The Missing Camera

By Isabel M.

      Eleven-year-old Elizabeth was sitting down, speechless. She was shocked. With her jaw dropped, she looked as if she was in a trance. She didn’t know what to say. She didn’t know what to do. Her camera was gone. It was missing.

      “I searched everywhere,” Elizabeth said to herself. “Everywhere! In every spot, in every corner of this house I looked! But yet, my camera wasn’t found. It wasn’t found!”

      With intensity, the words kept ringing in her head: it wasn’t found. Her two sisters helped her look. Her parents helped her look. All Elizabeth could do now was just sit there, and not move. Nobody quite knew how devastated the girl was. She was a passionate photographer. So much so that she couldn’t imagine life without her beloved camera.

      The camera was the most expensive one she had ever had. And it was her favorite one, too. She had some cameras before, but none of them matched up to the performance of this one. She thought it was irreplaceable.

      Life suddenly seemed very strange for Elizabeth, who sat there that afternoon, in the quiet house, in the living room.

      Elizabeth’s two sisters, 9-year-old Sarah, and 14-year-old April were each in their own rooms. Neither could really bare the sight of their sister. The parents, Claire and Gradgrind, were also gone, out of the room. There was nowhere else they could look for the camera.

      Nobody liked it this way. But more than anyone else, the youngest sister, Sarah, didn’t like the gloominess in the air. The house wasn’t the same without Elizabeth’s cheerfulness. Sarah wanted to change this. She moved about, and paced with doubt. Finally, she thought it was a good idea to see her sister, and try to make her happy again.

      Sarah walked into the living room. She sat down next to her sister. Elizabeth didn’t blink. She didn’t move.

      “I can’t believe your camera is gone,” Sarah said. “It’s a mystery indeed.”

      In her best encouraging voice, Sarah added: “But you know, Elizabeth, there’s a lot more cameras where that came from.”

      Elizabeth was deep in thought. “She doesn’t quite understand. My camera was the best,” she said to herself.

      “You know, it’s getting late Elizabeth. Don’t you think you should go to bed, and perhaps wake up without thinking of your camera?” Sarah attempted yet again, but nothing seemed to work. After trying, and trying, and trying, and trying to make her sister happy, it was 10 p.m. Sarah went on for about two hours. Her sister was pretty upset. The girls were told to go to bed by their mother, and Elizabeth, practically had to be forced to go to bed.

      Early the next day, everyone was at the kitchen table for breakfast. Nobody was really all that happy, besides April, the oldest sister.

      “I’ve got an awesome idea!” April said. “I’m going to help Elizabeth find her camera!” The family looked at her, wondering how she was so content, and so sure of herself.

      “April,” Gradgrind began, “I know things are sad right now, and you’re trying to help out. But, we don’t want anybody’s hopes getting high now.”

      “But daddy!” She continued. Believe me, it’s going to work!!! Look, here’s the plan! I’m going to give it specifically to my friends!” She gave her father a sheet of paper. It said this:

Just yesterday morning, my sister lost her camera. She’s very sad about it. We all are. You see, she was in the backyard, swimming. Mom was in the garage, working on something, and also watching Elizabeth. I was gone at my friend’s house, and so was our youngest sister. Daddy was at work. It was then when Elizabeth first realized her camera was gone. It could’ve been that she left her camera on the chair next to the pool, and it slid off on the hole that was next to the chair. Again, mom wouldn’t know, because she was only watching Elizabeth, and didn’t really pay attention to the chair. We don’t know. It also may be that she left her camera in the house somewhere, and it got lost, and she totally forgot about it. This is because she was really excited about swimming, and nobody else was thinking about her camera. Otherwise, we would’ve been able to detect where it last was. Again, she was pretty upset about it gone. Nobody ever found it, though. It’s a mystery where it is.
Anyway, I thought of an idea to find this camera. We’re all going to look super hard around our house, today, all right everybody? Sure, our family already did, but you all, my friends, could double check! Come on friends, do it for my sister! You never know where it is. It could be that when me and the rest of the family looked, we may have skipped something. Who knows. But today, at 3:00, I would like us all to gather and do this!

Gradgrind read this paper.

      “You know, April,” he began, “this may be impossible. Who knows where that camera really is. It’s hopeless. We already looked everywhere This plan wouldn’t work.”

      April was no longer all smiles. The table was sad again. Her father said it, and it was final. The plan wouldn’t work.

      It was a dark and gloomy day.

      And so was the next day. And the next. And the day after that.

      Finally, about a week past. Elizabeth was getting used to the idea of living without her one, irreplaceable camera. But she was still sad.

      Sarah had gone back to everyday life, doing what she always did before the camera was lost. Today, she was on a mission to look into April’s cabinets to read her diary!

      Sure enough, that day, April went to her friend’s house, and the rest of the family was busy doing things. This was Sarah’s chance. She was, indeed, successful.

      Coincidentally, the first page she randomly stumbled upon while opening the notebook was this:


My sister is devastated, because her camera is gone. Poor her! She looked all over the house for it. She acts like it’s the end of the world. “Waaaaaaaaaaa! I can’t find my camera!” Is what is sounds like she might as well say. Anyways, when she was absorbed in the pool, and mom was in the garage, I took my chance, snatched her camera, and hid it by the flowers. Deep in the dirt, too. They didn’t notice it. So much so that I had plenty of time to do it. She deserved it. She always wants to make fun of me. She always told me to “wash the dishes” if I want to earn a camera. “I did it myself!” She said. Whatever. Anyways, that’s what’s going on. Me? I’m enjoying the peacefulness in this house. But the rest of the family is feeling sorry for my sister. I’m just faking to feel sorry. In fact, I made a plan for me and my friends to “search” for the camera. To make it seem like I’m the great sister, mwahahahahaha 😉 However, my friends would act like they didn’t find it. When they actually could help me put the camera deeper in the dirt!
So I say again, MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Amazingly written by,

— April the Cool One

      Sarah ran to the kitchen, where her mother was at. She ran. And ran. And ran! She was so content, so happy, because — finally — the mystery of the missing camera was solved.

      When she reached the kitchen, she screamed out loud, “MOM! MOM, LOOK AT THIS! DADDY!!! QUICK!!! COME HERE!!!” Hearing the screams, Claire and Gradgrind moved as fast as lightning.

      “What is it?” Gradgrind said. “What’s got you screaming your head off?”

      Sarah handed him Aprils’ diary and Gradgrind read the entry about the camera aloud. Both of the parents were shocked. Full of fury. They were angry indeed.

      “Wow!” Gradgrind said. He went outdoors, to grab the camera. He managed to dig deep, and took it out.

      April, was in the middle of painting her nails, across the street, upstairs, at her friend’s house. She was enjoying her time.

      Claire quickly walked across the street.

      “April!” She said to her daughter, looking up at the open windows upstairs. “You’re in trouble. I suggest you come down here. NOW.” She tried to say this calmly, but, you can imagine, she was really quite upset.

      April’s friend looked at April. April was totally embarrassed. But do you think her mother cared? No. (And she shouldn’t have cared either.)

      The mother of April’s friend opened the door.

      “What on earth is going on out here!?” The mother said. Her daughter, and April, were now behind her, at the door.

      “My daughter is in trouble. I’ll talk later. For now, I’m going to take her home.” Claire looked hard at April, but tried to stay polite in front of the neighbor. And, again, tried not to lose her temper. They walked across the street. April didn’t say a word. But she knew she was obviously in trouble.

      She was inside now. The whole family was at the kitchen table: the parents, and April, of course, and also Sarah and Elizabeth. They all looked at April. Still, she didn’t dare say a word, since she was picked up at her friend’s house. Everybody knew about the paper, and Elizabeth was all smiles, with her in-perfect condition camera in her hand. But of course, it had to be cleaned up a little bit because it had been buried in dirt.

      “You don’t want to do the dishes, I see,” Gradgrind said. “So, your jealously made you go, take your sister’s camera, didn’t it? Your jealousy, and lack of wanting to earn something. You stole, and you made your sister upset.”

      All eyes were on April now. And Sarah couldn’t help but to sneak in a laugh.

      “You’re going to do all these dishes,” Claire spoke up, “breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes! All of them! Two months straight! Nobody will be allowed to help you! And did I mention, your use of Facebook? NO FACEBOOK! NOT AT ALL! For six months! Apparently, you’re not mature enough to handle it. Oh yes, and did I mention, you’re cleaning this whole house tonight? That’s right. All of it. Now explain, why did you do this?!?!”

      April looked around the table. She was still nervous, but then, more evilness kicked in. This wasn’t just about a camera now. Her younger sisters were ruining her reputation. And she did not want this to pass without protest.

      “Well mom,” April quickly said without much thought, “Sarah read my diary, did she not? What about her? Doesn’t she get any punishment?”

      Of all the crazy things she said in her life, that was the craziest! She shot herself in the foot.

      “Wow!” Elizabeth said. “You falsely accused my sister, my kind sister, Sarah!”

Now Claire piled on the punishment. Lots of dishes. And lots of cleaning. Claire was fuming. And the rest of the family was upset with April, too.
      
      The day came to an end. Everybody went to bed. Except for one. April had to do her math.

      The family went on and enjoying their time, while April suffered for what she did.

      Eventually, after about a few months, April went to apologize. And it was a sincere apology. April was honestly, truly feeling sorry. It was too bad, though, that she didn’t learn sooner, before causing a photographer’s nightmare.

      But at least it was over. And it ended well. Eventually, everybody, including April, were all on a happy high.

And April never did a foolish thing like that again.

The End

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GIF vs. JPG


      Did you ever post a photo online only to get frustrated because it was blurry? Maybe your problem was the file type.
      Knowing what file type to save your photo or web graphic as is very important.
      Who wants to see a pixelated, not very colorful, or maybe even blurry photo? It would make your website or social media site look cheap. And if you’re selling something, nobody’s going to want to buy from you if they can’t even see your product. So that’s why this post should be very important to you.

      Recently, I wrote PNG vs JPG, a post about the two most-used photo files on the web. Today, I’m writing about GIF vs JPG.

      A GIF is the third most-used file type I’ve seen on the web.

      As shown above, GIFs are primarily known for animated images. So whenever you see a moving animated image on a website that’s not a video, it’s a GIF. Animated images cannot be saved as anything else other than as a GIF.

      When you see a GIF, you’re actually seeing more than one image (or more than one layer) saved as one. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and some other graphic design softwares let you create GIFs, and have more information on animated GIFs. For some reason, animated GIFs can’t be uploaded onto certain websites, or added to your document in Google Docs. JPGs cannot turn into animated images like GIFS at all.

      JPGs also don’t have the feature of a transparent background. Similar to PNGs, however, GIFS do have the transparent background feature. By reading this earlier blog post, you can learn more about a transparent background.

      GIFs are made up of a small amount of 256 colors, but JPGs are made up of millions. JPGs also look clearer than GIFs, which look slightly pixelated sometimes.

      Here’s the difference between a GIF photo and a JPG photo:


      Due to the color and pixel GIF problem as shown above, many people use GIFs for small cartoon web graphics. JPGs are better for most things, like photos and web graphics. This is why GIFs aren’t used as much as JPGs.

      Here’s what happens when you save a large web graphic as a JPG, and when you save it as a GIF:


      Notice how the GIF seems to have missing colors in it. Some people still use GIFs for photos and even large web graphics, because they really do save lots of storage. The above GIF is 324 KB, whereas the JPG is 652 KB.

      You can learn more about GIFs and JPGs here:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/419584/what-is-the-difference-between-jpg-jpeg-png-bmp-gif-tiff-i

http://community.adobe.com/help/search.html?q=jpg%20vs%20gif&lr=en_us&hl=en_us&l=0

How Kids Can Build A Website For Free | Part 4 of 4

      This post is the last installment of my four-part series, How Kids Can Build A Website For Free. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here. To read part three, click here.

      Yesterday, you built your website, learned about site maps, created your website’s CSS, etc. Those are the hard things to do, so today you’re going to be doing easier tasks.

      The first thing you’re going to do is validate your website. When you validate your website, you are checking the code, to make sure you didn’t forget a bracket or anything like that. You can try it out here. An easier version to understand can be found here. The easier one doesn’t have confusing things like, “which encoding would you like?”

      If your website isn’t validated, you should read the previous blog posts I wrote, and revisit Lissa Explains It All. There might be something missing there that you didn’t understand. Another great thing to try are the forums of Lissa Explains It All. 000webhost also offers a help center if you’re confused about your website’s code.

      You also are going to need to make your website search engine optimized. There’s really no point in having a website when it’s not indexed by the major search engines — Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Making your website search engine optimized is very simple to do. All you have to do is add a description like this in the head section of your webpage:

      <meta name=”description” content=”Write in a paragraph or less what your website is about here.” />

      This description shows up when someone Googles your site. You’re also going to need keywords, which are also words people “google.” For example, if someone were to “google” landscaping, they would find your website, because you added “landscaping” as a tag. You wouldn’t be indexed on the first few pages though, unless you’re website that has been around for a long time, and lots of other websites have linked back to you. That’s why, for example, if you were to do a website design for someone, it would be smart if you told them to write that you designed the website, and include a link back to your site. Here’s the code to add keywords to your website:

      <meta name=”KEYWORDS” id=”mKeywords” content=”landscaping, snow, removal, landscape, installation, maintenance”>

      That should also be included in the head section of your webpage.

      You should also double-check everything else on your website. Make sure there are no broken links. This is neccesary, if, for example, you added a link to http://www.oogle.com but meant to write google.com. You should also make sure you didn’t misspell anything, or have incorrect grammar.

      The last thing to do is optional. You can purchase a domain, but it isn’t fully necessary, depending on what type of website you have. A domain can make your website look more professional. Nobody can remember google.hostedby000webhost.com as easily as google.com. So when you purchase a domain, you basically have a shorter URL, that’s easy to remember.

      Tomorrow you’ll learn how to create a blog!

How Kids Can Build A Website For Free | Part 3 of 4


      This post is part three of the four-post series, How Kids Can Build A Website For Free. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here. Part four is going to be posted on my blog tomorrow.

      Yesterday, you learned about FTP, directories, and you’ve learned some simple coding. Today, you’re going to start building your actual website, with almost anything you can imagine on it.

      These instructions apply to 000webhost. They may not make sense with another website builder.

The Layout

      The first thing you’re going to do is create your website’s layout. A layout is the header, navigation menu, footer, columns, and content of a website. A header is the top of your website. It’s where your logo will go. The navigation menu is a “menu” of all the pages on your website. It usually goes below your header. The content of your website is usually the center of your website, where your photos, text, and more will go. The columns are the sidebars of your website. Sidebars can usually be seen on blogs, such as this one here. You can have a left sidebar, a right sidebar, or none. Finally, the footer is where you’ll include additional pages, and also a copyright.

      To do this, choose one of the layouts shown here. Copy and paste the code of the layout you want. Then, go to your public_html directory. Create a directory in that directory called about. And then in that about directory, create a file called index.php. Paste that layout you copied in that box. Now save it. Now go to yourwebsite.netii.net/about. You have just created your first web page!

      To create your other web pages, do the same thing that you did to create your about page, except for calling that one directory about. Instead, call it something like contact, gallery, or whatever types of web pages you want. Eventually, you should also create an additional webpage for a sitemap. A sitemap is kind of like a map because it shows you every page on a website. Here’s an example sitemap:

Example Website

    Home (example.netii.net)
    About (example.netii.net/about)
    Contact (example.netii.net/contact)
    Gallery (example.netii.net/gallery)
    Testimonials (example.netii.net/testimonials)

Another sitemap can be shown here.

      The next step is to customize your CSS. Copying and pasting some of the codes here will let you customize your style sheet. For example, if you wanted to change your link color, you would copy this code, and then customize it:
A:link {
color:#000000;
}

      A live example of this code used on a 000webhost website can be shown here. With the help of Lissa Explains It All, you can do the CSS, and more stuff for your website all by yourself. I did it when I was nine years old.

      When I say you can add almost anything you want to your website, I mean you can add javascript. Javascript is a certain type of computer code. With it, you can make snow fall on your webpage, you can make an image change to another one with a mouseover, you can create a pop-up window, and more. If you click here, you can copy and paste any of those codes to your website, which makes it more interactive and fun.

      Tomorrow, you’ll be finalizing your website, checking your code, and making your website search engine optimized.

The Periodic Table Of Elements


      Today I learned more about the periodic table of elements.

      Everything is made of matter and chemistry is the study of matter. The basic building blocks of all matter are elements. Some elements are hydrogen and sodium. You can learn more about chemistry here.

      The periodic table helps chemists, people who study matter, learn and discover new things. It helps chemists discover new elements, because the table helps observe connections between elements, leading chemists to discover elements they have never known about before. The periodic table also helps chemists determining which elements combine easily. The periodic table has become one of the most useful tools for chemists.

      Before many elements were discovered, the philosopher Aristotle believed that all matter on earth was made of only four elements; water, earth, air, and fire. People believed this was true for almost 2,000 years. In 1661, though, Robert Boyle said that there had to be more than four elements. This became true and by 2011 more than 118 elements were discovered.

      The reason why all of this is important is because without an understanding of the periodic table, many products, medicines, plastics, food flavorings, and more wouldn’t exist.

      You can learn more about the periodic table by reading the book The Elements which can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/Elements-True-Books-Matt-Mullins/dp/0531265854/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334714699&sr=8-1

Elizabeth Blackwell

    Today I learned about Elizabeth Blackwell.

    During the early 1800’s, women could not vote and they couldn’t become doctors in America. Although many believed it couldn’t happen, Elizabeth Blackwell said she was determined to become a doctor during this time.

    Elizabeth was a very determined person from youth, but she wasn’t always sure about what she wanted to do with her life. One day, though, she was talking to a sick person who gave her an idea. That idea was that Elizabeth should do something like become a physician.

    At first Elizabeth said she didn’t like the idea. She said it was the last thing she would ever do. After thinking more about it, however, Elizabeth decided she wanted to study medicine.

    When she told people that she planned to become a doctor, many thought this could never happen, and told her so. They said things like she was wasting her time. Others said that she should forget about it and just become a nurse. Her father was one of the few people who encouraged her.

    After doing some studying with medicine, Elizabeth then applied to some colleges. None accepted her because they thought it was ridiculous that a woman wanted to become a doctor. Finally, Geneva Medical School in New York told Elizabeth that if all the students agreed to have her there, she would be accepted by the school. The students voted. To them it didn’t matter whether she was enrolled. Later though, Elizabeth found out that their votes were just a joke! That still didn’t stop Elizabeth from trying to be a student in the college. Eventually, in 1847, she was accepted — the first woman in America to be accepted into medical school.

    Once it spread that Elizabeth was accepted, she became the talk of the school. She was often stared at and made fun of. The students in Geneva Medical School threw paper darts at her and touched her hair to tease her. None of this stopped Elizabeth. She was determined to become a doctor.

    Elizabeth worked hard, and got high grades. In 1849 she graduated from Geneva Medical School at the top of her class.

    After graduating, Elizabeth worked at some places where she could help sick people, and she looked for a doctor’s office. Similar to what happened when she applied to colleges, many landlords didn’t want her to have a doctor’s office. They said a woman cannot be a doctor. After searching and searching, one person was willing to let Elizabeth rent office space for use as a doctor’s office, but the landlord wasn’t willing to let Elizabeth hang up her signs advertising that she was a doctor. The landlady debated with Elizabeth for a half hour, saying she wouldn’t accept a female doctor hanging signs up on the office windows. Elizabeth, who had little hope getting a better deal anywhere else, finally gave in and rented the office with the landlady’s restriction.

    Later, after a lot of hard work, Elizabeth — with help from people such as her sisters and other women who wanted to become doctors — raised enough money to open up a hospital in America.

    Elizabeth Blackwell, who died in 1910, had indeed became the first woman doctor in America. Many books were written about her and by 1900 about 7,000 women had entered the medical profession.

    You can learn more about Elizabeth Blackwell at:
http://www.amazon.com/First-Woman-Doctor-Scholastic-Biography/dp/059044767X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333181532&sr=1-1
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    And with that, I’m on SPRING BREAK!