Tech Project By Gus, Sam, and Josh

Our tech project was about Google Docs, and we taught you how to share and create a document. Making the presentation was filled with difficulties, and as soon as one was solved, another would pop up. Our first problem was figuring out how to film it. I thought that Quicktime Player wouldn’t be the full version, but fortunately I was wrong. The next was making the script. This quickly got finished, but then we realized it wasn’t complete. There wasn’t a beginning or ending. Having three people working on one idea was very hard. I would think of one sentence, while someone else would think of something else to put in at the same time. Right as we finished it, the bell rang ending the period. Josh wouldn’t be to record because he had made it into the state championships for the geographic bee (he did well with 5/8 questions right). I am surprised that Sam actually could read it when we recorded without mentioning his hero, a time traveling snail, in fact, he did very well. With the time ticking away, we went into the two computer labs, only to find them full with French students in study hall. The fifth grade pod was full.  Our last resort was the classroom, which was very loud with the other students screaming as the teacher played their finished projects. We finally finished the project only seconds before the bell rang. We were a little off, but it was still good.

Apollo 13 Summary By Gus

Apollo 13. The unluckiest space flight not on a space shuttle. Three astronauts who are on a spaceship (Aquarius), have a major malfunction on their original, simple, moon flight. About ten minutes after liftoff, an engine bursts, doing nothing, but that will later endanger the astronauts. When Houston (command center) tells one of the astronauts to stir the oxygen tanks, a side panel bursts and all of a sudden the astronauts are losing all their life support. Not only are their life supports gone, but they have hardly any energy and can’t see the Earth. To make matters even worse, one of the astronauts gets very sick, and is too weak to do much. It looked like to me that 13 is truly an unlucky number.

While the astronauts are not only out of energy, the carbon dioxide levels are increasing majorly. Just seconds before blackout, the astronauts create a replacement filter for the one that was destroyed. One thing that I find amazing is that the sick astronaut ripped the bag, so the others had to use a SOCK to fix it. Houston finds a way to get back to Earth by using the moon’s gravity to hurl them back towards Earth. While this works, they encounter ANOTHER challenge. Since the engines were very powerful, the spaceship was hurtling in all different directions. Finally, with three seconds till energy ran out, the pilot managed to get in the exact position.

But this wasn’t easy. Imagine the Earth as a basketball and the Moon as a softball. The spaceship would have to hit a section of the earth no wider than a piece of paper just to get in the atmosphere, and they would have to hit a place on the Earth less than the size of a pinhead (not the real Earth, but the basketball). The final incredible thing is that the spaceship didn’t hit the water until after 2 minutes than the average time. Nobody has reentered that slow ever.



Breaking A World Record By Gus

You may not believe it, but yesterday I broke a record in Guinness 2012. It wasn’t that hard for me, and I broke it on my third attempt. The record I broke? Fastest time to type the alphabet (Guiness record 3.52sec). I beat the former record of 3.52sec and got 2.98sec! If you want proof, I’ll make a video sometime. Hopefully I can submit it to Guinness, and I’ll hold it!

How to Use Comic Life 2 and Skitch (how to use them together) By Gus

I will be telling you how to make a comic on your computer. Yes, you heard me right. A comic made on YOUR computer.

1. Get the Apps; You can get Skitch for free of the App Store, whereas unfortunately Comic Life 2 Costs $29.99 (In dollars, for any foreigners who might be reading this).

2. Open Comic Life 2, and decline the updates and the email window.

3. Chose from a number of templates; once you open up your comic you can also chose the layout of the comic.

4. You can also choose a variety of comic bubbles, like the thought bubble and the angry bubble.

Let’s get to Skitch. Once you download and open Skitch, you will see two links. Push ‘Wipe’, which is on the bottom right of the screen. You can draw anything you want, like a circle, square, and you can choose from an almost infinite amount of colors. Once  you finish your drawing, you can drag it (there is a thing at the bottom of the screen that you can drag it from), after you save it, of course. Then open Comic Life 2 again (in the comic you already started, and you can drag the picture into the comic and voila. If you keep this up you will eventually have a full comic.