Post 158: April 29th-May 26th – Final Post

Well, it’s been an interesting school year. I’ve covered a ton of different subjects, from Oceanography to English, to Economics and Game Design, From Algebra to art history. It’s been a wild ride, but all rides must come to an end. I’ve completed my essay/research paper, and it will be at the bottom of this post, along with all sources. Be aware that it is mostly unedited, so things may not flow as well as they might otherwise. But hey, it was fun to write. I’m glad I did the research and learned about this stuff, because while it may not be practical knowledge, it was at least enjoyable knowledge.

 

So, yeah. This was an interesting year, my first and last time doing “proper” home school. I had a lot of control over my own education, and I think it worked out. I do believe that I’m smarter than I was at the start of the year, and have some more perspective on myself before I go to college.

 

This blog was fun, but all good things have to come to an end, right? So to everyone that read this blog, all 3 of you, good luck with your own learning, and I say, Farewell.

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Post 145: April 7th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about vertical migration. Interesting thing, a lot of animals will actually switch between two zones, in order to enjoy the benefits of both. Some animals can manage it better than others however, because of the differences that occur the deeper you go.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about deviance. What I find kind of interesting is that social norms actually make life a lot easier. With social norms, you can expect certain things to happen, like going to the store and buying milk. People also respond to other’s actions through sanctions. There are negative sanctions, like gossip or criminal charges, and positive sanctions, like smiles or formal awards. People like it when others conform to norms.

 

Finally, English. I started working on my paper, and got the order of stuff down. Not much else to say, really.

Post 144: April 6th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about base e and natural logarithms. So, base e is the irrational number 2.71828… , and it pops up often with a certain, rather common expression. The expression is 1(1 + (1/2)n(1), or just 1(1 + (1/2)n. As for natural logarithms, they’re logarithms with base e.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about some of the competition and symbiosis between Japanese and U.S. corporations. Interesting thing, they both tried to adopt traits of the other’s corporate structure. However, because of cultural differences, the adaptions had a lot of issues. For example, laying people off wasn’t really a thing in Japanese culture at the beginning.

 

Finally, English. I finished my research on special effects in film before CGI, and I’ll be beginning my essay shortly. Should be interesting. As for what I learned, turns out some early backgrounds were giant painted glass panels, or if they needed to be animated, they played footage of the background on a screen behind the actors, and filmed both at the same time.

Post 142: April 4th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about common logarithms. Basically, any logarithm with base 10 is a common logarithm. That’s it. That’s a common logarithm. I don’t know what else to say.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about the interaction of technology and workers. With a lot of technology, workers can do stuff at their jobs besides working, and those things can be important. Stuff like scheduling doctor’s appointments, sorting out groceries, and so forth. However, people can use technology to slack off even further, as you do.

There are also concerns with the fact that the internet is forever. Stuff you post online might cost you a job one day.

 

Finally, Programming? Well, everything is done for programming! So we’re doing more English! Interesting thing I learned, different people have different levels of immersion in something. Researchers have found that people have an “absorption trait”, which means that they’re quicker to be drawn in and fascinated by something. Some people also willingly suspend their disbelief, in order to be immersed.

Post 140: March 31st, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about pelagic inhabitants, animals that live in the pelagic division. Interesting thing about them, there are two major groups. Zooplankton and Nekton.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about corporations, and something kind of interesting. A lot of the time, there are self-fulfilling stereotypes. People they expect to succeed are given more work and chances to do so, while people they expect to fail are given less duties and little chance to prove themselves. So only the people they think will succeed can really succeed.

 

Finally, English. I continued with the stuff on the psychology of immersion in video games, and learned that there are 4 big parts to the richness of the experience. First, you’ve got multiple channels of sensory information. For example, a bird flies overhead and makes a noise as it does so. Second, you have completeness of sensory information, which means that there are less gaps for you to stumble over mentally. For example, you see non player characters going through their day to day routine. Next you have cognitively demanding environments, or worlds that demand attention so that you don’t notice flaws.

Finally, you have the game’s story. Like a book, a game’s story can suck you in and make the world more believable and realistic too you, while also tying up mental resources so that you don’t notice flaws.

Post 139: March 30th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about logarithms. They’re complicated. So, in general, the inverse of y = bx is x = by. In x = by, y is called the logarithm of x. Also, it’s usually written as y = logbx, and is read as y equals log base b of x.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about voluntary organizations. Basically, they’re groups where the members join and organize because of a mutual interest. One of the things I find really interesting is that the leadership of such an organization is often a very closed circle. The leaders select the next set specifically, and so on, even when there are supposed “elections” going on.

 

Finally, Programming. I looked at voltage limitations, and as far as I can tell, you need special equipment to figure it out, or in a lot of stuff the maximum voltage will just be listed.

Post 137: March 28th, 2017

First order of business today, Algebra. I learned about exponential functions. So, in an exponential function, the base is a constant and the exponent is a variable. There are also exponential equations, which are equations where the variables occur as exponents.

 

Next up, Programming. I looked at the usage of an LED circuit in some Internet of Things scenarios. For example, you could have a circuit that turns on a light if a signal stops being transmitted. For example, you could have a little, battery powered fan that you want to keep on. If you somehow hooked it up to the internet of things, you could have a light go on if the fan ever goes off.

 

Finally, Sociology. I learned about bureaucracies, and something I find interesting called the Peter Principle. It’s not true in most cases, but it basically states that people in an organization are promoted based on competence. If they do their job well, they are promoted and given a different job. The problem there, however, lies in the idea that they will continue to be promoted until they are incompetent at their job. Thus, leaving an possibly useful worker in a position where they can’t do much.

Post 135: March 16th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about classes of functions. So, some of the different kinds of special functions I’ve been studying are constant functions, direct variation functions, identity function, greatest integer functions, absolute value functions, quadratic functions, square root functions, rational functions, and inverse variation functions.

It’s a big list.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about the rationalization of society. Basically, how society evolved to it’s present state, and it actually looked at it from an economic perspective. With the rise of capitalism, a lot of changes came along with it. People are hired to do work, production relationships are based on contracts, and so on. Karl Marx noticed that traditional business practices were gotten rid of in favor of rational, capitalist ideas.

 

Finally, Programming. I looked at one of the career and technical student organizations at Georgia College, the Association for Information Systems, or AIS. They actually do some cool stuff, like get students more up to date with the ability to use some tech, and meet with recruiters for jobs and such.

 

And now, a little notice. There won’t be any new posts tomorrow, or next week. I will return the following week however. That is all.

Post 133: March 14th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about direct, joint, and inverse variation. Kind of interesting stuff, here’s a summary;

A direct variation can be expressed in the form y=kx, where the k is a constant, called the constant of variation. Y varies directly as x if there is some nonzero constant k, such that y=kx.

Joint and inverse variation are similar. In joint variation, y varies jointly as x and z if there is some number k such that y=kxz, where k, x, and z are not 0. For inverse variation, y varies inversely as x if there is some nonzero constant k such that xy = k, or y = k/x.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about groupthink, which is basically the principle that in a group, people tend to present themselves as thinking alike with the rest of the group, in order to avoid conflict. It can have really bad consequences, like the widespread belief that the United States could never be attacked at Pearl Harbor.

 

Finally, Programming. I learned about Zigbee. It’s a technical standard for wireless communication, mainly used for small scale projects. Fun fact, the name is actually based on the waggle dances of honey bees. I just find that interesting.

Post 131: March 10th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I finished with the big lesson on intertidal communities, finally. I learned something interesting about oil spills, that in some cases, when cleaning up beaches some methods can be more harmful than other methods, with plants and animals taking a longer time to recover.

 

Next up, English. I learned about ultimate reality in Islam. Basically, Allah is presented as an eternal being, transcendent and almighty. Something kind of interesting is that the triune God of Christianity is considered a heresy, as in Islam Allah is a singular being, no questions.

 

Finally, Sociology. I learned about how groups can affect people’s behavior. Experiments have been done, that when a group agrees on a false conclusion, an individual can change the responses they would give in order to match the group’s consensus. A third of the people in the experiment’s original run gave incorrect answers that matched the group half the time.