How Wes Bos built his new site

I’ve followed Wes Bos for a couple years now. I bought several of his courses, and look forward to when I have time to do his Beginner JavaScript — Learn JavaScript from Scratch course. He recently rebuilt his personal site using Gatsby.JS, and published both a post and a video explaining how he did it:…… Continue reading How Wes Bos built his new site

If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

Hanging books at tashas in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

The speed at which many schools have closed, and kids and educators have had to switch to distance learning platforms have caused quite a bit of frustration, especially for parents overwhelmed with the sudden influx of messages. Here’s a funny (and true) rant from an Israeli mother who found herself overwhelmed by the flood of…… Continue reading If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

Why soap is the nemesis of the coronavirus

Bar of soap. Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

You already know that we should wash our hands (frequently) for at least 20 seconds, but do you know why soap is so effective against the coronavirus? Here’s a great explanation from Vox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LKVUarhtvE On a related note, it’s also worth watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSQztKXR6k0 A quote from the video that stands out for me…… Continue reading Why soap is the nemesis of the coronavirus

Opportunistic diversions for 2019-04-17

Photo by Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash

I watched a couple interesting videos that I enjoyed, and thought I’d share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5PvHlk3yig This Engadget video about the differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras is terrific. Chris Schodt did a great job explaining both camera categories, and the advantages each type has. Well worth watching. https://twitter.com/ChrisSchodt/status/1117883051973865473 Leonardo Da Vinci was clearly a remarkable person,…… Continue reading Opportunistic diversions for 2019-04-17

Teaching kids fractions

Photo by Dawid Małecki on Unsplash

Our son is learning fractions at school. He’s finding them a little challenging, so I’ve been trying to help him. On one hand, my math knowledge still seems to be sufficient at his level. On the other, I don’t remember doing this stuff like he does it at school. I found a couple links that…… Continue reading Teaching kids fractions

Building a computer with my daughter and Hello Ruby

I bought the Hello Ruby books for my daughter a couple months ago. She was interested in learning to code, and I had recently watched Linda Liukas’ wonderful TED talk about how she came to write her books.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jRREn6ifEQ So I bought both of the Hello Ruby books: one about programming, and the other about computer…… Continue reading Building a computer with my daughter and Hello Ruby

Scientific papers shouldn’t be published as PDFs

I enjoyed James Somers’ article in the Atlantic titled “The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete” about how the standard format for scientific papers, namely PDF, is no longer the appropriate format for such data-intensive work. This is, of course, the whole problem of scientific communication in a nutshell: Scientific results today are as often as not…… Continue reading Scientific papers shouldn’t be published as PDFs