Author Archives: Michael

The Importance of Reading To Foster Empathy

In my view, one of the best educational and community hacks of all times is the library.  Why?  They are organizations devoted to growing minds through books.   Books have the ability to send us to new worlds of adventure, help … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Being Present

In our modern world of mobile devices and tech, it’s easy to become distracted. As knowledge workers, we have an attraction to achieve mastery in our craft and autonomy. My family will attest that I do a lot of “work … Continue reading

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“Growing Your Developer Career using Open Source” via @JohnBaluka

Whether you’re just starting in your career or you’ve been working in the industry for years, you can benefit from the culture and practice of open source. I want to thank John Baluka for sharing his reflections and personal journey … Continue reading

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10 Trends You Need to Know from Google I/O 2018

What’s Google I/O? Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference which features a keynote on the latest updates and announcements by Google. The conference also hosts in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and … Continue reading

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6 Resources To Build Cool Minecraft Mods with Python

Looking for a fun way to explore learning to code with your students or children? Consider exploring writing Minecraft mods using Python. In our house, we continue to enjoy building(destroying) together as a family in shared Minecraft worlds. I appreciate … Continue reading

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Tools to Organize Your Young Makers Program

Girls from RealImpact build Arduino robots at SparkMacon Makerspace.   As a parent, I want my children to feel prepared to support themselves and thrive in the economy of the future. Given I have relatively young kids, we have no … Continue reading

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7 Ideas For Your Next #Android #ARCore app

IKEA Place App Comes to Android, Powered by ARCore.https://t.co/gKVch9I2Nw pic.twitter.com/26okoQlfUj — Droid Life (@droid_life) March 19, 2018 You can now Smash Tanks in AR on Android, too!Explosive multiplayer action in augmented reality (AR). Any place is a battlefield.https://t.co/HZ0Jv7MzBo#AR #ARCore #madewithunity … Continue reading

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Detecting Motion using Python, SimpleCV and a Raspberry Pi

My wife and kids enjoy bird watching. In our dining room, we attached a bird feeder to a window in the room. My wife asked if I could hack together a way to snap pictures of birds that visit the … Continue reading

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5 Fun BBC Microbit Project Lessons

As I have reflected on various physical computing activities we tried with our kids, I started reviewing a novel microcontroller from our friends at the BBC, the micro:bit.   In addition to the BBC bringing us awesome stories like Dr. Who, … Continue reading

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Thank you to LucernaStudios.com and Orlando Unity 3D meetup!

In the past week, our Google Developer Group of Central Florida teamed up with the Unity 3D meetup of Orlando and LucernaStudios.com to discuss building VR experiences for Google VR.  We shared the fundamentals of building for Google DayDream and … Continue reading

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