Last night I went to the LaunchUp event (website admittedly stinks, but sign up on the top-right to get invites to the monthly events, starting again in January) and saw Josh Coates speak… he was pretty awesome. He got cut off for time, but if I ever hear of a chance to hear him speak again, I’m going.
Anyway, after all of the presentations, I learned about some new companies as I milled around. One guy (I can’t remember who) showed me what his company was doing with Google Cardboard. Haven’t heard of it? I hadn’t either.
He pulled a cardboard box out of his backpack and put his phone in it… and you now had your own virtual reality machine. It was super cool. I can’t remember what I was looking at – something with space, or a planet or something like that, but to use your smart phone as a screen, and a homemade cardboard contraption as the viewer… it really was geeky cool.
Here’s a short video on kind of how it works… on the Cardboard page you can learn how to make your own … (and develop apps for it):
A couple of years ago I blogged about a “brilliant About Us page“… I recently found another one that is just awesome. This is from Canvas, which provides software (learning management system, or LMS) for schools. Josh Coates is the guy who sold his startup to EMC for $76M, and he’s running canvas now. Check out the Canvas (aka, instructure) Our Team page.
It looks fun and playful, right?
If you mouse over each person’s image, it changes from the playful image (Steve’s playfulness is his clothes, which you’ll have to go to the page to see) to a serious corporate image. But it defaults to the playful one. Isn’t that cool?
Here’s what I love about this article: instead of a recipe (which there is, actually, at the bottom), it focuses on the science of making a good cookie. When you have words like creaming process, seeping, “run out,” hydrated, emulsify, brown the butter, etc. you know it’s going to be fun to read.
Check out this fantastically interesting article about a family that left for the Siberian forest to stay away from the harm of World War II… and they never came out (until they were discovered by some geologists doing research:
For over 20 years I’ve been intrigued by the story of Dr. William Beaumont. I heard this story when I was in middle school and I’m sure I was on the edge of my seat when I watched the movie in class. I think this was the beginning of my awe of the discovery of modern medicine… how did we figure this stuff out?
So I don’t spend another 20 years trying to remember the name or details, here are two resources:
I’m not sure how many homeschool families aspire to this (I’m guessing it is less than 1%). And honestly, getting my kids into school before they are 12 is not on my list. I love the dad’s line at the end: “Truly, we’re just average.” “Yeah, right,” most people would argue… average. That makes pretty much everyone else way, way below average :p
The haters come out and tell why it’s so horrible that these socially deprived kids have lost out on their childhoods, etc. etc. etc. All the lame, uninformed reasons why no one should homeschool.
Let’s get beyond those sophmoric, insecure whinings, and dig a little deeper. Those kids seem well-accomplished, driven, and pursuing passions and interests. Quite a bit different than what I saw in my schooling, with more of the glazed over look, or the socialization that I got, which was how to be street smart (read: not get beat up).
But that’s not why we homeschool. Here’s part of the article that touches on one thing we love about homeschooling:
“Hannah was whizzing through the math and saying, ‘Mom, do I really have to do the rest of this chapter? It’s so repetitive,’” Mona Lisa said. “And we’d say no just do the odd (questions) or the even ones or just skip the rest of that chapter because we know that you know that… and next thing you know, she’s ready for some advanced math.”
We love allowing kids to go at their own pace, learning what they are interested in… what an awesome part of life-long education!