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Marziah Karch
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Had a great day at the PDX mini Makerfaire. 
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So, using the Swarm app, I encountered an obvious bug. After checking in every day for months, I was the mayor of a competitive location (a city.) I was strangely obsessed with it, so I knew I'd checked in every single day, and if I didn't check in early enough, I'd get dethroned for a day and have to check in early the next day to regain the throne. I also knew I had valid check-ins. I'd have to watch it because every once in a while it decides that the city borders are very small and only allows check-ins near city hall. (I work near city hall, so no big)

Ok, so I check in a couple of days ago, and someone else became mayor later that day. By game math, that should never have happened. Ties always default to the current mayor, so once you check in for the day, you are safe. There's no way for someone to have more check-ins than you if you are both checking in every day and you have checked in first. The most you can have is a tie, and the ties resolve to the current mayor. I thought maybe the bug was just a delayed notification and he'd checked in earlier than I had that day.

The next day when I check in, it says I'm two days away from becoming mayor. Another thing that should never happen. I've been checking in every day, and there are no negative check-ins.

Then the next day, the screen still says that I have 29 and that he has "31 check-ins in 30 days." Only one check-in should count towards this score per day per game rules. So either it's not counting my check-ins or it's overcounting his.

So then I realize that the only location app I currently cared about enough to put up with bugs like this was Pokemon Go. The end. 
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Blergh. +Wired UK apparently did some sort of redesign in the last month that removed my byline from articles. Annoying. Worse yet, by putting the picture at the top of the page with photo credit and no byline, it now looks like the photographer is the article author. Here's the archive:

Edit: looks like the issue is actually an ungraceful responsive design (byline is there but disappears at resolutions under 1200 wide) combined with an URL cleanup effort without redirects that wiped out the previous Google map of the site. 
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Thinking about seeing Finding Dory? Do it! I thought it was a great movie about families experiencing disability.
In Finding Dory, Pixar has found a story worth telling. While Finding Nemo told the story of how Nemo and Marlin overcame the odds and their fears to find each other, Dory is the mirror image. What if Marlin never found Nemo?
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Read my recap of #Outlander - brought to you by the number 69. We'll be doing a Hangout chat on Tuesday (would normally be Monday, but I like Civil War screenings more than I like regular schedules.) 
Tune in for our weekly Outlander hangout, in which we’ll discuss this week’s episode. Meanwhile, here’s a spoiler-filled recap: Our opening scene for the title credits shows a hand with a purple birthmark “fixing” a carriage wheel. Previously on Outlander:...
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So it turns out our plumbing problems with the sink backing up were caused by the previous owners capping the drain in the basement instead of snaking it. Idiots. 
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+Shelley Elmblad They also piped the house with PVC (including the hot water pipes, which melt with PVC) so they were incompetent all around. 
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How crazy is this? Someone cited one of my books on their patent. I just got a Google Alert.
A request is sent from a client device to a host device hosting an application capable of providing a split window view of content. Generation of a split window associated wit...
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Technology writer, instructional designer, doctoral student, maker, and dangerous end-user.
BFA in Printmaking
MS in Instructional Design. 
Ph.D student in Library and Information Management

  • "Build and Program Your Own LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robots" (Pearson Aug 25, 2014)
  • Using Galaxy Tab: An Android Tablet: (Apress Nov 24, 2014)
  • "Android Tablets Made Simple" (Apress Nov 17, 2011) 
  • "Android for Work" (Apress Sep 1, 2010)
  • "Droids Made Simple" with Gary Mazo and Martin Trautschold (Apress Dec 20, 2010)
  • "How to Collect Creepy Crawlies." ("Wired" UK. Conde Nast, 21 Oct. 2013).  
  • "How to Make an 8-bit Quilt" (WIRED UK March 1, 2013)  
  • "Innovative Pedagogies: Reflecting on Innovative Pedagogies in LIS Education" Juried conference presentation, ALISE January 2015
  • “Case-based Learning as Pedagogy for Teaching Information Ethics and Improving Future Librarians' Communication for Leadership in a Democratic Society” Poster session. Emporia State University Research and Creativity Day May 1, 2014

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Frequently mistaken for a Malaysian biologist.
  • Michigan State University
    Graduate Certificate in Serious Games, present
  • Emporia State University
    PhD Library and Information Management, present
  • University of Kansas
    BFA in Printmaking, 1995
  • Johnson County Community College
    Advanced Certificate in Computer Interactive Media
  • Emporia State University
    MS Instructional Design and Technology, 2002
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Instructional design, educational technology, e-learning, WordPress, Drupal, other database-driven CMS systems, Storyline, Flash, and clear prose
  • NWEA
    Sr Instructional Designer, 2014 - present
    Freelance Writer, 2006 - present
    I am a regular contributor and cover everything of and relating to Google with a combination of short blog posts and long-form content pieces. I also edit a weekly newsletter and any posts by contributing writers. was previously owned by the New York Times company and moved to in 2012.
  • Apress
    Freelance Writer, 2010 - present
    I've written books as the sole author and co-author. I've also served as technical reviewer.
  • Johnson County Community College
    Sr Education Technology Analyst, 1999 - 2014
    This is a job requiring a lot of hats. I'm a technology scout, instructional designer, technical support person, trainer, and project manager. I've created 3-D videos in Maya, administered a multisite WordPress, designed a sim in Second Life, and created more than one interactive learning app. I'm always up for a new challenge.
  • Wired: GeekMom
    Core Contributor/ Senior Web Editor, 2012 - 2013
    This is the companion blog to the long-running Wired:GeekDad blog and covered the mother's perspective on technology, popular culture, and lifestyle topics. In 2013, the blog moved to its own domain. I write about everything from Mayim Bialik's stance on vaccines to teaching kids how to code. I also am a site administrator and created the current child theme in WordPress.
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Apps - What Are Apps - Apps Definition - written by Marziah Karch

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