Donation

If you would like to donate, please visit the website below, there will be a button to donate via PayPal. All of the money will go to various hospitals and donating societies.

The website is under construction, so everything may not look as good. Currently, all the funds will go to a Vietnamese hospital, but that will soon change as we settle in.

Link:vietnamhelps.blogspot.com

Levels of Competency chart

I did this for my school assignment on listing out the levels of expertise a person can have on a particular field. It is not very good as I rushed a bit and I had little time to finish it.

Levels of Competency for Tennis

 

Service and Returns Consistency Net Play
ITF Player
  • Very consistent serve
  • Can return serves of up to 110 mph
  • Can hit very powerfully on first serve
  • Does not use second serve very often
  • Is consistent at all kinds of shots and techniques
  • Not afraid to use backhand more than forehand, or vice versa
  • In 200 shots, player makes only 3 unforced errors
  • Very confident at being near the net
  • Reacts fast to very powerful strokes
  • Can run back in the event of a lob
College Tennis
  • Can serve very powerfully, most serves of at least 75 mph
  • Can return most serves of at least 85 mph
  • Does not use the second serve oftenly
  • Very consistent for all types of shots
  • Does not prefer the stronger side over the weaker side
  • Will not succumb due to pressure or anxiety in tournaments
  • Can react quickly to most shots
  • Can hit some lobs, but not all
  • Not very confident at the net
High School Tennis
  • Sometimes gets a double fault
  • Uses second serve 40% of the time
  • Cannot return serves over 50 mph
  • During tournaments, will not play optimal performance due to anxiety and pressure
  • Can sometimes control the ball accurately
  • Can hit at least 15 shots over the net
  • Not very confident at the net
  • Messes up some fast shots
  • Can sometimes react quickly to good shots
  • Almost never returns a high lob
Junior Tennis
  • Cannot do the overhead serve, just uses the underhand serve
  • Returns serve at only 10 mph
  • Not very consistent even in an underhand serve
  • Cannot hit the ball properly over the net for more than 5 times
  • Cannot control the ball
  • Most of the time, the ball flies out of the court
  • Never goes to the net unless in training situations
  • Messes up 70% of the easy and slow volleys
  • Not confident at the net

Book Review:Out of my Mind

Draper, Sharon. Out of my Mind. Atheneum Books, 2010

Summary:

Melody has an excellent memory. She always remember everything that she hears, sees, tastes, smells, and touches. There is no “delete” button in her brain. Despite her special fete, she hears the same preschool words and the alphabet everyday. Why? She has never spoken or wrote a single sentence in her entire life. She cannot do anything on her own except think, breath, and sometimes move her thumb. She is almost eleven years old.

Her depressing life continues on like that until she receives her Meditalker. Then, the school started this inclusion program so that students like her can join what the “normal students” are learning. There, she perfected all tests, and she answered every question correctly. She was then invited to the Whiz Kids school team, where they compete academically against other teams. With Melody’s help, the school won first place in the regional competition, but something catastrophic happened after that. The school team had left her when they boarded the plane to Washington DC to compete because they were scared that her drooling would embarrass their school. Unfortunately, a reporter who came to interview them left when he realized that she was not there. Without her strong mind, the school lost the competition, being ninth place.

 

My opinion:

However, I think the book is unrealistic. Melody can just tap out Morse Code with her working finger. Her parents should have already recognized that a speech device would help her, not until she told her parents. In addition, the teachers there are absurd. Don’t they believe that the “special kids” are smart enough to differentiate between their kindergarten classroom full of painted bunnies and rainbows and the normal classroom that students their age study in? In addition, the last two events make the book worse. The first event, where her team leaves her behind on the flight to Washington DC to compete, is completely predictable, which proves what a terrible teacher Mr.Dimming is. The second, where Melody’s sister gets injured in a car crash, I do not completely understand. It had no effect on the story at all, except to add a few paragraphs at the end of the story. The ending is not very good, maybe because the author rushed in order to meet the deadline. However, I still enjoy the book…until the last two events happened.

This book taught me a big lesson that I have doubted in my life:acceptance and inclusion. First, Melody has to accept who she is and be herself, her classmates, teachers, and parents have to accept who she is and her disability. Everyone around her has to tolerate it because of her disorder, but not everyone will do that. That is why she has those things called “tornado attacks”, because the “haters” around Melody will not accept her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a disabilities activist or would feel what it is like to be disabled.

Letter Home project

I wrote this letter home to my mom for a school remembrance day project. Instead of putting in all of the fighting and killing, I decided to put in other things. I would greatly appreciate any helpful feedback.

Google Drive link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HdWWgJDh4IA7T550gANGtjqDNvq0AwP0serPT4qI34k/edit?usp=sharing

April 14, 1951

My dearest mom,

As the green leaves replace the fallen and crumpled orange ones, I once again remember my promise to return home this year, so we could celebrate the beautiful autumn together, so we could see each other after a long time of separation and longing and dreaming of meeting each other again someday, so we could catch up with everything that has happened to us and enjoy those wonderful moments together. However, I cannot come home to my comfortable bed and beautiful garden while the war rages on in the border. I have to fight with my comrades, and I cannot leave them alone while I stay home peacefully with you. I cannot leave our wonderful country to be beaten and battered by the bullets of hate and the bombs of destruction.

Mom, I am in Southern Vietnam. Many have died. We move from place to place, so most of our time is spent travelling and marching rather than fighting, which I am very grateful for. Here, we get very small rations of food, only several hard biscuits and canned meat. I really miss the excellent Vietnamese foods that you cook, and I often wonder how the other professional restaurants cannot match your level of cooking. During many of my sleepless nights, I could imagine that we were doing our everyday lives, undisrupted by the meaningless war. You have painted my canvas with brushstrokes of love, patience, and sacrifice.

The war has turned us into evil destroyers, harming no one but ourselves, our brothers, our sisters, and our friends. If this war ends soon, we would have wonderful picnics together without the contaminated air of smoke and untrustworthiness, I could make my first dinner for you and we could enjoy it knowing that it has been made with love, time, and passion that war food does not have, and we would be together forever. I will always remember you. I will always dream of the time we will get to meet in person again.

I think this letter can be stopped here after four words. I love you mom.

Three Categories of Technology

 Telecommunications
Communicating using
technological methods
     Prehistoric
 Before recorded writing
Visual, auditory and ancillary methods (non-electrical)
  • Smoke signal
    • Used to signal danger, gather people to an area, or transmit news
    • Used by the Chinese, Greek, Japan, German, Rome, and the North American Indigenous People
  • Drums
    • China used it to motivate troops(military)
    • Help set a marching pace(military)
    • Call an order(military)
     1672-1900
     Before the oil age
Beginning steps to transmitting sound across distances
  • Electric telegraph(morse code)
    • With 2 telegraphs connected by wire, you could send messages by pressing and releasing a trigger in intervals
    • Created by Samuel Morse and his friends Alfred Vail and Leonard Gale
  • First transatlantic telegraph cable
    • Project idea by Cyrus Fields from New York
    • Created for US and England to be connected by telegraph
    • Finally completed in August 1858
  • Wireless Telegraphy
    • Nikolai Tesla first to transmit radio waves
    • Patented his work, but shortly after, Guglielmo Marconi claimed Tesla had copied his work, but Marconi’s claim was found to be false
     1900-Present
Electromagnetic, fiber optics, internet, and electronic waves
  • First transcontinental phone call
    • by Alexander Bell to his assistant
    • Made long distance calling by land-lines possible
  • First experimental video call
    • AT&T decided to try a two-way experimental video call service called Iconophone
    • Idea did not make a lot of profit to the company, and therefore was abandoned
  • VOIP Internet telephone
    • Phone calls capable of transmitting over a computer through the Internet
    • Long distance charges not applicable
Nanotechnology
     Definition
    • The study and manipulation of elements on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale
    • Can be applied onto other fields such as chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering
    • Making objects such as cars, motors, robots in an atomic scale

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     Uses
  • Sunscreen
    • contain nanoparticles of zinc oxide or titanium oxide
    • old sunscreen contain bigger particles, therefore having the white color
    • New sunscreens, however, have smaller particles, so they are clear
  • Scratch resistant coatings
    • aluminum silicate nanoparticles makes coating more effective
    • increases durability to chipping and scratching
    • scratch resistant coatings found on many items, including cars, windows, lenses, sunglasses, etc.
  • TV displays
    • Carbon nanotubes firing electrons and phosphor TV screens
    • Developer says it will be brighter, sharper, more energy efficient, and cheaper than flat-panel TV screens
  Government Support
  • Investment
    • Japan-750 million dollars
    • European Union-1.2 billion dollars
    • US-3.7 billion dollars
  • Advocacy Groups
    • Some say that nanotechnology should be closely monitored by governments because of environmental impacts, health, privacy, and terrorism
    • Others say that being closely monitored will stifle research speeds and slow down development that can be applied to other fields
  Nanotechnology in Military
  • Liquid Body Armor
    • during normal situations, it is similar to water
    • allows for easy movement
    • during impact, it stiffens, protecting the human wearing it
    • composed of hard particles, suspended in liquid form
  • Nanofabrics
    • Camouflages soldiers
    • Active camouflage
      • uses panels that change their colors, reflectivity, and luminance according to the environment
      • provides complete concealment from visual perspective
    • extreme water resistance
                                                                               
                                  Medical Technology
     Definition
“Any invention that may be used for safe and effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of illness and disease. This includes the pharmaceuticals, devices, procedures and organizational systems used in health care[1]”
   Recent Accomplishments
  • In 1900, the life expectancy of a US citizen was 47 years, but with more advanced health technologies, the number increased from 47 to 77 years in just one hundred years[3].
  • After Amit Goffer realized that he would be in a wheelchair for life, he decided to make a system that would allow people with spinal cord injuries to be able to walk again. Although it took him more than a decade, he finally developed it, called Rewalk.
    • Claire Lomas used ReWalk to complete the London Marathon 16 days after it started[2]
  • A neurosurgeon and two former air force officers decided to bring flight simulation technology to surgery. It uses images and 3d scans to render models of patient’s brains. The goal is similar to flight simulators:provide surgeons experience doing it before it actually counts.