Crazy Optical Illusions

By: Gabe P.

Have you ever seen an optical illusion? If not, it is a picture with a bunch of weird patterns that trick your brain. Some of them look like circles with weird patterns. Some of them appear to turn around, right? Well, if you look closely, they aren’t moving. But some of them don’t have to be weird patterns. Some of them are weird shapes that have lines that aren’t supposed to overlap, but they do. I can’t explain it too well, but here is a link with all sorts of optical illusions. On the right hand side of the page, there are little icons with the illusion on it. Click it, and the rest of the page will explain the illusion.

 

More Optical Illusions

 

Some optical illusions are really confusing, and I don’t blame you if you can’t solve one of them. One of them is the triangle.

This one is very confusing. I’m not really sure on how this is possible in real life. There is one famous person called M.C.Escher. He was known for his optical illusions. He made lots of them. The two optical illusions above are confusing. But take a look at this one below.

Take a close look at the circles. They look like they are turning, right? But if you look closely, they aren’t moving. All of the colors on the circles trick your brain and make it look like they are moving. Now I’m not going to add a whole lot of pictures, so I’ll just explain them to you. There is this one where there are columns of black and white going vertically, but the twist is that they aren’t lined up. Also, there are lines running through horizontally, so it looks like the lines are sloped. But if you look closely, they aren’t sloping. A lot of optical illusions can be like pictures or paintings of places, but if you look at it closely or from a different perspective, they might show a face or a person. They also have a random face. But what’s really cool about these faces is that if you look upside down, it has another face, too. I can’t explain it too well, so here’s a picture of one.

See, they are two different faces. Look upside down, and they are the opposite face. There are some really cool ones called chalk art, where people paint or draw crazy things on streets or roads and they actually look like they’re real. But the truth is, that there are lots of optical illusions, so you can use the link that I provided above, or you can look them up on the internet. And just like the title suggests, these optical illusions can be crazy. So leave comments on this question with your blog URL: Which other famous optical illusion people do you know?

 

Limericks

Yesterday in English class, it was National Limerick day. A Limerick is a silly type of poem that doesn’t really make sense. So we created our own Limericks. I didn’t write one because I thought that it was kind of hard and plus, I’m not that good at creating poems. But some people wrote some great Limericks. Lots of people in my class thought that it was fun, but I think that National Limerick day is unnecessary, in my opinion.

Geometry Dash

Geometry Dash is the best game ever. You can get it on your tablet or phone. You basically tap the screen to jump, fly your ship through secret passages, and much more. You can create your own levels and play other online levels that other people have created. You can play map packs, which have 3 online levels in them. You can also unlock different icons, ships, UFOs, and balls. So far, there are 18 levels. Very soon, though, there is a new update coming out. It is Geometry Dash update 2.0. The difficulties for any level are easy, normal, hard, harder, insane, and demon. Demon means extremely hard. All the 18 levels have 3 secret coins that you can collect. It’s kind of like New Super Mario Bros., as the coins are hidden in secret places. You can also travel upside down, backwards, and even go into mini mode! Geometry Dash was created by a guy named Robert Topala, but he calls it Robtop Games. So the 18 levels are called Stereo Madness, Back On Track, Polargeist, Dry Out, Base After Base, Can’t Let Go, Jumper, Time Machine, Cycles, xStep, Clutterfunk, Theory Of Everything, Electroman Adventures, Clubstep, Electrodynamix, Hexagon Force, Blast Processing, and Theory Of Everything 2. In the new update, they will be adding another hard level called Deadlocked. One thing I absolutely have to say about this game is that the music is awesome! The creators of the music are Foreverbound, Djvi, Step, Waterflame, and Dj-Nate. If you want to download the music, I would highly recommend Waterflame. On the iTunes store, you can only find Djvi and Waterflame. The level difficulties get harder as they go on. So when you fly the ship, you keep your finger down to make it go up, then let it go to make it go down. When you fly the UFO, it is like Flappy Bird, where you are constantly tapping. When you go in the ball, you tap and the ball goes up and it stays up there. Tap again and then it will go down. Then there is one more called Wave Mode. It is a lot like the ship, except it travels diagonally. When you let go, it goes straight down. Some parts might be confusing, but when you keep on playing and playing, you get better. If I could rate this game, I would rate it infinity stars. So I would highly recommend getting this game right now on the app store. There is a lite version, which only goes up to Time Machine. The full game costs 1.99. So get Geometry Dash now!!!

Week #4 Blogging Challenge

Merry Christmas Flickr friends! Robert S. Donovan via Compfight

It includes a tree with lights and getting presents.

Navidad en LisebergCreative Commons License Danielo Cavalli via Compfight

It includes decorating buildings with lights.

CARAVAGGIO Rest during the flight from Egypt, detail of Mary and Jesus, c1597Creative Commons License carulmare via Compfight

It includes celebrating the birth of Jesus.

The holiday that I chose was Christmas, because I celebrate it. As you see, most people think that it is about Santa, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, snowflakes, and Elves. But the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Read more about the true meaning of Christmas

Rubik’s Cubes

Have you ever heard of a Rubik’s Cube? Well, if you haven’t, it is a cube with 6 sides. One is green, another yellow, red, blue, orange, and white. Your goal is to get all of the sides correct by turning corners. The original is the 3×3 Rubik’s Cube with 9 squares on each side. My school right now has a big obsession with Rubik’s Cubes. Anyways, if you have one, you might think that it is really hard to solve. It is true. But there are different websites that can help you solve it. If you are tired of the original 3×3 cube, they also have a 2×2 cube with 4 squares on each side. I have a 3×3 and 2×2 Rubik’s Cube. You might think that 2×2 cubes are easy to solve, they aren’t. These are also known as Pocket Cubes. If you’re looking for harder, they have a 4×4 cube. This one has 16 squares on each side. These are also known as Rubik’s Revenge. Believe it or not, they even have an 11×11 cube! I don’t even know how somebody could solve this. They also have different shapes. They have a triangle one, and even a hexagon one! They also have different cartoon heads, like a Mickey Mouse head Rubik’s Cube. Anyways, if you want one, they have thousands on Amazon.com. They also have stickerless Rubik’s Cubes as well. Did you know that it is also a hobby, too? One speedcuber solved a 2×2 cube in just .84 seconds! So if I were you I would get one if you don’t have one, because it is a good thing to do when you’re bored. So get a Rubik’s Cube now!

 

Ebola

By: Gabe P.

Ebola is a very lethal disease that can kill somebody. As you know, there was just an outbreak in Liberia, West Africa last year. Then, two people who were infected traveled to the U.S. One of them went to Atlanta, Georgia and the other went to Texas. Also, there was a small case in Spain, too. The first known Ebola outbreak was in 1976, in the Ebola River Valley, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa. The Ebola virus was named after the river in the same country. There are actually four main types of the Ebola virus. They are Zaire, Sudan, Ivory Coast, and Reston. Believe it or not, the Ebola-Reston virus was named after the city in Virginia. Anyways, Ebola actually came from fruit bats contaminating primate, or ape meat. Then Ebola was passed on to these Apes. Then they passed it on to humans. The Ebola side effects are unbelieveable. Well, when you first get affected, the most common effects are bleeding from the nose, eyes, and ears, fevers, nausea (vomiting), dizziness, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, and diarrhea. After about another week or so, you get a Hemorrhagic fever, and then death. The good news is that when you first get affected with Ebola, it will take about three weeks for you to get sick. Unfortunately, there are no known cures for Ebola. Also, Ebola is not contagious through the air like the Common Cold. It is only contagious through sweat, saliva, coughing, and sneezing. In West Africa, where the deadly virus just had a recent outbreak, there are more than 1,800 people there who are infected with Ebola. Sadly, it was reported that there were at least 3,439 deaths from Ebola at the end of last September. Thankfully, Ebola outbreaks are actually pretty rare. There are also scientists working on cures for Ebola. Different companies are working on fighting Ebola. One of them is the CDC, which is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are in charge of investigating diseases that spread. They are also doing a good job on responding to the recent Ebola outbreak. Also, US troops are fighting Ebola in Liberia, as well by trying to help defeat the Ebola outbreak from its source. But don’t worry about getting the Ebola disease. First of all, the US has better built hospitals and tools. Second, Ebola didn’t come from the US. It came from Africa. Lastly, it is very unlikely for any of us to get Ebola in the first place. In my opinion, I think that it is a good thing that we are fighting the disease, because none of us want to have it.

 

Useful Links:

All About Ebola

 

How US Troops Are Trying To Fight Ebola In West Africa

 

How School In Dallas, Texas Are Trying To Keep Schools Safe From Ebola

 

 

Video:

Watch A 3-4 Minute Video About Ebola

 

Photo:

Workers dealing with Ebola outbreak

Description:

Workers are lowering the corpse of Adamou, a five-year-old child who died of Ebola in Mekambo, Northeast Gabon in 2001. As you can see, Ebola workers need to wear protective clothing so they don’t catch it.

 

Five Nights At Freddy’s

Five Nights At Freddy’s, also called FNAF, is an Indie click point horror game. It was released by Scott Cawthon, on August 8th, 2014. The description is, “Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where kids and parents alike come for entertainment and food as far as the eye can see! The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his two friends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds! The robots’ behavior has become somewhat unpredictable at night however, and it was much cheaper to hire you as a security guard than to find a repairman. From your small office you must watch the security cameras carefully. You have a very limited amount of electricity that you’re allowed to use per night (corporate budget cuts, you know). That means when you run out of power for the night- no more security doors and no more lights! If something isn’t right- namely if Freddybear or his friends aren’t in their proper places, you must find them on the monitors and protect yourself if needed! Can you survive five nights at Freddy’s?” So basically you work at this place called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria, a lot like Chuck E Cheese. In the day time, children come to play. They get their entertainment from four main animatronics, which are Freddy Fazbear, Chica the chicken, Bonnie the bunny, and Foxy the fox pirate. Freddy is the main singer, Chica holds a cupcake on a plate, Bonnie plays the guitar, and Foxy hangs out on a different stage called Pirate Cove. Freddy, Bonnie, and Chica are on the Show Stage. Now you’re probably thinking, “This doesn’t seem like a horror game.” But now, the scary part comes. So you are a security guard at the place, because they couldn’t find a mechanic to fix the animatronics. So you sit there in your office from 12:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. The animatronics have been sitting there. Imagine if you had to sit on a stage and “you didn’t get a bath” for a long time, as the phone guy says. So they move around in the night time. This is because if they don’t, then their servo motors will lock up and they won’t be able to move. So you have two doorways, one on the left and one on the right. Those two doorways are your blind spots. So that is why you have a light button. And then of course you have a door. So when Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, or Freddy pop up at your door, you can close it. So you’re probably thinking, “hey, I can just close the doors all night.” Well guess what? You have limited power. As it says in the description above, it is because of budget cuts. Meanwhile, you have to look on camera monitors, which spread around the pizzeria. There are a total of 11 cameras. You have Camera 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, 6, and 7. Camera 1A is the Show Stage, Camera 1B is the Dining Area, Camera 1C is Pirate Cove, Camera 2A is the West Hall, Camera 2B is the West Hall Corner, Camera 3 is the Supply Closet, Camera 4A is the East Hall, Camera 4B is the East Hall Corner, Camera 5 is the Backstage, Camera 6 is the Kitchen, but it is an Audio Only camera, so you can only hear, and last but not least, Camera 7 being the Restrooms area. They might look really creepy in the photos. For Freddy, you can only see his white eyes. Foxy has white eyes too. Anyways, there are 7 nights. So why is it called Five Nights At Freddy’s? Well I don’t know the answer. Basically if you beat Night 5, you unlock Night 6, which is the hardest. If you beat Night 6, then you unlock Night 7, which is called the custom night. This is where you can set the animatronics’ artificial intelligence levels with 0 being the easiest, and 20 being the hardest. The confusing part is all the theories. They are really creepy. Anyways, you can get it either on the computer, or the phone. Keep in mind though, Five Nights At Freddy’s on the computer is only for Windows. (Sorry, Apple people, which includes me!) For the phones, it is only for Apple and Android tablets. They don’t have it on Microsoft tablets. Anyways, DON’T play it if you get scared easily. If you are a thrill seeker, then you might like it. I will be posting one for the second game, Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 very soon. Bye!

Another Favorite Video Game

I have another favorite video game. It is called Crossy Road. It is a really fun game because you can play as different characters and you cross a road that doesn’t end. You can go as far as you want, except that there are obstacles that you have to avoid. You have to avoid cars, of course. Sometimes you cross a river, where you have to jump on logs and Lilly pads. So you have to avoid jumping into the water. When you’re on a log, if you wait too long while it is moving, you will go down a downstream and lose. Also if you wait too long in general, an eagle will swoop down and eat you. But it is a really addicting fun game. I would get it if I were you. You can also collect coins and get new characters in a prize machine. The suckish part is that you sometimes get the same characters that you already have in the prize machine. Anyways, you can get it on the app store. Get Crossy Road now!

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