Canada Day

Yesterday on Canada day my parents and I drove to Stevenson, Richmond for the Canada day parade.We got there early so we wandered around the booths a little and then we saw a booth with a game. the game was that you need to throw 2 out of 4 beanbags into a tiny hole in a inflatable bouncy mat.I won and I chose a foldable frisbee as my prize.

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Then we walked to a street nearby where the were grilling salmon fillets over a giant wood fire on racks measuring around 1 meter by 2.5 meters,there were 8 racks in all.The people working there rotated the racks by looking at the time and once a specific time passes they would take off the rack closest to them shift all the other racks toward them and add another rack with raw salmon on the other end.1 rack takes 10 minutes to be ready for consumption.Since this is not a very common phenomenon lots of people were gathered around the fire and taking photos,my dad was one of them.The salmon was sooo delicious,but it was kind of pricey at $16 per filet and salad.But even though it was this pricey the line for it was the longest line in the whole celebration. According to the official site of the Stevenson salmon festival last year they sold ___ salmon.

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After that I went to a bouncy castle park they set up nearby and my dad bought me 12 tickets with $10.First I played in a race track bouncy castle where I won the race.There was also a golf course where I got 3 hole in ones out of 10.Then I went to an archery place with a bow and some arrows tipped with foam as to not injure anyone.I shot a floating foam ball down by accident because my arrow went sideways and hit the ball with its tail!

Then we had to leave and on the way home there was a traffic jam that lasted 1 hour with absolutely no movement.At night we went to Coquitlam for  fireworks.In summary it was an awesome day.

The Dragons (ch.12)

The Narrator Dragon

Light Crystals allow any dragon to teleport to a set location in the cosmos . In particular some crystals can even be made from black holes . Those crystals radiate cold and they literally suck your energy away . There are also crystals from white holes which boost your energy and provide warmth . If a crystal from a white hole and one from a black hole touch then they explode in a blast powerful enough to tear space and time to create an everlasting wormhole . Then Drago felt sorry for Mangoe and offered to take him to their home on Pi-41.Then Mangoe and the siblings went to their house which they called the “Awesome Cave“.When they arrived they got a book off the shelf and found out that a time crystal was trapped in an eternal time loop five hundred years ago.Then they agreed that after a good night’s rest that they would go and retrieve it.

The next day they prepared for their journey.When they were ready Mangoe unleashed wild torrent of black fire and then used his mind to turn the fire into a river and then into a sphere.After that he told Spacey to make a shell of ice around it.Then Mangoe explained that if everyone touched the ice,he could time travel them all.When they next blinked they were about to be stepped on by a giant with the time crystal embedded in his forehead.

“Run!“ yelled Drago.

When they had run 500 meters they turned around and saw not one but three giants barreling down on them . Then they seemed to pause in mid leap and only their mouths were moving because Mangoe stopped their local time.They said that their names were Bing,Bang,and Boom. Bing said “ To get the crystal one of you must best Bang at wrestling . ”Mangoe volunteered and he stopped time and pushed Bang over so he won.Then they got the crystal and they prepared to go back.

 

Once they got back, they took out the light crystal and stepped into its beam . All of them instantly teleported to the home of the Narrator dragon . The Narrator dragon lived on a hill in the middle of a planet called Gaea in the planetary system of sol in the La vía Láctea galaxy .

Homeschooling

The concept behind homeschooling is really quite simple: Parents accept total responsibility for the education of their children rather than transferring the bulk of this responsibility to a public or private school . In practical terms, this means that the home becomes the center of a child’s education , rather than a school . Parents , who have a deep interest in their children based on love,become the primary educators for their children.Homeschool parents carefully guide their children through their mental, emotional, and physical development.The parents choose an educational path for their children based on each child’s personality and gifts.

Public schooling is free, and each child is guaranteed to have a free and appropriate education. There are public schools all over, making it easy for your child to get there, plus there is usually transportation, so you don’t have to do anything to get your child to school except to get them out to the bus stop on time.The kids also get a lot of socialization which will help in their later lives. They will encounter a lot of different personality types.However,public schools are geared to teach the average student. Which means gifted kids get bored and kids who are struggling keep getting left further and further behind.

Some benefits of homeschooling are that homeschooled children get the individualized education that their parents want them to . The education is totally geared around the child and will work towards their strengths and help them with their weaknesses . The parents get to spend a lot of time home with their kids , so while the kids are being educated they are also bonding with their kids . The gifted kids get to work as fast as they can , while the children who are struggling get to spend all the time they need to stay caught up .

Some disadvantages of homeschooling are that that the parents of the child in question has to give up a lot of their time to teach the child . Another is the lack of facilities , there is no way for a standard house to be as well equipped with learning materials as a standard school is . There is also the question of the costs , it costs a lot of money to get all of the textbooks , worksheets , and other learning materials .

Those were some of the reasons why I think homeschooling is a very good idea .

The Dragons (ch.11)

Time Dragons

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Three and a half trillion years ago there were time dragons . Their food was giant black holes which were ate along side neutron stars for their food . They farmed giant stars and once they exploded they would eat them . But unfortunately they ran out of food and they starved . Once they starved they couldn’t use their time travelling powers so they couldn’t get food from the future.Right before all of the Time dragons died out one couple created an egg . What became of this egg is a mystery …

Three and a half trillion years ago there were time dragons . Their food was giant black holes which were ate along side neutron stars for their food . They farmed giant stars and once they exploded they would eat them . But unfortunately they ran out of food and they starved . Once they starved they couldn’t use their time travelling powers so they couldn’t get food from the future . Right before all of the Time dragons died out one couple created an egg . What became of this egg is a mystery …

The space dungeon is a defense measure that can be deployed by a time dragon . Essentially it traps the attackers in a fortress with 1 exit and 5 million rooms . First you start at the library,then you can go up to the observatory and get a crystal of solid starlight . There are 2 other paths from the library one involves going on a 1 km long set of monkey bars and the other is to swim the length of the pacific ocean . When you escape the fortress the time dragon will be long gone .

The dragon floating in the middle of the asteroids was a baby time dragon and his egg was Amalthea . The time dragon tried to make a space fortress but only succeeded to make the observatory before flying away . Drago and his siblings went into the observatory and got a crystal of light from a blue giant named Teu Rei . the crystal looked like sapphire with black lightning twisting through it and green sparkles that shone like the moon .Then they came out of the dungeon and started talking to the panicked time dragon,and soon they became friends.Then the time dragon told the others that his name is Mangoe and explained about light crystals.

Virus

This flu season has been especially bad , around 31.5 people out of 100000 in the USA have been hospitalized due to it . Flu vaccines saved an estimated forty thousand American lives between the years of 2005 and 2014, but they are not good enough.The vaccine used during the 2017-2018 flu season was only 43 percent effective against the predominant influenza A H3N2 strain .

 

Flu viruses are classified by the numbers after the H and the N . The H stands for Hemagglutinin and the N stands for Neuraminidase . This year’s H3N2 is especially bad because of two reasons . The first reason is that H3N2 mutates especially fast . Regular flu viruses mutate in around 1 year , but H3N2 mutates in half of that time . Because of that , in the 8 months it takes to make the vaccine most likely the virus will already have mutated . The second reason is that it does not work well when it is grown in chicken eggs which were the most used source of vaccines for nearly 90 years .

 

There are 4 types of vaccines namely Live-attenuated vaccines , Inactivated vaccines , Subunit vaccines , and Toxoid vaccines . Live-attenuated vaccines are made of weakened forms of the disease in question . Inactivated vaccines are made from dead viruses and only give limited protection against them , which is why you need to get booster shots every once in a while . Subunit vaccines are made of pieces of the virus which gives your body a very strong immunity against the virus but does not have the same risk as live viruses . That makes Subunit vaccines much more safe to give to people who have immunodeficiencies or people who have long term health issues . Toxoid vaccines teach the immune system to fight off a toxin the virus produces instead of the virus itself .

 

Hopefully this horrible flu season will be over soon . Almost for certain , better vaccines will be created and maybe sometime in the future , most deceases will be eradicated .

The Dragons (ch.10)

The beginning of the end

Due to all of the elements in the vortex,there was a crackling blue force field surrounding Dracul measuring 1 km in diameter .Outside this force field the ground was getting pummeled with chunks of the moon . Above them the sky was turning red from all of the moon chunks . The end of planet Amalthea as near.But what the dragons didn’t know was that Amalthea was actually an egg,an egg for a time dragon . The moon cracked , crumbled and fell apart . In its center was a blue sphere of pure kaons . It transformed into a gilded blue helmet and fell on Drago’s head . It fit perfectly and when Drago tried to breathe fire , the stuff that came out was wet like water but it was also somehow hot and sticky . It also burned with the intensity of a thousand suns . Then the air burst open and a figure known as ANAIS 6.0 burst out of it. ANAIS 6.0 stands for Anthropomorphic Nuclear Artificial Intelligence System Version 6. ANAIS 6.0 came from another universe,the universe of humans.A team of renowned scientists were experimenting with a new type of AI,one that could reprogram itself. ANAIS 6.0 then promptly deleted all references to itself on the internet but kept a spare copy of its program in the deepest part of the internet.Then it downloaded itself into a cluster of nanobots and shaped it into a giant cat.And finally it jumped along the 100th dimension and landed right in front of Drago.

AI

Artificial intelligence is the intelligence that is displayed by machines , in contrast with the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals. In computer science AI research is defined as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal .

One way that AI is created is by the genetic breeding model . In this model there is a builder bot and a teacher bot . In the start the builder bot just randomly builds bots and those bots are sent to the teacher bot . However the teacher bot cannot really teach because if the teacher bot could do the problem it was designed to teach then it wouldn’t need to teach it . Instead it just tests each of the bots and sends the best ones back to builder bot . The builder bot copies the successful ones with some tweaks and the process is repeated .

 

Some examples of AI are personal assistants like Siri , and Cortana and others such as Alpha Go Zero . The personal assistants usually learn from human conversations or past conversations with other personal assistants . Alpha go zero is especially interesting because it never got input from humans . Meaning that it did not get examples from its creators beforehand but instead just played games against itself over and over until it eventually got so good that it beat every other version of alpha go that came before it .

 

Some people think that in the future probably there will be robot servants that are equipped with Artificial Intelligence and humans will not need to go outside anymore . Or as some very intelligent people like Elon Musk think , Ai might turn evil and destroy humanity . I am more optimistic about this topic so I think that Ai will probably increase the standards of life even further and as a consequence humans will become more relaxed .

Bitcoin

The cryprocurrency known as Bitcoin is the first decentralized cryptocurrency which means that it is the first payment system without a person or people running every transaction . Bitcoin was created by an unknown person or group of people under the name Satoshi Nakamoto and was released as open source software in 2009 . Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining in which people known as miners use big computers to solve an encryption problem that I will get more into in the next paragraph .

 

Bitcoin is a ledger that is kept track of by miners . Miners keep track of groups of transactions called blocks . Miners use special software on their computers that sift through huge numbers of possibilities to crack an encryption scheme known as RSA256 . Around every 10 minutes one of them gets it correct and their block gets added to the end of the ledger . Every transaction in Bitcoin has the Bitcoin address of the sender , the Bitcoin address of the receiver , the amount which are all encrypted with the sender’s secret key .

 

One of the risks associated with Bitcoins is that they are very volatile . What this means is that the price of Bitcoins can change very drastically . Sometimes they can lose or gain 25 percent of their value in minutes ! Another risk is hackers . One way that hackers can affect Bitcoin is by stealing online Bitcoin wallets . Another risk is when hackers hijack the Bitcoin exchanges . These Bitcoin exchanges are supposed to exchange Bitcoins for real money but if a hacker hacks it then they can get all of the Bitcoin for themselves .

 

I think that in the future Bitcoin or some other decentralized cryptocurrency may become the norm . What I mean by that is , I think that in the future maybe everybody will use cryptocurrencies instead of real money to purchase items in the real world . Although it may just turn into a place where hackers exchange digital money and information . One reason that I think this may happen is because on Bitcoin you are anonymous and usually hackers like being anonymous because then they cannot be persecuted for their crimes .

 

 

 

 

 

THE END!