I opened my eyes to darkness. It was some ungodly hour on Saturday morning, and I was struggling to make sense of a scene I just saw. I remembered the details really well,1 but how did everything happen if I had just been sleeping? It took a couple seconds before the realization hit me that I had been dreaming.2 Later that day, I recounted this occurrence to a friend, and he wondered if there was something more to the whole thing.

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(DISCLAIMER: In case it wasn't obvious enough, this will be a pretty somber post. You've been warned.) Meet James. James is a rising senior at TJ. James likes to run and has been a part of TJ's cross-country and track teams. He's also passionate about photography and videography. Oh, sorry. Did I write "is"? Because I meant to write "was". Sadly, today marks one week since James committed suicide. James wasn't the first TJ student to unexpectedly pass away–he wasn't even the first in his own graduating class–but his death is the latest item added to a laundry list of mental health concerns at the school.

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Sped Up

I have an interesting quirk when it comes to classical music: I like to speed my music up. It's not drastic–usually anywhere from 5 to 15%, depending on the piece–but it is noticeable. I have friends who do similar things with TV programs or movies they might be watching, and it got me thinking about our attention spans. What's the use of consuming sped-up content, and why do we prefer it to normal speed?

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Containers

I just finished containerizing this site1, and it had me thinking. In the systems administration world, a container is a small virtual environment that can be used to run a program or service. These little things are made using templates called images. There are a few advantages to this model: Containers are pretty easy to create. They're also easy and clean to delete. They're more isolated than just running on bare metal, i.

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I've been noticing something over the last few weeks–I like to crack jokes. A lot. Here are just a few examples from recent text conversations: 1 When I failed to properly read information about the school district opening back up for the next school year: "Hey, they only mentioned science and technology in our school's name, not literacy." 2 After reading a post by the principal about how we were more than our our GPAs: "Dr.

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Shreyas Mayya

Hello! I’m Shreyas. I’m currently a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA.