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Thanks from Project Citizen
FAIRBANKS — Project Citizen values the support from the Chena Hot Springs Resort Management Board, Bernie Karl, Connie Parks-Karl and Event Manager Teresa Bowman of our 2018 Regional Showcase.
Community judges provided thoughtful, challenging feedback to public policy proposals addressing taxation, Wi-Fi safety, environment, recreation and nutrition.

Teachers from Randy Smith Middle, Tanana Middle and Unalakleet’s Frank Degnan Middle Schools facilitated policy-related research: La Verne Hutto, Giaana Eckenweiler, Julie Eberhardt, Brad Webster and Royce England.
Judges included middle school educators, UAF School of Education and CNSM graduate students, Cold Climate Housing Research Center representatives and community activists: Malcolm Pearson, Sarah Liben, Joshua Hartman, Dori Olsen, Robert Bonestroo, Nancy Tarnai, Bob Olsen, Barb Martin, Conor Sosebee, Susan Burgess, Taiyo Itoh, Arlo Davis, Michelle Risse, Ernie Manzie and Joan Knight.

The showcase constitutes a memory of community involvement for our active, young citizens.
yesterday by ccenews
While Well-Intentioned, VR Is Rooted in Privilege and Disregards Those in Need – Adweek
Like lots of people in the world, I’ve spent some quality family time roaming my neighborhood trying to capture little cartoon monsters on my cell phone. For many of us, Pokémon Go was our first experience of augmented reality. It was lots of fun.
3 days ago by marshallk
Completely Silent Computer
This computer makes no noise when it starts up.  It makes no noise when it shuts down.  It makes no noise when it idles.  It makes no noise when it’s under heavy load.  It makes no noise when it’s reading or writing data.  It can’t be heard in a regular room during the day.  It can’t be heard in a completely quiet house in the middle of the night.  It can’t be heard from 1m away.  It can’t be heard from 1cm away.  It can’t be heard — period.  It’s taken nearly 30 years to reach this point, but I’ve finally arrived.  The journey is over and it feels great.

If you are after a silent — not just quiet, but silent — daily driver, then I strongly recommend a passively-cooled case, heat pipes and solid state drives.  Eliminate the moving parts (e.g. fans, HDDs) and you eliminate the noise — it’s not that complicated.  It also doesn’t need to be really expensive (my system requirements were not ‘average’ so please don’t infer from this post that all DB4-based systems are as expensive).  Silence (and a perfectly respectable computer) can easily be had for half the price.
diy  hardware  pc  silence  quiet-hardware  cooling  fanless  amd 
3 days ago by jm
Elm Place students take on brain injuries in sports during Project Citizen
A class of sixth graders at Elm Place Middle School in Highland Park had just wrapped up their presentations on brain injuries and school sports during a mock legislative hearing May 11.
It was time to field questions from a panel that included the mayor, the incoming school superintendent, a psychologist and a former high school teacher and coach.
“Some communities are moving away from tackle football for young kids and moving into flag football,” prefaced John Gorleski, a retired Highland Park High School teacher and basketball coach. “Some would argue that flag football doesn’t adequately prepare a kid for high school football, though it certainly may be safer.”
So Gorleski wanted to know, “Do you think it’s a wise idea that our park districts and our communities do away with tackle football at a young age and wait until high school to offer it?”
Sixth grader Ellie Winternitz stepped to the microphone.
“I think it is a smart idea to get rid of tackle football for young kids,” said Winternitz, noting that children may be more vulnerable to concussions because their brains are still developing.
Students at Elm Place Middle School took on the timely topic for the school’s final Project Citizen exercise. Some presented their findings to the Highland Park City Council meeting May 14.
Gorleski’s question seemed to come right out of the news. Last fall, the Park District of Highland Park scrubbed its tackle football program due to a drop-off in participation attributed to concerns about head injuries.
Two large school districts in the Naperville area recently decided to replace tackle football with flag football at the middle school level starting next year. An Illinois lawmaker from the northwest suburbs recently put a bill banning tackle football for youth under age 12 on hold, after concluding it did not have enough support to pass the Illinois House.
Psychologist Richard Markin asked students how they would respond if they witnessed an older sibling take a blow to the head while playing soccer or football at the park.
“Suppose they get clumped on the head and knocked down, and they say to you, Don’t tell Mom and Dad. They won’t let me play,” Markin said. “What would you do?”
Student Nicholas Blumer said he would immediately tell his parents because of the risk of further damage if a brain injury is not given time to heal.
“If you have a traumatic brain injury, you can’t continue to participate because there is a chance, a big chance, of it getting worse,” Blumer said.
The students also had researched CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive blows to the head as might occur during a long football career. Project Citizen moderator Mark Nolan Hill, a surgeon and medical professor, noted he has some patients who were professional athletes and recognize that their dementia came from playing football.
It was Hill’s 15th year moderating Project Citizen hearings at Elm Place. In recent years, students have examined the precipitous decline in the monarch butterfly population; solutions to hunger in the local community and the near extinction of the ash tree population due to emerald ash borer disease.
4 days ago by ccenews
Completely Silent Computer | tp69
I've been trying to make my computers quieter for nearly three decades.  Custom liquid cooling loops, magnetically-stabilised fluid-dynamic bearings, acoustic dampeners, silicone shock absorbers, you name it.  Well, last week I finally managed to build a completely silent computer.  Without further ado... Say hello to the Streacom DB4 — a 26x26x27cm case that doesn't have…
silent  computer  hardware  pc 
5 days ago by silentbicycle

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