Post 9: August 19th, 2016

And so, we cap off another week! Today’s first matter of business was rather unconventional, for it was… the DMV!

*scare chord*

I don’t drive yet, but I do need some ID. Spent a lot of time there, and it was mostly doing nothing. So, here’s what I learned from the DMV.

A: Getting identification is difficult.

B: It costs money, and different things might be needed. Like taking a driving test, or in my case, having a parent with a license to sign so that I could get one.

C: Bring some supplies, you might be there a while. Entertainment, a phone maybe, water bottle, rations… heck, maybe a tent. You never know.

 

Secondarily, Art History! Everyone’s favorite, and I’ve looked at some of the techniques and materials used for stuff. First up, pottery and sculpture.

Pottery can be summarized as such:

Glass making: Dangerous, but cool! Well, not literally aside from the last step of the process, you have to make glass really hot for it…

Greek vases: Not so dangerous, but dirty. Shaping clay with your hands, working with it to get it into different shapes, adding on bent clay for handles, lots of fun stuff.

Mosaics: Expensive, like, really expensive depending on the materials, but cool looking. Seriously, some of them look amazing. And depending on the materials, you can walk on them too!

 

While Sculpture can be summarized like so:

Jade: Looks good, a classic, can be done with older and newer tools. Bow or dentist drill, take your pick.

Marble: Difficult to work with, a long project, but it can look good if you do it right!

Bronze Casting: Very, very dangerous if done improperly. You basically make a figure, cover it in wax, make a series of tubes around it, make a really, really big mold, melt the wax out, and then poor molten bronze into the mold and if you did it right, it doesn’t explode!

If you did it wrong, well, have fun starting over from page one.

If you’re able to.

 

Next up, Oceanography!

Finished part two of the course, and did the test. 90%, just got one question wrong, happy with that score. So, what did I learn from this part of the course?

A: Antarctica gets a lot bigger when it gets colder, because it gets a lot of ice.

B: Iron is important in the ocean. Iron is an essential part of an essential ocean diet. If you are a giant mass of salt water, consume lots of iron.

C: Oceanographers use a lot of technology. Like, a lot. Measure wind, temperature, everything. Almost everything.

D: Earth influences the ocean a lot. Like how the shape of your cup affects how water rests and moves around in it. You break your cup, and the water goes everywhere. Like how when there’s an earthquake, and water from the ocean becomes not in the ocean.

Normally, people are not appreciative of either thing happening.

Also, found out about this amazing little creature today!

IT’S SO CUTE I LOVE IT.

Looks a little angry too… maybe because it’s not a real squid, being more closely related to cuttlefish. Look them up, they’re weird looking.

 

Anyways, last thing of the day, Sociology. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Language is really, really important and is what lets us communicate in terms of time. With gestures that aren’t really a language, how do you represent something a week from now? Likewise, how do you talk about something that happened in the past?

Also, gestures can be unreliable with other cultures. Try to nod your head, and you say no. Flip somebody off, they’re just confused.

Also, other cultures have different dietary habits, such as monkey brains occasionally.

No thank you, I think I’ll just stick to cheeseburgers.

Author: Carl Hall

Brick and mortar school, cyber school, and now home school

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