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I am a homeschooled boy living in New York City.

Kids Get Rich

I have recently made a new website called KidsGetRich.com. On this site, I teach kids how to make money through entertaining videos. KidsGetRich has nearly 100 members! If you are a kid reading this, sign up right now by clicking this link. When you sign up for KidsGetRich, you get 5 free videos. And very soon, there will be over 30 VIP videos for the low price of $3 a month. You can probably get your parents to pay for it and give you lots and lots of money to start your business. So sign up today.

I’m also writing a book for KidsGetRich. Reading this book will teach you everything you need to know to make thousands of dollars, even if you are only 10! The book will come out very soon, probably by March 2018. So get your parents to also buy that for you when it comes out.

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By | November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Trip To Gettsyburg

I recently went to Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania with my Boy Scout Troop. This was the site of the Battle of Gettsyburg, a very important battle in the Civil War.

We left on Friday at about 6 pm. It should have only taken about 4 or 5 hours. It took 7 hours. We got to our campsite at 1 in the morning. We had a cabin, so we didn’t have to sleep in tents as usual. Unfortunately, the bus couldn’t take us right to the cabin, so we had to walk about half a mile with heavy bags. Around 2, we all went to bed, then promptly woke up at 6:30. We had to meet the bus in the parking lot at 7.

We had a hearty breakfast at the Dobbin House, the oldest building in Gettysburg. We then quickly toured the Dobbin house and got back on the bus. Our tour guide pointed out many points of interest on the bus until we got to our destination, Devils Den. Devils Den is a hill with multiple rocks, and this was used for artillery and sharpshooters. After seeing that, we walked through the infamous “Slaughter Pen” and hiked up to the top of the “Little Round Top”, a much larger hill where Union artillery was operated. For lunch, we went to a nearby park and had a pizza party! After that, we got back in the bus, and drove to the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. We saw a 30 minute film about the battle, then viewed the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a circular panoramic painting depicting the battle. After the museum, we went to the town of Gettysburg and went shopping for souvenirs. Finally, we ate dinner at a buffet, went back to the cabin, and went to bed.

The sun was in our eyes!

On Sunday, we woke up at the same time, but before we left, we had to clean the cabin. We got the Dobbin house around 9, and were we hungry. After breakfast, we went on a walking tour and learned all about civilian life during the battle. We then toured the Shriver house, the house of a young family who had everything going for them… and then the war happened. The husband died after he was captured during the war. The two daughters both died of tuberculosis. After the tour, we went shopping for a little bit longer, got some lunch, and drove back. This time, the drive was only about 6 hours.

I really loved the trip, I learned a lot and saw some really cool Civil War artifacts, rifles, and even cannons. I would definitely recommend visiting Gettysburg if you aren’t interested in the Civil War.

Here is a video of me reciting the Gettysburg address when I was 7:

By | October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

High Fructose Corn Syrup And Why It Is Important

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener made with made from corn starch. It is generally used as a sweetener for candy and soda. HFCS has also been used as a replacement for honey in bee colonies where nectar is in low supply.

To produce HFCS, corn is milled to produce corn starch, which is then acidified and exposed to multiple enzymes to produce HFCS.

HFCS is very important in the soda industry, as nearly all sodas contain it. It is used as a replacement for sugar in most “diet” sodas. HFCS is used in candy, yogurt, juice, bread, frozen dinners, and bread as a cheaper alternative for sugar.

The nutritional value of HFCS has said to have been identical to cane sugar. The corn producers say your body handles it the same exact way it handles cane sugar. However, HFCS contains substantially more fructose than cane sugar. Fructose builds up in your liver, causing fatty liver syndrome. HFCS also punches holes in your digestive lining. The way HFCS is handled is also not very safe. The production of HFCS is not monitored by the FDA, and mercury contaminates the syrup.

Some people dislike the taste of HFCS, preferring foods sweetened with cane sugar. As such, HFCS marks food with it as low quality, processed, and industrialized.

The corn industry has tried to keep these nutritional facts a secret, calling HFCS “corn sugar”. But if you truly care about your body, stop eating products with HFCS.

By | September 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aristides

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Aristides was a statesman in Athens, and was partly responsible for driving the Persians from Europe. He was known as the polar opposite of a different statesman, Themistocles. Aristides and Themistocles argued about Themistocles’ naval policy, the former wanting Athens to remain a land power. He was also a very wise judge, known as the “Just”. Unfortunately, this title caused Themistocles to accuse Aristides of taking control of the courts. Themistocles proceeded to start a movement to have Aristides banished. Unfortunately, he succeeded. He was sentenced to be banished for 10 years. But three years into his banishment, all of the banished people were called back into Athens because the Persians were invading and the Athenian government needed more people. Aristides was then loyal to Themistocles at the battle of Salamis, and helped the Athenian army defeat a Persian garrison. Aristides was the commander of the Battle of Plataea, the final land battle of the war. Aristides won the confidence of the Ionians, and they formed an alliance. Aristides was then elected the leader of this alliance. After the war, Aristides continued hold a high position in Athens. He died in Athens after some years. If you want to read more about Aristides, I would recommend checking out Plutarch’s Lives For Boys and Girls.

By | September 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rubik’s Cubes

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I just got in to Rubik’s Cubes! I have accumulated a large collection. It contains… *deep breath* a 3x3x3, a Shengshou 4×4, a Shengshou 5×5, a QiYi Cavs 2×2, a Shengshou Megaminx, a Moyu Skewb, a LanLan Curvy Copter, a Gear Ball, a Rubik’s Twist(Snake), a Shengshou Mastermorphix, a Mini Cube, and a Rubik’s Void. The official events are 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, 6×6, 7×7, 3×3 Blindfolded, 3×3 One Hand, 3×3 with Feet, 3×3 Fewest Moves, Skewb, Pyraminx, Square-1, Megaminx, Rubik’s Clock, 4×4 Blindfolded, 5×5 Blindfolded, 3×3 Multiple Blindfolded. My 2×2 Best Time is 20 seconds, my 3×3 best time is 1 minue and 12 seconds, and my skewb record is 40 seconds. If you want to start cubing, I recommend this pack right here. And what ever you do, DON’T buy anything with the rubik’s logo on it!

By | May 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Skiing

Yesterday, I went skiing. It was my second time ever skiing, the first was a couple weeks ago at the same place. To start out the day, I was woken at 6:00 am on the dot and dragged into the car for a three hour ride to the Shawnee Ski Area. We started off with a lesson at 9:45 till 10:15. We learned how to turn, brake, and wedge in our lessons so far. When I was done with my lesson, me and my sister tried the Pennsylvania trail. The first few times I tried that trail, I failed miserably. But this time, I went through it easily. I did it two more times by myself, and then went with my sister and her friend onto a blue square trail called Tomahawk. We went down and turned off of it because the next half was a black diamond! Yikes! Then we took a lift up to Bennekill, a blue square trail that went all the way down the mountain. Then Christine’s friend wanted to go all the way down Tomahawk, even the black diamond section! I said no thanks, and watched Christine go down a vertical drop. Then I saw my friends Milo and Ethan and went up to Country Club with them. Country Club was a freestyle terrain course, and I did a big jump! Then we had to go home. 🙁 But the day was really fun, and I ♥ Skiing!

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Here is a list of routes I have skied on.

By | January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

After Effects

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I made the video above using Adobe After Effects. You can do lots of things with AE, including animation, color correction, and video effects. To create the projectiles my nerf gun fired, I created a solid with a mask and added fractal noise, motion blur, and color vibrance. To create the vortex on the green blast, I reversed the time and moved it before the blast. I think Adobe After Effects is really cool and worth the $20 a month!

By | December 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Current Projects

I have a lot of projects I work on. Here is a complete list:

  • Book Number #1
    This is my main focus. I haven’t decided the perfect title for it yet, but I am really excited for it to be finished!
  • End of the Line

    This is another book which I am making. It is currently on hold because I like Book Number 1# better, but I hope to continue it.

  • Animation Number 1#
    I wrote a blog post about this. Currently on hold.
  • The Johncast
    See the blog post about it.
  • John Brown
    Discontinued because I didn’t like the idea.

By | December 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Johncast

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Do you enjoy my site? Do you wish you could take some of the great content with you anywhere? And do you want a witty, smart, and original something to listen to while you are walking the dog or driving to work? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Johncast (my podcast) is for you. It is packed with jokes, math tips and tricks, life hacks, and much more! It will be released on December 25, hopefully earlier. I look forward to releasing the first episode, so look on your iPod to see if it’s out!

By | December 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|3 Comments

My Birthday

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This year I turned 11. I had a really fun laser tag party. You can see me with my friend Joey up in the picture. I was on the green team. They won the first game, and my team won the second. after the games we had pizza and ice cream cake. I was the best player in one game, and the second best player in the next. We played arcade games and left my mom dry, and then everyone went home. We opened up my presents when we got home. They are listed here:

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The Enter the Serpent LEGO set was from Charlie and Georgia. It is really awesome and fun to play with.

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James got me Stratego and Risk. Risk is really fun to play.

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Joey got me some money and this speed cube.

Michael got me a Barnes and Noble Giftcard.

Nicholas and the other Michael got me some money also.

Kaden got me a Toys’R’Us gift card.

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My Mom got me a stuffed poop(!).

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My sister got me the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

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My Aunt Camille got these cute stuffed animals for me, and a special suprise gift, which is still in the mail.

My Uncle Vinny says he got me something really good. My Grandma is getting me these cute Snoopy PJ bottoms (the ones she ordered at first were WAY too big, so I use them as a blanket). My Nana’s gift is still in the mail. Uncle Fred gave me $20. But for now, the grand prize goes to my Dad, for this gift.

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By | November 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chattanooga

Last Tuesday, I took a road trip to Chatanooga, Tennesse. We went there so we could help a family start homeschooling. The young boy in the video was 5 years old, and he was going to be homeschooled. We got tons of educational supplies for the young man, known as Grant. We played chess with him, did math with him, read to him, et cetera. Check out the day-by-day overview.

Tuesday

Tuesday is our day in New York City, so we went to our activites (Wayfinders, Architecture) then hit the road. We drove for 3 hours, had a meal at Red Robin, went for a couple more hours and stopped at a Super 8 in Virginia.

Wednesday

We drove till 5:00 and ate a delicious dinner at Urban Stack. Most hotels were booked solid, so we settled for a Comfort Inn by Lookout Mountain.

Thursday

We woke up and ate a nourishing breakfast (Froot Loops and Danishes). Our client is a successful entrepeneur, so we went to his office for a bit, got some pizza at Community Pie, and headed over to our client’s house ON Lookout Mountain. We played with Grant, and Drake (Grant’s older brother), went to the park, ate dinner, played some more, and headed back to the Comfort Inn.

Friday

Like yesterday, we got up and ate some Froot Loops (with real chemicals!). But this time we went straight to Lookout Mtn. and educated Grant. We left around 2:00 pm and headed to the Tennesse Aquarium. We ate a delightful meal at Sticky Fingers, and my dad ate a moon pie at the store across the street.

Saturday

We went to the library community center around 2:30. Seriously. I did not see anyone reading a book. Only kids playing video games on computers. Anyway, we did some work with him, then dropped him off at his house.

Sunday

We ate brunch with the family then hit the road.

 

Monday

 

We arrived back in New York

By | October 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 4

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Ok, by now you have a very solid army. But our one weakness are things like bloodthisters, imperial knights, etc. We could use the D-cannons from our Vaul’s Wrath, but that is not enough. We need something that is resilient, unflinching, and able to rip holes in our opponents army. We’ll use the wraith host formation (3x units of Wraithguard or Wraithblades, a Wraithlord, a Wraithknight, and a Spiritseer) which confers Battle Focus(you can run AND shoot) and some other rule that I forget. I would have two units of Wraithguard with just Wraithcannons(D-scythes aren’t very good) and one unit of Wraithblades (with the ghost axes). The Wraithknight would have a Ghostglaive and 2x Starcannons. The Wraithlord would take a Ghostglaive, two Flamers, and a Bright Lance. The Spiritseer would take Kurnous’ Bow as a Remnant of Glory(S4 AP3 Rending Pistol).

Army List:
Farseer – Singing Spear – Spirit Stone of Anath’lan – 120pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

5 Howling Banshees – Exarch – Mirrorswords(for extra attack) – 85 pts

5 Striking Scorpions – Exarch – Scorpion’s Claw(For powerful attacks) – 125 pts

5 Fire Dragons – Exarch – Firepike(for longer melta range) – Wave Serpent w/ Bright Lances(I changed this so we have extra anti-tank) – 250 pts

5 Swooping Hawks – Exarch – Sunrifle(for low init and 3+ saves) – 105 pts

5 Warp Spiders – Exarch – Twin-linked Death Spinner – Powerblades(for combat) – 130 pts

5 Dark Reapers – Exarch – Tempest Launcher(To wreck stuff) – 160 pts

3 Crimson Hunters – Exarch – 440 pts

3x 5 Dire Avengers – Exarch – Dire Sword – 215 pts

2x 5 Wraithguard – 320 pts

Wraith Blades- Ghost Axes(Anti 2+ saves) – 150 pts

Spirit Seer – Kurnous’ Bow(Because he has nothing he’d rather shoot) – 80 pts

Wraithlord – 2x Flamers(Anti-hordes) – Ghost Glaive(Powerful combat weapon) – Bright Lance(anti-tank) – 145 pts

Wraithknight – Starcannon(Powerful shots) – Ghost Glaive(Powerful combat weapon) – 345 pts

This is a very large list(3550 pts), but very powerful. It has virtually no weaknesses.

By | October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 3

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So, you have 1850 points of Eldar, but still no dedicated anti-air. So we will add a Crimson Death Formation. It consists of 3 Crimson Hunters, one must be an exarch. So 405 points and we have 3 flyers with two bright lances and a pulse laser each with preferred enemy(flyers and flying monstrous creatures) and with 4+ cover save no matter what and if they jink they can reroll it. Nasty. The Crimson Hunter is an AV10 Vector Dancer flyer with two bright lances and a pulse laser(S8 AP2 Heavy 2). The Exarch has a ballistic skill of 5 and the ability to make precision shots on a 5+. Really nasty. Precision shots are fun when you kill the guy with a missle launcher. So we have 2255 points of Eldar but no defense squads. So we will add a Dire Avenger Shrine to guard objectives. Now we have 6 scoring units. Awesome when you pull that Domination tactical objective card. The Dire Avenger Shrine is a good formation, especially with the killing strike special rule, once per game your Shuriken Catapaults are made Assault 3! I have one exarch with a diresword (Awesome AP2 Weapon) and shuriken pistol. So the formation is 205 points and gives you 2495 points of Eldar and you can play 2500 point games.

Army list –
Farseer – Singing Spear(S9 AP- shot so I can split open that transport) , Spirit Stone of Anath’lan(reduce cost of psychic power by one warp charge at the cost of the rune armor invuln save for one turn) – 120 pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

5 Howling Banshees – Exarch – Mirrorswords(for extra attack) – 85 pts

5 Striking Scorpions – Exarch – Scorpion’s Claw(For powerful attacks) – 125 pts

5 Fire Dragons – Exarch – Firepike(for longer melta range) – Wave Serpent w/ Scatter Lasers – 245 pts

5 Swooping Hawks – Exarch – Sunrifle(for low init and 3+ saves) – 105 pts

5 Warp Spiders – Exarch – Twin-linked Death Spinner – Powerblades(for combat) – 130 pts

5 Dark Reapers – Exarch – Tempest Launcher(To wreck stuff) – 160 pts

3 Crimson Hunters – Exarch – 440 pts

3x 5 Dire Avengers – Exarch x1(only one Exarch allowed in this formation) – Dire Sword(To make my guys useful in combat) – 205 pts

Enjoy wrecking people in Escalation.

By | September 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coming Soon to a Youtube Near You…

I am creating an ‘object show’ on youtube, where there are a bunch of animate inanimate objects competing in a contest to win a million dollars or something like that. Here is some of the script to give you an idea:

Pencil(to Pen): OMG, this place is such a drag. Right, Penny?
Pen: *slap* Don’t call me Penny!
Pencil: I thought this place was supposed to be nice! Why is it so drab? But I can’t wait for the contest.
Pen: What contest? Like, the one where you have to win challenges and not get eliminated and whoever wins gets to stay on the island. Like, I would not stay here in, like, fifty billion years. Why is it like a creepy old haunted castle on an abandoned island that is zombies and cannibals on it?
(announcer bounces in)
Announcer:Budget cuts. I know the contest was originally to try to stay on the island the longest, and whoever got eliminated got sent off the island. The new contest is to get off the island as quickly as possible. The winner gets a T-shirt and can decide who has to stay on the island.
Pen:But I thought we got a million dollars before.
Announcer: Budget cuts. The first contest is to use a key to escape the castle’s dungeon. The contest starts… now!

I plan on publishing the first episode by Christmas. I am using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects to animate it. Search for Inanimate Insantity on youtube to get an idea of what it will look like.

By | September 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 2

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This blog post is for people who play Eldar in Warhamer 40k. It is about how to start your army with the Craftworld Warhost. I am going to go over the second step to creating an Eldar army in this blog post. You will need a Wave Serpent, 5 Howling Banshees, 5 Striking Scorpions, 5 Fire Dragons, 5 Swooping Hawks, 5 Warp Spiders, and 5 Dark Reapers.

Howling Banshees –
This unit is going to just charge in and kill some Marines. They are also good against Tau, because they cancel out Overwatch. My Exarch is going to take the Mirrorswords for an extra Master-crafted attack. These gals are running 9″ thanks to their Acrobatic rule, and it is going to be nasty when they get into a unit of Devastators.

Striking Scorpions –
This unit is going to infiltrate and jump in and attack. The Exarch is going to be particularly nasty with the Scorpion’s Claw (Sx2 AP 2 with a shuriken catapault built in). These guys can hold against a big unit of Hormogaunts thanks to their 3+ armor.

Fire Dragons –
Your anti-tank. These guys will blow up any tank that gets close, and are particularly nasty when it comes to Death or Glory! attempts. I am putting mine in a Wave Serpent to get them close, and an Exarch for higher stats.

Swooping Hawks –
For hordes (Lasblasters), tanks (haywire grenades), and flyers(intercept special rule). The lasblasters are S3 AP 5 assault 3, which makes them SO MUCH BETTER than the regular lasgun. The Haywire Grenades can glance a Land Raider to dust. The Intercept rule allows them to make an attack on a flier they moved over that hits on a 4+ and is S4 AP4 Haywire.

Warp Spiders –
With the Death Spinner(S6 AP- Assault 2 Monofilament(wounds against initiative and 6 to wound wounds at AP2)) these guys are good against high toughness but low initiative Necrons and Orks. Teleport these guys in and watch them glance AV12 to death.

Dark Reapers –
A lot of AP3 coming from here, these guys are expensive but they destroy Space Marines. A squad of 5 can output some serious damage.

The Dark Reapers, Swooping Hawks, and Fire Dragons are going in one Aspect Host formation, where the BS is increased by one. The Warp Spiders, Howling Banshees, and Striking Scorpions also have their BS increased.

Army list so far:
Farseer – Singing Spear(S9 AP- shot so I can split open that transport) , Spirit Stone of Anath’lan(reduce cost of psychic power by one warp charge at the cost of the rune armor invuln save for one turn) – 120 pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

5 Howling Banshees – Exarch – Mirrorswords(for extra attack) – 85 pts

5 Striking Scorpions – Exarch – Scorpion’s Claw(For powerful attacks) – 125 pts

5 Fire Dragons – Exarch – Firepike(for longer melta range) – Wave Serpent w/ Scatter Lasers – 245 pts

5 Swooping Hawks – Exarch – Sunrifle(for low init and 3+ saves) – 105 pts

5 Warp Spiders – Exarch – Twin-linked Death Spinner – Powerblades(for combat) – 130 pts

5 Dark Reapers – Exarch – Tempest Launcher(To wreck stuff) – 160 pts

Total: 1850 pts

This army is good against:

Hordes

MEQ(Marines and Equivalents)

TEQ(Terminators and Equivalents)

Tanks

Gargantuan Creatures

Flyers

High Toughness Creatures

By | September 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments