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Puffles

puffleHello everyone! This is Clonez, lead writer for skydays147.com. White puffles have been spotted all around Club Penguin. They have been found in the bushes on the outside of the Dojo and in the bushes at the top of the Ski Hill. The big question that I have is, “Where did they come from?” I know a lot of puffles have come in the past from practically the middle of nowhere. Let us take the Yellow Puffle for example. So, it just showed up in bunches around the island. Why hasn’t it been spotted before that date? There has to be some area of Club Penguin that these colored puffles have been hiding all this time. I would think it is a secret cave or something. A secret cave that has been hiding the many vibrant colored puffles. Not only did it hold the yellow, but also the many puffles to come: the orange, gold, and lastly the rainbow puffle will be last. My prediction is that there is some penguin in that cave. And one by one, he would release a certain color out into the wild to be located and domesticated. the white puffle seems to be a very mysterious color. Most people would associate “black” with mysterious, but it is the other way around because Club Penguin is such a snowy place that these puffles may have been hiding for quite some time now and we may have not have noticed. That is probably why this puffle came so late, because it had blended in with the snow and penguins might not have recognized it. I have two different opinions on what this puffle’s special ability/ personality is.

My first thought was that this puffle was going to be one that represented the Sensei in Club Penguin. They both are of a pretty light color and I can see why they would relate to each other. One reason why I would choose the ninjas is because this puffle has been hiding in the mountain range and like ninjas, this puffle is pretty mysterious. Not because it hasn’t been recognized until now, but because it blends in with the snow. It can go wherever it wants to on the island and still remain in hiding. Thus, this puffle must have special ninja abilities, like the Sensei. This would make sense because Rockhopper has his own puffle, the red one, and so why wouldn’t the Sensei have one?

I then thought that this puffle would be one of the snow, because that is where it is found the most. It would spend more time in the snow than any other puffle and its special ability would be making snow castles or something like snow forts. If it is snow forts, this puffle would like to spend time having snowball fights with other puffles. It would roll up a ball of snow, plop it on its head, and jump to throw it at something or someone. This could really explain it’s white color because it would help when it is in a snowball fight in order to hide from an opponent. Whatever it is, lets just hope we find out soon!

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The white puffle has also been spotted in the game, Puffle Round Up. It is very hard to tell that it is there, because the color is so similar to the Pink Puffle, that it is very hard to tell them apart when they are tiny on the screen. It took me a while to realize in the game that I actually wasn’t rounding up a storm of Pink Puffles, but a mix of Pink and White ones. Even if you zoom in on a Pink and White one, it is still very hard to tell them apart. Club Penguin used a very light tint of Pink when they first created the Pink Puffle. That kind of brings some uneasyness into whether or not the white puffle will be a big hit or not. I’m worried that this will grow into a big problem. What do you think about the mismatching colors?

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Okay, oh my gosh, I am so being left in the dust

So I just *had* to write this post. Everyone else is, why not me?!

I guess I’ll start with my friendship with da boss, Clonez. SOOOO it started way back when when that uber cool CPIP item was to come out on Club Penguin. A worker on my (at the time) Club Penguin site lied that the item was going to be a pink and purple party hat. (you may have seen the picture on numerous WordPress blogs, yessir, I made that edit.) And so everyone was like OHMAHGAWD! PINK ADN PURPLE BETA HAT ZOMGZZZ!!1!!1! And then when the rumor came untrue, Clonez posted about it. [linky poo] And if you read the comments on there… well I was pretty PO’d at him. But for some reason, I wanted to be friends with him still. Well that is exactly what happened. He’s by far the best interwebzz friend I’ve made. He’s also the most personal. We communicate through lots of real-world methods. He’s pretty awesome, but of course you all know that! ;P We stay up latee on weekends (and heck, week nights too. Although I am forced to sneak on. Hehe.)

Okay, so you’ve never heard of me? Pish posh, you have now. I’ve been administrator on this site since like early January or late December or something rather. I don’t exactly do much on here, but oh well! I mainly just comment on Clonez’s posts. (Oh my gosh I am getting so tired of calling you Clonez, mister.) I have about a bajillion chat clients (MSN, AIM, Skype, ooVoo, blah blah blah) but since I am evil, and two of which are for real-world only friends, I’m going to give you my MSN and AIM addresses. MSN: connor.dude@live.com and AIM: connorr134. That is if you even want to contact me. Hah.

I guess maybe a little info about moi? Hm. Well for a start, I’m fourteen and in the 8th grade. I live in North Carolina. I was born, however, in Arizona and I lived overseas for a year. wahoo! In school, science and English are my best classes. Math is poop. No likey math because math teacher gives too darn much homework. Even though I live in the south, I do not have a southern accent, and I hope to lordeh that I don’t ever develop one. I love making things in Photoshop and I also love swapping YouTube videos with mah bud, Clonez. I also like to write like I actually have a personality rather than like a robot with perfect, grammatically correct and fantastically structured sentences and all that crap. That is what school is for. Um. I think that’s just about it? Well if you want to learn more or even care to meet meh, you can chat. I like meeting new peeps. ❤

I guess I’ll see ya round! (or most likely not since I don’t write posts here, but I do on my non-CP site. [; )

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The Real Deal On Advertising VI

Hello everyone! This is Clonez, administrator of skydays147.com. It is finally the weekend, and I feel that I might as well pack this weekend with consecutive posting.  Happy reading! 🙂

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“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.” This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson explains how important trust is in a relationship. There are probably people in your life that you feel like you can trust on for everything. You feel safe letting the person guard something special of yours, like a secret. You feel like you can give special opportunities to that person that you can give no other. This might be the person who you can trust to print out those pages of your science report if your printer is broken or the person who you turn to when you are having a problems at home with your parents. This is the person who will help you study for that massive test in history class.  It takes a long time for this trust to build up and for the person to become one of your best friends. You would not feel comfortable asking one of these favors to someone you do not trust, which is what makes the spark of friendship so strong and influential. Just like the magic of friendship is so powerful, the magic of trusting a brand name in advertising is also powerful. Although it may not sound so strong at the start, it is very important to have a brand that you trust on.

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Remember those days back when you sat in mommy’s shopping cart at the grocery store? You would watch mommy pick out the same Bounty brand paper towels, Kleenex tissues, Kellogg brand cereals, and Minute Maid juice boxes. Do you ever wonder why mommy always bought the same brand and she didn’t even bother buying Puffs tissues? The reason is because she has built a trust in certain brands. She feels comfortable buying certain brands because the other ones she finds are not worth it. This may be because of price, quality, quantity and other factors. Another reason why a person may buy a trusted brand is because their parents used to always buy that certain brand. It may not sound like much, but people are influenced by what their parents might have bought. Eventually, the whole family joins in and buys that certain brand. It just becomes an instinct to buy it. So don’t worry if mommy tells you that you can’t have those Lunchables snack packs. She just doesn’t have a strong trust for that brand because it is unfamiliar to her. There are some brands there have a world-wide trust because they just appear on almost every product. I am talking about those generic brands that do not have any part in this fight. For example, I know that the brand, Kirkland Signature has a wide variety of different products ranging from stainless-steel grills to medicines. The Kirkland Signature brand is trusted by almost everyone.

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In some ways, the trust in advertising might be because of the mixed messages that “everyone’s doing it.” What exactly am I talking about? Well, if you see a crowd of people around some store at the mall, what would you instinct be? I know most people would just go over there to find out what all of the commotion is about. You get the idea that, because everyone else is doing it, why can’t I join in? Probably the most famous example of this is the Verizon Wireless commercials. I remember seeing them on the television: the same dorky man in the square glasses with a large festival of people behind him. That man is a huge icon of the company because he speaks well when we wants to tell people “everyone’s doing it”. Usually these types of commercials try and touch the heart more than the person’s sense of humor. They don’t try to make a joke of other products, like the advertisement with the old turtle couple named the Slowsky’s in the Comcast commercials. Instead, they try and obtain your emotional appeal and personal appeal. It is like those insurance advertisements. They want to leave a good impression that they are a nice group of people who are there to help you. They are also trying to show that they are honest, loving, caring people who will understand you. Although it may be quite boring to watch one on the television, these insurance advertisers are trying to touch your heart and make you start the first steps towards a new trust bond between you and the company.

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There are some brands have have become quite a controversy among different families. These are the types of brands that completely clash with each other and there really isn’t a brand that dominates. Do you know what I’m talking about? I’m talking about the Mac versus PC. I’m talking about the Coke versus Pepsi. Let us start out by taking apart the controversy among Macs and PC’s. You may be thinking, “Oh, of course Macs are better!” or “Obviously PC’s are number one!” Well, it is quite impossible to tell which one dominates over the other. In fact, they are both very good computer systems and they both have their own set of flaws that make them both different. In Western Religions class in High School, our class was assigned to read through some pages in the book To Life! by Harold Kushner. We had just started studying Judaism, and I just found out from the reading that there is a part that has to do with this topic of trust. In the book it says, “We love Israel not because it is perfect, but because it is ours. We love our parents not because they are better parents than anyone else has, but because they are our parents. They gave us life and nurtured us. And we love Judaism not because we have examined its theological postulates and found them compelling and valid, but because it is ours.” What this reading is trying to say is that the reason we choose to buy a product that we trust is because we have grown up trusting it; it has gone through many generations in the family. It really is as simple as that. There is nothing better or worse than the one that we trust in. We just use the product because it is “ours” in a way. It is okay if people like one over the other because that is the one that they trust. That is one of their trusted brands when it comes to buying a computer because the person has grown up in a family that praises and uses a particular brand. Please, don’t even think about convincing another person to switch to the other. It just isn’t right because a person can not switch after many generations of getting used to the particular system. For example, if you are a Mac family, then you certainly are not going to get very far buying a PC computer for your house. I know my family uses solely PCs; I am not used to not having a right click feature on the Macs because I have adapted to using it so much on my PC.

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Lastly, I feel like I need to end the Coke versus Pepsi controversy. Like stated before, they are both very good brands and it does not matter which one you drink. In fact, people really can not tell a difference between the two of them because the taste is basically the same. There was a science fair at my old school once. Those old fashioned ones with the Styrofoam display boards all over the place. One of the groups did a taste test between Coca-Cola and Pepsi; it turned out that not many people could tell the difference between the two tastes. I just thought that was kind of interesting. I know my family has grown up drinking Coca-Cola products. My dad is obsessed with Coca-Cola so much that he collects old advertising memorabilia from the company. If he hadn’t stopped collecting them, I swear it would have gotten to the point where I would get a scolding if I came home carrying a Pepsi bottle. The soda you drink really depends on the family that you have grown up in. For my dad, Coca-Cola, for the most part, is carried on by generations. My family has built the strongest trust in Coca-Cola products – more than any other soda. No matter where we are out in public: at Target, Walgreens, the grocery, my family always chooses to purchase a Coca-Cola products. I will talk more about Coca-Cola in my next post. But for now, I just want to say that.

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Trusted brands are really a good thing to have in a society like this. By having a trusted brand of everything, you do not need to spend all of that time testing out which product you think is the best. For example if you want to order pizza, you go straight for the telephone and get that delivery from Domino’s Pizza, or Papa Johns or whatever place you like. You don’t go to the yellow pages and randomly choose a pizza place to order from. By knowing your trusted brand, you get the right product for you and you trust that it is going to work completely and be satisfactory.

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JEDI!!!!!

Hello everyone this is Dublanous1, Technical administrator for the clonez enquirer. Just today, our worker “Jesse” got the penguin Jedi on cp, so this site will be more about cp now, but you can always check the diary page for everyday topics. We hope this will bring more visitors to our site and we hope you will read more often, thank you,
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Moment We’ve Waited For

Hello everyone! This is Clonez, administrator of skydays147.com. I just want to start off by saying that this is my 147th post on this website! It is just such an honor on my part and my website 🙂

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Ever since the first sighting of the puffles back in 2005, Club Penguin has always meant to put in a Puffle Party in order to celebrate them. Unfortunately, that idea was probably kept in the back of their database for quite some time now, and it isn’t until 2009: less than four years later, that they finally got the idea to make one. People have been commenting in the past a frequent number of times on the Club Penguin blog to tell them that they should make one. I had even made a prediction about this one happening in a post I made less than 2 years ago.
ball-pit_2I thought that it was a little strange and out of the ordinary to have one in February 2009, because there hasn’t been much of an event to celebrate. For example,there is not a new color out to follow the release of the yellow one and everyone was expecting some kind of release of a new special item. Anyway, I just thought that this party is so much more unique than the past few, even if some people thought it was pretty small. The feature highlighted at the left is the ball pit, it is located in the forest.  This is probably one of my favorite rooms, it is a great hiding place. All of the little plastic balls in the tub are colored to be just like all of the different colors of the puffles. It is like swimming in a  giant pool of them. I am not sure why they added the white plastic balls in the tub. You know, recently Club Penguin has given a lot of hints about the white puffles. It seems like it could be a possibility that they might actually come out before the orange ones that I had predicted. I heard recently that there have been spottings of the white puffle in the Dojo. There is one that comes out every 30 minutes in the bushes. I guess Club Penguin is trying to make it similar to how the yellow puffle only came out of the bushes at a certain time like during the Halloween party. Only time can tell us what the future holds. For now we will have to wait for that answer.

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If you find yourself waddling over towards the underground area, I definitely suggest that you check out the room where the pool used to be. It has been transformed into a giant skating rink and the black puffles dominate the room. Even though this is the only puffle that does not have an expression on it’s face, Club Penguin really spent a long time putting expression into this room. fireThey have never dared to put in such an urban style into any of the parties in the past. I definitely think this is the best room at the party to see. It is very modern and there is a graffiti effect on the wall (except Club Penguin uses chalk instead because spray paint is a bad influence on younger children). If you look closely, you may find a surprise button on the wall to press that will light up all four black puffles in the corners of the room to turn into a spectacular festival of fire. The picture at the right is located on the floor of the room; I just thought it looked amazing with the black puffles eyes blazing with fire. This room finally brought out the expression in this puffle that has been hidden for years and that mysterious attitude of this puffle is revealed on the walls and floor.

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At this party, probably everyone has at least one puffle that they can relate to. This puffle likes similar things, has a similar attitude. The puffle that I feel relates to me the most is yellow puffle, which is why I thought that the lighthouse was pretty well decorated. paintingThe lighthouse features the yellow puffle through a variety of different arts, like acting (along with directing), painting, and sculpting. It was fun to watch the puffle act on stage, make sculptures of penguins, and most importantly, paint individual pictures of each penguin. The only problem with the painting is that it doesn’t have any of the clothing on you, which is understandable because it is just like the sledding game: they cant bring in every single piece of clothing because of the number of different clothing combination’s. Anyway, I thought that the picture was pretty cute even without the clothing, because real penguins don’t even wear clothing. The puffle was pretty happy with his creation. I took a picture of his/ her masterpiece, which is located at the left.

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As told in the fortune cookie that Sensei left in this weeks newspaper, it says “Keep and eye out for pirates”. Just in time for Rockhopper’s visit; the cove is updated to feature Rockhopper and his red puffle, Yarr.ship_5 The room is set up so that it is pirate oriented with a pirate ship replacing the surf hut. Although I was unsure why Club Penguin named it the “HMS Puffle”, connora had stated to me that “HMS” is added on to the beginning of ship names. According in Wikipedia, it is a ship prefix used for ships of the navy and it means “Her Majesty’s Ship”. I was still unsure why that was added on because a pirate ship isn’t part of any navy. Anyway, I still think that the room is decorated nicely. There is a free item located in the back; even though it is a repeat, it did kind of fit the theme of being pirate and puffle related. Although I do wish that Club Penguin would be more creative with their free items. A lot of people were hoping for an item for a puffle to wear like a hat on its head.

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Final Rating: Although there are not that many rooms decorated, the ones that were added on to were very creative and unique. Like I said, this party is the one that we have all been waiting for. You may feel that the free items were not that good, but like I always say, try and look past the surface of those free items and enjoy the party for what it is. I still do feel that a lot of the most important rooms on the island were not decorated and that is why the rating was lowered.

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The Real Deal On Advertising V

Hello! This is Clonez, admin of skydays147 .wordpress .com. Love is in the air this Valentines Day. What better way to impress your loved one than dieting. Who should you trust when it comes to losing weight?

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This time of year is on us again! The holidays have ended, and we are now being thrown all of the diet and weight loss advertisements to juggle into our daily lives. Before January 1st, the dormant health advertisements were out of our way because of the feasting and eating of the holiday season. They were like a big brown bear sleeping during hibernation. And when that clock struck midnight of the new year, those ads for NutriSystem, Weight Watchers, Atkins Diet, Jenny Craig, and Medifast have popped up in all places: on billboards, in magazines, on radio, on television, and have been exploded throughout the world wide web in the place of banner ads and pop-ups.  Just like that bear waking up and making a big loud roar to awaken the surroundings. There’s no question why we fall for these advertisements. This goes back to the previous subject I had hinted on: temporary role models. There is a simple equation that is followed when this happens: see = become. We try to become whatever we see, and if we don’t we suffer from that inner feeling of not fitting in because of weight.

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I used to make fun of diets when I was little. It was a pretty easy thing to make fun of because of the number of ridiculous scams that these companies come up with. There is a pretty easy concept that I learned back in the good-old-days of Health class that almost everyone should follow when they want to go on a diet. This concept is known as Health Literacy, which basically means that you know enough to take care of your body. You know what products are right and safe for you. To me, it is a little thing known as “common sense”. Sometimes this may be a tricky thing to follow, but other times there are scams that you obviously have the common sense to avoid. There was this one weight loss product that I see every single time I go to Walgreens when my parents go to pick up prescriptions: the Hollywood Cookie Diet. Whenever I look at this product, I have to feel bad for the people who buy this and think it is going to make them lose weight. “If the message is too good to be true, then it is probably not true. You need to diet and exercise to lose weight,” Timothy Muris of the Federal Trade Commission chairman. I totally agree, because there are some things that can be part of your imagination. I had talked about this before when I said that you should not let your mind run wild. What you do with this is you replace every single meal that you have during the day with one cookie. Of course, cookies may be a tasty, delectable treats, but they are not something that will make you lose weight. Even if you do lose weight, it isn’t going to be fat you are losing; it is going to be all or mainly muscle, which will get you further and further from obtaining your perfect body. More than half of Americans have a problem with their weight, and the quick idea of taking a pill and not having to do the hard work of diet and exercise lures a lot of people (1). I don’t know anyone who would disagree with this statement. As we all know, the level of obesity in the United States has been going up over the past few years, and people will do anything to lose the pounds and still abstain from any exercise at all.

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Most people do not realize how horrible the free meal programs are. There is a pretty devilish way that those companies make a profit out of you. The first part of this method is when you start out by getting the free meals delivered to your doorstep every day. You become attached to them for the next few weeks, or months. Once you are satisfied with your weight, you decide to get off the diet plan and return back to your usual eating customs. This is where step two comes in: you lose most of your health literacy when you switch back and thus you start to gain weight all over again. Step three would be addiction to the product. You then decide that you want to lose weight again and you realize, “hey! This method actually worked for me!” So you switch back to the free meals and the cycle continues over and over. By doing this you lose money and your health literacy diminishes to almost nothing. There is no wonder why Americans spend $1 billion to 2 billion per year on weight-loss programs (1). People are so tempted to keep spending more and more of their money for the perfect body.

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Probably one of the hardest places that these advertisements have hit is right here on the internet. Everywhere I turn, I see some form of advertising on a web page that has to do with weight loss. Recently I have been seeing a lot of third-party weight loss banner ads. The one I have been seeing the most is “Maria’s Diet Blog,” which is apparently another one of those stories of some persons method to losing weight. There have been ones that I just have to make fun of. I just noticed that they started to put animated banner ads and pop-ups on websites. There is this one where a persons belly is shown, but the fat part of it is jiggling around. It is pretty sad, yet hilarious to watch. How can a person’s jiggly fat draw in people to that weight loss scam? It’s completely ridiculous.

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Before and after pictures are another problem when it comes to diet advertising. They are so easy to fall into because it is like evidence is put right in front of your face about a particular diet program. Before and after pictures have a few other uses, for example showing the results of a pimple cream after use or a wrinkle remover for older people. There is one thing that all of these things have in common: they all lie to you. I heard from reading Made You Look that there is some law that has to be followed when making a before and after picture. The advertisers are allowed to modify the before picture, but not the after picture. This is because the after picture shows the actual results and that is what advertisers have to sell. They aren’t supposed to sell that you have to be obese before doing the particular diet plan. It is just that people choose to show one in order to have some kind of giant leap of change to influence the consumer. They are allowed to modify the image so that the before person is uglier, more overweight, and basically less attractive. One other thing that advertisers do is make the image in black and white to make it seem more depressing. They then have the after picture with all of its vibrant colors. Andrew B. Geier, lead author and a graduate student in Penn’s Department of Psychology, once said, “While highlighting dramatic weight loss, before and after images ignore the reality of dieting and encourage the notion that losing weight is easy” (2). Before and after advertising makes it seem like you can easily control your weight, which is not the reality of the whole process. It should take a really long time to lose actual weight from fat, it really isn’t something that is lost in a week or three.

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When it comes to diet advertising, the best solution you can trust on is not trusting what is put in front of your nose. It can be a cautious move towards hurting your health. If you want to diet, follow your own plan by getting enough excersize and eating healthy foods. Those are the first steps towards changing those bad habits and returning to a healthier weight.

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(1)Stein, Joel. ” Miracle-Diet Ads Lie? Well, Duh!.” TIME. 23 Sep 2003. TIME partners with CNN. 14 Feb 2009 <http://www.time.com/time/columnist/stein/article/0,9565,353736,00.html&gt;.

(2)Scott, Jennifer R.. “Before & After Ads Lead to Bias.” About.com. 10 Nov 2008. About.com. 14 Feb 2009 <http://weightloss.about.com/cs/bodyimage/a/aa040404a.htm&gt;.

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