Virtual Reality or Reality?

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Lets begin with talking about what Virtual reality really means. Many people get confused between Virtual reality and  Augmented reality. These are two different things, Virtual reality is an artificial, computer-generated simulation. Whereas, Augmented reality is a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. An example of Virtual reality would be the Oculus Rift headset and an example of Augmented reality would be Pokémon Go.

Virtual reality is a very neat and advanced technology. It allows us to experience things that we might not be able to in real life. You want to take a swim with dolphins, no big deal, just put on your headset and enjoy! You want to go on a roller-

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coaster ride, again not very hard, just put on your headset. It’s not only an amazing opportunity to enjoy your life but it also helps you with learning. As a surgeon you have to complete your internship before you could be an actual surgeon, you watch and learn from the experienced surgeons. You could use virtual reality headsets and be a part of whatever type of surgery you prefer and learn.

Virtual reality has made many things possible. Imagine watching a horror movie with the headsets. Imagine being a part of an adventure with the Avengers while sitting on your couch. You can put the headset on and experience walking on the moon.

If you have some type of disease that doesn’t allow you to go outside, you can experience almost the same things as someone who could be travelling all around the world. While I was researching, I came across an article about a disabled woman’s experience with Virtual reality

Since she bought the headset three months ago, the 80-year-old has used it to visit the pyramids in Egypt, scuba-dive with whales and even blast into space.

Below is an other example of the amazing difference Virtual reality makes.

Virtual reality can help you fight your fear. You could do things that you would never be able to do in real life. For example, fear of heights. If you are one of those people who wanna see the whole world but cant because you don’t want to skip your studies or your job or anything, you could just take sometime out of your day to travel around the world before you go to sleep. 

There is still a difference between what is real and what’s fictional. By using the headset, you can see and hear but only imagine how it feels. If you are swimming with whales you won’t actually be feeling the water on your skin but your imagination would probably make you feel a little cold. Whereas, if it were to be real, you would feel the pressure of water every time you make the slightest move 

 

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Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day

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Welcome back to my blog! Today, my blog is about a very important issue, which is not talked about enough. As you all probably know it was Orange Shirt day last Friday. Orange shirt day is a way for all Canadians to recognize the painful tragedies that took place in the 19th century.

For those of you who are not aware of the devastating history of Canada, let me briefly explain what happened. When Europeans first moved to Canada, they took over the land of the Aboriginal people. The Europeans made these Aboriginal people sign treaties of what they thought would grant them with their basic human rights including education.  The Canadian government saw Aboriginal people as less than themselves and treated them very poorly. They were seen as wild, dirty and uneducated people. The Canadian government thought their best chance for success was to learn English and adopt Christianity and Canadian customs. Their plan was that they would pass their adopted lifestyle on to their children, and native traditions would be completely abolished in a few generations.

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To accomplish their goals, the Canadian government started building residential schools. The first residential school was built in the 1840s. Indigenous kids were taken from their homes to these far away residential schools. In 1931, at the peak of the residential school system, there were about 80 schools operating in Canada. In all, about 150,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis children were removed from their communities and forced to attend these schools.  Students at these schools were discouraged from speaking their first language or practicing native traditions. If they were caught, they would experience severe punishments. Throughout these years, students lived in substandard conditions and were physically and emotionally abused. The children were locked in dark basements for the whole night as a punishment. They worked more then they studied. Many died trying to escape, some died due to diseases and the rest lived in the worst possible conditions.

When students returned to the reserves, they often found they didn’t belong anymore. Some could not move on from their tragic past and became addicts. Many when became parents did not know how to raise a child since they did not grow up watching their parents. This not only effected the people who went through residential schools but it’s also impacting many of their next generations.

I can’t imagine being taken away from my family and living in such painful conditions. Being forced to believe in a different religion, being beaten up for speaking my language, being forced to eat old and tasteless food every day. I cannot imagine what these kids and their parents have been through.

Suicide is approximately three times more common among Aboriginal people than non-Aboriginal people. In Saskatchewan, the adult Aboriginal in prison rate is over 1,600 per 100,000, compared to 48 per 100,000 for adult non-Aboriginals. It’s important for all of us to understand the history so we know why things like these are happening and what we can do to help. Instead of judging them we should be finding ways to improve our relation with the Aboriginal people.

 

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Next Great Technology

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Hey! Welcome back to my blog! Today, lets talk about technology. Technology means everything in today’s world. We see use of technology everywhere. kids use it, parents use it, teachers use it, doctors use it, scientists, astronomers, a sales man, a generator, everyone has access to technology. Technology has improved a lot over these couple centuries. Imagine how our lives would be without internet. What if cars were never invented, what if laptops weren’t real. Every piece of technology has contributed a lot to this society.

If I could invent something and change the world, it would be a type of glasses which could help predict what the other person is thinking. Imagine knowing what the person really feels like when they are saying sorry to you. Imagine knowing what someone really thinks about. Imagine having a world with no secrets. Sure, this sounds impossible but then again who thought internet could be a thing.

I think this would be an incredible gadget considering it could be very useful. There is no way of us knowing if someone is lying, sure there are lie detecting machines but they have become so old that people have learnt how to fake it. Also lie detectors are not something that come handy, they are mostly used by police and other crime fighting agencies.

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Everything comes with a price. Having no secrets, no lies makes it sound like a perfect world but there is no such a thing. Everything has its pros and cons. So does this, there is no way such a gadget could have no negative effects. Even internet and cars, both one of the worlds best inventions have their cons.

Let me give you an example, computers and the internet have made it easier for us (students) to access academic material at any given moment of the day or night. Despite its abundance a lot of the information published online is inaccurate. Inter is very useful at many times but then there are times that it disappoints its’ users. Same with the cars. They have made travelling so much easier for us but at the same time its ruining our lives by polluting our environment.

 

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How I Spent My Summer

 

Lets go all the way back to when summer started! I was so excited. For the first month, I had a lot of fun things planned but after that suddenly Regina began to seem very small. I didn’t have much to do anymore until my family decided we were going to Toronto. It wasn’t so easy for my family to plan this vacation. Everybody wanted to go to different places such as me, I wanted to go to Vancouver but we all finally decided on going to Toronto.

It took us 3 days to get to Toronto by car (the longest road trip I’ve ever been on). Sitting in the car for hours got pretty annoying but it was all worth it when we finally got to Toronto. While we were in Toronto we stayed over at our

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cousins’ house. On our first day in Toronto, we decided to do the most important thing. We went to Vaughan Mills which is known to be one of the largest shopping centers in Canada. I found every possible shop I could think of. It was so big that 5 and a half  hour was not enough for me to look around the whole mall. After we got back from the mall, we decided to go to Mississauga to meet my other cousins. There we had a lot of fun and on our way there and back, I noticed how there was so much traffic compared to Regina. We were on our way back to Vaughn at 1:30 a.m and the roads were just as busy as they were at 7:00 p.m.  All I could see around me were shinny lights, huge buildings and cars, everywhere.

Next day, our plan was to go to Canada’s Wonderland but we couldn’t because of the heavy rain. So, we ended up spending that day just having fun with our cousins. We went to watch a movie and went to the mall once again. On the next day, we planned to wake up super early and go to Canada’s Wonderland no matter what. After failing at waking up early we made our way to The Wonderland at about 2 and then obviously waited in the line for an hour(most likely it was much less then that). Then we went on almost all the not extremely scary rides. We played lots of games there. After many tries I ended up winning a stuffed Squirtle. It was a day well spent. We stayed there until all the rides were closed, we did not want to leave that place.

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Next day was honestly the most memorable one, we went to Niagara Falls. It was the most beautiful thing I saw in the entire Toronto. We had a great time sight seeing and then we decided to go on to the fairy! We went through the mist, it was the best thing I had ever experienced. The water was so pretty. After all that and having a delicious meal my cousins, my sister and I decided we wanted to go to the haunted house. As we had heard so much about the Nightmares Fear Factory, we wanted to go try it but knowing ourselves, we new we would

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not be able to handle that so, we decided to go to something a little less scary. We first went to The House of Frankenstein. Even though we came out screaming and shacking, for some reason we decided we wanted to go the Nightmares Fear Factory. We all came out almost crying from that place. I will talk more about that in detail in my next blog! I have never been that scared in my life.

Next day was unfortunately our last day in Toronto. We went to the mall for another hour and left Toronto in the afternoon. I had a great time in Toronto but now I had to stay in the car for 3 days, again. We decided we were gonna stop every where we stopped while we were going to Toronto but of course nobody was that excited to get back to Regina so it took us 3 and more than a half day to get to Regina.

 

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Henry VIII

Hey guys! In our social class we are learning about the history of Henry VIII. I found it very interesting so here are 10 facts about him.

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  1. Henry VIII is the second son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.
  2.  He was born on June 28, 1491, at the royal residence, Greenwich Palace, in Greenwich, London, England.
  3.  After the death of his elder brother Arthur in 1502, Henry became heir to the English throne.(King of England)
  4. Henry VIII is known as the ‘father of the Royal Navy.’ When he became king there were five royal warships. By his death he had built up a navy of around 50 ships. He refitted several vessels with the latest guns including the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545.
  5.  Henry also built the first naval dock in Britain at Portsmouth and in 1546 he established the Navy Board. This set up the administrative machinery for the control of the fleet.
  6.  Henry VIII is one of the most famous kings in English history. He was the second Tudor monarch and was well-known for having six wives. His break with the papacy in Rome established the Church of England and began the Reformation.
  7.  His only surviving son, Edward VI, succeeded him after his death on January 28,1547.
  8.  From 1514 to 1529, he had relied on Thomas Wolsey, a Catholic cardinal, to guide his domestic and foreign policies. After 16 years of power, Wolsey was arrested and falsely charged with treason. He subsequently died in custody. Henry’s actions upon Wolsey gave a strong signal to the pope that he would not honor the wishes of even the highest clergy and would instead exercise full power in every realm of his court.
  9.  After Henry declared his supremacy, the Christian church separated, forming the Church of England. Henry instituted several statutes that outlined the relationship between the king and the pope and the structure of the Church of England
  10. His only surviving son, Edward VI, succeeded him after his death on January 28,1547.
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The 100

Hey guys! Today I am going to talk about a book I read, it’s called ”The 100″. It’s a science fiction novel by Kass Morgan, which was published on September 3, 2013. It has 384 pages. The book also has a show based on it, which is also called The 100. 

The incident that started the book was the thermonuclear apocalypse, which occurred three centuries ago. All of the people that were still alive after the incident were taken to a space station, the Ark, governed by The Chancellor, where no matter how small a crime was, they were only punished by death, unless the criminal was under the age of 18. The Ark had a specific limit of oxygen but because of the increasing population they were running out of it. Now that their planet was dying, the leaders decided to send 100 prisoners to the Earth to find out if it was survivable.

Once they made it to the earth they were all fascinated by the brightness and all the plant and trees around them. After their moment of glory the 100 struggle to survive in a world very different from theirs. Clarke and Bellamy were talented leaders and cared enough for the people to step up and fight for them. Bellamy once said that “Who we are and who we need to be to survive are 2 very different things.’’

They were strong, brave and intelligent. They made rules and gave people hope, they taught the others how to hunt and how to protect themselves. Bellamy came down to Earth even tho he wasn’t a prisoner, just so he could protect his sister Octavia. He was a strong, harsh and a selfish person. However, Bellamy’s attitude changed after a little girl was about to be killed by an angry mob of teenagers. Bellamy said to a twelve year old girl who was too afraid to sleep because of nightmares “ Fears are fears, slay your demons when you are awake. They won’t be there to get you in sleep.’’ With the help of Clarke, he showed the people how they can live in peace.

Clarke Griffin was a former medical student who had been arrested for a crime committed by her parents. When the 100 were sent to the earth they all were given a chip which would give the people in the Ark information of them being alive or dead but the 100 teenagrers planned to destroy the chips. After a few days of landing on earth, someone sets fire to the camp. As the survivors investigate, they discover a farm not too far from the site, leading them to the realization that they are not alone.

I feel sympathetic towards the people living in space. Their the rules are so strict and being on Earth was one of their biggest dream. We don’t realize how lucky we are to have place like Earth to live on.  We dream to go to the space but these people who live in space dream to come to Earth. It makes me see that human always want more.They are never happy with what they have. For three hundred years these people’s dream was to go back to Earth, make it a livable place. Instead of being grateful for having a place like earth, we ruined it, we don’t really see how valuable our Earth is. Radiation on Earth made it unsurvivable for people to live on it, it’s possible to have so much radiation that can destroy our whole planet; so many countries have nuclear power, if there is a world war 3 our Earth will be destroyed and it’s hard to say that humanity will survive. What I learned from this book is to be happy with what you have and be thankful to have a planet like Earth and take good care of it. I would recommend you all to read this book because of its interesting story and because of its important moral.

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Fun Facts abt Coding

Here are a few interesting facts about Coding!

  1. The first computer “bug” was named after a real bug
  2. Computer games are so popular that the games industry is now worth more than the movie industry.
  3. The first computer programmer was a woman named Luigi Menabrea
  4. Some programs are designed to steal
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    your data or damage your computer. These programs are called malware. Viruses, worms, and Trojans are all types of malware. You should be careful online, to avoid accidentally downloading malware! Coders that study and write malware are known as hackers. Those who write malware to commit crimes are known as “black-hat” hackers, and those who write programs to protect against malware are called “white-hat hackers”.

  5. While the term ‘bug’ in the meaning of technical error was first coined by Thomas Edison in 1878, it took another 6o years for someone else to popularize the term
  6. Programming and coding are not same. A coder is clearly instructed on what should be done and what needs to be accomplished. But as a programmer, you must be able to imagine a broad set of solutions to a problem before you even start writing codes. A programmer is a coder but a coder may not be a programmer.
  7. James Gosling, at Sun Labs invented Java around 1992
  8. If computer programming were a country, it would be the third most diverse for languages spoken; Papua New Guinea has approximately 836 indigenous languages spoken, making it the number one country when it comes to linguistic diversity. Second on that list is Indonesia, with more than 700 and Nigeria, with over 500 indigenous languages. All notable programming languages known to man, both those in current use and historical ones, amount to 698 languages. If it were a country, computer programming would be in bronze medal position. We don’t recommend you try and learn them all.

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https://www.technotification.com/2016/04/facts-about-programming.html

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World’s Highest Bridge

China is known for its innovation all over the world, in all fields of life. It has completed many noteworthy feats of engineering in recent years. In terms of architecture, it has the famous Beijing National Stadium and also the Great Wall of China. But now this country has beaten its own record of having the highest bridge in the entire world. The Duge Beipanjiang Bridge in China, is now the world’s highest bridge.

This Bridge is in the southwest part of China, it was declared the highest in the world once it opened to automotive traffic on Thursday. The time taken to build this bridge is almost three years. With the advent of this bridge, Chinese engineering has earned great value and recognition on a global scale. Experts consider such engineering to be among the best in the world. Not only are the Chinese engineers efficient at their job, but they also have the skill of creating commendable architecture at relatively cheaper costs. The bridge cost the Chinese government abt $146 million. This is much cheaper than the cost of constructing other such grand bridges in different parts of the world. Such as, Akashi Kaikyō Bridge which took the Japanese government $3.6 billion to build.

It is a 1,341 meter-long structure, which is 565 meters above the Beipanjiang Valley. The bridge has derived its name from this valley. It has a four-lane roadway which is located nearly two thousand feet above the Beipan River. This is equivalent to the height of a 200-storey building. Even though one can enjoy a walk on the bridge, this might prove to be a dizzying experience due to the tremendous height and the steep valley.

This bridge in China was constructed with the motive of reducing the travel time between Hangzhou and Ruili. Earlier, the time taken to cover the distance was five hours but this bridge will reduce it to almost one and a half hours. Therefore, this is important to the residents and tourists that have to cross the Beipan River by car.

The bridge is 2,363 feet long, which does not make it the longest in the world, but It’s still impressive. The longest bridge in the world is also located in China, the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge; it’s abt 540,672 feet long.

China used to hold the world record for the highest bridge even before it opened the Duge Bridge. China is home to the second and third highest bridges – the Sidu River Bridge and the Puli Bridge.

It’s amazing to see what technology has made possible. The bridge connects the mountainous provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. It’s 2,363 feet long and 1853.67 feet high. It reduces the time it takes to travel from one side to other by half.

 

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Regina

Here are some interesting facts about Regina.

  1. Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and the 16th largest city in Canada with a population of 194,971.
  2. Regina was founded in 1882 and made the capital of the North-West Territories in 1883.
  3. The city is the second-largest in the province, after Saskatoon.
  4. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Regina was −50.0 °C (−58 °F) on 1 January 1885, while the highest recorded temperature was 43.9 °C (111 °F) on 5 July 1937.
  5. Oil and natural gas, potash, kaolin, sodium sulphite and bentonite contribute a great part of Regina and area’s economy.
  6. Regina has a substantial proportion of its overall area dedicated as parks and greenspaces, with biking paths, cross-country ski-ing venues and other recreational facilities throughout the city.
  7. The Regina Public School Board currently operates 45 elementary schools and 9 high schools with approximately 21,000 students enrolled throughout the city.
  8. The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, play their home games at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Formed in 1910 as the Regina Rugby Club and renamed the Regina Roughriders in 1924 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1950.
  9. The daily newspaper for the city is The Leader-Post, first published in 1883 and currently owned by Post media Network

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New Years!

  • The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
  • More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.
  • In the annual Hog many celebrations of Scotland, men swing blazing fireballs over their heads as they parade through the streets. The age old tradition is believed to bring a pure and sun-filled year.
  • Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, a 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals.
  • The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.
  • Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.
  • Las Vegas in Nevada, U.S., Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and New York City are among the top places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. One of the biggest light shows to call in the New Year takes place in Sydney, Australia, where more than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbor Bridge.
  • In many South American countries, people are known to eat cabbage, collards, kale and chard on New Year’s Eve. It is believed that since the green veggies look like money, eating them will bring economic success in the coming year.

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He replied!!

Hey guys! Today, my post is not about math or tech9. Instead, today, I am going to tell you about an excited event that happened past week. In our ELA class, we are working on our novel study. We have a project in which we have to make a presentation comparing the authors of the two books we read.

There are three people in my group Shemaiem, Fatima, and Hayyam. After using sometime to research on the authors, we figured there wasn’t much online. Our ELA teacher, Mrs. Ramadan told us to email the author. We all just kinda ignored it at first thinking that he wouldn’t reply. But later as our last resource, we decide to email the author of the book, ”The Maestro”. We didn’t really had much hope for a reply but when I went home and checked my notifications, I noticed there was an email from the name of Tim Wynne-Jones.

He answered all the question we asked, and gave reasoning for his answers. While answering our questions, he told us about his up coming books and one of them is the sequel to the maestro.

I’ve written 34 books that have been published, and there are two more that are going to come out in the next two years. Right now I’m working on a sequel to The Maestro. It’s called The Starlight Claim.

He says has been inspired by many authors, including the A.A. Milne, who wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

My favourite author when I was very young was A.A. Milne, who wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh books. I still like those stories!

Mr. Tim Wynne-Jones not only likes to write stories but also songs. And his talents include singing too!

I was also the singer in a number of rock bands. Writing songs led to writing longer stories. I still love to sing and write lyrics for songs. 

It was very cool to actually get a reply from him. It was an exciting experience, I got to know so much more about him in this mail. I really enjoyed reading his book “The Maestro“. If you are one of those people, who didn’t read it, I strongly recommend it to you. I am not a fan of reading, honestly, I hate reading. If I liked this book I am sure anyone would like it. Even if you don’t like reading you should still read. It’s a very interesting and entertaining book.

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Coding

Hey guys! Here I am with another blog post. Today I’m going to be talking about coding. We have recently started learning about codes in our Tech9 class. When I first saw the code page, it seemed so complicated. Honestly, nothing made sense, I was scared because I thought I would probably fail on these assignments. Later, when I actually understood what was going on, I figured it wasn’t at all hard. I am glad that I am learning about the HTML codes. I would recommend you all to try it. The website we are using in class to help us learn is called Khan Academy.

The codes are what the computer sees, what we see on our screen is not at all what the computer sees. To see what the computer sees, press CTRL and U. If that doesn’t work, click on the images bellow to understand what I mean.

Code is a set of instructions  that computers can understand. People write code, code powers computers and computers power many everyday objects like phones, watches, microwaves and cars. In fact, almost anything powered by electricity uses codes. There are many names for people who code: coders, programmers, developers, computer scientists, software engineers, etc.

Computers run on binary code—written in 1s and 0s—which is very difficult for humans to work with. But just as people can understand different languages computers can understand different languages (like Python, C, C++, Perl, Visual Basic, Java, JavaScript, Ruby and PHP, among others) which translate our instructions into binary. There are “low-level” and “high-level” coding languages. Lower-level languages more closely resemble binary code while higher-level languages are easier to code in. So learning to code is literally like learning a new language (learning to construct sentences, etc.). Most popular programming languages in use today are high-level languages. C is a low-level programming language that is good for graphics-heavy applications, like games. JavaScript is for the web. Perl is sometimes known as the “Swiss-Army knife” of programming languages because of it’s multi-functionality. Many coding languages share similar basic features. A text file written in a particular programming language is called a program.

There are many websites online to help you understand the HTML coding. While I was doing some research about HTML coding I found an interesting website, it seems very useful. It’s very simple to use and seems very easy. It’s called HTML Codes. it shows many more Codes then I am aware of. It has categories such as Background codes, colour codes and many more.

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