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Bitcoin is Soaring! SpaceX is Launching! What a time to be Alive?
Mission Control Do you Copy?
Accoording to SpaceX COO, Gwynne Shotwell, these words will be echoed quite frequently for the next 15 months as crews from the international space station (iss) communicate back and forth with the grounded crew at the Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, FL. On November 15, 2020, a crew of four astronauts were loaded into a Falcon 9 SpacesX rocket and escorted to the 64 crew-member International Space Station. Utimately, 6 more launches are set to take place within the 15 month time span. The current crew will be stationed on the ISS for 6months and then rotate out.
BITCOIN IS SOARING!
Essentially, Bitcoins are created by coding an actual algorithm in a computer programming language. A group of developers/system engineers can team together in order develop a new coin or token. Alt Coins, are direct derivative of Bitcoin. Meaning, it’s the same technological concept formed by a different group of developers/engineers. The link below corresponds to a more in-depth article I wrote about crypto, please read at your leisure.
SpaceX and Tesla
Do you know what these two companies have in common? Yep, you guessed it : Elon Musk. He is the founder of both companies. Back in 2006, Musk started “SpaceX” an aerospace manufacturing and transportation company. Overall, his goal is to make intergalactic travel affordable in hopes of colonizing Mars. In 2003, Musk founded Tesla with several other partners. The electric car and clean energy companies current valuation is in the billions. Tesla stocks have performed quite impressively this year despite the looming pandemic. Random Thought: Does the concept of “time” exist in space? On earth, the sun rises at a certain time and the moon rises at a certain time. Therefore, how does the concept of time apply to you if you are not on a physical planet but just chillin’ at a space station or traveling in a personal spacecrafts? BTW, I have a feeling personal spacecrafts are coming soon! Remember you read it here first.
1 BTC= $15,000 USD
Despite the economic toll COVID-19 imposed on the world, Bitcoin managed to rally back up to $15,000+ per coin.
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School Is In Session
By far, the year 2020 has felt like a “real-life” depiction of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.” Each day is filled with so much uncertainty. Mysteries continue to unfold as a lethal virus continues to upset the normal pattern of life. Even more so, navigating the challenges associated with a virtual school year has been very “strange.” Google classroom has become a staple in most education-centered households. The technology that gives power to Google Classroom is truly astounding. However, the virtual tool is still a far cry from the advantages of “in-person” learning. But, as they say in show business “the show must go on.” As a fellow pioneering virtual parent, I have developed a short list of tips to help you better navigate the world of distant learning.
Lights, Camera, Action
One of the biggest challenges I have personally encountered with Google Classroom is my daughter’s visibility. My daughter has a very rich melanated complexion. On bright sunny days you can almost see small shimmering particles when sunlight reflects off her beautiful brown skin. She truly is a magical sight to behold. So, when I noticed her teacher was failing to recognize her as she was actively participating by rising her hand, I became concerned. My daughter uses a chrome book in order to connect to her Google Classroom. The web-cam built into the device is sufficient but not the sharpest technology. Therefore, I decided to update the lighting in our home, specifically around her desk area. When she is connected to class we use ceiling lights, floor laps and a high resolution LED laptop lamp. The lamp actually has a built in USB cord so we just plug it into the laptop.
Arrive To Class Early
In order to get the most out of Google Classroom, get to class early. Henceforth, if class starts at 9am you should be inside the class by 8:45am. Why, you ask? Well, the the answer is quite simple. The teacher can only see the first nine students while she is presenting. So if you have a class size of fifteen students, nine children are (the first nine to enter the meet) visible at any given time. However, if the teacher switches from presenting then she can see the entire class but the students cannot see her presentation. In this scenario, we are assuming the teacher only has one monitor, i.e. her laptop. Now if the teacher has access to another monitor, than problem solved. She can present on one monitor and keep a close watch on her class with the second monitor.
Use Natural Light
To get the most out of Google Classroom, make sure the back of your laptop is facing a window. Natural light increases visibility. Also, having your child sit with her back to a light colored wall helps with visibility. Never hesitate to bring the issue to the attention of the teacher.
I must admit, my heart would sink as I witnessed my little’s ones raised hand go unrecognized. I felt frustrated by the fact, the teacher was quicker to acknowledge fairer skinned children because they are easier to see on camera. I told the teacher straight up, I do not think your actions are racially motivated. In fact, I told her she was an amazing educator but she may have a problem with her visual acuity. Was I wrong? Of course not. Positive reinforcement is an integral part of education. It also helps to build confidence. So if my child is not being acknowledge than she is not learning. Watching my baby try so hard everyday really motivated me reach out to the school’s principle. After I made my concerns known to the principle, “stranger things” began to change. My daughter is acknowledged more often and excited about “computer school.”
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