Daily Random Sh*t: Fire from the Sky

MVHS classmate, dentist & military veteran posted the above image, which generated the included exchange with my brother below: My response: I’m sure you’ve seen some very dark things that’s convinced you that they should all be wiped out. I recall a story about someone who came to the same conclusion and used a flood to do the deed. Sad that we’re convinced that they are different from us, pure evil, such that fire from the sky is the only solution we can foster. And how fortunate that we won the birth lottery through no effort on our own and … Continue reading Daily Random Sh*t: Fire from the Sky

TLDR: Dealing with a Dead Drobo

TLDR: Dealing with a Dead Drobo I’m spoiled. I buy some piece of tech, I expect it to work, no muss, no fuss. I’ve been doing this long enough to remember how hard it used to be to get anything done to the point where I’m now often unprepared for what to do when tech things don’t work. I posted in my social media feed that my Drobo died and was met with mostly “meh” and some confusion. Like I wrote, I’ve been doing this long enough that I wasn’t too surprise that these were things only a technology geek … Continue reading TLDR: Dealing with a Dead Drobo

Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Nothing will shake out the bugs and defects in anything quite like exposure to the energy and intensity of elementary students. I’ve seen nicely manufactured kid-friendly robots happily fail to drive forward after only two-weeks of exposure to elementary students. And we’re not talking about driving them off tables or running them into walls or any other forms of robot/technology abuse. Just the normal-but-intense usage by seven- to 12-year-olds during 40-hour a week summer camp sessions will show the weakness or flaws of any technology (or plan). Currently my latest frustration is realizing that computer/technology equipment that was designed to … Continue reading Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Daily Random Sh*t: No More

Daily Random Shit: No More Washington Post article carried one story from the shooting (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/two-strangers-bond-over-country-music-and-beer-then-the-shots-started/2017/10/03/d5d4541a-a846-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html) Sad. We can make this better, but it won’t be simple and we cannot let those who shout the loudest “win.” What should have led to friendship and connection was brutally killed by a sniper’s bullet and some are going to say that they cannot do anything to stop such things from happening… That’s not leadership. That’s not protecting the citizenry. That’s fear and divisive politics. No more. In a modern American city no one should be able to arm themselves like this is a … Continue reading Daily Random Sh*t: No More

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits This week we finished creating self-portraits using a simplified facial drawing techniques that I found on YouTube. This is the video that I shared with students last week, going through the video step by step as students attempted to draw their version of what I later called “generic white guy.” Turned out that the activity last week was a huge challenge and most students were busy drawing right up the end of class and some classes did not finish the assignment. Many complained that they didn’t know how to draw noses (that seemed … Continue reading 2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits