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December 2011


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Winter "BREAK": A Time to Relax and Reenergize

Winter "BREAK": A Time to Relax and Reenergize

Most of us look forward to our winter breaks. After all, a break in routine is almost always a good thing. Most of us are conditioned to getting up at a certain hour, traveling to work following the same route, doing our last…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

One Compile A Day

One Compile A Day

A recent blog post by Ian Bogost (The Virtues of Long Compiles) has me thinking once again about the trouble with fast compiles. How would you program differently if you could only compile your project once an hour or perhaps…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Welcome Molly, Future Girl Geek!

Welcome Molly, Future Girl Geek!

Andrew and I are delighted to announce the birth of our first child, Molly! She was born on December 16 at 5:47pm and weighed 7 lbs 3 oz.  We're all doing well and enjoying our time together as a new family.

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From The Eponymous Pickle

What Makes a Brand Experience Great

What Makes a Brand Experience Great

Brian Collins on the delightful Hershey store.  A great brand experience worth a visit.  He provides some reasons why it works.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wizard Theatricals and Technology

Wizard Theatricals and Technology

Russell Brumfield, aka 'The Wiz', colleague who worked with us at the innovation center on aroma technologies has a new web site.  He is an expert on putting on events and now has pulled together dozens of technology specialists…


From Putting People First

Julian Bleecker: creating wily subversions

Julian Bleecker: creating wily subversions

Steven Portigal interviews Julian Bleecker about the near future, design fiction and storytelling. Julian Bleecker is a designer, technologist and researcher in the Advanced Projects studio at Nokia Design in Los Angeles and…


From Putting People First

Lego is for girls

Lego is for girls

In its new focus on products for girls, Lego is using quite a lot of ethnographic research: “To develop Lego Friends, Knudstorp relaunched the same extensive field research


From Putting People First

Study: Millennials prefer sharing over ownership

Study: Millennials prefer sharing over ownership

The idea of sharing things instead of owning them goes against everything we’ve been taught as a consumeristic society. Those who have spent their lives “keeping up with the Jones’” may find it hard to suddenly relinquish their…


From Computational Complexity

Game Changers

Two announcements on Monday connected to my two Alma Maters mark the changing face of universities.

New York City chooses Cornell and the Technion to create new technology campus on Roosevelt Island
It didn't hurt that Cornell…


From Putting People First

Design for the marginalised millions

Design for the marginalised millions

Reboot, a service design firm working in the fields of governance and international development, recently spent time with three marginalized groups in China


From Putting People First

What makes a brand experience great?

What makes a brand experience great?

Brian Thomas Collins has made a career out of creating brand experiences, “a few of them great”. He writes: “A good brand experience is when a brand does what we expect of it. A great brand experience is something we tell someone…


From Putting People First

Why people adopt or wait for new technology

Why people adopt or wait for new technology

Jared Spool explores the key differences between


From Putting People First

Five lessons from the best interaction designs of 2011

Five lessons from the best interaction designs of 2011

Frog’s Robert Fabricant breaks down the themes from the 2011 Interaction Design Awards. “Technologies like cheap sensors and cloud computing are increasingly being used to augment our daily lives in both magical and mundane ways…


From Putting People First

Video chat reshapes domestic rituals

Video chat reshapes domestic rituals

Far-flung families are increasingly using Skype, Apple


From Putting People First

The Internet gets physical

The Internet gets physical

NY Times technology reporter Steve Lohr writes on how consumer-based Internet technologies are morphing into new uses in energy conservation, transportation, health care, traffic management and food distribution. Low-cost sensors…


From Putting People First

An evolution toward a programmable universe

An evolution toward a programmable universe

With a harvest of data from a wired planet, computing has evolved from sensing local information to analyzing it to being able to control it. Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

IBM

IBM

IBM is out with its sixth annual “Five in Five” list, specifying five technology innovations that have the potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next five years. It’s a list that has met with some success…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

SIGCSE 2012 For Computing Teachers

SIGCSE 2012 For Computing Teachers

This is another of several recent “CSTA Blasts” that I am posting on my blog. If you are a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association you will have seen this and I apologize for the duplication. If you are a computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Local 3D Printing

A Look at Local 3D Printing

Discussed here.The idea has been around for a while.  When will it's consumer moment come?  Remote 3D construction of parts, likely plastic,  in out homes in a device that can 'print'  in 3-D.  Still inclined to think this will…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA Announces 2012 Young Faculty Award Program

DARPA Announces 2012 Young Faculty Award Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced its Young Faculty Award (YFA) program for 2012, seeking to “identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions [i.e., untenured Assistant or Associate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Games

Training Games

Training games and simulations from Kognito.    I was just asked about such systems, which are a favorite topic of mine:  " ... Kognito is an award-winning developer of online role-playing simulations and games where users build…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training the Robotics Designers of the Future

Training the Robotics Designers of the Future

Promoting entry level robotics for kids .   Late to order for holiday gifts,  but I like the idea.  I particularly liked Lego Mindstorms and played with far more primitive approaches years ago.  I think there is an advantage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Determining Pecking Order

Determining Pecking Order

A human pecking order algorithm based on linguistic style.  Helping with the ordering of online conversations?  Or a means to determine marketing influence? Contains some interesting additional background on analyzing text style…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Gearing up Google Apps

SAP Gearing up Google Apps

Quite interesting development.  SAP moving towards easier to access and utilize capabilities in the Cloud." ... The current plan is for SAP to deliver an integration between its Business ByDesign on-demand ERP (enterprise resource…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FohBoh

FohBoh

Just brought to my attention.  FohBoh, Front of the house (Foh), Back of the House (Boh).  Food service social media.   " ... Servicing the restaurant, chef and wine community. Join 40,000 + industry peers to connect communicate…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Textbooks

Textbooks

I was reading through a couple of blog posts by Garth Flint earlier today. I


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

An excellent example of how novel data-driven methods can advance science and society: In February 2012, the journal


From Wild WebMink

? Java and Ubuntu

? Java and Ubuntu

Despite a panic caused by a misleading headline, not only is Java not being removed from Ubuntu, but the Java reference implementation is actually a package in the main repository. My article today on ComputerWorldUK has the…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Help Shape the CSTA Annual Conference: Be a Proposal Reviewer

Help Shape the CSTA Annual Conference: Be a Proposal Reviewer

This is one of several recent


From [email protected]

Online Stanford Classes Explore New Models For CS Learning

Online Stanford Classes Explore New Models For CS Learning

What's cool about the online Stanford CS classes is not the numbers, but the models.  They are explorations of new ways to teach computer science.