short amount of time. But it’s very important to know if all of the Bloodkoomas are being held together. If they are, we simply need to contact all the others and tell them to investigate the nearest lake, and the rest can move in.”

“Except that they’ll never listen,” Areesee added, finally pulling Mawnco’s gaze away from the field.

Mawnco snorted, a tiny shadow of a scowl creeping across his upper lip. “I’ll make them listen.” … More The Flood Thieves Chapter 6: Atok

The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 9

The last rope bridge sloped downward, but not enough to bring it all the way to the forest floor. Instead, it sloped downward just enough to rest among the branches of a tree as wide as it was tall. The diameter from the northernmost to the southernmost leaves must have matched that of a small town. The massive tree formed an expansive clearing beneath it, holding back competing trees and blocking sunlight to the plants below.

Between its boughs, countless meshes of planks and organic matter formed platforms where people lounged, worked, and played. The central crook of the tree was in sight, and had been partially hollowed out and lined with stones to form a large fire pit, above with hung a collection of spits as long as a hull of the Gladiator.

The color orange was everywhere: in the watercups that grew along the branches of the tree; in the paint coating the wood and various wooden bowls, toys, and instruments of Klima; in every single person’s clothing; and in the large banners hanging from the side of each bridge leading to the town.  … More The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 9

The Flood Thieves Chapter 5: The Shack of Power and Games

Patcha dreamt that the Time of Chaos had arrived, and there was no Flood in sight. The dried-blood sky during the Time of Chaos seemed distorted like water, brittle like wood, and shiny like marble. Strange entities and gods roamed the sunless region above, made visible now that blue or black skies no longer separated Kai from Hanan. She was atop the Capital Volcano, with nothing but deformed skeletons surrounding her. The buildings themselves were rotting, and the ice and lava of the volcano rolled around her feet. Below her, rivers were dry, plants were decaying, and no animal, big or small, fierce or tame, was anywhere to be spotted. The only movement was of the black earth, beneath which the Lavakoomas were stirring. She saw great mounds of earth the size of entire villages move below her, guided by the Lavakoomas. The upturned earth, which smoldered with the fires of Uku, formed symbols that only Patcha could read. Each and every one of them read: Revenge. … More The Flood Thieves Chapter 5: The Shack of Power and Games