Vacation to the Bay Area: Day Five

On the final day of our vacation, we went to Alcatraz.

 

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During the audio tour.

 

The boats departed from Pier 35. There seemed to usually be one boat on the water. When both were on, they were going opposite directions. The first boat we went on was the Striker. It was raining.

 

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The boat we were going to go on.

 

We sat on the top deck because it is better for viewing. The rain kept us from seeing much. When we arrived, there was a film. It wasn’t working though. We went through a couple of exhibits in the first building.

 

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The ads said you could see starving prisoners. Not true.

 

Then we waited in line for our audio tours and went to the actual prison.

Once, when we had to go outside, it was super windy. In Southern California, you do not see that much wind. The thing I remember most is how the kitchen knives had outlines where they were hung up. If one was missing, it was easy to spot. There had been multiple people killed in there. If it got too rowdy, one of the officers cocked his gun and everyone fell silent.

We were allowed to go in the isolation cells. They were barren rooms in the dark. One of the games a guy played was to pop a button off his jumpsuit and try and find it. Once, when someone tried to escape, there was a battle that lasted for a couple hours. Surprisingly, there were only 10 casualties.

We went back to our hotel room and packed up to leave.

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Vacation to the Bay Area: Day Four

We went to San Francisco on our fourth day of vacation. We started off by driving over the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

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Golden Gate Bridge. Without the fog.

 

We went through two tunnels on the opposite side of the bridge and stopped in Sausalito. They had the boats that my sisters and I sail on the racing team.

We went back across the bridge and drove to Chinatown. They had the best clothing deals you could imagine. I remember seeing four scarves for $10. Near it, they had skyscrapers.

After that, our dad took us to Lombard Street. It is the most crooked street in America. The wait for it was long, and it was also very steep. The curvy part is made of bricks. My mom tried to take a video through the sunroof but it didn’t turn out well. Next, we drove to Union Square. It was kind of dirty and had a lot of homeless people. We then went to the Presidio. My mom loved it. There was a Lucasfilm building. They had a fountain with Yoda and some cardboard cutouts of Star Wars characters.

 

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Use the force.

 

There were also some statues of Star Wars people. Next, we walked to the Palace of Fine Arts.

 

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It looks somewhat like the dome at MIT.

 

We could see it from the tunnel by the Golden Gate Bridge. It had a giant dome. We didn’t go inside the theater. Next, we walked back to the Presidio and went to the Walt Disney Family Museum. We weren’t there long, though. We drove to our new hotel and after we checked in, we went to Fisherman’s Wharf. For dinner at Boudin Bakery, the line was very long.

 

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Pictures with Santa at Boudin.

 

We walked around and saw where we would depart to Alcatraz the next morning. Ghiradelli Square was awesome. There were three shops. Only one had the milkshake, though. We didn’t go to that one because the line was so long. There was a giant sign that said Ghiradelli.

 

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The view is from a boat but I also saw it from Alcatraz.

 

 

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It’s kind of hard to tell but the Christmas tree has a G on top.

 

The hot chocolate we got was great. After that, we found the way back to our hotel room and went to sleep.

Vacation to the Bay Area: Day Three

On day three of our vacation to the Silicon Valley, we went to the Tech Museum of Innovation.

It was really fun. Unlike the Computer History Museum, it was targeted towards kids. I think the most fun activity was Social Robots. I gave my robot a hook that it could wave up and down if I turned a knob. I connected two wires to the power source for the lights. There is only supposed to be one wire connected. Instead of the lights staying on, they flickered.

 

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The lights do not go well with the picture.

 

That had a really cool effect. They also had an earthquake simulator. There were foam blocks that fell almost immediately.

 

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I made the tallest building. It was no surprise that it would fall first.

 

They also let you design an earthquake. I made the craziest earthquake possible and used the best material for a building. The building survived. There was also a jetpack simulator where you try and get the laser on the dots. I almost got three dots but the timer ran out just before.

 

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I was going to get the third dot here.

 

After that, we went to the bodies exhibit. I didn’t think it was very interesting. There was one good thing where you tried to do a challenge with blocks.

 

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The biggest issue was that there weren’t enough blocks.

 

After that, we went to have lunch at the cafe they had there. We went back to the museum. I built the same robot I made last time. Then I went over to where my sisters were, and we tried to get a ball across a stream without building a bridge. Kate almost built a bridge, but it didn’t reach the other side. Most of the other people made slingshots.

They also had a camera where it took a picture of your face, split it into three parts, and put it with parts of other people’s faces. One time, part of my face got mixed with my sister. We had planned to do other things, but we ended up staying there the whole day. After that, we went back to the Residence Inn for the last night there.

Bay Area Vacation: Day Two

On day two of our vacation, it was Thanksgiving. We hiked Sweeney Ridge. We also visited the headquarters of Facebook and Oracle. Finally, we went to Stanford.

We woke up in our hotel, had breakfast, and drove over to Sweeney Ridge.

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The sign.

Strangely enough, the person who discovered it was Gaspar de Portolá. The hike had a lot of uphills even though it is only 4 miles total. The summit was interesting. There was only one small bench and a small bathroom. There was the abandoned Nike Missile Site. It was built during the Cold War. Now it was caved in. There was also a ton of graffiti.

 

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There is a ton of graffiti.

 

Partway down, we stopped to have a snack. We got into our car and drove to the Oracle Headquarters. They had a giant sailboat there. It won the America’s cup.

 

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The boat.

 

We got back into our car again and drove to the Facebook headquarters. It was at One Hacker Way. Someone took a picture of us in front of the sign.

 

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If you like this post please give it a thumbs up.

 

On the back was the sign of Sun Microsystems. The Facebook building was unique. It was painted different colors. There didn’t seem to be a pattern either. We went to the Stanford campus after.

 

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Stanford.

 

It was somewhat fancy. Their chapel was huge.

 

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The chapel.

 

After that, we went back to our hotel room. It had been a long day, and we were all very tired.

Bay Area Vacation: Day One

 

This year, we took another vacation for Thanksgiving. We went up to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. On the first day, we visited the Computer History Museum, Apple and Google Headquarters.

We woke up at 4 A.M. and we left by 5 A.M. It was a long drive. When we were going through Los Angeles, there was an accident in the other lane and the traffic was backed up a couple miles. After we got out of Los Angeles, there was a lot of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley. One of the plants was on poles, and there were a lot of them so it played some tricks on your eyes. Once out of the farmland, it was just desert for a while. After that, we passed through Gilroy. It is known as the garlic capital of the world. It also smells like garlic.

Next, we passed through the Silicon Valley. We saw the Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley and the regional headquarters of Microsoft. We drove farther into Silicon Valley and went to the Computer History Museum. The best part of it was that they had video games. Even though they were old, they were surprisingly fun. The best was Pong, though.

 

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If only they had graphics like this when it was released.

 

There was one video game that took as much power as a washing machine to work. We walked over to a part where they had a Wikipedia game. I was winning against my dad, but he ended up beating me. It also had the history of music players in a different section. There was a doll in Thomas Edison’s time that sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” There was so much background static I could hardly understand it. I had headphones on, too. After that, I went through a history of computers that started with the abacus 6,000 years ago. It wasn’t up to date, though. I didn’t see the modern stuff about smartphones. My dad got a picture with the butler from Ask.

 

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The Butler.

 

We traveled to the Google headquarters. They had Google-colored bikes for their employees to get around.

 

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The yellow bikes! The blue thing on my shirt is from the Computer History Museum.

 

We also went to the Apple headquarters.

 

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Apple HQ.

 

They had a store on the bottom floor. We were tired after that so we checked into our hotel.

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Central California Coast: Day One

Central California Coast: Day Two

Central Calfornia Coast Day 3-4

Co-op Fall 2017

If you have seen my old post about my homeschool co-op, this is an updated version with my new classes. My five classes are:

  • Tinker Time– In Tinker Time, we take things apart to see how they work. Right now, we are taking apart a DVD player with a partner.

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    Taking apart a DVD player in Tinker Time

 

  • NaNoWriMo Junior Writers–In NaNoWriMo, we write novels for the national writing month. We are also writing with a group. In the group story, I am the antagonist.

 

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This is my noveling group.

 

We also write one by ourselves in November.

 

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A class picture from NaNoWriMo

 

  • Lunch–I don’t have much to say on this subject but we do play Infection after lunch. A couple of our friends use walkie talkies with us when we play Infection to increase our chances of winning.

 

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This is at the start of the game when everyone is running from the person who is counting.

 

 

  • Strategy Games–We play board games and card games that use strategy. I usually play Risk.

 

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Playing a game in Strategy Games.

 

 

  • Imagine and Play–We have objects that we start out with, and we try and build something with them. We have different objects each week to build with. We learned that you cannot use rope and pool noodles to build a zip line.

 

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What happens when you try and build a giant gun.

 

  • Computer Programing–Most people only take four classes, but I am taking five. My last one is Computer Programing with HTML and CSS. This is what I have made so far:

 

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Co-op is very fun, and I can’t wait for it again!

Kick Conquest Foosball Table Review

This is a review of the Kick Conquest foosball table. It is 48 inches.

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The assembly is easy besides the first part which is getting the sides on the playing field. After that, you have to screw the sides together. Next, you put the legs on with the included tool. Lastly, you put the rods, corners, and scorekeepers on. When you put the rods on, be sure to put the rods in the right places and put everything on the rod before screwing things on. The holes to put the scorekeepers on were not drilled correctly on my table, so I had to use my own nails to get them on. I wasn’t able to get the corners on, either, but I put the end panels on the wrong sides.

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You can see the bolts I used to screw the legs in because the corners are off. When building, be sure the goals are on the left side.

This is a great table besides the fact that the balls this uses are smaller than normal ones.

I would rate the table 3 and 3/4 stars.

Star Wars Night at Angel Stadium

We went to Angel Stadium for Star Wars Night.

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They were playing the Texas Rangers. When we went into the stadium, we got Rebel Pilot Rally Monkeys for free. We bought Dippin’ Dots ice cream and headed to our seats. We were there when the entertainment began.

Darth Vader, R2-D2, and C3-PO came on the field! They were followed by Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Princess Leia.

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They got off the field while a kid dressed up as C3-PO called, “Play ball!”

When the batters were up, the Angels faces were photoshopped with the clothing of Star Wars good guys. The Rangers, on the other hand, looked like Stormtroopers. They played a funny clip of Yoda saying, “Do, or do not, there is no try.” It showed baseball saves and fails.

There was not much excitement until the 4th inning when the Angels scored 2 runs. Then the Rangers scored 2 runs. The Rangers scored another 2 runs putting them ahead. The Angels came back with 4 runs so they were ahead by 2! Finally, the Rangers scored 1 more run making the final 6-7. The Angels won!!!!!!!!!!!!!

During the postgame, I was on TV.

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I am the one in the Star Wars shirt.

Star Wars Night was very fun.

Solar Eclipse

We saw a solar eclipse on Monday at Caspers Wilderness Park. It was hard to find parking. Mom dropped us off at the line for the viewing. We saw some of our friends soon after.

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Our mom took 5 minutes to get parking after she dropped us off. The solar eclipse didn’t look as cool as I thought. But it did look like a crescent sun sometimes. Ian used a welding mask to look at the eclipse, and it didn’t work well. We went to the nature center, and they had snakes there.  Kate pet them. I was busy doing other stuff. We went to the park and played Lava Monster. After that, we left.

What we saw was a partial eclipse. Not this:

 

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This is a full eclipse.

An eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun. A total eclipse is when the moon is completely in front of the sun.

This was a phenomenal day!

 

 

Slither.io Tips

2017-05-08The objective is to grow big and kill other snakes. The way you do that is by making their head touch your body. This is a mass multiplayer game. You are always moving and you point your mouse the way you want to move. You can run by holding down on the mousepad. This is your appearance running and not running:

When you run, you lose length twice as fast as when you’re not running. Otherwise, snakes would always be running. If you look in the bottom right, you will see a circle. That circle is the map. The gray specs are snakes. I go areas where snakes are more common. When they die, they dissolve into dots. This is what the dots look like:

 

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The biggest dots are the ones that are part of a snake.

Using the map, I go to the middle. It is the most dangerous but if you survive you can get big. This is what is looks like in the middle:

 

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A description of the middle: Lots of snakes and lots of dead snakes. Either you get really big, or you die.

That is what I usually do. There are two other things people do. Go around the edge of the map and get really big, then go to the middle, or find a big snake in the edge and follow it until it dies.

In 30 seconds in the middle, I grew to about 500. In the back I grew to about 115 in 30 seconds.

Another good way to get big is to find a big snake and follow him until he dies. This is what it looks like:

 

 

When he dies you get to eat this:

 

 

 

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This is what it looks like following a big snake. I would recommend following a bigger one though.

 

 

One time, my sister was getting attacked by the first place snake and she killed him. That got her on the leaderboard.

 

Here are some action shots:

 

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I killed it.

 

 

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I was the one getting circled because my name was Circle Me, No Joke

 

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That was so awesome. Three or foru dead snakes. Maybe more.