This page contains three parts. The first part, just call this General Elder Scrolls Weaseling . is devoted to recording the history of creative weaseling on the part of out favourite bunch of game developers, the inimitable Bethesda Softworks. In their long history, they've developed, as a collective, a well-honed talent for explaining away their own past shortcomings and coming up with plausible explanations for their own flops. Some of these lines are widely known; some are being published for the first time.
The second part is a memorable sub-section we called Daggerfacts . Due to some peculiar circumstances, Daggerfall never became the game it was initially meant to be. Bluntly speaking, it was rushed to the market just to meet the deadline. Because of that, many features were incomplete or plainly omitted, and some interesting inconsistencies surfaced.
This Daggerfacts sub-section is devoted to random little Daggerfall-related facts many might not know. There used to be a site on the 'Net, it was called "The Secret Scrolls" which was devoted to listing these. That site is down since quite a while ago, and its webmaster - Bo Gotthardt-Petersen - must have changed his e-mail address. This section will somewhat duplicate his work. By the way, I (Qwerty) used to contribute to The Secret Scrolls. But it was a while back.
Some of the facts in here were actual gameplay experiences of mine (Qwerty) or of my fellow fans. Some were provided by the fine folks who are (or used to be) employed by Bethesda Softworks. Of these, the one who deserves the fattest credit is Ted Peterson (later referred to as "Tedders", because that's how he likes to be referred to as on the 'Net), lead designer of Daggerfall, whom Julian LeFay was a sidekick of.
The third part, called Morrowind Easter Eggs . is a large list of easter eggs from Morrowind which were mostly collected by Sinder Velvin, the exceptions being "The Mystery of N'Gasta. " and "Fishy Sticks”.
information below might spoil some of your gaming fun by providing plot-related information that the player's char is supposed to discover as the game goes.
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Viacom announced on Monday that Mitt Romney had declined to appear on Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President special this year, citing time constraints. President Obama’s camp pounced on Romney’s decision, saying, “Kids demand details. ‘The dog ate my homework’ just doesn’t cut it when you’re running for president. ” When did “my dog ate my homework” become known as schoolchildren’s favorite excuse?
Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits for Slate ’s culture blog, Brow Beat .
The 1970s. Delinquent schoolchildren and adults have been blaming their shortcomings on their pets for more than a century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that “my dog ate my homework” came to be considered the No. 1 likely story. One of the first sad sacks who was said to blame his dog for his own ill-preparedness was a priest. In this anecdote, which appeared as early as 1905, a clergyman pulls his clerk aside after a service to ask him whether his sermon seemed long enough. The clerk assures him that it was very nice, “just the right length,” and the priest is relieved. “I am very glad to hear you say that,” he says, “because just before I started to come here my dog got hold of my sermon and ate some of the leaves .” The story was repeated again and again. The first citation of the excuse in the Oxford English Dictionary is a 1929 article from the Manchester Guardian . which reads, “It is a long time since I have had the excuse about the dog tearing up the arithmetic homework.” In Bel Kaufman’s best-selling 1965 novel Up the Down Staircase . a list of students’ excuses for not having their homework includes “My dog went on my homework ” and “My dog chewed it up .” Even in 1965, however, it was still just another excuse.
“My dog ate my homework” became known as the quintessential far-fetched excuse in the next decade, when the phrase was used over and over. In a 1976 account of the Watergate tapes, E.C. Kennedy describes listening to President Nixon “working on the greatest American excuse since the dog ate my homework .” A 1977 article from Alaska’s Daily News-Miner describes the difficulty students faced in coming up with a new excuse since “ ‘My dog ate my term paper’ is no longer acceptable .”
The excuse was alluded to more and more throughout the 1980s. A 1982 Time magazine column on excuses suggested that “The dog ate my homework is a favorite with schoolchildren,” while a 1987 New York Times column about how students were starting to blame malfunctioning computers and printers quoted one teacher as saying she recently received “a note from a student’s mother saying the dog ate his homework .” Even the president picked up on the trend: When Congress pushed spending approval to the last minute in 1988, Ronald Reagan complained to reporters, “I had hoped that we had marked the end of the ‘dog-ate-my-homework’ era of Congressional budgetry … but it was not to be .” It was all over television, with references to the excuse on shows like The Simpsons and Full House . By 1989, the narrator of Saved by the Bell theme was singing, “And the dog ate all my homework last night .”
The phrase continued to grow more popular. Between 1990 and 2000, the New York Times wrote articles with headlines such as “Beyond ‘Dog Ate My Homework’ ” and “Homework Help Sites (Or, the Dog Ate My U.R.L.) ,” while The New Yorker described one criminal’s accounts of his wrongdoings as having “a decided my-dog-ate-my-homework quality.” Children’s books tried to capitalize on the trend with titles like A Dinosaur Ate My Homework . Aliens Ate My Homework . Godzilla Ate My Homework . and My Teacher Ate My Homework . daring to use the term to promote reading and education. Such titles have continued into the 2000s, but in recent years the phrase seems to finally be losing steam .
Bonus Explainer: An Obama spokesperson also said, “It’s no surprise Romney decided to play hookey .” Why do we call cutting school “playing hookey”? To play hookey began as an Americanism in the 19 th century. The earliest known citation comes from 1848, from John Russell Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms . where it was said to mean “to play truant” and noted to be “a term used among schoolboys, chiefly in the State of New York .” Word historians usually suggest that it’s from to hook it meaning to run away . a term as old as the Revolutionary War. However, others have proposed that it might derive from the Dutch expression hoekje spelen . the Dutch expression for “hide and seek”—especially since playing hooky emerged in New York during a time when it had a larger Dutch population.
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Yes, I know it’s been some time since I wrote something. Yes, I do have a decent excuse. Yes, I do know that no excuses will be accepted. We all have things we’d rather be doing than banging out a couple hundred words for the leisurely perusal of our readers, including a steadily-increasing contingent of Slovakians and Mexicans. Shoutout to them, as well as the dude on old-style Arpanet. Still, come the day when I can’t summon up some walls of text for your reading pleasure, you can drag me off to the glue factory.
For some time I had been preparing a cute article entitled ‘How to win an EMA tournament’. While not exactly critical in its opinions towards the current tournament formats, it does paint a rather bizarre picture of the things you’ll need to do, to maximize your chances of accomplish aforesaid goal. Of course, the only way to alter the allure of this ideal but not-quite-conventional strategy is to move the goalposts, by overhauling some elements of the current tournament format.
Change, they say, is the only constant. And if I were on the EMA committee I would be fed up to the back teeth with it. Early June, a mahjong website editorial expressed dissatisfaction with the EMA ranking system. A new system was rolled out within the month. Last month, there was a bit of a to-do regarding the enforcement of some rules infractions during the European Championship. The committee is now drafting up a chapter on ‘mahjong etiquette’ for tournaments. If I were running the thing and someone murmured the c-word near me I would throw up, turn purple and beat him within an inch of his life.
It must be tough running an international association, especially one large enough to require the burden of officialdom, and yet small enough that you can’t brush aside the concerns of individual members. The internet is a great way for vocal minorities to make a difference, especially when nobody tells you that you’re doing something right. Change for the better is viewed as improvement. And yet when a lot of stuff is changed within a short time, it’s harder to convince people that things are improving rapidly. After all, stability is just as important as a willingness to change for the better.
If I were the EMA, I’d have a committee meeting, say, a few times a year, at fixed dates. When someone put something to me I’d then be safe to gush about how right he is, why didn’t I think of that, and how I would bravely take it up with the committee next meeting. Maybe then I wouldn’t have blag writers wondering whether the ship can take one more salvo. I’ve often said that even if there were a worldwide mahjong association, I wouldn’t chair it for anything. The EMA is certainly doing its part, and it’s in my interest – and the interests of people unwilling to organize their own international tournaments – not to rock it all at once.
And that’s why ‘How to win an EMA tournament’ will remain a draft for now, and will not be read except by people with gold account subscriptions.
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You are sparing the EMA… too many changes already… stability is a priority… hmmm? I have another interpretation. How about your ‘How to win an EMA tournament’ strategy might not be “good enough”, not up to your standard as a perfectionist? Perhaps, you are not trying to spare the EMA, but your own ego. You know your excuses are just that… excuses, hence the title “My dog ate my homework”.
I might be totally wrong, but it’s an excellent opportunity to say it takes courage to present new ideas and to try new things. There is always the possibility of doing poorly or being harshly critiqued by peers.
Excuses are most often made to shift blame or boost self-image, but some people make excuses to preempt failure. While people normally will use excuses after a negative outcome presents itself, others become adept at making excuses in anticipation of poor performance. Avoiding activities or situations where one might not do well is one way of anticipatory excuse-making. Whether excuses are used to shift blame or improve what other people think, it may be easier for excuse-makers to live with excuses than think about living with having tried at something and failed.
If you think failure is not an option. Think again. It is a privilege reserved for those who try. I would rather read about failed attempts than about excuses.Leave a Reply Cancel reply Post navigation
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About the author:
Jan Irving is part owner of the famous Erinveine Clumber Spaniels in Australia, a successful artist, and author of several
popular books including the definitive historical review of Clumbers The White Spaniel, the extensive introduction to the breed Clumber Spaniels, a number of general dog titles and the children's stories The Secret of the Dragon and Santa's Clumber-tastic Christmas.
Authored by Jan Irving
The Dog Ate My Homework is a collection of revisited essays and thoughts on training from Jan Irving. Jan's main experience with dog training is with Clumber Spaniels but she has also been involved in show training with a number of breeds.
This book is put together to inspire the reader's own thoughts and imagination, it is not a manual or a 'how to' nor 'step by step' instruction manual. there are many, many of those out on the store shelves already.
Actually I don’t have a dog. What I have is a cat. Sweet, cuddly and non-demanding. I am house-sitting in Coral Bay for the summer. And in addition to not having a dog, I also do not have a maintenance crew. I am the maintenance crew. It is hurricane season and primary reason I am at this house – if a storm comes I get it boarded up and safe. The rest of the time keep the house open and lived in to prevent mildew growth on the furniture, water the plants, feed the cat and maintain the yard (which never stops growing in this climate. ever.) But my current problems are typical island problems. Minus the actual concern of hurricanes, which politely give you advance warning of their arrival! They are not party-crashers.
So here is my excuse for being absent recently… WAPA & Wasps. Last week I had edited my photos and planned some topics. An island friend was leaving for the States for an extended visit, so I was having a group over for drinks on the porch at the time of the full moon. However that was not to be. The power to the house was shut down by WAPA (Water and Power Authority) while I was in town buying food and drinks. It seems WAPA never sent the bill to the owner, so he did not pay. Since it was a Friday, that meant the earliest the power would come on, after payment, was Monday – end of business day. And it’s hot here. Humid. Nary a breeze. And now no fans.
It has been years since I have been without power (minus 7 weeks ago when the very same thing happened while I was house-sitting! ehem.) It’s worse now because I (we) rely on it for more than ever. And maybe because I am older and dislike the inconvenience more. My quick reminder list, since we take our power so much for granted:
Having no power changes all of one’s plans. It also meant I was on the phone with the owner and power company getting things squared away. Hauling food to a refrigerator that could be supplied with power. Then Monday evening arrived. No Power. I called WAPA in St. Thomas and they said my power was reconnected. Go check your fuse on the meter (down the hill and up high on a pole!) Nope, it’s fine. “Okay, someone will come out and fix your problem tonight.” Admittedly I was skeptical. If you have lived on St.John you can understand my skepticism. Besides, the bill was paid over the weekend, so why don’t they turn on the power in the morning? why wait until the close of the work day. Thankfully, someone did fix it and the power came back on about 4 hours later that night!
My thoughts after this ordeal: “If I could afford a $1,000,000+ home on St. John (as most of them are), I would have solar panels. It seems absurd not to have them here. It is almost always sunny and electricity costs are 5x higher than in the States.”
With the power back, I spent the next morning returning a power cord and fan the neighbor loaned me (to keep my food cold and my nights mosquito-free), moved my food and belongings back to where I was staying, and made sure all was working. Nope. Spent another morning trouble-shooting the Satellite TV receiver that now did not work, ending with a series of calls between companies trying to get a new one sent to island in time for the arrival of the first guests this season. Finally things calmed to a dull routine again and I was able to actually spend time on work. (I am working from home, so the power outage put me behind.) Last night I was one hour from being caught up with work, preparing to finally work on my blog again! But in flew a small hummingbird…
No, actually it looked like a hummingbird when I saw it out of my peripheral vision while working on my computer. It was actually a big freaking Wasp. I quickly got up to see if the screen door was open and get out of the room. Smartly I grabbed the electric mosquito swatter on my way! Ha! But the more I watched it swoop quickly around the entire living room and kitchen, the mosquito racket seemed useless. It really needed a 10 foot handle and a huge racket head! It landed briefly on the livingroom wall so I was able to get a good look at it. It occurred to me this wasp might be mad enough to sting. My creative thinking kicked in and I decided to open the doors on the screened-in porch, duck and dive and turn out the lights inside, leaving only the porch lights on. My hope was the wasp would be attracted to the lights on the porch and find its way out one of the doors…
Instead another one flew in. Ughh. You know, it may be only 8pm but I am going to bed.
Once in my bedroom – thankfully on a separate floor from these monster wasps – I used up all the battery in my iPhone researching them online. I’ve seen them before while hiking and they were much smaller, like a regular size wasp. They are actually quite beautiful. The body is all back, the antennae are a bright orange and the wings are an iridescent blue the color of the water here on St. John. (more turquoise than the one in this photo.)
Source: Scientific American Blog /Dumb Yanqui Photo
Turns out that my flying house guest is called a Tarantula Hawk! (the descriptions are worth reading!) A photographer has some great photos of them here. And This photo can give you a feel for their size. I can honestly appreciate this wasp being named after a bird! Apparently it is solitary, not aggressive, the female is much bigger than the male, but as it turns out, if provoked it will sting. A Travel + Lesiure article wrote that it is the second most painful insect bite in the world.
Commenting on his own experience, Justin O. Schmidt. entomologist and creator of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. described the pain as “…immediate, excruciating pain that simply shuts down one’s ability to do anything, except, perhaps, scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations.” The wasp’s sting is rated near the top of the Schmidt index, second only to that of the bullet ant. and is described by Schmidt as “blinding, fierce [and] shockingly electric,” similar to dropping a live hairdryer in the bathtub with you.
After reading that I felt reassured that my intuition told me not to get that wasp any more upset that it already was! However, as I lay in bed, thinking about my computer and phone charger sitting upstairs on the table, I was wondering what I was going to do about that wasp (or wasps) in the morning.
I woke up at 5:00 and tossed and turned until I could not delay this confrontation any longer. I went upstairs and stood at the screen door, peering around the interior of the screened-in porch to see it the wasps were around. I was too sleepy to have good running reflexes at that hour of the morning so I tiptoed slowly from place to place and looked for any sign of the wasps. I had just purchased a bag of my favorite coffee in town yesterday and really wanted to make some coffee but the kitchen was the last place I had seen the wasp. I stood at the entry to the kitchen for a while, waiting. Nothing. I decided to take my computer and work to my bedroom downstairs, in case this turned into an extended occupation. When I returned the wasp was hanging on one of the screens on the porch. I quickly opened the doors so she could fly out.
But she didn’t fly out.
So I removed one screen panel hoping she would notice her freedom. Then another panel. then another. She seemed to keep her eyes on me and did not fly when I took out panels, but maybe she was exhausted. After that I just stood back and became her ‘Pep Squad’ – giving her directions on which way to fly, not to give up, she’s getting warmer! You’re Hot! Go. Go. Fly out. Please! And that’s how it ended. She is out tarantula hunting again.
It might be easier to tell you the dog ate my homework, but I feel the need to dispel the misconception that many people have of life on the island. I am not sitting on the beach every day sipping on frozen tropical drinks unfortunately! I feel lucky when I have had chance to go out snorkeling. When things are quiet I am usually dealing with some oddity of island living that I don’t have to deal with back in the States. And… wondering what happened to that second wasp! (But it makes for a good blog post!)Related Posts: Post navigation Looking for something? Archives Recents Postcards Categories Recent Blog Comments Follow Me! New Look Admin
For the past school year 2015-2016, the Philippines' DepEd reported the following enrollment numbers in public schools for the following levels: Grade 6 (2.0 million), Grade 7 (1.7 million), Grade 8 (1.6 million), Grade 9 (1.4 million), and Grade 10 (1.3 million). The number of students enrolled in tenth grade reflects a 35 % decrease in enrollment from seventh grade. With the new grade 11 of DepEd's K to 12, 0.4 million are estimated not to enroll. Four hundred thousand, by the way, is the difference between Grade 7 and 10 enrollments in 2015. Incoming secretary Briones must be having great difficulty in dealing with these numbers when she was quoted recently :
"With or without K-to-12, you will have just 50 percent, perhaps, of those who graduate from elementary to proceed [to high school]," Briones said. "DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said that, every year, there are about 1.2 million graduates in elementary, and roughly 50% of them drop out. That is in the record, with or without K to 12." Briones should realize that an additional 400,000 dropouts effectively doubles the drop in enrollment seen over 4 years of high school. Doubling the dropout rate is not insignificant. It is catastrophic.
The teachers’ network Educators Forum for Development (EfD) is therefore asking the government to admit the actual toll of DepEd's K to 12:
Assessing something always requires honesty. Self-reporting is often a problem as numbers are adjusted to fit what one wants to convey. As a result, we are drawn to conclusions that are not really based on evidence.
In education research, self-reporting is often a problem even without a clear intention of deception. Take, for instance, the case of homework. In higher education, unlike in elementary schools, homework is essential as this provides opportunities for practice. How one measures the benefits of doing homework, however, depends on how accurately the amount of homework is measured. In a recent study to be published in the Journal of Educational Psychology. if one simply relies on what students report as the amount of homework they did, results will make you think that homework in college is a waste of time. On the other hand, if one uses a "smart pen technology", a good correlation between homework and learning outcomes is seen. In fact, the negative relationship between procrastination and achievement is also observed.
There is a long history of research efforts aimed at understanding the relationship between homework activity and academic achievement. While some self-report inventories involving homework activity have been useful for predicting academic performance, self-reported measures may be limited or even problematic. Here, we employ a novel method for accurately measuring students’ homework activity using smartpen technology. Three cohorts of engineering students in an undergraduate statics course used smartpens to complete their homework problems, thus producing records of their work in the form of timestamped digitized pen strokes. Consistent with the time-on-task hypothesis, there was a strong and consistent positive correlation between course grade and time doing homework as measured by smartpen technology (r = .44), but not between course grade and self-reported time doing homework (r = −.16). Consistent with an updated version of the time-on-task hypothesis, there was a strong correlation between measures of the quality of time spent on homework problems (such as the proportion of ink produced for homework within 24 hr of the deadline) and course grade (r = −.32), and between writing activity (such as the total number of pen strokes on homework) and course grade (r = .49). Overall, smartpen technology allowed a fine-grained test of the idea that productive use of homework time is related to course grade.
Unfortunately, in the case of the Philippines, a "smart pen" might not be enough to squeeze the truth regarding the true state of Philippine basic education. The Philippines' DepEd seems determined only to paint a rosier picture instead of understanding the problems and challenges schools in the Philippines face.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Eph 4:17Truthfully Ms. Hamilton, My Dog Didn't Eat My Homework
Here at S8int.com. we get these letters from time to time, mostly by materialists who think they've posed some unanswerable questions and who want to have a little fun with us. Thus, we have no idea whether this letter from "Kiki" (name changed) is legitimate.
Our reply is not the be all and end all either but we only have so much time. We wanted to give future "Kiki's" or materialists as the case may be a head start on their next homework assignment.
What we can say for sure is;--Ms. Hamilton is a piece of work!
I am in 10th grade and need help.
We had to write an essay:
"Write a 5 page essay on Diversity of Life on Earth. In your discussion, consider such elements as environments, changes in ecologies, time, predation, etc.
Use sources besides your textbook that you find on the internet, library, etc. Footnotes are required."I wrote on Noah's Flood and got a zero.
Graphic by R. Francis
My teacher, Mrs. Hamilton, wrote:
1. The Noah's Flood story violates fundamental laws of nature like Conservation of Energy, conservation of momentum, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Therefore it must not have happened.
2. Noah's flood does not account for plants. Any plant kept under water for a month dies, as everyone knows. Except for some marsh plants, seaweed, etc. seeds also die when buried under water. When the ark landed, there would be no plants growing anywhere for herbivores to eat.
3. A world flood can not explain the Grand Canyon. If the water rose to cover Mt Ararat, 17,000 ft high, this would be a rate of more than 16 ft per hour (over every house in a mere 3 hours) or 425 ft per day.
Once land is covered by deep water, there is almost no erosion, like under deep lakes or the ocean. The idea of lots of turbulent rivers lasting for a long time is incorrect.
4. The Noah myth does not explain diversity. A single mating pair of animals does not contain enough genetic diversity to allow the species to continue--50 or more individuals are considered the minimum to save endangered species.
With a single pair, there would be incestuous inbreeding for several generations. Even the children of Noah's sons would have to mate with first cousins, which is illegal incest in most countries and religions.
5. The Noah myth contradicts the diversity of life in the seas. So much fresh water would dilute the saltiness of the oceans below where salt-water fish and invertebrates and seaweeds could survive.
Even mammals like whales and dolphins would die, and seals cannot swim constantly for seven months and there would be nothing to eat after all the fish died.
6. If you place a miracle on top of a miracle and spin 100 miracles together, you can "explain" anything. Science requires explanations based on evidence not miracles. Miracles and faith belong in Sunday school or temple, not in science classes.
Kiki, I am forced to give you a Zero on this assignment, and this could mean that you fail the class. However, I will give you a new grade if you do the original assignment PLUS write 5 more pages addressing these points 1-6.
Your new paper is due in class Fri, May 14.
Please help me. I want to go to college and pass this class. My mother is talking to the Principal, but I need help.
Thank you in advnace,OUR REPLY TO "KiKI"
Thanks for writing.
Here at s8int.com we get lots of letters like this as you can imagine. The last two we received turned out to be from a 67 year old and 52 year old atheist from New Jersey and Maine, respectively.
Of course, it didn't surprise us that they were still in High School :0).
We're quite confident that with the communication skills that you have that you'll have no problem getting into college. Even a couple of us here at S8int.com got in.
Just a few points for you to present to Ms. Hamilton:
It always amuses us when someone "scientifically" deconstructs the flood of Noah without having basic facts correct.
It's not even necessary that Ms. Hamilton believe the account of course, but she needs to know that she has made mistakes on the internal consistency of the story by not reading it.
That's a bone headed mistake for someone touting "science". (We)reprint part of the account here:9 This is the account of Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
14 So make yourself an ark of cypress  wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.  16 Make a roof for it and finish  the ark to within 18 inches  of the top.
Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it.
Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
1 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven  of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.
4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."
5 And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.
15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. .  21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.
22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
1) We give Ms. Hamilton a zero for not knowing that there was one pair of some animals and seven pairs of others! That's 14. (Verse 2 above)
2)Please let Ms. Hamilton know that in 4) below (above) she has falsified The Theory of Evolution!--Unless she contends that all the species on earth spontaneously evolved 50 of each type simultaneously.
I'd say that the Flood model and the evolution model both start with less than the 50 she considers minimum.
Elaborate on how the Flood model has an advantage here in that there is a ready made breeding pair--or seven such pairs available. On the face of it, the 50 animal minimum for survival is a milk thru the nose snorter.
2) We�re not sure why Ms. Hamilton refers to the fundamental laws of nature with respect to the Flood. There is nothing in either the first or second law that would prevent it from raining for 40 days and nights straight or for the fountains of the deep to open.
On the contrary, the first law of physics states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. This negates the so called Big Bang Theory. Matter can't be created! Therefore, the universe could not have been born from such an explosion. There would have been nothing to explode. Only someone working outside this law could have created the universe. As Ms. Hamilton would put it; Therefore it must not have happened!
Ms. Hamilton first falsified evolution and here now has falsified the big bang theory.
The second law, works against the idea of the materialistic view of the universe and creation of life since systems would have to have become more complex over time- more organized over time. This is the exact opposite of what the second law says.[Entropy, systems become less organized, break down, lose energy]
Ask Ms. Hamilton about biogenesis. That means life from life and has never been falsified--proven incorrect. Ask her how animals evolved from non-living matter to living matter?
Matter that could not have been here in the first place due to the first law. Despite the first law, the second law and biogenesis, Ms. Hamilton probably still believes in evolution. Here's where you tell her that in your view:
"If you place a miracle on top of a miracle and spin 100 miracles together, you can "explain" anything. Science requires explanations based on evidence not miracles. Miracles and faith belong in Sunday school or temple, not in science classes."
3) You will note that according to the Flood account, which Ms. Hamilton muses on without the usefulness of actually reading it-the food and plant life was all taken on board!
See verse 21 above. Notwithstanding that, we are unwilling to accept Ms. Hamilton�s statements on the survival of plants and seeds since she has done so poorly on the rest of the science.
Herbivores: Prior to the flood (according to Genesis) man and the animals only ate plants. It was not until after the flood that they began to eat meat.
Genesis 3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
Genesis 9:3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4) Ms. Hamilton appears to object to the marrying of first cousins as if that were a "scientific" basis for disbelieving the flood (account). This is stupid for many reasons but again, (we) wonder if she realizes what kind of "marrying" would have been necessary if the theory of evolution were true? She's falsifying it again!
Not to put to fine a point on it, first cousins can marry in 20 of the fifty states of the United States and the District of Columbia as well! Not that (we) would advise it. (We're) willing to bet Ms. Hamilton is from one of the states that permit it. Just call it a hunch. ;0).
5) Ms. Hamilton places herself in the rather odd position of believing that the Grand Canyon was formed by water but that a flood that covered the earth to a great height could not have accomplished it!
Again if you read the account, it was not just that it rained, it was also that the fountains of the deep that opened. Point out that most of the earth is covered with sedimentary earth--generally left by water.
For a scientific rebuttal, (we) recommend this article on the Grand Canyon type phenomena occurring in hours and weeks at Mount St Helens. The Wonders of Mount St. Helens
6)Seals fit the definition of animals who would have been taken aboard. They had the breath of life in their nostrils. They did not breathe through the water. Ms. Hamilton speculates that the fish would have died. She states that whales would have died--and dolphins. Why?
Doubtless some did. As for salt water and fresh water--animals adapt. We see them adapt in the environments very well. What we don't see is that they can evolve from one species to the next.
People like Ms. Hamilton have a religion called atheism. Their minds are not easily changed. You're probably going to need a lot of help from your Mother and the principal.
Here are a few additional resources:
The last one is by an atheist. He points out what he thinks is wrong with evolution-and creation. Good Luck.