Wednesday, February 22, 2006

My DonorsChoose Challenge

DonorsChoose is a wonderful organization that allows everyday people to donate to public schools. The website is an innovative way to get great teachers the resources they need to best educate their students.

They are also very creative with how they get the word out, and their newest idea is the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge.

Throwing Down the Gauntlet!

So help public school kids by funding my challenge at DonorsChoose!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Snow Train

This weekend, the northeast was hit by a blizzard. During this blizzard, Andy and I were on a train from Baltimore to New York City. It was a beautiful sight.

On Our Way to Hogwarts

When you are warm and cozy on a fast moving train, snow it pretty darn cool. It's like we were in a log cabin that was moving at 60 miles per hour. Click here to see our video mail message from the snow train.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Signs from the Community

As you can probably imagine, SightSpeed is popular with the deaf community. SightSpeed allows them to see and communicate using natural sign language. It is so popular that the new community section of SightSpeed includes ASL as one of the language selections.

Our friends in the deaf community have also been especially heavy users of video mail. Here is an example that was recently posted on the DeafNetwork website announcing an upcoming show in which the star of the show, Abababa, signs and speaks his entire comedy routine.

Come See the Comedy Show!

I don't know sign language, but I have been told that this is a particularly funny message. Even if you can't understand her signs, you will be impressed at how fast her hands move and how important facial expression is in understanding what she is telling us.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Look at me looking at me

My friend's daughter came to see me in the office for a visit. I had SightSpeed up and running and she was mesmerized by her own image captured by the webcam and displayed on the computer.

Mirror Mirror on the Computer

She started to make faces at the camera, so I pressed record on video mail. Watch her silently make funny faces at herself here.