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Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

artisteeternite 3 Words: Life of Fred (231 comments)

As the homeschooling parent of a 5 year old we have learned this first hand. We stumbled upon a set of books called Life of Fred that are "story books" that incorporate math. They were written by a math professor tired getting students that didn't know math and thought it was "hard". He incorporates basic algebra using x from almost the very beginning. They cover many topics that most think of as "advanced math" in simple, natural ways. As the story unfolds Fred has to use math in a variety of situations. It shows that math is practical and teaches it in an accessible way. Even better, the stories are silly and ridiculous and fun for all ages.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

artisteeternite Re:Could be safer than typical GPS (226 comments)

My argument was that wearing Google Glass does not by default make it distracting. Here in Florida, the law is no texting except at a stop light, but GPS is still allowed. I think that's a reasonable middle ground. I understand that Google Glass would make it more difficult to know what someone is up to, but there are also non-distracting ways it could be used. Mostly, though, I live on a planet where I prefer laws be implemented AFTER there is a clear and present danger. I don't like laws made from guesswork. Someone that causes an accident while using Google Glass can easily be prosecuted using existing laws. And once there are enough Google Glass wearers out there that our law enforcement can come back and say, "Look, we're seeing this particular problem that needs resolved," THEN the lawmakers can pass something.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

artisteeternite Re:Could be safer than typical GPS (226 comments)

Of course, a text message is only a distraction so long as it's turned on. Ideally there would be a "driving" mode, where you only get specifically selected alerts. For instance, I would only want GPS and emergency alerts while driving.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

artisteeternite Re:Could be safer than typical GPS (226 comments)

Doesn't work that way you have to look into the screen, it sits above your FOV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

It *IS* distracted driving.

Okay. I watched the video. So you're right, it wouldn't be superimposed on the road. The question is, how much would your eyes actually have to move to see the content and how much can easily be seen with peripheral vision. It still seems like less of a distraction than external GPS.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

artisteeternite Could be safer than typical GPS (226 comments)

From one of the previous conversations, I understand that Google Glass does not really have useful GPS navigation yet. However, I would think GPS built into Google Glass and superimposed on the actual road would be significantly safer than shifting your eyes to glance at the GPS regularly.

about 6 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

artisteeternite America First? (398 comments)

Why not offer incentives to bring American workers to the area?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

artisteeternite The Events Calendar Pro (120 comments)

If you like Wordpress I strongly recommend The Events Calendar Pro http://tri.be/shop/wordpress-e.... It's both powerful and easy to use. It's not free but makes up for it in the time you'll save. There are plenty of plug-ins available to make it do exactly what you want it to do. I'm a designer, not a programmer, so I'm always looking for the simplest and most cost-effective web solutions.

about 7 months ago
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Backdoor Found In Hacked Version of Anti-Censorship Tool Simurgh

artisteeternite We all know why (32 comments)

"At present, it is unknown who developed the hijacked version of Simurgh, or why they did so."

The obvious answer would be that it was created to spy on dissidents and the like.

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo! To Close Delicious

artisteeternite Re:Worst Decision by Yahoo (311 comments)

I just switched to diigo.com. And you can import your Delicious bookmarks into it.

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo! To Close Delicious

artisteeternite Re:Sad (311 comments)

I've also just imported everything to diigo.com. I'm guessing a lot of people are doing that today because it took about 3 hours for everything to upload from my exported file (and still waiting on tags). So far I like it because I can choose "private" as the default setting.

more than 3 years ago
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Against Apple, Ballmer Floats Microsoft Merger With Adobe

artisteeternite Re:I hope so.. (520 comments)

That's been a rumor going around in design circles. That if Adobe pissed off Apple enough that they'd just make their own replacements. And as the odd designer that prefers a Windows machine and detests working on a Mac, I'd totally become an Apple fangirl if it came to that.

more than 3 years ago
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Against Apple, Ballmer Floats Microsoft Merger With Adobe

artisteeternite Re:I don't see much of Adobe products surviving. (520 comments)

There have been discussions in the design world of Apple having the ability to replace the Adobe Creative Suite if Adobe pissed them off enough. If Microsoft was actually dumb/evil/malicious enough to screw over every single graphic designer in the entire world, then I think Apple would totally steal that entire market share in short order. I'm a designer but hate working with Macs. We all think plenty about Adobe sucks, but their software is so much better than any other graphic design software available on the market they're still our heroes. But I would be come an Apple fangirl in a second if Microsoft tried to replace Adobe design software with their own stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

artisteeternite Re:Good Idea (377 comments)

Parent is correct. No matter if the comments are from the left or right of the political spectrum, they all seem to be on inane idiots on the fringes.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Sends Nuclear Experts To Tackle BP Oil Spill

artisteeternite Re:Hay for Cleanup? (389 comments)

Also, keep in mind that the plan isn't to use it to clean up all the oil. They just want to use it to help protect the Walton County shore-line in Florida. That's a very small fraction of the oil.

more than 4 years ago
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Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?

artisteeternite Re:Prime Obsession (630 comments)

And in 2007 it received the Euler Book Prize by the Mathematical Association of America.

more than 5 years ago
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When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education

artisteeternite Re:Ignorance beyond words (1589 comments)

Since when is $44,500 poor? That's firmly in the middle class (except for a few areas, and the issues there are mostly because of the cost of housing). I keep hearing all the time about all our "poor" teachers, but that's just a bunch of crap. According to Salary.com, the median pay for an elementary school teacher in the US is $49,384 and the 25th percentile is $40,453.

more than 5 years ago

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Relive 8-bit Video Games During a Rain Storm

artisteeternite artisteeternite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

artisteeternite writes "Alice Zeppa, a Berline-based developer and musician, along with her band E.D.E.K.A. has created a music-making umbrella. Using sensors and an Arduino Uno, the umbrella plays music that varies on the size of the drops and intensity of the rain."
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Attacking the oil spill the "down home" way

artisteeternite artisteeternite writes  |  more than 4 years ago

artisteeternite (638994) writes "As BP, the federal government, and other counties use chemicals and all sorts of fancy equipment to attempt to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf, Walton County in the Florida panhandle is tackling it the "down home" way. They plan to use hay in the water to attract the oil (see fantastic video) before it hits their pretty white beaches; hoping to either collect it with boats, or roll it away from the beach with seaweed rakes. This defies instructions from the state of Florida and some say the hay used in Santa Barbara in the 60s didn't work. However, Walton County officials say the state hasn't given them a better solution, and the hay in Santa Barbara was used after it already was on the beaches."
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Review: Learning jQuery 1.3

artisteeternite artisteeternite writes  |  more than 4 years ago

artisteeternite (638994) writes "Jonathan Brinley at x+3 has a brief review about Learning jQuery 1.3: Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques, by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg. At under 500 words, you'll know quickly whether this book is for you. And it's broken up into nice sections, "Who Should Read this Book," "What to Skip," "Make Sure to Read," and "Summary.""
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U.S. may copyright the phrase "The Great Satan

artisteeternite artisteeternite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

artisteeternite (638994) writes "With concern over Iran's nuclear program building everyday, the White House is looking into new ways to deter them. According to sources, one proposal is...

Copyrighting the phrase "The Great Satan" and suing Iran every time it is used to refer to U.S.
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