Jewelbots Is A Friendship Bracelet That Teaches Girls How To Code

erniecordell:

Looks like they’re extending the uses as we speak!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Jewelbots, a programmable friendship bracelet that debuted on Kickstarter last week, is on a mission to make coding popular among pre-teen girls.

Jewelbots surpassed its $30,000 crowdfunding goal in the first 19 hours. In the past five days, the campaign has pulled in over $70,000 from nearly 800 backers, and it still has 25 days to go.

“When MySpace was a big thing, knowing HTML and CSS was cool, and now that Minecraft is big, kids want to make awesome models so they’re coding in Java,” says Jewelbots co-founder Sarah Chipps. “We’re trying to reverse engineer that with Jewelbots.”

The relatively simple friendship bracelets are equipped with four LED lights and a button. They pair with the Jewelbots iOS or Android app and are designed to hold a charge for three days.

Girls can add their friends to different friend groups designated by color, and the bracelet will light up with that color…

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Panera Bread manager caught on camera punching female employee

erniecordell:

Wow. Just wow.

Originally posted on WGN-TV:

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GRAMERCY PARK, N.Y. —  A graphic video shows the male manager of a New York Panera Bread striking a female employee as she quits her job.  PIX11 reports that both the manager and  employee are now out of a job.

The YouTube user who uploaded the video said the confrontation started when the woman was thrown out of the store. It was her return that sparked the video being filmed.

Panera Bread told PIX that such behavior is not tolerated by the company, leading to the termination of both employees.

There’s no word on any criminal charges.

WARNING: This video may be considered disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion advised. 

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Woman offers reward to catch ‘hit and run cyclist’ who smashed into her on a pavement

erniecordell:

Pedestrians have it hard enough in this jurisdiction. We need to criminalise vehicular assault. They treat the victims like criminals.

Originally posted on Metro:

(Picture: Supplied) The cyclist Andrea claims hit her (Picture: Supplied)

A woman has offered up a reward to find the cyclist who she claims knocked her over before cycling off.

Andrea McVeigh, 44, says the collision left her in the hospital, and is offering £2,000 for any information leading to the cyclists arrest.

She claims she was walking along the pavement when a cyclist, trying to beat the traffic, hit into her side at speed.

‘Blood was pouring from a gash in my forehead and my finger was bent at a right angle,’ said Andrea.

While people were helping her stem the blood the cyclist allegedly told Andrea’s husband Patrick that he was going to lock his bike up, before taking off.

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The Ten Commandments That Block Creativity

erniecordell:

I need to remember to share this with my friend Roger — we’ve been discussing subjects on this theme lately, after having traversed the gamut of productivity improvement measures.

Originally posted on anna brones:

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My mother sent me a photo of a typewritten piece of paper this week. It’s a list, titled The Ten Commandments That Block Creativity. Actually it’s written in all caps, since whoever wrote it down thought it was very important.

I assumed she sent it as a push towards creative inspiration as I plugged through deadlines. Deadlines which I am procrastinating on right now by writing this. Mothers are good like that.

The list is credited to Stanley Krippner, and I don’t know where he published the original, but I did see it made an appearance in the 1973 book Child Development and Learning.

In his commandments, Krippner was writing specifically on children, and the cultural norms at play that hamper their creativity from an early age. But I think that as adults, particularly in a creative field, we can find truth in these.

The full list of the commandments goes into detail on each…

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Beau Biden, son of VP Joe Biden, dead of brain cancer

erniecordell:

This story adds dimension to both father and son:

Originally posted on fox4kc.com:

WASHINGTON —  Joseph “Beau” Biden III, an Iraq war veteran who served as the attorney general of Delaware and was a son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died at the age 46, the White House said in a statement Saturday night.

He had battled brain cancer.

Beau Biden had been receiving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, according to a statement released Tuesday by the vice president’s office. He had suffered known health problems dating back to 2010, when he experienced a stroke that did not affect his motor skills or speech.

In 2013, Beau Biden was treated at a hospital in Houston that specializes in cancer care after he became disoriented and weak while on vacation. He later underwent surgery to have a brain lesion removed.

Throughout those episodes Beau Biden continued serving as Delaware’s attorney general, a position to which he…

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UK weather: Britain braces for 70mph winds and persistent rain – but there’s hope for Easter weekend sun

erniecordell:

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Originally posted on Metro:

Britain is bracing for gale force winds of up to 70mph in some places this week, the Met Office has warned.

Persistent rain will accompany howling gales as the week kicks off to a dreary start.

Tomorrow, cloud will sweep in from the west and bring with it heavy showers.

‘Most of us will wake up to a pretty bright start after the unpleasant day today – but it won’t last,’ said a Met Office spokesman.

Boo to rain (Picture: Met Office) Boo to rain (Picture: Met Office)

‘Tuesday stays windy. It’s slightly colder as cold air is dragged in and there will be quite a few scattered showers.

‘As it’s cold we will see some sleet and snow in the hills far north.’

Temperatures will linger around an average of 10C and winds of 70mph are forecast to smash the north of England.

Grim conditions continue to dominate as the week presses on – but…

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Patients with Tremor Benefit from NINDS-funded “Smart Spoon”

erniecordell:

Maybe this will post a more complete version.

Originally posted on NINDS blogs:

The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. Mostly when we think of that last part, about reducing burden, we think about translating basic neuroscience research into pharmaceuticals, implantable devices, and other treatments such as gene therapy or stem cell therapy. However, reducing burden is not always accomplished through clinical intervention. Sometimes it simply means restoring happiness, comfort, or dignity to suffering patients.

Recently, a new product funded in part by NINDS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants has hit the market with the potential to reduce the burden of nearly 11 million individuals worldwide with essential tremor (ET), Parkinson’s disease, and related disorders. Individuals with these disorders experience persistent tremors—or rhythmic shaking—throughout their body, though sufferers of ET shake mostly in their hands. The new product, called the Liftware Stabilizer…

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