Prison Break with Binary

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One of the primary objectives of Computer Science 1/2, Wilson High School’s introductory computer science course, is to give students a broad exposure to the world of computer science. That way they can find out what interests them and make decisions to pursue further. We cover the markup and styling languages HTML and CSS, web-based programming via JavaScript, scripting with Python, robotics via Finch, and a bunch of other stuff besides.

Last week we completed a two-day introduction to binary numbers and binary code. The classes were centered around two activities, one which involved coming up with methods of representing numbers using a binary-like system, and another activity which involved communicating using binary-like code.

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Skin

A poem.

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rachael and baby ok

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We knew it was coming. Rachael was a week past her due date, and just like early causes problems, so too does late delivery. Rachael was to be induced, the child’s entry into the world kickstarted with a combination of oxytocin and “artificial rupture of membranes.” Labor & Delivery at Oregon Health and Sciences University told us to expect a call early in the morning directing us to come in.

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Idara at Three

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Three years ago I published a series of blog posts about Idara’s entry into the world. Today she’s three years older, thirty pounds heavier, and a hell of a lot more fun. Here are some pictures and stories to prove it.

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A Bedtime Story

Idara won’t go to sleep when I want her to, but I don’t know that yet. Right now she’s getting ready: standing at attention while I lean over her head and brush her mouthful of tiny sparkling teeth. Every night I tell her, “If you take care of your teeth they will take care of you.”

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Conway's Game of Life with an Arduino and an 8x8 LED Array

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A few days ago I picked up Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams by Mitchel Resnick. The book covers the educational potential of programming cellular automata like Conway’s Game of Life using a programming language called StarLogo. I’ve long been interested in Conway’s Game of Life, and the book inspired me to implement it myself.

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Summer Classes

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In June I started classes at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education, where I’m working toward a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Now, after completing six courses in two months, I finally feel like I have a moment to come up for air and write a little bit about my experiences.

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Class Report: Applied Statistics (STAT 451)

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The last time I took a formal statistics course was when I was an undergrad at Lewis & Clark. I think I got a C. This was a few years before I got serious about math and doing well in school. Needless to say, I wanted this time around to be different.

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Class Report: Modern Geometry (MTH 338)

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One of three courses I took this term was called Modern Geometry, which covered Euclidean geometry, taxicab geometry, hyperbolic geometry, and spherical geometry.

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Class Report: Ring and Field Theory (MTH 345)

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One of three courses I took this term was on Ring Theory, the sequel to Group Theory, which I took last term. Besides the subject matter, there were a few minor differences between the two courses which I’ll highlight below. Most everything else, like the text and the instructor, remained the same.

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