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Kid Pix: The Early Years
"One day in 1988 while I was using MacPaint, the wonderful paint program that came with the Macintosh, my 3-year-old son Ben asked to try using the program. I was surprised at how quickly he got the knack of using the mouse and how easily he was able to select tools. The problem was that he didn't have total control of the mouse and would occasionally (like every five minutes or so) pull down a menu and bring up a dialog box that he couldn't dismiss without being able to read. Everything was fine as long as I was in the room, but if I stepped out for a few minutes I would come back and find Ben kicking on the floor in frustration. This was not what I had in mind for his introduction to the computer."
via:britta  craighickman  kidpix  evergreenstatecollege  reedcollege  computers  childhood  parenting  programming  software  edtech  education  mac  history  drawing  graphics  art  nostalgia 
november 2010 by robertogreco
World Wide Weather Guy [Related:]
"The World Wide Weather Guy (WWW Guy) is a weather nut. He always has The Weather Channel® on and is constantly checking weather conditions around the world on the web. As a matter of fact, he is so interested in the weather that his appearance changes depending on the weather conditions in the location he's thinking about! Talk about empathy.

His face color changes depending on the temperature.
His ear color changes depending on the dew point.
His nose size changes depending on barometric pressure.
His eyes look in the direction of the wind.
His hair waves around at a speed that is dependent on the wind speed.
He has a little perspiration problem that varies depending on the humidity.
If the visibility is below 1 mile he gets a little hard to see.
The background color changes to indicate day (pink) or night (blue)."
craighickman  weather  faces  chernofffaces  empathy 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Enigma Gadgets:NameSpace
"Here is I. M. Chip Blue, the fifth in my series of Enigma Gadgets. Like the others, it's based on the Arudino microcontroller and uses the Quadravox QV300 speech module. The QV300 is programmed from the factory to speak 240 common technical terms including units of measure, numbers and colors. I. M. Chip Blue also contains a Memsic 2125 accelerometer. I have programmed it the device to speak nonsensical sentences based on a set of rules. The rules vary depending on the way the device is oriented."
craighickman  arduino  microcontrollers  fictionalsmartboxes  accelerometers  numbers  colors  voice  nonsense 
november 2010 by robertogreco
D- The Interactive Spelling Wrecker
"D- takes your perfectly good spelling and makes it horrible. Besides making common spelling errors, it also switches homonyms, makes typing errors and can add unwanted comments to your writing.<br />
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You can type directly into the text box, or you can paste text in from another application (like a word processor) or from the web. (Please note that there is occasionally a bug that requires you to "Paste" twice before the text shows up.) "
spelling  humor  software  spellingwrecker  writing  craighickman 
november 2010 by robertogreco

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