Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #736 - Making Code Tinker Friendly and Tinkering
Here we are again, Mom, in the continuing series of "material will present itself," the unplanned, new material that hammers out from the Internet like Cosmic Rays battering the rocket containing the soon to be Fantastic Four.
It all started on SLASHDOT with this link
I added SLASHDOT to my RSS reader (nothing fancy... I just add RSS feeds to my custom The Freed Dictionary page) after being at Penguicon. Self proclaimed "news for nerds about stuff that matters," SLASHDOT's main topics target Open Source projects and mostly computer related stuff (hardware, management, development, linux, mobile, etc), but the site also streams entertainment news (book reviews, game news) and science content.
Here's the "about" from the FAQ.
What is this?
Who does this?
What does the name "Slashdot" mean?
And because SLASHDOT writes about Open Source software it runs Open Source software itself.
That link to the Slashdot-like Automated Story Telling Homepage software goes to a git hub, but it's not easy to track. This link is better to see the Slash repo (from newbies, a repo is short for repository, it's a storage place for Open Source files.
SLASHDOT is itself running a news reader and filter system. For instance, check this out from the FAQ:
What is the Firehose?
How can I filter the Firehose?
What do the colors mean?
So, this all serves to get me thinking of different ways I can use the Internet to learn.
The FAQ is quite long, and I have not digested it all yet. I love any FAQ that has a section called "Karma, Thresholds, Abuse etc."
So, while exploring, I have found that I have not yet signed up for a SLASHDOT account, which I will fix now.
Okay, I'm in.
Gee, lots of news.
Glitch is an app builder community. It solves the problems of the inscrutable view source mode. An embedded video teaches users how to use Glitch in two minutes. You can create a new Node app or remix one, and it's FREE. There is resource sharing to be able to code with friends.
I like it's retro style and simplicity.
It's great to build your own Twitter bot as Clive describes in his article reprinted below.
Then hit up CODE PEN!
There's tons of articles, projects you can join, and so much more.
And they plug conferences, like this one - http://squaresconference.com/.
After hitting the GOOGLE IO last year -- Hey Mom #318 and Hey Mom #319, I became very interested in UX (User Experience), IE. the front end of the system. I am still interested in this area of computer science, even though coding is probably where I am aiming to end up (and probably the back end of things - data base code).
PLAYGROUND TENSOR FLOW
Though not germane to this specific set of topics of an easy on ramp for Internet coding, in a related note, it's Net Neutrality Day.
Save the Internet from being FUCKED.
Join the EFF!
FIGHT FOR NET NEUTRALITY.
I have had to write about this before...
Here's the note I added to my letter to the FCC:
The Internet is the single most valuable resource since the invention of the sun and water. I mean, really? Why is this even an issue. The Broadband market is not competitive. A handful of corporations control access. I don't want to be held ransom by AT&T. Information needs to be FREE and that means free access, even for the things I don't like and the things you don't like. It's like nature. If you kill off all the predators, then the peaceful vegetarian animals do not thrive, they die off. They starve.
FROM - WIRED AT THIS LINK HERE:
IT'S TIME TO MAKE CODE MORE TINKER-FRIENDLY
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
- Days ago = 738 days ago
- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1707.12 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.