Thursday, March 26, 2015


While narwhals remain popular, blobfish are where the action is these days, apparently.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NCSA "What's New" is gone, except for

Longtime Net users will remember NCSA's "What's New" page, which predated the first search engines. I wanted to find something I remembered in it, but the page is now 404. Google has several "archives" of it, but they are all either 404s themselves, or only an archive of one month of links.

Luckily, the Wayback Machine ( has  a snapshot from Dec., 1996, which crawled back to the whole What's New archives.  This is a great example of the power of the Wayback, and the foresight of Brewster Kahle. "What's New" was incredibly important in the history of the Web.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tinkercad is Back

Great news for us fans of Tinkercad. Autodesk is going to bring it back to life!  

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

TMMakers 3D prints coming back

The "Engineering & Design" club I'm coaching, called TMMakers, got a batch of printed 3D objects back last week:

Too bad Tinekrcad is shutting down!  We can still use our academic license until August, but I'm looking for alternatives that meet our needs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"From STEM to STICK" now on YouTube

"Ignite Seattle" just put the speaker videos online from the night  in August, when I presented "From STEM to STICK: How to Raise Engineers".

(I sound rushed because it's a five-minute format where slides advance
on you automatically, so I rushed.)

Friday, October 05, 2012

From STEM to STICK (slides/video)

It looks like Ignite Seattle got a slide-based version of my August talk, "From STEM to STICK", online (video + slides).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I'm backing GoldieBlox, a Kickstarter project to make a fun reading/building toy for girls.  It seems well thought out. More like this, please.