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David Anthony Colarusso - Sadly not Havoc Dinosaur
Intermittent musings on the law, science, education, technology, design, and life. Also, I build things: furniture, software, reasoned arguments... To learn more about that, click a persona below for my eponymous website.

Archive for February, 2007

Electricity & Magnetism Hand Rules (part one)

by David Colarusso - February 25th, 2007

Electricity and magnetism are intimately connected. Explore their relationship in this short explanation of hand rules.

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What is the magnetic field? (Introducing the Tabletop Explainer)

by David Colarusso - February 18th, 2007

On Friday I mentioned that I was at work on a video blog revolving around simple science questions. Well, here’s the inaugural episode. Right now I’m posting the videos on YouTube and embedding them here. However, I may look into hosting them from my site at some point seeing as how I still can’t access YouTube from school. The current YouTube description reads “Quasi-weekly answerers to science questions, along with brief lessons and ideas for teachers and students.”

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Some Rights Reserved

by David Colarusso - February 16th, 2007

One of the side projects I’m working on right now is a video podcast of really short science lessons, the type of pieces I’d like to see entered in the Phylm Prize. Consequently, I’ve been having loads of fun scouring the web for B-roll footage and copyleft music,. My two favorite sites at the moment both offer content under Creative Commons licenses. For music check out Jamendo, a community of artists committed to sharing their work under CC, and for video try the Internet Archive where you can find some nice old films now in the public domain. If you have any favorite repositories, please leave a comment.

“Live” Brain Gym Data

by David Colarusso - February 14th, 2007

Digitalkatie has been doing a great job announcing the findings from our freedom of information request as they come in. However, my inner geek felt there had to be a better way. So you can now check out the numbers here. We’ll update the file as we get new information.

Another Cool Video Competition

by David Colarusso - February 14th, 2007

So in promoting the first annual Phylm Prize I have been making a loads of online friends and discoveries. A while back I was introduced to some very nice people over at Planet Scicast. They’re asking for science videos too. Unfortunately, their competition is focusing exclusively on science demos, is limited to UK contestants, and requires the physical posting of your entry. However, as they have real sponsors, you can expect bigger prizes than I can afford to give away on my teacher’s salary.

If you enter their competition you can go ahead and enter to win the Phylm Prize too. Not all Phylm entries will qualify under the Scicast rules, but all Scicast eligable entries should qualify for entry in the Phylm Prize. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started: Phylm Prize Website, Planet Scicast Website

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