Hello! I’m Salvo
Graduate student at Georgetown in Learning, Design, and Technology. Co-creator of the World of the Weasel series of books for kids 4-10 and founder of Spitball Studio, developing and producing stories for kids large and small.
I love to engage both my left and right brain. If creative and analytical work were polarized like handedness, I’d count myself among the ambidextrous. I believe they are not mutually exclusive, however, but meant to reinforce each other.
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When ChatGPT Says it Knows it’s Wrong
When I asked ChatGPT to help me with research, it knowingly fabricated all its sources.
Beautiful Blackboards of Mathematicians
There’s something wonderful about chalk on a blackboard.
Not a real math problem
The New York Times on mathematicians talking about their hatred for the the 8 ÷ 2(2+2) = ? “problem.”
Film Review: Who Will Write Our History?
My review of an exceptional documentary film that tells the story of resistance through documentation of daily life in the Warsaw Ghetto.
The kilogram is getting a makeover
The way we define a kilogram (and pounds too) is basically a high-tech refinement of a medieval technology. That’s about to change as the most influential bar in Paris is shutting down.
The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth
Have we entered a new geologic era, the Anthropocene? Or put differently: hundreds of thousands of years from now, when future geologists sift the earth for clues about our present day, what lasting evidence of our existence will they find?
Announcing World of the Weasel
I’m excited to announce the launch of World of the Weasel, a series of picture books for kids and the adults who read to them!
What would our planets look like if you flew by?
Artist Michael Benson has made some pretty fun and stunning images of celestial bodies in our solar system rendered in a manner that supposedly mimics the way our human eyes would perceive them if we were to fly by.
A Stradivarius Recovered
A beautiful story on NPR from legal correspondent Nina Totenberg about her late father’s stolen Stradivarius violin.