A friend’s blog

I’m doing this audit for my friend: http://tmai2016.edublogs.org/

What were your first impressions of this blog?
– The first thing I noticed was that this blog’s theme is like my old friend Mithi’s! (Sorry, Truong, but that’s the truth) I noticed that it doesn’t have a background, so it’s not as distracting as mine.

What captured your attention?
– Ahh, definitely the similar theme to Mithi’s. I like that theme, since it’s an animal and it’s blue. I also like the content of the posts. I think they’re very interesting to read. I like the sense of humor, too, since I think everybody needs to read funny posts once in a while.

What distracted you on the blog?
– Nothing. Nothing at all. No distracting theme, no distracting background, no distracting music. Very good way of keeping the readers focused on the posts instead of some crazy moving background.

What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?
– I’d love more pictures, and maybe a background to reflect your interests. Also, I think you should include more posts about what you like. But overall, it’s pretty good.

My own blog audit

This audit is, you guessed it, part of the Student blogging challenge.

How many posts did you write? How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
– Counting this post, I wrote 19 posts in this challenge. Over both challenges that I have participated in, I have posted 59 (including this one) posts. Last time, I posted about both the challenge and my interests. This time, I only posted about the challenge. I think it’s because i’m losing what little interest I have in blogging.

How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
– This challenge, I didn’t receive as many comments as last time. I think it’s because my posts this time are more boring than the last time. There are 10 comments in total, and one pingback/trackback.

Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
– The post that had the most comments this challenge is the “my avatar” post. But then, the posts were from my fellow schoolmates, so I don’t think there was anything special about it. A few other posts got 1 comment.

Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
– Eh. I didn’t enjoy writing posts much. I did enjoy writing the posts about the animals last year, but I have to admit that this challenge was kind of boring.

Did you change blog themes at all and why?
– No, I didn’ change my blog theme. It’s still the fish header. However, I did make a very distracting background of a person eating cereal and a cat jumping up and down the table. Hehehe.

How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
– I do not have any widgets. My blog is not a pro blog so I cannot put widgets on. But then the widgets would be even more distracting.

How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?
-Err… three? From last year or something. I didn’t add any new overseas blogs.

The Game

The Game is on!

First, I visited Junior’s blog. You’ll find that there are some very interesting poems and stories on Junior’s blog.

Next was Peyton’s blog. This blog is mostly about sports (baseball), so I’ll have to say I didn’t get many of the posts. Maybe he felt the same way about my posts.

I visited Alex’s blog too. I commented on the post about what he did in the break, and it’s still waiting for moderation.

Then I came to Jack’s blog. There is a wide range of posts here. I commented on the Persian war post.

Amy’s blog has many pretty pictures. That’s what I like most about blogs – pictures. Unfortunately, I don’t think I added enough pictures for my own blog.

Chance has some really long posts. They’re quite worth the while if you have enough time to read them.

Next, I visited Emily. I like her posts because of the pictures and also the content. The posts are interesting to read because many are about science. I love science!

The penultimate blog I came across was Krystal’s. I commented on the “Should school uniforms be worn at school?” post. This blog also has posts about many different things.

There aren’t so many posts on Rylie’s blog, but I did comment on her Spring break post.

Whew! That’s it, folks! Nine blogs from nine different schools (hopefully). Well, I think this was really tiring, but fun at the same time because I get to know people’s opinions on things.

Digital Footprint

Post for the Student Blogging Challenge.

I can’t remember the number of websites I’ve joined and maybe quit. I have emails, of course, perhaps even multiple accounts on different mail servers. I have accounts to play games like Howrse, Foopets (which I quit after they made the users pay to continue playing), and PB. I did have a Facebook account once, but I deactivated it. I really haven’t gone on it a lot before deactivation. For these sites, most of the time, I only put whatever information is required for me to create an account, since I don’t feel too comfortable putting personal information on the internet (One of the reasons why I decided to quit Facebook – What’s the point of Facebook if you don’t share stuff? And no, even the games aren’t enough to keep me interested.) What I usually give is my birthdate, but probably not the year, I usually say 1995 or 1990 or something. I also give my email address and sometimes my name. However, usually, I use a false name.
I searched my name up on the internet. Guess what? Not a single result about me! Not even when I use my nickname! Well, unless you count my internet usernames, which are the same for most of the accounts I use. I guess I leave a pretty small digital footprint compare to most of my friends (many of them have Facebook, FYI). I am pretty safe from anyone who wants to stalk me then…

Life Lesson

This post is a response to the Student Blogging Challenge of week 8. Last week our school had a day with ICT off, and the other day, we didn’t have internet, so I’m a week behind. I’ll catch up!

I learnt not to procrastinate by myself. I, like most kids these days, love to play computer games, and if you’re a gamer, you’d know how fast the time passes if you play an interesting game. So on one schoolday, I was playing an FPS game. I told myself that I would keep track of the time and I would stop after 10 minutes, but… whoosh! An hour passed by… then two hours… it was late before I stopped playing. Since I didn’t have any more time to do my homework, I just went to sleep.
The next day, I was horrified to find out that some of the homework was due that day. I had to rush to finish my homework in time for the class. Sure enough, I made mistakes in the work I did, and got a pretty bad grade. After that day, I learnt that I should not ever procrastinate if I want to get good results, which is what my parents expect of me, and probably my boss, too, when I get work.

All those creative stuff you can do…

Student Blogging Challenge post again. Kinda boring, isn’t it?

Ah, well, today, I will write about a few of the websites in Challenge number 7.

I really liked thisissand.com. That’s a website where you can choose the color of the sand you want to work with, and start piling it onto the bottom of the screen. Since I’m not exactly a very creative person, I decided to create a mountain with the colors of the rainbow. Yeah, I know, the colors don’t have that smooth blend between them like a real rainbow does, but it was fun. I did make a few other things but I failed at all of them XD.

I made this rainbow mountain thing. I wish I knew how to blend the colors of the sand.

A game I tried out was Huje Tower. For this game, you are supposed to take those little blob things (I believe they are bacteria) and stack them up so they form a tower that doesn’t fall and reaches a certain height (or reach the sky, as the intro says). There is also a wind factor, which can topple the tower you’re building. The first few levels of this game aren’t so challenging, but later it gets really hard. This is a game where you need to use both your logical and creative sides to complete. This is what I built for one of the levels:

Tower I built for level 4 (I think)

Aside from that, I also visited a few other art/problem solving sites. The last site I visited was Edheads. There are a few things that you can try on there, like replacing a hip or creating a phone design for senior citizens. It takes quite a while to load though.

So those are the things that I did for this week’s Activity 1. Comment on what you did and what you enjoyed most. Thank you.

Creative Commons for my blog

This answers a question from the Student Blogging Challenge.

I don’t really think I need to have a creative commons for my blog. Most of the people who visit my blog are my schoolmates. Some of the visits were from other students and people from the challenge, and only a very small number were not in the challenge at all. I do not think that there is anything I would need to protect with a Creative Common. It’s not very likely that someone would use something from my blog for dark purposes or anything… or will they?

My Spring Break

This is a post for Week 5 of the Student Blogging Challenge. The order of the posts is pretty messed up, I know.

The objective of week 5 is to teach us about Creative Commons and how to cite pictures with CC. One of the activities is to talk about the spring break.

In the spring break, I stayed home most of the time. I’d wake up each morning at around 9:30 every day. After helping my mom with the house chores, I would get some free times. Usually I would play games on my computer, but in this break, I got a pretty neat jigsaw puzzle. It’s a glow-in-the-dark puzzle of a cheetah at night. It looks very pretty, and since it has nearly 1000 pieces, it’s also very challenging. I love challenges!


Image: ‘Scattered puzzle pieces next to solved fragment’
http://www.flickr.com/ photos/10361931@N06/4273913228
Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Questions about work

Yep. You guessed it. It’s another Student Blogging Challenge post.

In the post of the activities for week 6, there are a few questions that I’d like to answer for one of the activities.

What type of work do you want to do once you leave school?
I think I’d want to be a marine biologist. Maybe a cetologist.

Is work always enjoyable?
There always has to be a part of work that you don’t like (not necessarily hate, but just don’t like as much as the other parts). So, no, work is not ALWAYS enjoyable, but it can be enjoyable most of the time.

– What would be the best work or dream job you could possibly think of doing?
If you’re asking for a realistic one, marine biologist will do. Being a vet would be fine, too. However, if you want me to be more… imaginative, maybe I’d like to be a unicorn foaling attendant/breeder (not that there really are any unicorns).

– Do you have to be paid for work?
That’s what work is about, isn’t it? Getting paid and doing what you like to do. Those are the two main reasons why people get jobs.

How is work at school different to work out of school?
The only difference that I can think of is that you don’t get to have the same holidays as people who work at school (like teachers and TAs).

Work A-Z

This post is for the Student Challenge. Since I don’t really feel like making a poster right now, I’ll write post about this.

Jail guard
X-ray doctor
Yacht sailor