Category: family

A Defense of (Some) Common Core Math

OK, this isn’t really a defense of Common Core math – at least not all of it. It’s really just a defense of my interpretation of one particular homework problem. However, I believe there are implications for Common Core math in general. Odds are good that you’ve already seen this image spreading virally on Facebook … Continue reading »

Magic Beans: From Pantry to Garden

You bought that bag of dried beans the best of intentions. You were sure you were going to make soup, stew, and chili from them. But soaking them overnight (or longer) was a nuisance, and canned beans were so much easier to deal with, so you left the bag in the pantry after trying a … Continue reading »

Welcome, NEXTpittsburgh Readers!

So, the handsome fellow in the photo doing his best Executive Officer Kane impression is me almost 9 years ago at a blogfest. (The other fellow is my good friend, Rob Carr.) That accidental Alien re-enactment was photographed for my 15 minutes of fame in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in an article about Pittsburgh bloggers meeting face-to-face … Continue reading »

“Be” Attitudes

I’ve been telling myself ever since I finished my PhD that I’d get back into blogging. It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been about as successful at that as most new year resolutions or Lenten disciplines. Let’s hope that this is only the first of many new posts. Starting even before Lent, I’ve been thinking a … Continue reading »

Robot Turtles

Have you heard of Robot Turtles? It’s “The Board Game for Little Programmers”. Some official blurbs: Robot Turtles is the the most-backed board game in Kickstarter history. It sneakily teaches programming fundamentals to kids ages 3 and up. Inspired by the Logo programming language, lets kids write programs with cards. Up to five players [1 … Continue reading »