Friday, August 19, 2005

Minds in Play: Computer Game Design as a Context for Children's Learning

Untitled Document: "This is the companion video to my book Minds in Play: Computer Game Design as a Context for Children's Learning."

Where the hell was I in 1991?

Creating Passionate Users

Creating Passionate Users: "A lot of adult learning environments (including colleges) do have scenarios in which the students/learners are asked to help evolve the course itself... including taking turns presenting some of the material, but these kinds of activities are the exception, when they should be a key component. I've argued with instructors for years over this--as they claim, 'Students didn't come here to be taught by other students who don't know anything--they came here to get the facts from ME, the expert.'

Oh really? If you drill down, you'd find that most of the students/learners are there to learn. They may have been conditioned through tradition that this means the student listens (and does the occasional 'lab exercise') while the expert dispenses facts and knowledge, but that doesn't mean it's truly what most learners want. They want to learn.

And surprisingly little real, deep learning comes from sitting in a chair listening. Think about it... "

Cathy Sierra of "Creating Passionate Users" is freakin' awesome!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

FUH2 | Fuck You And Your H2

FUH2 | Fuck You And Your H2: "Haiku by Tim

Hulking black Hummer
Purchased in rank atonement
small peckered driver"


Sunday, August 14, 2005

Couloir Magazine--Backcountry, Randonnee, Snowboard, Telemark Skiing

Couloir Magazine--Backcountry, Randonnee, Snowboard, Telemark Skiing: "Unidentified snowboarder hoofing it up Worthington Glacier in Thompson Pass August 6. Photo by Matt Kinney"

Enjoy the South!

Best Enjoyed on Sunday

um... I don't know where the BPN Summer rooftop ruckus and BBQ feed is, but I'm goin next year.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Bangkok Thai secrets | Marlboro man cruises Soi Cowboy

Bangkok Thai secrets | Marlboro man cruises Soi Cowboy: "I didn’t Photoshop this. It’s a genuine Thai government heath warning. By law, all cigarette packets must now incorporate a range of gruesome photos – which include graphic images of diseased lungs and rotting teeth."

This - NOW THIS - is a tobacco warning! Thailand is great - LONG LIVE THE KING!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The answer is focus.

Richard Koch's web site: "The answer is focus."

I have no idea what this guy is saying about 20 percent of this... or 80 percent of that. 80 / 20 principle... okay, party on.

"Most people think / Great God will come from the sky / take away everything / And make everybody feel high" Bob Marley

Nearly everyone thinks that to get more out of life, and succeed in what we want, we have to labor harder, devote more time to our work, and make sacrifices and trade-offs. I say No. In all aspects of life, we can find, to our astonishment and delight, that less is more. We can only life fully by subtraction. We make progress by stripping our activities and concerns back to a small authentic core.
okay... I like more and more. Live fully by subtraction... authentic core... I love it!

• Chuck your To Do List. Make a Not to Do List. Act less. Think more. Reflect on what really matters to you. Stop doing anything that isn’t valuable or doesn’t make you happy.
cool. DONE. I'm keeping the MindMaps, however.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Southern Energy & Environment Expo

Southern Energy & Environment Expo: "The Southern Energy & Environment Expo, being held at the The Western N.C. Agricultural Center in Fletcher NC, is an annual event designed to showcase renewable energy and sustainable economics in a context of responsible environmental stewardship. By working together in a cooperative spirit, we CAN make a difference for the future of our children and our planet."

I'm going here because it Freakin RULES!!!!

How to Load and Run a Dishwasher -

How to Load and Run a Dishwasher - "How to Load and Run a Dishwasher
It seems like an easy task, but do you know the proper way to load and run your dishwasher? "

So easy, yet so hard... Why? Who is letting us down here? hmmm...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Web Content by and for the Masses - New York Times

Web Content by and for the Masses - New York Times: "'The giant brain is us,'"

SoyLentGreen is people! IT'S PEOPLE!!!!

No More Electric Bills - Newsweek Technology -

No More Electric Bills - Newsweek Technology - "No More Electric Bills
Well, not quite. But 'zero-energy homes' keep them low.
Model home: The Gonzales family has gone energy efficient in Rosemont, Calif.
Robyn Twomey for Newsweek
Model home: The Gonzales family has gone energy efficient in Rosemont, Calif.

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By Andrew Murr

Aug. 15, 2005 issue - Nicholas and Loan Gatai used to cringe when they received power bills that routinely topped $200. Last September the Sacramento, Calif., couple moved into a new, 1,500-square-foot home in Premier Gardens, a subdivision of 95 'zero-energy homes' just outside town. Now they're actually eager to see their electric bills. The grand total over the 10 months they've lived in the three-bedroom, stucco-and-stone house: $75. For the past two months they haven't paid a cent."

In Austrian Alps, a not-so-glacial retreat - Europe - International Herald Tribune

In Austrian Alps, a not-so-glacial retreat - Europe - International Herald Tribune: "The glacier is broad and grand, like the river of ice it is, and yet something about it is visibly not right, and you can tell right away what it is from the steep cable car that was built a bit over 40 years ago to take tourists from the heights above down to the glacier itself.

'When it was built, it went right down to the glacier,' said Erhard Trojer, owner of the Hotel L�rchenhof in the nearby ski resort village of Heiligenblut.

But now, if you stand at the bottom of the cable car run and look down at the tourists disporting themselves on the glacier, it is as though you are looking at them from an airplane.

'It's going down from four to eight meters a year,' said Trojer, who grew up in this valley. 'In the early 1960s, they used to have a ski race every spring from the top of the Grossglockner to the bottom of the glacier.'

The Grossglockner, which looms above the Pasterze, is, at 3,798 meters, or 12,460 feet, Austria's highest mountain.

'They can't do it anymore,' Trojer said a bit sadly. 'It's warmed up, and there isn't enough snow.'

Austria's glaciers - there are 925 of them - are shrinking fast, and as they shrink, this part of the world is slowly losing one of its many attractions, those rivers of ice that, figuratively and almost literally, reflect the grandeur of the mountains around them."

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Mom and I at the roadside fruit and veggies stand. It was hot and dusty, and smelled like sun bleached wood and peaches - I love me some South.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

|||||| -> The Ghettotenna

|||||| -> The Ghettotenna: "Last week my little brother had a bit of a delimma, one that he knew could only be solved by yours truly.

Thinking the signal strength may be the cause for this sketchy behavior, I set out to boost his reception to see if it would solve the problem.

Luckily, he was using one those USB wifi fobs on a cord for his wifi adaptor. Being the genius I am, and having read quite a bit about people boosting wifi signals with chinese wok utensils and Pringles cans, I knew I could whip up a ghetto solution in no time flat. Here is where we enter the meat of this post and the explanation of that weird ass piece of crap up there. "

This guy whips up an wifi signal booster aperatus to help his brother and posts it to help his fellow man. In the process, he teaches us the definition of engineering.

***"Engineering is the application of science to the needs of humanity."***

Ghetto engineers of the world, UNITE!

Cost of War

Cost of War

There is a 7% sales tax in NorthCarolina... I live on a dirt road, and have no health care.... But there are only chiggers in the woods and no terrorists... I wonder if the war or terrorists could include chiggers...

Dear Bush,

Monday, August 01, 2005

How to Recognize Chigger Bites -

How to Recognize Chigger Bites -

chiggers = misery

I have at least 50 red welt chigger bites. Everywhere my hands can reach itches. ... they say it can last two weeks!!!!

Hybrid Center :: Consumer Center :: Incentives

Hybrid Center :: Consumer Center :: Incentives

Can you tell what I've been thinking about lately? Yep, buying a car. My brother has a nice 1987 diesel GMC Suburban, but I'm not sure that's my style. A nice hybrid would fit the bill - and be a huge bill. But wait - Uncle Sam is going to help me out. A federal tax deduction that's cool. What's this? It was 2000 dollars in 2005 and it drops to 500. hummmm

C'mon tax cut man! The less we pay for a car, the more we can spend on gas. That means more money for your friends in the Oil business - you know, the friendly turban wearers.