For the last few posts, I've basically been sharing ideas that I wish someone had shared with me when I was young. But here's the thing, you're not a one-dimensional person--like a Flat Stanley or a line--and neither am I. I have muchos intereses and muchas actividades that take up my awake-time, and I'm sure you do too. So I want to introduce you to a current one.
Meet Logical Me
I've been teaching a short 6-week computer class to Upward Bound students. The thing is though that I don't have a degree in computer science. Actually, I don't have any training in computer science, and frankly, I'm not that interested in computer science either. I mean, I can use a computer, but "networking" is a foreign word to me and if you asked me to hack something, I'd get out a butcher knife.
I Have a Big "But"
BUT I am "teaching" a computer class this summer anyway. :-) Luckily, as a former librarian and a non-idiot, I am resourceful enough to find teaching materials online, so my students and I are using Codecademy to learn to code using the Python computer language.
I don't know anything about computer programming, mind you (maybe I mentioned my computer illiteracy before?), and huge portion of what I'm "learning" in Codecademy doesn't make a darn bit of sense to me right now. But I have managed to make a simple game using Python.
Presenting "A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Libs World"!
Okay, so maybe you're not familiar with Mad Libs. It was pretty popular back when I was growing up in the Pleistocene epoch (alongside mammoths and saber-toothed tigers). Here's how it works: you create a story (or use a pre-made template) with several words missing. You have to figure out what part of speech (noun, adjective, adverb, etc.) would make sense in each of the blanks. Then, you ask people to give you a word that goes with those parts of speech. Finally, you use their answers to fill in the blanks, and you read their new, hilarious story.
An Example to Un-confuse You
Here's how I would make "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into a Mad Libs:
Me: Name an adjective.
Me: Name an animal.
Me: Name a body part.
Me: Name an adjective.
Here's your Mad Libs version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb":
Mary had a fun chimpanzee.
Its earlobe was stripey as snow...
Hahahaha! And everyone rolls in the floor with laughter and/or bewilderment!
A Link To Mad(Lib)ness
Here is the Mad Libs game I created. To start it, click the word Run with the little triangle next to it. Then, type in an answer to each question and hit "Enter" on your keyboard. Finally, read your ["Give me an adjective." "bizarre" "Give me another adjective." "slimy"] story that you created (i.e. Then, read, your bizarre, slimy story that you created).
Now It's Time to Say Goodbye...
So I'm out of time for now, kiddos! But in my next post, I will show you how to create your own Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Libs World so you can join the novice-geek squad. Until then, seeya, sucka!
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