Saturday, July 05, 2014

It's time for a post

Time moves forward
And time moves back
Like a mixed-up engineer
On an endless railroad track

Song up in her head

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Around The World (R�mi Gaillard) - YouTube

Around The World (R�mi Gaillard) - YouTube

I woke up this morning and everything was funny.  It was cold here in North Carolina and I'm not in the best mood lately.  But, suddenly, like a turning tide, everything was comical.

Maybe it will last.

by way of update:  I'm working on learning Python at CodeCademy and Udacity.  I'm building on my house in Lumberton.  Tricking out my new Van.  Planning my trip to Key West and further to California.  I'm still connected to my Gang in Wilmington via  Looking forward to build cool stuff on the web and teaching (young) people to be web builders.

And, yes, this song makes me feel homesick for the rest of the planet.  I love how it ends in Taiwan!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Boat Living

Boat Living: You are a perfect
child of God. Everything else is fluff.

A nice find on how and why to live on a boat, nomadic lifestyle

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

House restoration and ready for winter

Hey Gang!

Quickie update here - I'm in Lumberton working on the house.  My mom is in town for the month and she has fired up the house work.  In the last two weeks, we have:

Cleaned out the barn and backyard
stripped out the linoleum from the hallway, bathroom, and kitchen - The Kitchen had three layers of the stuff.
took out the hotwater heater from the kitchen
took out the heater from the hallway
removed all the window hardware
cleaned the windows - I wish I had done this on day one.
got the fireplace working - we didn't do anything to it, just started a fire.  It didn't draw well for a bit, but now it's working fine

I want to give kudos to the trash pickup in Lumberton.  EVERYTHING that's put on the curb is picked up.  First a group of scavengers descend and pick through everything looking for stuff to sell.  Metal is gone within 24 hours.  Perhaps we should sell this stuff ourselves.

The fires are great.  It's so nice to wake up to a fire or watch the sunset to a fire.  I really want to create a firepit outside. 

In other news:
I've got an idea to cruise out West for an extended trip - to visit my brother and family in Lake County, CA.  I went out to CO with Joey Boats and it really opened my eyes to the West again.  It's been 12 years since I left Alaska and it's time to get back West.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Web app vocab test in the real world

Forget Chef or Puppet – Automate with Sprinkle: Miso has a relatively standard server architecture for a medium-level traffic Rails application. We use Linode to host our application and we provision a number of VPS instances that make up our infrastructure. We have a load balancer equipped with Nginx and Varnish, we have an application server that runs our Rails application to serve dynamic requests, we have a master-slave database setup, and a cache server that has memcached and redis.
How cool is that!  I understand this (somewhat)... I should say, "This isn't complete gibbish because I took the CS253 Web Application Engineering course from"

load balancer, Rails application, database setup, cache server and memcache - All this stuff we just went over in week 5 and 6 of the course.

Go me! And thanks Udacity.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Never learn alone! Groups can rescue the impersonal MOOC experience

Udacity - Free Classes. Awesome Instructors. Inspiring Community.

Udacity is a MOOC - Massively Open Online Course

I love this courses. I started with PLENK and then lurked DS106 (for LIFE!) and now I'm really loving Udacity Computer Science courses.

I could list out the things I love about them. Boring! Here is something that I don't like...

They don't offer student support enough. Sure there are discussion boards - which are helpful. The videos are great and clearly explain and I can watch them over and over... But what I really want is direct contact with an instructor.

Well, actually, I really just want my questions answered or something explained in a different way. Discussion boards are good for this, but there is something missing. They are too big and impersonal.

I want to learn with my friends and colleagues. I want to get into my my learning comfort zone, the sweet spot of learning or the zone of proximal development.

The ZPD is the space between what I can do on my own - that's how I interact with MOOCs now - and what I can do with help from an instructor or more capable peer.

Here's my point - I'm not going to do another MOOC unless I have a group of people committed to doing it with me BEFORE I join up.

These MOOC's aren't really anything new - it's just eLearning- perhaps polished and nicer features - free and HUGE. But, I'm realizing the BEST part of eLearning was the side chat, the backchannel that goes on.

I'm missing that in my MOOC experience.

So now what: I tried to start a group on for CS 253, but I didn't really get any takers. I was already falling behind in the course, so I wasn't updating and working on stuff (now I'm just scanning the videos and now working the problems)

Perhaps another group. I'm looking at this Human Computer Interface course starting in a few weeks. Maybe you would like to join a group of folks to power thru the course together. To increase the Zone of Proximal Development. Never learn alone!