A new twist on T-shirts and a fascinating science fiction trilogy are the topics for our latest installment of Trending With TX.
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A big summer hit for 2013 is making your own T-shirts with one simple ingredient: bleach.
The trick is to just get a plain black or dark-colored T-shirt, cut it the way you want it (into a tank top, muscle shirt, or leave it as is), create a stencil of whatever pattern you want on your shirt, and then spray bleach on the shirt with bleach in a spray bottle.
The fun thing about this is that you can put whatever you'd like on the T-shirt; each one can be unique!
An example of the individuality of the shirts was seen in the fan base at Weber High School. At almost every sporting event during the year you could see black shirts with bleached "W's" or statements like one of the school mottoes, "Defend the Fortress."
Bleaching shirts is a fun activity that is quick and inexpensive. Give it a try, and enjoy making your own creations!
-- Krystal Ruiz, Weber High
The "Foundation" trilogy by Isaac Asimov is widely regarded as a science fiction classic, and for good reason. Though the author later added four books to the series, in my opinion, the original three novels are the best. Asimov's style is refreshingly direct, fueling fast-paced plots which nevertheless explore deep questions of human psychology.
The trilogy, consisting of "Foundation," "Foundation and Empire" and "Second Foundation," takes place in what seems to be several thousand years in the future. Faster-than-light travel has been developed (although microfilm is still in use), and humanity has established a Galactic Empire whose capital is the planet/city of Trantor, the inspiration for the Coruscant of "Star Wars." The academic Hari Seldon has created a new science of "psychohistory," a complex form of statistics which can be used to roughly predict future events. Foreseeing the collapse of the Empire, he has founded two Foundations to reduce the length of the resulting dark ages; the first is based on physical sciences, the second on mental sciences - and for Seldon's plans to come to fruition, the first must remain unaware of the second's actions.
"Foundation" begins predictably enough, with the citizens of the first Foundation facing and resolving one crisis after another, only to discover that Seldon had predicted all of their actions. However, "Foundation and Empire" throws a wrench in the works when an event Seldon could not have predicted occurs: the Mule is born, a mutant capable of controlling others' emotions. The rest of the trilogy is spent in the First Foundation's attempts to discover the second as the Second Foundation desperately tries to bring psychohistory back on course.
The "Foundation" books are simply amazing. The plot twists in particular are unbelievably clever; they were so inevitable in the story's context that I felt I should have guessed the twists, yet so surprising that I was never able to. The novels are a quick read and well worth anyone's time.
-- Angelica Previte, Weber High