The Charette Project


Michael Scherotter's Digital Playground


  1. Steal These Journaling Ideas at SxSW 2016

    I have always seen SXSW as my "creativity recharge" for the year and now I want to help others spark their own creativity by sharing my journaling ideas in a workshop "Steal These Journaling Ideas": Please vote for my journaling workshop at SxSW 2016 - even if you don't plan on attending: Steal These...

  2. My Story

    Since a young age I was always good with computers. I spent many years of my adolescence tinkering on a personal computer: first TRS-80 s at school, and then an IBM PCjr at home. It was a logical progression from building cities with Lego blocks to building programs in BASIC on a computer. At the time...

  3. The Strangers Among Us

    Last year during the high holidays my congregation Gan Halev asked me to give a talk to the congregation during the Yom Kippur service.  Now I am hearing the reports about the flood of unaccompanied minors coming to the United States from Central America and I saw some connections between my talk...

  4. Finches Nesting at our House

    Recently a pair of finches has built a nest in a light fixture on our porch in Fairfax.  I hooked up a webcam and about 5 USB extension cables to a PC to get a live feed of the Finch nest.  Take a look at the video: Finch Nest When we see any new developments, we will post updates....

  5. Architecture: My New Windows Phone App

    I just published my first Windows Phone App, Architecture , which helps users find architectural projects from around the world and nearby.  It uses projects from the Urbarama site.  Please give it a try and submit your feedback.      ...

  6. My Second Patent Awarded

    I just learned that I was awarded a patent for work that I did as part of a team at Mindjet creating “smart map parts”.  I look back very proudly at my four years at Mindjet in software development and business development, working with visionaries like Mike Jetter and Chris Holmes . The concrete...

  7. allusophoria

    Today I have made up a new word – please use it freely: allusophoria noun the sense of delight experienced on discovering the origin of a literary allusion. Usage in a sentence “Alex felt allusophoria and laughed when he realized that Nemo in Finding Nemo was named after the fictional character Captain...

  8. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 5: Kodu Games Completed

    Friday was the last day of the Fairfax Computer Camp , an informal camp that I led in my house for my 9-year-old son Alex and nine of his friends and I would say that is was an absolute success.   By the end of the week all of the campers were adept at Kodu and knew how to make computer games...

  9. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 4: Building and Testing Kodu Games

    On the fourth day of the Fairfax Computer camp the campers were busy building, refining, and testing the games that they were creating with Kodu .  Almost all of the kids tried some of the sample games and started tinkering with them by changing the rules, the programming, the worlds.  When...

  10. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 3: Small Basic and Kodu

    On our third day of the Fairfax Computer Camp, we started out Small Basic for a second day and I immediately noticed that the enthusiasm had waned a bit.  I was also noticing that Small Basic was still a bit advanced for these incoming 4th graders who were all still learning their way around the...