Monday, November 25, 2013

Alex's Latest Activities - The Past 10 Days



Song:  A Place In Heaven

Artist:  Thomas Bergersen




Shortly after his birthday...
Alex responded to the many well wishes and comments
 he had received on his mother's blog from the numerous 
 Japanese readers she has
(Blogging in Japan is extremely popular).

Alex is typing out his below response on his mother's computer
(below is his typed response).





Although this picture was taken a couple of weeks ago...
I am using it to illustrate how Alex uses various tools
to make progress on his novel
(library computers at school during study hall / his iPad when 
we go out / his laptop at home).


Just from his writing during his study hall at school...
he has been averaging more than a thousand words a day.
He merely e-mails himself his daily story progression from school...
and then cuts and pastes it to his saved novel on his laptop.
He will then continue writing after all of his other studies.

Alex is now almost done with his extra credit minimum 50,000 word
novel in under 4 weeks (it will be done in a couple of more days...
a total of just over 3 weeks time).

Although I have yet to read his novel...
Alex had typed up an initial story brief.



I will read Alex's novel when it is completed...
and after he has submitted it.

I will be his editor afterwards.
He wishes to make it an E-book to sell on line  :)

I explained that the real work comes in the possible restructuring
and rewriting of his novel to ensure a good final story.




Alex finished the novel "Musashi" a couple of weeks ago.

After he has completed his own novel...
and he has typed up his completed science project...
he will work on his book report on "Musashi".


In the meantime...
Alex finished the book "Alive"
and he wants to next read "Miracle in the Andes"
to get the same story from a more personal perspective.

Alex said he very much enjoyed "Alive" as it had demonstrated
the depth of the human spirit under adverse conditions...
and of how intelligence and unyielding emotional strength
had overcome those conditions.


Some classics Alex has read.


His mother ensures he has a ready stock of books to read...
as he loves to relax with a good book during his free time.

He will just go to his spot on the sofa...
lie down...and read.


Alex goes through so many books.
It is always a pleasure for us to shop for new ones for him to read...
as he will often read more than one at a time.





We often go to a nearby Asian market.
Alex loves Asian food.
Below are some of the treats we get for him.
We went to this market a short while ago to restock his favorite foods.



Alex loves Persimmons.


Another favorite of Alex's...
Tako Yaki.


Alex's mother prepares his school lunch daily
(He doesn't eat the school cafeteria food.
I am still amazed at how the American educational system
overlooks the great importance of a truly healthful diet
and how it impacts children in the short...and long term).

She will cook Alex's favorites for his take to school lunch...
such as Salmon Rice...
Grilled Salmon...
Grilled Mackerel...
Grilled Chicken...
Chicken Fried Rice...etc.

She will often include rice balls with his lunch...
or rice in a container with spiced fish shavings or dried fish on top...
some fruit and/or vegetables...
and he will have chilled water to drink.

I cannot emphasize enough the great importance a healthful diet
on the performance of a child...
besides the great health benefits.

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Alex has also been working on his science experiment.

Although this contraption looks very simple in construction
so far (not completed)...
it is to merely demonstrate a proof of concept.

He can already theoretically demonstrate the feasibility of the concept
through his earlier preliminary experiments...
as each component had proved to be successful.

It is now just a matter of putting them all together into a workable 
proof of concept...to quantify the results mathematically...
as well as determining potential force not utilized...
to list ways of improvement through advanced materials...
to type up his findings into the correct format...
and to put together his project board.


NO...
this is not a catapult  :)

I am sure with the hints given in earlier articles...
with the fundamental forces utilized...
and with the nature of the experiments already conducted...
many already know what the rest of his proof of concept involves...
and what the final product will look like  :)








I had earlier promised an article with my mother and elder sister
demonstrating the trap bar deadlift.

They had to postpone their visit...
so it shall be another time.

Just yesterday...
I had switched Alex from the standard deadlift and squat routine...
to the elevated platform trap bar deadlift
(increased range of motion which incorporates the best of both conventional lifts...
without the possibly damaging shearing forces which concentrates 
on the lower back in many people).

Alex can lift approximately 200 lbs. in this lift...
however, I am starting him out at his own body weight
and we will slowly increase the number of sets before adding more weight.

Alex loves this lift.

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Alex has also been busy with his advanced math studies.
A short while ago, he had taken an important math exam...
the results of which should come out any day now.

He is also preparing for an even more advanced test coming in a few months...
as well as for some upcoming math competitions.



Part of Alex's daily studies...advanced math. 
He will first complete his normal homework...
then he will do his on-line advanced math work...
then his daily reading.

During the past few weeks...
he has worked on his novel after completing the above work.


Just a couple of days ago...
Alex had, once again, participated in an online group 
math competition practice session for a couple of hours.

Alex had a good time.
He always enjoys these sessions.


Yesterday...
Alex attended the first session of the season of his Sunday Math Club.

They were busy preparing for next year's ARML math competition.


In this session...
they were working on group efforts in solving and verifying problems.


They get together for 2 hours every Sunday.
Alex always looks forward to these sessions.


As Alex has been very busy the past few weeks...
he hasn't had time to go swimming (indoor heated pool).

It will probably be at least a month before he may be able to go swimming again...
as he still has projects upcoming, and as we save the long term projects for the weekends.

About the same time...
I will be taking Alex skiing once again.

With a season pass for both of us...
we hope to go skiing every Saturday for much of the day.


I feel bad that there just doesn't seem to be time for Alex to practice music.
I wanted to have Alex and I play duets on the Concert and Alto flutes respectively...
however, there just doesn't seem to be time.

I have the songs already picked out
(Contemporary Rock / Modern Jazz / Epic Music - as transposed by ear).

We would have been playing complimentary parts.
He would be playing the lead...and I would be providing the harmony...
the bass, or direct support of his notes but an octave lower...
depending on the need in the particular portion of the song.
We would have had a great time doing it...
we are just so short of time.

I have a movie of the mind already scripted and played out
(as do many parents, I am sure)...
of my son and I doing great things together  :)

Ah well...
sometime in the future...perhaps.

Academics must have first priority.












2 comments:

  1. Amazing how Alex spends his time... he is certainly maximizing his learning! I am very impressed with his work on the novel, not only did he finish it, but it didn't seem like it was all that stressful for him to complete it in one month. I'm sure you'll eventually have the opportunity to perform the flute duet, and that it will be magnificent!

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  2. Alex finished his novel in under a month...and with a total of approximately 62,000 words. After his book report on Musashi, and after he completes his science project...we will begin the editing process on his novel. Perhaps sometime in Summer we may find the daily time to practice the flute...hopefully so.

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