About Education - An Open Letter

February 13, 2018

I like to watch youtube clips a lot. Some are funny or amazingly beautiful and uplifting, others are interesting and instructive and other are not.
Some look puzzling at first, but are just a "click bait". To shock the viewer in order to create a lot of noise on the net and therefore to boost the number of viewers.
Sometimes it works (I won't give examples because I do not like this kind of badly sensational videos). And others totally fail in a miserable manner. Like this one. Published end of January, less than 21K views. So far, 30 up and 21 down.

This one is relatively unknown on the net and appalling.
So, why talk about it? To increase the number of viewers? NO !
Here is an institution I deeply respect, UCB the University of California, Berkeley.
Why would an associate professor, trying to make a point about expectation and passion suddenly unplug a MacBook from the projector to smash it on the floor ? Why ?
To publish a video on the net (by the way edited! although rather amateur!) in order to shock so everybody will talk on net about this associate professor!
Instead of smashing your MacBook, just next to Berkeley, in poor public schools in Oakland, in Richmond, etc. A lot of teachers would have loved to get your laptop !
So, now Mr. Associate Professor, when getting your next pay check, why not purchase laptops for poor kids in public schools?
That would be a better message about education, expectation and passion !

GoPro Award

February 10, 2018

GoPro Awards: Freerunning Santorini

Robot Factory

February 8, 2018

Cool toy for grown-ups.
Build a robot factory. The idea is cool. This is 3-D puzzle of 598 wooden pieces.

It looks nice and it is fully functional, you can really build your little robot.
Plus the price is really good, just under $55.

Ocean Maker

February 4, 2018

I love short clips.
Especially with a good scenario

From Lucas Martell and published on Jan.20 by DUST

Shovel Blade

January 29, 2018

How to make a real shovel blade for the Shovel Knight.

Ember Ceramic Mug

January 27, 2018

To continue our series "smart everything" smartphone, smartwatch, etc. Here is the smart mug.

Temperature control via Bluetooth and an app.
I really like the fact that it is made of ceramic. Remember do not put it in the microwave oven !
More and more IOTs.

Mavic Air

January 25, 2018

I find the new DJI drone simply amazing.

What I like the most is the FlightAutonomy 2.0 system.
7 onboard cameras and infrared sensors to make a 3 dimensiional map to avoid collision with obstacles.