Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Trip to Sicily









On the first day (June 26), I took a Gatwick Express train to the train station. Then I took a shuttle to Gatwick North Terminal. Then after a while I got on the British Airways plane to Sicily. Then I had a long taxi ride to a ferry pier, and then I took a ferry to Lipari. There was another cab to our hotel, and when we got there we went to dinner and then to bed. The next day I just stayed at the hotel and took a taxi tour around Lipari.

The next day we went to Vulcano. It was amazing! There was the smell of sulfur, a huge volcano, and hot springs! We climbed the volcano,then went to the beach, which had black sand and hot springs down on the east side of the beach. It was so much fun!!☻☻☻ After a while we went home.

The next day we took a tour around the Aeolian islands. We saw Panarea (which was a nice place) and Stromboli. Stromboli had this huge volcano that was spurting out fire all the time. It was so cool!☻ The next day we went to mainland Sicily. We went to Toarmina. On this day we went to our pool and relaxed.

On the next day we went to the beach and took a funicula (cable car) back up. The next day we went to the beach but this time we took a boat tour. We saw a grotto that we could go in to! We went to a nice restaurant in Castelmola that night. On the next day we left. After a while we got home, took a shuttle, a train, and a tube home.

What was the best thing about our vacation? See here: We ate these delicous Italian ices called granites.What was the most annoying thing about our vacation? See here: These foot massage kept coming up to us and asking us if we want a foot massage. Where is the next place I am going to go? Liverpool!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Website Update

Website Update





I finally got the Avada theme for my site. Here are a couple of things I've learned along the way: for FTP, don't get Filezilla. It installs Speeddial and Norton on your computer. Use WinSCP. You also can't send a theme over from another computer. Each time I did it from my dad's computer, it broke my site. Finally, when I got it to my site, I FTPed it to my WP-Themes folder. Then I made an entirely new front page (image at top) with a slider, content boxes, and recent posts. The fusion slider is really easy to use, so I would start with that. Favicon and logo making is easy, use these sites: for Favicon and for Logo Making.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Trip to Italy

My Trip to Italy


I went to Italy last Saturday with my Mum, Dad, and my sister. I woke up at 4:00 am and took a cab to Gatwick airport. As we were driving, we went by the place where I used to go ice skating in Streatham. When we got there, we went through customs, security, and finally got on the plane. One hour later, we arrived at Milan Malpensa airport and took a cab to Bellagio (a small little town close to Lake Como).







After going swimming, we watched some of the World Cup then went to bed. On the next day we took a ferry to Verenna and climbed a mountain with a castle on top.







Then we went back to our hotel and watched more of the World Cup and went to bed. Then tomorrow we took a train to Milan and got into our hotel there. Then we went to a park and went back to our hotel and watched (yawn) more of the World Cup. Then tomorrow we went to the Castle Sforzesco.




Then we went back to our hotel. The next day we took a cab to Malpensa Airport and left for home. When we took a cab back, we went near Chessington World of Adventures.






Then we got home.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My New Website

My New Website


















I have new website, domain, hosting, and the Avada theme. It is called Homeschool Son.
This is my logo:





I will have a favicon like that. Unfortunately, I won't be on this site as much. When I get Homeschool Son into full speed, I will not use this site anymore. You can join my website once I figure out how you can join it. My new website will have stuff even better this one. I have had 36736 hits on this website in 4 years.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Musescore Review

Musescore Review



I just downloaded Musescore yesterday. It is really good! You can do lots of things with it, even stuff I didn't know you do on a piano! It has every thing from Glissandos to Tremolos, from Triplets to Nontuplets! It is awesome compared to the stuff that costs £700 like Sibelius or Finale. I am working on a song called Ice Kingdom. It is going along very quickly. Some times it crashes (like when you try to do lots of quick notes), but it doesn't lose much data. I definitely recomend that you would buy it.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and Other "Scientific" Nonsense Busted


Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and Other "Scientific" Nonsense Busted

Warning: This might be too complicated for some people.



The Big Bang Theory
The reason this is wrong is because the First Law of Thermodynamics says that no energy or matter can be created or destroyed. The two random molecules could not have come from nothing. And all the energy that came from could not have come from nothing.

Evolution
Evolutionists say that the world started off as chaos, and got better and better. But the Law of Entropy says that everything gets less and less orderly. Darwin says that every living thing came from a puddle of goop, and plants and animals cames from mud and evolved for 6000 years. But why aren't there new species every day? Clearly, evolution is impossible.

The World Is Running Out of Fossil Fuels
Wrong. Oil and other fossil fuels are made out of dead plants and animals, and scientists can make oil and coal just with dead plants and animals.

The World is 13.8 Billion Years Old
This time, Mr. Sun himself says that this is wrong. The sun gets hotter and hotter and time goes by. 10 billion years ago, the sun would be to cold to support life. And 10 billion years in the future, the sun would be way to hot.


Monday, April 28, 2014

London Transport Trivia

The overground is being updated!

London Transport Trivia

*I got this trivia from Wikipedia, TFL, Crossrail, and the sites that come up first when you Google "Tube Trivia".*


    Tube Trivia


  • Gladstone and Dr. Barnado were the only people to ever have their coffins transported by tube.

  • Aldwych station (now closed) is featured on level 12 in the Tomb Raider game with Lara Croft killing rats.

  • Regent's Park, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park Corner and Bank are some of the few stations which do not have an above ground surface building.

  • The tunnel between East Finchley and Morden (via Bank) is the Underground’s longest and the 2nd longest rail tunnel in the world, 27.8km (17.25 miles).

  • The walking time between two underground stops in central London is never more than 10 minutes, and is sometimes a lot less. In fact, the shortest distance between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the the Piccadilly Line takes only about 20 seconds, but costs £4.30.

  • The phrase MIND THE GAP originated on the Northern line in 1968.

  • London's Tube is the oldest underground railway in the world. The Metropolitan Line - opened on 10 January 1863. The first stretch measured four miles and ran between Paddington and Farringdon.

  • They are making new extensions for lines, and they making two lines called Crossrail 1 and Crossrail 2.
    The Victoria line was going to be part of the Crossrail.

  • There are trams in London, from Wimbledon to New Addington, Beckenham Junction, and Elmer's End.

  • The Tube is the second longest city rail way in the world.

  • Five tube stations are named after pubs: Angel, Elephant & Castle, Manor House, Royal Oak and Swiss Cottage


  • Bus Trivia


  • Keep your eyes open for the silver 9 bus. It is Year of the Bus and Mayor of London Boris Johnson is bringing back the old Routemaster buses.

  • A 76 bus was driving over Tower Bridge when he realised that the bridge was opening. The driver couldn't stop, so he accelerated. He went fast enough to jump over the gap.

  • The 9 bus was described as the "cheapest and best tour", because it goes through lots of cool places.
  • Crossrail Trivia


  • Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project – work started in May 2009 and there are currently over 10,000 people working across over 40 construction sites.










  • The Crossrail map looks something like this:


  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    In The Future

    The Future...Or What Most People Think It Will Look Like....


    What I'm Going to be like when I'm 20


    1. I will be the coolest person on earth.
    2. I will be
      • An entrepreneur
      • A scientist
      • A lawyer
    3. I probably will have made a time machine.
    4. I will have skied down Mt. Everest.
    5. I will live in London
    6. I will be the best in the world at dodgeball.
    7. I will also be the funniest person in the world.
    8. I will be able to play the Death Waltz by John Stump on the piano.
    9. I will be able to juggle a running chainsaw, a feather, a bowling ball, a lit torch, an anvil, and a water balloon.
    10. I will make portals to get around.
    11. I will make twenty world records.
    12. I will read every book in the world.
    13. I will know every joke in the world.
    14. I will be a superhero called Ego Man.
    15. I will fail at completing at least half of this list.

    Tube Trivia





    Tube Trivia

    The Tube is the subway of London. Here is some trivia about it.

    • There is only one Tube station name which does not have any letters of the word “mackerel” in it - St. John Wood

    • There are only 2 Tube stations which have all the vowels(not counting y)- South Ealing and Mansion House

    • There used to be a station called British Museum between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn. It closed down a while ago and hasn't been used since.

    • Angel station has the longest escalator in Europe. Once somebody skied down it 2006 and posted the video on Youtube.

    • Out of the 287 stations, only 29 are south of the river Thames.

    • The Central line covers the most distance. From West Ruislip to Epping with out changing is 34 miles.

    • The Waterloo and City line is the shortest, covering only 2 kilometers.

    • The Tube carrys passengers over 43 million miles each day. That is almost half way to the sun.

    • Green grapes cause more accidents on the London Underground than banana skins.

    • Whitechapel is the only place on the network where the Overground runs below the Underground.

    • Stockwell is the southernmost London underground station that serves more than one line.

    • Pimlico station is the only station on the Victoria line not to have an interchange with any other tube/rail line.

    • Victoria station is the busiest in London, with over 80 million passengers a year.

    • Kensal Green station looks like a barn.

    • The only station you have to go UP steps to get to the trains/platforms is Hillingdon.

    • Brompton Road (now disused) on the Piccadilly, Line was apparently used as a control room for anti-aircraft guns.

    • There is a mosquito named after the Tube – the London Underground mosquito, which was found in the London Underground. It was notable for its assault of Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Chain Reaction


    Chain Reaction

    Do you know a chain reaction is? It is a reaction like the one in the first video. I saw it in the NEMO center in Amsterdam. The chain reaction, in the end, launched the rocket. If it has a useful purpose, than it is called a Rube Goldberg Machine. It got that name from a cartoonist who drew complicated contraptions that performed simple tasks. In the UK they call a Heath Robinson machine, because another cartoonist named Heath Roninson drew wacky machines too. The second video shows my favorite Rube Goldberg machine:

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Battleship Game Made With Computer Programming!

    Battleship Game Made With Coding!


    Yay! I learned enough computer programming to make a Battleship Game!I made it with Python Computer Code. It is a simplified version of the real game, you have to guess where a ship is. The ship is on a point, and you have to guess where it is. You have four guesses.
    A link to it is here.Click save and submit to start.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam



    Last Friday, I went to Amsterdam with my Mom, Dad, and sister. It was so much fun. They have these good desserts called stroop wafels. They are so good!!
    Mmmmm...Yummy!
    Stroop wafels are 2 mini waffles stacked on to each other with caramel filling in the middle. I went to the Vertez Museum, the Rijks Museum, the Nemo Science Center, and the Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum had a replica of a ship owned by the Dutch East India Company. It had cannons that made a loud noise. All of the museums I mentioned are fun! In Amsterdam, there are nearly as many bikes as people! And there are 600,000 people in Amsterdam! And Amsterdam has lots of canals. They are 3 meters deep. 1 meter mud, another meter water, and 1 more meter bikes. People throw a lot of bikes in the water, I guess.

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Computer Coding

    Computer Coding

    I have learned....

    By now I have learned lots of computer coding. I know JavaScript,CSS,HTML5, and I'm learning Python.





    No, not binary.

    With JS, you can make games like this:


    var troll = prompt("You're walking through the forest, minding your own business, and you run into a troll! Do you FIGHT him, PAY him, or RUN?").toUpperCase();

    switch(troll) {
    case 'FIGHT':
    var strong = prompt("How courageous! Are you strong (YES or NO)?").toUpperCase();
    var smart = prompt("Are you smart?").toUpperCase();
    if(strong === 'YES' || smart === 'YES') {
    console.log("You only need one of the two! You beat the troll--nice work!");
    } else {
    console.log("You're not strong OR smart? Well, if you were smarter, you probably wouldn't have tried to fight a troll. You lose!");
    }
    break;
    case 'PAY':
    var money = prompt("All right, we'll pay the troll. Do you have any money (YES or NO)?").toUpperCase();
    var dollars = prompt("Is your money in Troll Dollars?").toUpperCase();
    if(money === 'YES' && dollars === 'YES') {
    console.log("Great! You pay the troll and continue on your merry way.");
    } else {
    console.log("Dang! This troll only takes Troll Dollars. You get whomped!");
    }
    break;
    case 'RUN':
    var fast = prompt("Let's book it! Are you fast (YES or NO)?").toUpperCase();
    var headStart = prompt("Did you get a head start?").toUpperCase();
    if(fast === 'YES' || headStart === 'YES') {
    console.log("You got away--barely! You live to stroll through the forest another day.");
    } else {
    console.log("You're not fast and you didn't get a head start? You never had a chance! The troll eats you.");
    }
    break;
    default:
    console.log("I didn't understand your choice. Hit Run and try again, this time picking FIGHT, PAY, or RUN!");
    }



    In that game, the player makes choices on how to deal with the troll.


    With HTML5, you can make websites. That's why I can make colors like this.
    CSS is for styling the HTML5. Combine JS,CSS, and HTML5, and you can use jQuery, which is for animating your stuff.
    Of course, other coding languages are useful too. With Python, you can make games like Battleship. But I only know basic, very basic things. I can't make stuff like websites. When you press F12 on your keyboard, you see all the code for the site. But I only can understand a fraction of that.

    I learned with Codeacedemy. Coding is really fun!

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Cartooning

    Cartooning

    As you may know, I have taken cartooning as a hobby. I have made my own website that has some of my comics. Here it is: ToonMaster3 Gems I haven't uploaded all my comics on to the site, so there is only three for now. I do it online because I'm terrible failing bombing not that good at drawing on paper. Cartooning is a cool hobby, and I can print out my comics and give them out. Even better, I can staple them all into a comic book and give those out too. I've been making a newspaper for the house, and my comics would be good for the funnies section. And reading comics online can give you good jokes if you're a comedian. Start cartooning, before you know it your comics could be in the newspaper! One of mine is at the top.

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Life in London

    Life in London

    After a long hiatus, I resume blogging!

    Since you last saw me, I grew taller, got an exercise routine, and learned a bit of computer coding!

    But back to the subject of London....

    There are three museums that I could walk to. They are the Science Museum,V&A Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

    I was excited because I was begging my mom to take me to London, but my requests all flipped flopped failed miserably bombed came a wee bit short. But now I'm in London and I get to go to other countries while I'm in Europe.

    Getting around is really fun, you can take a bus or the Tube.There is this useful site called Citymapper that helps you find out the way to your destination.

    The museums here are so much fun, parks are cool, and the people here use common sense calling soccer "football"!

    I also have a new hobby, cartooning online!

    I've learned how to computer code, and it is really fun. I learned with Codeacedemy.

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Top 5 Vacation Countries

    1.Italy for art and historical sites and beutiful scenery and great food. 2.Spain for art and historical sites and beutiful scenery and great food and bullfights. 3.France beautiful scenery and great food and good language. 4.Australia because of the adventure. 5.USA beacause of the theme parks (Ohio,Florida,etc.). Tell me what you think! My grandma helped me with this. You also should consider England. There is a country so small you can walk across it in less than a hour. Russia is bigger than all of Australia combined!

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    If I were Dictator of America...

    The first thing I would do is I make my own castle that nobody could enter without my permission. Kids wouldn't have to ask, unless they are up to no good.

    The second thing I would do is close all of the schools except for colleges. Nobody would be allowed to do any schoolwork without my permission.  Grown-ups would work all day and the kids would just stay home and play video games all day.  Or, they could do school work if they want too.

    The third thing I would do is give money and good jobs to the poor.  If they don't want to work they have to go to another country.

    The fourth thing I would do is lower all taxes to zero. This way, people from everywhere would move here.

    The fifth thing I would do is make a satellite that will make the world look like Minecraft.

    I would make flying cars.  I would make transportation portals everywhere.  The portals would be used for getting around.  You would go into the portal, then you would go in between space to take you to your stop.  It is like another dimension!

    I would make a super hero machine. And anyone caught breaking the law will go to jail.

    But of course how to do all that....

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    Memorial Parade

    On Memorial Day I marched in the Memorial Day Parade.

    I walked with the Cub Scouts.

    I walked 1 mile.

    My sister walked this year also, because she joined Daisy's.

    It was a beautiful day.

    My baseball team walked, too.

    After walking I went swimming.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Yesterday's Science Class

    Yesterday I went to Brookhaven Labratory for a homeschool science class on soil with my friend.

    Soil is made out of gravel, sand, silt, and clay.


    Gravel is the biggest part of soil.

    Clay is the smallest.

    A tool called the sieve separates the gravel,sand, silt, and clay.


    My first experiment was putting rocks into groups (not Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic.).

    I came up with, dots, plain color, and stripes.

    My second experiment was was with 2 rocks. My tools were a magnet and a piece of paper with some thing on it.

    The clear rock on one side could make things bigger! The other rock was magnetic!

    My third experiment was weighing, measuring the volume, and drawing samples of dirt.

    After that, I went home.

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Happy Easter

    Happy Easter everyone!

    This Easter I went to my Aunt's apartment in New York City.

    We took the car instead of the train.

    I went with Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Christine.

    I saw my Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin.

    There was nothing to do when I got there.

    After a long time, I had dinner and then I opened up the Easter baskets my Aunt bought us.

    I played a board game of Pokemon and then left.

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    My Thoughts On Dissection


    Dissecting is when you cut something dead open.

    For example, you could dissect a frog. You can dissect anything living or dead.

    You can look at its brains, heart, and organs.

    My Mom made write this even though I don't want to because all I can think of is throwing up and I can't stand the gross smell it makes.

    When you dissect you should put some Vick's Vaporub on your nose and you will be fine.

    So there is NO WAY I will be a surgeon.

    I was in science class the first time I dissected something and heard "dye" and I was completely surprised. I hardly touched it at all. I was dissecting squid, so there was no bad smell.

    And this week at science class I am dissecting crabs (Ugh!).

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Pranks and Tricks

    I love to play tricks on people, especially my dad.

    My favorite is the Hand-In-Hot-Water trick.



    Here's a classic trick:



    Here's a joke kit I got for Christmas:


    Toilet Paper Roll Prank:


    I just did the toilet roll one!