Me Cumpleaños Fantastico

Orange Peel Shrimp! YUM!

My birthday yesterday was fantastic! First we went to P. F. Chang’s and had a wonderful meal. We order lettuce wraps as an appetizer (DELICIOUS!), and I got the Orange Peel Shrimp! Next we drove for an hour, up to the Etowah Indian Mounds. They were very cool. I like how the place looked if you imagined a town with a wall surrounding it were the mounds stood. After we came back to the entrance of the “Park” we looked around the museum, which had some very interesting artifacts and exhibits. After that we drove down a little bit and stop at a river and waded around in the water. We than drove a it more to an old timey furnace from the Civil War. I loved it! And to make it better we came home to eat delicious cherry pie with marzipan and to open my presents. I got some money, which I will surely spend on some awesome nick nack. I also got a 15 dollar gift card to Thinkgeek. And last but not least a really cool book with 10 very fast paper airplanes. One of them flies for 13 seconds! I really enjoyed my birthday and what makes it really cool id that it’s when summer break starts!

I typed this whole thing the real way to type!

EdiVille

I recently discovered I am actually pretty good at drawing and designed a couple cartoon characters in the world of EdiVille (edible Ville).

The Pickle

Name : Dill Sour Pickle Jr.

Gender : Male

Race : German-Styled Dill Pickle

Born : August 21, 3052

Location Born : 14583 Broadside Rd, Dill City, Germany

Occupation: SHDS

Power: He is able to pickle his enemies.

Bio: On August 21, 3052 a miracle happened. The sky turned a greenish-yellow color. The clouds were suspiciously in shapes of dill pickles. All the people of Dill City, Germany gathered around 14583 Broadside Rd. King Dill suddenly ran out onto the porch and exclaimed “I have a son!” The street below the balcony exploded in cheers. Queen Dill came carefully out onto the balcony showing the crowd Dill Jr. when suddenly a blur swept through the air and stole Dill Jr.! He was stuffed into a jar and thrown into a magical fountain. Dill Jr. blacked out. When he awoke he saw a small bumpy figure walk up to him and say “Are you okay?” Dill nodded. The figure said “You must be a newborn, my name is Walnut Boy.” Walnut Boy picked him  up and brought him back to his house. The grew up together and when they were 18 years old the joined the SHDS (Super Hero Defense Squad). Dill Jr. named “The Pickle” and Walnut Boy named “Walnut Man.” They started their own team in the large squad The Pickle as Leader and Walnut Man as Sidekick. That was when they started their career as Super Heroes.

Walnut Man

Name : Crunchy Munchy Walnut

Gender : Male

Race : Brown Roasted

Born : November 15, 3048

Location Born : Munchy Lane, EdiVille

Occupation: SHDS

Power: Invincible ”almost”, Great at the front of the defense.

Bio: Walnut Boy was born on November 15, 3048. He was the only child in his family. His parents Pistachio Man and Cashew Women care for him  as a baby. Then on August 21, 3052, when Walnut Boy was only 4 years old he saw the sky turn Greenish-Yellow. He went outside to see the sky when something caught eye. I jar laying by the fountain. He walked up to it and there was a baby lying in it. He brought the “thing” home and named him Dill because he looked like one of the Dill Pickles. Walnut Boy and Dill grew up together and at age 18 they joined the SHDS together and started their career in the Super Hero business.

Magyarotia

Farthest Extent of the Magyarotian Empire

Early in the week we were assigned a project in Social Studies to do one of various assignments. I chose Create-A-Country and this is the information I made for my country.

Country Name: Magyarotia

Government : Unitary Austocracy

Power Holder: Supreme Grand Ruler (Me)

Law Maker: Supreme Grand Ruler (Me)

Law Upholder: Supreme Grand Ruler (Me)

Election Process : Dictatorship

Population: 17,041,012

Average Age: 29 (Male), 31 (Female)

Literacy Rate: 97%

Infant Mortality Rate: 2.1%

Natural Resources: Iron, Gold, Wheat, Fish, and Grapes

Climate: Mild (hotter and drier further inland, cooler and more moist towards the sea)

Absolute Location: 45*N, 20*E

Relative Location: Northeast of Italy and West of Ukraine

Landforms/Bodies of Water: Danube River, Great Hungarian Plain, and Dinaric Alps

Economy Type: (Extreme) Command

Trade Partners: Italy, Turkey, and Germany

Products: Wine, Jewelry, Bread, and Fish

Trade Agreements: EUTL (Eastern European Trade League)

Monetary Unit: Forient

Environmental Issue: Acid rain in urbanized areas

Nationalization: Hungary, Romania, Austria, Serbia, and Croatia joined together in 2032, because of a growing, intimidating Ukraine. Budapest became the capital.

Major Wars:

2041 – Magyarotia (VS) Slovenia, Bosnia, and Italy / Magyarotia WINS!

2069 – Magyarotia (VS) Slovakia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, and France / Magyarotia WINS!

2089 – Magyarotia and Poland (VS) Ukraine / Magyarotia LOSES!

Later this afternoon I will put all this information into a PowerPoint for my project!

Lexicon of the Old West

Earlier in the school year I did a project for Social Studies called the Lexicon on the old west here was mine.

ASSIMILATE
To assimilate was to change a group’s religion
or culture. The government tried to assimilate
American Indians by making the Ghost Dance
illegal.
BARBED WIRED
Barbed wire is a twisted wire with sharp points. New
settlers put up barbed wire fences that blocked cattle
trails.
CRAZY HORSE
Crazy Horse was an American Indian leader. He
followed the Ghost Dance tradition.
DROUGHT
Droughts were a big trouble for farmers. They killed
millions of the farmer’s crops.
EXODUSTERS
Exodusters were African Americans who traveled
the Great Plains. They specialized in farming.
FARMING
Farming was a good way to make money back then.
Many farmers moved to the Great Plains.
GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER
George Armstrong Custer fought in the Battle of
Little Bighorn. He was so confident that he was sure
they would win.
HOMESTEAD
The homestead was the land farmers owned. They
had to work on it for five years in order to own it.
IMMIGRANTS
Immigrants were people who moved to the United
States from other countries. They usually got more
dangerous jobs and got paid less.
CHIEF JOSEPH
Chief Joseph was the leader of the Nez Perce tribe.
He and his followers tried to escape to Canada.
CHIEF BLACK KETTLE
Chief Black Kettle was part of the Sand Creek
Massacre. He held up a white flag and an American
flag to surrender, but they ignored him and killed half
of the village.
LITTLE BIGHORN
The Battle of Little Bighorn was an example of how
American Indians fought to stay off of reservations.
During this battle, all U.S. soldiers were killed.
MASSACRE
A massacre is a brutal slaughter of many people.
For example, during the Sand Creek Massacre
half of the Cheyenne population in the village was
murdered.
CALIFORNIA
California was the site of the gold rush. The gold
rush was started by a worker who found gold in a
river.
MORSE CODE
Morse Code was invented by Samuel Morse. It was
the fastest way to send news.
PREJUDICE
Prejudice is an unfair opinion about someone. It can
lead to unjust treatment.
VAQUEROS
Vaqueros were known for their skill at herding cattle.
They taught their methods of herding on horseback
to other cowhands and ranchers.
RAILHEAD
A railhead is a town where railroad tracks start or
end. Cowhands led cattle to railheads to load them
onto trains.
SODBUSTERS
Sodbusters were settlers who lived in sod houses.
They used sod because there were not enough
trees on the Great Plains.
TRANSCONTINENTAL
Transcontinental means across the continent. The
first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869.
SITTING BULL
Sitting Bull led his followers to Canada after the
Battle of Little Bighorn. He returned to the U.S. and
was forced to live on a reservation.
RESERVATION
A reservation was land where American Indians
could live. The Dawes Act broke reservation land
into small pieces.
WOUNDED KNEE
The massacre at Wounded Knee was an event
when U.S. Soldiers captured Chief Bigfoot and
his followers near Wounded Knee Creek. Many
women, children and men were killed by soldiers.
EXTINCT
To be extinct is when an animal or plant no longer
exists. By 1889 only about 1,000 buffalo were still
alive.
SUPPLY
Supply is an amount of something that people sell
at a price. Ranchers sold their cattle in eastern and
northern cities because the supply was lower and
the demand was higher.
NEZ PERCE
The Nez Perce fought several battles with U.S.
Soldiers. Finally, they surrendered 30 miles from the
Canadian border in 1877.

LA Paper

As an obligation to the consumer, a publisher must ensure that his selling works are of the highest quality. When it comes to historical fiction, this is not only measured by the quality of the writing, but also by its historical accuracy. The novel Red, White, and Red is not only of high quality writing, but it is also historically accurate because of the extensive research done in its preparation and its writing. In this compelling story, the protagonist will grow up in a strife city and learn dark secrets that he is not supposed to know. The characters, events, and settings in this story are all written to high standards of historical accuracy because of the thorough research conducted by its author.

The crux of the story finds the main character, Marshall Latimer, a middle aged man living in New York, fed up with the class system and intent on breaking it down. Having grown up in a working class neighborhood, Latimer was raised to hate the upper classes. When he discovers a plot by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to convert America’s democracy into an oligarchy ruled by the rich, he is driven to the only solution that is clear to him: assassinate the president. His plan and mission is to attend the opening of the Bonneville Dam, where FDR will be speaking to the residents and workers, and kill him. The story explains Latimer’s experiences as he travels through America on the trail of FDR.

The characters in this story are historically accurate in their thoughts, appearances, and customs, and their descriptions and dialogue are based on established research. The protagonist of the story, Marshall Latimer, grows up in a small, working class neighborhood in suburban New York. He despises the upper and middle classes for their possessions and purpose. He is jealous of the middle class and the advancements they brought to the culture (Bragg). It is well known that there was much hate between the lower and middle classes during the 20th century (Bragg). Latimer also owns a garden, in which he spends most of his day planting vegetables. He eats what grows at home (Robert 97). His garden is very similar to the “victory gardens” that many people had during that time (Robert 103). When Latimer moves to New York he joins a gang in order to survive the harsh streets of the city. The gang comprises of vigilantes from both the middle and lower classes (Bragg). While in the gang Latimer gains a certain type of class and respect for the ways of professionalism. He commonly wears zoot suits, exaggerated suits for men that were common during the time (Robert 91). Another major character in the story is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Everything he does and says in the story is accurate, except for his acts of conspiracy, which, although fictional, are still based upon and supported by recorded facts and details. For example, Roosevelt promised that he would prevent “overcapitalization” (Hansen). Roosevelt’s attitude and actions in the story are all faithful to his personality as recorded by his contemporaries and biographers.

Many of the events that occur in the novel are historical events which are reproduced with accuracy and detail based upon factual research. Referenced throughout the story is the building of the Bonneville Dam. This was a real and important project which aimed to provide about 8 million kilowatts of energy and had 18 floodgates (Hansen). Economically, between 1929 and 1932, unemployment rates went from 1.5 million to 15 million (Hansen), contributing to the overall tone of desperation in the story. Many popular culture event references are also in the story to add realism and atmosphere, such as Kilroy (Robert 113), the “zoot suit riots” (Robert 91), and Frank Sinatra’s rise to fame (Jenkins 75), which is relevant throughout the story because Latimer enjoys listening to Sinatra’s music.

The settings in this story are factually correct and appropriate, because of the research done to make them as accurate as possible. The hometown of the protagonist is suburban New York, which was a working class town. In 1911, three classes (upper, middle, and lower) were very prevalent. The upper class had money and art, the middle class were the “doers”, and the working class was very poor, and struggled to make ends meet (Bragg). Other settings include New York City and the Bonneville Dam, which have been researched thoroughly to ensure that they are accurate in description. For example, the gates on the Dam were 50 feet wide by 50 feet tall, and the three project heads were Claude Irving “Pete” Grimm, Major C.F. Williams, and Captain J. Gorlinski (Hansen), historical figures who make an appearance in the story.  Great care is taken to present the time-appropriate culture and experience of these settings. For example, many of the houses in the story’s New York had televisions and radios because televisions had become very popular during the 1940’s (Robert 117) and the golden age of radio was from the 1920s to the 1950s (Robert 185). In the city, many fast food chains came out in the 1940s like Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, and pizza joints (Robert 106). Lastly, the architecture has been researched as well. Many new building types were appearing during the 1900’s (Robert 65), and the goal of 20th century buildings, said one man, was, “to produce … houses like Fords” (Robert 69).

When a publisher will only take things that are written well and are historically accurate, a story must meet such requirements to succeed. One does not simply write an inaccurate historical fiction piece, as this does a disservice to not only the reader, but to the history itself. The story Red, White, and Red is historically accurate in terms of characters, settings, and events, and much research has been done to make sure these claims are correct. The story was written as an entertainment tool for many audiences, and its purpose is to tell a good story, but the fact that it is faithful to the time period it was set in raises the quality and makes it not only more enjoyable, but also more educational. It would be a good work to publish and fits the criteria needed for it to be a proper historical fiction.

Drom

Last Friday was an event hosted by the Drama department at my school. It was called Drom. It’s kind of like a Drama Prom, where people go to remember the year and the seniors. I got all dressed up in a suit and boots and looked really spiffy. I got in the car and my mom drove me to the Metropolitan Club. It turns out I got there 30 minutes early, but it was okay because I helped set up the speakers and sound system, so I wasn’t just awkwardly hanging around. People started showing up and I started talking to everyone and got to know some other people I had not previously met. The place itself was really nice. I wish I had my camera because there were some really cool furniture pieces and ornaments everywhere. Very fancy. They opened the buffet and I got some very delicious food like some pasta and bread. After that awards were given out for things like best actor, and most improved actor. The seniors did a skit, and then the juniors did a skit making fun of the seniors. The directors said a couple of speeches and then the senior presidents gave some really awesome motivational speeches. After that there were more awards and thanks and then everyone got on the floor and danced. It was very jump up and down dance, not slow dancing. Because that’s how drama kids roll, I guess.

Dolla’ Origami

Camera from "Dollar Origami"

My last article I wrote about a typer of origami which is folded from money. A few days after thatI got 2 books about the dollar origami. One of them is by the guy who made the dollar koi, Won Park. This book is called Dollar Origami, and why I love it so much is that it has 10 of his coolest models and 100 practice dollars. The other book, Island Style Money Folds, is also awesome. this one has flowers, pineapples, shirts, ukuleles, and frogs. I love both books but I like Dollar Origami better. I have already made seven out of the 10 models. This includes the dollar koi, which I actually made. Some of the other models I like from both of the books are the camera, shirt, lucky frog, penguin, Pua flower, and turtle. I really think dollar origami is a interesting thing and maybe I will start to design and create my own models.

"Dollar Origami"

Vocab Story

In my Reading/L.A. class we were assigned a project. We had to use our vocabulary words and make a story from them. The vocabulary words were bombard, barrage, transmission, modem, online, and interactive. I decided to make a ad from these vocab words. This is the ad I made.

Virus Breaker by: Nicholas Kreitz

Do you have a younger brother that knows nothing about viruses, and do you not know when he downloads a virus from carelessly clicking? If so, Virus Breaker is perfect for you!  Don’t be fooled by the barrage of virus protection software ads, they are only a scam. They bombard you with a virus and want you to buy their product for money. To actually protect against these viruses get a Virus Breaker from the store near you. Just plug the Virus Breaker into your modem and turn it online. Soon your Virus Breaker will receive a transmission from your infected computer. It will ask you if you want it to automatically get rid of it, or open interactive mode so you can decide what to do with the virus. Once you are finished with the settings just hit “done” and Ta-da your computer is safe. Just leave the Virus Breaker plugged in and you won’t have to worry about viruses anymore.

On another note this school year is coming to an end, but we have done lots of different things in R/LA this year like this story for example. We also do this thing called Read to Succeed. You have to read seven hours a month in 5th grade, six in 4th, and so on. If you read for a least three months you get a book at the end of the year. This year I got a book called Old Yeller. I know I’ll have plenty of time to read it this Summer.