April 2013

Hopscotch – programming on the iPad for kids

by Andy Polaine on April 18, 2013

in General, Links

Hopscotch iPad App

Hopscotch is a new programming language/environment iPad for kids. I don’t have my iPad here right now, but I’m looking forward to having a go on this. It is probably too advanced for my four year-old daughter still (I’ll have to see how necessary being able to read or write is), but it looks perfect for school-age children. The quote from a child on the website sums it up nicely:

“I like it because it’s fun and you can make the characters do whatever you want and play it like a movie.” – Audrey, age 8

You can make interactive things too, I’m sure.

(Via Jeroen)

Create a one-click expiring link

by Andy Polaine on April 16, 2013

in Links

DeadC.net is a link shortening service with a difference. You can create a URL that can only be clicked upon once.

Of course, it’s only a re-direct, so someone can always copy the redirected URL, but useful for quickly sharing things "without being tracked," as the site says.

In many ways, this is horribly wrong, because it breaks the fundamental principle of avoiding dead links on the Web, but that’s the idea I suppose.

Presenting a nested set of meta-principles for service design

April 16, 2013

A rather last minute post to mention that I’m on my way to the EAD Crafting the Future Conference at the HDK, School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden today. The conference starts tomorrow, 17th April, and runs until Friday 19th April. I’ll be presenting an academic paper, A nested set of meta-principles for […]

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Draft. Write Better.

April 15, 2013

Draft is a way for writers to collaborate online writing in Markdown with version control. It’s very straightforward so far, which is probably a good way to roll. Export doesn’t seem to be working for me at the moment, but the plan appears to be to export to Dropbox et al and keep things in […]

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