September 2011 Archives

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Imagine... made of plastic coat hangers. More about it here.
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The game is fun... you draw your stick person and help them through their adventures with more little drawings:


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Can't promise you that something as exciting as assemble will be within walking distance of your house - but look around over the weekend and see what you find!
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So excited to learn that I've won a scholarship to attend the K-12 Computing Teachers workshop at the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!
 
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Lots of events and activities in motion, but I still seem to be fighting off a bug I had last week. So I'll post a faster-than-light neutrino joke and leave it at that:

To get to the other side.
Why did the neutrino cross the road?


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Hmm. When the permissions on my blogs were fixed so that I could post again after my six day hiatus, it looks as if the issue which had broken my tag cloud links was also fixed. Now you can search through the blog archives by topic as well as by date.  Hooray!
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Sorry - my site has been found by a comment spammer, and I've been getting over 3000 junk comments a day.  This has made it hard to see and approve your real comments when my inbox is so full, and I'm just spending too much time deleting spam.

So... I'm turning comments off for a while.  I'll give it a month, and then (shh...) turn comments back on again, in hopes that the spammer will have given up and we can go back to our conversations.

Meanwhile, you can always email me: mail at-sign elizabethperry dot etc.  Thanks!

(reposted from woolgathering...)
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The opening sequence of the first episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, from 1968. . I love his enunciation here, and the way playfulness and sincerity blend.
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I posted about this workshop earlier this month - but now I have even better news: the workshop price will be $15. (The other workshops are $80.)  Art && Code is doing everything they can to put this workshop within reach of kids, parents, and teachers.

I'm going to be a lab assistant, so let me know if you are going to be there - I'd love to meet you. Here are the details:

Stephen Howell will be presenting a workshop on teaching with Scratch and Kinect at CMU's Art && Code 3D on October 22.
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Settling in for the weekend...
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Stellated dodecahedron.  My next small knitting project. I didn't choose it only on the basis of its name, but the name helped. Stellated dodecahedron.
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Chief accomplishment of the evening was the completion of some household paperwork.
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A new site lets anyone create mashups of different web apps.  I never quite wrapped my mind around Yahoo Pipes, and this seems simpler and clearer.
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Learned about this site today, via BoingBoing

Historypin lets users search, view, comment, or contribute to a Google map with overlaying vintage media - photos, audio, and video.  This is particularly cool when you browse to the street view mode and can shift back and forth between the historical image and the street view image from today.

(For example, you can explore images of Red Square from different eras, or look at a street corner in London before and after the Blitz, or see early images of the Brooklyn Bridge superimposed on a contemporary skyline.)

Pinned sites are international, with 55,966 contributions to date, and cover a timeline from the 1840s to the present.

There are a handful of Pittsburgh images, but not much yet.  
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Buttons acquired and sewn onto a baby sweater, one rosebush pruned, half peck of peaches peeled and cut up, and four sketchbooks sewn together. So those were the projects finished today.

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This is one of the sketchbooks - signatures sewn on cords. No cover yet - maybe next weekend.

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Tomorrow is that rare thing - a day with no major plans or obligations.  Time to putter...
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Stephen Howell will be presenting a workshop on teaching with Scratch and Kinect at CMU's Art && Code 3D in October. 
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Tchaikovsky Timelapse from joe clarke on Vimeo.

I'm reminded of the puppet operators in bunraku, who soon seem less substantial then their puppets, even though both are in plain view. Beautiful. (via kottke)
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The days don't feel noticeably shorter, but after three days of rain, the heat has washed out of the landscape.
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Scratch and Kinect from Stephen Howell on Vimeo.

This makes me want to get an XBox and Kinect. (Don't tell my kids...)
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Jerry's Map from Jerry Gretzinger on Vimeo.

This short documentary by Jerry Gretzinger and Gregory Whitmore is not to be missed. (Many thanks to Ben for the recommendation.)

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As hot as if it were still midsummer instead of early fall. Still, I'm enjoying the three day weekend. Time to think through a few projects - some paused, some in progress, some not yet begun.
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... the three day weekend is here.
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Almost done with the first week of school...
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