Bruce's Blog

Where does all the money for schools go?

I occasionally break down and have to write about something off-topic that is wearing on my mind.  One such thing is school funding, and that is all over the news lately.  So, quick post – click the back-button now if you were hoping for something more...

Success in drying out waterlogged Laptop

Here’s a not-so-hypothetical situation – one night when 15 or so kids are running around the house you happen to leave your laptop in a very public location near where the Wii games are underway.  Inevitably the laptop gets used as a coaster and soon after the...

Why I am voting for Nessie

My family has had a great time at ArtPrize these last few weeks visiting as many of the different venues and artists as possible. The final vote is upon us this week and I feel strongly enough about one of the top 10 that I am going to make my intended vote public and...

Brother Color Laser Printer HL-4040CDN

So I have been looking at printers for home since my old HP multifunction printer died in the spring, and used some birthday money and a great sale at OfficeMax to get a new one.  I decided on a color laser printer, the Brother HL-4040CDN. Now you might be...

Fearless by Max Lucado

The last book on the Summer 2009 reading list was Fearless by Max Lucado. This book was very timely for me and was a nice break from technical and fiction books. Fearless is a book by author and pastor Max Lucado out of San Antonio which attempts (and succeeds in my...

Programming for Today’s Kids

Programming for Today’s Kids: Why NXT-G, Kodu, Scratch, Alice, Small Basic, KPL / Phrogram and others can reignite the imagination and understanding of technology for today’s kids. As Kids growing up in the 70s and 80s, we did not have all the technical resources...

Post Interesting Links to Blog 07/31/2009

GR Social Marketing (grsm) on Twittertags: no_tagGRSM is tomorrow, 12pm @ the GRCF building. @spearia is presenting. Take some time, learn in the small groups after the presentationPosted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are...

Homemade Kubb Set Plans and Report

I first saw the game Kubb  [Wikipedia Link] [Kubbin Link] (pronounced k-oo-b) a few years ago and it caught my interest.  My interpretation of the game is that it was invented many many years ago by the Vikings in the islands of Sweden.  They had time...

Post Interesting Links to Blog 06/30/2009

Dell Latitude 2100 Netbook Sold in More Than 500 US School Districts - Dell sees successful launch of Atom-based netbook - Softpediatags: 2100, netbookDell Latitude 2100 “kidbook” - Detailed First Impressions and TipsGetting some good feedback on the Dell 2100 blog...

NECC 2009 Themes

NECC is the National Educational Computing Conference put on yearly by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/).  This is the group that sets national standards for technology in education, and brings...

Tech Trends and Netbooks

I had the opportunity to attend Keith Brophy's 10th Annual "Tech Trends" Wednesday last night.  It is great to have regular events like this to bring people together and stimulate conversation and ideas - which is exactly what it did.  Talks...

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