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I fully support kids as young as elementary school being introduced to coding and the concepts of logic. It may not end up being the thing for them, but there are plenty of integrated positions around coding in the field of the internet.
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Good points +Craig LeRoi-Schmidt !  One thing, too, is that students need to want to learn!  In a suburban setting or in the better public schools this is not as much of a problem, but one issue we have here in a city like Detroit (we live in the 'burbs BTW), many of the kids don't even want to be there.  They would rather be out on the streets hangin' with their homies.  

My better half works for a foundation that runs detention rooms inside of schools, where the students are sent to them to do their lessons and other work, rather than be sent home on suspension (which to these kids, is like a reward--they'd rather have the day off from school).  Some of them are so ill behaved and can't focus that it's difficult to keep them on task and maintain order.  Granted, these rooms deal with only the "bad" 10% of students, but it makes you wonder how the rest are doing.

A lot of those students don't want to be in school.  And schools like these are so poor that they don't have the means to add more teachers or educational programs.  Other students, unfortunately, have learning disabilities, but are mainstreamed and can barely function.  We're talking about someone who's in fifth or sixth grade that can't even understand or spell words that my own daughter learned in Kindergarten such as "who", "what", "where", etc..  (Yet, a couple of them are very bright in other ways.)  It's that bad!  Detroit Public Schools, and the county, do not have the money or facilities to deal with special needs students.  I hate to think how many of these special needs students are pushed out of the school system and out onto the streets when they turn 18--to the schools, it seems like their role for them is "babysitter" and they're society's problem once they leave 12th grade.  And DPS, if I remember correctly, is on its third emergency financial manager, as it has been such a trainwreck that nobody has been able to fully straighten it out.  Not that the city itself has done any better. ;)
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Quite a handy little resource.
 
Great mobile prototyping wireframe toolkit from Zurb — totally free with templates for phone and tablet apps targeted at iOS 7, Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8. The stencils work with Omnigraffle for Mac, Keynote, or your favorite PDF program.

http://zurb.com/playground/prototyping-mobile-first


#mobilefirst   #appdesign   #wireframing   #toolkit   #ios7   #jellybean   #windows8  
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An incredible data representation. Individual dot points for all 2010 Census takers. It's fascinating to zoom into certain areas. Also wow is the eastern half of the United States more populated. http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/index.html
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Spent the day out at Schoodic Peninsula. We fluctuate between sun and fog. We got to see sailboats, cormorants, seagulls and porpoises of some variety. A very nice way to spend the day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/criana/sets/72157634736918987/
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I had an incredible opportunity this morning to talk on WNPR about the field of coding and specifically women in it. I tried my best, I hope I didn't sound as nervous as I felt. Meanwhile I could easily talk about this topic for a half hour or more.

I'd love any feedback. I was in the latter half of the segment. Thank you all for your support over the years.

http://wnpr.org/post/what-do-you-mean-coding
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I haven't been in a "ball of anguish" stage yet due to coding, but have been at the "disgusted at the world" phase a few times.  (Fishing for clients took away coding time; working on coding projects meant I wasn't looking for more clients.)  Having done it for so long, and watching technology change faster than I could keep up, it's no wonder I got to the end of my fuse.

Looking back, I enjoyed my PHP programming the most--either something worked, or it didn't.  HTML and CSS always frustrated me, but not due to the languages involved.  I did it well and it's a joy when it all comes together, but when something would work in most browsers, one other =ahem= well known browser would give me the fits.  (Running joke was that I spent 50% of my time on layout, and the other 50% getting IE to play nice.)  I do like tweaking layouts and themes nonetheless.

I did have one JavaScript class a year ago even though I knew some of it, and I really like the JQuery library, but I have always found it a fussy, finicky language.  I still have to be dragged kicking and screaming to use it.  To be honest, my favorite part of the work is working with MySQL--there is something about the ability to manipulate data with a query that is like instant gratification. 

About the accent...the only friends I know who have the accent are from around Baahston or Rhode Aahland.  ;)  Our Michigan accents are pretty much non-existent, although the inner-city parts of Detroit have their own dialect.  And anyone from the U.P. of Michigan would have a Canadian accents (how ya doin', eh?).
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Doing a little research on Ted Cruz, either he's one of the biggest corporate backed (grassroots) politicians or one of the most fearful and ignorant. http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Ted_Cruz.htm
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I agree: likely both. He comes across as earnestly ignorant as they come. Sad that he's been elected to the Senate. Doesn't say much for the level of intellect required.
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I love! I want :-D Ohhh +Craig LeRoi-Schmidt I think this would be a nice gift for me.
 
Have you got exciting plans for the weekend? Why not do Summit Different and enjoy the great outdoors with Simon's Cat on your back! 
http://www.summitdifferent.co.uk/b0-4761-4761/Simons-Cat-Cycle-Jerseys/0 
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Most of us who are creative as kids get told at some point, you can't make a living being an artist. That's not true. Some arts don't have direct clients and don't have 3 week deadlines, and those arts are some of the most rewarding and fulfilling for the long term. They are the kind that are remembered long after you are gone.

Jeremy, who I feel grateful to call a friend and fellow artist, is incredibly talented and fully tapped into creative spirit. His paintings that stand the test of time. 

He's looking to spend a year exploring that more fully and is looking for support. Craig and I just donated, please consider supporting a local artist with a great project.
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Quintessential Maine - Schoodic Peninsula Acadia National Park
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