Saturday, September 22, 2012


Fall is here!

Fall is probably one of my favorite times of year.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ranger's Apprentice book #1

I got a recommendation of this book from a friend but Jessica (being our family reader) was the first to actually read it.
All in all it took me over a year to actually get around to reading it, but once I did I was glad of it.

Ranger's Apprentice book one the Ruins of Gorlan is the story of a young orphan boy, Will, who's about fifteen or sixteen who gets chosen by a ranger to be his apprentice. (hence the title.)
The rangers are a group of fifty men who are trained in the are of artery and moving silently among other things. The Rangers are many avoided because of the roomers that they use black magic. So you can only imagine Will's response when he finds out that he's going to be a ranger.

Together, Will and his Master, Halt, end up going on a wild ride together after evil beasts, learn the power of a long bow, and ultimately, Will learns how to get along with his life long enemy Horace.

I really enjoyed all eleven books as well as John Flanagan's second series: the Brother Band.
The only problem that I had with the first few Ranger's Apprentice books was the language. There was frequent use of one word that was pretty bad, so I would recommend parents reading and marking out the words.
But I do recommend them for any one. I know a dad who has read them all three times.
I thought that the books were well written, funny, intense, sweet.

My favorite books are the 1st; Ranger's Apprentice, 2nd; the Burning Bridge, 7th; Erak's Ransom, and the 9th; Halt's Peril.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Green Ring Conspiracy

I decided to do a few things other then science posts. So I thought that a few reviews and recipes would be fun.

The review that I'm going to day is from my radio drama series called Adventures in Odyssey.
The Green Ring Conspiracy (album 53) is a twelve part episode about a counterfeit ring. (A counterfeiting ring is called a Green Ring.)

It all starts with a mysterious plane crash in a field with all three passengers being badly injured.
Only a few minutes later, Emily Jones and Matthew Parker are walking through the woods and find a back-pack full of money; thousand and thousand of dollars.
When Emily takes the back-pack to Whit's End to tell Whit.
While she's there and before Emily could tell anyone, Whit get's a strange phone call from the doctor and has to leave suddenly.
While at the hospital, Whit discovers that one of the passengers on the plane was actually his grandson, Monty and that his grandson is actually a secret services agent there to investigate a counterfeiting ring.

The whole story is extremely exciting, funny, and truly intriguing.
It's truly one of my favorite stories, and I recommend it for listening together as a family.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


 My siblings can tell you that I am obsessed with the metric system. I just really think that it works so much better then regular inches. My brothers and sisters can probably also think that I want to change the regular method.

Well here's a few samples of the uses for the metric system.

The Metric System is used by sentience because it can be either really big like to measure the distance of the sun or small enough to measure atoms.

Anyway, I think the MS works the best and is so cool.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ocean Temperature

The ocean is really deep like 2'400 meters kind of deep (which is 7,874.0157 feet).

The ocean is divided up  into three sections. Surface is the top to about 200 meters (or 656.16798 feet.)

The next layer is Thermocline is from 200 meters to about 700 meters.

And the last layer is called the Deep Zone is 700 meters to the ocean floor 2400 -plus or minus.

The top of that water in a tropical water region could be 30 degrees Celsius (or 86 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Polar arias could be negative -2 degrees Celsius (or 28 degrees Fahrenheit.)

The top of the water in an averaged aria at the surface could be about 81 Fahrenheit (27 Celsius.). And at the deep zone and at the floor is about 36.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 2.5 Celsius.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The FLoating Instrument Platform (FLIP)

There are many interesting research vessels, and I encourage you to look them all up, but and interesting one, that I found to day, is called the FLIP.

The FLIP stands for FLoating Instrument Platform. (The L is the L in fLoating.)

The FLIP had no engines like the other research ships, but was towed to the sight where is was left for weeks -sometimes months, while it did its research.

It was 102 meters long (335 feet.), and was kept afloat in the water by a ballast* tank on the Stern (rear). The ballast tank was flooded, keeping the FLIP upright.

Then part of the ship containing things such as the living quarters, communication equipment, the laboratory, electrical generates, and scientific instruments, was some seventeen meters above the water (55 feet).
vertical position
With the FLIP in a vertical position, it proved to be a remarkably stable platform, even on choppy waters.

Career (US)
Owner: Office of Naval Research
Operator: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Builder: Gunderson Brothers Engineering
Completed: 1962
Identification: Call sign: WI7115
IMO number: 9180229
MMSI no.: 338040561
Status: Operational

General characteristics
Tonnage: 700 GRT
Length: 108 m (354 ft)
Beam: 7.93 m (26.0 ft)
Draught: 3.83 m (12.6 ft) (towed)
100 m (330 ft) (deployed)
Speed: 7-10 knots (towed)
Capacity: Fresh water 5.7 m3 (200 cu ft)
Water generation 2.7 m3 (95 cu ft)/per day
Crew: 5 crew
11 researchers

 *ballast |ˈbaləst|


heavy material, such as gravel, sand, iron, or lead, placed low in a vessel to improve its stability.
• a substance of this type carried in an airship or on a hot-air balloon to stabilize it, and jettisoned when greater altitude is required.• figurative something that gives stability or substance the film is an entertaining comedy with some serious ideas thrown in for ballast.
gravel or coarse stone used to form the bed of a railroad track or road.
• a mixture of coarse and fine aggregate for making concrete.a passive component used in an electric circuit to moderate changes in current.
verb [ trans. (usu. be ballasted)
give stability to (a ship) by putting a heavy substance in its bilge :the vessel has been ballasted to give the necessary floating stability.form (the bed of a railroad line or road) with gravel or coarse stone.
in ballast (of a ship) laden only with ballast.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: probably of Low German or Scandinavianorigin.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Pita, Pepper, and Pork Sandwich

Here's a recipe for a pita, pepper, pork sandwich.

  1. Two peppers
  2. One onion
  3. Already cooked pork
  4. Three table spoons of olive oil
  5. Four table spoons of butter
  6. Two teaspoons of dried parsley
  7. Two teaspoons of chili powder.
  8. Ten pitas

Melt three table spoons of butter in a frying pan while you chop the peppers and onions.
Add chopped veggies to the butter and let then saute.

Add three table spoons of olive oil, one table spoon of butter, parsley, and chili powder to a frying pan to heat.
While the oil is heating, chop the pork; you need about two cups.
When you're done chopping, add the pork to the oil and let it brown and get nice and tender, to soak in the flavor.
When the pork is hot, crisp, and flavorful, (like above), then it is time to serve it.

You can either mix the two or serve them separate depending on the amount then you want in your pita.
Cut the pitas in half and then stuff with the the peppers, onions, and pork.
For a dressing there are a lot of different things that you could put on.

You can put on mustered and Mayans or miracle-whip or ranch dressing.
My dad liked Italian dressing.
And if you like, ovocido is good on there.

And here is your recipe for pepper and pork pitas.
Enjoy! Goce!

(That's Spanish for enjoy)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Anniversary!!!

I just wanted to wish my mom and dad a very happy Anniversary!

They have now been married for twenty two years!

Y'all are the best parents I could ever have wished for.

Thank you for always being there for me; for giving me love and forgiveness any time I needed them (Which is quite a lot); for homeschooling us; and for never giving up on us even when we did crazy things like ride out bikes down the hill and into the stump to see how far we could shoot off.

Thank you and a very happy Anniversary dad and mom!

They would really like if it you commented on this post and congratulated them.

Thank you Dad and Mom!