• Back in March, @fireballdeath and I made our annual MLB regular and post-season predictions.  With a little over a week left in the regular season, I’m going to revisit my regular season predictions, originally […]

  • It’s almost time… with only a few weeks left until opening day, @fireballdeath and I made our annual MLB predictions today… I’ll post regular season picks this week, and update playoffs next week:

    AL […]

  • Last week, @fireballdeath and I made our predictions for the 2018 MLB Playoffs.  They’ve started already, so you’ll have to take my word that we did it before the two play-in games…

  • Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m not good at redstone.  @timotree and @fireballdeath are the experts in that department.  So, how can I be useful on the new server?  What can I build?   Well, something that doe […]

  • October is almost here, and that means it’s time for the MLB playoffs.  I know @fireballdeath is currently working on NBA predictions, so I’m going to post my MLB playoff predictions here…


    American L […]

  • @fireballdeath and I decided to do a quick sports-related blog today since we often do ‘sports chats’ at school.  For today’s segment, we will make our picks for not-quite mid season MLB MVPs…


    American L […]

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  • Abby posted an update 4 years, 9 months ago

    If you’re stuck wondering what to blog about, I’d suggest listing some things you’re proud of or enjoyed from the first half of the school year, some things you think we’re doing really well as a community, and some things you would like to see us get better at when we come back in 2016. That’s what I’ll be doing 😉 Happy blogging!
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  • ThumbnailIt’s AERO week, 2015.  @douglasawesome, @thewitchqueen908, @fireballdeath, @abram, David and I made the trek to LIU Post yesterday for the conference.  It was a bit frustrating for me because we spent the majority […]

  • For a little over a year now, I have been crafting with kids here at ALC NYC.  Last November, we started a survival world called #NOCHEATS.  I have watched this world grow (with the help of students from all four ALCs) into something really special.

    My own personal minecraft experience has been limited, however.  Mining, crafting (weapons, armor, tools, etc), farming, enchanting and adventuring are all things I have engaged in, but something was missing…  Until today, I had almost no idea about how the game’s main power conduit, redstone, worked.  With the help of @fireballdeath, I am no longer completely ignorant as to it’s uses.  You can get REALLY creative once you understand how to utilize this resource, and I’m excited to experiment with it now that I know a few of the basics.  Here are a few of the things I learned today:

    1) Redstone can form a functioning chain that is 15 blocks long.  To extend it’s range, you can use a repeater.  These things can also be adjusted to increase or decrease the amount of time it takes for the current to pass through the redstone path.

    2) Things like pistons, doors, dispenser, droppers, glowstone lamps, and mine cart rails can all be powered by redstone.

    3) You can activate redstone by using a button, pressure plate, lever, or redstone torch.  Buttons and pressure plates are used for a burst of energy, a lever keeps the energy flowing while engaged, and a redstone torch powers the redstone consistently.


    4) A comparator has four functions: maintain signal strength, compare signal strength, subtract signal strength, and measure certain block states (primarily the fullness of containers).  Because it takes 2 game ticks (0.1 seconds) for a signal to move through a comparator, they can be used as ‘clocks’ when built in conjunction with a repeater (see the video below at 1:53).

    5) I learned how to build a “T Flip-flop” gate (see 3:35 in the video).  This is a basic redstone structure that will turn one side of a circuit off when the other is on.

    Here’s the video of the tutorial: 

    Look for a redstone creation from me next week!




  • This week, I intend to

    1) Make my lunch every day

    I supplemented my lunch with an El Aguilá burrito on Monday, but that’s because I was extra hungry and ate my lunch for 2nd breakfast.

    2) Have only one serving of caffeine per day

    Coffe in the morning on non-training days, and NO Explode pre-training in the evening-  √

    3) Support Jack in building a bookshelf [we have to buy a new T-square Monday]

    After getting a new T-square, @shadowjack and I began our bookshelf project.  We cut pieces of birch plywood for the back, sides, top, bottom, and 2 shelves.  After winter break, we will assemble the pieces using wood glue and screws, then sand the whole thing smooth before (maybe) sealing the wood with a clear varnish.

    4) Go to see the 3rd installment of The Hobbit trilogy

    Despite diverging from the book’s storyline (and just plain making stuff up), Peter Jackson directed some awesome action scenes in the epic conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy.  I think Dain and his brethren from the Iron Hills were my favorite:


    4.5) Offer a challenge to read The Hobbit before we go to see it Wednesday

    A super-full weekly schedule (much of which I agreed to participate in/hold coherence for) prevented me from even offering this at set-the-week– this was a good decision in hindsight.

    5) Hold coherence for Geoguessr [Tuesday]

    @abbyo and I got the highest score in the history of ALC NYC this week!  We scored over 4,000 point in the first 4 locations, and approximately 3,500 on our final guess for a whopping score of 22,098!!!

    Want to challenge us?  Try here:  https://geoguessr.com/challenge/PdmVLz0OVRO3VCwD

    6) Participate in Wikitrails [Friday w/Lorax if there is enough interest]

    No Lorax this week… I guess he is hibernating upstate =)

    7) Analyze two hip-hop songs with @kingthanos

    Again, this was an AWESOME hour spent with @kingthanos.  Check out what we listened to this week:  http://ryanshollenberger.agilelearningcenters.org/2014/12/18/hip-hop-lyrical-analysis-1218/

    8) Schedule and facilitate a culture committee meeting re: restructuring clean-up jobs

    We met today to review job tasks and solidify our jobs now that @kingthanos, @failspy, and @AgileAlfie have joined us full-time.  In addition to my stated intentions, here are some of the other things I accomplished this week…

    -Sports Chats with Luca (including reviewing and updating our playoff predictions)

    -Playing a game of Order of the Stick with @kingthanos, @failspy, and @timotree.  We defeated Xykon!


    -Acrobalance w/ @failspy, @thewitchqueen908, @abbyo, @kingthanos, and Yoni!


    -Chronology w/ @shadowjack and @fireballdeath

    -Summerhill Philosophy, offered by @failspy

    -PokéChat w/ @timotree

    -Contacted @dimeglio to update me on the IP change for #NOCHEATS, then went on an expedition and found an Ocean Temple at: -2451, 63, -1252.  Enter at your own risk, @tinocrafter and the ALC Mosaic MC crew!

    -Played an epic game of Werewolves DM’d by the original master, @themadhatter


    Happy Holidays!

    With love and agility,