Here’s a cute little dog I got to illustrate for a project I’ve been working on–just thought I’d like to share him with you!
This wiener dog’s name is Merlin and he’s going to be in a tool for teaching middle school students. Do you think they will like him?
If man were to faithfully follow the teachings of Miss Carson…we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.
This is how one chemical company executive reacted to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the 1962 book that contained so much evidence on the damaging ecological and human health effects of the pesticide DDT that it revolutionized how the world used the chemical. DDT was once sprayed from trucks to blanket entire towns. Now it’s banned from widespread commercial use…and we’re still waiting for the Dark Ages.
At the Ed Tech Meetup I wrote about previously, several start-up companies presented their products to a “Shark Tank panel” of local Seattle educators for feedback and comments. All of the presentations were good and it was interesting to see the ideas on which people are working. Interestingly, all of the companies had experience in or created products for reading/English literacy and educator productivity. Here are links and brief descriptions for the products that were described (in order of appearance): Continue reading Four Ed Tech Companies in Seattle Worth Noting→
On Friday, I had the opportunity to go to an Ed Tech Meetup in Seattle, and I thought I’d share some resources and opportunities that I came across. The best thing about the meetup was the emphasis on equity. A speaker at the meeting mentioned Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, and afterward I found this video of a fantastic twelve minute speech he gave in March.
Artificial Intelligence has been a recurrent theme that has appeared in a lot of science fiction movies and games. It’s also a recurrent theme in the human experience because it explores questions such as “What makes us human?”. I will discuss a few thoughts on some examples that I have come across recently in one game (Thomas was Alone) and two films (The Imitation Game, Ex Machina) after the jump.
I’ve featured their animations before, but I’ll say again that it’s worth checking out these videos (which sound like they were narrated by the guy from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) are creative, fun, and cover a wide variety of current topics related to science and society.
Emily Graslie used to make her own videos on YouTube, and then she was hired by Chicago’s Field Museum to make videos on taxidermy, lost dioramas, and a dead squirrel with a face tumor. A mix of natural history, museum behind-the-scenes, and gross (aka cool) stuff.
I found this little gem while exploring the National Library of Medicine’s “Hidden Treasure” collection of interesting items of the past. This chart is for eye examinations, published in 1907 and created by German eye doctor George Mayerle, who worked in San Francisco, California. He helped form the first national optical association, the Optical Specialists’ Association of America, and developed this eye chart to aid in diagnosing eye ailments.
When the chart was sold, advertisements promised that it would help increase the income of general practitioners, because the chart “convinces the patient as to his professional skill and ability to diagnose, and, at least, correct defective eyesight.” I find this amusing because it seems to imply that persuading people that you know what you’re doing is just as, if not more, important than fixing some visual disorders!
The Banner Saga is the first game of a series based on a mythical world in which humans and Varl, Norse-like giants, are struggling to survive. The intriguing story begins with an ending: the gods are dead, the sun has stopped moving in the sky, and no one knows why.
My coworker shared with me a little bit of interesting code he was working on so that the game returns the correct plural form of nouns. In the code, you can see there’s a list of exceptions in which the singular form is the same as the plural (moose, sheep, etc.), and unique cases (children, oxen). Then there are a few rules for singular nouns with particular endings:
if the singular ends in -y, the plural ends in -ies (e.g., butterflies)
If the singular ends in -lf, the plural ends in -lves (e.g. wolves)
If the singular ends in -s, -ch, -sh, or -x, the plural just adds ‘es’ (e.g. bushes, birches, foxes)
And everything else just gets -s added! Just thought it was interesting.