Educator Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) is a very clever guy. On his family’s vacation this summer, he used a unique hashtag every time he posted a photo to Instagram. By doing this, he is enabling others to aggregate all his photos of the trip, and it’s possible for him to do the same thing. This creates a dynamic, separate set of images like a photo album. Great idea!
July 12th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments
June 15th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments
This is a video that I found while I was watching another video on YouTube. While I was watching it, I got me to thinking about it. What really is my goal in Minecraft and in the real world?
May 26th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments
Friday night Sarah and her classmates at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City Public Schools “bridged” up to 8th grade in a special ceremony held in the school auditorium. These are some photos of Sarah and her friends, who got ready together at another house. It’s amazing to see how old she looks and how fast they are all growing up!
May 22nd, 2014 by Dad · No Comments
I think you will like these, Rachel.
May 14th, 2014 by Rachel · 2 Comments
This is a video I showed my dad today in the car, and he said it was really catchy and that I should post it. So, here yall are!
By the way, this is a ‘Brony’ [ bro that likes ponies ] fan video by The Living Tombstone on Youtube.
(This is a comment by dad, I fixed the link for you. Remember to click the HTML mode button in the upper right corner when you want to paste a YouTube video and make it in bed like this!)
April 25th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments
Today was the Jog-o-Thon at my school. It was very fun!I ran 11 laps around our track. That is more than 1 mile! With all our funds we earn from the Jog-o-Thon, we are buying iPads for our school. I am so excited!
April 10th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments
This is a song from a short film that I like. I was showing it to my parents when I thought about posting it, so you all could see it!
April 6th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments
These are some photos and a video of Sarah’s eighth-grade simple machine project she completed this weekend.
March 20th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments
This is really funny! There are other videos of things re-enacted by ponies, too.
March 11th, 2014 by Rachel · 1 Comment
Ok, I found this really cool My Little Pony video on youtube, and I can’t stop listening to it. It has Princess Luna and the mane six in it. It is an ocupela [ forgive me if i didn't spell it right ] video. It’s really cute!
February 24th, 2014 by Sarah · 1 Comment
Do you remember when you used to go outside and play until dark? In the twenty-first century many children’s lives are centered around the television. They watch it when they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night. If I had the power to eliminate any invention in the world it would be the television, because TV causes kids to go outside less, TV advertisements encourage bad eating habits, and TV causes kids to have body image problems.
The first reason why we should eliminate the television is because TV causes kids to go outside less. In Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, he states something very interesting. He says, “Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community.” What does that say about how are kids are growing up in this world? Kids need to get outside and play. They need to use their imagination and play games with other children.
In addition to keeping kids inside more, television ads encourage bad eating habits. Picture this: The season finale of your favorite show just took a commercial break, so you’re sitting on the edge of your seat. All of a sudden, a food advertisement is played on your screen. The detailed, mouthwatering pictures of huge burgers and fries are now on your screen. Your mouth is beginning to water and your stomach is growling. This was just a scenario of what happens in many households. The television plays ads that make you want to eat food that is unhealthy. It’s just too hard to resist this roaring urge inside of you to go out and buy fast food.
The final reason why we should eliminate the television is because TV causes kids to have bad body image problems. Have you ever noticed that on television most characters are usually thin, fit, and flawless? Watching these type of characters on the television can cause some regular, ordinary, flawed people to get self-conscious. That is one reason why so many teenagers have body image problems. They think that there is something wrong with them. Body image problems can not only lead to depression but also eating disorders like anorexia. One of the main reasons young, teen girls are unhappy with their body image is because television shows and advertisements promote dissatisfaction.
Overall the television is just a bad invention. It causes kids to go outside less, the television encourages bad eating habits, and it causes kids to have body image problems. When Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the television, I doubt he thought his invention would lead to so many horrible things.
February 8th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments
You should enter this contest, Rachel!
February 5th, 2014 by Rachel · 1 Comment
I was browsing through videos on YouTube when I stumbled upon this great video! Since I am a MLP fan, I like this kind of stuff. It is a parody of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King with Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia. I hope you enjoy it! Tell your friends!
December 26th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
This Christmas we ate prime rib for dinner rather than our more traditional turkey or ham main course, and it was delicious. For my own documentation for future years, and in case this is of interest to others who may find their way to this post, here are some details about what I did, my lessons learned, and what I’ll do differently next time.
This recipe from Prime Steak Houses was my main guide. It’s been around 5 years since I’ve cooked a prime rib, and I couldn’t find the friend’s recipe this time that I’d used previously. I did remember it involved initially cooking the prime rib at a high temperature in the oven for a short time, and then lowering the temp for a longer time… and that is what this recipe also directs. We bought and cooked a five pound prime rib, planning for about 3/4 of a pound per person. That worked out great portion-wise. The main change I’d make is to cook it about 15 minutes longer than I did. My meat thermometer starts at 140 degrees, but according to the recipe you need to remove the roast when the interior temp reaches 120. Since my meat thermometer didn’t show the exact temperature that low, I had to guestimate and I guestimated a bit low. After the initial 15 minutes cooking at 450 degrees F, I cooked our prime rib an hour at 325. Next time I’ll use a meat thermometer that shows increments at least down to 120 degrees (hopefully lower) and cook just a bit longer, probably an hour and a half for the same quantity. Rather than remove the prime rib at 120 degrees (as I tried to do this year, and the recipe directed) I’ll remove it at 130 degrees. For the eaters in our family, medium to medium-well prime rib is best.
I will say the aroma of the cooking prime rib in the house was absolutely fantastic. The anticipation of eating excellent meat like this can be almost as good as the actual eating itself.
We have a relatively new spice shop in Oklahoma City on Western, right by the Will Rogers Theater, called the Savory Spice Shop. It’s a chain based in Colorado, and they have some amazing seasonings. I used their “Mount Evans Butcher’s Rub” as my spice rub on our prime rib and it turned out delicious. I highly recommend it, and look forward to also using it on pot roasts in coming months. Per the above recipe link, I rubbed the ends with soft butter and made small, 1/2 inch cuts around the roast before rubbing in the spices.
We love creamy horseradish sauce with prime rib, and I used this recipe to make mine although I used raw horseradish from a bottle rather than fresh. It turned out runnier than I would have liked, probably because of the amount of lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Next time I think I’ll just make my own to taste with sour cream and raw horseradish. It was good, but next time I’d like it to be less runny.
To accompany the meat I cooked our family’s traditional mixed vege casserole, cranberry sauce (basic and plain from scratch, the best kind) and mashed potatoes roughly following following this recipe. It was a great meal on an already wonderful and blessed Christmas day with family.
I hope you had a great Christmas are are continuing to enjoy a restful holiday time with family and friends!
December 7th, 2013 by Rachel · No Comments
A volcano in Japan is making a new island. It is very cool!
December 7th, 2013 by Rachel · No Comments
I just watched an Asap Science video on youtube about lucid dreams. It was kind of weird, but interesting. Kinda creepy, too.
November 7th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
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October 16th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
Rachel, since you’ve been very interested in the Loch Ness monster lately I thought you would like this article. It is about a very large “oarfish” which was discovered dead off the coast of California. The article explains fish like this might be some of the reasons we hear stories about giant sea serpents in the ocean.
October 15th, 2013 by Rachel · No Comments
My dad and I were just eating French toast in the kitchen when I saw a slug on our window! I knew it was a slug because it had no shell. I thought it was pretty gross at first. But then we did research and found out that it was a Dark face arion slug. We took pictures of it and now I am writing a post about it!
October 10th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
Flashback to May 2010 when Sarah was a 5th grader at Chisholm Elementary in Edmond, Oklahoma. Sarah was chosen to be “Chargee” (the school mascot) at a PTSA pep rally after an all-school fundraiser. I shot some video clips on a camera that we FINALLY (3.5 years later) took the media off the memory card! I combined these clips together with iMovie and exported it as a single video. Flashback!
October 10th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
Rachel created a cereal box book report for 4th grade that is due today, and recorded a summary of her project this morning.
October 3rd, 2013 by Rachel · 3 Comments
September 24th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
Rachel wrote this note to me last night about YouTube.com/ASAPscience. Coincidentally, she discovered it as a related YouTube video on her sister’s account, and I discovered it today via Richard Byrne’s post.
September 11th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments
Rachel: The website Switch Zoo looks like a great one you would have fun playing on!