The Gods

OlympiansFor a while, the ancient gods of mythology were what people thought were the most powerful beings anywhere.  Hey, it’s the Time Traveler and I’m going to Rome, Egypt and Greece to review the gods of the ancient world. Every god has a purpose. There are twelve major Greek and Roman gods. There are five major Egyptian gods.  People thought gods would mess with humans who were really smart or really powerful. Greek and Roman gods had the same purposes but different names. Hades (Greek name)/Pluto (Roman name) is the god of the underworld and riches. Zeus/Jupiter is the god of the sky and king of the gods. Poseidon/Neptune (my favorite) is the god of the sea and earthquakes. Hera/Juno is the goddess of families and queen of the gods. Aphrodite/Venus is the goddess of love. Artemis/Diana is the goddess of hunting and animals and is the twin to Apollo. Apollo/Apollo is the god of medicines and music. Ares/Mars is the god of war. Athena/Minerva is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. Hestia/Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and eldest of the gods and goddesses. Hephaestus/Vulcan is the god of fire and metalworking. The big five Egyptian gods are Thoth, god of knowledge, Osiris, god of the dead, Isis, goddess of childbirth and family, Nephythys, goddess of water and wife of Set, and Set, god of evil and chaos. There are many other minor gods and goddesses as well. The gods played an important part in ancient civilizations. Every god and goddess had a purpose in the world and are all very interesting. We still refer to these gods in many ways in our modern civilization.



Ferrari 458 ItaliaHi guys! It’s the Machine Maestro here with the story of Enzo Ferrari and his car company. I’m going to give you some facts, but also I want to say that I think Ferrari is a little overrated. Have you ever heard of the companies Maserati, Porche, Pagani, and Lotus? These are some of the less well known car companies. What do you think of when you hear super car or sports car? Well, most people think Ferrari. So that’s why I think Ferrari is a little overrated.  Some of those companies are just as good as Ferrari. So wasn’t I hear to tell you about Ferrari instead of just giving my opinion about their reputation?

So here we go, Enzo Ferrari grew up in Italy. His dad was a mechanic, so naturally he was around machinery a lot. One day, his dad decided to bring him and his brother to a small race. Instantly Enzo loved it. As he grew up, he watched more and more races and found out many techniques for the track. As soon as he was old enough he found a job for Alfo Romao as a racer. For ten years straight he raced for them and he was extremely good at it. In fact, he was so good at it that he decided to make his own company for manufacturing and racing.

Ferrari, as you know, is a huge company. It sells cars that are top notch. They have so many models that I can’t name them all. Some of my favorites are the 458 Italia, the Enzo, and the California. Ferrari has risen above the competition and has dominated the car world. All I can say is that Ferrari should keep going.

I hope you have enjoyed this report on one of the world’s biggest sports car companies. See you soon!


Reading a Book Can Be A Big Deal

arts-graphics-2008_1128618aEasily, it may not seem like a big deal to read a story to a ten year old boy. However to read a book to a boy who’s a decade old that can’t breathe, eat, swallow, talk, or move on his own influenced me to be thankful for my heathy body. Because of this I think, “I am really blessed!” Amid all the activities I could be doing, I was grateful for the chance to help him, because he’s the one really teaching me.

A few years ago when my family lived in California, a family in our neighborhood had a ten year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Once when he and his family traveled to Utah he ended up in the hospital because of the altitude difference and complications with traveling. After three years his family needed to go back to Utah, but worried that the travel would be hard on his health. Because his family needed to go, this time they left him at the George Mark Center in San Leandro, CA, a place with specialized care. Morosely he spent most of his time sitting in his wheel chair inside his room or the nurses would roll him to a room with lava lamps. But he was still lonely.

We came over and visited him three days after his family left for Utah. Happily we read him stories, took him outside to feel the sunshine on his face, and drew pictures for his walls. In a few short hours we left him at meal time with a big smile on his face. Some say that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” In this instance I realized how blessed I am to have a healthy body, because the freedom and ability to move are gifts, and the capacity to communicate with others. I think that is true. Here this experience taught me that taking time to care for anyone is valuable, which includes ten year old boys.

Posted by: ADAM JONES

The Atom Bomb

45cdf0952d203d05d29dd63a3f555413100,000 scientists worked on this deadly nuclear weapon–the atom bomb.  On the 6th of August 1945 at 8:15 A.M., a U.S. B-29 Superfortress dropped the first atom bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 80,000 people! Three days later another bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki, killing another 40,000 people! During the next few months over 100,000 people died of radiation poisoning! This lethal weapon hasn’t been used since, and let’s hope it is never used again.



The Great Wall of China

GREAT_WALLHey, it’s the Time Traveler. I just went back in time to ancient China to see the Great Wall. The wall was built in sections over hundreds of years. I’m going to tell you how long the wall is, who built the wall, and how it was made.

We don’t exactly know how long the wall is because some of it has been buried under sand and water. We know there is at least 13,170 miles of it. It is five to ten meters wide.  It isn’t just one wall, though. It is a series of different walls.

Who built it? We don’t really know for sure. Some people say it was the emperor. Others say it was regular people or possibly slaves. I think it was slaves.

How they made the great wall is weird. There is a legend that says the bones of the dead were mixed with concrete to make mortar. But that’s not true. I think it is weirder than that. The thing they used was sticky rice and concrete for only parts of the wall. The other parts were wood and stone.

The Great Wall of China is the only man-made thing that can be seen from space. It is truly remarkable.


The History of Lamborghini

2015-lamborghini-huracan-front-three-quartersHi guys! It’s the Machine Maestro here with the history of Lamborghini.

Lamborghini started out as a tractor company, founded by Furrocio Lamborghini, and grew really fast. As soon as other people started realizing that there was a good market for tractors, the competition increased. Furrocio decided to start making super cars. His friends laughed at him and said, “Wow! Tractors to super cars – not possible!” Well, look at him now.

In late 1962 and early 1963, Ferruccio hired some of the best engineers and designers he knew and started making cars. His first model was the GTV 350. The car had a v12! It was a huge engine. When the car came to the auto show, it was a fantastic piece of machinery. The next car built was the GT 400. It sold about 273 cars.

Soon a concept car came about that they featured in another auto show – the Muria. This car was not expected to sell much but soon caught the attention of Nuccion Berone, an engineer and chassis designer. He began working for Lamborghini.

Lamborghini came out with more and more cars and became bigger and bigger, but I don’t think I have the time to talk about all of them. A few of the more well-known cars are the Islero, Jalapa, Jarma, and the Countach.

Later, they came out with the Diablo and the im002. The im002 was a truck designed for military purposes. Only kings and actors bought it. At this time, the Diablo was the car they were focusing on. They kind of left the im002 in the dust. The Diablo was their Bugatti of the year. They made three known versions and sold lots of Diablos.

Soon after, they brought out the Murcielago. This piece of Lamborghini history brought us a fast car that was quite a luxury king. But even Lamborghini was not satisfied.

Soon they had yet more cars – the GALLORDO, AVENTADOR, REVENTON and more concept cars. The most recent car was the HURICAN. This car is a mix between the Gallardo and the Aventador in my opinion. The car is extremely fast and ferocious. But the only downfall is the safety features. The car on a track with the so-called “all features off button” does not turn off the safety features. So on a track, the car either really under-steers or really over-steers. But I am happy they have come out with the HURICAN.

My opinion is that Lamborghini has been a great car company and will be one of my favorite car companies forever.

So I guess that’s it for now.  See you guys soon!

Posted by: Machine Maestro


m240_slrThe M240 machine gun has been firing for the US Armed Forces since 1970. It was mainly manned by infantry units, but is mounted on vehicles too. The M240 uses mostly disintegrating belts which means after the bullet has been shot, the belt disintegrates. It has 26,000 MRBF (Mean Rounds Before Failure), which is quite high for its weight. The M240 has a weight of about 25 lbs.! The M240 fires 7.62 mm bullets. Clearly this machine gun is very cool and very deadly!



Chevrolet Camaro Black Concept.  X08SV_CH005Hi! It’s the Machine Maestro here with another amazing vehicle – “The Camaro”. This piece of automotive history began production in 1966-1967. Produced from Chevrolet under GM motors, the vehicle has undergone five stunning stages. The car first entered the market in 1966 to compete against the Mustang! It entered the second stage in 1970. The chassis was basically the same, but the body underwent cosmetic changes. In 1982 Chevy brought out a muscle car for drag racing and street cruising. Then, yet again in 1993, they gave us the  fourth generation Camaro to enjoy and love.

Sadly, in 2002 the Camaro was discontinued. In 2009, however, Camaro fans begged, and Chevrolet came out with my personal favorite – the Camero SS fifth generation. These cars usually top in at about 323 to 580 horsepower. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about this fantastic car – “The Camaro”. See you soon! 😀