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Super Punch “From Luc Besson’s AMA, regarding writing The Fifth Element: At 16, i wrote 200 pages and threw them in the garbage because it was bad. I then wrote 200 more which also finished in the garbage. Then I wrote 400 pages that i kept, waited for 15 years, and wrote a first draft. I have done 16 drafts for the fifth element, and finished the script with 300 pages in two parts. The producers refused to part the film in two parts because it was too expensive and forced me to rewrite everything in one film. I guess at the time filming in two parts wasn’t popular yet. Compared to writing Leon: Regarding Leon, i had to wait 2 weeks to get an answer from a studio to know if they were going to make the fifth element or not. The wait was horrible. So i wrote Leon in 15 days and nights to stop me from thinking about the wait.” tags: writing progress time patience weekly Welcome to GoatTalk.com – the friendliest place on the net “GoatTalk is where goat husbandry is taught with ethics and great compassion for you and your goats. Whether a long-time herd owner or a beginner with pets GoatTalk Members are there to help and support your efforts as you move from […]

The Mother Blog Primer

The Concept FeedWordPress is the plugin that allows us to create our “mother blogs.” Consider it an example of the “you are what you eat” concept. The “mother blog” is composed of the consumed feeds. FeedWordPress is our spoon. The mother takes all the student posts from their personal sites and unites them in one place. It helps answer questions like – How can students work in their own sites and use them for multiple courses but still provide the class/cohort advantages of a central/standardized community hub? How can I allow personalization but not go crazy going to 50 different student sites with different layouts? Are there interesting ways I might reconsider the work students do if I can aggregate that work, can provide different lenses of focus, can keep it beyond the narrow confines of a course, and have other students use it in interesting ways? A Brief Overview of the Mechanics Some Tips The child (source) blog needs to be public for this to work. If a child blog is set to Visible only to registered users of this network, Visible only to registered users of this site, or Visible only to administrators of this site then the feed won’t work. Here is how you change that. Add /feed/ to the URLs you’re adding as children in the […]

Photography – Week 37

I liked how the cat looked like it was outside while being inside. From the community garden near my work. The eyes on this insect are pretty wild.

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Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA’s X-Ray Body Scanners | Threat Level | WIRED “In their malware demonstration, the researchers used a distinctive image to signal to their software that the scanner should replace a certain person’s image with an innocuous one. “ tags: tsa scanners weekly technology future The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections) | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian “Those looking for a challenge might try their hand at transcribing the English-Alabama and Alabama-English dictionary. Compiled from 1906 to 1913, the massive work includes thousands of vocabulary terms. Volumes three and four still need some work. “ tags: transcription smithsonian crowdsourcing weekly Cybersecurity czar is proud of his technical illiteracy – Boing Boing “Michael Daniel thinks “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction”; Ed Felten counters, “Imagine reaction if White House economic advisor bragged about lack of economics knowledge, or Attorney General bragged about lack of legal expertise.”” tags: weekly technology government Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Field Botany Changed the World

Two pretty telling student quotes from the video1 above. “I was real excited that our blog is now an example for anyone. If you want to look up high bush clover you can look on one of our blogs and find our pictures.” “I think that knowing that the blog and the material would be accessible to anyone made the idea of putting it out there made the idea more exciting in some way but also I put more thought into it for that reason.” The Field Botany blog ended up with 3,675 posts from 27 students. That’s some pretty serious output. That content will remain accessible and the site can evolve2 with each iteration of the course. Two rather simple questions stay in my head lately. How can we have students do more than stairmaster work? – I’ve never cared for burning calories just to burn calories. I’d rather go somewhere. Even running in a circle is better than running in place. I can’t stop thinking about how much time and energy go into things that neither the student nor the teacher want. Since we can aggregate and archive student work, how does that change what we ask students to do? Student work can be valuable. It can add value in the context of other student work. It can […]

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Unschooling: The Case for Setting Your Kids Into the Wild | Nature | OutsideOnline.com “At ages that would likely see them in seventh and fourth grades, I generously estimate that my boys spend no more than two hours per month sitting and studying the subjects, such as science and math, that are universal to mainstream education. Not two hours per day or even per week. Two hours per month. Comparatively speaking, by now Fin would have spent approximately 5,600 hours in the classroom. Rye, nearly three years younger, would have clocked about half that time. A stubborn calf. Fin and Rye also take care of their own dwarf goats.   Photo: Penny Hewitt “ tags: weekly schooling education kids nature Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Photography – Week 36

I listened to this podcast on macro photographyA photography podcast (no video). Focused on Chicago. with Mike Moats and a few of these pictures are based on trying out some things that were mentioned- mainly trying much higher f-stops. I usually shoot close to wide open. The shift from shooting around 2.8 and lower to around 10 to 15 is considerable. Tripple portrait. I like the faces on both the dogs.

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Things I learned from watching 24 hours of Investigation Discovery. : humor “If you want to murder someone, just send them to Birmingham, Alabama. Someone will take care of it for you. “ tags: alabama murder reddit weekly cloud piano “This installation plays the keys of a piano based on the movements and shapes of the clouds. A camera pointed at the sky captures video of the clouds. Custom software uses the video of the clouds in real-time to articulate a robotic device that presses the corresponding keys on the piano. The system is set in motion to function as if the clouds are pressing the keys on the piano as they move across the sky and change shape. The resulting sound is generated from the unique key patterns created by ethereal forms that build, sweep, fluctuate and dissipate in the sky. “ tags: augmentedreality poetry clouds piano music weekly Octopus Protects Eggs for 4.5 Years – Neatorama She was never observed away from her egg clutch, he said, and probable never ate during her 53-month vigil. “Everything we know suggests she probably didn’t eat,” Robison said. Octopuses typically experience a single reproductive period after which they die. The low temperature at the depth of the nest is suspected to be the reason the eggs took so long to hatch, and would also explain how the mother lived […]