Sunday, August 26, 2018

Linus - bishop of Rome

We just learned about the Asyncritus - Bishop of Hyrcania, one of the seventy disciples.

A few more of the seventy were listed that we don't know much about:

Phlegon - bishop of Marathon
Hermes - bishop of Dalmatia
Patrobulus - bishop of Puteoli
Hermas - bishop of Philippi

One of the ones we know a little more about is Linus - bishop of Rome.

The apostle Peter was known as the first leader of the Christian church after Jesus' death.
Linus took over after Peter, and Linus was known as the first Pope.

(from: wikipedia - pope linus)

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

He Zun

We just learned about the Phoenix Crown of Empress Xiadouanxian.

Another ancient Chinese sculpture is the He Zun.

This is a bronze sculpture made around 800 BC, and is the oldest ancient Chinese sculpture with the words "Middle Kingdom" or "Zhong Guo" meaning "China" on it.
It is a "Zun" sculpture, which is a kind of vase used to hold wine for pouring.

The sculpture is 15 inches tall, and weighs about 30 pounds.
There is writing on the inside in Chinese that talks about how the city of Louyang was built in China.

The He Zun was found by a local farmer who did not know what it was, so he sold it to a waste recycling center where someone would have melted the sculpture down for the bronze metal.

Luckily a historian saw it and rescued it, and then cleaned it up and put it in a museum.

(from: wikipedia - he zun)

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Greek - Counting to Seventy Nine

We counted to 69 in Greek, let's keep going!

70 εβδομήντα (evdomínta) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah
71 εβδομήντα ένα (evdomínta éna) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah AY-nah
72 εβδομήντα δύο (evdomínta dýo) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah DEE-y-oh
73 εβδομήντα τρεις (evdomínta treis) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah t-day-ss
74 εβδομήντα τέσσερις (evdomínta tésseris) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah TAY-say-dee-ss
75 εβδομήντα πέντε (evdomínta pénte) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah PAY-n-tay
76 εβδομήντα έξι (evdomínta éxi) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah AY-k-see
77 εβδομήντα επτά (evdomínta eptá) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah ay-p-TAH
78 εβδομήντα οκτώ (evdomínta októ) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah oh-k-TOH
79 εβδομήντα εννέα (evdomínta ennéa) - sounds like ay-doh-ME-n-tah eh-NEE-y-ah

center for the greek language
(from: wikipedia - center for the greek language)

ASL: sixty, sixty one, sixty two, sixty three, sixty four, sixty five, sixty six, sixty seven, sixty eight, sixty nine

Italian: settanta, settantuno, settantadue, settantatre, settantaquattro, settantacinque, settantasei, settantasette, settantotto, settantanove

German: siebzig, einundsiebzig, zweiundsiebzig, dreiundsiebzig, vierundsiebzig, fünfundsiebzig, sechsundsiebzig, siebenundsiebzig, achtundsiebzig, neunundsiebzig

Spanish: setenta, setenta y uno, setenta y dos, setenta y tres, setenta y cuatro, setenta y cinco, setenta y seis, setenta y siete, setenta y ocho, setenta y nueve

French: soixante-dix, soixante et onze, soixante-douze, soixante-treize, soixante-quatorze, soixante-quinze, soixante-seize, soixante dix sept, soixante dix huit, soixante dix neuf

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Attitude Control

We just learned about the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).

A lot of the sensors we've been talking about are all part of Attitude Control.

This means controlling where the rocket is and which way it is pointing.
The attitude of the rocket is where the rocket is moving, whether it's up, down, left, right, forward back.

(from: wikipedia - attitude control)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Humboldt Squid

We just learned about the Southern Sand Octopus.

Another type of cephalopod is the Humboldt Squid, also known as the jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid, pota, or diablo rojo (red devil).

These squid can gro from 5 feet to 8 feet long, they live in the Pacific Ocean, and usually live around 1,000 feet under the water.
Just like some other cephalopods, they can change colors from white to red, which is where they get the nickname "red devil".
Sometimes these squids will talk to other nearby squids by flashing different colors!

This squid is a hunter, and when it is hunting other small fish it uses all of its 8 arms and 2 tentacles to reach out and grab the smaller fish or other animals it is hunting, then pull them into its mouth where it has a sharp beak used to cut up and eat the animals.
They are super fast hunters and can swim up to 15 miles per hour!

Some people have been attacked by this type of squid, but scientists think that only happens when the squid are feeding on other prey and are hunting.
When these squid get angry they have even attacked and broken deep sea cameras sent down to look at nature.

(from: wikipedia - humboldt squid)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dental Notation - Palmer

We just learned about Dental Notation - ISO.

Another type of Dental Notation is Palmer Notation.

This uses the same idea where the number starts at the front and goes backward, but it also uses a little L shaped or corner shaped symbol (┘└ ┐┌) to show which part of the mouth the tooth is in.

So if a dentist wants to talk about the 4th tooth in the upper right part of the mouth, they would use 4┘

(from: wikipedia - palmer notation)

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Himeji Castle

We just learned about the Citadel of Aleppo.

Another famous castle is Himeji Castle in Japan, built around 1300 AD.

It is the largest castle in Japan, and because of its white color is sometimes called the "White Egret Castle" or "White Heron Castle" because it looks like a bird flying away.

The castle is over 5,000 feet long, and the area around the castle takes up over 500 acres.
Inside the castle area, the main building has 6 floors and a basement. It looks like 5 floors because from outside the top two look like the same floor.
The floors go from big at the bottom, over 5,000 square feet to small at the top, only about 1,000 square feet.

On the first floor there are over 300 tatami mats, which are special made floor spaces, and lots of weapons.
Each wall has weapon racks for holding spears and guns, and once had about 280 guns and 90 spears.

There are arrow slits through all the floors to shoot arrows at attackers, and the upper floors had places that people could come out and throw things at attackers below.
Outside there are three moats, and a big maze of pathways that go around and around the castle, up hills and in small spaces.
This was to make it so even if an army did attack, the castle would see them coming a long way out and be able to stop them with the moats.

(from: wikipedia - himeji castle)

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