American Revolution (Common Craft Video)

We all must admit that history could be a bit confusing at times… Especially when there are all sorts of dates to remember and teachers trying to explain simple events in technological terms. So here is a video about the American Revolution in plain and simple English. It contains most of the key events that happened during this revolution, hope you like it~

In this time era, America’s government changed from monarchy to democracy. There’s no king anymore, many laws existed to make people’s lives better. The change was important because then America became the first country in the world that has a president,  and American finally became independent, not part of British, relying on anyone anymore.

*Key points that are included:

-Townshend Acts

-Boston Massacre

-The Declaration of Independence

-Battle of Saratoga

-Battle of Yorktown

-The Treaty of Paris

Future in Space

NASA should focus on studying saturn in their future missions.

A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn’s moon is called Enceladus.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off Enceladus, scientists announced last week. They think these molecules could be coming from chemical reactions deep in the ocean, and these reactions between water and rock could spark life for microbes-that is, microscopic living creatures.

The moon of Saturn (Enceladus) could possibly sustain life.

A liquid ocean exists beneath the icy surface of Enceladus, clouds of water vapor spray from the cracks on the south pole of the moon.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is a good sign to explore Saturn when scientists find a lot of hydrogen. If there’s hydrogen existing, there’s water, also carbon dioxide. This means Enceladus already have the basic elements for organisms to survive.

What if… There’s already lives existing in Enceladus? And we don’t even know.

So far Enceladus is the only planet in the solar system, beside Earth, that could possibly support life. With almost all of the ingredients to grow species, humans can learn more, probably bacterias already existed there.

Even there’s still a long way to go, NASA should start studying Saturn, studying Enceladus, that could possibly hold/will hold signs of life, in the future after all.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Girl

[OneDay blog post]

Working hard with my friends

I decided to choose this project because Chinese embroidery sounds interesting to me, and I always wanted to try something new. Also because my friends are here, I could enjoy a comfortable environment in this classroom.

I did well on completing this project, because embroidery is known as a long process, but I finished it in a few days.

The actual package didn’t arrive yet, practicing embroidery. 

I learned how to embroidery since this is the first time of me trying, I also learned how to sew different patterns.

Challenges I faced was I couldn’t finished it on time. Even though I started this project earlier, I still didn’t finish it on OneDay. After arriving home, I worked on it for another hour to finish it. Really, this is a challenging work. Also, I managed to learn a whole sets of embroidery patterns. Some pattern is really complex and difficult to learn, I failed a lot of times, got confused, stressed… But at the end, I successfully learned all the patterns and completed my piece.

Chinese embroidery is also mentally and physically challenging. When you continue to work for a long period of time, you will get bored and stressed about the work you completed-for example finishing a flower bud in 30 minutes. If you keep on sewing, for the first 1 hour your finger is going to hurt, sometimes you accidentally stab your finger with needle, and it bleeds.

Working in progress right now… Just finished the hair of the girl.

OneDay is important for us because it helps students to express their own hobbies and feelings, to try new things, just leave schoolwork out for one day to see, if we can achieve something. In addition, students can learn something they wish to learn and want to learn. This is what OneDay truly means.

“The Girl” embroidery completed picture

In the end, this is my finished project! It took me 9 and a half hour to complete it. Even this is tough, but I still feel proud when I’m finally done. I would really like to thank my teacher to be so supportive and kindly to help.

Bye bye~

Earth Should Not Die in Our Own Hands

This is a non-fiction book called “The New Ocean”. It’s written by Bryn Barnard and it tells about the fate of life in a changing sea. When technology became more advanced, there’s one problem that we didn’t pay attention: environmental issue. Pollution, global warming, overfishing is all creating a New Ocean that will look very different from the beautiful blue seas we now today… Unless we change. This book is called “The New Ocean” for a reason. We humans are changing to ocean, transforming it into a hotter region, and emptying it. If we want to avoid extinction, change should start now. Because human extinction event may actually begin ten thousand years ago, when people invented agriculture. The idea of the book is telling us we should all contribute something to the ocean.

In the book author included 6 types of sea animals, 4 types of them are already endangered. Orcas gets broke up in Marine parks, their tanks are, from orcas’ point of view, the size of bathtubs, soon they die from hopelessness and boredom. Turtles swim into plastic six-pack rings, which can stay on their body for their entire life. Humans catch 40000 million tons of tuna per year, wiping out variety species of tuna. Coral reefs gets killed because of global warming…

“Study nature. Study science. Science helps us understand what is happening to the Earth. Science helps us find solutions to problems. Science is our best hope of survival. We need science. We need you.” (Barnard, page 21)

This is also why the author wrote this book, and what this book is about. Earth should not die in our own hands.

Image source: GOOGLE

Hyperlink citations:

“Climate Change Conferences in 2019|Climate Change Congress| Entomology Conferences 2019| Europe | Helsinki | Finland |USA | Asia Pacific | Middle East | UK.” Solutions to Climate Changes | Global Events | USA| Europe | Middle East|Asia Pacific, climatechange.earthscienceconferences.com/events-list/global-warming-and-its-effects.

Patricia, et al. “10 Endangered Ocean Species and Marine Animals.” Marine Insight, Marine Insight, 16 Apr. 2018, www.marineinsight.com/environment/10-endangered-ocean-species-and-marine-animals/.

WAS THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION WORTH IT?

What had changed in Russia from 1905-1939?

Stalin destroyed the Politburo, and now he was the supreme leader of the USSR. The aims were to increase industrialization and share a country’s wealth equally among its people. Five-Year Plans were set up, workers have to work harder, but everyone had a job. The whole country was focusing on industrialization, farmers’ population decreased. Collectivization was introduced: peasants would sell their grain to the government at a fixed low price. There were labor camps in every part of the USSR, but the conditions for the zeks were harsh. Religious worship was strongly discouraged, nearly 40000 Christian churches were closed down. All writers had to belong to the Union of Soviet Writers, books could only support the ideas of Communism. Wedding rings were abolished, abortion became available on demand. Divorce was made more difficult; tax exemptions were given to families with large numbers of children. There was a free health service for all, there were holidays with pay for many workers, and an insurance scheme against accidents at work. Space became crowded, families often had to share flats, one family to a room in the cities. There were few consumer goods – clothes and domestic appliances, for example – on sale in the shops.

 What had stayed the same in Russia from 1905-1939?

Still, around 100 million Soviet people were peasants. Most were poor, and they get taxed. Workers still have to work very hard and overtime, there were still no equal rights shared between citizens. Famine still always happen; people starves to death often. The workers still receive miserable wages and generally live in an overcrowded state. It’s common to see persons living in one room and sleeping in one bed. There was one family in each room, sharing kitchen, bathroom and toilet. People were living under hunger and fear: before it was the fear of Tsar, now it was the fear of Stalin.

In 1939, how were Sergie’s and Alexander’s lives the same or different from 1905?

Alexander is now working on a kolkhoz – a collective farm. Instead of making profits by selling his grain at market, he now sells his grain to the government at a fixed low price. He would receive wages for their work. Collective farms consisted of 50 to 100 families, together farming an average 450 hectares of land. The collective farm was intended to be more efficient than the old individual farms. Also Alexander’s children now receive education with strict methods of discipline. His family received a range of new benefits under Stalin: there was a free health service. But there were few consumer goods, it’s harder to buy equipment in the store.

Was the Russian Revolution worth it?

 I think the Russian Revolution was still worth it. Conditions did improve, after all, most importantly the government and politics. Before the revolution employers could easily replace some troublesome workers who complained: there were always long queues of unemployed people outside their factory gates looking for work. But right now, everyone has a job! Even in America, Europe, Asia and the Far East, a massive economic slump put many millions of people out of work for the duration of the 1930s. Unemployment in the USA reached 13 million in 1933. In the USSR, in contrast, there was no unemployment.

Picture source:

Baidu(百度百科)

The Pale Blue Dot/The Hubble Deep Field?

Claim

The Pale Blue Dot had more of an impact on me.

Evidence

  • The language in the video is more inspiring.
  • The tone feels more professional
  • It gives the audience a mood about our truly existence, and why is our home important.
  • The quality of the pictures is more clear.
  • The language sounds more interesting.

Reasoning

After watching The Pale Blue Dot and The Hubble Deep Field, I believe The Pale Blue Dot had more impact on me, and it’s more interesting to watch. Because the language in this video is more inspiring: the talking of speed, the chosen of words, it attracts our attention.

This is a scientific educational video, information needs to be contained within the quality of entertaining. I’m not a science-video person, but I have to say this video caught my attention from the beginning second.

It also mentioned: everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being, is in that dot. How insignificant we are!

The tone of the speaker feels more professional, it gives the audience a mood about our existence, where we are in the universe, why is our only existence (so far we know) important.

The quality of the picture is more clear, the language objective and the choice of pictures are more interesting. Not like “The Hubble Deep Field”, the tone is boring, the pictures are blurry, topic became less attractive to audience, which means, less inspiring.

Here are some high-quality pictures attached from the video~

This is the link of the video, if anyone is interested to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMjEVG2rrFQ