Among Us 101

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Over the past few months there has been a game which has rapidly risen called Among Us. Compared to the release of the family friendly, calming Animal Crossing New Horizons game early this year, Among Us is the complete opposite relying on betrayal and sacrifice to win. Recently, I have been playing Among Us in some of my study periods doing a ‘live’ meeting whenever the button was called or a dead body reported yet first I will briefly explain the game.

What is the difference between a crewmate and an imposter?

A crewmate completes tasks and tries to figure out who the imposter is by gathering information like a detective. Crewmates can win if they vote out the imposter or complete all of their tasks. If someone spots a dead body (as the imposter has killed), they are able to report the body and discuss any suspicious activity they have seen during meetings where at the end of the meeting they can vote someone off or skip there vote. The crewmates work together in a team to find the imposter among them.

An imposters task is to fake tasks and avoid suspicion whilst trying to kill the other crewmates and sabotage different areas. The imposters are able to ‘vent’ around the map in order to move quickly around and are able to report dead bodies – this is called a self report. Mostly an imposter has to avoid suspicion to avoid being voted out and they win the game when there is only one crewmate left alive.

If anyone dies or is voted off, they become ghosts. Crewmate ghosts can finish their tasks whilst Imposter ghosts can still sabotage.

What are the three maps you can play on?

  1. SKELD
    • Looks like a spaceship which is one giant loop
    • 14 rooms
    • 5 visual tasks (which can be turned off)
    • Security system allows for 4 corridors to be viewed at the same time
    • contains 5 vents systems
    • reactor, electrical, communications and O2 can all be sabotaged by the imposters
    • imposters can also sabotage doors which have an automatic reopening countdown
  2. MIRA HQ
    • Looks like an office building with a triangular design
    • 12 rooms
    • 1 visual task
    • Security system is a ‘doorlog’ which allows three sensors to pick up the movement of the players
    • contains 11 vents which are all connected via one system
    • reactor, O2 an electrical can all be sabotaged by the imposters
    • imposters cannot sabotage doors
  3. POLUS
    • Looks like a snowy planet and has quite a large layout
    • 15 rooms
    • 2 visual tasks
    • Security system allows for six areas to be viewed individually
    • reactor, O2 and electrical can all be sabotaged by the imposter
    • imposters can sabotage doors which can be reopened using switches
    • contains vitals which allows you to see who is alive or dead

What is 84’s favourite map?

I am a big fan of the SKELD but it may be due to this map being the simplest to follow and play in online lobbies. However, the other maps are more fun to play ‘live’ talking to your friends during meetings as you are able to explain where you are and our story a lot more clearer compared to typing it during the meetings box.

If you have not played Among Us, I highly recommend playing it during the Christmas season as a virtual game. My overall rating is 9/10.

Competition time with Judge Blue

Howdy, Blue here,

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, I’ve taken to hiding in 84s room to avoid getting this nasty virus which is about. I don’t want to be remembered as the first bear to catch it.

This evening I came out of my hiding place to undertake a very important role – Mum84 needed an adjudicator for the Rainbows Cuddly Toy Show so I ventured out.

I was introduced to the Rainbows, there were lots of new faces this time. Each Rainbow took a turn to introduce their cuddly toy and tell us a little bit about it. The contest for the biggest was a closely fought race with entries from P with Sparkles the Unicorn and M with Peggy the Pegasus. I needed a bit of help from the Rainbows to decide and Peggy the Pegasus was declared the winner of the biggest cuddly toy.

Another close category was the cuddliest cuddly toy, entries from O with Bunny, I with Lion and P with Sparkles, being on zoom this was very hard to judge as I couldn’t personally snuggle up with them and had to rely on how much they were being cuddled by their owner, but I eventually decided on Bunny who has been cuddled by her owner since birth.

Other entries included Sequin, Penguin and Lily who won the sparkliest, smallest and prettiest eyes categories.

Each entrant will be awarded a certificate and a rosette.

Mum84 says that some of the parents came up with a few alternative categories – most chewed, most washed, most bald spots and the one where Mummy hasn’t sewn the arm back on yet!

Maybe it’s not just me who needs to get out more … Lockdown is getting to us all.

Christmas Adverts

Throughout this week, many brands have been releasing their Christmas adverts. Usually I would consider the Christmas season to start as soon as the infamous John Lewis Christmas Advert is released which gets better each year. This year however, I was not a big fan of the John Lewis Christmas advert yet, I thought it was very clever how it was made. Below is a list of my favourite Christmas adverts from this year with a mini review. So, in no particular order:

  1. Coca Cola
    • Delivering a letter to Santa should be fairly easy however, for the Dad staring in this advert he has to go on a very long journey to deliver the letter as he missed the post. It was very adventurous and enjoyable to watch.
  2. SuperValu
    • This advert had a really cute twist at the end which made my happy. I may or may not have started to tear up but it was so sweet, that I went ‘awww’.
  3. Aldi
    • Kevin and his carrot gang were back this year but there were no evil parsnips in sight, instead Kevin was waiting for his dad to return home. A very cute advert with Kevin once again.
  4. Don’t let me go (John Lewis parody)
    • I cried at this so I highly recommend watching it. It was about an elderly man and his dog where from the beginning, I knew it would be very emotional. The music was also very beautiful.
  5. Walkers
    • This was very joyful and all about sausage rolls featuring LADBABY who have produced the last two Christmas chart no. 1 with ‘we built this city’ and ‘I love sausage rolls’. LADBABY were featured singing Christmas carols about sausage rolls to promote Walker’s festive sausage roll flavoured crisps.
  6. Sainsbury’s
    • I felt very heart warmed watching this as it showed family around Christmas whilst sharing the message of love, family and festivity (plus Christmas traditions such as who makes the best dish within the Christmas Dinners – I make good stuffing balls).

In conclusion, it is now the start of Christmas! I can rock to Christmas music and start to put festive decorations up around the house. I have already started watching Christmas movies and shows to get into the festive spirit!

If you have any other good Christmas adverts or Christmas movies and shows I should review, let me know in the comments below.

remember remember the 5th of November …

It’s that time of the year again when we “remember remember the 5th of November. Gun powder, treason and plot.”. This year Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire night is being celebrated in the UK very differently (especially as England has gone back into a national lock down for 4 weeks).

So for any non British citizens, you may be wondering what Bonfire night is all about and it all starts with the Gun Powder Plot.

On the 5th of November 1605, the Gun Powder conspirators had planned to blow up parliament on the day of state opening where the King would be in attendance. There plan was to kill all members of parliament and the King in order to re-establish Catholic rule in England. The conspirators were betrayed and hence caught the night before there plan. Guy Fawkes was found in a cellar where the explosives were being stored. Eventually all conspirators were caught and either were killed or captured and trialled. Parliament announced that on November the 5th from 1606, a national day of thanksgiving should be held.

Usually we would celebrate Bonfire night by watching a firework display or attending a Bonfire. Some people will create a straw “Guy” which will be placed on the bonfire in the evening. Throughout the day, they will take the “Guy” around asking passerby’s for “a penny for the Guy”.

My Bonfire night tradition is that we usually eat burgers and/or sausages with chips. Supposedly, guards working at the houses of parliament hosts a search on the 5th of November to check for explosives and potential arsonists.

Do you have any Bonfire night traditions or any similar events let me know in the comments!

Black History Month 2020

October is Black History month so to celebrate I put up a display in my schools Mathematics Corridor. Here are seven important mathematicians and scientists who have defied

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson was a famous mathematician who earnt a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and French.

In 1953, she was hired by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ and worked analysing data from flight tests.

In 1962, Johnson was asked by John Glenn to rerun the numbers and equations which were calculated by the computer because he wanted to check the programme was correct. His space flight was then successful.

In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. This is the highest civilian honour any American can be awarded.

Jesse Ernest Wilkins Jr.

Jesse Ernest Wilkins Jr. attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13 (in 1936) and was one of the youngest students to attend. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at 17 and earnt his PhD at 19.

Wilkins worked with Arthur Compton and Enrico Fermi to research methods into producing fissionable nuclear materials focusing on plutonium-239. Unfortunately, he did not fully know the purpose of his research until the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima.

In 1944, he worked on research with Eugene Wingner on neutron absorption which lead to the discovery of the Wigner-Wilkins approach to estimate the distribution of neutron energies within nuclear reactors.

He helped on the Manhattan project with a strong interest in the peaceful application of atomic energy.

In 1976, he became the president of the American Nuclear Society and later was the second African American to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is one of the highest honours an engineer can receive.

Dorothy Vanughan

Dorothy Vanughan was a mathematician who in 1943 worked at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory and was assigned to the segregated ‘West Area Computing Unit’. The West Computers contributed to most areas of research at Langley.

In 1949, Dorothy was promoted to become NACA’s first black supervisor and was one of the few female supervisors.

Later in 1958 when NACA transitioned to NASA she joined the Analysis and Computation Division which was one of the first integrated groups at NASA. She became an expert of the FORTRAN programme and contributed to the Scot Launch Vehicle Program.

In 1971, she retired from NASA.

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker owned a farm near Baltimore, USA and was largely self-educated in Astronomy and Mathematics.

He constructed a wooden clock which kept accurate time for more than 50 years and Banneker was able to accurately predict lunar and solar eclipses.

In 1791, Andrew Ellicott hire Banneker to help assist in surveying territory for the nation’s capital and worked in the observatory tent using a zenith sector to record movements of stars.

Between 1792-97, he published many Almanacs (annual calendars) which included astronomical calculations, opinion pieces, literature, medical and tidal information.

Benjamin wrote letters to Thomas Jefferson outlying his hypocrisy to enslave African Americans whilst they were fighting the British for independence. He also attached his Almanac to the letter.

Jefferson acknowledged his letter and, in his response, stated how he had sent Banneker’s Almanac to Monsieur de Condorcet.

Banneker gained widespread support of abolitionist societies in Maryland and Pennsylvania for his views against slavery.

Katherine Adebola Okikiolu

Kate Okikiolu developed an interest for Mathematics in high school and in 1985 attended Newham College at the University of Cambridge and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics.

From here, she then studied in the United States to research for her doctorate and became an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and in 1974 she became a full-time professor.

In 1991 she gained her PhD for her thesis on The Analogue of the Strong Szego Limit Theorem on the Torus and the 3-Sphere.

From 1992-95 she worked as an assistant professor at Princeton University and produced two papers whilst here.

She became an assistant visiting professor at MIT from 1995 to 1997 and produced three joint papers with Victor Guillemin.

She joined the University of California at San Diego in 1997 as an associated professor where, during this time, she was awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Throughout her time here she delivered many lectures and talks including three talks at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2011 she joined the Mathematics department at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

David Blackwell

David Blackwell was an American mathematician and statistician whom in 1935, age 16, attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a Bachelors degree, then a Masters and finally earnt a Doctorate.

Later, Blackwell took a position at Howard University which he described as being the “ambition of every black scholar” and after 3 years he became a full professor and became the Head of the Department of Mathematics.

In 1954, he left to take a position as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and in 1956 he became a chairman of the Statistics Department.

In 1965, he was elected to the National Academy of Science.

In 1979, he received the John von Neumann Theory Prize for his work on dynamic programming.

In 1986, Blackwell also earnt the R.A Fisher Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.

Mamokgethi Phakeng

Mamokgethi Phakeng achieved a Bachelors degree in Pure Mathematics at the University of North-West, South Africa and a master degree in Mathematics Education at the University of Witwatersrand where in 2002 she became the first black female South African to obtain a PhD in Mathematics Education.

Phakeng became the first female president of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa during 2002-2006. In 2007 she was elected a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and in 2009 she became an honourary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

From 2011 to 2016 she became the first female president of the Convocation of the University of Wiwatersrand.

In 2014, the CEO Magazine named her Africa’s most influential female academic.

In 2016, the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa awarded her the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category.

On top of this, Mamokgethi has gained many awards such as the Doctor of Science from the University of Bristol and held the Mellon Award from 1998 to 2000.

SAAL Design Photo book

I was recently offered a voucher by Saal Digital for a substantial discount to use on one of their “Professional Line” Photobooks. I thought this would be a great way to showcase some of the photos I have enjoyed taking over the last few years, including my experiences going to the World Scout Jamboree last year.

I chose the 21 x 21 Photobook Professional Line book and chose glossy paper with a leather titanium cover surface. This photobook came with a gorgeous acrylic cover.

I found it very easy to design the inside of my photobook and used the free design software they provided – “Saal Design Software UK” – however, you were able to upload a PDF or use their app instead. I downloaded the software and was greeted with a screen to select your chosen photobook design – I believe you could change the photobook design later if you changed your mind. Once I chose the Design Professional Line Photobook, I selected the 21 x 21 size before opting for the leather titanium cover surface and the glossy paper.

From here, I was given the option to use the software completely from scratch, use the One Minute function or to use their Auto Layout function. I opted for the One Minute function as I was able to add photos, use the auto layout feature and still make changes to my photo layouts: comparatively, the auto layout function was mostly automated with not as much customisation.

I then started to add my different photos into the software making sure to frequently save my photo book. It was very easy and simple to use – I could drag photos onto the page or select images from my folders. The software told me the quality of each image which ranged from poor to very good as I zoomed in and out of different images. Overall, my photo book used multiple designs; from one double page containing 1 single photo, to a gallery of 18 images, to 3/4 images per a page. On the more crowded pages, the images were still clear and of high quality.

In the end, it took me around 6 hours to design and sort. I spend a few hours over the course of a few days sorting and designing each page – if I were to create a similar photo book again, I would definitely recommend having all your selected photos in one selected folder to make it easier to add your photos. Once you have used one photo, the software shows a tick in it’s top right corner to show that you have inserted that image.

Once I was happy with my finalised photo book, I added in some text before uploading my book and pressing ‘save and pay’. This led me to a screen confirming I was happy with everything before it prompted me with payment and shipping options. I got free shipping and it came in just over a week. Below are some photos of my photo book:

As you can see from the images, the photo book is beautiful. The quality is stunning and the images are of very high quality. The 21 x 21 size is perfect to have placed on a coffee table or showcased on a shelf. I would highly recommend purchasing one of these books to be used as a holiday album, wedding album, as a birthday gift or just as a simple photo book.

Overall, my ratings are as follows:

SAAL Design Software UK: 9/10 – this was very efficient and easy to use however, to improve I would add a few more different auto layout designs for 5+ photos

Shipping: 10/10 – this was quick and it was not damaged when it arrived

Quality of photo book: 10/10 – it was breath taking to look at and flip through each page

Price: 8/10 – it can be a bit expensive however, it is definitely worth the price (I got a £100 off voucher but they are frequently doing £15 off vouchers to decrease the price of purchase)

In conclusion, I am sure I will purchase more products from them again. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you would like more reviews from me.

If you would like to check out their products visit:

https://www.saal-digital.co.uk/

Goldfish Ratings

Goldfish are one of my favourite American snacks (not real goldfish!). Since it has now been over a year since I returned home from America and Canada, I am reminiscing this snack so today’s blog, I will rate each goldfish flavour.

Goldfish flavours I have tried:

Cheddar – 9/10 a classic snack which I always 100% will go to

Colours – 10/10 these are the cheddar flavour but in colours of red, blue, green and the classic orange: what’s not more to love

Baby Cheddar – 99/10 these are so so cute and are a smaller version of the Cheddar snack (by the way they don’t taste of babies)

Extra Cheddar – 5/10 these did not live to the high standard of the classic cheddar flavour

Pizza – -4/10 my dad84 first brought me these back from the states and I can still imagine the horror of them

Goldfish flavours I have not tried (once Pepperidge Farm sponsor me I will be able to give better ratings – please sponsor me):

Original – I have heard these are just plain goldfish and do not know what to do with this information 7/10?

Whole Grain Cheddar – the thought of whole grain sounds too healthy 2/10

Whole Grain Pretzel – similar to the above they sound healthy but may taste better than the Cheddar version so 4/10

Parmesan – a mix on the classic cheddar 3/10

Cheese Trio – a pic a mix but with cheese goldfish sounds funky 7/10

Pretzel – dad84 has tried and gives them a 7/10, “nice and pretzely but weird cause they were goldfish”

Ranch – I do not like ranch so I do not have high hopes but will give them a shot 2/10

Grahams (inc. honey, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, s’mores, hot cocoa, vanilla cupcake, cookie ‘n cream, chocolate chip, french toast, strawberry cheesecake and honey bun) – some of these flavours sound amazing, the next time I spot some of these flavours I will give them a try 9/10

Nacho – Similar to ranch, I am not entirely sure what these will taste like so 6/10

Queso Fiesta – I think these are cheesy and spicy so if there is a good balance they should be nice 7/10

White Cheddar – I have tried white cheddar popcorn and did not really like the flavour 3/10

Sour Cream and Onion & the Salt and Vinegar flavours – I do not like these flavour normally so, I do not think I will like this as goldfish 1/10

BBQ – all BBQ flavour snack taste good so I expect good expectations from Pepperidge Farm in this goldfish variation 8/10

Cupcake and Fudge Brownie flavours – these sound amazing to try 10/10

mixed versions (inc. pretzel & xtra cheddar, pretzel &honey mustard,. chocolate mint pretzel~) – due to these being a mix they all sound fairly nice 7/10

puffs (inc. cheddar bacon, mega cheese, salsa con queso, buffalo wing, twisted grilled cheese, sizzlin’ hot wings, BBQ) – some of these flavours sound really good and others not as much so on average a 6/10

Cheeseburger, Seasme & Mac and Cheese flavours – these sound interesting to try and might be similar to the pizza flavor I’ve tried 7/10

x-treme zingy chilli lime and x-treme screamin’ hot flavors – these both also sound interesting and spicy hot with the zingy chilli lime flavour reminding me of a sauce which might be a Nandos so 8/10

Christmas, Co-world Treasures, Space Adventures, Beach Ball, Princess, Cars 3 and Mickey Mouse – these area all different shapes and colours of the cheddar flavour (I believe) so a 12/10 as different shapes are really cute

Last day of year 12

Two weeks ago, I went back to school again for my last official day at school in year 12. I got mini lessons from each of my subjects where we discussed some of the work we completed over the past few months as well as completing some practice questions. The day was slightly similar to the week before when we went into school, keeping 2 metres apart etc. However, the timings of the school day were slightly different. Sis84 also got to spend an hour at school on the same day I went in, she thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of her friends.

Since going into school, I have completed an online Cyber Course where I learnt skills such as Penetration testing, Encryption, Open Source Intelligence and Digital Forensics. It was a virtual course across the country and at the end of the course we got to do some ‘Capture the Flag’ activities which my team did not do very well in. Overall, I learnt many new skills and am inspired to look into Cyber Security in the future.

Finally, I have also completed my EPQ project on left-handedness. In the last official week of year 12, I completed my presentation (again virtually) as well as handing in my final essay.

All this concluded my year 12 and I am looking forward to seeing how year 13 turns out!

Microwavable mug-cakes

The final result

This week at Beavers we learnt ‘virtually’ how to make mug cakes. Here is the recipe we used.

Ingredients (dry)

  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Ingredients (wet)

  • 1/4 cup + tablespoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Ingredients (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

1/ place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together

2/ add wet ingredients into the same bowl and mix until smooth

3/ place into a microwavable mug (you may have to scrape sides of bowl to get all mixture into mug)

4/ sprinkle chocolate chips (or extra ingredients) onto top middle of mixture – no need to stir them in

5/ with a microwave of 950W place into microwave for 70 seconds or for an 850W microwave place in for 80 seconds etc.

The final result

6/ take care when removing mug from microwave as it’ll be hot

7/ if your cake does not feel ‘cakey/spongy’ place in microwave for an extra 10 seconds

8/ wait for cake to cool down before eating

10 things to do in Quarantine

Hi,

Its Sis84 here and today I’m going to share some hacks and things to do to beat lockdown boredom wherever you are.

1 – Binge watch your favourite movies or series. This could be on Netflix, freeform, Disney+ or BBC iPlayer.

2 – Learn the lyrics to your favourite songs whether it is Disney or rap.

3 – Re-read your favourite series of individual book. This could be audio books, kindle or paperback.

4 – Improve your drawing or painting skills, to come out of lockdown a brilliant artist.

5 – Have an indoor photoshoot or take pictures of your garden. You can use family members or pets as models.

6 – Why not write a short story or play. If it’s a play why not act it out.

7 – Learn some new card games for you and your family to play or become a cunning magician.

8 – Play some boardgames with your family.

9 – Play some outdoor games in your garden.

10 – Facetime or chat with your friends on WhatsApp, house party or zoom.

These are just some ideas to keep you free form boredom during lockdown.

Remember keep safe and wash your hands!