Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the Science Center

Last Saturday it was the day before my mom's birthday. Most of my mom's family lives down in
San Diego, so we went to celebrate down there. We had a great time with everybody and some great food at a place called Point Loma Seafood. We also had a pie that my grandma made called lemon fluff pie. But the best part was after everybody left. My parents decided to surprise my sister and me by taking us to the Science Center in Balboa Park.

The Science Center is a very large building filled with dozens of hands-on science experiments. It is awesome there. As soon as you enter the first room, the first thing you see is a gigantic piece of fluttering red silk near the ceiling. When I walked in, I found that you can adjust the patterns of the silk by shifting the angle of the wind blowing on it. There was everything from tornados of liquid nitrogen mist to pendulums filled with sand, all illustrating a scientific concept.

One of my favorites was a beach ball suspended in air by a large blower, which could be moved around to move the ball. There was an exhibit where you had to coordinate pushing buttons to operate a pair of mechanical legs pedaling a bike. There were all sorts of optical illusions, and an entire room dedicated to electricity. The best part was that all of it was hands-on. It was a great experience, and you should really go there!

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Friday, November 6, 2009


This is Zora again, and I wanted to talk today about some movies.
Here are a few extremely good ones I would highly recommend:
Firstly, the latest movie I watched is Where the Wild Things Are.
I will speak for myself, I really liked it, but most of my friends hated it. The worst thing about it, I think, was how loud it was in the theater, but what can you do about that? It had anger, so it wasn't one of the always happy movies, and in the end it was a mixed ending, because he's back with his mom, but he misses, and you do, too, the wild things. It is made for older kids, and it's a little intense, but the way I think of it is it would be really bad if the Wild Things didn't show how dangerous they were in the movie. The main character was a really good actor, and you could totally see him in real life running away, because when he's acting like he's mad you actually believe he is, or at least I did. I really liked that movie.

Rabbit Proof Fence is an amazing - based on a true story about 3 Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy, and Gracie who live in Jigalong. They are half and half, their father was a white man and they live with there Aboriginal mother in their tribe in Jigalong, a place in Australia. Then this man sends out people to capture the three girls and take them away to the camp for half cast kids so they can grow up and become servants and have children, and eventually, after many generations, their children would become white, with no trace of Aboriginal. The girls hate the camp, and so they decide to go the 15oo miles back, therefore setting forth into an amazing journey. I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you this: only 2 out of 3 of the girls get back. It is a breath taking movie, and I would highly recommend it.
Well, that's all for Now!
I hope you try the movies.