Book Update: Thrawn

I’m only a few chapters into Thrawn (Star Wars) and REALLY enjoying this book so far.  It just came out today so I’m not very far in, but even from the first chapter, I was encouraged to walk a little extra during my lunch hour…

A couple characters have been mentioned / brought in from other parts of the universe, and I am eager to see how they fit into the puzzle. Even a planet prominently featured in Star Wars Rebels has shown up, and also some wonderful synergy with how the Aftermath Trilogy ended.

Disney Infinity – Teaching software development in a game

Sorcerer Mickey - Disney Infinity

As you might imagine, I’m pretty excited about Disney Infinity — especially after receiving a Sorcerer Mickey figure at the D23 Expo this weekend!  I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Toy Box mode, but after watching a couple videos, it really feels like this game is teaching kids to write software.  The Button and Repeater objects strongly remind me of registering event listeners and then handling the trigger.  I also see iterative loops and counters built into this simple example.  In the years ahead, I think that software development will be integrated at some level into grade school or at the very least, a life skill class in High School, like wood-shop or auto-shop.  Geek-shop perhaps?

Check out the video below and see if you agree…

 

Rewinding the Magic at Magic Kingdom

I came across this really well done video while reading through articles on The Disney Blog. I know that the concept of reversing a video goes way back, including some black and white footage by Uncle Walt himself of milk bottles spontaneously fixing themselves, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a time-lapse park video put into reverse.  Now if only it was also tilt-shifted. 🙂

The Force, or Not The Force

“The story of Star Wars, as originally written by William Shakespeare – in glorious iambic pentameter! Re-imagined in glorious iambic pentameter – and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This IS the book you’re looking for. $14.95”

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