Summary of a Greek Myth – History Week 16 Review

In the past week, I have been learning about Greek culture. Today’s essay is on Greek myths, or, more specifically, a summary of one. So…Here goes nothing!

A long, long time ago, a young boy named Jason was sent off to the centaur Chiron, half-horse and half-man. He was then raised by Chiron because his real father had been killed by his uncle and the uncle had taken the throne. King Pelias was scared that Jason might reappear someday, and so he asked the great Talking Oak for advice. It said, “Beware the man that wears one sandal.” So, he had set guards out on the gates to watch for someone when only wore one sandal. In the meantime, Jason had left and was now traveling to the city Iolchos, where Pelias reigned. While on the way there, and old woman came along, and pitying her, carried her across the river in front of them. He then lost one of his sandals in the flooding river. Once across, he kept headed toward Iolchos. When he arrived at Iolchos, he was then pointed at by a child and then called ‘the one-sandaled man’ by the people, and he was brought before the king. Pelias then challenged Jason to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Jason then confronted the Talking Oak, which told him to take a branch, have a figurehead carved from it, and have a ship built. He had these things done, and then he asked where he would get the men to row the ship. It told him to summon 50 of the heroes of Greece, and take them with him. Once on, he asked the figurehead how they would move the ship, as it was too heavy for Hercules himself to row it (Hercules was one of the heroes summoned). The figurehead told Orpheus (who was better at his harp than at strength) to play his harp, he did, and the ship moved away from the beach.

On the way, they had many adventures, which I cannot recount right now. However, the Argonauts (as the name of the ship was the Argo) did arrive, and were called to the king’s court. He granted it to them on one condition: they defeat his barriers. His challenges were to harness and plow a field with two fire-breathing oxen, plant the teeth of the dragon, and then defeat the dragon guarding the fleece. For the Oxen of Fire, the king’s daughter Medea (who was also an enchantress,) gave him a potion to rub all over his skin and he would be fireproof. He then did so, plowed the field, completed the Dragon’s teeth challenge, and then went up to steal the Fleece. Now the Enchantress Medea made a potion for an arrow that would both pierce a dragon’s scales, and put it to sleep. Jason then grabbed the fleece and ran, telling the sons of the North Wind to go and tell the other Argonauts (because they could fly) and got on the ship, stealing away with both Medea (who had fallen in love with Jason) and the Fleece. They returned to Iolchos, and Jason, going up to the king, showed him the Golden Fleece, and killing Pelias, became the next king of Iolchos.

That’s my summary of a Greek Myth. I hope you liked it!!

Science Lesson 128 – On-Camera Flash – Sorry about the lateness!!

On-camera Flash – Lesson 128

All cameras have a flash, that’s assured. DSLRs have a pop-up flash on top, Digitals have a built-in switch on flash, phones have a built-in flash next to the lens.   However, only DSLRs have the option of an on-camera flash.   These flashes are not built-in, and all that’s needed is a DSLR camera with an on-camera flash option.  Pretty much any DSLR has it, especially Canon and Nikon (who also make the majority of the on-camera flashes).   Why on-camera?   Normally, there’s a pop-up flash on the top of the camera, but the downside to these are that they are relatively small source of light, exaggerating shadows, and they are pretty short, so if you have a large lens the pop-up is too short and there is a large shadow on the bottom of the photo created by the lens size.  An on-camera flash is tall so it eliminates the shadow of the lens and the on-camera flash can swivel, allowing you to bounce the flash off the wall, decreasing he highlighted shadows.  Btw, there’s a little click area that tells the flash to decrease the flash power, so if you’re shooting up close and personal, it can fit into the click on the side and it will automatically decrease the flash power.   There is no better solution to lighting in photography than an on-camera flash!

 

Athenian Lifestyle – History Week 15 Review

Athenian Lifestyle – History Week 15 Review
A long time ago, a place called Greece housed two major cities one named Athens and the other Sparta. They both were growing quickly, and both making huge changes in Greek life, including pioneering new types of government. Their major difference, however, was in the way they treated family loyalty and love. Today’s essay will explain the difference between Athens’s and Sparta’s view of family loyalty and breeding.
In Athens, Marriage and Birth were highly encouraged simply to keep the family name going. The women had their marriage arranged, and normally had to put up with whoever was chosen for them.
In Sparta, marriage and birth were encouraged for the state – in other words, Sparta only wanted a military, and no family loyalty. Athens thought family loyalty a strength, Sparta a weakness. Athens thought women were ok to be seen in public with the husband. Sparta thought not. Athens thought that public weddings were ok. Sparta, again, disagreed.
In short, Athens’s and Sparta’s cultures were pretty much opposite. Extremely simply, that summarizes Athenian and Spartan differences.

Summarization of 1 Lesson From This Week – History Week 14 Review

Summary of Lesson 53 – History Week 14 Review

          In this week’s review, my teacher asked me to summarize one of the lessons from the past week, so here’s my summary of the story of Romulus and Remus. 

          In the beginning of the story, a man becomes king with his brother also racing him to the throne, and the king’s brother’ daughter had two young boys despite her forced vow to never marry… therefore, the king (named Amulius) had the two boys (named Romulus and Remus) thrown into the river Tiber.  Luckily, they both landed in a stout basket, and they floated downriver.  A while later, an olive tree’s root upset the basket, sending the little boys onto the beach.  There a mother wolf found them, and took them to her den.  The wolf then raised them, until Amulius’s brother’s (Numitor) farmer noticed them fooling around.  He and his wife then took care of them while they grew up to be strong, healthy, active young men.  They then found out that they were princes by happenstance, and they were brought to Numitor their grandfather.  They did not know him, and went home unknowing.  They then went out to make a new city, unlike what Numitor told them, which was to retake Alba (the city they lived in), and went home unknowing.  They then went out to make a new city, unlike what Numitor told them, which was to retake Alba (the city that Amulius was ruling).  Instead, they both went out to make new cities.  They decided that one should be king of the city, and they started a dispute.  Remus went to one hill, Romulus to another.  Both claimed they saw the sign, and in the dispute, they walked away.  Then, Romulus started building a city on his choice to put the city (Palatine Hill) and made a little wall.  Remus made fun of Romulus’s wall, and hopped over it.  Romulus whacked Remus on the head with a shovel, said, “so perish all who jump my wall.” And Remus died.  Therefore, the name Rome comes from Rom-ulus, and so the story is that Romulus therefore founded Rome, which would become a huge empire later.

The Sabine Women

          After the founding of Rome by Romulus, he was king, and noticed that there were only men coming to his city, no women.  So, he planned a meeting, and a feast to honor the god Neptune.  When the Sabines (a neighboring tribe with lots of women) came, the men of Rome stole away enough wives for everybody, and they all had wives.  However, the Sabine men declared war because their daughters had been stolen.  The women pleaded with the men not to fight, said they were happy with their new husbands, and so the Sabines and Romans combined as one because of the pleading of the Sabine Women. 

 

romulus-and-remusThat’s it for today’s essay, I hope you liked it!

Macro Photography – Lesson 123

Macro Photography – Lesson 123

          In today’s lesson, I learned about iPhone photography in Camera + 6, in the new Macro mode. It’s really easy to use, all you have to do is open up the toolbar, press the flower icon, and shoot away!  This guy explains it really well.

 

This guy uses an iPhone, and Camera+ 6.

The Liebster Award – Answers

Thanks to Homeschool Travelers for nominating me for the Liebster award, here are the questions asked and then my answers.

Questions:

  1. What movie can you watch over and over again w/o getting bored?
  2. Are you a morning or a night person?
  3. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
  4. What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
  5. What calms you down when you’re angry.
  6. What is your favorite activity to do on vacation?
  7. If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you choose
  8. Would you want to choose how you die or when you want to die?
  9. If you can learn any skill, what would it be?
  10. If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
  11. What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list and why?

Answers:

  1. Definitely Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl.
  2. Neither.  I don’t like going to sleep, and I don’t like getting up.
  3. comedy.
  4. become a Geologist!  I ❤ rocks
  5. a good book on my Kindle Paperwhite.
  6. read, or play a board game.
  7. a would probably do track.  XD I’m homeschooled so I don’t do that
  8. yes and yes.
  9. music
  10. 11 – Childhood is Good
  11. to live a good life w/o videogames.

Thanks to Homeschooled Travelers for nominating me for the Liebster Award, I hope you guys out there got to know a little more about me, Thank you!