Aug 10 2006

Geography is colorful — and a whole lot more

Nation­al Geograhic is lead­ing the My Won­der­ful World cam­paign. There are sug­ges­tions for par­ents, kids, teens, and edu­ca­tors.

I wan­na be a teen. I want to get a pass­port and a nifty lit­tle GPS unit and go geo­caching and explore the world and learn oth­er lan­guages.


Jul 20 2006

Mythlandia

Tag:Tag TechnoMom @ 5:45

How many of these ref­er­ences do you rec­og­nize?

I had a lit­tle trou­ble on the site when using Fire­fox, so you may need to try a dif­fer­ent brows­er if you can’t see the incred­i­ble map mur­al at first.

(Link updat­ed 24-Decem­ber-2007.)


May 21 2006

Good homeschooling day

Tag:Cyn @ 22:16

Kata­ri­na went out with me and we drove around, tak­ing pic­tures of things.

OK, that sounds vague, but real­ly, Kata­ri­na enjoys tak­ing pic­tures of things, and these things are high­ly ran­dom yet they all have cer­tain qual­i­ties:

  1. They’re fre­quent­ly old, cracked, rust­ed, or broken/trashed
  2. They can be cast in some sort of jux­ta­po­si­tion­al light
  3. They are fre­quent­ly inter­est­ing even when very close up to them

We had a long dis­cus­sion about gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and what that is after tak­ing pic­tures of some places that were being remod­eled and gen­tri­fied in par­tic­u­lar­ly bad parts of town.

We had a lot of dis­cus­sion, as well, about economies, espe­cial­ly the econ­o­my of Sec­ond Life, and also the econ­o­my of such vir­tu­al worlds as pre­sent­ed in Cory Doctorow’s short sto­ry, Anda’s Game, which was read as part of the Podi­o­book “New Media Voic­es.”

All in all, it rocked the house.