First Courses up at supersolvrs.com — Check them out.

Working with 6th graders for a couple of semesters at out local middle school taught me a lot.  Again, the idea is to use programming in Scratch (MIT graphic language) to teach problem solving skills. So mosey on over to www.supersolvrs.com and see my new courses and my take on this whole teaching kids to …

Getting SPAMMED (Maybe) Help Please

Would you mind a quick “I’m 4 real” response to an email that I have set up for this test, testcarlnoble1936@gmail.com.   (Web robots need not respond. ?) I know that I haven’t posted anything for quite awhile.  Been working on my supersolvrs.com site and teaching middle schoolers problem solving and computational thinking. Thanks, More to come, …

Next (small) Step Towards Humans: Assembly Language

Sorry, this was supposed to be published last year after the LMC posts. Even with the simplified LRC computer, programming with just the number commands gets tedious very quickly.  Sure, you start to recognize 901 as input, 360 as store what is in the A register (actually a copy) into memory location 60, etc. However, …

Looking Ahead, (with 50 some Years Experience) — Why I’m starting SuperSOLVRS

Here’s the future as I see it.  (Think cell phones.  Started in 1973 and now more cell phones than people.  Uses no one ever imagined.) 1.  Technology will be even more encompassing and invasive. 2.  Robots (e.g., machines) will take over many jobs, starting with the most routine procedural. 3.  There will be an increasing …

Graphic Languages vs Text — Changing my Mind?

Maybe not exactly changing, but thinking things through. (Sounding like a politician?)  Whatever, here’s my latest thinking: Background: Graphical languages:  Think Scratch  (desk & laptops)  Hopscotch or Scratch Jr.  (tablets) — but LOTS of others. Text Languages:   Think Python, Java, JavaScript, C, C++, C#, agin LOTS of others. I’ll use Scratch and Python as …

Useless Speculation? (a Definite Maybe!)

Just saw a neat PBS NOVA program called, “Why Trains Crash”.  If you missed it you can find it on their site, here.   As usual, there was a pitch at the end bemoaning how sad the USA situation is and that the ONLY way to right things is for massive government involvement.  That argument …

A Little Perspective Please!

We’re in serious yoghurt.  “Unfettered AI (Artificial Intelligence) will (well, could) wipe out humanity.”  see here, for details. The time is somewhere between 2040 and “in a few centuries”.  see here.  All of this is coming from VESFs (see previous post), some earned, some self-proclaimed.  Some, searching for government grants.  (Sell the sizzle, not the steak, right?) …

What’s Happening? It’s Been a Year

My last post was about a year ago.  last week I noticed that about 300 folks became subscribers.  Seems strange — no posts and then a bunch of new subscribers.  Maybe someone at GoDaddy (hosts my site) got some wires crossed?  I’ll check it out. But meanwhile, if this email is a surprise, you might …

New Important Breakthrough (Didn’t see this coming)

1APR2016 from my research notes: Every once in awhile I come across something that will have far ranging effects on our technology — and ultimately on our lives. This discovery, which has been going on in secret for many years is finally coming to light.  An old friend from my grad student days just sent …