Did it!

I got 2048!

and no … I didn’t get it by cheating or by digital editing.  It was done legitimately, and with a great deal of work and effort.

It just wasn’t with the original game.

As I blogged yesterday, the 2048 game is a very addictive time consumer (waster) game that had its code released as open source.

So, I was investigating an intriguing mathematics Tumblr site called “Visualizing Math” which is a fantastic resource for animations and visualizations in mathematics.  This is well worth the time, effort, and exploration for such visualization.

In the middle, there’s a discussion of the 2048 game.  It was here that I read about the 9007199254740992 game!

Let me see here:












and so on and so on.  All made easily available through the benefit of open source.  The only problem is that the 8×8 grid is too large to display on the screen at default.  I had to do a few Command – keystrokes to make it all visible.  I thought, just for a moment, that I had a rationale to purchase a higher resolution screen!

It begs the question – there undoubtedly are more variations of the game available.

Do you have one to share?

OTR Links 03/31/2014

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The 2048 Game

And now for something completely different…

I’m posting this on the weekend because it just wouldn’t be fair to get you started on something and then have to go to work.  The game is based on multiples of 2 – I wish that I could say that you could use this to teach binary numbers or something but that wouldn’t be right.

I put this game in the category of Flappy Bird.  Simple, easy to get started, easy to play, and it will have you addicted.  Can you hit 2048?  I started with the web version and was hooked.  Poking around reveals that there are many copies as well as portable versions.  The original is located here and can be played on your portable device so it really isn’t necessary to download a mobile version.


As the instructions say, just move the tiles with the arrow keys on your keyboard (or swipe on the web), merge the tiles, and try to generate the highest score.  Can you hit 2048?

As I started to poke around, it’s not without its controversy.  The original author attributes the design to the game THREES.  iOS Android

The authors of THREES share their thoughts in a blog post and their comments to those who they claim have ripped off their original concept.

It is there that I do see room for classroom discussion.  Where does original work end and rip off begin?  Are we better off with only one variation of a theme?  THREES…2048…1024…Numberwang 2048.  What about WordPerfect…Word…Pages…LibreOffice?

It’s a great discussion to have – provided you can put this addictive game down long enough to have it!

The code is open source and you can download to make your own or add to the project.

In the meantime, I’ve hit 256 but I have a plan…

OTR Links 03/30/2014

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More Spring Cleaning

This past week, I had three people that I know end up spewing garbage into their Twitter stream.  I know this because one of the spewings was directed at me.  It’s a reminder that a little bit of spring maintenance might be in order.

More on that in a second but it’s relatively easy to determine if someone has got access to your account and is sending out nasty messages.  If you’re just using the Twitter web interface, just head to your homepage http://www.twitter.com/<yourname&gt; and see what’s been sent.  You’ll know right away.  Or, if you’re using a third party application like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, start a special column for Twitter messages “Sent”.

If there’s bad stuff, you’ll see it right away and you can handle it. 

How did they get access to your account?  Chances are, you clicked one of those links that says “LOL, I can’t believe this is you” and you’re in trouble.  Change your password right away and you should be back in business.

But, let’s go one step further.  Is there anyone or anything else using your account that you don’t know about?  Log into Twitter and head over to your applications menu.  Here, you’ll find a list of everything that you’ve approved access to your account.

If you don’t recognize the application or you did approve it once but now have a change of mind or you just don’t know, you can revoke access to your account.  The next time the application wants to use your account, you’ll have to approve it.  This is significant and worthwhile checking out regularly.

Since you’re on a maintenance roll, how about your other social accounts?  What has access to your Facebook account?  Find out by logging into Facebook and clicking here.

Are there any applications that you’re not using that need to be deep sixed?  This is the place to do it!

How about Google?  It’s so easy to log in to other services with your Google account.  It’s very handy but do you still need to give authorization?

Check these out by logging into Google and clicking here.

Have you used your Microsoft Live account?  Better check that too.

It’s not that these are bad things.  The trend is to use services by authorizing with an account that you already own.  It lowers the number of accounts (and passwords) that you need to maintain.  It’s up to you to keep an eye on what you’re authorizing and to revoke the access if you no longer need to do it.  This is one of those things that you have to do yourself.

So, when was the last time you did a little online account cleaning?

OTR Links 03/29/2014

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs

One of the advantages of being the co-chair of the ECOO / OASBO ICT Bring IT Together Conference is that I have to monitor the workshop submission proposals as they come in.  BTW, the closing date is approaching…

Anyway, the great topic submissions show what great thinking Ontario Educators are doing about their profession.  The same thing happens when you take a look at their blogging.  It’s always a pleasure to do the reading.  Here’s a few that caught my eye this past week.

Using Google+ to Encourage Feedback

One of the messages explaining the rationale for all the web work that we do is that we use it to meet the students half way.  Students, generally, are comfortable in their network communities and certainly everyone has a Google account which gives access to Communities.  It’s not something new to learn; it’s just an easy transition for students and I think that this explains the immediate success that GAFE boards have had.  Colleen Rose shares her thoughts about using the tools for communication at a number of different levels and to different groups.  I found it to be an exciting read and I think quite nicely summarizes a great deal of why people are doing what they do.  Read the post and see if you don’t agree.

30 Days of Positive

You know, if you’re going to steal an idea, you can’t go far wrong with stealing from Oprah Winfrey.

Kristi Kerry Bishop uses being tired as a launch pad to some reflection about gratitude for what’s happening in education.  I had to read the post 2 or 3 times to make sure that I understood the jump in her thinking and I like that she landed on searching the positive.  It’s not nearly as physically draining as dealing with the negative and certainly, the negative isn’t that hard to find.  This is a great read and it’s just faith in humanity that her friends jumped in with support in the comments.

When you’re done reading that post, check out the previous one about hiring Harry Connick Jr.  Much more to think about…

Gedding Some Passion

Cathy Beach sent me a Twitter message a few days ago that was so obscure.  It linked back to this post on her blog and reading it still didn’t really clear things up in my mind.  I thought maybe she had finally lost it!

What the post was, however, was a launchpad to a series of posts from her asking us to think about the future.  Not about what we’re going to have for supper, but 10 years down the road.  Interesting…

My Morning Musings: My Brain Hurts

Aviva Dunsiger’s brain hurts.  So, she does what any rational person would do and take a couple of aspirins.  Right?


In this digital age, she blogs about her problem …

Now, whether or not she gets the timely feedback she’s seeking, I think that the whole process is worth noting.

In the year 2014, do you blindly follow along with the prescriptive resource, or do you look to your network of peers for ideas?  A combination of both may well result in the best learning environment.

Painful Reminder

Who hasn’t been here as a parent?

I hope by now, the problem has been identified and solved and that everyone in the Grasley household is back resting comfortably at night again.

My Own Blog

My own blog,  doug — off the record, got a lot smarter this past week.  I had a couple of guest bloggers!

Doing this was a great deal more difficult that I thought it was going to be.  When approached by the ladies involved, I thought – Great!  I don’t have to do any thinking for a couple of days.  I’ll just copy and paste their work.  Ha!  They had taken the time to entrust me with their thinking and I wanted to make sure that it formatted properly and looked right.  For the first time, blogging was actually work!

But, I’m glad that I did it – there was some good reaction to their posts and I think both delivered a message that was timely and relevant.

Great stuff again, folks.  Thanks to the bloggers above for some great thinking and sharing.  I’m hoping to see them go the next step at the Bring IT Together Conference.

Check out their posts at the links above and, please, check out the entire list of Ontario Edubloggers here.  I am admitting that I’m finding some abandoned content in there.  Rather than deleting them, I’m hoping that they’re just taking a break and will be back.  If you’re a Ontario blogger yourself or you know of one that’s not here, please fill out the form on the page and I’ll get it added.