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Reminder: in a week (May 28+29) I will be teaching kids 8-12 my "serious programming for kids" course. Since it's a long travel weekend we still have a couple of spots available in the class.

Pass the word around; flyer available on web site.
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I will be teaching new courses on "serious programming for kids":
* May 28/29 (10 hours in one weekend!)
* June 11/12 (10 hours in one weekend!)

And the scientific programming course will be taught on
* June 17/18 (4 hours total, spread out on Thu/Fri evenings)
* June 30/July 1 (4 hours total, spread out on Thu/Fri evenings)

There is an updated flyer on the web site which you can post, and I have also added a first draft of the "instructor's manual" book I have written for the scientific programming course.

You can find all this on the web site at https://sites.google.com/site/santafecoding/
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Nice explanation and display of gravitational wave detection.
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note that they covered it as if it were a "direct knockout" and this was the final, but it was actually a round robin tournament; congratulations to Asher for his result!
A 10-year-old fifth-grader at Rio Grande School, Asher Nathan, crushed the competition at the second annual Santa Fe Mayor’s Cup chess tournament Wednesday, beating even the Santa Fe Preparatory School chess club captain, who finished first last year.
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I picked up the print newspaper today and it was on the front page (though below the fold; San Bernardino was above).  Nice to see chess in the front page - I haven't seen much of that since 1972.
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Any favorite theories?  The article does not give David Griffiths as an example of upper-class textbooks which are well written.  I'm trying to remember the last time I read a truly clear Griffiths-style article in a physics or computer science journal and I'm drawing a blank.
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One of the functions of a textbook is to introduce students to the vocabulary, terminology and idiom of writing of a field. Beyond a certain point, "simplified, popular" writing does the textbook reader a disservice. Randall Munroe's recent "Thing Explainer" (http://blog.xkcd.com/2015/05/13/new-book-thing-explainer/) is a fantastic novelty, but I wouldn't want to use it as a textbook.

The paragraph cited as the bad example of academic writing in the article is to me a perfectly reasonable piece of writing if you are writing for an audience of academic postmodern literary critics. The paragraph is even wordplay-centered, with the idol/ideal distinction playing a central role, and a bunch of alliteration, assonance and repetition that rises to the level of mildly poetic. I think I could improve it slightly with a bit of editing, but it hardly seems to me to be the desired poster child of bad writing that the article implies. Complicated ideas, expressed creatively, are hard to read. Get over it.

Another problem, sort of brushed-off in the article, is the mismatch between the author's mental model of reading ability and people's actual reading ability. We were forced to quit using a prominent algorithms textbook a few years back when one of our profs noticed that almost none of the students could read it---not the technical stuff, but words like "implication" that were above eighth-grade level. (To answer the obvious question, no, it was not just the international students that had this issue.) Often (not always) the author is carefully choosing language that conveys the subtlety and nuance of their message. This doesn't work well in a world of declining literacy.
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Know any kids in Santa Fe?  Urge them to come take this camp!
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This weekend (May 2 and 3) is the last coding camp for the season.  I had a sudden cancellation of 3 students and I would love to get some new students.

Please pass it on: the URL is https://sites.google.com/site/santafecoding/
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I will be teaching my "serious programming for kids" course again this year during spring break (March 28-April 1, 2016) and at some later dates as well.  For kids who have already taken the course I also have a "scientific computing"course.

Info is at:
https://sites.google.com/site/santafecoding/home

I have written an extensive teacher's manual for the course; you can find it at
https://sites.google.com/site/santafecoding/documents
where you will also find the flyer (yes, you can hang it up in your kid's school!).
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"Software Freedom Conservancy helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects.", that is how Software Freedom Conservancy defines itself.
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for people who wonder if the story of Alice's Restaurant is historical...
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Fantastic. There's even a basis for the policeman being named "Officer Obie", and how the garbage dumping was discovered. I did a quick search, and didn't find this story on snopes.com but did on wikipedia, so it's probably true.
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don't forget the theme song of the day as you do your cooking and hanging out with loved ones; this is an interesting twist in which Arlo points out that in 2005 Farm Aid was only half the aid of the massacre; +Benjamin Galassi +C. Plesko +David Palmer 
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And of course what comes to my mind is "does everyone have their 'special crime'"? Do we all belong on the group W bench?
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I went to see this lecture and found it extremely interesting.
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