It’s here! I’ve finished my first proof-of-concept.
So, to explain… (more…)
I think it’s time to talk about the way we communicate with our computers. To do that, we need to look at the ways we have in the past. Forgetting about punch-cards and switches, I think it’s fair to look at the technology that most people recognize as input devices. Then, I want to look at what’s next – how do we interact with a computer in ten years. I believe that this is something that’s starting to take shape right now – and I like to call it the Third Wave.
As John Cooper said on his FB posting, “This is one of the coolest “flash dances” ever! It’s 2012 and young people in Moscow have put on a “flash mob” happening, dancing to an 83-year-old American song written by a Russian-born American
Jew (Irving Berlin).” I’d add that all those people holding Korean tablets and wearing Australian boots and using Japanese cameras tell an even bigger story. We live in a small world. A small fucking awesome world.
Back in the day, when I was first teaching, I taught at one of the best schools in the South Bronx – PS 31. I later moved up to become the director of Gifted and Talented before I helped found South Bronx Charter SChool. PS 31 had its flaws – many caused by an awkward collocation in what can only be described as a prison-like building from the seventies. The school was successful, though, and the staff highly skilled. Shortly after I left, a new Principal came in, Liza Diaz. I remember seeing her when I visited my old school – she was a slow-moving woman who took long lunches. But the part of this story that means anything to me is not this woman (whom I can literally see doing nothing else but ordering lunch) – but rather the slow degradation of my PS 31. They are currently being described as a “C” school – which is in itself sad, since many schools get Cs in the school ranking system and are not degraded that way. But PS 31 used to be the pride of the South Bronx, and it would still be today with stronger leadership, and especially if they hadn’t brought in this lazy, ridiculous woman and at the same time given her the task of turning 31 into a middle school. This decision happened around ’05, and when it did, Carol Russo (the old and venerable principal) and I sat in her office and predicted this – almost to the point of seeing some corruption being unearthed. The DOE under Bloomberg wanted to fix some bad middle schools in the Bronx, so they took a working elementary school, trashed it, and now they’re cleaning up their mess. It’s a shame, and it didn’t have to end this way.
My bud and super-talented performer is producing an amazing cover EP and you can help! There’s not much time, but it’s totally worth it! Go go go!
Been busy creating apps and… maybe trying to watch the entire series of Star Trek the Next Generation on Netflix. One app, Safer Bus, is starting to get some press. Very exciting! Visit safer.us to learn more.
I kinda forgot to post this three weeks ago when we left! Visit my family and our tripping times here:
In Utah now – then Arizona then non-stopping back home.
I’m proud of this video Dave and I edited up in a few hours. If you don’t get the reference, check out this – well, atrocity from a few years back: I am an American
Totally worth your two minutes.
As soon as we get back from the Rally, it’s Improv time! Sunday, noon, UCB Theater (at 26th around 8th) – if you don’t come, numerous furry animals will die awful, un-cute deaths.