Assignment Week 7: Shaun White

Yesterday, the USA’s Shaun White competed in the Men’s Halfpipe.  In this event, each competitor gets two runs down the halfpipe to impress the judges and the crowd with their tricks.  People are ranked by points, with 50 points being the maximum that anyone can get.  On his first try, Shaun White got 46.8 points.  He was the last person to do the first run, and was in first place.  As everyone else did their second runs, none of them could surpass Shaun’s score of 46.8 points.  This meant that Shaun White was getting the gold medal.  He was going to ride down the middle of the halfpipe, but his coach influenced him to do something interesting, and he did.  Since he was under no pressure at all, he did a Double McTwist 1260, which is a hard snowboarding trick to do.  He amazingly landed, and got a score of 48.4 without even trying!  Everyone was cheering for Shaun because many people had fallen when they were landing their tricks.  We can learn something from Shaun White: If you’re relaxed, you can do anything that is difficult.

Shaun White
Shaun White getting some air!

Assignment Week 7: Alexandre Bilodeau

Alexandre Bilodeau is an Olympic Medalist and was born on September 8, 1987.  He was the first person ever to win a gold medal on Canadian soil.  The event in which he won the gold medal was the Men’s Moguls.  When Alexandre was little, his older brother, Frédéric, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  At that time, Alex was an excellent hockey player.  As time passed, his mother got tired of taking Frédéric, his younger sister, and him from hockey rink to hockey rink.  Alex’s mother suggested that he should join downhill skiing.  As he was deciding, Alex saw Jean-Luc Brassard win a gold medal in moguls.  He inspired Alexandre Bilodeau to try the moguls.  So, at the age of 7, he decided to try out the moguls.  Now, he is excellent at the moguls.

The Olympic Torch

Today, I woke up at 6:30AM to go see the Olympic torch that came by my school.  The street was jam-packed with cars and people at a time that was usually quiet.  Anyways, we saw a few Olympic painted cars, floats, and some police officers.  Then, the torch runner came.  Many people, including me, saw a lighted torch light another one.  This historical event is something that no one will forgot.  Click here to see the Olympic Torch. The video quality is fair, because it is taken on my cell phone.

Assignment Week 6: eyeOS

Have you ever travelled around and wished you had the files you stored at home?  Well, now you can do that anywhere where there is an internet connection, with a web application called “eyeOS”.  In short, this web application is your own personal computer.  It will let you customize a lot of things, like allowing multiple users use it, each with their own desktop, files, background, and more.  As of  this post, the eyeOS organization is working on eyeOS 2.0, which, apparently, will be much faster than eyeOS 1.X.  To use eyeOS, you can create an account on http://eyeOS.info/, or by downloading eyeOS and installing it on your Apache2 webserver.  The best part of this is that it is open source.  I would recommend this to people who don’t have a permanent computer and people who like storing all their files on USB drives.

The desktop on web desktop eyeOS

Assignment Week 5: The Olympics!

I am looking forward to the Olympics.  It’s because it’s hosted in Vancouver, very close to where we live.  It gives everyone an opportunity to see the Olympics in person, not just on television.  I know that business owners have been complaining about how the Olympics have used up a lot of money, but it doesn’t matter.  When tourists all over the world come here, all the money will come in for businesses that have lost a lot of money.  The last thing I want to say is that those annoying Anti-Olympic protesters should shut their mouths and enjoy the Games.  Actually, everyone should enjoy the Games!

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mascots!