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Picture This (Spring Break)

by on Mar.27, 2010, under Blog

philip_behnam_christian_lim_15_smMy heart trembles like a poor leaf.
The planets whirl in my dreams.
The stars press against my window.
I rotate in my sleep.
My bed is a warm planet.
— Marvin Mercer PS 153, 5th Grade, Harlem, NY (1981)

Carl Sagan used that quote at the very beginning of Contact (his only novel). I reread the book recently and that poem still rocks me. What kind of fifth-grader writes like that? And what did his teacher think when he or she read those words? I’m in awe of the kid and I wonder what became of the man he grew into. Marvin Mercer, wherever you are, I hope that poet is still alive in you. And if you happen to see this, leave a comment behind.

I, too, am blessed with a group of extraordinary young individuals in my classroom. Tonight, the first day of Spring Break, a group of my students are meeting to record how-to tutorials for the Paint the World with Light project we’re working on. What they don’t know is that I just picked up three new remote shutter releases for the 40D and 50D cameras. That means we can redistribute a couple of Rebels to other students who got shut out on Friday. I’ll bring the cameras and shutter releases, you contact our other light painters, and I’ll meet you all at the park before 8:00. Details here.

I wonder if anyone will see this in time. Heck, I know these two will (Christian and Philip). Pass the word.

Update: Christopher, Kyle, Christian, Philip, and Aaron (poor kid, no blog) were at the park when I arrived a little after 8:00. (Zack showed up later.) I watched the guys play around for a while then Christopher gave me a few quick pointers. I took two test shots, then walked about 100 feet away to stand in deep darkness, trying to get a keeper before heading home. Since my daughter, Noël, pushed the remote shutter release, she claims that this is her shot. (Who am I to deny it?) That’s a 2.5 minute exposure (152 seconds to be exact). Needless to say, I’ll be doing a lot of night shots from this day forward.

Note: Here’s the shot straight out of the camera. And again, the after. (About three minutes work. It’s not a good enough shot to push it to the limit.) Adobe has given Photoshop CS5 beta testers permission to post images processed in the beta but asked us NOT to reveal any specific magical features. Suffice to say, the new features really are magical, but I didn’t use anything special in the quick enhancement. Well, except for _________. And oh my goodness, is that ever amazing!

The guys are recording how-to tutorials as I type. I’ll share what I learn over the next few days as well. Look forward to seeing Christopher’s on CRDESIGNLAB and more on the Paint the World With Light: Part II page.

0328: First two published shots 01 | 02 from here and here respectively. I can feel it. This is the start of something big.

Update: We’re off to Julian for a couple of days. Here tonight and there tomorrow. My wife is thinking: Romantic getaway. I keep thinking: Light painting!

I think there’s something seriously wrong with me. 😛

Not sure if there’s any WiFi so I may be out of touch until Tuesday. Light up the Night!™

0331: Y’know, there’s something to be said for unplugging. True, I had to dig through 200+ emails this morning, but it was worth it. So many different types of birds to be seen from the front porch of Big Cat. From hummingbirds to wild turkey by the score. The deer aren’t shy about walking past the cabin either. The weather was great, the food wonderful, and the company superb. Another secret of life? Marry for love. Here’s a portrait of Sue and I. I love the simplicity of the image. (I don’t expect others to feel the same.)

International Update: Someone from the Macau Special Administrative Region visited, bringing our total to 145 countries. No, I’d never heard of it either but it sounds as if others have. Quite an affluent almost part of China!

Off to Valhalla now to open doors for the video team. More to come…

0401: Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, we’re getting 45 new computers and industry-standard software to enhance creativity!

0402: How’d it get to be Friday so soon? Honey-do projects all morning. Back later.

FREE PASS REMINDER: Want a crash course in ZBrush (or virtually any other app) over Spring Break? Set aside some time, download a demo version of the software (whatever app you want to learn) and use this link for a free 24 hour pass to I’ve gone through about 20 of these and they work just fine on a Mac. (And the guy’s really good!) I’ve been a subscriber for years and it’s money well spent. For Photoshop and Illustrator, Deke’s the man. For Camera Raw, I like Chris Orwig. Lynda’s Creative Inspirations series is also worth watching. Oh, and how could I forget Cinema 4D and After Effects?

Like I said, virtually any app. Even this one (for our iApp Team). Get learning!

0403: In the past 365 days we’ve had 367,363 page views from people in 145 countries according to Google Analytics. (Many sites get more hits per day than we got in a year but not bad for a little high school blog, eh?) Surprisingly, 47% of our visitors arrive via a search engine, 19% click links on other sites, and only 34% come directly here (probably via a bookmark, like my students). I thought the latter number would remain above 80%. Go figure. I wonder what the next year will bring.

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Give Me a Hand (Week 26)

by on Mar.22, 2010, under Blog

venitia_b_01_smThose doing the studies say that the best results seem to come from [participants] who are relaxed, attentive, and meditative, excited by the task, which they see as an adventure rather than a test of their worth.
Lyall Watson

Now I can’t claim that some of the Mac Lab’s best multitaskers (Venetia B) have been either relaxed or meditative lately, but they certainly understand that they’re part of a grand adventure. Their worth is not in question. The great JOBS experiment has developed a life of its own and shows no sign slowing down. And while we need more members for our overworked teams as our clientele grows, it’s important to keep an eye on Mr. Watson’s observational truism. Adventurers wanted!

Speaking of adventures, Paint the World With Light is set to relaunch. Only light painters need to check this page. Watch the videos at your leisure but pay attention to the instructions, push your art towards excellence, and focus on COMMUNITY!

Assignments: Do I really need to say that last week’s instructions still hold?

For those of you who don’t remember…

Assignment: The final in here will involve showing what you know, as usual. Some of you don’t seem to be taking the Elements of Art and Principles of Design (begin reading at the Principles of Design heading) as seriously as you should. I will be looking for proof in your work and in your responses during the Q and A in the presentation. (The end-of-year final will be more formal than the semester final.) Color Theory will also be front and center as will Typography.

Need a job?

0323: You know what’s really disappointing? After I’ve turned you on to these Photoshop techniques and these Photoshop techniques (both right here) I see some of you working without the slightest clue of how to approach image enhancement or possessing even the vaguest concept of print vs Web resolution. It’s almost as if some of you aren’t paying attention. And here I was, thinking of you as Smart Objects. Silly me. Would it even be worth it to show you this? See Nitty Gritty Noise on Nitty Gritty Market Street (if you’re interested) right here.

See, one of my problems is that I promised to show you a technique I used on the Jobs Page but [sarcasm] I don’t want to re-explain all the basics [/sarcasm] again and again. If only you could grasp a few simple strategies, oh, the places you’ll go!

Or not. Your choice.

International Update: Speaking of places to go, Guadeloupe is number 143 in our visitor hit parade. Who’d have thought you’d be learning geography in the Mac Lab?

Free Image Editor: Don’t have Photoshop at home? Try Sumo Paint (at home) if you don’t like Phoenix or More free apps and resources here. You don’t need to spend money to work creatively on your home computer!

Light Painters: Lots of new ideas here.

Reminder: Computers fail. Back up your files. The easiest way is via DropBox. Only you can prevent data loss!

UPDATE: | ZCentral | ZClassroom | ZVids | ZBlog | ZBC | ZDay tomorrow in the Mac Lab!

0324: Your choice today. Jobs, Photoshop, or ZBrush. Yes, those last two links led right back here. Why? Because the links to the resources are on this page. And this one. And especially this one. Yes, I know. If you’d only learn you wouldn’t be so daunted. Try this:

1. Press: Command-F
2. Type: Photoshop (or whatever word you want to find)
3. Press: Return
4. Say: Oh yeah!
5. Repeat as necessary
6. Say: I wish I’d learned this the first time around

For the pitiful crew: ZVids is where to start your ZAdventures.

International Update: The Republic of Nicaragua brings us to 144 countries. That means Belize is our only Central America holdout. Maybe they’re all looking at this or wondering about this instead. We live on such a cool planet!

0325: We have a presentation from FIDM today, periods 3-7. Students in multiple periods may work the second (or third) go-round.

Mac Lab Student in 2010/11? Thanks to this project, there’s a distinct possibility that some of us will be boarding a jet for China next year about this time. Details coming soon.

Thanks to the Joplins! The Mac Lab is going to receive one 16GB WiFi iPad on April 3. We’ll also have the means to develop apps and games for all the iDevices when we return from Spring Break. This is entirely due to the generosity of the Joplin family. Thanks to Mike, Rochelle, and all the kids for making this exciting new opportunity possible!

Want to work on the Mac Lab iPad Development Team? The sign up sheet is next to the clipboard. Serious students only!

Reminder: Light Painters needed over Spring Break. Don’t even think about asking for a camera unless you’ve read and viewed everything on this page. That includes reading and thinking about the Guiding Questions. Let’s do this right!

The Video Team’s Latest Ad: Dodgeball (for ASB)

0326: What? Today’s the last day of Mac Lab until April 5th?! How will we survive?

Well, first you’re invited to stay on the job. Then there’s the nighttime and early morning adventures to capture. And the video team is filming another commercial to compliment this one and this one. Plus there’s always something to engage your mind. And what about all this? Or all this? Don’t have the software at home? That’s no problem!

Whew! I guess it won’t be so bad after all. 😉

FREE PASS: Want a crash course in ZBrush (or virtually any other app) over Spring Break? Set aside some time, download a demo version of the software (whatever app you want to learn) and use this link for a free 24 hour pass to I’ve gone through about 20 of these and they work just fine on a Mac. (And the guy’s really good!) I’ve been a subscriber for years and it’s money well spent. For Photoshop and Illustrator, Deke’s the man. For Camera Raw, I like Chris Orwig. Lynda’s Creative Inspirations series is also worth watching. Oh, and how could I forget Cinema 4D and After Effects?

Like I said, virtually any app. Even this one (for our iApp Team).

Light Painters: Most of the participant’s submissions (don’t spend class time viewing this) may be found here. A few schools are missing and will be uploaded later today. Check the work at home, become inspired by your peers, and push the bar through the roof! Let’s make the book into something special. We can help to make a difference in these kids’ lives.

Preview: Want to learn how to create images like this?

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Getting it Right (Week 25)

by on Mar.15, 2010, under Blog

fadi_g_840_smMuch of our success as a species is due to the deliberate and conscious application of explicit knowledge, but there is no denying the power and creativity of the unconscious. We seem to have an ability to know what to do in complicated situations without being able to explain how or why. We act on impulse, on a hunch, making snap decisions that very often turn out to be the most appropriate.
Lyall Watson

Despite having a very specific intent for this message (using a different title wrapped around this event), I just heeded an unanticipated impulse to search for the post recalling the inspiration for the birth of the blog and was amazed at the interconnectedness sitting there. [New impulse] I’ll make you a deal. You read that post (yes, the whole thing) and I’ll cut this short today. I will say that you’ll find links to this comment and this post. And it’s there that you’ll find our connection to this guy.

So what? Those are the other two instructors organizing Paint the World with Light. That’s when we met. And that leads directly to the announcement that the window of opportunity for light painting has just reopened. Yep! After a Skype video conference yesterday, we decided that the book could be stronger with one more directed push. Some of you will be playing a role of your own in helping your peers around the world. Details to follow but first I have to update this gallery.

Now, do your JOBS (thanks Fadi) and make the most out of the last third of our year together!

0316: We passed 350,000 page views (since April 3, 2009) yesterday and one of the visitors was from the Republic of Botswana (the 142nd country to frequent our little corner of the Internet).

Assignment: The final in here will involve showing what you know, as usual. Some of you don’t seem to be taking the Elements of Art and Principles of Design (begin reading at the Principles of Design heading) as seriously as you should. I will be looking for proof in your work and in your responses during the Q and A in the presentation. (The end-of-year final will be more formal than the semester final.) Color Theory will also be front and center as will Typography.

A Fundamental Truth in The Arts: You have to learn the rules before you break them. Look at this painting. A 15 year-old kid painted that. Look at it again.

The family moved to A Coruña in 1891 where his father became a professor at the School of Fine Arts. They stayed almost four years. On one occasion the father found his son painting over his unfinished sketch of a pigeon. Observing the precision of his son’s technique, Ruiz felt that the thirteen-year-old Picasso had surpassed him, and vowed to give up painting.

Pablo Picasso learned the rules before he began to break them. I expect no less from you.

0317: I hope you understand that there’s a common theme running through this year’s blog posts: Master the fundamentals and open a world of creative opportunities. Ignore the fundamentals and dwell in The Nine Circles of Flatliners.

Let your memory wander to the top of the page and read that quote once again…

Much of our success as a species is due to the deliberate and conscious application of explicit knowledge, but there is no denying the power and creativity of the unconscious. We seem to have an ability to know what to do in complicated situations without being able to explain how or why. We act on impulse, on a hunch, making snap decisions that very often turn out to be the most appropriate.

Work for that Stage 4 Moment via the deliberate and conscious application of explicit knowledge. If your knowledge seems to be something less than explicit, perhaps you need to immerse yourself in the fundamentals I pointed to in yesterday’s update. And when in doubt of what to create, turn here and here. And for goodness sake, don’t forget this or this either!

0318: We’ve been talking about how your personal perspective shapes what you perceive. Think about this one.

Via jnack. YouTubed. Explained. Always credit your sources (as they did) because someone will always catch you if you don’t. (But they did, so they’re covered.)

As for the future of publishing in the Mac Lab… Our printer is keeps churning out beautiful work, our Galleries are alive and well (though in need of updating), our Vimeo Channels keep expanding, and the blog lives on. But we have two new publishing platforms to address: the large and the small.

Coming soon to Valhalla: A 72″ HD display to be mounted above Finance where the old marquee resides. Guess who’s going to be generating the content for consumption? Seriously exciting projects for next year! (But no one says we can’t start right now.)

Coming Sooner to the Mac Lab: This (only one for testing) and this and this. Our content and apps will, of course, work on this and this too. Too cool!

Grossmont College Scholarships: Details here.

0319: Sir Ken Robinson claims that education is broken. He says:

…It means that everything is changing far faster and far more profoundly than most people really get, I think. And there are both great opportunities and great challenges and some risks in all of this. And our education systems were never designed to meet these challenges. And my argument today is that we can’t really just improve them [education systems] we have to radically transform them.

…Their [teachers] job is to create the conditions under which people will grow. And those conditions include understanding the nature of talent and motivation. The need to feed people’s spirits and their energies. And instead of that we’ve got this very competitive system of mass education. And it’s failing.

There’s more, but I can’t help to think that the model we’re developing in the Mac Lab is a move in the right direction — in a direction Sir Ken would approve. Do you agree? Disagree? Feel free to comment and please add your reasoning to the response.

You may watch the entire video here.

Jobs: We have more customers! See Jobs Page for details

Reminder: Mac Lab Saturday School™ is tomorrow. I’ll show up around 5:30 to get the Final Cut Studio installation started.

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Capturing Imagination (Week 24)

by on Mar.08, 2010, under Blog

danny_o_ctf_smOur attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.

It says in this week’s bulletin that those words are Edmund Burke‘s but I’m unable to verify that. And that reminds me of an exchange in Richard Bach’s Illusions. One character says, “You’re quoting Snoopy the dog, I believe?” The other replies, “I’ll quote the truth wherever I find it, thank you.”

The truth is, that quote is so close to what we talked about last week (especially on Friday), that I couldn’t NOT use it. If you also consider Norway’s pro-Pritchard voice, you’ll see another connection. (Check the byline under Dispatches from the North.) He and I may disagree on educational strategies (among other things), but we both, to some extent, admire Burke.

As for my educational strategies, once again we’re at a crossroads. To those who get it and are pushing the artistic boundaries, you may continue to build your own creative communities in the Mac Lab. To those who don’t get it, to the second-semester students who are still tracing sports figures, cars, third-party artwork, and yourselves, to you I say: STOP IT! You’re flatlining. You need to experiment. You need to try something new.

If you’re still wondering what to try, I’m guessing either you didn’t click those links or you didn’t read what’s at the other end. Yes, you’ve been there many times before but did you know there are dozens of tips and tutorials waiting to be discovered… waiting for you to wake up and smell the inspiration. Need a specific idea for a project? Check the bottom of the Jobs page.

Until further notice, no tracing of sports figures, cars, third-party artwork, and/or yourselves. No endless GarageBand mixes. No pointless stab, shoot, kill Flash animations. I want you to work at your digital arts and 3D skills in class. If you’re in here outside of class and want to finish one of those projects, that’s just fine. But in class I want you moving forward. Understood?

Do you need a push? Here are a few tutorials you just might enjoy: 01 | 02 | 03 |

Thanks to Danny Owens for the first kinetic typography project in the Mac Lab. Since he’s working for a customer, this is a perfect example of what I like to call feeding two birds with one seed. What we’ll eventually shoot for is right here. (Yes, it’s blocked at school but I guarantee you that it’s worth checking at home!)

Wondering about Alice? Went to see it yesterday (in 3D, of course). Though imaginative and well-made, it didn’t suck me in like Avatar. Don’t get me wrong, it was worth the money. The acting (except for Anne Hathaway, whom I usually enjoy) was top notch. Johnny Depp was his usual brilliant self but Helena Bonham Carter (more self-centered and understated than the typical evil villain) really shone as the Red Queen. The story and sets (real and imagined) were wonderful. As odd as this may sound, my favorite part was the animation during the final credits. Sumptuous!

Scholarship Opportunity: Last year we found out about this at the last minute and I posted the info over Spring Break (read that if you’re interested in applying). David Baca was our only entrant and he won a $1,000 scholarship.

0309: New features in Photoshop you might like: Resolution Magic | Smooth Panning and Zooming | New Navigator | Rotate Canvas | New Brush Sizing Option | Clone Stamp Preview | Adjustment Panel | Deleting Layers | Dodge and Burn Tools that Actually Work |

0310: A gigantic Mac Lab thank you to the Canel family for a whopping $1,250 donation! And Qualcomm is going to match it. (Does anyone else smell new computers cooking? Yum!)

Yes, I’ve sent you to the 5 Stages of the Creative Process over and over. But I’m wondering how many of you read this while you were there:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

The reason I bring it up again is that this video popped into mind when reading Seth Godin this morning. Adapt. Change with the times. Or better yet, be one who helps to set change in motion.

Photoshoppers Only: Watch this video. Interested? Look for A Different Look at the Beach right here. Enjoy!

0311: As Chris mentioned, the beach tutorials are two years old. I’ve pointed you guys at the older tutorials many times this year but few of you ever explored. Sure I’ve developed some new workflow strategies since then but the core skill-sets are still valuable. Speaking of which…

Photoshoppers Only: Watch this video. Interested? Look right here. Enjoy!

Jobs Update: The Jobs page is rapidly expanding. Check out the fantastic new work there. (And the exciting new opportunities towards the bottom of the page.) As Christian says (I edited his comments to spare those of you who might be offended. What’s that you say? Oh, why would you be offended? Because he’s telling the truth, and as they say, sometimes the truth hurts.):

Going back to what I alluded to earlier, it’s been pretty hectic lately. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that if anybody says that they have absolutely nothing to do, they’re [not paying attention]. If someone says they don’t know what to do, then they must be [not paying attention]. I have more open projects, halted projects, and incoming projects then I can imagine.

Ah, it’s like the protagonist in Stranger in a Strange Land says (paraphrased):

Among my people, the busier one is, the more one is asked to do.

What planet are you from, stranger?

0312: What a moonrise! I’m in early printing 20 of Kyle Wheaton’s posters for admin with the image of that slivered moon rising over the mountains resonating in my mind. Oh, the perks for early birds!

Speaking of birds, thanks to Kate Austin for our new twitter look. I’ll probably continue to tweak the layout over the next few days.

JOBS JOBS JOBS: The list keeps growing. (Yes, it’s grown since yesterday.) Are you going to let the usual suspects grab all the fame and glory? Go and find a job to tackle!

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Applied Artistry (Week 23)

by on Mar.01, 2010, under Blog

kevin_facepaint_smPerhaps to fill the vacuum, that nature does abhor
The story chose this vessel, to be its metaphor
Dueling with the either-or, in land of right or wrong
I, gray matters of the heart, cross common censor’s song
Rhythm technicolors in, the lines that drew this hint
Rock and roll with punches thrown, anger isn’t it
Skocko / Dream Yet Complete

Most of you know that I try to be fair. Try is the operative word because I believe the critique and assessment of your artwork includes a subjective component.

Note: Most of my peers would disagree, citing standardized rubrics. Out of left field, J. Evans Pritchard just flashed in my mind and a quick search revealed this lucid counterpoint to my own position. I wonder, however, if that erudite Norwegian considered the off-screen action before rendering judgment. Of course the instructor would cover fundamentals in his own fashion. For instance, in the Mac Lab I’ve sent you on an Art History Webquest, introduced the 5 Stages of the Creative Process, the Elements and Principles of Art and Design, and now send you (once again) into The World of Color Theory (follow the links on the bottom of each page there).

I honestly want each and every one of you to succeed and I’ve stacked the deck in your favor. Oh, but the Galleries and Posters and Wall of Fame… some students have, do, and probably will continue to petition for inclusion. If I had my way, every one of you would be featured at one time or another. But you have to understand that persuasion isn’t part of the process. It may not seem fair that I’m the judge and jury but I am rooting for you. Trouble is, it’s up to you to connect the dots and some of you continue to ignore my instructions…


Work hard, dig for inspiration, go the extra 10%, and submit your masterpiece (Kevin L)…


The point, my dear student, is that there are differing ways to achieve artistic goals and I’ve tried to open as many doors for you as possible. Yes, sometimes I feel like the guy at the board (and I’m sure that sometimes you feel like the guys in the audience) but I’m trying my darned best to innovate and inspire. The rest, as I’ve said, is up to you.

Student Blogs: Zack Tatar joined the ranks of Mac Lab student bloggers.

0302: Less than half of you chose to explore The World of Color Theory yesterday. What happened? Longing for Groundhog Day? Well, thanks to the slackers, you’ve got it. ALL OF YOU. NO EXCEPTIONS! Return to the top of the page and begin again.

Note: If you don’t want to do this again tomorrow, you might want to impose a little peer pressure on the flatliner beside you. Oh, and there are 14 pages at the other end of the Color Theory link.

International Update: The Republic of Suriname is the 141st country to visit the blog.

0303: Who knows what Christian’s talking about? A shame for those who don’t. (The answer’s right on this page.) It’s that kind of attention to detail that will determine who goes on the field trip to Sony Online Entertainment next month.

Got Jobs? Check the new page.

0304: Don’t be a twit. I’ve been reminding you about this since the week before school started. Last time was right here. And you read it twice because that Tuesday was Groundhog Day.

So, I guess the real question is: What planet are you from?

0305: On the failure to recognize the back of one’s own hand is the title of a scholarly paper written about a scientific study. The Abstract reads:

Subjects were able to discriminate photographs of their own hands from other hand photographs but were unable to recognize their hands amongst a group of other objects when they were unaware that their hands were in the photographed set. It was concluded that recognition of even this highly familiar stimulus is dependent upon selection of the appropriate identifying cues, and that this process depends on expectation.

From that study, I must conclude that expectation is the key. The failure of approximately 90% of my students to decipher the clues scattered in updates (the past two days) is as shocking to me as the findings of that study. How many clues do you need? Yes, the video I link to is blocked at school but every single one of yous should be able to fill in the blanks.


Trust is time to ask yourself, to find the strength to ask
Questions free the answering, unbinding them our task
Faith is time spent wondering, what we’re meant to find
Imagine it’s your purpose, adventure by design
Belief is time to listen, but who has time for that?
Especially when the answers, knock expectations flat

Hey, didn’t we read that recently? And what about…

What preconceived notions do you bring to the blog each day? Do you expect to be inspired or bored? Challenged or tortured? Did you even read the quotes (above)? Do you realize that the preconceived notions you’ve decided to embrace will either enhance or diminish your experience each day? Think about that for a minute. In a very real sense, your preconceived notions can be a help or a hindrance.

Do you remember that? (Read the first two quotes you’ll find there.)

Assignment: No one — AND I MEAN NO ONE — works on ANYTHING other than solving the riddle. This includes before school, between classes, at breaks, or lunch. Need another clue? When I wrote: What planet are you from? I wasn’t asking a question, I was pointing to the answer. Once you discover the answer, you may either work on your projects or give clues to others but you may NOT just give the answer away. If you begin working before finding the answer, or if you choose to blurt out the answer rather than giving clues (and torturing your classmates — can be great fun!), you will join us tomorrow for Five Hours of Fun™ in the Mac Lab.*

*Since many of you are having trouble connecting the dots, I better say it plain and simple: If you don’t complete the assignment as written above, you WILL be assigned Saturday school. Mac Lab Saturday School™ will be tomorrow from 7:00 to 12:00. As always, I’ll get here around 6:15, ready to inspire and inform. (Hint, hint)

Stumped? Want a final hint? Read today’s update again and remember that YOU’RE SITTING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER THAT’S CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET! And remember what the original question was… way back on 0303.

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