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

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!

Why iPads Are Made In China


      Today I learned the real reason why iPads are made in China.

      The real reason why iPads are made in China has to do with the periodic table of elements. There are some elements only found in China that are rarely found anywhere else. Things from the iPad’s batteries, display, and even the smart cover magnet all are built with these elements.

      These elements are hard to export out of China. The only way China would let Apple export the metals would be if most iPads were manufactured in China.

      This answers the questions, “What does the periodic table have to do with the iPad?” and, “what’s the big deal of learning the periodic table of elements?”

      So without the periodic table of elements, the iPad wouldn’t be as great.

      You can learn more here:
http://www.cultofmac.com/161885/the-real-reason-why-ipads-are-made-in-china/?utm_medium=twit&utm_campaign=spread-us

A Review of the Nova Elements iPad app

      Today I learned about the Nova Elements iPad app.

      The Nova Elements iPad app is an app that lets you try to figure out which protons, neutrons, and electrons to use to create an element. The app also contains an interactive digital periodic table of elements. You can click on an element to learn more about it, and to see a photo of it. I like the fact that you can easily tweet the information about the elements so that others can learn about them, too.

      Another thing included in the app is a two-hour Nova program called “Hunting the Elements.” I didn’t watch the two-hour Nova program because I was interested in trying out the interactive features. You can also watch the program here. (I will review the show in a future blog post.)

      When I first opened the app, I was annoyed that I heard audio right away. I think many people do not want to have to worry about audio automatically playing — they could be listening to other audio. This is the same with websites. Most people want to have the choice of turning audio on, not having it played automatically. Also, the repetitiveness of the audio is probably the most annoying thing about the app to me.

      I also didn’t like the fact that the app seemed kind of confusing. I think you have to know a little bit about the elements in order to use the app otherwise you will be lost on what to do. Fortunately, I read a book about the elements before playing with the app. That’s why the two-hour program is there, for people to learn. Once you learn, it can seem kind of easy.

      So if you’re really interested in the elements and you’re using the Nova Elements app, you would probably want to have different kinds of levels and choices of elements to build. It could be similar to the Angry Birds app. Right now you can build the elements which make up a watch, a shirt, a banana, and coffee. These are the only four items offered by David Pogue, a tech writer and who has hosted many PBS shows. It would have been more interesting if more items were available.

      For educational purposes, I think the app can help someone memorize the elements. I also think that the Nova Elements app is more interesting than just reading a book about the periodic table.

      Click on this link at the bottom so you can download this app:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nova-elements/id512772649?mt=8

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

Matter and Chemistry


      Today I learned more about matter and chemistry.

      Chemistry is one of the most important sciences because without the knowledge of chemistry many things wouldn’t exist. Bread, soap, rubber, and even the gas stove wouldn’t exist without chemistry. This is because chemistry is the study of matter. And matter is anything that takes up space and has weight.

      Some examples of matter are wood, rocks, and animals. Some tools scientists use to study chemistry are microscopes and test tubes.

      Matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are very small, and are invisible to the human eye. Protons, electrons, neutrons are part of an atom. These protons, electrons, and neutrons are made of quarks. So far quarks are the smallest things scientists have found that makes up matter.

      Elements are substances that are made of only one type of atom. Some examples of elements are sodium, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, copper, gold, and silicon. These elements were discovered by scientists doing experiments. Want to know when each element was discovered? Here is a timeline. There are probably still other elements to be discovered!

      The periodic table of elements is a table with all the elements, the number of protons in an element, the symbol of an element, etc. The purpose of this table is to help with predicting new elements and is a way to quickly see the properties of the known elements. An example of what the periodic table look like is shown on the right.

      I think chemistry is one of the hardest things I’ve had to study in Science; it has so much information to learn.

      I think the most interesting thing about chemistry so far is how scientists keep digger deeper and deeper to find things like quarks and what makes quarks. It just gets more and more detailed.

      You can learn more about matter and chemistry here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/chemistry