Friday, April 4, 2014

Barquisimeto 3M

Barquisimeto 3M

Barquisimeto 3M

Posted: 04 Apr 2014 11:49 AM PDT

Campamento estudiantil en la Avenida Lara, Barquisimeto, Edo. Lara.

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Snowing Like Crazy in Upper Michigan!!

Posted: 04 Apr 2014 10:47 AM PDT

All night long it threatened to snow, we maybe got an inch overnight. Then it rained early this morning before THIS started. Between 7:30-10:30am it snowed at least 5 inches in most areas around here. Thankfully most kids are out of school for SPRING BREAK..


Most of what you see are Kingsford and Iron Mountain, Michigan.. All along the Wisconsin border. Just a few miles west of here, they have 12+ inches on the ground. I believe we'll get another 4-6 inches this evening on top of this.


Jason Asselin
East Kingsford, MI


Please come visit my Facebook page "Jason Asselin - U.P. News & Video" and see ALL of my pictures and video! I love posting about upper Michigan!!

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Home Alone in Rwanda: The child-headed household I met after the genocide

Posted: 04 Apr 2014 08:45 AM PDT

Jon Warren, of World Vision, was a photographer in Rwanda documenting the genocide. He has been back many times since. But it's this family that he met in 1999 of children whose parents were killed in the genocide and the aftermath that sticks with him to this day. He says:


"Ayirwanda was born the year of the genocide. His name means, "What's happening in Rwanda?" His father was killed in the fighting and his mother died soon afterwards, poisoned in a dispute over land. Five years after the genocide, I spent several days with Ayirwanda and his siblings, documenting their struggle to live without parents. At the time, there were an estimated 65,000 child-headed households and 300,000 orphaned children. I fell in love with the kids in that house. The 13 year-old girl who was the "mom" was trying desperately to earn a little money from selling charcoal remnants, so she was gone most of the day. The boys were typically naughty boys, with no father or parent to guide them. They goofed off, cut down their protective hedge to make big fires, made fake cigarettes, fought -- but I really wanted to take them home. The second youngest was smart and alert. We joked with him that he would become mayor of the city nearby someday. At the time, even with their tough life, I still felt hope for these kids because they had such a spark.


Here is a series of photos of their life."

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San Diego Central Library

Posted: 04 Apr 2014 08:43 AM PDT

This beautiful library opened late last year in San Diego. Located downtown and called, The Central Library.


The 297,673 square foot, nine story structure includes a charter high school, 1.25 million volumes, landmark whistling dome, 250 seat auditorium, and energy efficient. This amazing public area on 222 Park Boulevard was 100% funded by donations (185 million) and features the only customized dome structure in California.


Check it out!

1 - San Diego Central Library

2 - Bay View Terrace

3 - Dr. Seuss Kids zone

4 - Gallery

5 - Rooftop rare books

6 - Deborah Barrow - Librarian

7 - Carmen Vann - African American Woman Engineer in charge of building the Library.

8 - San Diego Central Library

9 -  This library was designed by Architect, Rob Quigley. 'I designed the library to whistle on windy days."

10 - Quick unedited video of the whistling dome.

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Marcha de estudiantes bloqueada por la Policia Nacional Bolivariana

Posted: 04 Apr 2014 05:49 AM PDT

Otra intento de marcha de estudiantes y manifestantes frustrado por la Policía Nacional Bolivariana a pesar de cumplir con los requerimientos exigidos por la ley, la jornada degeneró en violentos enfrentamientos que culminaron cuando grupos armadas comenzaron a generar pánico dentro de la UCV disparando, golpeando y vejando a los manifestantes, uno de los agresores fue capturado por los estudiantes, resultando golpeado por un grupo pero protegido por otro.

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Random golf ball size Hail !!

Posted: 03 Apr 2014 02:36 PM PDT

5 minute hail storm in denton, texas during 80 degree  weather.

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Shih-Chien University Library, Taipei

Posted: 03 Apr 2014 01:10 AM PDT

Modern design of the Shih-Chien University library

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Taipei Public Library

Posted: 03 Apr 2014 12:49 AM PDT

Taipei's Leading Green Library: Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch

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Using Special Interests to Build Communication.

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 04:13 PM PDT

Challenges with communication is at the core of autism. As a speech-language pathologist and mom I spend countless hours at work and home building effective communication skills.
This is what I have learned over the years... Every child on the autism spectrum is unique. An individualized-personal approach to communication that fits both the child and their family should be designed with the child's special interests in mind.
For example --
I use Buttercup, my potbelly pig, to connect to students who love animals. Many of my students feel comfortable talking with an animal and in fact may say their first words to an animal. The communication skills used when talking with a pet can ultimately be transferred to a human. See Buttercup's story.

Another child may be motivated by music, song and movement. So we sing and dance to communicate. The melody and dance steps and incrementally faded and the student is communicating.

The use of technology has made a HUGE impact motivating children with autism to communicate and learn. Touch screen devices have not only given children a way to express themselves, but are changing our expectations of children on the spectrum. Traditional ways of using technology are being replaced by highly motivating methods such as apps and iPads. My extensive experience working and living with children on the spectrum have given me the insight to build a communication app that uses motivation and special interests to build communication.

For my own son who loved to line-up his cars through the living room, down the hall and into the kitchen, he learned the important skill of communication during this activity. We spent hundreds of hours working together placing cars bumper to bumper creating the worlds largest traffic jam. I kept the cars in a large bucket and if he wanted one he had to ask for it. initially just "car'" then "blue car," then "shiny blue car," building language one car at a time.

Creating a communication system for children on the autism spectrum is a unique challenge for every family. My advice and success in a nutshell is -- Use your child's special interest (animals, music, technology, cars, etc.). Go into their world and slowly lead them to yours.

(tags) autism communication animal assisted therapy technology app iPad AAC song music special needs family

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British Library, London

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 02:11 PM PDT

While most people could spend hours in the British Museum, my favorite thing to go see in London is the British Library (don't confuse the two!). I've been there twice, and both times have been completely blown away by the texts, maps, artifacts, and other pieces of the past that pull you right into the midst of history. You're not allowed to take pictures in the exhibition rooms, but among my favorite things I've seen there were: 4 Gutenberg Bibles, an entire collection of the earliest Mercator maps from the 16th and 17th centuries, a hand-written Jane Austen manuscript of Persuasion, the Codex Sinaiticus, and more.

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London Smog

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 01:54 PM PDT

The high level of pollution in London today is due to the light easterly winds continuing to bring in pollutants and some of the pollution was dust blown in from the Saharan desert in North Africa, according to Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).


The Met Office - United Kingdom's national weather service has issued the pollution forecast as follows:


Today - Moderate to High air pollution for central and southeast England with Very High levels in East Anglia.


The photo shows the Tower Bridge area covered with smog today (2 April 2014) at 10a.m. local time. Picture was taken from London Bridge.

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King's Library at British Museum

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 01:51 PM PDT

The King's Library at the British Museum in London is every book or history lover's dream. It's got all the characteristics of a literary wonderland--books, atlases, and documents dating centuries in the past. As a geographer, I loved seeing the old compasses, sextants, and references to important figures in the geography, science, and history fields.

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