so today i have to write about something related to school. i have nothing. in terms of how my subjects are going its OK…. i still have yet to finish my Japanese worksheet package. BUT IM ON THE LAST FEW PAGES. i also have to catch up in terms of math. I’m few units behind were i would like to be. for the ihub reads thing i still have to make my trailer. i have no idea what to do for that. that’s about it for my troubles for being behind. i also recently got some of these USB headsets to work with my computer and i have to say, these definitely beat using earbuds. the one issue i have with them is the fact that the speakers aren’t very loud. welp, i ran out of things to write about so yeah……
Today for a morning activity today we did two activities, one of which was quite interesting. the two activities we did were a card trick and a math problem. for the card trick we were given a deck of cards and told we had to order the cards in such a way that when we placed them down they would be in order from ace to king, buuut we had to take every second card and place it at the bottom of the deck. it was kinda easy at first it. that was until we reached seven cards, then it got hard. once we got to seven cards i just gave up in terms of looking for some hidden pattern and just went for an almost always reliable technique, Reverse Engineering! what i mean is i figured that the last two cards you would have in your hand if you were doing a whole suit would be the king and the queen. because i figured out this important factor, it became easy to reverse they pattern and figure out how to do the trick with a whole suit, and then a whole deck.
(little fact: i figured out how to do the card trick with a whole deck in about 1 minute, and i was first int he class.)
the book I’ve been reading this week is ‘For The Win’ by Cory Doctorow. this book is a fictional story follow a group of teenagers and adults as they go about starting a union for workers in less fortunate parts of the world. This story is well written and follows the story very closely, adding back story and other elements that bring more depth to the characters. the plot in this book was very well connected and brought all the different story paths together, leaving no loose ends. i feel as though this should be read by anyone looking for a nice, compelling read that will bring together many different ideas and put them into a single story.
the way this exercise worked was we were given 6 Popsicle sticks which represented the 3 humans, 2 monkeys and gorilla. we had to get all of them from one side of the desk to the other without letting the number of apes be higher then the number of humans on either side, we could only bring 2 popsicle sticks across at the same time and only the humans and the gorilla can move the boat, meaning that the monkeys couldn’t come back on there own. these rules, combined with the combination of popsicle sticks, refined it down so there became only one way to complete the activity. due to the fact that there was only one way this could be completed it soon became very much a game or trial and error, eventually leading to the completion. the hardest part about this activity was probably the trial nd error itself due to he countless number of dead ends and combinations resulting in failure. the main strategy used by me and evan was to just think of every possible combination that the situation offered and to eliminate the ones that didnt work.
the final combination was: