You read that headline correctly. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. Of course, I was living in Japan when it started, so I was very far behind by the time I moved to Canada. But also, I’ve only read the first three books. I explained why I haven’t watched the TV series in this video:
So, what do you think? Should I watch it? Let me know in the comments section below.
Time to get caught up on the blog posts for VEDA! Uh, that’s about 20 videos to catch up on.
For this one, I did something called the Social Media Book Tag. I had to relate different books to different social media platforms, based on the nature of those platforms. It was an interesting exercise. Find out what I said:
Which books would you relate to the social media platforms? Here’s a list of the questions:
Twitter- Your favorite shortest book.
Facebook- A book everybody pressured you into reading.
Tumblr- A book you read before it was cool.
Myspace- A book you don’t remember whether you liked or not.
Instagram- A book that was so beautiful you had to Instagram it.
Youtube- A book you wish would be turned into a movie.
Goodreads- A book you recommend to everyone.
Skype- A book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about.
This is the second solar eclipse I’ve seen in six years. The last one was in Japan, and it was a total eclipse. This time, we had a partial eclipse here in Edmonton. I made a solar eclipse viewer with a cereal box, and it performed wonderfully. Curious to see the results? Well, check it out!
The things that I observed with the viewer that I found interesting were:
I could see clouds when they passed over the sun.
While the image was sharp, the camera found it to be difficult to focus on it, mainly because of the contrast between the dark box and bright light of the eclipse.
Outside the box, when it was at maximum eclipse, I noticed the following:
It got darker. It was still sunny, but it was a very odd sunny. It was like we had a 70% less bright sun. Things that I normally would have squinted at, like the white garage door, was no longer very bright.
It became cooler. It was a significant drop in temperature, and I wanted to wear a jacket. It was a 25 C day. That’s warm. But with 70% of the sun covered, the heat was less, and it felt cool.
I would have loved to have experienced the total eclipse. When I was in Japan, it was cloudy. I didn’t notice much of a cooling and while it did become significantly darker, it was still cloudy, and it wasn’t as impressive. I could still see the eclipse through the clouds, though. And yes, I did look at it without protecting my eyes with glasses. I couldn’t see it with the glasses, actually! The clouds were just the right thickness to be able to see the eclipse. But don’t worry, I only glanced at it quickly. And then when there was a break in the clouds, I used the glasses and took pictures through them.
Most of you are from North America, and I’m sure you know about the solar eclipse next Monday, right? The path of totality will cross the United States, but all of North America will get to see it to varying degrees of partiality. For me, it’ll be around 75% partial.
Do you have your solar eclipse glasses? They’re hard to find now. If you don’t have some, don’t worry! You can still observe the eclipse! Actually, I made one today with my daughter. Here it is:
That’s right, it’s a cereal box. Curious how to make it? It’s actually very easy. I made a video showing how I made it, so if you want to try this out, then definitely watch the video!
Are you going to make it? Any kind of cereal box will do. You can use pretty much any kind of box, actually. Just make sure no light is getting in except through the pinhole. Let me know if you’re going to make it!
How many of you like to travel? I would love to visit every country in the world. Yes, even the dangerous ones, as long as they’re not dangerous in the future. But there are some that I absolutely want to go to within the next ten years.
Below is a video where I describe the countries I want to visit. You’re welcome to read the list below the video, but you won’t get the reasons or why some of these countries are special to me. So, watch the video!
And here are the countries:
So, which countries do you want to visit, and why? Let me know in the comments section below.
When you read a book, most likely you’ll get attached to some of the characters. And then some of them die. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Well, in today’s VEDA video, I talked about 4 female characters that I really did not want to happen. Why only female? I’ve found that there aren’t many male deaths that have affected me. There are a couple, but I don’t think it’s enough for a video.
If you want to know which characters they are, then you must watch this video. But be warned that there are spoilers! If you don’t want to be spoiled, then don’t watch. The books featured are:
Angel Fire East, by Terry Brooks
The Rise of Endymion, by Dan Simmons
The Elfstones of Shannara, by Terry Brooks
Dragonsdawn, by Anne McCaffrey
I won’t mention the characters, but you can find out if you watch.
If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of these characters’ deaths without giving any specifics about the names or how they died in the comments section below. Also, don’t tell me about any other characters in different books, because I don’t like spoilers, either!
VEDA continues with some Pokemon! When we were in Japan two months ago, we visited the biggest Pokemon Center in Japan. It’s called Pokemon Center MEGA TOKYO, and it’s in Ikebukuro. We also visited Ginza, Tsukiji, ate some sushi, and went to our old neighbourhood. All of that is in this video. Check it out!
Do you want to go to Pokemon Center MEGA TOKYO? Let me know in the comments section below.
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