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In light of some ignorant/uneducated statements made about the suicide of Robin Williams, my wife has these courageous words of enlightenment about the disease of depression that claimed the life of her father more than a decade ago.
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The letter Z for the TurtleArt alphabet soup project, it was fun to do. I had been stuck on how to do the "repeating."  Found myself thinking about it all day while I was away from the computer...
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Thank you all for the great comments.
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#ifihadglass i'd first have to find $1500. and then use it to share pictures while on the road, or historical photos of the places you are currently.
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Hi Eric, thanks for applying! We’d like to invite you to join our #glassexplorers program. We’ll be sending you a private message with more details in the coming weeks -- keep an eye on our stream at Project Glass.
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Working from "scratch"  I wanted to experience it perhaps in a way a child might, by experimenting. Of course I did this without "training," I didn't look up how to use it, nor did I look at any other projects. I wasn't sure how I was going to make the "gates" scroll, so I initially made like 10 gate sprites... It seemed wasteful and confusing to have so many, then I realized that I could reuse the gates, so I now only have 2 sprites.  I'm on version 2.0 with sound and a interesting scoring system. 
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Nice! I like that it was interactive and you even added sound effects and scoring.
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Here is an image that my dad took in his younger years(he was a professional photographer mostly commercial but a few artsy ones still exist)  Feel free to manipulate it if you want to use it or part of it as an Icon. It was the icon of my former group, but it has since changed.
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That's an amazing photo
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Weeks 2 assignment

"..share with your group about:
* What did you find most interesting or surprising in the readings?
* What did you disagree with or have questions about?

I'll admit I didn't read 100% of the readings.

Most interesting I feel exactly like Joi Ito in his blog posts, while I attended and finished my 4year undergrad, it was not without struggles. Possibly why I ended up in the creative end of things.
Most Surprising, the embrace of social media. While I agree with it's strengths, I guess I never expected such support from "academia"

Questions:
How do we address basic education skills (Reading, writing, math, etc) the basic skills that allow you to go beyond just "creative learning" or are we just finding ways to creatively learn these subjects?


And part two of the assignment:
" Gears of my Childhood" #lcl-gears

My interests were as varied as a child, I always enjoyed taking things apart, to "see" how they worked, and generally didn't quite get them back together correctly. Heck, it still happens today when I fix one of my laptops I undoubtedly always end up with a mystery screw(but hey! the laptop still works) One item stands out in my childhood. A toy called "Capsela"  according to wikipedia "Capsela is a construction toy consisting primarily of spherical plastic capsules which may be connected to form various toys that can be static or moving and suitable for land or water"  It was my first experience building(and rebuilding) things that continued to function. I think this exploratory learning that I did was fundamental in many of my abilities today.
These abilities have kept me from having to call repairmen too often.
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Oh, man. You just took me back. 80's Capsela Toy Commercial

That was my first kit. I made a robot car with that kit the first day, took it outside and let it ride all the way around the block. I kept trying to figure out new modules for it I could add to it, but it never worked out quite right and ended with a broken set. Those were great toys, though. Great post, extremely relevant my friend.
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Hi all, I've migrated from my original group, as we haven't had much participation. 

A brief intro:

I'm a Courier for one of those large shipping companies, but don't let that scare you away.  My interests span much further than slinging boxes all day.

My educational background is varied:
  I studied Environmental Biology, Computer Science, and eventually found myself in Communications and Visual Arts.

My teaching background:
-As a lab manager, I taught in the colleges Foreign Language and Education Computer Lab, mostly computer usage to Foreign and secondary education undergrad students.
-I've also Coached/Taught Alpine Skiing students from 3-93yrs old, but primarily I coached 13-19yr old Alpine racers.
-And Currently I'm teaching our 18month old, pretty much anything he's willing to learn... I love to watch him discover.

Personally:
-I'm listed as a Photographer, as it is my passion/hobby. definitely does not qualify as a "profession" yet!

Why I'm here:
-I'm looking to advance and perhaps grow into a real career, where my imagination and creativity can be utilized fully.

My Learning style:
-I'm more of an explorer, love to look and find ways to do stuff, or research to learn about what I'm doing.(I've been accused of researching too much)
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Eric, awesome intro my friend. Seems like you seize life! Welcome to the group, we'll be glad to have you. We're still figuring out how we work, I think and getting started. I bet you'll be able to help us with that. Looks like we're trying to get some kind of live chat dynamic worked out. Some of us are momentarily in the background, myself being one of them. I'll have more time to focus in here coming up. I look forward to more of your posts, I find your story intro inspiring.
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Sharing a photo my wife took(she's got the talent) luminaries celebrating life, with Relay for life, American cancer society. +Relay For Life at Sea Charity Cruise for Cancer +Relay For Life Greater Cranberry Twp Area +Cancer Sucks
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My first TurtleArt project, I really enjoyed this project. The in-program help was really useful.  Originally I was going to try and replicate a art project I did years ago, but it started with flowers, then grass, then dirt, sky, sun and birds for good measure!
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outstanding!
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Sharing a "new to me" group. Nothing specific sets it apart, but it was more active then my "assigned" group.
https://plus.google.com/communities/104183951815667418465
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Oh my... it needs some refinement(and directions) but my first stab at SCRATCH.... 
 EDIT: slightly refined.
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I tried to keep it very simple, not sure how much more it'll develop but I'll try as time allows, but I have an idea for possibly a collaborative scratch project, but I'm pretty sure I cannot do it alone or at least not quickly. I'll post shortly about it.
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So I've been thinking again , yes it happens some times.. about #lcl-gears

"Gears of my childhood"

My job takes me through several neighborhoods through the day, and often
I see children at recess or Phys-ed , obviously I cannot evaluate what all are doing. But many times they are running around a "track" marked with cones. Or playing a basketball like game with a boxy hoop type contraption with 4 outlets for the ball to "randomly" fall out of.(I'm sure there is a spiffy name for this game)  
Anyway what do you think the "gears of their childhood" are going to be?
ipads, cellphones, etc?

It brings me to a post that someone on the main page posted regarding "imagination playgrounds"
http://www.imaginationplayground.com/

I think I would have loved something like this during recess... 

feel free to discuss.
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