Original Poop Bags

16 Jun 19
Isis, my blind/deaf dog

    Posting days: Sunday and Wednesday and, sometimes, maybe, extra bits in between.   Sunday June 16th 2019   This morning I oversleep, and when I arrive downstairs, am met with my deserts. On the mat by the front door. “It’s not your fault dear,” I assure Isis who is looking not afraid – […]

15 Jun 19
The Solo Voyages of Pippin, a Frances 34 Pilothouse

The funny little boat above is a junk rigged Folkboat called Jester and Lt. Col. ‘Blondie’ Hasler DSO OBE Crois de Guerre, Royal Marines in Jester’s command hatch is shown in the picture to the right.  Below deck he had an old dentist’s chair which he strapped himself into in rough weather. After a distinguished […]

13 Jun 19
Longmont Times-Call
Victoria Hoppis’ vision for a more sustainable city includes a park with treadmills, yoga mats, dog leashes for rent and a pond that makes bubbles that find and clean air pollution. “We have trees because we need more trees,” the incoming sixth-grader at Erie Middle School said Wednesday as she explained the highlights of the city prototype she created with her group at the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Academy. Teammate Brielle Wach, an incoming fifth-grader at Central Elementary School, noted the dog leashes will include a hollow spot for poop bags and air fresheners. “The smell is a reoccurring problem with my dog, and I don’t even try to smell it when I pick it up,” she said, adding that she signed up for the Innovation Academy because she loves engineering and robots. “I love this. It’s fun to cooperate with people and use materials to solve problems.” The Innovation Academy, a two-week summer STEM program for incoming first- through sixth-graders, is a collaboration between the school district and IBM that’s in its ninth year. About 250 students, eight from each of the district’s school plus the APEX homeschool program, are invited after being selected by teachers. Tuition is on a sliding scale. Students split their time between IBM and the district’s new Innovation Center. At IBM, they take tours, hear from IBM guest speakers and work on various design projects. The second week, students move to the Innovation Center, where they pick a problem to solve and design a solution. The program ends with a project exhibition. “We’re really reinforcing that failure is totally fine,” said Sean Flynn, an eighth-grade science teacher at Coal Ridge Middle School during the school year. “I want them to know that they can build anything they can dream. Uninhibited creativity is what’s on display here.” Incoming Alpine Elementary fourth-grader Lucho Barandiaran’s group, for example, came up with skyways that would circle Denver, with trains on one side and walkways on the other. The support pillars house elevators. “It’s really easy to get around,” he said. “You don’t have to get caught up in traffic.” While St. Vrain teachers lead the classes, students in Skyline High School’s Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P-TECH program, work as mentors and are in charge of producing a professional level  video documenting the Innovation Academy. IBM partners with St. Vrain and Front Range Community College on the P-TECH program, with more than 100 IBM employees volunteering their time to work with the P-TECH students. IBM employees also have taught classes for the P-TECH students. The Innovation Academy students on Wednesday also took part in a “flip the switch” ceremony for IBM’s new solar array, which has nearly 25,000 solar panels on a 55-acre site. Though the array won’t be be completely finished until July, IBM officials held the ceremony early to include the students. Incoming Altona Middle School seventh-grader Maria Arrece, who attended the Innovation Academy all through elementary school and now is volunteering as a mentor, joined a P-TECH student in flipping the switch. “I love building things, and I love anything to do with STEM,” said Maria, whose sister, an incoming first-grader, is attending this year. “It’s just fun to have a camp where you can use your creativity and imagination. It’s really cool how you can solve real world problems.” Students in the Innovation Academy work in teams to explore topics like transportation, energy, cities and communications that are part of IBM’s Smart Planet initiatives. This year, solar power was an overarching theme. In the energy group, incoming Fall River Elementary fifth-grader Reese Winters worked with her team to build a prototype of a solar powered phone, adding tiny solar panels to both the phone and a PopSocket phone grip. “It charges through the sunlight and has a back-up battery,” Reese said. “In the winter, light reflected on the snow would charge it.” The project wasn’t without its challenges. The original plan to attach the phone grip with a straw didn’t work, prompting the team to add more materials plus glue. “We had to use several rounds of hot glue to get it to work,” Reese said. Along with prototyping, students also get lessons on building simple machines — wedges, pulleys, and wheels and axles — that they can add to their final projects. Kierstin Glaze, an incoming fourth-grader at Soaring Heights K-8, and her group used a pulley in their prototype of a more walkable city to bring down a gate to stop cars, keep pedestrians and cyclists safe. Other features included a blue strip of “river” to generate hydroelectric power, test tubes representing geothermal energy and bottle caps for biofuels. “I like building,” she said. “I like everything we’re doing.” From left: Alexia Granillo, 10, Ethan Boggs, 9, and Makenzie Gaydos, 10, build a door stop during the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Academy at IBM June 12, 2019. (Photo by Lewis Geyer)    
13 Jun 19
Boulder Daily Camera
Victoria Hoppis’ vision for a more sustainable city includes a park with treadmills, yoga mats, dog leashes for rent and a pond that makes bubbles that find and clean air pollution. “We have trees because we need more trees,” the incoming sixth-grader at Erie Middle School said Wednesday as she explained the highlights of the city prototype she created with her group at the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Academy. Teammate Brielle Wach, an incoming fifth-grader at Central Elementary School, noted the dog leashes will include a hollow spot for poop bags and air fresheners. “The smell is a reoccurring problem with my dog, and I don’t even try to smell it when I pick it up,” she said, adding that she signed up for the Innovation Academy because she loves engineering and robots. “I love this. It’s fun to cooperate with people and use materials to solve problems.” The Innovation Academy, a two-week summer STEM program for incoming first- through sixth-graders, is a collaboration between the school district and IBM that’s in its ninth year. About 250 students, eight from each of the district’s school plus the APEX homeschool program, are invited after being selected by teachers. Tuition is on a sliding scale. Students split their time between IBM and the district’s new Innovation Center. At IBM, they take tours, hear from IBM guest speakers and work on various design projects. The second week, students move to the Innovation Center, where they pick a problem to solve and design a solution. The program ends with a project exhibition. “We’re really reinforcing that failure is totally fine,” said Sean Flynn, an eighth-grade science teacher at Coal Ridge Middle School during the school year. “I want them to know that they can build anything they can dream. Uninhibited creativity is what’s on display here.” Incoming Alpine Elementary fourth-grader Lucho Barandiaran’s group, for example, came up with skyways that would circle Denver, with trains on one side and walkways on the other. The support pillars house elevators. “It’s really easy to get around,” he said. “You don’t have to get caught up in traffic.” While St. Vrain teachers lead the classes, students in Skyline High School’s Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P-TECH program, work as mentors and are in charge of producing a professional level  video documenting the Innovation Academy. IBM partners with St. Vrain and Front Range Community College on the P-TECH program, with more than 100 IBM employees volunteering their time to work with the P-TECH students. IBM employees also have taught classes for the P-TECH students. The Innovation Academy students on Wednesday also took part in a “flip the switch” ceremony for IBM’s new solar array, which has nearly 25,000 solar panels on a 55-acre site. Though the array won’t be be completely finished until July, IBM officials held the ceremony early to include the students. Incoming Altona Middle School seventh-grader Maria Arrece, who attended the Innovation Academy all through elementary school and now is volunteering as a mentor, joined a P-TECH student in flipping the switch. “I love building things, and I love anything to do with STEM,” said Maria, whose sister, an incoming first-grader, is attending this year. “It’s just fun to have a camp where you can use your creativity and imagination. It’s really cool how you can solve real world problems.” Students in the Innovation Academy work in teams to explore topics like transportation, energy, cities and communications that are part of IBM’s Smart Planet initiatives. This year, solar power was an overarching theme. In the energy group, incoming Fall River Elementary fifth-grader Reese Winters worked with her team to build a prototype of a solar powered phone, adding tiny solar panels to both the phone and a PopSocket phone grip. “It charges through the sunlight and has a back-up battery,” Reese said. “In the winter, light reflected on the snow would charge it.” The project wasn’t without its challenges. The original plan to attach the phone grip with a straw didn’t work, prompting the team to add more materials plus glue. “We had to use several rounds of hot glue to get it to work,” Reese said. Along with prototyping, students also get lessons on building simple machines — wedges, pulleys, and wheels and axles — that they can add to their final projects. Kierstin Glaze, an incoming fourth-grader at Soaring Heights K-8, and her group used a pulley in their prototype of a more walkable city to bring down a gate to stop cars, keep pedestrians and cyclists safe. Other features included a blue strip of “river” to generate hydroelectric power, test tubes representing geothermal energy and bottle caps for biofuels. “I like building,” she said. “I like everything we’re doing.” From left: Alexia Granillo, 10, Ethan Boggs, 9, and Makenzie Gaydos, 10, build a door stop during the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Academy at IBM June 12, 2019. (Photo by Lewis Geyer)    
12 Jun 19

Since starting my No New Things Resolution for the year 2019, I’ve learned that I’ve needed to become quite resourceful in the things I buy second hand. To date, I’ve only purchased new toiletry/makeup items, a vacuum cleaner, and a hat from Nashville which was a reward to myself for doing so well so far. […]

12 Jun 19
Joyelle derma

Joyelle derma completely cancels itself out which is good to know the next thing is just premium cocoa powder I use this to bake like any cookie I make or granola bar anything to just give it a bit of a chocolaty twist because Chris over there has a bit sorry my septum is crooked […]

11 Jun 19
Tales of a Mountain Mama

My husband was recently out and about and spotted another dad on a bike ride with his kids. This fellow had a tandem attachment to pull his kid’s bike behind him, and behind his kid’s bike he had ALSO hitched a trailer to pull wee sibling. Kudos to you, sir. **Note, this is not recommended […]

10 Jun 19
ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย2

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/world/30370741 A Moroccan man walks in the tannery in the medina. In recent times the imperial city of Fez has been overlooked by tourists in favour of Marrakesh, but now Morocco’s “spiritual” capital is bustling with visitors thanks to major renovations and low-cost flights. Marvels in the medina […]

07 Jun 19
xploringtheunexplored

The “PURPLE” Earth?? Is it Purple? Yes, you read it right, it’s PURPLE!! We have heard and witnessed Nature’s Green earth of grass & trees, the brown earth of soil, the Aqua earth of sea, but,… Well, if you guessed it right that’s amazing & if you didn’t no worries, we are here to share […]

06 Jun 19
Bear Hikes

Our travel began well. Then once we arrived in Chicago thing began to fall apart. At sometime in weeks prior to our trip, our Aer Lingus portion of the flight was completely cancelled. We still were ticketed, but somehow our names and seat assignments were removed from the flight. We spent multiple hours on the […]

05 Jun 19
Deer Mountain Notes

How about when it is a device used to make it look like you are doing one thing when you are really doing a different thing which might be kind of illegal so you hopefully hide that little detail so everyone can pretend they are not doing what they are doing? Laws? What Laws? We […]

04 Jun 19
Crazy Irish Colorado Alpaca Lady

So we took off in the rain but knew weather could be sun and clouds. Dingle not to disappoint! Wow what a beautiful place with all the sheep, cattle and even a beautiful horse! Thank God found a place to drop off our laundry so we could enjoy Slea head a 4 hr version on […]

03 Jun 19
Travel Mag

Eva’s perspective One has to have well scheduled priorities to be effective every day. Mag (pronounced just like mug) woke me up at 6 o’clock as usual. He was ready to run downstairs and chase the invisible enemy camping out in the corner of the yard. For good measure he barked at it a few […]