February 26, 2010

My "Other" Workplace

In my previous post, I've shown you my workplace where I do my drawings. Well, the picture above is my "other" workplace. This is where I do my schoolwork. As you all may know I, along with my sisters are homeschoolers. This is our office. We study here everyday.

This was my "other...other" workplace. This was when I was in 5th grade. This was me then.

February 25, 2010

The Escalator

Did you know that the first escalator was simply a moving wooden stairway?

The first escalator was invented by a man named Jesse Reno. It was patented in the year 1892. It was made of wood and because it was new to the people, many were afraid to use it. There was an attendant at the top that gave smelling salts to the ladies and gentlemen that were overcome by the experience. To ride the earliest escalators, you had to pay a fee!

This is one of the early Reno escalators.
Isn't it cool?

I learned this on a book I read recently.

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February 19, 2010

The History of Velcro

Did you know that "velcro" was first thought up in the Swiss Mountains?

The fastener you probably know as Velcro is a hook-and-loop fastener. In 1948, a Swiss mountaineer of the name George de Mestral was on a hike in the mountains, as often as it happens, he was annoyed by the thistles and cockleburs that clung to his pants and socks.
While picking them off, he had an idea. He thought it might be possible to make a fastener that worked in the same way as the burs and thistles. Mestral called his invention "Locking Tape." Later, he came up with the name Velcro. "Vel," for the first syllable of "velvet," was combined with "cro," from the first syllable of the word "crochet."

This is how it looks like from a microscopic viewpoint.

I learned this from a book I read a few years ago.

February 13, 2010

A Short Novel Waiting to be Published

Last year, in my English subject, I was supposed to write a short novel using very little information from the book "In His Steps" by Charles M. Sheldon. It is my first short novel though I did write stories years ago but this is be the first one I wrote with dialogues. It tells about a small girl who lost her family during the hard times and is struggling with a new life in a new town with new people. My mom wants it to be published but it still needs a little bit of work and I'm planning to put in a few illustrations.

And I also apologize for my slow postings, I've been very busy with schoolwork but I will still be posting Bee Wise posts every Friday.

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February 11, 2010

Fascinating Facts About the Dollar

Did you know...

1. The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces 38 million notes each day. These notes have a face value totaling approximately $541 million.

2. Of the notes printed each year, 95% are used to replace notes already in circulation.

3. Of the notes printed, 48% are $1 notes.

4. The U.S. Department of the treasury first issued paper currency in 1862 because of a coin shortage and the need to finance the War Between the States.

5. A stack of currency one mile (1.6km) high would contain more than 14.5 million notes.

6. If you had 10 billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would require 317 years to spend them all.

7.Currency paper is composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton. You would have to fold and unfold a note about 8,000 times before it would tear.

8. In God We Trust became part of the design of U.S. currency in 1957 and has appeared on all currency since 1963.

I learned these in my Economics at school.

February 05, 2010

The First English Bible

Did you know that the Romans were the first people that brought the Gospel to the British Isles?

It was A.D. 43 when the Romans first arrived in the British Isles and they introduced the Gospel to the inhabitants there and four centuries later, Roman Catholic missionaries arrived bringing Roman influence to the people. These early missionaries made a meaningful contribution to British literature, for they introduced the practice of keeping written records which led to the translation of the Holy Bible into the English language.

Here is the first part of the Lord's prayer in Old English.

Faeder ure, pu pe eart on heofonum,
"Our Father, which art in Heaven,"

si pin nama gehalgod. Tobecume pin rice.

"hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come."

Gewurpe oin willa on eoroan swa swa on heofonum.

"Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven."

Urne gedaeghwamlican hlaf syle us to darg.

"Give us this day our daily bread."

And forgyf us ure gyltas, swa swa we forgyfao urum gyltendum

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."

I learned this in my English subject.

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February 04, 2010

Pen and Ben and Me

Hey look at me! I'm only a few months old at this time.

This is me when I was 5 years old in China.

Me at the age of 8.

I am 10 years old here.

Hehe! The best manga character that "I" made yet! I'm 11 years old here.

This is me now! At the age of 16!