William Hoare My USA TRIP 2017




Today as I am writing this I am currently waiting for my flight to arrive, it will probably be a touch late because it had to switch from Gate 8 to Gate 9. Not much as really happened here at the airport except me briefly choking on a small cookie. While earlier today we woke up at 5:00 am and we were in such a big rush, it was absolutely unbeleiveable how busy we were. And you wouldn’t believe it, the person who drove us there was {DRUM ROLL PLEASE} Chris from fencing. I wouldn’t be surprised if only a few of you know who I am talking about.

I don’t think that much will happen on the plane trip, [seeing as nothing really does] except for me vomiting and getting sick seeing as that is what I always seem to do. It is also currently 10:00 am even though the flight leaves at 11:30 am so we still have quite a while. To be honest we have been waiting quite a long time since we arrived here at 8:00 am. I wonder if I will come back with a American accent.



I felt so sick the last 2 hours of the trip my body could barely handle it. By lunch time today I was starving since I hadn’t eaten anything since lunch time yesterday. During the night I could barely get any sleep on the plane, but I did have a slight nap when we got back to our hotel for 2 hours with my family. It was just because of the jetlag, and also because I was feeling sick. We were supposed to spend the day at the Griffiths Observertary, but since like I said there was just too much jetlag. So what we did instead was we just chilled the whole day and went to the shops. Santa Monica Pier – fresh air and the beach. Lunch at the Sharknado Bar on the end of the Pier.



We spent around 4 to 5 hours on the plane going to New Orleans. We chose to go on American Airlines. It wasn’t the best airline, mostly because all they did was just give us a bottle of water and a bag of pretzels for service. They didn’t even give us headphones to listen to our movies, luckily for my mum she has a liking for international movies, you know the ones with subtitles. The person sitting next to my dad had just gotten back from California. The reason he went to California was because since it is legal to smoke weed there that’s all he did there, he also slept on the beach and skateboarded some bits here and there, but he mostly smoked weed. My dad so the guy easily smelled like he had been sleeping on the beach for just a week and smoking weed. When we went out for dinner we were going to eat at a diner open from the 1930’s “Mother’s” something and still serving traditionally since then- hmm not sure about beans and fried things on jetlag. My dad saw a police officer having a friendly chat with someone outside Mothers [the name of the diner which we didn’t go to] so when my dad asked them, the guy turned around and on his shirt it said Mothers on it. What my dad asked them was where was a nice place to get a steak. So the guy with the Mothers shirt could clearly see [since he was standing near the entrance and exit area] that we didn’t want to go to his restaurant. So all he said was go to either one of two places, but tell them that Mothers sent you. So we did we went to a nice place called Chophouse we me and my brother had a 12 ounce steak that was split between us and neither one of us could finish it. The manager there said that we shouldn’t worry about the way we were to the manager of Mothers, apparently the two business are friends and much more in the area, and apparently all the businesses share customers parking spaces. Sometimes they even borrow bread and butter from each other. The manager also gave us a list of some nice jazz areas that hopefully we can fulfill in two days.



First impression of New Orleans – It’s hot. Like a sauna. well over 30 degrees and extremely humid. Today we were on a CitySightseeing bus tour of New Orleans. The tour guides name was Charles, the way I know that is because every time someone would leave or come in, he would say ‘I am Charles [and the driver is Romanolsh?] and don’t forget to mention us in that glowing Trip Advisor review’ or something like ‘If you can’t tip you can TRIP’ turns out Hulk Hogan once went to a place we saw on the tour called the ‘Super Dome’ [he was there because of the WWE]. So Hulk Hogan said ‘It sure is nice at the SILVER DOME’. We also went to the national WWII museum. I must say it so immersive and realistic. The way it showed the information was, truly revolutionary. And you wouldn’t believe what played a major part in WWII, the Higgin’s Boat. The Higgin’s Boat is a half steel half wooden boat designed by a Irish man who drank whisky like there was no tomorrow [that’s actually what it said in his biography]. I=The boat was instrumental in D Day and WW2.



This morning was quite interesting to say the least. There were two people at the breakfast restaurant at the hotel. So these two people worked there, and there was this lady that shouted ‘Stop stop!!’ or something like that. Then one of the tripped over a barrel of coffee beans, spilling the contents all over the floor. Then one of the gang members started to grab the barrel and bash the employee over the head with it. Then one of them held the other to the ground and started to beat him up. Then one of the other gang members grabbed a chair and started to beat the employee up. By the way did I forget to mention we were sitting right next to were it all happened. And there was one of the people my dad had met recently, body slammed one of the gang members down to the ground. But in the first 10 seconds of the fight I just got the hell of there. The rest after that was kind of a blur.  We went to the New Orlean Museum of Modern art, Mum really enjoyed the sculpture garden. Then we got an Uber drive to the Garden District. Lots of ornate houses. Later that day we also saw some kind of rally – it might have been a Nazi rally down French street. People had their faces civered, I also tried to get the hell out of there as well. The restaurant we were in for dinner had some really nice burgers that were really filling. We also went to a nice hot dog restaurant called Dat Dogs, there I had the Dat Burger which was so delicious. The café the fight happened at was PJ’s at the Double Tree hotel. There seems to be lot of unrest. Confederate sculptures have been taken down recently in New Orleans

Term 2 Reflection!

Wow the entire term went by so quickly I almost can’t believe it’s the end of the term. Some of the highlights this term are definitely TED Story clips, Travel Journals and also the Passion Projects. My Passion Project was a machine in Minecraft, you could play games with it and also have a conversation with it. The only downside is that it only had three buttons you could press: Yes, Maybe and No. A small downside of the term would probably be that when I was checking my Minecraft project last minute to make sure everything worked, I noticed a small glitch in the system so I just found a way around, although it would have been nice if I could have fixed it. Some goals I would like to achieve next term are: To be better than I was yesterday, and to always do my best.

Passion Project #editing

Over the last week I have finished my Minecraft Passion Project. Except for the questions and responses for the machine which I can tell you I most certainly want to make seem as realistic as possible.  I have gotten all of the building and testing out of the way all I need is to make the script for the machine and then quickly film it as a reaction say someone random like my parents or a friend I am not yet sure although at this stage. I would very much like to show it to all of you one day.

2 Handed Strike 4

Today since last time the ipads couldn’t upload our instructional videos we had to redo them. So that’s what we did you can watch it right here I hope you enjoy it. Also by the way we played some games after it which I did quite enjoy. After quite a while of working we finally did find a way to upload the video which I am so grateful for. I believe we spent the majority of the lesson remaking the videos although that was much easier since we had done it prior even though we were shown new techniques on how to download it I still think it went rather quickly. I like to believe that in the video I named most of the basic keys for how to hit a two handed strike properly.


Win at the fair.

Here is my game board I am sorry if it is a touch blurry. So what we did today is we had to redesign a game board called Win at the Fair. I believe that mine is reasonable due to how the task was that the total payout preferably would stay around $700. My payout is $748.15 so I assume I did reasonably well. The way I designed this game board is that starting from top to bottom at the top I have 3.00 underneath it I have .20 underneath that I have .25 underneath that I have 2.00 yes 2.00 and underneath that I have 1.00 underneath that I have .50 and underneath that I have 1.00. So I tried to make it make money for me while still being really enticing with big chances to win money. The way I organised the moves is that there are 2,7 and 12 in the centre so it doesn’t have a big chance of winning 3.00 it has more of a chance of wining 0.25 than anything else. For moving to the side left or right both have an equal chance of being rolled.

At first my total payout was more than $1000 so of course I didn’t perfectly do it the first time I took a screen snip of say almost all if not all changes so I estimate that I made around say 12 to 15 changes to the original game board to get where I am now. That was quite difficult to still keep it enticing while still making around say $300 me in the end.

Myself as a Reader.

When I read I most commonly prefer to read books by the same author like for example Rick Riordan. I just finished up a book by him called ‘Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer’ I liked this book very much because it had so much fantasy in it like all of his other stories. This book even takes place in the same universe as the Percy Jackson stories. Although it didn’t mention him it was yes quite easy to recognise the tiny little details hidden here and there to figure it out.

When I am reading I quite like to read in bed at night with a small lamp beside me turned on with little or no noise around me. When I am reading I might occasionally laugh if there is a page that is particularly funny but most of the time I might lose myself in a book always turning the next page completely oblivious to everything around me. Once or twice in a  book I might dip in and out or lose my focus and think of other things. I think I do get mad or cry if the book has the ability to push me towards feeling like that.

P.P. #Production Post

For my passion project like I said in my earlier Passion Project blog post it is a artificial intelligence project. Although I must admit it was really hard to build I did manage to build it. The way I did my version of it was I just made a machine you can talk to. That’s it, making artificial intelligence that can learn is hard I tried once or twice I did make a small bit of progress of making it be able to learn but it is really, really hard. So basically another thing to sum it up is that you can talk to it and it can ask questions and react to your answers kind of like how a real conversation would go.

For overcoming the challenge of how hard it was to make an actual working AI is that it is really hard to make. So I just made something to talk to, I also made this 10 to 20 minute thing where there are these eyes that track the player while they move. By the way just before I forget I thought I might just add that there is a small ‘2001:A Space Odyssey’ reference in the conversation.

Some of the successes I have had in my Passion Project are building the player tracking eyes and also making a successful question and answer program so say if it says ‘Do you like pizza’ and you click yes it says ‘Awesome, me too!’ or if it says ‘Do you like pizza’ and you click on no it says ‘Oh well’.

By the way you might be wondering what that dome is well it is where the player will be when they answer the questions.

DC Cartoons

 The task we are working on today is were had a look at an cartoon of someone drowning while next to the person drowning there were several people on phones holding them in the air as if to try to get some more bars above them was the caption ‘People Nowadays’. So for todays task we are going to be explaining how some people are so addicted to technology that they almost can’t spend a moment without it. The message about this image here is that people create rules and/or goals to get off technology because they acknowledge that they should get off yet they create loopholes just so they can still follow those rules while still being on technology. What is happening in the image here is that there is someone on a computer saying ‘Oh man it’s 3 in the morning I should really get off the computer and get to bed’ then there is the caption ‘An hour later’ and then there is the same person on a iPhone in bed. Which to me proves that yes people create loopholes in their own rules and/or goals to get off technology.

The reason some people might find this funny is that this person is so addicted to technology that the person in the picture literally cannot get off it. Although on a second thought most people would relate to this because I know I certainly do although I only do it occasionally though. So like I said before how most people can relate to this image would actually find it quite sad on a second thought.

This to me is an important message because that image above proves that our addiction to technology is much greater than we thought whether we acknowledge it or not.

Birke Baehr’s TED Talk

 Today we watched a TED Talk by a 11 year old boy called Birke Baehr. His TED Talk was about organic eating and how pesticides and herbicides are being sprayed on plants. He also talked about DNA seeds and how they are being manipulated so you could get the DNA of a fish and shove it into a tomato to make a fish tomato. He said that there is DNA manipulated corn and that when there were tests done on it with rats most of the rats showed signs of cancer and other diseases which goes to prove that genetically modified food isn’t that good for people. He also talked about how corporations make genetically modified food that comes in colourful boxes so that little kids will urge their parents to but it for them even though the product itself isn’t that good for them or the planet. So I guess what I took away from this TED talk is that organic eating is much healthier than genetically modified food even though organic food could be a touch more expensive but like he said who would you rather be paying the hospital or the farmer. He also talked about how there was this one farmer that goes against the system of using pesticides and herbicides and also genetically modified food that farmer is called a lunatic by corporations and other farmers. He also said that his dream in life was that he wished he could become a NFL player when he grows up, but now he has changed his dream to become a organic farmer.

I feel that the way he got his message across to his audience by using lots of images and how each and every image provoked thought about they way things really are in farms and corporations nowadays.

The technical support he used was a microphone so of course everyone could hear him, he also used images to try to get everyone else think about the difference between organic and genetically modified food. He did not at all use a script to me it seemed to be that he had learned it off by heart which would taken hours, possibly days even which to me proves just how much this one kid is willing to go to, to get his message across to his audience.

The presentation techniques he used well was that he spoke clearly even with his strong accent. He also managed to say his script nice and easily without tripping over any words. His whole presentation really got me thinking about organic and genetically modified food.

Richard Turere Ted Talk

 Today we watched a TED talk by a boy called Richard Turere who built flashing lights around his house to ward off lions because they would always come and eat the cattle, he mentioned using fire to try to ward off the lions although he said that the lions used the fire to see the cattle a lot easier which was a major downside for Richard. He said that one night a walked around the house with a flashlight and he said the lions didn’t come that night. So he thought maybe he could use a car battery and solar panel to make flashing lights to simulate someone walking around which he said completely solved the problem. After a while people started getting word of Richard’s invention so what he did is he installed them in peoples houses he said that in 2013 he had installed around 7 of them so far. Towards the end of the TED talk he said that one year ago he used to hide cattle to try to stop the lions from eating them he used to look up and see planes flying above and want to be a pilot.

To me I feel as if the main message is that problems can be solved easily without violence because in Kenya lions cannot be killed because they are endangered and are protected by the national government so what he did is he made lights that made it seem like someone is there, scaring off the lions which to me proves that sometimes nonviolent ways can solve devastating problems.

I feel that the way he got the way he got his message across to his audience by using images even if the first one was a little graphic and also by making his audience see how he came up with a solution and also by how he made his audience really think deeply.

The technical support he used were images up on the screen, one image was quite graphic the others were really interesting especially the ones of him installing the flashing lights. I think the other technical support he used was a microphone and also a head piece going into his ear. I am unsure wether or not he used a slideshow remote or not.

The presentation techniques he used well was improvising I think, he didn’t have any evidence of using any script although he did know what key points he was going to use because his talk was in perfect time with his slideshow which I think he did quite well.