Should Programming Be Taught in Schools?

Should Programming Be Taught in Schools?

Apr 22, 2014 | No Comments

Oliver Earl asks: Do you encourage schemes to get kids into programming at school? Do you think it should be taught as part of IT curricula at school? While I think it’s a great idea to encourage kids to learn to program, I don’t believe it should be required. Let’s face it: the number of […]

What Did You Learn from Your First Job?

What Did You Learn from Your First Job?

Apr 17, 2014 | No Comments

Bryan Helmle asked: What was your first “real” job that you had, and what is the most important thing you learned from it? I don’t know how you choose to define “real,” but I’ve always taken my assigned tasks seriously. Even if I was ever a small link in the chain, I always felt my […]

What Should I Major In?

What Should I Major In?

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

Israel Carter asked: I’m a senior in high school trying to decide what I should major in, computer engineering or software programming. Any advice? Thanks for asking for advice from the community, Israel! While I cannot possibly tell you what you “should” major in, I do have a couple of thoughts. First of all, have […]

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson

Dec 10, 2013 | No Comments

I was an English major, so I can wish Emily Dickinson a happy birthday if I feel like it! “Captivity is consciousness. So’s liberty.” This finger puppet makes her look like an only slightly less terrifying sibling of Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

A Fraction of Understanding

A Fraction of Understanding

Sep 18, 2013 | One Comment

If I only partially understand fractions, do I win?

What’s the Easiest Way to Recieve Comments?

What’s the Easiest Way to Recieve Comments?

Aug 26, 2013 | No Comments

What’s the easiest way to recieve comments for a blog post? Make typos. Or even just one. (And make sure it’s reflected in the title if at all possible.)

Why is Education so Expensive?

Jul 19, 2011 | 12 Comments

When I was going to college, everything cost what felt like an arm and a leg. Textbooks were one of the larger burdons students didn’t always see coming as the semester grew closer. In some cases, these books made up a larger amount of your initial investment than housing (for the first month of the […]

Why Education is Still Important

Jun 28, 2011 | No Comments

Education is incredibly important, even in this world of technology where knowledge is just a few keystrokes away. Students today are being taught differently than they were when I went to school. Assignments that had to be completed using a No. 2 pencil with every step of my process represented in notes are now being […]

How to Cook Like a Single Geek

Jun 7, 2011 | 13 Comments

Many of the single geek guys I know are not very handy in the kitchen. They tend to live on pizza, ramen and things eaten straight out of the can. I know that I’ve been guilty of these same habits for far too long. I’m beginning to learn that cooking isn’t all that difficult – […]

Webgrrls Empowers Women in Technology

May 27, 2011 | No Comments

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Webgrrls International is a forum to exchange job and business leads, network, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach, intern and learn the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world. In this interview with Nelly Yusupova during BlogWorld, […]

Jealousy Will Eat You Alive

May 19, 2011 | 4 Comments

No matter what line of work you choose, there will always be someone who does it better than you. You will find more prolific writers, smarter code monkeys and better designers. Finding someone to look up to is good, as is a little healthy competition. Jealousy, however, can eat you alive – even online – […]

How to Put an End to Racism

May 12, 2011 | 15 Comments

This is definitely not something I normally discuss on my blog, but I felt very strongly that I had to write this story tonight. I’m not breaking any big news stories when I remind you that racism is rampant in this country – we all know it. The level of discrimination and hatred against people […]

Punctuation Abuse is on the Rise

May 10, 2011 | 9 Comments

It’s a well-known fact that I tend to become a tad upset when people do not obey the rules of PUGS. Blame the English teacher in me. Point the finger at my upbringing. Taunt me if you will, but it drives me completely batshit crazy to see the lack of proper punctuation floating around these […]

Do You Have a Backup Plan?

May 10, 2011 | 2 Comments

We’ve discussed having a good backup plan for your computer many times in the past. I’ve given you tips and tricks and offered coupons to software that can keep your information safe. One thing I don’t think we’ve ever touched on is having a personal backup plan. Unfortunately, there is no software in this world […]

Research Web Pages Smarter with Scrible

May 5, 2011 | One Comment

If you’re a fan of Evernote, you’re going to love Scrible. This simple-to-use bookmarklet will make your research SO much easier. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to find something for school or work… Scrible will be able to help you mark what you need in a way that makes sense to you. It may […]

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