Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Basic Firearms Training For Alex



Song:   Crazy

Artist:    Seal




This is a picture of one of a few very large sports stores nearby.
This one is but 10 minutes away from our home.
There are some even larger ones about 20 minutes away...
but as this one suited our needs...we came here.








The guns were not only in the room...
 there were whole walls and a multitude of shelves filled with a wide range of firearms.


We are going back home with Alex's new BB gun.


This is an entry level BB gun.
It has a relatively low BB velocity (350 fps).

It is very reasonably priced.
I got this for under $30.00.


I will be using this to teach Alex the basics of firearms handling and shooting.


Notice... I had Alex wear safety glasses...
and we are using a metal pellet trap
(Pellet Traps are safe to use with the paper target only...
not with the included rotating metal targets installed.
They are for use with a pellet as they deform upon contact...the bb will ricochet).


I am demonstrating how to hold the weapon in the shoulder 
and how to place the cheek against the stock for consistent sight placement.


With the basics of safety instructions given and demonstrated...


I hand the BB gun over to Alex for the first time.


I am correcting his posture.


I am demonstrating the sight picture he should be seeing through the sights.




One last demonstration of the cheek weld to the stock.


Alex did well in keeping his finger alongside the rifle until he was ready to shoot...
this was taken just before he shot.




His first shot was in the second ring.

Although it was at fairly close range...
it was not bad for a first time shot.

I will eventually teach Alex how to handle and shoot true firearms...
pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

For those understanding the reasons...
besides for basic body control...
then I need say nothing.

For all others...
please read on...
it may save you and your family's lives one day.


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Now...
I must answer the questions that many misguided people in this world frequently ask.

Why would anyone wish to own firearms?

Guns are evil...what is the need for them?


A one word response....
Crazy.


Because there is an inherent capability for man to put other beliefs before 
a basic moral code of right...such as greed...
 predatory response to envy of the ants by the grasshoppers of the world... 
a deeply seated irrational anger (Crazy).


Because there are adequate lessons in life to come to the 
extremely rational conclusion that there are some who are evil...
that they will stop at nothing to covet everything that you have to better 
their lives (because they lived as grasshoppers all of theirs)...
including taking your, and your family members' lives
(this is not even taking into account extreme circumstances).

And yet...there are those who...in the face of the plentiful empirical evidence 
before them...try to irrationally rationalize without the slightest forethought...
not taking into account the plausibility of any number of situations where
predators (four or two legged) will, without hesitation, kill you by whatever means...
to fulfill their wants or needs.

To not spend a one time price of a few hundred dollars for a simple firearm...
for REAL life insurance (proactive vs. passive (after the fact) )...
when you will spend tens of thousands for economic insurance (life insurance)
over a life time...
is the height of irrationality in a sea of rational evidence...
yes...it is CRAZY.

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Why would anyone wish to own firearms?

Because there is the inherent right to self preservation...
and to the preservation of your family...
and the protection of all who are good and innocent...
 from predation.

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Guns are evil...what is the need for them?

Guns are tools...
in the hands of the good.

Guns are not evil...
some people are evil.

It is they who make a means of protection necessary...for the good.

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There are many more questions by those who simply don't see reality...
or who simply don't use forethought.

I will conclude this with just some of my own experiences in life.

I am a former soldier...
and a retired Correctional Officer.

I am not a gun "nut".

I have fired more rounds...
more types of weapons...
 than most people outside of the military will ever get a chance to.

I respect weapons.

As a Correctional Officer...
I had seen into the depths of true EVIL.

I had been mixed in with the true predators of society.

They are the statistical anomalies.

They are relatively few...
but cause an extraordinary amount of death and destruction
in relation to their numbers.

They simply do not think in the same manner as most.

They are extremely egocentric...
and are generally short term thinkers...
they lack compassion...
they lack a feeling for the sanctity of life.

They had lived a life of predation upon the perceived weak.

Many had killed wantonly...
some for short term gains (mere dollars)...
some were mass murderers...
some were serial murderers...
some just for the thrills of the moment.

The only way to stop some of these types of beings...
is to have the training and the firearms to do so.

In the case of a great natural or man caused disaster...
a firearm is a natural survival tool in the wild...
and a means of protecting yourself against those of whom are wild.


Now...
take a close look at this picture...
and truly think.



Will you and your family be the Zebra...
the prey of the Lion?

Or will you be the Elephant...
walking quietly...
but carrying a very large stick?

I say be the Elephant.

With a firearm...
you are essentially carrying your family on your back...
out of reach of any predator.

You won't be unnecessarily violent...
but with your firearms and training...
not even the lion will wish to tackle you or your family.

It will not be the Lion who is king of the savannah...
but you...as you go about your non-violent business of guarding your family...
that is...unless absolutely necessary.

For those who are still unconvinced...
it is not about you or your nebulous (ir)rationalizations.

It is simply a matter of putting your family before any
idealism you may have...
to be willing...AND capable...
 of doing whatever it takes to ensure THEIR safety.

Besides...
with a firearm...
it is up to you, at that moment, to ever use it.

Without one...you leave the choice to that of evil...
of the predator... to decide your family's fate.

Further reading if you still feel it isn't necessary:



Always remember...
the key to survival...
 is being prepared in the first place.







Monday, June 25, 2012

Alex Moving On To Pre-Calculus (Thinkwell)



Song:  Avant de Quitter ces Lieux

Composer:  Charles Gounod

Rendition:  Calikokatspiano





Alex officially finished his Thinkwell Geometry course...
and started the Thinkwell Pre-Calculus course today.






Alex is still studying Geometry in review through two other math courses.

It is not enough to do merely well.
He had made a few errors (mostly with proofs)...
so we will keep him reviewing until he is fully comfortable with the subject.

Alex tends to want to blaze through his courses.

He had only started Geometry a few months ago.

I would rather he simmer in the subject a bit longer...
until understanding is complete.

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Alex also just finished the following book.

My wife always has him reading, one book after another...
to build his reading comprehension.



This particular picture comes from my wife's blog on Alex
(and so... the Japanese in it).



Alex loves reading interesting stories.

I think he likes Biographies, History...
and other non-fiction the most.

Other favorites of Alex's involves basic science.








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After today's studies...
my wife took Alex to a nearby park
(they walked there).



They had walked down the street...


and up another...


passing THE sign which Alex said has always bothered him whenever we drove by.
It is crooked and he had often remarked how no one had fixed it.


Alex enjoying a swing set in the park.



This is a see saw.


Alex had enjoyed his time at this park...
UNTIL...


he had seen this sign!

He got embarrassed and wanted to go back home   :)



He had a fun day.

When I had awakened...
I took him to a sports store to buy a few things with which we shall be using tomorrow.





An Article In Review - 10 Myths About Introverts


Song:  El Condor Pasa

Artists:  Simon And Garfunkel





Alex is naturally an introvert.

He is happy being alone with his interests.

Although he likes being with other children...
he doesn't wish to always be with others.

He loves pursuing his interests.

Is this a weakness?

Is it desirable to want to be in groups?

Will he be hampered in life because he loves solitude?

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My wife likes reading the latest research concerning human behavior...
especially when it concerns the fields of Neurobiology and Neurochemistry.

And so...
she had brought to my attention an article she had come across.







The author had demonstrated
great observations into the human condition...
but then again...
I would expect that ...
coming from an introvert.

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I know that introverts are sometimes looked upon as
being UNABLE to function NORMALLY.

You must remember...
for them...
it is NORMAL.

Although statistically (in the USA)...
they are out of the statistical norm.

A person who has deep introspection...
has deeply running sincerity...
deeply running passions...
feels deeply compassionate...
feels a deep sense of justice for all that is right.

I say...
the world would be far better off with more introverts...
or at least with more introspective extroverts.

A man who loves his own company...
is a man well worth knowing.

He knows you far better than you realize...
because he knows himself.

He understands human behavior...
because he understands himself.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

iPad Gaming And Educational Applications As A Tool For Learning


Video of trailer to realMyst game.



Before I go into the various iPad applications...
I think I should first put forth how I think video games (apps included)
can be a good thing.


I've linked an earlier article on the value of video games here:



And just in case you are worried about children learning the wrong things
through "violence in video games" (justified violence as opposed to unjustified):





Now...
I may proceed.

First of all...
I will be listing some of Alex's favorite iPad applications.

He has the iPad 3...
and I have the iPad 2
(yes, I also play games).


Most of the applications are free...
and the others are very reasonably priced.

There are so many very good applications out there.

Alex has used many of the educational apps to help him study certain subjects.


First... I will show some of his recent educational applications.





This is Alex's usual spot on the sofa.

After his studies...he likes to relax with his iPad in this spot.

Here Alex is studying SAT vocabulary.



 As he was preparing for the SATs...
he had a lot of SAT preparation apps.

The whole idea is to find the best applications for your child's needs.

Alex likes learning the basics of subjects he will learn in the future, such as Chemistry...
and about subjects he is currently learning, such as Biology.

He likes applications on Mathematical Theory...
as well as exploring new topics such as Medical Terminology.  

He also had an application for foreign language...
but as his focus is on other things right now...
he hasn't re-downloaded it to his new iPad 3.


Now...
on to the games.


In general, Alex likes games involving resource management in order 
to build a village, or a structure, in an efficient manner.



Mine Craft

He also likes games where you just build structures.


The following three are just some examples of resource management games.

The whole object of the game is to extract enough of the resources...
and to spend it strategically in order to effect a positive change...
mostly through growth of a village or tower.


This is one of the 5 Virtual Villager games available.

Although you may play for free...
it will take you a long time to complete without exercising the option to pay a one time 
(small) fee for the potential of four times the number of villagers.

Although this is resource management...
it is also survival of the group...
as you must maintain their health by finding ways to feed, house, cure illness...
research new technology...etc...in order to grow the village.

There are numerous puzzles you have to solve in order to achieve the desired results.
The puzzles get more challenging with each successive game in the series.

The villagers also breed (chaste), grow, and die.



This game is called Enchanted Realm.

It is more strictly a resource gathering and management game.
You must grow your village and meet certain criteria in order to 
build your buildings.

Like all the resource management games...
it teaches prioritization of expenditure.




This is Vegas Towers.

Another resource management game.
You build shops and residences in order to collect cash...
in order to build and fill new floors.

It teaches economical expenditure of the resources.


The following is a text based game where quests must be completed
and on-line battles must be fought in order to collect cash to spend on 
extra health, offensive and defensive capabilities, and objects to achieve
more cash with time.


This is called School Of Magic 3.

Alex likes this game as you must compete against other on-line players...
as well as try to establish strategic alliances to give a defensive and offensive edge.

These are just some of the many available iPad games 
which teaches young children how to prioritize and manage resources
to meet set objectives.



This last game is one of advanced puzzles set in a fantastic world of technology.

It is in first person perspective and it is open ended...
as well as being environmentally interactive.

You may roam about freely...
although you may not be allowed free access until certain objectives are met.

If you are to have but one game for your child...this is the one to have.


This is called realMyst (optimized for iPad).

Although it is an older game...
the graphics and sound are still top notch.

It incorporates many of the previous ideas of the PC games of the MYST series.

Although this is a picture of an inside area...
there is a lot of outside travel to many different islands and ages...
as well as free roaming from structure to structure on the islands.

It is rich in graphic detail as well as being rich aurally.  

It will strain a child's (and many a parent's) critical reasoning capabilities.

You must see logical connections among many switches and puzzles 
and what they would reasonably affect in other areas of the game.

For instance...
 you will find yourself going down a lighthouse staircase 
to find nothing but a wooden trunk.

Upon close examination...
it is not only locked...
but it has a petcock which you must turn to release water from the trunk...
and then it must be re-closed.

At the top of the staircase is a locked hatch...
and on the walkway is a key attached to a chain which is too short to reach the hatch lock.

Through further exploration of the island... 
you discover switches which control pumps...
which control water into certain buildings.

By operating the buttons in a certain manner...
the lighthouse will become flooded...
thereby raising the wooden trunk
 (which only floats because you had initially drained it and had re-closed 
the valve so it would not re-flood the trunk...allowing it to float).

It floats up to the level of the chained key...
which opens the trunk...
which has the key to the above hatch...
which allows you access to a generator...
which lights up another area for exploration.

This type of implied reasoning is played out over and over.

There are numerous clues...
if you not only observe...
but listen...as some of the clues are audible only.

If you have a young child...
this is a game where a parent and child may work together as a team...
where the parent may question the child as to what he thinks 
the next reasonable action would be...and why.

This game involves very close observation, reasoning, and forethought.

It only costs about $6.00 or so.

It is well worth the money.

As you can see...
this type of game is not only very engrossing...
it is, in fact, educational...
the type of education which is the most valuable to a growing child...
applied reasoning.

The iPad is a great tool for learning...
as well as for relaxing.

It is easily portable...
and with the 3 or 4 g model (a must have option)...
it is the perfect in the car stress reliever.

It relieves the child of the stress of boredom...
and the driver of the stress of the child's reaction to boredom  :)




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