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October 17, 2013
Robots and Us

Suki: Not Another Damsel in Distress

Christine: Turkey Vultures
This Week
Harvest Festival and Draft Horse Day
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  Robots and Us

(Special Event Images / Graphics) TheTech_socialrobots.jpgWhile we're all trying to figure out how to get along with each other, futurists are designing robots that can communicate and get along with us.  Michelle Maranowski, PhD., an Exhibit Developer at The Tech Museum of Innovation, shares with us:

"...Sensors, actuators, and control electronics are all part of robotics that we can wrap our brains around to some degree. But, what about the intangible side of robotics? If we let our minds move to the future, where and how do we see robots fitting in? What will make it easier for robots to fit into human society? How are present day robot designers planning for a robotic future? One thing is for sure; robot designers must take human psychology and behavior into account when designing robots. Why? Would you be willing to have a robot that you felt looked creepy take care of your children or pets? What use would an unintelligent robot car be? Would Iron Man be able to function if JARVIS, his robot butler, couldn't communicate with him? In order to make better robots designers need to understand how humans think and perceive.
 
At The Tech we are exploring the psychology of human-robot interaction by addressing three different psychology-based concepts..." Read the entire article.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Seymour_UnderwaterRobotics.jpgCould it be that robots will help us get along better?  Just imagine a robot without emotional "baggage"  Try your hand at designing robots at The Tech beginning Saturday.  For local robot classes, try MakersFactory or Seymour's underwater robot workshop for teachers, parents, and students.

Suki takes on gamers for their sexist attitudes.  Okay Santa Cruz Gamers, what do you have to say?  Christine brings us the latest fight among scientists, and it's about turkey vultures.  After you learn more about them plan a field trip to Elkhorn Slough where a bunch of them hang out together.

Here's a link to the entire weekend.  Enjoy! Parmalee

 

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  Suki: Not Another Damsel in Distress

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Sometime in the last year I clicked on a link from Facebook about a woman who was being harassed because she planned to make a series of videos looking at sexist attitudes perpetuated by video games. Even before she'd made the videos-before she even said what was going to be in them-the Internet erupted against her, with comments ranging from nasty to threatening posted on her site and the Kickstarter page she'd created for her project.

I was playing a video in which she explained what had happened to her, and my teenage son, hearing what I was listening to, hurried in.

"I read a blog about her," he informed me. "She's out to swindle people."

Her name is Anita Sarkeesian, and she has now released a few of the videos she is making about gaming. These first videos are about the "Damsel in Distress" trope, a common one not only in all popular entertainment, but specifically in video games.

My son's reaction to her was not unusual: he was only voicing what he'd seen spread across the Internet. Anyone who is a feminist and follows what happens to women who speak out knows something like this story: Sarkeesian didn't even get a chance to speak before they attempted to shout her down. Merely the suggestion that women might take offense at how they are portrayed in video games was enough to start the angry chorus against her: She must be a liar, she must have an agenda, she must be out to get us.

The reality is quite ... Read more >>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 
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Harvest and Halloween Events!

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  Christine: Turkey Vultures

(Photos General) turkeyvulture-nps.jpgTurkey Vultures are a very common bird around my home. I probably see them every day. So I decided they would be an easy topic for this blog. I was wrong.

First of all, scientists aren't really sure how turkey vultures (North & South America) are related to Old World vultures (European, Asian & African). It looks like there is no relationship. As a matter of fact, it looks like the two populations developed simultaneously. Right now all vultures are lumped with raptors like hawks and eagles. Lots of people think all New World vultures deserve their own category and are more closely related to storks. Researchers are now arguing about where the lineage diverged. This pits the geneticists against the physical types. Swords have been used. It has gotten ugly.  Read about the controversy!>>>

  This Week

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THE WEEKEND

 

Free Events Parks A-Z Classes for Kids
Family Events Museums Library Ongoing
Parenting Workshops School Events Support Groups

 

School Corner

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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 10/23


Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Parent Education Program, Navigating Social Services 11/9

 

Discovery Learning Center, Martin Gardner Day 10/23


Kennolyn Camps, Free Fundraising Collaboration 10/29

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(Photos General) LorraineLowRes.jpg"Set It Up the Right Way" 

 

Set things up for both your child's and your success. When we want our child to hear and respond to us, consider both of your present environments. Are they involved in something right now? What am I involved in? Take the time to gently enter their world. Touch them on the shoulder and wait to get their attention. THEN you can say what you need to.

 

It is impossible to have our children respond to us, except out of fear or anger, when we barge into their world. And this response is what angers us and causes us to want to punish them. No wonder we get their deaf ear and rebellion, right? Like in all good relationships, we need to honor the other and ask them to honor us. After we get their attention, let's be clear (without our baggage) about what it is we are wanting of them.

 

 In order for our families to run more smoothly, we ultimately need to plan ahead and be organized. Ask "What do I really want my family to be like? How do I want my family to be?" Have a family meeting and talk openly about this. Divide the labor in the house among everyone. Have them choose what they can commit to.


What are your thoughts?
Email me:

TheParentMentor@gmail.com. I want your feedback on this Secret. Lorraine

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Harvest and Halloween Events

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 Harvest Festival and Draft Horse Day

Harvest Festival and Draft Horse Day

State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate harvest time the old-fashioned way
10/19 from 11am to 4pm
Admission to the event is free; parking is $10.00 per car.

(Photos General) WilderRanchWagonride.jpgCelebrate harvest time the old-fashioned way at Wilder Ranch State Park. Choose and decorate a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, take a draft horse wagon ride, see antique tractors and living history demonstrations, try your hand at some old-time harvest activities, listen to live bluegrass and western music, learn to square dance, play cow pie bingo, make corn husk dolls and other crafts, taste hand-cranked pumpkin ice cream, apple and pumpkin pie.

Apple tasting of more than 70 organic varieties will be available for $5 per person, courtesy of the California Rare Fruit Growers. Food concessionaire available or pack a picnic lunch.

Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz 
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Date: Every Th (Sep 7-Sep 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Monterey Home & Garden Expo
Date: Every day (Oct 19-Oct 20)
Ages: All
Details: Discover the best of the best of home, kitchen and garden!
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Pacific Rim Film Festival
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Pacific Rim Film Festival
Date: Every day (Oct 17-Oct 23)
Details: Free films offering global glimpses of life
Special Instructions: $15 for Benefit 10/22
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