2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games

As you all know, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games have ended… But here are a few tidbits I wrote about some of the athletes I found interesting and worth watching. Enjoy!

Simone Biles:

At just 4 feet 9 inches, Simone Biles is a legendary gymnast. Simone didn’t have the best childhood, but she had many people along the way that supported her as best they could. Biles mom wasn’t ready to raise children, due to her drug and alcohol struggles, so she put Simone and her siblings in foster care. After a few years, Ron, Simone’s biological grandfather, adopted her and her sister Adria. He and his wife Nellie, are now Simone and Adria’s parents. Aside from this, Biles is successfully moving her Olympic career forward. During the 2016 Rio Olympic games, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian all became the Final Five. They all worked hard and won gold for the U.S in gymnastics. No matter what Biles faces, she will always make it right back up to the top.

 

Katie Ledecky:

At the mere age of 15, Katie Ledecky proved that she was destined for greatness. During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Ledecky won a gold medal in the women’s 800m freestyle and also broke the American record.. She continued to show her potential at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships, by setting 2 world records and winning 4 gold medals in the 400, 800, 1500-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. This is year during the 2016 Rio Olympics Katie Ledecky won gold in the 200, 400, 800-meter freestyle, and getting gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (with Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, and Maya DiRado)… Along with all of that, she, Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, and Dana Vollmer all earned gold, and broke an American time in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Katie Ledecky continues to impress us all, with her amazing swimming powers!

 

Michael Phelps

  1. Michael Phelps has 28 Olympic medals (just Olympic, not counting World Championships and other competitions) and out of those 28, 23 are gold. I don’t even know what to say about Phelps… He’s basically a god. Michael was born is the most decorated Olympian ever. Even after winning 8 gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he felt like that wasn’t enough. So he came back during the 2012 Summer Olympics and just took home some more in the 100m butterfly, 200m medley, 4x200m freestyle, 4×100 medley, 200m butterfly, and 4x100m freestyle.. Even after winning 22 medals, he still wanted to prove that he could do it. He came into the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics waving the American flag, loud and proud, with the rest of Team U.S.A right behind him. The first event he swam he earned a gold medal, then he earned 4 more gold and 1 silver in the 200m butterfly, 200m medley, 4x100m freestyle, 4.200m freestyle, 4x100m medley, and the 100m butterfly. Michael Phelps is truly a phenomenon.

 

Ashton Eaton:

Ashton Eaton is an American decathlete. He holds the world record for the decathlon and the indoor heptathlon events. He has 2 Olympic gold medals, 1 from the 2012 London Olympics (decathlon) and 1 from the 2016 Rio Olympics (decathlon). He holds the world record for most points scored (9,045) for the events 100m, 400m, and 1,500m races, long jump, shot put, high jump, 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, and javelin throw. His wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton is the Canadian record holder for the women’s outdoor competition for the heptathlon. The U.S decathlon team is very to have Ashton Eaton on their side!

 

Maya DiRado

The 2016 Rio Olympics were Maya’s first and sadly last Olympics. Maya told NBC that she has found a job with Mckinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. She has everything laid out in front of her, she graduated from Stanford, trained for the Olympics, and got a job offer at Mckinsey & Company. I really admire the way DiRado has everything planned out the way she wants, I like the way she added a little bit of everything! She is an awesome Olympic swimmer and has won 4 Olympic medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) in her first Olympics! She won them in the 200m backstroke, 4x200m freestyle, 400m medley, and 200m medley. Maya DiRado is one of my idols!

 

These were just a few of the amazing athletes in the Olympic Games. I admire all the athletes, no matter what country, gender, age… I think all of them are amazing people. If you watched the Olympics and have any athletes you loves watching, please comment!


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Pokemon Go: The Height of Insanity

I’m sure you have all heard of the new trending game Pokemon Go. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a game where you go around your neighborhood/city looking for Pokemon to capture.  It’s a fun game, very entertaining… But people are becoming obsessed, and obsession over anything is not good. People have been crashing their cars, getting hit by cars, walking off cliffs, going to shady places, and getting arrested… Is a game really worth all of that?
I agree that the player should be careful and whatever happens to them is clearly their fault and not the games, but what about the innocent people, who the players crash into, the people who have nothing to do with the game? What about them?  And I know games are made to be addicting, but this has reached a completely different level. People have become overly obsessed, the game is too addicting.
Overall, I think that Pokemon Go should be banned due to these reasons… People will never stop being obsessed or “greedy” for more, the only way to stop this madness is to ban the game completely.
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Word Finder

Hi everyone! I’ve decided to create a game on my blog called Word Finder, I’ll be posting it every other week. The objective of the game is to find as many words as you can in one word.

The rules are simple, you can use any of the letters provided to you in the word, you can use the same word twice if it has two different meanings, you can put them in any order and you can even use names, the only thing you can’t do is add more letters.

Today’s word is: autobiography 

I found 135 words… How many words can you find? 😉

  1. auto
  2. biography
  3. graph
  4. bio
  5. at
  6. a
  7. biograph
  8. photo
  9. bit
  10. you
  11. trophy
  12. rat
  13. to
  14. too
  15. boo
  16. out
  17. autograph
  18. big
  19. rap
  20. grab
  21. hot
  22. hat
  23. it
  24. hay
  25. rag
  26. goo
  27. yap
  28. hoot
  29. Toby
  30. rob
  31. hob
  32. go
  33. or
  34. bog
  35. or
  36. hog
  37. togo
  38. toga
  39. pogo
  40. bet
  41. bat
  42. bat
  43. bought
  44. yogurt
  45. hi
  46. tar
  47. tab
  48. hag
  49. bro
  50. brat
  51. brut
  52. bra
  53. pug
  54. pot
  55. top
  56. up
  57. tub
  58. but
  59. your
  60. grit
  61. hip
  62. by
  63. pray
  64. hit
  65. our
  66. hour
  67. yip
  68. rot
  69. Rob
  70. port
  71. part
  72. hart
  73. bug
  74. bug
  75. goop
  76. tip
  77. bogo
  78. pat
  79. Pat
  80. gap
  81. trap
  82. bart
  83. Bart
  84. bot
  85. par
  86. rut
  87. rub
  88. Ty
  89. art
  90. yo
  91. Prat
  92. burp
  93. bag
  94. bop
  95. bar
  96. ya
  97. harp
  98. put
  99. party
  100. hypo
  101. typo
  102. guy
  103. bye
  104. tap
  105. root
  106. tour
  107. brag
  108. Tia
  109. Ria
  110. Rita
  111. Tori
  112. Gobi
  113. Tara
  114. hobo
  115. try
  116. gut
  117. Gary
  118. boat
  119. apathy
  120. trough
  121. phobia
  122. rapt
  123. yoga
  124. Burt
  125. gray
  126. poo
  127. riot
  128. portion
  129. Portia
  130. author
  131. guitar
  132. buy
  133. rit
  134. got
  135. gat

Good Luck! 🙂

 

Book Review

Book review for The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

By: Ela Kulkarni 

I recently read this book called The Honest Truth. I really enjoyed the book, and captured the essence of it too. It’s a book that makes you think about things in a different way, mainly from the main character’s point of view. It may be a children’s book, but it has great descriptions of the scenery, of the character’s feelings or thoughts, and has a good storyline. My favorite part of the book is definitely the end, it  is an amazing ending. There is one specific paragraph in the last chapter which I thought was just beautiful —

“‘Was I close?’ he asked. ‘To the top, I mean? I wanted to climb it. To reach the top. Did I get close?’ Jessie swallowed and squeezed Mark’s hand in her own. ‘Yeah,’ she’d answered, after a few breathless moments. ‘Yeah, you got close.’ There’s more than one kind of truth. There’s the truth that you can measure, the truth on maps and charts and in books of facts. And maybe in that kind of truth, Mark didn’t reach the top. Maybe he didn’t even come close. Maybe in that kind of truth he got lost and wandered off the trail and didn’t come anywhere close to the top of anything. But in the other kind of truth, the kind of truth you feel in a deeper place, in that kind of truth the maps don’t matter. In that kind of truth the skinny, bald kid with the disease eating away at him and the little brown dog with one brown eye and one green eye made it farther than they ever should have. They made it farther than minds and maps could measure, but not farther than hearts could imagine. In that kind of truth, Mark totally made it. He made it to the top of every mountain.”

Most of you probably don’t know who Mark or Jessie are, but that doesn’t matter, the meaning of this paragraph showed me a whole different perspective of “truth”.

I encourage you all to read this book and tell me what you think! 🙂

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What is a Father?

A father is someone
who is caring and kind

If you ever need help, he’s always there for you
Even when your feeling blue

He paves a path for you
And takes you halfway

He let’s go
when he knows your ready

But he’ll be there,
if you’re ever unsteady

A father is someone
who loves you very much
He has a soft and gentle touch

He takes your hand
And takes a firm stand
Telling you everything will be ok

He lets you know that you have someone to lean on
That will never truly be gone

That’s what I think a father is to me.

– By: Ela Kulkarni

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers! I hope you know how much your kids appreciate you.. Have an awesome day 🙂

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Tim Cook vs. FBI

I read an article in the TIMES Magazine about the fight between Tim Cook, and the FBI.

It had all started the day after the Massacre in San Bernardino. The FBI had found one of the terrorist’s phones. Their plan was to hack in and get the information. But, there was one problem… If they put the wrong password in 10 times, the phone would erase all its data. Nobody knew the encrypted passcode, not even Apple.
The FBI made another request to Apple… If Apple didn’t have the password, then they could design a new version of iOS 9 that did’t have the 10 chances. Apple started calling the idea GovtOS. Apple had many discussions with many people, and the final answer was a no.
Everyone thought that was it… But the FBI went to court and got an order from a federal judge saying that Apple had to create GovtOS because of something called the All Writs Act. In the end the FBI decided not to do it, but if Apple still didn’t agree to help, the FBI would make this a public matter.
Many people went against Cook, technology firms, his rivals, even Obama. And Donald Trump also held a boycott against him! Apple’s reason was that if they did create a machine to crack iPhones, hackers could get to it and use it for bad stuff. Nobody would be safe. “To invent what they want me to incent,’” Cook says, “puts millions of people at risk.’” This is a direct quote from the article I read.
The FBI had an argument for this as well, they said that the new code could be given to just that one phone. But even if Apple deleted the machine right after its use, many judges would be lining up to use it to crack their own cases.
Tim Cooks asks if the government should be able to access the infrastructure + when and how? Or should citizens have privacy from hackers, thieves, and the government?

In the end, the FBI hacked the phone anyway, without Apple’s help. But here’s what I think:

I think that the government shouldn’t be able to look at citizens private things, because they could misuse the power. I believe that ISPs (internet service providers) or companies like Apple should be able to see the citizens private information, because they have no reason to use it for harm. And whenever the government needs the private information for an important reason, they can request the company to give the information. I think this can stop the conflict between the FBI and Apple (or other companies).

If the FBI have hacked into Apple’s software, then is Apple really as safe as it claims it is?

If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas please share them with me! I would love to hear them! 🙂

Summaries

Hi everyone!

        A few months ago, I went with my friend to go see the musical “Wicked”. It was amazing, the whole experience felt unbelievable. There were amazing mechanisms, songs, and of course, actors! I encourage everyone to go see it! 

This post is about the same story, told from different perspectives. What motivated me to write this was the fact that one person can interpret something one way, and another person could interpret the same thing in a different way… Which causes problems, when it’s only a small misunderstanding!

 

The Wizard Of OZ:

In the story the Wizard Of OZ, a little girl’s house is ripped away by a tornado. She is blown from Kansas all the way to the Land of Oz. In order to get back to Kansas, Dorothy has to go to The Emerald City, and meet the Wizard of Oz. On her journey back home Dorothy meets the Tin Man, who needs a heart, The Cowardly Lion, who needs courage, and the Scarecrow, who needs a brain. When they meet the Wizard of Oz he says he’ll help them only if they do a task for him… To kill the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy tells her friends that they don’t need the Wizard of Oz to give them what they want… The lion doesn’t need courage to make him brave, he already is. And she tells the scarecrow, he doesn’t need a brain, he’s already smart enough, she tells the Tin Man he doesn’t need a heart, he already cares enough.

Wicked is the story of the Wizard of Oz, told from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view. 

Wicked:

Wicked is The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view. In her version she isn’t evil, she never was. Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) was born green and everyone made fun of her for being different… So she had a short temper but was never evil. The story shows why she did what she had to do, and why the Wizard of Oz is portrayed in a certain way.

Haiku

A haiku is a Japanese style of poetry in which the author writes three lines of 5,7, and 5 syllables.

Butterfly

Fluttering its wings

Soaring high up in the sky

Its colors shine bright

*

Joining the others

Leaving a beautiful glow

People look around

*

Traveling back home

Flashing colors like the sun

Flying up above

Life is Beautiful

life is beautiful

let it be

we are blessed with

a beautiful life

of happiness and prosperity

good, bad, happy or sad

don’t cry when things go wrong

we are the ones

who can bring it along

*

life is beautiful…

if you know where to look

start with yourself

change the world

and make it better

*

life is like a rainbow

colorful and bright

even though there are grays

hang in there, because

tomorrow will always

be a brand new day

*

at times

life may fail to be perfect

but

it never fails to be beautiful

life is beautiful

let it be

Rainy Dayz

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…

It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

– Anonymous 

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I love the rain! 🙂