Paying to learn coding in the hopes of landing a job which will probably require new sets of skills in a few years, prompting you to go back to school is dubious.
Learn code if you have a clear plan with how to use your knowledge.
"We live in an ultra-competitive world, with people turning to all sorts of methods to make ends meet. Selling coding as a ticket to economic salvation for the masses is dishonest.
Take coding bootcamps. Since the mainstream learned of the success of Silicon Valley software engineers, everyone wants to own a startup or become an engineer. HBO’s Silicon Valley paints a picture of late twenty-somethings spending their nights coding and smoking weed, all whilst making millions of dollars. The American public is amazed by figures like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, who make millions seemingly overnight. Coding fever has even reached the steps of the White House, with President Obama pushing for legislation to include computer science in every public-school curriculum.
While many coding bootcamps are legitimate and care for their pupils, an even greater number are run by modern snake-oil salespeople tapping into the average American’s desperation."
If you've listened to the actual concepts that speaks about, you will immediately recognize what Noam Chomsky is explaining.
Chomsky also explains how the current design of American society leads to the rise of Trump.
Text me in Messenger to let me know about the discussion of this in Hangouts so I can share about it on Google+ and then post the results to Spaces.
"OK, so, say that happens. Temperatures go up. When do we then see the effects on the solid earth?
We could see that very soon. The big worry is Greenland. It has 2-3 km (1.2-1.9 miles) of ice on top of its lithosphere. That weight is pushing down the crust. Taking that ice off could trigger earthquakes.
We’re seeing that in Alaska. A lot of ice has been lost in the last 100 years, and the faults there are lot more active now. Previously, because of the weight, they couldn’t move but they were accumulating strain because of the earth’s movement.
So if Greenland starts seeing earthquakes, there’s a worry that we would see submarine landslides. One such landslide happened in Scandinavia about 8,000 years ago. It sent down a huge tsunami all the way across the Atlantic. Shetlands saw 20-meter (66-foot) waves, and Scotland saw [waves] six meters high. And Greenland has the same potential."
"We can’t predict a specific earthquake today, because seismologists say that there are so many factors that control them that their occurrence is as good as random. However, we can, with high precision, say how many earthquakes of a certain magnitude can occur in a year. So why wouldn’t climate change affect those statistics?
Climate change can only bring forward the occurrence of an earthquake if the fault was already susceptible to rupturing. These things can occur where there is ice or where there is increase in sea levels. But, even if these happen, their occurrences may be within the annual variation of the earthquakes of those sizes."
-generating healthy, local food
-reducing local greenhouse gas emissions
-reducing water consumption in agriculture
-putting the formerly incarcerated to work
-reusing unfavorable land
-creating a new business model to help people and the environment everywhere
My problem with the campaign is that it doesn't tell the viewers what aquaponics is, so I'm surprised people are backing them xD
Aquaponics is like hydroponics.
It uses just water and nutrients to grow plants, instead of soil, like traditional agriculture, which uses about 90% less water for the same amount of plants.
Not to mention, plants tend to grow several times faster.
In aquaponics, nutrients to make plants grow come from fish (urine and poo) in the system's water which is then purified by plants and bacteria and recirculated back for the fish to live in.
This idea for this comment branches from this discussion:
There aren't the right incentives to conduct scientific research to get reliable results.
- Cultivate worldwide self-sufficiency
- Gamify society
- Design a public platform for collaborative innovation & research
- The more self-sufficient that people are, the less need and ability there is for people to dominate each other. That's my hypothesis on advancing world peace.
- There isn't any true good or evil, there is only facilitation or impediment of people surviving and thriving.
- Most of life demands reliance on assumptions.
- I prefer to rely on scientifically-validated information --yet, I am weary of the potential for skewed information due to biases, corruption, and extortion.
- Most people have good intentions with what they're doing.
- People almost always fail to recognize that the other side has a point.
- There is no debate without consensus of fact.
- Knowledge of the actualities should always be pursued.
- Impending devastation exhilarates me.
- I love critical, global issues.
- If I can't make a dramatic difference to more than a community, I'm wasting my effort.
- I care about the principal factors that dictate humanity's course.
- I do not bother with changing things through institutions, I take grassroot action.
- Institutions are generally too corrupt and inefficient to bother with.
- I am not interested in most of humanity; though, I do care for every human's quality of life because I believe that every person's life will have an impact on mine.
- I think most people are too near-sighted, unambitious, credulous, self-righteous, and/or psychotic.
- I agree with the motto from the game Assassin's Creed "Nothing is true, everything is permitted." Not everything you're told or think that you know is the absolute truth.
- "If you're going to do something, make it matter." - Hewlett Packard
- Rule 1) Tackle the roots of problems.
- Rule 2) Ensure a lasting solution.
Catalysts for this change:
- Cultivating people's knowledge, innovation, collaboration, and self-sufficiency.
- Creating immersive, real-world games (which, preferably, would benefit society in more ways than just positive emotional states).
- What would you do differently if a loved one was one of them?
- What would you think if your typical way of life suddenly dissolved? (*cough, cough* War, Pandemic, Famine, Theft, Global Financial Crises, Superstorms)
- Save the World Projects (If there are any that fit the style that I work in :3)
- Politics (Only for staying informed; I prefer DIY change.)
- Getting Educated: Web Articles, MOOCs, Television
- Are trying to make a difference.
- See big pictures
- Enjoy thinking
- Have healthy skepticism
I can't live without a sense of fraternity.
- Tech, Local, & World News
- Watching Informative Videos (PBS & YouTube)
- Planning or Organizing Something, or Daydreaming about doing it.
- Playing Videogames
- Listening to Music
- Sulking over Friends, Money, and Mankind
Oklahoma, US; Arkansas, US.
- TED Conferences OnlineSnippets of Many Disciplines, 2011 - presentWatched over 250 talks
- MOOCsMany Disciplines, 2012 - present[March 2013] Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future, University of Florida • A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior, Duke University (Psychology+Economics) • Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations, Vanderbilt University • [May 2013] Introduction to Psychology, University of Toronto (Also: Spring 2007: Yale University, Introduction to Psychology) • [August 2013] Social Psychology, Wesleyan University • Gamification, University of Pennsylvania (A new field of study. A kind of hybrid between positive psychology & game mechanics for achieving organizational goals) • [January 2014] Moralities of Everyday Life, Yale University
- PBSOverviews of Many Disciplines, presentDozens of NOVA, Nature, Frontline, and NewsHour programs.
- Informational WebsitesInterdisciplinary, 2012 - presentMIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Phys.org, ExtremeTech, Gizmag, CleanTechnica, Next Big Future, Fast Company, The Verge, CNET, TechCrunch, GOOD, Mashable, xkcd
- BooksDifferent Disciplines, 2012 - presentThe Infinite Resource by Ramez Naam (Economics + Sustainability), A Mind of Its Own by Cordelia Fine (Psychology), Don't Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson (Science, Public Relations)
- YouTubeSnippets of Many Disciplines, 2012 - presentASAP Science, Vsauce
- CodecademyProgramming, 2014 - 2015Basics of: HTML, CSS, jQuery
- Documentaries2014Food Inc., Bully, Inequality for All, Tiny: A Story About Living Small, Poor Kids, Pump
- LabSim TestOutInformation Technology, 2011 - 2012CompTia A+ and Network+ training (but did not take certification exams)
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