I’m on vacation this week. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t collecting links last week and putting them together for this post. I’m not sure how much if at all I will be blogging between now and the end of the year. Yes, I should probably take time off from blogging as I am from other work. But you know sometimes I just have to post stuff. So we’ll see.

Submit your idea for an application that uses Kinect for a chance to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect!* This month, Microsoft Student Partners are sharing the story of Kinect technologies at high schools across the US - is yours one of them? Share your idea for an application that uses Kinect on the Microsoft Tech Student Suggestions page on Facebook by January 15, 2012, 11:59pm PST and include your full school name for a chance to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect! Full rules here:

Been Camping Lately? Get resources from the HTML5 and Windows Phone 7 Developer Camps  Tara Walker lists a lot of good resources in this blog post.

I’m a big fan of FIRST robotics (you may have seen my post on FIRST Lego League last week) so I was surprised to find the the official FIRST Robotics page on Facebook only has about 8,000 fans. If you are on Facebook and interested in robotics in general or FIRST in particular check it out for the latest news.

I spent some time with Tom Gaffey of Philadelphia's School of the Future last week. He has a large collection of  OneNote classroom examples. Tom is a great guy and a wonderful teacher. If you get a chance to hear him do a teacher workshop by all means GO!

dream.build.play is an awesome competition that is now coming to the windows phone

Our friends at coding4fun have some new things out about Getting started with the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2 and WPF

Check this video out -- Barack Obama - Computer Science Question Fortunately someone briefed him a little. Smile 

Check this video out -- What different sorting algorithms sound like A whole different take on things.

Microsoft launches ExcelMashup.com, looks to make spreadsheets both hip and exciting. Something different to try perhaps?