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December 17, 2004

Challenges for Middle School Science

Here's an interesting article about the problems with Science education in American schools: MSNBC - Stirring Up Science

Some of the main challenges mentioned have to do with money and teacher training/education.

Wow, according to the article, No Child Left Behind will only test students on science every four years, starting with 4th grade. This compares to annual tests for Math and Literacy. To me, this seems like a recipe for disaster. When the schools are teaching to the test, and the test is only every four years, when are average students going to get good experiences with science. I can just imagine those young minds burning out, after the great cram session for the test. Yes, some rote memorization is required for success in science, but how will this plan leave room for anything else? Where are the hands-on experiences? Science is an active pursuit, not an encyclopedia to be copied and turned in as a report or memorized.

OT: Fractal Veg

Recently, I lost my cell phone...so now I have a cell phone with a camera, and I'm having fun playing around with it. The image quality is surprisingly good.

Here's one I cropped and optimized in Fireworks before posting it here.

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This may be the coolest vegetable I've ever seen. It's about the same size as broccoli.

December 16, 2004

G.Wygonik Cell?

G.Wygonik posts that he's doing very little Flash... for a while. Yet, he's also written a teaser about playing around with a cell concept -- related to our Flash Challenge. I can't wait to see what he's come up with.

December 13, 2004

quiet for the holidays

We've been very busy with preparing paperwork for the State of California, and everything else has had to take the back burner.

And now it's the festive season. So this blog will be pretty quiet for a while.

Happy Holidays everyone!

December 05, 2004

CA Nonprifit Integrity Act Briefing

Briefing on California's Nonprofit Integrity Act

December 03, 2004

Problems Loading and Resizing multiple FlashPaper2 files in Flash

Has anyone else run into problems with resizing multiple FlashPaper2 files in Flash?

I've followed the methods in the Macromedia FlashPaper 2 Documentation.

This works fine for one FlashPaper file. But when I tried to load more than one into the same holder clip, the resizing failed.

I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem, and how they solved it.

December 01, 2004

FlashForward Schedule Online

They've got the webiste up for Flashforward. Looks like I'll be speaking right after lunch on the second day.

Adventures with FlashPaper2

After downloading the trial of FlashPaper2, I was very pleased with how easy it was to convert a word document to a swf file. A little reading, and I was loading a FlashPaper2 document right into another swf. Fantastic!

But I've run into a snag. File size. I'll have to do some more research on how to optimize this a bit, since my original Word document was about 20kb and the resulting FlashPaper2 document came in around 60kb. Not too big of a problem if I'm only working with one file, but this adds up quickly if working with several documents.

I hit another snag, but I'll do some more research before posting about it--I'm sure there's a simple solution, that I just haven't seen yet.

I can't wait until I get better at working with FlashPaper, it's amazing! Oh, it could make my life so much easier and open up new possibilities at the same time.