Just a few hundred yards off the busy highway through downtown Sedona runs Oak Creek. Access is limited, but we were fortunate enough to be staying at the Amara Resort. It has a fine pool overlooking the creek. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.
Ok, I have to throw a few shameless yet deserving plugs out there for Josh and all the staff at the Amara Kimpton Resort. You made the trip more personable (Josh, take care of Catty the cat!). Also to the Pump House Station Eatery for their great brunch, reasonable prices and very cozy atmosphere. Last and not least is THAT Brewery & Pub in Pine, Arizona. Nothing beats a small local brewery, my compliments on the Road Rash IPA.
PS: Status report on Fivemile Lake – Dry weather has taken it’s toll, and as of September 2018 it’s two small shallow ponds. Still a nice place for a roadside stop.
Recently I was asked to configure a Linux Distribution suitable for a 4 year old already comfortable with an iPad. We needed a current distro with a clean desktop that would run on modest hardware. And of course there needs to be an assortment of cool activities that are fun and educational.
The distros I’ve seen didn’t quite fill the bill, so I decided to roll my own. I’m starting with a clean install of Linux Mint 18.3 with the Mate desktop on a modest dual-core PC. I applied all system updates, set a good admin password and enabled the firewall. In Firefox I added the uBlock Origin, https everywhere and privacy badger plugins.
Fortunately, there’s a variety of good games & activities available via the Synaptic Package Manager or Software Manager. Both are safe sources. Here’s a few I think are pretty cool, focusing on the under 10 group.
Once installed, it’s just a matter of arranging the desktop as desired. I bumped up the font size a bit as well. If desired, you could create a user account with limited privileges although keeping the admin password should keep the lil ones out of trouble. If you’re interested in controlling what sort of Internet resources children can access, take a look at Cisco’s OpenDNS project. For the younger children, you could remove the short-cuts for web applications altogether and still access them via the command prompt later if desired.
* Caution! Frozen Bubbles game is addictive even for big kids!
– Kenn Ranous
Just a quick experiment with a Celestron USB Microscope in Linux Mint 18.3. Images were taken using the Cheese webcam application. As with any scene, lighting makes a big difference. Having the ‘scope near a window provides natural light at a low angle to show texture.
– Ken Ranous