Sunday, October 25, 2009

Today's Video

Thanks giving with Tim&Moby

Moby made a terrible soup for thanks giving, but what started thanks giving? You might know the pilgrims. The pilgrims are people who are from England that seek freedom and rights for people. They set out on a ship named the Mayflower and landed in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620.
But, before the pilgrims, an American Indian tribe named the Wampanoag lived in Massachusetts, and Rhode island. When the pilgrims arrived, they were not ready for the American wilderness. The pilgrims had a very bad time. Their seed won't grow, they can't hunt nor fish and many pilgrims died within the first year.
Then, one English speaking Wampanoag named Squanto decided to help the pilgrims. His tribe taught the pilgrims how to hunt, fish, take medical plant, grow corn, and build houses. The pilgrims were very happy and they decided to celebrate with a feast in November 27th. The pilgrim leader asked the Indian leader to come and join the feast. But the pilgrims were not ready for the 90 Indians that came to the feast, so the Indian leader told his men to hunt so everyone can eat. Together, the pilgrims and the Wampanoag set up a treaty and the Indians allowed the pilgrims to build their first town in Plymouth. It was a very wonderful time for two kinds of people to sit together in one dinner table. But sadly, the friendship did not last.
More settlers came and forced the Indians out of their homes. Squanto was also killed. It was a very cruel thing. But some Wampanoag is still living in Massachusetts today. Well, happy thanks giving!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today's Video

Sponges with Tim&Moby

Moby found some salt water sponges while he was skinny dipping yesterday. But the truth is that sponges can survive in salt water and fresh water. Sponges belong to a animal kingdom called invertebrates, that is animals without bones. Crabs and centipedes are also invertebrates. The real name for a sponge is called Porifera phylum, weird name Hun. Sponges are very simply structured animals. Adult sponges are sessile, which means they stay in one place for their entire life. A sponge's body is made of cells in two layers. Also, sponges are filter feeders, which means they collect food from water that pass through them. Small amounts of oxygen and food are carried into the central of the sponge where little organs called flagella keep water moving in and out of the sponge. Other specialized cells digest food, spread it across the body, and let the water carry out the waste. Human cells does the same thing. Fishes and other predators will not eat sponges sometimes because some have hard, spike like spicules and a tough spongion skeleton. That is right, when sponges die, people use them as bath sponges. Sponges offspring in two ways. The asexual way is to have a little sponge grow on the side of an adult and let the current carry it off and then anchor itself in a new place. New sponges can grow from pieces of a broken sponge, that's like what a starfish does. The other way is to produce two gametes, gametes are reproductive cells. The sponge push out the two gametes at the same time. over time, the gametes merge together and that begins a fertilization. That is also like plants making pollination. Sponges are some interesting animals.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Today's Video

Giant squids with Tim&Moby

A giant squid is a mysterious animal that lives 1,000 feet under the sea. They are pretty hard to find. A giant squid is just a 16meter version of it's cousin, the regular squid, which is less than 1meter. Like all squids, the giant squid belong to a family of animals called the mollusks, a family of boneless animals like snails, squids, octopuses, clams, and oysters. The giant squid has some of the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, as big as a football. When sailors first explored the sea, they came back with crazy tales. One of them was that some giant tentacles reach out of the water and pull your ship down below the waves. Many people believed is the monster Scylla from the Greek mythology. Others believe is the Kraken from the of the Norwegian legends. They might all be based on the giant squid. Like all mollusks, the giant squid has a mantle, or a bulk of skin that protects the weaker parts of the squid's body. To support the mantle, it rely on a organ that stays forever called a gladius, a blade like structure. Giant squids also have the muscular feet common to all mollusks, except it is reduced now to two long tentacles and eight shorter tentacles. The giant squid uses the tentacles to catch prey like large fish or other squids. The tentacles are all covered in hundreds of suction cups, each with a ring of teeth around the edges. The giant squid use the tentacles to move the prey toward the biting range of the squid's beak-like mouth. After chomping off some part of the prey, food are passed through the radula, a hard tongue that many mollusks all have. Then the food is transported into the esophagus. But no worries, the giant squid don't usually eat people or robots. They do have one enemy, that is the sperm whale. The scientists found squid beaks in the whale's stomach and suction cups marks on their bodies. Now scientists follow the whales on their hunting trips to see the giant squids. Giant squids are some interesting animals! Moby is scared.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Today's Video

Dinosaurs with Tim&Moby

The word dinosaurs means terrible lizards. They existed 165million years ago. They died out 5million years ago, way before humans came. So some prehistoric movies might be false. You can find dinosaurs as big as 30meters or as small as a chicken. You can also find dinosaurs with scaly skin, plated skin, horns, and even frills. They can be in all shapes and sizes. Some walk on four legs and some on two. They might live on land, in the sea, and some can even fly! Dinosaurs are very interesting creatures. We can study a lot about them by using the fossils that we found today like Dino skeletons, foot print fossils, droppings, and eggs. Some dinosaurs can be fast, some can be slow. Dinosaurs ruled the earth about 160 million years and was called the most successful animals that ever lived. But 160 million years later, they bite the dust. Most scientists believe a large meteorite hit the earth and killed the dinosaurs. But for whatever reason, dinosaurs are still always fun things to study, just for fun. But the dinosaurs have not died out completely, scientists think some small meat eating dinosaurs have evolved into birds. Dinosaurs are some interesting creatures. Who wants to play fool's ball?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Today's Facts

Facts about the census in U.S.

The census is a total number of people in America recorded on the computer. The census counts down every ten years. The next census is in the year 2010. In the census year, each person has to fill out a form telling the government that you are here. It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out a form. You will have to participate in the census because it is required by law for you to do so. Be warned. Get ready!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Today's Video

Yo-Yo Ma with Tim&Moby

Yo-Yo Ma is a popular cellist who is known for his awesome skills on the cello. Most people believe that Ma is the best cellist that ever lived. Ma was born in Paris with music in his blood. His mom was a singer, his dad was a violist and a conductor. Ma started to play the violin, but he uncovered his true talent in the cello. When Ma was seven, his family moved to New York. Ma presented in one of the most popular concert places in the world. After he graduated, Ma took a year long retirement to fix his scoliosis, which is having a problem with your back. The surgery was successful. If you want to buy a Yo-Yo Ma CD, there is more than 70 albums to choose from. One reason the Ma was so popular was because his passionate style of music. He could play the hardest songs ever written for the cello without opening his eyes. Ma made a Road of Silk connecting Chinese and European musicians together. Ma has appeared in TV shows such as Sesame Street. Tim answered a letter in his sleep!Wow!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Today's Video

Columbus day with Tim and Moby

Christopher Columbus was a business man who sponsored a lot of trades and made a pretty good living. But then, he wanted to get richer by finding a closer trading route to Asia. Columbus's mistake was that he thought the earth was too small. He thought that Spain and Japan was less than 4,000 km apart. But the truth was more than 19,000 km apart.Anyway, the queen and king of Spain sponsored his journey.once he landed at the Caribbean Sea, he encountered a native American tribe called the Arawak. Though Columbus refer them as Indians since he is sure he landed in India. The Arawak was kind to Columbus, But Columbus did not return their kindness.Many was sold as slaves. Columbus forced the Arawak to bring him gold, is they did not bring enough, death. Columbus was captured and brought back to Spain and faced criminal charges. But the king and queen let him go and sponsored his next trip. People say what Columbus did was cruel. But his accomplishments totally changed the course of history!! So is a bit complicated. But that does not mean that Columbus,Ohio is the coolest city ever!You get to ride Komodo dragons!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today's Video

Online safety with Tim&Moby

People asks"is it safe on the internet?". Will, no. There's all sorts of creeps out there in the internet. Moby has made up some good rules for internet safety. 1) Keep your identity a secret. When you are on an anonymous website, stay anonymous. If you don't, you might encounter an identity thief. Always ask a parent. 2)Don't talk to stranger. If you see an email address you don't recognize, do not reply.3) keep your password safe, even from your best friend. 4) Tell some one. If you are bullied by an email, tell your teacher. It is a teacher's job to protect you.5)Be nice. Don't make fun of other people. The internet is hard to understand, but with the help of an adult, the internet can be fun and interesting. You should play kung-Fu cowboys!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Today's video

Digital Animation with Tim&Moby

Digital animation is what people use to make the Brainpop movies. There are three kinds of animations: 2D and 3D. 2D and 3D each mean 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional. Brainpop uses good old 2D. They use a system called Flash. People making movies always have a window on their computer called stage. You can work on flash on a stage. To work the stage people use tweening. They make a start point and an end point and puts on still images called keyframes. Then the computer decides how the images should move. Lastly people upload the movie into the all-powerful Brainpop server. Making a movie can be complicated.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Today's Video

Cyberbullying with Tim&Moby

Bullies can attack even from the internet!! People called cyberbullies are people who send you mean messages and hurts your feeling. It was said in news that hundreds of teenagers die from killing themselves because of cyberbullying. The best way to stop cyberbullies to bother you is to stop them from sending you another message. You can do this by block their contact. If that doesn't work, you can report on users that bully you. Cyberbullies can bully you with email, blogging, leaving anonymous messages, or by sending you text messages. Do not fight back. Cyberbullies like you to fight back so they can humiliate you more. Do not become a cyberbully either. If someone bullies you, tell an adult immediately.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today's Video

Copyright with Tim&Moby

A copyright is a protection to original works like a painting or a photo or a book or anything. The public must get the permission of the copyright owner to copy the work. The owner of the copyright also has the power to give the right to someone else. But you can only hold the copyright for a few years, and then the work become part of the public domain. A public domain is where your work can be used or copied by anyone. The internet also gives you protection. Even the U.S Congress talks about copyrights. But you can't copyright an idea. If some one copies your work without permission, he is infringement. If you are infringement, you can be sued. So if you have an creative idea, copyright it!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Today's Video

Information Privacy with Tim&Moby

You should never share your private information on the internet. The internet is like a street with all these houses and carnivals and all sort of crazy stuff. If a guy from this street ask you for your name and address, you wouldn't tell him that, will you? If you go on an internet, you should read the net's privacy policy. But people can put rules at the bottom that you can't see.(Example: we will do whatever we want with your personal info as we please. we send them to spammers, ex-girlfriends, and chimerical companies. and there is nothing you can do about it sucker!!!!!(:<) Spammers are people who send stuff that you don't want. Some companies make money by gathering emails and selling them to spammers and identity thieves. They can hack your bank account. You should be always keeping your private information safe.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Today's Video

Computer viruses with Tim&Moby

A computer virus is a soft ware that wreaks your computer and reproduce it self. There are three types of viruses: regular virus, Worm, and Trojan Horse. The regular virus can be harmless or destructive. The Worm virus can go into an unprotected computer and wreak the whole network of computers. A Trojan Horse virus is a tricky one that can disguise itself as an gift and wreaks your computer inside out. Did Moby really ruin Tim's computer?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

today's photo

Jacques Cousteau and "Diving Saucer".

Mr. Jacques has created a flying saucer to look under the ocean. The saucer is much like it's ancestor, made by another professor, named Roger. However, the saucer looks more like a USO. So some submarine pilots might mistake it for a real USO!Ha ha!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Today's photo

Boy and Turkey, Guatemala.

A little boy is playing with an old turkey in a market place. They entertained a lot of visitors by doing the traditional dance named"son".