Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mystery of Twenty-Nine

In the book The Ring of Fire by P. D. Baccalario, something strange is discovered. All of the children find out that they all share the same birthday -  February 29th. After that, one of them somehow makes the light explode. Do people born on February 29th have some kind of power, or is it just a coincidence?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Americans Sleep While Dressed?

In the book The Ring of Fire by P. D. Baccalario, one of the children is trying to act "tough." Instead, he goes to sleep with his normal clothes on. I found that kind of funny, since he ends up making himself look like even more of an idiot, instead of looking tough like he wanted to. And, it also causes the other people to form a "stereotype" that Americans don't wear pajamas and sleep with their shoes on.

Three reasons why the movie version of The Giver is better than the book

The book The Giver by Lois Lowry and the film adaptation are very similar. But, one of them has to be better than the other. They aren’t exact copies of each other, so there have to be some differences that make one better than the other. The three reasons that the movie is better than the book is more of a variety of characters, more action, and more of a defined ending.
The first main reason that the movie is better than the book is that there are more characters involved in the movie. For example, in the book, all the Chief Elder does is do the announcing at the Ceremony of Twelves, but in the movie, she plays more of an important role, as she actually seems to be more of a villain than a character invented only for the Ceremony. Another example of this would be Fiona, who, in the book, just plays a background role, with no main parts in the book. In the movie, however, she plays more of an important role, being the person that helps Jonas escape the Community with the newchild, Gabriel, before his release. One last example of this is Asher, who, in the book, did nothing in the book except help explain the “precision of speech” rule. In the movie, instead of just serving as an example, there is an “Asher vs. Jonas” conflict, making the whole story a bit more interesting. Asher also finds Jonas when he’s trying to escape the Community and tries to “dispose” of Jonas.
Another reason why the book isn’t as good as the movie is that the movie is more exciting. In the book, the first twenty or so chapters are spent in the exposition, and then the other seven or so are rising action and falling action, and there still isn’t that much action in those seven chapters. In the movie, however, the inciting incident occurs about halfway through the story, which causes more interesting scenes and more chances for action. Also, in the movie, the action is seen, and not read, which causes the same scene to be more interesting in the movie form than in the book form.
My final reason that the movie is better than the book is the endings. In the book, it ends with the climax, which is Jonas sledding down a hill and hearing some music and seeing a house. In the movie, however, the ending is Jonas reaching the Boundary of memory, something that doesn’t even exist in the book, and all of the memories returning to the people in the Community, as well as color and a few other things. This ending is better because it tells us what happened back in the Community, and doesn’t just leave people wondering what happened in the Community after Jonas escaped.

Now, you know why the movie version of The Giver is so much better than the book. From a better ending to more developed characters, the movie version surpasses the book in many ways.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mistakes Are Made

In the book The Ring of Fire by P. D. Baccalario, a mistake is made. That mistake is renting the same hotel room to three different families. That seems a little strange, as what kind of person could be so forgetful and rent the same room to multiple people? Eventually, however, it all gets sorted out and everything is fine... for now.

Friday, March 3, 2017

~The Navy & Technology~

On Thursday, January 16, I interviewed my grandfather. It was conducted over Skype, at about 4:00 in the afternoon. My grandfather, Rod Anderson, is about 70 years old, and in good shape for his age. He lives in Chelsea, Michigan, which is in the Eastern time zone, which is 3 hours ahead from the Pacific time zone. He’s about 6 feet 6 inches tall, which is also pretty tall for his age, and he has gray hair. His voice is deep and kind of gravelly.

I chose to interview him because he had experienced some interesting things in his lifetime, like serving in the Navy air force. He also is very smart for his age, and there are a lot of things that I could learn from him that I couldn’t learn from anyone else that I know. He was also one of the only people that I could interview, because most of my relatives that I could have interviewed either don’t know how to use technology or don’t have access to it. I set up the interview by messaging him over Skype, then figured out a good time and day to interview him that would work for both of us.

I started the interview at around 4:00, and started out by thanking him for letting me interview him. We talked for a bit, and then I asked him if I could record the interview. He said that it was fine, so I started recording before asking him my first question, which was, “How was your childhood different from today?” He thought for a few seconds, then started explaining how his childhood was different. To me it didn’t seem too different from how stuff works today, except for a few things. One of those things was that there weren’t as many extracurricular activities, like after-school sports, and they almost always went home right away after school. Another thing that was different was that the women didn’t really leave the house as much as they do today, only really going to pick up children from school or get food for dinner. The family also almost never ate at a restaurant, only eating there about once every month to two months.

After that, I asked him my second question. The answers to this question, in my opinion, were the most important and the most interesting part of the interview. After he had finished answering the previous question, I thanked him for his answer, and then asked, “What were your experiences in the navy like?” He started talking right away, and after about a minute, he said something interesting, which was, “If you qualified for it, you went.” However, he had chosen to be in the navy, not just forced to serve. He kept on talking for awhile, and said a few other interesting things. One of those things was that he flew planes in the navy, which struck me as kind of strange, since the navy always seemed like it should be just a lot of boats. He also mentioned that he had gotten pulled out of training early, because he had such good grades and scores in the training. When he “finished” the training, he got to choose which plane he flew. When he got to choose, he decided to fly the RA-5C Vigilante, which had the highest accident rate in the whole navy, but was also the most maneuverable. Of course, because of that, he was usually assigned to reconnaissance missions.

Once he was done explaining what happened in the navy, which had taken about fifteen minutes, I took a break from asking him stuff and then listening so I could get something to eat, since the interview had gone on for twenty or thirty minutes already. Once I got back, I asked him my third question, which was, “What information should kids these days know and why?” He responded right away by saying, “Kids are already pretty knowledgeable, thanks to the Internet.” He proceeded to tell me that, even though kids know a lot, that one thing that they don’t know is that the past is still important. He also made a very good point by stating that older people still have something to say, which was actually probably the point of this assignment. He also said that even the ancient Greek philosophers, Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato, still have a valid point with many of their statements.

After he was done with that, I asked him my final question, which was, “What new technology have you found the most useful?” He promptly answered by saying that he finds new things like phones and other portable technology to be very useful. He also mentioned that he has had a few surgeries in the past few years, and that he thinks that new surgery technology is also very useful. And, finally, he said that he found new medicine to help him a lot recently.

All in all, I found this interview to be a great way to learn about the past and more about my grandfather, who I rarely get to talk to. I think that this was a great thing to do, especially these days, when people my age don’t really pay attention to the past, only to the future.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Amplification or cancellation?

Today, I read more about holograms. I found out that when two light waves meet, they either amplify each other or cancel each other. What happens is determined by how in sync the two light waves are, as shown in the diagram here. The more similar the waves are, the more they get amplified, but if they're polar opposites, they cancel each other.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Realistic Copy Machines

As I read today, there are many purposes for holograms. One purpose is to prevent counterfeiting - money has holographic film printed into it so government officials can scan it and make sure it is real money. Another purpose is to project "copies" of items into museums while the original can still be studied by the museum staff and other people, and kept safe an a perfectly heated room as to not get damaged.