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!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tall Ship HMS Bounty To Visit Wilmington's Historic River District

Tall Ship HMS Bounty To Visit Wilmington's Historic River District | Wilmington, NC

May 14, 2012 - Wilmington, NC - The Tall Ship HMS Bounty will arrive in Wilmington on May 17th and will be open to the public for tours from Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. Tours will start at 11:00 am and end at 6:00 pm daily. Souvenirs will be available for purchase.

The cost of the tours is: Adults - $10.00; Children over 7 - $5.00; Children 7 and under – Free.

The ship will be docked at Riverfront Park downtown near the corner of North Water Street and Princess Street.

This 180-foot-long replica of the famous 18th century ship was built in the early 1960s as a floating movie set for the 1962 Marlon Brando motion picture "Mutiny on the Bounty." It has also been in many other films including "Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest."

In 2010, Bounty sailed through all five Great Lakes as part of the ASTA Tall Ships Challenge. In 2011, she visited Europe. This year, the ship is making stops at various ports on the U.S. East Coast.

HMS Bounty is owned and operated by the HMS Bounty Organization based in East Setauket, NY.

For information about the ship, visit

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Gandhi's Swadeshi - The Economics of Permanence

Gandhi's Swadeshi - The Economics of Permanence: Principals of Swadeshi

Gandhi's vision of a free India was not a nation-state but a confederation of self-governing, self-reliant, self-employed people living in village communities, deriving their right livelihood from the products of their homesteads. Maximum economic and political power - including the power to decide what could be imported into or exported from the village - would remain in the hands of the village assemblies.

RIGHT ON, Gandhi!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Challenged by

... is a favorite.  It's a community based learning portal.  Basically, you can find all sort of cool things to learn there.  It's free and open and awesome.

Here are two CHALLENGES I'm doing.  A challenge is different than a course, because it's task oriented.  That means it's a matter of what you can do, know what you read or 'know'.  It's a simple way to take 'epistomology' or you unique 'way of knowing' out of the learning equation.  Good on ya P2PU!

I need a place to post my learnings and I'm thinking of doing it here or over on my Lumberton Web Design project.  That's where I'm trying to bootstrape a little web development community around here in Robeson County, NC.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CSS :hover Selector

CSS :hover Selector: a.ex1:hover,a.ex1:active {color:red;}

Go figure!

Hey Gang - I'm posting today because I can. And, it only takes a min.

This little :hover selector got up all in my business. And, then I was all like - boom, I just googled you and hit up Wc3 to figure you out.

Level up!

I've been working lately. Check it out at and and (which is where I used this :hover thing)

A good times on

And, that's not to mention my stuff and CodeYear meetup stuff.

Spring time is coming. The dark, cold and wind will surely not last.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

squeakland : home of squeak etoys

squeakland : home of squeak etoys: Etoys is . . .

  • an educational tool for teaching children powerful ideas in compelling ways
  • a media-rich authoring environment and visual programming system
  • a free software program that works on almost all personal computers
Alan Kay gets it.  He, I believe, is the driving force behind Squeak and these Etoys. 

Check out the first bullet point.  teaching children powerful ideas in compelling ways.  It's to learn this language, or tool or skill - powerful ideas in compelling ways.

Love it, seriously love it.  Children know what to do with powerful ideas.  I trust them with powerful ideas more than adults.  The kids are the ones who need the powerful ideas ... and can use them.  Let's balance the powerful ideas scale ... and share with the young ones.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vitamix comes to town!

Natural Green Smoothie | | Eat Better to Live BetterEat Better to Live Better

We make this smoothie morning - looking for the natural buzz the Vitamix affords.