Twitch is the best and most popular gaming streaming platform.

First of all let me tell you all that twitch is probably the best gaming platform for streams mainly because you don’t really need that much or great internet. But it’s pretty dope I get more views on those quicker then you will get them on  YouTube videos or  streams on YouTube anyways. Twitch has definitely changed a lot it’s even more popular then any other streaming platform “gaming platform”. In fact the most popular game to stream is Rust. Rust is a pretty epic game! This game is like this really awesome survival multi-player online. But there’s really cool things in this game you start out well  like a person who has to find everything but it’s very hilarious game though.

I’ve kind of played Rust in away but it’s not really the rust we all know as well  think is probably the best. Mine the one I use is Dust it’s like that except on a different  gaming platform. Now that I think of it Rust looks quite a like to Ark survival as well Raft. There definitely seems some resemblance between the three interesting but quite entertaining seeing people play those games. There’s this game called Stranded Deep it’s definitely a game you may like if you want to test your skills and ingenuity you have to survive on the island you are there with nothing. there so many great and wonderful things to also you will be able to get payed once you gain 50 followers on twitch.

You know how easy it is to gain more money on twitch then it is to earn money on YouTube!?  The other nice things about twitch is you are able to place those streams onto your channel as well which is so sick it’s able to transport to your YouTube. Twitch has also all types of dedicated types of streams for what people want to watch and enjoy. Twitch gives you multiple things you might be interested in. Which was really great for them just so many awesome and great possibilities of optimistic in the choices you do on stream. There’s so many great awesome things that you have the resources to do.

A lot of video gamers use Twitch to weigh their options before they want to make a purchase. Twitch can also help you save your money on a type of game you might want to actually play which could help your audience not waste something they really don’t want to  play but, that’s mainly very popular games.  A person I know he’s doing very well as a streamer he’s great it’s got about 20 followers if I remember correctly but streaming. being on twitch can really be fun with you just pretty much doing what you want to do or how you want to do it haha.

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Jamming Davis

Music is a big deal in a lot of people’s lives. Some people use music as a stress reliever. Some people use music to hype themselves up, and some people just like to listen. At Davis, there are lots of different ways people listen to music.

Luke Weston listens to music when he wants to vibe and Jam out. “I love listening to folk and indie alternative music because it makes me feel so good.”

This is a good way to really relax and just focus on the music. Different types of music can give you different vibes. For example, when you listen to folk music you get more chill vibes and when you listen to rock music you get more hype vibes.

Spencer Swain listens to music when he wants to sing along to it. “I love to sing as loud as I can and express myself through my music.”

Music can be a great a great way to express your emotions and have fun. “You can either listen to music based off of your emotions or you can listen to music based on the emotions you would like to feel.” Says Gabe Franklin.

“I listen to rap when I want to tune Gabe out,” Says Grace Clark.

Sometimes music is used to tune others out. It is a good way to distract yourself from the chaos of life and just have a good time listening to music. It can be a good way to cool down and re-center yourself. Music can also help you connect with people. Taig Olsen says, “I love to listen to music at parties so I can set a fun mood.”

Music is so diverse and can be used in so many different ways. From listening in the car to listening with friends, music shapes the way kids at Davis High live their lives.

 

 

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Lacrosse team going for the state

The girls lacrosse is working hard to be able to make state and win it.

So far, there has been three games for the lacrosse team. Each game resulted in victory for the Davis High girl’s lacrosse team.

“Our biggest goal this season is to make state” says Samantha Oswald, a player on the lacrosse team.

If the season continues on the way that it has so far, then there will be no problem for the team to accomplish this goal.

“There are a lot of unexperienced people on the team, and that can be an obstacle at times” says Samantha on the obstacles in their path to state.

This is a big challenge that the lacrosse team will have to face, but luckily, the team has a good plan for teaching.

“We overcome that obstacle by learning from those who are more experienced and by practicing” says Samantha on the way that they will push through and reach their goal.

Working with inexperienced people can be frustrating at times, but the lacrosse team handles it well with a friendly and fun atmosphere.

“I chose to do lacrosse because it is a great opportunity to try something new and be involved” says Samantha on why she joined the lacrosse team.

Lacrosse is a fun environment for anyone who wants to get involved in a sport. It is very welcoming and rewarding.

“The most exciting thing about the lacrosse season has been getting to know all the wonderful people on the team!” says Samantha.

“Lacrosse is so much fun! And worth every bit of time that is put into it” says Samantha.

The Davis High lacrosse team is going to go for the gold and crush this season!

Good luck this season, lacrosse, you have our support. We believe in you and know that you can win state!

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Mike Trout is capturing Dart hearts

Mike Trout has arguably been the best player in the MLB for the last seven years. He is flashy, professional, and the description of a perfect player. He is the player people show up to the ballpark to watch. Trout is also the player that manages to steal your affection. 

When people talk about their favorite player, Mike Trout is a name that you will hear most commonly. My love for baseball recently compelled me to listen in on a conversation about two people’s favorite players in baseball. To my astonishment, both students said Mike Trout was their absolute favorite. 

I will say I was puzzled by the student’s statements of Trout being their favorite player because I knew them not to be Angels fans. Usually, people will say their favorite player is someone on a team they root for. Therefore, I was a little startled to hear Trout’s name pop up in their conversation. I decided to investigate further on this matter. 

Jessie Higley and Kaylee Bowles are surprisingly some of the biggest baseball fans you will meet. I knew that in some of their sports discussions they would mention baseball. I decided to ask Jessie and Kaylee who their favorite players were, keeping in mind that Kaylee does not care too much for the MLB and Jessie is a Chicago Cubs fan. They both emphatically stated that Mike Trout was their favorite player. 

“I may be a Chicago Cubs fan, but Mike Trout is for sure my favorite player. How could you not like Mike Trout? He’s such a classy and amazing player”

Stated Jessie Higley.

“I have yet to meet someone who does not like Mike Trout in the slightest.” 

Mike Trout has managed to be my favorite player for the last 7 years. Ever since I became an Angels fan, Mike Trout has been my favorite player and, now, I am starting to see Mike become others’ favorites. You do not even have to like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the ‘Millville Meteor’ to be your favorite player. The next time you watch an Angels game, Mike Trout may become your favorite player. 

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Player Spotlight: Talon Meyer

Talon Meyer is a fun person to be around, and has an excellent sense of humor. Everyone around him loves him, and no one can deny his talent in soccer.

As a freshman, Talon played for Davis High’s Varsity soccer team, and played the full game. Covid-19 shut down the soccer season, but Talon still made a name for himself in the Davis High soccer world.

Now a sophomore, Talon still plays on the Varsity team. He is grateful for the chance to play soccer this season, even with the covid precautions.

Talon got his start playing soccer when his mom signed him up for rec soccer at a young age. Talon loved the game, and has been playing ever since.

Talon is always getting new soccer gear for Christmas and his birthday, because soccer is what he enjoys. Soccer is his passion.

“My cousin and I hang out all the time and we both play soccer, so we always play together which gives me a lot of my practice.”

Talon is found in the field behind his house all the time, kicking around a soccer ball and taking shots.

“I play on USA, for a team which was ranked 12th in the nation by Gotsoccer.com when I joined” says Talon about his current soccer team.

This is a huge sacrifice for him, because USA is an hour away. Every practice takes about four hours with drive time plus the time spent playing soccer.

This sacrifice shows Talon’s dedication to his sport and his determination in succeeding.

“College soccer would be fun, but I don’t have my heart set on one place.” says Talon on his college plans.

Talon has put hard work, time, and a lot of sweat into his dream, and we will see how it pays off in his bright future ahead.

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Player Spotlight: Talon Meyer

Talon Meyer is a fun person to be around, and has an excellent sense of humor. Everyone around him loves him, and no one can deny his talent in soccer.

As a freshman, Talon played for Davis High’s Varsity soccer team, and played the full game. Covid-19 shut down the soccer season, but Talon still made a name for himself in the Davis High soccer world.

Now a sophomore, Talon still plays on the Varsity team. He is grateful for the chance to play soccer this season, even with the covid precautions.

Talon got his start playing soccer when his mom signed him up for rec soccer at a young age. Talon loved the game, and has been playing ever since.

Talon is always getting new soccer gear for Christmas and his birthday, because soccer is what he enjoys. Soccer is his passion.

“My cousin and I hang out all the time and we both play soccer, so we always play together which gives me a lot of my practice.”

Talon is found in the field behind his house all the time, kicking around a soccer ball and taking shots.

“I play on USA, for a team which was ranked 12th in the nation by Gotsoccer.com when I joined” says Talon about his current soccer team.

This is a huge sacrifice for him, because USA is an hour away. Every practice takes about four hours with drive time plus the time spent playing soccer.

This sacrifice shows Talon’s dedication to his sport and his determination in succeeding.

“College soccer would be fun, but I don’t have my heart set on one place.” says Talon on his college plans.

Talon has put hard work, time, and a lot of sweat into his dream, and we will see how it pays off in his bright future ahead.

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Student Spotlight: Hannah Wright

Anyone who has met Hannah Wright knows she’s sweet, but do they know she makes sweets too?

Hannah Wright has been making cakes for four years now. Hannah has made multiple different types of cakes including wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and just cakes for fun!

Hannah has an Instagram account called the_wright_cake that shows off some of her talented cakes and the processes it takes to make them.

“My friend took a cake class and I thought it looked fun so I taught myself to make cakes and I’ve been doing it ever since.” says Hannah on why she started baking.

One of the most amazing things about this skill is that Hannah is a self-taught baker. Teaching herself this skill has made her talent much more impressive because she never officially learned.

“I want to go to a culinary institute because it will give me the experience I need to either start a bakery, sell cakes, or teach cake lessons to kids.” says Hannah on what her baking goals entail.

This is a solid plan that will get her to where and what she wants to do.

“I will have to get into the school and also pay for it. Then I will have to work hard to do well in the school.” says Hannah on the biggest challenges that will get in the way of her goals.

With Hannah’s skills, there is no doubt that she will be able to reach her goals.

“I will save up money for the expenses and make a portfolio of my work so far to get accepted.” Hannah says on how she will overcome these challenges.

“The most rewarding part of baking to me is that I can make other people so happy when they see the cakes I make for them, which in turn makes me happy. ” Hannah says.

Hannah is a selfless baker, baking to make others happy. Hannah’s skills will continue to grow as she continues baking and as she attends the culinary institute. Good luck, Hannah!

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Dart pride shines during spirit week!

Spirit week is a student pride event that consists of activities throughout the week that go around events like sports, games, and lunch.  Spirit week started today, the 12th of April, and will end on Friday. Students are encouraged to get involved and participate in the activities that are hosted by the student body officers.

Spirit week will run as follows according to the schedule posted by the officers.

Monday is vintage day. Students are asked to come to school in items that they have thrifted or have an indie style. There will also be Karaoke in the commons during lunch.

Tuesday is Disney day. They want students to wear something Disney-related and then participate in a Disney themed Kahoot competition at lunch.

On Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear pink. There will also be more games at lunch for students to play.

There will be a tailgate at the baseball game against Syracuse on Thursday. Otter pops will be given out to students who come to this event.

Coming to school on Monday, I haven’t seen a lot of student participation so far for vintage day. After asking around my class, it seems many students don’t even know what is happening this week. It seems that the word about spirit week hasn’t gotten out yet. This has been a problem in past years. Many students do not participate because they simply are not aware of it. Following Davis High’s Instagram page can help students stay updated on school activities like spirit week.

In past years, students have responded to spirit week with a negative attitude and have considered it boring and not very entertaining. However, especially this year when school activities have been severely limited due to Covid, participating in activities like spirit week can help lift school morale and improve your high school experience

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Why Metal Music is Underrated

When people think of popular music, most won’t say metal as their first pick since it is discounted through stereotypes. Most people just don’t understand metal, giving it a bad reputation due to stereotypes like people believing it is just screaming, drugs, and alcohol. This can be alleviated by giving it a chance to find something in it you can enjoy. Metal has a lot to bring to the table from a critical and emotional perspective.

The lyrics of most songs in popular genres are repetitive and mindless, not really having meaning and just designed to get stuck in your head. And that is only if you can understand even a word they say. Metal doesn’t have this problem as much, as the lyrics are well though out, well written, and even better sung. Metal musicians design their lyrics around a theme, whether it is trying to provoke an emotional reaction, tell a story, or both.

Bands like Dragonforce and Breaking Benjamin write songs that are designed to make you feel something. Dragonforce makes songs that are encouraging and confident while Breaking Benjamin makes songs that are more caring and compassionate. Thought is put into the how the lyrics will fit with the rhythm and tone of the song. TOOL does this very well, incorporating rhythm and tone into how the song is supposed to sound. Parts of the lyrics in their song Lateralus follow a rhythm of the Fibonacci sequence with the syllables, and in the song Sober some of the sounds of the singing are choked down to fit the theme of the song better.

Metal musicians make the instrumental parts of their songs with skill and precision, not having to rely on cheap psychological tactics to make you think it is well played. Most popular groups and genres make songs and music designed to get stuck in your head on repeat, which makes the mind pay more attention to it. This is done so that you want more of it.

Many people believe metal to be chaotic and disorganized, but if you pay attention to it, it is very controlled; just fast. Bands like Soen and Van Canto make and execute complicated “instrumental” riffs (Van Canto is an A Capella metal band), giving the song more presence and resonance showing that they know how to make music that sounds complicated and good, while popular bands make simple and repetitive or inconsistent acoustics.

In short, Metal is stereotyped and misunderstood in many ways, like the lyrical and instrumental styles. The lyrical styles are meaningful and significant, not nonsense. The instrumentals and controlled and fit with the theme of the song, unlike popular genres. Because of these factors, people should really give Metal a chance.

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The Futuristic Lyrical Loneliness of ‘Her’ – Movie Review

‘Her’ is my favorite movie right now. I’m sure its spot will be taken soon enough, but for now, the crown belongs to Spike Jonze’s beautiful and contemplative celebration of love. But it doesn’t just celebrate the positives of love, and it doesn’t wallow in the negatives. It has a compassion and an appreciation of every step of a relationship. It explores the joy that a connection to another individual can bring, as well as the harsh realities and constant struggles that make up the act of loving someone. The film has a kind of lyrical loneliness that has the supernatural ability to bring those who come into the film with a good mood down, and wrap those that feel lost or hopeless in a warm blanket that tells them that they’re not alone, and that what they’re feeling is beautiful in its own way. I don’t believe that there is a person on Earth who can watch this movie and not get something out of it that feels personal. I’ve watched this movie 5 times since I entered my first relationship, and each time, the film meant something different to me. And each time, it has helped me immeasurably. Through this review, I hope to pin down why this movie is so effective, and attempt to convey my appreciation of this film’s existence.

‘Her’ is a 2013 film that is directed and written by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation). It takes place in the not-so-distant future and follows Theodore Twombly (played by the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix), a very lonely gentleman that works as an author of love notes for other couples. He is in the process of divorcing his wife (Rooney Mara), when he falls in love with an advanced operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It’s a simple premise, but it is filled with so many brilliant ideas and unadulterated passion. Passion for the art of film, as well as for the human race.

The future that it portrays isn’t a bleak, Orwellian vision like so many films are. It also isn’t a utopia with outlandish tech and distant characters. The changes to society that the film showcases aren’t conveyed through a title crawl or a montage of every step that led to this future, it is filled with little innovations and differences that exist in the background and are used by the characters in natural ways. This Los Angeles is car free (with the exception of a cab late in the film), leaving the roads to the people. The buildings are all unique and colorful. The tech isn’t all holograms and super extravagant messes of devices, instead it seems to be the natural evolution of our current technology.

The fashion isn’t Back to the Future Part 2 clothing, it instead predicts fashion trends and executes them with such a level of professionalism that it inspired a fashion trend in the real world. It’s the little things. Pastel colors are all the rage, high-waisted pants are everywhere, button-up shirts without a collar are trendy, and mustaches seem to have made a resurgence. They don’t have visors, and they aren’t wearing huge spiky silver shoulder pads. It’s gorgeous.

But everything in this movie is gorgeous. The beautiful fashion and architecture perfectly complement the masterful cinematography. The cinematography in this film is perfect. It switches between beautiful wide shots during the parts of the movie where Theodore is completely aware of his surroundings. When he’s going through his day to day, surrounded by hundreds of others just like him, or when he is able to appreciate his surroundings, be it the beach, the subway, or a mountain top. But when he is lost in his mind, the film uses these intense and long closeups of Theodore’s face that give a feeling of claustrophobia as well as the ability for the audience to read every little movement his face makes. There are long scenes that are just conversations and personal moments that are made so much more effective by the restraint of the camera. At one point, the screen even goes dark, and all you hear is the intense and personal moment between Theodore and Samantha. These scenes would fall on its face with a bad, or even mediocre performance at the center of it, but Joaquin Phoenix kills it.

“I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.”

This film looks at love as a beautiful and complex thing. It explores what makes a relationship healthy and beneficial to both partners. It fully acknowledges and embraces the fact that there is no catchall for relationships. It’s different for everybody, and the joy of it is truly connecting to your partner and discovering what you both need. In the case of Theodore and Catherine’s (his ex-wife) relationship, they provided a very safe creative environment in which they supported each other’s writing. In the flashback scenes that show them before the divorce, they treat compassion and intimacy differently than any other couple in the film. The way Theodore acts with Catherine is wildly different than how he acts with Samantha and the lady he goes on a dinner date with early in the film. There is a morbid element to the affection shown within their relationship. The scene that comes to mind features Catherine pinning a laughing Theodore on the floor while saying,

“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to f****** kill you. I love you so much, I’m going to f****** kill you.”

It’s a scene that stands out as a strange interaction, but it suits the character of Catherine. She grew up in a very strict house where nothing that she did was ever good enough. I could see how her upbringing could result in her strange way of expressing affection. And this isn’t the only portrayal of morbid affection. We get to hear a good number of love letters that Theodore writes, and there is one that Samantha singles out as her favorite that is surprisingly violent. It fits in with the film’s theme of obscenity and perversion. The film is overall very sweet and tender, but there are moments that really take you by surprise and show how differently this future views these ‘taboo’ things. A vulgar video game character and a scene involving a surprise cameo from Kristen Wiig and a dead cat come to mind. I read these scenes as showing how a more sophisticated and progressive culture has caused more… unique… sexual desires to be created. It asks you to compare that with the other depictions of love that are very tender and emotional. This is a very small part of the film, but it is one that has always intrigued me.

This film’s perspective on love has helped me develop my own ideas about relationships. The film makes the case that every relationship matters. Just because one ends does not mean that it wasn’t worth it. In a good relationship, both partners will help the other grow, and they instill a part of themselves into the other. People are always growing and evolving, and growing apart is only natural. I don’t think trying to find ‘the one’ is very helpful. I think it’s best to evaluate the worth of a relationship based on the now instead of the future. A relationship where both people nurture and support the other is invaluable, and you can learn a lot about yourself through the eyes of a significant other. The world is a terrifying place, and for me, the idea of relationships makes my future seem less daunting.

The last thing I’d like to talk about is the film’s soundtrack. The film’s score was created by the band Arcade Fire, (one of my favorites) and it was nominated for an Oscar. It is my favorite soundtrack of all time, as well as one of my favorite albums, period. The gorgeous synthesizer perfectly complements the masterful piano. Songs like ‘Photograph’, ‘Divorce Papers’, and ‘Song on the Beach’ are just… *chef kiss*, and they have inspired me to learn piano. For some reason, the album hasn’t been available on streaming until now. On March 19, they have released the soundtrack on streaming platforms and vinyl. I highly recommend you give it a listen.

 

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