September 25, 2003

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Alphabet blocks — education, fixme

Next time, I should buy those large alphabet blocks. I can use them for a lot of examples: arrays, vectors, shuffling, searching, sorting…

Mario Carreon leaving UP Diliman

Mario Carreon is planning to transfer to UP Baguio to help his sister.
I’ll miss exchanging ideas with him over dinner. I’m sure he’ll do well there. =)

Computer Science Unplugged — education

Originally blogged on 2003.04.01

In the thread “CS for 5th graders” on the ACM SIGCSE members mailing list, Beth Simon writes:

The unequivocal winner is “Computer Science Unplugged”
A book available in print or electronically at:
http://unplugged.canterbury.ac.nz/

The summary also points to math games and puzzles.

I should look that link up again in preparation for SMIT-Ed. I find
that I may actually be helpful…

Wow, remember-to-planner-plan-page still works

It does my funky cross-referencing too…

Kitten update

Cross-reference: KittenWhoMustNotBeNamed#2

Python Emacs

I was going through my old wiki entries and I found a link to
http://www.emacswiki.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?PyMacs on 2003.03.21. Cool.

khaire magsaya! — music, lit

Can’t help but blog this – it’s just so cool.

A pair of people – one singing a jazzy version of “Can’t Take My Eyes
Off You” accompanied by another who did the drums with his voice.
Another – a larger group – this time, including cymbals and disc
scratching. Way fun. Apparently, this is called beat boxing. They can
carry the beat while humming the rest of the tune and sneaking a lot
of the words in too. Wow. No more drum sets. They even did fast
forward, play and reverse. Hmm. Element No. 5. And one of them did a
one man band too!

Also, nice poetry. I like the way they play with sounds.

gray clouds fight white clouds

gray clouds fight white clouds
the sky as their battlefield —
mountains playing chess

More realizations

To support peer review and self evaluation, actually, I need a general
way to do surveys and evaluations using pre-defined rubrics.

Still having problems with MX

Apparently, it’s stalling on the Installshield Wizard. Do I have to
subscribe to winex for this? Hmm…

Radical simplification of design

I just realized that the whole point of the system I’m making is peer
review. Not another submission system, but peer review and how I’m
going to use it in class. I am somewhat peeved with myself.

So, the components I need to focus on are:

- defining the review graph
- requiring everyone to post a URL to their work
- requiring everyone to submit a review of their buddies

Oops, have to continue working on CS21A

Put off CS215 while new ideas simmer on the back burner.

Free online books

http://www.dhruvaraj.freeservers.com

(UPDATE: 2004.01.22: Dhruvaraj S. says it’s now at http://www.dhruvaraj.com)

zvon.org

http://www.zvon.org has a lot of XML, HTML and CSS references, although the site is a bit slow.

du -h — linux

watch du -h is amazingly useful. It lets you easily monitor a large filesystem copy.

More about Flash MX on Linux

Mounting the CD onto the other computer and sharing it over the network.

More news about opencourseware — education

“MIT Everyware”
Starting in September, people with the appropriate Internet
connection will be able to access material from 500 MIT courses
through the university’s OpenCourseWare program, with an
additional 1,500 courses to be posted online over the next three …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/0924w.html#item15

“Britain’s “Cyborg Scientist” Spreads Cyber-gospel”

British cyber-evangelist Kevin Warwick is on a government-funded
tour around Asia to promote robotics education at all grade
levels. Warwick recently enthralled a gathering of 300 students
in Singapore with his collection of robots and video clips of his …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/0924w.html#item11

Article at http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2003/9/23/latest/14172Britains&sec=latest

Asia! ARGH! Argh argh argh argh argh argh…

Free shell accounts

http://www.grex.org/

No outbound connections (telnet/ssh/web), but JM says they’re very usable.

Link from JM Ibanez.

(Update 2003.09.30: JM says they offer web access through Lynx and
W3M, and they have Emacs and a BBS. Ooh, Emacs. Great!)