Field Notes: Junior Innovation Camp

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Today I’d like to share some experiences we had during the Junior Innovator Camp that was part of the Wonder Women Tech conference earlier this summer. I was joined by my colleagues Marjorie Asturias (who also spoke), Sarah Blackstock, Erica Varlese, and Anne McCarthy.

Wonder Women Tech, where Automattic was a sponsor, is a conference that highlights women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and provides a forum for discussing important topics around diversity. The two-day event drew over 150 speakers, all of whom were successful entrepreneurs or business leaders, who shared their triumphs, failings, and learned lessons. The conference offered educational opportunities to a number of area students who were attending on scholarships.

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Field Notes: An Event Apart Boston 2016

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.

This week, designers Kjell Reigstad and Mel Choyce and code wrangler Kelly Dwan attended An Event Apart in Boston, Massachusetts. An Event Apart is a tech industry conference built by, and for, designers and developers who believe “that through advocacy and hard work, each of us can make a meaningful difference.” Mel shares her experience from the event.

Yesenia Perez-Cruz, taken by Jeffrey Zeldman. Photo licensed CC BY-ND 2.0. Yesenia Perez-Cruz, taken by Jeffrey Zeldman. Photo licensed CC BY-ND 2.0.

Every now and then a conference comes around that makes you want to get up and go work. That’s always been An Event Apart for me — I leave feeling energized and amped up, with a strong desire to make the world (or at least the web) a…

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Unique Sketch Cards, Autographs Punctuate Panini America’s 2015 National Promotion

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The fact that these sweltering July days seem to be ticking past at a faster-than-normal pace right about now might just have something to do with our excitement and anticipation for the upcoming 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention that kicks off just two weeks from today. All of us at Panini America have been steadfastly preparing for one of the most important events of the collecting year — and that process is sure to intensify in the coming days.

Over the course of the last few weeks here on The Knight’s Lance, we’ve been leaking information surrounding Panini America’s massive presence at the show — including preliminary details on our marquee National VIP Party, the special six-card set available to registered show VIPs, and the Panini America wrapper-redemption set’s base and subset cards. Today, we’re bringing you another must-see sneak peek.

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Disney Playmation Combines Wearables, Connected Toys And Marvel’s Avengers

Sounds nice, if you don’t count the fact that it’ll set you back 120 bucks.

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Disney is expanding its foray into the connected toys (or toys-to-life) category with a new offering called Playmation, which combines figurines and wearable devices from popular franchises including Star Wars and the Avengers with each other to create interactive adventures for kids to explore, all without requiring any kind of data connection or dedicated console.

The first Playmation product Disney is launching is the Marvel Avengers Starter Pack, which will hit store shelves in October. It includes a wearable Iron Man-inspired Repulsor that kids can strap to their arm, as well as two ‘Power Activators’ (which presumably activate powers) and two ‘Smart Figures’ (in this case Captain America and a rival, Iron Skull). Once you strap on that Repulsor device (which is large enough to fit grown-up kids, too), you’ll get audio instructions from JARVIS about how to use it, which gets the adventure started.

Behind the scenes, the…

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Panini America Provides Detailed First Look at 2015 Clear Vision Football (Gallery)

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In late July, Panini America will unveil an all-new NFL product that promises to be clearly different than anything else on the market — and it’s a difference collectors will be able to see through. Featuring acetate technology on every card, 2015 Clear Vision Football will deliver the first trading cards of the top 2015 rookies in their NFL uniforms, along with the first NFL Shield memorabilia cards of the top rookies.

What’s more, 2015 Clear Vision Football will feature a short-but-stacked autograph roster that includes only the most collectible players in the game. Each six-pack box of 2015 Clear Vision Football (three cards per pack) will yield two Rookie Cards, one insert or parallel, one parallel (all parallels numbered to 99 or less), one thick glass card and one autograph or memorabilia card.

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Panini America Provides Detailed First Look at 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball

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High-end hoops collectors, rejoice. One of the most iconic super-premium products in trading card history is gearing up for the 2014-15 season — and when 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball arrives in late July, it will be safely steeped in the rich autograph, game-worn memorabilia and Rookie Card content that has elevated the brand to legendary status since its debut in 2009-10.

In addition to boasting the season’s most sought-after Rookie Cards (the splendid Rookie Patch Autographs), 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball will also feature the return of coveted staples such as Notable Nicknames, Sneaker Swatches, Treasured Tags, NBA Champion Signatures, Colossal. This year’s release also will include — for the first time — college-themed cards.

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Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2015 Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks Football

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Panini America 2015 Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks Football MainPanini America will make a little hobby history with the late-May release of 2015 Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks Football. For the first time ever, the company’s popular Prizm technology will be unleashed on college football’s greatest legends and hottest 2015 NFL draft picks. And as you’ll see in the preview gallery below, the results should be as impressive as the collegiate superstars dotting the checklist.

Each hobby box of 2015 Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks Football (five cards per pack, 12 packs per box) will deliver two autographs, 24 Draft Picks, four Prizms, one Stained Glass insert and three additional inserts. As is the case with any Prizm product, the colorful parallels (including CamoPurple Flash, Blue, Tie-Dye, Red White & Blue, Gold and Green & Black) will likely standout as this release’s calling cards.

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Restoring rivers in Southwest Virginia

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On an unseasonably chilly day in March, a team assembled from our offices across the Northeast and Southeast began taking down a decrepit dam that for years blocked the Middle Fork of the Holstom River. It would take four days to break apart the dam and extract the rubble. But by the end of the week, the river would be moving free again.

The excavator pictured next to the dam. As you can see, the dam had already been breached. Credit: Tom Barnes / USFWS The excavator pictured next to the dam. As you can see, the dam had already been breached. Credit: Tom Barnes / USFWS

The dam was built in 1911 alongside an ice factory that shuttered more than forty years ago. In recent years, it’d become a public nuisance. By working with the local landowner and the town of Marion, the Service removed both the cinderblock factory structure as well as the dam.

For this project, we relied on the expertise of the Management Assistance Team–a highly efficient six-person…

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Fan TV’s New App Is A Must-Have For Cord Cutters

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As a cord cutter, one of the ongoing challenges is figuring out which shows and movies are available for streaming on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and others, and which are only available as paid downloads. A company called Fan TV is today introducing a new mobile application that will go a long way to help address this problem, by allowing you to search and save shows and movies you want to watch later – as well as get alerted to when they arrive on your preferred services.

The alerting feature is of particular interest to me personally, I have to admit. Today’s streaming services see content come and go so regularly, it has become nearly impossible to keep track of what’s available and where. In fact, you may be in the middle of binge-watching a show, only to wake up and find that the show has disappeared…

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March 21 is National Crunchy Taco Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Taco:

  1. Founder, Glenn Bell, first opened the chain “Del Tacos,” a hot dog and taco franchise.
  2. He was the first to fry his taco shells in advance.  Before then, they were fried on demand.
  3. They were the first fast food chain to have move tie-in promotions.
  4. In 1962, a tacos only cost 19 cents.
  5. Even though the 1990 Chihuahua was an advertising phenomenon, taco sales actually went down during that period.

Fun Fact:

The word taco started in the 18th century silver mines in Mexico. Back then, a taco was just some paper wrapped around gunpowder.

Taco Bell has tried to enter the Mexican market twice, failing both times, even after branding their food “American” food.

In 1914, the first recipes for tacos were put into an English cookbook.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1925 Teaching the theory…

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