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Marziah Karch
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Window Treatment - Or how a previous owner may have literally been on crack.
One of the more unusual things about our house is that while so many things have obviously been neglected for a very long time, all the windows are relatively new. It turns out there's a very interesting story behind that.  The box window above is one coat ...
One of the more unusual things about our house is that while so many things have obviously been neglected for a very long time, all the windows are relatively new. It turns out there's a very interesting story behind that. The box window above is one coat into a new paint job. Excuse the mess.
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True story. It took me about an hour the other day to turn on my dang watch after I turned it off. Yeah, now the solution looks easy. 
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Yeah, I'm sure y'all already know about this. That's because you're cool. 
Google Cardboard turns your phone into a full virtual reality headset capable of viewing panoramas, watching movies, and playing games. All for a starting price under $15.
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Do you want lead? This is how you get lead.
It's not at all surprising in a house this age, but it's still disappointing news. I went out to test the exterior with a lead test. I checked where the paint had peeled. That bright red color indicates toxic levels of lead.  Here are some fun facts about l...
It's not at all surprising in a house this age, but it's still disappointing news. I went out to test the exterior with a lead test. I checked where the paint had peeled. That bright red color indicates toxic levels of lead. Here are some fun facts about lead paint.
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This is a list of some of the most common gestures you can use to interact with your phone. Not every program uses every type of touch, of course, but if you ever find yourself puzzled with how to proceed, here are a few gestures to try.
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The shed is down, and your fabulous prize is....
The terrible shed is down, and now we have a covered area that will be our wood shed for the time being. I'll let Harold tell all the tales of how the shed got torn down because I didn't have to do it. I Our reward for cleaning out and then demolishing that...
The terrible shed is down, and now we have a covered area that will be our wood shed for the time being. I'll let Harold tell all the tales of how the shed got torn down because I didn't have to do it. I Our reward for cleaning out and then demolishing that shed full of trash... is finding the ...
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A conversation about the roof that doesn't make me weep for America.
Someone did this to my house! Well, OK, we're paying them to do that. It still looks and sounds like a war zone.   But after a day, you start to see some really nice results. Behold: A roof with only one layer of shingles and not four! Behold the smooth, no...
Someone did this to my house! Well, OK, we're paying them to do that. It still looks and sounds like a war zone. But after a day, you start to see some really nice results. Behold: A roof with only one layer of shingles and not four! Behold the smooth, non-buckling! The lack of moss!
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It's so satisfyingly done. Woo! 
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Just found out our panel got accepted at PAX. Woo! 
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i dont  know  if  u can understand  me  . but  i ll try to be  clear   am an android developer and i wanna  know how to start a self android apps business . am askin u bcoz i read ur book android for work ok . finally plz  if  u can help me dont  hesitate .....  &bye
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You're the one poisoning people, Jim. With misinformation. 
Carrey used the boy's photo without his family's permission in a tweet insinuating that vaccines cause autism. But the boy has a genetic autism syndrome that has nothing to do with vaccines, his mo...
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He used to date Jenny McCarthy. They apparently shared the same anti-science views. 
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An ex-shed and a good neighbor
Cleared away the last bits of the shed. The pile of garbage next to it are metal items that we're selling to the scrap yard. It's not a huge amount of money, but they pay us to take the garbage instead of the other way around, so I call that a win.  Here's ...
Cleared away the last bits of the shed. The pile of garbage next to it are metal items that we're selling to the scrap yard. It's not a huge amount of money, but they pay us to take the garbage instead of the other way around, so I call that a win. Here's the end of that awful hidden trash pile.
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This is a list of some of the most common gestures you can use to interact with your phone. Not every program uses every type of touch, of course, but if you ever find yourself puzzled with how to proceed, here are a few gestures to try.
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This Is an Ex-Shed
Just an action shot. The gross, poo-covered shed, coming down at last.  Those ain't freckles. He needed a hard hat. He insisted on shopping for it while covered in dirt. He's mine. You can't have him. 
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Education technologist, instructional designer, writer, grad student, geek
Skills
Instructional design, educational technology, e-learning, WordPress, Drupal, other database-driven CMS systems, Storyline, Flash, and clear prose
Employment
  • NWEA
    Sr Instructional Designer, 2014 - present
  • About.com
    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. About.com was previously owned by the New York Times company and moved to Ask.com 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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Currently
Portland, Oregon
Previously
Greater Kansas City - Emporia, Kansas - Jever, Germany
Story
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Technology writer, instructional designer, doctoral student, maker, and dangerous end-user.
Introduction
Education:
BFA in Printmaking
MS in Instructional Design. 
Ph.D student in Library and Information Management

Books:
  • "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)
Magazines: 
  • "How to Collect Creepy Crawlies." ("Wired" UK. Conde Nast, 21 Oct. 2013).  
  • "How to Make an 8-bit Quilt" (WIRED UK March 1, 2013)  
Online:
Academic:
  • "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

 
Bragging rights
Frequently mistaken for a Malaysian biologist.
Education
  • 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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MacBook Pro with Retina Display Teardown
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Cheap and Easy Teleprompter for Videobloggers
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In this episode, we will learn how to make a quick and cheap teleprompter system for videoblogging using a CD case, some black paper, and ei

Google Don'ts - Dirty Tricks That Will Get Your Site Banned
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Don't like being found in Google? Here are some sure fired ways to lower your ranking and get the worst search engine results. These are the worst of the worst