1. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Or maybe it's cu z the weather turned sour today
    11-01-12 01:05 AM
  2. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    I'm tired of the cold weather already.
    11-01-12 01:08 AM
  3. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Is it April yet?
    11-01-12 01:08 AM
  4. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    30 seconds is hard to judge.
    11-01-12 01:09 AM
  5. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    I used to work with a trainer that would have her class close their eyes and raise their hand once they thought that it had been 1 minute. She said no class ever made it past 40 seconds and most were in the 20-30 second range.
    11-01-12 01:13 AM
  6. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    It was a great way to show people how impatient they are.
    11-01-12 01:14 AM
  7. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Which do you like better? Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother
    11-01-12 01:15 AM
  8. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves

    With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villagessimply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.

    The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preloaded alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs.

    Early observations are encouraging, said Nicholas Negroponte, OLPCs founder, at MIT Technology Reviews EmTech conference last week.

    The devices involved are Motorola Xoom tabletsused together with a solar charging system, which Ethiopian technicians had taught adults in the village to use. Once a week, a technician visits the villages and swaps out memory cards so that researchers can study how the machines were actually used.

    After several months, the kids in both villages were still heavily engaged in using and recharging the machines, and had been observed reciting the alphabet song, and even spelling words. One boy, exposed to literacy games with animal pictures, opened up a paint program and wrote the word Lion.

    The experiment is being done in two isolated rural villages with about 20 first-grade-aged children each, about 50 miles from Addis Ababa. One village is called Wonchi, on the rim of a volcanic crater at 11,000 feet; the other is called Wolonchete, in the Great Rift Valley. Children there had never previously seen printed materials, road signs, or even packaging that had words on them, Negroponte said.

    Earlier this year, OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android, Negroponte said. Some in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android.

    Elaborating later on Negropontes hacking comment, Ed McNierney, OLPCs chief technology officer, said that the kids had gotten around OLPCs effort to freeze desktop settings. The kids had completely customized the desktopso every kids tablet looked different. We had installed software to prevent them from doing that, McNierney said. And the fact they worked around it was clearly the kind of creativity, the kind of inquiry, the kind of discovery that we think is essential to learning.
    MOAR:
    Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves | MIT Technology Review
    11-01-12 01:37 AM
  9. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    That's awesome
    11-01-12 01:55 AM
  10. phoreoneone's Avatar
    11-01-12 02:25 AM
  11. phoreoneone's Avatar
    I might have to reconsider my views on boxed wines.....

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    oh, this really turns me on... because i really love wooden doors
    11-01-12 02:27 AM
  12. bungaboy's Avatar
    I used to work with a trainer that would have her class close their eyes and raise their hand once they thought that it had been 1 minute. She said no class ever made it past 40 seconds and most were in the 20-30 second range.
    one one thousand
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    LoL
    11-01-12 07:16 AM
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    11-01-12 07:44 AM
  14. middbrew's Avatar
    Anyone see or wear a good Halloween costume?

    Even bar tender at the bar I was at had a pretty good decaying face. He said it took his wife 1/2 an hour to do it.
    11-01-12 07:49 AM
  15. middbrew's Avatar
    It was a slow Halloween here.
    As in zombie slow?
    11-01-12 07:50 AM
  16. middbrew's Avatar
    Or maybe it's cu z the weather turned sour today
    I'm sure the weather played a part, but I've noticed over the last four or five years not as many kids are out there. I'm thinking the parents aren't too keen on the kids getting candy from strangers.
    11-01-12 07:53 AM
  17. middbrew's Avatar
    I'm sure the weather played a part, but I've noticed over the last four or five years not as many kids are out there. I'm thinking the parents aren't too keen on the kids getting candy from strangers.

    Which makes me wonder, why is it a bad idea to take candy from a stranger except on Halloween?
    11-01-12 07:55 AM
  18. middbrew's Avatar
    I'm tired of the cold weather already.
    I was tired of it the first time it got below 60 degrees.
    11-01-12 07:58 AM
  19. middbrew's Avatar
    Is it April yet?

    Life goes by too fast already, don't rush it.
    11-01-12 07:59 AM
  20. middbrew's Avatar
    30 seconds is hard to judge.
    Or can a judge be hard for 30 seconds?
    11-01-12 08:03 AM
  21. middbrew's Avatar
    Which do you like better? Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother
    I'd have to go with How I Met Your Mother. I've never really gotten into the BBT.
    11-01-12 08:05 AM
  22. middbrew's Avatar
    one one thousand
    two one thousand
    three one thousand
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    sixty one thousand.

    LoL

    That's cheating!
    11-01-12 08:06 AM
  23. middbrew's Avatar
    I'm only a few posts from reaching 2000.
    11-01-12 08:08 AM
  24. middbrew's Avatar
    That's awesome

    That it is
    11-01-12 08:09 AM
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    2000.
    11-01-12 08:10 AM
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