Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Caption This

Image credit: Danielle Jago


  1. Lol, awesome. I'm guessing just a trampoline did that, from the background, but it looks like she spent a couple of days with a Van de Graaf generator... Makes a great picture, though... :P

    1. With a what lol?! :P Haha thanks :P

    2. Van de Graaf generators, we had to study them in physics. You may have seen one, they look roughly like a tall tube with a metal sphere on the top. And they generate static electricity, so placing your hands on top of one for a couple of minutes gives you a build up, and you can go round zapping people. Don't ask me why I know that you can do that, though. :P
      Try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_de_Graaff_generator if you want to see one. They are also in science museums if you ever happen to be bored enough to visit one of those... Haha, nah, science museums can be fun, I must admit. :P

    3. Hmm may have seen one in a comic book of some sort I think :P I see. Makes sense you remember them then...haha. Okay well I don't anticipate being in any way bored any time soon but maybe some point in the distand future lol ;P

    4. Physics was a very traumatic time for me. A lot of it has been painfully seared into my memory.
      Haha, I enjoy joking about physics, to be honest though, I enjoyed every minute of it. Yup, I'm weird. But that was public knowledge anyway.
      Actually, if in the future you are ever that bored, just find a trampoline anyway, it does the same thing, apparently!!! :P

    5. I skipped physics in the end actually. Did you follow a NZ or US plan for science? We used a US curriculum so through middle and high school took general science, physical science, biology, chemistry, skipped physics and went for advanced biology instead.
      Hahaha yeah totes! :P

    6. I followed a NZ course, The NZ Correspondence Course, which was written by its teachers. The trouble was it had been published in a hurry to get it out in time for students, so I was one of the guinea pigs who was trialing it. It was very up to date, the Quantum Physics, for instance, in 2014, was talking about discoveries made late in 2013, so about as up to date as you could ask. But, alas, it had not been proof read. So us poor little students, we try and do the calculations or something, and just cannot get the answer given in the answer guide. Ring a teacher, where did I go wrong? Teacher tries, can't get the answer in the answer guide either. Oops. :P Our course worked with NCEA, at Level 1 it was most common to general science, then branch out into the specific topic at L2 and 3. (Not sure how familiar with NCEA you are, NCEA L1 2 and 3 are your last three years of high school, and work towards University Entrance. L3 wasn't actually compulsory, if you dropped out at 16, you'd be part way through L2.
      Anyway, I don't have much interest in Biology, and at the stage was planning on Aeronautical Engineering, so did advanced Chemistry and Physics in L1, rather than general science. That set me up a whole lot better for doing those in L2, and that in turn made L3 easier. When I made the choice, my teachers had said that would happen, which is rather different to everyone else who's going on about "But you aren't doing biology!" My favorite response, "What are Xylem tubes?" And when they didn't have a clue, I left it at that... :P
      Personally I feel that general science is almost a waste of time, atleast the TCS one. They touch briefly on some areas and totally missed others, and then in L2, working with students who had done General Science, they really struggled with some areas, just because it was taking too big a step. And like I skipped biology and you skipped physics, if there's one area you like and one you don't, the area you like you're going to be missing out in, and the area you don't like you're wasting your time on...

    7. Wowsers, what a pain! Hmm okay. Yeah I don't know a lot about NCEA; basically that a lot of homeschoolers seem to switch to it when they turn 16 (when it becomes free) and use it for their last few years. NZ and the US in general have different plans for science though; NZ specialises sooner (so NCEA is probably a perfect example) whereas the US lays the bases across all bases and then specialises later.
      Fair enough! I had planned to take physics but in the end I ran out of time and my math wasn't up to scratch. Hahaha my little siblings were studying xylem and phloem tubes in their elementary (primary) botany program the other day :P

    8. Yeah, it is a bit of a pain... Right, yeah, NCEA is all that NZ public schools teach, and TCS is technically a public school, I think. It's very PC, and also because they pick up all the drop outs and special needs students, those like myself who are there through isolation and preferring to help at home rather than go off to bording school, we tend to find that the curriculum is a bit "simple" at times, it takes a long time to actually teach you anything, so those Xylem tubes, I learnt about hose in my first year, so I would've been 14, whatever that translates to in your system... :P
      A lot of parents are concerned about NCEA, and I know one guy who says that it stands for Not Competently Educating Anyone. I'm actually surprised home schoolers would want to change, personally, I'd be incliend to change away from it!

    9. Oh yes that's right, I remember now. I hadn't actually made the connection that some people would find it overly simple, but that makes sense. So annoying, I would get really bored with that! Haha yes, we teach that a fair bit earlier :P

      Hahaha I don't think I've seen that version of the acronym before, but it's awesome lol. I'll have to remember it for future use ;P Yes, well the change seems a bit silly to me, but they do it for qualifications rather than quality. Entrance to American uni's is gained through writing a transcript, whereas NZ uni's basically rely on prior qualifications. Our mix of curricula doesn't provide any sort of uni-prerequisite, so a lot of homeschoolers prefer to switch to NCEA, ACE, or Cambridge to gain uni entrance.