Category: Technology

Discover The Future – My Edublogs Award Nomination

Today, I am going to nominate a great blog for the Edublogs awards as the best blog. I would like to nominate Discover The Future as the best blog of 2014. I would like to nominate this blog because the author, a 9th grade student named Andrea, writes extremely in-depth and exemplary posts, (she writes about all kinds of scientific phenomenons related to all kinds of different fields of science) she replies to almost all of her comments, and also is very enthusiastic to anyone who needs her help. She really deserves to be nominated for an Edublogs award.

Her blog not only incorporates all kinds of scientific discoveries, she also makes them very interesting, and keeps her readers hooked by asking questions and using various writing strategies, almost all of her posts include some form of media, like pictures and links, and she almost always gives credit.

Replying to people’s comments is a great way to gain recognition in the blogging community, and Andrea does it almost all the time. I think that it is really an important part of blogging.

Anyways, I think that Andrea’s blog really deserves to win an Edublogs Award.


Bottle Or Tap? – The Story of Drinking Water

Do you drink bottled water? Or do you drink water right from the tap? Sometimes, countries do not have clean water coming from the tap, but most countries do. So why do people still drink bottled water in the USA? And why are people scared of drinking tap water even though it has been proven to be safe to drink? And how exactly is bottled water made and recycled or dumped? We’ll take a closer look now.

Photo Credit: Musician’s Muse Via Wikimedia Commons

I first got interested in bottled water VS tap water when I watched a video on youtube called “The Story Of Bottled Water”. It showed that bottled water isn’t always as clean as it claims to be, how the bottles themselves are created and other main points that water companies don’t tell you! Large companies make us buy bottled water by doing two things, scaring us and seducing us. On the Aquafina logo, there is a picture of the sun and large mountains, but guess where aquafina’s water comes from? The same place tap water does! But the cost can be up to 1,000 times more! That is how these large companies seduce us into buying their products. They also scare us, by saying that tap water is unclean, or showing us “tests” in commercials. Which are sometimes completely false. Also, did you know the Americans produce 1 billion bottles of water a day? And you finish 1 within 2 minutes? Is such a waste of bottles necessary?

Another reason tap water is much better than bottled water is because bottled water just might not be as safe! From this article on the Daily Mail, I learned that bottled water doesn’t go through as many tests as tap water does. So your very own tap water that you are scared to drink, might be healthier than the expensive bottled water you buy! This was actually proved in a study by people in Cleveland after a water company publicly stated “At least it’s not Cleveland’s tap water!”.

Photo Credit: Eubulides Via Wikimedia Commons

So where do the bottles themselves come from? From this post on WiseGeek, you can see that plastic bottles come from fossil fuels, which are a non-renewable material, and the plastic that it creates, can never decompose when it is put in a landfill! So think about how the bottles themselves are made, not very Eco-friendly huh? So say that you recycle them, what do you expect? That they be turned into plastic bottles again? WRONG! In the US, they get taken to India, where they are turned into smaller parts to be dumped into another landfill. And in Hong Kong, it gets turned into bricks to build more buildings and destroy more animal habitats!

Photo Credit: Ranveig Via Wikimedia Commons

Some people say that bottled water is cleaner, but that is just how it looks on the outside. Companies decorate their bottles to make them look nice, but is a beautiful bottle that you’ll drink out of for 2 minutes worth all that trouble to the environment? Companies buy land to drill oil and take water from, which highly impacts the living standards of various animals and plants. The life quality of animals is terribly changed in those areas.

We have to act now to make our world a better place! If we stop drinking bottled water, factories will stop creating them and emitting poisonous gasses that create air pollution and acid rain which causes water pollution, and if we stop the factories, will there be any more people drilling for oil and disturbing the animals’ way of life? No! Let’s work together to make this world a better place, and we can start by saving money to drink tap water! It’s a win-win situation! People have to stop drinking bottled water if we want various issues to start to stop! Even one person can make a difference.

So, if you don’t trust we now, this article from The Good Human will probably convince you to. Because we have to stop bottled water. Just by refusing to drink bottled water for a day, you save some fossil fuels, and if everyone stops for a day, you would have saved enough oil to power a million cars. So think about it. Just think.

Going To School

Today, I created a slideshow of pictures of people going to school from all over the world! I found most of the pictures via wikimedia commons but one is from Flikr. Since this is my first time experimenting with iPhoto, this might be slightly sloppy, so please don’t comment that it “sucked” or was “horrible” because this is my first shot. You can feel free to share your opinion about the slideshow or the music, but still follow the guidelines that I told you all about!
Click This To Get To The Slideshow! (Please Note That It Repeats Again And Again)
Photo Credits (In No Particular Order)
School Kids Going To School – Abik Through Wikimedia Commons
Zip-Lining – Magnus Manske (File Upload Bot) Through Wikimedia Commons
Going To School – Upload Bot Through Wikimedia Commons
Going To School – Christina August Through Flikr
Thai Kids Going To School – Exephyo Through Wikimedia Commons
Cable Car – Leonardolo Through Wikimedia Commons
Village Children Going To School – Foreign User Through Wikimedia Commons
New Zealand Going To School – Jorgeroyan Through Wikimedia Commons
School Rickshaw – SID Through Wikimedia Commons
Students About To Board The Bus – PRA Through Wikimedia Commons

Browsing Blogs

Today, I’ve been browsing online from the Edublogs Student Challenge student list for blogs to view and comment on. I only went through the “one, two, three” process 3 times. The “one, two, three” process is a process in which someone clicks a link from the challenge list, visits a blog on their Blogroll, and then visit a blog on their Blogroll! I did comment on some other blogs though!

The First Time
I started out by clicking on Chessa’s Silver Lining, and clicked on Adrielle’s Blog which was on her New Blogs Blogroll! On Adrielle’s Blog, I couldn’t find any blogs on her Blogroll, but I found a link to Hannah R.’s Blog on one of her posts. I commented on Hannah’s post about experiences!

The Second Time
This time, I tried going to Kendall’s Kreative Blog, and I clicked on one of his class blogs, Daisy’s Delightful Blog! Daisy had no Blogroll so I commented on her post about California! I found the post very interesting and I probably will revisit this blog because it is very cheerful and her posts are quite well-written!

The Third Time
Finally, I started on David’s Writing Depository, and then access his class blog called Mrs. Abney’s Class Blog. And I clicked on one of her fourth period blogs: Aiden’s Abnormal Blog! I commented on his post about his interests!

Anyways, that’s it for this post! See y’all next time!

New Theme

Hi everyone! I just wanted to tell you guys that because of issues with the magazino theme not showing some of my posts, I’ve changed my theme. I really like my new one and I hop you guys do too! If you don’t feel free to tell me in the comments.