Monday, November 24, 2014

The Tatau

Mrs Tele'a had a treat for us today in extension. We had been learning about tattoo designs and what they mean to people. So today, we had a VIP come into the room. It was Mr Tele'a. He came to show us what the tatau looks like. Mrs Tele'a also had a tatau, but it wasn't like the pe'a.

We got into groups as he changed into his lavalava, and in our groups we planned what to ask. My group had come up with some good questions. 15 of them. But changing clothes doesn't take forever, so soon we had to sit down.


Mrs Tele'a asked us where certain bits on the pe'a, like where the va'a(canoe) is, etc. The tatau was certainly detailed and meaningful; every single dot or line meant something very deep! We were able to see all parts of it, as Mr Tele'a was a great model.


After the mini quiz, we were granted permission to ask questions. I asked the most questions (thanks to Gloria). There were some meaningful questions, like "What part means the most to you and why?" and "Would you encourage your sons to get them?" We found out that
Mr Tele'a was tattooed by Tuifa'asisina Su'a.

Finally the 11 o' clock bell rung, and class had to end. Mr Tele'a was a great model, and that helped to provide us with information that now has given us a bigger understanding in the art of tattooing.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Joe Vs The World #4: Name Change!

Joe The Ice Cream Man Vs The World

#4: Miko & Niko

 “Such a long title.” complained Joe. “Let’s change it.”

Joe Vs The World

#4: Name Change!

 “That’s better.” said Joe.
Anyway...
 Joe saw that there was plenty of ice-cream left in the petrol tank. His foot hit the speed pedal once more. ZWOOP!! He went through space time. “Where am I?” he wondered, still speeding.

 ZWOOP!! He found himself 30 years in the future. Joe knew this, there was a massive calendar saying so! The world was a wasteland. Aliens ordering glowing green-eyed humans, a giant machine, and all that sort of things. Joe saw Jordan. Jordan was in the time car. “What are you doing here?” asked Jordan.

Joe was puzzled, and Jordan could tell that. So Jordan explained what happened. “Fine. I’ll go back and save the world.” The future begun to turn bright and colourful. “Yay for Joe!” cheered Jordan. Suddenly it flashed back to the alien future. “Uh oh.” said Jordan.

Joe was back in 2018. “Finally. It’s not 2048 anymore.” he sighed in relief. It was dark, but the sun was rising. Joe thought hard. “I know!” he cheered. He made some special ice cream on a big cone. He ran out of car, and into a cave. The ice cream was glow-in-the-dark, so he could see where he was running.

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“I love premium flavour!” Joe chuckled. The animals took a liking into the scent of the ice cream, and Joe soon found himself being followed by a dog, pig, and chicken. “Is this... Minecraft?” Joe wondered.

He spotted Miko up ahead. “RRR.” he rumbled. BAM!! Miko rammed his fist into Joe’s stomach. The ice cream flew into Miko’s face. “Aaah!” cried Miko. “This is like petrol!” The animals saw the ice cream, and attacked. Joe saw his chance. He jumped into his car, and revved the engines.

“Back 2 months!” Joe laughed. Zap! He witnessed Jake crush the amulet. And Niko fall on the ground. As they left, he picked up the pieces. “There. Done, and done.” Joe said. He climbed into the car, and went back to the normal time.

Everything was normal. No slaves with green eyes, no crying Mikos and Tims, everything was  in it’s right place. The concert had finished, and the sun was beginning to rise. As Joe walked to the serving area, and small boy named Tommy came up.

“Can I get a 2 scoop cone?” asked Tommy. “That’s $84.98.” replied Joe. “Why?” asked Tommy. “Because I just saved the world.” answered Joe.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Athletics 2014

Friday. To end an eventful week, we had athletics. Everyone was shining with excitement. For many students it was their first time, but for others it was their 7th or 8th time. Mr Burt and Mrs Va'afusuaga started off with the normal introduction, then moved on to the activities. The year 7 boys had Mrs Tele’a as their adult leader.

The year sixes were going off to camp next week, so the year 7’s & 8’s were doing all the fun games first. All of these games would not lead into interzone, they were just so they’d have fun. There were games like tug-of-war, sack race, skipping, and hurdles.

All the seniors had an enjoyable time playing around. But soon after, the year 7 boys reached the serious things. Shot put, running, and high jump. Because the morning started off the wet, the year 7 boys were behind schedule. And because they were behind, they were going to miss out on some sports.

Shot put was already proven to be tough. Quickly, many people were shown to have a hard time pushing the ball a few meters. If they couldn’t make it, then they’d be moved down to a different set which was easier for them. After a short time, the top three year 7 boy shot putters were found. So then they progressed onto high jump.

It started at about 1 meter high. Those who could not make the jump had to go to a lower one, which was similar to shot put. There were some good jumpers in there. Some of them could jump much higher than a meter. Maybe even over... 2 meters? But as time progressed on, high jump soon came down to it’s top 3.

There was no time for sprints, as 3:00 had already come. So athletics were to continue on Monday. But Monday was wet, so the date was moved to next Monday. But the year 7 and 8 students had it on Tuesday. For them, only a few sports activities were left. The year 7 boys only had sprints left, so it made sense for them to start sprinting first.

There were a lot of fast people in that group. Some could achieve 100 meters in 13 seconds! It was indisputable. Some people were really fast. Mrs McMillan and Mrs Flavelle were in charge of marking the fastest runners. It must’ve been hard for them. Some people in front by centimeters... sounds difficult.

Soon after, athletics finished. The year 4’s & 5’s will still have to come and finish everything off, but the year 7 and 8 students wont!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stickmen Characters

There are many people in my Stickmen Comics, but there are only a few main characters. This post is all about them.

Miko:
Miko is the main stickmen of all the stories. In the picture he is the one holding the video game, Mortal Combat.
Trivia:
  • Miko didn't appear in Stickmen 1. He appeared in Stickmen 3, the first one made.
  • Miko is engaged to Olivia. Despite being the strongest character, Olivia can make him really scared.
  • Miko has hair. In the picture shown, he has none, but in Stickmen 24-25 he is shown to have hair.
Darfol is Miko's sidekick. He is unsecure person, often being scared by Olivia.
Trivia:
  • Miko gave Darfol his hat, a souvenir from his first battle. But Darfol replaced it, making Miko mad.
  • But he changed his hat after a dragon ate it.
  • Darfol was once attacked by chickens. This is one of the reasons that he is so unsecure.
Emeta is Darfol's girlfriend. She is a competitive girl, often beating Olivia in Mortal Combat. In the picture, she is the girl.
Trivia:
  • Beating Olivia caused a plane to crash. Olivia got so mad that she smashed Emeta's face through a window.
  • Emeta was going to be a boy. She was going to be named Emett. But a spelling error caused her to be a boy.
And Olivia is Miko's fiancée. Also appearing in the first comic, here is some trivia.
Trivia:
  • After being beaten by Emeta at Mortal Combat, Olivia smashed Emeta's face through the plane's window, causing the plane to crash.
  • Olivia swoons over Bear Drills, causing trouble between her and Miko.
  • Olivia is actually the first girl to comment Emeta. Before that, Emeta was a depressed, angry girl.
And that is the info of all the Stickmen Characters!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Simpsorama


Simpsorama is a crossover between The Simpsons & Futurama. It's the sixth episode of the 26th of the television series The Simpsons, and the 558th episode of the series overall. Both The Simpsons and Futurama were created by Matt Groening. He said consulting about the crossover was really hard, as he had to talk to himself as well.

In the episode is a joke about Homer and Bender. Al Jean, an executive producer of The Simpsons, said that the joke was about their similarities. They just drew Homer's head, then replaced the hair with Bender's antennae. Similar, right?

Futurama, the 31st-century comedy that was cancelled last year, will return to life again for this Simpsons episode. Another joke in the episode is the opening title. Underneath, the subtitles say, "A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes." Funny, and it also makes sense. The Simpsons has over 500 episodes, and Futurama has been cancelled. So yeah, it makes sense.

Simpsorama is so far my favourite episode on TV. I look forward to seeing more episodes like this. See you then!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Test Writing - Unedited

Intro:
Para 1: What good friends are
Para 2: Bad friends
Para 3: Fairweather friends
Para 4: How to treat friends
Para 5: Why friends are important
Conclusion


Writing:

Friends. What are they? Are they people who mock or bully their friend? Are they rich and famous people? Do they know everything? To answer all those questions, read ahead. A friend is...

A friend is someone who has an interest in hanging out with their friends. They aren’t usually rich, but they are reliable. Good friends stand up for their friend, and they’re fun to interact with. A true friend will always believe in their friend, and that their friend has the potential to do anything. These people can be anywhere. All around may be people with the potential to become best friends! But there may also be people who may ruin their friends future.

Those people are bad friends. Bad friends also like to hang out with their friends, but they make the wrong choices very often. If something happens and one of them gets hurt, they may tease and laugh at them, rather than helping them. There are another type of bad friends, which are called ‘fairweather friends’.

Fairweather friends only hang out with their ‘friends’ when they have money. They tell the person what to do with the money, which often ends up being bad things. Usually they influence the person to get items like drugs. They hang out with the person, until the money disappears. By then, those friends will have disappeared. Or if the friend is in trouble, they vanish immediately, leaving the friend to face the music all alone. These people do not know how to treat others nicely.

Friends should always treat each other nicely. If they are treated badly, they will soon leave for different friends. If a friend is getting hurt or being teased, the best thing to do is to stand up for them. That tells the friend that they have chosen the right companion, and that they have a great bond. Empathising and sympathising with your friend is also a great way to show that things are working out. It shows loyalty, kindness, and good characteristics. Good friends are always important, just like family.

Family is a compulsory thing to have, and so are good friends. They may not know everything, or have everything, but they know how to take care and share. Good characteristics and loyalty is what it takes to know that the companionship and fun will last for ages. Many lonely people end up living terrible lives. But people with even just one true friend may never become lonely.

Bad friends and fairweather friends are not cool. Even if they are rich, or know many things, if they don’t know how to treat people nicely, they cannot be true friends. Loyalty, kindness, love, humor, and good characteristics are the things that every good friend must have. Only ones like that can be called, ‘good friends’.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weekends

This is what weekends are for. Resting, hanging out and having fun. I haven't had much of that. Why? Well...

12:03 a.m. My family finishes watching a movie when we discover the time. I probably should have gone to sleep earlier, as the movie slightly creeped me out and gave me sleeping problems.

6:45 a.m. I wake up. I can't get to sleep, and I don't want to get up. So I just sit there... hoping that someone will wake up soon. That movie was waay to creepy.

8:58 a.m. My parents take me with them on a trip to get plants and flowers. Unfortunately, I don't have as much of an interest in plants, so I am slightly bored.

4:34 p.m.  We arrive home, with nothing, to have lunch. When it's finished, my sister & I have to do the chores, while our parents work outside.

6:52 p.m. I'm sooooo bored!! What to do!? I not tired, dag nab it!

8:26 p.m. Dinner is ready. We eat it very quickly, and soon get comfy. Another movie is on, but luckily this time it isn't a horror movie or something similar to that. I am so grateful for that.

10:59 p.m. ZZZZ... So tired.... good night...

Friday, November 7, 2014

10 facts about Blogs

  1. WordPress and Blogspot are two most popular blogging platforms. WordPress, a relatively late entrant in blogging, has surpassed its elder brother, Blogspot in terms of popularity. More than 40 percent of bloggers use WordPress.
  2. In 1999, there were just 23 blogs. Today, there are over 1.5 billion blogs on the internet. 
  3. More Than 60% of blogs are in English.
  4. There are over 152,000,000 blogs worldwide.
  5. A new blog is created somewhere in the world every half a second. That means that 2 could be created in a second, and then 4 in 2 seconds, etc.
  6. Morning is the most popular time to read blogs.
  7. People love to blog about brands that they are either passionate about or dislike.
  8. Images in articles usually increase the amount of views by 94%.
  9. More than 2/3 of bloggers haven't updated their blog in over a year.
  10. Finally, blogs were the first social networking sites. That means that they have been around for a long time.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stickmen - 2 year anniversary

2 years of Stickmen! I am so proud! So to celebrate, I'll carry on working on them. I had planned to finish on 22, and resign, but 25 stories... well...

3 more stories will come out! Like I did with Minecraft Pt 2, I will spill some secrets about Stickmen 22.

There will be some major references. One is the iLoLed. A made-up phone by me, the iLoLed causes Emeta to go deeply depressed. A star appears, too. Bear Gryils is the fantastic movie star. He causes Olivia to swoon over him. Miko seems to be the only one unaffected, as Darfol freaks out after seeing a 'Bear'. 

That's all I'll tell you now. Stickmen 22 will come out soon! But for now, does anyone wanna play Mortal Combat?

The Genuine Movie

Some of you may have heard of a movie made by me in 2012. That movie is called 'Toy', and it's my first good animation. Unfortunately, the video is bad quality. So this is to make up for that. This movie has no sequel. I know what it says, but I ran out of time and space to make part 2. So ignore the last bit. Sorry for any inconvenience. So to make up for it...

Minecraft Part 2 will come out soon!
Here is the video!

Toy Part 1 from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Evolution!

Drawing is something that I really like doing, but showing it is something I didn't like doing as much. When I started school in 2008, my drawing of a person was... well... terrible.

This went on until 2009 when Mrs Glaze was handing out our drawing paper, and showed my person in front of everyone. That made me want to change it immediately. I saw Shalom drawing someone with a box body, and I copied him.

In 2010 I thought my person looked fat. I had to change him, so I did. I went up a stage as well as going down two. He had no shoes or fingers, making him look... well... terrible again.

2011 was my changing point. I had been reading lots of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books, and I liked the way Jeff Kinney drew his people. So, I copied his unique style for the 2 years I was in Mrs King's class.

2013 would have been like the 2 previous years, but I quickly changed it after seeing how easier it was. My drawing of Greg and the rest was terrible, so I changed it.

And after working on my comics more, I found that I draw best with a mix of Stickmen and the Jeff Kinney style. A person with a round, stickmen-type head, with the Jeff Kinney style body.

So now looking back seems weird. One choice lead to another, which lead to another. Looking back at my first few drawings, wow. Some evolution did take place. I can now saw that in 2008, my drawing of a person was... well... 

terrible.

Thank You Letter

Dear Mr Malcolm,

I would like to thank you for being there to supervise us on the museum trip, because if you didn’t come then we wouldn’t be able to go to the museum. Your help and commitment is something truly delicate and precious to us.

You were a helpful and kind helper. You kept us from trouble, and lead us on the right path. Thank you. I enjoyed the museum trip more as you did everything well. Taking photos with you was amazing, you know how to take photos!

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Iisa.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Minecraft Part 2

I haven't forgotten about it! Minecraft Part 2 is coming, and so is the third Minecraft presentation!

Warning: This involves spoilers of the upcoming items. Read with caution.

Minecraft Part 2 is when Steve realises what the cheat has done to him, and he endeavours on a journey to fix it. During this, he finds out that if he dies, then it will be game over for him.
What we haven't explained in Minecraft is on it's way! Minecraft - The Last Facts - is coming soon! If you need to know your things, and quick, this presentation will guide you! #1 & #2 are already out, so you can read that until Minecraft: The Last Facts come out.

And that's all I can tell you about these amazing products come out. See it soon!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Global Warming

Global Warming is when the carbon dioxide from cars, planes, and trains go up into the atmosphere and sticks. When the sun’s heat goes down onto Earth, it reflects of the earth’s surface and back to space. But some heat stays on Earth due to the CO2. Sea level rise is one of the negatives that come with it.

Sea level rise is when the lasting heat from the sun starts melting ice caps and the poles. Ice is simply water with a temperature below zero, meaning that if it’s too hot, it will melt. And the water will cause the sea to rise. Low lying countries like Belgium and Norway will be in danger of flooding, and in 2030 they may not even be on the map anymore.

Global Warming are also melting glaciers. This will come with a big impact, because many millions of people depend on fresh water supplied each year by these glaciers as they provide drinking water. Without these glaciers, agriculture may fail. The oceans aren’t good for drinking water, and Global Warming is thought to be affecting them too!

The extra CO2 in the atmosphere is getting absorbed by the oceans, lowering it’s pH. A pH is the acidity or alkaline in a liquid. 7 is normal, but go below and it’s acidic. Go above 7 and it’s a basic or alkaline. With our oceans absorbing this extra CO2, it could have a major effect on the food chain and our food.

Can we prevent Global Warming from happening? It’s possible, but it means that we must use ways of travel like walking and riding a bike. Cutting down car and train travel is a great thing to do for an anti Global Warming world. We have one Earth, so let’s make it last.

Auckland Museum Trip 2014 Take 2!

When looking for historic items from our country and other Pacific countries, the museum is a good place to go. Opened in November 28th, 1929, Auckland Museum is a fun place for families too. Schools often go on field trips to the Museum to learn about New Zealand.


On Tuesday the 28th of October, the day after Labour Day, the year seven students from Pt England went to the Museum to learn more about Māori and Pasifika art, as the Term Inquiry is Art Attack. Everyone was excited. The year 8’s were on camp, meaning that the year 7 students got to go without them.


Upon arrival, the students were allowed to eat their morning tea. When they finished, they went to the Māori art gallery. In the middle of the museum was a big waka. Around it were different uses of harakeke. You could see bags, mats, poi, and many more items. One of the items was a ball. Like a soccer ball. The students were then asked to draw some items.


Soon the students left the gallery, and moved on to the Pacific gallery. There were 6 sections, each with different items. There was the Samoan section, a Tongan section, a Niuean section, a Cook Islands one, and the Gods & leaders section. Another task the students had to do was draw something from one of those sections. The Tongan and Samoan sections were the most popular, as majority of the students went there to draw.


There wasn’t much time for drawing, so after a few minutes the teachers and parents took the students to the entrance to have lunch. Like the time in the Pacific Gallery, lunch was short. The students had one last task, which was to take specific photos of objects like the domain, statues and trees. All around the museum you could see people in red and black spread out, posing and walking.

Everyone finished soon after, and by then the buses had arrived. The students, teachers, and parent helpers seated themselves out. When the buses arrived back at school, everyone was longing for a nap. Luckily the day was pretty much finished, so the students packed up, thanked the helpers, and waited a wee while before the bell rung. When it did, the day was over, meaning that they could go home. The museum trip was certainly an enjoyable experience.