The Creek Trails

Yesterday I went on a walk from our house to the cottonwood creek and explored around that area (btw the cottonwood creek feeds into the Sacramento River). Then I walked to our community campground explored that area for a while. Then I went back to the creek, but instead of taking the usual path, I took a different way that led into the swamp. The swamp is a very wet and muddy place that is right next to the creek, so I called it the swamp. Here is a map that I drew on my computer of the creek area:

My Dad and I had chopped our walking sticks from one of the trees in the swamp, and now we use them every time we walk down to the creek. The reason why I had walked down to the creek area is that I was looking for an excellent spot to build a hut with my Dad. Unfortunately, I didn't find one, but we are going to walk down there again later today to look again

The iMac

About a year ago, we had been given an old 2009 iMac from some of our friends. The iMac was slow, but we used it for our schoolwork. I had wanted to reset the computer, but I wasn't sure if it would ruin the computer or not, but eventually, I decided to reset the computer. Well, it didn't work, it had not gone back to its original program, and since I never created a backup, it was just stuck in the "select a drive" state. I had worked hours trying to get it to work. But nothing I did worked, so the iMac just sat there in my room for about three or four months. Until recently when I remembered that Nicholas had installed Ubuntu on a USB flash drive for his desktop computer, so I looked up how to install Ubuntu on a mac computer it said " to plug in the USB flash drive then turn on your mac hold down alt/option and select the USB drive and then press the install" I followed the steps, and it started installing Ubuntu. I was very excited that it was going to work finally. I went through the ubuntu setup process then it was set up and ready, except for one thing the wireless internet chip driver for Ubuntu wasn't installed, so I looked up how to fix that, and there was a lot of answers that I tried, but none of them worked. I don't know whether I didn't do the instructions right or not or if the version was wrong. But I skype called my brother, Nicholas, who has used Ubuntu before and who would know how to fix the problem. I had screen shared my screen on the iMac, and he helped me fix the problem. I didn't understand everything that he told me to do, but he said that the computer needed a CD for installing the driver for the wireless internet chip. But he was able to make the USB flash drive seem like a cd to the computer, and the computer downloaded the driver. The iMac is now working, and I use it for schoolwork and skype.


There is a type of video called stop-motion; stop motion is a ton of photos played fast and that forms a video. I tried out an app called stop motion studio. Stop motion studio is an easy cheap app that you can use to take pictures on, and once you are finished you can play the photos together as a video, you can also adjust the speed of the film. and you can add sound effects, green screen backgrounds, titles, and more. I had purchased the pro version of the stop motion studio because if you don't the app will only allow you to use the camera and the photo playback. I love that I can use the greenscreen because it sometimes helps when I don't have a good background. Here is a film with legos that I did earlier: 


Spread and Adoption of the Wheelbarrows - History of Inventions - Lesson 31

The most common type of wheelbarrow used today by China is a type of wheelbarrow where the wheel is in the middle of the wheelbarrow. Here is a picture of that: 

The center wheel design is also used for carrying people around on it, and it could hold up to six people on it! Some of the Chinese wheelbarrows had sails on them for easier pushing/pulling if it was a big load and if they were going a long way, here is a picture of that: 

The Europeans had probably come up with the idea of the wheelbarrow by themselves because there is no trace of the Europeans getting the invention of the wheelbarrow from China. I find interesting that China had used sails on their wheelbarrows for helping them to push or pull it around.

iPhone 11

About a week ago, an iPhone 11 arrived in the mail. It had was bought by my uncle. It is for my grandpa and grandma who is going to move back to Lake California. Once it came in, I logged into my Grandpa's Apple ID, and then I had started setting up the iPhone. The iPhone 11 does not have an actual home button like most other types of iPhones, but instead, you just swipe up on the screen and does the same thing as a home button, if you don't know what a home button is, it is the button on the bottom of the iPhone (shown in the image below)

The reason why it does not have a home button is that the screen fills up the whole front of the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 also has some other perks, most of the different iPhone versions don't have. But I am still figuring those out.