Sunday, September 23, 2007

Well, I'm still running like crazy - but I did manage to move the wierdkids site onto a new program. The main pages are in Dreamweaver, but I still have to clean up the coding and make sure that all the pages work.

I'm thinking of adding more new stuff, and letting the kids make their own stuff. William has some pictures about the project he is working on - making a Halo helmet. Niki has quite a bit of art and concept stuff that she could put together. They've been working hard at avoiding anything that looks too much like schoolwork - So, they're making lots of progress without workbooks. Isn't homeschooling great?

In my news, I've a good mention in Mary Griffith's new book "Viral Learning: Reflections on the Homeschooling Life". I'm very proud that I could contribute something real, but I'm still bumming that I haven't yet reached out with something that's just mine.

If you haven't yet seen it, William's old project is on YouTube, and WK. Even better, Will and his Dad evisterated the XBox 360 and fixed the stupid thing. I can't even say how disgusted I am with Microsoft. It took hours on the phone for Microsoft to admit that we owned and registered the stupid thing. Then, we shipped it in for the fix. Only, they sent it back!! William had painted the CD door gold - and according to Microsoft, that was a "mod" (modification) that they wouldn't cover. It was PAINT! Paint that could just about have been wiped off. So, after all the time that we spend training people to use computers better, and all the money that we've spent and spend monthly (360 live) - we're not valued enough to fix a known design flaw. So much for being first in the running of the geeks... I'm not willing to buy Halo 3, and I'm set against Uncle Billy. The thing is that it's William's passion. He's in the beta, he's designed a helmet and is working on ideas for web pages - plus, it's his money. So, he'll be in the running of the geeks.