After a brief* hiatus from making webcomics, I’m back with old friend and long-time collaborator EEK to try doing a new comic. It’s called Chicken vs. Chocolate or Chickochoco for short, and it stars our trusty old stupid Chicken and a brand new grumpy-as-hell character.

This time, we’ve actually planned ahead and gotten at least three months’ worth of scripts ready, as opposed to how I used to wing it the night before my self-imposed posting deadline. Also, EEK will be handling most of the art while I sit around and pencil in Chicken, which is a pretty sweet deal for me. I hope he doesn’t read this.

Anyway, please follow us on Twitter and Like us Likebook! If you already did, please tell your friends, and stay tuned for all manners of madcap adventures.

* Nearly 3 years, to this day: the last stupidchicken comic was posted on 19 April, 2010.

I started giggling loudly somewhere around “microbrocessors, broprietary networking brotocols, and harmonic-brogression algorithms”, and totally lost it when I hit “B = NB”. Puns made into an art form, people. Highly recommended.

This video by code.org on promoting programming in schools made its way around the Internet last week, but I never get around to watching videos until the weekend. Anyway, I’ve since watched all three versions, and none of them are that inspiring, but the 5-minute one is the best, and I’ll probably show it to my students (after I destroy them with this week’s difficult programming test, giggle).

  Heisenberg was right →  January 29

It’s about cats. Sorry.

The most annoying teacher in the world

January 17, 2013  |  Tags:   |  

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Russell Crowe Praised For Stunning Portrayal Of Man Who Cannot Sing Or Act In ‘Les Misérables’

That’s about right

Mike Zamansky, Computer Science teacher at Stuyvesant High in the US:

The tenor of the times is that anyone can design a course, anyone can teach, and in fact, we don’t even need teachers, just videos or computer based systems. If you’ve ever tutored a friend, you’re more than qualified.

That might be a strong statement but everywhere you look you see "education" programs designed and implemented by non teachers. It seems that its believed that teaching only involves the most superficial of transfers of information.

Education quote of the year. For some background, Audrey Watters’ Top Ed Tech Trends of 2012 series is worth a read.

More Singapore tech blog writing

December 7, 2012  |  Tags: , ,   |  

From a recent e27 article, Google launches products to encourage entrepreneurship in the emerging markets:

Relying on citizen cartographers, Google Map Maker started in India as a way to make better maps of the subcontinent. It is a form of crowdsourcing that has emerged that demonstrates an effective way of getting local content online. Today, the product has doubled the worlds digital maps corpus, mapping 1.5 billion people in 187 countries. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions.

I found the last two sentences of this paragraph notable because (a) they were much less clumsily written than the rest of the article, and (b) “corpus”?! Who the hell actually uses that word? So, as a former teacher who’s marked his fair share of suspicious-looking student reports, I googled.

From Global Innovation Roundtable’s bio of Lalitesh Katragadda:

His most recent creation, Google Map Maker, doubled the worlds digital maps corpus, mapping 1.5 billion people in 187 countries. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions.

Even the missing apostrophe made it over. Lesson: Don’t plagiarise in a world with Google. Especially not in an article about Google.

(The first sentence in the quote is also copied, but a little better—at least there, the author makes an effort to paraphrase parts of para 3 in Google’s blog entry.)

See also the last time I wrote about Singapore tech blogs.

  Microsoft Window 8 →  November 19

From Jakob Nielsen’s mysteriously-named usability blog Alertbox, on Windows 8:

Also, the main UI restricts users to a single window, so the product ought to be renamed "Microsoft Window."

You sure you don’t have this three times smaller?

November 10, 2012  |  Tags:   |  

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It’s November, which means I remember to draw things.