Young authors David & Laura T. Lee (inspires others to write)

David T. Lee (15 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (13 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

Eventful Fall Festival at Enchanted Passage!

Written By: David T. Lee - Oct• 21•18

Yesterday, I returned to Enchanted Passage for their Fall Festival! From noon to 4 PM, Laura and I sold and signed our books. The bookstore, which resembled an old school, was wonderfully complimented by the luscious fall foliage surrounding it. Besides us, other featured authors included April Jones Prince and Lori McLaughlin! Other than local authors, there was a plethora of fun activities and entertainment, from a Dr. Seuss performance to face painting! Everyone dressed up in colorful costumes ranging from dinosaurs to Batman! Laura and I gave talks inside the store about our writing and also read excerpts from our stories.

Special thanks to Kimberly and Sandy for granting us this wonderful opportunity again! It’s such a pleasure to go to places like Enchanted Passage and meet more eager readers. The Enchanted Passage (145 Armsby Road in Sutton, MA) currently has all five of my books as well as Laura’s two novels on sale. Be sure to stop by!

Bye!

David:)

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Loved Robbin Miller’s book “Breaking the Barriers”!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - Oct• 08•18

I just finished reading Breaking the Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Little League with the Boys – and I loved it! First off, your descriptions were amazing – I could imagine myself sitting in the grass in 1974, watching a Little League game with excitement; I had no problem standing in your shoes facing Mr. Mugno, speaking my opinion with confidence. Your words formed a story, a time machine that brought me back to the 1970s so many years ago. The illustrations helped even more, saturating the colors your sentences brought into mind. Reading your book was a fun adventure that kept me hooked from the first page to the last.

As a young female who loves to try new things, your message really stood out to me. Gender inequality is all too real today, and it certainly wasn’t better back then. While I may not have faced such a situation like you had, I understand what it’s like to deal with something like this. Why should being male allow more opportunities than being female? Breaking the Barriers is a call to women, young and old, that gender should not be an obstacle in our lives.

In Breaking the Barriers, you have given a wonderful and inspiring story with a message loud and clear. Thank you for sharing your experiences and giving us hope.

Laura Lee

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What a Super Cool Saturday outside Oak Middle School!

Written By: Books R Fun - Oct• 01•18

New to this year’s Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival were a small petting zoo and a huge benefit concert. See this post’s pictures of the fun we put together for our community, so many student and adult volunteers involved. Glad to meet those who came to David and Laura’s book table! Can’t wait for next year’s festival!

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Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival (outside Oak Middle School)

Written By: Books R Fun - Sep• 28•18

Tomorrow, be sure to check out teen authors David & Laura Lee’s books at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival, 9/29 10-4pm (outside Oak Middle School)! For 8 years, teen authors David & Laura Lee have been sharing the joy of writing through community events, workshops and presentations held in schools, libraries, child enrichment centers and corporate headquarters. Their books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble (Millbury), Enchanted Passage (Sutton), public libraries and school media centers.
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Several photos from last year’s festival:

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Fantastic time at the Asa Waters Mansion’s Fall Festival!

Written By: David T. Lee - Sep• 25•18

Sunday, September 23rd, Laura and I sold books at the Asa Waters Fall Festival! We’ve had quite a bit of success in Millbury this year (like Enchanted Passage and the Blackstone Valley Barnes and Noble), and this Fall Festival was no exception! From 10-4, we met new customers and made new friends while celebrating our fall spirit! There were many entertaining features at the festival, from numerous local performances to magic shows! I also did a bit of sightseeing inside the mansion itself and learned a few history lessons about its owners! Asa Waters owned a gun factory and was commissioned by the government to produce weapons for the army. Some of the weapons that he produced were on display, providing an insight into the US army’s past.

Be sure to stop by for one of our biggest events of the year this Saturday, September 29th at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival from 10-4 outside Oak Middle School!

Here are some photos:

Until next time,

David:)

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“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is one of the most intense thrillers in recent times

Written By: David T. Lee - Aug• 01•18

From the start, the sixth film in the Mission Impossible franchise put the pedal to the metal. Tom Cruise’s likeability and reputation for dangerous stunts are in full display in this action extravaganza. The shootouts, explosions, running and speeding cars that are expected in a movie like this are delivered amazingly. However, this time “Fallout” comes with a level of depth and visual flair that elevates its suspense to new levels.

The plot of “Fallout” closely follows the events of its predecessor, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”. The main villain from that movie (Solomon Lane, secret agent turned terrorist leader) returns with a large beard to serve as the criminal mastermind in this film. A failed operation by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Missions Force results in them losing nuclear material that, if in the wrong hands, would produce catastrophic fallout. The CIA sends August Walker (played adequately by Superman Henry Cavill with a thick moustache) to assist Ethan. The chase to find the nuclear material spans multiple continents and involves numerous characters. In fact, many actors from the previous films return (Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Alec Baldwin as Hunley, Michelle Monaghan as Julia Hunt, Simon Pegg as Benji, etcetera).

What does “Fallout” do so well? For one thing, it has some amazing visual gags. The rubber mask disguises lead to some wonderful surprises that you won’t see coming. The story is full of plot twists and gotcha moments. Even the shortest dialogue sequences rapidly change in tone and meaning as conspiracies and betrayals are revealed. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is very good at duping the audience and I took delight as double-crossings and secret plans were unveiled with glee. There are some solid jokes mostly involving Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, who is one of Ethan’s team members. However, for every moment of lightness, there’s double the amount of pulse-pounding suspense.

“Fallout” has some unconventional but rewarding action sequences. A motorcycle chase turns into a car chase, then a pursuit on foot in a tense twenty-minute sequence in France. The helicopter sequence promised in the trailers is every bit as exciting as you might think. The punches and kicks are much more brutal than stylish, which makes the action all the more intense. It’s typical for a “Mission Impossible” film to raise the stakes by putting its characters in danger, but the climax of “Fallout” raises the bar. The pacing suffers slightly, causing the film to drag a little, but it’s easy to breeze through its two and a half hour runtime without feeling bored.

In short, “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is a cinematic experience that deserves to be seen in theaters. The fantastic fights, stunts and chases are bolstered by a good story that doesn’t let down on the twists. Overall, “Fallout” is a delight to watch.

Bye!

David:)

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Get Signed Copies of Our Books at Barnes and Noble TODAY!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 29•18

Don’t have the time to come to our events? Get our books at the Barnes and Noble at the Shoppes in Blackstone Valley, Millbury MA! Last we checked, only 8 signed copies of my first book (Danny and the Portal of the World) and 7 signed copies of Laura’s debut (Two Worlds) are in the store. Stay tuned for further information coming soon about Laura’s third novel, “The Dark Trials”! I’m also working on a new concept. Hope you all are having a great summer!

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Until later,

David:)

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Fabulous Author Faire at Enchanted Passage in Sutton!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 15•18

Enjoy our presentation videos and event pictures from yesterday’s Author Faire! Our presentations (mine on writing action scenes and Laura’s on getting started writing a novel) went wonderfully! Signed copies of our books are now available at the bookstore. Special thanks to the store owners Sandy and Kimberly for setting the event!

Bye!

David:)

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Get Ready for a Magical Saturday at the Enchanted Passage Bookstore (Sutton)!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 11•18

This Saturday will be sparkling with pixie dust! Join Laura and I at the Author Faire at the Enchanted Passage bookstore (145 Armsby Road, Sutton, MA)! We will be joined by other local authors including April Jones Prince, Lisa Shea and Robbin Miller! Short talks will also be given on many aspects of the writing process. Laura will talk about how to get started writing a novel and I will delve into how I write action scenes! Along with a diverse collection of books, toys and gifts for children, Enchanted Passage has separately themed rooms for different categories of reading! If you didn’t get a chance to see us last month at the Shrewsbury Public Library, now’s your chance to stop by!

Please visit: https://www.enchantedpassage.com/

See you there!

David:)

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First TV Interview of Laura and I!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 04•18

Some time ago (June 22nd), prior to my event at the Shrewsbury Public Library, we were interviewed by local talk show host Robbin Miller for her show “Miller Chat”. Below is the corresponding Miller Chat episode (the first two interviews in the video are of Laura and I). Enjoy!

Amazing Author Showcase at Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 23•18

Yesterday, Laura and I sold books at the Shrewsbury Public Library from 3-6 PM! We were delighted to find both regular favorites like April Jones Prince and Lisa Shea and first timers like Laura Nelson! Sales were decent, but the experience as always was wonderful. We met new customers as well as old friends and were happy to share our writing process with them! Laura also did some impromptu editing of her new upcoming book, “The Fire Trials”. Just before the event, we were interviewed by Robbin Miller, host of Shrewsbury’s “Miller Chat Show”, about our books! The interview was great and I look forward to seeing the final product, which will be aired on Cable Access TV Channel 28 in a few weeks.

If you didn’t have the time to visit us yesterday, be sure to come to our event at the Enchanted Passage bookstore (145 Armsby Road, Sutton, MA 01590) on Saturday, July 14th (11am to 2pm)! More details to come!

Until next post,
David:)

Author Showcase at Shrewsbury Public Library (Jun 2018)

Author Showcase at Shrewsbury Public Library (Jun 2018)

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Come see us at Shrewsbury Public Library this Friday

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 19•18

Summer’s just arrived! If you’re looking to escape the heat or enjoy some literature, come on down to the Shrewsbury Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival this Friday, June 22nd! Laura and I will be delighted to meet you at the carnival’s signature Local Author Showcase from 3-6 PM! This will be my 7th year and Laura’s 3rd year promoting our books! Whether you’re looking for some sweet summer reads (like my new Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs or Laura’s The Risen) or just feeling curious, we’re excited to meet you! As a special teaser for what we’re writing right now, Laura will be displaying a spectacular sneak peek draft of her latest in her Two Worlds series, The Fire Trials! I’ve also started working on another writing project, which I’ll be happy to talk about!

See you there!

David:)

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“Paddington 2” is a family-fun, hilarious-to-watch movie!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - May• 13•18

On Friday night I watched “Paddington 2,” which once again chronicles an adventure of the talking bear who warms our hearts. Some familiar faces here include Sally Hawkins from “The Shape of Water” and Hugh Grant as the antagonist, a financially challenged actor in desperate search of money. In this movie, Paddington (recognizable as ever with his blue coat, red hat and suitcase) is trying to buy a birthday present for his dear Aunt Lucy, but it is stolen from the antique shop! Although the story itself is serious, there are cracked jokes and light humor everywhere! This is geared toward younger kids, but I still found it quite amusing and got a couple of good laughs out of it. All in all, a great movie for the whole family!

Laura

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Who is Trump’s New National Security Advisor and What Can We Expect From Him?

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 29•18

One of the latest departures from the Trump Administration is H. R. McMaster, the former national security advisor. He was the replacement for Michael Flynn, who due to lying about meeting with Russians became the first official in Trump’s administration to get fired. (At least Flynn received a letter from Trump telling him the news rather than a tweet). The question is, who is now Trump’s new national security advisor? The answer is John Bolton. With his impressive moustache, he looks like a man fit for his job. But is he really qualified or is he just another one of those all talk but no action people? Surprisingly, he is more than qualified for his position, but his strong biases could pave the way for massive upheavals in American foreign policy, with consequences that could lead to war.

To start off, John Bolton has the political ability and experience to put Donald Trump’s policies in action. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen. A Politico article states that Bolton is already well-known amongst politicians. The moustache is one defining factor of him, but his most distinctive trait is his persuasiveness. Bolton has preached his views since the late 1990s on nearly every major American foreign action, from the Iraq War to the Iran nuclear plan. Some credit him partially for helping the Iraq War happen. So what makes him “better” than McMaster? NPR writes that McMaster contributed heavily in making the America First plan and also translated much of Trump’s proposals into workable policy. Unfortunately, he was more of a behind the scenes guy. Although he could write good legislation, his efforts would be for naught if he couldn’t pass it. This is what Bolton promises to bring to the table. The concerns start with Trump’s policies themselves. The border wall is still mired in political argument and other plans have been shot down by Congress. If Bolton performs to his full capacity, American allies and rivals who previously laughed at Trump may now have to take him seriously.

Of course, with Bolton, American foreign diplomacy is in for a wild ride. Obviously, the rift between America and our ally Mexico over the border wall is worrying. Bolton, with strong convictions not unlike Trump, could shake up relationships with other countries like what is happening with Mexico. According to The Independent, Bolton, who kept a defused grenade as a desk ornament during his tenure under President Bush, has a strong hatred for the United Nations. As he quote-unquote said in 1994, “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along.” He also said that if the UN building lost 10 stories, no one would notice. While someone like Trump may agree with Bolton that the United Nations is unnecessary, others (namely, other members of the UN) will probably take offense. As Bolton’s role requires interaction with other foreign powers, he may not be the best choice for someone who can ensure diplomatic peace. In fact, during times of crisis, Bolton is prone to go in guns blazing. In an interview with the Seattle Times, four-star general Barry McCaffrey said, “Ambassador Bolton does not understand the terrible uncertainty that accompanies the use of our massive U.S. military power to deal preemptively with national-security threats.” This could potentially put US soldiers in tricky positions and cause unnecessary violence.

What this means is that John Bolton could spark an all-out war. The New York Times reports that Bolton had been a strong advocate to destroy North Korea’s nuclear arsenal before it got too strong. It’s been some time since he said that, but if he decides that sending a nuke to North Korea is still viable (or something that will protect American national security), then North Korea could retaliate. According to CNN, if North Korea’s claims (among which is that they can bomb American interests like Guam and even the mainland itself) are even partially true, America is in huge trouble. However, war takes time and effort to instigate properly and it is usually never an easy option, which is why even with Bolton, war is unlikely. Let’s hope it stays that way.

While John Bolton may seem like another official coming and going through the Trump administration, he’s actually got some skills that will make him a formidable and effective national security advisor, but with his bellicose, loose-cannon attitude, America could be thrown in the wrong direction.

Originally posted on April 27, 2008 by Town Crier (SHS’s student-run newspaper)

https://shstowncrierblog.wordpress.com/category/opinions-and-reviews/

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

Splendid showing by Shrewsbury at State Speech and Congress Finals!

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 08•18

I am honored to be part of the Shrewsbury Speech and Debate Team, which delivered a solid performance at the state competition at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School yesterday! We came in second to Catholic Memorial, but the exhilarating experience of competing among the state’s best speakers was the most rewarding part! Special congratulations to Shrewsbury’s Multiple team for winning their well-deserved 1st place award for their performance of “It”! Bolstered by strong performances all around, their performance blew their competitors out of the water with a blend of humor and horror. Further congrats to Steve Asthana, who won 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking and Jessica Peng, who won 2nd in Impromptu! I won Top Novice in both categories. Although I didn’t do very well, I still gained a ton of experience from talking to other competitors. Plus, I got to enjoy Multiple finals. Also, kudos to every Shrewsbury finalist for giving it their all!

This tournament also recognized the graduating seniors who were competing. On the ride home, our seniors shared heartwarming and hilarious recollections on their time on the speech and debate team. It was one of the highlights of the day.

I’ll definitely be back next year!

David:)

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NJWC STEM Conference for Girls was awesome!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - Mar• 25•18

My name is Laura and I’m David’s younger sister. My blog post will be about an event I participated in. Yesterday, multiple STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops were held at Algonquin Regional High School from 9-12:45pm. These workshops were solely for girls in grades 5-8 and were meant to encourage young women to pursue a career in STEM.

I took part in four workshops on Saturday. The first was led by a pharmacist who showed us how to make a “rash cream” out of ointment and candy. Although we didn’t get to the second part of the workshop (pill sorting/counting Olympics), creating the cream was really fun! Next, I went to a class titled “Science Teacher – DNA Fingerprinting”. Here, we were told a story about a mystery theft and had to work in teams to identify the culprit. To do so, we used sequences of their DNA written on paper to compare to the DNA found at the crime scene. We also used liquid “DNA samples” as a way of comparing. My group was astounded when we guessed completely wrong!

The third workshop I participated in was called “Research Scientist – DNA Extraction”. This workshop wasn’t exactly one of my top choices because I had already done a DNA extraction lab with strawberries in my science class. But as the workshop began, I learned we were doing exactly that – except with spit. Yes, it was disgusting! It was cool, however, to extract DNA from our own spit. Finally, I went to an ophthalmologist workshop. An ophthalmologist is someone who specializes in fixing eyes. The ophthalmologist there told us about a kind of surgery where she cured someone’s cataracts. During this particular kind of surgery, she had to operate tools and pedals with her hands AND her feet! She let us perform “surgeries” on grapes where we had to cut out a piece of skin without harming the flesh as much as possible. She also showed us some objects and tools that allowed us to see some cool things about the eye.

Overall, I think the STEM conference was awesome! I saw a ton of friends and people I knew and learned some pretty amazing things. I’d like to thank the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club for making this wonderful event possible.

Until next time,

Laura:)

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Limited time offer to get my books from Barnes and Noble!

Written By: David T. Lee - Mar• 07•18

This Sunday, I attended the Authorstock event at the Barnes and Noble in Millbury! My sister and I both gave talks during the event on our writing journey and read selections from our books. We met many writers at the event! Their writing specialties had a huge diversity, from children’s picture books to adult romance novels. My sister and I had a great time!

After the event, our books were placed on the store’s shelves. If you’re looking for an autographed copy of my first book but haven’t had the time to stop by my events, come to the Barnes and Noble in Millbury! There aren’t that many copies, so take this limited opportunity. My sister’s first novel is on the shelves as well!

Bye!
David:)

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Our book signing event at Barnes & Noble (March 4th)!

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 22•18

Please join us for our first book event of the year at Barnes & Noble (March 4th, Sunday 12 to 3pm). Proceeds benefit the Blackstone Valley Art Association. We will discuss our journey as child authors along with readings of some selections from our books. Follow the link for B&N’s AuthorStock press release and event details. Address: The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury MA. Hope to see you there!

David and Laura 🙂

Facebook event page: Barnes and Noble’s AuthorStock 2018

Shrewsbury Chronicle press release:

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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” definitely has its flaws, but Denzel Washington’s acting is superb

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 19•18

Last week, I watched “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”, which is a drama about the legal system. Focusing on its titular quirky character, it shows how his uptight and secluded life as a partner in a legal firm is destroyed when the other partner, William Henry Jackson, has a heart attack. Roman eventually makes several unethical and illegal choices as a result and pays a heavy price. Meanwhile, he gets hired into a much larger firm led by George Pierce (Colin Farrell), where he eventually gains popularity.

The film starts with a nearly overly dramatic scene which hints towards the ending; in it, Roman is typing a legal complaint against himself while referring to events that happen later on in the film. This beginning sets the tone for the movie as a definite drama, albeit one sprinkled with some lightheartedness and silliness. Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated performance as Roman is spectacular. Apart from the obvious credits listing him in the lead role, Denzel is unrecognizable. Compared to last year’s “Fences”, for which Denzel got another Oscar nod, I believed his role in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” to be much more interesting and watchable. Certainly, his performance is the best part by a mile; without someone as talented as him, the film would’ve fallen flat (indeed, the director states in the special features that the movie was written with Denzel in mind). However, his character seems unrealistically eccentric: while entertaining to watch, Roman becomes nearly cartoonish in some scenes.

A solid set of supporting actors, including Colin Farrell, is another positive. Unfortunately, one major flaw is the pacing. Nearly half of the movie focuses on observing Roman’s character; as such, when the film suddenly switches back to the main plot, the change is abrupt. The whole movie drags a little as a result, then rushes through its main storyline. Also, there is a twist ending, but it too was quite sudden; while shocking, there could’ve been a better way to end the story. Much of this movie is dialogue: while it is quirky and sometimes funny, some people could be a little bored. Still, there was definitely lots of effort devoted into the film, giving it an energetic feel.

Overall, other than some pacing issues, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is still a good watch for people looking for something different than mainstream films. I would recommend it for those who can stand a bit of dialogue and the general premise about lawyers.

Until next post,

David:)

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Enjoy my 5th book on Kindle!

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 19•18

My latest book is live on Amazon Kindle store today. A good read for 4th to 10th grade. Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs (The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller Book 5) Cost only: $2.99 ($0.99 if you previously bought the paperback version on Amazon)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WW48FH/ref=sr_1_3…

Summary of the story:
Danny Hoopenbiller and the rest of humanity are in DOUBLE TROUBLE. Fighting the MARTIANS was bad enough. Now DINOZILLAS – a species of enormous, mutated dinosaurs – have erupted from the ground to wreak their vengeance against mankind. The Dinozillas seek dominance and will destroy everything – even the Martians – to achieve victory. President Mickey McPaularithy unleashes yet another weapon to fight the reptilian menace. The US Army and NASA collaborate to launch a full-scale space attack on the Martians’ orbiting base. However, are these efforts enough to keep the humans alive? Will humanity come out on top, or will they succumb to the WRATH OF THE DINOSAURS?

David:)

Finding Waldo: Three Big Technologies Our Military is Exploring That You Need to Know

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 05•18

Chances are, as a kid, you read a “Where’s Waldo?” book. The titular character in his red-and-white striped sweater was extremely hard to pick out from a giant crowd, but you felt a great sense of accomplishment once you found him. If this example is a little too childish, a common cliche in many action films or television shows is “zoom and enhance”, where someone can click a button and the computer could instantly find a suspect amongst a mass of people. Obviously, this technology is purely fictional, but three frontiers of innovation could very well make it a possibility. They are artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing … and our world’s militaries are beginning to warm up to them.

A well-known fact about the war against terrorist groups like ISIS is that there is a lot of collateral damage. One of the greatest weapons the US employs against these terrorists is the drone, where its missile strikes cause massive destruction of property, terrorist-owned or not. A New York Times article states that 27,500 airstrikes have bombed ISIS territory and at least 466 civilians have been killed. How do such deadly inaccuracies happen? It all lies in the process. An article from the Guardian explains how a separate team monitors the live footage streaming from the drone, then instructs its pilot to fire when they see a target. Human error springs up everywhere, especially considering the fact that the operators are thousands of miles away from the target site. Artificial intelligence could change all that. According to a Reuters article, AI programs could aid in picking out targets from video footage, eliminating the risk of tired eyes picking out the wrong target. There are also other uses for such artificial intelligence. The Boston Globe reports that the F-35 fighter jet, a new warplane currently under development, can “communicate” with other fighter jets and even find targets automatically using the same technology applied to drones, applying AI’s practicality in the drone area to a piloted airplane. Last year, a Russian robotics team released a video of a robot able to distinguish targets and fire a handgun at them. This was done by programming it to detect visual targets with its eyes and engineering it to  have the motor skills to accurately aim on its own. Such artificial soldiers would easily take out the human risk that has become a major problem of conventional warfare, paving the way for more advanced battles.

While AI will definitely result in innovations to military equipment, another technology – big data – promises to shake things up from a different approach. According to the official Department of Defense website, in April 2017, Project Maven was greenlighted. Also called the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team, it was an effort to research and implement into the military technologies including big data. One of its first accomplishments was using complicated algorithms to mine great amounts of video, essentially using an equation to find the visual trends previously seen in terrorists. While Project Maven is not fully implemented, its effects will give the United States military a huge advantage. This technology also has several other uses, one of which is sifting through surveillance or even cell-phone video to catch criminals before they strike again.

The downside to both big data and artificial intelligence is that they still eat up enormous amounts of computing power. Building an army of supercomputers to solve this problem will cost billions for the military and eventually raise taxes. According to the MIT Tech Review, the solution is cloud computing, where the military piggybacks off farms of supercomputers already created, processing their information online and in the cloud. Amazon Web Services is one example of cloud computing that is commercially available. However, a CNN article points out that cloud computing has its downsides. As it is online and relies on third parties, hacking or glitches can compromise classified information. It’s already happened: due to an accident, for a short time, Amazon Web Services customers could easily access files from one of their biggest customers: the Pentagon. While cloud computing could be considered the most riskiest of the three technologies, it is still formidable and will definitely play a major role in innovation, both for the military and for everyday life.

With big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, the world’s militaries are rapidly upgrading their technological capabilities. As many high school students will decide to join the military, it’s worth it to search up these three innovations as they will reshape the battlegrounds of our future.

David:)

– Originally published on the Town Crier (SHS Student-Run Newspaper) on February 6, 2018.

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“The Last Jedi” delivers emotion and excitement in an epic story

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 27•17

Today, I watched “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”! As the 8th chapter in the Star Wars saga, it follows old characters like Luke Skywalker and new characters like Finn as they evade the First Order, led by Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. While Rey (a new character introduced in the previous film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) receives Jedi training from Luke and learns more about Kylo, the rest of the protagonists must escape the First Order on a Resistance cruiser that is losing fuel. “The Last Jedi”, being the epic film it is, also shifts through several different subplots, one being where Finn and new character Rose try to find a way to disable the First Order’s tracking devices so the Resistance fighters can escape.

The opening space battle is one of the coolest action scenes I’ve seen this year. One of the main positives of “The Last Jedi” is that it doesn’t let down on the Star Wars action. Big-budget CGI lightsabers, blasters and explosions make for beautifully filmed fighting scenes. It also has a lot of drama and plenty of twists, especially around the murky relationships between Kylo Ren, Luke and Rey. Also included are some neat jokes (my favorite is where furry creatures called Porgs look on as Chewbacca roasts one of them). The film is an enormous 150 minutes long, but if you have the time to watch it, those minutes will fly by like nothing. “The Last Jedi” is just that exhilaratingly enticing. Yes, “The Last Jedi” is not perfect, but it’s still a must-watch for fans of Star Wars!

WRITING UPDATE: My sister Laura and I have currently explored several ideas for new books independent of our current Danny Hoopenbiller and Two Worlds series and settled on a few concepts that sound good. Stay tuned!

Bye!

David:)

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A FREE holiday read for the whole family!

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 25•17

Happy Holidays! Laura’s novel, Two Worlds, (the 1st book of her 3-book series) is now available to read for FREE on Wattpad. Readers can vote and leave their comments on individual chapters. Your vote is important to us. A great holiday read for the whole family!

From Apples to Amazon: Why the CVS-Aetna Merger is Beneficial

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 05•17

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, for many Americans, that apple is just not enough. According to WebMD, more than 50% of Americans use prescription medications,  from inhalers to opioids. In addition, most Americans use insurance to defer the costs of often expensive medicines and operations. Why is this important? Well, CVS, a pharmacy chain, and Aetna, an insurance company, have announced plans to merge. Typically, mergers are for two companies in the same line of business, so this merge is unusual but highly beneficial in my opinion. Here’s why:

Combining a physical storefront with an insurance company (especially with this merger) will mean that the middleman (what CVS would be previously) would be eliminated when consumers buy goods. According to The Economist, CVS is the nation’s largest PBM (pharmacy benefit manager) – a fancy way of saying that CVS is America’s largest prescription drug store chain. PBMs are also middlemen who haggle for cheaper prices from the manufacturer so they can sell drugs at a cheaper price. This merger proves to be beneficial because when somebody is prescribed a drug, they often use their insurance to deduct some of the cost. The merger company means that now there is a more direct line from Aetna insurance to CVS products, extinguishing other third-party additional fees and providing what will hopefully be a cheaper way to get prescriptions.

This sounds appealing, but the idea is hardly new. United Healthcare, which according to the LA Times is the nation’s largest insurer, acquired the smaller chain Optum. The result was Optum RX, which the CVS-Aetna merger is closely mirroring. However, Optum RX is relatively small and obscure to the general public, which may be a reason why most people haven’t heard of it. CVS+Aetna will work because it provides a much more convenient and mainstream alternative to Optum RX, taking United Healthcare out of its monopoly on one-stop insured prescription drugs. If United Healthcare tries to expand Optum RX to compete with CVS-Aetna, the result is lower costs, because direct competition almost always leads to cheaper prices.

A final reason this merger is beneficial in the long run is that the combined companies can slow Amazon’s ventures into the pharmaceutical industry (which, according to CNN, is worth 560 billion dollars). Amazon has already secured permits in more than 12 states to build prescription drugstores. Assuming Amazon succeeds, physical drugstores will find themselves at a massive disadvantage to Amazon’s mostly electronic storefront. Therefore, the CVS-Aetna merger will help keep the pharmaceutical industry afloat while Amazon threatens to tear it all down.

Americans’ dependence on prescription drugs and healthcare could give the CVS-Aetna merger a great advantage. We no longer need to eat that apple to stay healthy.

David:)

– Originally published on the Town Crier (SHS Student-Run Newspaper) on November 30, 2017.




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A chilly, yet successful, day at the Winter Farmer’s Market and Artisans Fair!

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 22•17

Last Saturday, my sister and I sold books at Oak Middle School’s Winter Farmer’s Market and Artisans Fair! This was our third year at this event. Sales were fast in the first hour, but slowed to a trickle as time passed by. Overall, we sold 10 books total. Along with selling books, we had a very special treat for our visitors: a reading of select chapters from our latest books! I read from “Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs” and my sister read from “The Risen”. Many of our friends and teachers visited our table! We had a great time at the Winter Market.

Here are the photos from the event.

Bye!

David:)

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Authorpreneurs Deliver Talk at Shrewsbury Public Library

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 19•17

Last Thursday, my sister, my father and I were invited to speak from 6:30-8 PM at the 3rd anniversary Krosslink event in the Shrewsbury Public Library. Krosslink is a program created by Venkat Kolluri to promote entrepreneurship at public libraries. Our event was labeled “Authorpreneurs’ Talk” and we talked about how we wrote and published our books. We also delved into the benefits and risks of traditional/self-publishing and print/e-books. Among the audience were business leaders, accountants and even two young writers!

Most of the audience came to seek publishing advice for books they were writing themselves. Everyone enjoyed our presentation and asked tons of questions, sparking a large discussion about book publishing. We had a wonderful time and even sold 3 books afterwards!

Special thanks to Priya Rathnam, assistant director of the library, for inviting us to speak (and gifting us with a book “The Startup Equation – A Visual Guidebook for Building Your Startup, By Steven Fisher and Ja-Nae’ Duane”) and Venkat for organizing this event and providing refreshments!

Here are the photos PLUS the slides we used for our talk.

Bye!

David:)

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See you at Winter Farmers Market (Today, Oak 2:30-6:30pm)

Written By: Books R Fun - Nov• 18•17

Young authors David and Laura Lee (currently enrolled in 9th and 7th grade) will be selling their books. They will promote their new books. David published his 5th book, the final book of his sci-fi series “The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller”. He started the series when he introduced his 1st book (a 4,500-word chapter book) at 7. He was a 2nd grader at Floral. His sister Laura published her 2nd novel, “The Risen”.

Please stop by, take a look at the books and talk to the young authors. If you want to purchase their books, come early as we only have about 20 of each books and some books may be sold out quickly. All the books are priced lower than Amazon ($8 to 12). We want to make the books affordable to everyone, encourage children to read and inspire some to write their own books. To learn more about David and Laura’s writing journey, please visit their web page at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

Here is the list of books available at this event:

Written by David T. Lee:
The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller series (Full series)
Book 1: Danny and the Portal of the World (4,500 words)
Book 2: Danny and the Trip to Outer Space (6,500 words)
Book 3: Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (17,000 words)
Book 4: Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs (20,000 words)
Book 5: Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs (18,000 words) (New! Published August 2017)
On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Adventures+of+Danny+Hoopenbiller

Written by Laura T. Lee:
Two Worlds series (Book 3 is in editing process)
Book 1: Two Worlds (62,000 words)
Book 2: The Risen (50,000 words) (New! Published September 2017)
On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Two+Worlds+The+Risen+Infomages

David and Laura will autograph their books for everyone during this event. You can also check out their books at school media centers (Floral, Sherwood, Oak), public libraries (Shrewsbury, Northborough, Hudson, Westborough, Library of Congress), SELF-e, Wattpad, YouTube, Barnesandnoble.com and Walmart.com.

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Authorpreneur’s Talk: What You Can Learn About Writing, Publishing and Promotion

Written By: Books R Fun - Nov• 15•17

An entrepreneur MEETUP event organized by Shrewsbury Public Library this Thursday (6:30 to 8:00PM) hosted by Priya Rathnam (Assistant Library Director). Please join us if you are interested in learning about Writing, Publishing and Promotion. https://www.meetup.com/Krosslink-Shrewsbury-MA-Library/events/244939547/

Authorpreneur’s Talk: What You Can Learn About Writing, Publishing and Promotion

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017, 6:30 PM

Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA

8 Entrepreneurs Attending

While most 7-year-olds explore the entrepreneurial world by having a lemonade stand, David T. Lee had written and published a book at age 7! He is now 14 years old and has written and illustrated 5 children’s science fiction chapter books.Inspired by her brother, 12-year old Laura T. Lee has also written and published two young adult novels. You c…

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While most 7-year-olds explore the entrepreneurial world by having a lemonade stand, David T. Lee had written and published a book at age 7! He is now 14 years old and has written and illustrated 5 children’s science fiction chapter books.

Inspired by her brother, 12-year old Laura T. Lee has also written and published two young adult novels. You can read more about this dynamic duo’s journey into the publishing world on David’s blog, http://infomages.com/booksrfun/ .

At this meeting, David, with his father, guide and mentor, Sam Lee, and his sister, Laura, will talk about the following:

• writing and illustrating your book

• self-publishing vs. traditional publishing

• royalty and copyright – print vs. ebooks

• publicity and marketing

• selling products and services based on your book

Another rewarding book event at Floral Street School!

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 05•17

Yesterday, my sister and I sold books at Floral Street School’s Family Fun Fair! We made 12 book sales in total. Although we’ve done this event for many years, this year brought some interesting and fun moments! Given that our booth is directly next to a Scholastic book sale and multiple concession stands, we tried holding our books and dancing in front of our booth to draw more traffic to our table. You can find a video of our dancing on my Instagram page (@authordavidlee). Many new and old customers came by to visit, including numerous classmates and even my study hall teacher! Overall, we had a great time at Floral! Stay tuned … we have another book event at Oak Middle School’s Winter Farmer and Craft Fair on November 18th!

Here are the photos.

Bye!
David:)

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Floral Fun Fair (New Books Launch Tomorrow 10am-3pm)

Written By: Books R Fun - Nov• 03•17

Same as the past 7 years, young authors David and Laura Lee (currently enrolled in 9th and 7th grade) will be selling their books at the Floral Street School Family Fun Fair again tomorrow (Nov 4th). They will promote their new books. David published his 5th book, the final book of his sci-fi series “The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller”. He started the series when he introduced his 1st book (a 4,500-word chapter book) at 7. He was a 2nd grader at Floral. His sister Laura published her 2nd novel, “The Risen”.

Please stop by, take a look at the books and talk to the young authors. If you want to purchase their books, come early as we only have about 20 of each books and some books may be sold out quickly. All the books are priced lower than Amazon ($8 to 12). We want to make the books affordable to everyone, encourage children to read and inspire some to write their own books. To learn more about David and Laura’s writing journey, please visit their web page at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

Here is the list of books available at this event:

Written by David T. Lee:
The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller series (Full series)
Book 1: Danny and the Portal of the World (4,500 words)
Book 2: Danny and the Trip to Outer Space (6,500 words)
Book 3: Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (17,000 words)
Book 4: Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs (20,000 words)
Book 5: Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs (18,000 words) (New! Published August 2017)
On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Adventures+of+Danny+Hoopenbiller

Written by Laura T. Lee:
Two Worlds series (Book 3 is in editing process)
Book 1: Two Worlds (62,000 words)
Book 2: The Risen (50,000 words) (New! Published September 2017)
On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Two+Worlds+The+Risen+Infomages

David and Laura will autograph their books for everyone during this event. You can also check out their books at school media centers (Floral, Sherwood, Oak), public libraries (Shrewsbury, Northborough, Hudson, Westborough, Library of Congress), SELF-e, Wattpad, YouTube, Barnesandnoble.com and Walmart.com.

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Incredible Fall Kickoff Speech and Debate Tournament at Revere High School!

Written By: David T. Lee - Oct• 22•17

Yesterday, I participated in the Fall Kickoff Tournament at Revere High School! I competed as part of the Shrewsbury Speech and Debate Team and I entered in the Novice Extemporaneous Speaking category. In Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp for short), competitors are given 30 minutes to research (without internet) one of three randomly drawn topics and 7 ½ minutes to deliver a speech on the topic. Competitions have 3 rounds with an extra round for finalists. While I stammered around a bit on my first round, my second and third rounds become progressively better.

My first topic was “What would be the economic impact of Massachusetts winning its bid for the new Amazon headquarters?”, my second topic was “Will Brexit force Theresa May’s exit?” and my third was “What will healthcare in America look like a year from now?” My strategy was to choose the topic that I already had lots of background knowledge on, then use my research to add some reputable sources to my speech. The end speech would have an introduction, three main points and a conclusion. During my speeches, I tried my best to not shift my weight and add a tone of confidence to my voice. The fact that there were only 7 contestants in the Novice Extemp category meant everyone would be a finalist, so I wasn’t too amazed that I made the final round.

When the final round commenced, I began to get a little more nervous than I was before. The topic I had chosen was “Will the use of private email accounts by Trump administration advisors weaken support for his presidency?” I immediately thought of two points: Russian collusion and comparison to Clinton’s use of emails. However, I hit a writer’s block (or was it speaker’s block?) when I tried to formulate a third point to my speech. With only about 10 minutes before I was to speak, I hastily wrote my third point (about loss of support from possible impeachment due to private emails) and hoped for the best. I stumbled slightly through my speech, but I thought I had delivered solidly.

It was time for the awards ceremony. All the novice extemp finalists came up on stage; the last-place finalist was announced first. I breathed a sigh of relief as the 7th-place winner was awarded … then another breath and another. I couldn’t believe my luck when the third-place winner was announced. By the time the second-place winner got their trophy, I realized that the first-place champion was me.

In addition, Shrewsbury High School won first place in the sweepstakes award, making us the top high school of the tournament!

Later on, when I got my judge’s comments from all four rounds back, I carefully observed what each judge had written. In the end, I knew I still had lots of room to grow, but I congratulated myself on a job well done.

Here are the photos.

Bye!

David 🙂

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Books, clowns, parades and more at the Spirit of Shrewsbury weekend!

Written By: David T. Lee - Oct• 06•17

Recently, I had an exhilarating and exciting weekend at the Spirit of Shrewsbury (September 23-24)! On Saturday, Laura and I debuted our new books (Laura wrote “The Risen” and I wrote “Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs”) at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Craft Fair! Although sales were a bit slow (7 books in total), we still had a great time meeting familiar friends, talking to new visitors and eating pizza! One of our customers stated that he wrote tons of essays in college, but was still impressed with our writing!

On Sunday, I participated in the Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade as part of the Shrewsbury High School Speech and Debate Team! We dressed up like clowns and walked from Beal School to Oak Middle School. Although the sun shone directly on us the whole time, I still had a cheerful time clowning around with my friends.

Here are the photos.

Have a great weekend!
David:)
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David and Laura launch new books at Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival

Written By: David T. Lee - Sep• 17•17

Same as the past four years, young authors David and Laura Lee (currently enrolled in 9th and 7th grade) will be selling their books at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival Craft Fair & Farmer Market at Oak again this year (Sept 23rd – 10AM to 4PM). They will promote their new books. David published his 5th book, the final book of his sci-fi series “The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller”. He started the series when he introduced his 1st book (a 4,500-word chapter book) at 7. He was a 2nd grader at Floral. In addition, his sister Laura published her 2nd novel, “The Risen”, this month.

Please stop by, take a look at the books and talk to the young authors. If you want to purchase their books, come early as we only have about 20 of each books and some books can be sold out quickly. All the books are priced lower than Amazon from $8 to $12. We want to make the books affordable to everyone, encourage children to read and inspire others to write their own stories.

To learn more about David and Laura’s writing journey, please visit their web page at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

Here is the list of books available at this event:

Written by David T. Lee:
The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller series
Book 1: Danny and the Portal of the World (4,500 words)
Book 2: Danny and the Trip to Outer Space (6,500 words)
Book 3: Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (17,000 words)
Book 4: Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs (20,000 words)
Book 5: Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs (18,000 words) (New! Published August 2017)
On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Adventures+of+Danny+Hoopenbiller

Written by Laura T. Lee:
Two Worlds series
Book 1: Two Worlds (62,000 words)
Book 2: The Risen (50,000 words) (New! Published September 2017)
On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Two+Worlds+The+Risen+Infomages

David and Laura will autograph their books for you during this event. You can also check out their books at school media centers (Floral, Sherwood, Oak), public libraries (Shrewsbury, Northborough, Hudson, Westborough, Library of Congress), SELF-e, Wattpad, YouTube, Barnesandnoble.com and Walmart.com.

Thank you all for your support!

Best regards,
Booksrfun admin

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My fifth book is now PUBLISHED!

Written By: David T. Lee - Sep• 03•17

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for … my fifth book, “Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs”, is PUBLISHED! This is the final installment of my action-packed series “The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller”. I wrote the 18,000-word story at age 12. The book is available on the CreateSpace eStore and Amazon.com. Hope you enjoy reading it!

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Here is the summary:

Danny Hoopenbiller and the rest of humanity are in DOUBLE TROUBLE. Fighting the MARTIANS was bad enough. Now DINOZILLAS – a species of enormous, mutated dinosaurs – have erupted from the ground to wreak their vengeance against mankind. The Dinozillas seek dominance and will destroy everything – even the Martians – to achieve victory. President Mickey McPaularithy unleashes yet another weapon to fight the reptilian menace. The US Army and NASA collaborate to launch a full-scale space attack on the Martians’ orbiting base. However, are these efforts enough to keep the humans alive? Will humanity come out on top, or will they succumb to the WRATH OF THE DINOSAURS?

I will sell “Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs” at the Spirit of Shrewsbury event on September 23rd. More details to come!

David:)

Rare solar eclipse provides amazing view of the sun

Written By: David T. Lee - Sep• 02•17

Last Monday (August 21st, 2017), a total solar eclipse passed over the continental US for the first time in nearly 100 years! Although I could only see a partial eclipse from my location in New England, it was still an amazing experience watching the moon slowly cover the sun. I used a pinhole projector to view the eclipse: it works by passing the sun’s light through a tiny hole and bouncing it off a piece of white paper. With a pinhole projector, I could view the eclipse without looking at it directly (which is very dangerous).

In seven years, another total eclipse will cross the continental US. This time, it will cross over New England as well!

David:)

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Museum of Science’s “POPnology” exhibit deftly shows the influence of popular culture on tech

Written By: David T. Lee - Aug• 27•17

Recently, I went to Boston to check out the Museum of Science’s new exhibit, “POPnology”!  As the title suggests, the exhibit explained how popular culture influenced/predicted technological advancements. Among the exhibit’s best features were the time-traveling car from “Back to the Future 3” and the world’s first 3-D printed car. A concept drawing of VR goggles from the early 1900s was compared to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift. The AI from “2001: A Space Odyssey” was compared to Apple’s Siri.

Other examples of pop culture influences include “Jurassic Park” on cloning animals and “The Martian” on Mars colonization. Also, I had a lot of fun taking pictures with life-size models of the Terminator and the Alien! Overall, the “POPnology” exhibit manages to be entertaining and educational at the same time. However, the exhibit is only open until September 4, so plan wisely.

Until next post,

David;)

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MIT’s Summer HSSP is a wonderful educational experience!

Written By: David T. Lee - Aug• 26•17

Over the summer, I’ve been taking classes at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of the university’s Summer HSSP program. Summer HSSP is a program that offers weekend classes at MIT for grades 7-12. The classes I took were “Quantitative Biology” and “Quantitative Chemistry and Regenerative Biology”. Each class was taught by a student (from universities like MIT and Harvard) majoring in the topic.

In Quantitative Biology one of the things I learned about was an equation that calculated the population of a species given competition over resources. I also learned about how John Nash (played by Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind) influenced game theory, which in turn changed the way we think about evolution and natural selection. In Quantitative Chemistry and Regenerative Biology, I learned how to calculate the dissociation of acids and bases. Also, in between classes, I could explore much of MIT’s campus. I read in one of MIT’s libraries and checked out several scientific displays.

Overall, the Summer HSSP program is a great opportunity for kids to learn firsthand from some of the most talented scholars in the country!

Bye!

David:)

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“Gifted” provides heartwarming characters and a moving story

Written By: David T. Lee - Aug• 03•17

“Gifted” is a film about a custody battle over a highly intelligent girl named Mary (played by Mckenna Grace). Mary’s mother, Diane, committed suicide due to relationship problems with Mary’s father. Diane attempted to solve the Navier-Stokes problem, but it is assumed that she never finished. Mary’s uncle, Frank, has cared for her since she was six months old. Frank (played by Chris Evans from “Captain America”) wants Mary to avoid focusing too much on mathematics. Instead, the uncle wants the girl to follow a “normal” life socializing with friends of her age. On the contrary, the girl’s wealthy grandmother, Evelyn, desires to groom the girl exactly like her mother. The grandmother wants to unlock the girl’s extremely high potential in mathematics and send her to an elite school for the gifted. The custody battle goes to court, where Frank insists that Mary’s mother would have liked to enroll her in an elementary school. Despite a fierce court battle, neither side wins: the court assigns Mary a foster family. Soon after, Frank realizes Evelyn has been secretly influencing Mary’s education through the foster family. To stop Evelyn, Frank is forced to reveal a secret about Diane to gain custody of Mary. In the end, Mary attends classes at a higher-level school in the morning and returns to her elementary school to play with her friends.

What made “Gifted” a real present is the cast. Chris Evans was great playing the caring uncle, a welcome deviation from his usual Captain America films. Mckenna Grace’s portrayal of Mary was adorable and successfully conveyed Mary’s intelligence and social awkwardness. Both Evelyn and Frank had different perspectives on raising Mary; it was hard for me to pick a side. While I felt that Mary deserved a better education, she should also live a normal life. Overall, I would recommend this film to a friend. “Gifted” provides a warm-toned diversion from this year’s CGI-heavy action movies.

Adios!

David:)

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Fantastic Young Musicians Summer Concert at Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 24•17

Last Saturday, four young musicians (including myself) played songs from a varying repertoire at Shrewsbury Public Library! Video and photos are enclosed. I was also MC of the concert. Classical pieces like “Tarantella” and the modern “Phantom of the Opera” were all part of the program! The turnout was unexpectedly good; very few empty seats during the concert. During the concert, a small busload of residents from a senior center entered midway through. We decided to restart the current song (“Thais Meditation” by Jules Massenet) for the newcomers. Also, at the end, my sister and I did several encore performances for a group of latecomers.

Special thanks to Priya Rathnam (Assistant Director of the library) and Daniel Barbour (YA Librarian) as they helped make this concert happen. We hope to be “Bach” in the winter to share the joy of music with more performers!

Here was the concert program:

Sonatina Op. 20 No. 1 by Friedrich Kuhlau
David Lee (piano solo)

Tarantella by Camille Saint-Saëns
Soumya Warty (piano solo)

Thais Meditation by Jules Massenet
Laura Lee, David Lee (violin, piano duet)

Little Prelude No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
David Lee (piano solo)

Sonata in G major, K. 283 1st Mov by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Eileen Roh (piano solo)

Air Varie No. 5 by Charles Dancla
Laura Lee, David Lee (violin, piano duet)

Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Laura Lee, David Lee (violin, piano duet)

Bye!

David:)

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FREE PIANO & VIOLIN PERFORMANCE tomorrow (Shrewsbury Public Library)

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 21•17
🎉🎉🎵🎵 Enjoy a FREE PIANO & VIOLIN PERFORMANCE tomorrow at Shrewsbury Public Library! This Saturday (July 22nd) 2:30 to 4:00 PM, four local students will share the joy of music – from classical to Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. **Click the link to see the full color concert program** 🎻🎻🎹🎹
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Share the joy of music with this FREE public concert at Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 14•17

On Saturday, July 22, from 2:30-4:00PM, my sister and I will be performing in a free public concert at the Shrewsbury Public Library! Two other young musicians will also perform. The concert will be held at the library’s Meeting Room A. Our concert’s repertoire will include 7 pieces of beautiful piano and violin music by world famous composers (including Mozart, Bach and Andrew Lloyd Webber). Yes, Phantom of the Opera is on the list!

The concert program is presented below with YouTube links to video examples of each song.

Sonatina Op. 20 No. 1 by Friedrich Kuhlau
David Lee, piano solo
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/25Q68RjwLdE

Tarantella by Camille Saint-Saëns
Soumya Warty, piano solo
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/nirMPxPYzRE?t=15s

Thais Meditation by Jules Massenet
Laura Lee, David Lee, violin and piano duet
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/7QtGOWemQhY

Little Prelude No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
David Lee, piano solo
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/57_P1nBZDog

Sonata in G major, K. 283 1st Mov by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Eileen Roh, piano solo
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/eegDWPtk37c

Air Varie No. 5 by Charles Dancla
Laura Lee, David Lee, violin and piano duet
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/Mw98pew-MQo

Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Laura Lee, David Lee, violin and piano duet
YouTube example: https://youtu.be/CD06poA2uiM?t=30s

Hope to see you there!

David:)

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As “The Founder”, Michael Keaton delivers a magnificent performance

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 06•17

Some time ago, I saw the movie “The Founder”, a film about how McDonald’s became what it is today. Originally a small-scale restaurant chain run by the McDonald brothers, enterprising businessman Ray Kroc was hired to supervise the creation of more restaurants. Reluctant to expand the chain after a previous attempt failed, the McDonald brothers set many restrictions on what Kroc could do. However, as Kroc expanded the chain to a nationwide level, he bypassed many of those restrictions. As he lost the McDonald brothers’ trust, it sparked a bitter feud as Kroc and the McDonalds fought for control. In the end, Kroc relabeled himself as “The Founder” of McDonald’s.

By far, the best part was Michael Keaton’s convincing and lively portrayal of Ray Kroc. Without it, the movie may not have been nearly as interesting. One particularly good scene was where Kroc tried to make the employees’ efficiency better. Drawing out the floor plan of a McDonald’s on a tennis court, he had new employees act out their jobs on the drawing. “The Founder” shows how persistence can lead to long-term success and offers some savory details on how Ray Kroc made McDonald’s into a food empire.

Until next post,

David:)

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Great time at the Shrewsbury Public Library’s Local Author Showcase!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 05•17

Last week, my sister and I sold books at the Shrewsbury Public Library’s Local Author Showcase. The lineup of authors included many familiar faces along with new ones. We had a great time talking to customers and conversing with the other writers (plus, there were quite a few costumed characters)!

Here are the photos:

Bye!

David:)

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“Command and Control” is a comprehensive masterpiece on the USA’s nuclear system

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 25•17

Recently, I’ve finished “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser. The book chronicled the Damascus disaster, where a nuclear missile exploded in containment. Through meticulous second-by-second details, the book explains the mechanical faults that combined to create such a catastrophe. In doing so, it also delves deeply into the history of the nuclear program after World War II; it showed that due to the competition with the Soviets during the Cold War, the US tried to produce a full nuclear system in a short amount of time. This quickly-made nuclear system caused many careless disasters as quantity became more important than quality. At the end, the book leaves some doubt behind as to if the Damascus disaster was really a disaster. Although the missile exploded, multiple safety measures prevented the nuclear warhead from detonating, saving many lives in the process.

I found “Command and Control” captivating and comprehensive in its description of the US’s nuclear system. The style of the author turned otherwise boring information into an interesting and thrilling piece. However, I felt a little exhausted after finishing: the writing is masterful, but the book is just a bit too long. Some of the chapters relating the nuclear system to government tensions could have been trimmed down; the focus of the novel became too broad for me to understand everything. Overall, “Command and Control” is a great eye-opener to the USA’s nuclear system; however, I would recommend it to readers who have the stamina to read the whole book.

Bye!

David:)

“Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser

Come visit us at the Shrewsbury Public Library next week!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 24•17

Next Wednesday, June 28, 2017, my sister and I will sell books from 4-7:30 PM at the Shrewsbury Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival! If you’re looking for my 4th book (Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs) and my sister’s 1st novel (Two Worlds) at DISCOUNT PRICES, next Wednesday is your chance! Hope to see you there!

David and Laura’s books on Amazon

David:)

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Fantastic Kids’ Fan Mail and a Letter from Rainbow Child Development Center!

Written By: David T. Lee - May• 13•17

Happy Mother’s Day weekend, everyone!

In February, I delivered a speech and had a book signing for 50 students (K-8) at the Rainbow Child Development Center (Worcester, MA). In return, they sent me a wonderful package of fan mail! I enjoyed reading every single one of their cards. Also included in the package was an appreciative letter from Vilma Brunelle, School Age Coordinator of the child development center! I would like to thank Vilma and all the kids at Rainbow Child for their kind gesture.

Here are their messages.

“Thank you for taking the time to speak to our students about your experiences as a young author. We truly appreciate your visit. Your sharing your story has enriched the lives of our young students.” – Vilma Brunelle, School Age Coordinator, Rainbow Child Development Center (Worcester, MA)

“Thank you for that book I liked.” – Sofia

“Dear David T. Lee, Thank you for coming to rainbow. Of the books that you wrote I think I can write one chapter to you!!! 🙂 ‘One day there once was a boy that loves rockets so he built a rocket it goes so high and far you can’t see it. He went in it 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 blast off he’s with his friend Larry and he liked it.’” – Jorge

“Thank you David T. Lee for giving us book. I don’t know how you make all four books can you tell me how you make them? I think you can make more than ten books.” – Dylan

“Thank you so much for giving us the book I loved it next time I go to a store I’ll look for Two Worlds and books that you wrote thank you. 🙂 ” – Sofia

“Thank you for reading us a book.” – Keandre, age 9

“Dear, David I like all your books. Thanks for coming to class. You are the best. My favorite book of yours is Danny and the Portal of the World.” – Elias

“Dear David T. Lee thanks for teaching the whole class about reading and young author.” – Ryan

“Dear David Lee I had fun with you. And I like your book so much and I like your drawing. I hope you can come back to Belmont.” – Analia

“Thank you David for reading us a story.” – Jacob J., age 6

“David we really appreciate you bringing us the books for us to keep. Thank you!” – Anonymous

Bye!

David:)

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Fantastic Friday Night at “Under the Chinese Lantern”!

Written By: David T. Lee - May• 01•17

Last Friday, my Chinese class danced to the song “Look Over, the Girl Over There” during the Under the Chinese Lantern event at Sherwood Middle School. My sister also performed some children’s rhymes with her class. Although the event took place in a sweltering gymnasium, there were plenty of activities and games. My friends and I had a lot of fun! A large repertoire of old and new Chinese songs and performances (among them were a Chinese Yo-Yo act and a Chinese fashion show) accentuated the night with a festive atmosphere. Special thanks to my Chinese teacher Mrs. Yeh and the National Chinese Honor Society for organizing this great event! Here are some photos and a video.

Bye!

David:)

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Oak Middle School won third place at St. John’s Math Invitational!

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 12•17

Hello everybody!

Today, I participated in St. John High School’s Math Invitational! Our team from Oak Middle School, led by Melissa McCann, won third place! AMSA won second place, and RJ Grey won first.

Here are some photos.

Bye!

David:)

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St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

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St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

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St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John's Spring Math Invitational Competition

St. John’s Spring Math Invitational Competition

Awesome time selling books at the Sprinkler Factory!

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 08•17

Good afternoon!

Yesterday, my sister and I sold books as part of the Ginsburg: Green event at the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester. This event honored the poetic accomplishments and environmental activism of poet Allen Ginsberg. In the two hours that we spent there, we sold 6 books! The smell of wine (which we didn’t drink, of course), a curious cat and the cavernous setting of the Sprinkler Factory (a sprinkler factory turned exhibition venue) gave this event a unique atmosphere. One enthusiastic customer even bought one copy of all of our books! We also checked out a photography exhibition from an art group headed by photographer Ron Rosenstock.

Here are some photos.

Have a great weekend!

David:)

Sprinkler Factory LitMix book selling event

Sprinkler Factory LitMix book selling event

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Sprinkler Factory LitMix book selling event

“Arrival” is a minimalist but unique sci-fi film

Written By: David T. Lee - Mar• 19•17

Hello!

Recently, I watched “Arrival”. The film, which explores a linguist attempting to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors, holds 8 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. From the start of the film, a melancholy feel was evident. The camerawork and lighting, especially in the scenes in the alien spaceship, are brilliant. The aliens themselves are not very special (they resemble large squids) and the spaceship is quite simple in design. However, the intentionally minimalist effect leaves more room for thought. Also, the film score (which is deliberately sparse) is chilling and original. The alien sound effects (lots and lots of bass) rattled the speakers!

“Arrival” emphasizes visually expressing its story; however, it does this at the expense of the acting. Although I thought the acting was great (particularly, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner’s performances were notable), the film seemed to overshadow the actors. (Also, the first 30 minutes is quite slow and boring.) Overall, I think that the greatest triumph for “Arrival” is that the film engages you into the story. As said before, it is a “thinking” film with little action. I would recommend this to people who like slower-paced movies.

Bye!
David:)

Arrival Picture

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