Submitted by lishevita on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:09
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In this episode I talk to Melissa Rasmussen about Aquaponics, Permaculture, and her experiences in the field. She talks about her travels, the effect of these agricultural methods on the environment and food production, and their relationship to community.
During the show, Melissa mentions a few resources which you can find here:
Aquaponic Gardening, by Sylvia Bernstein - A book of basics on aquaponics and small-scale systems. Sylvia also offers porch-sized aquaponics kits through her company, Aquabundance.
AquaponicsCommunity.com - A community forum with thousands of members, most of whom have systems up and running (with pictures!) A great networking site and place to learn from others' experience.
Submitted by lishevita on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 14:22
Even before Mothership HackerMoms launched their Kickstarter they were getting a lot of press for being the first hackerspace built by and for mothers. The disturbing thing has been the barrage of comments after each article complaining about how a hackerspace for mothers is a discriminatory thing. Even when we explain that our space is open to all, some of the commenters remain viciously angry that we would use such a mother-centric name. Non-mothers clearly feel like they are losing out on something here. What many people don't seem to understand is the pressures on mothers that brought this space to life.
Submitted by lishevita on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 13:33
I recently taught a PHP class at a hackerspace. One of the people who had been taking my classes at the space sent a message to say he'd be skipping the PHP classes because he didn't approve of PHP. I've heard the cracks about PHP before. They sound just like the cracks about whatever other technology tool is out of favor with the coolest and hippest. I wanted to find out if this guy had a real beef against PHP, or just the usual.
Submitted by lishevita on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 13:45
Submitted by lishevita on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 13:27
I spent the month of August in Seattle where I taught a series of Introduction to Web Development classes at the hackerspace Jigsaw Renaissance with help from Budi Mulyo.
I teach programming languages very much like I teach human foreign languages. After all, as Larry Wall points out in his introduction to the famous O'Reilly book Learning Perl, programming languages are human languages. So, rather than teach a lot of deep concepts about how the computer uses memory or the theory behind what the computer is doing behind the scenes, I simply get students to read and write code as quickly as possible. Once they start to feel comfortable writing bits of code, I ease into the theory about what's happening when the computer interprets that code.
With this Intro to Web Dev course, we started from scratch. The students ranged in age from 17 to fifty-something. Most people showed up with no experience in programming or scripting of any form. Only one or two people in the room had any useful code editing software on their laptop. So the first thing I needed to do was recommend a code editing app for each student based on which operating system they were on. They needed to install it, and then we were off to the races.
Submitted by lishevita on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:12
You may be running a Hangout as part of an organization, but problems will ensue if you try to run your Hangout from within a Page.
A Page is an organizational Google+ site, and it is different from your individual Google+. This can get confusing, so let me explain it in the context of the Teachers’ Conference show so that you understand exactly what I mean.
Teachers’ Conference is produced by School Factory, so it ought to be in a Hangout created by a School Factory account. I have my personal Google+ profile, but it doesn’t make sense to be using that for my School Factory work. Instead, I can sign in to Google+ with my schoolfactory.org Google Apps acount and use that to run the Hangout.
Submitted by lishevita on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 05:33
Sometime in the next few hours my 509 area code phone number will stop working. You can still reach me at my 425 area code phone number.
If you do not have my 425 area code phone number and think that you should have it, email me. My gmail username is lishevita.
Submitted by lishevita on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 20:41
The term "White Privilege" is a controversial one, and I know that it will anger some of my readers. That's OK, since no one ever comments on my posts anyway. (Though I may hear about it in person later...)
Today's "If you're privileged and you know it clap your hands" moment comes from the reading of a blog post about another woman who has made some radically awesome decisions in her parenting and hasn't been as lucky as I. She was born black. That means she must not be as good a parent.
Oh, no wait. That's not what it means. So, why have social services stepped in and taken her kid away, investigated her, and generally made her life miserable?
Submitted by lishevita on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:14
Yesterday I had a delightful conversation with Sabine Blanc at Owni.fr. During the conversation we hit on the issue of people who do not get their education in Computer Science who learn code. She sent me a link to a blog post that she wrote back in June 2011 about her experiences learning HTML and CSS. It's a great post that compares literature to code and plays with re-writing literature in the form of code, showing how programming languages and human languages follow rules in similar ways. The point of the story is, "Yes, you CAN learn to code." (And you all know how much I love "Yes, you can" stories"!)
Right at the end of the post she has a little disclaimer:
NB : oui oui, html et css, c’est pas du code au sens pur du terme, mais on n’avait que ce livre sous la main.
Translation: "Yes, yes, HTML and CSS is not code in the pure sense, but it was the book I had at hand."