Pokemon


I was the ADHD kid in elementary school with no friends who was bullied. So, to escape the soul crushing loneliness, I did what most kids I think do, and retreat into their fantasy world, where everything you love coalesces into a great adventure for you and your imaginary friends. My fantasy world consisted of Pokemon. I came up with my own regions, with their own gym leaders, who I would battle and defeat and become the pokemon master. My favorite region I came up with was the Flagno Region, founded by a great explorer who climbed the highest peak and placed a flag on top. One of the starter Pokemon I came up with was Acornary, the Acorn Bird Pokemon. He was Grass and flying and, while I never finalized its evolutions, I think it would eventually evolve into something called Treeagle.
Acornary was my favorite starter that I came up with. So much so that, once I grew up an outgrew my fantasy world and had to take on the real world, one of the few things that I kept with me was the idea of Acornary, a grass/flying type starter Pokemon.
and now we come to just last year when Pokemon Sun and Moon were announced. As per usual, we would be receiving a trickle of information about the games, new pokemon, new gym leaders, new features, all that jazz. When it came time to reveal the new starter Pokemon, there was a fire cat, a water seal, and…

ROWLET
A GRASS/FLYING TYPE STARTER POKEMON!

Here’s my advice to anyone who might be reading this. Never forget where you came from, never forget the struggles you went through, never forget what got you to where you are and who you are today. Always remember the good times you had in those tough times, because you could share your story and or make something out of it. And sometimes, Life has a way of coming full circle.

License Plate


“Ryan”, you may ask,”what is a ‘tridoron’?” Well, allow me to introduce you to my favorite Japanese show.

Kamen Rider Drive! Yeah, I love this show. Or “loved” since its over. Kamen Rider is a long lasting show in Japan about motorcycle riding superheroes. Every year they change the theme and in 2014-15, the theme was cars. Its about a cop named Tomari Shinnosuke who works for the special crimes division of the police department, which was opened up ever since the phenomenon of “density shift”, where everything in a general area starts moving slowly, has been popping up around Japan. It turns out that this phenomenon is caused by sentient, body-copying androids called “roidmudes” who want to take over the world. Now Shinnosuke must team up with Dr.Steinbelt, who downloaded his consciousness into a belt(it makes sense in the story, roll with it), the Special Crimes unit, and some other allies along the way, and transform into Kamen Rider Drive and save the world. I would recommend you watch this show, but to do so would be technically illegal, since there isn’t a legal way to watch the show in English, and English subs are done by fan translators and posted online. If there was ever an subbed release of Kamen Rider Drive in America, preferebly by Shout Factory, then money would expel so fast from my wallet, that no amount of density shift fields would be able to slow it down.
“that all fine and dandy, Ryan, but what does this have to do with ‘Tridoron’?” I hear you ask.
Well, First off, you still say “dandy”? Second, let’s get to that. The show is called Kamen RIDER for a reason. The thing these riders ride is usually a motorcycle, but for this season, they decided to give him a car.

Meet Tridoron, the best car ever. the “Tri” in its name comes from the fact that it has three forms, which correspond to Kamen Rider Drive’s three base forms. The form pictured is Speed form, which looks like a car. It has two other forms, Wild, where it looks like a dune buggy, and Technic, where it drives on six wheels and has a giant pincer claw come out of it’s front.
And this brings me to why I made this license plate. If I were to adapt this show for an American audience, I would keep the story exactly the same, and set it in Tokyo’s equivalent in America, New York City. and Tridoron would have this license plate.

Cipher

this assignment has me making a cipher, but instead of just matching some letters to other letters and calling it a day, I decided to go a little deeper.

Tada! I call it the “Tri-cipher” or maybe the “Potter Cipher”. The basic gist of it is that every 3 letters uses a different cipher. So here is an example:
MEMES
the word “memes” has five letters, so we count that out as
12312
so for the first letter “M” we use the corresponding letter in the first cipher “N”. then for the second letter we use the corresponding letter in the 2 cipher “Q” ad etc.
so MEMES becomes NQNAF. Also, if there are two words, then you continue and discount the space in between
so MEMES BE DANK goes as 12312 31 2312, so it translates as NQNAF XA GZMO. Pretty cool, right.
see if you can figure this one out
MKIYM PIZVE FFKOH!