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Pokémon GO

With Pokémon’s 20th anniversary this year, there are still big things happening for the franchise. Recently, Nintendo announced a new pair of titles, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon GO, the alternate reality smart phone app, is starting beta testing in Japan this month.

The release of Pokémon GO opens up a new world of possibilities. There will be real life special events and gyms where trainers can face off against others and earn rewards for their efforts. You’ll be able to encounter “wild” Pokémon in the real world and have impromptu battles with other nearby trainers.

One of the coolest things, to me, is the aspect of immersing myself within the stylized world of Pokémon and creating an experience for others that is as enriching as my own have been. My brother and I have been brainstorming ideas, playing with themes, and generally having a lot of fun discussing our plans for Pokémon GO‘s release. Here are just a few of the ideas we’ve come up with.

  • Our last name is Watts, so we’re thinking of having an all electric-type team. We would costume ourselves as Benjamin Franklin and Nikola Tesla, and have a bluetooth speaker ready to pump out some AC/DC and other electricity-themed music.
  • If we’re able to get others in on the action, we’ve considered setting up unofficial gyms where other trainers can challenge an array of enemies, and if successful, he or she would receive a special badge, just like in the other Pokémon games.
  • We basically want to pretend to be NPCs in the Pokémon universe, and make corny puns and generally have a good time while battling trainers
  • And of course, the ultimate goal is to catch and raise the perfect team to become the most powerful Pokémon trainer in the world! Or maybe at least the most powerful trainer on the block… it could happen!

What are some things you can’t wait to do with Pokémon GO?

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Opening Line Challenge (Literature Edition)

Grab a scrap piece of paper and a pen; number 1 to 10. Read the opening sentence of these novels (pulled directly from the shelves of McKay’s). Write down what novel it comes from and once you reach the end, check your answers!   Simple enough, right?

Enjoy! I hope you find something that might spark your interest!

1.“A surging, seething, murmuring crowd, of beings that are human only in name, for the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.”

2. “Lee Chong’s grocery, while not a model of neatness, was a miracle of supply.”

3. “I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.”

4. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

5. “Mr. Phileas Fog lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814.”

6. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

7. “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.”

8. “On January 6, 1482, the people of Paris were awakened by the tumultuous clanging of all the bells in the city.”

9. “The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.”

10. “Marley was dead, to begin with.”



  1. “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Orczy
  2. “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck
  3. “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott
  4. “1984” by George Orwell
  5. “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne
  6. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  7. “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka
  8. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo
  9. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
  10. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens