Robotics lesson 4 or something

Today we learned about the design thinking process and the engineering process as well as efficient time planning. We are planning on making an IF machine that will do your IFs for you. This machine will really help lazy fat idiots have more time to waste.

Pecha Kucha presentation reflection

I felt I did very well in my Pecha Kucha presentation. My timing was alright, I had enough pauses and I got my message across properly. If I could improve on one thing, it would definitely have been the pictures I used for my slides. They could have been sized better and I didn’t even have a picture for the last slide. I’m happy I didn’t read off a script.


For Hebocon, I had built the ultimate robot of doom! It was a rubiks cube on top of a lego platform with wheels. It was perfect. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring that robot to the contest so I had to improvise. The robot I had ultimately settled on was the Select Flat Thread Dental Flossers Charcoal Suitable for Tightly Spaced Teeth of doom and a stick. It was a box of dental floss which I hit with a stick. My robot’s secret weapon was dental hygiene, this allowed me to smack the robot 2 times because you should brush your teeth twice a day. Both objects qualified as robots because they received a manual shove. In hindsight I probably should have been more organised and brought my original robot as I probably would have made further in the contest.

The specifications of my robot are just dental floss in a box and a stick. The robot I had planned on bringing had wheels so the force could be transferred a bit easier.

I did not use the thinking and design cycle as I kind of just grabbed the first thing from my bag and used it as a robot. But for the robot I had planned on bringing, I went through the design process a bit. First, I was just going to bring the lego platform, thinking things would just run over it. After some thought, I realised that it needed weight and a way for it to lunge at the opponent, thus the wheels and rubiks cube. The rubiks cube was chosen because it was the only weight that was uniform throughout its design.

Another robot that I saw that was very cool was a fan operated robot with yogurt raisins used as a balance so that it didn’t tip or go too fast and go off course. The main difference between my robot and the fan powered one is (obviously) organisation and mode of movement. My robot was just whacked by a stick, however the fan powered robot moved on its on volition. If I could learn something from that robot is I should make sure to balance my robot well so that it does not have any unfortunate path changes mid movement.

First lesson of robotics class

In the first lesson of robotics class, we defined what a robot is and introduced 4 key concepts: strong AI, weak AI, the Chinese box paradox and the Turing test.

Strong AI is the ability an AI has to appear humanlike and to learn from its mistakes, in short, it can go from not knowing anything to creating its own programs for certain things.

Weak AI is an AI that can perform a function but can’t learn from its mistakes, an example would be siri or an automated factory or a computer.

The Chinese box paradox is a paradox in which a person is made to translate something into Chinese but doesn’t know Chinese, he is allowed a dictionary. If he gives the translated text to someone else, the person will think he knows Chinese, but he doesn’t. This highlights that pre programed information means nothing, just because something is pre programed with a response doesn’t mean that it generated that response independently.

The Turing test is a way to test AI to see it’s limitations. The questions are designed to be easily answerable by a human. No machine has technically passed the Turing test.

Writing piece, don’t look at me like that……






Last Blog post ever

When I grow up to be a man.

Beach Boys.

Will I still dig the same things that I digged as a kid? Will I still be like I am when I am in highschool. Was I still like I was in 6th grade? All these questions but no answers.

Route 66.

Bobby Trope.

The journey has been hard. But the scenery was nice. This song is about stopping and appreciating the journey.

Lazy song.

Bruno Mars. Man today I don’t feel like doing anything. I am a lazy guy, what can I say?

Under pressure.

David Bowie.

This year has been tough with all this pressure for high school and things at home have been a bit dicey.

Don’t bring me down.


This song is about people you know not bringing you down. People are sometimes jerks.

Don’t stop me now.


When I’m working, don’t stop me. When I stop, I usually stay there.

I want to break free.


I want to break free of Middle school. This song is about how I want to get out of middle school and get into high school.

Titanium. Sia.

I am titanium. If you shoot  me down, I won’t fall. No matter what, you won’t bring me down.

We are the champions.

Queen. We made it. We are the champions of the world

Snowball character analysis

Snowball is one of the pigs in Animal Farm. He was one of the key characters in the development of Animal Farm. Snowball is one of my favorite characters, he seems to be the only pig who would have made things better for the animals. Snowball only got a short time in Animal Farm though because he was banished by Napoleon, the power hungry tyrant ruler. “Then he [Snowball] put on an extra spurt and, with a few inches to spare, slipped through a hole and was never seen again” (Page 68 Paragraph 1) This is why I want to do a character analysis on Snowball. In the beginning of the book, we see that Snowball is one of the pigs who took charge of the revolution. “After a moment, however, Snowball and Napoleon butted the door open with their shoulders and led the way” (Page 41 Paragraph 2) Snowball and Napoleon took charge of the situation quite quickly. This leads me to believe Snowball had some dream of power, so did Napoleon. This lead to a rivalry between them. “These two [Snowball and Napoleon] disagreed at every point where disagreement was possible.” (Page 62-63 Paragraph 5-1) Snowball knows the value of power, he knows what to do with power once he has it. Snowball decided to do productive things with his power. He wanted to build a windmill to provide for the animals. “Snowball declared that this was just the place for a windmill” (Page 64 Paragraph 1) Snowball seems like the best choice for the animals. He follows the rules set down by old major, he knows politics better than Napoleon. Napoleon practically muscled his way into power. “The three dogs who had happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further question” (Page 72 Paragraph 1) Snowball knows what the animals want. He can convince anyone that his plans are good plans, he is a good leader and knows the value of power. The best leader values power and knows what he can do with it.

kerry Chang’s briefing

*Kerry Chang’s mission expendability and campus life*


Kerry Chang is an agent working for Cherub. So far she has ran a few big missions but she mostly did recruiting jobs and security checking. Her big break was when she uncovered the cocane cutting operation in thunderfoods. This mission was a mission aimed at taking down the big drug-kingdom KMG (Keith Moore Gang). Kerry is good at marshal arts, quick thinking and deductive reasoning however, she fails to be able to make friends with her intended target. The KMG mission is an example of that, she did not get in with Ringo Moore’s group of friends. All though she did not manage to get to her intended target, she managed to find another source of information from Dinesh Singh the son of the boss of thunderfoods. 

“Sure Kerry is a great woman and all but she’s such a stiff. Plus she’ll break every bone in your body if you say something wrong.”- James Adams, Kerry’s former boyfriend. Kerry is a good agent but in campus she is the “voice of reason”. She does not engage in doing harmful or stupid things. She does very well in school, the teachers all think that she is a punctual and perfect student. She did not succumb to the use of drugs during the KMG mission. Her basic training was average but she did learn from her mistakes though.

Overall, Kerry is a great agent but she does not have the rare skill of being able to blend with anybody. She has textbook skills in infiltration and marshal arts. She does well in school.


Compassion project reflection 1 IN CHINESE! HOW COOL IS THAT!

9月19号                                                                                                               星期六 天气:晴


我在宗教课上必须做一个同情心项目。我选择在home of love 做社区服务。我今天是第一次做义工,我自己安排去home of love soup kitchen。我早上的时候匆匆忙忙地起床,把衣服穿了,洗澡洗脸,然后坐出租车去九龙深水埗的南昌邨。我以为找这个地方是一件难的事情,但是看起来很简单,修女就在门口迎接!