Mental laundry - follow-up

Saturday, September 25th, 2004
It's been a busy week -- lots of consulting and client projects to deliver and work to do for the kid's robotics team. I was pleasantly surprised to return to the many encouraging comments and e-mail that I received to my recent entry, Minds ready for action. The Bible is full of wisdom and admonition concerning the effective use of time and effort - productivity. While not a trivial task, a cover-to-cover survey with this focus promises to be most interesting.

The concept of collecting these notes in one place has been one that I have been kicking around for about a year. While I spend most of my time as an eProductivity Specialist, showing my clients how to put technology to work for them, I also invest time researching methodologies and systems that I can put to use. I can think of no better place to start looking for key principles. While I do not claim to be a Bible scholar, I am an eager student in this area, and this subject has my interest.  

For those of you who took the time to write this week, thanks for your words of encouragement. I'll think about moving this off my Someday/Maybe list.

In the mean time, I'll continue to share my observations from time to time. If you would like to receive a ping when I do, or if you have any further thoughts or observations, feel free to post a comment or send me an email, using the contact link above.

Eric

This year’s FLL robotics challenge

Thursday, September 16th, 2004
This year's robotics challenge appears to be the hardest one yet. Several missions to accomplish -- all in under two minutes.  I'm still working on getting the new group blog site up for our Robotics team. For now, I'll post the girl's latest entries here..

Thursday, September 16, 2004
Today my sister and I helped my dad set up the playing field so that it will be ready for our next team meeting this weekend. It looks really cool.

Image:This year´s FLL robotics challenge

We brainstormed on different ideas the we have for the different challenges. We are going to start experimenting soon. This year is going to be really exciting.
Posted by Wendy

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Today we got the challenge for this year's LEGO Robotics competition. It is very exciting! This year has the hardest challenges that I have ever seen. We have to program our robot to do a lot of things that a disabled person might have trouble with. Like opening a gate, putting a ball through a hoop, feeding animals, and putting things away.

Also our research challenge is that we invent a robot to solve a problem that a disabled person might have in our community. We will really need to work on our robotics skills. I look forward to another great year of LEGO League.
Posted by Wendy

Well, there you have it; the team's first public blog entries. Shortly, I'll have the new team group blog site operational. There, you will be able to follow the progress of the LEGO Mountaineers through their eyes and blog as they prepare for and compete in this year's competition.  I look forward myself to seeing what they have to say and to adding my own perspective about our experience using various productivity programs, such as MindManager, ResultManager, and OneNote 2003.

Bearly pressed into service

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
For the past several years, my wife and I have led the local AWANA Cubbies program in Pine Mountain Club. This year, I have been unable to be involved much, so Kathy is currently leading the program with the help of a wonderful team of volunteers.

Kathy still calls upon me from time to time - whenever she needs unusual assistance.  

Tonight was one of those nights when I was called upon to do something unusual...

Image:Bearly pressed into service
Cubbie Bear and some of his friends pose for a picture.

After the meeting, Cubbie Bear stopped by my office...

Image:Bearly pressed into service

What? Even bears have to check their e-mail sometime.

Bearly pressed into service

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
For the past several years, my wife and I have led the local AWANA Cubbies program in Pine Mountain Club. This year, I have been unable to be involved much, so Kathy is currently leading the program with the help of a wonderful team of volunteers.

Kathy still calls upon me from time to time - whenever she needs unusual assistance.  

Tonight was one of those nights when I was called upon to do something unusual...

Image:Bearly pressed into service
Cubbie Bear and some of his friends pose for a picture.

After the meeting, Cubbie Bear stopped by my office...

Image:Bearly pressed into service

What? Even bears have to check their e-mail sometime.

Jr. Robotics Challenge 2004 kit arrives

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
This weekend, we unpacked two boxes, containing the US FIRST Jr. Robotics Challenge 2004 Kit of parts.

Image:Jr. Robotics Challenge 2004 kit arrives

The first box contained the playing field. The second box contained the 1438 parts that we will need to assemble into the various props needed to complete the challenge.

What is the U.S. FIRST Jr. Robotics Challenge 2004?


The U.S. FIRST Jr. Robotics Challenge is a robotics competition, developed by Dean Kamen, for middle school students. The robots are built using the LEGO MindStorms robotics development system. This will be my third year coaching a team in this competition -- it's something that I enjoy doing as part of my ICA Robotics outreach.

I'm in the process setting up a new team blog site that will tell you more about it. It will be a group blog, operated by a group of lovely young ladies that call themselves the LEGO Mountaineers. They will be sharing their experiences as they learn about robotics, computer software including, MindStorms, RoboLab, MindManager, OneNote, ResultManager, and hopefully, a group collaboration tool. You will be able to follow along, day by day, as the team progresses towards the competition, so stay tuned!

If you haven't already, now would be a good time to subscribe to the RSS feed for this site.

The Latin Road

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
My daughters and I are excited to begin studying Latin and world history. Two of our friends, who also home educate their children, have graciously offered to present year-long courses in these subjects to some of the home educated students in our community. This is a real treat for us, as both are professors at The Master's College, and they each bring a high level of expertise with them. On the first day of class, 30 home educated students attended.

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When asked why they wanted to learn Latin. Some of the young people said that it was because they wanted to improve their English grammar, others wanted to score high on their SATs, others said that they wanted to learn Latin because their friends were, and still others said that their parents had made them attend. :-) One young person admitted that he and his friends wanted to learn Latin so that they could talk about people in a language that no one would understand.

Whatever their reasons for attending, I am certain that they will learn many things over the next year.

Our family is grateful for the opportunity to participate. I'm looking forward to learning with my daughters, too.

Image:The Latin Road