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My Brown University Video Introduction (Class of 2027) + Blooper Reel!

Brown University allows their applicants to submit an optional 2-minute video introduction, meant to be in place of a traditional interview. I am a Regular Decision applicant to Brown's Class of 2027 (that means I'd enroll in Fall 2023). Here is my video introduction. Pssst... if you're reading this blog post: I'll be back eventually to this blog! I promise! Hopefully by the springtime this year. But we'll see. 
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My New CSW Science Article is Here!: "From Virtual Reality to 'Goodbye Malady!'"

Hello, readers! I know it's been a long time. But fear not, my blog has officially returned! What has been going on that caused me to take such an extended break? Well, multiple reasons: a. Eleventh grade was a lot. b. 2021-2022 after I made my previous post has been... a lot. c. I had so many post ideas but not enough time for them until now. d. I was also working on the article linked below: From Virtual Reality to “Goodbye Malady!” | curiousSCIENCEwriters : “In a matter of six weeks, you couldn’t even tell he had a stroke.” This is what Arik Yates, a physical therapist assistant, said about a chronic stroke patient who had tried virtual reality therapy… After my article in 2020 about wearable technology paired with machine learning algorithms being used to help counter smoking addiction , I returned to Curious Science Writers for one more article with them! This time, I knew I had to

So um... what exactly happened?

Good question.  To summarize, Weirdmageddon IRL happened. Both before and during COVID. Oh wait, you mean to my blog? Well... My blog has been officially on hiatus for some time. It isn't dead. Stay tuned... :) - Arca "Arjay" Baran ...  Oh wait, too short of a post? You want to know what is coming next?  How about this, I publish my 25 draft posts (not including this one)... As shown below: Ah, but most of those are either empty, or super duper outdated and irrelevant. I don't think I'll be finishing any of them... with the exception of one particular empty post. ;) That's this one:  (Sorry if the screenshot is a bit blurry, by the way.) In the future (by that, I mean either if I'm extremely bored before school is over, or mid-July... the latter seems more likely) my posts will be different than what I've been doing for the past 4 years. I'll try to make them more opinion and story oriented. So, if there's particular current events that I'm

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How I had a VIRTUAL 16th BIRTHDAY PARTY! (feat. Joonas Suotamo AKA Chewbacca himself!!!)

Hello, everyone, this is Arca. It's been a while, but yesterday I celebrated my 16th birthday! Obviously I wasn't able to go see a movie with my friends after going to a restaurant for dinner as I usually do, but I devised a fun way to make up for it with Discord. Discord has both text chat, audio and video features, and features a way to stream one's screen to multiple people at once... so in other words, it was perfect for a virtual movie-watching party! If you said that no new Star Wars movie was releasing this year, well, luckily, you'd be incorrect. The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special was a short 45-minute movie on Disney+ that released last month, but I held off on watching the pseudo-time travel/Christmas movie parody until my birthday party!  So, to start from the beginning of the day, I woke up, ate some pancakes, and then was greeted with a surprise! I had gotten a birthday wish from the person who plays my favorite Star Wars (and possibly fiction in general) c