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Minecraft Updates

Pandas are on their way to Minecraft and even Vanity Fair is reporting on the news.

Meanwhile version 1.13, the "update aquatic", is out. Shipwrecks, tridents, sea zombies ("Drowned"), and a lot more!

We're still waiting to update our servers to 1.13. We've played a little bit of 1.13 on a not-too-old MacBook Pro, and the machine struggles to run this version. Apparently more recent patches have improved things, but more investigation is necessary.

Minecraft U

'Tis the season to investigate new Minecraft techniques that parallel real coding practice, new ways for us to streamline our camp experience, and make sure all the bugs are worked out of our curriculum (yes, we treat our curriculum like software, and in that sense it is never "done").

We could use some help, especially in the area of Minecraft-related DevOps. If you or anyone you know is interested in spinning up virtual machines for the purposes of compiling Minecraft mods, let us know! (Just reply to this email.)

Of Interest

Esports. Live music. Cosplay competitions. Hackathons. BYOC LAN parties...DreamHack—which bills itself as the “world’s largest digital festival”—has it all...and it’s going to be in Dallas.

Build your own Alexa. Gladys is an open-source program which runs on your Raspberry Pi.
Visual biographies of famous people: the lives of entrepreneurs, scientists, and leaders presented as infographic timelines
The Mine: a no JavaScript, CSS-only adventure game proves that you don't have to necessarily write code (although if you read the CSS it is very much like code) to make very interesting things!
The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected. America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens—even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether.

Do you limit screen time?

If you're a parent, do you limit your children's screen time? Do you differentiate between Netflix, YouTube and games? 

Do you manage your own screen time using RescueTime, SelfControl, iOS's Screen Time, or similar?

Hit reply and let us know your strategies and techniques. We're interested in learning more about the reality on the ground when it comes to our use of technology.
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