The Charette Project


Michael Scherotter's Digital Playground


  1. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 2: Small Basic and Turtle Programming

    As you may have read about earlier in the week, I am hosting a computer camp in my home this week, teaching Kodu and Small Basic programming to my 9-year old son Alex and nine of his friends.  Today we moved on from a first day of Kodu game programming to learning the basics of writing code with...

  2. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 1: Kodu Game Lab

    On the First day of the Fairfax Computer Camp , a introduction to computer programming camp I’m running out of my home for a week, we started these 9-year-olds off with Kodu .  After setting up all of the computers that the kids brought in and hooking up a projector, I proceeded to start teaching...

  3. About to Start Fairfax Computer Camp

    My son Alex, age 9, wants to learn about computer programming so I decided to try something fun – to teach it to him.  In my day job, I explain and demonstrate Microsoft’s software development technologies and I’ve been programming since I was about ten so I think I know what to do.  I wanted...

  4. Self Publishing my Journals

    I am considering create a book of images from my journals that I’ve kept over the years.  I am looking at the option of self-publishing and on-demand printing.  Has anyone had success with this? 

  5. Pokemon with Alex

    Because of his interest in Pokemon, I took Alex to Gamescape North in San Rafael to participate in the Pokemon League. Since he got a set of cards for is birthday in May he has been engrossed in them. Initial Prejudice As a child, I built a collection of animal cards - my parents got me a subscription...

  6. How My Father Saw the World

    Today, on father’s day, I miss my father – he passed away more than 12 years ago after a battle with cancer. When he was much younger, and my brother Daniel and I were very young, he had an 8mm movie camera and, like parents today, he chronicled his friends, family in festive occasions. I...

  7. Enter to Win a BALL Watch by Creating one in Silverlight

    Here is something that I’ve been working on: BALL Watch USA and Microsoft are teaming up to give you a reason to try the new Expression Studio 4 to build one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 like this. You can win one of the watches! Ball Watch Company has a line of beautiful railroad-inspired...

  8. Alex’s Bike for Sale on Craiglist

    I just posted a Alex’s bike for sale on Craigslist and created a cool PhotoSynth of it:...

  9. Photosynth of Alex and Sam Playing Trains on our Driveway

  10. Gary Scherotter

    My father, Gary Scherotter, passed away eleven years ago in 1997. He succumbed to cancer after reaching the personal goal of attending my wedding (my anniversary was yesterday). I miss him dearly but I know that he would have loved to meet my sons Alexander and Samuel. I wouldn't be able to tear them...