This really looks like the start of something I’ve been waiting for. I like keyboards. Real clickity-clackety keyboards. I don’t using laptops very much. But there are, often enough, times when I want connectivity without all the wires and, uhm, stuff.
This is an “open” tablet with a vanilla Android operating system (in all its fragmented glory) from ZaReason. It seems like it is mellow, functional and not bells-and-whistles. I enjoyed this review by Frank Bell.
From the ZaReason website:
Some manufacturers consider “root” to be a four-letter-word. We don’t. The ZaTab is an open device. The bootloader is unlocked. Root access is available. We welcome the community to develop custom ROMs and port other Linux distros to the ZaTab.
I signed up for a blipfoto.com account at the end of 2012. I posted two “blips” then didn’t get back to it until the
end of 2013 beginning of 2014.
What I’ve got so far is a little popup window that will show you a set of recent blips from any user. You can enter your own blip display name in the Options window and then the select list in the main window will contain a list of your subscribers. You can choose which you’d like to see and the 12 most recent blips of their’s will load in the grid.
Right now it defaults back to your own blips (or whatever user you’ve entered into options) each time you click on it. I’m gonna get hit with a lot of other work until I leave town next week but when I get a chance I’m going to write the currently selected blipper into sessionStorage so it “remembers” what you were looking at last time you opened the images. I should probably cache those images too so it doesn’t have to hit the blipfoto servers each time you click the button. One thing at a time!
Here’s a screenshot of it in “action”.
I spent the better part of today learning about the blipfoto.com API and scripting the beginnings of a Chrome Browser extension to display blips.
Right now it requires changing the search query in the script but it GETs and displays the search results!
(and, yes. I only have three blips. I’m just getting warmed up!)
Heather and I stitched up several of these bags and stamped ‘em with a rubber stamp. This was one of the smaller ones.
Some people may or may not receive these or something like them as a gift.
I’ve not done a bit of shopping. What, after all, Would Jesus Buy?
Would he buy me this fun looking telephoto lens from amazon.com?
Photo from wpcentral.
On day two I attended the Leadership Governance Breakfast where I was witness to a demonstration of one Wyoming school district’s implementation of LG evaluations using Google Docs (Forms and Sheets, in particular). There followed a Q&A session where discussion drifted around several items:
- The role LG plays relative to policy,
- The timing of actual evaluations,
- The scale of evaluation answers,
- The Google Forms software itself,
- The rate of ongoing and training and review of LG,
- The rotation of leader/facilitator in the eval process.
There may have been others. I took lousy notes.
After this session I listened to speaker C. Ed Massey, NSBA Past President. His talk was entitled “Adaptive Leader-Leading Through Change”. I’m not exactly sure what his primary message was, although his talk was pretty entertaining. Mostly, I guess, his suggestion was to Lead the Change because Change will happen either way. He also emphasized the importance of quality advocacy on Legislative, parental and public fronts.
When that speaker finished a lot of people got up and left. The final speaker of the conference was Dayle Hayes, President of Nutrition for the Future, Inc. Ms Hayes spoke about nutrition, the importance of breakfast, and exercise and movement on brain function. Her primary suggestion for inexpensive improvement was to adopt a daily schedule that addresses these two critical pieces making up the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy. She provided much material and many online resources.