Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Taoism

Taoism is a religion common in China. It was founded by Lao Tzu around 600 B.C.

Taoism focus on the way the life should be lived. It says that one should become one with the Tao (The universal force), by observing and trying to be like nature.

Lao Tzu believed that the strive for glory was what caused suffering. He thought we should just let life play out the way it naturally would. He wanted people to focus on our own path, which he thought was completely different for everyone.

Lao Tzu also preached that we should accept both the good and the bad in life. Also known as the Yin and Yang. This way we could be balanced in life.

Lao Tzu was a brilliant man, who preached on what he thought was the source of happiness.

How to Play Goalie in Soccer

How to Play Goalie in Soccer


Playing the goalie position in soccer, is easily the hardest position in the game to play. Knowing when to attack, swat, or save, is hard by itself. Actually doing it is even harder. 

Here are four ways you can be a successful goalie. 





1. Attack the ball

One of the most important jobs of a goalie is to clear the ball. You do this by getting your hands on it, so you can punt or throw the ball where you please. The easiest way to get the ball is to attack it. 

If the ball enters to box, go up and grab it. The other players are not allowed to touch you, so you have a freebie if you will take it. The only concern is that if you come out of the keeper position to attack, you HAVE to get the ball. If you don't, the other team has an open net to shoot on. 

2. Know your Teammates

The biggest disappointment in soccer is when you pass to someone in front of the goal, have them turn the ball over, and give the other team a free goal.

If none of your defenders can control the ball, just kick as far up field as you can. Do not even bother trying to give an accurate pass. This will limit turnovers in the defensive part of the field. 

3. Be a leader

The goalie does not only protect the goal, they are also in charge of the defense. Often times, defenders are in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Letting them know this, can be crucial to a games outcome. On a fast break, your defense should challenge the ball. 

This closes the passing lanes on the other side of the field, as the players would be offside. There is almost always one player, who is to far back, which opens up the passing lanes for a shot on goal. Recognizing this can be save a game for your team. Simply tell the person to push up. 

4. Pick a side

The scariest part of soccer, is standing in front of a net on a penalty kick. A lot of goalies will try to watch the ball, then freeze as the try to find it, and then... watch the ball sail through the net. 

The best way to give yourself a chance to make the save, is to dive to one side and hope the shooter kicks it in your direction. Even if the ball sails through the net, do not feel down. If the shooter can hit side net, there is almost nothing the goalie can do to make a save. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to Swim Butterfly


I happen to do a lot of competitive swimming. I practice 6 days a week, 2-4 hours a day. As one might expect, swimming butterfly might be pretty important. I learned a lot about how I could improve my stroke from this video, and make it so I do not die every time we have a "Fly" day.

The first thing that I learned applies to the kick of the Butterfly stroke.

If you notice, the swimmer uses a relatively straight leg while kicking and keeps his legs low in the water. When I swim, I do the exact opposite, bent legs and and high in the water. I do this in order to keep my body flat which reduces the amount of energy used. However, for a race, this is not appropriate, as my style is slightly slower because not as much power is used. Straight legs allow you to use your kick in order to support your body and throw yourself out of the water.

The next thing that I learned applies to the pull of the Butterfly stroke.

If you look carefully, you notice that the swimmer uses a bent wrist, and pushes down with his forearm in order to move in the water. This is efficient because not only does this push the water away and off your body, it propels you through the water. I pull inward and with a straight wrist until I meet the middle of my stomach. This is not efficient because my face slightly bends upwards which makes me sink, and lets the water push against my face which can take .4 to 1 second off my time. This is a lot in swimming.

The final thing I learned applies to the recovery and breathing method in butterfly

The first thing applies to the direction the swimmers hands are facing when the come out of the water. The face downwards as so to begin the pull phase as soon as they hit the water. My hands are straight, and swing out ward, which uses more energy and makes it harder to swim. The second thing applies to the head position the swimmer uses when he is breathing. If you look closely, you can see that his head does not move or turn as it comes out of the water. My head perks up which slows down my speed as the water pushes against my face as I reenter the water.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Ecosystems Test

What is an Ecosystem?

Today in Science, I passed an Ecosystems Test

 The score that I earned on my Ecosystems Test was a 95, I am actually a little disappointed in this grade because it drops my previously perfect 100 in Science. But I am still proud on my A that I earned on this
Test.

Ecosystems are like small communities for plants and animals.

 They are filled with different spices and wonders. My favorite Ecosystems are found in the Ocean, this is probably because my favorite animal is a Shark.

In an Ocean Ecosystem, the producers are small algae or seaweed that is eaten by plankton or small fish. The small fish are eaten by bigger fish which are eaten by other birds or even bigger fish. This linking of plants and animals is called a food web or food chain.

We also learned about Photosynthesis, as it is the start of energy in a food chain and is really important to understand. Photosynthesis, is the process of which the leaves on a plant make their own food. They take in water through their roots and carbon dioxide in through the Stomata, which are small holes on the bottom of the leaves.

 When these to things are mixed with Sunlight, plants create a glucose molecule, which they use for energy.

Two bi products of Photosynthesis are oxygen and water, they are the leftovers of photosynthesis, the release these two things for transpiration, which is the process that plants use to pull water up to their leaves. Water has a property that allows it to stick to other water molecules, this means that when water is pushed out of the leaves, it pulls up some of the water in the stem up to the leaves.

We use the leftover oxygen that is dispelled, in cellular respiration, which is the process we use to make energy. When we eat plants, we take in all the glucose that has been stored and it goes into our cells. We use oxygen that we breathe in order to break apart glucose which creates energy.

After this Test I decided I needed to study more on the topics that are going to be graded. I want to be better at school and learning. Now I am going to study more for tests that I value.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Authors Purpose

Authors Purpose

Persuade, Inform, Entertain

Today in Language Arts Class, we learned about how to find an authors purpose for writing.

Most writers write in order to persuade, inform, and entertain.

When an authors purpose is to inform, he will only give facts, no opinion and less excitement will be in the piece.

When an authors goal it to persuade, he will use very descriptive words.

If they want to entertain, he will likely write a fiction story with action or suspense.

Black Death

The Black Death/Bubonic Plague 

Millions Dead

The Black Death was a deadly plague that rocked through Asia and Most of Europe in the middle ages. 

Living in a time before medicine, plague doctors would be so desperate as too give their patients poison, so they die quickly. 

Huge purple, and black bumps the size of apples, grew in the armpits and groin. When a person saw these signs, they were almost certain to die. 

People were so afraid of falling ill, that they would abandon their own family and leave them to die alone. 

The disease killed anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of Europe's population at the time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Woods Runner Project

Language Arts Historical Fiction Project

Character

In Language Arts Class, we have to read a historical fiction book and do a slideshow on it. Today, we focused on studying our characters. 

The Main Character so far in my book, is named Samuel. Samuel is a thirteen year old boy who lives with his parents on a settlement near northern Virginia. 

Samuel thrives on the woods near his cabin and learns to hunt exceedingly well, sometimes killing ten to fifteen deer a day. 

This causes Samuel to be very observant, as he must notice everything in order to find a kill every day. He is very smart too. 

When his settlement is attacked, he shows bravery by going to save his parents. Although, he is a bit reckless too. By the end of the book, I expect Samuel to become the protector for his family, and join the war effort.