If you are like me and like most teachers you are still on vacation. You have had enough of celebrations and eating large meals and finally have some time to think. If you read a lot of blogs you will notice that a lot of people are not blogging. I am addicted though – or so I am told – so still have some interesting links to share. I hope you will check some of them out and find them helpful.

There are only a few days left to get a copy of the C++ Beginner's Guide eBook for free. At the end of the year this book will be withdrawn. So grab a copy now.

Andrew Parsons (@MrAndyPuppy on twitter) linked to this Games for Change post on the Imagine Cup which includes Game Design winners for past 3 years.

Hélène Martin has a thoughtful post based on her (and other people’s) recent travel disruptions from weather problems around the world. Travel woes – Can Computing help?  I can see this as a discussion point for students to learn about large systems and the room we still have to go to solve some problems that computing should be able to help with.

The year end posts have begun. In this one, Ken Royal  (@kenroyal ) lists his People and Places 2010. I’m really pleased that he included me in his list. But go read his post as there are other more interesting people there and you may find someone new to follow.

What a great use of Montage! Doug Peterson creates a site to look at information from educators in Ontario (Follow Ontario edu-bloggers). Create your own at Montage.

Microsoft has started a new program to recognize a Microsoft Tech Student of the month. Daniel Van Tassel, a senior at the University of Utah is the first to be named. He’s done some interesting things already.

Information about next summers CS & IT Symposium is now up. This year (2011) it will be three days in New York City! Calling all computer science teachers – get your proposals for talks in and make plans to be there now.

Someone sent me a link to The Semicolon Wars Did you know that there were 6,900 natural languages and possibly as many as 8,500 programming languages. What does that say about the state of the art and of the types of people in computing? Possible discussion topic maybe.

Santa's Outbox is some seasonal humor on the CACM Blog (@blogCACM ) - of course some of us know that Santa uses Bing Maps and not that other company’s product. Smile