Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eco Footprint Update

Yesterday I achieved much of the things I said I would in my Eco footprint. I washed 3 loads of dishes with my hands, and I also grabbed the clothes out of the hot water cylinder and folded them up it was pretty good right? LOL

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Road Runner

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Eco Footprint Diary

There are three things I am going to attempt to do to keep my Eco Footprint down! Here they are:

Turn off power when I am not using it!
Use the hot water cylinder to dry things rather than the clothes dryer
Hand wash the dishes rather than using the dishwasher!

This is a diary so i will post on how I go!

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Micheal Carrick 4 Life

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Jo and Clements Visit To Room 18

On Tuesday the 2nd of June Room 18 had quite an exciting visit from some members of SIFE. They work in the local university (University of Waikato). They taught us many valuable things whilst they were in our class. One of the many things they taught us was how much space we had to develop on. They showed this using an apple. I bet you did not know that we as humans only have One thirty second of the earth left to develop on is this not astounding to you? But China had an idea to build to build gardens on the roofs of skyscrapers how choice is that? So yeah that kind of sums it up oh and i got to say thank you to them becuase i was one of the best pupils W00T!

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Micheal Carrick 4 Life

Monday, May 25, 2009

My 5 Items

Here is an example of what I might take to the island. Hopefully it will see me through my stay.

Fishing Rod (preferably a game rod)

Tackle box- 30 red hooks 30 silver hooks 10 2 floaters 5 sinkers
5 packets of Gulp plastic red wine soft plastics
1 Filleting knife 1 Berkley Iki 2 60 pound nylon 1 Berkley jig line
1 pocket grindstone 1 fold up ruler

New Zealand Camping tent (comes with 10 poles)

Netted Hinaki

My Mountain Bike

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Marlin Fishing

On our island if we are smart enough we should be able to make canoes, Rafts of boats. This is the result of some hard core fishing. You have got to admit this guy has guts as this could tear him apart...

Here is a photo of two huge Black Marlin

A quick guide to rock fishing

Here is the link to this page:

When you are rock fishing never go alone because if you get to hard a tug and fall over you could get pretty cut up on the rocks. Also never go to late the fish may be out then but that is when the water starts to cover the rocks and it is hard to go back the way you came. Also at night you get annoying things like stingrays coming in close to the rocks. Rock fishing in New Zealand does have it's rewards though if you are a patient fisherman you could catch huge Kingfish and Snapper.Another thing is to always use Berley as it is good for attracting fish of all sizes. Thats all from me for now but I will add more soon.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Truth About Nuclear Bombs

This is an article I found it is actually quite intresting. Here is the link:

A couple of nights ago, Jon Stewart said that Harry Truman was a “War Criminal” for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan.

From the moment I saw that clip I have dropped everything I was doing in order to research, write, shoot, edit and post a reponse. It’s a story I already knew well. I think this is very good work, and I will update the post when I have had some sleep. For now, if you have 16 minutes of free time, I think you’ll find this one rewarding.

You have to visit the site to watch the movie as it is blocked at school.


Well, Jon Stewart apologized for calling Truman “a War Criminal,” and good for him. Everyone says things they regret, but not everyone is big enough to step up and admit they were wrong. And the following is meant in no way to diminish his apology, but the fact is, after he called Truman a War Criminal, he explained in some detail why he thought the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act. I saw nothing in the apology that led me to believe he changed his mind about the atomic attacks, and to be honest, if you honestly do believe that they were in fact criminal acts, its hard to see how you could not consider Truman a war criminal. But as someone who has had words put in his mouth, I certainly do not wish to do that to Mr. Stewart. I can’t undo the references to what he said, just as he can’t unsay what he did in fact say, but I am glad that he apologized to Truman if nothing else and I certainly think more highly of him for it.

With all of that said, hundreds of millions do in fact consider the bombings a criminal act, and to that degree the video is as timely and necessary as ever.

Sometime this week, I hope, I will provide the text of the video. There are a great many visual elements in the piece, and I hope to include as many of those as I can in the body of the text. But I really do feel that the video format is powerful under certain circumstances, and more of this kind of thing is coming. If you’d like to support this work in the future, my insect overlords would be thrilled — simply thrilled — if those of you that liked the piece would go to PJTV and simply register. It’s fast, it’s free, and your email address will not be used for any other purpose that notifying you of our content, including continuing commentaries such as this one. We’re capitalists here. These things cost money, and if people simply register because of them they will take that as a good sign and give me the means to keep them coming.

Thanks for the support, and good for you, Jon Stewart.
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At school today Mr Woodcock showed us a movie about supply and demand. It was actually quite interesting and it taught me a lot. It showed us about how the manufacturer is able to rise the prices very easily and you the consumer are sucked into buying things just if a celebrity you like does and add for it! Prices vary on how good the supply is , how hard the thing is to get and how much demand there is for the item. When the supply and demand are equal it is called and equilibrium point

Check out this website it is CHOICE

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My New Job

I would like to be the Minister Of Fisheries now! I think i know quite about about fish and aqua life so i think this is the ideal job for me

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Perfect Sniper

Monday, May 11, 2009

Eeling Skill

Above Types of Hinaki's

These is a brief post on Hinaki's. Maori's invented the Hinaki (Lucky Guys! =}) they made there ones out of flax and sticks and stones to weigh it down. These days we use wire hoops and chicken mesh to make ours and it is no where near as successful as what the Maori's used to do! =) When the eel goes in a little funnel made at the front a piece of cloth goes over the top and the eel is so dumb it cannot get back through! You put a piece of meat on a hook tied on with nylon inside the Hinaki as bait when the eel goes in it gets hooked and that makes it impossible for it to get out! At most you can catch about 40 odd Kilograms of eel! (If your lucky LOL) another successful trick is tying a piece of string around you hand with a hook and meat on the end, then you go along putting you hand under the bank until you full a sharp pull then you yank upwards and stamp on the eels tail (that is were its nerve system is) until it stops moving. Well done you just caught an Eel Mareka style!

Useful Tips for eeling:

1) Have patience they are not as stupid as to dive straight onto your hook!

2) Have a spear or a knife or and Iki handy to stab it in the head or a stick you smack its tail into a bloody pulp (ALRIGHT!)

3) Use something stinky or bloody as a kind of attraction for the eels think of it as barley when you are rock fishing! It works i am sure of it because i have done it many times!

4) Smoke it and eat it, it tastes awesome (TIP TIME: Put lemon on it yummy) If you are not going to eat it chuck it back because if you take that innocent eels life you are a monster and if everyone was like you there would not be any eels to catch!

5) Chuck back 50 percent of your catch one good sized eel feeds two people!

6) Clean up where you have been positioned because eels come out of water at night and might swallow a hook that you have left there (The only reason they are dumb enough to eat it is because it will still have the bait smell on it!)

7) Eel at night eels are more active at night and you are best off using a spear it is more quiet.

8) Throw your line in close to the bank that is where the eels lie because it is dark!

9) Fish in shady places. One: because it can get hot when you are fishing which means sunburn and that can sometimes mean death from melanoma! Two: because eels like the dark!

10) Re-use unused bait as it is better than fresh bait when it comes to eeling. Soft plastics are also quiet handy as they can be re-used many times

So there now you are ready to become and accomplished fisherman congratulations and good luck! Remember those tips and you cant go wrong!

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Perfect Sniper

Ministry Of Fisheries

I am going to be the Minister or Boss (I like that title better) of the fishing on our island. No one is allowed to touch a fish with out asking me or they will receive no food rations for 1 day and night. Also all equipment must be approved by myself or Mousewheel. If you want to practice fishing you must ask for a tour from either myself or Mousewheel the price is either:

1 block of uranium
1 voucher entitling me to the day off (NO I AM SERIOUS!)


Freshwater Eels


Electric Eels

Moray Eels

Eels Sizes:
All Freshwater Eels must be over 75cm in length and 3cm in width.
Punishment will be inflicted if you take an under size eel.(Punishment is 3 nights with no food rations) If you would like to register a complaint please make an appointment with me. Thank you for your understanding.

I hope you enjoy your stay on the island and from us at the fisheries good luck with all that you do!

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Perfect Sniper


Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Thoughts on the Matai Island River

This is what Mr Woody Posted:

Does it have qualities that may be useful for sustainable use?
Consider power generation, food sources, transport, etc.
How about a Maori name based on it's qualities?

Our river does have a sustainable use, Food (Eels and other freshwater fish) and its were our toiletries could go but of course it would wash down near the sea!
If we were smart we could use the water to make power for lighting and other necessities around the island! Another thing we could do is use boats and other things that float on the water. We could make little rafts and fishing boats to use in our spare time. This way we could learn to live of the land.

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Perfect Sniper

P.S The Name Is coming later

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My goals on Matai Islands

1 Kill 10 eels
2 Kill 10 flounder
3 Kill 5 pigs
4 Create a sustainable living enviroment
5 Grow a garden
6 Make some good roads that are able to be driven on

More coming soon

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Perfect Sniper

My Eco House

Here is a picture of an Eco House i found but it isn't my house below i will describe my house

My Eco House is going to have a bamboo frame because that is more Eco friendly and it will not mean digging into the earth bringing up metal having it shipped off to make frames or its better than cutting down a tree to make a frame! Its roofing and walls are going to be made out of growing trees and leaves. I am going to live a simple life without power. My bed is going to be made out of bamboo and i will probably bring my own mattress. I will build a sewage system where your 1's and 2's will slide down a hollow piece of wood into the river. So my house would have to be close to the river for this to work! I would use a camp shower that i would have brought over and that would be outside and i would have a drain which it falls into. Every now and then i would fill the hole AKA the drain in with dirt and dig a new one. Outside i would have a garden growing vegetables which i would work on regularly.

My way off cooking would be an open fire outside with rocks around it to stop everything catching fire. I would dig all the grass out for 5 metres on each side of the open fire. i would have lots of space for storage and if need be i would put up a bamboo bar to hold my clothes. Out side i would have a flax washing line to dry my clothes which will be washed in the sea (not in the river because that's were our 1's and 2's go). I have not yet worked out a way of getting fresh water but i soon will! I would make a bridge across the river to my other mates houses and to my farm land. I would live alone in my house so that i am not bothered by other people. I would rely on an open piece in in my roofing for light an i would make a flax blanket if i got cold. I would kill one of my sheep to make an under blanket for my bed and to make a pillow which would most likely be stuffed with leaves! I would have my Knife next to me on my bamboo table i am going to make. My fishing rod and tackle box would be with me in my house with a few other essential items. Other than that i would have my clothes, A spear, A torch (for eeling and spearing flounder),A picture of my family and some other things. I would regularly attend to my livestock and go eeling with my good mate Mouse wheel!!!

I would eventually make a bow and arrow so i can kill birds for feathers to make clothes and blankets. I would also make a spear where the tip came off and stuck into the eel or flounder so i can just pull it in. I would also make a road to the bridge and to the beach from my house. I might let some of my livestock run wild so i can go hunting and i would definatly bring over some pigs! My means of transport would be my mountain bike. Eventually i will build a mountain biking track!!! My only source of heat is my sleeping bag, My blankets and my fire OUCHEY. Thanks for reading feel free to leave a comment showing your thoughts on my idea.

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Perfect Sniper

My job on the island

YAYAYA My job on the island is to design and build the roads AKA i am an engineer!!
Me and bobby are there to design roads for our means of transport i am going to work hard with enthusiasm on this job and maybe soon i will move up a rank to a better job like the leader of the island!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

6 Things I would bring with me!

Here are my 6 things

Warm Clothes
Strong Knife
Fishing Rod and Tackle
Sleeping Equipment

If I Could take one more it would be a gun or my bike!

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Sportsta 1

My Ecological Footprint

Here is my ecological footprint!

Matai Island Jobs

If we were to sustain an island that we were able to live on we would need jobs and i am about to list them if you see this (ME) next to a job its the one i would like to do.

Leader x1 Permanent
Fitness Instructor x1 (ME)
Engineer x3(ME)
Architect x2
Workers x10
Farmers x4 (ME)
Miners x 5
Technicians x2

TOTAL: 28 People

Work Shifts: You get three jobs and you do 3 hours of each one a day
Works Hours: 8:30am to 6:30pm

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Sportsta 1

The Aftermath Of The Hiroshima And Nagasaki Bombings

This is what can happen if you make Uranium into a bomb these bombings were done in world war 2 and were unnecessary!

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks near the end of World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States at the executive order of U.S. President Harry S. Truman on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. After six months of intense fire-bombing of 67 other Japanese cities, followed by an ultimatum which was ignored by the Shōwa regime, the nuclear weapon "Little Boy" was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Monday,[1] August 6, 1945, [2] followed on August 9 by the detonation of the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb over Nagasaki. These are to date the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.[3]
The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945,[4] roughly half on the days of the bombings. Amongst these, 15 to 20% died from injuries or illness attributed to radiation poisoning[5]. Since then, more have died from leukemia (231 observed) and solid cancers (334 observed) attributed to exposure to radiation released by the bombs[6]. In both cities, the overwhelming majority of the dead were civilians.[7][8][9]
Six days after the detonation over Nagasaki, on August 15, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers, signing the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, officially ending the Pacific War and therefore World War II. (Germany had signed its unavoidable[2] Instrument of Surrender on May 7, ending the war in Europe.) The bombings led, in part, to post-war Japan adopting Three Non-Nuclear Principles, forbidding that nation from nuclear armament.[10]
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Sportsta 1


Here is a quick brief on what Wikipedia had to say about Uranium

Uranium (pronounced /jʊˈreɪniəm/) is a silvery-white metallic chemical element in the actinide series of the periodic table that has the symbol U and atomic number 92. It has 92 protons and 92 electrons, 6 of them valence electrons. It can have between 141 and 146 neutrons, with 146 (U-238) and 143 in its most common isotopes. Uranium has the highest atomic weight of the naturally occurring elements. Uranium is approximately 70% denser than lead, but not as dense as gold or tungsten. It is weakly radioactive. It occurs naturally in low concentrations (a few parts per million) in soil, rock and water, and is commercially extracted from uranium-bearing minerals such as uraninite (see uranium mining).

Here is the link to the page

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Sportsta 1

P.s. Hope no terrorists are looking at this LOL =p

Matai Islands

Mr Woody came up with this cool as idea! It was to create our own islands! Our classes island has trees on it and uranium and limestone! I will put on a post about Uranium and limestone if you are not sure what it is. Hope you follow my blog

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Sportsta 1