Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Scratch – Creative Games for the Young and Old

Scratch: produced by the MIT Media Lab

Create stories, games, and animations
Share with others around the world

While Scratch is primarily designed for 8 to 16 year olds, it is also used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.

About Scratch
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.

For Parents
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.


Text and Images: Courtesy MIT Media Lab
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Rupee ₹ Slides in International Market

 Even the wealthy nations face economic crunch

There exist Five Economies in India, of course, not officially recognized.

1. The Fifth World India Economy, of the displaced & marginalized ryot, that started emerging during the benevolent Firangi Raj, and grew at accelerated rate, now, during Swa-Raj. It survives by recycling the waste / effluence left by the elite.

2. The Fourth World India Economy, of the aborigine tribes, which started in ancient times and continues; it has been disturbed by the governments.

3. The Third World India Economy, of the agrarian society in rural India. It has been self-sustaining until colonized by Industrialization. Now it is in chaos.

4. The First World India Economy, which rules the Nation. It is internationally recognized. It is also visible in the countrywide chaos in equality.

5. The Gray Zone Economy, which is variously called: Black Money, secret accounts in foreign banks, scams and frauds, extortion, etc.

What is the rate of Rupee in each of these five Indian Economies?
Before answering this question, let us remember that currency, any currency, has no tangible value.

J. K. Galbraith (one of India's rare or very few friends) described India's society at the start in one of his essays (Ambassador's journal: a personal account of the Kennedy years): there is a horizontal line that divides the society. There are a very few above the line, and a large mass of people below it.

The rupee symbol '₹’ is a graphic representation of Galbraith's words which documents the shameful and drastic inequality and injustice.

A 'Vastu' expert opined, the horizontal line on Devanagari letter ' र ' is inauspicious to India. The Experts fumble!

Alas! None thinks of the 'Centralized Power' is a basic feature of Civilized Society since its birth 5K years ago, also called 'Urban Revolution', which has also proved to be inauspicious to 'Land, Waters and Life' on the Earth!!

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