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  • Blog Post: Learning under fire. Is there any other way? =P

    I’m one of those folks who prefers to test the depth of a river with both feet, and this learning mode from CodeAcademy appeals to me. Codecademy does a pretty good job, but one group of programmers wanted to make it a little more accessible. Enter CodeCombat, a browser-based game where your in-game...
  • Blog Post: Amen, brother. Preach it, SQL-type dude!

    My pal, Steve, over @ SQL Server Central has been riffing on the DBA-train-thyself mantra again. Bizactly!! Too many people seem to believe that everything about their career should be paid for by their current employer... despite the fact that they usually went to school on their own nickel in the first...
  • Blog Post: Tough decision. Should I share this with my son?

    This summer, my oldest son (age 9) has been plowing through every book in the library on electronics, robotics and astronomy that he can convince the public library to check out to him. His current fixation is BattleBots, because he hasn’t solved the “Earth orbit is a long way up” problem, yet. For the...
  • Blog Post: I would’ve blogged this yesterday, but...

    I got distracted. Heh. The Brain: Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State I’m not sure I buy the “inebriated zone out less” theory, though. Oh, if I read more carefully, it looks like the researchers agree: But when we are drunk, that figure doubles. In other words, inebriated subjects...
  • Blog Post: Yeah, I know I said I’d never run for office again...

    But then I went and put my name in the hat once more... because it’s for a good cause! No, it’s not April Fool’s. That’s tomorrow. Personally, I’d like to thank L.D. Kirshenbaum (the author of the article below) for giving us a fair shake. I’m sure that there were some embarrassing quotes among all the...
  • Blog Post: Self-fulfilling prophecies in computer science education?

    Everybody has heroes. Bjarne is one of mine. If I have to explain why to you, then you wouldn’t understand even if I did try to ‘splain it. Heh. (That comment will be funnier later in this post, if you like irony.) I’ve done some recruiting events for Microsoft at my alma mater (the University of Houston...
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