The audio recordings in this podcast were recorded in late 2019
Video interviews are available at the bottom of this blog post
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This Lego track shown below was used as development for the event that is sponsored by First Lego League
More information is available at First Inspires
Deep in the basement of their home the geniuses practiced for the contest with fellow members of their team (team members shown in streamed video below)
A lot of work was done by the team members and parent sponsors to make this event happen. Good Job Everyone!
The following are 2 video interviews with 2 of the participants in the Indiana State Wide contest.
These competitors had to program the Lego brick to accomplish the goals that were given to them. They also had to assemble the Lego parts, motors, and sensors to carry out the mission.
The graphics on the table were supplied by the contest coordinators.
While in Vermont we had the opportunity to watch a live stream of the event. Many teams were present. What you will see is a video capture by one iPhone of the other iPhone that was viewing the live stream. Kind of kooky but it worked!
The chartreuse green tee shirts are the team members. While they were competing on the contest table there is another team on the other side so that more teams can compete quickly. The teams do not compete directly against another team. Each task that the team accomplishes is worth a certain numbetr of points. The task points are added for the final score.
Is it possible that the world in which we live is, and will be, developed by programmers?
Quite a generation of talent at such a young age!
Check out the Bankshot Antiques website
Listen to the Podcast of Donald and Dave's Bankshot Antiques
Nested away near a busy roadway system in Albany, NY is the Bankshot Antiques Billiard Service. Take a moment and listen to the podcast as Donald and Dave, professional artists, explain how they became one of the few full service pool restoration companies in America.
Below this slide show you will find comments about each picture
Table” made by the Benedict company of Syracuse, NY in the 1870’s
depicting scenes of firemen, burning buildings and fire equipment.
Originally made as first prize for the firemen’s convention parade.
11. Donald Bartholomay – one of the partners – working on final assembly of gorgeous leather pockets
Various Picts from Bankshot's Museum and Workshop & Nostalgia from the Pool Table Era
Interesting Links about Pool Table History
I especially liked the following quote from this site, click here
Who was a famous "pool nut"? ... Shakespeare, Mary Queen of Scots, King James I, Mozart, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Josephine, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Wild Bill Hickok, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX, Teddy Roosevelt, Neville Chamberlain, Al Capone, Babe Ruth, Cap Anson, Jackie Gleason, Paul Newman or Tom Cruise?
(To see the answer, click the link above!)
How are Pool Balls Made
History of Pool
Click the following audio link to listen to the Professor Ruchika Podcast
Additional Information to Supplement this Podcast
Have you ever wondered why some people volunteer to help others? At their own expense, in far away places, and working in challenging situations?
12 intrepid persons from around the world shared this experience during March-June 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is the city in which all of us met Ruchika from Delhi, India. We completely agree with her students, "We love you teacher".
Teaching 3 regular classes and assisting with the young learners program, her smile and enthusiasm were felt by all. Conversations with Foreigners allows Cambodians to increase their spoken use of English by interacting with English speakers. This school term included volunteers from India, USA, Canada, England, Australia, and Spain.
In her spare time (between lesson plans, early classes that started at 6:30 am, followed by an evening class as well) Ruchika explored and enjoyed Cambodia.
Several of the trips were related to the school's outreach mission to the community with assistance to rural schools, water purification, sanitation, and funding for NGO's who are helping to boost the wellness of Cambodian citizens.
The following podcast, found at the bottom of this blog, was recorded in the teacher's lounge of the community house. The listener will hear the sounds of the street in the background.
Enjoy the insights into Ruchika and India which she provides.
Click any picture to begin a slide show of all pictures.
Factoid: According to WikiPedia, Delhi's urban area with an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, makes it the world's second largest area according to the United Nations. (2016)
By contrast, Cambodia's total population is approximately 16 million. Phnom Penh, the capital city in which Ruchika taught, is approximately 1.5 million.
Discussion with 2 Millennials - Their thoughts, views, hopes
Reading References for your Further Exploration
The following links are for your exploration and further understanding of the demographic called "Millennials". The web is full of articles on this super important group of young people around the world. We can 'look into the future' as their emerging views of life, their beliefs that will turn into policies for nations, and their guidance from the previous generations manifest quite soon.
Pew Research “Millennials in Adulthood” (2014)
Harvard Business Review - “The problem with Millennials is that they are way too hard on themselves” (2016)
Advocates for Youth - “Millennials: Demographics and Facts” (~2012)
(lots of graphs and charts)
All Grown Up - “5 shocking problems about real “millennial problems” (and how we overcome) (~2016)
Millennials exist around the changing world. This article points out the many problems that are facing the next generation.
10 Most Critical Problems in the World, According to Millennials
================= Check your Experience Age (~2015?)
(Try this for fun to see if you are a 'fuddy-duddy'...)
Take a look at this "20 questions to see if you really are a "buddy-duddy"
"The Life of Christ in Stereo" has the details in each line of text from where the various wordings have come (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and an incorporated study guide.
"The Greatest Story" simply places the Bible references in one margin without interrupting the overall flow of each sentence making it easier to read without the separate word and sentence sources.
If you are interested in another composite version of the 4 Gospels, you can try a free PDF download from this site
NET Bible Synthetic Harmony of the Gospels
When 64 BECAME 59, 16 became 15, 8 shrunk to 6 1/2 and the bottom dropped out...
There was a time
When words used to Rhyme
And make us a winner
When mother sounded a fog horn
For us to come home for dinner.
Carboard, wax paper, tin foil, 8 oz cans
Reused hoover bags, A penny bought several items
$5 overfilled your tank
Before the ship sank
Walk to school was the rule
Then came plastic - drastic
Change from Roll to Push
Dial then Touch then talk
Outlet centers miles from any shop
Food courts - non stop
Slide your card - drink tastes great
Make your selection - I suggest C8
Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, drugs
30 oz giant cans replacing hungs
Who can help me with all my buggers?
Couldn’t be my imbalance of sugars?
Inverted cement trucks
Fabric moving sweat
From our skin to the air
What do we care?
If Oil is jumping from the ground
My SUV idling in the lot
With the AirCon on for my pet
So he won’t sweat
Good ole’ Spot
Walking in my body - 2 parts remaining
Scales must be lying - says I’m gaining
An Appreciation for Night Time Network news
Hosted by a myriad of drugs from which to chooose
30 calibur security with enhanced protection
Seems like a mass defection
From Care, Concern, and slower motion
Hiding under our UV lotion
Fashion logos for sale real cheap
Bitcoins on an internet TOR site
Sew, steam, glue, stich
Anything to look just right
To belong, as the group soars to the left
Land to the right, catching an updraft of tweets
With raunchy wording to express
Just how bereft (we are)
Putting the focus on the 99 on the end
Let’s us pretend we have a deal
As our brains metathesize, numbness
Zombie, hollow, no feel
I’ve been thinking and wondering too
About the economy and me and you
We’d be in Jail in the darkest of places
If we printed Benjamins and other faces
Like the Fed and Crew to infinity
Code Name: QE
Dropping money from heaven
Like making dough bigger with leaven
Three brands of government showing rot in the core
Need to keep spending, borrowing, fighting a war
Can’t let the music stop, so few chairs
Fractional lending, 100:1 - hardly fair!
Selling things that don’t exist
Leverage buying with margin assist
Algos pulverizing humans night and day
Network news wishing you’d never go away
Where are we going? Our Destiny?
Do I have a choice? Some Certainty?
Yep, You bet. IMF and SDR’s
Will keep you in debt buying those cars
And the mantra of the rich will keep on and on
Erasing the middle class like the dawn
Chasing the night away. Into the lower paying jobs
That inflation steals quietly
Governments fear and weep great tears
About a situation called deflation
Where your dollar buys more
And less out the door (to the tax man)
Suddenly you’re wealthy by all comprehension
Like coasting into a quiet dimension
If you can keep your employment
You’ll find enjoyment
Stop drop spit blow go flare and you’re there
From the depths of the sea into fresh air
Wondering and blinking; what was I thinking?
When the world was tumultuous and sinking
Into perpetual disturbance
Like the wobbling during precession
Avoiding one crises into the next
Yet never admitting depression
A psycho analyst’s paradise
Patients all lined up - how nice
Next and Next and Next (oops not you)
For you see too clearly what we’ve been through
An engineered world of false illusions
A front of reasoning causing confusion
Continually building a world of fear
So our saviour government becomes so dear
Now what? Unthinking citizens stripped of imagination, courage and insight?
Doubt it? Because that’s when the light
Begins to shine through the crack
As the right brain’s insight is put into words
And the people begin to see that swords
Are the outside protection that never was true
But sufficed for the plan to conquer you
Ha! In a blinding flash of emergence
A world shaking disturbance
And when the dust clears away
The promised day
Of connection, promised by our DNA
Such a long journey to our destiny
Keep your seat belt fastened, landing gear down
Embrace today with a smile carved from a frown
Is this the ending?
Some say it’s Pending!
How do I know?
A little mouse running through Disneyland told me so
Things are changing and rearranging;
Packaging confusion is such an illusion!
Things aren't what they seem
You know what I mean
This Rap is for you and anyone with ears
It deals with our twisted reality and fears
Dark fighting with light beaming
For an end to the madness around us
Shut off your news source
Come on and be brave
Good night Chet
Good night Dave
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