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The Hit List: More Bands You Should Know, Part AWESOME

By ContributorAugust 5, 2010
We've received so many fantastic submissions for The Hit List that we're beside ourselves with happiness. And what better way to share that happiness than to bequeath to you a column chock-full of great bands, chosen and reviewed by Sparklers! What follows is... More  →
The Hit List: More Bands You Should Know, Part AWESOME

Cleaning the Bathtub: A Dramatic Account

By ContributorAugust 5, 2010
orangexjuicexpsycho, maybe you should consider changing your username to americanpsycho. Get it? Christian Bale reference? Gah. —Sparkitors The following is an account of my attempt to complete one simple chore the day before my birthday party: scrub my bathtub. While... More  →
Cleaning the Bathtub: A Dramatic Account

How To Handle Summer Homework the AP Way

By ContributorAugust 5, 2010
~book_wormm has last-minute tips for summer homework procrastinators. We're guessing that includes pretty much everybody. —Sparkitors When you get to high school and you take lots of honors/AP classes, you find yourself burdened with a ton of summer homework. As long as you are... More  →
How To Handle Summer Homework the AP Way

Charlie St. Cloud: Put Your Nose In My Mouth, Baby

By Rachel KorowitzAugust 5, 2010
If you love awkward scripts, weirdly antiquated dialog ("fill the coffers" and "last hoorah"?!), and mile-wide plot holes, you'll dig on Charlie St. Cloud. In fact, the only interesting part of the movie (other than Zac Efron. ROWR.), is trying to figure out... More  →
Charlie St. Cloud: Put Your Nose In My Mouth, Baby

A Saturday in the Life of a FIRST Robotics Student

By ContributorAugust 5, 2010
CJ, your post served as a great reminder that the vast majority of high school students are approximately 239 times smarter than us. THANKS.—Sparkitors Inspired by the Science Olympiad post, I wrote about a Saturday spent working with my FIRST Robotics team.... More  →
 A Saturday in the Life of a FIRST Robotics Student

Auntie SparkNotes: The Green Police, They Live Inside of My House

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 5, 2010
Today, Auntie hears from a Sparkler who makes us feel really guilty about sometimes throwing our Diet Coke cans in the trash. —Sparkitors Dear Auntie, My older sister is getting her post-doctorate at Woodshole (renowned oceonographic institude in Cape Cod) my brother-in-law is heading a movement to... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: The Green Police, They Live Inside of My House

Five Natural Acne Fighters Under Five Dollars

By Kent McGroartyAugust 5, 2010
Many of us are plagued with the scary beast that is acne all through high school and well into college. If you're particularly lucky, your skin will start clearing up when you turn 18—but if you're like most people, hormones will continue to ruin your... More  →
Five Natural Acne Fighters Under Five Dollars

The Ellie Report: Brown-Baggin' It

By ContributorAugust 5, 2010
According to every movie that Zac Efron has ever been in, high school is chock full of wonderful people: they sing, they dance, and they rescue bunnies from tragic and inexplicable celery-related deaths. But how are you, a poor, stuttering freshmen, supposed to tell the... More  →
The Ellie Report: Brown-Baggin' It

How To Force Yourself To Do Work

By Jon_SkindzierAugust 5, 2010
Picture a lazy, uneventful afternoon. You haven't started your summer reading yet, and right now you're busy with your favorite traditional summer pastime (making pancakes and whipping them out the window at confused passersby). Besides, you can read a page per minute, so you have,... More  →
How To Force Yourself To Do Work

Open Thread for August 5

By Emily WinterAugust 5, 2010
Woahhhhhhhhh, sea creatures! Yes! synchrogirl117 says: This pic of a sea anemone I found in California should be an open thread pic because I almost got washed out to sea forever while trying to get this picture.  Really.  I could have died (possibly).  Also,... More  →
Open Thread for August 5