November 30th, 2007

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We Have Exploratorium-ed

Today at the Exploratorium was fun. We ended up spending more time on the bus (4.5 hours) than in the Exploratorium itself (4 hours), but the kids ran around and had a good time and hopefully learned some science. At least, I tried to teach them some when I was interacting with them. I had 10 kids to corral. I did a decent job, and only lost a couple.

Pat Murphy works at the Exploratorium, and I keep hoping I'll run into her. But I didn't.

It was a crystal-clear day in San Francisco, so clear that I felt like ditching the field trip and heading out for a wild time in the city. The adult side of my mind prevailed. The hedonist resented, but after a while was placated by all the Cool Science Toys.

And now it's a couple Snakebites (50% Harp Lager, 50% Blackthorne Cider), processing of email, and some LJ posting. A good night.
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"Pirates of the Caribbean" and VP lessons

On the bus to Exploratorium today they were showing the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and my analytical mind was dissecting the plot using some of the "Plot" lessons Jim MacDonald taught at VPXI: Get your pieces moving. Get them out on the board. Get them in conflict. Do it early.

Within the first 10 minutes, Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann have been introduced, have interacted, and have come into conflict.

When Jack Sparrow is on the run after escaping execution, where does he hide? The sword shop belonging to the Turners, of course! Where else?

Then Barbossa shows up, and all hell breaks loose. And everyone interacts again.

Nicely done, writers. Of course, having lots of swordfighting always helps.