The American psyche

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“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

- John Steinbeck

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There are plants and then there are plants…

2010/24/09

“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t

- Michael Pollan

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Exquisite dependence

we are here

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

- Carl Sagan

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Python MOOCs: The ultimate show-down!

In which Goldilocks learns to code.

These days, there are several dozen ways to learn to code online.  Python, in particular, is the language of choice for several online courses.  This has allowed me to “shop around” for the online tool or tools that suit me best.  It has also given me a chance to think about the different elements that go into a successful online learning  experience.

I have been thinking about learning some computer programming for quite some time.  In fact, as I’ve told a number of people recently, not taking CS is my biggest regret about my own college experience (oh, so many years ago!)

When I first read about the mechanical MOOC, I decided that it was time.  It would use Python, which is the language I had settled on, and it would use existing online resources in combination: Opencourseware and online textbooks courtesy of MIT, exercises from Codecademy and online discussion in OpenStudy. Continue reading

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Inventors of the Future

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Inventor of the future

“Science, math and engineering can give you the exhilarating power to become not mere spectators or consumers, but the active explorers, makers and doers who will help invent the future.”

- Susan Hockfield

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There are problems and then there are problems

Barbary sheep ~ "head-butting"

“Problems worthy of attack, prove their worth by hitting back”

- Piet Hein

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Don’t settle

Bite That Apple Steve Jobs Desktop

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle”

- Steve Jobs

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