Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist
Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Md Troopers Assoc #20 & Westminster Md Fire Dept Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Monday, April 30, 2012

Kathryn A. Myers Frock, 94, of #Westminster, died April 26, 2012



Thursday, April 26, 2012




Born June 17, 1917 in Mayberry, she was the daughter of the late John H. Myers and Maude Maus Myers Zimmerman. She was the wife of the late Russel W. Frock who died in 1977.

She attended Taneytown High School, Class of 1934.

She was a seamstress for L. Greif Brothers Clothing Company, and a homemaker.

She was a 4-H leader and volunteer fair judge for 70 years receiving a Governor's Citation at 55 years, a member of the Carroll County 4-H Fair Board, a member of Family and Consumer Education (formerly known as Homemaker's Clubs) for 65 years, and was a member of Church Women United for over 50 years.

She held many leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. She was also a Chief Election Judge at one of the Westminster polling locations for 20 years. She received many awards and recognitions including being named to the Carroll County 4-H Hall of Fame and received the Pioneer Award for the Carroll County Agriculture Board.

She was a volunteer at the Farm Museum as a tour guide and demonstrator of quilting and chair caning, was an Adult Education teacher for 8 years at the Frederick Community College in the 1970's teaching needle arts classes, and for several years was an assessor for the External Adult Learning Program for the Carroll County Public Schools.

She was a lifelong member of Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ where she was an Adult Sunday School teacher for over 75 years, belonged to the “Women's Guild”, played in the church orchestra as a young woman and was a founding member of the Mature Christians group.

She received the Outstanding Senior Citizen award in 1983 in Carroll County and the State of Maryland by the Jaycees.

Surviving her are a son Neil E. Frock and partner Bob Harrison of Rehoboth Beach, DE, a daughter and husband Lori and John Bucacink of Westminster, sisters Betty Harman of Silver Run and Aileen Long of Westminster, grandchildren Ian and Sara Bucacink of Westminster, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by siblings Wilson Myers, George “Herby” Myers, Marie Hyle and Truth Haines.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, and 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gerald Hanberry officiating, assisted by Rev. Gerald Fuss. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ, 2950 Old Taneytown Road, Westminster, MD 21158 or to the Carroll County 4-H, CCEAC, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, MD 21157.

On line condolences may be offered to the family at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

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Earlier in eve #McDaniel Pres Casey & World of Warcraft designer G Street spoke


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Greg Street designer World of Warcraft answered qs hour after his talk #McDaniel




Related - - McDaniel College – Greg Street SmartTALK links and notes:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012 From Westminster to the World of Warcraft Kevin E. Dayhoff: Last Monday, Greg Street, a 1991 McDaniel College graduate and the lead systems designer of World of Warcraft, shared his reality of how he journeyed from Texas to Westminster, and then South Carolina to California and Northrend, the crescent-shaped continent in northern Azeroth, in the virtual reality world of gamers… http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5077




World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ZX_S3STTQ The media duo of Judy Woodruff, of the PBS NewsHour, and her husband Al Hunt, of Bloomberg News, also visited McDaniel College for a program entitled “Conversation with Washington Insiders,” on April 15.




McDaniel College website - World of Warcraft video-game designer to speak April 30: http://www.mcdaniel.edu/12074.htm “World of Warcraft video-game designer to speak April 30” Monday, April 16, 2012 - -
“World of Warcraft master systems designer Greg Street, class of 1991, talks about how his liberal arts education at McDaniel helped him become a video game designer at 7 p.m. April 30 during SmartTALK with president Roger Casey in Decker Center Forum.
“Street currently works as a master systems designer at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, Calif. He graduated from McDaniel with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Philosophy in 1991 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a marine biologist before moving into the game design field.
“The hour-long event, which is free and open to the public, includes questions and answers from the audience.
“McDaniel College’s SmartTALK brings notable alumni back to campus for an on-stage conversation with president Roger Casey on their subject of expertise. Past SmartTALK presenters have included Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wendy Ruderman, career foreign-service diplomat Tom Armbruster, National Marine Fisheries Service director Eric Schwaab, National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, champion of the environment Gerald W. Winegrad, and, senior vice-president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Bernard Franklin.”


Inside Mac Games - Interview: Ensemble's Greg Street November 20, 2006 | Michael Phillips http://www.insidemacgames.com/features/view.php?ID=488&Page=1: “Games don't just appear out of thin air. Games are created by teams of designers and programers toiling in small underground vaults, unaware of the world above. At least, that's the information to which I'm privy. At any rate, games do require designers and Age of Empires III is no exception. Recently, I had the chance to chat with Greg Street, leader of the design team at Ensemble Studios that created Age of Empires III, about his role at Ensemble, what gamers can expect from this latest generation of the Age of Empires series and other industry related topics of interest. This is a good read, trust me…”

From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Public Schools will open its first video-game-themed magnet program this fall, with the goal of teaching students how to design and program video games, the Miami Herald reported on Monday.
The iTech Academy at Miami Springs Senior High School has 125 spots for the freshman class.
“We’re going to be a school that produces not only games, but apps. It’s part of my vision,” Principal Anna Rodriguez was quoted as saying. “I can see our students building holograms. I can really see it.”
According to the newspaper, the focus on design and coding reflects state and national efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Proponents of video-game programs say they prepare students for jobs in the 21st century.
In 2010-11, Florida had about 3,300 students enrolled in game, simulation and animation courses, the Herald reported… http://cnsnews.com/news/article/floridas-new-video-game-magnet-school-now-accepting-applications

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Dinner at #McDaniel Glar dinning room before the lecture on World of Warcraft

Progress continues on the #McDaniel stadium in #Westminster MD

Many folks came to Mrs. Kathryn Frock's visitation this afternoon at Pritt's

Equal Exchange coffee after church yesterday at Grace Lutheran

Allgeier of CC Ext Ser explains 'Use it up Wear it out Make it do or do without'

Barclays' Board Is Heckled Over Pay - NYTimes.com

Barclays' Board Is Heckled Over Pay - NYTimes.com: "APRIL 27, 2012, INVESTMENT BANKING


Barclays’ Board Is Heckled Over Pay BY JULIA WERDIGIER"


LONDON — Facing angry shareholders packed in a London concert hall, the management of Barclays pledged on Friday to reduce executive pay and apologized for not communicating enough with its shareholders.


Gathering at the Royal Festival Hall in London, which is usually reserved for music performances,   Robert E. Diamond Jr., the chief executive; Marcus Agius, the chairman; and the other members of Barclays’ board answered questions from disgruntled shareholders about why the bank paid million-dollar bonuses to its senior executives while earnings and the share price fell... http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/barclays-board-is-heckled-over-pay/?nl=business&emc=dlbkpma2_20120427

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Eagle Archive: Calling all 'well-behaved players' for baseball in Carroll County

Eagle Archive: Calling all 'well-behaved players' for baseball in Carroll County


Eagle Archive: Calling all 'well-behaved players' for baseball in Carroll County




You may have noticed that the Baltimore Orioles have gotten off to a good start so far in the young 2012 season.

Hope springs eternal, and spring makes me eternally hopeful, so it's only fitting to note that baseball was also on the minds of Carroll County readers more than 110 years ago.

On this day in 1899, a local newspaper carried a news story that the local "Westminster Base Ball Club" was looking for a few good baseball players…

"The Westminster Base Ball Club ... desires to win the championship and toward that end desires to have a team composed of good players who will be able to play good base ball, and will take full advantage of the five mile limit in order to obtain the players if they can not be gotten in this city." …

What is that 'five-mile limit' all about? We may need to call upon local historian and Carroll County baseball history expert Dan Hartzler.


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According to Mary Ann Ashcraft, an historian for the Historical Society, "Baseball was a big draw in all parts of the county, and competition between local teams often got very intense…"

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In the April 22, 1899 article that appeared in the now-defunct Democratic Advocate newspaper, it is interesting to review the set of qualifications desired by the Westminster Base Ball Club.

“While no roughness or rowdyism on the team will be permitted, the team will be no kid glove affair, to the detriment of good ball playing, but every effort will be made to obtain a representative club of conscientious, efficient, and well-behaved ball players…

“The team announced last week will be permanent only so far as the members, so announced, are able to play good ball and play regularly.”

Where do I sign up? Put me in coach, I’m ready to play.

When he is not listening to Orioles baseball on WTTR, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0422-20120418,0,1682881.story

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New Windsor history includes hogs, white elephants and health-giving waters March 24, 2012 By Kevin Dayhoff, http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0325-20120324,0,7033929.story

Eagle Archive: Carroll County Pasta Growers Association faced serious issues in spring 1917, April 1, 2012 by Kevin Dayhoff - http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/opinion-talk/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0401-20120328,0,7758279.story

Eagle Archive: Minding your manners, the community college, and post office were in the news years ago April 8, 2012 By Kevin Dayhoff

Eagle Archive: Measuring county's wealth in terms of cash, crops and heritage Baltimore Sun By Kevin Dayhoff, April 14, 2012 http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0415-20120411,0,6968390.story Around 1919, a local newspaper took issue with an article in a Baltimore paper that had credited "Yolo County, Calif., with the record of any county in the United States as being the wealthiest." April 15, 2012 http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2012/04/eagle-archive-by-kevin-dayhoff.html

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April 14, 2012 ...overlooked Carroll county." When he's not bragging about how great it is to live and work in Carroll County…

Eagle Archive: Carroll County Pasta Growers Association faced serious issues in spring 1917 BY KEVIN DAYHOFF, April 1, 2012 ...When he's not celebrating April Fool's Day with his rare "Westminster Imagination" pasta bushes…

Eagle Archive: Shopping for a silver anniversary present for TownMall March 24, 2012 ...around from 1987. Happy birthday to TownMall. When he is not looking for birthday cake in the food court, Kevin Dayhoff

Eagle Archives: New Windsor history includes hogs, white elephants and health-giving waters March 24, 2012 ...to the Public Service Commission." When he is not worrying about chasing hogs and white elephants out of town, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at BY KEVIN DAYHOFF

Eagle Archive: In 1879, it didn't take much to get run out of Westminster March 17, 2012 ...Crapster fined Green $2 and $8 costs, and the State's attorney gave Hines fifteen minutes to leave the city." Kevin Dayhoff is on his best behavior so he is not run out of town. He may be reached at … BY KEVIN DAYHOFF, …

In 1885, Westminster did a little Orioles bird hunting on the diamond February 25, 2012 ...team by a score of 9 to 7." When he's not trying out as a walk-on candidate for Orioles' spring training, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at … BY KEVIN DAYHOFF
McDaniel's new Gill Stadium will take its place in college's athletic history February 9, 2012 ...ball ... providing for both men and women." When is not walking in circles on the track at McDaniel College, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at … BY KEVIN DAYHOFF …
February 4, 2012 ...They are desperate men and declared that they would not be taken alive." When he not hiding under the sofa, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at BY KEVIN DAYHOFF
Eagle Archive: High school basketball has always been a great remedy for cabin fever January 29, 2012 ...schoolroom in which basketball was conducted." When is he not bouncing a basketball around in the living room, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at … BY KEVIN DAYHOFF …
Eagle Archive: Murder and mayhem led to Carroll's last public hanging in 1916 February 15, 2012 ...had assembled as early as the night before to witness the hanging. When he's not stooped over pouring milk, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at … BY KEVIN DAYHOFF …

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Delegate Paul Stull helps pack up his new sled for the road after another pull

In Carroll Co the value of all products sold in 2007 was over $87 million...

The brains behind this year's Carroll County Ag Center annual tractor pull

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Carroll County Ag Center tractor pull in action

Come out and join us today for the Carroll County Ag Center annual tractor pull


Come out and join us today for the Carroll County Ag Center annual tractor pull

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Annual Tractor Pull at the Carroll County Ag Center today

The Ag Center

... the place to look for Agriculture, Sporting Events and Entertainment of all kinds ...


WELCOME to the Carroll County Agriculture Center ... 20+ acres of indoor facilities, outdoor areas, meeting facilities, function and banquet rooms – and the state-of-the-art Danele Shipley Memorial Arena, and much more!

For more than 50 years the Ag Center has been the region's premier location for rodeo's, livestock and equestrian outings, live music and entertainment shows, auto and motorcycle events, trade shows and exhibits, and of course – the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair. It is also the permanent home of the long-running Carroll County Farmers Market and the highly–regarded 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County!

In 2012 we again bring you lots of new events and shows ...Our annual Tractor Pull this spring, huge indoor flea markets, boxing events, musical shows and concerts, corn maze, and lots more.


We are located in Westminster, MD in central beautiful Carroll County just 25 minutes from the BALTIMORE Beltway (MD 695). The Ag Center and Shipley Arena are perfectly situated to meet the diverse needs of those in Carroll County and our neighbors in Baltimore, Washington D.C., southern Pennsylvania and Delaware. We are here for you – YEAR-ROUND – presenting the best in Agriculture, Sporting Events and Entertainment of all kinds!

Visit us soon – we look forward to hosting you in comfort and style! Learn about upcoming shows and events on our website www.carrollcountyagcenter.com – visit us here often.

To book any of our facilities – or inquire about rates, specifications, etc. contact Nichole McLaughlin, Manager at 410-848-6704 or info@carrollcountyagcenter.com

Friday, April 27, 2012

Too funny. I'm guessing this sign means no parking upside down? Whatever.

MarylandReporter.com: Republicans emboldened by budget mess and tax hikes: Hogan, Madden, Craig



The budget mess that has led to plans for a special legislative session has further emboldened Republicans to seek fiscally conservative solutions to what they see as failed policies of the Democratic monopoly. Larry Hogan has 12,000 people in his Change Maryland group; Marty Madden has an exploratory committee for governor and would seek public financing; and David Craig seems the best organized.

Special sessions could throw wrench into political fund-raising efforts; NAACP backs holding two sessions, but opinions are mixed on how it might turn out; Rocky Gap gets slots OK and Maryland Live! set to open in June; Sierra Club intends to block export of fracking gas; and Franchot targets cigarette smuggling.

Editor and Publisher: Len Lazarick; Associate Editor: Megan Poinski; Roundup Editor: Cynthia Prairie
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Venture Capitalist Forced To Defend Only Making 31,200% Return





As a venture capitalist who really-really understood it when CODY WILLARD wrote the following for the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch – “The Cody Word”:

“So Web Bubble 2.0 is at a place where journalists and pundits and people who have never written huge venture capital checks and seen it evaporate less than a year later (note: I have) are criticizing someone who has just turned a quarter of a million into three quarters of a hundred million…”

Mr. Cody’s piece, “How to profit on this Apple stock bubble” - http://blogs.marketwatch.com/cody/2012/04/25/how-to-profit-on-this-tech-bubble/ - is an interesting read…

On top of the whole newly minted national discussion on venture capitalists that at times has caused my head to spin and spew pea soup through my nose…

“Apparently I’m supposed to be angrier over what former Massachusetts Governor and venture capitalist Mitt Romney does with his money than what President Barack Obama does with mine…”

Venture Capitalist Forced To Defend Only Making 31,200% Return

How to profit on this Apple stock bubble

April 25, 2012 COMMENTARY By CODY WILLARD

I saw something recently that blew my mind and I need to share with you. A venture capitalist having to defend making a 31,200% return — in two years.

Seriously, read this post from Ben Horowitz, Netscape founder Marc Andreeseen’s investing partner. They were seed investors in Instagram, recently sold for $1 billion to Facebook… http://blogs.marketwatch.com/cody/2012/04/25/how-to-profit-on-this-tech-bubble/

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Mr. Horowitz goes on to layout an ethical dilemma that prevented his fund from participating in a follow-on round (sidebar: if you’re getting your MBA right now, I require that you read this).  But here’s the point I want to make:

When someone is attacked for turning $250,000 into ‘only’ $78 million, we are in an enormous bubble.

Hat Tip: Venture Capitalist Forced To Defend Only Making 31,200% Return http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/venture-capitalist-forced_n_1455132.html?ref=topbar

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Westminster Maryland Online: WaPo’s Reliable Source Notoriously Late, Won’t Attribute - FishbowlDC:

Westminster Maryland Online: WaPo’s Reliable Source Notoriously Late, Won’t Att...: WaPo’s Reliable Source Notoriously Late, Won’t Attribute - FishbowlDC : ANALYSIS ,  FAIL WaPo’s  Reliable Source Notoriously Late, Won’t ...




"WaPo‘s flagship gossip column “The Reliable Source” isn’t exactly setting a good example these days. Sure, we know it’s loathsome to have to attribute to someone else.

But that’s the breaks and the way it goes if you want to be respected by your peers.



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Progress continues on the new stadium at McDaniel College


USA TODAY: Disney patrons will be able to get their Starbucks fix by Bruce Horovitz






Disney (DIS), the world's largest theme park company, on Monday announced a deal with Starbucks (SBUX), the world's largest coffee chain, to open stores in its theme parks at Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort.

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For Disney, which has often been criticized for the limited food and beverage choices at its parks, this is a huge move forward. For Starbucks, which is running out of ways to expand in the U.S., this is a slam-dunk move in a captive market ripe for growth… http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-04-23/starbucks-disney-deal/54491812/1



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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lights Motors Action Extreme Stunt Show


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A tribute to Dick Clark


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Essay: Social gaming for the anti-social By Dave Gilmore


Essay: Social gaming for the anti-social

Where the social element of gaming is headed, and why it may be at odds with our text-heavy culture


This is a quandary about the future of video games, but it also has a lot to do with text messages, phone calls, headsets and millennials. 

The backlash to the “Facebook Age” cries out for more human connection, more “real” interactions with those in our social circles. However, the needle seems to be moving in the other direction.

Take a poignant joke from last week’s episode of NBC’s “Community.” Two characters in their early 20s, Troy and Annie, are mortified that their friend Britta (late 20s) actually calls Annie’s phone. Troy exclaims, "She was born in the '80s! She still uses her phone as a phone!"

That’s what it has come to, hasn’t it? There was a relatively brief period where the written word was for information, while hearing someone’s voice was required to establish a sincere, emotional connection. The joke used to be that breaking up with someone over email was a faux pas, but now if it’s a well-written email, it’s almost regarded as better than a distracted cell phone conversation in which one party will undoubtedly assure the other that they “have full bars.”

Voice communication, while effective, is to some extent culturally dead or dormant (who can predict these things?). Either way, the prevailing method of social interaction now relies on something that was very recently deemed impersonal. I don’t think the advent of emoticons have all of a sudden advanced text communication to the point of being any more emotionally effective than it was when texts were purely informational.

In the world of gaming, where does this leave us? In case you haven’t already been bludgeoned with a frying pan made of articles like this telling you that everything is becoming more tied to social media: well, everything is becoming more tied to social media. At least for the foreseeable future… http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/game-cache/bal-game-cache-social-gaming-for-anti-social,0,4536599.story

Updated and related:

Related - - McDaniel College – Greg Street SmartTALK links and notes:

From Westminster to the World of Warcraft by Kevin Dayhoff

May 2, 2012



Last Monday, Greg Street, a 1991 McDaniel College graduate and the lead systems designer of World of Warcraft, shared his reality of how he journeyed from Texas to Westminster, and then South Carolina to California and Northrend, the crescent-shaped continent in northern Azeroth, in the virtual reality world of gamers.

For Dr. Street, it has been a long, strange, and wonderful trip from Westminster to the Mists of Pandaria.

The audience that gathered at Decker Center Forum on the Westminster college campus was an eclectic combination and – yes, one-third of the audience were hard-core gamers – who know Dr. Street by his screen name “Ghostcrawler” on gamer message boards, where he is a constant presence in search of feedback on the World of Warcraft.

The World of Warcraft was first released in 1994 as “Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.” The popular computer game currently enjoys a worldwide audience of 10.2 million subscribers as of December 2011… http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5077

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 From Westminster to the World of Warcraft Kevin E. Dayhoff: Last Monday, Greg Street, a 1991 McDaniel College graduate and the lead systems designer of World of Warcraft, shared his reality of how he journeyed from Texas to Westminster, and then South Carolina to California and Northrend, the crescent-shaped continent in northern Azeroth, in the virtual reality world of gamers… http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5077




World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ZX_S3STTQ The media duo of Judy Woodruff, of the PBS NewsHour, and her husband Al Hunt, of Bloomberg News, also visited McDaniel College for a program entitled “Conversation with Washington Insiders,” on April 15.




McDaniel College website - World of Warcraft video-game designer to speak April 30: http://www.mcdaniel.edu/12074.htm “World of Warcraft video-game designer to speak April 30” Monday, April 16, 2012 - -
“World of Warcraft master systems designer Greg Street, class of 1991, talks about how his liberal arts education at McDaniel helped him become a video game designer at 7 p.m. April 30 during SmartTALK with president Roger Casey in Decker Center Forum.
“Street currently works as a master systems designer at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, Calif. He graduated from McDaniel with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Philosophy in 1991 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a marine biologist before moving into the game design field.
“The hour-long event, which is free and open to the public, includes questions and answers from the audience.
“McDaniel College’s SmartTALK brings notable alumni back to campus for an on-stage conversation with president Roger Casey on their subject of expertise. Past SmartTALK presenters have included Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wendy Ruderman, career foreign-service diplomat Tom Armbruster, National Marine Fisheries Service director Eric Schwaab, National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, champion of the environment Gerald W. Winegrad, and, senior vice-president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Bernard Franklin.”


Inside Mac Games - Interview: Ensemble's Greg Street November 20, 2006 | Michael Phillips http://www.insidemacgames.com/features/view.php?ID=488&Page=1: “Games don't just appear out of thin air. Games are created by teams of designers and programers toiling in small underground vaults, unaware of the world above. At least, that's the information to which I'm privy. At any rate, games do require designers and Age of Empires III is no exception. Recently, I had the chance to chat with Greg Street, leader of the design team at Ensemble Studios that created Age of Empires III, about his role at Ensemble, what gamers can expect from this latest generation of the Age of Empires series and other industry related topics of interest. This is a good read, trust me…”

From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Public Schools will open its first video-game-themed magnet program this fall, with the goal of teaching students how to design and program video games, the Miami Herald reported on Monday.
The iTech Academy at Miami Springs Senior High School has 125 spots for the freshman class.
“We’re going to be a school that produces not only games, but apps. It’s part of my vision,” Principal Anna Rodriguez was quoted as saying. “I can see our students building holograms. I can really see it.”
According to the newspaper, the focus on design and coding reflects state and national efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Proponents of video-game programs say they prepare students for jobs in the 21st century.
In 2010-11, Florida had about 3,300 students enrolled in game, simulation and animation courses, the Herald reported… http://cnsnews.com/news/article/floridas-new-video-game-magnet-school-now-accepting-applications

The Gamer's Diet: This cannot be healthier for you than "World of Warcraft." By Dave Gilmore

The Gamer's Diet: No 'Wii Fit' required

How I distract myself from cheeseburgers by leveling up



We're well into 2012, and if you're like me, you've already dropped the ball numerous times on your new year's resolutions. Like many peers, as I approach 30, I'm trying to take better care of myself and not put so much crap into my body.

I wanted a cheeseburger really bad the other day. However, I had made a pledge to really buckle down on cutting out the high-octane junk intake. The problem was I had nothing in the way between me and cheeseburger. There were no obligations to attend to, no financial or logistical barriers preventing me from obtaining my coveted treat. I thought I should maybe head downstairs and hit the heavy bag or the elliptical. Then again, if I had that kind of drive, I wouldn't need to be worrying about cheeseburgers so much.

Idle hands are the devil's playthings, and in this case my devil was that Wendy's girl. So I picked up the controller. Within 20 minutes, I wasn't thinking about cheeseburgers, I was thinking about buckling down and completing all the side quests I had been putting off in "Skyrim." An hour later, I had forgotten about the cheeseburger. It was 7 p.m. and I was hungry like a normal person who needs food for energy and survival. Not a person who is fueled by a predominantly cheeseburger-centric diet.

This may surprise you, but I am not a qualified neuroscientist or behaviorist. However, I think I have stumbled upon a quirk that exists in my own brain and perhaps yours as well. My brain has a pleasure center. Like B.F. Skinner's rats, when I have no other pressing obligations, I generally look for stuff to send signals to that center. There seems to be a certain region of that center that responds to video games, junk food and watching my favorite television shows. I think that I can divert from one by substituting it with another. This sort of makes sense… http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/game-cache/bal-the-gamers-diet-no-wii-fit-required-20120314,0,6869976.story
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