Mythbusters at the White House

November 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Nythbusters at the White HouseGizmodo had their favorite line from President Obama’s recent speech about his “‘Educate to Innovate‘ campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).”  My own personal fav came from the President’s introduction of the Mythbusters crew:

“Welcome Mythbusters from the Discovery Channel…where are they? There they are. I hope you guys left the explosives at home.”

Geek in Chief, indeed.

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Unity Tutorials

November 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Quality, free Unity tutorials.  part 1 below – the rest are on YouTube via TornadoTwins.

Design your own homepage

November 24, 2009 at 8:52 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Now’s tje chance to put your brand new Fireworks skills to work.  Think about building a homepage. For almost anything.  It could be about you, a favorite band, a class, a movie….the list is endless.  Here are the details:

1. Open up Fireworks and create a new image that is 900×600 pixels.

2. Do some deep thinking.  What’s your page going to be about?

3. Gather images for your design.  Look textures by searching Google images for “rock texture” or “beach sand texture”.  Click here for inspiration.

4. Add at least three FAKE buttons (they won’t go anywhere) to your homepage.

5. Use images, fonts and textures to create an engaging design. Break out of the typical boxy web layout.  Be free.

Another balloon in outer space

November 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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Thought for sure this would turn out to be another “balloon boy” hoax but this family of experimenters looks legit.  Made me wonder if the Drake Maker Club should have pursued our balloon in space dreams after all.  Then I realized that this family had a big chunk of Alberta to use as a launch and recovery site.  Not quite as crowded as our neighborhood.

Stick with the video for the first few minutes  – it picks up the pace.

Future birthday ideas

November 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

We celebrated my son’s sixth birthday this past weekend in our backyard.  Each of friends built a rocket (or several) and the launched them via compressed air rocket launcher.

Grab your safety goggles and build your own rocket launcher using these plans: http://tayloranderson.net/rocket_launcher/

I made the rockets out of foam pipe insulation, duct tape an sheet foam for the fins.

All this fun got me to thinking…. Continue Reading Future birthday ideas…

Game script

November 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Today’s mission is to write a script for your proposed game. Remember that your target audience is a five year old and that your goal is to create an educational game that is engaging.  You have the freedom to choose WHAT the focus is – learning colors, spelling, numbers, basic math.

Use one of these resources:

http://searchwarp.com/swa105940.htm

http://www.stormthecastle.com/video-game-design/writing-a-video-game-script.htm

What’s going on at engadget?

November 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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This is all I see.  New site design?  Corporate takeover?  Big ad blitz?  We’ll see soon enough.  I’m not staying up to find out.

Intro to Computers: Quiz

November 9, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Here’s the file and software management quiz!

Holy Batboat! Stealth ship chases whalers!

November 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Click here.  Crazy.

November 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

iRobot’s Soft Morphing Blob ‘Bot Takes Its First Steps

FF to 2:00 and brace yourself. You will sleep with the light on after watching this seething orb “walk”.

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