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Paper Work

Tom had some interesting math homework tonight. He had to make a kite. They’re all going to fly kites in math class tomorrow. I don’t know what flying kites has to do with Trig,...

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Scratch Day 2010

Today was Scratch Day, a worldwide network of gatherings where people meet up and celebrate and learn about Scratch. We had our own Scratch Club Open House at Clarke yesterday, where the Scratch Club...

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Mixed Grill

Mixed grill is an old family expression for leftovers night. Tonight’s post is a very random collection of stuff from the Internet that we found interesting recently. First up, some good poetry from the...

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Toyota & Tesla

NUMMI was one of the casualties of the recent mess that hit the American car industry. It was a joint GM Toyota plant in Fremont California. It produced a lot of the joint GM/Toyota...

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Budget Simulator

So politics appear to be derailing the federal budget process yet again. When I last talked about the budget back in February, I forgot to mention one great resource for information about the budget....

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Comment Spam

We’ve been having a bit of a problem with spam in the comments recently. It all seems to have started with the following Google search. inurl:blog “post a comment” –blogspot canvas So I’ve been...

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Non-Latin Typography

How much do you know about non-Latin writing systems? I’ve been bumping into them quite a bit recently. Tom has been taking Mandarin in High School. He has a lot of homework drawing Kanji...

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30 years ago today

Thirty years ago today I was supposed to be writing a paper for history class. Instead I was glued to the tiny black and white TV in my sister’s room watching the news unfold...

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Hawks at Fresh Pond

On my way to work every morning I usually go past Fresh Pond in Cambridge. Just across the train tracks from the  Alewife T station, there’s an office building where there’s a pair of...

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DIY Ring Light

As you’ve probably noticed, we do a lot of closeup photos of things like flowers and electronic projects on this blog. Lighting is always a problem on those types of pictures. The “right” tool...