Ramona’s challenge


Yesterday, I got a challenge from Ramona Meharg that I couldn’t ignore.

I like things that are artificial intelligence-y and this seemed to have that type of approach so I gave it a shot.

The website is called Akinator.

The concept is pretty simple; sort of a digital spin to the 20 questions game that we played as kids.  When I had visited the site, there had been 700847537 games played.  That’s quite impressive.

So, ever up for the challenge, I gave it a shot.  I wanted badly to win so I chose something Canadian – hockey and just pulled a name out of my memory but then felt guilty and went with a name that might be more well known – Bobby Orr.  And, I lost.  Or rather the Akinator won.

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That was impressive.

How would it do with my original choice – Jean Beliveau?

How’s this for close?

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Ah, I’ve still got it!

What was interesting was the followup where I could provide details so that the next player might not be so lucky.  In other words, Akinator was learning.

Anyway, it’s 1 and 1 for me.

Are you up to the challenge?  If you’re interested in using it in the classroom, there is a child mode.  I didn’t test it extensively but none of the questions that I was asked were inappropriate.

So, thanks, Ramona.

Gone phishing


How many times have we heard that the weakest part of any security measure is the person at the keyboard?

Phishing is the name of the game and, unfortunately, the bad guys have won at this game so many times.

How many times have we warned people about emails that are designed to get you to follow links that take you to places that aren’t safe or healthy for you and/or your computer?

How do give a “safe” example?

Google’s Jigsaw has you covered with this quiz. (I used all my anti-phishing skills to make sure that the link was safe…)

So, you make up a name or an email address and that information is used to create eight examples of what phishing might look like.

The links are interactive and use the information that you’ve provided to give you some scenarios to investigate.

You get a chance to use your skills of common sense and mouse overing to investigate the various cases. The explanations after you make your choice explain things very nicely.

I found it well done and used my skills…determining whether it was phishing or legitimate. It was interesting and fun. On the first time through, I got 7/8. Uh oh. I need to up my game.

Penny Wise


Well, today’s the day.  The penny in Canada is being phased out.  Read about it here on the Royal Canadian Mint site or I’ll bet every newspaper in the country.

To celebrate the value of the penny, the CBC has an interactive quiz that tests your knowledge.

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“Penny on Mac Keyboard” by Doug Peterson

See what you know about the penny by taking the quiz.

Test your knowledge of the penny before its Monday demise

There’s some interesting trivia to be had in this short 10 question quiz.  I was amazed and wondered just how the heck I remembered some of those things.  Others, I knew right away and, honestly, I guessed on a couple of others.

Here’s my result.

How did you do?

How’s that for a quicky activity for students today.  Then, it’s off to something a little more significant – like rounding or truncating numbers.  Make sure you do it!  How many times do you get to teach a valuable life skill on the very day that it kicks in!

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