“Lego Cube Solver”:http://jpbrown.i8.com/cubesolver.html. Alex and Calvin got a Rubik cube, now there’s a way to build a Lego solver of the Rubik cube. HOw amazing.
“Rubik’s Cube”:http://www.rubikscube.com/cubesolutionother.html. Here’s a cornucopia of solutions. Good to learn.
Both Alex and Calvin are fascinated by the Mars missions. Here are some amazing web sites:
* “Mars Exploration Rover Mission”:http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/. The official site. Some cool videos and images. Lots to explore.
* Maestro Headquarters. Wow, you can look at the imaging applications they are using at the JPL to piece together all those photos they are taking into a 3-D world. Cool visualization application that’s a Java application you can download and try.
* “Panoramic Views”:http://athena.cornell.edu/the_mission/ins_pancam.html. Amazing, you can do a 360 degree view around.
Alex and Calvin are working on understanding those strange plasma balls you see in science experiments. Here are some links:
PLASMA BALLS. You can buy one.
“History”:http://www.eng.utah.edu/~kier/history.html. History of the plasma ball. It’s actually a kind of Tesla Coil. Didn’t know that. So on to this fellow Nikola Tesla. Amongst other things, Marconi (I though he invented radio) actually had his patents invalidated and Tesla is the true inventor of wireless and radio.
“Theory”:http://www.eng.utah.edu/~kier/theory.html. The theory on how it works. It’s actually kind of complicated.
“Nikola Tesla”:http://www.neuronet.pitt.edu/~bogdan/tesla/. A basic bio on Nikola Tesla. He was Serbian.
“Nicola Tesla”:http://ohoh.essortment.com/nicolateslaalt_rvmk.htm. Most readable short biography.
“Nasa on Plasma Balls”:http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast07sep99_1.htm
_This is Peta-Jane, Alex’s teacher, favorite poem. Amazing that he could do a Haiku, but not surprising given how mathematical it is, you know, 5 syllable, then 7 then 5_
Fishy in a tank
Swimming in the water blue
Swaying in the weeds
My fish in a tank
On a hill top green and gray
On a windows edge
Albert Einstein Online and “Stephen Hawking”:http://www.hawking.org.uk/home/hindex.html. Now Alex wants to be a physicist having read about both Albert Einstein and also Stephen Hawking.
I told Alex that I wanted to _Albert Einstein_ when I was little. Since Alex is really 50 years old in terms of wisdom, he said to me, “Dad, you can’t be Albert Einstein, you should just be Richard Tong.”
Enough said. He’s right.
And then of course, there is the funny turns of phrase he’s learned…my favorite and he looks at two asparagus on top of his favorite food, mashed potatoes:
Dad, could you please move Mr. and Mrs. Asparagus please?
Alex is learning poetry. Here are some of his latest. First is a kind of neat form:
Busy helping caring
Makes me very challenged
I had not heard of this form before, but it has the first and last line are the name of the person.
The second line are two adjectives describing the person. Then third line are three things she does. Finally fourth line is what she does for you. Kind of neat huh?
Alex is working on his class project. He gets to pick an architect. He’d wants to remember certain links. He’s a google junkie. Here they are so Dad doesn’t forget them.
Continue reading “Alex’s Architect Project”
Here was his latest poem on Winterlude in 2001. They love to do these kind of anagram things
*W* interlude is fun
*I* love winterlude
*N* othing is better
*T* errific skiing
*E* xtra glad
*R* ope tow
*L* ike skiing
*U* pstairs at lunch
*D* rive on a bus and play chess on the bus
*E* at hot chocolate at lunch