2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Scratch for Arduino Makes Programing the Arduino More Visual

http://lifehacker.com/scratch-for-arduino-makes-programing-the-arduino-more-v-1442060449

Windows/Mac/Linux: Programming an Arduino isn’t especially difficult, but if you’re looking for a more visual method, Scratch for Arduino (S4A) uses MIT’s Scratch as a groundwork for teaching kids (or beginners) how to program an Arduino.P

S4A works just like Scratch where you drag and place actions to create programs. The idea is to provide you with a more visual language to program in so you can understand how things work better. Even if you’re experienced with Arduino programming, it’s fun to play around with. Otherwise, it’s a good place to start learning about how the Arduino works.

Online turtle graphics programming environment

http://turtleart.org/

TurtleArt lets you make images with your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle like blocks. The blocks can tell the turtle to draw lines and arcs, draw in different colors, go to a specific place on the screen, etc. There are also blocks that let you repeat or name sequences. Other blocks perform logical operations.

The sequence of blocks as a program that describes an image. This kind of programming is inspired by the LOGO programming language. It was designed to be easy enough for children and yet powerful enough for people of all ages. TurtleArt is focused on making images while allowing you to explore geometry and programming.